Submitted by The Heritage Guild of Collin County
Long-time member and friend of Chestnut Square, Billie Sue Anderson, passed away Tuesday, August 14, 2012, after a long illness. Daughter of W.S. and Dixie Brimmer Anderson, Billie Sue donated Dixie’s Store to The Heritage Guild of Collin County in 1993 so that its legacy could live on at Chestnut Square Historic Village.
Billie Sue was 81 and taught at TCU for 42 years. Her specialty was kinesiology and she was known, according to her lifelong friend Beth Stapleton, as the coaches’ coach because she taught her students how to be coaches.
Through Billie Sue’s donation, Dixie’s Store (pictured above, left) has become the highlight of many visitors’ trips to Chestnut Square. Older folks enjoy reminiscing about their first visits to Dixie’s Store….often the first place they got to walk to by themselves! Modern youngsters listen in awe to the stories of Cokes for “A” report cards and paddling for bad behavior. Everyone loves to look for names they know on the paddle…even some of our current and past McKinney government officials have shown up there! Dixie’s Store has become the cornerstone of the Historic McKinney Farmers Market every Saturday morning from 8 a.m. until noon, serving up old-fashioned Dr. Peppers, candies, craft items and air conditioning.
Billie Sue Anderson will be remembered at a graveside service at Pecan Grove Cemetery, Highway 5 and Industrial, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, August 18. Everyone is welcome. Dixie’s Store at Chestnut Square will be open in Billie Sue’s memory until 2 p.m. Lemonade and refreshments will be served.