Ranger Exes Memorial - RHS Class of 1942

Billie Joseph BILLIE JEAN JOSEPH AMEEN passed away in Houston, TX on July 19, 2007 after a valiant battle with cancer. She was born in Ranger, TX on March 10, 1925, to Dee and Sharifi Joseph. She was educated in the Ranger public school system and attended Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Virginia. In 1945, Billie married Dr. Ray C. Ameen. Though predeceased by her brother, Fred Joseph Dakour (RHS-1946), Billie is survived by her husband of 61 years, Dr. Ray C. Ameen and her daughters, Sheryl Ameen Fiegel and husband John of Cabin John, Maryland, and Tina Ameen Cartwright and husband Donald of Boca Raton, Florida. She is also survived by her brother, Azzatte Joseph Dakour (RHS-1944) and his wife Mouphida of Dallas, Texas. Her grandchildren, the delight of her life, are Alison Cartwright Sykes and her husband Craig, Mark Cartwright, Leland Fiegel and Andrea Fiegel. To the joy of her family & friends, Billie was an accomplished seamstress and skilled at handiwork. She enthusiastically traveled the world, and as an avid collector of seashells; Billie looked forward to her days on the beach, especially Sanibel Island. She was an active member of the Village Republican Women's Club & the Mary Baldwin Alumni Association. Her love for children led her to volunteer her time at several organizations that benefit children, in particular the Girl Scouts of America and the Crisis Hotline. Dr. Ray Ameen HUSBAND: DR. RAY C. AMEEN passed away on October 21, 2008 in Washington, DC from coronary artery disease. Dr. Ameen was born in Mineral Wells, TX on July 11, 1921. He graduated from high school in Paris, TX, at the age of 14 and continued his education at the University of Texas in Austin and Texas Tech in Lubbock. Upon graduation, Ray was among the first group of medical students to be admitted to the newly founded medical school at Baylor School of Medicine in Houston. He attended classes in an old Sears building and worked at many different jobs, including selling shoes, waiting tables and even playing saxophone in his own band. Upon earning his MD degree, he was the youngest doctor in Texas. Dr. Ameen did his internship in Des Moines, Iowa and soon after married Billie Jean Joseph who would be his beloved wife for nearly 62 years. He then joined the Navy and was attached to the 2nd Medical battalion in Kyushu, Japan as part of General MacArthur's Occupation forces. He returned from military duty in 1946 and opened a medical practice first in Ranger, TX and then in Houston. In 1954, the Navy recalled him to duty during the Korean Conflict as Senior Medical Advisor aboard a troop ship, and it would be two years before he returned to Houston. In 1958, Dr. Ameen and several other physicians joined together to offer medical care to residents of the then-rural Spring Branch area of Houston. He was instrumental in the building of Spring Branch Memorial Hospital, one of the first to serve the area. For almost sixty years, Dr. Ameen took loving care of thousands of patients as their family doctor. In addition to his medical pro- fession, Dr. Ameen was a highly respected stamp collector and dealer. A generous mentor to many, he was a fixture at stamp shows whether a small Texas show or a larger national and inter- national show. He served as President and Board member of the Texas Stamp Dealers Association and Vice-President and Board member of the American Stamp Dealers Association (ASDA). In 1998, Dr. Ameen was honored by the ASDA with a lavish banquet at the Jacob Javits Center as their "Man of the Year". Ray is predeceased by his wife Billie Jean and is survived by his daughters, Sheryl Ameen Fiegel of Cabin John, MD and Tina Ameen Cartwright of Boca Raton, FL, his grandchildren Alison Cartwright Sykes of Durham, NC, Mark Cartwright of Chicago, IL, Leland and Andrea Fiegel, both of Cabin John, MD and his great-grand-daughter, Kierstin Rae Sykes of Durham, NC.