Billie Joe Schmale, age 75 of Cullman passed away at his residence on March 29, 2017 after fighting a long battle with cancer. B.J. was a graduate of Cullman High School, he attended St. Bernard College and Auburn University where he earned a bachelors in Mathematics. Billie was employed with Monsanto (Solutia) in Decatur for 35 years in Textile research and management. He was a long time member of St. John’s Church. He also enjoyed making large gardens, watching Auburn Football with his friends, and playing bridge with his brother and friends. Mr Schmale is preceded in death by his parents, William L. & Josephine Mahler Schmale; and a nephew, Jeff Schmale. Survivors include his Wife, Edna Taylor Schmale; a son, Brett Alan Schmale of Cullman; daughter, Lea (Dr. Josh) Hall of Terre Haute, Indiana; granddaughter, Emma Taylor Hall; brother, Roy (Sandra) Schmale of Cullman; niece, Andrea (Jimi) Crooks of Chattanooga, TN; nephew, Gordon Battles of Cullman; and several cousins & friends. A celebration of life service will be held at a later date. Cullman Funeral Home directing.