Billye received her PhD from SMU in May, 1972. Her dissertation was on Native Americans in Dallas. She initially took a position with the Dallas Independent School District working on multi-cultural projects, and also taught cultural anthropology at several local colleges and universities.
In 1974 she moved to Memphis, Tennessee, where she taught at Memphis State University (now the University of Memphis), before joining the faculty at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center (UTHSC) as Assistant Professor, Department of Psychiatry. For the next 19 years, she served as course director and lecturer for the Behavioral Science course in the College of Medicine, Assistant Dean for Student Affairs, and administrator of the UTHSC Health Sciences Careers Opportunity Program for disadvantaged students.
She retired as Associate Professor Emeritus in 1992 and currently lives in Lake Hamilton, Florida with her second husband, Robert E. Taylor, Jr. PhD. Their combined family includes her 3 sons, 2 stepsons and a stepdaughter. Billye is active as an Emeritus Docent at The Polk County Museum of Art, having served there as a docent for 20 years.
She is also a member and secretary of the Ancient Islands Group of the Florida Sierra Club, an Elder and president of the corporation of the Lake Hamilton Presbyterian Church, and past president of the Lake Hamilton Woman's Club.