ROGERSVILLE — After a long battle with cancer, Betty Jean Williams took the hand of her Lord Friday, September 16, and was lifted to heaven to be with her parents, Marion Catron and Magdalene Davis Catron; her sisters, Anne and Ruby; and her brother, Clifford; as well as her beloved parents-in-law, Harry and Ruth Williams; and their son, John; and her first grandchild, Travis John Kimball.
“Jean” as she was known to many of her friends, was born in Rogersville in 1934, but lived and made friends in many different cities and states. She spent most of her life living in St. Augustine, Florida, and was always happiest when she was working to serve others. She truly treasured her many friends from all parts of her life.
After she retired to live in her hometown of Rogersville, she volunteered at the Neighborhood Food Distribution Center and other community organizations as well as regularly visiting shut-ins at the Rogersville Care and Rehabilitation Center.
Although she was a longtime member of McKinney’s Chapel Church, she also attended and participated with Bethel Baptist Church in Rogersville and occasionally attended services at Our Saviour Lutheran Church in Johnson City with her daughter’s family.
She loved gardening and being with her friends and family, but most of all she loved her canine “babies,” Ethel, Scruffy and Butters.
She will be missed by many, but especially by her daughter, Maggie Williams Flint; and son, Richard Williams; along with son-in-law, James Flint; and daughter-in-law, Shelby Rhea; and her brothers-in-law, Walter and Ralph Williams and their wives, Sandra and Nina. She kept a very special place in her heart for her grandchildren, Brandie Lorraine Flint and John “Josiah” Flint and their spouses, Miguel and Michelle. Her great-grandchildren, Chance Allen Johnson, Harmoni Gracen Metcalf, Justis Broderick Metcalf and Darcy Aislynn Flint brought a special light and immense joy to her life.
Her family will receive friends at Our Saviour Lutheran Church, 212 Sunset Drive, Johnson City, Tennessee, on Saturday, October 8, 2011, at 10 a.m., with a memorial celebration of her life following at 11:30 a.m.
Final arrangements and other details are being handled by Tetrick Funeral Home in Johnson City.
In lieu of flowers her family requests that those who wish to pay tribute to Betty Jean would please donate in her honor to either the American Cancer Society or Second Harvest Food Bank.
Online condolences may be shared through www.tetrickfuneralhome.com.
Tetrick Funeral and Cremation Services, 3001 Peoples Street, Johnson City, TN 37601, (423) 610-7171 is serving the family.