She was a native of Johnson City and the daughter of Edward “Ed” and Orpha White Boyd. She was preceded in death by her husband of 72 years, Hubert Aldon Speer on December 2, 2018.
Betty graduated from Science Hill High School in 1943. She worked at Keller’s Grocery Store, Home Federal Bank, and McKee-Wilson Eye Hospital which became the Johnson City Eye Clinic. She retired from the Johnson City Eye Clinic in 1999 after 46 years of service. Betty devoted the past three years to the loving care of her husband, Aldon.
Betty was a member of First United Methodist Church and served as a Sunday school teacher in the children’s ministry for 72 years. She was also active in the United Methodist Women, the Circle of Hope, and the Friendship Sunday School Class. Betty enjoyed spending time with her family, friends from church, Emmaus prayer group, and friends of the “Friday Night Fish Gang.” She also enjoyed volunteering at The Melting Pot, The Ronald McDonald House, and at the First United Methodist Church (FUMC) Food Pantry. Betty’s love of travel took her to several foreign countries and visits to 48 states with Aldon, family, and friends; however, she found nothing more beautiful or enjoyable than a picnic on Roan Mountain.
Betty’s memory will live on in the hearts of family and friends she leaves behind:
Nephews and Nieces: Gary and Sue Speer of Johnson City, Claudette and Conrad Easley of Dalton, GA, and Mike and Betsy Speer of Madison, AL; Great-Nephews and Nieces: Allison and Rick Smith, Ashley Speer and Barry Minter, Eric and Lauren Easley, Suzanne Speer, and Caroline Speer; and Great-Great Nephews: Logan and Tristan Smith, Preston and Jordan Speer; and Special Friends: Dr. Jimmy Ross, Gracia, Katie, and Pepper.
The family would like to extend their appreciation to Betty’s church family, prayer groups, and many friends for their faithful love and support over the last three years. In addition, a special thanks to Dr. Moulton, Dr. Cook, and the staff of The Waters and Amedisys Hospice for their loving care and support.
Following Betty’s wishes, her body has been donated to the Quillen College of Medicine for the benefit and education of others. A memorial service will be held at First United Methodist Church on Saturday, January 12, 2019 at 2:30pm with Rev. Jane Taylor officiating. Music will be provided by organist Susan Fields and soloists Billy Walker and Dan Mahoney. The family will receive friends from 1:30pm until the service hour. In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial contributions be made to the First United Methodist Church Food Pantry, 900 Spring Street, Johnson City, TN 37604.
Condolences may be sent to the Speer family online at www.dillow-taylor.com.
Dillow-Taylor Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Jonesborough, TN 753-3821