Mrs. Betty Jane Smith, 83, a resident of Fort Mill, SC, a former longtime resident and active community member of Kingston, TN passed away Thursday, July 31, 2014 at the Carolina Medical Center in Pineville, NC. She was born April 19, 1931 in Brooklyn, WV; the daughter of the late Peyton and Lucy Gravely. Betty graduated valedictorian from Nuttall High School, in Lookout, WV in 1949. She married the love of her life on Christmas Eve in 1951. By her husband’s side, she supported America’s veterans as a member of the women’s auxiliary with the American Legion Post 377 in Pontiac, MI. She found great Joy during her days as a Sunday school teacher at the Union Chapel Baptist Church in Kingston, TN. Betty’s life was lived through music, dance, and family. Her love for Bluegrass, Gospel, and many other genres brought joy to not only herself, but everyone around her. As an active member of the senior center in Indian Land, SC, she was blessed to have made many wonderful friendships and will always be remembered as the beautiful lady who made everyone smile through her song and dance. Betty was a loving wife of 61 years to the late Witson Smith; and a loving mother, grandmother, and great grandmother. She was also preceded in death by grandson, Michael John Avery; father, Peyton Gravely; mother, Lucille Gravely; brothers, Allen Gravely, Jack Gravely; and sisters, Virginia Craft, Laurastine Gravely, Jean Heffernan and Janice Casiano.
Son: Richard Smith (Lori) of Myrtle Beach, SC
Daughters: Suzie Craven (Mike) of Fort Mill, SC
Pamela Sue Rose of Sandford, NC
Grandchildren: Jason Avery of Fort Mill, SC
Joe Avery (Allie) of Warner Robbins, GA
Bambi Pescasio (Martin) of Richland, WA
Emily Polan (Josh) of Lenard, MI
Christopher Clem of NY
William Clem of MI
Courtney Lynch (Will) of MI
14 Great Grandchildren
And numerous nieces and nephews.
The family will receive friends Tuesday, August 5, 2014 from 11:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon at the Evans Mortuary. Funeral services will follow on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 12:00 noon from the Chapel of Evans Mortuary with Rev. Ronnie Nickell officiating. Graveside services and interment will immediately follow in the Roane Memorial Gardens in Rockwood, TN. Memorial contributions may be made to the Union Chapel Baptist Church; 2734 Lawnville Road; Kingston, TN 37763.