Bettie Jean Graves Jones obituary

Bettie Jean Graves Jones Obituary

Elizabeth, Tennessee, United States

October 10, 1929 - November 08, 2016

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Bettie Jean Graves Jones obituary

Bettie Jean Graves Jones Obituary

Oct 10, 1929 - Nov 08, 2016

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Bettie Jean Graves JonesHumboldt, TNBettie Jean Jones, 87, died peacefully at her home in Humboldt, Tennessee on November 8, 2016. Known as "BJ" to her family and countless friends, she was married for 69 years to Ralph Jones, Jr., who survives her.Mrs. Jones was an active member of the First Baptist Church, singing in the choir and teaching Sunday School for over fifty years. She also devoted her time and energy to many local charities, including her decades of service on the Board of the Helping Hand of Humboldt. In 2003, she was voted Mrs. Gibson County by readers of The Courier Chronicle.Bettie Jean Graves was born on October 10, 1929 to Martha and William Augustus Graves of Humboldt. On August 15, 1947, she married William Ralph Jones, Jr., and together they raised four children. She was preceded in death by two of those children, Jeanne Jones Little, who died in 2000, and Barbara Jones Thomas, who died on the same date as Mrs. Jones, in 2014. She was also preceded in death by a great grandson, Jack Hale Hayes, in 2007 and by five of her six brothers and sisters.In addition to her husband, Mrs. Jones is survived by two children, Elizabeth Wallis Jones of Jackson, Tenn. and William Ralph Jones, III (Camille) of Humboldt; her sister, Martha Bodkin (Hobart) of Atlanta; and eleven grandchildren: Stan Little, Jr. (Meredith) of Hernando, Mississippi; Jenny Hadley (Edward) of Nashville; Clayton Bollig (Daniel) of Knoxville; John Hale, Jr. (Elisabeth) of Houston; Josie Nielson (Andrew) of Nashville; Martha Thomas of Dallas; Barnes Thomas (Ashley) of Dallas; Rachel Herbert (Erik) of Nashville; Liza Bennett of New York City; Margaret Jones of Humboldt; and William Jones, IV of Humboldt. She is also survived by eleven great-grandchildren.Visitation with the family will take place at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, November 12, at First Baptist Church with the funeral service to follow at 1:00 p.m. Interment will be at Rose Hill Cemetery in Humboldt.In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Boys and Girls Club of Humboldt or a .Shelton-Hunt Funeral Home731-784-1414
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