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Betty L. Smith

June 17, 1938 – October 12, 2022


Tuesday, October 18, 2022

Family Visitation: 11:00 A.M.

Funeral Service: 12:00 Noon

Held at

Galilee M.B. Church

917 Sevier Street

Shelbyville, Tennessee



Mt. Ararat Cemetery

Shelbyville, Tennessee

Betty L. Smith was born June 17, 1938, to the late Amy Lee and Sam Henry Harris, in Bedford County Tennessee. She passed away Wednesday, October 12, 2022, at Vanderbilt Bedford Hospital in Shelbyville, Tennessee.

Betty attended Bedford County Training School and later worked in Professional Janitorial Service and was a Caretaker.

Betty loved playing bingo and had a love for sampling all kinds of food. Betty was a mother that welcomed all the children, no one was a  stranger, and she would feed and take good care of them.

She became a  member of Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church  and from there was a member of Church of the First Born. Later in life, she became a dedicated, faithful member of Concord Primitive Baptist Church in Howell, TN until her passing. She was a Mother of the church and a  Mother of the Friendship Primitive Baptist Association.

Betty was very dedicated to God’s Time Prayer Line, which are prayer warriors who are dedicated to praying every morning on the phone before starting the day.

She is preceded in death by her mother, Amy Lee Harris and father, Sam Henry Harris;  devoted husband of over 20 years, James Edward Smith; two brothers, Samuel Harris and Arthur Lewis Blackmore; one sister, Francis Elizabeth Smith; and beloved aunt, Mary Elizabeth Harris.

Betty leaves to cherish her memories, her children, Samuel (Cherry) Lee Harris, Sr., Robert (Rhonda) Thomas Harris of Fayetteville, TN, Ratina (Harold) Biggers, Gracie (Calvin) Bailey and David Mitchell Shaw all of Shelbyville, TN; sister, Mattie Eyvonne Harris; grandchildren, Darwin (Jamie) Harris, Sammy (Stacy Fisher) Harris, Jr., Fredrow (Desarai) Harris, Retina (Manuel) Evon Valadez, Michael Shaw, Kendell (Stephanie) Shaw, Calvin Bailey, Jr., Kimberly Knight, Kanika Bailey, Kanisha Hathaway, Robin Foster and Bonita Foster; a very devoted daughter in law whom will greatly miss her, Cherry Ann Harris; devoted friends, Sarah Johnson and Elder Susie Wyatt; and a host great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

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