Betty Jane Meyer, age 82, of Kingsport passed away on Tuesday, May 21, 2013 at Wellmont Holston Valley Medical Center.
She was born on January 31, 1931 in Erwin, TN, to the late Garvey Mack Griffith and Mary McKinney Griffith. Betty married her husband, Fred on September 2, 1950 and had two children which she adored. Betty majored in Elementary Education at East Tennessee State University in Johnson City.
Bettys life revolved around her love for the Lord Jesus Christ as her Savior. Betty and her family are current members of Colonial Heights Christian Church. Previously she served as Circle Chairman and Bible Teacher, as well as choir member in Colonial Heights United Methodist Church.
She loved music, especially the piano. She walked 5 miles for her first piano lessons with Mrs. Walter Love back in the 40s. Betty loved gardening, especially flowers, and belonged to Magnolia Garden Club when Erma Slaughter was chairperson. She did volunteer work at Holston Valley Hospital during the 1970s.
Betty was saved at the age of 9 years old at the Pentecostal Holiness Church on Carolina Avenue in Erwin. She was pianist there for a number of years as well as had a radio program singing with a trio over WETB radio broadcast in Johnson City.
She worked at Southern Pottery in Erwin in the 40s and 50s as a hand decorator and worked at Montgomery Wards in Kingsport in the 70s.
In the 80s, Betty Meyer was a cofounder of the first affiliate of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill in Johnson City, TN. Bettys son received great help through the services of this organization.
Along with her parents, Betty was preceded in death by her son, Roderick Lynn Meyer and niece, Karen Griffith Owens.
She is survived by her husband of 62 years, Fred; her daughter, Mary Meyer of Kingsport; brother, Frederick Thomas Griffith and wife Gerrie of Newtown, CT and their daughter, Jane; and brother, Paul Devane Griffith and wife Jean of Erwin.
Visitation will be held on Friday, May 24, 2013 from 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM in the J. Wayne Hamilton Memorial Chapel of Oak Hill Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow with Minister Bruce Montgomery and Pastor Delbert Storie officiating.
Graveside service will follow at Oak Hill Memorial Park in Section A.
Family and friends will serve as pallbearers.
The staff of Oak Hill is honored to serve the family of Betty Jane Meyer.
An online guest registry may be signed at http://www.oakhillmemorialpark.com/