Elizabeth “Betsy” Cheek Camper was born in Erwin on July 17, 1925, to Henry D. and Carrie Harper Cheek. As the baby of the family, she enjoyed many of the perks that come with that title.
Betsy graduated from ETSU with degrees in Elementary Education and Home Economics. She taught at Limestone Cove, the Fishery school, and Elm Street Elementary, before meeting and marrying the love of her life, Jimmy.
In 1975 the Camper family moved from the Pisgah Forest National Fish Hatchery (NC) to Heber Springs, AR, where Jimmy was the Hatchery Biologist at the Greers Ferry National Fish Hatchery. It was then that Betsy began a 32 year career as a substitute teacher. Many former students tell of their joy of seeing her arrive in her blue VW Beetle, dressed to the hilt, with perfect lipstick, nail polish, and accessories.
Jesus scheduled Betsy’s heavenly homecoming on November 14, 2018. She was preceded in death by her beloved Momma and Daddy, husband Jimmy, brothers Ben and Robert (Bob) and sisters Harriet Loughlin and Henrietta Halliday. Betsy leaves her daughters and their husbands, Robby and Travis Wright and Carrie and Billy Pennington. She also has two granddaughters, Harper Benton and Carrie Rae Wright, whom she adored, and her precious kitty, Mary Brown, as well as many friends and loved ones.
Betsy’s visitation was held on November 15th at Olmstead Funeral Home, Heber Springs, AR, and a graveside service was November 16th at Cleburne Co. Memorial Gardens.
Momma loved Erwin, returning to spend summers there for many years even after moving to Arkansas. She always said her idea of heaven was 402 Elm Street, the home where she was born and cherished in her heart forever.
Donations in Betsy’s memory may be made to the Heber Springs Humane Society, the Gideons, or The Other Side Ministry.
Momma, we love you!