Betty Jean Griffith
Published 7:28 am Thursday, April 18, 2019
Funeral services for Mrs. Betty Jean Griffith were held at 11 a.m.
April 10, 2019, at the New Hebron United Methodist Church. Visitation
was from 9:30 to 11 a.m. before the service.
Rev. Mike Dubose and Rev. Mike Hart officiated. Burial followed in
the New Hebron Cemetery.
Saulters Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Betty Jean Thurman Turnage Griffith died April 6, 2019, following a
brief illness. Mrs. Griffith was born Feb. 16, 1932, in Prentiss. In
1962 she married Preston B. Turnage and made her home in Jackson where
she worked in the banking and oil industries. Upon the death of Mr.
Turnage, she returned to Prentiss where she met and married in 2002
Charles W. (Buzzy) Griffith of New Hebron. She and Mr. Griffith spent
their retirement years traveling the country in their camper before
making their home in New Hebron.
Pallbearers were Keith Thurman, Wayde Benson, Jarred Griffith, Brooks
Jones, Larry Loftin and Curtis McNeil. Honorary Bearers were Greg
Jones, Chuck Griffith and Rodney Mitchell.
Mrs. Griffith was preceded in death by: her parents, George Clyde and
Vera Thurman; husband, Preston Turnage; husband, Charles Griffith; and
her brother George Clyde Thurman Jr.
She is survived by her sister, Sara Nell Cooley of Richardson, Texas;
brother, William Howard Thurman and wife Linda of Canton; sister,
Syrenthia Ann Mitchell and husband Rodney of Picayune; sister-in-law,
Carolyn Thurman of Prentiss. She is also survived by her children
Linda Griffith Jones and husband, Greg; Charles “Chuck” Griffith and
wife Nancy all of New Hebron. She was blessed with four grandchildren,
four great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.
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