Betty Jo “Big Betty” Richardson, 78, of Elizabethton, passed away Tuesday, September 13, 2011, at Johnson City Medical Center following an extended illness. A native of Barbourville, Ky., she was a daughter of the late David Crockett and Lula Ann Henson Buttery. She had lived in Elizabethton for over 50 years. Betty was a homemaker and a member of the Bible Baptist Church. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, George William Buttery and Cecil Buttery, and seven sisters, Edna Mills, Catherine Baker, Janie B. Mullins, Sylvia McDonald, Viola Scalf and Laura Mae Burgess.
Survivors include three sons and two daughters-in-law, Dallas Richardson, Elizabethton, Douglas and Lucy Richardson, Elizabethton, and Rev. Terry and Melissa Richardson, Hampton; four daughters and sons-in-law, Donna and Jim Fritts, Elizabethton, Lela and Bill Fuller, Jackson, Ga., Vicki and Mark Fuller, Canton, Ga., and Kim and Mike Ensor, Elizabethton; 11 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren; and a sister, Inez Burgess, Covington, Ohio. Several nieces and nephews also survive.
Funeral services for Mrs. Richardson will be conducted at 8 p.m. Friday, September 16, at Memorial Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Bill Greer officiating. Music will be provided by the Sunset Free Will Baptist Church Choir. Graveside services and interment will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 17, in the Garland Cemetery. Active pallbearers, who are requested to assemble at the funeral home at 10:15 a.m. Saturday, will be Robert Fuller, Christopher Fuller, Timothy Fuller, Benjamin Fuller, David Richardson, Bill Fuller, Mark Fuller and Dave Bowers. Honorary pallbearers will be Mike Ensor, Jim Fritts, Gary Laws, Harold Morrell and Arnold Hughes. The family would like to say a special “Thank You” to the following: Johnson City Medical Center ICU, Amedisys Home Health, Dr. Vivian Clark, Molly at Johnson City Medical Center and friends at Volunteer Mart. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. Friends may also call at the residence of a daughter, Kim Ensor, Elizabethton, at any time. Those who plan to attend the graveside service are asked to meet at the funeral home at 10:15 a.m. Saturday. Condolences to the Richardson family may be e-mailed to firstname.lastname@example.org. Memorial Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.