Mrs. Betty Etheredge Golden, 84, of Tifton passed peacefully into the hands of Jesus on Tuesday, June 18, 2019.
A service celebrating her life will be held at 3:00 PM on Saturday, June 22nd, in the sanctuary of First United Methodist Church of Tifton. Interment will follow at Salem Baptist Church cemetery. Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 PM on Friday, June 21st at Albritton Funeral Directors.
Betty was born May 8, 1935 in Macon, Georgia and was the only child of Carrie V. Jennings and Lee Etheredge. She absolutely loved anything to do with music. She could often be found at First United Methodist Church, where she was a faithful member for over 80 years. She was a member of the chancel choir, Beacon Sunday School class, and the Ensemble. She wore every hat possible in the music ministry, including pianist, organist, soloist, interim music director, handbell director, kitchen band director, and children’s choir director. She served as wedding coordinator, and helped in the kitchen and in the office. She retired from the Animal and Dairy Science department at the Coastal Plains Experiment Station after 45 years. And she ran the show! She loved working there, and loved the “critters”. She was known for her ability to get it done. She served as the first female president of the Blue Devil Football Booster Club and president of the American Heart Association of Tifton. The loves of her life were family, friends, music and cats. If you knew her, she would do anything for you, especially put a smile on your face.
Pallbearers will be Bubba Harrison, Harmon Tawzer, Tyron Spearman, Stacy Duckworth, Larry Newton, Jimmy Jennings, Steve Webb and Tim Dunn. Honorary pallbearers will be the staff of Cypress Pond, First Methodist Chancel Choir, and First Methodist Beacon Sunday School Class.
She was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, Bobby Arthur Golden, and her son, Lee Strickland, and her special cousin John Tate. Mrs. Golden is survived by her son Richard Golden, his wife, Kelly, and her grandchildren, Ashlee, Emily and Blair of Tifton; her son Chad Golden, his wife Carla, and her granddaughter Bella of Hilton Head Island, SC.; and her Cypress Pond family..too numerous to name for fear of leaving someone special out.
Flowers accepted or donations may be made to First United Methodist Church Music Ministry, 107 W 12th St., Tifton, Ga., 31794 or Tifton Alzheimer’s, 225 2nd St. E., Tifton, Ga. 31794.
Albritton Funeral Directors is in charge of the arrangements.