Betty Jean Ellington Godbold
December 17, 1930 – April 30, 2018
Betty Jean Ellington Godbold, age 87, of New Albany, MS departed this earthly life peacefully at the North Mississippi Medical Center on April 30, 2018. She is survived by her husband, Rev. Robert R. Godbold, Jr, and children Robert R. Godbold, III. of Cleveland MS, Richard Dewey Godbold of Yellow Springs, OH, and Gerald Wesley Godbold of New Albany, MS, brothers Dewey Pleasant (D.P.) Ellington, Jr. of San Diego, CA, and David McCrory Ellington of Webb, MS and seven grandchildren. She is preceded in death by her parents Dewey Pleasant Ellington, Sr. and Thelma Elise McCrory Ellington, of Webb MS.
Betty Jean was born in Greenwood, MS on December 17, 1930. She was graduate of Webb-Swan Lake High School in 1947. She attended first Belhaven College then Baylor University majoring in Music and Voice. She later received a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education from Memphis State. She was a longtime music teacher and elementary educator in the Mississippi Public Schools. She was a faithful servant of the United Methodist Church in a number of Mississippi communities as the wife of Robert, a United Methodist Minister. Later in life, she served her local church as member of the choir, president of her Sunday school class, and worked in the community as tutor in the Literacy Council.
Reverend Dr. Timothy Prather will officiate services at the First United Methodist Church, New Albany, MS. Visitation is 10:00 AM, Wednesday May 2nd at the Wesley Fellowship Hall. The funeral service will be held at 11:00 AM in the church sanctuary. The interment ceremony will be held at the Vista Memorial Park Cemetery immediately following. United Funeral Service is in charge of the arrangements.
Betty was a faithful servant of Christ, and exemplified His virtues in her everyday life. Her greatest joy was found by serving others before herself. She will be greatly missed by all who knew her.