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“I am so sorry for Mrs. Betty's passing but celebrate that she is at home now with Jesus ”
1 of 17 | Posted by: Libby Callahan - Eastanollee, GA

“Grief can be so hard, but our special memories help us cope. Remembering you and your loved one today and always. ”
2 of 17 | Posted by: Doug & Debbie Looney - GA

“Ray I am so sorry for your loss. Praying for your family ”
3 of 17 | Posted by: Joyce (Burgess) Moore - GA

“Mr Whiten so sorry to hear of your loss. Mrs Whiten was a special lady and will be missed greatly. ”
4 of 17 | Posted by: Tyrus and Bonnie SMITH - toccoa, GA

“We love you, Ray. Mother, Jeff and I have great memories of you and Betty. Praying for you. Lydia ”
5 of 17 | Posted by: Jeff and Lydia Ethridge - Lavonia, GA

“Jeff, Suzanne and family, from your friends and neighbors in Bagwell Glen, we send our sincere condolences to you in the loss of your mother. Please...Read More »
6 of 17 | Posted by: Jan Tanner - Piedmont, SC

“Mr. Whiten, Jeff,Suzanne, and the host of family and friends there, please know our prayers for continued peace are with you. What a gracious lady...Read More »
7 of 17 | Posted by: Charlotte Webb - Rogersville, TN

“Ray,You are in our thoughts and prayers.So sorry we can't attend the service, but we are in Hilton Head until April 19th.We love and appreciate you...Read More »
8 of 17 | Posted by: Don & Joan Griffin - Friend

“Ray, we are saddened to learn of your loss. You are in our prayers. ”
9 of 17 | Posted by: David and June Stufft - Toccoa, GA

“Praying for all of the Whiten family. Mrs. Betty was a true ambassador of God's love. ”
10 of 17 | Posted by: Rebecca Smith - Gainesville, GA

“We are so sorry for your loss. May God bless and comfort your family. ”
11 of 17 | Posted by: Gene and Brenda Sorrells - Toccoa, GA

“Brown and I have been touched and retouched by the condolences and tributes made on behalf of Betty. No doubt that God will be glorified and...Read More »
12 of 17 | Posted by: JoEvelyn and Brown Dean - GA

“So sorry for your loss. Betty was a loving woman who was an inspiration to many. My condolences to all the family. ”
13 of 17 | Posted by: Carol Eakins - Covington - Friend

“Our dearest Bro. Ray, our heart and prayers go to you and your family. Mrs. Betty was precious and lovely lady. We love you and are here for you....Read More »
14 of 17 | Posted by: Donna Cisson - Friend

“Ray, we send our love and prayers to you and family, you mean so much to us. We didn't know Betty except through you and know she was a special...Read More »
15 of 17 | Posted by: Rodney Rappe - Lavonia, GA

“Dear RayOur deepest sympathy goes out to you & your family. Betty was a dear, precious lady and will be missed sorely. MayGod bless & comfort you...Read More »
16 of 17 | Posted by: Ken & Virginia Banks - Toccoa, GA

“Ray, sending our Love! I will be working all weekend and unable to attend but I want you to know how precious you and Betty are to our family. I know...Read More »
17 of 17 | Posted by: Cherie Kirkland - Family Friend


Betty Jo Defoor Whiten
March 6, 1937 - April ¬9, 2018

Betty Jo Defoor Whiten, age 81, passed from this life into Paradise on April 9, 2018. She is wonderfully "absent from the body, and present with the Lord" (2 Corinthians 5:8). She leaves a devoted husband of 62 years, Ray Whiten of Toccoa; children Susan (Fred) Head of Easley, Rick (Debbie) Whiten of Easley, and Jeff (Suzanne) Whiten of Piedmont; and is preceded in death by an infant son, Daniel Ray Whiten, Jr. Betty also leaves a sister Jeanette Defoor Moore of Toccoa and brothers Maurice Defoor of Seneca, and Dan Defoor of Jacksonville, FL; and many nieces and nephews.

Betty was preceded in death by father Sanford Mac and mother Lucy Looney Defoor and siblings Waymon, Dorsey, Floyd Ray, John, Henry, and Jessie Hollingsworth.

Betty took great joy in her grandchildren, Andrew Head, Jessica Head, Zach (Samantha) Head, Cadence Whiten, Laura (Casey) Hord, Hannah (Ryan) Lemere, and Jesse Whiten. She was also blessed to have great-grandchildren, Carter Hord, Riley Lemere, Foster Head, and another great-grandson in July.

Jesus said, "Let the children come unto me." Betty lovingly taught many children through the preschool and children's ministries of churches in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. She also had her own daycare for many years.

Betty had worked at WABCO, Toccoa, Georgia Baptist Conference Center, Toccoa, and New Prospect Baptist Church Daycare, Anderson but her greatest work was with her family and alongside her husband Ray in ministry. Betty was instrumental in the success of many productions of the church through the making of costumes and banners, as well as caring for the cast and children.

A Celebration of Life Service will be Saturday, April 14, 2018, 2:00 at Sunnyside Baptist Church, Toccoa, with Dr. Jesse Colbert and Dr. Roddy Turner officiating. Receiving of friends will be at 1:00, prior to the service. The family will have a private burial service.

In lieu of flowers, gifts may be given to Betty's hospice care provider, Pruitt Cares Foundation, 1626 Jeurgens Court, Norcross, GA, 30093 or Sunnyside Baptist Church Growth Campaign, 1154 Mize Road, Toccoa, GA, 30577.

Condolences may be sent to the family at www.whitlockmortuary.net
Whitlock Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.

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