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“Mike & Carol & Family Jackie & I are so sad about Betty's passing. It is never easy to lose a loved one. Betty was loved and liked by so many...Read More »
1 of 4 | Posted by: Dean Carpenter - Dallas, NC

“Mike and Carol,I am so sorry to hear that your mother has passed. Dad and mom (Reggie and Betty) thought the world of her and always tried to check...Read More »
2 of 4 | Posted by: Lynn Stubblefield - Cherryville, NC

“I am so sorry about your mother. I loved her so much and I know how you are suffering because you were so close to your mother. Prayers going up for...Read More »
3 of 4 | Posted by: Beverly COLEMAN - Gastonia, NC

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Betty McKenzie
1936 - 2021

Dallas – Mary "Betty" Brafford McKenzie, 85, passed away peacefully on July 21, 2021 at CaroMont Regional Medical Center.

She was born in Gaston County, NC on March 26, 1936 to the late Clyde Benjamin Brafford and Bessie Perkins Brafford. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by husband of over 40 years, Robert Lee McKenzie; her siblings, Faye Freeman, Ruth Brafford, Ralph Brafford, Earl Brafford and Ben Brafford.

Betty was an active member of Mt. Beulah Baptist Church, where she served as a Sunday school teacher for many years. She dearly loved her church and church family. She also enjoyed her time with her five lunch lady friends and took great pride in cutting her grass (acres of grass). She loved shopping and watching the Atlanta Braves baseball. Betty was a loving mother, grandmother and friend to many.

Survivors include her son, Mike (April) McKenzie; daughter, Carol (Bryon) Randolph; her wonderful grandchildren, Allison Randolph, Matthew (Taylor) Randolph, Justin McKenzie, Madeline McKenzie and Brittany Green; great-grandchildren, Aria Gray and Maverick Randolph; sister Marie (James) Finger and sister in law, Marie Brafford.

Family will receive friends from 11:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m., Saturday, July 24th at Mt. Beulah Baptist Church, 5306 Dallas Cherryville Highway, Bessemer City, NC and the Celebration of Life Service will follow at 1:00 p.m. with Pastor Doug Nab and Pastor Fain Farmer officiating.

Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be Calvin Crawford, Joseph Hunter, Reid Brafford, Joey, Greg, Rick and Glenn Freeman.

Memorials may be made to Mt. Beulah Baptist Church, 5306 Dallas Cherryville Highway, Bessemer City, NC

Condolences may be made to www.withersandwhisenantfuneral.com.

Withers and Whisenant Funeral Home and Cremation Service, 2916 Union Road, Gastonia (704) 864-5144 is serving the Family.

Please use the following link to view the Memorial Tribute: http://videos.lifetributes.com/1151167

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Withers and Whisenant Funeral Home and Cremation Service
2916 Union Rd. Gastonia, NC 28054
Tel. (704) 864-5144

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