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Betty Joe Lewis Miles went home to be with her Lord and personal Savior on Thursday, May 31,2018 as she was surrounded by her loving husband and family. She was born on October 26,1937 in Morven, GA, the oldest daughter of the late Rev. John Miles Lewis and Eula Dee Weldon Lewis of Baxley, GA.
Betty leaves behind to cherish her memory her adoring husband of nearly 64 years, Kenneth; four children: Suzan Jarman of Kannapolis,NC , Janet Bruce of Danville, VA, Lorri Murphy of Nashville, NC and Mitch Miles of Rocky Mount,NC; their spouses, whom she loved as if they were her own sons and daughter: Tim (Suzan), Myron (Janet), Mike (Lorri), and Nancy (Mitch); one dear sister: Judy Carter (Ruby Jr.) of Baxley, GA and two brothers, Mike Lewis (Angie) of Alston, GA, Kevin Lewis (Tammy) of Baxley, GA; eight grandchildren: Natalie McKeel (Blake), Lauren Guilliams (Jordan), Nathan Woodcock (Natalie), Nick Woodcock (Jamie), Meredith Bauguess (Adam), Neil Woodcock (Jana), Brandon Miles (Lindsey), Caroline Miles,; ten great-grandchildren: Kenzington, Anniston, Brixton and Livingston Guilliams, Emerson and Ellington McKeel, Braven and Bentyn Bauguess, Chandler Woodcock, and Olivia Woodcock; and two soon to be born great-grandsons, Bentley and Issac Woodcock; and a host of in-laws, nephews, nieces, and friends whom she loved deeply.
In addition to her parents, Betty was predeceased by two brothers, Jack and Johnny Lewis and one son, Scottie Kenneth Miles.
Betty married the love of her life,Kenneth, on August 19, 1954 and was a 1955 Graduate of Baxley High School in Baxley, GA. She grew up in South Georgia but she and Kenneth have also lived in Hawaii, FL, SC, NC, and VA.
As a preacher’s daughter, Betty grew up playing the piano and singing at church. Then God blessed her with children to sing with her and it was truly the JOY of her life. “The Miles Family” traveled singing in churches together for many years and all family gatherings included her children singing with her around the piano.
After Betty retired from banking, she and Kenneth moved to Myrtle Beach, SC and enjoyed many years with their precious grandchildren spending their spring breaks and summers with them at the beach. MaMa always served up her special homemade peach ice cream and pound cake and they often had their own church services at “Chapel by the Sea”, which was held in MaMa and PaPa’s sunroom. Because of their declining health, Betty and Kenneth moved to Concord, NC three years ago to be near their family.
Without question, Jesus was first in her life followed by her family and her friends. Betty also enjoyed her flowers, loved to read, work crossword puzzles, and watch Hallmark movies. As a loving wife, mother, MaMa, and friend, she will be dearly missed and will never be forgotten. The Godly legacy and the precious heritage her loved ones have now inherited will never be surpassed.
A Celebration of Betty’s Life will be held on Sunday, June 3, 2018, at 4:00 pm at Memorial Baptist Church, 1785 Dale Earnhardt Blvd, Kannapolis, NC, 28083, where she is a member. Pastor Jason Barber, Rev. Myron Bruce (son-in-law), Rev. Neil Woodcock (grandson) and Rev. Lindsey Lewis (nephew) will be officiating and her children will be singing. A visitation will immediately follow the service in the Family Life Center at Memorial Baptist Church. At all other times the family will receive friends at the residence, 286 Meadow Oaks Drive, Concord, NC. A private family burial will be at the Salisbury National Cemetery.
Flowers are welcomed or memorials may be made to the “Senior Saints Ministry” at Memorial Baptist Church, 1785 Dale Earnhardt Blvd, Kannapolis, NC, 28083.
Arrangements are entrusted to Edwards Funeral Home, 120 College Street, Norwood, NC. You may share memories and condolences with the family by visiting www.edwardsfuneralhomes.com.