Ms. Betty Ann Malone Straight, our beloved sister in Christ, went to be with our Lord on July 22. She was 70 years old.
While she was born in Greeneville, she moved to Florida in the mid 1980s.
A graduate of Greeneville High School, she continued her education at Virginia Intermont and also at the University of Tennessee.
A business owner and entrepreneur, her most recent position was the club manager and event coordinator of the Pompano Beach (Fla.) Elks Lodge.
A member of the Loyal Order of the Women of the Moose, Greeneville Chapter No. 1598, she was also a devoted and extremely active member of the Elks Lodge No. 1898.
Additionally, she was involved with the Order of the Eastern Star in Greeneville.
A proud supporter of the Boys & Girls Club of Greeneville & Greene County, she also helped with St. Jude Children's Charities and other organizations and charities too numerous to mention.
She was a Methodist by faith and was a lifelong member of Bales Chapel United Methodist Church in Greene County.
She received numerous awards and honors for her dedication, donations, and hard work from the organizations and charities she supported.
She enjoyed NASCAR and the University of Tennessee sports programs. She was an accomplished artist, florist, decorator, seamstress and had a great passion for cooking.
She was preceded in death by both parents: George A. and Blanche B. Malone of Greeneville, as well as two brothers, Joe Hal Malone, also of Greeneville, and James Allen Malone. She was also preceded by a brother-in-law, Bill C. Whitehead.
She leaves behind a loving and devoted group of loved ones and family: a son: Ted Lane Bryant II and his wife, Carla, of Johnson City; a daughter: Mary Bronwyn Bryant Perry and her husband, John; a grandson: Alex Bryant; two granddaughters: Beth Bryant Catron and Erin Perry; a grandson-in-law: Sasha Catron; a great-granddaughter: Brylee Catron; a sister: Mary Alice Whitehead; a brother: Kenneth Malone and his wife, Brenda; three nephews: Doug Malone and his wife, Jenny, Mel Malone and his wife, Terri, and Joe Malone and his wife, Diane; and several great-nieces, great-nephews, and cousins, as well as many dear and close friends too numerous to mention.
At the time of her passing, her friends of more than 50 years, Jewel Burger of Greenville, S.C., and Rebecca Saye of Harriman, were close, as well as her dear and supportive friends, Ernie Heermance, Frank "Whitey" and Durinda Whitehead, and David Morin and family, all of Florida.
Betty Ann will be sadly missed by many and was held in high regard, respect and deep affection by any and all who knew her. She made certain that she lived her life as an example for all to make this world a better place for all. This will always be her everlasting testimony.
The family will be planning two public memorial services for their loved one. Her wish is to have a service in Florida at the Kraeer Funeral Home, 1655 University Drive in Coral Springs.
They will receive friends from 6-7 p.m. today with a service of remembrance to follow afterward.
For this service, the honorary pallbearers will be the gentlemen of the Loyal Order of the Elks Lodge of Pompano Beach.
It was her desire that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made in her name to the charities that the Elks Lodge supports. If that is not possible, then to the Boys & Girls Club of Greeneville & Greene County.
Her wish was to also have a public memorial service at Kiser-Rose Hill Funeral Home on Saturday, July 27. Her family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. with a service of remembrance to follow afterward.
For this service, the honorary pallbearers will be her loving family members and her beloved family in Christ at Bales Chapel UM Church.
Her wish was that in lieu of flowers, contributions in her name to either for the Boys & Girls Club of Greeneville & Greene County or a worthy charity of the donor's choice.
The family will be honoring this loved one's request to have two private ceremonies for the releasing of her remains both in Florida and in Tennessee - "The only two places she ever called home."