Betty Jo Younginer was born on April 25, 1934 in Columbia, South Carolina. She grew up in Rocky Mount, where she met and married Albert Ray Phelps. Over the next sixty years, they had four children, raising them in Wilson.
While living in Wilson, Betty Jo dedicated herself to the Wilson County Schools as a secretary and bookkeeper. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. Betty Jo was a devoted Christian, a wonderful cook and a mother to many. Her kind heart, loving hospitality and gentle spirit were great gifts to everyone she met.
She is survived by her husband, Albert Ray Phelps of the home; three children, Al Phelps and Antonio Martinez of Chicago, Illinois, Charles and Carolyn Phelps of Wilmington, and Ben and Christine Phelps of Marietta, Georgia and four grandchildren, Tyler Phelps, Alexandria Phelps, Townshend Phelps, and Timothy Phelps. Her heart lives in all of us forever.
She was preceded in death by her son, Tim Phelps.
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Betty Jo passed away peacefully on December 20, 2014 surrounded by her family. Her funeral will be held 10 a.m. Tuesday at Winstead United Methodist Church, 1407 S Tarboro Street, Wilson. Interment will follow in Maplewood Cemetery. The Rev. Paul Dunham will officiate.
The family will receive friends and loved ones from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. Monday, December 22, 2014 at Joyner’s Funeral Home, 4100 Raleigh Road Parkway, Wilson.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to the Winstead United Methodist Church, 1407 S Tarboro, Wilson, NC 27893.
Condolences may be directed to www.joyners.net