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Betty Byron Watson Bullock

Betty Byron Watson Bullock was born November 19, 1933 in Lincoln, AL, the only child and beloved daughter of Ophelia Burks Watson and Bryon Franklin Watson, Betty was sweet, shy and lovely; a good student who enjoyed riding her horse, Blaze and playing with her terrier, Whiskers. She graduated from the University of Alabama in 1955 with a major in Home Economics and a minor in Geology. Betty Byron, as she was known to childhood friends, got her first job teaching Home Economics at Vestavia High school, near Birmingham, AL. She met the love of her life, Guy V. Bullock, while living there and they married June 14, 1958. The newlyweds lived in Birmingham until shortly after their first child, Lisa (Bullock Brown), was born in 1959. Guy's job with Texaco moved them to Pensacola, FL, where their son, Guy (Watson Bullock), was born in 1963. The young family was transferred to Winter Park, FL, Columbia, SC and then Mobile, AL in 1969. Betty taught school in all three cities. Her last teaching position was as a middle school science teacher at St. Paul's Episcopal School in Mobile. The Bullocks were transferred to Atlanta in 1977 and settled in Dunwoody. The family transferred their membership to the Dunwoody United Methodist Church, where Betty later served on the Board. She joined the Crusaders Sunday School class. Betty played ALTA Tennis and enjoyed activities with her ZTA sorority alumni group. She enjoyed a long association as an administrative volunteer with Scottish Rite Children's Hospital. She had a passion for genealogy and became known in genealogical circles as an accomplished and professional researcher. Betty documented her family lines back to the 1500s and was employed to find ancestors for individuals and firms. Guy V. died of a heart attack in 1998, at only 68 years old, and Betty turned loneliness into independence by pursuing her passions. Always an avid gardener, she joined the Spalding Garden Club, where she formed lasting friendships, and began traveling with the Vagabonds. She travelled to visit friends and relatives and enjoyed time spent at her house in North Carolina. She read copiously and was a charter member of her neighbourhood "pack", a group of dear and wonderful friends, who played bridge, ate out, celebrated birthdays and other life events together. She enjoyed a special relationship with her son-in-law, Robert Brown, who loved Betty dearly. She was a generous and loving mother and grandmother, providing a second home for her two granddaughters, Amanda Marie Brown and Isabelle Ford Bullock. Betty was dedicated to her two girls and took joy in encouraging their intellectual curiosity, frequently taking them to the High Museum, tea at the Ritz, the ASO and the Botanical Gardens. She loved cooking with Amanda and exploring nature with Isabelle. Friends described Betty as a true Southern Lady full of grace and dignity. Her family knew the intensity of her determination, the absolute nature of her love and the strength of her character. Stronger than steel, she was a Sterling Magnolia. Even though her last decade was shadowed with cancer, Betty story is not about cancer. She never gave in or gave up. Betty was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1995 and it's metastasis in 2002. She sought treatment at Atlanta Cancer Center with the extraordinary Dr. Daniel Dubovsky. Refusing to acknowledge her terminal diagnosis, Betty calmly informed Dr. D. (as he is fondly known by his patients) that she wanted 10 more years. She fought a dignified battle with serenity, a battle rarely apparent to those around her. In November, Betty entered Hospice and began a relationship with the wonderful staff of Weinstein Hospice and the compassionate care-givers from The One Group. Betty died peacefully, at home, on September 3, 2013. Friends and family are invited to attend a memorial service on Saturday, September 7, 2013, at 2pm at Dunwoody United Methodist Church. Visitation will be Friday, from 6p until 8p at Sandy Springs Chapel, 404-255-8511. The family requests that donations be made in Betty's name to Heifer International, https://secure1.heif er.org/gift-catalog

Funeral Home

Sandy Springs Chapel
136 Mt Vernon Highway Sandy Springs, GA 30328
(404) 255-8511

Published in The Daily Home on Sept. 6, 2013
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