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Betty Jean Ash Black

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Betty Jean Ash Black, 77, a lifelong resident of Cleveland, Ga., passed away on Sunday, Feb. 17, 2013, from an extended illness.

Born on Aug. 7, 1935, she was the epitome of a good wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and friend. She worked tirelessly for years beside her husband as they built P&B Petroleum from the ground up. She passes on her legacy of honesty, integrity and a superior work ethic to her children and grandchildren, and will be remembered for her selflessness and good will toward others.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Wilford and Naomi Turner Ash; her brothers, W.A. Ash Jr., Neal and Roy Ash; and her sister, Vernell Ash Martin.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, Lamar "Pinky" Black; her children, Kathy (Merv) Pilgrim and Libby Black Sosebee; her grandchildren, Carly (Clay) Johnson, Zack (Shaun) Sosebee, Luke Pilgrim and Chaz Sosebee; her great-grandson, her pride and joy, Jack Johnson; sister-in-laws, Shirley Black McDonald and BJ Ash; brother-in-law, Bill (Conchita) Black; and several nieces, nephews and good friends.

Funeral services are scheduled for 11 a.m. Wednesday, Feb. 20, 2013, at the Cleveland First Baptist Church. Dr. Mike Davis and the Rev. Dennis Turner will officiate. Interment, led by the Rev. Doug Merck, will follow in Gateway Memory Park.

The family will receive friends from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday at Barrett Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to the Cleveland First Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 250, Cleveland, GA 30528.

Online condolences can be made to the family at

Barrett Funeral home, Cleveland
Published in on Feb. 19, 2013
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