Bettye Thaxton Hart LITTLEFIELD-Bettye Thaxton Hart, 90, of Littlefield passed away Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2013, in Lubbock. She was born Jan. 23, 1923, in Clyde, Texas, to William and Myrtie Thaxton. Bettye moved to Littlefield at the age of five from Clyde. She graduated from Littlefield High School and then attended the Lincoln Demonstration School at Columbia University. After finishing that program, she then attended Texas Tech University. She married Stacy Hart on Nov. 16, 1941, in Littlefield. Bettye and Stacy owned and operated Hart-Thaxton Hardware, working side-by-side daily, selling various goods including art supplies and bicycles, until they retired together in 1980. Even after she retired, Bettye continued to work, serving meals at the church during funerals, and wrapping presents at San Francisco Music Box Company during Christmas visits in Colorado with her son. She was not known to be idle; she was constantly working and serving others. Bettye loved people and had a servant's heart. Her greatest loves in life were working at the store with her husband, serving at her church, and spending time with her family. Bettye was a member of the First United Methodist Church in Littlefield since 1928. Waiting for her in Heaven was her husband of 67 years, Stacy Hart, who passed away Nov. 15, 2008; a granddaughter, Angela Freeman, who passed away Feb. 20, 2011; and her parents. She is survived by a son, Larry Hart of Arvada, Colo.; a daughter, Stacie Hart-Armes and husband Barry of Lubbock; a granddaughter, Rebecca Roberson and husband Randy of Littlefield; and four grandchildren, Andrew Freeman of Lubbock, Jordon Arce of Lubbock, Remington Roberson of San Angelo, and Rachel Roberson of Littlefield. Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 28, 2013, at First United Methodist Church in Littlefield with Rev. Gary Boles officiating. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to Littlefield EMS or the South Plains Food Bank. Arrangements are under the personal care of Hillcrest Funeral Home in Littlefield.
Published in The Lubbock Avalanche-Journal on Sept. 27, 2013