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DOBSON — Mrs. Betty Southard Cook, 82, of Dobson, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014, at the Joan and Howard Woltz Hospice Home after a lengthy illness. She was born on Feb. 15, 1931, in Elkin to Alvin Dixie and Myrtle Wall Southard. She was a long-time member of Bessie's Chapel Baptist Church, where she met and married her husband, Charles Cook. Betty was a bookkeeper for Winston Road in Jonesville in the 1950s and then went on to become a seamstress at Washington Mills in Dobson. She continued her work there after the company was sold to Tultex Corporation and worked there until it closed. Betty then became a cashier at Lowes Foods in Dobson and worked there until she became ill in 2009. She was affectionately known as "Little Miss Betty" by her co-workers and made many friends during her time there. She is survived by her daughters and sons-in-law, Dixie Atkins and husband, Ron, and Cynthia (Cindy) McCormick and husband, John; grandchildren, Sarah Hutson and husband, Dwayne, and Cody McCormick and wife, Melissa; and great-grandchildren, Lane Montgomery Hutson and Charley Grace Hutson. She also has four stepgrandchildren, Steven and Shane Atkins, and J.D. and Billy McCormick. Betty also is survived by brothers and sisters-in-law, Bill Southard and wife, Dolores, and Donald Southard and wife, Jean; sister, Annie Ray and husband, Thomas; and one half sister, Lillian Holder. She was preceded in death by her parents; and her husband of 48 years, Charles Lee Cook. She was also preceded in death by a sister and brother-in-law, Sally and Earl Reynolds; half brothers, Swanson Southard, Sebastian Southard, Luke Southard, and Spurgeon Southard; and half sisters, Martha White and Dorothy Stanley. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2014, at Bessie's Chapel Baptist Church by the Rev. Ralph Groce and her son-in-law, John McCormick, with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at Moody-Davis Funeral Home where her body will remain until time to be carried to the church to lie in state 30 minutes prior to the service. It is requested, in lieu of flowers, contributions be made in her honor to the Joan and Howard Woltz Hospice Home in Dobson or to Bessie's Chapel Baptist Church. Online condolences may be made at

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Published in Mount Airy Newspapers from Jan. 13 to Jan. 14, 2014
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