Bettye Conyers Hardeman (1917 - 2017)

  • "100 years of service to the Lord. What a life! R.I.P...."
    - Dr. Stephen Khalfani
  • "Mother was a beautiful person always loved taking care of..."
    - Debbie Priest

My mother, Bettye Conyers Hardeman, the fourth of seven children, was born in Monroe, Georgia to Boyd and Louella Hill Conyers one hundred years ago, August 7, 1917. She passed peacefully on Monday, November 20, 2017. Mother grew up in Monroe and attended its' public schools. She began memorizing and reciting poetry at age 9 when her mother gave her a long poem on a Wednesday afternoon and told her she would need to memorize it to recite it in church the following Sunday. My mother was determined to meet the challenge and be ready for Sunday. She was ready. Thus, began her lifelong love of memorizing and reciting poetry. She transferred this love to her children. Upon completion of her formal education in Monroe and attending Payne College in Augusta, she moved to Atlanta, Georgia where she met my father, Beaureguarde Andrew Hardeman, Sr. (B. A.). Shortly after their marriage, they moved to Macon, Georgia where their three children, Blanche (1941), Betsey (1943) and Beaureguarde, Jr (1944) were born. The family moved to Daytona Beach, Florida in 1952. My mother lived in Daytona Beach for 65 years. She worked at Halifax Hospital (now Halifax Health Medical Center) for thirty-five years as a nursing assistant. Mother was multi-talented - an accomplished seamstress; floral designer; excellent cook, just to name a few. As an active member of Allen Chapel AME Church for over 60 years, she served on many committees, sang in the choir and was president of the Pulpit Aid Board for many years. She was active in several community organizations. Over the years, my mother and my sister, Blanche provided assistance to several elderly people in the community. She also served as a private duty nurse. Mother was known as a wonderful neighbor on her beloved N. Keech Street (she lived at 221 for over fifty years). She and Blanche were often called upon to do poetry recitations at various churches and programs throughout the community. Often called upon to recite her "signature" poem, "The Hell You Say," she never forgot it and recited it verbatim the Thursday before she passed. From her early years in Daytona Beach, in addition to her own children, mother loved caring for and mentoring other children, many of whom remember her fondly to this day. She is survived by me, Betsey Hardeman; her niece, Louise Bailey of Oakland California; and her Godson, Earl C. McCrary, III (Sharon) of Daytona Beach. I would like to especially thank Reverend Nathan Mugala, pastor of Allen Chapel A.M.E. Church; her many devoted friends; Mickey Carroll, former administrator at Coastal Health and Rehabilitation; Stephanie Norsen, current administrator at Coastal; and the staff at Coastal for their excellent care of my mother during her seven years stay there. I also extend my deep appreciation to the staff at VITAS Healthcare, who in addition to the staff at Coastal, provided care to my mom over the past two years. The family will receive friends on Thursday, November 30, (today) from 5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at Allen Chapel, 580 George Engram Blvd., Daytona Beach; Celebration of Life Service will be held on Friday, November 30, 2017 at 1:00 p.m. at Allen Chapel. Interment will follow at Daytona Memorial Park, 1425 Bellevue Avenue, Daytona Beach. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: Bethune-Cookman University Women's Advisory Board's (B-CU-WAB) endowed scholarship. Checks should be made payable to B-CU-WAB endowed scholarship and mailed to B-CU Attn: Institutional Advancement, 640 Mary McLeod Bethune Blvd., Daytona Beach, FL 32114. Arrangements are under the careful direction of Herbert Thompson Funeral Home, Daytona Beach, Florida, 386 253-1651.


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Published in Daytona Beach News-Journal on Nov. 30, 2017