Betty Lou Salem, 79, of Hopewell, Va., and formerly of Ocracoke Island, N.C., passed away on Sunday, July 6, 2014, at her home in Prince George, Va.

Mrs. Salem was born in Hopewell, Va., and was the daughter of the late Thelma and Carl Slocum. Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Harry M. Salem Jr.; her brother, Carl; and sister, Gail. Betty was an amazing mother, grandmother and devoted wife. She was an avid fisherwoman, and was a member of the Tiderunners of Ocracoke. She fished over 20 years in the Ocracoke Invitational Fishing Tournament on Ocracoke Island. She enjoyed bowling, painting and making her own fishing lures. She also was a huge fan of stock car racing.

Mrs. Salem is survived by her oldest son, Robert Slocum and wife, Jenny, of Satellite Beach, Fla.; daughter, Joyce O'Neal of Beaufort, N.C.; and youngest son, Harry M. Salem, III and wife, Greta, of Oaksboro, N.C. She is also survived by two granddaughters, Jennifer Slocum and Carmen O'Neal; and three great-grandsons, Brandon, James and Ayden; also special friend, Marty Riggan Moran.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date. The family is being served by the Hopewell Chapel of J. T. Morriss & Son Funeral Home and Cremation Service. Condolences may be registered at www.jtmorriss.com.

Funeral Home

J.T. Morriss & Son Funeral Home, Inc. - Hopewell Chapel
820 West Broadway Avenue Hopewell, VA 23860
(804) 458-8516

Published in The Progress-Index on July 10, 2014