KNOXVILLE Betty Ward Rouse Gregory, age 79, of Knoxville, Ala., went to be with her Heavenly Father on Sept. 23, 2008. Graveside services will be 11 a.m. today, Sept. 26, 2008, at Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery in Ralph with Rev. Stephen Rutherford officiating and Magnolia Chapel Funeral Home South directing.
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Her parents, her parents-in-law, Corine Jacobs Gregory and Festus Nuel Gregory, her sisters, Marie Hannah and Evelyn Lucky, her brothers, Jimmy Lett Rouse and D.W. Rouse, her sisters-in-law, Elizabeth Gregory, Marguerite Rouse, and Colleen Rouse, and her brothers-in-law, Roy Hannah, James Lucky, Thurman Gregory, Durwood Gregory, and Earl Gregory, preceded her in death.
Survivors include her loving husband of 61 years, Curtis Warren Gregory of Knoxville, Ala.; sons, Curtis Ward (Annette) Gregory of Tuscaloosa, Ala., Gary Davis (Joan) Gregory of Charlotte, N.C., and Dennis Anthony (Lynn) Gregory of Knoxville, Ala.; grandsons, James (Jennifer) Gregory of Birmingham, Ala., Casey Scott (Jodi) Gregory of Tuscaloosa, Ala., Mark Davis (Megan) Gregory of Charlotte, N.C., Warren McKay "Mac" Gregory and Daniel Hoke Gregory, both of Knoxville, Ala.; granddaughters, Kate (Charles) Morrison of Charlotte, N.C., and Brandi Nicole Gregory of Tuscaloosa, Ala.; great-granddaughters, Emma Rose Gregory of Birmingham, Ala., and Maebry Evangelina of Charlotte, N.C.; great-grandson, Clarke Alexander Davis Gregory of Charlotte, N.C.; brother, Aubry Joe (Essie) Rouse of Fosters, Ala.; sister-in-law, Sigrid "Siggy" Gregory; brother-in-law, Gordon (Eloise) Gregory of Duncanville, Ala.; and numerous nieces, nephews, and other relatives.
Betty Ward was born March 15, 1929, to the late Anna Gertrude Edmonds Rouse and Joseph Ernest Rouse in Tuscaloosa, Ala. She was a licensed beautician and cosmetologist who owned and operated her own beauty salon, "First Lady", for several years in Alberta City. In 1977, Betty and Curtis, along with two of their sons, purchased a farm in Knoxville, Ala. Later on, she and Curtis established Gregory's Blueberry Farm.
Betty accepted Christ as her Lord and Savior at an early age and was a member of Shiloh Baptist Church. Betty imparted her wisdom and instilled her family values to her sons and her daughters-in-law, whom she considered her "daughters". She loved laughter and the holidays, especially with all her family gathered around to give thanks and to celebrate the occasions with her and Curtis.
Betty was deeply loved and will be sorely missed by all her family and friends. She leaves an empty spot in all our hearts.
Pallbearers will be her grandchildren.
Honorary pallbearers are members of Shiloh Baptist Church and friends and neighbors of Ralph and Knoxville communities.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in her name may be made either to Shiloh Baptist Church Cemetery Fund or to a charity of one's choice.
Magnolia Chapel Funeral Home South
6100 Old Greensboro Road Tuscaloosa, AL 35405
Published in Tuscaloosa News from Sept. 25 to Sept. 26, 2008