May 21, 1932 - July 12, 2021
Pawleys Island, South Carolina - Betty English (89), formerly of Georgetown and owner of Coastal Chevrolet Cadillac Nissan, died on July 12, 2021, at the Lakes of Litchfield after a long illness. She was born Betty Marie Wilson on May 21, 1932, in Mecklenburg County Virginia to William Clarence Wilson of Chase City and Reba Sane Wilson of Rutherfordton, NC. Her parents soon moved to Rutherfordton, N.C. after her birth where she grew up and graduated there from Central High School. Both her parents came from exceptionally large families and even though Betty grew up as an only child she had many cousins and aunts and uncles that were in her life, and she was loved by them all. Her family on both her mother and father's side of the family had roots in North Carolina and she is proud of the fact that her Great Grandparents established the Washburn's General Store which is the oldest continually family run general store in North Carolina and was established in 1831.
Soon after graduation she moved to the big city of Charlotte, NC which she absolutely loved. She got a job at Piedmont Electric and Gas company on Tryon Street in uptown Charlotte. She could catch the bus at her apartment and be dropped off uptown near her workplace. She lived with her childhood friend Gus and other close friends. They had quite the social life and frequently went out with their friends. She was set up on a blind date and this good-looking fella she had already eyed named Jim English was her date. They hit it off immediately and were married January 1, 1955, at East Avenue Tabernacle Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Uptown Charlotte. They had three children, David, Angela and Alison.
Betty and Jim both believed strongly in attending church and doing good things for the community and loved their Christian walk with the Lord which grew even stronger later in her life. Betty stayed home with her kids all through their childhood and was known for her good cooking and had many requests for repeats of certain dishes at family reunions and church family night suppers or special events. She baked a cake once a week that we snacked on all through the week. She loved making her house a home that the family would continue to come back to visit many years to come. She cherished holidays, special occasions, and vacations with her family. Betty was known for being very smartly dressed and would always dress the part on special occasions. On 4th of July, she would be decked out in red, white and blue because she and Jim were very patriotic Americans. She loved to play golf and was a profoundly serious bridge player. She and Jim loved to travel and went to places all over the world with some of her favorite trips being a Mediterranean Cruise, Japan, and Switzerland.
When they sold Regal Chrysler Plymouth in Charlotte and decided to get a Nissan Dealership if one came available in Georgetown SC. It was tough for the family to take up their roots and move to Georgetown, but it has become home, and Betty has made many friends here through Church, playing golf, playing bridge but one thing she came to love was working at the dealership. She and Jim worked together and when Jim passed away, she continued to work there until she was 84 years old. She loved to go into work and see her children and grandchildren established in the business she and Jim founded. She stayed connected with all the employees in every department and checked on them often and had connections with all the ladies at the banks she frequented. Betty also loved her family. She had family dinners regularly and stayed in touch with her kids. She loved to hear about what was happening in everyone's life. She was immensely proud of her family and loved her children's spouses as if they were her own.
She stayed in touch with cousin's and nieces and nephews, her sisters-in-law and children of friends that had passed away. The last few years she also made connections with her caregivers. We believe some of them came to love her like she was an adopted mom. Betty just had that special touch connecting with others. Through the years we would hear of a cousin or an uncle or an employee or friend say how much Betty encouraged them and checked on them in a rough patch in their life.
She also loved to have fun and laugh, and boy did she enjoy music and loved to dance. The minute a good dance song came on she would be on the floor dancing.
Jim English and Betty had a wonderful life and he died in 1990. They are survived by their three children and their families: David (Karen) English, Angela (Keith) Brown, Alison (John) Robinson and grandchildren Jessica (Bradley) Watts, Brandon (Heather) Brown, Brooke English, James English and Michael English, Matthew Robinson, and Elissa Robinson; and great granddaughter Ryan Olivia Watts.
Her children and grandchildren let her know often how much we appreciated the wonderful life and adventures we had with her. We know she was greeted by Jesus and our dad, and her parents, family and friends and we will see her when we get there!
Funeral Services will be one o'clock Wednesday, July 14, 2021, at the Georgetown Presbyterian Church. Officiating will be the Rev. Bill Puckett. Burial will follow in Pennyroyal Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends prior to the service in the church fellowship hall from eleven-thirty until one o'clock.
The family suggests memorial to: Georgetown Presbyterian Church, 558 Black River Rd, Georgetown, SC 29440.
Please sign a guestbook at: www.mayerfuneralhome.com
The Georgetown Chapel of Mayer Funeral Home is assisting the family.
Published by The Sun News on Jul. 14, 2021.