Betty Guthrie Sneed


Betty Guthrie Sneed, 80, a lifelong resident of Cleveland, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019, at her home.

She was born in Cleveland on Feb. 18, 1939, a daughter of the late Thomas Edward and Zora Jenkins Guthrie.

She was a member of First Baptist Church of Cleveland. She retired from Magic Chef/Maytag after 36 years of faithful service. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 53 years, Verlin Sneed; brothers: Roy, Paul and Benny Guthrie; sister, Evelyn Moore; and sisters-in-laws: Thelma and Connie Guthrie and Mary Elizabeth Knott. 

She leaves behind to cherish her memory, one son and daughter-in-law, Stephen and Fina Sneed; one granddaughter, Sofia Sneed, all of Aliso Viejo, Calif.; brother, James Guthrie of Dalton, Ga.; sisters-in-law: Mary Guthrie of Cleveland, Jean Guthrie of Rogersville, Joyce O’Neal of Cleveland and Betty (Ken) Black of Vicksburg, Miss.; brothers-in-law: Charles Moore of Cleveland, Ralph (Linda) Sneed of Cleveland and Charles Knott of North Little Rock, Ark.; nieces: Jackie (Scott) McDonald of Cleveland, Melody (Brian) Deverall of Cohutta, Ga., Katherine O’Neal of Cleveland, Carla Knott (German) Torrijos of Fayetteville, Ark., and Beth Sneed (Dale) Rose of Buford, Ga.; nephews: Tom (Connie) Guthrie of Amissville, Va., Ken (Becky) Guthrie of Cleveland, Dean Guthrie of Surgoinsville, Keith Beck of Hawkinsville, Ga., Michael (Ann) Black of Jackson, Miss., Jeff (Christy) Knott of Nashville, and Chris (Gabi) Black of Kirkwood, Mo.; numerous great-nieces and nephew and a host of special friends. 

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2019, from 1:30 until 3 p.m., at First Baptist Church of Cleveland.

A Celebration of Her Life service will follow at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, with the Rev. Rusty Asble and the Rev. Tom Wickes officiating. Interment will follow in the Sunset Memorial Gardens with nephews serving as pallbearers. 

In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorial donations be made in Betty’s memory to the FBC Library, Manna Ministry or Generations Fund. 

You are encouraged to share a memory of Betty and/or your personal condolences with her family by visiting her memorial webpage and guestbook at

Companion Funeral Home of Cleveland is honored to assist her family with these arrangements. 


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