Bettye Jane Owens Burke, 79 of Athens, went home to be with the Lord, Monday, Nov. 5, 2012, at Athens Regional Medical Center.
A native and resident of Athens most of her life, she was born on March 5, 1933.
She was the daughter of the late Elizabeth Neil Owens Cochran and George Washington Owens. She was also preceded in death by sisters, Bobby Pierce of Athens and Evelyn Lawson of Columbus, Ohio; and a brother, George “Buck” Owens of Florida.
She was a faithful member of Eastanallee Baptist Church for 55 years and was a member of the Joy and Ruth Sunday school class.
Survivors include her sons and daughters-in-law: Lindsey and Rita Burke of Riceville; and Richard and Daris Burke of Athens; granddaughters and spouse: Heather and Wayne Jarvis of Roseville, Mich., Rachel Elizabeth Burke and Rebekah Anne Burke, both of Athens; grandson, Richard Matthew Burke of Athens; great-grandson, Ryan Burke Jarvis of Roseville, Mich.; and special nephew and spouse, Dr. Thomas and Cindy Lawson of Ohio.
The funeral will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at Eastanallee Baptist Church with the Rev. Oran Creasman and Dr. Tony Crisp officiating.
A graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Eastanallee Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be Richard Matthew Burke, Larry Lane, Lee Parkison, Cliff Boggs, Clinton Davis and Wylie Richardson. Honorary Pallbearers will be the deacons of Eastanallee Baptist Church.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Wednesday prior to the service at the church.
Memorial contributions may be made to Eastanallee Baptist Church Building Fund, 482 Company Road 725, Riceville TN 37370.
Those unable to attend may send condolences to www.laycock-hobbs.com.
Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home in Athens is in charge of arrangements.