Betty Jo Curbow


Betty Jo Curbow, of Ocoee, departed this life peacefully on Friday, Dec. 23, 2022.

She was born on June 16, 1926, in Ocoee, to the late Horace and Grace Thurman Snyder.

Throughout life, she was a longstanding member of Shiloh Baptist Church in Ocoee and was always active in her family’s lives, lending a hand at a moment’s notice when one was in need. She was a dedicated and faithful employee for more than 25 years at the Credit Bureau of Cleveland, Fike Furniture and the office of Dr. Thomas Williams in Etowah.

Betty Jo was deeply loved by her family and friends, along with anyone else who had the blessing of knowing her. A selfless woman who had a lasting impact on everyone’s life, her death will leave an unfillable void in the hearts of those who loved her the most.

In addition to her parents, Horace and Grace T. Snyder, she was also preceded by her husband, Sam Curbow; and sisters, Ann Arthur, Sarah Fenwick, Margie Miller and Geneva Bonta.

Betty Jo, a loving mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and great-great-grandmother, is survived by her children, Freeman (Nancy) Curbow and Janie Curbow Bowman; grandchildren, Mike (Tina) Curbow, Tiffany (Mark) Brock, LeeAnn (Tommy) Ledford, Gary Bowman Jr. and Shane (Brandi) Bowman; nine great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

A Celebration of Life service was held at noon on Thursday, Dec. 29, 2022, in the chapel of Higgins Funeral Home with Pastor Andrew Sibley and the Rev. Charlie Campbell officiating.

Interment followed at Benton Memorial Gardens with Gary Bowman, Shane Bowman, Mike Curbow, Michael Curbow, Mark Brock, Steve Hilliard and Ben Norwood serving as pallbearers.

Family and friends gathered from 10 a.m. to noon on Thursday prior to the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Shiloh Baptist Church, 358 Highway 64, Ocoee, TN 37361.

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