Bettie Jane Smallwood
Greenville Herald Banner
Thursday, May 3, 2007
COMMERCE — Bettie Jane Smallwood, 84, a resident of Commerce, died April 30, 2007. She will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.
Bettie was born April 22, 1923, in Kemp. She graduated in 1945 from East Texas Teachers College in Commerce (known today as Texas A&M University at Commerce). She was one of the few chosen students of the Training School which was part of the East Texas Teachers College.
Although she had no children of her own, she was a loving and caring mom to many of her students during her 33 years of service as an arts and crafts teacher in Dayton, Texas. She retired from teaching in July 1978.
She was a member of the First United Methodist Church and was one of the founders of the Children’s Museum in Commerce.
Survivors are Dorothy Smallwood of Florida, wife of William O. “Bill” Smallwood, her nephew, and three great-nephews, Robert Smallwood and wife Kelly, James Smallwood and wife Carrie and Daniel Smallwood and wife Karin.
She was preceded in death by her brother, Vernon Otto Smallwood, and her parents, William Orville and Willie Phillips Smallwood.
Funeral services are at 2 p.m. Saturday at First United Methodist Church, 1709 Highway 50, in Commerce, with visitation to begin at 1 p.m. Interment will follow in Rosemound Cemetery.
For all those who knew Bettie Smallwood, her loving smile and kind heart extended not only to people but also to animals in need.
Jones-Walker & Son Funeral Home of Commerce is in charge of arrangements.
Submitted by Elaine Nall Bay