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Betty Jo (Burton) Tate

July 22, 1935 ~ November 29, 2018 (age 83)

Betty Jo Griffin Tate, 83, of Thomasville went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, November 29, 2018 at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital High Point Medical Center.

She was born July 22, 1935 to the late Robert Hill Burton, Sr. and Mary Lewis Burton.  In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death in 1975 by her first husband, Leo C. Griffin, Jr.; her second husband, G. E. “Pete” Tate and a brother, Robert Hill Burton, Jr. 

She was a native of High Point and graduated with the class of 1953 from Central High School. She lived in Archdale for 26 years prior to moving to Winston-Salem in 1998. Betty Jo was employed by the High Point YMCA for 42 years and retired in 1997.  She was a bookkeeper from 1953-1978; resigned and moved to Puerto Rico for one year and resumed her duties at the YMCA as office manager and secretary to the President. 

Betty Jo was a charter member of the Community Evangelical Methodist Church in Thomasville. She currently attended Christ Wesleyan Church in Winston-Salem until because of her health, she could no longer attend church.  At Community Evangelical she sang in the choir trio, was president of the adult Sunday school class and secretary of the Sunday school.  She also served on the Board of Trustees, the music committee and as the assistant Music Director.

Betty Jo is survived by two daughters, Connie Tate (Jeff) of Colorado Springs, Colorado, Sherry Doub of Lewisville; two grandsons, Ed and Josh Doub; one brother, Charles Burton (Jean) of High Point; three nephews and one niece.  There are two very dear friends of more than fifty years that Betty Jo loved dearly, Mrs. Marlene Swanger of Gibsonville and Mrs. Peggy Collins of Trinity.

The family will receive friends from 12:00 until 12:45 p.m. on Monday, December 3, 2018 at Cumby Family Funeral Service, 1015 Eastchester Drive in High Point.  A funeral service will begin at 1:00 p.m. in the Chapel with Rev. Billy Carey and Rev. Doug Armstrong officiating.  Burial will follow the service at Forsyth Memorial Park in Winston-Salem.

Memorial donations can be made to: Christ Wesleyan Church, 2390 Union Cross Road, Winston-Salem, North Carolina 27107 or to: Community Evangelical Methodist Church, 1275 Joe Moore Road, Thomasville, North Carolina 27360.


Donations may be made to:

Christ Wesleyan Church
2390 Union Cross Road, Winston-Salem NC 27107

Community Evangelical Methodist Church
1275 Joe Moore Road, Thomasville NC 27360


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