Betty Culberson Walker, of Blue Ridge, age 93, passed away April 18, 2023, at Perimeter Rehabilitation, Dunwoody, GA. Mrs. Walker was born in Isabella, TN in Polk County on January 23, 1930. Betty is preceded in death by her father, Fred Culberson and mother, Virginia “Jennie” Culberson, husband, Buford P. Walker, and son, Michael Frederick Walker. Betty is survived by her daughters, Melanie Walker, Dunwoody, GA and Lisa Jones, Blue Ridge, GA. Her nephews are Herb Walker, Jr. of Decatur, GA, Jeff Walker, of Blue Ridge, GA, and Billy Queen, Blue Ridge, GA. Her nieces are Shirley Walker, Blue Ridge, GA, Carolyn Queen Zuegel, Blue Ridge, GA, Ann Queen Power, Atlanta, GA, and Joy Walker Bornheimer, Woodstock, GA. Her great-nephews are Ralph Walker, Morganton, GA and Paul Walker, Blue Ridge, GA. Her great-nieces are Sheila Walker Parker, Acworth, GA and Grace Walker, Atlanta, GA. Her cousins are Sue Brackett Godfrey, Blue Ridge, GA, Tina Loudermilk Kucy, Acworth, GA, Cheryl Loudermilk Kear, Lenoir City, TN, Lynne Taylor Hurst, McCaysville, GA, and Steve Taylor, Blue Ridge, GA.
Betty and her family relocated to Knoxville, TN during her school years. As WWII began, Betty’s dad Fred began working at the top-secret nuclear research facility in Oak Ridge, TN, where the atom bomb was being developed. Upon graduation, Betty and her mother returned to McCaysville, GA to live among family. Betty began working with Southern Bell as a Customer Service Representative where she met her future husband and later married in 1952.
Betty had many talents that included flower gardening, vegetable growing, and canning. She was an outstanding cook and enjoyed preparing meals and baking for her family and others. Betty had a tremendous passion for reading and she enjoyed every minute she could with a good book. She inherited her love of reading from her mother, and they shared the same love of reading throughout their lives.
Betty was a devoted Christian, mother, wife, and family member. She was an early member of Temple Baptist Church in Blue Ridge throughout her early adult life. She was a devoted church member, Sunday School teacher and Vacation Bible School Principal for many years. She was also a loving caregiver during times of family illness to her mother-in-law, followed by her own loving mother, and ultimately her husband until his death.
As a longtime resident of Fannin County, Betty spent the last twenty years of her life in the Atlanta areas with her daughters where she volunteered with the “early readers club” for the Ocee Library serving the Atlanta-Fulton County areas. She loved working with children and watching and encouraging them to learn to read.
We will forever love and miss our caring and supportive mother who was our rock of faith and foundation throughout our lives. “Best Mom ever made!”
Funeral Services: Saturday, April 29, 2023, at 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm at Henry-Cochran Funeral Home with Rev. Dr. Tom Jordan officiating. Interment will follow in Chastain Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends at the Henry-Cochran Funeral Home of Blue Ridge Saturday, April 29, 2023 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests a donation to your favorite library, children's reading program, or adult literacy program.
Cochran Funeral Home is honored to serve the family of Betty Culberson Walker; you may send condolences to the family and sign the guest register at www.cochranfuneralhomes.com.