Augusta, GA- Miss Betty Grimstead , 78, went to be with the Lord on Saturday, July 28, 2012 surrounded by her family.
Funeral services will be held Tuesday, July 31, 2012 at 11: 00 AM from the chapel of Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors with Reverends Rob Watkins and Carla Conditt Daniels officiating. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be Jamie Yarbrough, Mark Yarbrough, Jason Yarbrough, David Yarbrough, Keith Davis and Gary Davis.
Honorary Pallbearers will be Covenant Presbyterian Church friends, SRP Retirees Breakfast Bunch and her niece Anna Ligon.
Betty was born May 28, 1934 in Tattnall County, Georgia to the late Mr. and Mrs. Otto Edward and Ruby Lucille Nail Grimstead.
She was a honor graduate of Augusta State University and retired after 40 years from the United States Atomic Engery Commission at the Savannah River Plant operated by E.I. Dupont for the Department of Engery. She was a Laboratory Instructor, graduating many laboratory technicians. After retirement she continued employment with Westinghouse and Savannah River Site.
Betty was an ordained Deacon and Ruling Elder, Trustee in the Presbyterian Church USA, a member of Covenant Presbyterian Church; she has served as Clerk of Session, Sunday School Youth Teacher, Adult Bible Teacher, Moderator of the Stewardship Committee, Worship Committee and Church Treasurer. She worked extensively with others in compiling the history of Covenant Church in preparation of their 40th Anniversary. She has served the Presbytery of North East Georgia as Coordinator of Session Records Examinations Committee. She always contributed to numerous charities of her choice, including the Greater Augusta Presbyterian Mission Ministries, Friendship Community Center and the Inner City Childrens GAP Camp.
She belonged to the Augusta Genealogical Society, Adamson Library and accomplished tracing her family history to some of the earliest settlers in Georgia. She was a avid camper, enjoying our state and national parks; she belonged to the CSRA Road Runners Camping Club serving as Chaplain. Betty enjoyed politics and was always a strong and vocal supporter of the candidate of her choice. She was a member of the Richmond Academy High School Alumni, The Augusta College Alumni, Retirement Association for Du Pont employees and the American Chemical Society. Betty’s greatest love was golf, and keeping up with her favorite players who played at the Master’s Tournament. For the past 50 years her joy was taking folks as her guest to the Master’s Tournament who had never been before. Betty was a patron of the Augusta Symphony, Augusta Players and was a avid fan of the Braves as well as the Universtiy Georgia BullDawgs.
“Miss Betty” graduated from college and within one week was employed by Du Pont (SRS), bought an automobile and not knowing how to drive learned by driving to work with others in a carpool who gave excellent driving lessons as she never had a collision; the carpool members reamined best friends even after retirement.
She was preceeded in death by her sister Edna Yarbrough Harris.
Survivors include her brother, Dale Grinstead of Augusta; sister, Lois Grimstead Davis of Augusta; Aunt “BeBe” was the loving aunt to six nephews and one niece, Keith Davis (Jodie) of Augusta, Gary Davis (Teresa) of Augusta, Jamie Yarbrough (Patti) of Sandersville, Mark Yarbrough (Janie) of Hephzibah, Jason Yarbrough of Hephzibah, David Yarbrough (Susan) of Grovetown, Anna Ligon of Augusta and numerous other loving great nephews, nieces, cousins , relatives and close friends.
In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to Local Missions of Covenant Presbyterian Church 3131 Walton Way Augusta, GA 30909 or to ones favorite Charity.
The family will receive friends Monday evening at the funeral home from 6:00 until 8:00 PM.
Chance & Hydrick Funeral Directors 2502 Richmond Hill Road, Augusta, Georgia 30906.