Betty "Jo" Willis Goforth

July 1, 1932November 21, 2012

Mrs. Betty “Jo” Willis Goforth Mrs. Goforth, age 80, of Charlotte passed away Wednesday, November 21, 2012 at Levine and Dickson Hospice House in Huntersville. She was born July 1, 1932 in Lincolnton, North Carolina the daughter of the late Pate Willis and Hattie Barnes Willis. She is preceded in death by her loving husband of 38 years, Kennon W. Goforth; brother, Farrell Willis; and sister, Claire Leonhardt. Jo played basketball and was a cheerleader at Shelby High School where she graduated in 1950. She enjoyed watching college basketball, loved to dance, travel and spend time with her family. Mrs. Goforth worked for the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department until her retirement after a 27 year career. Surviving are her daughters, Karen King (Terry) and Trudy Decker-Welch (Joe Welch); grandchildren, Matthew King, Kameron King, Kizer Decker ( Jessica), and Nikki Decker; great grandchild, Jaxson Decker; sister, Helen Willis Brymer; and beloved loving nieces and nephews. A funeral service will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday, November 24, 2012 in the Sharon Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel, 5400 Monroe Road, Charlotte, NC 28212. Interment will follow in Sharon Memorial Park Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service in the mausoleum chapel. The family would like to thank Mrs. Debra Barron for her friendship and wonderful care of Jo throughout her illness. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Levine and Dickson Hospice House, 1420 E. 7th Street, Charlotte, NC 28204; St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital,; or Cole Memorial United Memorial Church, 2022 W. Sugar Creek Road, Church, NC 28262. Condolences at


  • Visitation Saturday, November 24, 2012
  • Funeral Service Saturday, November 24, 2012

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Cindy Hargett

November 26, 2012

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Your family will be in my prayers.

Cindy Hargett

Dan Ward

November 25, 2012

Dear Karen and Trudy, I worked with Jo for many years at the Charlotte Police Dept. She was a dear friend and wonderful person. I'll never forget her. My prayers and sympathy goes out to you.

Cyndie Ferrell

November 24, 2012

Trudy was a good friend in school and Jo always welcomed me into their home. She was a really sweet lady and I always had alot of respect for her.

David Beaver

November 24, 2012

Jo was a great lady. I worked with her at the Charlotte Police Department for a number of years. She was pleasure to work with.

Bryan Hull

November 24, 2012

Thinking of you in your time of sorry .Wish I could be with you today.

Judy Dalton

November 24, 2012

Trudy and Karen,
I want to thank you for sharing your Mom with us.If there were more people like her in this world there would be more smiles like ours.She is a good friend,she will be missed but never forgotten!
Judy and Michael Dalton

November 24, 2012

Helen and Karen and Trudy, I wish I could be there for the service but I can,t. My sister Catherine Porter and Me(Mary Ann Trice want to let you know you are in our prayers. She was a fine person.

Gailya Logan

November 24, 2012

Helen and Jo's girls, I wish I could be with you today. Jo and I had wonderful times growing up in Shelby. She will be greatly missed, Love to you all,

Keith Morrow

November 24, 2012

It is with sadness that I hear of the passing of my old "cheerleading buddy",Jo,from high school days.Jo was special, and well-liked by her classmates and friends.That was because she was very caring, compassionate, honest, and down-to-earth. Every time we met over the years, we would greet each other with our cheer lead starter,"Hip hip, Let 'er Rip"! The world will always miss the likes of this lady. Sweet Jo...Vaya Con Dios.

November 23, 2012

I am sorry for the loss of your dear loved one. You have my deepest sympathies. May the "God that supplies comfort and endurance" be with you during this difficult time.-Romans 15:5

— A. Williams, Charlotte, North Carolina