Betty Ray Hirst

August 3, 1928July 10, 2018
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Betty Debus Hirst, of Charlotte, died on Tuesday, July 10th, 2018 at the Robin Johnson Hospice House. She was 89. Betty was born on August 3rd, 1928 in her home in Paw Creek, NC. She attended Berryhill School in Charlotte.

She married Bill Hirst on August 4th, 1946 and together they had 2 daughters, Pam and Beth. Bill died in 1992 and Betty spent many years after with her special friend, Donald Lamb. Betty worked as a substitute teacher at West Mecklenburg High School and dedicated herself to making a positive impact in her community through her interactions with students. She served for many years as the Registrar for the Board of Elections in her precinct.

Betty enjoyed many activities, among them tennis, golf, bowling and dancing. She was a devout member of Mulberry Presbyterian Church and enjoyed a monthly meeting with her Berryhill classmates as well as bridge and circle clubs. She will be greatly missed.

Betty is survived by her daughters; her 3 grandsons Jonathan, Tate and Will; and her great grandchildren Shepherd, Amelia and Henry.

A funeral will be held at Mulberry Presbyterian Church on Friday, July 13th. Visitation will be held from 10am - 11am with the funeral to follow and burial afterwards in the church cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to Mulberry Presbyterian Church or to a one time scholarship that will be set up in her memory to a deserving student at West Mecklenburg High School. Checks may be made out to either Mulberry Presbyterian Church and mailed to 5600 Tuckaseegee Rd, Charlotte, NC 28208 or to West Mecklenburg High School and mailed to 7108 Park Lane, West,Charlotte, NC 28214.

Forest Lawn West Funeral and Cremation Services at 4601 Freedom Dr, Charlotte, NC 28208 is in charge of arrangements.


  • Visitation Friday, July 13, 2018
  • Funeral Service Friday, July 13, 2018
  • Committal Service Friday, July 13, 2018

Betty Ray Hirst

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July 14, 2018

I am very sorry for your loss. May you find comfort in God's Word that promises the last enemy, death, will be brought to nothing (1 Cor. 15:26) and the hope of being reunited with those whom have fallen asleep. (John 5:28,29)

Betsy Wallace

July 12, 2018

I so remember Mrs. Hirst as a substitute teacher. She was such a genuinely nice and kind person that even hardened disciple problems didn't give her trouble. She was so very beloved and will missed by all who knew her. My thoughts and prayers go out to her lovely family.

Beth Phillips

July 12, 2018

I treasure my memories growing up beside your family. I remember many hours in your home. Going to the river as your parents called it. I was so excited when I learned a baby was on the way! Beth was the most exciting thing that ever happened to me on our street! I still remember the day she came home from the hospital.
I loved to see your parents dressed in their square dancing clothes! Your parents were so full of life & had fun!
I will be thinking & praying for all of you in the coming days. Love to all.

Lynne Watts

July 12, 2018

I was so sorry to read of your mother's passing in todays paper. I have such fond memories of her. I remember her watching us play in the lake, and I remember the green dress she made for me when I was in the second grade, and the day she took me home from the second grade because I was embarrassed that I had wet my pants. I remember loving the sweet iced tea that she made. I remember that she took care of my little sister Faye, who was just an infant while my mom had a hospital stay. She was a blessing and I know you will miss her.
Keeping you and your family in prayer.
Lynne Draddy Watts