Bettye Jean Shaul

June 6, 1932March 3, 2019

Bettye Jean Shaul, 86, passed away March 3, 2019. She was a life-long resident of Collierville, a retired teacher from Collierville Elementary School and a member of Collierville Christian Church. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Dr. Cameron Shaul and her parents Ray Hughes and Florence Salmon Hughes.

She is survived by three children, Susan Shaul Eaton (Ron), Andy Shaul (Karol) and Ray Shaul (Michelle); grandchildren, Shana Ward (Kevin), Brad Smithart (Stephanie), Ginny Shaul (Jamie), Mike Shaul, Matt Shaul, Emily Lindsey (Mitchell), Margaret Shaul, and Josh Shaul; great-grandchildren, Tanner Smithart, Miller Lindsey, and Collier Lindsey.

The family will receive friends on Thursday March 7, 2019 from 10-11:30 a.m. with funeral services to follow at 11:30 a.m. at Collierville Christian Church, 707 N Byhalia Road, Collierville, Tennessee 38017. Interment will be at Magnolia Cemetery in Collierville.

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude and thanks to the wonderful staff at The Gardens of Germantown, to all her friends, and church members for their cards, calls and visits over the years of her declining health.

In lieu of flowers, gifts in memory of Mrs. Shaul may be offered to Collierville Christian Church or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.


  • Susan Shaul Eaton (Ron), Daughter
  • Andy Shaul (Karol), Son
  • Ray Shaul (Michelle), Son
  • Shana Ward (Kevin), Grandchild
  • Brad Smithart (Stephanie), Grandchild
  • Ginny Shaul (Jamie), Grandchild
  • Mike Shaul, Grandchild
  • Matt Shaul, Grandchild
  • Emily Lindsey (Mitchell), Grandchild
  • Margaret Shaul, Grandchild
  • Josh Shaul, Grandchild
  • Tanner Smithart, Great Grandchild
  • Miller Lindsey, Great Grandchild
  • Collier Lindsey, Great Grandchild
  • She was preceded in death by her husband of 49 years, Dr. Cameron Shaul and her parents Ray Hughes and Florence Salmon Hughes.

  • Collierville Christian Church or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital



  • Gathering of Friends and Family Thursday, March 7, 2019
  • Funeral Service Thursday, March 7, 2019


  • Interment

Bettye Jean Shaul

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Janice Lester Scheffler

March 8, 2019

I have very fond memories of BJ. I taught at CES and part of the 1st grade team. She always had a smile and was encouraging. Even after moving from Collierville, we continued to stay in touch. She never missed sending a card for my birthday and when my children were born she made each of them a quilt. Also, she made the 1st grade team smocks one year, which I still wore until my recent retirement last spring. She was a blessing in my life.

Susan Wilson

March 6, 2019

I remember Memaw Shaul being sweet and caring. I’d visited her & Doc more than few times with Karol & our parents. I always heard her tell my Mom “You raised a good one” when talking about Karol. Memaw always made you feel welcomed. I remember Memaw laughing & cutting up with my Mom. After visiting Memaw, or when she send cakes from across miles— we had the sweet warm feeling that Memaw cared. So sorry for the Shaul family’s loss. We’re sure she‘s laughing with Doc, Mom, & Pops in heaven. God’s peace.

Ruby Killebrew

March 6, 2019

Bettye Jean and Dr Cameron were the first people my husband and I met when we joined Collierville Christian Church. They made us feel so welcome. She was one of my favorite people. Sweet sweet lady.

Darlene Hughes Martin

March 6, 2019

Betty Jean was my first cousin and my favorite cousin. I enjoyed the many times I visited her and called her. She always had a joke for me and I was trying to keep one step ahead of her trying to think of one in return, but she always had me beat. I remember she usually had her grand children around her and I was glad to meet them. And her favorite pets. Long ago I moved to Florida, but I still called her and she still had a joke for me. I visited Betty Jean the first of January knowing that was going to be my last time to see her. Thru communication from her daughter Susan, she told me a joke and she really laughed and I told her one in return. And she laughed. When I was leaving, i told her I loved her and I heard her say, I love you too! Thank you Susan for your help and assistance in talking with her for me.

Donny Lemmons

March 6, 2019

This town will miss Ms. Bettye. She was a pillar of the community and her church. She was always good to me for years and years. I will miss her sweet smile! God bless her and the family.

Jennifer Stanford

March 5, 2019

Mrs. Shaul was my first grade teacher, too, but she also lived across the street from my grandparents. I have so many wonderful memories of that sweet lady! Every time I saw her as an adult, she always reminded me about an apron my mom made her when I was in first grade. She always thought of others. I'm probably a teacher today because of her. Much love ♥️

Ginny Tompkins

March 5, 2019

Mrs. Shaul was my first grade teacher, almost 40 years ago. But I remember we always drew a song out of the metal can and sang it, she read us Charlotte’s Web, we all hand wrote Valentines, birthday cards, and get well cards. When I got married years later, she came to my shower and brought me an apple cookie jar to remember her. I could never forget!

Matthew Raabsmith

March 5, 2019

Two things I will never forget about Bettye Jean. How she always smiled so big when she would see me at church when I served as a pastor. She always looked so elegant and she always carried this distinct presence of confidence and security in who she was. I will also never forget her generosity. I wanted to give my wife a piano for her wedding present and Mrs Shaul gave me hers and then on top of that paid to have it in tune. We couldn't take that piano with us to California when we moved, but it (and the music it played filling our house) has never left my mind. I am so very sorry for the loss her family and her community is feeling, and I give God such great praise for his precious child, Betty Jean and the legacy of her love.

Nancy Roemer

March 5, 2019

Remembering her laughing at funny things she shared with her daughter Susan and son in law Ron at Gardens of Germantown. So sorry for your loss

Sally Reynolds

March 5, 2019

When we moved to Collierville in 1995 Bettye Jean was the first person we met. She was our across the street neighbor and was the best friend and neighbor we could have wished for. My granddaughter was thrilled to have the horses close by and Bettye Jean offered to lend her pony to us to for Hillary's birthday party. She's been gone from across the street for several years but I still miss her being there. Jimmy and I are thankful to have known her.