November 27, 1927 – January 7, 2020
Betty Branum, 92, of Fort Smith, AR went to be with her Lord on January 7, 2020. She was born November 27, 1927 in Ozark, AR to Murl Carlyle Jeffers and Vera Cathern Runyon Jeffers. Betty worked for many years at General Electric and was a charter member of Spradling Baptist Church. She was preceded in death by her parents, first husband, Ernest M. Stevenson and second husband, John L. Branum; son-in-law, Bob Morgan; one sister, Alice Sue Martin; three brothers, Carl (Bill), J.O. and Jack Jeffers. She is survived by two daughters, Janice Bell (Michael) of Fort Smith and Janet Morgan of Van Buren; two sons, Frank Stevenson (Kathy) of Fort Smith and Clifford L. Stevenson of Fort Smith; one sister, Sadie Johnson of Fort Smith; two brothers, Ronald Jeffers and Harold (Red) Jeffers both of Fort Smith; numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren along with a host of extended family and friends.
A Celebration of Betty’s Life will be held at 10 AM, Monday, January 13, 2020 at Spradling Baptist Church in Fort Smith. Visitation will be 2 PM till 4 PM on Sunday, January 12, 2020 at Edwards Funeral Home. Services are entrusted to Edwards Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Spradling Baptist Church, 3515 North 50th Street, Fort Smith, AR 72904.
- Murl Carlyle Jefferrs (Vera Cathern Runyon Jeffers), Parents (deceased)
- Janice Bell (Michael), Daughter
- Janet Morgan, Daughter
- Frank Stevenson (Kathy), Son
- Clifford L. Stevenson, Son
- Sadie Johnson, Sister
- Ronald Jeffers, Brother
- Harold (Red) Jeffers, Brother
- Ms. Branum is also survived by numerous grandchildren, great grandchildren and great great grandchildren along with a host of extended family and friends
- Viewing and Visitation Sunday, January 12, 2020
- A Celebration of Betty's Life Monday, January 13, 2020
January 12, 2020
I am so sorry to hear this. Betty was such a wonderful lady. She was a wonderful friend to my mother, Shirley Watkins. She was a wonderful neighbor. She shared her love of the Lord with everyone. She shared her strength and peacefulness with the people she sat with in the hospitals and Nursing homes. She was gracious and kind and a rock to anyone that struggled with illness and grief. As a nurse, I was always relieved to walk into a patient's room and see Betty sitting with them. They always seemed to soak up her calm strength. Janice and Elizabeth, you are in my prayers. I have let Annie and Eric know. We won't be able to come but know that our thoughts are with you.
January 11, 2020
My condolences to Betty’s families, I recall when she had twin little red haired girls, & I was a teenager. Those girls were always quiet in church. Betty & my Mother were also good friends throughout the years. I recall seeing Betty, her sister, & their Mother always together, my how the years have gone by so fast. I pray that each of Bettys families will find comfort from God as only he can do!!
Joyce Newton, Pocola, Oklahoma
January 11, 2020
Betty and my mom were very good friends. When my mom was ill, Betty would come over with food and a friendly smile on her face! She would always be positive and kind with my mother. I grew up in Spradling Baptist Church and have known Betty my whole life. I loved her dearly and am sorry I cannot make the service.
To all of her children: May God give you strength during this difficult time.
January 10, 2020
This pic was taken in front of her Ginko tree that she planted many years ago. It is about 20 feet tall now.
January 10, 2020