Betty Murray Rayfield

February 21, 1940September 10, 2020

BETTY JEAN MURRAY RAYFIELD HICKORY – Betty Jean Murray Rayfield, 80, of Hickory went home to be with her Savior Thursday, September 10, 2020. She was born on February 21, 1940 in Cleveland County to the late Valley and Blanche Murray. Betty was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and friend. She was a long time member of Charity Freewill Baptist Church where she attended faithfully. Her hobbies were shopping, gardening, traveling, and coloring. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Annie Sue Murray and Roxanne Nanney and her husband Wayne Nanney. Survivors include her husband of 61 years, Harold Preston Rayfield; sons, Barry Rayfield and wife Debbie of Hickory, Brian Rayfield of Raleigh, daughter, Gina Godbey and husband David of Granite Falls; grandchildren, Crystal Lail and husband Jason of Hickory, Preston Rayfield of Hickory, Brandon Godbey of Granite Falls, John Godbey of South Korea, Jenna Godbey of Granite Falls, Keleigh Godbey of Granite Falls; Great-grandchildren, Taylor Evans and husband Thomas of Hickory, Alexis Lail of Hickory, Peyton Rayfield of Hickory, Jonah Rayfield of Hickory, Abbigail Wallace of Granite Falls; Brothers, Jessie Lee Murray and wife Mary of Lawndale, John Murray and wife Deb of Caroleen, Ernest Tilford Murray and wife Leah of Caroleen, Sisters, Kathleen Henson and husband Donald of Rutherfordton, and Lorene Scoggins of Rutherfordton. A Celebration of Life Service will be held on Wednesday, September 16, 2020 at 2 PM at Catawba Funeral Home with Pastor Jamie Simerly officiating. Burial will follow at Catawba Memorial Park. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1 PM -2 PM at the funeral home. Condolences may be left at The Rayfield Family is under the care of Catawba Memorial Park, Funerals & Cremations.


  • Harold Preston Rayfield, Husband
  • Barry Rayfield (Debbie), Son
  • Brian Rayfield, Son
  • Gina Godbey (David), Daughter
  • Crystal Lail (Jason), Granddaughter
  • Preston Rayfield, Grandson
  • Brandon Godbey, Grandson
  • John Godbey, Grandson
  • Jenna Godbey, Granddaughter
  • Keleigh Godbey, Granddaughter
  • Taylor Evans (Thomas), Great Granddaughter
  • Alexis Lail, Great Granddaughter
  • Peyton Rayfield, Great Grandchild
  • Jonah Rayfield, Great Grandson
  • Abbigail Wallace, Great Granddaughter
  • Jessie Lee Murray (Mary), Brother
  • John Murray (Deb), Brother
  • Ernest Tilford Murray (Leah), Brother
  • Kathleen Henson (Donald), Sister
  • Lorene Scoggins, Sister

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  • Visitation

    Wednesday, September 16, 2020

  • A Celebration of Life Service

    Wednesday, September 16, 2020


Betty Murray Rayfield

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Belle Sigmon

September 22, 2020

Aunt Betty was a great women in her life. The memory I think was meeting her and the family members for the first time at my boyfriend(Michael) Grandmother house with soon to be mother-in-law Linda. I always thought this meeting of family would be the best part in getting to know her and the Family!
I want to let the family know Mrs. Betty Rayyfield will be celebrating with no more pain and suffering! I have discovered since the passing of my mom Nancy in 2012, Linda my mother-in-law in 2013, and now another Aunt her name is Mrs. Betty there are several 👼 looking down on this world!
I send my prayers and love to the Rayfield family!

David Bryant

September 16, 2020

Sorry for your loss, praying for you all during this difficult time.

In Christ,


September 15, 2020

So sorry for your loss and I wish you comfort in this time of mourning. You and your family are in my prayers.

Valorie McPherson

September 12, 2020

My deepest sympathy for all of the family.
Praying you knowing she is with the Lord now and no longer in pain or suffering for eternity will hopefully bring joy to your heart in all of your sadness.
God bless you
Valorie McPherson (friend of Brian)


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