Mrs. Bettye Bingham

September 22, 1928September 2, 2020

Bettye Presson Bingham passed from this world to heaven Wednesday, September 2, 2020 at Hospice Ministries in Ridgeland.

Visitation will be at 1:00 p.m., September 7, 2020, at Lakewood on Clinton Blvd. with the service following at 2:00. Masks and social distancing will be observed.

Bettye was born on September 22, 1928, in Jackson, MS to Norman Ivan Presson and Laura Brown Presson. She attended Forest Hill High School where she met Charles Elliott Bingham, Sr., the love of her life.

Shortly before her marriage to Charles, she began working for the Mississippi Baptist Convention Board. When co-workers realized that Bettye was a talented artist, she was asked to design conference posters, programs, logos, etc. to support different department ministries.

She went back to school after raising her family and completed a degree in Art Education from Belhaven and Mississippi College. Bettye continued to work as a ministry assistant and retired after 30 years at the MBCB.

Bettye was a wonderful wife, mother, and friend. Her talents went beyond drawing to any kind of artwork. She loved to sew, quilt, draw, paint, remake dolls and create stained glass windows - even a baptistry window. Her hands were never idle.

In 2007, she lost Charles to cancer, but never wavered in her faith and trust in the Lord. For the last ten years, dementia had begun to rob her of memory but her essence could still be seen and remains today.

We see her homemaking and hospitality in her daughters’ decorating and attention to detail on holidays. We see her when Laura teaches art to children. We see her fierce determination in Melany and her creativity in Chuck. Most importantly, we see the deep and abiding faith passed down to her 3 children, 9 grandchildren, and 15 great-grandchildren.

Survivors include children: Laura Prevost and husband David, Melany Fortenberry and husband Shane, Chuck Bingham and wife Pam Kinsley Bingham. Grandchildren: Mandy Martin, Chance Fortenberry, Anna Whittington, Chad Fortenberry, Aimee Sanford, Chatelaine Macks, Elliott Bingham III, Caitlin Childs, Jesse Dear, and 15 great-grandchildren.

Even though Bettye is no longer with us in body, the legacy she and Charles left will continue to touch lives for generations to come.


  • Visitation

    Monday, September 7, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, September 7, 2020


Mrs. Bettye Bingham

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Kathleen Dangerfield

September 11, 2020

I have great memories of Bettye & Charles. I have a lovely fall painting hanging in my dining room that Bettye did for us! I really loved going to their home. She was soooo talented. Also loved all the trips the 'Le-groupe (Bingham, Blankenship, Webster, Dangerfield's ) took. Had a lot of laughs & many fun experiences!! Are missing greatly all those that are gone from us, but know they are in a better place!!! Luv, Kathleen D.

Celia (White) Taylor

September 10, 2020

Mrs Bingham taught me art in school and then for several years in her home. I always thought highly and respected her and Mr Charles. She was not only an art teacher but a friend and another mother to me and taught me lessons of being a Christian teenager and to grow up to be a God fearing lady. Those lessons have helped me be the wife, mother and grandmother I am today! I am sorry for your loss but know that you know where she is today and that God can give you that peace. Praying for the family.
Celia (White) Taylor

Nubbie Crawford

September 6, 2020

Aunt Bettye was an inspiration of faith and family. I always felt welcome and she and Uncle Cholly were always welcome when they came to visit, wherever we happened to be living at the time. Her art inspired mine and I was in awe at the many realms of creativity she successfully explored. I will miss her very much.

Love to all of you--Nubbie

Melinda Kyzar

September 5, 2020

Laura, we were so sorry to hear of your mother's passing, but I know you know where she is now, free from pain and suffering, her mind intact, and enjoying seeing her husband again. In that, we rejoice with you, but we know the hole that her passing leaves in your family, and how very much she will be missed. Our prayers are with you and your family during this time.
Russell and Melinda Kyzar


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