Berry Lynnhurst Funeral Home & Lynnhurst Cemetery

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Betty Lorraine Matherly

April 22, 1933February 20, 2020

Betty Lorraine Matherly, 86, of Powell, Tennessee, passed away on Thursday, February 20, 2020. Mom was devoted to her family and was a loving wife, mother and Nana. Mom enjoyed gardening, Tennessee Football, square dancing and playing the piano. She served as pianist for many years at Butler Baptist Church of which she is a member. Mom was preceded in death by her parents, Ellard (Birdeye) Millsaps and Ruth Millsaps Dillard; husband, Bill Matherly; son, Byron “Bo” Matherly; granddaughter, Katie Woodward; sister, Florence Isaacs; beloved companion, George Richmond. Mom leaves behind with many cherished memories, daughters and son-in-law, Deborah Woodward and Amelia (Jim) Jarvis; daughter-in-law, Teresa Matherly; granddaughters, Shelley Sullivan, Aleshia (Alfie) Dodd, and Amanda Fox; grandson, Daniel (Kathy) Matherly; great-grandchildren, Caitlyn and Carter Sullivan, Kylie and Kayden Fox, Kelsey Brown, Ty Matherly and Urijah and Moses Dodd; beloved sister, Doris Ann Harry and brother, Raymond Millsaps; many dear nieces and nephews. The family would like to extend our appreciation to the staff at West Hills Health and Rehab, long-term care, for loving and caring for mom for the past two years and also, UT Hospice. The family has entrusted Berry Lynnhurst Funeral Home, 2300 W Adair Dr., Knoxville, TN with the arrangements. Visitation is scheduled for Sunday, February 23, 2020 from 2-4pm at the Funeral Home. Committal Service will be held Monday, February 24, 2020 at 2pm at Hamilton Memorial Gardens, 5351 Hwy 153, Chattanooga, TN. In lieu of flowers, please send memorial contributions to the Cardiac Research Gift Fund in memory of Bo Matherly at UT Medical Center Development Office, 2121 Medical Center Way, Suite 110, Knoxville, TN 37920. Betty Lorraine Matherly


  • Visitation Sunday, February 23, 2020
  • Committal Service Monday, February 24, 2020


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Holly Wills (Rhudy)

February 24, 2020

Aunt Till,
My heart breaks knowing you are gone from this earth but at the same time I’m so happy knowing that you have been reunited with so many other loved ones.
I know without a doubt you are dancing with the angels and probably telling them some jokes!
I hope you knew how much I loved, admired, and cherished you. I am without a doubt lucky to have had the opportunity to call you Family
To my extended family who are hurting at this great loss, I love all of you!!!

Holly, Tyler, and Carrie

Bonnie Richmond

February 24, 2020

Such a sweet lady , I’m glad I got to know you , I remember how much fun it was going with you and George to dances when we came to visit . Rest In Peace Lorraine , continue dancing in heaven 💕Prayers be with your family

Carol Shearin

February 23, 2020

You brought so much fun and happiness to our family reunion. I remember you found out dad loved Banana Pudding and you always made sure to make him one each year. Mom and dad both thought a lot of you and Uncle Red (George) as did myself. Mikr, Donna and Jenny.

Clint Howard

February 23, 2020

Many great memories of her and my late grandfather George Richmond. I loved her and will miss her . My deepest sympathies to the Family.
Clint Howard

Judy Duvall

February 22, 2020

Thank you Lorraine for all the good times and jokes at our annual reunions at Pickett State Park. We have certainly missed you and Uncle Red (George Richmond) these past few years. You brought so much to our get togethers and never had a dull moment with you there. You are loved and missed.

John and Judy Duvall and Sandy and Jackie.

Aleshia Dodd

February 22, 2020


You have been a constant provider of support and unconditional love for me all of my life. I will cherish all the hours of conversations we’ve shared over the years. I’m still listening to sweet voicemails from you. I promise to carry on your legacy of steadfast devotion and love for your family to mine. You are a pure example of God’s abundant love.

We are celebrating your life and thinking now of how incredible it must be for you to be reunited with everyone.

You are forever in our hearts,

Aleshia, Alfie, Urijah & Moses

Daniel Matherly

February 21, 2020


You got us through the first year of Ty being around, you slept on our old vinyl couch to make sure Kathy and I got plenty of sleep. You helped us with our laundry, you helped keep us going. To me this showed everything that a grandmother was supposed to be, and I am forever indebted to you for all your help through the years. We love you so much.

Daniel, Kathy, and Ty