OBITUARY

Betty Jean Ussery Cavender

November 3, 1948January 8, 2019
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Betty Jean Ussery Cavender, 70, of LaGrange, GA peacefully passed away Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at her daughter’s home.

Mrs. Cavender was born November 3, 1948 in LaGrange, GA to the late Doyle “Buck” Hopson Ussery and Marie Mabell Railey Ussery. She dedicated her life to raising her children and tending to the needs of her family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Cavender; brother, Norman Ussery; sisters, Joann Ussery and Janice Rush; nephew, Chance Ussery; and sister-in-law, Janice Ussery.

Betty Jean lived her life around her love of children. She assisted in the raising of all the nieces, nephews, foster children, and extended family friends.

Survivors include her children, William (April) Cavender, Amanda (Joseph) Beesley, Andrea Lynn Cavender (Jakob Ranew), and Christopher William Cavender; grandchildren, Alexis (Lee) Henson, Will Cavender, Khloe Cavender, Jacob Beesley, and Emily Beesley; great grandchild, Charlee Henson; siblings, Horace Ussery, Doyle (Melba) Ussery, Albert (Alice) Ussery, Vernon (Denise) Ussery, Patricia McRae, and Rhonda Griffin; sister-in-law, Jonna Ussery; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

The Gathering of family and friends will be Thursday, January 10, 2019 from 6:00pm until 8:00pm at Striffler-Hamby Mortuary. The Celebration of Life will be held 11:00am Friday, January 11, 2019 in the Chapel of Striffler-Hamby Mortuary with Rev. Robert Longshore officiating. Burial will follow in Meadoway Gardens Cemetery.

Those wishing to share a condolence or remembrance with the family may do so by visiting www.shlagrange.com.

Arrangements are by Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, 1010 Mooty Bridge Road, LaGrange, GA 30240 (706) 884-8636

  • FAMILY

  • William & April Cavender, Son
  • Amanda & Joseph Beesley, Daughter
  • Andrea Lynn Cavender (Jakob Ranew), Daughter
  • Christopher William Cavender, Son
  • Alexis & Lee Henson, Grandchild
  • Will Cavender, Grandchild
  • Khloe Cavender, Grandchild
  • Jacob Beesley, Grandchild
  • Emily Beesley, Grandchild
  • Charlee Henson, Great Grandchild
  • Horace Ussery, Brother
  • Doyle & Melba Ussery, Brother
  • Albert & Alice Ussery, Brother
  • Vernon & Denise Ussery, Brother
  • Patricia McRae, Sister
  • Rhonda Griffin, Sister
  • Jonna Ussery, Sister-in-law
  • numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
  • PALLBEARERS

  • Frank Wright, Pallbearer
  • Keith Ussery, Pallbearer
  • Buck Ussery, Pallbearer
  • Taylor Foster, Pallbearer
  • Kevin Beegle, Pallbearer
  • Jamie Moat, Pallbearer
  • Jon Wood, Honorary Bearer
  • Bryson Ussery, Honorary Bearer
  • CJ Ussery, Honorary Bearer

Services

  • Gathering of Family and Friends Thursday, January 10, 2019
  • Celebration of Life Friday, January 11, 2019
REMEMBERING

Betty Jean Ussery Cavender

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Bonnie Foster

January 10, 2019

I met Betty when she and Willie decided to become foster parents. I was privileged to see them through their classes and home study. Most people will never know the sacrifices they made for children in need. But I do. And I have some idea of how far reaching those sacrifices are. Breaking the chain of abuse and neglect is generational. Betty and Willie gave it their all. Not only that, but I only need to think of them to try to get back to what really matters in this life. I get lost sometimes. Thank you for that, Betty and Willie. I have not seen Betty in a few years and the pictures of her, so frail, brought me to tears. The Betty I remember was tiny but mighty!! What a blessing that she and Willie are together again. And what a blessing that she had family there to love her to the end. I am incredibly grateful that I was able to get to know this amazing family. Rest in peace, with your sweet Willie.


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Biography

Betty Jean Ussery Cavender, 70, of LaGrange, GA peacefully passed away Tuesday, January 8, 2019 at her daughter’s home.

Mrs. Cavender was born November 3, 1948 in LaGrange, GA to the late Doyle “Buck” Hopson Ussery and Marie Mabell Railey Ussery. She dedicated her life to raising her children and tending to the needs of her family. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Willie Cavender; brother, Norman Ussery; sisters, Joann Ussery and Janice Rush; nephew, Chance Ussery; and sister-in-law, Janice Ussery.

Betty Jean lived her life around her love of children. She assisted in the raising of all the nieces, nephews, foster children, and extended family friends.

Survivors include her children, William (April) Cavender, Amanda (Joseph) Beesley, Andrea Lynn Cavender (Jakob Ranew), and Christopher William Cavender; grandchildren, Alexis (Lee) Henson, Will Cavender, Khloe Cavender, Jacob Beesley, and Emily Beesley; great grandchild, Charlee Henson; siblings, Horace Ussery, Doyle (Melba) Ussery, Albert (Alice) Ussery, Vernon (Denise) Ussery, Patricia McRae, and Rhonda Griffin; sister-in-law, Jonna Ussery; numerous nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

The Gathering of family and friends will be Thursday, January 10, 2019 from 6:00pm until 8:00pm at Striffler-Hamby Mortuary. The Celebration of Life will be held 11:00am Friday, January 11, 2019 in the Chapel of Striffler-Hamby Mortuary with Rev. Robert Longshore officiating. Burial will follow in Meadoway Gardens Cemetery.

Those wishing to share a condolence or remembrance with the family may do so by visiting www.shlagrange.com.

Arrangements are by Striffler-Hamby Mortuary, 1010 Mooty Bridge Road, LaGrange, GA 30240 (706) 884-8636