OBITUARY

Bettye Knox Taliaferro

August 17, 1927July 30, 2014

Bettye Frances Knox Taliaferro, passed away peacefully while surrounded by her family on July 30, 2014, at the age of 86. She was born on August 17, 1927, in Memphis, TN. Upon graduation from Central High School and from Vanderbilt University, Bettye worked as a commercial copy writer at WMC-WMCTV and at Steinmart for over 25 years. She was the widow of J. Lewis Taliaferro, former State Senator and Shelby County Quarterly Court member, who died on February 19, 1973. She is survived by 3 daughters Elizabeth Taliaferro, Margaret Alwine (David) and Mary Sumner (Rob); 3 grandchildren, Andrew Alwine (Megan), Mary Frances Demianovich (Mark) and Katie Sumner; five great grandchildren and one sister Ann Knox Graves of Kingsport, Tennessee. She was a member of Second Presbyterian Church. Visitation will be at 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 2, 2014, in the Salmon Room at Second Presbyterian Church with the memorial service following at 2 p.m. in the Chapel. A private interment for the family will occur at a later date. In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be sent to the Church Health Center at 1210 Peabody Avenue, Memphis, TN, 38104, or your favorite charity. .

Services

  • Visitation Saturday, August 2, 2014
  • Funeral Service Saturday, August 2, 2014
REMEMBERING

Bettye Knox Taliaferro

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Kyle Tabor Furr

August 28, 2014

Mary, This is a beautiful photograph of your mother. She always made me feel loved whenever I came by your home while we were growing up. I appreciated her quick wit and wonderful sense of humor. It is obvious to me that she has been a wonderful mother to you and your sisters. Please know I am thinking about you and loving you lots.

Kyle Tabor Furr

August 28, 2014

Mary, This is a beautiful photograph of your mother. She always made me feel loved whenever I came by your home while we were growing up. I appreciated her quick wit and wonderful sense of humor. It is obvious to me that she has been a wonderful mother to you and your sisters

August 3, 2014

I am so sorry to hear of your loss. I worked with Bettye @ Stein Mart and even after she quit, continued to chat with her periodically. She was the sweetest (and funniest) lady! I just adored her. Wishing your family comfort during this difficult time. Wendy Thomas, Memphis, TN

August 2, 2014

BF was a good christian person. As her cousin I will miss her as we could relate to the old Knox Family stories and memories of which there are many. Her family has the condolences of the Knox Family.

August 1, 2014

We will miss seeing and talking to her every week. Heaven just received another sweet angel.

Peggy Mays

August 1, 2014

Mary, My deepest sympathies to you and your family.

August 1, 2014

Wishing you peace to bring comfort, courage to face the days ahead and loving memories to forever hold in your heart.

Your friends at the Church Health Center

Price Morrison

August 1, 2014

Elizabeth, Margaret and Mary,

I have so many fond memories of spending time in your mother's home during our teenage years and laughing with "BF". Her home was always warm, safe and welcoming. Although I have not seen her much in recent years, I loved speaking to her when I saw her and was always touched that she would remember me. She was a great encouragement and blessing to me and has a special place in my heart.

I regret so much that I must be out of town on Saturday and not able to attend the memorial service. I praise God for your mother's life and that she knows Jesus! I also pray that you will experience God's comfort beyond our understanding during this time of great loss.

Love,
Price

FROM THE FAMILY