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Bettye Watts

November 11, 1926October 5, 2019

Bettye Jo Watts, age 92 passed away on Saturday October 5, 2019. Bettye was born November 11, 1926 in Drummonds, Tennessee. She was preceded in death by her husband, James E. Watts, her father, Russell Wiseman and her mother, Inez Cooper Wiseman.

Bettye was a member of Munford Eastern Stars since 1952. She served as the Worthy Mother Matron of the Munford Rainbow Girls. She was an entrepreneur. She owned her own Beauty Salon in Munford, TN where she was the beautician.

She leaves to cherish her memory two daughters; Paula Marie Blackmar and Linda Harpole; three grandchildren, Kevan Pafford, Russ Blackmar and Larah Lehnerz; three great-grandchildren, John Pafford, Emman Lehnerz and Addison Pafford; one brother, James C. Wiseman of Memphis, TN and one niece, Julie Wiseman.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 from 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM with services to follow at Memphis Funeral Home, 5599 Poplar Avenue, Memphis, Tennessee. Her interment will occur at Memphis Memory Gardens, 6444 Raleigh Lagrange Rd. in Memphis, Tennessee.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.MemphisFuneralPoplar.com for the Watts family.


  • Paula Marie Blackmar, Daughter
  • Linda Harpole, Daughter
  • Kevan Pafford, Grandchild
  • Russ Blackmar, Grandchild
  • Larah Lehnerz, Grandchild
  • John Pafford, Great Grandchild
  • Emman Lehnerz, Great Grandchild
  • Addison Pafford, Great Grandchild
  • James C. Wiseman, Brother
  • Julie Wiseman, Niece
  • She was preceded in death by her husband, James E. Watts, her father, Russell Wiseman and her mother, Inez Cooper Wiseman.


  • Family Will Receive Friends Wednesday, October 9, 2019
  • Funeral Service Wednesday, October 9, 2019


Bettye Watts

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Wayne Harpole

October 8, 2019

When Bettye made the decision to be close with Linda and I, she asked only one thing. She wanted her apartment set up where she could close doors that would give her her own private space. As I was working to make this space for her, it was God's hands that guided me to build this space for her. In the last 12 years I have been blessed by God to have her here with us. I have not lost a mother in law, I have lost a mother a second time. I know in my heart that Linda and I will join her and Jimmy once again. I love you Mom......Wayne

Lara Lehnerz

October 8, 2019

A fond memory I have of when I was about 10 years old, Grandmother, Granddaddy and Cousin Kevan came out to Denver in their beloved motorhome. They spent about a week (if I recall correctly) then my Mom let me make the BIG trip back to Memphis with them to spend a couple days. Grandmother and Granddaddy loved traveling in their motorhome! Lastly, I am deeply thankful that Grandmother had the chance to meet and spend some time with her great-granddaughter, Emma. We love you Grandmother, rest in peace!

Rick Blackmar

October 8, 2019

Here’s a tribute to a great Mother-in-law who put up with a “damn Yankee” for 52 years, always with a smile and a kind word. You will be missed Bettye. Rest in Peace.

My love,


Paula Blackmar

October 8, 2019

I could not have asked for a better Mother to lead and guide me through this journey called “Life". I’m so grateful for you, Mother. We’ll all be together someday with you, Daddy, Nanny and Granddaddy.

Love you always and forever.


Linda Harpole

October 7, 2019

Mother I will miss you for the rest of my days. We grew so close the past 12 years you lived with Wayne and myself. Home will never be the same. If I could only be half the woman you were I would be so grateful. I love you Mother!!! 💔💔💔