Betty Jo McCants

March 16, 1936October 11, 2020

Betty Jo McCants, 84, went to be with her Lord and Savior on October 11, 2020. Betty was born in Tylertown, MS to the late Charlie C. and Carrie Crawford Purvis. Besides her parents, she was preceded in death by her loving husband of 53 years, E. H. “Mac” McCants and two brothers, Ben and Joe Purvis. Betty was a proud member of the Norfolk Fire & Rescue as a dispatcher. She loved her family and bowling.

Left behind to cherish her memory are her children, Rebecca Roberts, David McCants (Pat), Susan Martinez (Robert); 5 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren; sisters, Jimmie Mabry and Faye Donaldson (Ralph); and a host of other family and friends.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, October 18, 2020 from 4-6 p.m. at Woodlawn Funeral Home, 6329 E. Virginia Beach Blvd, Norfolk. The funeral service will be Monday, October 19, 2020 at 12 noon at the funeral home with Dr. Walter Black officiating. Betty will be laid to rest in Woodlawn Memorial Gardens beside her husband following the chapel service. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial donation to the American Diabetes Association at Please visit her webpage at to leave a note of condolence to the family.


  • E. H. “Mac” McCants, Loving husband of 53 years (deceased)
  • Rebecca Roberts, Daughter
  • David McCants (Pat), Son
  • Susan Martinez (Robert), Daughter
  • Jimmie Mabry, Sister
  • Faye Donaldson (Ralph), Sister
  • Charlie C. and Carrie Crawford Purvis, Parents (deceased)
  • Ben Purvis, Brother (deceased)
  • Joe Purvis, Brother (deceased)
  • Mrs. McCants is also survived by 5 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren

  • Ralph Donaldson, Active Pallbearer
  • David McCants, Active Pallbearer
  • Robert Martinez, Active Pallbearer
  • Scott McCants, Sr., Active Pallbearer
  • Joshua Martinez, Active Pallbearer
  • Jonathan Marinez, Active Pallbearer
  • Scott McCants, Jr., Active Pallbearer
  • Jason McCants, Active Pallbearer
  • Chris Blanchard, Alternate Pallbearer



  • Visitation

    Sunday, October 18, 2020

  • Funeral Service

    Monday, October 19, 2020


  • Burial: Woodlawn Memorial Gardens


Betty Jo McCants

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Barbara Rice

October 18, 2020

I am so sad I just found out todsy. I will miss you always. You were one of the first friends I made when I came to work on the raid room 1985. We have continued to be friends every since. I remember when you retired you told me how you would sit on the front porch and wave to people going to work😊👍. We laughed and I said I could not wait till I could do that. I am glad we had good times together. I am glad you were my friend.

Richard Timothy Mabry

October 17, 2020

David, Becky and Susan,
I was so sad and heart broken to here of your moms passing.
I will always remember her great smile and sense of humor..
Know that the lord will be with each one of you during this time of sorrow. My thoughts and prayers are with you all

Cousin Tim

Linda Mannone

October 14, 2020

I did not get the pleasure of knowing this beautiful lady. Her smile is what I remember seeing. Thanks to my cousins Susan and Robert who shared the memories of this lovely lady. My condolences to you Susan and Robert, your siblings, your children and grand children. They will have wonderful memories of this wonderful . lady. Robert you were lucky to have known this lady. Susan I am so sorry for your loss and pray that each one of you remember that she is angel that God called. You will always have a part of her and now she is with your dad. Love you Susan and Robert. May she rest in peace. Love Linda Marinez Mannone and family.

Daniel Fuller

October 13, 2020

I will always be thankful for the sacrifices she made for us. She was and will always be an elect lady. May all those she leaves behind be forever blessed by her love and service.