OBITUARY

Betty Jo Barthlow

January 20, 1925April 9, 2019

Betty Jo Barthlow, 94, passed away April 9, 2019. She was born January 20, 1925 in Okechobee, Florida and resided in Middleburg, Florida since 1930. Mrs. Barthlow was a faithful servant of Our Lord and Savior, never wavering in her strong faith as the longest-standing member of First Baptist Church of Middleburg since 1938 serving in the choir, as Church Clerk/Historian, Sunday School teacher and Apape House Volunteer. She was a member of the Beta Sigma Phi Sorority. She enjoyed bird watching, calligraphy, cooking, traveling with her friends, and was a gifted painter. She was employed at Camp Blanding and NAS Jacksonville as Comptroller, retiring in 1981. After retirement her service to her community did not end. Betty Jo was also a Volunteer Pink Lady at Orange Park Medical Center for many years. Mrs. Barthlow is predeceased by her husband, George Barthlow, parents Joseph Wesley and Alma Johnson, sisters Alma Jean Johnson, Clara Warner, Bobby Studstill and Juan Jose Saunders, brothers Percy, Clyde and Leroy Johnson. She is survived by her daughter, Julia Joseph (George), her son Steven Barthlow (Patricia), 7 grandchildren Jennifer Joseph, Joy Crump (James), Kimberly Joseph, Kayla Tyer (Daniel), Nathan Barthlow, Lauren Barthlow and Heather Barthlow, 9 great grandchildren Jordan Joseph, Jenna, Jared and Jay Crump, Gracie Waldeck, Kylee Tyer, Joseph Boysen, Jr., Kaitlyn Tyer, and Shayla McCray, and 2 great-great grandchildren Princeton and Kaleb McCray. A Celebration of Life will be held 11 AM Thursday, April 18, 2019 with 1 hour prior visitation at First Baptist Church of Middleburg, 2645 Blanding Blvd, Middleburg, Florida 32068. Interment will follow at Middleburg United Methodist Church Cemetery, 3925 Main Street, Middleburg, Florida 32068. Please leave words of comfort at www.hardage-giddensrivermead.com. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made to First Baptist Church of Middleburg (Great Expectations). Arrangements by HARDAGE-GIDDENS RIVERMEAD FUNERAL HOME, 127 Blanding Blvd, Orange Park, Florida 32073.

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  • Mrs. Barthlow is predeceased by her husband, George Barthlow, parents Joseph Wesley and Alma Johnson, sisters Alma Jean Johnson, Clara Warner, Bobby Studstill and Juan Jose Saunders, brothers Percy, Clyde and Leroy Johnson. She is survived by her daughter, Julia Joseph (George), her son Steven Barthlow (Patricia), 7 grandchildren Jennifer Joseph, Joy Crump (James), Kimberly Joseph, Kayla Tyer (Daniel), Nathan Barthlow, Lauren Barthlow and Heather Barthlow, 9 great grandchildren Jordan Joseph, Jenna, Jared and Jay Crump, Gracie Waldeck, Kylee Tyer, Joseph Boysen, Jr., Kaitlyn Tyer, and Shayla McCray, and 2 great-great grandchildren Princeton and Kaleb McCray.

Services

18 April

Visitation

10:00 am - 11:00 am

First Baptist Church of Middleburg

2645 Blanding Blvd
Middleburg, FL 32068

18 April

Funeral Service

11:00 am - 12:00 pm

First Baptist Church of Middleburg

2645 Blanding Bvld
Middleburg, FL 32068

18 April

Graveside Service

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

United Methodist Church Cemetery

3925 Main St
Middleburg, FL 32068

REMEMBERING

Betty Jo Barthlow

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Pat Gillis

April 18, 2019

We visited Betty Jo with Loving Touch Ministry. She was one of our favorite people to visit. We loved to hear her tell how she and her husband built the house that she lived in. She was a good friend of my mothers and spoke about her affectionaly. She always said I don't know why the Lord is leaving me here. I would tell her He has plans for you Betty Jo. We will miss our visits but know that she is where she wanted to be.

Jeffrey and Johnna Duke

April 11, 2019

Our hearts, prayers and thoughts are with the family as we learned of Betty Jo's passing today. We loved Miss Betty Jo like a mother. She was a beautiful soul and was a true servant of God. We met Miss Betty Jo several years ago at FBCM and fell in love with her right away! We served along side her in the kitchen and other ministries to include our "Wings Over Clay County" birdwatchers group. We will never forget how she joined us late at night to go "FLOCK" the pastors yard with flamingos! When the pastor walked by his window as we were putting the flamingos in his yard, we yelled "HIT THE GROUND" and she did! It was the funniest night ever! So many good memories of sharing time serving God with her. Now she is at his right hand, with her own wings. We will never forget you Miss Betty Jo.

FROM THE FAMILY
FROM THE FAMILY