Betty G. Ware

July 11, 1926December 12, 2018

Betty Godfrey Ware, devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother, passed away on Wednesday, December 12, 2018 in Prattville, Alabama. She was 92 years old. She loved her church and she loved her Savior, whom she was ready to meet face to face. The family will receive friends Saturday, December 15th from 12:30 PM to 2:00 PM at First Baptist Church Prattville with the funeral service at 2:00 PM with Dr. Travis Coleman, Pastor Dave Burns and Pastor Randy Godfrey officiating. Burial will follow at Prattville Memorial Gardens. Born July 11, 1926, at home in Society Hill, Alabama, Betty was the youngest of five children of Claude and Minnie Godfrey. She worked for Bell (South Central Bell) Telephone Company for many years in Tuskegee, Alabama. When her husband moved the family to Prattville in 1963, as a faithful wife, she worked with him at his business, Prattville Auto Parts until his death in 1987. To her grandchildren and great grandchildren, she was the source unconditional love and grandmotherly concern. While she had many amazing qualities, Betty's spiritual gifts were definitely that of caregiver and hospitality. For many years she cared for her elderly parents. She also cared for her oldest daughter, Brenda, before she died of cancer in 1992. Her home was opened to more people than we can count. Many young people, from her daughter's friends to her grandchildren's friends, were always welcome. "She watches over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness. Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: "Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all." Proverbs 31:27-29

Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Darcie F. Ware; daughter and son in law, Brenda and Dennis Hepler; parents, Claude H. and Minnie Godfrey; sister, Hilda Martin; brothers, Frank Godfrey and Wyatt Godfrey. She is survived by her two daughters Barbara Ware Russell (Sam) and Beverly Kessel Parker (Jimmy) all of Prattville, Alabama; 7 Grandchildren, Rebekah Sanderson (William) of Navarre, Florida; Beth Yerby (Josh) of Alabaster; Katie Popham (Brody), Jennifer DeVaughn (Jason), Josh Kessel, Mary Beth Hardt (Josh), all of Prattville; Neal Russell of Daphne, Alabama and 15 Great grandchildren. She is also survived by her 98 years old brother, James Vernon Godfrey of Montgomery and numerous nephews, a niec, and great -nephews and nieces.

Pallbearers will be Josh Yerby, Josh Hardt, Josh Kessel, Brody Popham, Jason DeVaughn, William Sanderson, Hunter DeVaughn and Hayes DeVaughn. In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to First Baptist Church of Prattville.


  • Barbara Ware Russell and husband Sam, Daughter
  • Beverly Kessel Parker and husband Jimmy, Daughter
  • James Vernon Godfrey, Brother
  • Rebekah Sanderson and husband William, Granddaughter
  • Beth Yerby and husband Josh, Granddaughter
  • Katie Popham and husband Brody, Granddaughter
  • Jennifer DeVaughn and husband Jason, Granddaughter
  • Josh Kessel, Grandson
  • Mary Beth Hardt and husband Josh, Granddaughter
  • Neal Russell, Grandson
  • 15 great grandchildren and a host of nieces, nephews, greats of same, other relatives and friends.

  • First Baptist Church



  • Visitation Saturday, December 15, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, December 15, 2018
  • Funeral Service Monday, December 17, 2018


  • Burial in Prattville Memory Gardens

Betty G. Ware

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Julie Israel Crowe

December 14, 2018

Barbara and Beverly, I am so very sorry for the loss of your Mom. Wow, I have so many memories growing up with you girls and being around your parents. Your Mom (and Dad) were always so kind and loving and nobody was a stranger. Your Mom was gentle and caring for everyone. I know she will be missed greatly. Please know that you all are in my thoughts and prayers. Sending love and hugs.