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Radney Funeral Home – Saraland

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OBITUARY

Betty Jean Harris Culbreth

March 15, 1944June 28, 2020

Betty Jean Harris Culbreth, born March 15, 1944 in McIntosh, Alabama to Joe Cochran Harris Sr. and Eunice Mae Harris. Betty went to her heavenly home on June 28, 2020 at 11:13am from her home in Satsuma, Alabama at the age of 76. She was a native of McIntosh and Mt. Vernon, Alabama and a resident of Satsuma, Alabama.

She attended Citronelle High School where she was a cheerleader and on the student council and a class officer. She graduated from Bishop State Community College with an Associate’s degree in Business/Arts. She worked and retired from Searcy Hospital.

She loved to cook and feed everyone. “Granny” was famous for her fried chicken, cornbread, chicken and dumplings and sweet tea, as well as anything else one of the grandkids wanted that was not already on the table; she would cook it just for them. No one left hungry from her house. She loved working in the garden and in her yard. She wanted every weed pulled and would work hours making sure it was perfect. When she got sick, she would point out all the weeds and tell us to pull them. She even had a vegetable garden this year and grew her tomatoes and cucumbers. She loved spending time with her family. Family and close friends were her life. Betty always worked to help others along the way. Her happiness came from seeing others get what they needed and wanted, not what she might have needed or wanted. She was the epitome of self-sacrifice. She would give everyone food. Whether you ate or not at her house, you were taking some home. She would give away anything to make life easier for someone else.

Betty’s life was full of memories; her devotion to her family and friends was unbelievable. She had three children. We brought home many friends and neighbors all the time. She welcomed them all and never seemed to mind having a house full of teenagers, in and out at all hours. She mothered many of our friends growing up. They knew they could talk to her and be taken care of by her.

She had seven grandchildren. She wasn’t just Granny to the seven of them. She was Granny to every kid that walked through her doors, which was many. She was the Matriarch, and nothing is ever going to be quite the same. She was an amazing woman. She was the best wife, mother, sister, sister-in-law, aunt, cousin, friend, and one terrific Granny!

She was preceded in death by her parents; brother, J. C. Harris Jr.; sister-in-law, Frances Mead Harris; brother-in-law, David B. Homer I; and sister-in-law, Mary D Floyd. She was survived by her husband, James Ron Culbreth; sister, Joyce H. Homer; and brothers-in-law, Mike Culbreth and Jimmy Floyd. Survived by three children: Kendra Murray Strenth, Jeffery Scott (Tyler Horton) Murray I, and Dana Murray (Richard) Dunn. She was also survived by her seven grandchildren: Joshua Richard Dunn, John Edward Strenth IV, Jeffery Scott Murray II, Patricia “Tricia” Jean Murray, Jessica Elizabeth Strenth, Jordan Albert Devan Dunn, and Joseph Murray Dunn; Nephews: James “Jim” Homer II, and David B Homer II; and a host of extended family, cousins, friends, Mt. Vernon and Citronelle classmates, Searcy Hospital co-workers, and many who considered her their mom and Granny. Special Caregivers: Sherry Trehern, Brittany Weaver and Cynthia Dennis. Special thanks to Comfort Care Hospice.

Active Pallbearers: Joshua Richard Dunn, John Edward Strenth IV, Jeffery Scott Murray II, Jordan Albert Devan Dunn, Joseph Murray Dunn and Scotty Wayne Holt.

Honorary Pallbearers: Jessica Elizabeth Strenth, Patricia “Tricia” Jean Murray, James “Jim” Homer II, David B Homer II, Mike Culbreth, Jimmy Floyd.

A graveside service for Betty will occur Wednesday, July 1, 2020 at 2:00 p.m. at Satsuma Cemetery followed by interment. Pastor Daniel Brown officiating. Special music by Jessica Elizabeth Strenth.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at www.RadneyFuneralHome-Saraland.com for the Culbreth family.

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  • Graveside Service

    Wednesday, July 1, 2020

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Betty Jean Harris Culbreth

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Kathy Middleton

July 2, 2020

Just breaks my heart to hear this! I use to sit behind Betty at Mt Vernon Church when the kids were small. They would all try to sit in her lap, lol. She always had her arm around the one child who wasn’t in her lap. She was such a sweet friend at Searcy,, always the same Betty, anytime I talked with her.
My deepest sympathy to Ron, children & grandchildren.

Tim Shepard

July 2, 2020

My deepest condolences.

Judy Laxton

July 1, 2020

So sorry to hear of Betty's death. She was such an unassuming and gentle person. The last time I saw her was at Penney's. She was telling me about her diagnosis but was still very positive as was her nature. However, what was upmost on her mind was the fact she was Christmas shopping with a determination to get all her grandkids a present. After we talked about all the grandkids, she said she had to hurry since Ron was waiting in the car--told her I would go talk with him so she could take as long as she wanted. So I left her doing what she loved to do --making sure everyone else was taken care of. Ron, I know you and the family will miss her terribly for she was one of those persons who left an lasting impression upon anyone she met.

Sherri Brackin

July 1, 2020

Kendra , Jessica and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. I pray for God's love to surround you through this time. Mothers may leave and go to their heavenly home but their love and memory will be with you always.
Sherri Brackin

Dinah Werneth

July 1, 2020

I did not know Betty, but from reading the comments, she was a lovely lady that took care of everyone. Jeff & Tyler, I’m sorry for your loss, but I know you are happy she’s with the Lord in heaven. Scott & Tricia, it’s hard to loose a grandmother that is so close to your heart, but you will see her again soon. To the rest of the family, I can see you have been blessed with many treasured memories. May God comfort you in a mighty way in the days to come & give you His peace that passes all understanding. You are in our prayers.
Dinah & Sonny Werneth

Dennis Holt

June 30, 2020

Sorry to hear about Mrs. Betty. She was a great lady. Love you all

Kathy Condon

June 30, 2020

To my mother and me, she will always be the pretty and sweet one in the Miss MtVernon contest. To me, she will be the easiest person to work with at Searcy. Rest in peace, pretty lady, and enjoy your heavenly reward. Much love, Kathy and Ernestine.

Teresa Herrington

June 30, 2020

Betty was just as her obituary reads. She made sure you didn't need/want for anything. She was an awesome "granny" to her grandchildren. She will be missed. Prayers for the family for peace and understanding. 🙏🙏🙏❤

Wanda Davidson

June 30, 2020

Remember Betty from high school. Glad to have seen her in March. After 50 some odd years still looked the same. Glad to have gotten to become friends with Kendra. Fly high Betty.

Kendra Strenth

June 30, 2020

Mom,
I miss you so much already. I miss your voice. I miss your phone calls. I miss your presence. I’m so glad I got to spend the night with you on your last night here. I’m so glad I was by your side when you left this world. This is going to be the hardest thing I have ever done. And you could have never prepared me for the void this will leave. I love you so much. You were the best mother!! Thank you for always being there!! You were always there for me.!! You will always be missed and loved.
Your daughter, Kendra
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FROM THE FAMILY