Betty Jean Buis

June 13, 1936March 28, 2018
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Betty Jean Ricks Buis age 81 of Tazewell, TN was born June 13, 1936 and passed away on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at the Claiborne County Nursing Home with her daughter, a friend Kristie Harmon by her side. She was a faithful and devoted member of Neals Chapel A.M.E. Zion Church where she served as church secretary and church treasurer for numerous years. She enjoyed doing fundraisers in the church, like fish fries and chitterling dinners. She was a licensed cosmetologist and graduated in 1957 from Morristown College High School. She loved and cared for all her family and other families in the community. She later joined Thornhill Missionary Baptist Church and was a faithful member until her health declined in 2009. She was known for her infectious smile and her big “ole” bear hugs that she would give. She was always expressing her love for God and singing with her unique spiritual voice. She was preceded in death by her husband, Henderson Buis, her parents Kate Ethel Cloud and Ralph Austin Ricks. She is survived by her loving and devoted daughter, Kay Elizabeth Buis and Don Goins of Morristown, TN.; Grandchildren, Ja’Niya Katelyn Buis and Jarrett Edward Goins of Morristown, TN; one special Aunt Mary Ruth Cloud; sister-in-law, Charlotte Buis of Middlesboro, KY; devoted cousin Carolyn Ford; devoted niece Viola Mae Johnson of Middlesboro, Ky; special friends, Jean Ketron Johnson, Sandy Peters, Betsy Shoffner, Eleanor Yoakum, Libby and Sam McCollough and Trina Green; devoted neighbors, Margaret & Clifford Bull; caretaker, Alisha Ford , devoted cousin and childhood friend, Clarence Ford; childhood friends C.L. Goins and Sterlynn Harrell and a very special friend Rose Kiser; a host of other nieces, nephews other relatives and friends. The family would like to extend a special thanks to all that have sent messages, stopped by to see us, brought food, prayed or just thought of them in this time of sadness. The family will receive friends from 12:00 noon until 2:00 P.M. Saturday March 31, 2018 at Coffey Funeral Home with funeral service to follow at 2:00 P.M. Saturday in the Coffey Funeral Home Chapel. Burial in the Irish Memorial Garden. Ministers: Rev. Charles Simpson, Rev. Tom Cloud and Rev. Billy Davis Obituary: Pearl Goins Singers: Ricky Gregory, Ralph Ford and Family Singers Pallbearers: Brock Buis, Steve Peters, Richard Barnett, Mike Ford, John Ford and Scott Litton Honorary Pallbearers: Donnie Goins, Steve Goins, Leon Everett and Jody Goins. Coffey Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


  • Visistation Saturday, March 31, 2018
  • Funeral Service Saturday, March 31, 2018

Betty Jean Buis

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cliford & Margaret Sesals Bull

April 1, 2018

To a good friend and neighbor rest in peace. LOVE YOU. Margsret

Amy Hatfield

March 31, 2018

Praying for you Elizabeth. Your momma was the “BEST” & those hugs made everything go away. Sorry, I can’t be there today ... Your in my thoughts ❤️
Love you

Mary Clark

March 30, 2018

Beautiful special lady. Prayers for Peace and comfort for the family. Mary clark.

Kim Ferrell-James

March 30, 2018

Elizabeth I am so sorry for your loss. I know that she is with God and forever watching over her beautiful family. I loved how welcoming she was with everyone. Such an extraordinary woman.

Kelly Harrell

March 30, 2018

Betty was a wonderful friend. She and Henderson made my world brighter by being in it. Lord, please take care of the family through this terrible time.

Norman and Carruth Chadwell

March 30, 2018

To Mrs. Buis' Family,
We remember Mrs. Buis with pleasant thoughts when she shared a room with a member of our family. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.
With sincere sympathy.
Norman and Carruth Chadwell
Blakely, Georgia

Ronnie Sue Hall

March 30, 2018

May God help the family and friends through this difficult time. May you find peace and comfort in all of the wonderful, loving memories that you cherished. We are never old enough to lose parents but I can only imagine the rejoicing going on in Heaven at this time. With deepest sympathy.

Amber Jennings-Freeman

March 29, 2018

Dear Elizabeth, so sorry to hear about your mom. She was loved by so so many and I can just see her smile now! We love your family and we love you! May God bless you during this time and the days to come! Hugs!

Melynda Brooks

March 29, 2018

Elizabeth, hold tight to memories for comfort, lean on your family and friends for strength, and always remember how much you are cared about. I loved Betty Jean . I loved to hear her sing with your daddy. I can truly say, I had a blessed childhood being around your family, Betty Jean, Henderson and Ms Ethel. I loved to hear her laughter. I will always cherish these memories and all the funny stories and laughter, and hearing your mother sing in church. It was never a time, she did not hug me and tell me to watch over you.

Charlene Goins Brooks

March 29, 2018

Elizabeth, may God be with you and give you comfort. May He wrap His arms around you and give you peace and hope. May He fill you with strength, and may you feel His love. I will deeply miss Betty Jean, she was a godly woman. She always had a smile on her face, and she always gave the best hugs. Just know that I will keep you in my prayers. Love you.