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Betty Lou Thurmond, 73

Betty Lou Thurmond, age 73, of Cabot passed away on August 28, 2017.  She was born in Cabot, Arkansas to Floyd and Edith Witcher on April 3, 1944.  She was a loving mother and grandmother; she loved traveling and spending time with family and friends.  She retired on January 26, 1976

She is preceded in death by her husband of more than 30 years Walter Thurmond; parents Floyd Elmer Witcher and Edith Pearl (Caldwell) Witcher and a sister Inez Strayhorn.

Betty is survived by her children Danny (Mary Ann) Bailey of Tarpon Springs, Florida and Laverne (Jerry) Hughes of Cabot, Arkansas; four granddaughters Jessica (Blake) Keathely of Tennessee, Christa (Jeff) Burns of Arkansas, Whitney (Tommy) Jackson of Tennessee and Courtney (Mike) Hodge of Arkansas; one grandson Johnathan Christian of Arkansas and 15 great-grandchildren.  She will be missed by her four sisters Sue Henrichs, Fay Hudgins, Brenda Nettles and Wanda Gibson as well as two brothers Frankie Witcher and Dwight Witcher.  She will be missed by a special friend Mr. Al Russell.

A visitation will be held on Wednesday, August 30, 2017 from 6:00pm until 8:00pm at A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas, 72076. 501-982-3400

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, August 31, 2017 at 2:00 pm at Old Austin Baptist Church, Austin, Arkansas.  Burial will follow at Old Austin Cemetery, Austin, Arkansas.


  • Dorothy Bellamy Putt Posted August 29, 2017 9:32 PM

    So sorry to hear about Ms. Betty. She was a friendly and caring person. May your memories sustain you all in the days ahead, thoughts and prayers for you all..

  • Marilyn brewer Posted August 29, 2017 9:48 PM

    I love and miss her so much. She is my adopted mother. Will miss our conversations.

  • Monica Sellers Posted August 29, 2017 11:42 PM

    I didn’t know her but know her Granddaughter Christa Burns. I can see how her grandmother nurtured her and love her by the person she is. I am sorry for your loss. Just Remember she’s​in Heaven dancing and rejoicing no longer in pain or suffering. May God wrap his Loving arms around you and give you peace.

  • Judy hall Posted August 30, 2017 12:27 AM

    I am so sorry for your lose your mom was a loving lady and will be missed

  • joanne bird Posted August 30, 2017 9:20 AM

    I love you Ms. Betty. Thank you for sharing part of your precious life with me and my family.

  • Bonnie Barrett Posted August 30, 2017 9:41 AM

    I am so sorry for your loss

  • Bonnie Barrett Posted August 30, 2017 9:41 AM

    I am so sorry for your loss

  • Cathy Brand Posted August 30, 2017 10:24 AM

    So sorry for your loss. Eternal rest grant unto her.

  • Lila Hardin Posted August 30, 2017 5:49 PM

    My thoughts and prayers are with the family

  • Nelson “Bill” and Carolyn Temple Posted August 31, 2017 2:52 PM

    We all have an appointment with destiny, a time when we will depart this home on a journey to new home. Those who know Christ as Lord and Savior will have a 1st class ticket for a heavenly trip to a mansion with Christ. Those left behind to await their appointment will feel the sadness that comes with separation from that one that is loved. It is a time when families come together to share love and memories with each other; a time for the many friends to join with the family in a celebration of the life Betty shared while here. It is not; however, the only celebration that is taking place! Betty is celebrating with those in heaven who had been waiting her arrival. May the love of that same God that Betty knew be with each of you and bless you with His comfort and peace.

  • Karol Benfield Posted August 31, 2017 3:02 PM

    I will miss my sweet friend. She was one of a kind who showed her love to everyone. She will always be in my heart.

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