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Bettye DeVonne McElhanon, 82

Bettye DeVonne McElhanon, 82, of North Little Rock passed away on August 8, 2020.  She was born in North Little Rock, Arkansas on January 11, 1938 to the late Rush D. Faulkner and Lois Emily Faulkner-Irby.

She was a 1955 North Little Rock High School graduate who was a cheerleader and enjoyed dancing.  She was a member of First United Methodist Church in North Little Rock, Arkansas and attended Friendship Baptist Church in Sherwood, Arkansas.  She was very active and believed in volunteering her time to organizations such as the North Little Rock Junior League, First United Methodist Church and Friendship Baptist Church. Her greatest joy was her family, her grandchildren and being with everyone at family gatherings.

She is preceded in death by her brother Jim Faulkner.

Bettye leaves the love of her life and husband of 60 years, Jewel (Joe) Wayne McElhanon; her children Gregg McElhanon and Shelly McElhanon Rankin (Zane); her grandchildren Matthew McElhanon, Carson Rankin and Bridger Rankin; her siblings Mackey Faulkner (Alyce) and Robert Faulkner (Nita); sister-in-law Brenda Faulkner; many extended family and friends will miss her dearly.

In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to be made to Friendship Baptist Church, 10150 Brockington, Sherwood, Arkansas, 72120

Family will be hosting a private service.

Arrangements are entrusted to A Natural State Funeral Service, 2620 West Main Street, Jacksonville, Arkansas 72176.  501-982-3400.


  • Joe and Betty(Kuonen) Rogers Posted August 12, 2020 10:18 AM

    Bettye was a special friend and will be missed. My thoughts and prayers to the family.

  • Marion L Folsom Posted August 12, 2020 10:28 AM



  • Ann and Gail Matthews Posted August 12, 2020 10:32 AM

    She was a sweet Southern Lady Bless all of you Love and Prayers

  • Princie Parkhill Posted August 12, 2020 12:42 PM

    Bettye was a wonderful woman, spirit filed, spreading her joy of Jesus with anyone who would listen. She was and will remain a dear friend, one who you could count on. Prayers for the family during this time of sorrow. The family will have such wonderful memories of her that will bring comfort to all..

  • Jana Franks Posted August 12, 2020 5:53 PM

    What a beautiful lady inside and out. Prayers to the family and all the her friends.

  • Jo Layton Posted August 12, 2020 6:32 PM

    Bettye was a dear friend for many years. She will be terribly missed but never forgotten. Rest In Peace my friend. Sending sympathy to Joe and family.

  • Carmelita Burks Posted August 12, 2020 7:01 PM

    Bette was a beautiful and gracious person. I enjoyed being in Investment Club with her.
    My thoughts and prayer are with the family.

  • Lisa Reber Posted August 12, 2020 8:56 PM

    Shelly, your mother was a beautiful lady inside and out. Our hearts and prayers go out to you and your family. Dan and I wish you peace, comfort and love, dear friend.

  • Jane Heaston Posted August 12, 2020 10:17 PM

    Bettye was a special friend. Prayers for her family in their time of grief.

  • Bill Jennings Posted August 12, 2020 11:03 PM

    Bettye was a dear friend of mine starting in junior high. My sympathy to Joe and family. Joe and I worked for the same company for many years and became great friends. Bettye will be missed.

  • Kaye Myers Faulkner Posted August 13, 2020 12:24 AM

    I will miss her so much .Taught me dance at the BOY’S Club.and then as time rolls along fell in love and married her brother.She will always be apart of my life. EVEN though life moved on. AND we all went out separate ways..WE remained friends.That was how she was sweet and loving to all.

  • Jim Elders Posted August 13, 2020 1:05 AM

    Joe, So very sorry for your loss. You will continue to be n our thoughts & prayers. Have missed seeing you at Gadwall’s. Martha Faulkner has been keeping us updated.
    Jim & Pat Elders (Siebert’s; Embassy Church)
    Daughter, Pam & Granddaughter, Grace

  • Mary and Don Blessing Posted August 13, 2020 8:53 AM

    So sorry, a very beautiful and lovely person

  • Cliff And Arlene Stalnaker Posted August 13, 2020 9:02 AM

    Joe, I am so so sorry. May God put his loving arms around you and your family

  • Jackie Craft Posted August 13, 2020 10:36 AM

    Betty was such a fine Christian lady! Enjoyed her so much in school and our monthly luncheons . So encouraging during my cancer battle! Will be missed!

  • Mary clark Posted August 13, 2020 2:18 PM

    Bettye was a dear dear friend. A great Christian and wonderful person. Prayers are being sent to her family

  • Emily Henslee Henderson Posted August 13, 2020 3:45 PM

    Bettye was a blessing to all who knew her! We were friends for many years! She was always a fine Christian woman and lived that way her whole life and everyone loved her!”We will miss you ,Bettye!

  • Joyce Carter Posted August 13, 2020 8:11 PM

    I will miss her big smile when she walked into the door for Sunday School. She always made me feel happier with that beautiful smile. I am praying for you all.

  • Joe and Marlene Childers Posted August 14, 2020 4:26 PM

    So sorry for your loss.

  • Joe and Marlene Childers Posted August 14, 2020 4:27 PM

    Praying for you at this difficult time

  • Linda A Stanley Posted August 16, 2020 11:04 AM

    Bettye was a lovely girl and a wonderful friend from our days at Crestwood Elementary School PTA and at Junior Service League in North Little Rock. I ran into her a year or so ago, shopping, and she was still the beautiful, sweet woman that she had always been.. May God bless and keep her family and Grant Eternal Rest Unto Bettye.

  • Kandis Croom Posted August 17, 2020 8:55 AM

    I have such fond memories of being with Bettye and Shelly. We lived next door to Rush and Ms. Faulkner on Arrowhead. Bettye was a beautiful southern women and now a beautiful Angel. Keeping you all in our prayers. Kandi Croom

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