Josephine Leta Betts

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    Josephine “Jo” Leta Betts passed from this earth Tuesday, May 16, 2017, at Union County Nursing Home in Blairsville, Ga.
    She was born May 5, 1923, in Gap Creek, Ky., to the late James “Doc” and Gertie (Guffey) Massengale.
    A dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, Jo lived her adult life in New Castle, Ind., and moved to Murphy with her husband in 2003. She was a dedicated member of the Church of the Nazarene and retired from the former Turtle Creek Nursing Home after 23 years of service. She was an avid gardener who loved cooking for family and friends.
    She is survived by her children, Betty Jo (Vernon) Scharer and James Harold (Kathy) Betts; four grandchildren, Shane (Stephanie) Betts, Dara (Daren) Sexton, the Rev. James Daniel Betts and Tonya Scharer; five great-grandchildren, Savannah Grace “Gracie” Betts, Daniel Betts, Cayden Sexton, Hannah, Christopher and Brittany Scharer; and several nieces and nephews.
    In addition to her parents, Josephine was preceded in death by her husband of 60 years, Harold Betts; sisters, Belva Bell, Elba Neal and Joanne Neal; brother, Elmer “Bud” Massengale; granddaughter, Dawn Christopher; and niece, Elaine Carnes.
    Visitation was from 4-8 p.m. Friday, May 19, at Hinsey-Brown Funeral Service in New Castle. Services were at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 20, at the funeral home with the Revs. James Betts and Max Downs officiating. A graveside service will follow at South Mound Cemetery.
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