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Bettye Smith Kendrick

Cryptside service for Mrs. Bettye Smith Kendrick will be 1:00 P.M. Monday, January 18, 2021, at the Wilson County Memorial Gardens Mausoleum with Bro. Barry Keene officiating.  There will be no visitation prior to the service.

Mrs. Kendrick, age 107 of Lebanon passed away January 14, 2021.

Born April 20, 1913, in Wilson County, she is the daughter of the late Elmo and Lula McRoy Smith.  She retired from Precision Rubber and was a member of Highland Heights Church of Christ.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Marshall Allen Kendrick on January 17, 2001; three sisters, Ruby Hollis, Ida Smithwick, and Willa Buhler; four brothers, Thomas, Pete, Richard, and Henry Smith; and step daughter, Joan Kendrick Roberts Denney.

She is survived by son and daughter in law, Robert Lewis and Nellie Smith of Lebanon; grandchildren, Tammi Roberts Gelzer, and husband Jack of Knoxville, and Lisa Roberts Nesbitt of Carthage; great grandchildren: John Gelzer, Kara and Cody Nesbitt; niece, Glenda Beadle of Lebanon and her family, Sandy Bain and Randy Beadle; niece, Cherry Cole of Red Boiling Springs; nephews, Larry Smith of Cookeville, Jerry Smith of Lebanon, and George Buhler of Texas.  She is also survived by a precious family friend, Crystal Stanley of Mt. Juliet, along with uncountable other loved ones that had the blessing of meeting and knowing her.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Highland Heights Church of Christ Building Fund.

LIGON & BOBO FUNERAL HOME of Lebanon (615) 444-2142   www.ligonbobo.com

Messages for the Family

  1. Teresa Judkins Sampson says:
    Oh Tammi, I am saddened to hear of the loss of your beloved grandmother. I know she loved you and Lisa dearly. I remember seeing Nanny and Pa visit you at Shop Springs and also going to their house to see you. She was one of a kind! I love you my dear friend.
    • Crystal Stanley says:
      “Miss Bettye” was a bold and beautiful soul who touched my heart and will continue to remain there. I wish we’d had more time together.

      I will miss you, Bettye!! (Now who am I going to call when I can’t remember something?)


  2. Kelly Davis-Lopez says:
    Mrs. Bettye lived beside my grandmother Ida Davis. I grew up visiting and picking her grapes. She was so precious and forgiving. I remember as a child picking her flowers and taking them to her.
    Once Grandma moved and I took over the house, my children grew up next to Mrs. Bettye. She would invite them in to watch television with her. She would give them cookies. She was always a sweetheart. We loved her.
  3. Gail Cunningham says:
    Tammy, Jack and John Gelzer, so very sorry for the loss of your Grandmother! Love you Randy and Gail Cunningham
  4. Sylvia W Sams says:
    Tammi, Lisa and all the family, so sorry for your loss. Prayers coming your way. Love you, Sylvia and Bob Sams