Betty Jo Orton Stewart

Betty Jo Orton Stewart

Mrs. Betty Jo Orton Stewart, age 83, a lifelong resident of Lawrence County, passed away on Sunday, August 5, 2018 at NHC Columbia.

She is survived by her husband Andrew Lewis Stewart (Andy), her daughter Nora Lynn Stewart Grimes (Wally) and two granddaughters Anissa Rose Grimes and Ziva Claire Grimes. Brother: Trumon Orton (Joyce) of Lawrenceburg, TN; Sisters: Angelena Stewart, Lawrenceburg, TN; Glenda Goins (James) of Meridianville, AL; Starlene Buie (Gerald) of Columbia TN. Special friends include: Carl and Joyce Wilkinson, James Earl and Katherine Heatherly, Billy and Faye Long and Dr Belinda Bart who was a best friend and the most wonderful doctor in the world to both Andy and Betty Jo. Dr Bart’s staff Stephanie and Tiffany were also great friends for Betty Jo and Andy.

Betty Jo was married to her one true love, Andy Stewart. They were like two peas in a pod, sharing a love of old cars, congregation singings, church, and family. They were members of Midway Church of Christ for most of their life and in later years worshiped at Salem Church of Christ. Andy and Betty Jo celebrated 56 years of marriage in January of this year.

Betty Jo was born on September 26, 1934 in Lawrence County Tennessee. She was the daughter of Silas Orton and Lester Harris Orton of Center/Henryville area. During her young years she was well known  for her incredible cooking skills. She was especially known for: amazing yeast rolls, dumplings, butternut cake, M&M Cookies and assorted pies. She won many cooking events and had recipes printed in the newspapers.  In the last few years many people were blessed to experience her Chocolate Muffins and Crockpot Candies which she and Andy delivered to shut-ins and friends throughout Lawrence County.

Funeral services for Betty Jo Orton Stewart were held on Wednesday, August 8 at 11 a.m. at Midway Church of Christ with Johnny Gibbs officiating, burial followed at Pleasant Grove Cemetery on the old Highway 64. Pallbearers were: Brian Long, Barry Long, Brad Long, Jerry Kirk, David Clifton, and Greg Buie. Honorary Pallbearers: Dr Belinda Bart, Carl and Joyce Wilkinson, Billy and Faye Long and James Earl Heatherly.

Condolences may be sent by way of Pettus-Turnbo website at www. pettusturnbo.com. Cards and letters to Andy Stewart can be sent to: Andy Stewart, c/o NHC Columbia, 101 Walnut Lane, Columbia TN 38401

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