Mrs. Betty Singletary-Spray passed away quietly on Monday, July 4, 2016 at Harris Regional Hospital in Sylva after a lengthy illness. Betty was 71-years-old. Betty is survived by her husband, Charles; her sister, Jan Schaniel; sons, Richard Lewis and Reverend Ryder Lewis; step-son, Michael Spray; step-daughter, Virgina “Ginny” Spray-Arce; two daughter-in-law’s, one son-in-law, 15 grandchildren, and two great-grand daughters.
Betty was born Feb. 3, 1945 in Marianna, Fla. to Aylene Hill-Singletary and Wiley Singletary, now both deceased. Betty was preceded in death by her brothers, Ronnie Singletary, Albie “Buddy” Singletary; and daughter-in-law Kathy Lewis.
When Betty was young, her family relocated to Thomasville, Ga. where she lived for most of her life. Betty graduated from Thomasville High School and attended nursing school at Valdosta Technical Institute, working as an Licensed Practical Nurse for much of her adult life. Betty worked as a home health nurse for Archbold Hospital for several years providing care for patients in Thomas and surrounding counties.
Betty and Charles were married in Thomasville in June 1999. They relocated to Bryson City in 2001 where Betty worked for several years at Mountain View Manor Nursing Home. Betty retired in 2014. Charles is a staff nurse at the Cherokee Indian Hospital. Betty was a special kind of lady who was kind and helpful to everyone. She loved life, her family, friends, and Jesus. Betty is well loved by her family and friends. She will be missed dearly. Betty has gained her angel wings and no longer has to suffer from pain and illness. Guests may sign the online register at whiddonshiverfuneralhome.com. Whiddon-Shiver Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.
Services will be held Saturday, July 9 at 12pm at Whiddon-Shiver Funeral Home with interment following at Laurel Hill Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 11am – 12pm at the funeral home before the service.