Betty Jane Carter Israel

betty jane israel

January 22, 1928 ~ January 9, 2021

Born in: Buncombe County, NC
Resided in: Candler, NC

Betty C. Israel, 92, of Candler, passed away Saturday, January 9, 2021 at Aston Park Health Care Center.
She was born January 22, 1928, to the late James Fred Carter, Sr. and Lillian Adelaide Davis Carter. She and Jesse L. Israel, Jr. were married for 67 years until he passed away in January, 2016. They were married at Davis Chapel Methodist Church on August 14, 1948, by the Rev. T.A. Groce and Rev. Albert Gordon. They became members of Piney Mountain United Methodist Church.
Betty was a descendant of Uriah and Rebecca Davis, 1790 settlers of now Pisgah View Ranch and the family of Solomon Crissley Carter of Buncombe County. She was preceded in death by her brothers, James F. (Bill) Carter (Jo), Criss T. Carter (Lucille, Maryann), and her great-grandson Ashton Bennett.
She is survived by her children, David Israel (Diane) of Asheville, Lonnie Israel (Gail) of Candler, and Janet I. Strickland (Danny) of Canton; seven grandchildren, Alan Israel (Heather) of Candler, Anna Howland (Jake) of Raleigh, Amber Berryman (Steve) of Holly Springs, Aaron Bryson (Courtney) of Wake Forest, Trevor Israel (Rhiannon) of Harrisburg, SD, Megan Strickland of Canton and Jessica Strickland (Slade Singleton) of Candler; and great-grandchildren, McKinley, William, Carter, Hayden, Emma, Connor, Natalie, Lilly and Sean.
Betty was a Candler High School graduate and went on to a vocational education business school and then to work for Merrill, Lynch, Pierce, Fenner and Bean Stock Brokerage firm. As children came along, she worked for her husband at Styles and Israel Esso, then Israel Esso and went back to school to upgrade her business degree and went to work for Westinghouse as a computer payroll controller; she retired from there and went to work with her family at Jesse Israel and sons Nursery and Garden Center.
A private family graveside service will be held at Piney Mountain Church Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Piney Mountain Cemetery Fund, c/o Karen Scarborough, PO Box 821, Enka, NC 28728.
Groce Funeral Home on Patton Avenue is assisting the family and the on-line register is at

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  1. Lucille & Harold Conner : we always enjoyed her being there at the store . She treated you with respect . Such a fine lady. To David , Lonnie. and all the family we know you will miss her. Our prayer and though are with you . This pandemic has caused distance .but there is no distance in prayer . Love Harold & Lucille

  2. Lonnie, David, Janet and families;
    So sorry for your loss. Betty was a wonderful lady and always so nice to me. She will be missed. May God wrap His arms around each of you and give you the peace only He can give.

  3. My prayers go out to the family of Betty. I so enjoyed spending time with her and listening to the stories she shared about her sweetie.

  4. So sorry for your loss. Love and light to all of you. She is wrapped in our Lord and savio’s grace tonight.

  5. Your family is in our thoughts and prayers! Everyone in South Hominy thought highly of Betty and Jesse. Very fondly memories of growing up together.

  6. So sorry for your loss.
    Your parents were so very good to me when I rented from them back in the early sixties’.

  7. We are very sorry for your loss. Betty was an integral part of all of your lives and the neighborhood. She will missed by all. I’m so sorry that I could not see her before Covid struck.

  8. So sorry for your loss! Betty was a sweet lady and I enjoyed her when she came to the beauty shop. Our deepest sympathy to Jan Lonnie and David!

  9. We are so sorry for your loss. We remember how sweet Betty always was. We loved her so much. Your extended family is here for all of you if you need us in anyway.
    Love Bill & Dianne

  10. Please know we hold you in our hearts during this time. Such a special family and always great to visit with you at the nursery. Your parents built community and both were always so positive, just the friendliest people. You are all in our prayers.

  11. Janet, David and Lonnie, I am so sorry for your loss. Betty was such a sweet woman and was so good to my mother (Lora Hedden) and myself. Betty and Janet would pick me and my mother up and take Janet and I to 4-H meetings and took Janet and I to Canton YMCA for our first swimming lessons. She was such a good friend to mother, for which I will always be grateful.

  12. Betty always greeted us with a hug and a smile. She was always so welcoming to all members of our family. We enjoyed the time we spent with her. She will be missed by so many. Love and comfort to all the family, Sarah and Evans Thibodeau

  13. When a family patriarch passes it is part of the cycle of life and a sad day! Lonnie thoughts and prayers to you and your family and as my Brother in Law know I am thinking of you and Gail and family. I am here if there is anything I can help with or do! Lonnie and Gail you are fortunate to have a large family for comfort during these times and I know you will have the caring and support from them. Blessings and I am as close as a call!

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