May 28, 1937 ~ February 18, 2014

Born in: Dunn, NC,
Resided in: Candler, NC

Betty Ledbetter, age 76, of Case Cove Road went home to be with her Lord and Savior on February 18th, 2014. She was a native of Dunn, NC and a 44 year resident of Candler, NC. She was a member of New Morgan Hill Baptist Church. She was one of 9 children and the last of her siblings. Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Reverend John Wilkins in December 1982. She is survived by her loving husband Howard Ledbetter of the home, son Danny Wilkins and wife Anita, son Jerry Wilkins and wife Lorna, daughter Vicki Teague and husband Phil, Tim Ledbetter and wife Rebecca, Angie Barrett and husband Kyle, Brad Ledbetter and wife Sherry. She has 13 grandchildren: Justin Wilkins and wife Allison, Lindsay Swain and husband Jesse, Zach Wilkins and wife Elizabeth, Ashton Wilkins, Jarred Teague, Jessy Wilkins, Jensyn Teague, Ashlee Smiddy, Mackenzie Barrett, Morgan Barrett, Kylie Ledbetter, Emilee Ledbetter, and Colin Ledbetter. She also has two great-grandchildren, Grady Swain and Brantley Wilson. There are also a number of precious nieces, nephews, cousins, their children, and more friends than can be named. She was a fine Christian woman that lived a full life of loving God, her family, friends, and everyone that she came in contact with. She was so unselfish and giving, always putting everyone before her own needs. She has truly been an angel sent here by God to make our lives and this world a better place. We are going to miss her dearly, but know without a doubt that she is reuniting in heaven with those that have gone before her. Visitation will be held at New Morgan Hill Baptist Church on Thursday, February 20, 2014 from 2:30 to 4:00 p.m. A 4:00 p.m. funeral service will follow at the church and will be officiated by the Reverend James Walker and the Reverend Ian Walker. The family will also be available after the service at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the John G. Wilkins Memorial Building Fund at New Morgan Hill Baptist Church, 370 Lake Drive, Candler, NC 28715. There will be a private family burial on Friday at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Groce Funeral Home on Patton Ave. is assisting the family.

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  1. Howard and family please know that we are praying for you. I know Betty is rejoicing with her family that has gone on. Heaven has certainly gained an angle.

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  2. Howard we just want you to know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Betty was one beautiful lady and we loved her very much.

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  3. Miss Betty was loved very much and will be greatly missed and in the words of Kirstyn ‘I know that Mumsie will be glad to sing with you again around a baby grand’. Love, Jimmy, Bronwyn, Kirstyn and Jay

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  4. I will miss my dear friend so much, and have peace knowing that she is without pain and rejoicing with loved ones in Glory.

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  5. What a wonderful lady….loved by all…she always had a big smile and a hug when she greeted you…definitely wil be missed terribly by this community…another beautiful angel to watch over us. All of you are in our prayers.
    Love, Brent and Sarah Blankenship

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  6. We were so sorry to hear of Miss Betty’s passing. She was always such a sweet and kind lady. Your family is her legacy for sure. We love you all and will be praying and thinking of you.
    Kim and Mike Dawson

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  7. I wish to extend my condolences for the loss of your dear loved one. The Bible offers hope for our dead loved ones to return to life. Acts 24:15 reveals, ‘ There is going to be a resurrection…’ May you all find a measure of comfort and strength from that hope.

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  8. I am so sorry to hear of your Mom’s passing. I remember how nice she always was coming to the Post Office at Enka while I worked there. She would keep me posted on how you guys were doing – she was so proud of her Family! May the Lord give you peace and strength during this sad time.

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  9. So sad to hear of Betty\’s passing, but know that the choir in heaven has gained another lovely voice. Betty was such a beacon of everything a Godly woman should be. She will be missed by all who knew her. I am holding her family up to the Lord in prayer.

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  10. Uncle Howard we were saddened to hear of the passing of Aunt Betty; know that she is no longer in pain and with the Lord. You and your family are in our prayers. Love you all, The Armfield Family (Aunt Helen, Lisa, Linda and Jackie)

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  11. Howard and family, So sorry about the loss of Betty, because I know how much she was loved by all of you. She left a lasting impression on all who she met and especially the family. May you find peace and comfort in knowing this. God bless each of you, Mike & Joyce Bell

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  12. Coach Wilkins and family we are sorry for your loss. Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family during this difficult time.
    Ronnie, Tanya, and Bryson Riddle

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  13. Danny, Jerry, Vickie – you had the best Mother ever. God has taken back His angel and I know she is so very happy and pain free. We didn’t get to see her much in the past years only by passing at the grocery store or CVS – but she always had that wonderful smile and that hug. What a loss of such a godly women, but God’s gain. We will have to tell you that she made the very best fried chicken ever and we were so blessed to have shared such wonderful times with her when we were at Bent Creek Baptist. She will be sorely missed but what a legacy she left here on earth. Our prayers are with you during this time. In Christ and His Blessings – Rex & Wanda Fisher

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  14. I am saddened to read of Betty’s passing. She was such a good friend. I will never forget that Sunday night in 1970 that the Wilkins family sat in the pew in front of us at Bent Creek Baptist Church. Betty fought a good fight & was a good & faithful servant. I know that she is now rejoicing in Heaven, even though we here will miss her. God bless you all.
    Jo Whitaker

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  15. We are saddened to hear about Betty’s passing. We will remember Betty as a friendly and caring person that always took the time to say hello and give a smile. We loved to hear her sing at church, she had such an angelic voice and now she is singing with the angels in heaven.

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  16. We were touched by Betty’s love and will miss her dearly but knowing she is rejoicing in Heaven with our Lord gives peace. We are sending prayers and love to her family. She was such a humble kind loving soul who touched many lives and anyone who knew her was blessed and will have cherished memories of her kindness and love for others.

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  17. Vicky, Danny, Jerry and family. Betty was such a sweet, loving and caring child of God. We know she will be missed so much. Our thoughts and prayers are with you. We were so blessed to have our lives touched together,

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  18. Howard, Danny, Jerry, and Vicky.

    Brenda and I send our heartfelt condolences to you at the news of Ms. Betty’s passing on. She was such a precious and kind lady and made life on this earth easier for those around her. From the time I met her as a teenager hanging out with Jerry until I served at New Morgan Hill as interim she has always been so kind and supportive of me and my family. Our love, thoughts and prayers go out to all of you.
    Ricky & Brenda Bishop

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  19. Our thoughts and prayers for all of you during this most difficult time. May God wrap his loving arms around you and give you comfort for today and for the days ahead. May God Bless you all.

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  20. Dear family,
    I worked with Betty at Estes Elementary in the cafeteria years ago. She was a wonderful lady with a great witness for Christ. I enjoyed working with her and considered her my friend. Although we had not seen each other in a while I thought of her often and have good memories of her. You are all in my prayers during this time. Thankful for the assurance of a better place if we know Christ. May God bless each of you.

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  21. Heartfelt sympathy for the Ledbetter/Wilkins families. May our Lord give you comfort and strength in the days ahead.
    Carolyn Rector (friend of Marvin and Nancy Ledbetter)

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  22. Dear Family: Two things will always be among my favorite memories of Betty. For years I bought chocolate covered pecans from her to give as Christmas gifts? As Wayne and I gave these, we always shared that Betty sold these and gave the money she made to her church. It made the gift very special.

    The last time I saw her was at Justin and Allison’s wedding. She was frail but looked beautiful. As she was leaving, I noticed each one of her grandchildren get up from their seat, make their way to her to tenderly kiss her and tell her goodbye. It was such a touching moment from someone just watching and I thought, what a legacy of love….. She left a beautiful and loving family to carry on that legacy.

    We are thinking about all of you today.
    Love, Wayne and Sue Campbell

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  23. Dear Anita, Danny and the Wilkins Family,
    Pease know that the Haywood County Health Department Staff send our deepest and sincere condolences to you and your family at this time. You and your family are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Sincerely,
    Carmine Rocco

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  24. Dear, Danny, Jerry and Vicki
    I am so sorry you are experiencing the loss of your mother. My family lost one of my sisters this week and were unable to come pay our respects in person, but we spoke of your family and prayed for you. I pray our great God will hold you each close in the next few weeks and that he will bring back many sweet memories for you to share wtih each other. You are loved and prayed for. Autumn Wright and family

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