Betty Jo Hurst Barron

Betty Jo Hurst Barron passed away suddenly, at her home in Sweetwater.

Betty was born on April 4, 1934, in Selmer, to Allie and Lavara (Doll) Hurst. She grew up in Selmer, and graduated from Selmer High School in 1952. Betty married her high school sweetheart, Jerry Max Barron, of Selmer, in 1954. She attended the University of Tennessee at Martin, and graduated from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, with a Bachelor of Science in education. Betty taught English and history at Selmer High School for much of her career, where she was a long-time cheerleader sponsor. Betty and her sister, Anita, were partners in The Honey Tree, a woman’s dress shop in Selmer, in the early 1970s. In 1981, Betty and Jerry moved to Washington, D.C., where she worked with the United States Health and Human Services Department, in the Early Childhood Development Office. They returned to the farm on Sulphur Springs Road in 1990. After Jerry’s death, Betty moved to Sweetwater, to live on the farm with daughter Jennifer’s family.

Betty enjoyed watching her children show cattle and horses, and working in her yard and flower gardens. After her move to Sweetwater, she worked part-time at East Tennessee Livestock Center, and attended all her grandchildren’s ballgames and cattle shows. She was a volunteer at Sweetwater High School, and a devoted UT Vol fan. Betty was a lifetime member of the First Christian Church in Selmer, where she taught Sunday School for many years.

She was 85 years old.

Preceded in death by: her beloved son, Jerry Ross Barron; husband, Jerry Max Barron; parents, Allie and Lavara (Doll) Hurst; nephew, Matt Barnes.

Betty is survived by: her daughter, Jennifer, and husband, Mark, and grandchildren, Virginia Leigh Houston and Ross Wesley Houston;

Sisters, Linda Barnes (Rod) and Anita Moore (Joe Vance, deceased);

Nieces, Dolly Jane Barnes and Lisa Weatherford;

Great-niece, Leah Thompkins;

Great-nephew, Jay Weatherford;

Great-great-niece, Lauren Franks;

Great-great-nephew, Jett Franks. 

A celebration of life service was held at 6 p.m. on Thursday, May 16, 2019, at at the First Christian Church in Selmer. The burial was held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 17, 2019, at Oak Hill cemetery in Selmer.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Matt Barnes Agricultural Scholarship, The University of Tennessee at Martin, Office of Development, 329 Administration Building, Martin, Tennessee 38238.