< >Betty Ann Peppers Cook died on May 10. 2012.
She is survived by her loving husband, L.B. Cook, Jr., to whom she was married for 62 years; daughter and son-in-law, Jackie and Eddy Ellenburg; grandchildren, Blake and Cameron Dunagan, and Matt Ellenburg; and a great-granddaughter, Rachel Dunagan.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Arthur Guy and Martha Bell Henderson Peppers. She was the oldest of seven brothers and sisters. She was affectionately known to them as “the big sister,” and she was cared for by them during her last weeks of life with love and laughter. They are Bonnie and Andrew Montgomery, Mary and David Rhodin, Bob and Joyce Peppers, Sara and Pete Denson, Sam and Marilyn Peppers, and Steve and Sandra Peppers. Many nieces and nephews who knew her as Aunt Bet also survive.
Betty’s faith in God had been an important part of her life from an early age. She worshipped God at Lyerly United Methodist Church. She was the senior member of the Methodist Women’s Group at the church. She served many years as the church treasurer, and she gave of her time and talents as Sunday School teacher, activity organizer, Bible study leader, mentor, and friend. She participated, with her loving husband, in Lay Witness Missions in several states. Betty was a long-time employee of Georgia Rug Mill in the payroll department.
Betty was an avid gardner and loved to grow flowers, iris being her favorite among them.
She requested that no flowers be sent to decorate her grave, but expressed her wishes that donations may be made to the UMW group, c/o Lyerly Methodist Church, P.O. Box 152, Lyerly, GA 30730. Betty always believed in hard work and would be pleased to think her service to God continued after her death.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Saturday, May 12, at Mason Funeral Home with Reverend Marshal Bryan, Reverend Barry Peppers, and Reverend John Mann officiating. She will be laid to rest at Lyerly Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Johnny Montgomery, Joe Potter, Johnny Crawford Rayburn Mitchell, Butch Gardner, Billy Stallings, and Leonard Robertson. Honorary pallbearers will be Lyerly United Methodist Women.
Betty will be in state at Mason Funeral Home and the family will receive friends from 1:30 p.m. until the service hour on Saturday.