Smith, Betty Adams (Cleveland)

  • Friday, January 27, 2023
Betty Adams Smith
Betty Adams Smith

Betty Adams Smith, age 90, went to be with her Lord on Thursday, January 26, 2023.

She was the daughter of the Late Dan Adams and Julia Alligood Adams Strickland. She was proceeded in death by her parents; her in-laws, Herman and Lillie Smith; her grandson, Jordan Traylor; her special sister, Mae Beard Pace; and three brothers, T.J. Strickland, Edgar Strickland and Kenneth Strickland.

Betty was retired from the Church of God International Offices where she served as an executive assistant to General Overseer R. Lamar Vest for 17 years. Altogether she worked for the Church of God for more than 35 years. In addition to working at the International Headquarters, she also worked at the North Carolina Church of God State Offices, the Tennessee Church of God State Offices and West Coast Bible College.

Along with her husband Dr. Henry Smith, she served as a pastor’s wife for many years. She was a faithful wife who always supported her husband in his ministry.

She was a faithful member of The Westmore Church of God. For many years she was a member of the Sanctuary Choir. She was a great supporter of her husband as he taught the Berean Focus Class for more than 30 years.

Betty was known for her gift of hospitality and never met a stranger. She loved people and enjoyed hosting events and spending time with her many friends. Her outgoing personality caused her to have a multitude of friends whom she dearly cherished.

Survivors include her husband of 72 years, Dr. Henry J Smith; a son, Michael and wife Melissa Smith of Huntsville Alabama; daughter, Patricia and husband Mark West of Concord, North Carolina; grandchildren, Lucas and wife Ashley Traylor of Denver, N.C., Meagan and husband Eric Mayo of Spring Hill, TN and their daughter, Virginia, Betty’s great-granddaughter; Julia and husband Brandon Arnold of Denver, N.C. and Spencer and wife Katie Smith of Durham, N.C.; sister, Gladys Hartley of Princeton, N.C; sister-in-law, Glenda Smith of St. Pauls, N.C. and Thelma Strickland of Goldsboro, N.C. She is also is survived by special nieces, Beth Graham and Blair Hester of Princeton, NC and a host of special friends.

The Remembrance of Life service will be held at the Westmore Church of God on Saturday, Jan. 28, at 1 p.m. with Dr. Lamar Vest, and Pastor Kelvin Page of the Westmore Church of God officiating. A private interment will follow at the National Cemetery in Chattanooga with Lucas Traylor, Brandon Arnold, Spencer Smith, Eric Mayo, Mark West and Robby Williams serving as pallbearers. Honorary pallbearers will be the members of the Westmore Berean FOCUS Class.

In lieu of flowers the family request memorials be made to the Lee University Alumni Fund, PO Box 3450, Cleveland, Tennessee 37320-3450.

The family will receive friends from 11 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday at the Westmore Church of God.

The North Ocoee Chapel of Jim Rush Funeral homes has charge of the arrangements. You may share your condolences and memories with the Smith Family at

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