Betty Spillyards

Betty C. Spillyards (Burt)

June 21, 1925 - March 2, 2020
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Betty C. Burt Spillyards, 94, of Memphis, Tennessee, formerly of Pine Bluff, Arkansas, died Monday, March 2, 2020 at Methodist Hospice in Memphis.

She was born June 21, 1925 in Champaign, Illinois, daughter of Clarence Edward Burt and Evelyn Elizabeth Shrider Burt.

Mrs. Spillyards was reared and received her early education in Sidney, Illinois, graduating from Sidney High School.

After moving to Arkansas, she worked for The Doctor’s Clinic and Jefferson Regional Medical Center for many years as a medical transcriptionist. She was known for her sign language skills. Mrs. Spillyards would be called throughout the hospital when needed to help patients and hospital personnel communicate when needed.

While living in Pine Bluff, Mrs. Spillyards was a member of Immanuel Baptist Church. She moved to North Little Rock in 1996 and moved her membership to Levy Baptist Church in North Little Rock.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Leroy Spillyards; son, Kenneth Spillyards; daughter, Karen May; and her parents.

Survivors include her son, Roger Spillyards of Memphis, Tennessee; brother, Robert Burt; sister, Doris Werts; five grandchildren, Greg Spillyards, Brad May, Susanne May, Michael Spillyards and Melody Gruene; and eight great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be 2:00 p.m., Friday, March 6, 2020 at Graceland Cemetery with Dr. Don Taylor officiating. Visitation will be 12:30-1:30 p.m., Friday at Ralph Robinson and Son Funeral Directors in Pine Bluff.

Memorials may be made to Arkansas Baptist Children’s Homes & Family Ministries, 10 Remington Drive, Little Rock, AR 72204.

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  • Visitation

    Friday, March 6, 2020 | 12:30pm - 1:30pm
    Friday, March 6, 2020 12:30pm - 1:30pm
    Ralph Robinson & Son Funeral Directors
    807 Cherry Street
    PINE BLUFF, AR 71601
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  • Service

    Friday, March 6, 2020 | 2:00pm
    Friday, March 6, 2020 2:00pm
    Graceland Cemetery
    2501 W. Pullen Street
    Pine Bluff, AR 71601
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Heather Oldner Johnson

Posted at 11:44am
God gained an angel! Love you Aunt Betty

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Posted at 02:04pm
We love all the Spillyards so much and are thinking of you today. With love, Lesli and Eric, Katherine and Clare
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Janet Scherm

Posted at 09:40pm

Many fond memories of Mrs. Spillyards from Immanuel Baptist Church. Beautiful lady!

Bill Fox

Posted at 04:44pm
Roger, sorry for your loss. You mom was a special lady always thinking of others!

Barbara Rowland Miller

Posted at 06:44pm
Roger, I am so sorry for your loss. Your mom was a special lady. She & your dad were so nice to everyone on 28th street, but especially to us kids. I was unaware that you had lost Kenny & Karen. So sad. Kenny was a hoot on the first skateboard we ever saw.
My thoughts and prayers are with you & your family.

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