Miss Betty Sue Brantley, age 79, of Vidalia died Thursday, October 15, 2020, in the Community Hospice House in Vidalia, after a brief illness. She was a native of Vidalia and a 1959 graduate of Vidalia High School. She was a graduate of Andrew College and LaGrange College, earning a degree in Christian Education. She also did additional study at Scarritt College in Nashville, Tennessee. The additional study qualified her to be a Diaconal Minister of Program in the United Methodist Church. She began her forty-eight year ministry in Fort Valley United Methodist Church in 1963. During her ministry, Betty served as program director in ten other Methodist churches in North and South Georgia. In 2011, she retired from the same church where she had started her career in 1963.
After retirement, she continued her dedication to church work in the First United Methodist Church and Grace United Methodist Church, both of Vidalia. In addition to volunteer work with children’s ministries, she was the President of United Methodist Women, and a member of the Joy Fellowship. She had a passion for Christian Education that continued until her death.
Miss Brantley was preceded in death by her parents, John Collins Brantley of Vidalia, and Frances Farnsworth Brantley of Abington, Virginia; and an infant sister. She is survived by her brother, Johnny Brantley and wife Cathie; one niece, Paige Murphy and husband Tommy; one great-niece, Brantley Murphy all of Vidalia; several other cousins also survive. She is also remembered by the hundreds of children she taught during her 48 years in children’s ministry.
Memorial services for Miss Brantley will be observed on October 17, 2020, at 1:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church of Vidalia with Reverend David Blalock and Reverend Jim Smith officiating.
A time of visitation will begin at 12:00 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Vidalia, PO Box 150, Vidalia, GA 30475; Grace United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 482, Vidalia, GA 30475 or Andrew College, 501 College St., Cuthbert, GA 39840.
The family has requested all attending the service to follow CDC guidelines, including social distancing and wearing a mask.
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