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Obit – Mrs. Betty Nesbitt-Gullett

Mrs. Betty Nesbitt-Gullett, a homemaker of the Lancaster Community, began 2024 by going home to be with her Lord at the age of 83. She was pronounced deceased during the late morning hours at 11:05 a.m. New Year’s morning, January 1, 2024, surrounded by her family at the St. Thomas Mid-Town Hospital in Nashville where she was admitted December 28th from complications of a stroke.

Eld. Michael Nesbitt officiated at the 11 a.m. Saturday morning January 6th funeral services from the Carthage Chapel of Sanderson Funeral Home. Burial followed beside the father of her children, Kenneth, in section four at the Defeated Creek Memorial Gardens.

She was born Betty Jean Kelley at the family farm on Kelley Ridge in Macon County on July 30, 1940 and was the oldest of eight children of the late Fred Clemons Kelley who died at the age of 55 on October 17, 1971 and Ruth Anna Ray Kelley who died at the age of 65 on December 2, 1991.

She was preceded in death by two sisters, Linda Fay Kelley who died July 30, 1949 at the age of 11 days of age, Mary Ann Sexton who died March 26, 2007 at the age of 60 and three brothers, Robert Gray Kelley who died July 26, 1949 at the age of seven days, Bill Kelley and Jack Kelley.

She was preceded in death by the father of her children, Defeated Creek Community native, Kenneth Clay Nesbitt, who died at the age of 47 on August 8, 1985.

Mrs. Nesbitt-Gullett was preceded in death by a daughter, Cynthia “Cindy” Justine Nesbitt Taylor who died December 27, 2010 at the age of 51.

Her second husband, the late James Orville Gullett, preceded her in death on April 4, 2000 at the age of 62.

Betty was many things to many people and definitely one of a kind. Those closest to her described her as having been strong, loving, caring, welcoming, and of course, stubborn.

She was a nurturing mentor who found joy and happiness in the simple things of life and gave sage advice about life and how we should live it to our fullest potential. 

Betty loved the outdoors, spoiling her grand-babies, playing card games, and fulfilling her sweet tooth cravings. 

She was saved at an early age and was of the Southern Baptist faith.

Though life was not always easy for her, Betty never let the difficulties tear her down, and she will always be an inspiration for those whom she left behind. Her memory and love will remain in the hearts of friends and family until joined again in Paradise.

Left to cherish her memory are her two children, Penny Nay and husband Jim of Lebanon; retired Smith County educator Tim Nesbitt and wife Cheryl of Cookeville; two sisters, Earlene Pedigo of Lafayette, Molene McCarter and husband Darriel of Hermitage Springs; eight grandchildren, Colt, Kelley Jean, and Justina Taylor all of the Lancaster Community, Andy Nay and wife Mary Ellen , Brandon Nay and wife Chelsi all of Madison, Alabama, Autumn Nesbitt McDaniel and husband Dusty, Emily and Abigail Nesbitt all of Cookeville; six great-grandchildren, Angel Taylor, Justin Brown, Trinity Taylor, James, Alyssa, and Sirena Nay.


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