Betty Jean Courtney was born January 15, 1955 to the Late Abraham Pates Sr. and Melissa Pates in Hastings, Florida. Betty completed high school at Walters & Harris High School in Hastings, Florida. Betty enjoyed helping people, cooking and cleaning. She accepted Christ and joined New Jerusalem Church of God under the leadership of her sister, Pastor Mae Ross. She served there until her health began to decline. Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Herman Courtney; both of her parents; her sister, Earlyne Gilmore; and brothers, Rayfield Pates and George Pates. On Saturday, September 11, 2021, god closed Betty's loving eyes and whispered "peace by thine". Betty is survived by her loving and devoted children, Christine Anderson, Jannie (Marcell) Clark, Gwendolyn Pates; sons, Anthony Pates and Herman Courtney III; sisters, May Ross (Henry), Rosie Bristol (Willie), Gladys Rives, and Ida Mae Pates; brothers, Abraham Pates Jr., Isaiah Pates (Hope), Mayfield Pates and Adriel Pates; a special niece, Tracina Spell; special friend, James Anderson; and a host of sorrowing grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and other sorrowing relatives and friends.
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