Betty Gates Jones, 81, of Sylva passed away on May 6, 2017. She was married to the late Allen Franklin Jones for 64 years and was the daughter of the late Fred and Edna (Sutton) Gates.
Betty was a member of First Baptist Church of Sylva. She loved her family dearly and loved her flowers. She and Allen operated Allen Jones Motors for 25 years.
In addition to her husband and her parents, she was also preceded in death by 2 brothers; Harold Gates and Millard Gates and one sister; Frankie Roberts.
She is survived by 2 daughters; Brenda (Gary) Patterson of Sylva and Beverly (Richard) Balliot also of Sylva and 3 grandchildren whom she loved dearly; Laura P Merritt and Jackie and Derek Balliot. She is also survived by 4 sisters; Margaret Lee, Hilda Sellers, Carolyn Hoyle and Phyllis Stiwinter, and 2 brothers; Bill Gates and Gary Gates along with numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, May 10, 2017 at 11:00 am in the chapel at Appalachian Funeral Services with Rev. Tommy Ashe officiating. Burial will follow in the Parris Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the funeral home on Tuesday, May 9, 2017 from 6 until 8 pm.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that memorials be made to: Parris Cemetery Fund, c/o Faye Deitz, PO Box 902, Sylva, NC 28779.
Appalachian Funeral Services and Crematorium is serving the family.