Bettie Clements Collier, 87, of 740 Warner Bridge Road, Garysburg, passed peacefully Tuesday, January 23, 2018 at Lawndale Manor Assisted Living Center in Garner, NC.
Bettie was born at home in the Beef Road Community in Greenville County VA December 1, 1930 to George Washington Clements and Effie Ella Rook. She grew up on her fathers farm on the Beef Road. She met Clayton Collier and they were married March 14, 1948. They moved to Warner Bridge Road where they would raise three sons and run the family farm for 69 years.
Bettie worked as a weaver for J.P. Stephens at both the River Mill and Rosemary Mill. She enjoyed weaving and received the first award from J.P. Stephens for running an entire shift without a single second. She enjoyed weaving and was very proud of that accomplishment.
She loved working with people and many people will remember her working as a waitress at Howard Johnsons restaurant for many years. She ended her working career at Bayberry Retirement Inn.
Bettie and her husband Clayton joined their many friends to stop the Hazardous Waste Incinerator scheduled to be built in the area back in 1992. Bettie served as President of the NCAP Board for several years and spent many hours lobbying in Raleigh and working with county and state representatives to protect the environment. She ran for Northampton County Commissioner in 1998 against a 30 year incumbent and was the first woman in Northampton County history to receive enough votes to earn a runoff. Though she lost the runoff election, she was proud that she opened the door for other women to become involved and elected to public office in Northampton County.
Her favorite hobbies were talking on the telephone with her friends, playing Dom Pedro card game with her family, reading the Daily Herald, and going to gokart races and NASCAR races to see her sons drive. She was a lifelong member of Forest Hill Baptist Church.
Bettie is survived by her son Jerry Collier and companion Marie-Jose Taylor of Roanoke Rapids, her son Jeffrey Clayton Collier and his wife Cindy Thompson of Burlington, her son Joseph Michael Collier and companion Karen Conner of Wendell. Bettie is also survived by one brother. Jimmy Clements of the Beef Road in Greenville County, VA three grandchildren, April Collier Stephens of Benson, Jeffrey Mark Collier and John Clayton Collier of Chesapeake, Va. Bettie has four great grandchildren Abigail Bryana Stephens of Benson, Hayden Clayton Collier, Brenden Robert Collier, Mark Zabian Collier and Anthony Leland Collier all of Chesapeake, VA.
The family will receive friends from 12:00 to 1:30 p.m. Friday, January 26 at Forest Hill Baptist Church, 2103 Pine Logging Road, Skippers, VA. The Funeral Services will be held immediately after the Family Visitation at 1:30pm at the church. Rev Roger Collier and Rev Rick Ragen officiating. Burial will follow in the Collier Family Cemetery, 740 Warner Bridge Road in Garysburg.