Betty Jean Holliday-Butler


Betty Jean Holliday Butler passed away peacefully at the age of 77, surrounded by her loving family on Wednesday, August 19, 2020.

Betty was born May 26, 1943 in Cairo, Illinois to the late Joe Sr and Mary (Hightower) Turner. Betty was one of seven children and a fraternal twin. The family relocated to Columbus, Ohio where she spent most of her adult life.

Betty attended Columbus Central High school. After her high school years, she worked for a variety of establishments, including Mount Carmel Hospital and Planned Parenthood as a nurse’s assistant. Later Betty served in a managerial position at Northern Lights Deputy Registrar office. That position led her to a role as a Supervisor with the State of Ohio Department of Corrections, from which she retired.

After successfully raising 3 children, Betty married the love of her life Reverend Clyde A. Butler Sr. on May 16, 1992. They were happily married for 17 years until he was called home to glory. They shared a passion for family, traveling and the love for their grandchildren, including the children that she provided childcare for after retirement.

Betty was a devoted member of Triedstone Missionary Baptist Church, under the leadership of Bishop Jerome H. Ross Sr., where she served as a member of the Angelic Christian Voices. She enjoyed entertaining on both a social and professional level, spending time with her family and playing bid whist! She was a fashionista in her own right and was a no-nonsense type of woman. To know her was to love her!

Betty is proceeded in death by her husband, Reverend Clyde A. Butler Sr.; parents, Joe Sr and Mary Turner; brothers, Joe Turner Jr, David Turner, twin Bobby Turner, and Ali-Abdul Jami; sisters, Mary (Nebraska) White and Josephine Turner; uncle, James Hightower; niece, Vista Turpin; and nephew, Larry Turner.

Betty leaves to cherish her memory, sons, Charles Crawford Jr and Willie Sr. (Joni) Crawford; daughter, Nicole Holliday; sisters-in-law, Deserette Turner, Laticia Turner, and Hana Baahijah; special nieces that “B.B.” called her “girlie girls”, Charlesetta Pennington and Anna Turner, all of Columbus, Ohio; special aunt, Jeanine Hightower; special cousin, Andrea Molsby of Chicago, Illinois; 11 grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren, 8 great great grandchildren and a host of cousin, nieces, nephews, friends and many prayer warriors.

Private Visitation 9:00 AM and Funeral Service 10:00 AM Saturday, August 29, 2020 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE NORTH 2500 Cleveland Ave.

Interment at Eastlawn Cemetery.

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Condolence Messages

  1. Elder Denise Ramsey

    To The Family, Your beautiful mother was one of kind but I know you already know. Your family is in my prayers. I worked with your mother at the prison we had some good times. She was a very good person didn’t take any mess from anyone her and Ms. C. catching up on things in heaven. Her family was a blessing to her that’s all she talked about. she will be missed deeply prayers to the family. Elder Denise Ramsey.

  2. Lanny Jones and White family

    To the Entire family and friends of one so loved, May God wrap his loving arms around each and everyone and mend the broken hearted. Joshua 1:9 – Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be you Wherever you go.

    • I’m going to miss you deeply Aunt Betty. I am very sad that you were called home, but I will continue to cherish your smile, wit and love for your family. Nikki, Charles Jr. and Billy you are in my prayers and thoughts.. My condolences and love.

  3. Fabienne Goins-Butler

    My deepest condolences to Charles and family.

  4. My condolence to my Ohio Family. Aunt Betty you’re going to be miss but never forgotten. Heaven has gain a beautiful angel.

  5. Nicole Holliday ~daughter

    To say that I’m going to miss you is an understatement. The loss of you has caused a pain and hurt that I wouldn’t wish upon anyone.
    But I’ll take the strength that you instilled in me and use that to help carry me through my dark days without you.
    I can take comfort in knowing you’re at peace.

  6. Cheryl Copeland

    Our hearts are full of caring thoughts for you ,and family during this difficult time. Your aunt will be missed and seeing her friendly smile with love to all. Your Aunt was a SPECIAL person !
    Ms. Betty will bring everlasting joy in our memories.

  7. This truly breaks my heart to hear that you are gone. You will definaly be missed Grandma Betty.
    I send my condolences to your entire family

  8. My condolences to the family of Mrs. Betty. You will truly be missed. RIH Diva❤

  9. Phyllis "Renee" Stewart

    Grandma Betty

    You will truly be missed, I have no words to express my love and appreciation for the all the love and wisdom and the laughs, you have given me all these years. You know I can still hear you voice say ” Nos Renée you know…… “. Just know you were truly loved and appreciated, you will forever live on , in our hearts.
    Your Granddaughter
    Dear GiGi,
    We miss you so much, and forever miss the hugs and
    especially the warm smiles you always had for us. When you get heaven tell everyone we said hi!

    Love you always,

    Gabrielle, Andria, and Mia

  10. Elder: Magellan T. Moore II

    To the family of Sister Betty may God grant you the comfort that will keep you.

  11. Jeannine Hightower

    My dearest niece, you were so little when l married your uncle but you always clung to me, wanted to be just like, well you outdid me, glad you did, made me love you more.Rest n Paradise,You will forever be in my heart, Peace

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