Bettie Delores (Griffin) Jones

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Bettie Delores (Griffin) Jones, 71, departed this life on November 20, 2020, suddenly and unexpectedly, at home, after longstanding illness. Bettie was born on June 21, 1949, in Picayune, Mississippi. She graduated from George Washington Carver High School, in Picayune and, from 1967 through 1971, attended Jackson State University, in Jackson Mississippi. Before moving to Mansfield and undertaking her career (35 plus years) in employment and training, she worked at NASA and Head Start. Bettie worked at the local unemployment office and helped to implement various federal and state employment initiatives including the Comprehensive Employment and Training Act (CETA), Summer Youth Employment Program (Youth Corps), Job Training and Partnership Act (JTPA), Private Industry Council (PIC) which culminated in in her retirement from the Richland County Department of Job and Family Services. Bettie was proud of the achievements of her clients that graduated from college; earned various certificates and licenses to practice and work in various fields from nursing to trucking and more. She valued her colleagues as they worked for the betterment of Richland and Morrow Counties. Bettie’s loving, peaceful and quiet spirit hid her powerful determination and future outlook. More than anything else, she cherished her personal relationship with The Almighty and time spent with family and friends. Her sons’ friends knew that they were always welcome. She drew a crowd when she prepared her delicious seafood gumbo. Bettie could always be seen shopping with her sister Ann. At home, she controlled the remote control and enjoyed watching college and professional football with her husband and was an avid Ohio State University and Cleveland Browns fan. She loved the Cavs but, wherever LeBron James played, that became her favorite team. Having joined under the leadership of Pastor Verdell Larson, she was a member of Providence Baptist Church, in Mansfield Ohio- Pastor Mark Cobb and Mercy Seat of God Outreach Ministries, when in Richmond, VA- Pastor Reuben Aghedo & Pastor Lillian Aghedo while she nurtured her granddaughters and spend time with her family. With her husband, Bettie supported the local branch of the NAACP and Police Athletic League (PALS). She often reflected on the fun that she had at the Police Athletic League’s (PALS) baseball events that her son participated in and their mission of helping families prepare for school. Donations to both or either organization, on her behalf, is appreciated. She was preceded in death by her mother, Helen Griffin; grandparents and adoptive parents, Mattie and Chester Griffin; mother-in-law Roberta Jones Booth; father-in-law, Talbert S. Jones, Sr.; brothers and sisters, E. C., Richard, Shirley and Ann Griffin who taught in the Mansfield City Schools for 35 years; brother-in-law Michael (Tressia) S. B. Jones; sister-in-law Tina Ellis; nephew, Larry C. Griffin, III, ‘Poncho,’ and son, Talbert S. Jones, III. Bettie is survived by her husband and companion of 43 years, Talbert, sons Kyle (Stephanie O.) and granddaughters Kayla and Alese in Richmond, Virginia, and Archie and grandchildren Jayden and Taniya in Mansfield; step-mother Karen Jones (Gahanna, OH); aunt, Jessie Lee Doles (Columbus, Ohio); Sister Rosie Lee Nicholson (Los Angeles, CA); brothers James (Carol) Avery and Larry Griffin (Picayune); brother-in-law Martin Jones, Austin, Texas; adopted sister and friend, Roberta E. Taylor; a host of nieces and nephews including Paul (Erika) Avery (Picayune), Terra Griffin and daughter Ka’Nihia Davis (Gulfport, MS); Krystal Avery (Hattiesburg, MS); Reshonda Griffin and sons Kshawn and Kaiden (Huntsville, AL); Wade Ellis (Columbus); Stephanie M. (Nilaja) Jones (Atlanta, GA); Tiana Ellis, Destiny and Torion (Columbus); Michael Malik (Jodi) Jones (Santa Clarita, CA); Faith (Joshua) Redd Walker (Arlington,VA); Haley Jones (Seattle, WA); Dylan and Trevor Jones (Austin, TX), Jarren Priestly and Vincent Jones (Columbus) and sisters-in-law Tressia Priestly (Columbus); Tene’ ‘Toni’ Jones (Atlanta, GA) and Teresa Wells (Las Vegas, NV).

Please Join us as we Celebrate the Life of Bettie Jones by Internet Access using ZOOM DATE: Saturday December 19, 2020 TIME: 11:30 am (EST); 10:30 am (CST); 9:30am (MST); 8:30 (PST) Zoom In live fellowship will commence, immediately after. TITLED: Celebrating The Life of Bettie Jones Meeting ID: 884 9971 7777 Passcode: 558434.

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Condolence Messages

  1. Oh how I will miss my dear sweet sister-in-law Bettie. She was a platinum sister, diamond aunt, and pure gold as my dear friend. Bettie always had a laugh, a smile, and a word of encouragement for me and my family. I so admired her even temper, sweet nature, and generous heart. Losing her is a major loss.

    Sending all of my love to her beloved husband, and my big brother Talbert, as well as Kyle, Stephanie and their sweet angels.

    Love always,


  2. The Crutchfield's & McDonald's-Georgia/Ohio

    To The Jones Family,
    We send our prayers and condolences in your time of sorrow. God bless you all.

  3. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
    No doubt you have made fond memories which would resurface from time to time. May those memories and God’s words in the Bible bring you some measure of comfort. Truly sorry for your loss.

  4. Rev. & Mrs. Joel L. King, Jr

    To the Jones family,

    We send our heart felt condolences and prayers in your loss. May your souls find comfort in you hour of beavement.

  5. Rita Shoulders and Rasheed.

    So sorry for your loss.A beautiful sweet person. That I love.Praying for your family.R.I.H.Sweetheart.

  6. Linda Anderson & Gloria Cantrell

    To the Jone family, I’m so very sorry for the loss of Betty she was such a lovely lady. Praying
    for you and the family. RIH

  7. Monica K. Harris & Family ~ Atlanta Ga

    My prayers and condolences are with you. Mrs. Bettie was a beautiful soul. Cherish the memories you’ve shared over the years. May God comfort and strengthen you.


    Praying for the family. Betty always had a smile for you when you ran into her.

  9. Charles and Patti (Cash) Ray

    Praying for the Family.

  10. Marcella Thompson

    Will keep you in our prayers. Sorry for your loss. GOD BLESS YOU ALL.


  11. Mrs. Jones your smile was joyous and pure. I remember the laughs we had at Talbert’s expense. God bless The Jones clan.

  12. My deepest prayers and condolences to Talbert and the entire family. Bettie clearly left her mark on this world and impacted so many in such a positive way. She is surely experiencing the largest round of applause in heaven for her earthly expressions of love and caring deeds. I wish you all great comfort in that. Much love!

  13. Annette Scott-Thorne & Family

    We are saddened by your loss and our hearts go out to you. May you be surrounded by love during this time of sorrow. Sending our deepest sympathies.

  14. Rev. Edward, Mrs. Antonia Grice & Family

    Our hearts are saddened by your loss and our thoughts and prayers are with you. We would like to express our sincere condolences to you and your family. May your memories give you peace and comfort at this time. Sharing in your sorrow with love.

  15. Dear Brother-in-law (and Uncle) Talbert, Kyle & Stephanie and family:

    I am so sorry to hear that sister (Aunt Bettie) has transitioned on to be with the Lord.
    Bettie was one of the most kind and generous women I know. She was a pillar in the Jones family, and she will be missed. Bettie was an enormous support for me, as a young wife, and then an outstanding source of support once I became a mother. Most memorable, was when she and Talbert took my daughter (niece) shopping for her freshman year of college, and moved her into her dorm at Denison University, when her dad and I had to work, and couldn’t be there! What an amazing expression of love, Haley still talks about, to this day.
    I am so grateful for Bettie’s life, for her unconditional love, her sense of humor, and her iron clad strength. These qualities have been a perfect example of how to lead fiercly as a woman. I love you forever, sister Bettie! Thank you for the gift of your life. My deepest sympathy to Kyle and Talbert.
    All my love,

  16. Hey my beautiful Aunt. I will truly miss you. I’m so glad you got to meet your great nephews. You were such a beautiful woman. I loved your honesty and how you liked things the way you liked things lol. You introduced us to Gabe’s and ever since that’s been me and my mama’s spot. I love you and am thankful of all the memories we have. Thank you for being a great Aunt, mother, wife, grandma etc.

  17. My heart felt condolences to the family. May God give her place in heaven.

  18. Jacquelyn Santibanez

    To my best Cousin Stevie, She’s only away, not gone forever, as her spirt will always be in your heart your soul and your mind. The love never dies it stays with you always. As you said, she passed with a smile on her faceand tht was the indication tht she knew she will see you againLOVE YOU CUZ♥️♥️♥️♥️

  19. Wm Talbert Taylor

    We love you and always will remember you contagious smile! And was always inspired of how Hard you Loved… Talbert (Dad) U was amazing in your commitment and fighting with her… and Living Life! We love you…

  20. The world has lost a great truth teller and you know we are running low on truth tellers in this day and age. Betty was also a woman of action, not a talker. She was a problem solver, but not an enabler. She was compassionate but at the same time didn’t take any mess. Many of us could learn for here because she carried herself with class and dignity. And don’t let her quietness fool you, when she spoke it was powerful and that’s why she didn’t have to be long -winded. And thank goodness, because her husbands is long-winded enough for the entire family. LOL Betty was an earthly angel and my cousin was blessed to be with her for 4 decades. Love you cousin Talbert and my condolences to you and Kyle & Stephanie.

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