Betty Jo Smith


Betty Jo Smith, the youngest of 2 girls and an adopted brother, was born to Charles and Alma Wise on March 5, 1953, in Morgantown West Virginia where she was a member of Mount Hermon Baptist church.

Betty attended Morgantown High School and right after high school she enrolled in West Virginia University where she attended college for two years. Right after college, she moved to Columbus Ohio in 1975 where she had worked several jobs. She found her career with Ranco Controls, where she worked 30 faithful years until her retirement. While working, she met and made a lot of friends that she loved dearly.

Betty’s interests included reading books, doing crafts, and she was known to be a lover of dogs.

Betty met the love of her life in 1983, James Skip Smith, and they were married in 1987. Together they raised three beautiful children and were married for 36 years until her passing.

Betty leaves behind to cherish her memories, husband James Skip Smith; children, Jamie Smith III, Jermaine (Casey) Jennings, and Lena Smith; sister, Carol Heard; brother, Lloyd Wilson; best friend, BJ Prior (who was like a sister); nephews, Charles CV (Lawanda) Wise, Sean and Nicki Wise; 8 grandchildren, Semaj, Savior, Royce, Joell, Janiece, Javea, Jermaine ll, and Jermeal; several great nieces, nephews and a slew of friends.

Betty is preceded in death by father, Charles V Wise; mother, Alma Wise; father-in-law, James T Smith Sr.; and cousin, Mary Jennings. Betty Jo Smith will always be remembered for her enduring love for her family and friends.

Visitation 10:00am and Funeral 11:00am Monday, May 16, 2022 at MARLAN J. GARY FUNERAL HOME, THE CHAPEL OF PEACE NORTH, 2500 Cleveland Ave.


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  1. Darchelle L Williams

    So sad to hear the news that Betty has left this Earthly home and went to be with God in her new home in Heaven. She was one of the kindest, sweetest, soft spoken women I have ever known. She was a genuine friend and also a devoted fan. She never hesitated to tell me that she loved “Her Songbird”, and we all loved our Beautiful Betty too. She will be sadly missed and fondly thought of often. Keeping Skip, Carol, her entire family and all who knew and loved her lifted up in my prayers for comfort, peace, strength and understanding during this difficult transition. Take comfort in knowing that there is no more suffering, no more pain, she has overcome. Rest in Everlasting Peace and Power with God and His Angels my Sistah. Job well done. Your soul has been set free.

  2. To Skip and family. Please accept our heartfelt condolences. Betty was such a sweetheart. I will miss talking to her in person and on Facebook. May God comfort and strengthen you all during this time.
    Sincerely Zee & Lisa Parker Staples and Family ❤️

  3. Skip and family, my sincerest condolences for you all at this time. You have my deepest sympathy and unwavering support. Wishing you peace, comfort, courage, and lots of love at this time of sorrow.

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