Betty Jo Thompson


The wonderful gift of life was given to Betty Jo Thompson on the 22nd of October 1944 in Rocky Gap Virginia to Lorenza C. Robinson (father) and Betty J. Robinson (mother), who preceded her in death. She passed in peace, Thursday, August 30, 2018 at the age of 73 in Columbus, Ohio.

Betty grew up in Rocky Gap, Virginia. and graduated from Tazewell High School in  Virginia in 1963, After graduation she moved to New York,then to Cleveland, Ohio where she raised her two children. Later she eventually moved and settled down in Columbus Ohio.

Throughout her younger years she enjoyed finding rocks, thumb tacks or anything with her sister Mary, that they could wrap up and exchange as Christmas gifts with each other. This became a tradition that continued throughout their lives, sending various items to each other over the years. She understood that no act of kindness, however small, was ever wasted. Her and Mary were always up to something and would toss their Sunday school money into the creek pretending it was a wishing well on their way to Sunday school. She also enjoyed spending her high school summer with her sister Patricia.

She was a loving and straight-shooting person who opened her heart to all. She never had a filter and was always known for giving you her best life and her opinion regardless of whether you wanted to hear it, or not. Her presence became infectious and spread far and wide impacting all the lives she encountered. Betty unintentionally, or intentionally, knew that you did not have to be tied by blood line for her to consider you family. Whether it was her video phone calls with her sister Mary that began and ended with butterfly kisses while going back and forth saying “love you more”, or spending her days hanging out with her sister Patricia watching Judge Mathis and/or Jerry Springer, too the regular visits from her brother Richard talking smack with each other, her days were filled with laughter, smiles and endless love.

She enjoyed her trips to the casino seated up at the penny slot machines, her entertaining trips to the thrift stores with her daughter every Saturday, and her many dinners cooked to perfection by her son Bobby. She always tried to spend time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren attending sporting events, senior nights, graduations (preschool, elementary, high school and college). And even occasional disciplinary visits when needed. No matter the event or occasion, she always made it a priority to try and be there.

The lessons and teachings of “Betty, Jo, aunt Jo, grandma, grandma Jo”, or whatever you know her as, of course didn’t end with just her immediate family. She never hesitated to tell the boys to pull their pants up and made sure all the girls were in pretty dresses and ruffled white socks. She taught the kids how to address adults as “yes mam” and “no mam” and was quick to correct you when you didn’t. Her no nonsense-tell-it-like-it-is personality helped raise and build so many strong beautiful people throughout her years. And you didn’t have to live in her household, nor her city, to get the effect. She became the highlight of visits from family and friends all over the states and never hesitated to call you and tell you about yourself and/or to tell you how proud she was of you.

Her acts of kindness, selflessness, and strength lived through her and became a rippling effect passed down to her daughter Tina. Betty would want Tina to know her role in her life will forever be cherished and will never be limited to being just her caretaker. She would want her to move forward knowing they developed, not just a lifelong mother-daughter relationship, but a friendship linked together that could never be undone, even when unspoken.

Through it all, she loved her family and friends leaving a legacy to cherish her memories and love; her sisters Patricia Johnson, Mary Jones (Butch), and brother Richard Robinson (Deanna);her two children Tina M. Williams (Renne) and Bobby L. Thompson Jr. (Jennifer);her grandchildren Terrelle Williams (Allison), Tianna Williams (granddog Chloee), Justin Thompson, Sabrina Thompson, David Thompson, her beloved dog Varmet-Boo; her great grandchildren Teagan, Taelyn, Tyson Williams, a host of nephews and nieces; close family friends Julie Johnson, Debbie Wilkinson, Keyes, and Vicky Mansfield (Mike).

Despite these difficult times know that it will be difficult to let go of someone who gave you so much to remember her by and no matter what, those memories will forever remain. Please hang on to those as we know that she did. In her words “BE STRONG.” Let her presence, her undeniable love and candor, fill your mind with laughter, warm your heart with happiness, and lead you through this. The family thanks each and every one of you for your prayers, love and support.

Visitation 3:00pm and Funeral 4:00pm Saturday, September 8, 2018 at Marlan J. Gary Funeral Home, The Chapel of Peace East, 5456 E. Livingston Ave

Condolence Messages

  1. May you find strength in the love of family and warm embrace of friends. Continue to rely on on God and know that he hears your prayers in this most difficult time. Thinking of the Thompson family.

  2. Tracye Knuckles-Magwood

    Our love and prayers to all of you. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Rest in heaven Mrs.Thompson .God bless you all, The Knuckles family (basswood drive )


    Ms Thompson
    Even though the first time we met you got on me about saying yes ma’am to you and not just yes or no and to just call you to call you Betty or Jo. And when you could not get me to change those habits we grew to really like each

    other . THE GREATEST COMPLIMENT A OF A MAN that can made was when you told me that I was the best that happen for your daughter. Thank you for helping in defining the man that I am. I will always have Tina’s back now and forever more. I LOVE YOU MS. THOMPSON AND WILL MISS YOU DEARLY

  4. Mildred Thompson Stevens

    So very sorry for your loss .

  5. Very sorry for your loss. I am glad you all had many good years with Betty.

  6. Someone so Special can never be forgotten, Our Prayers are with you in this time of Sorrow.

  7. I did not know Betty but have heard wonderful stories about her all of my life. Stories shared by my sisters Teen,Parcilla,Veda and Betty Viney also known as the Viney sister’s. They always had funny stories to tell about Betty. My condolences goes out to the family

  8. I pray that in your time of sorrow you find peace. Jo gave me strength when I was weak. She was always there to listen. My prayers are with the family.

  9. Tina-
    I am so sorry for your loss. Your mother was one of a kind and I always enjoyed seeing her.
    You were such a blessing in her life and the relationship the two of you had was infectious.
    I hope to get there today, but if not I hope you received the flowers. Keep the angel somewhere close and know your Mom will always be looking down on you.

  10. May you be comforted by God during your time of berevment and know that I am praying for you and your family

  11. Sending love and prayers to you and your family.

  12. My love and prayers go out to the family as long as you keep all the good memories she will forever be with you. Love you aunt Veda

  13. Tina, Terrelle and families:
    Thank you for reaching out to us to let us know about your mom/grandma. We are so very sorry for your loss. Mom asks about her often, and I always intended to check in with you. Mom always enjoyed her company and having you as neighbors. Take care…you will be in out thoughts and prayers.
    Jeanne busch and family…cindy, julie, Gary, Mary Anne.

  14. I will always remember the kindness and care that Betty provide my daughter 39 years ago! She puts a smile in my heart. We are praying for the family! Dr. Brenda Harris & Family

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