Bettie Slaughter Grimes

July 31, 1950 - March 2, 2018

07/31/1950 - 03/02/2018

Past Services

Wednesday March 07, 2018
11:00 am
Meherrin Baptist Church
519 Meherrin Lane
Murfreesboro, NC 27855
Additional Information:

Rev. John Porter will be officiating. The family will receive friends following the service in the fellowship hall for a meal.


MURFREESBORO, NC – Bettie Slaughter Grimes, age 67, passed away on March 2, 2018 at the Vidant Medical Center of Greenville, NC.

Mrs. Grimes was born on July 31, 1950 to the late Reuben and Elsie Chamblee Slaughter in Ahoskie, NC. Bettie worked as a receptionist for Chowan University, formerly Chowan College for many years before retiring. She cherished her family, especially her grandchildren. Bettie loved music, playing the piano for Meherrin Baptist Church for many years. She also enjoyed cooking, best known for her cakes, pies, and her famously desired peanut butter fudge. Bettie adored her pets, especially her chickens, better known as her “girls”. She spent as much time as possible outdoors soaking up the beautiful sunshine. Bettie was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother that will be deeply missed.

Bettie is survived by her husband Bill, two daughters, Angie Colson Burgess and husband Keb of Camden, NC, and Abby Colson Landing and husband Jason of Belvidere, NC; along with two grandchildren, Ty and Bailey Burgess of Camden.

A celebration of life memorial service will be held on Wednesday, March 7, 2018, at 11:00 am at the Meherrin Baptist Church, Murfreesboro, NC, with Rev. John Porter, officiating. There will be a reception following for the family to receive friends in the fellowship hall along with a meal. The family ask that if anyone plans on making food for the family that it be delivered to the fellowship hall to be used for the reception following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made directly to the American Heart Association, American Stroke Association, 4217 Park Place Ct., Glen Allen, VA 23060-9979 or online by clicking here American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 15829, Arlington, VA 22215, or online by clicking here

Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service – Ahoskie Chapel is handling the arrangements for the Grimes family and online condolences can be directed to the family by visiting

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Debbie Joyner
5 years ago

I’m sad to hear this news. Betty was always so sweet and kind to me. A beautiful lady with a wonderful smile and infectious laughter. My heart goes out to all the family. Love, hugs, and prayers to all of you.

Johnnie Ray Farmer
5 years ago

Betty graduated with my class at Ahoskie High School in 1968. She was always so sweet and kind. We lost touch after high school but I will always have fond memories of her. God bless and comfort her family.

Mike Pearce
5 years ago

As Tommy Godwin posted earlier, Bettie’s smile could elicit one from you in return. In fact, I recall Bettie smiling most all of the time due to the happiness and goodness from within her heart. She was a sweet classmate, honest, and always helpful and giving. I express with heart felt sentiment my condolences to her family.

Brenda Baisey
5 years ago

Also a cousin and a friend. I sat on that same front porch, walked that dirt road many times and talked to Aunt Elsie and Uncle Rueben about everything. They were never too busy to tell us something. I can hear her laugh right now and see her smiling. I guarantee us all that she is with her Mama and Daddy and they are making up for lost time. Rest easy, my friend, job well done. I love you Abby and Angie.

TOMMY Godwin
5 years ago

Bettie was a wonderful person, she could always put a smile on your face with her smile. We had some fun times in high school. Thank you Bettie.

Erin and Garth Faile
5 years ago

Angela and Abby, 4/5/2018
Garth and I are deeply saddened by your loss. I have warm memories of your lovely mother. She always seemed to have a good word and a smile. May your memories comfort you.
We regret we will be unable to meet you and your family on Wednesday. We have an out- of- town doctor’s appointment.

Thomas & Lu (neibors acroos the street)
5 years ago

Very sorry about your loss at this time.

Debbie Cobb
5 years ago

Where to start, I met Betty through the friendship my Amanda shared with Abby. We spent many happy and sunfilled days at the 65 Swim Club, trading off children for the day and enjoying fun in the sun as she and I both enjoyed a lot of that. I remember how we used to tease her about getting her hair wet and some of the dads like Paul Pearce and David Lane we threaten to get her hair wet. She was always a good sport about it and we enjoyed a lot of fun and laughs back in those days when you girls were younger. Life takes it turns and Betty and I had not spent that time in many years but the memories I will always hold special in my heart. She was a beautiful lady inside and out and I am truly sorry for your loss. My prayers are with you, she left us much too soon, but i know her smile and laughter is lighting up heaven now.

Rose D.Perry
5 years ago

Betty also played for Hickory Chapel church when she was in her teens. She was in my family and my mother use to help her parents with grading tobacco. Ms Elsie and my mom was double first cousins.
Your death was a big shock. A big loss for the family.

Richard&Ethel Mae Knowles
5 years ago

Our thoughts and prayers are with you. Sorry for your loss. Betty was a very sweet and kind person.