Betty Jane Beale Shackelford

March 18, 1930 - July 16, 2023

03/18/1930 - 07/16/2023

Past Services

Thursday July 20, 2023
1:00 pm - 2:00 pm
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service in Rich Square, North Carolina
116 Short Street
Rich Square, NC 27869
252-539-1001 | Directions
Funeral Service
Thursday July 20, 2023
2:00 pm
Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service in Rich Square, North Carolina
116 Short Street
Rich Square, NC 27869
252-539-1001 | Directions
Thursday July 20, 2023
2:30 pm
Cedar Lawn Cemetery in Rich Square, North Carolina
Hwy 258 N
Rich Square, NC 27869

NEW LONDON, NC – Betty Jane Beale Shackelford, a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and beloved member of her community, peacefully passed away at home on July 16, 2023, at the age of 93. She was born on March 18, 1930, in Woodland, NC, to Clayton Willis Beale, Sr. and Bessie Cora Vann Beale.

Betty graduated from Woodland Olney School and immediately began her first job as a telephone operator in Weldon, NC. On November 17, 1956, she married the love of her life, Martin (Dick) Shackelford, and together they had two children, Becky Jane Oliver Walker of Stoneville, NC, and Martin Vann Shackelford of Star, NC. Betty dedicated herself to caring for others with her selflessness and her gentle kind-hearted nature. She was an active member of Moriah Methodist Church in Greensboro, NC, where she found solace and strength in her faith and volunteered her time as an Auxiliary Member at Wesley Long Hospital sharing her compassionate nature and love of life. She worked for North Carolina training and supervising Special Needs Adults and Children transitioning to living and working in the community and always considered all as part of her family. After retiring she moved to New London where Betty Jane continued her philanthropic and compassionate endeavors by volunteering at Chandler’s Grove Methodist Church in many areas and with the NC Extension Agency, along with numerous other local, national and international causes. Her love and commitment to her family, community and the world was truly unparalleled.

Betty was preceded in death by her parents, as well as her brother, Clayton Willis Beale Jr., and sister, Mary Elizabeth Beale Rountree

Betty is survived by her sister, Peggy Ann Beale Steele of Colonial Heights, VA along with numerous beloved nieces and nephews.

Betty will forever be remembered as a loving and giving person, cherished by her family and friends. Her memory will be held dear by her husband Dick, children, Becky and Vann, grandson, Joshua Robert Oliver Sr. and Shirlene Brown of South Port, NC. Betty is also survived by and much loved by her grandchildren from Joshua and Sha-vona Oliver: Randall Cordell Wynn, Joselyn Chardonnay Oliver, Joshua Robert Oliver Jr., Jonah Ishmael-Mason Oliver and her great grandchildren Zarayia Princess Wynn, Kendall Oliver, Kalani Oliver, Majesti Wynn, Makai Ray Wynn, Mulana Oliver, Messiah Sims, and Malaiah Sims

Betty Jane will forever hold a special place in the hearts of all who knew her. Her legacy of love, kindness, and generosity will continue to inspire and uplift all those who were fortunate to have crossed paths with her. She will be deeply missed and fondly remembered.

A celebration of life funeral service will be held on Thursday, July 20, 2023 at 2:00 pm at the Garrett-Sykes Funeral Service, Rich Square Chapel with Rev. Dr. J Brabban officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior from 1:00 pm until service time. The burial will follow in Cedar Lawn Cemetery.

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

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Gerry Shackelford
8 months ago

When I think of my Aunt Betty Jane, I remember how easy it was to talk to her. She always was full of questions. They came from her heart. As a matter of fact, I would say that everyone, that she knew her in Woodland, would agree. She always made a point to make sure no one was left out in conversations. Then of course was her smile. Then, finally her expression of humor. Yes, Aunt Betty Jane usually ended a conversation in some form of jest, if she could. Anyone that completed a conversation with her would tend to agree with me. I am happy she chose to return home. I was sad to see her leave Woodland, but i am very happy to see her return to Cedar Lawn. It’s another Shackelford family reunion. This time, it is in Cedar Lawn. Uncle Dick will join her at Cedar Lawn someday. My best to Uncle Dick, Vann and Becky.