Betty Jane Cobb George was born in Claxton, Georgia on December 5, 1946 to Penton and Bertha Mae Cobb. She passed away, peacefully, on Sunday, January 24, 2021 at WellStar Hospital in Austell, Georgia. Many would say that her life was centered around family, friends and her love for Metter High School.
She was the mother of five children with Walter George: Sonya, Tonya, Walter, Chris and Rhonda. Betty was the loving and forgiving grandmother of four grandchildren: Kristian, Ashton, Joshua and Sidney Rae. She was Gigi to four great-grandchildren: Lathan, Liam, Lyric and Lilah. She truly enjoyed spending the holidays with all of her children.
In the fall, she could be found watching her Georgia Bulldogs on Saturdays and any NFL football team on Sunday afternoon. When she was not at home, she could be found, as she would say, “hanging or cruising around town”, shopping at GW Fashions or visiting with her siblings. They each meant the world to her.
Her friends were held near and dear to her heart. You know who you are because of the love that she showered upon you and the stories you share about “remember when Betty…” She loved baking her infamous delicious Pecan Pies for her family and friends.
Betty’s purpose and passion began when she joined the staff of Metter High School. “You name it and it’s my job…I just do it,” she said in a interview for the Metter Advertiser in 2019. She was featured in the Office Staff Appreciation edition. In the article she reminisces of one of her most touching experiences: a young man was in trouble for missing too many days of school. She, along with a coworker, would go to the student’s home on their way to work and pick him up for school. The young man would sleep on the floor in the office and then go to class. There were numerous lives that were impacted during her tenure. For her, it was always about the students and ensuring that they graduated from high school. It was also about inspiration, encouragement, support and love for every student, especially at Coastal Plains Charter School. She would complain that there were kids who “ would get on her last nerve”( no need to name them, they know, as well as their parents, who they are), but those students were the ones who always came back to tell her thank you for giving them the “Mama Betty” love that they needed. She bossed and aggravated the front office staff and teachers, but she loved and adored each one of them.
She will forever be known, throughout the community and beyond, as My neighbor, My Coworker, Queen B, Betty Boo, Mama Betty, Ms. Betty, Ms. George, Betty, My Friend, My Sister, Auntie, Grandma, Gigi and just Mama.
She was preceded in death by: her parents; a son, Sharone Walter George; a daughter, Rhonda George and a sister, Mazie Mercer.
She leaves to mourn her passing and cherish her memory: one son, Chris George, Kennesaw, GA; two daughters, Sonya George Bailey, Mableton, GA and Tonya George, Charlotte, NC; four grandchildren, Kristan George, Statesboro, GA, Ashton Bailey (Halee), Eglin Air Force Base, FL, Joshua Bailey, Mableton, GA and Sidney Bailey, United States Navel Academy, Annapolis, MD; four great-grandchildren, Lathan and Liam Clarington, Lyric and Lilah Bailey; her siblings, Curtis Cobb (Anna), Bernice Jordan, Eddie Mae Riley (Calvin), Barbara Benjamin, Frances Strickland (Lynn) and Darien Cobb; and a host of nieces, nephews, extended family members, and a community that she loved dearly.
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