Betty Sue Brewer Garner, passed away Tuesday, April 28, 2020 at FirstHealth Hospice House, Pinehurst, NC.  


Graveside Service will be 2:00 PM, Friday, May 1, 2020 at Smyrna United Methodist Church, where she was a member, with the Reverend David Woodhouse and Reverend Edwin Moore officiating. Due to COVID 19 no visitation will be held, the body will lie in state form 3 to 6 PM, Thursday, April 30, 2020 at Kennedy Funeral Home..  


Betty was a native of Moore County.  She was a graduate of Westmoore High School.  Betty was a homemaker and loved to cook for her family and friends.   She made wedding cakes for 100’s of brides and birthday cakes for many folks over the years. Betty loved the Lord and was a faithful member of the  Smyrna United Methodist Church Women’s Society, actively involved in the food ministry for bereaved families of the community. She enjoyed all the time spent with the “Butterbean Gang” from Smyrna.  Betty also loved preparing Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes each year. Bluegrass was her favorite music and she enjoyed crocheting. She was a daughter of the late Willie James and Glennie Davis Brewer  and was preceded in death by her husband Vernon Garner; daughter: Debra Garner; sisters: Dorothy Auman, Ruth Kennedy, Marie Chriscoe, Barbara Kennedy; brothers: Thomas Brewer, Vernon Brewer, Gurney Brewer .


Betty is survived by sons: Keith Garner and wife Sarah; Alvin Garner and wife Jenny; Ronnie Garner and wife Jennifer; 9 grandchildren; 12 great grandchildren; 1 great great grandchild; sister: Geraldine Frye, brother: Joe Brewer; many nieces, nephews and friends.. 


Memorials may be made to Smyrna United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, P O Box 1661, Robbins, NC 27325 or FirstHealth Hospice,  P O Box 3000, Pinehurst, NC 28374. 


Kennedy Funeral Home is serving the Garner Family.


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  1. Prayers for her family!!! We enjoyed talking to her in person and on the phone. We even got a couple of her recipes. Her cooking was very tasty. She will be missed!!!

    Paul and Linda Horner

    • Our family was so sorry to hear this sad news. Betty Sue was a wonderful lady and we loved her very much. Prayers going up for all of you. Love you.

  2. I am so sorry to hear of Betty death, she as a good friend. Vernon was on the board of directors at Moore County Farm Bureau, when I met Betty. She will be greatly miss by not only her family, but the community as well. May God comfort each of her family.

  3. A loving aunt, she will be missed, but not forgotten. She will live on through her wonderful family who should be very proud of having been raised by Betty and Vernon.

  4. Oh how we will miss Ms Betty! She was a blessing to know and she brought so much happiness to all who met her!! Our prayers are with all of you. Our church will not be the same without her. We know she was so happy to see Vernon and Debra again!

  5. Sending prayers and hugs to all the family members! Betty was a special lady. I have a special memory of her that I would like to share. When I taught at Highfalls Elementary, Mrs Betty worked in the cafeteria. Well, every year my class would celebrate Thanksgiving by making vegetable soup. The soup was delicious but it was because Mrs Betty would doctor the soup with her special touch. She will be missed but will be forever remembered for her sweet smile and personality. God Bless each of you.

    • We are sorry to hear about your mother. We will keep you all in our thoughts and prayers.
      Herman and Sharon Seawell

  6. Oh how she loved my family and everyone’s family and we all loved her!! She will be so missed, especially her peanut butter fudge!! Our sincere sympathy to Keith. Alvin and Ronnie, what a wonderful Mother to all of you!! Prayers for the whole family!!

  7. Keeping everyone in my thoughts and prayers during this time. I remember Betty well, she was a wonderful woman.

  8. So very sorry! She was a sweet lady. She made several of my birthday cakes when I was younger. Mom (Mamie Murray) thought a lot of her too. Will be praying for you all.

  9. Keith, Sarah and family, So very sorry for your loss. Know our thoughts and prayers are with you. May God comfort as only he can.

  10. Sorry to hear about Betty. She was truly a good friend of mine. Vernon and Betty were married in the home of Rev. William Hancock. My husband (Ray) and I signed their marriage license. Love and prayers to all the family.

  11. So sorry for your loss Betty was a wonderful Christian lady! Praying for all her family and friends! Heaven definitely gained an Angel ❤️

  12. Prayers for all the family and caregiver Gayleen Garner. Betty was a great friend to all who knew her. So sorry!!!!!

  13. Ms Betty was a wonderful lady and friend. She touched the lives of so many people and will be greatly missed. Prayers for her family.

  14. Keith & Sarah and family,
    Ken and I are so sorry to hear of the passing of your mother. Please reach out if you need anything. You’re in our hearts and prayers.

  15. I am sorry to hear of Ms. Betty’s passing. She was such a sweet and kind person. I will never forget what a good friend she was to Aunt Virginia. Such a special person will not be forgotten.

  16. Betty Sue made my wedding cake many years ago and to this day I never had a better one. She was my Mother’s go to cake baker for big occasions. May you all find comfort in the sweet memories you have of your Mom. May God bless each of you during this time and always.

  17. May this special family be comforted in the knowledge that others care at this time of loss. Betty was such a wonderful person, and we can all celebrate a life well lived. God bless, Larry and Nina

  18. So sorry to hear of Betty’s passing. She was a kind, generous and loving soul. Prayers for strength and peace for all the family.

  19. My prayers and Sympathy for Betty Sue’s family! I will always treasure her friendly smile and kind words!! She was an excellent cook and her cakes were always a welcome treat! She is at peace and resting with the Angels!

  20. WE are praying for the family. She was a very nice and friendly person. She had a very sweet smile! Everyone will surely miss her.

  21. Miss Betty Sue was such a lovely person and great friend. She was always the first there when she was needed. When my father passed away she was there for my mother daily. In fact she an Vernon were the first to arrive at the house on the morning of my father’s death. In 1944 my mother graduated from high school at Westmoore. Back then at the graduation ceremony, there was always two mascots (children dressed in their caps and gowns, usually about 5 yrs. old and scheduled to start school the following fall). Betty Sue was one of the two mascots, dressed in here little cap and gown and marching down the aisle leading the graduates into the auditorium. My mom always reminded Betty Sue , and called her “my little mascot”. We loved Betty and Vernon both and will greatly miss them. Blessings to the family. Thank you for sharing her with us and our community for so many years. We will continue to love them both in or fond memories. Roger Williams (Parents..Foy and Helen Williams)

  22. Nobody could make an Italian Cream Cheese Cake like Betty such a fine lady and thought a lot of Veron too. Two fine people who had a special touch in others lives now they are together.

  23. Thinking of you and praying for you that God will comfort and strengthen you♥️🙏🏾

  24. Keith, Alvin, Ronnie and family, Kim and I are grieved at your loss of Mrs. Garner. She was such a great and loving soul. She was an inspiration to all who knew her. Her love for her family was unconditional. She treated me as well as a mother would treat a son. She always had a word of encouragement for me professionally and personally. I will miss my encounters with Mrs. Betty. May God cradle you all in His loving arms in your grief and in the days to come. Our prayers for Joe and Geraldine on the loss of your sister and friend. May God richly bless you all. We love you, Bruce and Kim

  25. Keith, Alvin and Ronnie and family, we are sad to hear of your mom’s passing. Her and Vernon are together now but will be missed. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  26. Keith, Alvin and Ronnie and family, we are sad to hear of your mom’s passing. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

  27. Thoughts and prayers are with the family. Sorry for your loss.
    Harold, Pat, & Misty Clark
    Psalms 116:15

  28. I have a lot of fond memories of Mrs. Betty from the lunchroom at Highfalls. I also had a few Birthday cakes from her as well. She was the sweetest lady and was the epitome of kindness. Prayers for you all but we know she is happy to be home.

  29. Praying for all of you she was a great lady she will be truly missed she made a many of cakes for me and we would talk and visit we would pick up some black walnuts she was a great friend . God Bless

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