Betty Jo Batson Rish, 89, of Wewahitchka, went to be with the Lord on Friday, January 31, 2014, in her home. She was born February 28, 1924 in Athens, Alabama to Eugene and Lillie Batson. She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Wewahitchka.
Mother was always committed to her church and family. She was a prayer warrior, rock and teacher and defined the meaning of the words faithful servant. She loved her family near or far unconditionally. Mother opened our home to all our friends and cared for them with her loving generosity. She was a strong Christian lady who used wisdom in all her endeavors. These traits were exhibited to all who knew her; we would all be blessed to follow in her footsteps.
She was preceded in death by her husband, Robert “Bobby” Rish; one brother, Eugene Batson; and four sisters, Nell Prodgers, Doris Batson, Rachel Hutto and Grace Duke.
She is survived by her two daughters, Ann Johnson (Mitchell) and Doris Jean Whitten (Byron); six grandchildren, Meagan Forrest (Ryan), Robbie Morris (Allison), Chaz Whitten, Tyler Whitten, Chris Morris (Kim), and Charlene Ellis (Sean); eight great-grandchildren, Aidan and Cooper Forrest, Landon Whitten, Raelee Morris, Walker Morris, Ashlyn, Alexis and Kody Ellis; two brothers, John Andy Batson (Eleanor) and Bert Batson (Sally); and numerous nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. CT on Monday, February 3, 2014 at the First United Methodist Church of Wewahitchka with the Rev. Dan Baughman and the Rev. Joey Smith officiating. Interment followed at Jehu Cemetery, Wewahitchka, FL. The family received friends at the church from 3-5 p.m. Sunday.
Active pallbearers were Robbie Morris, Chaz Whitten, Tyler Whitten, Ryan Forrest, Byron Whitten and Sean Ellis. The family would like to give a special thank you to Dr. Michael Barnes and staff and A and A Home Health Care for all the loving care given to mother for many years.
Services were provided by Wilson Funeral Home, Panama City, FL.