With our Lord and Savior by her side, a reunion occurred in Heaven as our dearly beloved transitioned to her eternal life. The amazing Betty Jo Thompson was born to the late Joseph Rancher, Sr. and Hattie Rancher on July 13, 1946, in Bessemer, Alabama.
At an early age, she accepted Jesus Christ as her personal savior. Her spiritual journey proceeded upward from childhood with her loving parents through to adulthood with her husband and family. She was a faithful member at the Second Avenue Beulah Baptist Church under the leadership of Reverend C.D. Patterson.
Bettie Jo received her early childhood education through the Bessemer City School system and attended Carver High School, but finished with a GED. Afterwards, she successfully enrolled in the Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) program at Lawson State Community College. After dedicating 33 years of personal and professional care while nurturing the ailing at Riverchase Health Care, she retired.
One of her greatest and most cherished gifts in her lifetime included her becoming one in 1962 with the late Johnny Thompson in Holy Matrimony. This union was complemented with the precious gifts of children, grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Bettie was very family oriented and enjoyed spending time with her loving family. She would always have Christmas Eve Gatherings at her home, where she was the host on many occasions.
She enjoyed feeding her family and neighborhood in Muscoda, Alabama. Also, she enjoyed her children, grandchildren and great grandchildren. Family could never be replaced in her eyes.
Bettie was known for moving mountains in the lives of others. She was a true friend to many near and far. She will be remembered for her smile, laughter, comfort, honesty, and love.
On Tuesday, April 11, 2023, Bettie Jo Thompson was called to eternal rest. She loved being home and her home is where she made her final journey. Although, we will miss her greatly, she is now with her loving parents, Joseph, Sr. and Hattie Rancher; her devoted husband, Johnny Thompson, Jr.; her precious daughter, Deana (Aaron) Jamison; her lovely grandchildren, DiaLisa Jamison and Terrance Porter; a great grandbaby and her adorable siblings, Robert Jones, David Rancher and Dorothy Jean Rancher.
Kindness and generosity are values that she leaves with her family. Her legacy will continue through her daughter, LaFonda (David) Cobble; son, Anthony (Jamette) Thompson; grandchildren, Anthony (Shermelle) Thompson, Jamarcus Thompson, Denarion Jamison, Markeeta Hoskin and Davida Cobble; great grandchildren, Jalah Thompson, Anthony Thompson, Jr., Jayde Thompson, Nylah Thompson, Zoie Thompson, Carter Jamison, Caelyn Jamison, Baylee Jamison, Dash Jamison, Jeremi Hoskin and Kynnedi Hoskin; brother, Joseph (Mildred) Rancher; sisters, Sara Jackson, Barbara Rancher and Denise (Dewayne) Hill; sister-in-law, Deidre (Oliver) Delk and Michelle Rancher; best friend, Ida Gipson; dedicated caregiver, Lesley Oakes and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and those she loved and those who loves her.