Betty Grace Sport
Published 2:33 pm Thursday, January 17, 2019
Betty Grace Sport
January 12, 2019
Betty Grace Sport, 76, died January 12 at Select Specialty Hospital after a brief illness.
Born in Savannah, Ga., on May 8, 1942, Betty Grace grew up in Bainbridge, Ga., and moved to Pensacola in 1971 with her husband and their three children.
Over the years, Betty Grace worked as a licensed practical nurse and furniture salesperson and, more recently, as a volunteer at West Florida Hospital for several years. She was an active member of Pinewoods Presbyterian Church, and her greatest joy was spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was known as a kind, generous, joyful, witty Nana who unconditionally loved her family and wholeheartedly served God.
Betty Grace is survived by her children, Mercer Sport (Jean) of Cantonment; Lewis Sport (Paula) of St. Augustine, Fla.; and Lisa Sport Herrington (Scott) of Molino; as well as grandchildren Haleigh Sport of Nashville; Hunter Sport of Ft. Wayne, Ind.; Heather Sport of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; Tanner and Tavi Sport of St. Augustine; and Amanda Jenkins and Tori Herrington of Molino, as well as two great-granddaughters, Alliana and Atalie Jenkins, and a host of nieces, nephews, and cousins.
She was preceded in death by her husband, John Lewis “Buddy” Sport; her parents, Mercer and Vivian Baggs; a sister, Penny Baggs Kwilecki; and two brothers, William and Robert Baggs.
The family will receive guests at a visitation January 19. at 3 p.m. at Pinewoods Presbyterian Church in Cantonment, followed by a celebration of her life at 4 p.m.
Honorary pallbearers include the elders of Pinewoods Church.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, www.LLS.org, in honor of Betty Grace’s grandson, Tavi.