Betty Merritt Hester

Published 11:26 am Monday, December 30, 2019

Betty Merritt Hester

December 27, 2019


Betty Merritt Hester, 80, of Bainbridge, Ga., passed away Friday, December 27, 2019.

The funeral service was held at 11 a.m. on Monday, December 30, 2019, at Ivey Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Ron Kirkland officiating. A private interment followed at Cedar Grove Cemetery.

The family will receive friends immediately following the service at Ivey Funeral Home. Online visitors may sign the guest register at  Memorial donations can be made to Lions Club International, 300 W. 22nd St., Oak Brook, IL.  60523.

Betty Hester was born May 5, 1939, in Whigham, Ga., the daughter of James Gordon Merritt and Leona Mae Reeves Merritt.  Betty was a member of First United Methodist Church and the Decatur County Lions Club.  She married the love of her life, Cawthon Bell Hester, on August 4, 1962.  In her early years, Betty worked for Miller Hydro and for Decatur County Tax Office. She enjoyed early morning walks and working in the yard and in her garden. Betty loved her family above all else.

Survivors include her husband of 57 years, C.B. (Cotton) Hester; her daughters, Tammy Hester Cleaveland of Farmington, Ga. and Sandy Michelle Hester of New Orleans, La.; and her grandson, Atticus Cawthon Cleaveland of Farmington, Ga.. Betty was preceded in death by her parents, numerous siblings, and friends.

The family would like to thank Kindred Hospice, especially Sandra Haire, Joanna Hatfield, and Kim Bowles for their help and dedication.