Betty Jo May, 81


Funeral services for Betty Jo May, 81 of Swainsboro, were held Thursday, May 19, 2022 at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Swainsboro with Dr. Bob Blakenship and Rev. Casey Shaw officiating. Interment followed at Eastbrook Cemetery & Mausoleum. The family received friends Wednesday, May 18, 2022 from 5 to 8 p.m. at Chapman Funeral Home. She passed away Monday, May 16, 2022 at Fairview Park Hospital in Dublin following an extended illness.


Mrs. Betty Jo May was born March 20, 1941 in Swainsboro to the late Milton T. Anderson and Alma Peebles Anderson. She was a retired court reporter for the Middle Judicial Circuit, and she was an excellent cook. She loved yardwork, collecting antiques, and arts and crafts. Mrs. May also enjoyed watching Jeopardy and Wheel of Fortune. She looked forward to decorating for Christmas. Mrs. May was a member of the Agape Sunday School Class who loved God, her husband, children, and grandchildren. A member of the First Baptist Church of Swainsboro for more than 30 years, she was preceded in death by her parents and sister, Angela Anderson.


Survivors include her husband of 62 years, James H. “Buddy” May; sons, Jimmy May (Marvin Henry) and Jason May (Erin), all of Swainsboro; daughters, Julie Mercer (Marty) of Twin City and Alma Joanna May (Richard Peacock) of Adrian); and grandchildren, Gabrielle Durden, Jessica Durden, Rebecca Durden, Justin Henry Riner, Evan May, and Izzy May.


Donnie Garrett, Chucky Mason, Lance Williamson, Bobby Reeves, Bill McWhorter, Wade Johnson, Jody Ware, and Grey Thurman were pallbearers while Shane Averett and Brian Mitchell were honorary pallbearers.


In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Swainsboro.

Chapman Funeral Home of Swainsboro was in charge of arrangements.

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