Obituary of Betty Jo Harris Pollard Vaughan
Betty Jo Harris Pollard Vaughan, 87, of Gulfport Fl, died March 21, 2022. She was a loving and loyal daughter, sister, aunt, wife, mother and grandmother. Born in Grovania Ga, Betty’s life exemplified service to others. To help her family, at 11 years old she got a job packing peaches in central Ga. As a teenager, Betty worked at a skating rink, a drive-in theatre, and was a lifeguard at a local pool. At Warner Robins High School, she was editor of her class yearbook and president of the Future Homemakers of America. As a young military spouse stationed in Japan, she was active in Little Theater and won Best Director for her production of “The Monkey’s Paw”. In time, upon her return to Warner Robins, she was left to raise five children on her own. She worked to become a Licensed Practical Nurse and later a Registered Nurse, working in Warner Robins and Macon Ga. She continued her career as an R.N. in Gulfport until her retirement. Then she created "Betty's by the Beach Boardinghouse" in her home. She welcomed anyone - travelers, exchange students, co-workers, and church members in need. And for 12 years, Betty was caregiver to her mother and older brother.
In all this time, she was a faithful Sunday School teacher, creating Church for Children at Southside Baptist Church in Warner Robins from 1965-1981, then at Pasadena Baptist Church in Gulfport from 1981-2011.
Betty Jo loved music, nature, adventure, and games with family and friends. Most of all, she loved the Lord.
Betty is survived by her beloved sister, Dohnalee Harris Beck(Steve) of Warner Robins Ga, sister-in-law, Joyce Brown, Lynn Haven FL, loving daughters, Joni Mize(James), San Antonio TX, Jill Bates(Don), Kingsport TN, Beth Dansby(Steve), Bartow Fl, and Rona Cartmell(Jon), Ft Walton Beach Fl, and dear sons, Jeff Pollard(Cathy), Plant City FL, Buck Pollard(Jenny Lou), Bakersville NC, and Bruce Pollard, Gulfport Fl. Also, her
Grandchildren: Randa, Jonathan, Julia, Jordan, Taylor, Josh, Emily, Eli, Luke, Tara, Jason, Jessica, and Jordan.
Great Grandchildren: Brennan, Alonna, Cameron, Silas, Ella, Ava, Christian, Adrian, Breanna, Cole, Carson, Hosanna, and Daisy.
Great-Great Grandchildren: Harmony and Kai.
Nieces: Jennifer Hill, Cindy Tanner, Jean Miller, Janice Deal, Julie Ford, Jane Liston, Lisa Morris, and Julie Maddox.
Nephews: Joe Peacock and Johnie Reeves.
She was preceded in death by her mother and father, Nettie and Elbert Harris, husbands Harold Vaughan and BJ Pollard, sister, Juanita Reeves, brother, Stanton Harris, daughter, Robin Chase, son, A.J. Vaughan, nieces, Joyce Watson, Jackie Beck, and Judy Liermann, and nephew, Jimmy Peacock.
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