Betty Jean Putnam

May 08, 2014

Best Mother in the World

CANTON — Betty Jean Guffey Putnam, 85, passed away into the arms of the angels Wednesday, May 7, 2014.

Betty was a native of Macon County and had made her home in Haywood County most of her life. She was the daughter of the late Thomas Guffey and the late Ellen White Guffey. She was a devoted homemaker and a wonderful cook. Betty made everyone who visited here home feel welcome and always shared her delicious homemade dishes with her family and friends. She could often be found spending time canning and working in her vegetable and flower gardens. She was a member of Chestnut Grove Missionary Baptist Church in the Big Sandy Mush Community. Betty’s family will always remember her as “the best mother in the whole world.” Her kind and gentle spirit will live on in the hearts of those who knew and loved her.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Joe Putnam, who passed away in 2012; two sons, Jerry Thomas Putnam and Gent Putnam; grandson, Bruce Allen Williams; and great-grandson, Jared Surrett.

Left to cherish her memory are her daughters, Nancy Putnam Surrett, of Leicester, Louise Putnam Boyd, and her husband, Harold, of Leicester and Shirley Putnam Williams, and her husband, Carroll, of Canton; a son, Charles Thomas Putnam, and his wife, Rosa Lee Putnam, of Canton; a brother, Johnny Guffey, of Charlotte; 11 grandchildren and 24 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Monday, May 12,  at Chestnut Grove Missionary Baptist Church. The Revs. Bill Brown and Gene Turner will be officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

Crawford/Ray Funeral Home is honored to be caring for the Putnam family and words of comfort may be shared at