Originally created 08/21/05

Mrs. Betty Nordyke (MCCORMICK, S.C.)



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MCCORMICK, S.C. - A funeral service for Mrs. Elizabeth "Betty" Ann Nordyke will be held on Tuesday, August 23 at 10:30 a.m. at the McCormick United Methodist Church. A graveside service will follow at the Overbrook Cemetery in McCormick. Betty Nordyke, 75, of McCormick, died Saturday, August 20, 2005 at her home after a valiant struggle with cancer. She was born January 10, 1930, in Lake Charles, La., to the late Franklin and Laura Miller. Betty attended Lake Charles High School and worked in her father's business until 1953. She married her high school sweetheart, H. Gail Nordyke, Jr. in 1951. She was predeceased in death by her sisters, Kate Jaynes and Mabel Eagle, and by her brothers, Frank and Robert (Bobby). Betty and her husband Gail were frequent visitors to McCormick since 1968 where they maintained a vacation residence on Thurmond Lake (Clarks Hill) until becoming full time McCormick residents there upon Gail's retirement in 1991. Betty was a member of First United Methodist Church of Greenwood and an Associate Member of McCormick United Methodist Church. She served her church with faithful attendance and as Circle Leader, Church Hostess, Choir Member, Board Member and Lay Member to the South Carolina Conference. She served her Community by contributing her time and energy to Helping Hands, the McCormick Arts Council, the McCormick Senior Center and by serving and singing in the McCormick County Community Chorus, since its beginning. Survivors include her husband, H. Gail Nordyke, Jr., daughters, the Reverend Janice Robertson of Jefferson City, Tenn., and Sharon Coleman, NP of Alexandria, La.; daughters and sons-in-law, Cynthia and Dennis Bankston of Trussville, Ala., and Mary Alice and Scott Caldwell of Loganville, Ga.; and son and daughter-in-law, Harry and Debbie Nordyke of Litchfield, N.H.; eight grandchildren; and two great- grandchildren; sister, Virginia Finley of Lafayette, La.; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Joe and Mary Miller and Leon and Peggy Miller of Lake Charles, La. Pallbearers, representing various organizations and her family, include her grandson-in-law, Andrew Freck; Mitch Mitchell and Bob Rennie for the McCormick County Community Chorus; Ken Flinchum and Phil Bailey for her churches; Royce Grizzard for the McCormick Arts Council; Harvey Lee Murray for Helping Hands; Hugh Brown for the McCormick Lions; Henry Burch for neighbors and friends; Jim Cason for Friends of the Library; and J. R. McMillan for the Senior Center. The family suggests memorials for the McCormick Arts Center, Helping Hands, and Hospice Care of the Piedmont. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Monday evening at Beggs Funeral Home, 200 May Ave., Lincolnton, GA (706) 359-4117 Sign the guestbook at AugustaChronicle.com

The Augusta Chronicle August 21, 2005