Cover photo for Betty Murray's Obituary
1934 Betty 2021

Betty Murray

March 29, 1934 — December 11, 2021

Siler City

Betty Smith Hicks Murray was born on March 20, 1934 to John Arlie Smith and Dora Wilma Kidd Smith. Betty went to her heavenly home on December 11, 2021.

She was a member of Tyson’s Creek Baptist Church and retired from Collins & Aikman, where she was a cloth inspector. She enjoyed vacationing and attending the ballgames of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Betty loved the simple life and treasured the fellowship of her family and friends.

She was preceded in death by her parents; late husband, Sammie Hicks; 2 infant brothers, Wilbert Arlie Smith and Jessie Burns Smith; brothers, Clarence (Bill) Smith and Ronnie Smith; sister, Julia (Judy) Smith Maness and step-son Bobby Murray.

Betty is survived by her husband, Nathaniel (Nat) G. Murray, Jr.; daughters, Joyce H. Binkley, of Siler City and Loretta Hicks, of the home; son, Kenneth Hicks (Patti), of Bear Creek; sisters, Clara Jean Hussey, of Robbins, Mary Ruth Powers, of Bennett and Carol Hicks, of Siler City; brothers, Johnny Smith (Linda), of Carthage and Jimmy Smith (Leta), of Cameron; sisters-in-law, Dot H. Smith, Karen M. Smith, Joanne Hicks, Frances Ellis (Dink); brother-in-law, Bobby Hicks; step-daughters, Angela Murry, of Bear Creek and Pam M. Brady (Gary), of Robbins; grandchildren, Brian Binkley, Shanna Binkley, Dana B. Purvis (Brad), Chris Brady (Tonia) and Heather B. Williamson (Timmy); great-grandchildren, Gabe Purvis, Hagen Purvis, Carter Brower, Sarah Williamson and Dallas Miles; son-in-law, Billy Binkley and many nieces and nephews.

A graveside service will be held at Tyson’s Creek Baptist Church at 1:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 15, 2021 with Rev. Brent Smith presiding. Joyce-Brady Chapel will be open on Tuesday, December 14, 2021 from 1:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. for friends to sign the register.

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Service Schedule

Past Services

Joyce-Brady Chapel open for friends to sign the register

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

1:00 - 5:00 pm (Eastern time)

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Graveside Service

Wednesday, December 15, 2021

Starts at 1:00 pm (Eastern time)

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