Betty Williams Rose, age 85 of Cookeville, TN passed away Sunday evening January 18, 2015 at the Hillview Nursing Home in Columbia. Mrs. Rose was born February 25, 1929 in Somerset, KY, the daughter of the late Guy Williams and Gladys Littrell Williams. She graduated from the University of Tennessee Knoxville in May 1951 with a degree in Home Economics and immediately began working as the Home Demonstration Agent in Smith County. On August 22, 1954 she married Jerry Lancaster Rose of Smith County and he preceded her in death on May 10, 2005. From 1955 to 1960 she taught Home Economics at Gordonsville High School. Mrs. Rose devoted her life to raising her four children, providing them with the best education possible and supporting her husband in his work as President of the Cookeville Production Credit Association.
Mrs. Rose is survived by four children: Cindy Rose Dowell (Steve) of Carthage, Dr. Jerry Lancaster Rose, Jr. (Kari) of Columbia, TN, Rhedona Rose of Columbia, TN, and John Williams Rose (Chelsea) who owns the family Century Farm located near Temperance Hall, TN in DeKalb Co.
Mrs. Rose has four grandchildren: Lori Rose Dowell (Omar), New Orleans, LA, Stanley Greg Dowell, Washington, DC, Joseph Lancaster Rose, Starkville, MS and Ella Kate Rose, Columbia, TN.
She is survived by three sisters: Mary Williams Bowden (Shelley), Jamestown, TN, Margaret Williams Tipton (Winston), Muncie, IN and Jonelda Williams Blalock (Sid), Knoxville, TN. Sister-in-laws Frances Rose Driver, New Middleton, TN and Carlene Williams, Jamestown, TN also survive.
Four siblings predeceased Mrs. Rose. They were: Joyce Williams Johnson (Melvin), Livingston, Mildred Williams Pyle (Del), Sam Williams (Lou Nell) and Jerry Williams (Carlene) all of Jamestown, TN.
Funeral Services for Mrs. Rose are scheduled to be conducted on Saturday, January 24, 2014 at 1PM at the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Homes. Interment will follow in the Gordonsville Cemetery.
Visitation with the Rose family will be held at the Gordonsville Chapel of Bass Funeral Home on Friday from 3PM to 8PM and again on Saturday from 10AM until the service time at 1PM.
In lieu of flowers contributions may be made to: Jerry and Betty Rose Agriculture Scholarship Fund, TTU Box 5047, Cookeville, TN 38505; TN Foundation for AG in the Classroom, PO Box 313 Columbia, TN 38402-0313; FFA Foundation, Box 5034, TTU, Cookeville, TN 38505; First Baptist Church "I Love My Church" fund, 2790 Pulaski Highway, Columbia, TN 38401; Zion Christian Academy Annual Fund, 6901 Old Zion Road, Columbia, TN 38401.