Betty Lee Adams Gamble, age 76, passed away peacefully on Friday November 6, 2020 at her home. Graveside services will be conducted on Monday November 9th at 3:00 p.m. in the Oakland Cemetery with Dr. Eric Taylor of Cedar Hill Baptist Church and her nephew, Curtis Adams, officiating. Pallbearers will be Ricky Harris, Billy Joe Jackson, Ty Jackson, Farris Gillotti, John Bailey Hutchison, Bobby McKinney, Joe Donoho, and Jerry McCreary. Honorary pallbearers will be the Jimmy Crawford Sunday School class at Cedar Hill Baptist Church. The family will receive friends on Monday from 11:00 a.m. until 2:15 p.m. at the Robertson County Funeral Home.
Betty was born February 8, 1944 in Springfield to the late Bailey and Annie Gezley Adams. She was a graduate of Springfield High School Class of 1962. That same year, just three days shy of her eighteenth birthday, she eloped to Alabama to marry the love her life, William “Bill” Harold Gamble, who survives her. They enjoyed 58 years of marriage, raising two daughters: Kecia Harris (Ricky) and Celeste Jackson (Billy Joe) all of Cedar Hill. Also surviving are her three beautiful grandchildren: Bailey Scoggin, Ty Jackson, and Abbie Lee Jackson all of Cedar Hill and her step-grandchildren: Craig (Janna) Harris of Springfield and Lauren (Tim) Humphrey of Hendersonville. She treasured her family and was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and friend to many. In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her sisters: Mary Lou Matthews and Peggy Gillotti, and by her brothers: Billy and Jerry Adams.
Betty was of the Baptist faith, being baptized at the age of twelve at North Springfield Baptist Church and soon after marriage, moving her membership to Cedar Hill Baptist Church, where she was a faithful member and servant for over 50 years. She served in different capacities but mostly she could be found in the kitchen preparing meals. Cooking was her way to show love and care to others. She always enjoyed hosting friends and family at her table and she always had enough food to feed and army.
Betty started working at an early age around town at French’s Dry Cleaners, Ben Franklin’s Five & Dime, and Clinard’s Drug Store. In 1970, she started working at F.H. Lawson making camper stoves. That company changed names many times over the next 38 years that she worked there, including: Tappan, WCI, Frigidaire, and Electrolux. While there, she was a team player on the volleyball team and on the first industrial softball league team. She retired in 2008, leaving behind many good memories and wonderful friends, who were more like family to her.
Betty loved to cook and keep an immaculate house, but she also loved to be outdoors. She loved working alongside Billy in the yard and garden, growing flowers, and feeding the birds .She also enjoyed traveling in their camper and fishing, going to Southern Gospel and Bluegrass music festivals, and watching UT football and basketball. Everyone that knew her, knew she was always doing something! Even when she became unable to “do” anymore, she never once complained. Instead, she did everything she could to lessen the burden on her family and friends. Betty battled cancer twice since 2015, undergoing major surgery, procedures, and treatments. Cancer tried to extinguish her light, yet it did the opposite, it made it even brighter. She was determined not to let cancer diminish her spirit. Because of her strong faith, she was always able to find joy in life, even in the most difficult circumstances and she lived with gratitude each day.
In lieu of flowers, she wishes for donations to be made to Monroe Carell, Jr. Children’s Hospital at Vanderbilt, Oncology/Hematology Child Life Department, where her grandson Ty works as a child life specialist, to help ease the burden of childhood cancers. All donations can be sent c/o Robertson County Funeral Home.
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