In Loving Memory of Bettye Rawls Marshall Alley
On Thursday, December 31, 2020, Bettye Rawls Marshall Alley, loving mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother, passed away at the age of 89. Bettye was born on February 22, 1931 in Springfield, Tennessee to Owen Gillie (O.G.) and Dixie Hackney Rawls. Bettye received her B.S. and M.A. from Austin Peay State University in Education. She was an educator for Montgomery, Davidson, and Robertson counties, as well as in Columbia, South Carolina. Bettye Alley was awarded many accolades during her career and beyond, including BPW’s Business Woman of the Year (1975), Robertson County Retired Teacher Presidential Award (2002), and Person of Character Award from Robertson County Extension Office (2005). She was also one of the first women to serve as Supervisor at the Robertson County Board of Education before her move to the State Department, from which she retired in 1995.
Bettye was a generous and selfless spirit, and a lifelong community servant, involving herself in several organizations including SECURE, United Ministries, Big Brothers Big Sisters, Robertson County Senior Citizens Center, Palestine United Methodist Church, Robertson County Historical Society, and many others. She was a woman of great faith, a counselor to many, and a friend to all.
Bettye is preceded in death by her father, O.G. and her mother, Dixie. She is survived by her four children, J. Adrian Marshall, Cheryl Alley Moon (Danny), James T. Marshall (Anita), Andrea Alley Fields (Mark), six grandchildren, Rhiannon Wix Phillips (Brock), Mandy Marshall Willson (Justin), Laura Wix, Jamee Marshall, Riley Fields, Jessie Fields, and five great-grandchildren, Sadie Phillips, Kyler Willson, Brianna Phillips, Kinsley Willson, and Jace Phillips.
Services will be held at the Robertson County Funeral Home on Sunday, January 3, 2021. Visitation will be from 12:00 noon until 2:00pm with the funeral service to begin at 2:00 p.m. Officiating the services will be Reverend Diane Coppock and Tim Harris. Burial will follow in the Palestine Cemetery with Mark Fields, Riley Fields, Justin Willson, Lee King, Brad Carneal, and Johnny Ray Coats serving as pallbearers. If desired, cards, notes, or acknowledgements may be sent to the Alley family at 2564 Old Highway 431 S., Springfield, TN, 37172.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Palestine United Methodist Church, Robertson County Senior Citizens Center, or Robertson County or Greenbrier Historical Societies. All donations may be sent c/o Robertson County Funeral Home
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