Bettye Jo Lattimore Berry


Bettye Jo Lattimore Berry, or “Hello Kitty” or “Granna” as she is affectionately known by her grandchildren, was born on Aug. 9, 1941, in Charleston. She was a lifelong resident of Charleston and graduated into eternal life on Sunday, March 26, 2023.

She became a member of Mt. Eagle Missionary Baptist Church at a young age and served faithfully there for her entire life. She worked as a production operator at Duracell for over 30 years.

Bettye was renowned for having a beautiful singing voice. For decades, she performed in various church groups, district choirs and a family group, the Lattimore Sisters. She was also a talented pianist.

An avid bird lover and bird watcher, Bettye loved the wildlife that lived in her yard, and she enjoyed working in her garden.

She was the daughter of the late Eddie and Etna Mae Boaz-Lattimore, who preceded her in death. She is also preceded in death by her husband, Hoyt Berry; her young brother, Colonel Lattimore; brothers-in-law, Bill Berry and Walter Goode; and sisters-in-law, Mildred McGee and Wanda Berry.

She is survived by her two children, De’Sha (Walter) Rogers of Georgetown and Terrance Berry of Charleston; her siblings, Ben (Yvonne) Lattimore of Florida and Sue Goode of Charleston; five grandchildren, Brie’Ahn Berry and Jaden Berry, both of Riceville, and Ashanti, Alejandro and Mariela Rogers of Georgetown; a special niece, Shona McBee of Charleston; sisters-in-law, Annabell Phillips and Marie Berry; and many nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Homegoing services will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 2, 2023, at Mt. Eagle Baptist Church in Charleston with the Rev. Edward S. Robinson Jr. officiating and the Rev. James Parris delivering the eulogy.

The family will receive friends at 1 p.m. at the church.

Interment will follow the service at Sunset Memorial Gardens.

M.D. Dotson and Sons Funeral Home of Cleveland is in charge of arrangements.



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