Obituary: Betty May (Mitchell) Gerkin

Sept. 10, 1938 – Aug. 4, 2020

Betty May (Mitchell) Gerkin, 81, of Clarksville, Tennessee, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020 at Ahava Nursing Home in Clarksville.

Born Sept. 10, 1938, in Indiana, she was the daughter of Oral and Ruth (Padgett) Mitchell.  She married Jonathan Henry Gerkin on April 28, 1955, and he preceded her in death in Oct. of 2014.

She was a high school graduate and worked briefly as an LPN.

She was a homemaker.

She was preceded in death by her parents Oral and Ruth (Padgett) Mitchell; husband, Jonathan Gerkin; children, Kathy Langford and Jennifer Gerkin; brothers, Olin (Jake) Mitchell, Jimmy Mitchell and Roy Mitchell; sisters, Sue Umphress, Judy Taylor and Patty Taylor. 

Survivors include her sisters, Janice Wheeler of Virginia and Barbara (Paul) King of Indiana; sisters in law, Wanda Gerkin, Judy Gerkin, Faye Gerkin, and Doris Gerkin, all of Indiana;  children, John (Pamela) Gerkin and Jerry (Lioba) Gerkin of Tennessee and Stacy Carman of Texas; son-in-law, Dave Langford; grandchildren: John (Teany) Gerkin Jr., Kristi Ripley, Jonathan (Amber) Gerkin,  Tristan Carman, Cheyanne Carman, Lydia (Kelly) Howerton, Michael Langford, Jimmy Childers, and Nicole Beaver; great-grandchildren, Peyton Haley, Savanna Haley, Gracee Haley, Alex Haley, Hannah Gerkin, Emilee Gerkin, Hailee Gerkin, Jason Gerkin, John Gerkin III, Madison Gerkin, Gage Gerkin, Remi Sue Carman, Jaxon Langford, Harrison Langford, Sharon Howerton, Maddie Beaver and Heidi Childers-Beaver; and many beloved nieces and nephews.

Graveside service will be at Fayetteville Community Cemetery on Monday, August 10, 2020, at 10:00 a.m. with Pastor Phil Thorne officiating.

Arrangements are under the direction of the Ferguson-Lee Chapel of Thorne-George Family Funeral Homes, Bedford, Indiana. 

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