The Life and Legacy of
Pastor Bettie Jean Stanford Blair (Bett)
Bettie Jean Stanford was born on August 12, 1947 to the parents of the late Mr. Charlie Edward Stanford and the late Mrs. Veline Stanford Thomas in Warren County, Georgia. She slipped away from labor to reward, on Wednesday, May 1, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at her residence.
Bettie attended the old Warrenton Elementary and High School on Hopgood St. formerly M.E. Freeman Elementary School.
On June 16, 1965, Bettie married Willie Lewis Blair and became Bettie Jean Blair and moved to Rochester, New York and this union was blessed with five beautiful children. While in Rochester, New York, Bettie was in a church service and saved and filled with the Holy Ghost under Rev. Buchannan. Bettie lived in Rochester, New York for years and decided to move back to Warrenton, Georgia.
After relocating back to Warrenton, Georgia in 1975, Bettie became a member of Cody Grove Baptist Church under the leadership of Rev. C.H. Forth, with her four little children. She was a member of the choir and loved singing and praising God. Bettie then later united with The House of God House of Prayer for All Nations, Inc. and became faithful in keeping the Sabbath and was ordained as an Evangelist under the leadership of the late Bishop Roosevelt Jones, Sr. and Mother Ozeline Strother, Founder. Evangelist Bettie Blair traveled the highways and bi-ways with Pastor Mary Grier, who at the time was also an Evangelist. They traveled in homes, preaching, teaching, praying and ministering to souls. Bettie was also a member of the Voices of Faith Gospel Group and they traveled all over singing praises to God. Her song that she would sing the most was “Can’t Nobody Do Me Like Jesus”.
In June of 1996, in Atlanta, Georgia, Evangelist Bettie Blair was ordained and licensed as a Pastor in the House of God House of Prayer for All Nations, Inc. In addition, she became the Pastor of the Temple of Truth Evangelistic & Deliverance Ministries in Dearing, Georgia for several years. Pastor Blair began a work in Sandersville, Georgia and traveled faithfully every Sabbath to minister in the homes of different families.
Bettie worked in several fields throughout her life: Uniroyal, Healthtex, CareSouth, Gibson Health & Rehabilition, CSRA Home Health Agency, as well as several private duty care cases, the Warrenton Health Department through the Medical College of Georgia, she was a foster parent for the Warren County Department of Family and Children Services for several years and her most recent place of employment was with Caregivers Home Care Agency in New York.
In September of 2005, Pastor Blair decided to relocate to Rochester, New York. While in Rochester, she was an Associate Pastor of Pilgrim Tabernacle True Holiness Church.
Pastor Blair was preceded in death by her grandmothers, Eva Mae Stanford and Lula Collins; sister, Aileen Mathis (1982); nephew, Jerome Copeland; granddaughter, Porsha Hurt (1986); husband, Willie L. Blair (1996); mother, Veline Stanford Thomas (2001); nephew, Michael Mathis (2004); brother, Willie James Thomas (2005); brother, Eddie L. Stanford (2009); grandson, Dontavius A. Blair (2010); father, Charlie E. Stanford (2012); son, David L. Blair (2012); sister, Lois Mathis (2012); nephew, Eddie Bryant (2012); son-in-law, Cary Lewis, Jr (2013); grandson, James Seamster (2016); brother, Charles Thomas (2016); daughter, Deborah A. Blair (2017).
Pastor Bettie Blair leaves to cherish her loving memories, two sons, Donald Lewis (Shanetha) Blair (Piggy) of Greece, NY and Dave Lewis (Nicole) Blair (D.J.) of Atlanta, GA; one daughter, Mary Blair Lewis (Mary Ann) of Warrenton, GA; four granddaughters, Kenvetta Blair and Jonah Darden both of Warrenton, GA, Raevan Hurt and Davelia Kelly both of Atlanta, GA; five grandsons; Kenvoris Blair, Macon, GA; Rasheem Blair, Rochester, NY; Marchavious Blair, Fort Valley, GA; Clifford Butler and Colin Butler, both of Atlanta, GA; one great-granddaughter, Nyasia Blair of Rochester, NY and one great-grandson, Karson Blair, Warrenton, GA; Special Goddaughter, Kismet Charles, Atlanta, GA; six sisters, Barbara (Larry) Copeland, and Diane (Stephen) McClendon both of Rochester, NY; Mary Louise (Alphonso) Smith, Eva Mae (Jerome) Rhodes both of Warrenton, GA; Shirley (Melvin) Williams, Thomson, GA and Annette Parker of Gibson, GA; two brothers, James Roy (Patricia) Stanford, Warrenton, GA and John Henry Stanford, Thomson, GA; one aunt, Thelma Mayes, Thomson, GA and one uncle, William Mance, Thomson, GA; special devoted and loving friend for over 35 years, Annie Lois Vaughner, Wrens, GA; a very special lady who treated her as a daughter, Mother Carrie Grier, Warrenton, GA and several other faithful and devoted friends, Pastor Mary Jones, Pastor Mary (James) Grier, Apostle Winston (Betty) Grier, Minister Ella Franklin, Pastor Agnes Berry, Minister Lavonia Franklin, Minister Janet Harris, Nina Copeland and Paulette Walker; several Goddaughters, Stephanie Williams, Betty Hubbard, Dwana Copeland, Tanisha Hodge and Danasia Styles; Special Godson, Rodney Jones; a host of loving and devoted nieces, nephews, cousin, in-laws, other relatives and friends.
Service entrust to Dawson's Mortuary ~ 98 Hopgood Street, Warrenton, Georgia