Betty Lynn (Moore) Hollifield, 81

Born: Tue., Sep. 12, 1939
Died: Fri., Apr. 23, 2021


Memorial Service

5:00 PM Wed., Apr. 28, 2021
Location: Sunshine United Methodist Church


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Betty Lynn Moore Hollifield passed away peacefully Friday evening, April 23rd, 2021, surrounded by her family.  She was born September 12, 1939 in Spartanburg, SC to Calvin and Emily Mason Moore.  Betty Lynn grew up on a peach farm in Inman, SC and learned the importance of a strong work ethic at an early age.  At the age of six, she was not only working with peaches but was also taking piano lessons and began formal training from Converse College professors before age ten.  It was no surprise that she ended up at Converse School of Music where she completed a degree in Music Education and Performance.  Upon graduation, her first job was as band director at Cool Springs High School and music education at the feeder schools.    

Music was the love of her life until she met young Leonard Hollifield.  That chance meeting led to a 58 year-long marriage that began only 4 months later.  Together Betty Lynn and Leonard raised two children who they adopted as infants.  Music continued to be a strong force in her life, but family came first.  Keeping her house and yard tidy, meals cooked and her children active were top priority, but she continued to teach students piano privately and assist band and choral directors at East Rutherford High School.  Betty Lynn also worked as choir director and accompanist at various churches the family attended.  For numerous years, she taught piano until her health would no longer allow.

Though she suffered from debilitating health issues for years, the four children who called her “Grammy” brought about a renewed interest and fervor for life.  Her stoic personality with a fiery redhead temper turned into a sweet and soft countenance that beamed with nothing but love at the sight or mention of them.  Betty Lynn enjoyed watching all her grandchildren swim in her pool, taking them to the beach in Hilton Head, the annual trip searching for pumpkins and apples and picnicking in the mountains.  

She is survived by her husband, Leonard Ray Hollifield; daughter, Emily Hollifield Hunter (Marc) of Burlington, NC; son, Jonathan (Dede) of Bostic.  Her grandchildren are Jordan and Lauren Hunter and Meredith and Aiden Hollifield.  She is also survived by many relatives and special friends.

A celebration of her life will take place on the grounds of Sunshine Church; 367 DePriest Road; Bostic, NC Wednesday, April 28th at 5 pm.  In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to either of Betty Lynn’s favorite charities - St. Jude Children's Research Hospital; 501 St. Jude Place; Memphis, TN 38105 or Shriners Hospital for Children; 950 West Faris Road; Greenville, SC  29605.

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David Hall
   Posted Sat April 24, 2021
Leonard, Emily, John and family.
I am so sorry for your loss. Though I haven't seen her in a few years, I still have fond memories of Betty Lynn and the times I spent with your family all those years ago. Betty Lynn was a very special person: intelligent, sharp-witted, talented, caring and loving. I, for one, am a better person for knowing her. Sending love, peace, and prayers for you all.

Jerry Fox
   Posted Sun April 25, 2021
Leonard ' We are so sorry for your loss. If there is anything we can do just let us know.

Gina Boyd
   Posted Sun April 25, 2021
Leonard, Emily, Jonathan and family,

I am so saddened to hear of Betty Lynn's passing. She had been on my mind and in my prayers for so long. I know she is well and whole now and rejoice her home, as you do, but she is also so terribly missed. She holds a special place in my heart and memory because she taught me so much. As I got older and helped her more with church music camps and programs we built a special relationship that I will always cherish. My prayers are now with you all.

Tom and Linda Emmi
   Posted Mon April 26, 2021
We are so sorry for your loss. Betty Lynn was such a lovely, kind woman. We pray God's peace and love helps you during this time.

David Hunt
   Posted Mon April 26, 2021
Dear Leonard and family, my heart goes out to you for your loss. I do not have the proper words to adequately express my condolences or concern for your family. I will keep you all in my prayers and pray that the Lord might ease your heavy load. If there is anything that I can possibly do for you or your family please let me know and I will be there.
David Hunt

Grady Franklin
   Posted Mon April 26, 2021
While I only had the pleasure of meeting Betty Lynn a couple of times, Leonard lovingly spoke of her so often I feel I knew her well. I share in the sadness of her loss. May her legacy of care for others be a lasting one that we all should emulate.

Donald Hofmann
   Posted Mon April 26, 2021
Leonard (and family), we are so sorry to hear of your loss, even though heaven has gained a new asset. Denise and I have you in our prayers as you go through what we know is a difficult time.

Donald and Louisa Price
   Posted Mon April 26, 2021
Although Louisa and myself did not know Mrs. Hollifield, we do know Jon and Leonard well. Our thoughts and prayers are offered and we pray that God will give you peace and comfort during this time. May God bless and keep you all.

Susan Messer
   Posted Tue May 04, 2021
Know that the staff of Hospice of the Carolina Foothills is thinking of you and your family.
Susan Messer
Bereavement Volunteer

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