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Betty Jean Briley, of Portland, TN, passed away on Aug 3, 2017, at the age of 84.

She was born on Dec. 1, 1932, the oldest of six children to Blonnie and Ethel George.

She grew up in Portland, graduated from Sumner County High School, and in 1951, married her husband of 52 years, William Moore (Billy) Briley. She became a member of her husband's church, Mitchellville General Baptist, where she served as a founding member of the Women's Missionary Society (WMS). She was extremely devoted to her church, serving as President of the WMS, President of the Ladies Aid Society, Secretary of the Portland Association WMS, and recipient of the Wayside Witness Award for her ongoing mission-mindedness and compassion for the sick and needy, both near and far. Betty consistently encouraged, visited, and took care of the sick, saying prayers, sending cards and flowers, taking food, and driving them to doctor appointments. She was an original supporter of the Portland Relay for Life annual cancer research fundraiser and was a certified trainer for the Reach for Recovery program, herself a cancer survivor the remainder of her life (32 years).

Betty held many job positions but spent the majority of her career working in the banking industry, retiring from First Union Bank as head teller. She enjoyed her colleagues and customers at work, was always interested in what and how they were doing, and stayed active in the community, including her service as Treasurer of the Portland Chamber of Commerce. She enjoyed outings with her family and was devoted to all her family and friends. Betty was known as a stylish, beautiful lady, and was blessed by the love and friendship of the many people who knew her.

Her devotion and love for her daughter, Kathy, and her grandsons, Jordan and Jake, were central to her happiness. Her Christian influence, nurturing, encouragement, prayers, and constant demonstrations of love to them were extraordinary and one-of-a-kind. She made sure they always felt loved and treasured. Her presence in their lives will be missed profoundly.

Her memory will be cherished by her surviving family members, Daughter-Kathy Strunk (Bruce), Grandson-Jordan Strunk (Kelly), Grandson-Jake Strunk, Great Grandchildren-Ethan and Evie Strunk, Sisters-Jane Harper, Brenda Hunter, Beverly Groves, Brother-Bobby George, Sisters-in-Law - Jean Briley and Jane Heath, and many special cousins, nieces, and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Billy Briley, and brother, Wayne George.

The family would like to thank the many individuals of Betty's family, church, neighbors, and friends for their countless calls, visits, cards, food, and acts of love; they brought her so much joy and helped her continue a happy life. We are deeply grateful for the amazing caregivers who showed her so much love-Faye Scharklett, Janice Cleveland, Joyce Brigham, Glenda McBride, Jake Strunk, Jordan Strunk, Bruce Opie, and Alive Hospice.

Visitation will be Sat. Aug. 5, 2017, at Wilkinson and Wiseman Funeral Home from 4 to 8 p.m. and Sun. Aug. 6, from noon to 2 p.m., with funeral service (also at Wilkinson and Wiseman) to follow at 2 p.m.

Bro. Andy Mathias and Bro. David Harper will lead the service. Pallbearers are Jordan Strunk, Jake Strunk, Brent George, Hal Briley, Tab Briley, and Clint Heath. Honorary pallbearers are Jackie Dobbs, James Latimer, Paul Strunk, and Gary Strunk. Interment will follow the service at Maple Hill Cemetery, Portland.

In lieu of flowers memorial gifts may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org.

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