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June 9, 2014

Betty Claire Cooper Neill

THOMASVILLE — On Thursday, June 6, 2014, Betty Claire Cooper Neill succumbed to pulmonary complications brought on by a fall she had suffered one month earlier. Betty Claire, widow of Dr. Jim Neill, was a long-time resident of Thomasville, where she has lived since 1968. She is survived by her children, Mary Ellen and Bruce and their spouses, Johnny Bracey and Evelyn Neill, in addition to her four grandchildren, Neill Payne and Jessica, Abigail, and Emma Neill. Born in Mobile, Alabama, on May 11, 1930, Betty Claire grew up in New Orleans, Louisiana. After moving to Rome, Georgia, she attended Shorter College and Emory University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degree in biology. In 1954, Betty Claire married Jim Neill, then a resident in Internal Medicine at Grady Hospital, where she was working as a lab technician. In 1960, she and Jim moved to Miami where she assisted in his practice of internal medicine before and after their move to Thomasville in 1968. Over the ensuing 54 years, Betty Claire demonstrated her ongoing commitment to her community by serving in many civic, educational, religious, and cultural capacities. These include the Thomasville Music and Drama Troupe; Thomasville First United Methodist Church, where she sang in the Chancel Choir and served on the Board of Trustees; City of Thomasville Planning and Zoning Commission; Archbold Hospital Auxiliary; Thomasville Entertainment Foundation; Thomasville Food Bank and Lawson Neel Med Bank; Ventnor Foundation; Silver Scribes Writers Group; Thomas University, and the Alzheimer’s Association Annual Memory Walk. Betty Claire shared her zest and love of life with everyone who knew her. She will be truly missed. A celebration of her life will be held on Saturday, June 21st at 11:00 in the sanctuary of the First United Methodist Church Thomasville, Georgia. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the James Robert and Betty Claire Neill Scholarship Fund at Thomas University. — Whiddon-Shiver Funeral Home

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