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Betty Jean Harwood Thomas Brookshire

February 25, 1935 — November 26, 2023


Betty Jean Harwood Thomas Brookshire

Betty Jean Harwood Thomas Brookshire, lovingly known as Betty, passed away on Sunday, November 26, 2023, in Buncombe County. She was born on February 25, 1935, in Buncombe County to the late Cletus and Lola Robinson Harwood. Betty's passing occurred at Heather Glen at Ardenwoods, a place she cherished and where she found joy in the company of her friends.

Betty's life will be celebrated with a Graveside Service on Thursday, November 30, 2023, at Crawford/Ray Memorial Gardens in Clyde, North Carolina. The service will begin at 1:00 pm.

Betty was preceded in death by her beloved parents. In addition to her parents, she experienced the loss of two husbands: Malone Thomas and Kenny Brookshire.

Betty leaves behind a legacy of love and fond memories. She is survived by her daughter, Debbie Godfrey, and her husband Jeff, of Candler. Betty also leaves behind her son, David Thomas, and his wife Qian, of Bryson City. Her three grandchildren Jamie Clark (Charlene), Beau Clark, and David Thomas (Allie) will forever cherish the moments they shared with their doting grandmother. Betty was also blessed with a great-grandson, Corbin Thomas, who brought immense joy to her life.

Throughout her journey, Betty found solace and companionship in her loyal furry friend "Benji." Together they shared unconditional love and created countless precious memories.

Betty Brookshire will forever be remembered for her kind heart, generosity, and unwavering love for her family and friends. Her vibrant spirit touched the lives of all those who had the pleasure of knowing her. As we bid farewell to Betty, let us celebrate the beautiful life she led and the indelible mark she left on this world.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Broyhill Baptist Children’s Home, 111 Snead Drive, Clyde, NC  28721


The care of Mrs. Brookshire has been entrusted to Wells Funeral Home of Canton and an online memorial register is available at "Obituaries" at

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Graveside Service

Thursday, November 30, 2023

Starts at 1:00 pm (Eastern time)

Crawford - Ray Memorial Gardens, Clyde


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