Celebration of Life for Iris Betterson, April 11, 1957 - August 24, 2010, Wednesday, Spetember 01, 2010, 11:00 a.m.

April 11,1957 ~ August 24,2010
Wednesday, September 01,2010 * 11:00 a.m.
Ben Hill United Methodist Church
2099 Fairbum Road, SW
Atlanta, Georgia 30331
Rev. Richard D. Winn, Sr., Senior Pastor
Mrs. Iris Gwendolyn Edwards Betterson entered into rest August 24, 2010 in
Lithonia, Georgia. She was born in Augusta, GA on April 11, 1957 to Annie
Mae Osborne Edwards and the late Thomas Jefferson Edwards. Iris found
the Lord at an early age. She joined St. Alban's Episcopal Church in
Augusta, GA.
Iris attended John M. Tutt Elementary School, Terrace Manor
Elementary school and graduated from Glenn Hills High School in Augusta,
Georgia. Iris was very active in high school. She was a member of the
Glenn Hills Yearbook staff, the Math Club, the Spartan Singers and was on
the Homecoming Queen Court. Iris attended Paine College in Augusta,
Georgia and graduated with a B.S. Degree in Accounting in 1980. She was
a member of the Business Club and became affiliated with the Alpha Kappa
Alpha Sorority in 1977.
Iris was in the Cooperative Education Program while attending
Paine College. Her assignment was in the Division Accounting Department
at the Walton Way office in Augusta, Georgia. Upon her graduation, she
was permanently assigned to the Financial Accounting and Reporting
Department in Atlanta, Georgia.
Iris moved to Lithonia, Georgia in June 1980, where she made her
home. Her last assignment with Georgia Power was in the Corporate Secu-
rity Department. She was involved with the Ambassadors of Georgia
Power, Club of Hearts and spent countless hours assisting with the
coordination of their many activities. Iris was on the Board of Directors for
Excell Preparatory Academy from 2009 until present. She became very
friendly with many of the members and frequently talked very fondly of the
group. Iris was a hard worker and a dedicated employee who touched the
hearts of many of her co-workers and associates.
Iris met the love of her life, Carl Betterson when she moved to
Atlanta. They became husband and wife in June 1988, and became
members of Ben Hill United Methodist Church that same year.
Iris had such a sweet, sweet spirit and we know that it was the spirit
of the Lord. Iris leaves to share her abiding spirit her loving husband Carl
Elliott Betterson; mother, Mrs. Annie Mae Osborne Edwards; three sons,
Carl, Jr. (Albany, Ga), Cory Elliott, and Christian Everett (Atlanta, Ga); one
daughter, Chadasi (Savannah, Ga); two sisters Shirley (Roger) Lockhart
and Jean (Steven) James (Augusta, Ga); two nephews, Thomas (Sherica)
Lockhart (Conyers, Ga) and Roger Lockhart II (Augusta, Ga), one grand-
daughter, Demi, a devoted aunt Alean Stephens, a devoted sister-in-law
Margret West and devoted nieces Lorainne Hanson and Briunna James.
God-daughters Raven Adams and Robin Nelson, and God-son Kjeld
Conyers of Bermuda. Iris also leaves a host of loving aunts and uncles, and
nieces and nephews who will miss her dearly.
Opening Hymn..............Precious Lord".....................#474
Scripture Old Testament: Psalm 91...........Rev. Samuel Townsend
New Testament: 2 Timothy 4:6-8.....Rev. Gigi A. Warren
Prayer......................................Rev. Dr. Michael D. Stinson
Ministry of Music......."Because He Lives"
Remarks/Tributes: (3 Minutes, Please)
Neighbor: Linda Nelson
Friend: Jackie Adams
Family: Joseph Osborne
[Obituary Read Silently]
Solo................."A Word From The Lord........Sherica Lockhart
Eulogy/Sermon...............................Rev. Richard D. Winn, Sr.
Recessional............Goin Up Yonder
Kennedy Memorial Garden
2500 River Road | Ellenwood, GA 30294-1260
(404) 243-8900
Ben Hill UMC in the Fellowship Hall
Cory Betterson Roger Lockhart, II
Christian Betterson Roger Lockhart, Sr.
Thomas Lockhart Joseph Osborne
Gilbert Parker
Flower Ladies
Jackie Adams Briunna James
Sylvia Cotton Marilyn Johnson
Kalreta Conyers Steede
The Family of our beloved Mother, Iris Edwards Betterson, would like
to express our gratitude for all the visits you made that helped console us;
the servings of food you brought that nourished us; the cards and calls that
brought us joy; and all the prayers you prayed that lift our spirits. For
everything that you have done for our family, your thoughts, prayers, and
actions, we are very appreciative. May God continue to bless you for
your compassion.
Aunt Iris
We have come to celebrate you going home,
For you were one of the sweetest people we have ever known.
You truly were a blessing from our Father from above.
And your heart was true, and so was your love.
We were blessed to have encountered a woman of such grace,
An angel, whose kindness will never be replaced,.
Thank you Lord for blessing the world with her presence,
As we attempt to live our lives in her essence.
We will keep you in our hearts,
For now is the time for us to remember,
To let go and let God.
Rogers Lockhart II
FinalArrangements Entrusted To:
Murray Brothers Funeral Home
1199 Utoy Springs Road, SW | Atlanta, GA 30331