Betty Jo Howard Kington, 83, of Crossville, peacefully went home to be with her Lord on Oct. 3, 2011. Funeral services were held on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at Bilbrey Funeral Home with Bro. Bob Kastens and Bro. George Long officiating. Special music included her favorite hymns, “Ivory Palaces” and “It Is Well With My Soul,” performed by Linda Kington, Janice Jackson, Matt Page, and Ryan Walter. “Amazing Grace" was beautifully performed by her daughter-in-law, Linda Kington.
She was laid to rest with a private, family burial in Livingston Cemetery in Jamestown, TN.
Mrs. Kington was born Sept. 30, 1928, in Crab Orchard, TN, daughter of the late Clyde and Ina Ellis Howard.
She was a former switchboard operator and past executive director of Cumberland Mountain Craft Association. For many years, she worked side-by-side with her husband in their family business, Kington Auto Parts. Her greatest, and most important, role in life was to always be a strong Christian woman and to raise her family to love the Lord and keep him first in their lives. She touched many through her Christian example.
Mrs. Kington was a faithful member of the First Christian Church, where she also served on the church board. She was a long-time member of First Christian Church’s CWF. Mrs. Kington was also a part of Church Women’s United. She was involved in Crossville’s Democratic Women’s Club and was a charter member of the Home Demonstration Club of Crab Orchard. She was an avid reader and faithful fan of the Atlanta Braves. “Mama Betty” was a wonderful cook and well-known for her sweet tea.
She leaves behind to cherish warm memories her three children, Joe Paul Kington and his wife, Cynthia, of Columbia, TN; Debbie Thompson and her husband, Elvin, of Crossville, and George Kington and his wife, Linda, of Crossville. She was affectionately known as “Mama Betty” by her adoring grandchildren, Courtney Thompson Ko, Elliot Thompson, Catherine Kington, Steven Kington, Cady Kington, Jody Kington Boynton and Daniel, Michael and Mary Patterson. She was also survived by two great-grandchildren, Faith and Josie Boynton.
She leaves behind her devoted sister, Joy Rose, and brother, Nathan Howard, both of Crossville.
In addition to her parents, she is preceded in death by her loving husband, Paul Kington.
Pallbearers included Joe Kington, George Kington, Elvin Thompson, Elliot Thompson, Steven Kington and J.R. McNutt.
Bilbrey Funeral Home, Inc. (www.bilbreyfh.com) was in charge of the arrangements.