Betty J. Smith, 79, of Chattanooga, died on Tuesday, October 12, 2021 in Chattanooga.

Betty was born in Chickamauga, GA, to the late Carl and Ruth Cooper. She is also preceded in death by her siblings.

Survivors include her children, Cindy Royal, Perry (Karen) Smith, and Stacey Smith; her grandchildren, Dakota Guthrie, Shelby Smith, and Carlie Royal; her great-grandchildren, Kaylee Meeks, Levi Guthrie, and Hazel Guthrie; and many extended family and friends.

Betty worked in administration with St. Barnubus Nursing Home and was a director of admissions for the Life Care Center system. She lived for her kids and her grandkids and will be greatly missed.

A graveside service will be held at 1 PM on Thursday, October 14, at Hamilton Memorial Gardens in Hixson.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Betty’s honor to Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis (IPF) Foundation at

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Arrangements by Heritage Funeral Home 7454 E. Brainerd Rd.