Betty Joyce Redfield 86, of Hixson, Tenn., passed away on Wednesday, April 27, 2022 at Eckstein Hospice Care Center Paducah, Kentucky.
Betty was born in North Chattanooga, Tenn., on Sunday, August 4, 1935 of Samuel William Grigsby and Delilah Jane (McNabb) Grigsby. She was a devoted follower of Jesus Christ that daily sought biblical knowledge, truth and feared our Father God she implicitly trusted to the very end. She constantly examined her daily walk and aloud prayerfully sought for His mercy and grace.
Betty had a sister who died at childbirth and being reared as the only child her parents poured the word of God into her life daily.
She was 1954 Hixson High School Graduate, 3-yr HHS letterman Girls Basketball and played on HHS Girls Varsity volleyball & softball teams.
1954 Kiwanis Club Queen, 1956 Miss Chattanooga and contestant in Miss America and Miss Universe pageants.
Employed at Brock Candy Company 1952 – 53, Southern Bell Telegraph 1954 – 1956, Olin Mills Studio 1956 - 1958 and a Dental Assistant at USAF Clark AFB Philippines 1969-73.
She was a prodigiously devoted wife, voracious prayer warrior and caring mother. As an amazing US Air Force military housewife, coordinated our household moves with 3 kids relocating in 12 different States. In 1973, she endured a 7,000 (5,995 nautical mile) voyage aboard SS President Wilson Ship (Commissioned November 24, 1947), when William F. Redfield Sr completed his (1968-1973) tour-of-duty at Clark Air Force Base, Philippians. This 30-day voyage with six port-of-calls starting in Hong Kong when SS President Wilson suffered a 100 ft hull gash at Hong Kong port by a run-a-way merchant ship. In 1969 while in the Philippian Islands she was a Red Cross volunteer aiding Vietnam War wounded soldiers and also worked as a Dental Hygienist. At Clark Air Force Base Philippians she learned to paint, sew and ceramic at the Base Hobby Shop. She played golf and became quite proficient at the game and would often take her children to play. She also enrolled in a college theology course through the Southern Baptist Seminary and began a lifelong devotion for biblical truth with daily application. During her husband’s tour at Seymour Johnson AFB, N.C., Betty began showing champion sired, platinum silver toy poodle in the American Kennel Club shows. Organized the first poodle club in Goldsboro, N.C. She then began showing Afghan Hounds and achieved top in show, breeder and a National Championship winner with “Brandi” and Sheba. Betty moved on to succeed with Persian cats with National Champions and Top Breed of the Year.
While her husband was stationed at Myrtle Beach Air Force Base in SC she was smitten by the Holy Spirit and thus her absolute walk in the full Gospel of Jesus Christ was unquenchable. She had always been in the gospel as her father was a preacher and always spoke about the word of God to her often. Her mother would often sing gospel hymns to her, favorite being “In the Garden”. Betty J. Redfield was born twice to die once. John 3:3 Victory and redemption through the risen Jesus Christ 1 Corinthians 15.
Betty Joyce (Grigsby) Redfield was preceded by her father, Samuel William, mother Delilah Jane (McNabb) Grigsby, husband William F. Redfield Sr, daughter Dana Redette Redfield. Survived by son William F. Redfield Jr., daughter Tonya Joy (Lewis) Redfield. Five grand-children Megan I. (Shea), Benjamin G. Redfield, Gabriella I. Redfield and Tabitha Joy (Bolton) and Cameron J. Lewis and three great grandchildren.
The closed casket visitation will be held at Hamilton Funeral Home & Cremation 4506 Hixson Pike, Hixson, TN. 37343 at 11 a.m. - 12 noon. Immediately followed by a graveside burial service at 1 pm Saturday, May 14th, 2022 at the Shiloh Cemetery Decatur, TN. 37322 in Meigs County.