Bettye J. Winstead Burns, 91, of Owensboro, died Saturday, July 1, 2023, at Owensboro Health Regional Hospital. She was born June 15, 1932, to the late Samuel Presley Winstead and Lee Chester Dixon Winstead.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Booker T Burns; son, Nathaniel Chapman, Jr.; stepfather, James Robert Crump; six brothers, Samuel Lee Winstead, William Ray Winstead, James Roy Winstead, Bruce Presley Winstead, Lawrence Edward Winstead, Sr, and Wilbur Henry Winstead; and a sister, Sara Gray Grundy.
Bettye was baptized at an early age at Zion Baptist Church. She graduated from Western High School and after many years of service, retired from Texas Gas. She enjoyed waking early every morning and reading the newspaper from front to back. She was a faithful member of VFW # 696.
She is survived by her three children, Kaye Davidson, Gloria (Ernie) Brock of Roswell, Georgia, and Ron Chapman of Maui, Hawaii; one brother, Walter (Juanita) Winstead; one sister, Gloria Horne, 13 grandchildren, several great-grandchildren, and several great-great grandchildren; along with a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, and friends.
The funeral service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 8, 2023, at Fourth Street Baptist Church, 821 West 4th St, Owensboro. Burial will follow in Elmwood-Rosehill Cemetery. Visitation is from 5 to 7 pm Friday at McFarland Funeral Home, 1001 West 5th St, Owensboro and from10 am until time of the service on Saturday at the church.