Bettye M. Gray Corley Smith Carson died Friday, March 18, 2011, at the Colfax Reunion Nursing and Rehabilitation Center after a lengthy illness. She was a native of Little Rock and lived most of her adult life in Sulphur, La. She moved to Colfax, La., in 2005 with her husband Elton Carson.
She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in accounting from McNeese State University in 1980. She worked for the State of Louisiana Department of Education as an auditor of School Cafeterias.
She was a member of Maplewood First Baptist Church nearly 30 years where served as Sunday school teacher for first graders and was a member of the Sanctuary Choir, before moving to Colfax and joining Bethel Baptist Church.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Gordon and May Gray; her husband, Guy Corley; a son Bryan; and her second husband, Doug Smith.
Survivors include her husband, Elton Carson; a stepson, Jay Carson of Dallas; two sisters, Alice Oâ€™Neal and husband Forrest of Rolla, Mo., and Frances Siebold of North Little Rock; three nieces; stepchildren, David Smith and wife Patty of Shreveport, La., Kathryn Volk and husband Chris of Issaquah, Wash., Nancy James and husband Jeff of Shreveport, La., Karen Marshall and husband Cornell of Westlake, La., and Brian Smith and wife Jennifer of Lake Charles; 11 stepgrandchildren; and one stepgreat-grandchild.
Funeral service for Bettye M. Gray Corley Smith Carson will be held at 10 a.m. Monday, March 21, at Bethel Baptist Church in Colfax, La. The Revs. James Carson, Carl Gulde and Robert Daniel will officiate.
Burial will be at 2 p.m., Tuesday at Pinecrest Memorial Park, 7401 Hwy. 5 North in Alexander under the direction of Hixson Brothers in Pineville.
Visitation will be from 6 to 9 p.m., Sunday at Hixson Brothers in Pineville, La., and Monday at Bethel Baptist Church from 9 a.m. to service time.
Pallbearers are Tom Carson, Leon Carson, Bob Campbell, Herschel Bryant and David Smith.
Memorial contributions can be made to Bethel Baptist Church Family Life Center, debt retirement, c/o Bethel Baptist Church, 8789 Hwy. 8, Colfax, LA 71417.