Betty Clark Slemp

Published 10:26 pm Friday, December 18, 2020

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“Brothers and sisters, we do not want you to be uninformed about those who sleep in death, so that you do not grieve like the rest of mankind, who have no hope. For  we believe that Jesus died and rose again, and so we believe that God  will bring with Jesus those who have fallen asleep in him.” 1 Thessalonians 4:13-14

“Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” Matthew 5:4

Betty  Clark Slemp, 81, of Elizabethton, went home to be with the Lord on  Sunday, December 13, 2020, at Sycamore Shoals Hospital. She was born  November 14, 1939 in Elizabethton and was the daughter of the late  William Edward and Juanita Welch Clark.  She was preceded in death by a  sister, Lucille Simmons; brothers, Bill Clark and Truman Clark;  brothers-in-law, Jim Tuelle, Hasford Slemp and Jim Slemp; a  sister-in-law, Katrina Clark; and two nephews, Greg Slemp and Ricky  Clark.

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Betty graduated from Happy Valley High School and Emory and Henry College. She taught and retired from the Carter County School System, having taught at Central Elementary, Happy Valley Elementary and in Bristol, Va. She started the first after school program at Happy Valley Elementary. She loved children and dedicated her life to them. Betty was a member of  Watauga Point United Methodist Church. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was so proud of her grandchildren and loved them immensely. 

Those left to cherish her memory include her husband of 51 years, John L.  Slemp of Elizabethton; her daughter, Jaime Slemp Horton and husband  Jason (her favorite son) of Blountville, Tenn.; her grandchildren,  Brian, Sierra and Nathaniel Horton, all of Blountville, Tenn.; a sister,  Brenda (Ted) Lynch of Jonesborough, Tenn.; a brother-in-law, Bill  Simmons of Charlotte, N.C.; sisters-in-law, Doris Clark of Johnson City,  Tenn., Phyllis Clark of Piney Flats, Tenn., Jean Slemp and Janice Slemp and husband Jerry of Elizabethton, Ann Slemp of Elizabethton and Marti  Tuelle of Elizabethton. Many nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews also survive, as well as her special friends, Jim and  Betty Reed (best shopping buddy) and Tommie Sue Turbyfield.

A  graveside service to celebrate the life of Betty will be conducted at 2  p.m. Sunday, December 20, in the Mausoleum of Peace at Happy Valley  Memorial Park with Mike Berry officiating. Active pallbearers will be nephews, Rondall Clark, Eddie Clark, Larry Clark, Kenny Clark, Mike  Clark, Jason Lynch, Brandon Tuelle, Mark Mallasch and special family friend, Mike McKinney. Honorary pallbearers will be her remaining nephews and those children she impacted throughout her life, whether in class or after school.  Everyone will meet at the cemetery at 1:50 p.m.  Sunday. Due to the current COVID-19 regulations, our staff is committed to taking care of our guests and families that we serve. Please understand we will be following the State’s COVID guidelines. We also ask all guests and family members attending visitations and services to please bring and wear a mask. Those who prefer memorials in lieu of flowers may make donations to Watauga Point Methodist Church Building  Fund, C/O Lou Calloway, 714 West D. Street, Elizabethton, TN 37643. The family wishes to thank all those who have prayed, called, texted and brought food during this difficult time. They’d also like to thank her nurse, Cathy. Online condolences may be shared with the family on our  website,

Tetrick  Funeral Home, Elizabethton, is honored to serve the Slemp family. Office: (423) 542-2232. Service Information Line: (423)  543-4917.