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Adam Hart

Bro. Willis and Mrs. Betty became an important part of my life as a young child and I have precious memories of both of them. Had many meals with Bro. Willis and Bro. Winston when they'd come up to the Blackshear area. I was so glad to have seen Mrs. Betty last year and reacquaint with her when Mr. Sam passed. She was still the same sweet soul I remembered as a kid. So sorry to hear of her passing but know that she is well and whole again! And had an excited Bro. Willis waiting for her! They will never be forgotten! Prayers for all the Boyett and Bryant family!

Tony Brauda

What an amazing, godly woman, always a kind word and a smile. Her legacy of loving others and love, and God lives on through her wonderful family and is a testimony to her walk with God.

First nameDebbie

I remember her so well as a child at Springhill. She always had her girls at church and when you would speak to her she would answer with a kind word and a smile. My condolences to her family and friends.

Cindy Evans

Such a beautiful picture of your mom. You girls were her pride and joys. Sweet lady, I know y’all will miss her until you see her again. She and Mr. Boyett are together again and I bet Alicia was right there to take her hand straight to Jesus Sheryl. Prayers and comfort for you all.

Donny Keith

Joann I am so very sorry for the loss of you mother. I have you and your family in my thoughts and prayers.

Dennis Scott

Betty Ann and jack I’m very sorry for your loss and nothing can fill a moms place. Send my regards and condolences. Dennis

Fay H. Moore

Our love and prayers are with all of you.

Betty Bryant Boyett


Our beloved mother and Mimi, Betty Bryant Boyett, peacefully went to be with Jesus on April 1, 2023 at 8:45am at Community Hospice of Jacksonville. In her final hours she was surrounded by her daughters, sons-in-law, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. She leaves behind a legacy of faith in Jesus and love for family and friends. She was born in Blackshear, Georgia on July 24, 1932 to John and Dora Bryant. In November of 1951 she married the love of her life, Willis “Pap” Boyett who made it to heaven before her. She is also preceded in death by her parents, John and Dora Bryant, sister, Ruth Bryant, granddaughter, Alicia Harper Barnes, a grandchild and two great grandchildren, who we didn’t get to meet, but I am sure she’s rocking them in heaven.

She is survived by her five daughters, Joann Boyett, Sheryl Harper (Mark), Betty Ann Sparkman (Jack), Dori Sikes (Gary), Kara Bellar (Darryl), 7 grandchildren, Traci Sparkman, Drew Sparkman (Katie), Ashley Sparkman Fernandez, Robyn Yonn (Jarrod), Austin Turner (Hayley), Catie Harless (Brandon), Abby Buben (Hunter), 14 great grandchildren, Harper Barnes and his father Christopher, Noah Muhs, Ayden Muhs, Carter Muhs, Andrew Sparkman, Jackson Sparkman, Myles Fernandez, Titus Fernandez, Isla Yonn, Macsen Turner, Marley Turner, Archie Harless, Poppy Buben, and Ellie Buben, as well as her brother, Charles Bryant (Ferrell) and bonus daughter, LaNell Fowler. She also leaves behind sisters-in-law, a brother-in-law and many nieces and nephews, all of whom she loved dearly.

Betty was so much more than a wife and mother. As a teenager she played girls’ basketball in high school and worked at a cigar factory in Blackshear Georgia. She graduated from Pierce County High School in 1951 and was accepted to the University of Georgia School of Nursing. She chose instead to commit her life to Pap and her girls. However, she had many opportunities to unofficially live out her dream of nursing by caring for her family through sickness and in health. She took sewing lessons in the 1960’s through the Fernandina Beach Recreation Department and won a sewing machine. She sewed countless pieces of doll clothing and dresses for five little girls. She raised her family to love Jesus and His church. She served faithfully in different capacities at Springhill Baptist Church for many years until she was physically unable to attend. She held various jobs throughout her life at Amelia Island Omni, Southside Elementary as a teacher’s aid, Walmart in the fabric department and for a season she volunteered to supervise visits and provide transportation for a single mother and her children. She was a listening ear and full of wisdom. Her wit and insight will be greatly missed!

The family would like to thank Linda Herndon Little for her friendship and care for our mother. She was so much more than a caregiver. She helped tremendously when we couldn’t be present with mom and did everything with care and compassion.

Visitation for family and friends will be Wednesday, April 5, 2023 from 5:00pm - 7:00pm at Oxley Heard Funeral Home. A service celebrating her life is planned for Thursday, April 6, 2023 at Springhill Baptist Church at 11:00am.

She will be laid to rest beside her husband, Willis A. Boyett, in the church cemetery.


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