Betty Jo Sanderson

WEST POINT – Betty Jo “B.J.” Sanderson, 73, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, at Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo. She was born Nov. 30, 1939, in Houston to Maynette Neal and James Horace Smith. She worked for the City of West Point Housing Authority and later retired from Diversified Property Management, where she managed apartments. She was a member of Lone Oak Baptist Church. She married Doyan Joe Sanderson on Aug. 30, 1968, in Houston and he preceded her on Aug. 6, 1985.

Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Calvert Funeral Home Chapel in West Point with Dr. James Towery officiating. Burial will follow in Memorial Garden Cemetery in West Point. Calvert Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Survivors include her stepson, James Renn Sanderson (Marsha) of Atoka, Tenn.; one stepgranddaughter, Chancy Walker (Kevin) of Atoka, Tenn.; two stepgreat-grandchildren, Tucker and Kristen Walker, both of Atoka, Tenn.; her sister, Gail S. Rhea (Glen) of West Point; her brothers, Jerry D. Smith of Memphis, Larry N. Smith (Ruth) and Jimmy D. Smith (Jamie), both of Houston; a number of nieces and nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeced in death by her nephew, Ricky Smith.

Pallbearers will be Keith Smith, Jeffery Chaney, Larry Smith Jr., and Joey Wright.

Honorary pallbearers will be Mr. and Mrs. James I. Rhea, Linda Fulgham, and her friends at the Henry Clay Retirement Community.

Memorials may be made to Sanctuary Hospice House, P. O. Box 2177, Tupelo, MS 38803 or to the Henry Clay Retirement Community, 133 Commerce St., West Point, MS 39773.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday at Calvert Funeral Home.

Friends may leave an online condolence at

A complete obituary will be published in the Wednesday, Dec. 26, Chickasaw Journal.


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