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Betty Deford

July 30, 1941 — October 1, 2023

In Loving Memory of Betty Jo Deford


Betty Jo Deford, a beloved mother, grandmother, sister, and friend, passed away peacefully on October 1, 2023, at her home in Cleveland, TN. Born on July 30, 1941, in Cleveland.

Betty was a woman of many passions and interests. She had a green thumb and found solace in tending to her beautiful flowers and hummingbird feeders. Her compassionate nature extended to the furry creatures in her yard, as she would often be seen feeding the squirrels. Betty had a love of shopping and cherished spending time with her family.

Betty Jo Deford is survived by her loving children, Sherry Yow (John) and Todd Deford (Shawna), who were a constant source of joy in her life. She will forever be remembered and missed by her adoring grandchildren, Christena Mariedth, Hannah Barbee, Jonathan Williamson, Ashley Gentry, and her great-grandchildren, Cami Marideth, Meelah Mariedth, Jaiden Williamson, and Isaac Barbee. She also leaves behind her cherished siblings, Carolyn (Hershel) Earwood, Ann Jackson, and Barbara Burris.

Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Marvin R. "Todd" Deford, her son Jeff Deford, and her brother Martin Harrison. She was also predeceased by her brothers-in-law, Don Jackson and Jim Burris.

Family and friends are cordially invited to attend the visitation in remembrance of Betty Jo Deford from 2pm to 4pm at the Cleveland Chapel of Companion Funeral Home, followed by a graveside service at Liberty Gospel Tabernacle Cemetery, where Betty will be laid to rest.

To share personal memories of Betty or offer condolences to her family, please visit her online memorial at In lieu of flowers, the family kindly requests that donations be made to the Ark of Cleveland, located at 240 Oak Street NW, Cleveland, TN 37311.

Betty Jo Deford touched the lives of many with her kind heart, gentle spirit, and unwavering love. May she rest in eternal peace, surrounded by the beauty she cherished.

Service Schedule

Past Services


Saturday, October 7, 2023

2:00 - 4:00 pm (Eastern time)

Companion Funeral & Cremation Service - Cleveland

2415 Georgetown Rd NW, Cleveland, TN 37311

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Graveside Service

Saturday, October 7, 2023

4:30 - 5:30 pm (Eastern time)

Liberty Gospel Tabernacle Cemetery

791 Osment Road Southeast, Cleveland, TN 37323

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