Betty J Way

October 13, 1943 ~ January 29, 2018 (age 74)

Betty J. Milton Way, 74, of Ludowici died January 29, 2018, at St. Vincent’s Hospital in Jacksonville and under the care of Northeast Florida Community Hospice. The Long County native and former resident of Allentown, Georgia, was born on October 13, 1943, to the late Robert J. and Mamie J. Milton of Ludowici. She was a member of Elim Baptist Church, and retired as a paraprofessional with the Long County School System where she enjoyed working with special needs’ students. She had many hobbies, including quilting, reading, crocheting, and growing plants and flowers. One of her favorite things to do, however, was to encourage and lift up others.  She served as a “Dear Abby” for many family members and friends because she genuinely cared and was a great listener. Her other passion was for animals, especially cats, and she often took better care of her five stray fur-babies than herself. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by two husbands, James Geiger and Thomas P. Way; a stepson, Jimmy Way; a step-daughter, Angela Way; a brother, James “Tinker” Milton; and a brother-in-law, Jimmy Helms.

Survivors include a step-son, Pat Way of Jacksonville, FL; a step-daughter and her husband, Lynn and Kenny Sapp of Screven; a sister, Ann Helms, of Hinesville; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Emmitt Milton and Larry and Yvonnie Milton, all of Ludowici; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren, including Amber Dover of Columbus, Georgia and her spouse, Chris, along with their two children, Michel and Leland; special nieces and their spouses, Patricia and Chaka Santos of Ludowici, Deborah and Ronald Burnette of Jesup; great-niece, April Warren and husband, Paul, of Northport, AL; great-great niece, Chrislyn Warren, and her daughter, great-great-great niece, Mia Warren, who was born on her aunt’s birthday, all of Ludowici; special great-great nephew, Christopher Warren, as well as numerous other nieces and nephews. 

Funeral services will be held Thursday, February 1 at 11 AM at the Howard Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Stan Todd officiating.  Visitation will be one hour prior to services in the chapel.  Burial will follow in Elim Baptist Church Cemetery.

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Arrangements are under the direction of Howard Funeral Home in Ludowici.

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