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Mrs. Betty Louise Gaddy Sturdivant, daughter of the late James Watt And Hattie Mae Gaddy was born December 4, 1943 in Anson County.  On Sunday, May 19, 2019 (one of the most beautiful mornings) at Atrium Health, Monroe, NC, Ma Bet’s family watched as she got on that morning train.  Her eyes said, “Good Bye” for now, “I Love You All.”

She joined Gatewood Station A.M.E. Zion Church at an early age.  She attended Woodlawn High School in Wadesboro, NC and graduated with the Class of 1961.  She was a faithful member of the 45-50 club and the committee for the “House that Love Built.”

She was united in Holy Matrimony to Martin Sturdivant, Jr., who preceded her in death.   She worked at Anson Shirt Company until she decided to come home and be a stay at home mom for not only her children but many of the neighborhood children, who even to this day called her “Ma Bet”--her home was their home.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Martin Sturdivant, Jr., her parents, James Watt and Hattie Mae Gaddy, three brothers, James Watt Gaddy, Jr., Robert L. Gaddy and Elijah Junior Gaddy, and a grandson, Cordarius Roberts.

To cherish her precious memories are three daughters, Mattie Gaddy-Parks (Gene), Durham, NC, Catherine Sturdivant, Charlotte, NC and Sabrina Rush (Garrick), Wadesboro, NC; two sons, Darron Roberts of the home and Antonia Roberts (Sharon), Wadesboro, NC; two children that she raised as her own, Elijah Junior Gaddy, Jr. (Ernestine) and Jermaine McRae; twenty-one grandchildren, eleven great grandchildren; one brother, Samuel L. Gaddy (Patricia), Burnie, MD; two sisters, Ozzie B. Campbell, Baltimore, MD and Patricia G. Little (Herman), Lilesville, NC; three sisters-in-law, Mary Gaddy, Ella Perry (Paul) and Helen Dawkins, Wadesboro, NC; two adopted daughters, Joyce McGregor and JoAnn Bennett; one adopted son, Stacy Ryheem Wall; three adopted sisters, Almeta Bowman, Winston Salem, NC, Susie Little, Lilesville, NC and Goldie Williams, Wadesboro, NC; one uncle, Edward Gaddy, Wadesboro, NC; one aunt, Nancy Jane Liles, Wadesboro, NC; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

The Homegoing Celebration to celebrate the Life and Legacy of Mrs. Sturdivant was held on Thursday, May 23, 2019, 1:00pm, Gatewood Station AME Zion Church, Morven, North Carolina.  Burial  followed in the family plot of the Church Cemetery.

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  • Sunday, May 19, 2019
    Our staff will continue to keep your family in our prayers. We thank you for allowing us to serve your family.
    ~ Smith's FH
  • Monday, May 20, 2019
    To the family. I would like to share my deepest sympathy for the loss of your dear love one."when someone you love becomes a memory that memory becomes a treasure may that treasure fill your heart with love and bring you peace." ( Rev.21:4). My thoughts and prayers are with you during this most difficult time. ( Isa.66:13).
    ~ Lucy Culbertson
  • Monday, May 20, 2019
    My thoughts and prayers are with the family. She will be missed dearly by her family and friends (Wal-Mart).
    ~ Karen Hornbck   Wadesboro, NC
  • Monday, May 20, 2019
    My thoughts and prayers are with the family. She will be missed dearly by her family and friends(Wal-Mart).
    ~ Karen Hornback   Wadesboro, NC
  • Tuesday, May 21, 2019
    God strengthens us by giving us "the power beyond what is normal" to make it through each passing day. Psalm 46:1 says: "God is our refuge and strength, a help that is readily found in times of distress." Isaiah 41:13; I "am grasping your right hand, the One [God] saying to you,...'I will help you.'" Please accept my sincere condolences. Always remember God loves you and he cares for you! (Psalm 36:7; 1 Peter 5:7)9
    ~ Rachel Morton   Graham, NC
  • Wednesday, May 22, 2019
    To the Family, I am so sorry to hear of the death of Betty. We were neighbors for several years and talked many times from the connecting front yards. We visited each other and shared funny stories and heartfelt concerns. I even had the pleasure of teaching her beautiful daughter, Sabrina. How grateful we are to have a loving Heavenly Father who provides comfort to the lowly. "Moreover, may our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and gave everlasting comfort and good hope by means of undeserved kindness, comfort your hearts and make you firm in every good deed and word." -2 Thess. 2: 16,17
    ~ H. Gatewood   Charlotte, NC
  • Thursday, May 23, 2019
    Praying for comfort for the family
    ~ Lonnie Taylor   Morven, NC
  • Tuesday, June 11, 2019
    We're so sorry to hear you lost a dear loved one. It is very comforting to read the Bible in these difficult moments. I personally like Psalms 9:9 which reads: “Jehovah will become a secure refuge for the oppressed, A secure refuge in times of distress.” Our loving God cares about us and is ready to bring us comfort if we allow him (1John 5:14). Jehovah our God also has made the provision of a resurrection RIGHT HERE ON EARTH when it is restored into a beautiful paradise (Acts 24:15; Isaiah 55:11). Close your eyes and imagine yourself welcoming back to life your dear loved one? Find out more about this resurrection online at
    ~ R&R Lopez