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Bettye Jean Clark

May 21, 1934 ~ October 1, 2019 (age 85)


Bettye Collyer Clark, 85, born Bettye Jean Bowling, went home to be with the Lord October 1, 2019.

Bettye worked for Coca Cola Bottling Company Thomas for many years and was the very first person you would see when you exited the elevators on the 16th floor in the American National Bank Building.

In 1975 Bettye went to work at City Hall and became well-known as an Executive Assistant to some of the City of Chattanooga’s notable officials. She was a fixture in city hall where she worked for Paul Clark while he was the Commissioner of Public Works.

She retired from the City of Chattanooga after several years of working for Judge Walter Williams, someone she loved to call her friend. She was proud of her service to the community and many people accused her of being the real person in charge of Public Works when she worked for Paul. She thought that was amusing and Paul did not seem to mind either.    

She was a 1952 graduate of Central High School and a member of Mile Straight Baptist Church, Soddy Daisy.

Bettye was preceded in death by her first husband, Jack Collyer; her second husband, Paul Clark; mother, Ester Bowling Keller; father , Gene Bowling; and her brother, David Bowling

She loved life and laughing with friends and family and was a beloved mother.

She is survived by her beloved son, Dan (Cathy) Collyer; beloved daughter Dianna (Bob) Goldberg; grandchildren, Alyssa Collyer, Carolyn (Matt) Horton, Tristan Goldberg, Daniel(Alessandra)Goldberg, great grandchild, Claire Goldberg; cousins(who were like brothers) Bob (Wanda) Bowling, Bill (Kay) Bowling; sister-in-law, Linda Shippey; several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held Monday, October 7th at 12:30 pm in the funeral home chapel with Rev. Al Goss     officiating.  Burial will follow at the Chattanooga National Cemetery.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758516, Topeka, Kansas 66675; a charity that Bettye deeply loved and supported.

Visit to share condolences to the family and view Betty’s memorial tribute.

The family will receive friends Sunday from 2-5 pm and Monday from 11 am until the hour of the service at Heritage Funeral Home, 7454 E. Brainerd Road.


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October 6, 2019

2:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Heritage Funeral Homes & Cremation Services - Chattanooga
7454 E. Brainerd Road
Chattanooga, TN

October 7, 2019

11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Heritage Funeral Homes & Cremation Services (Chattanooga)
7454 E. Brainerd Road
Chattanooga, TN 37421

Funeral Service
October 7, 2019

12:30 PM
Heritage Funeral Home Chapel - Chattanooga
7454 E. Brainerd Road
Chattanooga, TN

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