Betty Word

December 6, 1921 - December 27, 2021

Date of Birth:  December 6, 1920       Passed away December 27, 2021

Betty Word Raney, age 101, of Savannah, formerly of Florence, passed away December 27, 2021.  The family will receive friends on Thursday, December 30, from 11:00 a.m. until noon at Williams Funeral Home.  The funeral will follow at noon in the funeral home chapel with Danny Pettus officiating.  Burial will be at Bethel Baptist Cemetery in Anderson, AL.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Raymond Raney, son, Jimmy Raney, and grandson, Joshua Balentine.

Survivors include her children, Betty Balentine (Jerry) and Cyndy Brooks (Dennis); grandchildren, Keith Raney, Kevin Raney, Laura Monroe, Becky Balentine, Lori Quillen, Kristen Robertson and Amy Kate Rodas; 17 great-grandchildren, and 13 great-great grandchildren.

Mrs. Raney was born in Giles County, TN, and grew up during the Depression on a farm on the banks of Sugar Creek.  Her passion was gardening, cooking, and preserving fruits and vegetables.   She was also an accomplished seamstress, constructing numerous garments for family and friends over the years.  She loved crocheting, embroidery, and delicate forms of hand stitching.

She was a member of Darby Drive Church of Christ and often hosted ministers and missionaries for delicious meals in her home

Condolences may be left at


December 30, 2021
11:00 am

Williams Funeral Home


Williams Funeral Home, 1950 Helton Drive, Florence, AL

December 30, 2021 11:00 am

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December 30, 2021
12:00 pm

Williams Funeral Home, burial to follow at Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery, Anderson, AL


Williams Funeral Home, 1950 Helton Drive, Florence, AL

December 30, 2021 12:00 pm

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3 Comments on “Betty Word Raney”

  1. I had the pleasure of visiting Mrs. Betty Raney’s home as a college student back in the mid 1970’s. She was a wonderful hostess and I’ll never forget the delicious meals she prepared while I came to visit with her daughter, Cyndy. She was a true servant and a very sweet lady. My deepest sympathy to the entire family. Heaven just gained a precious one.

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