Celebrating The Life Of Loved Ones

Betty Lou Burns

Betty Lou Burns, 70, of Mt. Gilead passed away Saturday, May 18, 2019 in her home.  Her funeral will be 5 PM Thursday in the Stanly Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Gary McCollough and Rev. Chip McAulay officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the funeral service at Stanly Funeral and Cremation Care.  Burial will be on Friday, May 24, at 11 AM at Jones Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery in Sanford with a visitation to follow at Flat Springs Baptist Church Fellowship Hall in Sanford. 

Born September 5, 1948 in Lee County, NC, she was the daughter of the late Guy Lawton Burns and Fannie Mae Godfrey Burns.  She was a 1967 graduate of Sandford Central High School, a 1971 graduate of Methodist College with a B. A. degree and a 1981 graduate of N. C. A. & T. University with a Masters of Science in Early Childhood Education. In 1970-1971 she was elected to Who’s Who Among Students in American Universities and Colleges in recognition of outstanding merit and accomplishment as a student at Methodist College.  Betty Lou was a member of Flat Springs Baptist Church where she was a member of the Chancel Choir, taught Sunday School and Vacation Bible School for 1st and 2nd Grades, and belonged to the WMU Mission Prayer Circle.  In addition, she belonged to the Senior Adult Ministry, and did scrapbooks for this group.  Ms. Burns started the Samaritan’s Purse O. C. C. shoebox ministry at her church.  She is a former member of the Jubilee Choir of Sanford.  She was teacher in the Montgomery County Schools for 33 ½ years.  Ms. Burns was a member of the Lee County Retired School Personnel and served as the community participation chair.  Betty Lou also was a member of the Women’s Club of Sanford, where she was Club Woman of the year in 2014 and was a past club co-secretary and did the scrapbook for the club.  Ms. Burns loved teaching children.  She was an avid stamp collector and in 1989 Betty Lou got the 1st Post Mark of Town Creek Indian Mound.

She is survived by daughters Sabrina Beasley-Cline and Nora Beasley, both of Mt. Gilead, sister Lora Mae Burns Culberson of Sanford, and 2 grandchildren Caroline Beasley and Amaya Jones. 

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Red Cross, 243 W. Main Street, Albemarle, NC 28001 or to Caroline Cares, PO Box 173, Mt. Gilead, NC 27306.

Stanly Funeral and Cremation Care of Albemarle is entrusted with arrangements. 


  • Margaret Kinney Posted May 20, 2019 5:48 pm

    Sabrina, Your mother has been in my thoughts so often the last year. I know that no matter the circumstances, it is always difficult to lose your mother. Sending prayers of comfort to you and your family. If you want to talk call me any time.

  • Karen Britt Posted May 20, 2019 6:46 pm

    My thoughts and prayers are with you always.. I love you both.

  • Sharon Gardner Tucker Posted May 20, 2019 6:46 pm

    Dear Nora, Sabrina, Grandkids, and Lora, Betty Lou was a wonderful Lady and Teacher. I will never forget her kindness to my Parents and giving my Mom her Mississippi Mud Cake recipe. My thoughts and prayers are with y’all.

  • Sherita Mills Posted May 20, 2019 6:50 pm

    I pray that God comforts you and your family during this time. I don’t know what its like to lose a mother so I can’t even imagine what you are going through right now. Just know people who truly care are there for you during this time. Please let me know if there is anything I can do to help. IN the meantime I will continue to pray that you find peace during this sorrowful time.

  • Cecilia Dessingue Posted May 20, 2019 7:09 pm

    I am so sorry for your loss Sabrina and family. She must have been something special to raise a wonderful woman like you.

  • Esther Cotton Posted May 20, 2019 7:49 pm

    So sorry for your loss Sabrina and Nora! Betty Lou was such a good lady!

  • Perry Smith Posted May 20, 2019 8:17 pm

    Nora and Sabrina my thoughts and prayers are with you and the kids during this difficult time.? May God give you strength and peace during this time.

  • Marla (Mayton) O’Neill Posted May 20, 2019 9:06 pm

    I have such fond memories of visiting you all when I was a child. I will keep you two in prayer, along with Lora Mae, during the coming weeks and months.

  • Claire Posted May 20, 2019 9:38 pm

    Hoping that in due time your family receives solace from the Father of tender mercies and the God of all comfort. He promised that in the Paradise life will be a delight, more than we can imagine. (Psalm 37:29 ; John 5:28, 29) Until then, trust that Jehovah God heals the brokenhearted and he binds up their wounds. Wishing you the strength you need in the days ahead.

  • Mary. Hutchinson Troutman Posted May 20, 2019 9:55 pm

    So sorry for your loss. Praying for God’s love to surround and sustain you and give you peace.

  • Jim Cranford Posted May 20, 2019 10:51 pm

    Sabrina and Nora Ann, I am so very sorry for the loss of your mother. Prayers for you both.

  • Janet Efird Posted May 21, 2019 9:21 am

    So sorry Sabrina just found out … Love you and will keep the family in prayer

  • Betty Neyens Posted May 22, 2019 2:29 pm

    Sabrina and family I am so sorry for you loss. The one thing we have to hang on to is the fact that we are just passing through this old world but our homeland is in Heaven. I feel sure your Mom wouldn’t change that fact. I will be praying for your family.

  • Roger Roberts Posted May 23, 2019 4:09 pm

    So sorry for the loss of your Mother! We was a very sweet lady and a wonderful school teacher for many years who made a huge impact on a number of kids lives!! May God Bless you and give you comfort during this difficult time!!!

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