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Betty Jean (Aye) Coles

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Betty Jean (Aye) Coles

Betty Jean (Aye) Coles

Betty Jean (Aye) Coles passed away peacefully on March 21, 2016, at her home. She was born April 1, 1935, in Columbia, S.C., to Leroy J. Aye Sr. and Bessie (Goodwin) Aye.

She was educated in the Columbia, S.C. city schools. Betty retired from Lazarus Department Store after many years of service.

She was a devoted member of Central Chapel A.M.E. Church for a number of years, where she served as a member of the senior choir, the Stewardess Board, the Lay Organization and Archive Committee and was the church attendance keeper and the devotional leader for the Thornton-Wing Missionary Society.

Betty’s interests were traveling, volleyball, bingo and entertaining family and friends. Above all, she loved the Lord.

Betty leaves to cherish her memory her two sons, Henry L. Coles Jr. and Anthony Coles; grandchildren Alyce Coles, Marion  Cosey and Paul Stephens; sisters Willie Mae A. Shorter, Pearlstine (Herbert) Jones, Faith A. Caynon and Grace (Rodney) Thomas, all of Columbia, S.C., and Gaynell A. Walker, of Washington, D.C. She was preceded in death by her husband of many years, Henry L. Coles, and two daughters, Christina Elaine and Gwendolyn Dolores Coles, as well as siblings Leroy J. Aye, Margie A. Myles, Helen A. Samples and Hope A. Glover.

She dearly loved her three grandchildren. She will be missed by her family, her Central Chapel A.M.E. church family and special friends. Services for Betty Coles were held on Friday, March 25, at Central Chapel A.M.E. Church, with Pastor Dwight Smith officiating. Interment followed at Ferncliff Cemetery in Springfield. Arrangements were entrusted to Porter-Qualls-Dunlap Funeral Home.


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