OBITUARY: Betty Carolyn Switzer Moore


Betty Carolyn Switzer Moore, age 91, of Nashville, Tennessee went home to be with the Lord on Friday, September 22, 2023.

Mrs. Moore was born in Artesia, Mississippi on February 11, 1932. The family moved to Columbus, Mississippi when she was seven years old. She graduated from Stephen D. Lee High School in 1950 and became a registered nurse after attending Mississippi University for Women in 1951 and graduating from St. Margaret’s School of Nursing in Montgomery, Alabama in 1954. After returning to work in her mid-forties, she attended William Carey University receiving a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Mrs. Moore worked in various Mississippi hospitals including the South Central Regional Medical Center before she ultimately retired as the office branch manager of South Mississippi Home Health in Laurel, Mississippi.

In 1958, she married Arnold Bruce Moore, Sr. and they lived in Jackson, Mississippi until 1961 when they moved to Laurel, and then relocated to Nashville, Tennessee in 1997 where they were active members of Forest Hills Baptist Church. Mrs. Moore cherished time with family and friends, was an avid reader, loved playing Rook, enjoyed traveling, participated in garden clubs, volunteered at local hospitals and her church, and was known for handwritten notes of encouragement and her deep faith in God.

Mrs. Moore was preceded in death by her husband, Arnold Bruce Moore, Sr., and parents, Lee Roy and Mary Ellen McCollum Switzer; brothers, Roy, Hullon “Hoot”, Lamar, James, and William “Billy” Switzer; and sisters, Lucille Switzer McKenzie and Mary Ann Switzer Parrish.

She is survived by her son, Arnold Bruce (Karen) Moore, Jr. of Nashville, and her daughter, Carolyn Kim Moore (Tom) Wilk of Franklin, Tennessee; grandchildren, Tyler (Kathryn) Moore, Margaret Anne Moore (Michael) Byerly, and Sophie Wilk all of Nashville; Hallie Wilk of Franklin, and Mitchell (Summer) Moore of Charleston, South Carolina; great-grandchildren, Clarke Moore, William Byerly, and Millie Moore; sister, Geraldine “Gerry” Mattox; sister-in-law, Gail Moore; brother-in-law, Tom Byrum; and a host of nieces, nephews, and extended family and friends.

The service will be at 3:00 p.m. at Forest Hills Baptist Church in Nashville on Thursday, September 28, following visitation from 1:00 – 3:00 p.m. A graveside service will be conducted on Friday, September 29, at 1:00 p.m. at Friendship Cemetery in Columbus. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Samaritan’s Purse, Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, Forest Hills Baptist Church, or Project Redesign. Marshall-Donnelly-Combs Funeral Home in Nashville is overseeing arrangements (615-327-1111).

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