Ms. Bettie Neal Douglas, 83, of Garner, NC departed this earthly life on Tuesday July 10, 2018.

Bettie Neal Douglas, a retired registered nurse, was born in Laurinburg, NC on July 25, 1934 to the late Thelma Goins and George W. Covington. She attended Laurinburg Institute and Scotland County School of Practical Nursing in Laurinburg. She moved to Brooklyn, NY where she graduated from New York City Community College with an A.A.S. degree in nursing. She received a B.S. degree in nursing from Hunter College, Manhattan, NY.

Bettie worked 20 years at Kings County Hospital Center in Brooklyn, NY as a Licensed Practical Nurse, Staff Nurse, Head Nurse and Assistant Supervisor. After moving to Raleigh, NC, she joined the staff at Wake Medical Center and worked there as Staff Nurse I, II, III, Unit Preceptor and Charge Nurse. Her professional affiliations included the American National Association of Nurses, National Association of Orthopedic Nurses and the North Carolina Nurses Association.

Betty gave her life to Christ at an early age, and joined Franklin A.M.E. Zion Church in Laurinburg. She was active in many church organizations: as a delegate to Sunday School Conventions, a member of the Buds of Promise and the Young Women’s Missionary Society of the Women Home and Overseas Missionary Society of the A.M.E. Zion Church. After moving to Brooklyn, she joined First A.M.E. Zion Church under the leadership of the late Rev. Ruben L. Speaks. She worked with the Garnet Body #2 Missionary Society and the North Carolina Club.

Bettie’s move to Raleigh united her with Rush Metropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church where she served in several capacities: Junior Class Sunday School Teacher; Member of the Lay Council; President of Stewardess Board #2; Conference worker; Secretary of Group#1; Member of the Christian Education Board; Member of the Pauline Chavis Missionary Circle; and was Local Secretary of the Young Women Missionary Society for 12 years. She served as Raleigh District Secretary of the Young Women’s Missionary Society for 10 years and was District President of the Women’s Home and Overseas Missionary for 3 years. Also, she attended many missionary conventions and workshops! Her community activism included memberships in the NAACP, the Garner Road YMCA, and the Friday Afternoon Book Club.

Bettie leaves to cherish her memories are: birth daughter, Willa N. Cline of Charlotte, NC; sons, Gregory Morrison of Richmond, CA and Richard Morrison (Beverly) of Hinesville, GA; sisters, Mamie Carter of Brooklyn, NY, Joyce McLean of Laurinburg, NC, and Vickie Clarke of San Antonio, TX; brothers, Henry Murdock of Laurinburg, NC and Kevin Covington of San Antonio, TX; grandchildren, Arkin Scott, Arnika Scott and Dhoruba Scott all of Brooklyn, NY, Dionne Cox (Rev. Robert) of Durham, NC, and Kimberly Collier (James) of Scottsdale, AZ; four great-grandchildren; special godchildren, Lewanda Jones and Jovetta Fullard; and a host of relatives and friends.

Funeral service at 12:00 noon Monday July 16, 2018 at Rush Metropolitan AME Zion Church, 554 E. Cabarrus Street, Raleigh, NC preceded by an 11:30 AM visitation. Interment will follow at Mt. Hope Cemetery.

Viewing from 2:00 - 8:00 PM Sunday July 15, 2018 at Haywood Funeral Home.