Betty Jean Pressley

April 20, 1941 ~ February 8, 2021 (age 79)


 Kimgs Mountain- Betty Jean Grier Pressley “Maw Maw” was the Matriarch and Rock of the family.  She was such a loving, caring and giving person.   She valued loving on her children, being a caregiver, taking care of her grandchildren, great grandchildren and most of all she enjoyed spending time reminiscing, talking and laughing at family gatherings. 

Betty was the oldest child of the late James Grier Sr. and Margaret Wilson.  She was born on March 26, 1941 in Kings Mountain N.C.   She received her wings on February 8, 2021 at CaroMont Regional Medical Center Gastonia, N.C.                                                                                                                                                                

She was employed by Burlington Industries for nearly 20 years.  Upon its closing, she then became employed by Glenn Raven Mills until she retired to care for her mother.  While caring for her mother, she became a certified CNA. 

She touched the lives of many children as a loving foster care parent.  Her door was always open to anyone in need.  She was a lifelong member of Mount Zion Baptist Church.  During that time, she served on the Usher Board, Women's Auxiliary, the Golden Hearts and a helper with the Shepherd's Table just to  mention a few.   In her past time, she attended healthy lifestyles class at The Patrick Center, enjoyed crafts such as making flower arrangements, baking cakes, designing ceramics and preparing her famous potato salad.   

She was preceded in death by:  her mother; Margaret L. Wilson, father; James T. Grier Sr.,  grandson; Brandon H. Pressley, brothers; Lathanel Grier, Henry L. Grier, sisters; Mable Lene Guyton, Jessie Grier, and Helen Grier.

She leaves to cherish precious memories: three daughters; Jacqueline L. McClain of the home, Sonya P. Roseboro (Vincent) of Kings Mountain, NC, Mary E. Pressley-Durham (Calvin) of Charlotte, NC,  four sons: Norman H. Pressley Jr. (Charlene), Kings Mountain, NC, Keith D. Pressley (Joyce) Gastonia, NC, Curtis O. Pressley (Evelyn) Kings Mountain, NC and Shawn L. Pressley (Jameika) Gastonia, NC.   She was affectionately known as Maw Maw-Betty to her grandchildren:  Sergio, Sherrell, Nicolas, Collins, Chadrick (Altrinia), Cameron, Jacobi, Jocelyn, Jerdon, Devin, Belton, Kia, Lanayah, and Kelsey, seven great- grandchildren:  Hydeia, Kyla, Zyon, Mya, Chance, Chadrick II, and Cailliat (due April 2021), one great-great grand:  Kaydence, three sisters: Claudia (Moses) Nueman Kings Mountain, NC, Mary Grier, Gastonia, NC, Gladys Grier, Dallas, NC., five brothers: James Grier Jr. of Az, John Grier, George (Sue) Grier, Ed Grier of Kings Mountain, NC, and Everett Grier of Gastonia, NC.  Fond memories cherished by    a very special cousin; Margie Wilson, her special friend; Mrs. Flossie Johnson and a host  of nieces, nephews, relatives, and friends. 

Momma we Love and we Miss you so much. Our life will never be the same. We will continue to carry on your family values. “Always love and support each other”


Public Viewing: Friday, February 12, 2021 from 4:30pm - 6:30pm at Genesis Funeral Services & Chapel ( 407 E. Grover Street, Shelby, NC)

 Private Funeral: Saturday, February 13, 2021 at 11am at Mt. Zion Baptist Church Kings Mtn, NC (Service will be Private)

Burial : Mountain Rest Cemetery

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 Service Program


February 12, 2021

4:30 PM
Genesis Funeral Services & Chapel
407 E. Grover St
Shelby, NC 28150

Funeral Service
February 13, 2021

11:00 AM
Mt Zion Baptist Church
220 N. Watterson Street
Kings Mountain, NC 28086

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