Betty Jane Rasberry

Betty Jane Harris Ras-berry, 91, of Martin died Aug. 27, 2018, at Van Ayer Nursing Home in Martin.
Services will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at the Johnson-Williams Funeral Home Chapel in Newbern, with the Rev. Dr. Lee Clements, the Rev. George Pasley and Dr. Richard Robinson officiating. Burial will follow at Fairview Cemetery in Newbern.
Visitation will be Wednesday from 5-8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Pallbearers will be Jacky Gullett, Jason Jackson, Jed Smith, Tommy Rasberry, Marvin Holley and Doug Cook.
The family requests memorials be made to Trinity Presbyterian Church, 145 Hannings Lane, Martin, TN 38237.
She was born April 4, 1927, to Bob and Myrtle Harris. She grew up in the Tatumville community near Newbern and attended school there.
Rasberry held a bachelor of science in elementary education from the University of Tennessee at Martin and a master of science in social work from the University of Tennessee. During her work career, Rasberry was employed for more than 10 years with the Tennessee Department of Human Services in Nashville as the staff development and training officer. She then relocated with her husband to Martin in order to establish the degree program in social work at UT Martin. She served as the department chair, retiring after 30 years of state government service.
Following retirement from UT Martin, Rasberry worked for another 12 years as a licensed, board certified clinical social worker, out of her own private, independent practice in Martin. During her career, she was a consultant to numerous hospitals, nursing homes, rehabilitations centers and home health and hospice agencies in the West Tennessee area.
She was also actively involved in service-related community groups and civic organizations. She sat on professional boards at local, state and national levels and her participation in these activities continued after her retirement in 1992. A writer of both books and articles, Rasberry held the singular distinction of serving as president of both the Tennessee Chapter of the National Associations of Social Workers and the Tennessee Conference on Social Welfare. In 2008, she received the Jim Pryor Child Advocacy Award for her career-long dedication to child advocacy.
Until her health began to fail, Rasberry was an active member of Trinity Presbyterian Church (USA) in Martin, where she was an ordained elder and served multiple terms as the Clerk of Session.
She is survived by her brother, Robert A. Harris of Kingston; her grandson, E.L. “Tri” Yandell III of Nashville; and her great-granddaughter, Marie Roll of Bethlehem, Pa.
She was preceded in death by her husband, William I. “Bud” Rasberry; two children, Joseph A. “Joey” Rasberry and Janie R. Yandell; and her granddaughter, Tammy Yandell Roll.
Published 8.28.18

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  1. REX P HAIRE, Ph.D. on August 31, 2018 at 9:21 pm

    I knew Betty for many years and enjoyed many conversations with her professionally and personally. She was always gracious, well-informed, professionally impressive, and generous with her time and warm personality. She will be missed.

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