Betty Sue Shrader
1939 - 2015

SHRADER, Betty Sue Carr, 75, went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2015, at Life Care Center, Tullahoma, after a long struggle with Alzheimer. Having accepted Christ as her savior at age 10, she dearly loved and served her Lord for over 65 years; her "homecoming" has completed her service here on earth. As the eldest of six children, Betty was born at home in Belfast, Arkansas, on Dec. 7, 1939, to Dorothy Mae Carpenter/Carr and Charles C. Carr. Betty graduated from Central High School, Little Rock, Arkansas, in May 1958. She was preceded in death by her parents and one brother, James (Jimmy) Carr. She is survived by her husband of over 57 years, George Shrader; and her two sons, Rodney Shrader (pastor of Gospel Tabernacle Baptist Church) of Tullahoma, his wife, Bonnie, their six children and four grandchildren Anthony (Tony) Shrader, of Firestone, Colorado, with his wife, Lori, their two sons; also, three sisters, Patricia Carr Wells, of Little, Arkansas, Carlon Carr Hollis, of Austin, Texas and Connie Carr Carbonaro, of Benton, Arkansas; one brother Charles Carr, of Williamsport, Pennsylvania; and many nieces and nephews. She has enjoyed the honor of having her eldest son Rodney to serve as her pastor while a member of Gospel Tabernacle Baptist Church of Tullahoma. She married her high school sweetheart, George Shrader, Jr., on Jan. 16, 1958, while he was serving in the U.S. Air Force. After his re-turn from duty in Metz, France, they moved to Cannon Air Force Base, Clovis, New Mexico, where her first son, Rodney, was born. After George's discharge from the Air Force at Clovis, they moved to Denver and Longmont, Colorado, where they lived until after his retirement as an air traffic controller. In June 1994 they moved to Las Cruces, New Mexico, to settle for over 18 years. After contracting Alzheimer's, they moved to Tullahoma in November 2012 to be near their son Rodney and his family. Betty's greatest desire was to be a loving wife, homemaker and mother to her two sons, becoming an excellent cook and seamstress. For many years she was the piano player for her churches in Colorado and New Mexico. She will be greatly missed on this earth by her husband, two sons, eight grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations be made to Gospel Tabernacle Baptist Church, or to the Alzheimer's Association (201 W. Lincoln St. Tullahoma, TN 37388). Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 5, with visitation from 11 a.m. until 2 p.m. at Gospel Tabernacle Baptist Church in Tullahoma with her pastor/son Rodney Shrader officiating. Burial will be in Rose Bank Cemetery, south of Shelbyville. Doak-Howell Funeral Home, Shelbyville, in charge of arrangements.

Published in Tullahoma News on Sept. 4, 2015