Funeral services for Bettye Jakes-Russ will be held 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 23 at New Haven MB Church. Visitation will be Friday, Feb. 22, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the Robert Lee Brown Memorial Chapel. There will also be a final viewing on Saturday, Feb. 23 from 10 to 11 a.m. at New Haven MB Church. Burial will be in Old Jerusalem Cemetery at Wabash.
Bettye Pearl Jakes-Russ was born to the late Robert and Sarah Knox on April 29, 1926 in Minter City, Miss. Bettye was the seventh of eight children – Sedell, Luemether, Luethel, C.W., Chapel, Shain and Cell Knox, all of whom preceded her in death.
Bettye confessed a hope in Christ at an early age. She was a faithful member of the Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church in Oneida. She served on the Usher Board, Mother's Board, as a Sunday School teacher, church secretary, choir member, pastor's aid, and president of the Mission Department. Due to health issues she moved to Chicago. Bettye became a member of the 1st Baptist Congregational Church.
Bettye enjoyed traveling, fishing, watching wrestling, making jewelry under the name of “Jewels by Pearl,” and always enjoyed working in her Bible Word Search Puzzle Book. Most of all, Bettye enjoyed her family. She took the time and shared love in every aspect of her life. She was a friend to everyone that she met throughout her life. She earned the title “Politician's Mom” of the 37th ward of Chicago.
Bettye Pearl made her transition from life to eternal life on Feb. 11, 2013 at her residence in Chicago following a lengthy illness.
Bettye met and married the late Percy Jakes in 1949. She was the proud mother of 19 children. Seven children, Joe L. Knox, Cornelious Jakes, Fannie Lee Jakes, Nathaniel Jakes, Willie B. Jakes, Danielle Yvonne Jakes and Freddie B. Jakes, precede her in death.
Bettye Pearl leaves to cherish her memory, her children, Excell (Dorothy) Brown of Atlanta, Ga.; Lacy Flemings, Jeanette (Sam) Sidney and Eartis (Marilyn) Jakes, all of Helena-West Helena, Mary Jackson of Memphis, Minnie Jakes of Little Rock, Percy Jakes Jr., Bettye (Rufus) Pulphus, Jessie Jakes and Alderman Emma Mitts of Chicago, Lueathel (Lenard) Seawood of Stockton, Calif. and Sheryl (Ira) French of Texarkana, Texas; 3 sisters-in-law, Catherine Young, Cora Lee Swanigan of Saginaw, Mich. and Sarah Knox of Charlotte, N.C.; 54 grandchildren; 102 great- grandchildren; and 26 great-great grandchildren; a godson, Rev. Clifford Williams of Chicago; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and other relatives and friends.
Family and friends may sign the guestbook at:www.brownshomeforfuneralsinc.com.