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Betty Jean Poole

February 27, 1956 — May 9, 2024


Betty Jean Poole, lovingly known as Betty or Nana, passed away peacefully on May 9, 2024. She was born on February 27, 1956, in Bristol, Virginia to the late James Mann and Dorothy Ann Arden Mann.

Betty graduated from Virginia High School and furthered her education at Virginia Highlands Community College. She dedicated a significant part of her life to Home Nursing, where her compassionate nature touched the lives of many. Betty also worked at Lowe’s for many years, serving those in Virginia and as well as Michigan.  

Betty was not only known for her professional dedications, but also her spit-fire attitude, boundless knowledge on endless topics, and the presence as a caretaker to those she loved. Betty enjoyed many things such as cooking meals for others, canning her own food, gardening, and spending time with her best friend her dog, Little Girl. When Betty wasn’t pushing Little Girl in her pink stroller, you could often find her shopping, going out to eat, or crafting.

Betty’s proudest title was Nana. She was the costume designer, first car in the pick-up line, lunch date, and confidant to her granddaughters, Annabelle, and Abigail. She attended every school and sporting event for her granddaughters, nieces, and nephews. Betty never met a stranger and she always let everyone know how proud she was of her granddaughters.

In addition to her parents, Betty was preceded in death by her brother, Claude Arden.

Betty is survived by her granddaughters Annabelle and Abigail Leonard, her daughters Dionne Kennedy and Wendy Renee Leonard-Edwards, her brother Jim Mann, her sister Becky Griffith, several nieces and nephews, and her beloved dog, Little Girl.

The family will receive friends on Tuesday, May 14, 2024 at Farris Funeral Service from 1pm until 2pm. The graveside service will be held at 2:15 pm at Knollkreg Memorial Park with Paul Price officiating. The pallbearers will be Shane Griffith, Cody Griffith, Jim Mann, Scott Shoupe, Barry Leonard and Buck Griffith.

The family of Betty Jean Poole is being cared for by Farris Funeral Service & Crematory, Main Street location, 427 E. Main Street, Abingdon, VA 276-623-2700.

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Service Schedule

Past Services


Tuesday, May 14, 2024

1:00 - 2:00 pm (Eastern time)

Farris Funeral Service – Main Street Chapel

427 E Main St, Abingdon, VA 24210

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Graveside Service

Tuesday, May 14, 2024

2:15 - 2:45 pm (Eastern time)

Knollkreg Memorial Park

556 Walden Rd, Abingdon, VA 24210

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