Bettie Myers Tullos
Bettie Myers Tullos passed away peacefully at home on April 20, 2013 surrounded by her family and caregiver. She was born to William Fred Myers and Lena Hodges Myers on February 12, 1935. She graduated from Vigor High School in Mobile, AL and attended Springhill College. Bettie shared 42 years of marriage with her beloved husband David Nix Tullos, Sr. who preceded her in death in 2001. They moved from Jackson to Hattiesburg in 1970 where they raised their family.
After working at Bellsouth for several years Bettie pursued her love of cooking and entertaining and was the owner of her successful catering business for over 25 years. The highlights of her career included the wedding reception in San Clemente, CA of her niece Donna Greenough & Robert Schuller,Jr. and the riverboat reception in New Orleans for Annabeth Hartzog & John Goodman. She was known for her attention to detail, unique recipes and elaborate presentations. The Hattiesburg American newspaper highlighted Bettie in several feature articles due to her success in the business. As a member of a gourmet cooking group they published their own cookbook “A Unique Collection” in 1989. In 1987 Beatrice Foods awarded Bettie with a trip to Europe where she traveled extensively with her husband to gain additional training in food preparation and presentation. In addition she took courses by K. Paul Prudhomme, Jack Liero and The Monique Restaurant in Laguna Beach, CA. She was the proprietor of The Wisteria Tea Room on West Pine Street in the 1990’s where she was known for her daily luncheon buffet and special events that were hosted in the historic home that she and her husband renovated. The Metro Conference Basketball Tournament Committee selected her in 1990 as the hostess for all the events held at Biloxi Coliseum. Also in 1990 she conducted a workshop on home entertainment, food preparation and arrangements for the Mississippi Association of Educational Office Personnel.
Bettie was very involved in supporting local charities and her church. She was an active member of Court Street United Methodist Church for over 20 years serving on the administrative board, UMW President and youth director and had been a member of Main St. United Methodist Church for 27 years. As an active supporter of the March of Dimes she served as the Forrest County chairman and as a March of Dimes Star Chef in 2002. She supported all of her children during their school years by being actively involved in PTA, Booster Clubs and was selected as a parent sponsor for Phi Kappa and Deb social organizations. A life member of the Hattiesburg Junior Auxiliary she served as the president and in many other leadership positions. She was a member of the University of Southern Mississippi Alumni Association. Governor Kirk Fordice appointed Bettie to a six year term for the Miss. Finance Business Corporation.
When she slowed down from all of her activities she enjoyed reading, traveling, spectator sports and most of all spending time with her family. Her culinary talents and kind and generous spirit will be missed by her family and the many friends she has made throughout the years.
Bettie is survived by her children Cindy Maddox (Jon), Susan Tullos and David Tullos, Jr., grandchildren Alison Grace Reed, Clinton Elliot Reed, Alexandra and Myers and her longtime friend and caregiver Pamela Jordan. Bettie is also survived by sisters Lanelle Titello (Kerry), Deborah Smith, Linda Harrison (Don), Tonya Smith (Mark), and Kimberly Collins, brothers Wayne Myers (Gloria), Richard Myers (Sadie) and Michael, brothers-in-law Jon Tullos (Charlotte) and Ben Tullos (Sylvia) and numerous nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by her parents and brothers, James W., Tony and Marty Myers.
Family and friends are invited to the graveside services at Roseland Park Cemetary at 11:00 am on April 26, 2013 followed by a 12:00 pm reception at Main Street United Methodist Church fellowship hall to celebrate her life.
Pallbearers are Clint and Myers (grandsons), John Burton, Taylor Fulton, Dennis Headrick, Robert Huddleston, Jon Tullos, Ben Tullos, Sr., Ben Tullos, Jr., and Evan Tullos, Special music will be provided by John Odom and Tracy Robinson and her granddaughter Alexandra will play the violin.
In lieu of flowers please make donations to either The American Heart Association in honor of David Tullos, Jr., St. Judes Children’s Hospital in honor of Pam Jordan or to The Kamper Park Zoo, #1 Convention Center Plaza, Hattiesburg, MS 39401.