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Betty Jo Bunch

d. May 15, 2018

Betty Jo Bunch

Betty Jo Ward Bunch, age 83 of Athens, passed away Tuesday, May 15, 2018 at her residence.

A native and lifelong resident of McMinn County, she was the daughter of the late Chester and Ida Bell Crittenden Ward.

She was a member of Riceville Church of God and was the owner and operator of  B&J Diner in Charleston.

She was preceded in death by:

  • Husband:  John David Bunch (August 26, 1993);
  • Daughter:  Reba Jo Bunch;
  • Sisters:  Mary Lou KingChessie Lee Kish;  
  • Brother:  Edward Eugene Ward


  • Daughters: Donna Kay Bunch and Ann & Dan Duncan of Warner Robbins ,Ga
  • Brother: Charles "Sonny" Ward of Athens
  • Sister:  Laura Mae Morgan of Athens
  • Son-in-law/Daughter-in-law:  Randy & Brenda Bunch of Athens
  • Grandchildren:  Kristie Bunch, Kaycee Womac, Kay Shope, April Miller, Kimberly Barkley, Senior Airman Jonathan Shaw, Cody Bunch
  • Great-grandchildren: 14
  • Great-great grandchildren: 2
  • Several nieces and nephews

Funeral services will be officiated by the Rev.Garry King.

The interment will be 11am Friday, May 18, 2018 at Melton Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Jonathan Shaw, Jeff King, Cheston Ward, Brandon Hyatt, Chuck Umphrey.

The family will receive friends Thursday before the service from 5-7pm.

Those unable to attend may send condolences to

Laycock-Hobbs Funeral Home will be in charge of the arrangements.

To order memorial trees or send flowers to the family in memory of Betty Jo Bunch, please visit our flower store.

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Thursday, May 10, 2018

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