Betty Lou Bland PDF Print E-mail

Betty Louise Dent Bland was born in 1932 in Columbia, SC to parents Harper A. and Elise Herron Dent. She graduated from Columbia High School, then attended Erskine College in Due West, SC. In 1955 she graduated from Erskine with a degree in Elementary Education and a minor in Bible Studies.

After marrying Rev. Edward (Eddie) Bland, Betty Lou shared the challenge of developing a new church congregation at Allen Hills ARP Church in Charlotte, NC. In 1964 they relocated to Newberry ARP church in Newberry, SC. Betty Lou then taught elementary school for 17 years in the Newberry County School system, instilling a love of education in countless children.

Betty Lou loved the arts, which was evident as she studied painters, enjoyed exhibits, and created her own works of art through painting, sketching and making jewelry. Her creative talents excelled also in crafting. She extended her cultural appreciation with the enjoyment of listening to many varieties of music, taking photographs, reading novels, and writing poetry. Showing a respect for nature, she enjoyed traveling around the country in a small pop-up camper with her family.

Betty Lou was predeceased by her husband Eddie Bland. She is survived by daughters Trudy Brewington of Newberry and Gwen Lawrence of Duluth GA, son-in-law Rob Lawrence, and grandchildren Will, Addie, Meredith, and LeeAnn.

A family graveside service will be at 10:00 am Saturday, August 15, 2020 at Newberry Memorial Gardens by the Rev. Seth Yi and the Rev. Dr. Timothy Erskine. Friends wishing to attend are asked to remain in their cars. Friends will have a time to drive-by following the service to offer the family condolences.

In lieu of flowers, memorials maybe made to the charity of your choice, in Betty Lou’s honor.



#6 Sheriff Lee Foster 2020-08-11 12:16
What a wonderful and talented lady. We are very sorry for the loss of this gem. Please accept our prayers of comfort and let us pay tribute to a life well lived. Lee, Carol, Joseph, Amelia
#5 Cindy Bradshaw 2020-08-11 10:35
Trudy, Gwen and family,
I am so sorry for your loss. Praying for each of you. She is in heaven and at peace. I enjoyed the times that I spent with her—especially our beach trip. Love the entire family. Cindy
#4 Drew Gahagan 2020-08-11 08:42
Trudy, Gwynn and family,

Your mother was a blessing to our family in so many special ways! She and your father were caring friends of my parents, and my parents treasured that friendship. Frances and I grieve with you at the loss of your mother. Praying for God’s comfort as you celebrate a beautiful life.

#3 Vicki Green 2020-08-10 22:02
Dear Trudy and Gwen, I’m so sorry about the loss of your mom. She was truly a wonderful woman and you were wonderful daughters to her. God’s peace and comfort in this time of grief. Love to you both.
#2 Angela Bowers 2020-08-10 16:42
Trudy, Gwen & family, May God grant you His peace during this difficult time. Ms. Betty Lou was a joy in my life. I am sure she is having a wonderful reunion in heaven. Love to all, Mickey & Angela
#1 Robin Ringer Godwin 2020-08-10 15:31
Trudy, Gwen and family,
I was so sorry to hear of your mom’s passing. “Miss Betty Lou” was a sweet and gentle lady and will be sorely missed. I loved her and was always amazed with her many talents. I will be praying for you all in the days and weeks ahead. Love, Robin