God allowed me to meet Betty in 1972. When I met her I had no idea that we would spend our lives together. She was a “rich” girl from Roswell, Georgia and I was a redneck from Tennessee. She was dressed in her jeans, moccasins with her long hair and looked like a hippy girl to me!
We had our first date in December of 1972 and after the Christmas break became pretty much an item in February or so. I asked her to marry me in May and we married on August 18, 1973.
Betty has been my faithful co laborer all of these years. We have served God together at Dykes Creek Baptist Church, Rome, Georgia, Mount Calvary Baptist in Tarrant City, Alabama, Marietta Baptist Tabernacle, Marietta, Georgia, started and pastored Liberty Baptist in Cartersville, Georgia, moved our membership to Whitfield Baptist in Dalton for 19 years, been to Mexico and Peru and now to Vision.
She has served selflessly everywhere we have ever been. She has always been the one that everyone loved. She is my heart!
Betty has been more than an excellent wife. No man could have ever dreamed of a better wife. She is my best friend. I can’t imagine life without her. I thank God for my wife.
I have mad hundreds of mistakes and failed a million ways but Betty has always been there for me and loved me in spite of me. No man could ask for a better friend, wife, companion, partner than I have.
So to the love of my life I would like to say thank you for 36 wonderful years. Thank you for loving me. Thank you for serving with me. Thank you for being my friend. Thank you for being such a godly example. Thank you for being such a wonderful mother. Thank you for being such a great pastor’s wife. Thank you for everything.
I couldn’t resist putting this picture in. This is Betty and Sandy Mathis. She was our assistant pastor’s wife. Today Betty does a lot of work with another Sandy. So once again it is Betty and Sandy will handle that.
Happy Anniversary, baby! I love you with all of my heart. I thank God for you. I hope you have a wonderful day today and that you are super blessed. Thanks for all you have done. I thank God for His rich provision in my life. When He gave me you He gave me the best wife possible. I love you!
If it is the Lord’s will I look forward to another 36 years. I could not imagine life with a more ideal person.