Kernersville September 26, 2016 Betty Jo Beeson Fitzpatrick, died on September 26, 2016. Born in High Point, NC on February 15, 1928 to Arthur Cyrus Beeson and Mabel Jones Beeson, she was pre-deceased by her parents and her husband, James N. Fitzpatrick. She is survived by her daughter, Joyce Fitzpatrick (Jay Stewart) of Raleigh, and her son, David Fitzpatrick (Jan Baker Fitzpatrick) of Kernersville; and her grandchildren, Ruth Shore Stewart, Marietta Stafford Stewart, Cyrus James Fitzpatrick Stewart and Kelsey Anne Fitzpatrick. In addition, she is survived by her brother, Jack Kelly Beeson, and sister-in-law, Peggy Beeson, of High Point; nephew, Scott Beeson; and nieces, Sheila Beeson Miller, Jacquelyn Beeson McDowell and Tammy Beeson Pittman. She graduated from High Point Central High School in 1946, attended Mars Hill College and graduated from Wake Forest College in 1950. She received a master's degree in counseling from UNC-Greensboro in 1967. She enjoyed a long and distinguished career in the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools teaching English, French and Latin at South Fork High School; Kernersville High School; and East Forsyth High School. She then served as a guidance counselor at East Forsyth High School, Parkland High School and Glenn High School, retiring in 1989. She was a member of Delta Kappa Gamma, the national women educators' honor society. Beneath her calm demeanor, she was spirited and fiercely independent. She was a gifted painter and dancer. She traveled extensively after her retirement with friends Jeanette Graves and Eleanor Ross to England, France, Germany, Austria, Spain, Greece and Portugal. A citizen of the world, she was well-read, particularly interested in North Carolina authors, and was a member of the Thomas Wolfe Society and the So-Called Book Club. She treasured her Kernersville heritage, living the last 65 years on the Beeson family farm at Union Cross and Shields Roads. She was proud to see all four grandchildren graduate from college. She always advocated for education, especially literature, as the pathway to tolerance, compassion, kindness and equality - values she felt were central to the joy of living. The family will receive visitors from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, September 28 at Pierce-Jefferson Funeral Home, 213 W. Mountain Street, Kernersville. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, September 29 at Sedge Garden United Methodist Church, 794 Sedge Garden Road, Kernersville. The family wants to thank Dot Anderson, a lifelong friend, for her kindness and vigilance over the past few months. Thanks, too, to the dedicated staff at Arbor Ridge and Home Loving Senior Care. Donations in her memory may be made to The Shepherd's Center of Kernersville, 431 S. Bodenhamer Street, PO Box 2044, Kernersville, NC 27285-2044 (www.shepctrkville.com) or to the Kate B. Reynolds Hospice, 101 Hospice Lane, Winston-Salem, NC 27103 (www.hospicecarecenter.org).