Betsy Hardin Hoak
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Betsy Reel Hardin Utley Hoak, age 91, known for her beauty, sweet smile and vivacious personality, died peacefully March 8, 2021 at Southminster retirement community in Charlotte, N.C. She was born June 24, 1929, in Charlotte to Bishop Paul Hardin, Jr. and Dorothy Reel Hardin who pre-deceased her.
Betsy spent 40 years in High Point, N.C. She graduated from High Point Central High School, attended Greensboro College, and married a High Point attorney. Betsy was President of the Family Service Bureau and President of the Junior League. She was active in her church, Wesley Memorial United Methodist, where she taught Sunday School, sang in the church choir, served on the Administrative Board and was President of the United Methodist Women. She loved the outdoors, all sports and was a U.S.T.A. ranked player in N.C. senior tournaments.
Betsy was pre-deceased by her husband of 34 years Arthur M Utley Jr. She is survived by their three children Arthur M. Utley "Scoot" III (Mary Beth), Dorothy Reel Utley "Dru" Herndon (Alton) and William Hardin "Bill" Utley (Chris); grandchildren Jordan Utley (Kyle), Brad Herndon (Holly), Betsy Reel Herndon Sandy (Eric), Ben, Kyle and Sam Utley and six great-grandchildren.
Betsy was pre-deceased by her husband of 27 years, Harold G. Hoak and is survived by his two sons Robert G. Hoak (Allyn) and W. McDowell Hoak (Fred); grandchildren Pearson Hoak, Rob Hoak (Kendall) and two great-grandchildren. She also was pre-deceased by brother Paul Hardin, III (Barbara) and is survived by brother Edward Reel Hardin, (Susan) and several nieces and nephews.
The family is grateful to her Southminster and hospice caregivers.
A private family memorial service will be held at the Wesley Memorial columbarium courtyard in High Point in the spring. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Southminster Foundation, 8919 Park Road, Charlotte, NC, 28210, or the Alzheimer's Association, 3800 Shamrock Dr., Charlotte, NC, 28215.