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1952 – 2019

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Bettie Jean Chatman Birdwell, 66, of Navasota, departed this life and received her rest on Wednesday, July 10, 2019, at Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital with her loving family by her side.

Calling hours will be held Friday, July 19, 2019 from 12:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Lindley-Robertson-Holt Funeral Home. A Celebration of her life will take place 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 20, 2019, at St. Holland Missionary Baptist Church with Pastor Sheldon Hardnot officiating. Interment will follow in the St. Holland Church Cemetery.

Serving as pallbearers are DeMarcus Lee, Charles Birdwell, Jr., Jaylyin Minor, Fred Birdwell, Derrick Hadley, Oscar Wheatfall, Kerry Wheatfall, Jr., Willie Williams and James Step-toe, Jr. Named as honorary pallbearers are Jordan Birdwell, Karvin Steptoe, James Chatman, Marcellas Prosper, Charles Birdwell, Sr., Kevin Jefferson, AD Birdwell, Herbert Jefferson, Jr. and the NHS State Championship Football Teams.

Bettie Jean was born October 24, 1952 in Navasota to the late Cleo and Lula Butler Chatman. She accepted Christ at an early age and became a faithful member of St. Holland Missionary Baptist Church. Bettie graduated from Navasota High School in 1971.

In high school, she met the love of her life David Birdwell. They were high school sweethearts and were united in marriage on April 5, 1971. They were married for 48 years. To this union two beautiful daughters were born, Cynthia and Stephanie Birdwell of Pearland. Bettie loved Cynthia and Stephanie very much, but the apple of her eye was her only grandchild, Jordan Birdwell. She adored him.

Bettie retired from the Navasota Independent School D istrict where she served as a teacher’s aide. She worked at the Navasota Junior High School. She loved her students and coworkers and impacted many lives.

Bettie was preceded in death by her parents and a brother Rayfield Chatman.

She leaves her loving family to cherish precious memories and her devoted husband, David Birdwell; two daughters, Cynthia and Stephanie Birdwell; grandson, Jordan Birdwell; sisters, Alice Wheatfall, Bobbie Prosper (Marcellas), Sinatra Steptoe, Brenda Chatman and her brother James Chatman (Cherie); a loving aunt, Gloria Johnson; her in-laws and host of other relatives and friends.

We were all blessed and thankful to have had her in our lives.

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