Betty Wells Atchley
Betty Wells Atchley
  • July 26, 1929 - August 7, 2017
  • Knoxville, Tennessee

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Betty W. Atchley, age 88, beloved wife, mother, grandmother, and great grandmother departed this life peacefully to be with our Heavenly Father at Tennova Hospital on Monday, August 7, 2017 at 7:11 pm. She was born on July 26, 1929. She graduated from old Knoxville High School in 1948 and married her sweetheart, R.M. Atchley, Jr. on May 6, 1949 at Lincoln Park UMC. They were married 54 years until his death on July 27, 2003. Afterwards, she married The Rev. Robert A. Pardue in 2005 at Inskip UMC, and he died in April 2015. Throughout her life, she was very active in the United Methodist Church. At Lincoln Park UMC she played the organ for a number of years when she was younger. Then, R.M. and she were very active for many years at Second Methodist UMC working with Jr. High students and other offices/boards. They moved to Inskip UMC (now Cedar Lane UMC) and became very active once again as officers in the church. Throughout her life, music was her love. She played the piano for the Girls Glee Club with "Pops" at Knoxville High School. She played the piano in every UMC that she attended. R.M. and she settled in the Fountain City area to live out their lives together. She taught children to play the piano for many years. A number of her students went on to The University of Tennessee to study music and become professionals in the field. She is preceded in death by her parents, Jesse J. and Agnes R. Wells; brothers, Robert Wells, Walter B. Wells, Jack H. Wells; sister, M. Ruth Wells; sister-in-law, Alberta Wells. She is survived by her daughter and husband, The Rev. Janice A. Cate and The Rev. Dr. Herman F. Cate; son and wife, James R. and Valerie K. Atchley; grandchildren and significant others, Christopher S. and Tammy W. Cate, Timothy M. Cate and fiancé Kimberly B. Rippetoe, Patrick M. Atchley and spouse Jamie; great grandchildren, Trystan, Avery, Macey, Trevor, and Seth Cate, Sophia and Dean Atchley; beloved sister-in-law, Elizabeth M. Wells. In Celebration of Betty's life, the family will receive friends on Sunday, August 13th from 2 - 4 pm at Cedar Lane UMC with the Eulogy following at 4 pm with The Rev. Richard L. Richter officiating. The interment will be at The Veteran's Cemetery, 5901 Lyons View Pk, Knoxville, TN 37919 at 2 pm Monday. Meet at the cemetery at 1:45 pm. Serving as pallbearers; grandchildren and great grandchildren. One of her great grandsons has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Nicole Herring, Parent Project, Muscular Dystrophy, 401 Hackensack Ave, 9th floor, Hackensack, NJ 07601. Please put on correspondence (in honor of Seth Cate in memory of Betty Atchley). Condolences may be offered at