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Obituary for Betty Jo Cochran Ridley Hall

Betty Jo Cochran Ridley Hall, age 78, of Clarkesville, passed away on Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

Born on September 30, 1941, in Griffin, she was a daughter of the late Dr. H.L. and Marjorie Mitchell Cochran. Mrs. Hall attended Wesleyan College and went on to receive her Bachelors Degree and Masters Degree from the University of Georgia. After graduating, she began teaching at Georgia Tech, DeKalb County Schools, and then, North Georgia Technical College. Mrs. Hall was a member of Cornelia United Methodist Church where she was active in the Friendship Sunday School Class. She enjoyed singing and showed her love of music by being a member of the Chancel Choir and Piedmont Choral and a former member of Mountain Voices. Not only did she enjoy singing, but she took pride in being a mother and was a member of the Georgia Mother’s Association and American Mother’s Association. She received the Mother of the Year Award from the State of Georgia in 2000. Mrs. Hall enjoyed being active and showed that activeness through her memberships with Joyful Hearts, Three Arts Club, Jenny Wade Circle, Soque Garden Club, Batesville Women’s Breakfast Club, and Greater Atlanta Kappa Delta Sorority.

In addition to her parents, she was also preceded in death by her first husband, Lt. Col. (Ret.) William Edward “Bill” Ridley, Jr.

Survivors include her second husband, Charles Hamilton Hall; son, Stephen William Ridley of Lilburn, and Eleanor Lassiter of Lawrenceville; daughter and son-in-law, Katherine Ridley Morris and Michael of Edmond, OK; grandchildren: William Ridley of Lilburn, Thomas Ridley of Lilburn, Lauren Morris of Edmond, OK, and Rachel Morris of Edmond, OK; sister and brother-in-law, Lynn Cochran Thompson and Gerry of The Villages, FL; nephew, Jeff Thompson of Charlotte, NC; niece, Susan Thompson of Washburn, NC; Bill’s nephews: Gene Jones, Mitchell Jones, and Mark Jones all of Griffin, Eddie Jones of Newberry, SC, and Jeff Jones; Charles’ children and their spouses: Wendee and Sean Sullivan of Carlsbad, CA and Todd and Laura Hall of Braselton; Charles’ grandchildren: Ashlee, Alex, and Mindy; and several cousins in Texas.

A private family visitation will be held at the funeral home with a graveside service to be held at Oak Grove United Methodist Church Cemetery in Decatur, Georgia.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Cornelia United Methodist Church, 275 Wyly Street, Cornelia, Georgia 30531 or to Oak Grove United Methodist Church, 1722 Oak Grove Road, Decatur, Georgia 30033.

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