Betty Lou Sled

Betty Lou Sled, 81, of Crossett, passed away on December 21, 2021, at the Countryside Assisted Living Home in Hamburg.

She was born on October 22, 1940, to her parents, Johnnie and Martha Downey Stanley, and was a lifelong resident of Ashley County.

Betty was a 1959 graduate of Hamburg High School. A few months after graduation, she married her best friend and soul mate, James Sled.

For the next sixty-two years of her life, she devoted totally to family and serving the Lord. She and James were active members of Meridian Baptist Church and made sure their children and grandchildren knew the value of having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Betty proudly volunteered to care for the little ones in the church nursery for many years and was involved in the PTA at the schools. She enjoyed singing, listening to music, and attending family reunions. She was affectionately known as “Mama Sled” to several of her children’s friends and was an exceptional role model.

Her beauty, inside and out, combined with her kind and gentle nature, was evident every time you saw her smile, and she will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

Along with her parents, she is preceded in death by her husband of fifty-seven years, James Allen Sled, Sr., and one brother, Jimmy Glen Stanley.

She leaves behind four children, Kim, Jim, Jana, and Brandi Sled, all of Crossett; four siblings, Virginia Bolin (Jerry) of Morrilton, Arkansas, Nancy Rankin of Hamburg, John Stanley (Tracie) of Hot Springs, and Debbie Garner (Robert) of Camden; four grandchildren, Jay Sled (Mallory), Bradyn Sled (Haley), and Maly and Sky Shields; three great-grandchildren, Jaycie, Maycie, and Jayson Sled; and a host of nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Sunday, December 26 from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. at the Meridian Baptist Church in Crossett. A Celebration of Life Service will follow at 2 p.m. at the church with Bro. Garry Massey, officiating. Interment will be at Crossroads Cemetery.

Pallbearers are Jay, Bradyn, and Greg Sled, Mike Carter, Mike Hinton, and Byron Jackson. Honorary pallbearers are Steve Dodson and Betty’s Supper Group.

Arrangements by Medders Funeral Home.

A special thank you from the family to the staff of the Countryside Assisted Living Home for the wonderful love and care they gave Ms. Betty.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Gideon’s International Organization.