Celebrating the Life of Dr. Betty Jean McClinton
May22, 1946-October 19,2022
Her Story. Her Journey. Her Life. Her Legacy.
During her 76 years on this side of heaven, our beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother; achieved many successes, overcame challenges and barriers, and spread her wisdom and life lessons making a lasting impact on everyone that crossed her path. The greatest of her achievements in life was the creation of her legacy starting with the birth of her daughter Tamala Jackson. She was united in marriage to Elvin McClinton and of this marriage born was her son, Maximillion McClinton. Tamala would go on to extend Betty’s legacy with the births of her children, Tramaine Allen and Bryan Allen; and Max with the birth of his daughter, Ayrenne McClinton. Tramaine gave her great-grandchildren, Jaydin Williams and Taliyah Williams and Bryan gave her a great granddaughter, Bella Allen. Some of our favorite memories of her are embedded in how much she loved to take family vacations on the beach, listening to the water, up late laughing and talking, and spending time with her family. We also remember her as an entrepreneur in the early years of her career. She owned several businesses including a dry cleaner in Chicago, the extremely successful and well known Top Flight Video store in Elkhart, and several rental properties all around Elkhart. She instilled in us all the importance of hard work and hustle. While owning several businesses and properties throughout her life, she also worked for the railroad (Conrail/Norfolk Southern) for thirty-eight years, retiring in 2007. After retiring, she submitted her life fully to Christ and the church. She would go on to earn several degrees including her Doctorate degree in Theology from Beulah Bible College & Seminary. She was also recently ordained as a Minister at Agape Missionary Baptist Church on May 22, 2022. She was an avid and committed teacher of the word of God serving as a Sunday School teacher, Vacation Bible School Teacher, and a Marriage Counselor at Agape Missionary Baptist Church. Our beloved ascended to her mansion in heaven on October 19, 2022. She is preceded in death by her mother Ruby Lee Anderson, her father Lovell “Bubble” Anderson, and her sister Arena Bolton. She is not only survived by the legacy of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren, but also her Agape Missionary Baptist Church family, and a host of aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces, nephews, and friends