Smith remembered as face of PMC nursing

Amanda Jo Lawson

PIKEVILLE — Pikeville Medical Center (PMC) is remembering the life of Betty Jo Smith, a staff development nurse specialist for Hospital Education.


Smith began her career at PMC February 5, 1991. She was dedicated, dependable, well-liked and respected by her co-workers, patients and patient families.


Smith, who resided in Jenkins, worked at PMC for nearly 27 years. Smith was 59 years old when she passed.


PMC President and Chief Executive Officer Walter E. May extends sympathy to her family on behalf of the organization.


"We're grieving as a work family during this time of loss," May said. "It is with a heavy heart that we mourn the loss of more than an employee, but a family member. Our thoughts and prayers are with Betty's family."


Smith was born June 13, 1958, daughter of the late Jessie and Marie Adkins. In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by one sister, Zetta Tackett, and one brother, Billy Adkins.


Survivors include her husband, Jimmy; one son, James Aaron (Amy) Smith; one daughter, Bridget Michelle (Brad) Bingham; one brother, Kenneth Ratliff; five sisters, Tena Hackney, Audrey Clevinger, Edith Owens, Robbie Damron and Sherry Smith; three grandchildren, Sophie Marie Smith, Briggs Isaac Bingham and Brynnley Grace Bingham; and a number of other loving family and friends.


She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Jenkins.


The PMC family will remember Betty and all her wonderful contributions to this organization.


"Betty always had a smile on her face and was a true joy to be around," said PMC Chief Nursing Officer Michelle Rainey. "Betty touched so many lives, from nurses to patients to staff members. Betty was a true example of compassion, wisdom and knowledge and was honored with the much deserved title of 2016 PMC Nurse of the Year. Betty will be missed by our organization and our community and my deepest sympathies go out to her family."


Rainey said words spoken about Smith from the 2016 PMC Nurse of the Year ceremony included her being the face of PMC nursing.


'She was dependable, took pride in her job, exemplified teamwork, went above and beyond her duties, led by example and would walk through fire for her patients and colleagues," Rainey added.


Funeral services were held Jan. 7 at Lucas and Son Funeral Home. Burial followed in Ratliff Cemetery, Draffin.