Jeanette Broxson (Byrd) Moates

Jeanette Broxson (Byrd) Moates passed away January 9, 2020. She was born July 7, 1925. She was a devoted Christian, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, aunt, sister and farm wife.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 P.M., Monday, January 13th at Searcy Funeral Home and Crematory Chapel. Burial will follow in the Enterprise City Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

The family requests donations be made to: Enterprise City Cemetery, P.O. Box 310075, Enterprise, AL 36331.

She was a past state president of The State Soil Conservation Women’s Auxiliary, Director of The Federal Land Bank Board of Directors, a good and faithful member of the First Baptist Church, and Member of the Enterprise Chapter of The Daughters of The Confederacy. She had been one of the true granddaughters of the Confederacy.

She is preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Luther Martin Moates. Together they successfully owned, operated and manage Martin Moates Farms. She was also preceded by her daughter, Emily Catherine Sawyer; her parents, Benjamin Bert and Jessie Broxson Byrd; her sister, Catherine (Byrd) Cresap and brother, Benjamin Max Byrd.

She is survived by Rebecca (Becky) Cain (Dennis); Benjamin Martin Moates (Jill); David Bert Moates (Joan) and son-in-law, James M. Sawyer and her sister, Tommye Byrd.

She will be greatly missed also by her grandchildren, Jessica Sawyer Wang (Timothy); Ethan James Sawyer; Amber Moates Key (Matthew); Bethany Joy Van Ness (Paul); Beryl Faith McNee (Trysten); Jana Emfinger and Jeana Deal. She is survived by great-grandchildren, Mabel and Iris Wang; Luke Sawyer; Brenna Van Ness; Dylan and Parker Key; Lailyn Medley and Kaylee Crook.

Special gratitude to granddaughter, Bethany Van Ness and husband, Paul, who have devoted the last four years in providing, continual and loving care.

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Searcy Funeral Home and Crematory, 1301 Neal Metcalf Rd., Hwy. 167 N., Enterprise, AL 36330, (334) 393-2273