Dr. Betty Jane Bramlett

  • Born: August 7, 1925
  • Died: February 1, 2015
  • Location: Spartanburg, South Carolina

The J. F. Floyd Mortuary

235 North Church Street
Spartanburg, SC 29306

Tel. (864) 582-5451

Tribute & Message From The Family

Dr. Betty Jane Bramlett, of Spartanburg, SC, died unexpectedly on Sunday, February 1, 2015, at her home. Born August 7, 1925, in Augusta, GA, she was the daughter of the late Charner Scaife Bramlett and Lora Eunice Williams Bramlett.

Dr. Bramlett moved to Spartanburg in her teens where she graduated from Spartanburg High School. She received a BA in fine arts from Converse College, and MA in fine arts and supervision from Columbia University, and an EDD from the University of South Carolina. For 42 years she served as Fine Arts Coordinator for Spartanburg County School District Seven, influencing generations of students and teachers; thousands have felt the impact of her dedication to arts education. Her artwork focused mainly upon the environment around her home, the creek, rocks, trees, grasses, and flowers that produced abstract works. Her works are familiar at numerous galleries, juried exhibitions, and private collections throughout the Carolinas.

Her many awards at the local, state and national levels, include the following: At Converse College she was a recipient of the Alumnae Award for Career Achievement and was recognized in 2014 at Converse's 125th Anniversary as one of the top 125 graduates. In 1989 she was honored to receive South Carolina's Elizabeth O'Neill Verner Award for her artwork and for outstanding service in art education in her community and state. Other honors and awards have included Who's Who in American Art, Southeastern Regional Supervision Award of the Year, SC Art Education Association Lifetime Achievement Award and Art Educator of the Year, the Award for Outstanding Contributions in the Visual Arts at Spartanburg County Vocational School, and the Spartanburg District 7 Orchestra Program Award. In 2003, her work was recognized as Best in Show at the NAEA Electronic Gallery Juried Exhibition. To many, she was fondly known as "Miss Art Education" and has served as a wonderful mentor and friend.

She has served as a Founding Member, Board member and Secretary of the Spartanburg County Artists' Guild. She has been a member of both the National Art and Music Education Associations, both the South Carolina Art (past President, and Secretary) and Music Education Associations, Chairman of the Scholastic Arts for South Carolina, President of the Spartanburg County Art Association, Advisory Board of the Spartanburg County Arts Council, Southeastern and South Carolina Watercolor Society, the Upstate Artists and served as a Board member of the Music Foundation of Spartanburg. She has been well known as a strong supporter of the arts which include music and drama organizations and programs in the community.

Dr. Bramlett has been a member of the Battle of Cowpens Chapter of the DAR, the Daughters of the American Colonists (First Vice President), and the Literary Guild. She was an active member of The Episcopal Church of the Advent.

Survivors include a number of cousins, close friends, and her beloved pets Annie, Sally, and Winston Churchill. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a brother, Charner Williams Bramlett.

Funeral services will be conducted at 3:00 PM Thursday, February 12, 2015, at The Episcopal Church of the Advent, 141 Advent St., Spartanburg, SC 29302, by the Rev. J. Edward Morris. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, 1300 Fernwood-Glendale Rd., Spartanburg, SC 29307. Visitation in the Parish and Community Life Center of The Episcopal Church of the Advent will follow the committal.

Honorary Escort will be Art Teachers who worked with Betty during her career in the schools.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Spartanburg County Foundation, 424 East Kennedy Street, Spartanburg, SC 29302.

Floyd's North Church Street Chapel


Condolence & Memory Journal

I will always have good memories of you and your Brother and the love of your pets. It was my pleasure to know you and be trusted to take care of the fur babies when you travelled. You will be missed.

Posted by Donna Sheridan    February 11, 2015

Betty was an icon and pioneer in art education in our state. Spartanburg was the gold standard when I began my career as an art teacher. I will miss her deeply.

Posted by Leo Twiggs - Orangeburg, SC   February 11, 2015

I remember Betty as a talented and enthusiastic artist with very fond memories as
the visiting art teacher at Pine Street School.

Posted by Ann Stoddard - Spartanburg, SC - former student   February 10, 2015

Betty was a great asset to arts education in our state. I have not seen her often in recent years, but she always remembered. I sometimes saw her at the Peace Center. My condolences .....

Posted by Edith Davis - Laurens, SC - Arts educator in SC   February 10, 2015

Family of Dr. Bramlett: I am sorry for your loss. I remember her as a devoted lover of the arts. I am a former secretary at Carver Jr. High...70's.

Posted by B. Joyce Washington - Spartanburg, SC   February 10, 2015

I was one of those young minds influenced by Miss Bramlett in the 1950's. She inspired me to be creative and to have a life-long appreciation for things artistic. Thank you, Miss Bramlett.

Posted by Rachel Bethea Bowling - Southlake, TX   February 10, 2015


Dearest Betty , Thankyou for being a mentor to me! You always had words of encouragement and support. I will miss your emails and phone calls and lunches with Jean! I will miss your laughter and talks on art and new ideas in the art world! Your love for your animals were so precious! Your twinkle in your eye when you talked about your dear Brother will be missed! The beautiful abstract works with your woven pieces placed in the Collage' forms were so much a part of your creative art. Each told a story of your theme and each were a part of your life! Now no doubt you are in Heaven and have created art works for our Master! You will always be remembered and we will celebrate your Beautiful Life on earth! Love, Mary Ann Powell Kirby

Posted by Mary Ann Powell Kirby - Spartanburg, SC - Close Friend   February 10, 2015