Betty-Marie Ellett Lile


Obituary Notice

Betty-Marie Ellett Lile, 80, a Little Rock philanthropist, and widow of Brick Lile, died on Tuesday, March 30, 2004. She was born in Moseley, VA to William Hundley and Alice Hulce Ellett. She was a graduate of the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, VA and received an Honorary Doctorate of Humanities at the 107th Commencement Ceremony in 1994 at Ouachita Baptist University. She also did post graduate work at the Presbyterian School of Christian Education in Richmond, VA. Betty and Brick Lile were married on December 26, 1963 and he preceded her in death in 1987. 

She was a member of Second Presbyterian Church where she authored and led many Bible studies. She was an ordained elder of the Presbyterian Church, one of the founders of the Baptist Health Foundation "Bolo Bash", a member of the Roosevelt Thompson Scholarship committee, and served on the advisory board of Arkansas Community Foundation. 

Betty is survived by her two children, E.G.. "Bubba" Klugh and his wife, Sherrie of Little Rock, and Carole Ellett Klugh Shannon and her husband, Jeff of Fayetteville, AR, and grandchildren, Rebecca Elizabeth and Rachel Allison Shannon and Kendall Marie and Kameron Leigh Klugh and many loved nieces, nephews and other family members and friends. She was also predeceased by a brother, Edwin Willard Ellett. 

A private family burial will be held in Roselawn Memorial Park. 

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday at Second Presbyterian Church with Rev. Dr. Karen Akin officiating. Visitation is 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Thursday at Ruebel Funeral Home. 

Memorials may be made to Second Presbyterian Church, Ouachita Baptist University, and Baptist Health Foundation, for the benefit of Parkway Village. Betty was devoted to her family and many worthy causes throughout the state of Arkansas. Her legendary fund raising ability was only surpassed by her generosity.

Register Book

  • Betty was loved by all at our office. She would bring us some of her homemade bread and she loved to tell us about her grandchildren. Miss Betty was our favorite client. We always looked forward to seeing her smiling face. We will really miss her.
    Janie Summers 
    Secretary, Brown, Rogers & Company
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Our thoughts will be with you during the difficult weeks and months ahead.
    Hematology/Oncology at UAMS 
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Our many condolences, Board of Governors, members and staff of Pleasant Valley Country Club
    Pleasant Valley Country Club 
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • A very special lady and a very dear friend. Her life has touched so many and she will be greatly missed. Her children and grandchildren were her pride and joy. My prayer is that God will give her family peace during this sad and difficult time.
    Bettie Duke 
    Arkadelphia, Arkansas
  • Betty has always been supportive of my ministry--even before I became a minister! I was speaking at the Parkway Village Vesper service in late January. She came in her pajamas--but with her fur coat tossed stylishly over her shoulders. A great lady.
    Anne Russ 
    Pastor, Grace Presbyterian 
    Little Rock, Arkansas 
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with Betty's family.
    John and Nancy Russ
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Betty was a pleasant influence on my life.
    R. A. (Tony) Mays 
    Benton, Arkansas 
  • Betty Lile was a sweet and giving person, always aware of other peoples needs and wants. The world is a lesser place with her passing. May God grant her swift passage to Heaven for she deserves nothing less. God bless Betty Lile.
    Mr. and Mrs. Stuart Kimmell Sims,retired
    Little Rock, Arkansas
  • Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
    Louise Johnson & Jeff Cannon 
    Little Rock, Arkansas