Betty Threlkeld Haddock

October 18, 2020

Betty Threlkeld Haddock, 91, of Charlotte entered life eternal at Southminster Retirement Community on October 18th, 2020. Born on October 22nd, 1928 in Atlanta, Georgia, she was the daughter of Clara Peacock and Harold Webster Threlkeld, and the younger sister of Edna Threlkeld Scales. Following the untimely death of her father Harold in 1931, Betty’s mother remarried and relocated the family to Knoxville, TN.

Betty attended the University of Tennessee; however, she graduated with her degree in Nursing from East Tennessee Baptist Hospital. She was a member of the first graduating class on 1951. Following graduation, she pursued her graduate studies at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, specializing in surgical nursing. Then, she moved back to her home city of Atlanta and began her career working and teaching at Emory Hospital.

While working in Atlanta, Betty went on a blind date with Paul Fairclough Haddock Jr. She and Paul were married in the year 1955, settling in his hometown of Charlotte, NC.

Betty spent over 25 years as the Director of the Surgical Technology Program at Presbyterian Hospital (now Novant Health). She led the development of the curriculum and ensured the program achieved its accreditation. She loved nursing; however, her true career passion was mentoring and educating students.

Following her retirement in 1992, Betty continued as an educator by serving as an advisor to the Carolina College of Health Sciences at Carolina Health Care System (now Atrium Health). She became actively involved at The Dowd YMCA, serving on their board of trustees, being a tireless fundraiser, and champion of the Y. She received the Spirit, Mind and Body Award in 1999. She also volunteered with the Arthritis Association and the Shepherd’s Center.

Betty and her family were long time members of Westminster Presbyterian Church. She made many friends there throughout the years, and especially enjoyed being a youth advisor as well as attending family conferences at Montreat.

In her leisure time, she enjoyed going to Litchfield beach with family and friends.

In 2008, Betty settled at Southminster Retirement Community in Charlotte, developing new friendships there. It is well known within this community that she never met a stranger. Betty’s southern charm and warm smile were always prominent to everyone. As well as her friendships with members, faculty and staff, she also developed a love for artwork and painting. Her talent was a surprise, as she only recently picked up this hobby within the past few years and all were quite breathtaking. Family members adore these paintings, jokingly bickering with each other over which one will be theirs.

Betty was predeceased by her husband Paul and her youngest son, David Webster Haddock. She is survived by her daughter Elizabeth Louise (Betty Lou) Brundick (Sterling) of Charlotte, her son Paul Fairclough Haddock III (Teri) of Charlotte, and son John Edward (Jack) Haddock Sr. (Marcia) of Davidson. Betty is also survived by her eight grandchildren: Paul Fairclough (Kip) Haddock IV, George Thomas Haddock (Emily), Charles Louis Haddock, John Edward Haddock Jr., Meredith Caroline Haddock, John Norman Sterling Brundick, Grace Elizabeth Galina Brundick, and William Sterling Alexei Brundick.

The family would like to thank the staff of the Embrace Health Care Center for their love and kindness throughout the last several years, as both caretakers, and loving friends to their “Nurse Betty.” She had great times with everyone working, even inviting herself to their staff meetings scooting in on her wheelchair.

Due to the current circumstances of COVID - 19, the burial at Elmwood Cemetery will be private and is being arranged by Kenneth W. Poe Funeral Services. Donations in her memory may be made to The Dowd YMCA (,) or The Southminster Foundation (

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  • Donna Nix Usinger

    Mrs. Haddock was my teacher at the Surgical Technology Program at Presbyterian Hospital many years ago. I will always be thankful for her kindness and patience with teaching all of us "newbies" to our new lives as surgical assistants. I will always remember her fondly. God bless you during your time of sorrow.

  • Monica Greene

    I am very sorry for your loss. She was a very knowledgeable kind and caring nurse .May she rest in peace

  • Beth White

    My sincere condolences to the Haddock family. Betty was such a good Teacher and
    mentor. She will be remembered for her willingness to make sure each student was their best. My class still holds a bond of friendship 30 years later, we will all miss her dearly. God bless

  • Margi Sowden

    So sorry for your loss. I knew Betty as both a co worker and friend. I enjoyed trips to the beach and many dinners and lunches out in Charlotte. Be at peace.

  • AnneMiller

    So sorry for your loss. Fond memories of working so many years with Betty at Presbyterian. She prepared her students to be the best, and indeed they were. Love & sympathy to the family.

  • Eva McKeithan

    Mrs.Betty Haddock Will always be in my Heart. She was a Great Surgical Technology Instructor. Hold on to your memories, and let them guide you. Memories are the Legacy of Love

  • Eldis Cherry

    My sincere condolences to Betty's family. I was priviledged to work with Betty in the O.R. at Presbyterian Hospital and enjoyed her friendship for many years thereafter. She was very dedicated to her work and set high goals for herself as well as her students.She indeed will be sorely missed by all who know and love her. Rest in peace Betty.