Obituary: Betty Jo (Wiblin) Warthen June 30, 1932 – May 21, 2018

BETTY JO (WIBLIN) WARTHEN June 30, 1932  May 21, 2018
Betty Jo (Wiblin) Warthen, of Spartanburg, SC, died May 21, 2018 in Santa Fe, NM at age 85.
She was born on June 30, 1932 in Trout, West Virginia, to the late Roxie Nelia McClung Wiblin and the late Joseph Bryant Wiblin. Betty graduated from Williamsburg High School (Greenbrier County, WV) in 1949 and taught in a one-room school near Richwood, WV. She then attended Berea College in Berea, Kentucky. She taught briefly in Hebron, Ohio.
Betty was the loving wife of the late William Perry Warthen. They were married in Newark, OH in 1954, and moved to Spartanburg in 1960. One of Betty’s great joys was playing tennis. She was an original member of the Westside Club (WSC) in Spartanburg. She has been a supporter of the WSC, playing tennis and taking lessons and clinics at the club on a regular basis over the years. She was a “tennis icon” in the Spartanburg area, and was well-known by the United States Tennis Association (USTA) Southern, USTA South Carolina and local folks for her history in tennis. She played in and won many tournaments around the south and in SC, where she had the #1 ranking in the 1980s. Betty played Senior Cup for South Carolina and has played on many USTA League Tennis teams. Betty was also a part owner of the “Drop Shop” (tennis apparel shop) at the Westside Club. A court was dedicated in Betty’s honor on her 80th birthday.
She was preceded in death by her brothers, William Leonard Wiblin, Carman Eugene Wiblin, and Harold Franklin Wiblin; sister, Bonnie Jane Wiblin Stack; and niece, Nikki Portanova. Betty is survived by her son, Barry Warthen, his wife Karen, and their daughter Valerie of Los Alamos, NM; and her son Bruce Warthen, his wife Melissa, and their son, Michael of Holland, MI; brother, James Wiblin (Jo Ann) of Newark, OH; sister, Beth Ann Portanova of Sun City Center, FL; 3 great-grandchildren, and many nieces and nephews, and her dear friends.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be sent to the Alzheimer’s Association (, or your favorite charity.
A celebration of life will be held in Spartanburg at a later date.