If Betty Davis Fleming had a motto it would be: Life can really begin at retirement.
Fleming worked at the Wilson County Board of Education Central Office for 31 years before hanging up her hat.
Fleming, originally from Macon County, has resided in Wilson County since May 1972. She is passionate about helping local organizations and spends a large majority of her time nowadays doing just that. She is involved with SCAN (Senior Citizens Awareness Network), Wilson One, an alumnus of the Wilson County Sheriff's Office Citizens Academy and an Ambassador with the Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce.
"I love retirement," she said. "I never get bored."
The best thing about volunteering is getting to know new people, according to Fleming.
"The people I visit in the SCAN program are so sweet and appreciative of any little thing we may bring and most of all - just visiting," she explained. SCAN volunteers go into the community to check on older citizens enrolled in the program.
Her work supporting the Wilson County Sheriff's Office has exposed her to new challenges, too.
"We help in different functions like the Battle of the Badges Blood Drive, which I love to do. The last one I found out why the Fire Department / Wilson Emergency Management Agency always wins - a lady my age came in to donate and when I asked her which one gets the credit, her reply was, 'The fire department. They have those hunky firemen,'" Fleming recounted, with a laugh.
Fleming attends church services at Athens Missionary Baptist Church.
In her spare time, she enjoys line-dancing classes, water aerobics and activities at the Lebanon Senior Citizens Center.
Fleming is a mother and grandmother.
"My youngest son, Heath Fleming, is deceased. He was loved my many," she said. "My other son, Eric Fleming, works with American Airlines at DFW (Dallas Ft. Worth) Airport. He has two daughters, Alexis Fleming, an RN at Baylor University Hospital and his youngest, Brooke, will be attending Baylor University in Waco, Texas, this fall."
The woman Fleming most admires is SCAN Director Debbie Pare'.
"She is one of the sweetest, kindest, most giving persons I have ever met. She works 40 to 60 hours per week as a volunteer and never complains."