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Waffle House waitress stood out among the rest

Posted May 14, 2009

— At the Hillsborough Street Waffle House, a cup of coffee was sure to always come with a side order of personality – if Ms. Betty was the server.

"Everybody knew her, and everybody loved her," said Charles Barnette, a longtime patron. She was the restaurant's most-requested waitress.

Betty Moody (Ms. Betty) Waffle House waitress stood out among the rest

Betty Mathis Moody was her full name, but everyone called her Ms. Betty. For 28 years, the 76-year-old worked overnights, and she knew how to handle the North Carolina State University college crowd that frequented the place during her shift.

"Ms. Betty always had a way of telling them, 'If y'all don't quiet down, y'all won't be eating tonight,'" co-worker Maria Winkler said. "They always had a deep respect for her. She was definitely grandma amongst us."

Winkler said Ms. Betty loved her job – so much so that she would make the 80-minute commute five days a week from her home in Warrenton to Raleigh.

"She always said that the day she stopped working was the day she was going to die," Winkler said.

On Wednesday, Ms. Betty was driving home on U.S. Highway 401 in Wake Forest, when state troopers said, a car driven by Chad Rodman, 37, crossed the center line and collided with hers.

She never made it home.

"We're all gonna miss her very much," Winkler said. "I don't know if Waffle House is going to be the same without Ms. Betty here."

Those who knew her said Ms. Betty also had a way of helping the homeless. She'd pay for their meal, bring them a coat or provide them a place to stay.

"She did it because she obviously loved people and wanted to help them," Barnette said.

Ms. Betty is survived by two daughters, two sons and 11 grandchildren. The family will host a visitation at 7 p.m. Friday at Blaylock Funeral Home in Warrenton. Her funeral is Saturday.

Rodman, who was charged with driving while impaired and death by vehicle, was in jail Thursday afternoon under $25,000 bond.


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  • jse830fcnawa030klgmvnnaw+ May 15, 2009

    Very sadden for the loss.

    Drunk drivers really suck!

  • dugmeister May 15, 2009

    If the government wanted to stop drunk driving - they could. Similar to the emissions movement - just force every auto maker to install a ignition interlock device on every vehicle sold in the USA. But that won't happen for two reasons: 1) It would take away peoples 'freedoms' and 2) because DWI's are a great source of revenue for local governments (fines, community service, etc.)

  • wolfpacker93 May 15, 2009

    What a shame. My coworker just pointed out that we were there her last night at work. I haven't been in the place in years but we stopped in after the Canes game on Tuesday. I assume since it was Wednesday when she got off, that would have been her last night. The world needs more people like her, not less...

  • hovisdonna May 15, 2009

    I was in WH Tuesday Night and sat at the bar and Ms. Betty was there. Such a sweet lady! She loved doing what she did!
    She will be missed greatly!

  • meh_whatever May 15, 2009

    Betty was such a special person. I will never forget her.


  • lilreno is in the wind May 15, 2009

    Tuly sad, my condolences to her family and customers

  • Gerbil Herder May 15, 2009

    So sad...she was my favorite of all the waitresses on our late night forays to WH. Even saw her dance a jig to the WH song one night or perhaps the room was just spinning.

  • Mom of two May 15, 2009

    I wish we had people like here where I am. This is very sad. Prayers with the family.

  • axepack May 15, 2009

    She was a great lady. Many a night in college she served up that food with a smile on her face at 2am. I'll always remember her stories and the way she interacted with all of the college kids. Rest in Peace.

  • Historian-the naked gardener May 15, 2009

    Rest in peace Miss Betty.