Billy Betts

A memorial service will be held Saturday Aug. 16 at 2 p.m. at Kenton First Baptist Church at 204 South Poplar St. Services were held previously in Charlotte and in Clarksville, Tenn.  
The family respectfully requests that memorial donations be made to either First Baptist Church, 204 South Poplar St., Kenton TN 38233; or Union Grove United Methodist Church, 3017 East Union Grove Road, Kenton, TN 38233.
Billy was born Saturday, Jan. 19, 1935, to Lera Grover Betts and Corene Tobitha Rasberry in Gibson County, Tennessee. Billy grew up in Bradford and then went on to serve 20 years in the U.S. Air Force. In later years, he was a clock repairman and antique shop owner. Billy was a gentle, humble man who loved the Lord, family and friends, antiquing, and working on old clocks and watches. He was the true essence of Corinthians 13: “Love is patient, love is kind. It does not boast. It is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs …”  
Billy is survived by his wife of 55 years, Margie (Coday) Betts; two daughters, Amber (Betts) Walker and Tobi (Betts) Drogan;  his granddaughter, Payton Lee Walker; and two son-in-laws, William Walker and Tom Drogan, all of Waxhaw N.C. He is also survived by his sister Virginia (Betts) McIllwain of Waverly; his sisters-in-law and the husband of one, Margaret and Billy King  of Clarksville, Virginia Cherry of Trenton and Mary Lee Coday and Diana Bray, both of Richmond Va.; his brother-in-law and his wife, Jerry Lynn and Cindy Coday of Clarksville; and many dearly loved nieces and nephews.  
He is predeceased by his parents; his brother, JC Betts; and his sisters, Jerene (Betts) Yoes, Lurlene (Betts) Adams, and June (Betts) Stafford.

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