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O’Dell Betts

O’Dell Betts passed away peacefully on Thursday, Christmas Day, 2014. A celebration of life will be held on Saturday, December 27 at 1:00 pm at Piney Grove Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens.

He was born in Duncan, NC, the youngest of 10 children, to Young Allen Betts and Nannie Elizabeth Champion Betts. Following his service in the Army Air Corps during WWII he owned a sawmill and later owned a trucking company and drove his tractor-trailer and dump truck for over 40 years. He loved being on the farm and watching his pine trees grow. While in service he met Lillian Etheleen Cassell, his beloved wife of 65 years. He was a lifelong member of Piney Grove Baptist Church.

Mr. Betts is predeceased by his wife Etheleen and is survived by his three sons, Richard (Dickey) and wife, Debbie of Richmond, VA, Ben and wife, Vicki of Fuquay-Varina and David and wife, Jackie of Lakeland, FL. He loved his grandchildren, Heather Felty and husband, Danny of Richmond, VA, Brandon Betts and wife, Missy of Graham, Chris Betts and wife, Jessica of Fuquay-Varina, Matthew Betts and wife, Ameron of Fuquay-Varina, Melissa Abshire and husband, Kameron of Wake Forest and Taylor Betts of Raleigh. He has six great grandchildren, Sam and Eli Felty, Mason Betts, Trevor Betts and Michaela and Henry Abshire.

Visitation will begin at 11:30 am on Saturday, December 27, at Piney Grove Baptist Church. At other times, the family will be gathering at the Betts home, 1917 W. Academy Street, Fuquay-Varina where friends are invited to stop by and visit.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Piney Grove Baptist Church Building Fund, 3217 Piney Grove-Wilbon Road, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526.

Arrangements by Thomas Funeral Home. Condolences may be made at