Willis Ruell Bettis

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Willis Ruell Bettis, age 88, of Cumming passed away Friday, Sept. 14, 2012, with his family at his side. Born March 1, 1924, to the late C. Roy Bettis and Lillie Mae Bryant Bettis, he was a native of Forsyth County with a lifelong association with the Midway Community. He was a member and deacon of Longstreet Baptist Church.
Ruell was a building contractor who was known for many of his custom homes throughout North Georgia. One of his final projects before retirement was a complex post and beam home. Known for his penchant for perfection, Ruell employed "hands on" construction techniques including joining his construction crew in sawing rafters and trim work. Recently one of his favorite homes styled in a manner reminiscent of Frank Lloyd Wright's designs succumbed to a shopping center development. When told of the homes destruction, a home embellished with native stone, copper, cedar roofing and redwood, Ruell was brought to tears. His passion for his homes explains why many of those homes remain in high demand for updating and remodeling years after his retirement.
Ruell also had a love for travel. His travel included visits to Australia, Canada, Greece, and Turkey. He especially loved Biblical connections with his travel adventures. A visit in the footsteps of Paul at Ephesus was one of his favorite travel experiences that would dominate his conversation for years to follow.
Growing up in Forsyth County, Ruell was quite the sportsman and outdoorsman. Well into adulthood, Ruell enjoyed playing basketball and baseball. Many remember his pitching and hitting abilities decades later. A devout Braves fan, Ruell coached Pony League baseball. A love for fishing and hunting was buoyed by the construction of Lake Sidney Lanier, a place where Ruell spent many of his weekends as a young man. As he aged, golf became a passion.
Ruell served as Chairman of the Forsyth County Hospital Board for several years as well as on the advisory board of a local bank and a housing authority. A 50-year member of the Ducktown Masonic Lodge, Ruell also served his community as PTA president at Midway Elementary School. While in that capacity, Ruell was trusted with interviewing and assisting with the hiring of school principals. He was also employed to design school building additions despite lacking an engineering degree. Known for his story telling and encouragement of young people, many in the community often sought out his wisdom and advice until surgery affected his abilities in 2010. Those close to Ruell were amazed at his tenacity for living having survived a ruptured appendix in 1942 during a time that antibiotics were not generally available. Known to have "nine lives," Ruell also survived strokes, heart attacks, and partial blindness without giving up on an amazing desire to live.
He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Mary Jo Robbs Bettis; son, Phill Bettis and daughter-in-law Wanda Bettis; son, Stan Bettis and daughter-in-law Paige Bettis; son, Bryan Bettis and daughter-in-law Melanie Bettis; grandchildren, Emily Bettis, Barry Bettis, Spenser Bettis, Hannah Bettis, Adam Bettis, Addison Bettis and Blake Bettis; sisters-in-law, Lunell Robbs, Mary Jo Robbs, and Betty Jean Cato.
Funeral services will be held Sunday, Sept. 16, at 2 p.m. at the Ingram Funeral Home Chapel, with the Rev. Doug Carnes, the Rev. Terry Caylor, the Rev. Pete Martin and the Rev. John Lummus officiating. Interment will follow in Sawnee View Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at Ingram Funeral Home Saturday, Sept. 15, from 1-4 p.m. and 6-9 p.m., and Sunday, Sept. 16 from noon until the time of service.
Condolences may be made at www.ingramfuneralhome.com.
Ingram Funeral Home and Crematory is in charge of arrangements.

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Published in Forsyth County News from Sept. 14 to Sept. 17, 2012