Paul Augustus Betsill son of the late Russell Lee Betsill and Bertha Bodie Betsill, was born in Enoree, South Carolina, on January 24, 1924. In September of 1941, he entered Clemson College where he was a student when World War II began. Following this year, he was drafted into the Army, serving in the 108th Artillery Battalion of the 28th Infantry Division. He was the recipient of five major battle stars. After graduating from Wofford College in 1949, he entered Candler School of Theology at Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia, graduating in 1952. In 1950 he married Katherine Bauknight whom he met in the summer of 1947 when he was a youth minister. He was ordained Elder in the Methodist Church in South Carolina, serving seven churches in 24 years. In 1954, Reverend Betsill was endorsed as a Chaplain in the South Carolina National Guard, later transferring to the United States Army Reserves. He retired from the Army Chaplaincy in 1977 as a Lt. Colonel. Reverend Betsill was Chief of Chaplains for the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Tucson, Arizona from 1976 until 1992. Retiring in 1992 Reverend and Mrs. Betsill returned to South Carolina where he became chaplain at The Oaks, Orangeburg, S.C., until 1998. He is survived by his daughters, Anna Paige DuRant (George Warren DuRant); his daughter, Paula Amanlou. He is also survived by five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. Services will be held at Trenholm Road United Methodist Church, Tuesday, March 29, 2011, at 2:00 p.m. Interment will follow in Rosemont Cemetery, Newberry, South Carolina. Memorials may be made to Trenholm Road United Methodist Church, 3401 Trenholm Road, Columbia, SC 29204, Wofford College, 429 North Church Street, Spartanburg, SC 29303 or The Methodist Oaks, 1000 Methodist Oaks Drive, Orangeburg, SC 29115. Arrangements by DUNBAR FUNERAL HOME.
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Published in the Arizona Daily Star on Mar. 29, 2011