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Cecil Calvin Betts
September 17, 1930 ~ December 26, 2023 (age 93) 93 Years Old
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Rev. Cecil Calvin Betts, known affectionately as Cecil to his friends and family, passed away peacefully on December 26, 2023, in Spartanburg, SC, at the age of 93. Born on September 17, 1930, in Quaker City, OH, Cecil was a beacon of light and a pillar of strength to all who knew him. He dedicated his life to serving others, embodying the virtues of kindness, faithfulness, and selflessness.
Cecil was the son of John Ezra Betts and Sylvia Irene (Chase) Betts and was preceded in death by his parents and his beloved brother, John Lewis Betts, his first wife, Frances Elanor (Supplee) Betts and their firstborn son, Jeffrey Mark Betts. Despite the loss of these family members, Cecil's spirit never wavered, and he continued to spread love and compassion throughout his lifetime. He was a cherished brother to his surviving siblings, Annabelle Kelley and Jack Betts.
A proud graduate of Batesville High School, Cecil furthered his education at the Philadelphia Bible Institute, where he received a diploma that would lay the groundwork for his lifelong ministry. He went on to earn a Bachelor of Science degree from Hyles-Anderson College, further equipping him for his calling in life.
Cecil met Frances whom he married in 1953. She was his partner in both life and faith until her passing in 2006. Together, they shared a journey of love and devotion, which was later continued with his second wife, Lila Jean (Way) Betts whom he loved deeply. Cecil was a devoted father to his son, Timothy Dwight Betts, and his daughter, Jean Ann (Betts) Summerrow, affectionately known as "Jeanie." He was a loving father-in-law to Charles “Ashley” Summerrow (Jeanie’s husband), and cherished the moments he spent with his beloved grandchildren, Eva Marie Phillips of Greenville, SC, and Paul Andrew Phillips of Hill Air Force Base, UT.
Rev. Betts was a man of many talents and served in various capacities throughout his life. His work history spanned the fields of construction and manufacturing, but it was his vocation in ministry and missionary work that truly defined his life's purpose. Cecil's unwavering commitment to his faith and his passion for helping others seek the Lord were the cornerstones of his existence.
Those who knew Cecil were touched by his genuine kindness and his steadfast dedication to his faith. He was a man who lived by example, selflessly giving of himself to ensure that the light of his beliefs reached every corner of the community he served. His life was a testament to the power of faith in action, and his legacy is one of hope, love, and the unyielding spirit of giving.
As we remember Rev. Cecil Calvin Betts, we are reminded of the profound impact one individual can have on the lives of many. Cecil's journey on earth may have come to a close, but the echoes of his influence will resonate for generations to come. He was a true servant of the Lord, a caring family man, and a friend to all.
We bid farewell to a man who was not only a cherished family member but also a guiding light to his congregation and community. Rev. Cecil Calvin Betts will be deeply missed, but the memories of his kind heart and faith-filled life will continue to inspire and comfort those who were blessed to know him.
A service to celebrate Cecil's life and honor his memory will be held on Saturday, December 30th, 2023, at Mt. Zion Church, 57196 Mount Zion Hill Rd, Quaker City, OH 43773 with a reception at 11AM followed by the service at 12. Cecil's life was a journey of love, faith, and service, and as we gather to reflect on his legacy, we take solace in the knowledge that his spirit lives on in the hearts of those he touched.