AUGUSTA, Ga. - Mr. Leonard Bernard Betts, 73, beloved husband, father, and Pop Pop, crossed over into God's domain Saturday, November 19, 2005 at University Hospital in Augusta, Georgia after a long fought battle with cancer. Mr. Betts was born on October 29, 1932 in Wendell, North Carolina to the late Georgia and Ernest Betts. He attended primary and secondary education in the Fuquay Springs school district graduating from Fuquay Consolidated High School in 1950. He furthered his education earning a Bachelor of Science in Electronics and Industrial Arts from A&T University in Greensboro, North Carolina in 1955. He completed a two-year commitment in the United States Army's Signal Corps. Later he moved to the Washington D.C. area and married Lucille Wallace and to this union two children were born. There he had a thirty-two year career with the United States Postal service as a Supervisor, Researcher and Electrical Technician retiring in 1988. He joined and began worshipping at Shiloh Baptist Church of Landover Maryland. There he served as Minister of Education, member of the Deacon Board, Sunday School teacher, Audio & Video technician, church bus driver and craftsman during church construction. These among many other varied tasks enhanced the spiritual growth of the church family and surrounding community. He remained in the Washington D.C. area until the untimely death of his wife in 1986. In 1991, Mr. Betts moved to Augusta, Georgia and married Christine Wilkins Miller. This union knitted the hearts of two families as one. He transferred his membership to Tabernacle Baptist Church and applied his many talents; he taught Sunday School, sang with the Male Chorus, supervised the Tape Ministry, taught Bible Classes and worked with the Prison Ministry. His community service included volunteer work with the Lucy Craft Laney Museum and the operations of the Downtown Cooperative Church Ministries (DCCM) where his efforts ensured that thosein need received food and clothing. In every ministry Mr. Betts served, he had a positive influence on the lives he touched. He is survived by his beloved wife Christine Miller-Betts, a daughter, Natalie Woodson and her husband, Samuel of Fort Washington, MD; a son, Eric Betts and wife, Tamara of Fremont, CA; a daughter, Carol Miller, and her husband, Todd of Ellicott City, MD; two granddaughters, Sarah Miller and Devyn Betts; two grandsons, Donovan Woodson and Christopher Miller; and a host of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, other relatives, Godchildren and friends. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday, November 23, 2005 at 3:00 p.m. from Tabernacle Baptist Church with Reverend Otis Moss III officiating. Interment will be in Maryland National Memorial Park, Laurel, Maryland. In lieu of donations and flowers, friends may make a donation to the Lucy Craft Laney Museum or the Downtown Cooperative Church Ministry (DCCM). Friends may call at the residence or W.H. Mays Mortuary, 1221 James Brown Boulevard, Augusta, GA 30901 (706) 722-6401.
The Augusta Chronicle November 22, 2005