D. C. BETTS
In Memory of a Departed Brother
April 25, 1879—February 3, 1919
On February 3rd, the death angel visited the Ward Chapel Community
and Claimed for its victim one of the highest esteemed citizens of Atoka
County, a man who was esteemed by all who knew him.
The subject of this sketch was our beloved Brother D. C. Betts,
who was born April 25, 1870, being reared by Christian parents. He
heeded their admonition 17 years ago. He join the Missionary Baptist
church and for the last fourteen years has been an ordained deacon in
that good body and well does this author of the sketch remember the
first time he ever met this worker, seventeen years ago, at a little
mission Sunday school at Hickory Hill, when he proved himself a true
soldier of Christ, and it has been my privilege to be closely associated
with Brother Betts these past seventeen years, and have always found him
a true man in financial way and also in a fraternal way, and above all
true to his God.
Several years ago he became a member of the Independent Order of
Oddfellows of Atoka Lodge No. 395, and lived so true to his obligation
that his life though he is dead still speaks the emblems of the beloved
order, Friendship, Love and Trust. And it was his request that his lodge
bury him. So on Tuesday, February 4, a number of the brothers gathered
at the home of the deceased, where Brother Renfore preached a beautiful
funeral sermon to his loved ones, a host of friends and acquaintances.
Then a band of Odd Fellows took charge of the corpse and conveyed it to
the family cemetery, being followed by a large procession, there they
laid him to rest in accordance with their order. And we want to say to
the bereaved ones of this departed Brother, not to weep for Brother
Betts—he is not dead, but has gone to love with God.
Though his voice is silenced here, his pure sweet life still
speaks, and God will continue to talk to all of us who know him through
the life of this noble brother, and use him as a beckoning hand to lead
many souls to Christ and there is no one realizes your sorrows more
forcibly than Atoka Lodge No. 395, and we commend you to Brother D. C.
Submitted by Carl Phillips, great nephew of D. C. Betts, April 9,