Robert Arthur Bettis, 88, of Camden and North Myrtle Beach, S.C. was reunited with his loving wife of 64 years, Mary Margaret (Peggy) Campbell Bettis, on January 28, 2012.
Born April 25, 1923 in Punta Arenas, Chile, Bob was the son of Victor Albert Bettis, Auckland, New Zealand and Alice Greta Clarke, London, England. He was predeceased by his two sisters, Nena and Sheila, and three brothers, Ron, Jack and Charlie. Raised in Punta Arenas and Vina del Mar, Chile, Bob joined the Royal Air Force in 1941 then transferred to the Royal Navy in 1942 where he served with distinction throughout WWII. Bob and Peggy, having met during the war in New York City were married there in 1946 after which they returned to their home in Buenos Aires, Argentina. In 1951, they emigrated with their family to the United States, settled in Camden, SC and became US citizens in 1967. During his 43 year career with E.I. DuPont, Robert was a faithful member of Grace Episcopal Church, served proudly with American Legion James Leroy Belk Post #17, and was active in the Camden Lion’s Club. Bob retired in 1984 enjoying his remaining years between “Fairview”, his home in Camden, and “Ebb Tide” in Cherry Grove, North Myrtle Beach, SC.
A devoted husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather, he is survived by his three daughters, Ann Mary Elder of Tampa, FL, Patricia Bettis Lowry and Dorothy Christina Graham, both of North Myrtle Beach, SC, and his son Robert Arthur Bettis, Jr., of Chapin, SC; ten grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
A memorial Service will be held in Camden, SC, on a date to be announced later. Memorials may be sent to: Solaris Hospice, 124-B Professional Park Drive, Conway, SC 29526; American Legion James Leroy Belk Post #17, P.O. Box 456, Camden, SC 29021; and the Alzheimer’s Association, South Carolina Chapter, 4124 Clemson Blvd. Ste. L, Anderson, SC 29621.
Lee Funeral Home & Crematory of Little River/North Myrtle Beach is serving the family.