Mrs. Bessie Waller Bettis of South Boston went to her heavenly home on Tuesday, June 9, 2020, at the age of 92. She was born in Pittsylvania County on Sept. 12, 1927 to the late Howard Newbill Waller and the late Linnie Walker Waller and was married to the late Billy Baxter Bettis. 

Bessie was a member of Ash Ave. Baptist Church. She also was a member of the Red Hat Society and the AARP.

Left behind to cherish her memories are her wonderful sons, Dewey Compton and wife Valerie and Danny Long and wife Hilda; her precious grandchildren, Chad Compton and wife Kelly, Anne-Ashley Compton, Kristen Compton, Todd Long and wife Dana and Tony Long; her great grandchildren, Richard Dewey “Duke” Compton, Rose Styron, Katie Long, Ty Long and Logan Long; and special friend, Bill Burbank.

Funeral services for Mrs. Bettis will be held on Friday, June 12, 2020, at 2 p.m. in the Betty B. Jones Chapel at Brooks Lyon with the Rev. Randy Holmes officiating. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service, 1 – 2 p.m. at Brooks Lyon Funeral Home. Interment will follow in Oak Ridge Cemetery.

Those wishing to give memorials are encouraged to consider the Ash Ave Baptist Church, 900 Ash Ave., South Boston, VA 24592 or the Halifax Co. Cancer Association, PO Box 1891, Halifax, VA 24558.

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The family is being served by Brooks Lyon Funeral and Cremation Services, South Boston.