MILLSBORO, Del. - Norman "Buddy" Betts Age 79 passed away on May 28, 2013 in the comfort of his home. Norman was born January 6, 1934 to Ira and Miranda Betts of Millsboro, DE. He attended Millsboro High School and retired after 48 years at Townsend, Inc. Norman was a Life Member of Millsboro Fire Company for 50 years, serving 30 years as a Member of the Delaware State Fire Police. During his years of Fire Service, Norman was awarded: 2005 Delaware Fireman of the Year, 2005 Ned Carey Fireman of the Year award, 2007 Top Responder Fire Police, 2007 Fireman of the Year, and was inducted into the Delaware Firefighters Hall of Fame in 2006. Norman was a Member of the Millsboro Jaycee's, where he served as the local chapter's Vice President and President. He also served as the State Chaplin, local Director, and State Director. During his years with the Jaycee's, Norman was awarded Outstanding Jaycee Spoke Award of the Year and was admitted to membership and fellowship as a Life Member of the Junior Chamber International as the world's 11207th JCI Senator, which is the highest award given by the Jaycee's. Norman was a Charter Member of the Sussex Central Ruritan's for 37 years, where he served as Vice-President and President. He was the Zone Governor for three terms and awarded Ruritan of the Year Award in 2000, 2004, & 2007. Norman was a member of Zoar United Methodist Church, where he was past President of the Men's Club. He was also a member of the Moose Legion and the Central Delaware Civil War Round Table. In addition to his many organizations, Norman enjoyed his antique toy truck and Hess truck collections and the World of Nascar.
Norman shared his life with his wife, Alice Betts of 58 years. In addition to his parents, Norman was predeceased by his sisters Catherine Carisle, Mildred Betts, Hazel Pusey, Jenna Mae Rogers, Pauline Cordery and brothers Reese Betts & Everett Betts. Norman will be dearly missed by his wife Alice, sister Aliene Miller of Millsboro: Sons - Paul Betts of Clayton, Randy & Barbara Betts of Georgetown, Mark & Cindy Betts of Dagsboro, Darryl & Janine Betts of Dagsboro, Kevin Betts & Dustey Long of Millsboro; Grandchildren – Tony & Kimberly Wise of Georgetown, Karla Betts of Mechanicsburg, PA, Hunter & Amber Holland of Frankford, Dylan Betts & his fiancée Nicole Mitchell of Dagsboro, Suzanne Betts of Wilmington, Jesse Betts of Dagsboro, Gage Betts of Dagsboro, Abby Betts of Wilmington; Great-Grandchildren – Mikayla Wise of Georgetown, Wyatt Betts of Dagsboro and Hanna Holland of Frankford.
The funeral services will be at Watson Funeral Home in
Millsboro with viewings on Friday 6 PM- 8 PM and Saturday 12 PM – 2 PM. The service will begin at 2 PM with the
burial at the Millsboro Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests contributions to the
Millsboro Fire Company, P.O. Box 83, Millsboro, DE 19966 or Zoar United
Methodist Church, c/o Carissa Pepper, 24491 Gravel Hill Rd, Millsboro, DE 19966.
Letters of condolence may be emailed via Watson Funeral Home's website.