Kirby Lee Betts

1921 - 2005


Kirby Lee Betts, 84, a retired real estate broker, former Scoutmaster of Troop 68, passed away Thursday, Aug. 11, 2005, at a local hospital.

Funeral: 1 p.m. Tuesday at Arlington Funeral Home Chapel. Burial: Moore Memorial Gardens in Arlington. Visitation: starting at 8:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Memorials: charity of choice.

Kirby was born Feb. 25, 1921, in Ganado to Frances and Luther Betts. He served in the Army Air Forces during World War II and in naval aviation during the Korean War.

Kirby attended UT at Arlington for two years. He then completed a B.S. degree in agricultural education from Texas A&M University and a master's degree in secondary education from Texas Christian University.

Kirby was a longtime member of First United Methodist Church of Arlington. He ran Betts Real Estate for 50 years. He was a Scoutmaster at Troop 68.

He was a loving husband, father and friend and will be fondly remembered by all.

Kirby was preceded in death by brothers, Dempsey Betts and Kent Betts; and sister, Elsie Hendrix.

Survivors: Wife of 55 years, Roberta Betts of Arlington; son, Kent Betts of Fort Worth; daughter, Barbara Betts Snow and husband, Michael of Burleson; brother, Dexter L. Betts and wife, Dorthy of Arlington; niece, Kay Lancaster; nephew, Gary Betts of the Fort Worth area; and a host of loving relatives and friends.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Kent and his family.
The Scoutmaster
Edgar Guest 

There isn't any pay for you, you serve without reward,
The boys who tramp the fields with you but little could afford.
And yet your pay is richer far than those who toil for gold,
For in a dozen different ways your service shall be told.

You'll read it in the faces of a Troop of growing boys,
You'll read it in the pleasure of a dozen manly joys,
And down the distant future you will surely read it then,
Emblazoned thru the service of a band of loyal men.

They have no gold to give you, but when age comes on to you
They'll give you back the splendid things you taught them how to do
They'll give you rich contentment and a thrill of honest pride
And you'll see the nation prosper, and you'll all be satisfied.