Bettie Frances Capps, age 79 of Jasper, FL. passed away on Oct. 8, 2016 at Shands Hospital in Gainesville, FL. following a sudden illness. Bettie was born on July 26, 1937 in Portsmouth, Virginia to the late Walter and Elizabeth Powell Applewhite. Some 59 years ago she met and married James "Jim" Capps and together they raised three sons. Bettie could never be accused of being short on personality or opinions.
It has been said that a day at the home of Jim and Bettie was always an adventure. She loved people and spent 25 years in management at the Jasper Library/Virginia B. Chandler Public Library. Children all over the county knew Ms. Bettie. She became a surrogate mother to some that just needed a little extra hug now and again. At home, she loved working in the yard always mowing and tending her flowers and plants. More than anything, she loved spending time with her grandchildren, great grandchildren and her great great-granddaughter. Like most, she lived and breathed whatever it was they were interested in and was willing to do most anything they wanted her to do. Simply put, they were the driving force behind her unconditional love. Part of loving them involved the other passion in her life and that was spreading the word that Jesus Christ was Lord. She was unapologetic in a day when it is not popular to proclaim your love for Jesus. She wanted her grandchildren to know that they too could have and needed to have a personal relationship with the Lord.
Surviving is her husband, Jim Capps; three sons, Ronnie Capps and his wife Sharon of Live Oak, FL., Ty Capps and his wife Stephanie of Madison, FL. and Ray Capps and his wife Kanoye of Jasper, FL.; one brother, Larry Applewhite of Portsmouth, VA; nine grandchildren, Puena Stacey, Candice Webb (Marc), Tylyn Stansel (Erwin), Ty Capps II (Melissa), Lindsey McLeod, Dillon Pickles, Casi Kapadia (Sunny), Conan Capps (Raven) and Zachary Capps; twelve great grandchildren, Cylent, Cheyenne, Addison, Logan, Kenley, Hayley, Ty III, Amber, Austin, Abby, Brantley and Axl; and one great great-granddaughter, Emerie. Bettie was looking forward to her thirteenth great grandchild expected early next year.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, Oct. 11 in the chapel of Harry T. Reid Funeral Home in Jasper, FL. with Pastor Ronnie Sadler officiating. Interment followed at Evergreen Cemetery.
Harry T. Reid Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.
Published on October 13, 2016