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Updated: 10/22/2013 03:00:00PM

Jeremy James Bettis

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Jeremy James “J, JJ” Bettis, 35, of Lake City, Fla., formerly of Punta Gorda, Fla., left this world to be with the Lord Sunday, Oct. 13, 2013.

He was born June 29, 1978, in Marion, S.C., and was the son of Frederick W. and Selma S. Bettis.

Jeremy and his family moved from Florence, S.C., to Punta Gorda in 1988. He worshiped and attended school at First Baptist Church of Port Charlotte, Fla., and Seventh Day Adventist of Port Charlotte. Jeremy was an amazing soccer player and enjoyed being active in track and football in high school and graduated from Charlotte High School in 1996. He studied at University of South Florida in Tampa, Fla. Jeremy volunteered with the YMCA as a soccer coach and during the summers he enrolled in Professional Aviation Flight Academy and earned his private pilot and instrument license. He served in the U.S. Air Force and trained to be an Air Traffic Controller and was a member of the VFW in Lake City.

Jeremy will be greatly missed by his parents, Frederick and Selma; sister, Blake D. (Mike Claus) Bettis; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and many friends. He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Clarence James Bettis, Lois Mollard Bettis, James Avery Smith and Doris Helen Polatty Smith.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, with a celebration of Jeremy’s life to follow at 4 p.m. at Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be in honor of Jeremy James Bettis to Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 2206, P.O. Box 276, Lake City, FL 32056. To express condolences to the family, please visit and sign the online guest.

Arrangements are by Larry Taylor Funeral and Cremation Services.

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