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Christine Thornton Bettis

Tullahoma - On October 31, 2018 Mrs. Christine Thornton Bettis, age 89 of Tullahoma, TN entered into rest at Life Care Center of Tullahoma. Christine played collegiate basketball and softball at Tennessee Wesleyan College in Athens, TN. Mrs. Bettis retired from the Tullahoma City School System in 1986 after 30 years of service. She was a Physical Education teacher, basketball coach and cheerleader sponsor. After retirement she and husband moved to Ellenton, FL.

Mrs. Bettis is preceded in death by her parents Palmer and Alma Thornton; husband, Ray Bettis; brothers, Baxter Thornton, Robert Thornton, and Judson Thornton; sisters, Nancy Thornton and Faye Thornton Greene. She is survived by her daughter, Kay Bettis Scoggins of Tullahoma; sister, Marie Goforth of Wears Valley, TN; grandchildren, Hunter Scoggins and Rachel Scoggins both of Nashville, TN; a host of nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date in Chestnut Hill, TN where Mrs. Bettis was raised.

Memorial contributions can be made in Christine’s honor to
Alzheimer’s of Tennessee
5801 Kingston Ave
Knoxville, TN 37919-9933

Tullahoma Funeral Home is honored to serve The Bettis Family and asks that you sign the guest book and leave online condolences at


Terri Allen Gaines says:

What an awesome lady. She will be missed.

Terri Allen Gaines

Jo Ann Staffino Hubery says:

To the Bettie family and Kay,
I am so sorry for your loss. I had no idea your mom was I’ll. Alzheimer’s is such a devastating disease. My mother, Maxine Staffino is 92 and has Alzheimer’s and totally helpless living in NHC FACILITY in Tullahoma.
Such a wicked disease. I know what you went thru with the long goodbye! I loved your mom in physical education. Her classes were fun and challenging. She will be missed by many
May she Rest In Peace and be healthy again in Eternal Life. I pray for strength for you in the days ahead.
I will notify my sisters of her passing.
This is Jo Ann Staffino Hubert. My sisters are Patty and Kim. Please notify me of the Memorial Fate.

Jackie Cintron York says:

Coach Bettis was an encourager to me. She always believed in her students. She knew how good we could be if we would just try. She never seemed to give up. I'm grateful to have known her.

Judy Fairris Click says:

Rest in Peace Ms Bettis. May the Lord give comfort and peace to her family. I understand what you have gone through and pray that the Lord will comfort you

Robin Furlong says:

Mrs. Bettis was the best! She was fun, professional, fair and an awesome athlete! I think of her when I think of high school. She sure helped me shape my life! My first teaching assignment was in PE.
Robin Furlong
Class of 1974

Becky Wester says:

Only met her and her husband once. I have very special memories in my heart of their daughter, Kay. My mom died of Alzheimer's as well. My thought and prayers are with Kay and her children.

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