Bassist Keter Betts Dies at 77


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BETTS, WILLIAM THOMAS “Keter" died of natural causes at his home on Saturday, August 6, 2005. The jazz great is survived by three sons, William Thomas, Jr., Jonathan and Derrick; two daughters, Jacquelyn and Jennifer; four grandchildren, his devoted companion, Roscoe Dellums, and numerous relatives and friends. Mr. Betts' wake will be held on Monday, August 15th at Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church, 3401 Nebraska Avenue, NW, Washington, DC from 10 o'clock AM until the funeral service commences at noon. Mr. Betts will be laid to rest at Parklawn Memorial Park. A memorial service is being planned for a date in the future. In lieu of floral arrangements, please send your contributions to the Keter Betts Memorial Fund, c/o Northminster Presbyterian Church, 7720 Alaska Ave., N.W., Washington, DC 20012. Arrangements by McGUIRE Funeral Home.

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