Francis L. Bettis was of the direct line of John Bettis of England. His parents were Frank E. Bettis  and Lana Estell Morgan Bettis, and both lived in Dandridge most all their lives. Francis served in the military service from 1941 to 1945.  He married Hillis Blackburn in 1942 and had three children. He lived in Blount County for fifty-two years and retired from Alcoa after working there thirty-five years. His hobbies were photography, genealogy and collecting old pictures and materials about Dandridge. He had a life long interest in Dandridge, having been born there,  and had an extensive collection of pictures of Dandridge which he shared at many meetings.