NC author Doris Betts dies at 79 of lung cancer

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Doris Betts

PITTSBORO, N.C. — Southern writer Doris Betts is being remembered for her fiction and her work as a creative writing professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Her son Erskine Betts of Apex said Sunday she died at her Pittsboro home of lung cancer on Saturday. She was 79.

Betts’s seventh novel, “Souls Raised from the Dead,” won the Southern Book Award in 1995. An only child of millworkers in Statesville in western North Carolina, she learned to read before first grade.

Betts collected several teaching awards during her three decades at UNC.

Betts is survived by her sons Erskine and David Lowry Betts of Pittsboro. Her daughter Doris and husband Lowry died previously.

A funeral service is scheduled for Wednesday at Pittsboro Presbyterian Church, with burial at the church.

Credit: The Associated Press.