Bettye L. Thompson, 83, of Italy passed away Monday, May 2, 2011, at Baylor Medical Center at Waxahachie. She was born July 10, 1927, in Frost, Texas, to Lewis Franklin and Ocie Eline (Moore) Neel. She was a member of First Baptist Church in Italy and the Eastern Star. Bettye was a loving wife, sister and aunt. 

Survivors include one brother, Earl Max Neel of Weatherford, Texas; 14 nieces and nephews; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews. 

She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband, Fairace A. Thompson; and one brother, John Frank Neel.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, May 5, 2011, at Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Chapel in Italy.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, May 6, 2011, at Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Chapel in Italy with the Rev. Ronnie Dabney officiating.  Interment will follow at Dresden Cemetery.

Pallbearers will be Michael Neel, Lee Neel, Nicholas Neel, Eddie Thompson and Mike Thompson.

Arrangements by Boze-Mitchell-McKibbin Funeral Home in Waxahachie.