Dr. Charles “Charlie” O. Bettinger III

Published 5:30 pm Saturday, October 9, 2021

On Oct. 8, 2021, Dr. Charles “Charlie” O. Bettinger, III, 85, passed away after a short illness.

Charlie was born and raised in Waco, Texas. After high school, he moved to Austin, Texas where he attend the University of Texas and met his late wife, Cynthia. After receiving his Ph.D. from UT in 1969, he and his family moved to Monroe, La. where he was a professor at The University of Louisiana at Monroe. In 1984, Charlie moved to Lake Charles where he was a professor at McNeese University until his retirement in the 1990’s. During his tenure at McNeese, Charlie served as Dean of the College of Business and was instrumental in the success of the McNeese College of Business becoming accredited.

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After his retirement, Charlie continued to be a highly sought after Economist and professional witness. Attorneys throughout Louisiana and Texas sought after Charlie because of the credibility of his opinions and the unwavering testimony on the witness stand. Charlie remained actively preparing cases up until his death.

A lifelong Presbyterian, Charlie has been a member of First Presbyterian Church of Lake Charles since relocating to Lake Charles. He was preceded in death by the love of his life, Cynthia Rabby Bettinger; his son, Randy Lee; and grandson, Charlie Lee. Charlie is survived by his daughters, Jerilyn Colvard (Robert) of Lubbock, Texas, and Carlyn Rider (Scott) of Lake Charles.Grandchildren include Dr. Eric Colvard, Kelly Colvard-Walter, Ginger Smith, Randy Lee, Miranda Craft, Brandon Lee, Katrina Lee, Austin Lee, Cecilia Bergstedt, Layna Bergstedt, and Everett Bergstedt. Charlie also leaves behind numerous great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

The family wishes to give a special thanks to Tremane Mingo, Charlie’s loving and loyal caregiver. The family also extends its heartfelt appreciation to the staff at Harbor Hospice for their compassion and dedication to the service of others.

Charlie’s funeral service will be held at 11:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 12, 2021 at University Baptist Church, located at 4505 Lake Street. The Rev. Chandler Willis will officiate. Visitation will be at the church on Tuesday morning from 9:30 a.m. until the start of the service at 11:30 a.m.

Cremation was entrusted to Johnson Funeral Home of Lake Charles.

Words of comfort to the family may be expressed at www.johnsonfuneralhome.net.