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Thursday April 16 1903 State Paper pg 2 col 4

Death Of Mr E Bethea
Another Gallant Ex-Confederate Crosses the River

Special to the State.
Latta---April 15---Mr E Bethea, better known as "Old Uncle Junie," one of our most highly respected citizens and a Confederate veteran, passed away at his home near here on the 14th inst. He was about 65 years old, and one of the oldest members of the Masonic Lodge at Dalcho. He served the four years in the war of Southern Independence, and it is said that a better soldier never shouldered a musket.

Just before the surrender he received a wound in his leg, which made him a cripple on crutches for the remainder of his life. Although thus maimed, he was a very successful farmer. Mr W Ellis Bethea, his eldest son, is one of the leading merchants of this place. He has another son, Powers W Bethea, at Wofford, a very promising young man. He also has a daughter, Miss Eva, at Roanoake College, Va.

Everybody thought well of "Old Uncle Junie." He attended to his own business and let other people's alone. He was never interested in politics except to select the best men to vote for. He was one of the leading members of the Methodist Church here. His remains were entered at the old family burying ground near his home with Masonic honors.

Transcribed and contributed by Carolyn Klear, 10 Oct 2003

NOTE: I believe this is Elisha C. BETHEA, Jr. (1837-1903), buried in the old Bethea Cemetery. A memorial to him, and his family, may be found at Dothan Cemetery. -- Victoria


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