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Southern Christian Advocate, issue dated August 15, 1901 Vol 65 #8 page 15 col
from Sandor Teszler Library of Wofford College:


Flora Bethea Lane was born in Marion County, SC., in the year 1841, married to Capt Stephen D Lane 28th November 1865 and died at Latta, SC., October 17th 1900. She was a daughter of the late Rev Samuel J Bethea of precious memory whom many of the older preachers will remember as a zealous and useful local preacher living near Dothan Church on the Little Rock Circuit. The Rev S J Bethea of the South Carolina Conference and one sister are the only ones left of a large family of twelve children, all of whom lived to adult age.

Very early in life Mrs Lane joined the Methodist Church and made a profession of religion and continued a consistent member of the Church and a "lover of the Lord" to the day of her death. Her married life was singularly happy. Her husband, Capt Lane, was a clear-headed progressive farmer and amassed a considerable property while she "looked well to the way of her household" and was a helpmeet indeed. Their beautiful home at Oak Grove near Bethesda Church was ever open to dispense a generous hospitality to their numerous friends and especially to the preacher in charge of their circuit. The "prophet's chamber" was nicely furnished and ever ready to receive the weary itinerant who usually made that home head-quarters when in that locality.

Having no children of her own, Mrs Lane lavished her maternal love on other people's children and more than one girl was brought up and trained in her home, and are now mothers bringing up respectable families.

The last few months of her life were sad and sorrowful. Her husband who had shielded her from every care for thirty-five years died in 1899---the girls she had reared were married and gone and her own health broke down. She was a great sufferer from disease for nearly two years and death to her was a release from pain and loneliness. She bore her sufferings with Christian fortitude and calmly awaited the end which she fully realized was inevitable. She made disposition of all her worldly belongings---remembering many of her nieces and nephews and other relations in gifts which they prize and even selected and bought a handsome monument to mark her grave in the Cemetery at Dothan.

Farewell companion of my childhood's happy days. Our parents were near neighbors. Together we went to school at Old Hofwyl Academy. When she and Capt Lane were married, I was one of the "waiters"---through all these years she has been my constant unwavering and unchanging friend. Thank God for the hope of meeting again. John C Sellers

Submitted by Carolyn Klear, 28 Oct 2002

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