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Obituary notice in the Southern Christian Advocate, Vol 102 # pg 12 col 1 issue dated March 31, 1938 from the Sandor Teszler Library of Wofford College:

Mrs Fitzhugh Lee Bethea

It is fitting that we pause a few moments, at this time, to pay a loving tribute to the memory of one, who was most efficient and useful, not only in our Women's Missionary Society, but in every department of our church, Mrs Fitzhugh Lee Bethea, whom to know was to love.

We shall miss her familiar face and form from our missionary meetings, from our church services and many other Christian gatherings, but she will live on in her Christian influence, her goodness and charity, in the hearts of those who love her.

Mrs Bethea was a great asset to her church and community, she was always interested and ready to do her part. She stood for the highest ideals, and nobler things, she was interested in the uplift of her community and ever willing to lend a helping hand to her fellowman.

Her span of years was brief, just in the prime of her life, prepared by her experiences and useful living for greater usefullness, to us her going seems so soon. Yet length of years is not the only measure of intensive service. There are lives such as hers that leave such an imprinton this world that time will not efface. She will not be forgotten by any of us who knew her beautiful, unselfush, and useful life of service, but long after we too are gone, year after year when the beautiful flowers and shrubs awaken from their winter's sleep to bloom and sweeten the air with their fragrence, she will be remembered as one who loved nature and beauty, and planned and planted many of these plantings that will ever be a living memorial of her.

Words are inadequate to express our deep appreciation of Mrs Bethea, and our keen sorrow in her going. We shall miss her, but let the memory of her life of service inspire us to more faithfulness and loyalty. While we miss her gentle presence among us, we bow in humble submission to the will of God, who it too wise to make mistakes, and to Him give thanks for the beautiful life she lived among us and try to emulate her Christ-like spirit, forgetting ourselves in thoughtful service to others.

Mrs L A Manning,
For the W. M. S. of Main Street Church, Dillon, S. C.

Submitted by Carolyn Klear, 5 Aug 2002.


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