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Southern Chrisitian Advocate July 8, 1943 Vol 107 #27 page 11 col 2 from the Sandor Teszler Library at Wofford College:

J Earle Bethea

J Earle Bethea of Dillon, former state commander of the American Legion and long prominent in legion affairs, died June 29 at the Veterans Hospital, Columbia, following an extended illness. He was one of the most widely known citizens of the state, and vitally interested in its affairs. The funeral services were held at Dothan Church conducted by his pastor, Rev E K Garrison, of Main Street church, Dillon.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs Marie Gibson Bethea, a daughter, Miss Marie Gibson Bethea of Raleigh, and a son, J Earle Bethea, Jr., of Camp Croft, Spartanburg.

Submitted by Carolyn Klear, 5 Nov 2002.

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