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Southern Christian Advocate, April 8, 1885 issue, Vol48 #14 pg 7 col 2: From the Sandor Teszler Library Archives of Wofford College:

MRS HARRIET BASS BETHEA

Bethea---Harriet B., wife of John R Bethea, and daughter of Joseph and Mercy Bass, was born Sept 30, 1823, and died at her home in Marion Co., SC., Jan 28, 1885. Though for some years afflicted, the result of a slightly paralytic stroke, her last illness was short and extremely severe. Sister Bethea connected herself with the Methodist Church in early life, and through all the years following, adorned the doctrines of Christ by "an upright walk and Godly conversation." In all the relations of life, as wife, mother, friend, she was loving and faithful. She lived to see all of her children in the church and exhibiting the traits of well-formed character. For the son now connected with the S C Conference, Rev H C Bethea, she felt special solitude, and daily besought the Lord that he might be a faithful and useful minister of the Gospel. Before her absent boy knew she was sick, she had passed through the gates into the City of God. They all miss her sadly; but the husband, now past seventy, to whose life she had been the balance-wheel, the comfort, the moral support, the sweet sympathizer in times of trial--how sorely he feels the loss and pines for her presence. Patience, brother, the time of separation will not be long, and you shall find her again, far above the shadows of the tomb. The deceased was a good woman, full of charity for the weak, benevolence to the poor, sympathy for the suffering. Her body sleeps beside kindred dust in the Dothan graveyard; her spirit basks in the sunshine of God. We shall meet her again.

J S Beasley

Submitted by Carolyn Klear, 3 Aug 2002


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