Southern Christian Advocate, May 20, 1886 issue, Vol 49 #20 pg 7 col 1: From the Sandor Teszler Library Archives of Wofford College:
Capt Elisha Bethea
Bethea---Capt Elisha Bethea, of Marion Co., S.C., was born Feb 28, 1807, and passed into rest, April 5, 1886. Brought up under religious and Methodist influences, in early life he consecrated himself to God and joined the church of his parents. From that time to the close of his long life, he never withdrew the offering, but remained a faithful and useful member of the church of his early choice. At the age of 21 he was married to Miss Martha A Walter, who, with ten children, still survives. In her he found a wife indeed, and together they so moulded the character of their children as to have the pleasure of seeing them all in the church and doing well in life. He was a man of sterling worth and integritu. Though with but limited educational advantages, he was endowed with a fine mind, which he so improved as to become a man of large general information. He was a successful man, accumulated a handsome fortune, and used it as the steward of the Lord. He was the friend of the poor, always ready to bestow help to the deserving. Hospitality was a prominent trait in his character, his doors being always open, not only to friends, but to the wayfaring and the stranger as well. The type of Methodism of his young manhood deeply impressed itself upon his heart and life. The family altar was an institution in his home, and the morning and evening sacrifice were regularly offered, even though he might be too feeble to leave his room. A few days before the end, his family standing around his bed, though wandering in mind at the hour of evening sacrifice, his feeble voice was heard in fervent prayer to God as aforetime. A few weeks before his death, a precious occasion was partaking with him in his home the sacrament of the Lord's Supper, which we all felt would be the last time on earth. For several years his strength had rapidly declined, but his last sickness was of only a few days duration, which he bore with great patience, until, like the tired child falling asleep, he rested. He has gone to his God and renewed his youth in the land where no night cometh. An affectionate daughter says, "His upright principles, his fidelity to his church and blameless Christian life, constitute a precious legacy left to us who mourn his departure." May they all follow him as he followed Christ.
J S Beasley
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