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Southern Christian Advocate, issue dated July 27, 1866, Vol 29 #36 pg 7 col 3, provided by Sandor Teszler Library of Wofford College:

Miss Catherine Jennett Bethea

Miss Catherine Jennett Bethea, daughter of Rev S J Bethea, died July 3d 1866 at Reedy Creek, Marion Dist., S C., of typhoid fever, after an illness of a few days, in her 17th year.

She had been reared by pious parents and had been taught early in life to pray. Near a year before her death she became deeply concerned about her salvation, and made an open profession of religion. Her conversion was very clear, and till her death just eleven months, she lived a christian near to the cross of her Savior, often shouting the praises of God, for redeeming grace and dying love. A few moments before her death she called her friends to her bedside, told them that she was going to heaven, and exhorted them all to follow her. She asked what message she should carry to some of their friends whom she knew to be there, and that she would tell her mother (that had preceded her for many years) how kind and good her step-mother (who was present) had been to her. She shouted aloud the praises of her Savior, sung several hymns and parts of hymns, and concluded with, "I am going home to die no more," and then quietly fell asleep in Jesus. She was a diligent and constant Sunday school attendant, was a member of an interesting Bible class in the Sunday school. The Sunday following her death, the members held a meeting and after some appropriate and expressive remarks, it was resolved "That though we bow with submission to the fist of heaven, yet we can but regret the loss by death of our sister and beloved classmate, Catherine J Bethea. The void her death has made in our class can never be filled;" and that "we deeply sympathise with the family circle in this their hour of bereavement, and hereby tender to them our heartfelt condolence."
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Submitted by Carolyn Klear, 5 Aug 2002


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