Southern Christian Advocate issue dated November 19, 1903 Vol 67 #22 pg 15 col 1 from the Sandor Teszler Library of Wofford College:
John C BETHEA
John C Bethea was born February 2, 1861, and died July 31, 1903. Within these dates lived a noble, manly life--a fine exposition of sincerity and thoughtfulness. Very early in life Bro. Bethea joined the Methodist Church at Dothan, on the Little Rock Circuit. In this Church and community his influence was felt as a Christian. For a number of years he was an officer of the Church at Dothan and, until his death was found true to his vows. His life was a beautiful exhibition of Christian character and noble manhood. Bro Bethea was a man of excellent business judgement and was valued in this way by all who knew him. When a young man he went to Wofford College and hoped to complete his course there, but his health was not good and greatly to his regret these plans had to be given up.
In 1884, he was married to Miss M G Bethea, of Mississippi, with whom he lived very happily until his death. To them seven children were born, all of whom, with their mother, survive him. He was a kind, thoughtful husband and a devoted father. His home life with his family was an object lesson of love. Bro Bethea was a man of high ideals and was deeply interested in the education and training of his children.
His removal from earth has brought a great sorrow. A broken-hearted wife and sorrowing children miss him constantly, a large circle of friends and loved ones mourn for him. But to each one there abides the sweet consciousness of his rest, and by and by there'll come the blessed meeting in the great beyond. May our Father's richest blessings comfort the sorrowing ones.