Marlboro County, South Carolina


Monday January 22 1945 State Paper

Thomas Jesse Bethea of Bennettsville Dies

Bennettsville, Jan 21—(Special)—Thomas Jesse Bethea, 66, died at the local hospital at 8:30 this morning following an illness of a week after suffering a stroke.

Funeral services will be conducted from the home of the Fletcher section at 3 o’clock Monday afternoon and interment will be made in the family burying ground near the home. His pastor, the Rev J G Ferguson of Pine Grove Methodist Church, will officiate.

Mr Bethea, a farmer, was active until he suffered a stroke last May. He was the son of the late William and Victoria Gibson Bethea and spent his entire life in the Fletcher section.

He is survived by his widow, Mrs Lydia Manship Bethea; the following sons and daughters; T J Bethea of Miami, Fla, W M Bethea of McColl, Maj Victor Lee Bethea of the army at El Paso, Tex., Mrs Tom Rivers of Raleigh, NC., Mrs Howard Dubose of Oklahoma City, Okla, and Capt Charles Julian Bethea of the army at Austin, Tex; three sisters and brothers, Miss Alma Bethea of Bennettsville, Mrs Glenn Cope of Cope, Mrs Laurie Smoak of Bamberg, J G Moore of Bennettsville; and three grandchildren.

Submitted by Carolyn Klear, July 2004.


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