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Obituary of
Martha Ann Bethea SELLERS

Southern Christian Advocate
issue dated March 23, 1893 Vol 56 #40 page 6 col 4
From the Sandor Teszler Library at Wofford College


Mrs Martha Ann, wife of W W Sellers, Esq., was born in the upper part of Marion County, December 2nd, 1821, and died at their home in the town of Marion, Feb 2nd 1893. Her maiden name was Bethea. She was married to her now bereaved husband in January, 1847, and for forty-six years they lived together in tenderest affection and mutual appreciation. The union resulted in six children, who lived to be grown, and all save one survive still. In the fall of 1838, under the ministry of Rev John R Pickett, she was happily converted and joined the Methodist Church, of which she remained a consistent and useful member to the day of her death. She never for a moment, in all the long years that followed, doubted that she was a child of God by adoption, and was ready always to give a reason for the hope which was in her; her Christian experience was a very happy one. She was a woman of firm conviction, and on any question of right and wrong, you would always know where to find her. She ruled her home with a gentle, but very firm hand. Her children owe very much to her influence. The heart of her husband fully trusted her. For several years her health had been declining, but for some weeks she knew, and freely spoke to me of it, that the end was near; but death held no terrors for her. She was not afraid. She thought of it as going home, as entering upon rest. In the early morning of February 2d, she quietly breathed her last, and the angels bore her away to God. May a kind father deal gently with the loved ones. J S Beasley

Submitted by Carolyn Klear, 5 Feb 2003.

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