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Dillon Herald pg 1 of June 9 1938 issue

Arthur Bethea Dies In Auto Accident

Arthur L Bethea of Little Rock, aged 41 years, died early Saturday morning at a Florence hospital from internal injuries received Thursday night about 9 o'clock when his automobile plunged into a canal on highway 73.

Mr Bethea was approaching the highway on a dirt road, and the theory is that he thought the road continued on across the highway, but there was an intervening space of about 15 feet. There was a heavy downpour of rain at the time and the presumption is that he missed the road and plunged into the canal.

Mr Bethea's brother, Chesley Bethea, Jr., was killed in an automobile accident 18 months ago.

Mr Bethea had legions of friends throughout the county who greatly deplore his untimely death.

Funeral services were conducted Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock at the Little Rock Methodist Church by Rev J H Bennett, assisted by Dr J A Ward, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Dillon, and Rev Fred J Hay, pastor of the Presbyterian Church of Dillon. Interment was in the church cemetery. A large concourse of friends and relatives attended.

The active pallbearers were: Bishop McColl, Neil Sinclair, Arthur Hasty, Herbert Britt, James Norton, and Joe Andrews.

Mr Bethea is survived by his widow, the former Eva Bailey; six children, Rebecca, Evelyn, Eva Joyce, Anita Jo, Annie Frances, and Arthur Bethea, Jr.; six brothers and sisters, Mrs Henry Woodle, Lake View; Mrs Lynne Ford, Burlington, NC., Miss Eva Bethea, John and Vann Bethea, Little Rock, and Harvey C Bethea, Chief of Police of Dillon.

Submitted by Carolyn Klear, 28 May 2002.

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