Obituary transcribed from the Southern Christian Advocate February 23, 1928 Volume 92 #8 page 11 col 3 from the Sandor Teszler Library of Wofford College:
Mrs S J Bethea
On the afternoon of February 6, 1928, Mrs Nannie J Bethea, wife of Rev S J Bethea, passed away at her home in Latta. She was 71 years old, having been born at Little Rock May 8, 1857. For nearly 40 years she worthily lived the heroic life of the circuit rider's wife. For many years she was an invalid, almost always a great sufferer---yet the amount of good works she managed to accomplish was always a source of wonder to her friends. One of the early pioneers in the Women's Missionary work, she was always untiring in her zeal for the cause, disseminating missionary information and inspiring others with her love for and interest in the work. For years there was a "Nannie Bethea" scholarship in China and another one in Mexico named for her in appreciation of her work in the societies in which she labored. Even after they came, in 1919, to make their home in Latta, she was for four years the beloved president of the auxillary here. Rarely free from pain herself, she had the most tender sympathy for the sick and did all she could to relieve their suffering.
Of an unusually affectionate disposition she mad (sp...must have typo and left off the e........cgk) many friends wherever she went, and the sympathy of these goes out to the devoted husband, daughter, and sister, and to her son, S J Bethea, Jr., and his family in this sad hour. She was laid to rest in a Latta cemetery amid a great throng of friends who came to pay this last tribute of respect to her memory.
The funeral service was conducted by her pastor the Rev Woodrow Ward, assisted by Rev A C Aston, Rev L LM /bedenbaugh, Rev C C Derrick, Rev B H Covington, and Rev H D Shuler.
One Who Loved Her
Submitted by Carolyn Klear, 30 Oct 2002.