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
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.