Southern Christian Advocate, August 26, 1897 issue, Vol 61 #10 pg 6 col 3: From the Sandor Teszler Library Archives of Wofford College:
D Ashby BETHEA
Bethea---D Ashby Bethea, second son of D N and Anna Bethea, was born February 18, 1877, and died June 30th, 1897, after a short illness of three weeks.
He was a young man of unusual character and promise. From early boyhood were evinced marks of a fine moral sense and as he grew toward manhood business gifts developed, which betokened a successful career in the material world.
When a mere boy he associated himself with the Methodist church, but not until the Spring of '96 did he make a profession of experimental religion. His comversion was witnessed by the writer, and was clear and positive. Its' genuineness was demonstrated by the consistency of his subsequent walk, especially by the patient trust in and submission to God's will during his suffering. His last words, "Tis so sweet to trust in Jesus," revealed that he had gotten hold of the true principle of life.
By his open, honest face he gained the admiration of strangers and won the love of friends. The esteem with which he was held was manifested by acts of kindness in affliction and a large concourse of attendants upon his funeral. We are comforted by the faith that he rests with God through Christ. A J C, Jr.