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Southern Christian Advocate, April 5, 1923 issue, Vol 87 #14 pg 12 col 1: From the Sandor Teszler Library Archives of Wofford College:

Joseph J Bethea

Bethea---Joseph J Bethea was born on November 2, 1854 and died at Latta on February 19, 1923. He was twice married, first to Miss Carrie Pierce Bethea and the second time to Miss Annie Gasque. He grew up during those trying and hard years of the war between the states and had a heroic struggle. But meeting the world and conditions of life as he found them with a purpose to win he fought a successful battle and made a success from a material point of view.

He became a Christian early in life and joined the Methodist Episcopal Church, South. With his life-long characteristic devotion to duty, he entered into the work of the Church and his Lord and was faithful to the end.

He was a charter member of the Latta Methodist Church and a member of the board of stewards to the day of his death. He was prudent in speech, stalwart in character, strong in faith, faithful to duty, unselfish in service to others, true to his friends and his God, and liberal and loyal to the Church of which he was a member and which he loved. "Joe" Bethea was always found on the right side of every moral question. He was truly "one of God's noblemen."

I served as his pastor for four years and during that time he was the chairman of my board of stewards. I knew and understood him and I loved him. No pastor ever served Latta church that did not have Brother Bethea as his friend. He stood for his pastor and the church against all comers.

To those who knew him no further word need be written/ He fought a good fight, he kept the faith and is forever with the Lord. We mourn his absence for a while but we are confident we shall see him again some day.
F H Shuler

Submitted by Carolyn Klear, 5 Aug 2002.

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