Dec. 14, 1920 Hamlet Richmond County North Carolina, USA
Jul. 3, 1995 Horry County South Carolina, USA
Col. US Army WW II Vietnam Purple Heart
Son of William Thad and Oriana Berry Bethea. Married (1) Margaret Evans Smoot, and (2) Rita Burns.
LITTLE RIVER -- Services for Dr. Col. William Thaddeus Bethea Jr., 74, were held Wednesday in North Myrtle Beach Memorial Gardens Columbarium. Memorials may be made to Mercy Hospice of Horry County. McMillan-Small Funeral Home is in charge.
Col. Bethea died Monday, July 3, 1995. Born in Hamlet, N.C., he was a son of the late William Thaddeus Sr. and Oriana Manning Berry Bethea. He was a graduate of The Citadel, received a master's degree in public health and tropical medicine from Tulane University and a doctor of medicine degree from Bowman Gray School of Medicine and served an internship with McLeod Infirmary of Florence. He was an Army Air Corps veteran of World War II, an Army veteran of the Vietnam War and received the Legion of Merit with Oak Leaf Cluster and Bronze Star. He retired as a physician.
Surviving are his wife, Rita Burns Bethea; sons, William and Andrew Bethea, both of Little River, and Jimmy Atkinson of Boone, N.C.; daughters, Julie Eckert of Myrtle Beach, Margaret McHenry of St. Michels, Md., Linda Foxworth of Chapel Hill, N.C., and Suzanne Suthers of Murrells Inlet; 16 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.