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Lettie J Bethea George
Sep 30, 1923 to Jul 11, 2015


After a brief illness, Lettie Jane Bethea George, 91, was called home to higher ground on Saturday, July 11, 2015 at her home. Born September 30, 1923, in Lee County, she was the daughter of the late Ernest Bethea, Sr. and Retha Lucas Bethea. She attended the public schools of Lamar (Darlington County). In 1943, she met and married Manning “Buster’ George who preceded her in death. At an early age, she gave her heart to the Lord. She was a member of Sandy Grove United Methodist Church in Lamar for many years. Upon the family’s relocation to Sumter, she joined Morris Chapel Baptist Church, where she was president of the Missionary Association, a member of the choir, active in Sunday School and a member of the Executive Board of the Sumter Baptist Women’s Association. She remained an active member of over 50 years. As a single parent, she worked many jobs to provide for her four girls. She was a farmer, a maid, and a professional cook. She later worked at Campbell Soup until retiring in 1985. Being a people person, she went on to become a Home Health Aide. She was the matriarch of five generations and was always the life of the party at family gatherings. Cherishing her memories and thanking God for putting her in our family are: her daughters, Rev. Janie Bethea John of New York City, N. Y., Ernestine Lewis of Sumter and Corine Bethea of the home; her step daughters, Willie Mae George Price of Jamaica, N. Y.; adopted son, Detective Larry Florence (Nancy of Sumter; adopted daughter, June Hamlette Bethell (Richie) of Chase City, VA and Sarah Abernathy of Sumter; nine grandchildren; twenty one great grandchildren; nine great-great grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and devoted friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; her brothers and their wives, Ernest Jr. (Madeline), E. B. (Eula), B. B. and James Williams (Rosa Mae); her daughter, Carolyn Joretta George Wells; and many other family members. Funeral services will be held 12:00 noon, Friday, July 17, 2015 from Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church, 325 Fulton Street, Sumter, with the Rev. James B. Blassingame, pastor, the Rev. Dr. Ronald Williams Wells, eulogist, assisted by the Rev. Maggie Richardson, Rev. Jeanette Jenkins, Rev. Frank Williams, Jr., and Rev. Robert E. Galloway. The family is receiving relatives and friends at the home, 505 Knight Bridge Road, Sumter. The Remains will be placed in the church at 11:00 a. m. The funeral procession will leave from the home at 11:20 a. m. Floral bearers will be granddaughters, great granddaughters and great-great granddaughters. Pall bearers will be grandsons, great grandsons, and great-great grandsons. Burial will be in the Hillside Memorial Park, 3001 Cains Mill Road, Sumter.
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