Charles Herbert Bethea, Jr., 84, of Thomasville died March 5, 2013 at William F. Green State Veterans Home. He was born June 12, 1928 in Orlando, Fla. Bethea was a retired plumber, he served in the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War as a 20 year veteran of the U.S. Marine Corps. He was also a member of the VFW Post 5106 in Thomasville, the Marine Corps League, P. L. Wilson Detachment #447 in Mobile and a member of the Thomasville United Methodist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Jeanette Lott Nichols Bethea of Thomasville; two sons, Herbie Alan (Angie) Bethea of Chilton, and Daryl Bolen (Tracie) Bethea of Birmingham; daughter, Valarie Bethea of Thomasville; two stepsons, Michael "Mike" (Nicole) Nichols of Oklahoma City, Okla. and Eric Scott (Tanna) Nichols of Elizabethtown, Ky; stepdaughter, Michelle "Mitzi" (Jeff) Deas of Goodlettsville, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Tristan Charles Bethea of Chilton, Alexandria Brook (Justin) McPherson of Tuscaloosa, Christopher Blakeney Bethea of Birmingham and Nikki Knight (Andy) Robinson of Madison, Miss.; four great-grandchildren, Taylor Robinson and Stella Rose Robinson, both of Madison, Miss., Natalie Bethea of Birmingham and James Alex McPherson of Tuscaloosa; four stepgrandchildren, Eric Thomas (Deanna) Nichols of Yukon, Okla., Cheryl Ann (Gilbert) Ayala of Ellenboro, N.C., Jennifer Lynetta (Wrangler) Williams of Monroeville and Jason Ray Sigler of Toyko Navel Base, Japan; five stepgreat-grandchildren, Thomas Eugene Ayala and Cerria Rose Ayala both of Ellenboro, N.C., Nathan Williams and Gunter Williams, both of Monroeville and Zoey Ann Nichols of Yukon, Okla.
Funeral services were Thursday, March 7 at Thomasville United Methodist Church with Rev. George Sedberry officiating. Interment followed at the Choctaw Corner Cemetery in Thomasville with O'Bryant Chapel Funeral Home in Thomasville directing.
Active pallbearers were members of the Marine Corps League, P. L. Wilson Detachment in Mobile. Honorary pallbearers were members of the VFW Post 5106 in Thomasville and the men of Thomasville United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Thomasville United Methodist Church, the American Cancer Society or the Marine Corps League, P. L. Wilson Detachment #447 in Mobile.