Mrs. Joyce Crawford Bethea, 88, went to Heaven on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013 to meet God and her Savior Jesus Christ, and rejoin her daughter, Jan B. Westmoreland; her father, Audis Elmer Crawford, Sr.; her mother, Iva Graves Crawford; her sister, Jean C. Gilbert and her brother, Audis Elmer Crawford, Jr.
Joyce loved her God, her family and her church, and served them well. She loved to bake unusual birthday cakes for her family. She was also a talented seamstress; her daughter and older grandchildren benefited from this. She was involved with starting the Covenant Baptist Senior ministry and served as its first president. Joyce loved her garden club, book club and bridge club. Most of all, she was always there for her husband and her children. She was much loved and will be missed very much.
Joyce was born in Tchula, Miss., on Dec. 28, 1924. She is survived by her husband of 68 years, John Buell "Jack" Bethea, Jr.; a son, John A. Bethea, Sr., and his wife, Norma Cauthen Bethea; a son-in-law, William A. Westmoreland, Jr.; and a sister, Lou Crawford Price Osburn of Shreveport, La. She was also survived by her grandchildren, Audis Bethea, Jr., and his wife, Christina, Anna Lauren Fresk and her husband, Spencer, Drew Anne Westmoreland, Callen Frances Bethea and Cayce Crawford Bethea; her great-grandchildren, Huntley Olivia Fresk, Lila Noelle Fresk and Audrey Joyce Bethea; and numerous nieces and nephews.
The celebration of life memorial service for Mrs. Bethea is 11 a.m. today, Nov. 13, at Covenant Baptist Church. Dr. Bert Welch will officiate. The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the Fellowship Hall.
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be made to Covenant Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 578, or Hospice of South Carolina, 412 N. White St.
An online guest register is available on the obituaries page at www.burgessfunerals.com.
Burgess Funeral Home & Crematory is caring for the family of Mrs. Bethea.