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Charles Bethea

January 6, 1949 ~ December 26, 2020 (age 71)


Celebration of Life for Bishop Charles Bethea will be able for live streaming at the link below: 

Viewing at Gospel Temple Freewill Baptist Church, Thursday January 7, 2021 From 5PM-7PM CST

Graveside Service at St. Paul P.B. Church Saturday January 9, 2021 at 12 Noon

“For we know that if this earthly tent that we live in is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven not made by human hands”. II Corinthians 5:1.

Bishop Charles Edward Bethea was born in Quincy, Florida, Gadsden, County to the late Gabe, Jr. and Jeanette Henry Bethea on January 6, 1949. He transitioned home to be with his Savior on Saturday, December 26, 2020 at Bay Medical Sacred Heart,Panama City, Florida.

He grew up in Quincy, Florida and attended Gadsden County Public Schools. He received Christ at an early age under the Pastorate of Reverend W. C. McMillan at New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Mt. Pleasant, Florida.

Charles was a good-hearted, kind, happy, and beautiful Man of God who throughout his lifetime served in many capacities. He was an avid lover of God, politics, and people. He also loved to travel and fish.

On June 19, 1999 in the prime of his life, he met and married the love of his life, the former Lamonia TiashaBoyd. They enjoyed their love for each other in marriage for over 21 years up to the time of his transition. They shared a Godly special kind of Love. You never saw one without the other. He affectionately called her his “Sweetheart” and he was her “Babe”. A glorious Heavenly match made on Earth!

He also served as Senior Pastor of Gospel Temple FreeWill Baptist Church from September 1996 until his transition. Under his leadership, the Church Fellowship Hall and Sanctuary, were reconstructed. New glass front doors were also added. Charles served as Mayor of Gretna, Florida from 1990-1991. He also served The United American Free Will Baptist Church, Inc. as the Annual Bishop of The West Florida Annual Conference. As the Annual Bishop, he served God’s people with love, joyand gladness. He always looked forward to fellowshipping with his General Conference Family, where he served on the Board of Bishops.

He leaves to cherish his loving memories, his loving anddevoted wife, Lady Lamonia Tiasha Boyd-Bethea of Panama City, Florida. Five daughters: Franchella Bethea Trammell, Shawdranette (Greg) Bethea-House all of Quincy, Florida,  Bridgette Bethea, of Tallahassee, Florida, Malecia (Daniel) DeStefano, Loxahatchee, Florida, Attorney Celena (Alan) Nash Esq., Parkland, Florida; Foursons: Vince Bethea, Lakewood, California, Inaki Bethea, Orlando, Florida, Morey (Felecia) Bethea, West Palm Beach, Florida, and Joseph Bethea, Orlando, Florida; Onesister: Annette Bethea McMillan, Quincy, Florida, Twobrothers: Deacon Robert L. (Rhoda) Bethea, and Deacon James (Rachael) Bethea, Quincy, Florida; Nineteen grandchildren; Twenty-three great grand children; Mother-in-Law: Gail (John Richardson) Boyd, Panama City, Florida; Father-in-Law, Attorney Derick (Juliet) Roulhac-Ali, Plantation, Florida, Four sister-n-laws: Essie Bethea (Herbert) Gipson, Gretna, Florida, Nerrisha (Ricky) Lesane, McDonough, Georgia, Attorney Amy Roulhac and Tiffany Roulhac, Atlanta, Georgia, Two brother-in-laws: Ricky (Nerrisha) Lesane, McDonough, Georgia and Malcolm Ali, Plantation, Florida. Two beautiful Special Nieces with whom he assisted in parenting: Jailyn E. Woods (affectionately known as “Our Third Wheel”) and Rikki KiMora (affectionately called his “Pumpkin”) both of McDonough, Georgia. Special Friend and Brother: Bishop Lonnie R. Mitchell, of Panama City, Florida and a host of nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles, and sorrowing friends.

He also had four brothers that proceeded him in death:Earnest Bethea, Joe Bethea, Claudale Bethea, and Coley Bethea, all of Quincy, Florida.

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January 7, 2021

5:00 PM to 7:00 PM
Gospel Temple Freewill Baptist Church
1707 N. Palo Alto Avenue
Panama City Beach, FL 32407

January 8, 2021

1:00 PM to 6:00 PM
Ivey Funeral Home
750 Havana Highway
Quincy, FL 32352

Graveside Service
January 9, 2021

12:00 PM
Saint Paul Primitive Baptist Church
110 Lanier Drive
Gretna, FL 32332

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