John Donald “Don” Bethay

Published 3:37 pm Tuesday, May 29, 2018

John Donald “Don” Bethay, 78, died Saturday, May 26, 2018, at North Mississippi Medical Center in Tupelo. The funeral service will be held Wednesday, May 30, 2018  at 2 p.m. in the Chapel of Waller Funeral Home with Rev. Don Gann officiating. Burial will follow at Oxford Memorial Cemetery.  Visitation will be held Tuesday evening, May 29, 2018 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at in West Hall at Waller Funeral Home.

Born in Tupelo to the late John Chesley and Vivian Pennington Bethay, Don was the retired plant superintendent for Walker Manufacturing. He was a faithful member of First Baptist Church where he was a member of the Couples’ Sunday School class. He was a charitable giver and volunteer at The Pantry.     

Survivors include his wife, Alice Langford Bethay of Oxford; sons, Brett Bethay and his wife, Kathleen of Madisonville, La.; Barry Bethay and his wife, Beverly of Smithfield, Ky; and Norman O’Connor and his wife, Jennifer of Oxford; brother, Danny Bethay of Guntown, Miss., and six grandchildren.

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Memorial contributions in Don’s memory may be made to The Pantry, P.O. Box 588, Oxford, MS 38655 or First Baptist Church, 800 Van Buren Avenue, Oxford, MS.

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