Mr. Bethune was born in Thomaston on April 10, 1932, son of the late George Bethune and the late Lillie Odessa Moore Bethune. He was a member of New Beginnings Christian Church. Mr. Bethune was also preceded in death by a brother, Jack Bethune.
Survivors include his wife, Thelma Bethune; daughters and sons-in-law, Connie and William Brewer and Pam and Kevin Myers, all of Griffin; son and daughter-in-law, James Dempsey and Tammy Bethune; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; sisters, Dorothy Sikes, and Shelby Tarleton; and brother, Ronnie Bethune.
Funeral services for Mr. James Wesley Bethune will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 13, 2009, in the Warren Haisten Memorial Chapel. The Rev. Tyson Roache will officiate. Interment will follow in Westwood Gardens. To pay condolences online to the family, please do so at www.haistenmcculloughfuneralhome.com.
Haisten McCullough Funeral Home, 1155 Everee Inn Road, is in charge of arrangements.