In Memory of Oral Bethel

Tom and I are deeply saddened to hear of the passing today of Oral Bethel.

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Oral Bethel

One of the best things about our project to restore the little house by the ferry is that it brought Oral and Jason Bethel into our lives. They have given us much more than foundations and a porch.

If there is such a thing as an aura, Oral Bethel’s was filled with dignity and goodness. These qualities were plain to see in the way he carried himself, in his words to others, in the skill and care of his craft, and in the character he instilled in his son. Simply put, to know Oral was to respect him.

And our respect for him only grew deeper as we saw how courageously he faced his illness.

It goes without saying that Oral’s life was too short. But a man who has the love of family and friends and the admiration of his community has not left any work unfinished.

Our love and condolences go to Arlene, Jason, Jennie, Alyssa, Christian, and Hailey, and to Jason’s sister Amanda and her family as well. For you, we hope there is comfort in the thought that Oral is in the arms of another carpenter tonight.

For Oral, we hope there is Yoo-hoo in Heaven.

  8 comments for “In Memory of Oral Bethel

  1. linda waller
    July 13, 2014 at 4:31 pm

    oh my, 1st Shirley, now Oral Bethel. i didn’t know he was sick……condolences to both families….

  2. angela paul
    July 13, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Sad. Nice tribute. Nice looking man.

  3. Billy Roberts
    July 13, 2014 at 4:52 pm

    There are always kind words said about those who die, but in this case they are very much warranted as Oral was truly a decent human being. I feel certain he now rests in a perfect sleep that we cannot fully appreciate or understand until we also take our sleep in God. Rest on Oral, there is a GREAT day coming!

  4. July 13, 2014 at 7:35 pm

    My condolences to the Bethel family and to the Green Turtle community on the loss on such a wonderful, giving man.

  5. Peter Jarrett
    July 14, 2014 at 11:12 am

    My thoughts and sympathy are with the family and especially Jason. I have tremendous admiration of the true family that Oral lead. He will be missed.

  6. Israel Cooper
    July 15, 2014 at 11:49 pm

    Wonderful man. Always had kind words to say. Met him while working on Green Turtle Cay a few years ago, and you’d never know that he was ill , couldn’t see it by looking in his face. Hell will be missed.

  7. Richard Dinorcia
    July 19, 2014 at 3:24 am

    Today,even more than other days my thoughts for Oral Bethel.with solom sad passing hours today.

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