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Posted: January 8, 2018 3:59 p.m.
Updated: January 9, 2018 1:00 a.m.

A visitation for Willis Derret Bethay, Jr., 83, of Camden, SC, was held Monday, January 8, 2018 at Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel. Memorials may be made to Epworth Children’s Home or Thiel-Meyer Pet Adoption Center.

Willis died Saturday, January 6, 2018. He was born in Greenwood, MS, the son of the late Willis Derret Bethay, Sr., and Agnes Colvard Bethay. He served in the US Navy and retired from DuPont. Willis was a member of Lyttleton Street United Methodist Church.

Willis is survived by his wife of 59 years, Louise Riddell Bethay; children, Brenda Ponsard of Columbia, Samuel Bethay (Joyce) of Walterboro and Margaret Carmosino (Chris) of Flowery Branch, GA; and grandchildren, Noah, Gabrielle and Isabella.

Kornegay Funeral Home, Camden Chapel, is in charge of the arrangements.

Online condolences may be sent to the Bethay family by visiting


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