Everett P. Bethune Jr.
Everett P. Bethune Jr., 90, a native of Rocky Mount, NC, died Wednesday, June 20, 2012 at his Louisville home.
He was a retired executive of Brown & Williamson Tobacco Corp (32 years of service). He was a graduate of Charlotte Central High School, Class of 1940, Georgia Military Academy, Class of 1941, and Duke University, Class of 1948. He was president of his senior class and a member of the Deans List.
Everett was an outstanding athlete in high school, prep-school and at Duke University. He participated in baseball, basketball and football. While at Charlotte Central High School, he was co-captain of the basketball team and 2nd team All State in football. At Georgia Military Academy he was selected on the Georgia All State First Team and the “All MidSouth Team” from a selection of four states. He was captain of the baseball, basketball, and football teams and was picked to play in the Georgia North-South All State Football Game. At Duke he was a member of the football team and played there before and after World War II.
He served in the US Air Corp during World War II on the B-24 Bomber Crew, as a radio operator and top turret gunner with the famous “Flying Tigers” in China. He flew 32 bombing missions over occupied China and Burma. He was awarded two distinguished Flying Crosses, two Air Medals, Asiatic-Pacific Area Campaign Medal with five Battle Stars, China Service Medal, two Presidential Distinguished Unit Citations, China Memorial Medal, American Theater Campaign Medal, World II Victory Medal, Good Conduct Medal and two Marksmanship Medals.
He was a member of Second Presbyterian Church of Louisville, Louisville Civil War Roundtable, Kappa Sigma Fraternity, Moose Lodge #5, Sons of American Revolution, Sons of Confederate Veterans, Military Order of Stars and Bars, Kentucky Colonel, The American Legion, Flying Tigers 14th Air Force Association, Fraternal Order of Police Lodge 614, Kentucky Sheriff’s Association, Duke University Varsity Club, “Iron Duke” Club of Duke University, Associate member of University of Kentucky Alumni Association, member of Duke University Alumni Association, and a charter member of The Sanibel Island Fishing Club.
He was preceded in death by his wife of 41 years, Ann Markin Bethune.
Survivors include: his dear friend, Naomi Smith; his daughter, Martha Lee Turpin (Jim) of Lexington, KY; son, Everett P. (Skip) Bethune III of Lexington, KY; and eight grandchildren.
Cremation was chosen.
There will be no service or visitation. Pearson’s Funeral Home will handle the arrangements.
Expressions of sympathy to Bellewood Presbyterian Home for Children, P.O. Box 13309, Anchorage, KY 40223-9928.