William Harold "Lefty" Bethell

William Harold "Lefty" Bethell

Male 1922 - 1993  (71 years)

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  • Name William Harold "Lefty" Bethell 
    Born 11 Feb 1922  Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 2, 3
    Gender Male 
    Military US Navy  [1
    Died 14 Jun 1993  Big Spring, Howard County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID I42327  The Hennessee Family
    Last Modified 26 Apr 2015 

    Father Ernest Berrell Bethell,   b. 18 Feb 1892, Waxahachie, Ellis County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jun 1955, Columbus, Ohio Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years) 
    Mother Etna Mae Gardner,   b. 21 Nov 1895, Milan, Tennessee Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 24 Aug 1943, Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 47 years) 
    Married 15 May 1914  Ellis County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Family ID F15311  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Euna Lee "Teenie" Long,   b. 26 Nov 1924, Wright City, McCurtain County, Oklahoma Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 May 1990, Big Spring, Howard County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 65 years) 
    Married 19 Mar 1942  Colorado City, Mitchell County, Texas Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Children 
     1. Jerry Hall Bethell
     2. Richard Harold Bethell
    Photos
    Teenie & Lefty Bethell
    Teenie & Lefty Bethell

    Photo submitted by their loving son, Richard Bethell, April 22, 2015
    Last Modified 9 Nov 2018 
    Family ID F15312  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 11 Feb 1922 - Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 19 Mar 1942 - Colorado City, Mitchell County, Texas Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 14 Jun 1993 - Big Spring, Howard County, Texas Link to Google Earth
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  • Photos
    William Harold Bethel
    William Harold Bethel

    Photo submitted by his son, Richard Bethell, April 22, 2015
    Seaman 'Lefty' Bethell...
    Seaman "Lefty" Bethell...

  • Notes 
    • William Harold Bethell

      William Harold "Lefty" was born February 11, 1922 to Ernest Berrell Bethell (1892-1955) and Etna Mae Gardner (1895-1943) in Fort Worth, Tarrant County, Texas. Records show that EB and Etna were living at 2906 Azle Avenue in Fort Worth in 1927. EB was working as the manager of the supply department for Burdett Oxygen Company. The 1930 Federal Census shows Ernest, Edna (Etna), Maurine, Joe and Harold living in Fort Worth. Records show that EB and Etna were living at 904 Main Street in Big Spring in 1934 where he was the Fire Marshal. In 1940 the Bethell's lived at 606 Greg Street in Big Spring. Later they moved to 605 Nolan.

      From September 1929 through November 30 1930, Lefty attended W. J. Turner elementary school in Fort Worth, Texas. He moved to Big Spring and attended West Ward for Nov 1930 until May 1936. He attended Big Spring High School from September 1936 until May 1940 where he graduated and was selected to Texas All-State Football team. He went to John Tarleton Agriculture College in Stephenville, Texas from August 1940 until May 1941 on a football scholarship.

      Lefty married Euna Lee Long on March 19, 1942 in Colorado City, Texas. He joined the Navy on August 2, 1942. From letters, it appears that he did his basic training in Norfolk, VA. After Basic, he was stationed with the 23 Battalion, Company A, Platoon #4 at N.C.T.C., Davisville, R.I. Postmarks show that Lefty was in Port Hueneme, California Oct 26, 1942. His name appears on a U. S. Navy Muster Roll on October 31, 1942 on the ship Chaumont (AP5) as a Seaman 1st Class. His service number was 616 89 99. I assume that this is when he was sent to the Aleutian Islands in Alaska. Letters stopped being censored by the Navy in January 1944 and his address shows that he was stationed at Camp Parks in California. He was reassigned back to Port Hueneme in June and was Honorable Discharged in Oct 6, 1944 at the rank of Petty Officer 3rd Class.

      Euna Lee moved to Santa Clara, California in March 1944 and lived at 1045 Benton Street. Jerry Hall Bethell was born Oct 8, 1944 in Santa Clara, California. Jerry's nickname before birth was Ickebod. Richard Harold Bethell was born on Dec. 23, 1945 in Big Spring, Texas.

      In 1946 he was working for the Soil Conservation Service.

      RB [1]

  • Sources 
    1. [S6177] William Harold Bethell biography, submitted by Richard Bethell, April 21, 2015, rbethell@hotmail.com. Richard is a fell.

    2. [S6176] Richard Bethell, pedigree submitted April 20, 2015, rbethell@hotmail.com. Richard is a fellow BETHEL researcher.

    3. [S6219] http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=135186151.