Ms. Bethel Grace Burdine departed this life on June 21st and is enjoying her just reward with her savior.
Bethel was born in Hartwell, Ohio on May 20th, 1925 to William Cody and Olga Lea Burdine, at her passing she was 92 years 1 month and 1 day young.
Bethel was preceded in death by her parents, step-father; James C. Burdine, sister; Mary Gathlyn Eldridge, one brother; James Orwin Burdine, brothers in law; J.L. Eldridge and Calvin Mize, nephews; Michael Eldridge and James Timothy Burdine.
Bethel is survived by two sisters; Geraldeane Mize of Lexington, Kentucky and Aundra and (C.L) Whitaker of Somerset. Two brothers; Charles O. (Kip) and Judith Burdine and David C. and Judy Burdine, all of Somerset. Nieces; Laura Mize, Dr. Rebecca Burdine-Swartz, Cathy Burdine, Amy Whitaker, Alicia Spears, Christy Eldridge Reed and Cindy Padgett. Nephews; Jeff Mize and Jennifer of Lebanon, Ohio, Greg Mize of Indianapolis, Indiana and Charles O. Burdine II of Somerset and Richard Burdine of Florida. One sister-in-law; Donna Sue Burdine. Great nieces; Mikela Reed, Sophia Swartz, Alice C. Burdine and Olivia Padgett. Great nephews; Garrett Mize of Mobile, Alabama and Alex Phelps, Adam Padgett and Donovan Swartz and extended cousins in both the Burdine and Decker Families.
Bethel was a very independent and accomplished woman. In an era when young women were suppose to get married and have children, she chose neither. Bethel decided at an early age that she wanted to become a teacher. In her opinion "teachers were special people". She graduated from UK in 1948 and began a career that would span 45 years with the Pulaski Co. Board of Education. Her first teaching position was at Mount Victory High School of which she had many fond memories. She became the first female principal of a school in Pulaski Co., Burnside High School. With positions of principal at Shopville and Eubank Elementary she eventually became the curriculum supervisor at Central Office where she would remain until her retirement.
Bethel, a devoted advocate for learning and education, was also a community and civic-minded person. She served on numerous board of organization that would benefit her community including the Alzheimer's Respite Center, Pulaski Co. Public Library Board, Pulaski Retired Teacher's and the Somerset Chautauqua Circle. She was a member of the UK Alumni and a devoted WILDCAT fan to the end. Bethel was a devout Christian woman and a member of the Acorn Baptist Church. She resided at the Neighborhood for many years. While there she organized the weekly devotional services and established the Ninety Year Old Club, and she especially loved her friends Bertha Hargis and Beth Maggard.
Services for Bethel will be Sunday June 25th at 2:00 P.M. in the chapel of Southern Oaks Funeral Home with Bro. David Dykes presiding. Visitation is 6-8:00 on Saturday June 24th. Bethel's nephews will be her pallbearers. Burial in the Whitaker Cemetery. The family request memorials be in the form of donations to the Acorn Baptist Church or Gideon's International or the charity of your choice.
Southern Oaks Funeral Home entrusted with the arrangements.
Published on June 23, 2017