LAKE WYLIE -- Elizabeth Anne "Beth" Carothers, 48, died Friday, July 18, 2008, at Gaston Memorial Hospital.
She was born in Gaston County, June 4, 1960. She graduated from Ashbrook High School in Gastonia and graduated from the Charlotte Barber College as a licensed barber. She later graduated from Gupton Jones College of Mortuary Science in Atlanta, Ga., with an Associate Degree in Funeral Service. She was a licensed funeral director and embalmer in North and South Carolina. For over 20 years she was employed in funeral service, having last served as Vice President and Manager of Bass Funeral Home in Rock Hill. She retired due to a hearing impairment.
She enjoyed horses for many years; she trained horses and competed in local, regional and state competitions. She won many awards and trophies.
She later moved to St. George Island, Fla., where she joined the St. George Island United Methodist Church and was active with the Humane Society of St. George Island, the St. George Island Civic Club and the St. George Island Yacht Club. Later she returned to Lake Wylie and resided there until her death.
She is survived by her parents, J.C. "Buddy" and Phyllis McGinnis Carothers of St. George Island, Fla.; a sister, Carol Carothers and her husband, Ronnie Lineberger, of Belmont; three nieces, Jessica Carothers Watson and husband, Craig, of Gastonia, Becca Doyne and husband, Justin, of Gastonia, and Megan Carothers Debelius of Belmont; two great-nephews, Andy Carothers and Thomas Watson, both of Gastonia; two stepsons, Jeremy Benfield and wife, Star, of Stanley and Brandon Johnson; a stepdaughter, Brandi Benfield Maxwell of Alexis; a special friend, Steve Gaddy of Belmont; and her devoted service dog, Kahki.
A funeral service conducted by the Revs. Samuel Carothers and Dr. M.O. Owens Jr. will be held 1 p.m. Monday, July 21, 2008, in the Woodlawn Chapel of Woodlawn Funeral Home in Mount Holly. Entombment will follow in Gaston Memorial Park Mausoleum in Gastonia. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 7 to 9 today.
Memorials may be made to the Humane Society of Franklin County, 244 Highway 65, East Point, FL 32328.
Condolence messages may be sent to the family at www.woodlawnfuneral.com.