Ranger Exes Memorial - Others/RJC

JOHNNIE HUGH "JAY" "HANK" BETHANY, 71, was a longtime Ranger, TX though he did not attend Ranger High School. Known as "grandpop", he was a teacher, photographer, newspaper editor, Scout- master, Jay passed away April 27, 2003 at home in Brownwood although he always considered Ranger to be his home. Burial was at Murray Cemetery in Carbon. Jay was born July 19, 1931 in Carbon, TX, and lived in Fort Worth and Ranger most of his life. He served in the U.S. Navy from 1949-52 on the aircraft carrier USS Palau. Following his tour in the Navy, he worked as a telegraph agent with the railroad, theatre manager, technical illustrator for General Dynamics, newspaper editor for the Ranger Times, owner/editor/publisher of the Ranger Star, and media specialist, photography and art teacher for Ranger Jr. College. He hiked Philmont Scout Ranch as the scoutmaster with Troop 10 in Ranger and soloed the Appalachian trail at age 60. He loved scouting, hiking, writing, painting, photography and a hot cup of coffee while sitting around a campfire. Jay loved his family and friends and said recently, "I love all of you - something I have had difficulty saying over the years, but it has always been true-." He also noted, "The inevitable is just that, and when it is time, nothing will stand in the way..." Jay's character and integrity will be missed by those who have been touched by his kindness and wit. He was preceded in death by his father, J.C. Bethany in 1946; mother, Ocie Bethanie in 1976; brother, V.E. (Pete) Bethany in 1977; brother, J.E. (Jack) in 1994; and father-in-law, D.E. (Red) Stewart in 1993. He is survived by his wife, Geneva; daughter, Melody of Arlington (RHS-1975); son and daughter-in-law, Mark (RHS-1976) and Cindy and daughters, Ronnie and Erin of Arlington; mother-in-law, Hallie Stewart of Rising Star; stepsons, Bobby Linney and daughter Jennifer of Brownwood and Tommy and Vicky Linney and sons Joey, Josh and Jacob of Grandview and daughter Sharee. He is also survived by four great-grandchildren.