Gregory Eugene Bethune, 59, of Opelika, died peacefully in his sleep and entered his Eternal home on April 20, 2023.
He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Lori Bentley Bethune, parents, Milton and Ann Bethune, a beloved mother-in-law, Barabara Ehl, sons Aaron (Elizabeth) Bethune, Caleb Bethune, daughter Savannah Bethune, granddaughter Stella Grace Bethune, and a host of aunts, cousins, nieces, nephews, and his beloved dogs, Soda Pop and Mr. Bunchkins.
Gregory was born November 11, 1963 in Augusta, GA to Milton and Ann Bethune. He was a 1982 graduate of Valley, AL and obtained a BA in Spanish from Auburn University in 2000. He taught Spanish and History in numerous public and private schools and was deeply loved by his students. While at Auburn University, he was a member of the 1983-1984 AU Singers. He had a passion for learning and obtained his Master’s in Public Health in August 2022 and was also working on his Doctoral degree in Behavioral Informatics at Freed Hardeman University.
Gregory was an accomplished singer, piano player, and writer. His poetry book, “Garden of Verses” was published in 2006 and was an inspiration to many. Greg had an infectious laugh and smile and found joy in life, which he lived to the fullest. He was an avid Disney fan and loved planning trips with his family and friends. He never met a stranger and was always ready for the next adventure.
His funeral is scheduled for Saturday, April 22, 2023 at 11a.m. at Jeffcoat-Trant Funeral Home in Opelika, AL. Graveside and interment to follow at Garden Hills Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lee County Humane Society.