Bethea Retirement Community is situated on 100 acres in the Pee Dee region of South Carolina, minutes away from historic Darlington and Florence. We are conveniently located 7 miles from McLeod Regional Medical Center and 9 miles from Carolina's Hospital.Our scenic community is surrounded by tall pines, gardens, courtyards and walking areas that create an environment of comfortable southern living and charm.
We are a continuing care retirement community (CCRC) offering all levels of care. We are equipped to support the changing needs of our residents without requiring them to relocate, so our residents live securely knowing their future needs will be supported. Our living options include a main building, independent and assisted living areas, a cottage community, a rehab center and an 88-bed skilled nursing facility. We are prepared to accommodate singles or couples. Like a small town, we have our own church, library, beauty/barber shop, country store, massage therapist, bistro, exercise room, aquatic center, restaurant style dining room and mail service.
Open to senior adults of all faiths and backgrounds, we are an excellent option for seniors desiring Christ-centered retirement living. Our residents enjoy their independence through opportunities to serve in ministry, participate in regularly scheduled community and wellness activities and fellowship within a loving community. Our qualified and caring team of professionals reflect Christian love, respect and compassion as they minister to the needs of our residents.
Bethea Retirement Community has a rich history built on Christian values and the desire to help seniors thrive. It was opened in 1960 as fulfillment of a vision and thoughtful bequest by Dr. and Mrs. Percy Bethea and the support of South Carolina Baptists. Now part of the SC Baptist Ministries of Aging, Inc (SCBMA) it is governed by a Board of Directors elected by the SC Baptist Convention who volunteer their time and expertise. The community is staffed by experienced personnel who share in our commitment to serving our residents with dignity and professionalism. Bethea is managed by a licensed Executive Director and licensed Healthcare Administrator.
Dr. Bethea was born in 1875 in Darlington, SC. He received his early education in the schools of Latta, South Carolina, attended Wake Forest College in North Carolina and graduated with a D.D.S. degree in the class of 1901 from the Atlanta Dental College in Georgia. He practiced dentistry in Darlington, SC for decades. He was known as a modest man who wanted to do his best with his talents and possessions. He and his wife of 53 years gifted 171 acres of property three miles from Darlington as a site upon which to construct a Baptist retirement community for senior adults. He was also the first donor to contribute to the building fund established for constructing the community, which was named after him. He served as a lifelong member on the Board of Trustees for Bethea Retirement Community.