Mr. Wethington was a member of the Second General Baptist Church in Dexter and had been a deacon in the General Baptist Church, a retired farmer and a businessman, a veteran of the US Navy serving in the Korean War, a member of the Kenady-Hanks Post 59 of the American Legion, a former member of the Richland Public School District's Board of Education and the Missouri State Board of Education. He was also a former Stoddard County Commissioner and at the time of his death was a resident of Dexter.
Mr. Wethington was united in marriage to Wanda Smith on August 30, 1958 at Essex and his wife survives of the home in Dexter.
Besides his wife, he is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law: Scott and Kay Wethington of Essex, Douglas W. and Lisa Wethington of Slidell, La., by three grandchildren, Drew Wethington, Jessica Wethington and Jake Wethington; by four brothers: Fred Wethington of Bloomfield, M.B. Wethington of Sikeston, Don Wethington of Bloomfield and David Wethington of Arlington, Tx., and by one sister, Linda Curtis of Hillsboro, Il.
Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by four brothers, Glen Wethington, Russell Wethington, Paul Wethington and Hudson Wethington, and by two sisters, Pauline Clanton and Leola Maxine Wethington.
Funeral services were conducted on Monday, Oct. 6, 2008 at 10 a.m. at the Rainey-Mathis Funeral Chapel with Rev. Joshua Carpenter officiating. Interment followed in the Missouri State Veterans Cemetery at Bloomfield with full military honors.