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April 2018

April 18, 2018

James Carlisle Oxner, Jr.
Columbia, S.C.

James Carlisle Oxner Jr., age 79, died April 15, 2018, after an extended illness. He was born in Columbia, SC on July 11, 1938, son of J. Carlisle Oxner and Eveline Adams Oxner. 

He graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1958 with a Bachelor of Science degree. In 1962, he graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law and began his practice of law in general civil litigation. In 1988, he added a banking career, becoming chairman of the board and president of Arthur State Bank and Arthur Financial Corporation. Mr. Oxner continued his careers until his death. 

Mr. Oxner was a member of the Carolina Yacht Club, the Society of Colonial Wars in the state of South Carolina, Lower Richland Society, Forest Lake Club, Pine Tree Hunt Club and the Flamenco Club. He was a former member of the advisory board of the Medical University of South Carolina and co-chair of the South Carolina State Museum Foundation. Mr. Oxner, known to many as “Chop,” was a devoted bird hunter, conservationist, keen Backgammon competitor and collector of old books, especially those by South Carolina authors. 

He was predeceased by his wife, Frances Arthur Oxner, with whom he had three children: Frances Oxner of Greensboro, NC, J. Carlisle Oxner III (Kris) of Union, SC and Harry Arthur Oxner (Stephanie) of Pawleys Island, SC; five grandchildren: Frances Jorgenson, Wallace Jorgenson, Elizabeth Ashleigh Oxner Malm (James), Ellison and Harry Oxner. Thereafter, he married Frances Jenkins Martin of Charleston, SC, who predeceased him. His stepchildren are Robert Hayden McDowell (Kristie), Frances Jenkins McDowell Bailey (Steven), William Nevil McDowell (Jill) and six step-grandchildren. He is also survived by his sister, Mrs. Charles Waring, Jr (Jane Elizabeth Oxner) of Charleston, SC, and his nephew, Charles W. Waring III, and nieces, Eveline Adams Waring, MD and Laura Waring Gruber, all of Charleston, SC. 

The relatives and friends of J. Carlisle Oxner, Jr. are invited to attend his funeral service at 11 o’clock, Friday, April 20, 2018, at the graveside, Elmwood Cemetery. Shives Funeral Home, Trenholm Road Chapel, is assisting the family. 

Memorials may be sent to Carolina Children’s Home, 3201 Trenholm Rd., Columbia, SC 29204 or to
a charity of your choice.

Announcement courtesy of the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home.

Jack L. Gaston, Sr.
Lockhart, S.C.

Mr. Jack L. Gaston, Sr., age 84, husband of Martha Jordan Gaston of 310 Union Rd., Lockhart passed away Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at his home.

Mr. Gaston was born in Lockhart, February 9, 1934, a son of the late Lawrence Carl Gaston and Kate Love Gaston. He was employed with Gaston Logging and was retired from Cone Mill, Carlisle Finishing.  Mr. Gaston was a member of the Lockhart Church of God and the Lockhart Masonic Lodge #244. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter, Bonnie Gaston Mull and husband Edgar Mull, Jr. of Clover; two sons, Jack Gaston, Jr. and wife Elaine and Jerry Jordan and wife Judy all of Lockhart; grandsons, Eddie and Kelly Mull and their children, Jay and Walt of Clover, Brian and Janet Gaston and their children, Isabella and Madelyn of Lockhart and Greg and Mandy Mull and their child Riley of York.  Mr. Gaston was predeceased by a son, Terry Jordan and his wife Juanita, four brothers and four sisters.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Friday, April 20, 2018 at the Lockhart Church of God conducted by Rev. Allen McKee. Burial will be at Bullocks Creek Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Jack Gaston, Jr., Brian Gaston, Eddie Mull, Greg Mull, Edgar Mull, Jerry Jordan, Tracy Rash, Eddie Burnett and Donald O’Dell.

Visitation will be held Thursday evening, April 19, 2018 from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Lockhart Church of God, P.O. Box 130, Lockhart, SC 29364 or to Hospice Care of South Carolina, 408 N. Duncan ByPass, Suite 200, Union, SC 29379.

The family will be at the home of his son, Jack and Elaine Gaston, 293 Askew Circle, Union.

April 17, 2018

Wallace P. Whitehead, Jr.
Union, S.C.

Mr. Wallace Preston Whitehead, Jr., age 51 of 127 Grant Rd., Union, passed away at his home, Monday April 16, 2018.

Mr. Whitehead was born in Union, October 20, 1966, a son of Brenda Carol Matthews Whitehead of Union and the late Wallace P. Whitehead, Sr.  He was a graduate of Union High School and was formerly employed with Cone Mill, Carlisle Finishing.  Mr. Whitehead was a very hardworking, God-fearing, family man who loved to help his family and friends any way he could.

Surviving in addition to his mother are a son, Matthew Austin Whitehead of the home; his best friend for over 20 years, Dawn Wynn; two step-sons, Michael Wynn and Kenneth Wynn; a sister, Debra W. Mitchell; one nephew, William Mitchell; one niece, Jessie Mitchell and a step-grandson, Cayden Wynn.  Mr. Whitehead was predeceased by a brother, Gene Whitehead.

A memorial service will be scheduled by the family for a later date.

April 15, 2018

James Michael McDade, Sr.
Charleston, S.C.

Mr. James Michael “Mike” McDade, Sr., age 63, passed away at his home in Charleston on April 8, 2018. He was the owner and operator of J&R Liquors on John’s Island, SC. 

Mr. McDade was born on February 11, 1955 and was the son of the late James H. McDade and wife Peggy and Juanita M. Hayes.  Surviving are two sons, James M. “Jamie” McDade, Jr. and fiancée Ana Marie Moore of Charleston and Ensign Jacob M. McDade of Chicago, IL; a granddaughter, Haley N. McDade of Charleston and his step-father, Dennis Hayes of Phoenix, AZ.

Memorials services will be held at 3:00 PM Sunday, April 22, 2018 at Holcombe’s Jonesville Chapel conducted by Rev. Randy Burgess. Visitation will be prior to the services from 2:00 until 3:00 PM.

 The family will be at the home of Barbara Kirby, 136 Jonesville-Lockhart Hwy., Jonesville.

Patricia Ann McCanne
Lockhart, S.C.

Mrs. Patricia Ann Slice McCanne, age 63, of 210 Hope Dr., Lockhart, passed away suddenly Friday, April 13, 2018 at Union Medical Center.

Mrs. McCanne was born in Newberry, August 24, 1954, a daughter of the late Patrick and Willie Mae Free Slice.  She was a homemaker and a loving and caring Mother, Grandmother and Friend.

Surviving are a daughter, April Sherbert and fiancée James Boulware, Jr. of the home; a son, Allen Fuller and wife Donna Jane of Georgia; a sister, Betty Slice of Newberry; two brothers, Oscar Ray Slice and wife Toni and Willie Slice all of Newberry; a special friend, James Boulware, Sr. of the home; two special daughters, Linda Martin and husband Aaron and Delena Hedrick all of Lockhart; her best friend, Lois Parrish of Lockhart; seven grandchildren, Jasmine Sherbert, Jase Patterson, Shaleigh Patterson, Kami Fuller, Drew Fuller, Johnathan Boulware, and Mary Bush; two great-grandchildren, Athenah Boulware and Johnathan Boulware, Jr. and her beloved pet dog, Jack.  Mrs. McCanne was predeceased by two brothers, James and John Slice.

A memorial service will be scheduled by the family for a later date.

The family will be at the home of Lois Parrish, 328 North 2nd St., Lockhart.

April 11, 2018

Mary Lee Vance Eaves
Union, SC

Mrs. Mary Lee Vance Eaves, age 89, of 4751 Lockhart Hwy., Union, widow of Paul Ralph Eaves, passed away Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at her home.

Mrs. Eaves was born February 17, 1929 in Lockhart, SC. She was a daughter of the late Robert Byron Vance and Germie Rash Vance.  Mrs. Eaves retired from Milliken & Co.—Lockhart Plant after 44 years.  She was a member of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church where she was a member of the Mary Ruth Vanderford Sunday School Class.

Surviving are three daughters, Mary Ann E. Grady and husband Wayne of Union, Julia Eaves of Union, and Kellie Eaves of Anderson; three sons, Ronnie Lee Eaves, Stan Eaves and wife Marlene and Tommy Eaves all of Union; one brother, Bill Vance and wife Joyce of North Highlands, CA; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by three sisters and two brothers.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Friday, April 13, 2018 at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church conducted by Mr. Mike Massey.  Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM prior to the services at the church.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 322 8th Ave. 7th Floor, New York, New York, 10001 or to MSA Hospice, 720 S. Duncan Bypass, Union, SC 29379.

The family is at the home, 4751 Lockhart Hwy., Union, SC 29379.

April 9, 2018

Candas Rogers Adams
Simpsonville, SC

Ms. Candas Rogers Adams, age 57, of 12 Marquette Rd., Simpsonville, passed away Friday, April 6, 2018 at Rosewood Assisted Living in Pauline.

Mrs. Adams was born October 6, 1960 in Jacksonville, FL a daughter of the late Basha Rogers.  She was a graduate of Carroll High School in Corpus Christy, TX.  Mrs. Adams was a member of Buffalo Baptist Church.

Surviving are two sons, Shane Adams of the home and Brandon Hagan of Ohio and four grandchildren.

Services will be scheduled by the family at a later date.

Michael Ford
Pauline, SC

Mr. Michael William “Mike” Ford, age 63, husband of Kara Moore Ford of 144 Morningside Dr., Pauline, passed away Sunday, April 8, 2018 at Union Medical Center.

Mr. Ford was born in Union, November 29, 1954, a son of the late Robert William Ford and Bobbie Ruth Adams Ford Snyder and husband Harold J. “Bill” Synder. He devoted many years to training horses and had retired after many years working at Wingo Tire.  Mr. Ford loved to ride his motorcycle and spend time with his family.  He was a faithful member of Friendship Baptist Church in Pauline.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters, Jenifer F. Bradley and husband Mitch of Chapin, and Karley Ford of Columbia; a son, Kip Fleming of the home; a granddaughter, Kennedy Fleming of Union; a special great-niece, Kaydence Chadwick of Pacolet; two brothers, Tommy Ford and wife Judy and Rev. Lynn Ford and wife April all of Buffalo; a sister, Kathy F. Youngblood and husband Steve of Buffalo; a special aunt, Pearl A. Farr of Union and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Wednesday, April 11, 2018 at the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Chapel conducted by Rev. Brian Harris and Rev. Chris Collins. Burial will be at Union Memorial Gardens.

Active pallbearers will be Jimmy Chastain, Larry Adams, Brad Ford, Jay Ford, Kyle Ford and Kory Chadwick.

Visitation will be held Tuesday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Friendship Baptist Church, 830 Friendship Church Rd., Pauline, SC  29374.

The family will be at the home, 144 Morningside Dr., Pauline.

April 8, 2018

Janie Scott Childers
Buffalo, SC

Mrs. Janie Scott Childers, age 81, wife of James Ralph Childers of 203 Putman Rd., Buffalo, SC passed away peacefully Saturday, April 7, 2018 at her home.

Born August 24, 1936, she was the daughter of A.G (Bub) Scott and Marie Gregory Scott. She was a graduate of Union High School and Spartanburg School of Cosmetology. She traveled with her husband and sons, Scott and Glen, until her husband retired from the United States Air Force. She then worked as a paraprofessional with Sims Jr. High School for 25 years.

Mrs. Childers was a faithful member of Putman Baptist Church where she loved the Lord. At Putman Baptist Church, she sang in the Adult Choir, taught Sunday school and Vacation Bible school, and served on various other committees. She was presently a member of the Young at Heart Sunday School Class.

Surviving in addition to her loving husband of 61 years are two sons; Scott Childers and wife Nancy and Glen Childers and wife Teresa of Buffalo; Grandchildren, Brandy Palmer of Buffalo, Jessica Sherbert and husband Scott of Union, Charlie Childers and wife Brandy of Buffalo, Kala Robinson and husband Larry “Turtle” of Union, Samantha Childers and Tia Childers, both of Buffalo; great-grandchildren, Krista Terry and husband Cameron of Greer, Brooklyn Palmer of Buffalo, Jay, Mia, Ben and Sam Sherbert  of Union, Dillan McAlister and Emma Grace Childers of Buffalo, and Dixie and Aria Robinson of Union; 1 great-great grandson, Carter Terry of Greer; a sister-in-law, Eleanor Scott Youngblood. Mrs. Childers was predeceased by a sister, Mary Nell Scott and a brother Curtis Scott.

Funeral Services will be held 3:00 PM Monday, April 9, 2018 at Putman Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. Tommy Mann and Rev. Donald Tillman. The burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The following are asked to serve as Active pallbearers, Deryl Gault, Harold Gregory, Tommy Petty, Matt Pittman, James Poole and Ricky Scott.

Honorary Pallbearers will be David Heatherly, Curt and Beverly Gregory, members of the Young at Heart Sunday School Class, Stephanie Sherbert, Stephanie Blanton, Markitta Johnson and Gail Hyatt.

The family will receive friends from 2:00 PM until 3:00 PM prior to the services at the church.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the nurses and staff of Ellen Sagar Nursing Home, MSA Hospice, and all the caregivers for all the attention, devotion and love shown to her.

Memorials may be made to Putman Baptist Church, 3692 Buffalo West Springs Hwy., Buffalo, SC 29321.

The family is at her home, 203 Putman Rd., Buffalo, SC.

Beverly C. Russell, Jr.
Roebuck, S.C.

Mr. Beverly Carradine Russell, Jr., age 70, husband of Lisa Snyder Russell of Jameson Dr., Roebuck, passed away peacefully Wednesday, April 4, 2018 at his home.

Mr. Russell was born in Union, May 10, 1947, a son of the late Beverly C. Russell, Sr. and Gladys Virginia Lambright Russell. He was a graduate of Union High School and attended the University of South Carolina. Mr. Russell was a financial advisor having operated his own firm for many years. He also owned thirteen Jackson Hewitt Tax offices in the Upstate. He was an active member of the Republican Party.

Surviving in addition to his wife are three daughters, Holley Abee of Lugoff, Lori Damron of Charleston and Tami Alman of Pauline; one son, John Matthew Russell of Inman; three step-sons, Chad Palmer of Atlanta, Ryan Palmer of Powdersville and Alex Palmer of Great Falls, Montana; six grand-children, Trey Newton, Christopher Abee, Jessica Abee, Lane McLeod, Morgan McLeod, Ansli Stanford; and five great-grandchildren, Delaney Newton, Buddy Newton, Colton Adams, Oakley Abee and Gracyn Duncan. Mr. Russell was predeceased by a sister, Lula Russell.

Graveside services were held at 6:00 PM Friday, April 6, 2018, at Rosemont Cemetery conducted by the Rev. Curt Bradford.

Active pallbearers were Lane McLeod, David Rogers, Chad Palmer, Alex Palmer, Ryan Palmer, Trey Newton, Nick Phillips and Jimmy Tate.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 8th Ave. 7th Floor, New York, New York, 10001.

April 6, 2018

Emma Deane Osteen Allen
Union, SC

Mrs. Emma Deane Osteen Allen, age 90 of 817 Sardis Road, Union, widow of Claude Mills Allen passed away Thursday, April 5, 2018 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Allen was born December 12, 1927 in Zirconia, NC a daughter of the late James Everette Osteen, Sr. and Della Mae Summey Osteen.  She was a 1944 graduate of Flat Rock High School and grew up attending Mt. Olivet Baptist Church where her father was minister. She met her future husband, Claude, who was also a son of a Baptist minister that visited her father’s church as a child. She served the church as a Song Leader and member of the Ladies Quartet as a teenager.

Mrs. Allen was active in the organization of Southside Fire Dept. having served in the Ladies Auxiliary. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother and “Nana” to a lot of people in her life. Mrs. Allen was a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church.

Surviving are a daughter, Paula A. Moss and husband Gil of Laurens; three sons, Darwin Allen and wife Lynne, Martin Allen and wife Vickie, and Dean Allen and wife Julie all of Union; one sister, Joyce O. Whitmire of Zirconia, NC; one brother, Robert Osteen of Zirconia, NC; three grandchildren, Betsy Allen Henderson and husband Jonathan, Christopher Allen and wife Mandy, and Jennie Dean Allen; and one great-granddaughter, Kyleigh Allen.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 PM Sunday, April 8, 2018 at the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home conducted by the Rev. Brad Goodale and Rev. Dr. Tommy Vaughn.  Burial will follow in Union Memorial Gardens.

Active pallbearers will be Chris Callahan, Warren Harrison, Eddie Williams, Rusty Young, Christopher Allen, and Jonathan Henderson.  The following are asked to be honorary escort, Roger and Judy Bailey, Phillip Bailey, Dudley and Hazel Adams, John and Joann Parris, and Wayne Owens.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 until 3:00 PM prior to the services at the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105, or March of Dimes, C/O Donation Processing Center, P.O. Box 673667, Marietta, GA, 30006, or American Heart Association, 156 Milestone Way, Suite A, Greenville, SC 29615.

The family is at their respective homes.

April 4, 2018

Catherine R. Brown
Union, S.C.

Mrs. Catherine Rollings Brown, age 68, of 122 Bird St., Union, passed away March 9, 2018 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Brown was born in Chester, June 30, 1949, a daughter of the late Fred L. Rollings and Edna Blackwell Rollings.  She is survived by her son, Johnny Varnadore of the home and a sister, Ruby Taylor of Pageland.




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