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December 2018

December 31, 2018

John M. Jenkins
Union, S.C.


Mr. John M. Jenkins, age 74, husband of Linda Calhoun Jenkins of 113 Rosewood Terrace, Union, passed away Sunday, December 30, 2018.

Mr. Jenkins was born in Whitmire, SC July 31, 1944 a son of the late William M. Jenkins and Annis Williamson Jenkins. He was a graduate of Whitmire High School where he was King of Hearts for 1962. Mr. Jenkins was also a graduate Greenville Technical College and retired from Cone Mill Carlisle Finishing Plant. He was a member of First Baptist Church and a member of the Union Masonic Lodge number 75 AFM.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, Charlie Jenkins and wife Melanie, and their son, Creighton Jenkins and Chad Jenkins and wife Melanie all of Newberry; a sister, Pauline J. Thrift and husband Raymond of Whitmire, two brothers, Glenn Jenkins of Union and Horace Jenkins of Ninety Six; a brother-in-law, Tommy Calhoun and wife Wanda of Union; a sister-in-law, Shirley Messer of Ashville, NC and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 12:00 noon Tuesday, January 1, 2019 at SR Holcombe Funeral Chapel conducted by Rev. Robbie Stolger. A private burial will be held at Union Memorial Gardens.

Active pallbearers will be Gem McCutcheon, Michael Gough, Kevin Addis, Will Hickson, Chip Calhoun and Jeff Berry.

Visitation will be held 10:30 AM-12:00 noon Tuesday in the chapel prior to service.

Memorials may be made to Friends of the Union, SC Animal Shelter, 3839 Cross Keys Hwy, Union, SC 29379 or to the Alzehimers Association, SC Chapter, 4124 Clemson Blvd, Suite L, Anderson, SC 29621.

The family is at the home, 113 Rosewood Terrace, Union, SC 29379.

December 29, 2018

Rhonda Gayle Haney
Union, S.C.


Ms. Rhonda Gayle Haney age 56 of 1300 S. Pinckney St., Union, passed away, Monday, December 24, 2018 at her home.

Ms. Haney is survived by a son Brandon Lee Sprouse; her mother, Peggy C. Haney; a sister, Deborah Lynn Henderson; two brothers, Norman Vincent Haney and David Lee Haney and their families.

A celebration of life service will be held at 3:00 PM Saturday, December 29, 2018 at the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Chapel. The family will receive friends immediately following the services.

Memorials may be made to the Rhonda Gayle Haney Fund, P.O. Box 293, Union, SC 29379.

December 27, 2018

James E. Millwood, Sr.
Buffalo, S.C.


Mr. James E. “Monk” Millwood, Sr., age 78, husband of Joanne Thomas Millwood of 220 Buffalo St., Buffalo, passed away Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at his home.

Mr. Millwood was born in Union, March 21, 1940, a son of the late Bill and Eva Millwood. He was a retired construction worker and had also driven a taxi for many years.  Mr. Millwood was a veteran of the US Army and attended Buffalo United Methodist Church.

Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter, Crystal Martin of Union; two sons, James Eddie Millwood of the home and Timmy Millwood and wife Mary Jo of Jonesville; a brother, Bobby Joe Millwood of Union; special caregivers, Jamie Lemaster and Jackie Burns of the home and a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Mr. Millwood was predeceased by a son, Mark Millwood and a brother, Lefty Millwood.

The family would like to say a special thank you to Mr. Millwood’s caregivers, Kate Henderson, Amanda Woods and Nicki along with the staff and nurses of Kindred Nursing and Providence Hospice for their care and concern of Mr. Millwood during his illness.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday, December 29, 2018 at Union Memorial Gardens conducted by the Rev. Mike Bell.

Visitation will be immediately following the services at the cemetery.

The family is at the home, 220 Buffalo St., Buffalo, SC 29321.


Valerie Lowe Wilson
Union, S.C.


Mrs. Valerie Lowe Wilson, age 83, wife of John Daniel Wilson of 435 Peach Orchard Rd. Union, passed away Tuesday, December 18, 2018, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Wilson was born in Union, July 16, 1935 a daughter of the late James Howard Lowe and Ruth Sumner Lowe. She was a graduate of Union High School and a member of         Morningside Baptist Church. She served as church secretary and also organist and pianist. She was member of the WMU for many years and a GA leader.

Surviving in addition to her husband is a sister, Peggy Jean Horne of Union. She was predeceased by a brother-in-law, Robert Horne.

A memorial service will be held 2:30 PM Saturday, December 29, 2018 at Morningside Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Dr. Aulbrey Calvert.

The family will receive friends immediately following the services.

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


Dylan J. Osborne Painter
Spartanburg, S.C.


Mrs. Dylan J. Osborne Painter, age 26 of Spartanburg, passed away Monday, December 24, 2018 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Painter was born in Union, March 26, 1992, a daughter of Chip and Misty Crisp Osborne of Boiling Springs. She was formerly employed with Carolina Vision Associates and enjoyed her job as an optician.  Mrs. Painter was of the Church of Christ faith.

Surviving in addition to her parents are her husband, Clyde Painter; two daughters, Ellie Alexandria Painter and Charli Jade Painter all of Spartanburg; a brother, Julian Osborne of Spartanburg; her paternal grandmother, Kathy Cudd of Union; her maternal grandmother, Sammye Nix and husband David of Buffalo; aunts and uncle; Kelley Nix, Paula Osborne Gault and Mark Osborne and wife Candi and several cousins. Mrs. Painter was predeceased by two grandfathers, Don Cudd and Paul D. Osborne, Sr.

A celebration of life services will be held at 7:00 PM Friday, December 28, 2018 at Boiling Springs Church of Christ, 870 Double Bridge Rd., Boiling Springs, SC 29316.


Tina Lee Sorrells
Buffalo, SC


Ms. Tina Lee Sorrells, age 62, of 145 Haney Rd., Buffalo, passed away Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at Ellen Sagar Nursing Home.

Ms. Sorrells was born October 20, 1956 a daughter of the late Jack Sorrells and Dorothy Kendrick Owensby.  She was a member of New Hope Baptist Church.

Surviving are a sister, Brenda Walker and husband Dennis of Buffalo; two brothers, Jim Sorrells of Waynesville, NC and Gene Sorrells and wife Cathy of Spartanburg; a special sister-in-law, Alice Sorrells of Union; a special aunt, Juanita Kendrick of Union and a special friend, Beth Walker of Buffalo; numerous nieces and nephews, great-nieces, great-nephews and one great-great-niece.  She was predeceased by one brother, Charles Sorrells.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, December 29, 2018 at New Hope Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. Johnny Burgess.  Burial will follow at Union Memorial Gardens.

Active pallbearers will be Benji Sorrells, Cameron Newton, Larry Goins, Tripp Goins, Larry Goins, II, and Andy Eller.

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

Memorials may be made to Spartanburg Regional Hospice Home, 686 Jeff Davis Dr., Spartanburg, SC 29303 or to New Hope Baptist Church, C/O Youth Fund, 308 Linersville Rd., Buffalo, SC 29321.

The family is at the home of her sister-in-law, Alice Sorrells, 103 Gregory St., Union, SC 29379.

December 24, 2018

Gary F. Deal
Lockhart, S.C.


Mr. Gary Franklin Deal, age 72, husband of Sue Black Deal of 115 S. Main St., Lockhart, passed away, Sunday, December 23, 2018 at the Spartanburg Regional Hospice Home.

Mr. Deal was born in Union, May 20, 1946, a son of the late Jesse and Barbara Messer Deal.  He was graduate of Lockhart High School and retired from Timken of Union. Mr. Deal was a member of the Lockhart Masonic Lodge and was a Shriner.  He was also a member of Lockhart Free Will Baptist Church.

Surviving in addition his wife are a daughter, Renee Deal Russell and husband Phillip of Union; a sister, Lynn Deal Pharr and husband John of Chester; two granddaughters, Megan Russell of Union and Addison Turner of Lockhart; three grandsons, Jeffrey Turner, Brandon Turner and Bentley Turner all of Lockhart.  Mr. Deal was predeceased by a sister Carol Sealy and a brother-in-law James Sealy. Deal

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 PM Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at Lockhart Free Will Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Sam Baine. Burial with Masonic Rites will be at Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

Honorary pallbearers will be Don Hancock, Ronnie Thomason, Doug Thomas, Eddie Thomas, Cricket Vanderford, Jeff McNeace, Bobby Harris, Mike Vanderford, George Queen, Doug Blackston and Scott Thomas.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 until 2:30 PM Wednesday at the church prior to the services 3:00PM.

Memorials may be made to Lockhart Free Will Baptist Church, 126 Askew Circle, Union, SC 29379 or to Spartanburg Regional Hospice Home, 686 Jeff Davis Dr., Spartanburg, SC 29303.

The family will be at the home, 115 S. Main St., Lockhart.


Buddy N. Gillespe
Moore S.C.


Mr. Buddy N. Gillespie, age 78, of 631 Markham Circle, Moore, widower of Trudy Harris Gillespie passed away Sunday, December 23, 2018 at Spartanburg Regional Hospice Home.

Mr. Gillespie was born in Woodruff, April 10,1940, a son of the late Elzie Gillespie and Ruby Lyda Gillespie.  He was a graduate of Woodruff High School and a member of Jonesville Baptist Church.  Mr. Gillespie retired from Timken Company of Gaffney.

Surviving are two sons, Shawn Gillespie and wife Cassandre of the home and Ronny Gillespie and wife Kari of Greer; a daughter-in-law, Julie Hart of Buffalo; three special sisters-in-law; Norma Kerr of Spartanburg, Connie Millwood of Jonesville and Gay Turner of Havelock, NC; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.  Mr. Gillespie was predeceased by a son, Jim Hart.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Wednesday, December 26,2018 at Holcombe’s Jonesville Chapel conducted by the Rev. Josh Freeman.  Burial will be at Gilead Baptist Church.

Active pallbearers will be Jake Black, Chad Silvers, Joey Lewis, Jordan Lewis and Jimmy Tesner.

Visitation will be held from1:00 until 2:00 PM Wednesday at the chapel prior to the services. 

The family will be at the home of his sister-in-law, Norma Kerr, 5394 South Pine St, Spartanburg, SC 29302.

December 22, 2018

Kate F. Huggins
Union, S.C.


Mrs. Kate Ford Huggins, age 62, wife of Ronnie Odell Huggins of 105 Hart St., Union, passed away Friday, December 21, 2018 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Huggins was born in Union Co., July 9, 1956, a daughter of the late Robert Edward Ford and Frances Donzelle Reynolds Ford.  She was a graduate of Jonesville High School and was previously employed with Her Majesty of Union and Phillips Hosiery of Buffalo.  Mrs. Huggins was a member of Fairforest Baptist Church.

Surviving in addition to her husband are two sons, Ronnie Odell Huggins, II and wife Tracey of Spartanburg and Kevin Scott Huggins and wife Stephanie of West Pelzer; one brother, Robert Ford, Jr. of Inman; six grandchildren, Jordan Scruggs, Samantha Huggins, Jordan Paige Huggins, Hannah Harris, Riley Huggins, and Jackson Huggins. Mrs. Huggins was predeceased by three brothers, Roger Dale Ford, John Ford and Donald Ford.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 PM, Wednesday, December 26, 2018 at Fairforest Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Mark Truitt.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 1:30 until 3:00 Wednesday at the church prior to the services.

Memorials may be made to Dialysis Clinic, Inc. (DCI) 315 Thompson Blvd., Union, SC 29379.

The family will be at the home of her mother-in-law, Ruby Huggins, 245Belvue Dr., Union.

December 21, 2018

Shirley J. Ford
Buffalo, S.C.

Miss Shirley J. Ford, age 81, of 312 Drugstore St., Buffalo, passed away Friday, December 21, 2018 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.

Miss Ford was born in Union, May 13, 1937, a daughter of the late Dolman Austin “D.A.” Ford and Bunie Stapleton Ford.  She was a graduate of Union High School and a member of New Hope Baptist Church where she served as a Sunday School teacher. Miss Ford retired from Belk department store and had previously worked for Plexico Wylie Drug Store.

Surviving are two sisters, Nettie Ford and Millie Ford; a brother, Perry Ford, Sr. all of Buffalo; three sisters-in-law; Joyce Gibson of Buffalo, Hazel Ford of Columbia and Voncile Ford of Ocean Springs, MS; and several niece and nephews. Miss Ford was predeceased by two brothers, William Ford and John T. Ford, Sr.; and infant sister, Nancy Faye Ford; and a sister-in-law, Mata Sue Ford.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 PM Sunday, December 23, 2018 at New Hope Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Johnny Burgess. Burial will be at Rosemont Cemetery.

Deacons of the church are asked to serve as the active pallbearers. Members of the Adult Sunday School Class are asked to sit in a group.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 until 3:00 PM Sunday at the church prior to the services.

Memorials may be made to New Hope Baptist Church, P.O. Box 728, Buffalo, SC 29321.

The family will be at the home of her brother, Perry Ford, Sr., 116 Jennings Circle, Buffalo.

December 20, 2018

Lucille Deaton Sinclair
Union, SC


Mrs. Lucille Deaton Sinclair, age 83, of 130 Poinsett St., Union, widow of Harold Dean Sinclair, passed away Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at her home.

Mrs. Sinclair was born February 3, 1935 in Sevierville, TN, a daughter of the late Willie Deaton and Hattie Matthews Deaton.  She was a graduate of Union High School and was a member of Monarch Assembly of God.  Mrs. Sinclair was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Surviving are seven children, Chris Sinclair, Freddie Sinclair, Stevie Sinclair, David Sinclair and wife Tracy of the home, Harold Sinclair, Jr. and wife Brenda, Vickie Boulware, and Mary Morris and husband Paul; twenty grandchildren; forty-four great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.  She was predeceased by two sons, Paul and Donnie Sinclair; one daughter, Sissy McGowan; a granddaughter, Cortney Boulware; and one great-grandchild, Ty Morris Jr.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Friday, December 21, 2018 at the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Chapel.  Burial will follow at Rosemont Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Mrs. Sinclair’s grandsons

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home.

The family is at the home, 130 Poinsett St., Union, SC 29379.


James Earl “Jimmy” Greer
Union, SC


Mr. James Earl “Jimmy” Greer, age 63, husband of Kim Vaughan Greer, 1385 Jonesville Hwy., Union, passed away Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at Spartanburg Regional Hospice Home.

Mr. Greer was born August 2, 1955 in Union, a son of the late Clarence Earl Greer and Athleen Ivey Greer.  He attended Union High School and was the owner of Union Auto Salvage.  Mr. Greer was a member of New Life Baptist Church where he was Head Usher and a member of the Greeting Committee.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, Jim Greer and wife Nicole of Union and Jeffrey Greer and wife Malerie of Jonesville and four grandchildren, Mason Greer, Aydin Greer, Wesley Greer, and Addi Reese Greer.  He was predeceased by a sister, Joyce Greer Ward.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM, Friday, December 21, 2018 at New Life Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. Shannon Faulkner and Rev. Todd Davis.  Burial will follow at Union Memorial Gardens.

Active pallbearers will be Eddie Wayne Davis, Jimmy Crawford, Phil Ransom, Jamie Gallman, Kyle O’Shields, and Tommy Garrett.  The Ushers of New Life Baptist Church are asked to sit in a group and form the honorary escort.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 PM Thursday evening at the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Chapel.

The family is at the home, 1385 Jonesville Hwy., Union, SC 29379.

December 17, 2018

John L. Lipsey, Sr.
Union, S.C.


Mr. John Lee Lipsey, Sr., age 60, husband of Trudy Price Lipsey of 107 Neal Shoals Rd., Union, passed away Sunday, December 16, 2018 at his home.

Mr. Lipsey was born in Union, May 17, 1958 a son of the late Herbert “Tye” and Dorothy “Dot” Lanier Lipsey Tiner. He was a self-employed auto mechanic and was of the Baptist faith.  Mr. Lipsey enjoyed fishing, his family, and especially his grandchildren.

Surviving in addition to his wife are one daughter, Marie Lipsey of Union; two sons, John L. Lipsey, Jr. and wife Karen of Jonesville and Jethro Lipsey of Union; a daughter-in-law, Dollie Nelson of Buffalo; two sisters, Debra Atkins of Pauline and Rose “Sissy” Lipsey of Spartanburg; one brother, Jerry Lipsey and girlfriend, Jane of Pauline; a sister-in-law: Loretta Price of Woodruff; seven grandchildren, Kala, Tyelar, Jadalynn, Ava, Jethro Jr., Jebediah, and Roscoe-Daniel; and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Lipsey is also survived by close friends, Steve “Boo” Berry, Wayne Coker, Johnathan Sims, Sammy Wilson, Randy Gregory and several other “fake” friends. He was predeceased by a son, Roscoe Lipsey and three brothers, Michael, Chucky, and Herbert, Jr.

A celebration of life gathering will begin at 5:00 PM Tuesday evening, December 18, 2018, at the home.

Memorials may be made to the John L. Lipsey, Sr. Fund, P.O. Box 293, Union, SC  29379.

December 16, 2018

James W. Black
Union, SC


Mr. James W. Black, age 74, husband of Karen W. Black of 201 Erwin Avenue, Union, passed away Sunday, December 16, 2018 at his home.

Mr. Black was born in Union, SC June 12, 1944, a son of the late Charles N. Black and Ellie Birch Black. He retired from Excelisor Mill following thirty-three years of service. Mr. Black was a member of Trinity Baptist Church where he was a former deacon and served in the Channel of Blessing Ministry. He was a Veteran of S.C. National Guards. Mr. Black was first married to the late Louise Black.

Surviving are a step-daughter, Lori Hill and husband Dennis of Laurens; two step-sons: Bruce Wilson and wife Melissa and Jeff Wilson all of Union; a sister, Virginia Southerland of Whitmire; two brothers: Ricky Black and wife Kathy and Larry Black all of Union; five grandchildren: Josh Wilson and wife Josette of Enoree, Tyler Wilson of Laurens, DeWayne Glover and wife Ashton of Pauline, Cody Hill of Laurens and Jennifer Lankford of Union and seven great-grandchildren: Alena Pitts, J.D. “Scotter” Wilson, Emma Lancaster, Carson Hill, Connor Hill, Savannah Glover and River Glover.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at Trinity Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Neil Keisler and Rev. Ralph Byars. Burial will be in Rosemont Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Josh Wilson, Cody Hill, DeWayne Glover, Zack Wood, Ronald Davis and Mike Bledsoe.

Visitation will be held 1:00-2:00 PM at the church prior to the service.    

The family would like to say a special “Thank You” to Dr. Boscia and the nurses and staff of  Spartanburg Regional Hospice for their love and care of Mr. Black.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity Baptist Church, % Channel of Blessing Ministry, 309 Barnado Rd., Union, SC 29379.

The family is at the home, 201 Erwin Avenue, Union.


Vivian Franklin Kelley
Union, SC


Mrs. Vivian Franklin Kelley, age 79 of 100 Westminister Circle, Union, widow of Warren R.L. Kelley, passed away Saturday, December 15, 2018 at her home.

Mrs. Kelley was born in Whitmire, SC December 16, 1938, a daughter of the late Robert Franklin and Maleva Bowers Franklin. She was a 1957 graduate of Whitmire High School and was a homemaker.

Surviving are three daughters: Warrenette Smith and husband Kenny, Felicia Keisler, Andrea Rae O’Shields and husband Mark; three sons: Dennis Franklin Kelley, Patrick Kelley and wife Tammy and Samuel Kelley and wife Kyile; eighteen grandchildren; twenty-five great-grandchildren and a special friend, Connie Knox all of Union. Mrs. Kelley was predeceased by a great-grandchild, Kyley Grace Smith.

Funeral services   will be held 2:00 PM Tuesday, December 18, 2018 at SR Holcombe Funeral Chapel conducted by Rev. Jeff Farmer and Rev. Tommy Mann.

Visitation will be held 1:00-2:00 PM Tuesday in the chapel prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to American Heart Association, P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058-5216.

The family is at the home of her daughter, Andrea and Mark O’Shields, 205 Westminister Circle, Union, SC 29379.

December 15, 2018

Jennifer Mabry Robinson
Pacolet, SC


Jennifer Mabry Robinson, age 34, wife of Jonathan Robinson  of Pacolet, passed away Thursday, December 13, 2018.

Mrs. Robinson was born in Spartanburg, SC January 11, 1984, a daughter of Bryan Mabry of Pacolet and Kathy Rockholt Mabry of Cowpens. She was a graduate of Broome High School and was formerly employed with Abbotts Market. Mrs. Robinson was a member of Pacolet Mills Baptist Church where she was a former nursery director.

Surviving in addition to her parents and husband are a daughter, Kansas Ledford of Cowpens; a brother, Matthew Mabry and wife Tara of Woodruff; grandmothers: Ellie Mabry of Pacolet and Carolyn Rockholt of York.

A private commital service will be held at a later date.

The family is at the home of her father, Bryan Mabry, 121 Fernbrook Circle, Pacolet, SC 29372.

December 14, 2018

Kerri Leigh Garland
Union, S.C.


Kerri Leigh Garland, age 47, formerly of New York, passed away, Thursday, December 13, 2018.

Miss Garland was born in Spartanburg, December 21, 1970, a daughter of Paula Jones Garland of Jonesville and the late Ronald L. Garland.  She was a graduate of Union High School and studied at Fordham University. Kerri moved to New York to pursue modeling and was signed to a top modeling agency, Welhemina. Many years later after prevailing over a year long fight with Hodgkin’s lymphoma, she pursued a successful career in marketing with Estee Lauder. New York quickly became her chosen home. Throughout, Kerri made lifelong friends; always and still impressed with her razor-sharp wit tempered with unapologetic kindness and always a positive spirit. 

Surviving in addition to her mother, are a sisters, Rhonda Morales and husband Genaro of Clinton and a brother Ronald D. Garland and wife Della of Whitmire and sister, Sophy Mitchell of Jonesville. Kerri was also survived by a number of nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life service will be held at 4:00 PM Sunday, December 16, 2018 at the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Chapel conducted by her nephew, Rev. Kendall Gilliam. The family will receive friends immediately after the services.

The family will be at their respective homes.


Bobby Thomas Moss
Buffalo, SC


Mr. Bobby Thomas Moss, age 80, of 1390 Mudbridge Rd., Buffalo, widower of Joyce Heatherly Moss, passed away Thursday, December 13, 2018 at Spartanburg Medical Center.

Mr. Moss was born January 18, 1938 in Union, a son of the late Luther H. Moss and Agnes Foster Moss.  He was retired from the S.C. Department of Corrections Cross Anchor Facility.  Mr. Moss was a Veteran of the United States Army.  He was a member of West Springs Baptist Church and Duncan Masonic Lodge 256—Buffalo.

Surviving are one daughter, Wanda Ferguson and husband Jim of Simpsonville; two granddaughters, Julia Harris Adams and husband Joe of Union and Meaghan McGinty of Simpsonville; two sisters-in-law, Frances Moss and Shirley Heatherly both of Union; and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by three brothers, Harold Moss, Johnny Moss, and Glenn Moss and one sister, Carol Dean Smith.

Graveside services with Masonic Rites will be held at 3:00 PM Sunday, December 16, 2018 at West Springs Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. Greg Black.

Visitation will be held Saturday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Duncan Masonic Lodge No. 256, C/O Jimmy Maness, 159 Forest Meadow Ave., Buffalo, SC 29321.

The family is at the home, 1390 Mudbridge Rd., Buffalo, SC 29321.

December 13, 2018

Jennifer Nicole Roberts
Buffalo, S.C.


Jennifer Nicole Roberts, age 36, of 155 Pine St., Buffalo, passed away Tuesday, December 11, 2018 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center after a long illness.

Ms. Roberts was born in Union, September 5, 1982, a daughter of Bruce K. Roberts of Jefferson City, MO and the late Pauline Walden Levesque.  She attended Union High School and was a homemaker.

Surviving in addition to her father are a son, Donovan Pratt of the home; two sisters, Melissa Cannon of Buffalo and Samantha Phillips of Union; a brother, Kenny Roberts of Buffalo; her step-father, Kenny Levesque of Buffalo and several nieces and nephews.  Also surviving are three special friends, Rick Hamby, Kristen Hill, Misty Boguszewski, and Lewis and Christy Cannon.

A celebration of life service will be held at 5:00 PM Friday, December 14, 2018 at Buffalo Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Andrew Kingsmore.

The family will receive friends after the services at the home of her aunt, Marie Moore, 117 Spring St., Buffalo.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Jennifer Nicole Roberts Fund, P.O. Box 293, Union, SC 29379.

December 11, 2018

Ruby Smith Morris
Frankfort, KY


Mrs. Ruby Smith Morris, age 92, formerly of Davis St., Union, widow of Claude Morris, passed away Saturday December 8, 2018 at her daughter’s home in Frankfort, KY.

Mrs. Morris was born February 9, 1926 in Union, a daughter of the late Henry W. and Julia Ann Scales Smith. She was first married to the late Melvin Alexander. Mrs. Morris retired from the drawing room at United Merchants—Union Plant. She was a member of Fairview Baptist Church. Mrs. Morris enjoyed talking to her family and friends on her front porch, cooking, bingo, and raising, selling, and harvesting pecans.

Surviving are two daughters, Patricia King and friend Tony Stratton of Frankfort, KY and Shirby Duckett of Union; grandchildren Dewayne King and wife Vera Frankfort, KY, Cathy Wood and husband Joel, Tammy Parker and husband Ronald all of Union, Pam Teal and friend Jim of Greenwood and Jamie Stratton and husband Shawn of NC and a number of great and great-great grandchildren. Mrs. Morris was predeceased by a daughter, Juanita Williams and a grandson, Jimbo Gentry.

Funeral services will be held 3:00 PM Saturday, December 15, 2018 at Fairview Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. Ross Wilson. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 PM Friday evening at the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Bluegrass Care Navigators, especially Sherry, Carissa, Lisa and Jennifer for their care of Mrs. Morris and her family during her illness.

Billy Joe Hamrick, Sr.
Union, SC


Mr. Billy Joe Hamrick, Sr., passed away on December 10, 2018 after a brief period of declining health.  He was born in Landrum, SC on March 7, 1927 to Mrs. Vera Hamrick.

Mr. Hamrick was a 1944 graduate of Union High School, where he lettered in football.  Upon, graduation he worked briefly at Buffalo Mill.  He then joined the Navy as a Hospital Apprentice, First Class.  He served until the end of World War II.  After the war, he went to Watchmaking School in Spencer, NC.  He was a member of Buffalo Baptist Church.  Mr. Hamrick married the love of his life, Margaret Eubanks in 1949, and they were married just ten days shy of their 60th Wedding Anniversary.  Together, they owned and operated Hamrick’s Jewelry for over 40 years.  Joe Hamrick was loved and respected by all who knew him.  He was always selfless and kind.  He shared his wisdom and conveyed valuable life lessons with his family whom he adored.  He was a friend to all. 

Mr. Hamrick is the last surviving member of his immediate family.  Surviving are a son, Jody Hamrick of Buffalo; a daughter, Cathy Pickens and husband Paul of Prosperity; a special family friend, Vicki Nalls; and a special cousin, Etta Jenkins.

Funeral services will be held at 1:30 PM Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Chapel conducted by the Rev. Lynn Ford.  Burial will be private.

Visitation will be held from 12:30 until 1:30 PM prior to the services at the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks to his Bermuda Run neighbors, Leroy Parks and Candy Gore for their many kindnesses shown to Mr. Hamrick.

In lieu of flowers and food, the family request memorials may be made to Buffalo Baptist Church, P.O. Box 428, Buffalo, SC 29321.

The family is at their respective homes.

December 7, 2018

Rev. Dr. Joseph W. Smith, Jr.
Union, S.C.


Rev. Dr. Joseph Wilson Smith, Jr., husband of 60 years to June Hawkins Smith, went home to be with the Lord, Friday, December 7, 2018 at his home.

Dr. Smith was born in Union, May 28, 1938, a son of the late J. Wilson and Myrtle Greer Smith.  He was a graduate of Union High School, North Greenville College and received his Bachelors degree from Furman University. Dr. Smith received a Master of Divinity degree from Southeastern Seminary and received his Doctor of Ministry from Luther Rice Seminary.

Dr. Smith served as pastor of the following churches, Beulah Baptist Church in Union, Selma Baptist Church in Woodruff, and retired from full time ministry after serving 30 years at Second Baptist Church in Laurens. While at Second Baptist Church, he served two terms as Pastor’s Conference President of the Laurens Baptist Association. Following his retirement, Dr. Smith continued to be active in Christian Ministry serving twice as Interim Pastor at Padgett’s Creek Baptist Church in Union, First Baptist Church of Union, Whitmire First Baptist Church and Langston Baptist Church in Laurens. An important highlight of his ministry was a mission trip to the Kansas and Nebraska Baptist Association.

Prior to entering the ministry, Dr. Smith served his country in the US Navy and later transferred to the 3rd Marine Division.

Surviving in addition to his wife are three sons, David Smith and wife Brandi of Pelzer, Dan Smith and wife Cheri of Jefferson, GA and Jamie Smith and wife Keisha of Union; one sister, Peggy Smith of Union; grandchildren, Kelsey Smith, Andrew Smith, Jack Smith, Zachary Smith, Cayden Smith, Caleb Smith, Michael Smith, Daniel Smith, Chloe Smith, Noah S. Burgess and Lydia S. Burgess and one great-grandchild, Abigail.  Dr. Smith was predeceased by a son Stephen Smith, a sister, Helen Smith West and a brother, Bobby Smith.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 PM Sunday, December 9, 2018 at Buffalo Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Mike Bell, Rev. Lynn Ford, and Rev. J.D. Putman.  Burial will be at Lower Fairforest Baptist Church Cemetery.

Dr. Smith’s grandsons will serve as the active pallbearers. Mr. Leonard Smith, Donald Hawkins and Benjamin Smith are asked to serve as the honorary pallbearers.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:30PM Saturday evening at the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Lottie Moon Missions of Buffalo Baptist Church, P.O. Box 428, Buffalo, SC 29321 or Lower Fairforest Baptist Church, Lottie Moon Mission, 125 Lower Fairforest Church Rd., Union, SC  29379.


Phillip S. Miller
Union, S.C.


Mr. Phillip Saye Miller, age 76, of 3867 Jonesville-Lockhart Hwy., Union, widower of Margie Slack Miller, passed away Friday, December 7, 2018 at his home.

Mr. Miller was born in Hartsville, SC, June 17, 1942, a son of the late James Samuel Miller and Ora Worley Miller. He was a retired textile worker and a member of First Free Will Baptist Church in Chester.  Mr. Miller was a veteran of the US Army.

Surviving are a daughter, Leann Gregory and husband Richard of Chester; two sons, Billy Branch of the home and James “Jimmy” Miller and wife Dee of Union; two granddaughters, Lee Elrod of Lockhart and Ariel Gregory of Chester; two grandsons, Austen Miller of Union and Colt Gregory of Chester; three great-grandchildren and a special friend Betty Jean Stepp of Lockhart.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM Wednesday, December 12, 2018 at First Free Will Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Jimmy Sanders. Burial will be at Lockhart Cemetery.

Visitation will be held Tuesday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at First Free Will Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to First Free Will Baptist Church, Building Fund, 790 Hawthorne Rd., Chester, SC, 29706.

The family will be at the home of his daughter, Leann and Richard Gregory, 3036 Fishing Creek Rd., Rock Hill, SC.

December 6, 2018

Donald Wilburn Lowe
Pacolet, SC


Mr. Donald Wilburn Lowe, age 71, of 201 Bryant Rd., Pacolet, passed away, Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Lowe was born July 9, 1947 in Transylvania, NC, a son of the late Lun Lowe and Alma Chappell Lowe.  He was retired from Milliken & Co—Cedar Hill Plant.  Mr. Lowe was a Veteran of the United States Army having served in Vietnam.  He attended Spinedale Holiness Church in North Carolina.

Surviving are a daughter, Donna Boatwright and husband Donnie of Pauline; four sons, Donald Wayne Lowe and wife Silvia of Pauline; Rodney Lowe and wife Se-Dne of Union, Paul Wolfe and wife Barbara of Pauline, and David Wolfe and wife Phyllis of Atlanta; one sister Joyce Brown and husband Rev. Leon Brown of Rutherford; his fiancée, Carolyn Byrd of Pacolet; twelve grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and Bubba and Dusty Byrd.  He was predeceased by three brothers and one sister.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Saturday, December 8, 2018 at Holcombe’s Jonesville Chapel.  Burial with Military Honors will follow at Philadelphia Baptist Church Cemetery. 

Visitation will be held from 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM prior to the services at Holcombe’s Jonesville Chapel.

Memorials may be made to Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 6675-8517.

The family is at their respective homes.

Linda Smith Parks
Union, S.C.


Mrs. Linda Smith Parks, age 65, wife of Jackie E. Parks of 759 Mt. Tabor Church Rd., Union, passed away Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at her home surrounded by her family.

Mrs. Parks was born in Union, July 28, 1953, a daughter of the late Paul and Rachel Sanders Smith.  She was a graduate of Union High School and attended the University of South Carolina, Union.  Mrs. Parks retired from Cone Mill, Carlisle Finishing and was a member of Philippi Baptist Church where she was a former member of the choir.

Surviving in addition to her husband are a son, Jay Parks and wife Annette of Lockhart; a sister, Brenda Gallo of Union; five grandchildren: Elizabeth Parks, Kaitlin Parks, Coby Dean, Korbin Dean and Gary Maynor and several nieces and nephews. Mrs. Parks was predeceased by a brother, Heyward Smith.

The family wishes to express a special Thank You to the staff and nurses of Hospice Care of SC, especially Ann Martin, Jamie Duncan and Charlene Gibson along with a special friend, Debra Bradburn for their care and love shown to Linda during her illness.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM, Friday, December 7, 2018 at Philippi Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Robert Scott, Rev. Brad Goodale and Rev. Brian Redding. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 10:00 until 11:00 AM Friday at the church prior to the services.

Active pallbearers will be Terry Bentley, Mack Rash, Joseph Parks, Brian Gaston, John Parks and Dennis Copper.

Memorials may be made to Philippi Baptist Church, 327 Philippi Church Rd., Union, SC 29379.

The family will be at the home, 759 Mt. Tabor Church Rd., Union.

December 5, 2018

Darlene Price Black
Jonesville, SC


Mrs. Darlene Price Black, age 61, of 175 Poplar Rd., Jonesville, widow of David P. Black, passed away Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at Spartanburg Regional Hospice Home.

Mrs. Black was born August 4, 1957 in Union, a daughter of the late Robert E. Lee Price, Jr. and Martha Reid Price.  She was a 1975 graduate of Union High School and received her nursing degree from USC-Spartanburg.  Mrs. Black was a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church and the Union County Civitan Club.  She was devoted to her family as a sister, mother, and grandmother and was lovingly known as Nena to AJ and many other family and friends.

Surviving are a daughter, Jennifer Black-Kerr of Union; a grandson, A.J. Kerr of Spartanburg; three brothers, Robin Price of Union, Chris Price of Union, and Johnny Price of Columbia; a half-sister, Melissa Brown of Florida; a half-brother, Ray Price of Georgia; and numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins.  She was predeceased by one brother, Kenny Price.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Friday, December 7, 2018 at Tabernacle Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. Dr. Tommy Vaughn, Mr. Sam White, and Rev. Randy Smith.  Burial will follow at Black-Haile-Webber Family Cemetery.

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

The family is at the home, 175 Poplar Rd., Jonesville, SC 29353.

December 3, 2018

Irma Wallace Wilson Bradburn
Union, SC


Mrs. Irma Wallace Wilson Bradburn, age 69, wife of Harold Dean Bradburn, of 842 Webber Lake Rd., Union, passed away Sunday, December 2, 2018 at Spartanburg Regional Hospice Home.

Mrs. Bradburn was born July 8, 1949 in Chester, a daughter of the late Wallace Wilson and Inez Comer Wilson.  She was a member of Fairforest Baptist Church.  Mrs. Bradburn was a homemaker who was devoted to her family.

Surviving in addition to her husband are two daughters, Shelia Fredrick and husband Ron of Florida and Kristy Michelle Harris of Union; two sons, Billy Bradburn and wife Linda of Georgia and Brian Bradburn of the home; one sister, Mamie Lou Humphries of Union; seven grandchildren; a number of great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by and infant daughter, Donna Bradburn and two brothers, Donald Wilson and Billy Wilson. 

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Wednesday, December 5, 2018 at Fairforest Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. Mark Truitt.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Mrs. Bradburn’s grandsons will serve as active pallbearers. 

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

The family is at the home, 842 Webber Lake Rd., Union, SC 29379.

December 2, 2018

Dr. Wayne A Stevens (Poppa)
Jacksonville, Alabama


Dr. Wayne A Stevens, 78, of Jacksonville, Alabama went home to be with his Lord on December 1, 2018, after a short stay at RMC.

He is survived by his four children: Art (Becky) Stevens of Ridgeland, MS, Beth (Bill) Meehan of Jacksonville AL, Chip (Sandra) Stevens of Starkville, MS, and Charlie (Autumn) Stevens of Stanton, Texas, 11 grandchildren: Carol Ann (Seth) Warren, Sam, and Mary Beth Stevens, Drew, Will and Carol Grace Meehan, Reid, Emory, and Graham Stevens, Lois Marie and Mac Stevens, his brother Mike (Joan) Stevens and his brother-in-law Buddy (Becky) Nelson and several nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Carol Lois Nelson Stevens, and his parents, Carl and Edna Stevens.

Wayne Stevens was born in Union, South Carolina. A graduate of Union High School, Furman University, and earned two degrees from The Southern Seminary in Louisville, KY.

After receiving a degree from Furman University, he married the love of his life and they began their journey.  The Lord blessed them with two children before Wayne was called into the ministry.  Wayne and his wife sold all their possessions, uprooted their two children, and moved to Louisville, KY, where he received his "Masters of Divinity".  He then moved to Selma, Alabama, to be the pastor of Sardis Baptist Church and the Lord blessed them with a third child. They were blessed again with a fourth in Andrews, South Carolina.

     He served as a full time pastor of several churches.

                Sardis Baptist Church, Selma, Alabama

 Andrews Baptist Church, Andrews, South Carolina

                Lineville Baptist Church, Lineville, Alabama

                Heflin Baptist Church, Heflin, Alabama

                Barfield Baptist Church, Lineville, Alabama

Then, after retirement from full-time ministry, he pastored several churches as interim or bi-vocational pastor. These were:

                New Haven Baptist Church

                Post Oak Baptist Church

                Bethel Baptist Church

His life was filled with service even after retiring from full time ministry. He was a Chaplain for Southern Care New Beacon Hospice where he touched many lives. He would regard his time as a Hospice Chaplain to have been the most rewarding and satisfying mission he had.

He was loved fiercely by his family and will be remembered as a smiling, laughing and wise man. A role model and a close friend, he will be missed dearly.

Celebration of Life will be at First Baptist Church McClellan, Anniston, AL.

Monday, December 3rd, at 2 PM with visitation from 1 until 2.

In lieu of flowers donations may be made to: The JSU Foundation, 700 Pelham Rd. North Jacksonville, AL. 36265 Or The charity of your choice.

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

 

 

 


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Union, S.C. 29379

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