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February 2017

February 25, 2017

Paul O. Lawson
Pauline, SC


Mr. Paul Olin Lawson, age 78, a man that loved God, his country, his church and his family, passed away Saturday, February 25, 2017 at Mary Black Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Lawson was the husband of Lillie Faye Tucker Lawson, of 1883 Mt. Lebanon Rd., Pauline, SC.   He was born in Union, November 4, 1938 a son of the late Paul Alfred Lawson and Christine Billings Lawson.  Mr. Lawson was a 1957 graduate of Union High School and a devoted member of Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church where he served on the Homebound Committee. He also was a very proud veteran of the U.S. Air Force having retired after twenty-six years of service including three tours during Vietnam.

Surviving in addition to his wife is two daughters, Christy Roche and husband Kenny of Maryland and Angel Wilson and husband Jared of Laurens; a sister, Blanche Gwinn of Pauline; a grandchild, Tanner Roche of Maryland; special grandchildren, Oakley Wilson of Laurens, Austin Tucker and Amberlynn Tucker both of Pauline. Mr. Lawson was predeceased by a brother, Herman Lawson and a sister, Frances Gowan.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 PM Monday, February 27, 2107 at Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Melvin Shelton. Burial with military honors, will follow in the church cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Jared Wilson, Otis Hembree, Ray House, Johnny Kimbrell, Andy Tucker, Don Tucker, Dean Tucker and Wayne Lawson.

Members of the Senior Adult Class at Mt. Lebanon Baptist church are asked to sit in a group.

Visitation will be held Sunday night from 6:30 until 8:30 at the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church Building Fund, 2153 Mt. Lebanon Rd., Buffalo, SC. 29321.

The family will be at the home 1883 Mt. Lebanon Church Rd., Pauline, SC 29374.

February 19, 2017

Pastor Robert J. Branch
Union, S.C.


Pastor Robert J. Branch, age 74, of Tanglewood Missionary Baptist Church and husband of Peggy Harris Branch of 112 Teal Rd. Union, went home to be with his Savior and Lord on Saturday, February 18, 2017, after a bout with cancer and other issues

Pastor Branch was born in Dadeville, AL, a son of the late Cleveland Jackson and Annie Laura McGee Branch.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two sisters, Mary Frances Mixon and Jean Abercrombie and husband Ray all of AL; a number of nieces and nephews and their families. He was predeceased by an infant brother, Johnny Mac Branch.

Pastor Branch surrendered to the Gospel Ministry in 1964 while living in Atlanta, GA. He attended Emmanuel Baptist College in Atlanta and Missionary Baptist Seminary and Institute in Little Rock, AR. He is a graduate of Landmark Missionary Baptist Institute in Mauldin, SC.

His first pastorate was Howie Mine Baptist Church in Waxhaw, NC. He also pastored in SC, FL, AR and KY. He returned to Union in 1998 to pastor Tanglewood Missionary Baptist Church. He also was Pastor of the church when the present building was constructed in 1972.

Brother Branch served as Chaplain for Hospice Care of SC and Blue Ridge Hospice for several years. He was also a member of the Union County Disabilities and Special Needs Board. He served on the Mission Board of the American Baptist Association for five years. His heart was always in helping others, especially missionaries and missions of the American Baptist Association.

Funeral services will be held at 1:00 PM Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Chapel conducted by Brother Charles Hutcheson. Burial will following at Union Memorial Gardens.

Active pallbearers will be Billy
Abercrombie, Joe Abercrombie, Sylane Whitfield, Danny Mize, Paul Sanders, Johnny Abee, Ted Adams and Tony Harris.

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

The family would like to thank the staff and nurses of Medi Home Hospice and Dr. David Keith for their excellent loving care of Pastor Branch during his illness.

Memorials may be to made Tanglewood Missionary Baptist Church, P.O. Box 323, Union, SC  29379.

The family is at the home, 112 Teal Rd., Union.


Joyce Sailors Arnold
Union, S.C.


Mrs. Joyce Sailors Arnold, age 78, of 911 Old Buncombe Road, Union, widow Paul C “Shorty” Arnold, passed away Saturday, February 18, 2017 at the Hospice House of Clinton.  She was first married to the late Linder Wade.

Mrs. Arnold was born in Union County, June 28, 1937, a daughter of the late Ralph H and Margaret Hawkins Sailors.  She was retired from Eastside Elementary School in Clinton, SC.  Mrs. Arnold was a member of the Ladies Bible Class at Padgett’s Creek Baptist Church.

Surviving are a daughter, Cynthia Lawson and husband Dean of West Springs; a son, Roger Wade and wife Vanda of Cross Keys. Mrs. Arnold is also survived by a sister, Kathy Donnan and husband Mason of Laurens; and a brother, Carol Sailors and wife Jerri of Union, and several nieces and nephews.  Mrs. Arnold was predeceased by a sister, Patsy Lovings; and by two brothers, Tom Sailors and Dennis Sailors.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Wednesday, February, 22 at Padgett’s Creek Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Carrol Caldwell.

Visitation will be held 10:00 to 11:00 AM Wednesday at the church prior to the service.

Entombment will be at the Pinelawn Cemetery Mausoleum, Clinton.

The family will be at her home, 911 Old Buncombe Road, Union.


Annie Mae McGowan
Lockhart, S.C.


Mrs. Annie Mae Vaughan McGowan, age 84, of 409 N. 1st St., Lockhart, widow of James Bobby McGowan, passed away Friday February 17, 2017 at the Union Medical Center.

Mrs. McGowan was born in Union Co., September 16, 1932, a daughter of the late C.C. and Ella Mae Smith Vaughan. She was retired from United Merchants, Union Plant.

Surviving are a daughter, Becky Garner and husband Scott of the home; four sons, Tommy McGowan, Sr, James “Jimbo” McGowan and wife Jackie, Roy “Bean” Youngblood and Mike McGowan and wife Pattie all of Union; eleven grandchildren: Ellis W. Lancaster, Mandy Campbell and husband David, Jalyn Boone, Tommy “Doc” McGowan, Jr., Crissy Morris and husband Mitchell of Virginia, Chris McGowan and wife Brandy, Crystal Fowler and husband Timmy, Donna Greene, Brian Youngblood, Josh Moore and Alan Vurrell both of Spartanburg; 17 great-grandchildren and one great-great grandchild.  Mrs. McGowan is also survived by two sisters, Nell Malpass and Ann Grady and husband Billy; one brother, John Henry Vaughan all of Union, and a special nephew, Randy Gault and wife Barbara also of Union. Mrs. McGowan was predeceased by a sister, Frances Williams and a brother, Bobby Vaughan.

Graveside services will be held at 3:00 PM Monday, February 20, 2017 at Rosemont Cemetery conducted by Rev. Mike McGowan and Rev. Robert Jarvis. 

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

The family will be at the home, 409 N. 1st St., Lockhart.


Mildred Bennett Sinclair
Buffalo, S.C.


Mrs. Mildred Bennett Sinclair, age 91, of 1021 Mudbridge Rd., Buffalo, widow of Robert Lee Sinclair Jr., passed away Saturday, February 18, 2017 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Sinclair was born in Union Co., October 1, 1925, a daughter of the late Sterling Price and Lunette Lancaster Bennett. She was a graduate of West Springs High School. She was a retired textile worker having worked in Buffalo, Jonesville, and Whitmire. After retiring she became a caregiver to many family and friends.  Mrs. Sinclair was a lifelong member of West Springs Baptist Church.

Surviving are a son, Robert Edward Sinclair of Buffalo.  Mrs. Sinclair is also survived by a sister, Carolyn B. Jackson of Union; and two brothers, Jim Bennett and Ralph Bennet and wife Dianne both of Spartanburg; two grandchildren, David Sinclair and wife Sonya of Buffalo, and Betsy S. Robinson and husband Kevin of Union; and great-grandchildren Amanda S. Quinn and husband Phillip, and Nathan and Noah Robinson all of Union.  Mrs. Sinclair is predeceased by a brother, Rev. Austin Bennett.

Funeral Services will be held at 3:00 PM Monday, February 20, 2017 at West Springs Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Greg Black and Rev. Dr. Henry Johnson.  Burial will be in the West Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.

The following will serve as active pallbearers: Charles Bennett, Gerald Bennett, Larry Bennett, Jim Cunningham, Phillip Quinn, and Steve Sinclair.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 to 3:00 Monday at the church prior to the service.

The family is at the home of her son, Robert Edward Sinclair, 1031 Mudbridge Road, Buffalo.

February 17, 2017

Donald D. Blair
Little Rock, AK


Mr. Donald Dupree (“Don”) Blair, 75, born March 9, 1941, in Union, South Carolina, passed away peacefully at his home and surrounded by his loving family on February 7, 2017.

Don lived a full life devoted to his faith and family, and was adored by everyone who had ever met him. Always a smile on his face, Don was humble, honest and caring towards others. He was the consummate southern gentleman and a man of the finest character and integrity. He was dedicated and devoted to his family, which always came first and above all else.

A graduate from the University of South Carolina and a member of Pi Kappa Alpha, Don excelled at sports particularly baseball and football. You could always count on seeing Don at every practice and every game played by his son and his three grandsons. He was happiest when he could be standing on a sideline and passionately cheering on the boys. Don adored “his boys” with every ounce of his heart. In addition to passing down invaluable guidance and steadfast support to his boys in their many sporting adventures, he also showed them unconditional love in all aspects of their lives.

Don was a proud member and usher at St. James United Methodist church. He was also a member of the Arkansas Home Furnishings association since 1983 and was inducted into their Hall of Fame in 2013.

He is survived by his beloved wife of 47 years, Linda Blair; his son, Beau Blair and his wife Lauren; three grandchildren, Phillips Dupree Blair, Beckett Tribou Blair and Barclay Snowden Blair; and two sisters, Carolyn Belue and Sandra West. He is predeceased by his beloved parents, Frances and Roy Blair.

A memorial graveside service will be held at 11:00 AM Tuesday, February 21, 2017 at Foster’s Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery conducted by Rev. Mike Scales.

Visitation will be held immediately following the services at the graveside.

February 14, 2017

Gearline Summer
Buffalo, SC


Miss Bertha Gearline Summer, age 84, of Buffalo, went to be with the Lord Monday, February 13, 2017 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. 

Miss Summer was born in Union County, SC March 27, 1932, a daughter of the late Ollie Orestus Summer and Bertha Brock Summer.  She was a member of True Gospel Life Church. 

Surviving are a sister, Brooks S. Varner and a brother, Bobby Frank Summer both of Buffalo; a special niece, Shannon Smith of Buffalo; a special nephew, Daniel Strait of Jonesville; and other nieces and nephews, Dee Anthony, Christy Casey, Billy Anthony, Jonathan Culp, Caitlyn Culp Horne, Dianne Anthony, and Dale Summer; great nieces and nephews, Dillon, Jayden, Faith, and Hope Smith, DJ and Emily Anthony, Kalyn, Thomas and Jacob Casey, Dakota Anthony, Milachi Horne, Storm Anthony, Zachery Young, and Corey Johnson; a number of great-great nieces and nephews and her beloved pet dog, Brownie.  Miss Summer was predeceased by three sisters: Roberta Summer, Margie Summer and Beth Summer-Strait, two brothers: Forest Earl Summer and Charles O. Summer and a predeceased nephew, Steve Summer.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, February 18, 2017 at the SR Holcombe Funeral Chapel conducted by Rev. Ricky Cook.  Burial will be in the Bogansville United Methodist Church Cemetery.

The following nephews will serve as active pallbearers: Dillon Smith, DJ Anthony, Dee Anthony, Chris Casey, Robert Strait, Jacob Casey, J.R. Belue and Dale Summer.

Visitation will be held 1:00 to 2:00 Saturday at the chapel prior to the service.

The family is at the home of her sister, Brooks Varner, 176 Summer Valley Road, Buffalo.

February 13, 2017

Ola Bobo Cabaniss
Union, SC


Mrs. Ola Bobo Cabaniss, age 97, widow of Alvin Davis Cabaniss, formerly of Carter Street, Union, passed away Monday, February 13, 2017 at Heartland of Union.

Mrs. Cabaniss was born in Union County, SC July 14, 1919, a daughter of the late Ben Hix Bobo and Pauline McCravey Bobo. She retired from Conso Products and was formerly employed with Milliken & Company.  Mrs. Cabanisss was a member of Mon Aetna Baptist Church where she was active as long as her health permitted. She truly epitomized a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother and friend. Mrs. Cabaniss was the last surviving member of eight children.

Surviving are two daughters: Beth Cabaniss Wix and husband Larry of Peachtree City, GA and Faye Cabaniss Bainbridge of Charlotte, NC; four grandchildren: Lori Wix Milliken and husband David, Michael Pearson and wife Brittnany, Cellin Pearson and Whitney Pearson Lengstorf and seven great-grandchildren: Parker, Preston and Davis Milliken, Trey and Davis Pearson, Peyton Reynolds and Jackson Lengstorf.

Graveside services will be held 2:00 PM Thursday, February 16, 2017 at Union Memorial Gardens conducted by Rev. Benny Green.

Visitation will be held 6:00-8:00 PM Wednesday evening at SR Holcombe Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Mon Aetna Baptist Church, 1431 Lockhart Hwy, Union, SC 29379.


David “D.A.” McCloud
Lockhart, SC


Mr. David “D.A.” McCloud, age 94, of 204 S. 3rd Street, Lockhart, widower of Gladys Vanderford McCloud passed away Monday, February 13, 2017 at Union Medical Center.

Mr. McCloud was born on November 8, 1922 in Tarboro, NC a son of the late Jim and Leslie Sweatt McCloud.  He was retired from Milliken & Co.—Lockhart Plant where he was the Maintenance Supervisor.  Mr. McCloud was a Veteran of the United States Army during World War II.  He was a member of Lockhart Free Will Baptist Church.

Surviving are two daughters, JoAnne Walker and Norma Burgess and husband Paul all of Lockhart; one son, Rickey McCloud and wife Shirley of Union; one brother, Raymond McCloud of Chester; four grandchildren, Rickey McCloud, Jr. and wife Mara, Trey Burgess and fiancée Amber Robinson, Brooke Burgess and fiancée Chris Wilkie, and Brandy Smallwood and husband Jeryle; five great-grandchildren, Lauren McCloud, Kole Burgess, Karsyn Burgess, Braelyn Wilkie, and Clint Smallwood; a special friend, Azilee Ashe; and numerous nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by one son-in-law, Kenneth Walker, five sisters, and two brothers.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Wednesday, February 15, 2017 at Lockhart Free Will Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. Sam Baines and Rev. Brad Goodale.  Burial will follow at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Ted Garner, Danny Vanderford, Roger Vanderford, Logan Vanderford, Wayne McCloud, and Jimbo McCloud.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM prior to the services at the Church and after the services at the graveside.

Memorials may be made to Lockhart Free Will Baptist Church 126 Askew Circle, Union, SC 29379 or to Philippi Baptist Church, 327 Philippi Church Rd., Union, SC 29379.

The family will be at the home of his daughter, Norma and Paul Burgess, 165 Woodside Dr., Union, SC 29379 (Lockhart Community).

February 12, 2017

Maxine Evans Waddle
Union, SC


Mrs. Maxine Evans Waddle, age 81, widow of Lonnie Waddle, formerly of Jonesville, went home to be with the Lord Saturday, February 11, 2017 at Ellen Sagar Nursing Center.

Mrs. Waddle was born in Buncombe County, NC November 27, 1935, a daughter of the late Grady S Evans and Sarah Earley Evans. She was a graduate of Jonesville High School and a member of Jonesville Baptist Church.

Surviving are two daughters: Bunny Robinson and husband Mike of Jonesville and Anna Barfield and special friend Johnny Motts of Pacolet; two sons: Jody Wayne Waddle of Union and Ben T. Waddle and fiancé Lisa Horton of Spartanburg; a brother, Henry Evans and wife Jean of Jonesville; two sisters-in-law: Ina Evans of Jonesville and Brenda Evans of Gaffney; three grandchildren: Brook Waddle and mother Sandra of Landrum, Kelsey Barfield and fiancée Michael Ingle of Jonesville and BriAnna Barfield Turner and husband Ross of Pacolet; two step-grandsons: Cam Robinson and wife Nancy of Jonesville and Clint Robinson and wife Amanda of Boiling Springs; five great-grandchildren and two step-great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews. Mrs. Waddle was predeceased by four sisters: Coleen Bradley and husband Robert, Mattie Taylor and husband Lane, Jean Foster and husband Leonard and Georgia Aycock and husband Heyward and four brothers: David Evans, Hubert Evans and wife Lois, Bill Evans and wife Jeannette and Junior Evans.

Funeral services will be held 3:00 PM Monday, February 13, 2017 at Holcombe’s Jonesville Chapel conducted by Rev. Dr. Eddie Saxon. Burial will be in Jonesville Memorial Gardens.

Employee’s and staff of Ellen Sagar Nursing Center and Medi Home Hospice are asked to sit in a group.

Visitation will be held 1:30-3:00 PM Monday in the chapel prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to Gilead Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 38, Jonesville, SC 29353.

The family is at the home of her daughter, Bunny and Mike Robinson, 282 Farrow Rd., Jonesville.

February 11, 2017

John Wayne Lawson
Union, SC


Mr. John Wayne Lawson, age 65, husband of Lennis Willard Lawson of 107 Willard Rd., Union, passed away Friday, February 10, 2017 at Spartanburg Medical Center.

Mr. Lawson was born in Union, SC December 17, 1951, a son of William Leonidas Lawson and Bertie Mae Nance Lawson. He was a graduate of Union High School and Spartanburg Technical College. Mr. Lawson retired from Torrington- Timken Plant and was a member of Salem Baptist Church.

Surviving in addition to his wife are three sons: John Michael Lawson of the home, Christopher Mark Lawson and wife Pam of Lexington and Eric Scott Lawson and wife Crystal of Union; two sisters: Doris Garner and husband Kent of Union and Ann Ketterman of Union; a sister-in-law, Mary Lawson of Buffalo and four grandchildren: Brandon Lawson, Erica Lawson both of Union, Hazel Lawson of Lexington and Andrew Moss. Mr. Lawson was predeceased by two brothers, Tom Lawson and Jim Lawson and a brother-in-law, Stan Ketterman.

A Memorial service will be held 3:00 PM Sunday, February 12, 2017 at Salem Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Jim Wiseman.

Visitation will be held in the church following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Salem Baptist Church, 330 Santuc Drive, Union, SC 29379.

The family is at the home of his son, Eric Lawson, 312 Glendale Rd., Union.


Marie G. Arthur
Union, SC


Mrs. Maria Lewis Gibbs Arthur, age 87 of 305 Richard Street Union went home to be with the Lord Friday, February 10, 2017 at Heartland of Union. She was the widow of Wilson Doil Arthur.

Mrs. Arthur was born in Union, SC July 7, 1929, a daughter of the late Luther Norman Gibbs and Bessie Marie Noland Gibbs. She was a graduate of Union High School and retired from Bellsouth/AT&T. Mrs. Arthur had also been employed with Arthur State Bank-Monarch Branch. She was a faithful member of Tabernacle Baptist Church where she taught the Five Year Old Sunday School Class as long as her heath permitted.

Surviving are a daughter, Marie Paulette Arthur; a son Aron Goff both of Myrtle Beach; a granddaughter, Sallie Maria Arthur McLaughlin and husband Thomas Edward McLaughlin, IV of New Orleans, LA; two great-grandchildren: Thomas Edward McLaughlin V and Lattner Aron McLaughlin both of New Orleans, LA; three sisters: Annie Mae Gibbs, Ella Faye Gibbs and Barbara Jean Gibbs Smith. Mrs. Arthur was predeceased by an infant daughter, Linda Lou Arthur, daughter, Betty Randolph; sisters: Betty Gibbs Burgess and Jane Gibbs Arthur.

Funeral services will be held 3:00 PM Sunday, February 12, 2017 at Tabernacle Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Tommy Vaughn. Burial will be in Rosemont Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be James Coffer, William Earl Sprouse, Torance Inman, Jamison England, Jeremy Gallman, Michael Smith. Members of Rachel McManus Sunday School Class and employees of Heartland of Union are asked to sit in a group.

Visitation will be held 2:00-3:00 PM Sunday in the church prior to the service.

The family would like to say a special “Thank You” to the employees of Wallace Thomson Hospital and the employees of Heartland of Union for their care of Mrs. Arthur.

Memorials may be made to Tabernacle Baptist Church Debt Retirement Fund, 915 S. Pinckney Street, Union, SC 29379.

The family will be at the home of Torrence and Bernice Inman, 106 Fant Lane, Union.

February 8, 2017

Donnie Glenn Berry
Union, SC


Mr. Donnie Glenn Berry, age 72 of 311 Terry Dr., Union, passed away Tuesday, February 7, 2017 at his home.

Mr. Berry was born in Union, SC on July 14, 1944 a son of the late Carl Fuller Berry, Sr. and Jessie Lee Sanders Berry.  He was a licensed cosmetologist and owned and operated Donnette’s Hairstyling.

Surviving are one son, Jeff Berry and wife Donna of Union; one brother, Carl Fuller Berry, Jr. and wife Margaret of McConnells; five grandchildren, Blake Jackson Berry, Grant Thomas Berry, Maggie Elizabeth Berry, Regan Gabrielle Durham, and Ryan Allen Durham; and a number of nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.  He was predeceased by two sisters, Connie Berry Liner and Linda Berry Fisher.

Funeral services will held 2:00 PM Friday, February 10, 2017 at the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Chapel conducted by the Rev. Randy Smith.  Burial will follow at Rosemont Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be, Blake Berry, Grant Berry, Steve Berry, Glenn Berry, Ryan Durham, and Kevin Fisher.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM prior to the services at the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Chapel.

The family is at the home of his son Jeff and Donna Berry 299 Cambridge Drive, Union, SC 29379.


Bruce H. Whisnant
Union, SC


Mr. Bruce H. Whisnant, age 70, husband of Iris Brown Whisnant of 125 Bates Ave. Ext, Union, passed away Sunday, February 5, 2017 at Spartanburg Medical Center.

Mr. Whisnant was born in Union, SC October 25, 1946, a son of the late William McPhillips Whisnant and Corrie Farr Whisnant. He was a graduate of Union High School, Spartanburg Technical College and retired from Timken Company. Mr. Whisnant was a faithful member of Morningside Baptist Church where he served as Sunday School Teacher and Deacon.

Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter, Anne Whisnant Marshall and husband Steven of Heath Springs; two sons: William Clay Whisnant and John Brice Whisnant and wife Jessica; a sister, Debbie Whisnant Cavender; a brother, Danny J. Whisnant all of Union; four grandchildren: MacKenzie Marshall, Seth Marshall, Rowan Whisnant and Braxton Whisnant; a niece, Crystal Cavender Todd and a nephew, Andrew Cavender both of Union.

Graveside services will be held 2:00 PM Thursday, February 9, 2017 at Union Memorial Gardens conducted by Rev. Dr. Aulbrey Calvert.

Active pallbearers will be Frank Bobo, Neil Valentine, Cecil Brown, David Barber, Randy George and Tommy Knox.

Visitation will be held 6:00-8:00 PM Wednesday evening at the SR Holcombe Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Morningside Baptist Church, 112 Bates Avenue, Union, SC 29379.

The family will be at the home, 125 Bates Ave. Ext, Union.

February 7, 2017

Brian Keith Wells, Sr.
Jonesville, SC


Mr. Brian Keith Wells, Sr., age 55, husband of Judy Bragg Wells of 125 Oakwood Rd., Jonesville, passed away Monday, February 6, 2017 at his home.

Mr. Wells was born in Union, August 13, 1961, a son of Lillie Moss Wells Reynolds Grant of Union and the late Bob Wells. He was a graduate of UC-Berkley with an Associate Degree and attended the University of SC. Mr. Wells was formerly employed as a computer programmer with Kohler Company and the City of Spartanburg.  He was a veteran of the US Army and afterwards worked with the Civil Service.

Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter, Kimalee Wells of the home; a son, Brian Keith Wells, Jr and fiancée Annie Hill of Jonesville; a step-daughter, Terri Trantham and husband Jeff of Union; a step-son, Tommy O’Shields of Greenwood; two brothers: Robert Wells and Mark Reynolds; a niece, Lila Reynolds all of Union; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Wednesday February 8, 2017 at SR Holcombe Funeral Chapel conducted by Rev. Merritt Wentz and Mr. Mike Gregory. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Mausoleum with Military Honors.

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

Memorials may be made to Brian Keith Wells, Sr. Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 293, Union, SC 29379.

The family is at the home of his mother, Lillie Grant, 1514 Mt. Tabor Church Rd., Jonesville, SC 29353.

February 5, 2017

Diane F. Thomas
Union, S.C.


Mrs. Diane Fowler Thomas age 70, of 296 Meansville Rd., passed away Saturday, February 4, 2017 at Spartanburg Regional Hospital.

Mrs. Thomas was born in Union, October 31, 1946, a daughter of the late Thomas Gilman Fowler and Callie Ruth Brown Fowler.  She was a graduate of Jonesville High School and was retired from the S.C. Dept. of Corrections.  Mrs. Thomas was formerly employed with Whitten Center in Clinton and attended Hillside Baptist Church and Covenant Baptist Church.  She was an avid reader and enjoyed making jewelry.

Surviving are a daughter, Scarlett Youngblood Alexander and friend Roger Hill and his daughter, Katie Hill all of Union; a sister, Bonnie Fowler Adams of Moore; a brother, Graham Gault of Union; a grandson, Timothy Logan Alexander and wife Shelby; a great-granddaughter, Ansley Reed Clayton and another great-granddaughter expected in March.  She is also survived by a niece Crystal Adams Garner and husband Kenny of Greer; two nephews, Kenneth Ray Adams, II and wife Miranda of Cowpens and Graham Gault, Jr. of Union; several great-nieces and nephew and very dear friends, Evelyn Ford and her family.

A memorial service will be held at 3:00 PM Saturday, February 11, 2017 at the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home conducted by Rev. Dwayne Reuter and Rev. Randy Smith.

Visitation will be held immediately following the services.

Memorials may be made to Hillside Baptist Church, 102 Ingle Ave., Union, SC  29379 or to Covenant Baptist Church, P.O. Box 10, Union, SC 29379.

February 4, 2017

Lamatrel Ponder Haney
Buffalo, SC


Mrs. Lamatrel Ponder Haney, age 87 of 2243 Buffalo West Springs Hwy, Buffalo, widow of Everette McKinley Haney, passed away Thursday, February 2, 2017 at Spartanburg Medical Center.

Mrs. Haney was born in Spartanburg, SC June 20, 1929, a daughter of the late George Wilson Ponder and Mary Lou Littlefield Ponder. She was a graduate of West Springs High School and retired from Her Majesty. Mrs. Haney was a member of Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church where she had served as the Director of the Nursery.

Surviving are two daughters: Lisa McMillian and husband Michael of Union and Gina Cannon and husband Todd of Roebuck; two sons: Mike Haney and wife Marianne of Prosperty and Eric Haney and wife Laurie of Pauline; a sister, Wanda Snyder of Boiling Springs; a brother, Andy Ponder of Blanchester, Ohio; ten grandchildren: Bradley McMillian and wife Katie of Aiken, Blake McMillian of Buffalo, Myles Cannon, Skyler Cannon and Macy Cannon all of Roebuck, Rett Haney of Columbia, Josh Haney of Prosperity, Devin Dehart of Roebuck, Bryce Dehart of Columbia and Dillon Dehart of Gaffney; four great-grandchildren: Grayson McMillian, Seth McMillian both of Union, Aiden Profera of Boiling Springs and Jase Dehart of Gaffney. Mrs. Haney was predeceased by a sister, Sylvia Rush and three brothers, Marl Ponder, Levonne Ponder and Ricky Ponder.

Funeral services will be held 3:00 PM Sunday, February 5, 2017 at Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Melvin Shelton. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Mrs. Haney’s grandsons will serve as active pallbearers.

Visitation will be held in the church following the service.

Memorials may be made to Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church, 2153 Mt. Lebanon Rd., Buffalo, SC 29321.        

The family is at the home, 2243 Buffalo West Springs Hwy, Buffalo.

February 1, 2017

Charles Marvin “Chuck” Bettis, Jr.
Columbia, SC


Mr. Charles Marvin “Chuck” Bettis, Jr., age 58 died Wednesday, February 1, 2017 at Landrum Hospice Home.

Mr. Bettis was born in Union, SC on May 19, 1958 a son of Charles Marvin Bettis formerly of Union and the late Peggy Lee Bettis.  He was graduate of Union High School and a member of First Presbyterian Church Union.  Mr. Bettis had made his home in Columbia for the last several years.  He loved the outdoors, particularly boating and fishing and was passionate about the Clemson Tigers.

Surviving in addition to his father are one sister, Mary Lee Bettis Cantey of Spartanburg; one nephew, Field Cantey of Charlotte, NC; and one niece, Lee Cantey of Spartanburg.

Private funeral services will be held at a later date.

The family wishes to extend a special thanks to the “Angels” at Foothills Hospice House in Landrum.

Memorials may be made to His House Ministries, 764 Meeting St., West Columbia, SC 29072. 

Messages to the family may be sent to, 171 Buckstone Lane, Spartanburg, SC 29307.


William Martin Lindler
Union, SC


Mr. William Martin Lindler, age 86, husband of Betty Vinson Stokes, of 121 Hillcrest Dr., Union, passed away Monday, January 30, 2017 at his home.

Mr. Lindler was born in Whitmire, SC on January 23, 1931 a son of the late William Lindler and Lily Young Lindler.  He retired from the United States Navy as a Chief Petty Officer after 21 years of service.  Mr. Lindler had previously served with the Army Corps of Engineers and had worked in the Charleston Shipyard.  He received four Good Conduct Medals, National Defense Service Medal and the Navy Artic Service Ribbon during his service. Mr. Lindler was first married to the late Georgia Inman Lindler.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, Billy Lindler and wife Barbara of Nanticoke, PA and Dan Lindler and wife Theresa of North Charleston; six daughters, Shirley Huneycutt and husband Jimmy of Whitmire, Jacqueline Darnell of Union, Marilyn Hamblin and husband Stuart of Union, Pamela Burnett and husband Robert of Goose Creek, Paula Turner and husband Gerald of Trenton, SC, and Beth Johnson and husband Chris of Alvin; one brother, James Lindler of Charleston; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  He was predeceased by one sister, Peggy Knight and two brothers, Robert Lindler and Larry Joe Lindler.

Memorial services will be held 11:00 AM Thursday, February 2, 2017 at the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Chapel conducted by Mr. Billy Lindler and Rev. Bryan Malone. 

Visitation will be held 10:00 AM until 11:00 AM Thursday prior to the services at the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Chapel.

Memorials may be made to St. Mary’s Submarine Museum, 102 W. Saint Mary’s St., Saint Mary’s, GA 31558 or US Submarine Veterans, C/O Charleston Base (USSVICB), 111 Pinewood Dr., Summerville, SC 29482.

The family is at the home, 121 Hillcrest Dr., Union, SC 29379.

 

 


Holcombe Funeral Home

310 W. South Street
Union, S.C. 29379

Phone: (864) 427-3665
Fax: (864) 427-0622

Holcombe Jonesville Chapel

145 Hames Avenue
Jonesville, S.C. 29353





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