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January 2017

January 27, 2017

Russ Johnson
Spartanburg, S.C.


Mr. Eugene Russell “Russ” Johnson, III, age 52, husband of Jenny Rankin Johnson of 707 Fernwood Dr., Spartanburg, passed away Monday, January 23, 2017.

Mr. Johnson was born in Spartanburg, May 7, 1964 a son of Kay Layton White of Wilmington, NC and Eugene Russell Johnson, Jr. and wife Pheobe of West Springs.  He was a graduate of Spartanburg High School and attended USC-Upstate. He held many positions in sales in the car and restaurant industries.  Mr. Johnson was a veteran of the US Air Force and a member of the First Baptist Church of Spartanburg and attended Westminister Presbyterian Church.

Surviving in addition to his wife and parents are a daughter, Layton Foxworth Rankin of FL; a son, Eugene Russell “Rusty” Johnson, IV; two step-brothers and his beloved puppies, Tank and Talley.  Mr. Johnson was predeceased by a brother, Walter Todd Johnson.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM Sunday, January 29, 2017 at Bogansville United Methodist Church conducted by Rev. Don Alexander.

The family will receive friends immediately following the services.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Lung Association, 2030 North Church Place, Spartanburg, SC 29303.


Helen Thompson Lewis
Whitmire, SC


God has blessed us with a wonderful Mama, Grandmother, Great-Grandmother, and sister for 93 years.  On January 26, 2017, He decided it’s time for her to be with Him.  Mrs. Helen Thompson Lewis was born on December 14, 1923 in Union County a daughter of the late Clyde and Florence Thompson.  She was the widow of Claude Oscar Lewis.  Mrs. Lewis was a member of Bethesda Baptist Church in Whitmire.

Survivors include her children, Mary Franklin and Patsy Lambert and husband Jeff all of Whitmire and Sue Prince and husband Johnny of Union; five grandchildren, Veronica Glymph and husband Todd, Monica Turner, Scott Lambert, Amy Richardson, and John Prince; six great-grandchildren, Nicole McHugh, Amanda Richardson, Brad Sutton and wife Kelly, Keith Turner, Aletha Hines, and Junior Richardson; one great-great-grandson, Trevor Canada; one sister, Ruth Welch of Easley; and a brother      George Thompson of Satellite Beach, FL.  In addition to her husband and parents she is predeceased by a brother, Albert Thompson and three sisters, Gertie Mae Person, Luvenia Ammons, and Kathleen Shields.

Funeral Services will be held 3:00 PM Sunday, January 29, 2017 at the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Chapel conducted by Pastor Ralph Byars and Pastor Johnny Burgess.  Burial will follow in Whitmire Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Todd Glymph, John Prince, Brad Sutton, Dennis Davis, Harold Lunsford, and Ronnie Garner.

Visitation will be held from 5:00 PM until 7:00 PM at the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Redemption Baptist Church, 24314 Highway 221 North. Enoree, SC 29335 or New Hope Baptist Church, P.O. Box 728, Buffalo, SC 29321.

The family is at the home of her daughter Patsy and Jeff Lambert, 6330 Whitmire Hwy., Whitmire, SC 29178.

A dear sweet lady that loved people and people loved her.

January 26, 2017

Alice Hyatt Sanders
Union, SC


Mrs. Alice Hyatt Sanders, age 95, of 317 Brookside Dr., Union, widow of Jack B. Sanders, passed away Thursday, January 26, 2017 at her home.

Mrs. Sanders was born September 24, 1921 a daughter of the late Lonnie Hyatt and Ola West Hyatt.  She was a graduate of West Springs High School and Spartanburg Beauty School.  Mrs. Sanders began her career in cosmetology in Spartanburg and Monarch, then she owned and operated Alice’s Beauty Shop in Kelton from 1947 – 1974.  An active member of Mt. Joy Baptist Church, she had served as a Sunday School Teacher for the 1st and 2nd grade class, taught the Training Union, was a Vacation Bible School Volunteer, and served on various other church committees.  Mrs. Sanders had served as a volunteer with the American Cancer Society and Wallace Thomson Hospital.

Surviving are one daughter, Jacquelyn Sanders “Jackie” Petty and Gerald Moore of Union; one son, Don M. Sanders and Julie of Columbia; four grandchildren, Melanie Lawson of Union, Allyson P. Wentz of Union, Kip Petty and Tracy of Jonesville, and DeCóle Gallman and Jamie of Jonesville; ten great-grandchildren, Dustin Blanton and Stefanie, Amber W. Manus and Wesley, Candice W. Grady and Dusty, Daniel Blanton, Jack Wentz and Ashley, Macy Petty, Rachel Gallman, Eliza Petty, Jeb Gallman and Jace Gallman; six great-great-grandchildren, Kascie, Kenny, Brady, Hagen, Will, and Braeden; one sister-in-law, Fannie Ruth Hyatt of West Springs; a special friend and caregiver Linda Johnson of Union; and a beloved dog, Tiger.  She was predeceased by one sister, Jaynell Stevens; two brothers, Joe Wilson Hyatt and Sidney Hyatt; and a special cousin and sister-in-law, Birdette Bogan Sanders.

Funeral services will be held 3:00 PM Sunday, January 29, 2017 at Mt. Joy Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. Alan West.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Honorary pallbearers will be Jimmy Sanders, Billy Sanders, Ray Sanders, Brad Stevens, Robert Edens, Roger Hyatt, Ben Hyatt, Wesley Lane, Jamy Cunningham and Tim Stevens.

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

The family wishes to extend a special “Thank You” to Medi Home Hospice and her nurses, Kandice McSwain and Stefanie Blanton of Medi Home Hospice for their years of care, comfort, and love.

Memorials may be made to Mt. Joy Baptist Church Cemetery Fund or Benevolence Fund, 657 Pea Ridge Hwy., Jonesville, SC 29353 or Medi Home Hospice 720 S. Duncan Bypass, Suite C, Union, SC 29379.

The family is at the home 317 Brookside Dr., Union, SC 29379.

David W. Cohen
Union, S.C.


Mr. David Wayne Cohen, age 55 of Union, passed away at his home Friday, January 13, 2017.

Mr. Cohen was born in Union, December 5, 1961, a son of the late Floyd Eugene Cohen and Nancy Scales Cohen. He attended Union High School and was retired from retail grocery having worked in management.

Surviving are two brothers, Jimmy Cohen and wife Charlotte of Simpsonville and Michael Cohen and wife Judeen of Spartanburg; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Mr. Cohen was predeceased by a son, David Wayne Cohen, Jr.

A graveside memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM Friday, January 27, 2017 at Rosemont Cemetery.

The family will receive friend at the cemetery following the services.

January 24, 2017

Reuben Lindsey Bishop
Union, SC


Mr. Reuben Lindsey Bishop, age 75, husband of Linda Varner Bishop of 283 Varner Rd., Union, went home to be with the Lord Monday, January 23, 2017 at his home.

Mr. Bishop was born in Union, SC June 18, 1941, a son of the late John “J.T.” Bishop and Kathryn Greer Bishop. He was a graduate of Spartanburg Community College and retired from Duke Energy. Mr. Bishop was a Veteran of the US Navy having served on the USS Essex. He was a member of Fairview Baptist Church.

Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, Jason Bishop of Union; a sister, Rachel Bishop Kendrick and husband Eddie of Union; a sister-in-law, Joyce Gault Bishop of Union and two grandchildren, Landon Bishop and Braedon Bishop of Blackstock. Mr. Bishop was predeceased by a brother, Thomas M. Bishop.

Graveside services with Military Honors will be held 12:00 Noon Thursday, January 26, 2017 at Fairview Baptist Church Cemetery conducted by Rev. Dr. Joe Wilson Smith and Rev. Russ Wilson.

Visitation will be held 10:45-11:45 AM Thursday at the church prior to the service.

The family would like to say a “Special Thank You” to Dr. Robert Yannetti and Blue Ridge Hospice.

Memorials may be made to Fairview Baptist Church, 763 Neal Shoals Rd., Union, SC 29379.

The family is at the home, 283 Varner Rd., Union.


Harold D. Watson
Brighton, CO


Mr. Harold D. Watson, age 80 formerly of Union, husband of Margaret Josephine Reynolds Watson, passed away Sunday, January 22, 2017 in Brighton, CO.

Mr. Watson was born in Union, SC on March 21, 1936 a son of the late Hugh Watson and Hurley Pruitt Watson.  He was a graduate of Union High School and a Veteran of the United States Air Force.  Mr. Watson was a retired Manufacturing Supervisor, he had worked with Rockwell International in California and Gates Rubber Company in Colorado.  He was a member of the American Legion of Union and Welcome Baptist Church.

Surviving in addition to his wife are, two daughters, Janet Sharrai and husband Randy of Brighton, Co. and Deana Robles and husband Steve of Acworth, GA; two sons, Chuck Watson of Brighton Co. and Jeff Watson and wife Marg of Union; one sister, Marilyn Powell of Blackstone, VA; two brothers, Maxie Watson and wife Sarah of Orangeburg and Hugh Watson, Jr. and wife Carolyn of Union; fourteen grandchildren and thirteen great-grandchildren.  He was predeceased by one sister Becky Fogle.

Funeral services will be held 12:00 Noon Saturday, January 28, 2017 at Welcome Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. Robert Jarvis.  Burial with Military Honors will follow in Sunset Memorial Gardens.

Active pallbearers will be Chuck Watson, Jeff Watson, Randy Sharrai, Steve Robles, Maxie Watson, and Hugh Watson, Jr.

Visitation will be held from 11:00 AM until 12 Noon prior to the services at the church.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 154 Milestone Way, Greenville, SC 29615.

January 22, 2017

Valice Maness
Buffalo, S.C.


Miss Valice Maness, age 97, of Pine St., Buffalo, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, January 21, 2017.

Born October 28, 1919, in Nora, VA, she was a daughter of the late Sterling S. and Charity Minor Maness. A graduate of Union High School, Miss Maness was a member of Buffalo Baptist Church and retired after working 49 years as a spinner for the Buffalo Plant of United Merchants and Manufacturing, Inc.

Miss Maness is survived by one sister, Mrs. Ruby Ford, and two brothers and sisters-in-law, Henry and Elizabeth Maness, and Jim and Mary Maness. She is also survived be a number of nieces and nephews. Miss Maness was predeceased by two sisters and their husbands, Fred and Cecil Smith, and Charles and Fannie Barker, four brothers and their wives, Elmer and Audrey Maness, Lloyd and Edna Maness, Ralph and Valerie Maness, and Glennis and Virginia Maness; and a brother-in-law, J.W. Ford.

Graveside services will be held Tuesday morning at 11:00 AM at Union Memorial Gardens conducted by Miss Maness’s nephew, Mr. Jimmy Maness. The family will receive friends Monday evening from 6:00 until 7:30 PM at the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Buffalo Baptist Church, P.O. Box 428, Buffalo, SC  29321 or to a charity of one’s choice.


Horace Lee Porter, Jr.
Chester, S.C.


Mr. Horace Lee Porter, Jr., age 73, husband of Betty Brandon Porter of 4498 Mt. Pleasant Church Rd., Chester, passed away Friday, January 20, 2017 at the Chester Medical Center.

Mr. Porter was born in Chester, August 19, 1943, a son of the late Horace Lee Porter, Sr. and Edna Robbins Porter. He was retired from textiles and attended Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church.  Mr. Porter was a life time member of the Sandy River Masonic Lodge where he was a Master Mason. He was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting and fishing.

Surviving in addition to his wife of 53 years are a daughter, Holly Porter Hamilton and husband Mike of Hickory Grove; two sons, Fred C. Porter and wife Candie of Monroe, NC and Phillip Porter and wife Theresa of Chester; three sisters, Dane Carter, Joanne Gibson and Carolyn Belue all of Union; two brothers, Edward Porter of Union and Starks “Sonny” Porter of Chester; six grandchildren: Jackson Lee, Jackson Hamilton, Zack Porter, Ashlyn Porter, Ryan Porter and Noah Porter and one great-granddaughter, Autumn Helphrey.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM Sunday, January 22, 2017 at Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church conducted by Rev. David Brannen.

The family will receive friends immediately following the services at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mt. Pleasant Presbyterian Church, 4619 Mt. Pleasant Church Rd., Chester, SC 29706.

The family will be at the home, 4498 Mt. Pleasant Church Rd., Chester.

Sara McLendon Sutherland
Union, SC


Mrs. Sara McLendon Sutherland of Union, SC, died Friday, January 20 at her home. Mrs. Sutherland, 94, was the wife of the late H. Lloyd Sutherland, DVM. She was born in Bishopville, SC on April 9, 1922. She was the daughter of the late Louine McLure McLendon and Robert Eugene McLendon of Bishopville. She graduated from Winthrop University with a BS degree in Home Economics in 1943 and earned her Master’s Degree in Early Childhood Education. Ms. Sutherland served as president of the Winthrop University Alumni Association and the Winthrop University Foundation. Sara lobbied for co-education and was awarded the Mary Mildred Sullivan Award in 2003 by her alma mater and was awarded the Order of the Palmetto.

Mrs. Sutherland was an exemplary teacher and a leader in her community. She taught Home Economics at Union High School, kindergarten at First Presbyterian Church, and organized and taught in the first federally funded kindergarten in South Carolina. She retired in 1982 from Union County Schools. She was named Union County’s Teacher of the Year in 1982.

Sara was a charter member and president of the Junior Charity League, charter member and first president of the Union Cotillion Club, organized and led the first Brownie Scout Troop in Union County, was a charter member of the Friday Book Club, theTuesday Bridge Club and the Book & Garden Cub in Union.  Sara was Circle Leader, Bible Study Moderator and Sunday School teacher for 25 years at the First Presbyterian Church of Union, SC. She was a Boy Scout den mother, a member of Daughters of the American Revolution, president of the SC Veterinary Auxiliary Association, and was a volunteer at Wallace Thompson Hospital for 39 years, earning numerous Volunteer of the Year awards.

Mrs. Sutherland made a difference in the lives of those she knew through her love of teaching, volunteer work in her church, as a volunteer in the hospital and through her love of cooking for others. Sara stood as a source of inspiration to her family, community and alma mater.

Mrs. Sutherland was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Lloyd; her sister, Mrs. Alex S. Fant (Melinda) of Union and her parents.  Surviving are her 4 children; Jane S. Clyburn of Camden, Lloyd McLendon of Union, Sally (Bobby) Lyles of Columbia and Catherine (Eddie) Gaither of Greenwood; four grandchildren; Sara Catherine (Courtney) Corbett, Virginia (Charlie) Clyburn-Ipock, Sandlin (Danielle) Gaither and Cason Gaither; three great-grandchildren; Lucy McLendon Gaither, Covington Epps Ipock and William Clyburn Ipock. Also a very special, devoted niece, Gene Fant Reid.

The family wishes to express their deepest appreciation to Sara’s devoted caregivers.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM, Monday, January 23, at the First Presbyterian Church in Union, conducted by the Reverend Robert Alexander.

Honorary pallbearers will be Norris Fowler, William Jeter, Dr. David Berry, Jim Switzer, Paul Switzer, Robert Little and Richard Little.

The family will receive friends in the Ladies Parlor of the church immediately following the services.

A private interment will be held in  Bishopville.

Memorials may be made to Bishopville Presbyterian Church, 215 S Main Street, Bishopville, SC 29010.

January 19, 2017

Lewis Lesesne Scott
Moore, SC


Mr. Lewis Lesesne Scott, age 86, husband of Joyce Garner Scott of Moore, passed away Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Scott was born in Union, SC on March 10, 1930 a son of the late E. Dean Scott and Colleen Fowler Scott.  He was a graduate of Spartanburg Methodist College and retired as Vice President of Packaging and Specialty Papers, Inc.  Mr. Scott was a member of St. James United Methodist Church.

Surviving in addition to his wife of 63 years are one daughter, Nanette S. Hughes and husband Keith of Moore; one son, Lesesne Scott and wife Libby of Jonesville; one sister Sara Kauffman of Michigan; five grandchildren, Julie Anna Hughes, Jennifer Harrell and husband Zachary, Walter Hughes, Zachary Hughes, and Anna Scott; and three great grandchildren, Kennedy Hughes, Nora Harrell and June Harrell.  He was predeceased by one sister, Marian S. Coker. 

Funeral services will be held 3:00 PM Sunday, January 22, 2017 at St. James United Methodist Church conducted by the Rev. Wayne Smith.  Burial will be at 4:15 PM at New Hope United Methodist Church Cemetery, Jonesville, SC. 

Active pallbearers will be Larry Mahaffey, Calvin King, Orin Garner, Zachary Harrell, Walter Hughes, and Zachary Hughes.

Visitation will be held from 1:30 until 2:45 PM prior to the services at the Church.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to St. James United Methodist Church, 213 N Lanford Rd., Spartanburg, SC 29301 or Mobile Meals Servic
es, P.O. Box 461, Spartanburg, SC 29304.

January 18, 2017

Darrell Eugene Justice
Union, SC


Mr. Darrell Eugene Justice, age 55, husband of Candice Davis Justice of 113 Silver Rd., Union, went home to be with the Lord Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at Spartanburg Medical Center.

Mr. Justice was born in Spartanburg, SC April 30, 1961, a son of the late Wylie Robert Justice and Robbie Cody Justice. He was a 1980 graduate of Union High School and retired from South Carolina Department of Corrections Tyger River. Mr. Justice was a member of Sumner Memorial Baptist Church.       

Surviving in addition to his wife are a brother, Timothy Justice and wife Nancy of Jonesville; two nephews: Mitchell Justice and wife Tracey and Nathan Justice and wife Jessica; a great-niece, Rosalie Justice and a great-nephew, Nathan Justice all of Union.

Memorial services will be held 2:00 PM Friday, January 20, 2017 at Lakeside Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Scott Cobb.

Visitation will be held in the church following the service.

Memorials may be made to Darrell Eugene Justice Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 293, Union, SC 29379.

The family will be at their respective homes.

January 16, 2017

Mabel Adams Hollingsworth
Union, SC


Mrs. Mabel Adams Hollingsworth, age 90 of 106 Crestview Drive, Union, widow of J.C. Hollingsworth, went home to be with the Lord Saturday, January 14, 2017 at Spartanburg Medical Center.

Mrs. Hollingsworth was born in Union, SC October 30, 1926, a daughter of the late James Talmadge Adams and Lelia Irene Gallman Adams. She attended Kelly Pinckney Schools and was retired from Monarch Mill after seventeen years of service. Mrs. Hollingsworth had also worked with Bethel United Methodist Church Day Care for thirty years. She was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church and was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Surviving are two daughters: Mary Beth Griffin and husband Scott of the home and Rita Fowler McGhee and husband Jerry of VA; two sons: Rev. Steven Fowler and wife Nina of Cayce and Dennis Fowler and wife Nancy of Anderson; a daughter-in-law, Judy Brock Fowler of Portland, OR; eleven grandchildren; twenty-four great-grandchildren; five great-great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. Mrs. Hollingsworth was predeceased by a son, Rev. Ted Fowler.

Funeral services will be held 3:00 PM Monday, January 16, 2017 at Bethel United Methodist Church conducted by Rev. Merritt Wentz. Burial will be in Porter Gallman Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Richard Adams, Talmadge Adams, Marshall Adams, Kenneth Adams, Jordan Lowe, Dan Counts, Mickey Belue and Todd Little. Members of the Senior Sunday School Class of Bethel United Methodist Church are asked to sit in a group.

Visitation will be held 1:30-2:45 PM Monday in the church prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to Bethel United Methodist Church, 1705 Lockhart Hwy, Union, SC 29379.

The family is at the home, 106 Crestview Drive, Union.

January 13, 2017

Bobby Ray Bright
Union, S.C.


Mr. Bobby Ray “Bouncer” Bright, age 79, walked through the Pearly Gates of his Eternal Heavenly Home, Thursday, January 12, 2017 after a long battle with cancer.

Mr. Bright was born in Buffalo, September 4, 1937, a son of the late John Thomas Bright and Birdia Pearl Dobbins Bright.  He was retired from the construction industry and was co-owner of Hometown Courier. Mr. Bright was a veteran of the US Army having served during the Korean War and was a member of the American Legion Post #22. He was a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church where he was involved in the G.R.O.W. Program.

He loved his family and his greatest joy was spending time with them. He was a most wonderful Papa and was loved dearly by his grandchildren

Surviving are his wife Marilyn Whiting Bright of 58 years; two daughters, Crystal B. Lewis and Kim B. Vaughn both of Union; one son, Danny Ray Bright and wife Amy of Jonesville; a brother, Thomas E. Bright and wife Ann of Clyde, NC; four grandchildren, Kacie B. Ingle and husband Shawn, Crystal V. Medlock and husband Allen, Daniel Jacob Bright and Lance Vaughn; three step-grandchildren, Brooke Callahan, Richie Callahan and Shannon Hamby; four great-grandchildren, Addyson Ruth Ingle, Skylyn Vaughn, Jaxon Ingle and Chloe Medlock and five step-great-grandchildren; three sisters-in-law, Sara and Roger Wade, Penny and Herbie Smith and Donna and David Fletcher. Mr. Bright was also survived by a number of nieces and nephews including a special nephew, Bobby Joe Gibbs and his wife Eveline and special friends, Doris and Jack Vaughn. He was predeceased by two sons-in-law, Jackie Vaughn and David E. Lewis, a granddaughter, Leslie Marie Vaughn; five sisters, Annie Mae B. Cagle, Ruth B. Millwood, Alma B. Gibbs, Evelyn B. McLane and Louise B. Moss and two brothers, Fred T. Bright and Vernon H. Bright and his lifelong friend Billy Ray Holt.

Funeral service will be held 3:00 PM Sunday, January 15, 2017 at Tabernacle Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Dr. Tommy Vaughan, Rev. Jack Eason and Pastor Shawn Ingle.

Burial with Military Honors will be held at Union Memorial Gardens.

Active pallbearers will be James Bright, Tony Rector, Phillip Fisher, Paul Greer, II, Kevin Smith, Cyle Coker, Brandon Allison and Danny Ivone.

The following are asked to form the honorary escort, Rev. Tommy McManus and wife Rachel, Jackie Allison, Sam, Kakie and Josie White, Dr. Jeffrey Craft, Toney Horne, Karen Greer, Donna Greer, Sharon Plemmonds, Tiffany Ivone, Becky D. Alverson, Roy Turner, Kathi Jo Gist and Tim Bright.

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

Memorials may be made to Gentiva Hospice, 1261 S. Duncan ByPass, Union, SC 29379 or to Tabernacle Baptist Church Debt Retirement Fund, 914 S. Pinckney St., Union, SC  29379.

The family will be at the home, 420 Pineneedle Rd., Union.


Emmett Hudson Braddock
Lockhart, SC


Mr. Emmett Hudson Braddock, age 87, husband of Margaret E. Braddock of Lockhart, went home to be with the Lord, Jesus Christ Friday, January 13, 2017 at Union Medical Center.

Mr. Braddock was born November 11, 1929 in Oveida, FL a son of the late Herman Braddock and Mary Betenbaugh Braddock.  He was first married to Sue Hagerty of Monroe, NC.  Mr. Braddock was retired from Giant Foods in Baltimore, Maryland as a meat cutter.  He was a Veteran of the United States Army.  Mr. Braddock was an active and faithful member of Lockhart Baptist Church.  He also had a love for cooking for others, fishing and loved all animals.

Surviving in addition to his wife Margaret are three daughters, Judy Braddock of Matthews, NC, Katherine Braddock Maring of Mint Hill, NC, and Connie Braddock Frey of Indian Trail, NC; one brother, Herman Wilson of California; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.  He was predeceased by one brother Jack Braddock.

Memorial services will be held 3:00 PM Sunday, January 15, 2017 at Lockhart First Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. Delos Blanton and Rev. Ben Hill.  Visitation will be held from 1:45 until 2:45 PM prior at the church.

Memorials may be made to Lockhart First Baptist Church, PO Box 190, Lockhart, SC 29364.

The family is at the home of his brother-in-law, George Schreiber, 401 Santuc Dr., Union, SC 29379.


Rebecca W. Prince
Union, S.C.


Mrs. Rebecca “Becky” Wilson Prince, age 78, wife of David Prince of 205 Canterbury Rd., Union, passed away Friday, January 13, 2017 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Prince was born in Union, October 2, 1938, a daughter of the late George Edmond Wilson and Eloise Ward Wilson. Mrs. Prince was a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church.

Surviving in addition to her husband are a daughter Elly Prince McFadden and husband Jeffrey of Denver, NC; a son, Eddie Prince and wife Amanda of Buffalo; a sister, Juanita Thaxton of Spartanburg; four grandchildren, Brooke Holloway and husband Dave of Greenwood, Sally Woolsey and husband Steve of Payson, UT; Flannery McFadden and Donovan McFadden, both of Denver, NC; and a great-granddaughter, Dana Kate Woolsey.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Monday, January 16, 2017 at the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Chapel conducted by Rev. Dr. Tommy Vaughan. Burial will be at Padgett’s Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Sam White, Billy Moore, Pete Conroy, Bruce Patrick, Ted Garner and Hugh Watson.

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

Memorials may be made to the Tabernacle Baptist Church, Debt Reduction Fund, 915 S. Pinckney St., Union, SC   29379.

The family will be at their respective homes.


Harold Dean Youngblood
Union, SC


Mr. Harold Dean Youngblood, age 82, husband of Eleanor Scott Youngblood, of 3387 Buffalo West Springs Hwy., Union, passed away Friday, January 13, 2017 at Ellen Sagar Nursing Center.

Mr. Youngblood was born in Union, September 29, 1934 a son of the late Theodore and Ruby L. Youngblood.  He was first married to the late Natalie Youngblood.  Mr. Youngblood was retired Sargent 1stClass from the United States Army after 30 years.  He was the owner and founder of Dairy Queen in Union with his wife Natalie and their children Terry and Deanna from 1969 to 1978 when they changed it to Deanna’s Drive-In in 1978 and sold it in 1982.  Mr. Youngblood opened Buffalo Fish Camp in 1978 and later sold it in 1981.  In 1982 he and his wife Natalie moved to Myrtle Beach.  Upon returning to Union in 1986, Mr. Youngblood opened Mr. K’s Party Shop, named after his grandson Kevin, specializing in Mr. K’s fried chicken.  Mr. Youngblood and his son co-owned and operated Youngblood & Son Construction Company from 1972 until his retirement in 1995.  As long as his health permitted he had a barbeque business at home with his wife Eleanor.

Surviving in addition to his wife are one daughter, Deanna Arnold and husband Dan of Union; one son , Terry Youngblood and wife Diane of Jonesville; two stepchildren, Ricky Scott and wife Glynnette of Buffalo and Pamela Gilliam of Spartanburg; three grandchildren, Ashley West and husband Cory of Jonesville, Kevin Youngblood and wife Cindy of Jonesville, and Justin Arnold of Augusta, GA; two step grandchildren, Derek Scott and wife Tonya of Greer and Heather McCaskill and husband Scott of Lexington; great-grandchildren, Natalyn Kate West and another expected in April, Calleigh Jayne Youngblood; and eight step-great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a step-son, Sammy Scott

Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Sunday, January 15, 2017 at Putman Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. Tommy Mann and Rev. Don Tillman.  Burial with full Military Honors will follow in the church cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Steve Youngblood, Jimmy Youngblood, Lee Wayne Youngblood, Johnny Ray Youngblood, Larry Lancaster, Richie Lancaster, Trey Newton, and Marshall O’Shields.  The following are asked to sit in a group and form the honorary escort, Glen Caldwell, Leon Smith, Gerald Graham, Russ Ratliff, C.W. Garner, Jan Gunter, Clarence Cook, Bruce Burgess, Wallace Russell, Mike Nichols, Tim Sizemore, Harold Gregory, Scott Childers, Mickey Gist, Gerald Steagall, David Taylor, Col. Homer Price, Dr. Ronald Littlefield, Staff of Ellen Sagar Nursing Center, the Deacons of Putman Baptist Church and the Victory Bible Class of Putman Baptist Church.

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

The family is at the home of his son Terry Youngblood and wife Diane, 768 New Hope Church Rd., Jonesville, SC 29353.

January 11, 2017

Nancy Gayle Davis Matthews
Spartanburg, SC


Mrs. Nancy Gayle Davis Matthews, age 73, wife of John “Pat” Matthews formerly of Union, passed away Tuesday, January 10, 2017 at White Oak Manor.

Mrs. Matthews was born in Union, SC on April 23, 1943 a daughter of the late Carl Leroy Davis and Hazel Baldwin Davis.  She was a member of Philippi Baptist Church where she had previously helped in the Nursery, with Awana, and VBS. 

Surviving in addition to her husband are one Son, Donald Wayne Sprouse of Brunswick, GA; two daughters, Karen Brown of Union and Lisa S. Robbins and husband Mack of Easley; one brother, Tommy Davis and wife Gwen of Virginia; two sisters, Elleanor Edens of Georgia and Donna Byers and husband Jerry; three granddaughters, Ashley Neel and husband Jonathan of Fort Mill, Kaitlyn Brown and fiancée CJ Gardin of Union, and Lindsey Robbins of Easley; and one great-granddaughter, Amber Rain Gardin.  She was predeceased by one brother Carl “Buddy” Davis.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, January 14, 2017 at Philippi Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. Brad Goodale.

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

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

The family is at their respective homes.


Charles Bryan Medford, Jr.
Stedman, NC


Mr. Charles Bryan Medford, Jr., age 67 formerly of Union, passed away Monday, January 9, 2017 at his home in Stedman, NC.

Mr. Medford was born and raised in Haywood County, NC a son of the late Charles Bryan Medford, Sr. and Ruth Marie Seay Medford.   He was a veteran of the United States Army having served two tours in Vietnam and was a member of the Green Beret.  Mr. Medford retired from DuPont and had previously worked with Milliken and Company.  After making his home in North Carolina he ran his own farm, raising horses and cows and was an avid carpenter and furniture maker.  Mr. Medford also ran his own saw mill.

Surviving are one son, Thomas Wayne “Tommy” Medford of Missouri; one daughter, Carrie Ann Eyrd of North Carolina; three sisters, Bonita Turner and husband Bill of Union, Mary Ann Murphy and husband Robert Paul of Putman, and Judith Elaine Scott and husband Kenny of Union; two brothers, Wid Medford and wife Marlene of Ohio and Billy Wayne Medford and wife Barbara of Union; and two grandchildren, Joel Bryan Medford and Trista Ann Medford. In addition to his parents he was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Wayne and Fannie Medford and maternal grandparents, Alonza and Leona Seay, all from Clyde NC; one sister, Joyce Gregory; one brother, Darryl Medford; one niece Wendy Murphy; and one nephew, David Michael Turner.

Funeral services will be held 3:30 PM Thursday, January 12, 2017 at Greater Union Church conducted by Pastor Roger Estes.  Burial with Military Honors will follow in Union Memorial Gardens.

Active pallbearers will be Kevin Scott, Robert Scott, Lou May, Joseph Manuel, Earl Medford, Gene Seay, and Ray Bullard.

Visitation will be held Wednesday evening from 7:00 until 9:00 PM at the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home.

The family wishes to extend a special thank you to Mr. Medford’s caregivers,  Lou May and Joseph Manuel and wife Maile for their care and concern during his illness.

Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.


Jimmy Dean Williams
Buffalo, S.C.


Mr. Jimmy Dean Williams, age 73, husband of Diane Alexander Williams of 823 Linersville Rd., Buffalo, passed away Monday, January 9, 2017 at his home.

Mr. Williams was born in Union, August 11, 1943, a son of Rev. Boyd Henry Williams of Union and the late Gertrude Harrison Grant.  Mr. Williams was a veteran of the US Navy and a member of Hillside Baptist Church. He was an avid “Southern Picker” who enjoyed finding treasures at flea markets.

Surviving in addition to his wife are three daughters, Kim Millwood and husband Gene of Buffalo, Cindy Williams of Union and Audrey Eller and husband Brad of Jonesville; a sister Brenda Baker and husband Ralph; a brother, Charles Williams all of Union; ten grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren including Kasidy Rhinehart reared in the home. Mr. Williams was predeceased by his step-mother, Louise Williams and his step-father, Ulysses Grant; a sister, Judy Dorsey and two brothers, Wayne Williams and Earl Peglar.

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 PM Thursday, January 12, 2017 at the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Chapel conducted by Pastor Dwayne Rueter and Rev. Shannon Faulkner. Burial with Military Honors will be at Union Memorial Gardens.

Active pallbearers will be Roger Sumner, Robert Williams, John Williams, Ralph Baker, Steve Crumley and Thomas Leith.

Visitation will be held Thursday from 1:00 until 2:15 PM at the funeral home prior to the services.

Memorials may be made to Hillside Baptist Church, 102 Ingle Ave., Union, SC  29379.

The family will be at the home, 823Linersville Rd., Buffalo.

January 6, 2017

Edna Frances Brasington
Union, SC


Mrs. Edna Frances Mitchell Brasington, age 88, formerly of Meansville Rd., Union, passed away Friday, January 6, 2017 at Ellen Sagar Nursing Center. Mrs. Brasington was the widow of Malcolm Ray “Mickey” Brasington.

Mrs. Brasington was born in Lockhart, SC July 23, 1928, a daughter of the late Sam Mitchell and Mildred Cookson Mitchell. Mrs. Brasington was a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church where she was a member of the choir, Tommie Vaughan Sunday School Class and the Keenager Club. She was an avid tea pots collector and gardner.

Surviving are a son, Mitchell Ray “Mitch” Brasington and wife Peggy of CA; a daughter-in-law, Sandra Brasington of Union; three grandchildren: Chad Brasington, Courtney B Lyon and Melissa Cardwell; eight great-grandchildren and a niece, Fredia Barnado of Union. Mrs. Brasington was predeceased by a son, Bruce Brasington.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Monday, January 9, 2017 at SR Holcombe Funeral Chapel conducted by Rev. Dr. Tommy Vaughn. Burial will be in Union Memorial Gardens.

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

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

The family is at the home of her daughter-in-law, Sandra Brasington, 1429 Meansville Rd., Union.

Victor Eugene Horne, Jr.
Pacolet, SC


Mr. Victor Eugene “Buggy” Horne, Jr, age 49 of 172 Rocky Knoll Rd., Pacolet, SC passed away Wednesday, January 4, 2017 at Mary Black Hospital in Gaffney.

Mr. Horne was born in Union August 4, 1967, a son of the late Victor Eugene Horne, Sr. and Elizabeth Knox Horne Davis. He was formerly employed with John M. Robinson Logging and was a member of Fairforest Baptist Church.

Surviving are a son, Ethan Horne of the home; a sister, Kim Roark and husband Tommy “Squeaky” Roark; a brother, Rodney Horne and wife Julie all of Jonesville; a number of nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews. Mr. Horne was predeceased by a sister, Wendy Horne.

Funeral services will be held 4:00 PM Tuesday, January 10,  2017 at Fairforest Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Randy Burgess. Burial will be in the church cemetery

Active pallbearers will be Josh Lipsey, Trint Horne, Alex Chapman, John Horne, Frankie Chapman, Derrek Eaves and Travis Barrier.

Visitation will be held 2:00-4:00 PM Tuesday in the church prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Victor Eugene Horne, Jr. Memorial Fund, P. O. Box 293, Union, SC 29379.

The family is at the home of his sister, Kim and Squeaky Roark, 697 Bobby Faucett Rd., Jonesville, SC 29353.

January 3, 2017

Juanita Black Cooper
Union, SC


Ms. Juanita Black Cooper, age 63, of 437 Bill Black Rd., Union, passed away Monday, January 2, 2017 at her home after a battle with breast cancer.

Ms. Cooper was born in Union, SC September 11, 1953 a daughter of Elizabeth Foster Black and the late William Black.  She was a retired Registered Nurse.

Surviving are one daughter Katie Cooper Freeman and husband Dennis of Chapin; one son, Robbie Cooper and wife Megan of Spartanburg; one sister, Jenny Main of Gilbert, SC; two brothers, Earl Black and Allen Black both of Union; three grandchildren, Jack and Henry Cooper and Lucy Freeman; and several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by one sister, Patricia B. Murphy.

Memorial services will be held 3:00 PM Thursday, January 5, 2017 at the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Chapel conducted by the Rev. David Nichols.  Visitation will be held following the services at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 154 Milestone Way, Greenville, SC 29615.

The family is at the home of her mother, 334 Ben Black Rd., Union, SC 29379.

Rhonda G. Dehaai
Union, SC


Ms. Rhonda G. Rothrock Dehaai, age 54 of 534 Kelly Rd., Union, passed away Tuesday, January 3, 2017 at her home.

Ms. Dehaai was born in Savannah, GA October 20, 1961, a daughter of Gerri Rothrock Roark of Union and the late Theodore Richard Rothrock. She was a graduate of Lugoff-Elgin High School and was formerly employed with Florida Hospital.

Surviving in addition to her mother are two sons: Christopher Rothrock of Mauldin and Austin Dehaai of the home; a sister, Jodie Brown of Boiling Springs and a brother, Phillip Rothrock of Sanford, FL.

Graveside services will be held 2:00 PM Thursday, January 5, 2017 at Mt. Joy Baptist Church Cemetery conducted by Rev. Alan West.

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

Memorials may be made to Mt. Joy Baptist Church, 657 Pea Ridge Hwy, Jonesville, SC 29353.

The family is at the home of her mother, Gerri Roark, 1103 Old Pump Station Rd., Union.

January 1, 2017

Stanley Michael Palmer
Union, SC


Mr. Stanley Michael Palmer, age 68 of 121 Hogpen Rd., Union, passed away Saturday, December 31, 2016 at his home.

Mr. Palmer was born in Union, SC on January 21, 1948 a son of the late Willie Oliver Palmer and Ruby Vaughan Palmer.  He retired from Milliken and Company and was a Veteran of the S.C. National Guard and a Shriner.  Mr. Palmer was a member of Morningside Baptist Church.

Surviving are a special niece, Deborah Palmer Clanton and a special great-niece, Jennifer Ruby Lee Turner; four brothers, William Ronald Palmer and wife Brenda of Union, Robert Donald Palmer and wife Patricia of Lockhart, Billy Palmer and wife Shirley of Buffalo, and Carl Palmer and wife Kathy of Atlanta; one sister, Katherine Jett of Texas; nephews: William Eric Palmer of Virginia Beach, Kevin Lee Palmer and wife Melindy of Kings Mountain, Sidney Palmer and wife Anne of Jonesville, Billy Palmer and wife Cathy of Buffalo, Jerry Palmer and wife Ann of Buffalo and Garrett Hartzog of GA;  two special great-nephews, Will Palmer and Daniel Clanton and wife Julie of Buffalo;  a special great-niece Von Palmer of Kings Mountain; a niece, Cheryl Thomas of GA. and a host of other nieces, nephews, and cousins.  He was predeceased by one son, William Bradley Palmer, four sisters, Betty Thomas, Frances Palmer, JoAnn Palmer and Mary Richardson; four brothers, James Palmer, Oliver Palmer, Thomas Palmer, and Harold E. “Sonny” Palmer.

Graveside Services will be held 2:00 PM Tuesday, January 3, 2016 at Union Memorial Gardens.  Visitation will be immediately following the services at the home.

Active pallbearers will be Daniel Mark Clanton, William Eric Palmer, Kevin Lee Palmer, Billy Allen Palmer, Jerry Wayne Palmer and Eddie Bailey.

Memorials may be made to the Union County Relay for Life, C/O Beth Lancaster 800 S. Pinckney St., Union, SC 29379.

The family is at the home, 121 Hogpen Road, Union, SC 29379.

Larry Lee Cheatham
Jonesville, SC


Mr. Larry Lee Cheatham, age 65, husband of Darlene Kirby Cheatham of 451 Bob Little Rd., Jonesville passed away Friday, December 30, 2016.

Mr. Cheatham was born in Union, SC October 21, 1951, a son of the late Hayden Cheatham and Suzie Gist Ashe. He was employed with Enoree Mill and was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

Surviving in addition to his wife are three daughters: Vanesa Gregory, Cindy Thompson and Stacey Cheatham all of Union and ten grandchildren and two great-grandchildren,

A visitation will held Monday, January 2, 2017 from 11:00 AM-1:00 PM at the SR Holcombe Funeral Chapel.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 154 Milestone Way, Greenville, SC 29615.

The family is at the home, 451 Bob Little Rd., Jonesville, SC 29353.


Thomas J.W Calhoun, Jr  
Buffalo, SC  


Mr. Thomas J.W. “Tom” Calhoun, Jr., age 54 of 141 Dupree Farm Rd., Buffalo, passed away at his home.

Mr. Calhoun was born in Union December 13, 1962, a son of the late Thomas J.W. Calhoun, Sr and Junie Inez Lawson Calhoun. He was a graduate of Union High School and was formerly employed with Heatherly’s Auto. Mr. Calhoun was of the Baptist faith.

Surviving are two sisters: Kathy Ann Medlock and husband Thomas Medlock, Jr. of Beaufort and Patsy Snowden and fiancée Jim Bradley of Cowpens; two brothers: John Wayne Calhoun and wife Renee and Robert Miles Calhoun; two nieces: Tammie Calhoun and fiancée Chris Hicks and Wendy Calhoun and husband John; a great-niece, Skylar Hicks; a great-nephew, Jamison Hicks all of Union and a host of nieces and nephews. Mr. Calhoun was predeceased by a brother, Eddie Leon Calhoun.

Memorial service will be held 2:00 PM Tuesday, January 3, 2017 conducted by Rev. Buddy Hogan at  the home of his niece, Wendy and John Calhoun, 111 Excelsior Avenue, Union. Visitation will be held following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Thomas Calhoun, Jr Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 293, Union, SC 29379.

The family will be at the home of his niece, Wendy Calhoun.

 

 


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