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May 2016

May 31, 2016

Betty Bush Gresham
Union, SC


Mrs. Betty Bush Gresham, age 72 of Union, widow of Jerry Gresham, left her earthly home Monday, May 30, 2016.

Born in Prosperity, SC January 5, 1944, a daughter of the late Ransom S. and Ophelia Gray Bush. She retired from Stouffers in Gaffney and later was employed with Hospice Care of South Carolina as a CNA. Mrs. Gresham loved her family, enjoyed life, jokes and laughter. She found much joy working in her yard.

Mrs. Gresham is survived by her daughter, Wanda G. Loftis and husband Freddy of Buffalo; a son, Wayne Gresham and wife Andrea of Union; granddaughters: Hailey Gresham and fiancée Mason Woodson and Jeri Alexis Gresham; grandsons: Brandon Tyler Gresham and wife Donielle, and Jerry Wayne Gresham, II; great-grandson, Brandon Colt Gresham and soon to be great-granddaughter; sisters: Annie B. Amick of Chester, Brenda B. Calvitt of Lexington and Mary B. McJunkins of Newberry; sister-in-law, Alice Bush of Newberry; brother, Randy “Jr” Bush of Silverstreet and multiple nieces and nephews. Mrs. Gresham was predeceased by siblings: Margaret Elizabeth Markee, Gladys Wilson, Ella Stevens, Curtis, Richard, John “Buddy”, Marion and William Bush.

Graveside services will be held 2:00 PM Friday, June 3, 2016 at Newberry Memorial Gardens conducted by Rev. Scott Cobb and Rev. Eddie Bledsoe.

Active pallbearers will be Mason Woodson, Tyler Gresham, Wayne Gresham, Michael McJunkins, Eddie Hearn and Michael Lindsey.

Visitation will be held 6:00-8:00 PM Thursday evening at the SR Holcombe Funeral Home and also Friday at the graveside following the service.

The family would like to extend a special “Thank You” to caregivers: Debra Bradburn, Darlene Howell, Mitzy Fowler and Celeste West.

The family will be at the home of Wanda and Freddy Loftis, 986 Meadow Woods Rd., Buffalo, SC 29321.

May 30, 2016

Ruby P. Howell
Union, S.C.


Mrs. Ruby Pridemore Howell, age 85, widow of Van William “Bill” Howell, formerly of Gregory St., Union, went home to be with the Lord, Saturday, May 28, 2016 at Ellen Sagar Nursing home surrounded by her family.

Mrs. Howell was born in Union, September 9, 1930, a daughter of the late Ray E. Pridemore and Lilly Moody Pridemore. She was a faithful member of Fairforest Baptist Church where she was a former Sunday School teacher, a member of the WMU, a member of the Young at Heart and worked with the Vacation Bible School program.  Mrs. Howell was also a member of the Hostess Committee of the church and wrote for the Fairforest News and more.  She taught with the Adult Literacy program of Union Co. and loved geneology.

Mrs. Howell was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

Surviving are two daughters, Vonnie H. Smith and husband Jimmy of Buffalo and Brenda H. McMillian of Union; three sons, Keith Howell and wife Cathy, Calvin Howell and wife Julie and Kerry Flowers all of Union; 16 grandchildren, 14 great-grandchildren, 25 great-great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-great-grandchildren.  Mrs. Howell was predeceased by infant twin daughters, Elaine and Eileen Howell; two sisters, Joyce P. Morris and Essie P. Bolding and a brother, Ray Ernest Pridemore.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at Fairforest Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Dr. Aubrey Calvert and Rev. Scott Cobb.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Grandsons will serve as the active pallbearers.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to the Staff and nurses of Medi Home Hospice, Dr. David Keith, Dr. Robert Wentz and the staff and nurses of Ellen Sagar Nursing Home for their care of Mrs. Howell and they are asked to sit in a group for the services.

Visitation will be held from 12:30 until 1:45 Tuesday at the church prior to the services.

Memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

The family will be at their respective homes.

May 28, 2016

Thomas W. “Tom” Lawson
Buffalo, S.C.


Mr. Thomas William “Tom” Lawson, age 67, husband of Mary Tomlin Lawson of 108 Sugar Creek Rd., Buffalo, passed away Friday, May 27, 2016, at the Spartanburg Hospital for Restorative Care.

Mr. Lawson was born in Buffalo, July 27, 1948, a son of the late William Leonidas Lawson and Bertie Mae Nance Lawson. He was a graduate of Union High School and attended Spartanburg Technical College. Mr. Lawson was formerly employed with WABCO in Duncan and was a member of Putman Baptist Church.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two sisters, Doris L. Garner and husband Kent and Ann L. Ketterman all of Union; a brother, John W. Lawson and wife Lennis of Union; and numerous nieces and nephews including Carley B. Garner, a niece reared in the home.  Mr. Lawson was predeceased by a brother, James L. Lawson and a brother-in-law, Stanley Ketterman.

A memorial service will be held 2:00 PM Tuesday, May 31, 2016 at Putman Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Tommy Mann. The family will receive friends after the services at the church.

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

The family will be at the home, 108 Sugar Creek Rd., Buffalo.


Martha L. Belue
Union, S.C.


Mrs. Martha Ligon Belue, age 84, widow of Robert E. Belue, Jr., passed away Saturday, May 28, 2016 at Heartland of Union.

Mrs. Belue was born in Union Co., December 1, 1931, a daughter of the late William and Lola Collins Ligon. She was a graduate of Union High School and retired as supervisor for the Department of Social Services.  Mrs. Belue was a member of Mon Aetna Baptist Church where she was a member of the choir, a former Sunday School teacher and had served on the Building Committee.

Surviving are two daughters, Cynthia Shoaf and husband Tommy of High Point, NC, and Jean Young and husband Terry of Union; three grandchildren, Thomas Shoaf of High Point, NC, Leslie Sykes and husband David of Gilbert, and Stewart Young and wife Chloe of Saluda and four great-grandchildren. Mrs. Belue was predeceased by a brother, Bradford Ligon.

Graveside services will be held 2:00 PM Monday, May 30, 2016 at Union Memorial Gardens conducted by Mr. Jerry Gossett and Mr. William Earl Sprouse.  The family will receive friends at the graveside immediately following the service.

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

The family will be at the home of her daughter, Jean and Terry Young, 126 Clarendon Place, Union.

May 25, 2016

Beth T. Lipscomb
Union, S.C.


Mrs. Beth Thompson Lipscomb, age 90, of 205 Park Dr., Union, widow of Dr. Victor Lipscomb, Jr., passed away Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at her home.

Mrs. Lipscomb was born in Cameron, WI, September 3, 1925, a daughter of the late Herman and Palma Thompson.  She was employed as a secretary in Madison, WI during WWII when she met her future husband who was stationed there. After making their home in Union, Mrs. Lipscomb began volunteering with Wallace Thomson Hospital and continued for over 50 years. 

Mrs. Lipscomb was a member of Grace United Methodist Church where she was active in the Ladies Circles of the church. She was devoted to her family and enjoyed playing bridge and watching football.

Surviving are a daughter, Patti L. Chandler and husband Dr. George Chandler of Mt. Pleasant; two sons, Victor Lipscomb, III and wife Sandra of Spartanburg and Jerry Lipscomb and wife Jo Anne of Union; seven grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren. Mrs. Lipscomb was predeceased by two brothers, Jerry Thompson and Ted Thompson both from Wisconsin.

Graveside services will be held 2:00 PM Friday, May 27, 2016 at Grace United Methodist Church Cemetery conducted by Rev. David Bauknight.

Active pallbearers will be Mike McGee, Frank Alexander, Bill Stoddard, Victor Lipscomb, IV, David Lipscomb and Jonathan Lipscomb.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 until 2:00 PM Friday in the Parlor of the church prior to the services.

Memorials may be made to Grace United Methodist Church, 217 S. Church St., Union, SC 29379.


Julia Q. “Beth” Adams
Jonesville, SC


Mrs. Julia Q. “Beth” Adams, age 55, of 670 Pea Ridge Highway, Jonesville, widow of Michael Lynn Adams passed away Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at her home.

Mrs. Adams was born in Lockhart, August 4, 1960, a daughter of the late John and Loretta Cookson Queen.  She was a graduate of Lockhart High School and was a member of Morningstar Baptist Church in Pacolet.  Mrs. Adams was formerly employed with Milliken & Co.—Monarch Plant and had been a school bus driver with the Union County Schools.

Surviving are two daughters, Chanda Falcone and husband Anthony and Christina Burgess and husband Chad all of Jonesville; one brother, Robbie Queen and wife Roswitha; two sisters, Ellen Garner and husband Gerald and Caroline Thomason and husband Ronnie, all of Lockhart; two grandchildren, Mellana Falcone and Tony “Bubba” Falcone; two sisters-in-law, Jenny Adams and Deborah A. Crisp both of Jonesville; three brothers-in-law, Talmadge Adams and wife Debra of Union, Richard Adams and wife Shirley, and Ned Garner all of Jonesville.  She was predeceased by two sisters-in-law, Lois Garner and Linda Kinsey and one brother-in-law Oscar Adams.

Graveside services will be held 2:00 PM Friday, May 27, 2016 at Porter-Gallman Cemetery conducted by the Rev. Andrew Carrigan and Rev. Gonzale Childers.

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

The family will be at the home, 670 Pea Ridge Highway, Jonesville, SC 29353.

May 24, 2016

Andrew James Sean Duncan

Andrew James Sean Duncan died May 23, 2016 in Columbia, S.C., after a brief illness.

Andrew was born on January 21, 1946 in Cardiff, Wales. At the age of 16 he joined the Army and completed 6 years of service which included a stint in the Royal Military Academy, Sandhurst, and 2 years in Cyprus.

Andrew graduated Magna Cum Laude from the University of Wales with a degree in Economics. He subsequently earned an MA in Modern History and a JD from the University of South Carolina. He then pursued an extensive career in Financial & Legal Management, having been employed by Arthur Anderson & Co. as a Chartered Accountant in their London & Atlanta Offices.   Andrew later was hired as CFO of U.S. Capital in Columbia, S.C., served as Gen. Counsel & CFO of Strategic Resources Corp., and most recently joined 3 former colleagues, in Compass South as a partner in timberland consulting.

In addition to his own business career, Andrew teamed up with his wife Susan Berry to establish Cucina which they owned & operated successfully for several years.

Andrew’s adventurous spirit inspired him to join 40-50 Americans & Europeans in driving his 1969 Morgan 4/4 in the “Morgans Over America Drive” from San Francisco to New York. In following another dream, he later enlisted friends Ervin Grove & Blaine Parks as they sailed Andrew’s Island Packet Sailboat, Gemima, across the Atlantic to his homeland, Cardiff, Wales. 

Andrew is survived by his wife Susan, his daughter Zoe Alexandra Le Brun, her husband Richard, their two children Matthew & Sam, numerous nephews & nieces, and his two dogs, Boomer & Bella.

Friends are welcomed to visit Susan & family members at their home, 1820 Enoree Ave., Columbia,  on Thursday, May 26, 2016 from 4:30-7:30 p.m 

A celebration of Andrew’s full & adventurous life will be enjoyed with family & friends at a later time at their country cottage, Dunberry, on Oak Grove Farm in Union, S.C.

Memorials may be made to: Richland County Public Library, 1431 Assembly Street, Columbia, SC, 29201 or to S.C. Dept of Archives & History, 8301 Parklane Rd. Columbia, S.C. 29223.

Elizabeth Morris Smith
Union, SC


Mrs. Elizabeth Morris Smith, age 85, wife of Alfred E. Smith of 207 Spruce St., Union, passed away, Monday, May 23, 2016 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Smith was born in Union, SC on November 8, 1930 a daughter of the late Thom Morris and Thaddie Horne Morris.  She as a 1947 graduate of Union High School.  Mrs. Smith along with her husband owned and operated Smith’s Jewelry Store.  She was a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church.

Surviving in addition to her husband of 64 years are a daughter, Beth Smith Justice and husband Todd of Union; two sons, Thomas R. Smith and Joe R. Smith both of  Union; six grandchildren who loved their “Nana” dearly: Nikki Robinson and husband Trad, Katy Beth Seaburg and husband Wesley all of Jonesville, Bryan Robinson and wife Audrey of Union, Brett Robinson and wife Tiffany of Easley, Rusty Smith of Union, and Joseph Smith of Wake Forest, NC; two step-granddaughters, Ashley Reese and husband Chris and Amber Justice all of Union; seven great-grandchildren, Selah Kate Robinson, Westley Robinson, Jacob Robinson, Maddox Robinson, Thomas Robinson, Martin Robinson, Weston Seaburg and expecting number 8, Baby Seaburg in June; one sister-in-law, Sylvia Morris; a special family friend Deanne Rector; and a number of nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by one daughter, Melanie Jane Smith; two sisters, Ruth McGowan and Annie Mae Bradley; and three brothers, Clarence, Virgil, and Billy Morris.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Thursday, May 26, 2016 at Tabernacle Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. Robert Chapman.  Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery. 

Active pallbearers will be Bryan Robinson, Brett Robinson, Wesley Seaburg, Trad Robinson, Rusty Smith, and Joseph Smith.

Visitation will be 6:00 until 8:00 PM Wednesday evening at Tabernacle Baptist Church.

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

The family is at the home, 207 Spruce St., Union, SC 29379.

May 22, 2016

Rhonda Walker Gibson
Union, SC


Mrs. Rhonda Walker Gibson, age 59, of 4526 Jonesville-Lockhart Hwy, Union, wife of Stephen Gibson, passed away Sunday, May 22, 2016 at Spartanburg Medical Center.

Mrs. Gibson was born in Union, SC November 1, 1956, a daughter of the late Joe Walker and Louise Wright Walker. She was a graduate of Lockhart High School and was formerly employed with John Wolfe, a Division of Carlisle Finishing Plant. Mrs. Gibson was a member of Lockhart Free Will Baptist Church.

Surviving in addition to her husband are a daughter, Donya Gibson Sumner and husband Tommy of Buffalo; a son, Garrett Gibson of the home; a sister, Joy W. Tommie and husband William “Joe” of Columbia; a granddaughter, Isabella “Izzy” Sumner; a grandson, Landon Sumner; a special niece, Joely Berkland and husband Troy and their daughter Hallie of Marietta, GA and several aunts and uncles.

Funeral services will be held 3:00 PM Wednesday, May 25, 2016 at Lockhart Free Will Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Sam Baine and Rev. Kevin Dalton. Burial will be in Union Memorial Gardens.

Active pallbearers will be Chad Vinson, Caleb Cudd, Eddie Gibson, Bobby Hyatt, Todd McFerrin and Andy Gregory.

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

Memorials may be made to Lockhart Free Will Baptist Church, 126 Askew Circle, Union, SC 29379 or to Union County Relay for Life, % Beth Lancaster, 800 S. Pinckney Street,Union, SC 29379.

The family will be at the home of her daughter, Donya and Tommy Sumner, 918 Main Street, Buffalo, SC 29321.

May 21, 2016

Bernice Gault Lawson
Union, SC


Mrs. Bernice Gault Lawson, age 100, widow of James B. Lawson, went home to be with the Lord, Saturday, May 21, 2016 at Ellen Sagar Nursing Home. She was lovingly known as “BeBe” or “Aunt Bunt” to her family and friends.

Mrs. Lawson was born in the Kelton Community of Union, SC August 20, 1915, a daughter of the late Douglas Lester Gault and Alma Gault Gault. She was a graduate of Kelly Pinckney School and retired as secretary from Lawson’s Garage. Mrs. Lawson was a loyal, active and faithful member of Buffalo Baptist Church. She was a member of the WMU and also a member of the Ruth Lawson’s Sunday School Class as long as her health permitted. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Surviving are nieces and nephews: Keith Gault and wife Nadie of Union, Delores Wade  and companion Steve Bogan of Jonesville, Freddie Gault and wife Melodi, Joyce Patrick, Faye Webber and husband Jack, Ann Farr, Donald Farr and wife Shirley, Willard Farr and wife Robin and Charles Farr and wife Deloris all of Union; a number of great-nieces, great-nephews, great-great-nieces and great-great-nephews and a sister-in-law, Dot Gault of Union. Mrs. Lawson was predeceased by a sister, Lennah G. Farr, her twin brother Ben Gault, twin brothers John Fred “Shorty” Gault, George Ned Gault, Bill Gault and Broadus Gault.

Funeral services will be held 3:00 PM Monday, May 23, 2016 at SR Holcombe Funeral Chapel conducted by Rev. Wayne Cooke. Burial will be in Union Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. Lawson’s nephews will serve as active pallbearers.

The following are asked to sit in a group: members of Ruth Lawson’s Sunday School Class of Buffalo Baptist Church, the staff of Ellen Sagar Nursing Home, the staff of Hospice Care of S.C., her caregivers, Gwen Ivey, Jamie Duncan and Dot Clary. The family would like to say a special “Thank You” to everyone for their love and care of Mrs. Lawson.

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

Memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

The family will be at the home of her nephew, Freddie and Melodi Gault, 403 Glendale Road, Union, SC 29379..

May 20, 2016

Jeanelle “Jenny” Robertson Bryson
Union, SC


Mrs. Jeanelle “Jenny” Robertson Bryson, age 85, of 120 Pinedale Ave., Union, widow of James W. “Lefty” Bryson, went to be with the Lord Friday, May 20, 2016 at her home.

Mrs. Bryson was born in Union, SC on January 29, 1931 a daughter of the late Herbert Robertson and Kathleen Gault Robertson.  She was a 1949 graduate of Union High School and was retired from Western Auto.  Mrs. Bryson was a member of First Baptist Church where she was involved Sunbeams and a member of the Joy Sunday School Class.  She was a lifetime member and the only remaining charter member of Union Drove #148 of the Benevolent Patriotic Order of Does.

Surviving are a daughter, Kathy Bryson of the home; three sons, James Randolph Bryson and wife Elizabeth of Florida, Donald E. Bryson and wife Frances of Union, and William Russell Bryson of the home; four granddaughters, Jennifer Roark and husband Gerald of Union, Beth Jolly and husband Danny of Union, Shelly Bryson and significant other Joey Mitchell of Union, and Ashley Kingsmore and husband Tyler of Union; one grandson, Jonathon Bryson of Union; and five great-grandsons, Ford Jolly, Chase Mitchell, Carter Mitchell,  Kayson Kingsmore, and Levi Kingsmore.   She was predeceased by a daughter, Jeannie Bryson and two brothers, Donald Robertson and Eddie Robertson.

Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM Monday, May 23, 2016 at First Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. Kermit Morris and Mr. Bobby Hicks.  Burial will follow at Union Memorial Gardens.

Active pallbearers will be Tyler Kingsmore, Joey Mitchell, Jimmy Estes, Reggie Robertson, Greg Robertson, and Jake Robertson.  The BPO Does and their husbands are asked to sit in a group.

A Doe service will be held at 5:00 PM with visitation following from 6:00 until 8:00 PM Sunday evening at the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the Medi-Home Hospice Staff, Tracey Armstrong, Debbie LaPalme and Dot Owens for all of their help with her end of life care.

Memorials may be made to the BPO Does National Heritage Center, C/O Financial Secretary, Betty Ann Cheek, PSP, 7025 W. 19th Street, #6, Greeley, CO 80634-7952.

The family will be at the home of her granddaughter, Jennifer and Gerald Roark, 123 Pinegate Dr., Union.

May 17, 2016

Pamela Jean Gregory
Union, SC


Miss Pamela Jean Gregory, age 57 of 233 Lower Fairforest Church Rd., Union, passed away Saturday, May 14, 2016 at her home.

Miss Gregory was born in Union, SC November 18, 1958, a daughter of  Gene A. Gregory of Union and the late Nancy Zeigler Gregory. She was a graduate of Union High School and was formerly employed with Cone Mill. Miss Gregory was of the Baptist Faith.

Surviving in addition to her father are two brothers: Terry Z. Gregory and fiancée Jennifer Clark and George E. Gregory and fiancée Debbie Jolly and a special friend, Margaret Newton all of Union.

Graveside services will be held 11:00 AM Friday, May 20, 2016 at Forest Lawn Cemetery conducted by Rev. James W. Blackwood.

Visitation will be held immediately following the graveside service

The family is at the home of her father, Gene Gregory, 2930 Santuc Carlisle Hwy, Union.

May 15, 2016

Carolyn “Lyn” Murphy
Union, SC


Mrs. Carolyn “Lyn” Crawford Murphy, age 71, wife of Maxie “Gene” Murphy, Sr., of 112 Culbreath Heights, Union, SC., passed away Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Union Medical Center.

Mrs. Murphy was born in Blacksburg, SC on November 18, 1944 a daughter of the late Marion Lafon Crawford, Sr. and Carolyn Stafford Crawford. She was a 1966 graduate of Spartanburg Junior College. Mrs. Murphy was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother.

Surviving in addition to her husband of forty-seven years are two sons, Gene Murphy, Jr. and Stefan Murphy and wife, Melisa all of Union; five grandchildren, Ivy Murphy, Lindsey Murphy, Hayden Murphy, Colton Murphy and Lila Murphy all of Union; one brother, Ryan Crawford of FL. and two nieces, Christen C. Summerville of CA and Victoria C. Noel of GA; a nephew, Trey Crawford of FL. She was predeceased by a sister, Jane Crawford and a brother, Marion Lafon Crawford, Jr.

A celebration of life will be held 4:00 PM Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home Chapel conducted by the Rev. Guy Langston and Rev. Scott Cannon.

Visitation will following the service in the chapel.

The family are at their respective homes.


May 14, 2016

Mary Jenell Knox
Union, SC


Ms. Mary Jenell Knox, age 78, of 2610 Lockhart Hwy, Union, passed away Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Palmetto Health Richland Memorial Hospital, Columbia, SC.

Ms. Knox was born in Union, SC on March 14, 1938 a daughter of the late Cecil T. Knox and Mattie Clary Knox.  She was retired from Medical Records at Wallace Thomson Hospital.  Ms. Knox was a member of Mon Aetna Baptist where she was a member of the Ola Jean Kelly Sunday School Class and the Mon Aetna Baptist Church Senior Adult Breakfast Group.

Surviving are a sister, Sadie Inman; a brother, Tommy F. Knox; a niece, Melinda Littlejohn and husband Jeff; two nephews, Tommy Knox II and wife Jennie and Bruce Inman and wife Melissa all of Union; a number of special great nieces and nephews; special friends Pearl Crocker, Jane Ledford, and Elizabeth Revels; and special caregivers, Laura “Noots” Moss and Mary Price.  She was predeceased by one sister, Pansy “Pat” Knox and two brothers, Eldridge T. “Earlybird” Knox and Donald A. “Snort” Knox.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Tuesday, May 17, 2016 at Mon Aetna Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. Chris Gulledge and Rev. Bob Cato.  Burial will follow at Union Memorial Gardens.

Active pallbearers will be Tommy Knox, II, Tommy “Tate” Knox, III, Lee Littlejohn, Bruce W. Inman, Otis Davis, and William Jolly.  The following are asked to form the honorary escort, Pearl Crocker, Jane Ledford, Elizabeth Revels, the Mon Aetna Baptist Church Senior Adult Breakfast Group, Tony Turner, Jeff Benfield, Larry Morris, Alex Freeman, William Earl Sprouse, Roger Knox, John Wayne Brandon, and Keith Candler.

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

The family wishes to extend a special “Thank you” to Gentiva Home Health for the love and care Ms. Knox received.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mon Aetna Baptist Church, Building Fund, 1431 Lockhart Hwy., Union, SC 29379.

The family is at the home, 2610 Lockhart Hwy, Union, SC 29379.

Thomas V. Wade, Sr
Union, SC


Mr. Thomas Vernon “Bun” Wade, Sr., age 87, husband of Gaynelle Hooper Callahan Wade, of 201 Hidden Hill Rd., Union, SC., went to be with the Lord, Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Wade was born in Union, SC., on November 9, 1928 a son of the late Frank T. Wade and Janie Shirley Wade. He was a graduate of Union High School and a veteran of the United States Navy-Merchant Marines. He retired from the United States Postal Service and was a member of the Union Elks lodge 1321. Mr. Wade was a member of Mon Aetna Baptist Church.

Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, Thomas V. Wade, Jr. and wife Debbie of Virginia Beach; a step-daughter, Louanne Thompson Jarrett and husband Scott and step-son, Mike Callahan and wife Sherrie all of Union; a brother, Jackie Wade and wife Mary of Union; grandchildren, Amy Hampton and husband Andre, Nichole Nichols and husband Eric, Ryan Wade and wife Heather all of Virginia Beach; great-grandchildren, Kaiya Hampton, Carson Nichols and Olivia Wade all of Virginia Beach; two step-granddaughters, Katy Henderson and Brooke Callahan; three step grandsons, Richie Callahan, Mikey Callahan, and Dylan Thompson;  two step-great-granddaughters, Sarah Hope Henderson and Haley Meadows and one step great-grandson, Josh Meadows.  Mr. Wade was predeceased by four sisters, Ruth Leonhart, Grace Baldwin, Verile Hodge and Jute O’Shields; six brothers, Frank Wade, Jr., Cecil Wade, Boyce Wade, Donald Wade, Darrell Wade and Billy Wade; and one stepson, Ricky Callahan.

Funeral Services will be held 11:00 AM, Wednesday, May 18, 2016 at the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home Chapel conducted by the Rev. Chris Gulledge.  Burial will follow at Union Memorial Gardens with Military Honors.

Active pallbearers will be Ryan Wade, Andre Hampton, Roger Wade, Ronnie Wade, Kyle Coker and Joe Wade.

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

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

The family is at the home 201 Hidden Hill Rd., Union, SC 29379.

May 13, 2016

Glenn Edward Smith
Union, SC


Mr. Glenn Edward Smith, age 94, of 191 Short St., Union, widower of Ruth Bumgarner Smith, passed away Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at his home.

Mr. Smith was born in Tennessee on October 15, 1921 a son of the late Joseph Alexander Smith and Jane Green Smith.  He was retired from J.P. Stevens in Jonesville and was a member of Sulpher Springs Baptist Church.  Mr. Smith was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

Surviving are four nieces, Sue Witherspoon of Michigan, Patsy Atkins, of Mooresville, NC, Betty Brown of Union, and Nikki Earley and husband James of Gaffney; four nephews, Michael Smith of Michigan, Joseph Smith of Union, Ricky Smith of Union, and Richard Fuller of Union; and numerous great-nieces and great-nephews.  He was predeceased by four sisters, Lida Green, Pearl Lancaster, Mamie Sullivan, and Murt Bryant and three brothers, Jerry Green, Charlie Smith and Sims Smith.

Graveside services will be held 1:00 PM Saturday, May 14, 2016 at Sulphur Springs Baptist Church Cemetery conducted by the Rev. Jeff Dean.

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

Memorials may be made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 103B South Boyce St., Union, SC 29379.

The family is at the home of his niece Betty Brown, 191 Short St., Union, SC 29379.


Stephen Ratchford Kurtz
Buffalo, SC


Mr. Stephen Ratchford Kurtz, age 34, loving husband of Beverly Wilkins Kurtz, of 145 Putman Rd., Buffalo, passed peacefully surrounded by his family, Friday, May 13, 2016.

Stephen was born in Anderson, SC on July 22, 1981 a son of Audrea Holcombe Douglass and husband Chuck and Dwight Stephen Kurtz and wife Sally.  He was a graduate of Union High School, attended Winthrop University and was a graduate of USC Upstate.  Stephen was employed with DePaul Engineering with his father and brother where he was a Project Manager and Draftsman.  He was a member of Augsburg Lutheran Church.  Stephen was a loving father, son, and brother and an avid Clemson Fan.

Surviving in addition to his wife and parents are two sons, Daniel August Kurtz and Nathaniel Stephen Kurtz of the home; two sisters, Ashley M. Kurtz and husband Jae Wilson of Rock Hill and Claire E. Douglass of Union; two brothers, Justin D. Kurtz and wife Brandy and Joseph P. Kurtz all of Buffalo; in-laws, Roger and Hope Turner of Buffalo; and a number of aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and friends that he loved dearly.

A celebration of life service will be held 3:00 PM Monday, May 16, 2016 at the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home conducted by the Rev. Johnny Burgess.  Burial will follow at Union Memorial Gardens.

Active pallbearers will be Brad Greer, Danny Canada, Brian Kurtz, Dillon Haire, Allen Whitener, and Brandon Rogers.

Visitation will be held 1:30 until 3:00 PM Monday afternoon prior to the services at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to New Hope Baptist Church Youth Ministry, PO Box 728, Buffalo, SC 29321 or to the Union Co. Animal Shelter, 1657 Jonesville Highway, Union, SC 29379.

The family is at the home of his father, Dwight and Sally Kurtz, 3693 Buffalo West Springs Highway, Buffalo, SC 29321.

May 12, 2016

Harold Dean Beard
Clyde, NC


Mr. Harold Dean Beard, age 77, husband of Mae Frances Collins Beard of 88 Abby Lane, Clyde, NC, passed away Wednesday, May 11, 2016.

Mr. Beard was born in Union, SC January 23, 1939, a son of the late James Morgan Beard and Helen Morris Beard Sanford. He was a musician and attended the Church of God.

Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, DeWayne Beard and his mother, Carolyn Beard of Pacolet; a step-son, Andrew Traywick of Niceville, FL; a sister: Cora Revis of Union; a sister-in-law, Diane Beard of Union; two grandchildren: Joshua DeWayne Beard and Dustin Blake Beard; two step-grandchildren: Christin Traywick and Nicholas Traywick; two aunts and numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. Beard was predeceased by a sister, Shirley Taylor and a brother, Donald Beard.

Funeral services will be held 3:00 PM Sunday, May 15, 2016 at SR Holcombe Funeral Chapel conducted by Rev. Tyler Nations. Burial will be in Rosemont Cemetery.

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

Musician friends of Mr. Beard’s will serve as the Honorary Escort

Memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

The family is at the home of his sister-in-law, Diane Beard, 105 N. Boyce Street, Union.


Donald “Sed” Addis
Jonesville, SC


Mr. Donald “Sed” Addis, age 85 of 325 B St., Jonesville passed away Monday, May 9, 2016 at his home.

Mr. Addis was born in Jonesville, SC on April 4, 1931, a son of the late Eugene “Man” Addis and Evelyn Foster Addis.  He was a graduate of Jonesville High School and was retired from the U.S. Air Force and the SC National Guard.  Mr. Addis was also a member of the American Legion Post # 0129 in Jonesville.  “Sed”  had a deep love and talent for music, often playing at the local “opera” houses three times a week.  In the last few months, he was mainly playing at Buffalo Opera House.  He had played the rhythm guitar with Don Gibson Band in Nashville, TN and was previously married to the late Sue Duke Addis.

Surviving are a son, Ronald Dale Addis and wife Robin of Knoxville, TN; a granddaughter, Casey Smith and husband Josh of Auburndale, FL; two grandsons, Mitch Addis and wife Sarah and Patrick Addis and wife Andrea all of Knoxville, TN; four great-grandchildren; four step-great-grandchildren; a sister, Shirley Addis Kerr of Jonesville, numerous nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by two brothers, Clyde Grady “Boots” Addis and Franklin Deleno (Frank) “Gofer” Addis and a brother-in-law, Ernest “Shot” Kerr.

Graveside services with Military Honors will be held 2:00 PM Sunday, May 15, 2016 at Jonesville Memorial Gardens conducted by the Rev. Alan West. The family will receive friends immediately following the services.

Memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice

The family is at the home of his sister, Shirley Kerr, 207 Gideon St., Jonesville, SC 29353.

May 11, 2016

Mary Jane Wilson Stanford
Union, SC


Ms. Mary Jane Wilson Stanford, age 50, of 296 Meansville Rd., passed away Monday, May 9, 2016 at Union Medical Center.

Ms. Stanford was born in Union, SC on July 22, 1965 a daughter of James A. Wilson and the late Ella Mae Smith Wilson.  She was a member of New Life Baptist Church.

Surviving in addition to her father are two sisters, Marcia Davis and husband Ronald of Union and Ann Bledsoe and husband Michael of Union; one brother, James R. Wilson and wife Darlene of Union; one niece Jessica Davis Mount and husband Chase of Columbia; one nephew, Chris Foster of Greenville; and a special pet dog, Bella Rose.

Memorial services will be held 5:00 PM Thursday, May 12, 2016 at Philippi Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Brian Redding and Rev. Robert Scott.

Visitation will be held immediately following the service until 7:00 PM.

Memorials may be made to the Union County Humane Society, 218 N. Pinckney St., Union, SC 29379.

The family is at the home of her sister Marcia Davis and husband Ronald 118 Brooke Drive, Union, SC 29379.

May 10, 2016

Ira Eugene “Gene” Matthews
Union, SC


As dawn broke Monday morning, May 9, 2016, the Lord said “My Son, you have fought the good fight, you have suffered enough, come be with me”.  Ira Eugene “Gene” Matthews left this world at the home of his daughter and son-in-law in Beaufort, South Carolina, surrounded by his wife and children.

Gene was born on January 16, 1939 to the late Ira Eugene and Irene Moss Matthews.  He was proud to be called a Monarch boy.  He graduated from Union High School in 1957.  He loved his classmates and enjoyed attending every reunion and get- together possible to keep up with his old friends.  He played many sports in high school but especially loved playing football.  Gene was selected Most Outstanding Lineman of 1956 and was voted the most athletic male of his senior class.  After high school, he attended Clemson University and always remained an enthusiastic Clemson Tiger.

He began his career as a computer programmer, then traveled setting up computer systems for large companies and later became a computer systems analyst.  He retired in 2005 from United Insurance.

On December 7, 1968, he married Carolyn Kirby at Unity United Methodist Church where he continued to be a member, sang in the choir and served on various committees.  In 2006, he was honored to be chosen Father of the Year.

Carolyn and Gene had a good life together.   They especially enjoyed dancing and belonged to the Union Dinner and Dance Club for many years, where he served as a past president.  He treasured the many friendships made in the club.  

He was a very loving son and started fishing with his Dad at the age of four.  This continued until his Father was in his eighties and could no longer go.  After his Mother’s death, he cared for his Father and was at his house every day checking on him.

He was a member and past president of the Civitan Club where he made many lifelong friends.

Gene loved and was proud of his son David, his daughter Kelley and her husband Jason.  All three helped their Mother take care of him in the last several years.  His three granddaughters Haley Grace, Ella Catherine, and Kylie Elizabeth were the joy of his life.  Better than any medicine, they entertained him with singing and dancing, easing the pain when he could no longer get out of bed.   He was thrilled to be their “best Papa ever”.

Also surviving are nieces, Dawn Medlock and husband Keith of Inman, Deana Gregory of Greenville, Kathy Giles and husband Winston of Ballentine, and Linda Fidler and husband David of Lexington; nephews, Ricky Matthews and wife Denise of Union, and Dennis McMakin of Atlanta; sisters-in-law Mary McMakin of Augusta, Grace Kirby of Lexington and Carole Ivey of Union.  Gene was predeceased by his brother, Kenneth Matthews.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 7:30 PM Thursday evening at the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home.    Services will be conducted at 3:00 PM Friday at Unity United Methodist Church, 206 Hart St., by Rev. George Thomas and Rev. Dr. Jim Ivey.  Burial will follow at Rosemont Cemetery. 

Active pallbearers will be Ricky Matthews, Mike Moss, Randy Blackston, Carl Eison, Dennis McMakin and James McMakin

The following are ask to be honorary escorts, Freddie McAbee, Judy and Joe Waddell, Linda and Bruce Parker, Linda and Gordan Roberson, Naida and John Shields, Dr. Allan and Mimi Charles, Marlene Proctor, Nancy and Barry O’Dell.   Union High School classmates are asked to sit together. 

Following the burial, friends are invited to visit with the family at the home of Naida and John Shields at 111 Sunset Drive, Union, SC. 

The family would like to thank the staff of Gentiva Home Health and especially Nikki or as Gene called her “my wonderful nurse”, and Dr. Eric Nelson and his staff for their excellent care the past three years.

The family is at the home, 189 Fairway Dr. Union, SC.

Memorials made be made to Unity United Methodist Church, 206 Hart St., Union SC 29379; Epworth Children’s Home, 2900 Millwood Ave., Columbia, SC 29205; or Union County Relay for Life, attn:  Beth Lancaster, 800 S. Pinckney St., Union, SC.


Patricia Pauline James Watkins
Lockhart, SC


Mrs. Patricia Pauline James Watkins, age 74 of 114 Union Lane, Lockhart, widow of Raymond D. Watkins, passed away Monday, May 9, 2016 at Newberry County Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Watkins was born in Union, SC on July 20, 1941 a daughter of the late Ashley Fred James and Janie Patrick James.  She was a member of Lockhart First Baptist Church.

Surviving are one daughter, Janie Puckett Tarbox and husband James of Newberry; four sons, Larry Puckett and wife Melony of Rockwill, NC, Freddie Puckett of Columbia, SC, Rodney Boone and wife Kim of Concord, NC, and Jeffery Boone and wife Nancy of Clover, SC; five stepchildren, Patricia Owensby of Greer, Carolyn Coleman of Fort Mill, Loreene Boone of Concord, NC, Linda Stubbs of Lincolnton, NC, and Pam Brown of Bellmont, NC; two brothers, Ardell James of Canton, NC and Ronnie James of Cross Keys; one sister Linda Gibson of York; thirty-seven grandchildren; forty-nine great grandchildren; and three great-great grandchildren.  She was predeceased by one stepson, Raymond Clyde Watkins and one stepdaughter, Dale Glaze.

Graveside services will be held 12:30 PM Friday, May 13, 2016 at Lockhart Cemetery conducted by the Rev. Rodney Boone.

Mrs. Watkins grandsons will serve as the active pallbearers.

Visitation will be held following the services at the cemetery.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105.

The family is at the home of Ronnie James, 123 Country Road Extension, Union, SC 29379.


Shellie Marie Blalock
Union, SC


Ms. Shellie Marie Blalock, age 39, of 102 Spring Street, Union, passed away Sunday, May 8, 2016.

Ms. Blalock was born in Union, SC on July 6, 1976 a daughter of Patsy Millwood Boulware and the late Charles Dennis Blalock.

Surviving in addition to her mother and stepfather, Donald Boulware of Buffalo are a daughter, Haley Rhinehart of Union; a son, Jacob Blalock of Buffalo; three brothers, Eric Millwood and wife Nikki, Heath Millwood, and Walker Blalock; one step-sister, Chelsea Boulware; and two step-brothers, Michael Boulware and Greg Boulware. Ms. Blalock was predeceased by her grandparents, Ray and Bessie Millwood.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 PM Wednesday evening, May 11, 2016 at her daughter’s home.

The family is at the home, of her daughter 714 Arthur Blvd, Union.

May 8, 2016

Jennie Viola O’Dell
Union, SC


Mrs. Jennie Viola O’Dell, age 94, loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother of 105 Reed Street, Union, went home to be with the Lord, Saturday, May 7, 2016. Mrs. O’Dell was the widow of James Cecil O’Dell, Sr.

Mrs. O’Dell was born in Union, SC February 12, 1922, a daughter of the late A.L. Garner and Sarah Brandon Garner. She was a 1939 graduate of Union High School and was a homemaker and later retired from Union County School System following twenty-one years of service. Mrs. O’Dell was a life long loyal member of Bethel United Methodist Church. She started teaching Sunday School at the age of sixteen. Mrs. O’Dell was active throughout the years in United Methodist Women having held offices at the local, district, and state levels. She was also a member of the choir, a Lay Speaker and a member of almost every committee within the church over her ninety-four years.

Surviving are a son, James C. “Jim” O’Dell, Jr. of Union; two grandsons: Nathan B. O’Dell and wife Toni of Texas and James Allen O’Dell of Union; two great-grandsons: Ethan O’Dell and Tristan O’Dell; a great-granddaughter, Cassidy O’Dell; a very special friend, Loretta Patrick and a host of loving nieces, nephews and friends. Mrs. O’Dell was predeceased by a sister and seven brothers. She will always be remembered for being a “prayer warrior” and for her unconditional love of God, her family, her church family, and those she came in contact with, both young and old throughout her life.

The family would like to say a special “Thank You” to Dr. David Keith and his staff, Medi Home Hospice, and a loving caregiver, Kim Jennings and Loretta Patrick, her most special friend.

Funeral services will be held 1:00 PM Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at Bethel United Methodist Church conducted by Rev. Merritt Wentz. Burial will be in Union Memorial Gardens.

The following are asked to sit in a group: members of the Choir, the Adult Sunday School Class and Past and Present members of the UMW

Visitation will be 6:00-8:00 PM Monday evening at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bethel United Methodist Church, 1705 Lockhart Hwy, Union, SC 29379.

The family is at the home, 105 Reed Street, Union.

May 7, 2016

Gay T. Logan
Union, S.C.


Mrs. Gay Tippen Logan, age 82, wife of Gene E. Logan of 513 Peach Orchard Rd., Union, passed away peacefully, Friday, May 6, 2016 at Union Medical Center.

Mrs. Logan was born in Cleveland, OH, May 25, 1933, a daughter of the late Robert S. Tippen and Jolantha Patechell Tippen.  She was formerly employed with the Union Co. School System and was a member of the First Baptist Church.

Surviving in addition to her husband of 64 years, are a son, Jeff A. Logan and wife Susan Edwards Logan of Prosperity; two daughters, Bonnie L. Will and husband Denny and Tracy L. Chisholm all of Greer; a daughter-in-law, Jean Logan Jones of Columbia; five grandchildren, Philip Carter, Wells Logan, Kate Logan, Reggie Duncan and Tray Duncan and wife Kerri; and three great-grandchildren, Hannah Logan, Jake Duncan, and Bella Duncan. Mrs. Logan was predeceased by a son, Todd E. Logan, a sister, Joy T. Hinds and a nephew, Bobby Hinds.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 PM Saturday, May 7, 2016 at the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home.
 

May 3, 2016

Rebecca B. Hagan
Buffalo, S.C.

Mrs. Rebecca “Becky” Billings Hagan, age 70, of 116 Meadow Lane, Buffalo, passed away Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at her home.

Mrs. Hagan was born in Union, September 24, 1945, a daughter of the late Walter L. and Eva Pruitt Billings.  She was a graduate of Union High School and was retired from the Union County Commission on Alcohol and Drug Abuse. Mrs. Hagan was a member of Putman Baptist Church and was the widow of Jan W. Hagan

Surviving are her loving companion and caregiver, Billy J. Dyer; a son, Ron Weathers, Jr. and wife Nancy of Coralville, IA; two granddaughters, Erin Weathers and Jaycie Weathers both of Coralville, IA; a step-son, Phillip Hagan and wife Kim of Union; two step-daughters, Beth Ann Foster of Union and Laura Graham and husband Fred of Tuscaloosa, AL and five step-grandchildren, Brandon Hagan, Jordan Hagan and wife Melissa, Ashley Hagan, Sarah Foster and Hagan Graham

The family wishes to express their gratitude to the staff and nurses of Blue Ridge Hospice for their love, care and concern of Mrs. Hagan during her illness.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Friday, May 6, 2016 at the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Chapel conducted by Rev. Scott Cobb.  Burial will be at Putman Baptist Church Cemetery.

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

Memorials may be made to the Union Co. Humane Society, 218 N. Pinckney St., Union, SC  29379

May 1, 2016

Betty Jo Mauldin Holcombe
Union, SC

Mrs. Betty Jo Mauldin Holcombe, age 86, of 100 E. South St., widow of Billy Eugene Holcombe passed away Sunday, May 1, 2016 at her home.

Mrs. Holcombe was born in Union, SC on November 26, 1929, the only daughter of the late William Clark Mauldin and Ivadell Smith Mauldin. She was an active and lifelong member of First Baptist Church, where she served in many capacities. Betty Jo had previously taught Sunday school and Girl’s In Action and was always prayerful of the various mission goals set forth by the church. 

She was a 1947 graduate of Union High School and a 1951 graduate of Converse College where she received her Bachelors of Arts Degree in English and Spanish. In the fall of 1951 “Miss Mauldin” returned to Union High School to begin her career teaching English.  She continued in the English Department until the early 1960’s when she returned to Converse to obtain certification to teach math.  Betty Jo retired in 1986 after having taught 33 years at Union High School.  She was honored with the dedication of the 1986 Gleam.  She enjoyed helping produce several senior plays and advising the Hi-Life Staff.  She was a member and former President of the Sigma Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma.

In July 1953, Betty Jo married Billy Eugene Holcombe son of S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home Founders S. Ratchford and Irene Fowler Holcombe. She was the consummate funeral directors wife, always understanding the devotion Billy gave the families and community they served.  In 1986, she and her husband Billy Holcombe founded Holcombe Cemeteries, Inc., with the purchase of Union and Jonesville Memorial Gardens and later Forest Lawn Cemetery.  She was a member of the South Carolina Funeral Directors Association and the South Carolina Cemetery Association.  After Billy’s death in 2005 she along with her nephew, Tommy Genoble and her son have continued to own and operate Holcombe Funeral Home, Inc.

While teaching and working Betty Jo, Billy, and her Uncle Dewey showed their love to their family in many ways, especially being sure her arthritic mother’s and Aunt Juanita’s health needs were capably met at home.  This was care was done out of love not for reward.  As a young woman she enjoyed traveling with her father and mother to New York, Atlanta, Washington, D.C., Maine, Arkansas, and other parts of the Eastern Sea Board. She learned to drive before she was 10 years old and always enjoyed the relaxation of vehicular travel.

Surviving are one son, William Eugene Holcombe and wife Jennifer "Sissy" Holcombe; two   grandchildren, Sarah Simmons Holcombe and William Eugene "Will" Holcombe, Jr.; one great-granddaughter, Emma Elizabeth Holcombe; three nieces, Betty Williamson Thompson, Audrea Holcombe Douglass, and Sami Holcombe Haire; three nephews, Richard Allen "Butch" Genoble, Billy Holcombe "Pedro" Williamson, and Thomas Hayden "Tommy" Genoble; and numerous great nieces and nephews and great-great nieces and nephews.  She had a great love not only for her family but also, generations of close family friends, her many students, and mankind.

Funeral Services will be held 11:30 AM Wednesday, May 4, 2016 at First Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. Kathy Wilkins Brockman, Rev. Jim Palmer, and Mr. Benjamin Brown. Burial will follow at Union Memorial Gardens.

Honorary Pallbearers will be present and past employees of Holcombe Funeral Home and Holcombe Cemeteries.

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

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 405 E. Main St., Union, SC 29379 or to the Gibbs Cancer Center at Spartanburg Regional Foundation, 101 E. Wood St., Spartanburg, SC 29303.

The family would like to extend a very special thank you to Dr. David Keith, Dr. James D. Bearden and his nurse Reggie Scoggins, Dr. Talmadge Wilkins, III Dr. Jim Story, Dr. William F. “Bill” James, Jr., and Dr. David Berry, for their love and care of Betty Jo.

The family is at the home, 100 E. South St. Union, SC.


Dora Maude Rochester
Jonesville, S.C.


Miss Dora Maude “Aunt Maude” Rochester, age 101, formerly of B St., Jonesville, passed away Saturday, April 30, 2016 at White Oak Estates in Spartanburg.

Miss Rochester was born in Jonesville, August 26, 1914, a daughter of the late John Wesley Rochester and Margaret Carolina Martin Rochester. She was a 1932 graduate of Jonesville High School and was the oldest member of Jonesville Baptist Church.  Mrs. Rochester served her church as a Sunday School teacher for over 50 years and also as a leader of the WMU.  She worked in textiles for 30 years and retired as Clerk for the town of Jonesville after 18 years.  Mrs. Rochester also managed the Jonesville Senior Citizens group for many years.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She was predeceased by four brothers, Furman, Carroll, Ezell and Frank Rochester and two sisters, Eunice Rochester and Mrs. Lillie McBride.  Mrs. Rochester is survived by five generations of nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to expresses a special “Thank You” to the staff and nurses of White Oak Estates and Hospice Care of SC for their love, care and concern of Miss Rochester.

Funeral services will be held at 4:00 PM Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at Jonesville Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Scott Cannon, Rev. Michael John Rochester and Rev. Ralph Brown.  Burial will be at Fairforest Baptist Church.

Active pallbearers will be Mark White, Marty White, Brent Rochester, Brady Rochester,  Derrill Eaves, and Benjamin Rochester.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 until 3:45 PM Tuesday at the church prior to the services.

Memorials may be made to Jonesville Baptist Church, P.O. Box 279, Jonesville SC  29353.

The family will be at the home of her great-niece, Jeannine and Rick McKinney, 630 S. Main St., Jonesville.

 


Holcombe Funeral Home

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

Phone: (864) 427-3665
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Holcombe Jonesville Chapel

145 Hames Avenue
Jonesville, S.C. 29353





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