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May 2019

May 18, 2019

Sallie Ann K. Jones
Union, S.C.


Mrs. Sallie Ann Koon Jones, age 89, widow of William E. “Bill” Jones of 1410 Whitmire Hwy., Union passed away Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Pearl at Five Forks in Simpsonville, SC.

Mrs. Jones was born in the Adamsburg community of Union Co., November 4, 1929, a daughter of the late Sam and Gustie Gregory Koon. Sallie was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and a wonderful cook.  She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church and the Grace United Methodist Care Group.  Sallie and her husband Bill volunteered together for the Union County Meals on Wheels and the Salvation Army.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Surviving are a daughter, Donna L. Brooks and husband Brian of Indianapolis, Indiana; a son William “Dennis” Jones and wife Becky of Simpsonville; five grandchildren, Nicholas Jones and wife Clare, Rachel Jones, Christopher Brooks and wife Melissa, Jennifer Brooks Jones and husband Bill and Lauryn Wilson; great-grandchildren, Alivia, Andrew, Landen, Brooklyn and Serenity.  Sallie was predeceased by a daughter Debra Jones Wilson, a sister Frances Long and a brother Wesley Koon.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 pm Tuesday, May 21, 2019 at the S.R Holcombe Chapel conducted by the Rev. David Bauknight. Burial will follow at Union Memorial Gardens.

Active pallbearers will be Jamie Long, Patrick Long, Will Long, Charlie Long, Chris Brooks and Nicholas Jones.

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

Memorials may be made to Hospice of Laurens County, 1304 Springdale Dr. Clinton, SC 29325.

May 16, 2019

Kerry Freeman
Granbury, TX


Mr. Kerry Freeman, age 60, husband of Julie Baylis Freeman of Granbury, TX, passed away suddenly, April 5, 2019 at his home.

Mr. Freeman is the son of Ray and Ruby Freeman of Union. He was a graduate of Union High School and was a pilot for American Airlines.

Surviving in addition to his parents and wife are two children, Michael Freeman and Kate Birdsong both of Texas; four grandchildren; two brothers, Steve Freeman and wife Patsy of Union and David Freeman and wife Sandra of Maryville, TN.

A memorial service will be held 6:00 PM Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Crestview Baptist Church.

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


Ulyss “Ansel” Gilliam
Buffalo, S.C.


Mr. Ulyss “Ansel” Gilliam, age 74, husband of Sara Whitmire Gilliam of 2722 Buffalo-West Springs Hwy., Buffalo, passed away Wednesday, May 15, 2019 at his home.

Mr. Gilliam was born in Whitmire, October 12, 1944, a son of the late Ulyss Able Gilliam and Ruth Honeycutt Gilliam. He was a graduate of Clinton High School and attended Gardner Webb University. He retired as a computer programmer. Mr. Gilliam was a member of Duncan Acres United Methodist Church and the Duncan Masonic Lodge # 256.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters, Lena G. Mitchell of Buffalo and Althea G. Burnett of Union; two sisters, Shelia Neal and Mandy Gilliam both of Greenville; five grandchildren, A.J. Mitchell, Victor Mitchell, Scarlet Sherbert, Hailey Sherbert and Jonathan Sherbert; great-grandchildren, Ashton Sherbert, Hunter Edwards, Roman Mitchell, Rhett Crawford and Remington Sherbert. Mr. Gilliam was predeceased by a brother, Bob Gilliam.

The family would like to express a special Thank You to the staff and nurses of Heartland Hospice Care for their care and concern of Mr. Gilliam.

A celebration of life service will be held at 4:00 PM Saturday, May 18, 2019 at Duncan Acres United Methodist Church conducted by Rev. Merritt Wentz. Visitation will be held from 3:00 until 4:00 PM Saturday at the church prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to Duncan Acres United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 216, Union SC 29379 or to Heartland Hospice Care, 421 SE Main St., Simpsonville, SC 29681.

The family will be at the home, 2722 Buffalo-West Springs Hwy., Buffalo
.

May 15, 2019

David Rudolph Canupp
Sharon, SC


Mr. David Rudolph Canupp, age 75, husband of Martha Pearl Shrader Canupp, of 8340 Oak Tree Rd., Sharon, passed away Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at his home.

Mr. Canupp was born in York County on June 29, 1943, a son of the late James R. Canupp and Alice Cook Canupp and stepson of the late Bessie S. Canupp.  He was retired from Bowater Company in Rock Hill.  Mr. Canupp was a member of Bullock Creek Presbyterian Church where he was a Deacon.  He was a member of Lockhart Masonic Lodge No. 244 and the Bullock Creek Volunteer Fire Department.

Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter, Dina Griffin of Savannah; a son, Scott Canupp of the home; two sisters, Betty Canupp and Linda Davis both of Union; two brothers, Daniel Canupp of Rock Hill and Bobby Canupp of Hickory Grove; six grandchildren, Christopher Moss, Alex Moss, Frankie Hoffecker, Katherine Canupp, Michael Nivens, and Jonathan Nivens; and seven great-grandchildren.  He was predeceased by a daughter, Jennifer C. Moss and a sister, Lavern Burns.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Friday, May 17, 2019 at Bullock Creek Presbyterian Church conducted by the Rev. Craig Marshall.  Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Justin Fowler, Robert Davies, Michael Nevins, Jonathan Nevins, Christopher Moss, Alex Moss, Frankie Hoffecker, and Rodney Nivens. 

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

Memorials may be made to Bullock Creek Volunteer Fire Department, 2250 Highway 97, Sharon, SC 29742 or to Lockhart Masonic Lodge No. 244, P.O. Box 179, Lockhart, SC 29364.

The family is at the home, 8340 Oak Tree Rd., Sharon, SC 29742.

May 14, 2019

Mary L. Burnett Edwards
Union, S.C.


Mrs. Mary Louise Burnett Edwards, age 82, widow of Joseph C. Edwards of Union, passed away Monday, May 13, 2019 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Edwards was born in Union, May 16, 1937, a daughter of the late Will and Eva Willard Burnett. She retired from Cone Mill, Carlisle Finishing and was a member of the Union Church of God.

Surviving are a son, Bobby Jackson and wife Barbara of Lockhart; a sister, Bernice Roberts of Union, several grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.  Mrs. Edwards was predeceased by a daughter, Lynn Jackson; three sisters, Lula Bishop, Flora Hatchet and Lucille Duckett and a brother, Tommy Burnett.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 PM Friday, May 17, 2019 at the Union Church of God conducted by Rev. Stewart Anderson and Rev. Alton Stone. Burial will follow at Rosemont Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Joey Harris, Will Burnett, Jim Seaman, Ronnie Duckett, Anthony Duckett, Steve Bishop, Terry Roberts and Wilton Mann.

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

Memorials may be made to the Epilepsy Foundation, 8301 Professional Place East, Landover, MD 20785-2237 or to the Union Co. Relay for Life, c/o Beth Lancaster, 800 S. Pinckney St., Union, SC  29379.



Julia Catherine Eaves Vinson
Union, SC


Mrs. Julia Catherine Eaves Vinson, age 90, of 439 Mt. Tabor Church Rd., widow of Elzie Eugene Vinson, passed away Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at her home.

Mrs. Vinson was born May 20, 1928 in Kelton, a daughter of the late Paul Revere Eaves and Sibbie Ann Morris Eaves.  She was retired from Milliken & Company.  Mrs. Vinson was a member of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church where she was a member of the choir for many years and took care of the children in the nursery.  She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Surviving are one daughter, Cathy E. Smith and Jerry of Union; two grandchildren, Katie Thomason Adams and husband Jonathan and Scott Lagene Smith and wife Tonya all of Union; three great-grandchildren, Tayla and Raina Smith and Anna Kate Adams; two special nieces, Audrey Boler and Jennie Peay; and one special great-niece, Mariah Boler.  She was predeceased by one daughter, Susan A. Thomason; four sisters, Laura Eaves Comer, Ann Eaves Sprouse, Essie Eaves Vinson, and Mary Sybil Eaves; and six brothers, Ralph, Jimmy, Weldon, Ed, Bill, and Herbert Eaves. 

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM, Thursday, May 16, 2019 at Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church conducted by Rev. Richard Lewis and Mr. Todd Palmer.  Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Stan Eaves, Ronnie Eaves, Tommy Eaves, Terry Vinson, Jonathan Adams, Robert Palmer, Danny Comer, and Marty Reardon.

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

Memorials may be made to Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church, 373 Wesley Chapel Church Rd., Union, SC 29379.

The family is at the of her grandson, Scott and Tonya Smith, 245 River Rd., Union, SC 29379.


Michael Wayne “Mike” Bell
Jonesville, SC


Mr. Michael Wayne “Mike” Bell, age 68, husband of Lisa Ivester Bell of 1028 S. Jonesville Hwy., Jonesville, passed away Tuesday, May 14, 2019 at his home.

Mr. Bell was born November 14, 1950 in Union, a son of the late John Bell and Ferol Sparks Bell.  He was a Veteran of the United States Marine Corps where he served in Vietnam and was awarded the Purple Heart. 

Surviving in addition to his wife are three sisters, Janice B. Smith of Union, Linda B. Gregory of Union, and Donna B. Peclet of Simpsonville; three stepsons, Trevor Varner of Gaffney, Eric Varner of Easley, and Rodney Varner; a number of grandchildren, great-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by two stepsons, Patrick Varner and USAF SSGT K. Jason Wilburn.

Memorial services will be held at 3:00 PM Thursday, May 16, 2019 at Gilead Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. Dr. Eddie Saxon and Chaplin Martha Toney.

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

Memorials may be made to Gary Sinise Foundation, P.O. Box 368, Woodland Hills, CA 91365.

The family is at the home, 1028 S. Jonesville Hwy., Jonesville, SC 29353.

May 10. 2019

Gene W. Dover
Union, S.C.


Mr. Gene Wayne Dover, age 78, of 159 Pasture Dr., Union, passed away Friday, May 10, 2019 at Ellen Sagar Nursing Center.

Mr. Dover was born in Union, April 29, 1941, a son of the late Leroy and Irene Gault Dover.  He retired from Daniel Construction and was a member of McCutchen Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Dover is survived by a sister, Ann Peigler and husband Kenneth of Union; several nieces and nephews including Lisa Kendrick Davis of Union, who was reared in the home; Kenny Peigler of Union and special great-niece, Jayci Cameron Wright and two great-nephews, J.T. Wright and Chris Peigler all of Union. He was predeceased by a sister, Brenda D. Duncan and two brothers, Bud Dover and Kenneth Dover.

Graveside services will be held at 4:00 PM Monday, May 13, 2019 at Rosemont Cemetery.

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

The family will be at the home of his sister, Ann and Kenneth Peigler, 114 Cedar St., Union.

May 9, 2019

Nancy Comer Gallman
Union, SC


Mrs. Nancy Comer Gallman, age 88, of 769 Loverslane Rd., Union, widow of L.D. Gallman, passed away Thursday, May 9, 2019 at Heartland of Union. 

Mrs. Gallman was born April 17, 1931 in Kelton, a daughter of the late Emerson Comer and Gussie Mae Farr Comer.  She was a graduate of Kelly Pinckney High School and Cecil’s Business College.  Mrs. Gallman was a member of Sardis United Methodist Church where she was a member of the United Methodist Women.

Surviving are one sister, Mary Prince; six nieces and nephews and a number of great-nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by one daughter, Barbara Elaine Thompson and a sister, Natalie Comer Youngblood.

Graveside services will be held at 2:00 PM Saturday, May 11, 2019 at Union Memorial Gardens conducted by the Rev. Jeff Farmer.

The family will receive friends immediately following the graveside.

The family will be at the home, 796 Loverslane Rd., Union, SC 29379.

May 8, 2019

James Edward Turner, Sr.
Jonesville, S.C.


Mr. James Edward Turner, Sr., age 59, husband of Vicki Thompson Turner of 230 Harris St., Jonesville, passed away Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Turner was born in Union Co., February 24, 1960, a son of Peggy Cagle Turner of Pacolet and the late Harold Dean Turner.  He worked construction doing roofing and welding and attended Jonesville Church of God.

Surviving in addition to his wife and mother are three daughters, Charity Thompson and Jessica Thompson both of Cowpens and Christina Turner Toth and husband Jeremy of Jonesville; a sister Virginia T. Babb and husband Donald of Putman; a brother, Jerry Dean Turner and wife Barbara of Pacolet; a daughter-in-law, Julie Turner; 13 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Mr. Turner was predeceased by a son, James Edward Turner, Jr.

A celebration of life service will be held at 5:00 PM Friday, May 10, 2019 at the Jonesville Church of God conducted by Rev. Stacey Strickland.

May 7, 2019

Lt. Col. Retired Kenneth H. Kingsmore
Poquoson, VA


Lt. Col. Retired Kenneth H. Kingsmore, age 76, of 20 Hunt Wood Drive, Poquoson, VA, widower of Patricia Austin Kingsmore, passed away Sunday, May 5, 2019 at Agape Hospice, Lexington, SC.    

Mr. Kingsmore was born in Buffalo (Putman Community), SC July 14, 1942, a son of the late Carl Elvert Kingsmore and Bertie R. O’Shields Kingsmore. He was a 1960 graduate of Union High School, a 1965 graduate of Clemson University and received his Masters degree from Central Michigan University. Mr. Kingsmore retired from the U.S. Air Force after serving as a fighter pilot.

Surviving are a son, Scott Kingsmore and wife Rachel of Lexington; three grandchildren: Brittany Vittone, SPC Austin Gilbert and Nolan Gilbert; two great-grandchildren: Beau Allison and Nico Gilbert; a sister, Karen K. Sullivan of Mt. Pleasant; three brothers: John F. Kingsmore and wife ChiNa of Glendale, AZ, Terry A. Kingsmore and wife Loretta of Simpsonville and Karmen D. Kingsmore and wife Karen of Union and a number of nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 4:00 PM Friday, May 10, 2019 at SR Holcombe Funeral Chapel conducted by Rev. Donald Prosser. Burial will be in Union Memorial Gardens with Military Honors.

Active pallbearers will be Nolan Gilbert, Rev. Andrew Kingsmore, Ty Kingsmore, Noel Patterson, Stephen Taylor, Gregory Sullivan, Robert Toole and Chris Adkins. The following are asked to serve as honorary pallbearers: James Kingsmore, Richard Kingsmore, Mark Miller, Thomas Miller, Sam Miller and Kenny Rolle.

Visitation will be held 3:00-4:00 PM Friday in the chapel prior to the services.

Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, 4899 Belfort Rd., Unit 300, Jacksonville, FL 32256.


Wilma Sue White Kellett
Union, SC


Mrs. Wilma Sue White Kellett, age 89, of 105 Bridletrail Ln., Union, widow of Robert A. Kellett, passed away Monday, May 6, 2019 at Greenville Memorial Hospital. 

Mrs. Kellett was born November 1, 1929 in Rockmart, GA a daughter of the late Robert N. White and Eula Mae Ferguson White. 

Surviving are two sons, John Kellett (Beverly) of Greenville and James Kellett (Alecia) of Easley; a brother, Roland Paul White; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.  She was predeceased by three brothers, Robert B. White, Jere F. White and Eugene F. White and one sister, Hazel M. White. 

A visitation will be held from 4:00 PM until 6:00 PM Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home in Union, SC

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Friday, May 10, 2019 at Prospect Church in Rockmart, GA conducted by the Rev. Larry Davis.  Burial will follow in the New Prospect Cemetery in Rockmart, GA.

Active pallbearers will be Timothy White, Bert White, Doug Kellett, David Kellett, Mark Caffery, Conner Caffery, Michael Duane Kellett, and Ryan Kellett.

Visitation in Rockmart, GA will be held from 7:00 PM until 9:00 PM at Freeman Harris Funeral Home.


William Fred Stoddard, Jr.
Union, S.C.


William Fred Stoddard Jr. (Bill), husband of Marilyn S. Stoddard for 47 years, of 120 Cherokee Avenue, Union, SC, passed away Monday, May 6, 2019, at Spartanburg Regional Hospice Home.

Mr. Stoddard was born on May 1, 1949 in Laurens, SC, to William Fred Stoddard Sr. and the late Doris Senn Stoddard.  He graduated from Laurens High School in 1967 and Anderson College in 1969.  Mr. Stoddard went on to receive a Bachelor of Science degree in Business from Lander University in 1971.  He started his professional career with Milliken and Co., continued with Executive Quality Management in Spartanburg, and retired from The Rembert Company, Columbia, SC on May 1, 2019.  Mr. Stoddard was an active member of Union Presbyterian Church where he served as a Deacon and Elder.  He was also the president of and teacher in the Anderson Bible Class.

Surviving in addition to his wife is his only son, William Bryson Stoddard (Staci Martin) of Charleston, SC, a brother, James Alan Stoddard (Christie) of Greenville, SC, and a sister, Peggy Stoddard Perrow (Moss) of Cameron, SC, and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be held at 2p.m. Thursday, May 9, 2019, at Union Presbyterian Church conducted by the Reverend Lee Moseley and the Reverend Sanders Read, with visitation to follow in the church parlor.  Graveside services will be held at a later date. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Union Presbyterian Church, 101 W. South St., Union, SC 29379 or to Spartanburg Regional Hospice Home, 686 Jeff Davis Drive, Spartanburg, SC 29303.

The family is at the home, 120 Cherokee Ave., Union, SC.


Rev. Jerry D. Lawson
Jonesville, S.C.


Rev. Jerry D. Lawson, age 83, husband of Patsy Baldwin Madden Lawson of 162 New Hope Church Rd., Jonesville, went home to be with the Lord, Sunday, May 5, 2019 surrounded by his family and friends.

Rev. Lawson was born in Union Co., December 28, 1935, a son of the late John and Lottie Massey Lawson.  He was a retired Baptist minister after 36 years of serving the Lord.

Rev. Lawson was a graduate of Union High School and was a veteran of the US Army. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

Surviving in addition to his wife are three granddaughters, Kayla Chandler, Krista Corbin, and Summer Madden and a grandson, Jackson Madden.

A celebration of life service will be held at 5:00 PM Thursday, May 9, 2019 at the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Chapel conducted by Rev. Ralph Brown, Rev. Guy Langston, Rev. Dr. Eddie Saxon and Rev. Rex Keaton. Visitation will be held from 3:30 until 5:00 Thursday prior to the services in the chapel.

Memorials may be made to the Jerry Lawson Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 293, Union, SC 29379.

The family will be at the home 162 New Hope Church Rd., Jonesville.

May 5, 2019

Geneva Humphries Alexander

Mrs. Geneva Humphries Alexander, age 77 of 162 Canupp Rd., Sharon, SC, widow of Fredrick Jerry Alexander,  passed away Saturday, May 4, 2019 at her home.

Mrs. Alexander was born in York County, SC June 3, 1941, a daughter of the late Clyde Humphries and Era Batchelor Humphries. She was a graduate of Hickory Grove High School and retired from Oxford Mills. Mrs. Alexander was a member of Bullock Creek Presbyterian Church where she was a former choir member. She loved singing gospel and blue grass music.

Surviving are a daughter, Dolly Maurice of Sharon; a son, Fredrick Alexander, Jr of Sharon; two sisters: Frances Moss of Smyrna, and Matril Ramsey of York; a brother, Dean Humphries of Hickory Grove; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Mrs. Alexander was predeceased by a daughter, Paula Moss; a sister, Myrtle Childers and a brother, Leon Humphries.

Graveside services will be held 11:00 AM Wednesday, May 8, 2019 at Bullock Creek Presbyterian Church Cemetery conducted by Rev. Craig Marshall.

The family will be at the home, 162 Canupp Rd., Sharon, SC 29742.

Louise S. Wentz
Union. SC


Mrs. Louise Strange  “Lou” Cogdill Wentz, age 79, wife of Robert M. Wentz, MD of 156 Mt. Vernon Rd., Union, passed away Sunday, May 5, 2019 at her home.

Mrs. Wentz was born in Winnsboro, SC February 1, 1940, a daughter of the late Grady Strange and Reba Kathleen Sandifer Strange. She was a graduate of Winthrop College. Mrs. Wentz retired from Wallace Thomson Hospital as Administrative Assistant to the Hospital Chief Executive Officer following twenty plus years of service. She was a member of Duncan Acres United Methodist Church where she served on the Worship Committee. Mrs. Wentz was first married to the late Bobby Cogdill and was also predeceased by a son, Michael Cogdill.

Surviving in addition to her husband are a daughter, Deborah Cogdill Edwards and husband Dean of Moore; six step-children: Susan Wentz of Union, Merritt “Tuie” Wentz, II and wife Lucy of Union, Billy Jack Wentz, Patrick Wentz and wife Beth all of Jonesville, Kathy Knox and husband Jimmy of Tullahoma, TN and Kevin Kingsmore and wife Crystal of Moore; two grandchildren: Jessica Edwards and Colby Edwards; two sisters: Sandy Clowney of Winnsboro and Georgianna “Ted” Seymour of Ozark, AL; a brother, H. Grady Strange, Jr of Lexington; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren she inherited from Dr. Wentz.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Tuesday, May 7, 2019 at Duncan Acres United Methodist Church conducted by Rev. Merritt Wentz, II. Burial will follow in Union Memorial Gardens.

Active pallbearers will be Patrick Wentz, Billy Wentz, Robert Wentz, II, Brady Manus, Benny Clowney, Jr. and Allen Strange.

Visitation will be held 6:00-8:00 PM Monday, May 6, 2019 at SR Holcombe Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Duncan Acres United Methodist Church, 417 Rice Avenue, Union, SC 29379.

May 3, 2019

Rev. Jerry R. Hargrove
Union, S.C.


Rev. Jerry R. Hargrove, age 83, of 673 Kelly Rd., Union, widower of Joyce Marie William Hargrove, went home to be with the Lord, Thursday, May 2, 2019.

Rev. Hargrove was born in Union City, TN, January 28, 1936, a son of the late Richard and Lovie Gray Hargrove. He was a retired minister of 27 years and was a member of Monarch Assembly of God.

Surviving are a daughter, Sandra Potter and husband Randall of Rock Hill, two son, Randy Hargrove and Richie Hargrove both of the home.

The family will be assisted by the White-Ranson Funeral Home in Union City, TN.

Funeral arrangements will be announced later.

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


Robert T. “Bobby” West
Blacksburg, SC


Mr. Robert T. “Bobby” West, age 65, husband of Cathy Jones West of 235 River Hill Rd., Blacksburg, passed away Tuesday, April 30, 2019 at his home.

Mr. West was born October 17, 1954 in Buffalo, a son of the late Elbert Sumner West and Barbara Etta Brock West.  He was a graduate of Union High School and was formerly employed with West Construction.  Mr. West was also a horse farrier.  He was a member of Putman Baptist Church.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters, Kristi W. Karnes and husband Daniel of Columbia and Lisa Gibson and husband Danny of Gaffney; a step-son, Jesse Byars of Gaffney; a special sister, Kim Sumner Bryant of Pauline; five grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by a son, Bo Thompson and a daughter, Barbara West. 

Funeral services will be held at 4:00 PM Friday, May 3, 2019 at Putman Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. Tommy Mann and Rev. Carrol Caldwell.  Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery. 

Active pallbearers will be Les Anderson, Rick Bryant, Jesse Byars, Channing West, Danny Gibson, and Daniel Karnes.

Visitation will be held from 3:00 PM until 4:00 PM Friday prior to the services at the church.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Care of South Carolina—Gaffney, 1612 N. Limestone St., Gaffney, SC 29340.

The family will be at 153 Willie Lane, Cowpens, SC 29702.

May 1, 2019 

Blanche Lawson Gwinn
Pauline, SC


Mrs. Blanche Lawson Gwinn, age 88, a loving mama and a doting granny went to her eternal home on April 30, 2019.

During her years as a wife, mama, and granny, she showed her family the true meaning of being selfless by putting others before herself, being content in all circumstances, and being a tower of strength through life’s trials. She was loving, humble, sweet, kind, and caring.  She was a Godly woman who loved the Lord. Even though dementia had taken its toll on her body and mind, she would still attend church every Sunday and sing the hymns of her youth.

In 1982, Blanche and her husband, L.P. Gwinn, started Gwinn’s Florist, where she continued working alongside her daughters and granddaughter, Donna, Darlene, and Heather until her health declined two years ago. After her health declined, she gained another daughter, Robin Campbell, when she started caring for her. Robin would take her for long country rides enjoying God’s beautiful creation of flowers, trees, and wildlife.

She is survived by her loving family Denise, Mike, and Christopher West, Amber, Jason, and Ava Ezell, Donna and Johnny Kimbrell, Ashli, Kevin, Grayam, and Reese Vanderford, Heather, Craig, Jadyn, Savana, and Wylder Seay, Darlene and Tony Archuleta, Robin and Peter Campbell and Lillie Faye Lawson. Her husband L.P. Gwinn and her daughter Debbie Gwinn preceded her in death, along with her brothers, Herman and Olin Lawson, and her sister, Frances Gowan.

A celebration of her life will be held at 5:00 PM Sunday, May 5, 2019 at the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Chapel conducted by Dr. Randolph Pettit.

Visitation will be held from 3:30 until 5:00 PM prior to the services at the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home.

Blanche’s love for flowers extended beyond the flower shop. She would bring flowers home from the shop to decorate and plant. Because of her love of flowers, we ask that you honor her memory with any floral or plant tribute.

“She is more precious than jewels and her children rise up and call her blessed.” Proverbs

 

 

 


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Union, S.C. 29379

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