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September 2014 

September 30, 2014

Willie Ozy Johnson Sullivan
Newton, MA


Willie Ozy Johnson Sullivan was born in Union, South Carolina on October 16, 1924 and left this earthly world on September 26, 2014 in Newton, Massachusetts.  She was just a few weeks from her 90th birthday.  Her niece, Ann Kendrick Lindsey, was at her side and telling her of her and her family’s love for her.  She was indeed beloved by her cherished family members who each knew that she was everlasting in her love and support of every family member. Each knew that she could be counted upon for her sympathetic listening, her wisdom, and the sharing of her faith in time of need.  She herself was sustained by her unrelenting faith in our Lord.

She grew up on Johnson and Arthur Boulevards, and in her late teen years, graduated from Union High School and worked as a successful and beautiful model.  She was a faithful member of Mon-Aetna Baptist Church where she gave much to the church through her musical skills. In time, she moved to Columbia, SC to help raise her niece, Ann Kendrick Lindsey, and to attend Draun Business School.  Subsequently, she moved herself and her mother, Kitty Arizona Duckett Johnson, to the Washington, D.C. area where she worked as an administrator.  In time she met and married her husband, Harry John Sullivan (deceased in 1985) who was a native of Connecticut. He was a veteran of World War II and fought in the battle of Normandy. Together, they enjoyed many happy years of marriage and life in the Washington area.  During those years, she returned to school and attended college in Prince George’s County where she was known for her “A” average despite being older than the average student who was her peer.

During these years she was a member of Temple Hills Baptist Church where she sang, played the piano and the organ.  She was also a member of her Garden Club, her Bridge Club, and her Swimming Club. In later years, she was active in the political associations in the area that supported senior citizens. She enjoyed her trips to the Boston area to visit her niece, Ann, and her family.  She continued her activities until her declining health prevented her from doing so.

She loved life greatly and took enormous pleasure in nature and its beauty.  She loved to watch bluejays, cardinals, trees flowering in the spring and turning in the fall, and all things that related to beauty. Her greatest goal was seeing that the right thing be done in a given situation and she was tenacious in her endeavors to achieve this goal.

She will be greatly missed by her nieces, Ann Kendrick Lindsey of Newton, MA, Joan Dulin Phillips and Gaye Dulin Kelly of Columbia, SC; her nephew, James Robert Kendrick, Jr. of Pawleys Island, SC; her nieces Susan and Bobbie Ann of Reading, PA, and numerous great and great-great nieces and nephews.

Funeral services will be held 3:00 PM Saturday, October 4, 2014 at the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Chapel conducted by Rev. Robert Cato.  Burial will be in Rosemont Cemetery.

Visitation will be held from 2:00 until 3:00 PM prior to the services in the chapel.

September 29, 2014

Gilliam Thomas Haney, Jr.
Union, SC


Mr. Gilliam Thomas Haney, Jr, age 54 of 213 Hoyt Drive, Union, passed away Monday, September 29, 2014 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.

Mr. Haney was born in Union, SC March 7, 1960, a son of the late Gilliam Haney, Sr. and Erline Hawkins Haney. He was a graduate of Union High School and was formerly employed with Nestle. Mr. Haney was a fireman and chaplain with the Kelly Kelton Fire Department and had served in the South Carolina National Guard. He was a member of Brown’s Creek Baptist Church.  Mr. Haney was formerly married to Melinda Walton Haney.

Surviving are two daughters: Christy Taylor and husband Bary and Misty Heatherly and husband Aaron all of the home; a son, Jay Haney and wife Renne of Jonesville; a sister, Joan Wilkins and husband Bobby of Pacolet; a brother, Shawn Haney and special friend Cecilia Garland of Jonesville; a stepmother, Lucy Haney of Union; twelve grandchildren and a special friend, Ronnie Swanger of Adamsburg. Mr. Haney was predeceased by a brother, Jimmy Haney.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Thursday, October 2, 2014 at Brown’s Creek Baptist Church conducted by Rev. John Lee. Burial will be in the Haney Cemetery with Fireman Honors.

Active pallbearers will be Jason Bradburn, Eddie Walton, Dennis Knox, Ralph Lancaster, Jason Gossett and Leon Lancaster. Members of the Kelly Kelton Fire Department are asked to serve as the Honorary Escort.

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

Memorials may be made to Brown’s Creek Baptist Church, 118 Browns Creek Church Rd., Union, SC 29379.

The family is at the home, 213 Hoyt Drive, Union.

Kenneth Wayne Wynn
Jonesville, SC


Mr. Kenneth Wayne “Kilo” Wynn, age 22 of Jonesville, SC, passed away Sunday, September 28, 2014 at Region Hospice Home.

Mr. Wynn was born in Union, SC September 12, 1992, a son of Larry Wynn of Jonesville and Tillia Dawn Wynn of Jonesville.

Surviving in addition to his parents are a son, Cayden Blake Wynn; two brothers: Michael Wynn and Matthew Whitehead; a paternal grandmother, Betty Prince all of Union and three aunts:  Sandy Denise Kitchens of Kings Mt., NC, Ann Smith of Whitmire and Janet Doss of Boiling Springs.

Memorial services will be held 2:00 PM Wednesday, October 1, 2014 at Philippi Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Tommy Mann.

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

Memorials may be made to the Kenneth Wayne Wynn Memorial Fund, P.O. Box 293, Union, SC 29379.

The family will be at their respective homes.

September 27, 2014

Harry O. Helms
Union, SC


Mr. Harry O. Helms, age 87, of 2029 Jonesville Hwy., Union, widower of Ruby Irene Wix Helms died Friday evening, September 26, 2014 at the Laurens County Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Helms was born in Union County May 28, 1927, a son of the late Thomas and Pearl Bullock Helms. He was a member of the Foster’s Chapel United Methodist Church where he had served on the board of trustees and was a member of the Carlisle Hart Sunday School Class.  Mr. Helms was a community minded individual and volunteer, he worked many hours to insure the success of the Bonham Fire Department where he had served as the first fire chief. He also, was active in the Union County Sheriff’s Office Reserve Deputy Program, where he volunteered for over 20 years. Following his time with the Sheriff’s Office he was appointed a South Carolina State Constable by the governor. Mr. Helms had also served on the board of directors for the Union County Fair. He was a retired residential building contractor.

Surviving are two daughters: Linda Mitchell and husband Terry and Carolyn Belue and husband Neil all of Union, a son Ken Helms and wife Emily of Greenville, a brother, Bobby Helms and wife Becky of Union, three grandchildren Stephanie Russell and husband Stephen, Josh Belue and wife Crystal and Allen Mitchell and wife Kristin all of Union; three great grandsons and numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. Helms was predeceased by a granddaughter Leah Mitchell, a sister Helen Pace and a brother Gene Helms.

A service celebrating Harry Helms life will be held 4:00 PM Sunday, September 28, 2014 at Foster’s Chapel United Methodist Church conducted by the Rev. Glenn Ribelin. Burial will follow at Union Memorial Gardens.

Active pallbearers will be David Taylor, Steve Tramell, Bryan Brackins, Toney Farr, Joey English and Wayne Tollison.

The following are asked to assemble at the church at 2:45 PM to form the honorary escort: Deputies and staff at the Union County Sheriff’s office, volunteers of the Bonham Fire Department, directors of the Union County Fair Board, members of Carlisle Hart Sunday School Class and Roger Gregory, Wayne Baber and Phillip Sprouse.

The family will receive friends 2:30 until 3:45 PM Sunday prior to the service at the church.

The family is at his home, 2029 Jonesville Hwy., Union, SC 29379.

Memorials may be made to Foster’s Chapel United Methodist Church, Building Fund, 392 Pea Ridge Hwy., Jonesville, 29353.

September 24, 2014

James Edward Austin
Union, SC


Mr. James Edward Austin, age 86, husband of Jane Middlebrooks Austin of 258 Austin Road, Union, passed away Tuesday,  September 23, 2014 at his home.

Mr. Austin was born in Union, SC May 19, 1928, a son of the late James Jason Austin and Kate McKeown Austin. He retired from the Union County Sheriff’s Department and was a member of Mon Atena Baptist Church. Mr. Austin was a Veteran of the US Navy having served in World War II aboard the USS Leyte. Following the war, Mr. Austin served aboard the USS Randolph. During the Berlin Airlift, Mr. Austin served in the US Air Force. Mr. Austin was a Mason and had received his sixty year pin from the John A. Fant Masonic Lodge. He was also a member of the Union County Cattleman’s Association.

Surviving in addition to his wife of sixty-four years, are two sons: Darrell Austin and wife Kelly of Chapin, SC and Mark Austin and wife Robin of West Columbia; a sister, Marian A. English of Union; five grandchildren; Grayson Austin, Heather Hancock and husband Luke, Olivia Underwood and husband Brandon, Chase Austin and Cade Austin; a great-grandson, Bradley Hancock; numerous nieces, nephews, and a loving caregiver, Lakesha Eison. Mr. Austin was predeceased by an infant son, Richard Tyler Austin, a sister, Avaleen Baker and four brothers, William Austin, Harold Austin, F.D. Austin and Ralph “Doc” Austin.

Funeral services will be held 3:00 PM Friday, September 26, 2014 at Mon Aetna Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Ron Gaddy, Rev. Vernon Thornhill and Rev. Jim Wiseman. Burial will be in Union Memorial Gardens

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

Active pallbearers will be Mike Austin, Joey English, Terry English, Eric English, Jeff Austin, Tim Austin, Gerald Baker and Vince Vanderford. The following are asked to serve as Honorary Pallbears: members of the Tom Alexander Sunday School Class, the Senior Citizens Group of Mon Aetna Baptist Church, Joey Conard and Pam Phipps.

Memorials may be made to Mon Aetna Baptist Church Building Fund, 1431 Lockhart Hwy, Union, SC 29379 or to Salem Baptist Church, 1835 Tinker Creek Rd., Union, SC 29379 or to Hospice Care of South Carolina, 408 N. Duncan ByPass, Suite 200, Union, SC 29379.

The family is at the home, 258 Austin Rd., Union.

Kathleen Jones Woolen
Union, SC


Mrs. Kathleen Jones Woolen, age 87, wife of Lewis M. Woolen of 100 Wingfield Drive, Union, passed away Tuesday, September 23, 2014 at Ellen Sagar Nursing Home.

Mrs. Woolen was born in Pacolet, SC October 4, 1926, a daughter of the late A.P. Jones and Lula Galloway Jones. She was a graduate of Union High School. In 1947, she married the love of her life, Lewis M. Woolen who survives “Leen”. They have celebrated sixty-seven cherished years of wedded bliss. Mrs. Woolen retired as secretary of the Union County Family Court and was a member of Mon Aetna Baptist Church where she was a member of the Faye Teague Sunday School Class.

Surviving in addition to her husband are two daughters: Sheryl W. Crocker and husband David and Jan W. McCallister all of Spartanburg; a granddaughter, Gina Shipp and husband Allen of Spartanburg; a sister, Betty Alexander and husband Roy of Anderson; a brother, Winston Jones and wife Annette of Newberry and numerous nieces and nephews. Mrs. Woolen was predeceased by two sisters and five brothers.

Funeral services will be held 3:00 PM Thursday, September 25, 2014 at Mon Aetna Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Ron Gaddy. Burial will be in Union Memorial Gardens.

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

Active pallbearers will be Harold Lawson, David Crocker, Allen Shipp, Tom Alexander, Sam White and Jim Palmer.

Memorials may be made to Mon Aetna Baptist Church Building Fund, 1431 Lockhart Hwy, Union, SC 29379 or to Blue Ridge Hospice, 103B Boyce Street, Union, SC 29379.

The family is at the home, 100 Wingfield Drive, Union.

September 22, 2014

Linda M. Baldwin
Union, SC


Mrs. Linda Moss Baldwin, age 67, wife of Richard C. Baldwin of 111 Lowry St., Union, passed away Sunday, September 21, 2014 at Wallace Thomson Hospital.`

Mrs. Baldwin was born in Union, May 7, 1947, a daughter of the late Paul Moss, Jr. and Ruby Bates Moss.  She was a member of Ottaray Baptist Church and was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.

Surviving in addition to her husband, are a granddaughter, Lilly Baldwin of Kings Mountain, NC; a sister, Paula Moss Browning and husband Mike of Laurens; a brother, Charlie Moss and wife Marie of Ridge Spring; a sister-in-law, Connie Springs and husband Wayne of Union; a brother-in-law, Freddie Baldwin and wife Louise of Sharon and numerous loving nieces and nephews.  Mrs. Baldwin was predeceased by a son, Brad Baldwin and a brother, Dennis Wayne Moss.

Funeral services will be held 3:00 PM Wednesday, September 24, 2014, at the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Chapel conducted by Rev. Ralph Brown.  Burial will be in Union Memorial Gardens.

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

The family will be at the home 111 Lowry St., Union.

September 20, 2014

James Paul Fowler
Jonesville, SC


Mr. James Paul Fowler, age 73, husband of 52 years to Carol Haile Fowler of 176 Jumping Run Dr., Jonesville, passed away Friday, September 19, 2014 at his home.

Mr. Fowler was born in Jonesville, April 22, 1941, a son of the late Eugene and Margaret Buice Fowler. He was a graduate of Jonesville High School and retired from the textile industry. Mr. Fowler was a member of Jonesville Baptist Church.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, Greg Fowler and wife Tina and Jason Fowler and wife Pam; three grandchildren, Katie, Creed and Wyatt Fowler; two sisters, Sue Randolph and Ruth Bentley; a brother, Harold E. Fowler all of Jonesville; and numerous loving nieces, nephews and friends.

Graveside services will be held 2:00 PM Sunday, September 21, 2014 at the Haile Family Cemetery conducted by Rev. Scott Cannon and Rev. Ralph Brown.

Pallbearers will be Josh Gault, Wesley Gault, Robbie Bentley, Dennis Varner, Ronnie O’Dell, and Scott Greene.

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

Memorials may be made to Jonesville Baptist Church, Benevolence Fund, P.O. Box 279, Jonesville, SC  29353 or to Union Christian Day School, 331 Meansville Rd., Union, SC  29379.

The family will be at the home, 176 Jumping Run Rd., Jonesville.

September 19, 2014

Elizabeth S. Rector
Union, SC


Mrs. Elizabeth Sweet Rector, age 88, 120 Hill Top View, Union, widow of Thomas E. Rector, Jr., passed away Wednesday, September 9, 2014 at her home after a period of declining health.

Mrs. Rector was born November 25, 1925 in Spittown, NY, a daughter of the late Herman and Maude Storm Sweet. She was retired from Milliken Co., Monarch Plant and was a member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

Surviving are two daughters, Barbara Johnson of Union and Donna Hedden and husband Wesley of the home; a son, Tommy E. Rector, III and wife Debbie of Union; a sister, Mildred Spoor of New York; grandchildren, Suzy Garner and husband Mike of Jonesville, Andrea Morris of Jacksonville, FL, Christy Lyles and husband Travis of Union, Dennis Reynolds and wife Dana of Jonesville, Erica Smith of Union, Kimberly Johnson of Union, Melissa Barnett and husband Micah of Inman , Lisa Stansell and husband Taylor of Greer; 12 great-grandchildren; and a special niece, Cherrie Dvorak of Boiling Springs.  Mrs. Rector was predeceased by a son, Timothy Gault Rector, two brothers, Billy Sweet and Sonny Sweet, and a sister, Mary Sowder.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, September 20, 2014 at the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Chapel conducted by Brother Arthur Stevens and Brother Robert Tucker.  Burial will be at Rosemont Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be the men of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

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

The family will be at the home of her daughter, Barbara Johnson, 153 Ellis St., Union.

September 16, 2014

Edith Jedell Inabinet Cheek
Union, SC


Mrs. Edith Jedell Inabinet Cheek, age 96, of 713 W. Main St., Union, widow of James W. Cheek, went to be with Jesus, our Lord and Savior, on Tuesday, September 16, 2014.

Edith was the daughter of the late Thomas A. and Mary Emma Inabinet of Calhoun County and later of Buffalo, SC.  She was a devoted wife, mother, and grandmother.  A homemaker she enjoyed serving her church in her younger years, she also enjoyed sewing and cooking.


Surviving are a son, James W. Cheek, II of the home and Mary Macila Cheek Brooks and husband Russell of Union; three grandchildren, Meredith Jedell Brooks of Spartanburg, Russell Todd Brooks of Union, and Kevin Edward Brooks of New York City; a special friend who was like a son, Tommy Bishop of Union; a brother, Ronald Inabinet of Buffalo; and a number of nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by four brothers, Dreher, Archie “Bubba”, J.W. Inabinet, and Woodrow Sikes; two sister-in-laws, Rubye Cheek and Lillie Mae Sparks.

Graveside services will be held
2:00 PM Friday, September 19, 2014 conducted by the Rev. Robert Emory and Rev. Rich Brown.

Active Pallbearers will be Benjamin Wages, Gerald Inabinet, James Inabinet, Jimmy Sykes, Ben Wages, III, and Eric Billings.

Visitation will be held prior to the services from
1:00 – 1:45 PM at the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home.

The family would like to recognize and express their appreciation to Mrs. Cheek’s personal caregivers: Nathalie Moorman, Cindy Henderson, Cynthia Nash and Staff and Nurses of Medi Home Hospice, especially Gwen Dillard, Yaschica Mitchell, Jennifer Cooper and Chaplin Rich Brown.


Memorials may be made to a church, organization, or charity of one’s choice.

September 15, 2014

Sandi Grady Ivey
Union, SC


Mrs. Sandi Grady Ivey, age 59, of 646 Browns Creek Church Road, Union, widow of Johnny W. Ivey, passed away Sunday, September 14, 2014.

Mrs. Ivey was born in Union, SC on March 15, 1955 a daughter of Sally Grady Epps of Blair and the late Thomas Ray Grady.  She was a graduate of Union High School and had received Nurses Training from Chester Hospital.  Mrs. Ivey had previously worked as a Nurse at Ellen Sagar Nursing Home and Hospice Care of South Carolina.  She was a member of Browns Creek Baptist Church where she was a former Sunday school teacher.

Surviving in addition to her mother are a son, Brian Wishert of the home; two step-daughters, Margaret West and Donna Ivey, both of Union; a step-son, Ronnie Ivey and wife Angie of Union; her step-father, Rev. John Epps; a brother, Russell Grady and wife Penny of Boiling Springs; a granddaughter Emily Wishert of Union; a grandson, James Taylor Wishert of Union; two sister-in-laws Nancy Stepp and husband Robert and Thesis Tollison; a brother-in-law, Byrd Ivey and wife Donna a daughter-in-law Kylie Kelley and husband Samuel; a number of step grandchildren and step great-grandchildren.  Mrs. Ivey was predeceased by her grandparents, Guy and Mildred Grady, Joseph Carl Edwards, Sr., and Elba Edwards.

A celebration of life service will be held  3:00 PM Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at Victory Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. Buddy Hogan and Rev. John Lee.  Burial will follow at Browns Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. 

Visitation will be held prior to the services at the church from 12:45 PM until 2:45 PM.

The family is at the home, 656 Browns Creek Church Road, Union, SC 29379.

Donald Alford Puckett, Sr.
Union, SC


Mr. Donald Alford Puckett, Sr., age 86, husband of Mae Johnson Puckett of 227 Vernon Foster Rd., Union, passed away early Monday morning, September 15, 2014 at his home.

Mr. Puckett was born in Chester, SC April 25, 1928, a son of the late John A. Puckett and Minnie Callahan Puckett. He was a retired Residential Contractor, having been self-employed and also working with Henry Turner. Mr. Puckett also worked for a number of years with the Maintenance Department of the Union County School System. A true woods craftsman, there was nothing he could not create out of wood. Mr. Puckett was especially known for making musical instruments and building cabinets. As an avid musician, he loved Blue Grass music. Mr. Puckett used his God given talent playing with musicians and bands that included Don Reno, the Black Mountain Boys, Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs, Roy Chapman and The True Blue Grass, Buddy Hamilton and The Tarheel Partners, and Gospel Grass at Music on Main in Union. He was also a historian of Blue Grass music and had taught fiddle lessons. Mr. Puckett was a member of New Life Baptist Church where he enjoyed playing in the New Life Church Band.

Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter, Donna P. Cudd and husband David of Union; two sons: Dwight E. Puckett and wife Sandy of Seymour, TN and Donald A. Puckett, Jr and wife Debbie of Boiling Springs; a special “son” Kendall Austin and wife Amy of Union; a sister, Betty P. Tollison and husband Lynn of Fort Mill, SC; a daughter-in-law, Mitzi Puckett of Dandridge, TN; nine grandchildren: Candice Hardiman and husband Jeff of Maryville, TN, Jon Cudd and wife  Brooke of Adairsville, GA, Randall Puckett of Seymour, TN, Corey Puckett of Seymour, TN, Cindy P. Fennell of Knoxville, TN, Paula Moore and husband Rob of IN, Karen Light and husband Mark of TN, Angie Phillips and husband Travis  of TN and Shelley Chambers of TN; seventeen great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews. Mr. Puckett was predeceased by a son, Dale R. Puckett, a sister, Mattie P. Owens and a brother, Robert C. Puckett.

Funeral services will be held 11:00 AM Wednesday, September 17, 2014 at New Life Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Shannon Faulkner, Rev. Rick Dizbon and Rev. Alan Gregory. Burial will be in Fairforest Baptist Church Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Jon Cudd, Jeff Hardiman, Randall Puckett, Corey Puckett, Ron Tollison, Neil McKeown, Tommy Hart and Zach Carter. The following are asked to serve as Honorary Escort: Jimmie & Pat Cantrell, Pearl Crocker, Florence Meadows, Mary Lee Parks, Jennie Sylvester, Mike & Della Benson, Gibby & Jane Arthur, Jeff and Emily Cannon, Wanda Lockaby, Monty Joe Bogan, Frank Garner, Phil Moore, Nanette Jenkins, Mary Ivey and the New Life Band.

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

Memorials may be made to New Life Baptist Church, 502 Meansville Rd., Union, SC 29379.

The family is at the home, 227 Vernon Foster Rd., Union.

Elizabeth Vassy Whitmire
Union, SC


Mrs. Elizabeth Vassy Whitmire, age 94, of  418 Jones Ford Road, Union, widow of William C. Whitmire, Sr. passed away Sunday, September 14, 2014 at Ellen Sagar Nursing Home.

Mrs. Whitmire was born in Cherokee Co., SC on January 31, 1920 a daughter of the late S. Barney Vassy and Anna Derrick Vassy.  She was a graduate of Gaffney High School and Limestone College. She was retired from Union County Schools after twenty-one years, having taught English at Union High School.  Prior to teaching in Union, Mrs. Whitmire taught for twenty years at Cross Anchor High School in Spartanburg County.  She was a member of Padgett’s Creek Baptist Church where she was a part of the Willing Workers Sunday School Class and the Medora Murphy Circle, as long as her health permitted.  Mrs. Whitmire was also a member of UDC DAR, Delta Kappa Gamma—Sigma Chapter, and a member of the Union County Retired Teachers Association.  She was an active supporter of Clemson Athletics for over 60 years.

Surviving are two sons, William C. “Billy” Whitmire, Jr. and wife Ruby and Jessie B. Whitmire and wife Brenda all of Cross Keys; three grandchildren, Bud (William C., III) Whitmire, Beth Green and husband Rocky, and Kimberly Parkins; four great-grandchildren, Kayla Green, Grace Green, Jonathan Parkins, and Felica Parkins; one great-great-grandchild, Carleigh Sumner; two nephews, Hampton Miller and Barney Miller; and special friends, Marian Estes and Donald Estes.  She was predeceased by two sisters, Ellen Walker and Anna Louise Miller.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00AM Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Chapel conducted by the Rev. Carrol Caldwell.  Burial will follow at Padgetts Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be “Bud” Whitmire, Hampton Miller, Barney Miller, Jonathan Parkins, Rocky Green, Frank Wilburn, and Maxie Stewart.  The following are asked to form the honorary escort, Jim Rice, Sally Summers, Tommy Bishop, Grace Lybrand, Betty Holcombe, Earl Lawson, Belton Lawson, Marian Estes, Donald Estes, Jerry Harris, Nancy Long,  Mary Jean Price, Myrtis Austin, the members of Willing Workers Sunday School Class, and the Staff of Ellen Sagar Nursing Home Unit One.

Visitation will immediately follow the committal service in Padgetts Creek Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to Padgetts Creek Baptist Church Van Fund, 843 Old Buncombe Road, Union, SC 29379 or to Medi Home Hospice, 101 S. Boyce St., Union, SC 29379.

The family is at their respective homes.

September 14, 2014

Joyce W. Candler
Union, SC


Mrs. Joyce Williford Candler, age 75, wife of Denver Joe Candler of 406 Maple Street, Union went to be with the Lord, Saturday, September 13, 2014 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.

Mrs. Candler was born in Union, April 13, 1939, a daughter of the late Paul A. Williford and Christine    Robertson Bradford. She was a graduate of Union High School where she was a player of the Basketball team and was the 1956 Union High School Homecoming Queen. Mrs. Candler was retired from Arthur State Bank after forty plus years. She was an active member of Mon Aetna Baptist Church where she served as treasurer and a member of Connie Springs and Jerris Garner Sunday School Class.

Surviving in addition to her husband are a daughter, Rhonda Crumley and husband Steve of Spartanburg; two sons, Keith Candler and wife Beth of Union and Joey Candler and wife Teresa of Buffalo; a sister, Lisa Funderburk and husband Daryl of Rock Hill; two brothers, Paul Dean Williford and wife Margaret of Union and S.W. Williford and wife Joan of Hickory, N.C.; six grandchildren, Erica Candler, Bryan Candler, Dylan Crumley, Logan Crumley, Colin Crumley and Maggie Kurimcak; two great-grandchildren, Connor Harris and Cierra Harris; and special friends, Anne Aldridge and husband Doug and Susan Rector and husband Jimmy.

Funeral Services will be held at 3:00 PM Tuesday, September 16, 2014 at Mon Aetna Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. Ron Gaddy, Rev. Benny Green and Rev. Ralph Brown. Burial will be at Union Memorial Gardens.

Mrs. Candler’s grandsons and Cecil Brown will serve as active pallbearers. The members of Connie Springs and Jerris Garner Sunday School Class and former employees of Arthur State Bank are asked to sit in a group.

The family will receive friends from 6:00 until 8:00 Monday evening at the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home.

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

The family is at the home.

September 13, 2014

James E. Haney
Union, SC


Mr. James Earl Haney, age 85, husband of Polly Austin Dobbs Haney of 211 Linersville Rd., Buffalo, SC passed away Friday, September 12, 2014 at his home.

Mr. Haney was born in Chester, SC April 21, 1929, a son of the late Eules and Mary Vinson Haney. Mr. Haney was first married to the late, Dorothy Russell Haney. He was a member of Tanglewood Baptist Church and a veteran of the US Army having serviced in General McArthur’s Headquarters Company following WWII. Mr. Haney formerly worked with United Merchants Buffalo Plant and retired from Torrington Company-Tyger River Plant. 

Surviving in addition to his wife are a brother, Harold Eugene “Dink” Haney and wife Pat of Buffalo; two nieces, Susan Mullinnix and husband John and Patty Keasler all of Buffalo; a great-nephew, Phillip Mullinnix of Charleston; a step granddaughter, Marian Dobbs of Greenville. Mr. Haney was predeceased by an infant son, Patrick Haney, a step-son Larry Dobbs, two sisters, Mildred McSwain and Eloise Sumner.

Graveside services will be held at 3:00 PM Sunday, September 14, 2014 at Union Memorial Gardens conducted by the Rev. Robert Branch. The family will receive friends immediately following the committal service at the cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Tanglewood Baptist Church, 200 Velda Drive, Union, SC. 29379.

John F. Smith
Gaffney, SC


Mr. John Fredrick Smith, age 66, husband of Alice Inman Smith of 703 Ballenger Rd., Gaffney, passed away Thursday, September 11, 2014 at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center after a period of declining health.

Mr. Smith was born in Union, April 5, 1948, a son of the late Carl and Clara Mae Smith. He was a self-employed repairman and was a member of Skull Shoals Baptist Church where he contributed to the church in various ways.

Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter, Lori Ann Crenshaw of Gaffney; five sisters, Doris F. Smith of Chesnee, Jimmie Hammett of Pacolet, Mary Ann Gregg of Roebuck, Frances S. Mullinax of Gaffney and Rosell Eaves of Union; one brother, Joe C. Smith of Gaffney; and five grandchildren. Mr. Smith was predeceased by a daughter, Joni Lynn Smith and her infant son, and a son, John Paul Smith.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Monday, September 15, 2014 at Skull Shoals Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Randy Phillips. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Active pallbearers will be Larry Inman, Montana Robinson, Nicholas Hollingsworth, Allen Inman, Alvin Parham, and Dean Ingle.

Mr. Smith will be carried to the home, 703 Ballenger Rd., Gaffney, where the family will receive friends Saturday and Sunday.

Memorials may be made to Skull Shoals Baptist Church, 328 Gowdeysville Rd., Gaffney, SC  29340.

September 5, 2014

Christopher Rynnon Head
Union, SC


Christopher Rynnon Head infant son of Christopher Thomas Head and Mellisa Owens Head entered into heaven Thursday September 4, 2014.

Surviving in addition to his parents are a sister, Jacelyn Head of the home; his paternal grandparents, Thomas and Lorie Head of Jonesville; maternal grandmother, Angie Jacks and husband Albert of Jonesville; maternal grandfather, Johnny Owens of Union; maternal great grandparents, Jerry and Becky Duvall of Laurens, and aunts and uncles, DeeDee McDade and husband Michael, Brittney Head, and Jonathan Owens.

Memorial Services will be held 6:00PM  Sunday, September 7, 2014 at Crestview Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. Josh Freeman.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Christopher Rynnon Head Fund, PO Box 293, Union, SC 29379.

Nellie Jones McLane
Whitmire, SC


Mrs. Nellie Jones McLane, age 94 of 111 Douglass Heights, Union, formerly of Whitmire, passed away Thursday, September 4, 2014 at her home.

Mrs. McLane was born in White Rock, SC March 25, 1920, a daughter of the late John Stuart Jones and Mary Meetze Jones. She was a graduate of Dentsville High School in Columbia and was a member of Heritage Wesleyan Church where she had worked with the Children’s Ministry.

Surviving are three daughters: Janie M. Speight and husband Duke of Spartanburg, Margaret M. Kitchens of Whitmire and Josephine “Jo” M. McKenna with whom she made her home; two sisters: Marybell Gardner of Spartanburg and Emily Dunker of Alexandria, VA; nine grandchildren: Dianne S. Matlock and husband Ron, Marcia S. Shealy and husband Steve, David Simmons and wife Lavenia, Kristy Egan and husband John, J. Michael Kitchens and wife Sara, Larry O. Kitchens, Randy Kitchens and wife Cecillia, Deborah T. Faulkner and husband and Bill, Kimberly T. Glenn and husband Edgar; sixteen great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren. Mrs. McLane was predeceased by a son, Henry Stuart McLane and two brothers, Leonard Jones and John Stuart Jones, Jr.

Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, September 6, 2014 at Heritage Wesleyan Church in Whitmire conducted by Rev. Mark Stevenson and Rev. Robert Branch. Burial will be in Union Memorial Gardens.

Active pallbearers will be the following grandsons: David Simmons, Randy Kitchens, Lance Kitchens, D. Michael Kitchens, William Faulkner and Edgar Glenn.

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

Memorials maybe made to Blue Ridge Hospice, 103B South Street, Union, SC 29379 or to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 951, Union, SC 29379.

The family is at the home 111 Douglass Heights, Union

September 4, 2014

Jerry Dennis Trammell, Sr.
Union, SC


Mr. Jerry Dennis “Dink” Trammell, Sr., age 66, husband of Vickie Wicks Trammell, of 669 Sardis Road, Union passed away Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at his home.

Mr. Trammell was born in Union, SC June 17, 1948 a son of the late Frank Trammell and Mary Ellen Boulware Trammell.  He was a US Army Veteran having served in Germany.  Mr. Trammell loved fishing, hunting, camping out, music, and family fun.

Surviving in addition to his wife are three sons, J.D. Trammell and Donna, Russell Trammell and wife April, and Tim Trammell and Amy; six grandchildren, Ashley Green and husband Roydel, Jay Trammell, Tyler Trammell, Brandon Trammell, and Dristan Trammell; four great-grandchildren, Xavier, Alanna, and Olivia;  two brothers, Ned Trammell and Rickey Trammell; and one sister, Melinda Sorrow.  He was predeceased, by one sister Ann Lawson.

Memorial services will be held 1:00 PM, Saturday, September 6, 2014 at his home, 669 Sardis Rd, Union conducted by Brother Joe Adams and Brother Arthur Gore.

The family is at the home, 669 Sardis Road, Union. 


September 3, 2014

Thomas Jay Elston
Union, SC


Mr. Thomas Jay “T.J” Elston (Austin), age 23 of 231 Hancock St., Union, passed away Friday, August 29, 2014.

Mr. Elston was born in Union, February 28, 1991. He was the son of Joel Elston of Mechanicsville, VA, Ava Gail Moss Hendrix and her husband Donnie and Thomas B. Austin and fiancée Angela Kelly all of Union. He was currently residing in Columbia and working at Columbia Farms.  Mr. Elston attended AC Flora High School. 

Surviving in addition to his parents are his fiancée Sabrina Alexis McKeown of Columbia and her children, Kyrell Hemingway, Jr. and Nevaeh Hemingway;  two sisters, Amanda Hendrix of Union and Kayla Reid of Myrtle Beach; a brother, Kyle Reid of Union; his paternal grandmother, Sherry Austin of Union; a step-sister, Ashley Hendrix; three special cousins, Carra, Cassidy and Caylee Austin and numerous, loving aunts, uncles and other cousins. He was predeceased by his paternal grandfather, George Austin, and maternal grandparents, Reggie and Margie Millwood Moss.

A memorial services will be held 6:30 PM Thursday, September 4, 2014 at Covenant Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Wayne Cooke and Rev. Scott Cobb.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the T.J. Elston Fund, P.O. Box 293, Union, SC  29379.

The family is at the home of his grandmother, Sherry Austin, 231 Hancock St., Union.


Command Sergeant Major, Guerry Howard Griggs
Spring Lake, NC


Command Sergeant Major, Guerry Howard Griggs, age 65, U.S. Army retired, of Spring Lake, N.C. passed away August 8, 2014 after being air lifted from Womack Hospital to UNC Hospital for emergency surgery.

Born June 25, 1949 in Union, SC, he was the son of the late Fred S. Griggs & Ruth Howard Griggs, the grandson of the late Roy W. Howard & Lora Davis Howard of Greenville. Mr. Griggs served in the US Army 30 years, joined when he was 17 in 1967 and retired in 1997.  As a Vietnam Veteran he received the Purple Heart award in addition to numerous others. He served as a Drill Sergeant twice, receiving the Honor Drill Sergeant of the year. Mr. Griggs had numerous deployments during his career. While in Germany, he served with the late Colonel Whitener of Union and attained the highest enlisted rank as Command Sergeant Major.

Surviving are his wife, Linda Kirby Griggs of Spring Lake, NC; daughter, Kristy Griggs-Bruhn and husband Eddie; grandchildren, Steven, Megan, Alan and Ethan and four great-grandchildren of Springfield, Missouri; brothers; Sam and wife Peggy Griggs of Orlando, FL, Raymond O. and wife Ann Griggs of Powdersville, one sister, Teri and husband Grady Kirby of Jonesville.

A Celebration of Life Memorial Service will be held 2:30 PM Sunday, September 7, 2014 at Covenant Baptist Church conducted by Pastor Wayne Cooke.

Prior to this service one was held at Main Post Chapel in Fort Bragg, NC. CSM Griggs will be laid to rest in The Arlington National Cemetery in December.


Holcombe Funeral Home

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

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

Holcombe Jonesville Chapel

145 Hames Avenue
Jonesville, S.C. 29353





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