Erlene Hoffman Derrick
Funeral services for Erlene Hoffman Derrick will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, Nov. 16, 2001, in St. John's United Methodist Church. The Revs. Sheila Rogers and Kenneth Nelson will officiate. Burial will be in Sunset Memory Gardens.
Mrs. Derrick, 70, of Page Street, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mrs. Derrick was a native of Springfield. She was a daughter of the late William and Minnie Lee Headden Hoffman. She was a member of St. John's United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the Fellowship Sunday School class, United Methodist Women and Circle No. 7.
Survivors include her husband, Vernon W. Derrick; a son, William Rodney Judy of Orangeburg; two brothers, Brabham Hoffman and Von Lee Hoffman, both of Bamberg; a sister, Willa Mae Steedly of Beaufort; and a grandson.
Pallbearers will be Travis Jackson, Brabham Hoffman Jr., Johnny Hoffman, Norman Hoffman, Willie Hoffman and Gerald Hoffman.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Fellowship Sunday School class and Circle No. 7.
Memorials may be made to St. John's United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 809, Aiken, 29802.
The family will receive friends at Rivers Funeral Home today from 6 to 8 p.m.
John Taft Sherman Sr., retired principal
NORTH AUGUSTA - John Taft Sherman Sr., 81, of Holliday Drive, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2001.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16 at the First Baptist Church of North Augusta. Dr. Gary C. Redding and the Rev. Robert H. Ledbetter will officiate and burial will be in Pineview Memorial Gardens.
Mr. Sherman was a native of Easley, and had lived in North Augusta for the past 47 years. He was the husband of the late Lorena Dobson Sherman. He was retired from the Army as a first lieutenant. He served during World War II in the Battle of Normandy. He was a recipient of the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star. He was a member of the Military Order of the Purple Heart, the Jesse C. Lynch Memorial American Legion Post No. 71 and the Disabled American Veterans. He was a former member of the Augusta Lions Club and a former Pickens County Veterans Service Officer.
He was a member of the First Baptist Church of North Augusta, where he had served as a deacon and a Sunday school teacher, a member of the Sheffield Club and the Orville Morris Sunday School class.
Mr. Sherman was the retired principal of Hammond Hills Elementary School, where he served for 25 years. He was a member of the South Carolina Educators Association and a life member of the National Education Association.
Survivors include a son, John Taft Sherman Jr. of North Augusta; a daughter, Jane Sherman Arave of Columbia; two sisters, Lona Alexander of Central and Fay Freeman of Greenville; and nine grandchildren.
Honorary pallbearers will be the Sheffield Club, the Orville Morris Sunday School class and the Jesse C. Lynch Memorial American Legion Post No. 71.
The family will receive friends at the Stephen D. Posey Funeral Home today from 7 to 9 p.m.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of North Augusta Building Fund, 602 Georgia Ave., North Augusta, 29841.
Emily S. Sharpe
TRENTON - Emily S. Sharpe, 76, of Smallwood Lane, died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2001, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Funeral arrangements will be announced by Shellhouse Funeral Home.
Shirley R. Creech, bank teller
Funeral services for Shirley R. Creech will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 16, 2001, at the First Baptist Church of Montmorenci. The Rev. Gary Youdell will officiate and burial will be in the church cemetery.
Mrs. Creech, 55, of Aiken, died Tuesday, Nov. 13, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Mrs. Creech was a native of Pensacola, Fla. She had lived in Aiken since 1962. She worked at Palmetto Federal and the SRP Federal Credit Union, where she was a teller and performed clerical work. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Montmorenci, where she was a member of Compassionate Friends. She was also a member of a local cancer support group. She was the mother of the late Kimberly Ann Whipple.
Survivors include her husband, Henry Arthur Creech of Aiken; a son, Eric Alan Whipple of Aiken; a brother Larry Ricks of Aiken; two sisters, Linda R. Taylor and Gayle R. Donnelly, both of Aiken; three step-sons, Arthur Glenn Creech of Aiken, Greggory Dean Creech of North Augusta, and Bryan Clyde Creek of Aiken; a step-daughter, Dawn Willette Johnson of Knoxville, Tenn.; and seven step-grandchildren.
Pallbearers will be Travis Taylor, Billy Ricks, Troy Blanton, Charlie Taylor, Jamey Hooper and Paul Vaughn.
Honorary pallbearers will be her step-sons.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box K, Aiken, 29802.
The family will receive friends at George Funeral Home, downtown, today from 7 to 9 p.m.
William H. "Bill" Harvey
Retired 1st Sgt. South Carolina Highway Patrolman William H. "Bill" Harvey of Aiken, died Friday, March 28, 2003, at 70.
His surviving son, Larry Harvey, said his father loved being a part of the community and had no desire to make his home or serve as a patrolman anywhere else.
"He really loved to be involved in the community and always tried to help people," Harvey said. "He liked the small town atmosphere and got along with public safety, the sheriff's department, SRS and North Augusta."
Although given three opportunities to take a promotion to lieutenant and relocate to Columbia, the patrolman always turned it down in favor of staying in Aiken, his son said.
Harvey served for more than 35 years with the South Carolina Highway Patrol spending only 20 months of that period elsewhere.
"One thing he loved about Aiken was the people," Harvey said. "He prided himself as someone who treated people like he wanted to be treated and he really loved his job."
Harvey said his father thought of his job as more than just serving tickets, as it also gave him an ability to protect the community.
"He really built a great reputation and everyone always said, 'Your daddy may have stopped me but he was fair,'" the younger Harvey said in reflection.
Other survivors include his wife, Betty D. Harvey, a daughter-in-law, Anita Harvey, and one grandchild, Holley Nicole Harvey.
Bryan S. Beard Sr.
Bryan Spencer Beard Sr. entered into rest on Friday, March 28, 2003.
Mr. Beard, 78, was the husband of Mrs. Mignon Puckett Beard of 1014 Kismet Drive.
Other survivors include his daughter, Aletha Beard of Graniteville; a son, Bryan Spencer Beard Jr. of Aiken; and three brothers, Wayne Beard of Langley, Roland Beard of North Augusta, and Dr. Stanford Beard of Buies Creek, N.C.
He was preceded in death by his daughter, Amy Beard.
Mr. Beard was born in Burnettown and was the son of the late Sailor and Lillian McCracken Beard. He was retired from the DuPont Co. and Westinghouse as a chemist after 42 years.
He was a member of the S.C. Archaeological Society and was named S.C. Archaeologist of the year in 1986. He was a veteran of World War II and the Korean Conflict having served in the U.S. Navy.
He was a member of the Baptist Senior Men's and Aiken Men's Golf Clubs. He was a former deacon of Millbrook Baptist Church. He was a member of Matlock Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and training union teacher. He was a Gideon.
Funeral services will be held Monday at 3 p.m. in the Matlock Baptist Church with Dr. W. James Rivers and the Rev. W.L. Brown officiating.
Burial will follow in Sunset Memory Gardens.
Pallbearers will be George Brown, Bobby Thomas, David Weathersbee, Mike Andrews, Dr. Bill Webb and Don Webb.
In lieu of flowers the family requests donations go to Matlock Baptist Church, Highway 980 Main St., Jackson, S.C. 29831, or to the Luther Rice Seminary, 3038 Evans Mill Road, Lithonia, Ga., 30038.
Friends may call at the residence or Sunday evening from 5-7 p.m. at the funeral home.
Hatcher Funeral Home, U.S. Highway 1, Langley.
Janice D. Bettis
Miss Janice Denise Bettis, 45, of 451 Marlboro St., NE, died Friday, Aug. 8, 2003, at her residence.
Funeral services will be announced by Jackson-Brooks Funeral Home.
Miss Bettis was a graduate of Aiken High School and was a nursing aid at Aiken Regional Medical Centers. She was a member of St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church.
She is survived by her father, Herbert Bettis, Aiken; two sisters, Teresa Bettis Myrick and Sandra Bettis, both of Aiken; five uncles, John Bettis, Roosevelt, N.Y., Wendell Beaubian, Alvin Stevens and Robert Mereday, all of Trenton, William Rivers, Charleston; two aunts, Patra Brayboy and Lucille Beaubian, both of Trenton.
Friends may call at the residence.
Jackson-Brooks Funeral Home, 126 Fairfield St., Aiken.
Lora Mae Brown
Mrs. Lora Mae Brown, 90, of 830 Laurens St., entered into rest on Aug. 8, 2003 at Mattie C. Hall Nursing Center.
Memorial services will be held at 4 p.m. on Monday at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses, Croft Mill Road, with Minister Alozo Hawkins officiating.
Survivors include two daughters, Elloise J. Queen, Aiken, and Bernice (Wesley) Thompson, Denmark; one son, Ernest Brown Jr., Sacramento, Calif.; one sister, Julia Pierce, Cream Ridge, N.J.; one brother, Dennis (Evelyn) Poole, Jacksonville, Fla.; four grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and a host of other relatives.
G.L. Brightharp & Sons Mortuary, 390 Beaufort St., Aiken.
Funeral services for Mr. Max Gerstenberger will be held today at 3:30 p.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Aiken, with Pastor Richard F. Poock and Pastor Beth Barkhau officiating.
The family will receive friends today from 11 a.m.- noon at George Funeral Homes, historic downtown chapel. Burial will follow in Southlawn Cemetery.
Mr. Gerstenberger, 84, of Aiken, husband of the late Ella Jauch Gerstenberger, died Thursday morning, Aug. 7, 2003 at Pepper Hill Nursing Center, Aiken.
Sons, Dieter Gerstenberger, Ft. Worth, Texas, Rolf Gerstenberger, Hamilton, Canada, Kurt Gerstenberger, Lexington, Max Gerstenberger, Lake Worth, Fla. and Paul Gerstenberger, Aiken; daughters, Jutta Fitzsimons, Potsdam, N.Y. and Mary Ann Robbins, Addison, Texas; 21 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren survive.
The family has requested that memorials be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Drawer K., Aiken, S.C. 29802.
Visit www.georgefuneralhomes.com to sign the online condolence register and view the obituary.
George Funeral Homes, historic downtown chapel, 211 Park Ave. SW, Aiken.
Barry S. Hegler
Mr. Barry Shawn Hegler, 40, husband to Deborah Boyleston Hegler, died Friday, Aug. 8, 2003 at his residence.
Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. on Monday at Town Creek Baptist Church with the Revs. Donald Pope, David Laird, Gareth Hegler and Gary Fleetwood officiating. Tom Johnson will also be participating in the services. Burial will follow in Southlawn Cemetery.
Visitation will be held from 6-9 p.m. on Sunday at George Funeral Homes, historic downtown chapel.
Pallbearers will be Joey Aranda, Frank Burkhart, Richard Bragg, Roger Barton, Eddie Grant and Neil Glover.
Honorary pallbearers will be David Vickery, Alan Hay, Larry Eubanks, Steve Garner, Carl Withers, Rickey Poston, Bernard Rowland and Carl Clark.
Mr. Hegler was a native of Aiken and the son of Ray and Iva Mae Baker Hegler. He was preceded in death by his sister, Lynette Vickery. He was a 1980 graduate of Aiken High School, a 1984 graduate of the University of South Carolina with a degree in journalism. He worked at the Aiken Standard, was owner of the Pink Dipper in North Augusta for a short time, and most recently was a major account salesman for the Augusta Chronicle for the past six years. Barry was a member of Town Creek Baptist Church, where he had served as a deacon and previously served on the pastor search committee.
Survivors include his parents, wife; daughter, Morgan Shawn Hegler; son, Collin Ross Hegler; brother, Gareth Hegler, Aiken; sister, Beverly Pilz, Aiken; and mother and father-in-law, Charles and Elouise Boyleston, Aiken.
Memorials in memory of Barry may be made to the American Cancer Society.
Visit www.georgefuneralhomes.com to sign the online condolence register.
George Funeral Home, historic downtown chapel, 211 Park Ave., SW, Aiken.
NORTH AUGUSTA — Funeral services for Mrs. Anna Evans Miller will be held today at 11 a.m. at Indian Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Anthony Wilson officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The remains will lie in state in the church from 10 a.m. until the hour of service.
Family and friends will assemble at 10:30 a.m. at the residence of Horace and Ethel E. Bush, 2394 Williston Road.
G.L. Brightharp & Sons Mortuary, 614 West Ave., North Augusta.
Freddie L. Perry
Mr. Freddie L. Perry of 130 Beckwood Trail, Aiken, died Tuesday, Aug. 5, 2003 at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday at the First Baptist Church on York Street. The body will lie in state beginning at noon. Burial will immediately follow in Jessamine Memorial Gardens.
A native and lifelong resident of Aiken, Freddie was a member of the Cumberland A.M.E. Church, where he served faithfully. He was employed by DuPont and Westinghouse Savannah River Co. for 31 years. He was a 1970 graduate of Martha Schofield High School and attended the University of South Carolina Aiken.
Survivors include his wife, Tamara; two daughters, Tameisha and Keilah; two sons, Dwayne and Marques, all of Aiken; his father, Hollie Perry Sr.; three sisters, Shirley and Linthia Perry, all of Aiken, Patsy (Lawrence) Williams of Jamaica, N.Y.; seven brothers, Hollie Jr. (Delores) of Lithonia, Ga., Michael D. (Trini) of N.C., Willie (Sherry), Robert (Evelyn), Leonard, Daryl (Tavy), William Perry, all of Aiken; two grandsons, Leondre and Shamond; four sister-in-laws; and four brother-in-laws.
His mother, Inez, and sister, Vivian, preceded him in death.
Friends may call at the residence or 349 Kershaw Street and the funeral home beginning at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
Jackson-Brooks Funeral Home, 126 Fairfield St., Aiken.