Bobby Lee Head
WILLISTON, SC – Mr. Bobby Lee Head, 50, of North Windsor Road, Williston, beloved husband of Patricia Anderson Head, died suddenly Monday, Feb. 2, 2004 in Aiken.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Cedar Creek Church with the Revs. Richard Swift and Phillip Lee officiating. Interment will follow on the grounds of the family's residence. A native of Wayne County, N.C., Bobby was a son of Milton and Shirley Combs Head. He had worked with Bridgestone Firestone for 29 years. Mr. Head had worked in management with Bridgestone Firestone since 1988, working in Wilson, N.C., McMinnville, Tenn., LaVergne, Tenn. and then as the Kiazen coordinator in Aiken. He was involved in the start up of the Aiken and McMinnville plants. He was a member of Cedar Creek Church. Survivors, in addition to his wife, include his parents of Goldsboro, N.C.; a son, Lee Chadwick Head; two daughters Christina Lynn Penny and Melissa Ann Noggle, all of Williston; two brothers, Johnny Head, Pikeville, N.C., and Jerry Head, Goldsboro, N.C.; a sister, Debbie Barley, Goldsboro, N.C.; and three grandchildren, Samantha and Zachary Penny and Kaylee Noggle. Pallbearers will be Johnny Head, Jeffery Head, Bernard Kitchens, Jason Willing, Joey Caudle and Fisher Strom. Honorary pallbearers will be John Stewart, Mike Rose, Tom Williams, Russell Jackson, Barry Buzhardt and Steve Brooks. Memorial contributions may be directed to Cedar Creek Church, 3001 Banks Mill Rd., Aiken, 29803. The family will receive friends from today from 6 to 9 p.m. at the funeral home.
Shellhouse – Rivers Funeral Home, 715 East Pine Log Road, Aiken
Edith Chism Sanford
WARRENVILLE — Edith Chism Sanford, 85, of Warrenville, went to meet her Lord on Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2004. She was born on Sep. 16, 1918, in Jasper, Ala. She was the eldest child of the late Walter and Myrtle Smith Chism. Her husband, Hilton, and their son, James Larry, preceded her in death.
She is survived by two daughters and their husbands, Alice S. and Billy J. Kirkland of Graniteville, and Patricia (Patty) S. and Earl Hulsey, of Birmingham, Ala. She also had two brothers, Garvis (wife, Mary) Chism of Jasper, Ala. and Terrell (wife, Norma) Chism of Birmingham, and one sister Mary Frances C. (husband, J.T.) Boteler and the late Eunice C. (husband, A.T.) McCullough of Jasper, Ala.
She had six grandchildren: Kenneth Kirkland of Simpsonville, David Kirkland of Lexington, Alyson K. O'Banion of Graniteville, Tina H. McClaran of Birmingham, Koni H. McBride of Birmingham, and Keith Hulsey of Simpsonville. She also had seven great-grandchildren: Brad McClaran, Kevin McClaran, Madeline McBride, Mallory McBride, Brittany Kirkland, Michael Kirkland, and Meagan O'Banion.
She was a member of the Midland Valley First Church of the Nazarene and was a faithful member from 1952 until a stroke confined her in 1993. Edith served as a Sunday school teacher of the junior girls and the adult auditorium class. She also served as a Bible study teacher, pianist and organist for many years. She was very faithful in bringing children and other adults to church. She also had a nursing home ministry at several nursing facilities for about ten years.
Edith worked for Graniteville Co. in the Hickman Cloth Room from 1955 until her retirement 1983. In 1993 she suffered a stroke during surgery and in 1994 she went to the Mattie C. Hall Health Care Center in Aiken.
She set the example of faithful Christian living for her family and all those who knew her. She lived and practiced Proverbs "virtuous woman" and answered her Lord's call to "Come home to receive her heavenly reward".
Pallbearers will be Kenneth Kirkland, David Kirkland, Keith Hulsey, Bob Tanner and Ron Jordan. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Copen Adult Sunday School Class.
Memorials may be made in her honor to the Midland Valley First Church of the Nazarene, PO Box 645, 3526 Jefferson Davis Hwy., Clearwater, SC 29822. The family will receive friends at Napier Funeral Home in Graniteville today from 6 to 8 p.m. The funeral will be held at Midland Valley First Church of the Nazarene on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2004, at 2 p.m. Interment will follow in Sunset Memory Gardens in Langley. Mrs. Sanford will be placed in the church one hour prior to the service. Napier Funeral Home, 315 Main Street, Graniteville, 29829.
Napier Funeral Home, 315 Main St., Graniteville
Aiken County Coroner Sue Royal Townsend, 57, died Tuesday, February 3, 2004 at her residence following a four-year battle with cancer. Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Shellhouse–Rivers Funeral Home. Interment will be private.
A native of Aiken County, Sue was a daughter of the late Dr. Howard G. and Dorothy Sue Ford Royal. Townsend was first appointed to fill an unexpired term in 1982 by then Gov. Richard Riley. She became the first female coroner in Aiken County and in South Carolina. She was elected by voters in 1984 and had since been re-elected to five consecutive four-year terms. She was a graduate of the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy, the FBI Academy, with special training from Medical University of South Carolina, South Carolina Governor's Office and South Carolina Law Enforcement Division. Early in her career, Sue worked at SCETV on the FBI-sponsored television series, "From Crime to Court." She then moved to the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division, where she worked in the forensic laboratory for four years. After another year spent in the Second Circuit Solicitor's Office, she joined the Aiken County Sheriff's Department, moving through the forensic lab to lieutenant in the Criminal Investigation Division to captain of training.
During her tenure as coroner, Sue received numerous awards and commendations. Because of her innovative and persistent efforts to educate our youth about the dangers of DUI, she was awarded in 1991 the Distinguished Service award by the National Commission against Drunk Driving. In 1992 she was named Public Citizen of the Year by the S.C. Chapter of the National Association of Social Workers for taking on controversial issues, diligence in protecting citizens, child death investigations, and the white cross program, which she started in 1989 marking a cross on the road where a traffic fatality occurs. The white cross program is now in place in 10 counties in S.C., and Sue had received requests on the program from as far away as Argentina.
Townsend was a former president of the S.C. Coroners Association. As president of the association, she lobbied for statewide training for coroners to be placed on the referendum in 1994. It passed, and Sue designed and held the first statewide training for coroners. In January, after a long and positive career in law enforcement, including 22 years as coroner of Aiken County, Sue announced her retirement effective June 30, 2004. She is survived by her husband, Carlos Lanneau "Skip" Townsend; a daughter and son-in-law, Tammy Meridith and John R. Travis of Aiken; three grandchildren, Jessica Danielle Travis, John Matthew Travis and Carter Lanneau Townsend; a brother, Howard G. Royal, MD; a sister, Jan M. Royal, and a daughter-in-law, Ginger Carter Townsend, all of Aiken. Her son, Douglas Lanneau Townsend, died on September 15, 2001 in a single car crash. Honorary pallbearers will be the staff of the Aiken County Coroner's Office, Sheriff Michael Hunt and Aiken Public Safety Chief Pete Frommer. Memorial contributions may be made to Aiken SPCA Building Fund, 401 Wire Rd., Aiken, S.C. 29801. The family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday at Shellhouse – Rivers Funeral Home, 715 East Pine Log Rd., Aiken, S.C. 803-641-4401
James Louis Prophet
WAGENER — James Louis Prophet, 67, of 12 Seivern Road died Saturday, Jan 31, 2004 at his residence.
Funeral service be held today at 2 p.m. in the J. H. Robinson Funeral Home chapel. Interment will follow in Piney Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.
Born in Aiken County Jun. 12, 1936, he was the son of Frank and Earthrine Goodson Prophet. He was a member of Piney Grove Baptist Church.
Survivors include his children, brothers and sisters and a host of nieces and nephews and cousins and friends.
Friends may call at the J. H. Robinson Funeral Home, 190 Railroad Ave. W Wagener, South Carolina.
J.H. Robinson Funeral Home, Wagener
Jerry Roland Chitty Sr.
Graveside services for Mr. Jerry Roland Chitty Sr., husband of the late Mrs. Virginia Hamilton Chitty, of Old Double Spring Road, will be held today at 4 p.m. at the Graniteville Cemetery.
Hatcher Funeral Home, U.S. Hwy. No. 1, Langley
Pamela Brown Gantt
BELEVEDERE — Funeral services for Mrs. Pamela Gantt of Rosemary Lane, will be held today at 1 p.m. in the Hatcher Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will be in the Sweetwater Baptist Church Cemetery.
Surviving are her parents, the Rev. W.L. Brown and Mrs. Hazel McDade Brown of North Augusta; two daughters, Julie Gantt and Kristy Byrd, both of Warrenville; a brother, David Brown of Greer; two sisters, Jenny Thatcher of North Augusta, and Melissa Sarchet of Clearwater; and two grandchildren.
Hatcher Funeral Home, U.S. Hwy. No. 1, Langley
Marguerite Jennings Helbush, 86, a resident of Aiken for 23 years and a supporter of many cultural programs in the city, died June 10, at her residence.
Memorial services will be conducted Monday at 3 p. m. at the First Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Martha Ebel officiating.
She was born in Richmond, Va., and was the daughter of Henry Edmund Jennings Jr. of Amelia Creek, Va., and his wife, Reather Carter Jennings of Richmond.
She graduated from Mary Washington University in 1941 and completed graduate work at the Pennsylvania School of Social Work in Philadelphia.
After World War II she accepted a position as a social worker at the YWCA in Honolulu, Hawaii. She was married there to Henry William Helbush, a retired businessman. They traveled throughout the world and settled in Aiken in 1983.
Mrs. Helbush took part in many activities, including the Aiken Symphony Guild. She was a member of the First Presbyterian Church and the Ernestine Law Sunday School class. She played in several bridge clubs and was a member of Newcomers, the Gem Lake Ladies Club and Houndslake Country Club.
Surviving are a step-son, Donald A. Helbush of Shingle Springs, Ca.; and several step-grandchildren, nieces and nephews.
Memorials may be sent to The Children's Hospital of Richmond, 2924 Brook Rd., Richmond, VA 23220 or to the First Presbyterian Church of Aiken.
Frances Cascaden Horter
Frances Cascaden Horter, 89, of Aiken, died June 11. Funeral services will be private.
Mrs. Horter was born in Philadelphia, Pa. to Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Cascaden. She had lived in Aiken since 2003. She was a member of D.A.R.
Survivors include her loving husband, Donald C. Horter; two daughters, Ellen J. Albright of Tarpon Springs, Fla., and Anne A. Kelty of Aiken; two grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; one sister.
She was preceded in death by her first husband, Richard W. Albright.
Memorials may be made to the charity of one's choice.
Shellhouse Funeral Home, 924 Hayne Ave., Aiken, 29801
Harry J. "Buck" Key, 60, of 2543 Andrew Circle, Aiken, entered into rest Friday, June 11, 2004 at his residence. Funeral services will be announced by Jackson-Brooks Funeral Home of Aiken.
Mr. Key was a native of Aiken and was a member of Old Rosemary Baptist Church in Montmorenci. He was the owner of his own dry wall finishing business.
He is survived by his wife, Annie Key, Aiken; his parents, Luke S. Key and Lizzie A. Key, both of Aiken; one daughter, Johnnie Mae Walker, Aiken; four sons, Charlie Key, Mark Key, Thomas Kennedy, all of Aiken, and Stanley Frazier, Augusta; one sister, Mattie Lucille Trowell, Aiken; eight grandchildren.
Friends may call at the residence
Jackson-Brooks Funeral Home, Aiken
Joseph Michael Masarik
Joseph Michael Masarik, 90, of Aiken, died June 11. Funeral services will be private.
Survivors include his two daughters, Judith Ann Brezezinski of Dacula, Ga. and Carol Palmert of Brookfield, Wis.; two step-daughters, Wendy Jean Butler of La Crosse, Wis. and Pamela Joyce Hoffman.
Shellhouse Funeral Home, 924 Hayne Ave., Aiken
Joyce Sheppard Mitchum
GRANITEVILLE — Funeral services for Mrs. Joyce Sheppard Mitchum, of 187 Duncan Road, will be held today at 2 p.m. in the Bath Pentecostal Holiness Church. Interment will be in the Pine Grove Cemetery.
Surviving in addition to her husband are a son, Richard T. Huckabee of Clearwater; a sister, Mary Sheppard Carter of Toledo, Ohio; a brother, Albert W. Sheppard Jr. of Aiken; two grandchildren, Jason Huckabee and Jeanie Huckabee Nichols and a great-granddaughter, Sara Nichols.
Hatcher Funeral Home, U.S. Hwy. No. 1, Langley
Herbert W. Roe
GRANITEVILLE — Entered into rest on Friday, June 11, 2004, Mr. Herbert W. Roe, husband of Mrs. Phyllis C. Roe of Whaley Pond Road, Graniteville.
Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced at a later time.
Hatcher Funeral Home, U.S. Hwy. No. 1, Langley
SPC. Matthew Lott Willing, 20, son of H. Lee and Marie D. Willing of Aiken, died June 9, 2004 at Ft. Lewis, Wash.
Funeral arrangements will be announced.
Shellhouse Funeral Home, 924 Hayne Ave., Aiken.
Tillman Smith Sr.
Tillman Smith Sr., 53, of 58 Moody St., Aiken, peacefully slept away on Monday, July 12, 2004, at his residence.
The funeral service will be Friday, July 16, at 1 p.m. at the Zion Fair Missionary Baptist Church in Aiken County with the Rev. Bruce Wright officiating. The burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Mr. Smith, a native of Aiken County, was a former maintenance employee with Westinghouse Savannah River Plant and a member of Zion Fair Missionary Baptist Church.
He will be greatly missed by all of his very loving family and friends in his local community and surrounding areas.
He leaves to remember the past: three daughters, Charlena Smith of North Augusta, Keshi N. Smith and Demetrice C. Smith, both of Clearwater; two sons, Tillman Smith Jr. of Clearwater and James E. Smith of North Augusta; five grandchildren; seven sisters, Lizzie Aaron of Augusta, Nancy S. Bush (Andrew Sr.), Ollie S. Bush (Finace Sr.) and Willie Mae Sapp, all of New Ellenton, Laura S. Riley (Murray Sr.), Emma S. Walker and Dora S. Cook, all of Aiken; three brothers, John H. Smith Sr. (Ida) and James O. Smith Sr. (Lorine), both of New Ellenton, and Peter Smith Jr. (Janie) of Aiken, and a host of other very loving extended family members and grieving friends.
The family will be receiving at the residence of his sister, Ollie Bush (Finace Sr.) of 504 Hickory Ave. E., New Ellenton. The viewing will be held today from 3 to 8 p.m. at the funeral home and Friday from noon until the hour of service at the church.
Cheatham Funeral Home, 520 Hickory Ave. E., New Ellenton.
Shonda Ann Wilson
AUGUSTA — Shonda Ann Wilson, 45, entered into rest Tuesday, July 13, 2004, at the Medical College of Georgia, Augusta. Funeral service will be held Friday, July 16, 2004. at 11 a.m. at the Cumberland African Methodist Episcopal Church, Aiken with the Rev. Moses Miller officiating. Ms. Wilson was a native of Neptune, N.J. She received her bachelor of science degree from Morris Brown College, Atlanta in English. She taught high school English in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands and New Jersey. She was a member of the Zeta Phi Beta Sorority. Survivors include her parents, Mr. Lloyd Freeland and the Rev. Dr. Ann Freeland, Aiken; sister, Toni Spaulding, Aiken; aunts and uncle, Charles and Anndrenna Butler, Newberry and Dr. Mary Williams, Hillside, N.J. Friends may call at the residence of the parents, Lloyd and Dr. Ann Freeland, 49 Longwood Drive, Aiken or at the residence of the sister, Toni Spaulding, 1917 Lundee Drive, Aiken.
Jackson-Brooks Funeral Home.
John Paul Turner Jr.
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — John Paul Turner Jr., 60, passed away July 12, 2004 in Albuquerque following a lengthy illness. Mr. Turner was born in Augusta. Visitation was held Wednesday at Grants Mortuary; Rosary was held Wednesday at Grants Mortuary. Funeral Mass will be today at 10 a.m. at St. Teresa da Avila Catholic Church with Father Matthew Keller officiating. Cremation will follow the service.
Grants Mortuary, Grants, N.M.
Clyde Fain Baker
WARRENVILLE — Ms. Clyde Fain Baker, 93, of Warrenville, wife of the late Willie E. Baker and daughter of the late Thomas M. Fain and the late Hattie Davis Fain died. She is survived by a step-son, Willie E. Baker Jr., of Graniteville; four step-daughters, Martha Carver of Aiken, Orell Byers and Doris Jenkins, both of Warrenville, and Mary Holley of Bath; one grandchild, Lee Kersey of Auburn, Ala.; 20 step-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia Ann Dellinger. She was born in Atlanta, but has been a resident of Aiken County for more than 90 years. She retired from Graniteville Company with 43 years of service. She was a member of the Warrenville Church of God. The funeral service will be conducted Wednesday, Aug. 11, at noon in the Chapel of Napier Funeral Home with the Rev. William E. Starnes officiating. Interment will follow in Sunset Memory Gardens in Langley. The pallbearers will be Billy Kirkland, Eddie Wilson, Carl Carver Jr. Rufus Conaway, Jackie Osbon, Ed Chilson and Leon Barton. The family will receive friends at the nieces residence; Ms. Dorothy Hicks, 29 Abner St., Warrenville or tonight from 6 to 8 p.m. at Napier Funeral Home.
Napier Funeral Home, 315 Main St., Graniteville
Gladys Mickenberg Lader
Mrs. Gladys Mickenberg Lader, 66, died Saturday, Aug. 7, 2004, at her residence. Graveside services will be held 2 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 12, 2004, at Sons of Israel Cemetery, Aiken, with Rabbi Robert Klemsin officiating.
Mrs. Lader was born in New York City to the late Sidney and Matilda Mickenberg. Her sister, Sylvia Keith and brother Lawrence Mickenberg also predeceased her. Formerly of Long Island, N.Y., she has lived in Aiken for the past 13 years. She was a member of Adath Yeshurun Jewish Synagogue, and the Hadassah Sisterhood.
Survivors include her sons, Arthur Lader, Aiken, Leonard Lader, Pueblo, Colo.; daughter, Leslee Taylor, Pueblo, Colo.; sisters, Roslyn Ellison and Marcia McGrath both of Florida; brother, Howard Mickenberg, Fla., four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made in memory of Gladys to the Hadassah Sisterhood, 618 Medinah Drive, Aiken, SC 29803.
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George Funeral Homes, Historic Downtown Chapel, 211 Park Ave. SW, Aiken.