John Joseph Kusalavage M.D.
John Joseph Kusalavage M.D., 55, formerly of Lake Charles, La., died Jan. 22, 2005 at his home in Aiken.
Dr. Kusalavage was born in Queens, N.Y. on Feb. 19, 1949, to the late John and Eleanor Kusalavage. He was preceded in death by his brother, Edward Allen Kusalavage. He is survived by cousins Magdalena and Val Mentzer, Greg and Tara Mentzer and Corey Mentzer of Mar-Lin, Pa.; Ron and JoAnn Struebing of Sacramento, Calif.; and Ashley Struebing of Michigan.
He was a graduate of Fordham University and received his degree of doctor of medicine from the University of New York at Buffalo in 1978. Dr. Kusalavage practiced medicine in Lake Charles, La. from 1978 to 2002. He recently retired and moved to Aiken.
A dedicated mass will be Feb. 20, 2005 at 11 a.m. at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Church, Lake Charles, La. A memorial service will follow a the home of Michael and Mary Kay Eason. Memorials may be made to Our Lady Queen of Heaven Church, 3939 Lake St., Lake Charles, La. 70606.
Mary Birdsall McMurtrie
Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Birdsall McMurtrie will be private. The family will receive friends Sunday from 12 noon to 2 p.m. at George Funeral Homes Historic Downtown Chapel, 211 Park Ave. SW, Aiken. Memorial donations may be directed to St. Joseph Hospice or the Aiken SPCA.
Mrs. McMurtrie, of Aiken, died Friday at her residence. A daughter of the late Russell Wallace and Sarah Wilcox Birdsall, she was born in Elizabeth, N.J., and lived in Aiken since 1956.
She is survived by her husband of 51 years, John Theodore McMurtrie Sr., Aiken; seven children, Susan M. Rutherfurd, Aiken, John T. McMurtrie Jr., Auburn, Ala., John Y. McMurtrie II, Aiken, Ann M. Stauffer, Aiken, Cory W. McMurtrie, Aiken, Maidi M. Thompson, Bluffton, Elizabeth M. Parker, Aiken; a brother, Russell W. Birdsall, Aiken; and 14 grandchildren.
Robert Samuel Phillips Sr.
ANDALUSIA, Ala. Mr. Robert Samuel "Sam" Phillips Sr., 64, a resident of Andalusia, Ala., and formerly of Aiken, died Thursday, Feb. 3, 2005. Funeral services will be today at 2 p.m. from Turner Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Charles Dyess officiating. Interment will follow in Spring Hill Cemetery with Turner Funeral Home of Luverne directing. Mr. Phillips was preceded in death by his parents, Clayton and Edna Davis Phillips, and two brothers, Joseph Daniel Phillips and Henry Charles Phillips. He is survived by his wife, Ann P. Phillips; four children, Rebecca (Lee) McNeely of Luray, Va., Lisa Phillips, Robert S. (Chesley) Phillips Jr., both of Aiken, Nancy (Sam) Donaldson of Augusta; 14 grandchildren, LaTisha, Jenniffer, Miranda, Caitlin, Joseph, Abigail, Sam, Carter, Matthew, Samantha, Daniel, Joshua, Sasha and Samuel; two step-sons, James D. (Devan) Odom of Opp, and Jeffrey L. (Lindsey) Odom of Antioch; two sisters, Carolyn (Jack) Frost of Millbrook, and Sylvia (David) Payne of Wetumpka; five brothers, Leo (Pearl) Phillips of Mobile, Frank (Linda) Phillips of Atlanta, Ga., David Phillips of Orange Beach, Eddie Phillips of Enterprise, and Harry (Virginia) Phillips of Opp. The family will receive friends at the funeral home today from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.
Turner Funeral Home, 360 East Third St., Luverne, Ala.
Christine M. Simpers
JACKSON Entered into rest Thursday, Feb. 3, 2005, Mrs. Christine M. Simpers, beloved wife of Mr. Frank S. Simpers.
Mrs. Simpers was born in Cleveland County, N.C., to the late Emerson F. and Ella Newton Cooke. She was a member of Wesley Chapel United Methodist Church.
Surviving in addition to her husband are a son, Robert Michael Mousel, Beech Island; three daughters, Celeste Worrall and Janice Lee Brown, both of Beech Island; Jeanine Ann Key, Jackson; two step-sons, Glenn Simpers, California and Frank J. Simpers, North Augusta; a sister, Phyllis Moore, Rutherfordton, N.C.; six grandchildren, two step-grandchildren and two great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be private.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 1105-D Fury's Lane, Martinez, Ga. 30907 or to the American Kidney Foundation, 3715 Wisconsin Ave., Bethesda, Md. 20814.
Hatcher Funeral Home, Langley
Les Anthony "Tony" Reagan
GIDDY SWAMP Mr. Les Anthony "Tony" Reagan, 38, of Giddy Swamp, died Jan. 30, 2005.
Mr. Reagan was born in Sacramento, Calif., to Bertha Mae Bledsoe Reagan, now of Salado, Texas, and the late Lester Cecil Reagan. He moved to Giddy Swamp in 1988 and was an arborist. He was a member of Convent Baptist Church.
Tony will be desperately missed by his family and all who knew his heart. He was one of a kind! While Tony chose many roads in his life, it is sure that he knew the only road leading to heaven was through knowing Jesus Christ his Savior. He so dearly loved children, the elderly and nature. We rejoice in knowing that he is finally delivered and that there is no more sorrow and no more pain. "Though your sins are as scarlet, they will be as white as snow." Isaiah 18b. Tony would want his friends to read Psalms 30 and 31. He has a message for you.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by a daughter, Jennifer Lynn Reagan, Albuquerque, N.M.; a son, Joshua Jonathan Reagan, Salado; a sister, Samantha Reagan Phifer, Salado; and a brother, Clarence David Reagan of Giddy Swamp.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be directed to Bertha Reagan, 4016 Betty Place, Salado, Texas 76571.
The family will receive friends Sunday from 2 to 4 p.m. at the home of Paul and Margaret Phifer, 1112 West Railroad Ave., Perry. A memorial service will be held in Salado at a later date.
Shellhouse Funeral Home, Inc., 924 Hayne Ave., Aiken
WILLISTON Services for Anthony Haun, 21, will be Sunday, Feb. 6, 2005 at 2 p.m. at the Folk Funeral Home Chapel in Williston with the Rev. Floyd Dukes officiating. Burial at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Folk Funeral Home. Anthony died Wednesday.
Folk Funeral Home, 170 N. Elko St., Williston
Lewis E. Brown
Mr. Lewis Elmore Brown, 87, of Aiken, died Thursday, Feb. 24, 2005, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Funeral services will be Monday, Feb. 28, 2005, at 11 a.m. at St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church. The Rev. Leon Clement Mozeliak Jr. will officiate. Interment will follow in Historic Bethany Cemetery.
Mr. Brown was born in Aiken to the late Ernest E. and Dora Bell Staubes Brown. He graduated from Aiken Institute in 1935, and then attended Augusta Junior College. He worked for the Augusta Chronicle as a regional distributor, and then for the Bank of Aiken.
He enlisted in the Army Air Corps in January 1942, serving as a radio technician in the South Pacific until 1945. Upon his return to Aiken at the end of World War II, he was asked to join Hutson-Etherredge Agency. He later bought the agency, which is the largest continuously operating business in Aiken.
Mr. Brown married the former Marguerite Thomas. He has been an active community leader. He served, as did his father, on Aiken City Council for many years. He was a longtime member of the Aiken Housing Authority. He was a communicant at St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church and an active member of the American Legion, the Aiken Lions Club, Voiture Nationale, the Aiken Partnership Board of USCA, Aiken Businessmen's Club and other organizations.
The Browns established the Lewis E. and Marguerite T. Brown Scholarship at USCA in 1984. In 1980, he was awarded Aiken Sertoma Club's Service to Mankind Award. In 1998, he was awarded the USCA Development Service Award. In 2000, he was awarded an honorary doctorate in business administration from the University of South Carolina.
Mr. Brown was preceded in death by his wife, Marguerite Thomas Brown.
He is survived by three daughters and sons in law, Pamela and Rickie Thornton, Marguerite "Peggy" and Alan Wertz, and Adelaide and Gratin Smith; nine grandchildren, Brown Thornton, Harley Thornton, Meg Ivey, Katy Derrick, Charlotte Wertz, Carter Wertz, Caleb Smith, Parrish Smith and Grace Smith.
Pallbearers will be Craig Whittle, Robert Whittle, Larry Holley, Spooky Weeks, Dan Bacot, Paul Reeves and John R. Thomas.
Honorary pallbearers will be La Societe Des 40 Hommes et 8 Chevaux American Legion Post 26, Aiken Businessmen's Club, his Friday Lunch Group and former and current Hutson-Etherredge Insurance Co. employees.
Memorials may be directed to the Lewis E. and Marguerite T. Brown Scholarship Fund at USCA, 471 University Parkway, Aiken, SC 29801, or to St. Thaddeus Episcopal Church, 221 Pendleton Street, Aiken, SC 29801.
The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. Sunday evening at the funeral home.
Please visit Mr. Brown's online memorial at http://shellhousefuneralhome.com.
Shellhouse Funeral Home, Inc., 924 Hayne Ave., Aiken.
Thomas Everett Chavous
RIDGE SPRING Mr. Thomas Everett Chavous, 47, of 1149 Old Four Notch Road, Ridge Spring, departed this life Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2005.
Funeral services will be Sunday, Feb. 27, 2005, at 2 p.m. at the St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the Chavous family cemetery, Aiken.
Mr. Chavous was a native of Aiken. He was a product of the Aiken County Public School system and graduated from Aiken High School. He was a member of the St. Mark Missionary Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife, Edwina Anderson Chavous, Ridge Spring; parents, McKinley and Mattie Barton Chavous, Aiken; one sister, Doris Jean Chavous, Atlanta; and one brother, McKinley Chavous Jr., Ridge Spring.
Friends may call at the residence of the parents, McKinley and Mattie Chavous, 1135 Park Ave., SE, Aiken, or at Jackson-Brooks Funeral Home beginning today at 2 p.m. The remains will lie in state at the church Sunday from 1 p.m. until the hour of service.
Jackson-Brooks Funeral Home, Aiken.
BRIDGETOWN, N.J. Percy Gunter, 73, of Bridgetown, N.J., died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2005, at South Jersey Medical Center in New Jersey.
Funeral services will be Sunday, Feb. 27, at 2:30 p.m. at Smyrna Baptist Church with the Rev. Matthew Staley officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery.
Mr. Gunter is the son of the late Elliot and Mary Ellen Williams Gunter.
Survivors include one son, Jemmy Gunter; three sisters, Lucille G. Reed, Georgia Gunter and Sarah Mae Gunter; three brothers, Robert, Emanuel and Leroy Gunter; and grandchildren.
The family will receive friends tonight from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at J.R. Robinson Funeral Home.
J.H. Robinson Funeral Home, 190 Railroad Ave., W, Wagener.
Donald Edward Haggerty
A Mass of Christian burial for Mr. Donald Edward Haggerty will be celebrated today, Feb. 26, 2005, at 1 p.m. at St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church, Aiken. Interment will follow in Sunset Memory Gardens, Graniteville.
Mr. Haggerty, 81, of Aiken, died Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2005, at Aiken Regional Medical Centers.
Born in Watertown, N.Y., he was a son of the late Warren Edward and Mildred Eva Brown Haggerty. A resident of Aiken since 1951, Mr. Haggerty retired from DuPont in 1984 after 32 years of service as a power engineer. He was a communicant of St. Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church and was an active member of the Knights of Columbus, Monsignor George Lewis Smith Council No. 3684 and Assembly No. 1074. A World War II veteran, he proudly served in the U.S. Navy.
He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Bivian West Haggerty; sons, N. Kent Haggerty, (Sherry) Nashville, Tenn., Raymond Warren Haggerty, Charleston, and Patrick Donald Haggerty, (Leah) Stuart, Fla.; grandchildren, Susan Wallick, (Daniel) Patricia, Katherine, Jennifer, and Erin Haggerty; and great-grandchildren, Jacob, Zachary, and Samuel Wallick and Kaelan and Shannon Eberle.
Memorial donations may be made to the American Lung Association, 1817 Gadsden St., Columbia, SC 29201.
Visit www.GeorgeFuneralHomes.com to sign the online condolence register and view the complete obituary.
Lillian Hampton died Feb. 24, 2005, at Pepper Hill Nursing Center, Aiken. Arrangements will be announced at a later date.
Davis Funeral Home Inc., 412 Merritt Ave., Route 1, Ridge Spring.
Bertha Smith Hillman
BATH Funeral services for Mrs. Bertha Smith Hillman will be today at 1 p.m. in the Bath First Baptist Church. Interment will be in Hillcrest Memorial Park.
Hatcher Funeral Home, U.S. Highway 1, Langley.
John J. Reynolds
WARRENVILLE A memorial service for Mr. John J. Reynolds II, 85, of Warrenville, will be conducted today at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Napier Funeral Home with the Rev. Aubrey Adams, Father Michael and Ms. Judy Floyd officiating. Interment will be private. The family will receive at the funeral home one hour prior to the service.
Napier Funeral Home, 315 Main St., Graniteville.
Keith Leonard Simpkins
ORLANDO Funeral services for Mr. Keith Leonard Simpkins, 48, of Orlando, Fla., will be today at 1 p.m. from the Mt. Anna Baptist Church, Aiken, with the Rev. Joseph Harrison officiating. Burial will follow in the Aiken Memorial Park. Friends may call at the residence of his mother, Mrs. Hythenia Washington Simpkins, 1317 Park Ave., SE, Aiken or at Jackson-Brooks Funeral Home. The remains will lie in state at the church today from noon until the hour of service.
Jackson-Brooks Funeral Home, Aiken.
Helen R. Wadsworth
WAGENER Mrs. Helen R. Wadsworth, 94, entered into rest Thursday, Feb. 24, 2005. Mrs. Wadsworth was the mother of Becky W. Flow of Memphis, Tenn., and Lawton Wadsworth of Wagener; grandchildren locally, Jenny W. and Kevin Browder of New Ellenton and Rhett Wadsworth and his fiancιe Brooke Johnson of Beech Island, and great grandsons Chase and Carson Browder. Blizzard Funeral Home coordinated local arrangements. Yarbrough Funeral Home of Ripley, Tenn., will be in charge of services. An online register is available at www.blizzardfuneralhome.com, where the obituary will also be available for reading when complete.
Ernest Sterling Allen
FLORENCE Ernest Sterling Allen, 93, passed away Wednesday, March 2, 2005, after a brief illness. He was a son of W. Melvin Allen and Belle Turner Allen. Mr. Allen was an engineer with Seaboard Coastline Railroad for 40 years. He also had 91 cattle-breeding and real estate interests.
He was a member of First Baptist Church, the Golden Age Club and the Senior Citizen Club. He was a Mason (life member of Amity Lodge) and a member of the B.O.L.E.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Edith Wilson Allen; two sons, Ernest Ray (Anita) Allen of Aiken, Dr. Sterling (Jane) Allen of Anderson; and a daughter, Debra (Mike) Shelton of Hickory, N.C.; eight grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by three brothers Clarence, Ocie and W. Melvin Allen Jr.; and three sisters, Ora Gause, Evelyn Turner and Adamae Hill.
A memorial service will be today at 3:30 p.m. in Waters-Powell Funeral Home Chapel with visitation immediately following the services.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Television Ministry, 300 S. Irby St., Florence, SC 29501 or Lebanon Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, Effingham.
Waters-Powell Funeral Home, 400 South Dargan St., Florence, 29503.