Geraldine H. Lawson
Retired from Riverdale Mill
BUFFALO - Geraldine Hughes Lawson, 67, of 346 Joe Eubanks Rd., Buffalo, widow of John D. Lawson Jr., died Tuesday morning in Spartan-burg Regional Medical Center after an extended illness. Mrs. Lawson was born in Spartanburg County on June 2, 1935, a daughter of the late William McKinley Hughes and Lottie Jane Rhodes Hughes. She was a member of Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church and was retired from Riverdale Mill of Enoree.
Surviving are two daughters, Paulette Ivey of Buffalo and Debra West of Union; two sons, William Lawson of Bervard, N.C. and Shane Lawson of Buffalo; three sisters, Faye Simmons and Francena Moore both of Enoree and Pearline Armstrong of Gray Court; two brothers, Roger Hughes and Kenny Hughes both of Enoree; 12 grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. Mrs. Lawson was predeceased by a sister and a brother, Jeannie Knighton and Billy Hughes.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church by Dr. Randy Pettit. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Jeff Trantham, Gene Revis, Kelvin Watson, J. Bruce Lawson, Harold Gregory and James Sanford.
The body will remain at the funeral home where the family will receive friends tonight from 7-9 and will be placed in the church at 2 p.m. Thursday to await the hour of service. The family is at the home of her daughter, Paulette Ivey, 792 Sugar Creek Rd., Buffalo. Memorials may be made to Mt. Lebanon Baptist Church, 2153 Mt. Lebanon Rd., Buffalo, SC 29321. The S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.
Mac Arthur Wilkes
Mac Arthur Wilkes, of Union, died Oct. 22, 2002. Arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by Union Community Funeral Home.
Douglas Fernandez of 133 Shady Hill Drive, husband of Annette Murphy Fernandez, died Sunday, Oct. 19, 2003, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center after a brief illness. He was the son of Ruth Fernandez of Charlotte, N.C., and was a member of Greater Trinity AME Church where he served as a steward. He was a 1957 graduate of Sims High School. He was a brick mason by trade and was employed as a clerk at Stew & Brew.
Surviving in addition to his wife and mother are two sisters, Mary L. Dudley and Geraldine Bates, both of New York. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Greater Trinity AME Church in Spartanburg. Burial will be in St. Paul Society Cemetery in Union.
The body will be placed in the church at 1 pm. to await the hour of service. Gibson & Brown Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.
Margaret Jeter Gilliam
Margaret Frances (Sis) Roper Jeter Gilliam, 91, died Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2003, at National Health Care-Greenville after several years of declining health. She was born in Chester on Aug. 10, 1912, the daughter of the Rev. Dr. John Caswell Roper (1874-1958) and Edith Bull Moseley Roper (1875-1963).
Dr. Roper was a Methodist minister and served churches throughout upstate South Carolina during Mrs. Gilliam's childhood and youth. Mrs. Gilliam graduated from Greenville High School and Converse College where she majored in history and played field hockey. After college, she was a public school teacher until her marriage in 1939 to the late Clarence Augustus (Gus) Jeter Jr. (1902-1978). They lived in Carlisle throughout their marriage where Mr. Jeter was a rural mail carrier and farmer.
Mrs. Gilliam returned to teaching in 1953 and taught in the public schools of Union County. She taught in the last one-room, one-teacher schoolhouse in South Carolina. When she retired, she was a third grade teacher at Carlsan School in Carlisle. In 1982, she married Dr. William Farr Gilliam Jr. (1913-1995) of Union. Dr. Gilliam was a retired research chemist from General Electric, having spent his career working in Schenectady, N.Y. They also lived in Carlisle during their marriage. She was a longtime member of Carlisle Methodist Church where she served many years as the Sunday School superintendent.
Survivors include a son, Clarence Augustus (Gus) Jeter III of Prosperity and Carlisle; a son and daughter-in-law, Charles Roper and Helen Bohlen Jeter of Greer; a son and daughter-in-law, Sheldon Moseley and Jane Hicks Jeter of Atlanta, Ga. She is also survived by grandchildren Sheldon (Leigh) Jeter and husband Daniel (Dan) Joseph Neppl of Glenview, Il., Elizabeth (Beth) Bohlen Hrubala and husband Michael (Mike) Andrew Hrubala of Spartanburg; Charles Roper Jeter Jr. and wife Jennifer Marie Cox Jeter of Huntersville, N.C. and Jefferson (Jeff) Moseley Jeter of Atlanta, Ga.
Mrs. Gilliam also has six surviving great-grandchildren: Helen Elizabeth Neppl, Michael Andrew (Drew) Hrubala Jr., Courtney Elizabeth Hrubala, David Jeter Hrubala, Caroline Marie Jeter and Elizabeth Leigh (Ellie) Jeter. In addition to her parents and two husbands, Mrs. Gilliam was preceded in death by her six brothers, John (Jack) Caswell Roper Jr., Sheldon (Shelly) Moseley Roper, Olin Watson Roper, Rufus Child Roper, Julian Westfield Roper and Charles Pinckney Roper.
Sis was a devoted daughter, sister, wife and mother, a doting grandmother, and proud great-grandmother. She was always a strong proponent of education, the succor of her parents in their old age, a pillar of her church and an enthusiastic supporter of her children and grandchildren in their every endeavor.
The family will receive friends and family tonight from 6 until 8 at Holcombe Funeral Home. Funeral services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at Carlisle United Methodist Church. conducted by the Rev. Rebecca McPherson with burial services afterwards at The Jeter Cemetery in Santuc.
Active pallbearers will be Jefferson Moseley Jeter, Harry McShane Jeter, Edward Young Roper, William Bolton Jeter, John Caswell Roper IV, William Rufus O'Daniel and John Dillon Eversman. Memorials may be made to the Jeter Cemetery, c/o Mrs. William Jeter, 115 Park Drive, Union, S.C. 29379.
Minnie Mae Matthews
SPARTANBURG - Minnie Mae Matthews, 76, formerly of 404 Judd St., Spartanburg, died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2003, at Magnolia Manor of Spartanburg. A native of Walhalla, she was the daughter of the late Jessie Arrington and Lucinda Hutchins Sweezy and was reared by Jessie Loudermilk. She was a member of the Salvation Army Church of Spartanburg and the Women's League.
Survivors include two daughters, Linda Brewer Pitts of Toccoa, Ga. and Juanita Simmons of Boiling Springs; five sons, Doyle Stephens of Walhalla, Donald Matthews and Kenneth Matthews, both of Spartanburg, James Matthews of Union and Dennis Matthews of Chesnee; three sisters, Lula Belle Hinton of Ware Shoals, Gertrude Pearson of Westminster and Patsy Crandall of Hawkinsville, Ga.; three brothers, Jack Sweezy of Anderson, Jessie Lee Sweezy and Gene Sweezy, both of North Carolina; 16 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be 7 until 9 tonight at Floyd's North Church Street Chapel. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Floyd's North Church Street Chapel conducted by Chris Wyatt and the Rev. Brad Goodale. Burial will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. The family is at the home of a son, Donald Matthews, 56 Williams St., Spartanburg. Floyd's North Church Street Chapel has charge of arrangements.
Rosa Lee Stafford
PACOLET - Rosa Lee Stafford, 83, of 201 Bryant Road, Pacolet, widow of Joseph Stafford, died Wednesday, Oct. 22, 2003 at 7 a.m. in Mary Black Hospital after a brief illness. Mrs. Stafford was born in Woodruff on Nov. 2, 1919, a daughter of the late Glenn Reese and Lillie Rook Miller. She was a Baptist.
Surviving are two daughters, Lillian Crawford and Carolyn Beard, both of Pacolet; four sons, Andrew Stafford and Robert Stafford, both of Pacolet, Troy Stafford of Shelby and Buddy Stafford of Newberry; two sisters, Annie Mae Bowers of Kings Mountain, N.C. and Minnie Worthy of Gastonia, N.C.; 39 grandchildren, 41 great-grandchildren and 23 great-great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Stafford was predeceased by three sons, Jack, Tom and Ernest Stafford; a sister, Ola Martin; and a brother, Troy Miller. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Holcombe's Jonesville Chapel conducted by the Rev. Johnny Owens. Burial will be in the Philadelphia Baptist Church Cemetery in Pauline. Grandsons will serve as active pallbearers.
The family is at the home, 201 Bryant Road, Pacolet, and will receive friends at Holcombe's Jonesville Chapel tonight from 7 until 9. The S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.
Lucille H. Allison
Lucille Hyder Allison, 90, former resident of Union, widow of Dever Allison, died Oct. 23, 2002, at 9:17 a.m. in Upstate Carolina Medical Center in Gaffney after an extended illness. Mrs. Allison was born in Gaffney on July 16, 1912, a daughter of the late Albert Harmon and Mattie Baines Harmon. She was a member of Hebron Baptist Church of Union. Mrs. Allison was first married to the late Hayes H. Hyder.
She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Surviving are a daughter, Meta Hyder Harrison of Honea Path; three grandsons, Glenn Hughes, Randy Hughes and Steve Hyder; seven great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren. Mrs. Allison was predeceased by a son, Earl H. Hyder.
Funeral services will be held Friday at 3 p.m. at Hebron Baptist Church by the Rev. David Toney, Rev. Jamie Ellis and Rev. Ralph Brown. Burial will be in the Hawkins Family Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be J.B. Lane, Paul Dean Williford, Maurice Hyder, Francis McGowan, Ellis Hyder, Casey Phillips and Robbie Jones.
The body will remain at the funeral home where the family will receive friends tonight from 6-8 and will be placed in the church at 2 p.m. Friday to await the hour of service. The family is at the home of her grandson, Steve Hyder, 749 Hawkins Road., Union. The S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.
Mrs. James W. Black
Retired textile employee
Louis Knox Black, age 81, wife of James Wayne Black of 237 Haas St., died Oct. 24, 2002 at 3:35 a.m. in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center after an extended illness. Mrs. Black was born in Union on April 12, 1921, a daughter of the late Gettys Knox and Daisy Davis Knox Williams. She was a retired textile employee and was a member of the Ottaray Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to her husband are three daughters and sons-in-law, June and Johnny Sexton, Judy and Curtis Babb and Linnie and Michael Wells, all of Union; three sisters, Naomi Bates, Shirley Brannon and Brenda Shetley, all of Union; four brothers, Bobby Knox, Ralph Knox, Olin Knox and Claudie Williams, all of Union; nine grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren which included Samuel David (D.J.) Jones who was reared in the home.
The family is at the home, 212 Haas St., Union. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home.
North Carolina native
WHITMIRE - Estelle Burdell Walker Garland, 86, widow of Thurmon Garland, of 465 Eaves Road, Whitmire, died Oct. 23, 2002 at 1:25 p.m. in Wallace Thomson Hospital after a sudden illness. Mrs. Garland was born in Stecoah, N.C. on Feb. 14, 1916, a daughter of the late Dawson and Mary Stillwell Walker. She was a member of Grace Baptist Church of Whitmire.
Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Eulalia and Steve Millwood and Ladenia and Larry Harmon, all of Whitmire; a son and daughter-in-law, R.G. and Phyllis Garland of Canton, N.C.; a sister, Virginia Walker of Canton, N.C.; a brother, Dale Walker of Robinsville, N.C.; two sisters-in-law, Burdell Tramell of Whitmire and Candiace Willard of Whitmire, who also was her best friend for 74 years; 10 grandchildren and a number of great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Garland was predeceased by a son, Ronald Garland, a daughter, Lavenia Garland and a granddaughter, Christy Harmon. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at Pine Ridge Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. Travis King and Rev. Kenny Weaver. Burial will be in the Whitmire Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be, Tim Brewington, Steve McLain, David Garland, Timothy Millwood, Roger Davis and Ronnie Garner. The following are asked to assemble at the church Friday at 2:45 p.m. to form the honorary escort, Kendall Gilliam, Shane Brewington, Barak McLain and Gage Millwood.
The family is at the home, 465 Eaves Road, Whitmire and will receive friends at the Pine Ridge Baptist Church tonight from 7-9 p.m. Memorials may be made to Pine Ridge Baptist Church Building Fund, 6104 Whitmire Highway., Whitmire, S.C. 29178. The S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.