Pearlie Byrd, 70, of 306 Columbus St., widow of Arthur Byrd, died at her home Jan. 12, 2003, after an extended illness. Mrs. Byrd was born in Union on May 2, 1932, a daughter of the late Luther and Viola Greer Lott. She was a retired homemaker and former member of McBeth Baptist Church.
Surviving are: six daughters, Dorothy Byrd of Blacksburg; Martha Byrd of the home; Macy Byrd, JoAnn Byrd, Annie Ruth Byrd and Agnes Byrd, all of Union; five sons, Robert Byrd (Willie Mae), Vernon Byrd, Andrew Byrd (Mae Katherine) and Lee Byrd, all of Union, Monroe Byrd of Greenville; six sisters, Maude Rodgers (Curtis) of Detroit, Mich., twin sister Girlie Thomas, Geneva Smith, Gladys S. Lott, all of Union; Nancy Chetham and Ruth Ann Lott of Great Neck, N. Y.; two brothers, Wallace Lott and Bennie Lott (Emma Mae), both of Union; 23 grandchildren including Jovonne Byrd who was reared in the home; five great grandchildren; a host of family and friends.
Funeral services will be conducted at 3 today at Mitchell Chapel Baptist Church by Rev. Clyde Eison. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The body will be placed in the church at 2 p. m. to await the hour of service. Union Community Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.
Joy B. Howell
MARYVILLE, Tenn. Joy B. Howell, 72, widow of Myles J. Howell, Maryville, Tenn., died Thursday, Jan. 16, 2003, at the family home. Mrs. Howell was a daughter of the late William and Bernice Venable.
She is survived by a daughter, Patricia K. Johnson of Clearwater, Fla.; a son, Jerry Howell of Maryville; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; two brothers-in-law and their wives, Bergin and Virginia Howell of Sharon and Bill and Ruby Howell of Jonesville.
Mrs. Howell was predeceased by a brother, Joe Venable. Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Bullock's Creek Presbyterian Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends Sunday from 4 until 6 p. m. at the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home. The S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home has charge of the local arrangements.
Hazel L. Lathrop
Hazel Eula Dean Lathrop, 90, widow of Lane Kenneth Lathrop of 1714 Union Blvd., died at her residence Thursday, Jan. 16, 2003, after an extended illness. Mrs. Lathrop was born in Duncan, Okla., on April 21, 1912, a daughter of the late John Davis Dean and Eula Smith Dean. She was a member of the Baptist faith. Mrs. Lathrop was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law; Carol and Buddy Bright of Union; a grandson, Allan Bright of Union; a great-granddaughter, Brittany Bright of Union and a number of nieces and nephews.
The family is at the home, 1714 Union Blvd., and will receive friends at the funeral home tonight from 7 until 9. Graveside services will be held at 2 p. m. Tuesday at the Strong City Cemetery in Strong City, Okla. The S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.
Lillian H. Simmons
Retired from Jonathan Logan Inc.
SPARTANBURG Lillian Hancock Simmons, 79, of 764 North Church St., formerly of Drayton, died Thursday, Jan. 16, 2003, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. A native of Newberry, she was the daughter of the late William H. and Martha Yokeum Hancock and widow of James T. Simmons Sr. She was retired from Jonathan Logan Inc., Buckeye Forest Division.
Survivors include: three daughters, Shirley Gossett of Union, Diane Haydin of Simpsonville and Brenda Simmons of Spartanburg; a son, James T. Simmons Jr., of Spartanburg; ten grandchildren and 19 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. Sunday at Floyd's North Church Street Chapel conducted by the Rev. Pete Addison. Burial will be in Perkins Memorial Cemetery, Wellford.
The family is at the home of a daughter, Brenda Simmons, 140 West Centennial St., Apt. 35-D, Spartanburg. Floyd's North Church Street Chapel has charge of arrangements.
Ora P. Frost
Ora Parham Frost, 92, of 213 Wilbur St., Union, widow of Luther F. (Jack) Frost, died Saturday, Jan. 17, 2004, at the Inman Health Care Center after a period of declining health. Mrs. Frost was born in Spartanburg, Oct. 16, 1911, a daughter of the late Joseph P. and Minnie Knighton Parham. She was a member of Westside Baptist Church.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Billy (Dot) Thompson of Union; four sons, Joel F. Frost Sr., and Lewis E. Frost, both of Union; Luther (Virgil) Frost of Jonesville and Ronnie L. Frost of Buffalo; a sister, Myrtis O'Shields of Union; 10 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Frost was predeceased by a grandson, Victor Frost.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. today at Westside Baptist Church by the Rev. Bobby Crocker. Burial was in Rosemont Cemetery. Mrs. Frost's grandsons served as active pallbearers. Members of Mrs. Frost's Sunday School Class at Westside Baptist sat in a group. The body remained at the funeral home where the family received friends Sunday night.
Memorials may be made to Hospice Care of South Carolina, 128 Medical Science Dr., Union, S.C. 29379. The family is at the home of her son, Lewis E. Frost, 105 Catherine St., Union. S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home.
Steve R. Lankford
Steve R. Lankford, 51, husband of Kim Lankford, of 897 Hawkins Road, Union, died Friday, Jan. 16, 2004 at Wallace Thomson Hospital. Mr. Lankford was born in Union County, June 15, 1952, the son of the late Donald Ray Lankford, and Nina Medford Lankford. Mr. Lankford was employed at Conso for the past 30 years. Steve was a member of the National Rifle Association.
Surviving in addition to his wife, Kimberly, are a sister, Lynn Crocker of Buffalo; three brothers, Allan Lankford of Buffalo, Kevin Lankford of Union; and David Lankford of Buffalo; a step-daughter, Jaime Darity of the home; a stepson, Toney Lamb of Gaffney; a step-grandson, Christin Darity of the home; a step-granddaughter, Keleigh Lamb of Union and his stepmother, Margaret B. Lankford.
A memorial service was held Sunday at the Lewis Funeral Home Chapel. The family received friends following the service at the Lewis Funeral Home. The Lewis Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.
Donnie W. McCall
Donnie Wayne McCall, 30, of Greenville, died Sunday, Jan. 18, 2004, at 4:40 p.m. after a short illness. Services will be held Wednesday in Laurens. S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home.
James G. (Jim) Williamson, 81, of 119 Woodlawn Ave., Union, widower of Gwen Bullington Williamson, died Monday, Jan. 19, 2004, at 8:26 a.m. in Wallace Thomson Hospital
James S. Bedenbaugh
Retired from Steamfitter of America
PROSPERITY James Sanders Bedenbaugh, 64, of 7113 S.C. Highway 391, Prosperity, died at his residence Monday, Jan. 20, 2003, at 12:30 a. m. after an extended illness. Mr. Bedenbaugh was born in Union on July 24, 1938, a son of the late Herman D. and Lillie Linderman Betenbaugh.
He was of the Methodist faith. Mr. Bedenbaugh was a graduate of Page School, Washington, D.C., and served as a page for Sen. J. Strom Thurmond. He was retired from Steamfitter of America.
Surviving are three daughters: Lisa Bedenbaugh of New York, N.Y., Jennifer Batten of Mundelein, Ill., and Kori Bedenbaugh of Sparta, Wis.; five sons, James S. Bedenbaugh III of Broken Arrow, Okla., Carl Bedenbaugh of Elizabeth, Pa., Michael Bedenbaugh of Harrisburg, Pa., Adam Bedenbaugh of Montross, Va., and Curt Bedenbaugh of Sparta, Wis; four brothers, Herman Donald Betenbaugh of Greer, William D. Betenbaugh of Columbus, N.C., John Roper Betenbaugh of Union and David Robin Betenbaugh of Prosperity; a sister, Pat B. Jennings of Prosperity; and 10 grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Wednesday at the S. R. Holcombe Funeral Chapel conducted by the Rev. Rick Cook. Burial will be in Sardis United Methodist Church Cemetery. The body will remain at the funeral home where the family will receive friends Tuesday from 5:30 until 7:30 p.m. The family is at the home, 7113 S.C. Highway 391, Prosperity. The S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.
Retired from Buffalo Mill
Mildred Ruth McSwain, 80, of 306 Maple St., wife of Roy McSWwain, died Sunday, Jan. 19, 2003, at 12:20 p. m. in White Oak Manor in Spartanburg after an extended illness. Mrs. McSwain was born in Union County on March 22, 1922, a daughter of the late J. D. Johns and Mary Vinson Haney.
She was a member of the Union Church of God. Mrs. McSwain was a graduate of Union High School and was retired from United Merchants, Buffalo Plant. She was first married to the late L.G. (Pete) Wright.
Surviving in addition to her husband are a step-daughter, Dianne M. Andrews of Birmingham, Ala., a sister, Eloise Sumner of Laurens; two brothers, James Carl Haney and Harold Gene Haney, both of Buffalo; four grandchildren, Micha Andrews, Joel Andrews and Bethany Andrews, all of Birmingham and Phillip Mullinix of Buffalo; a great-grandchild, Olivia Andrews of Birmingham; two nieces, Susan Mullinix of Buffalo and Patty Keisler of Union.
Mrs. McSwain of was predeceased by a son, Ted Wright. Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Tuesday at the S. R. Holcombe Funeral Chapel conducted by the Rev. Lacy Jones, Rev. Alton Stone and Rev. Micha Andrews. Burial will be in the Philippi Baptist Church Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Joel Andrews, Phillip Mullinix, David Malloy, Ronnie Wade, Brent Wright and Lewis Clark.
The body will remain at the funeral home where the family will receive friends tonight from 6:30 until 8:30 p. m. The family is at the home, 306 Maple St., Union. The S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.
Maggie H. Moss
Retired from Milliken & Co.
JONESVILLE Maggie Hawkins Moss, 85, of 138 Lybrand St., wife of Jessie R. (Jake) Moss, died Saturday, Jan. 18, 2003, in Ellen Sagar Nursing Home after a long illness. Mrs. Moss was born in Jonesville on Nov. 6, 1917, a daughter of the late William Arthur and Ada Bell Moss Hawkins.
She was retired from Milliken & Co., Cedar Hill Plant and was a member of Jonesville Baptist Church. Mrs. Moss and her husband enjoyed ballroom dancing and they were members of several dance clubs in the area. Mrs. Moss was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
Surviving in addition to her husband are one daughter, Elaine M. Wilson of the home; one granddaughter and her husband, Stephanie and Jeff Smith of Buffalo; one grandson and his wife, Mike and Ruth McDade of Charleston; two great-granddaughters, Megan and Morgan Smith of Buffalo; two great-grandsons, James McDade of Union and Jacob McDade of Charleston; one great-great-granddaughter, Hailey McDade of Union.
Mrs. Moss was predeceased by a daughter, Nita Hayes. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Jonesville Memorial Gardens conducted by the Rev. Ralph Brown.
The body will remain at Holcombe's Jonesville Chapel where the family will receive friends tonight from 7-9. Memorials may be made to Jonesville Baptist Church, P.O. Box 279, Jonesville, 29353. The family is at the home, 138 Lybrand St., Jonesville. The S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.
Louise B. Smith
Retired from United Merchants
Louise Babb Smith, 81, of 1409 Jonesville Highway, widow of James K. Smith, died Sunday, Jan. 19, 2003, in Ellen Sagar Nursing Home. Mrs. Smith was born in Buffalo on Feb. 24, 1921, a daughter of the late Homer and Fannie Hord Babb. She was retired from United Merchants, Buffalo Plant, and was a member of Buffalo Baptist Church and the Ruth Lawson Sunday School Class. Mrs. Smith helped many years with the various church circles.
Mrs. Smith was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Dianne and Jimmy Wilkins of Jonesville; two sons and daughter-in-laws, Earl and Rose Smith of Spartanburg and Walker and Faye Smith of Buffalo; six grandchildren, Edward Wilkins, Jennifer Gossett and her husband, Lee; Roddy Smith; Jamie Smith and his wife, Kim; Allyson Pearson and her husband, Rick and Travis Smith; four great-grandchildren: Derrick Pearson, Caleb Gossett, Baileigh Gossett and T.J. Smith.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Buffalo Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. Tim Anderson the Rev. Wayne Jones. Burial will be in Jonesville Memorial Gardens. Active pallbearers will be Al Smith, Ted Babb, Harold Babb, C.L. Babb, Charlton Chastain and George Rhinehart.
The following are asked to assemble at the church Tuesday at 2:45 p.m. to form the honorary escort: Paul Wells, Dr. David Keith, Dr. Thomas Young, Doyle and Rebecca Gault, Kathy and Katie Medford, Johnny Wilkins, Ann Chatman, Craig Wilkins, Crissy McKinney, Barbara Baber, Sarah Hopkins, Nadie Gault, Nancy Anderson, Allen Whitener, Carol and Kristen Whitener.
Members of the T.E.L. Sunday School Class and members of Circle Group #4 are asked to sit in a group. The body will remain at the funeral home where the family will receive friends tonight from 7-8:30 and will be placed in the church at 2 p.m. Tuesday to await the hour of service.
The family is at the home, 1409 Jonesville Highway, Union. Memorials may be made to Buffalo Baptist Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 428, Buffalo, 29321. The S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.