Robert Culbertson Jr.
Retired from Milliken & Co.
PELZER Robert Marshall (Bob) Culbertson Jr., 68, of 823 Cooley Bridge Road, husband of 48 years to Nettie Sue Cothran Culbertson, died Friday, March 21, 2003, at his home. Born in Greenville County, he was the son of the late Robert Marshall Sr. and Marie Davis Culbertson.
He was a U.S. Army Veteran and was retired from Milliken & Co. Mr. Culbertson owned and operated Culbertson Auction, and was a realtor with Town and Country. He was a member of Riverside Baptist Church where he was a deacon and Sunday School superintendent.
Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters and sons-in-law, Joy and David Motte of Charlotte, Reba and Doug Richardson of Powdersville; a son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Ron and Deloris Culbertson of Belton, former residents of Union; a sister, Jo Anne Davis of Piedmont and eight grandchildren.
Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Monday at Gray Mortuary Chapel in Pelzer by Dr. Harold Miller. Burial will be in Greenville Memorial Gardens. The family is at the home and will receive friends 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday at Gray Mortuary. Gray Mortuary of Pelzer has charge of arrangements. Announcement courtesy of the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home.
Bell South employee
NASHVILLE, Tenn. Walter Bishop (Bish) Alverson Jr., 49, of 405 Claircrest Drive, Nashville, a former resident of Union, died Sunday, March 21, 2004 at 7 p.m. in the Southern Hill Medical Center after several months illness. Mr. Alverson was born in Union on June 10, 1954, a son of Walter Bishop Alverson, Sr. and Elsie Lee Gregory Alverson of 148 Springdale Drive, Union. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Union and for several years he performed with the Christian Musical Group Found Free.
Mr. Alverson was an avid Scout and earned the Eagle Scout award as a young man. He was a 1972 graduate of Union High School and attended USC-Union and was employed as a digital technician with Bell South.
Surviving in addition to his parents are a sister and brother-in-law, Reba and David Turner of Union; and three nephews, David Turner Jr. and wife Patti and son Nicholas of Union, Andy Turner and wife Connie and son Bryson of Columbia and Richard Turner and wife Tracey of Charleston. Mr. Alverson was predeceased by his grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Lee J. Gregory and Mr. and Mrs. W.G. Alverson Sr.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at the First Baptist Church conduced by the Rev. Robert Emory, the Rev. Dr. Joe Smith and the Rev. Don Alexander. Burial will be in the Salem Baptist Church Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be David Turner, Andy Turner, Richard Turner, Bobby Hall, Roger Null, Mike Freeman, Barry Baker and Mike Lafferty.
The following are asked to assemble at the church Friday at 2:45 p.m. to form the honorary escort: William Alverson, Ben Alverson, Dickie Boyd, Tommy Boyd, Chuck Hodge, Woody Purvis, Judson Meador, David Crocker, David Fowler, Ricky Russell, Joe Smith, the Rev. Toney McDade and the Rev. Mike Osborne.
The body will remain at the funeral home where the family will receive friends Thursday night from 6:30 until 8:30 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 his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Walter B, Alverson Sr., 148 Springdale Drive, Union. Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Relay for Life Fund, 405 E. Main St., Union, S.C. 29379. The S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home.
James Belue, 64, of 220 Haywood St., Buffalo, died unexpectedly at his home. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by the S. R. Holcombe Funeral Home.
Retired from Department of Corrections
PAULINE Roger Craig, 78, of Highway 56, Pauline died Saturday, March 20, 2004, at Mary Black Memorial Hospital. Born in Sedalia, he was the son of the late John and Bessie Bailey Craig. Mr. Craig was of the Baptist faith and was retired from the S.C. Department of Corrections. He was also a Master Mason and member of Santuc Masonic Lodge. He is survived by two sons, Dr. Dennis R. Craig of Atlanta, Ga., and Charles Craig of Union; a daughter, Rachel Craig of Union; three brothers, Edward Craig and Robert Craig, both of Union, and Lewis Craig of Moore; a sister, Lavonia Smith of Union; two grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Also surviving is his best friend, Terri Goen of the home. Mr. Craig was predeceased by a brother, Luther Craig. Visitation followed memorial services held at 2 p.m. Sundayat Floyd's Pacolet Chapel. Contributions may be made to the S.C. School of the Deaf and Blind, 355 Cedar Springs Road, Spartanburg, S.C. or to a charity of one's choice. Floyd's Pacolet Chapel.
Susie O. Jeter
CARLISLE Susie O. Jeter, 83, of 123 Elmira Road, Carlisle, died Saturday, March 20, 2004, in Ellen Sagar Nursing Home. She was born in Union County April 1, 1920, a daughter of the late Eddie William and Elizabeth Hunter Jeter. She was a member of St. Luke A.M.E. Zion Church, a homemaker and caretaker. She attended Union County schools and was a member of the Ladies Aid Society #33 and Home Benefit Lodge #12.
Surviving are a sister, Christiana Jeter Dawkins of Whitmire; a special nephew, Freddie L. Tucker of Carlisle and a special niece, Elizabeth D. Gist of Santuc. She was predeceased by two sisters, Edmonia Jeter Tucker and Anna Louise Jeter and a brother, Robert Earl Jeter. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at St. Luke A.M.E. Church by the Rev. James Lyles and the Rev. Thomas Worthy.
Burial will be in the church cemetery. Nephews will be pallbearers. Visitation will be at the home of her sister, 117 Tyger River Road, Whitmire, Monday evening. The family is at the home. The body will be placed in the church at 1 p.m. Whitney Funeral Home.
Catherine A. Waal
Catherine Alverson Waal, 84. of 818 Old Buncombe Road, Union, widow of Walter Waal, died at 7:25 p.m. Saturday, March 20, 2004, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. The family is at the home, 818 Old Buncombe Road, Union. Funeral arrangements will be announced later by the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home.
Annie L. Alman
Former Union resident
SPARTANBURG Annie Lee Alman, 93, of Magnolia Place Nursing Home, went home to be with her Lord on Sunday, March 21, 2004, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. She was the widow of Willie Alman of Union County, where she lived for a number of years. She was first married to Lance Stephens Sr.
She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Mrs. Alman was a native of Spartanburg County and was a daughter of the late George and Minnie McGraw McAbee. She was a homemaker and a member of Boiling Springs First Baptist Church. She is survived by a daughter, Betty (husband Ray) Miller of Boiling Springs; a son, Lance (wife, Alma Jean) Stevens of Boiling Springs; six grandchildren and five great grandchildren.
She was predeceased by two brothers and a granddaughter. The family will receive friends from 1 until 2 p.m. today at Eggers Funeral Home of Boiling Springs. Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. today at Eggers Funeral Chapel conducted by the Rev. James Crocker and the Rev. Scott Linnerud. Interment will be in the church cemetery. The family is at the home of Betty Miller, 92 Sun Valley Drive, Boiling Springs. Eggers Funeral of Boiling Springs had charge of arrangements.
James E. Belue
Self-employed sheet metal worker
James Edward Belue, Sr., 64, of 220 Haywood St., Buffalo, widower of Dawn Rene Belue, died unexpectedly at his home. Mr. Belue was born in Buffalo on Dec. 19, 1939, a son of the late Jordan Henry and Sarah Allen Belue. He was a self-employed sheet metal worker.
Surviving are two daughters, Crystal Davis of Union and Cathy Henderson of Buffalo; a son, James (Jimmy) Belue Jr. of Union; four sisters, Shirley B. Taylor of Jonesville, Eveline B. Gibbs of Union, Margaret B. Jones of Buffalo and Mable B. Walls of Camden; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Mr. Belue was predeceased by a son, Marty Joe Belue.
Visitation will be from 7 until 9 p.m. Wednesday at the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home Chapel. The family is at the home of his daughter, Crystal Davis, 230 Longtwelve St., Union and at the home of his sister, Margaret B. Jones, 604 Flat Drive, Buffalo. The S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home.
J. Comer Cofield
Retired cattle farmer
GREENVILLE J. Comer Cofield, 87, of One Hoke Smith Boulevard, died Monday, March 22, 2004, at Greenville Memorial Hospital. Born Dec. 7, 1916, in Carlisle, he was the son of the late George E. and Ella Robinson Cofield of Union. He was retired from Sullivan Hardware Company and was also a retired cattle farmer. He was a member of Mauldin United Methodist Church, a lifelong member of the South Carolina Angus Association, and a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran.
Survivors include his wife of 59 years, Hazel Hardin Cofield of the home; three nephews, Charles Hardin and his wife Sandy of Asheboro, N.C., Jim Hardin and his wife Bonnie of Spartanburg, and Ted Surrett and his wife Joyce of New Smyrna Beach, Fla.; and two nieces, Carole Bullington and her husband Mike of Columbia, and Cindy Tucker and her husband Mark of Marshall, N.C. Cryptside services will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Greenlawn Memorial Gardens Heritage Chapel Mausoleum conducted by the Rev. Joel Jenkins and the Rev. Jerry Temple.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 154 Milestone Way, Greenville, S.C. 29615. The family is at the home of his nephew, Jim Hardin, 226 Oakmont Drive, Spartanburg. Floyd's Greenlawn Chapel Forrest
J. Crocker Jr.
Savannah police detective
SAVANNAH, Ga. Forrest Jackson (Jack) Crocker Jr., 56, of Savannah, died Sunday March 21, 2004, at Candler Hospital. He was born in Union and lived in Chatham County most of his life. He was a graduate of H.V. Jenkins High School, and attended Georgia Military College. He joined the U.S. Air Force in October 1968 and was honorably discharged in October of 1972. He worked for over 22 years with the Savannah Police Department, and had spent the last few years as an auto theft detective.
He learned that when he first came on the department to study and learn the Georgia Criminal Code book. Jack spent a dozen years working with the 5-, 6-, 7- and 8-year-old baseball program with Leisure Services. Jack coached his sons in baseball from a very early age through what was called the 18 and under program. Jack had the privilege of coaching a ladies softball team, called Dustcom. He coached two different coed softball teams.
There were players that ranged in age from 19 years old to mid-50s and it was great to see how well the young and more mature people played helping each other to keep that competitive spirit. During his life, he was affiliated with various clubs, and he is a past member of the Toastmasters International, and during that time he participated as a speech judge for the Optimist Club's Youth speech contest. Jack was presently an advisor to Alpha Phi Omega, a National Service Fraternity at Armstrong Atlantic State University.
The Fraternity is composed of male and female college students who spend time being involved in service to the community. Jack was a member of the Fraternal Order of Police, Frank W. Mobley Lodge #7, and a member of American Legion Post #184. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus Lodge #558.
He is survived by his wife, MaryLinda Faso Crocker, who works in the Registrars office at Armstrong Atlantic State University; two sons, Jay and Chris. Jay works at Abercrombie & Finch in the Savannah Mall and Chris works at Savannah Motor Sports on Skidaway Road. His parents, Forrest and Alleen Crocker of Union; a brother, Randy Crocker of Lost Angeles, Calif., a sister, Elaine Brinson of Savannah; several nieces and nephews and his buddy, Mugsy.
Visitation will be from 6 until 8 p.m. today at the Hubert C. Baker Funeral Home-Hodgson Memorial Chapel. Rosary services will be at 7 p.m. today in the chapel of the funeral home. Mass of Christian Burial will be 10 a.m. Wednesday at St. James Catholic Church, with interment in the Greenwich Section of Bonaventure Cemetery. Remembrance: St. James Catholic Church-Needy Children Program. Hubert C. Baker Funeral Home-Hodgson Memorial Chapel is in charge of arrangements.
Virgie M. Freeman
Former Graham's Flowers employee
Virgie McCall Freeman, 75, of 1720 Union Boulevard, Union, widow of William (Pete) Freeman, died at the home of her daughter, Cindy Wix, 122 Parks Lane, Union, Tuesday, March 23, 2004 at 4:35 a.m. after several months illness. She was born in Newberry on Nov. 11, 1928, a daughter of the late Harry McCall and Bertha Craft McCall. She was a member of McCutchen Memorial Presbyterian Church. Mrs. Freeman was a graduate of Union High School and was formerly employed with Graham's Flowers and Her Majesty.
Surviving are a daughter and son-in-law, Cindy F. Wix and husband Rickey of Union; two grandsons, Ric Wix of the home and Travis Wix of Union; two brothers, Thomas J. McCall and Harry Joseph McCall, both of Union; and a sister, Mildred McCall Hawkins of Union. Mrs. Freeman was predeceased by two sisters, Bertha M. Burgess and Thelma M. Wade.
Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday at McCutchen Memorial Presbyterian Church conducted by the Rev. Reuben Wallace and the Rev. Dr. Clarence Atkins. Burial will be in Union Memorial Gardens. Active pallbearers will be Harry McCall, Timmy McCall, Jimmy Hawkins, Joe Wade, Francis Ramsey and Brian Freeman.
The following are asked to assemble at the church Thursday at 3:45 p.m. to form the honorary escort: Harry Burgess, Larry Burgess, Bobby and Pam Vaughan, Bill and Chippie Graham, Larry LeMaster, Woody Robertson, Pearl Crocker, Florence Meadow and Lois Merchant. The body will remain at the funeral home where the family will receive friends Wednesday night from 7 until 9 and will be placed in the church at 3 p.m. Thursday to await the hour of service.
The family is at the home of her daughter, Cindy and Rickey Wix, 122 Parks Lane, Union. Memorials may be made to the McCutchen Memorial Presbyterian Church, Union, S.C. 29379. The S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home.
Catherine A. Waal
Retired from Arthur State Bank
Catherine Alverson Waal, 84, of 818 Old Buncombe Road, Union, widow of Walter Waal, died Saturday, March 20, 2004 at 7:25 p.m. in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Mrs. Waal was born in Union on Dec. 1, 1919, a daughter of the late George Rector Alverson and Carrie Estes Alverson. She was a member of Padgett's Creek Baptist Church. Mrs. Waal was retired from Arthur State Bank.
Surviving are a son-in-law, Jimmy Dean Fowler Sr., of the home; a grandson, Dr. Jimmy Dean (Skip) Fowler Jr., and wife Julie of Union and a great-grandson, Blake Collier Fowler of Union. Mrs. Waal was predeceased by a daughter, Nancy Waal Fowler. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at Padgett's Creek Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. C.J. Calvert, the Rev. Roger Plemmons and the Rev. Ronald Humes. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be Jack Burnett, Jesse B. Whitmire, Billy Whitmire, Jeff Benfield, Ricky Duckett and Earl Lawson. The family is at the home, 818 Old Buncombe Road, Union, and will receive friends at Padgett's Creek Baptist Church Thursday from 1:30 until 2:45 p.m. The S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home.