Lavinia G. West
Granddaughter of Gov. Willliam H. Gist
JONESVILLE Lavinia (Vinnie) Gist West, 101, of 3733 Buffalo-West Springs Highway, Jonesville. widow of Landy West, died at her home Thursday morning, April 17, 2003, at 2:30 a.m. Mrs. West was born in the Parham Community of Union County on April 19, 1901, a daughter of the late David C. Gist and Addie Palmer Gist.
She was a lifetime member and the oldest member of Bogansville united Methodist Church and a member of the United Methodist Women. She was retired from Jack Rabbit Co. of Spartanburg. Mrs. West was a granddaughter of the late seccession governor of South Carolina William H. Gist.
Surviving are a grandson, J. Edwin West and his wife, Tamra N. West of Chester; a great-grandson, S. Haines West of Chester; a son-in-law, Dan Vaughan of Union; a sister, Eloise Lancaster of Buffalo and a number of nieces and nephews. Mrs. West was predeceased by a daughter, Elizabeth W. Vaughan and a son, Edwin West.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Bogansville United Methodist Church conducted by the Rev. Gary Peterson. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Haines West, Charles West, Stevens West, Randolph Lancaster, Ira Lawson and Louis Hyatt. Mrs. West's caregivers and staff of Interim Hospice are asked to sit in a group.
The body will remain at the funeral home and will be placed in church at 9:45 a.m. Saturday where the family will receive friends from 10 until 11 a.m. The family is at the home of her niece, Carrie Gregory, 3729 Buffalo-West Springs Highway, Jonesville.
Memorials may be made to Bogansville United Methodist Church Building Fund, 4052 Buffalo-West Springs Highway, Jonesville, 29353 or to Interim Hospice, 775 Spartan Blvd., Suite 101, Spartanburg, S.C. 29301. The S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.
William A. Edwards
Dixie Youth coach
William Andrew (Butch) Edwards, 51, of 761 Bentley Town Road, died at his home Wednesday, April 16, 2003, at 11:30 p.m. after an extended illness. Mr. Edwards was born in Fountain Inn on July 28, 1951, a son of the late Joseph Charles and Mildred Lucille Hardee Edwards. He was a member of New Hope Baptist Church of Buffalo. Mr. Edwards was a coach for Dixie Youth Baseball for 18 years and was a member of the Minute Men Rescue Team.
Surviving are a daughter, Angie Patterson Cooper of Union; a son and daughter-in-law, Joseph and April Edwards of the home; a sister, Barbara (Jodi) Moss of Union; a brother, Marty Edwards of Union; six grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at the New hope Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. Johnny Burgess.
Burial will be in Sunset Memorial Gardens. Active pallbearers will be Billy Gregory, Chris Gregory, Chuck Gregory, Bobby Moss, Pete Brock and Chuck O'Shields. The following are asked to assemble at the church Saturday at 12:45 p.m. to form the honorary escort: Coaches of Dixie Youth Baseball and members of the Minute Men Rescue Team.
The body will remain at the funeral home where the family will receive friends tonight from 7 until 9 and will be placed in the church at noon Saturday to await the hour of service. The family is at the home, 761 Bentley Town Road. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the William A. Edwards Fund, P.O. Box 293, Union, S.C. 29379. The S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.
Inez S. Harris
Former Union resident
Inez Salter Harris, 85, formerly of 301 Wallace St., died Tuesday, April 15, 2003, in the White Oak Manor Nursing Home in Newberry after a long illness. Funeral arrangements are incomplete and will be announced later by the Carolina Mortuary. Franklin D. Humphries Duncan resident DUNCAN Franklin D. Humphries Sr., 69, of 121 Woodland Drive, widower of Molly Mason Humphries, died Thursday, April 17, 2003.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Wood Mortuary in Greer. Burial will be in Rosemont Cemetery in Union. Visitation will be from 1 until 2 p.m. Saturday. Wood Mortuary of Greer has charge of arrangements.
Otha P. Watts
Sunrise: June 1, 1918 Sunset: April 16, 2003
Otha P. Watts, 84, of Union and Woodruff Manor, Woodruff, died Wednesday, April 16, 2003, in B.J. Workman Hospital. Beloved father, grandfather, great-grandfather, surrendered to God after a brief illness. His children give him in kindness to the One Universal God of love and Joy., He waits for us there as we wait also.
Mr. Watts was a member of McCutchen Memorial Presbyterian Church in Union and the Union Senior Citizens Club. He served in the National Guard, Lockhart unit, for many years. He retired from Milliken & Co. Monarch plant. He was a textile ball player and a youth coach for many years in Lockhart. Mr. Watts is the last surviving member of his immediate family. He was born in Sevierville, Tenn., a son f the late Soloman Watts and Etta Shephard Watts.
He is survived by four daughters, Lynn Wise of Lincolnton, N.C., Brenda Hamrick of Boiling Springs, Joanna Sanders of Conway and Sue Kendrick of Gaffney; three sons, Larry Watts of Charlotte, Stanley Watts of Lincolnton, N.C. and Cecil Watts of Melbourne, Fla.; and a host of nieces and nephews. Mr. Watts was first married to Pauline McCracken of Shelby.
He joins with his mother and father, sisters and brothers in his journey home, and his little dog Buffy. Forever may he rest in God's name. Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Sunday at the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home conducted by the Rev. Reuben Wallace. Burial will be in Union Memorial Gardens. Grandsons and sons-in-law will serve as active pallbearers.
The body will remain at the funeral home where the family will receive friends Saturday night from 7 until 9. The family will be at their respective homes. The S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.
Johnnie W. Blackwell
Retired from Mead Containers
INMAN Johnnie W. Blackwell, 72, of 155 Ridgeville Church Road, husband of Lou Hazel Blackwell, died at his residence Thursday, APRIL 17, 2003. Mr. Blackwell was a native of Spartanburg County and was a son of the late John Andrew and Lorena Burke Blackwell.
He was retired from Mead Containers. He was a member of Casey Creek Baptist Church. He was a member of New Prospect Masonic Lodge #143 and was a Shriner. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Hazel Lorena Lawter of Spartanburg; two sons, Franklin Ernest Blackwell of Inman and Junior Blackwell of the home; two grandchildren and one great grandchild.
Masonic rites will be held at 5:30 p.m. today at Eggers Funeral Home. Visitation will follow from 6 until 8:30 p.m. Services will be held in the Funeral Home Chapel at 8:30 p.m. The Rev. Johnny Morton and the Rev. Gary Atkins will officiate. A private interment will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Franklin Blackwell, 155 Ridgeville Church Road, Inman, S.C. 29349. The family is at the residence. Eggers Funeral Home of Boiling Springs is serving the family.
Coleen F. Jackson
Coleen Foster Jackson, 81, widow of Leroy Jackson, of Oakmont Nursing Home, died Friday, April 16, 2004, at Wallace Thomson Hospital after a long illness. Mrs. Jackson was born in Blacksburg, Dec. 14, 1922, a daughter of the late Noah and Minnie Randall Jackson. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.
Surviving are two daughters, Thelma Harvey of Union and Jessie McAbee of Gaffney; a sister, Evelyn Babb of Columbia; four grandchildren, Larry McAbee, James McAbee, Becky Parker and Linda Trimnal; seven great-grandchildren and three great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Chapel by the Rev. Rick Cook. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Active pallbearers will be James McAbee, Larry McAbee, Rob Trimnal, Bobby Parker, Steven Hughey and Junior Plexico.
The body will remain at the funeral home where the family will receive friends tonight from 7 until 9. The family is at the home of her nephew, Ricky and Patty Todd, 408 Meansville Road, Lot 18, Union, S.C. 29379. The S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home.
Edward J. Moore
Retired from Monarch Plant
Edward Judson Moore, 74, husband of Hazel Vaughan Moore of 2680 Lockhart Highway Union, died Sunday, April 18, 2004, at his home after a lingering illness. Mr. Moore was born in Union, May 8, 1929, a son of the late Charlie Moore Sr., and Inez Foster Moore. He was retired from Milliken & Co., Monarch Plant, and was a member of the John A. Fant Masonic Lodge and the Union Shrine Club. Mr. Moore was an active member of Mon Aetna Baptist Church where he served as chief usher and served on the board of deacons.
Surviving in addition to his wife are ma daughter and son-in-law, Cathy M. and Howard Boulware of Union; a son and daughter-in-law, Dennis and Cindy Moore of Columbia; three sisters, Ola Jean Kelly, Essie Williford and Lillie O'Shields, all of Union; a brother, Bill Moore of Union; four grandchildren, Michael and his wife, Mindy, Tyler of Union, Mitchell Tyler of Greer, Karen Boulware of High Point, N.C., and Mark and his wife, Debbie, Boulware of Buffalo; and three great-grandchildren, Camryn and Conner Tyler and Cody Boulware.
Mr. Moore was predeceased by a brother, Charlie Moore Jr. Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Mon Aetna Baptist Church by the Rev. Benny Green, the Rev. Thomas Kelly Jr. and Chaplain Gary Pindroh. Burial will be in Union Memorial Gardens with Masonic Rites. Active pallbearers will be the following nephews: Doug Davis, Charlie Kelly, Ronnie Moore, Russell Moore, Larry O'Shields, Frank O'Shields, Simpson Vaughan and Bill Vaughan.
The following are asked to assemble at the church at 1:45 p.m. Tuesday to form the honorary escort: Joel Miller, Glover Morris, Donald Crawford, Junior Mabry, Jud Gregory, Aubrey Adams, Robbie Littlejohn, Bonsey Vaughan, Sam Bobo, Tom Alexander, Jerry Gossett, R.S. Adams, Dan Sanders, Jim Smith, Herman Crocker, Ernest Adams, Bill O'Dell, Fred O'Dell, Boyce Wade and Robbie Branham.
The body will remain at the funeral home where the family will receive friends tonight from 6:30 until 8:30 and will be placed in the church at 1 p.m. Tuesday to await the hour of service. Memorials may be made to the Mon Aetna Baptist Church Building Fund, 1431 Lockhart Highway, Union, S.C. 29379 or to Interim Hospice, 775 Spartan Blvd., Spartanburg, S.C. 29301 or to Union County Cancer Service, c/o Ola Jean Kelly, 117 Fant Lane, Union, S.C. 29379. The family is at the home, 2680 Lockhart Highway, Union, S.C. 29379. The S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home.
Paul Gilmore Jr.
Retired from Watts Mills, Laurens
WHITMIRE Paul Gilmore Jr., 68, of 310 Gilliam St., Whitmire, died at his home Sunday, April 18, 2004. Born in Newberry County Nov. 15, 1935, he was a retired employee of Watts Mills, Laurens and a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Whitmire where he was a member of the Brotherhood Club.
Surviving are his wife of 51 years, Etrulia Gilliam Gilmore of the home; his mother, Hattie Mae Kinard of Whitmire; two sons, William Gilmore of the home and Kenneth (Shelia) Gilmore of Carlisle, Pa.; three grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends. Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at New Hope Baptist Church, Whitmire, conducted by the Rev. C.W. Wilson. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The body will be placed in the church Thursday at 1 p.m. to await the hour of service. The family will receive friends at the home. Services are under the direction of Sanders-Thompson Funeral Home, Clinton.