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Sunday
Jan042015

Jesse E. Johnson

Anderson, SC - Jesse Edward Johnson, 80, died Saturday, January 3, 2015.

Born April 30, 1934 in Glen Hayes, West Virginia, he was the son of the late Rev. Frank and Sadie Branham Johnson. He served in the U.S. Army and was retired from ButterKrust Bakery.

Survivors include three daughters, Diana Paris and husband, Chris of Ringoes, NJ, Teressa “Terry” Blaettler and husband, Kurt of Anderson, and Jennifer Van Luvan and husband, Jesse of Dallas, TX; seven grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and a sister, Betty Parsley of Pickerington, Ohio.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Nellie Johnson and a sister, Evelyn Parsley.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Sullivan-King Mortuary Chapel. The family will receive friends from 10 until 11 a.m. Tuesday at the mortuary. Entombment following the service will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 4124 Clemson Boulevard, Suite L, Anderson, SC 29621 or Caris Hospice, 129 Straight Drive, Anderson, SC 29625.

Sullivan-King Mortuary
www.sullivanking.com

Saturday
Jan032015

Joseph J. Byrne Jr.

Anderson, SC - Joe, 69, passed away on December 30, 2014 with his family by his side. 

Joe, son of Joseph Sr. and Kathleen, was born in Staten Island and lived in Brooklyn, NY until moving to Neptune, NJ in 1958. He attended St. Rose High School in Belmar. After high school he served four years in the Air Force. Joe was an officer of the Long Branch Police Department from 1974-1977 and Belmar Police Department from 1977-2001.

Joe and his wife of nearly 43 years, Joanne retired to Anderson, SC to be near their children and grandchildren. He loved nothing more than being with his family and friends.  He was always going out of his way to help others and often extend his family even further by welcoming those who were in need.

Joe was preceded in death by his parents Joseph and Kathleen Byrne and his sisters, Kathleen and Sharon.

Joe is survived by his wife Joanne, Anderson, SC; his sister, Kelly Byrne, Virginia Beach, VA; his daughter and son-in-law, Kim and Chris Campbell, Simpsonville, SC; his son and daughter-in-law, Joseph (Jamie) and Scarlett Byrne of Williamston, SC ; his daughter and son-in-law Elizabeth and Steven Mull of Boiling Springs, SC; his daughter Kathleen Byrne and future son-in-law, Bharat Ganesan, Atlanta, GA; his grandchildren Andrew, Braeden, Hayley, Delaney, Ella, Kayden, Blair and Asher; his devoted dog, Brooklyn and numerous cousins and loved ones.

The family will be greeting friends and relatives at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 1200 Cornelia Road, Anderson, SC 29621 at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, January 5, 2015 with a funeral mass to follow at 11:00 a.m. Burial will follow at M.J. “Dolly” Cooper Veterans Cemetery, 140 Inway Drive, Anderson, SC 29621.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 4124 Clemson Boulevard, Suite L, Anderson, SC 29621 or Wounded Warrior Project, www.woundedwarriorproject.org.

Sullivan-King Mortuary

www.sullivanking.com

Sunday
Dec282014

Pete Riggins

Pendleton, SC - J.P. Edward "Pete" Riggins, 92,  husband of Martha Jane Porter Riggins, died Friday, December 26, 2014 at his residence.

Born October 5, 1922 in Pickens County, he was the son of the late David Alexander and Mary Evaline Christopher Riggins. He was a retired logger and had worked as an assistant supervisor at Gerrish Millikin. Mr. Riggins was a member of Refuge Baptist Church where he served in a number of leadership roles including choir director and Deacon.

Survivors include his wife, Martha Jane Riggins of the home; children, Pat R. Owen and husband, Don, Tommy Edward Riggins and wife, Martha Jo, all of Pendleton, Violet Rhodes and husband, Andy of Anderson, Kathy Riggins of the home and Tracy Burch of Greer; four grandchildren and eight great grandchildren. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sons, Steve Olin Riggins and Edwin Gary Riggins; five brothers and four sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Sullivan-King Mortuary Chapel conducted by Rev. Mike Cothran. The family will receive friends from 1:30 until 2:45 p.m. Tuesday at the mortuary. A private burial will be in Refuge Baptist Church Cemetery. The family is at the residence.

Flowers are optional; memorials may be made to Refuge Baptist Church, 219 Refuge Church Road, Central, SC 29630.

Sullivan-King Mortuary
www.sullivanking.com

Friday
Dec262014

Ruth Wright Whitfield

Anderson, SC - Ruth Wright Whitfield, 90, entered her eternal rest on Wednesday, December 24, 2014 at Ellenburg Nursing Center.

She was born February 26, 1924 in Townville, and was the daughter of the late Ernest and Faye Cole Wright. Mrs. Whitfield was a Licensed Nursing Home Administrator and Licensed Practical Nurse. She was a former member of the SC Nurses Association and a Fellow in the American College of Nursing Home Administrators. She retired from Ellenburg Nursing Center after 25 years of service. She was a faithful member of New Prospect Baptist Church and a teacher in the Young Adult Sunday School Department for 26 years.

Survivors include two sons, Jerry B. Whitfield and wife, Sue Schumpert Whitfield of Fort Mill, SC and Vic J. Whitfield and wife, Judy McAlister Whitfield of Bradenton, FL; four grandchildren, Mark Whitfield and wife, Melissa of Fort Mill, Tracy Whitfield Gange and husband, Michael of Belmont, NC, Shannon Whitfield of Bradenton, FL, and Shane Whitfield and wife, Melanie of Irmo, SC; seven great grandchildren, Kaleb Daigle, Aimee Daigle, Whitney Daigle Lodholtz, Nicholas Gange , Adam Whitfield, Marissa Whitfield and Niclaus Whitfield; two great-great grandchildren, Aiden and Alexander Lodholtz, all of the greater Charlotte area; and two sisters, Mrs. Marshall (Sudie) King and Mrs. Justin (Carolyn) Whitfield of Anderson.

Mrs. Whitfield was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Folger J. "Whit" Whitfield; brother, Edward B. "Bill" Wright; and three sisters, Mrs. L.E. (Juanita) Wright, Mrs. Richard (Virginia) Sheffield and Mrs. William (Maxie) Meredith.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Sullivan-King Mortuary Chapel conducted by Dr. Tony Smith. Entombment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum. The family will receive friends from 1 until 3 p.m. Saturday at the mortuary.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to New Prospect Baptist Church, 2503 Whitehall Road, Anderson, SC 29625.

Sullivan-King Mortuary
www.sullivanking.com

Tuesday
Dec232014

Elizabeth McConnell

Anderson, SC - Ann Elizabeth “Ditty” King McConnell, age 95, passed away on Saturday, December 20, 2014
at AnMed Health Medical Center.

Born in Anderson, SC , on August 12, 1919, she was the daughter of the late Broadus King, Sr,
and the late Beulah Threatt King . She was a member of Hopewell Baptist Church.

She is survived by: three nephews: Michael King and wife Sheryl of  Anderson, SC, Bo King
and wife Candace of Anderson, SC, and Robbie King and wife Jennifer of Anderson, SC;  six
nieces: Lana King of Anderson, SC, Monica Parrot of Irmo, SC, Diana Vaughan and husband
Robert of Ehrhardt, SC, Deborah Biscontini and husband Arnold of St. Martin, Virgin Islands,
and Terry Spinks and husband Mo of Acworth, GA, and Kim Ghele of Mount Pleasant, SC;;
one brother: Hilton L. King and his wife Judy of Anderson, SC; one sister: Sara Moore of
Clemson, SC; one sister-in-law: Martha King of Anderson, SC; and great nieces: Heather
Erickson and Cindy Myers.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by: her husband, James Harold
McConnell; twin infant children; one brother: Broadus King, Jr.; one brother-in-law: Lester
Moore; one nephew: Bobby Wright; and one great nephew: Jeffrey Wright.  
The Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, December 23, 2014 at 11:00 am in the Chapel of
The McDougald Funeral Home with the Reverend Evan Hill officiating.  Interment will follow
in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the funeral home from 9:45
am until 11:00 am prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hopewell Baptist Church, 3530 Hopewell Rd.,
Anderson, SC 29621. A message of condolence may be sent by visiting www.mcdougaldfuneralhome.com
The McDougald Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Anderson, SC.

Tuesday
Dec092014

George P. Tripp

Anderson, SC - George Parrish Tripp, 90, husband of Jo Ann Hall Tripp, died Monday, December 8, 2014 at AnMed Health Medical Center

Born in Easley, he was the son of the late Harry B. and Ossie Mae Parrish Tripp. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II serving in the 86th Division, 342nd Infantry, known as the Black Hawks. He was a retired electrician and was a member of First Baptist Church and the Baraca Class.

Survivors include his wife, Jo Ann Tripp of the home; one son, John Robert Tripp and wife, Caroline of Easley; one daughter, Cathe Tripp and husband, Jack Burdine of Easley; stepson, Sam Hall and wife, Cindy of Martinez, GA;, three grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Emma Jean Smith Tripp and a brother, John Robert Tripp.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Sullivan-King Mortuary Chapel conducted by Dr. James R. Thomason and Dr. Lawrence Webb. Burial will follow in Oaklawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 9:30 until 10:45 a.m. Thursday at the mortuary, 3205 North Highway 81.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621 or Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 285, Anderson, SC 29622.

Sullivan-King Mortuary
www.sullivanking.com

Sunday
Dec072014

Ron Wesley

Anderson, SC -Ronald Paul Wesley, 71, husband of Shelly Dixon Wesley, died Friday, December 5, 2014.
Born August 3, 1943 in Ann Arbor, Michigan, he was the son of the late Paul and Anna Ruth Percy Wesley. He served in the U.S. Coast Guard and was a graduate of the University of the South. Ron was active in Boy Scouts of America where he was an Eagle Scout and served as a Boy Scout Leader. He was a former Antique Store owner and owned and operated an Insurance Appraisal Service. He was a Mason and attended Grace Episcopal Church.

Survivors include his wife, Shelly Wesley; four children, Kelly Ann Wesley of Charlotte, NC, Kerry Lynn Wesley Armstrong and husband, Russ, Regan Whitney Oppermann and Ryan Paul Wesley, all of Anderson; five grandchildren, Alex Goulet, Haleigh Smith, Julia Armstrong, Immy Armstrong and Benjamin Smith; and his children's mothers, Diane Wesley and Teresa Wesley and her husband, Paul Nelson, all of Anderson.
In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Randie Ruthann Wesley.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Sullivan-King Mortuary Chapel conducted by Rev. Charlie Brookshire. Burial will follow in Norris Hill Presbyterian Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. Sunday at the mortuary. The family is at the home of Teresa Wesley, 4012 Abbeville Highway, Anderson.
Sullivan-King Mortuary
www.sullivanking.com

Thursday
Dec042014

Marie Gilbert

Anderson, SC - Cynthia Marie Gilbert, 64, died Wednesday, December 3, 2014 at the Rainey Hospice House.

Born November 2, 1950 in Anderson, she was the daughter of the late James Edward and Louise Kay Gilbert. She was a graduate of McDuffie High School and was retired from Wal-Mart. Marie loved reading her Bible and biographies. She loved Clemson Football, Jeopardy, Beatles music and crossword puzzles. Her family is left to treasure decades of family pictures she made. She was a member of Asbury Baptist Church.

Surviving are her brother, Eddie Gilbert of the home and sister, Patsy Makison and husband, Eddie of Anderson. She was lovingly known as “Aunt Ree Ree” to Josh, Ashley and Brighton, to Jonathan, Shana, Brooklyn, Skylar and Alexis, and to Kevin.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, James Michael Gilbert.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, December 6, 2014 at Sullivan-King Mortuary Chapel conducted by Rev. Mary Teasley. The family will receive friends from 10 until 11 a.m. Saturday at the mortuary. The family is at the home of her sister, Patsy Makison, 3201 Old Williamston Road, Anderson.

Memorials may be made to the charity of choice.

Sullivan-King Mortuary

www.sullivanking.com

Tuesday
Nov252014

William A. McClain

Anderson, SC - William Albert McClain, 87, husband of the late Helen Williams McClain, went to be with his Heavenly Father on November 24, 2014.

Born August 18, 1927 in Anderson County, he was the son of the late Calvin Earle and Oria Bolt McClain. He was a U.S. Army Veteran. Mr. McClain was a farmer and owner and operator of McClain and Sons Builders. He and his wife, Helen enjoyed traveling with church groups doing mission construction. He was a member of the Home Builders Association. He was a lifelong member of New Prospect Baptist Church where he had served as a Deacon and was a member of the John McLees Sunday School Class 

Survivors include two daughters, Diane Hall of Lincolnton, NC and Peggy Crawford (John) of Pendleton; two sons, Al McClain (Karen) and Ricky McClain (Janet), of Anderson; six grandchildren, Brian Hall (Lynette) of Bessemer City, NC, Chris McClain, Jason McClain (Jill), Whitney Henderson (BJ), Clay McClain and Justin McClain, all of Anderson; five great grandchildren, Kyleigh, Kaymin and Krayton Henderson of Anderson, Tori and Peyton Hall of Bessemer City, NC; three sisters, Deree Dickerson of Anderson, Selwyn Tingen of Piedmont and Oria Balchin of Graham, NC; a sister-in-law, Betty Cathey of Anderson; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers, George, Calvin, David, Robert and Bevan McClain; and three sisters, Dorothy Ruth Busby, Kathryn Sorrow and Olga Sain. 

Funeral services will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday at New Prospect Baptist Church conducted by Dr. Tony Smith and Rev. Tom Turner. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 1 until 2:15 p.m. Friday at the church. The family is at the residence. 

The family would like to thank the staff of NHC and Hospice of the Upstate for their tender loving care of their father. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621.

Sullivan-King Mortuary

www.sullivanking.com

Wednesday
Nov122014

William Wayne Wells

Abbeville, SC - William Wayne Wells, 63, died Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at the Rainey Hospice House. 

Born May 6, 1951 in Anderson, he was the son of Mary Frances Kay Wells and the late William Thomas "Pete" Wells. He was a graduate of Anderson College and Erskine College. He was an area manager for Carolina Beer Company. Mr. Wells was a Mason, Shriner and member of the Elks Lodge. 

Survivors include his son, Russell Wells and wife, Sunny of Anderson; granddaughter, Dayton Wells; mother, Mary Frances Wells of Anderson; brother, Martin Wells and wife, Phyllis of Anderson; sister, Kay Hill and husband, Wayne of Tallahassee, FL; sister-in-law, Kathy Wells of Monroe, LA; and several nieces and nephews. 

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a brother, Richard Wells.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at New Silver Brook Cemetery conducted by Rev. J. Floyd Stansell. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday at Sullivan-King Mortuary. the family is at the home of Martin and Phyllis Wells, 3103 South McDuffie Street Extension, Anderson.

Flowers are optional; memorials may be made to Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621.

Sullivan-King Mortuary

www.sullivanking.com

Wednesday
Nov122014

John W. McClure

Anderson, SC - John William McClure, 63, husband of Karen O. McClure, died Tuesday, November 11, 2014 at his residence.

Born January 18, 1951 in Anderson, he was the son of the late Cecil Randolph Mcclure, Sr. and Mary "Peggy" Thrasher McClure.  He was a graduate of the University of South Carolina and was Human Resource Manager at World Acceptance Corporation in Greenville. An avid golfer and fisherman, he was a member of Boscobel Golf Club and Bassmasters. Mr. McClure attended Midway Presbyterian Church. 

Survivors include his wife, Karen of the home; three daughters, Susan M. McClure of Greenville, Katie McClure Brown and husband, David of Anderson, and Emily Gayle McClure and husband, Matthew Gratz of New York; one son, John Nathanial McClure of Scranton, PA; two grandchildren, Thomas Brown and Mycah McClure; and one brother, Richard P. McClure and wife, Ana of Key Largo, FL.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Cecil Randolph "Randy" McClure, Jr. 

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Trinity United Methodist Church conducted by Rev. Mary V. Teasley. Burial will follow in Townville Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday at Sullivan-King Mortuary. The family is at the residence.

Flowers are optional; memorials may be made to Patient Advocate Fund, 421 Butler Farm Road, Hampton, VA 23666 or Trinity United Methodist Church, 1809 North Main Street, Anderson, SC 29621. 

Sullivan-King Mortuary

www.sullivanking.com

Sunday
Nov092014

Dorothy Downie Anderson

Anderson, SC  - Dorothy Downie Anderson, age 85, devoted wife of Judge G. Ross Anderson, Jr.,for 64 years, passed away on Saturday, November 8, 2014 at her residence.

Born in Cape May, NJ, on September 10, 1929 she was the daughter of the late John Downie and the late Myrtle Margaret Hurst Downie.  Mrs. Anderson was previously employed by South Carolina Department of Motor Vehicles until her marriage to Judge G. Ross Anderson, Jr.  in 1951.  She was a member of First Baptist Church of Anderson where she formerly taught the children’s choir.   

She is survived by her husband, Judge G. Ross Anderson, Jr.; son, G. Ross Anderson, III of Anderson, SC.; sisters, Ruth Truland of NC,  Gwen Steedle of NJ and Margaret Sinard of TX; grandson, Nicholas Anderson a senior at Clemson University. 

The Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, November 12, 2014 at 12:30 pm in the Chapel of The McDougald Funeral Home, with the Reverend Dr. James Thomason officiating.  Entombment will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum. The family will receive friends at the funeral home prior to the service from 11:00 am until 12:00 pm. 

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Anderson University, Student Center, 316 Boulevard, Anderson, SC 29621.

A message of condolence may be sent by visiting www.mcdougaldfuneralhome.com

The McDougald Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Anderson, SC.