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Wednesday
Dec112013

Leland Stoddard

Anderson, SC - Leland Crumpton Stoddard, 88, passed away Saturday, December 7, 2013 at his home in Anderson. He was the Patriarch of his family, providing unyielding love and support at all times to everyone around him. Born in Fountain Inn, SC, he was the son of the late Frank and Bertha Stoddard. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran and served during WWII. After the war, he graduated from Clemson University and earned a banking graduate degree from Indiana University. He began his banking career as manager of the Fountain Inn Federal Savings and Loan Association and later became President of Mutual Savings and Loan in Greenwood, SC.  Anderson Savings and Loan Association brought him and his family to Anderson in 1976 where he also served as President, a position he held until his retirement. 

“Pops”, as he was affectionately called by his family, was an active and faithful member of the First Baptist Church of Anderson where he was a lifetime deacon and longtime member of the church choir. He was also an active member and past president of the Baraca Sunday School Class, which he taught on the radio for 17 years. He was always very active in his community and began volunteering for the Atlanta Community Chest in 1951. He went on to volunteer for the Fountain Inn Emergency Relief and became President of both the Greenwood United Way and Western Foothills United Way in Anderson. In 1980, he received Governor Richard Riley’s South Carolina State United Way Volunteer of the Year Award. He was a member of the Anderson Salvation Board for 20 years and a member of the Rotary Club since 1955. In 1984, he served as both Chairman of the Anderson Vocational Rehabilitation Board and President of the Anderson Rotary Club. He served as President to three different Chambers of Commerce – the Fountain Inn Chamber, the Greenwood Chamber and the Anderson Chamber – and was State Director of the SC Chamber of Commerce from 1978 to 1981. He was Chairman of the Board at Piedmont Technical College for 10 years and received its medallion in 1986. The multi-purpose building on campus was named the Leland C. Stoddard building in his honor. In 1971, he was awarded the Order of the Palmetto by Governor John C. West, the highest civilian honor awarded to South Carolinians. 

He is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Mary Freeman Stoddard of Anderson; five sons and daughters-in-law: Dr. Leland C. Stoddard, Jr. and wife, Karen of Beaufort, Dr. Thomas B. Stoddard and wife, Tara of Greenwood, Mr. David F. Stoddard and wife, Lynn of Anderson, Mr. Keith F. Stoddard and wife, Allison of Anderson, and Mr. Kenneth B. Stoddard and wife, Becky of Anderson; Grandchildren, Leland, Anna Grace, Mary Austen, Andrew, Katie, Thomas (Carolyn), Meg, Courtney, Freeman, Paul, Ashleigh, Bryson and Michael. 

He was predeceased by his siblings Edna Frances Mahaffey, Nita Ingram, and Bryson Stoddard. 

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at First Baptist Church conducted by Dr. James R. Thomason. Burial will follow in M.J. "Dolly" Cooper Veterans Cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday at 7 until 8:30 p.m. at Sullivan-King Mortuary and from 1 until 1:45 p.m. Thursday at the church prior to the service. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Roof Fund, 307  South Manning Street, Anderson, SC 29621. 

Sullivan-King Mortuary www.sullivanking.com

Sunday
Dec082013

BOBBY JOE JAMES, SR.

BOBBY JOE JAMES, SR.

ANDERSON, SC - Bobby Joe James, Sr., age 76, husband of Deborah D. James, passed away on Saturday, December 7, 2013 at AnMed Health Medical Center. 

Born in Anderson, on May 18, 1937, he was the son of the late Joseph Rufus James and the late Myrtie Herring James.  Mr. James served in the United States Army during the Vietnam Conflict War.  He was retired from Springs Industries after forty years and Quality Foods after twelve years.   Mr. James was a member of the Homeland Park Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife; daughter, Tammy Cleveland McGhee (Wilson) of Pensacola, FL; sons, Reverend Bobby J. James, Jr.,(Stephanie) of Kershaw, SC, Timothy James ( Ashley) of Belton, SC and Michael James (Brenda) of Easley, SC; brothers, Jack James of Abbeville, SC, Joe James of Honea Path, SC, Bill James of Holden Beach, NC and Jimmy James of Williamston, SC; sister, Nellie Aiken, of Belton, SC;  thirteen grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Margaret Haynes and Shirley James.

The Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, December 10, 2013 at 3:00 pm at Homeland Park Baptist Church, with the Reverend James Strickland and Reverend Bobby J. James, Jr. officiating.  Interment will follow in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

The family will be at the home of Timothy James and will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday, December 9, 2013 from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to the Homeland Park Baptist Church, 3010 Abbeville Highway, Anderson, SC 29621. 

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

Sunday
Dec082013

Charles William Fant, Jr.

Anderson, SC - Charles William Fant, Jr. left this life to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ Saturday, December 7, 2013.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years Betty Byrd Fant, a sister Dorothy Buice, a daughter, Betsy Jones (Greg) and a son, Charles (Jill), their grandchildren Chase Jones (Colleen), Sara Whitfield (Adam), Chas Fant (Amy),  Bethany Moore (Nate)  and two great grandchildren Callan Jones and Stafford Whitfield.  He is predeceased by his brother, Reese.

Mr. Fant was born in Anderson January 19, 1926, the son of Charles and Dorothy Bell Fant.  He graduated from Anderson Boys High School in 1943, served in the US Navy during WW II, and then completed Clemson College with a degree in Architecture in 1949.  He joined his father’s architecture firm, Casey & Fant, which later became Fant & Sons when Charlie’s brother Reese joined them in practice.  Upon their father’s death in 1955, the firm became Fant & Fant and was the oldest family owned architecture firm in South Carolina.

Mr. Fant was very active in the Anderson community.  He was a member of the Anderson Rotary Club and served as its President in 1962-63 and was named an Honorary Paul Harris Fellow.  He also served as a member of the board of directors of  the Anderson Hospital, the Anderson YMCA , the Anderson Chamber of Commerce, the Anderson United Way, the Salvation Army and the Anderson Library. 

Mr. Fant had a special place in his heart for the Connie Maxwell Children’s Home and served on its board for many years.   Anderson College was also a special place for the Fant family, probably because his mother, Dorothy Bell Fant taught there when she first came to Anderson.  Mr. Fant’s uncle Joe Casey was the architect of the original buildings on the campus and Fant & Fant subsequently designed many of the buildings on campus . Mr. Fant was a member of the Anderson College Advisory Board, serving as President in 1978.

Mr. Fant was a member of the Board of Directors of Perpetual Federal beginning in 1970 and served as Board Chairman from 1990 to 1995. 

A life-long member of First Baptist Church, he served as a Deacon and Sunday School teacher, but probably his most notable achievement was the refurbishment of the old Wilmary Apartment Building and his work in establishing  the Church’s ministry of low cost housing for the less fortunate.

Even after he retired from his architecture practice, he was a volunteer for Anderson Meals-On-Wheels and served as a tutor for the Anderson Literacy Association.

The family will receive friends at the home at 2702 Bellview Road on Monday evening from 4 PM to 6 PM.  A Memorial Service will be held at First Baptist Church Tuesday at noon.  Internment will be private.

The family requests no flowers.  Memorials can be made to The Wilmary Housing Ministry, Anderson University, or New Life Ministries at Concord Baptist Church.

Sullivan-King Mortuary & Crematory

www.sullivanking.com

Friday
Dec062013

Sally Hall Cromer

Anderson - Sally Hall Cromer, 83, of 211 Asaville Church Road, widow of the late Benjamin Adam Cromer, Jr., died Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at AnMed Health Medical Center. 

Born April 16, 1930 in Anderson, she was the daughter of the late Jackson Z. and India Saxon Hall. She was a graduate of Anderson College. Mrs. Cromer was a retired school teacher and also worked at Rocky River Carpet Plant in Calhoun Falls and was a custom interior designer and drapery maker. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, the White Shrine and Asaville Baptist Church. 

Survivors include her son, Benjamin J. Cromer and wife, Lisa Jones Cromer and a grandson, Matthew Lee Cromer, all of Anderson.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Lee Cromer.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Asaville Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Drew Martin. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 1:30 until 2 p.m. Sunday at the church. The family is at the residence. 

Memorials may be made to Asaville Baptist Church, 201 Asaville Church Road, Anderson, SC 29621.

Sullivan-King Mortuary

www.sullivanking.com

Friday
Dec062013

Guynelle Williamson Caldwell

Belton - Guynelle Williamson Caldwell, 82, widow of Joe Earl “Cobby” Caldwell, died Wednesday, December 4, 2013 at Ellenburg Nursing Center.

Born August 7, 1931 in Anderson, she was the daughter of the late Guy Williamson and Nettie Irene Pace Williamson Shirley. She was a retired textile employee and was of the Holiness faith. 

Survivors include her daughter, Linda Gail Caldwell Campbell and husband, Roger L. Campbell of Belton; grandson, Joel L. Campbell and wife, LeAnna of Anderson; two great grandchildren, Cameron and Nevaeh Campbell; brother, Calvin E. Williamson and wife, Laura of Pendleton; and two nephews, Eddie Williamson of Fort Worth, Texas and Marty Williamson of Suwanee, Ga. 

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Dorothy Chitwood and Thelma Mauldin. 

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Garden of Memories in Belton. The family will receive friends at the cemetery following the service. 

Sullivan-King Mortuary

www.sullivanking.com

Friday
Dec062013

Louise Durham Burnette

Anderson - Louise Durham Burnette, 82, formerly of Concord Avenue, widow of Richard Lewis Burnette, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at NHC of Anderson.

Born May 10, 1931 in Oconee County, she was the daughter of the late William Herbert “Hub” and Grace McDonald Durham. Mrs. Burnette was an employee of the Anderson Independent and Anderson Memorial Hospital before operating Burnette’s Health Care Service until her retirement. She touched the lives of so many people throughout her life. She was a member of Pleasant View Baptist Church and was a devoted mother, grandmother and prayer warrior for her family.  

Survivors include her daughter, Sandra Burnette Fortner and husband, Roger; two grandchildren, Justin Richard Fortner and wife, Tricia and Juleah Rose Fortner; and two great grandchildren, Elizabeth Grace Fortner and Thomas Justin Fortner. She is also survived by her sister-in-law, Joeanne Rollison Durham; two nieces, Patricia Anne Childs and her husband, William Ricky Childs and Vickie Lynne Barbee; great nephew, Brantley Clayton Barbee; and two cousins, Franklin Delano Crooks and his wife, Gail and Earl McDonald and his wife, Margaret, all of Anderson. 

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, Franklin David Durham. 

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Sullivan-King Mortuary Chapel conducted by Dr. Glenn Taylor and Rev. Bob Marcaurelle. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 3 until 5 p.m. Friday and 1 until 2:45 p.m. Saturday at the mortuary, 3205 North Highway 81, Anderson. The family is at the home of  Roger and Sandra Fortner, 522 Stagecoach Drive, Anderson.

Flowers are optional; memorials may be made to the charity of choice.

Sullivan-King Mortuary

www.sullivanking.com

Wednesday
Dec042013

JOHN CLARK GAINES

John Clark Gaines, age 96, a resident of Richard Campbell Veteran’s Home, formerly of Iva, passed away on Monday, December 2, 2013.  Born in Elbert County, Georgia, he was son of the late Zan Gaines and the late Bessie Cordele Gaines.  For sixty-six years, he was the loving and faithful husband of the late Etta Angeline Gaines.

Mr. Gaines was a loom fixer at Jackson Mill in Iva until his retirement.  He also was a cattle farmer.  John Clark proudly served his country in the US Army during WWII where he earned the Purple Heart in Germany, as well as the Good Conduct Metal.  He was a member of the Iva American Legion Post and a former Trustee of Iva Rescue Squad.  Mr.  Gaines was a member of New Bethel Methodist Church in Elbert County, GA, where he served as treasurer.   

Survivors include one brother, Leon Gaines and his wife, Pauline of Elbert County, GA; one sister, Jennie Thompson of Iva, and a long time caregiver, Renea Hanks.  Also surviving are numerous nieces and nephews who were like his children.   

In addition to his parents and his wife, Etta, John was preceded in death by brothers Swift, Charles, Elmer, and George Tom Gaines; and a sister, Sara Wyatt. 

The funeral service celebrating the life of John Clark Gaines will be held Friday, December 6, 2013, at 3:00 p.m. at New Bethel Methodist Church, 3223, GA Hwy. 368, Elberton, GA, with Rev. Kathy Howard officiating.  Interment will follow at the Iva City Cemetery with military honors.  The family will receive friends at New Bethel Methodist Church on Friday, December 6, 2013, from1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. 

The family suggests contributions in memory of Mr. Gaines may be made to Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621.

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

Wednesday
Dec042013

Charles Shaw

ANDERSON, SC Charles Edward Shaw, 86, died Tuesday, November, 19, 2013, at the Richard Campbell Veterans Nursing Home in Anderson, S.C. 

Shaw, a native of Anderson, was the son of Albert and Pearlie Lee Evans Shaw of Anderson. He was a graduate of Hardin High School, joined the U.S. Navy at 17 to serve in World War II, and after his service earned a degree in engineering from the University of South Carolina. For most of his career, Shaw was a design engineer for Southern Railway and helped to develop the “piggyback” cars used to transport freight. He was also a vice president at R.L. Banks & Associates transportation consultants in Washington, D.C.

He is survived by: a daughter, Peggy Jo Shaw of Decatur, Ga.; grandchildren Melissa Basabe (Bert), Brendan Beatty, Elisabeth Beatty, Brian Parcell and Phillip Parcell; great-grandchildren Amanda and David Basabe; former wife and friend Idamay Shaw; and many loving nieces, nephews, and family members. He was pre-deceased by his parents, his brothers, and a daughter, Rowena Jean Shaw Vaughan.

The Memorial Service will be held at Grace Episcopal Church on Saturday, December 7, 2013, at 11:00 a.m. The committal of Charles’ ashes will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park with military honors. 

Contributions in Charles Shaw’s memory can be made to: Richard M. Campbell Veterans Home, 4605 Belton Hwy., Anderson, SC, 29621; PH Hospice at 201 Commons Blvd, Suite C, Piedmont, S.C., 29673; or the Kiwanis Club of Williamsburg, P.O. Box 1265, Williamsburg, Va., 23187.

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

Wednesday
Dec042013

LILLIE BELL PRESSLEY

Lillie Bell Pressley, age 89, formally of E Street in Anderson, died on Monday, December 2, 2013, at Diamond Health and Rehab in Simpsonville, SC.  Born in Hartwell, GA, she was the daughter of the late Hurley Pressley and the late Lecie Bailey Pressley.   Lillie Bell was retired from Anderson Mill where she was employed as a weaver.  She was a faithful and longtime member of Taylor Memorial Baptist Church.   

She is survived by a brother, John Pressley of Anderson and three grandchildren.  Lillie Bell was preceded in death by a son, Marion Dennis Pressley, and a daughter Bobbie Jean Brown.  

A graveside service will be held on Friday, December 6, 2013, at 10 AM at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum, with Rev. Brent Lollis and Mr. Harry Osborne officiating.  Friends will be received at The McDougald Funeral Home on Thursday from 5:00 PM until 6:30 PM. 

Special thanks to Yvonne King for her years of support and friendship to Lillie Bell, and also to the staff at Diamond Health and Rehab for the care they provided. 

Contributions in memory of Lillie Bell Pressley may be made to Taylor Memorial Pentecostal Holiness Church, 711 Glenn Street, Anderson, SC 29625.

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

Wednesday
Dec042013

LARRY WHITTEN

ANDERSON, SC - Larry Franklin Whitten, age 72, of Anderson, passed away on Monday, December 2, 2013 at his residence.

Born in Anderson, on December 31, 1940, he was the son of the late Claude Kenny Whitten and the late Jessie Leon Whitten.  He proudly served his country in the United States Air Force.  Larry had worked in textiles for over 40 years, first working at Gluck Mill and later at Haynesworth Mill as an engineer in the maintenance department.  He was an avid golfer and enjoyed woodworking. He was a member of Southside Baptist Church. 

He is survived by his children, Russel Whitten and his wife Vickie, and Christi Charette, all of Anderson, SC; three sisters, Betty Perry, Frances Callaway and Gloria Whitten, all of Anderson; and two granddaughters, Brittany Whitten and Jessica Charette.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Billie Ruth Ledford Whitten; and a sister, Claudia Tilley.

The Graveside Service will be held at Forest Lawn Memorial Park on Friday, December 6, 2013 at 2:00 p.m. with Reverend J. Floyd Stansell, Jr. officiating. 

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

Wednesday
Dec042013

Sally Wyatt

Anderson - Sally Marilyn Ann Wyatt, 75, of 3009 Cobbs Way, died Tuesday, December 3, 2013 at the Rainey Hospice House.

Born February 23, 1938 in Northfield, Ohio, she was the daughter of the late Lewis and Ethel Irene Porter Riley. She was a homemaker and a member of Eureka Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Bob E. Wyatt of the home; two sons, Robert Wyatt and James Allan Wyatt of Cleveland, Ohio; two daughters, Pamela Woo and husband, Bradley of Champagne, Illinois and Penny Lynn Taylor and husband, Troy of Verona, Italy; and five grandchildren, Jessica Wyatt, Madison Woo, Sirena Woo, Noah Taylor and Rowen Taylor. She was preceded in death by a brother, James Riley.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, December 7, 2013 at Sullivan-King Mortuary Chapel conducted by Dr. Ron Fousek and Rev. Robert Dickard. The family will receive friends at the mortuary following the service.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621.

Sullivan-King Mortuary

www.sullivanking.com

Friday
Nov292013

LUCILE POWELL BARTON

ANDERSON, SC - Lucile Powell Barton, age 95, formerly of 314 D Street, Anderson, passed away on Thursday, November 28, 2013 at the Rainey Hospice House.

Born in Ware Shoals, SC, on October 20, 1918, she was the daughter of the late William Arthur Powell and the late Lucy Gibson Powell.  She retired from Anderson Mill with over 25 years of service.  She was a faithful member of Taylor Memorial Pentecostal Holiness Church where she was a former Sunday school teacher. 

She is survived by two sons, Reverend Douglas B. Barton and his wife Remy of the Phillipines and Donnie L. Barton and his wife Joyce, of Anderson; a daughter-in-law, Brenda Barton of Anderson; 8 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband, Horace Barton; a son, Charles W. Barton; two sisters, Myrthel Williams and Margie Powell; two brothers, Reid and Frank Powell and one grandson, Bradford Barton.

The Funeral Service will be held on Sunday, December 1, 2013, at 3:00 p.m. in the Chapel of the McDougald Funeral Home.  Interment will follow at Old Silver Brook Cemetery.

The family will be at their respective homes and will receive friends at The McDougald Funeral Home on Saturday, November 30, 2013 from 5:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. 

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