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February 9, 1879
In addition to his seats on numerous boards and commissions, Anderson businessman and civic leader Sylvester Bleckley also the longtime clerk of First Baptist Church. He resigned from his position on February 8, 1879. 

Bleckley was a native of Rabun County, Georgia, and a lifelong Baptist. He had held this position for twenty years. His resignation was graciously accepted by the church, who appreciated his long years of service. No finer or more efficient church clerk was ever found in the state. His successor was by J.L. Tribble, Esq.

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Thursday
Jul152010

RUBY H. SHARPE

February 13, 1922 – July 14, 2010

ANDERSON, SC - Ruby Herring Sharpe, age 88, of 1424 E. Calhoun Street Ext., died Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at The Magnolias of Anderson.

Born in Hartwell, GA on February 13, 1922, Mrs. Sharpe was a daughter of the late James M. Herring and Collie Bobo Herring.  She was a graduate of Girls’ High School and retired from the Anderson School District #5.  She was a faithful member of Calvary Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, of sixty-eight years, Jesse Lee “Cat” Sharpe; her son, Ronnie Lee Sharpe; her daughters, Debra S. Burke and Karen S. Sharpe, all of Anderson; brother, Charles Fay Herring of Hartwell, GA; four grandchildren, Allison, Lindsay, Dwain and Jeremy and three great-grandchildren, Bradleigh, Timmy and Meritt. 

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a brother, James “Jim” W. Herring and sister, Peggy Ann Vassar.

The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, July 17, 2010 at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of The McDougald Funeral Home officiated by the Reverend Curtis Bundy.  Entombment will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum.

The family will be at the residence and will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday from 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm.

Flowers are optional.  Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 129 North Street, Anderson, SC 29621.

The family would like to thank the staff of The Magnolias and Vista Hospice of Greenville for their loving care shown to Mrs. Sharpe. A message of condolence may be sent to the family by visiting

www.mcdougaldfuneralhome.com

THE MC DOUGALD FUNERAL HOME is in charge of the arrangements.

Wednesday
Jul142010

HENRY TODD

May 21, 1957 – July 13, 2010

ANDERSON, SC - Henry Earl Todd, age 53, died Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at the Tribble Center in Seneca, SC. 

Born in Anderson, SC on May 21, 1957, Henry was the son of the late Alvis and Wilma Kohler Todd.  In his earlier years, he was a resident at the Whitten Village in Clinton, SC before moving to the Tribble Center in Seneca. Henry was employed with Square D and was very active in Special Olympics, winning many awards.  He enjoyed painting pictures.

He is survived by sisters:  Brenda Smith and her husband, Keith of Anderson; Barbara Bench and her husband, Fred of Iva; nephews; Craig and Eric Smith and Joshua Bench; niece, Jennifer Reese and her children, Austin, Brooklyn and Caitlyn and his special extended family at Tribble Center. 

The Funeral Service will be held on Friday, July 16, 2010 at 2:30 pm in the Chapel of The McDougald Funeral Home officiated by Reverend Dr. Vaughn Reynolds, Mr. Keith Smith and Mr. Jerry Mize.  Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

The family will be at the home of Brenda and Keith Smith, 1403 Forest Lane, Anderson, SC and will receive friends at the funeral home on Friday, from 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm.

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

THE MC DOUGALD FUNERAL HOME is in charge of the arrangements.

Wednesday
Jul142010

SHAWN BRYSON

JANUARY 10, 1978 – JULY 10, 2010

ANDERSON, SC – Shawn Michael Bryson, age 32, son of the late David Mitchell Bryson & Theresa Southerland Bryson, passed away on Saturday, July 10, 2010. 

Born in Anderson County, on January 10, 1978, Shawn was a 1996 graduate of T.L. Hanna High School. 

Survivors include his grandparents, D.C. & Evelyn C. Bryson of Belton; half brother, Devin Bryson Reed of Las Vegas, NV; and other family members: R. Alton Bryson, Aaron Bryson, Ross A. Bryson, Logan C. Bryson, Collin R. Bryson, Caiden E. Bryson, James Southerland, Darrell Southerland, Cindy Brown, Donna Helton, and Sheila Archer. 

A Memorial Service will be held at 4:00 pm on Saturday, July 17, 2010, in the Chapel of The McDougald Funeral Home conducted by Dr. Jack Couch.  Mr. Bryson’s cremated remains will be placed with his parent’s remains at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Scattering Garden.

In lieu of flowers, it is suggested that memorials be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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

THE McDOUGALD FUNERAL HOME is in charge of the funeral arrangements.

Wednesday
Jul142010

LOIS E. SOKOLOSKI

SEPTEMBER 10, 1923 – JULY 10, 2010 

PENDLETON, SC – Lois Evelyn Sokoloski, age 86, of 422 South Elm Street, passed away on Saturday, July 10, 2010.

Born in Central, SC, on September 10, 1923, she was the daughter of the late Berry Gossett & Leva Case Gossett.  She retired from Pratt Reed in Central, SC, and was a member of Faith Fellowship in Pendleton – where she loved serving God.  As an avid gardener, she loved all flowers.

Survivors include her daughter, Cindy Morris and husband, Phillip of Alvin, TX; and her brother, John H. Gossett of Greenville.   In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband in 1966, Stanley Edward Sokoloski; and a daughter in 2002, Elaine Sokoloski.

The Funeral Service will be held at 3:00 pm on Thursday, July 15, 2010, in the Chapel of The McDougald Funeral Home conducted by the Reverend Richard Gallagher. Interment will follow in Old Stone Church Cemetery, Clemson.  The family will receive friends thirty minutes prior to the service.

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

THE McDOUGALD FUNERAL HOME is in charge of the funeral arrangements.

Tuesday
Jul132010

ROGER E. NOEL

ANDERSON – Roger Eugene Noel, 73, of 116 Park Way, husband of Lois Baith Noel, died Monday, July 12, 2010 at the Rainey Hospice House. 

Born June 1, 1937 in Roseville, OH, he was the son of the late Rev. Frank Arthur Noel, Sr. and Florence Marie Goody Noel. He was the Vice President of Engineering for Goodman Conveyor Company in Belton with 41 years of service. He helped set the standards in his field and wrote several articles for the CEMA Magazine.  He was a Boy Scout Leader, Little League Coach, bridge player and was dedicated to the sport of Bowling. He bowled the coveted 300. Over the years he became President and Secretary of many bowling leagues here in Anderson and was inducted into the Anderson Bowling Association Hall of Fame in 1979. He was a member of Anderson Christian Fellowship.  

Surviving are his wife, Lois B. Noel, of the home; two daughters, Gayla Sue Current (Gregory) of Summerville and Lisa Lynn Long of Anderson; two sons, Randall S. Noel of Greenwood and Timothy R. Noel of Anderson; two stepdaughters, Deci Call of Cayo, Belize and Rinda James of Charlotte, NC; three grandchildren, Nathan Long (Tara), Lindsey Long and Joseph Current and four step grandchildren, Jason, Matthew, Taryn and Patrick and brother, Paul Steven Noel of Columbus, OH. He was preceded in death by his first wife, Donna June Weaver Noel; two brothers, Rev. Frank Noel, Jr. and Charles William Noel and two sisters, Patricia Hughes and Alice Kay Noel. He was also close to his extended Weaver and Cornell families. 

Funeral service will be held Saturday at 10:30am at Sullivan-King Mortuary, Northeast Chapel with Rev. Chuck Hill officiating. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Friday from 6 until 8pm at Sullivan-King Mortuary, Northeast Chapel, 3205 Hwy 81 N. The family is at the residence. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621 or Cancer Association of Anderson, 215 E. Calhoun St, Anderson, SC, 29621.

SULLIVAN-KING MORTUARY, NORTHEAST CHAPEL www.sullivanking.com

Tuesday
Jul132010

Vernon Lee Roush

May 1, 1921 – July 12, 2010

ANDERSON, SC - Vernon Lee Roush, age 89, husband of the late Betty Jane Roush,  resided at his son’s home, 224 Providence Point, Anderson, SC.  Mr. Roush died Monday, July 12, 2010, at home. 

Born in Martinsburg, WV, on May 1, 1921, Mr. Roush was the only son of the late Charles and Ruth Roush. He and his late wife moved to Anderson in 1990 from Miami, FL. Mr. Roush was a war veteran serving in the Navy in both World War II and Korean War. He retired from Eastern Airlines after 25 years service. 

Mr. Roush is survived by his two sons, Rick and his wife, Lane Roush, Anderson, SC, and Andy and his wife, Debbie Roush, Easley, SC; two grandchildren, Kimberly and her husband, Jesse Hargrove, Easley, SC and Tiffany and her husband, Clinton Berry, Easley, SC; and niece, Valerie and her husband, Josh Dennison, Easley, SC; and four great-grandchildren.

There will be a Memorial Service Thursday, July15, 2010, at 2:00 pm at The McDougald Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Betty Murphy officiating.

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

THE MCDOUGALD FUNERAL HOME IS IN CHARGE OF ARRANGEMENTS. 

Monday
Jul122010

DIANE SISCO

April 14, 1957 – July 11, 2010

ANDERSON, SC - Diane Marie Rhodes Sisco, age 53, wife of George William Sisco of 223 Stringer Road, passed away on Sunday, July 11, 2010 at her residence.

Born in Newburgh, NY on April 14, 1957, Diane was a daughter of Gerald Ernest Rhodes and June Bunting Rhodes.  She lived in Wallkill, NY for many years and was a machinist at Fair Rite Products before moving to Anderson, SC in 2003.  She was employed with Quick Point BP Service Station in Williamston for over four years.

In addition to her husband and parents, she is survived by son, Gerry Brown of Wallkill, NY; daughters, Angela Brown of Wallkill, NY and Kimberly Brown of Williamston; brother, Donald Rhodes of Easley; sisters, Dee Eaton of Anderson, Debbie Campbell, of Williamston, Donna Stanley of Walden, NY and Denise Rhodes of Williamston; three grandchildren, Alexander King, Kayla Davenport and Teeya Alexander.  She will be missed by her two dogs, Sheba and Jeter.

She was predeceased by a brother, Raymond Rhodes.

A Memorial Service will be held on Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of The McDougald Funeral Home officiated by the Reverend Kempie Shepherd. 

The family will receive friends immediately following the memorial service.

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

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

THE MC DOUGALD FUNERAL HOME is in charge of the arrangements.

Monday
Jul122010

ANNETTE FINDLEY

June 6, 1944 – July 10, 2010 

ANDERSON, SC - Carolyn Annette Gary Findley, age 66, of 204 Wellington Court, wife of the late Donald Preston Findley, passed away on Saturday, July 10, 2010 at the AnMed Health Medical Center.

Born in Anderson, SC on June 6, 1944, Mrs. Findley was the daughter of Marie Cain Gary of Anderson and the late Haskell Lawton Gary.  She was employed for many years with Scott Manufacturing and was a member of Faith Baptist Church.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by a daughter, Karon Toney and her husband, Stephen Albert and their daughter, Caleigh Albert.

The Funeral Service will be held on Wednesday, July 14, 2010 at 2:00 pm at Faith Baptist Church officiated by the Rev. Greg Hamman, Pastor Paul Williams and Rev. T. W. McGuffin.  Interment will follow in New Silver Brook Cemetery. 

The family will be at their respective homes and will receive friends at The McDougald Funeral Home on Tuesday, July 13, 2010 from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm.  Mrs. Findley will be placed in the church at 1:00 pm on Wednesday.

A message of condolence may be sent to the family by visiting

www.mcdougaldfuneralhome.com

THE MC DOUGALD FUNERALHOME is in charge of the arrangements.

Sunday
Jul112010

DOT SMITH

June 28, 1919 – June 1, 2010
 
ST. HELENA ISLAND, SC - Dot Smith, 90 years of age, passed away on June 1, 2010, at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, David and Shane Smith at St. Helena Island, South Carolina. 
 
Dot was born on June 28, 1919, in Anderson County South Carolina and resided in Anderson until she moved to St. Helena's Island seven years ago.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Anderson and was employed by Gallant-Belk in Anderson for over thirty years until her retirement.
 
She was preceded in death by her husband, Cecil Cannon Smith, in 1977, and her parents, John David and Bessie Hall Whitaker of the Flat Rock Community,
Anderson, South Carolina.
 
Dot is survived by sons, David Cannon Smith (Shane) of St. Helena's Island and James Douglas Gary (Marilyn) of Huntsville, Texas; three grandchildren,
Marla Hash (Jim) of San Antonio, Texas, Susan Wilburn (Keith) of Gatesville, Texas, Scott Douglas Gary of Huntsville, Texas; eleven great-grandchildren; and six
great-great grandchildren.
 
A Memorial Service will be held on July 13, 2010, at 3 p.m. at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Anderson, South Carolina.
 
The family of Mrs. Smith respectfully requests that in lieu of flowers, a donation be made to a charity of your choice. 
 
A message of condolence may be sent to the family by visiting
www.mcdougaldfuneralhome.com
Sunday
Jul112010

MABEL BASKIN

MARCH 25, 1916 – JULY 9, 2010
IVA, SC – Miss Mabel Baskin, age 94, of 2019 Mt. Vernon Church Road, passed away on Friday, July 9, 2010.
Born in Abbeville County, SC, on March 25, 1916, she was a daughter of the late Tom & Lula Smith Baskin. She retired from Iva Drug Company and was a lifetime member of Providence Presbyterian Church in Lowndesville.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters: Lavinia Baskin & Margaret Baskin and two brothers: Wilbur Baskin & Howard Baskin. She is survived by two nephews: Wayne H. Baskin of Easley, SC, and Wm. Thomas Baskin of Alexandria, VA.
The family will receive friends from 3:00 pm until 4:00 pm on Sunday, July 11, 2010, at Providence Presbyterian Church, Lowndesville.  A Graveside Service will follow at 4:00 pm in the Providence Presbyterian Church Cemetery conducted by the Reverend Lee P. Kennerly.
In lieu of flowers, it is suggested that memorials be made to Providence Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 226, Lowndesville, SC 29659.
A message of condolence may be sent by visiting www.mcdougaldfuneralhome.com.
THE McDOUGALD FUNERAL HOME is in charge of the funeral arrangements.
Saturday
Jul102010

JERRY T. VAUGHN

JUNE 7, 1949 – JULY 10, 2010
ANDERSON, SC – Jerry Thudas Vaughn, age 61, of 401 McFalls Circle, passed away on Saturday, July 10, 2010, at his home.
Born in Belton, SC, on June 7, 1949, he was a son of the late William A. Vaughn and Gladys Watt Vaughn.  He was a residential home builder for thirty-four years and was a member of Blue Ridge Baptist Church, the former Triangle Baptist Church.  Mr. Vaughn was a very loving person who always made time to help others. He was a loving husband, father, papa, and a wonderful friend.
Survivors include his wife of the home, Debra M. Vaughn; son, Greg Vaughn of Hodges, SC; daughters, Merisa McElrath and husband, Jesse of Belton, SC, Amanda Snelgrove and husband, Aaron of Starr, SC, Christie Austin and husband, Keith of Belton, SC; brother, Charles A. Vaughn of Anderson, SC; sisters: Sybil V. Philyaw and husband, Leroy of Belton, SC, Margie V. Pritchett of Marietta, SC, Faye V. Wilkie of McCormick, SC; nine grandchildren: Kayla McCollum and husband, Mike, Dylan & Paige Vaughn, Kinsley & Maddison McElrath, Ashton & Landon Snelgrove, Austin Vaughn & Shanna Vaughn; three great grandchildren: Hayden, Landon, & Brayden McCollum.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Haynie R. Vaughn; and a sister, Ruby V. Mitchell.
A Graveside Service will be held at 2:00 pm on Monday, July 12, 2010, at the Garden of Memories, Belton, conducted by Dr. Mitch Brooks. 
The family is at the home and will receive friends from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm on Sunday, July 11, 2010, at The McDougald Funeral Home.
A message of condolence may be sent by visiting www.mcdougaldfuneralhome.com.
THE McDOUGALD FUNERAL HOME is in charge of the funeral arrangements.
Saturday
Jul102010

CHARLES E. “POP” BEST

TOWNVILLE – Charles Edward “Pop” Best, 71, of Townville, died Thursday, July 8, 2010 at his residence.
Born November 15, 1938 in Hackettstown, NJ, he was the son of the late Clark and Esther Batson Best. He was a retired roofing contractor and a member of Oakdale Baptist Church.
Survivors include three sons, Brian Best of Townville, David Best of Washington, NJ, and Michael Best of Salem; one daughter, Christie Best of Washington, NJ; twelve grandchildren, six great grandchildren, two sisters, and one brother.
He was preceded in death by a daughter, Laurie Best.
A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at Oakdale Baptist Church conducted by Rev. David Walters.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Oakdale Baptist Church, 6724 Highway 24, Townville, SC 29689.
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