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Tuesday
Jul182017

Earl Harris

Anderson, SC - Claude Earl Harris, 79, husband of the late Vernelle Sorrow Blair Harris, passed away Monday, July 17, 2017.

Born in Anderson, SC, he was the son of the late Claude and Eva Yeargin Harris. Mr. Harris was a U.S. Army Veteran and retired from Owens Corning Fiberglass. He was a member of Oakdale Baptist Church. 

Survivors include his daughter, Debra Pearson and husband, Bill of Anderson; son-in-law, Donald Roberson of Anderson; two grandchildren, Amy Landrith and Brandon Barton; great grandson, Eli Barton; brother, Ned Harris and wife, Linda of McKinney, Texas; and a sister, Jane Green and husband, Ted of Greer.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by two sons, Lamar Blair and Randy Harris and a daughter, Guynelle Roberson. 

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 20, at Oakdale Baptist Church conducted by Dr. David Blizzard. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2 until 3 p.m. Thursday at the church. Family members are at their respective homes. 

Sullivan-King Mortuary

www.sullivanking.com

Sunday
Jun252017

Sandra Smyrl

Pendleton, SC - Sandra Lewis Smyrl, 47, wife of Dr. James Smyrl, passed away Friday, June 23, 2017, at her residence.

Born in Greensboro, NC, she was the daughter of James Ralph and Jerrie Wooten Lewis of Greensboro. Sandra was a graduate of Southern Wesleyan University. She was a member of Faith Fellowship Baptist Church.

In addition to her husband and parents, she is survived by five daughters, Chloe Morgan and husband, Dan of Boston, MA, Mikayla Peeples and husband, John of Reston, VA, Karsen Smyrl, Alysa Smyrl, and Hannah Smyrl, all of Pendleton; and two brothers, Dean Lewis of Concord, NC and Daryl Lewis of Greensboro, NC. 

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Faith Fellowship Baptist Church, 2230 Old Greenville Highway, Pendleton, SC 29670, conducted by Dr. James Smyrl and Rev. C.W. Hicks. Burial will follow in Oaklawn Memorial Gardens. The body will be placed in the church at 1 p.m. Monday for viewing. 

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

Friday
Jun232017

Wayne Gordon

Anderson, SC - Dewis Wayne Gordon, 66, passed away Friday, June 23, 2017, at his residence.

Born in Anderson, he was the son of Christine Gordon and the late Edward Orr Gordon. Wayne was a Water Distribution Operator with Utility Industries. 

Survivors include his wife, Jackie Gordon; daughter, Charley Holden and husband, John of Anderson; two granddaughters, Jaylie and Jessie Holden; mother, Christine Gordon of Anderson; and a brother, Douglas Gordon and wife, Diane of Greenville.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Ralph and Bruce Gordon.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 25, at Sullivan-King Mortuary Chapel conducted by Rev. John Davis. The family will receive friends at the mortuary following the service. 

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

Thursday
Jun222017

Donald E. McKinley

Anderson, SC - Donald Edward McKinley, 66, passed away Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at his residence. 

Born in Anderson, he was the son of the late Marvin and Louise Hopkins McKinley. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. Mr. McKinley was retired from Electrolux and was a member of Orrville Baptist Church.

He is survived four sisters, Peggy Hopkins, Juanita Richardson, Joan Bagwell, and Judy Clark; and a brother, Carl R. McKinley.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, John McKinley.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 23, at M.J. “Dolly” Cooper Veterans Cemetery conducted by Rev. Jerry Parnell.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Thursday
Jun152017

Douglas Taylor “Hoss” Martin

Anderson, SC - Douglas Taylor “Hoss” Martin, 74, passed into eternal rest June 13, 2017.

Born September 1, 1942, he was the son of the late Frank and Syble Martin. He was employed for 45 years at Pickens Construction in Anderson and thought of each and everyone there as his extended family. 

Surviving are a son, Jason Martin of Anderson who loved him dearly and will never forget him; a brother, Buck Martin of Clinton; and three sisters, Patricia Neal of Clinton, Carol Parker of Anderson, and Janet Blanton of Starr. 

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 16, at Sullivan-King Mortuary Chapel conducted by Rev. Joe Durham. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday at the mortuary, 3205 North Highway 81, Anderson. Family members are at their respective homes. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to P.A.W.S., 1320 Highway 29 South, Anderson, SC 29626. 

Sullivan-King Mortuary

www.sullivanking.com

Wednesday
Jun142017

Losing Family Members is Something You Don't Get Over

By Greg Wilson/Anderson Observer

Don Wilson, my uncle died this week. My dad, Jim, his brother John, their cousin Bud Kelley, Duck and niece Jane.

My father’s youngest brother, he is strong in all my memories of extended family from my earliest days. We had Sunday lunch at my grandmothers every week throughout my childhood, and when I was young he and my Aunt Pat, who died last year, lived with my grandparents on the farm in the Bishop Branch Community in Anderson County. 

When they moved out, it was to a high hill across the pasture from the family farm, and it was there they raised my cousins Perry, Kathy and Tim, all of whom I spent a lot of time with growing up. Their dad, known only to the family as “Duck” (due to a childhood incident when he was chased from the pond by ducks, not because of the cartoon character), was gentle, kind and shared a wry smile with my dad whenever minor mischief crossed his mind.

He and my dad remained close their entire lives, talking every day on the phone, before my father’s sudden passing last spring only a few short weeks after the long-suffering passing of my Aunt Pat. 

I am not sure my uncle ever got over the grief of losing his wife, whose graveside he was still visiting often until his recent illness. They were very close, and her extended health struggles were hard on him and their children who helped out constantly during those days. They could not have wished for better.  

Then, on the heels of that loss, the death of my father - his closest sibling and last living brother - was another hard hit. He has already lost two brothers and a sister.

Don was also extraordinarily proud of his three children. He talked about them all the time throughout their adult years in a way that many parents reserve for their pride during the childhod years.

A series of unresolved health issues ensued in the year that followed, as his children - especially his daughter Kathy - took him to a seemingly endless series of medical appointments. tests and followups. The medical professionals never really resolved his dizzy spells, and other ailments. So, he passed away at home during the early morning hours this past Sunday. 

He will be missed and remembered by all of us in the family and by the many friends he made over his eight decades. The youngest of six, he is survived by only one sister, Hilda, who turned 92 this week.

Many have shown up to pay tribute to Don and their respects to the family, and that is appreciated and continues to be welcome.

But once the platitudes are over and well wishers have gone home, the real grieving begins. Loss of this kind is not something any of us ever really gets over. So please pray for the Wilson family in the days ahead. Losing so many members of the family does not mean we will forget them, but it does mean we have lost something in our lives.

And if you still are among the fortunate who still has one or both parents alive and in your life, take a little time of gratitude for that as well this week.

Tuesday
May232017

Emily C. Whitten

Anderson, SC - Emily Cole Whitten, 87, widow of Paul Whitten, passed away Monday, May 22, 2017, at NHC of Anderson. 

Born in Anderson County, she was the daughter of the late Hubert C. and Bertie Dobbins Cole. She was retired from F.W. Woolworth and was a member of Mountain Creek Baptist Church.

Survivors include a brother, Clayton S. Cole and wife, Evelyn of Anderson; stepson, Danny Whitten of Belton; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by infant twin daughters, brothers, Calhoun and Rolley Cole and sisters, Polly C. Morgan and Helen Purdy Brock.

Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends at the cemetery following the service. 

Sullivan-King Mortuary

www.sullivanking.com

Sunday
Apr302017

Ex-Detention Center Director "Stick" Brown Dies at 83

Anderson, SC - George Harold “Stick” Brown, 83, passed away Friday, April 28, 2017, at his residence.

Born in Louisville, KY, he was the son of the late Rev. John Horace and Emma Justice Brown. He served in the U.S. Army and was a graduate of Tri-County Technical College. He was an outstanding basketball player in the Textile Basketball League, where he earned his nickname, “Stick”. Mr. Brown spent most of his life in law enforcement, first with the City of Anderson Police Department and later with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Department. He retired as the Director of the Anderson County Detention Center. He had served several terms as President of the S.C. Jail Administrators Association. Mr. Brown was a member of Temple Baptist Church and a former member of Oakwood Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon.

Survivors include his son, Mike Brown and wife, Scottie; his daughter, Sharon Brown Gundrum and fiancé, David Holliday, all of Anderson; and his two grandchildren, Chris Brown and Hailey Garrison and husband, Zach.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 2, at Temple Baptist Church conducted by Dr. Steve Hurte. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Monday at Sullivan-King Mortuary. The family is at the home of his daughter, Sharon Gundrum, 100 Autumn Oaks, Anderson. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Temple Baptist Church, 2905 Standridge Road, Anderson, SC 29625

Monday
Apr172017

Mike Anderson

Anderson, SC - William Michael Anderson, 64, husband of Sandra Hall Anderson, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Saturday, April 15, 2017, at his residence. 

Born in Anderson, he was the son of Clara “Susie” Anderson and the late William Roy Anderson. 

Survivors include his wife, Sandra; mother, Susie; sister, Patti A. Burriss; brother, Dean Anderson; and nephews, Brandon Anderson, Dustin Campbell, Chris Campbell, and Tim Burriss. 

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a nephew, Chase Campbell.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, at Sullivan-King Mortuary Chapel. The family will receive friends following the service. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Outdoor Dream Foundation, P.O. Box 802, Anderson, SC 29622; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; or the charity of choice. 

Sullivan-King Mortuary

Saturday
Apr152017

Carolyn M. Croft 

Anderson – Carolyn McNeill Croft, 84, formerly of Waterford Court, widow of Loring Croft, passed away Friday, April 14, 2017, at Clemson Downs.
 
Born November 18, 1932, in Conway, SC, she was the daughter of the late Fred and Lizzie Watts McNeill. She was the retired owner and operator of Carolyn’s Children’s Shop and member of St. John’s United Methodist Church. 
 
Carolyn was the loving mother of three children, Timothy L Croft and his wife, Melissa; John M. Croft all of Anderson and Susan C. Rogers of Pendleton; two grandchildren, Sara and Laura Rogers; four great grandchildren and sister, Helen Collins of Charlotte, NC. Carolyn was preceded in death by three sisters and a brother. 
 
Funeral service will be held at 3pm Monday at Sullivan-King Mortuary. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 2 until 3pm prior to the service at the Mortuary, 3205 N. Hwy 81.
Wednesday
Apr122017

Billy G. Jamieson

Anderson, SC - Billy G. Jamieson, 80, passed away on Sunday, April 9, 2017, at AnMed Health Medical Center.

Born in Anderson on January 11, 1937, he was the son of the late Eugene and Lucille Duncan Jamieson. He was co-owner of the Pendleton Barber Shop for many years. He retired as the Procurement Manager at Dunlop Sports Corporation and later retired again from the Robert Bosch Corporation. Bill served our country in the Army National Guard. He was an avid golfer and a member of Brookstone Golf Course. Bill, with his great sense of humor, enjoyed life and his many friends. He was a faithful member of Concord Baptist Church and the Don Latham Sunday School Class.

Survivors include his wife, Jane, of the home; his daughter, Sharon (Shari) Jamieson Bobo and husband, Brent; and his cherished grandson, Matt Bobo, all of Sarasota, FL. 

In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by his sister, Teresa J. Wright; and brothers, W.H. and Rudolph Jamieson. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, at Concord Baptist Church conducted by Dr. Don Cox. Entombment will follow in the Forest Lawn Veterans Mausoleum. The family will receive friends from 12:30 until 1:45 p.m. Wednesday at the church. Members of the Don Latham Sunday School Class will serve as honorary pallbearers. The family is at the residence.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Concord Baptist Church, 1012 Concord Road, Anderson, SC 29621. 

Sullivan-King Mortuary

www.sullivanking.com

Wednesday
Mar292017

Sara Grant Burdette

LaFrance, SC - Sara White Grant Burdette, 90, passed away Tuesday, March 28, 2017.

Born in Townville, she was the daughter of the late John Samuel and Olive Ophelia Cole White. She was retired from the Sandy Springs Post Office. Mrs. Burdette was a longtime member of LaFrance First Baptist Church where she taught Sunday School and was active in many church roles. More recently, she attended Bishop Branch Baptist Church. 

Survivors include two daughters, Carolyn Grant Dyar and husband, Charles of Townville and Johnnie Grant “Jen” Whitfield and husband, Jack of Pendleton; one son, Ralph (Brad) Burdette and wife, Jan of Anderson; four grandchildren, Brooke L. Burdette, Melissa D. Champion (Joey), Rick E. Dyar (Susan), and Jim Whitfield (Jennifer); eight great grandchildren, Joe, Nina, and Charlie Champion, Jordan, Grant, and Caroline Dyar, Jackson and Jentry Whitfield; brother, James White of Beaufort; and a step-brother, Donnie White of Anderson.

She was twice married, first to the late John Will Grant and second to the late Ralph Alvin Burdette and was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Amanda J. Whitfield, three sisters and a brother.

Graveside services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday, March 30, at Townville Baptist Church Cemetery conducted by Rev. Jeff Smoak.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bishop Branch Baptist Church, 1109 Central Road, Central, SC 29630. 

Sullivan-King Mortuary

www.sullivanking.com