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Don R. Novak

Townville, SC - Don Robert Novak, 67, passed away Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at the Rainey Hospice House.

Born in New London, Connecticut, he was the son of the late Zigmund J. and Betty Wiech Novak. He was a retired vendor from Oconee Nuclear Plant. Mr. Novak was of the Catholic faith. 

Survivors include his wife, Carol Nimmons Novak of the home; and two sisters, Donna Essex and Dawn Alvirez, both of Arkansas.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 24, 2016, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Anderson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Salvation Army, 112 Tolly Street, Anderson, SC 29624 or Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621.

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Jim Wilson

Jim Wilson died unexpectedly Saturday at is home in Anderson.

Jim was a life-long active member of the community, well-known for his charity and kindness. 

He is survived by his wife of more than 60 years, Tina Wilson, sons Greg Wilson and Jeff Wilson, (and was preceded in death by son Brian), daughter-in-laws Deborah Wilson and Karen Wilson, grandchildren Julia Wilson, Luke Wilson, Kaitlin Wilson and Sara Wilson, brother Don Wilson and sister Hilda Wilson. He was also preceded in death by brother Garrison Wilson, John D. Wilson, sister Mary Doris Craig, and parents Guy and Christine Wilson. 

Born in Anderson County, he was owner of Jim Wilson Realty and Construction and Carolina Appraisers, a prolific songwriter, a beloved music minister of a number of Upstate churches over the past 60 years, an active deacon and long-time member of Anderson First Baptist Church. He was also a familiar and friendly face to many home-bound folks in the area, many of whom he visited regularly, often with a home-cooked meal.

Jim previous served as a plant manager for Milliken for more than 20 years. 

A 1957 Clemson University graduate, where he was a trombone player member of the marching band, He also served in active duty as a First Lieutenant in the United States Army and later in the U.S. Army Reserves.

In a Father’s Day tribute published in 2013, Jim’s son Greg Wilson wrote: 

“God put music in my father’s heart. Literally. Since his childhood on the farm where he learned to play piano (initially through a mail order course that he still has some of the intimidating books that made up those lessons), until this very day, his heart beats fastest and best when he is either with his family, his music or both. Many in churches across the area, where he led choirs, sang with groups or alone, and performed his own songs sitting at the piano singing, are the better because they came in contact with him. 

Some of my best memories are of him sitting alone at the piano at home, playing and singing just for the pure joy of it. We should all find such a place of joy in our lives.  

And his love for Jesus, my mother, his kids and their spouses, and his grandchildren flows out like music. It is lyrical, new stanzas always being written, the tune continually being embellished. And all of us were blessed to have so many good years together.“ 

Everyone who knew Jim misses him already. 

A memorial service will be help Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Anderson First Baptist Church.

Norman Lamar Boggs

Norman Lamar Boggs, Sr., 86, passed away Monday, February 22, 2016 at the Rainey Hospice House. 

Born in Anderson and reared in Honea Path, he was the son of the late Floyd and Daisy Haynie Boggs. He was founder and President of Boggs Builders, Inc. and Norman L. Boggs Real Estate. He was a Charter Member of the Realtors Association of Anderson and a Charter Member and Past President of the Anderson Homebuilders Association. Mr. Boggs was a member of Centre Lodge #37 A.F.M. in Honea Path where he had received his 60 year pin. He was also a member of the Hejaz Shrine. He was a member of First Baptist Church where he was a Deacon and member of the Tom Allen Bible Class.

Survivors include his wife of 66 years, Faye Long Boggs of the home; son, Norman L. Boggs, Jr. and wife, Debbie of Anderson; six grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; four great grandchildren; one brother, Thomas “Buddy” Boggs of Anderson; and three sisters, Dorothy Cooley of Honea Path, Carolyn Harris of Ware Shoals and Julia Roberts of York. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Jerry Edward Boggs and two brothers, James and Arthur Boggs. 

The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Tuesday at Sullivan-King Mortuary. Services and burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 307 South Manning Street, Anderson, SC 29624.

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Bobby N. Stowe

Anderson, SC - Bobby Nelson Stowe, 83, went home to be with his Heavenly Father on Sunday, February 14, 2016. He also joins the love of his life, Betty Kay Stowe, his wife of 57 years.

Born in Commerce, Georgia, he was the son of the late John P. and Mary Alice Yarborough Stowe. Mr. Stowe served in the U.S. Air Force. He retired from textiles and enjoyed selling at the Surfside Market for many years. He was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include his two daughters, Valesa Attaway and husband, Mike, of Jefferson, Georgia and Valita Jenkins and husband, Ronnie, of Anderson, SC. Also surviving are his three grandchildren, who were the light of his life, Nikole Walker of Jefferson, Georgia, Travis Jenkins, M.D. and wife, Shirin, of Wilmington, NC and Derick Jenkins, M.D. and wife, Livia, of Richmond, Virginia; brother, Ken Stowe; and two sisters, Joyce Merck and Jan Gilliam. 

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Jimmy Stowe. 

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Thursday at Sullivan-King Mortuary Chapel conducted by Rev. Ray Buchanan. Entombment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum. The family will receive friends from 11:30 until 12:45 p.m. Thursday at the mortuary. The family is at the home of Valita and Ronnie Jenkins, 123 Oxford Drive, Anderson. 

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

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Pat Wilson

Patsy Ramey Wilson, 73, beloved wife of Donald "Duck" Wilson for 54 wonderful years, passed away peacefully, surrounded by her family on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at Rainey Hospice House. 

Mrs. Wilson was born in Anderson County and was the daughter of the late Logan and Nettie Parnell Ramey.  She was retired from the Anderson County Assessor's office and owned her own business, Wilson Certified Appraisers. She was a member of Bishop Branch Baptist Church.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two sons, Perry Wilson and his wife, Suzanne of Niceville, FL and Tim Wilson of Anderson; one daughter, Kathy Phinney and her husband, Thomas of Pendleton; grandchildren, Brandon and Bailey Phinney, Katie, Kristin, Kerianne, and Kassidy Wilson, Hayley, Nicholas and Lauren Rinke; and one great-granddaughter, Grace Sympson; nephews, Keavin and Brian Ramey and niece, Kim Drafts.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a brother, Logan Douglas Ramey and her grandparents, Raleigh and Anna Lee Ramey, and Leroy and L. E. Parnell.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, February 17, 2016 at 2:00 PM in the chapel of Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home with burial to follow in Memory Gardens, Clemson.

The family will receive from for 12:30 PM until 1:45 PM prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Rainey Hospice House, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC,  29625.

The family will be at the residence.

Condolences may be expressed online at or in person at Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home, which is assisting the family.


Charles Moses Jowers

Charles Moses Jowers, CLU, aged 79, of Anderson is survived by his wife of 43 years, Jane Fleming Jowers, as well as his son, Dr. Dennis W. Jowers, and his wife Judy of Tacoma, Washington. After a private burial, the funeral will be held at St. John’s United Methodist Church in Anderson, SC at 2 p.m. Saturday.

A faithful member of St. John’s and a member of Optimists International for 50 years, Mr. Jowers participated extensively in civic affairs, holding office in the Republican Party of Greenville County, Richland County, and Anderson County. During his tenure as chairman of the Anderson County Republican Party (1980–1984), the first Republicans to serve in countywide office in Anderson since Reconstruction were elected. He also oversaw Anderson’s first Republican primary.He served as President of the Whitehall Elementary School PTA and as a member of the PTA’s district board.

A veteran, Mr. Jowers served in the 82nd Airborne Division. He also belonged to Hiram Lodge no. 68. Having graduated from South Georgia College and studied at Mercer University, he worked in the insurance industry for forty years. After serving in a managerial capacity with Prudential Insurance in Greenville, Columbia, and Anderson, he founded and maintained his own business, Employee Benefit Planners, Inc., from 1979 until 2003.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Epworth Children’s Home, P.O. Box 50466, Columbia, SC 29250 or St. John’s United Methodist Church, 515 South McDuffie Street, Anderson, SC 29624.

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Jim Gray Watson

Anderson, SC - James Gray Watson, 87, husband of Julia Anderson Watson, passed away Saturday, January 23, 2016, at AnMed Health Medical Center.

Born in Anderson, he was the son of the late Wade Allen Watson, Sr. and Caroline Elsie Gray Watson. He was a graduate of the University of South Carolina. Mr. Watson retired as President of Perpetual Bank. He had served as President of the Anderson Rotary Club and was a founding member of the Western Carolina Sailing Club. He was a member of Central Presbyterian Church where he had served as a Deacon and Elder. 

Survivors include his wife, Julia A. Watson; three children, Gray Watson and wife, Leigh of Anderson, Ansley Watson Chambers and husband, Brian of Anderson, and Drew Watson and wife, Melanie of Clinton; eight grandchildren, Cole Watson, Anderson Chambers, Cate Watson, Graycen Watson, Anna Watson, Mary Frances Chambers, Olivia Watson and Jake Watson.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Wade Allen Watson, Jr.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Central Presbyterian Church conducted by Dr. David J. Bailey. The family will receive friends at the church following the service. A private burial will precede the service. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Central Presbyterian Church, 1404 North Boulevard, Anderson, SC 29621. 

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Travis Denard

Piedmont, SC - Travis Glen Denard, 31, passed away Thursday, January 21, 2016.

Born in Columbia, he was an employee of Gregory’s Trailer Repair and attended New Life Community Church in Fountain Inn. 

Survivors include his father, Terry Glen Denard (Amy Cooke) of Piedmont; mother and stepfather, Charlotte Chavis Cohen (Jimmy) of Greer; sister, Kerrie Denard McClain (Michael) of Greer; niece, Kaysen McClain; grandmother, Jennie L. Denard of West Columbia; uncles, Bobby Denard (Barbara) of Lyman and Gene Denard of West Columbia; aunt, Frances Donathan (Bill) of Dunkirk, Indiana; uncle, David Chavis of West Columbia; and aunt, Gina Connelly (Doug) of Lexington. 

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Sullivan-King Mortuary conducted by Pastor Brandon Gilreath. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Monday at the mortuary. 

Memorials may be made to Home with a Heart, 220 James Mattison Road, Liberty, SC 29657. 

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Gisela Woodson

Anderson, SC - Gisela Anna Scherz Woodson, 81, widow of Archie Leroy Woodson, passed away on Friday, January 22, 2016 at the Rainey Hospice House.

Born in Kirchheim Teck, Germany, she was the daughter of the late Heinrich Jakob and Anna Emilie Hauff Scherz. She was a homemaker and served as Children’s Christian Education Director at McDuffie Street Church of God for several years. Mrs. Woodson was a lifelong member of River of Life Church of God. 

Survivors include two daughters, Christina Lambert of Anderson and Rebecca Shrable and husband, Rocky of Ocala, Florida; five grandchildren and their spouses; nine great grandchildren; brother, Heinrich Scherz and wife, Lisa of Anderson; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Heiner Woodson; brother, Wiard Scherz; and a son-in-law, Roy Lambert. 

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at River of Life Church of God conducted by Rev. Dale Dyar. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 1:30 until 2:45 p.m. Sunday at the church. The family is at the home of Heiner and Lisa Scherz, 107 Country Garden Lane, Anderson. 

Flowers are optional; memorials may be made to Heinrich Christoph Woodson Memorial Fund, c/o Lee University, 1120 N. Ocoee Street, Cleveland, TN 37311. 

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Mr. James Troy Brown

Mr. James Troy Brown, Jr. 64, died Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at Palmetto Health Baptist Medical Center.  A memorial service will be held  at 2:00 PM Friday, January 15, 2016 at Dantzler-Baker Funeral Home with Rev. Dr. Ed Carney officiating .  Interment will follow in Greenlawn Cemetery.   The family will receive friends from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM on Thursday, January 14, 2016 at the home of Joe and Cassandra Soltish, 324 Sliver Branch Road, West Columbia, SC. 

Born April 3, 1951  in Ashville, NC, Mr. Brown was a son of the late Mr. James Troy Brown, Sr. and Hester Sue Grant Brown.  He was a graduate of T. L. Hanna High School in Anderson, SC and Midlands Technical College and served in the U. S. Navy as a Seabee during the Vietnam era.  He was retired from the SC Dept. of Mental Health and was formerly employed by Wang Laboratories and  IBM.  Mr. Brown was a member of Riverland Hills Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife of thirty-three years, Delia Pendergrass Brown; two sons, Grant Brown and Stuart Brown both of Columbia, SC; and one sister, Gladys Brown Crawford  of Anderson, SC.  He was preceded in death by a sister, Glenda Brown Knox and two brothers,  J. Edward Brown and infant brother Charles Brown.

Memorials may be made to Riverland Hills Baptist Church, 201 Lake Murray Blvd., Irmo, SC 29063.

Online condolences may be made to the family at


Harold Douglas “Buddy” Hale

H. D. “Buddy” Hale


Anderson, SC - Harold Douglas “Buddy” Hale, 78, passed away on Tuesday, December 29, 2015 at his residence.

Born July 11, 1937 in Anderson, he was the son of the late Clifford W. and Allene Hickman Hale. Mr. Hale served in the U.S. Navy and was retired from Owens-Corning Fiberglass with 34 years service. He was a member of the Pastyme Bluegrass Band and enjoyed playing for events and local nursing homes. He was a classic car enthusiast and showed several cars in local shows. He was a member of Salem Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Gayle Alexander Hale of the home; son, Don Hale; daughter, Dawn LaBauve; stepson, Howell N. “Alex” Alexander, all of Anderson; two grandchildren, Robbie Hale and Robyn Lynn Hale; great granddaughter, Madison Rae Hale; and a sister, Carol Jean Palmer.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Nicole Lollis and a sister, Ann Register.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday, January 4, 2016 at M.J. “Dolly” Cooper Veterans Cemetery conducted by Dr. Jack Couch. Military honors will be provided by Campbell Patriots Honor Guard. The family is at the residence and will receive friends at the cemetery following the service.

The family would like to express their appreciation to Health Related Home Care of Abbeville, Gentiva Hospice and Bluegrass friends at Breazeale’s Store.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gentiva Hospice, 15 Brendan Way, Suite 100, Greenville, SC 29615.

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Ardith Louise Murdock Oakes

(April 14, 1938 – December 24, 2015)

Wheatland, CA - Ardith Louise Murdock Oakes, 77, went home to be with the Lord on Christmas Eve, December 24, 2015 at her daughter’s home in Wheatland, CA.  She was surrounded by her loving family, the soft glow of the Christmas tree and music playing gently in the background – a beautiful and peaceful sight.

Born in Anderson County, SC, she was the daughter of the late James Aiken and Fleta Elrod Murdock. She was a graduate of Belton High School, Class of 1956. She then worked as a customer service representative for Duke Power Company in Belton for 42 years, retiring in 1998. She was a long-time member of Second Baptist Church Belton, where she faithfully served the Lord for many years. In recent years, she has been a regular attendee of Southcliff Baptist Church in Fort Worth, TX and Bible Baptist Church in Marysville, CA, as she split her time between her two daughters’ homes. 

She is survived by daughters Toni Bibb Akin of Fort Worth, TX and Charell Bibb (John) Franklin of Wheatland, CAand stepsons Phil (Gail) Oakes of Homosassa, FL, Tim (Cindy) Oakes and Matt (Cheryl) Oakes, both of Iva, SC; grandchildren Angie (Jeremy) Alewine, Joshua (Amanda) Oakes, Galvin Oakes, Andrew Oakes, Collin Akin, Jayden Oakes, Jarrett Oakes, Celie Franklin and Anna Franklin; great-grandchildren Elizabeth, Christopher, Breanna, and Chloe Alewine, Easton Oakes and Cohen Norton.  She is also survived by a brother, James Aiken (Bernie Lee) Murdock of Smyrna, GA and a sister, Andrea Murdock Shaw of Simpsonville, SC.

In addition to her parents, she was also pre-deceased by brothers Mac and Gerald Murdock and grandchildren Jon-Micah and Cortney Oakes.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00pm on Saturday, January 9, 2016 at Second Baptist Church Belton, officiated by Dr. C. Mitchell Brooks. Burial will follow at Belton City Cemetery. Family members are at their respective homes. 

In lieu of flowers, Ardith requested that memorials be made to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation at in honor of her precious granddaughter Anna, in hopes that a cure may be found in Anna’s lifetime.

Ardith lived and died believing the words of Jesus in John 17:16, “ They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world.” That is why she chose her epitaph to read simply, “Gone Home.” 

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