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February 4, 1879
Rev. Jacob Burris was one of the oldest Baptist ministers in the state when he passed away at the age of eighty-eight on February 4, 1879. From 1852 to 1866, he was pastor of Salem Baptist Church at their original location which is about 1/4 mile south of the intersection of Old Pearman Dairy Road and Chateau Road.

Burris received his license to preach at Mt. Tabor Baptist Church in 1825 and was ordained at Bethesda Baptist in 1828. His children married into many of Anderson’s best families and his descendants still call Anderson home. In addition to Salem, Burris was the pastor of Deep Creek, Bethesda.

Burris had been ill for several months and was eighty-eight at the time of his death. He was a native of Anderson County and lived his entire life within its boundaries. He was prudent in business and had amassed a large and prosperous estate by the time of his death.

During the mid 19th century, Salem Baptist Church was known as Salem Creek Baptist (named after the nearby creek). While Burris was pastor, a large brick worship house was constructed, primarily through his donations. The brick church no longer stands, but there is an old cemetery located at the church's previous site. The photos show the old cemetery. It is accessable from Old Pearman Dairy Road.

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Saturday
Oct132012

FRANK SPEIGHT

ANDERSON- Frank Allan Speight, 84, of 322 Whitehall Rd., died Friday October 12, 2012 at the Rainey Hospice House.

Born April 13, 1928 in Albemarle, NC he was the son of the late John Alexander and Esther Davis Speight. He was retired from the Greenville News and was of the Presbyterian Faith.

Survivors include his wife, Jeannette Ebernickle Speight of the home, children: Allan Speight (Tania) of Summerville, Rosemary Emory of Anderson, Ricky Speight (Cindy) of Anderson, Kathy Wilson of Albuquerque, NM, Amy Stone of Atlanta, Brian Speight (Kristin) of Anderson, and Mark Speight, of Anderson, ten grandchildren, six great grandchildren, sister, Betty Parker of Salisbury, NC, brothers, Kenneth Speight of Sarasota, FL and Tom Speight of Albemarle, NC.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by daughters, Julia and Susan Speight.

Graveside services will be held at 3 PM Sunday at Roberts Presbyterian Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends following the service at the graveside. The family will be at the home of daughter, Rosemary Emory, 302 Hopewell Ridge, Anderson.

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

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Friday
Oct122012

H B DOYLE

July 29, 1926 – October 11, 2012

ANDERSON, SC - HB Doyle, 86, husband of Margaret Irene Doyle, went to be with Jesus, October 11, 2012 at Elberton Hospital in Elberton, GA.

Born in Honea Path, SC, he was the son of the late Benny and Nancy Doyle.  He was a member of West Anderson Church of God, Anderson.  He was retired from Owens Corning, Fiberglas.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, three sons, Marvin Doyle and his wife Kaye, Carey Doyle and his wife Nancie, both of Anderson and Rickey Doyle and his wife Beth of Greenwood, SC; and a sister, Nancy Kinder and her husband Ed of North Attleboro, MA; three grandchildren, Melissa Holliday, Teresa Wilson, and Preston Doyle, all of Anderson; and four great-grandchildren, Lindsay, Noah, Evan and Caelyn Mari of Anderson.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by Robert Doyle of Kent WA, Floyd Doyle of California and Irene Dixon of Anderson.

The Funeral service will be held on Sunday, October 14, 2012 at 3:30 pm in the Chapel of The McDougald Funeral Home with Reverend Brent Lollis and Reverend Mark Daniel officiating.  Interment will follow at East View Cemetery in Honea Path.

The family will be at the home of Carey and Nancie Doyle, 308 Bridgeview Drive, and will receive friends prior to the service from 2:00 pm until 3:00 pm at the funeral home.

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 by visiting www.mcdougaldfuneralhome.com

Friday
Oct122012

CLAUDIA TILLEY

August 14, 1930 – October 11, 2012

ANDERSON, SC - Claudia Lee Whitten Tilley, age 82, of 215 Huntington Drive, passed away on Thursday, October 11, 2012 at her residence.

Born in Anderson, she was the daughter of the late Claude Kenny Whitten and the late Jessie Leon Crowe Whitten.  She graduated from Girls High and from the Carolina School of Commerce. She worked for many years as a bookkeeper for Sullivan Motors Arnett Motors and Sir Pontiac.  She was an enthusiastic and loyal Clemson Fan. She was a member of Southside Baptist Church where she held many positions within the church including Sunday School teacher for over 50 years.

She is survived by her son, Mike Tilley of the home; three sisters, Betty Perry, Frances Callaway and Gloria Whitten all of Anderson; and a brother, Larry Whitten of Anderson.  She is also survived by her loving dog, Precious.

The Funeral service will be held in the Chapel of The McDougald Funeral Home on Saturday October 13, 2012 at 2:30 pm with Reverend Phil McAlister and Revered David Pickens officiating.  Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

The family will be at the home of her sister, Frances Callaway, 127 Reed Place, and will receive friends prior to the service from 1:00 pm until 2:00 pm at the funeral home.

Flowers are optional, or memorials may be made to Southside Baptist Church, 206 Hill Street, Anderson, SC 29624.

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

Friday
Oct122012

LYNN BOUCHARD

July 28, 1950 – October 11, 2012

ANDERSON, SC - Virginia Lynn Clinkscales Bouchard, age 62, wife of Ty Bouchard, of 704 Marshall Avenue, passed away on Thursday, October 11, 2012 at the Rainey Hospice House.

Born in Anderson, she was the daughter of the late Herbert Clinkscales and the late Quida Winona Moore Clinkscales. She graduated from Springfield High School in Springfield, Ohio. Lynn was a very loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.  She was a member of NewSpring Church.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children, Chris Gray and his wife Nicole of Murrells Inlet, SC, Amber Madden and her husband Joel of Anderson, SC, Heather Hooper of Anderson, SC, Trey Hooper of Charleston, SC; 12 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Kimberly Gray Roberts, a brother, Danny Clinkscales; and a sister, Paulette Clinkscales.

The Funeral service will be held on Saturday, October 12, 2012 at 4:00 pm in the Chapel of The McDougald Funeral Home officiated by her son, Reverend Chris Gray.

The family will be at the home of her daughter, Amber Madden, 114 Maxwell Avenue, and will receive friends at the funeral home prior to the service from 2:00 pm until 3:30 pm.

Flowers will be accepted.

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

Tuesday
Oct092012

JAMES B. “JIMBO” WILLIAMS

GREENWOOD - James B. “Jimbo” Williams, husband of Jane Powell Williams, departed this life on October 7, 2012 at Self Regional Hospital in Greenwood.

Born in Anderson on June 18, 1951, he was the son of the late James H. “Jim” and Gertrude Calvart Williams. Jim was a U.S. Air Force Veteran of the Vietnam War, and retired from UPS after 32 years of service. He was a member of Harris Baptist Church in Greenwood. Jim was an avid Clemson Tiger fan.

He is survived by his wife, Jane; two daughters, Kearstin W. Thrift (James) and Amber W. Cass (Robert) of Greenwood. The joys of his life were his three beautiful grandchildren: Macy Timmerman, Hunter Davenport, and Brayden Thrift, all of Greenwood. One sister, Phyllis Williams Glenn of Anderson, also survives.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Judy Williams Herring.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Sullivan-King Mortuary, Downtown Chapel, conducted by Rev. Frank Thomas. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 1 until 3 p.m. Wednesday at the mortuary, 401 North Main Street, Anderson. The family is at the residence in Greenwood and at the home of his sister, Phyllis Glenn, 203 Loblolly Drive, Anderson.

Flowers are to be omitted; memorials may be made to Harris Baptist Church Building Fund, 300 Center Street, Greenwood, SC 29649.

SULLIVAN-KING MORTUARY, DOWNTOWN CHAPEL
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Sunday
Oct072012

MARTHA K. GOESSLING

October 22, 1931 - October 6, 2012

ANDERSON - Martha Luetta Kay Goessling, 80, of 2425 Warriors Path, wife of Norman H. Goessling, passed away Saturday, October 6, 2012 at her residence.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her 3 daughters, Linda Kay Alvarado and her husband, Ernesto of Homestead, FL, Patsy A. Slayden of Henderson, NV and Amber Griffey of Anderson; son-in-law, Lee Griffey of Anderson; 9 grandchildren, 15 great grandchildren; 1 great great granddaughter and a sister, Elizabeth Ann Zipse of Tallahassee, FL.

Martha was preceded in death by her parents Iva W. and Lillian Broadwell  Kay and 2 brothers, Calvin C. Kay and Iva W. Kay, Jr.

Funeral service will be held at 1pm Tuesday at Sullivan-King Mortuary, Northeast Chapel. The family will receive friends following the service at the Northeast Chapel, 3205 N. Hwy 81. The family is at the residence.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621 or Alzheimer's Association, 4124 Clemson Blvd, Suite L, Anderson, SC 29621 or Senior Solutions, 3420 Clemson Blvd, Anderson, SC 29621.

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

Saturday
Oct062012

DOROTHY CURRENT

ANDERSON- Dorothy Compton Current, 89, of 119 Twin Lakes Drive, Anderson, died peacefully at Hospice House in Anderson on October 5, 2012.  

She was born in Keyser, WV on September 10, 1923.  Valedictorian of Allegheny High School in Pearisburg, VA, Dorothy went on to graduate from National Business College in Roanoke, VA.  She worked as a secretary for ten years for Celanese Corporation of America and traveled to Korea with US AID in 1955, where she met her husband.  They recently celebrated their 55th anniversary together.  In later years they lived in MD, CO, NC, and Japan before retiring to Anderson, SC in 1989. An unassuming, caring woman, Dorothy was a silver life master at bridge, an award-winning cook, an avid reader, and an accomplished hand sewer, cross stitcher, and quilter. In her honor, now memory, a yearly award is given to a deserving senior business student at South Florence High School where her daughter works.  

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents, Vernon and Ruth Compton, and her sister Josephine Compton Feeser.  She is survived by her husband, James Lee Current and her children: Don (Mary) Current of Bloomington, IL, and Carol (Stephen) Hill of Florence, SC. Her grandchildren are Claire, Hannah, and Matthew Current. She will be missed greatly by her family.

There will be a memorial service at 2 PM on November 3 in the chapel of St. John's United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hospice of the Upstate,1835 Rogers Road, Anderson,SC 29621, or to St John's Methodist Church, 515 South McDuffie Street, Anderson, SC 29624.

SULLIVAN-KING MORTUARY, www.sullivanking.com

Thursday
Oct042012

Jamey Wilson

ANDERSON- James Patrick "Jamey" Wilson, 41, of Elm Avenue, died Wednesday October 3, 2012.

Born November 11, 1970 in Anderson, he was the son of the late James Frederick Wilson, Sr. and the late Barbara Church Wilson. He attended New Spring Church.

Surviving are his brother, Jim Wilson and his wife, Sonya of Starr, nephews, Jake and Jimmy Wilson and several aunts, uncles and cousins and his much loved cat, Mr. Kitty.

Funeral services will be held at 2 PM Saturday at Sullivan-King Mortuary, Northeast Chapel, 3205 Hwy 81 N., with Rev. David Wilson officiating. Interment will be in Oaklawn Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. The family will receive friends from 1 until 2 PM at the mortuary.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association, 701 Grove Rd, c/o Greenville Hospital System, ISC-3rd Floor, Greenville, SC 29605. SULLIVAN-KING MORTUARY, www.sullivanking.com

Thursday
Oct042012

JOE WALDROP

ANDERSON - Joseph Alex Waldrop, 80, of Anderson, died Thursday, October 4, 2012 at AnMed Health Medical Center.

Born November 27, 1931 in Franklin, NC, he was the son of the late Ralph and Helen Henderson Waldrop. He was a retired Pharmacist at Propp Drugs and was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife, JoAnn M. Waldrop of the home; one son, Larry David Waldrop and his wife, Jackie Rodgers Waldrop of Williamston; three grandchildren, Lauren Waldrop Brubaker, Spencer Waldrop, and Mary Katherine Waldrop; one great granddaughter, Katelyn Moore; and a brother, Furman Waldrop of Aiken.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Marie Stiles and a brother, Fritz Waldrop.

Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at M.J. "Dolly" Cooper Veterans Cemetery conducted by Rev. Robert Carlisle. The family will receive friends at the cemetery following the service. The family will be at the home of his son, 104 Ivy Trail, Williamston, following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church Endowment Fund, 1809 North Main Street, Anderson, SC 29621 or to the Anderson County Humane Society, P.O. Box 2262, Anderson, SC 29622.

SULLIVAN-KING MORTUARY, NORTHEAST CHAPEL
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Wednesday
Oct032012

RAYMOND FINLEY

ANDERSON - Raymond Finley, 83, of Anderson, died Wednesday, October 3, 2012 at AnMed Health Medical Center.

Born December 23, 1928 in Toccoa, GA, he was the son of the late John A. and Inez Weaver Finley. He was a retired businessman and attended Forest Hill Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Dorothy W. Finley; five children, Janice Willis of Starr, Judy Breazeale, Terry Finley, Douglas Finley, and Brian Finley, all of Anderson; ten grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and two sisters, Jeannette Chambers of Piedmont and Helen Thompson of Anderson.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a grandson, Taylor Breazeale and two brothers, George Finley and James Finley.

Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday at Sullivan-King Mortuary, Northeast Chapel, conducted by Rev. Richard Lister. Burial will follow in Long Branch Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2:30 until 3:45 p.m. Thursday at the mortuary, 3205 North Highway 81, Anderson. The family is at the residence.

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

SULLIVAN-KING MORTUARY, NORTHEAST CHAPEL
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Thursday
Sep272012

HAZEL HARRISON

BELTON - Mary Hazel Sosebee Harrison, 80, of Stringer Road, widow of Benjamin Harrison, died Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at AnMed Health Medical Center.

Born February 24, 1932 in Toccoa, GA, she was the daughter of the late William Clayton and Gladys Lewis Sosebee. She was one of Jehovah's Witnesses, North Anderson Congregation. She believed in Jehovah God, his Son, Jesus Christ, and devoted her life to her family and spreading the good news of God's Kingdom.

Survivors include two sons, Charles Harrison (Diana); David Harrison (Ann), all of Anderson; two daughters, Deborah Berg (Bobby) of Anderson; and Donna Keeler (Jackie Roach) of Belton; grandchildren, Chad Harrison, Brandon Berg, Chris Harrison, April Keeler, Britanny Rood, and her special granddaughter, Krystal Laflamme, who loved her grandmother and was there in her time of need; ten great grandchildren; two sisters, Linda S. Thomas of Easley and Becky S. Hyatt of Greenville; and two brothers, Johnny E. Sosebee of Piedmont and Dennis L. Sosebee of Greensboro, NC.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two granddaughters, Allison Harrison Veach and Krystal Nichole Veach, a brother, William P. Sosebee, and a sister, Martha D. Sosebee.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, September 29, 2012 at the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah's Witnesses, North Congregation, conducted by Martin Harbeck. The family will receive friends following the service.

The family is at the home of her daughter, Deborah Berg, 111 Crosscreek Drive, Anderson.

SULLIVAN-KING MORTUARY & CREMATORY
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Thursday
Sep272012

BONTA DRAKE SMITH

ANDERSON - Bonta Drake Smith, age 68, of Anderson, wife of Glenn R. Smith, passed away on Tuesday, September 25, 2012 at the Rainey Hospice House after a courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Anderson, she was the daughter of Fleeta Campbell Drake and the late George W. Drake. A graduate of Girls High and Anderson College, Mrs. Smith was a teacher's assistant at New Prospect Elementary School for 27 years. She was a lifetime member of New Prospect Baptist Church where she was a member of the Willing Workers Sunday School Class. She was a dedicated daughter, loving wife, and proud mother.

Left to carry on the legacy of Mrs. Smith are her devoted husband, to whom she was married for 43 years; daughter, Susan Smith Whitfield of Charlotte, NC; son, G. Andrew Smith of Manila, Philippines; her mother, Fleeta Campbell Drake; nieces, Nancy D. Witt of Charleston, SC and Jamey D. James of Columbia, SC; sister-in-law, Marie B. Drake of Columbia, SC.

In addition to her father, Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by her brother, G. David Drake.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, September 29th at New Prospect Baptist Church conducted by Dr. Tony Smith and Reverend Tom Turner. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will be at the residence and will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Friday, September 28th at Sullivan-King Mortuary, Northeast Chapel, 3205 North Highway 81, Anderson.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made in memory of Mrs. Smith to New Prospect Baptist Church "Together We Build" Fund, 2503 Whitehall Road, Anderson, SC 29625 or to Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621.

The family would like to express their appreciation to Dr. John Doster and the caregivers for their kindness and excellent care during Mrs. Smith's illness.

SULLIVAN-KING MORTUARY, NORTHEAST CHAPEL
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