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Friday
Jul202012

ELBERT LEE ELROD

ANDERSON - Elbert Lee Elrod, 84, of Anderson, died Thursday, July 19, 2012 at AnMed Health Medical Center.

Born October 30, 1927 in Anderson, he was the son of the late Waymon F. and Mamie Campbell Elrod. He was self-employed and was retired from Anderson County Road Maintenance Department. Mr. Elrod was of the Baptist faith.

Survivors include his wife, Ernestine B. "Tinnie" Elrod; one son, Jimmy Ray Elrod and wife, Elaine of Piercetown Community; daughter-in-law, Gretchen Elrod of Williamston; son-in-law, Tony Jackson of Belton; six grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and one brother, Wade H. Elrod of Greenville.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Wayne Elrod; a daughter, Linda Faye Jackson; and a sister, Hazel Bowman.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Sullivan-King Mortuary, Northeast Chapel, conducted by Rev. Kevin Jones. Burial will follow in Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Saturday at the mortuary, 3205 North Highway 81, Anderson. The family is at the residence.

Flowers are optional; memorials may be made to Friendship Baptist Church, 5600 Highway 81 North, Williamston, SC 29697 .

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

Friday
Jul202012

SAM NORMAN

JUNE 8, 1926 – JULY 19, 2012

BELTON, SC - Samuel P. Norman, age 86, of 130 Murdock Road, husband of Patsene Music Norman, passed away on Friday, July 19, 2012 at the Rainey Hospice House.

Born in Richmond, IN, he was the son of the late Pete Norman and Ivy Morgan Norman.  He proudly served his country in World War II, with the U.S. Navy.  He was retired from Wells Aluminum.  He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, in Belton.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughters, Barbara Allen and Pamela Norman; grandchildren, Stephanie Phillips, Michael McMinn, Jr., Sandra Thrasher, Megan Bigby, Brian Fleming, and Dereck McAlister; a brother, Jim Norman.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his daughter, Vickie Bigby; his brother, Charles Norman; and two sisters, Lillian Redinbaugh, and Tillie Stitts.

The Funeral Service will be held on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 1:00 pm at Calvary Baptist Church in Belton with Reverend Earl Green, Reverend Hulon Bryant, and Reverend Michael McMinn, Jr. officiating. Interment will follow at M.J. Dolly Cooper Veteran Cemetery.

The family will be at the residence of his granddaughter, Stephanie Phillips, 244 Pebble Brook Lane, Belton, SC, and will receive friends at the church before the service from 11:00 am until 12:45 pm.

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

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

Friday
Jul202012

AMY BEAUCHAMP FOBEAR

ANDERSON - Amy Beauchamp Fobear, 32, wife of Jeffrey A. Fobear and mother of Stephen James “Jace” Fobear passed away July 15, 2012 at MD Anderson in Houston, TX.
 Amy was born in Dover, Delaware to Jim and Debbie Beauchamp, and graduated from Caesar Rodney High School in Camden, Delaware in 1998.  Amy graduated from Clemson University with honors in 2002 with a degree in Elementary Education and later completed her Master of Education from Southern Wesleyan University in 2006.  In 2002 she began her teaching career as a fifth grade teacher at LaFrance Elementary School.  Amy loved her family and friends, the staff and teachers and every student at La France Elementary School where she was proud to have been recently named Teacher of the Year.
During her illness she grew to love the caring medical staff at AnMed Health Medical Center.   Amy became an honorary member of the Boy Scout Troop 94 of Pendleton.  Amy loved Jesus and was a member of NewSpring Church.  One of Amy’s passions was her love of animals, she volunteered with Wildlife Rehab of Greenville rehabilitating orphaned animals.  She was also an aerobics instructor at the Clemson-Central Recreation Center.
 In addition to her husband and son, Amy is survived by her parents of Piedmont, SC , grandparents, aunts and uncles and cousins all living in Maryland.  
A casual open house celebration of Amy’s life will be held on Thursday, July 26th at La France Elementary School from 6:30 to 8:30 PM.   If you have a special memory or pictures of Amy you are encouraged to bring it in written form to be preserved for their son Jace.  There will also be an opportunity for anyone with a story they would like to share to speak during the service.  We would love to hear your favorite memory of Amy.  
In lieu of flowers contributions can be made to the Cancer Association of Anderson, 215 East Calhoun St., Anderson, SC 29621.  

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

Friday
Jul202012

Rollie E. Wilbanks

April 7, 1935 – July 19, 2012

Rollie Efford Wilbanks, age 77, of 935 Jackson Street, husband of Flora Mae Johnson Wilbanks, passed away on Thursday, July 19, 2012 at the Rainey Hospice House.  

Born in Westminster, SC, he was the son of the late Efford James Wilbanks and Bessie Ramey Wilbanks.  He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army.  He retired from Glen Raven after 52 years of service.  He was a member of Grace Memorial Baptist Church, he was a past deacon and a Sunday school teacher.

In addition to his loving wife of 56 years, he is survived by his sons, Eddie Wilbanks and his wife Tammy of Anderson and Tony Wilbanks and his wife Patsy of Anderson;  a brother, Earl Wilbanks of Anderson; sisters, Nellie Hayes, Ollie Bell Dunn, Ruby Shaw, Ruth Tiller, all of Anderson and Betty Shank of Bird IL;  four grandchildren, Velisha Ratledge, Bradley Wilbanks, Colton Wilbanks, Savannah Wilbanks; and one great-grandchild, Makail Ratledge.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his brothers, Berry, Roscoe, Cecil, Lawrence, Frank and Ralph Wilbanks; and his sisters, Grace McAlister and Loma Rholetter.

The family is at the residence and will receive friends on Sunday, July 22, 2012 at The McDougald Funeral Home from 1:30 pm until 2:30 pm.  The Funeral service will follow in the Chapel at 2:30 pm.  The Reverend Mark Dickson will officiate.  Entombment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum.

Flowers are optional, or memorials may be made to Rainey Hospice House, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621.

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

Friday
Jul202012

Ruth Erma Kozel Whitson

July 31, 1924 – July 17, 2012

Mrs. Whitson was born in Chicago, Illinois to Earl and Erma Bridgman.  An only child, she grew up in the city and was a member of the first graduating class at William Howard Taft High School.  

She married Herbert Richard Kozel who was an 8th Army Air Force B-17 navigator. He was killed in action over Germany in July, 1944.  She was married to Richard Wyman Whitson in 1963.  She and her second husband first lived in Park Ridge, Illinois and then moved to the Missouri Ozarks where they started a nursery and landscaping business to which they devoted their lives for twenty years.  Upon retirement they moved to Anderson, South Carolina to be near Ruth’s son, Tom and his wife Ann.  Richard predeceased Ruth in 2005.

She is survived by her son, Tom Kozel; daughter-in-law, Ann Kozel; grandsons, Richard Kozel of Seattle, Washington, Keith Kozel of Savannah, Georgia; step-son, Thomas Whitson of Houston, Texas; and step-daughter, Debbie Hempy of Hilliard, Ohio.  Special thanks and love are paid to Gail Remley for her help, patience and care given during Ruth’s long illness.  Love and thanks also to Patricia Litman her other devoted caregiver.

Mrs. Whitson will be buried in Mount Emblem Cemetery, Chicago, Illinois, after a brief graveside service on Monday, July 23, 2012 at 11:00 AM, conducted by Pederson-Ryberg Mortuary, Elmhurst, Illinois.

Remembrances should be sent in the form of donations to Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC or The Pilot Dog Program, 625 West Town Street, Columbus, OH, 43215.

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

Thursday
Jul192012

MAMIE WELBORN ABERNATHY

PENSACOLA, FL - Mamie Griffin Welborn Abernathy, of Pensacola, FL., died Monday, July 16, 2012 at Azalea Trace Assisted Living in Pensacola.

Born in Americus, GA., she was the daughter of the late Walter and Stella Thompson Griffin. She lived much of her adult life in Anderson County and was a graduate of Anderson High School.  She was a partner and chief financial officer of Welborn Chevrolet in Honea Path and Welborn Tire Service in Anderson from 1952-1973 with her first husband, W. Keys Welborn. Following the death of Mr. Welborn, she married Ralph Abernathy in 1973 and moved to St. Simon’s Island, GA where she was active in many civic affairs. After the death of Mr. Abernathy, she moved to Pensacola in 1990. She was a member of the D.A.R. and First Presbyterian Church, Pensacola, FL.

Survivors include two sons, W. Gerald Wellborn (Dr. Georgia Lou Welborn) of Anderson and John M. Welborn of Rome, GA; one daughter, Barbara W. Ellison (Fred Ellison) of St. Johns, FL; nine grandchildren and 19 great grandchildren. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her two husbands, two grandsons, four sisters and one brother.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 21, 2012 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Anderson. The .family will receive friends at the cemetery following the service. The family is at the home of Gerald and Dr. Georgia Lou Welborn, 1604 North Boulevard, Anderson

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church, 33 East Gregory Street, Pensacola, FL 32502 or Covenant Hospice, 5041 North 12th Avenue, Pensacola, FL 32504.

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

Sunday
Jul152012

RHETT COGBURN O’NEAL

May 2, 1928 – July 14, 2012

Mrs. Rhett Cogburn O’Neal, age 84, of 210 O’Neal Drive, went to her eternal home to be with her Lord on Saturday, July 14, 2012.  She died peacefully and with so much grace at NHC Health Care of Anderson surrounded by the love of her children, brothers, sisters, and grandchildren.  For 62 years, she was married to her devoted husband, Rudolph “Rudy” McClure O’Neal, Sr., until his death in 2009.  Born in Edgefield, SC, she was a daughter of the late John Stephen Cogburn and the late Hattie Lou Logue Cogburn.

Mrs. O’Neal was one of ten children.  Her passion in life was her faith in Jesus Christ and her family.  She was a devoted and loving wife, mother, and grandmother.  Mrs. O’Neal was a member of First Baptist Church of Anderson.  She was graduate of Edgefield High School and later attended Anderson Hospital School of Nursing.

Left to carry on the legacy of Rhett O’Neal are her sons, Rudolph McClure “Mac” O’Neal and his wife, Nancy of Belton, Daniel Cogburn O’Neal and his wife, Lynn of Spartanburg, David Shaun O’Neal and his wife, Lee of Lincolnton, NC; daughters, Pamela Jo O’Neal and her husband, Mo M’Rabet of West Palm Beach, FL and Paula O’Neal Adank and her husband, Jacob of Anderson; a brother, Ike Cogburn and his wife, Francis of Columbia; sisters, Joan Nobles of Toccoa, GA, Helen Hare of Edgefield and Rebecca James of Greenville; and a sister-in-law, Othello Cogburn of Edgefield. Also surviving are 13 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, Rudy and her parents, Mrs. O’Neal was preceded in death by a daughter, Patricia O’Neal Traynum; brothers, John, Avery, and Ben Cogburn; and sisters, Sue Cogburn and Ruby Mae Timmerman.

A Funeral Service celebrating the life of Mrs. Rhett O’Neal will be held on Tuesday, July 17, 2012, at 2 PM at the Chapel of The McDougald Funeral Home with the Reverend Dr. James R. Thomason officiating.  Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial 1:30 PM.  Following the service of celebration, the family will be at the family home place, 210 O’Neal Drive. 

A message of condolence may be sent by visiting www.mcdougaldfuneralhome.com.  THE McDOUGALD FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES,  Anderson.  

Sunday
Jul152012

JOHN LOUDERMILK

ANDERSON – John Robert Loudermilk, 60, of 102 Oxford Drive, husband of Tammy Loudermilk, passed away Sunday, July 15, 2012 at his residence.
Born April 24, 1952, in Anderson, he was the son of Selena Buchanan Gosnell and the late Herbert Lovess Loudermilk. He served his country in Vietnam in the U. S. Army. Later, John was a quality auditor with Electrolux Major Appliances and a member of Covenant Baptist Church. 
Surviving are his wife, Tammy Nichols Loudermilk; daughter, Amy Suzanne Lollis; 2 sons, Brandon Lee Loudermilk and Jonathan Taylor Loudermilk, all of Anderson; 2 grandchildren, Emma Ashlan Lollis and Aspen Marley Strickland; mother, Selena Gosnell of Iva; brothers and sisters, Glenn Hagood, Robin Deitz, Kim Evans, Marsena Hawkins, Sandra Gosnell, Steve Gunnels, Ken Gunnels and Gene Gunnels. In addition to his father, John was preceded in death by his sister, Jan Carroll.
Funeral service will be held at 4pm Tuesday at Sullivan-King Mortuary, Northeast Chapel with Rev. Steve Silvey officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends Monday from 6 until 8pm at Sullivan-King Mortuary, Northeast Chapel.
The family is at the residence, 102 Oxford Drive, Anderson or his mother’s house, 107 Williams Street, Iva.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621 or Cancer Association of Anderson, 215 E. Calhoun Street, Anderson, SC 29621.
SULLIVAN-KING MORTUARY, NORTHEAST CHAPEL www.sullivanking.com 

Sunday
Jul152012

THOMAS K. BURRISS

ANDERSON – Thomas Kennon Burriss, 89, of 1723 Gerrard Drive, widower of Kathryn Lawson Burriss, passed away Saturday, July 14, 2012 at his residence.
Born June 23, 1923 in Anderson, he was the son of the late Louie Kennon and Etta Whitfield Burriss. Tom was a U.S. Army Air Force Veteran and a retired Industrial Engineer with the Singer Company. He was a member of Salem Baptist Church.
Surviving are his son, Thomas Michael Burriss and his wife, Patti and daughter, Ann B. Osborne all of Anderson; 3 grandchildren, Carol Burriss Madden, Patricia Burriss Kyger and Timothy M. Burriss and 6 great grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held at 4pm Monday at Salem Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Jim Frost officiating. Military honors will be provided by the Campbell Patriots Honor Guard. The family is at the residence.
Flowers are optional, memorials may be made to Interim Hospice, 2001 E. Greenville St, Anderson, SC 29621.
SULLIVAN-KING MORTUARY, DOWNTOWN CHAPEL www.sullivanking.com

Sunday
Jul152012

JIM SHIRLEY

January 29, 1941 – July 13, 2012

Mr. James A. “Hot Dog” Shirley, age 71,  departed his earthly home for a heavenly home on July 13, 2012 at AnMed Health Care Center.

Mr. Shirley is survived by his wife of 48 years, Betty W. Shirley, of the home; his son, James C. “Chris” Shirley and his wife Khristy of Anderson and two beautiful granddaughters, Erica Dawn Shirley and Hannah Christine Shirley. He is also survived by his brother-in-law, William Hanvey, niece Margaret Brady and her husband Chris and their children Blake and Marissa Brady. 

After graduating from Boys High in 1959, he served our beloved country in the U.S. Army.  He worked for many years at Dexter Grocery Company and Seabrook.  He retired with the rank of Lieutenant from the Anderson City Fire Department in 2000, with twenty-seven years of service as well as three years of service to the Broadway Volunteer Fire Department.  During his many years of work as a fireman and as a professional painter, he made many wonderful loving friends with whom he still kept in contact.  He was a devout Christian and faithful member of River Street Baptist Church, where he served as deacon, trustee, and groundskeeper for thirty-seven years.

Jim was predeceased by a sister, Betty Hanvey, his parents, James L. “Luke” Shirley and Mattie Lou Stewart Shirley and many beloved aunts and uncles.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, July 15, 2012, from 6 PM until 8:30 PM at The McDougald Funeral Home.   Funeral services will be held at 11 AM on Monday, July 16, 2012 at River Street Baptist Church officiated by the Reverend Dr. Ron Fousek and the Reverend Roger Porter.  Interment will follow at M. J. “Dolly” Cooper Veterans Cemetery with military honors.

Flowers will be accepted and memorials may be made to River Street Baptist Church, 708 East River Street, Anderson, SC, 29624.

The family is at the home of his son, Chris Shirley, 1502 Babb Street, Anderson.


Friday
Jul132012

GORDON KNIGHT

PENDLETON- Wade Gordon Knight, Jr., 70, of 304 Westinghouse Rd., widower of the late Peggy Ramseur Knight, died Wednesday July 11, 2012 at the Rainey Hospice House.

Born October 2, 1941 in Lancaster, he was the son of Alice Patterson Knight and the late Wade Knight, Sr. He served in the US Air Force, OSI Intelligence Division. Mr. Knight was a graduate of Greer High School and the University of South Carolina. After graduating form Southeastern Theological Seminary he became an ordained Minister. He worked at both the College of Charleston and The Citadel and was the Vice President of Business Affairs at Anderson University. He was a self-employed CPA.

Surviving are his sons: Russell Knight of Lyman, Tim Swingle of Pendleton, daughters: Sonya K. Byrd of Greenville and Donna Mangubat of Norfolk, VA, six grandchildren, mother, Alice P. Knight and brother, Lawrence Knight.

Funeral services will be held at 5:30 PM Sunday at Sullivan-King Mortuary, Northeast Chapel with Rev. Barry Davis officiating. The family will receive friends from 4:30PM until 5:30PM at the mortuary prior to the service. The family is at the residence.

SULLIVAN-KING MORTUARY & CREMATORY, 3205 Hwy 81 North, www.sullivanking.com

Sunday
Jul082012

MRS. GENEVA “Gigi” LEVERETTE ALLEN

December 6, 1921 – July 6, 2012

ANDERSON, SC - Mrs. Geneva “Gigi” Leverette Allen, age 90, of 500 Concord Road, #B-5, Anderson, died on July 6, 2012 at the Rainey Hospice House.  Born in Anderson, she was a daughter of the late Almond O. Leverette and the late Della Cleveland Leverette.  She was married for forty-six years to the late Milford “Nick” Allen, who died in 1992.

Mrs. Allen was a dedicated member of the Orrville Baptist Church where she was a member of the Ruth Sunday School Class.  Having a career in childcare, she taught many children at Boulevard Baptist Church and Southside Baptist Church day school programs and was affectionately known as “Miss Gigi”.  All of her life, she loved gardening, going to the beach, traveling, and walking. She was also an avid Gamecock fan.   Geneva was a beloved daughter, wife, mother, grandmother, sister, aunt, neighbor and friend.  

Left to carry on Mrs. Allen’s legacy are a son, Chuck Allen and his wife, Sharon, of Anderson; 2 daughters, Peggy Allen Mason and Vicki Allen Jones, both of Columbia; 2 sisters, Pat Ozmint and her husband, Ed, of Anderson, and Sue Scott of Bennettsville, SC; 5 grandchildren, Rhett Wehunt and his wife, Lisa, and Blake Wehunt, both of Lexington, SC, Josh Allen and his wife Taylor, Miranda Allen and Callie Allen, all of Anderson; and great-grandchild, Jordan Wehunt of Lexington, SC.

In addition to her husband and parents, those who preceded her in death include her brothers, Al Leverette, Jr. and Bobby Joe Leverette and a sister, Doris Ramsey. 

A service celebrating the life of Mrs. Allen will be held on Monday, July 9, 2012 at 3:00 pm in  the Chapel of  The McDougald Funeral Home with the Reverend Dr. Wendell Bannister officiating.  Interment will follow at New Silver Brook Cemetery.   

The family will be at the home of Chuck and Sharon Allen, 112 Graylyn Court, Anderson, and will receive friends  Monday from 1:00 pm until 2:30 pm at the funeral home. 

The family wishes to express their gratitude to the caregivers at No Place Like Home, the medical staff of NHC, AnMed Health, and Rainey Hospice House for their loving care.  The family would also like to thank Pastor Wendell Bannister for all his faithful visits and prayers.

Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 285, Anderson, SC 29622.

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