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February 7, 1889
The new temple for Hiram Lodge No. 68 was completed in late 1888. The dedication was originally scheduled for the previous December, but was postponed to May because of the dedication of the Chiquola Hotel. This did not prevent the lodge members from using the facilities. The first meeting in its newly completed lodge room at its lodge on East Benson Street was held on February 7, 1889.

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Monday
Jul182011

STEVE DILLARD

JUNE 3, 1947 – JULY 17, 2011

ANDERSON, SC – Stephen Michael Dillard, age 64, passed away on Sunday, July 17, 2011, at AnMed Health Medical Center.

Born June 3, 1947, he was a son of the late Roy Dillard and Jimmie Hodges Dillard. He was a graduate of T.L. Hanna High School and served in the United States Army during the Vietnam Era. Mr. Dillard retired from K-Mart.

Survivors include his wife of nearly thirty-four years, Myra Bowen Dillard; daughter, Heather Puffer and husband, Lee, of Cumming, GA; son, Kenneth Dillard of the home; brother, Richard Dillard and wife, Edith, of Pacolet, SC; and two grandchildren: Micayla and Kyle. 

The Funeral Service will be held at 10:30 am on Wednesday, July 20, 2011, at M.J. “Dolly” Cooper Veterans Cemetery.  The family is at 121 Camellia Drive and will receive friends at The McDougald Funeral Home from 6pm until 8pm on Tuesday. 

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

THE McDOUGALD FUNERAL HOME, Anderson, SC.

Friday
Jul152011

THELMA S. MITCHELL

June 16, 1923 – July 14, 2011

BELTON, SC - Thelma Spearman Mitchell, age 88 of 906 Highway 252, wife of the late George F. Mitchell, died Thursday, July 14, 2011 at her residence.

Born in Anderson, SC on June 16, 1923, Mrs. Mitchell as the daughter of the late William Henry Spearman, Sr., and Bertie Owen Spearman.  She retired from the Belton Corporation and was a member of Neal’s Creek Baptist Church. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.  

Survivors include her sons, Ricky Mitchell and his wife, Angela of Anderson and Roger Mitchell and his wife, Lisa of Belton; daughters, Carolyn Vaughn and her husband, James of Liberty and Nancy Smith of Anderson; 12 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. 

In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by daughters, Sara and Peggy Mitchell; son-in-law, Ted Smith; two  great-granddaughters;  brothers, George Owen, Rufus Spearman, Mack Spearman, William Spearman, Jr., and Joe Spearman. 

The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of The McDougald Funeral Home officiated by the Reverend Alex Henderson.  Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. 

The family will be at the residence and will receive friends at the funeral home on Saturday from 12:30 pm until 1:30 pm.

Flowers are optional.  Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621 or Neal’s Creek Baptist Church, 3204 Amity Road Ext., Anderson, SC 29621-0544. 

Thursday
Jul142011

BONNIE B. BLOODWORTH

APRIL 22, 1935 – JULY 14, 2011

BELTON, SC – Bonnie Bailey Bloodworth went to be home in the arms of Jesus on Thursday, July 14, 2011.  She was born April 22, 1935, and was a daughter of the late Joe & Nellie Bailey.

Survivors include her husband, David Bloodsworth; daughter, Peggy Haynie of Belton; sons: Larry Zapeline (Donna) of Anderson, and Ricky Sanders of Anderson; grandchildren: Jason Haynie, and Tonya Thomason; great grandchildren: Joda and Mia; brothers: Kenneth Bailey of Kingsland, GA, and Michael Bailey of Anderson; sisters: Jean Johnson (J.T.) of Anderson, Nellie Jo Columbo of Belton, and Carolyn Phillips (Charles) of Jacksonville, FL.  In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by siblings: Peggy Ann Bailey, Elizabeth Ginn, Edward Bailey, and Joe “Jr” Bailey.

The Funeral Service will be held at 11:30 am on Saturday, July 16, 2011, in the Chapel of The McDougald Funeral Home conducted by Dr. Carolyn Phillips. Interment will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. 

The family is at the home and will receive friends at the funeral home from 7pm until 9pm on Friday. 

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

THE McDOUGALD FUNERAL HOME, Anderson, SC.

Thursday
Jul142011

DAN RINK

October 10, 1961 – July 12, 2011 

ANDERSON, SC - Chief Petty Officer, Daniel Robert Rink, USCG Ret’d, age 49, husband of Joanne Davis Rink of 1222 Westgate Road, passed away on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at MUSC in Charleston, SC due to complications from cancer.  

Born in Cortland, NY on October 10, 1961, Dan was a son of the late Richard Edward Rink and Yvonne Tracy Rink.  He was a graduate of Liberty University and served in the United States Navy for four years and retired as Chief Petty Officer from the U. S. Coast Guard after 16 years of service. He was currently employed with Anderson County as a Public Safety Officer at Patrick B. Harris Psychiatric Hospital. He was a member of NewSpring Church and served there as a greeter.

Survivors include his wife of the home; son, Brandon Daniel Rink and his wife, Jillian Kathleen Rink and daughter Emily Olivia Rink, all of Anderson; siblings, Brian Rink, Janine Schreck, twin brother, Dennis Rink and Jon Paul Rink, all from the Scranton, PA area.

The Funeral Service will be held on Sunday, July 17, 2011 at 4:00 pm in the Chapel of The McDougald Funeral Home officiated by Mr. Don Janke.  The family will receive friends immediately following the service. Interment will be held on Monday at 10:00 am at M. J. “Dolly” Cooper Veterans Cemetery with full Military Honors. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Richard M. Campbell Veterans Nursing Home, 4605 Belton Highway, Anderson, SC 29621. 

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

MC DOUGALD FUNERAL HOME, Anderson, SC 

Thursday
Jul142011

WILLIAM ROBERT GRIFFITH

July 4, 1930 – July 6, 2011  

LEESVILLE, LA = William Robert Griffith, formerly of Anderson, went to be with the Lord, after a short illness in Leesville, LA on July 6, 2011, 2 days after his 81st birthday.  Mr. Griffith retired from the U. S. Army with over 23 years of service, to Leesville, LA.  Mr. Griffith was known as “Bob” or “Uncle Bob” by his family in South Carolina. He will be sorely missed by all.  

He was the son of the late Andrew and Lois Inez Owens Griffith, however, their father, Andrew, was widowed at an early age, and was also in service.  Mr. Griffith and his sister, Vivian, were reared in the Six and Twenty Community by their maternal grandparents, the late Atley and Leila Griffith.

He is survived by his wife, Heidi Griffith of Leesville; his sister, Vivian Lois Griffith Davis and her husband, Cecil; his niece, Donna Manly and her husband Richard; his nephew, Steve Davis and his wife, Pam; his niece Terriann Smith and her husband, Dr. Brian Smith of Lexington and nephew, Brad Davis of North Carolina.  He is also survived by numerous great and great-great nieces and nephews.  Also Surviving are the daughters of his present wife, Susie Johnson and Donna Courtney, along with numerous life-long friends in Louisiana. 

Mr. Griffith was predeceased by his first wife, Cindy, along with his parents and grandparents.   

The Funeral Service will be held on Monday, July 18, 2011 at 11:00 am in the Chapel of The McDougald Funeral Home with the Reverend Mark Griffith officiating. His ashes will be interred at M. J. “Dolly” Cooper Veterans Cemetery with full military honors.

Following the service the family will be at the home of his sister, Vivian Davis, 1936 Dobbins Avenue, Anderson, SC.  

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

Wednesday
Jul132011

RAYMOND S. PRUITT

January 12, 1928 – July 12, 2011

ANDERSON, SC - Raymond Samuel Pruitt, age 83, husband of Gloria Cooley Pruitt of 1010 West End Avenue, passed away on Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at his residence.

Born in Anderson County, SC on January 12, 1928, Mr. Pruitt was a son of the late Henry Samuel Pruitt and Amanda Jane Crumley Pruitt. He attended Boy’s High School and Carolina School of Commerce.  He was a United States Army Air Force veteran serving during World War II.  Mr. Pruitt retired as owner/agent of Professional Insurance Agency in Anderson.  He was a life-member of the V. F. W. Post #5996, a member of the Loyal Order of Moose #2018 and a former member of the Elks BPOE #1206.  He was of the Baptist Faith.

Survivors include his wife of the home; son, Raymond Matthew Pruitt and his girlfriend, Krista Giuliani of Anderson; step children, Mitzi L. Foster of Anderson and Sonya E. Earl of Columbia; brothers, R. Curtis Pruitt and his wife, Mary and Lalond Pruitt and his wife, Judy all of Anderson and seven grandchildren.  He also leaves behind his beloved pet, Chico Ray. 

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by brothers, Monroe and Lewis Pruitt and sisters, Rune’ Thomas and Nancy Jo Pegram.

A Graveside Service will be held on Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 3:00 pm at Forest Lawn Memorial Park officiated by Dr. Charles Holland.   

The family will be at the residence and will receive friends at The McDougald Funeral Home on Friday, July 15, 2011 from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm.

Flowers are optional.  Memorials may be made to Salem 1035 Baptist Church, Salem Church Road, Anderson, SC  29625.

Wednesday
Jul132011

RONNIE ETHRIDGE

ANDERSON - Ronnie Ethridge, 49, of 1639 Shirley Drive, passed away Tuesday, July 12, 2011.

Born November 8, 1961 in Anderson, he was the son of James Ethridge and Maydell Brown. He was in the upholstery business and was of the Baptist faith. 

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his mate, Lynn Powell of the home; son, Joseph Ethridge of Anderson; daughter, Casey Thompson of Hampton, VA; 3 sisters, Jenny Brewster, Teresa Sanders and Pam Vickery all of Anderson and two grandsons. Ronnie was preceded in death by his wife, Sharon Ethridge.  

Funeral service will be held at 2pm Thursday at Sullivan-King Mortuary, Northeast Chapel with Revs. Ralph Carter and Mike Carroll officiating. Burial will follow in New Silver Brook Cemetery. The family is at the residence. 

Flowers are optional, memorials may be made to Haven of Rest, 219 W. Whitner St., Anderson, SC 29624. 

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

Wednesday
Jul132011

HAZEL C. GASQUE

ANDERSON - Hazel Ailene Clarke Gasque, 88, of 106 Concord Avenue, wife of the late George Brantley Gasque, Sr., died Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at the Rainey Hospice House.  

Born September 8, 1922 in Morehead City, NC was the daughter of the late W.W. Clarke, Sr. and the late Ailene Mason Clarke. Hazel, with her husband was owner and operator of Master's Cleaners in Walhalla. She was a member of St. John's United Methodist Church. 

Surviving are her daughter, Carol Blackwell and her husband, Don of Westminster; son Brantley Gasque and his wife, Mitzi of Anderson; 6 grandchildren and 8 great grandchildren. She was preceded in death by 2 brothers, Donald M. Clarke and Rev. W.W. Clarke, Jr. 

Funeral service will be held at 3pm Friday at Sullivan-King Mortuary, Northeast Chapel with Rev. Dan Batson officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 2 until 3pm prior to the service at the Northeast Chapel, 3205 Hwy 81.

The family is at the home of the son, 122 Foxcroft Way, Anderson, SC. 

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

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

Wednesday
Jul132011

HELEN STANDRIDGE

June 30, 1930 – July 12, 2011

ANDERSON, SC - Helen Brown Standridge, age 81, of Anderson, SC, passed away Tuesday, July 12, 2011 at the AnMed Health Medical Center.

Born in Anderson, SC on June 30, 1930, Mrs. Standridge was a daughter of the late Samuel Harbin Brown and Cora Whitfield Brown.  She was a graduate of Anderson Girls’ High School. She was a founding member of Pleasant View Baptist Church where she served in various ministries especially with children.  Mrs. Standridge was a loving and caring wife, mother and grandmother. 

Survivors include her sons, Joe Steven Standridge and his wife, Marilyn of Greer, SC and Jeffrey Clay Standridge and his wife, Cheri of Abbeville, SC; daughter, Debra S. Hampton of Atlanta, GA; sister Mildred Crisp of Anderson, SC; six grandchildren, Russ Jester, Patrick Standridge, Kelly Herring and her husband Chad, Levi, Caleb and Caitlyn Standridge; one great-granddaughter, Annalisa Herring.  Also surviving is her life-long friend, Doris Strickland.  

She was predeceased by her husband of 61 years, J. C. Standridge; brothers, T. J., Leland and William Brown and sister, Susie Wood. 

The Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, July 16, 2011 at 11:00 am at Pleasant View Baptist Church officiated by the Reverend David Strickland.  Interment will follow in Oaklawn Memorial Gardens.  The Golden Rule Sunday School Class will serve as honorary escort. 

The family will be at the residence and will receive friends at The McDougald Funeral Home on Friday from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm.  Mrs. Standridge will be placed in the church at 10:30 am on Saturday.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to SC Alzheimer’s Association, 4124 Clemson Blvd., Suite L, Anderson, SC 29621. 

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

Tuesday
Jul122011

ANN H.  DODSON

March 20, 1920 – July 11, 2011 

ANDERSON, SC - Ann Hively Dodson, age 91, of Anderson, wife of the late William E. Dodson, died Monday, July 11, 2011 at NHC HealthCare in Anderson. 

Born in Dunmore West Virginia on March 20, 1920, Mrs. Dodson was a daughter of the late John A. Hively and Eva Rexrode Hively.  She retired from AT&T as a telephone operator and was a former White House operator during World War II.  She was an avid quilter and a member of Oakwood Baptist Church.

Survivors include her brother, Don Hively; sisters, Juanita G. Davis, Alice M. Underwood, Sylvia E. Johnson and Truda M. Underwood. 

She was predeceased by brothers, SGT Burley Hively, Hunter Hively and Paul Hively.

The Funeral Service will be held on Thursday, July 14, 2011 at 3:30 pm in the Chapel of The McDougald Funeral Home officiated by the Reverends Jeff Bartlett and Mike Davis.  Interment will be held in Miami Valley Mausoleum Gardens in Dayton, Ohio.

The family will receive friends immediately following the service. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Oakwood Baptist Church, 304 Pearman Dairy Road, Anderson, SC 29625. 

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

Tuesday
Jul122011

FRANKLIN BLACK

SEPTEMBER 23, 1923 – JULY 11, 2011 

ANDERSON, SC – Benjamin Franklin Black, age 87, of 102 Brookhaven Court, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, July 11, 2011.

Born September 23, 1923, in Anderson County, SC, he was a son of the late Benjamin Edgar Black and Jessie Whitaker Black. He served in the US Army and was a retired Supervisor at the Cushman Mill in Williamston. Mr. Black was a longtime member of Garner Memorial Baptist Church where he was a member of the Men’s Bible Class and a former Deacon. 

Survivors include his wife of over sixty-three years, Mary Stamps Black; daughter, Judy B. Barbare; son, David L. Black; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by two sisters and four brothers. 

The Funeral Service will be held at noon on Thursday, July 14, 2011, in the Chapel of The McDougald Funeral Home conducted by Dr. Jack Couch. The committal service conducted by the Reverend Isham Gilcrease will follow in M.J. ‘Dolly’ Cooper Veterans Cemetery.   The family will receive friends at the funeral home one hour prior to the funeral service.

The family is at 215 Hazelwood Avenue, Anderson.

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

THE McDOUGALD FUNERAL HOME, Anderson, SC.

Thursday
Jul072011

Jacky Ray Bridges

SANDY SPRINGS- Jacky Ray Bridges, 67, of Sandy Springs died, Thursday July 7, 2011.

Jacky was the son of the late Clinton and Flonie Bridges. He was retired from Mt. Vernon Mills. Jacky loved the Lord and was a member of Mt. Tabor Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Nelle, of the home, son, Dana Bridges and his wife, April of Greenville; two sisters, Patsy McAdams of Anderson and Linda Mullinax of Greenville.

Services will be held at 11 AM Saturday, July 9, at Mt. Tabor Baptist Church, 5901 Hwy 187, Anderson. Visitation will be in the Education Building following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mt. Tabor Baptist Church, Building Fund, 5901 Hwy 187, Anderson, SC 29625.

He was my "bestest" brother, and I loved him dearly.

SULLIVAN-KING MORTUARY, Northeast Chapel, www.sullivanking.com