Miscellaneous Polk County, North Carolina Obituaries

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John Ed Gregory
John Ed Gregory, 77, of Campobello, died Feb. 1, 2001, at Magnolia Manor of Inman.
A native of Spartanburg County, he was the son of the late Lewis and Nellie Gosnell Gregory. He retired from Chrysler Corporation after 25 years of service and was a World War II Army veteran.
Survivors include one daughter, Jo Ann Ertzberger of Inman, S.C.; one son, Wallace Gregory of Boiling Springs, S.C.; two sisters, Betty Berry of Boiling Springs and Dorothy Tucker of Campobello; one brother, J.L. Gregory of Greer, S.C.; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
The family is at the home of his son, Wallace Gregory, 391 Cocoa Road, Inman.

Eleanor Rose Brown
Eleanor Rose Brown, 99, of Forest City, died Feb. 1, 2001, in Autumn Care Nursing Home.
A native of Inman, S.C., she was the widow of Allen Mack Brown, and the daughter of the late Joseph Henry and Sara Lou Luizer Brown. She was a homemaker and member of Rock Hill Baptist Church in Inman.
Survivors include two daughters, Annie B. Greene of Lattimore and Frances Fleming of Gastonia; five sons, Edward Brown of Shelby, Robert J. Brown and William Brown, both of Inman, James Brown of Startex, S.C., and Michael Brown of Albuquerque, N.M.; one sister, Lily Mae McCraw of Inman; 24 grandchildren, including a granddaughter, Kim Splawn of Columbus and Patrick, S.C.; 31 great-grandchildren, including a great-grandson, Robbie McFarland of Sylva; and 14 great-great-grandchildren.
Services were held at Seawright Funeral Home with the Rev. Beryl Wyatt officiating. Burial was in Rock Hill Baptist Church Cemetery in Inman.

Jacob Wayne Austin
Jacob Wayne Austin, infant son of Jason Wayne and Crystal Austin of Sunny View, died Feb. 2, 2001, in Rutherford County Hospital.
Survivors, beside his parents, include maternal grandparents, Mark Blanchard of Spartanburg, S.C., and Tricia Jordan of Inman, S.C.; paternal grandmother, Cindy Ross of Mill Spring; maternal great-grandparents, Carroll and Isabel Blanchard of Spartanburg; paternal great-grandparents, Charles and Betty Milam of Green Creek; and paternal great-great-grandmother, Ella Pitsenburg of Green Creek.
Services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Tryon United Methodist Church with the Rev. Keith Franklin officiating. Burial will be in Polk Memorial Gardens, Columbus.
McFarland Funeral Chapel, Tryon, is in charge of arrangements.

Dr. Walter L. Bayard
Dr. Walter L. Bayard of Bermuda Run died Feb. 2, 2001, after an extended illness. He was a dedicated husband, father, grandfather and physician.
Dr. Bayard was born Feb. 14, 1923, to Walter Darrow and Myrtle Baker Bayard of Chicago, Ill. He was a graduate of the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois School of Medicine. He completed his training in ophthalmology at the Illinois Eye and Ear Infirmary, where he also served as clinical professor. His long medical career spanned a period of 36 years.
He was in private practice in Park Ridge, Ill.; Tryon; and Phoenix, Ariz., retiring in 1988. Dr. Bayard was a Diplomat of the American College of Surgeons and a member of The Academy of Ophthalmology, The American Board of Ophthalmology and the American Medical Association. He served in the Army Medical Corps for four years reaching the rank of Captain. Dr. Bayard was also a member of the vestry of The Church of The Holy Cross in Tryon. He was preceded in death by a son, Robert Baker Bayard.
Surviving are his wife of almost 50 years, Donna Lutz Bayard of the home; four sons, W. John Bayard, MD, and his wife, Ruth, of Columbia, S.C., Peter Bayard and wife, Sine, of Copenhagen, Denmark; Jeffery Bayard and his wife, Lisa, of Richmond, Va., and Andrew Bayard and his wife, Lori, of Winston-Salem; a daughter, Mitzi Bayard Campanelli and husband, Tom, of Guam; eight grandchildren, Amanda, Lindsey, Bailey Anne, Blake, Katherine, Andrew, Zachary and Noah.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Michael J. Fox Parkinson’s Research Project.
A private family memorial service will be held at a later date.
Hayworth-Miller Kinderton Chapel, Advance, is in charge of arrangements.

James Arthur Page
James Arthur Page, 73, of Charlotte, died at home Feb. 3, 2001.
He was born in Landrum to the late LeRoy Randolph Page and Alma Irene Foster Page. He joined the United States Navy in 1944 and served as an enlisted man in the Asiatic-Pacific Theater during World War II.
He attended Wofford College in Spartanburg and Ringling School of Art in Sarasota, Fla. In 1949 he married the former Mary Ellen Dobbins of Spartanburg.
Mr. Page and his family moved to Charlotte in 1952 where he was employed in the Art Department of the Charlotte Observer. He also worked for the Charlotte News for several years. He joined Lowe’s where he created their advertising department. He was head of advertising departments for several major corporations in North Carolina, the last being Associated Grocers Mutual. He left AGM in 1970 to form his own advertising agency, which he operated until his retirement in 1995.
Mr. Page is survived by his wife; one daughter, Katherine Page Graydon of Woodbridge, Va.; one son, James Randolph Page of Charlotte; two brothers, Cannon F. Page of Chester, Va., and H. Cliff Page of Portsmouth, Va.; two sisters, Mildred Page Hogarth of Kinston and Alma Page Atwater of Columbia, S.C.; two grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.
A memorial service to celebrate Mr. Page’s life will be held at Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 3307 Rea Road, Charlotte, at 11 a.m. today. The service will be conducted by pastors Doug Vinez and David Cornett. The family will receive friends following the memorial service.
The family requests that in lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Presbyterian Home Care Hospice, P.O. Box 33549, Charlotte, N.C. 28233-3549; or to Good Shepherd Presbyterian Church, 3307 Rea Road, Charlotte, N.C. 29226.
Carolina Funeral and Cremation Center is in charge of arrangements.

Joseph Suto
Joseph Suto, 77, of Landrum, died Feb. 3, 2001.
A native of Sharpsville, Pa., he was the husband of Mildred “Millie” Suto and son of the late Joseph and Elizabeth K. Suto and was a former resident of Chicago, Ill. He was a retired employee of Stott’s Ford and a veteran of World War II.
Survivors, in addition to his wife, are two sons, Joseph Patrick and John Arthur Suto; three daughters, Nancy Romans, Donna Suto and Norma Masters; and eight grandchildren.
Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. today at Evergreen Memorial Gardens, conducted by the Rev. Mike Eubanks.

Maurice Wilson Lance
Maurice Wilson Lance, 65, of Campobello, died Feb. 4, 2001, at St. Luke’s Hospital.
A native of Greenville County, S.C., he was the husband of Shelby Rhodes Lance and son of the late Hubert and Lula Mills Lance. He was a member of Motlow Creek Baptist Church and employed as a machinist for Hayssen Manufacturing. He was an Air Force veteran, having retired after 22 years of service. He was a member of the USAF Sergeants Association and the Uniform Services Association. He also was a member of the American Legion and the Parkinson’s Association.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are two sons, Ronald W. Lance of Charlotte and Richard C. Lance of Greenville, S.C.; one brother, Alan Lance of Madison; two sisters, Lucille O’Bryant of Fredericksburg, Va., and Margaret Lambert of Bessemer City; and four grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. today at Motlow Creek Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Tim Smart. Burial, with military honors, will be in the church cemetery.
The family is at the home, 1670 Wingo Road, Campobello.
Memorials may be made to Motlow Creek Baptist Church, 2300 Motlow Creek Road, Campobello, S.C. 29322.

Arthur Moore
Arthur Moore, 88, of Columbus, died Feb. 4, 2001, in his home.
A native of Springfield, Ohio, he was the son of the late Arthur and Etta Power Moore. He was the widower of Martha Watkins Moore, who died in 1998. He had lived in Polk County since 1968, coming from Toledo, Ohio.
Survivors include two sons, David W. Moore and Randy Moore, both of British Columbia, Canada; one daughter, Susan M. Tallyn of Ojai, Calif.; one brother, William Moore of Los Angeles, Calif.; and eight grandchildren.
There will be no local services.
McFarland Funeral Chapel, Tryon, is in charge of arrangements.

Louise Thompson Johnson
Louise Thompson Johnson, 88, of Hendersonville, Feb. 4, 2001, in Margaret Pardee Hospital in Hendersonville.
A native of Polk County, she was the daughter of the late William Luther and Alice Cantrell Thompson. She was a U.S. Postal Carrier for 19 years in the Holbert Cove area. Mrs. Johnson was a caregiver and sitter for many years and was also an employee of Thompson’s Grill in Saluda for many years. She was a member of Saluda First Baptist Church and was the widow of Grady Harold Johnson who died in 1975.
Survivors include one daughter, Harriet Crawford of East Flat Rock; two sons, Jack W. Johnson of Dade City, Fla., and Harold R. Johnson of Saluda; one sister, Florence Whitaker of Saluda; three grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.
Services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Saluda First Baptist Church with the Revs. Paul Black and Wayne Hembree officiating. Burial will be in Saluda City Cemetery. Mrs. Johnson will be placed in the church at 1:30 p.m. today.
Memorials may be made to Saluda First Baptist Church building fund, Carolina Avenue, Saluda, N.C. 28773.
McFarland Funeral Chapel, Tryon, is in charge of arrangements.

Erselle Head Johnson
Erselle Head Johnson, 84, of Green Creek, died Feb. 5, 2001, in Autumn Care of Saluda after a long illness.
A native of Green Creek, she was the widow of Jim M. Johnson, and the daughter of the late Otho and Grace Burnett Head. She was a retired registered nurse, having worked in the Green Creek community with Dr. W.T. Head and as a nursing assistant at St. Luke’s Hospital in Columbus.
Survivors include one son, Joe H. Johnson of Greenville, S.C.; a sister, Audrey Head Hines of Green Creek; and one granddaughter.
Services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Melvin Hill Church of the Brethren. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends prior to the service at 1 p.m. at the church.
Petty Funeral Home, Landrum, is in charge of arrangements.

Ronny Leonard Levister
Ronny Leonard Levister, 42, of Landrum, died Feb. 5, 2001, in St. Luke’s Hospital.
A native of Polk County, he was the son of Bobby L. and Evelyn B. Levister of Landrum. He worked as a mechanic at Mohawk Industries.
Survivors, in addition to his parents, include his wife, Sonya Foy Levister; two sons, Joshua Haeger of Rolling Meadows, Ill., and Luke Levister of the home; three daughters, Ginger Lindsey of Landrum, Valerie Haeger of Rolling Meadows, Ill., and Allie Levister of the home; two brothers, Tony Levister of Landrum and Wayne Levister of Landrum; one sister, Appriel Blackwell of Landrum; and two grandchildren, Jacob and Harley Lindsey of Landrum.
Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Petty Funeral Chapel with the Rev. Bobby Pierce officiating. Burial will be in Evergreen Memorial Gardens.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at Petty Funeral Home.
The family is at the home of his parents, Bobby and Evelyn Levister, 113 Goforth Road, Landrum.
Petty Funeral Home, Landrum, is in charge of arrangements.

Carrie Elizabeth “Beth” Corn
Carrie Elizabeth “Beth” Corn, 24, of Pop Corn Drive died Feb. 6, 2001, at her residence.
She was born in Fletcher, a daughter of Gary M. Corn and Shelva Jean Wilkie Corn, and was a lifelong resident of Henderson County. She attended Edneyville High School and graduated from North Henderson High School. She attended UNCA and was attending Blue Ridge Community College. She was employed by Advantage Home Health as a home health care assistant and attended New Grace Christian Church. She loved to read and write poetry and possessed many creative and artistic talents.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by two brothers, Roy Michael Corn of Charlotte and Tim Wilkie of Hendersonville; two sisters, Robin Russell of the home and Sharon Hensley of Hendersonville; and her maternal grandfather, Arthur “Tot” Wilkie of Saluda.
A graveside service was held Saturday at Shepherd Memorial Park with her uncle, Daniel Wilkie, and Joe Cox officiating.
Memorials may be made to the Eliada Home for Children, P.O. Box 16708, Asheville, N.C. 28816; or to the Healing Place, P.O. Box 2461, Hendersonville, N.C. 28793.
Thos. Shepherd and Son Funeral Directors was in charge of arrangements.

Cleo Owensby Bradley
Cleo Owensby Bradley, 74, of Mill Spring, died Feb. 6, 2001, in Memorial Mission Hospital, Asheville.
A native of Polk County, she was the daughter of the late Ealey and Dessie Bailey Owensby. She retired in 1989 from Vanderbilt Shirt Manufacturing. Mrs. Bradley was a member of Coopers Gap Baptist Church and was the widow of Spurgeon Bradley who died in 1978.
Survivors include two sons, Tarry Bradley and Garry Bradley, both of Mill Spring; one daughter, Ernestine Sherman of Hendersonville; three brothers, Joe Owensby and Wayne Owensby, both of Mill Spring, and R.B. Owensby of Hendersonville; three sisters, Celia Greene of Mill Spring, Margie Greene of Green Creek and Lois Gilbert of Hendersonville; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by a son, Larry Bradley.
Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Coopers Gap Baptist Church with the Revs. Warren Elliott and Robert Bates officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Mrs. Bradley will be placed in the church at 1:30 p.m. today.
The family will be at the home, 999 Steppe Road, Mill Spring.
McFarland Funeral Chapel, Tryon, is in charge of arrangements.

Hazel Landers Gosnell
Hazel Landers Gosnell, 72, of Marshall, passed away Feb. 12, 2001, at her residence.
The native and lifelong resident of Madison County was the daughter of the late John Landers and the late Biddie Gosnell Landers. She attended Davis Chapel Baptist Church.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Gosnell was preceded in death by two brothers. She is survived by her husband, Arvel “Josh” Gosnell of the home; four daughters, Janie Scott of Fletcher, Sheila Bradburn of Marshall, Biddie Presnell of Travelers Rest, S.C., and Kathy Hipp of Saluda; four sons, Jackie Chandler of Marshall, Brentley Gosnell of Hendersonville, Edgar Gosnell of Saluda and Broda Gosnell of Marshall; a sister, Evelyn Thomas of Travelers Rest, S.C.; 21 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
A funeral will be conducted at 11 a.m. today in the chapel of Madison Funeral Home, with the Revs. Manson Warren and Ralph Roberts officiating. Interment will follow in the Scott Chandler Cemetery.

Manuel Robert Donley
Manuel Robert Donley, 87, of Tryon, died March 27, 2001, in his home.
A native of Fort Worth, Texas, he was the son of the late Manuel and Ethel Stanley Donley. He was a Retired Lt. Colonel in the U.S. Air Force where he was an intelligence officer and participated in the Normandy Invasion during World War II.
Survivors include his wife, Rewa Donley of Tryon; two sons, Mark Donley of Lakeland, Fla., and Grant Donley of Satellite Beach, Fla.; a daughter, Kathryn Donley of Modesto, Calif.; and four grandsons.
Memorial services will be held at sea.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, 421 N. Trade St., Tryon, N.C. 28782.
McFarland Funeral Chapel, Tryon, is in charge of arrangements.

Cecil Roy Mullinax
Cecil Roy Mullinax, 75, of Greer, S.C., died March 27, 2001, at his home.
A native of Greenville County, he was the son of the late William Arthur and Ionla Jane Vanadore Mullinax and husband of Louise Mulligan Mullinax. He was a millwright, a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church and a Navy veteran, having served in World War II.
Survivors, in addition to his wife, are two sons, Arthur and Stephen Mullinax, both of Greer; two daughters, Rebecca Osteen of Greenville, S.C., and Lisa West of Landrum; one sister, Ruby Isaacks of Fort Myers, Fla.; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held today at 3 p.m. at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Burl Ashley and Don Kelley. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The family will be at the home, 204 Mullinax Drive, Greer.

Ruby Hipp Thompson
Ruby Hipp Thompson, 57, of Greer, S.C., died March 29, 2001, at her home.
A native of Spartanburg County, she was a daughter of Hazel Bridwell Hipp of Greer and the late Riley Hipp. She was a retired employee of Milliken and Company and a member of Second Baptist Church.
Survivors, in addition to her mother, are two daughters, Debra Joines of Landrum and Denise Thompson Gambrell of Greer; one brother, Curtis Hipp of Greer; one sister, Jean Parham of Greer; and six grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Saturday at Second Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Hall Hollifield and Hurbert Hatley. Burial followed in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.
The Wood Mortuary was in charge of arrangements.

Robert F. Hastings
Robert F. Hastings, 77, of Lynn, died March 29, 2001, in The Laurels of Hendersonville.
A native of Manistique, Mich., he was the son of the late Edward and Clara Ranson Hastings and the widower of Susan Baxter Hastings, who died in 1989. Mr. Hastings was a bomber pilot during World War II, serving in the Army Air Corp. He was a former hockey player at Michigan Tech and a graduate of Marquette University. He worked for Merrill Lynch for 38 years in Indianapolis, Ind., retiring as vice president in 1986 before moving to Lynn. Mr. Hastings was a past president of the Tryon Country Club.
Survivors include three sons, John D. Hastings of Hendersonville, Patrick R. Hastings of Nashville, Tenn., and Gordon G. Hastings of Columbus, Ohio; a daughter, Clair Hastings Lombardo of Philadelphia, Pa.; a sister, Helen Williams of Columbus; a brother, Dr. E. Val Hastings of Augusta, Ga.; and eight grandchildren, Patrick, Cara, William, Susan, Allison, Conner and Jackson Hastings and Katherine Lombardo.
Mr. Hastings was preceded in death by a son, Robert E. Hastings, who died in 1972.
The body will be sent to Leppert-Hensley Mortuary, Indianapolis, Ind., for funeral service Tuesday, April 3, at 9:30 a.m. Burial will be in Pleasant Hill Cemetery, Indianapolis.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at McFarland Funeral Chapel, Tryon.
Memorials may be made to the Robert E. Hastings Scholarship Fund, c/o Brebeuf Preparatory School, 2801 W. 86th Street, Indianapolis, Ind., 46268.
McFarland Funeral Chapel, Tryon, is in charge of arrangements.

Tom L. Pruitt
Tom L. Pruitt, 75, of Greer, S.C., died March 30, 2001, at his residence.
He was the husband of Ila Mae Morris Pruitt and a son of the late Horace and Ella Clayton Pruitt. He retired as a supervisor with John D. Hollingsworth on Wheels, with 30 years of service. He served as a deacon for 18 years at East Georgia Road Baptist Church and was a member of New Testament Baptist Church. He also served in the Army.
Survivors, in addition to his wife, are one daughter, Martha Stokes and husband of Greer, S.C.; three sons, Jim Pruitt of Greenwood, S.C., Steve Pruitt of Boiling Springs, S.C., and Randy Pruitt of Greer; one brother, Horace Dean Pruitt of Campobello; three sisters, Margerie Johnson of Blue Ridge, S.C., Bertha Johnson of Campobello and Catherine Belue of Landrum; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Monday in the Cannon Funeral Home-Jones Chapel, conducted by the Revs. Ray Robinson, Bob Stegall and Billy Looper. Burial followed at Cannon Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made to Interim Hospice, 775 Spartan Blvd., Spartanburg, S.C. 29301.
Cannon Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements.

Lois C. Harrison
Lois C. Harrison, 89, of Gowensville, died March 30, 2001, at White Oak Manor in Greenville County.
A native of Greenville County, she was the wife of James W. Harrison and the daughter of the late John C. and Dovie Smith Caldwell. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Gowensville. She also was a former teacher and had graduated from Greenville Women’s College in 1932.
Survivors, in addition to her husband, include one son, James C. Harrison of Greer, S.C.; and two grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Sunday at First Baptist Church of Gowensville, conducted by the Rev. Chad Rickenbaker. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Petty Funeral Home, Landrum, was in charge of arrangements.

Janie Jackson Thompson
Janie Jackson Thompson, 90, of Columbus, died March 31, 2001, at her home.
Born in Polk County, she was the daughter of the late Twitty and Polly Ann Walker Jackson and wife of Walden Thompson, who died in 1989. Mrs. Thompson was a member of Columbus Baptist Church.
Survivors include one son, Michael Walden Thompson of Columbus; one granddaughter, Tracy Thompson of Columbus; and one grandson, Scott Thompson of Tryon. Also surviving is one great-granddaughter.
A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. today in the McFarland Funeral Chapel, Tryon, with Dr. Jesse Yarbrough officiating. Burial will be in Polk Memorial Gardens, Columbus.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Carolina Foothills, 421 N. Trade St., Tryon, N.C. 28782; or to the Alzheimer’s Association, Western N.C. Chapter, 3 Louisiana Ave., Asheville, N.C. 28806.
The family will be at the home, 630 Blanton St., Columbus,
McFarland Funeral Chapel, Tryon, is in charge of arrangements.

Joel Derby
Joel “Joe” E. Derby, 73, died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2001, at his home after a battle with cancer. Born July 12, 1928 in Cleveland, Ohio, he was the son of the late Dr. Jay and Cleo Derby. He grew up in Tryon, where he drove a school bus, started on the high school football team and was an Eagle Scout.
He attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education. He joined the U.S. Army and served from 1954 until 1956.
A funeral service to Celebrate the his life was held Saturday, Nov. 10, 2001 at McEwen Pineville Chapel with the Rev. Dr. Buddy Pigg, officiating. A graveside service was held in Sharon Memorial Park.
His wife of forty-four years, Sara V. Derby preceded him in death four years to the day. Survivors include two sons, Michael Wayne Derby of Charlotte and Joel E. Derby, III of New Orleans, La.; three daughters, Laura Hannon and Dawn Milgrom both of Charlotte and Karen Hewitt of Orlando, Fla.; a sister, Mariel Runkle of Fayetteville; a brother, Jay Derby of Goldsboro; and eleven grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to Hospice at Charlotte, 1420 East Seventh Street, Charlotte, N.C. 28204.
McEwen Funeral and Cremation Services were in charge of arrangements.

Elizabeth Crain
Elizabeth Jeanette Crain Crain, 80, of Landrum, widow of Marshall W. Crain, died Nov. 8, 2001 at Allen Bennett Hospital.
A native of Greer, daughter of the late Manley Lee and Eva Ella Farmer Crain, she was a retired employee of Greer Federal Savings and Loan and a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.
Survivors include one brother, Don Crain of Greer; and one sister, Audrey C. Alley of Spartanburg. Mrs. Crain was predeceased by two brothers, J.T. Crain and Manley Crain, Jr.; and one sister, LaVerne C. Bailey.
Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 10, 2001 at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. Sethie Hester. Burial was in the church cemetery.
The family is at the home of Tim and Sherri Crain, 3639 Hwy. 414, Landrum.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mobile Meals Service for Spartanburg County, 393 E. Main Street, Spartanburg, S.C. 29302 or the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, 4899 Jordan Road, Greer, S.C. 29651.
Wood Mortuary, Inc. was in charge of arrangements.

Jesse Fischer, DDS
Jesse H. Fischer, DDS, 91, of Hendersonville, died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2001 at Autumn Care of Saluda.
A native of New York City, he had lived in Akron, Ohio for most of his life before moving to Henderson County in 1984. He attended Akron University and graduated from Ohio State University Dental School. He managed his dental practice in Akron for 46 years before retiring. He was a member of the Agudas Israel Synagogue, where he was a member of the Agudas Israel Brotherhood and the B’nai B’rith. He was also a member of the Akron and Ohio Dental Societies, the American Dental Association and the American College of Dentists.
Survivors include his wife, Sarah Edith Fischer, whom he married on April 14, 1931; two sons, Dr. Martin J. Fischer of Tryon and Louis M. Fischer of Washington, DC; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were held Sunday, Nov. 11 at 2 p.m. at Oak Dale Cemetery, Hendersonville.
Memorial contributions may be made to the donor’s favorite charity.
Thos. Shepherd & Son Funeral Directors were in charge of arrangements.

Keith Kuykendall
Keith Kuykendall, 70, of Columbus, died Oct. 21, 2001 in St. Luke’s Hospital in Columbus.
Born in Polk County, he was the son of the late Lynn and Molly Corn Kuykendall. Mr. Kuykendall was a veteran of the Korean Conflict having served in the U.S. Army and a member of the VFW Post 4505 and American Legion. He was retired from Stott’s Ford where he was a body repair technician.
Survivors include two sons, Terry Kuykendall and Eric Kuykendall both of Columbus; one daughter, Kathy K. Howard of Landrum; four grandchildren and one great-grandchild.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2001 in the McFarland Funeral Chapel with the Revs. Gene Wilson and Eddie Gordon III officiating. Military Rites will be given by the Polk County Memorial Burial Squad.
The family will receive friends from 7 to 8:30 p.m. tonight in the McFarland Funeral Chapel.
The family is at the home of his daughter, Kathy Howard, 1304 E. Rutherford Rd., Landrum, S.C.
McFarland Funeral Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Johnny Wilkins
Johnny Lewis “Tater” Wilkins, of Boiling Springs, died Oct. 23, 2001, at the Veterans Hospital in Asheville, after an extended illness.
A native of Spartanburg County, he was a son of the late John and Lena Mae Padgett Wilkins and the husband of Carolyn Nesbitt Wilkins.
He was a member of Smith Chapel Baptist Church.
Survivors include his wife; six brothers, the Rev. Wallace Wilkins of Wellford, Brodus Wilkins of Clement, Mich., James, Tom, and Ray Wilkins of Inman; and two sisters, Jessie Mae Jackson of Inman and the Rev. Betty Kelly of Campobello.
Funeral services were held Monday at the Cannon and Sons Funeral Chapel. Burial was in Smith Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family is at the home of a sister, Jessie Mae Jackson of 28 Blackstock Road, Inman.
Cannon and Sons Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.

Joseph George
Joseph E. George, 76, of Spartanburg, died Oct. 24, 2001 at his home.
A native of Union, he was the son of the late Wade Simpson and Rachel McGaha George. He was a rural postal employee and was of the Methodist faith. He was a U.S. Navy veteran.
Survivors include his wife, Quida Sumrall George, of the home; one daughter, Brenda George Whelchel of Columbus; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held today, Oct. 26, 2001, at 3:30 p.m. at Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel conducted by the Rev. Robert Wofford.
The family will receive friends following the service in the chapel.
Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.
Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel is in charge of arrangements.


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