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Robert D. Acken
Retired from General Motors
LOCKHART - Robert D. "Bob" Acken, 78, of 200 North Third St., died at his home Monday morning, April 1, 2002, after a brief illness.
Mr. Acken was born in Grand Rapids, Mich., on Dec. 30, 1923, a son of the late Joseph and Alice A. Brooks Acken. He was of the Protestant faith. Mr. Acken was a member of American Legion Post #76 and a member of the UAW. He was a veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army and was a retired auto worker with General Motors in Flint, Mich.
Survivors include a daughter, Constance M. Porter of Lockhart; two brothers, Alfred Acken and William Acken, both of Flint, Mich.; a sister, Thelma McIntyre of Vallejo, Calif.; a granddaughter, Gina Porter of Union; a special friend, Doris W. Whitlock of the home. Mr. Acken was predeceased by a grandson, Tony Porter.
Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday at the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home Chapel conducted by the Rev. Alan Quarles. Burial will be in Lockhart Cemetery with military honors.
Active pallbearers will be Nick Whitlock, Clint Cooper, Dale Inman, Brad Parris, Donald Warren and Kenneth Small.
The following are asked to assemble at the funeral chapel Thursday at 3:45 p.m. to form the honorary escort: Members of American Legion Post #76 and Barry Cannupp and Pete Knox.
The body will remain at the funeral home where the family will receive friends Wednesday night from 7-9.
The family is at the home, 200 North Third St., Lockhart.
The S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

Florine S. Gallman
Bethlehem United Methodist 
Church member
Florine Sherbert Gallman, 86, of 1583 Kelly Road, widow of R.E. Gallman Sr., died Monday, April 1, 2002 at 1:25 a.m. in Wallace Thomson Hospital after an extended illness.
Mrs. Gallman was born in Spartanburg County on Sept. 23, 1915, a daughter of the late Roland and Leila Belcher Sherbert. She was an active member of Bethlehem United Methodist Church as long as her health permitted. She was a charter member of the W.S.C.S. of the church and was a former Sunday School teacher. Mrs. Gallman was first married to the late George Waldrop.
Mrs. Gallman was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Surviving are two daughters and sons-in-law, Nell and Acie Blanton and Betty and Earl Atkinson, all of Union; a son and daughter-in-law, R.E. Gallman Jr. and Clara Gallman of Union; four grandchildren, Jeff Atkinson, Linda Jolly and Andrea Justice of Union and Buddy Gallman of Chester and 11 great-grandchildren. Mrs. Gallman was predeceased by a grandson, Kenneth Blanton.
Funeral services will be held at 3p.m. Thursday at Bethlehem United Methodist Church conducted by the Rev. Keith Sweat and the Rev. Larry Hyder. Burial will be in the Gallman Family Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be James Lawson, C.W. Garner, Willie Scales, Ken McCraw, Floyd Heatherly and Dean Gallman.
Members of the Adult Sunday School Class and members of the W.S.C.S. of Bethlehem United Methodist Church are asked to sit in a group.
The body will remain at the funeral home where the family will receive friends Wednesday night from 7-9 and will be placed in the church at 2 p.m. Thursday to await the hour of service.
The family is at the home of her granddaughter, Linda Jolly, 1671 Kelly Road, Union.
Memorials may be made to Bethlehem United Methodist Church Building Fund, 1622 Kelly Road, Union, 29379.
The S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

Sara Evelyn S. Sykes
Retired Conso employee
Sara Evelyn Stone Sykes, 87, of Oakmont Nursing Home, formerly of Buffalo, widow of Woodrow Wilson Sykes, died April 2, 2002, at 1:19 a. m. in Wallace Thomson Hospital.
Mrs. Sykes was born in Cross Anchor on May 10, 1914, a daughter of the late Byrd Hix Stone and Nora Watson Stone. She was a member of Buffalo United Methodist Church and was retired from Conso Products.
Surviving are: a son and daughter-in-law, James and Nancy Sykes of Buffalo; a sister, Edna Stone Jenkins of Buffalo; two brothers and a sister-in-law, Byrd Lee and Janet Stone of Buffalo and James Hubert Stone of Greenville; three grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. Mrs. Sykes was predeceased by a brother, Thomas Henry Stone.
Graveside services will be held at 11 a. m. Wednesday at Union memorial Gardens conducted by the Rev. Jerry Lawson and Rev. Phillip Chandler.
Active pallbearers will be Bobby Stone, Stanley Jenkins, Gerald Inabinett, James Inabinett, Maxie Copeland and Benjamin Wages.
The body will remain at the funeral home where the family will receive friends tonight from 7 until 9.
The family is at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, James and Nancy Sykes, 828 Riley Road, Buffalo.
Memorials may be made to the Buffalo United Methodist Church Building fund, P. O. Box 176, Buffalo, S. C. 29321.
The S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

James Williford Jr.
Truck driver
Jesse James Williford Jr., 59, of 117 Williford Road, died Monday, April 1, 2002 at 4 a.m. in Wallace Thomson Hospital after an extended illness.
Mr. Williford was born in Union on Nov. 19, 1942, a son of Viola Taylor Williford of Union and the late Jesse J. Williford Sr. He was a member of Fairview Baptist Church and a member of the Woodman of the World. Mr. Williford was employed as a truck driver with Leardis Eison Pulpwood.
Surviving in addition to his mother are two daughters, Charity Williford Howard and Christen Williford, both of Union; two sons, Jesse James Williford III of Union and Josh Williford of the home; a sister, Elaine Williford Burgess of Union; six grandchildren; and his fiance, Ann Canada of Union. Mr. Williford was predeceased by a sister, Mary Williford Robinette.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Fairview Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. Warren Jones, the Rev. Clarence Crocker and the Rev. Guy Langston. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be Donnie Horne, Harold Horne, Jimmy Pierce, Cecil Brown, Dennis Nix and Dennis Tucker.
The following are asked to assemble at the church Wednesday at 2:45 p.m. to form the honorary escort: Paul Dean Williford, Jackie Walton, Steve Howard, Glen Howard and Danny Canada.
After 1 p.m. today the body will be at the home of his mother, Viola Taylor Williford, 1608 Santuc-Carlisle Highway, Union, and will be placed in church at 2 p.m. Wednesday to await the hour of service.
Memorials may be made to the building fund of Fairview Baptist Church, 763 Neal Shoals Road, Union, 29379.
The S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

Alonzo Wilson
Union County native
SHARON - Alonzo Wilson, 77, husband of Margaret Moore Wilson, of 2015 Alonzo Road, Sharon, died March 31 at his residence.
Born Nov. 26, 1924, he was a son of the late Luther and Alma Wright Wilson. He retired from Lockhart Mills after 35 years.
Surviving in addition to his wife are: two sons, Willie Matthew Wilson of Chester and Alonzo (Vivian) Wilson Jr. of Sharon; two daughters, Angeline Dianne Moore of Rock Hill and Jerline (Tommy) Carter of Summerville; two brothers, Frank (Grace) Wilson and Willie (Elwillie) Wilson, both of Union; 17 grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; two sisters=in-law, Leatha Craig and Patricia Wilson, both of Sharon and a beloved aunt, Lucille Wright of Union.
Funeral services will be at 2:30 p. m. Wednesday at Mt. Hopewell Baptist Church in Sharon with Rev. Raymond David officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends at the residence.
The body may be viewed at Wright Funeral Home in York from 6 until 7 p. m. today and will be placed in the church Wednesday at 2 p. m. to await the hour of service.
Wright Funeral Home of York has charge of the arrangements.

Ann Lyerly Coleman
Johnsonville native
CONCORD, NC - Funeral services for Ann Lyerly Coleman, widow of Oscar Gene Coleman II, 75, of 46 Barbee Road, Concord, were conducted on Monday in Conord followed by burial in Sharon Memorial Park in Charlotte.
Mrs. Coleman was an employee of Coleman's Greenhouse and a member of Broadus Memorial Baptist Church. She was born in Johnsonville, S. C., March 4, 1927, a daughter of the late Thomas D. Lyerly and Josie Altman Lyerly.
Surviving are two daughters, Nancy C. Mahan and husband, Michael, of Union and Vivian C. Freeman of Concord; a son, Oscar "Gene" Coleman III and wife, Victoria, of Midland, NC.; a sister, Nina L. Pope of Florence; 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.
She was preceded in death by a son, Mark Thomas Coleman.
Wilkinson Funeral Home had charge of arrangements.

William M. Floyd
William M. Floyd, 85, of Ellen Sagar Nursing Home, widower of Guindyln Floyd, died Wednesday, April 3, 2002, at 3:41 a.m. in Wallace Thomson Hospital after a long illness.
The S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

Bertha M. Shelton
Union native
Bertha M. Shelton, 96, of 1527 Cross Keys Highway, died Sunday, March 31, 2002 at her home.
Born in Union County, Feb. 9, 1906, a daughter of the late Ferdinand Shelton and Lulu Shelton, she attended Union County schools and was a member of McBeth Baptist Church.
Surviving are three daughters, Louise Shelton, Elizabeth Shelton and Betty J. (James) Jeter,; a son, Ferdinand Shelton III of New York; 15 grandchildren; 27 great grandchildren and four great great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 3 p. m. at McBeth Baptist Church by the Rev. T. D. Mauney. Burial will be in St. Paul Society Cemetery.
Gibson & Brown Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Edna Caskey Tillman
Lancaster native
LANCASTER - Edna Caskey Tillman, 77, widow of Truman Tillman, died Tuesday, April 2, 2002 at the White Oak Manor in Rock Hill. 
A daughter of the late Ira Webster and Della Blackmon Caskey Sr., she was born Aug. 13, 1924, in Lancaster. She was a member of the East Side Baptist Church and the Antioch Chapter #291 of the Order of the Eastern Star.
Surviving are three sons, Gerald Tillman and his wife Alice, Charles Tillman and his wife Sylvia and the Rev. Donald Tillman and his wife, Martha; three brothers, Ira W. Caskey Jr., James D. Caskey and Jack Caskey, all of Lancaster; two sisters, Pearl Phillips of Lancaster and Mary Pittman of Rock Hill; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband; a son, Wayne Mathis; three brothers, Haskell B. Caskey, Edward L. Caskey and Alfred A. Caskey and a sister, Minnie L. Drye.
Memorial gifts may be made to East Side Baptist Church, 1180 Garnette Road, Lancaster, S. C. 29720.
The family will receive friends from 7 until 9 p. m. tonight at the Cauthen Funeral Home, Lancaster Chapel.
Funeral services will be held Thursday at 2 p. m. at the Cauthen Funeral Home, Lancaster Chapel by the Rev. Joel Rhyner. Burial will be in the Lancaster Memorial Park.
Cauthen Funeral Home, Lancaster Chapel is in charge of arrangements.

Arthur Worthy
Arthur Worthy of the Wilkesburg Community of Chester County died Sunday, March 31, 2002 in Columbia.
Funeral Services will be at 3 p. m. Friday at Zion Pilgrim Church in Chester.
Survivors include a sister, Eva Young, of Union.
Announcement courtesy of the Union Community Funeral Home.

Robert David English
Union County native
WHITMIRE - Robert David English, 71, of 194 Coleman Aughtry Road, died April 4, 2002 in the Laurens County Hospital.
He was born in Union County, a son of the late Doug and Ida Trammell English. Retried from construction welding, he was of the Baptist faith and a Korean Conflict Army veteran.
Surviving are: a son, Randall David English of Whitmire; four brothers, , Mack English and Tony English of Whitmire, Terry English of Union and Kenneth English of Whitmire; four sister, Nancy Brock, Kate Arrowood and Ruth Shields, all of Whitmire and Louise Blackwell of Clinton.
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday at 3 p. m. in the Clinton Road Wesleyan Church with burial in Whitmire Cemetery.
The family will receive friends tonight from 7 until 9 p. m. at the Gray Funeral Home in Whitmire.
Gray Funeral Home of Whitmire has charge of the arrangements.

Elijah Gregory Jr.
Retired from Milliken
Elijah Gregory Jr., 75, of L&B Residential Care, Saluda, a former resident of Lockhart, died Thursday, April 4, 2002, at 9:25 a.m. in the Lexington Medical Center in West Columbia after an extended illness.
Mr. Gregory was born in Lockhart on June 24, 1926, a son of the late Elijah Gregory Sr. and Maybell Cudd Gregory. He was of the Baptist faith and was formerly employed with Milliken & Company, Lockhart Plant.
Survivors include three sisters, Mary Virginia (Jennie) Parrish and Bertha Trammell, both of Leesville and Ann Randall of Union; and a number of nieces and nephews. Mr. Gregory was predeceased by a sister, Pearl G. Ivie.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Chapel conducted by the Rev. Gary Phillips. Burial will be in Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be Mike Gregory, Dean Gregory, Brian Gregory, Bill Randall, Dale Shealey and Robert Shealey.
The body will remain at the funeral home where the family will receive friends tonight from 6-8.
The family is at the home of his nephew, Michael Gregory, 113 Poinsett St., Union.
The S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

Marion D. Mitchell
Union native
OROVILLE, Calif. - Marion Donald Mitchell, 65, of 3454 Oro Bangor Highway, died April 1, 2002, at his home after a period of declining health.
Mr. Mitchell was born in Union on April 24, 1936, the son of the late Sam and Ruby Parks Mitchell. He attended school in Union and served in the U.S. Air Force for several years. Mr. Mitchell was a member of New Hope Missionary Baptist Church in Oroville and was retired from the Department of Water Resources.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth Ann Mitchell of the home; two daughters, Donna Mitchell of Union and Vicki Crawford of Yreka, Calif. two sisters and a brother-in-law, Jennie M. Sylvester and Ann M. and Rodney Lawson of Union; a niece, Robin Lawson of Union; his mother-in-law. Nell Bonham; three stepchildren and three grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at New Life Baptist Church in Union conducted by Dr. Clarence Adkins.
The family will receive friends at the church immediately following the memorial service.
Announcement courtesy of the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home.

Robert Jeter
Union native
ST. ALBANS, NY - Robert Jeter, husband of Hillary Jeter, formerly of Union, died April 4, 2002.
Among the survivors are: a brother, Larry Jeter of Union; sisters, Barbara Epps, Joyce Falls and Ethel Rice, all of Union.
Services will be held Monday evening at 8 p.m. in Jamaica NY.
Announcement courtesy of Union Community Funeral Home.

Sara Bess Smith dies; was county magistrate
Union County Magistrate Sarah Bess McCollum Smith died Friday morning in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Smith, 72, of 162 Tom Kelly Circle, Carlisle, was the wife of Jesse Harold Smith. 
Mrs. Smith was born in Newberry on Dec. 29, 1929, the daughter of the late John B. and Daisy Whitney McCollum. She was a graduate of Whitmire High School and attended Newberry College. She was retired as office manager with B&H Motors of Union.
She was a member of Carlisle United Methodist Church where she served as church treasurer and was a former member of the Carlisle Willing Workers. She was member of the Virginia Heath Bible Class of Grace United Methodist Church, a member of Clemson Extension, the Home and Garden Club, she was an active member of the Union Yellow Jackets Booster Club and served as a board member of the Salvation Army.
Chief Magistrate Charles Blackwell said Mrs. Smith was a credit to her profession.
"She did it according to the book and that is what it takes in this," he said. "She served this county with dignity and she was also a very attentive person; she listened to the people. She was undoubtedly one of the finest people I have ever met and one of the finest to work with. I never called on her for a favor that she wasn't willing to do it. That's really called working together."
Blackwell said Mrs. Smith had planned to retire at the end of April. He said Union County's legislative delegation will make a recommendation to Gov. Jim Hodges concerning her replacement.
Mrs. Smith was one of the original members of the Carlisle Willing Workers who formed to raise money to build a new sanctuary for Carlisle Methodist Church. The group served its first meal in November 1963. The congregation moved into the new church in 1976. Along the way, the Willing Workers built a name for themselves and established a successful catering service, preparing food for countless wedding rehearsals and receptions, birthday and anniversary parties, school functions, banquets and other events.
She was a loving mother and grandmother.
Surviving in addition to Mrs. Smith's husband are a daughter, Sarah Nichols Smith of Chapin; two sons and daughters-in-law, Johnny D. and Becky K. Smith of Atlanta, Ga., and Harold Whitney and Anita E. Smith of Carlisle; a sister, Bertice Teague of Whitmire; and eight grandchildren, Katherine M. Smith, Andrew W. Smith, DeWitt S. Smith and Zachary E. Smith, all of Atlanta, Ga., Carol J. Smith, Daniel L. Smith, Daisy W. Smith and Hannah S. Smith, all of Carlisle.
Funeral services will be held at 4:30 p.m. Sunday at Carlisle United Methodist Church conducted by the Rev. Rebecca McPherson, the Rev. Carl Harris and the Rev. Willie Teague. Burial will be in the Ebenezer Cemetery in Maybinton.
Active pallbearers will be John David Teague, Charles Blackwell, Scott Cobb, Steve Cobb, Billy O'Daniel and Billy Thomas.
The following are asked to assemble at the church Sunday at 4:15 p.m. to form the honorary escort: All law enforcement officers in Union County and Union County magistrates.
The body will remain at the funeral home where the family will receive friends tonight from 7-9 and will be placed in the church at 3:30 p.m. Sunday to await the hour of service.
The family is at the home, 162 Tom Kelly Circle, Carlisle.
Memorials may be made to Carlisle United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 35, Carlisle, 29031.
The S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

Lula Mae Hardy Chick
Union County native
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Mrs. Lula Mae Hardy Chick, 87, of 628 Pickford Place N.E., Washington, D. C., formerly of Whitmire, died April 1, 2002 at Providence Hospital in Washington.
Born in Union County Aug. 27, 1914, she was the daughter of the late James (Jim) and Fannie Mae Talley Hardy, she was a member of First Baptist Church of Marshall Height, Washington.
She was married to the late Willie Lee Chick and to this union five children were born. She was preceded in death by three sons, William, Arthur and Frank; two brothers, James and Tommy Hardy and a sister, Edmonia Morgan.
Surviving are: a daughter, Fannie Stroman of the home; a son, John Hardy Sr., of Maryland; four sisters, Daisy L. Henderson of Atlantic City, NJ, Donzell M. Rice of Whitmire; Elwillie Sims and Lois McClurkin, both of Union; an aunt, Gertrude B. Glenn of Whitmire; 12 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren and eight great-great-grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.
Funeral services were held this morning at First Baptist Church of Marshall Heights with burial in Washington, D. C.
Services were under the direction of Johnson and Jenkins Funeral Home of Maryland.
Announcement courtesy of Sanders-Thompson Funeral Home of Clinton.

Marion J. Bobo
Union County native
Marion Johnson Bobo, 97, died Monday, April 15, 2002 at 2 a.m. at an assisted living facility in Summerville. She was the widow of the Rev. John Landrum Bobo, who retired as pastor of First Baptist Church of Bishopville in 1965.
Mrs. Bobo was an active member of Philippi Baptist Church in Union, growing up and then later in retirement. She was born in Union County on Jan. 15, 1905. Her parents were the late William C. Johnson and Ann Meng Johnson. She attended Greenville Women's College and graduated from Southern Seminary in 1928.
Her daughter and son-in-law survive Mrs. Bobo, Carolyn and Wade Watson Sr. of Summerville; also surviving are three grandsons, Wade Watson Jr. of Savannah, Ga., and John and Timothy Watson of Columbia; and one great-grandson, Wade Watson III of Savannah, Ga.
Graveside services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at Bethlehem Baptist Church Cemetery in Roebuck conducted by the Rev. Jim Oliver.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Building Fund of Philippi Baptist Church, 327 Philippi Church Road, Union, 29379.
The S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home has charge of the arrangement.

Carrie N. Carroll
North Carolina native
Carrie Roberta Navy Carroll, 85, of 801 Barnado Road, widow of Jeff Augustus Carroll, died Monday, April 15, 2002, at 10:40 p.m. in Wallace Thomson Hospital after an extended illness.
Mrs. Carroll was born in Kings Mountain, N.C., on Sept. 7, 1916, a daughter of the late John S. and Eva Navy. She attended Ottaray Baptist Church.
Survivors are three daughters, Ethel Hammett of Pacolet, Becky Davis and Jean Rubbenacker, both of Union; five sons, Coleman Carroll of Union, Tom Carroll of Campobello, Frank Carroll of Stoney Point, N.C., Steve Carroll of Spartanburg and Michael Carroll of Pauline; a sister, Helen Simmons of Wellford; 28 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at Ottaray Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. Bobby Crocker. Burial will be in Rosemont Cemetery.
Grandsons will be active pallbearers.
The body is at the home of her daughter, Becky and Larry Davis, 801 Barnado Road, Union, where the family will receive friends today from 6-8 p.m. and will be placed in the church at 2 p.m. Thursday to await the hour of service.
The S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

John W. Coward 
Recipient of two Purple Hearts 
John W. Coward, 80, husband of Margaret Brown Coward, of 202 Westminister Circle, Union, died April 23, 2002, at 12:18 p.m. in Wallace Thomson Hospital after a sudden illness. Mr. Coward was born in Newberry on April 15, 1922, the son of the late James Lewis Coward and Edna Ballentine Coward. He was a member of Bethel United Methodist Church, the American Legion, Disabled American Veterans and the Woodman of the World. Mr. Coward was a graduate of Union High School, was a Veteran of World War II, having served in the U.S. Army and was the recipient of two Purple Hearts. He was retired from Milliken & Co. after 51 years of service and was employed with Belk. Mr. Coward was the last surviving member of his immediate family. Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters, Susan Mitchum of Sumter and Janet Greene of Anderson; five grandchildren, Wesley Pellerin, Eric Mitchum, Lisa Marshel, Seth Greene and Clay Greene; and one great-grandson, Zachery Marshel. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. today at Bethel United Methodist Church conducted by the Rev. Don Alexander and the Rev. Allen Senn. Burial with military honors will be in Union Memorial Gardens. Active pallbearers will be Gene Crimminger, Steve Crocker, Jimmy Jolly, Mark Jolly, Paul Greer II and Eddie Hines. The following are asked to sit in a group: Members of the Bethel United Methodist Church Choir, members of the Young Adult Sunday School Class and members of the Men's Club. The body is at the funeral home and will be placed in the church at 2 p.m. today to await the hour of service. Memorials may be made to Bethel United Methodist Church Building Fund, 1705 Lockhart Highway, Union, 29379. The S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

Voyd Bo Fincher Sr. 
Textile worker 
Voyd Bo Fincher Sr., 77, husband of Carrie Lee Hughes Fincher, of 305 Old Buffalo Road, died April 22, 2002, at home after an extended illness. Mr. Fincher was born March 25, 1925 in Union County, a son of Will and Addie Word Fincher. He was a textile worker and member of St. Luke Baptist Church. Surviving in addition to his wife are three sons, Voyd (Donna) Fincher Jr. of Clinton, William Earl Fincher of Florida and Harris Edward (Betty) Fincher of Union; a daughter, Dorothy Fincher Thomas of Union; six sisters, Rosa Lee Walker of Springfield Garden, NY; Elouise Tucker of Ramsey, NY; Addie Johnson of Clinton, Nina F. Gilliam of Buffalo, Penola Owens and Corine Glenn both of Union; 11 grandchildren, six great-grandchildren; three brothers-in-law and two sisters-in-law. Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at St. Luke Baptist Church by Rev. George Shell. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Gibson & Brown Funeral home is in charge of arrangements.

Buddy Johnson 
Korean Conflict veteran 
Robert M. Buddy Johnson, 71, husband of Doris Jean Gault Johnson of 108 Bluebird Road, Union, died April 23, 2002, at 10:42 a.m. in Wallace Thomson Hospital. Mr. Johnson was born in Asheville, N.C., on July 20, 1930, a son of the late Malcolm Robert Johnson and Ida Burr Evans Johnson. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, having served in the U.S. Army and was formerly employed with J.P. Stevens Company, Jonesville Plant. Mr. Johnson was of the Baptist faith. Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter, Catherine Johnson Varner of the home; two sisters, Ada Pat Keasler and Shirley J. Sanders, both of Union. Mr. Johnson was predeceased by three sisters and a brother, Edith Lee, Genevieve Allen, Margaret Amarillo and Cecil Johnson. Graveside services will be held at 4 p.m. Friday at Union Memorial Gardens conducted by the Rev. Carl Harris. The body will remain at the funeral home where the family will receive friends tonight from 7-9. Memorials may be made to Duncan Acres United Methodist Church, 417 Rice Ave., Union, 29379. The family is at the home, 108 Bluebird Road, Union. The S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements. 

Leatrice Littlejohn 
Nurses assistant 
JONESVILLE - Leatrice Littlejohn, 59, of Elm St., died at her home April 23, 2002. She was born in Jonesville on March 7, 1943, a daughter of the late Millus and Allie Littlejohn. She was a member Foster Chapel Baptist Church, the Gospel Chorus, Usher Board and the Sympathy Club. She was a certified nurses assistant. Surviving are a son, Daniel (Alfreda) Lindsay of Cowpens; daughters, Sadie (Johnny) Wade, Angela (Steven) Rice, Latonya Littlejohn and Denella (Billy Wayne) Smith, all of Jonesville; brothers, Motheria and Charles Littlejohn of Jonesville; Leeroy, Jessie and Marion, all of New York; Abraham Littlejohn of Trootwood, Ohio; sisters, Maggie and Juanita Littlejohn both of Dayton, Ohio and Luvenia Littlejohn of Jonesville; and 12 grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at Foster Chapel Baptist Church by Rev. William E. Smith III. Burial will be in Jerusalem Baptist Church Cemetery. Public viewing will be held from 12 p.m. to 7 p.m. Friday and on Saturday from 9 until 11 a. m. The body will be placed in the church at 3 p.m. Saturday to await the hour of service. The family is at the home, 217 Elm St., Jonesville. Union Community Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Jimmy Morris 
Union native 
CLEARWATER, FLA.  James E. Jimmy Morris Jr., 53, husband of Judy Phillips Morris, of 15777 Bolesta Road, Clearwater, Fla., died April 23, 2002, in Largo Medical Center in Largo, Fla. Mr. Morris was born in Union on May 22, 1948, a son of Betty Satterfield Shaw of Largo, Fla., and James E. Skillet Morris Sr. of Union. He was a member of Bogansville United Methodist Church. Mr. Morris served as a medical clerk with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was self-employed in the heating and air conditioning business. Surviving in addition to his wife, mother and father are a daughter, Paula Morris of Spartanburg; a son, James E. Morris III of Clearwater, Fla.; three sisters, Elaine M. Lawson of Buffalo, Marion Sanders of Union and Kimberly Quinn of Florida; a brother, Robert Morris of Union; and special friends, Chuck Shaw of Largo, Fla., and Wallace Liner of Buffalo. Mr. Morris was predeceased by a son, Manley Daniel Morris, and a sister, Debra Gregory. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Bogansville United Methodist Church by the Rev. Gary Peterson and the Rev. Clayton Price. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The body will remain at the funeral home where the family will receive friends Friday night from 7-8:30 and will be placed in the church at 2 p.m. Saturday to await the hour of service. The family is at the home of his sister and brother-in-law, Elaine and Billy Lawson, 136 Lee Road, Putman Community, Buffalo. Memorials may be made to Bogansville United Methodist Church, 4052 Buffalo-West Springs Highway, Jonesville, 29353. The S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

Mary D. Rogers 
Mary D. Rogers, 75, of 211 Gault Avenue, died April 24, 2002, at Wallace Thomson Hospital. Born November 10, 1926, she was a daughter of the late Clarence and Estelle Yarborough Dawkins. She was a member of Mt. Calvary Baptist Church and a retired homemaker. Surviving are a son, James E. Dawkins of Union; a daughter, Mamie L. Johnson of Union; a brother, L.D. Dawkins of Union; and two grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Mt. Calvary Baptist Church by the Rev. J. Lewis Peake. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends at the home, 211 Gault Ave., Union. Gibson & Brown Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

John B. Aavik 
North Carolina native 
John B. Aavik, 52, of 232 Lower Eison Road, died April 22, 2002, at 6:30 a.m. in Wallace Thomson Hospital after a sudden illness. Mr. Aavik was born in New Bern, N.C., on Jan. 5, 1950, a son of Julia Tippett Lawson of Union and the late Roy Aavik and stepson of the Rev. Ralph Lawson Sr. of Union. Surviving in addition to his mother and stepfather are a daughter, Lillian Aavik of Whitmire; a grandson, Michael Tyler Aavik of Whitmire; a brother, Tom Aavik of Sumter; and a sister, Rhonda McAdams of Easley. Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Chapel conducted by the Rev. Ralph Lawson Sr. The S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home had charge of the arrangements.

Minnie G. Maye 
Retired 
Whitten Center supervisor Minnie Lee Grady Maye, 84, of 115 Gordon St., Clinton, widow of John R. Maye, died April 25, 2002, at 4:55 p.m. in Wallace Thomson Hospital after an extended illness. Mrs. Maye was born in Carlisle on Nov. 3, 1917, a daughter of the late Claude W. and Corrine McKeown Grady. She was a Methodist and was a retired supervisor with Whitten Center in Clinton. Survivors include a daughter and son-in-law, Audrey Jo and Carroll E. Moore of Union; a brother, Lewis M. Grady of Union; two sisters, Willie Mae G. Patterson of Clinton and Betty G. Roberts of Union; four grandchildren, Vicki Henderson, Patricia Mallette, Carol Jean Crawford and Kathy Jolly; six great-grandchildren, Jerry Dean Crawford Jr., Alisha Davis, Kevin Henderson, Dustin Mallette, Kristi Perry and Jamie Henderson; and one great-great-grandson, Jordan Davis. Mrs. Maye was predeceased by a daughter, Laura Corrine Maye Bailey. Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Rosemont Cemetery conducted by the Rev. Fred Quidley and the Rev. Richard Lewis. Active pallbearers will be Bill Henderson, Durrell Ficklin, Billy Roberts, Jerry Crawford, Jeffery Davis and Jerry Crawford Jr. The body will remain at the funeral home. The family is at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Audrey Jo and Carroll E. Moore, 206 Maple St., Union. The S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements. 

Jimmy Morris 
Union native 
CLEARWATER, FLA.  James E. Jimmy Morris Jr., 53, husband of Judy Phillips Morris, of 15777 Bolesta Road, Clearwater, Fla., died April 23, 2002, in Largo Medical Center in Largo, Fla. Mr. Morris was born in Union on May 22, 1948, a son of Betty Satterfield Shaw of Largo, Fla., and James E. Skillet Morris Sr. of Union. He was a member of Bogansville United Methodist Church. Mr. Morris served as a medical clerk with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. He was self-employed in the heating and air conditioning business. Surviving in addition to his wife, mother and father are a daughter, Paula Morris of Spartanburg; a son, James E. Morris III of Clearwater, Fla.; three sisters, Elaine M. Lawson of Buffalo, Marion Sanders of Union and Kimberly Quinn of Florida; a brother, Robert Morris of Union; and special friends, Chuck Shaw of Largo, Fla., and Wallace Liner of Buffalo. Mr. Morris was predeceased by a son, Manley Daniel Morris, and a sister, Debra Gregory. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Bogansville United Methodist Church conducted by the Rev. Gary Peterson and the Rev. Clayton Price. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Mark Lawson, Jeff Lawson, Brad Stephens, Glen Sparks, Robert Morris and Cleve Ford. The body will remain at the funeral home where the family will receive friends tonight from 7-8:30 and will be placed in the church at 2 p.m. Saturday to await the hour of service. The family is at the home of his sister and brother-in-law, Elaine and Billy Lawson, 136 Lee Road, Putman Community, Buffalo. Memorials may be made to Bogansville United Methodist Church, 4052 Buffalo-West Springs Highway, Jonesville, 29353. The S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements. 

Wilson Spears Sr. 
Retired 
Wilson Spears Sr., 74, of 543 Union Boulevard, husband of Annie Mae Jeter Spears, died April 21, 2002, in Wallace Thomson Hospital. Mr. Spears was born in Union on May 10, 1928, a son of the late Lewis Spears and Olivia Wright Spears. He was a deacon at New Emmanuel Chapel Baptist Church and was a retired custodian from Union County Public Schools. Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, Jovan Spears of Atlanta, Ga. and Lonnie (Patricia) Spears of Union; a daughter, Annie E. (George) Sims of Union; a brother Donzalee Spears of Union; a sister, Dorothy Mae Rice of Union; 31 grandchildren; and 36 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at New Emmanuel Chapel Baptist Church by the Rev. Fred Murray. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Grandchildren will serve as pallbearers. The family will receive at the home, 543 Union Blvd., Union. Public viewing will be today from 12 p.m. until 7 p.m. and from 9 a.m. until 11 a.m. Saturday. The body will be placed in the church at 12 p.m. Saturday to await the hour of service. Union Community Funeral Home has charge of arrangements. 

William W. Clack 
Chester native 
BLACKSTOCK  William W. Clack, 83, 2400 Boyd Road, husband of Beatrice Huntington Clack, died Friday, April 26, 2002, at the Chester County Nursing Home. Mr. Clack was born in Chester on Dec. 11, 1918, a son of the late Commadore Clack and Ella Ramsey Clack. He attended Chester County Schools and was retired from Springs Industries. In addition to his wife, survivors include three sons, David Clack and Larry Clack , both of Chester, and Ronnie Clack of Winnsboro; three daughters, Ann Smith of Winnsboro, Linda Tucker of Union, and Janice Turpin of Chester; a brother, Cecil Clack of Chester; 14 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be at 4 p.m. Sunday conducted by the Rev. Joey Beasley. Burial will be in Chester Memorial Gardens. The family receive friends this evening from 6-8 at Barron Funeral Home. Barron Funneral Home has charge of arrangements. 

Roy C. Jolly Sr. 
Retired plant supervisor 
Roy Chandler Jolly Sr., 76, of 125 Toney Road, husband of Alice Ingle Jolly, died April 28, 2002, at 8:55 a.m. in Wallace Thomson Hospital. Mr. Jolly was born in Union on Nov. 26, 1925, a son of the late Milton Humphries Jolly and Mattie Irene Young Jolly. He was a member of Hebron Baptist Church where he formerly served as a deacon, Sunday School teacher and was counselor for the Royal Ambassadors for 19 years. He was a veteran of World War II having served in the U.S. Army as a S/Sgt. in the Philippines. He was a member of the Textile Baseball League and was known as Knuckle Ball. Mr. Jolly was retired plant supervisor for Bloomsburg Mill in Monroe, N.C. Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters, Joann Jolly Mills of Mooresboro, N.C., and Patty Jolly Coleman of Union; two sons, Roy C. Jolly Jr. of Greenville and Terry L. Jolly of Union; three sisters, Nell J. Crawford and Lillian J. Bentley, both of Union and Margaret J. Gregory of Delray Beach, Fla.; two brothers, Raymond Jolly and C.B. Jolly, both of Union; 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Mr. Jolly was predeceased by four brothers and two sisters. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Hebron Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. David Toney and the Rev. Jerry Ford. Burial will be in the church cemetery with military honors. Grandsons will serve as active pallbearers. The body will remain at the funeral home where the family will receive friends tonight from 7-9. The family is at the home, 125 Toney Road, Union. The S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

Stanley D. Stephens 
Stanley DeWayne Stephens, 34, of 336 Sardis Road, died April 27, 2002, at his home after a sudden illness. Mr. Stephens was born in Union on April 27, 1968, a son of Raymond Stephens of the home and Judy Phillips Morris of Clearwater, Fla. He attended Lockhart First Baptist Church. He attended Laurens High School and was formerly employed with Paragon Plastics. Surviving in addition to his father and mother are his stepmother, Evonne Varner Stephens of the home; three brothers, Brad Stephens, Matthew Northern and Charles Stephens, all of Union; a half brother, Shannon Greene of Laurens; three nieces, Kayla Stephens of Whitmire, Libby Stephens and Crystal Stephens, both of Union; six nephews, Justus Stephens, Cameron Stephens, Josh Stephens, Ned Stephens, Parker Northern and Chandler Northern, all of Union. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Chapel conducted by the Rev. Ben Hill. Burial will be in Rosemont Cemetery. The body will remain at the funeral home where the family will receive friends Tuesday night from 7-9. The family is at the home of his father, Raymond Stephens, Sardis Road, Union; and at the home of his brother, Brad Stephens, 523 Brown's Creek Road, Union. The S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements.

Ulysses Thacker 
Whitmire native 
MAULDIN  Ulysses Thacker, 68, died April 27, 2002, in Mauldin. Mr. Thacker was born in Newberry County, a son of the late Odell and Margaret Fant Thacker. He was a member of Sims Chapel Baptist Church in Whitmire and was a graduate of Carver High School. Surviving are a son, Ulysses Milton Thacker of Columbia; two sisters, Mary E. (Willie) Burnside of Mauldin and Rev. Thelma R. Prescott of Philadelphia, Pa.; two brothers, Odell (Charlotte) Thacker Jr. of New York City, N.Y.; and George (Sarah) Thacker of Philadelphia, Pa. Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Sims Chapel Baptist Church in Whitmire. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 12 p.m. until 8 p.m. Tuesday. Hunter Funeral Home has charge of arrangements.

Gilliam Lyles Sr.
Veteran Gilliam Mutt Lyles Sr., 71, of 108 Hillside Drive, died April 26, 2002, in Spartanburg Regional Medical Center. Mr. Lyles was born Oct. 31, 1930, a was the son of the late Mary Lyles. Surviving are six daughters, Lois Lyles, Frances Lyles, Crystal Gonzales and Sheila Salter, all of Union; Barbara Lyles of Greenville, and Sandy Saylor of Connecticut; four sons, Gilliam (Frances) Lyles Jr., Dustin Lyles, both of Union; Michael (Joyce) Lyles of Whitmire and Eric Salter of Spartanburg; a sister, Pauline Treml of New Mexico; several grandchildren and one great grandchild. Funeral services will be held Friday at 3 p.m. at Corinth Baptist Church by the Rev. J. Archie Calhoun. Burial will be in St. Paul Society Cemetery with military honors. The family will receive friends at the residence. Viewing at the funeral home will be on Thursday from 10 a.m. until 8 p.m. and Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 1 p.m. The body will be placed in the church at 2 p.m. Friday to await the hour of service. Gibson & Brown Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. 


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