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Rudolph Barker
Rudolph Barker, 71, of Bailey Circle, Clinton, died Monday. Born in Anderson County, he was a son of the late Arthur Andrew and Mary Wells Barker. He was a World War II Army veteran and retired from Clinton Mills. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Annie Ruth Sanders Barkers; sons, James Jr. and Larry Joe Barker, both of Laurens; daughters, Mrs. Verle Putnam of Whitmire and Mrs. Opal Moore of Clinton; brothers, Leroy Barker of Hawthorne, Nev., and Marcell "Nub", Arthur and Claude Barker, all of Clinton; and sisters, Mrs. Opal Anderson of Newberry, Mrs. Glenda Ward of Greenwood, Mrs. Mary Ellison of Jupiter, Fla., and Mrs. Dorothy Davis of Virginia Beach, Va. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Gray Funeral Home Chapel, with burial in Pinelawn Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. (Newberry Observer and Herald News June 7, 1989)

Mamie Louise Blease
CLINTON, Oct. 14 (Special) - Mrs. Mamie Louise Blease, 47, wife of Cole L. Blease Sr., died this afternoon at the home, 805 Musgrove St., after several months of declining health.    She was a native of Laurens County and lived at Clinton 20 years. She was a daughter of the late A. B. and Rebecca Jackson Matthews. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.   She is survived by her husband, of Clinton; three daughters and one son, Mrs. Carl Windsor of Charleston and Mrs. Gholdie Simmons, Miss Nancy Jean Blease and Cole L. Blease, Jr., all of Clinton; four sisters, Mrs. Homer Jacks of Joanna, Mrs. C. A. Green of Columbia, and Mrs. James N. Creswell of Clinton, and Mrs. W. H. Freeman of San Antonio, Texas; one brother, B. W. Matthews of Columbia, and three grandchildren.   Funeral services will be conducted at 3 o'clock Sunday afternoon from Calvary Baptist Church by the Rev. J.W. Spillers, assisted by the Rev. James Williams. Interment will be in Rosemont Cemetery. The body will be at the home until 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon at which time it will be placed in the church.  (Published in The State on October 15, 1955...contributed by Andrew Staton)

Rosa Lee Butler, retired teacher
LAURENS -- Services for Rosa Lee Butler, 76, will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at Bethel AME Church, with burial in Calvary Memorial Garden. Child's Funeral Home of Clinton is in charge.  Mrs. Butler died Sunday, Dec. 18, 1994. She was a daughter of the late Frank Lorick and Maggie Jones and a graduate of Allen University. She retired as an educator and was a member of the NAACP, Laurens Memorial Home for the Aging, National Council of Negro Women and Bethel AME Church.  Surviving are her husband, Leiv Coppen Butler; a son, Ronald Butler of Laurens; a sister, Mary Ann Kinard of Irmo; a brother, William Bomer of Irmo; and three grandchildren. (The State - December 21, 1994)

Cole L. Blease Sr.
CLINTON - Cole L. Blease Sr., 73, of Johnson Trailer Park, died Sunday.  He was a retired automotive mechanic and an employee of Clinton Mills.
Surviving are daughters, Ruth Price and Evelyn Simmons, both of Clinton, and Nancy Bond, of Simpsonville; a son, Cole L. Blease Jr., of Clinton.  Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Gray Funeral Home Chapel, Clinton, with burial in Rosemont Cemetery. (
Printed in The Greenville News, Dec. 16, 1980, pg. 8B...contributed by Andrew Staton)

Edna R. Ballew
Woodruff -
Edna Virginia Ross Ballew, 67, of 1622 Cross Anchor Road, died Friday, March 24, 2000.  She was a homemaker and member of Fairview Street Baptist Church.  Survivors: husband, Robert L. Ballew of the home; daughter, Sarah K. Harmon of Simpsonville; son, Ricky L. Ballew, Gray Court; sisters, Sarah Hill of Gray Court, Bonnie M. Leopard of Enoree; seven grandchildren; 14 great- grandchildren.  Visitation: 7 - 8:30 p.m. today at Cannon Funeral Home, Fountain Inn. Service: 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial: Cannon Memorial Park.  Family is at the residence.  (Greenville News, March 26, 2000...contributed by Andrew Staton)

Pierce Bull, Sr.
Pierce "Sonny" Bull Sr., 71, of 5603 Landrum Court, Ooltewah, Tenn., husband of Dorothy Bull, died Thursday, March 23, 2000, at Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn.

He was born December 27, 1928 in Laurens and raised his family in Woodruff. Mr. Bull was a lover of gospel music, being the lead singer for the Regents and Calvary Quartets. He was also a lover of golf, and always ready "fore" a good laugh.

He faithfully served his country for four years in the Navy. He worked with American Cotton Growers for most of his life, in management at plants in Newberry, Macon, Ga., Thomaston, Ga., Greenville, and in Littlefield, Texas, until his retirement in 1995. He recently moved to be with some of his family near Chattanooga, Tenn.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Bull of Ooltewah, Tenn.; two daughters, Denise Hiller of Prosperity, Sandra Thompson of Ooltewah, Tenn.; two sisters, Polly Taylor of Harrison, Tenn., Nell Pace of Inman; a brother, Frankie Bull of Columbus, N.C.; seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. He will be missed by many friends and family. Our trust is in God.  Graveside service will be 3 p.m. today, March 26, 2000, in Forest Lawn Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. Sonny Gossett.  The family will receive friends at Kennedy Mortuary, today from 1 - 2:30 p.m. (Greenville News, March 26, 2000....contributed by Andrew Staton)

Clifton Bagwell
Funeral services for Clifton M. Bagwell, 58, of Rt. 4, Greenville, will be conducted by Rev. R. C. Eustace and Rev. W. T. Cooke at 2 p.m. today at Jones Funeral Home. Burial will be in Hicks Family Cemetery.  Pallbearers will be John and Dillard Traynham, Fred E. Taylor, James H. and Marvin Hicks and Marion Moon.  Honorary Escort will be Dr. L. R. Richardson Jr., Perry D. Tripp, Roy Jordan, Curtis Chiles, Virgil Ashmore, Weldon Chiles, Norman Crosby, John D. Huff, J. E. Campbell, Louise Henderson, C. S. Timmermon, and Kirby Bridwell.  Mr. Bagwell had been in ill health for three years.   He died at his home on Hicks Road at 2:30 a.m. yesterday.  He was born Feb. 2, 1905, a son of the late Joe T. and Lillie Traynham Bagwell, members of pioneer families of Greenville County.   Mr. Bagwell was a member of Waycross Baptist Church.   Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Jessie Mae Hicks Bagwell; two daughters, Mrs. Talmadge Green Jr. of Mauldin and Miss Norma Jean Bagwell of the home.; three sons, James W. W. Ralph and J. Jewell Bagwell of Greenville; a sister, Mrs. Nellie Ross of Fountain Inn, and nine grandchildren.  The body is at Jones Funeral Home.  (
Greenville News, November 15, 1963, pg. 16.....contributed by Andrew Staton)

H.P. Blakely
Clinton, March 21, Special - H. P. Blakely, 86, Confederate veteran and well known citizen died at his home near here late yesterday. Mr. Blakely was a member of Company F, 14th South Carolina Regiment in the War Between the States.
Funeral services will be held from Rocky Springs Presbyterian Church tomorrow afternoon at 4:30 o'clock, with the Rev. R. B. Ratchford officiating. Interment will be there.  Mr. Blakely is survivied by two children, L. B. Blakely and Mrs. Joe Weeks, and a number of other relatives. (
Greenville News on March 21, 1928......contributed by Andrew Staton)

Robert L. Blease
CLINTON – Robert L. Blease, 67, of Rt. 2, Clinton, died Wednesday afternoon at a local hospital.  He was a native of Batesburg and had lived in Clinton most of his life. He was a son of the late Augustus H. and Ella Cromer Blease, and was a retired employee of Lydia Mills. He attended the Lydia Baptist Church.  Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Helen Lamb Blease; a daughter, Mrs. Lewis Horton of Clinton; two brothers, Augustus H. Blease of Augusta, Ga., and Cole L. Blease of Clinton; and a grandchild. The body is at the Gray Funeral Home. The family will be at the home of a daughter, at 305 Shands Street. (
Greenville News in 1968.......contributed by Andrew Staton)

Mary Blease
LAURENS – Mary “Susie” Strickland Blease, 38, of 410 Irby Avenue Extension, died Thursday.     She attended Webb Memorial Pentecostal Holiness Church of Joanna.  Surviving are her husband, Cole L. Blease Jr. of the home; a daughter, Lisa Ann Davis of Clinton; a son, Cole “Lanny” Blease III of the home; five sisters, Ruby Veal of Clinton, Virginia Woodward of Laurens, Wanda Teague of Woodruff, Glenda Thompson of Greenville and Marilyn Mitchell of Picayune, Miss.; and five brothers, William “Tony” Strickland, George Strickland, and Maxie Strickland, all of Clinton, James Strickland of Laurens and Marion Strickland of Milwaukee, Wis.  Services: 2 p.m. Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church with burial in Pinelawn Memorial Gardens. – Gray Funeral Home. (
Greenville News on December 10, 1983.......contributed by Andrew Staton)

Mildred Brazil
CLINTON – Funeral Services for Mrs. Mildred Windsor Brazil, 52, of 1810 Edgemore Rd, who died Sunday, wife of E. O. Brazil, will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Gray Funeral Home, with burial in Rosemont Cemetery.  The family is at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Windsor, 102 Florence St, Clinton. (Greenville News on Aug. 26, 1974........contributed by Andrew Staton)

Cole Landis Blease Jr.
Dateline-Waterloo, SC Cole L. Blease, Jr. age 77 of 2547 River Folk Rd. died Friday, March 26th at the Hospice of Laurens County in Clinton. He was born in Cross Hill, SC and was a son of the late Cole L. Blease, Sr. and the late Mamie Lou Matthews Blease. Mr. Blease was retired from Palmetto Spinning and was retired from the US Army Airborne Division serving his country for 23 years. He is survived by one son, Cole “Lanny” Blease III of the home; one daughter, Lisa Davis (Ricky Parker) of Waterloo; one sister, Nancy Bass of Simpsonville; and three granddaughters, Kamrie Jean Blease, Michelle Barnette (Bruce), Amy Goolsby (Alan). Mr. Blease was predeceased by his wife, Susie Blease. A memorial service with Military Honors will be conducted Sunday, Mar. 28th at 2:00 p.m. at the Gray Funeral Home Chapel of Laurens by Rev. Dewain Willis. Condolence may be expressed to the family online at www.grayfuneralhome.com Gray Funeral Home of Laurens (Greenville News, no date given...contributed by Andrew Staton)

Faye Barker
Faye Smith Barker, age 92, formerly of Florence Street, Clinton, and a resident of Agape' of Laurens, died January 29, 2010, at the Laurens County Hospice. 
She was predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Marcell "Nub" Barker.  She was retired from Clinton Mills and was a member of Springdale United Methodist Church.  She is survived by a son, A. Carroll Barker and wife, Kathie, of Clinton; a brother, Paul L. Smith of Spartanburg; a sister, Virginia S. Spurlock of Hanahan; two grandchildren, Brad Barker and April Lawson, both of Clinton; and two great-grandchildren, Madison and Zack Lawson of Clinton.  Memorials may be made to the Springdale United Methodist Church, 851 Springdale Drive, Clinton, SC 29325 or to Hospice of Laurens County, PO Box 178, Clinton, SC 29325 (Greenville News - no date given..contributed by Andrew Staton)

Edgar Owens Brazil
COLUMBIA - Edgar O. Brazil, 62, (USA - ret.) of 1810 Edgemore Road, died Tuesday in Moncrief Army Hospital. He was born in Union, a son of the late George and Lillian Hawkins Brazil. He retired from the Army as a sergeant after 21 years active duty and later worked with Dixie Radio Supply Co. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Clinton. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Nell Smith Brazil; three sons, C. Martin Brazil of Biloxi, Miss., Cecil E. Brazil of Michigan, and Michael O. Brazil of Columbia; two daughters, Mrs. Debra Dowdy of Aiken and Karen Brazil of the home; his stepmother, Mrs. Lillie Vanderford Brazil of Clinton; two brothers, Clyde W. Brazil of Clinton and the Rev. Dewey Brazil of Coronaca; eight sisters, Mrs. Eugenia Gunter of Joanna, Mrs. Nellie Copeland, Mrs. Ileen Ellis, Mrs. Margaret Seay, Mrs. Mildred Rhodes, Mrs. Polly Fallaw and Miss Barbara Brazil of Clinton, Mrs. Helen Coker of Columbia; and a grandchild.
Services will be 4 p.m. today at Calvary Baptist Church, Clinton, with burial in Rosemont Cemetery. Gray Funeral Home, Clinton, is in charge.  (T
he State on April 14, 1977...contributed by Andrew Staton)

James A. Bright Jr.
James Alver Bright Jr, 68, of Rt. 5, Smith Rd., husband of Elizabeth Hughes Bright, died Wednesday,  March 3, 1993 in The Baptist M edical Center in Columbia.
Born in Greenville County, he was a son of the late James Alver Bright, Sr and Sallie Bishop Bright Southerland. M r. Bright was a US Air Force Veteran of WWII, retired from Clinton M ills, a member of Laurens Second Baptist Church, a mason and Past M aster of Rossie Walker Lodge #354 AFM , Past District Deputy Grand M aster of District 13, Grand Association Patron Order of Amaranth of the State of South Carolina, and the Watchman of Shepherd of the White Shrine of Jerusalem.  Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth Hughes Bright of the home; a daughter, Cindy Bright of Irmo, a sister, M argaret Hendrix of Landrum.  Services will be at 2 pm Saturday in Laurens Second Baptist Church with burial in Forest Lawn Cemetery. The family is at the residence. Visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 pm Friday [tonight] at Kennedy Mortuary, Laurens...Greenville News, contributed by Andrew Staton.

Elizabeth Bright
Elizabeth Hughes Bright, 83, of M yrtle Beach Estates, formerly of Smith Road, Laurens, died Thursday, November 5, 2009, at Grand Strand Regional M edical Center. She was the widow of the late James Alver Bright, Jr. 
Born in Laurens, she was a daughter of the late Joseph C. and Liddie M ae Hill Hughes.  M rs. Bright retired from J.P Stevens Watts Plant. A member of Second Baptist Church in Laurens, she was also a member of the Order of the Amaranth, Rose Court No. 13 for 50 years and the White Shrine of Jerusalem.  She is survived by a daughter, Cindy Bright of M yrtle Beach, S.C.  Funeral services will be held at Second Baptist Church in Laurens on Sunday, November 8, 2009, at 2 p.m.  conducted by the Rev. Dr. Joseph Smith and the Rev. J.D. Shiflet with burial in Forest Lawn Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Saturday at the Kennedy M ortuary from 7 to 8:30 p.m.  Unfiled Notes Page 36  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, South Carolina Chapter, 301 University Ridge, Suite 5000, Greenville, SC 29601....Greenville News, contributed by Andrew Staton.

Elvira N. Bruce
Clinton, March 16, Mrs. Elvira N. (Bee) Bruce, 84, widow of Robley Bruce, died at an early hour Tuesday morning at her home in Palatha, Fla., after several years of declining health.   She was a member of Newberry County but had made her home in Florida for a number of years. She was the daughter of the late John thompson and Elizabeth Halfacre Norris and a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Palatka. She is surviced by four sons, Jerome, Frank, Fred, and Robley Bruce; three daughters, Mrs. Claude Knight, Mrs. Aubrey Melton, and Mrs. Henderson Reid, all of Florida; one brother, W.C. Norris of Newberry and one sister, Mrs. O.A. Sowers of Clinton.   Funeral services and interment will be held sometime Wednesday in Palatka, Florida...The State - contributed by Randy Butler

Ralph J. Brewington
Rev. Ralph James Brewington of 1815 Purser Drive, Charlotte, NC; died Dec. 15.  He was born in Fountain Inn and was the son of the late Irvin M. Brewington and Mattie Speltz Brewington.  He was a veteran of World War II, a graduate of North Greenville Junior College, Furman University and Southern Theological Seminary. He was a pastor of Fairfield Baptist Church of Winnsboro for 10 years. He had made his home in Charlotte for the past 15 years.  He is survived by his wife, Adrienne Stewart Brewington; formerly of Laurens; two sons, Keith Brewington of Charlotte, NC and Francis Brewington of Lancaster; two brothers, I. M. Brewington Jr. of Taylorsville, NC and Earl Brewington of Greenwood; and two grandsons.  Services were held Friday at Green Memorial Baptist Church in Charlotte with graveside services at Rose Hill Cemetery in Laurens.....Laurens Advertiser, contributed by Andrew Staton.

Adrienne Brewington
Mrs. Adrienne Stewart Brewington, 66, widow of the late Rev. Ralph Brewington, died Thursday in The Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte, NC.  Born in Laurens County, she was the daughter of the late George H. and Lillie McKee Stewart. She was a member of Green Memorial Church of Charlotte and was dietician supervisor of Charlotte Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital.  Surviving are two sons, Keith Brewington of Charlotte, NC and Francis Brewington of Lancaster; one sister,
Mrs. Dorsey [Kathleen] West of Laurens and two grandsons.  Services were conducted at 11 am Saturday at Green Memorial Church in Charlotte and graveside services were 3 pm Saturday in Rose Hill Cemetery in Laurens......Laurens Advertiser, contributed by Andrew Staton

William Thomas Baker
Clinton, March 29 – Final rites for William Thomas Baker, 59, who died here last night at the home of his stepson, J. D. Smith, will be conducted Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Elmwood cemetery at Ninety Six. Mr. Baker had been in declining health for some time. Besides the stepson at whose home he died, Mr. Baker is survived by three other stepsons, Leo, Eugene and G. F. Smith, all of Clinton; his wife, the former Miss Rhoda Smith of Newberry; one brother, Sid Baker of Greenwood; and a niece, Miss Louise Baker of Ninety Six. (Herald Journal, March 30, 1940, Page 2, transcribed by Andrew Staton)

Frank H. Bass
Laurens, March 16 – The funeral of Frank H. Bass, 31, who died here yesterday of a heart ailment, was conducted this afternoon at the home of his father, John N. Bass, and stepmother, Mrs. Sarah Henderson Bass. The young man became ill about a week ago. He was a native of Laurens, but spent part of his life at Greenville, where he attended the Parker district school. Besides his father and stepmother, he is survived by one brother, J. D. Bass; a sister, Mrs. Ernest Tollison, and his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Wister L. Riddle, all of this city. The Rev. B. H. Harvey of Central Methodist church, and the Rev. J. H. Kyzar, pastor of the First Baptist church of Laurens, officiated at the funeral. A young men’s quartet, of which Mr. Bass had been a member for many years, conducted the song service. Burial was in the Laurens cemetery. Active pallbearers were the young man’s uncles, as follows: B. S. Riddle, L. M. Riddle, Wright Riddle, Guy Riddle, Homer Carlton and Judge Carlton. The honorary escort was composed of Senator C. A. Cromer, Dr. M. B. Nickles, J. T. Lee, Dexter Nelson, Carl Taylor, Rufus Barnett, Frank Martin, Sr., Jim Mundy, Jack Roberts, Callis Hill and Barney Kelly. (Herald Journal, March 17, 1940, Page 9, transcribed by Andrew Staton)

John Young Benjamin
Laurens, March 5 – Funeral rites for John Young Benjamin, 80, were held Tuesday at the Beaverdam Baptist church, with the pastor, the Rev. Ray Anderson of Laurens, officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Nephews acted as pallbearers and granddaughters served as flower girls. Mr. Benjamin died Monday at his home in the Beaverdam-Mountville section after a long illness. He had spent an active life in the same settlement as a farmer. Since early manhood, he had been a member and for many years a deacon of Beaverdam church, on e of the oldest in the Laurens association. Mr. Benjamin was married twice. His first wife was the late Mrs. Fanny May Benjamin, and of that marriage, five sons and six daughters survive as follows: Mrs. John Sellars, Columbia; Mrs. James T. Langston, Laurens; Mrs. Shell Benjamin, Laurens; Mrs. Clarence Martin, Greenville; Mrs. Evan Madden, Anderson; Mrs. Rene Embrecht, Jacksonville, Fla.; Mrs. Archie Young, Laurens; Walter and John Benjamin, Mountville; Jimmy Benjamin, New York City; George Benjamin, Jacksonville, Fla.; and Charley Benjamin. His second wife, Mrs. Betty Knight Benjamin, also survives together with a daughter, Mrs. Eugene DeLoache, Mountville. In addition to 30 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren, survivors also include two sisters, Mrs. Maggie Huggins, Spartanburg and Mrs. Emma Simpson, Laurens; two brothers, William and J. B. Benjamin, Laurens county. (Herald Journal, March 7, 1940, Page 5, transcribed by Andrew Staton)

Benjamin Bishop
BenLaurens, Jan. 10 – Benjamin Bishop, native of Laurens, died Tuesday at his home in Birmingham, Ala., according to word received here by a sister-in-law, Mrs. Nicey Gray. Later in the day, Mrs. Gray left for the Alabama city to attend the funeral, announced for this afternoon. Mr. Bishop, member of a widely known Laurens county family, moved to Birmingham a number of years ago, and had been connected with the municipal movement of the city for a long time. Survivors include his wife, formerly Miss Emma Lipford, also of this county, three daughters, Mrs. Preston Thompson, Mrs. Hope Blankenship and Mrs. Royster Sparkman; one son, J. M. Bishop; a brother, the Rev. Starling Bishop, all of Birmingham. (Herald Journal, January 11, 1941, Page 3, transcribed by Andrew Staton)

Frank Bishop
Laurens, March 29 – The funeral of Frank Bishop, 74, former merchant and ice dealer, who died yesterday after a three-week illness, was conducted here today. Mr. Bishop, a native of Union county, had resided in Laurens and vicinity most of his adult life. He is survived by one son, Louis Bishop of Laurens; one daughter, Mrs. Bud Neal of Greenville; two brothers, Brooks and Metts Bishop of Laurens. The funeral was conducted at the residence of Brooks Bishop on Cora street with the Rev. Jodie A. Martin officiating. Burial was in the Laurens cemetery. (Herald Journal, March 30, 1940, Page 2, transcribed by Andrew Staton)

Ed Bledsoe
Goldville, March 29 – Ed Bledsoe, 58, died today at 6 a.m. at his home near Goldville. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary Jennings Bledsoe; father, J. B. Bledsoe; four sons, Alvin Bledsoe of Newberry, Clyde Bledsoe of Goldville, Broadus Bledsoe of Goldville and Jim Bledsoe of Goldville; seven daughters, Mrs. Grady Shealy of Saluda, Mrs. Leroy Bridges of Goldville, Mrs. Willie King of Clinton, Mrs. J. P. Schumpert of Goldville, Mrs. Horace Black of Goldville, Miss Sara Bledsoe of Goldville and Miss Vadis Bledsoe of Goldville; five brothers, W. V. Bledsoe of Goldville, D. B. Bledsoe of Saluda, Humphrey Bledsoe of Lexington, Eugene Bledsoe of Saluda and Ben Bledsoe of Saluda; four sisters, Mrs. T. S. Mitchell of Saluda, Mrs. T. R. Beck of Lexington, Mrs. Marie Hyler of Saluda, and Mrs. Kate Hyler of Saluda, and 8 grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock at the Butler church in Saluda county, with the Rev. North Pitts officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. (Herald Journal, March 30, 1940, Page 2, transcribed by Andrew Staton)

R. Dalton Bobo
Clinton, Jan. 3 – Final rites for R. Dalton Bobo, who died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Wyman M. Shealy, Tuesday night will be held at the Broad Street Methodist church Thursday afternoon at 2:30. The Rev. L. P. McGee and the Rev. J. L. Mayer will officiate. Interment will follow in Rosemont cemetery. Besides the daughter at whose home he died, Mr. Bobo is survived by one son, Thomas Bobo; and one grandson, Wyman M. Shealy, Jr., all of Clinton. The following will serve as pallbearers: Clyde McCrary, Dr. R. W. Johnson, V. Parks Adair, Olin Shealy, John Carter and L. T. Ramage. (Herald Journal, January 4, 1940, Page 2, transcribed by Andrew Staton)

Walter Clarence Bolt
Laurens, March 27 – The funeral of Walter Clarence Bolt, 58, who died yesterday at his home at Dial place in the Trinity Ridge section, five miles west of Laurens, was conducted this afternoon at the Rabun Creek Baptist church. Mr. Bolt, a farmer, had been ill several months. He had resided near Laurens many years, and was a member of the Rabun Creek Baptist church. He was a son of the late Pleasant and Mrs. Sarah Henderson Bolt of Laurens and Greenville counties. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Lottie Hellams Bolt; three sons, Arthur Bolt, Rufus Bolt, Wilbur Bolt, Laurens; two daughters, Mrs. W. C. Johnson and Miss Lois Bolt, Laurens and vicinity; four brothers, T. M. Bolt and L. W. Bolt, Ware Shoals, Eugene Bolt, Gray Court, and Euel Bolt, Greenville; one sister, Mrs. Nannie Saxon, Greenville. The last rites were conducted by the Rev. W. M. Owings, the Rev. W. Y. Cooley and Dr. Alva B. Langston. Woodmen of the World had charge of part of the final ritual. Burial was in the church cemetery. Active pallbearers were the following nephews: Murphy Bolt, Oxner Bolt, Walter Saxon, J. P. Hellams, Sam Hellams and Nesbitt Owings. Honorary pallbearers, Dr. C. P. Vincent, W. H. Gibs, Robert Cain, Earle Blakely, Arthur Hudgens, Gary Wallace, J. W. Dunklin, Albert Brown, Earl Thompson and John D. W. Watts. (Herald Journal, March 28, 1940, Page 6, transcribed by Andrew Staton)

John Thomas Brundrick
Goldville, March 13 – John Thomas Brundrick, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. R. O. Brundrick died today at the family residence near Goldville after a brief illness. Besides the parents, survivors include the maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. T. P. Moates, and paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J. R. O. Brundrick. The funeral will be conducted at the residence Thursday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. C. J. Matthews officiating. Burial will be in the Little River Dommick Presbyterian cemetery. (Herald Journal, March 14, 1940, Page 2, transcribed by Andrew Staton)

Henry Burns
Laurens, Feb. 27 – The funeral of Henry Burns, 63, formerly of the Warrior Creek church section, who died here yesterday after a brief illness, was conducted today at the Watts Mills Presbyterian church. Mr. Burns had been a resident of Laurens and vicinity many years and was affiliated with the Presbyterian church. He is survived by one son, Luther Burns; one daughter, Miss Letha Burns; three brothers, Thad, James and Thomas Burns; one sister, Mrs. Nellie Golden, all of Laurens. The Rev. E. P. Moye, pastor of the Watts Mills Presbyterian church, officiated at the funeral with burial in the Watts Mills cemetery. (Herald Journal, February 28, 1940, Page 2, transcribed by Andrew Staton)

Mary Emma Beard Benson
Mrs. Mary Emma Beard Benson, 46, of 106 Henry St., wife of George W. Benson died Sunday.  A native of Laurens County, daughter of the late George D. and Mildred Driggers Beard, she was a member of Faith Baptist Church.  Surviving also are three daughters, Mrs. J. J. Calvert, Mr. James Hellams and Miss Barbara Benson of Laurens; a brother, George Beard of Augusta, Ga., a sister, Mrs. Virginia Mixon of Augusta; and six grandchildren.  Funeral services were Monday at 3 pm at Faith Baptist Church. Burial was in Forest Lawn Cemetery. [April 1971, Laurens Newspaper - contributed by Andrew Staton]

H. Eugene Bolt
Laurens, April 15 – Funeral services for H. Eugene Bolt, 53, resident of the Narnie section, near here, were held this afternoon from Rabun Creek Baptist church, conducrted by the Rev. W. Y. Cooley, the Rev. W. A. Baldwin and the Rev. H. L. Ferguson. Interment was in the church cemetery. Mr. Bolt died Sunday after a week’s illness. He was a son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Pleasant Bolt of Laurens and Greenville counties. Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Lillie Nelson Bolt; three sons, Omer, Roy and Joe Bolt; one sister, Mrs. Nannie Saxon, Greenville; three brothers, L. W. and T. M. Bolt, Ware Shoals; B. O. Bolt, Greenville. (Herald Journal, April 16, 1940, Page 2)JJaco 

Jacob Haskell Bouknight
Clinton, April 14 – Jacob Haskell Bouknight, 59, of Chester, died suddenly today while visiting relatives in Newberry. He was a native of Lexington county, and had lived most of his life in South Carolina. He was the son of the late Jacob R. and Cummings Amanda Bickley Bouknight. Mr. Bouknight was married twice. He is survived by his second wife, Mrs. Irene Bouknight; six children by his first marriage, R. C. Bouknight and Miss Ruth Bouknight, both of Clinton, and J. M. Bouknight, Abell Bouknight, Mrs. P. E. Sanders and Miss Frances Bouknight, all of Chester; five brothers, A. C. Bouknight, A. E. Bouknight, D. G. Bouknight, O. B. Bouknight, and A. W. Bouknight, all of Newberry; one sister, Mrs. Anne Kirby of Durham, N. C.; and eight grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted at 4:30 o’clock Monday afternoon at the bailey Memorial Methodist church of Clinton by the Rev. C. R. Anderson and the Rev. C. L. Harris. Interment will be in Rosemont cemetery of Clinton. The body will be at the home of his son, R. C. Bouknight at 67 Academy street, Clinton, until the hour of services. The Gray funeral home of Clinton is in charge of arrangements. (Herald Journal, April 15, 1940, Page 10)

Lucinda Bailey
Clinton , March 23. – At the First Baptist church yesterday afternoon the funeral services of Mrs. Lucinda Bailey were conducted by the Rev. C. Lewis Fowler. Mrs. Bailey was 78 years old. She was the widow of Milton Bailey and a sister of M. S. Bailey of Clinton and William Bailey of Greenwood and a half-sister of R. L. Bailey, C. C. Bailey, and Geo. W. Bailey of Clinton . She is survived by one child, Mrs. Rhett Milam, of Clinton. The burial was in the Presbyterian cemetery. (State – 24 Mar. 1911 ; transcribed by Marla Zwakman)

Alice Fay Barnes
Clinton, July 23 – Alice Fay Barnes, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. A. Mark Barnes, died today at the family home near Clinton. Besides her parents, the infant is survived by eight brothers and two sisters. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday at 4 p.m. at the Calvary Baptist Church in Clinton, with the Rev. R. D. Hughes officiating. (Herald Journal, July 24, 1940, Page 3)

W. Elbert Burns
Laurens, Sept. 22 – W. Elbert Burns, 63, died today at his home near Barksdale after a short illness. He was a son of the late B. C. and Isabel Franks Burns of Laurens county. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Letha Davis Burns, sister of Greenville’s postmaster, Dixon Davis, one son, Frank D. Burns, a brother, Billie burns; three sisters, Mrs. Laura Gamon, Mrs. Lizzie Cooper and Mrs. Elbert Smith. Funeral services will be at the residence at 2 o’clock Monday, conducted by the Rev. W. Y. Cooley. Burial will be in Graceland cemetery, Greenville. (Herald Journal, September 23, 1940, Page 2)

William Cathcart Byrd
Laurens, July 21 – Funeral services for William Cathcart Byrd, 44, Laurens county native who died Saturday night at Rock Hill, will be conducted at 11 o’clock Monday morning at the Kennedy mortuary in Laurens by the Rev. Julian Lake of Rock Hill and the Rev. J. J. Hayes of Laurens. Interment will follow in the Laurens cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Jim Little, John Little, Claude Drennan, Sam Byrd, J. L. Prince and Bluford Blakel. The honorary escort will be composed of Miller Brown, George L. Warr, Gray Moore, C. Y. Thomason, Orie Hull, Charles V. Hurd, L. M. Dozier, Clyde M. Middlebrook, Tom Zobel, Sr., Mack Hipp, Arthur L. Hudgens, Joe Baltazer, Dr. J. O. Dunlap, Dr. B. I. Seigel and Brooks Swygert. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. W. C. Byrd, and three sons, H. D. Byrd, W. C. Byrd, Jr., and D. C. Byrd. (Herald Journal, July 22, 1940, Page 2)

Ruby Babb Baker
Laurens, Nov. 13 – Mrs. Ruby Babb Baker, 19, wife of Carl B. Baker, died at 10 a.m. today at the home on Creamer street after a critical illness of several days. Besides the husband, she is survived by her mother, formerly Mrs. Luther Babb, now Mrs. Charles Penland of Clinton; a grandmother, Mrs. Luck Rector; two brothers, Rossie and George Babb; a half-brother, Joe Penland, and one half-sister, Miss Rebecca Penland, all of the county. Mrs. Baker was a member of Lucas Avenue Baptist Church, from which funeral services will be conducted at 4 p.m. Wednesday by the pastor, the Rev. L. M. Smith, assisted by the Rev. Jodie A. Martin. Burial will be in the Watts Mills cemetery. Meantime the body will be at the home of Mr. and Mrs. George Kennington, 5 Copeland street. (Herald Journal, November 14, 1940, Page 8)

George T. Barnes, Sr.
Clinton, Dec. 2 – George T. Barnes, Sr., 75, father of Mrs. C. E. Galloway of Clinton, died late this afternoon at a Columbia hospital after an illness of a few days. Mr. Barnes was a native of Tennessee but had resided in South Carolina many years. Besides his daughter in Clinton, Mr. Barnes is survived by another daughter, Miss Gladys Barnes of Columbia; his wife, Mrs. Beulah Edmondson Barnes of Columbia; and one son, Major George T. Barnes Jr. of the United States Army. The body was brought to Clinton tonight. Funeral arrangements will be announced by the Gray Funeral Home of Clinton. (Herald Journal, December 3, 1940, Page 7)
[Same obituary reprinted December 4, 1940, Page 5 with the following additions and edits]-He was a member of the First Christian church of Montgomery Alabama. He was also a member of the Masonic fraternity, and an active member of the American Legion. He was connected with the YMCA during the World War…[survived by] one sister, Mrs. Sadie Barnes Kelly, Nashville, Tenn…Funeral services will be held Wednesday morning at 11 o’clock at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Galloway in Collegeview, Clinton, SC, The Rev. W. N. Long in charge. Interment will be in Rosemont Cemetery, Clinton.

Frances Oneita Belk
Goldville, Dec. 16 – Frances Oneita Belk, infant daughter of Mr. and Mrs. M. B. Belk died at her home here today after a brief illness. Besides her parents, the child is survived by her paternal and maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Belk and Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Wooten, all of Anderson. The body has been removed to the Belk residence in Anderson. Funeral services will be conducted on Tuesday morning at the Kennington chapel near Rosen, Ga., with the Rev. D. R. Nickles officiating. (Herald Journal, December 17, 1940, Page 3)

Mrs. J. M. Bobo
Whitmire, Oct. 16 – Final rites for Mrs. J. M. Bobo of Whitmire will be conducted Thursday at 3 p.m. at the Whitmire Methodist church, with the Rev. G. S. Duffie, the Rev. J. M. McKittrick and the Rev. M. Scoggins officiating. Burial will be in the Watts Mills cemetery at Laurens. Mrs. Bobo, who was 80 years old, died Tuesday. Survivors include six daughters, Mrs. Rossie Lynch of Laurens, Mrs. Clara Campbell of Anderson, Mrs. Nina Howell of Clinton, Mrs. Nora King of Whitmire, and Mrs. W. W. Greer of Union; two sons, Norman and Lewis Bobo of Whitmire; two sisters, Mrs. Willie Camp and Mrs. Sallie Summers of Union. (Herald Journal, October 17, 1940, Page 6)

J. A. Britton
Gray Court, Dec. 3 – J. A. Britton died early today at his home here after a long illness. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 2 p.m. at Bramlett’s Methodist church with the Rev. J. G. Gregory of Enoree officiating. Interment will be in Bramlett’s cemetery. Mr. Britton is survived by his wife and the following children: Mrs. Melton Harmon of Augusta, Ga., Miss Eunice Britton, Miss Florence Britton, and Jennings and Clarence Britton of Gray Court. (Herald Journal, December 4, 1940, Page 5)

Sallie Weathers Brown
Clinton, Nov. 13 – Mrs. Sallie Brown, 83, widow of Perry D. Brown, died at the home of her son, W. R. Brown, in Goldville, this morning at 5 o’clock after several months of declining health. She is survived by one brother, T. S. Weathers of Spartanburg, and by the following sons and daughters: W. R. Brown of Goldville, Mrs. Minnie Lovelace of Goldville, Mrs. J. S. Norris of Clinton, Mrs. A. M. Barnes of Laurens, C. C. Brown of Fort Moultrie, Mrs. C. W. Whitley of Bessemer City, N. C., J. T. Brown of Bessemer City, N. C., and J. L. Brown of Spartanburg. Thirty-five grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews also survive. She was a member of the Epworth Methodist Church. Funeral services will be conducted at the Epworth Methodist church Thusday at 3 p.m. by the Rev. T. D. Wilkes, assisted by the Rev. C. C. Vaughn, the Rev. Ray Anderson and the Rev. Mr. Nichols. Interment will follow in Rosemont cemetery in Clinton. (Herald Journal, November 14, 1940, Page 8)

Sallie Dixon Freeman Brown
Laurens, Oct. 17 – Funeral services for Mrs. John W. Brown, 58, of Watts Mills, were conducted today at the Union Baptist Church, Barnes Station, Anderson county, with burial in the adjoining cemetery. Mrs. Brown, formerly Miss Sallie Freeman of Anderson County, died Tuesday afternoon after a long illness. Besides her husband, she is survived by two sons, Hiram H. Brown, Columbia, and Bradley Brown, Laurens; two daughters, Mrs. Ethel Waddell and Mrs. Welton Bond, Laurens; her stepmother, Mrs. Onie Dixon of Iva; four sisters, Mrs. James Sullivan, Laurens, Mrs. Gus McCully and Mrs. Atticus Campbell, Abbeville, and Mrs. Wayman Alton of Starr; four brothers, A. C. Dixon of Iva, Edward and Calvin Dixon of Calhoun Falls. (Herald Journal, October 18, 1940, Page 3)

John N. Bass
Laurens, Jan. 5 – John N. Bass, 54, local barber, died today at a Columbia hospital after several months declining health. A native of Laurens county, he was the son of the late M. A. and Elizabeth Tumblin Bass, and member of the Baptist church. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Sara Henderson Bass; one daughter, Mrs. Ernest Tollison; a son of a former marriage, J. D. Bass; four sisters, Mrs. J. W. Word, Mrs. Sallie Owings, Mrs. Ida Bridwell and Mrs. Carrie Wilkins. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at the Kennedy mortuary, conducted by the Rev. Jodie A. Martin. Interment will follow in the Laurens cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Judson and Sidney Lee, Cecil Mills, Dex Nelson, Paul Hope and Cecil Walker. (Herald Journal, January 6, 1941, Page 2)

Ophelia May Blakely
Clinton, Jan. 16 – Funeral services for Miss Ophelia May Blakely, 51, who died today at the Laurens hospital after a long illness, will be held Friday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock at the Leesville church near here conducted by the Rev. C. R. Anderson, assisted by the Rev. O. E. Taylor. Miss Blakely is survived by her mother, Mrs. L. D. Blakely; one sister, Mrs. Larry Todd, both of Clinton; and by two brothers, Rush D. Blakely and E. E. Blakely of Washington, D. C. (Herald Journal, January 17, 1941, Page 6)

Eugenia Madden Brown
Laurens, Jan. 28 – Funeral services for Mrs. Eugenia Madden Brown, 87, widow of William P. Brown, who died today at a Columbia hospital after several months of ill health, will be held Wednesday afternoon at 3:30 at the New Prospect Baptist church. The Rev. A. B. Langson and the Rev. C. E. Vermillion will officiate and interment will be in the church cemetery. She is survived by one son, W. R. Brown; two daughters, Mrs. Minnie Blakely and Mrs. Bessie B. Bradshaw; and one brother, Moses Madden. The body will remain at the Kennedy Mortuary until the hour of service. (Herald Journal, January 29, 1941, Page 6)

Samuel M. Ball
Laurens, May 8 – Funeral services for Samuel M. Ball, 82, who died here today, will be held Friday afternoon at 3 o’clock at the Highland Home church. The Rev. J. A. Martin and the Rev. Home Owings will officiate and interment will be in the church cemetery. Grandsons will serve as active pallbearers. Surviving are two sons, J. M. Ball and W. J. Ball; and a daughter, Mrs. Florence Taylor, all of Laurens. (Herald Journal, May 9, 1941, Page 8)

Henry Allen Banks
Enoree, April 23 – Henry Allen Banks, seven-months-old son of Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Allen Banks of Lanford Station, died today at a Spartanburg hospital after a three-day illness. Besides his parents, the child is survived by one sister, Patricia Ann Banks, at home; maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. H. B. Harlan of Lanford Station; paternal grandparents; great-grandmothers, Mrs. T. E. White and Mrs. A. R. Moore; great-grandfather, G. M. Harlan. The funeral will be conducted Thursday at 3 p.m. at the Lanford Baptist Church with the Rev. Willard Redd, the Rev. V. A. Dean and the Rev. J. T. Gregory officiating. The Fleming-Whitmire Funeral Home of Enoree is in charge of arrangements. (Herald Journal, April 24, 1941, Page 6)

Ola Bouknight
Clinton, April 2 – Last rites were conducted in Clinton today for Mrs. Ola Bouknight, 30, who died Tuesday at State Park after a long illness. The funeral was conducted at the Bailey Memorial Methodist church with the Rev. Ray Anderson of Laurens and the Rev. C. R. Anderson of Clinton officiating. Burial was in Rosemont cemetery, Clinton. Mrs. Bouknight was the wife of J. M. Bouknight of Chester. Other survivors include three children, Bobbie Bouknight, Ralph Bouknight, and Judy Bouknight, all of Chester; and three sisters, Mrs. Rufus Lowry of South Greenwood, and Mrs. Edgar Spearman and Mrs. Buena Wells, both of Ninety Six. (Herald Journal, April 3, 1941, Page 3)

Minnie Workman Boyd
Laurens, May 23 – Mrs. W. D. Boyd, 84, died at 8 o’clock tonight at the home of her daughter, Mrs. F. W. Culbertson on Farley Avenue here. She had been in failing health for some time and death followed a critical illness of two days. Funeral services will be conducted at the graveside in Bush River Baptist church cemetery in Newberry county Saturday afternoon at 4:30 o’clock. The Rev. J. H. Kyzar, the Rev. J. H. Simpson and the Rev. W. Ray Anderson officiating. Mrs. Boyd was the widow of W. D. Boyd of Clinton. She was a native of Clinton and lived in the lower part of Laurens and Newberry counties most of her life. She had lived in Woodruff until a year ago when she came to Laurens to make her home. She was the oldest living member of the Bush Creek Baptist Church. She is survived by two children, Mrs. Culbertson and Clair Workman, of Kinards, and 12 grandchildren and 3 great-grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Paul and Charles Boyd Culbertson and Richard Workman, grandsons of the deceased, Randolph Davis, H. L. Kennedy, Jr., and I. M. Smith. (Herald Journal, May 24, 1941, Page 3)

Clarence Martin Babb
Laurens, July 18 – Clarence Martin Babb, 68, widely known Laurens resident, died of a heart attack today at his home on South Harper street. For the past 15 years Mr. Babb had been connected with the South Carolina Public Service commission as a traveling inspector. Prior to that time he had served five terms as mayor of the city of Laurens and later was a member of the state legislature. Mr. Babb was a son of the late Martin and Martha Pryor Babb, his father having been the first clerk of court at Laurens after the end of radical rule. He was a member of the First Methodist church and several fraternal organizations. He was twice married, his first wife being the late Mrs. Maude Richardson Babb, and of that union two sons survive: Clarence Babb, Jr., Butler, Ga., and Richard Babb, Jackson, Miss.; one daughter, Mrs. Elsie Rose; and eight grandchildren. He is also survived by his widow, Mrs. Minnie Bell Pryor Babb; one daughter, Miss Mary Babb; one brother, Claude H. Babb; and one sister, Miss Minnie Babb. Funeral services will be conducted at the residence at 11 o’clock Saturday morning with the Rev. J. H. Kyzar in charge. Burial will be in the Laurens cemetery. Active pallbearers will be W. P. Putnam, Miller and Minter Brown, Pete Mitchell, Jack Hudgens and A. C. Long. (Herald Journal, July 19, 1941, Page 3)

Edgar Downs Barksdale
Laurens, Aug. 20 – Edgar Downs Barksdale, 63, bookkeeper for a Laurens furniture company 35 years, died unexpectedly of apoplexy today while preparing to go to his office. Mr. Barksdale, who was the oldest son of the late Downs C. and Mrs. Kate Bolt Barksdale of Laurens, received his education in the city schools and before attaining his majority was employed as clerk at Laurens railway offices for a number of years. Subsequently he became a bookkeeper by profession. He was officially identified with the Laurens First Baptist Church for many years, as clerk since 1919, member deacon board since 1922, and general secretary of the Sunday school a number of years. Mr. Barksdale is survived by one daughter, Mrs. H. R. Dick, Knoxville, Tenn.; a son, Capt. W. Collyar Barksdale, Fort Davis, Wilmington, NC; two sisters, Miss Lucia Barksdale and Mrs. C. M. Burgess; two brothers, J. Alylen and L. C. Barksdale all of Laurens. His wife was the late Mrs. Eugenia Bramlett Barksdale. The funeral will be conducted Friday. (Herald Journal, August 21, 1941, Page 12, and August 22, 1941, Page 5)

Walter Blackwell
LAURENS COUNTY BOY IS DROWNED IN SALUDA RIVER
Funeral Services Will Be Held at 4 Today for Walter Blackwell
Greenwood, Aug. 3 – Walter Blackwell, 16-year-old son of Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Blackwell of the Mount Gallagher section of Laurens county, drowned last night in the Saluda river after his older brother, John Harrison Blackwell, failed in an attempt to rescue him. The two youths were swimming in the river about three miles below Ware Shoals, when the younger boy went down in 12 feet of water. His body was found this morning by Clarence Pace and brought to the surface by Ben Davis. No inquest will be held. Besides his parents and older brother, he is survived by two older brothers, Clea Blackwell and Warren Blackwell; two half-brothers, Davis Blackwell of Laurens and Frank Blackwell of Greenville; and five sisters, Mrs. Lila Malone, Mrs. Sallie Davis, and Mrs. Mackie Malone, all of Ware Shoals, and Mrs. Maggie Fridy and Mrs. Lila Mae Davis, both of Laurens county. Funeral services will be held Monday morning at 11 o’clock (DST) at the Poplar Springs church. The Rev. Kelly Cooper will officiate. (Herald Journal, August 4, 1941, Page 5)

Frances Boulware
Laurens, Sept. 1 – Miss Frances Boulware, professional nurse of Laurens and Greenville, died today at the veterans hospital for nurses in Milledgeville, GA. She had been in declining health several years. She was a daughter of the late Joseph R. and Maria Anderson Boulware of Laurens. She received her education in schools here and was graduated as a nurse from Roper hospital, Charleston. During recent years she had lived in Greenville. Surviving are two sisters, Mrs. Fleming Smith and Mrs. Alva Weaver; and a brother, David L. Boulware. Funeral services will be conducted at the Kennedy Mortuary in Laurens at 11 a.m. Wednesday. Rev. L. P. McGee, Methodist minister of Clinton, officiating. Burial will be in the Laurens cemetery. Active pallbearers will be W. R. and Jack Anderson, Lawrence Kennedy, L. C. Barksdale, E. O. Anderson and Everette Martin. The honorary escort will be R. E. and R. A. Babb, Dr. C. P. Vincent, Dr. T. L. Timmerman, H. Douglas Gray, L. G. Balle, M. L. Smith, Ralph Bobo, C. P. Roper and Grover C. Peterson. (Herald Journal, September 2, 1941, Page 6)

Louisa Barnes
Clinton, Dec. 15 – Mrs. Louisa Barnes, 79, wife of Wesley Barnes, died today at the Laurens hospital after a week’s illness. Mrs. Barnes, who was a native of North Carolina, had resided in Clinton 30 years. She was a member of the Baptist church. Besides her husband, survivors include eight sons, James, Levi, Clyde, Mark, Richmond, Floyd, Troy and Ray Barnes; one daughter, Mrs. Hattie Rice of near Clinton, and one sister, Mrs. Amanda Bailey. The funeral will be conducted Thursday at 2:30 p.m. at the residence of Mrs. Hattie Rice, with the Rev. Ralph D. Hughes and the Rev. R. H. Gause officiating. Burial will be in the Clinton Mills Cemetery. (Herald Journal, December 16, 1941, Page 9)

James Bailey Benjamin
Laurens, Nov. 7 – The funeral of James Bailey Benjamin, 68, who died early today at his home in the Mount Pleasant community after an illness of several weeks, will be conducted Saturday at the New Prospect Baptist Church, of which he was a member. Mr. Benjamin was a son of the late John R. and Mrs. Adalia Nelson Benjamin, and was a native of the Beaverdam church area. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Fay Culbertson Benjamin; one son, John B. Benjamin; one daughter, Mrs. Joseph B. Madden of Laurens County; a brother, W. T. Benjamin of Mountville, and one sister, Mrs. Maggie Huggins of Spartanburg. Dr. A. B. Lancaster, the Rev. Jodie A. Martin and the Rev. W. Ray Anderson will officiate at the last rites. Burial will be in the church cemetery. (Herald Journal, November 8, 1941, Page 3)

William James Benjamin

Clinton, Dec. 3 – William James Benjamin, 67, a native of Laurens County, died today at a Greenville hospital, where he had been a patient three weeks. Mr. Benjamin, who was a son of the late Luliet and Mrs. Frances Duval Benjamin, is survived by two sons, J. T. Benjamin of Greensboro, NC, and W. B. Benjamin of Alexandria, VA; two daughters, Mrs. John H. Cook of Fayetteville, NC and Mrs. Willard J. Jones of Clinton; three brothers, C. D. Benjamin of Clinton, John Benjamin of Hartsville and L. G. Benjamin of Darlington; and three grandchildren. The funeral will be conducted Thursday at 11 a.m. at the Clinton First Presbyterian Church, of which Mr. Benjamin was a member. The Rev. J. K. Roberts, pastor of the church, will officiate at the final rites, with burial in the Rocky Springs Church Cemetery, near Clinton. (Herald Journal, December 4, 1941, Page 5)

Susie Simpson Blakely

Clinton, Nov. 20 – Mrs. Susie S. Blakely, 53, well known Clinton resident, died suddenly late today at her home 17 Academy street. Surviving are two daughters, Mrs. W. I. Evans, Jr., Charlotte, and Miss Ella Gray Blakely, Clinton. Mrs. Blakely was the daughter of the late Samuel and Lou Braddock Simpson of Laurens County and a lifelong member of Duncan’s Creek Presbyterian Church. Funeral services will be held at the home Friday afternoon at 4 o’clock. Dr. F. D. Jones will officiate, assisted by the Rev. J. K. Roberts. Burial will be in the family plot in Presbyterian Cemetery. (Herald Journal, November 21, 1941, Page 20)

Lillie Azalea Traynham Bagwell (Baynard)
Mrs. Lillie T. Baynard, 73, of Rt. 2, Pelzer, died last night at 8:45 o'clock at a local hospital. She had been in declining health for three months. Surviving are her husband, Pink Baynard; one daughter, Mrs. Nellie Ross of Fountain Inn; one son, C. M. Bagwell of Rt. 4, Greenville; three step-daughters, Mrs. C. W. Owens of Pelzer, Mrs. R. B. Barnwell of Pelzer and Mrs. T. E. Owens of Portsmouth, VA; three sisters, Mrs. Earle Medlock of Rt. 4, Greenville, Mrs. Henry Hammond of Simpsonville and Mrs. Fred Taylor of Piedmont; six brothers, Tom, J. C., J. A. and J. P. Traynham of Greenville, Mart Traynham of Pelzer and C. B. Traynham of Pelzer, Rt. 3, and 10 grandchildren. The family will be with the son, Mr. Bagwell, on Childs Rd., off Augusta Rd. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Jones Funeral Home. (Greenville News, January 1, 1959, transcribed by Andrew Staton) 

Mamie Nelson Brissey
Laurens, Jan. 8 – The funeral of Mrs. Mammie Nelson Brissey, 69, of the Ekom community, will be conducted Friday at 2 p.m. at the Union (Old Quaker) Baptist Church, with the Rev. Lloyd Hellams and the Rev. Jodie Martin officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Mrs. Brissey, who died last night at her home after a long illness, is survived by her husband, T. J. Brissey of the Ekom community; two daughters, Mrs. Gray Cooper and Miss Minnie Brissey; two sons, J. W. and Walter Brissey; one sister, Miss Mattie Nelson. Active pallbearers at the last rites will be Charley, Dan, Leland and Walter Brissey, Lee Taylor and Fred Lark. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. W. C. Thompson, S. E. Williams, Joe Hughes, Carl, E. D., and Roy Culbertson, J. K. Cooper, Willie Pitts, J. F. Burton, C. T. Smith, M. J. Hollingsworth, George McCuen and Jack Summerall. (Herald Journal, January 9, 1942, Page 2)

George Washington Brazill
Clinton, Aug. 31 - (Special) - George W. Brazill, 68, died tonight at Hayes hospital after several weeks of illness. He was a native of Pickens County but had lived here most of his life. He was a son of the late James Robert and Harriett Brazill, and was a member of the Calvary Baptist Church. Twice marired, he was first married to the former Miss Louise Hawkins. By this union, four daughters and one son survive. Mrs. Houston Ellis of Clinton, Mrs. Harold Copeland of Clinton, Mrs. Arnell Coker of Columbia, Mrs. Dan Gunner of Joanna and Sgt. First Class E. O. Brazil of the army in California. His second marriage was to the former Mrs. Lillie Vanderford, who survives with four daughters and two sons, Mrs. Melvin Seay of Clinton, Mrs. Jack Rhodes of Clinton, Misses Polly and Barbara Brazill, Clyde and Dewey Brazill of Clinton; 11 grandchildren; and four sisters, Mrs. E. L. Thomas of Joanna, Mrs. Nancy Harris of Clinton; Mrs. Luther Watkins of Whitmire, and Mrs. Minnie Wofford of Danville, VA. Funeral services will be conducted at 4 o'clock Sunday afternoon from Calvary Baptist Church by the Rev. J. W. Spillers. Interment will be in Rosemont Cemetery. The body will remain at the Gray Funeral Home until 4 o'clock Saturday afternoon, when it will be taken to his home, 411 Frances Street, Clinton Mill, where it will remain until the hour of the service. (The State, September 1, 1951, transcribed by Andrew Staton)

Lillie Vanderford Brazil
Mrs. Lillie Vanderford Brazil, 83, widow of George W. Brazill, died Thursday. Born in Union County, she was a daughter of the late James L. and Polly Vaughn Vanderford. She was a retired employee of Clinton Mills and a member of Calvary Baptist Church. Surviving are sons, Dewey Brazill of Blenheim and Clyde Brazill of Clinton; daughters, Mrs. Dan (Eugenia) Gunter of Joanna, Mrs. Arnell (Helen) Coker of Americus, GA, and Mrs. Houston (Eileen) Ellis, Mrs. Harold (Nellie) Copeland, Mrs. Melvin (Margaret) Seay, Mrs. Jack (Mildred) Rhodes, Miss Barbara Brazill and Mrs. Dennis (Polly) Fallaw of Clinton; a brother, William Vanderford of Newberry and a sister, Mrs. Inez Miller of Newberry. Services will be held at 3 p.m. today at Calvary Baptist Church with burial in Rosemont Cemetery. Gray Funeral Home of Clinton is in charge. (The State, September 22, 1984)

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