Laurens County Obituaries

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Walter David Glenn
Clinton, Feb. 23 – Funeral services for Walter D. Glenn will be conducted at the Tribble funeral home Saturday afternoon at 2:30 with Dr. F. D. Jones officiating, assisted by the Rev. L. O. Elmore and Dr. D. J. Woods. Burial will follow in the Bethany Presbyterian church cemetery, near here. The following will serve as active pallbearers: John Mimnaugh, David Glenn, William Glenn, Fred Little, Jim Little and William Anderson. (Herald Journal, February 24, 1940, Page 2, transcribed by Andrew Staton)

Mary Ramsey Guy
Laurens, Jan. 16 – Late rites for Mrs. Mary Ramsey Guy, 62, were conducted at the church of God Sunday afternoon by the Rev. O. H. Tollison, pastor, and the Rev. Oscar Taylor, pastor of the Pentecostal Holiness church. Burial was in the Watts Mills cemetery. Mrs. Guy died Saturday night at the Laurens hospital from burns suffered a few hours before when her clothing was ignited from a heater at the home on Augusta street. She was alone at the time of the accident, members of the family said, and the supposition was that she had fallen against the stove after becoming suddenly ill. Neighbors, responding to the call for assistance, extinguished the blaze and the victim was hurried to the hospital. Formerly of Newport, Tenn., Mrs. Guy is survived by the husband, J. David Guy; two daughters, Mrs. O. R. Tucker, and Mrs. Helen Louise Eppley, Laurens; three sons, Ulya Guy, Spartanburg, David Guy Jr., Lowell, N.C., and Harry W. Guy, Woodruff; ten grandchildren; two brothers, William and Lawrence Ramsey, Spartanburg; one sister, Mrs. Laura Roe, Arcadia. The Guy family had lived in Spartanburg more than two decades before moving to Laurens two years ago. (Herald Journal, January 17, 1940, Page 6, transcribed by Andrew Staton)

Phoebe Garrett
Charleston Mercury, 3-1-1859
Died..February 15th, in Laurens District, Mrs. Phoebe Garrett, wife of Mr. John Garrett, aged 45 years.

Bennie Franklin Ginn
Enoree, April 15 – Bennie Franklin Ginn, 19, of Clinton, was killed instantly and six other young people injured – none seriously – about 3:30 o’clock this afternoon in an automobile accident on the Enoree-Lanford Station highway, about one-half mile south of the Spartanburg-Laurens county line in the latter county. An inquest into the death of the Ginn youth will be held at Clinton at 10 o’clock Tuesday morning. State patrolmen and Sheriff C. W. Weir of Laurens investigated the accident. Funeral services for Ginn will be conducted at 3:30 o’clock Wednesday afternoon at the home of his brother, Irby Ginn, on Davis street, Clinton, by the Rev. R. H. Gause and the Rev. R. D. Hughes. Interment will be in the Calvary cemetery at Clinton. He is survived by his mother, Mrs. Ola Franklin Ginn Wages; three brothers, Irby Ginn, Roy Ginn and Jeff Ginn; one sister, Mrs. Lucille Henson; and two half-brothers, Willie Ginn and Quillian Ginn, all of Clinton. The Gray funeral home in Clinton is in charge of arrangements. (Herald Journal, April 16, 1940, Page 2)

James Richard Golden
Clinton, Jan. 7 – James Richard Golden, 54, died today at his home near here after an illness of two months. A native of Oconee county, he had made his home near Clinton for the last 9 years. His wife, Mrs. Barnnie Golden, and three children by this marriage, James, Franklin and Bettie Jean, survive; also surviving are four children by a previous marriage, Sam Golden of Laurens, Mrs. Pearl Spencer, Mrs. Christine Price and Mrs. Lula Mae Esley, all of Gaffney; and a sister, Mrs. Mary Kirkdoff. Funeral services will be conducted Wednesday at 3:30 p.m. at Lydia Mill Baptist church by the Rev. M. F. Moorehead. Interment will be in Rosemont cemetery. The body will be at the Gray Funeral Home here until the hour of the service. (Herald Journal, January 8, 1941, Page 6)

William D. Graham
Clinton, Feb. 11 – William D. Graham, 69, Spanish-American War veteran and resident of Clinton for 14 years, died today at his home on Elizabeth street after an illness of two weeks. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Martha Campbell Graham; three sons, Olls Graham and Ernest Graham, both of Clinton, and Hugh Graham of Asheville, N. C.; and a daughter, Mrs. Ernest Russell of Ware Shoals. Funeral services will be held Wednesday morning at 11 o’clock at the Memorial Baptist church. The Rev. R. D. Hughes, the Rev. W. N. Long, and the Rev. C. R. Anderson will officiate and burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. (Herald Journal, February 12, 1941, Page 8)

John Gaskin, Jr.
See news article regarding John Gaskin, Jr.'s death here.

Esther Louise George

Laurens, June 29 – Esther Louise George, three-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Marion George of Laurens, died last night at a local hospital after a brief illness. Surviving are her parents; paternal grandmother, Mrs. Carrie E. George; and maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J. Wister Martin. Funeral services will be held at 11 o’clock Monday morning at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Martin at Laurens. The Rev. A. B. Langston will officiate, and burial will be in Chester Ridge Cemetery. (Herald Journal, June 30, 1941, Page 10)

John Allen Gann

Clinton, Sept. 22 – John Allen Gann, 64, resident of near Clinton for a number of years, died at his home today following an illness of two years. A native of Tennessee, he had made his home in this section for the past 14 years; and was a member of the Church of God at Clinton Mills. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Sarah Hatley Gann; a daughter, Mrs. Ola Lambert of near Clinton; two sons, Floyd Gann and James Gann, both of near Clinton; four sisters, Mrs. Betsy Smeicer of Tennessee, Mrs. Alice Rhinehart of Spartanburg, Mrs. Clara Smith of Enoree and Mrs. Etta Sparks of Cherokee Falls; one half-brother, George Banks of Woodruff, and three grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted at 3 o’clock (EST) Wednesday afternoon at the Clinton Mills Church of God by the Rev. C. N. Sproles, the Rev. L. G. Looney, the Rev. R. H. Gause and the Rev. R. S. Bonds. Interment will be in Rosemont cemetery of Clinton. Funeral arrangements are in charge of the Gray funeral home. (Herald Journal, September 23, 1941, Page 6)

George W. Garner

Clinton, Aug. 30 – George W. Garner, 45, died today at his home at Lydia Mills after having been in declining health several months. Mr. Garner was a native of Tennessee, but had resided in South Carolina 30 years. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Judy Edmonds Garner of Lydia Mills; three brothers, Charley A. Garner and Joe Garner of Pelzer and L. C. Garner of Greer; two sisters, Mrs. Mary Ball of White Pine, Tenn., and Mrs. Jennie Towery of Illinois. The funeral will be conducted Sunday at 4 p.m. (DST) at the Wesleyan Methodist church at Pelzer with the Rev. Levi Rigdon and the Rev. Ray Williams officiating. Burial will be in the old cemetery at Pelzer. The following nephews will be pallbearers: Clarence and Robert Coffee, Clifford, Ben and Johnny Garner and Kenneth Dean. After 2 p.m. (DST) Sunday, the body will be at the residence, 26 Hampton Avenue, Lydia Mills. The Gray Funeral Home of Clinton is in charge of arrangements. (Herald Journal, August 31, 1941, Page 8)

Birdie Hitt Poag Golden

Goldville, July 28 – Mrs. Birdie Hitt Golden, 70, wife of C. W. Golden of Goldville, died at her home today following an illness of seven weeks. She was a native of Laurens county and a member of the Goldville Methodist church. She was twice married. By her first marriage, to the late M. R. Poag, she is survived by two sons, L. H. Poag and J. F. Poag, both of Goldville. No children survive by her second marriage. Other survivors include two brothers, Eugene Hitt of Clinton and J. J. Hitt of Newberry. Funeral services will be conducted at 2 o’clock (EST) Tuesday afternoon at the Goldville Methodist church by the Rev. T. B. Wilkes. Interment will be in Elmwood Cemetery, Columbia. Until the hour of services, the body will be at the home on Ellis Street, Goldville. Arrangements are in charge of the Gray Funeral Home, Clinton. (Herald Journal, July 29, 1941, Page 3)

Wyatt Claude Garrett
Laurens, Dec. 16 – Mrs. Mildred Garrett of Watts Mill was officially notified today of the death of her son, Wyatt Claude Garrett, 19, while “in action in the defense of his country.” Garret was a seaman, second class, and had been in the navy since September 1940. A letter dated December 5 was received by the mother only five minutes before the official notice came. In addition to his mother, the young seaman is survived by two brothers, Wayne Garrett of Central Falls, NC, and Cecil Garrett of Greenville, and one sister, Mrs. Helen Leopard of Laurens. (Herald Journal, December 17, 1941, Page 5)

Edith C. Voss Greisser
Edith C. Greisser, 73, of 31 Summerset Bay Dr., Cross Hill, SC, wife of Harry Greisser, died Thursday, October 10, 2013, at her residence. Born May 7, 1940 in, Philadelphia, PA she was the daughter of the late Harry and Catherine Duff Voss. Edith was a registered nurse having graduated from St. Agnes School of Nursing. She was very active with the Newberry Historical Society serving as the Journal editor and also worked closely with the restoration of the Village Cemetery. She is survived by her husband Harry; children, Patricia Deesy (Robert) of Salisbury, NC, Harry Greisser, Jr. (Linda) of Flanders, NJ, Charles Greisser (Michelle) of Birdsboro, PA, and Michael Greisser of Flushing, NY; six grandchildren, Debra Keener (Tyler), Brian Hock (Jennifer), Keith Greisser (Kate), Katelyn Greisser, Brian Boltz and Nathan Brady; one great- grandchild, Cameron Hock; siblings, Eileen Voss of Philadelphia, PA and Harry Voss of Williamsport, PA. (The State, October 2013)

Ida Ruth Hanvey Guice
LAURENS – Mrs. Ida Ruth Guice, of 8630 Piney Branch Rd., Washington, DC, died early yesterday morning in Washington following an illness of four months. She was a native of Oconee County, a daughter of Rev. J. A. Hanvey and Mrs. Nettie King Hanvey. She was a member of the Church of God. Surviving in addition to her parents are her husband, James H. Guice; two sons, Robert and Ronnie Guice; two daughters, Sadie Mae and Mary Ann Guice, all of the home; three brothers, Rev. Carl Hanvey of Hillsboro, NC, J. T. Hanvey of Iva and Curtis Hanvey of Laurens; nine sisters, Mrs. Sue Dela Hopkins of Honea Path, Mrs. Edith Brownlee of Woodruff, Mrs. Gaynelle Ball, Mrs. Velma Spearman, Mrs. Louise Lothridge, all of Laurens, Mrs. Grace Burke of Enoree, Mrs. Eva Mae Roach of Easley, Mrs. Mildred Smith of Midway Park, NC, and Mrs. Eulane Patterson of Laurens. The body will arrive in Laurens Saturday afternoon and will be taken to the home of her father, Rev. J. A. Hanvey on the Spartanburg Highway. Funeral arrangements will be announced by Kennedy Mortuary. (Greenville News, August 31, 1962, Page 20, transcribed by Andrew Staton)

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