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Mary Boland
Mary Carolyn Shealy Boland, 90, of Pomaria, died March 17, 2006 at Newberry County Memorial Hospital.
Born in White Rock, she was a daughter of the late Jacob Edward and Mary Ophelia Shealy Shealy. Mrs. Boland was a member of Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church.

Surviving are her husband of 67 years, Milton F. Boland; sons, Alfred S. Boland of Greer, Larry E. Boland of Pomaria and Gene C. Boland of Prosperity; six grandchildren, three step-grandchildren, two great-grandchildren and six step-great-grandchildren. Mrs. Boland was predeceased by a son, Donald F. Boland; sisters, Elizabeth Shealy, Nell Rose Nichols and Madeline Ballentine; brothers, Ward Shealy, Darwin “Bub” Shealy and Edward “Hank” Shealy.

Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday at Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church by the Rev. John Stoudemayer. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 5-6 p.m. at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church, 816 Mt. Tabor Church Road, Little Mountain, SC 29075.

Syble Boyce
JOANNA - Services for Syble Moates Boyce, 74, will be held at 2 p.m. today at Joanna Methodist Church with the Rev. H. F. Crump officiating. Burial will be in the Rosemont Cemetery in Newberry. Friends may call the Joanna Methodist Church at 1 p.m. today prior to service. Peeples-Rhoden Funeral Home, Hampton is in charge.

Mrs. Boyce died Monday morning in the Hampton Regional Medical Center in Hampton Co. after an extended illness. Born in Laurens Co. on February 9, 1926, she was a daughter of the late James C. and Rebecca King Farmer. Mrs. Boyce had retired from the Joanna Textile Mill as a Spinner Operator, and was a member of Joanna Methodist Church. She was the widow of the late Samuel Boyce.

Surviving are her brother, George Farmer of Atlanta; sisters, H. F. Crump of Charleston, Gary Ulmer of Brunson.

Ella Blease - contributed by Andrew Staton
NEWBERRY. Feb. 16 - Funeral services for Mrs. Ella Blease, 62, widow of Augustus H. Blease Sr., who died Monday in Knoxville, Tenn., will be held Thursday afternoon at 2 o'clock at the McSwain funeral home conducted by the Rev. F. O. Lamoreaux, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Newberry.

Interment will follow in Baxter Memorial Cemetery, Newberry.

She is survived by three sons and two daughters; Robert and Cole Blease of Clinton; A. H. Blease Jr. of Colombia; Mrs. Alva Ealy of Knoxville, Tenn., and Mrs. Lena B. Lubeski of New York City.

Augustus H. Blease- contributed by Andrew Staton
NEWBERRY, Jan. 23. - Funeral services for Augustus H. Blease, 69, who died at his home in Newberry, were held this afternoon at McSwain's Funeral home with interment in Baxter Memorial Cemetery.

Mr. Blease is survived by his widow, who was Miss Ella Cromer; three sons, C. L. Blease, Columbia; A. H. Blease Jr., Newberry; R. L. Blease, Clinton; two daughters, Mrs. A. E. Ealy, Knoxville, Tenn., and Mrs. W. J. Scully, of New York City, New York.

Wayne Beck Sr.
NEWBERRY - Services for Wayne Beck Sr., 67, of 2540 Nance Street, will be held at 4 p.m. today at Glenn Street Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. Todd Kirkland and the Rev. Stanley Fuller. Interment will be in Rosemont Cemetery with Masonic rites. The family will be at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Ronnie Beck, 605 Springhill Drive, Newberry. Whitaker Funeral Home, 1704 College Street, Newberry, is in charge. Messages to the family may be sent via email at notes@whitakerfuneralhome.com.

Mr. Beck died Wednesday, April 10, 2002 in Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia. Born in Newberry, February 12, 1935, he was a son of the late Willie and Verda Goff Beck. He had retired from American Fiber and Finishing Company. He was a member of Glenn Street Baptist Church, a member of Amity Masonic Lodge #87, the Newberry York Rite Bodies, the Hejaz Shrine Temple and the Newberry County Shrine Club.

Surviving are his wife, Mary Miller Beck of the home; daughter, Traci B. Bundrick of Newberry; son and daughter-in-law, Ronald W. "Ronnie" and Amelia H. Beck of Newberry; brother and sisters-in-law, Robert R. "Bobby" and Rae T. Beck and Lavenia "Punk" Beck, all of Newberry; grandchildren and spouses, Brad and Joni Beck, Kelly B. and Wayne Perry, Nathan Beck, Britley Beck, Roy Bundrick and Stephen Bundrick; great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn Beck, Brenna Perry and Casey Shealy; special friends, James Cay and Jewell Baker of Newberry. He was predeceased by brother, Joe Norman Beck.

Ella Brock
NEWBERRY - Services for Ella Mae Kleckley Brock, 85, are at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Bethany Lutheran Church, with burial in Rosemont Cemetery. Visitation is 6:30-8 p.m. tonight at Whitaker Funeral Home.

Mrs. Brock died Sunday. Born in Chapin, she a daughter of the late David and Frances Kleckley and wife of the late E. Ervin Brock.

Surviving are daughters, Linda Johnston of Newberry, Sue Koon of Pomaria, Margaret Metts of Little Mountain; grandchildren, Billy Johnston and Angela Perry, both of Newberry, Mellisa Livingston of Prosperity, Crystal Johnston of Columbia, Woody Koon Jr. of Chapin, Hope Reta of Little Mountain; ten great-grandchildren.

Paulette Boyd Baker

NEWBERRY- Funeral services for Paulette Boyd Baker, will be conducted on Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2006, at 2 p.m. at Lower Mt. Olive AME Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery

Mrs. Baker died Thursday, Dec. 29, 2005, at her home. Born in Newberry County, she was the daughter of the late Robert Thomas Boyd, Sr. and the late Melinda Williams Boyd. She was a faithful member of Lower Mt. Olive AME Church. At Mt. Olive, she served as president of Lower Mt. Olive Gospel Choir, secretary of the church school, a member of the Trustee Board, Women's Missionary Society and head usher. She was a current member of the Women's Home Aid Society #108.

Paulette was a graduate of Gallman High School, class of l967. She attended Allen University and the University of South Carolina, both located in Columbia, S.C. While at Allen, she was inducted into Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. Prior to her declining health, she was employed as an educator in the Newberry County School District at Reuben Elementary School. She was a former DHEC Home Health Supervisor and worked for the City of Newberry for many years.

Paulette was to twice married, first to the late Linnard E. Brown and second to the late Bogie Baker, Jr. She was also predeceased by sisters, Josephine Wise and Minnie L. Toland; and a brother, Larry Boyd.

Surviving are a daughter, LaVelma (Evans) Toland of Prosperity, S.C.; sons, Motagus (LaVonya) Brown of Little Mountain, S.C.; Tremenous Q. Baker of Newberry; three sisters, Vivian (James) Hair of Prosperity, Mattie L. Glasgow of Philadelphia, Pa. and Elease (Vernon) Caldwell of Batesburg, S.C.; brothers, Ernest (Bessie) Boyd, Harold (Lucinda) Boyd and Robert (Rosa) Boyd, Jr., all of Prosperity, and James (Lily) Williams of Little Mountain; grandchildren, Tyreke Pelzer of Greenville, S.C.; Monique Brown, Shaleighya Sultan, Zachary and Ryan Brown, all of Little Mountain, and Brittany Gallman of Prosperity; two aunts, Bette Williams of Chapin, S.C. and Dorothy Stephens of Prosperity; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends, including devoted friends, Lelia M. Caldwell, Richard Hines, Harry Pratt, Deacon David Wilson and Lourine Bates.

The family will receive friends at the home of her daughter, LaVelma Toland, 1126 Mt. Pilgrim Church Road, Prosperity. F. B. Pratt & Son Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

David Francis Bennett
COLUMBIA - David Francis Bennett, 61, of Ripley Station Road in Columbia, died Monday, Sept. 10, 2007, at Lexington Medical Center.

Born in Newberry on Nov. 30, 1945, to the late Ernest and Frances Bennett, he was the beloved grandson of the late Frank M. and Kizzie H. Schumpert and J. Floyd and Nellie S. Bennett.

David graduated from Newberry High School and received his bachelor's degree from the University of South Carolina. He was a member of Kappa Sigma Fraternity and remained a loyal Gamecock throughout his life. He also served his country as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

Due to his declining health, David recently retired from the South Carolina Department of Labor, Licensing and Regulations where he served as administrator of the Manufactured Housing Board.

David is survived by his wife, Dee Aldridge Bennett; two daughters, Leigh Bennett- Conner (Andrew) of Norcross, Ga. and Sara Bennett (Scott) of Newberry; stepson Zack Winslow (Shé) of Lexington; grandsons Donovan Bennett, Duncan Bennett- Conner, Lincoln Winslow; granddaughter Chloe Thackeray; one brother, James E. Bennett (Felicia) of Lexington; a sister, Linda Smith (Cecil) of Lugoff; nieces, nephews and cousins who will mourn his passing. He was pre-deceased by one brother, Thomas W. Bennett and sister-in-law Gloria Bennett of Prosperity. David is the great-nephew of Elizabeth Miller of Lexington, and the nephew of Doris Gardner of Palm Springs, Calif.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at the O'Neal Street United Methodist Church, Newberry, where David was christened and baptized-a church which holds special significance for him. Burial will be in the family plot in Rosemont Cemetery, Newberry with Military Honors.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. tonight at the Whitaker Funeral Home in Newberry. Donations may be made in lieu of flowers to O'Neal Street United Methodist Church, 511 O'Neal St., Newberry, SC 29108; or SCOA Cares, Inc., 166 Stoneridge Drive, Columbia, SC 29210. Messages to the family may be sent via e-mail at notes@whitakerfuneralhome.com. Whitaker Funeral Home, Newberry is assisting the family.

Martha Bouknight
NEWBERRY - Martha Caroline Bouknight, 88, formerly of 1803 Nance St, Newberry, died Monday, March 15, 2004 at The Haven in the Summit in Columbia.

Miss Bouknight was born on August 21, 1915 in Newberry County, a daughter of the late Rev. William R. and Mattie Buzhardt Bouknight. She graduated Lander College and taught third grade for many years in Newberry County. She was a member of the Newberry County, the South Carolina, and the National Retired Teachers Associations and the Newberry Historical Society. She was a member of Central United Methodist Church, the Ezell Bible Class and the United Methodist Women Circle #1.

Miss Bouknight was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Miss Bouknight is survived by five nieces, Anita Franklin of Columbia, Dr. Barbara A. Derrick and Dr. Martha N. Bouknight both of Summerville, Betty Kendrick of Lexington, and Marie B. Allen of Alexandria, VA; five nephews, Rev. Dr. W. R. Bouknight, III of Memphis, TN, Joe C. Bouknight of Danville, VA, J. A. Bouknight, Jr. of Washington, D.C., Dr. James G. Bouknight of Columbia, and Dr. Frank H. Bouknight of Summerville.

Funeral services for Martha C. Bouknight will be conducted at 3:00 P.M. Friday at Central United Methodist Church by Rev. John Miller and Rev. Dr. W.R. Bouknight, III. Interment will be in Rosemont Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:30 P.M. to 2:30 P.M. Friday at Henry Hall at Central United Methodist Church. Memorials may be to Central United Methodist Church PO Box 67, Newberry, SC 29108 or Alzheimer's Association PO Box 7044, Columbia, SC 29202. Messages to the family may be sent via email to notes@whitakerfuneralhome.com. Whitaker Funeral Home, 1704 College Street, Newberry, SC is assisting the family.

Bessie Bates
COLUMBIA - Services for Bessie G. Bates, 94, widow of Granville Bates, noon Wednesday at Bostick-Tompkins Funeral Home. Burial: Lower Mt. Olive AME Church (where she was a member) Cemetery, Prosperity. Born in Newberry to James and Julia Corley Gallman, she died February 12, 2005. Surviving: children, Sidney Bates Jr., Naomi Jackson; 22 grand, 70 great-grand, 45 great-great-grandchildren.

C. Gilbert Bouknight
C. Gilbert Bouknight, 78, of Newberry, died Wednesday, September 9, 2009 at his residence.

Born on August 7, 1931 in Newberry, he was a son of the late Claude Adam and Clara Bell Smith Bouknight.  He was retired from AF&F, was a member of the S.C. National Guard Battery C for 15 years and was a member of Newberry Church of God.

Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Nancy Taylor Bouknight; a son, Wally H. (Lisa) Bouknight of Mauldin; a daughter, Melody (Tim) Walter of Abbeville; a sister, Ella Rae Blake of Belmont, NC; a daughter-in-law, Debbie Bouknight of Newberry; a sister-in-law, Louise Taylor of Newberry; grandchildren, Michael (Becky) Bouknight, Trena (Mike) Hands, Jason (Anna) Maroney; Jeremy Bouknight, Jessica B. Carpenter, McHardy (Rebecca) Way, Jr., Leanne (Michael) Brazell, Justin Bouknight and Nick Bouknight; eight great-grandchildren and special nieces and nephews. Mr. Bouknight was predeceased by a son, Walter L. Bouknight, sisters, Sylvia Putman, Dorothy Martin, Frances Bouknight and Kathleen Bouknight and brothers, Virgil Bouknight, Carroll Bouknight and Ira Bouknight.

Funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m. Saturday, September 12, 2009 at the Newberry Church of God by the Rev. Michael Shirley.  Burial will follow in Newberry Memorial Gardens.  Visitation will be at the church on Saturday from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m.  Memorials may be made to the Newberry Church of God, 2695 College Street, Newberry, SC 29108.

Active pallbearers: Justin Bouknight, Nick Bouknight, Randy Taylor, Jeremy Bouknight, Jason Maroney and Chris Bullard.  Honorary pallbearers: Terry & Judy Wise, John & Mae Samples, Horace & Ann Sease, Willie & Elizabeth Summer, Phillip & Annette Lindler and Marvin & Mozelle Stanely.

Frances Bennett
NEWBERRY - Graveside services for Frances Marion Schumpert Bennett, 74, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday in Rosemont Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. David Nichols. The family will receive friends at the residence, 123 Woodlawn Ave., Union, from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday. Visitation will be from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Friday at Whitaker Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Duncan Acres United Methodist Church, 417 Rice Ave., Union, SC 29379 or to a charity of one's choice. Notes to the family may be sent via email at notes@whitakerfuneralhome.com.

Mrs. Bennett, widow of Ernest F. "Pint" Bennett, died Tuesday, March 27, 2001 in Wallace Thomson Hospital in Union. Born in Newberry, December 25, 1926, she was a daughter of the late Frank M. and Kizzie Henson Schumpert. Mrs. Bennett reared their children in Newberry and was a devoted member of O'Neal Street United Methodist Church, prior to moving to Union.

Mrs. Bennett was a devoted wife and mother; she was involved in scouting in Newberry for many years and she received the distinction of being selected Den Mother of the Year in South Carolina, an honor of which she was quite proud. In Union, she worked for a number of years at Wallace Thomson Hospital and at Union Family Practice, until she retired.

Surviving are daughter, Linda B. Smith, Elgin; sons, James E. Bennett, Lexington, David F. Bennett, Columbia; sister, Doris S. Gardner, Newberry and Palm Springs, Calif.; brother, Derrill E. Schumpert, Union; aunts, Elizabeth S. Miller, Columbia; Sadye J. Schumpert, Newberry; daughter-in-law, Gloria B. Bennett, Prosperity; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a daughter, Nancy Elizabeth Bennett and a son, Thomas Wayne Bennett.

Dorothy Wood Bultman
COLUMBIA - Dorothy (Dot) Wood Bultman, 75, of Columbia, died Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2008 at her home.

Dot was born Dec. 31, 1932, in York. She is the daughter of the late Herbert G. Wood and Connie Wood Lester and stepdaughter of the late George Lester Sr. She was raised in the Mollohon Community of Newberry, and attended Glenn Street Baptist Church. She resided in Columbia most of her adult life and is a member of Kilbourne Park Baptist Church. She worked in the accounting department for Colonial Stores. She retired from United Way of the Midlands in 1995 after 21 years of service.

She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Robert (Bob) Brennan Bultman; her daughters, Kelley Ann Slay and husband, Dana, of Concord, N.C., and Katie Bultman Broom of Greer. She is survived by her precious granddaughters, Abby Gail Bultman and Kerry Ann Slay of Concord, N.C. She is also survived by her sisters-inlaw, Gertrude Elliott and husband, Tom, of Eastover, Margaret Ridgeway of Columbia, Mary Emma Bultman of Fork; and numerous nieces and nephews whom have always been special to her.

She was predeceased by her sisters and their husbands, Louise and John Suit, Frances and Harold (Monkey) Black, and Peggy and Robert (Bob) Phipps.

Services will be held Saturday, Feb. 16, 2008, at 1 p.m. at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home Chapel, 1724 Main St., Newberry. Officiating the services will be her great-nephew, the Rev. Jay Black of Salem Missionary Baptist Church, Salem, Fla. Burial will follow at Rose-mont Cemetery, Newberry. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m., today, Feb. 15, 2008, at Dunbar Funeral Home on Devine Street, Columbia. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorials be made to the charity of your choice. McSwain-Evans Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements. A memorial message may be sent to the family at www.mcswainevans.com.

Mildred Boyd
DURHAM, N.C. -Services and burial in S.C. for Mildred Lee Boyd, 77, are 1 p.m. Saturday at Belmont Baptist Church, Silverstreet. Wilson F.H., Newberry, is in charge. Born in Newberry Co., S.C., to Delton and Elvira Reeder Boyd, she died Sept. 2, 2005. Surviving: children, Joyce Boyd, Dr. Carolyn Bryant, William Landers; six grands; siblings, Ann Tuggle, Mattie Thacker, L. Pearl Brown, Doris Wesley, Archie Boyd.

Esco Bates Jr.
NEWBERRY - Services for Esco Bates Jr., 65, will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Mount Olive A.M.E. Church. The casket will be placed in the church one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Wilson Funeral home is in charge. Mr. Bates died Tuesday. Born in Newberry County, he was a son of the late Esco Bates Sr. and Blanche Bates. He was a retired Construction Worker. Surviving are his sons, Wendell Bates, Kemp Bates, Esco Bates, Kevin Bates, Stephon Bates; daughters, Jackie Bates, Karen Bates, Stephanie Bates; adopted daughter, Brunell Glasgow.

Elizabeth Boozer
COLUMBIA - Graveside services for Elizabeth Corley Boozer, 90, will be held at 5 p.m. today, August 21, in Rosemont Cemetery, Newberry. Memorial services will be conducted at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, August 22, at Arsenal Hill A.R. Presbyterian Church, Columbia. Memorials may be made to Arsenal Hill A.R. Presbyterian Church, 1103 Laurel St., Columbia 29201. Whitaker Funeral Home, Newberry is in charge.

Mrs. Boozer, widow of Dr. John R. Boozer, died Thursday, August 19, 1999. Born in Abbeville, she was a daughter of the late Reuben F. Corley and Gussie Corley Miller. She was a retired elementary school teacher having taught at Olympia Elementary School for 41 years. She earned a bachelors degree from Winthrop College and a masters degree from the University of South Carolina. She was a member of Arsenal Hill Associate Reform Presbyterian Church, where she taught Sunday School for many years and was active in the Women of the Church, and she was a member of Alpha Delta Kappa International Honorary Society for Women Educators.

Surviving are a son, John R. Boozer III of Wilmington ,N.C.; grandchildren, Ben Boozer of Monks Corner, Stuart Boozer of Columbia; great-grandson, Jeremy Boozer.

Travis Bates
COLUMBIA - Services for Travis Dwayne Bates, 27, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Lower Mt. Olive AME Church; burial in the church cemetery. F.B. Pratt & Son Funeral Home, Newberry, is in charge. He died August 7, 2004. Surviving are wife, Sharlecar Hunter Bates; mother, Linda Bates Dewalt; father, Robert Kibler Jr.; stepfather, Aaron Dewalt; brothers, Robert Wells, Sandy Penny, Kelsey Kibler; more

Dolly Gantt Brogden - contributed by Butch Younginer
Mrs. Dolly Brogdon died at her home in the Mollohon suburbs of the city Saturday morning at l0:30 o'clock and the funeral services were conducted by Rev. Edw. Fulenwider at the house Sunday afternoon at 4 o'clock.  The interment will be in the mausoleum at Rosemont Cemetery, which her son, Wilbur R. Gauntt, is having built and which is now being completed.

Mrs. Brogdon was about 8l years old.  Her death was caused by paralysis, following a stroke three weeks ago.  She was a good Christian woman, a member of Redeemer, having joined the Lutheran church in Newberry while visiting here when she was 22 years old.  She was then on a visit to the late Capt. James Gauntt's daughter, the Miss Eliz Gauntt, who afterwards married F.M. Lindsay.  The deceased married Mr. Brogdon in l874.  For years this aged widow has had the comforting support of her devoted son, W.R. Gauntt, who is now having erected a suitable resting place for his mother.

B.A. Buddin
NEWBERRY - Services for Benjamin Allen Buddin, 88, of 2201 Evans Circle, will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday at O'Neal Street United Methodist Church. Interment will be in Rosemont Cemetery. Whitaker Funeral Home, 1704 College Street, Newberry, is assisting the family. The family will receive friends at the residence, 2201 Evans Circle, from 2-4 p.m. and from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday. Memorials may be made to O'Neal St. United Methodist Church, 511 O'Neal St., Newberry, SC 29108.

Mr. Buddin died Monday, February 10, 2003 in Lexington Medical Center. Born December 7, 1914 in New Zion, he was a son of the late John Patrick and Rebecca Gibbons Buddin. He was a 1937 graduate of Wofford College. He was a veteran of World War II, having served with the 8th Air Force in Europe. He held the rank of lieutenant colonel and received the Bronze Star Medal, American Defense Medal, American Campaign Medal, European Theatre Medal with five Battle Stars, Distinguished Unit Citation, World War II Victory Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal and Air Force Longevity Service Medal. He was a former schoolteacher, an employee of the Veterans Administration and the former owner and manager of Buddin Insurance Agency which was later merged with Summer Insurance Agency. He was a member of O'Neal Street United Methodist Church where he was a former teacher of the W.L.W. Sunday School Class, a former Lay Leader and a former chairman of the Official Board. He had been a member of the Newberry Rotary Club since 1956 and had 43 years of perfect attendance. He was the president of Newberry Rotary in 1963-1964, a former zone chairman of District 775 and the recipient of the prestigious Paul Harris Award in 1992.

Surviving are daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and Dalton Parker of Columbia and Nan and Larry Bridgers of Clinton; grandchildren and their spouses, Mandy and Doug Roberts, Amy and Marc Droste, Laura and Bruce Reeves and Allen and Jenna Bridgers; great-grandchildren, Parker Nathaniel Roberts, Benjamin Lee Roberts and Carson Brooke Reeves. He was predeceased by his wife, Clara Layton Buddin; sisters, Edna DuBose and Sadie Lou Gibbons; brothers, Henley Buddin, Ralph Buddin, and Alga Buddin.  Messages to the family may be sent via email to notes@whitaker funeral home.com.

Bobby Boyd
NEWBERRY - Services with burial for Bobby Boyd, 52, Piggly Wiggly employee for many years, are 2 p.m. Wednesday (1 p.m. viewing) at Lower Mount Olive AMEC, where he was a member. Wilson Funeral Home is in charge. Born in Little Mountain to Arron and S.T. Boyd, he died Jan. 14, 2006. Surviving: children, Bobby Davenport, Antwon Goode, Stephanie Boyd; siblings, Annie Pearl, Robert Boyd; others.

Martha Bodie
JOANNA - Services for Martha Brown "Dink" Bodie will be at 3 p.m. Sunday at the McSwain-Evans Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Rosemont Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 7 - 9 p.m. at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 301 Magnolia Street, Joanna, SC 29351.

Mrs. Bodie, 89, widow of Frank DeVore Bodie, died May 12, 2006. Born in Clinton, she was a daughter of the late Alsa Daniel and Ada Viona Dedmond Brown. She was a former employee of Joanna Mills and a member of the First Baptist Church of Joanna.

Surviving are sons, George Bodie and Gary Bodie, both of Joanna; a daughter, Phyllis Moore of Thomasville, GA; a grandson reared in the home, George Bodie, Jr. of Clinton; 10 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by three grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Evelyn Brooks
NEWBERRY -- Evelyn McCrackin Brooks, 88, formerly of 1703 Wheeler St., Newberry, widow of Phillips M. Brooks, died Monday, October 1, 2007, at J.F. Hawkins Nursing Home.

She was born October 22, 1918, in Newberry, a daughter of the late J. Thadeus McCrackin and Margaret Matthews McCrackin Bryson. She attended Queens College, was a devoted homemaker and was a member of Central United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Brooks is survived by three sons, Phillips M. Brooks, Jr. of Atlanta, Robert M. Brooks of Columbia and Jack B. Brooks of Newberry; two grandchildren, Taylor Brooks and Grant Brooks; and two sisters, Caroline Henderson and Eliza Parr, both of Newberry. She was predeceased by three brothers, J. Thad McCrackin, Jr., Thomas McCrackin and Edward McCrackin.

A graveside funeral service will be conducted at 4 p.m. Thursday in Rosemont Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Central United Methodist Church, PO Box 67, Newberry, SC 29108. Messages to the family may be sent via email at notes@whitakerfuneralhome.com. Whitaker Funeral Home, Newberry, is assisting the family.

Minnie Bouknight
NEWBERRY - Services for Minnie Edith "Edibo" Bouknight, formerly of 1612 First St., will be held at 3 p.m. today at Lewis United Methodist Church with the Rev. Daniel Bradley and the Rev. Walter Green officiating. Interment will be in Rosemont Cemetery. Whitaker Funeral Home, 1704 College St., is in charge. Memorials may be made to Lewis United Methodist Church, 1105 First St., Newberry, SC 29108.

Ms. Bouknight died Friday, April 4, 2003, in J.F. Hawkins Nursing Home. Born May 26, 1909, in Newberry County, she was a daughter of the late Henry C. and Minnie Ellen Goree Bouknight. She had retired as an employee of Kendall Co., Oakland Plant. She was a devoted and loyal member of Lewis United Methodist Church.

Surviving are nieces, nephews, and devoted friends. She was predeceased by her brothers, Dewitt, Hugh "Buck," and Justice "Jab" Bouknight.  Messages to the family may be sent to notes@whitakerfuneralhome.com via e-mail.

Clara Buddin
NEWBERRY - A memorial service celebrating the life of Clara Ellen Layton Buddin, 82, will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at O'Neal Street United Methodist Church with the Reverend Sam Marcengill and the Reverend Murray Gibbons officiating. The family will receive friends in the church fellowship hall following the service. The family will be at the residence, 2201 Evans Circle in Newberry. Whitaker Funeral Home is in charge. Memorials may be made to O'Neal Street United Methodist Church, 501 O'Neal Street, Newberry, SC 29108.

Mrs. Buddin died January 29, 2002. Born in Newberry, she was a daughter of the late Charlie Franklin Layton and Nannie Hair Layton. She was a graduate of Newberry High School (class of 1936) and Newberry College (class of 1940).

She was a retired teacher, having taught in Union, Columbia and Newberry public schools and at Newberry Academy. She was a member of O'Neal Street United Methodist Church and a member and past president of the United Methodist Women. She served as Sunday School teacher, choir member, circle leader and treasurer of the Nan Layton Circle. She was also past president and member of the Literary Study Club and an active member of the Newberry College Alumnae Association. Mrs. Buddin and Jane Summer Ragland were founders of the Newberry Newcomers Club, an organization that welcomes new residents to the Newberry area. In April 2002, both women were recognized by the Mayor and City Council of Newberry and the South Carolina House of Representatives for 40 years of service.

Surviving are her husband, Benjamin Allen Buddin of Newberry; daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara Buddin and Dalton Parker of Columbia, Nan Buddin and Larry Bridgers of Clinton; granddaughters and spouses, Mandy Parker and Doug Roberts of Columbia, Amy Parker and Marc Droste of Clearwater, Fla., Laura Bridgers and Bruce Reeves of Anderson; grandson, William Allen Bridgers of Spartanburg; great-grandsons, Parker and Benjamin Roberts of Columbia; sister, Mary Layton Dickert of Newberry.

Wilbur O. Bates
Prosperity - Wilbur O. Bates, 72, of 509 B Big Creek Road, died Tuesday, July 20, 1999, at Providence Hospital.

Survivors: wife, Lola Mae M. Bates daughters, Jeanette B. Anderson, June B. Nichols, and Wanda B. Brewer and Barbara B. Livingston sons, Wilbur O. Bates Jr. and Luther E. Bowers three sisters a brother 12 grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Visitation: 7 to 8:30 p.m. today at Whitaker Funeral Home. Service: 5 p.m. Friday at Bethel Baptist Church. Burial: Church cemetery. Memorials: American Heart Association, c/o Myra Addy, 2230 Glenn St., Newberry, S.C. 29108. Family: 927 Lindsay Circle, Newberry.

Walter Bouknight
Walter Bouknight, 56, of Newberry, died Friday, May 22, 2009 at White Oak Manor.

Mr. Bouknight was born in Newberry, a son of Nancy T. and Gilbert Bouknight. He was a former employee of the Champion Lumber Company, Georgia Pacific and Newberry Wrecking and Salvage.

Besides his parents of Newberry, he is survived by his wife, Debbie Bouknight of Newberry; son, Michael Bouknight of Hazlehurst, GA; daughter, Trena Robertson of Hazlehurst, GA; stepchildren, Erin Beach of Prosperity, Sarah Brogle of Whitmire, Trevor Likes of Newberry and Jordan Likes of Prosperity; brother, Wally Bouknight of Greenville; sister, Melody Walters of Abbeville and ten grandchildren.

Mr. Bouknight donated his body to the School of Medicine of the University of South Carolina. A family memorial service was held on Saturday, May 23.  Messages to the family may be sent via email to notes@whitakerfuneralhome.com.  Whitaker Funeral Home, Newberry is assisting the family.

George Bundrick
LITTLE MOUNTAIN - Services and burial for George R. "Static" Bundrick, 85, WWII vet, 3 p.m. today: Bethel Baptist Church. Whitaker Funeral Home, Newberry, is in charge. Born in Lexington to Bunyan and Maude Bundrick, he died Aug. 16, 2004. Surviving: wife, Hula Rowe Bundrick; children, Linda Richardson, Brenda Griffin, Sonny, Bunyan Bundrick; sisters, Catherine Frick, Rosabelle Chapman.

Bernice Boatwright
PROSPERITY - Funeral services for Bernice "Monk" Enlow Nobles Boatwright, 85, who died July 7, 2003, will be Wednesday at 3 p.m. at Bethel Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Bethel Baptist Church Parking Lot Fund, 2503 Bethel Church Road, Prosperity, SC 29127. 

Born in Prosperity, she was a daughter of the late Thompson and Clara Sanders Enlow. Mrs. Boatwright had retired from the Lowman Home and was a member of Bethel Baptist Church where she was a member of the Senior Adult Ladies Sunday School Class and the Sunshine Club.

She is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Betty and Charles Huggin of Prosperity and Bonnie and Osborne Bedenbaugh of Batesburg; Randy Jarmon of Prosperity; a sister, Essie Suit of Newberry; five grandchildren, ten great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. She was twice married, first to the late Olin Nobles and secondly to the late John Boatwright. She was also predeceased by a daughter, Clara N. Jarmon and a brother, Richard Enlow.

Mary Billingsley       
Mary Duvall Billingsley, 81, of Silverstreet, died Thursday, July 2, 2009 at her residence.

Born on January 15, 1928 in Greenwood, she was a daughter of the late Adgie Newton and Dollie Davenport Duvall.  She was retired from Whitten Center as an LPN, was a member of New Chapel United Methodist Church and the Silverstreet Ruritan.

Surviving is her husband, John C. Billingsley; sons, Jimmy Noland Bundrick and Billy Wayne Bundrick both of Silverstreet; brothers, Virgil Duvall and Lee Andrew Duvall both of Newberry; grandchildren, Michael, Vernon and Sherry.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, July 5, 2009 at McSwain-Evans Funeral Chapel by the Rev. Hugh Bickley and Rev. Robert Hodgens.  Burial will follow in Newberry Memorial Gardens.  Visitation will be one hour before the service at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to Palmetto Health Hospice, PO Box 352, Newberry, SC 29108 or to New Chapel United Methodist Church, 1167 Trinity Church Road, Newberry, SC 29108.

Mark Boyd - contributed by Kim Baxley
March 25, 1900  The Rev Mark Boyd Dead. 
The Rev. Mark Boyd who was ninety-five years old last month, and was the oldest clergyman in South Carolina, died yesterday at Johnston, S.C.  He was born in Newberry and spent most of his life there as a minister.  Three of his sons are Methodist ministers.

John Berley
POMARIA - Services for John Ray Berley will be 3:00 p.m. Wednesday at McSwain-Evans Funeral Chapel. Visitation will be one hour before the service. McSwain-Evans Funeral Home is in charge.

Mr. Berley, 86, died December 20, 2004. Born in Pomaria, he was a son of the late Boykin B. and Sara Cromer Berley. He was a retired contractor, a member of Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church and a World War II Army veteran.

Surviving are his son, Ray Berley of Newberry; sisters, Edna Fuller of Winnsboro and Cynthia Aull of Pomaria; a brother, Alton Berley of Pomaria; two grandchildren and a close friend, Rose Harris. He was predeceased by a sister, Emmie Roof and a brother, Drayton Berley.

Evelyn Bookman
PROSPERITY - Services for Evelyn Williams Bookman, will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Hannah A.M.E. Church, with burial in the church cemetery. Wilson Funeral Home is in charge

Mrs. Bookman died Wednesday. Born in Newberry County, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Ora Bobo Williams. She was a member of Hannah A.M.E. Church and a former employee of the Mills Clinic.

Surviving are sons, Leroy Bookman of Prosperity, El Murray Bookman of the home and Terrance Leon Bookman of Newberry; three daughters-in-law; grandchildren; great-grandchildren.

Pauline Bullock
COLUMBIA - Graveside services for Pauline "Aunt Polly" Nesley Bullock, 91, of 905 Greenville Circle, were held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Rosemont Cemetery. The family suggests that those desiring may make memorials to the Salvation Army, PO Box 1374, Columbia, SC 29202. McSwain-Evans Funeral Home was in charge.

Mrs. Bullock, widow of L. White Bullock, died May 23, 2000. Born in Newberry, she was a daughter of the late Stouten Olin and Belle Wright Nesley. She was a homemaker and a member of Virginia Wingard United Methodist Church.

Surviving are her sister-in-law, Susan T. Nesley of Columbia; nieces and nephews, including Stauton Olin Nesley, William White, Elizabeth Nesley, all of Columbia.

Ralph Scott Bowers
CHAPIN -- Services with burial for Ralph Scott Bowers, 54, will be 2 p.m. (viewing 1 p.m.) Thursday at Mt. Zion AME Church. Wilson Funeral Home, Newberry, is in charge. Born in Chapin to John and Elnora Suber Bowers, he died Oct. 19, 2008. Surviving: children, Jonathan Williams, Adron Hite, Terek Meggett, Sonya Mayers; 11 grandchildren, 4 brothers, 3 sisters, 2 aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins, friends.

Mary Livingston Boinest
Prosperity - Mary Livingston "Mamie" Boinest, 99, widow of W.B. Boinest Jr., of 436 Boinest Road, died Thursday, May 4, 2000, at Newberry County Memorial Hospital.
Survivors: daughters, Helen Suber of Pomaria, and Mary Jean Boinest of Prosperity; and a sister, Cathryn Ruff of Newberry. Predeceased: a son, Deleal Boinest; and parents, Berry M.D. and Alma Kibler Livingston.
Visitation: 5:30 to 7 p.m. today at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Service: 3 p.m. Sunday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church. Burial: Church cemetery. Memorials: Bethlehem Lutheran Church.

The following obits contributed by Cathy Schmidt

Lidie H. Sparks Bowers
Mrs. J. M. Bowers, who was formerly Miss Lidie H. Sparks, died Monday morning, November 5th, after an illness of several weeks. She is survived by two sons and two daughters: Miss Clara Bowers and Mrs. F. R. Fellers of Newberry, Olie Bowers of Newberry and Jas. A. Bowers of Lake Charles, La. Funeral arrangements had not been completed before The Observer went to press Monday. R. Y. Leavell, undertaker, in charge.

James M. Bowers
James M. Bowers died Friday morning at 4 o'clock at his home in this city of Bright's disease, in the 67th year of his age, and was buried in Rosemont cemetery in the presence of a large gathering Sunday afternoon at four o'clock. Mr. Bowers is survived by his wife, who before her marriage was Miss Lidie Sparks and by the following children: James A. Bowers of Atlanta, Oli Bowers and Misses Ethel and Clara Bowers of Newberry. He was a native of this city and had spent his active life here, and had a large number of friends.

Arsula Floyd Bouknight
NEWBERRY -- Services with burial for Arsula Floyd Bouknight, 96, 1 p.m. Thursday at Hannah AME Church. F.B. Pratt & Son F.H. is in charge. Born in Newberry Co., to Rev. Evans and Anna Floyd, she died Oct. 11, 2007. Surviving: husband, Sammie Bouknight Sr.; children, Sammie Jr., Timothy Bouknight, Annie Harris, Barbara Moore; brother, Isaiah Floyd; 28 grands, 37 great-grands, 13 great-great-grands.

Estelle Todd Bowers
Mrs. Estelle Todd Bowers, wife of Mr. Jas. A. Bowers and daughter of the late Jas. F. Todd, died at her home in Atlanta on Friday, leaving her husband, three little sons - the youngest an infant of six weeks and two loving home circles in Newberry - her own family of mother, sisters and brother, and that of her husband - to mourn the loss of one so dear, and in Atlanta, a sweet, happy home has been broken up by the grim reaper. The body reached Newberry on Sabbath afternoon and was carried to her mother's Mrs. Jas. F. Todd.

The funeral service having been held on Saturday evening in Atlanta, only a short service conducted by Rev. Mr. Carson and Rev. Mr. Fulenwider was held at the house at 5 o'clock - a tender sweet service with the "minor keyed melody" of the twenty-thrid Psalm falling softly on the sad stillness. In the beautful open casket - all ?, while tears of sorrow fell, lay the once bright guardian angel of her home. It seemed a bed of flowers on which she slept so transformed it was by loving hands. A great many floral tributes of beautiful design, were sent by friends in Atlanta, three of which must be especially mentioned, a harp, a lyre and an immense wreath, each frame standing about four feet high and each design composed of the choicest combination of flowers. In the presence of many sorrowing friends she was laid to rest in Rosemont.

Maria Louisia Bobo
Panola - September 11, in Panola county, Miss Maria Louisia, daughter of Dr. Wm. J. and Margaret L. Bobo, after a short but painful illness. Deceased was a native of Union district, S.C., her father having removed from Cross Keys, in that district, in the winter of 1857. She was a grand-daughter, by the mother's side, of the late David Boyce, of Newberry district, who was a son of John Boyce, a revolutionary patriot.

Fred Boozer
Maj. Fred Boozer, an old citizen of this county, died at the residence of his daughter-in-law, Mrs. Sula Wilson, near Trinity Church, on last Wednesday night (June 12, 1878). He was about 72 years of age, and had been sick for some time with Typhoid fever.

Elizabeth Chapman Boulware
Newberry, Dec. 2. - Mrs. Elizabeth Chapman Boulware, widow of Herbert Boulware, died at her home in the Utopia section on Tuesday and was buried on Wednesday at New Chapel churchyard, the funeral services being conducted by the Rev. G. F. Clarkson. She is survived by two sisters, Mrs. W. L. Herbert and Miss Lily Chapman and one brother, John W. Chapman of Newberry.

Bethany Blease
Died in Newberry on the 13th April last, Mrs. Bethany Blease, in the 68th year of her age. In February 1823, the deceased professed faith in Christ and was baptized by the Rev. Dr. Manley, Sr. at Edgefield. Eulogy. Left
children.

Tench Q. Boozer
Newberry, Oct. 20 - Many hearts in Newberry were made sad this morning by the death of tench Q. Boozer in Columbia. His mother and sister live here; this is the place of his birthplace and where he lived when he went to Columbia a few years ago to accept the position of State electrician, to which he was first appointed by Governor Blease and later reappointed by Governor Manning. He is a graduate of our own college, 1909, where he was a fine student and the most popular baseball player the town has ever had. Everybody like him. And his wife also belongs to Newberry; she is the daughter of Col. Elbert H. Aull, and this was her home until her marriage. The sympathy of this community goes to her and their little daughter. The burial will be in Rosemont Cemetery upon the arrival of the 2:50 Southern train tomorrow, and the funeral service will be at the grave. Mr. Boozer is survived by his widow and little daughter, his mother, Mrs. Thos. Q. Boozer, his sister, Mrs. Claude L. Dominick, and two brothers, William Boozer, a soldier at Camp Jackson, and Robert Boozer, a soldier in France.

Wm. Boag
We regret to announce the death of Mr. Wm. Boag of Newberry on the 9th inst from the effects of sun stroke. Mr. Boag was formerly of Charleston and leaves a wife and infant sons to the sorrows of widowhood and orphanage.

Harriet Boyd
Harriet Boyd, the wife of Rev. J.M. Boyd, a Local Preacher of the Newberry Circuit, died September 5, 1868. She was born in Columbia, October 22, 1839 and was left without a mother at 2½ years of age. Was raised and educated by her Aunt, Mrs. S. Cromer, who is now a member of the family. Joined the M.E. Church South in 1851. Married in 1854 and was happily converted to Got in 1855 at the Rutherford Camp Ground. Her illness was short yet she was not confounded. Her faith was strong. “I go to join our two little ones gone before. Eulogy and poem.

George Boozer
Departed this life on 23d inst. at the residence of his son Henry, George Boozer, Esq. in the 78th year of his age. He leaves many relatives and friends to mourn his demise. Modest and retiring in disposition, fervent and zealous as a Christian, beloved as a father and revered as a friend, he died without an enemy.

George Blair
Died at his residence in Newberry on 29th September (burial marker states 27th), Mr. George Blair of apoplexy, in the 76th year of his age.

Elizabeth Boyd
Long obituary for Elizabeth Boyd, wife of Rev. Mark M. Boyd, who died of paralysis in Newberry on 1 June 1871, aged 58 years and 3 months and for 34 years an exemplary member of the Methodist Church. Her first shock of paralysis was 18 month previous to her death and she was often seen to weep because she was deprived of the pleasure of ministering to the sick. She was the mother of 10 children, leaving 8 behind, all members of the Church and converted to God. Two of her sons and ministers are on trial in the South Carolina Conference. She has friends in heaven….

Thaddeus S. Boinest
The Rev. T.S. Boinest, estimable gentleman and minister died at his home in Pomaria on Monday last after a painful and very protracted illness of about 6 weeks duration. He was about 45 years of age, 20 of which was spent in the Master’s services in and around Pomaria. At the time of his death he was President of the Newberry Agricultural Society.

James Harold Brock

James Harold Brock, 83, formerly of 1610 Emory St., Whitmire, widower of Pauline Brock, died Sunday, July 15,2007 at Elizabeth House in N.C.
Mr. Brock was born in Newberry County a son of the late George E and Gertrude Crane Brock. He was retired from West Point Pepperell. He was an Army veteran of World War II and was one of the founders of Grace Baptist Church of Whitmire. He is survived by a daughter, Sylvia Brock of Fountain Inn and two sisters, Margaret Roton and Lillian Leavell both of Newberry. Graveside funeral services with Military Rites will be conducted at 2:30 PM Thursday at Newberry Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to a Hospice organization of your choice. Messages to the family may be sent via email at notes@whitakerfuneralhome.com Whitaker Funeral Home, Newberry, is assisting the family.





Dr.
David Luther Boozer, Sr.
Newberry, June 26 - This afternoon at 5 o'clock Dr. David Luther Boozer, Sr., a man respected and beloved for his noble traits of character, died at his home in the suburbs of this city. He had never recovered entirely from an attack of grip, which he had about two months ago, and in the last week complications arose which caused his death. His only sister, Mrs. J. J. Lown of Lexington was with him during his last illness. Dr. Boozer will be buried in Columbia tomorrow. The funeral services will be held at St. Pauls Lutheran church, of which he was an officer and member, at 5 o'clock. Interment at Elmwood cemetery.

addtional notes on same newspaper page:
The news of the death of Dr. D. L. Boozer was received late last night. He had been in failing health for some time, and he died in Newberry where he had been living for the past two years. His wife and five sons survive. They are Drs. J. W. and J. E. Boozer of Columbia; Dr. D. L. Boozer, Jr., and Messrs. J. B. and E. R. Boozer of Newberry.
Dr. David Luther Boozer was born in Lexington county, Sept. 11, 1833 (?), and was nearing his 70th year. His father was a well to do farmer. Having decided to study dentistry, David Boozer entered the office of Drs. Roberts & Gregg in this city, and soon afterwards became a member of the firm, Dr. Roberts having died. At the outbreak of the war he joined the ranks of the Hampton Legion and served until the close of hostilities. When he came back to Columbia in 1865, it was to start life anew, but he went to wrok with vigor. In 1866 he married Miss Martha Caroline Barre, daughter of Jacob Barre, a wealthy Lexington farmer. Until 1898 Dr. Boozer was engaged actively in the practice of his profession here.
His two younger sons were associated with him in his practice. Dr. Boozer invented a number of appliances for the extraction of teeth. He was also one of the prime movers in organizing the State Dental association.
In 1898 he bought the Aull mill near Newberry and erected the Newberry Roller mills in connection there with. Dr. Boozer was successful as a business man and as a member of his profession. He was also a zealous church worker, and was for many years a member and an officer of St. Paul's Luther church.

Clyde E. Bedenbaugh
Services for Clyde E. Bedenbaugh, 84, of 142 Anderson Drive will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Grace Lutheran Church, with burial in Newberry Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 7 to 8 tonight at Whitaker Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the church or to J.F. Hawkins Nursing Home. Mr. Bedenbaugh died Sunday, Sept. 17, 1995. Born in Newberry County, he was a son of the late Maxcy C. and Ethel Fellers Bedenbaugh. He was a graduate of the University of South Carolina and received his master's degree in education from the University of North Carolina. He served as a teacher, coach and school administrator for 36 years and served as program coordinator in the educational center. He retired as state high school supervisor. He was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, teacher of the Happy Hearts Sunday School Class and a member of the Leisure Hour Group. He was a former member of the Easley Lions Club and the Prosperity Civitan Club. Surviving is his wife, Rebe Counts Bedenbaugh.

Lois Eleazer Boulware
NEWBERRY -- Services for Lois Eleazer Boulware, 100, will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at New Chapel United Methodist Church. Visitation will be from 6 to 7 tonight at Whitaker Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the church.
Mrs. Boulware, wife of the late Herbert E. ''Hub'' Boulware, died Monday, Oct. 23, 1995. Born in Lexington County, she was a daughter of the late Melvin B. and Belle Counts Eleazer. She was a former teacher and a member of New Chapel United Methodist Church, where she was a former organist, pianist and teacher.
Surviving are a daughter, Doris Fearrington of Columbia; sons, Louis Boulware of Winnsboro and John Boulware of Belton; a sister, Mrs. Chester McPhee of Youngstown, Ohio; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Sallie Bobb
NEWBERRY - Graveside services for Sallie Sue Mack Bobb, 96, formerly of 500 Crosson St., will be held at 11 a.m. Friday in Rosemont Cemetery, with the Rev. Robert Vehorn and the Rev. Larry Deeter officiating. The family will be at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Clarence A. Shealy Jr., 2200 Glenn St., and will receive friends 10 -10:45 a.m. Friday at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Active pallbearers will be Eddie Bobb, Parker Bobb, C. A. Shealy III, Dr. Ralph Riley, Clyde Amick and Casper Berry. Memorials may be made to West End Baptist Church, P.O. Box 906, Newberry 29108.

Mrs. Bobb, wife of the late Aumerl S. Bobb, died Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2000, at Saluda Nursing Center. Born Dec. 13, 1903, in the Mount Pleasant Community of Newberry County, she was a daughter of the late John William and Frances Ellen Felker Mack. In 1911, she moved with her family to the city of Newberry. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She retired after 25 years of employment with Newberry Mills and was a life long member of West End Baptist Church, where she was a former assistant in the nursery department.

Surviving are her son, Lewis E. Bobb Sr. of Newberry; daughter, Mrs. Clarence A. (Joan) Shealy Jr. of Newberry; grandchildren, Lewis Edward Bobb Jr. of Camden, Parker Aumerl Bobb of Charlotte, Sheree B. Riley of Saluda, C. A. Shealy III and Sue Ellen Shealy, both of Newberry; nine great- grandchildren; one great-great-grandson.

Agnes Hall Berry
Newberry - Agnes Hall Berry, 90, widow of Grady O. Berry, died Wednesday, May 16, 2001.
Born in Newberry, she was a daughter of the late Jacob Paul and Martha Hall. She retired from Kendall Co., Oakland Plant, and was a member of Glory Tabernacle.
Survivors: A stepdaughter, Virginia Berry Stevens, of Newberry a grandson, Ronnie Stevens, of Newberry four great-grandchildren and a great-granddaughter.
Visitation: 1:30 to 3 p.m. Friday at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home, with the service at 3 p.m. Burial: Baxter Cemetery.

Lawrence William Bragg

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Lawrence William (Larry) Bragg, III, 27, of Union St. Estension, Whitmire, died Tuesday in Richland Memorial Hospital from injuries sustained in an auto accident. Born in Whitmire, he was a son of Lawrence William (Bill) Bragg, Jr. and Betty Sims Bragg of Whitmire. He was a 1980 graduate of Whitmire High School, a former employee of J. P. Stevens Co., Whitmire Plant and Torrington Co., of Clinton. For the past year he had been a deputy with the Newberry County Sheriff's Dept. He was a volunteer fireman for the Whitmire Fire Dept. and was Fireman of the Year for 1988. He attended the First Baptist Church of Whitmire and was a member of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves.

Surviving in addition to his parents are three sisters, Mrs. Cary (Kathy) Grant of Toccoa, Ga.; Mrs. Clendon (Susan) Raines of San Antonio, Tex. and Mrs. Ray (April) Sharpe of Cayce; maternal grandmother, Mrs. Lougenia McCarley of Whitmire; two nieces and two nephews.

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 3 p.m. in the First Baptist Church of Whitmire by Rev. David Shirkey with burial in Whitmire Cemetery. Family visitaiton will be at the Gray Funeral Home in Whitmire, Wednesday from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Pressley N. Boozer
Pressley Newton "Peck" Boozer, 66, of Route 1, Box 59, Chappells, died Monday evening at Dorn V. A. Medical Center in Columbia Mr. Boozer was born in Newberry County, a son of the late John Henry And Bernice Stillwell boozer. He was an Army veteran of World War II, a retired farmer and dairyman, and a member of Little River-Dominick Presbyterian Church.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Rebecca Sherard Boozer; two sons, Pressley N. Boozer, Jr., of Granbury, Texas and Sam S. Boozer of Chappells and three grandchildren, Suzanne Boozer, Sherard Boozer, and Pressley N. Boozer, III.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Thursday at Little River Dominick Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Charles Sides. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The body will remain at the McSwain-Evans Funeral Home until placed in the church one hour before the services. The family is at the residence and will received friends at the McSwain-Evans funeral Home Wednesday evening from 7:00 until 9:00 p.m. The family suggests that those desiring make memorials to Little Dominick Presbyterian Church or to the charity of ones choice.  Active pallbearers will be Richard Davis, Ben Stewart, Donnie Stewart, Johnny Buice, Sam Burton and Danny Jones. 

Evelyn Smith Boland
Pomaria:   Evelyn Smith Boland of 1576 Koon Trestle Road, died Wednesday, Jan. 9, 2002. Retired: Prosperity Manufacturing Co. Member: St. Paul Lutheran Church. Survivors: Husband, John C. "Ike" Boland. Service: 3 p.m. today at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Interment: Church cemetery. Predeceased: Parents, Ben and Maggie Griffith Smith. Memorials: St. Paul Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 2496 SC Highway 773, Pomaria, SC 29126. -- McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. 

Wanamaker Byrd
NEWBERRY - Funeral services for Wanamaker Byrd will be conducted on Tuesday, July 13, at 11 a.m. at Pratt Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Mt. Zion AME Church Cemetery.

Miss Byrd died Friday, July 7 at Newberry County Memorial Hospital. Born in Washington, D.C., she was the daughter of the late James Byrd Sr. and the late Georgia H. Byrd. She was a member of Ebenezza Baptist Church of Washington, D.C. and the Trindad Youth Association founded by her mother. Miss Byrd was a graduate of Dunbar High School in Washington, D.C. She continued her education at Virginia State, Howard University and Julliard School of Music and Art in New York, N.Y.

Surviving are a brother, James Byrd Jr. of Denver, Colo.; a niece and nephew; cousins, Susie Mitchell and Loretta Carter, both of Newberry; and a host of friends. The family will receive friends at the home of Susie Mitchell, 810 Havird St. F.B. Pratt & Son Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of arrangements. 

Leroy Bobb
PROSPERITY - Services for H. Leroy Bobb, 68, of 2598 Bachman Chapel Rd., will be held at 4 p.m. Wednesday, August 30, 2000 at Bachman Chapel Lutheran Church by the Rev. James Shealy and the Rev. Bill Link. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be 6:30-8 this evening at Whitaker Funeral Home and the family will be at his residence. Memorials may be made to Bachman Chapel Lutheran Church, 3774 Bachman Chapel Rd., Prosperity, SC 29127.

Mr. Bobb died Sunday, August 27, 2000 at the Palmetto Baptist Medical Center. He was born in Newberry Co., a son of Annie Mae Kinard Bobb and the late Homer A. Bobb. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean Conflict and was retired employee of Cromley Ford Motor Company. He was a member of Bachman Chapel Lutheran Church.

Surviving are his wife, Nancy Frick Bobb of the home; his mother of Prosperity; son and daughter-in-law, Donnie and Donna Bobb of Prosperity; grandsons, Tanner Lee Bobb and Jason Donnie Bobb.

John Clifford 'J.C.' Bobb
Prosperity John Clifford 'J.C.' 'Bubba' Bobb, 69, of Prosperity, died June 6, 2002.  Born in Prosperity, he was a son of the late Johnnie Arthur and Emma Mae Johnson Bobb. Retired: American Fiber & Finishing.  Survivors: Son, John Aaron Bobb of Prosperity daughters, Bonni Bobb of Columbia and Jennie Bobb of Greenwood sisters, Ola Belle Abbott, Mary Cromer, Blanche Cromer and Eva Mae Somers, all of Newberry brothers, Otis and Larry Bobb of Columbia and Robert Bobb of Prosperity.  Visitation: 6 to 7 p.m. today at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Service: 2 p.m. Tuesday at Bachman Chapel Lutheran Church. Burial: Church cemetery.

Robert L. Baker
Whitmire - Robert L. Baker, 86, of 114 O'Dell St., Whitmire, died Thursday, Aug. 29, 2002, at his residence.

Mr. Baker was born Jan. 20, 1916, in Whitmire, a son of the late M.L. "Mac" and Viola Mae Dantzler Baker. He was a Navy veteran of World War II. He was a retired employee of J.P. Stevens Co., Whitmire Plant, where he worked for 42 years. When he retired he was foreman of the machine shop. He was also a cattle farmer and a rose grower. He was a member and former council member of St. Timothy Lutheran Church, the Whitmire Lions Club and American Legion Post 70 in Whitmire. He was a former Mayor of the Town of Whitmire, having served four terms in office.

Mr. Baker is survived by his wife, Faye Jenkins Baker, of the home a daughter and son-in-law, Linda B. and Kenneth S. Darby, of Clinton a son and daughter-in-law, Robert L. Jr. and Teresa Baker, of Whitmire a brother, Kenneth Q. Baker, of Whitmire and three grandchildren, Robert Duane Darby of Whitmire, Lin Darby McAbee of Spartanburg and Michael E. Baker of Columbia. He was predeceased by four brothers, Paul Baker, Claude Baker, M.L. Baker and David F. Baker and a sister, Ruth Baker, of Inman.

Funeral services for Robert L. Baker will be conducted at 11 a.m. today at St. Timothy Lutheran Church by The Rev. John Weaver and The Rev. Rodney Gunter. Interment will be at Beth-Eden Lutheran Church Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to St. Timothy Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 265, Whitmire SC 29178 or Palmetto Hospice, P.O. Box 352, Newberry SC 29108.

Messages to the family may be sent via e-mail at: notes@whitakerfuneralhome.com. Whitaker Funeral Home, 1704 College St., Newberry, S.C., is assisting the family.

Mary Ruth Longshore Bobb
 
NEWBERRY - A graveside service for Mary Ruth Longshore Bobb, 74, was held Tuesday in Newberry Memorial Gardens. McSwain-Evans Funeral Home was in charge. Memorials may be made to West End Baptist Church, P.O. Box 906, Newberry, SC 29108 or Saluda Nursing Center, P.O. Box 398, Saluda, SC 29138.

Mrs. Bobb died Monday, February 3, 2003. Born in Newberry, she was a daughter of the late Roy F. and Martha Bodie Longshore. She had retired as an employee with American Fiber and Finishing and was a faithful member of West End Baptist Church.

Surviving are her husband, Lewis E. Bobb; sons and daughters-in-law, Eddie and Patty Bobb of Camden and Parker and Tara Bobb of Charlotte; daughter and son-in-law, Sheree and Dr. Ralph Riley of Saluda; sisters, Carolyn Mills of Newberry and Cornelia Werts of Prosperity; nine grandchildren; one great-grandchild; special friend, Sara Alice Smith.

Colie Bobb
NEWBERRY - Colie Evans Bobb, 94, formerly of Smith Road, Apt B-4, Newberry, widow of Roland A. Bobb, died Monday, November 7, 2005, in J.F. Hawkins Nursing Home.

Mrs. Bobb was born December 7, 1910, in Newberry, a daughter of the late Gregg Evans and Lula Belle Evans Eddy. She had retired as an employee of Newberry Mills and was a member of West End Baptist Church, the T.E.L. Sunday School Class and Women's Missionary Circle.

Mrs. Bobb is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Frederick A. and Judy F. Bobb of Prosperity; two grandchildren and spouse Cindy and Kim Moore of Newberry and Roland A. Bobb of Atlanta; and three great-grandchildren, James Moore, Benjamin Moore and Kimberly Moore and her fiance', Teddy Bonds, all of Newberry. She was predeceased by a sister, Dovie Evans Hamm.

Funeral services will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. Thursday at Whitaker Funeral Home. Internment will be in West End Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Whitaker Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to West End Baptist Church, PO Box 906, Newberry SC 29108. Messages to the family may be sent via email to notes@whitakerfuneralhome.com. Whitaker Funeral Home, 1704 College Street, Newberry, is assisting the family.

Mary Kinard Bundrick
Prosperity Mary Kinard Bundrick, 80, widow of John C. Bundrick Sr., died Monday, July 29, 2002.

Survivors: Sons, John C. Bundrick of Newberry and Thomas E. Bundrick of Prosperity daughters, Kay Parker of Newberry, and Lynn Meetze of Prosperity sisters, Lurlene Graham and Maybell Wright a brother, John Kinard seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Visitation: 7 to 8 p.m. today at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Service: 2 p.m. Thursday at Mount Pilgrim Lutheran Church. Burial: Newberry Memorial Gardens.  Memorials: Mount Pilgrim Lutheran Church, 2336 Mount Pilgrim Church Road, Prosperity, SC 29127.

Rebe Counts Bedenbaugh
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Prosperity---Rebe C. Bedenbaugh, 89, widow of Clyde E. Bedenbaugh, of 142 Anderson Drive, died Thursday, Nov. 2, 2000, at Providence Hospital. Survivors: a sister, Dorothy C. Bedenbaugh of Prosperity; nieces, Sally B. Sease, Jennylee Foster and Mary F. Windburn; and a nephew, Rodney L. Bedenbaugh. Predeceased: parents, J. Arthur and Georgie S. Counts; and brothers, James L. and William R. Counts. Visitation: 7 to 8:30 p.m. tonight at Whitaker Funeral Home. Service: 2 p.m. Saturday at Grace Lutheran Church. Burial: Newberry Memorial Gardens. Memorials: Grace Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 188, Prosperity, SC 29127.

Harold Bouknight
NEWBERRY - Services for Harold J. Bouknight, 75, of 1719 Bush River Road, will be held at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Sam E. Marcengill. Burial will be in Newberry Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends 6- 7:30 tonight at the funeral home. The family suggests memorials be made to O'Neal Street UMC, 511 O'Neal St., Newberry 29108, or to Hospice of the Midlands, 1400 Pickens St., Columbia.

Mr. Bouknight died Friday, Aug. 14, 1998, at his home. Born in Newberry, he was a son of the late Oscar B. and Julia Melton Bouknight. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and retired from the S.C. National Guard. He was a retired employee of Newberry Mills and a member of O'Neal Street United Methodist Church. He was a member of Newberry Masonic Lodge and the Newberry Country Club Senior Golfers Association.

Surviving are his wife, Mildred Shealy Bouknight; a son, Jack M. Bouknight of Newberry; a daughter, Kathy B. Murphy of Newberry; a sister, Clara E. Bouknight of Newberry; and grandchildren, Kevin Gilliam, Brad Bouknight, Jessica Bouknight and Ginny Lee Bouknight. He was preceded in death by a sister, Marthann B. Kinard.

Mildred Bouknight
NEWBERRY - Funeral services for Mildred S. Bouknight, 80, who died January 3, 2004, widow of Harold J. Bouknight, will be 1 p.m. Tuesday at McSwain-Evans Funeral Chapel with burial to follow in Newberry Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Monday at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to O'Neal Street United Methodist Church, 501 O'Neal Street, Newberry, SC 29108. www.mcswainevans.com.

Born in Newberry, Mrs. Bouknight was a daughter of the late Lester and Vesta Morse Shealy. She was a retired bookkeeper, secretary and office manager for the Newberry County School district.

Mrs. Bouknight is survived by a son, Jack M. Bouknight of Newberry; a daughter, Kathy B. Murphy of Newberry; a sister Eva Mae Mims of Hueytown, Alabama; brothers, Andrew Shealy of Newberry, and Robert Shealy of Prosperity; four grandchildren; and two great- grandchildren.

Lydie Clary Bergen
NEWBERRY - As we are saying farewell and losing sight, there are those on the distant shore shouting in jubilee, "Here she comes," as they rejoice together at her coming home.

The world as we know it will be a less interesting place, the sun will be missing one of its brightest rays as we face this day the loss of our dear friend and loved one, Lydie Clary Bergen.

Lydie Clary Bergen, 85, of 2221 Wells Park Drive, Newberry, wife of Earl H. Bergen Jr., died Tuesday, March 18, 2008 at Springfield Place in Newberry.

Mrs. Bergen was born on Nov. 5, 1922 in Newberry a daughter of the late Johnson Hagood and Mamie Strother Clary Sr.

She was a 1943 graduate of Newberry College and taught school in Ridgeland and John's Island. She started Bergen's Ladies Shop and retired after 25 years with the business. At the time of her retirement, it was the largest retail clothing store in Newberry. She was a member of First Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband of Newberry; two daughters and sons in law, Jeannette and Sandy Kirkland of Winston, Ga. and Linda and Tommy Herndon of Prosperity; a son and daughter in law, Earl and Catherine Bergen, III of Guyton, Ga.; two sisters, Helen Epting of Columbia and Cornelia Burr of Gaithersburg, Md.; seven grandchildren, Thomas C.

Herndon, Alex Kirkland, Mark Herndon, Clay Herndon, Arthur Kirkland, Nicole Bergen and Morgan Bergen; three great grandchildren, Zachery Herndon, Brennan Herndon and Alexander Blane Kirkland. She was predeceased by sisters, Pauline Clary and Allie Lou Hulsebus and brothers, Johnson H. Clary, Bennett Clary, Roy Clary and Charles Clary.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today at First Baptist Church by the Rev. Dr. Kenneth Harmon. Interment will be in Rosemont Cemetery. Visitation was Thursday from 6:30 to 8:00 p.m. at the Whitaker Funeral Home, Newberry. Casket bearers will be the grandchildren. Pallbearers will be Sara Clark, Joan Hutchinsin, Sharon Brantley, Chuck Byrd, C. J. Garner, Dot Gladney, Jackie Hawkins, Evelyn Lake, Barbara Morris, Mauren O'Shields, Fairy Ouzts, Eddie Porter, Bobbie Joyce Smith, Shirley Williams and Pat Wise.

Messages to the family may be sent via e-mail to notes@whitakerfuneralhome.com. Whitaker Funeral Home, Newberry, is assisting the family.

Dorothy Boozer Ballentine
Dorothy Boozer Ballentine, 80, widow of Clay E. Ballentine, formerly of 3018 Beaver Dam Creek Road, died Sunday, Aug. 25, 2002. Survivors: Sons, Jacob B. Ballentine of Denver and Fred B. Ballentine of Newberry sisters, Mary B. Hare of Abbeville and Bessie B. Sims of Rock Hill and three grandchildren. Predeceased: Parents, Jacob L. and Bessie Nesley Boozer a sister, Sarah Boozer and a brother, Harry Boozer. Graveside service: 11 a.m. Wednesday at Rosemont Cemetery. Memorials: Palmetto Hospice, P.O. Box 352, Newberry, SC 29108. Family: 3086 Beaver Dam Creek Road, Newberry.
 

M. Mayer Bouknight (12/23/1922-2/1/2007)
Savannah - M. Mayer Bouknight, 84, died January 31, 2007 at Riverview Health and Rehabilitation Center. He was born in Greenwood, South Carolina, son of the late, Ernest J. and Janie Chapman Bouknight. Mr. Bouknight was a veteran of the United States Navy serving during World War II as a naval aviator.

He graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1949 with a degree in Civil Engineering and became a Hydraulic Engineer. He retired from the Army Corp of Engineers in 1988 after 28 years of service.

With twenty years spent in Savannah, he was involved in obtaining a cost sharing agreement for the St. Mary's River Basin which was a first for Savannah and nationwide.

He was a member of White Bluff United Methodist Church, Solomon's Lodge No. 1 F.&A.M.'s, the Scottish Rite Consistory-Valley of Savannah and the Alee Shrine. He was an avid bowler, rolling a fine 298 & 782. His other hobbies included gardening, fishing, shrimping and hunting. He was preceded in death by his son, Lon K. Bouknight.

Surviving are his wife of 61 years, Alice M. Bouknight of Savannah; daughter and son-in-law, Mary and Thomas Howard of Savannah; son and daughter-in-law, Dan and Gail Bouknight of Edmond, OK; grandchildren, Dana Bouknight, Jordan Bouknight, Greg Bouknight, Julia Spruill, Scott Darrow, Katie Bouknight; one great-granddaughter, Emma Addison Summer Darrow.

Visitation: 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, February 3, 2007 at Hubert C. Baker Funeral Home. Funeral: 2:00 p.m. Sunday, February 4, 2007 at White Bluff United Methodist Church with the Reverend Dr. Wayne E. Moseley, officiating. Burial: Forest Lawn Memory Gardens. Remembrances: American Cancer Society, 6600 Abercorn St., Savannah. GA 31405. Hubert C. Baker Funeral Home. (Savannah Morning News, February 3, 2007)

John Brooks
PROSPERITY - Services for John Alvin Brooks, will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Hannah AME Church with burial in the church cemetery. F.B. Pratt & Son Funeral Home is in charge.

Mr. Brooks died February 7, 2002. Born in Newberry Co., he was a son of the late John and Fannie Abney Brooks.

Surviving are wife, Elizabeth Brooks; daughters, Judy Camack, Elizabeth Rutherford; sons, Phelvaree Smith, John and Henry Brooks; grandson reared in the home, Vincent Brooks; sisters, Frances Dunbar, Mable Mackey; brothers, James and Willie Brooks; 31 grandchildren; 47 great-grands; three great-great-grands


Carolyn Hentz Brown
NEWBERRY -- Carolyn Hentz Brown of Newberry, widow of James A. Brown Sr., died December 24, 2007. 

Born in 1928, to William and Lillie Cromer Hentz, she lived her entire life in Newberry County, retired from Riegel Textiles in Whitmire and was a homemaker. She received her education in Newberry County Schools and received a business certificate from Newberry College in 1945. She had been active in the Newberry ARP Church since 1947, and was a Sunday School Teacher. 

Mrs. Brown is survived by her children, James A. Brown Jr. of Newberry, Carol Elaine Neighbors and Johnny of Gaffney, William Dean and Janet Brown of Newberry and Norman Bunn of Newberry. She is also survived by sisters, Mildred Vanderford of Newberry and Evelyn Smith of Summerville; grandchildren, Burke and Meg Porterfield and their son, Nathan, of Beaufort, Michael and Christy Brown and their daughter, Alana, of Newberry, Mindy Brown of Pomaria, Laura and David Bunn of Newberry, Andrea and Corey Davis and their sons, Cole and Bailey Davis, of Union and Lori and Jeff Elder of Pomaria. Also surviving is a daughter-in-law, Barbara Brown of Newberry. Other survivors include nieces and nephews and Ralph and Harriet Boazman as well as many loving friends. 

She will be buried in the Kings Creek ARP Cemetery beside her husband and with her daughter, Jane Brown Bunn, who predeceased her in September, 2006. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, December 27, 2007, conducted by the Reverend Stephen Berry and Pastor Shep Bevis of the New Life Baptist Church in Union. Visitation will be Wednesday, December 26, 2007, at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Newberry ARP Church Organ Fund, 1701 Main Street, Newberry, SC 29108 or to the Jane Brown Bunn Scholarship Fund of Erskine College, P.O. Box 338, Due West, SC 29639.

Jane Brown Bunn
NEWBERRY - Jane Brown Bunn, 47, of Newberry, died Sunday, Sept. 3, 2006.

A native of Newberry, she was the daughter of Carolyn Hentz Brown and the late James Alvan Brown. Mrs. Bunn was a 1980 summa cum laude graduate of Newberry College, having obtained a bachelor's degree in chemistry and business administration. She obtained a master of church music from Erskine Theological Seminary in 2003.

Mrs. Bunn was involved with music in church and community since 1971. She served as organist of Beth- Eden Lutheran Church in Newberry, First Baptist Church of Conyers, Ga. and currently as director of music ministry of Newberry ARP Church. She spent three years as organist for the Covington-Conyers Choral Guild, an Atlanta-area group which performed locally as well as in Asheville, Savannah and Washington, D.C. Back in South Carolina in 2000, Jane enjoyed three years as rehearsal assistant for the Newberry High School Concert Choir. Since 2005 she was an accompanist of The Arpad Darazs Singers. She taught piano in Newberry and for Erskine College in Due West, S.C.

Mrs. Bunn was a member of Newberry A.R. Presbyterian Church where she was a member of Circle III and was secretary and statistician of the Women's Ministry. She researched and published a 10-generation genealogy of the Sims Brown Family of Newberry County and assisted in the research and editing of a 10- generation genealogy of the James Abrams Family of Newberry County.

Surviving in addition to her mother of Newberry are her husband, Norman W. Bunn; a daughter, Laura Carolyn Bunn; a son, David Emery Bunn of Newberry; a sister, Carolyn Elaine Brown of Lexington; brothers, James Alvan Brown Jr. and William Dean Brown both of Newberry.

A memorial worship service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Wiles Chapel at Newberry College by the Rev. Dr. Timothy Erksine and the Rev. Tony Locke. Burial will be private. Visitation will be Thursday from 6 -8 p.m. at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Erskine Scholarship Fund or Organ Fund at the Newberry A.R.P. Church, 1701 Main St., Newberry, SC 29108.

Services are entrusted to McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. A condolence note may be sent to the family at www.mcswainevans.com. 

Emma Blease
Newberry, Aug. 6 –
Mrs. Emma Blease, widow of Mr. J. Hartwell Blease, who died several years ago, died on Saturday at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. W. Chappell, in this city and was buried on Sunday afternoon in Rosemont cemetery. Mrs. Blease had been an invalid for years, having suffered a stroke of paralysis some time ago. She was a good woman. She leaves two daughters, Mrs. J. W. Chappell and Miss Laura Blease.

John Bowers Jr.
NEWBERRY - Services for John H. Bowers Jr., 80, of 80 Lake Street, Silverstreet, will be held at 4 p.m. Friday at Silverstreet Lutheran Church conducted by the Rev. Dr. Robert McCullum. Interment will be in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7-8:30 this evening at Whitaker Funeral Home and will be at the residence, 80 Lake Street, Silverstreet. Memorials may be made to Silverstreet Lutheran Church Men, 120 Long Street, Silverstreet, SC 29145. Notes to the family may be sent via email at notes @ whitakerfuneralhome.com.

Mr. Bowers died Wednesday, May 30, 2001 in White Oak Nursing Home. Born in the Stoney Hill Community of Newberry County, he was a son of the late Johnny H. and Annie Rebecca Nichols Bowers Sr. He was an Army veteran of World War II and was a retired lumberman and dairy farmer. He was a member of Silverstreet Lutheran Church, a life member of Lutheran Men, a former member of the Congregational Council and served on the Silverstreet Lutheran Church Cemetery Committee and was instrumental in attaining the new cemetery. He was on the Silverstreet School Board for 20 consecutive years and he was a member of the Silverstreet Fire Department for 23 years.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Martha Hendrix Bowers of the home; daughters and sons-in-law, Loxie B. and Charles A. Hazel and Jan B. and George H. Piersol, all of Silverstreet and Gaye B. and Tom Siler of Pelion; a cousin reared in the home, Dollie D. Bozard and her husband, Earl Bozard, of Newberry ;sister, Frances B. Long of Newberry; brother, T. Guy Bowers of Newberry; nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by brothers, Roy Bowers and Harold Bowers; sisters, Lula Mae Hawkins and Catherine B. Long.

Guy Bowers
NEWBERRY - A graveside service for Thomas Guy Bowers, 77, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Sunday in Silverstreet Lutheran Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5-6 p.m. today at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. The family suggests that those desiring may make memorials to Silverstreet Lutheran Church, 120 Long St., Silverstreet, SC 29145 or to White Oak Manor, 2555 Kinard St., Newberry, SC 29108.

Mr. Bowers, widower of Nancy Reese Bowers, died January 17, 2003. Born in Newberry, he was a son of the late Johnnie H. and Annie Nichols Bowers. He was a retired logger and dairy farmer and a member of Silverstreet Lutheran Church.  Surviving are daughters, Tammy B. Mills and Diane Merchant, both of Newberry, and Debra Perdue of Seneca; five grandchildren.

Joan Claire Epting Beck
NEWBERRY -- Services for Joan Claire Epting Beck, 57, who died November 18, 2007, will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at McSwain-Evans Funeral Chapel. Burial will be in Silverstreet Lutheran Church Cemetery. Surviving: daughter, Christa Sutton; brothers, John Epting and Edwin Epting, all of Newberry; grandson, Jody Sutton.

Clara Bedenbaugh
NEWBERRY — Mrs. Clara Dickert Bedenbaugh, 92, widow of Jesse C. Bedenbaugh Sr., died Feb. 13, 2004.

Born in Newberry County, Mrs. Bedenbaugh was a daughter of the late John Henry and Lela Garrett Dickert. She had retired from the Newberry County School System and was a lifelong member of Silverstreet Lutheran Church, where she was a member of Elsie P. Nichols Sunday School Class.

Mrs. Bedenbaugh is survived by a son, 4 daughters, 2 sisters, 14 grandchildren, and 12 great-grandchildren.  She was predeceased by sons, John Grady Bedenbaugh, Paul Garrett Bedenbaugh, and Jerry Bernard Bedenbaugh; and a granddaughter, Kristi Alain Bedenbaugh.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Monday at Silverstreet Lutheran Church, with burial to follow in the Church Cemetery. The family is at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Edward Lominack and will receive friends from 4-6 Sunday afternoon at the McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. The family suggests that those desiring may make memorials to Silverstreet Lutheran Church Organ Fund, 120 Long St., Silverstreet, SC or to Palmetto Health Hospice, 2024 Bear Village Ct., Newberry, SC 29108.  McSwain-Evans Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Heyward Boozer
SILVERSTREET - Funeral services for Heyward Mower Boozer, 81, will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday at Silverstreet Lutheran Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Monday from 7:00-8:00 p.m. at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Silverstreet Lutheran Church Organ Fund, 120 Long Street, Silverstreet, SC 29145. www.mcswainevans.com.

Mr. Boozer died March 14, 2004. Born in Silverstreet, he was a son of the late Thomas Blair Boozer Sr. and Verda Oxner Boozer. Mr. Boozer was a graduate of Newberry College, worked for the Railway Mail Service and later retired from the U.S. Postal Service. He was a member of NARFE. He was a member of Silverstreet Lutheran Church where he was a member of SALT and was a former Councilman. Mr. Boozer was a World War II Army veteran having served in the Air Transport Command. He loved hunting, fishing and the hobbies of woodworking and trains.

He is survived by his wife, Mildred Werts Boozer; daughters and sons-in-law, Pat (Charles) Boyd of Weaverville, N.C. and Harriet (John) Thompson of Kingsport, Tenn.; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Nancy Bowers
NEWBERRY - Services for Nancy Reese Bowers, 73, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at Silverstreet Lutheran Church, with interment in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 6-7:30 tonight at Whitaker Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Silverstreet Lutheran Church WELCA, 120 Long St., Silverstreet. Messages to the family may be sent via email to notes@whitakerfuneralhome.com.

Mrs. Bowers, widow of T. Guy Bowers, died July 20, 2002. Born in Newberry County on December 4, 1928, she was a daughter of the late John H. and Pearl Berley Reese. Mrs. Bowers was a member of Silverstreet Lutheran Church and Group 1 of WELCA.

Surviving are her daughters, Debra B. Perdue of Seneca, Tammy B. Mills and Diane B. Merchant, both of Newberry; sisters, Mary R. Felder of Columbia, Marion R. Spearman of Chappells, Gussie R. Raines of Ocala, Fla., Virginia R. Porter of Pembroke, Ga., Ruth R. Stoudemire of Greenwood, Peggy R. Longshore of Crewe, Va., and Carolyn R. Lever of Newberry; five grandchildren; two great grandchildren.

Margie M. W. Bowers
PROSPERITY-Margie Marie Wilson Bowers, 86, of Prosperity, widow of Jacob A. Bowers Jr., died March 18, 2008 at White Oak Manor.

Born in Icard, N.C. on Feb. 10, 1922, she was the daughter of the late Louis M. and Bertha Cook Wilson. Mrs. Bowers was retired from The Bank of Commerce. She was a member of Zion United Methodist Church where she was a member of the Young at Heart and the Naomi-Ruth Circle. Surviving are her sons, Jacob A. "Andy" Bowers III and E. Monte (Peggy) Bowers of Prosperity and David W. (Deena) Bowers of Ballentine; a daughter, Betsy Bowers Ruff of Prosperity; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

Services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, March 20, 2008 at Zion United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be today from 6-7:30 p.m. at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Hospice Care of S.C., 600 North Wheeler Ave., Prosperity, SC 29127 or Zion United Methodist Church, 80 Zion Circle, Prosperity, SC 29127. Active pallbearers: Will Bowers, Josh Bowers, Mike Bowers, Matt Bowers, Gus Ruff, Donald Pifer and Sammie Liberatore. Honorary pallbearers: Staff of White Oak Manor, Staff of Hospice Care of S.C., Zion Methodist Young at Heart, Dr. Carroll A. Pinner III, Peggy and Jerry Koon.  McSwain-Evans Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements. A memorial message may be sent to www.mcswainevans.com.

Annie Black
NEWBERRY - Funeral services for Annie Faye Black who died October 31, 2003, will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday at Colony Lutheran Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church, 48 Colony Church Road, Newberry or to Palmetto Health Hospice, 2024 Bear Village Court, Newberry. McSwain-Evans Funeral Home is in charge.

Born March 13, 1934, in Newberry County, She was a daughter of the late Olin Lewis Wicker and Willie Wicker Padgett. She retired from Moores and was a member of Colony Lutheran Church.

Mrs. Black is survived by her loving husband, Lewis D. Black; a daughter and son-in-law, Susan and Jim Brinkley of Atlanta; a sister, Dorothy Sutton of Newberry, grandchildren; Stephanie and Mark Osada of Greensboro, N.C., Will Seybt of Atlanta, Jennifer Brinkley of Columbia, and a beloved caregiver, Juanita Nance of Newberry. Mrs. Black was predeceased by a brother, Ralph Lewis Wicker.

Reggie Leslea Braswell
NEWBERRY -- Reggie Leslea Braswell, 34, died Sunday, November 16, 2008.

Born December 20, 1973, in Newberry, he was a son of James L. "Jim" Braswell, Sr. and Mary Bishop Braswell. He attended the University of South Carolina, was employed by LesLea Farms and was a member of St. James Lutheran Church. Mr. Braswell was an avid fisherman.

Surviving, in addition to his parents of Newberry, are a sister, Stephanie Dene (Alan) Hyatt of Lexington; brothers, James "Jimmy" (Jenny) Braswell, Jr. of Prosperity, and Mark Wayne (Roseanne) Braswell of Newberry; a niece, Stephanie Braswell and nephews, Jonathan Braswell and Ryan Hyatt.

Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, November 19, 2008, at St. James Lutheran Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. James Lutheran Church, 228 Jalapa Road, Newberry, SC 29108.

Manley Bedenbaugh
PROSPERITY - Services for Manley G. Bedenbaugh will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. Thursday at Macedonia Lutheran Church with burial in the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to Macedonia Lutheran Church or the Church Goldies, 49 Macedonia Church Road, Prosperity, SC 29127. McSwain-Evans Funeral Home is in charge.

Mr. Bedenbaugh, 64, died September 28, 2004. Born in Bethel, NC, he was a son of the late James Manley and Mary Andrews Bedenbaugh. Mr. Bedenbaugh was retired from Monsanto, a member of the Flyers Club and the Wildlife Club. He was a member of Macedonia Lutheran Church where he was a member of the Goldies, the choir, and the Praise Band.

Surviving are his wife, Ann Amick Bedenbaugh; a son, Toby E. Bedenbaugh of Six Mile; a daughter, Laura B. Lathrop of Prosperity; grandchildren, Kendall Lathrop, Leah Lathrop and Carson Bedenbaugh. He was predeceased by a son, Terry James Bedenbaugh.

Nelva Barbara Adams Brown
PROSPERITY -- Services for Nelva Barbara Adams Brown will be held at 4:00 p.m. Sunday, May 11, 2008, at Macedonia Lutheran Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Macedonia Lutheran Church Building Fund, 3216 Macedonia Church Road, Prosperity, SC 29127, or to Springfield Place Unit 4, 2000 Springfield Circle, Newberry, SC 29108.

Mrs. Brown, 91, widow of Richard Warner Brown, died May 7, 2008, at Springfield Place. Born in Newberry, she was a daughter of the late Leo Thomas and Mabel Alice Reynolds Adams. Mrs. Brown had retired from General Electric. She was a member of Macedonia Lutheran Church where she was a member of the Petrea Circle and the Goldies. She was a member of the Drayton Rutherford Chapter of the UDC.

Surviving are a son, Frank T. "Tommy" (Janet) Brown of Prosperity; daughters, Peggy Joyce (Richard) Stepp of Fairfax, VA, Barbara Alice (Frank) Lyerly of Prosperity, Martha Joan (Charles) Taylor of Palm Coast, FL, Ruth Adeline Hamm of Prosperity, Linda Jean (Victor) Kelley of Prosperity; a sister, Dorothy A. Smith of Newberry; 14 grandchildren, 24 great-grandchildren and 4 great-great-grandchildren. Mrs. Brown was predeceased by a son-in-law, Jimmy Hamm, a sister, Elizabeth Sineath, brothers, Haskell Adams, Raymond Adams, Clyde Adams, Jack Adams, Grady Adams, Alvin Adams and Eugene Adams.

Robert C. Bedenbaugh
PROSPERITY - Services for Robert C. Bedenbaugh, 64, of 1636 State Park Road, will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at Macedonia Lutheran Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends 6:30-7:30 tonight at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. The family suggests that those desiring may make memorials to Macedonia Lutheran Church Memorial Fund, 49 Macedonia Church Road, Prosperity, SC 29127. McSwain-Evans Funeral Home is in charge.

Mr. Bedenbaugh died Tuesday, February 29, 2000, at his residence. Born in Newberry, he was the son of the late R. Colie and Bernice Hedgepath Bedenbaugh. He was a retired employee of P.D. Johnson, an air force veteran, a former member of the Board of Rural Fire Departments, and also a former member of the Lions Club. He was a member of Macedonia Lutheran Church where he was a former member of the church council.

Surviving are his wife, Barbara Amick Bedenbaugh; sons and daughters-in-law, Robert Mack and Carrie Bedenbaugh of Chapin, Ty Alan and Krissy Bedenbaugh of Irmo; sister, Louise Charles of Cayce; grandchildren, Rachel and Taylor Bedenbaugh. He was predeceased by a son, Benji Bedenbaugh.

Craig Bishop
NEWBERRY - Services for Craig Bishop, 27, of 5344 Bush River Road, will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at St. James Lutheran Church, with the Rev. Rodney Gunter officiating. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 2-3:30 p.m. and 6-8 p.m. today at Whitaker Funeral Home. The family will be at the residence of his parents, 6929 Bush River Road, Newberry. Notes to the family may be sent to notes@whitakerfuneral-home.com. Memorials may be made to St. James Lutheran Church General Fund, 228 Jalapa Road, Newberry, SC 29108.

Mr. Bishop died March 31, 2002. Born in Newberry on May 20, 1974, he was a son of C.J. and Joyce Crouch Bishop. Mr. Bishop was employed by C.J. Bishop Farms, a graduate of Lander University, and a member of St. James Lutheran Church.

Surviving are his parents of Newberry; sister and brother-in-law, Janet B. and Eddie Hyman of Prosperity; brother and sister-in-law and their family, Jason and Barbara Bishop, Tegan and Brandon Bishop, all of Newberry; niece, Madison Hyman of Prosperity; nephew, Danton Hyman of Prosperity; grandmother, Helen Crouch of Kinards.

Levi Brandon Bishop
PROSPERITY -- Levi Brandon Bishop, 29, died Thursday, October 2, 2008.

Mr. Bishop was born July 11, 1979, in Port Lavaca, TX. He was a son of Galen Robert Bishop, Jr. and Judy Adams Litz. He was an emergency medical technician, a member of the Lake Murray Rescue Squad and Macedonia Lutheran Church.

Surviving are his father, Galen "Bob" Bishop of Aiken; his mother, Judy (Allen) Litz of Prosperity; a brother, Corey J. Bishop of Prosperity; a stepsister, Lori (Neal) Smith of Lexington; maternal grandparents, Troy and Dovie Adams of Prosperity; paternal grandmother, Ernestine Bishop of Lexington; stepmaternal grandparents, Jim and Jean Litz of Santee; nieces, McKayla and Cadence Smith of Lexington. He was predeceased by his paternal grandfather, Galen Bishop, Sr.

Funeral services will be held at 5:00 p.m. Saturday, October 4, 2008, at Macedonia Lutheran Church by the Rev. Randy Derrick. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 6:00 - 7:30 p.m. at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Lake Murray Rescue Squad, c/o Lynn Peters, 2493 Bethel Church Road, Prosperity, SC 29127 or to Macedonia Lutheran Church, 49 Macedonia Church Road, Prosperity, SC 29127.

Clara Bouknight
NEWBERRY - Services for Clara Frances Bouknight, 73, will be conducted at 4 p.m. Friday at Mayer Memorial Lutheran Church. Burial will follow in West End Cemetery. Visitation is from 6:30-8 tonight at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. The family suggests that those desiring may make memorials to Tri-County Hospice or the Newberry County Department of Special Needs.

Mrs. Bouknight died Wednesday, September 25, 2002. Born in Newberry, she was a daughter of the late Claude A. and Clara Belle Smith Bouknight. She was a member of Mayer Memorial Lutheran Church.

Surviving are a sister, Ella Rae Blake of Dallas, N.C.; brothers and sister-in-law, Gilbert and Nancy Bouknight and Ira Bouknight, all of Newberry; devoted niece and nephew, Andrea and Wayne Hollis of Chapin.

Walter Barker
PEAK - A graveside service for Walter E. Barker, 81, will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, September 29, 2002 in Peak Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5-6 this evening, September 28, 2002 at Caughman-Harman Funeral Homes, Chapin Chapel. Memorials may be made to Mt. Hermon Lutheran Church Cemetery Fund in Peak.

Mr. Barker died Thursday, September 26, 2002. Born in Apex, N.C., he was a son of the late Hannie and Glayds Edwards Barker. He was a member of Capers Chapel Methodist Church, Little Mountain.  Surviving are his wife, Dorothy Barker, of Peak and one brother, Richard B. Barker of Spring, Texas.

Nonie Ballentine
NEWBERRY - Wynona "Nonie" Layton Terrell Ballentine, 82, of Newberry, died Monday, Feb. 9, 2009 at White Oak Manor.

She was born on Jan. 16, 1927 in Newberry, the daughter of the late Isaac C. "Doc" and Gladys Richey Layton. A graduate of New-berry College, she was a retired bookkeeper with South Carolina National Bank. She was a member of Glenn St. Baptist Church where she had taught Sunday school in the children's department. She was a former volunteer at the New-berry County Memorial Hospital and a past member of the Newberry Chapter of the B & PW.

Nonie was twice married, first to the late Noble Terrell and second to the late William "Bill" Ballentine. She is survived by her brother, Donald Layton and his wife, Betty Lou Layton, of Newberry; a number of nieces and nephews including Beth (Wayne) Wicker, Donald A. (Darlene) Layton, Kent (Jill) Layton, Russell "Rusty" (Donna) Layton and Michael R. Layton; and a number of great nieces and nephews. She was prede-ceased by two brothers, Allen "Little Doc" C. Layton and Ray C. Layton.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at Glenn St. Baptist Church by the Rev. Michael Whitesides, Rev. Kevin Carter, Rev. Rodney Gunter and Kent Layton. Interment will be at St. James Lutheran Church cemetery. The body will be placed in the church at 1:30 p.m.

The family will be at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Donald Layton, 866 Mud Creek Road, Newberry. Visitation will be held today from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Whitaker Funeral Home.

The family suggests memorials be made to Glenn St. Baptist Church, 300 Glenn St., Newberry, SC 29108 or to St. James Lutheran Church, 228 Jalapa Road, Newberry, SC 29108.

Active pallbearers will be Donald A. Layton, Kent Layton, Russell Layton, Wayne Wicker, Layton Wicker, John Long, Charles Irons, William Irons, Clyde Reeves and George Reeves.

Messages to the family may be sent via e-mail to notes@whitakerfuneralhome.com. Whitaker Funeral Home, Newberry, is assisting the family.

W. L. "Jr." Brantley, Jr. - contributed by Donna Brummett
July 6, 2007

W. L. "Jr." Brantley, Jr. 81, of 1140 Lee Circle, West Columbia, died Friday, July 6, 2007 at his residence.  He was born on July 25, 1925 in LaGrange, GA a son of the late William Lamar and Emma Nora Price Brantley. He was twice married, first to the late Mary Ella Powell Brantley and second to Mary Florine Wilson Brantley.  Mr. Brantley was retired from Damon International and was a member of Airport Baptist Church. He was a member of Amity Masonic Lodge #87 and was an honorary life member of Lexington, Springdale, Cayce and Sinclair lodges.

He is survived by his wife of the home; a son, Mike (Tonya) Brantley of Martinez, GA; a grandson, Jonathan Brantley; two stepdaughters, Sally (Greg) Estes of Atlanta, GA and Mary Rowe of West Columbia; two stepsons, Charles (Tracy) Bedenbaugh and Pat (Brenda) Bedenbaugh both of Lexington; sisters-in law, Sarah Powell and Rita (M.C.) Yarbrough both of Newberry ; a special nephew, Tony Powell of Newberry and numerous step grandchildren and step great grandchildren.

Graveside funeral services with Masonic Rites will be conducted at 11:00 AM Monday at West End Cemetery by Chaplain Greg Estes.
Visitation will be from 5:30 to 7:30 PM Sunday at the Whitaker Funeral Home. The family will be at the residence.  Memorials may be made to Winyah Community Hospice Care, 305 Stoneridge Dr., Suite B, Columbia, SC 29210.  The family expresses special thanks to Teresa, Tina, Jackie and Chaplain Chuck of Winyah Community Hospice Care.

Active pallbearers will be Jimmy Bickley, David Key, Calvin Turnage, Mitchell Bedenbaugh, Billy Hawkins and Chris Faircloth. Honorary pallbearers will be Bo Mathis, Robert Peele, M.C. Yarbrough, and Woody Lyons and all attending Masons.  Messages to the family may be sent via email at notes@whitakerfuneralhome.com.   Whitaker Funeral Home, Newberry, is assisting the family.

Ellen Bedenbaugh
NEWBERRY - Graveside services for Ellen Ouzts Bedenbaugh, 93, will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday in West End Cemetery. Visitation will be 1-2 p.m. Friday at Whitaker Funeral Home.

Mrs. Bedenbaugh, widow of Julian M. Bedenbaugh, died Wednesday. Born in Edgefield County, she was a daughter of the late James Monroe and Jannie Ouzts.

Surviving are her daughter, Patricia Perkins; sisters, Anna Hamilton, Ollie Hiller, Mary Chappell; grandchildren, Steve and Jeff Perkins, Sandra Sprouse, BeLinda Bennett, Julia Taylor; eight great-grandchildren.

Mary Frances Bookman
PROSPERITY - Services with burial for Mary Frances Bookman, 84, a licensed practical nurse, will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday (viewing 3 p.m.) at Mount Hebron AME Church. Wilson Funeral Home, Newberry, is in charge. Born in Newberry Co. to John and Chicora Mayers Counts, she died April 7, 2005. Surviving: sisters, Pearl Jones, Bessie Mayers; nieces, nephews, cousins, friends.

Willie Sanders Brown
PROSPERITY - Willie Sanders Brown, 59, affectionately known as "Brown," of 46 Flummin Drive, Prosperity, died Saturday at Palmetto Health Richland Hospital. Born in Newberry County, he was the son of the late James F.Brown and the late Marie Cannon Brown. 
He was a member of Mt. Hebron A.M.E. Church and a graduate of Gallman High School. He was a former employee of Thomas and Howard Company.

Surviving are his wife, Mattie Jackson Brown, of the home; one son, Jamie Marty Brown of Prosperity; two daughters, Sandra Brown Davis (Patrick) of Newberry and Melissa Hare of Prosperity; 10 grandchildren; two sisters, Frances Brown Harmon and Mattie Marie Cannon, both of Prosperity; one uncle, Dr. Wilbur Brown (Willie Mae) of Greenville; two aunts, Georgia Alma Wise of East Orange, N.J. and Mary Frances Wimberly of Philadelphia, Pa.; four brothers-in-law; two sisters-in-law; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 23, at Shiloh A.M.E. Church in Prosperity, and burial will follow in the Mount Hebron A.M.E. Church cemetery. Arrangements are under the direction of Wilson Funeral Home of Newberry.

J. William "Bill" Ballentine
NEWBERRY -- J. William "Bill" Ballentine, 88, formerly of 2028 Glenn St., Newberry, died Wednesday, February 27, 2008, in Newberry County Memorial Hospital.

He was born April 11, 1920, in Lexington County, the son of the late John A. and Carrie Corley Ballentine. He was a retired dairy farmer.

He had a lifelong passion for agriculture which led him to found and be the curator of the Ballentine Farm Museum and was very active with the Newberry County Agri-Fest. He was an active member of St. James Lutheran Church where he was a former youth leader and choir member. He was a member of the Bush River Young Farmers and a former member of the Newberry Cattleman's Association.

He is survived by his wife, Wynona Layton Terrell Ballentine of Newberry; a sister, Emma Julia Sease of Newberry; and a number of nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by four sisters, Gladys Long, Virginia Crosson, Elizabeth Long and Mary Lou Reeves.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Saturday at St. James Lutheran Church. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. James Lutheran Church, 228 Jalapa Road, Newberry, SC 29108.

Messages to the family may be sent via email to notes@whitakerfuneralhome.com. Whitaker Funeral Home, Newberry, is assisting the family.

William A. Beckham contributed by T. Brown
Retired bishop of Upper South Carolina

The Rt. Rev. William A. Beckham, retired Bishop of the Diocese of Upper SouthCarolina, died Saturday, December 24. He was 78.
A memorial service was held December 28 at Trinity Cathedral, Columbia, South Carolina. Committal followed in the church cemetery.
Memorial gifts may be made to the Cange, Haiti, Fund of the Diocese of Upper South Carolina, or to York Place, the South Carolina Episcopal Church Home forChildren.

Beckham was elected and installed as bishop in 1979. He served in that position until his retirement in 1994.

Ordained to the priesthood in 1955, he served parishes in Edgefield, Union, and Greenwood prior to being named archdeacon of the diocese in 1964. He was a graduate of the University of South Carolina and Virginia Theological Seminary. Beckham also served the wider Episcopal Church as trustee and chair of the New York-based Church Pension Fund from 1991 until 1997.

A U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, Beckham served aboard the battleship U.S.S. Iowa in the Pacific theatre 1943-1945.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Harriet Wingate Beckham; a son and daughter-in-law, William A. Beckham, Jr., and Jeanie Beckham; son Stephen Andrew Beckham; and a daughter, Catherine Louise Beckham (obituary ommited these family survivers - 'sister, Daisy Beckham Zeiders and brother Dr. Louis E Beckham', as reported by Daisy Zeiders, 3/2012). He is also survived by seven grandchildren.  The bishop was predeceased by his son, Robert Michael Beckham.

State, The (Columbia, SC) - December 26, 2005
Bishop William A. Beckham

COLUMBIA - Memorial service for The Right Reverend William A. Beckham, 78, will be held Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, with committal service to follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Cange, Haiti, Fund of the Diocese of Upper S.C., or to York Place, the S.C. Episcopal Church Home for Children.

Bishop Beckham, husband of Harriet Wingate Beckham and retired Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina, died Saturday, December 24, 2005. Born in Columbia, he was the son of the late Francis Morgan and Maud Guthrie Beckham. A graduate of the University of South Carolina and Virginia Theological Seminary, Bishop Beckham was ordained to the priesthood in 1955, and he served parishes in Edgefield, Union, and Greenwood prior to being named Archdeacon of the diocese in 1964. He was elected and consecrated as Bishop in 1979, and served in that position until his retirement in 1994. Bishop Beckham also served the Episcopal Church at the national level, as trustee and chair of the Church Pension Fund, in New York from 1991 until 1997.

A U.S. Navy veteran of WW II, he served aboard the battleship U.S.S. Iowa in the Pacific theatre 1943-1945.

Surviving are his wife of 57 years; a son and daughter-in-law, William A. Beckham, Jr., and Jeanie Beckham; son, Stephen Andrew Beckham; and daughter, Catherine Louise Beckham. (obituary ommited these family survivers - 'sister, Daisy Beckham Zeiders and brother Dr. Louis E Beckham', as reported by Daisy Zeiders, 3/2012). He is also survived by 7 grandchildren who loved and will greatly miss their "Papa." Bishop Beckham was predeceased by his son, Robert Michael Beckham; brother, Francis Morgan Beckham; and sisters, Elizabeth Beckham Wofford and Mabel Beckham Mundell.

Ruby Lee L. P. Bagwell
WEST COLUMBIA-Mrs. Ruby Lee Long Plumblee Bagwell, 94, of West Columbia, died Saturday, April 12, 2008 at Lexington Medical Center Extend Care.

She was born on Sept. 18, 1913 in Newberry County, a daughter of the late Rufus F. and Nora Bickley Long. She was a 1930 graduate of Bush River School and a 1934 graduate of Newberry College. She taught school for 35 years in Newberry, Cherokee and Laurens counties. She was a member and former Sunday School teacher at St. James Lutheran Church in Newberry.

Mrs. Bagwell was a resident of Columbia since 1974 and attended Mt. Herman Lutheran Church in West Columbia and the First Baptist Church in Columbia.

Surviving are a son and daughter-in-law, Thomas William and Rosemary Plumblee of West Columbia; a daughter and son-in-law, Nora Anne P. and Roger Mature of Woodbridge, Va.; and four grandchildren, Kathleen Plumblee and Michael Plumblee, Brian Mature and Michelle Mature. She was predeceased by her first husband, William Hal Plumblee and her second husband, J. Frank Bagwell, a brother, Harold F. Long and a sister, Cleone Long Swittenberg.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2008 at St. James Lutheran Church by Rev. Rodney Gunter. Interment will be in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 p.m. today at the Whitaker Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to St. James Lutheran Church, 228 Jalapa Road, Newberry, SC 29108. Active pallbearers will be Brian Mature, Michael Plumblee, John Long, Christopher Long, Charles Irons and Steve Mature. Messages to the family may be sent via e-mail to notes@whitakerfuneralhome.com Whitaker Funeral Home, 1704 College St., Newberry, is assisting the family.

Albert Foster Busby
Albert Foster Busby, Sr., 82, of 2606 Pondview Circle, Newberry, died Wednesday 12/30/2009 at his residence. He was born on November 8, 1927, in Calhoun Falls, to the late Walter D. and Beulah Carson Busby, and grew up in Anderson County. He was predeceased by five brothers and three sisters.

Al served as pharmacist's mate in the US Navy during WWII. Upon graduating from Clemson in 1950, he was employed by Clemson Extension Service. He served as Assistant County Agent in Laurens and Chester Counties and became County Agent of Newberry County in 1958. He gave assistance and leadership to boost Newberry to become the leading dairy and egg producing county in South Carolina.
He became owner of Fieldview Jerseys dairy farm in 1972, and was later a co-owner of Newberry Feed and Farm agribusiness supplier.

Before retirement, he was active in a number of civic and professional organizations including Chairman, Newberry County Water Authority; member of Farm Credit Bank board of directors for 29 years, including service as chairman; member of Aveleigh Presbyterian Church since 1957; and inducted into the SC Dairy Hall of Fame in 1997.

Al was first married to Claris Hobson Busby, who predeceased him in 1978. He is survived by three children: Albert Foster Busby, Jr., of Newberry, SC; Paul Hobson Busby (Kathy), of Columbia, SC; and Mary Amelia Busby Hutcherson (Jay) of Alpharetta, GA.

He was later married to Melvina Hobson Sprunt, who survives him along with her children Ruth Sprunt Johnson (Bruce) of Salem, VA, and James Sprunt, Jr., of Harrisonburg. VA.

Grandchildren are Albert Foster "Bo" Busby III, Paul H Busby Jr., Sam and AJ Hutcherson, Timothy and Charlie Johnson, Christie Brown (Marshall), and great-granddaughter Abigail Brown. A number of nieces and nephews also survive him.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 P.M. Saturday at Aveleigh Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Dr. Mitchell VanMetre. A private family interment will be held.  The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Friday at the Whitaker Funeral Home, Newberry and at Aveleigh Presbyterian Church following the service.  Pallbearers will be grandsons and nephews.   The family prefers memorials be made to Aveleigh Presbyterian Church or the charity of one's choice in lieu of flowers. (contributed by Donna Brummett)

Carson Babb

NEWBERRY, SC - Carson Martin Babb, 62, of Route 1, Newberry, died Saturday.

Born in Laurens County, son of the late John P. and Leila Manley Babb, he was a retired textile employee, a veteran of World War II, a member of American Legion, Fairview Baptist Church, Fountain Inn and a Mason of Lodge No.l 192. Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Emma Sue Ferguson Babb; four sons, Carson Gerald Babb of Castle Rock, Colorado, Harley Ray Babb of Greenwood, Harold Roy Babb of the home and Randall Joe Babb of Newberry; a daughter, Mrs. Carolyn Hendrix of Fountain Inn; three sisters, Mrs. George Camp of Spartanburg, Mrs. Earl Taylor and Mrs. Ozell Owens of Laurens; and 10 grandchildren. Funeral services will be 3 p.m. Tuesday at McSwain Funeral Home, with burial in Newberry Memorial Gardens with Masonic rites. (contributed by Donna Brummett)

Myrtle Bates
Myrtle Marr Bates, 77, widow of Marcus E. Bates, Jr, of Prosperity died Monday, June, 15, 2009.  She was the daughter of the late W. J. and Rosa Stoltz Marr. She was of the Lutheran faith.  Mrs. Bates is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Cheryl B. and Lee Reynolds of Gaffney; sons and daughters-in-law, Keith E. Bates of Columbia, Jeff W. and Jenny Bates of Prosperity, and Phillip and Devlyn Bates of McKinney, TX; and a brother, Fred Marr of Spartanburg.  Graveside funeral services were conducted at 11:00 AM Friday in Newberry Memorial Gardens.  Messages to the family may be sent via email at notes@whitakerfuneralhome.com. Whitaker Funeral Home, Newberry, is assisting the family. (contributed by Donna Brummett)

James Bannister
James M. Bannister, Sr., 84, of Newberry, died Tuesday, June 24, 2003, at the Newberry County Memorial Hospital.  Mr. Bannister was born on December 8, 1918 in Newberry County, a son of the late Jim and Maude Caldwell Bannister. He was a veteran of the U. S. Army, having served in World War II. He was a retired Building Contractor and also retired from Newberry Mills with over 40 years of services. He was involved in the Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts for over 35 years.  Mr. Bannister was a member of O'Neal United Methodist Church, Men's Bible Class and a former member of the administrative board. He was a member of Amity Masonic Lodge #87, a member of the Newberry York Rite Bodies, and a member of Hejaz Shrine Temple.  Mr. Bannister is survived by his wife, Mary Frances Kinard Bannister of the home; a son and daughter-in-law, Bob and Janice Bannister of Newberry; a sister, Frances B. Danielsen of Newberry; a brother, Roy Bannister of Little Mountain; six grandchildren, Clark Bannister, Ashley Bannister, Jim Bannister, Brett Bannister, Mark Bannister and Brian Bannister; three great-grandchildren, Hanna Bannister, Daniel Bannister, and Mary Catherine Bannister. He was predeceased by a son, James M. Bannister, Jr.  Funeral services for James M. Bannister will be conducted at 2:00 P. M. Thursday at O'Neal Street United Methodist Church by the Rev. Kem Thomas. Entombment will be in Newberry Memorial Gardens.  Memorials may be made to O'Neal Street United Methodist Church, 511 O'Neal Street, Newberry, SC 29108 (contributed by Donna Brummett)

Tressie Boland
Tressie Lillian Cromer Boland, 63, of Prosperity, died Saturday, June 27, 2009 at Lexington Medical Center.
Born on July 28, 1945 in Newberry, she was a daughter of Mary Shealy Cromer and the late Thomas Hayne Cromer.  Mrs. Boland was retired from the State Hospital as a Medical Transcriptionist. She was a member of Mt. Pilgrim Lutheran Church and the Fun Seekers Camp Club.  Surviving in addition to her mother, Mary Cromer of Prosperity are her husband, Harvey Boland; a son, Scott (Julie) Boland of Prosperity; a daughter, Michelle Wagner of Prosperity; a sister, Emily (Lee) Sitnik of Irmo; grandchildren, Amy Nicole Wagner, Brandon Boland and Mikey Wagner. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, June 30, 2009 at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Paul Wollner.  Entombment will follow in Newberry Memorial Gardens.  Visitation will be Monday from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home.  Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society c/o Helen Beebe, 181 Tailers Trail, Leesville, SC 29070.  Active pallbearers: Brad Drummond, Gordon Drummond, Bobby Metts, Emlon Metts, Todd Potter and Kevin Sitnik.  (contributed by Donna Brummett)

Kathleen Britt
Kathleen Curtis Britt, 97, widow of Charles H. Britt, died Friday, March 26, 2010 at Generations of Chapin.  Born in Mt. Sterling, Kentucky on December 31, 1912, she was a daughter of the late Edgar and Quincey King Curtis.  Mrs. Britt was a devoted Christian woman who faithfully read her Bible daily. She was a loving and caring mother, grandmother, great and great-great grandmother. She also had a compassionate love for animals. She is survived by her sons and their spouses, Dick and Joyce Britt of Irmo and Jerry and Linda Britt of Columbia; a sister, Justina Lockhart of Newberry; grandchildren and spouses, Teala and Steve Armfield of Newberry, Terry and Marlene Britt of Little Mountain, Toby and Meg Britt of Newberry, Tonya and Jerry O’Cain of Prosperity, David and Stephanie Britt of Columbia, John Britt of Columbia, Paul and Anna Britt of Columbia and Mark Britt of Columbia; nine great grandchildren and five great-great grandchildren. Graveside funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday in Newberry Memorial Gardens by the Rev. Philip Vaughn.  The family requests memorials be made to Harmony Care Hospice, 100 Ashland Park Lane, Suite K, Columbia, SC 29210
They express a sincere thank you to Kristy Morris, Krista Kell, Barbara Robinson, Shamika Anderson and Carrie Dufalt all of Harmony Care Hospice for their dedication and care of Mrs. Britt. They also express a special thank you to all the staff of Generations of Chapin.
Messages to the family may be sent via email to notes@whitakerfuneralhome.com Whitaker Funeral Home of Newberry is assisting the family. (contributed by Donna Brummett)

Maude S. Burton
Mrs. Maude S. Burton of 1414 Silas Street died Thursday night at the Newberry County Memorial Hospital.  Born in Gainesville,Ga., she was the late daughter of Oscar and Mattie Bramlette Smith. She was a member of the Glenn Street Baptist Church. A Sunday school teacher for more than 40 years, and a member of the W.M.U. ( local and state ). She was active and local and state activities.  Surviving are her husband T. Clyde Burton; 3 sons, Carl Burton of Greenville, Charles Burton of Torrence, California, and Gerold Burton of Columbia; five daughters, Mrs. Larry Smith of Cary, N.C., Mrs. Harold Amick of Columbia, Mrs. Corrine Berley and Mrs. Kenneth Cook, both of Newberry and Mrs. Harold Cook of Prosperity; Three sisters, Mrs. Frank Banks of Newberry, Mrs. Leon Suit of Orangeburg, and Mrs. Carroll Proctor of Charlotte; Two brothers, Cliff Smith of Clinton and E. K. Smith of Newberry; 17 grandchildren and one great grandchild.  Funeral was held at 3PM Saturday from Glenn Street Baptist Church with Rev. Donald West and Rev. James B. Mitchell conducting the service. Burial was in the Newberry Memorial Gardens.  Active Pallbearers was Gene Rowe, Connie Gowan, Colie Jones, A.L. Ruff, Tim Amick, Ray Berley, Kenny Cook, and Tom Balsley.  Honorary pallbearers were members of the adult Sunday school class.  McSwain Funeral Homes was in charge. (contributed by Donna Brummett)

Evelyn Boozer
Evelyn Sease Boozer 85, widow of R. Granville Boozer died Saturday, November 13, 2004 at the Newberry County Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Boozer was born on November 24, 1918 in Newberry County, the daughter of the late Jacob E. and Lee Ora Lominack Sease. She was a member of Newberry A. R. Presbyterian Church.  Mrs. Boozer is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Kenneth G. and Karen T. Boozer of Anderson; a sister, Margaret Hanna of Newberry; and two grandchildren Hope Boozer of Lawrenceville, GA and Chris Driggers of Norfolk, VA. She was predeceased by a daughter Pamela Driggers,a sister, Edna Sharp, three brothers, Robert Sease, Heyward Sease and Ellebre Sease.  Funeral services were conducted at 11:00 A.M. Tuesday at the Whitaker Funeral Home by the Rev. Tony Locke. Interment was in Newberry Memorial Gardens.  Visitation was from 6:00 to 7:30 P.M. Monday at the Whitaker Funeral Home.  Memorials may be made to Newberry A. R. Presbyterian Church Organ Fund, 1701 Main St., Newberry SC 29108 (contributed by Donna Brummett)

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