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Grover C. Bright
Grover C. Bright, 67, of 1035 Mt. died Friday at the Providence Hospital.  Mr. Bright was born on August 30, 1938 in Union, a son of the late Clyde K. and Daisy Zimmerman Bright. He was a retired employee of Louis Rich.  He is survived by his wife, Alverta Moates Bright of Newberry; two daughters, Barbara Gonzalez and Renee Bright both of Newberry; a step-daughter, Barbara Goins of Newberry; a son, Grover Bright, Jr. of Newberry; a step-son, Robert Spells of Prosperity; two sisters, Joyce Wooten of Waterloo and Judy Kendrick of Newberry; two brothers, Donald Bright of Redding CA and Harold Bright of Monarch; five grandchildren; three step-grandchildren one, Jessica Goins, who was raised in the home; four great-grandchildren; and one step-great grandchild.  Funeral services were conducted at 2:00 P.M. Sunday at the Whitaker Funeral Home by the Rev. Dewayne Goins. Interment was in Rosemont Cemetery.  Visitation was from 6:00 to 7:00 P.M. Saturday at the funeral home. The family wasat his residence.  Active pallbearers were Brad Bright, Kenneth Simon, Chris Spells, Jerry Arrowood, Don Lewis, and Kevin Spells (contributed by Donna Brummett)

Reba Brooks
Ms. Reba B.Brooks, 66, of 577 Glenn Street, Newberry, died March 14, 2008 at Providence Hospital.

Born in Newberry County, She was a daughter of the late Arthur Eugene and Reba Magdalene Bowers. She was a retired special needs teacher for Newberry County Schools, and formerly employed with Old School Manufacturing. She was an ambassador at the Newberry Opera House and worked with Camp Rainbow.

Surviving are sons: Rick (Ricky) Bouknight and Gail Langston of Laurens and Steven (Boo) and wife Lisa Bouknight of Newberry; sister Drucilla; grandchildren Sarah Dawne Griffin, Stacie Dalana Bouknight, Elizabeth Christine “Chris” Bouknight, Baylee Elizabeth Bouknight and Colin Mackenzie Bouknight; great-grandchildren Kaden Brooke Griffin, Jackson Carter Griffin, Jaycie Langston and Beth Martinez.

Services will be held at 3:00 PM Monday at the McSwain-Evans Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Rodney Gunter. Burial will follow in Newberry Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the McSwain-Evans Funeral Home Sunday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 PM. Memorials may be made to Beth-Eden Lutheran Church, 288 Jalapa Road, Newberry, 29108 (contributed by Donna Brummett)

Ansel C. Bridgeman
Newberry

Ansel C. Bridgeman, 86, of Newberry, widower of Andrea Carpenter Bridgeman, died January 31, 2009.  Born in Greenville, he was a son of the late Zeby and Bertha Tate Bridgeman. He was a retired electrician for the Flour-Daniel Corporation and was a member of Calvary Pentecostal Holiness Church.  He is survived by a son, Charles A. Bridgeman of Portola, Calif.; daughters, Michele Bridgeman of Newberry, Marsha McAbee of Marietta, LaGina Harmon of Prosperity, and Cindy Talley of Lugoff; sisters, Thelma Terpenning of Greer, and Cora Lee Trull of Greenville; 12 grandchildren, Nadiyah Glasgow, Nathaniel Bridgeman, Brandie Thompson, Samantha Harmon, Savannah Harmon, Tiffany Jordon, Kathy Jordon, Andrew McAbee, Kay Myers, Charles McAbee, Jennifer Laws, and Anne Vfair.  He was predeceased by a brother, Eddie Bridgeman; and a sister, Edna West.  Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Tuesday at the McSwain-Evans Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Charles Clinton. Burial will follow in Newberry Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends an hour before the service at the funeral home.  Memorials may be made to Calvary Pentecostal Holiness Church, 965 Lindsay Circle, Newberry , 29108.  (contributed by Donna Brummett)

Ruby Bouknight
Ruby Stockman Bouknight, 85, of Newberry, widow of Hugh G. "Buck" Bouknight died May 29, 2006 at the Newberry County Memorial Hospital.  Mrs. Bouknight was born on March 10, 1921 in Newberry County, a daughter of the late Patrick Alphus and Lilly Mills Stockman. She was a retired employee of Nobles Vending and a member of Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church.  Mrs. Bouknight is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Judy and Frank Hamm and Ellen and James Mack; a son and daughter-in- law, Donald and Bobbi Bouknight all of Newberry; two sisters and brothers-in-law, Martha and William Cromer of Newberry and Dorothy and Marshall Bogan of Cayce; five grandchildren and spouses, Jamey and Kim Mack, Candace Bouknight, Nick and Casey Bouknight, Brett Hamm and Chris Bouknight; four great-grandchildren, Shay Johnson, Erica Johnson Whitney Parks, Blake Bouknight; and a number of special nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a son Jerry Bouknight, a sister, Helen Folk and a brother, Andrew Stockman.  Graveside funeral services were conducted at 10:00 AM Thursday at the Newberry Memorial Gardens by Rev. Kathy Harris.  Visitation was from 6:30 to 8:00 P. M. Wednesday at the funeral home. The family was at the residence, 711 Pope Street.  Memorials may be made to Palmetto Health Hospice, PO Box 352, Newberry, SC 29108 or Summer Memorial Lutheran Church, PO Box 131, Newberry, SC 29108.  Active pallbearers were Mike Mills, Larry Cromer Jamey Mack, Nick Bouknight, Brett Hamm and Chris Bouknight.  (contributed by Donna Brummett)

Helen Bellone
NEWBERRY- Services for Helen Senn Bellone, 72, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Newberry Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 7 to 8 tonight at Whitaker Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Bethany Lutheran Church. Mrs. Bellone, wife of the late Charles Bellone Sr., died Monday, Jan 31. 1994. Born in Newberry County, she was a daughter of the late George Comer and Estelle Kibler Senn. She retired from the Criminal Board of Justice of Hillsborough County, Fla., and was a member of Bethany Lutheran Church.  Surviving are sisters, Frances Bickley of Newberry and Dorothy Vito of Arlington, Texas; and a brother, G. Harold Senn of Hiawassee, Ga.  (contributed by Donna Brummett)

Sonja Blancher
Sonja Snipes Blancher, 66, of Newberry, died January 9, 2008 at Palmetto Health Richland. 
Born in Newberry, she was a daughter of the late Willie L. and Nettie Davenport Snipes. Mrs. Blancher was retired from Wachovia and was presently working at the Newberry Chamber of Commerce. She was a member of Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church.  Surviving are her husband, Gerald Boyce Blancher; a son, William Paul (Dana) Blancher of Prosperity; a sister, Gwen (Ricky) Long of Newberry; grandchildren, David Blancher, Brandon Blancher and Josh Blancher.  Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday at Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Newberry Memorial Gardens. The family is at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Rickey Long, 2020 Shelly Street, Newberry and they will receive friends Thursday from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 2711 Middleburg Drive, Suite 110, Columbia, SC 29204 or to Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church, 1105 First Street, Newberry, SC 29108.  Active pallbearers: Jody Prince, Charles Kennington, Ronnie Dickert, Nick Shealy, Chris Shealy and Mike Cousins. (contributed by Donna Brummett)

Anthony Bobb
Anthony “Tony” Bobb, 42, of West Columbia, passed away April 14, 2010 at Palmetto Health Richland Heart Hospital. 
Born on April 19, 1967, in Newberry, Mr. Bobb was a son of Otis D. Bobb and the late Betty Abney Bobb. He attended Chapin High School and worked most of his professional career as an auto parts specialist in the family business Carolina Parts.  He is survived by his father of Chapin; a sister, Meredith Bobb Turner of Athens, GA and a brother, Jason A. Bobb of Chapin.  Graveside services will be conducted at 4:00 p.m. Friday, April 16, 2010, in Newberry Memorial Gardens . Memorials may be made to the Tony Bobb Memorial Fund c/o McSwain-Evans Funeral Home, 1724 Main Street, Newberry, SC 29108.  (contributed by Donna Brummett)

Betty Bobb
Betty Abney Bobb, 52, Volunteer for Civic Groups, Day Care
Chapin – Services for Betty Abney Bobb, 52, of 209 Old Forge Road will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Lake Murray Presbyterian Church, with burial in Newberry Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 7 to 8 p.m. Saturday at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home of Newberry. Memorials may be made to the church or to the Childrens Center for Cancer and Blood Disorders.  Mrs. Bobb died Wednesday, December 23, 1992. Born in Ninety-Six, she was a daughter of the late J. B. and Lillian Strickland Abney. A graduate of Columbia College, she held numerous offices in the UDC, DAR and Colonial Dames. She was an active volunteer for numerous civic groups and for Wee Care Center of Chapin.   She was a member of Lake Murray Presbyterian Church, where she served as a deacon, Sunday school teacher and recording secretary of the Presbytery and was a former President of Women in the Church and Vice Moderator of the Presbytery.
Surviving are her husband, Otis D. Bobb; sons, Tony Bobb of West Columbia and Jason Bobb of Chapin; a daughter, Meredith Turner of Columbia; sisters, Jolene Wicker of Prosperity and Gail Willard of Newberry; a brother, Ronald Atkins of Visilia, Calif.; and two grandchildren.  (contributed by Donna Brummett)

Elsie Brock
Elise Shealy Williams Brock, 92, died Wednesday, September 01, 2010 at White Oak Manor. Mrs. Brock was born in Chapin on September 3, 1918 to the late James A. and Annie Meetze Hedgepath Shealy. She was a former employee of the West End Mill and retired from the Kendall Company, Oakland Plant. She was a member of Mayer Memorial Lutheran Church and the Ladies Bible Class. She was first married to the late Roy O. Williams and second to the late J. B. Brock.  Mrs. Brock is survived by a son, Raymond O. Williams of Newberry; a grandson, Michael T. and Sarah Williams of Prosperity; step-daughters, Linda and Richard Hyler and Dianne and Mike Felker all of Newberry; step-son Gerald Wayne and Betty Brock of Whitmire; sister, Ernestine Counts of Newberry; 5 step-grandchildren; 10 step great grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her sisters Janie Dodgen, Bernice Bedenbaugh, Reba Dennis, Tranny Bickley; brothers, Leslie Hedgepath and Evans Shealy and daughter-in-law, Linda W. Williams. Funeral services will be held at 2:00 PM Friday at Mayer Memorial Lutheran Church by the Rev. Mary Havens. Interment will be in Rosemont Cemetery. The family is at Mrs. Brock’s residence, 2202 Wilson Rd., Newberry and will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Thursday at the Whitaker Funeral Home.  Pallbearers will be Wayne Thomas, Tony Hedgepath, Stuart Lake, Freddie Harmon, Randy Taylor and Gerald Wayne Brock. Honorary pallbearers will be Danny Williams, Trent Purcell, Mickey Werts, Todd Oswald, Ed Haltiwanger, David Bedenbaugh, Alvin Jackson, Sara Livingston, Richard DeHart, Ed Kyzer, Dora Sue Livingston, and Mable and Lin Slaton.  Memorials may be made to Mayer Memorial Lutheran Church, 1307 Drayton St., Newberry, SC 29108 or to a charity of one’s choice.  A special thank you is extended to Grace Goodman and also the loving staffs at White Oak Manor, Newberry County Memorial Hospital, and Palmetto Health Hospice. (contributed by Donna Brummett)

Stephen Bass
Stephen “Stevie” Lowell Bass, 43, of 242 Pugh Road, Little Mountain died Monday, March 29, 2010 at his residence. Born in Newberry on August 27, 1966, he was a son of Stephen E. Bass of Newberry and Kay Cox Anderson of Lake Murray. He was a member of the Newberry Church of God. His passion was racing, first with dirt track late models and later with go-carts. In addition to his parents, Mr. Bass is survived by his wife, Pamela “Pam” Slice Bass to whom he was everything; nephews, Sgt. Allen Sanders, USMC of Cherry Point, NC, Cpl Joshua Sanders, USMC of Camp Lejeune, NC, and Jordan Sanders of Little Mountain; step-father, Bob Anderson of Lake Murray; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Bernie and Tammy Metts of Little Mountain; father-in-law, Jimmy D. Metts of Little Mountain; and grandmother-in-law, Mary B. Long of Prosperity. He was predeceased by his grandparents, Frances and Ernest Bass and his mother-in-law, Rosemary Metts.Funeral services were conducted at 1:00 P.M. Wednesday at the Newberry Church of God by the Rev. Daniel Nash and the Rev. Michael Shirley.Interment was in Rosemont Cemetery, Springdale section. The family suggests memorials be made to the Newberry Church of God, 2693 College St., Newbery, SC 29108. The family also expresses a special thank you to the Little Mountain Rescue Squad. Messages to the family may be sent via email to notes@whitakerfuneralhome.com
Whitaker Funeral Home, Newberry, is assisting the family. (source - Friend of Genealogy)

Nathan Berry
Nathan "Nate" Berry, 76, of New Britain, Conn. died Saturday, (November 4, 2000) at New Britain General Hospital. Born in Saluda, SC, he lived in New Britain since 1946. A graduate of Newberry High School in Newberry, SC, he was a paratrooper in the U.S. Army during World War II, serving the European Theatre. He graduated from Hillyer College (now the University of Hartford), and operated Nathan Berry Accounting Services. He also did extensive work at the New Britain Probate Court under Judges Gwiazda and Januszewski. An avid sportsman, he was an active member of St. Matthews Lutheran Church in New Britain, and served as church treasurer for 27 years. Nate was a corporator of New Britain General Hospital, and was also active at the New Britain YMCA and the New Britain Boys & Girls Club. Surviving is his wife, Eleanor (Futterleib) Berry; three sisters, Lila Mae Werts and Gaynelle MacFarlane, both of Newberry, SC, and Otha Schumpert Smith of Prosperity, SC; and several nieces and nephews. Burial will be in Newberry Memorial Gardens, Newberry, SC.  (contributed by Donna Brummett)

Grady Bowers
Grady H. Bowers, 68, of, Prosperity, died February 15, 2009 at his residence. He was born on October 30, 1940, the son of the late George Houston and Vera Garrett Bowers.
He was retired from Whitaker Floor Covering after 42 years of service and was a member of St. Luke's Lutheran Church. He is survived by his wife, Beverly Lake Bowers of Prosperity; two sons and a daughter in law, Gregg Bowers of Newberry and Mickey and Angela Bowers of Prosperity, a sister, Narvice Painter of Sumter; three grandchildren, Shane Bowers, Bridgett B. Derrick and Jennifer B. Ward; two step-grandchildren, Clayton Epting and C.C. Epting and three great-grandchildren, Taylor Derrick, Bailey Derrick and Landen Ward. He was predeceased by his son, Grady Michael "Mike" Bowers. Funeral services will be conducted at 3:00 PM Tuesday at St. Luke's Lutheran Church by the Rev. Ronald Smith. Interment will be in Newberry Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 7:00 to 8:00 P.M. Monday at Whitaker Funeral Home in Newberry. Active pallbearers will be Rhett Fellers, John Paul Whitaker, Edward Boozer, Ralph Bedenbaugh, Tony Boozer, Scott Thomas and Danny Yarborough. The family suggests memorials be made to the Fellowship Fund of St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 4056 St. Luke's Church Road, Prosperity, SC 29127 or a charity of one's choice. Whitaker Funeral Home, Newberry, is assisting the family. (contributed by Donna Brummett)

Willard Bickley
Mrs. Willard Caldwell Bickley, 82, of Newberry, widow of Cecil M. Bickley died, March 4, 2010 at her residence. 
Born in Newberry on August 13, 1927, she was a daughter of the late Hobson and Phoebe Perry Caldwell. She was a retired lunch room employee with the Newberry County Public Schools and was a member of Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church. She enjoyed quilting and following her grandson while he played baseball.  She is survived by sons, Jerry (Nancy) Bickley, Randy (Pam) Bickley, and Jimmy (Debra) Bickley all of Newberry; daughters, Karen Bickley of the home and Robin (Gene) Laws of Maryville, Tennessee; sisters Sudie Berry of Saluda, Ozie Krell of Prosperity, and Joyce Harling of Edgefield; brothers, Hubert Caldwell of Newberry, Heyward Caldwell of Idaho, and Ted Caldwell of Saluda; grandchildren, Eric Bickley, Heidi Powell, Chad Bickley, Hope Evans, Nicole Bickley, and Jake Bickley; great-grandchildren, Allen Bickley, Madison Bickley, Shyanne Powell, Hannah Evans, Haven Evans, and Kaleb Evans. She was predeceased by a sister, Elizabeth Forrest.  Funeral services will be conducted at 3:00 PM Sunday, March 7, 2010 at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church by the Rev. Marian Dyer. Burial will follow in Newberry Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Saturday from 5:00 until 7:00 PM at the McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church, 2442 Mt. Pleasant Church Road, Pomaria, SC 29126 or to Hands of Hospice, 2858 Sunset Boulevard, W. Columbia, SC 29169.  Active pall bearers will be, Nick Davenport, Wayne Cassady, Russell Kibler, Jim Ringer, Shealy Counts, and Butch Price. Honorary pall bearers will be, Dixie Counts, Carol Lively, Betty Bishop, Juanita Thomasson, Linda Pitts, Brenda Alexander, and Barbara Cromer.  The family would like to thank the staff of Reliant Hospice and Dr. Alan Paysinger and staff of Newberry Internal Medicine. 

J. Waldo Boland
88, formerly of 1512 Wilson Rd., died Saturday, Sept. 29 at White Oak Manor. Born in Little Mountain, Mr. Boland was a son of the late Jesse I. and Eunice Boland Boland. He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church, an Army veteran of World War II, a retired employee of Kendall Co., Mollohon Plant, and a member of American Legion Post 24. Mr. Boland is survived by sisters, Frances Bickley of Lexington, Carolyn Bickley and Allene Shealy of West Columbia, and Ruby Bedenbaugh of Newberry; a brother, George Boland of Chapin; and a number of nieces and nephews. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday at Faith Lutheran Church by Rev. Pierce Evans. Burial followed in Newberry Memorial Gardens. Active pallbearers: Ronnie Boland, Charles Rauch, Billy Huffstetler, Jerry Boland, Bruce Bickley, Rhett Bickley, Robin Bedenbaugh and Allen Shealy (contributed by Donna Brummett)

Robert Hawkins Bedenbaugh
Robert Hawkins Bedenbaugh was born to John Roscoe and Maude Boozer Bedenbaugh of Prosperity,SC. Married Ruby Boland of Prosperity,SC on February 12,1943. Served in the US Navy during WWII on-board the USS Atlanta CL104. Father of two children, Kathy and Robert B. Bedenbaugh. Was employed by Prosperity Lumber Company until his death in 1972. A lifetime member of Grace Lutheran Church, Prosperity,SC. Cause of death, Heart Attack. ASNF (A Son Never Forgets)  (contributed by Donna Brummett)

Vera Beck
Newberry, SC – Services for Verda Goff Beck, 89, formerly of 2016 Piedmont Street, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Glenn Street Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Todd Kirkland, the Rev. Donald West and the Rev. Theron Thomlinson. Internment will be in Newberry Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 7-8:30 p.m. Friday at Whitaker Funeral Home. The family will be at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Beck, 15 Glen St, Newberry. Memorials may be made to Glenn Street Baptist Church, 208 Glenn Street, Newberry, SC 29108. Mrs. Beck, widow of Willie D. Beck, died Wednesday, February 21, 2001 in White Oak Manor. Born in Saluda County, she was a daughter of the late Joe G. and Bonna Miller Goff. She retired from the Kendall Company, Mollohon Plant. She was a member of Glenn Street Baptist Church, the Ladies 65+ Sunday School class, the W.M.U., was a former Sunday School teacher for many years and a member of the Life Blest Group. Surviving are sons and daughters-in-law, Bobby and Rae Beck and Wayne and Mary Beck, all of Newberry; daughter-in-law, Lavenia "Punk" Beck, Newberry; grandchildren, Mike Beck, Keith Beck, Terry Beck, Ronnie Beck, Clay Beck, Clarke Beck and Traci Bundrick, all of Newberry; 13 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by son, Norman Beck. (contributed by Donna Brummett)

Gerlie Bouknight
Mrs. Gerlie Derrick Bouknight 75, formerly of 798 Mt. Bethel Germany Rd., Newberry, widow of Lewis Jacob Bouknight, died Monday, April 16 at J. F. Hawkins Health Care. She was a daughter of the late Joe and Ollie Lybrand Derrick. Mrs. Bouknight was retired from Kendall Company and a member of Epting Memorial United Methodist Church. She is survived by two sons, Wayne Bouknight and Randel Bouknight, both of Newberry; a daughter, Ella Rae Eargle of Pomaria; three grandchildren, Travis Bouknight, Alicia Dukes and Kim Eargle. Funeral services were conducted at 2 p.m. today at Epting Memorial United Methodist Church by Rev. Robert Vehorn. The family suggests that those desiring may make memorials to Epting Memorial United Methodist Church, 1401 Milligan St., Newberry, SC 290108 or to Tri-County Hospice, 111 Executive Pointe Blvd., Columbia, SC 29210. Active pallbearers were Ben Dukes, Travis Bouknight, Sammie Hunter, James Dehart, Gary Bouknight and Tim Bouknight. McSwain-Evans Funeral Home was in charge.  (contributed by Donna Brummett)

Mamie Bickley
Newberry- Mrs. Mamie Dominck Bickley, 80, widow of Monroe Bickley, died Tuesday morning at Greenville General Hospital after a long illness.  Mrs. Bickley was born in Newberry County, daughter of the late John and Nanie Stillwell Dominick.  She spent most of her life in Newberry County but had lived in Greenville for the past several years.  She was the last survivng member of her immedate family. Surviving are one son, J. C. Bickley of Branchville; three daughters, Mrs. Nancy B. Felkel of Eloree, Mrs. Sudie B. Cashion of Deland, Fl, and Mrs. Helen B. Bagwell of Greenville, ten grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.  Funeral Services will be conducted Thursday at 11 am at Whitaker Funeral Home by the Rev. Alvin H. Haigler.  Burial will be in St. James Lutheran Church Cemetery.  The family requests that flowers be omitted.  (Text from The Spartanburg Herald, Oct 27, 1960 vol 70 no. 263 p16...contributed by Albert D. Dukes, III)

Robin Ann Bickley
Greenville - Services for Robin Ann Bickley, 50, will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday May 27, 2006, at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, Chapin, SC, with interment to follow in Newberry Memorial Gardens. Rev. David Tholstrup will officiate. Pallbearers will be Stan Lewis, Brent Lewis, Barry Hamby, Cliff Fulmer, David Fulmer and Jason Fulmer. Honorary Pallbearers will be Clemson University classmates and her co-workers. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Friday, May 26, 2006, at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Chapin Chapel. Memorials may be made to American Heart Association, 520 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC 29201 or American Cancer Society, 128 Stonemark Lane, Columbia, SC 29210. Ms. Bickley passed away May 20, 2006. Born December 7, 1955, she was the daughter of Robert C. Bickley and Fern Lewis Bickley of Chapin. She was a 1974 graduate of Aiken High School and a 1979 graduate of Clemson University. She was a member of IPTAY and Alumni Association of Clemson University. Ms. Bickley was an industrial engineer with Flour Daniel Commercial Construction, having worked in Grand Cayman Islands and various assignments in Greenville for the U.S. government. Ms. Bickley is survived by her parents; brother, Robert "Bobby" Bickley of Chapin; special nephew, Justin Bickley of Clinton, LA; aunts, Coliene Arthur of Little Mountain and Mary Lewis of Newberry. She was predeceased by her grandparents, Gary and Kathleen Bickley; Dave and Bessie Lewis; two aunts and two uncles...contributed by Donna Brummett

Robert C. Bickley
Funeral services for Robert Charlie Bickley, 78, will be held at 2:00 p.m. on Monday, May 24, 2010 at St. Peter Lutheran Church with interment in Newberry Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, May 23, 2010 at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Chapin Chapel. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society , 128 Stonemark Lane, Columbia, SC 29210 or the SC Heart Center, 2001 Laurel Street, Columbia, SC 29204. Mr. Bickley was born on October 18, 1931 in Little Mountain and passed away on Friday, May 21, 2010. He was the son of the late Gary and Kathleen Rauch Bickley. Mr. Bickley was a US Navy veteran who had served in the Medical Corp. He had retired as a supervisor from Southern Bell. Mr. Bickley was the treasurer of Little Mountain 281 Masonic Lodge and an IPTAY member. He was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church. Mr. Bickley is survived by his wife, Fern Lewis Bickley of Little Mountain; son, Robert (Bobby) Bickley of Chapin; grandson, Justin Bickley of Ohio and sister, Coliene Arthur of Little Mountain. He was predeceased by his daughter, Robin Ann Bickley and sister, Nelva Bickley...contributed by Donna Brummett

Sarah G. Bedenbaugh
Prosperity - Sarah Griffith Bedenbaugh, 79, widow of J. Edward Bedenbaugh, died Thursday, at the Lowman Home. Born in Newberry, she was a daughter of the late James W. and Hattie McCarty Griffith. She was retired from Kendall Co. Oakland Plant and was a member of St. Luke's Lutheran Church. She was a member of the women of the W.E.L.C.A. and she and her late husband were avid campers. She is survived by a sister, Helen G. Keitt of Cheyenne, WY, and a brother, Gerald Griffith and wife Judy of Newberry and a number of nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother Ralph (Sonny) Griffith. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Saturday at St. Luke's Lutheran Church by the Rev. Arden Hallman. Burial will follow in Newberry Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Friday evening from 6:30 until 8:00 p.m. at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. The family suggests that those desiring may make memorials to St. Luke's Lutheran Church, Building Fund, 4056 St. Luke's Church Road, Prosperity, SC 29127 or the American Diabetes Association, 2711 Middleburg Drive, Suite 110, Columbia, SC 29204 or to the Lowman Home, P.O. Box 444, White Rock, 29177....contributed by Donna Brummett

J. Edward Bedenbaugh
Prosperity - Services for J. Edward Bedenbaugh will be at 3:30 p.m. Sunday at St. Luke's Lutheran Church. Burial will follow in Newberry Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home Saturday from 6 - 7 p.m. Memorials may be made to St. Luke Lutheran Church Building fund, 4056 St. Luke's Church Road, Prosperity, SC 29127 or to Lowman Home Bus Fund, 201 Fortress Drive, White Rock, SC 29177. Mr. Bedenbaugh, 79, died June 29, 2006. Born in Prosperity, Mr. Bedenbaugh was a son of the late Jones M. and Rae Smith Bedenbaugh. He was a Navy veteran of World War II, and a retired employee of Kendall Company, Oakland plant, and was an avid camper. He was a member of St. Luke's Lutheran Church, the Lutheran Men, and was a former member of the congregational council. Surviving are his wife, Sarah Griffith Bedenbaugh; sisters, Doris Shealy of Joanna and Gladys Shealy of Prosperity; brothers, Bobby Bedenbaugh of Prosperity and the Rev. Clyde Bedenbaugh of Pembroke Pines, Fla.....contributed by Donna Brummett

Belle Byrd
Belle Courtney Byrd, age 86, widow of Robert Downs Byrd, Jr., died Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2007, in White Oak Manor in Newberry. 
She was born in Lenoir (Adaco), North Carolina and was a daughter of the late Albert Andrew Courtney and Florence McCall Courtney.   Mrs. Byrd was the owner and operator of the Modern Beauty Shop in Whitmire for over 40 years. She was a member of the Whitmire Presbyterian Church.  She is survived by three sons, Robert Downs Byrd III and wife, Frances, of Rutherfordton, N.C., Richard O'Neal Byrd and wife, Wilma, of Newberry, S.C., and Albert (Al) Courtney Byrd and wife, Brenda, of Columbia, S.C.; three grandchildren, Robert Downs Byrd, IV, Richard O'Neal Byrd Jr., and Courtney
Anne Byrd; a great-granddaughter; and numerous stepgrandchildren and stepgreat-grandchildren. 
Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, Oct. 27, 2007, at 11 a.m. in the Gray Funeral Home Chapel in Whitmire with interment in the Newberry Memorial Gardens......contributed by Donna Brummett

Pauline T. Brock
Pauline T. Brock, age 84, of 116 Garlington St., died Tuesday, March 20, 2007, in the Greenville Memorial Hospital. 
Surviving are her husband, James Brock of the home, and a daughter, Sylvia Brock of Fountain Inn.  Services will be conducted Thursday at 3 p.m. in the Grace Baptist Church in Whitmire, with interment in Newberry Memorial Gardens.......contributed by Donna Brummett

Robert Bishop
Robert K. "Bob" Bishop, 77, of 1121 Marion St., Newberry, died Thursday, January 27, 2005 at Providence Hospital.  Mr. Bishop was born on January 19, 1928 in Newberry, a son of the late Bennett L. and Mamie Buzhardt Bishop. He was an Army veteran of WW II and the Korean War. He retired from Coburg Dairy after 32 years of service and was also employed by Senior Catering.  He was a member of Bush River Baptist Church, the Adult Men's Sunday School Class, and was a Trustee of the Reedy River Association.  Mr. Bishop was twice married, first to the late Caroline Bishop and second to Betty G.Traylor Bishop. Besides his wife of the home, he is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Barry M. and Linda Traylor of Prosperity, Tim G. and Lisa Traylor of Pomaria and Chris and Kay Traylor of Newberry; a sister, Frances Woodruff of Goleta, California; a brother and sister-in-law, Charlie and Frankie Bishop of Charlotte, NC; and six grandchildren, Sam Traylor, Stacey Traylor, Shannon Traylor, Jessica Traylor, Charlsy Traylor and Willie Traylor. He was predeceased by two sisters, Marguerite Parkman and Mamie Edgeworth and five brothers Joe Bishop, Coleman Bishop, Judson Bishop, Pete Bishop, David Bishop and Ben Bishop.  Funeral services were conducted at 2:00 P.M. Sunday at Bush River Baptist Church. Interment was in Newberry Memorial Gardens.  Visitation was from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Saturday at the Whitaker Funeral Home and the family will be at the residence, 1121 Marion Street, Newberry, SC.  Memorials may be made to the Bush River Baptist Church, % John Earle Smith, 3903 Bush River Road, Kinards, SC 29355.  Active pallbearers were nephews, Barry Bishop, Ricky Bishop, Steve Bishop, Joey Bishop, Ben Bishop, Scott Edgeworth, Todd Edgeworth, Andy Bishop, Tim Parkman, Mark Bishop, Robert Bishop and Jimmy Bishop.  Honorary pallbearers were the members of the Adult Men's Class, Shealy and Dixie Counts, Boyce and Carol Lively, J.B. and Doris Cheek, Joe and Juanita Thomason, Willard and Karen Bickley, Catherine Derrick, Wayman and Frances Bostic, and employees of Senior Catering........contributed by Donna Brummett

Robert R. Beck
Newberry, SC – Services for Robert Ray Beck will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Glenn Street Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Newberry Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Tuesday from 7 until 8:30 p.m. at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Glenn Street Baptist Church Organ Fund, 300 Glenn Street, Newberry, SC 29108 or Winyah Hospice Care, 114-B Hospital Drive, Simpsonville, SC 29681. Mr. Beck, 77, died May 7, 2006. Born in Newberry, he was the son of the late Willie and Verda Goff Beck. He retired from the Kendall Company, Oakland Plant. He was a member of Glenn Street Baptist Church where he was a former deacon, Sunday school director, leader of the RAs and a member of the Fishers of Men Sunday school class.  Surviving are his wife, Rae Tinsley Beck; sons; Mike Beck, Keith Beck and Terry Beck, all of Newberry; grandchildren, Josh (Danielle) Beck of Gilbert, Justin Beck and Kristin Beck of Newberry; and a great-grandson, Rucker Beck. Mr. Beck was predeceased by brothers, Norman Beck and Wayne Beck.........contributed by Donna Brummett

Michael C. Beck
Newberry, SC – Michael Clarke Beck, 38, of Newberry, died August 7, 2007 at Lexington Medical Center.  Born in Newberry, he was a son of Lavenia "Punk" Fuller Beck and the late Joe Norman Beck. He worked as a Security Officer at Louis Rich, and was a member of Glenn Street Baptist Church. Mr. Beck was a member of the Newberry Rescue Squad Station 14 and was a honorary member of the Friendly Fire Department.  Surviving in addition to his mother of Newberry are his wife, Kim Wilson Beck; daughters, Dale Beck and Jozie Leigh Beck; a brother, Clay Beck of Newberry, nephews, Gage Beck and Christopher DeVore; his mother-in-law, Ann Wilson (Horace) Sease; a sister-in-law, Malanie Wilson DeVore and a brother-in-law, Tom DeVore. He was predeceased by a son, Joe Michael Beck.  Services will be held at 4:00 p.m. Friday at Glenn Street Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Newberry Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Thursday from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Lymphoma Society or the Newberry Rescue Squad Station 14, PO Box 1048, Newberry, SC 29108.  Active pallbearers; Russell Pitts, Dean Long, Terry Beck, Keith Beck, Mike Beck, Tom DeVore.  Honorary pallbearers: Members of the Friendly Fire Department, Newberry Rescue Squad Station 14, and the Newberry Hospital 3rd Floor and ICU Nurses..........contributed by Donna Brummett

Justin N. Beck
Newberry, SC – Justin Neil Beck, 20, of Newberry, died March 10, 2008.  He was born in Newberry and was a member of Glenn Street Baptist Church.  Surviving are a son, Conner Lee Beck; his father, Terry Lee Beck of Newberry; his mother, Sandra Harmon Aull and step-father, Stevie Aull of Pomaria; sisters, Helen Kristen Beck of Newberry and Samantha Nicole Aull of Pomaria; paternal grandmother, Rae Beck of Newberry and special childhood friend, Shawn. Mr. Beck was predeceased by his paternal grandfather, Bobby Beck and maternal grandparents, Rufus and Helen Harmon.  Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday at Glenn Street Baptist Church by the Rev. Jeff O'Dell. Burial will follow in Newberry Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Wednesday from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Richland Memorial Children's Hospital Neonatal Unit or Glenn Street Baptist Church, 300 Glenn Street, Newberry, SC 29108.  Active pallbearers; Shawn Anderson, Brad Beck, Josh Beck, Will Bouknight, Michael Hallman, Brad Rikard, David Wilson and Malcolm Wilson.  Honorary pallbearers: Harry & Sheryl Etheridge, William & Carolyn Lever, Tim & Lisa Chapman, Jimmy & Loretta Walker, Waymon & Frances Bostic, Olivia Snipes, Marsha Amick, Debbie Wilson, Nana Aull and Carrie Vangilder..........contributed by Donna Brummett

J. Norman Beck
Newberry, SC – Services for J. Norman "Bruiser" Beck, 64, of 2034 Rivers St., will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, August 5, 1997, at Glenn Street Baptist Church with burial in Newberry Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends 7-8:30 tonight at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to United Hospice, 6300 St. Andrews Road, Columbia, 29212, or to Glen Street Baptist Church, 300 Glenn St., Newberry, 29108.  Mr. Beck died Sunday, August 3, 1997. Born in Newberry, he was a son of Verda Goff Beck and the late Willie Beck. He was employed with American Fiber and Finishing and was a member of Glenn Street Baptist Church and Amity Lodge #87, AFM.  Surviving are his wife, Lavenia Fuller "Punk" Beck; sons, G. Clayton "Clay" Beck of Prosperity and M. Clarke Beck of Newberry; his mother; brothers, Bobby Beck and Wayne Beck, both of Newberry; and four grandchildren...........contributed by Donna Brummett

Joe M. Beck
Newberry, SC – Joe Michael Beck, 7 month old son of Michael Clarke and Kimberly Wilson Beck, of 2010 Rivers Street, Newberry, died December 20, 1999 at Newberry County Memorial Hospital.  Joe is survived by his parents; a sister, Kendale Ann "Dale" Beck of the home; maternal grandparents, Mildred and Horace Sease of Prosperity; paternal grandmother, Lavenia "Punk" Beck of Newberry; maternal great-grandmother, Annie Williams of Swansea; paternal great-grandmother, Verda Beck of Newberry.  He was predeceased by his maternal grandfather, Frank Wilson and paternal grandfather, Norman Beck.  Services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Glenn Street Baptist Church by the Revs. Stanley Fuller and Theron Tomlinson. The family is at the residence of Mrs. Lavenia "Punk" Beck, 2034 Rivers St., Newberry. They will receive friends 7-8 tonight at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home, which is in charge of arrangements. The family suggests that those desiring may make memorials to the National Down Syndrone Society, 847 W. Relyea Avenue, Charleston, SC 29412 or to the American Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Institute, 6065 Roswell Road, Suite 876, Atlanta, GA 30328.  Active pallbearers will be Paul Whitman, Kyle Holland, Casey Chapman and Russell Pitts.  Honorary pallbearers will be Members of Friendly Fire Department, Members of the Newberry County Rescue Squads both juniors and seniors, and the Third Floor Nursing Staff of Newberry County Memorial Hospital...........contributed by Donna Brummett

M. Dean Boozer
M. Dean Boozer, 43, of Prosperity, died Monday, February 13, 2006. Mr. Boozer was born on August 28, 1962 in Newberry the son of Jodie White Boozer Black and the late William T. "Bill" Boozer. He was an employee of Sunrise Auto Supply. He was a member of Mayer Memorial Lutheran Church, Prosperity Masonic Lodge #115 AFM and a former member of the Newberry Jaycees  Mr. Boozer is survived by his mother and step-father, Jodie and George Black of Newberry; two step-sisters and brothers-in-law, Lynn and Cyril Sheppard of Prosperity and Ann and Grady Wicker of Newberry; two step-brothers and a sister-in-law, Dean Black and Randy and Susan Black all of Newberry; two aunts, Faye Gore and Juanita Duffie both of Newberry; two uncles, J. K. White of Prosperity and Vernon Boozer of Newberry; and a number of cousins.  Funeral services were conducted at 4:00 P.M. Thursday at Mayer Memorial Lutheran Church by Rev. Robert J. Kasting, Rev. Dr. Robert McCollum, and Rev. Elizabeth Platts.. Interment was in the Newberry Memorial Gardens.  The family did receive friends, from 2:00 to 3:00 P. M. and from 6:30 to 8:30 P. M. with Masonic Rites on Wednesday at the funeral home. The family will be at his residence 2240 Clara Brown Road, Prosperity.  Active pallbearers were Kevin Boozer, Stacy Boozer, Keith Boozer, Arnold Hiller, Mark Long, Milton Shealy, Dean Black and Randy Black. Honoraray pallbearers were James and Zadean Bouknight, Gary and Patsy Nichols, Frank and Kim Sligh, Misty West, Travis and Dannette Poole, Tammy Rowe, Julie Hamm, Dale and Linda Bratton, Hal and Rita Bowles, Josh Nichols, Justin Hockett, Rodger Worthy, Nancy Mercer, Frank and Judy Hamm, Patricia Haltiwanger, Tommy and Terri Cromer, JoAnn Cousins, Sandra Long, Karen Long, Tommy and Judy Yon, Becky Boozer, LuAnne Boozer, Jeanette Boozer and Joey Kitchen.  Memorials may be made to Mayer Memorial Lutheran Church, Mothers of Preschoolers, 1307 Drayton St., Newberry SC 29108............contributed by Donna Brummett

Verna Burdick
Verna Ruth Patten Burdick, 86, of Chapin, died Wednesday, January 21, 2009 at the Lexington Medical Center.  She was born on April 19, 1922 in Saratoga Springs, NY to the late David B.H. and Ruth Patten. She was married to the late John Wesley Burdick for 58 years.  Mrs. Burdick was an administrative assistant for many years with Saratoga Spa. She was a member of First Alliance Church of Saratoga Springs, NY and attended Chapin United Methodist Church in Chapin, SC.  She is survived by two daughters, Donna Antoinette and her husband John "Tony" of Chapin and Kathleen Ruth Camacho of Memphis, TN; a son, John David Burdick and wife Janet L. "Bunny" of Baltimore, MD; eight grandchildren, Robert Antoinette and wife Sarah, Scott Antoinette and wife Dawn, Leann Phillips, Traci Livingston and husband Rodney, Todd Burdick, Jeffrey Burdick, Erin Mullinax and husband Daniel and Adam Camacho and wife Cassie; and numerous great grandchildren and great-great grandchildren.  Visitation was from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Friday at Whitaker Funeral Home in Chapin.  Graveside funeral services were conducted at 2:00 P.M. Saturday in Newberry Memorial Gardens by Rev. Jody Flowers.  The family was at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, John "Tony" and Donna Antoinette, 326 Smallwood Drive, Chapin, SC 29036.  Active pallbearers were Scott Antoinette, Todd Burdick, Jeffrey Burdick, Rodney Livingston, Wesley Livingston, Daniel Mullinax and Jamey Mills.
  Whitaker Funeral Home, Chapin, is assisting the family.............contributed by Donna Brummett

Agnes Blalock
Agnes Fuller Blalock died June 22, 2010 at J.F. Hawkins Nursing Home, Newberry, at the age of 86. 
Mrs. Blalock is the wife of William Moore Blalock, former executive vice-president of the Farmers and Merchants Bank, Holly Hill, also resident at J.F. Hawkins Nursing Home. Born in Clinton, a daughter of the late Ben T. and Lena C. Fuller, Mrs. Blalock attended Presbyterian College where she was a football cheerleader and their first Homecoming Queen in 1941. Graduating from Spartanburg General Hospital as a registered nurse in 1945, she became a member of the Army Cadet Nurse Corp, serving at Lawson General Hospital in Atlanta, GA. After working in Arlington, VA, Mrs. Blalock worked as a nurse at Newberry County Memorial Hospital, Newberry. It was there that she met and married William "Bill" Blalock, a local band leader, on June 30, 1946. Upon relocating to Holly, Hill, Mrs. Blalock became an administrative assistant in the Holly Hill Public School System. Prior to her retirement, she worked along with her husband at the Farmers and Merchants Bank where she organized travel arrangements for the Horizon 60 club. The Blalocks retired to Eutawville, in 1987 where she continued to pursue her interest in painting, gardening and cooking. The Blalocks were long-time members of the Holly Hill United Methodist Church where all enjoyed her culinary skills.  In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Susan B. Broom (Ted) of Ambler, PA and Morgaan Sinclair (Valerie) of Encinada, CA; four grandchildren, Jordan Reese (Sarah) and Trevor Broom, all of Philadelphia, PA, Alexandra Bustelo (Jorge) of Miami, FL, and Ari Schutz; one great-granddaughter, Grace Bustelo; two sisters, Doris Marsh (Calvert) of Columbia, and Nell Adams of Boone, NC; one brother, Floyd Fuller (Edith) of Boone, NC; two sisters-in-law, Ann Fuller of Clinton, and Elizabeth Phillips of Camden; and numerous nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her brother, Johnny Fuller.  The family respectfully requests that contributions be sent to the J.F. Hawkins Nursing Home, Folk Unit, 1330 Kinard St., Newberry, SC 29108..............contributed by Donna Brummett

Walter Byrd
Reverend Walter D. Byrd, 51, of Prosperity, S.C., Pastor of the Church of God of Prophecy in Pacolet, S.C., founder of New Heart Ministries, a heart transplant recipient, Volunteer of helping families at Christmas, and WIS TV 10 weather helper, died Monday, July 18, 2005 at the Greenville Memorial Hospital.  Rev. Byrd is survived by his parents Dewey "D.B." Byrd, Sr. and Audrey Byrd of Prosperity; his four children, Eric Byrd of Pelzer, Justin Byrd of Prosperity, Julie Byrd of Spartanburg, and Joseph Byrd of New York; two brothers and sisters-in-law, Dewey Byrd, Jr. and Jackie Byrd of Saluda, Eddie and Sharon Byrd of Newberry; a sister and brother-in-law, Frances and Clarence Howard of Prosperity; five grandchildren, and a number of nieces and nephews.  The family was at the home of Dewey Sr. and Audrey Byrd, 107 Byrd St., Prosperity. Friends were received at the Whitaker Funeral Home, Newberry on Wednesday, July 20 from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M.   Funeral services were held Thursday, July 21 at 3:00 P.M. at the First Baptist Church of Prosperity, 115 Wessinger Rd. and US Highway 76. Interment did follow in Newberry Memorial Gardens. Speakers for the services will be Rev. Alan Rhodes, Bishop Kenneth Baker, and Rev. Dale Gooding.  Pallbearers were members of his congregation.  Honorary Pallbearers were his nephews.  Whitaker Funeral Home, Newberry is assisting the family...contributed by Donna Brummett

Benjamin Branch
Benjamin Alexander "Alec" Branch, 18, of 1415 Wheeler St., Newberry, died Monday, March 1, 2010.  Alec was born on December 15, 1991 in Lexington, SC. He was a student at Piedmont Technical College and an aspiring chef who worked at Stephen W's Downtown Bistro. He was an exceptionally creative and gifted young man who expressed his talents through his music, art and comedy. He loved nature and had the capacity to see beauty in everything. All who knew Alec loved him.  He is survived by his parents, Elisha Kirkland of Newberry and Scott A. Branch of Miami; a brother, Zachary Scott Branch of Newberry; special individuals, James Shinn of Newberry and Salome Branch of Miami; maternal grandparents, Benji and Anne Kirkland of Newberry; paternal grandparents, Ray and Norma Branch of Charlotte, NC; great-grandparents, Heyward Fulmer and Elizabeth Kirkland both of Newberry; loving aunts and uncle, Lowell and Nica Dowd of Prosperity; Gina Kirkland of Greenville, Beth Branch of Copenhagen, Denmark and Pam Branch of Winston Salem, NC; cousins, Landon and Luke Dowd, Katie O'Brien and Jeremy and Davis Aaron.  Funeral services will be conducted at 4:00 P.M. Monday at St. Paul Lutheran Church by the Rev. Brent Nichols. Interment will be In Newberry Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends from 5:00 to 7:00 P.M. Saturday at the Whitaker Funeral Home in Newberry.
The family wishes memorials to be made to the Deanna Meade Fund, % of Capital Bank, 999 Wilson Rd, Newberry, SC 29108. Whitaker Funeral Home, Newberry, SC, is assisting the family...contributed by Donna Brummett

Mary Ida Bobb
Mrs. Mary Ida Bobb, 73, passed away at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Beulah Long, last Tuesday morning.  Mrs. Bobb is survived by the following children: Mrs. Lula Mabry, Spartanburg; Mrs. Maggie Johnson, Mrs. Beulah Long, Newberry; Aster Bobb, Johnnie Bobb, Prosperity; and Colie Bobb of Kinards. Also surviving are her half-brothers and half-sisters, Mrs. Lessie Merchant, Kinards; Mrs. May Snelgrove, Clinton; Will Beard of Georgia and Spence Beard, Saluda.  Funeral services were held at 3 o'clock Wednesday afternoon at Colony Lutheran Church with the Rev. J. E. Roof in charge. Interment followed in the church cemetery.   The McSwain Funeral Home in charge...contributed by Donna Brummett

James W. Bedenbaugh Jr.
James Wendell Bedenbaugh, Jr., 50, entered eternal rest Saturday, Dec. 18, at Lexington Medical Center. Services will be held at Colony Lutheran Church in Newberry on Thursday at 1:00 PM. The family will receive friends following the committal.
Born on Sept 25, 1960, in Prosperity, he was the son of J. Wendell Bedenbaugh(Willie) of Saluda and Martha Kyzer Sturkie (James) of Pelion. He was a member of Colony Lutheran Church. Following in his maternal grandfather's footsteps, he was a talented carpenter. Others who celebrate his life are: wife Tammy Bedenbaugh; daughter Summer Bedenbaugh(Jason), grandson Jordan Riley of Lexington; sisters Sabrina Manning(Gary), Tian Ware(Ron) of Prosperity; stepsiblings Kathy Worthington(Tony) of Greenwood, Brenda Rodgers(Doug) of Saluda, Walter Able of Greenwood; nieces and nephews John Garner(Marsha), Ethan, Asa and Mekayla Manning, James and Stanley Ware; and a host of special step nieces and nephews and friends. Memorials may be designated to the new bus fund at Colony Lutheran Church, 48 Colony Church Road, Newberry, SC 29108...contributed by Donna Brummett

Robert Thompson Bobb
Dies From Injuries
Robert Thomas(sic) Bobb passed away at the Newberry hospital on November 6th as a result of an automobile accident on Tuesday night of last week. His age was 80 years and 23 days. The funeral was held at Colony Lutheran church on Monday afternoon at 2 o'clock.  The services were conducted by his pastor, Rev. Glenn S. Ekard, with the a Rev. W. D. Haltiwanger assisting.  His body was laid to rest in the cemetery at Colony.  Mr. Bobb made his home in the vicinity of Prosperity practically all of his life.  At an early age he became a member of Colony Evangelical Lutheran church and transferred his membership to Bachman Chapel at the organization of that congregation.  He remained a faithful member of that church until his death.  On March 16th, 1884, he was married to Miss Mary Ida Baird.  He is survived by his widow and the following children: Mrs. Lula Mabry of Spartanburg, Mrs. Maggie Johnson, Mrs. Beulah Long, Astor Bobb, Johnnie Bobb and Colie Bobb, all of Newberry county. Three children having preceded him to the grave. He is also survived by 18 grandchildren and one great grandchild.  We extend our deepest sympathy to the bereaved family.

His middle name was Thompson, not Thomas. Thompson was also the name he went by...contributed by Donna Brummett

David Bedenbaugh Jr.
Prosperity - David Rudolph "D.J." Bedenbaugh Jr., 35, died Wednesday, April 28, 2010, at his residence. Born January 8, 1975, in Newberry, he was a son of David Rudolph Bedenbaugh Sr. and Cheryl Reeves Bedenbaugh. He was employed with the S.C. Department of Education as a school bus mechanic. Mr. Bedenbaugh was a member of Colony Lutheran Church where he was a member of the Congregational Council, Lutheran Men in Mission, the property committee, Sunday school treasurer and Children's Ministry co-director. He was the 2006 Heartland Conference Young Lutheran Man of the Year. Surviving in addition to his parents, David and Cheryl Bedenbaugh, is his wife, Michelle Bunn Bedenbaugh; a son, David Rudolph "Trey" Bedenbaugh III; daughter, Tommie Leigh Bedenbaugh; an unborn child due in September; and a sister, Holly B. (Michael) Wessinger. Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 1, 2010, at Colony Lutheran Church by the Rev. Jerry L. Trantham. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be 6-8 p.m. Friday at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. The family would like to give special thanks to the Newberry EMS, Prosperity and Fairview Rescue Squads, Harmony Care Hospice, Newberry Infusion, Newberry Hospital Emergency Room, Bobby Stephens, Prince Mitchell, and all our friends and family who supported us through this journey...contributed by Donna Brummett

William D. Boozer
W. D., Boozer, 82, Newberry
– William D. Boozer, 82, died Sunday morning at the Newberry County Memorial Hospital. He had been ill for the past week. Mr. Boozer was born and reared in Newberry County and was the son of the late William and Corrie Bailey Boozer. At the time of his death, he was making his home on Route 1, Newberry. He was a retired farmer and a member of Sharon Methodist church.   Survivors include his widow, Mrs. Carrie Willingham Boozer; four sons, Horace T. , W. L., and Granville Boozer of Newberry and B. Ray Boozer of Clinton; two daughters, Mrs. Vira Warren of Newberry; Mrs. S.P. Bowers of Clinton; one half sister, Mrs. Victoria Boozer of Newberry; 13 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Monday from the McSwain Funeral Home by the Rev. Ernest Hamm and Dr. P.M. Grier. Interment will be in Newberry Memorial Gardens...contributed by Randy Butler

F. William Brehmer
Newberry, Jan 18 – F. William Brehmer, a farmer, about 40, died Wednesday at his home in the Bush river section of Newberry county of pneumonia and the funeral services were held Thursday afternoon at 2:30 at Bush River church, conducted by his pastor, the Rev. C. C. Vaughn.   Mr. Brehmer was a substantial farmer in his community and his death is a distinct shock to his many friends, His daughter, Miss Janie Ruth Brehmer, a senior at Newberry College, died Sunday with pneumonia and Mr. Brehmer’s widow is very ill suffering with the same disease.   Besides his widow, who before marriage was Miss Janie McKittrick of Newberry County, he is survived by a daughter, Miss Gussie Brehmer, a freshman at Newberry College, and three sons as follows: Hayne Brehmer, Carroll Brehmer and Judson Brehmer. He is also survived by the following brothers and sisters: Jack Brehmer, Joe Brehmer, Herman E. Brehmer and George Bartow Brehmer, Mrs. Hugh Chappell, Miss Elizabeth Brehmer and Misses Sara Brehmer, Angie Brehmer and Bessie Brehmer...contributed by Randy Butler

Marilzy K. Butler
Newberry, May 15 – Mrs. Marilzy Koon Butler, 73, died this morning at the General hospital in Spartanburg. She had been in ill health for several months and seriously ill for the past week.   Mrs. Butler was born and reared in Lexington County and was the daughter of the late James Franklin and Mrs. Martha Sites Koon. She made her home in Newberry for a number of years and for the past 25 years she lived with her son, J. D. Butler of Joanna. She was a devoted member of St. John’s Lutheran church of Clinton.  Funeral services will be conducted at 4 o’clock Wednesday afternoon from the McSwain Funeral Home by the Rev. James C. Dickert and the Rev. Paul E. Monroe. Interment will follow in Rosemont cemetery in Newberry...contributed by Randy Butler

Sallie Leopard Bouknight
Mrs. Leopard, 70, of Newberry Dies at Hospital
Newberry, February 5th. Mrs. Sallie Bouknight Leopard, 70 died Thursday night at the Newberry County Memorial Hospital after an illness of four weeks.   Mrs. Leopard born and reared at Irmo was the daughter of the late Caleb and Anna B. Bouknight. The widow of Alfred Leopard, she lived here most of her life and was a member of West End Baptist church, the Women’s Missionary Society and the TEL Class as long as her health permitted.   Mrs. Leopard is survived by five sons, Floyd, Harold, Herman and Charles Leopard, all of Newberry, and Curtis Leopard of Long Beach, Calif; two daughters, Mrs. Louise Davis and Mrs. Eula Robertson, both of Newberry; four brothers, Perry Bouknight of Columbia, the Rev. A.H. Bouknight of Greenville and J.M. and Berley A. Bouknight, both of Newberry; four sisters, Mrs. Eva Franklin of Mt. Raines, Md., and Mrs. Eunice Wesson, Mrs. Lessie Wood and Mrs Henry Dehart, all of Newberry, and 11 grandchildren.   Funeral services will be conducted at 2 o’clock Saturday afternoon from West End Baptist Church by the Rev. J. Ed Taylor, the Rev. P. L. Grier and the Rev. J. W. Tomlinson. Interment will follow in Good Hope Baptist Church Cemetery in Saluda County.   The body will remain at the McSwain Funeral home until late Friday afternoon and then be carried to her home here until the hour of the service...contributed by Randy Butler

Janie M. Brehmer
Kinards – Mrs. Janie McKittrick Brehmer, 91, died Thursday in a local nursing home after a long illness.   She was born in Newberry county, a daughter of the late John Taylor and Lura Watson McKittrick. Surviving are three sons, William Hayne Brehmer of Kinards,  Carroll McKittrick Brehmer of Newberry and Laurence Judson Brehmer of Clinton; a daughter Mrs J Hubert Todd of Clinton; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.   Services will be 4 p.m. today in Bush River Baptist church. Gray funeral Home is in charge...contributed by Randy Butler

Gloria Bennett
Gloria Boozer Bennett, 59, widow of of Thomas W. Bennett, died Monday November 13, 2006 at Palmetto Baptist Medical Center.  She was born on Nov. 9, 1947 in Newberry, a daughter of Doris Cook Boozer and the late E. LeRoy Boozer. She was a retired employee of the S.C. Employment Security Commission. She was a member of Bachman Chapel Lutheran Church and the Mid Carolina Country Club. Her hobby was her gardening.  Mrs. Bennett is survived by her mother of Prosperity; her son, Thomas Christian "Chris" Bennett of Columbia; her companion, Larry Thomas of Prosperity; a sister and brother-in-law, Debra and Wayne Morris of Prosperity; and two brothers and sisters-in-law, Stanley and Cheryl Boozer of Garden City and James "Jimmy" E. and Margaret Boozer of Prosperity; Funeral services were held 11:00 A. M. Friday at Bachman Chapel Lutheran Church in Prosperity, SC by the Rev. Floyd Sides. Interment was in the church cemetery. Visitation was from 5:30 to 7:00 P. M Thursday at the funeral home. The family was at the residence of her sister, Debra Morris, 265 Darren Boozer Rd, Prosperity,SC.  Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o of Helen Beebe, 181 Tailors Trail, Leesville, SC 29070.
Active pallbearers were Tom Monts, Chad Morris, Andy Morris, Todd Bennett, Scott Nolff, Zack Winslow, and Vance Smith...contributed by Donna Brummett

William Middleton Bobb
Death of W. M. Bobb
Mr. W. M. Bobb died at his home near Bachman Chapel, Wednesday afternoon at 2 o'clock. He was about 75 years of age and had been in lingering health for 10 or 15 years. He was an old veteran of the Confederate army. He was buried yesterday afternoon at 4 o'clock at Bachman Chapel...contributed by Donna Brummett

Patsy C. Bobb
Prosperity – Services for Patsy C. Bobb, 53, of 204 Armfield St., will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 25, 1997, at Bachman Chapel Lutheran Church with burial in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends 7-8 tonight at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Bachman Chapel Lutheran Church or to American Heart Association.  Mrs. Bobb died Saturday, Nov. 22, 1997. Born in Newberry, she was a daughter of the late Benjamin Franklin and Nellie Hyler Corley. She was co-owner and manager of Palmetto Party Shop. She was a member of Bachman Chapel Lutheran Church and Circle No. 2 of WELCA.  Surviving are her husband, Robert Earl Bobb; daughter, Jean B. Brown of Newberry; a sister, Betty Cook of Prosperity; brothers, Aubrey Corley of Newberry, and Bobby Corley and Billy Corley, both of Melbourne, Fla.; and two grandchildren...contributed by Donna Brummett.

Juanita Black
Juanita Swindler Black, 90, of Prosperity, widow of Ralph B. Black, died Thursday, June 26, 2003 at Life Care Center of Columbia.  Mrs. Black was born on July 14, 1912 in Newberry, a daughter of the late Henry W. and Lillie Mae Davis Swindler. She was a retired elementary school teacher, having taught for over 30 years. She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church, a former Sunday School teacher and Vacation Bible School teacher, a member of WELCA and was involved in many other church activities. She was a member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy.  Mrs. Black is survived by two sons, R. Buck Black and H. Luke Black, both of Prosperity; a sister, Dare S. Dominick of Prosperity and a number of nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a sister, Kathryn S. Pender and a brother, Joe Wesley Swindler.  Graveside funeral services will be conducted at 3:00 P. M. Sunday at the Prosperity Cemetery by the Rev. Eric Fink.  Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 P. M. Saturday at the Whitaker Funeral Home.  Memorials may be made to Grace Lutheran Church, P. O. Box 188, Prosperity, SC 29127.  Honorary pallbearers will be L. Dale Boozer, Edward L. Pender, Jr., Randall M. Swindler, William Darrell White, Sr., Robert Allen Boozer, Robert Lindsey Boozer, William Marshall Peterson, Sr., and Barry Martin Swindler...contributed by Donna Brummett

Mrs. Edna Bedenbaugh
84, wife of Joseph M. Bedenbaugh of Lexington, passed away on Friday, July 23, at Lexington Extended Care. Funeral services will be held on Sunday, July 25, 2010, at 3:00 p.m. at Lexington United Methodist Church, conducted by Fr. Howard Maltby and the Rev. Ken Owens. Burial will follow at Prosperity Cemetery in Prosperity, SC. Visitation will be at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home in Lexington on Saturday, July 24, 2010 from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Mrs. Bedenbaugh was born Edna Elizabeth Mills, daughter of the late Willie Lee and Nettie Barnes Mills. She graduated from Prosperity High School, Columbia College with a degree in Piano Performance, and the University of South Carolina with a Master's degree in Librarianship. For 15 years, she taught piano lessons in the Lexington Public Schools. Following this, she was the librarian at Lexington Elementary School until her retirement. She was also the organist at Wightman UMC in Prosperity, then at Lexington UMC, and finally at St. Alban's Episcopal Church in Lexington, and was the musician at numerous weddings and funerals throughout the area. Mrs. Bedenbaugh was a co-founder of the S.C. Children's Book Award and served one term as president of the SC Assn. of School Librarians. In addition, she was named SC School Librarian of the Year. In 2004, the Lexington County Library Assn. and local citizens erected a statue of Mrs. Bedenbaugh, reading to children, in front of the Lexington Co. Public Library in honor of her as a renowned storyteller. She was also a member of Delta Kappa Gamma professional education organization. In 1997, Mrs. Bedenbaugh was named Mrs. Senior South Carolina in a pageant that emphasized poise, talent, general bearing, and zest for life. She had an indomitable love of life and an intense desire to contribute to the social order. She was ever and always a lady. She is survived by her husband of 65 years, Joseph M. Bedenbaugh, a son Mackie (Kay), a daughter Linda Puckett (Doug), four grandchildren, one great-grandchild, and a brother, James Mills (Joan) of Prosperity. She was predeceased by a brother, Dr. Leslie Mills (Virginia) of Prosperity and a sister, Mrs. Allene Brissie (Sam) of Lyman. Memorials may be made in honor of Mrs. Bedenbaugh to St. Albans's Episcopal Church, 403 Park Road, Lexington, SC 29072, Lexington UMC, 309 E. Main Street, Lexington, SC 29072 or to the American Cancer Society , 128 Stonemark Lane, Columbia, SC 29210...contributed by Donna Brummett

Dorothy Counts Bedenbaugh
91, Prosperity, widow of B. Cornell Bedenbaugh, died Thursday, September 04, 2003 at the J.F.Hawkins Nursing Home.  Mrs. Counts was born on May 22, 1912 in Prosperity, a daughter of the late J. Arthur and Georgie Schumpert Counts. 
She was a member of Grace Lutheran Church where she taught Sunday School and sang in the choir for over 60 years.  Mrs. Bedenbaugh is survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Rodney L. and Mary A. Bedenbaugh of Prosperity; a daughter and son-in-law, Sally B. and David G. Sease of Alta Vista, VA; three granddaughters and spouses, Karen B. and Charles Smith of Gilbert, LeeAnn and Kinckle Robinson of Pamplin, VA, and the Rev. Lauren and Jeff Vanacore of Greensboro, NC; four great-grandchildren, Andrew and Alexandria Smith and Kincaid and Parks Robinson.  Funeral services for Dorothy Counts Bedenbaugh will be conducted at 4:00 P.M. Sunday at Grace Lutheran Church by the Rev. Eric Fink. Interment will be in Prosperity Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 7:00 to 8:00 P.M. Saturday at the Whitaker Funeral Home. The family will be at the residence, 429 South Main Street, Prosperity.  Memorials may be made to the Grace Lutheran Church Bus Fund, PO Box 188, Prosperity, SC 29127..contributed by Donna Brummett

Eugene Blease
Funeral Saturday for Former Chief Justice

A blanket of flowers, sent by friends, associates and admirers from his community and state, marks the final resting place of Eugene Satterwhite Blease, who died Friday morning at Newberry County Memorial hospital at the age of 86.  He would have been 87 years of age on January 28, 1964.

Judge Blease had been in ill health for a number of years, but with the exception of short intervals, he went to his law office daily until three weeks before his death.  He was taken to the hospital on Sunday, December 22.

Judge Blease was a native of Newberry County, attended Newberry College and was a teacher.  After reading law, he was admitted to the bar of South Carolina in 1898 and practiced law for more than 65 years.  He was elected an associate Justice of the South Carolina Supreme Court in 1926 and was elevated to the position of Chief Justice in 1931.  He had the distinction of being the only Chief Justice to serve the highest court of his state who had not graduated from law school.  He retired from the bench in 1934 because of his health.

After being admitted to the bar Judge Blease practiced law in Saluda and was a member of the State House of Representatives from Saluda county in 1901 and 1902.  He was the county’s State Senator in 1905 and 1906.  After moving to Newberry, he served this county in the House from 1922 until 1924.  Prior to that, in 1920 and 1921, he served as mayor of Newberry.  His service to the city was recognized and remembered as the bell of the town clock tolled during funeral services for him Saturday afternoon.

For many years, Judge Blease was associated in law practice with Steve C. Griffith, Sr. until Judge Griffith was elected to the circuit court.  For the past few years, Judge Griffith’s sons, Steve C., Jr. and Eugene C. Griffith, have been associated with him in the practice of law in the firm of Blease and Griffith.

In his only venture into state-wide politics as a candidate, Judge Blease came so close to winning election as U.S. Senator in 1942 that some news reports declared him the winner in a nip-and-tuck contest with the late Burnet R. Maybank.  The final official count gave Maybank the victory by a margin of 6000 voted out of 235,000 cast.

Judge Blease played a leading role in the fight of the State’s Rights Democrats to elect then Governor Strom Thurmond president in 1948 and was a presidential elector on the Thurmond ticket which carried South Carolina.

He was highly critical of the U. S. Supreme Court’s school desegregation decision in 1954.  The following year, he was among the “Committee of 52” prominent South Carolinians who made a public declaration of their intention to support “the principles of constitutional government, racial integrity and State sovereignty.”  Even though he was a staunch believer in racial segregation, a number of Negroes were among the sorrowful mourners at his funeral, one even having come from Columbia to attend the last rites.

Judge Blease was the son of the late Henry Horatio and Elizabeth Satterwhite Blease, and was a member of Central Methodist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Urbana Neel Blease; a grandson, Jack Blease Workman, a retired Air Force Lt. Col., now of St. Petersburg, Fla.; and a great-granddaughter, Miss Carol Blease Workman of St. Petersburg. Fla.

Last rites were conducted at his home on Boundary Street Saturday afternoon at 3:30, attended by several hundred friends and former associates.  Services were conducted by this pastor, Rev. T. H. Vickery of Central Methodist Church; and Rev. J. Anderson Bass, pastor of the First Baptist Church.  The eulogy was delivered by a close friend, Dr. James C. Kinard, former president of Newberry College.  Interment was in Rosemont Cemetery.

Pallbearers were Eugene Sligh Blease, John G. Ross, Circuit Judge Steve C. Griffith, Sr., Steve C. Griffith Jr., Eugene C. Griffith, Richard L. Baker and Dr. Sydney Carter. 

Many dignitaries attend the funeral.  They included Associated Justice Joseph R. Moss and James M. Brailsford of the State Supreme Court and the court’s clerk, Miss Frances Smith; Circuit Judges Louis Rosen, Julius B. Ness, James Hugh McFadden and George T. Gregory Jr., U. S. Senator Strom Thurmond and U. S. Rep. and Mrs. W. J. Bryan Dorn...contributed Kenneth R. Harmon

Hubert Bedenbaugh Sr.
Prosperity - Hubert Murchison Bedenbaugh, Sr. of 5119 Bethel Church road passed away on May 22, 2003, after a brief illness.  He was a son of the late Chester Warner and Maude Harmon Bedenbaugh.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Geraldine Riley Bedenbaugh; two sons, Hubert M. (Hugh) Bedenbaugh, Jr. and wife Anna of Newberry, Gerald Riley Bedenbaugh, and wife Angie, of Pomaria, a daughter, Yvonne B. Cockerill and husband, Bruce, of Taylors.  He is also survived by 5 beloved grandchildren, Andrea Cockerill, Jill Bedenbaugh, Becky Bedenbaugh, Julie Bedenbaugh, and Garrett Bedenbaugh (his fishing buddy); a sister Grace B. Hendrix of Chester.  He was predeceased by 2 sisters, Elsie B. Nichols and Edith B. Hipp.

He was a 1947 graduate of clemson University and received his Masters degree in Education from the University of South Carolina.  He began his career as an educator at Pomaria and Little Mountain Schools, and served as Principal of Prosperity Elementary as well as Mid-Carolina High School, Assistant Superintendent of Newberry County Schools for 10 years and Superintendent of Newberry County Schools for 6 years.  He retired in 1986 after service to the school system for over 38 years.

Mr. Bedenbaugh served on various boards, including Piedmont Technical College, Newberry county Memorial Hospital, Jesse Frank Hawkins Nursing Home , and Central Correctional Institution.

He was a lifelong member of Zion United Methodist Church and served in all capacities for his congregation.

Mr. Bedenbaugh served for 32 years in the South Carolina National Guard, achieving the rank of Brigadier General.  He received the US Meritorious Service Medal, the Armed Forces reserve Medal, the Army reserve Components Achievement Medal, the Active State Service Medal for 30 years service and the Guardsman's Retirement Medal.

He was a 1951 graduate of the Army Command and Guard Staff College.  He also attended the US Army Field Artillery School, the Palmetto Military Academy, the Air Force Defense Artillery Advanced Extension Course, and the Army National Guard Officer Candidate School.  Mr. Bedenbaugh also served as the Commandant of the Palmetto Military Academy.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 Pm Saturday at Zion United Methodist Church by the Rev. Joe Blackwelder.  Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery.  The family will received friends after the service in the Family Life Center.  The following nephews will serve as pall bearers: Jon Hendrix, Dan Hendrix, David Nichols, brantley Waites, Reid Waites, Dr. Joel Riley, Dr. Ralph Riley, and Frazier R. Riley Jr.  Mr. Bedenbaugh's friends will serve as honorary pall bearers.

The family would like to express their gratitude to many caregivers during his brief illness; especially Dr. Ralph Riley and his staff at the Saluda Nursing Home, Dr. Mark Davis and his office staff in Newberry, and the staff of Providence Hospital.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to Zion United Methodist Church Building Fund, Cemetery Fund, or Church Improvement Fund, 80 Zion Circle, Prosperity, SC 29127.  McSwain-Evans Funeral Home in charge....contributed Kenneth R. Harmon

Jacob A. Bedenbaugh
Prosperity - Jacob Asbury Bedenbaugh, 84, formerly of Prosperity, died Tuesday, January 8, 2002 at Springfield Place in Newberry.

Mr. Bedenbaugh was born in Newberry, a son of the late J. Moody and Sparta harmon Bedenbaugh.  He was a 1938 graduate of Newberry College and received an engineering degree from the University of Kentucky during his military service.  He served four yers and three months in the U.S. Army during World War II.  He taught at Prosperity High School in Prosperity for three years following his college graduation.  He worked at the S.C. Pardon and Parole Board office in Columbia for five years and then served as a salesman for the Prosperity Furniture Company for 48 years.  In all three capacities, he distinguished himself as a role model, as a person of unusual abilities and as a friend of mankind.  As one of Newberry County's most respected and revered citizens among people of all ages, races and political bent, he was truly an old-time Southern Christian Gentleman - steeped in all the ancient verities of mankind.

He was instrumental in establishing the George B. Cromer Citizenship Award when he was the class President at Newberry College in 1938.  The Class of 1938 honored him for his continuing and untiring efforts in keeping the class reunions and contacts vibrant and memorable.  He was a generous and long-time supporter of Newberry College financially, in day-to-day testimony and through attendance at College-sponsored events.  His financial contributions have bee substantial.  In 1999 he received the Thomas E. Epting distinguished Alumni Award and he was a member of the Newberry College Indian Club.  He was editor of the yearbook in 1938.

He was a  member of Wightman United Methodist Church where he taught Sunday school for 58 years.  The church recently re-named the fellowship class the "J. Asbury Bedenbaugh Sunday School Class" in his honor.

For many years he was a chief dynamo and at one time President of the Prosperity Civitan Club and for many years served as secretary of the club.  The Old Civitan Building, which is used by various groups, was renamed in his honor.

He served a term as chairman of the Newberry County Planning Commission and it was during his term that the first in-depth study and compilation of economic data, demographics and other pertinent data for Newberry County was established.  for years he served as a director of the Newberry county Development Board/Chamber of Commerce.

During its existence, he served as secretary for many years for the Prosperity Community Chamber of Commerce.  He edited the first brochure produced by the chamber, which was to be given to interested prospects considering the Prosperity area.

He was named Newberry County Forester a few years back for his work with forestry on his farm at Lake Murray.  He received the Little Red Schoolhouse Award from the Newberry County Board of Education in 1996 in recognition of his raising $5,000 for the Mid-Carolina Middle School Library.

Mr. Bedenbaugh is survived by a brother and sister-in-law, Joseph M. and Edna Bedenbaugh of Lexington; a sister-in-law Dorothy C. Bedenbaugh of Prosperity; two nieces, Linda B. Puckett of Graniteville and Sally B Sease of Alta Vista Va; two nephews, Mackie Bedenbaugh of Lexington and Rodney Bedenbaugh of Prosperity; and a number of gran nieces and nephews.  He was predeceased by a brother, Cornell Bedenbaugh.

Funeral services for J. Asbury Bedenbaugh will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. Friday at Wightman United Methodist Church by the Rev. Eddie Taylor,  Interment will be in Prosperity Cemetery. 

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday at the Whitaker Funeral Home, 1704 College St,, Newberry 29108.  Notes to the family may be sent via email to notes@whitakerfuneralhome.com.  Whitaker Funeral Home, 1704 College St., Newberry is assisting the family..contributed by a Friend of Genealogy

Geraldine Bedenbaugh
Geraldine Riley Bedenbaugh, 81, of Prosperity , widow of Hubert M. Bedenbaugh, Sr., died February 13, 2010. 
Born in Saluda County on August 25, 1928, she was a daughter of the late Joel Clinton Riley and Thelma Duffie Riley Hipp. She was a member of Zion United Methodist Church.  She is survived by sons, Hubert M. Bedenbaugh, Jr. and wife, Anna of Newberry and Gerald R. Bedenbaugh and wife, Angie of Pomaria; a daughter, Yvonne B. Cockerill and husband, Bruce of Simpsonville; a brother, Frazier D. Riley and his wife, Nellie of Saluda; a sister, Kay R. Waites and husband, Frank of Lexington. She was the beloved grandmother to five grandchildren;: Andrea C. Kubach and husband, Kevin of Greenville, Jill Bedenbaugh of Chicago, Becky Bedenbaugh of Greenville and Julie and Garrett Bedenbaugh of Pomaria. She was the proud great-grandmother of one great-grandson, Aiden Riley Kubach.  She was pre-deceased by a sister, Dorothy Gray Kirkland, and a brother,Joel Clinton Riley, Jr.  Mrs. Bedenbaugh’s life was filled with love for her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchild. Some of her greatest pleasures were spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchild; gardening, and cooking her special recipes. Her yard was always filled with flowers, that she often shared with others.  Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 AM Monday, February 15, 2010 at Zion United Methodist Church by the Rev. Lowry Drennen. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends after the service in the church Family Life Center. Memorials may be made to Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, 80 Zion Circle, Prosperity, SC 29127 or to the American Diabetes Association, 2711 Middleburg Drive, Suite 110, Columbia, SC 29204..contributed by a Friend of Genealogy

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