Newberry Observer Obituary Abstracts, Year 2003
abstracted by Edith Greisser
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Abrams, Rebecca Pettit 85 years old, of Newberry died May 22, 2003 at Springfield Place. Mrs. Abrams was born on January 29, 1918, in Newberry, a daughter of the late Aubrey Pettit and Elizabeth Lewis Pettit Vaughn. She was raised by her mother and stepfather, the late Benjamin Tillman Vaughn. Mrs. Abrams, the widow of James C. Abrams, was survived by a daughter, Ann Abrams of Suwanee, Ga.; two brothers, Robert Pettit of Hilo, Hawaii and LeRoy Vaughn of West End, N.C.; one grandson and spouse, Dr. James E. Paschal, Jr. and Michelle Paschal of Rochester N.Y.; and one great grandson, William James Paschal of Rochester, N.Y. Graveside funeral was in Newberry Memorial Gardens. Whitaker Funeral Home was in charge. Newberry Observer 5/23/2003

Abrams, Virginia see Virginia Smith Abrams STONE, Newberry Observer, 4/4/2003

Adams, Bernice see Bernice Adams McCRACKIN, Newberry Observer, 5/19/2003

Adams, Lucy Bradley see Lucy Bradley McCARTHA, Newberry Observer, 4/4/2003

Adams, Maggie Lee Rev. 84 Years old, of Newberry, died April 18, 2003 at White Oak Manor, Newberry. She was married to the late Willie Floyd Adams. She was born in Laurens County to the late Wade and Fannie Hargrove Agnew. She was predeceased by two sisters, Annie L. Agnew and Lizzie M. Agnew, two brothers, Thomas E. Agnew and John F. Agnew. She was survived by a sister, Frances L. Agnew of Whitmire; a nephew, Thad Agnew of Newberry; a niece, Fannie Agnew of Whitmire; two friends, Rev. Chris Coleman, Rose Black; one aunt, Cellie Davis of Newberry. Funeral services were conducted at the Spring Hill A.M.E. Zion Church in Whitmire. Hunter Funeral Home, Whitmire was in charge. Newberry Observer 4/21/2003

Agnew, Maggie Lee see Maggie Lee ADAMS, Newberry Observer 4/21/2003

Alewine, Jerry Musco 65 years old, of Prosperity, died Aug. 12, 2003 at Newberry County Memorial Hospital. Born in the St. Philip’s Community of Newberry County, he was a son of the late Henry Musco and Claudia Shealy Alewine. He was survived by his wife of 43 years, Eleanor Amick Alewine; a daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and Stuckey Stoudemire of Pomaria; a son, Jerry Amick Alewine of Newberry; brother and sister-in-law, Jimmy and Suzanne Alewine of Prosperity; a grandson, Ryan Stoudemire. Funeral services will be conducted Friday at 4 p.m. at by Rev. Terry Amick and Kevin L. Strickland. Burial was in St. Philip’s Lutheran Church Cemetery.  McSwain-Evans Funeral Home was in charge. Newberry Observer 8/13/2003

Alexander, Thomas L. age 69 years, of Whitmire died Nov. 18, 2003, in the Palmetto Richland Hospital. He was a U.S. Army veteran. Mr. Alexander was survived by his wife, Patricia S. Alexander of the home; a daughter and son-in-law, Lea Ann Miller and Chaplain Robert Miller of Germany; three grandchildren Robby Miller, Kimberly Miller and Robin Alexander; two sisters, Dove Plemons of Whitmire and Nell Jenkins of Union; a sister-in-law and a brother-in-law, Mr. and Mrs. Billy Rikard of Newberry. Mr. Alexander was predeceased by a son, Craig Alexander. Gray Funeral Home of Whitmire was in charge of arrangements. Newberry Observer 11/21/2003

Alston, James Allen (Dad) 65 years old, died Aug. 30, 2003 at Central Carolina Health and Rehab Center, Columbia. He was born in Newberry County, Oct. 15, 1937 to Beatrice H. Alston and the late Mack C. Alston. Mr. Alston was a devoted father and a wonderful provider to Betty A. Mathis and children. Surviving are: mother, Beatrice H. Alston of Maybinton; three daughters, Beatrice A., Carrie L., Betty A. Mathis, all of Newberry; one granddaughter, Kacherish T. Mathis of Newberry. Burial was at Seekwell Baptist Church Cemetery. Hunter’s Funeral Home was in charge. Newberry Observer 9/3/2003

Amick, Frances Ellen Shealy 84 years old, of Chapin, widow of Clyde L. Amick, died April 23, 2003. Born in Newberry, she was a daughter of the late John Bunyon and Onie Mack Shealy. Mrs. Amick was survived by nieces and their spouses, J.M. and Harveen Stokes of Ninety Six, Michael and Katie Livingston of Pomaria and Dr. Bonner and Barbara Thomasson of Charleston. She was predeceased by a sister, Mary Sue Shealy Leopard. Burial was at Rosemont Cemetery. McSwain-Evans Funeral Home was in charge. Newberry Observer, 4/25/2003

Amick, Phyllis Wise 71 years old, of  Prosperity, widow of Curtis M. Amick, died Aug. 26, 2003 at the Lowman Home. Mrs. Amick was born in Atlanta on September 20, 1931, a daughter of the late Patrick E. and Bertha E. Putzek Wise. Mrs. Amick was survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Laura A. and Mike Ufford of Lexington; a son and daughter-in-law, Curtis M. Amick, Jr. and Mary Lynn Kemick of Cayce; a sister, Pat Scott of Prosperity; and five grandchildren, Jordan Kirkpatrick, Jessica Ufford, Kamryn Ufford, Elizabeth Amick and David Amick. Interment was in Newberry Memorial Gardens. Whitaker Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Newberry Observer 8/27/2003

Ammons, Betty see Betty Ammons DAWKINS, Newberry Observer, 7/16/2003

Anderson, Virginia see Virginia Anderson FULP, Newberry Observer 8/13/2003

Atchison, Lila Fischer 47 years old, of Newberry, died Aug. 24, 2003 at Oconee Memorial Hospital. Ms. Atchison was born on July 7, 1956 in Orangeburg, a daughter of C. A. "Al" Fischer, Jr. and the late Anne Carpenter Fischer. Ms. Atchison is survived by her father and mother, C. Al and Edna S. Fischer of Orangeburg; a daughter, Elizabeth Lila Atchison of Central; two sons, Forest Elgin Atchison of Clemson and Albert Moody Atchison of Newberry; two sisters, Lisa Fischer Minick of Chapin and Kristi Marlow of Santee; and three brothers, C.A. "Bert" Fischer, III and Hall Fischer both of Orangeburg and Keith Morgan of Lexington. Interment was in Rosemont Cemetery. Whitaker Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Newberry Observer 8/27/2003

Aull, Myrtle Elizabeth Cromer Mrs. 77 years old, of Newberry, died March 31, 2003 at Palmetto Baptist Medical Center. Born in Newberry, she was a daughter of the late Junius Obed and Ida Mae Ruff Cromer. She is survived by her husband, Harold Clifton Aull; sons, Junius Clifton Aull of Columbia and Randall Lewis Aull of Newberry; a daughter, Sandra Aull Rucker of Jacksonville, Fla.; four grandchildren, Allison, Johnathan, Jason and Chris Aull. Burial was in Newberry Memorial Gardens. McSwain-Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements, Newberry Observer, 4/2/2003

Avery, Lucille Metts 94 years old, was born Sept. 27, 1908, in Newberry County, to the late William Henry and Laura L. Metts. She died Aug. 7, 2003 at National Health Care in Clinton. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She was survived by seven sons, Joe and Pearl Avery of Greenwood, Frank and Polly Avery of Joanna, George and Peggy Avery, Jimmie and Virginia Avery, Mac and Eloise Avery, Doug Avery and his friend Vickie, and Bobby and Beulah Avery, all of Clinton; three daughters, Geraldine and D.M. Morris of Newberry, Virginia and Curtis Nelson of Clinton and Lynda and Larry Penland of Laurens; 29 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren; seven great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by two sisters, Bertha Gause and Victoria Fulmer; two brothers, William Henry and George Metts. Burial was in Rosemont Cemetery. Gray Funeral Home was in charge. Newberry Observer 8/11/2003

Ayers, Gaston Wayne 74 years old, of Prosperity, died Nov. 23, 2003, at Palmetto Baptist Medical, Center. Born in Marion, N.C. he was a son of the late James Augustus and Minnie Creson Ayers. Mr. Ayers was retired after 27 years of service with the U.S. Army having served in the Vietnam War. During his service he received a Purple Heart, a Bronze Star and numerous other honors and medals. He was survived by his wife, Jeannette Amick Ayers; daughters, Susan A. Henley of Charleston and Jeanie A. Flippin of' Columbia; step- sons, Craig Hipp of Pomaria and Mark Hipp of Prosperity; sisters, Mozelle Allen of Asheville, N.C., Ruby Jo Allen of Colorado, Lil Lowery of Virginia and Ruth Lance of Prosperity; brothers, John Ayers of Marion, N.C., and Jake Ayers of Asheville, N.C.; grandchildren, Wayne Flippin, Ryan Flippin, Jack Henley III and Randall Roberson; step-grandchildren, Kimberly Hipp and Michael Hipp. Mr. Ayers was predeceased by his first wife, Pauline Ayers. Burial was in Macedonia Lutheran Church Cemetery. McSwain-Evans Funeral Home was in charge. Newberry Observer 11/26/2003

Bailey, Belle Louise Mrs. of Whitmire, 93 years old, was born on December 14, 1909 and died on September 23, 2003 at Fort Washington, Md. at her daughters’ home, Brenda and Sara Bailey. Surviving were six children and one step-son; five daughters, Alice (Larue) Johnson of Capital Heights, Md., Brenda and Sara Bailey of Fort Washington, Md., Shirley Scott of Mt. Holly, N.C., Mary (Isaiah) Rice of Whitmire; one son, James Bailey of Fort Washington, Md.; step-son, Amos Bailey of Cleveland, Ohio; one sister-in-law, Sara Wallace of Whitmire; eight grandchildren, Larue (Janet) Johnson, Jr. of Plano, Texas, Curtis Johnson of Davidsonville, Md., Cheryl London of Hackensack, N.J., Julius (Nikki) Rice of Raleigh, N.C., Dalton (Gwen) Wallace of Winston-Salem, N.C., Lance Johnson of Washington, D.C., Debra Scott of Charlotte, N.C., Rev. Anthony (Barbara) Wallace of Whitmire; four great-grandchildren, Mark and Brian Johnson of Plano, Texas, Jasmine and Crystal Wallace of Whitmire. Burial was at Sims Chapel Baptist Church Cemetery in Whitmire. Hunter Funeral was in charge of arrangements. Newberry Observer 9/26/2003

Bakaitis,  Arthur J. “Art” 67 Years old, of Prosperity and formerly of Findlay, Ohio, died Nov. 25, 2003, in Ohio. Born May 16, 1936, and raised in Cleveland, Art was the son of Joseph E. and Catherine (Pryber) Bakaitis. He was in the U.S. Marine Corps and served abroad. He married Nancy Susan (Martin) on Sept. 8, 1962 and had two daughters, Elizabeth A. McAllister and Gail L. (Bryan) DeWolf and two grandchildren, Nicholas and Rachel DeWolf, all of Columbus, Ohio. Art was preceded in death by his parents and his brother, Leonard and was survived by his brothers, Joseph E. (Peggy) of Detroit and Frederick L. (Patricia) of Cleveland. Newberry Observer 12/3/2003

Baker, Dorothea Floyd 75 years old, of Newberry wife of Dr. Stanley Cyril Baker, Jr., died February 4 2003 at her home. Born in Newberry County, Sept. 7, 1927, she was a daughter of the late Richard Clark and Blanche Smith Floyd. Mrs. Baker was predeceased by a son, Stanley C. Baker, III. Surviving, in addition to her husband of the home, are two daughters, Kathleen Baker Seals of Gainsville, Ga. and Rebecca Baker Cox of Greenville; a son, Rhett M. Baker of Greenwood; a brother, Richard C. Floyd, Jr. of Greenwood; a sister, Elizabeth F. Shealy of Batesburg-Leesville; grandchildren, Mary des Sausure Baker, Sarah Alston Baker, Nathaniel Floyd Baker, Dorothea Riley Baker, Caroline Britt Seals, Mark Joel Seals, Jr. and Julia Garland Baker. Burial was in Oakbrook Memorial Park. Blyth Funeral Home was in charge. Newberry Observer 2/5/2003

Baker, Marjorie see Marjorie Baker BILLIE, Newberry Observer, 3/14/2003

Bannister, James M. Sr., 84 years old, of Newberry, died 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. Mr. Bannister was 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. Burial was in Newberry Memorial Gardens. Whitaker Funeral Home was in charge. Newberry Observer 6/25/2003

Barber, Erin Rebecca 13 years old, died Nov. 29, 2003. She was born in Lexington County. Surviving are her parents, Mike and Susan Barber of Columbia; sister, Alison Barber and brother, Michael Barber of the home; maternal grandmother, Mary Ann “Yia Yia” Blessing of Columbia; paternal grandparents, Bob and Cile Barber of Newberry; aunts, and uncles, Bob and Robin Blessing of Columbia, Robert and LaNelle Barber of Charleston, Jimmy and Irene Epting of Columbia, Steve and Lynn Barber of Charleston, Karen and Cas Danielowski and Pat and Becky Barber of Charleston. Burial was in Bush River Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork Chapel, Irmo was in charge of arrangements. Newberry Observer 12/1/2003

Barber, Virginia see Virginia Barber BOSTIC, Newberry Observer 10/6/2003

Barnes, Ronnie E. 51 years old, of Newberry died, May 6, 2003 at his residence. Mr. Barnes was born in Raleigh, N.C. He was survived by two daughters, Kathy Barnes of Jenkinsville and Angela Nicole Barnes of Newberry; a son, Timmie Barnes of Jenkinsville; a girl friend, Mary Gilbert and four grandchildren. Interment was in Rosemont Cemetery. The Whitaker Funeral Home was in charge. Newberry Observer 5/9/2003

Barrett, Charles Daniel 45 years old, of Anderson, husband of Joan Burnette Barrett, died April 23, 2003 at Anderson Area Medical Center. Born in Ft. Benning, Columbus, Ga., Feb. 3, 1958, he was a son of the late Edward D. Barrett and the late Janie Mae Sosby Barrett. He was a member of Baptist Faith. Surviving were his wife, Joan Burnette Barrett of the home; two brothers, David Barrett of Anderson and George Macomson of Lavonia, Ga.; three sisters, Pat Simpson of Greenwood, Carolyn “Penny” Nelson of Clinton and Hope Crowder of Joanna. He was predeceased by a brother, Hershell Barrett and sister, Linda B. Norris. Burial was at New Silverbrook Cemetery. The McDougald Funeral Home, Anderson was in charge of arrangements. Newberry Observer, 4/25/2003

Barrier, Lucile Epting 96 years old, of Charleston, widow of Clarence Young Barrier, died at her residence on Oct. 21, 2003. Mrs. Barrier was born in Little Mountain to the late Quincy A. Epting and Ellen E. Wheeler Epting. The burial was in Carolina Memorial Park, North Charleston. Newberry Observer 10/24/2003

Bartee, Joe Harmon died Nov. 30, 2003 at Newberry County Memorial Hospital. Born in Chapin he was a son of Otis Bartee and Ruth Rebecca Counts Bartee. He was survived by daughters Abbie Gantt and Jovana Gantt, both of Columbia; Desaray Greeley of Little Mountain; son Joe Megett of Chapin; sisters Magnolia Heyward Mayers of Cleveland Ohio, Sophronia Bartee of California, James Roberts of Chapin, Phyllis Caughman of Newberry; brothers George W. Counts and Jerry Bartee both of Jamaica NY; Robert Lee of Elizabeth NJ, step-daughters Tina M. Coleman and Tiwana M. Cromer of Newberry; step-sons LaQuan Parker of Chapin, Eric M. Dorley of Peak, Jeffrey Gantt of Pomaria; two aunts, Mary E. Mayers and Ester Miller; devoted friend Diane Coleman; niece Tamiran Mayers. Burial was in Werts Cemetery. F. B. Pratt Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Newberry Observer 12/5/2003

Bass, June Adelle see June Adelle Bass BOLAND, Newberry Observer 11/19/2003

Bates, Ruth see Ruth Bates JOHNSON, Newberry Observer 2/14/2003

Bates, William “Sonny” Jr. died May 5, 2003. Born July 7, 1924 in Newberry, he was the son of the late William and Edna Harris Bates. Surviving are two sons, William Bates, III and Louis Bates of Indianapolis, Ind.; nephew, James O. (Gardenia) Ruff of Columbia; niece, Rev. Faye R. Houston of Columbia; cousins, Manuel (Mabel) Johnson and Melvin (Elva) Johnson of Winston-Salem, N.C., Anita Bailey Blanks of Greensboro, N.C.; and Jean Johnson of New City, N.J. Burial was in Werts Cemetery. F. B. Pratt & Son Funeral Home was in charge. Newberry Observer 5/7/2003

Beck, Bessie see Bessie Beck WICKER, Newberry Observer 11/3/2003

Beck, Nora sees Nora Beck KIRBY, Newberry Observer, 4/2/2003

Beckham, Texas Mabel see Texas Mabel Beckham MUNDELL, Newberry Observer 8/29/2003

Becknell, William D., Chief Petty Officer (Ret.) of Mechanicsburg, Pa., formerly of Eastover, died August 19, 2003 at the VAMC, Lebanon, Pa. after a short battle with brain cancer. Bill was born January 30, 1947 in Columbia, the son of John T. Sr. and Frances Hawkins Becknell. He was survived by two sons, David D. and his wife, Wanda, and Charles H. and wife, Stephanie, of Eastover; three grandchildren, Audrey, Stephen and Alexander of Eastover; and a brother, J. Thomas Becknell, Jr. and wife, DeLane, of Chapin. He was a retired Navy CPO. Burial was at sea with full military honors. Newberry Observer 8/27/2003

Bedenbaugh, Aron Vance of Newberry died Oct. 3, 2003 at his residence. Born in Prosperity, he was the son of the late George Bedenbaugh and the late Mabelle Wheeler Bedenbaugh. Surviving were a step-daughter, Geraldine (Heyward) Walker of Prosperity; son, Gerald (Dawn) Bedenbaugh of Charlotte, N.C.; two sisters, Pearl B. Sims of Elizabeth, N.J. and Mable B. Wise of Prosperity; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. F. B. Pratt & Son Funeral Home was in charge. Newberry Observer 10/6/2003 & 10/8/2003

Bedenbaugh, Bessie see Bessie B. BOBO, Newberry Observer 9/12/2003

Bedenbaugh, Dorothy Counts 91 years old, formerly of  Prosperity, widow of B. Cornell Bedenbaugh, died September 4, 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. Mrs. Bedenbaugh was 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. Interment was in Prosperity Cemetery. Whitaker Funeral Home, was assisting the family. Newberry Observer 9/5/2003

Bedenbaugh, George C. 66 years old of Leesville SC, husband of Brenda Maxie Bedenbaugh, died 3/25/2003 at Lexington Medical Center. Born in Leesville he was a son of Purvis Hobson and Eldora Shirey Bedenbaugh. He was a member of the Army Reserve and the National Guard. He was survived by his wife, son Bryan M. Bedenbaugh, daughter Michelle Bedenbaugh, brothers Purvis H. Bedenbaugh Jr., Robert P. Bedenbaugh and John A. Bedenbaugh; sisters Mildred B. Franks of Grayson GA, and Carolyn B. Peake of Gilbert. Burial was in Old Lexington Baptist Church Cemetery. McSwain-Evans Funeral Home was in charge. The Newberry Observer 2/28/2003

Bedenbaugh, Hubert Murchison Sr. of Prosperity, died May 22, 2003. He was a son of the late Chester Warner and Maude Harmon Bedenbaugh. He was 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 was also survived by five 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 two sisters, Elsie B. Nichols and Edith B. Hipp. Burial was in Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery. McSwain-Evans Funeral Home was in charge. Newberry Observer  5/23/2003

Bedenbaugh, John Grady 67 years old, of Charlotte died March 16, 2003 at Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte. Born in Newberry, he was the son of Clara Dickert Bedenbaugh and the late Jesse Carroll Bedenbaugh. In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Elden Lynwood “Woodie” Fuller Bedenbaugh; a son, Bart Bedenbaugh and his wife Donna; two daughters, Rhonda Crisp and Lisa Spangler; six grandchildren, Reagin and Raina Crisp, Katie and Jon Bedenbaugh and Joey McAlister and Gina Bolding. Mr. Bedenbaugh is also survived by a brother, Jessie Carroll “Bud” Bedenbaugh of Pomaria and four sisters, Nell Lominack, Rachel Dickert, Jackie Boozer and Doris Coggins, all of Newberry. He was predeceased by two brothers, Jerry and Garrett Bedenbaugh. Entombment was in Sunset Memory Gardens Mausoleum on Lawyers Road in Mint Hill, NC. Hankins and Whittington Funeral Service of Charlotte was in charge of arrangements. Newberry Observer 3/17/2003

Belger, William Martin 91 years old, of Columbia, died Tuesday, Feb. 4. Born July 14, 1911, in Hampton County, he was the son of the late Martin Raymond and Sally Smith Belger. Survivors include his wife, Dessie Belger of the home; daughter, Lois Bright of Lexington; sons and daughters-in-law, Martin W. and Sarah Belger of Columbia, Billy E. Belger of Hopkins, Jackie L. and Bonnie Belger of Newberry, Rev. O’Dell S. and Illa Belger of Hopkins, Douglas L. and Sharon Belger of West Columbia; stepsons and their wives, Willie and Hilde Cook of Hope Mills, N.C., Frank and Judy Cook of Lexington, Ralph and Betty Cook of West Columbia; ten grandchildren, Cherry Belger, Dana Belger, Tammy Davis, Jackie Huggins, Dell Belger, Jimmy Belger, Kenny Bright, Richard McCullough, Keith McCullough, DeeLa McGill; and nine great-grandchildren. Mr. Belger was predeceased by two grandchildren. Burial was at Crescent Hill Memorial Gardens. Thompson Funeral Home of Lexington was in charge. Newberry Observer 2/5/2003

Berley, Jesse Corinne Burton 82 years old, of Newberry, died Feb. 15 2003 at Intermedical Hospital.
Born in Newberry, she was a daughter of the late Thomas Clyde and Lula Maude Smith Burton. She was survived by a son, Johnny Ray Berley of Newberry; sisters, Ruby Amick of White Rock, Peggy Cook of Prosperity and Bonnie Cook of Newberry; brothers, Carl T. Burton of Greenville, Charles L. Burton of California and Gerald Burton of Columbia; two grandchildren, James Allen Berley and Brittany Corinne Berley. Mrs. Berley was predeceased by a sister, Velma Smith. McSwain-Evans Funeral Home was in charge. Newberry Observer 2/17/2002

Berley, Nancy Mayo Mrs. of Pomaria, widow of Grady Lee Berley, died August 31, 2003. Born in Spartanburg, Mrs. Berley was a daughter of the late Thomas and Emma Burgin Mayo. Mrs. Berley was survived by a son, Jackie S. Berley of Chapin; two daughters, Judy Marsh and Nina Smith, both of Newberry; three sisters, Frances Mills of Blackstock, Verda Hall of Richburg, and Bertha McEntire of Spartanburg; four grandchildren, Chris Graham, Kyle Graham, Keely Smith DeMarino and Clay Smith; a great-grandson, Hunter Graham; and a special friend, Jimmy Kirby of Greenwood. Burial was in St. John’s Lutheran Church Cemetery. McSwain-Evans Funeral Home was in charge. Newberry Observer 9/3/2003

Berry, Helen see Helen Berry ROBBINS, Newberry Observer 2/19/2003

Berry, Martha Bradley see Martha Bradley DAWKINS, Newberry Observer, 3/10/2003

Bickley, Ernestine see Ernestine Bickley ENLOW, Newberry Observer 1/3/2003

Billie, Marjorie Baker Mrs. died March 11 2003 at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital. Born in Newberry County she was a daughter of Leroy Baker Sr. and Marjorie S. Baker. Surviving were her husband Rembert O. Billie, daughter Danielle Eigner, son Rico Baker of Newberry, sisters Mary E. Hall and Gloria D. Long both of Newberry; three brothers Leroy Jr., Rickey and Bogie Baker 3rd; two aunts, Lillian Wadsworth and Paulette Baker; god daughter Kiashunti Limehouse of Newberry; god sons Colby Stevens and Chris Edwards, both of Newberry; adopted daughter Tracy Stevens; mother-in-law and father-in-law Thelma R. and Rubin Billie Jr. of Sumter. F. B. Pratt & Son Funeral home was in charge. Newberry Observer, 3/12/2003 & 3/14/2003

Bingham, Myriad Catherine Bouknight Mims Mrs. 92 years old, of Murfreesboro, Tenn., died 4/2/2003. Mrs. Bingham was born in Newberry, a daughter of the late James and Viola Cromer Bouknight. Surviving are daughters, Nancy Farmer of Murfreesboro and Bonnie B. Frazier and husband of Newberry and Greenville; sisters, Ethel Willingham, Mary Longshore, and Annie Laurie Longshore, all of Newberry; a brother, Marvin Bouknight of Newberry; grandchildren, Mike Smith and Dale of Spartanburg; Denis Mullen and Jim of Goldsboro, N.C., Ken Bowers and Melody of Greenville, Sterling Farmer, Jr. of Murfreesboro, Tenn., David Farmer and Dawn of Toney, Ala. and 12 great-grandchildren; one step-grandson, Jim Frazier and Susanne of Greenville. Mrs. Bingham was twice married, first to the late Tommy Mims and secondly, to the late Bill Bingham. She was predeceased by a daughter, Carol M. Smith. Burial was in Rosemont Cemetery. McSwain-Evans Funeral Home was in charge. Newberry Observer, 4/2/2003

Bishop, Barbara Jean Mrs. 64 years old, of Newberry, died 1/12/2003 at Lexington Medical Center in West Columbia. Born in Newberry, she was the daughter of Mrs. Lucille Lindsay and the late James Lindsay. Surviving are her mother, Lucille Lindsay of Newberry; two sons, Johnnie (Charlene) Caldwell, Jr. and Adrian Bishop of Newberry; three daughters, Debra Williams of Columbia, Antionette Suber and Deatrice Banner of Newberry; ten grandchildren; two brothers, James Lindsey of Ansonia, Conn., and Deacon Marvin (Dorothy) Lindsey of Detroit, Mich.; one sister, Betty (Rev. John) Harvell of El Paso, Texas; five aunts, three uncles, nieces, nephews, cousin and friends. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge. Newberry Observer 1/13/2003 & 1/15/2003

Bishop, Paralee Ms. of Boston, Mass., died March 4, 2003. Born in Pomaria, she was the daughter of the late Ernest Bishop and the late Mrs. Geneva Hoard Bishop. She relocated to Boston, Mass. in 1930. Her brother, Freddie O'Neal Bishop; her niece, Julia Bishop and nephew, Freddie Lee Bishop predeceased her. Surviving are nephews, James C. (Gwen) Bishop of Newberry and Bishop Robert (Rev. Dr. Azalee) Bishop of Columbia; niece, Celestine Bishop of Florence; devoted cousin, Queenette Simmons of Dorchester, Mass. Burial was in St. James AME Church Cemetery in Pomaria. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge. Newberry Observer 3/7/2003

Black, Annie Faye Mrs. of Newberry died Oct. 31, 2003 at her residence after a long illness. Born March 13, 1934 in Newberry County, she was the daughter of the late Olin Lewis Wicker and Willie Wicker Padgett. Mrs. Black was 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, NC, 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. Burial was in Colony Lutheran Church Cemetery.  McSwain-Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Newberry Observer 10/31/2003

Black, Juanita Swindler 90 years old, of Prosperity, widow of Ralph B. Black, died 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. Mrs. Black was 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. Burial was at Prosperity Cemetery. Whitaker Funeral Home was in charge. Newberry Observer 6/30/2003

Blackwell, Ila Hamilton 76 years old, of  Prosperity, widow of Melvin L. Blackwell died Oct. 11, 2003 Palmetto Richland Hospital. Mrs. Blackwell was born on September 6, 1927 in Gastonia, N.C., a daughter of the late B. Ed and Sally Benfield Hamilton. Mrs. Blackwell was survived by four daughters and sons-in-law, Johnnie and Henry Umphlet of Fayetteville, N.C., Neena and Gene Saunders of Prosperity, Kathy and Roxy Crawford and Joan and Henry Pennington, both of Saluda; one sister, Mary Lee Mullins of Gastonia, N.C.; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Interment was in Newberry Memorial Gardens. Whitaker Funeral Home was in charge. Newberry Observer 10/13/2003

Blackwell, Melvin Lee 80 years old, Prosperity, died Oct. 10, 2003 at the Dorn VA Medical Center in Columbia. Mr. Blackwell was born on January 16, 1923 in Cheraw County, a son of the late C. B. and Lillian Coy Newman Blackwell. He was an Army veteran of World War II. Mr. Blackwell was survived by his wife, Ila Hamilton Blackwell of the home; four daughters and sons-in-law, Johnnie and Henry Umphlet of Fayetteville, N.C., Neena and Gene Saunders of Prosperity, Kathy and Roxy Crawford and Joan and Henry Pennington, both of Saluda; a sister, Irene Kennington of Cheraw; three brothers, Irvin Blackwell of Cheraw, C. B. Blackwell and William "Bill" Blackwell, both of Lancaster; eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Interment was in Newberry Memorial Gardens. Whitaker Funeral Home, Newberry, was in charge of arrangements, Newberry Observer 10/13/2003

Blair, Paul Everett, 80 years old, of Charlotte NC, died May 19, 2003 at Presbyterian Hospital. Mr. Blair was born on July 20, 1922, in Newberry County, to the late George Cupid Blair and Frances Hamm Blair. Mr. Blair was a veteran of WWII and was part of the 83rd Infantry, where he participated in the Normandy Invasion and the liberation of France. Mr. Blair was survived by his wife of 51 years, Margaret L. Blair, of the home; two children, Rhett H. Blair, of Mint Hill, N.C. and Paula B. Stapleton and husband Bill, of Huntersville, N.C.; five grandchildren, Jeremy, Nikki, Michelle Cunningham and husband Scott, Heather, and Ashley. Burial was at Sunset Memory Gardens. Lowe Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Newberry Observer 5/23/2003

Blair, Robert Coleman 81 years old, of Columbia, died Nov. 27, 2003. Mr. Blair was born in Blair on Aug. 25, 1922, to the late Andrew Franklin Blair and Ruby Lucile Coleman Blair. He entered the U.S. Army 1943, attended OCS, and was commissioned as an infantry officer. During his 26-year career with the Army, which spanned World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War, he was posted in overseas assignments in Austria and Thailand, and in numerous stateside locations, including duty at the Pentagon. In 1966 he served during combat operations in Vietnam with the 1st Infantry Division. Mr. Blair retired from Army service in 1968 as a Lieutenant Colonel. Mr. Blair was survived by his wife of 57 years, Mary Alice Wicker Blair; and his four children, Robert Coleman Blair, Jr. of Columbia, John Edward Blair of Staffod, Va., James Lynn Blair of Brussels, Belgium, and Katherine Anne Blair Weaver of Emporia, Kan. He is also survived by his 10 grandchildren, Beverly Wylie Blair Whitesides, Allison Blythe Blair, John Edward Blair, Jr., Ashley Elizabeth Blair, Lauren Elise Blair, Margaret Ann Blair, Merriam Coleman Weaver, Andrew Robert Weaver, Katherine Tenney Weaver, Janet Blair Weaver. There are two great-grandchildren, Beverly McKenzie Whitesides and Douglas Coleman Whitesides. Mr. Blair is also survived by two brothers, Frank Blair of Columbia and Larry Blair of Beaufort. Burial was at  Salem Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Blair. Pope Funeral Home of Winnsboro was in charge of the arrangements. Newberry Observer 12/1/2003

Blair, Sallie see Sallie Blair LOMINACK, Newberry observer 3/7/2003

Blair, Virgil Jr., of Pinewood, died June 29, 2003 at Tuomey Hospital in Sumter. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge. Newberry Observer 6/30/2003

Boatwright, Bernice “Monk” Enlow Nobles Mrs. 85 years old, formerly of Prosperity, died July 7, 2003 at Saluda Nursing Center. Born in Prosperity, she was a daughter of the late Thompson and Clara Sanders Enlow. 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. Burial was in Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery. McSwain-Evans Funeral Home was in charge. Newberry Observer 7/9/2003

Bobb, Mary Ruth Longshore Mrs. 74 years old, of Newberry, died Feb. 3 2003 at Saluda Nursing Center. Born in Newberry, she was a daughter of the late Roy F. and Martha Bodie Longshore. Mrs. Bobb was survived by her husband, Lewis E. Bobb; sons and daughters-in-law, Eddie and Patty Bobb of Camden and Parker and Tara Bobb of Charlotte, N.C.; a daughter and son-in-law, Sheree and Dr. Ralph Riley of Saluda; sisters, Carolyn Mills of Newberry and Cornelia Werts of Prosperity; nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild; and a special friend, Sara Alice Smith. She was predeceased by five brothers, Irby Lee Longshore, Forrest “Bushy” Longshore, Willie Longshore, Fred Longshore and Bobby Longshore. Burial was at Newberry Memorial Gardens. McSwain Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Newberry Observer 2/5/2003

Bobo, Bessie B. Mrs. 93 years old, died Sept 6, 2002 at Brian Center-St. Andrews in Columbia. Born in Newberry County, she was a daughter of the late George Bedenbaugh and the late Mrs. Josephine Long Bedenbaugh. Surviving were a daughter, Rosa Bell Clark of Baltimore, Md.; a grandson, Curtis Clark of Baltimore, Md.; four great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends, including devoted friends, Pearl Hall and Heyward Caldwell. Burial was in Werts Cemetery.  Wilson Funeral Home was in charge. Newberry Observer 9/12/2003

Bodie, Rose see Rose Bodie GATLIN, THE STATE, Columbia SC, 12/20/2003 & Newberry Observer 12/22/2003

Bogan, Earnest David 77 years old, widower of Emily Caldwell Bogan, of Greenville, died October 2, 2003 at Greenville Memorial Hospital. Born in Greenville, he was a son of the late Perrin Britt and Zennie Swanger Bogan. He was a Marine veteran of World War II, and retired as a Lieutenant from the SC Highway Patrol. Mr. Bogan was survived by his sister, Virginia Bishop of Greenville; and four brothers, Roy Bogan of West Columbia, Marshall Bogan of Cayce, Bobby Bogan of Laurens and Kenneth Bogan of Greenville. McSwain-Evans Funeral home was in charge. The Newberry Observer, 10/3/2003

Boland, Jacob Loris “Scronch” 85 years old, of Prosperity, died February 17, 2003 at Newberry County Memorial Hospital. Born in Prosperity, he was a son of the late Farence Alonzo and Alma Fellers Boland. He served in the U.S. Navy. He was survived by his wife, June Adelle Bass Boland; a daughter and son-in-law, Patricia Elaine and Thomas Kohl of Lake Wales, Fla.; grandchildren, Tony and his spouse, Elizabeth Kohl, Kevin Kohl, and Stacy Kohl; a great-granddaughter, Callista Kohl; a nephew and his spouse, Gene and Gretchen Boland of Chapin. He was predeceased by a brother, Hoyt A. Boland. Burial was in the St. Paul Lutheran Church Cemetery. McSwain-Evans Funeral Home was in charge. Newberry Observer 2/19/2002

Boland, James A. Sr., 85 years old, of North Charleston, died Dec. 27, 2003, at his residence. Born on Oct. 16, 1918 in Prosperity, Mr. Boland was the son of the late Columbus Bedell Boland and Anna Cromer Boland. He was a Petty officer 1st Class and retired Army Fire Chief. Mr. Boland was survived by his wife, Ivey Reynolds Boland; three children, James A. Boland, Jr. of Columbus OH, Barbara Boland, of Goose Creek and Doris B. Jenkins, of Goose Creek; five grandchildren, James A. Boland, III, Jason Boland, Justin Boland, J.J. Jenkins, Jennifer Jenkins; two sisters, Betty Stone, of Centralia, Miss., and Mary Hawkins, of Newberry. Entombment was at Carolina Memorial Park. Carolina Memorial Funeral Home, 7113 Rivers Ave., North Charleston was in charge of arrangements. Newberry Observer 12/31/2003

Boland, June Adelle Bass, 83 years old, of Prosperity, widow of Jacob Loris Boland, died Nov. 14, 2003 in Lakeland FL. Born in Pittsburgh PA, she was a daughter of Turner Gartside and Ida Charlotte Geisler Bass. Mrs. Boland was survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Patricia and Thomas Kohl of Lake Wales FL; grandchildren Tony and wife Elizabeth Kohl of Valparaiso Ind; Kevin Kohl of Winter Haven FL, Stacy and husband Matthew Capobianco of Coral Springs FL; nephew Gene Boland and wife Gretchen; two great grandchildren, Callisto Kohl and Lorelei Kohl. Burial was in St. Paul Lutheran Church. McSwain-Evans Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Newberry Observer 11/19/2003

Boland, Lucile H. Mrs. 88 years old, of Pomaria, widow of Leland H. Boland, died May 12, 2003 at Springfield Place. Born in Pomaria, she was a daughter of the late Audubon E. and Lula Viola Glymph Hentz. She was survived by a son and daughter-in-law, Harvey and Tressie Boland of Prosperity; daughters and son-in-law, Diane and Henry Drummond of Greenville and Beverly Potter of Chapin; sisters, Ruth H. Metts and Dorothy H. Hayes both of Little Mountain. Burial was in the Pomaria Lutheran Church Cemetery. Newberry Observer 5/14/2003

Boozer, J. Eugene 89 years old, formerly of Prosperity, widower of Sparta Bowers Boozer, died July 5, 2003 at Saluda Nursing Center. Born in Prosperity, Mr. Boozer was a son of the late Jefferson Irvin and Florence Harmon Boozer. Mr. Boozer was survived by a daughter, Peggy Jean Killian of Prosperity; two sons, Rudy J. Boozer of Prosperity and Jimmy J. Boozer of Augusta, Ga.; seven granddaughters; 10 great-grandchildren; four great-great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a great-great-grandchild. Burial was in St. Luke’s Lutheran Church Cemetery. McSwain-Evans Funeral Home was in charge. Newberry Observer 7/7/2003 

Boozer, Mary Helen see Mary Helen Boozer HARE, Newberry Observer, 7/14/2003

Bostic, Virginia Barber 65 years old, of Newberry died Oct. 3, 2003 in Wallace Thomson Hospital in Union. She was born in Whitmire and was a daughter of the late Jimmy Barber, Sr. and Jewel Crisp Barber. Surviving were her husband, Franklin Bostic of the home; two daughters, Rhonda Bohms of Whitmire and Susan Bostic of Greenville; two brothers, Jimmy Barber, Jr. of Whitmire and Gary Barber of Kinards; two sisters, Vickie Kendrick of Whitmire and Rose Boling of Clinton; two grandchildren, Garett Sims of Whitmire and Cory Brock of Whitmire. Burial was in Whitmire Cemetery. Gray Funeral Home-Whitmire was in charge. Newberry Observer 10/6/2003

Bouknight, Ethel Marie see Ethel Marie Bouknight WILLINGHAM, Newberry Observer 9/15/2003

Bouknight, Minnie Edith "Edibo," formerly of Newberry, died April 4, 2003 at the J.F. Hawkins Nursing home. Ms Bouknight was born on May 26, 1909 in Newberry County, a daughter of the late Henry C. and Minnie Ellen Goree Bouknight. She was predeceased by her brothers, Dewitt, Hugh "Buck", and Justice "Jab" Bouknight, and a sister, Ila Belle Counts Prater. Interment was in Rosemont Cemetery. Whitaker Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements. Newberry Observer, 4/7/2003

Bouknight, Myriad Catherine see Myriad Catherine Bouknight BINGHAM, Newberry Observer, 4/2/2003

Bowers, Cleveland Alphonso of Little Mountain died Dec. 17, 2003 at Newberry County Memorial Hospital.  Born in Newberry County, he was the son of Ruby Lee Mayers Bowers and the late Willie E. Bowers. Surviving are his mother, Ruby Lee Bowers of Little Mountain; one son, Larry (Shalonda) Goodson of Fort Stewart, Ga.; one grandchild, Conhanskie; four brothers, Sylvester (Nancy) Bowers Sr., Ollie L. (Sandra) Bowers and Eli M. Bowers, all of Little Mountain and Timothy (Linda) Bowers of Decatur, Ala.; three sisters, Mattie R. (Leroy) Williams, San Antonio, TX, Imogene B. Mayers and Loretta B. Moon of Little Mountain and Elzetta Robinson of Newark, N.J.; one uncle, Jessee T. (Betty) Mayers of Little Mountain; and nieces. Funeral was Jan. 2, 2004 at Providence A.M.E. Church in Little Mountain. Burial was in Werts Cemetery in Newberry. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge. Newberry Observer 12/29/2003 & 12/31/2003

Bowers, Loanna see Loanna Bowers KAHRIM, Newberry Observer 9/12/2003

Bowers, Ralph Gordon 64 years old, of Newberry, died, July 12, 2003 at his residence. Born in Prosperity, he was a son of the late Elbert W. and Pearl Dominick Bowers. Surviving are his wife, Rosemary Kinard Bowers; two daughters, Renita Rose Bowers of Prosperity and Rachel Bowers Knox and her husband, John William Knox, of Boiling Springs; two sisters, Joyce B. Morse of Pomaria and Gay B. Davenport of Newberry; two brothers, David Bowers and Richard Bowers of Prosperity. He was predeceased by a sister, Edna B. Long. Burial was in Zion United Methodist Church Cemetery. McSwain-Evans Funeral Home was in charge. Newberry Observer, 7/14/2003; Story of his accidental death on page 1, Newberry Observer, 7/16/2003

Bowers, Richard and Ann celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary at Wightman United Methodist Church, Newberry Observer 11/28/2003

Bowers, Thomas Guy 77 years old, formerly of Newberry, widower of Nancy Reese Bowers, died Jan. 17, 2003 at Newberry County Memorial Hospital. Born in Newberry, he was a son of the late Johnnie H. and Annie Nichols Bowers. He was survived by three daughters, Tammy B. Mills and Diane Merchant, both of Newberry, and Debra Perdue of Seneca; and five grandchildren. Burial was in Silverstreet Lutheran Church Cemetery. McSwain-Evans Funeral Home was in charge. Newberry Observer 1/20/2003

Boyd, Ralph & Rosalee celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary, photograph, page 2, Newberry Observer, 11/21/2003

Bradley, Martha see Martha Bradley DAWKINS, Newberry Observer, 3/10/2003

Bradley, Thomas B. Mr. and Mrs. of Newberry celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Photo and article on page 6, Newberry Observer 9/24/2003

Braswell, John Edward Jr., 88 years old, formerly of Clinton, husband of Banna Franklin Braswell of Saluda, died 1/4/2003 in the Self Regional Medical Center in Greenwood. He was born in Alston, Ga. the son of the late John Edward Braswell, Sr. and Bessie Cox Braswell. He was survived by his wife, Banna Franklin Braswell of Saluda; one son and daughter-in-law, Glenn E. (Eddie) and Patsy M. Braswell, Jr. of Laurens; two daughters and sons-in-law, Linda B. and Walter P. Sheppard of Silverstreet and Ruth B. and Tony L. Mann of Hodges; eight grandchildren, 13 great grandchildren and two great great grandchildren. Burial was in the Pinelawn Memory Gardens. Gray Funeral Home of Clinton was in charge. Newberry Observer 1/6/2002

Braverman, Irene see Irene Braverman MILLER, Newberry Observer 2/3/2003

Brewer, Marie see Marie Brewer CROCKER,  Newberry Observer 12/26/2003

Bridges, Milton (Wiennie) 76 years old, of Newberry died July 18, 2003 at his home. He was born in Joanna and was the son of the late Milledge and Mozella Yarborough Bridges. He was a retired U.S. Army veteran of WW II. He was survived by his wife, Bobbie Franklin Bridges of the home; one son, Bill Bridges of the home; two daughters, Marty Smith and Jan Simmons, both of Joanna; two sisters, Louise Force and Betty Ruth Maness, both of Joanna; and three grandchildren. Burial was in Rosemont Cemetery. Gray Funeral Home of Clinton is in charge. Newberry Observer 7/21/2003

Brock, Don R. Sr. of Newberry died Aug. 5 2003 at home. Born on February 14, 1938, a native of Whitmire, Mr. Brock was a son of the late George D. Brock, Sr. and Lucille Bridges Brock. He was survived by his wife of 43 years, Joyce B. Brock of the home; their son and daughter-in-law, Don R. Brock, Jr. (Christy), of Prosperity; three daughters and sons-in-law, Joye B. Hall (Mike), of Whitmire, Crystal B. Nevseta (Floyd), of Jacksonville, Fla., and Donnette B. Davis (Steve), of Whitmire; and 15 grandchildren. Also, brothers, Jack and Melvin, of Easley, David of Dover, N.J. and Larry, of Union; sisters, Willie B. Miller, Grace B. Bradley, Linda Brock, Jean B. Alewine and Myrtle Brock, all of Whitmire, Anne B. Smith of Gaffney and Barbara B. Mitchell of Elberton, Ga. He was predeceased by a brother, George D. Brock, Jr. and a sister, Jane Brock. Interment was at the Whitmire Cemetery. Gray Funeral Home of Whitmire was in charge of arrangements. Newberry Observer 8/8/2003

Brock, Thomas J.64 years old, killed in a tree cutting accident, page 3, Newberry Observer 10/31/2003

Brooks, Katie Bell see Katie Bell Brooks JOHNSTON, Newberry Observer 10/6/2003

Brown, Bobbie see Bobbie LONG, Newberry Observer 11/26/2003 & 12/1/2003

Brown, Ella Mae see Ella Mae GALLMAN, Newberry Observer 8/15/2003

Brown, Ida M. died. She was the daughter of the late Clay and Pricilla Woody and the widow of Lucious Brown. Surviving are a son, Henry (Cynthia) Brown of Quincy, Fla.; a daughter, Shirley Wilkerson of Jersey City, N.J.; grandchildren and great-grandchildren; three sisters, Eugenia Wallace of Newberry, Josephine Thomas of Baltimore, Md. and Lillian Lewes of Milford, Del.; one sister-in-law; four brothers-in-law. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements in Newberry. Newberry Observer 3/19/2003

Brown, Mildred Mable Shells Mrs. wife of Thomas Brown, Jr. died 6/12/2003. She was born in Newberry County to the late Anderson Shells II and the late Pearlie Mae Sims Shells. Surviving are a daughter, Demetra Maybin; four grandchildren, Chiquita, Yashunda, Delkira and Shidedria Maybin, all of Newberry; two cousins reared in the home, Mrs. Tommie M. Gadson and Marecus M. Mathews of Columbia; one son-in-law, Odell Maybin of Newberry; one brother, Anderson J. Shells, III of Newberry; five aunts, Lillie Mae Mack, Alberta Haltiwanger of Bridgeport, Conn., Dollie Harris of Newark, N.J., Willie Mae Shells of Newberry and Frances Shells of Columbia; two brothers-in-law, James Green of Philadelphia, Pa. and Dr. Jerry Floyd of Bethesda, Md.; four sisters-in-law, Katie Shells of Newberry, Clara Floyd of Bethesda, Md., Ida Mae Green of Philadelphia, Pa. and Beatrice Shells of Bridgeport, Conn.; a devoted family friend, Leroy McDowell. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge. Newberry Observer 6/13/2003

Brown, Selma see Selma Brown PRICE, Newberry Observer 5/7/2003

Brown, Sheila Ms. 21 years old, of Newberry died Wednesday, March 19 from injuries sustained in an automobile accident. Ms. Brown Born in Newberry County, she was the daughter of Annie Pearl Gary Brown and Ervin Brown. Burial was at New Enoree Baptist Church Cemetery. She was predeceased by her paternal grandparents, Fred and Dottie Lee Brown. Surviving were a daughter, Algeria Robinson of the home; mother, Annie Pearl Brown of the home; father, Ervin Brown of Bishopville; sisters, Kayla Brown of the home, Tameka Montgomery and Barbara Swittenburg of Norristown, Pa., Brenda Swittenburg and Nancy Wise of Prosperity, April Harmon and Sheila Williams of Newberry; brothers, Ervin Swittenburg of Norristown, Pa., Randall Wise of Mountville; grandmother, Mattie P. Gary of the home. F. B. Pratt and Son Funeral Home, Inc. was in charge of arrangements. An account of the accident was in the same paper. Newberry Observer 3/21/2003

Bryson, Dorothy see Dorothy Bryson CLARY, Newberry Observer 9/12/2003

Buck, Helen C. Mrs. of Newberry, died April 22, 2003 at NHC Healthcare in Clinton. Born in Athens, Ga., she was the daughter of the late King and Bessie Wilson Nesbitt. Her daughter, Gloria Diane Collie; two sisters and four brothers predeceased her. Surviving were her husband, Horace Buck, of the home; one son, Manuel T. Butler of Dolton, Ill. and his fiancée, Jean Harris of Chicago, Ill.; three grandchildren, April, Jason and Lance Butler of Dolton, Ill.; two great grandchildren, T’Nerra Butler and Edward Harris, Jr. of Dolton, Ill. Burial was in Newberry Memorial Gardens. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge. Newberry Observer, 4/25/2003

Buddin, Benjamin Allen 88 years old, of Newberry, died Feb. 10, 2003 at Lexington Medical Center. Mr. Buddin was born on December 7, 1914, in New Zion, SC, a son of the late John Patrick and Rebecca Gibbons Buddin. He was a veteran of World War II, serving with the 8th Air Force in Europe. He held the rank of Lt. Colonel, and he was the recipient of the Bronze Star Medal, American Defense Medal, American Campaign Medal, European Theatre Medal with 5 Battle Stars, Distinguished Unit Citation, World War II Victory Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, and Air Force Longevity Service Medal. Mr. Buddin is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara and Dalton Parker of Columbia and Nan and Larry Bridgers of Clinton; four grandchildren and spouses, Mandy and Doug Roberts, Amy and Marc Droste, Laura and Bruce Reeves, and Allen and Jenna Bridgers; and three great grandchildren, Parker Nathaniel Roberts, Benjamin Lee Roberts, and Carson Brooke Reeves. He was predeceased by his wife Clara Layton Buddin, two sisters Edna DuBose and Sadie Lou Gibbons, and three brothers, Henley Buddin, Ralph Buddin, and Alga Buddin. Interment was in Rosemont Cemetery. Whitaker Funeral Home was in charge. Newberry Observer 2/12/2003

Bundrick, Lynn see Lynn Bundrick MEETZE, Newberry Observer 10/27/2003

Bundrick, Ruby see Ruby Bundrick PITTS, Newberry Observer 10/20/2003

Burdashaw, Marinelle see Marinelle Lake HUNTER, Newberry Observer 12/1/2003

Bursinger, Bess C. 84 years old, of Tomah, Wis. died Aug. 29, 2003 at the Tomah Memorial Hospital in Tomah. She was born May 29, 1919, in Newberry to James and Annie Laurie (Suber) Caldwell. Bess was united in marriage to George P. Bursinger on February 18, 1949 in Newberry. Her southern roots in Newberry County go back to the American Revolution. Her great grandfather, Joseph Caldwell, was a signatory for the Ordinance of Secession at Charleston in 1861. Another great grandfather, Dr. J. M.H. Ruff, was company surgeon for Quitman’s Rifles serving under General Robert E. Lee. Bess’ paternal grandmother, Minnie Ruff Caldwell, was frequently referred to as "Mother of Rural Free Delivery," because of her efforts to obtain this postal service in South Carolina. Bess was survived by one son, Dr. James C. (Joan) Bursinger of Beloit, Wis.; one daughter, Mary (Keith) Schmelzle of Necedah, Wis.; three grandsons, Joseph Bursinger of Beloit, and Andrew and Michael Schmelzle of Necedah; one granddaughter, Julianne Bursinger of Newberry; one brother-in-law, John "Jack" (Carol) Bursinger of Tomah, and one sister-in-law, Ellen (William) Roe of Wauwatosa, Wis. She was predeceased by her parents, James and Annie Caldwell; her husband, George on October 10, 1997; and one granddaughter, Elizabeth Bursinger. Burial was in the St. Mary’s Cemetery in Tomah. Newberry Observer 9/3/2003

Burton, Bennie Edward 56 years old, of Greenwood, died Nov. 11, 2003, at Self Regional Healthcare. Born in Laurens County, he was the son of Mrs. Vinnie Burton Wardlaw and the late Mr. Willie A. Burton. Surviving were his mother, Mrs. Vinnie Wardlaw of Washington, D.C.; two sons, Benjamin Burton of California, and Kenneth Burton of McCormick; three grandchildren; a brother, James A. Wardlaw of Washington, D.C.; two sisters, Mrs. Rosanna Settles and Mrs. Willie Mae (David) Ingram, both of Washington, D.C.; three aunts, Ms. Eva Brown and Ms. Eva Pettis, both of Flushing, N.Y., and Ms. Pearl Brown of Buffalo, N.Y.; special friends, Ms. Norma Lindsay and family. Funeral services were at St. Vaughnville Baptist Church in Chappells. Wilson Funeral Home was in charge of arrangements Newberry Observer 11/17/2003.

Burton, Jesse Corinne see Jessie Corrine BERLEY, Newberry Observer 2/17/2002

Burton, Lewis Willie Jr. died April 5, 2003. Born in Newberry County, he was the son of the late Lewis Willie Burton, Sr. and the late Ida Mae Brown Burton. Surviving are five sisters, Betty Jean Boozer and Elizabeth Jackson, both of Newberry, Emma Lee Burton of Clinton, Cathy Burton of Spartanburg, Mary Davis of El Paso, Texas; four brothers, Timothy Burton, J.W. Wilson and Jessie Burton, all of Newberry, Douglas (Belida) Burton of Hinesville, Ga. Burial was at Flint Hill Baptist Church Cemetery. F. B. Pratt & Son Funeral Home, Inc. was in charge of arrangements. Newberry Observer, 4/7/2003

Busby, Austin H. 76 years old, of Newberry, died October 27, 2003, at Newberry County Memorial Hospital. Born in McColl, SC, Mr. Busby was a son of the late Ernest Hampton and Virginia Childress Busby. He was a World War II Marine veteran. Mr. Busby was survived by son, Jerry Busby and wife, Candy, of Newberry; two daughters, Lynn Gaston and Tammy Harmon, and husband Keith, both of Newberry; sisters, Florence Glaze of Newberry and Diane Dansby of Hephzbah, Ga.; brothers Roy Busby and Harlem, Ga., and Marvin Busby of Gibson, Ga.; nine grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a sister, Arletha Busby and a brother, Paul Busby. Burial was in Rosemont Cemetery. McSwain-Evans Funeral Home was in charge. Newberry Observer 10/29/2003 & 10/31/2003

Bush, Richard 58 years old, of Newberry, died May 10, 2003 at his residence. Mr. Bush was born on December 31, 1944 in Prosperity, a son the late of Ransom S. and Ophelia Gray Bush. He was an Army veteran of the Vietnam War. Mr. Bush was survived by his wife, Toby Stribble Bush of the home; a son, Melvin R. Dominick of the home; a step-daughter, Kandy K. Ringer of Newberry; a son-in-law, Heyward Ringer of Silverstreet; three grandchildren, Timothy C. Ringer and Christopher J. Ringer of Newberry and Heather C. Dominick of Myrtle Beach; a God son, Audi James Myers of Newberry; six sisters, Gladys Wilson of Aiken, Ella Stevens and Mary McJunkins, both of Newberry, Brenda Calvitt and Annie Amick, both of Lexington and Betty Gresham of Union; two brothers, Ransom "Randy’ Bush, Jr. of Silverstreet and John A. "Buddy" Bush of Honea Path; four sisters-in-law, Peggy S. Myers and Betty D. Stribble, both Newberry, Shirley S. Boozer of Prosperity and Bobbie H. Bush of Honea Path. He was predeceased by a sister, Elizabeth Markee, a brother, Curtis R. Bush and a granddaughter, Casey Roxan Dominick. Interment was in Rosemont Cemetery. Whitaker Funeral Home was in charge. Newberry Observer 5/12/2003

Butler, Daisy Louise see Daisy Louise Butler GIBBS, Newberry Observer 10/29/2003

Butler, Susie see Susie Butler COOPER, Newberry Observer, 6/13/2003

Buzhardt, Colleen see Colleen Buzhardt DAVENPORT, Newberry Observer 12/1/2003

 

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