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Frank Rice
Frank R. Rice, 84, of Newberry, died March 17, 2006 at his residence.
Born in Cad, GA, he was a son of the late Mont Douglas and Pearl Stewart Rice. He was retired from Kaywood and was a member of Glory Tabernacle where he was a former Deacon.. He was a member of the NRA and an avid deer hunter.
He is survived his wife, Winnie Mashburn Rice; sons, Michael D. Rice of Concord, CA, and Benny G. (Ann) Rice. Of Kenly, NC. daughters, Frankie (Miller) Jacobs of Newberry, Carolyn Wynn of Newberry, and Rebecca (Gary) Sindelar of Greenville, 9 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.
The Rice family celebrated the life of Frank R. Rice before he was called home to be with Jesus.
Services will be at 4:00 PM Sunday at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Newberry Memorial Gardens. The family is at his residence and will receive friends Sunday from 3:00 - 4:00 PM at the McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Glory Tabernacle, 905 Pope Street, Newberry 29108. 

Willie Ringer
NEWBERRY - Services for Willie Lee Ringer, 90, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Rosemont Cemetery. The family is at the residence of Billy Ringer and will receive friends from 7-8 tonight at the funeral home.

Mr. Ringer, widower of Mary Cook Ringer, died Thursday, November 7, 2002 in Newberry County Memorial Hospital. Born in Pomaria, he was a son of the late Walter E. and Rosa Ringer. He was a member of Lutheran Church of the Redeemer and had retired from Kendall Co., Oakland Plant, and Ringer Cycle Shop.

Surviving are son, Willie Lee Ringer II of Prosperity; niece reared in the home, Marsha Adams Ruff of Newberry; nephew reared in the home, Doug Adams of Chapin; sister, Myrtle Felker of Newberry.

Mozelle Rowe
NEWBERRY - Funeral services for Mozelle Rowe, 77, widow of James D. Rowe, will be conducted at 3 p.m. Friday at McSwain-Evans Funeral Chapel with burial to follow in Rosemont Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 6:30-8 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Grace Baptist Church, Little Eygpt Rd., Whitmire, SC 29178.

Mrs. Rowe died May 28, 2003. Born in Newberry, she was a daughter of the late Furman Frampton and Daphne Smith Rowe. Mrs. Rowe was a member of Grace Baptist Church.

She is survived by sons, Dobson "Rudy" Rowe of Prosperity, Thomas Rowe and Barry Hood, both of Blythewood, Paul Rowe and Dean Rowe, both of Newberry; daughters, Louise Hood of Ridgeway, Susan Ringer of Pomaria, Candy Busby, Cynthia Duncan, Darlene Layton and Jean Billiot, all of Newberry; sisters, Myrtle Cockrell of Pickens, Betty Williams of West Columbia and Lunette Gibson of Newberry; a sister-in-law, Mary Rowe of Pomaria; 31 grandchildren and 21 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by children, James Rowe, Corrine Mack and Patricia Lindler

Charlie Rinehart
NEWBERRY - Services for Charlie Ray Rinehart, 89, of 316 Grace St., will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday at Epting Memorial United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Rosemont Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7-8 this evening at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home.

Mr. Rinehart died February 25, 2002 at his residence. Born in Batesburg, Mr. Rinehart was a son of the late Fred and Lillian Black Rinehart. He had retired from the Kendall Company, Mollohon plant and was a member of Epting Memorial United Methodist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Bessie Proctor Rinehart; sons, James Ray Rinehart of Seabrook Island and Robert Steve Rinehart of Chapin; stepson, Olin Hendrix of Newberry; stepdaughter, Fronnie Mae Banks of Newberry; 10 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

Marvin Rucker
NEWBERRY - Services for Marvin Junius Rucker, 90, will be at Central United Methodist Church at 3:00 PM Sunday with burial in Rosemont Cemetery. Visitation will be from 7:00 until 8:00PM Saturday at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Central United Methodist Church, PO Box 67, Newberry, SC 29108 or to the Alzheimer's Association, Mid-State S. C. Chapter. PO Box 7044, Columbia, SC 29202-7044.

Mr. Rucker died June 18, 2004. Born in Calhoun County, he was a son of the late Bogan Hayne and Blanche Furtick Rucker. He was retired from Choice Quality and Spartan Grain. Mr. Rucker was a Scoutmaster of Boy Scout Troop 1 and 65 for many years, a member of the Newberry Rotary Club with over fifty years of perfect attendance, Paul Harris Fellow and a member of Central United Methodist Church. He enjoyed traveling for over 30 years and was a member of WBCCI Airstream Club. He was a Navy veteran of World War II.

Surviving are his wife, Martha D. Rucker; a son, the Honorable John M (Harriett) Rucker; stepdaughters, Elizabeth Dixon (Fred) Fulmer and Angela Dixon (Tom) Bardin; brother, the Rev. D. H. (Bernice) Rucker; grandsons, John Brandt (Allyson) Rucker and Wylie Marvin (Stacia) Rucker; step-grandchildren, Jacob (Natalie) Fulmer, Angela Fulmer, Clayton Fulmer Jill Bardin and Tripp Bardin; a great-grandson, Whitman Marvin Rucker. Mr. Rucker was predeceased by his first wife, Sarah Bouknight Rucker, brothers, Donal B. Rucker and W. Laverne Rucker; a sister, Dorothy Rucker Holcombe.

Serena Susan Rivers
NEWBERRY - Services and burial for Serena Susan Rivers, 25, are 3 p.m. Thursday at Belmont Baptist Church, Silverstreet. Wilson F.H. is in charge. Born in Newberry to Carey Sr. and Eula Gary Rivers, she died Aug. 4, 2005. Surviving: mother; fiance, Kenny Sweetenburg and son, Kendrick; siblings, Suvena, Calvin, Karey, Elois, Michael, Theresa, Sandra, Eartha, Naomi, Burnell, Fannie, Alisha and Nancy.

Vanessa Richardson
PROSPERITY - Mrs. Vanessa M. Richardson, 84, of 3885 Macedonia Church Road, widow of Melvin "Rich" Richardson, died December 27, 2003, in Newberry County Memorial Hospital.

Born in Newberry County, Mrs. Richardson was a daughter of the late Luther Patrick Martin and Lula Stockman Martin Padgett. She was a beautician and a member of Bethel Baptist Church, where she formerly taught Sunday School.

Mrs. Richardson is survived by two sons, Jerry M. (Doris) Richardson of Knoxville, Tenn. and Don Ricky (Nancy) Richardson of Prosperity; two daughters, Judy (Johnny) Finley of North Augusta and Sonja M. Richardson of Prosperity; a sister, Catherine Derrick of Newberry; nine grandchildren, Jerri Lynn Shealy, Brent A. Richardson, Don R. Richardson Jr., Wally Richardson, Mollie Susan Respass, Summer Finley, Adam Finley, Ronda Najjar and John V. Finley Jr. and 15 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by sisters, Bertha Floyd and Daisy Fulmer, and a brother, L. T. Martin.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Monday at Bethel Baptist Church, by the Rev. Lynn Peters. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. Her family is at her residence and will receive friends from 4-7 p.m. Sunday at McSwains-Evans Funeral Home. Pallbearers: Brent Richardson, Clint Shealy, Don Richardson, Wally Richardson, Troy Respass and Adam Finley. The family suggests that those desiring may make memorials to Bethel Baptist Church Parking Lot Fund, 2503, Bethel Church Road, Prosperity, SC 29127.

Mackie William Rawl
PROSPERITY - Mackie William Rawl died Sept. 7, 2006. Born March 5, 1949, Mr. Rawl was a member of Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church, Prosperity. Graveside memorial will be held at Mt. Olivet Church on Sun., Oct. 29 at 2 p.m.

Rosine Ruff
NEWBERRY - Services for Rosine Sims Ruff will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday at Mt. Hebron AME Church with burial in the church cemetery. F.B. Pratt & Son Funeral Home is in charge.

Mrs. Ruff, widow of Joe Ruff Jr., died February 16, 2002. Born in Newberry Co., she was a daughter of the late Forest and Bertha Reeves Sims. She was a member of Mt. Hebron AME Church and Women's Aid Society #34.

Surviving are daughters, Bernice Ruff, Lourine Bates, Annie Sims; son, Joe Ruff; sister, Elsie Sims; seven grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.

Rufus Swittenburg
NEWBERRY - Mr. Rufus Swittenburg, 54, of 824 Drayton St., Newberry, died Thursday at Newberry County Memorial Hospital.
Additional information and funeral schedule will be provided later by Wilson Funeral Home of Newberry.

Sammie Rowe
PROSPERITY - Services for Sammie H. (Bob) Rowe, 70, will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 8, 1999, at Bethel Baptist Church, Prosperity, with burial in the church cemetery. Mr. Rowe will be placed in the church at 10:30 a.m. prior to the service. The family will receive friends 6-8 tonight at Caughman-Harman Funeral Homes, Chapin Chapel. Memorials may be made to Bethel Baptist Church.

Mr. Rowe died Wednesday, May 5, 1999. Born in Newberry County, he was a son of the late Sam and Annie Counts Rowe. He was a member of Bethel Baptist Church.

Surviving are his sisters, Alda Rowe of Chapin, Hula R. Bundrick of Prosperity, Dot Watson Harley of Columbia; brother, Rayford Rowe of Chapin. He was preceded in death by his sister, Marie Pearce.

Lester Rawls
POMARIA - Services for J. Lester Rawls, 88, of 4239 New Hope Road, will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at New Hope United Methodist Church with burial in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends 6-8 tonight at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home, Newberry. Memorials may be made to New Hope UMC Building Fund, 256 Graham Cemetery Road, Pomaria 29126, or to Palmetto Baptist Hospice, 1400 Pickens St., Columbia 29220.

Mr. Rawls died Saturday, Aug. 8, 1998, at his home. Born in Pomaria, he was a son of the late Jacob B. and Ella Lever Rawls. He was a retired employee of Lone Star Industries and a member of New Hope United Methodist Church, where he was a member of the United Methodist Men and a former trustee and member of the church board. He was a member of Lodge #151, AFM, and a member of the Woodmen of the World.

Surviving are his wife, Zelma Barbee Rawls; daughters and sons-in-law, Martha and Tommy Glenn of Jenkinsville, Zalia and Stanley Hawkins of Pomaria and Wanda and Johnnie Son of Little Mountain; a sister, Ruth Doolittle of Cayce; brothers, MacDonald Rawls and Herman Rawls, both Pomaria; seven grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Mary Barre Rawl 
Newberry - March 2 -- The funeral of Mrs. Mary Barre Rawl was held at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer Tuesday afternoon at 4 o'clock. Rev. J. C. Perry, pastor, officiating with interment in Rosemont cemetery immediately following. Mrs. Rawl died suddenly Monday at ther apartment in the Stuart house in Wilson street. She would have passed her 89th birthday anniversary the last of this month, and while not in robust health enjoyed remarkably good health for one of such advanced age. Mrs. Rawl was twice married, her first husband being Jesse Rawl of Haroldson, Ga., where she lived for a number of years. Her second husband was also Ben Rawl of Lexington, where she lived for some time after his death, which occured a number of years ago, she came back to Newberry, her girlhood home, to live her last years.

She was a daughter of the late Matthias Barre, prominent citizen of Newberry in the past century. She is the last charter member of the old Luther Chapel now the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, and was one of the staunchest members of the church attending the services regularly, being present on Sunday morning. "Aunt Mollie" as she was familarly known to a host of friends and relatives was well known and loved by many relatives and friends throughout the state. Surviving is one half-sister, Miss Sallie C. Barre of this city. The following nieces and nephews are also left: Dr. W. G. Houseal, Newberry; Wm. P. Houseal, Columbia, J. E. Houseal, Cedartown, Ga., L. A. Barre, Columbia, Dr. James M. Kibler, Mrs. William Johnson, Mrs. Erin Rawl, Miss Eugenia Barre, James A. Barre, C. P. Barre, all of Newberry; Mrs. William A. Kinard and Miss Lilla Kibler of Sumter, Mrs. R. F. Bryant of Orangeburg, Mrs. Jno. A. Simpson, Prosperity, Miss Gussie Kibler, Atlanta, Ga., Mrs. Martha Boozer, Nashville, Tenn.; Lawson R. Kibler, San Francisco, Cal., John R. Griffin, Mrs. Lillie Griffin Langford and Mrs. Eugene Leavell, Newberry are also half-nieces and nephews; besides a large number of other grand-nephews and nieces and other relatives. (contributed by Cathy Schmidt)

Ruby Ruff Ringer
Ruby Ruff Ringer, 91, of Pomaria, widow of Woodrow E. Ringer, died May 17, 2007 at White Oak Manor.
Born in Pomaria, she was a daughter of the late Willie John and Mamie Sligh Ruff. She was a member of Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church where she was a former Choir Director, Adult Sunday School Teacher and a member of the 55+ Group.
Mrs. Ringer was predeceased by a son, Willwood Wayne Ringer. She is survived by a daughter-in-law, Jane L. Ringer of Pomaria; grandchildren, Audra (Stuart) Smith and Woody (Kelly) Ringer all of Newberry;a great-granddaughter, Katie Jane Smith of Newberry; a sister, Anna Chapman of Pomaria. She was predeceased by sisters, Ethel Murphy and Mae Harris; brothers, Herbert Ruff and John Carl Ruff.
Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church by the Rev. Deborah Taylor and Rev. Terry Amick. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will be at the residence of Jane Ringer, 7301 SC Highway 34, Newberry, SC. where they will receive friends. Memorials may be made to Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church, 2442 Mt. Pleasant Road, Pomaria, SC 29126. Active pallbearers: Burr Harris, Johnny Ruff, Fred Austin, Aubey Wicker, Tommy Kinard, Rodgers Ringer. A memorial message may be sent to the family at www.mcswainevans.com.

Thelma Rawl
PROSPERITY - Services with burial for Thelma Shealy Rawl, 90, retired from Kendall Company, 2 p.m. Friday: Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church, where she was a member. Born in Lexington County to Lessie Shealy, she died March 1, 2005. Surviving: son, Mackie Rawl of Newberry. Messages to the family may be sent via email at notes @whitakerfuneralhome.com. Whitaker Funeral Home is in charge.

Mary Renwick
Newberry, Oct 23 - Mrs. Mary Roland Renwick, widow of the late Col. John Simpson Renwick, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. R. C. Carlisle, in No. 4 township, Thursday morning, in the 93rd year of her age, and was buried today at King's Creek church. Mrs. Renwick leaves one son, Dr. M. A. Renwick, and two daughters, Mrs. R. C. Carlisle and Mrs. M. A. Carlisle.

Dr. Thomas Brooks Rutherford
Dr. Thomas Brooks Rutherford is dead! He was born in Newberry District 5th of November 1801 and suddenly fell down….in his native district. Some fifteen years of his life were spent as a practicing physician and in ’56 and ’57 he was a member of the State Legislature, but he seems to have preferred the humbler walks of life. In the year 1828, he married Miss Laura Adams, a lady of religious sentiments and Methodist predilections, who was survived by five children, one of whom fell at the head of his Regiment, in the valley of Virginia, 13 October ’64. Dr. Rutherford was a member of the M.E. Church. He left a wife and four children. Long eulogy.

Rebecca Jane Reagin
Died in Newberry District on 16th of June in the thirty-fourth year of her age, Mrs. Rebecca Jane Reagin, wife of Ker B. Reagin, deceased, and only daughter of Thomas and Rebecca Lake, deceased. Born and raised in our midst, the idol of her parents and family, the announcement of this death is all that is necessary to awaken wide-spread sympathy and heart-felt sorrow. She united with the Methodist church early in life, and ever preserved a consistent Christian character….This cruel war deprived her of a kind and affectionate husband, and induced her to return from a negihboring State to ...to reside among old relatives and friends.... A touching scene was the parting look of those five orphaned children (the oldest twelve and the youngest four) upon the face of their last parent and devoted Mother…

Joe Cecil Ruff
NEWBERRY — Funeral services for Mr. Joe Cecil Ruff, age 65, will be conducted on Sunday, Feb. 1, 2009, at 2 p.m. at Mt. Hebron A.M.E. Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Mr. Ruff died Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2009 at White Oak Manor-Newberry. Born in Newberry County, he was the son of the late Joe Ruff Jr. and the late Rosine Sims Ruff. He was a member of Mt. Hebron A.M.E. Church.  Surviving are two sisters, Lourine Bates and Bernice Ruff, both of Newberry; three aunts, Elsie Sims of Newberry, Vera Sims of Greenville and Hattie Rose Sims of Prosperity; God sister, Annie Rae Sims of Brooklyn, N.Y.; four nephews; three nieces; five great-nephews; six great-nieces; a host of cousins and friends.  The family will receive friends at 3452 Chick Drive, Newberry.  Services entrusted to F.B. Pratt & Son Funeral Home, Inc

Dr. J. H. M. Ruff
Newberry, Dec. 17 - Dr. J. H. M. Ruff of the Mount Pleasant section of the county died suddenly this morning about 11 o'clock at his home. He had been in bad health for some time, but his death was not expected at this time. He was 72 years of age and has practiced medicine in that community most of his life. He will be missed in that section of the country.

Gerald M. Reuter

Gerald M. (Gerry) Reuter, 73, of 3741 S.C. Highway 391, Prosperity, SC died Saturday, July 14, 2007 at his residence.
Mr. Reuter was born on July 22, 1933 in Lone Rock, WI, a son of the late Henry E. and Geraldine Miller Reuter. He was a twenty year veteran of the U.S. Army serving both in the Korean War and two tours of duty in the Vietnam War.
In 1973 he founded G.M. Reuter Trucking Co. He was a member of Zion United Methodist Church, the American Legion Post 133 in Ridge Spring, SC and a life member and past commander of the VFW Post 6740 in Leesville, SC.
Mr. Reuter is survived by his wife, Miriam Derrick Reuter of Prosperity; three daughters, Connie Hartley of Prosperity, Phyllis M. (Aven) Martin of Leesville, and Susan (Allen) Hancock of Newberry; two sons, Marion G. (Marsha) Reuter and Bruce H. (Iris) Reuter all of Prosperity; special niece and nephew, Von and Mary Hiller and their children Jeremy Hiller and Glenn and Brandie Greenwood and Jozie; three sisters, Marjorie (Ray) Lease of Barnville, WI, Shirley Schmid of Waunakee, WI, and Rosemary Herndon of Baraboo, WI; 16 grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren. He was predeceased by a sister, Marie Reuter and a brother, Edwin H. Reuter.
Funeral services will be conducted at 4:00 PM Tuesday at Zion United Methodist Church by the Rev. Lowry Drennen and Pastor Roger Phillips. Interment will be in the church cemetery with Military Honors.
Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Monday at the Whitaker Funeral Home. The family will be at the residence, 3741 SC Highway 391, Prosperity. The family wishes to express deepest gratitude to Dr. Chris Marshall and Dr. Chaudhry Mushtag and Hospice Care of Tri County. Memorials may be made to Hospice Care of Tri County, 166 Stonebridge Dr., Columbia, SC 29210-8239 and to Zion United Methodist Church Building Fund, 80 Zion Circle, Prosperity SC 29127
Messages to the family may be sent via email at notes@whitakerfuneralhome.com.
Whitaker Funeral Home, Newberry is assisting the family

Howard B. ''Plum'' Rikard
NEWBERRY -- Services for Howard B. ''Plum'' Rikard, 90, of 1115 Cannon Swamp Road will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Lever Chapel AME Church. Wilson Funeral Home is in charge.
Mr. Rikard died Friday, June 9, 1995. Born in Newberry County, he was a son of the late Beckman and Carrie Bailey Rikard. He retired as a farmer and was the former owner of Rikard's Cafe of Prosperity. He was a member of Lever Chapel AME Church, where he was a trustee and a member of the AP&B Society and the Hannah Burial Aid Society.
Surviving are his wife, Mary Cromer Rikard; a daughter, Meredieth Williams of Washington; a sister, Carrie Buck of Baltimore; eight grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.

Frances Elizabeth Ramage
Newberry, Feb. 23 - Miss Fannie Ramage died at her home on Main street Thursday afternoon at 1:30 after an illness of several days. Miss Ramage was the eldest daughter of the late Burr J. Ramage. She leaves one brother, the Rev. Bartow Bee Ramage of Memphis, Tenn., who was with her at the time of her death. Miss Ramage was an excellent woman, of a jovial, sympathetic, lovable disposition, and will be greatly missed by her large circle of friends. The funeral will be held Friday afternoon at 3 o'clock at the First Baptist church, interment at the family burying ground about three miles from the city. Miss Ramage was about 70 years old.

Cook Lucy
...the servant of Madximilian Haynie (commonly know as the Astronomer Haynie), died at the residence of his grandson, Wm. H. Ruff, in Newberry District, on the 30th of June last, in probably her ninety-second year. She was one of the old time negro servants. She loved her master and his descendants - she knew no interest but his and theirs. She began to fail two or three years before her death; her eye-sight, hearing, and all her mental powers, one after another, gave way, until at last, like the ripe grain, she was gathered in her Master's garner. - Newberry-Rising Sun

Margaret Richardson
PROSPERITY - Services for Margaret Jackson Richardson, 80, of 833 Jollystreet Road, will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul Lutheran Church by the Rev. Brent Nichols. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 7-8 tonight at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home, Newberry. Memorials may be made to St. Paul Lutheran Church, 2496 S.C. Highway 773, Pomaria, SC 29126 or to the charity of one's choice. Mrs. Richardson, widow of George Harold Richardson, died Thursday, November 7, 2002 at her residence. Born in Elloree, she was a daughter of the late John N. and Vernie Smith Jackson. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Paul Lutheran Church. Surviving are her sons and daughters-in-law, John E. and Sherree Richardson of Pomaria, Mark A. and Martha Richardson of Prosperity; brother, Horace Jackson of Elloree; grandchildren, Jenny, Lori Beth, Benji, Kirby, Scott and Holly Richardson; sister-in-law, Wilma Kinard of Newberry. She was predeceased by her daughter, Judy Agnes Richardson; sisters, Madilyn Werts and Mary Chapman; brothers, John Jackson, Richard "Buck" Jackson and Kirby Jackson.

Marian Ruff
NEWBERRY - Funeral services for Marian Halfacre Ruff, 88, wife of the late Robert Lee Ruff, who died July 18, 2003, in White Oak Manor in Newberry will be conducted at 4 p.m. Monday at St. Philip's Lutheran Church by Rev. Terry Amick assisted by Rev. Andrew David Eargle and Mr. Kevin Strickland. The family is at the residence of Robby and Wilma Ruff, 1132 Halfacre Road, Newberry, and they will receive friends Sunday from 7-8 p.m. at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to St. Philip's Lutheran Church Family Life Center, 2461 St. Philip's Church Road, Newberry, SC 29108, or White Oak Manor, 2555 Kinard Street, Newberry, SC 29108. www.mcswainevans.com. Mrs. Ruff was born July 31, 1914, in Newberry County, the daughter of the late Crenshaw B. Halfacre and Essie Wilson Halfacre. She was a member of St. Philip's Lutheran Church and was a golden ager and homemaker. Mrs. Ruff is survived by a daughter, Elizabeth Ann R. Wise of Batesburg; a son and daughter-in-law, Robert Marion (Robby) and Wilma Ruff of Newberry; a sister, Lurleen H. Eargle of Newberry; one grandchild and spouse, Susan Marian and Michael (Mike) Swygert, and two great grandchildren, Brooke and Taylor Swygert, all of Newberry. She was predeceased by a brother, Grady Lee Halfacre of Prosperity and a son-in-law, John Bell Wise of Batesburg. Nieces and nephews also survive. Pallbearers: Leonard Halfacre, Philip Epps, Dr. Elmer G. Long, John Frank Mayer, Billy Long, John David Halfacre, John David Wilson, George Robert Ruff, Keith Kunkle, Tommy Griffin, Max Cook. Honorary pallbearers: administration and staff of White Oak Manor.

Marjorie F. Richardson
Prosperity Marjorie F. Richardson, 80, widow of James William Richardson, of 1555 Old Jolly Street Road, died Thursday, Feb. 8, 2001, at Newberry County Memorial Hospital. Survivors: A son, Danny Richardson of Prosperity brothers, Charles and Paul Franklin, both of Prosperity and a grandson, David Brian Richardson. Predeceased: Parents, Wister Brown and Lizzie Bobb Franklin. Service: 3 p.m. today at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Burial: Church cemetery. Memorials: St. Paul Lutheran Church Cemetery Fund, 2496 SC Highway 773, Pomaria, SC 29126. Family: 1537 Old Jolly Street Road, Prosperity. -- McSwain-Evans Funeral Home.

Beatrice Haltiwanger Ruff
Pomaria Beatrice Haltiwanger Ruff, 82, widow of William H. Ruff, of 7790 Broad River Road, died Monday, June 3, 2002. Born in Chapin, she was a daughter of the late Adam Samuel and Georgia Mae DeHihns Haltiwanger. Survivors: A daughter, Abby J. Austin of Pomaria and a grandson. Predeceased: A sister, Margaret Trexler and brothers, Ray, Howard, and George Haltiwanger. Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. today at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Service: 3 p.m. Thursday at St. Matthew Lutheran Church. Burial: Church cemetery. Memorials: St. Matthew's Lutheran Church Parking Lot Fund.

Herman Rawls
POMARIA - Services for Herman Lee Rawls, 85, will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at New Hope United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation is from 6:30-8:00 this evening at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to New Hope United Methodist Church, c/o Robert Davis, 256 Graham Cemetery Road, Pomaria, SC 29126. Mr. Rawls, widower of Jeanie Wicker Rawls, died Tuesday, August 21, 2001. Born in Newberry County, he was a son of the late Jacob Boinert and Ella Elizabeth Lever Rawls. He was an active member of New Hope United Methodist Church where he served in many official capacities over the years. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II. He retired from the former Smith Motor Company and later worked for Looney Dodge/Chrysler. Surviving are daughter and son-in-law, Judy R. and John W. Amick of Pomaria; son and daughter-in-law, Terry and Marilyn S. Rawls; sister, Ruth R. Doolittle of Cayce; granddaughters, Leanne and Sharon Rawls of Pomaria; four stepgrandchildren; eight stepgreat-grandchildren. Mr. Rawls was predeceased by sisters, Mary R. Meetze and Agnes Rawls; brothers, Milton, Thurmond, Alvin, Tommie, MacDonald and Lester Rawls.
 
Veta Mae Richardson
NEWBERRY - Services for Veta Mae Wicker Richardson, 83, formerly of 403 Green St., will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Bachman Chapel Lutheran Church, with burial in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends 7-8 p.m. Saturday at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Bachman Chapel Lutheran Church, 3124 Bachman Chapel Road, Prosperity 29127.

Mrs. Richardson died Thursday. Born in Prosperity, she was a daughter of the late Hugh Augustus and Minnie McCartha Wicker. She was a former employee of Newberry Mills and retired from Greenwood Mills, Joanna Plant. She was a member of Bachman Chapel Lutheran Church and the Sixty and Over Group.

Surviving are her son, Houseal C. "Doc" Richardson of Newberry; sister, Christine Walling of Prosperity; grandsons, Kyle, Kent and Mark Richardson, all of Newberry and Dr. Matthew Richardson of Blacksburg, Va.; three great-grandchildren.

Martha Rikard
COLUMBIA - Graveside services for Martha Rochelle Rikard, 68, of 6618 Arcadia Woods Rd., will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday in the Bachman Chapel Lutheran Church Cemetery. Visitation will be 6-8 tonight at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Bachman Chapel Lutheran Church, 3124 Bachman Chapel Church Rd., Prosperity, 29127. McSwain-Evans Funeral Home is in charge.

Miss Rikard died Thursday. Born in Newberry, she was a daughter of the late Frank S. and Alice Wicker Rikard. She was a retired nurse at Dorn VA Hospital, a member of Bachman Chapel Lutheran Church, and the order of the Eastern Star Elizabeth Chapter 213.

Surviving are her sisters, Dorothy R. Haltiwanger of West Columbia, Sara Alice R. Sutton of Columbia; brothers, Earl Rikard of York, Grady Rikard of Newberry, R.C. Rikard of West Columbia, Murray Rikard of Kinards. She was predeceased by a sister, Ola Mea Wentworth; brothers, Ralph Rikard, W.B. Rikard.

Roland Cornelius Rikard
WEST COLUMBIA - Graveside services for Roland Cornelius Rikard will be at 3 p.m. Thursday in Bachman Chapel Lutheran Church Cemetery in Prosperity, SC. Visitation will be Wednesday from 5:30-7 p.m. at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home of Newberry.

Mr. Rikard, 79, died December 27, 2005. Born in Prosperity, he was a son of the late Franklin S. and Alice Wicker Rikard. He was a retired electrician and a World War II Navy veteran.

Surviving are his wife, Georgie Purrington Rikard; sons, Merrill Rikard and Derrill Rikard; a daughter, Pamela Wilson of Newberry; sisters, Dorothy Haltiwanger of West Columbia and Sara Sutton of Columbia; brothers, Earl Rikard of York, Grady Rikard of Newberry and Murray Rikard of Kinards and a number of grandchildren.

Minnie Hendrix Adams Reid
Newberry, April 22. -- Mrs. Minnie Hendrix Reid, 78, died suddenly Tuesday afternoon at the home of her son, W. H. Adams, near Clinton.
Mrs. Reid was born and reared in Newberry County, the daughter of the late George and Addie Motes Hendrix. She was married (and widowed) three times. Her first husband was James Reid. Her second husband was B.C. Adams, and her third husband was William P. Reid. Mrs. Reid had made her home with her daughter, Mrs. W.E. Baker of Whitmire. She was the last surviving member of her family.
Surviving are four sons, B. Frank, Whitmire; Walter H., Clinton; C.P, Columbia; and George, Clinton; three daughers, Mrs. Baker; Mrs. H. F. Shealy, Columbia; Mrs. Everette Bishop, Donalds; 18 grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted Thursday at 11 a.m. at the McSwain Funeral Home by Dr. R. N. DuBose and the Rev. James Williams. Burial will be in Trinity Church cemetery. The body is at the McSwain Funeral Home. (contributed by Jane Adams Lloyd)

Edna Ringer
POMARIA - Services for Edna G. Ringer, 87, formerly of Suber Road, will be held at 11 a.m. Monday at St. Matthew's Lutheran Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends 5-6 this evening at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. The family suggests that those desiring may make memorials to J.F. Hawkins Health Care, 1330 Kinard Street, Newberry, SC 29108; or to St. Matthew's Lutheran Church, 5514 New Hope Road, Pomaria, SC 29126.

Mrs. Ringer, widow of John William Ringer, died Friday. Born in Pomaria, she was a daughter of the late William Bowman and Lelah Cromer Graham. She was a member of St. Matthew's Lutheran Church.

Surviving are her sister, Ruby Gilliam of Whitmire; nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a daughter, Ruby Geraldine Ringer.

George Renwick
NEWBERRY - Services for George J. Renwick, 71, will be conducted at 11:00 AM Saturday in Wiles Chapel, Newberry College. Burial will follow in Cannon's Creek-Prosperity Church Cemetery. Visitation will be at the McSwain-Evans Funeral Home Friday from 6:00 until 8:00 P.M. Memorial may be made to Cannon's Creek-Prosperity ARP Church Cemetery Fund.

Mr. Renwick died July 14, 2004. Born in Talladega, Alabama, he was a son of the late George J. and Christine Wilson Renwick. He was a 1954 graduate of Newberry College and received the Masters of Education degree from Montevallo University. He taught in high schools in Alabama and Florida before returning to Newberry College in 1967, where he was head of the Biology and Chemistry departments. He served as advisor for all pre-med students, and was instrumental in organizing the Vet tech program. He was a retired Professor Emeritus from Newberry College. Mr. Renwick was the State Director of High School Science Olympiad and was a National Olympiad judge.

He was a member of Cannon's Creek-Prosperity ARP Church, where he was currently serving as Elder.

Surviving are his wife, Jeanette Harrison Renwick; sons, Marc (Laurie) Renwick of Newberry, Mike (Rhonda) Renwick, of Prosperity, and Matt (Glendy) Renwick of Matthews, NC; grandchildren, Kevin Renwick, Christine Renwick, Alexandra Renwick, Michael Renwick, Savannah Renwick, Brandon Renwick, Jacob McAreavy, and Megan McArearvy.

Patricia Ann Willard Rikard
Newberry Patricia Ann "Tootsie" Willard Rikard, 67, died Wednesday, June 12, 2002.

Surviving are her husband, Grady Frank Rikard daughters, Gloria Jean Crayne and Lizzie Ann Brotherton, both of Newberry a sister, Frances Lucille Willard, of Newberry a brother, Y.M. "Bud" Willard, of Newberry and a granddaughter.

Visitation: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Friday at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Service: 11 a.m. Saturday at the funeral chapel. Burial: Cannon's Creek-Prosperity A.R.P. Church Cemetery. Memorials: Cannon's Creek-Prosperity A.R.P. Church, 14417 C.R. Koon Highway, Newberry, SC 29108.

Nancy Cornelia Price Roton - contributed by Donna Brummett
Nancy Cornelia Price Roton, 86, of Newberry, widow of Raymond H. Roton, died Monday, July 7, 2008 at her residence.

Born in Greenville on Nov. 26, 1921, she was a daughter of the late Sidney Lawson and Salome Rivers Price. Mrs. Roton was formerly employed by Damon International and was a member of Calvary Pentecostal Holiness Church. She was a devoted wife and loving mother and grandmother.

Surviving are a son, Donald Harvey (Gayle) Roton of Newberry; daughters, Sandra Rae Roton, Loretta (Jess) Oropeza and Kathy (Ralph) Summer all of Newberry; grandchildren, Jennifer Long, Donna Mason, Scott Roton and Jeramy Oropeza; three great-grandchildren; a special nephew, Butch Price and a special caregiver, Angie Perry. Mrs. Roton was predeceased by nine brothers and sisters.

Services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, 2008, at McSwain-Evans Funeral Chapel by the Rev. Charles Clinton. Burial will follow in West End Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Wednesday at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Calvary Pentecostal Holiness Church, 965 Lindsay Circle, Newberry, SC 29108 or Meals on Wheels c/o Newberry Council on Aging, 1300 Hunt Street, Newberry, SC 29108.

Letha M. Ramsey
NEWBERRY - Letha M. Ramsey, 83, of Newberry, died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2006, at the Newberry County Memorial Hospital.
Ms Ramsey was born on Aug. 27, 1924, in Portsman, W.Va., a daughter of the late Lee Charles and Della Sue Ramsey. She was the former owner and waitress of a restaurant and store in Dillion. She was of the Baptist faith.  She is survived by her three daughters, Lila L. Norton of Newberry, Dean Ramsey of Mullins and Diane Hall of High Point, N.C.; eight grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a brother, Henry Franklin Haithcock. Graveside funeral services were conducted at noon on Saturday at Tabor Methodist Church Cemetery by the Rev. Walter Green. Active pallbearers were her grandchildren.  Memorials may be made to J.F. Hawkins Nursing Home, 1330 Kinard St., Newberry SC 29108.  Whitaker Funeral Home, Newberry is assisting the family.

Charles Emerson Ragland
Charles Emerson Ragland, age 92, recently of Hopkins, died January 23, 2010 at the Brian Center St. Andrews in Columbia.
Mr. Ragland, son of the late Rev. Samuel Emerson and Lillian Harlow Ragland, was a native of Bowling Green, KY. He graduated from Western Kentucky State Teachers College in 1937 and from the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in 1942.

He served as a Signal Corps officer in North Africa and Sicily during World War II and at other postings in the United States, Puerto Rico, and Jamaica before returning to civilian life.

While on leave visiting relatives in Newberry in 1944, Charles met his future wife Jane Harriet Summer, daughter of John H. and Mamie Swittenberg Summer. They were married a few months later. He was employed by radio station WKDK, the S.C. and U.S. Forestry Commissions, Carolina Electronics, Remington Rand Univac, and the Shakespeare plant of Anthony Enterprises and Glassmaster prior to retirement.

He was a member of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer in Newberry, where he sang in the choir.
Mr. Ragland is survived by children Charles, Jr., of Selinsgrove, PA, John Harrison and Mary Helen Ragland of Piedmont, Kathryn R. and J. Allen Gilbert of Hopkins, Christopher and Julie Ragland of Fountain Inn, grandchildren Will Ragland, Rebecca Ragland, Marianne Gilbert Nicolau, David Gilbert, Harrison Gilbert, Benjamin Ragland, Susannah Ragland, and Christian Ragland; and one great-grandson, Parker L. Nicolau. A brother, William C. Ragland of Pittsboro, NC and a sister, Lillian R. Caudill, of Louisville, KY, also survive. Charles' wife Jane passed away in 2008.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 A.M Saturday at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer by the Rev. Caldwell Day.
Interment will be in Rosemont Cemetery.  Visitation will be from 6 to 8 PM Friday at the Whitaker Funeral Home.

The family suggests memorials be made to the Worship and Music Committee, Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 1515 Boundary St., Newberry, SC 29108 or to the Newberry Regional Library, 1300 Friend St., Newberry, SC 29108. (contributed by Donna Brummett)

Sarah Runyans
Sarah Marjorie Huffstetler Runyans, 80, of Newberry, widow of Daniel Stanley Runyans, died Sunday, September 13, 2009 at Newberry County Memorial Hospital. 
Born on October 3, 1928 in Newberry, she was a daughter of the late Charles Simpson and Mary Agnes Amick Huffstetler.  Surviving are a son, Michael Ronald (Pam) Runyans of Clinton; a sister, Edith Eargle of Newberry; a brother, Ellis Huffstetler of Clinton; grandchildren, Mike (Mary) Runyans and Ty (Michelle) Runyans and great-grandchildren, Maddie Grace, Luke and Dawson Runyans.  Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, September 15, 2009 at Newberry Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Monday from 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Lydia Baptist Church, 98 Palmetto Street, Clinton, SC 29325.  (contributed by Donna Brummett)

Edith Ruff
Edith Sutton Ruff, 82, of 3176 Deadfall Road, Newberry, widow of L. Hubert Ruff, died Friday, October 17, 2008 in Clinton, SC.  She was born in Lee County, VA on February 5, 1926 to the late Rev. Grant and Eva Morrison Sutton. Mrs. Ruff was retired from Central Soya and was a member of Glenn Street Baptist Church.  Mrs. Ruff is survived by her daughter, Becky Ruff of Newberry; her granddaughter, Natashia Ruff of Newberry; sisters, Dot Conner of Newberry, Opal Jennings of Spartanburg, and Billie Gribble of North Carolina; brothers, Willie Sutton, Melvin Sutton, Alvin Sutton all of Whitmire, and Paul Sutton of Newberry; and a number of nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a sister, Meda Bouknight and an infant son.  Funeral services were conducted at 11:00 A.M. Monday at Whitaker Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Donald West, Rev. Marion Ringer, and Rev. Fred Lazzaro. Interment was in the Rosemont Cemetery.
Visitation was from 6:00 to 7:00 PM, Sunday, at the Whitaker Funeral Home. The family was at the residence of her daughter, 3118 Deadfall Road, Newberry.  Memorials may be made to Glenn Street Baptist Church, 300 Glenn Street, Newberry, SC 29108 or to the Carolina Poodle Rescue, 6705 Union Highway, Pacolet, SC 29372.  Active pallbearers were Josh Ruff, Greg Culbertson, Jeff Sutton, Kenny Ruff, Dell Ruff, Brandon Burke, and Dalton Burke. (contributed by Donna Brummett)

Grace B. Ruff
Grace Banks Ruff, 95, widow of L.W. Ruff, died Wednesday, November 24, 2004 at the Newberry County Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Ruff was born on February 14, 1909 in Saluda County, the daughter of the late Samuel G. and Elizabeth Rogers Banks. She was a retired employee of Kendall Co., Mollohon Plant and was a member of Glenn St. Baptist Church.  Mrs. Ruff is survived by a daughter, Frances R. Mack of Newberry; two sons and daughters-in-law, S. J. and Grace A. Ruff and Mitchell and Peggy Ruff all of Newberry; six grandchildren; and 12 great grandchildren.  Funeral services were conducted at 11:00 A.M. Saturday at Glenn St. Baptist Church by the Rev. Todd Kirkland and the Rev. Donald West. Interment was in the Newberry Memorial Gardens.  Visitation was from 6:00 to 7:00 P. M. Friday at the Whitaker Funeral Home. The family was at the residence, 1807 Ebenezer Road, Newberry.  Memorial may be made to Glenn St. Baptist Church, 300 Glenn St., Newberry SC 29108.  Active pallbearers were her grandsons and grandsons-in-law.  (contributed by Donna Brummett)

Grady Rikard
Grady Franklin Rikard, 88, of Newberry, widower of Patricia Ann “Tootsie” Willard Rikard, died Wednesday, August 18, 2010, at his residence.
Born on January 22, 1922, in Newberry, he was a son of the late Franklin Samuel and Alice Cornelia Wicker Rikard. He was a World War II Navy veteran and also a veteran of the Army. Mr. Rikard was the owner of the Pee Wees Party Shop. He was a member of Cannon’s Creek A.R.P. Church. He was a 58 year member of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers and was an electrician with local Union # 164 I.B.E.W. of Paramus, N.J. and also worked for the Tennessee Valley Authority. Surviving are his daughters, Gloria Jean Crayne and Lizzie Ann (David) Brotherton both of Newberry; sisters, Dorothy Haltiwanger of West Columbia and Sara Sutton of Columbia; a granddaughter, Amanda Bethany Crayne. He was predeceased by a son-in-law, Bobby Crayne, sisters, Ola Mae Wentworth and Roechelle Rikard, brothers, Earl Rikard, W.B. Rikard, Ralph Rikard, Roland Rikard and Murray Rikard. Funeral services will be held at 6:00 p.m. Saturday, August 21, 2010, at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home by the Rev. Gary Pierstorff. Burial with military honors will follow in Cannon’s Creek Prosperity ARP Church Cemetery. Visitation will be Friday from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice. Special thanks are extended to Dr. Steve Madden, Dr. Michael Bernardo, Dr. Oscar Lovelace, Dr. Chip Dixon. special caregiver, Felippe and the staff of Newberry County Memorial Hospital. (contributed by Donna Brummett)

Virginia Renwick
Virginia Bess Corley Renwick, 87, of Newberry, died Saturday, March 28, 2009 at Newberry County Memorial Hospital. Her husband, James S. Renwick, Jr. predeceased her.

Born in Newberry County, she was the daughter of the late Homer Edward and Annie McCary Corley. She was a U.S. Navy veteran having served in Washington, D.C. as a stenographer from 1944-1946. Mrs. Renwick retired from the Kendall Company, Oakland plant, was a member of the Newberry Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, and volunteered at Speers Street Elementary School for 25 years as a teacher helper.

Surviving are sons and their wives, James S. Renwick, III of Columbia, Stanley M. and Linda Cromley Renwick of Newberry, and George E. and LuAnne Richardson Renwick of Lexington; a daughter and her husband, Ann Renwick and Samuel M. Price, Jr. of Newberry; grandchildren and their spouses, April Renwick Grady and Will, Ginger Renwick George and John, J. McGill Price and Holly, Cpt. Samuel M. Price, III and Katie, and Renwick Meagan Price, two great-granddaughters, Savannah N. Grady, and Abigail McGill Price; a brother, Robert Joseph and Eleanor Lewis Corley of Spartanburg; and sisters, Mary Nell (Polly) Shealy of Columbia and Ethel Corley Mayer of Newberry. Mrs. Renwick was predeceased by siblings, James William Corley, Verdie Florence Wise, and Haskell Ellison (Hap) Corley.

Graveside funeral services were conducted Wednesday at 11:00 A.M. at Newberry Memorial Gardens by the Rev. Tony Locke. The family was at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Stanley M. Renwick, 134 Shady Lane and did receive friends Tuesday from 7:00 to 9:00 P.M. at Whitaker Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Newberry ARP Church, 1701 Main St., Newberry, SC 29108 or to the American Heart Association Mid-Atlantic Affiliate, P.O. Box 5216, Glen Allen, VA 23058-5216.

Honorary pallbearers were C. Toland Renwick, George Wayne Renwick, Charles Rabb Renwick, C. Randall Renwick, Robert Neal Davis, and George Barry Shealy. (contributed by Donna Brummett)

Ernestine Ruff
Ernestine Howard Ruff, 87, widow of Andrew L. Ruff, died Monday, August 15, 2005, at her residence. 
Mrs. Ruff was a daughter of the late Ernest A. and Hilda W. Howard. She was a member of Glenn Street Baptist Church and the W. M. U.  She was retired from the Kendall Company, Mollohon Plant.  Mrs. Ruff is survived by her daughter, Lynda E. Ruff of Prosperity; two granddaughters and spouses, Andrea Floyd and Myron Cantrell of Prosperity; Jennifer Floyd and Ken Lindler of Little Mountain; three great-grandchildren, Blake Cantrell, Kendell Cantrell, and Ellen Lindler; an aunt, Inez H. Morrell of Greer.  She was predeceased by a sister, Ellen G. Howard.  Funeral services were conducted at 11:00 A.M. Friday at the Whitaker Funeral Home by the Rev. Dr. Donald F. West and Rev. Delano Cantrell. Interment was at Newberry Memorial Gardens.  Visitation was from 7:00 P.M. to 8:00 P.M. Thursday at the Whitaker Funeral Home.  In lieu of flowers the family request memorials may be made to the Prosperity Rescue Squad, 131 North Main Street, Prosperity, SC 29127 or to the Newberry County Council on Aging, 1300 Hunt Street, Newberry, SC 29108.  Active pallbearers were Odell Ruff, Wayne Cassidy, Otto Morris, Bobby Ruff, Kenneth Floyd and B Wright. Honorary pallbearers were John Campbell, Edith Ruff, members of the Reapers Sunday School Class, Onie Boozer, Helen Wright, Polly Mills, Elizabeth Hayes, Doris Bartley, and Marvoureen Morris. (contributed by Donna Brummett)

J.W. Richardson
J.W. "Billy" Richardson,76, died Friday, March 19, 2004 at Newberry County Memorial Hospital. Born in Newberry, he was a son of the late Homer M. and Annie Mae Haselden Richardson. He was a retired salesman and was a member of College Street Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife, Gaynell King Richardson; a son W.N. "Barry" and his wife Peggy Richardson of Newberry, a daughter; Mrs. Eddie (Cindy) Mills of Newberry, a step-son Phillip L. (Rev. Vickie) Powell of Hambit, N.C.; step daughters, Mrs. Edwin (Tina) Wicker and Mrs. Jeff (Kay) Brooks both of Newberry; 2 brothers; Dr. Byron Richardson of Landrum and Nathan Richardson of Charlotte; 5 grandchildren, Mark Mills, Brad Mills, Chris Mills, Kelly Richardson and Slade Richardson; 6 step-grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren, and 2 step-great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 AM Monday at the McSwain-Evans Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Newberry Memorial Gardens. The family is at his residence and will receive friends Sunday afternoon from 5:30 until 7:00 PM. The family suggests that those desiring may make memorials to College Street Baptist Church,3240 College Street, Newberry or to a charity of ones choice. Active pall bearers will be: Mark Mills, Brad Mills, Chris Mills, Slade Richardson, Scott Wessinger, Robert Wessinger, and Philip Wessinger. (contributed by Donna Brummett)

J. Steve Rister
67, of Newberry died Saturday, July 10, 2010 at Newberry County Memorial Hospital.
Born on July 17, 1942, in Newberry, he was the son of the late Julius B. and Louise Schumpert Rister. He was retired from Kibler’s Inc. and was a member of Mayer Memorial Lutheran Church. He enjoyed his grandchildren, hunting, fishing, and in his younger years, racing dirt track race cars. Mr. Rister is survived by his wife, Evelyn Bowers Rister; a daughter, Karen Butler and her husband Billy of Newberry; a son, Doug Rister and his wife Dawn of Chapin; five grandchildren, Amanda and Cody Butler and Taylor, Tucker, and Cooper Rister; and special friends, Willie and Marie Johnson. Funeral services will be conducted at 3:00 PM Tuesday, July 13, 2010 at Mayer Memorial Lutheran Church by the Rev. Dr. Mary Havens. Burial will follow in Newberry Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends Monday evening from 6:00 until 8:00 PM at the McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Mayer Memorial Lutheran Church, 1307 Drayton Street, Newberry, SC 29108 or to the American Cancer Society c/o Mrs. Helen Beebe, 181 Tailers Trail, Leesville, SC 29072. Active pall bearers will be  Patrick Bowers, Brent Bodie, T.C. Bowers, Larry Hall, Kevin Minick, Blair Long, Keith Minick, and Brian Beck. Honorary pall bearers will be past and present employees of Kibler’s, Inc.  (contributed by Donna Brummett)

Delmas "D.C" Richardson, Sr.
Retired First Sergeant
Augusta, Ga. 1SG Delmas C "D.C."Richardson, Sr. U.S. Army retired, age 73, beloved husband of Sandra Richardson, entered into rest at University Hospital Thursday October 21, 2004.   Family members besides his wife, Sandra Richardson, include his sons, Delmas C. Richardson Jr. of Augusta, Stanley R. Richardson and his wife Suzanne, of North Augusta, S.C. and Kenneth L. Richardson of Augusta; two step daughters, Glenda Toler and her husband, Gene of Winston Salem, N.C. and Kimberly Davis of Augusta, eight grandchildren and three great grandchildren. Mr. Richardson was preceded in death by a son Gary C. Richardson.  Mr. Richardson was a native of Newberry, S.C. and the son of the late Willie and Bonnie Epps Richardson and was a native of Newberry, S.C. He was a 1SG U.S. Army Retired after 26 years of service, a life member of the VFW Post 649, a life member of the Military order of the Cootie PT 69, American Legion Post 178, and a member of the 40/6 Voiture Local 719. Mr. Richardson was the founder and owner of Attic Antiques of Augusta for over 30 years.
Funeral services will be held Sunday. October 24, 2004 at 1 p.m at the Poteet Funeral Home South Chapel with members of the VFW Post 649 serving as pallbearers. Interment with military honors will be held at 4 p.m. at Newberry Memorial Gardens, Newberry S.C.  The family will receive friends at Poteet Funeral Home South Saturday from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.  (contributed by Donna Brummett)

Lula Rawls
Miss Lula Ella Rawls, 83, of 2112 Graham Road, Pomaria, died Friday, February 28, 2003 at Newberry County Memorial Hospital. Born in Pomaria, she was a daughter of the late Alvin and Clara Wicker Rawls. She was retired from J.P. Stevens and was a member of St. Matthew Lutheran Church. Miss Rawls is survived by a sister, Ruby M. Graham of Pomaria; a brother, John William Rawls of Prosperity. She was predeceased by a sister, Brunnell Rawls. Funeral services will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. Sunday at McSwain-Evans Funeral Chapel by the Rev. William Link. Burial will follow in Newberry Memorial Gardens. The family is at the residence, and they will receive friends Saturday from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. The family suggests that those desiring may make memorials to the charity of one's choice. Active pallbearers: Chris Graham, Kyle Graham, Josh Graham, Jeremy Graham, Justin Koon, Travis Koon, John Rawls and Bradley Cumalander. Honorary pallbearers: Joseph Ruff, Brittany Cumalander and Jennifer Graham.  (contributed by Donna Brummett)

Jane Riggin
Jane Grimison Riggin, 75, of 2023 Main St., died Friday, November 3, 2006 at her residence. Her smile shone on all those around her and brought joy to everyone.  She was born on December 18, 1930 in Allentown, PA and was a daughter of the late Edwin Douglas and Estelle Wissinger Grimson. Jane was a retired first grade teacher with Newberry Academy, educating children for over 25 years. She was a member of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, a member of the Church Choir, a volunteer and volunteer coordinator for the Newberry Opera House. She was a past president of the Newcomer Club, Fine Arts Club and Newberry College Faculty Women's Club.  Mrs. Riggin is survived by her daughter, Kathleen Ione Riggin of Newberry; two sons, Douglas Staunton Riggin of Buffalo, NY and Thomas Hancock Riggin of Irmo; three sisters Cecil Woodman Thompson of Huntington, L. I., NY, Ruth Woodman Czar, Paultney, Vt and Ann Woodman Shoemaker of Indian Springs, AL; three grandchildren, Ryan Riggin, Jeffery Riggin and Sarah Elizabeth Mei Riggin. She was predeceased by her parents, her foster parents, H. Staunton and Cecil Cornwall Woodson, and grandparents Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Grimison and Mr. and Mrs. Robert Wissinger. Jane lived life with an immeasurable zest. Her spirit, fight, and determination knew no bounds, and her dignity and heart have been a inspiration beyond understanding. She smiled on every one. The Lord is her Shepherd.  Funeral services were conducted 2:00 PM Monday at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer. Interment was in Newberry Memorial Gardens.
Visitation was from 4:30 to 6:30 PM Sunday at the Whitaker Funeral Home.  Active pallbearers were Bob Dawkins, Billy Gibson, Hiram Mersereau, Mike Davenport, Pete Greenlaw, Jim Lander, Benjie Chapman and John Paul Whitaker. Honorary pallbearers were the Faculty of Newberry Academy, Newberry Opera House Volunteers, Jane and Charles Ragland, Judith Mersereau, Sylvia Gibson, Harriett Haltiwanger, Kay McEntire, Katie Davenport, Martha "Mot" Derrick, Debra Smith and Mary Helen Dawkins.  The family suggests memorials be made to Newberry Academy, 2055 Smith Rd. Newberry, SC 29108, Newberry Opera House P.O. Box 357, Newberry, SC 29108 or Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, P.O. Box 382, Newberry, SC 29108  (contributed by Donna Brummett)

Hilland T. Reed
Hilland T. Reed , Sr., 78, of Newberry, died Friday, October 16, 2009 at the V.A. Hospital in Augusta, GA. 
Mr. Reed was born on December 28, 1930 in Whitmire, the son of the late Mable Rector Reed.   He was an U. S. Air Force veteran of the Korean War. He was a retired employee of J. P. Stevens Co. and was a member of College St. Baptist Church.  He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Francis Teseniar Reed; a son, H. Thomas "Tommy" Reed Jr. of Ninety-Six; and 3 granddaughters, Valerie Wright, Vickie Norman and Nikki Adams; and 5 great grandchildren.  Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 AM Tuesday at the Whitaker Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Ken Ferrell. Interment will be in Newberry Memorial Gardens.  Visitation will be from 6:00 to 7:30 PM Monday at the Whitaker Funeral Home.  Pallbearers will be Jimmy Burton, Kelly Teseniar, Jeff Teseniar, Andy Wright, Thomas Norman, Nick Teseniar, Joe Teseniar, and Keith Swancey.  The family suggests memorials be made to the College St. Baptist Church, 3240 College St. Newberry, SC 29108. (contributed by Donna Brummett)

Mrs Martha Caldwell Reid
Mrs. Martha Caldwell Reid, 73, widow of G.W. Reid of the Dyson section, died at the home of her sister, Mrs. J.O. Erwin, at Spartanburg yesterday after four months of illness.     Funeral services will be conducted from the graveside in the Dyson cemetery Wednesday at 3 o’clock by her pastor, the Rev. William L. Pressly, and the Rev. O.A. Jeffcoat.   Mrs. Reid was a daughter of Joseph E. Caldwell of Newberry county and Mrs. Martha Mars Caldwell of Abbeville county. After the death of Mr. Reid in 1935 she made her home in Greenwood before going to Spartanburg several months ago.   She is survived by one son, McGee H. Reid, Columbia; two sisters, Mrs. Erwin, Spartanburg, and Mrs. E.O. Hentz, Newberry; one brother, J.W. Caldwell, Chicota, Texas; one half-sister, Mrs. J. L. Powell, Paris, Texas, and two half brothers, Boyce and Carroll Caldwell, Chicota...contributed by Randy Butler

Maude Ross
Mrs. Maude Gilliam Ross, 91, formerly of 824 Drayton Street, Newberry, died Saturday at White Oak Estate of Spartanburg. 
Born in Newberry, she was a daughter of the late Jorn R. and Martha Elizabeth Duckett Gilliam.  Mrs. Ross was employed as a legal secretary with Blease and Griffith Law firm for 59 years, and was Secretary to chief Justice Eugene S. Blease of the South Carolina Supreme Court.  Mrs. Ross wwas a member of O'Neal Street United Methodist Church where she was secretary to the Sunday School Department for a number of years.  She was a member of the Newberry Historical Society.  Mrs. Ross is survived by a son, John G. Ross of Charlotte, N.C.; a daughter, Dorothy R. Harmon of Brevard, N.C.; six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.  Mrs. Ross was predeceased by a sister, Miss Elsie Gilliam.  Graveside services were conducted at 2 p.m. Monday at Rosemont Cemetery by the Rev. Terry Frady.  The family suggests that those desiring may make memorials to O'Neal Street United Methodist Church, 511 O'Neal Street, Newberry, S.C. 29108.  McSwain-Evans Funeral Home in charge...contributed by Kenneth R. Harmon

Jeannette Ruff
Newberry - Services fr Jeannette Spruell Ruff, 82, of 6163 SC Highway 395, will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Central United Methodist Church by the Rev. Dennis Lee, with burial in Newberry Memorial Gardens.  Visitation is 6:30-8 tonight at the Whitaker Funeral Home.  The family will be at the residence, 6163 SC Highway 395, Newberry.  Memorials may be made to Central United Methodist Church, PO Box 67, Newberry SC 29108 or Newberry Dialysis Center, 2041 Medical Park Drive, Newberry 29108.

Mrs. Ruff died Wednesday, April 1, 1998 at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital.  Born in Alpharetta, Ga., she was a daughter of the late J. Andrew and Clara Fields Spruell.  She was a member of Central United Methodist Church, the Ezell bible Class, and the United Methodist Women.  She taught the kindergarten Sunday School class for a number of years and was a communion Steward for over 35 years.  Mrs. Ruff was married to the late J. Harold Ruff Sr.

Surviving are a son, J. Harold Ruff Jr. of Newberry; daughters, Elizabeth R. Richburg of Lexington, Janet R. Paysinger and Patricia R. Kennerly, both of Newberry; sister, Myrtle S. Douglas of Jacksonville, Fla; borther Felton Spruell of Conyers, Ga.; nine grandchildren, six great-grandchildren.  She was predeceased by a granddaughter, Marshele Richburg Williams...contributed by a Friend of Genealogy

Barbara Richardson
Prosperity - Services for Barbara H. Richardson, 58, of 2324 Counts Road, will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at St. Luke's Lutheran Church with burial in the church cemetery.  The family will receive friends 6-8 tonight at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home.  Memorials may be made to St. Luke's Lutheran Chrch Capital Improvement Fund or to Cancer and Research Fund, Richland Medical Park, Columbia, 29203. 
Mrs. Richardson died Sunday, Nov. 23, 1997, at her home.  Born in Prosperity, she was a daughter of Doris Harmon Hawkins and the late Bittle D. Hawkins.  She taught at AC Flora High School and was employed as an insurance agent.  She was a member of St. Luke's Lutheran Church and participated in various programs.  She graduated from Newberry College in 1961.  Surviving are husband, Jerry M. Richardson; son, Brent A. Richardson of Prosperity; daugher, Jerri Lynn Shealy of Columbia; mother of Prosperity; a brother, Mike Hawkins of Prosperity; a granddaughter, Elizabeth Ann Richardson...contributed by a Friend of Genealogy

Dr. Peter  Robertson
Sadness in Newberry
Caused by the Death of Dr. Peter Robertson

Newberry Jan 25--Our City is in gloom today in consequence of the death of Dr. Peter Robertson, which occurred at his residence  here at about 5 o'clock this morning.  He was ill only a few days, being serioursly attacked with organic heart disease las Saturday. Dr. Robertson was born in Charleston in 1846.  At the age of about 30 he settled in Newberry, and his residence here has been uninterrupted, save for a brief sojourn in his native city. He went into the drug business on his own account in  1884, and soon thereafter became the senior member of the firm of  Robertson & Gilder, doing a most properous business in the drug line up to his death. In 1877, Dr. Robertson was married to Miss Alice L. Hunter of his county. Dr. Robertson was a member of the Newberry Lutheran church filling the office of deacon for many years up to his death. He was also a member of the Amity lodge No. 84 A.F.M and the Newberry lodge K of P in both of which orders he was held in high esteem.  He was a Confederate veteran as well being a member of Hart's battery, at the age of 18 years, in which he served faithfully until the close of the struggle of the "Lost Cause".  He was, at his death,  president of the state Pharmaceutical association and a member of the State board of  examiners. Dr. Robertson was one of Newberry's best loved citizens.  He was ever kind, charitable, courteous, honest and upright, and his admirable traits won for him encomiums from every quarter.  He will be missed as a devoted husband, a Christian gentleman, a business man of great ability, a good citizen and a kind friend.  May his worthy life be emulated by those who survive him. [The State, January 26, 1900, contribued by Ann O'Quinn Richter, via Donna B.]

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