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Willie Robbie Byars Williams
Whitmire - Willie Robbie Byars Williams, age 89, of 57 McDonald St. died Thursday, Dec. 14, 2006, at her home. She was born in Rock Hill, S.C., and was a daughter of the late William Richard and Lula Raines Byars.

Mrs. Williams retired as manager of the Caper House, was a former employee of J.P. Stevens and Whitten Center, and was a member of the First Baptist Church.

Surviving are a son, John Robert Williams of Whitmire; a daughter, Lucille Wood of Whitmire; a brother, William Robert Byars of Lexington; a sister, Genevie Martin of Greenville; three grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted Saturday, Dec. 16, 2006, at 2 p.m. in the Gray Funeral Home chapel, with burial in the Whitmire Cemetery. The family will receive friends two hours before the service, from 12 to 2 p.m., at the funeral home. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.grayfuneralhome.com. Gray Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Robert Wiebe
COLUMBIA -- Robert M. "Bob" Wiebe, 85, of 331 Rutledge Place, Columbia, SC, died Saturday, January 17, 2009.

Mr. Wiebe was born October 13, 1923, in Tillamook, OR, to the late Milton and Etna Daniels Wiebe. He is survived by his wife, Mary Stanley Salley Wiebe of Columbia, SC; two sons, Robert Douglas Wiebe and his wife, Leslie, of Wilmington, DE, and Bruce Franklin Wiebe and his wife, Kathy, of San Antonio, TX; two stepchildren, Mary Salley Griffith of Charlotte, NC, and Jane Griffith Doolittle and her husband, Michael, of Chapin, SC; three grandchildren, Douglas Franklin Wiebe, Michael Morgan Wiebe and Taylor Rae Wiebe and two stepgrandchildren, Mary Brooke Doolittle and Charles Griffith Doolittle. He was predeceased by his first wife, Lou Buckles Wiebe, and a sister, Virginia Wiebe Wells.

He joined the Army-Air Force right after high school, serving four years during World War II. Following his Army years, one of his many highlights was working as a radio broadcaster for WINX-FM in Washington, DC where he interviewed the famous movie stars Maureen O'Hara and Elizabeth Taylor. He was the very first news broadcaster for FM radio stations in Washington, DC.

After leaving radio broadcasting, he attended American University in Washington, DC, and worked for IBM Corporation, retiring from there after 40 years. After moving to Columbia, SC, in 1994, he worked for Wachovia Bank.

Bob was a warm-hearted, honest and frank individual who had a passion for helping people. He was very active in community service. He worked with the Lake Wylie Community Theatre, was a docent at the York County Museum and was a volunteer for Historic Columbia Foundation as a tour guide for some of the most beautiful and historic homes in Columbia. He was a volunteer tutor with Richland School District One and always encouraged children's love of reading and learning.

He was a wise and humble man who held membership in Mensa International.

A graveside funeral service will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 23 in Rosemont Cemetery, Newberry, SC. Memorials may be made to Historic Columbia Foundation, 1601 Richland St., Columbia, SC 29201. Messages to the family may be sent via email to notes@whitakerfuneralhome.com. Whitaker Funeral Home, Newberry, is assisting the family.

Florence Wicker
GREENVILLE - A committal service for Florence Elizabeth Wicker will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday in Rosemont Cemetery, Newberry. A worship service will be held at 4 p.m. Friday at Memorial Chapel, Buncombe Street U.M.C., Greenville. Born in Newberry to Thomas Paysinger and Elizabeth Young Wicker, she died December 7, 2005. Whitaker Funeral Home, Newberry, is assisting the family.

Elizabeth Harden Welling
WHITMIRE - Elizabeth Harden Welling, 90, of Whitmire, widow of Lt. Col. Julian Leland Welling, Jr., died Saturday, Aug. 18, 2007 at Springfield Place.

Born in Columbia, she was a daughter of the late Charles Douglas and Miriam Bull Harden. She was a retired school teacher having taught at Carver Middle School and was a member of Friendship Baptist Church.

She is survived by sons, Charles Harden Welling of Greer, and Arthur Marchant Welling, Sr. and wife Sandra of Taylors; sisters, Harriet H. Gamble of Easley and Ethel H. Rowe, of Marco Island, Fla.; 7 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, Julian Leland Welling, III and a sister, Miriam H. Ringer.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 26, 2007 at the McSwain- Evans Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Julian Gamble and Rev. Horace Weathers. Visitation will be from 1:30-2 p.m. prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Friendship Baptist Church, 503 Duckett St., Whitmire, SC 29178.  Services entrusted to McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. A memorial message may be sent to the family at www.mcswainevans.com.

Helen Westmoreland
SUMMERVILLE - Helen Clamp Westmoreland, 93, widow of Gerald M. West-moreland, died Wednesday at her residence, 300 Frys Way, Summerville.

She was born in Newberry on March 31, 1916, a daughter of the late Ira Clayton and Evelyn Platt Clamp. She was a member of Central United Methodist Church in Newberry. Mrs. Westmore-land and her husband ran Westmoreland's Kwik Shop for 29 years. She was a devoted wife and mother and an avid gardener.

Mrs. Westmoreland is survived by two daughters and a son-in-law, Deborah C. Westmoreland and Rebekah W. and Frank Ryan, all of Summerville; grandchildren, Frankie D. Ryan of Westminister and Rachel R. Ryan of Summerville; and a great-granddaughter, Naomi Ryan. Mrs. Westmoreland was the last surviving member of her family. She was predeceased by six brothers and four sisters.

Funeral services will be conducted at noon Saturday at the Whitaker Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Karen Radcliffe. Interment will be in Rosemont Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 11 to 11:45 a.m. Saturday at Whitaker Funeral Home, Newberry. Pallbearers will be nephews Bill Clamp, Mike Clamp, Tommy Clamp, Fred Harter, Bobby Lawson, Jerry Lawson and Larry Lawson. Memorials may be made to Odyssey HealthCare Foundation, 5965 Core Road, Suite 603, North Charleston, S.C. 29406. Messages to the family may be sent via e-mail at notes@whitakerfuneralhome.com. Whitaker Funeral Home, Newberry is assisting the family.

William Jennings Wicker
IRMO - William Jennings Wicker, 87, of 207 St. Albans Road, Irmo, died Sunday, May 28, 2006, at Lexington Medical Center.

Mr. Wicker was born on Dec. 25, 1918, in Newberry. He was a son of the late Lawrence Pope and Alice Jennings Wicker. He was a retired Hospital Administrator, a member of the Central United Methodist Church, a World War II Army veteran, a member of American Legion Post #274 and the Class of 1940, Newberry College.

Mr. Wicker is survived by his wife, Paddy McMordie Wicker; a daughter and sonin- law, Julia Anna and Charles J. Parlagreco of Ball Ground, Ga.; a son, William J. Wicker, Jr., of Ulmer; a sister, Alice Blair of Columbia; three grandchildren, Charles Joseph Parlagreco, Kevin Millar Parlagreco and Andrew Cangiamila Parlagreco; and one great-granddaughter, Kylee Michelle Parlageco.

Funeral services were conducted 11 a.m. today at the Rosemont Cemetery.

The family received friends Tuesday at Whitaker Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate, P.O. Box 5216 Glen Allen, PA, 23058-5216. Messages to the family may be sent via e-mail at notes@whitakerfuneralhome.com. Whitaker Funeral Home, Newberry is assisting the family.

Francis R. Watts Sr.
PROSPERITY - Francis R. "Cisco" Watts, Sr. 68, of Prosperity died September 26, 2009 at the Newberry County Memorial Hospital.

Born in Prosperity, he was a son of the late W.L. and Nellie Lee Moss Watts. He was a former Truck Driver and retired from Georgia Pacific Chip and Saw and was a member of Glenn Street Baptist Church. He was an avid hunter and fisherman. He loved football, his animals, and NASCAR.

He is survived by his wife, Jeroline Thomas Watts; a son, Francis R. "Randy" Watts, Jr. of Prosperity, a daughter, Kathy Dawn Williams and husband Scott of Prosperity; a sister, Margaret W. Kibler and husband Rufus of Newberry, 3 grandchildren, Clauthia Davis, Scotrell Praylow, and Shavivkie Praylow, 6 great-grandchildren, a sister-in-law, Luann Gross, a special friend, James A. "Jimmy" Smith, and special lap companions, Midget, Bit Bit, and Coa Coa.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Tuesday at the Mc-Swain-Evans Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Rosemont Cemetery. The family will receive friends Monday from 6:00 until 7:00 p.m. at the McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. The family is at the home of his daughter, Kathy Williams, 1245 Counts Sausage Road, Prosperity. Memorials may be made to the SC Alzheimer's Association, 2999 Sunset Blvd., West Columbia, 29169

Ruth Bouknight Wicker
NEWBERRY - Ruth Bouknight Wicker, 85, formerly of Main Street, New-berry, widow of Claude Wicker, died Saturday, March 14, 2009 at White Oak Manor.

Mrs. Wicker was born on March 29, 1923 in Newberry County, a daughter of the late W. Floyd and Lucy Cromer Bouknight. She was the owner and operator of Rugayle's Beauty Shop for more than 30 years.

She was a member of O'Neal Street United Methodist Church where she had been a member of the Bernice Martin Sunday School Class, the church choir, the Administrative Council, the PPRC Committee and the Kathleen Dubose Circle where she had served as Circle Leader. Additionally she had served as the flower coordinator for the church. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star, Chapter 226 and a former member of the RSVP Singers.

She is survived by two sisters, Doris B. Wise of New-berry and Nedra B. Turner of Spartanburg; and a brother, Rudolph Bouknight of New-berry. She was predeceased by a daughter, Gayle Wicker and two brothers, Carman Bouknight and Charles Bouknight.

Funeral services will be conducted 3 p.m. today at O'Neal St. United Methodist Church by the Rev. Dr. Steven Todd. Interment will be in Rosemont Cemetery. The family will be at the residence of Rudolph Bouknight, 1408 Dave Drive, Newberry and received friends Sunday at the Whitaker Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to O'Neal Street United Methodist Church, 501 O'Neal St., Newberry, SC 29108. Active pallbearers will be Ralph Bryan, Jr., Dick Harvey, Barry Wicker, Darryn Bouknight, Perry Threat and Lewis Lee. Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Bernice Martin Sunday School class, the RSVP Singers and the staff of White Oak Manor. Messages to the family may be sent via e-mail to notes@whitakerfuneralhome.com. Whitaker Funeral Home of Newberry is assisting the family.

Anna Watson
PROSPERITY - Services with burial for Anna M. Boyd Watson, 50, are 1 p.m. Thursday at Lower Mount Olive AME Church. Wilson Funeral Home, Newberry, is in charge. Born in Newberry Co. to Sam and Mildred Wise Davenport, she died June 11, 2005. Surviving: husband, James Watson; children, Bobby Davenport, Stephanie Boyd; stepdaughter, Kimberly Walker; 6 grands; 3 sisters; 4 brothers; aunts, uncles, more.

Thomas W. Wier
NEWBERRY -- A graveside service for Thomas W. Wier will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday in Rosemont Cemetery. McSwain-Evans Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.

Mr. Wier, 92, widower of Ruby L. Wier, died September 28, 2008. Born May 12, 1916, in Reno, SC, he was a son of the late Samuel L. and Carrie Lee Buford Wier. Mr. Wier was an Army veteran of World War II and had retired from West End Mill. He was a member of Fairview Baptist Church, the VFW and was a former member of the Newberry Moose Lodge.

Surviving are his sisters, Eleanor Paysinger of Wilmington, NC, and Carolyn Hollis of Clinton.

John T. Wheeler
NEWBERRY - Funeral services for John T. Wheeler, of 1306 Hunt St., Apt. G4, will be conducted on Friday, Aug. 3, 2007, at 2 p.m. at Mt. Olive AME Church, Prosperity. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

Mr. Wheeler died Monday, July 30. Born in Prosperity, he was the son of the late James Wheeler and the late Alice Stephens Wheeler.

He was predeceased by a son, Travis Elkins.

Surviving are daughters, Polly E. Miller, Shirley N. Wheeler, Zerolar M. Chapman, all of Newberry, Vanessa Johnson and Shaniqua Smith of Durham, N.C.; sons, Benjamin Cromer and James Miller of Newberry, and James Wheeler of Durham, N.C.; sisters, Berdie Kelly and Nancy Caldwell, both of New Jersey; brothers, Macky Wheeler and Willie Wheeler of Prosperity, Arthur Wheeler of Newberry and George Wheeler of North Carolina; six grandchildren, four aunts, one uncle, one son-in-law, four sisters-in-law, one brother- in-law, a host of nieces, nephews and other relatives.

F.B. Pratt & Son Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of arrangements.

Harvey Wilkerson
NEWBERRY - James Harvey Wilkerson, Jr., 63, of 2230 Main St., Newberry, died Saturday at his residence

He was born Feb. 21, 1943. He was a retired manager with AC Widenhouse, a member of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, the El Karubah Shrine Temple of Shreveport, LA, and a thirty second degree Scottish Rite Freemason, Columbia, SC.

Mr. Wilkerson is survived by his wife, Christine Livingston Wilkerson; two sons, Lt. Col. (S) James H. Wilkerson, III, USAF, of Izmir, Turkey, and Maj. Paul E. Wilkerson, USAF, of Warner Robins, GA; three grandchildren; and two brothers, Gareth Lavan (Van) Wilkerson of Charleston and Philip Duane Wilkerson of Goose Creek.

Funeral services will be conducted 10:30 a.m. Tuesday at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer with interment in Rosemont Cemetery, Newberry. Visitation will be from 5 to 7 p.m. Monday at Whitaker Funeral Home. The family suggests memorials be made to the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, P.O. Box 382, Newberry, SC 29108 or to Newberry College, 2100 College St., Newberry, SC 29108. Messages to the family may be sent via email to notes@whitakerfuneralhome.com. Whitaker Funeral Home, Newberry is assisting the family.

Elva Williams
NEWBERRY - Services with burial for Elva Juanita Jackson Williams are 1 p.m. today at Belmont Baptist Church. F.B. Pratt & Son Funeral Home is in charge. Born in Washington, D.C., to Bertha Jackson, she died Jan. 13, 2004. Surviving: children, Marian Shelton, Rochelle Bolton, Theodora, Frank Jr., Theodis Marshall; two sisters; grands, Damien, Tiffani, Joey; great-grand, Amber Nickols.

Josephine Wise
PROSPERITY - Services with burial for Josephine Williams Wise, 67, 2 p.m. Sunday: Lower Mount Olive AME Church. Wilson Funeral Home, Newberry, is in charge. Born in Newberry County to Jessie Burton Sr. and Melinda Williams (Robert) Boyd, she died March 31, 2005. Surviving: daughters, Phyllis Tucker, Belinda Wise, Lisa Ruff; stepchildren, Rosa Bookman, Richard Dorley; sisters; others.

L.M. Wood
NEWBERRY - L.M. Wood, 82, of 2022 Piedmont St., Newberry, widower of Ruth O. Wood, died April 2, 2004, at his residence.

Born in Newberry County, Mr. Wood was a son of the late Taz W. and Annie King Wood. He was a retired employee of Kendall Company, Mollohon Plant and a member of Epting Memorial United Methodist Church.

Mr. Wood is survived by a daughter, Mrs. Gene (Shelva) Huffstetler of Chapin; a brother, Earl Wood, of Newberry; 3 grandchildren, David Huffstetler, Mike Huffstetler and wife, Tammy, and Lesa Huffstetler; 3 great-grandchildren. Mr. Wood was predeceased by a daughter, Linda Ruth Wood.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 AM Monday at Epting Memorial United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in Rosemont Cemetery. The family will receive friends at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home Sunday from 6 until 7:30 PM. The family suggests that those desiring may make memorials to Epting Memorial United Methodist Church, 1401 Milligan St., Newberry, SC, the Juvenile Diabetes Association, 2711 Middleburg Dr., Ste. 311, Columbia, SC 29204, or to Lutheran Hospice. McSwain-Evans Funeral Home is in charge.

Clarence Wise
PROSPERITY - Services for Clarence Wise, 62, will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Lower Mt. Olive AME Church, with burial to follow in the church cemetery. The casket will be placed in the church at 1 p.m. F. B. Pratt & Son Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge.

Mr. Wise died Thursday. Born in Newberry Co., he was the son of the late Henry T. and Rosa Lee Wise.

Surviving are his wife, Jessie Mae Wise; daughters, Elizabeth Jeter, LaVern Singleton; sons, Robert, Tyrone and Patrick Wise; sisters, Earline Sheppard, Veronica Swittenburg; brothers, Henry B. and Steve Wise; nine grandchildren.

Arthuree Crump Wilson
SILVERSTREET - Services with burial for Arthuree Crump Wilson will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Belmont Baptist Church. Friends may call at 831 Langford Mill Road, Newberry, Wilson Funeral Home, Newberry, is in charge. Born to Rev. Porterfield and Fannie Wyatt Crump, she died April 3, 2009. Surviving: children, Demarias Dreher, Jacqueline Jeter, Michael Wilson; 10 grands, 6 greatgrands, 6 siblings.

Bessie Wise
PROSPERITY - Services for Bessie Rikard Wise, 87, will be held at 4 p.m. today at Lower Mount Olive A.M.E. Church with burial in church cemetery. Wilson Funeral Home is in charge.

Mrs. Wise, widow of Charlie Wise, died Wednesday. Born in Newberry Co., she was a daughter of Calvin Rikard and Viola Kelly Rikard.

Surviving are her daughter, Jettie Bowers; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sister, Dorothy Davenport; brother, Elbert Wise; several nieces; a devoted niece, Mary Bookman; nephews, cousins, other relatives and friends.

Inez Werts
NEWBERRY - Services for Inez Perry Werts, 81, will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Welch Zion Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. Viewing will begin at 1 p.m. at the church. Wilson Funeral Home is in charge.

Mrs. Werts died December 29, 2001. Born in Newberry Co., she was the daughter of the late Tom and Laura Wilson Perry.

Surviving are sons, Harry, Larry, Horace and Forest Jr. Werts; daughter, Linda Conway; 15 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; brothers, Perry and Eddie Perry; uncle, Demonesthenes McDow; nieces, nephews and cousins.

James Wise
PROSPERITY - Services for James Andrew Wise, 85, will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Lower Mount Olive A.M.E. Church, Prosperity, with burial in the church cemetery. Wilson Funeral Home is in charge.

Mr. Wise died Tuesday. Born in Newberry Co., he was a son of the late Johnny Wise and Mary Elizabeth Stoudemire Wise. He was a World War II Navy veteran.

Surviving are his sons, James Jr., Donald, Heyward, Kelly, John Wise; daughters, Olivia Mayers, Lola Washington, Wilhelmina Wise, Barbara Bates, Brenda Wells, Renee Moon; sister, Catherine Evans; 19 grandchildren; six great grandchildren.

Elizabeth Watters
NEWBERRY - Services for Mary Elizabeth Moore Watters, 81, of 4306 Mt. Bethel-Garmany Road, will be held at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday at Aveleigh Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Herb Zeigler officiating. Interment will be in Rosemont Cemetery. The body will be at the residence and the family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Monday. Whitaker Funeral Home is in charge. Notes to the family may be sent to notes@whitakerfuneral-home.com. Memorials may be made to the Newberry Opera House, PO Box 357, Newberry, SC 29108, East African Wildlife Society, PO Box 20110, Nairobi, Kenya, and Aveleigh Presbyterian Church, 1211 Calhoun Street, Newberry, SC 29108.

Mrs. Watters died January 19, 2002. Born in Newberry on October 16, 1920, she was a daughter of the late Dr. Ernest Harrison and Novice Brown Moore. She was also the granddaughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. W. C. Brown and was an honor graduate of Erskine College, Class of 1941. Mrs. Watters was working as a lab technician during World War II, when she met and married Army Air Corp officer Joseph S. Watters. The couple celebrated their 58th wedding anniversary last September.

Mrs. Watters was a longtime resident of Atlanta. She returned to her hometown in 1971 to live at Greenfield Farm on Mt. Bethel-Garmany Road in her family home. The home, known as Chalmers House, has been in her family for five generations.

Mrs. Watters was a member of Aveleigh Presbyterian Church, the Newberry Fine Arts Club, the Newberry Country Club, the Opera Guild, and the Garden Club.

Surviving are her husband; daughters, Laurie W. Shoemaker and husband, Rick of Vero Beach, Fla., Mary Josephine "Bunny" Bagley and husband, Wesley of Atlanta, Sally W. Lawson and husband, Fontaine of Richmond, Va.; son, Stanley Harrison Watters of Washington, D.C.; grandchildren and spouses, John Creasy, Mark Creasy, Elizabeth Morgan and John, Erin Warner and Michael, Sloan Lawson, Molly Lawson and Joseph Lawson. She was predeceased by a brother, Wilson Moore.

Tassha Wise
NEWBERRY - Services for Tassha Shondall Wise, 27, of 906-C Bethlehem Gardens, will be held at 3 p.m. Monday at Lower Mount Olive AME Church with the Rev. Michael Harp officiating. F.B. Pratt & Son Funeral Home is in charge.

Miss Wise died May 17, 2001 from injuries sustained in a car accident. Born in Newberry County, she was the daughter of Thomas Wise Jr. and Betty Jean Kibler Wise.

Surviving are her parents; daughter, Tiffany Wise of Newberry; sister, Beverly Wise of Newberry; brothers, Thomas Wise III, Benny Kibler; a number of aunts and uncles.

Annie B. P. Wilson
NEWBERRY - Annie Blanche Paysinger Wilson, 84, of 2006 Springfield Circle, Newberry, widow of Maurice H. Wilson Sr., died Tuesday July 25, 2006, at the Newberry County Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Wilson was born on Aug. 19, 1921, in Newberry County, a daughter of the late James Ernest and Fairer Tompkins Paysinger. She was a 1942 graduate of Newberry College and was a teacher, having taught in Charlotte, N.C. She was a member of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer and an avid Coca- Cola memorabilia collector.

She was a devoted wife and mother and is survived by three daughters and sons-inlaw, Jacquelyn W. and the Rev. R.E. Lybrand Jr. of Spartanburg, Mary Ann W. and Charlie Waggoner of Dallas, Ga. and Janie Dell and Mark A. Langheim of Suwanee, Ga.; a son and daughter-in-law, Maurice H. and Harriett Wilson Jr. of Charlotte; one sister Sara P. Shealy of Newberry; six grandchildren and two great grandchildren. She was predeceased by a sister, Margaret Paysinger and a son-inlaw, Ronald Price.

Funeral services for Mrs. Wilson will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer by the Rev. Steve Counts and the Rev. Steve Lorimar. Interment will be in Rosemont Cemetery

The family will receive friends after the interment services in Smelzer Hall at Newberry College. Memorials may be made to the Wilson Baseball Scholarship, c/o Newberry College, 2100 College St., Newberry SC 29108. Honorary pallbearers will be the members of the Men's Bible Class of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer. Messages to the family may be sent via e-mail at notes@whitakerfuneralhome.com.   Whitaker Funeral Home, Newberry is assisting the family.

Laura Mae S. Williams
Chappells Laura Mae Scurry Williams died Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2000.

She is survived by four daughters, Emma Suber of Clinton, Magnolia Branch of Pennsauken, N.J., Sara Baxter of Newberry, and Annie Culbreth of Ninety Six a son, Joenathan Williams of Philadelphia three sons-in-law, Olliver Suber, Lonnie Branch Sr. and Stewart Suber Jr. 25 grandchildren 51 great-grandchildren and four great-great-grandchildren.

Services: 2 p.m. today at Scurry Spring Hill Baptist Church, Chappels. The family is at the home of Emma Suber, 102 Gum St., Clinton. -- Courtesy of Childs Funeral Home, Clinton.

Lillian Wise
CHAPIN - Services with burial for Lillian Wise, 89, will be 1 p.m. Sunday at Mt. Hebron AME Church, Prosperity, where she was a member. Wilson Funeral Home, Newberry, is in charge. Born in Newberry Co. to Allen and Ethel Rikard Wise, she died September 7, 2006. Surviving: son, Willie Mayers; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; sisters, Vera Davenport, Delores Kelly; other relatives


Betty Williams - contributed by Cathy Schmidt

Betty Bowers Williams, 50, of 5327 Spalding Drive, formerly of Newberry, died Monday at Gwinnett Medical Center in Lawrenceville. Survivors include her husband, Gary L. Williams of the home; a daughter, Cathy Williams of the home; and her parents, Charles E. and Dorothy Dickert Bowers of Atlanta. Graveside services: 11 a.m. Thursday in Rosemont Cemetery. The family is at the home of Ruby Trice, 5313 Mower St., Newberry. Whitaker Funeral Home






Linda Williams
NEWBERRY — Linda Werts Williams, 59, of 2010 Smith Road, Newberry, wife of Raymond O. Williams, died Sunday, April 22, 2007, in Newberry County Memorial Hospital. She was born in Newberry, a daughter of Annie Crouch Werts and the late Thomas F. Werts. She retired from Winn Dixie Stores after 38 years and was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church. She is survived by her husband of Newberry; her mother of Silverstreet; her stepson, Michael T. Williams of Newberry; a brother, Thomas Werts of Silverstreet; a niece; a nephew; and two special friends, Sandra Roton and Debbie Long. She was predeceased by a sister, Mary Francis Werts Pitts. Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday at Mayer Memorial Lutheran Church by the Rev. Dr. Robert McCollum. Interment will be in Rosemont Cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Monday at Whitaker Funeral Home. The family will be at the residence, 2010 Smith Road, Newberry. Memorials may be made to Mayer Memorial Lutheran Church, 1307 Drayton St., Newberry, SC 29108 or to the American Cancer Society c/o Helen Beebe, 181 Tailers Trail, Leesvile, SC 29070. Messages to the family may be sent via email at notes@whitakerfuneralhome.com. Whitaker Funeral Home, Newberry, is assisting the family.

N. Craig Weber
Pomaria Memorial services for N. Craig Weber, 59, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at Pomaria Lutheran Church, with interment at Pomaria Cemetery immediately following the service. Visitation will be Wednesday from 7 to 8 p.m. at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, the Pomaria Rescue Squad or the Riverbank Zoo. 

Mr. Weber died March 7, 2004. Born in Vincennes, Ind., he was a son of the late Fred Norman and Hilda Anson Weber. Craig was owner and operator of Shealy Brothers Inc. of Pomaria, Brown's Grocery of Joanna and Buddy's in Whitmire. He was a member of Pomaria Lutheran Church. He served his country aboard the nuclear submarines USS John Adams and the USS Henry Clay.

He is survived by his wife, Rebecca Shealy Weber; daughters, Tonya W. Harris, of Pomaria and Krystal W. Bates, of Pomaria and Tiffany Weber, of Frances; and a grandson, Nicholas E. Harris. He was the oldest of seven children, Randy Weber, of Florida, Eric Weber, Brad Weber, Jay Weber, of Texas, Tara Johnson and Kim Weber, of Florida

John Wise
PROSPERITY - Services for John J. "Jake" Wise, 70, of 473 State Park Road, will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at Macedonia Lutheran Church, conducted by the Rev. Randell Derrick. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family is at his residence and will receive friends from 7-8:30 this evening at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Grounds or Cemetery fund at Macedonia Lutheran Church, 49 Macedonia Church Road, Prosperity, SC 29127.

Mr. Wise died Wednesday, August 15, 2001 at his residence. Born in Prosperity, he was a son of the late Clyde Wise and Thompsie Hamm Wise Martin. He retired from Overnight Transportation Company and was a member of Macedonia Lutheran Church and the Goldies.

Surviving are his wife, Rachel Caldwell Wise; daughter, Johnette W. Davenport of Prosperity; son, Peter Christian Olsen of Roselle, Ill.; sister, Dovie Adams of Prosperity and three grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son, Lester Clyde Wise.

John C. Wilson
Newberry, Jan. 28 - The funeral cortege of Judge John C. Wilson was one of the largest that ever passed the gates of Rosemont cemetery. Judge Wilson was a native of Newberry county, one of its best known, most influential and honored citizens. When a young man he answered the call of his State and served for four years during the war as a member of the Third regiment, returning at its close as acting captain of Company C.

As teacher in the schools, as merchant and in political life he has always exerted a large and beneficial influence in the affairs of the community and State. He represented his county in the lower house and as senator, served as regent of the State Hospital for the Insane, and in 1902 was elected probate judge of Newberry county. In 1906 he was reelected to this office without opposition and he just entered upon his second term. He was a member and elder of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian church. He is survived by seven children: J. C. Wilson, Roscue Wilson, Mr. Henry Wilson, Miss Ola Wilson, Miss Vinnie Mae Wilson, Mrs. Emma Judy and Mrs. J. D. Davenport.

Haskell N. Wallace
Haskell Neel Wallace, 74, 1724 Main St., former owner and operator on McSwain Funeral Home and widower of Agnes Adams McSwain Wallace, died Thursday morning. Mr. Wallace was a native of Newberry, and a son of the late William Edward and Ida Burton Neel Wallace. He was a member of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church, and a graduate of Erskine College. He was a member of the S.C. Funeral Directors Assocaition and a member of the Newberry Lions Club. Surviving are one daughter, Mrs. James D. Pritchard of Columbia, and one son, John J. (Bill) McSwain of Spartanburg; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. Funeral services will be announced by M.M.W. Bobo Funeral Chapel.

Sarah Wicker
POMARIA - Sarah L. Wicker, 93, of Pomaria, widow of Clarence G. Wicker, died March 3, 2005.

Born in Silverstreet, she was the daughter of the late Oscar Brabham and Maude E. Longshore. She was a retired employee of the Pomaria Post Office and an active member of Pomaria Lutheran Church.

Surviving are a stepson, Clarence Duane and wife, Mary Wicker of Rock Hill; sister, Geraldine L. Singley of Newberry; brother, Ralph W. and wife, Gwen Longshore of Spartanburg; nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by brothers, Oscar, Charlie, Ivy, Reginald Longshore; a sister, Thelma Mars; a stepson, George Wicker; stepdaughter, Carrie Haltiwanger.

Services will be conducted at 3:00 p.m. Sunday at Pomaria Lutheran Church with burial to follow in Pomaria Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pomaria Lutheran Church, PO Box 246, Pomaria, SC 29126.

John Mark Wilson
Departed this life on 28th of October, John Mark Wilson, in the 25th year of his age. He was stricken down on the night of 28th ult. by an unknown hand, while assisting to rescue the property of a neighbor from fire. He was beloved by all who knew him. He leaves a wife, mothers, sisters and a brother to mourn.

Julia Felder Weeks
Newberry, April 29 - Mrs. Julia Weeks died at the home of her son, Dr. C. D. Weeks, Monday evening and war buried this afternoon at 4 o'clock in Rosemont cemetery, the funeral service being conducted by the Rev. S. R. Guignard and the Rev. E. Pendleton Jones.

Walter Wise Sr.
PROSPERITY - Services for Walter M. Wise Sr. will be held at 2:30 p.m. Friday at Mt. Hebron AME Church with burial in the church cemetery. F.B. Pratt & Son Funeral Home, Newberry, is in charge.

Mr. Wise, widower of Fannie Wheeler Wise, died May 13, 2002. Born in Newberry Co., he was a son of the late Allen Sr. and Ethel Rikard Wise. He had retired from Dickert Lumber Company.

Surviving are daughter, Mildred Wise; sons, Walter Jr., Larry, Roger, Billy, Donald, James, Lionel and Terry Wise; sisters, Lillian Wise, Delorise Counts and Vera Davenport; 10 grandchildren; nieces, nephews and other relatives.

J. R. Wicker
We regret to announce the sudden demise of Mr. J.R. Wicker of the firm of Wicker & Wilson of Newberry which transpired last Sunday morning and Mrs. Caldwell’s residence. The deceased was about 27 years of age and has not been in good health for some time. He leaves a widow.

Dr. Benjamin W. Waldo
We have just received intelligence of the death of our former townsmen, Dr. Benjamin W. Waldo, which occurred on the 4th April last at his home in Ocala, Fla. He is the son of Dr. Joseph Waldo, the first physician who settled and practiced in Newberry. Dr. Ben W. Waldo began his education at the Newberry Academy and afterwards he went North. Upon his return home he commenced the study of medicine and after graduation at Charleston in 1838, began his practice in our town. He also served a term in the Legislature and after that term expired he moved to Florida, where he planted until his death with the exception of a few years at Edgefield C.H. to educate his children. He married Miss Sophia Lipscomb daughter of Capt. John Lipscomb of Edgefield who preceded him to the grave, leaving four children.

Lila Mae Berry Werts
Newberry Lila Mae Berry Werts, 84, widow of Arthur T. Werts, formerly of 1401 Dave Drive, died Wednesday, Nov. 20, 2002, at J.F. Hawkins Nursing Home. Survivors: Sisters, Gaynell B. MacFarlane of Newberry and Otha B. Smith of Prosperity. Predeceased: Parents, George Pope and Jannie M. Smith Berry brothers, Williams Yates Berry and Nathan P. Berry and sisters, Dotha Berry, Juanita B. Heller and Cornelia B. Graham.
Visitation: 6 to 7 tonight, at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Service: 2 p.m. Friday, at the funeral chapel. Burial: Baxter Cemetery. Memorials: O'Neal Street United Methodist Church, 501 O'Neal St., Newberry, SC 29108

George A. Wright, Rev.
Newberry May 14 - The funeral services of the Rev. George A. Wright, who died Wednesday at Johnston, were held in Newberry this afternoon at 5 o'clock in the First Baptist church. The services were conducted by pastors of Newberry. There was a large number to attend and the funeral procession was probably the largest in the history of Newberry. All stores and shops were closed while the services were held.

Annie Floyd Werts
Newberry - Annie Floyd Werts, 80, of 1126 Reeder Road, Bush River Section of Newberry County, wife of W. Tom Werts, died Thursday, Jan. 24, 2002, at Newberry County Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Werts was born May 5, 1921, in Silverstreet, a daughter of the late J. Guy and Minnie Davenport Floyd. She was retired from Greenwood Mills, Joanna Plant. Mrs. Werts was a member of Bush River Baptist Church and the WMU. She was a former Training Union Director, G.A. Director and Sunday School teacher for the toddler class for many years.
Mrs. Werts is survived by her husband, of the home three daughters and two sons-in-law, Tommie Ann Danielsen and Betsy W. and Ricky O. Chapman, all of Newberry, and Rachel W. and Ronald G. Gilmore of Summerville and four grandchildren, Laura D. Cousins and Will Chapman, both of Newberry, Rachel V. Gilmore of Rome, Ga., and Jeannie Chapman of Charleston and one great-grandson, Caleb McCain Gilmore, of Rome, Ga. She was predeceased by a daughter, Minnie Elizabeth Werts a son-in-law, Larry T. Danielsen and a granddaughter, Kristy Danielsen.
Funeral services for Mrs. Annie Werts will be conducted at 3 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 26, 2002, at Bush River Church, by The Rev. Glen Buie, The Rev. Tommy Morrow, The Rev. Tommy Daum and The Rev. Arden Stewart. Interment will follow at the church cemetery.
Visitation will be from 6:30 to 8 tonight, Jan. 25, 2002, at the Whitaker Funeral Home. The family will be at the residence of Mrs. Tommie Ann Danielsen, 5262 Bush River Road, Newberry.
Memorials may be made to Bush River Baptist Church, 8935 Bush River Road, Newberry, SC 29108. Messages to the family may be sent via e-mail to noteswhitakerfuneralhome.com
Whitaker Funeral Home, 1704 College St., Newberry, is assisting the family

John Andrew Willingham
NEWBERRY -- Services for John Andrew Willingham, 62, of 6744 Highway 219 will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at Silverstreet Lutheran Church, with burial in Newberry Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 tonight at Whitaker Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the church.
Mr. Willingham died Thursday, Aug. 10, 1995. Born in Newberry, he was a son of the late Ambrous Olin Sr. and Alda Ruth Miller Willingham. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War and owner and president of Willingham and Sons Building Supply and Septic Tanks Inc. He was a member of Silverstreet Lutheran Church, Newberry Moose Lodge and Lutheran Church Men and received the Newberry County Shrine Club Outstanding Service Citation and the Boy Scout Troop 222 Certificate of Appreciation.
Surviving are his wife, Betty Hendrix Willingham; a daughter, Gwen Long of Newberry; sons, Jerry and Mike Willingham, both of Newberry; sisters, Ruth Yon, Myra Berley, Helen Smith and Joy Thomas, all of Newberry, and Mary Cook of Boulder, Colo.; brothers, Earl and Ted Willingham, both of Newberry; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Leland Smith Wilson
Services for Leland Smith Wilson, 90, of 903 Reid St. will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday in Rosemont Cemetery. Visitation will be from 7 to 8 tonight at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Lutheran Church of the Redeemer Family Life Center.
Mr. Wilson died Monday, June 26, 1995. Born in Newberry, he was a son of the late Leland Augustus and Clara Livingston Wilson. He was a graduate of Newberry College, a former Newberry City Council member and retired as a contractor and building supply dealer with L.A. Wilson and Son. He was a former master of Amity Masonic Lodge 87 and a member of Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, where he was a former member of the church council. He was a former member of Newberry York Rite Masons and Hejaz Shrine Temple.
Surviving are sons, Leland Wilson of Jacksonville, Fla., and Randolph Wilson of Newberry; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Bettie Caldwell Williams
September 15th, at the residence of her father, Mr. Hopkins Williams, in Newberry District, Mrs. Bettie Caldwell, wife of Maj. S. T. H. Williams, in the 26th year of her age.

Cleo Wicker
POMARIA - Funeral services for Corrie Cleo Frick Wicker, 84, who passed into Life Eternal December 15, 2003, will be conducted at 2 p.m. Wednesday at St. Philip's Lutheran Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to the church Family Life Center. Visitation will be Tuesday from 6-8 p.m. at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. www.mcswainevans.com. Born in Chapin, she was a daughter of E.A. and Corrie Koon Frick. She was the widow of Henry Harold Wicker. She dedicated her life to her husband, children, grandchildren, and family. Mrs. Wicker is survived by one daughter, Jenny (Larry) Koon of Pomona; sons, Henry (Anne) Wicker of Newberry, Robert (Marsha) Wicker of Swansea, and Glenn (Nancy) Wicker of Newberry; brother, D. H. (Annie Ruth) Frick of Chapin; nine grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was preceded by two infant children; four sisters, Lorene Amick, Anna Derrick, Massey Bickley and Rosa Kleckley; four brothers, James, Winfred, Homer and Harvey Frick.

Essie Wicker
POMARIA - Services with burial for Essie Felker Wicker, 88, widow of Willie Wicker, are 11 a.m. today at St. Paul Lutheran Church. Whitaker Funeral Home, Newberry, is in charge. Born in Newberry Co. to J. Arthur and Annie Schwartz Felker, she died September 9, 2004. Surviving: son, Kenny Wicker; brother, Ernest Felker; grandchildren, Alisha Davenport, Anita Wilbanks, Alison Boland; 5 great-grandchildren

David Lambert Wicker
Bro. David L. Wicher/Wicker was born 6th February 1822 in Newberry District, South Carolina, and died in Macon County, Georgia on 31st December 1867. He was converted at Ebenezer C.M.S.C.... his removal to Georgia in 1859. He was married 15th December 1842 to Nannie J. Lane...S. Anthony.

Hedwig Wiskeman
Died, February 2, 1901, Miss Hedwig Wiskeman. Funeral services at the First Methodist church, Newberry, S.C., Sunday, Feb. 3, 1901, at 4 p.m.

Hugh Carter Wilson

Death of H. C. Wilson

Mr. H. Carter Wilson died at his home in Caldwell township on Monday afternoon at six o'clock of heart failure following an attack of apoplexy. He was buried on Tuesday at four p.m. At Lebanon church, the funeral service being conducted by Rev. Ira S. Caldwell. Mr. Wilson was a member of Unity A.R.P. Church. He was born July 20, 1829. His living children are: Mrs. A. C. Thomasson, Mrs. H. C. Suber, Mrs. W. L. Motes, Mrs. J. C. Taylor, and Messrs. Geo. J., A. T., B. H. and H. C. Wilson, Jr. Three children have died – Mrs. H. S. Grahams, Mr. Jno. W. Wilson, (page torn..(and Mary Etta Wilson). 

Majel Wicker
NEWBERRY - Services for Majel Hawkins Wicker, 73, of 7641 Jollystreet Rd., will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at Bachman Chapel Lutheran Church with the Rev. James F. Shealy officiating. Interment will be in Newberry Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be 7-8:30 p.m. Monday at Whitaker Funeral Home. The family will be at the residence. Memorials may be made to Bachman Chapel Lutheran Church, 3124 Bachman Chapel Rd., Prosperity, SC 29127. The funeral home is in charge.

Mrs. Wicker died Saturday, December 25, 1999 at her residence. Born in Newberry County, she was a daughter of the late Colin R. and Artie Taylor Hawkins. She was formerly employed by Newberry Mills, Kendall Co., Mollohon Plant, and C.W. Anderson Hosiery Plant. She was the retired owner of Wicker's Party Pack. She was a member of Bachman Chapel Lutheran Church. She was married first to the late Curtis Wicker, then to the late Furman Wicker.

Surviving are her daughter, Linda W. Garcia; son, Ronnie C. Wicker, both of Newberry; sisters, Mertie H. Connelly, Bernice H. Connelly, both of Prosperity; brother, Ray Hawkins of Columbia; grandchildren, R. Curtis Wicker Jr., Renee A. Wicker, Sha-Toni Garcia, D. Shannon Garcia, all of Newberry; great-grandson, Christian Daviala Ernesto of Newberry. She was predeceased by her brother, Rueben Hawkins.

Ronald Wilson
NEWBERRY - Ronald Keith Wilson, 46, died October 5, 2003. Memorial services will be held later. Born in Greenville, he was a son of Arthur Jr. and Ruby Hurst Wilson. Surviving are his mother; wife, Corrinda Wilson; son, Joseph Wilson; sisters, Linda Davenport, Barbara Hendrix; brothers, Donnie Wilson, Michael Wilson. He was predeceased by sister, Jenny Wilson and brother, James Wilson.

Thomas Richard Whipple
Newberry Thomas Richard Whipple, 58, of 726 Kendall Rd., died Thursday, Oct. 12, 2000, at Newberry County Memorial Hospital.

Survivors: wife, Patricia Krajewski Whipple sons, Bradley Schmidt of Atlanta, and Mark and Michael Schmidt, both of Newberry a sister, Mary K. Bertas of Chaska, Minn. a brother, Michael Whipple of Colorado and a grandson.

Visitation: 7 to 8 p.m. today at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Service: 10 a.m. Saturday at the funeral chapel. Burial: Beth-Eden Lutheran Church Cemetery. Memorials: The American Cancer Society, c/o Mrs. Myra Addy, 2230 Glenn St., Newberry, SC 29108.

Rev. Harry Weber
The Rev. Harry Weber, 84, of 2000 Springfield Place, Newberry, widower of Virginia "Jenny" Graham Weber, died Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2003, at his residence.

The Rev. Weber was born on Jan. 18, 1919, in Charleston, a son of the late William and Marguerite Schumacher Weber. The Rev. Weber served churches in Cameron, Saluda and Whitmire.

The Rev. Weber was an Army veteran of War World II, serving with the rank of Captain. For his actions, he received the Bronze Star Medal, Army of Occupation Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal and American Campaign Medal.

The Rev. Harry Weber joined the Newberry College faculty as an assistant professor of religion in 1959, and was named the Chaplain in 1962 he also served as Dean of Students from 1966-69. He resigned his Newberry College position in February 1979 to become pastor of Mount Pleasant Lutheran Church in Saluda.

A 1942 graduate of Newberry College, Pastor Weber was an active supporter of the College throughout his career. In recognition for his loyal support, Newberry College awarded him the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award in 1980 and the Thomas Epting Alumnus-of-the-Year Award in 1995. Newberry College Lettermen's Club inducted Pastor Weber into the Athletics Hall of Fame in 1991 for his contributions as a student athlete and football player.

In 1999 the College dedicated its first building devoted entirely to campus ministry in Pastor Weber's honor and named the building the Weber Ministry House.

The South Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) awarded its first Bishop James S. Aull Award in 1996 to Pastor Weber for outstanding ministerial service to the Church and to Newberry College.

He and his wife, Virginia Graham Weber (a 1944 graduate of the College) have also established the endowed Graham-Weber Scholarship to be awarded annually to an outstanding football player.

In March 2001 Pastor Weber received The Order of the Palmetto (South Carolina's highest award) for "his tireless efforts to promote literacy in South Carolina." His interest in and work with the South Carolina Literacy Council began in the late 1960's when he was still Newberry College's Chaplain. At The Order of the Palmetto Award Ceremony, James Lander, South Carolina Comptroller General, noted that "Pastor Weber is the heart and breath of the literacy movement" and how he on behalf of the College, the Newberry Jaycees, and South Carolina's Literacy Councils spent four decades traveling the state to organize workshops to train teachers and students in the Laubach "Each One, Teach One" method of literacy training.

Pastor Weber received his Master of Education degree from the University of South Carolina and his seminary training from the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia.

The Rev. Weber is survived by a niece, Martha Miller, and her husband, Ben Miller, of Laurens and a nephew, Charles Weber, and his wife, Sharon Weber, of Little Mountain.

Funeral services for the Rev. Harry Weber will be conducted at 3 p.m. Sunday at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, by the Rev. Steven Counts. Interment will be at Rosemont Cemetery. Visitation will be from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Whitaker Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, P.O. Box 382, Newberry, SC 29108 Newberry College, 2100 College St., Newberry, SC 29108 Newberry Literacy Association, P.O. Box 566, Newberry, SC 29108 or to the Lowman Home, P.O. Box 444, White Rock, SC 29177. Messages to the family may be sent via e-mail to notes@whitakerfuneralhome.com. Whitaker Funeral Home, 1704 College St., Newberry, is assisting the family.

Virginia Weber
NEWBERRY - A graveside service for Virginia Graham "Jenny" Weber, of 2602 Pondview Circle, will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday in Rosemont Cemetery. A celebration of her life will be conducted at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer at 11 a.m. Saturday by the Rev. Steve Counts. The family will receive friends from 4-5:30 this evening at Whitaker Funeral Home 1704 College Street. Memorials may be made to the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer Building Fund, P.O. Box 382, Newberry, SC 29108.

Mrs. Weber, wife of the Reverend Harry Weber, died Thursday, October 17, 2002 in Newberry County Memorial Hospital. Born January 1, 1923 in Newberry, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Grigsby and Vera Oxner Graham.

Jenny was a graduate of Newberry College, class of 1944. After employment in Columbia, she returned to the college as an instructor in the Business Department and as a library assistant in Wessels Library. She then became a public school librarian at Reuben Elementary School, Silverstreet Middle School, Mid-Carolina High School and Strom Thurmond High School and retired in 1985.

After her marriage to Harry at Central United Methodist Church, Jenny became a member of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer. She was a loving and devoted wife, actively supporting Harry's ministry at Redeemer and Transfiguration Lutheran Churches in Cameron, Mount Pleasant Lutheran Church in Saluda, St. Timothy's Lutheran Church in Whitmire and as chaplain at Newberry College for over 20 years.

Jenny was an excellent bridge player and an enthusiastic member of numerous clubs and civic organizations. Jenny is survived by her loving husband of 55 years; niece, Mrs. Ben Miller of Laurens and nephew, Charles E. Weber of Chapin. Messages to the family may be sent via email at notes@whitaker funeralhome.com.

Campbell Davis Wallace
84, retired Presbyterian minister, died at Westminster Canterbury Richmond on August 27, 2006. He was the son of Sarah Davis Wallace and Robert George Wallace of Newberry, S.C. After two years at Citadel, he enlisted in the U.S. Army. Captain Wallace participated in the Normandy Invasion and was wounded on July 10, 1944. He graduated from Presbyterian College in Clinton, S.C. and Union Theological Seminary/PSCE in Richmond. His pastorates were in a home mission church, Blackey, Ky.; 10 years as a missionary in the Democratic Republic of the Congo; and 17 years as pastor of the Ashland Presbyterian Church. For the past 10 years he and his wife have lived at Westminster Canterbury. He is survived by his wife, Eleanor Bear Wallace; his sisters-in-law, Margaret B. Moore of Athens, Ga. and Jean Bear of Richmond; his brother-in-law, Dr. Dale Blankenship of Savannah, Ga.; two nieces, Sarah B. Smoot of Cape Girardeau, Mo. and Elizabeth B. Younce of Concord, N.C.; two great-nephews and two great-nieces. A memorial service will be held at Westminster Canterbury in the Commons on Thursday, August 31, at 2 p.m., followed by interment at 4 p.m. in Woodland Cemetery, Ashland. Memorial gifts may be made to Ginter Park Presbyterian Church, 3601 Seminary Rd., Richmond, Va. 23227, or the Westminster Canterbury Fellowship Fund, 1600 Westbrook Ave., Richmond, Va. 23227. Arrangements by the Nelsen Funeral Home, Reid Chapel, Ashland.

Henry White Jr. (b. 4/16/1923)
AIKEN - Graveside services for Henry G. White Jr., 76, will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Sunset Memory Gardens in Graniteville. Visitation will be 7-9 tonight at George Funeral Home. Mr. White, husband of the late Irma R. White, died Sunday. Born in Newberry, he was a son of the late Henry G. White Sr. and Lucy Roe White. He was a U.S. Army World War II Veteran and a member of Highland Pines Baptist. Surviving are his son, Henry G. "Hank" White III of Aiken; daughter, Judy D. Cota of Aiken; sister, Mae Woodward of Aiken; nine grandchildren; 3 great-grandchildren.

A. J. Wilson JR., 68
POMARIA -- Services for A.J. Wilson Jr., 68, of 210 Rest St. will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at Pomaria Lutheran Church. Visitation will be from 5 to 8 tonight at the residence. Memorials may be made to the church special fund or to the Pomaria Rescue Squad. Whittaker Funeral Home of Newberry is in charge.

Mr. Wilson died Tuesday, Nov., 28, 1995. Born in Pomaria, he was a son of the late Albert J. and Istalena Summer Wilson. He was an Army veteran of World War II and owner of Wilson's Grocery. He was a member of Pomaria Lutheran Church, Little Mountain Masonic Lodge, Newberry York Rite Bodies, Hejaz Shrine Temple and the Newberry County Shrine Club. He was a member of the Town of Pomaria Council and the Newberry County Governmental Association. He was a former member of the Pomaria Ruritan Club.

Surviving are his wife, Ruth Smith Wilson; a daughter, Marilyn Bedenbaugh of Columbia; a son, Albert Wilson III of Pomaria; a sister, Margaret Fulmer of Pomaria; and two grandchildren.

Joe Keith Wavering JR.

AUSTIN, TEXAS - Joe Keith Wavering Jr. of Austin, Texas, died July 29, 2007.

Joe was born on March 3, 1955, and was reared in Tampa, Fla. He was a son of the late Mary Hatton W. Mason of Pomaria and Joe Keith Wavering Sr. of Tampa, Fla. He moved to Texas in 1976 where he began a successful 30 year career in insurance and estate planning. Over his lifetime Joe made many visits to his maternal grandparents home, William David and Jennie Lee Hatton, in Pomaria.

He was the devoted father of Joseph Wavering III and Clayton Robert Wavering both of Austin, Texas. He was also the beloved brother of Debbie (Wayne) Kesler of Newberry and James C. Wavering of Austin, Texas. He leaves behind two grandchildren, Brandon and Nathan, his ex-wife, Judith, a nephew, Alex and a niece, Katie.

His wishes were to return to his ancestral home of Pomaria for burial. His remains will be placed to rest at the foot of his mother on Saturday, Aug. 25, at 9 a.m. at Pomaria Lutheran Church Cemetery. Family and friends are invited to attend the graveside memorial service. Flowers and condolences may be directed to McSwain- Evans Funeral Home, www.mcswainevans.com.

Young Willard
NEWBERRY - Graveside services for Young M. "Bud" Willard, 68, will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday in Cannon's Creek-Prosperity ARP Church Cemetery. Visitation will follow the service. Memorials may be made to Cannon's Creek-Prosperity ARP Church, 14417 C.R. Koon Highway, Newberry, SC 29108. McSwain-Evans Funeral Home is in charge. www.mcswainevans.com.

Mr. Willard died March 31, 2004. Born in Newberry County, Mr. Willard was a son of the late Jesse Edward and Rosene Banks Willard. He was a veteran of the Korean Conflict, serving in the US Navy, and had retired from American Fiber and Finishing.

Mr. Willard loved God and was devoted to serving Him. He was a member of Cannon's Creek-Prosperity ARP Church, but worshiped with many local congregations.

Mr. Willard is survived by his wife, Mrs. JoAnn Kunkle Willard; a son, Michael Willard, and wife Lisa; daughters, Debbie Hatchell and husband, David, of Newberry, and Fran Martin and her husband, Ricky, of Newberry; grandchildren, Dustin and Todd Hatchell, Jessica Martin; a sister, Frances Willard, and an Aunt Willie Mae Griffin Lipscomb. He was predeceased by a brother, Jessie Willard, and a sister Patricia Rikard.

Katharine Wade
AMERICUS, Ga. -Services for Katharine G. Wade, 86, widow of William Wade Sr., are 2 p.m. today: Aveleigh Presbyterian Church, Newberry, SC. Burial: Rosemont Cemetery, Newberry. Hancock F.H. is in charge. Born in Clinton, S.C., to Bothwell and Katharine Bean Graham, she died April 18, 2005. Surviving: children, Frances, Richard Cozier, Rev. William Jr., Theodosia Wade; sister, Elizabeth McCaskill.

Lula Wicker
Newberry, Oct. 1 - Mrs. Lula Wicker, widow of the late Thos. V. Wicker, died at her home on College street, this city, on Tuesday.  Mrs. Wicker was 78 years of age, and leaves the following living children:  Mrssrs. J. H. , L. D., W. J., T. B., and Robert Wicker of Newberry and Mr. David Wicker of Ninety-Six.  The interment was in Rosemont cemetery on Wednesday.

John W. Wise
NEWBERRY - John W. "Johnny" Wise, 70, of 25743 US Highway 76, Newberry, died Monday, March 3, 2008 at the Newberry County Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Wise was born on Sept. 21, 1937 in Newberry County, a son of the late Henry Walter and Gladys Shealy Wise. He was a retired co-owner of Wise's Bar-B-Que House and a member of St. James Lutheran Church, the Joanna Lions Club, and the Newberry County Cattleman's Association.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Nicholson Wise of Newberry; two sons and daughters-in-law, Gary and Beth Wise of Newberry and Roger and Adrian Wise of Lugoff; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Narvis and Robert Harmon of Newberry, Mary Ellen and Harold Prater of West Columbia, and Nancy and Rick Richardson of Prosperity; and two grandchildren, Kaleb Wise and Kendal Wise. He was predeceased by two brothers, Clay S. Wise and James E. "Jimmy" Wise.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. today at St. James Lutheran Church by the Rev. Rodney Gunter. Interment will be in the church cemetery.

The family will be at the residence and received friends from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Tuesday at the Whitaker Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to St. James Lutheran Church, 228 Jalapa Road, Newberry, SC 29108.

Active pallbearers will be Wayne Upchurch, Mark Wise, Don Richardson, Michael Wise, Roger Smith and Billy Harmon.

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

Henry Walter Werts
Silverstreet Henry Walter Werts, 84, of 822 Werts Road, died Tuesday, April 18, 2000.
Survivors: a daughter, Peggy J. Barker of Lexington, and Gayle Wood of Spartanburg sisters, Narvis Hunter, Mildred Boozer and Katherine Simpson a brother, William T. Werts three stepgrandchildren and eight great-grandchildren. Predeceased: parents, Edwin Lewis and Annie E. Lake Werts. Visitation: 7 to 8 p.m. today at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Service: 2 p.m. Thursday at Trinity United Methodist Church. Burial: Silverstreet Lutheran Church Cemetery. Memorials: Trinity United Methodist Church, 1167 Trinity Church Road, Newberry, SC 29108.

Lazelle Werts
SILVERSTREET - Graveside services for Lazelle Fellers Werts, 94, of 27657 SC Hwy. 34, will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday in Silverstreet Lutheran Church Cemetery with the Rev. Robert McMcCollum. The family will receive friends in the Church Social Hall following the services. Memorials may be made to Silverstreet Lutheran Church, PO Box 48, Silverstreet 29145. Whitaker Funeral Home is in charge.

Mrs. Werts died Friday, December 10, 1999 at Wesley Commons in Greenwood. Born near Silverstreet, she was a daughter of the late Henry T. and Mary Spearman Fellers. She taught school for over 43 years. She taught for 3 years in South Carolina before going to North Carolina. She taught for 27 years in Kannapolis, N.C. and 13 years in Silverstreet. Mrs. Werts was a member of Silverstreet Lutheran Church and WELCA. She was a member of Calvin Crozier Chapter of the UDC, a member of Silverstreet Extension Homemakers Club, Newberry County Historical Society and the Newberry County Retired Educator Association. She was married to the late James D. Werts. Surviving are nieces and nephews.

James E. Wise
NEWBERRY - James E. "Jimmy" Wise, 67, of 25557 US Highway 76, Newberry, died Wednesday, Feb. 28, 2007, at the Newberry County Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Wise was born on Aug. 24, 1939, in Newberry, a son of the late Henry Walter and Gladys Shealy Wise. He was the former co-owner of Wise's Barbershop in Joanna and was co-owner of Wise's Bar-BQ House.

He was a member of St. James Lutheran Church where he was secretary-treasurer of the Sunday school, a member of the Church Choir and was a former Congregational Council member.

He was a Life Member S.C. Synod Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, a member of the Joanna Lions Club and the Bush River Activity Association.

He was very active in Newberry County "Relay for Life."

He is survived by his wife, Ellie Jane Shealy Wise of Newberry; a daughter, Melinda (Tarry) Long of Pomaria; a two sons, Michael E. Wise of Chapin and Garrick (Haley) Wise of Kinards; three sisters, Narvice (Robert) Harmon of Newberry, Mary Ellen (Harold) Prater of West Columbia and Nancy (Rick) Richardson of Prosperity; a brother, John W. "Johnny" (Linda) Wise of Newberry; five grandchildren, Courtney Wise, Jennifer Wise, Michelle Wise, Taylor Wise and Zachary Wise; and special friends, Barbara, Bartley and Bethany Cromer. He was predeceased by a brother, Clay S. Wise.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. James Lutheran Church by the Rev. Rodney Gunter. Interment will in the Church Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the funeral home. The family will be at the residence, 25557 US Highway 76.

Memorials may be made to St. James Lutheran Church, 228 Jalapa Road, Newberry, SC 29108 orAmerican Cancer Society, c/o Helen Beebe, 181 Tailers Trail, Leesville, SC 29070.

Active pallbearers will be Billy Harmon, Leon Fulmer, Roger Smith, Charles Moore, Don Richardson, C.J. Bishop, George Amick and Donald Wise. Honorary pallbearers will be Dr. Mark Davis, Modene Treanor, Joyce and Legrande Bouknight, Susan and Russell Satterfield, A.J. Dooley and the members of St. James Choir.

Messages to the family may be sent via e-mail at notes@w h i t a k e r f u n e r a lhome.com.  Whitaker Funeral Home, Newberry is assisting the family.

Ruth Halfacre Wicker
NEWBERRY - Ruth Halfacre Wicker, 87, of Newberry, died June 1, 2007, at her residence.

Born in Newberry, she was a daughter of the late George Koon and Lula Belle Halfacre Wicker. Miss Wicker was retired from Old School Manufacturing, was a member of Clayton Memorial Universalist Church and the St. Philip's Lutheran Church Joy Fellowship.

Surviving are a sister, Leila W. Almond of Tucker, Ga.; sisters- in-law, Frances Wicker and Virginia Wicker, both of Newberry, and a number of nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by sisters, Lillian Wicker and Dottie Cook, and brothers, Perry Wicker, Maffett Wicker, Earl Wicker and Julian Wicker.

Services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, June 3, 2007, at Clayton Memorial Universalist Church by the Rev. Ralph Garofano. Burial followed in the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to Clayton Memorial Universalist Church Cemetery Fund, c/o Troxell Senn, 1130 Summer St., Newberry, SC 29108 or the American Cancer Society, c/o Helen Beebe, 181 Tailers Trail, Leesville, SC 29070.

Active pallbearers were Kenneth Cook, Danny Cook, Phillip Cook, Douglas Cook, Brian Cook, Steve Almond, Chris Ruff, Chris Parks and Bruce Payne. Honorary pallbearers were all of her special friends as well as her caregivers from Angel Care, Palmetto Hospice and Dorothy Werts. Services were entrusted to McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. A memorial message may be sent to the family at www.mcswainevans.com.

Rev. Daniel W. Weck
Newberry The Rev. Daniel W. Weck, 74, of 2112 Old Blair Road, died Monday, Feb. 28, 2000, at Newberry County Memorial Hospital.

Born in Chicago, Ill., he was a son of the late Frederick and Nina Hipskin Weck. Veteran: U.S. Marine Corps. Retired: Universalist Unitarian Minister. Volunteer: Fairfield County Historical Museum.

Survivors: wife, Margaret Toms Weck stepsons, Matthew Bowers of California, and Nathan Bowers of Massachusetts a sister, Nina Ehat of Colorado and a brother, Frederick Weck of California. Memorial service: Noon Saturday, March 11, 2000, at Clayton Memorial Universalist Unitarian Church. -- McSwain-Evans Funeral Home.

Lester Clyde Wise
Lester Clyde Wise, 42, of 916 Macedonia Church Road, died March 24, 1999 at Newberry County Memorial Hospital.  Employer: South Carolina Electric and Gas Company, VC Summer Plant. Member: Macedonia Lutheran Church. Survivors: his parents, John "JakeA and Rachel Caldwell Wise a sister, Johnette Davenport of Prosperity and half brother, Peter C. Olsen of Harlingen, Texas. Visitation: 6 to 7:30 p.m. today at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Service: 11 a.m. Saturday at Macedonia Lutheran Church. Burial: church cemetery.

Sally Ruff Wilson
NEWBERRY - Sally Ruff Wilson, 54, died April 23, 2008 at Newberry County Memorial Hospital.

Born in Newberry, she was a daughter of the late Frank Richard "Dick" and Theresa Wise Ruff. Mrs. Wilson was an accomplished artist, a "doll doctor" who restored many antique dolls and was a talented seamstress. She enjoyed her ministry as a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses. She was a giving person who always put others in her life first. She was a loyal wife and helper to her husband and was a devoted mother and grandmother.

Surviving are husband, Philip T. Wilson; a son, Quinton T. Wilson of Newberry; a daughter, Theresa E. Wilson of Newberry; brothers, Pat Thomason and George R. Ruff, both of Newberry; two grandchildren; and special cousins, Elmer Long and Von Long.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. today at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Lebanon Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the MS Society, PO Box 4527, New York, NY 10163.

Active pallbearers: John Grantham, Patrick O'Neel, Neely Page, Tracy Page, Gus Ruff George Wilson, Hector Wilson and Sean Wilson.

McSwain-Evans Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements.

Charles Wise
NEWBERRY - Services for Charles Edwin Wise, 86, will be held at 3:30 p.m. Friday at St. James Lutheran Church conducted by the Rev. Rodney Gunter. Interment will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends immediately following the service. Pallbearers will be Charles "Mickey" Armstrong, Eric C. Cannon, John V. Pugh, Darr Wise, Carroll Wise, John Fulmer Jr., Keith Shealy, Ethan Shealy, Jim Lathan, Steve Lathan and David Keisler. McSwain-Evans Funeral Home is in charge. Memorials may be made to Palmetto Health Hospice, P.O. Box 325, Newberry, SC 29108; St. James Lutheran Church, 228 Jalapa Road, Newberry, SC 29108 or the American Cancer Society, c/o Myra Addy, 2230 Glenn Street, Newberry, SC 29108.

Mr. Wise died June 18, 2002. Born in Prosperity, February 19, 1916, he was a son of the late George Lemuel and Ida Fulmer Wise. He graduated from Bush River High School and received his B.A. degree from Newberry College in 1938. He was a member of St. James Lutheran Church where he was a former church councilman. He was also a former member and president of the Newberry County Education Association and of the Retired Educators Association.

Mr. Wise was a World War II veteran, having joined the Army National Guard in February of 1940. He transferred to the U.S. Army Air Corps, 5th Tactical Air Communication Squadron, and served in the Pacific Theater of war. He received his honorable discharge on November 10, 1945. He resumed his teaching career in August 1946, serving as a teacher and principal for 40 years, retiring in June of 1978.

Surviving are his devoted wife of 56 years, Dorothy Hawkins Wise; daughters and sons-in-law, Vivien W. and Ralph Buffinger of Portsmouth, Ohio, Judy W. and Tommy Whitehead and Ann W. and Corey Cannon, all of Newberry; son, Grady Heber Wise of Newberry; sisters, Adelaide W. Fulmer of White Rock, Ina Mae W. Shealy of Prosperity and Myra Julia "Peggy" Lathan of Greensboro; grandchildren, Tracy and Christa Buffinger, Charles "Mickey" Armstrong and Eric, Camryn and Ashley Cannon. He was predeceased by brothers, Herman, Harvey, Ray, twin Heber and G.L. Wise; sisters, Elberta W. Pugh and Ellen W. Keisler.

Donald Epting Workman
Newberry - Donald Epting Workman, 44, of 910 King Creek Road, died Aug. 5, 2001.

Employer: Champion International.

Survivors: parents, Thomas W. and Edith E. Workman of Newberry wife, Nanette Wilson Workman son, Matthew Blake Workman of Newberry daughters, Amanda Pearl Workman and Brittany Shannon Workman, both of Newberry and brother, Thomas W. "Tommy" Workman of Newberry.

Visitation: 7 to 8 p.m. today at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Service: 4 p.m. Tuesday at St. James Lutheran Church. Burial: Lebanon United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Memorials: A trust fund to benefit his children's education has been established at Newberry Federal, P.O. Box 417, Newberry, SC 29108.

Peppie C. Walters
POMARIA - Peppie Cannarella Walters, 51, of Pomaria, died Aug. 18, 2006.

Born in Columbia, she was a daughter of Joyce Dukes Cannarella and the late Joseph Anthony Cannarella. As a young child she attended school at St. Peter's Catholic Church and graduated from Irmo High School and Newberry College. Mrs. Walters was a dedicated and caring first grade teacher at Pomaria- Garmany Elementary School for 25 years. She was a devoted wife and mother. She loved gardening, reading and writing.

Surviving in addition to her mother of Chapin are her husband, Sammie W. Walters; a daughter, Katie Walters of the home; sisters, Denise Cannarella of Irmo and Connie Garvey of Leesville; a brother, Vincent Cannarella of Chapin.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Aug. 26, 2006, at 7:30 a.m. at the home. The family requests you dress casually for the service. A visitation will be held on Thursday from 6 - 8 p.m. at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Kaitlyn Walters Scholarship Fund c/o First Citizens Bank, PO Drawer 9, Prosperity, SC 29127 or to Pomaria-Garmany Elementary School, 7288 US Highway 176, Pomaria, SC 29126. Services are entrusted to McSwain-Evans Funeral Home.

Bennie Lewis Williams
NEWBERRY - Bennie Lewis Williams, 74, passed away suddenly, Sept. 24, 2008 at his residence. Born in Salu da County on Jan. 14, 1934, he was a son of the late Bennie W. and Fairbelle Proctor Williams.

He was retired from American Fiber and Finishing and was a member of St. James Lutheran Church. He was a member of the Bush River Young Farmers, and the Bush River Activities Association. He was a loving and devoted husband, father and grandfather. He loved working outside and was an avid farmer, gardener and hunter.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Bobby Ann Shealy Williams; two daughters, Annette Bledsoe and her husband, Glenn, of Newberry and Chrissie Campitella and her husband, Mark, of Chapin; a son, Danny Williams and his wife, Beverly, of Newberry; two sisters, Lula Bowers of Prosperity and Fay Shealy of Newberry; four grandchildren, Lane Williams, Morgan Williams, Benjamin Bledsoe and Cory Campitella; and many nieces and nephews. He was prede-ceased by two brothers, Troy Williams and Donnie Williams and a sister, Betty Ann Slice.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 27, 2008, at St. James Lutheran Church by the Rev. Rodney Gunter. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends today from 6-8 p.m. at the McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to St. James Lutheran Church, 228 Jalapa Road, Newberry, SC 29108.

Active pallbearers: C.J. Bishop, Stanley Bishop, Barry Shealy, Don Williams, Joey Williams and Lewis Williams.

McSwain-Evans Funeral Home is entrusted with the arrangements. A memorial message may be sent to the family at www.mcswainevans.com.

Donald Wofford - contributed by Donna Brummett
Donald Layton “Donnie” Wofford, 53, of Newberry, died Monday, November 30, 2009 at his residence.

Born on August 28, 1956, in Prosperity, he was a son of Jerry L. Wofford and the late Jetty McKinney Wofford.  He was a member of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, was a board member of the Ruth Pugh Foundation and was an avid Gamecock fan.

Surviving in addition to his father of Prosperity are his wife, Angie Bouknight Wofford; sons, Adam Layton Wofford of Newberry and William (Miho) Wofford of Osaka, Japan; a daughter, Angela Wofford of Newberry; a step-son, Brian (Alisa) Bishop of Greensboro, NC; a step-daughter, Amanda Eaves of the home; a sister, Janet (Cecil) Morris of Newberry; seven grandchildren.  He was predeceased by a brother, Thomas Michael Wofford.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 5, 2009, at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church by the Rev. Elizabeth Morgan.  Burial will follow in Rosemont Cemetery.  Visitation will be Friday from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home.  Memorials may be made to St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 1605 Main Street, Newberry, SC 29108.

Active pallbearers: Tee Bartley, Russell Franklin, Tony Langford, Eddie Neelands, Bobby Joe Taylor and Joey Werts.  Honorary pallbearers: Darrell Taylor, Tommy Langford, Jammie Morris, Dale Dickert, Ella Neelands and Bob Wofford.

Mary Warren
Mary Ruth Allen Warren, 89, of Pomaria, died Wednesday, November 4, 2009 at Newberry County Memorial Hospital.

Born on June 10, 1920, in Pomaria, she was a daughter of the late Ivy Eugene and Ada Richardson Allen. She was a lifelong member of College Street Baptist Church where she taught the Mary Warren Sunday School Class for 50 years. She retired from Newberry Mills and K-Mart. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and she will be greatly missed.

Surviving is her husband, Furman Warren; a daughter, Ann Warren and John W. Smith of Newberry; a son, Richie A. and Toni W. Warren of Newberry; grandchildren, Joey S. Smith, Shannon S. and David Longshore, David and Traci Warren and Clark Warren; great-grandchildren, Katelyn Warren, Kenley and Bryson Longhsore and Logan and Brock Glover; sisters, Betty A. and Hanes McEntire of Ballentine and Judy A. and Melvin Meetze of Pomaria; a sister-in-law, Martha B. Allen of Pomaria and a close friend, Hattie Mae Mills. She was predeceased by her first husband, G. Roy Warren.

Funeral services will be held Friday, November 6, 2009, at 11:00 a.m. at College Street Baptist Church by the Rev. Ken Ferrell. Burial will follow in Rosemont Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to College Street Baptist Church, 3240 College Street, Newberry, SC 29108.  Active pallbearers will be her grandsons, great-grandsons and Pat Meetze.  Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Mary Warren Sunday School Class, Bart McEntire and Scott Meetze. (contributed by Donna Brummett)

Guy Whitener
Guy Vanderbilt Whitener, 100, of., Newberry, died Monday, January 19, 2004 at White Oak Manor.
Mr. Whitener was born on October 9, 1903 in Lincoln County, NC, a son of the late M. Luther and Ella Mae Sain Whitener.

He was well known in the lumber business in the southeast, having been the owner and president of Whitener Lumber Company in Newberry.

He was also part owner and vice president of Southwest Forest Industries. In addition, he owned and operated lumber mills in other areas of South Carolina, North Carolina, and Georgia. He served eight years with the South Carolina Forest Commission, six of these as chairman.

He was appointed by the late Governor Olin D. Johnson to serve on his staff while in office. Mr. Whitener was instrumental in helping establish many of the S.C. parks that we enjoy today. He was an extremely active member of Central United Methodist Church in Newberry and was also a member of the Chesley Cannon Bible Class. He was also one of the trailblazers in establishing and building the Isle of Palms Methodist Church, where he spent his summers with his extended family.

Mr. Whitener is survived by his sister, Bonnie W. Hamrick of Newberry; a daughter-in-law, Anne Wilson Whitener of Newberry; a son-in-law, Olin H. Pate of Columbia; grandchildren, Stuart Whitener Kennemore of Greenwood, Leslie Ann Whitener of Hilton Head Island, Melody Pate Carlisle of Gilbert, Valery Pate Kaneft of Irmo, Tracy Pate Zach of Columbia, Olin H. Pate, Jr. of Elgin, Michael Guy Dwyer of Florida; seven great grandchildren, and two great great grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Carrie Williams Whitener, daughters, Katheryn Whitener Dwyer and Marilyn Whitener Pate, and his son, Guy Vanderbilt Whitener, Jr.

Funeral services for Funeral services for Guy V. Whitener will be conducted at 3:00 P.M. Wednesday at Central United Methodist Church by the Rev. Dr. John Miller. Interment will be in Rosemont Cemetery, Springdale Section.  Visitation will be from 6:00 to 7:30 P.M. Tuesday at the Whitaker Funeral Home.  Memorials may be made to the Central; united Methodist Church, PO Box 67, Newberry SC 29108. (contributed by Donna Brummett)

Anne Whitener
Anne Wilson (Annie Ruth) Whitener, widow of Guy Vanderbilt Whitener, Jr., passed away on Sunday, November 5, 2006 at Newberry County Memorial Hospital. Visitation for Mrs. Whitener will be Monday, November 6, 2006 at her residence 2323 Wells Park Drive at 6:00 P.M. Funeral services were conducted at Central United Methodist Church on Tuesday, November 7, 2006 at 3:00 P.M. Interment did follow in Newberry Memorial Gardens. The family did further celebrate Mrs. Whitener's life at her residence following the burial.  Mrs. Whitener is survived by two daughters, Stuart Whitener Kennemore and her husband Paul of Greenwood, SC, and Leslie Ann Whitener of Hilton Head Island, SC; a grandson, Paul Hampton Kennemore, III, DMD and his wife Kim of Moore, SC and a sister-in-law Billie Wilson of Belton, SC.  She was the daughter of the late William Mark Wilson and Annie Louise Pitts Wilson Plowden. She was also predeceased by her step-father, Stuart Plowden, who she was extremely close to, and her brother, William Sloan Wilson.  Mrs. Whitener was born on September 1, 1925 in Greenwood County and graduated from Greenwood High School and Spartanburg General Hospital School of Nursing. She met and married Guy Whitner, Jr. and lived in Newberry the rest of her life.  She was a member of Central United Methodist Church. She was active in the Green Thumb Garden Club and loved playing bridge and shaghai. She and her late husband were extremely involved with Tennessee Walking Horses and they had many memorable times at their Isle of Palms home. She was, if nothing else, a gracious hostess, a loving wife, mother, and "Nana" to her only grandchild Hampton.  (contributed by Donna Brummett)

Gladys Shealy Wise
96, of 25679 US Highway 76, Newberry, widow of Henry Walter Wise, died Monday, February 23, 2004 at the Newberry County Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Wise was born on March 21, 1907 in Saluda County, a daughter of the late Hillary S. and Nancy Bedenbaugh Shealy. She attended Summerland College and was the oldest member of St. James Lutheran Church. Mrs. Wise, the last surviving member of her immediate family, is survived by three daughters and sons-in-law, Narvice and Robert Harmon,of Newberry, Mary Ellen and Harold Prater of West Columbia, and Nancy and Rick Richardson of Prosperity; two sons and daughters-in-law, John W. and Linda Wise and James E. and Ellie Jane Wise, all of Newberry; 15 grandchildren; 17 great grandchildren; and two great great grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, Clay S. Wise; four sisters, Pansy Shealy, Ottie Moore, Nettie Rikard and Era Harmon Corley. Funeral services for Gladys Shealy Wise will be conducted at 2:00 P.M. Sunday at St. James Lutheran Church by Rev. Rodney Gunter and the Rev. Randy Derrick. Interment will be in Newberry Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Wednesday at the Whitaker Funeral Home and the family will be at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. James E. Wise, 25557 US Highway 76, Newberry SC. Memorials may be to St. James Lutheran Church Building Fund, 228 Jalapa Road, Newberry, SC 29108 or Salvation Army, 205 Main Street, Columbia, SC 29201. Active pallbearers will be grandsons. Honorary pallbearers will be the Grandchildren, Cleo Wise, and the members of the Adult Sunday School Class. Whitaker Funeral Home, 1704 College Street, Newberry, SC is assisting the family.  (contributed by Donna Brummett)

Margaret B. Wicker
82, of Prosperity, widow of Cecil E. Wicker, died Saturday, May 2, 2009 at Palmetto Baptist Health Hospital. Born on July 22, 1926 in Prosperity, she was the daughter of the late John Wesley and Minnie Day Boozer. She was retired from Greenwood Mills in Joanna, a member of Bethany Lutheran Church and the Newberry County Council on Aging. Surviving are a son, Jerry Lee (Angela) Wicker of North Augusta, SC; a daughter, Joyce (Kenneth) Shealy of Prosperity; three grandchildren, Phyllis Lynn Wicker of Columbia, Gene Kenneth "Kenny" (Michelle) Shealy II of Prosperity and Lee Michael (Clancie) Wicker of North Augusta, SC; two great-granddaughters, Chesney K. and McKenna A.Shealy of Prosperity; three step-great grandchildren, Andrew, Hannah and Darren Mayson of North Augusta, SC and a very special friend for over 40 years, Mary S. Miller of Atlanta, GA. Mrs. Wicker was predeceased by a brother LeRoy Boozer. Funeral services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Tuesday, May 5, 2009 at Bethany Lutheran Church by the Rev. Dr. Robert McCollum. Burial will follow in Newberry Memorial Gardens. The family will be at the residence of her daughter, 2850 SC Highway 219, Prosperity. Visitation will be Monday from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Bethany Lutheran Church, 2704 Nance Street, Newberry, SC 29108. Active pallbearers: Gene Kenneth "Kenny" Shealy II, Lee Michael Wicker, Marion Daniel "Danny" Maw II, Dean Brown, Stanley Boozer, Jimmy Boozer and Larry Gilliam. Honorary pallbearers: Evelyn B. Maw, Christine W. Dennis and the Wednesday Afternoon Card Group-Ruth Bowers, Margaret Shealy, Jean Bundrick, Margaret Harmon, Dora Sue Livingston and Audrey Aigner.  (contributed by Donna Brummett)

Sara Hawkins Wessinger
90, of 73 Hartford Heights, Newberry, widow of Terriel E. Wessinger, Sr., died Friday August 15, 2003 at her residence.  Mrs. Wessinger was born on April 3, 1913 in Newberry County, a daughter of the late Bloomer P. and Mary Elizabeth Sligh Hawkins. She was a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church.  Mrs. Wessinger is survived by two sisters, Mary Sease and Elizabeth Shannon both of Newberry; two brothers, Bloomer "Jack" Hawkins and Willie Hawkins both of Newberry; eight grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; and one great great grandson. She was predeceased by a daughter, Peggy W. Neeland and a son, T.E. "Gene" Wessinger, Jr.  Funeral services for Sara Hawkins Wessinger will be conducted at 2:00 PM Monday at the Whitaker Funeral Home by the Rev. Jim Hager. Interment will be in Newberry Memorial Gardens.  Visitation will be from 5:00 to 7:00 PM Sunday at the Whitaker Funeral Home and the family will at the residence, 73 Hartford Heights.  Memorials may be made to St. Peter Lutheran Church, 900 Dreher Island Road, Chapin SC 29036 or Palmetto Health Hospice, PO Box 352, Newberry SC 29108.  Active pallbearers will Eddie Neelands, Terry Wessinger, Bryan Wessinger, Charles Wessinger, Bernard Hawkins, Henry Shannon, Jimmy Lominick, and David Sease. (contributed by Donna Brummett)

Elizabeth "Betty" Hale Townsend Wessinger
82, of 1205 Reid St., Newberry, died Tuesday, February 10, 2009 at her residence.  She was born on August 2, 1926 in Ninety Six, SC a daughter of the late Francis Asbury and Ella Lee Sherard Townsend. She was a 1947 graduate of Converse College and a member of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer.  Mrs. Wessinger is survived by her three sons and their wives, Hugh E. Wessinger, Jr. and Debora of Asheville, NC, F. Townsend Wessinger and Claire of Newberry and B. Lee Wessinger and Gretchen of Simpsonville; grandchildren, Matthew and Zoe Wessinger, Conner and Addison Wessinger, Forrest and Quinten Gulledge, and Matthew and Will Mature; a sister, Amelia Townsend Alexander of Anderson and a brother, Francis Asbury Townsend, Jr. of Aiken. She was predeceased by her husband, Hugh Elliott Wessinger.  Graveside funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 P.M. Friday in Newberry Memorial Gardens by the Rev. Floyd Sides.  Visitation will be Thursday from 6:30 P.M. to 7:30 P.M. at Whitaker Funeral Home in Newberry.  Messages to the family may be sent via email to notes@whitakerfuneralhome.com  Whitaker Funeral Home, Newberry, is assisting the family (contributed by Donna Brummett)

Mrs. Rosalyn L. Woodward
79, of 388 Airport Rd., Newberry, widow of Colie Woodward, died May 2, 2003. Born in Prosperity, Mrs. Woodward was a daughter of the late George Nolan and Minnie Banks Long. She was a homemaker and a member of Bethany Evangelical Lutheran Church. She was a former volunteer with NCCOA. Mrs. Woodward is survived by a son, Terry Woodward (Jane) of Silverstreet; Three daughters, Mrs. Terry (Judy) Simmons of Ware Shoals, Mrs. Richard (Donna) Lominack and Mrs. Bill (Vickie) Riddle, both of Newberry; 2 sisters , Mrs. Viola L. Bouknight of Virginia Beach, VA, and Mrs. Annie Laura Berry of Newberry; 9 grandchildren; and 8 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a great-granddaughter. Funeral services will be conducted at 3:00 PM Monday at Bethany Lutheran Church, with burial to follow in Newberry Memorial Gardens. The family is at her residence and will receive friends at the McSwain-Evans Funeral Home Sunday from 7:00 until 8:30 PM. The family suggests that those desiring may make memorials to Bethany Lutheran Church, 2704 Nance Street, Newberry, SC. (contributed by Donna Brummett)

Paul O. Wicker
Paul O. Wicker, 57, of Hickory Tavern died Tuesday, September 14, 2010.  Born in Newberry on July 19, 1953, he was a son of Mary Lou Wicker Copeland and the late E. Robert Wicker.  Paul was retired from Whitten Center and was of the Presbyterian faith. In addition to his mother of Hickory Tavern, he is survived by his brother and sister-in-law, Wayne and Rosemary Wicker of Hickory Tavern; niece and her husband, Erika and Brian Clark of Columbia; nephew and his wife, Capt Robert E. and Kaitlin Wicker of North Carolina; great niece, Stella Clark and great nephew, Collin Wicker. He was predeceased by his father Robert Wicker, brother J. Keith Wicker and step-father Harold Copeland.  Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 P.M. Friday at the Whitaker Funeral Home Chapel in Newberry by the Rev. Mark Coker.  Interment will be in Newberry Memorial Gardens.  Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 PM Thursday at the Whitaker Funeral Home.  (contributed by Donna Brummett)

Lillie Mae Williams
Lillie Mae Grogan Williams, 80, widow of W. Elliott Williams, died Tuesday, December 06, 2005 at the Newberry Memorial Hospital. Mrs. Williams was born in Spartanburg, a daughter of the late John P. and Rosie Smith Grogan. She was of the Baptist Faith. Mrs. Williams is survived by one son and daughter-in-law, H.E. "Sonny" and Janice Swanson, Jr. of Savannah; one sister, Myrtle Jones of Greenville; six grandchildren, Mickey Grogan, Duane Grogan, Robert Grogan, Kevin Swanson, Rhonda Ballard, and Susan Henry; and four great grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, John L. Grogan and a brother, Clarence Williams. Funeral services were conducted at 2:00 P.M. Thursday at the Whitaker Funeral Home by the Rev. Walter Green. Interment will be in Newberry Memorial Gardens. Visitation was from 5:30 to 7:00 P. M. Wednesday at Whitaker Funeral Home. Active pallbearers were Randy Bradley, Joe Jones, Jimmy Clary, Jim Strange, Harry Longshore, and Jerry Havird. (contributed by Donna Brummett)

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