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Abbott, Emmie - Greenville  
Emmie Abbott Greenville Emmie Sue Bell Abbott, 104, widow of Henry Abbott, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday May 20, 2015. Mrs. Abbott was born April 25, 1911 in Lowndesville, SC to the late Ira Bell and Emmie Fanning Bell. Surviving are, son, John Fagg; two daughters, Amelia Martin with husband Larry and Martha White Bunn with husband Norman, three grandchildren, Henrietta Emily Moore, Robert Gilstrap and Collins White, six great grandchildren and seven great-great grandchildren. She was predeceased by a brother, Ira Bell Jr.; and six sisters, Cornelia Bailey, Irene Plummer, Laura Finley, Catie Spina, Willena Gantt, and Agnes Muirhead. Family will receive friends 2-3 p.m. Saturday at Fletcher Funeral Service. Memorial services to follow at 3 p.m. officiated by Rev. Guy Altizer. Fletcher Funeral Service
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Published in The Greenville News on May 22, 2015
Abernethy, Barbara - Seneca  
Barbara J. Abernethy Seneca Barbara Jane Abernethy, 85, widow of H. Mitchell Abernethy, Jr., passed away May 13, 2015 after a long illness. Barbara was born January 18, 1930 in Berwyn, Illinois to Beulah and Calvin Phillips. She married H. Mitchell Abernethy June 17, 1949 in Glen Elllyn, Illinois. Together they traveled and lived in many countries outside the USA as she accompanied her husband on his 40 year international career with Union Carbide. They settled in Seneca, SC in 2000. Barbara's passions included history, genealogy, gardening and cooking with her family. Barbara is survived by her daughters and their families: Sharon Scott (Graham) Mount Pleasant, SC; Catherine Wisner (James) Houston, TX; Alexandra Heijkoop (Aart) Esporles, Mallorca, Spain, and her grandchildren Siobhan, Meagan, Douglas, Stephanie, Roxanne, Nathalie, and Mitchell. Barbara is also survived by her brothers Calvin Phillips (Paula) Sierra Vista, Arizona, and William Phillips (Carol) Fountain Inn, SC. A gathering to celebrate Barbara's life will be held at a future date. The family would like to thank Hospice of Charleston and Gentiva Hospice of Greenville for all their excellent care. Cremation Society of South Carolina
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Published in The Greenville News on May 16, 2015
Adams, Shirley - Greenville  
Shirley Ann Adams Greenville Ms. Shirley Ann Adams, 51, of 415 N. Main Street, passed away on Thursday, May 19, 2015. Born in Greenville, SC; She was the daughter of the late Nancy Vaughn Bolden and Adger Bolden. Surviving: Sister; Emma Tate of Greenville, SC. Funeral Service: Sunday, May 24, 2015, at Watkins Garrett & Woods Mortuary, with burial in Resthaven Memorial Gardens.
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Published in The Greenville News on May 23, 2015
Anderson, Benjamin - Greenville  
Benjamin Waldrep Anderson II Greenville Benjamin Waldrep Anderson II, died peacefully on May 16, 2015, after a five-year battle with lung cancer. Born in Edgefield, SC on August 25, 1951, he was the son of the late Joe F. Anderson, Sr. and Carmen Wilkerson Anderson. Ben had a wide circle of friends and family, all of whom were blessed by his kindness, his loyalty, and his winsome smile. He encouraged many with his determined, yet gentle spirit. While in junior high school, Ben wrote Clemson University Coach Frank Howard, promising that one day he would play football for the Tigers. He excelled in sports in high school, helping the Strom Thurmond Rebels win their first state football championship. Despite being named the Class A Back of the Year, he was not recruited by any college. At 6' and 170 pounds, he was deemed too small for college athletics. Undeterred, Ben enrolled at Clemson and walked onto the football team, fulfilling his vow to Coach Howard. By the time his playing days were over, he had started every game of his college career as a free safety, was named team captain, was selected for the Academic All American team, and helped to reestablish the tradition of Running Down the Hill prior to kick off in Death Valley. In 1997, Ben was inducted into the Clemson University Athletic Hall of Fame. Following his graduation from Clemson, he obtained his J.D. degree from the University of the South Carolina School of Law and then immediately returned to Clemson as Assistant General Counsel. Seven years later, he was named General Counsel and Secretary to the Board of Trustees. During his 28-year career with the school, he served under five presidents. Following his retirement from Clemson in 2005, he became an avid tennis and golf player, and worked as a volunteer with the South Carolina Special Olympics. When Clemson Memorial Stadium was constructed in 1943, the players entered the field from the east side of the stadium, that being the closest point of entry from the dressing room at Fike Field House. This required the players to run down the grassy area behind the east end zone to enter the playing field. This was usually done without great fanfare, because many of the fans were not in their seats when the team entered for the pre-game warmups. When new dressing rooms were constructed under the west end zone stands in 1970, the practice was discontinued because the players now entered the field from the opposite end. In Ben's senior year at Clemson during the week before the season-ending finale with South Carolina in 1972, Ben and Bobby Johnson, speaking for the team, approached Coach Hootie Ingram to ask if the team could once again run down the hill, so as to have the experience at least once during their collegiate careers. Ingram quickly agreed and arranged for buses to transport the team around the stadium after they had completed warmups. Unlike the earlier tradition, the team now participated in the run immediately prior to kickoff, when the stands were full, allowing for a more dramatic entrance. Thus was born a tradition that longtime CBS and ABC sportscaster Brent Musburger once labeled, "the most exciting 25 seconds in college football." During his career, Ben intercepted nine opponents' passes, and led the team in tackles in 1971 and 1972. He also had a decorated academic career and was the recipient of several university and Atlantic Coast Conference awards, including the Frank Howard Award, given annually to the student-athlete bringing the most honor to Clemson. Ben was a member of Grace Church in Greenville. He is survived by his devoted companion, Kristy Cheek; his three brothers, Joe (friend Stacey), Greg (Patti), and Jeff (Melanie); and nieces and nephews Dr. Carmen Traywick (Bernie), Ashley Jones (Josh), Fletcher Anderson (Carrie), Amanda Mellard (Brian), Julie Honeycutt (Jake), Jeffrey Anderson, and Bethany Anderson. The family will receive visitors at Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, 639 North Main Street, Greenville, SC from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 19, 2015. The funeral service will be held Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. in the auditorium adjacent to Tillman Hall on the Clemson Campus. Interment will follow at Cemetery Hill behind the football stadium. Memorials may be made to the Special Olympics, 1276 Assembly Street, Columbia, SC 29201, the American Cancer Society, 154 Milestone Way, Greenville, SC 29615, or the Boy Scouts of America, 715 Betsy Drive, Columbia, SC 29210. To sign the online guest book, visit the Thomas McAfee Funeral Home website at www.thomasmcafee.com/obituaries/ Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Downtown.
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Published in The Greenville News on May 19, 2015
Andrews, John - Travelers Rest  
John "Buster" Wilton Andrews Travelers Rest John "Buster" Wilton Andrews, 66, of Travelers Rest, husband of Sharon Grant Andrews, died Wednesday, May 20, 2015. Born in Spartanburg County, he was a son of the late John Hicks and Willie Mae Smith Andrews. Buster retired from Boy Scouts of America after 30 years, and was of the Baptist faith. Surviving, in addition to his loving wife of 20 years, are children, Mark Andrews (Tina), Sonya McMillan (Scott), and James Stepp, III; five grandchildren, Daniel, Kayla, Raegan, Ethan, and Cooper; two sisters, Elizabeth Bailey and Frances Burch (Bill); and numerous nieces and nephews. The visitation will be held Tuesday, May 26, 2015 from 1:00 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. at Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Northwest, with the memorial service following at 3:00 p.m. in the Northwest chapel. The family will be at the residence. Condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.thomasmcafee.com .
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Published in The Greenville News from May 23 to May 25, 2015
Bailey, Gerald - Marietta  
Gerald Bailey Marietta Gerald Bailey, 58, went to be with the Lord on Friday, May 15, 2015. Born in Greenville County, he was the son of Helen Cox Bailey Nelson and the late Ed Bailey. He retired from JP Stevens - Slater Plant after 35 years of service and was a member of Cox Chapel Baptist Church. Along with his mother, Gerald is survived by a daughter, Jennifer (Keven) Womack; brothers: Ronald (Linda) Bailey and Mark (Lori) Bailey; grandchildren, Clayton, Memphis and Karolyne and his step-father, Jimmy Nelson. Along with his father, Gerald was predeceased by a brother, Jerry Bailey. Visitation will be Sunday from 2 until 2:45 p.m. at Cox Chapel Baptist Church with funeral service to follow the visitation at 3 p.m. Burial will be at the church cemetery. The family will be at the home of his mother. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at thehowzemortuary@yahoo.com. The Howze Mortuary, Travelers Rest is in charge of the arrangements. (864) 834-8051.
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Published in The Greenville News on May 17, 2015
Baldwin Jr., John Kenneth  
John Kenneth Baldwin, Jr. Simpsonville John Kenneth Baldwin, Jr., 72, of Simpsonville, loving husband for 49 years to Anita Navarro Baldwin, died Wednesday, May 20, 2015. Born in Florence, SC, he was a son of the late John Kenneth Baldwin, Sr., and Marjorie Christine Hatchell Baldwin. John served in the US Navy during the Vietnam War. He retired from AT&T in 1995. Since 1985 he and his wife Anita have owned and operated "Anita's Mexican Restaurant". John was affectionately known as "The Hatman" and provided free entertainment to all the patrons, especially the little children who loved him dearly. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church. Survivors, in addition to his wife, include three sons, John K. Baldwin, III, and wife Heather, Kevin Baldwin, and Joseph Baldwin and wife Brandy, all of Simpsonville; five grandchildren, Landi, Zachary, Sara, Rachel and Maizie; one sister, Grace Schlenker of Simpsonville; and three brothers, Bob Baldwin of Marietta, GA, Don Baldwin of Duncan, SC, and Chris Baldwin of Perkasie, PA. He was predeceased by a sister, Patricia Baldwin. A Vigil Service will be held at 6:30PM on Thursday, May 21, 2015, at Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Southeast Chapel, 1604 NE Main St., Simpsonville, with visitation to follow until 8:30PM. The Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 10:00AM on Friday, May 22, 2015, at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church. Entombment will be in Graceland East Memorial Park Mausoleum. Memorials may be made to the Cancer Society of Greenville County, 113 Mills Ave., Greenville 29605 or to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 950 W. Faris Rd., Greenville 29605. Condolences may be sent to the family at www.thomasmcafee.com .
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Published in The Greenville News on May 21, 2015
Baldwin, Walter H. - Charleston  
Walter H. Baldwin St. George Wally Baldwin, 64, widower of Elba Irene Baldwin, entered into eternal rest on Sunday, May 17, 2015. Mr. Baldwin was born June 30, 1950 in Greenville to John Daniel Baldwin and the late Geraldine Bardell Baldwin. He attended Faith Baptist Church. He was a devoted grandfather and a jack of all trades. Surviving, in addition to his father, are a son, Walter Baldwin (Debbie); two daughters, Sheila James (Shawn) and Keri Cochran (Tommie); seven grandchildren, Addie Bonner, Austin Crouse, Kalee Crouse, Kassidy Baldwin, Butler Cochran, Olivia Cochran and Dupree James; two brothers, Darrell and Rodney Baldwin and a sister, Debra Dow. Memorial Services will be 2:30p.m. Thursday, at Faith Baptist Church, officiated by Rev. Greg Ince. The family will receive friends one and a half hours prior to the service. In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to: National Rifle Association of America, 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030 Fletcher Funeral Service
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Published in The Greenville News on May 19, 2015
Blackston Sr., William Carl - Easley  
William Carl Blackston, Sr. Easley, SC Mr. William Carl Blackston, Sr., 93, of 115 Cater Drive, Easley, loving husband of the late Dorothy Ferguson Blackston, passed away Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at Brookdale Assisted Living. Carl was born in Piedmont, SC on September 17, 1921 to the late John H. and Beulah Campbell Blackston. Carl was a U.S. Navy Veteran of WWII. He started his working career with BI-LO Furniture Store in Greenville, then in Greer. Carl then went to work for Ridge Haven Presbyterian Camp in NC, where he retired as a superintendent. He also worked for Moccasin Creek State Park in GA at the Fish Hatchery. He was an avid fly fisherman, tying his own flies that he made out of anything he could find, and loved the outdoors. Carl was a longtime member of Second Presbyterian Church where he was an Elder and a Deacon, and was a current member of Crosswell First Baptist Church. Carl is survived by a son; William Carl Blackston, Jr. (Donna), of Easley; a sister; Hazel Bridges (Carl), of Anderson; two brothers; Charles Blackston (Phoebe), of Greenville and Douglas Blackston (Blanche), of Union; four grandchildren; Anne Pittman, William Carl "Billy" Blackston III, Angela Moore Blackston, and Angela Marie Blackston; and eight great-grandchildren. In addition to his loving wife of 64 years and parents, Carl was preceded in death by a sister; Elizabeth Waldrop, and a brother; J.C. Blackston. Memorial Services will be held at 2:00 PM on Friday, May 22, 2015 at Crosswell First Baptist Church. The family will receive friends on Thursday, May 21, 2015 from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM at Robinson Funeral Home - Powdersville Road. They will also receive friends prior to the service on Friday from 1:00 PM until 1:45 PM. The family is at the residence. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the Gideons International, Powdersville Camp; P.O. Box 51064, Piedmont, SC 29673. Condolences may be expressed online at www.robinsonfuneralhomes.com , or in person at Robinson Funeral Home - Powdersville Road, which is assisting the family.
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Published in The Greenville News on May 21, 2015
Blackwell, El  
Eldridge "El" Blackwell Greer Eldridge I. "El", 87, of Greer, SC, and widower of Edna Wood Blackwell, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at his home surrounded by his family. El was born in Holly Springs, the son of the late R.F. "Uncle Bob" and Cecilia Gosnell Blackwell. He was a graduate of Greer High School, retired from Homelite Textron in 1989 after 30 years of service, retired Minister of Music at Ebenezer Welcome Baptist Church Landrum, SC in October, 2011. Lead Singer of the former Foothills Boys Quartet, Past President and Life Time Member (with perfect Attendance) of the Tyger River Ruritan Club for over 40 years and a member of Apalache Baptist Church. Surviving are a son, Tommy Blackwell (Sandra) of Greer; one daughter, Dottie Spencer (Steve) of Greer; grandchildren, Ondra Blackwell-Hall (Todd), Bryan Bradley and Christa Spencer Tompkins (Edward); great-grandchildren, Jordan and Jonathan Hall, Chris and Chase Bradley, Mason and Gracie Tompkins; one great-great grandchild, Luke Hall and three sisters, Iva Wood, Ernestine Scroggs and Hilda Morris all of Greer. Mr. Blackwell was predeceased in death by a granddaughter, Jennifer Spencer; brothers, Connon, Woodrow, Virgil, Durham, Grover and Rochelle Blackwell; sisters, Bertha Lance, Ruth Smith, Allaree Armstrong, Maggie Armstrong, and Frances Stewart. The family will receive friends on Friday, May 22, 2015 from 6:00-8:00 p.m. at Wood Mortuary. Funeral services will be Saturday, May 23, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Apalache Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Wood Memorial Park. Memorials may be made to Open Arms Hospice, 1836 W. Georgia Road, Simpsonville, SC 29680 or Apalache Baptist Church, 1915 Gap Creek Road, Greer, SC 29651. The family is at the residence. Online condolences may be made at www.thewoodmortuary.com
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Published in The Greenville News on May 22, 2015
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