Linnie Eargle

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NEWBERRY — Linnie Bell Derrick Eargle, 99, died Wednesday, August 20, 2014 at Springfield Place, Newberry.

Born on October 20, 1914, she was a daughter of the late Thaddeus David and Lila Bell Eargle Derrick.

Mrs. Eargle retired from Kendall Mills, Mollohon Plant and later worked in the laundry department at White Oak Manor for a number of years.

She was a devoted member of Summer Memorial Lutheran Church. Mrs. Eargle was active in the WELCA, the Visiting Team, and the JB Harmon Sunday School class as long as she was able. She previously served as chairperson of the Altar Guild and the Bereavement Meal group for the church.

Mrs. Eargle enjoyed the outdoors and especially found joy in her flower gardens. She was affectionately known as Grannybell, and will be remembered by her family as a lady with an infectious laugh who loved God, her family, her church, and her friends with all her heart.

She is survived by her daughters, Faye (Charles) Rister of Walterboro, Rita (Larry) Cromer, Joyce (Ned) Kesler, and Carol (Dell) Rowe, all of Newberry; brother, O'Neil Derrick of Columbia; grandchildren, Rhonda Moore, Kelly (Rob) Markiewitz, Mark (Connie) Kesler, Shaun Kesler, Paige (David) Nichols, Leah (Will) Blackmon, Codie Ruff, and Amy (Chris) Parks; fifteen great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Eargle was predeceased by her husband, John Alan Eargle; sisters, Lucille Epting, Reba Wingard, Anita Metze, Kathleen Nobles, and Margaret Corley; brothers, Homer, Horace, and Walter Derrick; and a son-in-law, David Earl Wicker.

Funeral Services will be at conducted at 11:00 a.m., Saturday, August 23, 2014, at Summer Memorial Lutheran Church by the Rev. Stephen Mims. Interment will follow at Newberry Memorial Gardens.

The family will be at the residence of Dell and Carol Rowe, 1110 Timberwood Trail, Newberry and will receive friends from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday at Whitaker Funeral Home, Newberry.

Pallbearers will be Kenny Mazza, Randy Suber, Terry Morris, Vernon Hawkins, Kenneth Corley, Michael Mills, and Morris Jones.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Visiting Team, the Mary Lindler Circle, and Unit 4 staff at Springfield Place, Mary Susan Mazza, Dorothy "Dot" Goggans, and Chaplain Charles Pollock.

The family suggests memorials be made to Summer Memorial Lutheran Church, Maintenance and Improvement Fund, 1609 Milligan St., Newberry, SC 29108.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at

Whitaker Funeral Home of Newberry is assisting the family.

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Published in The Newberry Observer from Aug. 21 to Aug. 22, 2014
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