EASLEY — Harold Edward "Wee Bear" Southerland, 90, of 208 Biltmore Road, passed away Friday, May 2, 2014 at Baptist Easley Hospital.
Born in Pickens County, a son of the late Lawrence Monroe and Kitty Guffee Sutherland, Mr. Southerland retired as staff manager with Independent Life Insurance Company and was a member of Park Street Baptist Church. He was a veteran of World War II having served with the US Marines.
Surviving are his wife of sixty-six years, Ruth Palmer Southerland of the home; a son, Brett Southerland and wife, Andrea, of Easley; a brother, Rev. Lawrence "Pee Wee" Southerland of Anderson; and a grandson, Devin Southerland. In addition to his parents, Mr. Southerland was predeceased by a son, Harold Edward "Hal" Southerland, Jr., four brothers, Jack, Truman, Billy and Lowell Southerland, four sisters, Hazel Robinson, Lillie Oates, Mildred McCollum and Willine Garrison, and by a half-brother, Haywood Sutherland.
Graveside services were at 11:30 a.m. Monday at Greenlawn Memorial Park.
Visitation was from 10 a.m. until 11 a.m. Monday at Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Park Street Baptist Church, 114 Robinson Avenue, Easley, SC 29640.
The family is at the residence.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.robinsonfuneralhomes.com or in person at Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, which is assisting the family.