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Alley, Lily Grace  
Lily Grace Alley BOILING SPRINGS, SC- Lily Grace Alley, 2 month old daughter of Robert and Debbie O'Connor Alley went home to be with the Lord, Sunday, May 1, 2016 at her home. Surviving in addition to her parents are brothers, Nathan Freyta, Matthew Freyta, Zachary Cagle, Michael Waters; sisters, Sasha Alley, Mary Alley; aunts and uncles, David and Donna Elm, David O'Connor and his girlfriend Tina Frady; cousins, Jessica Elm and Andrew O'Connor and wife Brittany. She was predeceased by an uncle, Daniel E. O'Connor Sr. Graveside services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Friday, May 5, 2016 at Good Shepherd Memorial Park with Rev. Daryl Tolleson officiating. The family will receive friends from 2:00 until 3:00 p.m. prior to the service in the Mausoleum chapel at Good Shepherd Memorial Park. In Lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the funeral home. Online condolences may be expressed by visiting www.lanfordgwinn.com Lanford-Gwinn Mortuary Woodruff, SC
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Published in Spartanburg Herald-Journal from May 5 to May 6, 2016
Becknell, Douglas C. - Spartanburg  
Douglas C. Becknell SPARTANBURG, SC-- Douglas C. Becknell, 88, of Spartanburg, SC, died Friday, April 15, 2016, at Spartanburg Medical Center. Born April 20, 1927, in Spartanburg, he was the son of the late John William Becknell and Emily Carruth Becknell. A U. S. Navy veteran, Mr. Becknell enjoyed gardening and loved to hunt and fish. He was a member of Liberty United Methodist Church, retired from Earnhardt Electric, and volunteered for Mobile Meals for 20 years. Survivors include his wife, Mary Gallman Becknell of the home; and numerous nieces and nephews. The family will conduct a memorial service at a later date at Liberty United Methodist Church. Memorials may be made to Liberty United Methodist Church Food Pantry, 2095 Chesnee Hwy, Spartanburg, SC 29303. An online guest register is available at www.floydmortuary.com Floyd's North Church Street Chapel
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Published in Spartanburg Herald-Journal from May 4 to May 5, 2016
Burnett, Helen Barroga  
Helen Barroga Burnett BOILING SPRINGS, SC-Helen Barroga Burnett, 84, of Boiling Springs, SC, died Tuesday, May 3, 2016, at her home. Born February 29, 1932, in Cagayan, Philippines, she was the daughter of the late Marcello Hustino Barroga and Rufina Batle Barroga. Mrs. Burnett enjoyed bowling and loved her church, First Baptist North Spartanburg, and family. Survivors include her husband of 59 years, Cletus L. Burnett; daughters, Debra Andriths (Gary) of Marysville, MI, Elizabeth Barroga of San Diego, CA, and Cris Tripam of Spartanburg, SC; eight grandchildren; many great-grandchildren; sisters, Divina Barroga, Virginia Barrentine, Carol Owens, Victoria Labarce, and Omega Barroga; as well as many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by brothers, Rudy Barroga and Jaime Barroga. Visitation will be 6:00-8:00 PM Thursday, May 5, 2016, at Floyd's Boiling Springs Chapel, 4161 Hwy 9 N, Boiling Springs, SC 29316. Funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 AM Friday, May 6, 2016, at First Baptist North Spartanburg, by the Rev. R. G. Burnett and the Rev. Chris Ellenburg. Burial will be in Good Shepherd Memorial Park, 4164 Boiling Springs Rd., Boiling Springs, SC 29316. Memorials may be made to First Baptist North Spartanburg Building Fund, 8740 Asheville Hwy, Spartanburg, SC 29316. An online guest register is available at www.floydmortuary.com Floyd's Boiling Springs Chapel
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Cartee, Mary - Chesnee  
Mary Cartee INMAN, SC-- Mrs. Mary Lee Pruitt Cartee, 81, of Inman, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, May 2, 2016. Born May 10, 1934 in Spartanburg County, she was the loving wife of Willie C. Cartee and the daughter of the late Lawrence L. Pruitt and Dezzie Scruggs Pruitt. She worked for Spartan Mills and was a member of Cooley Springs Baptist Church. In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children, Diane Mize of Inman and Alice Blackwell both of Inman; brother, Kenneth Pruitt of Chesnee; six grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild. The family will receive friends on Thursday, May 5, 2016 from 1:00 pm until 2:00pm at Eggers Funeral Home of Chesnee. Graveside services will follow at Cooley Springs Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Henry Coley officiating. Interment will be in Cooley Springs Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will be at the residence. E-condolences may be sent online to: www.eggersfuneralhome.com Eggers Funeral Home Chesnee
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Cooper, William Curtiss - Greenville  
William Curtiss Cooper William Curtiss Cooper, 'Bill', 81, widower of Beth Hopper Cooper, passed away at home, Saturday, April 30, 2016. Bill was born in Campobello, S.C., the son of the late Eva Cooper Dixon. He was a member of Francis Asbury United Methodist Church, and the Adult Sunday School Class. Bill was retired after 30 years with the HR Department of Union Carbide, then Kemet Electronics, in Mauldin, S.C. He was a bluegrass/country music musician for more than 60 years. He played bass guitar for over 30 years with his lifelong friend, Jim 'Tex' Davis, with Kay Crowe and the Tunetwisters, later, Kay Crowe & Session. Bill and Beth were married for 53 years, a love story for the ages. He loved unconditionally as a husband, a father and a poppy. He is survived by his six children, Leisa Miller (Grady), Gena Veal (Bobby), Chris Cooper (Christine), Dayna Folk (Ben), Karma Marshall (Steve), Chip Cooper (Heather). 15 grandchildren, Maribeth Veal Crist (Jeremy), Jessie Rice Rankin, (Tim), Katie Cooper Cannada (Keith), Blake Rice (Channing), Curtiss Veal (Amanda), Carrie Cooper Chambers (Brad), Caroline Folk, Cameron Folk, Will Grismore, Bethanie Cooper, Rachel Grismore, Tayler Cooper, Allie Cooper, Trey Cooper and Callaway Cooper. Five great grandchildren, Ella Veal, Caylee Veal, Reagan Rice, Daniel Crist and Cooper Chambers. Four bonus grandchildren, Leslie & Cameron Miller, Jackie Wilkinson Novak (Spencer) and Lauren Wilkinson. Three bonus great grandchildren, Shives & Avery Rankin and Aubree Wilkinson, and two great grandchildren on the way and his sister Joan Dixon Cox. He was pre-deceased by his brother, James 'Bud' Dixon. A Celebration of Life service will be held at 2:00 P.M. Thursday, May 5, 2016 at the Francis Asbury United Methodist Church, 1800 East North St, Greenville, S.C. Visitation from 12 - 1:30 p.m. in the Fellowship Hall with interment to follow services at Graceland East Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, please make memorials in his name to Francis Asbury United Methodist Church, 1800 East North Street, Greenville, S.C. 29607 or to the Parkinson's Disease Foundation, 1359 Broadway, Suite 1509, New York, NY 10018.
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DeYoung, Jimmy  
Jimmy DeYoung GREER, SC-- Troy Jimmy DeYoung, 77, died May 3, 2016 at his home after a period of declining health. Surviving are his wife, Sandra Maxine Perry DeYoung of the home; a son, Jeff DeYoung (Suzanne) of Greer; a daughter, Dana Blackwell (Ray) of Weaverville, North Carolina; and three grandchildren, Ryan DeYoung (Sara), Camryn Blackwell and Haleigh Blackwell. Online condolences may be made at www.thewoodmortuary.com
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Hayes, Mabel M.  
Mabel M. Hayes WOODRUFF, SC-- Mabel Melton Hayes, 79, formerly of Roebuck, died Tuesday, May 3, 2016 at Grand Strand Medical Center in Myrtle Beach. A native of Spartanburg County, she was the daughter of the late John Newton and Ruth Coggins Melton and was the widow of Eugene F. Hayes. She was first married to the late Earl Ballard Sr. She attended Roebuck High School and was a member of Burnsview Baptist Church. Mrs. Hayes was retired as owner of Custom Stitch Inc. Surviving are two daughters, Debbi Lambert of Woodruff and Patti (Don) Marler of Pickens; two brothers, Harold Melton of Woodruff and Paul Melton of Spartanburg; 4 grandchildren, Elizabeth (David) Armstrong, Adam (Stacey) Lambert, Casey Ballard and Garrett (Libby) Marler; 6 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a son, Earl Ballard Jr.; one sister, Helen Sutherland and two brothers, Marvin Melton and Herman Melton. Graveside services will be conducted Friday, May 6, 2016 at 4:00 P.M. at Switzer First Baptist Church Cemetery by Rev. Tim Huckaby. Visitation will be held from 2:00-3:30 P.M. prior to the service at Lanford-Gwinn Mortuary. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions may be made to Burnsview Baptist Church Building Fund, 9690 Reidville Road, Greer, S.C. 29651. The family is at the home of Debbi Lambert, Woodruff. Lanford-Gwinn Mortuary Woodruff
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Jeter, Corey L.  
Corey L. Jeter Corey Levar Jeter, 38, of 216 Willow Oaks Dr., Spartanburg, SC peacefully entered eternal rest on Saturday, April 30, 2016 at his residence. A native of Spartanburg, he was the son of James Earl Jeter and Kay Frances Williams Jeter. He was an active life-long member of Friendship Baptist Church of Spartanburg. He was a 1996 graduate of Spartanburg High School and attended Johnson C. Smith University. In addition to his grandparents, he was preceded in death by one brother, James Anthony Jeter. He leaves precious memories to his parents, James and Kay Frances Jeter; two sons, Anthony Jeter and Kalynn Porter; one daughter, Jameisha Jeter; one granddaughter, Aminna Porter; one sister, Keisha Jeter (Harold) Floyd. Funeral services will be held 1:00 p.m. Saturday, May 7, 2016 at Friendship Baptist Church of Spartanburg. Burial will follow in the Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends at the home. Online condolences may be expressed at www.communitymortuaryinc.com Arrangements are with Community Mortuary, Inc. of Spartanburg with his beloved sister, Keisha Jeter Floyd, as managing mortician in charge. Community Mortuary 102 Marion Avenue Spartanburg, SC
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Kotti, James Dean - Duncan  
James Dean Kotti James Dean Kotti, 59, of Duncan SC, lovingly known as 'Jimbo', passed away May 2, 2016. Born in Augusta GA on March 29, 1957, Jim graduated from North Augusta High School with honors in 1975 and from Clemson University with a BS in Geology in 1982. He was self-employed with Orion Environmental Consulting Inc. Jim loved the outdoors and especially snow skiing and hiking. He was happiest when he was hiking the Appalachian Trail, or skiing anywhere there was snow. He had walked to the top of Big Bald and skied down during big snow accumulations. He had skied Davos Switzerland, Chamonix France, Mont Tremblant, Bromont, Mont Saint Anne, Panorama in Canada and most ski areas in Utah, Colorado, Wyoming and Montana. His other hobbies include azalea propagation and rocks. Jim had collected rocks from around the world, including some from Brazil, Switzerland, Ilse of Mann, Scotland, France and Canada. His suitcase was always heavy with rocks on the return trip back to the US. In 1985 Jim and Michelle were married at Camp Hope in Clemson SC. They celebrated their 30th wedding anniversary in November 2015 with a second honeymoon trip to Tampa FL. Jim is survived by his wife, Michelle Diaz-Kotti, mother, Patricia Kneale Kotti, brothers Douglas Kosta Kotti (Gayle Pooser Kotti), Thomas Spiro Kotti, (Nancy Meloan Kotti) William Patrick Kotti (Michelle Kelly Kotti) and sister, Carol Kotti Arrington (Paul Arrington). Jim was a beloved uncle to his nieces and nephews: Laura Kotti, Burt Kotti, Rachel Kotti Meeusen, Evan Kotti, Ryan Benitez, Blake Kotti, William Arrington, and Mackenzie Arrington; and three great nephews: Brody Meeusen, Jase Meeusen and Maxwell Kotti. He was preceded in death by his father Kosta Spiro Kotti. Jim was a loving husband, son, brother and uncle. He enjoyed ushering at the Greenville Little Theatre. He loved music and had a gift to play the piano by ear. Jim was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in December 2013. He participated in a clinical trial through MUSC which was successful for at least 6 months before the cancer became active again. Jim fought the cancer with dignity while never losing his spirit. Funeral services will be held Saturday, May 7, 2016 at 11:00am at St. James Episcopal Church. Burial will follow in West Memorial Park, Weaverville, NC Saturday afternoon at 2:30pm. The family will receive friends Friday, May 6, 2016 from 7:00 - 9:00pm at The Mackey Mortuary. Memorials may be made in Jim's memory to the National Foundation for Cancer Research, Bethesda, MD 20814; or to Appalachian Trail Conservancy, PO Box 807, Harpers Ferry, WV 25425-0807. The Mackey Mortuary. Online guest registry available at www.mackeymortuary.com
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McGaha, Emily Joyce - Spartanburg  
Emily Joyce McGaha SPARTANBURG, SC-- Emily Joyce McGaha, 85, of Spartanburg, SC, died Sunday, May 1, 2016, at Hospice of the Carolina Foothills-Landrum. Born March 29, 1931, in Clifton, SC, she was the daughter of the late Theodore Roosevelt McGaha and Dorothy Harvey McGaha. Joyce was a member of First Baptist North Spartanburg where she taught four year-old Sunday School. She enjoyed traveling and loved attending Sunday School and church socials. Joyce was formerly employed with Spartanburg Medical Center as a pathology secretary and the Spartanburg County Solicitor's Office. Survivors include her sisters, Lois Evelyn McGaha of Spartanburg, SC and Mildred McGaha Comer of Tampa, FL; sister-in-law, Marion Walker McGaha of Charlotte, NC; two nieces, one nephew, and two great-nieces; and special friend, Peggy Renfro of Spartanburg, SC. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a brother, George Vernon McGaha; and nephew, Michael Kendall. A graveside service will be conducted at 11:30 AM Friday, May 6, 2016, in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens, 1300 Fernwood-Glendale Rd., Spartanburg, SC 29307, by the Rev. Doug Turner. Visitation will follow at the graveside. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist North Spartanburg Music Ministry, 8740 Asheville Hwy, Spartanburg, SC 29316. The family would like to express their thanks to Peggy Renfro and her family for the many years of loving care and support and also a special thanks to the Circle of Friends Sunday School Class. An online guest register is available at www.floydmortuary.com Floyd's North Church Street Chapel
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Published in Spartanburg Herald-Journal from May 4 to May 5, 2016
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