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Arnold, John R. "Pete" - Lancaster  
Lancaster – John R. "Pete" Arnold, 75, of Lancaster, died Sunday, May 3, 2015, following a long illness. A Lancaster resident since 1970, Pete was the eldest of four children of the late George T. and Cris Nunn Arnold. He moved from his home state of West Virginia to join the history faculty at the University of South Carolina Lancaster and was named the school's Outstanding Professor in 1971-72. During his 24-year tenure, he rose from assistant professor to dean, the top administrative position. He served as dean from 1982 to 1994, when he retired at the age of 55. He subsequently was named both distinguished professor emeritus of history and dean emeritus of the USCL campus. A month after Pete's retirement, Gov. Carroll Campbell awarded him the Order of the Palmetto, the state's highest civilian honor for his lifetime achievements and contributions to South Carolina. The General Assembly that same month passed a resolution of appreciation "for his outstanding service to higher education." Born in Ingram Branch, W.Va., on May 30, 1939, he grew up in Beckley, W.Va., where he graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in 1957. He earned a bachelors of science degree in education from Concord College in Athens, W.Va., in 1961, and a master of arts degree in American and European history from Marshall University in 1964. He also completed post-graduate work in educational administration at Marshall University. From 1961 until the summer of 1970, he taught history, civics and speech at the junior high and high school levels, served as the assistant principal of Man (W.Va.,) High School and as the director of the Logan (W.Va.,) campus of Marshall University. He was actively involved in the Lancaster community in organizations such as the Chamber of Commerce, Boy Scouts of America, Council of the Arts, Society of Historical Preservation, United Way, Elliott White Springs Memorial Hospital, Mental Health Association and American Heart Association. He also was a 40-year member and officer of the Rotary Club and a longtime member of First United Methodist Church. Pete was a popular speaker and master of ceremonies for a variety of audiences, and perhaps more than anything else, he was known by his friends for his wit, his ever-present sense of humor and for his love of music – especially folk, country and bluegrass. He helped organize, sponsor and bring many individual performers and groups to Lancaster, and for a few years participated in a quartet that included Julie Roberts, when she was a USCL student. Survivors from the closely knit family he loved dearly include a brother, Dr. George T. Arnold of Lancaster; a sister, Patty Arnold Noll and her husband, Alan, of Lancaster; a sister, Marilyn Arnold Meyers and her husband, Rich, of Tampa, Fla.; and his former wife, Jackie Lee Arnold of Lancaster. Additional survivors include nieces, Renee S. Noll, Alexandria Carter and her husband, Rick, Britney Smith, Taylor Smith and Audrey Noll; nephews, Craig Arnold Noll and his wife, Jenn, Zack Amick and Ashton McGuire; three aunts; one uncle; and numerous cousins. Visitation will be Thursday from 6 to 8 p.m. at Lancaster Funeral Home and & Cremation Service, 709 N. White St. The funeral will be Friday at 2 p.m. at First United Methodist Church, 200 W. Gay St. in Lancaster, with the Rev. Charles Phillips officiating. Entombment will be in Mausoleum B at Sunset Memorial Park in Beckley, W.Va. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to First United Methodist Church or the John R. (Pete) Arnold Endowed Scholarship Fund at the University of South Carolina Lancaster.   
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Published in The Lancaster News on May 6, 2015
Blanton, Thomas - Lancaster  
Lancaster – Mr. Thomas Blanton, 59, of Lancaster passed away Friday, May 1, 2015, at his home. He was born Feb. 2, 1956, in Lancaster, a son of the late James Thomas Blanton and Bernice Watts Blanton. Mr. Blanton was a member of Oak Hill Baptist Church. He was a loving father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend. Mr. Blanton loved cooking, fishing and going to the beach. His life was his family and especially his grandkids. Mr. Blanton is survived by his wife, Jody Blanton of Lancaster; two sons, Scott Blanton and his wife, Ashley, and Thomas Kyle Blanton, all of Lancaster; a daughter, Michelle Maxfield and her husband, Jim, of Lancaster; two brothers, David Blanton of Lancaster and Michael Blanton of Brevard, N.C.; two sisters, Christine Blanton of Lancaster and Bobbie Jean Hegler of Boone, N.C.; six grandchildren, Kevin Hasty, Jacob Hasty, Geoffrey Blanton, Natalie Blanton, Kayden Blanton and Jase Blanton. He was preceded in death by a son, Jason Kenny Blanton; and a brother, Larry Blanton. Notes to the family may be made at www.lancasterfuneralhome.com. Lancaster Funeral Home & Cremation Service is serving the family of Mr. Blanton.
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Published in The Lancaster News on May 6, 2015
Brown, Kathleen (Quinn) - Lancaster  
LANCASTER– Mrs. Kathleen Quinn Brown, age 87, went home to be with the Lord Monday, May 4, 2015.  She was born Sept. 21, 1927, in Buffalo, S.C., the daughter of the late Charles Washington Quinn and Dorothy Amanda Ward Quinn, and was the wife of the late Silas Robert Brown. She was a loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Mrs. Brown retired from Springs Industries, was a charter member of Trinity Pentecostal Holiness Church and also a charter member of First Pentecostal Holiness Church. She taught preschool and Sunday school for over 50 years and served as secretary/treasurer of women's ministries. Mrs. Brown is survived by her children, a son, Barry Brown and his wife, Suzanne, and a daughter, Deborah Brown Fowler, both of Lancaster; four grandchildren, Allison Brown Johnson and her husband, Randy, Holly Brown Phillips and her husband, Gary, Angela Fowler Edwards and her husband, Mike, and Shanna Fowler Horton; six great-grandchildren, Jonathan Fowler and his wife, Amanda, Laura Edwards Patterson and her husband, Derek, Erin Edwards Waller and her husband, Jackson, Justin Horton, Jarod Horton and Kenneth Phillips; and five great-great-grandchildren, Lily Grace Patterson, Saylor Brooke Patterson, Elliott Quinn Patterson, Jordan Destiny Fowler and Ariel Dennise Fowler. Mrs. Brown was preceded in death by a special son-in-law, Ernest M. Fowler; three brothers, Paul Quinn, Charles Edwards Quinn and Frank Quinn; and three sisters, Geneva Brown, Janett Ledbetter and Inez Quinn.  The celebration of life funeral service for Mrs. Brown was at 3 p.m. Wednesday, May 6, at First Pentecostal Holiness Church by the Rev. Jerald Starnes. Burial followed at Lancaster Memorial Park. The family receives friends one hour before the service, from 2 to  3 p.m. at the church, and suggest memorial contributions be made to White Oak Manor, Patient Activity Fund, 253 Craig Manor Road, Lancaster, SC 29720. An online guest register is available on the obituaries page at www.burgessfunerals.com. Burgess Funeral Home & Crematory, 1800 Charlotte Highway, Lancaster, is caring for the family of Mrs. Brown.
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Published in The Lancaster News on May 8, 2015
Chapple, Elizabeth - Fort Lawn  
Fort Lawn – Mrs. Elizabeth Chapple, 67, of Fort Lawn passed away Thursday, April 30, 2015, at Springs Memorial Hospital.  She was born Dec. 25, 1947, in Kershaw, a daughter of the late Will Chapple and Louise Crowley Chapple. Mrs. Chapple was a member of New Day Ministry in Pageland. She was a loving mother, grandmother, sister, aunt and companion. She loved fishing. She loved to cook and spending time outdoors, but her life was spending time with her grandchildren. The family is hosting a memorial service to celebrate the life of Mrs. Chapple at 3 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at Pine Grove Free Will Baptist Church, with the Rev. Scott Alexander officiating. Mrs.  Chapple is survived by two sons, Buster Pete Faile and his wife, Renee, of Hartsville and the Rev. Thomas David Faile and his wife, Sarah, of Ruby; a daughter, Bonnie Lou Morris of Lancaster; her companion, A.J. Harris; a brother, Willie Chapple Jr. and his wife, Irene, of Pageland; four sisters, Mary Stogner of Lancaster, Dorothy Blackwell of Hartsville, Kathy Moseley of Lancaster and Sarah Chappell and her husband, Von, of Bishopville; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Tommy Chapple and John Thomas Chapple; and two sisters, Virginia Mae Chapple and Azalee Poston. Lancaster Funeral Home & Cremation Service is serving the family of Mrs. Chapple.
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Published in The Lancaster News on May 3, 2015
Craig, Barbara Alice (Estes) - Kershaw  
Kershaw – Barbara Alice Estes Craig, 62, died Tuesday, April 28, 2015. She was the daughter of the late Harry and Monnie Blackwell Estes. She was married to Thomas Dewey Craig. Survivors include her husband of the home; two daughters, Crystal Blackmon and Pamela Craig; a son, Jason Craig; five grandchildren; four sisters, Inez Inman, Betty Hilton, Bonnie Estes and Tasha White; and two brothers, Ben Estes and Earl Estes. A memorial service will be at 3 p.m. Friday, May 1, at Lancaster Sonlight Church of the Nazarene, with the Rev. Jerry W. Branham officiating. The family is at the home. Baker Funeral Home is in charge.
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Published in The Lancaster News on May 1, 2015
Frierson, John Davis "JD" - Kershaw  
Kershaw – John Davis "JD" Frierson, 71, died Tuesday, April 28, 2015. He was the son of the late Willie N. and Frances Lindsay Frierson. He was married to Ruby Belton Frierson. Survivors include his wife of Kershaw; two daughters, Rosalind F. Patterson of Charlotte, N.C., and Andrea R. Frierson of Dallas, N.C.; two sisters, Dorothy Farrington of Norfolk, Va.. and Lorene Frierson of Paterson, N.J.; two brothers, Robert Frierson and Ernest L. Witherspoon of Kershaw; and two grandsons.  Viewing will be from 1 to 7 p.m. Friday, May 1, at Crawford Funeral Home Lancaster. A funeral service will be at 1 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at Crawford Funeral Home Chapel Lancaster, conducted by Pastor Anton Shipp and the Rev. Kenneth Cauthen. Burial will be in Highland Heights Cemetery in Kershaw.
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Published in The Lancaster News on May 1, 2015
Johnson, Sherrill Creech - Charlotte  
Charlotte, N.C. –Sherrill Creech Johnson, 92, of Charlotte, N.C., formerly of Raleigh, N.C., died recently. He was married to the late Reba Reeves Johnson. Survivors include a daughter, Diane Northcutt; a son Doug Johnson; four grandchildren; and three great- grandchildren. A funeral service will be at 11 a.m., Saturday, May 2, in the chapel of Baker Funeral Home, conducted by the Rev. Dr. Wayne Brown, with burial in Kershaw City Cemetery. The family will receive friends at 10 a.m. before the service at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675. Baker Funeral Home in Kershaw is in charge.
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Published in The Lancaster News on May 1, 2015
Martin, Lawrence Allen "Larry" - Lancaster  
LANCASTER – Mr. Lawrence Allen "Larry" Martin, age 70, died Monday, April 27, 2015.  He was born Oct. 23, 1944, in Patterson, N.J., the son of the late Lawrence Henry Martin and Ruth Hunt Martin, and was the husband of Karen Stogner Martin. Mr. Martin was currently employed with Morrison Textile Machinery Co., where he had worked for 51 years.  He enjoyed NASCAR racing. Richard Petty and Jeff Gordon were his favorite drivers. He was a big fan of the Miami Dolphins and the Carolina Panthers. Mr. Martin served our country in the U.S. Army. He enjoyed fishing and was of the Methodist faith. Mr. Martin is survived by his wife of 43 years, Karen Stogner Martin; three sons, Wayne Martin and his wife, Christal, of Lancaster, Tommy "Tom" Martin and his wife, Tania, of Charlotte, and Tim Martin of Lancaster; a daughter, Wendy Martin-Williams and her husband, Greg, also of Lancaster; a sister, Carol DenBlyker and her husband, Bob, of Cary, N.C.; 12 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.  The celebration of life funeral service for Mr. Martin will be 11 a.m. Thursday, April 30, at the chapel of Burgess Funeral Home by the Rev. Charles Phillips. Entombment will follow at Lancaster Memorial Park Mausoleum.     The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, April 29, at Burgess Funeral Home, and suggest memorial contributions be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 608, Lancaster, SC 29720. An online guest register is available on the obituaries page at www.burgessfunerals.com Burgess Funeral Home & Crematory, 1800 Charlotte Highway, Lancaster, is caring for the family of Mr. Martin.
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Published in The Lancaster News on Apr. 29, 2015
Medlin, Donald Kenneth "Donnie" - Lancaster  
Lancaster – Donald "Donnie" Kenneth Medlin, 62, died Wednesday, April 29, 2015. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 3, at 2298 Great Falls Highway, with an Ironeagles MC dedication ride to follow the service. Donald "Donnie" Medlin, a son of Mary Jones Grant and the late Charles Medlin, was born Dec. 28, 1952, in Lancaster. He was married to Kathy Knight Medlin. Survivors include two sons, Charlie Medlin (Cary) of Kershaw and Darren Knight of Lancaster; seven daughters, Wendy Faulkenberry (Dale), Stacy Altman (Eddie), Nena Small and Kayla Catoe (Jacob), all of Lancaster, Crystal Walker (Tracy) of Myrtle Beach, Donna Moree (Jeff) of Heath Springs and Heather Taylor (Chris) of Kershaw; two brothers, James Medlin of Lancaster and Gary Medlin (Kathy) of Savannah, Ga.; life  companion, Paula McDonald of Lancaster; 19 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.  He was preceded in death by a brother, Larry "Fat Boy" Medlin. Crawford Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements. Condolences can be sent to crawfh@comporium.net .
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Published in The Lancaster News on May 1, 2015
Mungo, John Donald - Lancaster  
LANCASTER – Mr. John Donald Mungo, age 79, died Thursday, April 30, 2015, at Springs Memorial Hospital. He was born Aug. 6, 1935, in Lancaster County, the son of the late John B. Mungo and Bessie Mungo and was the husband of the late Ona-Mae Threatt Mungo. Mr. Mungo previously worked for Wilson Gas & Oil Co., was a Mason with Antioch Masonic Lodge No. 339 for more than 60 years and a member of Pleasant Dale Baptist Church. Mr. Mungo is survived by a son, Steven G. Mungo and his wife, Clara, of Lancaster; a special friend, Peggy Joyner of Lancaster; a stepdaughter, Beth Doster of Lancaster; a sister, Betty Bratton of Lancaster; and two stepgrandchildren.  Mr. Mungo was preceded in death by a brother, Furman Mungo. The celebration of life funeral service for Mr. Mungo will be 3 p.m. Saturday, May 2, at Pleasant Dale Baptist Church, by Rev. Jessie Adams. Burial will follow at Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery. The family will receive friends one hour before the service, from 2 to 3 p.m. at the church, and, in lieu of flowers, suggest memorial contributions be made to Pleasant Dale Baptist Church Freedom Fund, 133 S. Potter Road, Lancaster, SC 29720. An online guest register is available on the obituaries page at www.burgessfunerals.com. Burgess Funeral Home & Crematory, 1800 Charlotte Highway, Lancaster, is caring for the family of Mr. Mungo.
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Published in The Lancaster News on May 1, 2015
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