Mr. Paul Emery Pless, age 87, died Friday, Feb. 14, 2014, at Springs Memorial Hospital.
He was born May 28, 1926, in Concord, N.C., the son of the late Henry Luther Pless and Ezella Mae Hathcock Pless and was the husband of the late Mattie Sowell Pless.
Mr. Pless owned and retired from Sowell's Rental Agency, served as treasurer of Boy Scout Troop No. 71 and was an active member of First United Methodist Church for over 50 years. He was a member of the Adult Fellowship Sunday school class and the Men's Club. Mr. Pless served our country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War
and was a recipient of the Purple Heart
Mr. Pless is survived by two daughters, Paula Pless Williams and her husband, Dan, of Greenville, and Janet Pless Ballard and her husband, Chris, of Lancaster; a sister, Evelyn Pless Raye and her husband, James, of Concord; and three grandchildren, Daniel Williams, Kristen Ballard and Joseph Ballard.
Mr. Pless was preceded in death by four brothers, Joe, Henry, John and Warren Pless; and two sisters, Blanche Ramseur and May Baker.
The celebration of life funeral service for Mr. Pless is 11 a.m. Monday, Feb. 17, at First United Methodist Church by the Rev. Charles Phillips. Burial with Military Rites will follow at Lancaster Memorial Park.
The family of Mr. Pless will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. today, Feb., 16, at Burgess Funeral Home, 1800 Charlotte Highway, and suggest memorials be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 608, Lancaster, SC 29721.
An online guest register is available on the obituaries page at www.burgessfunerals.com
Burgess Funeral Home and Crematory is caring for the family of Mr. Pless.