Greenwood County, South Carolina Genealogy Trails


Vela Beatrice Windsor Gary
Vela Beatrice Windsor Gary, 89, widow of William Norman Gary, formerly of 225 Virginia Ave., died Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2002.  Survivors: A daughter, Mrs. Robert C. (Nese) Hagood, of Greenwood; seven grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren. Predeceased: Sons, John Frank Gary and William Travis Gary.  Visitation: 6 to 8 tonight, at Harley Funeral Home. Service: 11 a.m. Friday, at Greenwood Memorial Gardens Chapel Mausoleum. Burial: Greenwood Memorial Gardens.  Memorials: Alzheimer's Association, Upstate SC Chapter, 521 N. McDuffie St., Anderson, SC 29621-5528.  (Greenville News: 10-24-2002...contributed by Andrew Staton)

John Gary
GREENWOOD John Frank Gary, 65, widower of Bobbie Spoon Gary, of 225 Virginia Ave., died Wednesday, Oct. 7, 1998 at Self Memorial Hospital.  Survivors: a son, John William Gary of Greenwood; a daughter, Deborah Gary Ingram of Hodges; mother, Vela Windsor Gary of Greenwood; a sister, Mrs. Robert (Nese) Hagood of Greenwood; and four grandsons. Predeceased: father, William Norman Gary.  Visitation: 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at Harley Funeral Home. Services: 2:30 p.m. Friday at the funeral chapel. Burial: Greenville Memorial Gardens.  Memorials: S.C. School of the Deaf and Blind, 355 Cedar Springs Road, Spartanburg, S.C. 29302. Family: 110 Anderson Drive.  (The Greenville News in October, 1998...contributed by Andrew Staton)

Ray James Gilden
Greenwood-Ray James Gilden, 77, of 204 Kentucky Ave., husband of Esther Hunt Gilden, died April 20, 1999 at the V. A. Hospital in Columbia.
Born in Walhalla, he was a sone of the late JD and Maude Fox Gilden. He was a retired owner of the Palmetto Radio and TV and Gilden Electronics. He was an Army World War II Veteran, serving in Europe in the 13th Infantry, 8th Division. He was a recipient of the Purple Heart and other medals. He was a member of Mathews Lions Club for 50 years and a member of the DAV, the American Legion Post 20 and Mathews United Methodist Church. He was twice married, first to the late Ruth McKee Gilden.  Survivors include his wife of the home; a daughter, Kathy Davis of Greenwood, a son John D. Gilden of Spartanburg, two stepdaughters, Esther Summers of Greenwood and Mrs. Steve [Marti} Arsenhult of Ware Shoals; three sisters, Flora Pulley and Mildred Bosse, both of Greenwood and Mary Mason of North Augusta, a brother, William H. Gilden of Mount Pleasant; 10 grandchildren and a great -grandchild.  Services will be conducted at 11 am Thursday at Harley Funeral Home by the Rev. Nellie Cloninger and the
Rev. John Hipp. Burial with full military rites will be in Greenwood Memorial Gardens.  Pallbearers are Dennis Scott, Danny Reid, Rusty Adams, William Griffin, Ralph Thomas, Tony Davis, and Toney Crouch.  Honorary escorts are members of the Mathews Lions Club, the American Legion Post 20, all employees of Dorn VA Hospital 4th West, 8th Division Company L., the Men's Bible Class of Mathews United Methodist Church, Dr. O. M. Cobb, Dr. Roland McKinney, Dr. Cesar Vivanco, Debbie Hoag, Gail Perry, Jackie Smith, Bud Smith, Susanne Hunt, Randy Hunt and Anna Smith.
Visitation will be from 7-9 pm Wednesday at the Funeral Home.  The family is at the home.  Memorials may be made to a charity of one's choice.
Harley Funeral Home is in charge. (Index Journal, unknown date, contributed by Andrew Staton)

Ruth McKee Gilden
Mrs. Ruth McKee Gilden, 63, of 204 Kentuckey Ave; wife of Ray Gilden, died May 23, 1987 at her home.   Born in Ninety Six, she was a daughter of the late James D. and Ruby Elam McKee. She was retired from Greenwood Mills, Durst Plant and was a member of the UMW Church Circle and the Mission Society.  Surviving in addition to her husband of the home, are a son, John D. Gilden of Spartanburg, a daughter, Mrs.  Kathy Davis of Greenwood; three brothers, Allen McKee and Royce McKee, both of Greenwood, and Bruce McKee of Coronaca; tow sisters, Mrs. Emma Allen and Miss Edna McKee, both of Greenwood; and five grandchildren.  Services will be at 3 pm, Monday at Mathews United Methodist Church with the Rev. Sonny Gossett, the Rev. Robert VeHorne, the Rev. John Hipp officiating. Burial will be in Greenwood Memorial Gardens.  Pallbearers will be nephews.  Honorary escort will be the members of the Ladies Bible Class of Mathews United Methodist Church.  The family is at the home of Mrs. Mildred Davis, 103 Woods Terrace, Augusta Fields.  The body is at Harley Funeral Home, where the family will receive friends from 7 to 9 tonight. The body will be placed in the church a 2 pm Monday.  Memorial may be made to Mathews United Methodist Church. (Index Journal, unknown date, contributed by Andrew Staton)

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