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Rudolph Barker
Rudolph Barker, 71, of Bailey Circle, Clinton, died Monday. Born in Anderson County, he was a son of the late Arthur Andrew and Mary Wells Barker. He was a World War II Army veteran and retired from Clinton Mills. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Annie Ruth Sanders Barkers; sons, James Jr. and Larry Joe Barker, both of Laurens; daughters, Mrs. Verle Putnam of Whitmire and Mrs. Opal Moore of Clinton; brothers, Leroy Barker of Hawthorne, Nev., and Marcell "Nub", Arthur and Claude Barker, all of Clinton; and sisters, Mrs. Opal Anderson of Newberry, Mrs. Glenda Ward of Greenwood, Mrs. Mary Ellison of Jupiter, Fla., and Mrs. Dorothy Davis of Virginia Beach, Va. Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday at Gray Funeral Home Chapel, with burial in Pinelawn Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. today at the funeral home. (Newberry Observer and Herald News June 7, 1989)

Beverly Ann Duncan
CLINTON, Sept. 4 – Beverly Ann Duncan, two-and-one-half year old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Claude E. Duncan, Jr., 102 Florence St., died at a Greenville hospital late Saturday afternoon.  Surviving are her parents; a brother, Harold, of Clinton; the grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. C. E. Duncan Sr., of Starr; and Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Windsor, Clinton.  Funeral services will be conducted at Gray Funeral Home Monday at 11 a.m. by the Rev. David E. Miller, Burial will be in Calvary Cemetery. (Published in The Greenville News, September 5, 1954...contributed by Andrew Staton)

Mamie Louise Blease
CLINTON, Oct. 14 (Special) - Mrs. Mamie Louise Blease, 47, wife of Cole L. Blease Sr., died this afternoon at the home, 805 Musgrove St., after several months of declining health.    She was a native of Laurens County and lived at Clinton 20 years. She was a daughter of the late A. B. and Rebecca Jackson Matthews. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.   She is survived by her husband, of Clinton; three daughters and one son, Mrs. Carl Windsor of Charleston and Mrs. Gholdie Simmons, Miss Nancy Jean Blease and Cole L. Blease, Jr., all of Clinton; four sisters, Mrs. Homer Jacks of Joanna, Mrs. C. A. Green of Columbia, and Mrs. James N. Creswell of Clinton, and Mrs. W. H. Freeman of San Antonio, Texas; one brother, B. W. Matthews of Columbia, and three grandchildren.   Funeral services will be conducted at 3 o'clock Sunday afternoon from Calvary Baptist Church by the Rev. J.W. Spillers, assisted by the Rev. James Williams. Interment will be in Rosemont Cemetery. The body will be at the home until 2 o'clock Sunday afternoon at which time it will be placed in the church.  (Published in The State on October 15, 1955...contributed by Andrew Staton)

James N. Creswell
James N. Creswell, age 87, of 208 Lakewood Dr., died Tuesday, April 15, 2008, at his home.  He was born in Abbeville and was a son of the late James Thomas and Blanche Owens Creswell.  Mr. Creswell was retired from Clinton Mills and a member of Campbell Lodge #44 AFM.

Surviving are one daughter and her husband, Joyce Creswell and William E. Campbell of Clinton; three grandchildren, Susan H. Smith, Randall J. Heaton, and Cynthia H. Humphries; eight great-grandchildren; special stepgrandson, Estess Campbell; three stepgrandchildren, Barbara Campbell, Jane Meadors and Deborah McGill; and eight stepgreat-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be conducted Thursday, April 17, 2008, at 2 p.m. in Rosemont Cemetery with Masonic Rites. The family will be at the home and will receive friends immediately following the service.  Condolences may be sent to the family at www.grayfuneralhome.com  Gray Funeral Home of Clinton is serving the family.  (Published in The Greenville News: 04-16-2008...contributed by Andrew Staton)

Amelia Anderson
Laurens, May 11 - Funeral and burial services were held today for the late Mrs. Amelia Anderson, widow of the late Harvey W. Anderson, whose death occurred yesterday at the family residence on west Main street. following a short song service at the home, the funeral exercises were concluded at the grave in the Laurens cemetery, the Rev. W. A. Fairy being in charge of all the services. Mrs. Anderson was a native of the city, being a daughter of Oswald Richardson, a former sheriff of the county and prominently known in this section of the State. She was 76 years of age April 16, last. She was consecrated Christian woman and a true and valued member of the Methodist church. Surviving the deceased are six children, four daughters - Mrs. Joseph T. Johnson of Spartanburg, Miss Lola Anderson, teacher in the Honea Path graded school; Mrs. A. H. Sanders and Miss Josie Anderson of Laurens; two sons, William H. Anderson and E. O. Anderson, both of this city. (The State May 12, 1917)

William J. Dennan
Laurens, April 16 - William J. Dennan, Confederate veteran and a life long citizen of Laurens county, died Friday afternoon at his home in the Tylersville section. Mr. Dennan had been ill for about two weeks. He was a farmer and was an excellent citizen. Surviving him are his widow, four sons, R. J. Dennan, J. R. Denna, Edgar W. Dennan and T. Wade Dennan. and two daughters Misses Emma and Mattie Dennan. (The State - April 17, 1921)

William Cunninghan
February 26th, in Dallas County, Alabama, Mr. William Cunninghan, in the 38th year of his age. He was a native of Laurens District. (The Charleston Mercury March 15, 1859)

Mary Jane Draughon

November 17th, in Clinton, Mrs. Mary Jane Draughon, wife of Col. G. W. Draughon of Clinton, and daughter of the late Capt. George Hodges, of Marborough District. Mrs. Draughon was about 38 years of age. (The Charleston Mercury November 29, 1859)

Sarah D. Carroll

Gray Court - Sarah Douglas Carroll, 81, died Tuesday, March 27, 2001, at National Health Care of Clinton. Born in Laurens County, she was a daughter of the late William and Mary Jane Creamer Douglas. Survivors: a daughter, Ciell Chaney Heynen of Clinton; sisters, Juanita Cooley of Gray Court, and Lenora Gowan of Spartanburg; grandchildren, Glen Chaney, Roxanne Bruner and Kelly Chaney; and three great-grandchildren. Cryptside service: 4 p.m. today at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Laurens. Omit flowers. Memorials: Broad Street United Methodist Church, handbell Fund, P.O. box 204, Clinton, SC 29325 (unknown/undated newspaper clipping)

Willie Mae Ferguson Copeland
Clinton - Willie Mae Ferguson Copeland, age 91, 1123 Renno Road and widow of James McElroy Copeland Sr., died Saturday, March 16, 2002, at the Laurens County Hospital. She was born in Atlanta, Ga., and daughter of the late Richard Browning Ferguson and Fannie Cromer Ferguson Woods. Mrs. Copeland was a homemaker and a member of the Duncan Creek Presbyterian Church where she played the organ for over 60 years. She was also a former employee of Whitten Center. She is survived by two sons, James M. "Buddy" Copeland Jr. of Clinton and John Richard Copeland of Union; three daughters, Mae Copeland Alexander of Mountville, Sara Frances Colpeland Longshore of Newberry and Lena Bell Copeland Cox of Summerville; 22 grandchildren, 33 great-grandchildren; sister-in-law, Jean C. Ferguson of Columbia and two nieces. She was predeceased by a brother, Richard B. Ferguson and a daughter, Joyce Ferguson Copeland. Graveside services will be conducted today, March 18, at 3 p.m. in the Rosemont Cemetery. The family will received friends today from 2 to 3 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the Duncan Creek Presbyterian Church, c/o Lance Taylor, 109 E. Centennial Street, Clinton, SC 29325 (unknown/undated newspaper clipping)

Death of Capt. Robt. Cunningham – The death of Capt. Robert Cunningham of Rosemont, Laurens District, So., Ca., is certified to us by a Laurens friend. He was the father of Col. John Cunningham of the Charleston News, and of Miss Pamela Cunningham, the Southeran Matron, through whose instrumentality of Mount Vernon estate has been secured as a monument to the memory of Washington. ( The Carolina Spartan July 14, 1859)

Colonel John Cunningham of Laurens County

Laurens, S.C. March 11 – Col. John Cunningham died at Rosemont, on the Saluda, last night at 11 o'clock, in his seventy-fifth year. He was the son of Capt. Robert Cunningham, a prominent officer of the war of 1812 and a distinguished citizen of this State. His mother was Miss Louisa Bird, a Virginia lady. Miss Pamela Cunningham, the famous “Southern Matron”, author of the movement to purchase Mount Vernon, was his sister. He was a first cousin of William Yancy, the great Southern orator.

Col. Cunningham was born in Laurens and educated at Athens, Ga. He married Miss Florid Noble, daughter of Governor Noble, of Abbeville, where he spent his early years. He afterwards removed to Charleston and became prominent in State politics, and spent the greater part of his life in that city practicing law. He was a man of distinguished ability and strong character. As a member of the legislature from Charleston in ante-bellum days, he took a leading part in the financial question of the day. If he had devoted his great ability to the law with the same assiduity he did to politics, he would have had no superior in the South.

In early life he was involved in several affairs of honor and was on the field at least twice as principal. He leaves a large family of sons and daughters among the latter Miss Floride Cunningham, one of the Worlds Fair Lady commissioners from this State. (The Carolina Spartan March 15, 1893)

Rosa Lee Butler, retired teacher
LAURENS -- Services for Rosa Lee Butler, 76, will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday at Bethel AME Church, with burial in Calvary Memorial Garden. Child's Funeral Home of Clinton is in charge.  Mrs. Butler died Sunday, Dec. 18, 1994. She was a daughter of the late Frank Lorick and Maggie Jones and a graduate of Allen University. She retired as an educator and was a member of the NAACP, Laurens Memorial Home for the Aging, National Council of Negro Women and Bethel AME Church.  Surviving are her husband, Leiv Coppen Butler; a son, Ronald Butler of Laurens; a sister, Mary Ann Kinard of Irmo; a brother, William Bomer of Irmo; and three grandchildren. (The State - December 21, 1994)

Cole L. Blease Sr.
CLINTON - Cole L. Blease Sr., 73, of Johnson Trailer Park, died Sunday.  He was a retired automotive mechanic and an employee of Clinton Mills.
Surviving are daughters, Ruth Price and Evelyn Simmons, both of Clinton, and Nancy Bond, of Simpsonville; a son, Cole L. Blease Jr., of Clinton.  Services will be 2 p.m. Tuesday at Gray Funeral Home Chapel, Clinton, with burial in Rosemont Cemetery. (
Printed in The Greenville News, Dec. 16, 1980, pg. 8B...contributed by Andrew Staton)

Pauline Matthews Creswell
Pauline Matthews Creswell, 82, of 208 Lakewood Drive, died Monday, May 21, 2001, at National Health Care of Clinton. 
Born in Lydia Mill, she was a daughter of the late Abram and Rebecca Matthews. Retired: Whitten Center. Member: First Pentecostal Holiness Church.  Survivors: Husband, James N. Creswell; a daughter, Joyce C. Campbell and husband William E. Campbell, of Clinton; a sister, Carrie Jacks, of Joanna; three grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.  Graveside service: 11 a.m. today at Rosemont Cemetery. — Gray Funeral Home of Clinton.  (Published in The Greenville News: 05-23-2001...contributed by Andrew Staton)

Rhett Abrams
Rhett Milam Abrams, age 85, died Friday, April 4, 2003, at National Health Care of Clinton.
He was born in Goldville, and was the son of the late Thomas Duncan and Mollie Stephens Abrams.

Mr. Abrams worked most of his life in Joanna and was a member of Epworth United Methodist Church. He went into the Army in November 1942 and served as a member of the 1st Infantry - The Big Red One. He participated in the invasions of Sicily and Normandy and served three years during World War II. He was awarded the Bronze Star, the Purple Heart and the Combat Infantry Badge. Mr. Abrams was predeceased by his wife, Mary Nell Abrams; and is survived by a number of nieces and nephews.

Graveside services will be conducted Monday, April 7, at 2 p.m. at Pinelawn Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends Sunday afternoon from 4 to 5:30 p.m. at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Epworth United Methodist Church, 305 Magnolia St., Joanna, SC 29351; or to the charity of one's choice. - Gray Funeral Home, Clinton. (Greenville News: 04-05-2003)

Edna R. Ballew
Woodruff -
Edna Virginia Ross Ballew, 67, of 1622 Cross Anchor Road, died Friday, March 24, 2000.  She was a homemaker and member of Fairview Street Baptist Church.  Survivors: husband, Robert L. Ballew of the home; daughter, Sarah K. Harmon of Simpsonville; son, Ricky L. Ballew, Gray Court; sisters, Sarah Hill of Gray Court, Bonnie M. Leopard of Enoree; seven grandchildren; 14 great- grandchildren.  Visitation: 7 - 8:30 p.m. today at Cannon Funeral Home, Fountain Inn. Service: 2 p.m. Monday at the funeral home. Burial: Cannon Memorial Park.  Family is at the residence.  (Greenville News, March 26, 2000...contributed by Andrew Staton)

Pierce Bull, Sr.
Pierce "Sonny" Bull Sr., 71, of 5603 Landrum Court, Ooltewah, Tenn., husband of Dorothy Bull, died Thursday, March 23, 2000, at Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, Tenn.

He was born December 27, 1928 in Laurens and raised his family in Woodruff. Mr. Bull was a lover of gospel music, being the lead singer for the Regents and Calvary Quartets. He was also a lover of golf, and always ready "fore" a good laugh.

He faithfully served his country for four years in the Navy. He worked with American Cotton Growers for most of his life, in management at plants in Newberry, Macon, Ga., Thomaston, Ga., Greenville, and in Littlefield, Texas, until his retirement in 1995. He recently moved to be with some of his family near Chattanooga, Tenn.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Bull of Ooltewah, Tenn.; two daughters, Denise Hiller of Prosperity, Sandra Thompson of Ooltewah, Tenn.; two sisters, Polly Taylor of Harrison, Tenn., Nell Pace of Inman; a brother, Frankie Bull of Columbus, N.C.; seven grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. He will be missed by many friends and family. Our trust is in God.  Graveside service will be 3 p.m. today, March 26, 2000, in Forest Lawn Cemetery, conducted by the Rev. Sonny Gossett.  The family will receive friends at Kennedy Mortuary, today from 1 - 2:30 p.m. (Greenville News, March 26, 2000....contributed by Andrew Staton)

Clifton Bagwell
Funeral services for Clifton M. Bagwell, 58, of Rt. 4, Greenville, will be conducted by Rev. R. C. Eustace and Rev. W. T. Cooke at 2 p.m. today at Jones Funeral Home. Burial will be in Hicks Family Cemetery.  Pallbearers will be John and Dillard Traynham, Fred E. Taylor, James H. and Marvin Hicks and Marion Moon.  Honorary Escort will be Dr. L. R. Richardson Jr., Perry D. Tripp, Roy Jordan, Curtis Chiles, Virgil Ashmore, Weldon Chiles, Norman Crosby, John D. Huff, J. E. Campbell, Louise Henderson, C. S. Timmermon, and Kirby Bridwell.  Mr. Bagwell had been in ill health for three years.   He died at his home on Hicks Road at 2:30 a.m. yesterday.  He was born Feb. 2, 1905, a son of the late Joe T. and Lillie Traynham Bagwell, members of pioneer families of Greenville County.   Mr. Bagwell was a member of Waycross Baptist Church.   Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Jessie Mae Hicks Bagwell; two daughters, Mrs. Talmadge Green Jr. of Mauldin and Miss Norma Jean Bagwell of the home.; three sons, James W. W. Ralph and J. Jewell Bagwell of Greenville; a sister, Mrs. Nellie Ross of Fountain Inn, and nine grandchildren.  The body is at Jones Funeral Home.  (
Greenville News, November 15, 1963, pg. 16.....contributed by Andrew Staton)

H.P. Blakely
Clinton, March 21, Special - H. P. Blakely, 86, Confederate veteran and well known citizen died at his home near here late yesterday. Mr. Blakely was a member of Company F, 14th South Carolina Regiment in the War Between the States.
Funeral services will be held from Rocky Springs Presbyterian Church tomorrow afternoon at 4:30 o'clock, with the Rev. R. B. Ratchford officiating. Interment will be there.  Mr. Blakely is survivied by two children, L. B. Blakely and Mrs. Joe Weeks, and a number of other relatives. (
Greenville News on March 21, 1928......contributed by Andrew Staton)

Ernest D. Chaney
CLINTON, Sept. 16. - Ernest D. Chaney, 56, died at his home at Cross Anchor today after an illness of several months. He was a native of Laurens County and had spent his entire life in this section.  He is survived by his wife and the following children: Frank Pressley, P. D. and Marvin Chaney, Mrs. Frazier Lominack; Mrs. W. E. McLendon, Mrs. S. P. Beenran, and Misses Myrl and Virginia Chaney; three brothers, W. M., H. M. and Joe L. Chaney, and one sister, Mrs. T. W. Wesson.
Funeral arrangements will be announced later by the Gray Funeral Home.  (
Greenville News, September 16, 1937......contributed by Andrew Staton)

Sybil Crosby
BEAUFORT – Sybil Crosby, 52, of 1615 Riverside Drive, died July 28, 1995 at Beaufort Memorial Hospital.    She was a 1961 graduate of Clinton High School and a 1965 graduate of Winthrop College. She served libraries in Clinton, Newberry, St. Stephen and Roanoke Texas. She was active in the Episcopal Church in Newberry, Denton, and Keller, Texas.    Surviving is her husband, Patrick David Crosby of the home.   Memorial services will be held at a later date – Copeland Funeral Home, Beaufort. (
Greenville News, Jul. 31, 1995......contributed by Andrew Staton)

Doris Duncan
FOUNTAIN INN – Doris Windsor Duncan, 64, of 202 Woodside Ave., died Oct. 31, 1994, at Greenville Memorial Medical Center in Greenville.  She was a homemaker and a member of Welcome Baptist Church in Fountain Inn.  Surviving are her husband, Billy E. Duncan Sr. of the home; two sons, Harold Stanley Duncan of Woodbridge, Va., and Billy Elmer Duncan Jr. of Greenville; three daughters, Susan Elaine Slezak of Maryland, Cassie Freeman of Laurens and Dianne Sansing of Charlotte; and a sister, Sybil Crosby of Beaufort.  Services: 2 p.m. Thursday at Gray Funeral Home Chapel, Clinton, with burial in Calvary Cemetery.  Visitation: 7 to 9 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.  The family is at the home of Cassie Freeman, 210 Mooreland Ave., Laurens. (
Greenville News on November 2, 1994......contributed by Andrew Staton)

Robert L. Blease
CLINTON – Robert L. Blease, 67, of Rt. 2, Clinton, died Wednesday afternoon at a local hospital.  He was a native of Batesburg and had lived in Clinton most of his life. He was a son of the late Augustus H. and Ella Cromer Blease, and was a retired employee of Lydia Mills. He attended the Lydia Baptist Church.  Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Helen Lamb Blease; a daughter, Mrs. Lewis Horton of Clinton; two brothers, Augustus H. Blease of Augusta, Ga., and Cole L. Blease of Clinton; and a grandchild. The body is at the Gray Funeral Home. The family will be at the home of a daughter, at 305 Shands Street. (
Greenville News in 1968.......contributed by Andrew Staton)

Mary Blease
LAURENS – Mary “Susie” Strickland Blease, 38, of 410 Irby Avenue Extension, died Thursday.     She attended Webb Memorial Pentecostal Holiness Church of Joanna.  Surviving are her husband, Cole L. Blease Jr. of the home; a daughter, Lisa Ann Davis of Clinton; a son, Cole “Lanny” Blease III of the home; five sisters, Ruby Veal of Clinton, Virginia Woodward of Laurens, Wanda Teague of Woodruff, Glenda Thompson of Greenville and Marilyn Mitchell of Picayune, Miss.; and five brothers, William “Tony” Strickland, George Strickland, and Maxie Strickland, all of Clinton, James Strickland of Laurens and Marion Strickland of Milwaukee, Wis.  Services: 2 p.m. Saturday at Calvary Baptist Church with burial in Pinelawn Memorial Gardens. – Gray Funeral Home. (
Greenville News on December 10, 1983.......contributed by Andrew Staton)

Mildred Brazil
CLINTON – Funeral Services for Mrs. Mildred Windsor Brazil, 52, of 1810 Edgemore Rd, who died Sunday, wife of E. O. Brazil, will be at 4 p.m. Tuesday at Gray Funeral Home, with burial in Rosemont Cemetery.  The family is at the home of Mr. and Mrs. C. W. Windsor, 102 Florence St, Clinton. (Greenville News on Aug. 26, 1974........contributed by Andrew Staton)

Cole Landis Blease Jr.
Dateline-Waterloo, SC Cole L. Blease, Jr. age 77 of 2547 River Folk Rd. died Friday, March 26th at the Hospice of Laurens County in Clinton. He was born in Cross Hill, SC and was a son of the late Cole L. Blease, Sr. and the late Mamie Lou Matthews Blease. Mr. Blease was retired from Palmetto Spinning and was retired from the US Army Airborne Division serving his country for 23 years. He is survived by one son, Cole “Lanny” Blease III of the home; one daughter, Lisa Davis (Ricky Parker) of Waterloo; one sister, Nancy Bass of Simpsonville; and three granddaughters, Kamrie Jean Blease, Michelle Barnette (Bruce), Amy Goolsby (Alan). Mr. Blease was predeceased by his wife, Susie Blease. A memorial service with Military Honors will be conducted Sunday, Mar. 28th at 2:00 p.m. at the Gray Funeral Home Chapel of Laurens by Rev. Dewain Willis. Condolence may be expressed to the family online at www.grayfuneralhome.com Gray Funeral Home of Laurens (Greenville News, no date given...contributed by Andrew Staton)

Faye Barker
Faye Smith Barker, age 92, formerly of Florence Street, Clinton, and a resident of Agape' of Laurens, died January 29, 2010, at the Laurens County Hospice. 
She was predeceased by her husband of 55 years, Marcell "Nub" Barker.  She was retired from Clinton Mills and was a member of Springdale United Methodist Church.  She is survived by a son, A. Carroll Barker and wife, Kathie, of Clinton; a brother, Paul L. Smith of Spartanburg; a sister, Virginia S. Spurlock of Hanahan; two grandchildren, Brad Barker and April Lawson, both of Clinton; and two great-grandchildren, Madison and Zack Lawson of Clinton.  Memorials may be made to the Springdale United Methodist Church, 851 Springdale Drive, Clinton, SC 29325 or to Hospice of Laurens County, PO Box 178, Clinton, SC 29325 (Greenville News - no date given..contributed by Andrew Staton)

Edgar Owens Brazil
COLUMBIA - Edgar O. Brazil, 62, (USA - ret.) of 1810 Edgemore Road, died Tuesday in Moncrief Army Hospital. He was born in Union, a son of the late George and Lillian Hawkins Brazil. He retired from the Army as a sergeant after 21 years active duty and later worked with Dixie Radio Supply Co. He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Clinton. Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Nell Smith Brazil; three sons, C. Martin Brazil of Biloxi, Miss., Cecil E. Brazil of Michigan, and Michael O. Brazil of Columbia; two daughters, Mrs. Debra Dowdy of Aiken and Karen Brazil of the home; his stepmother, Mrs. Lillie Vanderford Brazil of Clinton; two brothers, Clyde W. Brazil of Clinton and the Rev. Dewey Brazil of Coronaca; eight sisters, Mrs. Eugenia Gunter of Joanna, Mrs. Nellie Copeland, Mrs. Ileen Ellis, Mrs. Margaret Seay, Mrs. Mildred Rhodes, Mrs. Polly Fallaw and Miss Barbara Brazil of Clinton, Mrs. Helen Coker of Columbia; and a grandchild.
Services will be 4 p.m. today at Calvary Baptist Church, Clinton, with burial in Rosemont Cemetery. Gray Funeral Home, Clinton, is in charge.  (T
he State on April 14, 1977...contributed by Andrew Staton)

Ernest P. Driggers
Funeral Services For Rev. Ernest P. Driggers, Pastor Of East Park Baptist Church, Will Be Sunday Afternoon At 3:30 O'clock At East Park Baptist Church.
Dr. Frank C. Pittman, Rev. C. V. Martin Of Anderson And Rev. B. M. Wynn Will Officiate. Interment Will Be In Woodlawn Memorial Park.  Pallbearers And The Honorary Escort Will Meet At The Church At 3:30 O'clock.  Pallbearers Will Be Paul Wood, E. E. Owens. G. A. Mann. Grady Armstrong, J. C.  Mangum, William Knight, C. V. Steadman, Walter Raimey And B. L. Wilson.  The Escort Of Honor Will Be Deacons Of East Part Church And The Pastors Of  The Greenville Baptist Association. East Park Church's Fidelis Class, Of Which Mr. Driggers Was Teacher, Will Serve As Flower Bearers.  Mr. Driggers Died At His Home, 10 Ebaugh Avenue; Thursday Morning At 7:15  O'clock. He Had Been In Declining Health For Severa L Years, His Condition Becoming Serious Eight Weeks Ago.  He Was A Native Of Florence County And A Son Of The Late Samuel And Liile Thompson Driggers.  During The Past 38 Years He Had Served Churches In Greenwood, Saluda, And Anderson Counties And Had Served The East Park Baptist Church For 14 Years And Six Months.  The Body Of Rev. Driggers Will Be Carried To The Home At 10 O'clock This Morning And Will Remain There Until Noon Sunday, At Which Time It Will Be Placed In The East Park Baptist Church To Lie In Wait Until The Hour Of The Services. R. D. Jones And Sons, Morticians. (Greenville News..contributed by Andrew Staton)

Cleo McKee Driggers
Wife of Rev. E. P. Driggers of Newberry Buried at Watts Mills Wednesday
Quite a cloud of sadness has again come over our town and community on last Tuesday morning, January 13th, when news was received that Mrs. E. P. Driggers, wife of Rev. E. P. Driggers, had very suddenly passed away at her home in Newberry. Her death was a shock to each and all, though it was not altogether
unexpected as she had been in declining health for quite a while. The funeral services was held Wednesday, following, conducted by her pastor, Rev. Mr. Ferkran of Newberry, after which her remains were laid to rest in the cemetery at this place.  Mrs. Driggers was aged 30 years. She was before her marriage Miss Cleo McKee. She had been a member of the Baptist Church for a number of years. She leaves a husband and two daughters, Misses Pauline and Mildred Driggers. Se also leaves a mother, four brothers, and five sisters as follows: Mrs. Mary J. McKee, of this place; T. E. McKee of Greenville, J. D., J. A., and Bennie McKee all of Greenwood; Mrs. N. H. Hill and Mrs. R. L. Patton of Gray Court; Mrs. G. H. Stewart, Mrs. S. W. Wilson, and Miss Andrella McKee all of Watts Mills. Besides her relatives she leaves a large circle of friends who extend their deepest sympathy to the bereaved husband and children and to the entire family, in their bereavement. (
Laurensville Herald on January 20, 1919...contributed by Andrew Staton)

Thomas Avery
Mary Avery
Thomas Eugene Avery, 89, died Friday morning in Laurens District Hospital.  Born in Laurens County, he was a son of the late Samuel Joseph and Queenie Hellams Avery. Mr. Avery was a retired textile worker and an honorarylife deacon of Lucas Avenue Baptist Church. Surviving Mr. Avery are a son, the Rev. Samuel william Avery of Taylors; two daughters, Mrs. Kathleen Hughes of Columbia and Mrs. Syble Lamb of Irmo; a brother, Luther "Bill" Avery of Laurens; a sister,
Mrs. M ary Herbert of Laurens; six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
His wife, Mary Alice Stewart Avery, 65,died Friday afternoon in Laurens District Hospital of a heart attack.  Born in Laurens, she was a daughter of the late George H. and Lillie M ae M cKee Stewart. She was a retired textile worker and organist of Lucas Avenue Baptist Church.  Surviving are two sisters, M rs. Adrienne Brewington of Charlotte, NC. and M rs. Kathleen West of Laurens.  Services were 3 pm Sunday in Lucas Avenue Baptist Church, with burial in Rose Hill Cemetery.  (
Laurens Advertiser in August, 1978...contributed by Andrew Staton)

James A. Bright Jr.
James Alver Bright Jr, 68, of Rt. 5, Smith Rd., husband of Elizabeth Hughes Bright, died Wednesday,  March 3, 1993 in The Baptist M edical Center in Columbia.
Born in Greenville County, he was a son of the late James Alver Bright, Sr and Sallie Bishop Bright Southerland. M r. Bright was a US Air Force Veteran of WWII, retired from Clinton M ills, a member of Laurens Second Baptist Church, a mason and Past M aster of Rossie Walker Lodge #354 AFM , Past District Deputy Grand M aster of District 13, Grand Association Patron Order of Amaranth of the State of South Carolina, and the Watchman of Shepherd of the White Shrine of Jerusalem.  Surviving are his wife, Elizabeth Hughes Bright of the home; a daughter, Cindy Bright of Irmo, a sister, M argaret Hendrix of Landrum.  Services will be at 2 pm Saturday in Laurens Second Baptist Church with burial in Forest Lawn Cemetery. The family is at the residence. Visitation will be from 7 to 8:30 pm Friday [tonight] at Kennedy Mortuary, Laurens...Greenville News, contributed by Andrew Staton.

Elizabeth Bright
Elizabeth Hughes Bright, 83, of M yrtle Beach Estates, formerly of Smith Road, Laurens, died Thursday, November 5, 2009, at Grand Strand Regional M edical Center. She was the widow of the late James Alver Bright, Jr. 
Born in Laurens, she was a daughter of the late Joseph C. and Liddie M ae Hill Hughes.  M rs. Bright retired from J.P Stevens Watts Plant. A member of Second Baptist Church in Laurens, she was also a member of the Order of the Amaranth, Rose Court No. 13 for 50 years and the White Shrine of Jerusalem.  She is survived by a daughter, Cindy Bright of M yrtle Beach, S.C.  Funeral services will be held at Second Baptist Church in Laurens on Sunday, November 8, 2009, at 2 p.m.  conducted by the Rev. Dr. Joseph Smith and the Rev. J.D. Shiflet with burial in Forest Lawn Cemetery.  The family will receive friends Saturday at the Kennedy M ortuary from 7 to 8:30 p.m.  Unfiled Notes Page 36  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association, South Carolina Chapter, 301 University Ridge, Suite 5000, Greenville, SC 29601....Greenville News, contributed by Andrew Staton.

Elvira N. Bruce
Clinton, March 16, Mrs. Elvira N. (Bee) Bruce, 84, widow of Robley Bruce, died at an early hour Tuesday morning at her home in Palatha, Fla., after several years of declining health.   She was a member of Newberry County but had made her home in Florida for a number of years. She was the daughter of the late John thompson and Elizabeth Halfacre Norris and a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Palatka. She is surviced by four sons, Jerome, Frank, Fred, and Robley Bruce; three daughters, Mrs. Claude Knight, Mrs. Aubrey Melton, and Mrs. Henderson Reid, all of Florida; one brother, W.C. Norris of Newberry and one sister, Mrs. O.A. Sowers of Clinton.   Funeral services and interment will be held sometime Wednesday in Palatka, Florida...The State - contributed by Randy Butler

Mrs. Tallulah Cheek
Laurens, Mar. 18 - Mrs. Tallulah Culbertson Cheek, 95, one of this section's oldest residents, died in the Laurens County Hospital at 7:30 Sunday night following several years of declining health.  Mrs. Cheek, who made her home on Rt. 1, Waterloo, is survived by three sons, E. W. Cheek, of Rt. 1, Waterloo, G. C. Cheek of Ware Shoals and M. R. Cheek of Athens, Ga.; one daughter, Mrs. Annie Bobo of Starr; 11 grandchildren and 30 great-grandchildren.  Funeral services will be held from the Union Baptist Church Tuesday at an hour to be announced.  The Rev. Homer Hampton will conduct the rites, and burial will follow in the church cemetery.  Grandsons will serve as pallbearers.  The body is at the home of her son, E. W. Cheek, with Kennedy Mortuary in charge (transcribed by D. Whitesell from materials provided by Derrell Teat, unknown news source).

Ralph J. Brewington
Rev. Ralph James Brewington of 1815 Purser Drive, Charlotte, NC; died Dec. 15.  He was born in Fountain Inn and was the son of the late Irvin M. Brewington and Mattie Speltz Brewington.  He was a veteran of World War II, a graduate of North Greenville Junior College, Furman University and Southern Theological Seminary. He was a pastor of Fairfield Baptist Church of Winnsboro for 10 years. He had made his home in Charlotte for the past 15 years.  He is survived by his wife, Adrienne Stewart Brewington; formerly of Laurens; two sons, Keith Brewington of Charlotte, NC and Francis Brewington of Lancaster; two brothers, I. M. Brewington Jr. of Taylorsville, NC and Earl Brewington of Greenwood; and two grandsons.  Services were held Friday at Green Memorial Baptist Church in Charlotte with graveside services at Rose Hill Cemetery in Laurens.....Laurens Advertiser, contributed by Andrew Staton.

Adrienne Brewington
Mrs. Adrienne Stewart Brewington, 66, widow of the late Rev. Ralph Brewington, died Thursday in The Presbyterian Hospital in Charlotte, NC.  Born in Laurens County, she was the daughter of the late George H. and Lillie McKee Stewart. She was a member of Green Memorial Church of Charlotte and was dietician supervisor of Charlotte Eye, Ear and Throat Hospital.  Surviving are two sons, Keith Brewington of Charlotte, NC and Francis Brewington of Lancaster; one sister,
Mrs. Dorsey [Kathleen] West of Laurens and two grandsons.  Services were conducted at 11 am Saturday at Green Memorial Church in Charlotte and graveside services were 3 pm Saturday in Rose Hill Cemetery in Laurens......Laurens Advertiser, contributed by Andrew Staton

Belle McLaughlin Abercrombie
Laurens, March 19 – Services for Mrs. Belle McLaughlin Abercrombie, 40, who died yesterday at her home at Hickory Tavern after a long illness, were conducted this afternoon at the Friendship Baptist church, near Hickory Tavern. Mrs. Abercrombie was the wife of R. Melvin Abercrombie of Hickory Tavern. Mrs. Abercrombie was a daughter of Mrs. M. F. McLaughlin of Effingham, Florence county, and for a number of years was a teacher in the public schools in the upstate, including sessions in the Hickory Tavern high school from 1922 to 1925. She had previously taught at Flat Rock and Horse Creek, Greenville county. In addition to her husband and mother, Mrs. Abercrombie is survived by two sisters, Mrs. H. Z. Matthews and Miss Maude McLaughlin; two brothers, W. L. McLaughlin and M. F. McLaughlin, all of Effingham. The Rev. J. L. Shannon and the Rev. W. A. Baldwin officiated at the funeral. Burial was in the church cemetery. Nephews served as active pallbearers, and members of the Woman’s Auxiliary of the church formed by the honorary escort. (Herald Journal, March 20, 1940, Page 5, transcribed by Andrew Staton)

Arthur and Leslie Allen
Last rites will be conducted Sunday at 2 p.m. at the Gray Funeral home in Clinton for the dead farmer and his wife [Arthur and Leslie Allen]. Burial will be in the Watts Mills cemetery. Allen was a native of North Carolina, while his wife was born in Laurens county. Both had been married twice. Allen is survived by five sons and two daughters by his first marriage. They are: Vono, Neal, Edwin, Loon and Arthur Allen, Jr., and Misses Lillie Mae and Norva Allen. Mrs. Allen is survived by two sons by her first marriage. They are Marvin Bass and Roy Bass. Besides the son and daughter who testified at the inquest today, the Allens are survived by three other daughters, Mrs. James Cooley of Goldville and Misses Sybil and Maude Allen, residing at the family residence, which is in the Bush River section of Laurens county. Allen is also survived by three brothers and three sisters as follows: Mrs. Gertrude Chumley of Laurens, Mrs. Nettie Hughes and Mrs. Florence Casey; Louis, Elbert and Robert Allen. Mrs. Allen’s mother, Mrs. Martha Martin, resides at Greenville. Additional survivors of Mrs. Allen include three brothers and four sisters as follows: J. C., Walker and E. E. Martin; Mrs. Creola Benjamin, Mrs. Ree Devall, Mrs. Edward Phillips and Mrs. Sam Pridmore. Members of the coroner’s jury at the inquest were Foreman Joe W. Leake, Stewart O. Brown, T. R. Davis, Hugh Bonds Workman, J. B. Dominick and John Boyd. Sheriff Caldwell Weir of Laurens county, Deputy Sheriffs H. R. Jones, H. F. Owings, and George L. Ridgeway and James Prince, Clinton, assistant chief of police, investigated in the fatal shootings. (For the news article regarding these deaths, go to the “News” section) (Herald Journal, February 17, 1940, Pages 1 and 2, transcribed by Andrew Staton)

Lola Medlock Anderson
Laurens, Jan. 11 – Mrs. Lola Medlock Anderson, wife of W. L. Anderson died here this afternoon at the home of her brother, O. C. Medlock, after a brief illness. Besides her husband and brother, she is survived by two daughters, Miss Kate Anderson and Mrs. J. S. White; one son, J. W. Anderson; three sisters, Mrs. C. C. Culbertson, Mrs. J. J. Sheeley of Laurens and Mrs. Georgia Medlock Holden of Spartanburg. The final rites will be conducted at 11 a.m. Saturday at the residence 53 Scott Street, by the Rev. J. L. Bobo. Burial will be in Chestnut Ridge Baptist church cemetery. (Herald Journal, January 12, 1940, Page 6, transcribed by Andrew Staton)

Edna Armstrong
Laurens, Dec. 31 – Funeral services for Mrs. Edna Armstrong, 19, wife of C. A. Armstrong of Laurens, will be conducted at 3 o’clock Monday afternoon at the Pentecostal Holiness church of Watts Mill by the Rev. Oscar Taylor. Interment will follow in a Gray Court cemetery. Mrs. Armstrong died at a hospital here Saturday night. (Herald Journal, January 1, 1940, Page 2, transcribed by Andrew Staton)

William Thomas Baker
Clinton, March 29 – Final rites for William Thomas Baker, 59, who died here last night at the home of his stepson, J. D. Smith, will be conducted Saturday at 11 a.m. in the Elmwood cemetery at Ninety Six. Mr. Baker had been in declining health for some time. Besides the stepson at whose home he died, Mr. Baker is survived by three other stepsons, Leo, Eugene and G. F. Smith, all of Clinton; his wife, the former Miss Rhoda Smith of Newberry; one brother, Sid Baker of Greenwood; and a niece, Miss Louise Baker of Ninety Six. (Herald Journal, March 30, 1940, Page 2, transcribed by Andrew Staton)

Frank H. Bass
Laurens, March 16 – The funeral of Frank H. Bass, 31, who died here yesterday of a heart ailment, was conducted this afternoon at the home of his father, John N. Bass, and stepmother, Mrs. Sarah Henderson Bass. The young man became ill about a week ago. He was a native of Laurens, but spent part of his life at Greenville, where he attended the Parker district school. Besides his father and stepmother, he is survived by one brother, J. D. Bass; a sister, Mrs. Ernest Tollison, and his maternal grandmother, Mrs. Wister L. Riddle, all of this city. The Rev. B. H. Harvey of Central Methodist church, and the Rev. J. H. Kyzar, pastor of the First Baptist church of Laurens, officiated at the funeral. A young men’s quartet, of which Mr. Bass had been a member for many years, conducted the song service. Burial was in the Laurens cemetery. Active pallbearers were the young man’s uncles, as follows: B. S. Riddle, L. M. Riddle, Wright Riddle, Guy Riddle, Homer Carlton and Judge Carlton. The honorary escort was composed of Senator C. A. Cromer, Dr. M. B. Nickles, J. T. Lee, Dexter Nelson, Carl Taylor, Rufus Barnett, Frank Martin, Sr., Jim Mundy, Jack Roberts, Callis Hill and Barney Kelly. (Herald Journal, March 17, 1940, Page 9, transcribed by Andrew Staton)

John Young Benjamin
Laurens, March 5 – Funeral rites for John Young Benjamin, 80, were held Tuesday at the Beaverdam Baptist church, with the pastor, the Rev. Ray Anderson of Laurens, officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Nephews acted as pallbearers and granddaughters served as flower girls. Mr. Benjamin died Monday at his home in the Beaverdam-Mountville section after a long illness. He had spent an active life in the same settlement as a farmer. Since early manhood, he had been a member and for many years a deacon of Beaverdam church, on e of the oldest in the Laurens association. Mr. Benjamin was married twice. His first wife was the late Mrs. Fanny May Benjamin, and of that marriage, five sons and six daughters survive as follows: Mrs. John Sellars, Columbia; Mrs. James T. Langston, Laurens; Mrs. Shell Benjamin, Laurens; Mrs. Clarence Martin, Greenville; Mrs. Evan Madden, Anderson; Mrs. Rene Embrecht, Jacksonville, Fla.; Mrs. Archie Young, Laurens; Walter and John Benjamin, Mountville; Jimmy Benjamin, New York City; George Benjamin, Jacksonville, Fla.; and Charley Benjamin. His second wife, Mrs. Betty Knight Benjamin, also survives together with a daughter, Mrs. Eugene DeLoache, Mountville. In addition to 30 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren, survivors also include two sisters, Mrs. Maggie Huggins, Spartanburg and Mrs. Emma Simpson, Laurens; two brothers, William and J. B. Benjamin, Laurens county. (Herald Journal, March 7, 1940, Page 5, transcribed by Andrew Staton)

Benjamin Bishop
BenLaurens, Jan. 10 – Benjamin Bishop, native of Laurens, died Tuesday at his home in Birmingham, Ala., according to word received here by a sister-in-law, Mrs. Nicey Gray. Later in the day, Mrs. Gray left for the Alabama city to attend the funeral, announced for this afternoon. Mr. Bishop, member of a widely known Laurens county family, moved to Birmingham a number of years ago, and had been connected with the municipal movement of the city for a long time. Survivors include his wife, formerly Miss Emma Lipford, also of this county, three daughters, Mrs. Preston Thompson, Mrs. Hope Blankenship and Mrs. Royster Sparkman; one son, J. M. Bishop; a brother, the Rev. Starling Bishop, all of Birmingham. (Herald Journal, January 11, 1940, Page 3, transcribed by Andrew Staton)

Frank Bishop
Laurens, March 29 – The funeral of Frank Bishop, 74, former merchant and ice dealer, who died yesterday after a three-week illness, was conducted here today. Mr. Bishop, a native of Union county, had resided in Laurens and vicinity most of his adult life. He is survived by one son, Louis Bishop of Laurens; one daughter, Mrs. Bud Neal of Greenville; two brothers, Brooks and Metts Bishop of Laurens. The funeral was conducted at the residence of Brooks Bishop on Cora street with the Rev. Jodie A. Martin officiating. Burial was in the Laurens cemetery. (Herald Journal, March 30, 1940, Page 2, transcribed by Andrew Staton)

Ed Bledsoe
Goldville, March 29 – Ed Bledsoe, 58, died today at 6 a.m. at his home near Goldville. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary Jennings Bledsoe; father, J. B. Bledsoe; four sons, Alvin Bledsoe of Newberry, Clyde Bledsoe of Goldville, Broadus Bledsoe of Goldville and Jim Bledsoe of Goldville; seven daughters, Mrs. Grady Shealy of Saluda, Mrs. Leroy Bridges of Goldville, Mrs. Willie King of Clinton, Mrs. J. P. Schumpert of Goldville, Mrs. Horace Black of Goldville, Miss Sara Bledsoe of Goldville and Miss Vadis Bledsoe of Goldville; five brothers, W. V. Bledsoe of Goldville, D. B. Bledsoe of Saluda, Humphrey Bledsoe of Lexington, Eugene Bledsoe of Saluda and Ben Bledsoe of Saluda; four sisters, Mrs. T. S. Mitchell of Saluda, Mrs. T. R. Beck of Lexington, Mrs. Marie Hyler of Saluda, and Mrs. Kate Hyler of Saluda, and 8 grandchildren. Funeral services will be held Saturday afternoon at 3 o’clock at the Butler church in Saluda county, with the Rev. North Pitts officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. (Herald Journal, March 30, 1940, Page 2, transcribed by Andrew Staton)

R. Dalton Bobo
Clinton, Jan. 3 – Final rites for R. Dalton Bobo, who died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Wyman M. Shealy, Tuesday night will be held at the Broad Street Methodist church Thursday afternoon at 2:30. The Rev. L. P. McGee and the Rev. J. L. Mayer will officiate. Interment will follow in Rosemont cemetery. Besides the daughter at whose home he died, Mr. Bobo is survived by one son, Thomas Bobo; and one grandson, Wyman M. Shealy, Jr., all of Clinton. The following will serve as pallbearers: Clyde McCrary, Dr. R. W. Johnson, V. Parks Adair, Olin Shealy, John Carter and L. T. Ramage. (Herald Journal, January 4, 1940, Page 2, transcribed by Andrew Staton)

Walter Clarence Bolt
Laurens, March 27 – The funeral of Walter Clarence Bolt, 58, who died yesterday at his home at Dial place in the Trinity Ridge section, five miles west of Laurens, was conducted this afternoon at the Rabun Creek Baptist church. Mr. Bolt, a farmer, had been ill several months. He had resided near Laurens many years, and was a member of the Rabun Creek Baptist church. He was a son of the late Pleasant and Mrs. Sarah Henderson Bolt of Laurens and Greenville counties. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Lottie Hellams Bolt; three sons, Arthur Bolt, Rufus Bolt, Wilbur Bolt, Laurens; two daughters, Mrs. W. C. Johnson and Miss Lois Bolt, Laurens and vicinity; four brothers, T. M. Bolt and L. W. Bolt, Ware Shoals, Eugene Bolt, Gray Court, and Euel Bolt, Greenville; one sister, Mrs. Nannie Saxon, Greenville. The last rites were conducted by the Rev. W. M. Owings, the Rev. W. Y. Cooley and Dr. Alva B. Langston. Woodmen of the World had charge of part of the final ritual. Burial was in the church cemetery. Active pallbearers were the following nephews: Murphy Bolt, Oxner Bolt, Walter Saxon, J. P. Hellams, Sam Hellams and Nesbitt Owings. Honorary pallbearers, Dr. C. P. Vincent, W. H. Gibs, Robert Cain, Earle Blakely, Arthur Hudgens, Gary Wallace, J. W. Dunklin, Albert Brown, Earl Thompson and John D. W. Watts. (Herald Journal, March 28, 1940, Page 6, transcribed by Andrew Staton)

John Thomas Brundrick
Goldville, March 13 – John Thomas Brundrick, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. R. O. Brundrick died today at the family residence near Goldville after a brief illness. Besides the parents, survivors include the maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. T. P. Moates, and paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. J. R. O. Brundrick. The funeral will be conducted at the residence Thursday at 10 a.m. with the Rev. C. J. Matthews officiating. Burial will be in the Little River Dommick Presbyterian cemetery. (Herald Journal, March 14, 1940, Page 2, transcribed by Andrew Staton)

Henry Burns
Laurens, Feb. 27 – The funeral of Henry Burns, 63, formerly of the Warrior Creek church section, who died here yesterday after a brief illness, was conducted today at the Watts Mills Presbyterian church. Mr. Burns had been a resident of Laurens and vicinity many years and was affiliated with the Presbyterian church. He is survived by one son, Luther Burns; one daughter, Miss Letha Burns; three brothers, Thad, James and Thomas Burns; one sister, Mrs. Nellie Golden, all of Laurens. The Rev. E. P. Moye, pastor of the Watts Mills Presbyterian church, officiated at the funeral with burial in the Watts Mills cemetery. (Herald Journal, February 28, 1940, Page 2, transcribed by Andrew Staton)

Mary Braswell Canfield
Clinton, Feb. 15 – Mrs. Mary Canfield, 29, wife of H. G. Canfield, died today at a Greenwood hospital after a two-week illness. Mrs. Canfield, a native of Georgia, resided in South Carolina most of her life. She was a member of the Calvary Baptist church in Clinton. Besides her husband, Mrs. Canfield is survived by one daughter, Nellie Canfield; parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Braswell; three brothers, W. E., J. E., and C. L. Braswell; and five sisters, Mrs. Gladys Boyd, Mrs. Annie Belle Huey and Miss Lillian, Joyce and Evelyn Braswell; and maternal grandmother, Mrs. R. B. Cox, all of Clinton. The funeral will be conducted Saturday at 2:30 p.m. at the Calvary Baptist church here, with the Rev. Ralph D. Hughes, the Rev. C. R. Anderson and the Rev. R. H. Gause officiating. Burial will be in the Rosemont cemetery here. Active pallbearers will be L. S. Harmon, Fate Arnold, Ralph Stewart, Robert Hughes, L. A. Hall, Arthur Howard. The body is at the home of Mrs. Canfield’s parents, Mr. and Mrs. Braswell, 37 Bailey street, Clinton, the Gray Funeral home of Clinton is in charge of arrangements. (Herald Journal, February 16, 1940, Page 7, transcribed by Andrew Staton)

J. Casper Chandler
Cross Hill, Feb. 27 – J. Casper Chandler, 80, native of Laurens county, died here today at the home of his daughter, Mrs. C. B. Mills. Mr. Chandler had been in declining health several years. He was the son of the late James W. and Mrs. Emma T. Chandler of Laurens county and was a member of the Liberty Springs Presbyterian church. Besides the daughter at whose home he died, Mr. Chandler is survived by his wife, Mrs. Agnes Austin Chandler of Cross Hill; five sons, J. AuJ.stin Chandler, Sr., and H. Grady Chandler of Clinton, W. R. and R. R. Chandler of Laurens and Z. P. Chandler of Cross Hill; four brothers, T. J. Chandler of Clinton, J. L. Chandler of Laurens and O. H. and W. E. Chandler of Tocoa, Fla.; one sister, Mrs. H. A. Coleman of Clinton. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday at 3 p.m., at the Liberty Springs Presbyterian church, with the pastor, the Rev. J. E. Ratchford, and the Rev. F. T. McGill, the Rev. J. H. Byrd and the Rev. Mr. Keller officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The body is at the home of Mrs. Mills. The Gray funeral home of Clinton is in charge of the arrangements. (Herald Journal, February 28, 1940, Page 2, transcribed by Andrew Staton)

Allie Pruitt Clinkscales

Clinton, Jan. 22 – Last rites for Mrs. Allie Pruitt Clinkscales, 72, who died Sunday afternoon at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Carlton F. Winn, will be conducted Tuesday at 10 a.m. at the Winn residence. Burial will be in the Lowndesville Presbyterian church cemetery in Abbeville county at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday. Besides the daughter at whose home she died, Mrs. Clinkscales, who was the widow of Charles M. Clinkscales of Lowndesville, is survived by a sister, Mrs. E. W. Rush of McIntosh, Fla., and a brother, James L. Pruitt of Due West. (Herald Journal, January 23, 1940, Page 3, transcribed by Andrew Staton)

Carrie Hughes Cooper
Clinton, Feb. 23 – Mrs. Carrie Cooper, 67, died today at the home of her son, Hicks Cooper, on Sloan street in Clinton. Mrs. Cooper, who was a native of South Carolina, had been ill a year. She was the daughter of the late Rufus and Mary Hughes. Mrs. Cooper was a member of the Calvary Baptist church. Besides the son at whose home she died, Mrs. Cooper is survived by two other sons, Claude Cooper of Clinton and Belton Cooper of Goldville. Last rites will be conducted Sunday at 2:30 p.m. at the Calvary Baptist church in Clinton, with the Rev. Ralph D. Hughes officiating. Burial will be in the Calvary Baptist church cemetery. (Herald Journal, February 24, 1940, Page 2, transcribed by Andrew Staton)

John Rhett Copeland
Clinton, Jan. 9 – John Rhett Copeland, 79, retired farmer of Clinton, died at his home on Calvert avenue at 1 p.m. today after an illness of several months. He was a life-long resident of Laurens county. Mr. Copeland was the son of the late George Pringle and Mrs. Frances Young Copeland, widely known Laurens county family. Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Mary Hunter Copeland of Clinton; one son, Guy H. Copeland of Abbeville; two daughters, Mrs. James E. Frazier, Jr., of Blairs and Mrs. M. E. Bethea of Winston-Salem, NC; two brothers, M. L. Copeland of Laurens and Guy L. Copeland of Clinton; one sister, Mrs. Richard Copeland of Clinton; eight grandchildren and a number of nieces and nephews. The funeral will be conducted Wednesday at 3 p.m. at the Clinton First Presbyterian church, of which he was a member. Dr. D. J. Woods will officiate at the funeral, with burial in the Clinton Presbyterian church cemetery. Active pallbearers will be Thomas Heath Copeland, Charles Copeland, Henry Hunter, John T. Young, John H. Hunter, Frank Young, J. J. Carswell and C. C. Ferguson. Members of the honorary escort will be: Dr. S. C. Hayes, Dr. J. Lee Young, T. D. Copeland, A. J. Milling, Dr. John H. Young, W. A. Shands, W. D. Copeland, Mayor P. S. Bailey, J. Hamp Stone, George A. Copeland, George H. Ellis, J. F. Jacobs, P. B. Bailey, John H. Davis, Jr., W. Watts Davis, George W. Bailey, Harrison Copeland, A. O’Daniels, D. E. Tribble, W. Edgar Owens, W. J. Bailey and Carlton Winn. The Gray Funeral Home of Clinton is in charge of the arrangements (Herald Journal, January 10, 1940, Page 2, transcribed by Andrew Staton)

Adams Quincy Cothran
Goldville, March 1 – Adams Quincy Cothran, 74, who spent most of his life in Laurens county, died today at his home in Laurens after an illness of two weeks. He was a native of Abbeville county and was a member of the Baptist church. Mr. Cothran was married twice, his first wife having been the former Miss Melvina Dorr, who died in 1909. From this marriage, two sons and two daughters survive as follows: Mrs. C. P. Wofford of Goldville, Mrs. E. J. Munday of Newberry, J. H. Cothran of Clinton and W. C. Cothran of Goldville. Mr. Cothran’s second wife, the former Miss Ella Smith, survives along with one son, Albert Cothran, of Laurens. The funeral will be conducted Saturday at 3 p.m. at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Wofford, at 330 Magnolia street, Goldville. The Rev. T. B. Wilkes will officiate at the funeral. Burial will be in the Lydia Mills cemetery at Clinton. The Gray Funeral home of Clinton is in charge of arrangements. (Herald Journal, March 2, 1940, Page 2, transcribed by Andrew Staton)

Clyde C. Culbertson

Laurens, Feb. 25 – Clyde C. Culbertson, 55, died today at 8 a.m. at the hospital here. Mr. Culbertson is survived by his wife; one son, Charles Culbertson of Laurens; two brothers, T. C. Culbertson of Laurens and R. C. Culbertson of Newberry; one sister, Mrs. George Willard of Laurens and six grandchildren. Mr. Culbertson was a member of the Second Baptist church of Laurens. Funeral services will be conducted Monday afternoon at 4 o’clock at the Lucas avenue Baptist church by the pastor, the Rev. Mr. Smith, assisted by the Rev. Mr. Bobo and the Rev. Mr. Hedgepath. Active pallbearers will be nephews as follows: Edwin Willard, Rossie Willard, Carl Culbertson, Waiters Anderson, Carl Medlock and Herman Medlock. Honorary pallbearers will be: Dr. C. P. Vincent, G. N. Franks, John A. Franks, L. A. Murray, N. L. Motes, Gary Fowler, Frank Timmerman, John Holcombe, Henry Monroe, D. F. Cauble, Victor Rutledge, Miller Brown and Tom Henderson. Flower girls will be the following: Lucille Medlock, Sara Medlock, Kate Anderson, Kathleen Culbertson, Alice Culbertson, Edna Baker, Harlo Garrett and Clara White. (Herald Journal, February 26, 1940, Page 2, transcribed by Andrew Staton)

Mary Elizabeth Dalton
Laurens, Jan. 24 – The funeral of Mary Elizabeth Dalton, 11-year-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. H. H. Dalton, who died yesterday at the Laurens county hospital of burns suffered Sunday morning when her clothing became ignited while she was standing in front of a grate at the family home here, was conducted today. The little girl was a native of Clinton, but the family has resided here several years. The girl was a pupil in the Garlington street school at Laurens. She was the only child of her parents. The Rev. O. H. Tollison, pastor of the Church of God in Laurens, officiated at the funeral. Burial was in the Laurens cemetery. (Herald Journal, January 25, 1940, Page 3, transcribed by Andrew Staton)

U. N. Douglas
Laurens, Jan. 1 – U. N. Douglas, 75, Laurens resident, died today at a hospital here after several days illness. Funeral rites will be held at Warrior Creek Baptist church Tuesday morning at 10 o’clock, conducted by the Rev. Jodie A. Martin. Burial will be in the church cemetery. He is survived by three sons, Willie, Lester and Toy Douglas, three daughters, Mrs. Annie Crowder, Mrs. Daisy Leopard and Mrs. Ollie Bishop, all of Laurens; one sister, Mrs. Betty Riddle of Clinton; and three half-brothers, Homer, John, and Arthur Douglas all of Laurens. (Herald Journal, January 2, 1940, Page 2, transcribed by Andrew Staton)

William J. Duncan, Sr.
Clinton, Feb. 12 – William J. Duncan, Sr., 67, died at his home early this morning following a critical two weeks illness. Funeral services will be held Tuesday afternoon at 3:30 o’clock at Broad Street Methodist church by the Rev. L. P. McGee, pastor of the church, and the Rev. H. O. Chamcers of Newberry, a former pastor. Interment will follow in Rosemont cemetery. Pallbearers will be G. W. Hollingsworth, J. H. Pitts, Jr., Rhett P. Adair, R. J. Pitts, James Duncan and T. P. Scott. Mr. Duncan was a native of Laurens county but made his home in Newberry county until 20 years ago, when he came to Clinton to become manager of the Peoples Bonded warehouse, a position he held until his death. He was a son of the late William J. and Emma Jacks Duncan. Mr. Duncan is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary Scotton Duncan; two daughters, Mrs. Nene D. Workman of this city, Mrs. Emmie D. Adams of Newberry, W. J. Duncan, Jr. of Decatur, Ala.; four grandchildren; his step-mother, Mrs. Ella Owens Duncan of Whitmire; three sisters, Mrs. Theo Isom of Union, Mrs. E. A. Christy and Mrs. Pet Dean, both of Whitmire, and one half-sister, Mrs. Mattie Duncan of Whitmire. (Herald Journal, February 13, Page 2, transcribed by Andrew Staton)

Mary Emma Beard Benson
Mrs. Mary Emma Beard Benson, 46, of 106 Henry St., wife of George W. Benson died Sunday.  A native of Laurens County, daughter of the late George D. and Mildred Driggers Beard, she was a member of Faith Baptist Church.  Surviving also are three daughters, Mrs. J. J. Calvert, Mr. James Hellams and Miss Barbara Benson of Laurens; a brother, George Beard of Augusta, Ga., a sister, Mrs. Virginia Mixon of Augusta; and six grandchildren.  Funeral services were Monday at 3 pm at Faith Baptist Church. Burial was in Forest Lawn Cemetery. [April 1971, Laurens Newspaper - contributed by Andrew Staton]

Mrs. Laura Dial Christopher
Laurens, Feb. 24 - Mrs. Laura Dial Christopher, wife of Dr. A. J. Christopher of Laurens, died at the family residence on west Main street shortly after 6 o'clock yesterday afternoon after an illness of several months duration. She was a daughter of the late Col. Albert Dial, one of the most prominent citizens of Laurens county. About 25 years ago she was married to Dr. Christopher, a well known physician of Spartanburg and Laurens counties. Mrs. Christopher was a most estimable woman and was very active in church and kindred work. As a member of the Baptist church and the different auxiliary societies, she will be greatly missed, as well as a neighbor, friend and companion. Of her immediate family she is survived by her husband and little niece, Laura Emily Dial, whom she reared from infancy. She is also survived by two sisters, Mrs. R. L. Gray of Gray Court and Mrs. John D. W. Watts of Trinity Ridge, this county; three brothers, N. B. Dial and Dr. W. H. Dial of Laurens and Conway Dial of Cross Hill. The funeral and burial exercises were held in the city this afternoon at 5 o'clock, the services being conducted by the Rev. M. L. Lawson of the First Baptist Church. [The State, Feb. 25, 1916, contributed by Dena Whitesell]

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