Laurens County Obituaries

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Samuel Franks
Died, at his residence in this district, on the 30th ult (November 30, 1845), Samuel Franks, after an illness of forty-one hours, supposed to have been cramp colic. He was born the 4th of May 1763, and served his country in the latter part of the Revolutionary under Gen. Pickens. He was also at Ninety-Six under Gen. Greene. John McHarg was killed by the tories, I think, some where on Little River, and at the same time Mr. Franks received two hacks across the back by the sabre of the notorious tory Holmes. ..(unreadable) after another ? of the patriots of that perilous period who are sinking beneath the floods of time, and soon they will be known only in the history of the country, and, in the memory of a grateful posterity. (The Abbeville Banner - April 8, 1846)

Elizabeth Hill
GRAY COURT – Funeral services for Mrs. Elizabeth (Lizzie) McKee Hill, 80, who died Saturday, will be conducted Monday at 4:30 p.m. at the Second Baptist Church, Laurens by Rev. Grange S. Cothran, Rev. B. F. Franklin, and Rev. Alvin Boone. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery, Wattsville.   Pallbearers will be Ernest, James, and Ronnie Hill, James Bright, Ralph Saxton and Archie Hill Jr.   Native of Laurens County, daughter of the late Andrew and Mary Puckett McKee, she lived with a son, Allen Hill near Gray Court for seven years. She was a member of the Second Baptist Church of Laurens.   The body is at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Joe C. Hughes, Rt. 1, Laurens, and will be placed in the church at 3:30 p.m. Cannon Funeral Home, Fountain Inn, is in charge.  (The Greenville News on April 24, 1966...contributed by Andrew Staton)

Alva E. Ealy
CLINTON – Alva E. Ealy, 72, of Rt. 2, Clinton, died Tuesday.  Born in Illinois, he lived in Newberry and Laurens counties, and was a son of the late James Andrew and Fina Ann Cutter Ealy. He was a former employee of Clinton Mills and Whitten Village, a member of Hurricane Baptist Church, and a World War I Veteran.  Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mary Sue Copeland Ealy; a daughter, Mrs. James Hill of Clinton; three sons, Robert F. Ealy of Clinton, William L. Ealy of London, Eng., and James H. Ealy of Blytheville, Ark.; a brother, Paul Ealy of Ashmore, Ill.; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.   Funeral arrangements will be announced by Gray Funeral Home.  (Published in The Greenville News, January 26, 1972...contributed by Andrew Staton)

Agnes “Tunnie” Wofford Freeman
CLINTON – Agnes “Tunnie” Wofford Freeman, 60, of Tallwood Homes, died Sunday.   Surviving are a son, Randy Wofford of Tucker, Ga.; daughters, Carol “Pinky” Garza of Hahn Air Force Base, Germany and Elizabeth Jane Raouf of Geneva, Switzerland; and sisters, Carrie Jacks of Joanna and Pauline Creswell of Clinton.   Services will be 3 p.m. Wednesday in The Gray Funeral Home Chapel; burial in Rosemont Cemetery. (Published in The Greenville News, July 8, 1981...contributed by Andrew Staton)

Juanita Horton
Clinton - Juanita Horton, age 79, formerly of 305 Shands St., died Tuesday in Charlotte, N.C.  She was retired from Whitten Center and was a member of First Baptist Church of Clinton.  Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. Chuck (Linda) Newton, of Charlotte, N.C.; and two grandchildren, Angie and Craig.  Graveside services will be conducted Friday, Feb. 20, 2004, at 2 p.m. at Rosemont Cemetery.  Gray Funeral Home of Clinton. (The Greenville News: 02-19-2004, contributed by Andrew Staton)

Sarah Ellen Ross Hill
Gray Court - Sarah Ellen Ross Hill, beloved wife of Edwin Nathaniel Hill of Gray Court, died Sunday, April 20, 2008, at her home following a brief period of declining health.  Sarah was born on June 15, 1923 in Greenville County to the late Paul Jones Ross and Nellie Mae Bagwell Ross. She married in 1942 and raised a loving family with her husband of sixty-six years by her side. Sarah retired from Union Carbide (Kemet) and was a member of Warrior Creek Baptist Church in Gray Court.  Over the years, Sarah had many hobbies and interests. She always enjoyed reading, trips through the mountains, doll collecting, and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. One of her most prized possessions was her extensive collection of dolls on display.  In addition to her adoring husband, other surviving members of Sarah's family include a daughter and her husband, Barbara Jean and Bobby Kimsey of Gray Court; a son and his wife, Ron and Dayna Hill of Simpsonville; six grandchildren and their spouses, Tommy Kimsey of Gray Court, Angela and Ricky Leopard of Gray Court, Patty Jean Kimsey, Christy and Glenn Staton of Simpsonville, Randy and Dawn Hill of Iva, and Tammy Helligas of Gray Court; 13 great-grandchildren, Krystal and Nathan Leopard, Brandon, Brittany and Johnathan Farrow, Andrew and Nicholas Staton, Dimitri, Autumn and Garrett Hill, and Alston, DJ, and Cayla Woods. Also a sister, Bonnie Mae Leopard of Laurens.  In 1993, Sarah was predeceased by a much loved and cherished son, James Hill of Gray Court.  Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 23, 2008, at Warrior Creek Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Jay Collins with burial in the church cemetery.  The family will be at the home and will receive friends at The Kennedy Mortuary Tuesday from 7:00 to 8:30 pm.  Pallbearers will be Cecil Hill, Ernest Hill, Ricky Leopard, Glenn Staton, Brandon Farrow, and Alston Woods.  Honorary pallbearers will be Tommy Kimsey, Randy Hill, Johnathan Farrow, Andrew Staton, Nicholas Staton, Nathan Leopard, DJ Woods, Dimitri Hill, Garrett Hill, and Reverend Jay Collins.  Sarah’s family wishes to thank all of the many friends, neighbors, and caregivers who supported the family throughout this difficult time. The outpouring of love meant more than words can express.  www.thekennedymortuary.com  (Published in The Greenville News: 04-22-2008...contributed by Andrew Staton)

Sophie Blease Ealy
CLINTON, Nov. 21. - Mrs. Sophie B. Ealy, 49, wife of A. E. Ealy, died at her home, 10 Gordon St. today after several months illness. She was a native of Clinton, and a member of Calvary Baptist Church.  She is survived by her Husband, A. E. Ealy; one daughter and three sons, Mrs. Kathleen E. Hill and husband James, of Clinton, Robert F., William L., and James H. Ealy, all of Clinton; three brothers and one sister, A. H. Blease Jr., Augusta, Robert L. Blease and Cole L. Blease, both of Clinton and Mrs. Paul J. Lubeski, Augusta, and two grandchildren.  Funeral services will be Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock at Calvary Baptist Church. Rev. J. W. Spillers will be in charge. Interment will be in Rosemont Cemetery, Clinton.  Pallbearers will be Roy Ruff, Earnest Tindal, Leroy White, James Neuffer Creswell, Rudolph Barker and Arthur Sanders.  The body will remain at Gray Funeral Home until the hour of the services.  (Printed in the Greenville News, Nov. 22, 1947, page 5...contributed by Andrew Staton)

Peter Hammons
Died, on the 27th ult. (February 27, 1816) at his residence in Laurens district, Peter Hammons, Esq in the 67th year of his age, a native of North Carolina. (Charleston Courier - March 16, 1816)

Dr. B. C. Hart
Laurens May 11 – News was received here today of the death in Cokesbury this morning of Dr. B. C. Hart at the age of 78. Dr. Hart was the father of Mrs. William R. Richey and Mrs. W. O. Babb of this city. Mrs. Richey was with her father when he died and Mrs. Babb will go to Cokesbury today.  Mr. James Hamm died at Goldville in this county. He was a native of Tennessee and during the war served in Gen. John Morgan's cavalry. He drew his last pension last week. (The State May 12, 1903)

John Scott Higgins
Dies at Lanford

Lanford, March 4 -- John Scott Higgins, well known resident of this section, died early this morning following a brief illness.  He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. Augustus Higgins and was a charter member of the Lanford Baptist Church.  He was also affiliated with the Junior Order United American Mechanics, the W. O. W. and Knights of Pythias.  Funeral rites were conducted this afternoon at 5 o'clock at Lanford Baptist Church with Rev. V. A. Dean and Rev. W. A. Red officiating.  Interment was in the local cemetery.  Pallbearers were: Roy DeShields, Frank Drennan, Earl Patterson, Henry Holland, Lee Crow and T. Gray.  Surviving are his widow, Mrs. Sarah Ferguson Higgins; one son, Harper T. Higgins; two daughters, Misses Carrie Lou and Mary Higgins, and three grandchildren.  (Laurens Advertiser, Laurens, South Carolina - March 6, 1941) 

Mrs. J. S. Higgins
Held at Lanford

Funeral services for Mrs. J. Scott Higgins, 77, who  died Friday morning at her home at Lanford Station after several years of declining health were held Saturday morning at Lanford Baptist church conducted by the Rev. Stepp, the Rev. Lewis McGaha and the Rev. J. W. Gilliam.  Serving as active pall bearers were Henry Harlan, Ray DeShields, Boyd DeShields, E. J. Poole, E. A. Curry, Paul Hundley, Henry Holmes and Early Patterson. The escort of honor was composed of members of the Woman's Missionary Society, of which she was a member; deacons of Lanford Baptist Church, Gus Rainey, Paul Turbeville, W. P. Skelton, T. D. Barron, Sam Barron, I. C. Boland, L. P. Crane and Mace Harlan.  Mrs. Higgins had resided in Lanford for the past 50 years and was the last charter member of the Lanford Baptist Church which was organized 65 years ago. She took an active part in church work until her health failed.  Survivors include a son H. T. Higgins of Union; one daughter, Mary Bolin of Lanford, and two brothers A. D. Ferguson of West Point, Georgia, and L. N. Ferguson of Charlotte; and also several grandchildren.  (Laurens Advertiser - Sept. 5, 1946)

Laurens Advertiser
Sept. 5, 1946
(Under a community column titled Lanford):

     This community was shocked and saddened by the sudden death of Mrs. J. S. Higgins which occurred at her home Friday. Although she had been in declining health, the end came unexpectedly.  She was a life-long resident of this community and known and loved by all as "Miss Sally."

Miss Carrie Higgins
Buried at Lanford
Funeral services for Miss Carrie Higgins, who died Saturday morning at the home of her mother, Mrs. J. S. Higgins, at Lanfords, after several months of illness, were held Sunday afternoon at Lanford Baptist Church.  The rites were conducted by the Rev. R. L. McGaha, assisted by the Rev. Gilliam.  Active pall bearers were Henry Harland, Frank Drummond, Lee Crowe, Bill Nelson, Murray Patterson and E. A. Curry.  Honorary pallbearers were the Women's Missionary Class and deacons of Lanford Baptist Church, W. T. Byron and P. D. Byron.  She is survived by her mother; one sister, Mrs. Mary Boland of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, and one brother, H. T. Higgins of Union.  (Laurens Advertiser, Laurens, South Carolina - Jan. 11, 1945)

Laurens Advertiser
Laurens, South Carolina
Jan. 11, 1945
(Under a community column titled Lanford)

Miss Carrie Lou Higgins passed away Saturday morning at the home of her mother, Mrs. J. S. Higgins, after a lingering illness.  Besides her mother, she is survived by one sister, Mrs. R. I. Boland of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, and a brother, H. T. Higgins of Union; two nephews, Jack Higgins and H. T. Higgins Jr., and a niece, Miss Jacquelyn Higgins.  Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon at Lanford Baptist church by the Rev. McGaha, Rev. Gilliam and Rev. B. M. Winn.  The floral offering was beautiful

Charleston Mercury, 3-1-1859
Died..February 15th, in Laurens District, Mrs. Phoebe Garrett, wife of Mr. John Garrett, aged 45 years.

Noleeka Young Foster
CLINTON - Noleeka Y. Foster, 78, of 19 Bellview Apartments, died March 14, 1992, at Baptist Medical Center, Columbia.  She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.  Surviving are three sons, Daryl S. Foster of Clinton, Harry L. Foster Jr. of Inman and Sam C. Foster of Tigerville; two daughters, Mrs. Marion (Kay) Ringer of Lexington and Teresa Kirchburg of Charleston; a brother, Cecil Young of Colorado Springs, Colo.; and two sisters, Magatha Lindler of Whitmire and Daisy Boozer of Atlanta.  Services: 3 p.m. Monday at Calvary Baptist Church with burial in Rosemont Cemetery.
Visitation: 7 to 9 p.m. Sunday at Gray Funeral Home.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, Tall Wood Home, Clinton, S.C. 29325. (The Greenville News..contributed by Andrew Staton)

Nathan H. Hill
GRAY COURT - Funeral services for Mr. Nathan H. Hill will be conducted at Lucas Avenue Baptist Church on Tuesday afternoon at 4 o'clock by the Rev. O. A. Jeffcoat and the Rev. Jodie A. Martin. Interment will be in Watts Mills Cemetery. Mr. Hill is survived by his widow, Mrs. Lizzie McKee Hill; five sons, Archie, Allen, Raymond, Willie B. and Edwin Hill, all of Gray Court; one daughter, Mrs. J. C. Hughes, Watts Mills; six sisters, Mrs. Cora Barksdale, Sumter; Mrs. E. N. Tinsley, Clinton; Mrs. William Penland, Greenville; Mrs. Dora O'Shields, Mrs. Lula Stroud and Mrs. Essie Simms, all of Spartanburg; three brothers, Landrum Hill, Greenville; Sam and Dock Hill, Spartanburg.  (Published in The Greenville News, January 1934...contributed by Andrew Staton)

Charles W. Hill
LAURENS, Mar. 28. – (Special) – Charles W. Hill, 75, died today at the Laurens hospital after a short illness. Funeral services will be held from the Lucas Avenue Baptist Church Sunday afternoon at 1:30 o’clock.  Mr. Hill formerly lived in the Gray Court section, but for the past several years has been a resident of the Watts Mills community. He was and excellent citizen and was esteemed by all who knew him. He was a member of Friendship Baptist church, near Gray Court. 
Mrs. Hill died about a year ago. The deceased is survived a family of ten sons and daughters and thirty grandchildren.  (The Greenville News, March 28, 1925...contributed by Andrew Staton)
Gray Court

Joyce W. Hinton
Joyce W. Hinton, 57, of 1488 Riddletown Road, wife of Steve Hinton, died Thursday, Oct. 28, 2004, at St. Francis Hospital.  Born in Laurens County, she was a daughter of the late Charles R. and Fannie Grace Ross Weathers. She was employed at Kemet of Fountain Inn, and was a member of Warrior Creek Baptist Church and WMU.  Surviving, in addition to her husband, are a daughter, Tracy Gail McCall, of Gray Court; three sons, Robert S. Hinton, of Roebuck, Gregg Matthew Hinton, and Eric Kenneth Hinton, both of the home; a brother, Raymond "Darrell" Weathers, of Laurens; a sister, Edwina DuPree, of Catawba; and seven grandchildren.  Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 30, 2004, at Warrior Creek Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Thomas T. Faucette and John T. Lee Jr., with burial in the church cemetery.  The family will be at the residence, and will receive friends at The Kennedy Mortuary from 7 to 8:30 p.m. today.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Warrior Creek Baptist Church, 139 Cumlaude Way, Gray Court, SC 29645.  Kennedy Mortuary, Laurens  (The Greenville News: 10-29-2004...contributed by Andrew Staton)

Josephine Harrison
Josephine Hyatt Harrison, 79, wife of Curtis E. Harrison, of 58 Larchmont Drive, Laurens, died Saturday, March 25, 2000, at her residence.  Born in Greenville County, Mrs. Harrison was a daughter of the late Fred and Sarepta McAlister Hyatt. She retired from Laurens Mill and was a member of Laurens Second Baptist Church. Mrs. Harrison was the last surviving member of her immediate family.  Surviving are her husband, Curtis E. Harrison of the home; one daughter, Mrs. Donald B. (Jan Harrison) Franks of Laurens; one son, Joseph E. Harrison of Baton Rouge, La.; two grandchildren, Shannon Fanning and Michael Harrison; two great-grandchildren, Nikki Harrison and Cassi Harrison.  Mrs. Harrison was predeceased by a grandson, Richard Harrison.  Service will be 4 p.m. today, March 26, 2000, at Laurens Second Baptist Church, conducted by Dr. Joseph W. Smith Jr., with burial following in Forest Lawn Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 3 - 4 p.m. prior to the service at the church.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, Suite 311, 2711 Middleburg Drive, Columbia, SC 29204, or Laurens Second Baptist Church, 416 Fleming St., Laurens, SC 29360. Kennedy Mortuary. (Greenville News on March 26, 2000....contributed by Andrew Staton)

C. Ted Furr
CLINTON - Funeral services for C. Ted Furr, 21, of Rt. 1, Clinton, Smallwood Community, who died Wednesday, will be Saturday at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church. Burial will be in Rosemont Cemetery. The body is at Gray Funeral Home.  (Greenville News on March 27, 1971....contributed by Andrew Staton)

Ernest D. Harris
GRAY COURT - Ernest David Harris, 89, of Route 1, died Sunday.  He was a retired farmer and cattleman.  He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.  Services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Dials United Methodist Church, burial in church cemetery. - Cannon Funeral Home, Fountain Inn.  (Greenville News in Dec. 1980....contributed by Andrew Staton)

Raymond Hill
GRAY COURT – Raymond C. Hill, 53, of Warrior Creek community, Rt. 2, Gray Court, died Thursday.    A lifelong resident of Warrior Creek community, son of the late Nathan and Lizzie McKee Hill, he was and employee of J. P. Stevens Co. in Laurens and a member of Warrior Creek Baptist Church and Schroder Masonic Lodge.  Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Sara Allene Cannady Hill; a stepson, Lawrence Loveland of Laurens; two daughters, Mrs. Jo Ann Waddell of Greenville and Mrs. Mary Hellams of Laurens; three brothers, Allen and Edwin Hill of Gray Court and Willie B. Hill of Laurens; a sister, Mrs. Liddie Mae Hughes of Laurens; and 10 grandchildren.  Funeral services will be Friday at 3 p.m. at Warrior Creek Baptist Church. Burial will be in Highland Home Baptist Church Cemetery.  The body is at Cannon Funeral Home, Fountain Inn, and will be placed in the church at 2 p.m. Friday.(Greenville News on Jan. 15, 1971.....contributed by Andrew Staton)

Alma Medlock Harvey, 92, formerly of 24 Peachtree St., died Dec. 31, 1999.
Born in Gainesville, Georgia, daughter of the late Newton W. and Claudia Belle Smart Medlock. She was a retired employee of Clinton Mills, Lydia Plant, and oldest member of the Lydia Baptist Church.  Surviving are a son, Jesse Harvey of Clinton; a daughter, Hazel Turner of Mt. Airy, Ga.; 64 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.  Visitation: 7 - 9 p.m. tonight at Gray Funeral Home. Service: 3 p.m. Monday at the funeral home chapel. Burial will be in Rosemont Cemetery.  The family will be at their respective homes.  (Greenville News, January 2000...contributed by Andrew Staton)

Mittie Hill
Gray Court - Mittie Lucille Cannady Hill, 86, widow of Allen C. Hill, of 3115 Highway 92, died Thursday, Jan. 1, 2004, at the home of a son.  Born in Woodruff, she was a daughter of the late James Arch and Nina Riddle Cannady. She was a homemaker and was a member of Warrior Creek Baptist Church.  She is survived by two sons, William Cecil Hill and wife, Mary Ellen, and Ernest C. Hill and wife, Dorothy, all of Gray Court; a daughter, Margaret H. Whiteford and husband, Claude V. "Bubba", of Concord, N.C.; a foster daughter, Bonnie Haselden of Fountain Inn; a sister, Allene C. Hill of Laurens; three grandchildren, Dennis Hill and wife, Lori, Julie H. Coleman, and Kathryn Whiteford; and three great-grandchildren, Josh Wilson, Cody Hill and Timothy Coleman.  Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 4, 2004, at Warrior Creek Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. John Lee, with burial at the church cemetery.  Honorary escort will be the Gena Garrett-Faith Sunday School Class.  The family will be at the home of a son: 2672 Highway 92; and will receive friends at The Kennedy Mortuary tonight from 7 to 8:30.  Kennedy Mortuary, Laurens.  (Greenville News: 01-03-2004...contributed by Andrew Staton)

Sara Hill
GRAY COURT – Sara Allene Hill, 94, formerly of 2734 Highway 92, Gray Court, passed away on Tuesday, November 28, 2006 at National Health Care of Laurens.    A native of Laurens County, she was the daughter of the late Arch and Nina Riddle Cannady and was a member of Warrior Creek Baptist Church.    Survivors include two daughters, JoAnn Waddell and husband Wayne of Woodruff and Mary Hellams and husband Wesley of Laurens; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.   Graveside services will be held at 2:00 on Thursday November 30, 2006 at Highland Home Baptist Church Cemetery, conducted by Rev. Grahame Burrows.   Memorials may be made to the Activities of NHC Laurens P.O. Box 1259 Laurens, SC, 29360 or to Immanuel Christian Fellowship P.O. Box 754 Laurens, SC, 29360.   The family is at their respective homes.   Forest Hills Funeral Home is in charge. (Spartanburg Herald-Journal on November 27, 2006....contributed by Andrew Staton)

Mary Hill
Funeral services for Mrs. Mary Agnes Patton Hill, 47, who died Oct. 5 in Wichita, Kans., will be conducted at Washington Avenue Baptist Church at 1:30 p.m. today by Dr. W. Daniel Greer, Rev. Grange S. Cothran and Rev. S. W. Jolly. Burial will be in Woodlawn Memorial Park.  She was the wife of W. B. Hill.  Pallbearers will be Archie, James and Cecil Hill, James Bright, Ralph Saxton and Dorsey West.  Mrs. Hill was formerly of Greenville and was a practical nurse.  The body is at the home of her sister, Mrs. Randall Auburn, 8 Aiken Circle, Berea.  Thomas McAfee Funeral Home is in charge. (Greenville News in 1965.....contributed by Andrew Staton)

Robert F. Ealy
CLINTON – Robert F. “Bob” Ealy, 62, of Route 2, Copeland Road, died Monday.  He was a retired employee of Clinton Mills.  Surviving are his stepmother, Mary E. Etters of Clinton; a sister, Mrs. Jim (Kat) Hill of Clinton; and a brother, Herman Ealy of Memphis, Tenn.  Services: 2 p.m. Wednesday at Gray Funeral Home Chapel.  Visitation: 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. (Greenville News on Dec. 27, 1983......contributed by Andrew Staton)

Mary Sue Etters
Clinton, S.C. Mary Sue Copeland Etters, age 84, of 100 Jefferson St., Bellville Apartments died Friday, June 29, 2007 in the Laurens County Hospital. She was born in Laurens County and was the daughter of the late Harrison and Mary Nabors Copeland.  Mrs. Etters was retired from Whitten Center was a life long member of Hurricane Baptist Church and also participated in Senior Options. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family and is survived by numerous nieces and nephews and a special friend, Mary Bailey of Laurens. Mrs. Etters was predeceased by her first husband, Alva Ealy; her second husband, Henry Etters; a sister, Lucille C. Lawson and two brothers, Mayfield Copeland and Harold Copeland.  Funeral services will be conducted Sunday at 3:00 p.m. in the Hurricane Baptist Church with interment in Pinelawn Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends Sunday from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. at the Abel Family Life Center. The family will be at the home of Wayne and Becky Copeland, 2961 Hurricane Church Rd., Clinton. Gray Funeral Home of Clinton. (Greenville News no date given...contributed by Andrew Staton)

Liddie Hughes
LAURENS - Liddie Mae Hughes, 84, of Route 5, Smith Road, Laurens, died April 5, 1991, in a Laurens Hospital.
A native of Laurens County, she was the widow of Joe C. Hughes and daughter of the late Nathan and Lizzie McKee Hill. She was a member of Laurens Second Baptist Church, the Golden Circle Sunday School Class, the Order of the Amaranth and the White Shrine of Jerusalem. She was a retired employee of J. P. Stevens Co., Watts Plant.  Survivors include one daughter, Elizabeth Bright of Laurens; two brothers, Edwin Hill of Gray Court and Willie B. Hill of Asheville; and one granddaughter.  Visitation will be held from 7 to 8:30 tonight at the Kennedy Mortuary.  Services will be held at 3 p.m. tomorrow at Second Baptist Church of Laurens by Dr. Joseph Smith and the Rev. Grange Cothran. Burial will be in Rose Hill Cemetery.  The family is at the home of Mrs. James Bright, Route 5, Smith Road, Laurens.  Memorials may be made to Laurens Second Baptist Church, Fleming Street, Laurens, SC, 29360. (Herald Journal on April 6, 1991....contributed by Andrew Staton)

Archie Hill, Jr.
LAURENS - Archie Landrum Hill, Jr., 66, of Rt. 5, husband of Nellie W. Hill, died Tuesday, January 18, 1994 at his home.
Born October 13, 1927 in Laurens County, he was the son of the late Archie L. and Ida D. Hill, Sr. He was a Navy Veteran, a retired Weave Room Supervisor at the J. P. Stevens Watts Plant, a member of the Rossie Walker Masonic Lodge, and a member of American Legion Post 25. He was a member and former deacon of Lucas Avenue Baptist Church.  In addition to his wife, Mr. Hill is survived by one son, Phillip D. Hill and his wife Julia K. Hill; one daughter, Vickie Hill Coleman and her husband, Stanley A. Coleman; two grandchildren, Jeremy and Melody Coleman, all of Laurens; one sister, Virginia Hill Sexton of Anderson, and several nieces and nephews. Mr. Hill was predeceased by a daughter, Kathy Elaine Hill.  Services will be at 3 p.m. on Thursday, January 20, 1994 at Lucas Avenue Baptist Church with Dr. Darrell Rooks and Rev. John Lynch officiating. Burial will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Laurens.  Active pallbearers will be Edwin Lyons, roger Lyons, Wayne Lyons, Jack Rhodes, Bill Gregory and Jimmy Blackwell. Honorary escort will be Jack Allen, Woodrow Cain, Cecil Garrett, Earl Garrett, Eual Garrett, Buddy Riddle, Walker Weathers, Cecil Hill, Claude Shipman, John Harris, Tom Hudson and Olin Bolt.  The family will be at the residence and will receive friends Wednesday, January 9, 1994 at the kennedy Mortuary from 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.  Memorials may be made to Laurnes County Hospice, P.O. Box 178, Clinton, SC 29325 - Kennedy Mortuary, Laurens, SC. (Unknown source, obtained from library., no date given....contributed by Andrew Staton)

Landrum "Lanny" Hill
Gray Court, Feb. 2 - Lanny Hill, 65, well-known Gray Court farmer, died at his home following a lingering illness.
Funeral services will be conducted Tuesday afternoon at 3 o'clock at Friendship Baptist Chruch near Gray Court by Dr. Lancaster of Laurens and the Rev. W. B. Thorne of Drayton.  Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mamie Brazil Hill; two brothers, Sam Hill of Gray Court and Ernest Hill of Spartanburg; six sisters, Mrs. C. P. Barksdale of Sumter, Mrs. Minnie Tinsley of Clinton, Mrs. J. F. Stroud of Drayton, Mrs. C. H. Sims of Spartanburg, Mrs. Lem Penland of Barksdale Station and Mrs. Dora Owens of Spartanburg. Nephews will be pallbearers.  (Herald-Journal., no date given....contributed by Andrew Staton)

Lauren Hill
Woodruff, Oct. 28 - Mrs. Laura Hill, wife of J. S. Hill, died at her home, 20 East Main street, here at 6 o'clock tonight after a lingering illness.  Funeral services will be conducted at the Clear Springs Baptist Chruch at 3:30 o'clock Friday afternoon by the Rev. J. H. Simpson. Interment will be in the Clear Springs Church Cemetery.  Active pallbearers will be John Floyd, Roy Rogers, T. N. Turner, Everett Riddle, Marvin Hill, Odell Hill, William Willis and Tom Kilgore.  The honorary escort will be composed of P. H. Todd, Dr. B. J. Workman, Dr. H. H. Workman, Dr. O. E. Westmoreland, J. G. Pearson, S. L. Gilreath, J. W. Walker, H. L. Fowler, M. E. Gentry, George E. Williams, T. W. Cox, W. B. Westmoreland, G. D. Grubos, B. C. Lanford, G. D. Lanford, and W. P. Jones.  Mrs. Hill is survived by her husband; a son, Claude H. Hill; a grandson, Bobby Hill; and two sisters, Mrs. James Owens and Mrs. W. K. Knight, both of Laurens. (Herald-Journal - October 29, 1937...contributed by Andrew Staton)

Daniel Sandford Hill
Woodruff, Jan. 11 - D. S. Hill, aged 87 years, died at his home in Woodruff Friday morning, January 11, about 5 o'clock. Mr. Hill has been in declining health for several months, and a few days ago suffered a slight stroke of paralysis. He is survived by his widow, Mrs. D. S. Hill and one son, J. S. Hill, of this city.  Interment will take place Saturday morning at Clear Springs Church at 11 o'clock.  (Herald-Journal -January 12, 1924...contributed by Andrew Staton)

Bobby Hill
ENOREE - Bobby Hill, 30, died at 10:40 Wednesday night at Mary Black Hospital in Spartanburg after several months of illness.  Mr. Hill is survived by: his mother, Mollie Montjoy Hill; one brother, E. W. Hill of Enoree; three sisters, Mrs. W. M. Lanford of Greenwood, Mrs. C.W. Vice of Clinton and Mrs. W. D. Green of Enoree.  Funeral services will be conducted Friday at  4 p.m. at Enoree Baptist Church  by the Revs. W. G. Burkett and J. L. Jett. Burial will be in Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery in Laurens County.  Pallbearers will be Hugh Hembree, Leland Nelson, Jimmy Walker, Rodney Blanton, Hagan Summer and Lindy Crowe. Members of the Young Men's Bible Class at Enoree Baptist Church will form the honorary escort.  Fleming Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  (Herald-Journal - September 16, 1955...contributed by Andrew Staton)

John J. Hill
Enoree, June 7. - Last rites for John J. Hill, 57, of Enoree, who died Thursday night at a Spartanburg hospital after a long illness, will be conducted Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Friendship Baptist Church near Gray Court.  The Rev. A. B. Laneston and the Rev. V. A. Dean will officiate at the funeral. Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Mr. Hill is survived by his wife, Mrs. Eva Montjoy Hill; two sons, Everett and Bobby Hill; three daughters, Mrs. Waymon Lanford and Misses Mildred and Ellen Hill, all of Enoree; one sister, Mrs. Palmer Williams of Enoree.  Active pallbearers at the funeral will be Joseph King, Louie Knight, William Kearse, Hugh Montjoy, David Hill and Horace Williams.  (Herald-Journal - June 8, 1940...contributed by Andrew Staton)

Lonnie D. Hill
GRAY COURT - Lonnie David Hill, 60, of Gray Court, Route 2, died early Tuesday following several years of declining health and a serious illness of three days.  Mr. hill was a native and lifelong resident of this community and was a member of the Friendship Baptist Church.  Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Altha Williams Hill, three sons, David W. Hill of Gray Court, Charles E. Hill of Clinton and James R. Hill of Wattsville, three daughters, Mrs. Clyde Gardner of Laurens, Mrs. Charlie Davis of Wattsville and Miss Myrtle Hill of Gray Court; one brother, O. C. Hill of Greenville; one sister, Mrs Palmer Williams of Woodruff; and 13 grandchildren.  Funeral services will be conducted today at 3 p.m. at the Friendship Baptist Chruch by the Rev. O. F. Hutchinson. Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Nephews will be pallbearers. Members of the Men's Sunday School Class and Dr. W. J. McLawhorn will be honorary pallbearers.  The body will be taken to the home at 9 a.m. Wednesday. Kennedy Mortuary of Laurens is in charge of arrangements.  (Herald-Journal on June 5, 1957...contributed by Andrew Staton)

Rebecca Drucilla Hill
WOODRUFF - Miss Rebecca Drucilla Hill, 93, died Sunday morning at Spartanburg General Hospital following a short illness.  Funeral services will be held Monday afternoon at 3 at Friendship Baptist Church in Laurens County. The Revs. Guy Stoner and L. H. Barnette will officiate. Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Miss Hill is survived by a number of a nieces and nephews but was the last surviving member of her immediate family.  Pallbearers will be: Roy, Harry, David, and Charles Hill and Boyce and Paul Williams.  The body will remain at Lanford Boyter Mortuary till 2 monday afternoon at which time it will be placed in the church to await the hour of services.  (Herald-Journal - February 14, 1949...contributed by Andrew Staton)

D. Seal Hill
WOODRUFF, Sept. 28 - D. Seal Hill, 76, died at his home Route 3 near Woodruff early Friday morning after a period of declining health.  Funeral services will be conducted Saturday afternoon at 3 by the Rev. Roy R. Gowan at the Friendship Baptist Church (Laurens County). Burial will be in the church cemetery.  Mr. Hill was thrice married. Surviving children, all by his first wife who was Miss Elliott Garner before she married, are three sons, Odell C. and Marvin, both of Greenville and Lonnie B. of Owens; and one daughter, Mrs. J. Palmer Williams of Woodruff.  Also surviving are his widow, the former Mrs. Mittie McGill, 23 grandchildren and 6 great-grandchildren; 3 step-sons, H.W., Clyde and Lee McGill all of Woodruff; one step-daughter, Mrs. G. E. Grubbs of Miami, Fla.  His second wiife, who is dead, was Mrs. Grace Henderson before they married.  Grandsons will serve as acting pallbearers and members of the Northside Bible class will be honorary pallbearers.  (Herald-Journal - September 29, 1945...contributed by Andrew Staton)

J. S. Hill
Woodruff, Nov. 4 - J. S. Hill, 68, well known Woodruff resident, died suddenly at 7 o'clock tonight at his home.  Mr. Hill, who had spent his entire life here and who for the past 13 years was connected with the Standard Oil company, was a member of Bethel Masonic Lodge, No. 112, and the First Baptist church. His wife, Mrs. Laura Hill, died last week.  Surviving are one son, Claude Hill, and one grandson, Bobby Hill.  Funeral arrangements will be announced later.  (Herald-Journal on November 5, 1937...contributed by Andrew Staton)

Mrs Robbie O’Shields Francis

Joanna  - 82 of 203 East Calhoun street widow of Rufas L Francis died Saturday night in Spartanburg Convalescent Center .   Native of Clinton daughter of the late Robert Belton and Anne Wofford O’Shields, Owner of Robbie’s Dress shop, Longest Membership of First Baptist Church in Joanna. President of the willing Workers Sunday School Class for many years.  Surviving Daughters Mrs George P Faye Vassen of Clarendon Hills Ill, Mrs G,Edward ‘Mary ‘ Lehman of Joanna;

Robbie & Rufas Francis

sister Mrs Annie Cole of Durham N,C two grandsons three great- grandchildren.   Services at 5 Tuesday at the First Baptist Church in Joanna buriel in Rosemont Cemetery. Family will receive friends 7-9 tonight at Gray funeral Home .Clinton Memorial will be made to First Baptist Church Joanna (Spartanburg Herald - Monday May 21 1984 .contributed by Patrick O'Shields)

Rufas Lloyd Francis

Joanna - 81 died Thursday at his home, Born in Newport Tenn. He was the son of the late Rufas M and Cora G Francis.  He was a retired textile employee and a member of the first Baptist Church of Joanna and the mens Bible class.  .Surviving are his widow Mrs Robbie Oshields Francis two daughters Mrs Faye Vassen of Clarendon Hills Ill. And Mrs Mary Lehman of Joanna a sister Mrs Evie Tinsley of Joanna two Grandchildren and two great grandchildren .  Services will be held at 3pm today at First Baptist Church of Joanna with Burial in Rosemont Cemetery Clinton .  The Family suggest that those who may wish to make memorials to First Baptist Church of Joanna or the American Cancer Society Gray Funeral Home Clinton in charge. (The State, January 13,1983 ..contributed by Patrick O'Shields)

James E. Hill
GRAY COURT - James E. Hill, 48, of Route 2, Riddle Town Road, died April 10, 1993, at Laurens County Hospital. He was an employee of Toyota of Greenville, a member of the South Carolina National Guard, and a member of Warrior Creek Baptist Church. Surviving are his wife, Sandra Edge Hill of the home; his parents, Edwin and Sarah Hill of Gray Court; two sons, Brian Tumblin of Cross Hill and Randy Hill of Anderseon; two daughters, Shelby Wilson and Angela Leopard, both of Gray Court; a brother, Ronnie Hill of Simpsonville; and a sister, Barbara Jean Kimsey of Gray Court. Services: 2 p.m. today at Warrior Creek Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery. The family is at the residence - Kennedy Mortuary, Laurens. Published in the Greenville Piedmont on April 13, 1993 (Greenville Piedmont....contributed by Andrew Staton)

Mamie Hill
GRAY COURT - Mrs. Mamie Braswell Hill, 87, Gray Court, Route 2, died Woodruff Hospital 1 a.m. Thursday after a brief illness.  Surviviors: six grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, three great-great-grandchildren.  Services 4 p.m. today Friendship Baptist Church, Revs. Henry Rogers, Joseph Vaughan. Burial church cemetery.  Pallbearers: Paul Paybe, Leonard Caldwell, Charles Betsill, James David and Donald Gillespie.  Body at home; in church today 3 p.m.
Lanford Boyter Mortuary of Woodruff.  (
Herald Journal on August 7, 1964...contributed by Andrew Staton)

Mrs. Archie Hill, Sr
Laurens---Mrs. Ida D. Garrett Hill of 2 Simmons St., widow of Archie Landrum Hill Sr died Monday.  Born in Laurens County, daughter of the late Drayton and Olive Culbertson Garrett, she was a member of Lucas Avenue Baptist Church.  Surviving are a son, Archie L. Hill, Jr. of Laurens; a daughter, Mrs. Ralph Sexton of Andreson, three brothers, Carl Garrett, Ezell Garrett, and Clarence Garrett of Laurens and a sister, Miss Harlow Garrett of Laurens and five grandchildren.
Funeral services will be Wednesday at 11am at the Lucas Avenue Baptist Church with burial in the Warrior Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.  The body will be at Kennedy Morturary where the family will receive friends from 7 to 9 pm Tuesday and will be placed in the church at 10am Wednesday. (Greenville News - 1972..contributed by Andrew Staton)

Archie L. Hill of Wattsville Passes
Archie Landrum Hill, 50, of Wattsville died early Monday morning at Self Memorial Hospital in Greenwood following an illness of two years.  Mr. Hill was a son of Mrs. Lizzie McKee Hill and the late Nathan Hill. He was a textile worker and was a member of Lucas Ave. Baptist Church.  Surviving besides his mother are his wife, Mrs. Ida Dee Hill, one son, Archie L. Hill, Jr.; one daughter, Mrs. Virginia Sexton of Greenwood; four brothers, Allen and Raymond Hill of Gray Court and Willie B. and Edwin Hill of Laurens; one sister, Mrs. Joe C. Hughes of Laurens and three grandchildren.  Funeral services were conducted Tuesday afternoon at Lucas Avenue Baptist Church by the Rev. W. W. McNeil, the Rev. Hoyt Alexander and the Rev. Grange S. Cothran. Burial was in Warrior Creek cemetery. (Laurens Newspaper - 1955 ..contributed by Andrew Staton)

Everett W. Hill
ENOREE - Everett Woodrow Hill, 77, of 6520 Candlewood Drive, Charlotte, formerly of 15434 Highway 221, Enoree, died June 10, 1990, in Carolina Medical Center.  A native of Enoree, he was the widower of Margaret Hanson Hill and son of the late John and Mollie Montjoy Hill. He was a member and deacon emeritus of Enoree First Baptist Church and was a retired Exxon service station operator after 43 years of service. He was a Master Mason and a member of Lodge 222 in Enoree.  Survivors include a son, Wallace Hill of Charlotte; two sisters, Mildred Wise of Clinton and Mary Ellen Greene of Simpsonville; and a grandson.
Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 tonight at the Bobo Funeral Chapel. Services will be at 2 p.m. tomorrow at Enoree First Baptist Church by the Rev. Harvey E. Johnson. Burial will be in Friendship Baptist Church in Laurens County.  The family is at 15434 Highway 221, Enoree.  (T
he Herald Journal - June 12, 1990...contributed by Andrew Staton)

David W. Hill
GRAY COURT - David William Hill, 75, of Route 2, Highway 101, died March 20, 1995, at Hillcrest Hospital.  A native of Laurens County, he was the husband of Julia Bagwell Hill of the home and son of the late Lonnie David and Altha Williams Hill. He was a member of Friendship Baptist Church and a farmer. He was retired from Woodside MMills in Simpsonville and he was a US Army veteran of World War II.  Also surviving are one son, William David Hill of Spartanburg; two daughters, Josephine H. Kinley of Anderson and Nancy H. Trotter of Irmo; two brothers, James R. Hill of Laurens and Charles E. Hill of Clinton; one sister, Margaret Davis of Laurens; nine grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. Visitation will be held from 7 to 9 tonight at the Cannon Funeral Home.
Services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday at Friendship Baptist Church, conducted by the Revs. Joe Farry and Henry Rogers. Burial will be in the church cemetery. Memorials may be made to Friendship Baptist Church, Building Fund, c/o Mr. Tim Kelly, 910 Friendship Church Road, Gray Court, SC, 29645.  (T
he Herald Journal on March 21, 1995...contributed by Andrew Staton)

Joseph C. Hughes
Joseph Chestley Hughes, 64, of Route One, Laurens, died in Laurens District Hospital, Tuesday night. He was a native of Laurens County, son of the late Fred and Ethel Owens Hughes. He was a retired textile employee, a member and past deacon of the Second Baptist Church. He was also a member of Rossie Walker
Masonic Lodge No. 354.  Surviving are his wife; Mrs. Lillie Mae Hill Hughes; one daughter, Mrs. James [Elizabeth] Bright of Laurens;  one brother, Lewis Hughes of Wilmington, NC; one sister; Mrs. Jessie Edwards of Spartanburg and one grandchild. Funeral services were conducted Thursday at 5 pm at Second Baptist Church by the Rev. Grange S. Cothran, Rev. Alvin Boone and Rev. R. C. Franklin. Burial was in Rose Hill Cemetery. 
Published in the Laurens Advertiser in September, 1969. ...contributed by Andrew Staton

Edwin N. Hill
Gray Court - Edwin Nathaniel Hill, 87, of Gray Court, passed away on February 21, 2011 at his home after a long battle with Alzheimer's disease.  He was born on February 16, 1924 to Nathaniel H. and Elizabeth M. McKee Hill, and lived his entire life in various parts of Laurens County. Edwin took great pride in the care of his home and land. After retiring from the Furman Plant of Woodside Mills, he spent countless summer days cutting grass for himself and others.  He was predeceased by his loving wife, Sarah Ellen Ross Hill; a son, James Edwin Hill and six siblings.  Surviving him are a daughter, Barbara Kimsey and husband, Bobby of Gray Court; a son, Ron Hill and wife, Dayna of Simpsonville; six grandchildren, thirteen great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.  A special note of thanks goes to his granddaughter, Tammy, who lovingly cared for her grandfather in his declining years.  Funeral services will be 11:00 am, Thursday, February 24, 2011, at Warrior Creek Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Russell Freeman with burial in the church cemetery.  The family will be at the residence and will receive friends at The Kennedy Mortuary from 5:00 to 7:00 pm on Wednesday.  (The Greenville News on February 23, 2011, contributed by Andrew Staton)

Mrs. Mary Miller Huey
84, died today at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. L. Phillips, near Coronaca after several years of declining health. She was a native of Georgia. She was a member of Pentecostal Holiness Church of Clinton.  She is survived by one daughter and two sons, Mrs. Phillips, John H. and Melvin Huey.  Funeral services will be held this afternoon at 4 o'clock at the Pentecostal Holiness church here, with Rev. l. R. Allen in charge, assisted by Rev. R. H. Gause. Interment will be in Calvary Cemetery.  the body is at the home of her son, Melvin Huey, 39 Bailey Street.  The following will be pallbearers: Arlee Huey, James Huey, Edward Huey, Buford Phillips, DeWitt Phillips and Cleve Ivester.  [
Clinton Chronicle, March 1, 1945...contributed by Andrew Staton)

W. Henry Franks
Laurens, Feb. 18 – W. Henry Franks, 45, Laurens business man and former mayor, who was serving as a district inspector for the South Carolina department of labor, died of a heart attack at 7:30 a.m. today at his home here on Farley avenue. He returned here for the weekend from the district office in Spartanburg and was stricken during the night. He was a son of John A. Franks and the late Mrs. Sallie Henderson Franks of Laurens. For many years, he was associated in business with his father. He was a World War Veteran and a member of the First Baptist church. Besides his father, he is survived by his wife, Mrs. Mary Wilkes Franks; one son, W. Henry Franks, Jr., Clemson student; one brother, Clyde T. Franks; three sisters, Mrs. E. O. Anderson, Miss Alleene Franks, a teacher here, and Miss Martha Franks, who is at home from a missionary post in China. The funeral will be conducted at the Kennedy mortuary Monday afternoon at 3 o’clock, with the Rev. J.H. Kyzar of the First Baptist church and the Rev. John J. Hayes of the First Presbyterian church of Laurens officiating. Burial will be in the Laurens cemetery. (Herald Journal, February 19, 1940, Page 1, transcribed by Andrew Staton)

Enoch W. Freeman
Laurens – Jan. 5 – Enoch W. Freeman, 80, resident of the Center Point section of the Waterloo township, died of bronchial pneumonia this morning at 8 o’clock at his home, following a long illness of other complications. Mr. Freeman, a native of Abbeville county, moved to this county 45 years ago to become a farmer. He continued to hold his membership in the Baptist church of Hodges. He is survived by the wife, Mrs. Davis Freeman; two daughters, Mrs. L. B. Griffin of Enoree and Mrs. Oscar Stribling of Cold Point; four sons, W. M., J. J., J. H., and E. A. Freeman, all of Center Point; one sister, Mrs. Elihu Elmore, of the same neighborhood. Final rites will be conducted at the Mount Pleasant Baptist church Saturday morning at 11 o’clock by the Rev. Kelly Cooper and the Rev. D. W. Keller. Burial will be in the church cemetery. (Herald Journal, January 6, 1940, Page 3, transcribed by Andrew Staton)

Walter David Glenn
Clinton, Feb. 23 – Funeral services for Walter D. Glenn will be conducted at the Tribble funeral home Saturday afternoon at 2:30 with Dr. F. D. Jones officiating, assisted by the Rev. L. O. Elmore and Dr. D. J. Woods. Burial will follow in the Bethany Presbyterian church cemetery, near here. The following will serve as active pallbearers: John Mimnaugh, David Glenn, William Glenn, Fred Little, Jim Little and William Anderson. (Herald Journal, February 24, 1940, Page 2, transcribed by Andrew Staton)

Mary Ramsey Guy
Laurens, Jan. 16 – Late rites for Mrs. Mary Ramsey Guy, 62, were conducted at the church of God Sunday afternoon by the Rev. O. H. Tollison, pastor, and the Rev. Oscar Taylor, pastor of the Pentecostal Holiness church. Burial was in the Watts Mills cemetery. Mrs. Guy died Saturday night at the Laurens hospital from burns suffered a few hours before when her clothing was ignited from a heater at the home on Augusta street. She was alone at the time of the accident, members of the family said, and the supposition was that she had fallen against the stove after becoming suddenly ill. Neighbors, responding to the call for assistance, extinguished the blaze and the victim was hurried to the hospital. Formerly of Newport, Tenn., Mrs. Guy is survived by the husband, J. David Guy; two daughters, Mrs. O. R. Tucker, and Mrs. Helen Louise Eppley, Laurens; three sons, Ulya Guy, Spartanburg, David Guy Jr., Lowell, N.C., and Harry W. Guy, Woodruff; ten grandchildren; two brothers, William and Lawrence Ramsey, Spartanburg; one sister, Mrs. Laura Roe, Arcadia. The Guy family had lived in Spartanburg more than two decades before moving to Laurens two years ago. (Herald Journal, January 17, 1940, Page 6, transcribed by Andrew Staton)

Martin L. Hamby
Laurens, Dec. 31 – Martin L. Hamby, 50, resident of the Hickory Tavern section of Laurens county, died early today at a hospital here following a brief illness. He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Bertha Hart Grover Hamby; and a brother, the Rev. John Hamby of Spartanburg. Funeral services will be conducted at 11 o’clock Monday morning at the First Church of God in Spartanburg. (Herald Journal, January 1, 1940, Page 2, transcribed by Andrew Staton)

Thomas M. Hatton
Clinton, March 11 – Thomas M. Hatton, Laurens county native and resident of High Point, N. C., for the past 18 years, died at his home in that city today following a brief illness. Mr. Hatton, the son of the late T. J. and Nannie Scott Hatton, is survived by his wife, Mrs. Beulah Cleland Hatton; one daughter, Mrs. Ralph Smith; two sons, Charlie and William Hatton, all of High Point; two sisters, Miss Fannie Hatton, Clinton, and Mrs. E. W. Copeland, Laurens; and five brothers, R. H. Hatton, Whitmire, J. K. Hatton, Clinton, L. E. Hatton, Greenville, and J. M. and W. S. Hatton, both of Goldville. Funeral services will be conducted at 1 o’clock Tuesday afternoon at the Shady Grove Presbyterian church near here by Dr. F. D. Jones. Interment will be in the church cemetery. Pallbearers will be W. C. Scott, Randolph Davis, Edgar  Barnes, Pinckney Johnson, Fed Johnson and Clark Johnson (Herald Journal, March 12, 1940, Page 5, transcribed by Andrew Staton)

Vera Mae Harmon
Goldville, Feb. 16 – Vera Mae Harmon, 7-month-old daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James C. Harmon, died this morning of pneumonia at the family residence on Magnolia street in Goldville. The child had been ill several days. Besides the parents, survivors include one brother, William Cecil Harmon, and paternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Oscar Harmon. Final rites will be conducted Saturday at 11 a.m., at the Shady Grove Presbyterian church, with the Rev. T. B. Wilkes officiating. Burial will be in the Shady Grove church cemetery.

Silas William Hedspeth
Clinton, March 27 – Silas William Hedspeth, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Hedspeth, died today at the family residence here after a brief illness. Besides his parents, the child is survived by two sisters, Lessie and Shirley Anri Hedspeth; two brothers, Leon and Maxie Joe Hedspeth; one half-brother, Larry Hedspeth; five half-sisters, Mrs. Irene Adams, Mrs. Myrtle Whistle, Mrs. Geneva Caughman and Misses Vera and Essie Hedspeth, all of Union. The funeral will be conducted Thursday at 3 p.m. at the residence at No. 34 Jackson street, Clinton, with the Rev. R. D. Hughes officiating. Burial will be in the Calvary cemetery. (Herald Journal, March 28, 1940, Page 6, transcribed by Andrew Staton)

Luther D. Hitch
Clinton, March 27 – Luther D. Hitch, 82, a lifelong resident of Laurens county, died today at his home near Clinton after having been in declining health several years. Mr. Hitch was the son of the late Pinckney and Mrs. Emily Duvall Hitch. He was a member of the Langston Baptist church, where the funeral will be conducted Thursday at 4:30 p.m. The rev. O. E. Taylor and the Rev. Mason Poole will officiate at the funeral, with burial in the church cemetery. The body is at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Larry Todd, near Clinton. Mr. Hitch is survived by no immediate kin. The Gray funeral home of Clinton is in charge of the arrangements. (Herald Journal, March 28, 1940, Page 6, transcribed by Andrew Staton)

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