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Thursday
Feb072019

Charles L. “Blackie” Thrift

Charles L. “Blackie” Thrift, 92, of Anderson, passed away Wednesday, Feb. 6, at Richard M. Campbell Veteran’s Home after a brief period of declining health. He was preceded in death by his wife of 64 years, Joanne C. Thrift, who died February 18, 2012.

Mr. Thrift was born in Ninety Six, the youngest of eight children (one brother and six sisters) of James D. and Martha Frances Luquire Thrift. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

He was a graduate of Belton High School, attended Anderson College and worked as an office manager, small business owner and self-employed real estate agent. He was a World War II veteran of the U.S. Navy, serving as a Seaman First Class radarman aboard a destroyer.

As an adult, he accepted Christ and became a student of theology and lay minister, which led him to serve as interim pastor at Nell Townsend Presbyterian Church and provide Bible studies at area prisons and the Haven of Rest. He was an active member of North Anderson Baptist Church as long as health permitted.

He is survived by three children and their spouses: Rick and Debbie Thrift of Anderson, Cathy and Bob Sams of Anderson, and Ken and Wendy Thrift of Royston, Ga. He and his wife also served as guardians for a niece and two nephews after the death of their mother Catherine C. Hunter, who was Joanne Thrift’s sister. They are Robert (Dawn) Hunter, of Tennessee, Diane Bobo, wife of Gene Bobo, of Anderson, and Tony Hunter of East Sussex, England.

Also surviving are 10 grandchildren: Jason (Leslie) Thrift of Anderson, Will (Lindsey) Sams of Winter Garden, Fla., Anna (Nathan) Nowell of Easley, Joshua (Tracie) Thrift of Royston, Ga., Dustin (Danielle) Thrift of Elberton, Crystal (Tim) Dwelly of Royston, Summer Thrift of Royston, Katie (Corey) Wilkinson of Summerville, Lori Bobo of Charleston, and Gracie Bobo of Anderson.  Mr. Thrift also had 13 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 4 p.m. at Sullivan-King’s Northeast Chapel on Highway 81 North. Visitation will be from 2:30 – 3:45 p.m. Pastor Bill Rigsby of North Anderson Baptist Church will officiate. Burial will be at Forest Lawn Memorial Park immediately following the service. Grandsons Jason, Will, Joshua, Dustin, Nathan and Christian will serve as pallbearers.

Flowers are optional. Memorials may be made to North Anderson Baptist Church. The family is at the home.

Monday
Feb042019

J. Carey Jones, Sr.

Anderson - James Thomas Carey Jones, Sr., 96, of Bellview Road, widower of Edith J. Jones, passed away, Sunday, February 3, 2019 at AnMed Health Medical Center. 

Born January 27, 1923 in Starr, he was the son of the late Joseph Sylvester and Lillian Bannister Jones. He was a POW in WWIIhaving served in the Army Air Force. After returning home he worked and retired from the U S Postal Service and later worked as a project manager with his son at (CSI) Consolidated Southern Industries. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Anderson where he sang in the choir and was a member of the Tom Allen Sunday School Class. 

Surviving are his children, J. Carey Jones, Jr. and his wife, Rosemary and Susan Jones Morris and her husband, Bobby; granddaughter, Katie Clayton Lea and her husband, Scott; great granddaughter, Lillie Cate Lea and cousin, Jeuel Esmacher. He was preceded in death by three brothers, Fred, Wayne and Joe Jones, Jr. 

A graveside service will be held 11am Thursday, February 7, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park with Dr. James R. Thomason officiating. The family will receive friends on Wednesday from 6 until 8pm at Sullivan-King Mortuary, 3205 N. Hwy 81.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels at www.acmow.org and/or First Baptist Church, 307 S. Manning Street, Anderson, SC 29624.

Sullivan-King Mortuary www.sullivanking.com

Thursday
Dec202018

Charles Brooks Parnell “Buddy”

LEXINGTON - Charles Brooks Parnell “Buddy”, 88, of Lexington, SC, passed away Tuesday, December 18, 2018. Mr. Parnell was born in Calhoun Falls, SC, a son of the late Preston Brooks Parnell and Pearl Brown Parnell. Buddy was the first quarterback of Calhoun Falls High School and was later inducted into the Hall of Fame. He served in the United States Army and fought during the Inchon Landing during the Korean War. Buddy was a graduate of the University of Georgia and the University of Oklahoma. He practiced Engineering and owned his own company for many years. He was a member of Lexington United Methodist Church.

Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Mary G. Parnell of the home; sons, Ken (Georgianna) of Columbia, and Keith (Sonya) of Sandy Run; sister, Betty Powell of Greenville; grandchildren, Erin (Toby) Porter, Kennedy (Cathy) Parnell, and Brice Parnell; great-grandchildren, Wesley Porter, Morgan Parnell and daughter-in-law, Lynn Robertson (Dennis). He was preceded in death by his brothers, Clarence, James Preston and Ralph “Buster”.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Lexington United Methodist Church or a charity of your choice.

The family will receive friends on Friday, December 21, 2018 from 7:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m. at Caughman-Harman Funeral Home, Lexington Chapel. Graveside services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, December 22, 2018 at Lebanon Presbyterian Church Cemetery.    

Sunday
Jul012018

Betty B. Campbell

Anderson, SC - Betty Brown Campbell, 82, wife of William L. “Bill” Campbell, passed away Saturday, June 30, 2018, at her residence. 

Betty was born April 10, 1936, the daughter of the late Kinard P. and Eva Smith Brown. Betty graduated Hanna High School with honors, attended Anderson College, and graduated from Limestone College with honors. She did graduate work at Clemson University. She worked at Singer Plant in Anderson for 20 years and worked in supervision at Westinghouse in Pendleton for 10 years until retiring because of failing health. In 1992, she had a liver transplant at MUSC. After recovery, she volunteered and worked at Hospice of the Upstate for 20 years. She also did volunteer work for SCOPA, which is an organ donation organization. Betty was a life-long member of Flat Rock Baptist Church, the cemetery committee, and the Lawton Missionary Group.

Survivors include her husband, Bill; two sons, David “Sandy” Shore, Jr. (Mary), and Andrew B. “Andy” Shore (Margaret); two step-daughters, Debra Bannister (David) and Linda Campbell; grandchildren, Kaleb Shore (Rachel), their children, Danni Rae, Drue Ann, and Drake; Leigh William (Ingo), their children, Noah, Zoe, Jonas, and Cyus; Amber Crisp (Jason), their children Gracyn and Klaydi; Taelor Campbell, Rebecca Snelgrove, Elle Bannister, and Christopher Mills.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Nikki Cartee and several special people in her life, Joe Brown, Alice Beck, and Marian Brown Watson. 

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, July 3, at Flat Rock Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Ed Hunsinger and Rev. Nancy Blakely. The family will receive friends at the church following the service. The family is at the home of Amber and Jason Crisp. 

Betty’s request to remember her is to sign an Organ Donor Card (Donatelifesc.org) and make a donation to Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621 or to Flat Rock Cemetery, c/o Melanie B. Jones, 513 Wesley Court, Starr, SC 29684. 

Sullivan-King Mortuary

www.sullivanking.com

Monday
Jun112018

Brian Scott

Brian Keith Scott, age 48, passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, June 10, 2018, at AnMed Health Medical Center. Born in Anderson on February 4, 1970, he was the son of the late Judd Keith Scott and the late Claudia Gina McClellan Scott.  

Brian was a graduate of the Oakwood Christian School in Anderson and received a Master of Public Administration Degree from Clemson University. Brian was well established as an expert on the history of Anderson County and the State of South Carolina. He was an avid genealogist and was the author of seven books on the history of Anderson County and the State of South Carolina. Brian worked closely with the Anderson County Genealogical Society, and produced “Under the Kudzu”. Brian was a tour guide, giving tours of Anderson’s numerous historical sites. He was an amateur actor performing in upstate playhouse productions. He was owner of Great Scott’s Food and worked at Palmetto Distillery.  

Brian is survived by his step-mother, Brenda Scott of Anderson; maternal grandmother, Barbara McClellan of Anderson; a sister, Jennifer F. Smoak (Jeff) of Pendleton, SC; two brothers, Mark Foster (Emily) of Greenville, SC and Daniel E. Foster of Belton, SC; aunts, Allyson Sanders (Brian) of Anderson and Pam Rainey, also of Anderson; an uncle, Rick McClellan (Becky) of Anderson; also surviving are two close friends, Jason Poynter and Daemion Pilgrim; and numerous cousins, nieces and nephews.  

In addition to his parents, Brian was preceded in death by maternal grandfather Joe Bill McClellan; paternal grandfather Judd Weston Scott; paternal grandmother, Francis Louise Weeks Scott; uncle, Russell McClellan; two brothers, Chris and Travis Scott; niece, Macayla Grace Smoak. 

The funeral service to celebrate and honor the life of Brian Scott will be held at the Chapel of The McDougald Funeral Home at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 14, 2018, with Rev. Jeff Smoak officiating. Interment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family will be at the residence of Barbara McClellan, 502 Courtney Street, Anderson, SC, and will receive friends at The McDougald Funeral Home on Thursday, June 14, 2018, from 12:30 p.m. until 1:30 p.m. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Anderson County Chapter of SC Genealogical Society, The Carolyn Duncan Research Center, 110 Federal Street, Anderson, SC 29625.

A message of condolence may be sent by visiting www.mcdougaldfuneralhome.com. THE McDOUGALD FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES, Anderson, SC
Saturday
Apr072018

Daniel Kirkland Oglesby, Jr,

Daniel Kirkland Oglesby, Jr, 87, finished his earthly race and entered eternity with his heavenly Father on April 7, 2018, after a brief illness.  Born in Gastonia, NC on September 15, 1930, he was the son of the late Bettie and Dan Oglesby.  He was a member of St John’s United Methodist Church.

He graduated from Davidson College in 1952 and Duke University in 1954 with degrees in economics and hospital administration.  He received an Honorary Doctor of Laws degree from Davidson College in 1992.

In addition to his loving wife of 65 years, Bobbie Owen Oglesby, Kirk is survived by his three daughters:  Lynn O’Neal (Dan), Kathie Jones, Lee Arsenault (Pete); five grandchildren:  Joshua Kirkland O’Neal (Lindsay), Anna O’Neal, Rachel Arsenault Rubenstein (Seth), Matthew Arsenault (Allison), and Abbie Jones; and one great grandchild, Vivian O’Neal.

He was predeceased by an infant son and son-in-law, Glenn Jones.

Kirk was thankful for the great privilege of working in the healthcare industry for more than 40 years and his contributions were many.  He retired after 30 years as President of AnMed Health.  He also served as Chairman of three national healthcare organizations.  In 2006, he was inducted into the national healthcare hall of fame.

He enjoyed serving his community through his church, United Way, YMCA, Rotary, Chamber of Commerce, Anderson Free Clinic, Tri County Technical College, Anderson University and others.

Kirk loved golf, travel, reading, Sudoku and especially spending time with family and friends.

He was a true servant who loved God, his family, and the AnMed community.

A Celebration of Life will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, April 9, at St. John’s United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends from 4 until 6 p.m. Sunday, April 8, at Sullivan-King Mortuary, 3205 North Highway 81, Anderson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. John’s United Methodist Church, 515 South McDuffie Street, Anderson, SC 29624; AnMed Health Foundation, 800 North Fant Street, Anderson, SC 29621; or Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621.

Sullivan-King Mortuary

Friday
Mar162018

Doris Sanders O’Neal

Anderson, SC - Doris Jane Sanders O’Neal, 95, widow of Tim O’Neal, Jr., passed away Wednesday, March 14, 2018, at her residence.

Born in Anderson, she was the daughter of the late Claud and Mallie Sullivan Sanders. She served as Dr. Ned Camp’s office nurse for 27 years and retired as a rural mail carrier from the U.S. Postal Service. Mrs. O’Neal was a charter member of Beta Sigma Phi and was a member of First Baptist Church and the Gleaners Sunday school class. 

Survivors include her son, Ronald Michael O’Neal and wife Rita; daughter, Jane O. Burgess, all of Anderson; four grandchildren, Michael Patrick O’Neal and wife, Brooke, Allison O. King and husband, Brandon, Tamatha B. Plumley and husband, Shawn, and Thomas Michael Burgess and wife, Kelly; ten great grandchildren; and six great-great grandchildren. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. 

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Mary Smith; brothers, Franklyn, Roy, Nevitte, and Clyde Sanders; son-in-law, Thomas U. “Tommy” Burgess, and a great-great grandson, Kayleb McMahan.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 18, at Sullivan-King Mortuary Chapel conducted by Rev. Jerry Hayes. Burial will be private. The family will receive friends from 1:30 until 2:45 p.m. Sunday at the mortuary. Family members are at their respective homes. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621, Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 285, Anderson, SC 29622, or the charity of 

Sunday
Feb182018

Bill Ducworth

Anderson- William O. Ducworth, Jr., 56, of Anderson passed away Friday February 16, 2018 at AnMed Health Medical Center.

Born August 21, 1961 in Anderson, he was the son of the late Frances Elizabeth Martin Ducworth and the late William O. Ducworth, Sr. He was owner of Ducworth and Company and was the organist and choirmaster at Grace Episcopal Church.

Bill was an active member of the Anderson Community having served on many boards and committees. Some of his major contributions were: founding President of the Anderson County Museum, Past President of the Anderson County Arts Council, past president of the Greater Anderson Musical Arts Consortium (GAMAC), founding dean of the Foothills Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, board member of Anderson Heritage, past district convener of the Carolina’s Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers, member of the City of Anderson Architectural Review Board, consultant for AnMed Health Camellia Ball and AID Upstate, Dining with Friends Red Party. He was also very active with the Episcopal Diocese of Upper South Carolina where he served as former organist and director of music for the annual convention, was a delegate from Grace Episcopal Church to the annual convention and oversaw the design and completion of the sesquicentennial building projects that included major renovation of the property and construction and installation of the 51-stop C.A. Zimmer pipe organ.

Bill’s love of design began as a young man when he entered the national Hallmark Card competition, and won. He later graduated from the Art Institute of Atlanta where he was chosen to decorate for the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, symphony hall. One special project in Anderson that he took the most pride in was the design and decorating of Sullivan-King Mortuary. His work has been featured in "South Carolina Homes and Gardens," "At Home in the Upstate" and "Coastal Living."

Surviving is his sister, Jane D. Trammell, nieces: Amy Trammell Glenn (Joey) and Annie Trammell; nephew, Jason R. Trammell (Bailey); great nieces and nephews: Rhianna, Blue and Sylas Glenn and Brady, Garvin and Nealy Grace Trammell. Beyond his immediate family, he is survived by Louise and Ernie Trammell, Susan Fedor, Nancy Hart, Gaile Ball, Dennis Hayes and Mark Trammell. Bill was preceded in death by his sisters: Nancy Elizabeth Ducworth and Mary Frances Ducworth.

A Celebration of Bill’s life will be held at 4 p.m. Tuesday, February 20 at Grace Episcopal Church with Rev. Jack Hardaway officiating. The family will greet friends following the service in the church Parlor.  The family is at the home of Louise and Trammell.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grace Episcopal Church, 711 S. McDuffie Street, Anderson, SC 29624, or to the Charity of One’s Choice.

Sullivan-King Mortuary, www.sullivanking.com

Tuesday
Jan162018

Eunice Rice Horton

Greenville, SC - Eunice Rice Horton, 92, of Greenville, S.C., died peacefully on January 15, 2018.

Born in Belton, S.C., on December 3, 1925, she was the daughter of the late Max and Janie Rice. After attending the Belton public schools, she graduated from Converse College in 1947. She married J. Wright Horton, also of Belton, on November 20, 1948, and settled in Greenville, S.C. Her activities as a homemaker and civic leader included community service as a Sunday school teacher and church circle leader, as Vice Chairman of the Christian Women’s Club, and as a Board Member of the Greenville Junior League, the Lay Christian Association, the Wildwood Garden Club, and the Greenville County Legal Auxiliary.

Surviving are three sons, J. Wright Horton, Jr. (Beverly) of Herndon, Va., Max Horton (Joan), and Rex R. Horton (Sandra) of Simpsonville, S.C. Also surviving are three granddaughters and their families: Sarah Hidalgo (Jorge) and son Elliott, Renee Horton, and Christin Oney (James) and children Kyleigh and Brexton. Eunice was preceded in death by her beloved husband, J. Wright Horton and grandson James F. Horton.

A graveside service will be at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 20, 2018, in the Belton Cemetery with Rev. Brad Bardin officiating. The family will visit with friends immediately following the service. 

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 366, Belton, SC 29627 or Rolling Green Village (for Residents Benevolent Fund), 1 Hoke Smith Boulevard, Greenville, SC 29615.

Tuesday
Jan162018

Doris M. Kelly

Anderson, SC - Doris Jane Madden Kelly, age 90, entered into the presence of Jesus on January 16, 2018.

Born in Unadilla, Georgia on May 17, 1927, she was the daughter of the late Harold and Elzie Jones Madden. Mrs. Kelly was a graduate of Girls High and a member of the First Baptist Church for the last 68 years, where she was a long-time member of the Dorcas Sunday school class. She also sang in the sanctuary choir for many years and taught children’s Sunday school and played the piano for the Sunday school department. Her last place of employment was with the First Baptist Church Child Development Center. She was a woman of great faith and a tremendous prayer warrior. In her journal she wrote, “I’m not afraid to die. God gives me strength throughout my life, but also will help me face the end. I will live with Him throughout eternity.”

She is survived by her daughter Bess Marie Kelly of Anderson and son Ken Kelly and his wife Anita of Chapin; five grandchildren, Jennifer Kelly Thompson (Tom), Ross Kelly (Jamile), Kenny Kelly (Jamie), Kevin Kelly (Erin), and Tyler Kelly; six great-grandchildren; a beloved nephew Jim Maholm (Tiffany) of Dublin, Ohio and other nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband John B. Kelly, Jr., a son Alan Kelly, and two sisters, Helen Madden and Margaret Madden Maholm.

A service celebrating Doris’ life will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, January 19, at First Baptist Church conducted by Dr. Josh Hunt. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 1 until 1:45 p.m. Friday at the church. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 307 South Manning Street, Anderson, SC 29624.

Tuesday
Jan022018

Joseph Parker Nalley

J. Parker Nalley

 

Anderson, SC - Joseph Parker Nalley, 92, passed away Tuesday, January 2, 2018. 

Born in Anderson, he was the son of the late Frank Edwin Nalley and Gertrude Parker Nalley Gilreath. Mr. Nalley was in the U.S. Navy during World War II having served on the USS Iowa. He was a car salesman and retired from Guy Motors and was an avid fisherman. He was a member of First Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 71 years, Patricia P. Nalley of the home; four children, Joe Nalley (Dianne) of Williamston, Ann Snipes (Michael), Jim “Bebo” Nalley (Pam), and Amy Simmons (Mike), all of Anderson; twelve grandchildren, Leigh Rampey (Danny), Josh Nalley, Ruthie George (Jimmy), Jon Snipes (Lauren), Anna Jones (Stephen), Kelly Mullikin (Jason), David Snipes (Kristina), John Westbrook, Cauley Simmons, Hallie Simmons, Parker Simmons, and Kensleigh Simmons; nine great grandchildren; and a sister, Jean Chapman Frasso of Tierra Verde, Florida.

 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Edwin Nalley and two sisters, Faye Pettit and Audrey Eskew. 

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, January 4, at Sullivan-King Mortuary Chapel conducted by Dr. James R. Thomason and Dr. Josh Hunt. Burial will be at M.J. “Dolly” Cooper Veterans Cemetery at a later date. The family will receive friends from 1:30 until 2:45 p.m. Thursday at the mortuary. The family is at the residence.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Calvary Home for Children, 110 Calvary Home Circle, Anderson, SC 29621.

Sullivan-King Mortuary

www.sullivanking.com

Saturday
Dec302017

Nancy Freeman Rainey

SPARTANBURG, SC-- Nancy Freeman Rainey, of Spartanburg, passed away on Friday, December 22, 2017, at Spartanburg Regional Hospice Home.

Grace and perseverance were hallmarks of Nancy's life. She dreamed big dreams, gave generously, loved unequivocally, and charmed wholeheartedly. Nancy will forever be remembered and beloved for her generous encouragement, her boundless determination, and her spirited leadership


A native of Anderson, SC, Nancy was the daughter of the late Caroline (Callie) Stringer Rainey and John Faulkner Rainey, M.D. Nancy served as a trustee of The Stringer Foundation and the Callie and John Rainey Foundation. She attributed her commitment to family, friends, and community to the guidance she received from her parents.

Nancy earned a Bachelor of Arts in Biology from Randolph Macon Woman's College in 1964. While in college, she served as a Vice President of the Student Council. After graduation, she worked in Atlanta as a research assistant at the First Research Center, an affiliate of Piedmont Hospital.


In 1965, Nancy moved to Spartanburg and married Stanley Witherell Converse, Jr. The couple had a son, Stanley Witherell Converse III, whom Nancy cherished as her greatest accomplishment. One of her first endeavors as a new member of her husband's community was to create a church newsletter for the First Presbyterian Church. For six years, Nancy edited the newsletter and organized all the congregation's special receptions. She also served as a circle leader, a Bible School teacher, and Chair of the Christian Community Action committee.


Blessed with intelligence, humor, and a generous spirit, Nancy dedicated her life to community service and historic preservation. Her volunteer work benefitted our community beyond measure, and each cause she rallied received her unbridled passion. In 1992 and 1993, two Spartanburg traditions were founded by Nancy: Festifall, a living history festival presenting life in the colonial Upstate at Walnut Grove Plantation, and A Dickens of a Christmas, a Victorian festival in downtown Spartanburg showcasing the community's talented performers. Both events still delight children and their families today.


Above all, Nancy was a fearless fundraiser. After helping to form the Arts Partnership in Spartanburg County, which put all of the county's arts organizations under one umbrella, Nancy was one of the key leaders who worked to raise $35 million to make the dream of the Chapman Cultural Center a reality. She chaired a $2 million capital campaign to relocate St. Luke's Free Medical Clinic to a historic building in downtown Spartanburg. She organized a capital campaign for construction of the pavilion at Walnut Grove Plantation, and chaired two Beaux Arts Balls for the Friends of the Arts. She also chaired a fundraiser in Spartanburg for Columbia's Ronald McDonald House.


One of the joys of Nancy's childhood was riding her horse, Bluebell, and Nancy knew firsthand of the strong bond formed between horse and rider. She was honored to co-chair the campaign to build a covered arena for HALTER (Healing and Learning Through Equine Relationships), located at their therapeutic riding center on the South Carolina School for the Deaf and Blind campus.


As the Clifton Manufacturing Company's #2 Mill was dismantled, Nancy purchased thousands of the mill's bricks, its heart pine beams, and the decorative fretwork and door frame that all the mill workers walked through each day. It was only fitting that these historic artifacts from Dexter Edgar Converse's mill were preserved and used to build the central structure for the Rainey Amphitheater at Converse College. Nancy's interest in Clifton Mill and Clifton Beach (the only Spartanburg County park located on a riverfront) led to her support of a four-year project with Upstate Forever, "Reconnecting People to Rivers." One of the outcomes of this project is the distribution of waterproof maps, free to the public, that locate the waterways and river accesses throughout South Carolina.


Nancy's vision for a better Spartanburg and a better South Carolina made her a natural leader. She served on the Junior League of Spartanburg Board (President, 1981-1982); the Friends of the Arts Board (President, 1991-1992); the Presidents' Council (Chairman) of the Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg (1993); the Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg Board of Trustees (1993-1994); the Spartanburg County Historical Association Board (President, 1993-1995); the Charles Lea Center Foundation for Handicapped Children and Adults Board (1986-2002, Chairman, 1993-2002); the Spartanburg Humane Society Board (2003-2005); and the St. Luke's Free Medical Clinic Board (four terms). In addition, she served at the state level with the Friends of the State Museum (1983-1985), the South Carolina State Museum Foundation (1998-2000), and the Friends of Brookgreen Gardens (1998-2000). She received commendations from both the City and County Councils for her achievements.


In recognition of her commitment to Spartanburg and her achievements on its behalf, Nancy received many honors. Among them were The David Reid Award for outstanding contributions to the arts from the Arts Partnership of Greater Spartanburg (1996); Achievement for Volunteerism Award from Spartanburg Community College (1998); The Association of Fund Raising Professionals Philanthropist of the Year Award (2001); The Kiwanis Club of Spartanburg Citizen of the Year (2003); The Junior League of Spartanburg Sustainer of the Year Award (2005); The Mary Mildred Sullivan Award from Converse College (2007); Caring Hearts Award from St. Luke's Free Medical Clinic (2007); Addie B. McWhirter Society Award (2010); and The Elaine T. Freeman Award from the Charles Lea Center (2013). In 2017, the Nancy Rainey HALTER Humanitarian Award was established to recognize those who have worked endlessly and given generously to help advance the mission and goals of HALTER.


Nancy enjoyed projects and activities that she felt strengthened her community and state, while benefitting the citizens of Spartanburg and South Carolina. While civic work was her lifelong passion, Nancy found her greatest joy in the wonderful people she met who quickly became her friends. She was an avid bridge player, a championship tennis player, and a gardener extraordinaire. Nancy transformed the grounds of her home into a garden oasis, which was featured in newspaper articles and opened to garden club tours.


Nancy is survived by her beloved son, Stanley Witherell Converse III and his wife, Catherine, and four grandchildren, Clare Rainey, Chloe McCall, Caitlin Reid and Andrew Stringer Converse of Kalispell, Montana; a brother, Robert McElwee Rainey and his wife, Louise, Anderson, SC; and a sister, Mary Rainey Belser and her husband, Clinch, Columbia, SC; a sister-in-law, Anne Edins Rainey, and several beloved cousins, nieces, and nephews. She is also survived by her faithful and loving friend of over 50 years, Mrs. Dreamer Clemons. She was predeceased by a brother, John Stringer Rainey.


The family wishes to express their appreciation to Veronica Bowe, Sheila Briston, Fred Clemons, Geraldine Cook, Barbara Fleming, Makeitha Mallory, and Wendi Stevens for the loving care they gave Nancy in the last days of her life.


A memorial service will be conducted at 3:00 PM Thursday, January 4, 2018, at First Presbyterian Church, 393 E. Main St., Spartanburg, SC 29302, by The Rev. Dr. Tom Evans and The Rev. Joanne R. Hull. The family looks forward to greeting friends after the service at The Piedmont Club. Interment will be private in the Rainey plot in Anderson, SC.


The family requests that flowers be omitted. Memorials may be made to HALTER, PO Box 1403, Spartanburg, SC 29304.
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