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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.

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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 


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.

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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.


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.


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.

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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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Carl Patterson

Carl E. Patterson, born May 27, 1930 in Pelzer, SC, died in Greenwood, Saturday, December 16, 2017. 

Carl was the son of the late Lorene Owen and Willie R. “Bill” Patterson. He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Peggy and two daughters, Paula Boone and husband Robbie and Sherry Patterson; two grandchildren, Meg Boone and husband James Barrows, Robbie Boone, Jr. and wife Miyuki; two great-grandchildren, Audrey and Ethan Boone; sisters, Mae Rowland and Tina Wilson.

Carl was a graduate of Anderson College, Furman University and New Orleans Theological Seminary.

Carl pastored churches in Mississippi and South Carolina and was a retired claims superintendent with State Farm Insurance Co. with over 30 years of service. He was a member of Greenwood First Baptist Church, the Carpenter Class and was a former teacher and Deacon. He was also a member and past President of the Greenwood Lions Club. He was an avid tennis player, member of Greenwood Country Club and Gatewood Club. 

Private burial will be in Edgewood Cemetery. 

Memorial services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the First Baptist Church with Dr. Tony Hopkins officiating. 

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the Carpenter Class, members of the Greenwood Lions Club and tennis partners. 

The family will receive friends in the church Narthex immediately following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Bell Restoration Fund at First Baptist Church, 722 Grace Street, Greenwood, SC 29649 or to Hospice Care of the Piedmont, 408 W. Alexander Ave., Greenwood, SC 29646.


Billy F. McLees

Anderson, SC - Billy Frank McLees, 85, passed away Wednesday, November 22, 2017, at NHC Healthcare of Anderson. 

Born in Anderson, he was the son of the late John William and Frances Busby McLees. He served in the U.S. National Guard for several years. Mr. McLees was a retired Dairy Farmer and was a founder of Center Rock Fire Department where he had served as chief. He also served as a board member of the Anderson County Farm Bureau and the West Anderson Water Company. Mr. McLees was a member of New Prospect Baptist Church where he had served as a Deacon and Sunday school teacher. 

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, Jennie Rider McLees of the home; daughter, Donna Bridges and husband, Carlton of Anderson; daughter-in-law, Lisa McLees of Anderson; five grandchildren, Justin Bridges and wife, Caroline, Jonathan McLees, Meredith McLees Myers and husband, Drake, Cody McLees, and Brady McLees; three great grandchildren, Myers Bridges, Laramie Myers, and Fisher Myers; sister, Ann Wilson of Anderson; and a brother, Mike McLees and wife, Bobbi of Anderson. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Randy McLees.

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday, November 25, at New Prospect Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Tom Turner. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family is at the residence and will receive friends from 10 until 11:15 a.m. Saturday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Center Rock Fire Department, 5125 Dobbins Bridge Road, Anderson, SC 29626.



Lena Belle Chapman, age 82, was called home to be with the Lord on November 21, 2017.

A native of Anderson, South Carolina, she was the daughter of the late Riley Leo Chapman and the late Clarice Hall Chapman.  Also, Ms. Chapman was preceded in death by a brother, Donald E. Chapman. 

Ms. Chapman made her home on Dobbins Bridge Road in Anderson, South Carolina.

Ms. Chapman was a devoted member of Grace Episcopal Church in Anderson, South Carolina. She was an active member of St. Catherine’s Guild. 

Ms. Chapman was known as a very humble person who in her quiet way went about caring for others and showing them respect, compassion, and kindness. Ms. Chapman was loved by her many friends. 

Ms. Chapman was a graduate of Anderson Girls’ High School.

She retired from Senior Action in Greenville, South Carolina, after many years of service in their business office. 

A graveside service will be conducted at Old Silver Brook Cemetery on Friday, November 24, 2017, at 2:00 p.m. with the Rev. John Benjamin Hardaway, IV. officiating. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Ms. Chapman to the “Grace Church Endowment of Grace Episcopal Church,” 711 South McDuffie Street, Anderson, South Carolina 29624. 

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Walters Eugene “Bozo” Jones

Walters Eugene “Bozo” Jones, 77, husband of Shelby Whitman Jones, passed away Saturday, November 4, 2017, at the Rainey Hospice House. 

Born in Anderson County, he was the son of the late Iber John and Thelma Dean Jones. He served in the United States Navy and was a retired pipe-fitter and welder. Mr. Jones was a volunteer with the Iva Rescue Squad and was a member of the Iva Jaycees and Iva Lodge #238 A.F.M. He was also a member of Good Hope Presbyterian Church where he served as a Deacon, Men’s Sunday School Class Teacher, and facilities manager. 

Survivors include his wife, Shelby W. Jones of the home; two daughters, Angel Marie Hinson of Seneca and Carmen Jones of Pensacola, FL; three grandsons, Jesse Hinson and wife, Alice, Austin Hinson and Cameron Hinson; two brothers, Billy O. Jones of Detroit, Michigan and John N.P. Jones and wife, Kay of Antreville; and a sister, Barbara Fields of Iva.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Iber Jones, Jr. and Dewitt Jones and two sisters, Gladys Maness and Rossie Hewell. 

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, November 8, at Iva First Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Jan Culpepper and Rev. Jerry Gray. Burial will follow in Iva City Cemetery. The family will receive friends from noon to 1:45 p.m. Wednesday at the church.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621.

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Laniel Chapman

West Columbia, SC - A memorial service for Vester Laniel Chapman, 86, will be held at 2:00 p.m. Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at First Baptist Church of Belton. The family will receive friends Tuesday, October 31, 2017 from 12:30 until 1:45 p.m. at the church. A visitation will be held Monday, October 30, 2017 from 5:30 until 7:00 p.m. Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, Columbia. Burial will be private in M.J. "Dolly" Cooper Cemetery, in Anderson. 

Mr. Chapman, formerly of Belton, S.C. passed away Friday, October 27, 2017 at Laurel Crest Assisted Living in West Columbia. Born in Pelzer, S.C. on September 17, 1931, he was a son of the late Vester Chapman and Ruth Idella Martin Chapman. 

Laniel was a 1957 graduate of Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, TN, where he received a BS Degree. He went to graduate school at the University of Georgia and graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1961 with a JD Degree. He served in the United States National Guard for five years and in the United States Army and was honorably discharged in 1955. Laniel ran a private law practice from 1962 until 2016 and was a senior partner at Chapman & Yon, LLP in Anderson. He was admitted to the United States District Court, District of South Carolina; Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals; and United States Supreme Court. Mr. Chapman was a member of First Baptist Church of Belton, where he served as a Deacon. 

Laniel held many elected offices during his career. He served as an Assistant Solicitor from 1968-1972 and Solicitor from 1972-1977 for the Tenth Judicial Circuit. He served as President of the South Carolina Trial Lawyers Association and Anderson County Bar Association, and the American Board of Trial Advocates, South Carolina Chapter. He was elected Highway Commissioner for District 10 for South Carolina Department of Highway and Public Transportation in 1990, serving as the Chairman from 1993-1994. 

Laniel was also a member of many organizations including the American Bar Association, South Carolina Bar Association, Anderson County Bar Association where he served as President, American Trial Lawyers Association, American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), and Southern Trial Lawyers Association. He was a member of South Carolina Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Association of South Carolina Claimant Attorneys for Workers Compensation where he was on the Executive Committee and was a permanent member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference. 

Mr. Chapman participated in many civic activities, serving on the Anderson Area Medical Center Foundation Board, was a Chairman of the Anderson County Courthouse Authority, the Wachovia Bank Board of Directors, the Belton Lions Club, and the Anderson Rotary Club. He was a member of the Carson-Newman College Advisory Board, a Trustee of Carson-Newman College, a founding member of Carson-Newman VIP Golf Tournament and received the Carson Newman College Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2004. Laniel was a member of the Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, the University of South Carolina School of Law Alumni Board, an Executive Committee member of Anderson College Board of Trustees, and a founding member of Anderson University VIP Golf Tournament. He served as a member of Anderson University Foundation Board, a member of Anderson University Board of Visitors, and a member of Anderson University Board of Trustees. Laniel was Chairman of G. Ross Anderson, Jr. Moot Court Fundraiser for the University of South Carolina School of Law, and Chairman of the G. Ross Anderson, Jr. Scholarship Committee for Anderson University. He was also a member of the South Carolina Migratory Waterfowl Commission and a President of Ducks Unlimited for Anderson County. 

Mr. Chapman received the Annie Denmark Award in 2001 and was named an Honorary Doctor of Laws in 2003, both awarded by Anderson University. The Honorable Jim Hodges, Governor of South Carolina, honored Mr. Chapman with the prestigious Order of the Palmetto in 2003. 

Surviving are his wife of 60 years, Vivian B. Chapman; daughters, Lisa C. Robinson (Jon) and Gina C. Earle (Bill); grandchildren, Elizabeth D. Brittain (Preston), Chapman D. Archer (Jordan), Lauren R. Dunbar, Catherine S. Dunbar, Vivian Alexandria Williams, and Jones Hampton Williams; two great-grandsons, Preston Dunbar Brittain and Andrew Magnus Brittain; sister, Dr. Patsy C. Smith (Dr. Sidney P. Smith, Jr.); nephews, Dr. Sidney P. Smith III (Colleen) and Dr. Shanon D. Smith (Shelley); and numerous cousins. 

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Belton, 105 Brown Avenue, Belton, SC 29627; or Anderson University, V. Laniel Chapman Scholarship Fund, 316 Boulevard, Anderson, SC 29621. 

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