Today in Anderson History

February 12, 1903
It is a sign of the passage of time. Old buildings and homes are demolished to make way for newer structures. This was even true in the “good old days,” when, on February 12, 1903, the Leverette Osborne House was torn down. The house was located on West Whitner Street at the crossing of the Charleston & West Carolina Railroad. 

During the Civil War, Osborne had a tan-yard on his property. After his death, the Osborne family sold the property to the railroad. A brick freight depot, belonging to the Charleston & West Carolina Railroad was built on the site. Appleton Mill is not far from the depot. When the Osborne House was demolished, it was nearly 60 years old and was one of the oldest houses in Anderson.

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Thursday
Mar132014

Jean Ray Brock

Anderson, SC - Jean Ray Brock, wife of Robert S. Brock, quietly passed away on Wednesday, March 12, 2014.

Born June 19, 1932 in Hart County, Ga., she was the daughter of the late Charles H. Ray and Evelyn Moorhead Ray Sease. She was a 1950 graduate of Honea Path High School, and also a 1953 graduate of Erskine College. She retired from Anderson School District 5 in 1992 as an elementary teacher. She is fondly remembered by many of her former students that she taught during her career. She was a long-time member of First Baptist Church of Anderson. 

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Jane Brock Stone (husband, Brad) of Macon, Ga., and Beth Brock Armstrong of Newport News, Va. She is also survived by granddaughters Katie Stone, Haley Ray Armstrong, and grandson, Robert Stone.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Sullivan-King Mortuary Chapel conducted by Dr. James R. Thomason. A private graveside will be held at the Garden of Memories following the service. The family will receive friends from 2 until 3 p.m. Sunday at the mortuary, 3205 North Highway 81, Anderson. The family is at the residence, 149 Elliott Circle, Anderson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Anderson Free Clinic, P.O. Box 728, Anderson, SC 29622, the Alzheimer’s Association, 4124 Clemson Boulevard, Suite L, Anderson, SC 29621 or the charity of choice. 

The family would like to express their appreciation to the staff of Summit Place and Providence Care.

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Sunday
Mar022014

Thomas Guyton Williams

Belton – Thomas Guyton Williams, 89, of 1004 Breazeale Road, widower of Lila Hiott Williams, died February 28, 2014.

Born in Anderson, he was a son of the late Thomas Jones and Minnie Elizabeth Dill Williams. He was retired from Kanawha Insurance Co. and was a WWII veteran of the U.S. Army. Mr. Williams was also a member of Whitefield Baptist Church and held a lifelong love for Blue Grass music, having played in various bands. He was also a regular caller on The Morning Show on WRIX FM 103.1 FM/

Surviving are daughter, Jane Wilson Penick (Bill) of Greenville; granddaughter, Robin Wilson Hendrix (Chris); great-grandchildren, Meghan Hendrix and Audrey Hendrix; numerous loving nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by son-in-law, Donnie Wilson and siblings, Barney Williams, John Lewis Williams,Daris Williams, Lois Deal, Kathleen Clardy, Carolee Kinard.

Visitation will be held from 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. Monday, March 3, 2014 at Whitefield Baptist Church. The funeral service will follow at 3:00 p.m. at the church with burial in the church cemetery. The family is at the home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Francis Hospital Foundation, 1 St. Francis Drive, Greenville, SC 29601. Gray Mortuary, Pelzer is assisting the family. Condolences: www.graymortuary.com

Thomas Williams
Belton
Thomas Guyton Williams, 89, of 1004 Breazeale Road, widower of Lila Hiott Williams, died February 28, 2014.
Born in Anderson, he was a son of the late Thomas Jones and Minnie Elizabeth Dill Williams. He was retired from Kanawha Insurance Co. and was a WWII veteran of the U.S. Army. Mr. Williams was also a member of Whitefield Baptist Church and held a lifelong love for Blue Grass music, having played in various bands.
Surviving are daughter, Jane Wilson Penick (Bill) of Greenville; granddaughter, Robin Wilson Hendrix (Chris); great-grandchildren, Meghan Hendrix and Audrey Hendrix; numerous loving nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by son-in-law, Donnie Wilson and siblings, Barney Williams, John Lewis Williams,Daris Williams, Lois Deal, Kathleen Clardy, Carolee Kinard.
Visitation will be held from 1:30 - 3 p.m. Monday, March 3, 2014 at Whitefield Baptist Church.
The funeral service will follow at 3 p.m. at the church with burial in the church cemetery.
The family is at the home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Francis Hospital Foundation, 1 St. Francis Drive, Greenville, SC 29601.
Gray Mortuary, Pelzer is assisting the family.
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Sunday
Mar022014

Billy George Brown

Pendleton, SC  - Billy George Brown, age 77, formerly of Kirk Lane, Pendleton, SC, passed away on February 26, 2014, in Flat Rock, NC.

Born in Anderson on April 20, 1936, he was the son of the late Avis Dalton Brown and the late Willie Pauline Nichols Brown.  Billy was a 1953 graduate of Pendleton High School and served in the Navy.  He worked as an electrician and was a former member of the Electrical Worker Union Local 908 and Local 606.  He was of the Baptist Faith.

He is survived by his children, Janna L. Deitz and Richard E. Brown; sister, Marilyn Brown; 5 grandchildren, 2 step grandchildren, a number of great-grandchildren; special niece, Melinda Gilreath; and a half-brother, Jimmy Maroney

He was preceded in death by his wife, Elizabeth Gambrell Brown; son, Tony C. Brown; brother, Larry Joe Brown and a sister, Linda Simpson.

The Funeral will be held in the Chapel of The McDougald Funeral Home on Monday, March 3, 2014 at 11:00am with Rev. Nick Brown officiating.  Interment will follow at New Silver Brook Cemetery.

The family will be at their respective homes and will receive friends at the funeral home on Sunday from 2:00pm until 4:00pm.

Sunday
Mar022014

Elizabeth “Lizzie” Hembree

Anderson, SC  - Elizabeth “Lizzie” Hembree, age 97, of Anderson, passed away on Friday, February 28, 2014.

Born in Brevard, NC, on October 31, 1916. She retired from the textile industry after many years of service.  She attended Trinity Springs Church of God.

She is survived by two daughters, Shirley Atkins and her husband Barney, of Honea Path, SC and Retha Griffin and her husband Doug, of Anderson, SC.; two sisters, Agnes Lanier and Bonnie Moore, both of Anderson, SC; five grandchildren, Cindy Fortner, Jill Dunn, Connie Martin, Genia Groves, and Brooke Griffin; five great-grandchildren and four great-great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Lawrence Lee Hembree; a daughter, Cora Smith; a son, Stoney Hembree; two sisters, Annie Fountain and Grace Frady; and a great-grandson, Bryant Fortner.

The Graveside Service will be held at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens on Monday, March 3, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. with Reverend Scott Vaughn officiating.

The family will be at the home of her granddaughter, Genia Groves, 118 Concord Circle, Anderson, SC, and will receive friends at The McDougald Funeral Home on Sunday, March 2, 2014 from 6:00 p.m. until 8:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, PO Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 or to the American Diabetes Association, 1701 N. Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311.

A message of condolence may be sent by visiting www.mcdougaldfuneralhome.com

Saturday
Mar012014

Evelyn C. Gaines

Anderson, SC - Evelyn Cleveland Hanna Gaines, affectionately known as “Shortie” age 95, of Anderson, passed away on Monday, February 24, 2014 at NHC Healthcare of Anderson.

Born in Hart County, GA, on December 26, 1918, she was the daughter of the late Henry Cleveland and the late Emma Jones Cleveland.  She retired after 31 years of service from Gallant Belk in the alterations department.  Evelyn was a member of North Anderson Baptist Church and a former member of New Prospect Baptist Church.

She is survived by her grandchildren, Melanie Lewis, Tracy Terry and Scott Hanna, all of Gainesville, FL; and eight great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two husbands, Carl Hanna and Clarence Gaines; two sons, Jimmy Ray Hanna and an infant, Carl Anthony Hanna; five brothers and three sisters. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

The Graveside service will be held on Sunday, March 2, 2014 at 1:30 pm at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, with Reverend Bill Rigsby officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to National Health Care, Anderson, c/o TFGE, 1501 East Greenville Street, Anderson, SC 29621.

A message of condolence may be sent by visiting www.mcdougaldfuneralhome.com

Saturday
Mar012014

Col. Millard Eugene “Gene” Hammock

Anderson - COL. Millard Eugene “Gene” Hammock, U.S. Army, Retired, 74, died Thursday, February 27, 2014 at AnMed Health Medical Center.

Born July 15, 1939 in Cartersville, Ga., he was the son of the late George Frank and Opal Louise Beall Hammock. He was a graduate of The Citadel and was a retired Colonel in the U.S. Army. He later retired from Cryovac (now Sealed Air) in Spartanburg. COL. Hammock was a member of Oakwood Baptist Church.

Survivors include two daughters, Mara Hodge of Irmo and Malisa Looney and husband, Rodney of Anderson; and six grandchildren, Justin Bickley, Jonathan Bickley, Kolby Looney, Haleigh Looney, Beall Looney and Caroline Looney.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, March 2, 2014 at Oakwood Baptist Church conducted by Pastor Jeff Davis and Pastor Jeff Bartlett. Military honors will be performed by the U.S. Army Honor Guard. The family will receive friends following the service.

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Sunday
Feb232014

Willie Mae Martin

Willie Mae Canup Todd Martin, age 97, died Saturday, February 22, 2014, at NHC of Anderson.  Born on May 14, 1916, in Anderson, she was the daughter of the late James D. and Hester Gentry Canup.    She was a homemaker and for a period of time worked in the weave room at Abney Mills.  Mrs. Martin was a gifted seamstress and a great cook, serving meals enjoyed daily by her family. She loved her Lord, and was a member of Gethsemane Baptist Temple where she was the first person baptized in the new church facility.

Survivors include a daughter, Nancy Todd Mitchell (James) of Anderson; four grandchildren, Michael Todd, Diana vanden Heuvel, Tina M. Caudle-Jackson, and Yvonne Todd;  3 great-grandchildren, Eric vanden Heuvel, Kelsey vanden Heuvel, and Hannah Marie Caudle; also surviving are 2 step-children Bolt D. Martin, Jr., Reba Head and several step grandchildren.

Mrs. Martin was twice married, first to the late Harold Todd until his death in 1949, and then to the late Bolt D. Martin, Sr, who died in 1991.  She was also preceded in death by her parents, a son, Milton H. Todd, and an infant sister, Georgia Bell Canup.  

The family would like to express their deep appreciation to the staff of NHC for the love and support given to Mrs. Martin during her time with them.

The funeral service will be held on Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at 12 noon at the Chapel of The McDougald Funeral Home, with Pastor Sam Duncan officiating.  Interment will follow at Old Silver Brook Cemetery.  The family will be at the home of Nancy and James Mitchell, 705 Clinkscales Road, Anderson, and will receive friends at the McDougald Funeral Home on Tuesday from 10 AM until 11:30 AM.  

A message of condolence may be sent by visiting www.mcdougaldfuneralhome.com.

Sunday
Feb232014

Georgia Shiflet

Anderson, SC - Georgia Alexander Shiflet, age 95, of Anderson, SC, passed away on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at Exalted Health and Rehab of Iva.

Born in Piedmont, SC she was the daughter of the late George Washington Alexander and the late Mattie Ward Alexander.  She retired from Ryobi after many years of service.  Georgia was a faithful member of Centerville Church of God where she attended the Adult Sunday School Class.

She is survived by her children, George Shiflet, of Anderson, SC, and Jean Montrose, of Social Circle, GA; seven grandchildren, 4 great-grandchildren, 2 expected great-grandchildren and 7 great-great grandchildren; her brother, Fred Alexander, of Piedmont, SC; a close and special friend, Frances Maness; and her little companion, her dog, Chico.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Jeff Porter Shiflet; her step-mother, Ceily McGinnis Alexander; her son, Billy Shiflet; her daughter, Mary Shiflet; 2 brothers and 4 sisters.

The Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, February 25, 2014, at 2:00 p.m. in the Chapel of The McDougald Funeral Home with Reverend Terry Collins officiating.  Interment will follow at Old Silver Brook.

The family will be at the home of her son, George Shiflet, 15 Jonathan’s Joy Circle, Anderson, SC, and will receive friends at the funeral home on Monday, February 24, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m.

Flowers are optional.  Memorials may be made to Centerville Church of God, 2211 Whitehall Road, Anderson, SC 29625.

A message of condolence may be sent by visiting www.mcdougaldfuneralhome.com

Monday
Feb172014

Henry Lewis McKimmy

Anderson - Henry “Bumpa” Lewis McKimmy, age 91, of Anderson, passed away on Thursday, February 13, 2014 at Summit Place in Anderson.

Born in Beaverton, MI, he was the son of the late Lester McKimmy and the late Iva Mishler McKimmy.  He proudly served his country in the United States Army and the United States Army Air Corp.  He retired from BASF after 35 years of service and was a Master Mason.  He was a faithful member of Trinity United Methodist Church and sang in the choir for many years.

He is survived by a son-in-law, Jeff Willis (Susan); five grandchildren, Amy Hammond (Jody), Nathan Jester, Jonathan Jester, Jackie Willis and Melissa Willis; and three great-grandchildren, Grayson Hammond, Jozie Hammond and Kaden Jester.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife, Maurine Mae Breedlove McKimmy; a son, Stephen McKimmy; a daughter, Elizabeth McKimmy Willis; and a sister, June Kern.

The Funeral Service will be held on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church with Reverend Paul Frey officiating.  Interment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens.

The family will be at the home of his granddaughter, Amy, 441 Shirley Circle, Anderson, SC 29625 and will receive friends at the church prior to the service on Monday, from 12:30 p.m. until 1:30 p.m.

The family would like to express their deep appreciation to the staff of Summit Place for the wonderful love and care they showed Henry while he was with them.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 1809 North Main Street, Anderson, SC 29621.

A message of condolence may be sent by visiting www.mcdougaldfuneralhome.com

Monday
Feb172014

GLORIA FRANCES WALDRUP WALLS

ANDERSON - Gloria Walls, age 67,  former wife of the late William Otis Walls, passed away on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at AnMed Health Medical Center.

Born in Anderson, SC on May 28, 1946, she was the daughter of the late Elbert “Slim” Lamar Waldrup, Sr., and the late Ruth Cox Waldrup.  She was retired from Ellenburg Nursing Home as a nursing assistant for 20 years.  

She is survived by her sons; Michael Walls (Oana) of Moore, SC, Mark Walls (Kelli) of Palm Harbor, FL; daughters, Cathy Gray of Anderson, SC, Sandy Blackwell of Easley, SC; brother, Thomas Hall Waldrup of Woodruff, SC; sisters, Clarice Waldrup Griffin of Elizabethtown, KY, Elaine Waldrup Gilbert of Anderson, SC, Nancy Waldrup Arnold, Piedmont, SC, Carolyn Waldrup Kelley of Townville, SC, Edna Waldrup Bratcher of Honea Path, SC and Diane Waldrup of Anderson, SC; thirteen grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and former husband, she was preceded in death by her brothers; Elbert Lamar Waldrup, Jr. and Harold “Snook” Waldrup; one sister, Martha Waldrup Hanks.

The Funeral Service will be held on Tuesday, February 18, 2014 at 2:00 pm in the Chapel of The McDougald Funeral Home, with Reverend Evan Hill and Dr. Reverend Marshall Williams officiating.   The family will receive friends in The McDougald Family Center following the service from 3:00 pm until 5:00 pm. After all services, the family will gather at the home of her sister, Nancy Arnold, 330 Brentwood Road, Piedmont, SC 29673.

Flowers will be accepted or memorial can be made to American Cancer Society, Anderson County,  Relay for Life, 154 Milestone Way, Greenville, SC 29615
                    
A message of condolence may be sent by visiting www.mcdougaldfuneralhome.com

Monday
Feb172014

Florence Ryan Dias

Greenville, SC - Florence Ryan Dias, age 92, of Greenville, SC, passed away on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at Pendleton Manor Assisted Living in Greenville.

Born in Bronx, NY, she was the daughter of the late  Dennis and Florence Tomblinson Ryan.  Florence was a graduate of St. Joseph’s College in NY.  She was a teacher with Anderson School District Five for over 12 years, during her time with the school district, she also taught parenting classes.  She was a member of St. Mary of the Angels Catholic Church and St. Joseph’s Catholic Church in Anderson.  At St. Mary, she was a member of the Third Order of St. Francis. At St. Joseph’s she taught CCD classes for over 20 years, an instructor for RCIA and was also involved with the Catholic Youth Organization.  Florence was also a Eucharistic Minister.

She is survived by her children, daughters; Denise More Dias of Greenville and Deirdre Anne MacDonald of Yuma, AZ; five sons; Kilian Mark Dias of Hartsville, SC. Brendan Lawrence Dias of Anderson, Mel Louis Dias of Greenville, Kieran Noel Dias of Orangeburg, SC and Aidan Clare Dias of Greenville; ten grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents she was also preceded in death by her husband, John Mark Dias in 1999; two brothers and one sister.

The Funeral Mass will be held on Wednesday  February 19, 2014 at 3:30 p.m. St. Mary of the Angels Catholic Church with Father Aubrey McNeil officiating.  The family will receive friends at The McDougald Funeral Home on Tuesday from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm with a Rosary Service at 7:00 pm.

Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, 105 S. Fant St., Anderson, SC 29624 or St. Mary of the Angels Catholic Church, Building Fund, 1821 White Street, Anderson, SC 29624.

A message of condolence may be sent by visiting www.mcdougaldfuneralhome.com

Saturday
Feb152014

PATRICIA “PAT’ DRAKE

ANDERSON - Patricia Drake, age 66, wife of Mike Drake, passed away on Saturday, February 15, 2014 at her residence.

Born in Pendleton, SC, on March 23, 1948, she was the daughter of the late John Ross Davis and the late Mildred Owens Davis.  Mrs. Drake was retired from DHEC and was a member of the Union Grove Methodist Church.  She loved the Lord and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her husband of the home; son, Paul Drake (Tasha) of Belton, SC; daughter, Kim Crosby (Nate) of Anderson, SC; grandchildren, Jessica Getsinger, Kathryn Drake, Camden Crosby and Colter Crosby.

The Funeral Service will be held on Monday, February 17, 2014 at 12:00 pm at Union Grove Methodist Church with the Reverend Amy Bratton and Reverend Howard Addis officiating.  Interment will follow in the church cemetery.  

The family will be at the home of David Drake, 1330 Dorchester Road, Belton, SC and will receive friends at the church from 10:30 am until 12:00 pm prior to the service.

Flowers are accepted or memorials may be made to Union Grove Methodist Church, Building Fund, 3332 U.S. 29 Belton, SC 29627.
                  
A message of condolence may be sent by visiting www.mcdougaldfuneralhome.com