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Friday
Aug112017

Christine Gilbert Morgan

Christine G. Morgan

Christine Gilbert Morgan, 89, widow of Reginald Milton Morgan, passed away Thursday, August 10, 2017, at NHC of Anderson 

Born in Belton, she was the daughter of the late Fred R. and Orlean Cosby Gilbert.  Mrs. Morgan was a member of North Anderson Baptist Church. 

Survivors include her son, Steve Morgan and wife, Brenda; her daughter, Nancy Danyels and husband, Tim, all of Pendleton; four grandchildren, Max, Ben, Stacie, and Kellie; and six great grandchildren, Bradley, Jacob, Mollie, Madison, Blaise, and Caleb. 

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Fred R. Gilbert, Jr. and James A. Gilbert. 

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, August 13, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park conducted by Pastor Bill Rigsby. The family will receive friends at the cemetery following the service. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to North Anderson Baptist Church, 2308 North Main Street, Anderson, SC 29621 or the Alzheimer’s Association, 4124 Clemson Boulevard, Suite L, Anderson, SC 29621.

Tuesday
Aug082017

Wade T. Bolt, Jr.

Wade Tolliver Bolt, 89, husband of Jean K. Bolt, passed away Monday, August 7, 2017.

Born in Anderson, he was the son of the late Wade T. and Eva Chamblee Bolt. He was a graduate of Boys High School and served several years in the National Guard. Mr. Bolt was retired from Wometco as personnel manager with 30 years of service and previously worked with Ohio Gear in Liberty. He was a member of New Prospect Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon and Sunday School teacher. He was a Mason.

Survivors include his wife, Jean, of the home; son, Dennis Bolt and wife, Miriam of Anderson; two grandchildren, Michael Bolt and wife, Marie and Matthew Bolt and wife, Lindsay; and three great grandchildren, Brayden Tolliver Bolt, Madeline Rose Bolt, and Mckenzie Miriam Bolt, all of Charleston.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Calvin E. Bolt. 

Funeral services will be held at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, August 10, at New Prospect Baptist Church conducted by Dr. Tony Smith and Dr. Jerry Keese. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 10 until 11:15 a.m. Thursday at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to New Prospect Baptist Church, 2503 Whitehall Road, Anderson, SC 29625.

Tuesday
Aug082017

REV. DR. MARTIN L. HARKEY, JR.

The Rev. Dr. Martin Luther Harkey, Jr., 91, husband of Lucille Clark Wayland Harkey, of Brookdale of Anderson, Anderson, SC, died Friday, August 4, 2017, at the Rainey Hospice House.

Dr. Harkey was a descendant of the original settlers of Mecklenburg County, NC, and was raised in Charlotte, NC. He was the son of the late Martin Luther Harkey, one of the founders of Harkey Nurseries, and of Anne Bell Isenhour Harkey of Concord, NC.

Dr. Harkey served in WW II in the USNR in the V-5 and V-12 programs and received a commission (CEC) in the Seabees.

Dr. Harkey was an engineering graduate of the University of Virginia and served 13 years as District Engineer for The General Electric Co. in the Carolinas and Florida. He later graduated from Columbia Theological Seminary and San Francisco Theological Seminary with a doctorate (STD) in Sacred Theology. Dr. Harkey served pastorates at The Decatur Presbyterian Church in Decatur, GA, The Pasadena Presbyterian Church in St. Petersburg, FL and The Central Presbyterian Church in Anderson, SC. After 31 years as pastor, in retirement he served interim pastorates at The First Presbyterian Church in Clinton, SC, also the Presbyterian Churches in the SC Communities of Abbeville, Liberty, Pelzer, Midway and Roberts. He most recently was Parish Associate at The Central Presbyterian Church in Anderson, SC for nine years.

Dr. Harkey is survived by his wife of 70 years, Lu Wayland Harkey of China Missionary parents, a son, Rev. Dr. Martin L. (Luke) Harkey III and wife Carolyn of Shelby, NC, a daughter Dr. Rosanne H. Pruitt and husband Dr. John C. Pruitt of Anderson, SC and a son Wayland Harkey and wife Mary Beth of Alpharetta, GA; six grandchildren, Rob Harkey and wife, Amy of Raleigh, NC, Anna Harkey of Spartanburg, SC, Crayton Pruitt of Anderson, SC, Martin Pruitt of Charlotte, NC, Joshua Harkey of Alpharetta, GA and Alex Harkey and wife, Angela of Alpharetta, GA; and four great grandchildren, Eric, Atlee, Fisher, and Scarlett.

Dr. Harkey was a member and past moderator of the Foothills and Tampa Bay Presbyteries, and past president of The Anderson Kiwanis Club. He has also served on the Boards of The YMCA, Habitat for Humanity, and The Presbyterian Historical Foundation. He had been active in the AIEE, IES, The Coast Guard Auxiliary, The Horizon Bass Club, Young Life, Cursillo, Via De Christo, Walk to Emmaus, and the Philatelic Society. He was an Eagle Scout and an honorary member of The Pawnee Indians.

Services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 10, at The Central Presbyterian Church, 1404 North Boulevard, Anderson, SC conducted by Rev. Noelle Henry Read. The family will receive friends following the service. A private interment will be held at the Roberts Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

The family respectfully suggests that flowers be omitted and memorials be given to the Theological Education Scholarship Fund of The Central Presbyterian Church, 1404 North Boulevard, Anderson, SC 29621 or to The Haven of Rest, P.O. Box 466, Anderson, SC 29622.

The family would like to extend heartfelt thanks to all friends of the family for the outpouring of prayers, support and genuine love and care for all related and touched by the blessed life of Dr. Martin L. Harkey.

 

Tuesday
Aug082017

Dr. Lucille (Mitzi) Burden

Doris Lucille (Mitzi) Kimpton Burden, 88, a resident of Brookdale of Anderson, died Tuesday, August 8, 2017, at Rainey Hospice House. 

Born in Pensacola, FL November 11, 1928, she was the daughter of the late James Herman and Fay Boone Fulkerson Kimpton. Dr. Burden graduated from Anderson Jr. College and Erskine College. She received a master’s degree from Furman University and a doctorate from Nova Southeastern University. She was employed by Anderson School District Five for 33 years as an elementary teacher and librarian, secondary librarian, and district media specialist coordinator. She was an active member of the SC Association of School Librarians, where she chaired the Archives and History Committee. She served on the executive board of the Friends of the Anderson County Library, and was a volunteer worker in the Friends book store. She was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church. 

She is survived by two sons, Kimpton Burden and his wife Rebecca, of Bal Harbour, FL and James Burden and his wife Ilse, of Colorado Springs, CO; and two grandchildren, Alexander and Sarah Burden of Colorado Springs, CO. 

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, James Harold Burden; a daughter, Julia Ann Burden; two brothers, James Kimpton of Pensacola, FL and Robert Lee Kimpton of San Diego, CA; and a sister, Fay K. Bundy of Burlington, NC.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, August 10, at Sullivan-King Mortuary Chapel conducted by Rev. J. Chris Fischer. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 1 until 2 p.m. Thursday at the mortuary.

Memorials may be made to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 209 Broad Street, Anderson, SC 29621 or Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621.

Tuesday
Jul182017

Dorothy Padgett Pruitt

Sandy Springs - Dorothy Padgett Pruitt, 94, widow of Wyatt A. Pruitt, passed away Monday, July 17, 2017. 

Born in Saluda, SC, she was the daughter of the late David T. and Blanche C. Padgett. She was retired from Singer Company and was a member of Mount Tabor Baptist Church.

Survivors include her son, David A. Pruitt and wife, Judy of Pendleton; her daughter, Ann P. Moore and husband, Fletch of Anderson; four grandchildren, Jim Pruitt and wife, Jennifer of Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Lisa Sue Ann Pruitt of Alliance, Nebraska, Brent A. Moore of Sandy Springs, and Renee M. Kimbrell and husband, John of Spartanburg; and a great grandchild, Conner Kimbrell of Spartanburg. 

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 20, at Sullivan-King Mortuary Chapel conducted by Dr. Philip Blankenship. Burial will follow in New Silver Brook Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Wednesday at the mortuary. The family is at the home of Ann and Fletch Moore, 66 Hillsborough Drive, Anderson. 

Flowers are optional; memorials may be made to Mount Tabor Baptist Church Good News Club, 5901 Highway 187, Anderson, SC 29625 or the Alzheimer’s Association, 4124 Clemson Boulevard, Suite L, Anderson, SC 29621.

Sullivan-King Mortuary

www.sullivanking.com

Tuesday
Jul182017

Jerry L. Vaughn

Anderson, SC - Jerry L. Vaughn, 79, died Sunday, July 16, 2017, at the Rainey Hospice House.

Born in Anderson, SC on September 22, 1937, Mr. Vaughn was the husband of the late Marie Carnell Vaughn, of Battle Creek, Michigan, and the son of the late Grover (Tobe) Vaughn and Eunice Walters Vaughn. He joined the United States Air Force in April 1955, and served as a Chapel Manager, responsible for the financial, personnel, administrative, and logistical support activities for the three Major Faith Groups (Catholic, Protestant, Jewish). Among the medals he received while in the Air Force, were “The Air Force Commendation Medal” four different times, and “The Meritorious Service Medal”. After serving over 20 ½ years, he retired in November 1975, as a Senior Master Sergeant (E-8).

After retiring from the Air Force, he attended Pasco Hernando Community College in 1976-1977, receiving his Associates Degree in 1 ½ years. He was named to the President’s Honor List for three different semesters. He received the “Florida Blue Key Community College Leadership Award” for outstanding leadership and service at Pasco Hernando Community College on April 15, 1977. He then attended the University of South Florida in 1977-1978, receiving his Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in accounting, in 1 ½ years.

After graduating from college, Mr. Vaughn worked for the United States Government as an auditor, and worked for several civilian companies in the Financial Field. He retired from C. H. Patrick & Co., in June 1995, where he served as Senior Vice President/Chief Financial Officer. 

Mr. Vaughn is survived by his son, Keith (Kim) Vaughn, of Brunswick, GA; sister, Judy Stevenson of Anderson; daughter-in-law, Nancy Vaughn of Grand Rapids, Michigan; 14 grandchildren and 12 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his parents; wife; three sons, Jerry (Buddy) Vaughn, Rick Vaughn, and Steve Vaughn; and a sister, Frances Vaughn Davis. 

The funeral service will be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday, July 20, at Sullivan-King Mortuary Chapel conducted by Rev. Jerry Nation. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 2 until 3:15 p.m. Thursday at the mortuary. 

The family will be at the home of his sister, Judy Stevenson, and at the home of his grandson, Matthew Vaughn. 

Sullivan-King Mortuary

www.sullivanking.com

Tuesday
Jul182017

Earl Harris

Anderson, SC - Claude Earl Harris, 79, husband of the late Vernelle Sorrow Blair Harris, passed away Monday, July 17, 2017.

Born in Anderson, SC, he was the son of the late Claude and Eva Yeargin Harris. Mr. Harris was a U.S. Army Veteran and retired from Owens Corning Fiberglass. He was a member of Oakdale Baptist Church. 

Survivors include his daughter, Debra Pearson and husband, Bill of Anderson; son-in-law, Donald Roberson of Anderson; two grandchildren, Amy Landrith and Brandon Barton; great grandson, Eli Barton; brother, Ned Harris and wife, Linda of McKinney, Texas; and a sister, Jane Green and husband, Ted of Greer.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by two sons, Lamar Blair and Randy Harris and a daughter, Guynelle Roberson. 

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, July 20, at Oakdale Baptist Church conducted by Dr. David Blizzard. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 2 until 3 p.m. Thursday at the church. Family members are at their respective homes. 

Sullivan-King Mortuary

www.sullivanking.com

Sunday
Jun252017

Sandra Smyrl

Pendleton, SC - Sandra Lewis Smyrl, 47, wife of Dr. James Smyrl, passed away Friday, June 23, 2017, at her residence.

Born in Greensboro, NC, she was the daughter of James Ralph and Jerrie Wooten Lewis of Greensboro. Sandra was a graduate of Southern Wesleyan University. She was a member of Faith Fellowship Baptist Church.

In addition to her husband and parents, she is survived by five daughters, Chloe Morgan and husband, Dan of Boston, MA, Mikayla Peeples and husband, John of Reston, VA, Karsen Smyrl, Alysa Smyrl, and Hannah Smyrl, all of Pendleton; and two brothers, Dean Lewis of Concord, NC and Daryl Lewis of Greensboro, NC. 

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Monday at Faith Fellowship Baptist Church, 2230 Old Greenville Highway, Pendleton, SC 29670, conducted by Dr. James Smyrl and Rev. C.W. Hicks. Burial will follow in Oaklawn Memorial Gardens. The body will be placed in the church at 1 p.m. Monday for viewing. 

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

Friday
Jun232017

Wayne Gordon

Anderson, SC - Dewis Wayne Gordon, 66, passed away Friday, June 23, 2017, at his residence.

Born in Anderson, he was the son of Christine Gordon and the late Edward Orr Gordon. Wayne was a Water Distribution Operator with Utility Industries. 

Survivors include his wife, Jackie Gordon; daughter, Charley Holden and husband, John of Anderson; two granddaughters, Jaylie and Jessie Holden; mother, Christine Gordon of Anderson; and a brother, Douglas Gordon and wife, Diane of Greenville.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Ralph and Bruce Gordon.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. Sunday, June 25, at Sullivan-King Mortuary Chapel conducted by Rev. John Davis. The family will receive friends at the mortuary following the service. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621.

Thursday
Jun222017

Donald E. McKinley

Anderson, SC - Donald Edward McKinley, 66, passed away Wednesday, June 21, 2017, at his residence. 

Born in Anderson, he was the son of the late Marvin and Louise Hopkins McKinley. He served in the U.S. Navy during the Vietnam War. Mr. McKinley was retired from Electrolux and was a member of Orrville Baptist Church.

He is survived four sisters, Peggy Hopkins, Juanita Richardson, Joan Bagwell, and Judy Clark; and a brother, Carl R. McKinley.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, John McKinley.

Graveside services will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 23, at M.J. “Dolly” Cooper Veterans Cemetery conducted by Rev. Jerry Parnell.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Thursday
Jun152017

Douglas Taylor “Hoss” Martin

Anderson, SC - Douglas Taylor “Hoss” Martin, 74, passed into eternal rest June 13, 2017.

Born September 1, 1942, he was the son of the late Frank and Syble Martin. He was employed for 45 years at Pickens Construction in Anderson and thought of each and everyone there as his extended family. 

Surviving are a son, Jason Martin of Anderson who loved him dearly and will never forget him; a brother, Buck Martin of Clinton; and three sisters, Patricia Neal of Clinton, Carol Parker of Anderson, and Janet Blanton of Starr. 

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 16, at Sullivan-King Mortuary Chapel conducted by Rev. Joe Durham. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Thursday at the mortuary, 3205 North Highway 81, Anderson. Family members are at their respective homes. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to P.A.W.S., 1320 Highway 29 South, Anderson, SC 29626. 

Sullivan-King Mortuary

www.sullivanking.com

Wednesday
Jun142017

Losing Family Members is Something You Don't Get Over

By Greg Wilson/Anderson Observer

Don Wilson, my uncle died this week. My dad, Jim, his brother John, their cousin Bud Kelley, Duck and niece Jane.

My father’s youngest brother, he is strong in all my memories of extended family from my earliest days. We had Sunday lunch at my grandmothers every week throughout my childhood, and when I was young he and my Aunt Pat, who died last year, lived with my grandparents on the farm in the Bishop Branch Community in Anderson County. 

When they moved out, it was to a high hill across the pasture from the family farm, and it was there they raised my cousins Perry, Kathy and Tim, all of whom I spent a lot of time with growing up. Their dad, known only to the family as “Duck” (due to a childhood incident when he was chased from the pond by ducks, not because of the cartoon character), was gentle, kind and shared a wry smile with my dad whenever minor mischief crossed his mind.

He and my dad remained close their entire lives, talking every day on the phone, before my father’s sudden passing last spring only a few short weeks after the long-suffering passing of my Aunt Pat. 

I am not sure my uncle ever got over the grief of losing his wife, whose graveside he was still visiting often until his recent illness. They were very close, and her extended health struggles were hard on him and their children who helped out constantly during those days. They could not have wished for better.  

Then, on the heels of that loss, the death of my father - his closest sibling and last living brother - was another hard hit. He has already lost two brothers and a sister.

Don was also extraordinarily proud of his three children. He talked about them all the time throughout their adult years in a way that many parents reserve for their pride during the childhod years.

A series of unresolved health issues ensued in the year that followed, as his children - especially his daughter Kathy - took him to a seemingly endless series of medical appointments. tests and followups. The medical professionals never really resolved his dizzy spells, and other ailments. So, he passed away at home during the early morning hours this past Sunday. 

He will be missed and remembered by all of us in the family and by the many friends he made over his eight decades. The youngest of six, he is survived by only one sister, Hilda, who turned 92 this week.

Many have shown up to pay tribute to Don and their respects to the family, and that is appreciated and continues to be welcome.

But once the platitudes are over and well wishers have gone home, the real grieving begins. Loss of this kind is not something any of us ever really gets over. So please pray for the Wilson family in the days ahead. Losing so many members of the family does not mean we will forget them, but it does mean we have lost something in our lives.

And if you still are among the fortunate who still has one or both parents alive and in your life, take a little time of gratitude for that as well this week.