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Benjamin Buford Waters

February 22, 2017 - Benjamin Buford Waters, IV, 41, died February 22, 2017.

Born in Honolulu, Hawaii, he was the son of Buddy and Vicki Carpenter Waters, Vice-President of Cunningham-Waters Construction Co., Inc, a U.S. Army Veteran and a member of First Presbyterian Church of Greer.

Ben was a third generation graduate of The Citadel, Class of 1997, and a decorated Captain in the U.S. Army Transportation Corps (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, N.C.

After his four years of military service he joined father and brother in the family business.

He was an avid hunter and outdoorsman who had through-hiked the Appalachian Trail?s 2,550 miles, from Maine to Georgia.

He adored his wife and children and was an exceptional father, teaching his daughters outdoor skills from the time they could walk and spending untold hours at the family farm with them.

His hunting partners were often his brother and his father. The three of them had many adventurous weekends together at Red Bluff Lodge in Allendale, South Carolina as well as at the family farm.

Ben?s friends were a focus for him from childhood. The close ones are too numerous to recount in this obituary.

The family has been amazed at the outpouring of love from Ben and Beth?s friends. The response to his death has been overwhelming from lifelong childhood friends, Greer High Classmates and his close friends from The Citadel and the Army.

The humorous stories, tales of unknown kindnesses bestowed on people from every walk of life and his legendary ?Porch Friends? from college days have enlightened, cheered us and sustained us in our grief.

Ben was known as to his inner circle as ?Gentle Ben?. He was a gentle man and a gentlemen.

His friends? parents have reported his old south charm and slow southern drawl as highlights from their child rearing days.

He was constantly centered on his family and their welfare.

This was an exceptional man, who will be greatly and painfully missed by the many that love him. It was a privilege to call him daddy, husband, son or friend.


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Betty Dale Raines Green

February 22, 2017 - Betty Dale Raines Green, 70, died February 22, 2017 at her home.

A native of Greenville County, daughter of the late Oscar Joe and Ione Fleming Raines, she was a retired employee of Lowe's and a member of Double Springs Baptist Church.


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Lila Octavia Campbell Price

February 20, 2017 - Lila Octavia Campbell Price, widow of Alfred Clinton Price, died on Monday, February 20, 2017, at National Health Care, Greer, SC, following several years of declining health.

She leaves a legacy of a devoted Christian who loved and served her family, church and community as a brilliant light for Christ.

Beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, sister, and aunt, she was born in Gowensville, SC, a daughter of the late Grace Turner Campbell Lynn and Samuel Broadus Campbell.

Mrs. Price was a member of Apalache Baptist Church since 1950, where she was a Sunday school teacher, choir member, and a member of Women?s Missionary Union.

In 1986 she was retired from Homelite in Greer.



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Timothy John Michael Pursch

February 16, 2017 - Timothy John Michael Pursch, born May 9, 1950, passed away February 16, 2017.

Tim was born and raised in Logansport, Indiana, moved to Terre Haute, Indiana in 1974 and to South Carolina in 1987.

Tim worked at Fluor Daniel as Principal Design Engineer at Fluor, where he retired in May of 2016.

Tim loved his wife deeply, was a fine pilot, could hack like a pro on the golf course, and could water ski with the best.

He was a friend to many and will be dearly missed.



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Jerry Ray Vassey

February 19, 2017 - Jerry Ray Vassey passed away on Sunday, February 19, 2017 at the age of 65.

Son of Etolia Clayton Vassey of Campobello and the late Ray J. Vassey, Jerry was a lifelong resident of Campobello and worked as a realtor for Allen Tate.

He was a member of Holly Springs Baptist Church where he previously served as a deacon and took joy in serving in the food pantry.

His kind and precious smile will be forever missed.


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Dr. Theron Otis Walker, Jr,

February 12, 2017 - Dr. Theron Otis Walker, Jr, 91, beloved husband of Sara Milford Walker, with whom he had 68 years of devoted marriage, died February 12, 2017.

He was the son of the late Theron Otis Walker and Janie Hughes Walker.

All his life he was an active member of Greer First Baptist Church where he was a deacon for many years. At the time of his death he was a member of the Willing Workers Sunday School Class.

After attending Clemson and Furman University, he received his M.D. degree from the Medical University of South Carolina in 1948.

He completed his internship at the then Greenville General Hospital and practiced General Medicine in Greer for 47 years, a beloved physician to untold numbers of people, retiring in May, 1996.

He was a former member of the Allen Bennett Memorial Hospital Staff and chairman for one term. He was a member of the SC Medical Association.

He served for 20 years as a medical officer in the SC National Guard, retiring as Lieutenant Colonel.



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Thomas G. Fowler

February 9, 2017 - Thomas G. Fowler, 95, formerly of Lyman, passed away February 9, 2017 at Brushy Creek Rehab & Healthcare.

A native of Spartanburg County, son of the late Doris E. and Virginia Ammons Fowler, a retired employee of Michelin Tire Company, a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, and a US Navy Veteran of WWII.




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Norma Lee Shafer Summerfield

February 10, 2017 - Norma Lee Shafer Summerfield, 86, formerly of Cowpens, but recently of 123 Cromer Street, Roebuck, passed away February 10, 2017 at the Spartanburg Regional Hospice Home.

A native of New, West Virginia, she was a daughter of the late Charles and Edna Redden Radford, a retired employee of Jackson Mills, and was attending Orchard Street Baptist Church in Mayo.



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Jack Edwards Barbare

February 11, 2017 - Jack Edward Barbare, 71, passed away at his home, Saturday, February 11, 2017.

A native of Greenville County, a son of the late Benjamin Claude and Lula Rosezell Mullinax Barbare, he was a retired sales representative of Wholesale Industrial Electronics, a U.S. Navy veteran, and a member of Double Springs Baptist Church.



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Rev. Dewey Neal Ring, Sr.

February 2, 2017 - Rev. Dewey Neal Ring, Sr., 85, husband of Kay Waits Ring, passed away Thursday, February 2, 2017.

A native of Emery, Arkansas, he was a son of the late L. E. Ring and Callie Pinkston Ring, a US Navy veteran, a retired church planter starting churches in Mississippi, Florida, Arizona and Arkansas.

He was a member of Fellowship Baptist Church.



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Helen Cantrell Hand

January 30, 2017 - Helen Cantrell Hand, 78, widow of Avondale Hand, died January 30, 2017 at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Formerly of Pelham, daughter of the late Fred and Iva Bell Taylor Cantrell, she was a retired employee of Honeywell and a member of Pelham First Baptist Church.

Quick with a smile, hug and words of encouragement, she touched the lives of so many in the community with her visits, cards and calls. Praying daily for her church, friends and family.

She was the matriarch of her family, always organizing family gatherings and vacations.

She loved spending time on Tybee Island and visiting in Florida. Our loss is Heaven's gain.



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Craig Seaborn Poitevint

January 27, 2017 - Craig Seaborn Poitevint, 60, passed away January 27, 2017.

A native of Bainbridge, Georgia, son of Helen McDaniel Poitevint of Taylors and the late Seaborn Roy Poitevint, he was an educator for Greenville County School System and of the Baptist faith.



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James "Buck" Sudduth

January 28, 2017 - James "Buck" Sudduth, 91, passed away January 28, 2017.

A native of Greenville County, son of the late James Wilson and Cora Henson Sudduth, he was a retired employee of Springs Industries and a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.

Buck was a lifelong farmer and had a love for tractors, especially John Deere.



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Edna Teal McElrath

January 27, 2017 - Edna Teal McElrath, 91, widow of Thomas Geddis McElrath passed away Jan. 27, 2017.

A native of Spartanburg County, daughter of the late Louie and Ruth McDowell Teal, she was a retired employee of Hoechst Celanese and a member of Greer First Baptist Church.

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Ronald Timothy LaBonte

January 24, 2017 - Ronald Timothy LaBonte, 60, widower of Phyllis Geraldine Althenn-LaBonte, died Jan. 24, 2017 at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

A native of Waterville, Maine, son of the late William and Anecettia Belanger LaBonte, he was a retired correction officer for Greenville City and a member of Salvation Army Church.


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Donald William Armonaitis

January 19, 2017 - Donald William Armonaitis, 82, passed away January 19, 2017 at his home.

A native of North Bergen, New Jersey, he was a son of the late William Anthony and Mary Nebel Armonaitis, a retired truck driver and amateur radio enthusiast, member of the Greer Church of God of Prophecy, and US Air Force veteran.



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Tony Maxwell Tipton, Jr.

January 17, 2017 - Tony Maxwell Tipton, Jr. went to be with the Lord on January 17, 2017.

A lifelong resident of Greer, he was the son of Tony M. Tipton, Sr. and Judy Galloway Tipton of Greer.

Tony was a U.S. Navy Veteran and a lifelong member of Greer First Baptist Church.

He was an avid Greer High School supporter where he served as President of the Greer Booster Club for the last several years.

Tony leaves behind a legacy of strength, dignity, and caring for young people that will live on through his family and community.

Many students' lives were touched by his tireless efforts to encourage them academically and athletically.

He was a mentor and friend to each one.



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Rebecca Becky Youngblood Galliher

January 13, 2017 - Rebecca "Becky" Youngblood Galliher, 74, passed away, Friday, January 13, 2017 at her home.

A native of Lenoir, NC, she was a daughter of the late Samuel McDowell Youngblood and Clara Watson Youngblood, a retired educator with Summit Drive and Welcome Elementary Schools, and was of the Baptist Faith.



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James Suddath Paget, Jr.

January 17, 2017 - James Suddath Paget Jr., 90, passed away Jan. 17, 2017.

A native of Anderson County, son of the late James Suddath Paget Sr. and Ruth Cunningham Paget, he was a 1949 graduate of Clemson University and served in the U.S. Navy during WWII and 32 years in the Naval Reserves where he achieved rank of Captain. Mr. Paget was the president and co-owner of Paget Chevrolet and a member of Greer First Baptist Church where he served as a deacon, Sunday school teacher and was a choir member. He was a life member of the Greer Lions Club, board member at Greer Community Ministries, and served on the Board of Directors for Greenville and Greer Housing Authority, Bank of Greer and United Carolina Bank.


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Jeffrey '"Jeff" Randolph Green

January 16, 2017 - Jeffrey ?Jeff? Randolph Green, 74, passed away January 16, 2017 at his home.

A native of Greenville County, he was a son of the late James Elbert and Marian Hudson Green, retired clothing salesman, and member of Washington Baptist Church.



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