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Oscar James Olson

May 31, 2015 - Oscar James Olson, 40, of 35 Birch Tree Road, died May 31, 2015.

A native of Keene, NH, son of Joel Thomas and Anne Laurel Stauffeneker Olson, he was self-employed carpenter.



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Joe Earl Quinn, Sr.

May 31, 2015 - Joe Earl Quinn, Sr., 77, of 553 Memorial Drive, died May 31, 2015 at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

A native of Spartanburg County, son of the late James Ronzo Quinn, Sr. and Myrtle Fowler Quinn, he was a retired employee of Cunningham Waters and a member of Calvary Baptist Church.



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Miles Elliott Bruce

May 31, 2015 - Miles Elliott Bruce, 83, of Greer passed away Sunday, May 31, 2015 at McCall Hospice House in Simpsonville surrounded by his wife, children and grandchildren.

Born July 11, 1931, to Edgar and Genelle Dobson Bruce, Miles was a lifelong resident of Greer.

He graduated from Greer High School in 1949, then went on to major in Arts and Sciences at Clemson University.

A natural born leader, he served as the University?s Student Body President.

Upon graduation, Miles received a regular commission from the U.S. Army.

He spent three years serving in Korea and Missouri as an ROTC instructor. Discharged from regular duty in 1956, Miles remained in the Army Reserves for 28 years, earning the rank of full colonel prior to retirement.

Miles was a salesman for Richtex Corporation for 35 years. He served his community in numerous ways, as a little league coach, as president of the Greer Peach Festival, and as an officer with the Chamber of Commerce.

He was a lifetime member of the Greer Lions Club.

Miles was a loyal member of IPTAY for 64 years. He was consistently among the top representatives, always promoting the university and his Tigers.

A lifelong member of Greer First Baptist Church, Miles was a faithful servant of the Lord. He was a choir member and deacon.

Miles loved to be around people, always teasing them in a kind-natured way.

He was proud of his family and loved taking them on annual beach vacations. He made the best cakes and pimento cheese.

He was as strong and structured as one would expect an Army colonel to be but was also lovable and affectionate, always offering a big hug and a "Love you, shug."



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Mary Bishop Nichols

May 29, 2015 - Mary Bishop Nichols, 92, of 126 Maple Drive, widow of Everett James Nichols, died May 29, 2015 at Spartanburg Medical Center.

A native of Spartanburg County, daughter of the late Thomas and Ella McFee Bishop, she was a member of Pelham First Baptist Church, a homemaker, mother and grandmother.



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William Leo "Billy" Cloninger, Jr.

May 31, 2015 - William Leo "Billy" Cloninger, Jr., 60, of 112 Silver Ridge Court, died May 31, 2015 at Greenville Memorial Hospital of chronic heart failure.

A native of Greenville, South Carolina, son of Janie Duncan Cloninger of Greer and the late William Leo Cloninger, Sr., he was a member of Greer First Baptist Church.



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Edith Carolyn Smith Lynn

May 26, 2015 - Edith Carolyn Smith Lynn, beloved mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and aunt, died peacefully on May 26th, 2015, surrounded by her children.

Born in Greer December 31, 1925, she was the daughter of the late William Carey and Maude S. Smith.

Mrs. Lynn was a retired employee of Bank of America with over 25 years of service.

A member of Greer First Baptist Church since 1963, she felt blessed to be a part of the Polly Lineberger WMU Circle.






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Samuel Bryan Robison

May 26, 2015 - Samuel Bryan Robison, 86, formerly of 871 N. Rutherford Road, widower of Mary Lou Lowe Robison, passed away May 26, 2015 at Autumn Leaves of Towne Lake.

A native of Duncan, SC, son of the late Charlie I. Robison and Mary Foster Robison, he was a U.S. Navy Veteran of WWII and a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean War. He worked at Southern Bleachery and then was the owner of S & S Mobile Homes for 39 years. He was an active lifelong member of Fairview Baptist Church, a member of the Taylors Masonic Lodge, a Hejaz Shriner and a member of V.F.W. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather and friend.





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Mendell Lee Runion

May 24, 2015 - Mendell Lee Runion, 87, of 507 Avon Drive, died May 24, 2015 at Brookdale Inn Assisted Living.

A native of Greenville County, son of the late Belton W. and Daisy Hardin Runion, he was a self-employed mechanic, a US Navy Veteran and a member of East North Street Baptist Church.



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Bonnie Miller Smith

May 25, 2015 - Bonnie Miller Smith, 80, of 136 Maple Drive, died May 25, 2015 at McCall Hospice House.

A native of Oneonta, Alabama, daughter of the late Carl Josh and Elsie Bennifield Miller, she was a retired textile employee and of the Baptist faith.



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Lillie Beatie Massingale Wagoner

May 22, 2015 - Lillie Beatie Massingale Wagoner, 67, of 356 Taylor Road, died May 22, 2015 at her home.

A native of Greenville County, a daughter of the late Joseph Wilburn and Essie Odessa Lindsey Massingale, a retired employee of Springs Industries, and a member of Greer Church of God of Prophecy.



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Ira Roy Ussery

May 22, 2015 - Ira Roy Ussery, 84, died on Friday, May 22, 2015, in Greenville.

A native of Richmond County, NC, he was a son of the late Robert Roy and Maggie MacRae Ussery, a U.S. Marine Corp veteran of the Korean War and a 1954 graduate of Western Carolina University.

Mr. Ussery worked in Research & Development at Springs Industries, and was an active member of Unity Presbyterian Church of Fort Mill, SC.

One of his great joys in life was music and especially singing.



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Hoyt Andrew Swafford, Jr.

May 20, 2015 - Hoyt Andrew "Drew" Swafford, Jr., 59, of Greer, died May 20, 2015.

A native of Greenville County, he was a son of Hoyt Andrew Swafford, Sr. of Taylors and the late Faye Harbin Swafford, was the owner of Drew's Home Improvement and property management, and a member of Fairview Baptist Church.



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Dorris Auchmuty Hatcher

May 21, 2015 - Dorris Auchmuty Hatcher, 90, of 4023 Pennington Road, widow of USAF Ret. Charles W. Hatcher, died May 21, 2015 at Bayberry Inn.

Mrs. Hatcher was a daughter of the late Charles and Winnie Ellison Auchmuty of LaGrange, Ga.

She was educated in LaGrange public schools and the Montgomery Business College.

She was a member of Memorial United Methodist Church, Greer.



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Eldridge I. "El" Blackwell

May 20, 2015 - Eldridge I. "El", 87, of Greer, SC, and widower of Edna Wood Blackwell, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, May 20, 2015 at his home surrounded by his family.

El was born in Holly Springs, the son of the late R.F. "Uncle Bob" and Cecilia Gosnell Blackwell.

He was a graduate of Greer High School, retired from Homelite Textron in 1989 after 30 years of service, retired Minister of Music at Ebenezer Welcome Baptist Church Landrum, SC in October, 2011.

Lead singer of the former Foothills Boys Quartet, Past President and Life Time Member (with perfect attendance) of the Tiger River Ruritan Club for over 40 years and a member of Apalache Baptist Church.



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Charlsie Genae Smith

May 20, 2015 - Charlsie Genae Smith, 40, of 707 Fisher Road, died May 20, 2015.

A native of Greenville County, daughter of Charles Alvin and Judy Kay Kemp Smith, she was a registered nurse and a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.



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Grace Lucille Lowe Bryant

May 19, 2015 - Grace Lucille Lowe Bryant, 91, widow of David Carlisle Bryant, of 105 Wayland Drive, died May 19, 2015 at her home.

A native of Spartanburg County, she was a daughter of the late Oliver Gano and Lillie Satterfield Lowe, a retired employee of Zale?s Corporation, and was of the Methodist faith.


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Frank Hilliard

May 17, 2015 - Frank Hilliard, 57, passed away from cancer on May 17.

Born in Charleston, SC, Frank was the son of Roy and Luna Hilliard (Greer, SC).

He is survived by his wife, Beth (Greer), daughter Rosemary (Boston, MA), son, Sam (Columbia, SC), sister June Ross and her husband, Doug (Greer), as well as numerous extended family members both in the Greenville and Atlanta, GA, areas.

Frank is also survived by his two rescue dogs, Zuke and Pearl who kept him company during his extended illness.

Frank embraced life. He attended the University of South Carolina where he became an avid Gamecock fan, often sparring with his many Clemson friends.

He worked 34 years in the mortgage finance industry, living in Chicago, Boston, Milwaukee and Greensboro.

Frank traveled extensively and enjoyed making contacts all over the country.

He had a passion for golf and spent his last years at Holly Tree Country Club in Simpsonville, SC.

Frank faced his illness with extreme bravery, documenting the challenges, good and bad over social network and in the public domain. He touched many souls, giving the rest of us hope that we can face our own mortality with such honesty and courage.

A memorial service will be held at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1135 State Park Road in Greenville, on Saturday, May 23, 2:00 p.m. officiated by Rev. Richard Stower of Scituate, MA and Rev. Pat Jobe.

The family will receive visitors following the service at the Fellowship.

The family wishes to thank Delphine Foster, RN, and the rest of Open Arms Hospice staff and volunteers for their compassionate care.

In lieu of flowers, please send any donations to Open Arms Hospice, 1836 West Georgia Road, Simpsonville, SC 29680.

Online condolences may be made at www.thewoodmortuary.com.






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Rev. Fred Hammett Brown

May 16, 2015 - Rev. Fred Hammett Brown, 85, of Greer, SC died Saturday, May 16, 2015 in Greenville, SC.

Son of Fred H. and Venity Hammett Brown, he was born into a loving Christian family on February 10, 1930 and grew up in the Cedar Spring Community of Spartanburg, SC.

He received a call to Gospel ministry while a member of Cedar Springs Baptist Church at the age of 20, and he went on to graduate from Mars Hill Junior College, Furman University, and Southern Baptist Seminary in pursuit of the Lord?s will for his life.

He enthusiastically pastored New Hope Baptist Church in Cross Anchor, SC, served as Associate Pastor of Southside Baptist Church in Spartanburg, SC, and pastored Northwood Baptist Church in Greer, SC and First Baptist Church in Dillon, SC before retiring and serving as Interim Pastor of Double Springs Baptist Church and of Mount Lebanon Baptist Church of Greer.

A member of Taylors First Baptist Church, he diligently loved others by excelling in many varied ministries both inside and outside the church, leaving a legacy of faithfulness to all that had the privilege of seeing Jesus shining through his life.



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Rev. John Boyce Pitts

May 17, 2015 - Rev. John Boyce Pitts, 81, of 707 Trade Street, died May 17, 2015 at White Oak Manor.

A native of Dacusville, SC, he was a son of the late Zackaria William and Viola Hinton Pitts, a retired security officer with Allied Barton, a US Marine Corp veteran of the Korean War, and the pastor and member of the Cashville Church of God of Prophecy.



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Thomas Oviatt

May 16, 2015 - Thomas Oviatt, 73, passed away May 16, 2015.

He was born in Battle Creek, MI on May 22, 1941 to Sidney and Janet Hastings Oviatt.

Tom graduated from both Michigan State and Bob Jones University.

He was employed by Chevrolet Manufacturing for 19 years, taught high school math and later provided IT support for BJU Press.

He enjoyed playing and building guitars, teaching ESL and technology classes, biking, hiking and reading.

He attended Heritage Bible Church of Greer.



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