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David John Smith

May 28, 2016 - David John Smith, 70, died May 28, 2016 at his home.

A native of Brooklyn, New York, son of the late Norbert Francis Smith and Theresa Dorothea O'Hara Smith, he was a U.S. Navy Veteran of Vietnam and a retired CPA for Phillip Morris Kraft.



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Ethel Jackson Copeland

May 30, 2016 - Ethel Jackson Copeland, 94, formerly of 306 Pennsylvania Avenue, widow of Wyatt Gentry Copeland, died May 30, 2016 in Warner Robins, Georgia.

A native of Spartanburg County, daughter of the late William Pinckney Jackson, Jr. and Minnie Lee Greer Jackson, she was a retired employee of Southern Worsted Mill and a member of Faith United Methodist Church.



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Otis Eugene Johnson

May 30, 2016 - Otis Eugene Johnson, 88, died May 30, 2016.

A native of Greenville County, he was a son of the late Gaines Benard and Martha Etta Hensley Johnson, a retired manager for Pet Dairy, a member of the Greer Church of God, and a US Navy veteran of WWII.





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Mary Ann Kay Leach

May 27, 2016 - Mary Ann Kay Leach, 82, widow of Daniel Payton Leach, died May 27, 2016 at McCall Hospice House.

A native of Belton, daughter of the late Hoyt and Lottie Bell Nelson Kay, she was a homemaker.

Mrs. Leach was an accomplished Life Master Duplicate Bridge Player.



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Alvin Lafayette Howell

May 28, 2016 - Alvin Lafayette Howell, 85, widower of Lucille Harvey Howell, died May 28, 2016 at the Cottages at Brushy Creek.

A native of Greer, he was the son of the late James Alton and Pearl Wilson Howell, the retired owner of Howell Roofing, member of Victor Baptist Church, and a US Army veteran.



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Thomas (Sonny) Jefferson Lanier, Jr.

May 24, 2016 - Thomas (Sonny) Jefferson Lanier, Jr., 68, of 315 Bright Road, died May 24, 2016 at Grenville Memorial Hospital.

A native of Greenville County, son of the late Thomas Jefferson Lanier, Sr., and Louise Barbery Lanier, he was a retired employee of G.T.P. Inc., a U.S. Army Veteran and a member of Camp Creek Baptist Church.


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Mabelline Hudson Steading

May 22, 2016 - Mabeline Hudson Steading, 93, went home to be with the Lord, Sunday, May 22, 2016 after a brief illness.

A native of Greenville County, daughter of the late Barney and Lettie Bishop Hudson, she was a homemaker and a member of Rocky Creek Baptist Church.

Mrs. Steading was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.




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Fay Fowler Jones

May 19, 2016 - Fay Fowler Jones (Nanny), 94, widow of Malcolm Roland Jones, died May 19, 2016 at Greer Memorial.

A native of Spartanburg County, she was a daughter of the late Thomas Manning and Mary Texas Coker Fowler, a retired employee of J.P. Stevens, and a charter member of Riverside Baptist Church.



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Michael Henry Cohern

May 12, 2016 - Michael Henry Cohern, 66, died May 12, 2016 at Spartanburg Regional.

A native of Multnomah County, Oregon, a retired employee of the State of Washington and a U.S. Marine Veteran.



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Ralph Ernest 'Yogi' Bates

May 17, 2016 -
Ralph Ernest "Yogi" Bates, 95, widower of Wilma Nanette Smith Bates, died May 17, 2016 at Alpha Health and Rehab.

A native of Greenville County, son of the late George W. and Ester Wade Bates, he was a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran, a retired employee of J.P. Stevens and of the Baptist faith.


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Clinta Price Moore

May 11, 2016 - Clinta Price Moore, 72, wife of Thomas Randall (Randy) Moore and resident of Seneca died May 11, 2016 at Cottingham Hospice House in Seneca following a courageous battle with cancer.

The oldest child of Lila Campbell Price of Greer and the late Alfred Clinton Price, Clinta was born June 6, 1943 in Gowensville.

Clinta was a 1961 graduate of Greer High School and a 1965 graduate of Lander University. Clinta's life long purpose was to educate.

Aside from being a loving wife, mother, grandmother, daughter, sister and friend to many, Clinta was born to teach. She carried out that purpose beginning with her first job as a teacher at Ellen Woodside High School. She then taught at Monaview Middle and Trinity Lutheran's private school in Greenville.

Her teaching skills also focused on Sunday School youth and Women?s groups at First Presbyterian Church in Greenville and Fort Hill Presbyterian Church in Clemson.

A signature of Clinta's lessons was the use of songs to emphasize the teachings of scripture. She adhered to Martin Luther's stance that music, after Biblical truth, was the greatest conveyor of the transcendent majesty of God. She believed we are educated through hymns.



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Eleanor (Ellen) Orr Gibson

May 11, 2016 - Eleanor Orr Gibson (Ellen), 89, of Taylors, died peacefully in her home surrounded by her loving family Wednesday, May 11, 2016 following a brief illness.

A long-time Taylors resident, she was married to the late Lollie Gray Gibson for 62 years. They had two daughters: Deborah Gibson Spearman (Bill) of Simpsonville; and Terri Gibson McElhannon (Dennis) of Greer.

She was the daughter of the late Milton Thomas and Gladys Jones Orr and was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

She was a charter member of Lee Road Baptist Church and was active in the Joy Club and a member of the choir for 40 years.

Mrs. Gibson possessed a true gift in caring for children.

In addition to assisting in the daily care of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren, she provided weekly childcare in her home for dozens of families over two decades. She was also a respected employee of several childcare centers, her expertise and loving manner provided comfort to new working mothers. She was affectionately called "Granny" by not only her grandchildren, but to every child she cared for and even some adults.



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Billy Carol Frasure

May 10, 2016 - Billy Carol Frasure, 80, died peacefully on May 10, 2016 at his home surrounded by family and friends.

A native of Greenville County, son of the late Brice and Emma Harrison Frasure, he was a U.S. Army Veteran of Vietnam and the Korean War, a retired employee of White Horse Mill and of the Baptist faith.



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Lena Ethel Guest

May 9, 2016 - Lena Ethel Guest, 97, died May 9, 2016 at Magnolia Manor of Rock Hill.

A native of Greer, daughter of the late Thomas Edward and Lena Batson Guest, she was a retired Professor at North Greenville University, a member of Hampton Heights Baptist Church and a former Baptist missionary in Nigeria in the 1950s.




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Martha J. Atkison

May 8, 2016 - Martha J. Atkison, age 65, died May 8, 2016 at her home.



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Mary Ruth Henson Farmer

May 9, 2016 - Mary Ruth Henson Farmer, 97, of 3811 Jordan Road, widow of Jessie Runion Farmer, died May 9, 2016.

A native of Greenville County, daughter of the late Samuel David and Alice Victoria Henson, she was a homemaker, a lifetime member of Mount Lebanon Baptist Church and was a former children?s Sunday school teacher for 40-plus years.



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James Wellington Blackwell

May 4, 2016 - James Wellington Blackwell, 32, died May 4, 2016 at Spartanburg Medical Center.

A native of Greenville County, son of Francis Judson "Jud" and Sheila Garrett Blackwell of Taylors, James was a 2002 graduate of Blue Ridge High School, where he was a member of the Blue Ridge Corp of Cadets and a member of the tennis team.

He was an employee of D & W Fine Pack, past worshipful master of Tyger Masonic Lodge #190, and of the Baptist faith.

James loved to hunt, fish, ride his motorcycle, line dance, and serve those in need.



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Doris Anne Matthews Pearson

May 3, 2016 - Doris Anne Matthews Pearson, 82, died May 3, 2016 at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

A native of Lincolnton, Georgia, daughter of the late Milledge Matthews, Sr. and Bessie Bell Ertzberger Matthews, she was a retired employee of Carolina Fashion and a member of Park Place Church of God in Greenville.



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Myrtle Mae Rollins Pittman

May 2, 2016 - Myrtle Mae Rollins Pittman, 93, widow of Steve Pittman, died May 2, 2016, at the home of her son.

A native of Spartanburg County, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Hassie McCreedy Rollins, a member of Fellowship Baptist Church, and a retired textile employee.



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