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Alvin Augustus McCall, Jr.

Location: Greenville
July 31, 2016 - Alvin Augustus McCall, Jr. (Grandgeorge) of Greenville, SC entered into eternal rest on July 31, 2016.

Born May 13, 1927 in Pelzer, SC, son of the late Alvin Augustus, Sr. and May Belle McCall. He is now reunited with his beloved wife Wanda and daughter Karen.

He served in the Navy from May 1945 to December 1946. Entered Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science, Nashville, TN in fall of 1947. Later attended Steed College in Johnson City, TN majoring in accounting. He returned to Pelzer in 1951 to start working for Elliott, Davis & Co.

On February 23, 1952, he married Wanda Ervin, the love of his life.

In 1956 he started dabbling in the homebuilding and development business until 1958 when he ventured out full-time. Along with development, he also operated a car dealership in Sumter in 1962.

In 1970 he had the vision to build and expand on a family steakhouse business. He built nine Western Family Steak Houses before selling in 1976. In July 1978, he opened his first Ryan's Steak House building the concept to 270 company stores and 25 franchised. Ryan's went public in 1982 with an initial public offering on July 13.

He retired in 1992 to manage his own private investment business.

Alvin was an active member of St. Matthew's United Methodist Church.

His belief in helping those less fortunate was evident in the many charities he supported. In addition to St. Matthews United Methodist Church, Alvin and Wanda were involved with Meals on Wheels, Epworth Children's Home, Miracle Hill Ministries, Salvation Army, McCall Campus of the Upstate Chapter of the American Red Cross, McCall Hospice House, Christian Learning Center of Greenville, Mayo Clinic Breast Cancer Research, Triune Mercy Center and many other charities that held a special place in his heart.

He was also a recipient of The Order of the Palmetto.

We want to thank his wonderful caregivers, Eliana, Shannon, Lynda, Judy, Janet, and Sandra.

The children would like to offer our heartfelt gratitude to Suzy Glymph for her dedication, love and support for our Dad.



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Ryan B. Scheer

Location: Greer, SC
July 17, 2016 - Lance Cpl. Ryan Benjamin Scheer, 27, died July 17, 2016.

A native of Greenville, son of Kenneth Harrison and Pamela Ann Payne Scheer, he was a graduate of Bob Jones University, actively served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a member of Trinity Bible Church.

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Ellen Bishop Mason

Location: Greer, SC
July 19, 2016 - Ellen Bishop Mason, 99, widow of Stanyarn S. Mason, went to be with the Lord July 19, 2016.

A native of Greenville County, daughter of the late John and Sue Payne Bishop, she was a retired employee of J.P. Stevens Greer Plant and member of Fairview Baptist Church.



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Morris Cannon Smith

Location: Duncan
July 13, 2016 - Morris Cannon Smith, 89, passed away on Wednesday, July 13, 2016 in Spartanburg, SC.

He was a lifetime resident in the Wood?s Chapel and Duncan community and was very active in his church, Victor United Methodist Church.

He was born on October 25, 1926, and was the son of the late DeWitt and Ione Smith.

Morris was a man of faith and kindness who spoke few words and maintained a humorous spirit to the end. He was forever devoted to his family and had a lifelong passion for farming.

For more than 40 years he was the Owner of Smith-Compton in Spartanburg, selling and working with farm equipment.

He was predeceased by his wife, Nellie McAlister Smith. They were married on December 21, 1946.



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Byron Kent Bridges, Dr.

Location: Greer, SC
July 3, 2016 - Dr. Byron Kent Bridges, 85, passed away July 3, 2016 at home surrounded by family.

A native of Graham, TX, son of the late John Charles and Rose Etta Petty Bridges, Kent graduated from Graham High School and the University of Texas.

A practicing dentist for over 50 years, he was a member of the American Dental Association, SC Dental Association and the Greenville County Dental Association serving as president 1982 ? 83.

Kent had a servant?s heart providing volunteer dental services to the public schools, Pendleton Place and during mission trips to Haiti and Moldova.

He obtained patents on two dental instruments and worked to produce and market them.

He was a U.S. Air Force Veteran and a member of the MUMC Camack Sunday School Class.



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David Allen 'Elvis' Deane

Location: Greer, SC
July 7, 2016 - David Allen "Elvis" Deane, 65, died July 7, 2016 in Greer, South Carolina.

He was born in Coral Gables, Fla., on May 17, 1951 and moved to Greer to live with his brother, Billy.

Deane's fascination with all things Elvis Presley earned him his nickname.

He was predeceased by his parents, Raymond and Emily Deane.


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Teresa Miller Turner

Location: Greer, SC
July 8, 2016 - Teresa Miller Turner, 54, widow of Gary Cecil Turner, died July 8, 2016. at Pelham Medical Center.

A native of Greensboro, N.C., a daughter of the late Owen T. and Helen Breeden Miller, she was an employee of the Greenville County School District and attended Freedom Fellowship Church.



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Julia Ann Griffith Shelton

Location: Landrum
July 8, 2016 - Julie Ann Griffin Shelton, 74, died July 8, 2016 at her home.

A native of Madison County, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Gilbert and Belle Griffin and a retired seamstress.



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Brenda Gail Blackwell Walker

Location: Duncan
July 5, 2016 - Brenda Gail Blackwell Walker, 59, widow of William Harvey Walker III, died July 5, 2016.

A native of Saluda County, South Carolina, she was a daughter of William Blackwell of Lexington and Marjorie Padgett Enlow of Johnston.



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Edward L. Holtzclaw

Location: Greer, SC
July 6, 2016 - Edward L. Holtzclaw, at the age of 89 went to be with the Lord on this day, July 5, 2016.

He was predeceased by the love of his life, Corrie Lou Holtzclaw.

A native of Greer, the son of the late James M. and Alvis Farrow Holtzclaw, he was a retired Superintendent of Postal Operations, Greer United States Postal Service and was a lifelong member of Brushy Creek Baptist Church, Taylors, SC where he was a former deacon and was active in the church throughout his life.

Mr. Holtzclaw was a World War II Veteran Technical Sergeant 5th Calvary and served in the Pacific and occupation of Japan.



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Janice Styles Frye

Location: Greer, SC
July 5, 2016 - Janice Styles Frye, 66, died July 5, 2016 at her home.

A native of Winnsboro, South Carolina, daughter of Lorene Pratt Styles and the late James Carlos Styles, she was a homemaker and a member of Edgewood Baptist Church.



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Mary Lou Gosnell Blackwell

Location: Lyman
July 4, 2016 - Mary Lou Gosnell Blackwell, 96, widow of Louie "Hap" Blackwell, died July 4, 2016 at Greenville Health and Rehab.

A native of Spartanburg County, she was a daughter of the late James and Margaret Henson Gosnell, a retired textile employee and member of Friendship Baptist Church.



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David Michael Vaughan

Location: Greer, SC
July 5, 2016 - David Michael Vaughan, 66, died July 5, 2016 at his home.

A native of Zanesville, OH, son of the late Wayne and Norma Ogg Factor, he was owner/operator of Upstate Enterprise, a US Army Veteran and was a member of Washington Baptist Church.


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Ruby Irene Arms Scoggin

Location: Greer, SC
July 3, 2016 - Ruby Irene Arms Scoggin, 91, widow of Warren G. "Coot" Scoggin, died July 3, 2016.

A native of Greenville County, daughter of the late Roy Lee and Ethel Pittman Arms, she was a retired employee of Lyman Printing and Finishing and a member of Fairview Baptist Church.



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Pansy Ruth Cannon Williams

Location: Greenville
July 1, 2016 - Pansy Ruth Cannon Williams, 83, of 33 Nottingham Road, died July 1, 2016 at her home.

A native of Greenville County, daughter of the late Nell Barnett and James Hugh Cannon and stepmother, Hazel Cannon, she was a retired employee of Celanese Corporation.



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Ann May Phillips

Location: Greer, SC
July 1, 2016 - Ann May Phillips, 80, died July 1, 2016.

A native of York County, daughter of the late John Calvin and Helen Hunt May, she was a retired employee of Hoechst Celanese and a member of Fairview Baptist Church.



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