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J.C. Ponder

Location: Greer, SC
October 31, 2017 - J. C. Ponder, 94, went to be with the Lord on October 31, 2017.

A native of Madison County, North Carolina, son of the late Cornelius and Elizabeth Robinson Ponder, he was a U.S. Navy Veteran of WWII, area personnel director of Burlington Industries and the owner of Management Recruiters of Greenville.

Mr. Ponder was a Mason and a member of St. John?s Baptist Church, Taylors.



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J C Ponder

Location: Greer, SC
October 31, 2017 - J. C. Ponder, 94, went to be with the Lord on October 31, 2017.

A native of Madison County, North Carolina, son of the late Cornelius and Elizabeth Robinson Ponder, he was a U.S. Navy Veteran of WWII, area personnel director of Burlington Industries and the owner of Management Recruiters of Greenville.

Mr. Ponder was a Mason and a member of St. John?s Baptist Church, Taylors.



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Barbara Ann Edwards

Location: Greer, SC
October 31, 2017 - Barbara Ann Edwards, 77, widow of Harold Reason Edwards, passed away Tuesday, October 31, 2017 at her home

A native of Greer, SC, she was a daughter of the late Gladys Searcy Ross; a retired employee of the Greer Mill Cloth Room and of the Baptist faith.



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Mary Elizabeth Chandler Hicks

Location: Greer, SC
October 30, 2017 - Mary Elizabeth Chandler Hendricks, 91, widow of William Leroy Hendricks, passed away October 30, 2017 at her home.

A native of Greenville County, she was a daughter of the late Walter Cleveland Chandler and Lessie Mae Greer Chandler, a retired educator with the Greenville County School District having taught for thirty years, and was a member of Abner Creek Baptist Church.



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Elina Wynell Harris Greer

Location: Spartanburg
October 30, 2017 - Elina Wynell Harris Greer, 85, widow of Fred Greer, passed away October 30, 2017.

A native of Spartanburg County, she was a daughter of the late Mart and Minnie Stone Harris, retired Financial Aid Director of Spartanburg Methodist College, and member of Lyman First Baptist Church.



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Karen Burrell Hiott

Location: Taylors
October 29, 2017 - Karen Burrell Hiott, 57, passed away October 29, 2017.

A native of Greenville County, daughter of Charles Louis and Carol Coster Burrell, she was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.

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George John Ginn

Location: Greer, SC
October 27, 2017 - George John Ginn, 84, passed away October 27, 2017.

A native of Woodlyn, Pennsylvania, son of the late John Olin and Ellen Cunniffe Ginn, he was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Korean War and a retired employee of Fluor Corporation.



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John Anthony Kimbrell

Location: Greer, SC
October 22, 2017 - John Anthony Kimbrell, 59, passed away October 22, 2017.

A native of Greer, son of Betty Johnson O?Brien (John) of Greer and the late John Claude Kimbrell, he served in the U.S. Army National Guard, was the owner of Kimbrell Hauling & Grading Co., and was of the Christian faith. John enjoyed woodworking, working on old cars, and working on his grandfather?s antique truck and tractor.




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Sandra Hope Taylor

Location: Greer, SC
October 21, 2017 - Sandra Hope Taylor went to be with her Lord on Saturday, October 21, 2017 at her home in Greer, SC.

She was born in Queensland, Australia on April 14, 1943.

Mrs. Taylor retired from county government employment in 2000 after 30 years of service.

After the death of her husband she relocated to Greenville, SC to be close to her daughter and her family.

She was a member of the Edwards Road Baptist Church (her church family) and the Women of Faith (Heath/Martin) Sunday School Class in Greenville, SC.



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Mary Alice Rice

Location: Taylors
October 21, 2017 - Mary Alice Rice, 79, daughter of the late George F. and Mary M. Effler Rice, passed away on October 21, 2017 at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

She was a graduate of Woodruff High School, East Tennessee State University, and earned her master?s degree from Furman University.

She was a retired educator with Greenville County School District.



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Milford Odell Howard

Location: Greer, SC
October 21, 2017 - Milford Odell Howard, 92, son of the late Davis Milford and Narcissie Howard, went to his forever home in heaven on October 21st, 2017, surrounded by his family.

A native of Greenville county, he was a faithful member of Washington Baptist Church, a US Army veteran of the Korean War and a Purple Heart recipient.



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William "Bill" Malvern Askins

Location: Greer, SC
October 17, 2017 - Known to those close to him as "Bill", Lieutenant Colonel William Malvern Askins, 78, passed away on October 17, 2017.

A native of Honolulu, HI, son of the late Samuel Marion and Ermel Malvern Askins, Bill graduated from Pomona College in California before entering the United States Army. During his career, he served in the prestigious 82nd Airborne Division and was proud to serve as an Army Ranger.

He served in the Army Corps of Engineers and completed two tours in Vietnam.

Domestically, he was assigned as Project Manager of the DeGray Dam in Arkansas, a $64 million project.

His military awards and decorations include: the Legion of Merit, awarded in 1988, Bronze Star with Oak Leaf Cluster for meritorious service, Meritorious Service Medal with three Oak Leaf Clusters, Army Commendation Medal for Meritorious Achievement, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, Republic of Vietnam Medal of Honor First Class, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, Parachutist Badge, and Ranger Tab.

His final assignment was at the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., where he met Gloria. They were married in 1988, and later that year, he retired from the Army after over 26 years of service.

For the next 21 years, Bill and Gloria lived in Maryland and were active members of the Darnestown Presbyterian Church, where Bill was an Elder.

He was also involved in the Rockville, MD Chapter of the Izaak Walton League of America.

During his second career, Bill worked in the DC-area as the Project Manager on many important projects, including renovation of the U.S. Treasury Building.

Bill and Gloria moved to Greer in 2012. They joined Clearview Baptist Church, where Bill loved to minister to the community through The Homeless Breakfast Program as well as many mission projects in the surrounding area.

He even created his own ?Brownie Outreach? program throughout the community.

Bill was proud to serve as the Vice President of the Daniel Morgan Chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution.



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Dorothy (Didi) Kagel

Location: Greenville
October 17, 2017 - Dorothy (Diki) Kagel, peacefully joined The Lord Jesus Christ on Tuesday, October 17, 2017, just 10-days following the celebration of her 90th birthday.

She was born in New York City to Fred and Emma Volk. Diki had been a resident of Greenville, SC since 1968.

Diki started the Greenville Driving School, which she owned and operated for 40+ years. She was well known as the driving instructor who could effectively teach nearly anyone to drive.

She specialized in older or especially nervous or disabled driving students; truly amazing at her work.

Diki was a member of Lutheran Church of Our Savior all those years.

She was a devout Christian, a devoted wife for 67 years, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother.

Diki loved challenging physical activities and the great outdoors. She was an expert scuba diver, fencer, accomplished golfer, water skier, snow skier, talented bowler, square dancer, and in her youth she was a skilled gymnast and tap dancer.

Diki also enjoyed duck and deer hunting with her husband Ray.

Any type of fishing was even a greater passion.

Diki Kagel enriched the lives of everyone that knew her; she was uncommonly intelligent, extremely generous to her family and friends, quick as a wink to laugh, to praise, and to love family, friends, and strangers alike. She will be long remembered and sorely missed.



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Joseph (Joe) Melton Owings

Location: Greer, SC
October 18, 2017 - Joseph (Joe) Melton Owings, 69, passed away October 18, 2017.

A native of Greenville County, son of the late Woodrow and Veleria Hensley Owings, he was a retired employee of Greenville County Road and Bridge Department and attended Hopewell Baptist Church.

He was a member of Taylors Masonic Lodge #345 and Downey Chapter of The Eastern Star #275.



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John Michael Bridwell

Location: Greer, SC
October 14, 2017 - John Michael Bridwell, 23, passed away October 14, 2017.

A native of Greenville, he was a son of Kevin and Indria Ann Morrow Bridwell of Greer, an employee of BrightView Landscape, and of the Baptist faith.



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Ruth Louise Peters Sullivan

Location: Greer, SC
October 12, 2017 - Ruth Louise Peters Sullivan, 99, widow of John Lowe Sullivan, Sr., passed away Thursday, October 12, 2017 at National HealthCare of Greer.

A native of Greensburg, PA, she was a daughter of the late Leonard Sowash and Mable Emma Mason Peters, a homemaker and member of First Presbyterian Church of Greer.



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William Glenn "Bill" Lawson

Location: Campobello
October 11, 2017 - William Glenn "Bill" Lawson, Sr. of Campobello, known to hundreds as Papa Lawson, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on October 11, 2017, where he joined his precious wife of 68 years, Gladys Mitchell Lawson.

He was born January 13, 1925 to the late Albert Dewey Lawson and Iva Mae Griffin Lawson.

He was a current member of Ingleside Baptist Church and a member of Motlow Creek Baptist Church for 45 years.



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Earline Hawkins Smith

Location: Greer, SC
October 10, 2017 - Earline Hawkins Smith, 91, widow of Mitchell David Smith, passed away October 10, 2017.

A native of Spartanburg County, a daughter of the late Will and Ressie Bagwell Hawkins, she was a homemaker and a member of Liberty Hill United Methodist Church.



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Mona Elizabeth Lewis Brunina

Location: Taylors
October 7, 2017 - Mona Elizabeth Lewis Brunina, 64, of Taylors, SC, passed away October 7, 2017 at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Born in Portsmith, Virginia, she was the daughter of the late Lemuel B. Lewis and Betty A. Smith.

She grew up in Savannah, Georgia and later moved to Taylors, South Carolina, where she loved riding in the Corvette, playing darts, bowling and loved baking.

She was a God fearing woman that loved her family, children and grandchildren.

Mona loved and adored our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. She enjoyed and took pleasure going to church with her husband and them serving the Lord together.



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Shirley June Edwards Bryant

Location: Taylors
October 2, 2017 - Shirley June Edwards Bryant, 81, passed away on October 2, 2017 at her home.

A native of Greenville County, daughter of the late Thomas Wofford and Alice Effie Lark Edwards, she was a homemaker and a member of Milford Baptist Church.



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