Greer Obituaries            = Veteran

Bruce Elliott Taylor

Location: Greer, SC
February 27, 2017 - Bruce Elliott Taylor, 94, passed away February 27, 2017 at his home.

A native of Greenville County, son of the late Charles E. and Lois Simmons Taylor, a 1949 graduate of Clemson University, a U.S. Army Veteran of WWII and a member of Bailey Masonic Lodge #146 for 50 years.

He was a former employee of J.P. Stevens Victor Plant, B&B Grocery and Dobson Hardware.

Mr. Taylor was a member of Victor Baptist Church for 65 years, where he served as a deacon, Sunday School Director and custodian. He was chosen as Greer Citizen of the Year in 2015 and was runner up for National Volunteer of the Year for Greer Community Ministries in 2015.

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Robert Wesley Nix

Location: Taylors
February 27, 2017 - Robert Wesley Nix, 90, widower of Martha Nix, passed away February 27, 2017 at St. Francis Hospital.

A native of Greenville County, son of the late Claude and Allie Smith Nix, he a U.S. Army Veteran having served 21 years.

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Benjamin Buford Waters

Location: Greer, SC
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

Location: Greer, SC
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

Location: Greer, SC
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

Location: Lyman
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

Location: Campobello
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,

Location: Greer, SC
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

Location: Lyman
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

Location: Cowpens
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

Location: Taylors
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.

Location: Taylors
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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