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James Kenneth "Ken" Hart, Sr.

Location: Greer, SC
March 31, 2017 - On March 31, 2017, James Kenneth "Ken" Hart, Sr., went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He was married to his loving wife of nearly 62 years, Beverly Louise Hart.

Born February 1, 1932, son of the late Dewey Worth and Esther Peahuff Hart and predeceased by his brother, George Hart.

He was raised in the Jordan Community of Greenville County.

He was a U.S. Navy Veteran of the Korean War and served on the USS Flamingo.

He was a retired diesel mechanic and owner of Ken Hart Repair Service. He was also a member of Holly Springs Baptist Church.

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Frankie Stokes

Location: Greenville
March 27, 2017 - Frankie "Shine" Inez Mullinax Stokes, 91, widow of Huey L. Stokes, Jr., passed away March 27, 2017.

A native of Greenville County, daughter of the late William James and Lula Poole Mullinax, she was a former employee of Carolina Sue, a homemaker and a member of Groveland Baptist Church.

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Tony Gene Gillespie, Sr.

Location: Lyman
March 28, 2017 - Tony Gene Gillespie, Sr., 69, of Lyman, passed away Tuesday, March 28, 2017.

He was the loving husband for 46 years of Deborah Laws Gillespie and the son of the late Woodrow and Corrine Herrin Gillespie.

Mr. Gillespie was a member of First Baptist Church Lyman, Irving Southworth Lodge #350, Retired SFC E7 SC Armory National Guard, Hejaz Shrine, Mayor of Lyman, and Huge Supporter of The Byrnes Rebels.?In addition to his wife,

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Elizabeth C. Lib Lynn

March 27, 2017 - Elizabeth C. (Lib) Lynn of Greer died on Monday, 27 March in her 78th year of life.
Better known to her friends and family as Lib, she was born on 30 September 1938 in Andalusia, AL. Lib was the daughter of the late Clifford and Norma Carroll. At an early age her family moved to Raleigh, NC where she grew up, attended early education and graduated from Needham Broughton High School in 1956.

After accepting an invitation for a date, a storybook romance ensued with her life's one and only true love, Vann Lynn. The lovebirds joined together in marriage in 1958 rocketing away on a lifetime of exploration and adventure.

They relocated to the South Carolina Upstate in 1962 where Lib spent time creating a loving home and being a wonderful wife and mother of two rambunctious boys. She was immensely proud of her sons and attended all of their school programs, PTA meetings, sporting events, awards ceremonies, Scouting activities and operated "Mom?s Taxi Service."

Lib worked a variety of jobs after her sons started school, but spent most of her career with the Greenville County School District working as a teacher's aide at Greer Middle School and later as school secretary at both Woodland and Sara Collins Elementary.

Many former students who attended Woodland and teachers who worked there in the 1960s and 1970s will remember her as the Halloween Witch who handed out treats to all the school?s children. Creating and refining her Wicked Witch?s costume year after year, she felt it was her mission to ensure each and every child received at least one treat of Halloween candy during the fall festivities. Lib also visited many other elementary schools throughout the area delivering treats.
Born with an amazing artistic talent, she was a champion crafter who excelled in a variety of disciplines including knitting, crochet, painting, sewing, basket weaving, stained glass, quilting and other creative endeavors. Lib?s hands were never idle and even when friends visited, she could carry on conversations while her hands continued knitting or crocheting her projects.

As a sister of mercy, when illness or sickness struck, her family and friends could always depend on Lib to drop by with a freshly made batch of home-made chicken soup to warm the soul and bring comfort. On birthdays, holidays, special occasions and celebrations, she was always ready with a handmade gift or sweet baked treat for the celebrants. She worked tirelessly to help bring joy to all those family and friends who knew her.

Her friends frequently commented that she was a joy to know and one of the nicest people imaginable. Consequently, her legacy leaves behind a large group of close personal friends.

She enjoyed testing and improving new recipes in her kitchen. An avid shopper, Lib had an incredible talent for finding and rooting out shopping bargains. She worked tirelessly decorating her home, cutting over two acres of grass weekly and improving the beauty of her yard. She loved a good scary movie and watching The Walking Dead was a weekly passion. She also participated in many outdoor activities and could usually outdo her children with a fishing rod and wiggling worm dangling from the hook.

She and Vann traveled extensively throughout the entire United States on many long distance adventures to national parks, historic venues, Las Vegas, most of the 50 states and to visit family. Florida?s Gulf Coast was a frequent destination.
Lib and Vann shared a truly magical lifelong bond. He was the pilot and she was the navigator who steered them both through a lifetime of travel, excitement, companionship and love. They were a true team and together they overcame many of the challenges life threw at them. Because of their shared commitment and hard work, they were also able to enjoy many of the pleasures a lifetime friendship provides and they celebrated their love for each other daily. During their retirement years, Vann provided her with breakfast in bed topped off with a rose on many mornings.

He loved her, she loved him and only death could separate them.

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Cleon Powers Rochester

Location: Greer, SC
March 25, 2017 - Cleon Powers Rochester, 91, widow of Walter Lee Rochester, passed away Saturday, March 25, 2017 at her home.

A native of Spartanburg County, she was the daughter of the late Lawrence Boggs Powers and Eunice Boyter Powers, a retired employee of Norris Manufacturing and of the Baptist faith.

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Daniel Peter Gordon, Jr.

Location: Taylors
March 25, 2017 - Daniel Peter Gordon, Jr., 47 passed away March 25, 2017.

A native of Bristol, Pennsylvania, he was the son of Daniel Peter Gordon, Sr. and Gloria Powanda Gordon of Campobello.

He is a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and worked on the A6 Intruder Aircraft; was the owner of Alliance Construction; was an employee of Buncombe Antiques Mall, and was elected to the Rhode Island State House of Representatives in 2010.

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Kenneth Marion Campbell

Location: Greer, SC
March 24, 2017 - Kenneth Marion Campbell, 76, passed away March 24, 2017 at Greenville Memorial Medical Center.

A native of Greenville County, he was a son of the late D.T. and Rachael Dubose Campbell, a retired U.S. Navy veteran with 24 years of service, former employee of Steel Heddle and Furman University, and member of Russell Community Church in Greenville.

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Edward Lee Polen

Location: Easley
March 25, 2017 - Edward Lee Polen, 70, widower of Kathryn Greathouse Polen, passed away March 25, 2017 at his home.

A native of New Eagle, Pennsylvania, he was a son of the late Wayne Johnson Polen and Nellie Mae Bedford Polen, a former Truck Driver, an active member of the S.C. State Guard, a U.S. Marine Corps veteran, and a member of Trinity Bible Church.

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William "Willie" Thomas Hughes

Location: Duncan
March 25, 2017 - William "Willie" Thomas Hughes, 67, husband of Linda Ann James Hughes, passed away Saturday, March 25, 2017.

A native of Spartanburg County, a son the late Manly Hughes and Marjorie Smith Hughes; to many he was known as the "Little Debbie Man" because he managed a Little Debbie route in Greer.

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Evelyn Coleman Suber

Location: Greer, SC
March 23, 2017 - Evelyn Coleman Suber, 92, died March 23, 2017.

A native of Spartanburg County, daughter of the late, Arthur Coleman and Lela Smith Coleman Batson, she was a retired employee of Greer Shirt Plant and a member of Fairview Baptist Church where she worked in the nursery for over 30 years.

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Virginia "Ginny" Lee Cannon Haney

Location: Greer, SC
March 22, 2017 - Virginia "Jenny" Lee Cannon Haney, 78, widow of J. Harold Haney, died March 22, 2017.

A native of Greenville County, daughter of the late Drayton Presley and Ada Davis Cannon, she was a homemaker and was of the Baptist faith.

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Clarence Roe Smith

Location: Taylors
March 21, 2017 - Clarence Roe Smith, 82, died March 21, 2017 at his home.

A native of Tigerville, son of the late Edward and Kate B. Robertson Smith, he was a retired employee of JP Stevens, Victor Mill and a U.S. Army Veteran.

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Jack Haley Westmoreland

Location: Greer, SC
March 19, 2017 - Jack Haley Westmoreland, 76, passed away March 19, 2017.

A native of Greenville County, son of the late S.P. and Aileen Crumpton Westmoreland, he was a retired employee of The Reynolds Co. and a member of Living Branch Ministries.

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Alton Deryl Lawson

March 18, 2017 - Alton Deryl Lawson, 59, passed away March 18, 2017.

A native of Greenville County, son of Alvin Buddy and Clara Richards Lawson of Greer, he was an employee of Ashmore Homes and a member of Latigo Cowboy Church.

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James Robert Ponder

Location: Greer, SC
March 18, 2017 - James Robert Ponder, 86, widower of Ann Taylor Ponder, passed away March 18, 2017.

A native of Greenville County, son of the late Fred and Pearl Campbell Ponder, a retired supervisor of Springs Industries, Lyman for 45 years, a member of Fairview Baptist Church for 45 years and a former deacon of El Bethel Baptist Church.

Mr. Ponder was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.

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Tena Heath Seay

Location: Lyman
March 13, 2017 - Katrine Heath Seay, 82, died March 13, 2017.

A native of Dothan, Alabama, spent childhood years in Orlando, Florida, daughter of the late Alpha Lee and Cazzie Lou Pitts Heath, she was a long-time employee of Milliken & Company Research Center and retired in 1987.

Mrs. Seay was a member of Apalache Baptist Church and former member of Riverside Baptist Church.

Mrs. Seay taught Sunday school and Vacation Bible School for many years at Apalache Baptist Church and Riverside Baptist Church.

She was a Meals on Wheels volunteer for twenty years. Mrs. Seay moved to Lyman Lake in 1965.

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Laura Ellen Freeland

Location: Seneca
March 7, 2017 - Laura Ellen Freeland, 52, went to be with God on March 7, 2017.

Native of Greenville County, she was born on June 20, 1964 to Judith Hudson of Greer and the late Larry Bishop.

Ellen was a loving mother, daughter and sister.

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Sandra Bennefield Farmer

Location: Lyman
March 4, 2017 - Sandra Bennefield Farmer, 72, passed away March 4, 2017 at McCall Hospice House.

A native of Greenville, daughter of the late Raymond Joe Bennefield and Evelyn Tate Yates, she was a retired employee of Mitsubishi Polyester Film and a member of Holston Creek Baptist Church.

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Marcie Ann Edwards Cantrell

March 5, 2017 - Marcie Ann Edwards Cantrell, 84, passed away March 5, 2017 at her home.

A native of Spartanburg County, daughter of the late Johnny Arthur and Ella Ruth McCurry Edwards, she was a retired cosmetologist and a member of His Vineyard.

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Lewis Melvin Taylor

Location: Greer, SC
March 5, 2017 - Lewis Melvin Taylor, 83, died March 5, 2017.

A native of Spartanburg County, son of the late Bessie Johnson Taylor, he was a retired machinist, a U.S. Navy Vietnam Veteran and a member of Southside Baptist Church.

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