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Jeffrey Lee Smith

Location: Taylors
August 15, 2018 - Jeffrey Lee Smith, 47, passed away August 15, 2018.

A native of Greenville County, son of Ralph Lee Smith and the late Sandra Green Smith, he was a construction project manager and a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.



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Robert "Bob" Edward Struck

Location: Taylors
August 29, 2018 - Robert "Bob" Edward Struck, 86, passed away August 29, 2018.

A native of Clifton, New Jersey, son of the late John and Catherine Homestead Struck, he was an avid train lover, a retired Railroad Engineer, and was of the Presbyterian Faith.



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Gelinda Ann Sistare

Location: Greer, SC
August 30, 2018 - Gelinda Ann Sistare, 75, passed away August 30, 2018.

A native of Spartanburg County, a daughter of the late Leon and Roserleen Phillips Sistare, she was a retired employee of Kemet Electrical Manufacturing.



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William Bud Turner

Location: Greer, SC
August 26, 2018 - William "Bud" Turner, 76, husband of Sharon Riley Turner, passed away Sunday, August 26, 2018.

Born in Greer, the son of the late Robert and Vera Forrester Turner, he was a devoted, loving husband, father and grandfather.

He dedicated his working life to the Greenville News. At his retirement, he directed the newspaper?s home-delivery network and its post press operation. Bud was an active member of Mount Lebanon Baptist Church.


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Peggy Waters Laughter

Location: Greer, SC
August 24, 2018 - Peggy Waters Laughter, 87, passed away on August 24, 2018.

A native of Greer, daughter of the late Grady R. and Janie Green Waters, she was a former office manager for several local cemeteries.



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Barbara Mary Burns

Location: Greenville
August 24, 2018 - Barbara Mary Burns, loving wife of R. David Burns and mother of Peter Burns (Gloriela), Tony Burns (Kim), Janine Barger (Steve) and Richard Burns passed away on August 24, 2018.

Born in Perth, Western Australia, she was a daughter of the late Frederick and Alma Bruce Franks.

Barbara and husband David moved to the United States in 1967, and retired to Greer, SC in 1992.

Though the U.S. was her home, Barbara?s heart remained in Australia. Barbara loved volunteering at Greer Community Ministries, her book club and spending time with her children, nine grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Her love and kindness lives on in each of us.



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Cornelia Ruth Holden Hawkins

Location: Spartanburg
August 24, 2018 - Cornelia Ruth Holden Hawkins, age 74 of Spartanburg, SC died August 24th of complications from pulmonary fibrosis.

Cornelia was born on Sept 1, 1943 in Inman, S.C. Cornelia was the daughter of the late Sidney and Marjorie Holden.

Cornelia was a 1961 graduate of Chapman High School.

She worked for 20 years at Homelite, but will be remembered for her 35 years working as co-owner of Mendel Hawkins Builders Inc. where her and her husband, Mendel, grew the company from its inception into one of the leading custom home builders in Spartanburg.

Cornelia will be greatly missed by her family. She will be lovingly remembered for her unconditional love; purity of heart; glorious smile; transcendent laugh and infectious sense of humor.

Her friends will remember Cornelia as an elegant lady with a heart of gold and someone who never met a stranger. She always had a smile on her face yet never took herself too seriously.

In addition to her love for family and friends, Cornelia loved her dogs, providing a warm, happy home for countless dogs in her life. Her furry friends meant the world to her.

Finally, Cornelia loved the spring of the year. It was during spring that she would brighten the world planting flowers, especially roses and wearing her famous pink outfits to church.

Cornelia possessed a beautiful Christian faith. For 40 years she was a faithful member of Poplar Springs Baptist Church and a dedicated member of her Sunday school class.





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Regena Bettie Sweezy Short

Location: Greer, SC
August 23, 2018 - Regena Bettie Sweezy Short, 94, widow of Buren Hix Short, passed away on August 23, 2018.

A native of Greenville County, daughter of the late James Edward and Sallie Mae Hoxit Sweezy, she was the retired owner/operator of First Lady and The Play Curl Beauty Shop and a charter member of Praise Cathedral.

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Alfred O. Johnson

Location: Lyman
August 15, 2018 - On July 16, 1920, Andrew J. and Bessie Dobbins Johnson welcomed their baby boy who they named Alfred O. Johnson, and he was ever after called Red. On August 15, 2018, with his family by his side, Red rejoined his parents after a fruitful life of 98 years on this earth.

Red loved his Lord and his Wellford Baptist Church family where he was a faithful, lifelong member. There he served in any way he could including director of Sunday School and Church Training for many years. He was a member of the church choir and served as a deacon, receiving the honor of Deacon Emeritus. Red greeted everyone with his huge smile, making all feel at home.

During World War II, Red served his country in the Army Air Force. For 26 years, he served as Postmaster of Wellford Post Office, was active in the National Association of Postmasters, and served as president of the South Carolina Chapter for one year. He was Past Master of Jackson Lodge AFM and a charter member of the Wellford Cemetery Association. As one of the original members of the Byrnes High Football Booster Club, Red was an avid Byrnes fan. He also assisted in organizing the PTA at Byrnes High School.

Red had a passion for playing golf and loved the time spent with friends on the links. He put together many church tournaments that led to fellowship among all ages of men in the church. These tournaments continue today. Red was so avid a golfer, he continued to play up to the age of 97. The family has deep appreciation of all the guys who made time to ensure Red had a ride to the golf course and how they helped him be able to play in his later years.

The Johnson family extends their gratitude to the Ashlan Village staff for the kindness and care given to our Dad and Mom in recent months. Also to Maurice Hood and the entire staff of Spartanburg Regional Hospice for the guidance and support they all provided.



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Jeffrey Lee Smith

Location: Taylors
August 15, 2018 - Jeffrey Lee Smith, 47, passed away August 15, 2018.

A native of Greenville County, son of Ralph Lee Smith and the late Sandra Green Smith, he was a construction project manager and a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.


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James Oliver Burns

Location: Greer, SC
August 14, 2018 - James Oliver Burns, 68, widower of Judith Sawyer Burns, passed away August 14, 2018.

A native of Greer, son of the late Willard O. and Annie Belle Morrow Burns, he was a retired employee of General Electric and a member of Burnsview Baptist Church.


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Mattie Webster Reed

Location: Greenville
August 14, 2018 - Mattie Evelyn Webster Reed, 90, widow of James Robert Reed, passed away August 14, 2018.

A native of Baltimore, MD, she was a daughter of the late Dennis and Mary Meek Webster and a homemaker.

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Marilee Chitwood

Location: Greer, SC
August 14, 2018 - Marilee Chitwood, 58, passed away August 14, 2018.

A native of Greenville County, she was a daughter of the late Joseph Paul and Audrey Howard Chitwood.


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Frances Parker Lee Marvin

Location: Greer, SC
August 10, 2018 - Frances Parker Lee Marvin, 95, widow of Robert S. Marvin, Sr., passed away August 10, 2018.

A native of Dorchester County, a daughter of the late Randolph B. and Matilda Lee, she was a member of St. Margaret?s Episcopal Church and was a US Navy WAVES Veteran of WWII.



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Mary Louise Johnson Frady

Location: Moore
August 11, 2018 - Mary Louise Johnson Frady, 73, passed away August 11, 2018.

A native of Spartanburg County, daughter of the late Rev. Everette Johnson and Margaret Ellen Christopher Johnson, she was a former employee of Startex Textile Mills and was a member of Bethany Wesleyan Church.

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Jefferson Byrd Hardin

Location: Greer, SC
August 11, 2018 - Jefferson 'Jeff' Byrd Hardin, 75, passed away August 11, 2018.

A native of York County, he was a son of the late Marcus Byrd and Beatrice Bessie Boone Hardin, a retired employee of Winn Dixie Greenville Division and member of Victor Baptist Church.

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Terry Lee Stansberry

Location: Greer, SC
August 9, 2018 - Terry Lee Stansberry, 64, widower of Melody Ann Hinkle Stansberry, passed away August 9, 2018.

A native of Cleveland, Tennessee, son of the late William Lee and Beatrice Stansberry, he was a paper mill employee and member of Cashville Church of God of Prophecy. Terry loved riding his motorcycle with Poochie, his beloved dog.



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Catherine Jeanne Babb Shy

Location: Greenville
August 6, 2018 - Catherine Jeanne Babb Shy, 98, widow of Max H. Shy, passed away August 6, 2018.

A native of Isabel, Illinois, she was a daughter of the late Arch O. and Grace Combs Babb, a homemaker and member of St. Matthew United Methodist Church.



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Jerry Dean Wofford

Location: Greer, SC
August 5, 2018 - Jerry Dean Wofford, 71, passed away August 5, 2018 at his home.

A native of Spartanburg County, a son of Mary Louise Loftis Wofford of Lyman and the late Charner Leroy Wofford, Sr., he was a former Insurance Agent with Liberty Life Insurance Company, formerly employed with Nutra Manufacturing, a member of Calvary Hill Baptist Church and was a US Army Veteran of the Vietnam War.



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Mary Peggy Hawkins Lawson

Location: Duncan
August 2, 2018 - Mary Peggy Hawkins Lawson, 78, widow of Frank A. Lawson, passed away August 2, 2018 at the home of her daughter.

A native of Spartanburg County, daughter of the late Lillie Bright Smith and Loyd Black, she was a retired employee of J.P. Stevens and of the Baptist faith.



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