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Roxie Watley Smith

Location: Greenville
December 2, 2022 - Roxie Whatley Smith, 79, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on December 2, 2022.

A native of Edgefield County, S.C., daughter of the late Hollie and Mary Mason Whatley, she was a retired secretary and treasurer of Aqua-Blue Pools Corporation and member of Rock Springs Baptist Church in Easley.

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Sandra Kay Chasteen

Location: Seneca
November 25, 2022 - Sandra Kay Chasteen, 72, passed away on November 25, 2022.

A native of Greenville County, daughter of the late Warren G. and Cornelia Faulks Chasteen, she was retired from Ryobi and an active member of Burnsview Baptist Church where she was a former Sunday school teacher.

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Ellis Mamon Walker

Location: Greenville
November 25, 2022 - Ellis Mamon Walker, 85, passed away November 25, 2022.

A native of Taylors, S.C., son of the late Jones Ambus and Mary Ellen
Lindsay Walker.

A native of Taylors, South Carolina, son of the late Jones Ambus and Mary Ellen Lindsay Walker.

Mr. Walker was a retired Class AAA Golf Course Superintendent, a lifelong Landscape Manager, was of the Baptist faith, a member of East North Street Baptist Church and Wrenn Memorial Baptist Church, a Mason and member of Wade Hampton Lodge #404, a Shriner, 32nd Scottish Rite, and a member of the Shriner?s Character Unit.

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Laura Jannene Heise

Location: Greer, SC
November 21, 2022 - Laura Jannene Heise, 65, passed away November 21, 2022.

A native of Williams, Arizona, daughter of the late Jon and Martha Anne Bashore
Heise, she was of the Christian faith.

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Marjorie Emory Davis

Location: Inman
November 24, 2022 - Marjorie Emory Davis, 101, wife of the late James Verlon Davis, passed away November 24, 2022.

A native of Spartanburg County, daughter of the late Eddie Seymour and Nancy Jane Thompson Emory, she worked for Pacific Mills, Lyman Printing and Finishing for 43 years as an inspector and desk clerk and was the oldest member of Holly Springs Baptist Church.

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Robert Searcy, Jr.

Location: Greenville
November 16, 2022 - Robert Searcy, Jr., 82, passed away November 16, 2022.

A native of Greer, son of the late Robert and Minnie Ruth Pollard Searcy, he was a member of Praise Cathedral.

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Billy Wade Carpenter

Location: Lyman
November 11, 2022 - Billy Wade Carpenter, 92, husband of Sue Sizemore Carpenter of Lyman, SC, passed away peaceably on November 11, 2022.

He was the last surviving child born to the late Tom C. and Flora Adams Carpenter in Greenville, SC, where he grew up in the Dunean Community. He graduated from Parker High School, class of 1947. After high school, he attended the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC, but then left to join the US Air Force, where he was stationed in Sacramento, California during the Korean War.

He later returned to the University of South Carolina and graduated with BS degree in 1956 from the School of Pharmacy.

Billy was the owner and operator of Lyman Drug Store for 48 years. He was a member of the First Baptist Church of Lyman, SC. He loved to play golf where he was a member of Holly Tree Country Club. He loved all sports, especially Gamecock football, basketball, and baseball.

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William Neil Odom

Location: Taylors
November 8, 2022 - William Neil Odom, 77, passed away November 8, 2022.

A native of Greer, son of the late McNeil and Myrtle Green Odom, he was a retired employee of Shealy Electric after 43 years of service and a member of Riverside Baptist Church where he was a former deacon.

He was Worshipful Master of Taylors Masonic Lodge #345 in 1976, 32nd degree Scottish Rite. He loved his family and called them his blessings.

He prayed every night for them by name. Most of all he loved God. His grandkids were the love of his life and called him Pop and Poppy.

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Annelle Augusta Yates

Location: Greer, SC
November 4, 2022 - Annelle Augusta Yates, born November 4, 2022, infant daughter of Mitchell Yates and Brianne B. Smith, passed away November 4, 2022. She was named after her great-grandmother and had the same sweet spirit as her great-grandmother did.

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Dale Emery Pittman

Location: Landrum
November 5, 2022 - Dale Emery Pittman, 82, wife of the late Billy Lee Pittman, passed away November 5, 2022.

A native of Landrum, daughter of the late Albert and Annie Plumley Emery, she was a retired employee of Steel Heddle, a graduate of Draughon's Business
College, and a member of Mount Pleasant Baptist Church.

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Tammy Lee Dobson Stokes

Location: Greer, SC
November 3, 2022 - Tammy Lee Dobson Stokes, 59, passed away November 3, 2022.

A native of Greer, S.C., daughter of Patsy Virginia Fitts Dobson of Taylors, and the late Rainie Lee Dobson, she was an employee of Country Day School, and of the Baptist faith.

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Clyde Allen McKinney

Location: Greenville
October 27, 2022 - Clyde Allen McKinney, 88, of Greenville, S.C., entered into the presence of the Lord on Thursday, October 27, 2022.

He was a native of Greenville, S.C., and son of the late John Avery McKinney and Cornelia Lee Webster McKinney. Clyde graduated from Parker High School in 1955.

He served in the United States Army from 1957 - 1963 serving in Engineer Equipment Maintenance and was stationed in Korea during his time of service.

He was an employee of Barker Controls for over 50 years. His main position was a Mechanical Counter Technician on counters for the textile industry. Clyde repaired and made modifications to counters for different applications. Other responsibilities included lathe work to make parts for the modifications. He fully retired on October 17, 2017.

Clyde loved Jesus and was a shining light wherever he went. He used his beautiful tenor voice to sing praises unto the Lord and to witness to others about God?s eternal love. He served as deacon, Sunday School Director, teacher, choir member and many other areas of service.

He was a member of Mountain Creek Baptist Church. He never met a stranger and to know him was to love him. Clyde was committed to family in every way.

He enjoyed camping, golfing, softball, yard work, tomato gardening, and feeding birds. His only enemies were the squirrels who forced him to use both his energy and ingenuity to outfox, or "out squirrel," them by employing radical modifications on his feeders.

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James Ervin Bryant

Location: Taylors
October 30, 2022 - James Ervin Bryant, 82, passed away October 30, 2022.

A native of Greenville County, the son of late Landis Bryant and the late Lettie Mae Southern Bryant Moore, he was a self-employed logger, of the Christian faith, and a loving uncle.

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Rev. Dr. Thomas "Tom" Esse Burns

Location: Greer, SC
October 31, 2022 - Reverend Doctor Thomas Esse Burns of Greer went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on October 31, 2022.

Born in Greenville on October 26, 1950, he was the son of James Edward and Doris Bridwell Burns.

After completing his naval active duty, Dr. Burns graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1975, from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in 1978, and received his doctorate in Worship Studies in 2003.

He served in various churches in South Carolina, Texas, Georgia, and North Carolina in such capacities as Youth Pastor, Minister of Music, Minister to Senior Adults and retired as worship pastor and Administrator from Fairview Baptist Church in Greer in 2017 having served there for 28 years.

He fulfilled a lifelong dream by being an adjunct professor at North Greenville
University for some 12 years. His passion in life was leading, guiding, and teaching others how to worship and praise Jesus Christ.

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Stephen Johnson

Location: Greer, SC
October 28, 2022 - Stephen "Steve" Lamar Johnson, 72, passed October 28, 2022.

Born and grew up in Jacksonville, Ala.,, son of the late James Clayton and Pauline Angel Johnson, he was a graduate of Auburn University and an avid Auburn fan.

After graduation, he relocated to Wilmington, N.C., and then to Greer, S.C. Steve retired from Sealed Air after 40 plus years as Global Engineering Director.

He attended Abner Creek Baptist Church and served as the Treasurer of the church.

As a faithful servant to the Lord in many ways, others have been influenced by his leadership, mentorship, admirable qualities and most of all, his Godly example. We have peace knowing he is with the Lord.

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Martha Boggs Hammond

Location: Greer, SC
October 30, 2022 - Martha Beggs Hammond, 88, of Greer, died peacefully on October 30, 2022.

She was born on August 8,1934 in Elberton, Ga., to the late Robert Elzie Beggs Jr. and Aurie Dickerson Beggs.

Martha was a retired school cafeteria manager and was known for her homestyle meals that she provided out of love to thousands of students over many years at Woodland Elementary School in Greer.

She was also a faithful volunteer for Greer Community Ministries' Meals on Wheels and the Greenville Hospital System (Allen Bennett Hospital and Greer Memorial Hospital).

Her Christian love was felt by all who were in her presence, and by all the people she so tirelessly served her entire life.

She was a devoted member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Greer, where she took much pride in singing in the Choir, faithfully attending Sunday School class, and she graciously volunteered her talents to countless church committees and activities. She joyfully seized every opportunity to go to church.

She was an avid reader and took pride in saying that her favorite book was her Bible.

Martha loved her family, and many memories were made around her dinner table where the meals she prepared were always at the center of family get-togethers.

She also loved the beauty of nature, feeding and watching birds in her backyard, gardening, and growing all types of colorful flowers. She enjoyed sewing and knitting, and she regularly gave away her creations to others as a labor of love.

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William Harry "Papa" Smith

Location: Greer, SC
October 28, 2022 - William Harry "Papa" Smith, 95, husband of the late Bonnie Miller Smith, passed away October 28, 2022.

A native of Spartanburg County, son of the late William Troy and Mellie Dillard Smith, he was a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II, a retired welder and pipefitter from B.F. Shaw in Laurens, S.C, and was of the Baptist faith.

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Robin Dunn Johnson

Location: Taylors
October 27, 2022 - On October 27, 2022, Robin Dunn Johnson entered her heavenly home. Robin, 63, was the beloved wife of J. Michael Johnson.

Robin was the daughter of the late William A. and Elizabeth Johnson Dunn. She leaves behind her loving husband, J. Michael Johnson; her brother, Clarence Richard Lane (Emily); and three nieces.

Robin held her many friends near to her heart and considered them to be her extended family. Her life was rich with friendships around the globe. Those left behind to mourn her profound loss are too abundant to list.

Robin was the president of Johnson Accounting and was a Six Sigma black belt.

She was passionate about her work and committed to her numerous clients during her many years as an accountant. Robin was a graduate of Furman University and held an MBA from the University of Phoenix.

Robin possessed a true servant's heart. No organization was more familiar with this than the Greer Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star and the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls. Robin provided over 40 years of service as a devoted member. As such, she was truly dedicated to charity and loving kindness by uplifting others through service in her community.

Robin's favorite way to greet a friend was with a smile and a jovial "Hey there, sweetie!" Kindness radiated from her.

Anyone who knew her could be sure they had someone to call if ever they were in need. She was not one to ever miss an event that was special to someone she loved, no matter how small.

She and J. Michael were always present to show their love and support to those who meant the most to them, often going out of their way to do so. Robin held weekly Sunday night dinner at her home with an open invitation extended to anyone interested in joining.

Robin felt that when you were able to share, you should simply build a larger table. This was never more apparent than on Easter Sundays, Thanksgivings and Christmases. Her door was open and everyone she knew was always welcome.

Her loving spirit served as the building block to many mutual friendships over her lifetime and because of that she will live on in the hearts of all of those that loved her.

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William Frank Hawkins

Location: Taylors
October 23, 2022 - William Frank Hawkins, 82, passed away October 23, 2022.

A native of Spartanburg County, son of the late Harley Houston and Goldie
Mae Hoover Hawkins, he was a United States Army Veteran, a former gunsmith,
worked in construction, painting, enjoyed hunting and fishing, and was a member
of Washington Baptist Church.

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Jessie Katherine Mahaffey Leonard

Location: Greer, SC
October 21, 2022 - Jessie Katherine Mahaffey Leonard, 81, widow of Robert Dean Leonard, passed away October 21, 2022.

A native of Spartanburg County, a daughter of the late Horace and Eva Hamby Mahaffey; she was a former employee of Stone Manufacturing and member of Bellview Baptist Church.

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