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Lois Jean Struck

Location: Taylors
August 30, 2020 - Lois Jean Struck, passed away on August 30, 2020, of Taylors, SC.

She was the daughter of William Henry Brown and Helen Alice Krieg Brown born on December 15, 1935. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert "Bob" E. Struck and her brother, William "Bill" E. Brown of Hilton Head, SC.

Lois grew up in Little Falls, New Jersey, married in 1958, and moved to Ramsey, NJ in 1960.

She graduated from Katharine Gibbs Secretarial School in 1954 and worked on Wall Street in New York City at Brown Brothers Harriman prior to raising her children.

She was an elementary school secretary for many years in Ramsey, New Jersey and also in Fellsmere, Florida.

In 1991, they moved from Ramsey, New Jersey to Sebastian, Florida and then to Taylors, South Carolina, where she had lived for the past 14 years.

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Crystal Lee Ann Settle

Location: Greer, SC
August 23, 2020 - Crystal Lee Ann Settle, 34, passed away on August 23, 2020.

A native of Greenville, daughter of Mark Edward Settle of Spartanburg and the late Joey Ann Black and she was a former waitress.

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Location: Simpsonville
August 25, 2020 - Syble Thompson Smith was born on October 5, 1929, the third child of the late Ruth Barnett Thompson and Wade Maxwell Thompson in Taylors, SC and passed away on August 25, 2020.

Syble was very proud that she was raised on the Southern Bleachery Mill Village in Taylors. She loved talking about times growing up with many, many kids on that village and making lifelong friends from that era of her life.

For anyone that knew her she sure loved a great joke and her memory could be jogged very easily from a story and tell a joke that she hadn?t thought of in years.

She graduated from Taylors High School in 1946 and Draughon?s Business School. Syble retired from Fluor Daniel where she had numerous friends that were like family to her. Syble was a charter member of Five Forks Baptist Church in Simpsonville, SC.

From her first marriage to Izzie Phillips came two daughters she adored! Kitty Diane Phillips Ayers who passed away on March 15, 1974 and Sara Adella "Dell" Phillips Kapp. Syble was later married to Franklin Smith who predeceased her in 1996.

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Alma Godfrey Haynes

Location: Greenville
August 24, 2020 - Alma Godfrey Haynes, 80, widow of Roy Esley Haynes, passed away August 24, 2020.

A native of Greer, she was a daughter of the late Belton and Ruby Leroy Godfrey and a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother, great great-grandmother and sister.

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Carolyn Lanford Paris

Location: Greer, SC
August 17, 2020 - Carolyn Lanford Paris, 75, passed away August 17, 2020.

She was a daughter of the late Benjamin Fitzhugh and Ruth Powers Lanford, a retired hairdresser and a member of Fairview Baptist Church.

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Thomas Wayne Poole

Location: Simpsonville
August 17, 2020 - Thomas Wayne Poole, 73, passed away August 17, 2020 after a courageous battle with ALS.

A native of Richmond, Virginia, son of the late Thomas Marion and Catherine Cauthen Poole, he was a U.S. Army Veteran, a retired employee of Fluor and a member of Covenant United Methodist Church.

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Robert 'Bob' Law Smith

Location: Greer, SC
August 15, 2020 - Robert "Bob" Law Smith, 85, passed away August 15, 2020 at his home.

Bob was the son of the late P.L. and Edith Powers Smith, a longtime member of Taylors First Baptist Church, founder of two chemical companies, and a cattle farmer.

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Joseph George Mahaffey, Sr.

Location: Greer, SC
August 15, 2020 - Former South Carolina Representative Joseph George Mahaffey, Sr. "Joe Mahaffey", 81, husband of Alinda Wood Mahaffey, passed away peacefully on August 15, 2020, after a life well lived.

Joe was born June 10, 1939, in Greer, SC, to the late Bertha Pearl Howell Mahaffey and Joseph Madison "Mack" Mahaffey. Joe would never know his father, as his father passed away when he was an infant.

Joe was a 1958 graduate of Byrnes High School and a 1964 graduate of Clemson University in Textile Management. He had a very successful career in the textile industry, working for textile companies in South Carolina and Tennessee.

While in Tennessee, Joe also started and founded M & M Income Tax Services in 1971. In the early 1980?s, he developed Pic-A-Flick Video, a chain of video stores throughout the Carolinas.

In 1996, Joe retired from business upon selling the video stores and tax business and focused on raising cattle on the farm where he was born.

In 2001, Joe was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives, where he served the great State of South Carolina for three terms (six years).

Joe was a devout Christian and a member of the Washington Baptist Church of Greer, SC. He had a deep faith and focused on his relationships with Christ, family and friends.

Joe had a passion for life, which was evident during his last few years with the enthusiasm he had for his honeybees.

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James Belton "Buddy" Krause

Location: Spartanburg
August 12, 2020 - James Belton "Buddy" Krause, 86, passed away on August 12, 2020.

A native of Greer, son of the late William Sullivan and Lola Dale Godfrey Krause, he was a retired employee of Godfrey Trucking.

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Anna Clare Newman Puskas

Location: Taylors
August 10, 2020 - Ann Clare Newman Puskas, 87, widow of Michael Joseph Puskas, passed away August 10, 2020.

A native of Point Marion, Pennsylvania, daughter of the late Alex Burlwell and Elizabeth Criner Newman, she was a retired nurse, an ordained minister, an artist and a former 4H leader.

She earned a Master?s degree in Divinity.

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Sarah Lee McConnell Colman

Location: Greenville
August 10, 2020 - Sarah Lee McConnell Colman, 87, widow of Robert Gene Colman, Sr., passed away August 10, 2020.

A native of Jacksonville, Illinois, daughter of the late Robert "Doc" and Harriette McOmber McConnell, she was a former educator with the Illinois School District and attended First Presbyterian Church of Greer.

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Harold Michael Jones

Location: Greer, SC
August 10, 2020 - Harold Micheal Jones, 70, passed away August 10, 2020 at his home.

A native of Payson, Utah, son of the late Harold Edwin and Clovis Stevens Jones, he was a retired Civil Engineer with Salt Lake City Corporation, a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was a U.S. Army veteran.

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General Mitchell Riddle, Jr.

Location: Anderson, SC
August 9, 2020 - General Mitchell Riddle, Jr., 73, passed away on August 9, 2020.

A native of Gastonia, NC, son of the late General Mitchell Riddle, Sr., and Rosa Glassen Riddle, a retired security guard, and a U.S. Marine Corps Veteran.

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Judy Ann Jackson Wooten

Location: Taylors
August 7, 2020 - Judy Ann Jackson Wooten, 70, widow of Billy Joe Wooten, Sr., passed away August 7, 2020 at her home.

A native of Greenville County, a daughter of the late Paul Jethro and Bessie Lois Thomason Jackson, she was a retired employee of Bausch & Lomb and the Cottages at Brushy Creek.

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Beaulah Aileen Tate Snyder Cottonaro

Location: Greer, SC
August 6, 2020 - Beulah Aileen Tate Snyder Cottonaro, 95, widow of Albert J. Cottonaro, went home for a huge reuniting of friends and family with the Lord, August 6, 2020.

A native of Greer, daughter of the late William Ethel and Beulah Moore Tate, she was a retired employee of Community Cash and was a member of Southside Baptist Church in Spartanburg.

She was also predeceased by her first husband, Dan Snyder, Sr.

"Grammie" loved Jesus, her son, her grandchildren but MOST of all, her great-grands. She spoiled and loved us all. Aileen epitomized the portrait of I Corinthians 13:4-8: Patience, kindness, love ... that was Grammie and she will be greatly missed. See you later, Grammie!

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Kelly Campbell Ballew

Location: Greenville
August 7, 2020 - Kelly Campbell Ballew, 55, passed away on August 7, 2020.

A native of Greenville County, daughter of Farroll Lecil and Peggy Smith Campbell of Inman, she was a 1982 Riverside High School graduate and a homemaker.

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John Albert Simmons

Location: Greer, SC
August 3, 2020 - John Albert Simmons, husband of the late Nancy Kendrick Simmons, passed away peacefully surrounded by his family in his home on the morning of Monday, August 3rd, 2020.

Born on July 15th, 1929 in Surrey, England, John survived the London Blitz and emigrated to the U.S. in 1952. He was drafted into the U.S. Army and obtained his citizenship before serving a tour of duty in Korea.

After his service to his country, John settled in his new home in the Upstate of South Carolina where he became a successful businessman, entrepreneur, and land surveyor for many national and international corporations that settled in the Upstate.

Soon after arriving in the Upstate, John was quickly smitten with a young Furman student, Nancy Kendrick. The two were married November 14, 1958 for 61 years.

John was actively involved in his adopted community, taking an active role at both Memorial United Methodist Church and later at Greer First Baptist Church.

He also served as a board member and longtime volunteer with Greer Community Ministries. A consummate storyteller, he was always willing to make time to share a story, a laugh, or to brighten someone's day.

John was predeceased by his three brothers and two sisters.

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Dr. Joel Hill Fisher

Location: Greer, SC
August 4, 2020 - Dr. Joel Hill Fisher, 79, passed away on August 4, 2020 at Greenville Memorial Hospital from a massive heart attack.

He was a native of Gastonia, NC and a son of the late Rev. Robert Grant Fisher and Nina Mae Hill Fisher.

Mr. Fisher was a former member of Taylors First Baptist Church.

Joel graduated from Carson-Newman University and earned a doctorate from New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary.

He pastored churches in Mississippi, Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee and Dillon, SC.

He was a great sports fan, having played and coached. He was a lifelong Tennessee Volunteers fan.

His other passion was western movies.

Joel was married to Amelia Lorene Fisher for 27 years. They were not only married, they were best friends.

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Michael 'Mike' Earl Wilson

Location: Greer, SC
August 4, 2020 - "Michael ?Mike" Earl Watson, 68, passed away August 4, 2020.

A native of Greer, he was the son of the late Lloyd Earl and Bernice Mabel Steading Watson.

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Hallie Rae Scruggs-McLees

Location: Greer, SC
August 3, 2020 - Hallie Rae Scruggs-McLees, twenty months old, passed away August 3, 2020.

A native of Greenville, infant daughter of Shawn Dane McLees and Aimee Paulette Scruggs-McLees of Greer.

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