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Just Released Obits

Listed below are edited versions of obituaries received after the 2 p.m. Tuesday deadline. Each obituary will be available in its complete version in the upcoming week's print and online editions of The Laurens County Advertiser.

Mary Frances O’Shields Barbare, 63, of 88 Lavender Lane, Laurens, passed away Sunday, May 3, 2015, at her home. Born in Laurens, she was a daughter of the late Claude and Connie Wilkie O’Shields. Graveside services were held Thursday, May 7, at Highland Home Baptist Church Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.thekennedymortuary.com.

Ruby Shaw Boyce, 85, of 205 Calhoun Street, Laurens, went to her heavenly home on Thursday, May 21, 2015. Born in Columbia, she was a daughter of the late Charles Richard and Leila Huckabee Shaw. Funeral services will be held at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26, at Victory Worship Center in Clinton with burial following in Pinelawn Memory Gardens. The family will be at their respective homes. Visitation will be at the church from 3:00-4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, May 26. Condolences may be expressed online at www.thekennedymortuary.com.

Jerry Bragg, 66, of Gray Court, passed away on Tuesday, May 5, 2015. Born in Laurens County, he was the son of the late Ellis and Margaret Smith Bragg. Funeral services were held Friday, May 8, at Cannon Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Cannon Memorial Park. Condolences may be expressed to the family online at www.cannonfuneralhomes.com.
Cannon Funeral Home, Fountain Inn

Virginia Mahan "Nanny" Bridges, 90, of 101 Oaklawn Dr., Laurens, passed away at her home, Monday, May 4, 2015. Born in Fairmount, Ga., she was the daughter of the late Sidney Clyde and Willie Mae Bolden Mahan. Funeral services were held Friday, May 8, at The Kennedy Mortuary Chapel with entombment in Forest Lawn Mausoleum. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.thekennedymortuary.com.

Alphonso Harold Caldwell Sr., 56, of 185 Chestnut Hill, Laurens, died Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at the St. Francis Hospital, Greenville. He was a son of the late Willie B. Caldwell Sr. and Lillie Mae Jones Caldwell. Funeral service was held Saturday, May 16, at the Duncan Creek Baptist Church with burial in the Westview Memorial Park with military rites.
Beasley Funeral Home, Laure

Sibyl Elizabeth Boyd Cook, 91, of 1 Martha Franks Drive, Laurens, passed away Saturday, May 16, 2015, at Martha Franks Baptist Retirement Community. Born in Laurens, she was a daughter of the late Fred Samuel Boyd Sr. and Rosa Belle Spoon Boyd. Funeral Services were held Monday, May 18, at First Baptist Church with committal in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.thekennedymortuary.com.

James Winfred Cox, 74, of 225 Barnes Road, Laurens, passed away on Wednesday, April 29, 2015, at his home. Born in St. Marys, W.Va., he was a son of the late Marshall Winfred and Garnet Ila Dotson Cox. Funeral services were held Monday, May 4, at The Kennedy Mortuary Chapel with burial in MJ Dolly Cooper Veterans’ Cemetery in Anderson with Military Honors. Condolences may be expressed online at www.thekennedymortuary.com.

Dianne Rice Cunningham
, 62, originally of Clinton, passed away Saturday, May 9, 2015 in Chattanooga, Tenn. A memorial service with inurnment was held at Rosemont Cemetery on Thursday, May 14.
Gray Funeral Home of Clinton

John Wesley Curenton, 56, affectionately known as "Fish," died Wednesday, May 6, 2015 at his home. Born in Laurens, he was a son of Johnnie Mae Theodore Curenton and the late John Pressley Curenton. Funeral service was held Saturday, May 9, at the St. John Baptist Church, Cross Hill, with burial in the St. Vaughnville Baptist Church Cemetery, Chappels.
Beasley Funeral Home, Laurens

Juanita G. Darby, 82, of Gray Court, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, May 5, 2015. Born in Greenville, she was a daughter of the late Benjamin Lowell Gray and the late Rachel Holder Gray.  A Graveside Service was held on Thursday, May 7, at Dials United Methodist Church Cemetery. Heritage Funeral Home is assisting the family.
www.heritage-funeral.com

Cathy Wilkie Elledge, 62, of 403 Francis Street, Clinton, passed away Tuesday, May 5, 2015 at her home. Born in Newberry County, she was a daughter of the late Jim and Margaret Pressley Wilkie. Funeral services were held on Thursday, May 7, at the Gray Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Pinelawn Memory Gardens. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grayfuneralhome.com.
Gray Funeral Home of Clinton

Mary "Inez" Franks Estes, 87, of the Cold Point Community, passed away, Friday, May 1, 2015, at The Hospice House of Laurens County in Clinton. Born in Laurens, she was a daughter of the late Clarence and Ida Rathbone Franks. Funeral Services were held Monday, May 4, at Beaverdam Baptist Church with burial in Beaverdam Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mr. Andrew William Ethridge, 23, of Decatur, Ga., died Tuesday, May 12, 2015, after a four-year battle with brain cancer. A memorial service were held Saturday, May 16, . at Oak Grove United Methodist Church in Decatur, Ga.

Harriett Easterby Faris, 95, of Laurens, passed away May 11, 2015. Harriett, a native of Laurens, was born June 15, 1919 to the late Ernest Easterby and Estelle Gregory Easterby. A private burial was held Wednesday, May 13, at Laurens City Cemetery. Condolences can be expressed to the family at www.thekennedymortuary.com.

Joseph Gartrell
, 53, of 11 Eastview Drive, Greenville, died Sunday, May 3, 2015 at the McCall Hospice House. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., he was a son of the late Johnnie Robert Gartrell Sr. and Bertha Brooks Gartrell. Funeral service was held Saturday, May 9, at the Beasley Funeral Home Chapel, Greenville.
Beasley Funeral Home, Greenville

Willie C. Latimore, 68, of 147 First Street, Laurens, died Tuesday, May 12, 2015 at the Self Regional Healthcare in Greenwood.  Born in Laurens County, he was a son of the late Eugene and Eloise Latimore.  Funeral service was held Sunday, May 17, at the C.D. Beasley Memorial Chapel of the  Beasley Funeral Home, Laurens, with burial in the Cedar Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Cold Point.

Sara Elizabeth Lawson, 83, of Laurens, passed away Saturday, May 16, 2015, at National Healthcare Center in Laurens. Born in Laurens, she was a daughter of the late George Austin and Joanna Prince Lawson. Graveside services were held Monday, May 18, at Forest Lawn Cemetery. Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.thekennedymortuary.com.

Ronald Ray Muse (Ron), 57, of 455 Golden Acres Road, Clinton, passed away Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at the Greenville Hospital System. He was born in Cleburne, Texas and was a son of the late Ray and June Miles Muse. Funeral services were held on Friday, May 22, at the Gray Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Rosemont Cemetery. Condolences may expressed online at www.grayfuneralhome.com.
Gray Funeral Home of Clinton

Ms. Lorene Philson
, 104, died Tuesday May 12, 2015 at the National Healthcare of Laurens. Services were held Sunday, May 17, at Mt. Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Laurens with burial at Westview Memorial Cemetery in Laurens.
Goins Funeral Home in charge of arrangements

Ronald Pyles, 60, of 6 Grahl Court, Greenville, died Wednesday, May 13, 2015 at his home. Born in Greenville County, he was a son of Helen Sullivan Pyles and the late Earnest Pyles Sr. Funeral service was held Monday, May 18, at the Love Center Church, located at the Phillis Wheatley Center, with burial in the Greenville Memorial Gardens.
Beasley Funeral Home, Greenville

Nellie Kellett Racer
, 99, of Laurens, formerly of Lynchburg, Va., passed away on May 16, 2015. Born October 8, 1915, she was the daughter of the late Talmage Milton and Mae Vaughan Kellett. Funeral services were held Wednesday, May 20, at Green Pond United Methodist Church.
Cannon Funeral Home, Fountain Inn

Anderson – Charles Dwayne "Buddy" Rogers, 53, passed away on Thursday, May 21, 2015 at AnMed Health Medical Center. Born in Anderson on June 25, 1961, he was the son of James Richard Rogers Jr. and Doris Frances Stanley Rogers, of Anderson. The Graveside Service will be held on Sunday, May 24, at 2:00 p.m. at New Silver Brook Cemetery. The family will be at the home of his parents, 201 Sweetbriar Circle, Anderson, or the home of his daughter, Chassie, 3203 Allen Avenue, Anderson, or at their respective homes.  They will receive friends at The McDougald Funeral Home on Sunday, May 24, prior to the service, from 12:00 until 1:30 p.m. A message of condolence may be sent by visiting www.mcdougaldfuneralhome.com.
The McDougald Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Anderson

Bob Shaver, 48, of 402 Longview Drive, Laurens, died Friday, May 8, 2015 at his home. Born in Bellevue, Ohio, he was the son of Martha Foos Dise and James Robert Dise of Bellevue, Ohio, and the late Donald G Shaver. Funeral services were held Thursday, May 14, at The Spring Church with interment at Westview Memorial Park. Condolences may be expressed online at www.grayfuneralhome.com.
Gray Funeral Home of Laurens

Zela Irene Meece Stevenson, 92, of Hickory Tavern Community, passed away Saturday, May 2, 2015, at NHC in Laurens. Born in Walker County, Ga., she was a daughter of the late Barney and Eliza Reed. Funeral services were Tuesday, May 5, at Rabun Creek Baptist Church with burial in Shiloh United Methodist Church Cemetery. Condolences can be expressed to the family at www.thekennedymortuary.com.

Mr. Allen Nathaniel Stoddard departed this life on Wednesday, May 6, 2015. He was born on August 13, 1947, to the late Larry Stoddard and Catherine Stoddard. Funeral Services were Saturday, May 9, at Stoddard Interdenominational Church, Gray Court, with burial in Stoddard Memorial Gardens.
Childs Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.

Debra Suzanne Tomlinson, 52, of Gray Court, died on Sunday, May 3, 2015. Heritage Funeral Home in Simpsonville is assisting the family.
www.heritage-funeral.com

Nancy Carolyn Bunton Walden
, 73, of 1097 Holly Grove Church Road, Laurens, passed away Thursday, May 21, 2015, at her home. Born in Laurens, she was a daughter of the late Lee Vernon and Clara Belle Walker Bunton. Funeral services will be 11:00 a.m. Saturday, May 23, at The Kennedy Mortuary Chapel with burial at Forest Lawn Cemetery. The family will be at the residence and will receive friends at The Kennedy Mortuary from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Friday, May 22, 2015. Condolences can be expressed to the family at www.thekennedymortuary.com.

Ms. Bennie Ruth Williams
, 76 formally of 42 Paul Street, Laurens, died Tuesday May 12, 2015 at the home. Services were held Sunday May 17, at White Plains Baptist Church in Mountville with burial in the church cemetery. Goins Funeral Home in charge of  arrangements

 
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