Area Obituaries

Patricia “Tish” Wham Bedenbaugh

Dateline: Gray Court, South Carolina Patricia “Tish” Wham Bedenbaugh, 79, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, January 13, 2021. Ms. Bedenbaugh was born in Gray Court, South Carolina to the late James William Wham and Ludie Mae Mahon. She was a member of Green Pond United Methodist Church where she actively volunteered for…

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Gary “Steve” Hinton

Gray Court, South Carolina Gary “Steve” Hinton, age 70, widower of Joyce Weathers Hinton, passed away Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at his home. Born in Simpsonville, he was the son of the late William J. and Edna Mae Parrish Hinton. He was a member of Warrior Creek Baptist Church and worked for Sealed Air in…

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Vera Cooper Mahon

Greenville, South Carolina Vera Cooper Mahon, age 93, of 200 Leyswood Drive in Greenville, and wife of the late John Richard Mahon, Sr., passed away on Wednesday, January 13, 2021, at Upstate Community Hospice House. Born in Laurens and a native of the Ekom Beach Community, she was a daughter of the late Walter Eugene…

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Linda “Pat” McGarity Combs

Simpsonville, South Carolina Linda “Pat” McGarity Combs, age 71, of Simpsonville and wife of Nathan Delbert Combs, passed away on Tuesday, January 12, 2021, at St. Francis Hospital in Greenville. Born in Greenville, she was the daughter of the late Virginia Jones Starkey.  Mrs. Combs retired from Woodward in Mauldin and was a member of…

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Kathy Williamson Cheely

Hickory Tavern, South Carolina Kathy Williamson Cheely, age 68, of Hickory Tavern, and wife of Douglas Franklin Cheely, passed away on Monday, January 11, 2021, at her home. Born in Greenwood, she was the daughter of the late Marion Thomas and Martha Traynham Williamson. Kathy was a retired nurse and was a member of Chestnut…

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Joan Curry Rushton Owings

Laurens, South Carolina Joan Curry Rushton Owings, age 89, passed away on Saturday, January 9, 2021, at National Health Care of Laurens. Born in Fountain Inn on February 14, 1931, she was the daughter of the late John Deforest and Clara Mae Jones Curry.  Joan was a graduate of Gray Court Owings High School and…

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Sorrell Eugene “Gene” McDowell

Dateline – Laurens, South Carolina Sorrell Eugene “Gene” McDowell, age 61, of Laurens, passed away on Saturday, January 9, 2021, at Self Regional Medical Center in Greenwood. Born in Laurens, he was the son of the late Sorrell and Doris Hughes McDowell. He was a member of First United Methodist Church where he was an…

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Harold John Preston, Jr.

Dateline – Clinton, South Carolina Harold John Preston, Jr. passed away Friday, January 8, 2021 at his home. He was born in Courtland, N.Y., and was a son of Harold John Preston, Sr. and the late Margaret Nichols Preston. Mr. Preston retired from the Laurens City Police Department with 24 years of service to the…

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Brenda Harvey Hovis

Dateline: Laurens, South Carolina Brenda Harvey Hovis, age 72, wife of the late Donald Ray Hovis, Sr., of Laurens, died Thursday, January 7, 2021, at her home. Born in Williamston, she was a daughter of the late Arthur Archie and Louise Suttles Harvey. She was a Christian and enjoyed reading her Bible. She also loved…

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Rachel Payne

Surfside Beach, South Carolina Rachel Payne, age 72, passed away Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at her residence with her family by her side. Born in Ware Shoals, S.C., on August 24, 1948, Rachel is a daughter of the late Cecil and Hattie Russell. Rachel loved animals and being around people. She was a member of…

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