Mary Helen Boozer Hare
July 11, 2003
Mary Helen Boozer Hare, 91, formerly of Abbeville, widow of J. Roston Hare, died Friday, July 11, 2003 at the Saluda Nursing Home in Saluda.
Mrs. Hare was born on November 24, 1911 in Newberry, a daughter of the late Jacob Lawson and Bessie Nesley Boozer. She was a retired school teacher, having taught in Saluda, Newberry, and Abbeville counties for over 49 years. She attended Main Street United Methodist Church in Abbeville.
Mrs. Hare is survived by one sister, Bessie Boozer Sims of Rock Hill; and a number of nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by two sisters, Dorothy Boozer Ballentine and Sarah Elizabeth Boozer and a brother, Harry Eugene Boozer.
Graveside services will be conducted at 4:00 P. M. Sunday at the Rosemont Cemetery in Newberry.
Visitation will be from 2:30 to 3:30 P. M. Sunday at the Whitaker Funeral Home in Newberry.
Memorials may be made to Main Street United Methodist Church, 300 North Main Street, Abbeville, SC 29620.
Luvenia Crawford Smith
July 10, 2003
Luvenia Crawford Smith, 82, widow of Lester P. Smith, died Thursday, July 10, 2003, at White Oak Manor.
Mrs. Smith was born on November 28, 1920, in Newberry County, the daughter of the late
William J. H. and Margaret Livingston Crawford. She was a member of the New Chapel United Methodist Church.
Mrs. Smith is survived by her brother, William P. Crawford of Kinards; and a nephew and spouse, Ted and Libby Crawford of Enoree.
Graveside services for Luvenia Crawford Smith will be conducted at 11:00 A. M. Saturday at the New Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery by the Rev. Rebecca Huguley.
Visitation will be from 10:00 to 10:45 A. M. Saturday at New Chapel United Methodist Church. . Memorials may be made to New Chapel United Methodist Church, 162 Pine Meadow Road, Newberry, SC 29108 or to White Oak Manor, 2555 Kinard Street, Newberry, SC 29108.
Elizabeth Mitchell "Lib" Shealy
July 8, 2003
Elizabeth Mitchell “Lib” Shealy, 79, of 2230 Johnstone Street, Newberry, widow of L. B. “Dick” Shealy, died Tuesday, July 8, 2003 at Palmetto Baptist Medical Center.
Mrs. Shealy was born on January 17, 1924 in Newberry County, a daughter of the late Pat B. and Mary Frances Suber Mitchell. She was retired from the Council of Technical Education-Commission on Higher Education. She was a member of the First Baptist Church and the Gleaners Sunday School Class.
Mrs. Shealy is survived by a daughter, Pat S. Daniel of Dallas, GA; a son, Charles Bran Shealy of Newberry; four grandchildren Aaron Shealy, Beth Shealy, Emma Elizabeth Daniel, and Sarah Frances Daniel; five great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services for Elizabeth Mitchell “Lib” Shealy will be conducted at 10:00 AM Friday at the Whitaker Funeral Home by the Rev. Greg Black. Entombment will be in Newberry Memorial Gardens.
Visitation will be at the residence, 2230 Johnstone Street, from 2:00 to 7:00 P. M. on Thursday.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, 1020 Boundary Street, Newberry, SC 29108 or to the American Heart Association, PO Box 5216, Glen Allen, PA 23058-5216.
Nancy Richardson "Ma" Metts
July 7, 2003
Nancy Richardson “Ma” Metts, 90, of 2005 Charles St., Newberry, widow of Haskell E. Metts, died Monday at the Newberry County Memorial Hospital.
Mrs. Metts was born on May 18, 1913 in Newberry County, a daughter of the late Thomas P. and Mary Wicker Richardson. She was a retired employee of Shawnee Manufacturing Co. She was a member of Mayer Memorial Lutheran Church, WELCA, the Myrtle Derrick Circle, the Senior Adult Bible Class, and the West End Senior Citizens.
Mrs. Metts is survived two sons and a daughter-in-law, Bobby Metts and Carroll “Sidney” and Debbie Metts all of Newberry; two grandsons, David Metts and Darren Metts both of Newberry; and a sister Mary Kinard of Pomaria.
Funeral services for Nancy Richardson “Ma” Metts will be conducted at 3:00 PM Thursday at Mayer Memorial Lutheran Church by the Rev. Elizabeth Platts. Interment will be in Newberry Memorial Gardens.
Visitation will be from 7:00 to 8:30 P. M. Wednesday at the Whitaker Funeral Home and the family will at the residence, 2005 Charles St.
Rev. Dr. Francis I. Fesperman
July 2, 2003
The Reverend Dr. Francis i. Fesperman, 81, Newberry, SC, died Wednesday July 02, 2003 at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital, after a sudden illness.
Born October 19, 1921 in Draper, NC, Dr. Fesperman was the son the late Luther A. and Beulah B. Fesperman. He received his bachelor’s degree in history and Bible from Lenoir-Rhyne College in 1941. His theological training was completed at Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia, SC and the Lutheran School of Theology in Chicago, IL. Dr. Fesperman received his doctorate in New Testament and Biblical Studies from Vanderbilt University in 1969.
Dr. Fesperman retired from Newberry College in 1991 as Professor of Religion Emeritus. He came to Newberry College as an assistant professor of religion and chaplain in 1957. He was named Chair of the Department of Religion in 1971. Prior to joining the Newberry College faculty, he was pastor of several Lutheran churches in Florida.
He also served as interim pastor at most of the Lutheran Churches in the Newberry County area during and after his years of service to Newberry College. He was an active member of the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, where he taught the Couples Bible Class and served on several committees of the Church. He was a published author, having written the book, From Torah to Apocalypse, published in 1983, that is still being used as a college textbook for introducing students to the Bible.
Dr. Fesperman is survived by his wife, Kathleen C. Fesperman; a daughter, Martha F. Marky and son-in-law, Raymond L. Marky of Tallahassee, FL; a son, Paul Fesperman and daughter-in-law, Gayle Fesperman of Duncan, SC; a brother, Bill Fesperman of Huntersville, NC; three grandchildren, Ray Marky, III; Bob Marky; Angela Marky; and a great grandson, Blaine Marky all of Tallahassee, FL.
Funeral services for Rev. Dr. Francis I. Fesperman will be conducted at 3:00 P. M. Saturday at the Wiles Chapel on the Newberry College campus.
After the funeral service, visitation with the family will be held in Smeltzer Hall immediately across from the Chapel.
Graveside funeral services will be held at 4:30 PM, Sunday, July 6, at Organ Lutheran Church Cemetery, Salisbury, NC.
The family suggests that memorials may be made to the Francis I. Fesperman Scholarship Fund at Newberry College, 2100 College St., Newberry, SC 29108; the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary, 4201 North Main St., Columbia, SC 29203 or to the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer Building Fund, PO Box 382, Newberry SC 29108.
Clarice Wilhite Taylor
July 1, 2003
Clarice Wilhite Taylor, 78, of 372 Old Whitmire Highway, Newberry, widow of Carl O. Taylor, died Tuesday, July 1, 2003 at her residence.
Mrs. Taylor was born on Sept. 19, 1924 in Williamston SC, a daughter of the late Gursle B. and Bertha Owens Wilhite. She was of the Baptist faith.
Mrs. Taylor is survived by three daughters, Robin Cofer and Debra Hunter both of Newberry, and Denise Taylor-Hartnett of Irmo; three sons, Randy B. Taylor and Mark A. Taylor both of Newberry, and Carl O. Taylor, Jr. of Leesville; a sister, Helen Barr of Columbia; 11 grandchildren; and two great grandchildren.
Funeral services for Clarice Wilhite Taylor will be conducted at 2:00 PM Thursday at the Whitaker Funeral Home. Interment will be in Newberry Memorial Gardens.
Visitation will be from 7:00 to 8:30 PM Wednesday at the Whitaker Funeral Home and the family will at the residence, 372 Old Whitmire Highway.
Memorials may be made to Palmetto Health Hospice, PO Box 352, Newberry SC 29108.
Jerry Ray Cassada
December 1, 2003
Jerry Ray Cassada, 60, of 141 Haven Lane, Pomaria, died Monday, December 1, 2003 at Pinner Clinic.
Mr. Cassada was born on July 16, 1943 in Polk County, NC, a son of the late Russell Frank and Margaret Metcalf Cassada. He was a retired employee of International Paper Company.
Mr. Cassada is survived by his wife, Lisa Wood Cassada of the home; a daughter, April Nichole Cassada of Pomaria; four sons, Justin Lee Cassada and Brandon Lee Cassada, both of Pomaria, William David Cassada and Jerry Ray Cassada, Jr., both of Asheville, NC; two sisters, Dorothy Willingham and Shirley Dozier, both of Asheville, NC; and a brother, James Cassada of Asheville, NC.
Memorial services for Jerry Ray Cassada will be conducted at 2:00 P. M. Friday at the Whitaker Funeral Home by the Rev. Steve Jackson.
Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, PO Box 5216, Glen Allen, PA 23058-5216.