R. Larry "Punk" Sumer
November 8, 2003
Robert Larry “Punk” Summer, 76, of 17 Hopewell Church Road, Newberry, died Saturday, November 08, 2003, at the Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Summer was born on September 21, 1927 in Newberry, a son of the late, J. Thomas and Ella Sligh Summer. He was an Army veteran of WW II. He was a retired painter and wallpaper hanger. He was a Life Member of Ebenezer United Methodist Church, the Men’s Club and was a Sunday School teacher.
Mr. Summer is survived by his wife, Vivian Bishop Summer of the home; a daughter, Marie Bishop Johnson of Newberry; two sons, Robert Beaty Bishop of Mobile AL and James Pete Bishop of Mobile AL; one sister, Kathryn Hamm of Newberry; one brother, Claude S. Summer of Newberry; six grandchildren and spouses, Micky Foy Johnson, Jr., William Pete and Faith Johnson, Christopher Lawrence and Connie Johnson, Jess Bishop, Russell Bishop, and Jordan Hill. He was predeceased by four sisters, Alice Cromer, Frances Taylor, Margaret Hawkins, and Louise Koon and two brothers, Everett Summer and Ralph Summer.
Funeral services for R. Larry “Punk” Summer will be conducted at 3:30 PM Monday at Ebenezer United Methodist Church. Interment will be in the church cemetery.
Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 P.M. Sunday at the Whitaker Funeral Home and the family will be at the residence, 17 Hopewell Church Road.
Memorials may be made to Ebenezer United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, 7988 SC Highway 395, Newberry SC 29108.
Foster C. Broome
November 7, 2003
Foster C. Broome, 68, of 209 Rutledge St., Joanna, died Friday, November 7, 2003 at the J.F. Hawkins Nursing Home.
Mr. Broome was born on Nov. 11, 1934 in Whitmire, a son of Jessie Mae Conyers Broome and the late Chalmers B. Broome. He was a retired employee of the J.P. Stevens Co.
He is survived by his mother; two daughters, April Broome and Donna Campbell; one son, Frankie Carroll Broome; four sisters, Dorothy Senn, Brenda O’Shields, Norma Bostic, and Pat Brooks; three brothers, Jimmy Broome, Francis “Buck” Broome, and Mike Broome; and seven grandchildren.
Graveside funeral services for Foster C. Broome will be conducted at 2:00 P.M. Monday at the Whitmire Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 2:00 to 5:00 P.M. Sunday at the home of his sister, Brenda O’Shields, 462 Jack Wilson Road, Whitmire.
L.E. "Bill" Gatlin
November 8, 2003
L.E. “Bill” Gatlin, Jr., 86, of 1209 Drayton St., Newberry, died Saturday, November 08, 2003 at the Newberry County Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Gatlin was born on June 25, 1917 in Greenwood County, a son of the late Luther E. and Eunice Boggera Gatlin. He was a 1943 Textile Engineering graduate of Clemson College and he was the Vice President and Plant Manager of Newberry Mills before his retirement. He was a member of O’Neal St. United Methodist Church and a member of the Newberry Rotary Club.
Mr. Gatlin is survived by his wife, Rose Bodie Gatlin of the home; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Milton A and Marla S Gatlin of Greer and L.E. “Ed” Gatlin, III of Clemson; two sister, Audrey Gatlin of Edgefield and Betty Lockwood of Yarmouth ME; two brothers, Keith Gatlin of Rockhill and Curtis Gatlin of Silver Springs MD; six grandchildren, Drew Gatlin of Greenwood, Sanders Gatlin of Seneca, Miranda Gatlin of Atlanta, GA, Angie Taylor of Columbia, Luke Gatlin of Rockhill, and Rosemary Arthur of Charlotte; and four great grandchildren.
Funeral services for L.E. “Bill” Gatlin, Jr. will be conducted at 11:00 A.M. Monday at O’Neal St. United Methodist Church by the Rev. Kem Thomas. Interment will be in Rosemont Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5:30 to 7:00 P.M. Sunday at the Whitaker Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to O’Neal St. United Methodist Church, 501 O’Neal St., Newberry, SC 29108.
Rena Wessinger Hughey
November 6, 2003
Rena Wessinger Hughey, 96, formerly of 2901 Fair Ave., Newberry, widow of Grady Lee Hughey, died Thursday, November 6, 2003 at White Oak Manor.
Mrs. Hughey was born on October 24, 1907 in Gaffney, a daughter of the late Hiram F. and Jean Lavender Wessinger. She was retired employee of Oakland Plant, Kendall Company and a member of College Street Baptist Church.
Mrs. Hughey is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Barbara Jean and the Rev. John Wood of Marshville, NC and Daphine and Henry Haltiwanger of Newberry; five grandchildren, Jeannie W. Hargette, Kerri W. Collins, John Jeffery Wood, Lindy Moore and Grady Brooks Haltiwanger; ten great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Graveside funeral services for Rena W. Hughey will be conducted at 5:00 P. M. Sunday in Newberry Memorial Gardens by the Rev. Kenneth Ferrell.
Visitation will be from 5:30 to 7:30 P. M. Saturday at the Whitaker Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to College Street Baptist Church, 3240 College Street, Newberry, SC 29108.
Active pallbearers will be grandchildren.
Rev. Harry Weber
November 4, 2003
Rev. Harry Weber, 84, of 2000 Springfield Place, Newberry, widower of Virginia “Jenny” Graham Weber, died Tuesday, November 4, 2003, at his residence.
Rev. Weber was born on January 18, 1919 in Charleston, SC, a son of the late William and Marguerite Schumacher Weber. Rev. Weber served churches in Cameron, Saluda, and Whitmire.
Rev. Weber was as Army veteran of War World II serving with the rank of Captain. For his actions, he received the Bronze Star Medal, Army of Occupation Medal, European African Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, and American Campaign Medal.
Rev. Harry Weber joined the Newberry College faculty as an assistant professor of religion in 1959 and was named the Chaplain in 1962; he also served as Dean of Students from 1966-69. He resigned his Newberry College position in February 1979 to become pastor of Mt. Pleasant Lutheran Church in Saluda.
A 1942 graduate of Newberry College, Pastor Weber was an active supporter of the College throughout his career. In recognition for his loyal support, the Newberry College awarded him the Algernon Sydney Sullivan Award in 1980 and the Thomas Epting Alumnus-of-the Year Award in 1995. The Newberry College Lettermen’s Club inducted Pastor Weber into the Athletics Hall of Fame in 1991 for his contributions as a student athlete and football player.
In 1999 the College dedicated its first building devoted entirely to campus ministry in Pastor Weber’s honor and named the building the Weber Ministry House.
The South Carolina Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) awarded its first Bishop James S. Aull Award in 1996 to Pastor Weber for outstanding ministerial service to the Church and to Newberry College.
He and his wife, Virginia Graham Weber—a 1944 graduate of the College, have also established the endowed Graham-Weber Scholarship to be awarded annually to an outstanding football player.
In March 2001 Pastor Weber received The Order of the Palmetto South Carolina’s highest award for “his tireless efforts to promote literacy in South Carolina.”
His interest in and work with the South Carolina Literacy Council began in the late 1960’s when he was still Newberry College’s Chaplain. At The Order of the Palmetto Award Ceremony, James Lander, South Carolina Comptroller General, noted that “Pastor Weber is the heart and breath of the literacy movement” and how he on behalf of the College, the Newberry Jaycees, and South Carolina’s Literacy Councils spent four decades traveling the state to organize workshops to train teachers and students in the Laubach ‘Each One, Teach One’ method of literacy training.”
Pastor Weber received his Master of Education degree from the University of South Carolina and his seminary training from the Lutheran Theological Southern Seminary in Columbia.
Rev. Weber is survived by a niece, Martha Miller and her husband Ben Miller of Laurens and a nephew, Charles Weber and his wife, Sharon Weber of Little Mountain.
Funeral services for Rev. Harry Weber will be conducted at 3:00 P. M. Sunday at the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer by the Rev. Steven Counts. Interment will be in Rosemont Cemetery.
Visitation will be from 5:00 to 6:30 P. M. Saturday at the Whitaker Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, P. O. Box 382, Newberry, SC 29108, Newberry College, 2100 College St., Newberry, SC 29108, Newberry
Literacy Association, PO Box 566, Newberry, SC 29108 or the Lowman Home, PO Box 444, White Rock, SC 29177.
Bessie Beck Wicker
November 2, 2003
Bessie Beck Wicker, 82, formerly of Dave Dr., Newberry, widow of James R. Wicker, died Sunday, November 2, 2003 at the Saluda Nursing Center.
Mrs. Wicker was born on February 10, 1921 in Saluda County, a daughter of the late Richard and Sally Bledsoe Beck. She was a retired employee of Kendall Co., Oakland Plant and she was a member of the Faith Assembly of God.
Mrs. Wicker is survived by a son, and daughter-in-law, Donnie R. and Mary Beck of Newberry; two grandchildren, Christa Beck Sutton and Craig Temples both of Newberry; and one great grandson, Jay Sutton of Newberry.
Funeral services Bessie Beck Wicker will be conducted at 2:00 P.M. Wednesday at the Faith Assembly of God by the Rev. Sanford Jones. Interment will be in Newberry Memorial Gardens.
Visitation will be from 6:30 to 7:30 P.M. Tuesday at the Whitaker Funeral Home and the family will be at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Donnie Beck,383 Hill Trace Road, Newberry.
Memorial may be made to the Faith Assembly of God, 798 Fair St., Newberry SC 29108.
Active pallbearers will be David Whitman, Terry Beck, Clark Beck, Steve Taylor, George Taylor, and James A. Lindler.
Ruby Melton Leopard
September 27, 2003
Ruby Melton Leopard, 90, formerly of 716 Wright St., Newberry, widow of Harold J. “Funny” Leopard, died Saturday September 27, 2003 at the J. F. Hawkins Nursing Home.
Mrs. Leopard was born August 28, 1913 in Saluda County, a daughter of the late Samuel and Katie Fulmer Melton. She was retired from West End Mill and was a member of West End Baptist Church
Mrs. Leopard is survived by a daughter Dianne L. Cantrell of Greenville; two sons and daughters-in-law, James B. and Judy Leopard of Pageland and Walter A “Bo” and Blondell Leopard of Greer; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services for Ruby Melton Leopard will 3 P.M. Tuesday September 30, 2003, at Whitaker Funeral Home by the Rev. Larry Deeter. Interment will be in Newberry Memorial Gardens.
Visitation will from 1:30 to 2:30 P.M. Tuesday at the Whitaker Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to West End Baptist Church, P. O. Box 906, Newberry, S.C. 29108.
Active pallbearers will be Tyler Hurst, Jesse Brown, Dillon Neisler, Jeff Brown and Brian Leopard and Toby Martin.