Edgar Lowrance Sr.
PICKENS — Mr. Edgar Johnston Lowrance Sr., 92, of 716 Cedar Rock, St. Pickens, SC, died Sunday, November 7, 2004, at Laurel Hill Nursing Home in Pickens.
A memorial service will be held 1:00 pm Tuesday, November 9, at the Chapel of Bass Cauthen Funeral Home with Dr. William Seel officiating. Burial will be at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Charlotte, NC.
Born in Mooresville, NC, Mr. Lowrance was the son of the late Edgar Marshall Lowrance and Augusta Johnston Lowrance. He was married to the late Melba Abernathy Lowrance for 52 years, and was preceded in death by one sister, Irene Wright.
Mr. Lowrance was a former member, Sunday School Teacher and Elder of Elden Terrace ARP Church. He was a member of Easley Presbyterian Church of Easley, SC. He served in the US Army during WWII in Counter Intelligence. He graduated from Harding High School in Charlotte, NC and NC State with a BS in Architecture where he was a member of the Blue Key Honor Society. He retired from Home Insurance Company of NY as State Manager.
He is survived by: 2 sons, Ed J. Lowrance Jr. of Columbia, SC, Dr. Bill Lowrance of Easley; 1 sister, Eloise Reber of Philadelphia, Pa.; 4 grandchildren; 2 great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends 12:30-1:00 pm Tuesday at Bass Cauthen Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to Easley Presbyterian Church, 200 S. First St. Easley, SC 29640. Known for his wit, sense of humor and practical jokes, he will be missed.
LEXINGTON — Services for George E. “Country” Mitchum, 64, of Lexington, will be held at 2 pm Tuesday in State Full Gospel Church, officiated by Rev. Dallas Goff. Entombment and military rites will follow at Woodridge Memorial Park Mausoleum. The family will receive friends from 6-8 pm Monday at Thompson Funeral Home of West Columbia. Memorials may be made to State Full Gospel Church.
Mr. Mitchum died Saturday, November 6, 2004. Born in Lexington County, he was the son of the late George Eugene and Ethel Shumpert Mitchum. A lifetime area resident, Mr. Mitchum was a United States Army veteran having served during the Vietnam War. He was a member of State Full Gospel Church.
Surviving are his wife, Gloria Pauley Mitchum of Lexington; son, Paul Edward Mitchum of Lexington; sisters, Bessie Buzzard of Graniteville, Annette Birchmore of Lexington, Betty Mainprize of Orangeburg, Margaret Kennerly of West Columbia; brothers, Anthony Mitchum of Eastover, Robert Mitchum of West Columbia, David Mitchum of Lexington; beloved grandchildren, P.J. Mitchum and Christina Mitchum.
GASTON — Service for Julie Denise Mullinax, 19, will be held Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Columbia, with burial in Bush River Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to Pets Inc. Adopt A Pal, 300 Orchard Dr., West Columbia, S.C. 29170. Visitation will be Monday 6-8 p.m. at Dunbar Funeral Home, Dutch Fork Chapel, Irmo.
Ms. Mullinax died Saturday, November 6, 2004. Born in Valdosta, Ga., she was a daughter of Debbie George. A 2002 graduate of Airport High School, she was an employee of Publix and had a passion for rescuing animals.
Surviving are son, Spencer Mullinax; her mother of Gaston; sister, Amy George of Gaston; two step-sisters; many aunts, uncles, cousins; and her beloved pets.
RIDGEWAY — Services and burial for Patricia Murphy Joe, 58, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday at White Oak Baptist Church #2. Viewing is 1-5 p.m. today at Glover’s Memorial Chapel, Winnsboro. Born in Fairfield Co. to Thomas and Mary Murphy, she died Nov. 4, 2004. Surviving are son, Ronald Murphy; grands, Brian Tameka, Shakita, Ronald Jr., Sieria, Tieria, Courtney; six sisters; seven brothers.
DARLINGTON — Services for Otis Maxie Norwood, 87, are 11 a.m. Tuesday at Faith Free Will Baptist Church with burial in Darlington Memory Gardens. Visitation is 6-8 tonight at Belk Funeral Home. Born in Darlington Co. to Maxie and Maybelle Pipkin Norwood, he died Nov. 7, 2004. Surviving are wife, Jill Norwood; children, Maxie, Linda Norwood, Penny Gosnell; 8 grands; 1 great-grand; 4 siblings; others.
ELGIN — A graveside service for Evelyn “Lynn” B. Riddle, 81, will be held at 2 p.m. Tuesday in Greenlawn Memorial Park Northeast. Greenlawn Funeral Home, Columbia, is in charge. Born in Boston to Lillian Gray, she died Nov. 5, 2004. She was a member of First Christian Church. Surviving are husband, Robert Riddle; son, Robert Riddle; grand, Christen Riddle.
N. MYRTLE BEACH — Services for Henry Thomas “Tom” Roberts, 84, are 2 p.m. Tuesday at Lakeside Baptist Church; burial in Southeastern Memorial Gardens with Masonic rites. Visitation: 6-8 tonight at Hardwick Funeral Home, Loris. Born in Green Sea to William and Bertha Roberts, he died Nov. 5, 2004. Surviving: wife, Jean Layton Roberts; daughters, Tommie Nobles, Gayle Smyers; grands; others.
WEST COLUMBIA — Graveside services for Ella Elizabeth Knight Sistare, 90, of West Columbia, will be held at 4 pm Tuesday at Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Spartanburg, SC, officiated by Rev. Glenn Rusher. The family will receive friends from 6-8 pm Monday at Thompson Funeral Home of West Columbia. Memorials may be made to Bethany Baptist Church Building Fund, Spartanburg, SC or to Carolina Children’s Home, Columbia, SC.
Mrs. Sistare, widow of James Sistare, died Saturday, November 6, 2004. Born in McBee, SC, she was the daughter of the late Kate Knight. She was a charter member of Bethany Baptist Church in Spartanburg.
Surviving are her daughters and sons-in-law, Katherine and Wilburn Sharpe of Cleburn, TX, Jenn S. and J. Donald Robertson of Columbia; son and daughter-in-law, James Robert and Anne Sistare of Pickens; sisters, Betty Berryhill of Greenboro, NC, Foye Wright of Lancaster; 11 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren. Mrs. Sistare was preceded in death by her son, Thomas Ralph Sistare.
COLUMBIA — Services for Maude Samuels Smith will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesday (visitation 7 tonight) at Leevy’s Funeral Home, Taylor Street Chapel with burial in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens. She died November 5, 2004. Surviving are grandniece, Susan Robinson; great-grandniece, Lashonda Brown; great-grandnephew, Jeff Moore III; others.
SOUTH CONGAREE — Services for Blondell Benton Smith, 69, of South Congaree, will be held at 11 am Tuesday in Congaree Baptist Church, officiated by Rev. Charlie Young, Rev. Ron Pelfrey, and Rev. Dewey Cockrell. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Members of the Costner Sunday School Class will serve as pallbearers and members of the Loyalty Sunday School Class will serve as honorary pallbearers. The family will receive friends from 7-9 pm Monday at Thompson Funeral Home of Lexington. Memorials may be made to Congaree Baptist Church Building Fund.
Mrs. Smith died Saturday, November 6, 2004. Born in West Columbia, she was the daughter of the late Rev. Carl and Sally Tucker Benton. She was a member of Congaree Baptist Church.
Surviving are her husband, Frank D. Smith of South Congaree; daughter and son-in-law, Wanda and George F. Murphy of Lexington; sons and daughter-in-law, Eddie A. and Wanda Smith, and Frankie P. Smith, all of Lexington; sisters, Shirley Brown of Belton, NC, Eula Ring of Columbia; brothers, Thaddeus Benton of Columbia, Boyd Benton of Batesburg-Leesville; daughter-in-law, Elaine Smith; grandchildren, Rebecca McClain, Amanda Yeggy, Phillip Smith, Melissa Smith, Melody Murphy, Vanessa Smith; and one great grandchild.
DARLINGTON — Services for Roger A. Truett, 50, will be held at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday at Belk Funeral Home with interment in Darlington Memory Gardens. Visitation is 6-8 tonight at Belk Funeral Home. Born in Darlington Co. to Charles Truett and Elizabeth Kirvin, he died Nov. 6, 2004. He was an assistant manager of Piggly Wiggly. Surviving are brothers, Charles Truett, Joey, Timmy Kirvin; niece; nephews.
SUMTER — Services for Antonio “Tony” Jamal Vaughn, 17, are 2:30 p.m. Tuesday at Greater Mt. Pisgah Missionary Baptist Church with burial in St. Paul Holiness Church Cemetery. Williams Funeral Home is in charge. Born in Sumter Co. to Charles and Rebecca McDowell Vaughn, he died Nov. 4, 2004. Surviving are parents; brothers, Donnell Vaughn, Charon Rhodes; grandmothers; great-grandmother.
ALLENDALE — Services for Luther Villard Washington, 87, widow of Dennie Washington, will be held at 2 p.m. today at Sweet Bethel CME Church with burial in Evington Missionary Baptist Church Cemetery. Cave Funeral Service is in charge. Born to Douglas Villard and Mary Rouse Gill, she died November 1, 2004. Surviving are sisters, Birdie Kelly, Clarice Duffie, Irene Daniels.
SUMMERTON — Services for Sonya Wiley-Cooper, 40, are noon Tuesday at Dyson’s Home For Funerals with burial in Friendship AME Church, Silver. Born in Brooklyn, N.Y. to Robert Sr. and Mary Ellen Glover Wiley, she died Nov. 5, 2004. Surviving are father; husband, Melvin Cooper Sr.; children, Melvin Jr., Crystal Cooper; siblings, Robert Wiley Jr., Pamela Lewis, Devon Coger; grandparents; others.
SHELDON — Services and burial for Jennie Louise Young, 84, are 1 p.m. Tuesday (wake 7-8 tonight) at Canaan Missionary Baptist Church, Sheldon. Marshel's Wright-Donaldson Home For Funerals, Beaufort, is in charge. She died Nov. 1, 2004. Surviving: children, Janie Blair, Deloras White, Charlesetta Moultrie, Anna, Edward Jr., Robert, Herman, Harold Young; 3 sisters; 33 grands; 48 great-grands; others.
COLUMBIA — Services for Leslie D. Knight, 70, of Columbia, will be held at 2pm Wednesday in the Chapel of Thompson Funeral Home of Lexington, officiated by Rev. Erskine Shriver. Burial and military rites will follow at Southland Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 7-9pm Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association.
Mr. Knight died Sunday, November 7, 2004. Born in Rossville, SC, he was the son of the late Gerald Whitehead and the late Ina Knight Adams. Mr. Knight was a retired United States Army veteran having served in both the Korean and Vietnam Wars. During his 21-year career, he attained the rank of Master Sergeant and was the recipient of numerous awards including the Bronze Star. Mr. Knight had been an area resident for the past 30-plus years. He attended worship services at the Barnyard Flea Market.
Surviving are his wife, Wanda C. Knight of Columbia; daughters, Janet, Lana, and Delana, all of Elizabethtown, KY, and Helen of Lexington; sons, Steve Knight of Elizabethtown, KY, Leslie D. Knight of Lexington; special aunt, Helen Williams of Great Falls; two sisters; two brothers; step-children, Sgt. Jack R. Chamberlain, Jr. (Rhonda) of Lake City, Trish C. Schwartz (Donald) of Lexington; grandchildren, Jack Ray Chamberlain III, Donald Edward Schwartz, Jr., and Jacqueline D. Chamberlain. Mr. Knight was preceded in death by his first wife, Nancy F. Knight.
SALUDA — Services for Juanita Dawkins Nichols, 86, of the Hollywood Community in Saluda County, will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Corinth Lutheran Church, officiated by Reverends Bill Ebener and Hilton Roof. Pallbearers will be her grandsons, her four grandsons-in-law and lifelong family friend, Bobby L. Abney. The family will receive friends and family from 6 to 8 p.m. at Ramey Funeral Home in Saluda. Memorials may be made to Corinth Lutheran Church, 3178 Denny Highway, Prosperity, SC 29127.
Mrs. Nichols died Monday, November 8, 2004 at her home surrounded by many family members and friends. She was the daughter of the late Jacob Saxon Dawkins and Mattie Bowers Dawkins of Prosperity.
Surviving are her husband of 67 years, Guy Taylor Nichols of Saluda; son, Charles Lowell Nichols and wife, Judy Easler Nichols of Saluda; daughter, Lorela Nichols Wilkins and husband, Joe H. Wilkins Jr. of Stone Mountain GA; son, Arthur Ray Nichols of Mauldin; daughter, Sylvia Nichols Rinehart and husband, Joseph A. Rinehart of Saluda.
She is also survived by 11 grandchildren, Angela Nichols Crouch and Robert Crouch of Mt. Pleasant; Deirdre Wilkins Ritger and Christopher Ritger of Atlanta, GA; Christy Nichols Crouch and Jay Crouch of Saluda; Darrick Nichols Wilkins of Atlanta, GA; Tara Rinehart Collins and Scott Collins of West Columbia; Haley Nicole Rinehart of Saluda; Amanda Lowell Nichols of Saluda; Andrew Taylor Nichols of Clemson; Jason Guy Nichols of Saluda; Elizabeth Ellen Nichols of Charleston; and Dustin Lee Rinehart of Clemson. She has two great-grandchildren: Thomas Layne Crouch of Saluda and Benjamin David Ritger of Atlanta, GA. Her close companions and compassionate caregivers were Amanda Cook and Betty Williams.
Juanita graduated from O’Neal High School in Prosperity. She devoted her lifetime to being a loyal wife and loving mother. Family, church and community were the focus of Juanita’s life. She was an active member of Corinth Lutheran Church and numerous civic organizations. She was active in the Saluda County Mental Health Association and the Saluda Extension Homemakers Club. In 1964, she was selected as a South Carolina Master Farm Homemaker. However, her greatest achievements were the care, nurture and support that she was constantly giving to others in their times of celebration and joy as well as bereavement, pain and suffering. She was a Christian who put her faith into action by her good deeds on a daily basis. She was a true servant of Christ.
She maintained a happy, joyful home that was a pleasure to visit. Holidays and special occasions were bountiful, busy times with family and friends always welcomed with laughter, good conversations and delicious food.
She will be missed greatly by all who knew and loved her, but we all know she is in an even better place. Now God is blessing Juanita even more.