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Helen Cubbison Ragsdale Counts of Newberry widow of James W. Counts, passed away on November 7, 2012, at the age of 89 years.

Mrs. Counts was the daughter of the late Claude Hunter Ragsdale and Alice Coward Ragsdale. She was born on November 7, 1923 in Blair, South Carolina. She was a graduate of Monticello High School and Winthrop College. Mrs. Counts was married to the late James Wedaman Counts for 63 years.

Mrs. Counts is survived by her daughter, Alicia C. Blair (and son-in-law, Bob) of Blair, South Carolina, and Tracey C. Hunter (and son-in-law Bobby) of Silverstreet, South Carolina. Also surviving her are four grandchildren: Allison Blythe Blair, Beverly Wylie Parham (Chris), Nathan James Hunter, and Hollie Helen Hunter. She also has two great-grandchildren, Beverly and Coleman Whitesides of Irmo, South Carolina.

She was predeceased by six of her siblings: Claude H. Ragsdale, Jr., Marjorie Weaks, Virginia Davis, Beverly Rice, John Knox Ragsdale, and James (Sam) Ragsdale. She is survived by one brother, Vernon Ragsdale of Seneca, South Carolina, brother-in-law, Graham Rice of Woodleaf, North Carolina, and sister-in-law, Sylvia Ragsdale of Greenville, South Carolina.

Helen was a devoted wife and mother. She was a member of The Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Newberry, South Carolina, for many years. She enjoyed gardening, playing bridge with friends, keeping house and being with her family. She was a great cook and her family loved the Sunday dinners that she prepared.

Graveside services will be held at 3:00 pm, Sunday, November 11, 2012, at Newberry Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Saturday from 6:00 – 7:30 pm at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to The Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 1515 Boundary Street, Newberry, South Carolina 29108.

The family would like to give a special thanks to Melanie Crumpton and the staff of Springfield Place for their care and concern in the care of mother in her last years. Also, thank you to Dr. Bernardo and Hospice Care of Tri County for your help.

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#10 Barbara & Alan Senn 2012-11-15 14:02
Dear Tracey,
Heard about your mother's passing late. With heart felt sympathy, we send you and your family our prayers during this time. God bless all of you.
#9 Steve Sligh 2012-11-11 19:23
This is a difficult time for you.Your mom and dad were a pleasure to know. One calming thought is knowing the great job they did in molding their children.
#8 Patricia Armfield 2012-11-11 12:21
Tracey and Alicia, you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers at this difficult time. May precious memories of your mother sustain you and give you strength, comfort and peace. Love to all.
#7 Rebecca Elswick 2012-11-10 08:13
Alicia, Tracie, & families----
My heart is with you at this time.
#6 Beth Fulmer 2012-11-09 13:13
Tracey and Alicia, please accept my sincerest condolences. Your mother was a wonderful person and will be missed by so many. God bless you and your families.
With sympathy, Beth
#5 Gary Graham 2012-11-09 08:19
Mrs. Blair,

I'm so sorry to hear of the loss of your mom. You and your family are in my prayers at this difficult time and will be in the days to come.

Gary Graham
#4 Mindy Lominick 2012-11-09 08:04
So sorry to hear about your mother. She was a wonderful person and I also enjoyed her delicious meals. I especially remember her soup and meatloaf. She always treated as one of her girls and I appreciated that. My love and heartfelt sympathy to the family. Love you all.
#3 Kathy Dennis 2012-11-08 23:59
Tracey, I am so sorry! Your mother is with your wonderful Dad and finally free from the ravages of age.
#2 Cecil and Leigh Ringer 2012-11-08 20:45
Tracey and Bobby, and family -- We are so sorry to learn of Tracey's mother passing, and wanted you to know that you are in our thoughts and prayers. May God bless!
#1 Linda Branham 2012-11-08 15:50
Tracey and Alicia, May God keep you in his loving care at this most difficult time.