George William “Bill” Barfield, Sr., of Newberry, died Thursday, January 8, 2009, at the age of 75. Bill was born in East Orange, New Jersey on April 28, 1933. He was the son of the late George Andrew and Frances Ione Smith Barfield.
Bill served in Germany during the Korean Conflict. He was a sergeant in the U.S. Air Force. He retired from the S.C. Tax Commission after 30 years of service. He was a member of the Forest Acres Masonic Lodge. Bill, with his wife Joan, were active volunteers for the Meals on Wheels program for the past 10 years. They spent many hours visiting and comforting patients and friends in the Newberry Hospital and surrounding nursing homes.
He leaves to cherish his precious memory his wife and soul mate of 54 years, Joan; his children, Elaine “Beth” Tankersley and her husband, Jerry and George William “Billy” Barfield, Jr.; grandchildren, Larry and Pennie Tankersley, Ashleigh and Will Speaks and Andrew and Ally Tankersley; great-grandchildren, Amanda, Madison, Rhys and Gauge.
Funeral services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, January 11, 2009 at Lewis Memorial United Methodist Church by the Rev. Bruce Palmer. The family will be at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. John Rucker, 2213 Main Street, Newberry, SC and will receive friends from 3:00 – 5:00 p.m. Saturday at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Lewis Memorial United Methodist church, 1105 First Street, Newberry, SC 29108 or to the church of your choice.
Bill was a smart, good, honest, kind and compassionate man who loved God, his family, and his many, many friends. The essence of a man is proven only by the man’s friends and Bill never met a stranger. He would do anything for anyone. He was humorous and could be counted on to always come up with a good joke, or to find the funny side of any situation.
He was generous and would give you the shirt off his back or his last dime. His accomplishments were many, but the legacy he leaves is simply that he was a great man.
He walked among us and loved each and every one of us.
Gary Wayne Gross, 53, of Newberry died Monday, January 5, 2009 at his residence.
Born on July 18, 1955 in Richlands, VA, he was a son of Nola Sharp Gross and the late Andy Gross, Jr. He was a former employee of Georgia-Pacific and served in the United States Navy. He was also a Trustee of the Newberry Moose Lodge.
In addition to his mother he is survived by his wife, Luann Longshore Gross; sons, Kevin Wayne Gross and Garrett Seth Gross of the home; sisters, Barbara Johnson and husband Gene of Whitmire, and Shirley Arnold of Blufield, WV; brothers, Billy Arnold and wife Renee of Whitmire, Jerry Wayne Gross of Leesville, and Andy Gross III and wife Susan of Barbersville, VA and several nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by a sister, Beverly Arnold Brown.
Funeral services will be held at 3:00 PM Wednesday, January 7, 2009 at the McSwain-Evans Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Wayne Tobias. Burial will follow in Newberry Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Tuesday from 7:00 - 9:00 PM at the McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Newberry Moose Lodge.
Edron Oras Ringer, Jr., 83, of Pomaria, died Friday, January 2, 2009 at his residence.
Born on May 1, 1925 in Pomaria, he was a son of the late Edron Oras Ringer, Sr. and Eunice Elberta Eargle Ringer. Mr. Ringer was a retired merchant and farmer. He was a member of Bethlehem Lutheran Church where he was a past Sunday School Secretary, former member of the Church Council and former chairman of the Property Committee. He was a member of the Pomaria Masonic Lodge 151, Woodmen of the World and a volunteer fireman for 29 years.
Surviving are his wife, Janet Kyzer Ringer; a son, Robert E. Ringer of Pomaria; a daughter and son-in-law, Dianne R. Horne and Aubrey Horne I of Pomaria; a brother, Ralph H. Ringer and his wife, Betty, of Newberry; a sister, Floriede Lindler and her husband, Dan, of Chapin; grandchildren, Aubrey Horne II and his wife, Barbie and Regina Trujillo; great-grandchildren, Joshua Trujillo, Parker Horne and Brysen Horne.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2:00 PM Monday, January 5, 2009 at Bethlehem Lutheran Church by the Rev. Steve Jackson and Rev. Henri Bishop. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Sunday from 5:00 until 7:00 p.m. at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Bethlehem Lutheran Church Cemetery Fund or Building Fund, 209 New Hope Road, Pomaria, SC 29126, Hospice Care of Tri-County, 13795 C.R. Koon Highway, Newberry, 29108, o to the Alzheimer’s Association, Palmetto Chapter, P.O. Box 7044, Columbia, 29202-7044.
Active pallbearers: Jimmie Bonner, Stanley Harris, O’NealLindler, Kenny Livingston, Alvin Ringer, Hoyt Ringer, and Clark Stillinger. Honorary pallbearers will be all who are in attendance.