April 2008


Lonnie "Lon" Armstrong
December 15, 1939 -
April 23, 2008

Lonnie “Lon” L. Armstrong, 68, of Prosperity, died April 23, 2008 at Newberry County Memorial Hospital.

He was born in Eddystone, PA, on December 15, 1939, to the late William “Bill” and Lou Smith Armstrong. Mr. Armstrong was a 1963 graduate of Clemson University where he was on the football and track teams. He was a kicker and guard for the football team having made All-ACC in 1962. He retired after 29 years from Mid-Carolina High School where he was the former head football coach and Athletic Director. As the coach at Mid-Carolina, he guided his team to the 1985 AA State Football Championship. He was a head coach for the 1988 SC Shrine Bowl team and later coached in the North-South Game.

Mr. Armstrong was a member of Wightman United Methodist Church where he was a member of the United Methodist Men and the Asbury Bedenbaugh Class as well as a teacher for the latter.

Surviving are his wife, Dennis Gunter Armstrong; sons, Ronald (Ann) Armstrong of Greenville and Russell (Michelle) Armstrong of Prosperity; daughters, Amanda (Peter) Schramka of Pewaukee, WI and Melinda Armstrong of Prosperity; a sister, Bonnie Lou Creal of Vanceboro, NC; and granddaughters, Claire, Emily, Amy Ruth, Katherine, Maricela, Abigail, and Norma Armstrong, Grace and Caroline Schramka.

Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday at Wightman United Methodist Church by the Rev. Michael Turner. Burial will follow in Newberry Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Friday from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wightman United Methodist Church Building Fund, PO Box 376, Prosperity, SC, 29127.

Active pallbearers: Kirk Atwood, Randy Earhardt, Jack Harris, Walter Jolley, George Kinard, Clyde Livingston, Jr., Nelson Perry, Lindy Richardson and Ludy Werts
Honorary pallbearers: Members of the Asbury Bedenbaugh Sunday School Class and Benji Morris as a representative of the former football players of Mid-Carolina High School

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Sally Wilson
February 24, 1954 -
April 23, 2008

NEWBERRY - Sally Ruff Wilson, 54, died April 23, 2008 at Newberry County Memorial Hospital.

Born in Newberry, she was a daughter of the late Frank Richard “Dick” and Theresa Wise Ruff. Mrs. Wilson was an accomplished artist, a Doll Doctor who restored many antique dolls and was a talented seamstress. She enjoyed her ministry as a member of the Kingdom Hall of Jehovah Witnesses. She was a giving person who always put others in her life first. She was a loyal wife and helper to her husband and was a devoted mother and grandmother.

Surviving are husband, Philip T. Wilson; a son, Quinton T. Wilson of Newberry; a daughter, Theresa E. Wilson of Newberry; brothers, Pat Thomason and George R. Ruff both of Newberry; two grandchildren and special cousins, Elmer Long and Von Long.

Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Friday at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Burial will follow in Lebanon Cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the MS Society, PO Box 4527, New York, NY 10163.

Active pallbearers: John Grantham, Patrick O’Neel, Neely Page, Tracy Page, Gus Ruff, George Wilson, Hector Wilson and Sean Wilson

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Norris Merchant
January 26, 1920 -
April 20, 2008

Norris LeGrande Merchant, 88, of Kinards, widower of Jennie Ballard Merchant died April 20, 2008 at Palmetto Health Richland Memorial Hospital.

Born in Newberry, Mr. Merchant was a son of the late George Cleveland and Lessie Lee Beard Merchant. He was retired from Bailey Mills, a member of Hopewell United Methodist Church, a member of Cooks Mountain Hunt Club, and a member of the Bush River Community Center. He was an avid fisherman and gardener.

He is survived by daughters, Brenda Amick and husband Lealon of Prosperity, Sue Hartman and husband Richard of Prosperity and Donna Hall and husband Mike of Newberry; a brother, Ervin Merchant and wife Mary Agnes of Kinards; three grandchildren, Barry Hartman and wife Wanda, Bryan Hall and wife Jeanna, and Brantley Haupt and husband Nathan; and seven great-grandchildren, Meghan Hartman, Spencer Franklin, Hayden Hall, Maggie Rose Haupt, Chloe Haupt, Ann-Marie Haupt, and Bridget Haupt. He was pre-deceased by sisters, Alma Crowder, Naomi Hamm, Myrtle Warren, Dallas Braswell, and Helen Longshore; brothers, Dwight Merchant, Manning Merchant, and Raymond Merchant; and grandchildren, Stacy Marie Amick and Joseph Daniel Hall.

Funeral services will be conducted at 3:00 PM Wednesday, April 23, 2008 at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home Chapel. Burial will follow in Newberry Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Tuesday from 6:30 - 8:00 PM at the McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Hopewell United Methodist Church.

Active pallbearers will be Barry Hartman, Bryan Hall, Nathan Haupt, Neil Lomax, Greg Merchant and Danny Chandler. Honorary Pallbearers will be William Satterwhite, Wayne Satterwhite, Jim Braswell, Richard Shealy, Stanley Bishop and Tom McAlister.

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Mabrie L. Metts
October 24, 1910 -
April 19, 2008

Virginia Mabrie Lindler Metts, 97, beloved widow of Henry Elmer Metts, passed away on Saturday, April 19, 2008. Born in Little Mountain, she was a daughter of the late Andrew Pearson and Catherine Connie Cannon Lindler.

She is survived by a daughter, Dorothy (Clyde) Huffstetler of Chapin; a son, Jimmy (Rosemary) Metts of Little Mountain; a daughter-in-law, Rose Metts of Chapin; sisters Drucilla Boland, Naomi Counts, Esther Frick and Annie Ruth Frick all of Chapin; a brother, Herbert J. Lindler of Chapin. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren, 21 great-grandchildren, nine great-great grandchildren and a number of devoted nieces and nephews. Mrs. Metts was pre-deceased by sons Henry Richard Metts and Howard Andrew Metts, great-granddaughter Mackenzie Huffstetler and brothers Louie Van, Clyde, and Loy Lindler.

Funeral services will be held at 4:00 PM Tuesday, April 22 at Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church with the Rev John Stoudemayer conducting the service. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:00 – 8:00 PM Monday, April 21 at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Mt. Tabor Lutheran Church, 816 Mt. Tabor Road, Little Mountain, SC 29075 or to a charity of one’s choice.

Pallbearers will be grandsons.

The family extends heartfelt gratitude to the staff of Generations of Chapin and most recently to the staff of White Oak Manor for their love and devoted care during the last several years.

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Mary Ann Nelson Gunn
July 13, 1939 -
April 18, 2008

Mary Ann Nelson Gunn, 68, of 1955 Smith Rd., Newberry, died April 18, 2008, at Newberry County Memorial Hospital.

Born in Clinton, Wisconsin, she was a daughter of the late Louis P. and Flora Etta St. Clair Nelson. She formerly worked at Newberry County Memorial Hospital and was a member of Smyrna Presbyterian Church. She was also a member of the Women of the Moose, the Red Hat Society known as the “New Girls From the Berry”, and was a former member of the Ladies’ Golf Association at the Country Club of Newberry, and a past member of the Ladies Golf Association at Ponderosa.

She is survived by James “Pete” Gunn; a sister, June L. Nelson, of Newberry; a step-daughter Teresa Chadwick; step-grandchildren Kiauna, Taliyah and David and her puppy, “Baby”. She was predeceased by a sister, Cora Marie Nelson.

Funeral services will be conducted at 4:00 PM Monday at Smyrna Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Scott Hill. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be at the McSwain-Evans Funeral Home Sunday from 6:00 - 8:00 PM. Memorials may be made to Smyrna Presbyterian Church, Building Fund 32 Smyrna Rd., Newberry, SC 29108 or to the Primary Pulmonary Hypertension Association, 801 Roeder Road, Suite 400, Silver Spring, MD 20910.

Active pall bearers will be Keith Dominick, Gerald Blancher, Mike Enlow, Mark Roberts, Bob Banister, Brent Nielson, Dale Dennis, and Ricky Richardson.
Honorary pall bearers will be members of the Red Hat Society, Dr. Mark Davis, and the Esther Circle of Smyrna Presbyterian Church.

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Elnita Inman
November 1, 1915 -
April 13, 2008

Mary Elnita White Inman, 92, of Newberry, widow of J.D. Inman, died Sunday, April 13, 2008 at White Oak Manor.

Born in Lexington, she was a daughter of the late Donald and Louella Tompkins White. She was a member of Aveleigh Presbyterian Church.

Surviving are a daughter, Pamela Strom of Chapin; seven grandchildren and sixteen great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a daughter, Ann Lee.

Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, April 16, 2008 at McSwain-Evans Funeral Chapel by the Rev. Eddie Bledsoe. Burial will follow in Rosemont Cemetery. Visitation will be Tuesday from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Aveleigh Presbyterian Church, 1211 Calhoun Street, Newberry, SC 29108.

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Harold Kimmell
December 31, 1943 -
April 12, 2008

Harold Sabin Kimmell, 64, of Prosperity, died April 12, 2008 at Lexington Medical Center.

Born in Syracuse, NY, he was the son of the late Donn and Madeline Mitchel Kimmell. He was a US Air Force veteran and retired from Proctor and Gamble.

He is survived by his wife Mrs. Kathleen Tuttle Kimmell; sons, Harold Scott Kimmell of Irmo and Jarrett Alan Kimmell of Prosperity; and a granddaughter, Madison Kimmell.

Family and friends are invited to a gathering on Saturday April 19, 2008 at his residence, 138 Williams Wood Drive, Prosperity, from 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. A memorial service will follow.

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Dorothy Hill
August 3, 1938 -
April 12, 2008

Dorothy Howell Hill, 69, of Little Mountain, died April 12, 2008, at her residence.

Born in Laurens, Mrs. Hill was a daughter of the late John Howell. She was a retired employee of the Kendall Company, Oakland Plant and a member of St. Peter Lutheran Church.

She is survived by her husband, Albert Franklin Hill; daughters, Shelby Hazel, Diane Edgins, and Karen Gillion, all of Newberry; Alice Breed of Alabama, and Joanne Hill of Little Mountain; a sister, Roberta Hyler of Franklin, GA; a brother Roy Hyler of Clinton; 8 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren

Graveside services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 15, 2008, in Newberry Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be at the McSwain-Evans Funeral Home Monday from 6:00 p.m.- 7:30 p.m. Memorials may be made to St. Peter Lutheran Church, 900 Dreher Island Road, Chapin, 29036.

Active pallbearers: Cliff Hyler, Robert Hyler, Kenny Hyler, William Hyler, Lamar Robinson, Stanley Longshore, Russell Hyler, and Michael Hook.

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James R. Shealy
September 16, 1918 -
April 12, 2008

James Robert (Dank) Shealy, 89, of Newberry, widower of Mrs. Alice Sue Wicker Shealy, died April 12, 2008, at J. F. Hawkins Health Care.

Born in Newberry, Mr. Shealy was a son of the late Luther P., and Lalla Wicker Shealy.
He was a retired carpenter with Cannon Construction Co., and a member of St. Philip’s Lutheran Church.

Mr. Shealy is survived by his daughters, Wilma (Robby) Ruff, Margaret (Billy Ray) Hester, both of Newberry, and Alice(Julius) Wicker and Debbie (William) Cromer, both of Pomaria; and a daughter-in-law, Debra Shealy of Newberry. Grandchildren, Susan Swygert, Renee’ Dominick, Gina Hedgepath, Bill Hester, Jeff Wicker, Maggie Wicker, Julie Stutts, Dawn Shealy, Keeley Livingston, and Jay Carraway and 13 great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by his sons, Robert (Bro) Shealy, and David (Bit) Shealy; brothers, William Luther Shealy and John Henry Shealy and a sister, Earline Meetze.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 PM Monday at St. Philip’s Lutheran Church by the Rev. Terry Amick. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be at the McSwain-Evans Funeral Home Sunday from 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM. Memorials may be made to St. Philip’s Lutheran Church Family Life Center, 2461 St. Philip’s Church Road, Newberry, 29108.

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Janelle L. Graham
August 11, 1934 -
April 11, 2008

Janelle Livingston Graham, 73, of Pomaria, widow of Roy Graham, died April 11, 2008.

Born in Pomaria, Mrs. Graham was a daughter of the late Boyd and Virginia Livingston. She was retired from Damon International and Wal-Mart. Mrs. Graham was an active member of New Hope United Methodist Church, where she was a member of the choir, the “GO” group, and president of the U.M. W. She was a devoted wife for over 50 years and a beloved mother and grandmother.

Mrs. Graham is survived by her children and their spouses, Debbie and Don Dennis, of Prosperity, Glenn and Cathy Graham of Pomaria, Angie and Bill Davis of Pomaria, David and Stephanie Graham of Pomaria, and Doug Graham of Pomaria; grandchildren, Ashley and Chad Stockton, Gary Graham, Chad and Allie Davis, and Mason and Matthew Graham; her sisters, Christine Hendrix of Newberry, Dianne (Earl, Jr.) Graham of Pomaria, and a brother, Jimmy Livingston of Pomaria. She was predeceased by sisters and brothers, Alfreida Hendrix, Lindsay Livingston, J. B. Livingston, Furman Livingston, and Doris Corder.

Funeral services will be held at 4:30 PM, Sunday, April 13, 2008 at New Hope United Methodist Church. Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery. Visitation will be Saturday from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to New Hope United Methodist Church, 331 Holloway Street, Pomaria, 29126 the Pomaria Rescue Squad, or to the Newberry County Memorial Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 497, Newberry, 29108.

The family would like to extend a special “thank you” to Dr. Carroll Pinner and staff at Pinner clinic, Dr. Alan Paysinger & Staff, Dr. Steven Madden and Staff of Newberry County Memorial Hospital Chemotherapy Dept.

Active pall bearers will be Marty Livingston, Keith Hendrix, Stanley Livingston, Roger Graham, Joey Corder, Eddie Graham, Nelson Graham, Rodney Wicker.
Honorary pall bearers will be the U.M.W and the “Go” Group of New Hope United Methodist Church.

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Judy B. Meetze
July 19, 1938 -
April 7, 2008

Judy Boland Meetze, 69, of Newberry, widow of Howard Earl Meetze, died Monday, April 7, 2008 at Newberry County Memorial Hospital.

Born in Pomaria, she was a daughter of the late Arthur Reynold “Bill” Boland and Ruth Stone Boland. She was retired from the Newberry County Schools as a secretary having worked at Pomaria Elementary and Pomaria-Garmany Elementary. Mrs. Meetze was an active member of St. Philip’s Lutheran Church where she was a member of the Faithful Servants Sunday School Class, a former Sunday School teacher and played the piano for the Littlest Angel Choir. She was a member of the Farm Bureau Women’s Committee and was a former assistant at Holy Trinity Pre-School. She was an active participant for Relay for Life.

She was a devoted wife for 50 years and a loving mother and grandmother. She was an inspiration over the past few years to many people who were coping with a similar illnesses.

Surviving are a son, Michael S. (Lucy Anne) Meetze of Newberry; a daughter, Kimberly M. (Nick) Morris of Newberry; sister, Ella Margaret (Sammy) Rawls of Pomaria; a brother, Arthur Reynolds “Billy” Boland, Jr. of Pomaria; grandchildren, Luke, Jacob, Joshua and David Meetze and Kelly and Jennifer Morris

Services will be held Thursday at 2:00 p.m. at St. Philip’s Lutheran Church by the Rev. Terry Amick and Rev. Brent Nichols. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be from 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to St. Philip’s Lutheran Church Improvement Fund, 2461 St. Philip’s Church Road, Newberry, SC 29108, Holy Trinity Pre-School, PO Box 186, Little Mountain, SC 29075 or the Newberry County Hospital Foundation, PO Box 497, Newberry, SC 29108.

Active pallbearers: Luke Meetze, Jacob Meetze, Joshua Meetze, David Meetze, Dr. Benjamin Rawls, Chad Boland and Bill Hester

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Robert Magill
November 26, 1922 -
April 6, 2008

Robert Albert Magill, 85, of Kinards, died Sunday, April 6, 2008 at his residence.

Born in Kansas City, KS on November 26, 1922, he was a son of the late Andy and Ola Gilspy Magill. He was retired from the Army and Whitten Center and was a plumber. Mr. Magill was a member of Raytown Baptist Church in Raytown, MO.

Surviving are his wife, Betty Longshore Magill; a daughter, Selma Cornell of Kansas City, MO; a sister, Frances Uthe of Shawnee, KS; grandsons, Tim Cornell and Jim Cornell and three great-grandchildren.

Graveside services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, 2008 at Bush River Baptist Church. Visitation will be one hour before the service at the church. Memorials may be made to Bush River Baptist Church, 8935 Bush River Road, Newberry, SC 29108.

Active pallbearers: Danny Chandler, Bobby Greene, Robbie Greene, Charles Moore, Eric Moore and Wade Pitts

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Elizabeth Carbosco
May 10, 1925 -
April 1, 2008

Elizabeth Franklin Carbosco, 82, of Newberry, died April 1, 2008 at White Oak Manor.

Born in Goldville, she was a daughter of the late Jessie Glenn and Maude Bolton Franklin. Mrs. Carbosco was a retired Antique Dealer. She was a US Marine Corps Veteran, a former member of the American Legion Auxiliary and Women of the Moose. She was of the Baptist faith.

Surviving are her husband of 60 years, John D. Carbosco; sisters, Banna Braswell of Saluda and Margaret Dawkins of Pickins; eight nieces and nephews and seventeen great nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by a brother, Marion R. Franklin.

Graveside services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, April 6, 2008 at Newberry Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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John B. Kinard
October 23, 1908 -
April 1, 2008

John B. Kinard, Sr., 99, of Chapin, widower of Mildred Bundrick Kinard, died Tuesday, April 1, 2008 at his residence.

Born in Prosperity, he was a son of the late Dantzler Lorenze and Alice Koon Kinard. Mr. Kinard was a lifelong member of Chapin United Methodist Church where he was the oldest member. He operated Kinard Grocery and split and sold firewood until the age of 98.

Surviving are sons, Richard (Ruth) Kinard, Arthur (Edith) Kinard and Billy Kinard; daughters, Martha (Al) Turner and Patsy Barnes; 21 grandchildren, 46 great-grandchildren and 10 great-great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by sons, Jack Kinard and John “Skeet” Kinard, Jr. and a son-in-law, Steve Barnes.

Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Friday at Chapin United Methodist Church by the Rev. Jody Flowers. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Chapin United Methodist Church Building Fund, PO Box 237, Chapin, SC 29036.

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