July 2008


W.E. "Buddy" Spearman
October 15, 1919 -
July 29, 2008

William Elbert “Buddy” Spearman, Jr., 88, of Chappells, died Tuesday, July 29, 2008 at the Saluda Nursing Center after a long battle with Parkinson’s Disease.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00PM on Thursday, July 31 at Chappells Baptist Church in Chappells, SC with Rev. James Rodgers and Rev. David McCarthy officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5-7PM on Wednesday night at the McSwain-Evans Funeral Home in Newberry and at other times will be at the home of his son, Bill (651 Brushy Fork Road, Saluda). Memorials may be made to Chappells Baptist Church, 1454 SC Highway 39, Chappells, SC 29037 or to Chappells Volunteer Fire Department, 3218 SC Highway 39, Chappells, SC 29037.

Active pallbearers: Robin Campbell, Tony Johnson, Brett Long, Barrett Spearman, Mitchell Spearman and Phillip Tinsley
Honorary pallbearers: Ed Harmon, James Berley, Dewey Icard, Jr., Jake Arant, Larry Longshore, William Lever, Bobby Stoudemire and Randy Mitchell

Buddy was born on October 15, 1919 in Peak, South Carolina. He was the son of the late William Elbert Spearman and the late Katie Coker Betts Spearman. He retired in 1984 as plant manager of Duke Power’s Buzzard Roost Generating Station on Lake Greenwood, after 44 years with the company. He served in the US Army during World War II in the Pacific theater in Headquarters Company, 1st Battalion, 543rd Engineer and Shore Regiment where he assisted in the liberation of New Guinea and the Philippines and participated in numerous amphibious landings and was among the first Allied troops to arrive in Japan.

He was a founding member of the Chappells Volunteer Fire Department and served as Chief from its founding until his retirement in 1984. He was an active member of the Newberry County Fireman’s Association and the Newberry County Development Board. He was a life-long member of Chappells Baptist Church where he served on the Board of Deacons, the Building Committee, and as a Sunday School teacher.

Buddy was a pilot who enjoyed flying his Aerocoupe and an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed hunting, hiking, fishing, and rock collecting.

However, his greatest love was his wife of 61 years, Marion Faye Reese Spearman of the home; his two sons and daughters-in law William Elbert “Bill” (Molly Mitchell) Spearman, III of Saluda and Lewis Benjamin (Sharon Bridges) Spearman of North; and his four grandchildren Mitchell, Katie, Barrett, and Alissa. Surviving him are his siblings, Katie Mildred Spearman Long of Saluda and Wayne Coker Spearman of Greenwood. He was preceded in death by his brother Louis Francis Spearman of Ninety-Six and his grandson John Franklin Spearman.

He will be greatly missed by his family and friends.

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John Lymo
April 22, 1921 -
July 26, 2008

John Harry Lymo, 87, of Newberry, formerly of Henderson , Nevada, widower of Nancy Cooper Lymo, died Saturday, July 26, 2008 at Newberry County Memorial Hospital.

Born in Los Angeles, CA, he was a son of the late Frank Lymo and Mabel Willis Hallenger. He was a Navy veteran of World War II and a retired welder from Titanium Metals.

Surviving are step-sons, Jimmy Ray Martin of Charleston, Daniel Lee Martin of Henderson, NV; step-daughters, Deborah Blake of Newberry and Diane Mader of Las Vegas, NV; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Mr. Lymo was predeceased by a step-daughter, Meri Martin.

Services will be held at the M.J. "Dolly" Cooper Veterans Cemetery in Anderson, SC.

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Dr. Frank Medley, Jr.
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July 16, 2008

Dr. Frank W. Medley, Jr., 70, of Little Mountain died July 16, 2008.

He was born in Crockett, Texas, son of the late Frank W. Medley, Sr. and Ruth Roach Medley. Dr. Medley was a professor of foreign languages and department chair at the University of South Carolina and at West Virginia University. He was a renowned international leader in the field of foreign language instruction. Dr. Medley endured a long and valiant fight with cancer. He was regarded by his family, friends and colleagues as a very loving, patient and generous man of the greatest integrity.

Surviving are his wife, Peggy Gwinn Medley; sons, Frank W. (Sharon) Medley, III of Peak, Bill (Traci) Medley of Bethune; a daughter, Sharla (Gary) Pederson of Pelion; sisters, Martha Sue (Kenneth) Thomas of Lubbuck, Texas, Dorothy Ruth (Dave) King of Abilene, Texas; grandchildren, Frank (Charlotte) W. Medley, IV, Adam (Amanda) Price, Hampton Medley, Spencer-Kaitlyn Medley, Olivia Medley, Colby Medley, Ryan Catoe, Lachlan Medley, Jordan Medley, Heather Keller, and Harley Keller; great-grandchildren, Landon Price and Alice Medley.

Funeral services for Dr. Frank W. Medley, Jr. will be held at Mt. Hermon Lutheran Church in Peak at 5:00 pm. on Saturday, July 19, 2008. Visitation will be held one hour prior to services within the church. Pastor Walter W. Shealy will officiate. Burial will be in Mt. Hermon Lutheran Church Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, c/o Helen Beebe, 181 Tailors Trail, Leesville, SC 29070, Heartland Hospice Services, 141 Stoneridge Drive, Columbia, S.C.29210 or to Mt. Hermon Lutheran Church “Cemetery Fund,” Peak, S.C. 29122.

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The Rev. Wilbur Miller
February 23, 1929 -
July 13, 2008

The Rev. Wilbur Dean Miller, 79, of 1801 Greencroft Boulevard, Goshen, Indiana, died Sunday, July 13, 2008 in Greencroft Healthcare.

He was born Feb. 23, 1929, in Millersburg, Indiana to Warren and Viola Miller. On May 25, 1952, he married Joann Heine. The Rev. Miller was a U.S. Air Force veteran honorably discharged in 1955. He attended Goshen College and Lutheran Theological Seminary. He pastored in Spencerville, Indiana and St. Philip’s Lutheran Church in Newberry. He was active at First English Lutheran Church, Goshen, Indiana and worked at Heine Hardware (now John Hall Hardware).

He is survived by his wife, Joann Miller; a son, Stewart C. Miller of Houston, TX; a daughter, Kathy (LaVern) Nisley of Goshen, Indiana; sisters, Luella Eash of Goshen, Indiana, Mary (John) Culp of Hesston, Kansas, and Miriam (Dilman) Black of Millersburg, Indiana; and brothers, Ronald Miller and Leroy (Tawney) Miller, both of Goshen, Indiana. two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.

Services will be held Thursday, July 17, 2008 at 10:00 a.m. First English Lutheran Church, Goshen, Indiana. The Rev. Gene Hollingsworth will officiate. Burial will be in Violett Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given to First English Lutheran Church, 406 South 5th Street, Goshen, Indiana 46526.

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Thomas Harmon
June 3, 1917 -
July 13, 2008

Thomas A. Harmon, 91, of Pomaria, died Sunday, July 13, 2008, at Newberry County Memorial Hospital.

Born in Newberry County on June 3, 1917, he was a son of the late Thomas W. and Dorothy Kibler Harmon. He was a faithful member of St. Philip’s Lutheran Church where he was a member of the Adult B Sunday School Class, the Joy Fellowship, was a life member of Lutheran Men, a former member of the church council and a youth advisor. Mr. Harmon was a member of W.O.W. 1054, a member of the Pomaria Ruritan Club and the Lower Newberry County Farmers Association. He was retired from Kendall Company, Oakland Plant and was a farmer and cattleman.

Surviving are his wife of 62 years, Frances Keisler Harmon; a son and daughter-in-law, Harry and Lunelle R. Harmon of Newberry; grandchildren, Christi (H. Benjamin) Vinson and Benjamin B. Harmon; great-grandchildren, Harmon Vinson and Carter Elizabeth Vinson. Mr. Harmon was predeceased by his sisters, Annie Laurie Crooks, Sara Shannon and Mary Frances Avinger.

Services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 16, 2008, at St. Philip’s Lutheran Church. The Rev. Terry Amick will officiate and will be assisted by the Rev. Henri Bishop. Burial will be in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Tuesday evening from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to St. Philip’s Lutheran Church Family Life Center, 2461 St. Philip’s Church Road, Newberry, SC 29108

Active pallbearers: Jerry Avinger, Jr., Thomas L. Crooks, Jr., William D. Greene, Gerald Keisler, James R. Keisler, Jr. and James N. Shannon, Jr.
Honorary pallbearers: Members of the Adult B Sunday School Class of St. Philip’s Lutheran Church, Pomaria Ruritan Club Members, David Lominick, Wayne Lominick, Craig Wicker and Homer Wicker

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Frances Cotney
April 24, 1947 -
July 12, 2008

Frances Kleckley Cotney, 61, of Prosperity, died Saturday, July 12, 2008 at Newberry County Memorial Hospital.

Born in Newberry on April 24, 1947, she was a daughter of the late David Cecil and Rosa Thelma Frick Kleckley. Mrs. Cotney was a member of Bethel Baptist Church. She loved music and lead music worship in several churches over the years. Today she continues to enjoy that love as she sings in heaven. She was a beloved wife, mother and grandmother.

Surviving are her husband, Rev. Wako Cotney; sons, Mark Allen (Cindy) Cotney and Ronald C. (Wilda) Cotney of Prosperity; sisters, Nelva Kunkle and Thelma Jones of Newberry; a god-daughter, Mary Annie Winebeck of Aiken; six grandchildren. She was predeceased by an infant sister.

Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, July 16, 2008 at Bethel Baptist Church by Rev. Wako Cotney. Burial will follow in Newberry Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Tuesday from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to the Reedy River Baptist Association Mission Fund, PO Box 276, Newberry, SC 29108 or to the charity of one’s choice.

Active pallbearers: Dale Moss, Colt Moss, Keith Nelson, Bobby Kunkle, Mike Nelson, William McDonald and James McDonald

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Cecilia Counts
December 9, 1912 -
July 12, 2008

Martha Cecilia Martin Counts, 95, of Pomaria, widow of Henry Charlton Counts, died Saturday, July 12, 2008 at White Oak Manor.

Born in Monticello on Dec. 9, 1912, she was one of eleven children born to the late Joseph Gladney and Mary Pearson Martin. She was a former secretary for the U.S. Government, a homemaker and was a member of Pomaria Lutheran Church.

Surviving are a son, Joseph E. Counts of Pomaria; a daughter and son-in-law, Charlsie and J.C. Doolittle of Pomaria; a sister, Nellie Fabrizio of Charleston; grandchildren, Paige Graham and Laura Doolittle; great-grandchildren, Taylor, Madison and Harper Graham and Daniel Doolittle; special and devoted friends, Rebecca and Gilbert Long, Cynthia Aull, Linda Johnston and Helen Bundrick.

Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Monday, July 14, 2008 at Pomaria Lutheran Church. Burial will follow in Pomaria Cemetery. The family will receive friends immediately following the service in the church fellowship hall. Memorials may be made to Pomaria Lutheran Church, PO Box 246, Pomaria, SC 29126 or to PETS, Inc., PO Box 6394, West Columbia, SC 29171.

Active pallbearers: David Langford, Edward Graham, Tarry Long, Billy Fanning and Richard Ringer

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Debra Hatchell
September 7, 1968 -
July 8, 2008

Debra Ann Willard Hatchell, 39, of Newberry, died Tuesday, July 8, 2008.

Born in Newberry on Sept. 17, 1968, she was a daughter of JoAnn Kunkle Willard and the late Young M. “Bud” Willard. She was a member of Cannon’s Creek Prosperity A.R.P. Church.

Surviving in addition to her mother of Newberry are her husband, David Hatchell; a son, Dustin Hatchell; a step-son, Todd (Ashley) Hatchell of Little Mountain; a sister, Fran (Ricky) Martin of Newberry and a brother, Mike (Lisa) Willard of Newberry.

Graveside services will be held at 4:00 p.m. Thursday, July 10, 2008 at Cannon’s Creek Prosperity A.R.P. Church Cemetery by the Rev. Gary Pierstorff. The family will be at the home of her mother, 7117 Jollystreet Road, Newberry and they will receive friends following the service. Memorials may be made to the church, 14417 C.R. Koon Highway, Newberry, SC 29108.

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Cornelia Roton
November 26, 1921 -
July 7, 2008

Nancy Cornelia Price Roton, 86, of Newberry, widow of Raymond H. Roton, died Monday, July 7, 2008 at her residence.

Born in Greenville on Nov. 26, 1921, she was a daughter of the late Sidney Lawson and Salome Rivers Price. Mrs. Roton was formerly employed by Damon International and was a member of Calvary Pentecostal Holiness Church. She was a devoted wife and loving mother and grandmother.

Surviving are a son, Donald Harvey (Gayle) Roton of Newberry; daughters, Sandra Rae Roton, Loretta (Jess) Oropeza and Kathy (Ralph) Summer all of Newberry; grandchildren, Jennifer Long, Donna Mason, Scott Roton and Jeramy Oropeza; three great-grandchildren; a special nephew, Butch Price and a special caregiver, Angie Perry. Mrs. Roton was predeceased by nine brothers and sisters.

Services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, July 9, 2008, at McSwain-Evans Funeral Chapel by the Rev. Charles Clinton. Burial will follow in West End Cemetery. Visitation will be from 1:30 p.m. – 2:45 p.m. Wednesday at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Calvary Pentecostal Holiness Church, 965 Lindsay Circle, Newberry, SC 29108 or Meals on Wheels c/o Newberry Council on Aging, 1300 Hunt Street, Newberry, SC 29108.

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Derrill Mills
September 20, 1937 -
July 6, 2008

Derrill Guy Mills, 70, of Prosperity, died Sunday, July 6, 2008 at Newberry County Memorial Hospital.

Born in Newberry on Sept. 20, 1937, he was a son of the late Johnny Lee and Lillie Mae Hipp Mills. Mr. Mills was retired from American Fiber and Finishing and was a member of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church.

Surviving are his wife, Martha Cromer Mills; sons, Darren (Becky) Mills and Douglas (Cheryl) Mills both of Prosperity; sisters, Myra Hightower of Aiken, Elizabeth Longshore of Prosperity, Joye Hawkins of Newberry and Jean Stencil of Augusta; brothers, James Lee Mills and Wyman Mills both of Newberry; grandchildren, Elise Mills and Blake Mills. Mr. Mills was predeceased by a sister, Mary Nelle Neal; brothers, Carol Mills and Wayne Mills.

Services will be held at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, July 8, 2008 at McSwain-Evans Funeral
Chapel by the Rev. Arden Hallman. Burial will follow in West End Cemetery. Memorials may be made to St. Luke’s Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall Fund, 4056 St. Luke’s Church Road, Prosperity, SC 29127.

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Wayne Guy
May 18, 1943 -
July 5, 2008

James Wayne Guy, 65, of 78 Guy Farm Circle, Kinards, died Saturday, July 5, 2008 at his residence.

Born in Waynesville, N.C., he was a son of the late Larry Lee and Gertrude Rogers Guy. He was retired Co owner of Guys Poultry Farm and Wayne and Sons Deer Processing. He was a member of Little River-Dominick Presbyterian Church, a lifetime member of the National Rifle Association, and Past member of Silverstreet Young Farmers. He was a faithful listener to radio station WKDK in Newberry.

He is survived by sons, David (Stacy) Guy, Don (Marian) Guy both of Kinards, and Jamey (Ashley) Guy of Greenwood; brothers, Joe (Linda) Guy of Easley, Tom (Elaine) Guy, and Gary Lee (Ann) Guy both of Newberry, Ernest Guy of Kinards, and Ronnie Guy of Pomaria; Grandchildren, Brendon, Brittany, Riley, and Reid Guy; his former wife, Gaye McKittrick, former mother-in-law Gladys McKittrick, and former sister-in-law Gloria Owens; and a special friend Mary Cunningham.

Graveside funeral services will be conducted at 11:00 AM Monday, July 7, 2008 in the Little River- Dominick Presbyterian Church Cemetery By the Rev. Lawrence Peebles The family will receive friends following the service. His casket will be placed in the church at 9:00 AM on Monday. The family suggests that those desiring may make memorials to Little River-Dominick Presbyterian Church, 8692 SC Highway 56, Kinards, SC 29355 or to Newberry County Council on Aging, 1300 Hunt Street, Newberry, SC 29108.

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Ruth Stockman
January 23, 1916 -
July 2, 2008

Ruth Antoinette Wicker Stockman, 92, of Little Mountain, widow of Narvie L. Stockman, died Wednesday, July 2, 2008 at Lexington Medical Center.

Born in Pomaria on Jan. 23, 1916, she was a daughter of the late John Alan Wicker, Sr. and Narvice Livingston Wicker. Mrs. Stockman was retired from General Electric. She was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church where she was a member of the Happy Mountaineers, WELCA and a Sunday School Teacher.

She is survived by nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by brothers, Ernest E. Wicker, Grady B. Wicker and John Alan Wicker, Jr.

Services will be held at 11:00 a.m. Saturday, July 5, 2008 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church by the Rev. Fred Suhr. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends following the service. Memorials may be made to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, PO Box 186, Little Mountain, SC 29075 or the Little Mountain Rescue Squad.

Active pallbearers: Robbie Wicker, Richie Wicker, Ken Long, Michael Burgess, Adam Chapin and Edward Wicker

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Gene Fowler
August 31, 1923 -
July 1, 2008

Eugene Glenn Fowler, 84, of Pomaria, died Tuesday, July 1, 2008 at his residence.

Born in Newberry on August 31, 1923, he was a son of the late J. Steadman and Hattie Geiger Fowler. Mr. Fowler was an Army veteran of World War II having served as a Sergeant in Company L of the 47th Infantry 9th Division from July 14, 1943-February 2, 1945 in Sicily, Normandy, Northern France and the Rhineland. He was retired from Asbestos Local # 92, was a member of the Woodmen of the World, the Mt. Pleasant Hunt Club and Peak Masonic Lodge #151 AFM. He was a member of Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church where he was a member of the Methodist Men’s Club and the 55+ Group.

Surviving are his wife, Mildred Berley Fowler; sons, Dennis (Vicki) Fowler of Knoxville, TN and Paul (Tina) Fowler of Pomaria; a daughter, Gayle (Duane) Harris of Pomaria; nine grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren; and a special nephew, Raymond Smith and special neighbors and friends, Mike and June Ruff.

Services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday at Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church by the Rev. Marian Dyer. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends following the service in the Reese Building. Memorials may be made to Mt. Pleasant United Methodist Church Men’s Club, 2442 Mt. Pleasant Road, Pomaria, SC 29126 or the American Cancer Society, c/o Helen Beebe, 181 Tailers Trail, Leesville, SC 29070.

Active pallbearers: Bart Harris, Eric Fowler, Corey Fowler, Chad Davenport, Nicholas Harris, Andrew Madray and Mark Phillips
Honorary pallbearers: Members of the Mt. Pleasant Methodist Men, the 55+ Group, Peak Masonic Lodge # 151, Woodmen of the World and Mt. Pleasant Hunt Club

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