Scatter Garden Names and Bios
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Joseph Thurman Allmon, 86, died on August 17, 2007, in Ithaca, New York, to which he moved in 2003 after living for 40 years in Greenville. He had suffered from Alzheimer’s Disease for several years and died from complications associated with the return of prostate cancer, for which he had had surgery in 1991.
Joe Allmon was born in Mize, Smith County, Miss., on March 20, 1921. The family moved to nearby Newton in 1925. His father was a farmer and Baptist minister. His mother died when Joe was only 10, and her death was a loss from which he never fully recovered. With the loving help of an aunt, he was able to attend college, graduating with a B.A. from Mississippi College in 1942.
Joe received his ThM degree from Louisville Theological Seminary in 1945 and entered the U.S. Navy, where he served as a Chaplain until 1946. His first Navy posting was to St. Albans Naval Hospital on Long Island, and he was thus introduced to metropolitan New York, where he was to live for most of the next 20 years. He remained in the Naval Reserve until 1952, when he was discharged as a Lieutenant. Yet he grew disenchanted with institutionalized Christianity and became a Unitarian in the late 1940s. In September 1945 Joe married Vauda Carolyn Burson of Atlanta, Ga.
From 1946-49, Joe served as a Personnel Counselor for Western Electric Company in Kearny, N.J., and participated as a non-directive counselor in the famous Hawthorne Studies in Motivation Research. From 49-51, he was an Education Consultant for the National Council of Industrial Management Clubs, affiliated with the National YMCA. In this capacity, he traveled throughout the U.S., assisting in the establishment of Industrial Management Clubs for educating supervisors. In 1951, he joined Riegel Textile Corporation as Assistant to the Director of Industrial Relations.
In 1963, Joe was transferred to upstate South Carolina, where he became Director of Industrial Relations at the Southern Executive Offices of the company in Ware Shoals in Greenwood County. He bought a home in Greenville, largely because he and Vauda thought the schools there were better for their son, Warren. He rose through the executive ranks of Riegel to retire as Vice President in 1984. For several years after his retirement, he ran his own management consulting firm, Effective Organizations, Inc., and taught undergraduate courses at the College of Business Administration of the University of South Carolina in Columbia.
Education was very important to Joe, and from the beginning he was determined to give his only child the best education possible. With Joe’s support and encouragement, Warren attended Phillips Exeter Academy and Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, and eventually received his Ph.D from Harvard University.
Joe believed passionately in leaving the world a better place than he found it. He served in many capacities for organizations such as the National Urban League, YMCA conference centers at Lake George, NY and Black Mountain, N.C., and in Greenville for the City Civil Service Commission, Goodwill Industries, and the Greenville Symphony. He was an early and strong advocate for equality of opportunity regardless of race, and was one of the founders of the Urban League in Greenville in 1970. He remained a Trustee Emeritus of what is now known as the Urban League of the Upstate until his death. He was also instrumental in founding, and a longtime Advisory Board member of, the Riegel and Emory Center for Human Resource Research at the College of Business Administration at the University of South Carolina.
Joe was also an intellectual – knowledgeable in Greek, Latin, and Hebrew from his seminary days; a student of etymology, philosophy, the Bible, industrial psychology, Freud, Adam Smith, and Thomas Wolfe; and a gifted public speaker and admired negotiator and writer. A volume of his collected sermons, speeches, and writings will be published in 2008.
Joe and Vauda moved to Ithaca in May 2003 to be near their son, who had become Director of the Paleontological Research Institution and an Adjunct Professor at Cornell University. In addition to his wife and son, Joe is survived by his daughter-in-law, Jennifer Tegan; and granddaughter, Alexandra, all of Ithaca. He is also survived by a nephew, George T. Allmon, Jr. of Columbia, Md.; a niece, Sue Krause of Buckeystown, Md.; and a sister-in-law, Doris Couch of Monroe, Ga.; and several nieces and nephews.
Martha Alice Colquitt Baron of Greenville, South Carolina, passed away on October 29, 2011. She was preceded in death by her husband of 44 years, Rinehart Baron, in 2009 and daughter Melanie Baron-Alpert in 2011. Mrs. Baron was born on July 28, 1934 in Brooklyn NY. and grew up in Thomaston, GA.
She was a 1956 graduate of Emory University School of Nursing. She moved to Greenville from Glen Head, NY in 2005 to be closer to her family.
She is survived by one daughter, Erika Baron-Pretell who with her husband, Eduardo and two children, Sofia and Marco, resides in Redwood City, California; two other grandchildren, Alex and Adina, who reside with their father, Richard Alpert, Jr. in Greenville.
Other survivors include her brothers, Carlton B. Colquitt, Jr., John D. Colquitt, Richard W. Colquitt, and Thomas E. Colquitt; and a sister, Mary C. Vaughan.
A memorial service will be held on November 5 at 1 p.m. at the Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1135 State Park Road, Greenville, SC.
Martha’s wish was that in lieu of flowers, contributions be made to Emory University School of Nursing, Lutheran Hospice, Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Oxfam America or Heifer International.
Rinehart Baron died on January 12, 2009 due to complications of Parkinson’s disease. He was born in Berlin, Germany on February 1, 1932, the son of Hans and Edith Alexander Baron. Rinehart, his parents and his younger sister Renate immigrated to the United States in 1939 to escape the Nazi persecution of Jews in Germany. At first they lived in Great Neck, NY. Then, due to changes in his father’s positions as historian of the Italian Renaissance, they moved to Wellesley, MA, Princeton, NJ and Chicago.
Rinehart graduated from the University of Chicago with degrees in physics and math, from Cornell University with a masters in physics, and from Case Western Reserve University with a PhD in physics. While a graduate student at Case he met Martha Alice Colquitt, a graduate student in nursing, and they were married in 1964. Erika Lea, their first daughter, was born while they lived in Cleveland.
After graduating he worked in industrial research in Connecticut, where their daughter Melanie Claire was born. They moved to Long Island, NY, where they lived for 35 years. He was a scientist and a technical writer and trainer for various industries until 2001, at age 69.
In 2005 Rinehart and Martha moved to Greenville to live near Melanie and her family, after the worsening of his Parkinson’s disease and development of dementia.
Rinehart is survived by daughter Erika Pretell (Eduardo) and their children Sofia and Marco of Redwood City, CA; daughter Melanie Baron-Alpert (Richard Alpert) and their children Alexander and Adina of Greer; sister Renate Franciscono (Marcel) of Urbana, IL and their children Nadia and Michael and their families.
(Dora) Luella Bauer, 79, of Taylors, SC, passed away peacefully at her home on Thursday, November 21, 2013.
Born in central Illinois, she was the daughter of the late Minnie Shively Hoke and Russell Constance Hoke. Her family moved frequently, settling in Huntington, WV where Luella received her undergraduate as well as her master’s degree in psychology from Marshall University. Luella worked as a psychologist for Head Start, believing K-12 success began by ensuring preschool readiness. Her passion for sewing and teaching opened doors for Luella as a quilting instructor and pattern designer.
Married in 1958, to R. (Dick) K. Bauer, Luella and Dick lived various places during their marriage, including Ohio, St. Louis, and Hilton Head Island, SC, while raising their 5 children.
Officially reclaiming her independent status about 15 years ago, Luella moved to Taylors, SC, doing the things she loved most – reading, playing in her garden, quilting, and entertaining her many friends and family.
Luella is survived by her five children and their spouses Lisa Stene (Erik), Amy Schellhorn (Bob), M. Kevin Bauer, Lynn Samuels (Joel), and M. Colleen Hohenstein (Ken), and her twelve grandchildren.
Luella was loved by many and will be deeply missed. A Celebration of Life service is planned for 10 a.m. Friday, November 29 at the Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1135 State Park Road.In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Fellowship, but not to the building fund.
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He was married to his faithful wife, Dorothy Beck, for 48 years, and together they shared many wonderful memories. He served as a Lieutenant in the Army during the Vietnam War and worked many years as a chemical engineer.
In addition to his wife Dorothy, he is survived by his son Cliff Beck and daughter-in-law Rachel Beck; his grandchildren Skyler, Alissa, Nicolas, Laya, and Audrianna; his great-grandson Rylan; his mother Norene Beck; his brothers William Beck and John Beck; and his sisters Mary Spivak, Martha Beck, and Sara Beck.
He is predeceased by his father Clifford Beck, and his brother Peter Beck.
A memorial service was held at the Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 1135 State Park Rd in Greenville on Saturday, April 8th at 2:00pm.
In lieu of flowers, please send memorials to Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 1135 State Park Rd, Greenville, SC 29609 or McCall Hospice House, 1836 W Georgia Rd, Simpsonville, SC 29680.
Online condolences at www.woodlawn-fh.com.
Elizabeth Bird, 97, of 401 Chandler Road, formerly of Greenville, died Wednesday. She was retired from the Federal Housing Administration and was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.
Surviving is her sister, Martha Bird of Greer
Martha and Elizabeth Bird grew up in Washington, DC. Their father was a Presbyterian minister and their mother was a suffragette. On the first day women were legally able to vote their mother commandeered the family car and drove every member of the Church Ladies Group to the polls.
Martha and Elizabeth attended every inaugural parade from the time they were children until they left DC to retire.
They both worked for the U.S. government from just before WWII. They were both great readers and during the course of reading Elizabeth discovered Unitarianism. They retired to Greenville because they wanted to come south, be near the mountains and find a place with a Unitarian church.
They had a sister named Katherine who died from sepsis after childbirth. Her widower remarried and they lost touch for many years. In their later years their nephew Timothy found them and they reconnected. He was at Martha’s scattering as was Pat Cooney who took care of them for years. Rev. Jennifer Slade officiated.
1950 – 05/20/2017
Sandra Suzanne (Suzy) Easler Boghani, 67, of Greenville, SC, passed away on May 20, 2017 at Greenville Health Systems hospital.
Born in Spartanburg, SC, Suzy was the daughter of the late Janie Louise G. Easler and Clarence Herring Easler. She graduated from Spartanburg High School, class of 1967 and attended the University of South Carolina. She is survived by her husband, Bharat (Bo) Boghani, daughter, Lipi Pratt [Michael] of Fort Mill, SC and son, Rik Boghani of Greenville, SC. She was also a very proud grandmother to three grandsons, Clayton Pratt, Heath Pratt and Mathison Boghani. She was preceded in death by two brothers, William R. (Bill) Easler and Samuel R. (Sam) Easler. In addition to her husband and two children she is survived by five sisters, Patricia J. Easler, Spartanburg, SC, Stephanie E. Bailey, Spartanburg, SC, Mary E. Persky [David], Tampa, FL, Deirdre E. Garrett [Steven], Roebuck, SC and Sylvia E. Currier [Mark], Taylors, SC and brothers James M. Easler [Bernice], Colorado Springs, CO, and Michael G. Easler [Johnnie] of Woodruff, SC.
Suzy was retired after many years working in banking and financial services. She was a Master Gardener and enjoyed working in her garden and educating others on gardening. She had a great love for music, and played clarinet, piano, and sang in the choir at Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, the congregation where she was a very active member for more than 30 years. She had an affinity for cooking, and especially for international foods and cultures. She possessed a zeal for learning and personal development, as well as in creating and maintaining strong friendships and relationships with those in her life.
Throughout her 47 year marriage to Bharat (Bo), they traveled the world together, and regularly enjoyed time in Charleston on the beach at Isle of Palms. A celebration of life will be held at GUUF at 1135 State Park Road, Greenville, SC 29609 on June 2, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
Paul Brown is remembered by friends and family as someone who helped others, someone who cared about the community at large, and someone who served the public, especially those at the edges of society, with a heart of gold and a will of iron. No more poignant or beautiful tribute to a man is there than that his children grow into fine and upstanding citizens themselves. Paul clearly loved his children and they loved him back. They spoke warmly of him, especially of his commitment to public service and his love for their mother, Judy.
So many who knew Paul where shocked at his passing at the young age of 60. Paul played many roles in the lives of people he touched. Steve Compton remembered with fondness his classmate, Paul Brown, from Furman University; and with particular admiration, he recalled Paul’s involvement in the reconciliation movement around the Vietnam War.
Unlike World War II, Vietnam was a time in our history when we had to chose sides; Paul chose a side that is reflected in the independence and intellectual freedom embodied in the UU congregation.
Karen remembered with gratitude that he could be a very tough father. She said if any grade fell too low or any other expectation was not met, that Paul would warn her fiercely, “All right. If you don’t straighten out, I’m sending you to St. Mary’s Girls’ School.” This is as terrible a threat as we as Unitarian Universalists can imagine.
There are many standards by which we as human beings gauge the value of each other’s lives. Entirely too much of our attention is paid to celebrities, people who dance on the screens of our television sets; and have very little to do with the quality of our lives. Paul Brown was on the opposite end of that spectrum. He did not seek the limelight and yet he used the considerable clout that he accumulated over the years to take the side of prisoners, young people in foster care, the poor and the marginalized. He worked as a social worker, a group home administrator, a magistrate, and in many other public service jobs that put the work of his hands to the aid of those who needed it most.
Goodness is the most treasured quality in the human heart. Goodness is a broad word that encompasses kindness, courage, tenacity, charity, love, harmony, friendship, and every other positive attribute you might assign to a human being you consider good. Paul Brown was a good man.
Born in New York, NY, she lived most of her working life in Columbus, Ohio. Dr. Cable retired from Columbus Children’s Hospital in 1985, where she served for 20 years as Chief Health Educator. She received her Ph.D. in 1984 in Health Education and Preventative Medicine, and a Masters Degree in Social Work in 1962 from The Ohio State University; and a BA degree in Sociology from Brooklyn College, NY. After WWII she served as a civilian in the Office of Special Services, USAF in Germany; worked for 10 years as an engineering design draftsman, before beginning a career as a social worker for the Franklin County Welfare Department in Columbus.
She was preceded in death by her parents, Abraham Saipher of Odessa, and Dora Cenciper Saipher of Latvia; her husband of 27 years, Edward Lloyd Cable, and brother, Edward Saipher of New York.
Dr. Cable is survived by a brother, David Saipher, of California, a sister, Sandy Lavigne of New Jersey; by her sons, Dr. Edward William Cable and wife, Roberta, of Independence, Missouri, Bruce Curtis Cable of Greenville, SC; daughter Laurie Jean Cateriny and husband Michael Cateriny, of Orange City, Florida; grandsons, Patrick Oakley Cable and Matt S. Richardson of Dallas, Texas; grand daughter, Erica Elisabeth Bird and her husband John Bird of Orange City; Ariel (Tim) Perry; and great-grandson, Benjamin Perry of Greenville; dear friends Gloria Ocano, and son, Armando Ocano; Anne Saucier, and Arlene Skeen, all of Columbus, Ohio. A celebration of Dr. Cable’s life was held at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Cateriny on January 28th, 2007.
Christel was born February 23, 1949 in Reinbek, Germany, outside of Hamburg. She moved to America when she was three-years-old with her parents, Hans Wilhelm Heinrich Krauss and Meta Elise Anna Albers Krauss, and her grandmother, Ella Elsa Pien Krauss. They first settled in Hartford, Connecticut then moved to Arden, North Carolina. Christel attended T.C. Roberson High School then began her career with Bell South, then A.T. & T. She retired with them after 32 years of service. On December 30, 1976, she married Jack Barnett Caldwell of Asheville, North Carolina. They were married for 21 years. On April 30, 1978 they had a daughter, Tracy Anne Caldwell.
Christel had many loved ones and family to support her. She enjoyed spending time with her daughter and grandchildren, Christel Margaret “Maggie” Ahern and Liam Roger Ahern. She loved crosswords, all puzzle types, knitting, cross-stitching, playing guitar, eating oyster stew, paying attention to her plants and flowers, drinking her beloved coffee, painting portraits and landscapes, playing with her pets, going to the beach, fishing at the lake, drawing, and teaching her German heritage to her family. In 2008, she learned that she had developed ovarian cancer in her colon. She fought positively through five years of treatment. She passed away, in peace at home with family in hospice on Thursday, February 28, 2013, after her 64th birthday. Her wishes were to be cremated at Mackey Mortuary and her ashes were spread in the garden behind the Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.
A lilac bush, shipped from Holland (a birthday gift from her sister, Judy Simerly), was planted near the labyrinth and her ashes were placed at her service. She loved feeding the birds and squirrels, so feeders were placed to continue this for her. She is missed every day, and with her faith, is now with her Lord. Christel’s daughter, Tracy, is married to Will Schulze, son of long-time Fellowship members, Bill and Priscilla Schulze.
Sanders Reimer Claussen, 88, of 113 Woodcock Court, died Wednesday, Jan. 20, 1999 at Greenville Memorial Medical Center.
Sanders was born in Davenport, IA. on Dec 12,1910. He was an only child of Theodore Peter Claussen and Elizabeth McComas. Preceding in death was one daughter, Norma A. Claussen. He survived by 2 daughters, Celia C Booth of Easley, SC and Marian V Bentz of Alhambra, CA, 5 grand-children and 15 great-grand-children. He was a retired electrical engineer, mostly self-educated. He worked for Lear & Co., making components for the first shuttle. He also help developed the wireless police-radio for Motorla Co. while living in Chicago,IL. He had been invited to join the elite Mensa Society several times, but turned them down.
Sanders was a well-read person having taught the Classics for the Great-Books Groups, both in Chicago, and Los Angeles and here in Greenville for a time.
Audrey Clute was a beloved member of the Fellowship. She had worked for Ivy’s Department Store and knew women’s fashion as evidenced by her own personal wardrobe. This knowledge led her to purpose that the Fellowship begin a re-sale shop, focusing on women’s fashions. This was during the early years (1994-95) of the Fellowship’s occupying the State Road property. Audrey purchased some used clothing racks and donated her own clothing to the first shop. Unfortunately, her illness and subsequent death in 1996 prevented her from seeing the shop grow from a small shop focusing on women’s fashion to the bustling full-service thrift shop it is today. Thanks to Audrey’s vision, Audrey’s Closet, is a true financial asset not only providing funds for the Fellowship but donating clothing and household goods to individuals and organizations in the Greenville community.
Audrey was born in New York and married Grant Marvin Clute in who died in 1984. During WWII, Audrey became a “Rose the Riveter” by working in defense plants in the New York area. Later she and her husband moved to Charlotte, NC where they lived until his death.
Audrey was buried in Forest Lawn West Cemetery in Charlotte, North Carolina, near her husband, Grant.
Anthony “Tony” Connor, 73, of 900 N. Main St. #24, husband of Madge Malcan Connor, died Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2005, at St. Francis Hospital, Downtown.
Born in Sewell, N.J., he was the son of the late Ethelbert “Bill” and Marion Purnell Connor.
Tony was employed with Control Data Corp. as manager of Austria and Eastern Europe, and later retired from Clemson University as a professor of math and computer science. He was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during the Korean War.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are two daughters and sons-in-law, Stephanie and Bob Mignone of Charleston, and A. Beth and David Guest of Nashville, Tenn.; two sons and a daughter-in-law, Jeffery D. and Jacquline Connor of South Australia, and Kevin Connor of Black Mountain, N.C.; two sisters, Judy Connor Smith of Washington, N.C., and Patricia Antonevitch of Carrboro, N.C.; five brothers, Alan Connor of Ann Arbor, Mich., Andrew B. Connor of Newport News, Va., Douglas P. Connor of Mount Olive, N.C., David R. Connor of Greenville, and Dennis Connor of Durham, N.C.; and seven grandchildren, Sabina and Lisa Mignone, Yann and Elena Frizenshaf, Emily, Connor, and Natalie Guest. He was preceded in death by a grandchild, Allison Guest.
December 28,1923—May 20, 2016
Jim was born with a incredible seat in the Grandstands and with a Baseball glove in the palm of his hand. Both Jim”s paternal Grandfather and his Father and Uncle, played major league baseball. Grandfather Jim Cooney, played major league baseball as a shortstop in 1890 for the Chicago Colts. In the famous poem by Ernest Thayer, “Casey at the Bat”, it is Jim’s grandfather Cooney, that dies at first base.
Jim’s Dad, nicknamed “Scoops,” was an American League shortstop and broke into baseball in 1917. That was the year that Babe Ruth was the pitcher for the Boston Red Sox. Jim’s Dad played for six different teams and he entered the record books as the sixth player in the modern era to turn an unassisted triple play. He is listed in the Baseball Hall of Fame at Cooperstown for this event.
Jim’s childhood was filled with sports and games and fun. Jim felt his Dad was his hero and he was always willing to play ball with all the children in the neighborhood. Jim excelled in school and was double promoted in the early grades. He graduated from high school when he was 17 and started College at University of Rhode Island in 1941.
When World War II, broke out, Jim, one of The Greatest Generation, left school and joined the United States Navy. He wanted to be a pilot, but the “Stalls and Spins” of maneuvers left him having vertigo. Jim was assigned to lighter than air ” Blimps” and was a pilot of these huge ships. For three years Jim and his crew patrolled the East Coast of the USA and was involved in anti-submarine warfare, escorting the USN up to Halifax, Nova Scotia.
When the war in Europe ended, Jim was re-assigned to the Pacific. He was stationed in Guam and was a Navigator with the naval air service. His duties in the South Pacific were to evacuate the wounded and bring supplies to the Military. In 1945, the navigation was mostly done by celestial navigation. He flew to South America, Japan, China and Australia, all by plotting the stars.
In 1945 Jim was released honorably from the USN and returned to Rhode Island. He was given the opportunity to go back to school and he returned to Brown University. He opted to live at home with his parents and not in the dorms.
Jim loved sports and was the Captain of the Brown basketball team while at Brown University. Jim also played baseball and remembers a game he played with Georg Bush, Sr. while George was at Yale. Jim states proudly, the Brown team beat Yale. He loved to win a game.
Jim graduated with a degree in Chemistry in 1949 from Brown, and in that year he married his wife, Patricia Kennedy. They were married for 51 years and had three children. Jim took many movies of the adventures he had with his children. The family loved to travel and went on frequent vacations to see family and do cross-country drives to State Parks.
In 1972 Jim came to Greenville as the Marketing Manager for Morton Chemical. He traveled extensively all over the world and Pat and Jim enjoyed their new life in the south. It was that year that they joined the UU Fellowship and Jim was president.
They enjoyed playing tennis and bridge and traveling. Jim was an avid volunteer for Meals on Wheels and he won the State Doubles Championship in tennis in 1988.
Jim’s wife Pat died in 2000 and in her memory, Pat’s Pantry was organized to help feed the homeless in Greenville.
One day, in the spring of 2001, Jim called me and asked me to go to the Movies. I was thrilled that he reached out to me as we have been friends since I joined the UU Fellowship in 1981. We were very comfortable with one another because we were old and good friends.
We started seeing each other and then Jim asked me to help him Deliver Meals on Wheels. That led to us going to lunch and then our adventures began. We began going to the Senior Action Dances, and Jim’s friends joined us and then my sister Grace and her hubby. Then we decided to travel.
Jim had been going to Florida for a few weeks in the winter with his wife Pat. After Pat passed away, Jim asked me if I would like to go to Hutchinson Island and join him and his brother and his wife for a week. That started a new tradition of renting our own place and we had a wonderful time each winter playing bridge and tennis and meeting new friends and entertaining family. We rented the same place for ten years of fun and excitement.
One day Jim said that he did not like the idea that we were not married. He said, “we go to visit all your family and my family and I love you and want to be married – Let’s make it legal.” And so, we “tied the knot” and we have enjoyed 15 years of companionship and friendship and love. I am so happy that we shared these wonderful years together.
In 2013, we left for Florida in November to spend the winter. In January of 2014, my condo at Riverbend had a devastating fire and we remained in Florida for two years while my unit was re-built and did not return to Greenville until August of 2015.
It was a very nice life, living on the ocean and we thoroughly enjoyed every day of beautiful sunrises and sunsets. What a wonderful time we have had enjoying each other and I am so glad he called and invited me to the Movies – my life with Jim was better than the movies and I am so thankful for having him in my life.
Jim was a constant coach and encourager who often said “Hustle and keep your chin up.”
Surviving are his wife Mary (Foley) Cooney, daughter Pamela Anderson, of Hull, Ma., James Stanton Cooney of Collegeville, Pa., Kimball Cooney, Greenville, SC, brother Robert Cooney, of Magog, Que,Ca, and seven grandchildren.
Also surviving are Mary’s seven children, twenty grandchildren, and six great grandchildren.
Jim was born in Providence, Rhode Island and died in Greenville, SC at McCall Hospice House.
January 21 , 2016
written by Mary Foley Cooney
Pat was the wife of James A Cooney, daughter of Ebba and Angus Kennedy and sister of Ralph A Kennedy. A resident of South Carolina since 1972, she was a retired realtor, a past president of the Greenville Rape Crisis Council and Family Counseling Board and a member of the Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. She was born in Pennsylvania and was a graduate of Dean Academy in Franklin, Mass. She also attended the University of Rhode Island, class of 1949 and was a member of Alpha XI Delta.
Pat was survived by her husband Jim, and her three children, Pamela, James S. and Kimball Cooney. “Pat’s Pantry” a program for feeding the hungry continues in her memory at the Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.
He was the husband of Valerie (Marshall) Dansereau and the son of the late Shirley (Gallagher) Dansereau and the late A. George Dansereau. He was born in New Bedford, Massachusetts and relocated to South Carolina in 2004 with his family.
Dennis attended New Bedford High School and served in the Navy. He was a carpenter and the owner of CostLess Maintenance Service until his illness. He spent many summers swimming, fishing and biking at Charge Pond in Carver, MA. After coming to SC, he and his wife joined Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, having been former members of the Unitarian Universalist Society of Fairhaven, MA.
Dennis loved life, music, nature, and above all else, his family. He is fondly remembered for chasing rainbows and sunsets, for setting bonfires and sometimes unintentional fires and for playing music that could be heard on the other side of the city. He said the one thing that no one could take away was his smile.
He is survived by his wife of 15 years; brother George Dansereau and his wife Diana; brother Steven Dansereau and his wife Susan; sister Joanne Masson and her husband Roger. He was predeceased by his brother Lawrence Dansereau.
He is also survived by his son Christopher Dansereau and his wife Rebecca; son Kevin Medeiros; daughter Bethany Covington; daughter Kelly Medeiros; son Corey Medeiros, son Nicholas Medeiros; daughter Rebecca Dansereau; five grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.
His celebration of life was held at Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship and included Pink Floyd and fireworks. He is dearly missed by all who loved him.
Freddie David was born in America of Lebanese descent. He was trained as a professional musician at the Philadelphia Institute of Music. He picked up the harmonica early in his musical career and never looked back. He was a natural entertainer and would tell stories and jokes along with his harmonica playing. He made friends with Danny Thomas in Hollywood and played parts in several movies, including ‘This Is The Army Now’.
After Hollywood, he moved back to Akron, Ohio where he worked for the city of Akron and met and married, Naomi David. They had 20 great years together traveling between their four homes in Akron, Lake Lure, NC, Florida and Virginia Beach, VA. They bought antiques and entertained at parties during their marriage. He was the second husband of Naomi David, mother of Jean Wilder.
She was famous for her wonderful fruit pies. Survived by her son Lindsey Stockdale, daughter Jean and son-in-law David Wilder and granddaughter Rachel Wilder.
Naomi had a sister and a brother. Her father, Lucien Ponce, was a self-made engineer who invented the day-night mirror for the automobile while working at Liberty mirror. She was encouraged by her parents to be a secretary, but she really wanted to be a nurse. After being a secretary at a small college in Pittsburgh, she enrolled in millinery school and learned to sew and design clothing. She made many of her own clothes as well as costumes and dancing outfits.
She eventually met her husband, Bob Stockdale and had two children. When she divorced at the age of 45, she worked at various jobs in the hospitality industry, but she eventually went back to school to become a practical nurse. She practiced nursing for almost 20 years after her graduation from nursing school.
At the age of 55, she married her second husband, Freddie David. Freddie was active in a Lebanese musical band and Naomi learned to belly dance for the many engagements and parties the band would play at. She eventually retired after the death of her second husband, Freddie, and moved to South Carolina to be near her daughter, Jean Wilder.
Charles Alvis Edwards died on August 6, 2006, after a short illness with acute leukemia.
Having just turned 83 years old on August 1, Charles was a devoted husband of 59 years to Martha; loving father of three children, Jane Smelser (deceased), Chuck Edwards and his wife, Pat, (Statesville, N.C.), and Pat Edwards (Greer, S.C.); and caring grandfather to Michelle Edwards (Raleigh, N.C.) and Kim Edwards (Atlanta, Ga.). Mr. Edwards graduated from Greer High School (1940), received B.A.’s from both Bob Jones University (1944) and Furman University (1954), and a Th.M. from Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (1947).
After living in Columbia, S.C., for over 30 years, where he was a business owner and involved in various civic and community organizations, he retired in his hometown of Greer, S.C., where he spent countless hours with Martha researching and writing their unique crossword puzzle dictionary, Crossword Solutions (self-published). He loved traveling, reading about places near and far, and finding out about people and places. He always had a story to tell, recalling especially the history of his childhood home of Greer and upstate South Carolina.
He instilled in his children integrity, compassion for others, and selfless service to friends, family, and his community. He will be missed by his family and all who knew him.
Retired Col. William Garland Forwood, 84, of 2804 Pelham Rd., died April 8, 1996.
He retired from the US Air Force and had worked for the state of South Carolina as a right-of-way agent. He was a member of the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.
Surviving are a son, Peter J. Forwood of Greenville; three daughters, Nancy Ann Morton of New Bern, NC, Joyce Elizabeth Czajkowski of Alexandria, VA, and Mary Jane Lee of Bluemont, VA; two sisters, Anna Stager and Maybelle McTighe, both of Spokane, WA; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
At age 20, before he was old enough to vote, Dick was elected to the South Carolina House of Representatives for Greenville County. When he took his seat at age 21, he was the youngest legislator in the nation. He was at that time a student at the University South Carolina School of Law, from which he graduated in 1937.
In 1940 Dick became judge of the Greenville County Juvenile Court. He was an early advocate of the rights of children and published several articles on this subject. When World War II erupted, Dick waived his judicial exemption and entered the Army Air Corps. He served in the European Theater and after the war served as a military judge. He was discharged in 1946 with the rank of Lt. Colonel.
Dick returned to Greenville and established what was to become the premier plaintiff’s practice in upper South Carolina. He was a founder, charter member, and early president of the SC Trial Lawyers Association. He was honored by that organization by being named president emeritus and the Association also established the Richard J. Foster Scholarship at USC. This scholarship assists outstanding first year law students.
Although Dick Foster is no longer with us, his influences will remain for many years. He taught that a trial lawyer can be a vigorous and effective advocate, but at the same time be courteous and totally honest. He was loved and admired by all. Dick Foster is survived by his wife, Beverly Klyce, a son, Bruce Foster, and three brothers, Dan, Mark and Bob.
Bob Gill, 84, was the husband of Barbara Tomberg Gill. He was born in Chicago, IL. He was the son of the late William and Vida Harkless Gill.
Bob was a retired designer with Fluor and will be terribly missed, not only by his family, but by everyone who came to know his fun-loving and generous nature. His friends at the Keowee Sailing club will remember his love of sailboats and the joy and sense of freedom he felt being on the water. He also enjoyed ushering at the Peace Center, when his welcoming face greeted visitors so often. Others will be reminded of him when they see his visible handiwork – not only was he able to fix anything, but he was also an excellent woodworker and was known for his small tables and beautiful trays. He was a kind and gentle man, loving to his family and a fine example of a husband, father, grandfather and father-in-law. He will live in our hearts always. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, William.
Surviving, in addition to his wife, are his children: Robert Gill of Lewisville, TX, Paul Della Maggiora of Durham, NC and Jeffrey Della Maggiora of Atlanta, GA; a sister, Marcella Andreoli of San Diego, CA; his grandchildren: Steely Gill, Max Della Maggiora, Adam Della Maggiora, MacKinsey Della Maggiora, Zachary Della Maggiora, Nina Varela, Piera Varela; a niece, Lynn Woods and a great-niece, Maya Woods, both of Los Angeles, CA.
A memorial service was conducted at 7pm on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1135 State Park Rd., Greenville, SC 29609
Julian K. “Jake” Green, 80, of Fripp Island and Greenville, died Monday, Dec. 2, 2002.
A native of Greenville County, he was the son of the late Robert Dean Green and Gertrude “Tiny” Witherspoon Green. After attending Clemson College he entered the U.S. Army in 1943 and served as a non-commissioned officer. Mr. Green received a battlefield commission at Fontainebleau, France, and rose to the rank of Captain during World War II and the Korean Conflict. In 1950 he was assigned to the special weapons depot at Sandia Base, New Mexico. Upon completion of 12 years of honorable military service, Mr. Green continued his work as a civilian project engineer with the Atomic Weapons Project.
Mr. Green’s most fulfilling endeavor was as an owner and operator of a guest ranch in the Pecos wilderness of New Mexico. When he returned to Greenville he was the proprietor of Industrial Services, a commercial cleaning company.
Mr. Green was a member of Unitarian Fellowship of Beaufort. Mr. Green is survived by his wife of 59 years, Norma Rollins Green; three sons, Kenneth D. Green and wife, Cindy, of Santa Fe, N.M., Phillip R. Green and wife, Susan, of Atlanta, Ga., Keith R. Green and wife, Leigh, of Greenville; one sister, Martha D. Crandell and husband, Bill, of Mt. Pleasant; one grandson, Sean Green and wife, Erika, of Fort Worth, Texas. His extended family includes grandchildren, Angela Cox, Jennifer Miller and husband Keith, Ryan and Hannah Gitchell, all of Greenville.
Keith Rollins Green, 40, of 35 Conway Drive, Greenville, died Sunday, Nov. 9, 2003, on the Chattooga River at Crack-in-the-Rock.
Keith, the owner of ProPressure Cleaning, was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed kayaking, rock climbing, hiking, fishing and caving. Born in Albuquerque, N.M., he was a son of Norma R. Green, of Santa Fe, N.M., and the late Julian K. Green.
He is survived by his wife, Leigh Shortridge Green, of Greenville; mother, Norma R. Green; two brothers, Phillip Green, and wife, Subie, of Atlanta, Ga., and Ken Green, and wife, Cindy, of Santa Fe, N.M.; and extended family, Angela Cox, and son, Collin, Jennifer Miller, and husband, Keith, Ryan Gitchel and Hannah Gitchel, all of Greenville.
Norma Rollins Green and her husband, Julian “Jake” Green, who preceded her in death, were founding members of the Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. Norma had a zest for life and loved teaching, being with people, attending plays, concerts, and the Fellowship.
Norma and Jake attended Paris School. She grew up in Southern Worsted Mill Village where she said, “We never knew there was a Depression.” She was the daughter of Mattie and Broadus Rollins. Mattie worked at the mill starting at age thirteen and Broadus was a salesman.
Norma attended Anderson College and UNC Chapel Hill because her father told Jake, “You can marry her but first she has to get a college education.” Later Norma earned her MA from Clemson. Jake went off to Europe to serve during WWII while Norma completed her degrees in theatre and education. She joined Jake for the occupation in Salzburg, Austria where they spent over three years. Norma said it was one of the high points in their lives. Their first son, Kenneth, was born there. One year later, after they had returned to the US, their second son, Phil, arrived. They moved to New Mexico and spent the next 15 years. Norma taught school and then joined Jake in managing a dude ranch in the Pecos Wilderness. After their third son, Keith, was born they moved back to Greenville in 1967. Norma taught reading at Beck Middle and Greer High School for twenty years. Norma and Jake divided their time between Pecos, near the old dude ranch, and Fripp Island. Her last big adventure was a trip to Alaska in 2005. In her own words, “I walked a logjam to look a grizzly bear in the eye from fifty yards away.”
Within two years, Norma lost her mother, her husband, and her youngest son, Keith, who was killed in a boating accident on the Chattooga. She is survived by her sons and their wives: Ken and Cindy, Phil and Subie and their son, Sean, and his wife Donna and their three children. Leigh Green, Keith’s wife, lives in Greer.
Norma’s ashes were scattered with Jake’s and Keith’s in the Pecos Wilderness in New Mexico where she said, “We had some really good times.” A service to honor her life was held at the Fellowship on December 16, 2011.
Douglas Gordon Hart passed away peacefully at home on Nov. 23, 2005.
Born in England on July 11, 1920, he was the son of the late Gordon Kearsley Hart and Dorothy Maynard. After completing his education, he joined his father’s webbing business, where the war found him in 1939. He then enlisted in the 18th Division of the Royal Artillery as a volunteer and served his country for six years, which included fighting in Cassino and El Alamein. Upon leaving the army, he rejoined his father’s firm temporarily, before immigrating to Canada, where he was hired by the Dominion Textile Co. and subsequently became the supervisor of all its Quebec laboratories. In 1965, he received an offer to work as a consultant in the textile field and manager of machinery installation for Crosrol Carding Inc. in Greenville, S.C., where he was still residing as an American citizen when he died.
He is survived by his beloved wife, Suzanne Casgrain of Quebec; and his daughters, Christine, Joy and Suzy; and two grandsons, Matthew and Douglas; also, in England, by his sister, Althea Martin; and several nephews and nieces. His brother, Arthur, predeceased him.
Ellen Edens Hilderbrand lost her long battle with cancer on January 5, 2013 at the McCall Hospice House in Simpsonville with her loving family at her side. Born on April 21, 1947 in Bennettsville, South Carolina, Ellen was the daughter of the late Gordon and Elaine Edens.
She was a devoted mother, wife and counselor. Ellen graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of South Carolina in 1968 with a degree in English Education. She married Ron Hilderbrand in 1969 and went on to graduate school and earned a MA degree in Rehabilitation Counseling. During her career she worked with inmates at the South Carolina state prison, a sheltered workshop in Boston for challenged clients seeking to obtain job skills, and later at King College and Northeast State Community College in the East Tennessee area working as a guidance counselor.
She was very involved with her home garden and earned Master Gardener status in both East Tennessee and South Carolina where she donated many volunteer hours to beautify the environment. Ellen was a member of Saint Dominic’s Catholic Church for many of the 30 years she lived in Kingsport, Tennessee. She later joined the Holston Valley Unitarian Universalist Church in Gray Tennessee soon after the couple returned from an Eastman assignment in Hong Kong.
During her 4 year expatriate life in Hong Kong, Ellen became interested in Eastern religion and culture. Following her return to Kingsport, TN, she became deeply involved in Shao Lin Martial Arts. She worked hard to become an expert in Tai Chi and practiced for her black belt in Kung Fu.
Survivors include her loving husband of 43 years, Ron Hilderbrand; 2 cherished daughters, Nell Eden and Susan Noel, both of Nashville, Tennessee; precious granddaughter Rachel Wike, also of Nashville; sister Kathryn Hubbard of Florence, SC; brothers Mike Edens of Chapin, SC and Jeff Edens of Houston, TX.
A celebration of her life was conducted on January 12, 2013, at the Greenville Unitarian Fellowship in Greenville SC.
Ann Hill was born Dec. 31, 1929 in Dayton, OH. Both her parents are buried in Arlington National Cemetery and her father served in both World War I and WWII. Dh died in World War II in 1944. She was their only child. Ann graduated from Vassar in 1951 and she did graduate work at UCLA Berkley.
She worked as an actress in New York City, but spent most of her career in the office of the president of the University of South Carolina in public relations. In that capacity she hosted a Sunday morning public television show, often interviewing celebrities who were visiting the USC campus. Just before her retirement, she wore a USC name tag that simply bore the word, “Writer”.
She lived at the Westminster retirement community in recent years and was an active member of the Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. She attended “A Course In Miracles”, belonged to a covenant group and participated in senior lunches.
She died on December 1, 2014 at the Greenville Hospital System. A devoted friend, Suzanne Hart, rarely left her side as she passed.
Ann’s ashes will be spread in the memorial garden at a later date.
Glen Howerton was an active member of the Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. His beautiful sculptures and ceramics adorn the sanctuary of the Fellowship. His widow, Hilda, continues to participate in the active life of the Fellowship and continues to share her garden treasures in loving memory of Glen.
Glen was born in Galena, Kansas. He was a US Army veteran who served in WW II in the Army Corps of Engineers and participated in the D-Day landing on Omaha Beach. He taught art at Furman University for 21 years and retired as Emeritus Professor in 1988. He continued his artistic creations in his home studio. He won numerous awards in watercolor and ceramic sculpture. In 1989, the art department alumni and friends established the Glen E. Howerton Award, a scholarship for art students who demonstrate artistic merit, leadership and character.
Surviving are his wife, Hilda Drennan Howerton, formerly of Greenwood, SC, daughter Devery Howerton of Atlanta, step-daughter, Jacqueline Griffith Pressley of Cary, NC, 7 grandchildren and 1 great-grandson.
A memorial service was held to celebrate Glen Howerton’s life at the Charles E. Daniel Memorial Chapel on the campus of Furman University on November 7, 2008, followed by a reception at the Thomas Anderson Roe Art Building.
Dorothe Jean Agler Howorth, wife of Robert W. Howorth, passed on Friday, February 25, 2011. She and Robert were married 70 years.
She was born in Lansing, Michigan and attended Michigan State University. She was a retired realtor from Cincinnati Ohio, and a member of Come Latelies and Encore.
She is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law, Ron & Preyaporn Howorth of Travelers Rest, Gregg & Betsy Howorth of Georgetown, Kentucky and Bruce & Sue Howorth of Kettering, Ohio. Also surviving are grandson Kevin Howorth of Orlando, Florida, Ron’s daughter Jennifer of North Carolina, niece Sandra Goodrich of Bangor, Pennsylvania and nephew Duffy King of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
Bob Howorth. His loving wife of 70 years, Jean, preceded him in death in 2011. He was born in Lansing, MI, graduated BS-Mechanical Engineering from Michigan State University and has been a life member of ASME. After a long and successful career with Allis Chalmers starting in Milwaukee and mostly in Cincinnati, he retired and moved to Greenville where he could enjoy his love of golf and tennis nearly 12 months a year. He often won competitions because of his skill even when he had to compete against younger players because there were no longer other competitors in his age group!
Not one to sit idle he pursued a second career with Fluor Daniel for a few years before finally retiring. When the weather didn’t accommodate outdoor sports, he enjoyed going to the gym, playing pool and bridge, and Wii bowling.
He is survived by three sons and daughters-in-law: Ron & Ya of Travelers Rest, Gregg & Betsy of Georgetown, KY, and Bruce & Sue of Kettering, OH. Also surviving are grandson Kevin Howorth of Charlotte, NC, Ron’s daughter Jennifer, niece Sandra Goodrich and her husband Neil of Bangor, PA, and nephew Duffy King of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula.
Bob has made clear that his Memorial Service be a celebration of the life he lived. Memorials may be made to the GUUF Endowment Fund, or the Alzheimer’s Association.
Reed Humphrey, 61, passed away Tuesday evening, May 1, 2012, at his home in Greenville, ending a long battle with cancer. He was the son of Robert and Betty Humphrey, who predeceased him. He is survived by his wife, Jan; son, Ryan of Los Angeles; and brother, Bruce of Milwaukee, Wis.
Reed loved the theater and, while a college student in 1969, founded a student theater group, the Peter Quince Performing Company in Manitowoc, Wis., that remains active. He went on to direct and act in community theater productions in Milwaukee, Wis., and Orange Park, Fla.
He was also passionate about the Greenville UU Fellowship, serving in numerous roles, most recently as President. With his trusty band of cohorts, he created many memorable fund-raising events.
His memorial service will be held on Saturday, May 12, at 11 a.m. at the Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the GUUF Capital Fund, or to the Peter Quince Performing Company, Manitowoc, Wis. Cremation Society of South Carolina.
Alicia Hilley Irwin passed away on Friday, April 3, 2015.
Alicia was born August 5, 1956 in Wurzburg, Germany to Adrienne Raines Hilley and Col. William Wofford Hilley. She grew up moving around (as military families do) and settled permanently in Greenville in the early 1970’s.
Alicia’s love, strength, grace and spiritual connection to all she embraced in her life immeasurably touched her family, and her wide circle of friends. Alicia, and her beloved husband Larry, raised children, worked, played and shared their lives at their home in Greenville. Alicia loved practicing and teaching yoga, tending her flower and vegetable gardens, and watchfully feeding the birds. She was an artist in interior design, a brilliant organizer and an excellent chef. Ken Lucking, a dear friend, said this of Alicia: “She was a woman’s woman, a man’s woman, and a man’s man.” She was undaunted by any of life’s challenges and bravely fought her battle with the illness she had.
Alicia is predeceased by her parents, her brother (William Bennett Hilley) and her aunt (Ryan Raines Warren). She is survived, missed and loved by her daughter Leila Alexandra Scogin, sons Jay Louis Irwin and Lawrence Russell Irwin, her husband Lawrence Richard Irwin, her uncle William George Raines, Jr. and many cousins, in-laws and friends.
A memorial service will be held at the Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship at 1135 State Park Road, Greenville, SC on Thursday, April 9, 2015 at 2pm. A reception at the Irwin home will follow.
Alan Henry Johnstone; poet, marathon runner, teacher, father, husband, friend; died on Sunday afternoon at McCall Hospice House after a lengthy, albeit courageous battle with Huntington’s Disease. He would’ve celebrated his 62nd birthday on September 29th.
Born in Greenville, SC to Thomas Kennerly Johnstone Jr. & Minnie Greene Moore, Alan attended the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where he graduated in 1980 with a Bachelor’s in Social Studies with a focus on High School Education. He also served four years in Fort Leavenworth, Kansas as a Private First Class for the United States Army. He was also an incredibly active member of the Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship for 24 years.
Alan taught high school history and coached the debate team for more than twenty years, spending the majority of his teaching career at Woodmont High school in Piedmont, SC. Known as ‘Johnny’ by his students, at any given moment he could be seen with chalk dust on his pants or stirring his coffee with a ball-point pen. It goes without saying, then, that Alan was known and loved by his students, friends and family for his goofy sense of humor.
Alan’s family would like to take this time to especially thank Open Arms Hospice and McCall Hospice House for their gentle care, compassion and love during Alan’s final months. And a special thanks to all of Alan’s friends, former students and colleagues for continuing to share wonderful memories of Alan’s contagious laughter, social activism and frantic chalkboard note-taking in the classroom. Not only did you enrich Alan’s life but you continue to enrich ours with your fond memories. Thank you.
Alan is predeceased by his parents and survived by his loving wife of ten years, Jane Ann McLean, son, Ethan Lee Johnstone and daughter, Anna Johnstone-Edwards, all of Greenville. Also surviving is his brother Thomas ‘Tam’ Kennerly Johnstone III of Reidsville, NC, sister, Anna ‘Nan’ Johnstone Straughn of Atlanta, GA and handsome cat, George.
A memorial service will be held at Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship on Saturday, August 16, 2014 at 2p.m. All are welcome. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The UU World of Children (1135 State Park Road, Greenville, SC, 29609) and United Ministries (606 Pendleton Street, Greenville, SC, 29601).
Brenda J. Kelley, age 60, of Greenville, SC, died July 7, 2012 at home. She was born in Chattanooga, TN December 18, 1951. She was a homemaker and business owner, and was especially proud of Hannah’s Gift Shop. She was a member of Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. She was a volunteer for the American Cancer Society, very active in the Pickens Co. school system, FFA, and PCYB, board member of NJROTC booster club, and an Obama campaign worker.
She is survived by daughters Connie McCollum of Greenville, SC and Tammy Bridges of Easley, SC and special niece Diane DeLong of Dunlap, TN; grandchildren Hannah, Rose, and Hope McCollum, Conner Bridges, great-grandchildren Eli Martin and Anthony Canales, all of Easley, SC. Surviving also are siblings John (Rhonda) Duncan of Roswell, GA; Pat (Wendell) Gordy of Chattanooga, TN; Nancy Duncan of Dayton, TN; Jackie Wilson of Secction, AL. Brenda was preceded in death by sister Linda Jackson of Dunlap, TN.
A memorial service was held at the Greenville UU on July 28, 2012 with a scattering of Brenda’s ashes following the ceremony. Michael Channing was honorary pallbearer.
Contributions may be made In memory of Brenda J. Kelley to:
SAFE HARBOR HOME FOR VICTIMS OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE,
Safe Harbor, P.O. Box 174, Greenville, SC 29602-0174
GREENVILLE UNITARIAN UNIVERSALIST FELLOWSHIP,
1135 State Park Rd. Greenville, SC 29607
JULIE VALENTINE CENTER FOR SEXUAL ASSAULT AND CHILD ABUSE RECOVERY
2905 White Horse Road,Greenville, SC 29611
Chuck Lawrence, 83, died at his home in Greenville, South Carolina under Hospice care on Sunday, July 5, 2015. Born in 1932 in South Orange, New Jersey, he was the son of Charles Lawrence, Jr. and Gladys Smith Lawrence.
A graduate of Rutgers University, he studied banking at New York University, and worked at Chase Manhattan Bank on Wall Street, New York City. After a two-year stint in the U.S. Army, he moved to Cleveland, Ohio where he became President of Central National Bank, then was president of a group of subsidiaries for Goldome Bank in Buffalo, New York, where he retired in 1984.
Chuck loved traveling, golfing, hiking, snowshoeing and served as president of the Adirondack Mountain Club of New York. He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Diane Lawrence, 3 sons, David, Stephen and Todd, a stepson Linhart McMullin and nine grandchildren. He is predeceased by a sister, Barbara Lawrence Leavesley.
In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to Regency Hospice, 880 S. Pleasantburg Dr. Suite 1A, Greenville, SC 29607 or Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1135 State Park Rd, Greenville, SC 29609. A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, July 11 at 2:00 p.m. at the Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship where he and his wife have been active members during the last 10 years.
Diane L. Lawrence, 74, died at her home in Greenville,South Carolina on Tuesday, April 19,2016.
Born in 1941 in Wilmington, Delaware, she was the daughter of Clifford and Florence Rutter. She married Chuck Lawrence in 1985.
A graduate of Lycoming College, she became a teacher of high school English and Spanish in New Jersey and later a realtor and regional manager in the mortgage and mortgage insurance business in New York and the Northeast Region where she retired in 2005.
Diane loved numerous outdoor sports including cross-country skiing, snowshoeing and hiking. She was a member of the Adirondack Mountain Club and became a 46er for hiking all 46 of the high peaks in that range. She was also a competitive race walker. She and Chuck were world travelers, and attended classes at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Furman University.
She is survived by her son Mickey McMullin, sisters Gerry and Louise and brother Larry. She was predeceased by her husband of 30 years, Chuck Lawrence (sons David, Steve and Todd).
A Celebration of Life service will be held Saturday, April 30 at 2 pm at the Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship where she and Chuck have been active members during the last ten years.
Anyone wishing to help with the reception preparation, please contact Lucy Hoffman at firstname.lastname@example.org
In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations are considered to:
Regency Hospice, 880 S. Pleasantburg Dr., Suite 1A, Greenville, SC 29607;
Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1135 State Park Rd, Greenville
OLLI at Furman University, 3300 Poinsett Highway, Greenville SC 29613-1511 or the charity of your choice.
Ina Bliss Lindbloom, age 81, wife of Nils W. Lindbloom, Jr., died Monday, July 14, 2003, after a long illness.
Ina graduated from National College in Evanston, Ill., with a B.E. degree. She taught elementary education in Missouri, Texas, Indiana and Ohio. While living in Spain, she was a founding member of the American Women’s Club.Ina volunteered in hospitals in Pa., La., Ohio, and the health care unit in Rolling Green Village.
Surviving in addition to her husband of 58 years, are her daughters, Christine Lindbloom, of Taylors, S.C., Merodie L. Tomlin and her husband Gene, of Birmingham, Ala.; her son, Nils W. Lindbloom III and his wife, Toni, of Taylors, S.C.; three grandchildren, Judson Tomlin of Birmingham, Ala., Kristin and Erik Lindbloom, of Taylors, S.C.; one sister, Dodie Croft, of Covington, La.; and two brothers, Joseph and David Larson, of Sarasota, Fla.
Nils W. Lindbloom Jr., 84, of Rolling Green Village, died Dec. 31, 2003.
Born in Evanston, Ill., he was the son of the late Nils W. and Emma Anderson Lindbloom and was the widower of Ina Bliss Lindbloom.He was senior class president and was a member of Phi Epsilon Gamma at Augustana College, where he graduated in 1941. He worked for U.S. Steel for more than 30 years, serving as superintendent of blast furnaces, and commanded a gunboat in the South Pacific during World War II as a U.S. Navy lieutenant.Nils was very involved in his role as president of the board of directors of The Rehabilitation Center of Lorain County, Ohio, and as board member of Lorain Community Hospital.
He is survived by his daughters, Christine Lindbloom of Taylors, Merodie L. Tomlin and her husband, Gene, of Birmingham, Ala.; his son, Nils W. Lindbloom III and his wife, Toni, of Taylors; three grandchildren, Judson Tomlin of Birmingham, Ala., and Kristin and Erik Lindbloom of Taylors; two sisters, Margaret Paulson of Evanston, Ill., and Sue Hillstrom, of Naples, Fla.Private graveside services will be held today, Jan. 3, 2004, conducted by the Rev. Jeffrey Lamb.
Robert Gilmore Lochner, 77, of 806 Knollwood Drive, died Friday, Oct. 5, 2001 in Atlanta.
Born in Blawnox, Pa., Mr. Lochner was married to Elizabeth Baker Lochner for 50 years. He was a pilot and served in the Army and Air Force during World War II and the Korean War. Also, he was a member of the Elks, ARRK, IAAH, and the Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons and daughters-in-law, Michael and Peggy Lochner of Bennington, Vt., and David and Mary Lochner of Canastota, N.Y.; grandchildren, Gregory M. Lochner, Katherine E. Lochner, and Sara F. Lochner, all of Bennington, Vt., and Shawn Hines of Canastota, N.Y. He was predeceased by his parents, Oscar and Edith Lochner; and a brother, Walter Lochner. A memorial service will be held 3 p.m. today at the Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, State Park Road, Greenville, S.C., officiated by the Rev. Jennifer Slade.
John Herman McFerrin died at Brighton Gardens in Greenville on Dec. 3, 2004. He had celebrated his 88th birthday the previous evening with close friends and family.
He was born on Dec. 2, 1916, in Marlinton, W.Va., son of the late Alexander Hanley and Clara Bobbitt McFerrin. After graduating from Virginia Polytechnic Institute with a degree in Chemical Engineering, he began his career with Union Carbide, now part of Dow Chemical. He established their first plant in Pamplona, Spain. Peg, John’s beloved wife of 62 years died on July 1st of this year.
In his retirement, John became active in volunteerism and became a successful guardian ad litem advocate for children. He was a past president of the Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, where he and Peg continued their longtime involvement with human rights; they were among the founders of the Social Justice Program there, including the homeless program at Rowland House, owned by the Fellowship.
John is survivied by daughter, Jane McFerrin and son-in-law, David Greene, of Cleveland, Ga.; daughter, Liz McFerrin and partner, Patt Parker, of Redington Beach, Fla. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Elizabeth Epps of Macon, Ga., Laura Johnson, Jennifer Greene and Christopher Greene, all of Atlanta, Ga.; grandson-in-law, Rick Epps of Macon; and an expected great-grandson.
Margaret “Peg” McFerrin died at Brighton Gardens of Greenville on July 1, 2004.
Born on May 18, 1920, in Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada, she was the daughter of the late Lee and Margaret Allan Merrill. She was a graduate of Alma College in London, Ontario. Peg was involved in community theater, acting in several plays in Greenville. She was also active in the early days of the Civil Rights movement, including sit-ins at segregated lunch counters in Greenville. A long-time member of the Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, she was deeply involved in human rights concerns.
Peg is survived by John McFerrin, her husband of 62 years; daughter, Jane McFerrin, and son-in-law, David Greene, of Cleveland, Ga.; and daughter, Liz McFerrin, and partner, Patt Parker, of Redington Beach, Fla. Also surviving are four grandchildren, Elizabeth Epps, of Macon, Ga., Laura Johnson, Jennifer Greene and Christopher Greene, all of Atlanta, Ga.; and an expected great-grandchild.
Frances A. Merrell, 93, of Easley, SC and Reno, Nevada passed away Saturday, February 1, 2014, at her home.
Born in Crawfordsville, Indiana, Mrs. Merrell was a daughter of the late Raymond R. and Martha Ruth Houlehan Merrell. She graduated from Upper Darby High School and cum laude from Drexel University where she was President of the Student Body. She received a Masters degree in Education with several Post Graduate Professional Counselor and Specialist Certificates at University of Nevada-Reno. Mrs. Merrell worked as a HS Counselor for twenty-six years for the Washoe County School District in Reno, Nevada.
Mrs. Merrell was a former Secretary of Nevada School Counselors Association. She was a member of Hidden Valley Country Club and Greenville Country Club. She was a member and former president of Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship of Northern Nevada and a member of the Greenville UU Fellowship.
She was a gifted artist, dancer, conversationalist and friend, She enriched our lives.
Surviving are daughters, Ruthann T. Earl and her husband Karl of Easley, S.C., Karen T. Anderson and her husband Larry of Castle Creek, N.Y. and Lea D. Taylor, D.V.M., of Corvallis, OR.; sister, Marjorie M. Wille, of Port Ludlow, WA; grandchildren, Stephen Earl and his wife Kristy, Christopher Earl and Taylor Helfand; great-grandchildren, Mila, Addyson and Cassandra Earl.
A memorial service will be held at 3:00 p.m. Sunday, February 16, 2014, at the Greenville Unitarian-Universalist Fellowship, 1135 State Park Road, Greenville.
Memorials may be made to the Nature Conservancy or to the Greenville UU Fellowship, 1135 State Park Road, Greenville, SC 29609.
The family wishes to express deep appreciation to Fran’s caregivers, Pat Rice, Tanya Howard and Wendy Runion and to the staff of Journey Hospice.
Benjamin is the twin brother of Case Morton-Lill and son of Lori Morton and Susan Lill. During her 5th month, Lori learned Benjamin had Trisomy 18, a rare genetic disorder, and was not expected to live for long after birth. In fact, the risk was to Case because if Benjamin were to pass away too early, Case would be at risk of infection or death. Benjamin made it to 8 months before his fragile heart stopped beating. Both boys were delivered two days later. Lori, Susan, Case, and loved ones remember Benjamin on November 2nd and celebrate Case’s birth on November 4th, a bitter sweet time. “One born into our hands. One born into our hearts.”
Charles ‘Chuck’ Monroe Moss, Sr., 85, died Thursday, December 17, 1998 at Richard M. Campbell Veterans Nursing Home.
Born in Rock Hill, he was a son of the late Martin Van Buren and Jennie Hicks Moss. He was a US Navy veteran of World War II, and was retired from Paine Webber, where he was a stock broker.
Survivors: wife, Fern T. Moss; sons, Earl D. Moss of Charlotte, NC, Charles M. Moss, Jr. and Michael E. Moss, both of Greenville, Jon V. Moss of Conyers, GA, and Richard E. Moss of Charleston; sisters, Martha M. Nolan of Greenville, Dorothy E. Moss and Rebecca M. Walker, both of Augusta, GA; brothers, M.V. Moss, Ralph Moss, and Arthur Moss, all of Greenville; ten grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a sister, Evelyn M. Watson.
Charles Monroe Moss, Jr., 53, of Greenville, died Thursday, Oct. 14, 1999. Born in Two Harbors, Minn., he was a son of Fern Thompson Moss of Greenville, and the late Charles Monroe Moss, Sr. He was a US Navy veteran.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by a son, Max Adrian Borghini of Florida, three brothers, Michael E. Moss of Greenville, Jon V. Moss, Sr. of Conyors, Ga., and Richard E. Moss of Mount Pleasant; and a half-brother, E. Douglas Moss of Charlotte.
Fern T. Moss died on June 8, 2008 at East Cooper Hospital in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina. She was born in Westbury, Minnesota, September 2, 1918, the daughter of Clarence Gerhardt and Ella Carlson Thompson. She graduated from high school in Albert Lea, Minn.; earned a B.S. degree at the University of Minnesota and an M.A.T. degree at Winthrop College in Rock Hill, SC. She retired as a Registered Dietitian of the Greenville Hospital System. She was a resident of Greenville, SC from 1952 through 2006 and a very active and involved member of the Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. She enjoyed gardening, water aerobics at the Greenville YMCA, playing bridge, and being with her family.
Fern is survived and missed by sons, Michael E. Moss (Merrianne Wargo) of Speedwell, TN, Jon V. Moss, Sr. (Linda) of Conyers, GA, and Richard E. Moss (Carol Oates) of Mt. Pleasant, SC; grandchildren, Max Borghini (Rocio), Nathan Moss (Devorah) and Nick Moss (Elizabeth), Jon Moss, Jr. (Geri), and Jason Moss; Julia and Alex Moss, Curtis Moss (Sandra), Steven Moss (LuAnn) and Nancy Townsend (Ken); nine great-grandchildren (Jessica, Brad, Jonathan, Tyler; Joshua, Jennifer; Travis, Kacie; Calyn; Evelyn, Elaine); and two great-great-grandchildren; one brother, Philip Thompson (Joan) of Owatonna, Minn. She was predeceased by her husband, Charles M. Moss, Sr.; her son, Charles M. Moss, Jr.; and her step-son, Earl Douglas Moss. Any memorials may be made to the charitable organization of one’s choice. A memorial service will be held at Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Greenville, SC.
Mary F. Newell, 92, widow of Richard P. Newell, passed away on Sept. 17, 2015 after a long and fulfilling life. Born in 1923 in Milford, MA, she was the daughter of the late William Firth and Florence Scott Northrop.
She was a 1943 graduate of Harcum College, Bryn Mawr, PA. Following her graduation she worked for the Draper Corporation until her marriage. Mary and Dick enjoyed traveling and lived for many years in Massachusetts and Rhode Island as well as Mexico, France and Spain before moving to Greenville. She was a longtime member of the Greenville Unitarian Universalist fellowship.
Katherine Ann (Kit) Norwood was a younger daughter of Joe and Elaine Norwood, long time members of Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship. She was diagnosed as hard of hearing in the first grade. This progressed each year until she ended up with 2 hearing aids by the 5th grade. She did well by sitting in the front of the room and by also attending lip reading classes at Greenville Memorial Hospital. At age 16 she was having mental problems and after years of misdiagnoses, it was decided she was bi-polar.
She graduated from Wade Hampton High School and Gallaudet University. She loved being at Gallaudet and quickly learned to sign. She had several jobs, the most satisfactory was at McKinney House, a place for mentally ill deaf people. She enjoyed it there and was able to sign even in the hand of a deaf-blind client. This gave him the pleasure of feeling he was included in activities. Eventually her meds failed again and she had to leave that job. She went back to Gateway House program for the mentally ill and back to living in their apartments. By this time she was almost totally deaf and didn’t fit in too well. She developed epilepsy and had a few seizures.
New apartments opened up in Spartanburg for deaf and handicapped individuals located across from the SC School for the Deaf and Blind. Thanks to Roger Williams, she was given one of these apartments. She enjoyed being in a community with other deaf or handicapped people and did some volunteer work at the School.
Kit was a strong advocate for civil rights and the deaf and mentally ill. She had good use of language and wrote on their behalf.
She loved GUUF and the people who attend and would come often over the years. The epilepsy got worse and the seizures more frequent. This took her life. She put up a good fight and contributed to many causes. That is all anyone can do.
Bill Page, 87, of 132 Hummingbird Ridge, died Sunday, May 31, 2015. He was raised in Lincoln, MA, but lived in Greenville for over fifty years. Bill was a graduate of Hamilton College and Harvard Business School. He held various executive positions with CRYOVAC, First Piedmont Bank and U.S. Shelter and retired as President of Insignia Financial Group.
He was an elected member of the Greenville County School Board of Trustees (1965-1972) during the period of integration and continued his education involvement on the boards of The Alliance for Quality Education and Success by Six. He served as Chairman of the Greater Greenville Chamber of Commerce and was a Lifetime Member of the Furman Advisory Council.
In 1983, Governor Riley asked Page to head the committee charged with creating the Education Improvement Act, a nationally acclaimed model. He was awarded the Order of the Palmetto in 1987 for his “service to education”. He was on active duty with the Navy during the Korean War and later retired as a Commander.
He is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Nancy and William Bridges; his son and daughter-in-law, Douglas and Joy Page; granddaughters, Page and Emily Bridges, Ashley Page Mooney, (Gaston), and Lauren Page; great grandchildren, Ford and Hamlin Mooney; and his sister, Elizabeth Page Vining of Naples, FL. He was predeceased by his wife of 45 years, Irene Crawford Page in 1998.
A memorial service will be held on Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 2:00 pm at the Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1135 State Park Road, Greenville, SC 29609.
In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations be made to Public Education Partners, 225 S. Pleasantburg Dr., Suite E6, Greenville, SC 29607; United Ministries, 606 Pendleton St., Greenville, SC 29601; Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, 1135 State Park Road, Greenville, SC 29609; or to the charity of one’s choice.
Irene Crawford Page, 74, of 132 Hummingbird Ridge, died at her home, Thursday, December 31, 1998 following an extended illness.
A resident of Greenville for forty years, she was born in New York, NY and reared in Newark NJ and was the daughter of the late Norman C. and Anna (Wares) Crawford. Mrs. Page was a graduate of the University of Maryland and served in the US Navy during WWII as a cryptographic specialist in Washington DC. During the Korean War, she served as a supply officer at the Mirimar Naval Air Station in California. She was a member of Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Church.
Surviving are her husband, William N. Page, a daughter and son-in-law, (Nancy P. and William A. Bridges of Greenville); a son and daughter-in-law, (Douglas N. and Joy L. Page of Greenville); a brother, (Norman C. Crawford of Ocean Pines, MD); granddaughters, Ashley Page, Page Bridges, Lauren Page; and Emily Bridges, all of Greenville.
THOMAS L. POTEAT
Tom was a former President of GUUF. He was a trial lawyer, and was working in Congressman Jim Mann office in DC when he died.
Thomas Lawton Poteat was born on September 27, 1924 to Mary Willingham Lawton and J. Douglas Poteat.
He attended Greenville High School but transferred to Webb School in Bell Buckle, Tennessee. He skipped his final year at Webb to enter Duke University under the U.S. Navy’s V-12 program. As a Lieutenant J.G., he served in the Pacific during WW II, returning to Duke in the fall of 1946 for his senior year, finishing in June 1947.
Tom and his wife, Barbara, met on a blind date arranged by one of his fraternity brothers and her roommate. In the fall of 1948 he entered law school at Duke. During the summer of 1949 he served in the naval reserves in the New York City area. They were married in early September of 1949, and graduated – him from law school and her from undergraduate school – at the same ceremony in June 1950.
After some months in Greenville, Tom and a distant cousin on his mother’s side, Thomas Oregon Lawton of Allendale, SC began a law practice in Georgetown, SC in 1952. Tom and Barbara’s children, Clarissa, Douglas and Gordon, were born there.
During their years in Georgetown, they became members of the Unitarian Church of The Larger Fellowship, and attended the Unitarian Church in Charleston for the years before their children were born.
When Tom Lawton married and returned to Allendale to practice law there, Tom began a practice with Jack Hiers who had moved to Georgetown from Charleston.
In 1960, Tom and Barbara moved to Greenville where Tom served as an adjuster with American Mutual Fire Insurance and was involved in the beginning of Greenville’s public defender system. On coming to Greenville in 1960, they joined the group of Unitarians that met on Sundays around the pool at the home of Gil and Clay Rowland.
Later Tom became the manager of Congressman Jim Mann’s Washington office, commuting as necessary to and from Greenville. After having a heart attack in D.C., bronchial cancer was discovered and he returned to Greenville, where he died at home on October 12, 1976.
His wife Barbara still resides in Greenville as of September 2016.
Virginia Clay Howard Rowland: First of all, you can’t understand Clay Rowland without having an idea what the Rowland household was like. Thanks to Gil’s intellectual curiosity and ever-evolving interests, there were people at the house so often you could almost think of it as a satellite of some educational institution. Gil’s interest in religious questions led him to host discussion groups quite often. The Unitarian framework suited him so well that he and others started a fellowship. Our living room was the location for early Unitarian get-togethers and Sunday school groups. Along the way, there were also play-reading groups, jazz music nights, “what is your favorite question” nights, and so forth. As a writer for the Greenville newspaper, he would often write about a visitor or new resident of Greenville who hailed from a foreign country. Often, his new interest would join us for dinner. And Gil and Clay were active members of the International Club at the YWCA in the ’50’s and early ’60’s. So all of these wonderful people visited at our house from time to time. I don’t think a week ever went by without at least one supper guest, evening gathering, or Sunday morning event.
Clinton Gilreath “Gil” Rowland – former columnist for the Greenville Piedmont and a resident of 35 W. Mountain View Ave. died Sept. 10, 1993: He was 85.
Born in Central, he was a son of the late Clinton Gilreath and Nellie Ramseur Rowland. He was a graduate of Clemson University.
In a journalism career that began in the 1940s, he wrote for The Greenville News and the Greenville Piedmont. During much of the time, he produced a daily column called “Good Afternoon.” He retired in 1973.
Bill Morris, former managing editor for the Greenville Piedmont, described Rowland as energetic, creative and not afraid to express his opinion even if he was in the minority.
“He loved life and he loved people, and all of these went into the columns that he wrote.” Morris said. “He was so involved, so obsessed with his work, that every now and then he forgot to pick up his paycheck. I think that illustrates his involvement with the community.”
Rowland also was active in the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Church and was one of 12 founding members of the congregation. The Greenville church started as a small discussion group that often met at Rowland’s home.
The Rev. Jennifer Slade said Rowland advocated tolerance of others and delighted in a church that brought together diverse points of view. “Gil had lots of feelings about social justice and making sure everyone had a fair shake,” she said. “He believed in loving your neighbor as yourself — that very simple ethic of being a decent person. He really lived that sense that to be committed to things is what made somebody a happy person.”
Bill Page, president of Insignia Financial Group Inc. and a member of the Greenville County school board during the 1960s, said Rowland was the conscience of the community at a time when it wasn’t the most popular thing to be. “He was one of the first voices to bring matters of poor housing and segregation to the public, and he was able to facilitate understanding among people from different backgrounds in a non-confrontational way,” Page said.
Surviving are Rowland’s wife, Clay Howard Rowland; a daughter, Miriam R. Williamson; a son, Howard C.Rowland; and a sister, Nell R. Boggs.
A memorial service will be conducted Sunday at 4 p.m. at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Church.
The family will receive friends at he Church immediately following he Service. Memorials may be made to Unitarian Universalist Fellowship Church, 37 E. Hillcrest Drive, Greenville, S.C. 29609; or to the charity of one’s choice. The Mackey Mortuary is in charge of the arrangements.
Grace Evelyn Scheer, 83, of Greenville, passed away Monday, Sept. 15, 2003.
She was a teacher and a loving wife and mother. She is survived by her husband, Frank Scheer; her three sons, Robert Johnston, of Philadelphia, Mark Johnston and his spouse, Susan Cyr, of Greenville, and David Johnston and his spouse, Elizabeth Keenan Johnston, and their daughter, Margaret Jane Johnston, of Greenville; and a sister-in-law, Margaret Johnston George, of Plandome, N.Y.
Mrs. Scheer’s first husband, Robert M. Johnston predeceased her.
Jennifer Slade died unexpectedly in Norfolk, Virginia on Thursday, July 17, 2014
The daughter of Robert W. and Kennetha A. Slade of Poughkeepsie, NY, she was born on July 11, 1959. After showing early promise as an actress and singer, Jennifer appeared in productions of South Pacific, Brigadoon, and others at Clarkstown (NY) High School, from which she graduated in 1977, going on to pursue acting at NYU and as a student of Lee Strasberg at the Actor’s Studio. She took a BA in Theater Arts in 1981 while living, as she delighted to point out, in the same hotel-turned-dorm as Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungen. During her subsequent acting career she brought countless actors and other friends to her tiny apartment on Christopher Street for her celebrated daylong Thanksgiving dinners, which became a touchstone for her fondest memories of New York.
A birthright Unitarian Universalist subsequently called to the ministry, Jennifer attended Harvard Divinity School, taking her M.Div. in 1990. Having interned at the Winchester [Massachusetts] Unitarian Society, where she was ordained in 1991, she completed her Clinical Pastoral Training at Bronson Methodist Hospital in Kalamazoo, afterward accepting a call to serve the Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Greenville, SC (lovingly called GUUF). She grew Greenville’s congregation and shepherded them to a new, larger facility where they remain to this day. After spending her 2000 sabbatical as a Merrill Fellow at Harvard and moving with her family to Durham, NC, Jennifer served the Red Hill Universalist Church in Clinton, NC and the Eno River Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Durham, and worked within the Durham County Library system. She was known for her excellence in both pastoral care and preaching.
Jennifer took on the difficult work of Interim Ministry beginning in 2011 with the Congregational Unitarian Church in Woodstock, IL (now Tree of Life UU Church in McHenry, IL). Here she also guided the church to a larger facility commensurate with its growth, particularly in Religious Education.
In 2013, Jennifer began a developmental ministry at the Unitarian Church of Norfolk, VA, where she hoped to move the congregation to higher ground, literally and figuratively, as rising tides regularly flooded the church.
Wherever she served, her ministry touched countless lives and she strived to bring out those good qualities of her congregants they didn’t even know they had. She was generous, gregarious, brilliant, beyond well-read, and had an incredible memory for the events in the lives of her loved ones.
Her service on numerous boards and committees included The Urban League of the Upstate (SC), the UU World of Children, and organizations on addiction in NC and SC, including the Sampson County (NC) Meth Taskforce, among many others.
Jennifer, who suffered from depression, died of an apparent overdose of prescription drugs. She is survived by her husband, John Santoianni; son, Samuel J. Santoianni; daughter, Emma M. Santoianni.
In lieu of flowers, please make a donation in Jennifer’s name to The UU World of Children, 1135 State Park Rd., Greenville, SC 29609, or go to http://uuwoc.com/ to donate online.
Dorothy Marston Starkey, 82, of 106 Bonaventure Drive, died May 10, 1996 following a year of declining health.
Born in Lynn, Mass., she was a daughter of the late Herbert Embree and Lois Kimball Marston.
Surviving are her husband, Neal E. Starkey, Sr. of the home; a daughter, Gail Starkey Brewer of Greenville; a son, Neal E. Starkey, Jr. of Atlanta; and four grandchildren, Christine A Toes and Katherine K. Toes, both of Greenville, and Jonathan P. Starkey, both of Atlanta. A son, Richard W. Starkey, was killed in September 1969 in Vietnam.
Neal E. Starkey, Sr., 93, of Greenville, SC, husband of Mary Jo Starkey, passed away on Saturday, May 7, 2011. He is survived by his son, Neal Starkey, Jr., daughter, Mrs. Galt (Gail) Brewer and four beloved grandchildren. Born in Louisville, NE, Mr. Starkey moved from GE Schenectady, NY, in the late 1960’s to be the Engineering Manager of the newly forming General Electric plant in Greenville. He admired the far-sightedness of county leaders, and the work ethic and character of people of this area. It was with great pride he witnessed the success of the Greenville GE plant over the years.
Bob was the first husband of Naomi David. He is the father of Jean Wilder. The son of a dentist, he was raised in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania along with his two brothers and two sisters. He was educated as a mechanical engineer and worked as a boiler operator at the Chrysler Plant in Twinsburg, Ohio for many years.
He was a fun loving man who always was kidding around and making people laugh. He was very mechanically inclined and was able to design and build most anything, including an entire room with a wet-bar in his basement. His favorite food was a heavily marbled grilled steak that was burned on the outside and raw on the inside.
He lived with his son, Lindsey, for many years after his divorce from Naomi. One of his favorite things to do in his retirement years was go to Las Vegas. He went to many shows and played the slot machines.
Lois Anne Acker Wunch, beloved wife of William J. Wunch, died Jan. 1, 2005.
She is survived by her son, James Wunch; daughters, Linda Young, Jane and Robert Johnson, and Robin and Tom Dill; grandchildren, Hans Wunch, Andrea and Craig Young, Gabriel and Lani Johnson, and David and Leslie Dill; and great-grandchildren, Micaiah and Silas Wunch.
Lois was the quality assurance coordinator at Oconee Memorial Hospital before her retirement. Lois was active in adult literacy, receiving the South Carolina Volunteer of the Year Award. She was a past president of the Greenville Unitarian Universalist Fellowship.
Bill Wunch, 84, died September 30, 2011. He was preceded in death by Lois A. Wunch, his first wife of 57 years, and parents Helen and Karl Wunch, and brother, Karl.
Bill is survived by his present wife, Lynn S. Wunch and family, as well as a brother, Gordon Wunch. He is also survived by his son, James and wife Louise Wunch, daughters Linda Young, Jane Johnson and husband Robert, and Robin Dill and husband Tom. He also is survived by seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren.
Bill worked for General Electric for thirty-three years and was Project Manager for the Gas Turbine Plant in Greenville, SC. Upon retiring from GE, he was employed with Fluor for twelve years.Bill was born in Erie, PA. He was a Navy Veteran of World War II and the Korean War. Bill was an avid wood worker.
Bill was a body donor to MUSC in Charleston, SC. A memorial service in honor of Bill was held on October 29, 2011 at The Greenville Unitarian Fellowship, where he has been an active member for forty-five years. In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to Greenville Unitarian Fellowship Building Fund.