Willie W. Williams

Willie W. Williams, 79 of 400 Green Street Laurens, SC died Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the Hospice House of Laurens County in Clinton, SC.

He is survived by one daughter, three step-sons, one sister-in-law and three grandchildren.

A memorial service for Mr. Willie W. Williams will be held Friday, April 18, 2014 at the David and Jeanette Goins Chapel at 11:00 A.M.

The family is at the home of his sister-in-law, Patricia Bates at 400 Green Street in Laurens, SC.

Goins Funeral Home, Incorporated is in charge of these arrangements.

Mr. L.C. “Dave” Ligon

Mr. L.C. “Dave” Ligon, age 86, of 242 Smyrna Hill Road, Waterloo, SC, died Sunday, April 13, 2014 at his home. 

He is survived by five daughters; one sister; fourteen grandchildren and a host of great grandchildren. 

Funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 16, 2014 at the Laurel Hill Baptist Church, with Rev. Herbert Glenn officiating.   The family is at the home of his sister, Odessa Williams, 249 Smyrna Hill Road, Waterloo, SC.

Beasley Funeral Home, Laurens is in charge of arrangements.

Mrs. Madge Gray

Mrs. Madge Gray, age 86, of 498 Bramlett Road, Laurens, SC, died Friday, April 11, 2014 at the Laurens County Hospital, Clinton, SC. 

She was born a daughter of the late Henry Abrams and the late Susie Wallace Abrams. She was a homemaker and a member of Beaverdam Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Reverend James A. Gray, Sr. of the home; two sons, James A. (Jeraldine) Gray, Jr. of Greenville, SC and Keith (Gwenevere) Gray of Simpsonville, SC; three daughters, Phyllis Wise of Cincinnati, OH, Mary J. (Leon) Ferguson of Greenville, SC and Susie G. (Yancy) Williams of Gray Court, SC; seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren. 

Funeral service will be held 2pm, Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at the Flat Ruff Baptist Church, with the Dr. O. T. Hill officiating. Burial will be in the Beaverdam Baptist Church Cemetery.  The family is at the home.

Beasley Funeral Home, Laurens is in charge of arrangements.  

Mr. Billy Ray Johnson

Mr. Billy Ray Johnson, age 64, formerly of Laurens, SC, died Wednesday, April 9, 2014 in White Plains, Maryland. 

He was born in Laurens County, SC, a son of the late Jessie Pearl Johnson and the husband of Angela Johnson. He is survived by his wife Angela :Angie” Johnson of the home; a son, Steven Johnson of Charlotte, NC; one sister, Sandra McGowan Scott of Laurens, SC.

Funeral service will be held, 11:00a.m., Tuesday, April 16, 2014 at the Mt. Ennon Baptist Church, Clinton, MD. Burial will be in a local cemetery.

Pope Funeral Home, Forestville, Maryland is in charge of arrangements.

Local family is at the home of his  aunt Mrs. Loretta McGowan, 209 Pridmore St., Laurens, SC. Courtesy Beasley Funeral Home, Laurens.  

Miss. Barbara Wilson

Miss. Barbara Wilson, age 71, formerly of 113 Fielding Lane, Fountain Inn, died Thursday, April 10, 2014 at the Hospice of Laurens County Hospice House, Clinton, SC. 

She is survived by one sister, Sharon Robinson of Greenville, SC.

The family will receive friends 1-3pm on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 in the chapel of Beasley Funeral Home 205 Knight Street.

The family is at the home of her sister, Sharon Robinson,  106 Spartanburg Street Greenville, SC. Beasley Funeral Home Fountain Inn is in charge of arrangements. 

Margie Lee Willis McMahan

Margie Lee Willis McMahan, age 79, of 1410 Deer Valley Road, and wife of Thomas Love McMahan, Sr, passed away on Friday, April 11, 2014, at Self Regional Healthcare in Greenwood.

Born in Taylors, she was the daughter of the late Irvin and Azilee Edwards Willis.  Mrs. McMahan retired from Kemet and was a member of Rabun Creek Baptist Church in Hickory Tavern.

Surviving in addition to her husband are a son, Robert Reid “Bub” Duncan of Greenville; step-children, Susan Lollis of Simpsonville, Cathy Leming of Kingsport, TN, and Thomas L. McMahan, Jr. of Laurens; a brother, Thomas Eugene Willis of Greenville, eight grandchildren, and fourteen great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Margie was predeceased by two children, Thomas Irvin Duncan and Vickie Lee Duncan.

Funeral services will be held at 12:00 pm on Tuesday, April 15, 2014, at Rabun Creek Baptist Church conducted by Dr. Clarence Adkins with burial following in the church cemetery.

The family will be at the residence and will receive friends at the church from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm on Tuesday.

Condolences may be expressed online at www.thekennedymortuary.com

Mrs. Virginia Shelton Simpson

Mrs. Virginia Shelton Simpson, 59, of 178 Shelton Circle,Clinton died Tuesday at her residence. She is survived by her husband, Paul Simpson;

also by 1 son, 1 daughter, 2 brothers, 4 sisters and 2 grandchildren.

 Funeral Services for the late Virginia Simpson will be held Saturday afternoon, April 12th at 3:00 o’clock at the Antioch AME Church of Highway 56 north of Clinton. Rev. Anthony Sims will be the eulogist. Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery.  

 The family is at the residence at 178 Shelton Circle. Childs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Raymond Rogerdale “Darrell” Weathers

Raymond Rogerdale “Darrell” Weathers, 69, of 315 Southview Dr. and husband of Janice Brown Weathers, passed away Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Born in Gray Court, he was the son of the late Charles Raymond and Fannie Grace Ross Weathers.  A retired SC National Guard veteran, Mr. Weathers was a member of Second Baptist Church, where he was a former deacon, sound technician, and member of the Knights of the King Sunday School Class.  Mr. Weathers was a faithful volunteer with the Laurens City Fire Department for 38 years and coordinated the tractor show and “farm days” for Squealin on the Square.  He was a devoted husband, loving father, and Papa.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by:  daughters, Julie Weathers Wideman and husband Jeff and Joy Weathers Driggers and husband Phillip all of Greenwood, sister, Edwina Weathers DuPre and husband Jack of Rock Hill; mother-in-law, Mildred Brown of Laurens; brother-in-law, Steve Hinton of Gray Court; and grandchildren, Savannah Wideman, Anna Grace Cox, and Noah Driggers.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister Joyce Weathers Hinton and father-in-law, Robert Lewis Brown.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am, Friday, April 11, 2014, at Second Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. J.D. Shiflet with burial in Forest Lawn Cemetery, with Fireman Honors.

The family will be at the home and will receive friends at The Kennedy Mortuary on Thursday, April 10, from 6:30-8:30 pm.

Memorials may be made to Second Baptist Church, 416 Fleming St., Laurens, SC 29360; or to the Laurens City Fire Department, 411 Mill St.., Laurens, SC 29360.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at www.thekennedymortuary.com.

Willie Lee “Bill” Turner


Willie Lee “Bill” Turner was born May 2, 1944 to Ms. Queen Esther Turner in Laurens, South Carolina.

Willie Lee “Bill” Turner was a graduate of Sanders High School Class of 1962.  After high school he attended Claflin University in Orangeburg, SC where he received his Bachelor’s Degree.  Upon finishing at Claflin University, “Bill”, as everyone knew him as, attended Niagara University in Niagara Falls, NY and UNC-Charlotte in Charlotte, NC, where he obtained one Master’s Degree from both institutions, leaving him with two Master’s Degree.

Among all of Bill’s academic accomplishments he also served in the United States Army in 1966.

 “Bill” was really known for being the owner of many successful automotive dealership shops; one in particular was Cumberland Chrysler Dealership.  After much success, he later retired from being an automotive dealer.

Willie Lee “Bill” Turner passed on Saturday, April 5, 2014 at his home, leaving many memories and loving family behind.

Left to cherish memories is his loving mother Ms. Queen Esther Turner of Laurens, SC and his wife, Mrs. Roma E. Turner of Laurens, SC.; one son, Andre Williams of Richmond, Virginia, two daughters Leah Deshaun Turner of Laurens, SC and Tiffany P. Pryor of Richmond, Virginia, and three grandchildren.

Services for Willie Lee “Bill” Turner were held Thursday, April 10, 2014 at 2:00 P.M. at the David and Jeannette Goins Chapel in Laurens, SC.

Reverend Earl Lewers was the officiating minister.

Burial was held at Zion Hill Baptist Church in Cross Hill, SC.

The family of Mr. Willie Lee Turner would like to thank each of

you for your kindness shown to them during their time of bereavement.

Your kindness will always be remembered. May God continue to keep you in his loving care.

The Family

Goins Funeral Home, Inc. was in charge of these arrangements.

Ms. Hattie Hill

Ms. Hattie Hill, age 77, of 184 Walden Street, Clinton, SC, died Sunday, April 6, 2014 at the National Healthcare Center of Laurens. 

She is the last survivor of her immediate family. 

She is survived by one niece and one nephew. 

A graveside service was held 1 p.m., Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the Wateree Baptist Church, with Rev. Clarence Simpson officiating. 

Beasley Funeral Home, Laurens was in charge of arrangements.