Miss. Bertha Stephens

Miss. Bertha Stephens, age 58, formerly of Laurens, died Sunday, April 6, 2014 in the Glorified Health and Rehab, Greenville, SC.  She is survived by two brothers and one sister. 

Funeral service will be held 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 9th at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church, with Dr. O.T. Hill and Dr. Jefferson McDowell officiating.  Burial will be in the Beaverdam Baptist Church cemetery.  The family is at the home of her sister, Mable Stephen, 113 Short Street, Laurens, SC.

Beasley Funeral Home, Laurens is in charge of arrangements.

Edna Levone Craine Burts

Edna Levone Craine Burts, 98, and widow of Rev. Fred Burts, passed away, Saturday, April 5, 2014, at National Healthcare Center in Laurens.

Born in Laurens, she was a daughter of the late George and Inez Eubanks Craine.  A member of Gray Court Church of God and the Church of God Ladies Auxiliary, she was a loving and faithful minister’s wife.

She is survived by:  a daughter, Carolyn Burts Shaw of Dearing, GA; grandchildren, Levone Alverson and Sharon Alverson both of Ft. Inn, Thomas Clark of Gatlinburg, TN, Mark Burts of Pensacola FL, Azure Burts of Atlanta, GA, and Marcus Robert Burts of Laurens; 13 great grandchildren, and 8 great-great grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and her parents, she was predeceased by 2 sons, Fred Robert Burts and Thomas Burts; a sister, Cora Lee Riddle, and brothers, Paul, David, William, and Bryan Craine.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at The Kennedy Mortuary Chapel, conducted by Rev. Jamie Hughes, Rev. Mickey Thomas, and Rev. Thomas Clark followed by burial in Forest Lawn Cemetery.

The family will be at 111 Old Fairview Rd., Apt. 33, Ft. Inn, SC  29644, and will receive friends at the cemetery following the service.

Condolences may be expressed online at www.thekennedymortuary.com.

Mr. Jerry Lee Boyd


Mr. Jerry Lee Boyd, age 53, of 113 Tripmont Court, Simpsonville, died Friday, April 4, 2014 at Greenville Memorial Hospital. 

He was born in Greenville County, SC a son of the late John T. Sullivan and the late Betty Ann Childress and husband of the late Elaine Stoddard Boyd. He was a machine operator for Crovac with thirty years of service. 

He is survived by a daughter, Jerrica Boyd of the home; one brother, Bobby Boyd of Simpsonville, SC; three sisters, Linda Dial, of Simpsonville, Carol Ann Boyd of Greenville, and Donna Hooker of Simpsonville; two grandchildren.

Funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at the Mt. Carmel AME Church, with Rev. Cornell Richardson and Rev. Hiram Spain, III officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery  The family is at the home.

 Beasley Funerla Home of Fountain Inn in charge of arrangements.



Mrs. Barbara Luster

Mrs. Barbara Luster, age 74, of 207 Truman Street, Laurens, died Tuesday, April 1, 2014. 

A daughter of the late Ulysses Franklin and Hattie Simpson Franklin and wife of Luther Thomas Luster, Sr., she was a member of the St. Paul First Baptist Church and a retiree of the Laurens Glass Company. 

She is survived by her husband, Luther T. Luster, Sr. of the home; one son, Luther T. Luster, Jr. of Cheltenham, Maryland; one daughter, Wanda (Richard) Andrews of Spartanburg, SC; one stepson, Otis McDowell of Laurens, SC; four grandchildren and three great grandchildren.  Funeral service was held 1 p.m., Saturday, April 5, 2014 at the St. Paul First Baptist Church, with Rev. Larry Chapman officiating.  Burial was in the Calvary Memorial Gardens.  Beasley Funeral Home, Laurens was in charge of arrangements.

Mary Virginia Motes Leopard

Mary Virginia Motes Leopard, age 61, of 80 Cheyenne Drive, and wife of Charlie Ray Leopard, passed away on Thursday, April 3, 2014, at the Laurens County Hospice House.

Born in Joanna, she was a daughter of the late George Washington Motes, Sr. and Effie Morgan Motes.  She worked in the textile industry and was of the Church of God faith.

Surviving in addition to her husband are a son, Brandon Cudd and wife Jessica of Clinton; a grandson, Gabriel Cudd; a sister, Juanita Vanderford of Greenwood; and a brother, George McCullough of Whitmire; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by siblings, George W. “Bud” Motes, Jr, Gertrude Garland, Valerie Teasley, and Joyce Hill.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 pm, Saturday, April 5, 2014, at The Kennedy Mortuary Chapel conducted by Rev. James K. Hamilton with burial following in Dials United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Visitation will be at The Kennedy Mortuary from 2:00 – 3:00 pm on Saturday.

Condolences may be expressed online at www.thekennedymortuary.com.

Larry R. Pittman

Larry R. Pittman, 57 of 1200 Stewart Road, died March 28, 2014 at Laurens County Hospice Home.

A native of Spartanburg County he was the son of the late Arthur Pittman and Lillian Gwinn Pittman. He was a graduate of Woodruff High School and a U. S. Air Force veteran.

Survivors include one sister, Margie (Charlie J.) Starnes of Duncan, SC; one brother, Ken (Joan) Pittman of Clinton, SC; one granddaughter, Adriyanna Wilburn of Cross Key, SC. He was preceded in death by one daughter, Starla Wilburn.

Visitation will be 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM Tuesday, April 1, 2014 at W. J. Gist Memorial Chapel, Woodruff, SC.
Memorials may be made to Spartanburg County Animal Humane Society and Hospice of Laurens County. A private burial will be held at a later date.
 An online guest registry is available at
 W. J. Gist Mortuary
 Woodruff, SC

Robert Earl Riddle

Robert Earl Riddle, age 94, of Laurens, and husband of Taeko Riddle, passed away on Tuesday, March 25, 2014.

Born in Gray Court, he was a son of the late Claude and Belle Shuler Riddle.  Mr. Riddle was a US Navy Veteran of World War II; he retired from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in Maui, HI, and was a member of First Baptist Church of Laurens.

Surviving in addition to his wife are three children, Jerry Riddle of Anchorage, AK, Margaret Renslen and husband Troy of Denver, CO, and Carol Satate and husband Kenichi of Harrison, NY; one brother, Buddy Riddle of Laurens; one sister, Lois Bowers of Laurens; and two grandchildren, Dylan Renslen and Julian Satate.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by brothers Harold and Jack Riddle.

Graveside services with military honors will be held at 3:00 pm on Saturday, March 29, 2014, at Warrior Creek Baptist Church Cemetery conducted by Rev. Rickey Letson.

Visitation will be held at The Kennedy Mortuary from 6:00-8:00 pm on Friday, March 28, 2014.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 300 West Main Street, Laurens, SC  29360.

Condolences may be expressed online at www.thekennedymortuary.com.

Allen Joseph Dye

Allen Joseph Dye, 65, of 114 Pinehaven St. and husband of Carolyn Fisher Dye, passed away Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at St. Francis Hospital in Greenville.

Born in Cleveland, OH, he was a son of the late J. Edgar and Katherine May Dye.  A member of First United Methodist Church of Laurens, Mr. Dye worked in retail management for many years.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by: a son, Bryan Joseph Dye of Houston, TX; siblings, Dianne Dye Cotter and husband Julian of Alachua, FL, David Howard Dye of Cleveland, OH, and Deborah Dye Farver and husband Michael of Cleveland OH.

Memorial services will be held at 11:00 am, Saturday, March 29, 2014, at First United Methodist Church conducted by Rev. Alice MacKeil and Rev. Rickey Letson.

The family will be at the residence and will receive friends in the sanctuary following the memorial service.

Memorials may be made to the Music Ministry of First United Methodist Church, 244 West Main St., Laurens, SC 29360, or to a charity of one’s choice.

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

Ms. Annie Bell Jeter

Ms. Annie Bell Jeter, 89 was born on November 5, 1924 to the late Reverend Nathaniel and Lillie Bell Young in Laurens, SC.

She was a former employee of Crystal Cleaning Service.

Ms. Annie Bell Jeter left to be with the Lord on Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at Wallace Thomson Hospital in Union, SC.

Left the cherish fond memories are 2 brothers; Nathaniel Young of Washington, DC, and John Young of Bolton, NC, two aunts; Lourene Philson and Rebecca Blakely both of Laurens, SC,  2 grandchidren, 3 great grandchildren, and 1 great great grandchild.

Service for Ms. Annie Bell Jeter will be held Monday, March 31, 2014 at Wyatts Baptist Church in Buffalo, SC at 2:00 P.M.

Reverend Elijah Ray, Pastor of Wyatts Baptist Church will be the officiating minister.

The family is at the home of her granddaughter, Rose Hudgens at 104 Holley Lane Pacolet, SC.

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

Edward “Cowboy Eddie” Albert Duncan, Jr.

Edward “Cowboy Eddie” Albert Duncan, Jr. of 2579 Beaverdam Church Road passed away Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at his home.

 Born in Bay, AR he was a son of the late Eddie and Lavanie Petigo Duncan. A U.S. Army veteran having served two tours in Vietnam, Eddie was of the Pentecostal faith. He led a full and interesting life that including various jobs such as being a mechanic, a soil analyst, drilling wells, and working in a sawmill. He enjoyed dirt track racing and will be loved and missed by his family and friends.

 Surviving are his son: Eddie Duncan, III. of Ironton, OH; a brother and his family who cared for Eddie the last eight years, Harry (Edna) Duncan of Mountville; sisters, Wanda (Russ) Reckman of Kansas City, MO, Linda (Doug) Baldwin of Cordova, Kathyren (Luis) Mendoza of Sacramento, CA, Christina (Chris) Dell of Poplar Bluff, MO and Kimberly (Shawn) Wells of Pascola, MO; five grandchildren, two great granddaughters; a special niece Candace Moody of Mountville and her children, Elizabeth and Johnathon Moody both of Mountville, other numerous nieces and nephews; and an ex-wife and dear friend, Betty Goins Fultz of South Point, OH.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a son, Michael Duncan; brothers, William, James and Sammy Duncan; and sisters, Sherry Cox and Brenda Duncan.

A memorial service will be held at 2:00 PM Thursday, March 27, 2014, at Beaverdam Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Phil Bryson with Military Honors.

The family is at the residence and will receive friends in the sanctuary immediately following the service.

Memorials can be made to Wounded Warrior Project online at www.woundedwarriorproject.org or to the The American Heart Association online at www.heart.org.

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