Mr. James (Tom) Fowler

Mr. James (Tom) Fowler, age 94, formerly of Cain Street, Laurens, died Saturday, March 22, 2014, in the National Healthcare Center of Laurens.  He is the last survivor of his immediate family. 

Funeral service will be held 1 p.m., Thursday, March 27, 2014 at the Evening Light Church of God, with Rev.. Issac Cropp officiating.  Burial will be in the M.J. Dolly Cooper Veterans Cemetery, Anderson, SC.

Beasley Funeral Home, Laurens is in charge of arrangements.

Mr. Richard “Rick “Westfield

Mr. Richard “Rick “Westfield, age 62, died Wednesday, March 19, 2014 in Silver Springs Maryland.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy Westfield of the home; two daughters; four brothers; one sister and one grandchild.

Funeral service will be held 12n, Friday, March 28, 2014 at the George P. Kalas Funeral Home, 6160 Oxon Hill Rd, Oxon Hill, Maryland. Burial will be in the Harmony Memorial Park in Landover, Maryland. The local family is at the home of a brother and sister-in-law Mr. and Mrs. Bobby Foggie 5417  Todd Quarter Rd., Waterloo, SC.

Courtesy of Beasley Funeral Home, Laurens


Mrs. Lula Mae Henderson

Mrs. Lula Mae Henderson, age 87, of 302 Highway 651, Fountain Inn, died Saturday, March 22, 2014 at the Hillcrest Hospital.

A daughter of the late John Clinkscale and the late Cora Mahaffey Clinkscale, and the wife of the late John Henderson.  She was a devoted homemaker and a member of Golden View Baptist Church.  

She is survived by four sons, Steven Henderson of Simpsonville, Standley Henderson, Willie James Henderson both of Mauldin and Kenneth Henderson of Simpsonville; one daughter, Brenda Henderson of Fountain Inn; one brother, John Clinkscale of Columbia, and one sister Irene Webb of Simpsonville. A graveside service will be held 11 a.m, Friday, March 28, 2014 at the Golden View Baptist Church Cemetery, with Dr. W.R. Davis and Rev. Antwian Henderson officiating.  There will be no public viewing.  The family is at the home.

Beasley Funeral Home of Ft. Inn  

Mrs. Talitha “Cumi” Putman McIver

Mrs. Talitha “Cumi” Putman McIver, formerly of Fountain Inn, died Thursday, March 10, 2014 at the Albert Einstein Hospital, Bronx, New York.

She was born a daughter of the late McDaniel Putman and the late Blanche Sullivan Putman, and the wife of Thomas McIver. A graduate of the Old Fountain Inn Negro High School and furthering her education she later graduated from Benedict College and Morris College. She was a retired school teacher. 

She is survived by her husband, Thomas McIver of the home; two sons, Ronald Putman of Greenville, SC and Warren Tony McIver of Bronx, NY; one sister-in-law, Bernice Putman of Fountain Inn. Funeral service will be held, Saturday, March 29, 2014 in Bronx, NY. Burial in the local cemetery. R. G. Ortiz Funeral Home 524 Southern Blvd., Bronx, NY.

Courtesy of Beasley Funeral Home, Fountain Inn

Ray Anthony Fuller

Ray Anthony Fuller, 58 of 109 Winterhaven Road, died March 21, 2014. He was the son of the late Arthur Hunter and Aliean Fuller Gault.

Survivors include one daughter, Shana Richardson of Spartanburg, SC; four sisters, Regina Nash and Robin (George) Williams both of Spartanburg, SC, Carolyn Alexander and Rosa (DeGrant) Stevenson both of Woodruff, SC; six brothers, James (Tammy) Gault of Owings Mills, Maryland, Calvin (Shirley) Hunter and Thomas (Renee) Hunter both of Spartanburg, SC, Melvin, Terry and Jerry (Mellisa) Hunter all of Woodruff, SC. Five grandchildren and one great grandchildren.

 Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM Wednesday, March 26, 2014 at New Bethel Baptist Church, Woodruff, SC. Burial will be held in the Church Cemetery.
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Margaret Howle Hornsby

Margaret Howle Hornsby, 66, of 109 Earl Street passed away Saturday, March 22, 2014, at her home.

Born in Laurens, she was a daughter of the late Joseph Adolphus and Doris Elizabeth Bell Hornsby. Ms. Hornsby was formerly employed with Self Regional Hospital and Laurens Family Practice, a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church, and the Homemaker Sunday School Class.

Surviving is her sister Jane Hornsby of the home. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her brother Joe Airail Hornsby.

Graveside services will be 11:00 AM Wednesday, March 26, 2014, at Forest Lawn Cemetery, conducted by Rev. Kevin Walker and Rev. Tom Faucette.

The family will be at the home and will receive friends at The Kennedy Mortuary on Tuesday, March 25, 2014, from 6:00 to 8:00 PM.

Condolences can be expressed to the family at

Ms. Betty Thompson

Ms. Betty Thompson, 83 was born September 16, 1930 to the late Walter Swindler and Emma Lois Craig in Baltimore, Maryland.

She was a long time member of St. Paul First Baptist Church in Laurens, SC and was also a part of VFW #5208 organization, “Soul Sisters” organization and the “Los Migas” social club.

On Thursday, March 20, 2014 the Lord called Ms. Betty Thompson home, she passed away at the Hospice House of Laurens County in Clinton, SC.

She is survived by three sons; Russell Thompson, Michael Thompson and Ricky Thompson, three daughters; Donna Suber, Carolyn Thompson and Katherine Thompson, 7 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

Services for Ms. Betty Thompson will be held Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at St. Paul First Baptist Church in Laurens, SC at 2:00 P.M.

Rev. Sammie Stroud will be the officiating minister.

Rev. Larry Chapman will be presiding.

A public viewing will be held Monday, March 24, 2014 at 10:00 A.M. until 9:00 P.M. at Goins Funeral Home, Inc.

The family is at the home of Ms. Betty Thompson, 218 Spring Street Apt. 104 Laurens, SC.

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

Emogene Jones Little

Emogene Jones Little, 87, of Martha Franks Baptist Retirement Community and formerly of 1405 Stagecoach Rd. passed away Friday, March 21, 2014.

Born in Plevna, Madison Co. AL, she was the daughter of the late Larkin Hartwell and Alta Estelle Walker Jones.  Mrs. Little was retired from the family-owned business, Agricultural Manufacturing & Textiles, Inc. in Laurens, where she was the Secretary-Treasurer.

She is survived by:  a son, Mike Little and wife Susan; a daughter, Pat Little Adamson and special friend Vic MacDonald, all of Laurens; a brother, Joe Jones and wife Edna of Tampa, FL; grandchildren, Craig Little and wife Cathy, Ben Little and wife Leigh, and Laura Little Taylor and husband Reid, all of Laurens; great grandchildren, Canady, McKenzie, Kelsie, Wyatt, and Walker; her special friend and caregiver, Hattie Mae Franklin of Laurens; and a close friend, Maria Beckner and family.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Charles Dewey Little, an infant son, Frank Little and a brother, Bill Jones.

Graveside services will be held at 3:00 pm, Sunday, March 23, 2014, at Westview Memorial Park, conducted by Rev. Adair Rogers and Rev. Rickey Letson.

The family will be at the home of her son, 1432 Stagecoach Rd., Laurens, SC 29360, and will receive friends at the graveside immediately following the service.

Memorials may be made to Martha Franks Baptist Retirement Community, 1 Martha Franks Dr., Laurens, SC 29360.

The family wishes to thank the staff of Martha Franks for their loving care and also to Hattie Mae Franklin for her 34 years of faithful devotion.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Mr. Oscar Shaw

Mr. Oscar Shaw, age 52, of 302 Alder Drive, Simpsonville, SC, died Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at his home. 

A son of Cora Shaw Wharton and the late Minister Henry Berry, Jr., he was a member of the Center Rabun Baptist Church a retired employee of Dow Brands.  He is survived by one son, Nicholas Shaw of the home; three daughters, Kionna Shaw of Mauldin, Quinn Shaw and SaQuinta Shaw; his mother, Cora Wharton of Simpsonville, SC; one brother, Reverend Sebastian Berry of Detroit, MI; one sister, Denise Valerie Chatman of Greenville, SC and one grandchild. 

Funeral service will be held 2pm, Tuesday, March 25, 2014 at the Center Rabun Baptist Church, Gray Court, with Rev. Albert Blandin officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Beasley Funeral Home, Fountain Inn is in charge of arrangements. The family is at the home.

Mrs. Clara N. Strong

Mrs. Clara N. Strong, age 83, of 368 Westcliff Drive, Laurens, formerly of Charleston, died Tuesday, March 18, 2014 in the Laurens County Hospital, Clinton, SC. 

Born in Holly Hill, SC, she was a daughter of the late Willie Bracker and Mabel Thompson Bracker and wife of the late Melvin E. Strong.  She is survived by five daughters, Benestine German , Melvina (James) Hamilton, Patricia Strong, Alfreda Strong of Charleston, SC and Rosemary (Sherman) Rhodes of Laurens, SC; one stepson, Melvin E. Strong, Jr. of Douglasville, GA; thirteen grandchildren; twenty-five great grandchildren; four great, great grandchildren and a special cousin, Arlene Brown of Columbia, SC. 

A public viewing of the body will be held Sunday, March 23, 2014 from 6-8 p.m.. at the North Area Funeral Home. Funeral service will be held 11:00a.m., Monday, March 24, 2014 at the New Bethel R. E. Church 1941 Helm Ave, North Charleston with Bishop William White officiating. Burial will be in the Beaufort National Cemetery, Beaufort, SC. North Area Funeral Home 4784 Gaynor Avenue, North Charleston, SC 29405. The local family is at the home of a daughter and son-in-law, Rosemary and Sherman Rhodes, 368 Westcliff Drive, Laurens. 

Beasley Funeral Home, Laurens is in charge of local arrangements.