Delores Harrod Watkins

Delores Harrod Watkins succumbed on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, as a result of an accident on Tuesday, March 11, 2014.

Born in Norman Park, GA, November 18, 1939, she was a daughter of the late Sidney Elton and Myrtis Baker Harrod.  She was married for over 51 years to her husband James “Jim” Watkins.  She was a military wife and was by her husband’s side for over 30 years of military service in the Air Force and US Army.  A retired beautician, she was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by:  her precious children, Richard Elton Watkins and wife Lisa of Warrior, AL, Dee Ann W. Wood and husband Keith of Gray Court, and Patrice W. Parker and husband Robert of Hoover, AL;  grandchildren, Sydney W. McGhee (Chase), Brynn E. Parker, and Avery K. Wood.  Brothers, Donald W. Harrod and wife Carolyn and Stanley Harrod and wife Becky all of Norman Park, GA; and sister Brenda LeFevre of Montgomery, AL.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm, Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, conducted by Rev. Phil Whitt with burial in Shiloh United Methodist Church Cemetery (36 Shiloh Church Road, Gray Court, SC).

The family will be at their respective homes and will receive friends on Saturday, March 22, 2014, at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church from 12:30 to 1:45 pm.

Memorials may be made to Shiloh United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, 1585 Neely Ferry Rd., Laurens, SC 29360, or to Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Building Fund, 1279 S. Frontage Rd, Fountain Inn, SC 29644.

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

“Don’t Trash Laurens” Campaign Winners

Three people were awarded prizes today for submitting winning slogans in the “Don’t Trash Laurens” campaign.litter pic

   Doniya Ferguson, a student at E.B. Morse School, won 1st Place for her slogan “Keep Your Cash – Don’t throw Trash.” She received a $100 gift certificate. 2nd and 3rd place winners received gift certificates of a lesser amount. Shirley Kennedy was 2nd place winner with the slogan that featured a picture of a jackass to say “Don’t Litter, Jack Ass, this means You!” Winning third place in the anti-litter contest was Lowell Bartley. His slogan is “Don’t be a Litter Bug” and features the “No” symbol over a bug.

  The signs starting going in the ground around 1:00 this afternoon. Streets Department Director Kerwin Tribble and Special Projects Director Tommy Burns joined Mayor Sharon Brownlee to put the first sign into the ground on East Farley near the railroad overpass.

  Laurens City Administration announced the new “Don’t Trash Laurens” campaign early this year, saying they’re going to get tough on people who litter. Speaking of frustration with people who continue to litter even though we have national and a big local litter campaign going, Mayor Brownlee indicated the “Nice” gloves are coming off in the City of Laurens, as they crack down on littering in a campaign for the duration of 2014. 

 

Harriett Pinson Hall

Harriett Pinson Hall, 82, of 333 Brewington Rd. and wife of the late Albert Lee Hall, passed away Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at her home.

Born in Laurens County, she was a daughter of the late Clarence “Young” and Genevieve Jones Pinson.   A homemaker, she was a faithful member of Bethel Baptist Church where she sang in the choir.

She is survived by:  her sons, Ronnie Hall and wife Linda of Laurens, and Chet Hall of the home; daughter-in-law Faith Ann Hall of Texas; brothers William Pinson and wife Betty of Laurens and Edward Pinson and wife Alva of Laurens; sisters, Eleanor P. Cooper and husband Fowler, Brenda P. Martin and husband Ellis, Carolyn P.. Sprouse and husband Kenneth, and Sandra P. Tumblin and husband Grover all of Laurens; grandchildren, Jonathan Hall, Nathaniel Hall, Michael Hall, Nicole Hall, and Amanda Hall; 14 great grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by a son, Albert “Ted” Hall; brothers, Henry Earl Pinson and Oliver Pinson; and a grandson, Michael Ted Hall.

Graveside services will be held at 4:00 pm, Thursday, March 20, 2014, at Bethel Baptist Church Cemetery, conducted by Rev. James K. Hamilton and Rev. Tim Pigg.

The family will be at the home, 333 Brewington Rd.  A visitation will be held at The Kennedy Mortuary on Wednesday, March 19, 2014, from 7:00 to 9:00 pm.

Memorials may be made to Bethel Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1487, Laurens, SC 29360, or to The Gibbs Cancer Center, 101 E. Wood St, Spartanburg, SC 29303.

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

Mr. Robert Sullivan

Mr. Robert Sullivan, age 62, of 816 S. Garrison Road, Simpsonville, died Thursday, March 13, 2014 at his home. 

A son of the late Walter Sullivan, Sr. and Verneller Franks Sullivan, he was a former employee of the Carolina Springs Golf Course.  He is survived by one daughter, Shundra Sullivan of Columbia, SC; one step-daughter, Angela Young of Columbia, SC; three brothers, J.C. Sullivan of Greer, SC, L..V. Sullivan and John L. Sullivan of Simpsonville, SC; one sister, Willie Ruth Wilson of Simpsonville, SC and two grandchildren. 

Funeral service was held 1 p.m., Wednesday, March 19, 2014 at the Beasley Funeral Home Chapel, Fountain Inn, with Rev. Dennis Smith officiating.  Burial was in the M.J. Dolly Cooper Veterans Cemetery. Beasley Funeral Home, Fountain Inn was in charge of arrangements.

We would like to thank each of you for your kind gestures, laughter, prayers and those that gave of their time during this period of bereavement. Your kind expressions will never be forgotten, you pray for us and we’ll pray for you.  ~ The Sullivan Family

 

Rufus Ray Briggs

Rufus Ray Briggs, 79 of 106 Hampton Ave, died march 17, 2014 at his home.

He was the son of the late Alvonia Briggs and Junior Yarborough Briggs A native of Union County and member of Widow Son Lodge of Union SC. Survivors include two daughters, Carol (Ronnie) Mims of Spartanburg, SC and Brenda Black of Union, SC; one brother, Donald (Bernice) Briggs of Moore, SC.

 Memorial services will be held 3:00 PM Wednesday, March 19, 2014, at the W. J. Gist Memorial Chapel, Woodruff, SC.
 
The family is at their respective homes.
 
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W. J. Gist Mortuary
 
Woodruff, SC

Ms. Allison Robinson

Ms. Allison Robinson, of 3434 Laurens Road, Apt. #128, Greenville, died Wednesday, March 12, 2014 at MUSC, Hospital in Charleston. 

Graveside services was held 2pm, Tuesday, March 18, 2014, at Resthaven Memorial Gardens with Bishop Terry Mc Caskill officiating. Beasley Funeral Home, Fountain Inn was in charge of arrangements.

Just to know our family and friends were with us made the way easier. Thank you for caring and May God continue to bless each of you. ~ The Family

Mr. Johnnie C. (C Boy) Parks

Mr. Johnnie C. (C Boy) Parks, of 112 3rd Street, Fountain Inn, died Thursday, March 13, 2014 in the Greenville Memorial Hospital System. 

A son of the late Curtis Massey and Mary Jane Parks Wright, he was a long time employee of the Howard’s Family.  He is survived by one daughter, Rene Jones of Fountain Inn; one sister, Jackie McCoy of Greenville, SC and two brothers, Jerome Parks of Greenville and Wayne Wright of Simpsonville.  Funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Sunday, March 16, 2014, at the Beasley Funeral Home Chapel, Fountain Inn, with Rev. Isaiah Lee officiating.  Burial will be in the Pleasant View Baptist Church cemetery.  The family is at the home of a cousin, Mary Parks, 15 Wheatland Way, Simpsonville, SC. Beasley Funeral Home, Fountain Inn is in charge of arrangements.

Mattie Bell Williams

Mattie Bell Williams, 88 of 104 Plateau Street, died Wednesday, March 12, 2014.

Funeral services will be held Noon Saturday, March 15, 2014 at Travelers Rest Baptist Church, Spartanburg, SC. Burial will be in Heritage Memorial Gardens, Roebuck, SC.

 
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Alexander, Casey & Gist Funeral Services
 
Spartanburg, SC
 

Tyrone Vance

Tyrone Vance, 74 of 535 Landford Road, died Sunday, March 2, 2014. Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Saturday, March 15, 2014 at New Bethel Baptist Church of Woodruff, SC. Burial will be held in the Church Cemetery.

Public viewing will be held from 1:00 PM until 7:00 PM Friday, March 14, 2014, at the W. J. Gist Memorial Chapel, Woodruff, SC.
 
The family is at the home.
 
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www.gistmortuary.com
 
W. J.. Gist Mortuary
 
Woodruff, SC
 

Robert Ray Bell

Robert Ray Bell, 87, of 2759 Bellview Church Rd. and husband of Doris Brown Bell, passed away at his home on Monday, March 10, 2014.

Born in Laurens, he was a son of the late William Holmes Bell, Sr. and Aileene Ledford Bell.  Retired from Laurens Glass, he was a member of Rocky Springs Presbyterian Church where he was an Elder Emeritus.

Mr. Bell was the Founder of the Robert R. Bell Center of the Blind, where he served as Director for 38 years.  He was the organizer and past President of the Laurens County National Federation of the Blind, Past President of the SC National Federation of the Blind, SC Commission of the Blind Board Member, Director and Chairman of the Board for 20 years of the Rocky Bottom Camp of the Blind, and Co-director of the Family Court Cottage.

Among the many awards for his devoted community service are:  The SC Order of the Palmetto, Citizen of the year in Laurens County, Volunteer of the Year in Laurens County, the Key to the City of Laurens, and Mayoral Awards from the mayors of both Laurens and Clinton.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by: his sons, Robbie Bell and wife Beth of Laurens and Mark Bell and wife Wanda of Laurens; grandchildren, Rebecca Bell, Linsey Bell, Austin Bell (Lourdes), Mary Bell Willard (Andy), Joseph Bell, and Elizabeth Bell; and great grandchild, Temperance.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by brothers, William Bell, Jr., James Bell, and Joseph Bell.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 pm, Thursday, March 13, 2014, at Rocky Springs Presbyterian Church, conducted by Rev. Deidra Crosby with burial in Rocky Springs Presbyterian Church Cemetery.

The family will be at the residence and will receive friends Wednesday, March 12, 2014, from 6:00 to 8:00 pm, at the Robert R. Bell Center of the Blind, 1103 North Harper St., Laurens, SC 29360.

Memorials may be made to The Robert R. Bell Center of the Blind, 1103 North Harper St., Laurens, SC 29360.

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