NINETY SIX - Paul M. Ballard, Sr., 92, resident of 106 Draper Street, widower of Clara Ann Pullian Ballard, died November 28, 2012, at his home.
Born October 14, 1920, in Sunnyside, WA, he was a son of the late Henry A. and Sadie Harrelson Ballard. He was a graduate of Dadeville High School in Alabama and was retired from the United States Postal Service as a rural carrier. Mr. Ballard had previously been employed with Greenwood Mills, Ninety Six Plant as a loom fixer. He was an avid stamp collector and dealer.
Mr. Ballard was a member of Cambridge United Methodist Church and was also a member of the Granny Davis/Ever Ready Sunday School Class of the church. He was a longtime choir member and had held various offices in the church.
Mr. Ballard loved and was loved by his family.
Surviving are a daughter, Jenness B. and husband Joe Morris of Easley; a son, Rev. Paul M. "Kinney," Jr. and wife Anne Ballard of Pageland; three grandchildren, J. Leeann and husband Brent Brazier of Euless, TX, Kimberly Ballard of Charlotte, NC, and Timothy Ballard of Pageland.
Graveside services will be conducted at 4 p.m. Friday at Greenwood Memorial Gardens, with Rev. Dan Smyth and Rev. Paul M. "Kinney" Ballard, Jr. officiating.
The body is at Blyth Funeral Home and will be placed on the grave at 3:30 Friday.
The family is at the home on Draper Street and will receive friends at the cemetery immediately following the service.
Memorial contributions may be made to Cambridge United Methodist Church, 201 Kitson Street, Ninety Six, SC 29666.
For online condolences please visit www.blythfuneralhome.com.
Blyth Funeral Home & Cremation Services is assisting the Ballard family.
CONYERS, Ga. - Mary Belcher, 93, died Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012 at the home of a daughter. The family is at the home of her daughter Helen Abraham, 2231 Wittering Way.
Arrangements will be announced by Abbeville & White Mortuary, Abbeville, S.C.
WARE SHOALS - Marsha Ann Wachsmuth Boinski, 62, resident of 47 Bonds Drive, widow of Raymond Harold Boinski, II, died November 18, 2012 at Hospice House.
Born in Waukegan, IL, January 9, 1950, she was a daughter of the late Ralph Alfred and Marcella Caroline Suhr Wachsmuth. A Nurse's Aide for twenty-eight years, Marsha was also a former Mary Kay consultant for fifteen years. She volunteered for the American Red Cross and she was a lifetime member of the American Legion.
A dedicated member of Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church, Marsha formerly served as Eucharistic Minister of the church.
Survivors include a sister, Kathy Massimo and husband Ernest of Antioch, IL; niece, Crystal Massimo; and nephew, Scott Massimo.
A memorial service will be conducted Saturday at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic Church Chapel, with Father James Crowley officiating. Private inurnment will be at Greenwood Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.
The family will receive friends Saturday immediately following the service at the church.
In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to Self Regional Healthcare Cancer Center, 1325 Spring Street, Greenwood, SC 29646.
For online condolences please visit www.blythfuneralhome.com.
Blyth Funeral Home & Cremation Services is assisting the Boinski family.
Fred Harold Calfee, 91, USAF, (Ret.), resident of 117 Amherst Dr., husband of Betty Jane Guyer Calfee, died November 27, 2012 at Self Regional Medical Center.
Born in Princeton, WV, May 18, 1921, he was a son of the late Sutton W. and Verna Rae Faulkner Calfee. Mr. Calfee retired as a Lt. Colonel in the US Air Force after 28 years of service, having served in WW II and Vietnam. After his retirement, he was employed as the general manager of Greenwood County Club from 1975-1985.
He was a member of Main Street United Methodist Church, where he served on the Finance Committee and was the church treasurer for over 20 years. He was also a life member of the Military Officers Association of America. Mr. Calfee deeply loved his family and was an avid golfer.
Surviving, in addition to his wife of the home, are a daughter, Deborah Calfee of Charlotte, NC; two sons, Michael Calfee, of CA, and Lt. Col. Mark Calfee of Dayton, OH; seven grandchildren. He was predeceased by a daughter, Beverly Calfee Ball and was the last member of his immediate family.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Saturday at Main Street United Methodist Church, with Pastor Phill Thrailkill officiating.
Burial with military honors will follow in Oakbrook Memorial Park.
Pallbearers will be members of the US Air Force.
Honorary escort will be Ted Myer, Bob Walters, Gales McClintock, Ed Munnerlyn, Bob Cureton, Shaw Thompson, Mark Moore, Ted Wyndham, Gene Todd, Lang Foster, Charles Schulze, Buddy Hawkins, Jim McDonalds, Emmie Burns and Gail Carnes.
The family will receive friends at Blyth Funeral Home from 5 to 7 Friday evening.
The body will be placed in the church at 1 p.m. Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, the family request that memorials be made to Main Street United Methodist Church, 211 N. Main Street, Greenwood, SC 29646.
For online condolences please visit www.blythfuneralhome.com.
Blyth Funeral Home & Cremation Services is assisting the Calfee family.
MOUNT CARMEL - Ms. Queen Ester Guillebeaux was born March 14, 1934, to the late Collins and Fannie Jackson-Guillebeaux. She departed this life November 23, 2012 at her home, surrounded by family and loves ones.
At an early age, Queen was converted and Baptized at Spring Grove Baptist Church, where she was a faithful member until her death. She was also a member of the Women's Aide Society No. 86. Queen was employed by Rocky River Textile for many years, until becoming disabled by an automobile accident. Queen earned her professional catering license in 1977, while living in Chicago.
Queen accepted Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior early in life and made her faith known to all. She was known for her charity of goodness to all that she met. She was very giving, generous and caring. Her family was extremely important to her and she did all that she could to help anyone in need.
Home-going services will be held on Friday, November 30, 2012 at 11 a.m., at Spring Grove Baptist Church, 1586 Fort Charlotte Road, Mt. Carmel, SC, the Rev. Roy D. Andrews, pastor and Eulogist is Rev. Dr. Danny Webb. Public viewing will be Thursday, November 29, 2012 at the mortuary from 1 p.m. to 8 p.m.; visitation with family from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. The interment is Forest Lawn Memory Gardens, Highway 72, Abbeville, S.C.
Queen was preceded in death by her infant daughter, Judy Elaine Guillebeaux; a brother, Charles Guillebeaux; and three sisters, Willie Mae Lewis, Elizabeth Dubose and Myrtice Anthony.
Queen leaves to cherish her memories: five daughters, Elizabeth Jones of Mt. Carmel, SC, Sandra (Ronnie) Galloway of Simpsonville, SC, Ruby Guillebeaux of North Augusta, SC, Carol Ann (Alvis) Belton of Greenwood, SC, and Tracy (Timmy) Elmore of Mt. Carmel, SC; three sons, Jonny Sr. (Lynn) Guillebeaux of Chicago, IL, Alvin Guillebeaux of Mt. Carmel, SC, and Stanley Sr. (Angie) Guillebeaux of Calhoun Falls, SC; one grandson, Jameer Dean; three great-grandchildren, Tobias and Mitchell Hughey, and TyFabia Reid were raised in the home; twenty-seven grandchildren (two deceased); twenty-nine great-grandchildren (one deceased); and one great-great-grandchild; seven sisters, Mary Guillebeaux of Calhoun Falls, SC, Sallie Julia Richardson, Juanita (Clarence) Brown, both of Mt. Carmel, SC, Gloria (San) Jones, Kitty Cooper, Isadora (Randy) Roebuck, all of Chicago, IL; three brothers, James (Elease) Guillebeaux, Moses (Susie) Guillebeaux, both of Mt. Carmel, SC, and Alex (Bernadine) Guillebeaux of Elberton, GA; and a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
Professional services by Abbeville & White Mortuary. Online condolence may be sent to the family at email@example.com.
MERRITT ISLAND, Fla. - Patricia Lynn Collum Lewis, 54, of 967 Harbor Pines Drive, Merritt Island, FL, wife of Shawn Lewis, died Monday, November 26, 2012 at her home.
Born in Greenwood, she is the daughter of Tom Collum and the late Mary Free Collum Chandler. Lynn was a lab technician at NASA and she volunteered at the United Humanitarian of Cocoa.
Surviving, in addition to her husband of the home and her father of Gilbert, SC, are three children, Ashley (Tray Green) Vetsch, Chris Lewis and Anthony Lewis, all of Merritt Island, FL; four sisters, Crisanne Baken, Shelley McQuigg, Mindy Knight and Marcy Bridges; a brother, Craig Chandler; four grandchildren, Zoriah, Kaiden, Kamiah and Tristan; and "special children" Bear Lewis and Scootie.
She was preceded in death by a sister, Stacey Collum.
Services will be at 1 p.m. on Thursday at Edgewood Cemetery Mausoleum, with the Rev. Eldridge Kelly officiating.
The family will receive friends at Edgewood Cemetery Mausoleum on Thursday from 12:30 to 1 p.m.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Lynn Lewis Account, c/o Harley Funeral Home & Crematory, PO Box 777, Greenwood, SC 29648.
Harley Funeral Home & Crematory (www.harleyfuneralhome.com) is in charge of arrangements.
Eric R. Melancon
Las Vegas, Nev. - Eric R. Melancon, husband of Regina Jones Melancon, entered into eternal rest on November 6, 2012. Born in Chicago, Ill., on September 1, 1961, he was the son of Mary E. Smith and the stepson of Benjamin Smith. He was a graduate of Greenwood High School. He served in the U.S. Army and separated his service with an honorable discharge. He has been employed with UPS, attended Dealership School and worked for a limousine service. He was presently working for the Riveria Hotel and Casino as a Pit and Floor Supervisor. He was a member of Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church in the Promised Land Community. He was preceded in death his grandfather and grandmother, Geno and Rachel Lomax White who raised him in their home.
He leaves to cherish his memories, his wife of the home; three children, Mary Melancon of Las Vegas, Nev., Eric Ross of Greenwood and Erica Campbell of Memphis, Tenn.; his mother and stepfather of Greenwood; one brother, Marcus R. Melancon of Chicago, Ill.; six stepbrothers and stepsisters; one uncle, Reginald R. (Shirley) White of Greenwood; five grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends to mourn his passing.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, December 1, 2012 at 11 a.m. at Mt. Zion A.M.E. Church in the Promised Land Community. Hites Funeral Home in Henderson, Nev., and Robinson & Son Mortuary, Inc. are assisting the family.
Lou Amye Odom
Lou Amye Earlean Coleman Odom, 66, of 255 Wisewood Circle, wife of Stephen Odom, Jr., died on Monday, November 26, 2012 at her home. Born in New Jersey, she was the daughter of the late Cato Coleman and the late Wilhelmenia Scott Coleman. She was a retired librarian with Greenwood School District 50. She was a member of Morris Chapel Baptist Church, where she served on the Usher Ministries, Food Ministries, was a Sunday School Teacher, an AWANA Teacher and a Girl Scout Leader. She was also a member of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority and the Wisewood Neighborhood Association. She was also a member of the South Carolina State University Alumni Chapter, the Upper Savannah Council on Aging and the AARP.
She leaves to cherish her memories, her husband of the home; one daughter, Charlene (Gregory) Calhoun of Greenwood; one brother, Cato E. (Marcia) Coleman, Jr. of Crooksville, Ohio; three grandchildren, A'lexus, August and Ace; nieces, nephews, cousins, as well as other relatives and friends to mourn her passing.
Services are 1 p.m. Friday, November 30, 2012 at Morris Chapel Baptist Church, conducted by Rev. Dr. Willie S. Harrison. The body will be placed in the church at 12 p.m. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the Chapel of Robinson & Son Mortuary, Inc. from 6-7 p.m. this evening. In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to Morris Chapel Baptist Church Building Fund. Online condolences may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org. Robinson & Son Mortuary, Inc. is in charge of arrangements.She leaves to cherish her memories, her husband of the home; one daughter, Charlene (Gregory) Calhoun of Greenwood; one brother, Cato E. (Marcia) Coleman, Jr. of Crooksville, Ohio; three grandchildren, A'lexus, August and Ace; nieces, nephews, cousins, as well as other relatives and friends to mourn her passing.
Services are 1 p.m. Friday, November 30, 2012 at Morris Chapel Baptist Church, conducted by Rev. Dr. Willie S. Harrison. The body will be placed in the church at 12 p.m. Burial will follow in Greenwood Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends at the Chapel of Robinson & Son Mortuary, Inc. from 6-7 p.m. this evening. In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to Morris Chapel Baptist Church Building Fund. Online condolences may be sent to email@example.com. Robinson & Son Mortuary, Inc. is in charge of arrangements.