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Deputy Clayton Kirby Woods
November 11, 1932 - June 15, 1971
Deputy Woods was killed while serving papers to a man in the Gray Court area. Two other deputies were also shot. There had been no conversation between the deputies and the suspect before he suddenly opened fire. The gunman escaped from the rear of the house into a heavily wooded area after police lobbed tear gas into the house. The suspect was killed while deputies were trying to apprehend him.
Deputy Clayton Woods was the son of W.A. Woods and Sara Elizabeth Kirby Woods. Deputy Clayton Woods was buried June 18, 1971 at Daventon Cemetery in Greenville County, South Carolina.
END OF WATCH: Tuesday, June 15, 1971
Deputy Sherman "Tick Tock" Robert Massey
August 9, 1918 - September 20, 1977
Deputy Massey was shot and killed as he and two other deputies attempted to serve a warrant stemming from a domestic disturbance. When they arrived at the scene they encountered the suspect holding a .38 caliber handgun. The deputies were able to convince the man to place the gun in his belt, but the man suddenly grabbed the gun again and opened fire. Deputy Massey was fatally struck in the throat and one of the other deputies was wounded in the abdomen. The third deputy was able to return fire and killed the suspect.
END OF WATCH: Tuesday, September 20, 1977
Deputy Willie James Blakely
February 19, 1945 - March 30, 1980
Deputy Blakely was struck and killed by a vehicle while directing traffic at the scene of a previous accident.
END OF WATCH: Sunday, March 30, 1980
Deputy Joseph Scott Quarles
January 23, 1981 - June 11, 2003
Deputy Joseph Scott Quarles was traveling west on A.B. Jacks Road on his way to assist fellow deputies at the Laurens Speedway when he lost control of his police cruiser resulting in his untimely death.
Deputy Scott Quarles began his law enforcement career with the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office on November 13, 2000 at the age of 19. He performed various duties from clerical to civil process and worked in the Detention Center while waiting for his opportunity to become a certified Laurens County Deputy Sheriff. Deputy Quarles was certified by the SC Criminal Justice Academy as a Class I Officer on January 25, 2002 just a few days after his 21st birthday. He was finally legal age to carry a pistol and had the certification to back it up. He worked at Gray Court Owings School as a School Resource Officer and finally went to the Uniform Patrol Division where his heart was after his tour of the school. Scott also volunteered his spare time by working with the youth of the Sheriff’s Office Explorer Program as well as being a member of the Sheriff’s Office Honor Guard and assisting in numerous community functions such as Kid-Prints, Festivals, Career Days, Safety Fairs and many, many more events. He even played taps on his bugle at a 9/11 memorial for his community that he loved so much.
Deputy Scott Quarles was a focused man who knew what he wanted and achieved it. A young life that achieved much and gave much. Deputy Joseph Scott Quarles answered his final and eternal call on Wednesday June 11, 2003 at the age of 22.
END OF WATCH: Wednesday, June 11, 2003 Deputy Scott Quarles Video
Deputy Roger Dale Rice, Jr.
June 16, 1982 - July 14, 2011
Deputy Roger Dale Rice, Jr. was fatally wounded from gunfire after responding to the residence of murder suspect on Barrel Stave Road in Clinton, SC.
Deputy Roger Rice, Jr. began his law enforcement career with the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office on January 4, 2010 at the age of twenty-seven. He worked in the Detention Center while awaiting the opportunity to become a certified Laurens County Patrol Deputy. Deputy Rice was certified by the SC Criminal Justice Academy as a Class I Officer on February 18, 2011 and was assigned to the Uniform Patrol Division. Deputy Roger Rice, Jr. loved the community he served. He selflessly volunteered his time to help others in need and worked with many charitable organizations including the Laurens County Sheriff's Office Christmas for Kids Program. Deputy Roger Rice loved motorcycles, bull riding and the outdoors.
Deputy Roger Rice, Jr. was a devoted husband, a father of two, and a friend to all that worked with him. Deputy Roger Dale Rice, Jr. answered his final and eternal call on Wednesday July 14, 2011at the age of twenty-nine.
END OF WATCH: Thursday, July 14, 2011 Deputy Roger Rice Video
IN MEMORY OF THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO SERVED WITH THE LAURENS COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE
Sergeant D. Forest Townsend
November 23, 1930 - February 14, 2002
D. Forest Townsend, 71, of 2 Gallon St., husband of Edna "Randy" Green Townsend, died Thursday, Feb. 14, 2002, at his residence.
Born in Laurens, he was a son of the late T.U. and Lina Gentry Townsend. Mr. Townsend was retired from the U.S. Army with 30 years of service, and was retired from Laurens County Sheriff's Department. He was a member of Faith Baptist Church, was a Mason and a member of Rossie Walker Lodge 354, and was a Shriner and a member of Hejaz Temple.
Surviving are his wife, Edna "Randy" Green Townsend, of the home; three sons, David Townsend and wife Jodie, of Phoenix, Ariz., Jimmy T. Mitchell and special friend Shelly Wells, of Hartsville, and Jerry R. Mitchell and wife Lenda, of Laurens; two daughters, Gail Langston of Laurens and Gwen Bolt and husband Danny, of Laurens; two brothers, Johnny Townsend of Laurens and Gene Townsend of Waterloo; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and special aunts and cousins. He was predeceased by two brothers, R.B. Townsend and J.R. Townsend.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, 2002, at Kennedy Mortuary Chapel, conducted by the Revs. Steve Mays and Charlie Short, with burial to follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Deputy William Drayton "Dub" Burns Sr.
June 3, 1919 - October 14, 2002
William Drayton "Dub" Burns Sr., 83, husband of Frances "Frankie" Leopard Burns, of 2394 Highway 221 South, died Monday, Oct. 14, 2002, at his home.
Born in Laurens County, he was the son of the late William Fowler and Clara Estelle Garrett Burns. He was retired from Laurens City Police Department and was formerly employed by Laurens County Sheriff's Department. He was a member of First Baptist Church of Laurens, where he was President, and was a member of the Friendship Sunday School Class. He was a U.S. Air Force World War II veteran of the 8th Air Force 95 Bomber Group. He was also a member of the VFW and The American Legion.
He is survived by his wife, Frances "Frankie" Leopard Burns, of the home; two sons, W.D. "Bill" Burns Jr. of Laurens and Robert Fowler "Robbie" Burns of Raleigh, N.C.; three grandchildren, William D. "Drayte" Burns III, Joshua Robert Burns and Kelly Elizabeth Burns; and two great-grandchildren, Eric and Ethan Burns. He was predeceased by a daughter, Carole B. Sumerel.
Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, 2002, at Laurens First Baptist Church, conducted by Dr. Bev T. Kennedy Jr. and the Rev J.B. Abercrombie, with burial at Warrior Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
Deputy Kenneth Francis Radecke
July 4, 1929 - December 25, 2002
Kenneth F. Radecke, 73, husband of Janet Lynch Radecke, died Wednesday Dec. 25, 2002.
Born in Chicago, Ill., a son of the late Francis Sylvester and Margaret Bannach Radecke, he was retired from the Laurens County Sheriff's Department and was also retired from the United States Air Force.
Survivors include his wife of the home; a son, Keith Radecke, and daughters, Karen Radecke and Kim Radecke Raines, all of Hickory Tavern, and Katrina Radecke Wollitz, of Bossier City, La.; and eight grandchildren.
Memorial service: 2 p.m. Saturday at Hickory Tavern Church of God. - Cremation Society of South Carolina.
Investigator George M. Greene Jr.
September 23, 1935 - March 23, 2004
George M. Greene Jr., 68, of 3022 Highway 92, husband of Cathy Culbertson Greene, died Tuesday, March 23, 2004, at Greenville Memorial Hospital.
Born in Pickens County, he was a son of Ruby Teat Greene, of Laurens, and of the late George M. Greene Sr. He was a U.S. Marine veteran, was retired from the Laurens County Sheriff's Office, and was a member of Highland Home Baptist Church, VFW and American Legion.
Surviving, in addition to his wife and mother, are a stepson, Charles Wayne Bright, of Laurens; a brother, Richard Greene, of Laurens; two sisters, Pat Culbertson and Linda Brown, both of Laurens; and two grandchildren, Charles "Chad" Wayne Bright Jr. and Jason Wayne Bright. He was predeceased by a brother, Roger Greene; and a sister, Mickie Hanks.
Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday, March 26, 2004, at The Kennedy Mortuary Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Jim H. Warren Sr., with burial at Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Jeanette "Jan" Tollison Martin
November 10, 1935 - April 5, 2004
Jeanette "Jan" Tollison Martin, 68, wife of B.E. Martin Jr., of 128 Jordan Lane, died Monday, April 5, 2004, at Richland Memorial Hospital in Columbia.
Born in Laurens, she was a daughter of the late John B. and Bessie Nelson Tollison, was a receptionist for the Laurens County Sheriff's Department and was a member of Rosemont Baptist Church and the VFW Ladies Auxillary.
Surviving, in addition to her husband, are a son, John E. Martin, and wife, Margaret, of Emerald Isle, N.C.; six brothers, Carol Tollison, Joe Tollison and Charles Tollison, all of Laurens, Jimmy Tollison, Gerald Tollison and Keith Tollison, all of Clinton; a sister, Shirley Martin, of Joanna; and a granddaughter, Jordan Martin.
Funeral services will be at 3 p.m. Thursday, April 8, 2004, at Kennedy Mortuary Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Chuck Sprouse, with burial at Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Deputy C. Wallace Abercrombie
October 16, 1914 - April 6, 2004
C. Wallace Abercrombie, 89, formerly of 1122 Wallace Lodge Road, Gray Court, died April 6, 2004, at Laurens County Hospital.
A native of Laurens County, he was the son of the late Hugh Homer and Dora Juanita Manley Abercrombie, and was the husband of the late Mary Fleming Skinner Abercrombie.
He retired from Laurens County Sheriff's Department with 30 years of service, was a former member of Laurens County Council and Raburn Rural Water Commission, and was a former pitcher with the Textile Baseball League. He was a member of Wallace Masonic Lodge #49, and was a member of Bramlett United Methodist Church.
Survivors include two sons, George Reid Skinner, of Woodruff, and Yancy Lamar Skinner, of North Augusta; a sister, Edna A. Martin, of Laurens; three grandchildren, William Lamar (Billy) Skinner, of Enoree, Brent Parkman Skinner, of Lexington, and Wallace Brad Skinner, of Gray Court; and five great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by three brothers, James and Toy Abercrombie, and Homer Abercrombie Jr.; and three sisters, Selma Templeton, Dora Mae Pearson and Pairly Smith.
Visitation: 6 to 8 p.m. today, April 8, 2004, at Forest Hills Funeral Home. Service: 2 p.m. Friday, April 9, 2004, at Bramlett United Methodist Church, conducted by the Rev. Dane Morehead. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
Investigator Charles Harden Lyons Sr.
April 4, 1931 - April 5, 2005
Charles Harden Lyons Sr., 74, of 11 Lyons Drive, widower of Janie Bolt Lyons, died Tuesday, April 5, 2005, at Laurens County Hospital.
Born in Laurens, he was a son of the late John Harden and Eva Roberts Lyons. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in the Korean Conflict. Mr. Lyons was retired from the Laurens County Sheriff's Department, where he was an investigator. He was a member of Eastside Baptist Church, was a Shriner, was a Mason, and was a member of Palmetto Lodge #19.
Surviving are a son, Gary A. Lyons of the home; a brother, Rossie M. Lyon of Laurens; three sisters, Minnie Lee Butler of Mechanicsville, Md., Martha Pauline Griswald of Conestee, S.C., and Wilma Jean Lyons of Kernersville, N.C.; five grandchildren, Tabitha McCall, Charles H. Lyons III, Jeramie L. Armstrong of the home, Gary A. Lyons Jr., and Amber R. Lyons; and nine great-grandchildren. He was predeceased by a son, Charles H. Lyons Jr.; a daughter, Libby L. Armstrong; three brothers, Raymond, Earl and Franklin Lyons; a sister, Ruth Nelson; and a great-grandchild, Trey Lyons.
Funeral services will be at 1:30 p.m. Friday, April 8, 2005, at Eastside Baptist Church, with burial in Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Deputy Samuel P. Bishop
April 18, 1925 - May 1, 2005
Samuel P. Bishop, 80, husband of Beulah Lawson Bishop, of 707 Rocky Springs Church Road, died Sunday, May 1, 2005, at his home.
Born in Laurens, he was a son of the late Benjamin T. Sr. and Mamie Ell Taylor Bishop. He was a U.S. Army World War II veteran, was retired from the Laurens County Sheriff's Department after 12 years of service, and was a member of Rocky Springs Presbyterian Church. Mr. Bishop was also a Mason, a Shriner and member of Rossie Walker Lodge #354, a member of VFW, and received the Henry Laurens Award for bravery in action with the Sheriff's Department.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Robert Samuel Bishop and wife, Brenda G., of Hodges, and Brad Bishop and wife, Marie, of Laurens; a brother, Ben T. Bishop Jr. of Mauldin; four grandchildren, Samuel Todd Bishop and Pamela Barnett, both of Greenwood, Jamie Bishop of Hickory Tavern, and Bryan Still of Hodges; and two great-grandchildren, Riley Barnett and Jace Bishop.
Graveside services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, 2005, at Forest Lawn East Cemetery, conducted the by Revs. Grahame Burrows and J.B. Abercrombie.
Margaret Sumner Williams
August 31, 1917 - July 20, 2005
Margaret Sumner Williams, 87, formerly of Southview Drive, Laurens, and current resident of Bailey Manor in Clinton, widow of James Scott Williams, died Wednesday, July 20, 2005, at North Greenville Hospital in Travelers Rest.
Born in Goldsboro, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Walter L. and Annie Bell Jackson Sumner. She retired as the first woman ever employed with the Laurens County Sheriff's Department. She was formerly employed with The Greenville News and the Clinton Chronicle. Mrs. Williams was a member of the Atonement Lutheran Church and the Business and Professional Women's Association.
Surviving are a daughter, Susan Burke and husband, Steve, and grandson, Jason Burke, all of Oregon, Wis.; and a niece, Marsha Phillips and husband, Kent, of Clinton.
Graveside services will be at 10 a.m. Friday, July 22, 2005, at Laurens City Cemetery, conducted by Rev. James Fox.
Deputy Joseph Earl Patterson
Septmber 6, 1940 - November 16, 2006
Joseph Earl Patterson, age 66, of 402 Carolyn Drive, and husband of Ralphine Estes Patterson, died Thursday, Nov. 16, 2006, at his home.
He was born in Laurens County, and was a son of the late William Andrew (Bill) Patterson and the late Irene Tinsley Patterson.
Mr. Patterson was a member of the Davidson Street Baptist Church, where he was a member of the Floyd Hellams Sunday School Class, served as a greeter, chairman of ushers, and a trustee. He was also a member of the Campbell Masonic Lodge #44.
Before retiring from Michelin Tire Laurens Proving Grounds, he had been a Laurens County deputy sheriff for 11 years.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Laurie Johnson, and husband, Glen, of Myrtle Beach; three sons, Charles Carson (Chuck) Sauls and wife, Laurie, of Greenwood, Rondall Joseph (Jodie) Sauls of Clinton, and Michael Scott Patterson and wife, Cindy, of Clinton; a sister, Juanita Chestein Bell, and husband, Tony, of Greenwood; a brother, James Larry Patterson, and wife, Ann, of Townville; eight grandchildren; many nieces and nephews; and a special family, Kevin and Patricia Kwarsick.
He was preceded in death by a brother, William Mooney Patterson.
Funeral services will be conducted Sunday, Nov. 19, 2006, at 3 p.m., in the Davidson Street Baptist Church, with burial in the Pinelawn Memory Gardens.
Chief Jimmy Armstrong (Town of Gray Court)
December 5, 1939 - December 30, 2006
Jimmy L. Armstrong, 67, husband of Brenda Abercrombie Armstrong for 47 years, of 528 Katie Lane, died Saturday, December 30, 2006, at his home.
Mr. Armstrong was born December 5, 1939, in Gray Court to the late Archie Vernon Armstrong and Iona Laten Harper Armstrong. He retired from the Cryovac Corporation, and was a member of Bramlett United Methodist Church. He served as the Mayor and Chief of Police of Gray Court, and was a member of Schroder Masonic Lodge #144.
Surviving, in addition to his wife of the home, are a son, Mark Armstrong of Greensboro, N.C.; three daughters, Wanda Noffz of Laurens, Misty Taylor and her husband, Lynn, of Gray Court, and Shannon Lambert and her husband, Joe, of Laurens; a brother, Jerry Armstrong and his wife, Jane, of Fresno, Texas; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Margaret and Neil Kirby of Laurens, Thelma and George Whitaker of Woodruff, and Helen and Frank Gossett of Simpsonville; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Tuesday at Bramlett United Methodist Church Cemetery, officiated by Rev. Barry Brown. The Laurens County Sheriff's Department Color Guard will provide burial honors.
Captain John Bill Peden
September 28, 1938 - May 18, 2007
Mr. John Bill Peden, 68, husband of Mary Frances Foster Peden for 36 years, of 626 Stoddard Mill Road, died Friday, May 18, 2007, at St. Francis Hospital.
Mr. Peden was born September 28, 1938, in Laurens to Myrtie Adair Peden and the late John Wesley Peden. He retired as a captain with the Laurens County Sheriff's Department, and was a graduate of the S.C. Police Academy. He served on the Laurens County Planning Board and the Soil Conservation Board. He was a life member of the Schroder Masonic Lodge #144 and the Laurens County Shrine Club. He was a member of Green Pond United Methodist Church.
Surviving, in addition to his wife of the home and his mother of Gray Court, are a daughter and son-in-law, Rev. Partrick and Kathleen Dye of Gray Court; a sister, Brenda Maxine Peden of Gray Court; a grandson, Austin Dye; and a granddaughter, Asheton Dye.
Visitation will be 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday at Fletcher Funeral Service in Fountain Inn.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Monday at Gray Court Church of God, officiated by Rev. Patrick Dye. Burial, with Masonic rites, will follow at Green Pond U.M.C. Cemetery. The Laurens County Sheriff's Department Honor Guard will post guard at the visitation and perform Colors at the graveside.
Lieutenant Jackie Tessier Wilson
September 1, 1960 - November 3, 2007
Jackie T. Wilson on Saturday, November 3, 2007, passed away at her residence in Joanna after a lengthy illness. She was 47 years old.
She was a native of Pendleton, Oregon. She was an employee of the Laurens County Sheriff Department as a training officer. She was preceded in death by her daughter, Charlie Smith; and her father, Jack Miller.
She is survived by her loving husband, Larry R. Wilson Jr.; her mother, Dorothy Passalis; her daughters, Jennifer Miltenberger, Desiree Childress and her husband Jon, Jessica Smith and Rachel Renee Wilson; her sons, Joshua Kyle Wilson and Andrew Tyle Gayheart; her sisters, Rosemary Ingram, Pollis Quick, Iris Handel, and Sula Passalis; her brothers, Frank and John Miller; and her three granddaughters, Destanie, Anistazia and Maya.
The family will receive friends at Saint Boniface Roman Catholic Church, 403 North Main Street, Joanna on Tuesday, November 6, 2007, from 6 to 8 p.m., where the service will be held on Wednesday, November 7, 2007, at 12 p.m. Internment Cannon Memorial Park, Fountain Inn.
Lieutenant William "Bill" Preston Dagnall
July 3, 1914 - November 18, 2008
William "Bill" Preston Dagnall, 94, of 235 W. Main St., passed away Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2008, at National Healthcare of Laurens.
Born in Laurens County, he was the son of the late John L. and Ruby Whitten Dagnall. Mr. Dagnall retired after 25 years of service as a lieutenant deputy with the Laurens County Sheriff's Office. He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, having been wounded in France and receiving the Purple Heart, other medals of honor and recently inducted into the Laurens County Hall of Heroes. Mr. Dagnell was a member of Laurens First Baptist Church and the Kyzer Sunday School class and also was member of the Palmetto Masonic Lodge #19 and was a Shriner.
Surviving are his loving soulmate and caregiver, Barbara Gorden of Gray Court; son, John L. Dagnall and wife, Cynthia, of Gray Court; two stepsons, Billy Ridge of Easley and Roy Ridge of Seneca; two stepgranddaughters; and two stepgreat-grandsons; sisters, Carrie McDaniel of Laurens, Virginia Laws of Spartanburg and Frankie B. Davis of Clinton.
He was predeceased by his wife, Louise Garrett Ridge Dagnall; and four sisters.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008, at 2 p.m. in The Kennedy Mortuary Chapel conducted by Dr. Bev T. Kennedy Jr. with burial at Forest Lawn Cemetery with military honors.
Deputy Coley Durrand "Dan" Lowery
November 14, 1954 - December 18, 2008
Coley Durrand (Dan) Lowery age 54 of 92 Walden Street, died Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2008 in the Laurens County Hospital.
Mr. Lowery was born in Clinton and was the son of Faye Hardman Lowery of Clinton and the late Francis O. (Bill) Lowery.
He was retired from the U.S. Air Force as a Master Sgt. with 24 years of service. He was presently employed with the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office as a detention officer.
He is survived by his fiancé, Sharon Hobbs of the home; two sons, Bill and Alex Lowery of the home; two brothers, Harold Lowery and fiancé Elizabeth Henry of Franklin, NC, and Robin Lowery and wife, Connie of Hickory Tavern; and two sisters, Kimberly Prince and husband, Benny of Mountville, and Susan Bradford of Clinton.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday, Dec. 20th at 2:00 p.m. in the Gray Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Pinelawn Memory Gardens.
Deputy Franklin Eugene "Gene" Pope
August 15, 1944 - January 14, 2009
Franklin Eugene "Gene" Pope, 64, of 516 Brewington Road, passed away Wednesday, January 14, 2009, at Self Regional Medical Center.
Born in Laurens, he was the son of the late M. Frank and Willie Mae Davis Pope. He had retired from the U.S. Navy, having served three tours of duty in Vietnam, as a deputy from the Sheriff's Department, and warden of Lake Rabun.
He was of the Baptist faith, a Mason and member of the Palmetto Lodge #19, a Shriner and member of the Laurens County Shrine Club, and was an amateur ham operator.
Surviving are three sisters, Ann P. Williams of Clyde, N.C., Linda P. "Lynn" Hilley and husband, Ron, of Abbeville, and Millie P. Walker and husband, Floyd, of Dunn, N.C.; and a number of nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, January 17, 2009, at The Kennedy Mortuary chapel, conducted by Rev. Tim Pigg, with burial in New Prospect Baptist Church Cemetery with military honors. to edit.
Sheriff R. Eugene Johnson
January 15, 1913 - November 3, 2010
Ralph Eugene Johnson, 97, of 103 Blakely Avenue, husband of Shirley Babb Allen Johnson, passed away Wednesday, November 3, 2010, at the Hospice House of Laurens County.
Born in Newberry County, he was a son of the late James Edward and Eunice Brehmer Johnson. He was a US Army Veteran of WWII and member of Little River Dominick Presbyterian Church for 85 years where he was an elder and Clerk of the Session. Mr. Johnson was Magistrate of Hunter Township for 14 years before becoming the Laurens County Sheriff. He served as Sheriff for 28 years and was awarded the SC Sheriff of the Year, was the Past President of the SC Sheriff Association, and member of the SC Law Enforcement Association. He was also a member of Kiwanis, American Legion, and the VFW, a Shriner, and Mason and member of Palmetto Lodge 19.
Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, Gary Allen and wife Wanda and Randy Allen and wife Gail all of Laurens; one brother, George Randolph Johnson of Kinards; four grandchildren, Brooke Nabors and husband Chad, Burton Allen and wife Jennifer, Bryson Allen, and Brittney Allen; and four great grandchildren, five nephews, and two nieces.
He was predeceased by one brother, James Earl Johnson, and two sisters, Ella Mae Werts and Blanche Boyd.
Funeral services will be 11:00 am, Friday, November 5, 2010, at Little River Dominick Presbyterian Church conducted by Rev. Lawrence Peebles and Dr. Bev T Kennedy, Jr. with burial in the church cemetery with Military Honors.
Lieutenant Willie George Brown
May 22, 1942 - December 1, 2011
Lt. Willie George Brown, 69, of 2764 Torrington Rd., husband of Susie Mae Palmer Brown died Wednesday, December 1, 2011, at his home.
He was the son of the late John Arthur Brown and Helen Harp Brown. He was a deacon of New Spirit of Hope Community Churchin Clinton. Lt. Brown served for 37 years at the Laurens County Sheriff's Department.
Survivors, in addition to his wife of the home, are two daughters, Pamela Griffin of Simpsonville, SC, Paula Brown of Clinton, SC; and two sons, Gregory Brown of Greer, SC and Alfonzo Brown of Spartanburg, SC and eight grandchildren.
Services will be held on Sunday, December 4, 2011, at Springfield Baptist Church Family Life Center with Rev. David Carter Jr., officiating, burial will be in Calvary Memorial Gardens.
Captain Tommy Dwain Wallace
August 14, 1947 - April 18, 2012
Millington, Tenn. — Tommy Dwain Wallace of Millington, Tenn. 64 years young, died Wednesday, April 18, 2012, following a short illness.
Tommy was a retired U.S. Navy Senior Chief and served multiple tours in Vietnam. He was also retired from South Carolina Law Enforcement having served at Liberty Police Department and Laurens County Sheriff’s Department.
He is survived by his son, Christopher Wallace of Pickens; daughter, Jennifer Wallace of Millington, Tenn.; brothers, Terry and Michael Wallace of Joanna; four grandchildren, Logan, Courtney, Isabel, and Sophia; and grandmother, Dorothy Wallace of League City, Texas.
He was preceded in death by his parents, Floyd G. Wallace, Jr. and Lillian Madden Wallace.
Tommy will receive military honor and be laid to rest at West Tennessee State Veterans Cemetery in Memphis June 4 at 10 a.m.
Chief Jailer Thomas "Tom" Cox, Sr.
December 4, 1929 - June 18, 2012
Thomas A. “Tom” Cox, Sr., 82, of 6887 Hwy. 76 West, and husband of Betty Ezelle Cox, passed away Monday, June 18, 2012 at Laurens County Health Care System.
Born in Laurens County, he was a son of the late John Roy and Geneva Burch Cox. Mr. Cox was co-owner of Cox Gulf for 40 years, and following his retirement was chief jailer and bailiff for Laurens County. He was a member of First Baptist Church and the Rouse Sunday School Class.
In addition to his wife, Mr. Cox is survived by a daughter, Teresa Asman of Mauldin; a son Rev. Tommy Cox, Jr. and wife Kena of Laurens; four grandchildren, Sarah and Jenni Asman, Kelsey and Kailey Cox; and two special nephews, Tony and David Cox.
He was predeceased by a brother and sister-in-law, J.R, “Bo” Cox, Jr. and Marie M. Cox.
Funeral Services will be held at 11:00 am, Thursday, June 21, 2012, at First Baptist Church, conducted by Rev. Rickey Letson and Dr. Bev. T. Kennedy, Jr.
Chief Deputy J.B. Tucker
August 9, 1933 - June 25, 2012
J.B. Tucker, 78, of 984 Ranch Road and husband of sixty years to Sara Baynes Tucker passed away on Monday, June 25, 2012, at Agape Senior Assisted Living of Laurens.
Born in Greenville County, he was a son of the late Fred and Florence Steen Tucker. Mr. Tucker retired from the Laurens County Sheriff’s office as Chief Deputy Sheriff after twenty-five years of service. He was a member of Lucas Ave. Baptist Church, a Shriner, Mason and a member of the Sheriff’s Association. Mr. Tucker also served in the SC National Guard.
Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, Sgt. Jeffery B. Tucker and wife, Tamra; a daughter, Sherri T. Osborne and husband Tony all of Laurens; a brother, Alvin Tucker and wife, Glynda of Owings; two grandchildren, Holly Roberts and husband Chris and Cheyenne Langston and husband, Ben.
He was predeceased by four brothers, Frank, Furman, Edwin, and Charles Tucker, and a sister Gladys Tucker Thackston.
Funeral services will be held at 11:00 AM Wednesday, June 27, 2012, at Lucas Ave. Baptist Church, conducted by Rev. Michael Post, Sheriff Ricky Chastain, and Chief Robin Morse. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Cemetery with full Law Enforcement Honors.
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Deputy James S. "Jimmy" Carlton Jr.
March 12, 1957 - November 24, 2012
Mr. James S. "Jimmy" Carlton, Jr., 55, of Aiken, SC and a former resident of Laurens, SC, entered into rest on Saturday, November 24th, 2012.
Born in Laurens, SC, he was a son of Frances Carlton, Anderson, SC and the late James S. Carlton, Sr. He was formerly a Pipe Fitter-Welder with G.E. Gas Turbine and was also formerly a Deputy with the Laurens County Sheriff's Department. Jimmy enjoyed fishing, shrimping at Edisto Beach and motorcycles.
Family members in addition to his parents include a son, Sgt. Joshua James Carlton, Greenwood, IN; siblings, Linda Carlton Goodenough, Beaufort, SC, the late Terry Carlton and the late Kelly Carlton.
In accordance with his wishes, Jimmy will be cremated and a Celebration of Life Service will be held on Thursday, November 29th, 2012, at 3 o'clock at the Little River Park, (Amphitheater) Laurens, SC.
Alvin Dewitt Powers Jr.
March 23, 1946 - February 12, 2013
Alvin Dewitt Powers, Jr., 66, of 1735 Pinehaven St. Ext. and husband of Jane Adair Powers, passed away Tuesday, February 12, 2013.
Born in Laurens, he was the son of the late Alvin Dewitt Powers, Sr. and Mary Frances Watkins Powers. Mr. Powers was formerly a mental health counselor, a retired deputy and law enforcement officer and was a member of Lucas Ave. Baptist Church, where he was a former deacon, Sunday School Teacher, and choir member.
Surviving in addition to his wife are: daughters, Maryanne Merida and husband Gonzalo of Laurens, Maryellen “Ellie” Powers of Laurens, Maryelizabeth “Lizzy” Powers of the home; a son, Alvin D. “Trey” Powers, III of the home; a grandson, David Angel Merida; a brother-in-law, David Adair of Columbia; and several cousins.
Funeral services will be 11:00 AM, Friday, February 15, 2013, at Lucas Ave. Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Michael Post and Rev. Bob Cato, followed by burial in Forest Lawn Cemetery.
Investigator Timothy E. Hayes
August 22, 1960 - May 12, 2013
Tim Hayes, 52, of Joanna went on to be with the Lord on Sunday, May 12. The son of the late Lester Hayes. He is survived by his mother, Ethel McKellar; a son, Michael (Sunshine) of Clinton; a daughter, Amanda (Ben Sr.) Hawkins of Clinton; three grandsons, Peyton Hayes, Daniel Hayes, and Benjamin Hawkins Jr.; and three siblings, Peggy Warden, Mattie Blackwell, and Mike Hayes. He was predeceased by his sister Kathy Davis. He served Laurens County as a Law Enforcement Officer 22 years. A memorial service will be held Thursday, May 16 at the Clinton First Pentecostal Church, 403 Academy Street, Clinton. Visitation will be at 3 p.m. followed by the service at 4 p.m. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Laurens County Sheriff's Office, Christmas for Kids, PO Box 68, Laurens, SC 29360.
Lieutenant Brenda Owen
August 8, 1947 - August 27, 2013
Cross Hill – Brenda Gail Smith Owen, 66, of 281 Pineland Shores Cr., died Tuesday, August 27, 2013 at Self Regional Medical Center in Greenwood.
Born in Anderson County she was a daughter or the late Edgar Carradine and Doris Watts Smith. She was of the Baptist Faith and was a retired Deputy Sheriff with the Laurens County Sheriffs Department.
Surviving are her spouse, Don Smith of the home, three sons, James Cory Owens of Donalds, Larry Furman Benton, Jr. of Laurens, and Edgar Dennis Benton of Greenwood, a granddaughter raised in the home, Julieann Gail Benton, three sisters, Diane Balentine, Nyra Rhodes, and Tammy Lyn Smith all of Ware Shoals, and ten grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 3 P.M. Thursday at Parker-White Funeral Home Chapel in Ware Shoals with Rev. Dr. Marcus Bishop officiating.
The family will receive friends from 1 to 3 P.M. Thursday at Parker-White Funeral Home prior to the service. The family will be at their respective homes. Memorials may be made to The American Cancer Society, 154 Milestone Way, Greenville, SC 29615. Online Condolences may be made at wwww.ParkerWhitePruitt.com
Deputy Paul "Max" Bollman, II
July 30, 1973 - September 21, 2013
Clinton - Deputy Paul Max Bollman, II, age 40, of 101 Mill Pond Road, and husband of Danielle Williams Bollman, passed away on Saturday, September 21, 2013.
Born in Charleston, he was the son of Paul Charles Bollman, Jr. and Barbara Crawford Bollman. Max was a dedicated Deputy with the Laurens County Sheriff’s Office and was of the Baptist faith.
In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by three children, Anastasia Redding-Bollman of the home, Brady Bollman and Cole Bollman, both of Greenwood; two sisters, Erin Bowers and Beth Mitchell; and grandmother, Doris H. Bollman.
Funeral services will be held at 3:00 pm, on Thursday, September 26, 2013, at Faith Baptist Church, 1607 Greenwood Highway, Laurens, SC 29360, conducted by Rev. Chris Hudson and Rev. Dr. Marcus Bishop with Law Enforcement Honors.
The Laurens County Sheriff’s Office Honorary Guard will serve as pallbearers and the Sheriff’s Office will serve as honorary pallbearers.
The family will be at their respective homes and will receive friends at the church immediately following the service.
Memorials may be made in honor of Deputy Bollman to the Deputy Roger Rice Rides On Memorial Fund, PO Box 68, Laurens, SC 29360.
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