Charles E. Lee
Mr. Charles Edward Lee, age 76, husband of Sally Parker Lee, passed away Saturday, May 23, 2015, at his home.
Mr. Lee was born in Miami, FL, on June 12, 1938, a son of the late Jesse William Lee and Dorothy Reid Lee. He was a veteran of the US Army and a member of Padgett’s Creek Baptist Church. Mr. Lee earned a master’s degree from Florida International University and worked as a supervisor for Bellsouth.
Surviving in addition to his wife Sally are a daughter: Jennifer Szewczak and husband John of Columbia; three grandsons: John Matthew Szewczak of Charlotte, Zachary Robert Szewczak, Joshua Lee Szewczak both of Columbia; a granddaughter: Rachel Ann Szewczak of Columbia; one great-grandson: John Finnlee Szewczak of Columbia; two nephews: Richard Harry Cameron of GA, and Howard Raymond Cameron of FL. Mr. Lee was predeceased by three brothers: Bobby Ray Cameron, Harry Richard Cameron and Raymond Lee Cameron.
Funeral Services will be held 2:00 PM today at Padgett’s Creek Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. Carrol Caldwell and Rev. Ronnie Lee Wallace. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with Military Honors.
Active Pallbearers will be John Robert Szewczak, John Matthew Szewczak, Zachary Robert Szewczak and Joshua Lee Szewczak.
Visitation will be from 1:00 PM until 2:00 PM prior to the services in the church.
The family is at the home.
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Betty K. Gault
Mrs. Betty K. Gault, age 83, of 1518 Whitmire Highway, Union, widow of Robert Cecil Gault, passed away Sunday, May 24, 2015, at Wallace Thomson Hospital.
Mrs. Gault was born in Newberry, SC, on August 9, 1931, a daughter of the late Pearl Eugene King and Eva Hollsonback King. She was graduate of Newberry High School, where she lettered in basketball. Mrs. Gault was retired from Conso Products. She was a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church, where she taught Children’s Sunday School for over 45 years and was a member of the choir.
Surviving are a daughter, Debra Austin and husband Rev. Tom Austin of Okeechobee, FL; a son, Erich Gault and wife Ann of Simpsonville, SC; two sisters, Patsy Shealy of Newberry and Brunelle Lindler and husband Hub of Las Vegas, NV; a brother, Charles King and wife Myra of Fountain, CO; three grandchildren, Sherry Singleton and husband Chip, Heidi Austin, and Rev. Andrew Chastain and wife Courtney; and two great-grandchildren, Kimbell and Samantha Singleton. Mrs. Gault was predeceased by two brothers, James King and Marion King; and one grandson, Ben Morris.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at Tabernacle Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. Robert Chapman and Rev. Tommy McManess. Burial will follow at Rosemont Cemetery.
Active Pallbearers will be Don Ray Shetley, Don Cody, Ricky Smith, Terry Young, James Coffer, Sam White, Maurice Bevis, and Dr. Jeff Craft.
Visitation will be from 6:00 until 8:00 PM this evening at the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Children’s Ministry, C/O Tabernacle Baptist Church, 915 S. Pinckney Street, Union, SC, 29379.
The family is at the home, 1518 Whitmire Highway, Union, SC, 29379.
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Mrs. Sarah Violet Wilkins Strain, age 91, of 132 Hillside Drive, Shelby, NC, passed away Wednesday, May 20, 2015, at Wendover Hospice in Shelby.
Mrs. Strain was born in Blacksburg, SC, on May 31, 1923, a daughter of the late Talmadge DeWitt Wilkins and Olney Pearl Simmons Wilkins. She was a graduate of Blacksburg High School and attended Winthrop College. Sarah and Samuel Butler Strain were married on June 14, 1947. They lived in Spartanburg, SC, on the Wofford College campus and in Grover, NC, before eventually settling in Shelby. They were married for 56 years before Sam's death in January, 2004.
Affectionately known to her many loyal buyers and sellers as "Miss Sarah," she became a licensed real estate sales agent in 1958. In 1960, Sarah Strain became the first female to actively use her Real Estate Broker's license, opening Sarah Strain Realty, Ltd. During her 45-year career as a realtor, she held licenses in both North Carolina and South Carolina and always remained an independent agency. Mrs. Strain had served on the North Carolina Board of Realtors and was a member of the Cleveland County Chamber. In 2007, the Chamber recognized "Miss Sarah" with its Zenith Award, which is a lifetime achievement award presented to a citizen who has set a standard for extraordinary service and community involvement, thereby improving the quality of life for all citizens of Cleveland County. It was an honor that she deeply treasured and appreciated. After that, the Strain children dedicated an indoor walking track to their parents at Cleveland Community College.
Sarah and Sam were active members of Shelby Presbyterian Church as long as their health permitted. They were loving and devoted parents and grandparents to four children, six grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. They were blessed to be able to follow, observe, and support their children and grandchildren in church, academic and sports endeavors. The Strain children graduated from Shelby High School, as did two of their grandsons. This relationship to the school led to many generations of Shelby High students and athletes referring to them as "grandmama and granddaddy."
Surviving are two sons, Samuel Butler (Bee) Strain, Jr., and wife Martha of Shelby, and Dr. Brian McCullough Strain and wife Charlotte of Roanoke, VA; a daughter, Jennifer (Sissy) Holcombe and husband William of Union; a brother, George Harry Wilkins of Blacksburg; a sister-in-law Catherine Strain Pettit of Gaffney; six grandchildren, Michael Wilkins (Wilkes) Strain, Jr., and wife Erin, Major Samuel Butler Strain, III, and wife Jeni, Sarah Jessee Strain, Sarah Simmons Holcombe, Alexander McCullough (Alex) Strain, and William Eugene (Will) Holcombe, Jr.; two great-grandchildren, May Elizabeth Strain and Michael Wilkins (Mack) Strain, III; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by one son, Michael Wilkins (Mike) Strain; two sisters, Geraldine Wilkins Gualteria and Ida Marie Wilkins Young; and two brothers, Talmadge DeWitt Wilkins, Jr., and Fred Simmons Wilkins.
Funeral services will be held 3:00 PM Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at Shelby First Presbyterian Church conducted by the Rev. Dr. Luke Harkey and Rev. Pete Gilbert. Burial will follow in Sunset Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be Butler Strain, Wilkes Strain, Alex Strain, Will Holcombe, Travis Glover, Joyner Flood, and Michael Jolly.
Visitation will be from 2:00 until 3:00 prior to the services in the church fellowship hall.
Memorials may be made to Shelby Presbyterian Church, 226 E. Graham St., Shelby, N.C., 28150, or a charity of one’s choice.
The family is at the home, 132 Hillside Drive, Shelby.
The Cecil M. Burton Funeral Home is serving the family. Online condolences may be made at www.cecilmburtonfuneralhome.com.
This announcement is courtesy of the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home.
Melinda Anne Trantham
Mrs. Melinda Anne Fleming Trantham, age 66, wife of Billy Trantham of 217 Walnut St., Union, passed away May 24, 2015, at her home.
Mrs. Trantham was born in Union, July 13, 1948, a daughter of the late James and Elsie Kirby Fleming. She was a 1967 graduate of Union High School and retired from Milliken Co., Cedar Hill Plant. Mrs. Trantham started working with Kerhulas News Stand and then at Duncan Theater. Later she worked textiles at Ace Sweater, Conso Products, and United Merchants, Union Plant.
Surviving in addition to her husband are two sisters, Janet Marie Blackmon of Nashville, TN, and Rhonda Jean Calitri and husband Tony of Saluda, NC; three brothers, Gary Wayne “Skip” Fleming and wife Faye of Chesnee, John David Fleming and wife Elizabeth of Spartanburg, and Paul Eugene “Charlie” Fleming and wife Teresa, also of Chesnee; a special friend and caregiver, April Erwin of Union; and numerous nieces and nephews. Mrs. Trantham was predeceased by a brother, James Robert “Bobby” Fleming.
Graveside services will be held 4:00 PM Wednesday, May 27, 2015, at Union Memorial Gardens conducted by Rev. Wayne Cooke.
Active pallbearers will be Paul Barber, Drew Manibusan, Zack Manibusan, Jeff Trantham, Caleb Trantham, and Kyle Trantham.
Visitation will be held from 6:00 until 8:00 PM this evening at the S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the Anne F. Trantham Fund, P.O. Box 293, Union, SC, 29379.
The family will be at the home 217 Walnut St., Union.
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Barbara Ann Tucker Roberson
Mrs. Barbara Ann Tucker Roberson, age 67, wife of Claude Roberson, Jr., of 850 Forest Street, Jonesville, passed away Monday, May 25, 2015, at Spartanburg Regional Medical Center.
Mrs. Roberson was born in Union, SC, September 9, 1947, a daughter of the late John Pittman and Virginia Holt Tucker. She was a graduate of Jonesville High School and had attended Cecil’s Business College. Mrs. Roberson was retired from Walmart and was a member of Oakbrook Community Church. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother.
Surviving in addition to her husband of forty-eight years are a son, John Michael “Mike” Roberson and wife Kristie of Jonesville; a granddaughter, Graceanna Roberson and another granddaughter on the way, Maggie Elisabeth Roberson; a special grand-dog, “Dapper”, a number of cousins, including Donald Ray Kingsmore of Union, Danny Holt and wife Karen, Jerri Ann Palmer and husband Sid, all of Jonesville, and Rhonda Ingle of Union.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Thursday, May 28, 2015, at Oakbrook Community Church conducted by Rev. Randy Burgess. Burial will be in Gilead Baptist Church Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be Matt Cunningham, Jason Fowler, Craig Horne, James Holt, Edward Wilkins and Gregg Fowler.
Visitation will be held 6:00-8:00 PM Wednesday evening at the Holcombe’s Jonesville Chapel.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 154 Milestone Way, Greenville, SC, 29615, or to Oakbrook Community Church, P.O. Box 538, Jonesville, SC, 29353.
The family is at the home, 850 Forest Street, Jonesville.
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