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In Memory of A Loved One

We thought of you with love today, But that is nothing new,
We thought about you yesterday, And days before that too.
We think of you in silence, We often speak your name,
Now all we have are memories, And your picture in a frame.
Some may think you are forgotten, Though on earth you are no more,
But in our memory you are with us, As you always were before.
A million times we've thought of you. A million times we've cried,
If loving could have saved you, You would have never died.
You left us beautiful memories, Your love is still our guide,
And though we cannot see you, You are always at our side.
It broke our hearts to lose you, But you did not go alone,
Part of us went with you, On the day God called you home.
Forgive me Lord, I'll always weep
For the best friend I loved, but could not keep

 

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Michael Earl Chapman, Sr.

March 26th, 1960 - May 7th, 2018

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A Time to be Born:  Michael Earl Chapman Sr., born Saturday, March 26, 1960, a twin seven minutes before his sister, to the late Earl C. and Hazel T. Chapman.

A Time to Learn:  Michael was educated in the Public School systems of Philadelphia, graduating from William Penn High School.  After completion of high school, he enlisted in the United States Army serving four years and being honorary discharged in 1982.

A Time to Earn:  Michael began working for the United States Postal Service.  After leaving the Postal Service, he worked for Quest Diagnostics delivery medicine.  Michael having a sense of humor and a love for people found his niche and began working for SEPTA where he would greet and make riders smile.

A Time to Love:  In June of 1983, Michael's world changed with the birth of his son, Michael Jr., which gave him great joy.  His pride in fatherhood expanded with the birth of his daughters, Michelle Elaine and Makeydah, they were the apple of his eye.  Michael shared a special bond with his nephew Branden being that father figure in his life.

A Time to Cherish:  Michael shared a special bond with his twin sister Michelle Elaine.  It was a bond that was special and unique.  He honored her by naming his first daughter, Michelle Elaine.  He wanted their names to live through his children.

A Time to Bond:  Michael was the brother to sisters:  Peggy (Mack) of Charlotte, North Carolina; Lisa and Iliki, both of Philadelphia and brother to Morris of South Carolina and Jesse of Philadelphia.

A Time to Rejoice:  Michael was a loving and caring person and could find humor in any situation making you laugh to lighten the burden.  He will be remembered for his great sense of humor and his quick wit.

A Time to Remember: Michael's memory will be cherished by his children, Michael Earl Jr. (Nikita), Michelle Elaine and Makeydah; his grandchildren, Michael Earl III, Marcus, Josiah, Micah and Bryan; his twin sister, Michelle Elaine (Darryl); sisters, Peggy (Mack), Lisa and Iliki; brothers, Morris and Jessie; godson, Branden Sr,; his godsister, Helen Jackson; neices, Kalvena (Michael), Kaya (Denard) and Doniesha; nephews, Justin, Jesse IV, Demetris and Elike; one aunt, Bernice Thompson of Annapolis, MD; three special friends, Zachary Kennedy, Quentin Isom and Derrick Sharpe and a host of cousins, family and friends.

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Willie Cunningham Todd

April 13th, 1952 - April 25th, 2018

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Willie Cunningham Todd, affectionately called Winky or Wink by his famiy and friends, was born to Anderson Cunningham and the late Odessa Sutton on April 13, 1952 in Laurens, South Carolina.  Willie was another bundle of joy added to the family circle.

Willie and the family moved to New York when he was very young.  New York is where he lived most of his life.  He received his early education while attending 192 Junior High School in New York and later received his GED while living in Queens, New York.

Willie was taught that you have to work for the things that you want and he acted upon what he was taught.  He entered the work force as a young man being hired at Reval Knox Manhattan where he worked in Sales for several years and later became a Presser, working in that field for over twenty years in New York as well as Philadelphia.

Willie (Wink) was very street savvy and could teach anyone a thing or two!  He loved to have fun.  He enjoyed engaging in conversations with his family, friends and even those he did not know well.  Wink could Talk!  Two of his favorite sayings were "Word" and "Bet".  He'd utter these words when things were going to work out in his favor.  He also had a great sense of humor.  If you wanted to laugh all you had to do was talk to Wink, he would keep you laughing.

God shared Winky with us for sixty-six years and decided that his earthly journey was finished.  Winky departed this life on April 25, 2018 succumbing to his illness.  Winky did not give up; he gave in to the Master's will.

Willie was preceded in death by his mother, Odessa Sutton; three brothers, Sonny, Lonnie and Terri; sister, Denise and son, Shawn.

Willie leaves to cherish his memories:  his father, Anderson Cunningham; mother, Ruby Cunningham; three brothers, Cecil, Norman (Sonia) and Leonard; six sisters, Janie, Pat, Delores (Stephen), Peggy (Raheem), Renee and Aretha; one sister-in-law, Wilma; two sons, Lance and Prince; one daughter, Monique; five grandchildren; a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends including two best friends, Sidney and Jackie.

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Leroy Speller

August 21st, 1934 - April 24th, 2018

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A Time to Be Born
:  Leroy Speller was born to Hattie Speller on August 21, 1934 in Windsor, North Carolina.  Leroy was raised by his grandparents, Queenie and Frank Speller, until 1950 when he relocated to Philadelphia, PA.  Life’s experiences were Leroy’s education, where he excelled.

A Time to Build Up:  Leroy’s hard work ethic started at a young age.  When he was just 5 years old, he worked on a farm.  Leroy’s determination became the hallmark of his work career.  In his teenage and early adult life, Leroy became an expert baker and as Philadelphia grew, so did Leroy.  He joined the Building Trades, where he became a Union Laborer and worked for D.M. Sabin, the top masonry contractor in the Tri-State area, for 34 years.

A Time To Love:  From Leroy’s first union to Blanche, it bore him two children.  Leroy then embarked on a new life with Helen Mackey, where a son was born.

A Time to Laugh:  Leroy’s style of dress and his love for Cadillac cars were his strongest characteristics. Leroy also loved a good pot of neck bones and potatoes.  Leroy loved walking the neighborhood, greeting and joking with everyone he encountered and left a lasting impression on everyone he met.  Even if it was for one moment or 20 years, his kind presence and smile would never be forgotten.

A Time to Love:  Leroy went on to glory on Tuesday, April 24, 2018 to be with all those who preceded him in death, including his eldest son, Kenneth; daughter, Felita, and granddaughter, Helen.

A Time to Weep:  Leroy leaves to cherish his legacy his love, Helen Mackey, sons, Stephen Mackey (Ruth), Gregory Mackey and Edward Mackey of Philadelphia, PA; daughter, Rita Mackey-Jacobs (Anthony) of Delaware County; twelve (12) grandchildren; best friend/cousin, Lewis Speller; his friend for over 50 years, Sonny Boy and a host of great grandchildren, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

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James Curtis Kirkland

December 14th, 1972 - March 19th, 2018

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Mr. James Curtis Kirkland (Man)(Urk), 45 was born on December 14, 1972.  He was called to be with his heavenly father on March 19, 2018.

He was preceded in death by his father, Mr. James Kirkland, Sr., his sister Tobithia Townsend, grandparents, Eugene and Hester Turner and grandmother, Willie Mae Kirkland.

James attended Independence High School.  He later worked as a store clerk.  He had a passion for cooking, reading, football and playing with his nieces and nephews.

He leaves to cherish wonderful and loving memories his mother and step-father, Clementine and Bobby Townsend; sister Natasha Carr (Tywayne); neices, Elisha, Denee (na-na) and Shameeka Morris; Nephews, Antonio Morris, Jakivas Townsend (Jock); great-nephews, Jayden and Jaylin; great-nieces, Emoni and Siniyah.  A very special uncle, Michael Turner, a very special nephew, Moo Moo and a host of of uncles, aunts, cousins and friends.
 

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Wesley Turner

February 19th, 1954 - February 20th, 2018

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Mr. Wesley Turner aka (Pop) (Geno) was born February 19, 1954 in Greenwood, South Carolina.  He was called to be with his Heavenly Father on February 20, 2018.

He is preceded in death by his mother, Hester Anderson Turner; father, Eugene Turner; his grandparents; sister, Harriet Turner; brother, Terry Turner; one uncle, Timothy Rice; one niece, Tobi Townsend; two nephews, Damion and Larry Turner; father-in-law, C.W. Graham and a pate dog, Cup Turner.

Mr. Wesley Turner attended Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools and later worked for Cunningham Wholesale Company as a forklift driver.  He had a love that was so strong and passionate for his family.  He enjoyed being a provider for the family and viewing the scenery uptown.  He was always there to help in any way that he could, never wanting to say no to anyone.

He leaves to cherish wonderful and loving memories:  his wife, Teressa Turner, whom he called his frog; Children:  Wesley Dion Turner Hailey, Cheryl (Baun) Turner, Sherman Turner (Tanisha), Sheldon Turner (Michelle), Shameeka Turner, Ursla Thompson and one step-daughter, Kimberly Cohen.  Siblings:  Gladys Turner, Clementine Townsend, Theresa Turner, Mary Turner, Rodger Turner (Mavis), Greg Turner (Taryn), and Mike Turner.  Twenty-one grandchildren, eight great-granchildren and a host of uncles, aunts, nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.  Wesley also leaves behind his Word Life Center International family, whom he loved dearly!

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Timothy Rice

May 25th, 1932 - January 25th, 2017

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Mr. Timothy Rice, age 84, of 9878 Highway 221 South, Waterloo, died Wednesday, January 25, 2017 at his home.  Born in Waterloo, SC, son of the late Luther Anderson and Gladys Rice, he was a former employee of Monsanto and a member and deacon of the Laurel Hill Baptist Church.  He is survived by his wife, Hattie C. Rice of the home; one son, Gary A. Rice of Columbia; three brothers, Robert Lee Anderson of Waterloo, Thomas (Lelia) Anderson and Harvey (Valerie) Anderson both of Clinton; five sisters, Celeste  Cunningham and Ola Mae Simpkins both of Brooklyn, NY, Katherine Turner of Greenwood and Virginia Stephens of Waterloo and Betty Cook of Waterloo; two grandchildren, Jacqueline K, Rice of New Haven, CT and Alexandra C. Rice of Bethesda, MD. 

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Edith Brailey

January 22nd, 1934 - April 30th, 2016

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 Loving mother of Ellores (Frank) Harrison, Vida Boone, Lisa Williams, William (Terri) Brailey, and Vivian Brailey. She is also survived by nine grandchildren; one great grandchild; one brother Chester (Pat) Henderson; two sisters Wanda (Leon) Savage; and Andrea; two aunts and many other relatives and friends. 

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Lucious Anderson, Sr.

November 6th, 1950 - January 25th, 2016

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Lucious "Butch" Anderson was born November 6, 1950 in Philadelphia, PA.  He was reared by Willie and Gussie Anderson who preceded him in death.  Lucious graduated from Benjamin Franklin High School in 1968 and that same year, he joined the US Marine Corps and served his country in the Vietnam War, serving two tours.  He was honorably discharged in 1970.
After leaving the Marines, Butch had several jobs before landing a position with the City of Philadelphia.  He was employed with the Horticultural Society for a number of years before transferring to the Parks & Recreation Department.  Butch was well known for his horticultural skills.  He shared his knowledge with all his employees.  If there was a tree or shrub or questions about landscaping, everyone came to him.  He gave 40 years of service to the City, retiring as District Supervisor in 2010.
 
Butch enjoyed kickboxing and martial arts which earned him a third degree Black Belt. He also enjoyed playing basketball with family and recreational leagues.  Butch was a lover of animals.  You could always find a dog at home with him.  And most definitely, he loved his family.  Even if you weren't related to him, you would feel welcome as family.  He was the protector who would always have your back.  If you didn't have a father, he stepped in and fulfilled that role.  And also as a provider that gave willingly.
 
He leaves to mourn his wife, Tonya Kellam-Anderson; 2 sons, Lucious Jr. (Shannon) and Aaron; 4 daughters, Dana, Candace, Tiffany and Kejahna.  Surviving him are his 3 brothers:  Thomas Bacon, Rodney Anderson, Keith (Kia) Baker; 8 sisters: Helen Taylor, Priscilla (Vernon) Woods, Pauline Hall, Barbara Taylor, Beverly Taylor, April Baker, Christine Johns and Ernestine Johns.  Four sibilings preceded him in death:  Ernest, Mark, Janice and Lucie.  He also leaves a loving uncle and aunt, Vernon and Letticoe Williams, 16 grandchildren and a hosts of nieces, nephews, relatives and devoted friends.

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Brenda James (Douglas)

April 29th, 1951 - December 29th, 2015

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From Rosalyn Simmons on July 19th, 2016
You're free praise the Lord you're free No longer bound no more chains holding you.Your soul is resting it's such a blessing praise the Lord Hallelujah you're FREE
 

L.C. "Dave" Ligon

December 26th, 1926 - April 13th, 2014

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Mr. L.C. "Dave" Ligon, age 86, of 242 Smyrna Hill Road, Waterloo, South Carolina, died Sunday, April 13, 2014 at his home.

A son of the late A.B. Dendy and Connie Ligon, he was a member of the Laurel Hill Baptist Church and a retiree of B.F. Shaw.  

He is survived by five daughters, Harriet Cunningham, Carolyn Moses, Shirley Ann Martin, Gloria Anderson and Barbara Booker; one sister, Odessa Williams of Waterloo, SC; fourteen grandchildren and a host of great grandchildren.

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Rhunette Grant (Anderson)

December 27th, 1927 - January 9th, 2014

 

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“To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven”
Ecclesiastes 3:1
 
A Time to Be Born – Ecclesiastes 3:2
Mrs. Rhunette Grant Anderson was born December 27, 1927 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the daughter of the late P.G. (Precious) Grant and Annie Laurel Henderson Grant.
 
A Time to Live – Amos 5:2
She attended and graduated from the Philadelphia, Pennsylvania School System.  In 1948, she married her husband J.L. Anderson and they had one daughter, Eleanor Grant Byrd, both preceded her in death.
 
A Time to Serve – Relevation 14:12
She joined the Laurel Hill Baptist Church in Waterloo, South Carolina, at an early age where she attended faithfully until declining health.  She was a member of the Pastor’s Aid Ministry and the Jubilee Choir.
 
She was employed as a house keeper and nannie for the Hellems Family for years.
 
A Time to Die – Ecclesiastes 3:2
Rhunette Grant Anderson entered into eternal rest on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 12:44 am at Self Regional Hospital in Greenwood, South Carolina.
 
She was also preceded in death by step-mother, Lillie Mae Ligon Grant; four brothers, Elijah, Garfield, Orlando and William Grant; four sisters, Mattie, Niecie Bell, Dorothy and Vivien.
 
A Time to Mourn – Ecclesiastes 3:4
Left to cherish memories are her god-daughter, raised in the home, Eddina Dendy of Simpsonville, South Carolina; one devoted sister, Edith F. Latimore of Waterloo, South Carolina; one brother, Willie J. (Annie Laura) Foggie of Waterloo, South Carolina; two god-grandchildren, Mikeshia S. Byrd of Simpsonville, South Carolina and My-Dayisha S. Golden of Fountain Inn, South Carolina; four sister-in-laws, Lizzie Mae Grant and Mattie Bell Anderson both of Waterloo, South Carolina; Lula Bell Anderson Dendy of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Bernice Anderson of DeLeon Spring, Florida.  Also, five special friends:  Mary and Westly Hellems of Mathis, North Carolina; Christian Hall of Mint Hill, North Carolina; Magnolia Beeks of Waterloo, South Carolina and Annette Workman of Laurens, South Carolina, a host of loving nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.
 
 

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Sadie Anderson

August 22nd, 1953 - November 26th, 2013

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Sadie Credious Anderson was born on August 22, 1953 in Laurens County, South Carolina, to Mary Stephens Anderson and the late Willie C. Anderson.
 
At an early age, Sadie joined the Laurel Hill Baptist Church in Waterloo, South Carolina, where she remained a faithful member until her health declined earlier this year.
 
She was a 1971 graduate of Laurens District 55 High School and a 1973 graduate of Denmark Regional Technical College in Denmark, South Carolina.
 
Previously employed with Pic’N Pay Shoes, Monsanto Corporation, Milliken, Inc. and South Carolina State University, she was employed with T.J. Maxx, Inc.
 
Sadie was preceded in death by her grandparents, Deacon Lloyd and Ada Stephens and Mr. and Mrs. Ed and Lula Byrd Dendy Anderson.
 
Sadie departed this life on Tuesday, November 26, 2013 at her home.
 
In addition to her mother, she leaves to cherish memories, one daughter, Keya Anderson Byrd of Waterloo, South Carolina; four granddaughters, Phonecia Anderson Byrd of Laurens, South Carolina, Nakia Anderson and Jada Young of the home and De’Metria Foggie of Waterloo, South Carolina; one great-granddaughter, La’Riyah Byrd of Laurens, South Carolina; three brothers, Furman Stephens of Simpsonville, South Carolina, Sylvester Stephens of Waterloo, South Carolina, and Reverend Geoffrey (Lenora) Stephens of Laurens, South Carolina; two sisters, Stephanie Anderson and Willa Johnson of Waterloo, South Carolina; two nieces reared in the home, Alishia Stephens Ivey of Charlotte, North Carolina and Tyna Anderson of Waterloo, South Carolina; four uncles, eight aunts and four great-aunts.  She also leaves to cherish memories three special friends:  Shirley Anderson of Charleston, South Carolina, Bobbie Orr of York, South Carolina, and Lorraine Griffin of Augusta, Georgia; two devoted cousins, Wynita Stephens and Hazel Blocker; and a host of other relatives and friends.
 

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Dewey Reeder, Sr.

January 20th, 1933 - November 17th, 2013

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Brotha’s Story
 
Dewey Reeder, Sr. was born January 20, 1933 in Donalds, South Carolina, to the late Alice and Robert Earl Reeder. 
 
Dewey attended Emma Maddox High School in Ware Shoals, South Carolina.  In 1953, he joined the United States Army.  While serving he received the National Defense Medal, Korean Service Medal, U.N. Service Medal, the ROK Presidential Unit Citation and was honorably discharged from service on June 30, 1961.  During that time he was also blessed to have met and serve with his lifelong best friend, John Poole.
 
Dewey accepted Christ and was baptized at a very young age. On February 13, 1956, he joined in Holy Matrimony with Mae Lois Anderson in Laurens, South Carolina, to their union was born Ezell Anderson, whom preceded him in death; leaving two daughters, Gloria Anderson and Beverly Reeder and two sons, Dewey Reeder, Jr. and Ronald Reeder.
 
In the early 1960’s, Dewey relocated his family to Detroit, Michigan, where he began working at Alpha Manor Nursing Center.  Soon after he was hired at General Motors Tech Center in Warren, Michigan, where he worked for 30 years and retired in 1995.
 
Poppa Dewey or Brotha as those close to him preferred to call him, enjoyed spending time with his family, gardening, fishing, sports, spending time with his dog, Diamond, and most of all sitting on his porch conversating with his neighbors and friends.
 
On the early morning of November 17, 2013, the Angels of Silence came by Baldwin Street and sealed the lips of Mr. Dewey Reeder, Sr.  His soul winged its flight from this world of sin, sorrow and pain to a place of eternal rest.  Preceding him in death are his father, Robert Earl Reeder, mother, Alice Gaines, son, Ezell Anderson and sister, Barbara Poole.  Dewey leaves to cherish his memory his wife, Mae Lois Reeder; three sisters, Jennie (the late Ralph) McCollough, Lorraine McGrier, and Sylvia (Robert) Latimer; three daughters, Barbara Young, Gloria Anderson and Beverly Reeder; two sons, Dewey Reeder, Jr. and Ronald Reeder; nine grandchildren, SiJuan, Sharrod, Antonio, Ronnie, Shatia, Deshawn, DanNisha, Keith and Tatiana; 21 great-grandchildren, one God-daughter, Kimberly Moore and a host of very close family and friends.

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Welborne Anderson

June 11th, 1947 - October 12th, 2013

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Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.           Psalm 23:4

Welborne was born on June 11, 1947, the oldest child of Mrs. Mattie Bell Pitts Anderson and the late Elliott Anderson. 
 
He was a 1966 graduate of Sanders High School in Laurens, South Carolina, and after graduation, he joined the United States Army, serving in the Vietnam Conflict.  In 2011, he was inducted into the Hall of Heroes.
 
After his military obligation, he was employed with the Torrington-Timken Company.
 
Andy departed this life on Saturday, October 12, 2013, at his home. 
 
He leaves to cherish his memories, his mother, Mrs. Mattie Bell Pitts Anderson, of the home; a daughter, Ms. Anita Faye Adams of Columbia, SC; four sisters, Ms. Peggy Jean Anderson and Ms. Yvonne Anderson Rice of Waterloo, SC, Ms. Victoria Anderson of Piedmont, SC and Ms. Lucinda Correne Anderson of Houston, Texas; four brothers, Mr. Cecil Anderson of Waterloo, SC, Mr. Charles Elliott (Linda) Anderson and Mr. Philip Emile (Wanda) Anderson of Lawrenceville, Georgia, and Mr. Willie Edward Anderson of Columbia, SC; one uncle Rev. Lewis (Pauline) Pitts of Anderson, SC; five aunts, Mrs. Rhunette Anderson of Waterloo, SC, Mrs. Lula Bell Anderson Dendy of Philadelphia, PA, Mrs. Bernice Anderson of DeLeon Spring, Florida, Mrs. Maggie Ree Pitts of Laurens, SC and Mrs. Pauline Pitts of Anderson, SC; special friends, Mr. Billy Bennett, Mr. Russell Foggie and Mr. Bobby Mills; a host of nieces, nephews, other relatives and friends.

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Johnie Calvin Anderson

February 18th, 1950 - August 29th, 2013

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Johnie Calvin Anderson, affectionately known as “Rip” was born on February 18, 1950 in Laurens County, South Carolina, a son of the late Odell Anderson and Nellie Henderson Anderson Cunningham.
 
At an early age, he joined the Smyrna AME Church in Waterloo, South Carolina, where he remained in membership.
 
He attended the public schools of Laurens County, was a 1968 graduate of Sanders High School and attended Piedmont Technical College.
 
He was a former employee of the Torrington/Timken Company in Clinton, South Carolina.
 
After a period of declining health, he became seriously ill and entered the Laurens County Hospice House in Clinton, South Carolina, where he departed this life on Thursday, August 29, 2013.
 
Surviving are one son, Calvin A. Anderson of Ninety-Six, South Carolina; the mother of his son, Alfreda Hill; four grandchildren, Jadden Anderson, Destiny Anderson, Jaquan Anderson and Nyjele Anderson; five sisters, Barbara Jean (Horace) Smith and Cynthia (Johnny) Cheeks of Waterloo, South Carolina, Jonelle (Lorenzo) Jones of Mountville, South Carolina, Rachel Davis of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Jacqueline (Victor) Cunningham of Laurens, South Carolina; aunts, Vera Latimer, Lucille Gordon, Mary S. Anderson, Mae Lois Reeder, Evelyn Barksdale, Nellie Bryson, Necie Cunningham, Cora Cunningham; Uncles:  Otis Cunningham, Ulysees Cunningham and Furman Latimer; devoted cousins, Mabel Hooker, Patricia Milner and Dolores Kinard; devoted caregivers, Ernest T. Williams, Jr. and Johnny Cheeks and numerous other relatives and friends.
 
My Brother
Johnnie was one in a million…..he would give you his shirt off his back while walking around in jockey shorts.  If he owed you one penny (and I do mean one), he would hunt you down until it was paid.  He was not only my brother, but my father and my mother.  In life we often focus on ‘could’ve, would’ve, should’ve, but above all, he took care of all his family, and we will forever love you for that.  We love you and miss you.
 
Your Jack Rabbit

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James Werts

July 14th, 1939 - July 29th, 2013

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Jerry Anderson

March 2nd, 1953 - December 14th, 2012

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LIFE STORY OF JERRY ANDERSON
 
Jerry Anderson was born on March 2, 1953 in Chicago, Illinois.  He departed this life on December 14, 2012 at his home in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
 
He was the son of the late Joseph and Elizabeth Ligon Page.  As a young boy, he was reared by his loving aunt, Minnie Ligon in Waterloo, South Carolina where he attended the Laurel Hill Baptist Church.
 
Jerry was a 1971 graduate of Laurens High School in Laurens County, South Carolina.  While a Senior at the high school he also drove the school bus.  During that same year, he joined the United States Navy and received an honorable discharge in 1977 after completing three years of service and three of reserved duty.
 
Later Jerry moved to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania where he was employed by Laidlow Transportation Services.  In 1981, Jerry became an employee of the Philadelphia School District until his retirement in 2002. His famous quote was "LIFE IN THE BIG CITY!"
 
On October 1, 1998, Jerry was joined in holy matrimony to Vanessa A. Miller and from that union he was blessed with two sons; one preceded him in death, Byran Foster.
 
Jerry dedicated his life to Christ with his membership at The Children's Bread Church in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania under the ministry of Pastor Claudette Miles.

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From VANESSA ANDERSON on November 11th, 2014
REMEMBERING YOU WITH LOVING THOUGHTS AND GRATITUDE  ON THIS                                          
                          VETERANS DAY

THANKS TO YOU AND ALL FAMILY  MEMBERS SERVING IN THE MILITARY
 

Joseph Ligon

May 6th, 1953 - November 10th, 2012

 

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Mr. Joseph Bond (Joe Scamp) Ligon was born on May 6, 1953 in Laurens County, South Carolina to Mr. L.C. (Dave) Ligon and the late Mrs. Mozelle King Ligon.
 
Joe attended the Laurel Hill Baptist Church in Waterloo, South Carolina and was a 1971 graduate of Laurens District 55 High School.  In 1974, Joe joined the United States Navy and received an honorable discharge in 1977.  He was employed with B.F. Shaw in Laurens, South Carolina, where he worked for many years.
 
Joe, by which he was known, departed this life on Saturday, November 10, 2012, at his home in Laurens, South Carolina.
 
He leaves to cherish memories, a son, Mr. Kion Ligon of Laurens, SC; two daughters, Ms. Ottissa Ligon and Ms. Kiondra Ligon of Laurens, SC; his father, Mr. L.C. (Dave) Ligon of Waterloo, SC; one grandchild, Baby Bracion Westfield; two stepsons, Mr. Montay Rice and Mr. Mack (Tiffany) Rice of Laurens, SC; one stepdaughter, Ms. Shaunna Sullivan of Greenville, SC; six stepgrandchildren; four sisters, Ms. Carolyn Moses, Ms. Barbara Bookr, Ms. Gloria Anderson and Ms. Harriett Cunningham; one uncle, Mr. Isiah King; two aunts, Ms. Odessa Williams and Ms. Annie Mae King; two godchildren, Chase Cunningham and RyMazea Grant; his companion for many years, Ms. Robin Rice, a special niece, Ms. Mya Jackson; and many devoted cousins and friends.

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Pauline Grant (Anderson)

April 29th, 1934 - September 30th, 2012

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Mrs. Pauline Anderson, page 78, of Waterloo, died Sunday, September 30, 2012 at the Self Regional Medical Center, Greenwood, South Carolina.  

Born in Laurens County, a daughter of the late Ed Grant and Mamie Todd Grant, she was a member of the Laurel Hill Baptist Church and a former employee of Monsanto.  

Pauline is survived by her husband, Robert Lee Anderson of the home; one son, Gregory (Margaret) Anderson of Simpsonville; four daughters, Cynthia Grant, Hazel Anderson, Christine (Kelvin) Statom of Waterloo; Ruby (William) Foster of Clinton; six brothers, Eddie B. (Betty) Grant, Randy Miller of Waterloo, Price Grant, Cecil (Alberta) Grant, Stanley (Martha) Foggie, Charles Foggie of Greenwood; six sisters, Nellie Grant of Buckhead, GA, Gertrude Bolden of Greenwood, Ola (Albert, Jr.) Lawton, Phyllis (Willie) Cook of Waterloo, Hester Mae Williams of Bronx, NY, Betty Foggie of Columbia, SC; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.  

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Minnie Ligon

July 4th, 1921 - September 7th, 2012

Remarks for Aunt Minnie

Laurel Hill Baptist Church
Waterloo, South Carolina
Michael Adams

September 13, 2012

Good Afternoon!!!!

A few years ago, the poet Maya Angelou penned a poem and simply called it, Phenomenal Woman and there are lines throughout this particular poem that instinctively move me to think about Aunt Minnie.

It's in the reach of her arms;
The span of her hips;
The stride of her steps;
Or the curl of her lips;
A woman – Phenomenally;
Phenomenal woman…

As a child, I remember waking up many mornings in Waterloo at Aunt Minnie’s house, to one of two things – the sound of her in fervent conversation with God as she asked Him to bless her household, grant her tenacity for that day’s journey and to keep her family safe from the calamities of the world or it was the smell of country ham, fried chicken, pork chops or bacon popping in the grease of an old skillet pan. It was in that same kitchen she patted biscuits into flaky ovals of innocence or stirred the best cornbread dressing this side of Heaven.

Aunt Minnie was great in statue, stoic nature and sophisticated in style, yet, she was just as gentle and compassionate as they come. She loved and embraced everybody and everybody loved and embraced her back; whether it was the men on the lake bringing her fish or deer, the farmers up the street harvesting a mess of greens or bushel of corn or the ladies at the nursing home bringing her a chicken breast from KFC during their lunch break – she was Aunt Minnie to us all.

No matter whom you were or where you were in life, she opened the doors of her home and welcomed you in. Although she didn’t have any children, she played a significant role in raising strong black women -- women like Freida Ligon, Terry Golden or Cindy Anderson as well as countless others. She helped to raise her brothers and sisters and their children and on many indices it was her care that gave them comfort as they were ushered into the arms of Jesus.

But Maya Angelou said,
It was the arch of her back;
The sun in her smile; And the fire in her eyes;
She was a woman – Phenomenally;
Phenomenal woman…

Aunt Minnie was born in 1921, which wasn’t too far removed from the days when black folk arrived

in South Carolina in the bellies of slave ships; she experienced segregation at its height and talked

about an era when Jim Crow laws ruled the day. However, it was by the grace of God she lived to witness a Black man seated behind a mahogany desk in the oval office as the President of the United States.

And long before the days of celebrities straddling red carpets, Aunt Minnie would walk into Laurel Hill with a sense of pride and confidence far removed from humble rearings of sharecroppers on Smyrna Hill Road – wearing 5 or 6 inch heels with a strut that would shame most peacocks.

It was the click of her heels;
The flash of her teeth;
The swing in her waist;
And the joy in her feet;
She was a woman –
Phenomenally;
Phenomenal woman…

The book of Job reminds us, man that is born of woman is of few days and full of trouble. He springs up like a flower, and then withers away, but it was David in the 90th Psalm who said …

Lord, you have been our dwelling place in all generations. Before the mountains were brought forth or even before you formed the earth and the world. From everlasting to everlasting, you are God. You turn man to destruction and say, return, you children of men. A thousand years in your sight are but as yesterday when it is past and as a watch in the night. You sweep them away as with a flood in the sleep of death. In the morning they are like grass which grows up but in the evening it is cut down and withers away. We are consumed by your anger and by your wrath are we troubled. You have set our iniquities before you, our secret sins in the light of your countenance. For all our days are passed away in your wrath, we spend our lives as a tale that is told. The days of our years may come to seventy or eighty, if our strength endures, yet they are full of labor and sorrow and soon cut off and we fly away. Who knows the power of your anger even according to your fear, so is your wrath. So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts to wisdom.

So we thank God for a life well-lived. It saddens us greatly to see her go. However, we find comfort in knowing that there is peace that surpasses understanding, peace that surpasses logic and peace that will guard and guide our minds and keep us in perfect peace.

When I was a child, I spoke as a child, I thought as a child, I reasoned like a child, but when I became old, I put childish ways behind me. For now we see through a glass darkly, but eventually we’ll see God face to face and it is at the point we’ll understand it all better – by and by.

To God Be the Glory for the life of Minnie Ligon.

Michael Adams ©

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Ms. Minnie Ligon, a daughter of the late Johnny Ligon and Lessie Moore Ligon was born in Laurens County, South Carolina on July 4, 1921.

At an early age she joined the Laurel Hill Baptist Church in Waterloo, South Carolina, where she remained in membership all her life. 

Minnie attended the public schools of Laurens County.

She resided in New York for several years, where she was a seamstress in a shirt plant.

After returning to her hometown of Waterloo, she remained faithful to her church, Laurel Hill.

Minnie was loved and respected by her family and many friends and will be greatly missed.

In recent years, her health had failed, and she entered the National Health Care of Laurens, where she departed this life on Friday, September 7, 2012.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by six sisters:  Beatrice L. Blakely, Connie L. Williams, Elizabeth Page, Lucille L. Grant, Annie L. Parker and Corine L. Holmes, and five brothers, Lewis Ligon, John Cal Ligon, Alfonso Ligon, Clarence Ligon and Nathaniel Ligon. 

Surviving are several nieces and nephews – one niece reared in the home Odessia Williams of Waterloo, SC; two nephews reared in the home, L.C. “Dave” Ligon of Waterloo, SC and Jerry Anderson of Philadelphia, PA; one great niece reared in the home, Lucinda Williams of Woodhaven, NY; three sisters-in-law, Dorothy Ligon, Ruth Ligon and Lela Ligon, and many other relatives and friends.

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