Obituaries Week of June 12, 2013

TAYLOR ‘JUNE’ WALKER, JR., LINDA MCWHORTER, BERTHA CROMER GUNNELS, DAVID EARL ECHOLS, MELBA PROFFITT HELMS,  DOUGLAS M. FOWLER, E. JANE BROOME

TAYLOR ‘JUNE’ WALKER, JR.
Taylor “June” Walker, Jr., 77, of Mauldin, died Monday, June 3, 2013 at Greenville Memorial Hospital.
Born in Greenville, he was the son of the late Taylor Walker, Sr. and Vivian Durham Walker.
Surviving are daughter, Theresa Humbert of Pelzer; three grandchildren; one great-grandchild; sisters, Doris W. Sloan, Rebecca W. Bryson and J. Elaine Walker, all of Greenville; Susie Wood and Betty Jo Wood, both of Taylors; brother, McArthur Walker of Greenville.
Funeral service was held Friday at Reedy River Missionary Baptist Church. Burial followed in Greenville Memorial Gardens.

LINDA MCWHORTER
Linda Jo Kay McWhorter, 69, of Six & Twenty community, wife of Walter “Buck” McWhorter, died Friday, June 7, 2013 at the Rainey Hospice House.
Born in Anderson, she was the daughter of the late Carl and Julia Rogers Kay. She was a member of Cornerstone Community Church in Easley.
Surviving are her husband Walter “Buck” McWhorter; son, Ronnie McWhorter of Townville; stepson, Freddie McWhorter of Pendleton; stepdaughter, Joan Cantrell of Anderson; sister, Margaret Graham of Charlotte, NC; and brother, Mac Kay of Pelzer.
A memorial service was held Sunday at Sullivan-King Mortuary Chapel. Burial followed at the M.J. “Dolly” Cooper Veterans Cemetery at a later date.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621.

BERTHA CROMER GUNNELS
Bertha Cromer Gunnels, 78, of Williamston, died Saturday, June 8, 2013 at the Rainey Hospice House.
Born in Anderson, she was the daughter of the late Bertram Orr and Sula Boggs Cromer. She was a retired bookkeeper and a member of Union Grove United Methodist Church.
Surviving are two daughters, Alice Purdy Faulkenberry and Melissa Gunnels Mullikin; son, Lawrence Clayton Gunnells, all of Williamston; nine grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; special niece, Sherry Bowen of the home; sister, Carol Bowen of Anderson; and four brothers, Orr Cromer of Spartanburg, Ernest Cromer of Cottagevile, Phillip Cromer of Starr, and Stanley Cromer of Columbia.
Funeral services were held Monday at Union Grove United Methodist Church.
Memorials may be made to Union Grove United Methodist Church Building Fund, 3332 Hwy. 29 North, Belton, SC 29627.

DAVID EARL ECHOLS
David Earl Echols, 65, of Greenville, died on Friday, June 7, 2013.
He is the son of the late Martin Echols and Wilma N. Lindsey Echols of Greenville. He is also the husband of Jeanette Chafin Echols of the home.
He was a truck driver and was also a member of Grove Road Baptist Church.
In addition to his mother and wife, he is survived by his daughters, Amanda Jean Grubbs and Torena  Morris, both of Piedmont; and sister, Linda Gail Echols of Piedmont.
Funeral services were held June 11 in the chapel of Westville Funerals and Cremations.
Interment followed at Greenville Memorial Gardens.

MELBA PROFFITT HELMS
A celebration service for Melba Proffitt Helms, 96, was held June 9, 2013 at Platt Springs United Methodist Church, West Columbia. Burial was held June 10 at Forest Lawn Cemetery, Anderson.
Born in Anderson County, she was a former resident of the Pelzer-Williamston area, the widow of Garry Hall “Pete” Helms and the daughter of the late Moody Graham and Sue Burgess Proffitt.
She was formerly employed by B.C. Moore’s in Williamston and a member of Pelzer United Methodist Church.
She is survived by daughter, Sue Rhodes of West Columbia; son, Garry Helms of Hampstead, NC; sisters, Grace Callaham of Greenville and Hazel Breeding of Tampa, FL; brothers, John Proffitt of Liberty and Charles Proffitt of Greenville; seven grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to United Budget of Platt Springs United Methodist Church, 3215 Platt Springs Road, West Columbia, SC 29170.

DOUGLAS M. FOWLER
Douglas M. Fowler, 79, of Anderson, SC passed away on Saturday, June 8, 2013 at Rainey Hospice House.
Born in Greenville, SC on January 12, 1934; he was the son of the late Dewey F. and Delia Tinsley Fowler. A member of Cedar Shoals Baptist Church, he was a good Christian man, a loving husband, father, and grandfather.
He is survived by his wife of the home Irene Vinson Fowler; sons, George Fowler (Debbie), Mack Fowler (Michelle) both of Williamston, SC, Furman Fowler, Jerry Fowler (Vickie) both of Piedmont, SC; daughters, Yvonne Johnson (Ray) of Savannah, GA, Nancy Gilreath (Tony) of Anderson, SC; Cathy Doffee (Kenny) of Summerville, SC; sisters; Helen Ausburn of Williamston, SC, Stella Howard (Bee) of Pelzer, SC; 13 grandchildren: Leslie Outlaw, raised in the home, Brian (Ja Nal), Lil Doug (Amber), James (Stephanie), Brittany, Palacia, and Jimmy Fowler, Courtney Myers, Ben (Jennifer) Outlaw, Ashley Collins, Amy Lane, Curtis Tollison, and Seth Oglesby; 11 great-grandchildren; and close dear friend for over 44 years Pamela Childress.
In addition to his parents; he is also preceded in death by a grandson Jacob Brent Fowler.
Services were held at Cedar Shoals Baptist Church at 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, June 12, 2013 officiated by Rev. Frank Dooley, Rev. Shane Donalds, and Rev. Jim Evatt. Mr. Fowler was placed in the church one hour prior to the service.
Burial followed at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family was at the home and received friends from 5:00 p.m. – 7:0 p.m. on Tuesday, June 11, 2013 at the Downtown Chapel of Sosebee Mortuary.
Flowers are optional; donations can be made to Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621.
Sosebee Mortuary and Crematory, Downtown Chapel, is assisting the family with the arrangements.

E. JANE BROOME
E. Jane Broome, 84, of Piedmont, died Friday, June 7, 2013 at McCall Hospice House.
Born in Atlanta, GA, she was a daughter of the late Joseph and Gladys McCain Broome.
She was a member of The Church of the Redeemer in Greenville. She was a retired business manager and medical insurance consultant.
She is survived by her brother, J. Robert Broome.
Memorial services will be held Saturday, June 22 at The Church of the Redeemer.

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