Elizabeth Austin Miller
Elizabeth Austin Miller, 76, died Monday, April 20, 2015, surrounded by family and friends.
She leaves her husband of over 50 years, Lamar Allen Miller, her sons Mark and Tommy Miller, her brother Ted Austin, three grandchildren Sammy, Madison and Pierceson; one great-granddaughter Riley, and many close friends.
Born on January 30th, 1939, and raised in Union, S.C., the oldest child of Edward and Helen (Holcombe) Austin, she spent her youth there before marrying Lamar Miller of Dawson, GA, moving to the Atlanta area and becoming a lifelong Georgia resident.
In her early years, Mrs. Miller was a dedicated daughter and sibling to her sister Pat (deceased) and brother Ted. She came from a musical family and when she discovered piano it was life-altering. She played drums in The Union High School Marching band where she graduated in 1958. And she became an expert pianist, bringing music and happiness to many appreciative audiences from churches, recital halls and many veterans groups in later years.
As a wife, mother and grandmother she was magical. Protective and loving, she always found a way to find humor in everyday life. She would work all day but never fail to sing a happy song or perform an expert version of the twist or “the shag” for delighted children and their friends. Her home was always open and The Miller household is the place all the kids from the neighborhood gathered. Her attitude was always “the more the merrier”.
Later having moved to Jonesboro, Mr. and Mrs. Miller along with friends Cecil Mullins and Joe McDonough started a small chapel gathering at American Legion Post 258, called The Chapel for God and Country, which was the first in the nation. The organization and ministry grew to become a meaningful contributor to the spiritual life of many, especially catering to veterans and their families. Mrs. Miller was also an active member of the local DAR chapter.
Elizabeth dedicated her life to the happiness and wellbeing of others. Her faith was her main source of strength. She was loved by everyone she touched and was a source of happiness and light in this world.
A service will be held this Saturday, April 25th, at 2PM in Union, SC, at Holcombe Funeral Home.
Mrs. Miller will be laid to rest at Union Memorial Gardens following the ceremony.
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Henry Lee Richardson
Mr. Henry Lee Richardson, age 67, husband of Jackie Justice Richardson of 217 Justice Rd., Buffalo, passed away Friday, April 24, 2015, at his home.
Mr. Richardson was born in Gastonia, NC, January 11, 1948. He was a graduate of Spartanburg Technical College. Mr. Richardson was a Veteran of the US Army having served in Vietnam and retired as Master Sergeant from the South Carolina National Guard. He was a member of Putman Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon, Brotherhood Director, and an assistant teacher of the Jessie Caldwell Sunday School Class.
Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons: Justun Richardson and fiancée Amanda Wright of Buffalo, and Jeff Richardson of Union; a sister, Barbara Childers and husband Johnny; a brother, Roger Robinson and wife Shirley all of Union; a son-in-law, Shane Kirkland of Asheville, NC, and six granddaughters and five grandsons. Mr. Richardson was predeceased by his parents, a daughter, Jackie Dale Kirkland and a sister, Francis Cox.
Funeral services will be held 2:00 PM Sunday, April 26, 2015, at Putman Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Dr. Rick Henderson and Rev. Donald Tillman. Burial will be in the church cemetery with Military Honors.
The following are asked to serve as honorary pallbearers: Deacons and former Deacons of Putman Baptist Church, members of the Jessie Caldwell Sunday School Class, members of the Brotherhood, Johnny and Polly Alexander and David Betenbaugh.
Visitation will be held 6:00-8:00 PM Saturday evening at the SR Holcombe Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, Charlotte Gillespie, 251 Saddlebrook Drive, Commander DAV 3, Moore, SC, 29369.
The family is at the home, 217 Justice Rd., Buffalo.
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Dennis Ray Fowler, Jr.
Mr. Dennis Ray “Beep” Fowler, Jr., age 27, of 174 Short Street, Union, passed away Thursday, April 23, 2015.
Mr. Fowler was born in Union, SC, July 12, 1987, a son of Dennis Ray “Dinky” Fowler, Sr., and Cheryl Ingle Fowler of the home. He was self-employed and was of the Baptist faith. Dennis was an avid pool player, an excellent father and had a loving heart.
Surviving in addition to his parents are a son, Dennis “Trey” Fowler, III, of the home; a brother, Donald Rhinehart, Jr., of Buffalo, and several nieces and nephews.
Graveside services will be held 2:00 PM Monday, April 27, 2015, at Fairforest Baptist Church Cemetery.
Active pallbearers will be Joey Winzenried, Timothy Fowler, Bobby Fowler, Brit Garner, Richard Ingle and Mitchell Rogers.
Dennis will be carried to the home, 174 Short Street, Union, where the family will receive friends Sunday.
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Juanita Parks White
Mrs. Juanita Parks White, 75, wife of Mr. Franklin White of 135 E.
Forest Dr., Union, S.C., went home to be with the Lord Thursday, April
Born September 18th, 1939, she was a daughter of the late Harold and Edna Chalk Parks. Mrs. White was a member of the former West Side Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School, Training Union and was a member of the choir. She was currently attending Philippi Baptist Church.
Survivors include one son, David White and wife Kelly; two brothers Fred Parks and Mike Parks and wife Sara Jane; one sister, Jo Wood; a grandson, Kaden White; a chosen grandson, AJ Rose; and a host of nieces and nephews. She was preceded by two sisters, Brenda Ochiltree and Joyce Lipsey.
Funeral services will be held Saturday, April 25th, 2015, at 4pm at New Life Baptist Church with Reverend Shannon Faulkner officiating. The family will receive friends Saturday from 3-4pm at the church prior to the service. Burial will follow at Rosemont Cemetery. Pallbearers include AJ Rose, Shane Parks, Tommie Fowler, Billy Fowler, and Richie Fowler.
The family is at the home, 135 E. Forest Dr., Union, S.C., 29379.
Lewis Funeral Home has charge of the arrangements. lewisfuneralhomeofunion.com