2014-09-17 / Obituaries

ElizabethVassyWhitmire, taught for 21 years in Union County Schools

UNION – Elizabeth Vassy Whitmire, 94, of 418 Jones Ford Road, Union, widow of William C. Whitmire Sr., passed away Sunday, Sept. 14, 2014, at Ellen Sagar Nursing Home.

Mrs. Whitmire was born in Cherokee County on Jan. 31, 1920, a daughter of the late S. Barney Vassy and Anna Derrick Vassy. She was a graduate of Gaffney High School and Limestone College. She was retired from Union County Schools after 21 years, having taught English at Union High School. Prior to teaching in Union, Mrs. Whitmire taught for 20 years at Cross Anchor High School in Spartanburg County.

She was a member of Padgett’s Creek Baptist Church, where she was a part of the Willing Workers Sunday School Class and the Medora Murphy Circle as long as her health permitted. Mrs. Whitmire was also a member of United Daughters of the Confederacy, the Daughters of the American Revolution, Delta Kappa Gamma –Sigma Chapter, and a member of the Union County Retired Teachers Association. She was an active supporter of Clemson Athletics for more than 60 years.

Surviving are two sons, William C. “Billy” Whitmire Jr. and wife, Ruby, and Jessie B. Whitmire and wife, Brenda, all of Cross Keys; three grandchildren, Bud (William C. III) Whitmire, Beth Green and husband, Rocky, and Kimberly Parkins; four great-grandchildren, Kayla Green, Grace Green, Jonathan Parkins, and Felica Parkins; one great-great-grandchild, Carleigh Sumner; two nephews, Hampton Miller and Barney Miller; and special friends, Marian Estes and Donald Estes.

She was predeceased by two sisters, Ellen Walker and Anna Louise Miller.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16, at S.R. Holcombe Funeral Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Carrol Caldwell. Burial will be in Padgetts Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. Visitation will immediately follow the committal service at Padgetts Creek Baptist Church.

Active pallbearers will be “Bud” Whitmire, Hampton Miller, Barney Miller, Jonathan Parkins, Rocky Green, Frank Wilburn, and Maxie Stewart. The following are asked to form an honorary escort: Jim Rice, Sally Summers, Tommy Bishop, Grace Lybrand, Betty Holcombe, Earl Lawson, Belton Lawson, Marian Estes, Donald Estes, Jerry Harris, Nancy Long, Mary Jean Price, Myrtis Austin, the members of Willing Workers Sunday School Class, and the staff of Ellen Sagar Nursing Home Unit One.

Memorials may be made to Padgetts Creek Baptist Church Van Fund, 843 Old Buncombe Road, Union, SC 29379; or to Medi Home Hospice, 101 S. Boyce St., Union, SC 29379.

The family is at their respective homes.

Arrangements by S.R. Holcomb Funeral Home.


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