Obituaries
March 1, 2007 Issue

Charlie L. Raines
Mr. Charlie L. Raines, 78, of Belvedere, SC, died Sunday, Feb. 25, 2007, at Shadow Oaks, Aiken, SC.

Mr. Raines was born in Jefferson County and was the son of the late Charlie Burton Raines and Bessie Tanner Raines.

He was retired as finance manager of Menardi-Crewsell Filter Co. and was also retired as an assistant funeral director with Rowland Funeral Home.

He was a member of First Baptist Church of North Augusta and a member of VFW.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.

He was preceded in death by a son, Rocky Raines.

The funeral was Feb. 27 at 10 a.m. at the Rowland Funeral Home Chapel with Dr. Roy Head officiating. Burial was in Pineview Memorial Park.

Survivors include his wife, Sadie J. Raines; a son, Ken Rooks, Augusta; a daughter, Sheila Jesgar, Charlotte, NC; a sister, Reba Miller, Wadley; and four grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Regency Hospice, 105 Summerwood Way, Suite D, Aiken, SC 29803.

Rowland Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Dorothy Jean Vinson Stephens
Mrs. Dorothy Jean Vinson Stephens, 54, of Lincolnton died Saturday, Feb. 24, 2007, at Doctors Hospital, Augusta.

Mrs. Stephens, a native of Fountain Inn, SC, was the daughter of the late Louis O. and Mary Ruth Moore Vinson.

She was a retired nurse having worked in the Gibson Rest Home and the Jefferson Hospital.

She was of the Baptist faith.

The funeral was Feb. 27 at 2 p.m. at Fellowship Baptist Church with the Revs. Dan Fernandez and Brian Martin officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Survivors include her husband, James V. Stephens Sr.; two sons, James V. (Kristie) Stephens Jr., Gibson, and Scott (Lanette) Stephens, Walterboro, SC; three sisters, Louise Bieber and Mary Ellen Edwards, Lincolnton, and Elisha Studdard, Thomson; one brother, James L. Vinson, North Augusta; and six grandchildren. Pallbearers were Butch Bieber, Curtis Bieber, Jerry Morris, Michael Studdard, Kenny Price and Daniel Hill.

Memorials may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 1117 Perimeter Center West, Suite 101, Atlanta, GA 30338.

Sheppard Funeral Home was in charge of the arrangements.


Mildred A. Wilburn
Mrs. Mildred A. Wilburn of Zelienople, Pa., formerly of Wrens, died Monday, Jan. 8, 2007, at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, Cranberry Township, Pa.

Mrs. Wilburn was a member of Wrens Baptist Church and formerly active in church affairs. She worked as secretary of both Wrens High School and Wrens Elementary School for a number of years. She had also been a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

She was preceded in death by her husband Whitner A. Wilburn; and one brother, Dr. Bertram P. Avera Jr.

A memorial service will be held March 3 at 11 a.m. at Wrens Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. Carlton E. Allen and the Rev. Martin T. Young officiating.

The family will receive friends at a luncheon immediately following the service in the church fellowship hall.

Memorials may be made to the Lutheran Senior Life Foundation, 401 S. Main St., Zelienople, PA 16063. Please designate your gift for: “Passavant Retirement Community Benevolent Care.”

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