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Obituaries - March 27, 2008

Marie Smith Bruchon

CLOVER -- Marie Smith Bruchon, 84, died Friday, March 21, 2008, at the home of her daughter, Barbara Booker in Belmont, N.C.

The funeral was March 24, 2008, at Divine Savior in York, S.C., with Father John Giuliani officiating. Entombment was in Woodlawn Memorial Park in Greenville, S.C.

Mrs. Bruchon was born in 1923 in Bronx, N.Y., to the late William Edwin Smith Jr. and Pearl Ida Vogel Smith. Marie moved to Staten Island and then to the Adirondack Mountains as a child. She did well in school and at all other tasks she set her mind to. At the age of 15, she met her future husband, Paul E. Bruchon.

After high school, Marie attended the New York School of Design, where she studied Costume Design, and she used her training to make coats, suits and other difficult garments. When World War II started she did office work for the War Department.

Marie and Paul loved to dance during the Swing Era. They were so good that others cleared the floor to watch them. Paul asked her where she would want to live when they got married. After living in upstate N.Y., with cold winters and heavy snows, Marie recalled a trip they had made to Greenville, S.C. to visit his sister. Marie recalled the flowers blooming and she loved the South, so that was her choice. They raised six children in Greenville. She was a homemaker and her family was always the center of her life. Marie was a good example of the saying "behind every successful man is a good woman." She was instrumental in the success of her husband's first entrepreneurial venture, at which they both did very well.

In 1962, the family moved to Gastonia when Paul joined the partnership at Sherrill Industries of Dallas, N.C. As the children got older she took on leadership roles in her church, neighborhood, garden club and the Art Guild of Gaston County.

In the early 1970's, she had time to express her artistic abilities. She began painting with oils and then started taking art classes at Gaston College, focusing on ceramics, sculpture, metal work and jewelry making. She enjoyed designing and making jewelry, which led her to becoming a silver- and goldsmith. In the mid 70's, she became an Oblate of the Benedictine Order.

In the early 1980's, she and Paul moved to Clover, S.C., where she enjoyed exploring the natural surroundings. She gathered and cooked mushrooms and canned the vegetables Paul grew. Both loved to sit watching wildlife in and around their pond.

Marie loved to read; she could discuss many subjects. She enjoyed singing in the choir and attending women's meetings at church.

Marie will always be remembered by her family for being a devoted, loving and giving person.

Special thanks and honor to her son, Paul E. Bruchon Jr. and daughter, Barbara Booker for the loving and continuous care they provided for our parents during their declining health for the past six years.

She is preceded in death by her husband of over 60 years, Paul E. Bruchon, 2006 and a grandson, John Quinn Jr., 1998.

Survivors are her children, Barbara Booker of Belmont, N.C., Paul E. Bruchon Jr. of Belmont, Peter Bruchon and wife, Jan Foster, of Mauldin, S.C., Michelle Bruchon Grossman and husband, Robert of Gastonia, N.C., Marc Bruchon and wife, Brenda Lilly, of Clover and Michel Bruchon and wife, Teresa Coffey, of Liberty, N.C.; grandchildren, Jeff Booker and Lori Enney of Chapel Hill, N.C., David Booker and wife, Jennifer of St. Simon's Island, Ga., Jennifer Booker Nicholson and husband, Ken, of Rock Hill, S.C., Emilie Bruchon and husband, Marcus Cox of Paris, France, Valerie Bruchon, David Bruchon and Matthew Bruchon, all of Belmont, Christina Bruchon of Gastonia, N.C., Julie Bruchon LaBonte and husband, Todd, of Mount Holly, N.C., Amy Bruchon of Mauldin, S.C., Kenneth Bruchon of Clover, Jody Bruchon and wife, Krista Chevalier, of Pittsboro, N.C., Michel Paul Bruchon, Violette Bruchon, Vance Bruchon and Xavier Bruchon, all of Liberty, N.C.; and great-grandchildren, David Booker Jr., Jonathan Booker, Joshua Booker and Lydia Nicholson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Divine Savior Church, 232 Herndon Avenue, York, SC 29745.

M. L. Ford & Sons Funeral Home, Clover served the family of Mrs. Bruchon.

Ruth Dickson Thomas

YORK -- Ella Ruth Dickson Thomas, 87, went home to be with her Lord on March 21, 2008. The funeral was at Philadelphia UMC on Monday, March 24 with the Rev. John Williams, III, Rev. Wallace Tinsley, Jr., and Rev. Paul Ballard, Jr. Burial was at Philadelphia Cemetery.

Ruth was a lifelong resident of York County, SC born Dec. 22, 1920. She was a daughter of the late George Baxter Dickson, Sr. and the late Ella Ruth Templeton Dickson. She was a member of Philadelphia UMC where she was historian, Sunday School teacher, and Youth leader. She was a seamstress. Ruth was a Costume Production Supervisor in the Wardrobe Department in the early days at Carowinds. She taught sewing at the Singer Company and York Technical College in Rock Hill, SC. She volunteered and participated 27 years with the York County Council on Aging. Ruth was a past Regent and Registrar in the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution, Kings Mountain Chapter, York, SC; a charter member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, White Rose Chapter, York; and a member of the American Legion Auxiliary, Unit 66, York, SC. Ruth co-authored with Mrs. Jo Roberts Owens two York County, SC early census research books: Confederate Veterans Enrollment Book of York County, SC, -1902 and 1850 Federal Census, York District, SC.

She was a member of five local Genealogical and Historical Societies. She graduated from York High School and attended Winthrop University and the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Ruth loved her Lord, her family and her country.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Howard Davis Thomas, son Howard Davis Thomas, Jr., brothers Ray Alexander Dickson, William Young Dickson, Marshall Manalcus Dickson, Edward Neil Dickson, sisters Carolyn Ervin Dickson Ramsey, Margaret Frances Dickson Wisher and son-in-law Rev. Dr. Bruce Delmer Garris.

Mrs. Thomas is survived by her daughters, Anne Thomas Carr (Melvin W. Jr.) of Montgomery, AL, and Jeanne Thomas Garris of the home and Northport, AL, grandchildren Bruce Donald Garris of the home, Paul Davis Garris (Susan) of Birmingham, AL, Michael Dale Garris of Northport, AL, Elizabeth Carr Golday (Brian) of Carlsbad, CA and Melvin W. Carr, III ("Chip") (Jennifer) of Potomac Falls, VA. Great-grandchildren Joseph William Goldey II, George Samuel Goldey, Sarah Anne Carr, Nicholas Edward Carr, Emily Elizabeth Carr, Jacob Thomas Garris, Jesse Montgomery Garris, Jordan Rae Corley, Lauren Alexandra Corley, Alex Garrison. Ruth's surviving brothers and sisters are: Miriam Sue Dickson Culp (George) of Rock Hill, SC, Herbert Lindsay Dickson, Sr. (Irma) of Rock Hill, SC, Lena Beth Dickson Miller of York, SC, Eugenia Dickson Marett (Robert) of Rock Hill, SC, Rebecca Dickson Pressley (Carl Lee) of York, SC, George Baxter Dickson, Jr. (Nancy) of York, SC and John Templeton Dickson (Nancy) of York, SC.

Memorials may be made to Tamassee DAR School, PO Box 8, Tamassee, SC 29686-0008, or to Philadelphia UMC, 2260 Chester Highway, York, SC 29745.

Bratton Funeral Home of York is serving the Thomas family.

Nellie Pruett

CLOVER -- Mrs. Nellie Mae McDaniel Pruett, 85, of 2390 Highway 161 S., died Thursday, March 20, 2008, at White Oak Manor, York, S.C.

The funeral was March 22, 2008, at Oakdale Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Sam Shumate officiating. Burial was in Lakeview Memory Gardens.

Mrs. Pruett was born April 2, 1922, in Cherokee County, S.C., to the late Boyce and Bertha Bolin McDaniel. She was the widow of Clyde Pruett and was retired from the Bethany Elementary School cafeteria and was a charter member of Oakdale Presbyterian Church. She is preceded in death by one brother and two sisters.

Survivors are sons, Eugene Pruett and his wife, Gail and Arthur Pruett, both of York, S.C.; five brothers; one sister; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

M. L. Ford & Sons Funeral Home, Clover served the family of Mrs. Pruett.

Ralph Ramsey

CLOVER -- Mr. Ralph Larry Ramsey, 75, formerly of Clover, died March 19, 2008, at Stanley Total Living Center, Stanley, N.C.

The funeral was March 22, 2008, at M. L. Ford & Sons Funeral Home, with the Rev. Michael Walker and the Rev. Linda Dunn officiating. Burial was in Lakeview Memory Gardens.

Mr. Ramsey was born Aug. 22, 1932, in York County, S.C., to the late Thomas Clyde and Melva Bennett Ramsey. He was a graduate of Clover High School, attended Belmont Abbey College, was a U.S. Air Force veteran and retired from the U.S. Postal Service after many years of service. He was the widower of Madeline Ferschke Ramsey and Joan Thomason Ramsey.

Survivors are two sisters, Nancy R. Bivens of Gastonia, N.C., and Louise Ford of Charlotte, N.C.; and a brother, Thomas B. Ramsey of Greensboro, N.C.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, 124 Bethel St., Clover, SC 29710.

Kenny Baucom

YORK -- Kenneth "Kenny" Reid Baucom Jr., 51, of 422 Pamela Road, went to be with the Lord Saturday, March 22, 2008. The funeral was held March 25, 2008, at Haven of Rest Baptist Church. The Rev. Marc Walters of Haven Rest Baptist Church and the Rev. Benny Davis officiated.

Bratton Funeral Home of York served the Baucom family.

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