Staff

 

Our compassionate, professional staff cares deeply about our community and its people. Anyone who walks through our doors is treated like our own family. And like family, we are available to come to your assistance any hour of the day or night, every day of the year.

 

 

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Wayne Gantt Owner, Funeral Director

A native of Greenwood, Wayne is the son of the late Paul and Macy Mabry Gantt, who were also Greenwood natives. He is a graduate of Greenwood High School and Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He and his wife of fifty years, Judy West Gantt, reside in Forest Hills. They have two sons, Larry and Steve who also serve in the family business.

Wayne became affiliated with Blyth Funeral Home in 1962 while still in high school. After returning from college he resumed his employment with the funeral home and in 1971 became co-owner of the firm. He became sole owner of the funeral home in 1986 and continues to serve as president.

He formerly served on the Burton Center Board of Directors and Faith Home Board of Directors for many years and has worked in many other various capacities serving the community in his fifty-four years in the funeral business. He was awarded Small Business Person of the year in 2014 by the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce.

Wayne and Judy are members of Greenwood First Baptist Church.

 

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Steve Gantt Funeral Director, Preneed Counselor

Steve is a native of Greenwood and a graduate of Greenwood High School, the University of South Carolina and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.  He is married to Stacey W. Gantt, who is employed with Lander University. They have two sons, Brooks and Andrew.

A member of Greenwood First Baptist Church, Steve is also a member of the Greenwood Rotary Club and is Past Chairman of the South Carolina Funeral Director's Association, Piedmont Group. He currently serves on the South Carolina State Board of Funeral Service.

 

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Susie Barker, CPC Funeral Director, Director of Advance Planning

Susan Herlong "Susie" Barker , CPC is a native of Greenwood and is married to Larry Barker who is employed with Lander University as an Energy Manager. They have a son, Brandon Barker.

Susie is a 1977 graduate of Greenwood High School and a 1979 graduate of Piedmont Technical College, earning her Associate Degree in Public Service. She is a licensed funeral director, a Certified Pre-need Counselor and licensed pre-need insurance agent. Susie has been employed with Blyth Funeral Home since 1999.  

A member of the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce, she is also a volunteer with the Guardian ad Litem Program in Greenwood. 

Susie and her family are members of St. Mark United Methodist Church and attends New Spring Church.

 

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Earl Carroll Funeral Director

A native of Greenwood, Earl is married to Lisa Stackhouse Carroll. They have a daughter, Lauren Ashley Carroll.

A graduate of Greenwood High School and Piedmont Technical College, he also attended the University of South Carolina at Columbia and Lander University. He has served on the staff of Blyth Funeral Home since 1990, and is a licensed funeral director and embalmer.

An active member of South Main Street Baptist Church and the Chancel Choir of the church, Earl is also a communicant of the Church of the Resurrection, Episcopal in Greenwood and is a member and past-president of the Greenwood Lions Club. He is also a member of the Eureka Masonic Lodge #47, A.F.M. in Ninety Six, and is a member of the Hejaz Shrine Temple. He is also a member of the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce and is active in community affairs and works for the betterment of Greenwood and all the Lakelands area.

Earl is also an avid golfer and amateur artist. He currently enjoys portrait painting and landscapes and is continuously searching for ways to express the beauty of our country and people through art, and through offering his knowledge and expertise in the funeral service industry.

 

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Bryan Conyers Funeral Director

A Greenwood native, Bryan is married to Brittaney Hughes Conyers who is a Mental Health Counselor with Beckman Mental Health.  The two have one son, Mason.  

A graduate of Greenwood High School and Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta, Bryan served as President of the Honorary Mortuary Fraternity and was voted by the students to receive the Daniel E. Buchanan Award which is given to the student who is most active and represents the best qualities needed to be in the funeral service industry. He is a licensed funeral director and embalmer.

He is an active member of F3 Greenwood and Church Softball League.  He is also member of the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce. 

Bryan and his family attend New Market Baptist Church.

 

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Thomas D. Brown, CCO Crematory Manager thomasbrown@blythfuneralhome.com

A native of Edgefield County, Thomas and his wife, Angie Brock Brown, live in Honea Path where Angie works with the USPS. They have two children and are the proud grandparents of five grandchildren.

A 1986 graduate of Strom Thurmond High School, he is a 2012 graduate of Piedmont Technical College where he earned an Applied Science degree in Funeral Service. Thomas is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer and is a Certified Crematory Operator (CCO), and a Certified Cremation Services Provider, both of which are National Funeral Directors Association designations.

He is a member of Faith Baptist Church where he serves on the Pastor's Advisory Committee and assists with the sound and Television Broadcasts. He is also a member of Centre Masonic Lodge #37.

 

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Gregg Turner Funeral Director, Preneed Counselor

Gregg is a native of Saluda and is married to Tracie Pitts Turner who is employed with Bernardo Geriatric Medicine. They have two children, a son, Tyler and a daughter, McKensey who is a senior at Lander University.

                                           

Gregg is a graduate of Saluda High School, LaSalle University, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing and Business and a 1984 graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service. He is a licensed funeral director, embalmer, pre-need counselor and licensed pre-need insurance agent. Gregg joined the Blyth Funeral Home staff in July 2017.

 

Gregg is a member of the Greenwood Lions Club and Lions Clubs International, having served as Past District Governor. He is an active member of the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce, the South Carolina Funeral Director’s Association and Wightman United Methodist Church.

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Hannah Gantt Funeral Service Associate

A native of Ninety Six, Hannah is a daughter of Jane and Gary Roper. She is a graduate of Ninety Six High School and attended Anderson University, where she majored in graphic design. She has one daughter Gracen who will graduate Cambridge Academy in 2014.

A member of the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce, she serves on the Women’s Leadership Council. She is a member of the Greenwood Woman’s Club where she serves as a board member.  Hannah also serves as Museum Board Chair and an Executive Board Member of the Greenwood Museum and Historical Railroad Center.  She was instrumental in bringing "Polar Express" to children in Greenwood.  A member of People to People-Greenwood Chapter, Hannah will serve as Co-Chair of the 2014 Festival of Flowers Luncheon.  She formerly served on the Board of Visitors at Wesley Commons.  

A member of First Baptist Church Hannah has served as a Sunday School teacher to preschool children for over twenty years, serves in numerous capacities and on several various committees.

 

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Judy Gantt Funeral Service Associate

A native of Greenwood, Judy is the daughter of the late John Harold and Bernice Higginbotham West. She is a graduate of Greenwood High School and was formerly employed with Lander University where she served as Book Store Manager. She and her husband Wayne have two sons Larry and Steve.

Judy is affectionately known as Ju-Ju to her three grandchildren Gracen, Brooks and Andrew, with whom she enjoys spending most of her time.

s in numerous capacities and on several various committees.

 

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Tom McAlhany Funeral Director

In December of 1960, Tom began his funeral service career in his hometown of Branchville, SC with Ott Funeral Home and is a 1965 graduate from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. In 1971, Tom moved to Greenwood where he became an active member of the Blyth Funeral Home Staff and the community for over 17 years.

 

In 1988, Tom had the opportunity to purchase Culler Funeral Home in North, SC, which later became Culler-McAlhany Funeral Home. After his brief retirement in 2013, Tom returned to Greenwood and rejoined the Blyth Staff. He and wife Libby have a daughter, Beth,  son-in-law, Brian, and a granddaughter, Cecilia who all reside in Charlotte, NC.

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Gerald Rauton Funeral Director

Gerald Rauton is a native of Greenwood and a graduate of Greenwood High School. He earned an Associate's Degree in Business Management from Palmer College in Columbia and is a US Air Force Veteran having served from 1965-1968 during the Vietnam Conflict.

A Licensed Funeral Director, Gerald worked with Blyth Funeral Home 1968-1980 and later retired from Carolina Pride Foods after thirty years of service in the Shipping and Traffic Departments in supervision. He came back to Blyth after retiring and is honored to assist families at a most difficult time in their lives.

Gerald and his wife, Clydie are members of First Presbyterian Church, where he is as a member of the Brotherhood Sunday School Class. He has served as Deacon and Usher of the church. Gerald is a former member of the Greenwood Lions Club, where he is Past President (1982) and was Lion of the Year (1982).

He and Clydie have one daughter, Michelle Rauton, who is a Special Education Teacher for Greenwood School District #50. Gerald is always busy helping many friends with lawn care and tending his garden. In his spare time, he enjoys boating and relaxing at Lake Greenwood.

 

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David Frady Funeral Assistant

David grew up in Greenwood and was a 1961 graduate of Greenwood High School. He is a US Army Veteran having served from 1960-1968. David worked for forty-three years with Winn-Dixie Food Stores, traveling the Southeast setting up and managing many stores. He served in numerous capacities with Winn-Dixie, retiring as a District Manager. After retiring David was District Manager with Dollar General Stores for three years and Dollar Tree for two years. When he finally stopped traveling, David came to work with Blyth Funeral Home in 2008 where he serves every family with great compassion.

David and his wife of fifty years, Brenda are members of Cokesbury United Methodist Church, where he has served and continues to serve on numerous committees and in various positions of the church. He and Brenda have one daughter, Lori Katonak, who owns and operates a pet grooming business in Orlando, FL.

In his spare time, David enjoys reading and spending time with his wife Brenda.

 

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Tim Haynes Funeral Assistant

         Tim is a native of Greenwood and a graduate of Greenwood High School, Emmanuel College, and Lander University.  His working career has been spent with local industries: Greenwood Mills, Neptune Measurement and VELUX Greenwood Inc., from where he retired in 2016 as Strategic Procurement Manager. He is married to Leah K. Haynes, a native of Bassett VA. Leah is employed with Greenwood School Dist. 50 as the 5th grade math teacher in the ACTS Magnet program. They have two children; Stephen, who along with wife Brooke reside in Chesapeake VA, and Anna who along with husband Austin Peay reside in Bluffton SC.

 

A member of South Greenwood Pentecostal Holiness Church, Tim serves as church organist and worship leader. He also serves as teacher for Kingdom Builders Sunday School class and church elder.

For many years, Tim has enjoyed singing with his brothers Barry, John and Joe in churches throughout the Lakelands area.

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Mary Ann Smith Funeral Assistant

Mary Ann is a native and current resident of Ninety Six. In 1989 she opened Mary Ann Smith Insurance Agency, Inc. – Nationwide Insurance, serving Greenwood and surrounding counties. She retired in December 2012 after 32 years in the business.

She is a member of Siloam Baptist Church where she serves on the Personnel Committee. Mary Ann is an active member and board member of the Ninety Six Lions Club and she serves as a volunteer for the Greenwood Arts Council at the Arts Center. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Palmetto Bank.

Since retiring, Mary Ann has enjoyed serving as a funeral assistant at Blyth Funeral Home. With all she is involved in, Mary Ann still enjoys traveling and spending time with her sons and grandchildren.

 

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Brianna Dick Funeral Service Associate

Brianna is a daughter of Wayne and Barbara Blackston Dick. She is a 2007 graduate of Greenwood High School and a 2012 graduate of Lander University where she received a BS degree in Psychology.

 

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Jim Hull Funeral Assistant

Lt. Col. (Ret.) Jim Hull is a graduate of Clemson University, where he earned both a Bachelor's and Master's Degree. He was formerly employed with J.P. Stevens Company for four years and retired in 1992 from the State of South Carolina as Special Schools Manager for the State Board of Technical Education, working on the campus of Piedmont Technical College for thirty-five years. He is a US Army Veteran, serving in the South Carolina Army National Guard and retired after thirty years service as Lieutenant Colonel.

Jim and his wife of fifty-one years, Louise are members of South Main Street Baptist Church, where he is a member of the Richard Carter Sunday School Class. Jim has served as deacon, has served on the Property, Personnel and Lord's Supper Committees, and in many other various positions of the church.

He is a member of the American Legion Post #20, where he is Past Commander and has served in other various offices. He is a member and Past President of the Star Fort Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America and has also served in other various offices for the group. Jim serves as Chairman of the Greenwood County Transportation Committee.

An avid Clemson Football supporter, Jim enjoys playing golf, traveling, gardening and spending time with his family.

He and Louise have three children, Jim Hull, Jr., Pam H. Jones and John Hull; and six grandsons, with whom Jim loves to spend time with.

 

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Pope Long Funeral Director

Pope is a native of Saluda and is a son of the late Mott and Mary Lou Force Long. A graduate of Saluda High School he is a 1969 graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He and his wife Shelby of fifty-five years live at Milford Manor. Shelby retired as a Registered Nurse from Anderson Medical Center and Pope officially retired in 2011 after fifty years of service to the funeral industry. He was honored as South Carolina Piedmont Group Funeral Director of the Year in 2008. He still serves as a part-time member of the Blyth Funeral Home staff.

He and Shelby have one daughter Angie Bishop and husband Brian and one granddaughter Madison.

Pope is a member of First Baptist Church.

 

In Loving Memory

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Sam Riley (Feb 19, 1942 - Aug 26, 2017) Funeral Assistant

Samuel P. "Sam" Riley is a native of Ware Shoals and graduate of Ware Shoals High School and Piedmont Technical College. Sam is retired from the Greenwood County Sherriff's Office after over thirty years of service, where he served sixteen of those years as Sherriff of Greenwood County.

Sam and his wife, Sybil are members of Harris United Methodist Church and enjoy spending as much time as they can with their grandchildren. Sam also enjoys cattle farming and working in the community. He is especially honored to serve families through Blyth Funeral Home.

 

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Terry Jones Jr. (June 18, 1969 - July 23, 2017) Funeral Apperentice

Terry Allen Jones, Jr., 48, resident of Abercrombie Pointe, husband of Heather Simmons Jones, died Sunday, July 23, 2017 after a courageous 18 month battle against pancreatic cancer. 

 

Born in Walterboro, June 18, 1969, he was a son of Terry Allen Jones, Sr. and Debra Barry Jones.  Terry was employed by Blyth Funeral Home and Oakbrook Memorial Park in Greenwood and was a member of the First Baptist Church. Terry was also a Shriner and Mason. 

 

Husband to Heather Lea, father to Cowboy, a true Tiger, and fast friend to everyone he met, Terry's infectious smile and big hugs will be missed by so many. 

 

The first one to pull a joke on someone, always trying to make people laugh. Terry loved to hunt and fish mostly because of the people he did it with. With the voice of an angel, Terry moved people with his gift and talent. 

 

From bull riding to wake boarding, Terry always got every second out of life. Terry loved out loud and got it right. Because our love for Terry was so big, our loss is so great, but knowing God loved him the most brings us comfort. 

 

Terry demonstrated a life of richness, courage, faithfulness to his Creator, adoration of his family and through his journey strengthened others' faith and relationships.  Terry never once complained during his journey and met each new day with gratitude. 

 

Surviving in addition to his wife of the home, his father of Palm Beach Gardens, FL and mother of Round O, SC is his son, Terry Allen “Trace” Jones, III of the home; a brother, William Thomas (Beth) Jones of Gaffney; a sister, Alexandra Corie Jones; step-mother, Deb Michaels Jones, both of Palm Beach Gardens, FL; uncle, Joe Barry of Round O, SC; two aunts, Kathy (Paul) Martin of Round O, SC and Cindy (Bill) Berl of New Smyrna Beach, FL and a nephew, Reid Jones along with a number of cousins.

Wayne Gantt

Owner, Funeral Director
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A native of Greenwood, Wayne is the son of the late Paul and Macy Mabry Gantt, who were also Greenwood natives. He is a graduate of Greenwood High School and Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He and his wife of fifty years, Judy West Gantt, reside in Forest Hills. They have two sons, Larry and Steve who also serve in the family business.

Wayne became affiliated with Blyth Funeral Home in 1962 while still in high school. After returning from college he resumed his employment with the funeral home and in 1971 became co-owner of the firm. He became sole owner of the funeral home in 1986 and continues to serve as president.

He formerly served on the Burton Center Board of Directors and Faith Home Board of Directors for many years and has worked in many other various capacities serving the community in his fifty-four years in the funeral business. He was awarded Small Business Person of the year in 2014 by the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce.

Wayne and Judy are members of Greenwood First Baptist Church.

 

Steve Gantt

Funeral Director, Preneed Counselor
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Steve is a native of Greenwood and a graduate of Greenwood High School, the University of South Carolina and the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science.  He is married to Stacey W. Gantt, who is employed with Lander University. They have two sons, Brooks and Andrew.

A member of Greenwood First Baptist Church, Steve is also a member of the Greenwood Rotary Club and is Past Chairman of the South Carolina Funeral Director's Association, Piedmont Group. He currently serves on the South Carolina State Board of Funeral Service.

 

Susie Barker, CPC

Funeral Director, Director of Advance Planning
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Susan Herlong "Susie" Barker , CPC is a native of Greenwood and is married to Larry Barker who is employed with Lander University as an Energy Manager. They have a son, Brandon Barker.

Susie is a 1977 graduate of Greenwood High School and a 1979 graduate of Piedmont Technical College, earning her Associate Degree in Public Service. She is a licensed funeral director, a Certified Pre-need Counselor and licensed pre-need insurance agent. Susie has been employed with Blyth Funeral Home since 1999.  

A member of the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce, she is also a volunteer with the Guardian ad Litem Program in Greenwood. 

Susie and her family are members of St. Mark United Methodist Church and attends New Spring Church.

 

Earl Carroll

Funeral Director
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A native of Greenwood, Earl is married to Lisa Stackhouse Carroll. They have a daughter, Lauren Ashley Carroll.

A graduate of Greenwood High School and Piedmont Technical College, he also attended the University of South Carolina at Columbia and Lander University. He has served on the staff of Blyth Funeral Home since 1990, and is a licensed funeral director and embalmer.

An active member of South Main Street Baptist Church and the Chancel Choir of the church, Earl is also a communicant of the Church of the Resurrection, Episcopal in Greenwood and is a member and past-president of the Greenwood Lions Club. He is also a member of the Eureka Masonic Lodge #47, A.F.M. in Ninety Six, and is a member of the Hejaz Shrine Temple. He is also a member of the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce and is active in community affairs and works for the betterment of Greenwood and all the Lakelands area.

Earl is also an avid golfer and amateur artist. He currently enjoys portrait painting and landscapes and is continuously searching for ways to express the beauty of our country and people through art, and through offering his knowledge and expertise in the funeral service industry.

 

Bryan Conyers

Funeral Director
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A Greenwood native, Bryan is married to Brittaney Hughes Conyers who is a Mental Health Counselor with Beckman Mental Health.  The two have one son, Mason.  

A graduate of Greenwood High School and Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service in Atlanta, Bryan served as President of the Honorary Mortuary Fraternity and was voted by the students to receive the Daniel E. Buchanan Award which is given to the student who is most active and represents the best qualities needed to be in the funeral service industry. He is a licensed funeral director and embalmer.

He is an active member of F3 Greenwood and Church Softball League.  He is also member of the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce. 

Bryan and his family attend New Market Baptist Church.

 

Thomas D. Brown, CCO

Crematory Manager
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A native of Edgefield County, Thomas and his wife, Angie Brock Brown, live in Honea Path where Angie works with the USPS. They have two children and are the proud grandparents of five grandchildren.

A 1986 graduate of Strom Thurmond High School, he is a 2012 graduate of Piedmont Technical College where he earned an Applied Science degree in Funeral Service. Thomas is a licensed Funeral Director and Embalmer and is a Certified Crematory Operator (CCO), and a Certified Cremation Services Provider, both of which are National Funeral Directors Association designations.

He is a member of Faith Baptist Church where he serves on the Pastor's Advisory Committee and assists with the sound and Television Broadcasts. He is also a member of Centre Masonic Lodge #37.

 

Gregg Turner

Funeral Director, Preneed Counselor
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Gregg is a native of Saluda and is married to Tracie Pitts Turner who is employed with Bernardo Geriatric Medicine. They have two children, a son, Tyler and a daughter, McKensey who is a senior at Lander University.

                                           

Gregg is a graduate of Saluda High School, LaSalle University, earning a Bachelor of Science Degree in Marketing and Business and a 1984 graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Funeral Service. He is a licensed funeral director, embalmer, pre-need counselor and licensed pre-need insurance agent. Gregg joined the Blyth Funeral Home staff in July 2017.

 

Gregg is a member of the Greenwood Lions Club and Lions Clubs International, having served as Past District Governor. He is an active member of the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce, the South Carolina Funeral Director’s Association and Wightman United Methodist Church.

Hannah Gantt

Funeral Service Associate
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A native of Ninety Six, Hannah is a daughter of Jane and Gary Roper. She is a graduate of Ninety Six High School and attended Anderson University, where she majored in graphic design. She has one daughter Gracen who will graduate Cambridge Academy in 2014.

A member of the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce, she serves on the Women’s Leadership Council. She is a member of the Greenwood Woman’s Club where she serves as a board member.  Hannah also serves as Museum Board Chair and an Executive Board Member of the Greenwood Museum and Historical Railroad Center.  She was instrumental in bringing "Polar Express" to children in Greenwood.  A member of People to People-Greenwood Chapter, Hannah will serve as Co-Chair of the 2014 Festival of Flowers Luncheon.  She formerly served on the Board of Visitors at Wesley Commons.  

A member of First Baptist Church Hannah has served as a Sunday School teacher to preschool children for over twenty years, serves in numerous capacities and on several various committees.

 

Judy Gantt

Funeral Service Associate
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A native of Greenwood, Judy is the daughter of the late John Harold and Bernice Higginbotham West. She is a graduate of Greenwood High School and was formerly employed with Lander University where she served as Book Store Manager. She and her husband Wayne have two sons Larry and Steve.

Judy is affectionately known as Ju-Ju to her three grandchildren Gracen, Brooks and Andrew, with whom she enjoys spending most of her time.

s in numerous capacities and on several various committees.

 

Tom McAlhany

Funeral Director
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In December of 1960, Tom began his funeral service career in his hometown of Branchville, SC with Ott Funeral Home and is a 1965 graduate from the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. In 1971, Tom moved to Greenwood where he became an active member of the Blyth Funeral Home Staff and the community for over 17 years.

 

In 1988, Tom had the opportunity to purchase Culler Funeral Home in North, SC, which later became Culler-McAlhany Funeral Home. After his brief retirement in 2013, Tom returned to Greenwood and rejoined the Blyth Staff. He and wife Libby have a daughter, Beth,  son-in-law, Brian, and a granddaughter, Cecilia who all reside in Charlotte, NC.

Gerald Rauton

Funeral Director
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Gerald Rauton is a native of Greenwood and a graduate of Greenwood High School. He earned an Associate's Degree in Business Management from Palmer College in Columbia and is a US Air Force Veteran having served from 1965-1968 during the Vietnam Conflict.

A Licensed Funeral Director, Gerald worked with Blyth Funeral Home 1968-1980 and later retired from Carolina Pride Foods after thirty years of service in the Shipping and Traffic Departments in supervision. He came back to Blyth after retiring and is honored to assist families at a most difficult time in their lives.

Gerald and his wife, Clydie are members of First Presbyterian Church, where he is as a member of the Brotherhood Sunday School Class. He has served as Deacon and Usher of the church. Gerald is a former member of the Greenwood Lions Club, where he is Past President (1982) and was Lion of the Year (1982).

He and Clydie have one daughter, Michelle Rauton, who is a Special Education Teacher for Greenwood School District #50. Gerald is always busy helping many friends with lawn care and tending his garden. In his spare time, he enjoys boating and relaxing at Lake Greenwood.

 

David Frady

Funeral Assistant
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David grew up in Greenwood and was a 1961 graduate of Greenwood High School. He is a US Army Veteran having served from 1960-1968. David worked for forty-three years with Winn-Dixie Food Stores, traveling the Southeast setting up and managing many stores. He served in numerous capacities with Winn-Dixie, retiring as a District Manager. After retiring David was District Manager with Dollar General Stores for three years and Dollar Tree for two years. When he finally stopped traveling, David came to work with Blyth Funeral Home in 2008 where he serves every family with great compassion.

David and his wife of fifty years, Brenda are members of Cokesbury United Methodist Church, where he has served and continues to serve on numerous committees and in various positions of the church. He and Brenda have one daughter, Lori Katonak, who owns and operates a pet grooming business in Orlando, FL.

In his spare time, David enjoys reading and spending time with his wife Brenda.

 

Tim Haynes

Funeral Assistant
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         Tim is a native of Greenwood and a graduate of Greenwood High School, Emmanuel College, and Lander University.  His working career has been spent with local industries: Greenwood Mills, Neptune Measurement and VELUX Greenwood Inc., from where he retired in 2016 as Strategic Procurement Manager. He is married to Leah K. Haynes, a native of Bassett VA. Leah is employed with Greenwood School Dist. 50 as the 5th grade math teacher in the ACTS Magnet program. They have two children; Stephen, who along with wife Brooke reside in Chesapeake VA, and Anna who along with husband Austin Peay reside in Bluffton SC.

 

A member of South Greenwood Pentecostal Holiness Church, Tim serves as church organist and worship leader. He also serves as teacher for Kingdom Builders Sunday School class and church elder.

For many years, Tim has enjoyed singing with his brothers Barry, John and Joe in churches throughout the Lakelands area.

Mary Ann Smith

Funeral Assistant
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Mary Ann is a native and current resident of Ninety Six. In 1989 she opened Mary Ann Smith Insurance Agency, Inc. – Nationwide Insurance, serving Greenwood and surrounding counties. She retired in December 2012 after 32 years in the business.

She is a member of Siloam Baptist Church where she serves on the Personnel Committee. Mary Ann is an active member and board member of the Ninety Six Lions Club and she serves as a volunteer for the Greenwood Arts Council at the Arts Center. She also serves on the Board of Directors for Palmetto Bank.

Since retiring, Mary Ann has enjoyed serving as a funeral assistant at Blyth Funeral Home. With all she is involved in, Mary Ann still enjoys traveling and spending time with her sons and grandchildren.

 

Brianna Dick

Funeral Service Associate
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Brianna is a daughter of Wayne and Barbara Blackston Dick. She is a 2007 graduate of Greenwood High School and a 2012 graduate of Lander University where she received a BS degree in Psychology.

 

Jim Hull

Funeral Assistant
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Lt. Col. (Ret.) Jim Hull is a graduate of Clemson University, where he earned both a Bachelor's and Master's Degree. He was formerly employed with J.P. Stevens Company for four years and retired in 1992 from the State of South Carolina as Special Schools Manager for the State Board of Technical Education, working on the campus of Piedmont Technical College for thirty-five years. He is a US Army Veteran, serving in the South Carolina Army National Guard and retired after thirty years service as Lieutenant Colonel.

Jim and his wife of fifty-one years, Louise are members of South Main Street Baptist Church, where he is a member of the Richard Carter Sunday School Class. Jim has served as deacon, has served on the Property, Personnel and Lord's Supper Committees, and in many other various positions of the church.

He is a member of the American Legion Post #20, where he is Past Commander and has served in other various offices. He is a member and Past President of the Star Fort Chapter of the Military Officers Association of America and has also served in other various offices for the group. Jim serves as Chairman of the Greenwood County Transportation Committee.

An avid Clemson Football supporter, Jim enjoys playing golf, traveling, gardening and spending time with his family.

He and Louise have three children, Jim Hull, Jr., Pam H. Jones and John Hull; and six grandsons, with whom Jim loves to spend time with.

 

Pope Long

Funeral Director
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Pope is a native of Saluda and is a son of the late Mott and Mary Lou Force Long. A graduate of Saluda High School he is a 1969 graduate of the Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science. He and his wife Shelby of fifty-five years live at Milford Manor. Shelby retired as a Registered Nurse from Anderson Medical Center and Pope officially retired in 2011 after fifty years of service to the funeral industry. He was honored as South Carolina Piedmont Group Funeral Director of the Year in 2008. He still serves as a part-time member of the Blyth Funeral Home staff.

He and Shelby have one daughter Angie Bishop and husband Brian and one granddaughter Madison.

Pope is a member of First Baptist Church.

 

Sam Riley (Feb 19, 1942 - Aug 26, 2017)

Funeral Assistant
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Samuel P. "Sam" Riley is a native of Ware Shoals and graduate of Ware Shoals High School and Piedmont Technical College. Sam is retired from the Greenwood County Sherriff's Office after over thirty years of service, where he served sixteen of those years as Sherriff of Greenwood County.

Sam and his wife, Sybil are members of Harris United Methodist Church and enjoy spending as much time as they can with their grandchildren. Sam also enjoys cattle farming and working in the community. He is especially honored to serve families through Blyth Funeral Home.

 

Terry Jones Jr. (June 18, 1969 - July 23, 2017)

Funeral Apperentice
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Terry Allen Jones, Jr., 48, resident of Abercrombie Pointe, husband of Heather Simmons Jones, died Sunday, July 23, 2017 after a courageous 18 month battle against pancreatic cancer. 

 

Born in Walterboro, June 18, 1969, he was a son of Terry Allen Jones, Sr. and Debra Barry Jones.  Terry was employed by Blyth Funeral Home and Oakbrook Memorial Park in Greenwood and was a member of the First Baptist Church. Terry was also a Shriner and Mason. 

 

Husband to Heather Lea, father to Cowboy, a true Tiger, and fast friend to everyone he met, Terry's infectious smile and big hugs will be missed by so many. 

 

The first one to pull a joke on someone, always trying to make people laugh. Terry loved to hunt and fish mostly because of the people he did it with. With the voice of an angel, Terry moved people with his gift and talent. 

 

From bull riding to wake boarding, Terry always got every second out of life. Terry loved out loud and got it right. Because our love for Terry was so big, our loss is so great, but knowing God loved him the most brings us comfort. 

 

Terry demonstrated a life of richness, courage, faithfulness to his Creator, adoration of his family and through his journey strengthened others' faith and relationships.  Terry never once complained during his journey and met each new day with gratitude. 

 

Surviving in addition to his wife of the home, his father of Palm Beach Gardens, FL and mother of Round O, SC is his son, Terry Allen “Trace” Jones, III of the home; a brother, William Thomas (Beth) Jones of Gaffney; a sister, Alexandra Corie Jones; step-mother, Deb Michaels Jones, both of Palm Beach Gardens, FL; uncle, Joe Barry of Round O, SC; two aunts, Kathy (Paul) Martin of Round O, SC and Cindy (Bill) Berl of New Smyrna Beach, FL and a nephew, Reid Jones along with a number of cousins.