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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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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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.

Judy is a member of Greenwood First Baptist church where she serves in numerous capacities and on several various committees.

 

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Susie Barker, FD, CPC Funeral Director, Director of Advance Planning

Susan Herlong "Susie" Barker , FD, CPC is a native of Greenwood and is married to Larry Barker who is retired from Lander University after thirty years of service as an Energy Manager. They have a son, Brandon Barker and his wife, Jessica; a daugher Sonya and her husband Dennis and grandchidren, Parker, Kylie and Brody.

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-planning consultant and licensed pre-need insurance agent. Susie has been employed with Blyth Funeral Home since 1999 and in 2004 became Blyth's first female funeral director.  

A member of the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce, the South Carolina Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association. Larry and Susie are also members of St. Mark 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 graduated from University of South Carolina in 2017.

She is a member of the Greenwood Woman’s Club where she serves as a board member.  Hannah is a member of the Emerald City Rotary Club where she was honored as a Paul Harris recipient and the Self Regional Foundation Special Gifts Committee.  She also served 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.  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.  Hannah's passion in working at Blyth is being able to work with families and help them make their final decisions so they can feel  at peace knowing they might the right choices.

 

 

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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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Earl Carroll Funeral Director earlcarroll@blythfuneralhome.com

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 Ninety Six’s Eureka Masonic Lodge #47, and Greenwood Masonic Lodge #91, both A.F.M., 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 enjoys portrait and landscape painting 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 K. Conyers Funeral Director bryanconyers@blythfuneralhome.com

A Greenwood native, Bryan is married to Brittaney Hughes Conyers who is a Mental Health Counselor with Beckman mental Health.  They have two sons, Mason and Rowan

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.  Bryan has been with the firm siice 2007 where he is a licensed funeral director and embalmer.

He is a member of the Greenwood Kiwanis Club and is also a member of the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce.

Bryan and his family attend New Market Baptist Church.

 

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Nathan Hamby Funeral Director nhamby@blythfuneralhome.com

Nathan is a native of Laurens County and has over 20 years’ experience in funeral service. He joined the Blyth Funeral Home staff in 2018 as a licensed Funeral Director.  Nathan is a graduate of Ware Shoals High School and Piedmont Technical College where he earned an Applied Science Degree in Funeral Service.  He is married to Amanda Davis Hamby who is the Human Resources Manager at Allegro Industries.  They have two children, Cole and Cara, and reside in Ware Shoals. Nathan is a member of Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church in Laurens and Centre Lodge #37 A.F.M.   In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family and working on his property.  

One of the best parts of my job at Blyth is that I have the privilege of meeting a lot of great people in the community; I just happen to do it during one of the most difficult times in their lives. I'm humbled to have the opportunity to offer encouragement and guidance during their time of need; all while working alongside some of the most dedicated and compassionate professionals in the industry.

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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.  He and Libby are members of Harris Baptist Church in Greenwood.  Tom has always appreciated the commitment Blyth extends to the families they serve, and looks forward to continuing working with the families of the Greenwood community that he has known for so many years.

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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 from 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 has served as Deacon and Usher.  Gerald is a former member of the Greenwood Lions Club where he was Past President (1982) and was Lion of the Year (1982).

     Gerald and Clydie have one daughter, Michelle Rauton, who is a Child Development Teacher at Greenwood Early Childhood Center for Greenwood School District #50. 

     Gerald is always busy helping many friends with lawn care and tending to 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 Tranquil United Methodist 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, spending time with his wife Brenda, working in their yard, and traveling.  David enjoys working with and serving people. He enjoys meeting the families served by Blyth, and considers his work at Blyth a ministry.

 

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Tim Haynes Funeral Director Apprentice thaynes@blythfuneralhome.com

         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.

 

Being from Greenwood, one of the most fulfilling aspects of my work at Blyth is being able to assist the families that I have known through the years or that I have met since beginning work at Blyth during these difficult moments in their lives.  To take an active part in the service of a loved one is an honor that is never taken lightly. 

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Rudy Martinez Funeral Director Apprentice rmartinez@blythfuneralhome.com

Rudy is a native of New Mexico, but has lived in the Greenville community most of his life.  Rudy majored in Music Education at New Mexico State University and is currently a student in the Funeral Services Program at Piedmont Technical College. 

Formerly employed as an account executive with Vertis Communications, he worked in the funeral/cemetery business in Greenville before joining the staff of Oakbrook Memorial Park as a full time Family Service Advisor.  After a stent of several years at Oakbrook, Rudy also joined the family of Blyth Funeral Home in 2019, where he will serve as an apprentice and funeral service assistant.

A member of Christ Church Episcopal in Greenville, he is a supply pianist for several churches in the Greenville area and is a Member of the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce.

A musician by hobby and vocation, he is also a cyclist and landscape enthusiast.

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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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Russell Hughes Funeral Assistant

Russell Hughes

A graduate of Greenwood High School, Russell began working for Blyth Funeral Home and Oakbrook Memorial Park in 1989.  He has continued assisting Blyth in a part time capacity even after he accepted a full time position with the Greenwood Fire Department in 1999.  In addition to his job at the Fire Department, and his work at Blyth, he also makes  time to serve the community with his landscape business.  He is a member of the Matthews Masonic Lodge  and is a Shriner. 

Russell and his wife Anne have two children, Michelle, and Rusty.  In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family.  He is an avid sports fan and enjoys racing and an occasional game off golf.

Russell enjoys working with people, and helping others in their time of need. This passion can be seen in both his work at the Fire Department and with the families he serves at Blyth.

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Gamble "Rock" Roquemore Funeral Assistant

Gamble “Rock” Roquemore

Rock spent most of his working life as an educator, teaching science at St. Matthews High School before moving to Ninety Six to serve as a guidance counselor at Edgewood Middle School. In addition, he coached at the high school level for 31 years. He retired from the Ninety Six school district in 1998 and began his second career at the Links at Stoney Point Country Club Pro Shop. 

Rock is married to Nancy (Callison) and they have two children, Jonathan (Jessica) and Meredith (Joseph) Lloyd.  Rock and Nancy are members of Greenwood’s First Baptist Church and he has served on the Boards of the Bowers- Rogers Home, and served as the director of the PJGA program for the SC Golf Association, Lakelands region for twelve years.  Rock enjoys playing golf in his spare time and his passions include USC athletics and most importantly, his seven grandchildren.

Rock believes that when God closed the door upon his retirement at the Links, that He had another door for him to walk through at Blyth Funeral Home.  He enjoys working at Blyth because it provides him an opportunity to serve the families of the Greenwood community which he has had the opportunity to meet throughout the years.

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Wayne Gantt (Jan 1,1947 - Dec 14, 2018) 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.

 

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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.

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.

 

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.

Judy is a member of Greenwood First Baptist church where she serves in numerous capacities and on several various committees.

 

Susie Barker, FD, CPC

Funeral Director, Director of Advance Planning
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Susan Herlong "Susie" Barker , FD, CPC is a native of Greenwood and is married to Larry Barker who is retired from Lander University after thirty years of service as an Energy Manager. They have a son, Brandon Barker and his wife, Jessica; a daugher Sonya and her husband Dennis and grandchidren, Parker, Kylie and Brody.

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-planning consultant and licensed pre-need insurance agent. Susie has been employed with Blyth Funeral Home since 1999 and in 2004 became Blyth's first female funeral director.  

A member of the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce, the South Carolina Funeral Directors Association and the National Funeral Directors Association. Larry and Susie are also members of St. Mark 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 graduated from University of South Carolina in 2017.

She is a member of the Greenwood Woman’s Club where she serves as a board member.  Hannah is a member of the Emerald City Rotary Club where she was honored as a Paul Harris recipient and the Self Regional Foundation Special Gifts Committee.  She also served 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.  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.  Hannah's passion in working at Blyth is being able to work with families and help them make their final decisions so they can feel  at peace knowing they might the right choices.

 

 

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.

 

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 Ninety Six’s Eureka Masonic Lodge #47, and Greenwood Masonic Lodge #91, both A.F.M., 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 enjoys portrait and landscape painting 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 K. 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.  They have two sons, Mason and Rowan

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.  Bryan has been with the firm siice 2007 where he is a licensed funeral director and embalmer.

He is a member of the Greenwood Kiwanis Club and is also a member of the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce.

Bryan and his family attend New Market Baptist Church.

 

Nathan Hamby

Funeral Director
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Nathan is a native of Laurens County and has over 20 years’ experience in funeral service. He joined the Blyth Funeral Home staff in 2018 as a licensed Funeral Director.  Nathan is a graduate of Ware Shoals High School and Piedmont Technical College where he earned an Applied Science Degree in Funeral Service.  He is married to Amanda Davis Hamby who is the Human Resources Manager at Allegro Industries.  They have two children, Cole and Cara, and reside in Ware Shoals. Nathan is a member of Chestnut Ridge Baptist Church in Laurens and Centre Lodge #37 A.F.M.   In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family and working on his property.  

One of the best parts of my job at Blyth is that I have the privilege of meeting a lot of great people in the community; I just happen to do it during one of the most difficult times in their lives. I'm humbled to have the opportunity to offer encouragement and guidance during their time of need; all while working alongside some of the most dedicated and compassionate professionals in the industry.

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.  He and Libby are members of Harris Baptist Church in Greenwood.  Tom has always appreciated the commitment Blyth extends to the families they serve, and looks forward to continuing working with the families of the Greenwood community that he has known for so many years.

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 from 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 has served as Deacon and Usher.  Gerald is a former member of the Greenwood Lions Club where he was Past President (1982) and was Lion of the Year (1982).

     Gerald and Clydie have one daughter, Michelle Rauton, who is a Child Development Teacher at Greenwood Early Childhood Center for Greenwood School District #50. 

     Gerald is always busy helping many friends with lawn care and tending to 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 Tranquil United Methodist 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, spending time with his wife Brenda, working in their yard, and traveling.  David enjoys working with and serving people. He enjoys meeting the families served by Blyth, and considers his work at Blyth a ministry.

 

Tim Haynes

Funeral Director Apprentice
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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.

 

Being from Greenwood, one of the most fulfilling aspects of my work at Blyth is being able to assist the families that I have known through the years or that I have met since beginning work at Blyth during these difficult moments in their lives.  To take an active part in the service of a loved one is an honor that is never taken lightly. 

Rudy Martinez

Funeral Director Apprentice
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Rudy is a native of New Mexico, but has lived in the Greenville community most of his life.  Rudy majored in Music Education at New Mexico State University and is currently a student in the Funeral Services Program at Piedmont Technical College. 

Formerly employed as an account executive with Vertis Communications, he worked in the funeral/cemetery business in Greenville before joining the staff of Oakbrook Memorial Park as a full time Family Service Advisor.  After a stent of several years at Oakbrook, Rudy also joined the family of Blyth Funeral Home in 2019, where he will serve as an apprentice and funeral service assistant.

A member of Christ Church Episcopal in Greenville, he is a supply pianist for several churches in the Greenville area and is a Member of the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce.

A musician by hobby and vocation, he is also a cyclist and landscape enthusiast.

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.

 

Russell Hughes

Funeral Assistant
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Russell Hughes

A graduate of Greenwood High School, Russell began working for Blyth Funeral Home and Oakbrook Memorial Park in 1989.  He has continued assisting Blyth in a part time capacity even after he accepted a full time position with the Greenwood Fire Department in 1999.  In addition to his job at the Fire Department, and his work at Blyth, he also makes  time to serve the community with his landscape business.  He is a member of the Matthews Masonic Lodge  and is a Shriner. 

Russell and his wife Anne have two children, Michelle, and Rusty.  In his spare time, he enjoys spending time with his family.  He is an avid sports fan and enjoys racing and an occasional game off golf.

Russell enjoys working with people, and helping others in their time of need. This passion can be seen in both his work at the Fire Department and with the families he serves at Blyth.

Gamble "Rock" Roquemore

Funeral Assistant
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Gamble “Rock” Roquemore

Rock spent most of his working life as an educator, teaching science at St. Matthews High School before moving to Ninety Six to serve as a guidance counselor at Edgewood Middle School. In addition, he coached at the high school level for 31 years. He retired from the Ninety Six school district in 1998 and began his second career at the Links at Stoney Point Country Club Pro Shop. 

Rock is married to Nancy (Callison) and they have two children, Jonathan (Jessica) and Meredith (Joseph) Lloyd.  Rock and Nancy are members of Greenwood’s First Baptist Church and he has served on the Boards of the Bowers- Rogers Home, and served as the director of the PJGA program for the SC Golf Association, Lakelands region for twelve years.  Rock enjoys playing golf in his spare time and his passions include USC athletics and most importantly, his seven grandchildren.

Rock believes that when God closed the door upon his retirement at the Links, that He had another door for him to walk through at Blyth Funeral Home.  He enjoys working at Blyth because it provides him an opportunity to serve the families of the Greenwood community which he has had the opportunity to meet throughout the years.

Wayne Gantt (Jan 1,1947 - Dec 14, 2018)

Owner, Funeral Director
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Obituary

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.

 

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

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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)

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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.