Edward John Arthur, age 80, husband of Mary Bailey Langley Arthur of North Pinckey Street, Union, passed away Wednesday afternoon, February 4, 2009 at his home. Mr. Arthur was born in Union Co., August 11, 1928 a son of the late Edward John (Ned) Arthur and Hazel Salley Arthur. One of four children, he was predeceased by three sisters, Hazel Salley Horton, Kathleen Arthur Guionnaud and Lucylee Gardner. He was a graduate of Union High School and a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War. Following his military service he attended the Citadel. He worked for the Union Country Club for five years and then began a thirty year career with Cone Mills Corp., Carlisle Finishing. After retirement, he worked for the Union Dry Cleaning Co. Mr. Arthur was a member and secretary of the Board of Directors of Arthur State Bank for the past thirty years. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church and a past member of the Union Lions Club. John and Mary Bailey, married for 55 years are survived by a daughter, Mary Lucille (Cille) Cody and husband, Robert of Union; one son, Edward Earl (Ned) Arthur and wife, Pam of Charlotte, NC; two granddaughters, Lauralee Jolly and husband, Lee, Martha Adair Craig and husband, Brett; and two great-grandsons, Robert Lewis Jolly and Thomas Arthur Jolly all of Seneca. “Papa John” will always be loved and remembered for his generous spirit and his kindness to everyone he met. Following a private family burial at Presbyterian Cemetery, with military honors, a memorial service will be conducted at 2:00 PM, Saturday, February 7, 2009 at Grace United Methodist Church, with the Rev. David Caughman officiating. The family will receive friends in the fellowship hall of Grace United Methodist Church immediately following the service. The Arthur State Bank Family, the ROMEO Club and Hardee’s Afternoon Coffee Club are asked to assemble at the church at 1:45 PM to form the honorary escort. Memorials may be made to Grace United Methodist Church, 201 S. Church St., Union, SC, 29379 or to Interim Hospice of SC, 775 Spartan Blvd., Suite 101B, Spartanburg, SC 29301 or to the Boy’s Farm Inc., PO Box 713, Newberry, SC, 29108. The family is at the home. The S.R. Holcombe Funeral Home, Inc. (www.holcombefuneralhomes.com) Tags: 1950

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