The Hartwell Sun


James Monroe Broadwell

James Monroe Broadwell, 87, husband of Marie Evelyn Adams Broadwell, of Blue Barker Road, Honea Path, S.C., died Tuesday, June 5, 2018 at Rainey Hospice House.
Born in Elbert County, Ga., he was the son of the late Walter James and Edna Louise Crittendon Broadwell. James graduated from Hart County High School, class of 1948. He started working at Ameritron in 1949 as a floor sweeper rising to plant manager before joining Milliken & Company, serving as plant manager in Honea Path, Thomson, Ga., Boiling Springs and Hartwell, Ga. He then joined Intex in 1978, selling textile products for over 20 years. He retired from Rhone-Poulenc. He joined Bethesda United Methodist Church in Hartwell in his early 20's. He most recently was an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church, serving as a Sunday School teacher, with the Men's Club, and on several committees over the years. Jim was an avid outdoorsman that loved hunting, fishing, golf, and gardening.
Surviving in addition to his loving wife of 69 years of the home are two sons, James Ernest Broadwell and Richard Keith (Jane) Broadwell, both of Honea Path; his daughter, Susan Broadwell Short of Greenville, S.C.; two brothers, Charlie (Carolyn) Broadwell and John (Rev. Deborah) Broadwell, both of Anderson, S.C.; two sisters, Shirley (John) Taylor of Gulf Breeze, Fla. and Brenda (Bill) Westbrook of Hartwell; five grandchildren, Sandy Robinson, Matt Broadwell, Michael Short, Anna Broadwell and Sarah Silver; and two great-grandchildren, Eli Robinson and Seth Robinson.
He is preceded in death by his parents; and a brother, Gene Broadwell.
Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Friday, June 8, at Trinity United Methodist Church with the Rev. Gayle Summey, Rev. James Patterson and Rev. Deborah Broadwell officiating. Burial followed in Honea Path City Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 101 South Main Street, Honea Path, SC 29654 or to Meals on Wheels, 105 South Fant Street, Anderson, SC 29624. Online condolences may be made to the family at

Diana Wassilak
Diana Kate Stines Wassilak, 80, of Hartwell, passed away Monday, June 11, 2018 at her home.
Born on April 10, 1938 in Benton Harbor, Mich., she was the daughter of the late Ross V. Stines and Louise McClellan Stines. Mrs. Wassilak was a homemaker and a member of Cornerstone Baptist Church. She was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother. She was lovingly known as "Maka" by many.
Survivors include her husband of 60 years, Chester Wassilak; one daughter, Cathy Leach and her husband Buddy of Hartwell; one son, Bill Wassilak of Tulsa, Okla.; three grandchildren who were the joy of her life: Robert Roethel, Katie Whitmire (Jacob) and Jordan Leach.
Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 14, at the Cornerstone Baptist Church with the Rev. Terry Meeks officiating. Burial will be in her family historical section of Rochester Cemetery in Rochester, Ky.
Memorials may be made to the Cornerstone Baptist Church, 1543 Anderson Hwy., Hartwell, GA 30643 or Gideon's International, Hart Co. Camp, P.O. Box 59, Hartwell, GA 30643.
The Strickland Funeral Home of Hartwell is in charge of all arrangements. Online condolences can be sent to the family at

Gale Lovingood Smelas
Ms. Gale (Lovingood) Smelas, age 60, of Bowman Street, Lavonia, passed away from complications of cancer on Monday, June 11, 2018 at Tranquility at Kennesaw Mountain surrounded by her family. Born April 20, 1958, in Franklin County, she was the daughter of the late Elmer and Helene (Alewine) Lovingood.
She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Lana and Shannon Seymour of Acworth; daughter, Lauren Cobb of Lavonia; grandchildren, Karis and Carson Seymour of Acworth; sister and brother-in-law, Jill and Tony Duncan of Canon; nephew, Avery Duncan of Canon; niece, Sara Duncan of Canon; and significant other, Gary Dyer of Canon.
A celebration of Gale's life will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday, June 16, at the chapel of Strickland Funeral Home of Lavonia with Dr. Larry Finger officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home Saturday from 2 p.m. until the service. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Gale Smelas to the Wellstar Foundation / Tranquility at Kennesaw Mountain, 805 Sandy Plains Road, Suite 100, Marietta, GA 30066.
Strickland Funeral Home of Lavonia is in charge of the arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family at

•Charlie Feaster, 74, of Lavonia, died June 4, 2018. A funeral service was held June 9. Mack’s Funeral Home, Hartwell Chapel was in charge of arrangements.

•Sharon McCollum, 75, of Athens, died June 7, 2018. A funeral service was held June 10, in the Pruitt Funeral Home Chapel in Royston.

•Helen Detter, 87, of Royston, died June 11, 2018. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, June 15, in the Pruitt Funeral Home Chapel in Royston.

•Mattie D. Dye, of Dewy Rose, died June 11, 2018. Arrangements will be announced by Mack’s Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Hartwell Chapel.


The Hartwell Sun

Mailing Address:
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Hartwell, GA 30643
Phone: 706-376-8025
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