Julia M. Alexander
Pickens — Ms. Julia McKenzie Alexander, 87, died Saturday, March 8, 2014 at Rose Hill Retirement Community in Marion, N.C.
A lifelong resident of Pickens County, Ms. Alexander was born a daughter of the late Ernest Franklin and Frederica McDaniel Alexander. Julia was a graduate of Pickens High School and attended Draughon’s Business College in Greenville. She retired from Duke Power with 30 years of service, and was recognized as Duke’s first female branch manager. She was a member of Pickens First Baptist Church. Ms. Alexander, affectionately known as “Miss Julia”, was well known for her knowledge and records she kept of the history of the Pickens area. College professors and historians often consulted Julia on local history. At least three books have been written on the Alexander family heritage in the Upstate. She was elected President Emeritus of the Pickens County Historical Society where she was a charter member. She also received the I Fan the Flame Award from the Pickens County Revitalization Association for her support and contributions to the community.
Surviving are a sister; Frederica Black of Marion, N.C; two nieces, Linda B. Wood (Richard) of Marion, N.C, and Amy Alexander Schneider (Brett) of Lenexa, Kan.; one nephew, Joe Black (Katherine) of Buena Vista, Colo.; two great nieces, Heather Wood Anderson (Greg) and their children Grace and Molly of Marion, N.C., and Liza Wood Holmes (John) of Rock Hill.
In addition to her parents, Ms. Alexander was predeceased by a beloved brother, Vincent Holley Alexander.
Memorial services will be 2 p.m. Saturday, March 22 in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown.
The family will receive friends from 12:30 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. Saturday, March 22 prior to the service at the funeral home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Pickens County Historical Society, P.O. Box 775, Pickens, SC 29671 or to Pickens First Baptist Church, 406 East Main Street, Pickens, SC 29671.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.robinsonfuneralhomes.com or in person at Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, which is assisting the family.
Gertrude Bernice Owen Galloway
Pickens — Gertrude Galloway, age 72, died Monday March 3, 2014 at St. Francis Hospital.
Mrs. Galloway was born in Transylvania County N.C., a daughter of the late Cassie Elzora Smith Owen and Avery Owen. Mrs. Galloway enjoyed cooking for her family at holiday gatherings. She also loved drawing and her family with all of her heart.
Survivors include one daughter; Tina Durham of Pickens, three sons; Johnny Posey wife Joy of Sunset, Ronnie Posey and Terri Riddle of Pickens, Randy Posey of Six Mile, three sisters; Gladys Norris husband Jack of Pickens, Hazel Couch husband Wallace of Pickens, Margaret Finney