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Frances Turman McElrath

Frances Turman McElrath, 79, resident of 1160 Old Douglas Mill Rd. widow of Joe Robert McElrath died Tuesday Dec. 29, 2009 at Magnolia Manor in Greenwood, SC.

Born in Abbeville Co. SC she was a daughter of the late Lewis Capus and Lucille Dunlap Turman.

She was a retired homemaker and was formerly employed with Sara's Fabrics in Abbeville. She was an active member of Abbeville Presbyterian Church where she was a member of the Morning Circle of the church. She was also a member of the Adult Fellowship Sunday School Class and taught Sunday School for many years. In 2001 she was made an Honorary Life Member of the Presbyterian Women of the church. She had a fond love of animals due to her loving nature. She was very proud of her children and their accomplishments. She had a deep love for her family and was especially proud of her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be missed by them and her many friends.

Survivors include 2 daughters Dianne Fleming and her husband Russell of Greenwood, SC and Cecelia Joiner and her husband Barry of Greenwood, SC; 1 son Robbie McElrath and his wife Linda of Abbeville, SC; 1 brother Bobby Turman and his wife Emma of Abbeville, SC; 5 grandchildren and 5 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be conducted Thursday Dec. 31, 2009 at 2:00 PM in the Chandler Chapel at Chandler-Jackson Funeral Home with the Rev. Dr. Carol Strickland and Mr. Frank Smith officiating. The burial will follow in Forest Lawn Memory Gardens. The family is at the residence 1160 Old Douglas Mill Rd. in Abbeville.

The body is at the Chandler-Jackson Funeral Home where the family will receive friends from 6:00 until 7:30 PM Wednesday evening.

Memorials may be made to Abbeville Presbyterian Church 301 N. Main St. Abbeville, SC 29620 or to the American Cancer Society C/O Mrs. Conway Shirley, PO Box 566 Due West, SC 29639.


Chandler-Jackson Funeral Home
208 South Main Street
Abbeville, SC  29620
Wednesday, December 30, 2009
6:00-7:30 PM


Chandler Chapel, Chandler-Jackson Funeral Home
208 South Main Street
Abbeville, SC  29620
Thursday, December 31, 2009
2:00 PM


Forest Lawn Memory Gardens
2699 Highway 72
Abbeville ,  SC  29620

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My deepest sympathy at seeing the loss of your mother. Often missing all my friends and their families around the area most of us couldn't wait to get away from. I hope your families are well even though coping this sorrowful event in your lives. Allen

Allen Murphy Jan 8 2010 12:00 AM

My thoughts are with you and your family. She was a very sweet lady, and I am lucky to have been able to know her even for the short time that I did.

Alyssa Harrison LPN Dec 31 2009 12:00 AM

Cecelia, Diane you are in my thoughts and prayers. Just a few days ago I caught up on you all and your family through Linda. Isn't it a blessing to know that she is in Heaven with no worries and no pain. I hope in the days ahead you can focus on all the wonderful family times you all had together. Your home was always warm and happy (and sewing going on). Love you all Paula

Paula H. Weis Dec 31 2009 12:00 AM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you all at this time.

Ree Ree and Donnie Ashley Dec 31 2009 12:00 AM

We are so sorry to hear about Frances.While mere words can never ease the pain of your loss,we want you to know that all of you are in our thoughts and prayers at this time. Love, Julie&Dennis

Julie&Dennis Marcengill Dec 31 2009 12:00 AM

Please know that you all are in my thoughts and Prayers. God Bless, Tina

Tina Rosser Dec 31 2009 12:00 AM

Dianne, So sorry to hear of your Mom's passing. Please know we are thinking of you and your family during this difficult time. Saying a special prayer for you all. Love, Jan

Jan/John Latham Dec 30 2009 12:00 AM

Dearest Dianne, I am so very sorry to learn of your Mother's passing. My little one has pneumonia, so I am not sure that I will make it to the funeral home, but wanted you to know you and your family are in my thoughts and prayers. If I can do anything for you, please call. Love, Amy

Amy Lawson Dec 30 2009 12:00 AM