NEWBERRY – Helen Cubbison Ragsdale Counts, widow of James W. Counts, passed away on Nov. 7, 2012, at the age of 89 years.
Mrs. Counts was the daughter of the late Claude Hunter Ragsdale and Alice Coward Ragsdale. She was born on Nov. 7, 1923 in Blair. She was a graduate of Monticello High School and Winthrop College. Mrs. Counts was married to the late James Wedaman Counts for 63 years.
Mrs. Counts is survived by her daughter, Alicia C. Blair (and son-in-law, Bob) of Blair and Tracey C. Hunter (and son-in-law Bobby) of Silverstreet. Also surviving her are four grandchildren, Allison Blythe Blair, Beverly Wylie Parham (Chris), Nathan James Hunter, and Hollie Helen Hunter. She also has two great-grandchildren, Beverly and Coleman Whitesides of Irmo.
She was predeceased by six of her siblings, Claude H. Ragsdale Jr., Marjorie Weaks, Virginia Davis, Beverly Rice, John Knox Ragsdale, and James (Sam) Ragsdale.
She is survived by one brother, Vernon Ragsdale of Seneca, brother-in-law, Graham Rice of Woodleaf, N.C., and sister-in-law, Sylvia Ragsdale of Greenville.
Helen was a devoted wife and mother. She was a member of The Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Newberry, for many years. She enjoyed gardening, playing bridge with friends, keeping house and being with her family. She was a great cook and her family loved the Sunday dinners that she prepared.
Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m., Sunday, Nov. 11, 2012, at Newberry Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Saturday from 6-7:30 pm at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to The Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 1515 Boundary Street, Newberry, SC 29108.
The family would like to give a special thanks to Melanie Crumpton and the staff of Springfield Place for their care and concern in the care of mother in her last years. Also, thank you to Dr. Bernardo and Hospice Care of Tri County for your help.