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Our StaffSteve Jackson
Steve Jackson is a 1976 graduate of Gupton-Jones College of Mortuary Science in Atlanta, GA. He has over 31 years of funeral directing experience. He is a Liscensed Funeral Director and embalmer in the state of South Carolina. He is a member of the Piedmont Tech. College Advisory Board of Mortuary Science. He is a member of the Abbeville Rotary Club where he is a past President and is a Paul Harris fellow. He is a member of the Abbeville Co. Memorial Hospital Foundation Board, as is his wife. He is very active in youth activities and is past President of the Abbeville Youth Association. He is a member of the Board of Directors of First Citizens Bank of Abbeville. He is a Mason and member of the Clinton Lodge #3 AFM, a Shriner and member of the Hejaz Shrine Temple. He and his wife Carol are very active members of Main St. United Methodist Church. He is married to the former Carol Ann Sheorn and they have 3 children, Brad, Kelly, and Brooks; three grandsons, Bryce, Tait and Wyatt and two grandaughters, Sydney and Brantlee.
S. Brian Benjamin
Funeral Director and Embalmer
Brian grew up in the Coronaca community in Greenwood County. He is the son of Olivia Bolin Benjamin and the late S. Bruce Benjamin.
Brian is a graduate of Greenwood High School class of 1981. He attended Lander College and was active in SGA, transferring to The College of Charleston where he majored in Political Science with a minor is History. He served in the SGA, the ski team, and Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity.
Dr. Harry M. Lightsey, Jr., President and ARA Services regional director hired Brian while attending The C of C. Brian was an intricate part of the President’s staff, helping oversee many events and functions. He worked diligently with the foundation in acquiring scholarships and raising funds.
After his Father’s death in 1991, Brian returned home to help operate the family’s holding and farm. Growing up, he worked with his Grandmother, Irma J. Benjamin, in her business Bow-K Flowers and Gifts and also for Henry Gilliam Florist in Abbeville. After his Grandmother’s death in 2000, he opened S. Brian Benjamin’s Florals, Gifts and Accents and two other satellite locations within three years.
After selling one of the satellite locations, Benjamin’s in Abbeville, Brian went on to get his real estate licenses and in 2009 purchased Beaudrot’s Flowers.
Brian has served on many boards, committees and foundations throughout his life and is a member of The First Baptist Church in Greenwood.
Today, Brian is beginning his lifelong dream of becoming a Funeral Director and Embalmer. Given his caring and compassionate manner, he hopes to help many in their time of grief and suffering. He has ties to four upstate funeral homes, one of those being Chandler-Jackson Funeral Home and Cremation Services.
Bobby is an active citizen with many organizations. He is Chaplin of the Abbeville Gideon's Camp. He is a member of Due West Baptist Church were he leads congregational singing and also at Gilgal UMC. He is Adjutant and Quarter Master in Post #6087 of the V.F.W. He is also a member of the American Legion Post #2. He was a former member of the Abbeville City Council and a former EMT on Abbeville Rescue Squad for 16 years. He delivers Meals on Wheels for The Piedmont Council on Aging. He is married to the Former Laura Anne Major.
Bobby grew up in the Nation Community the son of the late George A. and Mildred Waters McMahan. He retired from Michelin Tire Corporation and currently works for the Abbeville Co. School District at Diamond Hill School. He was married to the late Sandra Anne Fleming McMahan and they have three children, Lori Garner, Caleb McMahan and Jessi McMahan. He and his family are active members of Midway Baptist Church.
Conway Wilson Shirley
Conway was born and raised in the city of Abbeville. She is the daughter of the late Mary Jane Barron and Ray Wilson. Conway graduated from Winthrop College where she received a BS in Child Development. She moved to Due West when she married Mike Shirley who recently retired with Sage (formally Milliken) in Abbeville.
Conway is very active in Abbeville County and some of her current civic activities include The Due West Lions Club and the American Cancer Society.
She remains very active at Main Street United Methodist Church, where she has been a lifetime member. She enjoys singing in the choir and participating with The Ann Moore Circle.
Conway enjoys caring for grandchildren, Mati and Reed, while daughter, Reagan (Matt) Cox teaches 6th grade at Diamond Hill Elementary. Son, Carlyle (Mary Haley Bright) have just blessed us with another grandson, Emery, and Conway is excited to be caring for him as well. Carlyle is a civil design engineer for Dunn & Associates.
Pat is the former Patricia Scott of Greenwood. She is married to the Rev. R. Marion Argo and resides in Abbeville where she serves as organist of the Abbeville Pentecostal Holiness Church. Pat retired from School District 60 after 28 years of service.
William Vessie Blanchett
William has been married to Myrtis Campbell Blanchett for 42 years. They have one son, John Gregory Blanchett who is married to Rebecca Hodges. They have 5 grandaughters, Nikki, Kristen, Kasey, Faith and McKayla. William graduated from Abbeville High School in 1960 and served in the South Carolina National Guard for 8 years. He is a member of Bells United Methodist Church. He retired from the City of Abbeville Water Plant in 2004, with 28 years of service.
Lura Jean Chandler
Family & Director Assistant
Lura Jean Chandler, wife of the late Funeral Director, Harry W, Chandler, has worked continuously in the funeral business for over 50 years. First with her husband and brother-in-law in their ownership of a funeral business and later in association with Steve Jackson in the operation of Chandler-Jackson Funeral Home. Her desire has been to show compassion and help for those who are undergoing the most stressful times in their lives- the loss of loved ones.
Jerry Ray is married to Omega Taylor Ray. He is currently employed with Adamís Building Supplies in sales, with over 26 years of experience. Jerry and Omega have one daughter, Mandy, who is married to Dustin Arrowood. They are the proud grandparents of Marissa. Jerry has been a resident of Abbeville since 1976 and he and his family are very active members of Abbeville Congregational Holiness Church.
Krista grew up in Calhoun Falls and is the daughter of John David and Shirley Bentley Fleming and the late Linda Waters Fleming.
She attends Main Street United Methodist Church in Abbeville, a member of the Agnes Rodgers Circle. She enjoys being with family and friends and playing Bunko with the Abbeville Bunko Babes.
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