William Royce Counts, 72, of Newberry, widower of Anne Wheeler Counts, died Wednesday, November 11, 2015 at his residence.

Born on July 30, 1943, in Newberry, he was the son of the late William Cecil and Annie Kinard Counts. He served in the S.C. National Guard and was retired from the Newberry County School Bus Shop. He was a member of Bachman Chapel Lutheran Church where he had sung in the church choir. He was a member of Woodmen of the World.

Mr. Counts is survived by his companion, Brenda Broadwell and her daughter, Melissa Adair; a brother-in-law, John (Sylvia) Wheeler; niece and her fiancée, Brigitte Wheeler and Ronnie Derrick; a nephew, Johnny (Melba) Wheeler, great-nieces, Brittany (Dylan) Taylor, Nikki (Tyler) Poag; great-nephew, Jonathan Austin Wheeler; two great-great-nephews and special friend, Millie (Scottie) Hatchell. Mr. Counts was predeceased by a son, William Gregg Counts.

Funeral services will be held at 3:00 pm Friday, November 13, 2015, at Bachman Chapel Lutheran Church by the Rev. Floyd Sides. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. Visitation will be Thursday from 6:00 – 8:00 pm at McSwain-Evans Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Bachman Chapel Lutheran Church Handicap Fund, 3074 Bachman Chapel Road, Prosperity, SC 29127.

Active pallbearers will be Johnny Wheeler, Austin Wheeler, Tyler Poag, Dylan Taylor, Steve Kinard, and Robert Dennis.

A note of condolence may be written to the family by clicking the "Add Comment" link below.


#10 Pam DeHart 2015-11-15 16:07
I just found out today about Royce..Prayers are with all the family...I am so sorry for your loss.
#9 Becky Poag 2015-11-13 15:08
Brigitte Brittany Nikki and Brenda. So sorry for your loss. Prayers for the entire family.
#8 Janice Smith 2015-11-12 21:01
Dear Ms. Brenda and family I was so sorry to hear about Mr Royce. Please know that you are in my prayers as you go through the coming days. May the Lord wrap you in his loving arms and give you comfort. Love Janice & Johnny Smith
#7 Amy & Harry Rodgers 2015-11-12 10:21
Brenda and Adair family,
We are so very sorry to hear of Mr. Royce's passing! He had a smile that could light up the room. We love you all and we're praying for your comfort during this difficult time.

Love You,
Amy, Harry, Lucas, and Cole
#6 Sylvia&Joe Moore 2015-11-12 09:10
So sorry about your loss.May God Console you at this time!
#5 Mary Latif 2015-11-11 21:33
Brenda, Larry and I are in shock regarding Royce's sudden death. You are in our thoughts and prayers at this difficult time.
Mary Latif and Larry Tipton
#4 Debra & Harvey 2015-11-11 18:26
Brenda, I am so sorry to hear about this. It kinda was a shock since I just talked with you both Monday when you had the flat tire. Keeping you and the family in our thoughts and prayers. Love you!
#3 Polly Turner 2015-11-11 17:52
Brenda and Family, I am so sorry to hear of your loss. Brenda we so enjoyed seeing the 2 of you everyday walking at Lowe's. I am in shock hearing this terrible news as I know you are as well. I will miss his smiling face as you and him would make your laps.You are in my thoughts and prayers. When you are ready Brenda I hope to see you again at Lowe's .
#2 BARBARA DOWD 2015-11-11 14:38
#1 Deb & Derrill Taylor 2015-11-11 13:44
John, Sylvia & all the family,
Please accept our condolences. May God's love console you and give you peace during your time of grief.

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