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Bonita Irene Schulz

Bonita Irene (Beyers) Schulz, 77, of Middletown, wife of the late Lester Bernard Schulz, died Thursday May 6, 2021 at Portland Care and Rehab Center. She was born in New Britain, CT daughter of Francis and Helen (Gut) Beyers. She attended Woodrow Wilson High School and retired to Simpsonville, SC where she and Lester lived for 17 years.

Bonita is survived by her children, Persis “Pam” Zimmerman, of Ivoryton, CT, Scott Morehouse of Weymouth, MA, Wesley Schulz and partner Jennifer Sussman of Wolcott, CT, Kristine (Schulz) Mangan and husband Scott Mangan of Newington, CT and her sisters, Henriette (Beyers) Boyle and husband Robert Boyle of Ocala, FL, and Holly (Beyers) Ellis and husband Jim Ellis of Ormond Beach, FL. She was proud of her ten grandchildren and twelve great-grandchildren, several nieces, nephew and cousins.

The family thanks all the caregivers from Middlesex Health, Luther Ridge and Portland Care and Rehab Center for their assistance and support.
The family will be holding a private graveside service. In lieu of flowers the family requests that you donate to your favorite charity. To share memories or express condolences online please visit www.biegafuneralhome.com.


James N. Ashe Jr. – Greenwood, SC

James Newton Ashe, Jr., 80, former resident of Simpsonville, SC, husband of Kay Hughes Ashe, died Wednesday, March 31, 2021 at Hospice and Palliative Care of the Piedmont.

Born November 7, 1940 in Lancaster, SC, James was the son of the late James Newton Ashe, Sr. and Frances Elizabeth Finley Ashe. He was a graduate of Rock Hill High School, class of 1958, Clemson College, class of 1962 (Electrical Engineering), and Emory University School of Law, class of 1968. James worked as a licensed Professional Engineer. He was a member of First Baptist Church, Simpsonville, SC.

In addition to his wife, James is survived by a son, David James Ashe of Athens, TN; a daughter, Kathryn Ashe White, and her husband Luke, of Greenwood, SC; and a grandson, David Luke White.

A memorial service was held Saturday at the Harley Family Center, 1101 Main Street S, Greenwood, SC, 29646. A private burial was held at Olivet Presbyterian Church Cemetery in McConnells, SC.■

Those wishing to make memorial contributions please consider making them to Olivet Presbyterian Church, 159 Church Street, McConnells, SC 29726.

The family would like to express their heartfelt appreciation to the staff of Brookdale Senior Living Solutions for their compassion and care during James’ stay.


Audre Hopkins Dix – Simpsonville

Audre Hopkins Dix went to be with her heavenly family on April 28, 2021, just a few weeks after her 100th birthday celebration. Audre, known by her family as Honey, entered heaven in a peaceful sleep surrounded by her loved ones.

Born on March 31, 1921 to Gwen and David Hopkins in Scranton, Pa, Audre graduated from Central High School and continued her love of learning her entire life. She met her husband, Frank “Bud” Dix at Lake Carey where both families had cottages. They were married at Wyoming Seminary in Kingston, PA on July 4, 1938. Together they had two children, a daughter, Diane and a son, Allan. Throughout their 74 years of marriage, Bud and Audre moved often. Making new friends was always easy with Audre’s warm smile, contagious giggle, and gracious spirit. They lived in Wilkes-Barre, Allentown and Harrisburg, PA, West Palm Beach, FL and in 2002 they built a home and settled in Simpsonville, SC to be close to their daughter, Diane and grandson, Bob Miller and his family.

Audre was a member of the First Baptist Church of Simpsonville where she appreciated the fellowship of the Cornerstone Sunday School class and the Joy Fellowship Prayer Group. She also enjoyed Bridge Club and Book Club with friends, volunteering in the communities where she lived, camping in her Airstream with Bud, Penn State football games, poetry, travel and just visiting and playing games. Honey had a tiny build, a giant heart, a strong mind, dogged loyalty to her friends and family, and unbelievable energy that did not want to stop.

Proceeded in death by husband, Frank Almon Dix (2012).

Survived by – 2 Children, Daughter, Diane Audre Dix and Son, Frank Allan “Skeeter” Dix (Kathy), 6 Grandchildren, Monica Ufolla (Tony), Bob Miller (Kelly), Cindy Conner (Jeff), Andy Dix (Darlene), David Dix (Kristina), and Wendy Fraser (David), 11 Great Grandchildren, 9 Great Great Grandchildren.

Audre loved old hymns of the Christian faith. To honor her life and pass-on this tradition, we will be holding a Celebration Service featuring a Hymn Sing on July 4, 2021 at Simpsonville First Baptist Church at 4:30. We welcome friends, family and others whose life Audre touched.

Many thanks to the wonderful people at McCall Hospice House, Open Arms Hospice for supporting us through this challenging time in ways we could not imagine. The work you do is a great blessing to those in need and the community.

If you would like to help Audre’s kindness, loyalty and compassion continue please consider making a donation or volunteering at McCall Hospice House, Simpsonville.

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