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“To the O'Connell family, I have fond memories of growing up at Westminster Presbyterian with each of you. Mr. O'Connell was a sweet and very kind...Read More »
1 of 8 | Posted by: Beverly Hutchens Johnson

“Dear O'Connell Family, Judy and I are saddened to learn of Fred's passing. He was a great man and will be missed. You all are in our prayers. Judy...Read More »
2 of 8 | Posted by: Kim Senn

“Dear O'Connell Family, I was so sad to hear that you had lost Mr. O'Connell...He was such a good man and always so kind to my family during our...Read More »
3 of 8 | Posted by: Cyndi Hutchens Wilson

“Jamie, Never would we have thought our wonderful husbands would both have their funerals on the same day and at the same time. We both were so...Read More »
4 of 8 | Posted by: Pat Hutchens

“To Patrick and his family, we are deeply sorry for your loss and even though we never had the chance to meet Mr. O'Connell, we grieve with you....Read More »
5 of 8 | Posted by: Kristel Craven and Zoe Vivino

“Jamie, We will miss seeing Fred and his beautiful smile every Sunday morning at church. You and he have been such witnesses of Christ's love to...Read More »
6 of 8 | Posted by: Blaine and Maria Maddin

“Jamie, We were truly saddened to hear of Fred's passing. He was such a kind person (as are you), and he did so much for others - from his work with...Read More »
7 of 8 | Posted by: Preston, Beth & Cole Lewis

“Dear Jamie and family, I was saddened to read of Fred's passing. It was always such a pleasure to greet him and see his wonderful smile. He will...Read More »
8 of 8 | Posted by: James A Smith

James Fred OConnell, 87, of 117 Eastwood Circle, died Thursday, December 6, 2007, at his home. Born November 5, 1920, in Liberty, SC, he was the son of the late James Patrick and Mary Parsons OConnell. He was reared in Greenville, SC, where he graduated from Greenville High School in 1938 as president of his class. He attended Furman University and graduated from George Washington University in 1945. At George Washington he was president of Alpha Kappa Psi Fraternity and a member of Pi Gamma Mu Honorary Fraternity. He was retired from Milliken and Company after 45 years of service as both an associate and a consultant. Previous to that, he had been a Page in the U.S. House of Representatives, an assistant editor of a daily publication for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, and a reporter for the Kiplinger Washington Letters, all in Washington, D.C. He was a lifetime member of the Institute of Management Accountants, coordinator for a Mobile Meals route for 20 years, and a U.S. Navy Veteran of World War II. He was a longtime member of Westminster Presbyterian Church where he served as Chairman of the Board of Deacons, an Elder, and a Sunday School teacher.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Jamie Love McKinney OConnell; a daughter, Julie Claytor and her husband Frank Lykes Claytor of Columbia; two sons, Michael Frederick OConnell and his wife Susan Halter of Medford, MA, and Patrick James OConnell of Oakland, CA; and two grandchildren, Frank Lykes Claytor, Jr. and Margaret Louise Claytor of Columbia. He was predeceased by a sister, Patricia OConnell.

Funeral services will be held at 2:00 p.m. Saturday, December 8, 2007, at Westminster Presbyterian Church conducted by the Rev. Becky Capps and the Rev. Charles H. Horne. Private interment will be in Greenlawn Memorial Gardens conducted by the Rev. Dr. B. E. Pettit.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Westminster Presbyterian Church, 309 Fernwood Drive, Spartanburg, SC 29307; to Mobile Meals Service, P. O. Box 461, Spartanburg, SC 29304; or to the charity of ones choice.

The family is at the home.

An online guest register is available at www.floydmortuary.com.

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