Mr. Bruce Gibson Traber
Dillard Funerals and Cremations
2402 Gentry Memorial Highway
Bruce Gibson Traber
Liberty, South Carolina
Bruce Gibson Traber, 81, very well-known throughout Pickens County as the "Electrolux vacuum cleaner man" due to his ability to repair or remake Electrolux and other types of vacuum cleaners, died peacefully July 30 at the Rainey Hospice House in Anderson. He had battled Alzheimer's disease over the last eight years. He loved Pickens County and the town of Liberty, where his father had been the Southern Railroad depot agent for fifty-seven years. He was the ninth of eleven children of Henry and Cora Gibson Traber and was born in Cornelia, Georgia, on July 9, 1932. He had spent many years caring for his wife, Lorene Bolding Traber, who died in 2003 from Lou Gehrig's disease.
Bruce valued his daughter, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren as well as his brothers and sisters. His family includes one daughter, Linda Lorene Traber Carbaugh and husband Chris of Liberty; three grandchildren: Natalie McCarley Carbaugh McSharry and husband Chris of Liberty; three grandchildren: Natalie McCarley Carbaugh McSharry and husband Patrick of Pendleton, S.C; Cory Traber Carbaugh and wife Zhenia Manjosova of Crestline, California; and Ethan Bolding Carbaugh and wife Kallan Smith of Savannah, Georgia. He was also blessed with nine great-grandchildren; the McSharrys' – Mary, Emma, Abigail, Owen, Lily, and Lucy: and the Carbaughs; Anabel, Nicolai, and Cash. Also surviving are two brothers and two sisters: Robert Traber and wife Ruth of Liberty, S.C; Marvin Traber of Mauldin, S.C; Clara Holliday of Atlanta, Ga; and Dorothy Watts and husband Fred of Pendleton, S.C. His Calumet Baptist Church family was very important to him as were his neighbors and friends of many years.
Mr. Traber desired to have a family remembrance to be held when all of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren could attend. It will be held at a later date. He was grateful to the caring staff of Hospice of the Upstate where memorials can be made: Hospice of the Upstate; 1835 Rogers Road; Anderson, S.C. 29621