Mr. Bruce Gibson Traber

  • Born: July 9, 1932
  • Died: July 30, 2013
  • Location: Liberty, South Carolina

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Pickens, SC 29671
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Tribute & Message From The Family

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

Condolence & Memory Journal

I met Mr. Traber at Dillard Funeral Home when I worked there, he would service our vacuum cleaners. He was such a sweet man and he was also a friend of my dad's. You could tell he loved his wife and grieved deeply for her when she passed.

Posted by Cindy Burns - Easley, SC - Friend   August 05, 2013

We will surely miss Bruce at Calumet Baptist Church! While his health was better, he was always there with that sweet smile and some type of trick or story to tell.

Posted by Mr. & Mrs. C W Roper - Liberty, SC - Friend   August 03, 2013

Bruce was a fine fellow and it was a
pleasure knowing him. He loved Liberty and his family and very active in the liberty-pickens lions club. my thought and prayer are with the family.

Posted by ALLEN TOOLE - liberty, SC - friend   August 03, 2013

Mr. Traber knew my dad and it was by coincidence that we met up due to my husband, John, having a traumatic brain injury. He advertised his van (with a hydraulic lift) for sale in the paper and I was needing one for my husband to get him to appointments after he was released from hospitalization and rehab. He was unable to walk, and after meeting with Mr. Traber and talking, we realized that he knew my dad and worked with him several years prior. It was great to be able to purchase this vehicle from such an honest and caring man. He mentioned taking care of Mrs. Traber for quite some time. We were very lucky to happen upon this coincidence. We extend our sincere sympathy to your family. Mr. Traber was a jewel of a man.

Posted by Jan and John Tanner - Piedmont, SC - Acquaintance by happenstance   August 02, 2013


I would like to extend my sincere sympathy to you Lynn and family. I am thankful Bruce is no longer suffering with this terrible disease. You have been a faithful daughter not only to your father but also to your dear mother. I have many wonderful memories of the Traber family over the past 45 years that I have known them. You all will be in my thoughts and prayers

Posted by Gene Lockaby - Travelers Rest, SC - Close friend   August 01, 2013

Lynn, I remember fond memories of both of your sweet parents...pajama parties,football games and dance recitals. Memories of them always bring a smile to my face. May the God of all comfort bring you comfort in knowing that Jesus will take very good care of them. Pam Hitt Jones

Posted by Pam Jons - Pickens,S.C., SC   August 01, 2013

What a wonderful life. Our deepest respect has gone out to Bruce for his Christian example, his dedication as a caretaker, his work ethic, and his genuine interest in his community, school, and town.
We admire the care he received from Lynn. His dignity has been maintained!
Our heartfelt sympathy goes out to the family!

Posted by Jennings & Oleta Farr - Liberty, SC - long-time friend   August 01, 2013


Dear Marvin and family,

We weren't aware of Bruce's illness. He and Lorene were so sweet and friendly. We were saddened when she passed away too. May God bring you peace and comfort in your grief. You will be remembered in our prayers.

Love in Christ,

Carolyn Sanders Keasler & Cleon Sanders

Posted by Carolyn Sanders Keasler - Easley, SC - knew family- grew up in Liberty   August 01, 2013

We extend our sincerest sympathy to each of his family. We enjoyed having him as a friend.

Posted by Dr. and Mrs. E. W. Rabon, Jr. - Easley, SC - friends   August 01, 2013