Sidney Betts Paine

June 26, 1936September 5, 2017

Sidney Betts Paine of Greenville, S.C., beloved husband of Marie Elaine Brooks Paine, died on September 5, 2017 in Burlington, Vt. Sid, who was born in Greensboro, N.C. on June 26, 1936, was the elder son of the late Sidney Lake Paine and Margaret Delaney Betts Paine.

Besides his devoted wife of 58 years, Sid is survived by daughter Elizabeth Paine Weaver, her husband William Bennett Weaver, and their children Matthew Bennett Weaver, his wife Erin Wolfe Weaver and daughter Reagan Julia Weaver, and Lindsay Elizabeth Weaver, all of Rock Hill, S.C.; daughter Marianne Paine Childers, her husband Gregory Stephen Childers, and their children Delaney Brooks Childers and Cameron Stephen Childers, all of Greer, S.C.; and a brother Christopher Borden Paine of Asheville, N.C.

Sid’s paternal grandfather, Sidney Small Paine, was the world’s largest manufacturer of corduroy, while his great grandfather, Sidney Borden Paine, was the first to electrify a textile mill. His maternal grandfather, Joseph Shawen Betts, was the president of the North Carolina Dental Association, and his grandmother was a founder of the Greensboro, N.C. Historical Museum.

Sid graduated from Woodberry Forest School and earned B.A. and M.A degrees from the University of South Carolina. He was also a veteran of the United States Army. He taught at the Darlington School in Rome, Ga., the Stanley Clark School in South Bend, In., where he was also assistant headmaster, and the Greenville County School System (including Hillcrest Middle School, Greenville Middle School and J.L. Mann High School), where he also held administrative positions. He retired in 1997.

During their summer vacations, Sid and Elaine took their daughters on expeditions to all 50 states, as well as most of the provinces and territories of Canada, dipping into Mexico as well. In 1985, they spent 7 weeks touring England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland plus Belgium, Luxembourg and the Netherlands. After the girls had left the nest, Sid and Elaine continued international travel and visited all the continents at least twice, except for once to Antarctica.

Sid enjoyed the game of golf, especially playing with the Golden Boys of Pebble Creek Country Club and the members of Senior Golfers of South Carolina. He was privileged to play some of the great courses in the United States and in foreign countries.

Sid was a life-long Episcopalian. A memorial service will be held at St. James Episcopal Church on 301 Piney Mountain Road on Saturday, September 16 at 11:00 A.M.

In lieu of flowers, memorial may be sent to St. James Episcopal Church on 301 Piney Mountain Road, Greenville, SC 29609.

Condolences can be shared at

Arrangements under the direction of Mackey Mortuary, GREENVILLE, SC.


  • Memorial Service Saturday, September 16, 2017

Sidney Betts Paine

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September 15, 2017

Elaine: I was so sorry to learn of Sid's death. He was a god man. I will be out of town and unable to attend the funeral. I would like to talk with you when you have an opportunity. Please call me at 982-8893. John Cooter

September 15, 2017

Elaine, My thoughts and blessings are with you and your family.

Lynn Baker-Bruce

Greenville Chautauqua

September 14, 2017

He looked so handsome at the Chautauqua Volunteer Party in August! He will be missed from our audience. Elaine you are in our prayers.

September 13, 2017

Elaine, Elizabeth, Marianne and all, we are so sorry for your loss. Sid was always a smiling jolly face from when we were little and playing with Elizabeth to the last time I saw you all just a few years ago. So many of my fond childhood and later memories have Sid and you all in them. God bless. Be gentle with yourselves.
Chris Sorenson

Maurice Sullivan

September 13, 2017

My condolences to family and friends. Take time to grieve and celebrate a life well-lived. The loss of a loved one is truly difficult no matter how long we have them with us, but remember Almighty God promises to be near to all those calling on him. (Psalm 145:18)

Irene Holland

September 12, 2017

So sorry, Elaine and family, for your loss. Condolences from a j.l.Mann parent.

September 11, 2017

The obit never mentions what a great football player Sid was at WFS. That 1954 team with Coker, James, Borah and others was as I recall a real prep force in Virginia and beyond. RIP Sid.

Leon Campbell WFS '56

Jenny Boling

September 10, 2017

Elaine, I only met Sid a few times, but he was delightful fellow. So sorry for your loss. Give my love to Marianne. Jenny Boling

September 8, 2017

Sid was a great story teller. My favorite story was how he and Elaine met on a blind date. Elaine may you feel God's peace and love during this sad time
Sue Nahm