Obituary Archives

Week of February 2, 2005

DORIS SMITH
VICK ALBERSON
JENNIE R.F. BROCKMAN
JASON RUSH
HERSHEL WALTER KAY
WILLIAM DOYLE REEVES
JAMES BOYCE
KATHLEEN WILSON
MILDRED KEY WATT
LILLIE MAE E. CRAWFORD
BILL MOORE
ROBERT CHARLES TAYLOR

AGNES J. I. VAUGHN
MARY B. TEMPLETON
JERRY WADE JR.
MATTIE BELL B. ELLISON
LEILA V. ROACH
ROGER VAUGHN
DON GREEN
JOE H. JORDAN
BILL VINSON
EDWARD PAUL WATKINS
SUDIE MAE FOSTER

SUDIE MAE FOSTER

Sudie Mae Foster, 78, of Easley, widow of Howard Foster, died Jan. 26, 2005.

Born in Gaffney, she was the daughter of the late Essel and Dessie Mullinax Foster.

She was retired from Woodside Mills and was of the Baptist faith.

Surviving are two daughters, Barbara Sutherland of Easley and Joyce Howard of Fountain Inn; two sons, Howard Foster Jr. of Piedmont and Fred Foster of Greenville; a niece and nephew raised in the home, Catherine Howard and Jimmy Ray Mullinax; two brothers, Grady Mullinax and Guy Mullinax; 16 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Funeral services were held Jan. 28 at Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Downtown. Burial followed in Graceland Cemetery, West.

EDWARD PAUL WATKINS

Edward Paul Watkins, 82, of Greenville, died Jan. 25, 2005.

Born in Walhalla, he was a son of the late James L. and Cora Gilstrap Watkins.

He retired from J.P. Stevens Dunean Plant and was a  member of Westville Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Evelyn Parham Watkins of the home; a daughter, Patty O’Sheal of Piedmont; three sons, Randy and Gary Watkins, both of Greenville, and David Watkins of Travelers Rest; a sister, Edith Giambrone of Greenville; 13 grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Jan. 28 at Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Northwest. Burial followed in Greenville Memorial Gardens.

BILL VINSON

Leyron “Bill” Vinson, 83, of Pelzer, husband of Nettie Lee Wright Vinson, died Jan. 26, 2005 at his home.

Born in Greenville County, he was the son of the late Waymon and Ethour Cooley Vinson. He retired from the Kendall Company and attended Eastview Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife of the home, he is survived by his daughter, Edna Owens of Pelzer; sons, Billy Vinson, Harold Vinson, Leroy Vinson, all of Pelzer, Michael Vinson of Pineville; 14 grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Jan. 29 at Gray Mortuary Chapel, Pelzer. Burial followed in Greenville Memorial Gardens.

JOE H. JORDAN

Joseph Harrison Jordan, 86, widower of Frances Chapman Jordan of Belton, died Jan. 25, 2005 at North Greenville Long Term Acute Care Hospital.

Born in Anderson County, he was the son of the late Henry D. Jordan and Essie Watson Jordan. He was a charter member of Shady Grove Baptist Church. He was a retired textile worker and a farmer.

Surviving are a son, Billy J. Jordan of Williamston; daughters, Pat Bocook, Ann Holliday, both of Belton; brothers, William D. Jordan of Greenville, Shirley Jordan of Belton; sisters, Mary Ruth Mitchell, Dorothy Hart, both of Belton, Catherine Ford of Williamston; three grandsons; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Jan. 27 at Shady Grove Baptist Church. Burial followed at Shady Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Shady Grove Baptist Church or Meals on Wheels.

DON GREEN

Don Green, 72, of Piedmont, died Jan. 31, 2005.

Born in Union, he was a son of the late Stephen and Henrietta Cooper Green.

He served in the U.S. Army in the Korean War and was a commissioner of Gantt Fire and Sewer District for twenty years. He was a member of West Gantt First Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Betty Melton Green of the home; two daughters, Tricia Nelson of Atlanta and Renee Gandy of Greenville; seven grandchildren; a brother, Billy Green of Chester; and two sisters, Ruby Nooncaster and Shriley Broome, both of North Carolina.

Visitiation will be Feb. 3 from 12:15 to 1:15 p.m. at West Gantt First Baptist Church. Funeral services will be held Feb. 3 at 1:30 p.m. at West Gantt First Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to West Gantt First Baptist Church, Building Fund, 1452 White Horse Road, Greenville, SC 29605.

ROGER VAUGHN

Roger Vernon Vaughn, 53, of Belton died Jan. 28, 2005 at Anderson Area Medical Center.

Born in Greenville County, he was a son of Alice Holcomb Vaughn and the late John Vaughn Sr.

Surviving are sons, Roger “Bud” Vaughn Jr. and Christopher Corey Vaughn; brothers, Bobby Holcombe of Leesville, Henry Vaughn of Belton and James Vaughn of Williamston; sisters, Hattie Darby and Mary Strawn, both of Summerville, and Elizabeth Gambrell of Belton; and three grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Feb. 6 at Riverside Baptist Church, Holiday Dam Road, in Belton.

LEILA V. ROACH

Leila “Granny” Roach, 82, of Greenville, died Jan. 27, 2005.

Widow of Bruce L. Roach, she was born in Anderson, a daughter of the late George Thomas and Josephine Rose Vaughn.

She retired from the textile industry and was a member of Westville Baptist Church.

Surviving are two daughters, Martha R. Giles of Greenville and Marilyn R. Marrow of Pendleton; sons, L.T. (Buddy) Roach of Piedmont; Billy Furman Roach and George R. Roach, both of Simpsonville, and Rick Roach of Easley; a brother, Harold S. Vaughn of Greenville; nine grandchildren; and ten great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Jan. 30 at Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Northwest. Burial followed in Graceland Cemetery West.

Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, 15 Oregon St., Greenville, SC 29605.

MATTIE BELL BROWNING ELLISON

Mattie Bell Browning Ellison, 81, widow of Haynie Ellison, of Belton, died Jan. 27, 2005 at Hospice of the Upstate.

Born in Anderson County, she was the daughter of the late Will and Maude Gilreath Browning. She was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church and was retired from textiles.

Surviving are her daughter, Betty Burton of Belton; son, Jimmy Ellison of Williamston; five grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Jan. 29 at Shady Grove Baptist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Shady Grove Baptist Church Cemetery Fund.

JERRY WADE JR.

Jerry Wade Jr., 69, husband of Janice Reid Wade, formerly of Greenville, died Jan. 30, 2005 at Magnolia Manor.

Born in Georgia, he was the son of the late Jerry, Sr. and Annie Mae Gay Wade.

He was retired from JP Stevens and was a member of Southside Baptist Church.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are six daughters, Deborah Fugate, Jerri Smith, Janice Scruggs, all of Fountain Inn, Joan Breasaw, Cathy Worsham, and Lisa King, all of Piedmont; two sons, Ricky Smith of Georgia and Greg Thurston of Piedmont; 16 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Feb. 2 in the Mausoleum Chapel at Greenville Memorial Garens.

MARY B. TEMPLETON

Mary Lena Boyd Templeton, 99, widow of Gary Scott Templeton, died Jan. 31, 2005 at Martha Franks Baptist Retirement Center.

Born in Laurens, she was a daughter of the late Sanford Stewart and James Lenora Owings Boyd. She was a homemaker and was a member of Laurens Second Baptist Church.

She is survived by four sons, Gary W. Templeton of Tampa, FL, Gerald Neil Templeton of Laurens, James Robert Templeton of Piedmont, David Boyd Templeton of Summerville; a number of grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Feb. 2 at The Kennedy Mortuary Chapel. Burial followed in Forest Lawn Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Laurens Second Baptist Church, 416 Fleming St., Laurens, SC 29360.

AGNES JEANETTE IRBY VAUGHN

Agnes Jeanette Irby Vaughn, 73, wife of Grover Max Vaughn, of Belton, died Jan. 27, 2005 at Hospice of the Upstate.

Born in Laurens County, she was the daughter of Agnes Beggs Irby and the late Marcus C. Irby. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church and a retired textile worker.

Surviving in addition to her husband and mother are: daughter, Linda Vaughn of Williamston; sisters, Betty Reeves, Peggy WEathers both of Belton, Diane Johnson of Williamston, Sybil Massey of Saluda, Alice Simpler of Panama City, FL; brothers, Wallace A. Irby of Greenwood, James C. “Pete” Irby of Honea Path; granddaughter reared in the home, Beth Vaughn.

Funeral services were held Jan. 30 at Calvary Baptist Church. Burial followed in the Garden of Memories.

Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church.

ROBERT ‘R.C.’ CHARLES TAYLOR

Robert “R.C.” Charles Taylor, 87, of Central, died Jan. 28, 2005 at his home.

Born in Newry, he was the son of the late Roscoe Charles and Alice Gaines Gillespie Taylor. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and Army serving during World War II.

Surviving are his widow, Lois Louise Blackwell Taylor of the home; son, Richard Charles Taylor of Piedmont; daughters, Barbara Ann Smith of Central, Linda Gail Crowe of Bartow, CA, and Mary Alice Wilson of West Union; nine grandchildren; and 23 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Feb. 1 at Brown-Oglesby Funeral Home Chapel, Seneca. Burial followed in Corinth Baptist Church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Foothills, 390 Keowee School Road, Seneca, SC 29672.

BILL MOORE

Billie “Bill” Ray Moore, 76, husband of Thelma Ruth McAlister Moore, of Williamston, died Jan. 28, 2005 at Hospice of the Upstate.

Born in Central, he was son of the late George Frank and Willie Beasley Moore. He was a U.S. Naval veteran, a masonry contractor and attended the Williamston Pentecostal Holiness Church.

Surviving are his wife of the home, daughter, Dianne Wood of Williamston.

Funeral services were held Jan. 31 at Gray Mortuary Chapel. Burial followed in Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621.

LILLIE MAE ELLISON CRAWFORD

Lillie Mae Ellison Crawford, 99, widow of the late Joe Crawford, 508 Crawford Rd. Belton, died Feb. 1, 2005 at her home.

Born in Belton, she was the daughter of the late W. Oscar and Laura Williams Ellison. She was a member of Cedar Grove Baptist Church and a housewife.

Surviving are daughters, Lucille C. Robinson, Eunice C. Fields, Jean C. Martin, Jane C. Motes, Frankie C. Bridges, and Wilma Crawford, all of Belton; sister, Frances Hood of Williamston; a special friend Mary Higginbotham; 19 grandchildren; 28 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by two sons, Melvin and Lee Crawford; two daughters, Bobbie C. Alewine and Margaret C. McCullough; three sisters, and five brothers.

Services will be held 2:00 p.m. Thursday at Cox Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Dean Webb and Rev. Tim Crawford officiating. Burial will follow at Cedar Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday at Cox Funeral Home.

Flowers are optional or memorials may be made to Cedar Grove Baptist Church, Second Baptist Church, or Hospice of the Upstate.

The family will be at the residence of Frankie Bridges, 504 Crawford Road, Belton.

Cox Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

MILDRED KEY WATT

Mildred Key Watt, 80, of Greenville, died Jan. 26, 2005.

Born in Greenville, she was a daughter of the late Walter C. and Ethel Gosnell Key.

She was a member of Washington Avenue Church of God. 

Surviving are her husband, E. Randolph Watt Sr., of the home; daughter, Sharon Klein of Anderson; five sons,  James M. Watt of Piedmont, Ronnie Watt of Powdersville, Donnie Watt of Easley, E. Randolph Watt Jr. of Anderson, and Michael Watt of Powdersville; two sisters, Jewel Ball of Tifton, GA, and Jean Cromer of Greenville; three brothers, Thurman Key of Lyman, Junior Key of Piedmont, and Wayne Key of Greenville; 21 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Jan. 29 at Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Northwest. Burial followed in Graceland Cemetery, West.

KATHLEEN WILSON

Kathleen Sargent Wilson, 91, of Piedmont, widow of Norman Wilson, died Jan. 29, 2005 at Hospice of the Upstate.

Born in Anderson County, she was a daughter of the late Andy and Nancy Fortner Sargent. She was retired from Anderson County School District 1, a member of New Hope Baptist Church and the Louise Arflin Sunday School Class.

Surviving are sons Gary Wilson of Piedmont, Bill Wilson of Piedmont, sister, Ruth Hunter of Pelzer, brother Ernest Sargent of Piedmont, five grandchildren, four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Jan. 31 at Gray Mortuary Chapel. Entombment followed in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621.

JAMES BOYCE

James Gilreath Boyce, 61, formerly of West Pelzer, died Friday, January 28, 2005 at Magnolia Place of Greenville.

Born in West Pelzer, he was a son of the late Belt Boyce, Jr. and Ruby Gilreath Boyce. He was former owner of Boyce Furniture Co. in West Pelzer and later employed with Rhodes Furniture. He was a Baptist.

Surviving are aunt and uncle, Elizabeth and Tillman Galloway of Williamston and several cousins.

Private memorial services will be held at a later date.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer is in charge of arrangements.

WILLIAM DOYLE REEVES

William Doyle Reeves, 82, of Belton, husband of Hilda S. Reeves, died Jan. 29, 2005 at his home.

Born in Oconee County, he was a son of the late Fred Milton Reeves and Fronnie Williams Reeves. He was a member of Eastview Baptist Church and a retired manager with food services.

Surviving in addition to his wife are: son, Bill Reeves of Belton; daughters, Brenda Campbell of Williamston and Karen Busha of Anderson; stepdaughter, Gail Fortner of Greenville; stepsons, Gary Sexton of Fountain Inn, Jerry Sexton of Williamston and Mike Sexton of Anderson; brother, James “Slick” Reeves of Belton; sisters Genelle Strickland and Mary Elizabeth Campbell, both of Belton, Bobbie Crawford of Anderson and Sybil Lenko of New York, six grandchildren, and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Feb. 1, at Cox Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed  at Belton  City Cemetery.

Family members are at their respective homes.

HERSHEL WALTER KAY

Hershel Walter Kay, 86, of Greenville,  died Jan. 27, 2005.

Born in Toccoa, Ga., he was a son of the late Ammie Doyle and Mary Ann Gibby Kay, and husband,  of the late Julia Mozelle Beck Kay.

He retired from Brandon Mill and was a member of First Christian Church.

Surviving are a daughter, Shirley K. Elrod, of Piedmont; a son, Walter Lee Kay  of Garden City; six grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were held Jan. 30 at Graceland Cemetery West.

Memorials may be made to Piedmont First Baptist Church, Flower Fund, 8 First Baptist Church Road, Piedmont, SC 29673.

JASON RUSH

Jason Matthew Rush, 27,  of  Pelzer, died Jan. 27, 2005 at his home.

Born in Houston, Texas, he was a son of Jim Michael Rush and Helen Henson Rush. He was a glass glazer and a member of Bammel Road Church of Christ.

Surviving are his father of Houston, TX., mother of the home, brother, Michael Rush of Houston, sister, Jamie Rush Ferguson of Corpus Christi, grandparents, Carl and Charlotte Morris of Houston, Mary Henson of Henderson, KY.

Memorial services were held Feb. 2 at Gray Mortuary Chapel. 

JENNIE R. FLECHER-BROCKMAN

Jennie R. Flecher-Brockman, 81, of Greenville, died Jan. 25, 2005 at Saint Francis Hospital.

Born in Laurens County, she was the daughter of the late Henry and Ola M. Flecher and the widow of the late Lamar Brockman. She retired from Dow Brands Chemical Company in Mauldin.

Surviving are three daughters, Betty R.  Lenhardt, Ola B. Jones, both of Greenville, and Virginia T. Gray of Piedmont; four sons, James P. Flecher, Willlie T. Brockman and Julius Brockman all of Greenville; and Fletcher L. Pete Brockman of the home; sister, Petra Walton of Greenville; 25 grandchildren and a host of great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Jan. 30 at Lowndes Hill Baptist Church, with burial in the church cemetery.

VICK ALBERSON

Victor “Vick” Bruce Alberson, 48 of Williamston, husband of Irene Bayne Alberson, died Jan. 30, 2005.

He was a son of the late Archie Hampton and Lela “Lucille” Garner Alberson. He was the owner and operator of Alberson Garage and was a member of the First Baptist Church of Pelzer.

In addition to his wife of the home, he is survived by daughter, Cornelia Lynn Alberson; sons, Jonathan Bruce Alberson, Victor Allan Alberson, Justin Tyler Sauls, all of the home; and brother, Archie Ray Alberson of Piedmont.

Funeral services were held Feb. 2 at Gray Mortuary Chapel, Pelzer.  Burial followed in Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

DORIS SMITH

Doris Evelyn Bramlett Smith, 65 of Pelzer, wife of John Lewis Smith, died Jan. 31, 2005 at her home.

Born in Spartanburg County, she was a daughter of the late Ansel and Pauline Rice Bramlett. She was a homemaker and a member of the Ware Place Church of God.

In addition to her husband of the home, she is survived by her sons, Avery Lewis Smith of Piedmont, Randall Keith Smith of Pelzer; sisters, Betty Cook of Columbia, Margaret Taylor of North Charleston, Martha Thompson of Fountain Inn; brothers, James T. Bramlett of Barnwell, Walter Bramlett of Gray Court, Charles Bramlette of Ellabell, GA.; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Feb. 2 at the Ware Place Church of God.  Burial followed in Greenville Memorial Gardens.

 

 

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