Obituary Archives

Week of June 20, 2007

CARL F. HOLZ
ED D. SAFELY
NITA BRADY
LARRY SILVER
MASTER SGT. KENNETH TAMMEN
DONNA GAMBRELL PHILLIPS
W.L. JAY HESTER
M.P. 'BUCKY' WATSON, JR.

JOY M. WARD
DEBRA GARNER
LOLA RICH EPPES
JOSEPHINE E. HARRIS
JOE WILLIAMS
GENE TAYLOR, SR.
WILLIE MAE RHODES

WILLIE MAE RHODES

Willie Mae Allen Rhodes, 94, of Williamston, wife of the late Broadus W. Rhodes, died June 12, 2007 at her home.

Born in Anderson County, she was a daughter of the late Waymon Allen and Othella Dixon Allen. She retired from Pelzer Mill and was a member of Beaverdam Baptist Church.

Surviving are her sons, Kenneth Rhodes Sr. of Williamston, Rev. Wendell Rhodes of Abbeville, daughters, Carolyn Carroll and Martha Kay Childress, both of Anderson; brothers, Samuel Allen of Greenville and Warren Allen of Anderson; sister, Elizabeth Black of Greenville; 11 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; six great-great-grandchildren; and a number of step-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held June 14 at Beaverdam Baptist Church. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Winyah Hospice Care, 114-B Hospital Drive, Simpsonville, SC 29681.


GENE TAYLOR, SR.

Paul Eugene “Gene” Taylor, Sr., 79, husband of Annie Norris Taylor, formerly of Piedmont, died June 12, 2007 at Summit Place Living Center in Simpsonville.

Born in Greenville County, he was a son of the late Kelly Washington, Sr. and Inez Hilton Taylor. He formerly owned and operated Gene Taylor Wrecker Service and Salvage Yard.

In addition to his wife of the home, he is survived by son, Paul E. Taylor Jr. of Greenville; sons, Ricky Taylor, Dale Taylor, Steve Taylor, all of Piedmont; sister, Connie Kennedy of Piedmont; brothers, Kelly W. Taylor, Jr., and Edward Taylor, both of Piedmont, Bobby B. Taylor of Greenville, Alvin Taylor of Pelzer; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were held June 15 at Greenville Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to Lutheran Hospice, P.O. Box 1353, Greer, SC 29652.


JOE WILLIAMS

December 28, 1932-June 13, 2007

PELZER - Joe Earle Williams, 74, husband of Catherine Ann Crompton Williams, of 7 Goodrich Street, died Tuesday, June 13, 2007, at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Born in Pelzer, he was a son of the late Reuben and Reulah Emery Williams. Joe was a U.S. Army veteran. He retired from the Kendall Company, was currently employed by Ace Hardware in Williamston, and a member of the Pelzer Wesleyan Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughter, Kim Williams of Pelzer; four sisters; one brother; granddaughters, Hope Hopkins Patterson and Ashley Hopkins Evans; and great-grandchildren, Logan and Reese Patterson, Ethan Fullbright, and Emma Jo Evans.

Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. June 16 at the Pelzer Wesleyan Church with Pastor Phillip Modlin officiating. Burial followed in Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

The family is at the home and received friends 6-8 p.m. Friday at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer.

Memorials may be made to the Building Fund of the Pelzer Wesleyan Church, P.O. Box 9, Pelzer, SC 29669.


JOSEPHINE E. HARRIS

Josephine E. Wharton Roberts Harris, 84, of Greenville, died June 11, 2007 at her home.

Born in Laurens County, she was a daughter of the late Frank James and Agnes Osborne Wharton.

Surviving are daughters, Barbara R. Tolbert, Bessie M. Johnson and Lesia Byrd, all of Greenville and the Rev. Eliza M. Ballentine of Piedmont, Annie B. Stone of Killeen, TX; sons, James M. Harris of Temple, TX and Clarence Harris Jr. of Greenville; sisters, Daisy Kinney and Nancy Dick, both of Brooklyn, NY and Lillie Faye Bowie of Anderson; 13 grandchildren; three stepgrandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; and 11 stepgreat-grandchildren.

Funeral service was held June 16 at Reedy River Missionary Baptist Church. Burial followed in Greenville Memorial Gardens.


LOLA RICH EPPES

Lola Cornelia Rich Eppes, 94,  of Piedmont, widow of James L. Eppes, died June 13, 2007 at her home.

Born in Madison County, NC, she was the daughter of the late Frank M. and Rachel Norton Rich.

She was retired from Carolina Blouse, a member of Cathedral of the Cross and former member of Southside Assembly of God.

Surviving are two sons, Freeman Epes of Madison, OH and Frank Eppes of Piedmont; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; ten great-great-grandchildren; and a brother, the Rev. L.C. Rich of Greenville.

Memorials may be made to Winyah Hospice, 114B Hospital Drive, Simpsonville, SC 29681.

Funeral services were held June 16 in the chapel of Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Downtown. Burial followed in Nine Forks Baptist Church Cemetery.


DEBRA GARNER

Debra Stewart Garner, 53, of Easley, died June 14, 2007 at her home. Born in Greenville she was a daughter of the late General Harmon and Adalien Wilson Stewart. She worked for Interim Healthcare as an in home nurse.

Surviving are her husband, Robert Garner of the home; three sons, Scott, Tony and Andy Garner, all of Easley; three sisters, Betty Scruggs and Reta Landers, both of Easley, and Cheryl Stewart of Liberty; three brothers, Harmon and Gary Stewart, both of Easley, and Wendell Stewart of Piedmont.

Funeral services were held June 17 in the Liberty Mortuary Chapel. Burial followed in Greenlawn Memorial Park.


JOY M. WARD

Joy “Lure” Mason Ward, 66, of Gray Court, died June 6, 2007 at Lynn House of Alexandria, VA.

Born in Inglewood, CO, daughter of the late Sherman Earl and Margaret Adeline Wakelyn Mason, she was previously employed with American Security at G.E. and a member of First Church of Christ, Scientist.

Surviving are her husband, Hugh E. Ward of the home; two daughters, Susie Robinson Mitcham of Gray Court and Sharon Robinson Hart of Iva; two sisters, Darlene M. Sproal of Ocala, FL and Gloria M. Bailey of Pelzer; and one grandson.

A memorial service was held June 16 at the Wood Mortuary.


M.P. ‘BUCKY’ WATSON JR.

M. P. “Bucky” Watson, Jr., 63, of Pigeon Forge, Tennessee, passed away Wednesday, June 13, 2007. 

He was born in Pelzer, South Carolina on November 1, 1943. He graduated from Georgia Southern University in 1965. His professional career began with Fluor-Daniel Company where he worked for 17 years in various project managerial positions. He finished his career working for Rentenbach of Knoxville over the past 22 years. He was a member of the Etowah First Baptist Church and served in the South Carolina National Guard.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Major P. and Mary Greer Watson and a sister, Patricia Ann Watson.

He is survived by his wife of 38 years, Marilyn Smith Watson of Etowah; his sister and brother-in-law, Mary Anna and John Staten of Chattanooga; mother-in-law, Peggy Smith of Etowah, a brother-in-law, Sam Smith of Knoxville and a sister-in-law and spouse, Nancy and Bill Love of Seymour. His nieces and nephews are: Lee Pierce, Trasee Davis, John Staten, Rob Bettis, Sara Claire Sharp, Brandon Love and Maria Love; aunts, Margaret Odom and Frances Wood of South Carolina and several cousins.

Graveside services were held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 19, 2007 at the Green Hill Cemetery with the Rev. Shaun King officiating. Family and friends assembled at the Green Hill Cemetery for the service. There was no formal visitation held.

Bordwine Funeral Home of Etowah in charge of arrangements.


W.L. ‘JAY’ HESTER

William L. “Jay” Hester, Jr., 84, of Greenville, died June 15, 2007 at Westside Living Center in Greenville.

Born in Pickens, a son of the late William Lawrence and Mattie Mae Smith Hester, he was a retired employee with Gaylord Containers of Greenville, was a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church and was a veteran of World War II.

Surviving are his wife, Mary Granger Hester of the home; son, Jeff Hester of Pelzer; and one grandson.

Funeral services were held June 17 in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Powdersville Road. Burial followed in Hillcrest Memorial Park.


DONNA GAMBRELL PHILLIPS

Donna Gambrell Phillips, 49, wife of Donnie Ray Phillips, died June 14, 2007 at St. Francis Hospital in Greenville.

She was born in Greenwood, a daughter of the late Harold Erskine Gambrell and Sara Geneva Cole Gambrell.

She was employed by BellAire Place. She was a member of Turkey Creek Baptist Church and attended Agape Baptist Church.

Surviving are four sons, Jason Vinson of Ware Shoals, Robert Vinson of Hodges, Josh Phillips of Piedmont and Donnie Phillips II of Piedmont; three daughters, Tammy Snider of Middleburg, FL, Donna Phillips of West Palm Beach, FL and Candice Jackson of Piedmont; four grandchildren; five brothers, Harold Gambrell Jr. of Tennessee, Laylon Gambrell of Ladson, Mike Gambrell of Laurens, Doug Gambrell and Billy Gambrell of Union; and one sister, Nancy Madden of Ware Shoals.

Funeral services were held June 17 in the chapel at Parker-White Funeral Home. Burial followed in Greenville Memorial Gardens.


MASTER SGT. KENNETH TAMMEN

Master Sgt. Kenneth Tammen died June 14, 2007 in Springs Memorial Hospital, Lancaster. He served in the U.S. Air Force for 22 years and was employed with Lowe’s in Simpsonville.

Surviving are two sons, Kenneth Tammen Jr., of Kershaw and Kevin Tammen of Piedmont; five grandchildren; his mother, Agnes Nakane Tammen; nine siblings, Donnie Tammen, Ronald Tammen, Tommy Tammen, Judy Hatcher, Lynn Gallman, Ruth Craine, Larry Tammen, Jeri Brown and Donna Parker.

He was predeceased by his wife, Wanda Hope Coyle Tammen and his father, Donald Tammen.

Memorial services were held June 18 in Temple Baptist Church, Simpsonville.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 128 Stonemark Lane, Columbia, SC 29210.


LARRY SILVER

Larry Tracy Silver, 74, of Greenville, died June 15, 2007 at North Greenville Hospital.

Born in Greenville County, he was a son of the late Luther B. and Edna Suddeth Silver. He was the husband of the late Dorothy Agnes Silver.

He served in the United States Army, was a veteran of the Korean conflict and was retired from the U.S. Postal Service.

Surviving are his three sons, Stanley of Lexington, Ford of Greenville and Blane of Piedmont; two sisters, Verdie Britton of Travelers Rest and Frances Franz of Philadelphia; two brothers, Floyd Silver of New Smyrna Beach, FL and Olin Silver of Roanoke, VA; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was held June 17 at Westwood Baptist Church in Easley. Burial followed at Graceland East Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001.


NITA BRADY

December 27, 1962-June 19, 2007

PELZER - Nita Rae Kelly Brady, 44, wife of Donald “Don” Rayford Brady, Jr., of 6 Burts Street, died Tuesday, June 19, 2007, at her home.

Born in Greenville County, she was a daughter of Roger Paul Hays and Linda Gail Martin Hays, both of Williamston. She was employed by Eckerd Drugs in Piedmont, a member of the Williamston Chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star, and Whitefield Baptist Church, where she was a member of the Joy Club.

In addition to her husband and parents, she is survived by a son, Tyler Cain Brady, a student at Southern Wesleyan University; sisters, Lee Ann Mosteller of Columbia, Paula Hays, Kandie Mardis, both of Williamston; brother, Brentt Hays of Williamston; aunts, Beth Davenport of North Augusta, Marie McCrae of Williamston; and uncle, Kenneth Kelly of Williamston.

Funeral services will be 3:30 p.m. Thursday at Whitefield Baptist Church with Dr. Tony Beam and Dr. Donnie Harper officiating. Entombment will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum.

The family is at the home of her mother, Linda Hays, 8 McDonald Avenue, Williamston, and will receive friends 7-9 p.m. Wednesday at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer.


ED D. SAFLEY

Ed D. Safley, 58, of Piedmont, died June 17, 2007 at St. Francis Hospital in Greenville.

He served in the Army National Guard.

Surviving are a son, Bubba Barentine of Piedmont; and four grandchildren. He was predeceased by his wife, Wanda Safley; and parents, Edward R. Safley and Edith Mae “Polly” Safley.

Graveside services were held June 20 in Franklin Memorial Gardens in Winchester, TN.


CARL F. HOLZ

Carl F. Holz, 74, of Easley, died June 15, 2007.

Born in Montello, WI, he was the husband of Jeraldine Durham Holz and the son of the late Herman and Blanche Glee Holz.

He was retired from the U.S. Air Force, having served in Korea and Vietnam. He was also retired from the U.S. Postal Service. He was a member of Pendleton Street Baptist Church.

In addititon to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Lisa Stone of Piedmont; two grandsons, a brother, Elmer Holz and a sister Lila Tiffany, both of Janesvile, WI.

Funeral services were held June 19 in the chapel of Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Downtown. Burial followed in Woodlawn Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to Pendleton Street Baptist Church, 1100 S. Main St., Greenville, SC 29601.

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