Obituary Archives

Week of August 4, 2004




Edna Viola Talbert Snipes, 92, of Williamston, widow of Thomas “Bud” Wilton Snipes, Sr., died July 28, 2004 at Anderson Area Medical Center.

Born in Edgefield, she was a daughter of the late John Foster Talbert and Ida Elizabeth Eubanks Talbert. She was a former elementary school teacher. She was a member of Williamston First Baptist Church.

Surviving are son, Thomas Wilton ‘Buddy” Snipes, Jr. of Charlotte, NC; daughters, Sylvia S. Ellison of Williamston, Peggy A. Ellison of Belton, Patsy R. Mize of Easley; seven grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held July 30 at Gray Mortuary Chapel, Pelzer. Burial followed in Forest Lawn Memorial Park.


Anne Shannon Blakely, 23, the special and much-loved daughter of Charles Edward and Nancy Rentz Blakely, passed away after a brief illness on Tuesday, July 27, 2004 at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Allendale, SC, received a Certificate of Attendance from Palmetto High School, and was a member of Williamston Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include her parents and a sister, Caroline Elizabeth Blakely, all of the home; paternal grandparents, Roger and Carolyn Blakely of Ora, SC; maternal grandparents, J. Fred and Barbara Rentz of New Castle, PA, and the late Suzie Rentz; and “kitty cat,” which took the form of scores of stuffed toy cats and two live ones.

She loved widely and touched the hearts of all who came into contact with her.

A graveside service was held July 31 at the Ora Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church. A memorial service was held Aug. 1 at Central Presbyterian Church in Anderson. A reception followed.

Memorials may be made to InDwellings, Inc., a faith-based organization to build homes for adults with developmental disabilities. 150 Executive Center Dr., B-14, Greenville, SC 29615.

The Cremation Society of SC was in charge of arrangements.


Vola Vivian Page, 65, wife of William G. Page, of Jerseyville, died July 24, 2004 at her home.

She was born in Hardin, to Edgar “Pete” Pethtel and Ethel C. (Webb) Flewellin.

She was a homemaker and a member of the Victory Baptist Church in Jerseyville.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Brenda L. Brady of Williamston, and Sharon K. Vandygriff of Medora; two sons, Bernard E. Rapien Jr of Williamston and Robert E. Rapien of Bethlehem, GA; a stepdaughter, Tina White of Alton; a stepson, William G. Page, Jr. of Alton; 12 grandchildren; a step-grandchild; and several great-grandchildren.

She was preceded in death by her parents.

Funeral services were held July 28 at Victory Baptist Church in Jerseyville.

Burial followed in Mount Gilead Cemetery near Carrollton.

Memorials may be made to the Blessing Hospice of Greene County.


Essie L. Lee, formerly of Williamston, died July 30, 2004 at Beverly Health Care Center in Hendersonville, NC.

Born in Greenville County, she was the daughter of the late Mable Posey.

Surviving are brothers, Perry and John Arnold of Williamston and Jesse Arnold of Norfolk, VA; and one grandson.

Graveside services were held Aug. 3 at the New Prospect Baptist Church cemetery.


David Harrison Holland, 67, husband of Almeria White Holland, of Belton, died July 25, 2004 at Park Ridge Living Center, Fletcher, NC.

Born in Anderson County, he was the son of the late Justus Holland and Pearl Martin Holland. He was a member of Cedar Grove Baptist Church. He was a US Army National Guard Veteran and a manager  of Enmark Station in Williamston.

Surviving in addition to his wife are sons, Randall Holland of Anderson, Terry Holland of Belton; brother, Andy J. Holland of Belton; sister, Betty Patterson of Greenwood; and three grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Aug. 4 at Cox Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in the Garden of Memories.


Berthine Watts Grubbs, 91, of Seneca, died July 30, 2004 at Hospice House of Anderson.

A native of Lavonia, GA, she was a homemaker and a member of New Franklin Christian Church of Cannon, GA.

Surviving are a son, James T. Grubbs of Seneca; daughter, Jan Harrill of Seneca; sisters, Doris Funk of Williamston, Tommie E. Crawford of Seneca and Frances Guinn of Walhalla; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was the widow of Ralph Grubbs and the daughter of the late Thomas S. and Margaret Jaynes Watts.

Funeral services were held Aug. 1 at Davenport Funeral Home Chapel in Walhalla. Burial followed in the New Franklin Christian Church cemetery in Cannon, GA.


Annie Mae Stowe Dunagan, 92, formerly of Dunean, died July 31, 2004 at Riverside Nursing Center, Piedmont.

Born in Franklin County, GA, she was the widow of John H. Dunagan and the daughter of the late Newton A. and Addie Hulsey Stowe.

She was a retired kindergarten teacher and a member of Dunean United Methodist Church.

Surviving are two daughters, Nancy D. Hazen and Ann D. Howard both of Piedmont; a sister, Glenda S. Lewis of Thomson, GA; a brother, Robert H. Stowe of Greenville; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Riverside Nursing Center, Beautification Project, Bentz Road, Piedmont, SC 29673.

Funeral services were held Aug. 2 at the chapel of Thomas McAfee, Downtown. Burial followed in Woodlawn Memorial Park.


Laura Erwin Bell, 93, of Tuxedo, died July 29, 2004 at the Brian Center of Hendersonville.

She was a native of Pelzer and was a daughter of the late Robert A. Erwin and Carrie Hunt Erwin. She was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Leo Bell.

She was retired from J.P. Stevens and was a member of Tuxedo First Baptist Church.

Surviving are two daughters, Peggy Herman of Zirconia, NC and Ann Byers of Mauldin; two sisters, Mary Canup and Sarah Browning, both of Williamston; four grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Aug. 1 at Tuxedo Baptist Church. Burial followed at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Greenville.


John Robert “Robbie” Lusk, 32, of Pelzer, husband of Angie Lusk, died July 31, 2004.

Born in Anderson County, he was a son of the late John Earl and Brenda Lusk. He was employed by Hill Top Grading.

Surviving are his wife of the home; parents of Pelzer; son, Dillon Lusk of Belton; and brother, Jamie Lusk of Pelzer.

Funeral services were held Aug. 4 at Gray Mortuary Chapel, Pelzer. Burial followed in Greenville Memorial Gardens.


Sept. 9, 1945-Aug. 2, 2004

Carolyn Gaillard Bagwell, 88, of 705 Welcome Road, Williamston, widow of Martin Monroe Bagwell, died Monday, August 2, 2004 at her home.

Born in Piercetown, Anderson County, she was a daughter of the late Walter DuPre and Anna Wilson Gaillard. She was an elementary school teacher and taught most of her forty years in School District 1 of Anderson County.

She was a member of Beaverdam Baptist Church where she taught the Young Adult Women’s Sunday School Class for over twenty years and was a former active member of the WMU and the choir.

Surviving are daughter, Mary Ann Bagwell of Williamston; daughters and sons-in-law, Jane and Grover Owings of Powdersville, Debbie and Woody Thrasher of Anderson; grandchildren, Nicole and Lee Lawless, Dana and Chris Holt, Zach Thrasher, Jake Thrasher; and great-grandchildren, Tyler and Lauren Smart, Walker Lawless, and Nick Holt.

She was predeceased by sisters, Mae Griffith, Geneva Owen, Ettie Stone; and brothers, Lawrence Gaillard, Palmer Gaillard, and Walter Gaillard.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Aug. 4 at Beaverdam Baptist Church by the Rev. Jimmie Farmer and the Rev. Gene Burdette. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

The family was at the home and received friends from 2-3 Wednesday at the church prior to service.

Memorials may be made to the Building Funds of Beaverdam Baptist Church, 1904 Beaverdam Road, Williamston, SC, 29697.


Kay P. Patterson, 32, of Greenville, died Aug. 1, 2004.

She was born in Greenville, was a cosmetologist and was a member of New Life Baptist Church.

Surviving are her mother, Harriett F. Payne, of Greenville; father and stepmother, Steve and Mary Payne of Piedmont; a son, Drake Patterson of Greenville; four sisters, Carla Burleson, April Langford, Jennifer Sizemore and Kim Burleson, all of Piedmont; and her grandmother, Virginia Fowler of Greenville.

Memorials may be made to New Life Baptist Church, 2690 Blue Ridge Drive, Greenville, SC 29611.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Aug. 5 at New Life Baptist Church. Visitation will be prior to the service at the church from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park.


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