Obituary Archives

Week of August 1, 2007




June 14, 1921 - July 24, 2007

PELZER - Clyde “Junior” Bruce, Jr., 86, of 15 Green Street, widower of Ruby Lee Evans Bruce, died Tuesday, July 24, 2007 at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Born in Greenwood County, he was a son of the late Clyde Leo and Mary Stone Bruce. He was a U.S. Army Veteran of World War II, retired from the Kendall Company and was a member of Woodmen of the World.

He is survived by sons and daughters-in-law, Clyde Haynie and Elaine Bruce, Robert and Mary Bruce, all of West Pelzer, Tony and Jeanette Bruce of Pelzer; brother, Earl Bruce of Williamston; five grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held 11 a.m. July 27 in the chapel of Gray Mortuary, Pelzer, with the Rev. Steve Christopher officiating. Burial followed in Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

The family is at the home of Robert and Mary Bruce, 9 Sylvia Lane, West Pelzer, and received friends 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer.


Flora Mae “Mama Dickson,” widow of Lester DeWitt Dickson, died July 25, 2007.

She is survived by her children, Margaret Hayes, Edward “Junior” Smith, Marvin Dickson, William Dickson; and many grandchildren.

Funeral services were held July 28 at the Piedmont Church of God of Prophecy. Burial followed in Greenville Memorial Gardens.


Ronald Dave Strickland, 51, of Honea Path, died July 25 at his home.

Born in Anderson County he was the son of Annie Laura “Sissy” Shirley Strickland and the late James Milton Strickland. He was a member of Keowee Baptist Church.

Surviving are his mother of Honea Path; his wife, Tina Carter of the home; three sons, Scottie and Daniel Strickland, both of Greer, Dylan Strickland of Williamston; two daughters, Michelle Strickland of Greer and Natasha Strickland of Williamston; two brothers, Dale Strickland of Honea path and Steve Strickland of Ware Shoals and five grandchildren.

Funeral services were held July 28 at Keowee Baptist Church. Burial followed at the Garden of Memories.


June 29, 1918 - July 28, 2007

WILLIAMSTON, Dorothy Jane “Dot” Vickery Hill, 77, wife of Lucius L. Hill of 306 East Main Street, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, July 28, 2007.

Born in Anderson County, she was a daughter of the late Joseph Americus and Ludie King Vickery. She was retired from Duke Power, Past Worthy Matron of the Williamston Chapter of the Eastern Star, Secretary of the Williamston Chamber of Commerce, a member of Williamston First Baptist Church and the Ruth Sunday School Class.

Surviving are her husband of the home; daughter, Lou Ellen and her husband, Rev. James F. Osteen of Greenwood; two sons, Kenneth J. Hill of Williamston, Glen F. Hill and his wife Lindy of Anderson; four grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She was predeceased by two brothers and a sister.

Services were held 2 p.m. July 31 at Williamston First Baptist Church with Rev. Brad Bardin and Mr. Randy Fagg officiating. Burial followed in Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

Members of the Ruth Class of Williamston First Baptist Church served as honorary pallbearers.

The family was at the home and received friends 6-8 p.m. July 30 at Gray Mortuary.

Memorials may be made to Williamston First Baptist Church, Family Life Center Fund, P.O. Box 477, Williamston, SC 29697.


Mary Kate Abercrombie Kellett, 89, widow of Charles Vaughan Kellett, died July 28, 2007 at Hillcrest Hospital.

She was a homemaker, retired hairdresser and a member of Green Pond United Methodist Church.

She is survived two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a sister, Louise Abercrombie Owens of Fountain Inn.

She was predeceased by her parents, Ivan and Mattie Abercrombie.

Funeral services were held July 30 at Geenpond U.M.C. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Charles Aiken Boys Home of the South, 10612 Augusta Road, Belton, SC 29627.


Lawrence Lee Howard, 79, of Greenville, died July 27, 2007 at his home.

Born in Greenville County, he was the son of the late William Joshua and Harriet Victoria Howard. He retired from RJR Mechanical and was of the Pentecostal faith.

Surviving are his sons, Lawrence “Gene” Howard of Easley and Donald Lee Howard of Pelzer; daughter, Vicki H. Gillenwater of Greenville; 14 grandchildren; and 17 great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his wife, Ann Gosnell Howard.

Graveside services were held July 30 at Grand View Memorial Gardens.


Lee Glen Kirkpatrick, Jr., 62, of Piedmont, died July 27, 2007 at his home.

Born in Martins Ferry, OH, he was a son of the late Lee Glen Kirkpatrick Sr. and Marjorie Carter Kirkpatrick. He was assistant trainer for the Steubenville, OH, High School Athletic Department and worked as a radiology technologist most recently at Doctor’s Care in Greenville. He was a Baptist.

Surviving are his wife Terry Spoon Kirkpatrick, of the home; five sons, Jeffrey Kirkpatrick of Mansfield, OH, Christopher Kirkpatrick of Brilliant, OH, David Kirkpatrick of Columbus, OH and Glen Kirkpatrick and Scott Kirkpatrick, both of Canton, OH; three daughters, Jennifer Nordstrom of Cincinnati, OH, Glenna Marie Caruso of Boston, MA, and Rebecca Kirkpatrick of Greenville; a sister, Maud Kalonick of Adena, OH; and 15 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A memorial service was held Aug. 1 at Robinson Funeral Home in Easley.

Memorials may be made to Interim Hospice, 775 Spartan Blvd., Suite 101, Spartanburg, SC 29301-9957.Mary Elizabeth Posey

Mary Elizabeth Posey, 63, of Piedmont, died July 28, 2007 at her home. She was the widow of John Harold Posey and daughter of the late James and Mary Bell Morgan Nabors.

She was employed at the Stone Mfg. Plant and had been a school bus driver for Anderson County School District. She was of the Presbyterian faith.

Surviving are a son, John A. Posey of Piedmont; daughters, Brenda Susan Cromer of Piedmont and Beverly Sharon Cromer of Fletcher, NC; a brother, Larry Nabors of Greenville; a sister, Patricia Mull of Taylors; and one grandson.

Funeral services were held July 30 at Westville Funerals and Cremations. Interment followed at Graceland West Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to The Cancer Society of Greenville County, 113 Mills Ave., Greenville, SC 29605.


Helen L. Kirby, 91, of Taylors,  died July 26, 2007.

Born in Pelham, she was the daughter of the late David F. Gordon and Pearl Golden Gordon.

She was a beautician and was a member of Aldersgate United Methodist Church.

She is survived by a son, John Kirby of Taylors; three sisters, Joyce Ford, Ruth Leopard and Jeanette Brookshire; one granddaughter; and three great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, James Elford Kirby.

Funeral services were held Aug. 1 at Woodlawn Funeral Home. Interment followed in Woodlawn Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to Aldersgate United Methodist Church, 7 Shannon Dr., Greenville, SC 29615.


James Arnez Patterson, 46, of Marietta, husband of the late Renee Patterson, died July 28, 2007.

He was born in Greenville, a son of the late Calvin and Dorothy Patterson and was employed with A&A Fire Protection.

Surviving are three children, Heather Holcombe of Pelzer, Tralane Burdette of Marietta and Steven Patterson of Greenville; seven grandchildren; three brothers, Robert Waldrop of Townville, Terry Patterson of Greenville and Billy Patterson of Greenville; two sisters,  Edna Massengil of Slabtown and Chip Nalley of Townville.

A memorial service was held July 31 at Hilltop Freewill Baptist Church in Travelers Rest.


Alvin Lasenbery, Sr. of Piedmont, died July 27, 2007 at the VA Hospital in Columbia.

Surviving are his mother, Cordia Murray Lasenbery Whiteside; sons, Alvin Lasenbery, Jr. of the home, Keith Lasenbery of Buffalo, NY, and Brian Lasenbery of Greer; sister, Wanna Mae Thompson of Spartanburg; seven grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

Funeral services will be held 3 p.m. Aug. 2 at St. Mark United Methodist Church.

Burial will follow in the church cemetery.


WILLIAMSTON, SC - Clara Payne Kelly, 94, of Williamston, SC, passed away on July 28, 2007, in Columbia, SC. Born on July 11, 1913, in Greenville, SC, Clara was the daughter of John Mitchell Payne and Jenny McDonald Payne of Williamston, SC.

Clara was married to the late Mack Daniel Kelly of Williamston, SC and is survived by three children, Mack Mitchell Kelly (Peggy) of Ocala, Florida, Kathy Kelly Seigler (Herbert) of Brea, California and Beth McDonald Kelly of Cayce, SC.

Clara is also survived by her daughter-in-law, Jenny Kelly of Hilton Head and Due West, SC, and grandchildren, Mitchell Kelly (ShaoLee) of Los Angeles, California, Paula Kelly Robinson (Richard) of Ocala, Florida, Shannon Kelly Gibb (Dean) of Ocala, Florida, and Payne Daniel Seigler (Elaine) of Huntington Beach, California. In addition, she was the proud great-grandmother of Mimi Robinson, Alexis Payne Seigler, Isabella Mary Kelly, Carter and Jetty Gibb.

She is survived by her brother, Dale Payne (Minnie), of Carrollton, Texas, and numerous nieces and nephews. Vera Kelly of Rock Hill, SC, Margie Payne of Albuquerque, NM, Ginny Payne of Charlotte, NC, and Marie Payne of Sacramento, California, survive her as dear sisters-in-law and brother-in-law Doyle Burroughs of Westminster, SC.

Clara was predeceased by a son, Thomas Daniel Kelly; brothers, Rhody Payne, Harry Payne, and Joe Payne; and sisters, Erlene Payne Davenport, Camilla Payne Burroughs, and Robbie Payne Mullinax.

A published poet, Clara also enjoyed traveling, singing hymns, gardening and was especially proud of kissing the Blarney Stone in Ireland at age 81. She was proficient with needlework and crocheted afghans for all of her children and grandchildren as well as her friends. Her sense of humor, lust for life and outgoing nature earned her many friends and acquaintances in her lifetime. As a deeply religious person, she was a devoted member of the First Baptist Church in Williamston, SC for over fifty years.

Clara was known from the east to the west coast for her beautiful hats and she always wore a hat to church services and other special occasions. Members of her church looked forward to seeing the “hat lady” each Sunday.

As a wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, sister, friend and writer, her strength and character made her a uniquely valuable woman who will be greatly missed by all whose lives she touched over a course of 94 years. Clara is now in heaven singing “When Irish Eyes Are Smiling” with her husband, Mack, and Dan, her son. They are all together again.

Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Friday at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Anderson, SC, with the Rev. Brad Bardin officiating.

A special thanks goes to the staff of NHC in West Columbia, SC, and the staff and residents of Deepwood Estates in Lexington, SC.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made to the First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 477, Williamston, SC 29697.

Gray Mortuary, 52 Main Street, Pelzer, SC, is handling the funeral arrangements.

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