Obituary Archives

Week of August 16, 2006

JAMES 'WIGGY' WITT, SR.
WADDY MILLER, SR.
INEZ KING RICE
CHRISTOPHER C. WILSON, SR.
MARIE TALBERT
DENNIS L. ARNOLD
RALPH SPIVEY
INEZ ELLISON LOWE
DONALD EUGENE SANDERS

EARL WOOTEN
RUTH FOWLER CAMPBELL
REV. JOHN COOLEY
JERRY ELLISON
BOB WILSON, SR.
DENNIS PRIDMORE
PAULA CHRISTOPHER
LEANDER R. DODGENS
SGT. 1ST CLASS DONALD T. MORTON

SGT. 1ST CLASS DONALD THOMAS MORTON

Sgt. 1st Class Donald Thomas Morton, 66, died Aug, 10, 2006 at his home in Greenville. He was the son of the late Thomas J. Morton of Oconee, and Margie Birdswell of Greenville.

Surviving are his wife, Molly Morton of the home; three sons, Richard Gilliland of Piedmont, Donald Morton of Greenville and Tony Morton of Greenville; three daughters, Anita Holloway of Marietta, Dianne Morris of Greenville and Betty Stancell of Greenville; and a sister, Frances Bentley of Greenville; 10 grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Aug. 12 at New Live Baptist Church. Burial followed in Graceland Cemetery.


LEANDER R. DODGENS

Leander Ruth Hayes Dodgens, 82, of Pelzer, died Aug. 8, 2006 at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Born in Pickens, she was the daughter of the late Daniel Moses Hayes and Bessie M. LaFoy Hayes.

She served in the U.S. Marines during World War II.

She retired from The Mackey Mortuary.

She is survived by her daughter, Susan Chiles; son, Mike Dodgens; five grandchildren; a great-grandchild; a sister, Inez Hughes; and brothers, D.M. Hayes and John R. Hayes of Pickens.

She was predeceased by her husband, Clifford O. Dodgens.

Funeral services were held Aug. 11 in the chapel of The Mackey Mortuary. Burial followed in Woodlawn Memorial Park.


PAULA CHRISTOPHER

Paula Lanette Frasier Christopher, 42, wife of William “Bill” Spencer Christopher, of Williamston, died Aug. 9, 2006 at AnMed Health Medical Center.

Born in Pelzer, she was a daughter of Paul Frasier, Jr. of Pickens and Judy Williams Frasier of Williamston.

She was employed by Jo Jo’s Restaurant and was a Baptist.

In addition to her husband and parents, she is survived by her son, William “Brandon” Christopher of the home; sisters, Allison Evans, Stacey Rasmussen, both of Pelzer; and brother, Shaun Frasier of Pickens.

Funeral services were held Aug. 12 at Gray Mortuary Chapel, Pelzer. Burial followed in Forest Lawn Memorial Park.


DENNIS PRIDMORE

Williamston, SC - William Dennis Pridmore, 56, husband of Brenda S. Shackleford Pridmore, of 204 Briar Ridge East, died Thursday, August 10, 2006 at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Born in Pelzer, he was a son of the late James Garvin and Katherine Culbertson Pridmore.

In addition to his wife of the home, he is survived by daughter and son-in-law, Tonya and Kevin Currens; son and daughter-in-law, William “Billy” and Crystal Pridmore, all of Williamston; brothers, Leon Autrey of Taylors, Jimmy Pridmore of Piedmont, Gary “Garbo” Pridmore of Pelzer; sister, Edith Lomax of Greenwood; a special neighbor he took care of, Miles Bernard; and grandchildren, Hayley Currens, Savannah Currens, Cody Pridmore, Justin Pridmore, and Katie Pridmore.

He was predeceased by a brother, Kenneth Autrey of Pelzer.

Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday at Gray Mortuary Chapel, Pelzer with the Rev. Robert Flemming officiating. Burial followed in Pine Lawn Cemetery.

The family is at the home of Tonya and Kevin Currens, 117 Slawson Drive, Williamston and received friends 2-3 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home prior to the service.


BOB WILSON, SR.

Robert “Bob” Lee Wilson, Sr., 74, husband of Dora Aliene Blanton Wilson, of 403 Forest Hills Drive, died Aug. 10, 2006 at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Born in Roanoke, VA, he was a son of the late William Clarence and Marion Blanche Pring Wilson. He was a U.S. Naval veteran of the Korean Conflict, retired from Union Carbide, and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife of the home, he is survived by his son, Robbie Wilson of the home; sisters, Mary Frances Martin, Joyce Donnahoo; and brother, Richard L. Wilson, all of Chesnee.

Graveside services were held Aug. 10 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. A memorial service followed at Calvary Baptist Church.


JERRY ELLISON

January 19, 1943 - August 11, 2006

Jerry Lee Ellison, 63, husband of Susan Mullinax, of 504 Boiter Rd., Williamston, died Aug. 11, 2006 at AnMed Health Medical Center.

Born in Anderson County, he was a son of the late Walter Lester and Ethel Holland Ellison. He retired from Flowers Bakery after 30 years of employment and was a member of Cedar Grove Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife of the home, he is survived by daughter, Donna Dove; son, Todd Ellison, both of Williamston; step-son, Danny R. Taylor II of the home; sisters, Dot Dickerson, Bobbie Brooks, both of Williamston, Jane Cothran of Anderson; brothers, David Ellison, Wade Ellison, Sammy Ellison, Wendell Ellison, Alton Ellison, all of Williamston, Don Ellison of Belton; and grandchildren, India and Jacob Ellison of Williamston, Joshua Capps of Albuquerque, NM, and Jason Byers of the home.

He was predeceased by daughter-in-law, Dana McGee Ellison.

Funeral services were held Aug. 13 at Cedar Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Dean Webb and the Rev. Bill Ellison officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.


REV. JOHN COOLEY

Rev. John Joseph Cooley, 76, husband of Bessie Gillespie Cooley, died Aug. 11, 2006 at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Born in Greenville County, he was a son of the late Joe and Alma McCoy Cooley. He served in the National Guard and retired from McAfee Manufacturing. He was a Baptist minister for forty years and was a member of Rehoboth Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife of the home, he is survived by daughter, Vickie A. Jenkins of Pelzer; brothers, William L. Cooley of Pelzer;  Earl Cooley of England; one grandson and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Aug. 13 at Rehoboth Baptist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Rehoboth Baptist Church, 1620 Old Pelzer Road, Piedmont, SC 29673.


RUTH FOWLER CAMPBELL

Ruth Fowler Campbell, 88, widow of Watson H. Campbell Sr., died Aug. 10, 2006 in Hendersonville, NC.

She was born in Spartanburg, a daughter of the late Samuel J. and Lola Harley Fowler.

Surviving are a son and daughter, James Franklin Campbell of Greenville and Sonja C. Thompson of Piedmont; nine grandchildren; 21 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Aug. 12 in the Mausoleum Chapel at Greenville Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.


EARL WOOTEN

WILLIAMSTON, SC - Earl Hazwell Wooten, 82, husband of Thelma Harris Wooten, of 702 Williams Street, died Saturday, August 12, 2006 at his home.

Born in Pelzer, he was the son of the late Eugene Talmadge and Mable Brown Wooten. He retired from J.P. Stevens where he was athletic director and was a member of the South Carolina Athletic Hall of Fame in baseball and basketball.

In addition to his wife of the home, he is survived by son and daughter-in-law, Earl H. “Buster” and Mary Ann Wooten of Williamston; daughter and son-in-law, Jo Earle and Alvin Reynolds of Dalton, GA; grandchildren, Deidre Wooten Jordan of Greenville, Denise Reynolds Pendley, Jason Reynolds, Joel Reynolds, all of Dalton, GA; and great-grandchildren, Ty Pendley, Noah Pendley, Davison Reynolds, Dori Reynolds, and Reese Reynolds.

Funeral services were held at 11 a.m. Monday at Pelzer United Methodist Church. Burial followed in Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

The family received friends Sunday at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer.

Memorials may be made to Pelzer United Methodist Church, 8 Hale Street, Pelzer, SC 29669.


DONALD EUGENE SANDERS

Donald Eugene Sanders, 56, died Aug. 9, 2006 in Louisa, VA.

He was the son of the late Ray Sanders and Hazel Davis Sanders and was of the Baptist faith.

Surviving are daughter, Shannon Culbertson of Williamston; sister, Brenda Sanders; brothers, Jerry Sanders and Ronnie Sanders, all of Anderson; and one granddaughter.

Graveside services were held Aug. 15 at Garden of Memories.

Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church of Belton.


INEZ ELLISON LOWE

Inez Ellison Lowe, 92, of Belton, died Aug. 11, 2006 at Anderson Place in Anderson. 

She was the daughter of Matthew J. Ellison and Iva Elrod Ellison.

She was predeceased by her husband Ollie Ben Lowe.

She is survived by one brother, Richard M. Ellison of the Cheddar Community; and one sister, Mary Lee Ellison McJunkin of Pickens.

She was a member of Second Baptist Church.

Funeral services were held at the Cox Funeral Home Chapel in Belton on Aug. 14. Burial followed in Cedar Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in the Cheddar Community.

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


RALPH SPIVEY

Ralph Edward Spivey, 77, husband of Shirley Pierce Spivey of Anderson, died Aug.10, 2006 at his home.

Born in Greenwood, he was a son of the late Leroy Otto Spivey and Jessie Mae Farmer Spivey. He was retired from Owens Corning Fiberglas and was a United States Air Force veteran. He was of the Baptist faith.

He is survived by his wife of the home; sons, Ron Spivey of Anderson, Wayne Spivey of Seneca; daughters, Lisa Webb of Belton and Kristi Prince of Williamston; four grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

Funeral services were held Aug. 13 in the Chapel of The McDougald Funeral Home. Entombment followed in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum with Military Honors.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Upstate SC Chapter, 521 N. McDuffie Street, Anderson, SC 29621.


DENNIS L. ARNOLD

Dennis L. Arnold of Washington, DC, died Aug. 8, 2006 at his home.

Born in Washington, he was a son of the late Walter Lewis and Daisy Lee Arnold.

Surviving are his wife, Cheryl Arnold of the home; six sons, Troy, Walter, Dennis II, Don, Matthew and Marcus, all of Washington; two daughters, Kirsten and Kimberly Arnold of Washington; and four sisters, Brenda Robinson, Jean Goodloe, Janet Arnold and Mary Frances Arnold, all of Washington.

Graveside services were held Aug. 15 in New Prospect Baptist Church Cemetery, Williamston.


CHRISTOPHER COLUMBUS WILSON, SR.

Christopher Columbus Wilson Sr. of Greenville, died Aug. 10, 2006. 

Born in Greenville County, he was the son of the late John Henry and Viola Jackson Wilson.

Surviving are his wife, Margaret Croft Wilson; children, C.C. Wilson Jr. of Piedmont, Brenda Lee of Orland Park, IL, Loretta Harrison of Easley, and Arthur “Roy” Wilson of Charlotte, NC; brothers, Charlie, Odell and Billy, all of Greenville, and Arthur Benjamin of Piedmont; 11 grandchildren; two nieces raised as sisters, Willie Pearl Arrant and Bobbie Simmons.

Funeral service was held Aug. 14 at Flat Rock Baptist Church. Burial followed in Greenville Memorial Gardens.


MARIE TALBERT

Marie Witt Talbert, 97, formerly of Fountain Inn, widow of William B. Talbert Sr., died Aug. 13, 2006 at Fountain Side Assisted Living in Fountain Inn.

Born in Greenwood County, she was a daughter of the late J.S. and Mae Quattlebaum Witt. She was a member of Main Street United Methodist Church.

Surviving are two sons, Bill Talbert of Piedmont and Jim Talbert of Charlotte, NC; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were held Aug. 15 at Edgewood Cemetery.

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


INEZ KING RICE

Inez King Rice, 89, widow of William H. “Bill” Rice, died Aug. 14, 2006 at her home.

A resident of southern Greenville County, she was a daughter of the late David Allen King, Sr. and Eula Lindley King.

She retired from Greenville Petroleum. She was a member of Waycross Baptist Church.

Surviving are brothers, D. Allen King, Jr. of Greenville and Joe C. King of Lincolnton, GA.

Funeral services were held Aug. 16 at Gray Mortuary Chapel, Pelzer. Burial followed in Greenville Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.


WADDY MILLER, SR.

Waddy Miller Sr., 83, of Greenville, died Aug. 11, 2006 at his home.

A son of the late John Miller and Marie Lloyd Miller, he was a member of the Shady Grove Baptist Church, Pelzer, a veteran of the U.S. Navy and retired from Delta Woodside Mills.

He is survived by five sons, Waddy Miller Jr. of Piedmont, Lonnie Miller of Greenville, Charles F. Miller of Mauldin, Tony Miller, Marvin K. Miller of the home; one daughter, Carolyn Young of Greenville; one brother, Jerome Miller of Washington, DC; one sister, Mattie Menefee of Buffalo, NY; 13 grandchildren, two reared in the home, Bonita Irby and Lashone Miller of Greer; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Aug. 16 at the Shady Grove Baptist Church. Burial followed in Resthaven Memorial Garden with military rites.


JAMES “WIGG” WITT, SR.

July 12, 1930 - August 14, 2006

WILLIAMSTON, SC - James “Wigg” William Witt, Sr., 76, husband of Frances McAbee Witt, of 215 Dacus Drive, died Monday, August 14, 2006 at AnMed Health Medical Center.

Born in Pelzer, he was the son of the late John Calvin and Annie Kelly Witt. He retired from the National Guard after 24 years and 7 months of service, retired from Cushman Mills after 52 years of service, and was a member of Cedar Grove Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife of the home, he is survived by son, James William Witt, Jr. of the home; daughters, Wyanette Witt Rice of Woodruff, Deloris Witt Culbertson of Belton, Robin Witt Moody of Williamston; nephew, Richard “Ricky” Sherman of Anderson; niece, Barbara Smith of Williamston; grandchildren, Stephen Culbertson, Blake Culbertson; step-grandson, Andrew Rice; and great-grandson, Gabriel Rice.

He was predeceased by his sister, Maxine Witt Riddle.

Funeral services  will be 2 p.m. Thursday at Cedar Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Dean Webb and the Rev. Ronald Culbertson officiating. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

The family is at the home and will receive friends 6-8 p.m. Wednesday at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer.

Memorials may be made to the Building Fund of Cedar Grove Baptist Church, 13027 Hwy. 20, Belton, SC 29627, or to the Bus Fund of Mt. Bethel Baptist Church, 2603 Due West Hwy. Belton, SC 29627.

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