Obituary Archives

Week of August 20, 2008




EL CAMPO, TX - Bobbie Davenport, 54, of El Campo, TX, formerly of Pelzer, passed away on August 11, 2008.

Born on April 3, 1954 in Akron, Ohio, she was Chief Nursing Officer at Gulf Coast Medical Center in Wharton, TX and retired in 2003. She was a member of the Sunshine Ladies, Beta Sigma Phi Sorority, the Order of the Eastern Star, the National Honor Society of Sigma Theta GAU International Society of Nursing, and Chi Omega at Clemson University. She taught Sunday School, served on numerous committees at the First Baptist Church of El Campo, and was very active in the Republican Party.

She is survived by her husband, Ron Davenport of El Campo, TX; mother, Lorraine Owens Garrett of El Campo, TX; son, Brett Davenport and his fiancé Nicole Bautista of Houston, TX; daughter, Amanda Davenport of El Campo, TX; stepdaughter, Tami Davenport Elliott and her husband Jason of Huntsville, TX; and grandchildren, Taylor Davenport, Jayce Elliott, and Jalyn Elliott.

She was predeceased in death by her father, Perry B. Garrett; and brother, Donald P. Garrett.

Funeral services were held on Thursday, August 14, in El Campo, TX.

Graveside services were held 2 p.m. August 16 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Anderson.

Memorials in memory of Bobbie Davenport may be made to Capstone Community Church, P.O. Box 6021, Anderson, SC 29623.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer, was in charge of arrangements.


Walter Reid “Red” Campbell, Sr., 76, of Greer died Aug. 13, 2008 at Allen Bennett Hospital.

Born in Greenville County, a son of the late Maddison Walker and Sarah Jane Ward Campbell, he retired as a driver with Shedd’s Country Crock in Greenville. He was a member of Calvery Hill Baptist Church in Lyman. He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Surviving are his wife, Ruth Hammond Campbell of the home; two sons, Steve Campbell of Piedmont and Walter R. Campbell, Jr. of Williamston; daughter, Angie Ross of Greenville; three sisters, Georgia Lee Huff, Mary Frances Tate and Ruby C. Bowen, all of Easley; 13 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Aug. 15 at Calvery Hill Baptist Church in Lyman. Burial followed in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to Calvery Hill Baptist Church, 100 Calvery Hill Church Drive, Lyman, SC 29305.


Virgil Greggs, 52, of Greenville, died Aug. 7, 2008 at his home.

Born in Greenville County, he was a son of Thomas Clifton Greggs, Sr. and Annie Pearl Johnson Greggs.

Surviving are his wife, Gwen Reese Greggs; sons, Thomas and Anthony Greggs and Tawann Johnson, all of Greenville; stepsons, Carlos Smith and Devon Williams, both of the home; sisters, Clara Greggs McClure of Simpsonville and Shirley Greggs Dunbar of Greenville; brothers, George A. Greggs of Columbia and James S. Greggs of Piedmont; and four grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Aug. 20 at Watkins, Garrett & Woods Mortuary. Burial followed in Moore’s Chapel Church Cemetery.


Tammie M. Thompson, 48, of Garner, NC died Aug. 18, 2008 at her home. Born in Pelzer, she is the daughter of the late Milford and Madeline McCombs Bannister.

Surviving are her husband, Jim Thompson; daughters, Kristy T. Mikelonis, Tiffany Thompson, April Wright, Bridgett Thompson; sons, Tony Thompson, Matthew Thompson and Ron Thompson; sisters, Kathy Smith and Linda Burton; brothers, Tony Bannister and Steven Bannister; 11 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held 11 a.m. Aug. 21 at Bryan-Lee Funeral Home in Garner, NC. Burial will follow at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Jim Thompson, 508 Lakeside Drive, Garner, NC 27529.


PIEDMONT - James David “Danny” Landreth, Jr., 54, of 112 Cades Dr., went home to be with his Savior on August 18, 2008.

He was the son of Mallie Jo Landreth of Piedmont and the late J.D. Landreth.

Danny is survived by his wife, Pam Bagwell Landreth and their two daughters, Heather Landreth Atwell and Andrea Landreth of the home. He is also survived by brothers, Terry Landreth of Simpsonville, Randy Landreth of Pelzer, and Michael Landreth of Piedmont.

Danny was an active member of Mt. Airy Baptist Church. He and his wife were members of the Upstate Shag Club. He enjoyed and loved music, along with the many friendships he made throughout his life.

The family will be at the home of Terry Landreth, 975 Jenkins Bridge Rd., Simpsonville and received friends 6:30-9 p.m. Tuesday at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer.

A memorial service was held at Mt. Airy Baptist Church, Powdersville on Wednesday at 3:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials may be made to Hospice of the Upstate, Rainey House, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621.


WILLIAMSTON - Donald “Don” Rayford Brady, Sr., 70, of 16 Edgewood Dr., husband of Barbara Rhodes Brady, died Monday, August 18, 2008 at St. Francis Hospital.

Born in Anderson County, he was a son of the late Charles Gaddus, Sr. and Rallen Leslie Brady. He was retired from Brady’s Barber Shop and a member of Trinity Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife of the home; son, Donald Rayford Brady, Jr. of the home, son, Brent Tyler Brady and his wife Kim of Simpsonville; daughter, Sonya Maxine Brady of the home; sisters, Doris Childress and Elaine Shirley, both of Williamston, Peggy Mason of Hendersonville, NC; four grandchildren, Tyler Cain Brady, Blake Tyler Brady, Anna Larson Brady, Chase Gabrielle Dyer Brady.

He was predeceased by brothers, Charles, Wayne, Dan Brady; sisters, Catherine King, Thelma Browning, and daughter-in-law, Nita Rae Brady.

The family is at the home and received friends 7-9 p.m. Tuesday at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer.

Funeral services were held 3 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home chapel by Revs. Donnie Harper and Robbie Robertson. Entombment followed in Greenville Memorial Gardens.


Paul David Hill, Jr., 66, of Easley died Aug. 12, 2008 at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Born in Moonville, he was a son of the late Paul D. Hill, Sr. and Pru Edith Dean Hill. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

Surviving are his daughter, Torey Hill of Easley; sisters, Hattie Wharton and Joyce Hill, both of Greenville, Betty Hill and Barbara Hill of Piedmont; brother, Donald and Carol Hill, both of Greenville; and three grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Aug. 17 at Watkins, Garrett and Woods Mortuary. Burial followed in Resthaven Memorial Gardens.


Humphries Veldee “Bubba” Paige, 77, of Honea Path died Aug. 15, 2008 at Richard Campbell Veterans Nursing Home.

Born in Anderson County, he was a son of the late Ellis and Bessie Hughes Paige. He was a member of Chiquola Baptist Church and a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was retired from C. Thompson Chevrolet.

Surviving are daughter Sherry Posey of Honea Path; two step-sons, Weslie Johnson of Piedmont and Terry Johnson of Belton; three sisters, Ella Ruth Wallace of Easley, Dot Rucker of Honea Path, and Frances Paige of Honea Path; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Aug. 17 at Pruitt Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in Eastview Cemetery.


Edna Hoxit Lesley, 95, formerly of Easley, died Aug. 15, 2008 at the Foothills Presbyterian Home.

Born in Piedmont, she was a daughter of the late Garland and Lula Jones Hoxit.  A resident of Foothills Presbyterian Home, she was the oldest member of First United Methodist Church of Easley.

Surviving are a daughter, Anita and Bud Nalley of Easley; and a son, Marchant Lesley of Anderson; five grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceasd by her husband, Mina Lee Lesley.

Funeral service was held Aug. 17 at First United Methodist Church of Easley. A private burial followed at Westview Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church of Easley, P.O. Box 582, Easley, SC.


Young Bolden of Greenville, died Aug. 11, 2008 at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Born in Pelzer, he was a son of the late Elmer Mathis Bolden and Foster Bolden.

Surviving are daughers, Kathleen Seabrook of Richmond, VA, Gloria Davis, Pamela Moon, both of Greenville, and Denise Bolden of the home; son, John Robert Bolden of Mauldin; grandson raised in the home, Travis Bolden; sister, Ruby Palmore; nine grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Aug. 16 at New Forksville Baptist church. Burial followed in the church cemetery.


UNA - Herman Edward Burgess, 80, of 289 New Cut Road, Una went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, August 12, 2008 at Regional Hospice Home.

He was the husband of Peggy Koon Burgess of the residence and the son of the late Joseph and Zoa McAlister Burgess. He was retired from Duke Energy. He was a member of Hope Freewill Baptist Church and was a native of Anderson, South Carolina.

In addition to his wife he is survived by son, Eddie Burgess of Anderson; step-son, Jerry Koon of Boiling Springs and daughter Mary Myers of Anderson; and by two sisters, Lucille Bell of West Pelzer and Faye Vinson of Westminster; three grandchildren; one step-grandchild and several great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by an older brother, Joseph David Burgess.

Graveside services were held 11:00 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 14, 2008 at Sunset Memorial Gardens officiated by Rev. Kenneth Cash and Bobby Rhymer.

The family received friends Aug. 13 at Eggers Funeral Home of Boiling Springs.

The family was at the home of the stepson, Jerry Koon, 105 Notchwoods Drive, Boiling Springs, SC 92316

E-condolences may be sent online to: www.eggersfuneral Eggers Funeral Home, Boiling Springs, SC

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