Obituary Archives

Week of September 22, 2004

RICKY EARL HOFFMAN
DAVID JONES
RUBY COKER
AGNES ARNOLD
MICHAEL DAVIS
EVIE S. SANDERS
EDWARD L. ROPER
WAYNE FORD

RALPH D. GREEN JR.
NA'CARI EMANUEL MARTIN
HENRY RICHARD WILLIAMS
LAWRENCE C. BROWNING
WALTER ALBERT SHELL SR.
REV. GEORGE PENDERGRASS
WILLIE RANDOLPH BROWN
LEANN C. WATTS

LEANN C. WATTS

Leann Cram Watts, 46, wife of James D. Watts of Six Mile, died Sept. 18, 2004 at the Hospice House in Anderson.

She was a native of Williamston, a daughter of James E. Cram of Indiana and the late Gloria Ann Harper Holder.

She was an LPN with many of the nursing homes in the Upstate and a member of Prayer Baptist Church in Norris.

Surviving, in addition to her husband and her father are a brother, Todd L. Cram of Six Mile; a stepfather, Leroy Holder of Easley; and a grandmother, Lillie Mae Holder of Six Mile.

Funeral services were held Sept. 21 at King’s Grove Baptist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

WILLIE RANDOLPH BROWN

Willie Randolph Brown of Anderson, died Sept., 15, 2004 in Mexico.

He was a son of the late Coster and Willie C. Williams Brown. He was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church in Pelzer. He was employed by Perry Correctional Facility.

Surviving are his wife, the Rev. E. Mary Brown; a son, Kevin Brown of Bellevue, NV; a stepdaughter, Ginger Hammonds and stepson, Chris Hammonds, both of Anderson; eight sisters, Lillian Young, Gladys Suber, Susie Huwlett, Barbara Jones, Janice Brown and Trena McCullough, all of Pelzer, Almeda Fowler of Greenville and Elfrida Griffin of Aiken; four brothers, Wilbert, Johnny and Horace Brown, all of Greenville, Marvin Brown of Pelzer; one grandchild; and five stepgrandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Sept. 23 at Shady Grove Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

THE REV. GEORGE L. PENDERGRASS

The Rev. George L. Pendergrass, of Greenville, died Sept. 19, 2004 at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Born in Greenville County, he was the son of the late James Preston and Annie Deola Walker Pendergrass. He was a retired truck driver for Overnite Transportation. He was a member of Reedy River Missionary Baptist Church in Mauldin.

Surviving are three daughters, Karen Pendergrass Campbell of Piedmont, Denise Pendergrass Brown of Raleigh, NC, and Renee Pendergrass Norman of Stone Mountain, GA; two sons, George Pendergrass Jr. of Roswell, GA, and Derrick Pendergrass of Fountain Inn; three sisters, Christine Heard, Louise Young and Betty Neal, all of Greenville; two brothers, Charles Pendergrass of Greenville and David Pendergrass of Greer; 11 grandchildren; and a great-grandchild.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Sept. 23 at Reedy River Missionary Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Greenville Memorial Gardens.

WALTER ALBERT SHELL SR.

Walter Albert Shell Sr., of Greenville, died Sept. 18, 2004 at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Born in Laurens County, he was the son of the late Raymond and Annie Bell Greer Shell. He was a retired truck driver for Browns Trucking Co. and was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Surviving are his wife, Ina Mae Shell of the home; daughters, Annie Mills, Jewell Blakely, Renee Bowling, of Greenville, and Wanda Shell of Piedmont; sons, Walter Shell Jr. of Killeen, TX, Nathaniel Shell of Spartanburg, Stanley Shell, Anthony Shell, Bruster Shell, all of Mauldin, George Shell, Danny Shell, Christopher Shell, James Earl Shell and Ray Allen Shell, all of Greenville; sisters, Bessie Davis and Dessie Dickerson of Greenville; stepsisters, Bertha Ross, Shirley Harrison of Greenville, and Florence Green of New York; brothers, R. June Shell of Greenville, Kelley Shell and Willie Lee Shell; stepbrothers, S.J. Green and Henry Gray, of Greenville; a grandson, Ray Anthony Shell reared in the home; 51 grandchildren; 46 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sept. 23 at Watkins, Garrett & Woods Mortuary. Burial will follow in Resthaven Memorial Gardens.

LAWRENCE CLEO BROWNING

Lawrence Cleo Browning, 88, husband of Mary Margaret Owen Browning, of Piedmont died Sept. 17, 2004 at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Born in Anderson County, he was the son of the late Josh F. Browning and Amanda Ellen Bruce Browning. He was a member of New Hope Baptist Church and a retired textile worker.

Surviving is his wife of the home.

Funeral services were held Sept. 20 at Cox Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in Williamston Cemetery.

HENRY RICHARD WILLIAMS

Henry Richard Williams, 80, of Anderson, died Sept. 16, 2004 at Hospice of the Upstate.

Born in Anderson County, he was of the Baptist faith and a doffer in textiles.

Surviving are his wife, Mary Lou Smith Williams; daughters, Haddie James of Williamston, Patricia Childs and Nomia Strickland, both of Honea Path, Diane Vanleer of Florida and Jody Holtzclaw of Belton; son, Hank Williams of Williamston; sister, Geneva Phillips of Williamston; eight grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

He was the son of the late John Williams and Haddie Watson Williams.

Funeral services were held Sept. 19 at the Cox Funeral Home chapel. Burial followed in Shady Grove Baptist Church cemetery.

NA’ CARI EMANUEL MARTIN

Na’Cari Emanuel Martin, baby boy, of Piedmont, died Sept. 17, 2004 at the Greenville Memorial Hospital.

He is survived by his mother, Larisha Martin of Piedmont; his father, Westley Suber of Greenville; grandmother, Jacquelyn Martin of Piedmont; great-grandmother, Lonnie Rosemond of Piedmont; and great-grandfather, George Sullivan of Greenville.

Graveside services were held Sept. 20 at Cedar Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Simpsonville.

RALPH D. GREEN JR.

Ralph Dean “Red” Green, Jr., 81, of Richard M. Campbell Nursing Center, died Sept. 17, 2004 at his residence.

Husband of Frances Moody Green, he was born in Greenville, a son of the late India Pace and Ralph D. Green Sr.

A U.S. Army veteran of World War II, he was owner of Ralph Green Used Cars.

Surviving in addition to his wife are; daughters, Diane Hooper of Piedmont, Linda Ledwell of Powdersville and Deborah G. Gilliland of Easley; sons, Barry Green of Greenville, Mickey Green of Easley, Ralph D. III of Easley, and Steven Green of Powdersville; 14 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and four step-grandchildren; sisters, Modell Simpson, Rosa Greene and Margie Foster; and brothers, the Rev. Belvin Greene and Lewis P. Greene.

Funeral services were held Sept. 19 at Thomas McAfee Funeral Home. Burial followed in Woodlawn Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to Campbell Veterans Nursing Home, Dementia Unit, 4605 Belton Highway, Anderson, SC 29621.

WAYNE FORD

Thomas Wayne Ford, 51, of Doraville, GA died August 30, 2004 at his home.

Born in Anderson, he was the son of Dora Alexander Ford and the late William “Bill” Thomas Ford. He graduated from Palmetto High School and attended the University of South Carolina. He was employed by Honeywell and was a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church.

Surviving are his mother of Pelzer; and sister, Kimberly Renee Ford Condero of Duluth, GA.

Funeral services were held Sept. 2 at Gray Mortuary Chapel. Entombment followed in Greenville Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.

EDWARD L. ROPER

Edward Lewis Roper, 48, of Piedmont, died Sept. 14, 2004.

Born in Pickens County, he was a son of Leoda Mozelle Reeves of Pelzer and the late William Franklin Roper. He was an employee of North America Garments.

Surviving in addition to his mother are son, Chad Lewis Roper of Greer; sisters, Yvonne Smith of Greenville and Wanda Watts of Piedmont; brothers, Bobby, Mark and Marvin Roper, all of Greenville and Alvin Roper of Hartwell.

Funeral services were held Sept. 17 at Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Northwest. Burial followed in Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

EVIE S. SANDERS

Evie Spearman Sanders, 88, of Central, died Sept. 15, 2004 at NHC of Anderson.

A native of Central, she retired from Cannon Mills and was a member of Sharon Methodist Church.

Surviving are brother, Ernest Spearman of Williamston; and sisters, Ethel Anderson, Lois Neely and Ruth Neely, all of Central and Bertha Grace Metz of Iva.

She was the widow of Paul Ralph Sanders and the daughter of the late Glenn and Bertha Pressley Spearman.

Funeral services were held Sept. 17 at Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home Chapel, Central-Clemson Commons. Burial followed in Mount Zion Cemetery.

MICHAEL DAVIS

Michael Eugene Davis, 40, husband of Wanda Johnson Davis, of Pelzer, died Sept. 14, 2004.

Born in Greenville County, he was a son of Edward Lee and Joan Cooper Davis. He was formerly employed by AAA Mechanical and attended Piedmont Church of God of Prophecy.

Surviving are his wife of the home; parents of Piedmont; daughters, Morgan Brittany Davis, Natalie Lynn Davis, both of the home; brothers, Tim Davis, Tony Davis, and Barry Davis, all of Piedmont; and grandmother Rhoda Davis of Piedmont.

Funeral services were held Sept. 18 at Gray Mortuary Chapel, Pelzer. Burial followed in Greenville Memorial Gardens.

AGNES ARNOLD

Agnes Marie Alverson Arnold, 88, formerly of Ware Place, widow of James Thomas Arnold, died Sept. 15, 2004 at National Health Care in Greer.

Born in the Old Hundred Community of Greenville County, she was a daughter of the late Jim and Ola Mae Knight Alverson. She was a homemaker and a member of Washington Baptist Church.

Surviving are daughters, Judy Campbell of Fountain Inn, Margaret Weaver of Greer, Harriette Wood of Woodruff; son, Jim Arnold of N. Augusta; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Graveside services were held Sept. 18  at Washington Baptist Church Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Vista Care Hospice, 4006 E. North St. Ste. A, Greenville, SC 29615.

RUBY COKER

Ruby Grace Lindley Coker, widow of Ansel Banham Coker, of Pelzer, died Sept. 18, 2004 at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

She was born in Greenville to the late James H. Lindley and Mattie O. Henderson Lindley. She retired as a seamstress from Stone Manufacturing Co. in Greenville. She was a member of Fork Sholas Baptist Church.

Surviving are a son, Larry B. Coker of Pelzer; a daughter, Jeanette C. Harnesberger of Pelzer; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Sept. 22 at Fork Shoals Baptist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

DAVID JONES

David Jones, 75, of Greenville, died Sept. 19, 2004 at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Husband of Gladys O’Shields Jones, he was born in Spartanburg, a son of the late Rex D. and Marie O’Shields Jones.

A U.S. Air Force Veteran, he was a retired restauranteur.

He was a member of Morgan Memorial Baptist Church.

Surviving in addition to  his wife are; daughters, Debra Jones Hiott of Simpsonville, and Wanda Henderson of Durham, NC; three grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and a brother, Jerry Jones of Pelzer.

Funeral services were held Sept. 22 at Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Northwest, with burial at Woodlawn Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to Morgan Memorial Baptist Church, 2300 Old Buncombe Road, Greenville, SC 29609.

RICKY EARL HOFFMAN

Ricky Earl Hoffman, 56, of Piedmont, died Sept. 19, 2004.

Born in Burlington, NC, he was the son of the late Willard and Florene Hoffman.

He was a truck driver, and was a member of Victory Baptist Church in Easley.

He is survived by his wife, Susan Brooks Hoffman of the home; two sons, Ricky Dale Hoffman of Greenville and Steven Earl Hoffman of Mauldin; a daughter, Melissa Annette Knight of Easley; two brothers, Tommy R. Hoffman of Easley and Dennis J. Hoffman of Greenville; three sisters, Peggy Vest and Sheila Duncan, both of Greenville, and Linda White of Piedmont; and three grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Sept. 22, at Victory Baptist Church, 1832 Powdersville Road, Easley. Entombment followed in Clyde M. Gaffney Mausoleum at Woodlawn Memorial Park, Greenville.

 

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