Obituary Archives

Week of November 5, 2003




Cecil Fred Steadings, Jr., 63, of Piedmont, died Oct. 29 at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Born in Piedmont, he was a son of the late Cecil Fred Steadings, Sr. and Ruby Lee Lark. He was formerly employed by Tom Freeman Construction.

Surviving are daughters, Donna Cothran of Williamston, Janet Bolt of Pelzer; sons, Michael Steadings of Piedmont, Gregg Steadings of Pelzer; special nephew Bobby Steadings of Piedmont; step-parents, Frank and Freddie Lark of Piedmont; brothers, Bobby Steadings, Billy Lark, both of Piedmont; sisters, Becky Rochester of Piedmont, Sharon Sanders of Gray Court; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were held Oct. 31 at Pine Lawn Cemetery.


James Erford Tench, Jr., 62, of Anderson, husband of Norma Jean Matthews Tench, died Oct. 28 at his home.

He was born in Anderson, the son of the late James Erford and Harriet Carver Tench. He was a self-employed Body and Fender Auto Repairman, and was a Baptist.

Surviving in addition to his wife are; five children, Tony Hammack of Starr, Rana Wells of Belton, Denna Rumsey of Anderson, Sandy Lawrence of Williamston and James E. Tench, III of Alta Vista, VA; 13 grandchildren; three great grandchildren; two brothers, Robert and Dennis Tench; two sisters, Robie and Sherly.

No services are planned at this time.

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


Beauford Crawford Autrey, 86, of Pelzer, widow of William Henry Autrey, died Oct. 31 at her home.

Born in Pelzer, a daughter of the late Fred and Gertrude Brooks Crawford, she was a homemaker and a member of Pelzer United Methodist Church.

Surviving are a daughter, Gertrude “Trudy” A. Prince of Easley; sons, James William “J.W.” Autrey of Greenville, Fred Donald “Donnie” Autrey of Williamston; sister, Ada Cobb of Anderson; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were held Nov.  3 at Greenville Memorial Gardens.

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


Sylvester Mozel Chapman, of Greenville, died Oct. 26 at the Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Born in Greenville County, he was a son of the late Oscar Chapman and Mary Luster Chapman. He was a member of the Reedy Fork Baptist Church in Simpsonville and a retired employee of Bi-Lo Warehouse in Mauldin.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Nelson Chapman of Greenville; two sons, Sylvester Mozel Chapman Jr., of Greenville and James Marion Chapman of Piedmont; two daughters, Gwendolyn E. Brooks and Mary E. Austin of Greenville; four brothers, W.C. Chapman, John Chapman of Piedmont, Robert Chapman and Oscar Chapman Jr. of Greenville; and nine grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Nov. 4 at the Reedy Fork Baptist Church in Simpsonville. Burial followed in the Resthaven Memorial Garden in Piedmont.


Ervin Lewis “Charlie” West, 66, of Anderson, died Nov. 1 at the Greenville Memorial Hospital in Greenville.

Born in Anderson County, he was a son of the late Belton West and Inez Huckaby West. He was a restauranteur for forty-four years. He was the former owner of Old Hickory Stick in Anderson.

Surviving are his wife, Linda Rose West of the home; son, Shane Trammell of Fort Worth, TX; daughter, Pamela Bearden of Anderson; brothers, Bill West and Joe West, both of Houston, TX; sisters, Helen Pack of Pelzer, Lois Wells of Williamston, and Lilly Caviness of Easley; and two grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Nov. 3 in the Chapel of The McDougald Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children, 950 W. Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605.


Gerald Ronald “Uncle Ron” Johnson, 61, of Pelzer, died Oct. 30 at his home.

Born in Charleston, a son of the late Herman Leon Johnson and the late Bessie Mae Pourron Johnson, he spent his career in the retail business until his retirement in 1986.

He is survived by his wife, Ruth F. Johnson; two daughters, Veronica L. Johnson of Landrum and Angela S. Johnson of Charleston; three grandchildren; brothers, Clifford Johnson of Charleston, Herman Leon Johnson of Spring, TX, Chuck Johnson of Sugar Grove, NC; sisters, Thelma Davenport of Norfolk, VA, Trinie Case of Rome, GA, Mary Marsh of Goose Creek, Shirley Granger of Charleston, and Carol Friedman of Bradenton, FL.


Guyton McAlister, 82, of Anderson, died Nov. 3 at his home.

Born in Anderson County, he was retired from Wamsutta Mills and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

Surviving are wife, Louise McAlister of the home: daughter, Annette McAlister Coleman of Athens, GA; sister, Marie Spence of Pelzer; on grandson; and one great-granddaughter.

He was the son of the late Joe McDuffie McAlister and Leila Hammonds McAlister.

Funeral services were held Nov. 5 at The McDougald Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Anderson.

Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 129 North St., Anderson, SC 29621.


Jones West LaBoone, 67, of Easley, died Oct. 31 at his home.

He was a retired card room fixer with J.P.S. Monaghan Plant in Greenville. 

Survivors include his wife, Annette McAlister LaBoone, of the home; sons, Michael LaBoone of Pikesville, MD; John and Tracy LaBoone of Easley, and Jamey Miller of Honea Path; a daughter, Michelle Davis of Honea Path; brothers, James LaBoone of Pelzer and Joe Billy ‘Bill’ LaBoone of Easley; sisters, Winona Black and Betty Jean Barnes, both of Easley; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Nov. 2 at Rock Springs Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of St. Francis, 414 Pettigru St., Greenville, SC 29601.


Jesse Alvin Smith, 68, husband of the late Virginia Spoon Smith, of Piedmont, died Oct. 30.

Born in Greenville County, he was a son of the late Luther Alvin “L.A.” and Nina Louise Browning Smith, and was employed by Wangner Systems.

Surviving are four stepdaughters, Mandy Smith, Jean Williams, Sandra Hammond and Donna Childs; two sisters, Sherriell Ann Fowler of Piedmont and Glenda Jane Hembree of Greenville; and four brothers, Luke Smith and P.J. Smith, both of Greenville, and Harold Elzie Smith and Joseph Marty Smith, both of Piedmont.

Funeral services were held Nov. 2 at Truth Missionary Baptist Church. Burial followed in Greenville Memorial Gardens.


Hazel Porter Merritt, 78, of Piedmont, died Nov. 3 at Greenville Memorial Medical Center.

She was born in Anderson County, was the daughter of the late D.B. “Bub” and Rosa Duncan Porter, and was the widow of Fred Samuel Merritt.

She was retired from Union Carbide and was a member of Mount Airy Baptist Church.

Surviving are a daughter, Dorothy Merritt Lipscomb of Piedmont; two sons, Phillip Wayne Merritt and David Samuel Merritt, both of Piedmont; a sister, Faye Bell of Williamston; two brothers, Wayne Porter of Piedmont and Olan Porter of Columbia; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to Mount Airy Baptist Church Building Fund, 210 Mount Airy Road, Easley, SC 29642.

Funeral services will be held Nov. 6 at 1:30 p.m. at Mount Airy Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Greenville Memorial Gardens.


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