Obituary Archives

Week of November 14, 2007




Geneva Cooley Crawford, 89, formerly of Belton, widow of Julian C. Crawford, died Nov. 6, 2007 at Hospice House in Anderson.

Born in Greenville County, she was a daughter of the late Alexander and Dora Holliday Cooley. She was a homemaker and a member of Riverside Baptist Church.

Surviving are daughters Thelma Fleming, Patricia Crawford; sons, Ray Crawford, Richard Crawford, Charles Crawford and Donnie Crawford, all of Belton, Ted Crawford of Honea Path; sisters, Margaret King, Minnie Lee Emery, Sue Cooley, Peggy Rainey, all of Pelzer, Kate Hanks of Honea Path; brothers, Henry Cooley of Honea Path, John Cooley of Williamston; 19 grandchildren; 34 great-grandchildren; and nine great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Nov. 9 in the chapel of Gray Mortuary, Pelzer. Burial followed in Cedar Shoals Baptist Church Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Riverside Baptist Church, 1113 Holliday Dam Road, Belton, SC 29627.


Lemmie Doyle “Peanut” Simmons, III, 30, husband of Angela Ramsey Simmons, of Greenville, died Nov. 7, 2007 at St. Francis Hospital.

Born in Anderson County, he was a son of Lemmie Doyle Simmons, Jr., of Pelzer and the late Leila Teresa Simmons. He was employed by Panagakos Asphalt.

In addition to his wife and father, he is survived by daughters, Brittany Carver, Brianna Ramsey, Cheyenne Simmons; son, Dalton Simmons, all of the home; brother, Travis Jackson of Pelzer; and sisters, Cathy Jackson, Christi Jackson, both of Anderson and Tonya Carter of Greenville.

Graveside services were held Nov. 10 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.


Robert L. “Ronny” Rogers, Jr., 66, of Piedmont, died Nov. 5, 2007.

Born in Greenville County, he was the son of Robert Rogers of Greenville and Mary Ligon Rogers of Greenville. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps and retired from Lockheed Martin.

Surviving in addition to his  parents are a daughter, Barbara Ann Rogers Ballew of Piedmont; and two grandchildren.

Graveside services were held Nov. 8 at Graceland Cemetery, West.

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


Jimmie R. Smith, husband of Jean Henderson Smith, died Nov. 10, 2007 at his home.

He was a son of the late Sam N. and Alice W. Smith.

He served in the U.S. Navy and was a member of the Pelzer Presbyterian Church.

Survivng are his wife of the home; daughters, Lee Smith Carson of Columbia, Kathryn Smith Ware of Old Hickory, TN; brother, Marion Eugene Smith of Williamston and six grandchildren.

Memorial services were held Nov. 12 at Pelzer Presbyterian Church.

Memorials may be made to Pelzer Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 308, Pelzer, SC, 29669.


October 20, 1940-Nov. 9, 2007

BELTON - James “Pete” Bryan Heller, 67, of 12 Blake Street, died Friday, November 9, 2007 at his home.

Born in Anderson County, he was a son of the late William Bryan and Inez Mullinax Heller. He was a retired contractor and a member of West Pelzer Baptist Church.

He is survived by a special friend, Madeline Hayes of the home; son, Tommy Heller of Idaho; sisters, Dot Weisner of Greenville, Macy Stevens of Columbia, Nora Dodd of Pelzer, Pat Atkins of Simpsonville; and brothers, J.K. Heller of Belton, Therion Heller of Fernandina Beach, FL, Bob Heller, Sammy Heller, both of Pelzer.

He was predeceased by a sister, Donna Coker.

Funeral services were held at 2:30 p.m. Sunday in the chapel of Gray Mortuary, Pelzer, with the Rev. Bill Bryant officiating. Burial followed in New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery in Pelzer.

The family received friends Sunday prior to the service at the funeral home.


Odessa B. Thompson, of Piedmont, died Nov. 3, 2007 at St. Francis Hospital.

Born in Greenville County, she was a daughter of the late Isaac and Nannie Mae Cooper Simpson. 

Surviving are husband, James M. Thompson; daughters, Judie T. Johnson, Helen Louise Thompson, Ola Mary Thompson and Azlisa Owens, all of Greenville and Dorothy B. Smith of St. Thomas, VI; sons, James Lewis Thompson and Lawrence Freddie Thompson, both of Greenville and Michael Anthony Thompson of Simpsonville; sisters, Gladys Gray, Minnie Whitehead and Esther Johnson, all of Greenville; brother, Isaac Simpson of Greenville; 26 grandchildren; 20 great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Nov. 11 at Old Pilgrim Baptist Church. Burial followed in Graceland East Memorial Park.


Wilburn H. “Petie” Bond, husband of Betty Donahue Bond, died Nov. 8, 2007 at his home.

He was a son of the late Herman C. and Emma Burnette Bond. He attended Agape Baptist Church in Piedmont.

Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter, Deanne Baldwin of Pelzer; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Nov. 12 at Agape Baptist Church. Burial followed in Greenville Memorial Gardens.


Walker “Walt” Gambrell, Jr. 64, of Honea Path, died Nov. 7, 2007 at Hospice of the Upstate. He is a native of Greenville County and the son of the late Walker Gambrell, Sr. and Mable Smith Walker.

Survivors include his wife Jessie Gambrell of Greer; two daughters, Wanda Jean Gambrell and Della Gambrell of Greenville; two sons, Walter Gambrell III and Anthony Gambrell of Greer; six sisters, Mary Roseman and Gwenn Gambrell of Pelzer, Gail Bonds of Toledo, OH, Sylene Gambrell of Williamston, Jennifer Gambrell of Greenville; five brothers, Eric Gambrell of Anderson, David Gambrell and Jacob Gambrell, both of Greenville, Johnny Gambrell of Pelzer, and Tony Gambrell of Piedmont.

Funeral services were held Nov. 11 at The Holloway’s Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in Evergreen Baptist Church Cemetery.


James Richard Partain, 80, of Anderson, husband of Willie Ruth Shaw Partain, died Nov. 11, 2007 at his home.

Born in Hartwell, GA, he was the son of the late John Sherman and Jessie Dickard Partain. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran of WWII, a retired textile employee, and a member of Shiloh Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Willie Ruth Partain of the home; one son, Bill Partain of Anderson; two daughters, Ann Hatcher and Judy Partain, both of Anderson; seven grandchildren; and a number of great-grandchildren; one sister, Sue McAlhaney of Greenville; and one brother, Ralph Partain of Williamston.

Funeral services were held Nov. 14 at Sullivan-King Mortuary, Downtown Chapel. Burial followed in New Silverbrook Cemetery.

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


Kaedon Keyon Aughtry, 8 month old son of Shannon Jermaine Aughtry and Wendy Bordelon, of Anderson, died Nov. 10, 2007 at his home.

Surviving are his father of Williamston; his mother of Anderson; two brothers, Malachi Aughtry and Rayshawn Aughtry, both of Williamston; grandparents, Don Anderson and Jerry and Modestine Latimer, and Pattie Smith Bordelon.

Funeral services were held Nov. 14 at New Broadmouth Baptist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery.


Betty Sue Clardy, 86, wife of David Clardy, of Belton, died Nov. 13, 2007 at AnMed Health Medical Center.

Born in Anderson County, she was the daughter of the late Benjamin Frank and Kathleen Landers Clark.

Surviving are daughters, Rebecca Bright, Kimberly Loudermilk, both of Belton; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sisters, Vera Hayes of NC, Virginia Stanton of Pelzer, Mary Clark of Pelzer, Helen Shaw of Williamston, Linda Rickets of Anderson and Bobbie Hamby of Piedmont; brothers, Frank Clark of Williamston and George Clark of VA.

Cryptside service will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday at Forest Lawn Mausoleum Chapel.

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