Obituaries week of 3-21-12

MAYNARD OWEN, ‘HAPPY JACK’ BALLEW, ELBERT ‘BURT’ GILLIAM, CURTIS BOGER, STEVE LINDLEY, ORA FRANCES BECHTLER, BOBBY KEITH ‘BUCK’ DAVIS, MARY ROBERTS DAVENPORT, NORMA GARRETT SHUMAN, JO EARLE WOOTEN REYNOLDS, JOHN W. RUSSELL JR., PHYLLIS GAIL MANNING, ELIZABETH COOPER, OLEDA KING, DAVID L. LOLLIS, SAM BLACK JR.

MAYNARD OWEN
David M. Owen, 73, of Williamston, died Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at Rainey Hospice House.
Born in Anderson County, he was the son of Eunice Smith Owen Hill and the late James Harold Owen. He was retired from General Motors in Florida and formerly attended Friendship Baptist Church.
Surviving are his mother of the home; sisters, Carolyn O. Henderson of the home, Jeanette O. Rogers of Piedmont.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Rainey Hospice House, 1835 Rogers Rd., Anderson, SC 29621.

‘HAPPY JACK’ BALLEW
Jack Thomas “Happy Jack” Ballew, 59, of Piedmont, husband of Ruby Crawley Weiser-Ballew, died Monday, March 12, 2012.
Born in Pelzer, he was a son of the late James Edward and Margaret Williams Ballew. He was retired from J.P. Stevens Estes Plant and a member of Piedmont Wesleyan Church.
Surviving are his wife of the home; sons, Steve Ballew of Belton, David Michael Ballew of Burbank, CA; step-daughters, Christine Weiser and April Teresa Hamilton, both of Piedmont; sister, Shirley Roberts Ballew of Greenville; brothers, Jimmy Ballew of Greenville, Larry Ballew of Pelzer; six grandchildren.
Funeral services were held March 18 at Piedmont Wesleyan Church.
Memorials may be made to Woodmont Athletics, 2831 West Georgia Rd., Piedmont, SC 29673.

ELBERT ‘BURT’ GILLIAM
Elbert “Burt” Andy Gilliam, 75, husband of Joyce Parker Gilliam, of Laurens, died Tuesday, March 13, 2012 at Greenville Memorial Hospital.
Born inHendersonville, NC, he was a son of the late Frank and Edna Nora Lea Jackson Gilliam. He was of the Baptist faith and was a veteran of the US Army serving during the Korean Conflict. He retired as a welding and pipe fitting superintendent.
Surviving in addition to his wife of the home are, son, Keith Gilliam of Piedmont; daughter, Tammy Mantooth of Greenville; three stepsons, Billy Kelmer, Jodie Clem and Larry Bailey, Jr.; two stepdaughters, Linda Kelmer and Christina Lynn Bailey; and nine grandchildren.
Funeral services were held March 17 at Parker-White Funeral Home. Burial followed in Ware Shoals Cemetery.

CURTIS BOGER
Curtis Boger, 59, of Pelzer, died Wednesday, March 14, 2012. He was the son of Isaac Lewis and the late Ida C. Lewis.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army.
He is survived by one sister, Louise Cabe of Mauldin; two brothers, Jeff Lewis of Pelzer and Joe Boger of Simpsonville.
A graveside service was held March 16 at Graceland East Cemetery.

STEVE LINDLEY
Steve Johnson Lindley, 64, husband of Willie Mae Lockboy Lindley, died Saturday, March 17, 2012, at Hospice of the Upstate.
Born in Williamston, he was a son of the late William Curtis and Audrey Jean Williams Lindley. He was a veteran of the U. S. Navy and a member of Rehoboth Baptist Church in Piedmont.
In addition to his wife, of the home, he is survived by sons, Shane Lindley, of St. Petersburg, FL, and Randy Earnest, of Travelers Rest; daughter, Cindi Earnest, of Louisville, KY; brother, Mike Lindley, of Greenville; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were held Tuesday, March 20, at the Rehoboth Baptist Church Cemetery.

ORA FRANCES BECHTLER
Ora Frances Bechtler, 58, died March 12, 2012 at her home in Piedmont.
She was a daughter of Eugene Bechtler and the late Eugenia Taylor Bechtler.
She was a retired librarian and a member of Lickville Presbyterian Church.
Surviving are her father of Fair Play; husband, Boyce Steadman of Easley; and sisters, Claudia Smith of Columbia, Mary Alice Bechtler of Lexington, Genie Miles of Laurens and Ann Chaffee of Fair Play.
A memorial service was held March 17 at Lickville Presbyterian Church, Pelzer.
Memorials may be made to Lickville Presbyterian Church, 10020 Augusta Road, Pelzer, SC 29669.

BOBBY KEITH ‘BUCK’ DAVIS
Bobby Keith “Buck” Davis, age 53, died March 12, 2012 at his home in Belton, SC.
Born in Anderson County, October 4, 1958, he was the son of Vennie Mary Lou Fricks Davis and the late Bobby Howard Davis.
He was formerly employed by Belton City.
He is survived by his loving wife, Mary Jo Mullinax Davis of the home; son, Harry Truman Davis and his wife Jamie; daughter, Judy Rena Holliday and her husband Gil; granddaughter, Ashlynn Hanah Davis; and his “Lil Yankee” Eddie Shane Bell.
He is also survived by his brother, Stevie Davis and his wife Donna; four nieces; four great nephews; and one great niece.
The family would also like to recognize special friends Buddy Rogers, Pat Rogers, and Vernon and Kay Rhodes.
Special thanks to all the following who helped throughout his battle with cancer: AnMed Health Cancer Center, Cancer Association of Anderson, Medi Home Care, AnMed Health Home Care, Hospice of the Upstate, Dr. Rajeev Malik, Dr. Louis Knoepp, Belton Church of God of Prophecy, and Pastor Bo Trotter.
The family will be at their respective homes. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the above facilities or balloons may be pre-purchased at Holliday’s Florist or Tristan’s Florist in Belton to be used in the celebration.
“He was a tough old goat.”

MARY ROBERTS DAVENPORT
WILLIAMSTON – Mary Roberts Davenport, 75, wife of James (Billy) Davenport formerly of 113 Mackey Street died Sunday, March 18, 2012 at Hospice of the Upstate.
Born in Stephens County, Georgia, she was the daughter of the late Grover and Hessie Vaughn Roberts. She was a homemaker and a member of Rehoboth Baptist Church in Piedmont.
Surviving in addition to her husband of the home are: son, Steve Davenport of Williamston; daughter, Celia McAlister and her husband Dennis of Easley; 4 grandchildren and one great grandchild.
She was preceded in death by 8 brothers and sisters.
Graveside services were conducted 2:00 pm Monday at Forest Lawn Memorial Park with Rev. John Clardy officiating.
The family received friends following the service.
Cox Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

NORMA GARRETT SHUMAN
WILLIAMSTON – Norma Addison Garrett Shuman, 90, formerly of Williamston, died Saturday, March 17, 2012, at AnMed Health Medical Center.
Born in Pelzer, she was a daughter of the late James A. and Lora Mahaffey Addison. She was twice married, first to the late Steve Garrett and then to Devone Shuman. She retired from the Pelzer Mill after 42 years of service and was a member of Grace United Methodist Church.
Surviving are daughters-in-law, Zelphia Garrett, of Honea Path, and Malura Garrett, of Williamston; brother, John Addison and his wife, Betty, of Pelzer; grandsons, Gene, Anthony, and Travis Garrett; and great-grandsons, David and Hunter Garrett.
She was predeceased by sons, Lanny Ross Garrett and Anthony (Tony) Steven Garrett.
Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, 2012, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Anderson, with visitation immediately following the service.
Family members are at their respective homes.
Gray Mortuary, Pelzer is in charge.
Condolences: www.graymortuary.com

JO EARLE WOOTEN REYNOLDS
Jo Earle Wooten Reynolds, 64, of Dalton, passed away on March 17 at her residence after a brief battle with cancer.
She is preceded in death by her father, Earl “Junior” Wooten of Williamston, SC.
Jo was a member of Rock Bridge Community Church and an active member of the prayer team. She had been practicing nursing for over 25 years, and she was currently the administrator of Oak View Health and Rehabilitation Center in Summerville, GA.
Jo is survived by her husband of 44 years, Alvin Reynolds, and her mother, Mrs. Earl (Thelma) Wooten of Williamston. Other survivors include her daughter and son-in-law Denise and Shane Pendley; sons and daughters-in-law, Jason and Stephanie Reynolds, and Joel and Tracee Reynolds, all of Dalton; brother and sister-in-law, Earl Jr. “Buster” and Maryann Wooten of Williamston; 7 grandchildren, Ty and Noah Pendley, Davison, Dori and Delaney Reynolds, Reese and Jolie Reynolds, all of Dalton; sister in law and brother in law, Evelyn and Ronnie Davis of Taylors, SC; uncle, Pete Harris of Pelzer, SC; cousins and nieces.
The family received friends at the Westside Chapel of Julian Peeples Funeral Home on Monday, March 19, 2012 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made to Rock Bridge Missions at Rock Bridge Community Church, 100 W. Gordon Street, Dalton.
A private graveside service will follow at West Hill Cemetery.
Julian Peeples Funeral Home, Westside Chapel, Rocky Face is in charge of funeral arrangements. For more information, call 706-272-9777.

JOHN W. RUSSELL, JR.
John W. Russell, Jr., 84, of Pelzer, died Saturday, March 17, 2012.
He was born in Birmingham, AL to John W., Sr. and Zora Phillips Russell.
He was a U.S. Navy Veteran  of World War II and Korea.
He is survived by his son Paul of Greenville; daughter, Shirley Murphy of Pelzer; four grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild; sister, Geraldene Whitson of Saraland, AL; brothers, Horace Russell of Theodore, AL, Harold Russell of Fairhope, AL and Gene Russell of Mobile, AL.
He was predeceased by his parents, and his wife, Muriel Russell.
A graveside service was held March 20 at Greenville Memorial Gardens Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to  the charity of one’s choice.

PHYLLIS GAIL MANNING
Phyllis Gail Manning, 72, of Iva, died Friday, March 16, 2012.
She was born in Fort Oglethorpe, GA to James William and Marjorie Smith Sutherland.
She was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and worked in retail management. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Iva.
In addition to her husband, Walter Haskell Manning, she is survived by her children, Marjorie Sisco of Selma, NC, Gretchen Shirley of Piedmont, Michelle Hollenback of Anderson, and Kelly Cobb of Hartwell, GA; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
A graveside service was held Monday, March 19 at the M.J. Dolly Cooper Veterans Cemetery with Military Honors.
Memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Iva, 9636 SC 81 South, P.O. Box 475, Iva, SC 29655.

ELIZABETH COOPER
Elizabeth Julia Cooper, 72, of Belton, went to be with the Lord on March 18, 2012.
Born in Brooklyn, NY, she was the daughter of the late Carl Francis Cooper and Susan Irene Ward.  She retired from the New York Telephone Company.
She is survived by a daughter and son-in-law, Marianne and David E. Wortham, of the home.
Memorials may be made to Open Arms Hospice, 1836 W. Georgia Road, Simpsonville, SC 29680.

OLEDA KING
Oleda Owen King, 86, of Pelzer, wife of Truitt Andrew King, died Monday, March 19, 2012 at McCall Hospice House.
Born in Transylvania County, NC, she was a daughter of the late Robert “Robbie” Owen and Sylvitha Galloway Owen.  She was retired from Union Carbide and a member of Waycross Baptist Church.
Surviving are her husband of the home; sons, Dexter King of Pelzer, Michael King of Williamston; two sisters, Leota Moore and Kanzie Anders, both of Lake Toxaway, NC; brother, Furman Owen of Brevard, NC; and three grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 21 in the funeral home chapel of Gray Mortuary, Pelzer.  Burial followed in Greenville Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to Waycross Baptist Church Building Fund, 104 Waycross Church Rd., Pelzer, SC 29669.

DAVID L. LOLLIS
David L. Lollis, 64, of Anderson, died recently at his residence. Born in Anderson, he was a son of the late Walter “Doc” Lollis and the late Ruby Bird Gambrell Lollis.
He owned a tool and dye company in Anderson. He was a veteran of the US Air Force during  Vietnam.
Survivors are two daughters, Dana Lollis O’Barr of Townville, and Dori Lollis Dahlberg of Greenwood; four brothers, Raymond Lollis of Anderson, James Donald Lollis of Anderson, Harrison Lollis of Nixa, MO, and Charles Lollis of Williamston; a sister, Brenda Lollis Campbell of Nixa, MO. Also surviving are four grandchildren.
A service celebrating his life was held in the Chapel of The McDougald Funeral Home on Wednesday, March 21. Entombment followed at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made to the Anderson Humane Society, PO Box 2262, Anderson, SC 29622.

SAM BLACK, JR.
Silas Samuel “Sam” Black, Jr., 78, of Piedmont, husband of Marian Estelle Massey Black, died Monday, March 19, 2012, at AnMed Health Medical Center.
Born in Belton, he was a son of the late Silas Samuel, Sr., and Lillian Artensie Moore Black. He was a U. S. Army veteran and attended Cornerstone Community Church.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons, Samuel R. “Pete” Black, of Pelzer, and Bruce D. Black, of Gulf Port, MS; six grandchildren; five step-grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be 12-1:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer. Funeral services will follow at 1:30 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home chapel. Burial will be at the M. J. “Dolly” Cooper Veterans Cemetery.
The family is at the residence.
Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to WGGS Television Ministries, P. O. Box 1616, Greenville, SC 29602.

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