Obituaries week of 3-28-12

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MILDRED TROTTER, LUCILLE BURGESS, CHRISTINE B. HUCKABY, DOT MAYFIELD, MARY WATSON, WILLIAM ‘BILL’ R. COOPER SR., ASHLEY KOON, TIM BOGAN, LOIS McMURTURY, LINDA S. SPEARMAN, ODELL WILSON, FRANCES CECIL COTHRAN HAMM, FRANCES B. LOOPER

MILDRED TROTTER
Sarah Mildred Bearden Trotter, of Greenville, died Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at McCall Hospice House.
Born in Greenville County, she was a daughter of the late William and Hattie Orr Bearden.  She retired from the Thunderbird Motel and was a member of Reedy Fork Baptist Church.
Surviving are daughter, Debbie Thornhill of Greenville; son, Wayne Trotter of Greenville; brother, Wallace Bearden of Anderson; three grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.
Funeral services were held Saturday, March 24 at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer.  Burial followed at Greenville Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

LUCILLE BURGESS
Lucille Burgess, 87, passed away on Monday, March 19, 2012 at Easley Baptist Hospital. Born in Pickens County, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Lillian Ferguson Anderson.
Survivors: daughters, Patricia Gambrell and Agretta Dotson, both of Greenville and Barbara Blake of Easley; sons, Jackie Donnie Burgess of Piedmont and Billy Joe Burgess of Greenville; 27 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; five great-great grandchildren.
Funeral Service was held Friday at Watkins, Garrett & Woods Mortuary with burial in Resthaven Memorial Gardens.

CHRISTINE B. HUCKABY
Christine Syble Ballenger Huckaby, 93, of Lyman, widow of Woodrow Wilson Huckaby, died March 20, 2012 at her home.
A native of Spartanburg County, daughter of the late William Alexander and Sallie Ellen Roddy Ballenger, she was a retired employee of Family and Children Services of Greenville and a member of Friendship Baptist Church.
Surviving are two daughters, Syble Skinner of Greenville and Ann Sims of Pelzer; a brother, Gerald J. Ballenger of Wellford; four granddaughters; and seven great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were held Friday at Hillcrest Memory Gardens.
The family is at the home.
Memorials may be made to Friendship Baptist Church, 1600 Holly Springs Road, Lyman, SC 29365 or Interim Hospice, 155 Deacon Tiller Court, Duncan, SC 29334.

DOT MAYFIELD
Dorothy “Dot” Ann Thomas Mayfield, 77, of West Pelzer, widow of Clarence Vernon Mayfield, died on Wednesday, March 21, 2012, at St. Francis Hospital.
Born in Pelzer, she was a daughter of the late Wilton Edgar and Sarah Frances Dunlap Thomas.  She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Pelzer and attended the First Baptist Church of Williamston.
Surviving are sons, Mike Mayfield of Williamston, Greg Mayfield of Belton; daughter, Becky Mayfield of the home; brother, George Thomas of Anderson; brother, Dan Thomas of Cheddar; and sister, Jane Tennihill of Pelzer.
Funeral services were held Saturday, March 24, at the funeral home chapel of Gray Mortuary with burial following at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

MARY WATSON
Mary Sue Watson, age 72, of Williamston, wife of the late Freddie Garnett Watson, died Wednesday, March 21, 2012 at Saint Francis Hospital in Greenville.
Born in Anderson, she was a daughter of the late Roy Thompson and Cleo Hampton Thompson. She was a former employee of BASF and was of the Baptist Faith.
Surviving are her sons, Randy Kelley and Mike Kelly; sisters, Sara Lewis, Sheila Lewis, Teresa Price, Debbie King and Polly Lyles; five grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.
The Funeral Service was held on Saturday, March 24, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum Chapel.

WILLIAM ‘BILL’ R. COOPER, SR.
William “Bill” R. Cooper, Sr., 82, of Donalds, died Thursday, March 22, 2012 at Anmed Healthcare in Anderson.
Born in the Keowee Community of Abbeville County, he was the son of the late Gary and Blanche Bagwell Cooper.  He was a member of the Honea Path Pentecostal Church where he was a deacon for over 25 years and a Sunday school teacher for many years.  He attended Crossroads Fellowship Church.  Bill retired as Manager of Mount Vernon’s Plastics Department.  He served during the Korean War with the U.S. Army as a Corporal with Company E, 2nd BN, 22nd Infantry Regiment, and 4th Infantry Division.  He was a cattleman, raised birds, goats, and other animals as a hobby.
Surviving are his wife, Norma McKinney, of Westchester, OH; two sons, Billy Cooper and wife Carmen of Broadway, NC and Rev. Paul Cooper and wife Delia of Ware Shoals; and a daughter, Connie Finley and husband David of Piedmont; one sister, Jean Davis of Donalds; eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.  He was predeceased by his first wife of 48 years Catherine Bradshaw Cooper.
Funeral Services were held at 3PM Sunday, March 25 at Crossroads Fellowship Church with Rev. Paul Cooper and Rev. Hayes Riddle officiating. The body was placed in the church at 2PM.  Burial followed in the Garden of Memories.
The family received friends Saturday from 6-8 PM at Crossroads Fellowship Church, 7832 Hwy 20, Honea Path.  Pruitt Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.  Online condolences may be made at www.parkerwhitepruitt.com

ASHLEY KOON
Ashley Nicole Westmeyer Koon, 24, wife of Joshua “Chad” Koon, of Pelzer, died Friday, March 23, 2012.
Born in Greenville, she was the daughter of Tonya Darby and Michael Westmeyer.  She was employed by Nana’s Country Kitchen and a member of Washington Baptist Church.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by her father of Ohio; mother of Pelzer; children Alexis Bradley, Breanna, Austin, Hunter, and Kolbi Koon, all of the home; brothers Jacob Westmeyer of Ohio and Alex Coronado of California; and sister Laura Westmeyer of Ohio.
Funeral services were  Tuesday in the “Old Sanctuary” at Washington Baptist Church.  Burial followed in the church cemetery.
The family is at the home of  her in-laws, 41 Oakley Drive, Gray Court.

TIM BOGAN
Timothy “Tim” Scott Bogan, Sr., 50, husband of Donna Bishop Bogan, of Pelzer, died Friday, March 23, 2012, at Greenville Memorial Hospital.
Born in Union County, he was a son of the late Oscar Cornelius and Betty Lou Clark Bogan.  Formerly employed by Ingles in Moonville, he was also a member of Bethlehem Baptist Church.  He was a coach for many years with Woodmont Youth League.
He is survived by his wife; daughter Crystal Gail Bogan; and son Timothy “Scott” Bogan, Jr., all of the home; sisters Janet Bogan and Rose Mary O’Shields, both of Jonesville, and Pam Vinson of Lexington.
Funeral services were Monday at Bethlehem Baptist Church.  Burial followed at Greenville Memorial Gardens.

LOIS McMURTURY
Lois Johnson McMurtury, 72, of Abbeville, wife of C. Fred McMurtury died Friday, March 23, 2012 at her home.
Born in Oconee County, she was a daughter of the late Lois Owens and Roy M. Johnson.
Surviving in addition to her husband of the home are two sons, Sam McMurtury of Calhoun Falls, and Ryan McMurtury of Abbeville; two sisters, Barbara Bishop of Easley and Nancy Rook of Myrtle Beach; one brother, Johnny R. Johnson of Pelzer; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Sunday in the chapel of Chandler-Jackson Funeral Home. Burial followed in Forest Lawn Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Piedmont, 408 W. Alexander St., Greenwood, SC 29646.

LINDA S. SPEARMAN
Linda Faye Spearman, 68, of Williamston, died March 23, 2012 at her home.
Born in Pickens County, she was married to Ernest H. Spearman and was a daughter of the late Arthur Lee Smith and Lida Sue Bruce Smith.
She retired from  AnMed Home Health and was of the Baptist faith.
She is survived by her husband; daughter, Melissa Brown of Central; sons, Tim Smith of Townville, James Smith of Missouri and step-son, Harley Spearman of Central.
Funeral service was held Monday in the chapel of The McDougald Funeral Home. Interment followed in Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Anderson.

ODELL WILSON
Odell Wilson, 82, formerly of Greenville, died Sunday, March 18, 2012 at Regional Hospice Home in Spartanburg.
Born in Pelzer, he was the son of the late John Henry and Viola Jackson Wilson. He was a veteran of the US Army.
Surviving are wife, Jannie Pearl Wilson; daughters, Bobbie Wilson of the home and Gina P. Wilson of Greenville; brothers, Charlie Wilson and Billy Joe Wilson, both of Greenville, Benjamin Wilson of Piedmont, and Arthur Wilson of Simpsonville.
Funeral service was held Monday at New Mount Bethel Church with burial in Greenville Memorial Gardens.

FRANCES CECIL COTHRAN HAMM
Frances Cecil Cothran Hamm, 83, of Greenville, died Sunday, March 25, 2012.
She was a member of Park Place Church of God.
Surviving are her five daughters, Kitty Smith of Easley, Martha Fuller of Greenville, Ruby Nell Clark  of Piedmont, Betty Jane Edwards of Winston-Salem, NC, and Lavinia “Becky” Rutland of Easley; 16 grandchildren; 33 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held Wednesday at Park Place Church of God. Burial followed in Greenville Memorial Gardens.

FRANCES B. LOOPER
Frances Bolding Looper, 85, of Pickens, died Monday, March 26, 2012. She was the wife of the late Paul Looper and daughter of Maggie and Henry Bolding. She was a member of Praters Creek Baptist Church. She retired from Keowee-Toxaway State Park.
She is survived by her children, Cathy Rhodes of Saluda, NC, Stan Looper of Piedmont, Marshall Looper of Aiken, and Mandy Stokes of Pickens; eight grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held March 28 in the chapel of Dillard Funeral Home. Burial followed in Hillcrest Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made to Praters Creek Baptist Church, 621 Praters Creek Road, Pickens, SC 29671.