Obituaries Week of November 14, 2012

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JERRI JACKSON-HOLCOMBE, SHIRLEY ANN MEEKS PALMER, REBA SCOTT BROWN, DIANE PEPPER TAYLOR, MIKE SMITH, JOHNNY T. STEPHENS, BERT TROTTER, DEWEY A. BISHOP, JR., ERIC NIELSEN, MILDRED A. POWERS, DAVID MADDEN, JOANN DYAL, ROBERT EVANS, JR., KENNETH H. LADD, ELLEN M. EHLERS, LINDA SIMPSON

JERRI JACKSON-HOLCOMBE
WILLIAMSTON – Jerri Michelle Jackson-Holcombe, 39, of 319 Mahaffey Road, wife of Joshua Dean Holcombe, passed away Friday, November 9, 2012, surrounded by family and friends at the Rainey Hospice House in Anderson.
Born in Greenville County, she was a daughter of Harold Douglas and Sherlin McKee Jackson, of Belton.  She was a former employee of Woven Electronics.  A loving mother and homemaker, she served on the March of Dimes Committee and was a member of Rehoboth Baptist Church in Piedmont.
In addition to her husband and her parents, she is survived by sons, Jackson Cade Holcombe and Jase Christopher (Bean) Holcombe, both of the home; brother, Douglas Richard Jackson, of Belton; grandfather, William T. Casey, of Williamston; mother-in-law, Lynn Stewart (Danny), of Belton; brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Jeremy and Summer Holcombe; aunts and uncles, Beryl and Jim Burns, Lisa and Scott Sargent, all of Williamston, Sandy and Steve Russ, of Piedmont, Don and Jane Jackson, James and Ruby Jackson, all of Enoree; nieces and nephews, Sam and Gracie Jackson, Autumn, Hayden, Parker and Mollie Holcombe; and cousins, Miranda Bailey, Josh and Elizabeth Jackson.
She was predeceased by a sister, Tami Christine McKey Guest.
Visitation was 1-2:30 p.m. Monday, November 12, 2012, at Rehoboth Baptist Church with funeral services following at 2:30 p.m. Monday. Burial followed at Greenville Memorial Gardens.
The family is at the home.
Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621 or to the Rehoboth Baptist Church Building Fund, 1620 Old Pelzer Road, Piedmont, SC 29673.
Gray Mortuary, Pelzer is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences: www.graymortuary.com

 

SHIRLEY ANN MEEKS PALMER
Shirley Ann Meeks Palmer, 75, of Anderson, died Monday, November 12, 2012 at NHC of Anderson.
Born in Greenville, she was the daughter of the late Bennett and Nellie Hammond Meeks. She was retired from GNC on Woodruff Road.
She is survived by five children,James Peterson, Drucilla Peterson Duncan, both of Pelzer, Larry Matthew Palmer, II of Washington State, Ammon Palmer of Anderson and Alphonso Palmer of Samosa; several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at a later date.

REBA SCOTT BROWN
Reba Scott Brown, 82, of Piedmont, widow of Leason C. Brown, died November 11, 2012.
Born in Greenville, she was a daughter of the late “Nub” and Irene Scott.
She attended Crosswell Apostolic Church.
She is survived by David Brown, Wayne Riley, Sandra Craze, Mary Lee Brilinski, Doris Clark, Robbie Holt, Cheryl Edwards, Lisa Norwood, and Leason Brown, Jr.; and 25 grandchildren.
Funeral service will be held Thursday, November 15 at 3 p.m. at Northwest Chapel. Burial will follow in Greenville Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to Piedmont Hospice, 1865 E. Main Street, Suite F, Duncan, SC 29334.
The family will be at Cheryl and Mike Edwards, 303 Dellwood Drive, Easley, SC 29642.

DIANE PEPPER TAYLOR
Diane Pepper Taylor, 58, of Simpsonville, died November 9, 2012 at McCall Hospice House in Simpsonville.
She was the wife of Kenneth O. Taylor of Simpsonville.
Born in Greenville, she was a Baptist and the daughter of the late Willis Pepper and the late Edna Burrell.
Surviving are a son Adam Taylor of Lexington, KY; and sisters, June Fowler of Easley and Judy Boggs of Powdersville.
Visitation will be held Saturday, Nov. 17 at 1 p.m. at the Powdersville Baptist Church. A memorial service will follow at 2:30 p.m.
Memorials may be made to the McCall Hospice House.

MIKE SMITH
Malcolm Ray ‘Mike’ Smith, 75, husband of Annie Stapp Smith, died November 12, 2012.
Funeral services will be held Thursday, NOvember 15 at Trinity Baptist Church, 324 Belton Dr., Williamston.
Visitation from 1-3 p.m. with the memorial service at 3 p.m.

JOHNNY T. STEPHENS
Johnny Thomas Stephens, 61, of Liberty, died Sunday, November 11, 2012 at his home.
Born in Liberty, he was the son of the late Macon and Lois Virginia Rutledge Stephens.
He retired as the owner of Stephens Plumbing and was a member of Smith Grove Baptist Church.
Surviving are daughters, Amanda Stephens Young of Pendleton, Melissa Stephens of Greenville, and Teressa Stephens Ramey of Pickens; three grandchildren; two step-daughters, Wendy Gregory and Courtney Griffin, both of Liberty; and two sisters, Beth Willis of Williamston and Phyllis Jewell of Liberty.
A memorial service will be held on Thursday, November 15 at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Dillard Funeral Home.
The family will receive friends prior to the service from 12 p.m. until 1 p.m. at the funeral home.
Everyone is invited to a meal following the memorial service in the fellowship hall of Smith Grove Baptist Church in Easley.
Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to the Parkinson’s Support Group of the Upstate, 40 Mount Vista Ave., Greenville, SC 29605.

BERT TROTTER
Bertrand William Trotter, 87, husband of Katie Grant Trotter, died Friday, November 9, 2012.
He was born in Pickens County, son of the late Walter and Dora Elizabeth Leslie Trotter. He retired from Grant Hardwood Lumber Co. and was a member of Porter’s Chapel United Methodist Church.
He was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II.
Surviving are his wife of the home; daughters, Debbie Ellenburg and Linda Bowie, both of Pickens; three grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and sister, Frances Harrison of Powdersville.
Funeral services were held Tuesday in the chapel of Dillard Funeral Home. Burial followed at Porter’s Chapel United Methodist Church Cemetery with Military Honors.
Memorials may be made to Porter’s Chapel United Methodist Church Building Fund, 622 Johnson Street, Pickens, SC 29671.

DEWEY A. BISHOP, JR.
Dewey Arthur Bishop, Jr., 86, of Pelzer, husband of Patricia S. Bishop, died Thursday, November 8, 2012 at his home.
Born in Greenville, he was the son of the late Dewey Arthur Bishop, Sr. and Marie Glen Bishop.
He retired from J.P. Stevens and was a veteran of the U.S. Army Signal Corps during World War II.
Surviving are children, Patricia Gresham of Simpsonville, Brian Bishop of Pelzer and one granddaughter.
Funeral services were held Monday at The Howze Mortuary Chapel. Burial followed in Ebenezer Baptist Church Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

ERIC NIELSEN
Eric Nielsen, 63, husband of Charlene Fraley Nielsen, died Friday, November 9, 2012.
Born in Baltimore, MD, he was the son of the late Robert and Florence Legg Nielsen.
He was a member of Rock Springs Baptist Church and was a U.S. Coast Guard veteran.
Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters, Stephanie Motes of Williamston and Erica King of Easley; and three grandchildren.
A service to celebrate his life was held Tuesday, Nov. 13 in the chapel of Dillard Funeral Home. Burial followed in Hillcrest Memorial Park in Pickens.
Memorials may be made to Rock Springs Baptist Church, 201 Rock Springs Rd., Easley, SC 29640.

MILDRED A. POWERS
Mildred A. Powers, 87, died Saturday, November 10, 2012. Born in Piedmont she was the daughter of the late Gertrude and Weldon Andrew McCoy.
Surviving are two sons, Ron Powers of Greenville and Andy Powers of Easley; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband, William R. Powers, Sr.
Graveside services were held Tuesday, Nov. 13 at Woodlawn Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 332 N. Lauderdale, Memphis, TN 38105.

DAVID MADDEN
David Earl Madden, 76, of Honea Path, husband of Dorothy Medlock Madden, died Friday, Nov. 9, 2012 at McCall Hospice House.
Born in Greenville, he was a son of the late Robert Edward and Lola Woods Madden. He was twice married, first to the late Margaret Ann Madden. He was a member of Princeton Baptist Church and a veteran of the U.S. Army and National Guard and was retired from Milliken.
Surviving in addition to his wife of the home are one son, James R. Madden of Honea Path; one daughter, Donna Marie Jenkins of Piedmont; stepson, Rickey Dale Fleming of Honea Path; two step-daughters, Sherry Darlene Sanderson and Glenda Lee Blocker, both of Honea Path; one grandchild; eight step-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Sunday at Princeton Baptist Church. Burial followed in the Garden of Memories.
Memorials may be made to Princeton Baptist Church, 18832 U.S. 76 West, Honea Path, SC 29654.

JOANN DYAL
PELZER – Joann Jordan Dyal, 74, formerly of Pelzer, widow of Hershel Dyal, died Friday, November 9, 2012, at NHC Healthcare of Anderson.
Born in Belton, she was a daughter of the late Johnny Harrison and May Belle Gilreath Jordan.  She retired from the Kendall Company and from Ellenburg Nursing Center.  She attended Restoration Chapel Church of God of Prophecy and was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star.
Surviving are step-sons, Kenneth Dyal and his wife, Cheryl, of Williamston, David Dyal and his wife, Karen, and John Dyal, of Pelzer; sisters, Sarah Woodson, of Honea Path, and Lucretia Martin, of Belton; and grandchildren, Walter, Shauna and KO Dyal, Daniel and Aaron Dyal, and David Arron Flannery.
She was predeceased by a sister, Virginia Griffin; and brothers, Ollie, Vernon, Hack, Fred, Grady Lee, Veldee and David Jordan.
Visitation was held 1:30-3 p.m. Sunday, November 11, 2012, at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer with funeral services following at 3 p.m. Sunday.  Burial was held at Pine Lawn Memorial Park.
Family members are at their respective homes.
Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to Restoration Chapel Church of God of Prophecy, 1000 Academy Street, Williamston, SC 29697.
Condolences: www.graymortuary.com

ROBERT EVANS, JR.
BELTON – Robert Edison Evans, Jr., 86, of 115 Bell Road, husband of Sallie Bell Prince Evans, died Wednesday, November 7, 2012, at the Rainey Hospice House in Anderson.
Born in Pelzer, he was a son of the late Robert Edison, Sr., and Ethel Alexander Evans and a World War II veteran of the U. S. Navy.  He was first married to the late Lois Hammond Evans, then to the late Mary Mildred Haggerty Evans. A retired farmer, he was a member of the Belton Church of God of Prophecy and the Foothills Beagle Club.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughter, Addie Ruth Lollis, of Williamston; brother, Elbert J. Evans, of Pelzer; sisters, Willie Pearl Jones and Anne Ionia Stansell, both of Anderson, Mary Lee Black, of Belton; grandchildren, Cristy Evans Webster, Michael Wayne Lollis and David Lee Evans; and great-grandchildren, Dylan Michael Beddingfield, Ryan Lee Beddingfield, Dannie Grace Rebecca Webster, Bryson Lee Evans and Arlie Mason Evans.
He was predeceased by a son, Danny Lee Evans.
Visitation was 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, November 9, 2012, at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer.   Funeral services were held at 2 p.m. Saturday, November 10, 2012, at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer.  Burial followed at Greenville Memorial Gardens.
The family is at the home.
Omit flowers.  Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621.
Condolences: www.graymortuary.com

KENNETH H. LADD
WILLIAMSTON – Kenneth H. Ladd, 84, of 1 Tyson Street, husband of Margaret Stone Ladd, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, November 7, 2012 at Greenville Memorial Hospital.
Born in Williamston, he was a son of the late Joseph C. and Mattie Ellis Ladd.  Mr. Ladd served in the National Guard and retired from Duke Energy, Lee Steam Plant.  He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Williamston and volunteered at West Pelzer Elementary School for many years.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by a sister, Lois Holcombe, of Hickory Tavern; and several nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by three sisters,  Mary Woods, Maude Holland and Louise Hutcheson; and a brother, Floyd Ladd.
Visitation was held 1-2:30 p.m. Saturday, November 10, 2012, at Calvary Baptist Church with funeral services following at 2:30 p.m. Saturday.  Burial followed at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Anderson.
The family is at the residence.
Memorials may be made to the Calvary Baptist Church Building Fund, 10 Academy Street, Williamston, SC 29697.
Gray Mortuary, Pelzer was in charge of arrangements.
Condolences: www.graymortuary.com

ELLEN M. EHLERS
Ellen M. Ehlers, 66, died Tuesday, November 6, 2012.
She is the wife of Nicholas Ehlers and was the stepdaughter of Howard Conger and daughter of Christine Cameron.
She attended Bethesda United Methodist Church.
She is survived by her husband; three children, James Ehlers, John Ehlers and Cheryl Ehlers; and five grandchildren.
Funeral service was held November 10 in the chapel followed by entombment at Graceland West Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made to the South Carolina Ovarian Cancer Foundation, in memory of Ellen M. Ehlers, 602 Meeting Street, Suite B, Columbia, SC 29169.

LINDA SIMPSON
Graveside services for Linda Singleton Simpson, 70, of Selmer, TN were held Nov. 9 at Lake Hill Memory Gardens in Bethel Springs, TN.
She was born in Simpsonville, daughter of the late Fred Ballard Singleton and Frances Iberia Sanders Singleton. She died November 6, 2012 in Selmer, TN.
She was a retired school teacher and was married to J.B. Simpson.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Raquel Simpson of Jackson, TN; sister, Hazel Singleton Kerns of Piedmont; two brothers, Charles Singleton and William Singleton, both of Greenville.