Obituaries – Week of July 10, 2013

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VIOLET STONE, CARL ‘CLETIS’ BROWN, DORIS MOORE, BOB BEAR,  BARBARA ANN HANKS WHITT, JULIA MIZE, LOIS LOAIZA,  ETTA CASON, CARL ANCEL SCHUFF, JERALDINE  LOLLIS, JIMMY TROTTER,  JAMES D. ‘JIMMY’ BLACKSTON, IMOGENE STATON GARRETT, BARBARA JEANE,  EDNA MCLAIN,  BILL CROWTHER,  FRANCES GARRETT,  STEPHANIE MILES, HAROLD T. NEWTON

VIOLET STONE
BELTON – Violet Blythe Stone, 83, of 1421 Big Creek Road, widow of William Monroe Stone, Sr., was called to her heavenly home on Saturday, July 6, 2013.
Born in Anderson County, she was a daughter of the late Richard L. and Beatrice Gilmer Blythe. She retired from the Kendall Company, was a member of Big Creek Baptist Church, and attended Crossroads Assembly of God.
Surviving are daughter, Cathy Bruce (Bill) of Pelzer; sisters, Thelma Simpson of Pelzer, and Juanita O’Kelley of Macon, GA; eight grandchildren; twenty-three great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
She was predeceased by sons, Steve, Jerry and Dale Stone, and Monroe Stone, Jr.; daughter, Bonnie Sue Stone; granddaughter, Christa S. Nichols; and brothers, R. T. and Arvin Blythe.
Visitation was from 6-8 p.m. Sunday, July 7, 2013 at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer. Funeral services were held at 1 p.m. Monday, July 8, 2013 at the funeral home chapel with burial following at the Big Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family is at the home, 1421 Big Creek Road, Belton.
Condolences: www.graymortuary.com

CARL ‘CLETIS’ BROWN
HONEA PATH – Carl Joseph “Cletis” Brown, 31, of 121 French Road, died Friday, July 5, 2013 at Greenville Memorial Hospital.
Born in Kansas City, MO, he was a son of Joseph “Joe” Leon and Barbara Ann Biggs Brown. He was a class of 2000 graduate of Woodmont High School and was employed by Gen-III, Inc. in Simpsonville.
In addition to his parents, of the home, he is survived by sister, Rebecca Dawn Brown, of Charlotte, NC; and brother, Jamie Biggs, of Greenville.
A gathering to share memories, celebrate and honor the life of Carl “Cletis” Brown will be held from 5-8 p.m. Friday, July 12, 2013 at the Augusta Road Ruritan Club, 7788 Augusta Road (Highway 25 South), Piedmont, SC 29673.
You are loved and will be missed.
“Don’t Grieve For Me”
Don’t grieve for me, from pain I’m free
I’m following the path God has laid, you see.
I took his hand when I heard his call I turned around and left it all. I could not stay another day to laugh, to love, to work or play. Tasks left undone must stay that way I found the peace on a sunny day. If my parting has left a void then fill it with remembered joys. A family shared, a laugh, a kiss oh yes, these things I too will miss. Be not burdened with times of sorrow I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow. My life’s been full, I’ve savored much, good family, good times, a loved one’s touch. Perhaps my time seems all too brief don’t lengthen it now with undue grief. Lift up your hearts, and peace to thee. God wanted me now; from pain I’m free.
Gray Mortuary, Pelzer is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences: www.graymortuary.com

DORIS MOORE
Doris White Moore, 90, of Williamston, widow of Charles Milton Moore, died Thursday, June 27, 2013 at Rainey Hospice House.
Born in Pelzer, she was a daughter of the late Thomas Farris and Delottie Shannon White.  She was a homemaker and a member of High Praises Church of God.
She is survived by a daughter, Charlene Moore of the home.
A graveside service was held on Sunday, June 30, at the Williamston Cemetery.

BOB BEAR
WILLIAMSTON – Robert Lee Bear, 83, formerly of Williamston, widower of Sara “Bill” Garner Bear, died Thursday, June 27, 2013 at the Richard M. Campbell Veterans Nursing Home.
Born in Pelzer, he was a son of the late Benjamin Andrew and Thula Eldridge Bear. A veteran of the U. S. Army, Mr. Bear retired from the Kendall Company. Prior to his illness, he attended Pleasant View Wesleyan Church in Belton.
Surviving are daughters, Sherri Aiken and Nancy Bear, both of Williamston; son, Danny Bear (Margie) of Pelzer; and granddaughter, Bethany Danielle Bear.
He was predeceased by brothers, James and Raymond “Big” Bear.
Visitation was held from 1-2 p.m. Monday, July 1, 2013 at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer with the funeral service following at 2 p.m. Burial followed at Pine Lawn Cemetery, Pelzer.
The family is at the home of Danny and Margie Bear, 100 Hinson Drive, Pelzer.
Memorials may be made to Richard M. Campbell Veterans Nursing Home, 4605 Belton Highway, Anderson, SC 29621, or to PH Healthcare Services, 102 Commons Boulevard, Suite C-1, Piedmont, SC 29673.
Condolences: www.graymortuary.com

BARBARA ANN HANKS WHITT
Barbara Ann Hanks Whitt, 66, of Belton, died Friday, June 28, 2013 at her home.
Born in Belton, she was the daughter of JT Hanks of Belton and the late Odell Bannister Hanks. She was a member of Belton Pentecostal Holiness Church.
Surviving in addition to her father are: daughter, Mikell Ann Stevenson of Williamston; two grandchildren; sister, Maxine LeCroy of Belton.
Funeral service was held Monday, July 1 at Belton Pentecostal Holiness Church. Burial followed at Garden of Memories.

JULIA MIZE
WILLIAMSTON – Julia Pinckney Gossett Mize, 85, widow of John Lawrence Mize, passed away Thursday, June 27, 2013 at Foothills Presbyterian Home in Easley.
Born in Williamston, she was a daughter of the late Paul Henry and Julia Pinckney Gossett.  She was retired from Anderson School District One following thirty years of service as a teacher and media specialist.
Mrs. Mize was a 1948 graduate of Erskine College.  She received her Master’s Degree from Clemson University.
Mrs. Mize was a member of the Williamston Garden Club.  She was an avid reader, enjoyed playing Bridge, and ballroom dancing. She was a faithful member of the Williamston Presbyterian Church.
Surviving are son, “Bo” Mize of Belton; daughter, Julie Cole and husband, Tim of Williamston; grandsons, Jonathan Cole, Scott Cole and wife, Nikki; great-grandchildren, Jacob and Presley Cole.
She was predeceased by sisters, Suzanne Gossett Evans and Lavinia Gossett McDill.
Visitation was held from 10-11 am Monday, July 1, 2013 at the Williamston Presbyterian Church.
The funeral service followed at 11 am with Rev. Aaron Ochart officiating.  Burial was in the Williamston Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Williamston Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 38, Williamston, SC 29697.
The family members are at their respective homes.
Gray Mortuary, Pelzer is assisting the family.
Condolences: www.graymortuary.com

LOIS LOAIZA
Lois Hughes Ausburn Loaiza, 87, of Piedmont, died Friday, June 28, 2013.
Born in Pickens County, she was a daughter of the late Thomas and Pauline Hughes.
Surviving are children, Donald Ausburn of NC, Gerald Ausburn and Arlene Jordan, both of MD, LuEllen Taylor and Connie Bonnette, both of Piedmont; siblings, Frances Riggins, Joe Frank Hughes, Portis Hughes, and Freddie Kelly, all of Pickens, Brodie Hughes, of Easley, and Annette Smith of Piedmont; sixteen grandchildren;  thirty great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
The funeral was held Tuesday, July 2 at Grove Station Baptist Church.  Burial followed at Greenville Memorial Gardens.
The family is at the home of her daughter, LuEllen Taylor, 207 Woodlawn Drive, Piedmont.

ETTA CASON
Etta Mae Roper Cason, 85, of Piedmont, widow of William Austin Cason, Sr., died Friday, July 5, 2013 at St. Francis Hospital.
Born in Chester, she was a daughter of the late Andrew Jackson and Della Elizabth Chamber Roper. She was retired from Stedor Manufacturing and a member of the Piedmont Church of God of Prophecy.
Surviving are daughter, Beth Reeves of Piedmont; sons, Bill ‘Billy’ Cason, Jr. of Piedmont, Andy Cason of Piedmont; five grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held Monday, July 8 at the Piedmont Church of God of Prophecy. Burial followed in Greenville Memorial Gardens.

CARL ANCEL SCHUFF
Carl Ancel Schuff, 64, of Pelzer, died June 26, 2013.
He was born in Somers Point, NJ and was the son of the late Jacob and Roberte Schuff.
He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam Conflict.
He is survived by his wife, Debra June Schuff; two sons, Carl Ancel Schuff II of Duncan, and Todd Joseph Schuff of Charleston; three grandchildren; and one sister, Paula Perednas.
Funeral service was held Saturday, June 29th at Thomas McAfee, Northwest. Burial followed in Graceland Cemetery West.

JERALDINE  LOLLIS
Jeraldine Taylor Lollis, 74, of Pelzer, wife of Jimmy Lollis, died Thursday, June 27, 2013 at their home.
Born in Woodruff, she was the daughter of Lona Belle Roe Taylor and the late Lawrence Richardson Taylor. She was formerly employed with Cromer Food Service, Inc.
Surviving are her husband of the home; mother of Anderson; daughters, Debbie Jones and Rhonda Curtis, both of Piedmont, Paula Hinson of Powdersville, Tina Marburger of Pelzer; ten grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held Saturday, June 29 at Trinity Baptist Tabernacle. Burial followed in Greenville Memorial Gardens.

JIMMY TROTTER
James Milton Trotter, 71, died Sunday, June 30, 2012 at home. He was the son of the late James W. and Mary Frances Bishop Trotter.
He retired from Jenning and Dill Construction and was a member of Bessie Road Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife Linda Trotter; daughters, Barbie Elrod, Tammy Strickland, Joy Owens; brothers, Wendel Trotter, Jerry Trotter, Robert Trotter; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
A memorial service will be held at Bessie Road Baptist Church at a later date.

JAMES D. ‘JIMMY’ BLACKSTON
James D. “Jimmy” Blackston, of Piedmont, died Wednesday, July 3, 2013.
He was the son of Edna Higgins and is survived by sister, Tammy Trull of the home.
He was predeceased by his step-father, Major Higgins.
Funeral service was held Saturday, July 6 at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer. Burial followed in Shiloh United Methodist Church Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Hosanna Health and Rehab Resident Funds, 109 Bentz Rd., Piedmont, SC 29673.

IMOGENE STATON GARRETT
Imogene Staton Garrett, age 91, passed away on June 27, 2013. She was born in Gainesville, GA to the late Ike and Mamie Taylor Staton.
She was preceded in death by her husband, James (Walt) Garrett, Sr.
She is survived by a daughter, Shelby Wood and son, James W. Garrett, Jr.; five grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; brother, Joe O. Staton.
She was a Certified Nursing Assistant. She was a longtime member of Reedy Fork Baptist Church.
Funeral service was held Sunday, June 30 at Reedy Fork Baptist Church.
Burial was in Greenville Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to Reedy Fork Baptist Church, 459 Reedy Fork Rd., Greenville, SC 29605.
The family is at the home of her son, 254 Snow Road., Pelzer.

BARBARA JEANE
Barbara Ann Pruitt Jeane, 48, of Piedmont, died Saturday, July 6, 2013, at Greenville Memorial Hospital.
Born in Greenville, she was the daughter of the late Hubert Ray and Georgia Ann Taylor Pruitt. She was a homemaker.
Surviving are her daughters, Ashley Reese of Columbia, Amy and Amity Jeane, both of Piedmont, and Arian Jeane of Pendleton; son, Austin Jeane of Piedmont; brothers “David” and “Cliff” Pruitt, both of Piedmont; and nine grandchildren.
The funeral service was held in the chapel of Greenville Memorial Gardens Mausoleum Chapel on Wednesday. Burial was held at Greenville Memorial Gardens.

EDNA MCLAIN
Edna Mae Brock McClain, 74, of Hodges, widow of Theo Pressley McClain died Sunday, June 30, 2013 at her home.
Born in Anderson County, she was a daughter of the late Joe Herman and Pearl Shirley Brock. She retired from Monsanto and was a member of Little River Baptist Church.
Surviving are two sons, Tony McClain of Waterloo and Gary McClain of Greenwood; daughter, Robin Miller of Taylors; nine grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one brother, Jack Brock of Williamston.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 2 at Blythe Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in Oakbrook Memorial Park.

BILL CROWTHER
William Fred Crowther, 91, husband of Leona Winchester Crowther of Pickens, died Monday, July 1, 2013 at his home.
Born in Antreville, a son of the late Fred and Mary Anderson Crowther, he was a veteran of the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II. He taught vocational agriculture and was a member of Pickens First Baptist Church.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by children, Bill Crowther of Murrells Inlet, Mary O’Dell of Williamston, Ben Crowther of Pickens, and Michael Winchester of Resaca, GA; five grandchidren; and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Wednesday, July 3 at Pickens First Baptist Church. A private burial was held.
Memorials may be made to Pickens First Baptist Church, 406 East Main Street, Pickens, SC 29671.

FRANCES GARRETT
Frances Campbell Garrett, 79, of Belton, widow of Roy E. Garrett, died Sunday at Hospice of the Upstate.
Born in Abbeville County, she was a daughter of the late Hunley Campbell and Ethel Hamilton Campbell. She was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church in Piedmont and was retired from Blair Mills.
Surviving are one son, Hazen Bannister of Honea Path; daughter, Roxanne Cook of Iva; brother, Charlie Campbell of Ware Shoals; sisters, Dorothy McMahan of Belton and Etheleen Chapman of Piedmont; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held Tuesday at Keowee Baptist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Oak Grove Baptist Church, 651 Old River Road, Piedmont, SC 29673.

STEPHANIE MILES
Stephanie Prince Miles, 41, of Anderson, died Thursday, July 4, 2013 at the Medical College of Georgia.
Born in Anderson, she was the daughter of Ernest N. Prince of Williamston and Nancy Mackey of Anderson. She worked with her husband in the family business at Anderson Custom Cinema and attended Holy Trinity Lutheran Church.
In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband, Richard Lamar Miles of Anderson; and sister, Lisa Hopkins of Anderson.
A graveside service was held Sunday, July 7 at the Oaklawn Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to P.A.W.S., 1320 U.S. 29 South, Anderson, SC 29626.

HAROLD T. NEWTON
Harold Truman Newton of Easley, died Tuesday, June 27, 2013 at Richard Campbell Veterans Nursing Home.
He was born in Anderson County to the late Truman O. Newton and Jelia Mae Boggs Newton.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia Reardon Newton; five sons, Gary S. Newton of Pelzer, Eric A. Newton of Washington, NJ, Miles A. Newton of Hanceville, AL; Harold E. Newton of Pelzer; Alex J. Newton of Colombia, South America; and nine grandchildren.
He served in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II and retired from the Georgia Air Natinoal Guard and was a corporate pilot for Ballenger Paving Company.
He also owned Newton-McConnell Lumber Co. and Thermal Insulation and Construction, Inc.
Funeral services were held Sunday, July 7 at Trinity Lutheran Church in Greenville.
Memorials may be made to Trinity Lutheran Church.