Obituaries Week of 1-15-2014

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JOE PACK, TED W. OWEN, SR., ALLEAN BURKHALTER THOMPSON, MARY HATTIE SINGLETON, THELMA JANE DARBY DAVIS, RACHEL GRACE CALDWELL, REBA GILSTRAP CLYBORNE, RICKY BENNETT, JR.,  GRACE BEASLEY, VIVIAN C. RIGDON, E. ‘WAYNE’ SIMMONS, ZEB ROSS, LORIECE COBB GAMBRELL, CLAUDE WALKER HOOD

JOE PACK
BELTON – Joe Harold Pack, 85, of Belton, husband of Margaret Ann Williams Pack, died Thursday, January 9, 2014 at the Rainey Hospice House, Anderson.
Born in Belton, he was a son of the late James Pinckney and Annie King Pack. A U. S. Army Sergeant in the Korean War, Joe retired from Southern Bell Telephone Company. Joe served forty-four years on state and local School Boards, including Anderson County District I, Alternative School, and Career and Technology Boards, making him one of the longest tenured School Board members in South Carolina.  Joe was past President of the National School Board Association and was instrumental in preserving Cedar Grove Elementary School. In 2005, he received the Order of the Silver Crescent, the state’s highest honor for community and volunteer service. Joe was a member of Cedar Grove Baptist Church where he served as a deacon and Sunday School teacher. He also served on the board of directors of the Cheddar Fire Department.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughters and sons-in-law, Nancy Jo and Ralph Partain, of Williamston, Rita and Steve Parnell, of Belton; son and daughter-in-law, Joe “Joey” H. and Lana Pack, of the Ware Place Community, son, Tim Pack of Belton; brother, Leon Pack, of Belton; grandchildren, Joy Harvell (Michael), Anthony Chapman (Kathy), Stephanie Bonds (Jerry), Adam Parnell, Meagan Pack, Jonathan Pack, Matthew Pack and Noah Pack; five step-grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; nine step-great-grandchildren; and one step-great-great-grandchild.
He was predeceased by brother, Alvin R. Pack; and sisters, Dorothy P. Thompson and Mildred P. Morgan.
Visitation was 1:30-3:00 pm Sunday, January 12, 2014 at Cedar Grove Baptist Church, 13024 Highway 20, Belton with a memorial service following at 3:00 pm.
Flowers were accepted, or memorials may be made to the Cedar Grove Baptist Church Building Fund, 13024 Highway 20, Belton, SC 29627, or to the Rainey Hospice House, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621.
Gray Mortuary, Pelzer is in charge of arrangements.
Condolences: www.graymortuary.com

TED W. OWEN, SR.
Ted William Owen, Sr., 59, formerly of Piedmont, widower of Oma Owen, died at his home.
He is survived by a son, Ted W. Owen, Jr. of the home and five grandchildren.
A graveside service was held Friday, January 10 at Beaverdam Baptist Church Cemetery.

ALLEAN BURKHALTER THOMPSON
Allean Burkhalter Thompson, 93, of North Augusta, died at McCall Hospice House, Simpsonville on January 8, 2014.
She was predeceased by her husband, William Francis Thompson.
She was a member of Holy Trinity Lutheran Church in North Augusta.
Surviving are a daughter, Fran T. Herlong of Greenville; two grandchildren; and two step-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 18 at Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, North Augusta.
Memorials may be made to Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, 1002 Carolina Avenue, North Augusta, SC 29841.

MARY HATTIE SINGLETON
Mary Hattie Singleton, 89, of Pelzer, died December 31, 2013 at her home.
She retired from Fluor Daniel.
She is survived by two daughters, Pat Barnes Melton and Brenda Barnes Wykle; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by her husband, Floyd C. Singleton.
A memorial service was held January 11 at the Northwest Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses at 8551 White Horse Rd., Greenville.

THELMA JANE DARBY DAVIS
Thelma Jane Darby Davis, 85, widow of Alvin C. Davis of Belton, died Wednesday, January 9, 2014 at Greenville Memorial Hospital.
Born in Anderson County, she was the daughter of the late Sloan and Kate Wilson Darby. She was a member of Belton Pentecostal Holiness Church.
Surviving are sons, Lynn Davis of Simpsonville and Bobby Davis of Belton; daughters, Libby Brown of Belton, Cathy Davis of Pelzer and Mary Haynes of Williamston; brother, Thurston Darby of Taylors; sisters, Ruth McCuen, Clarice Kay and Alice Darby, all of Honea Path, Annie Haynie and Wilma Luck, both of Belton; 11 grandchildren; 18 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held Friday at Cox Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed at Barkers Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Joyce Meyers Ministries.

RACHEL GRACE CALDWELL
Rachel Grace Caldwell, 76, of Pelzer, died Friday, December 27, 2013.
She was the daughter of the late Walter and Jessie Storie.
She retired from the Greenville County School System.
She was predeceased by her husband Tom Pruitt Caldwell.
Surviving are three brothers, Paul Storie of Fredericksburg, VA, Ed Storie of Chilhowie, VA, Walt Storie of Chilhowie, VA; two sisters, Nan Shepard of Greenville, Elizabeth Ann Jolly of Meadowview, VA; daughters, Lynn Caldwell Roach of Pelzer, Michelle Caldwell Spencer of Birmingham, AL; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday, January 18 at 2 p.m. at The Hawthorne Inn Assisted Living Facility in Greenville, SC.

REBA GILSTRAP CLYBORNE
Reba Pinion Gilstrap Clyborne, 85, of Seneca, died Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at Lila Doyle Nursing Home.
Born in Six Mile, she was the widow of Charles P. Clyborne and a daughter of the late J.B. and Veda Collins Pinion. She retired from Clemson University and was a member of First Baptist Church, Liberty.
Surviving are a daughter, Alta Edens of Seneca; two sons, Larry Gilstrap of Anderson, and Gary Gilstrap of Piedmont; step daughter, Ann Dobson of Greenville; step son, Jerry Clyborne of Simpsonville; three sisters, Jessie Dyar of Central, Glenda Maxey of Norris, and Brenda Kelly of Six Mile; two brothers, Thurston Pinion of Piedmont and W.E. Pinion of Clemson; ten grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren, and one great-great-grandchild.
She was predeceased by her first husband, Alton William Gilstrap.
Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 403 Edgemont Avenue, Liberty, SC 29657.

RICKY BENNETT, JR.
James Richard “Ricky” Bennett, Jr., 47, of Piedmont, husband of Tammy Phillips Bennett, died Thursday, January 9, 2014.
Born in Anderson County, he was a son of Janet LeCroy Thompson and the late James Richard Bennett, Sr.
In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by step-father, James W. Thompson; daughter, Crystal Bennett, of Pelzer; seven brothers; three sisters; and three grandchildren.
A graveside service was held Monday at Greenville Memorial Gardens.

GRACE BEASLEY
Mary Grace Phillips Beasley, 71, of Belton, widow of Robert Junior Beasley, died on Friday, January 10, 2014.
Born in Greenwood, she was a daughter of the late Dewitt Talmadge and Willie Kate Whitman Phillips.
Surviving are sons, Bobby Beasley of the home, Tony Beasley of Belton, Robert Beasley of Anderson; daughter, Debbie Tiller of Belton; sisters, Carolyn Peeples of Georgia, Joyce Lewis of Iva; nine grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren.
The funeral service was held Tuesday in the funeral home chapel of Gray Mortuary, Pelzer. Burial followed at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Anderson.

VIVIAN C. RIGDON
Vivian Carter Rigdon, 88, of Pickens, wife of the late James H. Rigdon, Jr. died Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at McCall Hospice House.
Born in Pickens County, the daughter of the late Lewis J. and Maude Hendrick Carter, she retired from Union Carbide and attended Rock Springs Baptist Church.
Surviving are a son, James H. “Sonny” Rigdon, III of Pelzer; daughter, Janet R. Burgess of Pickens; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Saturday in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home Downtown.
Burial followed in Greenville Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to McCall Hospice House, 1836 West Georgia Road, Simpsonville, SC 29680.
Vivian Carter Rigdon, 88, of Pickens, wife of the late James H. Rigdon, Jr. died Wednesday, January 8, 2014 at McCall Hospice House.
Born in Pickens County, the daughter of the late Lewis J. and Maude Hendrick Carter, she retired from Union Carbide and attended Rock Springs Baptist Church.
Surviving are a son, James H. “Sonny” Rigdon, III of Pelzer; daughter, Janet R. Burgess of Pickens; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Saturday in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home Downtown.
Burial followed in Greenville Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to McCall Hospice House, 1836 West Georgia Road, Simpsonville, SC 29680.

E. ‘WAYNE’ SIMMONS
E. “Wayne” Simmons, 49, husband of Shery Liskey Simmons, of Belton, died Thursday, January 9, 2014 at his home.
Born in Ayer, MA, he was the son of Allen Simmons of Piedmont and the late Patricia Surrette Simmons.
He was a U.S. Coast Guard veteran.
Surviving in addition to his wife of the home are sons, Jason Cole of IL and Jared Simmons of Charleston; daughter, Michele Graddy of Belton; stepmother, Paula Simmons of Piedmont; and five grandchildren.
A graveside service was held Sunday at Greenville Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to the Wildlife Rehab of Greenville.

ZEB ROSS
James Zeffie “Zeb” Ross, 86, of Pelzer, widower of Virginia May Farmer Ross, died Sunday, January 12, 2014.
Born in Greenville County, he was a son of the late Luther Lonzo and Ida Mae Kates Ross. He was a former employee of J. P. Stevens, White Horse Plant and a member of the First Baptist Church, Pelzer.
Surviving are sons, Robert Ross, of West Pelzer, and Johnny Ross of Williamston; sisters, Gladys Ross, Grace Creamer and Marie Creamer; brother, Wain Ross; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Visitation was Wednesday, January 15 at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer. The funeral service followed at the funeral home chapel with burial at Pine Lawn Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Rainey Hospice House, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621.

LORIECE COBB GAMBRELL
Loriece Cobb Gambrell, 76, of Belton, died Monday, January 13, 2014 at the Rainey Hospice House.
Born in Madison, GA, she was the daughter of the late Jonah Cobb and the late Annie Bell Queen Cobb.
She attended Faith Fellowship Ministries.
She is survived by her children, Martha Shelton of Williamston, Pete Case of Belton, Rebecca Nimmons of Williamston, Ray Gambrell of Columbia, Charlolette Gambrell Myers of Monroe, NC, and Mark Gambrell of Greenville; sister, Hattie Mae Leonard; 18 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and 1 great-great-granddaughter.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Johnny French Gambrell.
Funeral service was held Wednesday, January 15 in the Chapel of The McDougald Funeral Home. Interment followed at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens.

CLAUDE WALKER HOOD
WILLIAMSTON -Claude Walker Hood, 100, of 210 Belton Drive, Williamston, widower of Frances Ellison Hood, passed away on January 13, 2014 after a brief period of declining health.
Born in Williamston, he was a son of the late Walker Hood and Belle Duncan Hood. He was preceded in death by two sisters and seven brothers: Clovie Hood Ladd, Louise Hood Yon, Clyde Hood, Henry Hood, Johnny Hood, Leo Hood, Louie Hood, Raymond Hood, and Willie Hood. He was the last remaining survivor of his immediate family.
Surviving are two sons, Roger Hood and his wife Lynn of Anderson, and Dr. Mike Hood and his wife Kathy of Pendleton; six grandchildren: Dr. Melissa Hood and her husband Dr. Paul Barongan of Knoxville, TN, Amanda Hood of Greenville, Rodney Hood and his wife Jessica of Atlanta, GA., Lauren Craig and her husband Cliff of Anderson, Lindsey Babcock and her husband Matthew of Gainesville, GA, Jordan Hood and his wife Claire of Charleston; nine great grandchildren: Skyler Lily, Ellison Hood, Owen Hood, Morgan Quinn Hood, McKenzie Wade, Sadie Barongan, Emerson Craig, McKenna Craig, and Sophia Craig; along with many nieces and nephews.
He was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Williamston, where he was a member of the Senior Men’s Sunday School class. He was a former employee at the Williamston Mill later named Mount Vernon Mill where he worked for 50 years. He was an avid fisherman, hunter, and Atlanta Braves fan.
The family would like to express sincere gratitude to the nurses and aides with Anderson National Healthcare for their excellent care and compassion bestowed upon our father.
The funeral service will be held at 3 pm, Thursday, January 16, 2014 in the chapel of Gray Mortuary, Pelzer with Rev. Joe Cadden officiating. The family will receive friends at the mortuary prior to the service from 1:30 to 2:45 pm. Burial will follow in the Big Creek Baptist Church cemetery in Williamston.
The family will be at their respective homes.
Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church Building Fund, 10 Academy St., Williamston, SC 29697 or to Meals On Wheels, 105 S. Fant Street, Anderson, SC 29624.
Condolences: www.graymortuary.com