Obituaries Week of Oct. 1, 2014




Tucker William Hipps, 19, of Piedmont, died Monday, September 22, 2014.

Born in Greenville, he was the son of Gary and Cindy Hipps.

Tucker was a member of Rock Springs Baptist Church accepting Christ at the early age of 10 and also very active in the youth and church sports. He was involved with Palmetto Boys State, where he was a Senior Counselor. Tucker was a 2013 graduate of Wren High School where he participated in school sports and other activities. He was a Sophomore at Clemson University, participated in intramural sports, and was pledging for a fraternity.

He is survived by a paternal grandmother, Opal Hipps; a maternal grandmother, Jeanne Tucker; many aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends. Tucker is also survived by his best friend, Katie Clouse, who was his soul mate. He never met a stranger, loved many, and was loved by many.

He was preceded in death by a paternal grandfather, Gary M. Hipps, Sr.; and maternal grandfather, Albert L. Tucker, Jr.

The visitation was held Friday, September 26, 2014 from 7 p.m. until 9 p.m. at Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Northwest. The funeral service was held Sunday, September 28 at 2 p.m. at Rock Springs Baptist Church. Burial followed at Rock Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Rock Springs Baptist Church College Ministry, 201 Rock Springs Road, Easley, SC 29642 or to Palmetto Boys State, P.O. Box 3309, Irmo, SC 29603.

The family will be at the residence.


John Matthew Cooley, Jr., 69, of Williamston, died September 24, 2014 at his home.

He was the son of the late John M. Cooley, Sr. and Sara Lollis Cooley.

He retired from furniture sales and was a member of Cedar Grove Baptist Church and served in the S.C. National Guard.

He is survived by his wife Diane Capps Cooley; son, Rev. J. Matthew Cooley III; daughter, Beth Anne Cooley; brothers, Kenneth and Tony Cooley; sisters, Gwen Burgess, Vickie Burton, and Pamela Owens; four grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and stepmother, Sara F. Cooley.

A memorial service was held Saturday, Sept. 27 at Cedar Grove Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to ‘Operation Care’, 3 Middleton Blvd., Williamston, SC 29697.


Robert Steele Cartee, 75, of Seneca, formerly of Pelzer, died September 19, 2014.

Born in Pelzer, he was a son of the late Clyde Lee and Abbie Lee Kelly Cartee. He retired from W&W Housing Center.

A graveside service was held Sunday, September 28, at Big Creek Baptist Church Cemetery, Williamston.


Marvin Michael “Mike” Pope, 62, of Monroe, NC died Tuesday, Sept. 23, 2014 at his home.

Born in Monroe, NC, he was a son of the late Marvin Wade Pope and Ethel Broome Pope.

He was a football coach at many schools including Hillcrest High, Seneca High and Walhalla High and for the last five years at Wingate University.

He is survived by his wife, Ginger Gardner Pope of Monroe, NC; three daughters, Taylor Morse of Houston, TX, Elizabeth Laxton of Clemson, and Sarah Pope of Williamston; one grandson; and brother, Gregory Pope of Monroe, NC.

A graveside service was held Friday, Sept. 26 at Douglas Presbyterian Church Cemetery in Lancaster.

Memorials may be made to the Mike Pope Hawg Tuff Memorial Athletic Scholarship, directed through Wingate University Office of Resource Development at 220 North Camden Street, Wingate University, Wingate, NC 28174.


William “Red” Charles Bible, 52, of Westminster, husband of Anette Bible, died Wednesday, Sept. 24, 2014 at his home. He was born in Greenville to William Morris Bible and Helen Broome.

He was a roofer by trade.

He is survived by his parents, William Morris and Rachel Bible; sons, Christopher Bible of Greenville and Jimmy Stone of Westminster; daughter, Jessica Bible of Greenville; stepbrother, Johnny Craft of Piedmont; sister, Mary Ann Bible of Westminster; stepsister, Traci Jo Cothran of Pelzer; and two grandchildren.

Memorial services were held Saturday, Sept. 27 at the Brown-Oglesby Chapel.


Avery Hollis and Landyn Hollis Sherman, infant twin sons of Phillip Hollis Sherman and Tara Leanne Brezak, of Piedmont, died Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

In addition to their parents, they are survived by brothers, Cameron and Dakota Brezak, Andrew Sherman; grandparents, Denise Randall and Brian Brezak.

A memorial service was held 2:00 p.m. Saturday at Gray Mortuary Chapel, Pelzer.


John Larry Edens, 81, husband of sixty-one and a half years to Lois Marie Grant Edens, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Friday, September 26, 2014.

Born in Pelzer, he was a son of the late Elijah Pinckney “E.P.” and Ruby Saxon Edens. He was retired from Fluor Daniel. An active member of Pelzer Church of God, he served as church bus driver, council member and usher. A Master Mason at the Pelzer Masonic Lodge, he was a lifetime Hejaz Shriner, member of the Eastern Star, and Captain with Country Boys.

Surviving are his wife; daughters, Angela Taylor (John), Wanda Massey (David); son, Michael Edens (Janice Reece); sister-in-law, Roberta Stone; five grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; one niece and two nephews.

He was pre-deceased by his brother, Maxie L. Edens; nephew, Mickey Edens; and great-grandson, Ashton Parris.

Memorial Service was held Tuesday, September 30th, at 1:00 p.m. at the Pelzer Church of God. The family received friends immediately following the service in the sanctuary.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Shriners Children’s Hospital, 950 West Faris Road, Greenville, 29605.

The family is at the home.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer



Marguriete Cantrell Thomason, 95, of Belton, widow of the late William Berry Thomason, died Friday, September 26, 2014.

Born in Greenville County, she was the daughter of the late Clayton Denton and Laura Pressley Cantrell. She was a member of  Oak Hill United Methodist Church.

Surviving are a son, Rev. Sam Thomason of Greenwood; daughters, Sandra Burgin of Greenville, Cathy Bell of Pelzer, Becky Thomason of Fountain Inn and Wendy Burch of Spartanburg; 13 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were held Sunday, Sept. 28 at Greenville Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to Oak Hill UMC, C/O Mr. Tom Stitt, 340 Dunklin Bridge Rd., Pelzer, SC 29669.


James Leroy Vinson, 69, of Pelzer, husband of Martha Smith Vinson, died, September 27, 2014.

Born in Greer, he was a son of the late Leyron “Bill” and Nettie Wright Vinson. He was a paramedic for the Pelzer Rescue Squad and was a member of Bethel Church of God of Abrahamic Faith.

In addition to his wife, survivors include daughters, Tammie Milton of Seneca, Crystal Lee of Pelzer; son, Ken Vinson of West Union; sister, Edna Owens; brothers, Billy, Harold, and Michael Vinson; thirteen grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

The funeral was held Wednesday, October 1, at Bethel Church of God of Abrahamic Faith. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Pelzer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 94, Pelzer, SC 29669, or Bethel Church of God of Abrahamic Faith, P.O. Box 367, Pelzer, SC, 29669.


Nancy Elaine Kellett Coker, 67, with her family by her side, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

Born in Greenville County, she was a daughter of the late David A. Kellett, Sr. and Nellie I.V. Kellett. She was predeceased by two brothers, Clifton Kellett and Douglas Kellett; and a sister Hazel Salva.

She was a member of Fork Shoals Baptist Church, where she taught Sunday School and was active in the Children and Youth Ministry. She was employed by Swirl, Inc. and owner of Home Décor and More, in Simpsonville, SC.

She is survived by her husband of 49 years, Larry B. Coker; a daughter Debra C. Davis (James); and two grandchildren, Matthew Davis and Jordan Davis; three sisters, Dorothy Cothran (Robert), Bobbie Boiter, and Wilma Lollis (Milton); a brother, David Kellett, Jr.; and a sister-in-law, Jeanette Harnesberger (W.F.); and numerous nieces, nephews, and family members.

Visitation was 5:30 – 7:30 p.m., Friday at Fletcher Funeral Service.

Funeral services were 2:00 p.m., Saturday, at Fork Shoals Baptist Church. Burial followed in Greenville Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to Fork Shoals Baptist Church, Children and Youth Ministry, 110 Fork Shoals Church Road, Pelzer, SC 29669 or the Susan G. Komen Foundation, 301 Halton Road, #D2, Greenville, SC 29607.

Condolences may be expressed to the family online at

Fletcher Funeral Service


Alta Garrison Stoddard, 93, of Powdersville, died Tuesday, September 23, 2014.

Born in Greenville County, she was a daughter of the late Lucius and Martha Pruitt Garrison.

She was predeceased by her first husband, Ansel Earl Henderson. She then married John Glenn Stoddard.

Surviving are a daughter, Shirley H. Rainey; three sons, C. Glen Stoddard, Ronald R. Stoddard, and John Terry Stoddard of Powdersville; seven grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren.

She was a member of Welcome Baptist Church.

A private graveside service was held Saturday, September 27, 2014 at Graceland Cemetery West.


Laura Dickson Lequire, 64, of Williamston, wife of Jesse “James” Lequire, died September 28, 2014.

Born in Greenville County, she was a daughter of the late Hugh Edward and Margaret Eaton Dickson. She was a homemaker, member of Whitefield Baptist Church and attended Calvary Baptist Church.

Surviving in addition to her husband are daughters, Wendy King of Marietta, Rachel Petty of Williamston and Margaret Anne Mathis of Piedmont; sister, Lynn Haning; brother, Steve Dickson; three grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A memorial service was held Tuesday at Calvary Baptist Church.


Lillie Irby Sullivan, 75, of Simpsonville, died Saturday, September 27, 2014 at McCall Hospice House.

Born in Greenville, she was the daughter of the late Virdie Lee and Eva Irby, Sr.

She was predeceased by her husband, Herman Wendell Sullivan.

Surviving are daughters, Dietra Blackmon and Kim  Hawkins, both of Greenville; sons, Kenneth Sullivan of Simpsonville and Michael Sullivan of Piedmont; sister, Dorothy Welch of Greenville; brother, Michael Irby of Easley; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Family will receive friends on Thursday, October 2 at 1 p.m. at Watkins, Garrett and Woods Mortuary with Burial in Resthaven Memorial Gardens.


Willie J. Peterson, 86, of Williamston, died Thursday, September 25, 2014.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army. He was the son of Wallace and Hattie Allen Peterson.

Funeral services were held October 1 at New Prospect Missionary Baptist Church in Williamston. Burial followed in the church cemetery.


Tasha Michelle Human Foster, 28, of Piedmont, died Tuesday, September 30, 2014.

Born in Anderson, she is a daughter of Jerry Allen and Shirley Allison Thompson.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by daughters, Alyson Thompson and Alexis Foster of the home; sisters, Monica Bush and Michelle Childress; grandmother, Mildred Thompson of Simpsonville.

A visitation will be held from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Saturday, October 4 at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer. The funeral will follow at 2:00 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Burial will be at Greenville Memorial Gardens.