Obituaries Week of Feb. 4, 2015




Janice Stone Garrett, 88, formerly of Pelzer, widow of George H. Garrett, Sr., died January 26, 2015.

Born in the White Plains Community, she was the daughter of the late William Harper and Emmie Pack Stone.

She retired as the owner/operator of Garrett Tax Service.

She was preceded in death by her husband.

Surviving are two sons, George H. Garrett, Jr. of Texas and  W. Kenneth Garrett of Pelzer; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was held January 31 at Guthrie Grove Church of God of the Abrahamic Faith. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Guthrie Grove Church of God of the Abrahamic Faith General Fund, 403 Guthrie Grove Church Road, Pelzer, SC 29669.


Christopher Gene Bennett, 41, of Williamston, died Monday, January 19, 2015.

Born in Anderson, he was the son of Gene Randall Bennett and the late Judy Marie Ellis Bennett.

He was owner of Bennett Specialty Company and was a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church.

Surviving are his son, Christopher Kyle Bennett; daughter, Amanda Rene’e Bennett; former wife, Myrna Bennett, all of Easley; father, Gene Randall Bennett of Anderson; and brother, Rod Bennett of Lavonia, GA.

Funeral services were held Friday at Sullivan-King Mortuary Chapel. Burial followed in New Silver Brook Cemetery.


WILLIAMSTON – Howard Holland, 84, died Wednesday, January 28, 2015 at Richard M. Campbell Veterans Nursing Home following several years of declining health.

Born in Williamston, on May 11, 1930, he was a son of the late Jamie Andrew Holland and Esther King Holland.  Surviving are his wife, Mary Elizabeth Wilson of Williamston; brother, William A. (Jenelle) Holland of Anderson, and three “adopted” daughters, Deborah Johnson Colones of Florence, Mary Cindy Wilson and Emily C. Wilson, both of Williamston; nephews, Chris, Jaimie, Andy Holland, Charles Black, Jimmie Kelly, Charles, Gene, Steve Lockaby; step-grandson, Madison Payne; brothers-in-law, Rev. Bill Lockaby, Rev. Ray Black; niece, Debbie H. Baldwin; sister-in-law, Joanne Holland.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife, Grace Kelly Holland; brother, Derrell Holland; sister, Mrs. Ray (Virginia) Black.

After graduating from White Plains High School, he served active duty with the United States Navy.  Upon returning to South Carolina, he worked his way into supervisory and management responsibilities within the textile industry and was primarily employed with Dan River, Woodside Mills.

An avid golfer, his golfing career included five holes-in-one.  He was a long-time member of Pebble Creek Country Club in Taylors as well as Brookstone Country Club in Anderson.  A gentle, fun-loving man who never met a stranger, he was also a member of Concord Baptist Church in Anderson where he was active in the Adult Men’s Class.  He was a former member of White Oak Baptist Church in Greenville and volunteered serving Meals On Wheels.

Visitation was held from 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Friday at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer.

The funeral service followed at 2:00 p.m. in the funeral home chapel.  Burial was at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Greenville.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Concord Baptist Church Building Fund, 1012 Concord Road, Anderson, SC 29621 or to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 285, Anderson, SC 29622.



GREENVILLE – June Codelia Matteson Wagner, 90, a longtime resident of Williamston, widow of Loy E. Wagner, died Wednesday, January 28, 2015.

Born in Reidville, she was a daughter of the late Frank C. and Grace Cox Matteson. A graduate of Parker High School, she was a homemaker and member of Williamston First Baptist Church.

In October, June celebrated her 90th birthday with her children and several extended family members. She enjoyed a visit from her entire immediate family on Thanksgiving Day.

She is survived by daughter, Patrice Wagner Alley (Wade) of Charlotte, NC; sons, Richard C. Wagner and  Stephen L. Wagner of Greenville and Christopher C. Wagner of Williamston; grandchildren, Betsy Alley Conway (Chris) of Charlotte, NC, Jonathan Wade Alley (Jeanne) of Raleigh, NC, Julia Catherine Wagner of Williamston and Coleman Jackson Wagner of Williamston; and great-grandson, Carrick Wade Alley.

She was predeceased by her sister, Dora M. McDaniel.

Visitation was from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Saturday, January 31 at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer. The funeral followed at 2:00 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Burial was at Greenville Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to Patriot Hospice, 54 Bear Dr., Greenville, SC 29601 or Williamston First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 477, Williamston, SC 29697.



Mary Elizabeth “Lib” Galloway, 64, Belton, wife of Bill Galloway, died Wednesday, January 28, 2015.

Born in Dacusville, she was the daughter of the late Henry Cleat and Floriene Aiken Stargel.  She was a retired home health aide and attended Faith Baptist Church in Honea Path.

Surviving in addition to her husband of the home are daughters, Sandra Smith of Belton, Tammy Ables of Pendleton; step-sons, Johnny and Roger Galloway of Belton, Ricky Galloway of Piedmont’ three grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Saturday at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer. Burial followed at Holly Springs Baptist Church Cemetery in Pickens.


Edith S. Rogers Moats Burgess, 82, of Williamston, wife of Harrison C. Burgess, died Thursday, January 29, 2015.

Born in Anderson County, she was a daughter of the late Welborn and Eunice Caldwell Rogers. She retired from Blair Mills and was a member of Whitefield Baptist Church.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by daughters, Diane Thrasher of Charleston, Jackie Bull of Charleston, Sherry Gentry of Townville and Janet Kelly of Williamston; son, Mike Burgess of Williamston; sisters, Ester Lee Finley and Ruth Dooley, both of Anderson; brothers, W.C. Rogers of Anderson and Roy Rogers of Belton; 14 grandchildren; and 24 great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Sunday, February 1 at Whitefield Baptist Church. Burial followed at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.


Gene Carroll Davis, husband of Mary Lou Davis, died January 10, 2015 in Mesa, Arizona.

He was born in Piedmont to the late Frank Davis and Edith Hughey Davis.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughters, Tina  Geise of Arizona, Franie Jae Klootwyk (Ken) of Arizona, Lindsey Tharp (Phil) of Simpsonville; sons, Mark Davis (Tina) of Laurens, Gene Davis of Laurens, Lex Davis (Anita) of Georgia; sisters, Joyce Mitchell (Stanley) of Piedmont, Patsy Delisle of Arizona; 20 grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

There will be a celebration of Gene’s life on February 8, 2015 at Piedmont Wesleyan Fellowship Hall on Hwy. 86 in Piedmont from 1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

We ask that all his friends and family come celebrate with us.


Viola P. Jackson, 89, of Simpsonville, died Sunday, January 25, 2015 at her home.

Born in Pelzer she was the daughter of the late Rosa Lee Sherman Pinson and John Henry Pinson.

She was predeceased by her husband, Willie David Jackson.

Surviving are daughters, Agnes Carter of Mauldin, Alice Jackson of Cary, NC, Shirley Turner of Simpsonville, Viola Cohen of Greenwood, Mary Dillard of Mauldin; sons, David Jackson of Piedmont, Willie Jackson of Greenville, Douglas Jackson of Ftn. Inn, Gerald Jackson of Ftn. Inn, Joe Jackson of Mauldin; sister, Grace Dorrah of Greenville; 25 grandchildren; and 20 great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Saturday, January 31 at Watkins, Garrett & Woods Mortuary. Burial followed in Resthaven Memorial Gardens.


Wideman Glenn Harrison, Jr., 93, of West Pelzer, died January 30, 2015 at Richard Campbell Veterans Nursing Home. He was predeceased by four days by his beloved wife of 72 years, Rosa Watson Harrison.

Born in Williamston. He retired from Kendall Manufacturing.

He is survived by a daughter, Mary Ann Anderson of Anderson. Two grandchildren; brother, Keith Harrison of  Fayetteville, NC.

He was a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Pelzer.

Funeral service was held Monday, February 2, at Gray Mortuary. Burial followed at Greenville Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be to the Alzheimer’s Association, 4124 Clemson Blvd. Anderson, SC 29621.


Edna G. Turbeville, 95, of Williamston, died January 30, 2015.

Graveside services were held Monday, February 2 at Woodlawn Memorial Park, Greenville.


Nancy Lee Taylor Rochester, 77, of Iva, wife of Joe W. Rochester, died January 29, 2015 at Rainey Hospice House.

Former owner of Nan’s Bait and Tackle in Travelers Rest, she was a member of Andersonville Baptist Church.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by five children, Cindy Alumbaugh of Summerfield, FL, Myra Ellison of Belton, Ricky Rochester of Travelers Rest, Stephanie Mason of Piedmont, and Stephen Rochester of Belton; sister, Kathy Sexton of Clemson; 22 grandchildren; and 28 great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her parents, Clyde and Crystal Taylor.

Funeral services were held Monday, Feb. 2 at Sosebee Mortuary, South Chapel. Burial followed in MJ Dolly Cooper Veterans Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Andersonville Baptist Church.


Frank Edward Henderson, 51, died Saturday, January 31, 2015.

Born in Simpsonville, he was a son of Hazel Prater Henderson of Pelzer, and the late Claude L. Henderson.

He was a retired printer for The Greenville News.

Surviving in addition to his mother are; daughter, Emily Marie Henderson of Leicester, NC; brother, Phillip E. Henderson of Pelzer; and sister, Joan Henderson of Greenville.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, Feb. 3 in the funeral home chapel of Gray Mortuary, Pelzer.


John Pinckney Floyd, age 95, of Alma passed away Saturday, January 31st at the Ware County Hospital after a short illness. He was a native of Flowery Branch, Georgia but had lived in Alma for many years. John was son of the late John P. Floyd, Sr. and Mary Margaret McMurray and preceded in death by his wife of 65 years, Norma Lorraine Jordan Floyd and a brother, William Floyd. He was a member of Pelzar Presbyterian Church and New Vision Church and served in the US Navy during WWII.

Survivors include two daughters, Beverly F. Kellett of Dalton, Ga. and Michal Lockaby (Freddy) of Alma, brother, Jarnette Floyd of Williamston, SC., sister, Etolia Beam of Aiken, SC., 4 grandchildren, Erin Arledge (Bruce), Sherrie Kenemer, Leigh Jones (Wes) and Amiee Edmund (Charlie) and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Feb. 3rd at 2:00 PM at New Vision Church with Rev. Pet Hayes officiating. Interment followed in Rose Hill Cemetery. The family received friends at New Vision Church from 1:00 PM until funeral time.

Active pallbearers were; Zachary & Jackson Foster, Blake & Trey Kenemer, Wes Jones, Bruce Arledge and Charlie Edmund. Honorary pallbearers were; Harry Johnson, Bryon Ray, Eugene Boatright and Cam Wheeler.

Crosby Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Roland Scott Hill, 62, of Greenwood, died January 30, 2015.

Born in Greenville County, he was a son of Alfred S. “Jack” and Olivia Scott Hill.

He was a member of St. Mark UMC in Greenwood, and attended Oak Hill UMC.

Surviving in addition to his parents are son, Robert Ashley Hill of Greenwood; brother, William A. Hill  of Darlington; sister, Susan H. Gaymon of Pelzer.  He was engaged to Angela Neely Schwieger of Pelzer.

Funeral services were held Wednesday in the chapel of Gray Mortuary, Pelzer.

Burial followed at Lickville Presbyterian Church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Mental Health America, Greenwood Chapter, 204 Phoenix Street, Greenwood, SC 29646.


Jessie Eugene Lecroy, 80, of Belton, husband of Kay Parris King Lecroy, died Monday, February 2, 2015.

Born in Oconee County, he was a son of the late William Snow and Lizzie Stanridge Lecroy. He was retired from Mt. Vernon Mills and a Baptist.

Surviving are daughters, Daisy Trotter and Doris Swaney of Anderson, Patricia Saxon of Dewy Rose, GA; sons, Bill Lecroy of Townville, Kenneth Parris of Seneca, Randy Parris of Salem, Tony Parris of Belton; sisters, Willie Mae Graham of Pendleton, Ruth Page of Belton, Jo Ann Skelton of Starr; brother, Curtis Lecroy of Townville; numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Wednesday at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer. Burial followed at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens, Anderson.


PIEDMONT – William “Bill” Fred Allison, 71, husband of Donna Hunt Allison, died Sunday, February 1, 2015.

Born in Piedmont, he was a son of the late Fred and Elizabeth Mills Allison. He retired from J.P. Stevens Estes Plant. He was a fantastic artist and a member of Piedmont Woodcarvers Association.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughter, Donna Allison Hammond and son, William Anthony Alewine of Pelzer; sons, Charles Fred Allison and William Gene Allison of Piedmont; brother, Donald Allison of Piedmont; sisters, Kathy Ellison and Wanda McCuen of Williamston; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Visitation was from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. Tuesday, February 3 at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer.

A graveside service was  held 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, February 4 at Greenville Memorial Gardens.

The family will be at the home.


John Earl Banks, 76, Pelzer, husband of Joan McFarland Banks, died Friday, January 30, 2015.

Born in Newberry, he was the son of Frances Banks. He worked for LS Green Company in Mauldin.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are his daughters, Teresa and Connie; son, Johnny Banks; and step-children, Tammy, Scotty and Michael.

A memorial service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Friday, February 6 at Washington Baptist Church.


Frances Hanks Farmer, 102, widow of Nathan O. Farmer of Greenville, died Sunday, February 1, 2015.

She is survived by daughters, Mary Liverman of Mechanicsville, MD and Nancy Steele of Williamston; and a son, Bruce Farmer of Easley.

Born in Townville, she was retired from Greenville Hospital System.

A service to celebrate her life will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 5 in Remembrance Chapel at Woodlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 1:30 – 2 p.m. in the Chapel.

Memorials may be made to Salem United Methodist Church, 2700 White Horse Rd., Greenville, SC 29611.