Obituaries Week of Mar. 25, 2015




Doris Ramsey Free, 88, of Williamston, died Wednesday, March 18, 2105 at her home.

She is survived by her children, Gail Mayfield, Paul Greg Ramsey, Jeannie Cody, and adopted son, Greg Kennedy; sister, Mildred Hall; 11 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; and ten great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held March 21 at Sosebee Mortuary South Chapel. Burial followed in Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

Donations may be made to any cancer foundation.


Joseph “Joe” Lewis Dalrymple, 99, husband of Ruth Lollis Fricks Dalrymple, died Friday, March 20, 2015.

He was twice married, first to the late Mary Lee McAlister Dalrymple.

Born in Anderson, he was a son of the late Arthur Walton and Eliza Jane Eskew Dalrymple. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a retired carpenter.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by brother, Charles Dalrymple of West Pelzer.

A graveside service was held Saturday, March 21 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.


Oscar Leon Ellison, 80, died Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at the Rainey Hospice House.

He was the son of the late Colie Blease Ellison and the late Eula Rebecca Staggs Ellison.

He was former owner and operator of Leon Ellison Body Shop and was a member of Neal’s Creek Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Joan Fagg Ellison; son, Dale Ellison; and one granddaughter.

Funeral service was held Saturday, March 21 at Neals Creek Baptist Church. Entombment followed at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum.


Judge James A. “Jim” Cox, 71, died March 19, 2015.

Born in Pelzer on October 31, 1943, he was the son of the late Albert and Jessie Bawkum Cox.

A graduate of Palmetto High School, Class of 1961, and August 18, 1963 married Patricia Johnson Cox. Having been paralyzed in a motorcycle accident in 1973, Jim went on to graduate from Clemson University in 1979 and was an avid Clemson supporter. He served as a Magistrate for Anderson County Detention Center since 1995.

He was a loving and supportive father and adored his grandchildren. With his wife, Pat, they were involved in the lives of their grandchildren, nieces, and nephews. Through adversity, they exemplified their Christian faith and their enduring love for their family and for each other.

Surviving, in addition to his wife of 52 years, are daughter, Teri Gilstrap and husband, Greg, of Pendleton; and son, Adam Cox and Melanie, of Cayce; two grandchildren, Christian Gilstrap and Mavis Cox; sisters, Elaine Durham and husband, Hugh, Donna Parks, and husband, Boyce, and Becky Brady and husband, Ray; brother, Tim Cox and wife, Elisa; and sister-in-law, Judy Black and husband, Dale. He dearly loved his many nieces, nephews and extended family.

The funeral service was held on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum with visitation following.

Memorials may be made to the Connie Maxwell Children’s Home, 810 Maxwell Ave., Greenwood, SC  29646.

The family was at the home of sister, Elaine Durham, 450 Pine Trail Road, Williamston on the day of the service.

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Annie Ruth Williams, 75, of Greenville, died Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Born in Georgia, she was the daughter of the late Ampt and Nettie Lou Turmon Murray, Sr.

Surviving are daughters, Patricia Bowens of Piedmont, Debbie Jinks and Diane Lawrence, both of Ohio; sisters, Mattie Moss and Inez Johnson, both of Easley, and Margie Holcombe, reared in the home; brothers, Willie Murray of GA, Ampt Murray, Jr., of Easley, and Frank Dubose of Greenville; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Sunday, March 22 at Watkins, Garrett & Woods Mortuary. Burial followed in New Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church Cemetery.


ANDERSON, SC – Frances Elizabeth Black Morgan Brumfield, wife of O.L. Brumfield, died Tuesday, March 24, 2015 at the Rainey Hospice House.

Born in Piedmont, she was the daughter of the late John C. Black, Sr. and Hattie Payne Black. She was retired from Piedmont Industries in Greenville with over 40 years service. Mrs. Brumfield was a member of Mountain Springs Baptist Church in Piedmont where she taught Senior Ladies Sunday School Class and also attended Concord Baptist Church in Anderson. Her grandchildren and great grandchildren were her life.

Survivors include her husband, O.L. Brumfield; two daughters, Brenda Morgan Ellison and husband, Steve, and Susan Morgan Reid and husband, Phil, all of Piedmont; daughter-in-law, Robin Kent Williams of Piedmont; six grandchildren, Stephanie Ellison Quillen and fiancé, John Hovanec, Matthew Steven Ellison and wife, Madeline, Elizabeth Anne Morgan, Jennifer Lynne Morgan, Katie Reid Herd and husband, Jake and Samuel Kent Duncan; five great grandchildren, Cooper and Elijah Quillen, Addison Morgan, Zackary Ellison and Kerrigan Herd; stepdaughter, Catherine Holman and husband, Bruce of Boca Raton, FL; two stepsons, Ed Brumfield and wife, Jennie of Anderson and James P. Long and wife, Beatrice of Biloxi, MS; and a number of nieces and nephews including a special niece, Carolyn Davis Jenkins.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Harold John Morgan, Sr.; her son, Harold John Morgan, Jr.; and eleven brothers and sisters.

A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday at Greenville Memorial Gardens followed by a Celebration of Life service at 12 Noon Thursday at Mountain Springs Baptist Church in Piedmont conducted by Rev. Benjamin Smoak. The family will receive friends at the church following the service. The family is at the home of a daughter, Brenda Ellison, 506 Hurricane Creek Road, Piedmont.

Flowers are optional; memorials may be made to Catch the Vision, Mountain Springs Baptist Church, 327 Mountain Springs Road, Piedmont, SC 29673.


WILLISTON, SC – Graveside Funeral services for John Andrew Cobb, Jr., 72, of Williston, SC will be held tw0 pm Wednesday, March 25, 2015 at the Williston Cemetery with the Reverend Floyd Dukes officiating. The family will receive friends on Wednesday at the home of Mrs. Barbara Porter and from one pm until one-forty pm at Folk Funeral Home in Williston. Mr. Cobb passed away Sunday March 22, 2015.

Born in Pelzer, SC he was a son of the late John Andrew Cobb, Sr. and Margaret Tiggs Cobb. John worked for The Langston Company as an Industrial Construction Superintendent. He taught Vocational School in Mississippi for a period of time, was a Life time member of the VFW in Greenville, SC, a member of the Presbyterian Church in Pelzer and was a US Air Force veteran of the Vietnam War.

Survivors include his wife Linda Porter Cobb of the home; son, Danny (Paulette) Bolen of Hilda; four grandchildren, Steven (Tristan) Bolen, Tony (Celia) Bolen, Matt (Susan) Bolen and Rebecca Bolen; five great-grandchildren, Jax, Dayton, Savannah, Madeline and Aubrey; sisters, Angie (Allen) Cox of Simpsonville, Phillis Simpson of Pelzer and a number of nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by a brother, Charles Cobb.

Folk Funeral Home, Inc. and Crematory is assisting the family with arrangements. Visit our on-line registry at


WILLIAMSTON –  Mary Jo Garrett, 62, wife of Randall Garrett passed away Monday, March 23, 2015 at her home.

Born in Williamston, SC she was the only child of Grace Epps of Williamston and the late Joe Epps.

Surviving in addition to her husband and mother are daughter, Melissa Sharff (Joshua) of Williamston, husband presently stationed in Virginia; and son Joe Garrett of Williamston; four grandchildren, Samantha, Alyssa, Gabriel, and Angela; two great-grandchildren, Bentley and Easton.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, March 26 at 4:00 p.m. at High Praises Church of God on Midway Rd.


James Melvin Pilgrim, 77, of Albany, GA, died Monday, March 23, 2015 at his home.

Born in Anderson, he retired from the clothing manufacturing industry and was owner of Rentz Apparel.

He was predeceased by his parents, Willie Arthur Pilgrim and Marie McAbee Pilgrim; and wife, Dorothy Wilson Pilgrim.

Surviving are three sons, Jimmy Pilgrim, Eddie Pilgrim and Chris Pilgrim, all of Albany, GA; daughter, Rhonda Pilgrim Cravey of Lee County, GA; three sisters, Sara Garner of Williamston, Mary Etta Alford of Belton, Shelby Jean Timms of Anderson; and four grandchildren.

Funeral services were held March 25 at Cedar Hill Cemetery in Dawson, GA.

Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.