Obituaries Week of July 22, 2015




Ronald Ellis “Bear” Coleman, 67, of Honea Path, husband of Debra Free Coleman, died Tuesday, July 14, 2015 at Rainey Hospice House.

Born in Anderson County, he was a son of the late John Coleman and the late Grace Smith Coleman Barnell.

He was a member of Chiquola Baptist Church.

Surviving in addition to his wife of the home are three sons, Robbie Coleman of Honea Path, Josh Coleman of Pelzer, and Kyle Coleman of Honea Path; brother, Dwayne Coleman of FL; three sisters, Delores Richey of Honea Path, Susanne Shirley and Donna Harmon, all of Anderson; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Funeral service was held Friday, July 17 at Chiquola Baptist Church. Burial with Masonic Rites followed in Eastview Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Chiquola Baptist Church Building Fund, 405 E. Greer Street, Honea Path, SC 29654.


The Unity Mortuary announces that family and friends assembled Friday, July 17 at the Roosevelt Thompson Memorial Chapel of the Unity Mortuary in Williamston to celebrate the life of Kimberly Nicole McDowell.

She was the daughter of Carolyn McDowell and J ames T. Watson of Belton.

She is survived by her parents; son, Jamarkus Shaquan Cureton; daughter, Amiyiah Breann Nicole Cureton; life companion Jadrian Cureton of Anderson; brothers, James K. Watson of Cape Coral, FL, and Christopher N. McDowell of Greenville; half-sisters, Joyce Latimer of Anderson, Deathra Watson of Belton, and Jacquelyn Watson of Anderson.


PELZER – Gloria Jean Howington Rainey, 73, widow of Charles Benjamin Rainey, Jr, died Friday, July 17, 2015.

Born in Georgia, she was a daughter of the late Thomas and Mary Howington. She retired from EC Industries and attended Agape Baptist Church.

She is survived by sons, Kenneth Bright (Casey), Charles Rainey, III and Kenneth Rainey (Cheryl), all of Pelzer; eight grandchildren, Terra, Bailey, KJ, Makensie, Kenny Lee, Sydney, Conner and Carson; three great-grandchildren, Aidyn, Aldyn and Talyn.

She was predeceased by two sisters and two brothers.

A memorial service will be held Sunday, July 26 at Agape Baptist Church at 4pm.

Memorials may be made to McCall Hospice House 1836 W Georgia Rd, Simpsonville, SC 29680.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer



Margaret Ann Sherred, 66, of Piedmont, died Saturday, July 11, 2015 at McCall Hospice House.

Born in Greenville, she was the daughter of the late Charles and Margaret Seawright.

She is survived by her husband, Henry Sherred; daughter, Katrice Cannon of Greenville; son, Charles Sherred of Greenville; sister, Hazeline Byrd of Piedmont; brother, Terry Byrd of Albany, AL; six grandchildren.

Funeral service was held July 18 at Watkins, Garrett & Woods Mortuary. Burial followed in Greenville Memorial Gardens.


Alasdair Davidson, 79, husband of Janette Steele Davidson, died Wednesday, July 15, 2015 at St. Francis Hospital.

He was born in Clydebank, Scotland, son of the late Alexander and Emma Mackenzie Davidson.

He was a U.S. Air Force veteran, was a retired mechanical engineer.

Surviving are his wife, Janette S. Davidson of the home; two daughters, Fiona J. Davidson of Liberty, Lorna Ann Lasure of Piedmont; and brother, Charles Davidson of Toronto, Canada.

A service was held Sunday, July 19 in the chapel of Dillard Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to The American Alzheimer’s Association by visiting to donate in Davidson’s memory.


Nettie Reeves Wilson, 91, of Greenville, wife of the late Jamie “Billy” Carlton Wilson, died Thursday, July 16, 2015.

Born in Piedmont, she was a daughter of the late Doc Hester and Essie Lee Brown Reeves. She was a member of Wrenn Memorial Baptist Church and attended Piedmont Wesleyan Church. She worked many years in retail, including Meyers-Arnold.

She is survived by brothers, Jay “Dan” Daniel Reeves of Liberty and George “Wayne” Reeves of Greenwood; sister, Ann Reeves Weisner of Greenville.

Funeral service was held Monday, July 20 at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer.

Burial followed at Graceland Cemetery West.

Memorials may be made to Burton Center, 308 Jenkins Springs Road, Greenwood, SC 29646.


Elizabeth Obera Hamby Walls, 85, of Piedmont, widow of H.C. Walls, Sr., died Thursday, July 16, 2015.

Born in Greenville, she was a daughter of the late Dalmer S. and Anner Bell Jennings Hamby.

She was co-owner and operator of Walls & Sons Used Cars and was a member of Living Sanctuary

Surviving are six children, Ann Golden, Charles Walls, Jr., Janice Lowery, Pat Wydner, Leroy Walls, and Teddy Walls; 17 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Monday, July 20 at Greenville Memorial Gardens Mausoleum Chapel.


Mary Frances Kirksey, 72, of Piedmont, died Monday, July 6, 2015.

Born in Pickens County, she was a daughter of the late Mildred Kirksey Merck.

She is survived by sister, Betty Merck of Spartanburg.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, July 21 in the Gray Mortuary Chapel.


Kevin A. Perham, 53, of Piedmont, died July 7, 2015.

He is survived by two daughters, Kaitlyn-Dawn and Ashley Perham; brother, Keith Perham; sister, Karen Perham; and parents, Deacon Ray Perham and Nancy Underwood.

Memorials may be made to the Boy Scouts of America.

A private memorial service was held.


Marcia Diane Norris, of Piedmont, died Sunday, July 19, 2015.

Funeral services are private.

Memorials may be made to the CLC of Greenville, Sandy Springs Baptist Church, 371 Sandy Springs Road, Pelzer, SC 29669.


John Quincy “Johnny” Ross, 74, of Williamston, died Sunday, July 19, 2015.

Born in Sumter, he was the son of the late John Quincy Ross, Jr. and Dorothy Jackson Ross.

He was a technician at Marietta Quilt and Sew and was a member of Brushy Creek Baptist Church in Easley.

Surviving are his wife, Diane Dover Ross; children, Jay Ross of Sumter, Gene Brock of Fair Play, Tim Brock of Easley and Dottie Landry of Columbia; seven grandchildren; one great-granddaughter; and brothers, Phil Ross of Sumter, Tommy Ross of Columbia, and Neil Ross of Sumter.

A service to celebrate his life was held Wednesday at Brushy Creek Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to Brushy Creek Baptist Church.