Obituaries – Week of October 21, 2015




ANDERSON – On a sunny Tuesday, October 13, 2015, our loving mother, Dorothy “Dot” Allie Hawkins Creamer, went to heaven peacefully in the arms of her family at the home of her daughter, Karon Dukes, of Anderson.  Dot was 85 and formerly of Belton.

Born May 2, 1930, in the Long Branch Community of Anderson County, she was the daughter of the late Charley Mattison Hawkins and Anna Lola Belle Ashley.   Married for 66 years, Dot was the devoted and loving wife to Charles Guyton Creamer of Belton.  Dot graduated Girls High in Anderson and attended Anderson College. Dot enjoyed many hobbies including reading (especially her family Bible), publishing books, cooking, canning, needlework, tatting, smocking, embroidery, and quilting.  She loved nature, her flower beds and her garden.  This love was nurtured by growing up on the family farm with her many siblings.

Survivors include her loving husband, Charles, twin daughters, Karon Creamer Dukes and her husband, Tripp, of Anderson and Sharon Creamer Hall and her husband, Dennis, and granddaughter, Lexi, of Williamston, SC.  Also surviving are a brother, Charles Reuben Hawkins, and his wife, Drew, of Lancaster, SC and sister, Edith Nell Vann of Anderson, SC.

Dot was preceded in death by six brothers and three sisters: Lucia Louisa “Lucy” Jones, Lanson Selton “Jake” Hawkins, Clarence Howard “Red” Hawkins, Claude Mattison “Teent” Hawkins, Cleo “Tiny” Wood, Leo “Bill” Hawkins, Warren Harden Hawkins, James Robert “Rob” Hawkins, and Margaret Elizabeth “Squeeky” Kay.

Dot loved her family.  Her brothers and sisters were all very close and family gatherings at the home place on the family farm were a favorite pleasure for her.   Regarding her family, she enjoyed genealogy and wrote numerous books and poems about the exploits of her brothers and sisters.  Dot especially loved and adored her twin girls, Karon and Sharon, and her grandchild, Alexa Sha “Lexi” Hall.

Dot was a member at Williamston First Baptist Church.  She enjoyed teaching Sunday School and singing in the choir.  The last two days of her life she sang the old hymn, “Trust and Obey,” over and over.  Dot was also an active volunteer in her church and community.

The family received friends at Gray Mortuary, 52 Main St, Pelzer, on Friday, October 16, from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. The funeral service was held on Saturday, October 17, 11 a.m., at Williamston First Baptist Church. Rev. Brad Bardin and Dr. Ron Fousek will officiate. A graveside service followed at Long Branch Church Cemetery, Highway 413, Belton. The family will be at the residence of her daughter, Sharon Hall, in Williamston.

The family will accept flowers in honor of Dot’s love of their creation and God’s handiwork.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer



Mary Lillian Shackelford, 90, of Piedmont, wife of William “Fred” Shackelford, died Tuesday, October 13, 2015.

Born in Orangeburg, she was a daughter of the late John Hampton Davis and Sallie Williams Davis Bass.

Mary was a member of Mt. Airy Baptist Church.  She worked for Anderson School District as a secretary before working at Pierce Young Angel Company as a secretary until her retirement.

Surviving, in addition to her loving husband of 68 years, is a daughter, Kathy Shackelford Sullivan (Johnny) of Dacusville; a son, Graham Woody Shepard (Debra) of Ohio; two grandchildren, Pam Bolin (Scott), and Casey Sullivan; and two great grandchildren, Bailee and Meghan Bolin.

She was preceded in death by her first husband, Graham W. Shepard; a son, Dwight Dean Shackelford; three sisters; and four brothers.

Burial was held Saturday, October 17, 2015 at 10:30 a.m. at Greenville Memorial Gardens.  The funeral service followed at 1:30 p.m. at Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Northwest, with visitation to follow until 3:00 p.m.

The family was at the home.

Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Northwest.


Caroline Marshall O’Dell, 63, of Belton, died October 18, 2015 at her home.

She was the daughter of the late Stanmore Brooks Marshall, III and Mozelle Rice Marshall.

She was a member of Belton First Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Patrick Belton O’Dell; three children, Patrick Belton O’Dell, Jr., Brian Marshall O’Dell, and Carrie O’Dell Branyon; three grandchildren; four siblings, Stanmore Brooks Marshall IV of Charlottesville, VA, Mozelle Marshall Lee of Salem, Paul Rice Marshall of Williamston, and Anna Marshall Villanueva of Siler City, NC.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at Belton First Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to Belton First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 366, Belton, SC 29627.


WILLIAMSTON—Annie Mae Poore Stone Maw, 81, widow of James Maw, died Saturday, October 18, 2015.

Born in Anderson County, she was a daughter of the late Charlie and Annie Eaton Poore. She was formerly employed with the town of Williamston and Mount Vernon Mills.

Mrs. Maw was twice married, first to the late Tom Stone.

She is survived by sons, Mike Stone of Williamston, Eddie Stone of Belton, Brandon Stone of Williamston; daughter, Jean Gleaton of Williamston; sisters, Louise Knight, Sylvene Mayfield, ten grandchildren; and nineteen great-grandchildren.

Visitation was held Tuesday, October 20, from 6:00 – 8:30 p.m. at Gray Mortuary. The funeral was held Wednesday, October 21 at noon in the mortuary chapel. Burial followed at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

The family is at the home of Jean Gleaton, 10 Circle Drive, Williamston.



Walter Ray Hammond, 68, of Anderson, died Friday, October 16, 2015 at MUSC Charleston.

Born in Anderson County, he was the son of the late Allie General Hammond and the late Flossie Snowflake Hiott Hammond. He was the husband of Phyllis Raye Reaves Hammond of the home.

He was a U.S. Navy Veteran of Vietnam and was employed with Coldwell Banker Hugh Durham and Associates. He was a member of NewSpring Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughter, Theresa Ann Cogdell of Anderson; son, Michael Anthony Todd of Loris; four grandchildren; and three sisters, Lucille Eller of Williamston, Ellen Rackley and Catherine Griffis, both of Greenville.

A graveside service was held Monday, Oct. 19 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.


PELZER – William Michael Bolden, 64, husband of Tina Davenport Bolden, passed away Sunday, October 18, 2015.

Born in Pelzer, he was a son of the late Robert Thomas Bolden and Frances Garrett Bolden Dickerson. He was a retired truck driver and attended Oak Pointe Church. He was a member of the Pelzer Rescue Squad and the West Pelzer Fire Department.

Surviving in addition to his wife of the home are sons, William Benjamin “Benji” Bolden of the home, Robbie Bolden of Pelzer, Chris Bolden of Piedmont; sister, Peggy Heatherly of Pelzer; brother, Jerry Bolden of Iva; two grandchildren.

He was predeceased by a brother, Bobby Baldwin.

A memorial service was held at 2:00 pm on Wednesday, October 21 at Oak Pointe Church.

Memorials may be made to the Pelzer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 94, Pelzer, SC 29669.

The family is at the home.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer



Louise Garrett Heatherly, 94, of Honea Path, widow of Thomas Haud Heatherly of 110 Mountain Creek Rd., died Friday, October 16, 2015 at St. Francis Memorial Hospital.

Born in Pelzer, she was the daughter of the late N.F. and Mary Staggs Garrett. She retired as a seamstress and was a member of Dry Oak Assembly of God.

Surviving are: son, James “Red” Heatherly of Iva; brother, Leon Garrett of Belton and Franklin Garrett of Moonville; sister, Ruth Bannister of Anderson; 7 grandchildren and numerous great and great-great grandchildren.

Services were held Monday at Dry Oak Assembly of God. Burial followed at Greenville Memorial Gardens.

The family will be at the home of her granddaughter, Tammy Landreth at 348 McKittrick Rd., Pelzer, SC 29669.


WILLIAMSTON – Tracy Lynn Owens, 43, died Sunday, October 18, 2015 at her home.

Born in Anderson, she was a daughter of Martha Lynn Owens Golden and the late Robert Gerald Golden.

She was a CNA for twenty-five years at NHC in Anderson.

Surviving in addition to her mother are fiancé, Montez Mattison; grandmother, Dora Elizabeth “Lib” Owens; sister, Kimberly Campbell; nieces and nephews, Lauren Owens, Joshua, Caleb and Jacob Campbell.

Visitation will be held from 2-3 p.m. Friday, October 23, at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer.

The memorial service will follow at 3 p.m. in the funeral home chapel.



Judith D. Frost, 78, of Anderson, died Monday, October 19, 2015 at her home.

She was daughter of the late Kenneth and Rosa Wilson Darlaston. She was a member of High Praises Church of God.

She is survived by two daughters, Ginny L. Eckartz of Dewy Rose, GA and Debra E. McDonald of Williamston; two sons, Tony W. Frost and Joshua D. Frost, both of Anderson; sister, Elisabeth Crouch; six grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husband, Junior E. Frost.

Funeral service will be held Thursday, October 22 at 1 p.m. in the chapel of The McDougald Funeral Home. Interment will follow at South Lawn Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. prior to the service at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621.