Obituaries Week of March 30, 2016




Nancy Elizabeth Brooks Royston, 91, of Williamston, widow of Marvin Royston, died Wednesday, March 23, 2016.

Born in Royston, GA, she was a daughter of the late Clarence Eugene and Josie Smith Brooks.

Survivors include daughter, Nancy Kelly of the home; one granddaughter; two great-grandchildren; brothers, Doyle W. Brooks of Franklin Springs, GA, James K. Brooks of Commerce, GA; Eugene T. Brooks of Hartwell, GA; sister, Myrna B. Booth of Commerce, GA.

A service was held Saturday, March 26, Gray Mortuary. Burial followed at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.


Robert Lee Henry, 79, of Piedmont, died Monday, March 21, 2016 at his home.

Born in Greenville, he was the son of the late William and Callie Brown Henry.

Surviving are daughter, Briggitt Rhodes of Greenville; sons, Brandon Henry of Piedmont and Robert Henry of Greenville; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Friday, March 25 at Watkins, Garrett & Woods Mortuary. Burial followed in Resthaven Memorial Gardens.


BELTON, SC – Paul Vincent Brock “Vinny”, age 55, passed away on Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at North Greenville Hospital.

Born in Greenville, SC, he was the son of Marie “Toni” DeFelice Brock, of Belton, SC and the late William Mahlon Brock. He was a graduate of Palmetto High School and attended Clemson University for two years. Vinny worked as a courier for the Anderson Mall. Vinny was the most loyal Clemson Tiger fan of all time and was a personal friend of Mr. Danny Ford and several past players. He was a walking statistics book for college football and attended all home and bowl games. On Saturday mornings the world would stop for Clemson games. Vinny was a friend of 105.5, The Roar, and called in regularly. He was disabled from cerebral palsey throughout his life, but he never once complained. He was quoted as telling his mom “he would not change a thing about his life”, and above all he loved his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his two brothers, Victor Brock, of Belton, and Mike Brock and his wife Diane, of Belton; five nephews, Adrian, Steven, Justin, Aaron, and Jason Brock; and two nieces, Valerie Brock and Aleah Brock.

The Funeral Service was held on Friday, March 25, 2016, at 1:00 p.m. at Whitefield Baptist Church with Reverend Ron Fousek, and Reverend Bob Clardy officiating. Attendees were encouraged to dress in casual orange. Interment followed at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

The family was at the residence and received friends at the church, prior to the service on Friday, from 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Muscular Dystrophy Association, 222 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 1500, Chicago, IL 60606.

A message of condolence may be sent by visiting  The McDougald Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Anderson, SC


Hope Charlene Haynes died on March 15, 2016 at St. Francis Hospital in Greenville, SC due to complications of a chronic illness.  She was 67.

Mrs. Haynes was born on April 15, 1948 to her parents, Paul and Ruby Frasier of Williamston, SC both deceased.  She was a patient and supportive mother and grandmother and is survived by her husband Michael Donald Haynes, daughters Lisa Haynes Ruppert and Kellie Mackendree; her five grandchildren, Chloe and Connor Mackendree of Williamston and Mikie, Emma and Sofia Long of Pendleton; a great-granddaughter Jaelan Smith and her brother Charles Frasier of Williamston.

Cremation arrangements were made at her request.  Her life was celebrated in an intimate gathering of family and friends at her home on March 16, 2016.  She will be greatly missed by all she served so faithfully.

Condolences may be expressed for the family at


PELZER – Clyde Maxie Burgess, 77, husband of Grace White Burgess, passed away Thursday, March 24, 2016 at his home.

He was preceded in death by his first wife, Shirley Woods Burgess.

Born in Anderson County, he was a son of the late Cliffton and Janie Ricketts Burgess.  He was owner/operator of Burgess Boat Shop and a Baptist.

Surviving in addition to his wife are sons, William Steve Burgess (Sandra) of Williamston and Kenny Burgess (Paula) of Belton; daughters, Sheryl Tulk (William) of Williamston and Hendel Ervin of Easley; brothers, Harrison and Edgar Burgess, both of Williamston; sister, Noreen Rowe of Arizona; twelve grandchildren; twenty-five great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by sisters, Viola Bell and Virginia Scott; son, Steven Hayes.

Visitation was from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Friday, March 25, at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer.

The service was held at 3:30 p.m. Saturday, March 26, in the funeral home chapel. Burial followed at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Anderson.

Memorials may be made to Pruitt Hospice, 1510 North Fant Street, Anderson, SC 29621.

The family members are at their respective homes.



PELZER—Wilma Woods Kissimon, 93, died peacefully on Friday, March 25, 2016.

She was the daughter of the late Grover McCarley and Maggie Darby Woods.

Wilma was a graduate of Ellen Woodside High School, attended Greenville Woman’s College, and retired from the Greenville County Tax Office.  She was an active member of Oak Hill UMC for over 60 years where she played the piano with an incredible style as only someone who “plays by ear” could.

Wilma instilled in her children a love of family and family history and gave them a wonderful sense of place in the world.  She always put herself aside to think of the happiness of others.

She is survived by her husband Al, daughters Jan (Tom Stitt) and Susan (Michael Del Priore), daughter-in-law Joyce Mirgle, grandsons Michael Mirgle (Jennifer) & Douglas Mirgle (Tara), five great-grandchildren, and a wide community of loving friends and relatives.

She was pre-deceased by son Fred Mirgle, sister Othella Cothran (Cary), and brother Lafoy Woods (Amelia).

The family received friends at Wilma’s beloved homeplace, the home where she was born, located at 115 Chapman Road, Pelzer on Monday March 28 beginning at 1:00.

Graveside services were Tuesday, March 29, at noon at Oak Hill UMC.

“Blessed are the peacemakers for they will be called children of God.” (Matthew 5:9)

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Oak Hill UMC c/o Tom Stitt 340 Dunklin Bridge Road, Pelzer SC 29669.


GREER – Emmie Lee Chandler, 79, wife of Norman F. Chandler, Sr., passed away Thursday, March 24, 2016.

Born in Oklahoma City, OK, she was a daughter of the late Robert Lee and Othella Pack Jones. She was a retired elementary school teacher of 32 years and a member of Guthrie Grove Church of God of the Abrahamic Faith. She was also a member of the Piedmont Hat, Piedmont Book Club and enjoyed spending time with her family, church and playing with her grandchildren.

In addition to her husband of 59 years, she is survived by daughter, Lee Ann Hodge (Christopher) of Greer; son, Norman F. Chandler, Jr. (Kelly) of Greer; sister, Mollie White; granddaughters, Jessica, Taylor, Mollie and Abigail.

She was predeceased by brother, Robert Loie Jones.

Visitation was from 12:00 to 1:00 pm Monday, March 28 at Guthrie Grove Church of God of the Abrahamic Faith.

The service followed at 1:00 pm in the church.

Burial was in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Guthrie Grove Church of God of the Abrahamic Faith Youth Group, 403 Guthrie Grove Church Rd., Pelzer, SC 29669.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer



Archie Donald Babb, Sr., 75, husband of Peggy Jo Cooley Babb, died Thursday, March 24, 2016 at his home.

Born in Anderson County, he was a son of the late Raymond Babb and Catherine Rhodes Caldwell.

He was a member of Honea Path First Asssembly of God and retired from Santens of America.

Surviving in addition to his wife, are his son, Donnie Babb, Jr. of Anderson; two daughters, Robin Booth of Elgin and Kris Stewart of Honea Path; two brothers, Jimmy Babb of Pelzer, and Frances Babb of Piedmont; sister, Joann Phillips of Pelzer; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Saturday, March 26 at Pruitt Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in Eastview Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Honea Path First Assembly of God, 5 Green St., Honea Path, SC 29654.


Eddy Lee Owens, 47, of Anderson, died Monday, March 21, 2016 at his home.

Born in Portsmouth, VA, he was the son of Carol Crawford Owens of Anderson. He was a graduate of Palmetto High School and was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

Graveside service was held Saturday, March 26 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to


Gary Looper, 71, of Piedmont, died Thursday, March 24, 2016 at Rainey Hospice House.

Born in Pelzer, he was the son of Paul Edward and Marie McCombs Looper, husband of Rita Kelly Looper.

He was a textile worker and of the Baptist faith.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Wayne Looper; brother, Micah Looper; sisters, Brenda Lee, Julia Mahoney and Teresa Carrano; and two grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Thursday, March 31 at Piedmont Heights Baptist Church. Interment will be at Forest Lawn Memorial Park at a later date.


Danny Ray Teal, 63, of Piedmont, died Monday, March 28, 2016.

Born in Anderson County, he was a son of the late Charles Samuel Teal and Joyce Bridges Smith.

He was formerly employed with Watson Builders.

Surviving are daughters, Lisa Evett and Joni Teal Burdette of Piedmont; sister, Kathy Berry of Williamston; brother, Eddie Teal of Piedmont; and four grandchildren.

A visitation will be held Thursday, March 31 from 6-8 p.m. at Gray Mortuary.

The family is at the home of Joni Teal Burdette, 1101 Tall Oaks Circle, Piedmont.


Dennis Wayne Bridwell, 73, of Greenville, widower of Nancy Christine Godfrey Bridwell, died March 29, 2016 at Greenville Place Assisted Living.

Born in Greenville County, he was son of the late Henry Eugene and Merzie Lee Smith Bridwell.

He retired from J.D. Hollingsworth and was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church.

Surviving are three brothers, Larry Bridwell of Greer, Billy Bridwell of Piedmont, and Randy Bridwell of Greenville.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday at Emmanuel Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Wood Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to Emmanuel Baptist Church, 423 S. Buncombe Road, Greer, SC 29650.


Connie Lee McGee, 80, of Piedmont, husband of Wanda Lee Pardue McGee, died Sunday, March 27, 2016.

Born in Aiken, he was a son of the late Foster B. and Geneva Pilot McGee. He retired from Martin Brothers Construction and was a Baptist.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughter, Wendy M. Springfield of the home; sons, Conley “Lee” McGee of Simpsonville, Christopher L. McGee of Easley; sisters, Martha Aspedon of Cayce, Daisy Mae Rutland of Ridge Spring; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was held March 29 in the chapel of Gray Mortuary, Pelzer. Burial followed at Greenville Memorial Gardens.