Obituaries Week of June 22, 2016




Nikki Meshell Hiott, 31, wife of Stephen Thomas Hiott of Pelzer, died Monday, June 13, 2016.

Born in Anderson County, she was the daughter of Timmy Thompson, Peggy Annette Browning and Step-Father, Jerry Jordan.

She was a Home Health Aide with Rescare Homecare and of the Baptist faith.

Surviving in addition to her husband of the home are sisters, Christy Thompson of Belton, Holly Fowler of Westminster and Barbara Stuart of Williamston; brothers, Robert  Honicutt of Belton and Dennis Honicutt of Donalds.

Graveside services were held Friday at Bethany Baptist Church Cemetery.


Carol Jean Shelton Stiwinter, 71, of Easley, died Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at her home.

Born in Jackson County, she was a daughter of the late Harry Matthews and Christine McCracken.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin Asberry Stiwinter.

She was raised by her grandparents, Elbert and Millie Shelton.

She was a homemaker and a member of Pendleton Street Baptist Church in Easley.

She is survived by two sons, Neal Stiwinter and Rusty Stiwinter, both of Easley; five grandchildren; four sisters, Patsy Henderson of Chesnee, Peggy Chisum of Piedmont, Judy Parrish of Spartanburg, and Kay Hughes of Easley.

A funeral service was held Friday at Pendleton Street Baptist Church in Easley. Burial followed in Stewart Cemetery in Cullowhee, NC.


Thomas Richard “Ricky” McCranie, 54, husband of Rhonda Gail Crawford McCranie, of Williamston, died Monday, June 13, 2016 at GHS.

Born in Elberton, GA, he was the son of the late James Thomas and Emily Ramona Cribb McCranie.

He was employed at BP in Belton and was of the Baptist faith.

Surviving in addition to his wife of the home are daughters, Heather Michelle Sherman of Simpsonville and Brittany Alyse McCranie of Williamston; son, Daniel “Bubba” Thomas McCranie of Easley; and six grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Friday at Cox Funeral Home Chapel.

Memorials may be made to the family’s Gofund Me Page at


Louise Hendricks Oates, 93, of Piedmont, wife of the late Clarence Edward Oates, died Wednesday, June 15, 2016 at her home.

Born in Central on June 12, 1923, she was a daughter of the late John T. Hendricks and Mary Etta Hamby Hendricks. She worked in textiles at Stone Manufacturing Co. in Greenville and was a member of High Praises Church, Anderson.

Survivors include daughters, Linda Hendricks Scarborough of Piedmont and Cindy Oates Wofford of Piedmont; one grandson; two great-granddaughters.

Funeral service was held Saturday in the Chapel of Gray Mortuary, Pelzer.

Burial followed at Graceland Cemetery West.

Memorials may be made to Interim HealthCare Hospice, 16 Hyland Rd., Greenville, SC 29615.


Rita Kay Fountain, 61, of Piedmont, wife of Charles Randolph Fountain, died Monday, June 20, 2016.

Born in Greenville, she was a daughter of the late William Roland and Mary Louise Stepp Crocker.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three daughters, Sonia Margarita, Misty Margarita, and Pam Blume; eight grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; two sisters, Mary Crompton and Anna Roberts; and two brothers, Johnny Crocker and Van Crocker.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, June 23 at 2 p.m. at the Cannon Funeral Home Chapel with entombment to follow in Cannon Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to the Greenville Humane Society, 305 Airport Road, Greenville, SC 29607.


Patti Yvonne Bagwell Alewine, 60, wifre of Frankie Alewine, of Honea Path, died Friday, June 17, 2016 at her home.

Born in Anderson County, she was a daughter of the late Arthur and Marion Stone Bagwell. She attended Faith Baptist Church.

Surviving are her husband of the home; two sons, Randall Todd Bagwell of Knoxville, TN, and David Lee Alewine of Honea Path; two brothers, Danny Bagwell of Honea Path, and Joey Bagwell of Williamston; three sisters, Pamela Ashley of Simpsonville, Robin Harbin of Anderson, and Cindy Clinkscales of Anderson; and four grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Sunday at Pruitt Funeral  Home Chapel. Burial followed in Eastview Cemetery.


WILLIAMSTON – Tommy W. Walker, 89, went to his Heavenly home on Friday, June 17, 2016 at St. Francis Hospital.

Born in Anderson County, he was a son of the late Tom W. Walker and Myrtis Wells Walker. He served as a fireman in the Town of Williamston Fire Department for seventy-five years, which includes several years as Assistant Fire Chief and thirty-five years as Fire Chief. He was a Third Degree Master Mason, a member of Williamston Masonic Lodge, a member of Williamston First Baptist Church where he served as greeter and usher for over fifty years and belonged to the Middle Men’s Sunday school class. He served in the Merchant Marines and was retired Owner/Operator of Tommy W. Walker Sand and Gravel Company.

He is survived by daughter, Debbie Walker (Joey Werner) and special friend, Doris Harper, all of Williamston.

He was predeceased by his beloved wife of sixty-three years, Argil H. Walker; brother, Larry Walker; sister, Nannette W. Stokes.

The family received friends from 6:00 to 8:30 pm Tuesday, June 21 at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer.

The funeral service was held at 1:00 pm on Wednesday, June 22, at Williamston First Baptist Church. Entombment followed at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum, Anderson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Williamston First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 477, Williamston, SC 29697.



PELZER – Robert “Bob” Walter Binder, 84, husband of Margaret “Etta” Melton Binder, passed away Monday, June 20, 2016.

Born in Westfield, MA, he was a son of the late Charles Otto and Doris Burns Binder.  He was retired from Bi-Lo and a veteran of the U.S. Navy.

In addition to his wife of the home, he is survived by daughter, Deborah Binder Pigott (Dexter) of Orangeburg; sons, James Edward Hopkins, Jr. (Kathy) of Sevierville, TN, Wilburn Lee Hopkins (Sheila) of Easley, Thomas Earl Hopkins of Pelzer and fiancée, Donna Roberson of Cheddar; sisters, Elaine Hill of Florida and Jan Phillips of Oklahoma; seven grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by a brother, Donald Binder.

Visitation will be from 12:30 – 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 23, at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer.  The funeral service will follow at 1:30 p.m. in the mortuary chapel.  Burial will be at Greenville Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.



Mary Ellen Copeland, 94, of Greenville, wife of Enoch Copeland, died Friday, June 17, 2016.

Born in Pelzer, she was the daughter of the late George Allen and Ila Moore McKinney.

She retired from Meyers Arnold and was a member of White Oak Baptist Church.

Surviving in addition to her husband are sons, Jerry Copeland of Simpsonville, Gerry Copeland of Meridian, MS, and Don Copeland of Greenville; sister, Ruth Bridges of Mauldin; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was held June 19 at Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Downtown Chapel. Burial followed in Woodlawn Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to Open Arms Hospice, 1836 W. Georgia Road, Simpsonville, SC 29680.


Linda Jane Crawford Motes, 72, of Belton, widow of Albert Motes, Jr., died Sunday, June 19, 2016 at AnMed Health Medical Center.

Born in Belton, she was the daughter of the late Joe and Lillie Mae Ellison Crawford. She was a homemaker and a member of Second Baptist Church.

Surviving are son, Nicholas Motes of Williamston; daughter, Kelli Hembree of Belton; sisters, Lucille Robinson, Eunice Fields, Jean Martin and Frankie Bridges, all of Belton; and four grandchildren.

Graveside service was held Tuesday at Garden of Memories.

Memorials may be made to Second Baptist Church, 5901 Belton Hwy., Belton, SC 29627.