Obituaries Week of August 24, 2016




BELTON—Curtis Russell Simmons, 90, widower of Bernice Inez Twitty Simmons, died Sunday, August 21, 2016.

Born in Due West, he was a son of the late Norris Grady and Nannie Mae King Simmons. He was retired from Liberty Life Insurance and was a faithful member of Calvary Baptist Church for fifty-seven years, where he was a Deacon Emeritus. He was also a Gideon and delivered Meals on Wheels. He genuinely had a servant’s heart and was always an encourager.

Survivors include daughters, Scarlet Chasteen (Rev. Don) and Pat Freeman, all of Boiling Springs; six grandchildren; fifteen great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by daughter, Marsha Lynn Simmons; three sisters; four brothers.

Visitation was held on Tuesday, August 23, from 12:30-1:45 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church. The funeral followed at 2:00. Burial will be at Greenwood Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church Building Fund, 10 Academy Street, Williamston, SC 29697.

The families are at their respective homes.

Knowing that it is “more blessed to give than to receive,” our family gives thanks to those who have given so much to us over the years and especially over the most recent days. To our fellow Christian friends and church associates, thank you for every prayer, visit, and card given in love to our loved one in his time of declining health. To those at Elite Home Health, thank you for being an extension of Papa’s daily dietary health and team of encouragers. To Agape Hospice, you have been and truly are God’s special agents in giving medical assistance and counseling in a time of crisis. And what more can be said about those at Wesley Court in Boiling Springs, South Carolina. You have provided safe, loving, encouraging, comfortable, and genuinely compassionate care for the one affectionately known as “Papa” by staff, as well as the residents. The family of Curtis R. Simmons gives back to you an honest from the heart—thank you. As Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:35).

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer



PELZER – Charles C. “Charlie” DuBose, 90, husband of Betty McMahan DuBose, passed away Thursday, August 18, 2016.

Born in Greenville, he was the son of the late William and Mattie Bell Gambrell DuBose. He was a U.S. Navy WWII veteran and retired from Brown Rogers Dixon. He was a member of Faith Presbyterian Church, former member of Mitchell Road Presbyterian Church, and a 32nd degree Mason and Shriner.

In addition to his wife of 67 years, he is survived by daughter, Kathy Bumgarner (Greg) of Pelzer; son, Ben DuBose (Meg) of Marietta, GA; sister, Selena DuBose Jones of Doraville, GA; grandchildren, Marie DuBose Maynard, David DuBose, Zachary and Caleb Bumgarner; three great-granddaughters.

He was predeceased by son, Tim DuBose; grandsons, Chris and Sean DuBose.

Visitation was from 12:30 to 2:00 pm Tuesday, August 23 at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer. The service followed at 2:00 pm in the mortuary chapel with entombment at Woodlawn Memorial Park Mausoleum.

Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 950 West Faris Rd., Greenville, SC 29605.



Charles Guyton Hammond, 75, of Williamston, died Friday, August 19, 2016 at his home.

Born in Anderson, he was the son of the late Rupert and Willie Patton Hammond.

He was a member of Temple Baptist Church.

Surviving are son, Greg Hammond of Belton; daughter, Tonya Hammond of Belton; sister, Barbara Copeland of Pelzer; and four grandchildren.

Graveside service was held Monday at Garden of Memories.

Memorials may be made to Anderson Cancer Association.


Permelia “Mickey” Burdette, 97, of Piedmont, died Tuesday, August 16, 2016.

Born in Laurens County, she is survived by a son, Henry Burdette; daughters, Cynthia Haley and Pam Davies; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

A private memorial service will be held Saturday, August 27.

Memorials may be made to Mauldin United Methodist Church.


WILLIAMSTON- Patsy Ann Strickland, 68, widow of Perry Strickland, passed away on Saturday, August 20, 2016.

She was the daughter of the late Fred and Evelyn Knight of Williamston.

Survivors include; daughters, Angie (Jr) Wilson of Williamston, Amy (Tom) McAlister of Anderson, Taylar Hyder of Williamston, son Jeff (Carol) Strickland of Williamston, four grandchildren, and three sisters Elaine Strickland, Sandy Campbell, and Rita Brock, all of Williamston.

A memorial service will be held Thursday, August 25th at Williamston Church of God.  Visitation will be 5:00-6:00pm with the memorial service following.


PIEDMONT – Ruby Estelle Barbre Kelley, 94, widow of Maxie Hanie Kelley, died Monday, August 22, 2016.

Born in Anderson County, she was a daughter of the late John Belton and Hattie Mae League Barbre.  She was a homemaker and a member of Mt. Springs Baptist Church.

Survivors include sons, Jerry (Teresa) Kelley of Toccoa, GA, Keith (Rebecca) Kelley and Daniel (Debra) Kelley, both of Piedmont; sisters, Lucille Barbre and Sara Bagwell, both of Piedmont; four grandchildren, Glenn Kelley, Jennifer McCollum, Valerie Kelley, Corey Kelley; six great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by siblings, Minnie Sue Banks, Ollie Mae Hall, Mary Merritt, William, Jim and Clyde Barbre; granddaughter, Katrina Kelley Muniz.

Visitation was from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 24, at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer.

The funeral service followed at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, August 25, in the mortuary chapel.  Burial followed at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Anderson.

The family members are at their respective homes.



David Keith Moore passed away on Monday, August 15, 2016.  Born October 29, 1963, he  was the son of the late David M. Moore and Barbara V. Moore.

He is survived by one brother, Todd Moore of Piedmont, paternal grandmother Beverly Moore and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.  He was a member of Wren Baptist Church.

A memorial and visitation service will be held on Saturday, August 27th at 11:00 a.m. at Wren Baptist Church. A private burial will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to Wren Baptist Church, 120 Wren School Road, Piedmont, S. C