Obituaries Week of November 30, 2016




WILLIAMSTON – Bruce Harold Peterson, 65, husband of Kay Wyer Peterson, was called home to be with the Lord Friday, November 18, 2016 at his home.

Born in Shenandoah, IA on August 27, 1951, he was the youngest son of the late Harold Raymond and Jemima Winifred McGinnis Peterson. After growing up and living in the Midwest for many years, Bruce, Kay and their two children moved to Pennsylvania in 1986. During the years they lived in Pennsylvania, two more children were born to them. They relocated to the warmer weather of SC in 2004 where Bruce served the Town of Williamston and was a Special Police Officer at the time of his death. Bruce was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.

In addition to his wife of 44 years, he is survived by his four children and their spouses, Jennifer and Chuck Ward of Williamston, SC, Joshua and Terri Peterson of Middletown, PA, Jonathan and Lauren Peterson of Carrabelle, FL, and Jamee and Joel Arnold of Buffalo, SC; fifteen grandchildren and two more on the way; two brothers, Robert Peterson and wife, Dolores, of NJ and Larry Peterson of TX; and numerous other extended family members.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Linda Peterson.

Visitation was from 5:00 to 7:00 pm Wednesday, November 23 at Grace Baptist Church, 8841 Augusta Rd., Pelzer, SC. The service followed at 7:00 pm in the church.

A service was also held in Iowa at 10:00 am Saturday, November 26, at Christ Point Baptist Church, 602 Maple St., Shenandoah, IA with burial following at Union Grove Cemetery in Northboro, IA.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer



Kathleen Idell Farmer Frasier, 84, of Williamston, widow of Albert Harrison Frasier, died Monday, November 21, 2016.

Born in Anderson County, she was a daughter of the late Johnny and Idell Belcher Farmer. She was a member of the Williamston Church of God.

Survivors include daughters, Kathy Frasier of Greenville and Brenda Frasier of Williamston; one grandson; and three great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was held Wednesday, November 23 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Anderson.


PELZER – Ralph Eugene Locke, 94, husband of Evelyn Knight Locke, passed away Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at his home.

Born in Pelzer, he was a son of the late Pauline Locke Smith.  He was retired from the Kendall Company and a member of Eastview Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughter, Peggy Evelyn Locke of Pelzer; grandchildren, Stacy Hice and Jonathan Hughes; great-grandchildren, Emily and Marley Hice.

He was predeceased by a brother, Grady Locke.

Visitation was held from 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, November 25, at Eastview Baptist Church.

The funeral service followed at 2 p.m. Burial was held at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Anderson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Providence Care, 202 Wall Street, Piedmont, SC 29673.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer



PELZER – Ola Faye Sumner, known as Ola to her relatives and as Faye to everyone else, was born in Woodruff, SC, in 1921, the daughter of Furman Lafayette Sumner and Nellie Blythe McCravey Sumner.

Faye had a sister, Hazel and five brothers, Ira, Fate, Cyrus, Perrin and James. Father, Furman Sumner, was a millwright, and the family had residences in several SC counties where new mills were built, finally settling in Fort Mill. During high school, Faye worked swing shift at the mill to help support her family after her father became disabled. She left Fort Mill and enrolled in the Columbia School of Nursing during WWII, received an RN, and would have been commissioned as a military nurse had the war not ended. After graduation, she met a handsome WWII veteran while working at the VA hospital in Columbia, SC.

Marriage with that veteran, Willard Eugene Darby, of Ware Place in Greenville County, led to three children; George Eugene Darby of Honolulu, HI; Barbara Nell Darby of Greenville, SC; and Paul Sumner Darby of University Place, WA.  She had a nursing career with the VA, taking care of veterans at hospitals in SC and MD before her retirement in 1974. She and Willard retired to the family farm at Ware Place where she was known for her observant eye, keen wit, lovely flowers and incomparable pound cakes.

Faye was predeceased by all of her siblings and by Willard, her husband of 57 years. She had six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  Faye taught the Women’s Sunday School Class at Washington Baptist Church for many years, and enjoyed playing the game Bible Challenge.  She was nurtured in the Christian faith and practiced countless deeds of love and service to her Savior by ministering to others over the course of her entire life, even in her final years as she “did rounds” with nursing home staff. Faye died in hospice care on November 26, 2016, four months shy of her 96th birthday, full of faith in Jesus Christ and looking forward to being with Him forever.

Visitation was at 10:00 a.m., Tuesday, November 29, at Washington Baptist Church, Pelzer.

The funeral followed at 11 a.m. The burial was in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Senior Adult Ministry at WBC, 208 Washington Church Road, Pelzer, SC 29669.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer



Janette Turner Smith, 76, of Belton, died Tuesday, November 15, 2016 at her home.

Born in Greenville County, she was the daughter of the late Earl Edward “Ed” and Louise Wade Turner.

She retired from AnMed Health Medical Center and was a member of Belton First Baptist Church.

Surviving are sons, Steven Smith of Anderson, David and Daniel Smith, both of Belton; brothers, Wallace Turner and Houston Turner, both of Greenville, Ronnie Turner of Pelzer; and six grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Sunday at First Baptist Church. Burial will be at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Belton First Baptist Church.


Joseph Calvin McAlister, 64, of Anderson, husband of the late Helen Anne Poore McAlister, died Tuesday, November 15, 2016.

Born in Anderson, he was the son of the late Calvin and Louise Moore McAlister.

He was employed with Pol-Tech Machining.

Surviving are three daughters, Marti M. Perry of Marshville, NC, Amanda M. Styles of Williamston, and Leigh M. Blakely of Anderson; seven grandchildren; and a sister, Judy Whitfield of Bradenton, FL.

Graveside services were held Saturday at New Silver Brook Cemetery.

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


Dorothy “Dot” Griffith Holcombe, 76, of Greer, widow of Billy Carroll Holcombe, died November 22, 2016.

Born in Greenville County, she was a daughter of the late Thomas Jefferson and Linnie Maude Hill Griffith.

She retired from the Greenville County School System and was a member of Brushy Creek Baptist Church.

Surviving are two daughters, Denise Brown of Easley and April Holcombe of Piedmont; and three grandchildren.

Graveside services were held Friday, November 25, 2016 at Graceland East Memorial Park.


Charles Homer Crittendon, 66, of Anderson, died Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016 at AnMed health Medical Center in Anderson.

Born in Anderson, he was the son of the late Frank H. Crittendon and Mary Nell Eaves Crittendon. He retired from J.P. Stevens Industries.

He was a U.S. Navy Veteran of the Vietnam Era and a member of the Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic Church.

Surviving are his wife, Joann Rudder Crittendon; three daughters, Kelly Montgomery of Rock Hill, Carey Crittendon De Lucca of Greer, Claudia Crittendon Mathis of Williamston; six grandchildren; one brother; Kirk Baxter  Crittendon of Bath, NY; and one sister, Wanda Hendricks of Hartwell, GA.

A funeral mass was held Saturday, Nov. 19 at the Sacred Heart of Jesus Christ Catholic Church.

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


Joann Stroud Donald, 84, of Iva, died Wednesday, November 16, 2016 at AnMed Health Medical Center.

Born in Fair Play, she was the daughter of the late John Stroud and the late Lily Mosely Stroud.

She was a member of Andersonville Baptist Church.

She is survived by her children, Ronnie Donald of Pelzer, Jimmie Donald of Abbeville, Mike Donald of Iva, Barbara Chabek of Anderson, Cathy Wiles of Abbeville, and Joyce Latham of Anderson; brother, Virgil Stroud of Belton; sisters, Mary Hanna of Anderson, Betty Brooks of Anderson, Lavone Campbell of Williamston, and Fannie Witcher of Iva; 22 grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Leroy Donald.

Funeral service was held Saturday, Nov. 19 in the Chapel of The McDougald Funeral Home. Interment followed at Southlawn Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to Andersonville Baptist Church Remodel Fund, 6902 Dobbins Bridge Road, Anderson, SC 29626.


Johnny Hughey Bishop, 62, of Pelzer, died Sunday, November 27, 2016.

Born in Greenville, he was a son of the late Elvin James Odell and Frankie Lagerhome Bishop. He was formerly employed with Bishop Merchandising.

Survivors include daughter, Jennifer Bishop; one grandchild; siblings, Eric Bishop, Robert Bishop, Billie K. Bradberry; Susan Massengale, Ronnie Bishop of Pelzer.

A memorial service was held Wednesday, November 30, at the Ware Place Church of God.

The family is at the home of Buster Odell Bishop, 205 Marseille Drive, Simpsonville, SC 29680.


WILLIAMSTON – Sammy “Sam” Doyle Fogle, 71, husband of the late Mary Ellen Mitchell Fogle, passed away Thursday, November 24, 2016 at his home.

Born in Ehrhardt, SC, he was a son of the late Livingston Doyle and Florine Viola Heirs Fogle. He was a U.S. Navy veteran, a carpenter and a truck driver.

Survivors include daughters, Heddie V. Adams (Billy) of Pelzer, Iris E. Browning (Chris) of Williamston; step-children, Charlie Allison of Piedmont, Donna Hammond of Pelzer; girlfriend, Cindy Gordon; sister, Cathy Jenkins of Melbourne, FL; brother, Bradley Fogle of Cumming, GA; four grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; and five step-great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, December 7, at Dolly Cooper Veterans Cemetery. The family will receive friends following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 4217 Park Place Court, Glen Allen, VA 23060, or

The family is at the home of daughter, Heddie, 218 Stoneybrook Rd., Pelzer, SC 29669.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer


Rick Medlin was raised in Williamston and Played football at Palmetto and his Mom and Dad ran Medlins Dry Cleaners in West Pelzer for years.

Rick Medlin, President and CEO of Fruit of the Loom, Inc., passed away of natural causes on November 27, 2016. The entire Fruit of the Loom, Inc. team worldwide, with nearly 30,000 employees, is incredibly saddened.

“Rick was a special leader and a special person. He was extremely proud of the progress and success we have shared in the last 6 years,” said the Fruit of the Loom leadership team. “We owe it to his legacy and honor to continue taking this company forward in accordance with his vision. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Medlin family at this time of loss.”

The company will name an interim CEO in the coming days who will continue to lead the organization with the same core values and integrity established by Mr. Medlin.

Rick Medlin was named President and CEO of Fruit of the Loom, Inc. in August 2010. Prior to becoming CEO, Mr. Medlin had served in other roles at the company, including Executive Vice President of Operations, Senior Vice President of Manufacturing and Vice President of Textile Manufacturing. Before joining Fruit of the Loom, Inc., Mr. Medlin held a variety of positions at NRB Industries, Inc. and Milliken & Company.

Mr. Medlin, a South Carolina native, attended Clemson University on a football scholarship. He earned a Bachelor of Science and Master’s Degree.


WILLIAMSTON – Pholia Emerson King, 101, widow of Cooley Berry King, died on Monday November 28, 2016.

Born on December 22, 1914, in Anderson County, South Carolina, she was a daughter of the late William Preston Emerson and Kebie Brock Emerson. She grew up in the Emerson Bridge Community of Anderson County, and then earned a BA degree from Furman University in 1935.  Following her graduation, she became a school teacher in Anderson County School District One, Williamston, SC.  She and Cooley King were married in 1941 and made their home in Williamston. She joined the First Baptist Church of Williamston in 1939, where she taught an adult Sunday School class from 1968 until 2005. She was a kind person who cared deeply about others. She was devoted to her family, her friends, and her church.

She is survived by her son, Stephen Cooley King of Aiken, SC; nephew, Emerson Campbell of Anderson, SC; and nieces, Mary Smith of Greer, SC, Anne Turner of Greenville, SC, and Pat Kelly of Concord, NC.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by sisters, Myrtle Emerson Campbell, Jessie Mae Emerson Cooley, and Kitty Lee Emerson Cowan; and brothers, Fred and Carl Emerson.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 pm on Thursday, December 1 at the Williamston Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Williamston, P.O. Box 477, Williamston, SC 29697; or to the charity of one’s choice.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer


Dillon McCade Ridgeway, 17, of Six Mile, died Wednesday, November 23, 2016.

Born in Greenville, he was a junior at Daniel High School and worked at Cookout in Clemson.

Surviving are his mother and step-father, Kelley and Keith Hamilton of the home; father, Jamie Riegeway of Greenville; five sisters, Kelsey and Racheal Riegeway of Greenville, Austin  Ridgeway of the home, Hannah Hamilton of Greenwood, and Amber Nelson of Greenwood; five brothers, Cameron Ridgeway of Six Mile, Tyler and Trent Hamilton of the home, James Ridgeway of Greenville, and Chris Nelson of Pelzer; grandparents, Don and Donna Price of Travelers Rest, Kathy and Mark Swartz of Powdersville, Bill and Debbie Ridgeway of Williamston, and Frances Hamilton of Central; great grandmothers, Lois Ridgeway of Williamston and Mary Reynolds of La Grange, GA.

Funeral service was held Wednesday, Nov. 30 in the Liberty Mortuary Chapel. Burial will be private.



Virgie B. Poteat, 95, of Piedmont, died Monday, November 28, 2016 at Southern Oaks in Piedmont.

Born in Marion, NC, she was the daughter of the late Joseph Holmes Biggerstaff and the late Elizabeth Lona Humphries Biggerstaff. She was a retired textile worker and a member of New Hope United Methodist Church.

She is survived by three children, George Michael Poteat, Gary Neal Poteat, Elizabeth Ann Snead; two sisters, Margie Hoppes and Mildred Hoyle; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at New Hope United Methodist Church at a later date.

Memorials may be made to New Hope United Methodist Church, 233 New Hope Road, Anderson, SC 29625.