Obituaries Week of April 19, 2017



PELZER—George Sutherland, 82, husband of the late Julia Carolyn Martin Sutherland, passed away Tuesday, April 11, 2017.
Born in Lowndesville, he was a son of the late Ernest Franklin and Allie May Scott Sutherland. A member of New Hope Baptist Church, he was retired from Fort Hill Natural Gas and was a member of the White Plains Masonic Lodge.
He is survived by sons, Kenneth Wade Sutherland of Pelzer, Paul Lamar Sutherland (Michelle) of Pendleton; sisters, Irene Harrison of Anderson, Adell Hall (Bobby) of Greenville; brothers, Norris Sutherland of Pelzer, Robert Sutherland of Belton; grandchildren, Gentry Lee Simmons (Jacob), and Ty Sutherland (Lauren).
Funeral services were Thursday, April 13, at 3:00 p.m. at New Hope Baptist Church (in the old sanctuary). Burial followed in the church cemetery.
The family will be at 1401 Moorhead Place, Pendleton, SC 29670.
Gray Mortuary, Pelzer

PELZER – Stanley J.D. Gillespie, 62, husband of Beth Parker Gillespie, passed away Thursday, April 13, 2017 at his home.
Born in Belton, he was the son of the late J.D. and Lois Kelley Gillespie. He was employed with Michelin and a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church.
In addition to his wife of 42 years, he was blessed with a beautiful daughter and son-in-law, Christy and Jeremy Stroud and three beautiful grandsons, Brandon Blanchard, Gavin and Kobe Stroud.
Visitation was from 6:00 to 7:30 p.m. Monday, April 17, at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer.
The funeral service was held at 3:00 p.m. Tuesday, April 18, at Hillcrest Baptist Church. Burial followed at New Hope Baptist Church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Hillcrest Baptist Church, 1300 Anderson Drive, Williamston, SC 29697 or to Piedmont Hospice, 209-A Riverside Ct., Greer, SC 29650.
The family is at the home.

Terry Lee Edens, 60, of Piedmont, died Saturday, April 8, 2017 at his home.
Born in Greenville, he was the son of the late Richard Edens and Emma Grace Hunt Edens Simpson.
Surviving are his wife, Henriette Hughey Edens of the home; daughter, Tierra L. Edens of Lexington; sons, Alvin Hughey of Ladson and Anthony Hughey of Napa, CA; sisters, Linda Butler of Greenville and Janice G. Edens of Greenville; brothers, Richard A. Edens of Simpsonville, Russell Edens of Greenville, and Mitchell T. Edens of Greenville; and two grandchildren.
Funeral service was held Friday, April 14 at Watkins, Garrett & Woods Mortuary. Burial followed in Shoals Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.

Octavia McKelvey Allen, 73, of Greenville, died Tuesday, April 11, 2017 at Greenville Health System.
Born in Greenville, she was the daughter of the late Edward and Mary Jackson McKelvey.
Surviving are her husband, Robert Allen of the home; daughter, Latreecee Payne of Columbia; sons, Robert Allen of Smithfield, VA, Raoul Allen of Japan, Renoir Allen of Powdersville, Tony Norman of Greenville, Roth Allen of Greenville, and Jermaine Allen of Orlando, FL; sister, Catherine Evans of Chicago, IL; brother, Albert L. McKelvey of Greenville; 19 grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held Saturday, April 15 at Bruton Temple Baptist Church. Burial followed in Resthaven Memorial Gardens.

Effie Foster Evans was called home by her Lord, on Sunday, April 16, 2017 at the age of 81 years.
Born in Anderson County, she was the daughter of the late Henry Willie and Edith Chastain Foster.
Mrs. Evans is survived by her loving husband of over 67 years, Danny W. Evans and was a lifelong resident of Piedmont. She was a very active member of Bethesda United Methodist Church since 1950 where she was pianist and organist, MYF Leader, Leisure Group Coordinator, member of the Irene Cely Sunday School Class and Choir Member. She worked as secretary at Greenville Country Club and Poinsett Club in Greenville a combined 39 years. She was an outstanding seamstress all her life and after her retirement, became a magnificent ceramic doll maker. Love, laughter and living the fullness of each day with Danny was Effie’s life.
Effie will truly be missed and her memories forever cherished by her daughters, Deborah (Steve) Taylor of Warner Robins, GA; Kimm (Jim) Cason, Pelzer, Kamm (Mark) Shoaf of Piedmont; son, Timothy D. Evans of Piedmont; grandsons, Daniel Taylor of Baltimore, MD and Matthew (Katie) Taylor of Piedmont; sister, Mamie (James) Davenport of Central; brother, Walter “Pete” (Susan) Foster of Liberty, NC; stepsister, Brenda (Bobby) Landreth of Greenville; and chosen family, Sandra and Jerry McNeill of Piedmont.
The family would like to thank all those that provided home care, with special thanks to Lori Chandler, Debbie Engler and Katherine Burris for their love and dedicated care and to Don Pack, our nurse.
Visitation will be held at Bethesda United Methodist Church on Wednesday, April 19, 2017 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. The funeral service will follow at 1:00 p.m. at the church. Interment will be in the church cemetery.
Effie loved flowers and/ or a memorial donation may be made to The Leisure Group at Bethesda United Methodist Church, 516 Piedmont Road, Easley, South Carolina 29642.
Condolences for the family may be offered online at
Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Downtown.

Betty Thompson Knight, 86, of Williamston, died Friday, April 14, 2017 at NHC of Anderson.
Born in Greenville County, she was the daughter of the late C.H. “Son” Thompson and the late Ruby LeeAnna Holliday Thompson.
She was a member of Big Creek Baptist Church in Williamston.
Surviving are daughters, Sherry K. Fetner of Williamston, Teresa K. Hunter of Williamston; granddaughter raised in the home, Jennifer Hunter of Spartanburg; two grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Wilton Earl Knight.
Funeral service was held Monday, April 17 in the Chapel of The McDougald Funeral Home. Entombment followed at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum.
Memorials may be made to Big Creek Baptist Church, 820 S. Hamilton Street, Williamston, SC 29697.

Robert Leo Glasby, 85, of Williamston, husband of Betty Sue Stone Glasby, died Sunday, April 16, 2017.
He was the son of the late Leo and Marie Epps Glasby. He was a National Guard veteran and formerly employed with J.P. Stevens.
Survivors include son, William Robert Glasby of Pelzer; sister, Sally Breazeale of Seneca; two grandchildren; two great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held at a later date.

WILLIAMSTON – Walter Wade Ellison, 77, husband of Shelby Spence Ellison, passed away Monday, April 17, 2017.
Born in Anderson County, he was a son of the late Walter Lester and Ethel Mae Holland Ellison. He was a U.S. Army Paratrooper veteran, founder of L&W Auto Sales and a member of the American Legion Post 121. He loved NASCAR, camping, farming and raising cattle, and his family and friends.
In addition to his wife of the home, he is survived by his beloved son, Travis Ellison (Sherri) of Williamston; step-son, Mike Wilson of Piedmont; sisters, Dorothy “Dot” Dickerson and Barbara “Bobbie” Brooks, both of Williamston, and Jane Cothran of Anderson; brothers, David Ellison of Pelzer, Wendell and Alton Ellison, both of Williamston; grandchildren, Nicholas Brown, Taylor, Rae, Andy and Tember Wilson.
He was predeceased by brothers, Jerry, Sammy and Don Ellison.
Visitation was from 6:30 to 8:00 pm Tuesday, April 18, at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer.
A service was held at 2:00 pm Wednesday, April 19, in the mortuary chapel. Burial will be at M.J. “Dolly” Cooper Veterans Cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Trinity Baptist Church, 324 Belton Dr., Williamston, SC 29697.
The family will be at the home.

Zachary Tyler Brady, 24, of Anderson, died Thursday, April 13, 2017 at AnMed Health Medical Center.
Born in Anderson, he was the son of the late Zienda Carver Walker and Mark Brady of Pelzer.
He was employed at TTI and was a member of New Spring Church.
In addition to his father, he is survived by three sons, Tyler, Jayden, and Ty’ King Brady, all of Anderson; two daughters, Mackenzie and Makiya Brady; two brothers, Kendal Walker of Anderson and Patrick Dwyar of Charleston; one sister, Danielle Brady of Williamston; grandmother, Joann Gentry of Iva; grandfather, Stanley Carver of Franklin, NC; great-grandmother, Ophelia Gentry.
Funeral service was held Tuesday, April 18 at Iva First Assembly of God. Interment followed at the Iva City Cemetery.

Elise Ada Griffin Duncan, 94, of Williamston, died Wednesday, April 12, 2017 at AnMed Health Medical Center.
Born in Anderson, she was the daughter of the late Marvin and Daisy Bridges Griffin.
She was a weaver at Kendall Textiles in Pelzer and was a member of Whitefield Baptist Church.
She is survived by a son, Ricky Duncan; four daughters, Diane Rogers, Debbie Grant, Pam Garner, and Jennifer Pitts; seven grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Harvey “H.B.” Duncan.
Funeral service was held Tuesday, April 18 in the Chapel of The McDougald Funeral Home. Interment followed at New Silver Brook Cemetery.

Jennie Lind Wilson Adkins, 86, of Piedmont, widow of William Charles Adkins, died Tuesday, April 18, 2017.
Born in Anderson County, she was a daughter of the late Monroe Eugene and Exie Orr Wilson. She was a member of Shiloh United Methodist Church.
Survivors include daughters, Brenda Hendershot of Belton and Kay Stone of Piedmont; son, Jimmy Adkins of Piedmont; sister, Eugene Hardy of Myrtle Beach; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held 1 to 2 p.m. Friday, April 21, at Shiloh United Methodist Church with the service following at 2 p.m. at the church. Burial will be at Greenville Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Rd., Anderson, SC 29621.