Obituaries Week of May 3, 2017

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EDITH DUNCAN WILSON, MELVIN SAMUEL LOLLIS, SHIRLEY WILKINSON, DENISE BLACKWELL, W.B. ‘BUSTER’ HIERS JR., GERALD KENNETH CRESWELL SR., NELLIE MAE GILLIAN CANTY, IRIS LATECE FRANKLIN BRADLEY, DONNIE THRASHER, LOUISE COOLEY, SUE COTHRAN

EDITH DUNCAN WILSON

1919-2017

Edith Duncan Wilson, 98, of Harrisburg, transitioned into eternal life on Sunday, April 23, 2017 in the skill nursing unit at The Garden At Blue Ridge in Susquehanna Twp.

She was born in Williamston, SC on March 14, 1919 and was the eldest of three daughters and two sons of the late E.D. Riley and Harrie Mae (Watkins) Riley.

Edith graduated from Caroline High School in Williamston, Benedict College in Columbia, SC with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and Shippensburg University with a Masters Degree in Elementary Guidance and Counseling. She was a retired elementary education teacher from the Harrisburg School District.

During her life, she was very active in many local, state and national religious and civic organizations.

She often traveled with her husband throughout the United States and many foreign countries to enhance her Christian education.

She was married for thirty plus years to the late Dr. R. Terrell Duncan, a former Harrisburg School District educator and local pastor until his death in 1974. To this union were born four children, Robert Duncan, Jr., Mrs. Gerald Dean Smitz (Wayne), Rev. Kenneth Duncan and the late Chaucer Duncan. In August 1977, she married the late Rev. Dr. T. Orestus Wilson of Steelton, who died in December 2000. In their union, she was blessed with a stepdaughter, Mrs. Patricia Tilman.

In addition to her children, she is survived by her sister, Mrs. Malvena Ross of Washington, DC and brother-in-law, Joseph Henry Duncan (Antoinette) of Gary, IN, eight grandchildren and several great grandchildren throughout the United States.

The memorial and burial services will be private. Arrangements entrusted to the Ministry of Comfort of Major H. Winfield Funeral Home, Steelton,www.majorhwinfieldfuneralhome.comwww.pennlive.com/obits

MELVIN SAMUEL LOLLIS

Melvin Samuel Lollis, 78, of Belton, husband of Denise Lowe Lollis, died Wednesday, April 26, 2017 at Rainey Hospice House.

Born in Anderson County, he was the son of the late Ben and Maedale Harvell Lollis.

He retireed from GE and was a member of Second Baptist Church of Belton.

Surviving in addition to his wife are son, Terry Lollis of Cheddar; sisters, Myrtle Alewine of Simpsonville and Mary Lee Evans of Anderson.

Funeral services were held Saturday at Cox Funeral Home Chapel.

Burial followed at Garden of Memories.

Memorials may be made to Rainey Hospice House, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621.

SHIRLEY WILKINSON

Shirley Marie Patterson Wilkinson, 82, of Greenville, widow of William Harlan Wilkinson, died Wednesday, April 26, 2017.

Born in Piedmont, she was the daughter of the late John Wesley and Eva Azalee Luther Patterson.

Surviving are daughter, Teresa Todd of Columbia; step-sons, William H. Wilkinson, III of Greenville and Thomas D. Wilkinson of Pelzer; brothers, Billy, Jerry and Allen Patterson; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Monday, May 1 in the Chapel of Gray Mortuary, Pelzer. Burial followed at M.J. “Dolly” Cooper Veterans Cemetery in Anderson.

DENISE BLACKWELL

Denise Arlene Brocklehurst Blackwell, 57, of Belton, wife of Joe William Blackwell, died Saturday, April 29, 2017.

Born in Tampa, FL, she was a daughter of Charles Eugene Brocklehurst and of the late Shirley Jean Rackley Brocklehurst. She was employed with Anderson School District One and Five.

Additional survivors include, daughters, Kellie Jo Rogers of Seneca, Stephanie Jean Blackwell of Walhalla; son, Michael Blackwell of Belton; sisters, Debbie Rogers, Delores McMahan, Darlene Guthrie, Donna Poore; brothers, David and Donald Brocklehurst; and six grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, May 2 at Whitefield Baptist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621.

W.B. ‘BUSTER’ HIERS, JR.

Wayland Boyce “Buster” Hiers, Jr., 91, of Anderson, died Saturday, April 21, 2017 at his home.

Born in Atlanta, GA, he was a son of the late Wayland Boyce Hiers, Sr. and the late Myra Emily Swindell Hiers.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Jane Hallman Hiers.

He was a World War II and Korean veteran of the U.S. Marines.

He was a master builder in the Atlanta area.

He is survived by his second wife, Janie Hunter Hiers of Anderson; two sons, Jeff S. Hiers of Dodge City, KS, and Kenny Hiers of Gainesville, GA; daughter, Cindy Fedack of Douglasville, GA; step-son, Fred Hunter of Anderson; step-daughter, Ann Hollingsworth of Williamston; one brother, Don Hiers of Marietta, Ga; a sister, Ann Hiers of Potomac, MD; five grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was held May 3 at the McDougald Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed at M.J. “Dolly” Cooper Veterans Cemetery with Military Honors.

Memorials may be made to Artisan Fellowship Church, 302 W. Market Street, Anderson, SC 29624.

GERALD KENNETH CRESWELL, SR.

Gerald Kenneth Creswell, Sr. of Piedmont, died April 26, 2017.

Born in Piedmont, he was the only child of Luther Harris and Mary Sue Bolden Creswell.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and retired from the U.S. Post Office and Greenville County School District.

Surviving are his children, Cathy King and Ken Creswell, both of Fountain Inn; three grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his wife, Jane Rice Creswell.

Funeral service was held Sunday, April 30 at West Gantt First Baptist Church. Burial followed in Greenville Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to West Gantt First Baptist Church, Building Fund, 1452 White Horse Road, Greenville, SC 29605.

NELLIE MAE GILLIAN CANTY

Nellie Mae Gillian Canty, 83, of Greenville, died Thursday, April 27, 2017 at her home.

Born in Greenville, she was the daughter of the late Frank and Georgia Poole Chaney Gillian.

She was predeceased by her husband, Willie M. Canty.

Surviving are daughters, Gail L. Canty of Greenville, Denise Y. Bentley of Cincinnati, OH, and Katrina N. Chapman of Greenville; son, Willie M. Canty of Piedmont; sister, Georgia Frances Mattison of Greenville; six grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, May 2 at Matthew United Methodist Church, Taylors. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

IRIS LATECE FRANKLIN BRADLEY

Iris Latece Franklin Bradley, 30, of Mississippi, died Friday, April 21, 2017.

Born in Greenville she is survived by her husband, Armon Bradley, Sr., of Pass Christian, GA; parents, Timothy H. and Dora D. Sanders Franklin of Piedmont; four children, Nevaeh A. Bradley, Braylin Peterman, Major Bradley, and Armon M. Bradley, Jr.; one sister, Latonya Sanders of Savannah, GA; two brothers, Timothy H. Franklin and Tyrese Franklin, both of Piedmont.

Funeral service was held Sunday, April 30 at Watkins, Garrett & Woods Mortuary. Burial followed in Resthaven Memorial Gardens.

DONNIE THRASHER

Donnie Ray Thrasher, 71, of Iva, died Friday, April 28, 2017 at his home.

Born in Anderson, he was the son of the late Eugene Thomas and Edna Viola Risner Thrasher.

He was a retired auto mechanic and was a member of Fair Play Church of God.

Surviving are his sons, Mark Thrasher of Williamston, Don Thrasher of Abbeville, and Corey Thrasher of Iva; daughters, Tabitha Kim McCullough of Pendleton, and Tammy Thrasher of Anderson; brothers, Tony Thrasher of Townville, and Ricky, Terry, and Paul Thrasher of Fair Play; sisters, Geraldine McMahan and Judy Woods, both of Fair Play, Sue Allen of Lavonia, GA, Doris Lother of Seneca, and Betty Gilliam of Richland; 14 grandchildren which includes Kala Thrasher of the home; and five great-grandchildren including Brandon Thrasher, also of the home.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Friday, May 5 at Heritage Memorial Gardens Mausoleum Chapel with entombment to follow. The family will receive friends from 4-6 p.m. Thursday, May 4 at Sandifer Funeral Home.

The family is at their respective homes.

LOUISE COOLEY

WILLIAMSTON – Mary Louise Edens Cooley, 86, wife of the late James Humphrey Cooley, passed away Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at her home.

Born in Pelzer, she was a daughter of the late Herman Eugene and Edna Lucille Smith Edens. She retired from Mount Vernon Mills and was a member of Williamston Church of God.

She is survived by daughter, Martha Edwards (Mike Jordan) of Williamston; son, James “Jimmy” Cooley of Williamston; sisters, Ruby Cabiness, Thelma Timms, and Barbara Shipman, all of Williamston, Nancy Attaway and Patricia Chandler, both of Pelzer, Judy Roach of Belton; brother, William H. Edens of Belton; grandchildren, Lisa Owens, Heather Back and Jessica Hudson; great-grandchildren, Chase and Blake Owens, Levi, Lily and Landon Back, Kreelyn and Jaisi Hudson.

She was predeceased by sisters, Margaret Robinson and Cathy Pilgrim; brother, Harold Edens.

Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:00 pm Friday, May 5, at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer. The service will follow at 2:00 pm in the mortuary chapel. Burial will be at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

The family will be at the home.

Condolences: www.graymortuary.com

SUE COTHRAN

BELTON – Annie Sue Revis Cothran, 85, widow of Chris Frank Cothran, Jr., passed away Tuesday, May 2, 2017 at her home.

Born in Pelzer, she was a daughter of the late Roy and Laura Casey Revis.  She was a member of the Williamston First Baptist Church.

Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Debbie Cooley Cothran of Belton; grandchild, Christie Cothran, IV.

She was predeceased by sisters, Frances Bryson and Sara Mullinax.

Visitation will be held from 12:00 to 1:45 p.m. Thursday, May 4, at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer.

The service will follow at 2:00 p.m. in the mortuary chapel.  Burial will be at Greenville Memorial Gardens.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Rd., Anderson, SC 29621.

Condolences: www.graymortuary.com