Obituaries week of October 25, 2017

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CAROLENE HIPP, ELIZABETH FORD, MAHLON ELLISON, BILLY ALVERSON, BETTY TAYLOR, REV. CAROLINE SALMANS, FRANCES COX

CAROLENE HIPP

Carolene Grooms Hipp, 65, of Greenwood, wife of Wayne Hipp, died Monday, October 16, 2017 at Roper Hospital in Charleston.

Born in Waynesville, NC, she was a daughter of the late James and Annie Morgan Grooms. She was a computer programmer at Sprint and was a member of Cedarwood Community Church.

Surviving in addition to her husband are her children, Richard Hipp of the home and Tracy Hipp of Atlanta, GA; stepchildren, Carol Hammett of Inman, Vickie Smith of Clinton, MO, and Christi Kirtley of Kansas City, MO; two sisters, Di Waite of Grey Court and Nancy Henderson of Pelzer; brother, Steve Grooms of Irmo; seven step-grandchildren; and seven step-great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Friday at Cedarwood Community Church.

Memorials may be made to Cedarwood Community Church, PO Box 49518, Greenwood, SC 29649.

ELIZABETH FORD

WILLIAMSTON—Elizabeth “Lib” Tinsley Ford, 90, widow of George David Ford, passed away Sunday, October 22, 2017.

Born in Pickens County, she was a daughter of the late Frank and Mary Lucindy Thompson Tinsley. The retired owner and operator of Fashion Trend Beauty Salon, she was a member of First Baptist Church of Williamston, the Ruth Bible Class, and the Town of Williamston’s Sesquicentennial Committee.

She is survived by sister, Leona Dill of Summerville; brother, Neal Tinsley of Easley; son-in-law Bennie Cobb, Jr. of Williamston; grandchildren, Cindy C. Bentley, Michael D. Miller, Jr., Angela Miller Ryder, Marty Ford, Shannon Dean, Jarrod Saylor; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by daughter, Cheryl Miller Cobb; sons, George Henry “Mickey” Miller, III, Michael Dewayne Miller, and David Bruce Ford; grandchildren, Lynn Cobb Watson, Derek Miller; sisters, Esther Scurry, Margaret Aiken, Willie Hester, Mary Epps, Frances Smith, Emma Garrett, Evelyn Clay; brothers, John H., Edison, and Ballard Tinsley.

Visitation was held Tuesday, October 24, from 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. at Gray Mortuary. The funeral followed at 3:00 p.m. at Williamston First Baptist Church with burial at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

Flowers were accepted, or memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Upstate SC Chapter, 4124 Clemson Boulevard, Anderson, SC 29621.

The family is at the home of granddaughter, Cindy Bentley, 114 Ridgecrest Way, Williamston, SC 29697.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer Condolences: www.graymortuary.com

MAHLON ELLISON

Mahlon Christopher Ellison, 82, of Williamston, husband of Janie Roach Ellison, died Wednesday, October 18, 2017.

Born in Anderson County, he was a son of the late Charles Ambrose “Charlie” and Bessie Mae Watson Ellison. He was retired from Hoechst Celanese and Anderson County, was a lifetime member of Big Creek Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by son, Chris Patrick Ellison of Williamston; sisters, Ruth Caldwell, Joyce Dean, both of Belton; and three grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Sunday, October 22, at Big Creek Baptist Church. Burial followed at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to Big Creek Baptist Church, Building and Grounds Improvement Fund, P.O. Box 187, Williamston, SC 29697.

BILLY ALVERSON

Billy Steele Alverson, 83, of Pelzer, husband of the late Donna Lee Autrey Alverson, died, Wednesday, October 18, 2017.

Born in Greenville County, he was a son of the late James Cleveland and Clara Belle Tollison Alverson. He was a U.S. Army veteran and retired from 3M. He was a member of Washington Baptist Church.

He is survived by daughter, Saundra Tate of Pelzer; son, Michael J. Alverson of Pelzer; brothers, Irving Alverson of Piedmont and Eddie Alverson of Pelzer; sister, Nancy Tollison of Fountain Inn; brother-in-law, Robert “Rock” Autrey; two grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Saturday, October 21, at Washington Baptist Church. Burial followed at Greenville Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to Washington Baptist Church, Special Needs Department, 208 Washington Church Rd., Pelzer, SC 29669.

BETTY TAYLOR

Betty Jo Whaley Taylor, 82, of Belton, wife of Billy Lee Taylor, Sr., died Friday, October 20, 2017.

Born in Ware Place, she was a daughter of the late Joe J. Whaley and Ollie Belle Allen. She was retired from Nationwide Insurance and was a member of Washington Baptist Church.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by daughter, Sandra Crain of Anderson; son, Billy Lee Taylor, Jr. of Williamston; brother, Jerry Whaley of Seneca; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was held, Tuesday, October 24, in the Chapel of Gray Mortuary, Pelzer. Burial followed at M.J. “Dolly” Cooper Veterans Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Upstate SC Chapter, 4124 Clemson Boulevard, Suite L, Anderson, SC 29621.

LINDA THOMPSON WILLIAMS

Linda E. Thompson Williams, 60, of Simpsonville, died Thursday, October 19, 2017 at her home.

Born in Greenville County, she was a daughter of Mary A. Miller Thompson and the late Frank Thompson.

Surviving are her husband, Keith Williams of the home; mother, Mary A. Miller Thompson of Welford; daughter, Whitney Lightner of Greer; sons, Landon Williams of Simpsonville and Danny Rosemond of Pelzer; sisters, Barbara Rogers of Piedmont, Janice Middleton and Audrey Thompson, both of Wellford, Linda Nash of Winston-Salem, NC, and Cinda Thompson of Salisbury, NC; brothers, Kevin Thompson of Moore, and Roderick Thompson of Wellford; six grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Funeral service was held Monday, October 23 at Greater Hopewell Baptist Church, Startex with burial in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens, Greer.

REV. CAROLINE SALMANS

Rev. Caroline Adams Salmans, 72, of Piedmont, wife of Louis Jerome Salmans, died Friday, October 20, 2017.

Born in Oconee County, she was a daughter of the late Clay William and Geraldine Talley Adams. She was the minister of Unity United Methodist Church in Union and a former commercial pilot.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by daughters, Kay Beazley of Davidson, NC, Phyllis Grubbs of Piedmont; sons, Steven Salmans of Weymouth, MA, Ray Grubbs of Pelzer; brother, Michael Adams of Easley; eight grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Funeral service was held Wednesday, October 25 at Augusta Road United Methodist Church. Burial followed at Greenville Memorial Gardens.