Obituaries Week of March 7, 2018

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BRUCE GRIFFIN, MARGIE LATHEM, DAVID GUTHRIE, MINNIE LEE WORTHY BARBREY, MATTIE DEAN, EARL HOOPER, TERESA LYNETTE OWEN, WINFRED MCCOY DAVIS, TRUITT ANDREW KING, DAVID RAGSDALE, WAYNE B. FINLEY, FLOYD PATRICK JR., BILLY BRACKETT

BRUCE GRIFFIN

PIEDMONT – William Bruce Griffin, 70, husband to the late Alice Inez Casey Griffin, passed away Tuesday, February 27, 2018.

Born in Easley, he was a son of the late Cecil Christopher and Martha Lois Smith Griffin. A U.S. Army veteran, he served in the Vietnam War for two years. He was retired from J.P. Stevens and was a truck driver for Bi-Lo.

He is survived by his daughter, Jennifer Black of Mauldin; son, Chris Griffin of Williamston; sisters, Margaret Clardy of Williamston, Evelyn Winals of Greenville; brother, Terry Griffin of Piedmont; grandchildren, Tyler Griffin and Kain Black; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by a brother, Larry Griffin.

Visitation was held Saturday, March 3, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at Gray Mortuary. A graveside service followed at 1:00 p.m. at Greenville Memorial Gardens.

The families are at their respective homes.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer

Condolences: www.graymortuary.com

MARGIE LATHEM

Margie Dee Kelly Lathem, 87, of Easley, wife of J.K. Lathem, died Thursday, March 1, 2018 at her home.

Born in Pickens County, she was a daughter of the late Millard Lewis Kelly, Sr and Gertrude Darnall Kelly.  She was retired from the Kendall Co. and a member of First Baptist Church of the Deaf in Greenville.

Survivors include step-children, Jerome Lathem of Easley, Junelle White of Brisbane, Australia, Jessica DeHaven of St. Paul, MN; sisters, Jean Butterfield, Lib Rogers, Linda Raven and Lynn Ashley, all of Williamston; six step-grandchildren; one step-great-grandchild.

Funeral service was held Saturday, March 3, in the Chapel of  Gray Mortuary, Pelzer.  Burial followed at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Anderson.

DAVID GUTHRIE

David Lee Guthrie, of Williamston, one year old son of William Christopher Guthrie and Shianne Gosnell Palmer, died Saturday, February 24, 2018.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his siblings, Brooklyn Guthrie, Lalaina Jean Palmer and Connor Guthrie, all of Williamston; step-sister, Angel Palmer; step-father, Michael Palmer; grandmothers, Jennifer Gosnell and Elizabeth Guthrie, both of Williamston, Robin Reed of Hendersonville, NC; grandfather, Damian Bryant of Anderson; great-grandmothers, Ruby Amaker of Reevesville and Jean Gosnell of Pelzer.

Funeral service was held Saturday at Big Creek Baptist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

MINNIE LEE WORTHY BARBREY

Minnie Lee Worthy Barbrey, 94, of Fountain Inn, widow of Earl Barbrey, died on Thursday, March 1, 2018.

She was the daughter of the late Clarence and Armenta Greer Worthy.

She retired from Woodside Mills.

Surviving are her son, James Earl Barbrey of Fountain Inn; daughter, Rebecca Hamor-Frier of Piedmont; one granddaughter; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Sunday, March 4 at Heritage Funeral Home in Simpsonville. A private burial was held.

Memorials may be made to Agape Hospice, 529 Mills Ave., Greenville, SC 29605.

MATTIE DEAN

Mattie Mae Bell Overstreet Dean, 85, of Donalds, widow of Carl “Babe” Dean, died Friday, March 2, 2018.

Born in Clinton, she was a daughter of the late Reuben Mullen and Lola Mae Lee Overstreet.  She was retired from Mt. Vernon Mills and a member of Ware Shoals Pentecostal Holiness Church.

Survivors include children, Ollie Elrod of Belton, Tony Michael Dean of Honea Path, Helen McAlister of Donalds, Janie Mock of Due West, Susan Stacey of Honea Path, John Dean of Williamston; brothers, Jim Overstreet of Clinton and Doug Overstreet of Ware Shoals; 23 grandchildren; 31 great-grandchildren; 6 great-great grandchildren.

The funeral was held Monday, March 5, in the Chapel of Gray Mortuary, Pelzer with burial following at the Williamston City Cemetery.

EARL HOOPER

David Earl Hooper, 87, formerly of Piedmont, husband of Mildred Jane Fricks Hooper, died Saturday, March 3, 2018.

Born in Anderson County, he was the son of the late David Alvin and Bertha Wood Hooper. He was a PGA Professional Lifetime Member (Lakeview Golf Club) and a member of Life Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by son, William Earl “Buddy” Hooper of Lexington; sister, Shirley Cowart of Piedmont; and three grandchildren.

Funeral service was held  Wednesday, March 7 in the Chapel of Gray Mortuary, Pelzer. Burial followed at Greenville Memorial Gardens.

TERESA LYNETTE OWEN

Teresa “Teri” Lynette Owen, 55, of Williamston, widow of George Easley, died Thursday, March 1, 2018.

Born in Pendleton, she was the daughter of Conise Caldwell Owen and the late James Virgil Owen.  She was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church.

In addition to her mother of the home, she is survived by brother, James Gregory Owens of Belton.

Funeral service was held Sunday, March 4 at Oak Grove Baptist Church.  Burial followed in the church cemetery.

WINFRED MCCOY DAVIS

Winfred McCoy Davis, 83, of Pelzer, husband of the late Louise Kathleen Abercrombie Davis, died Sunday, March 4, 2018 at the home.

Born in Walhalla, he was a son of the late Henley M. and Delia Carver Davis. He retired from Gower Corporation.

He is survived by sons, Ronny Davis of Pelzer, Scott Simmons of Six Mile, and Christopher Davis of Norris; daughters, Deborah Phillips of Greenville, Tammy Parks of Belton, Donna Suttles of Pelzer, and Melissa Cole of Piedmont; sister, Francis Davis Hightower of West Union; 13 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was held Wednesday, March 7, at Daventon Baptist Church Cemetery.

TRUITT ANDREW KING

Truitt Andrew King, 91, of Pelzer, husband of the late Oleda Owen King, died March 3, 2018.

Born in Greenville, he was a son of the late Mary Ellison and Walter Andrew King. He was a U.S. Army veteran, a retired truck driver for Consolidated Freightways, and a member of Waycross Baptist Church.

He is survived by sons, Mike King of Williamston and Dexter King of Pelzer; sisters, Edna Burton and Catherine King; three grandchildre; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, March 6, in the mausoleum chapel at Greenville Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to McCall Hospice House, 1836. W. Georgia Rd, Simpsonville, SC. 29680.

DAVID RAGSDALE

David Aaron Ragsdale, 69, of Williamston, husband of Elaine Thomason Davenport, died Sunday, March 4, 2018.

Born in Pelzer, he was a son of the late Johnny and Kathleen Knight Ragsdale. He was retired from Advance Fire Protection.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughter, Valerie Lamb of Pelzer; step-daughters, Jessica Reed of the home, Pam Stone of Williamston; step-son, Ronnie Thomason of Belton; sister, Faith Carson of Easley; thirteen grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

The family and close friends will receive friends on Saturday, March 10, from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. at the home, 22 Ellison Lake Road, Williamston, SC 29697.

WAYNE B. FINLEY

Wayne Benjamin Finley, 89, of Taylors, husband of the late Betty Jean Finley, died March 4, 2018 at his home.

Born in Pickens County, he was a son of the late Earl Benjamin and Lois Nations Finley.

He was owner of Wade Hampton Septic Tank Company, Inc. and a U.S. Navy veteran of World War II. He was a member of Apalache Baptist Church.

Surviving are three daughters, Linda Memmott of Taylors and Vickie Finley and Debbie Finley, both of Inman; one son, Ken Finley of Taylors; two sisters, Margaret Ann Young of Williamston and Betty Jo Harrison of Woodruff; one grandchild; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Wednesday, March 7 at Apalache Baptist Church. Burial followed in Woodlawn Memorial Park.

FLOYD PATRICK, JR.

PELZER – Floyd Patrick, Jr., 88, husband of the late Elsie Jean Kinder Patrick, passed away Tuesday, March 6, 2018.

Born in Greeneville, TN, he was a son of the late Floyd Patrick, Sr. and Zelma Bracken Patrick. A graduate of Greenville High School, where he was a multisport athlete, Mr. Patrick was also a graduate of Lees-McRae College, class of 1952, where he played football.

A veteran of the U.S. Army, he was a member of the 213th Chemical Battalion, stationed in Sampigny, France from 1952-1954. A lifelong employee of Southern Railway, he retired into a life of farming as a successful Registered Black Angus cattle breeder.

Mr. Patrick was a member of Augusta Road United Methodist Church, where he was on the Pastor Parish Relations Committee, a Trustee, a Lay Leader, and a Lay Delegate to the Annual Conference.

He is survived by sons, Floyd “Sonny” Patrick, III, Ray Patrick and his wife, Kay, and Robert Patrick; grandchildren, Luke and Anna Patrick, Matthew and his wife, Kathryn Patrick, Katie and her husband, Chip Howard, Tyson and his wife, Stephanie Patrick, Chris and Andrew Patrick; numerous nieces and nephews; sister-in-law, Mary Lou Patrick; and brother-in-law, Ray Stovall.

In addition to his wife of fifty-six years, he was predeceased by his sisters, Thelma Campbell, Nancy Stovall, Virginia Ann Self; and brother, Bill Patrick.

Visitation will be held Saturday, March 10, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at Augusta Road United Methodist Church, 8324 Augusta Road, Pelzer, SC. The service will follow at 2:00, officiated by Rev. David Smith. The burial will be at Greenville Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to Augusta Road United Methodist Church, Building Fund; Regency Southern Care Hospice, 880 South Pleasantburg Drive, Suite 1A, Greenville, SC 29607; or to The Springs at Simpsonville, Assisted Living and Memory Care, 214 East Curtis Street, Simpsonville, SC 29681.

The families are at their respective homes.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer

Condolences: www.graymortuary.com

BILLY BRACKETT

Billy Ray Brackett, 79, of Williamston,  husband of Shirley Joy Richardson Brackett, died Monday, March 5, 2018 at the home.

Born in Easley, he was a son of the late Clarence Moore and Lula Mae Anderson Brackett. He was a retired U.S. Navy veteran, having served in the Vietnam War and also retired from Michelin. He was a member at Union Grove United Methodist Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by children, Annette Padgett of Williamston, Ramona Pinto of Tierra Verde, FL, and Amanda Ganley of Tallahassee, FL; six grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:00 pm Friday, March 9 at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer. A graveside service will follow at 2:30 pm at Forest Lawn Memorial Park with military honors.

Memorials may be made to Union Grove United Methodist Church, 3332 U.S. 29, Belton, SC 29627.