Obituaries Week of March 14, 2018




Josie Mae Jones, 75, of Greenville, died Monday, March 5, 2018, at St. Francis Health System Downtown. She was the daughter of the late Otis and Alberta Miller Jones.

Surviving are two daughters, Melissa Williams and Angelic Gantt, both of Greenville; one son, Brian Jones of Easley; two sisters, Betty Downs of Powdersville and Corrine Jones-Whitner of Cincinnati, OH; five brothers, Otis Jones of Piedmont, Billy Jones of Pickens,  Casper Jones of Greenville, Adolphus “Bill” Jones of Chicago, IL, and R.A. “Ray” Jones of New York; a host of grandchildren; and great-grandchildren.Funeral service was held Saturday, March 10 at Flat Rock AME Church in Abbeville. Burial followed in the church cemetery.


Betty Luticia Ford Sutton, 85, of Honea Path, widow of Joseph (Joe) Sutton, died Sunday, March 11, 2018.

Born in Piedmont, she was the daughter of the late Robert Lewis and Corine Staggs Ford.  She was retired from Glynn County Airport Commission in Brunswick, GA. She recently attended Shady Grove Baptist Church.

Survivors include two grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, March 13, in the Chapel of Gray Mortuary, Pelzer.

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


Thomas “Tom” Karlik, 80, of Piedmont, husband of Karen Karlik died Friday, March 9, 2018.

Born in Syracuse, NY, he was the son of the late Steve and Louise Karlik.

He served in the U.S. Army and was employed in the Greenville County School District.

Surviving in addition to his wife Karen are his children, Melani Robinson, Mindy Jordan, Patsy Leubner, David Karlik, and Jamie Karlik; brother, Richard “Dick” Karlik; nine grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, March 13 at St. Michael Lutheran Church. Interment followed at M.J. Dolly Cooper Veterans Cemetery in Anderson.


Betty Lou Jollie MasseyBayne, 81, of Piedmont, widow of Carlos Bayne, died Saturday, March 10, 2018.

She was twice married, first to the late John Massey.

Born in Tabor City, NC, she was the daughter of the late Rev. J.W. Jollie and Valeria Jollie.  She was retired from Christ Church Episcopal School and a member of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church.

She is survived by her children, Constance Ellenburg of Pigeon Forge, Tenn., Angela Bell of Piedmont, and Andrew Massey of Williamston; brothers, James Jollie of Columbia, and Michael Jollie of Easley; twelve grandchildren; and nine great grandchildren.

A graveside service was held Tuesday, March 13, at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church cemetery.


Jackie Melvin Allen, Jr., 46, husband of Miranda Dayton Allen, died Saturday, March 3, 2018

Born in Greenville, he was the son of the late Mary Ruth Webb Allen.

He served as a family service counselor at Greenville Memorial Gardens and was a member of Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife, Miranda.

A Memorial Mass was celebrated Friday, March 9 at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church.

Memorials may be made to Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church, 3710 Augusta Rd, Greenville, SC 29605.


Thurman Hovey Porter, Jr., 77, of Taylors, husband of Donna Andrews Porter, passed away Sunday, March 11, 2018.

Born in Greenville County, he was the son of the late Thurman Hovey Porter, Sr. and Fanny Mae McClellan Porter. He was a retired educator having taught 38 years at Eastside High School and 5 years at Southside Christian School. He was a member of St. Andrews Presbyterian Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Mark S. Porter of Taylors and an uncle, Fred Sanderson of Piedmont.

Visitation was from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 14, at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer with the funeral following at 2:00 p.m. in the mortuary chapel. Burial followed at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Anderson.

The family is at the home.


It is with great sadness that the family of Doris Chasteen Holliday announces her passing on February 14, 2018 at the age of 83 in Charleston, South Carolina.

A native of Piedmont, SC, she was the daughter of Wren and Alice Chasteen. She attended Piedmont High School, class of 1952. She worked for South Carolina National Bank before moving to Sun Bank in Orlando, Florida, where she eventually retired. In her free time, she worked tirelessly with various charitable organizations in Orlando and discovered a talent for ballroom dancing, which she enjoyed for over thirty years.

Doris is survived by her children, James E. Holliday, Jr., and wife Laurie of Charleston, and Kathy Holliday Armstrong and husband Jason of Bozeman Montana; grandchildren, Alex Thatcher, Wyatt Holliday, Tara Holliday, Connor Armstrong, Lili Armstrong, and Cameron Armstrong; and a great-granddaughter, Eleanor Thatcher.

Doris requested that upon her death she go to the University of Central Florida Medical School. The family kindly requests that donations be made to the UCF Foundation, Inc. to benefit the UCF Medical College of Medicine, Mrs. Doris Holliday. Donations may be sent to the UCF College of Medicine, c/o Chip Roberts, AVP for Advancement, 6850 Lake Nona Blvd., Orlando, Florida, 32827.


Charles Thomas McJunkin, Sr., 85, of Pelzer, husband of the late Reba Gwen Towns McJunkin, died Saturday, March 10, 2018.

Born in Easley, he was the son of the late Furman M. and Lois Christeen Crawford McJunkin. He was a retired U.S. Navy veteran of the Vietnam War.

He is survived by sons, Kevin McJunkin, his wife, Holly, and Tom McJunkin, Jr.; two grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held Friday, March 16 at 3:00 p.m. at M.J. “Dolly” Cooper Veterans Cemetery, with military honors. Visitation will follow.

The family respectfully requests that flowers be omitted, and memorials be made to M.J. “Dolly” Cooper Veterans Cemetery, 140 Inway Drive, Anderson, SC 29621.


Bill Collins, 75, of Piedmont, husband of Patricia Kellett Collins, died Sunday, March 11, 2018.

He was the son of the late Lonnie Collins and the late Sarah Ward Collins.

He was a member of Reedy Fork Baptist Church and retired from JP Stevens.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Patti DeFronzo of Simpsonville and Cindy Collins of Mauldin; nine grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and three brothers, Till Collins, Butch Collins, and Carl Collins.

A memorial service was held Wednesday in the chapel of Heritage Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Regency Hospice, 880 South Pleasantburg Drive, Greenville, SC 29607.