Obituaries Week of March 28, 2018




WILLIAMSTON – Muriel Spearman Rogers, 97, wife of the late William Wade “Bill” Rogers, Sr., passed away Sunday, March 25, 2018.

Born in Williamston, she was a daughter of the late James Carlton and Pauline Moore Spearman. She retired from Blair Mills in Belton with 40 years of service. She was a member of Beaverdam Baptist Church where she served as WMU Director, Sunday School Teacher, Youth Leader and the Associational Director.

She is survived by her son, Wade Rogers (Frances), and son-in-law, Eddie Davis all of Williamston; granddaughters, Donna Burroughs (Marc), Peggy Patterson (Dan), Beth Grubb (Darrell) and Jenni Dorriety (Scott); six great-grandchildren; and eight great-great-grandchildren.

A very special thanks to Betty Jo Coker, Michelle Higginbotham, and Charlotte Carreto for their loving care over the last three years.

She was predeceased by her daughter, Shirley Rogers Davis; sister, Sara Welborn; and brother, Ralph Spearman.

Visitation was held on Tuesday, March 27, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Gray Mortuary.  The service was Wednesday, March 28, at 3:00 p.m. at Beaverdam Baptist Church, with burial following in the church cemetery.

Flowers were accepted, or memorials may be made to Beaverdam Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 1904 Beaverdam Road, Williamston, SC 29697.

The families will be at their respective homes.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer



BELTON – James Odis Campbell, 85, went to his heavenly home Saturday, March 24, 2018.

He was an integral member of the Dunklin Community as the proud owner of C&K Hardware for fifty-three years, a member of Daventon Baptist Church and patriarch of a loving family.

Mr. Campbell is survived by his wife of sixty-six years, Earleen Cobb Campbell; three daughters, Debbie Alverson (Lanny), Sherry Childress (Ted), Rhonda Prater (Rick); grandchildren, Chad Alverson (Stephanie), Jeff Prater, Amy Hand (Brian), and Jeremey Prater (Kasey); great-grandchildren, Tillman and Tate Campbell Alverson, Alexander and Brynlee Hand, Kaden and Knox Prater; nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, James P. and Ruth King Campbell; sisters, Mary Culbertson (Earl) and Anne Darby (Ralph).

A graveside service was  held Tuesday, March 27, at 1:00 p.m. at Daventon Baptist Church Cemetery.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer



David Farrell “Duck” Earle, 86, of Piedmont, died March 19, 2018 at CarePartners Hospice Solace Center in Asheville, NC.

He was a son of John Kern Earle, Sr. and Mary Louise Farrell Earle.

He had a career in the dairy industry.

He was a member of Sandy Springs Baptist Church.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Mary Lee Hughes Earle, and his second wife, Martha Ann Campbell Earle.

He is survived by  daughter, Marjorie Earle Varn of Asheville, NC; two grandsons; and sister, Elizabeth E. Farnsworth.

The funeral was held at Sandy Springs Baptist Church, Saturday, March 24, followed by a  graveside service at Greenville Memorial Gardens, 7784 Augusta Road, Piedmont.

Memorials may be made to Sandy Springs Baptist Church, 371 Sandy Springs Road, Pelzer, SC 29669.


Stanley Wayne Hinton, 55, of Honea Path, husband of Misty LeAnn Driver Hinton, died Wednesday, March 21 at St. Francis Hospital.

Born in Anderson County, he was the son of the late Willie Joe Arrington Hinton and Elizabeth Page.

He retired as manager of Champion Window and was a member of Broadmouth Baptist Church.

Surviving in addition to his wife of the home are: sons, Stanley Joe Hinton and Michael Arrington Hinton, both of Honea Path, and Robert Wayne Hinton of Piedmont; daughter, Ashley Taylor York of Anderson; sister, Teresa Davis of Ware Shoals; half sister, Kellie Hinton of Greenville; five grandchildren; and four step-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Friday at Broadmouth Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to The Blood Connection.


William Larry “Rock” Stone, 74, of Belton, husband of Carol Ann Gambrell Stone, died Tuesday, March 20, 2018.

Born in Williamston, he was a son of the late William Louis and Eunice Valentine Campbell Stone. He retired from Carolina Beer Company and was a member of Dorchester Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughters, Cindy Price of Anderson, Tracy Guin of Williamston; four grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

Funeral service was held Friday, March 23, in the chapel of Gray Mortuary. Burial followed at Garden of Memories.


PIEDMONT—Paul Randolph Kowalski (Randy) of Piedmont, S.C. entered the presence of his Lord and Savior on Friday, March 23, 2018. He is survived by his wife of almost 60 years, Frances Bagwell Kowalski; two children: Kelly Kowalski King (Jeff) of Cornelius, N.C.; Robin Kowalski of Piedmont, S.C.; four grandchildren: Sarah Bagwell King, Caroline Randolph King, Noah Francis Britt, and Jordan Randolph Britt.

A native of Anderson, S.C., Dr. Kowalski received his B.S. degree from Clemson University, his Master of Divinity degree from Columbia Theological Seminary, and his Doctor of Divinity degree from Presbyterian College.

His love for God and deep faith in Jesus Christ influenced every area of Dr. Kowalski’s life and work. Upon finishing seminary, his first pastorate was at the Pendleton Presbyterian Church in Pendleton, S.C. from 1958 to 1962. He then ministered to the people of the Abbeville Presbyterian Church in Abbeville, S.C. from 1962 until 1967. In 1967, he became the senior pastor at Reid Memorial Presbyterian Church in Augusta, GA. where he served for seven years. He spent the last 30 years of his career as the senior minister at First Presbyterian Church in Greenville, S.C. from 1974 until 2004 when he retired.

Throughout his career, Dr. Kowalski provided counsel and advice to many organizations, committees, and partnerships. He was a trustee of the Rabun Gap Nacoochee School and a former Director at Columbia Theological Seminary, where he served on the Pastor Advisory Board. He was a member of the Board of Visitors at both Presbyterian Home of South Carolina and Presbyterian College, where he was also on the Board of Trustees. Dr. Kowalski served on the General Assembly Committee on Theological Education, the Board of Directors at Christ Church Episcopal School, the Advisory Council at Montreat-Anderson College, the Advisory Board at Furman University, the Board of Directors at the Metropolitan YMCA (where he was the Board Member of the Year in 1998), and the Synod of the South Atlantic Council. Dr. Kowalski was also a Trustee of the Outreach Foundation, serving as Vice-Chairman and Chairman in 1991 and 1993, respectively. In 1987, Dr. Kowalski was recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow, following his active involvement in the Rotary Club including serving as President in Augusta and Greenville. Because of his allegiance to his alma mater, Kowalski was happy to be recognized as an outstanding graduate of Clemson University in 1988. Upon his retirement from First Presbyterian Church, he received the Order of the Palmetto, the highest civilian honor in S.C.

The funeral service was  held Monday, March 26, 2018, at 2:00 p.m., at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church in Easley, S.C., with burial in the church cemetery. A memorial service will be held on Saturday, March 31, 2018, at 2:00 p.m., at First Presbyterian Church, Greenville, S.C.

Memorials may be made to the Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church Building Fund, 101 Pisgah Road, Easley, S.C. 29642, or the Outreach Foundation, 381 Riverside Drive, Suite 110, Franklin, TN. 37064.

Mackey Funerals and Cremations at Century Drive is in charge of arrangements.


PIEDMONT – Stella Marie Franchak Friddle, 88, wife of the late, Samuel C. Friddle for thirty years, passed away Sunday March 25, 2018, at the NHC Nursing Home in Greenville, SC, under the joint care of Caris Hospice and the wonderful staff of NHC Greenville.

Born in Los Angeles, CA, on May 12, 1929, she was a daughter of the late Johnny Franchak – her Dad for life, and Stella Montero Franchak.

Stella finished her work career as a private duty Homecare Nurse in the Piedmont area for more than ten years. She started this career when she went back to nursing school after she was fifty-years-old. Stella was a very contented woman who loved all her family. She was incredibly proud of her children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.

A member of Rehoboth Baptist Church, in Piedmont, SC, Stella was a strong woman of the Christian faith, that lived her life trying to please her Lord and Savior and was a prayer warrior for her loved ones.

Stella – known lovingly as Nana, Utah, and Mom – is survived by her children; Sharon and her husband, Steve Stein of Silverdale, WA; their sons, David and Matthew Stein are Stella’s oldest grandchildren; her oldest son, Sam Friddle and his wife, Betty of Green Valley, CA; Sam’s son, Jacob and his two sons, Carter and Caleb Friddle of Greenville, SC; her youngest son, John Friddle, his wife Pam, of Cartersville, GA; their children: Jennifer, her husband, Jeremey and their baby daughter, Regan Eardley; their son, James, his wife, Andrea and their baby daughter, Delilah Friddle.

Stella is also survived by her sisters, Sylvia Trotter and Peggy Flynn, both of Hawthorne, CA; a sister-in-law, Betty Peacock of Newton, GA; and childhood family friend, Fred Hitchirs of Henderson, NV. She was a proud aunt that loved and prayed for all her nephews and nieces.

In addition to her husband and parents, she is predeceased by her sisters, Shirley Hurtado and Joyce Young.

Visitation was held Wednesday, March 28, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Gray Mortuary. The funeral will be Thursday, March 29, at 11:00 a.m. in the mortuary chapel. A private burial will follow at Greenville Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Caris Healthcare (Hospice), 111 Smith Hines Road, Suite D, Greenville, SC 29607, (864) 297-7444.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer



Scott Alverson, 47, of Pelzer, SC, passed away at his home on Saturday March 24, 2018.

Born in Greenville, SC on February 5, 1971, he was the son of Sandra Alverson and the late Don L. Alverson.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his fiancé: Angie Swaney; Children: Joey, Sarah, David, Jacob and Donnie Alverson and Aiden Mills; Sisters: Donna Smith and Sylvia Nickles; and two grandchildren.

A memorial service will be announced at a later date.

The family will be at the home.

Condolences may be offered to the family at

The Sosebee Mortuary and Crematory, South Chapel, will be assisting the family with the arrangements.


Donald “Duck” Hugh Lindsay, 65, of Honea Path, husband of Catherine Sellers Lindsay, died Sunday, March 25, 2018 at his home.

Born in Anderson County, he was a son of the late Roy and Evelyn Branyon Lindsay. He was of the Baptist faith and retired from Century 3.

Surviving in addition to his wife are: his son, Dusty Lindsay of Honea Path, daughter, Tonya Lindsay of Honea Path; brother, Olin Lindsay of Belton; eight sisters, Marion Banks of Donalds, Judy Knight, Carolyn Ashley, Clara Ashley, and June Gambrell, all of Honea Path, Jeanette Reed of Belton, Betty Wilson of Williamston, and JoAnn Sellers of Anderson; and two grandchildren.

Graveside services were held Wednesday at Garden of Memories.

Memorials may be made to Cancer Association of Anderson County, 215 E. Calhoun Street, Anderson, SC 29621.


James Donald (Jim) Weisner, 81 of Powdersville passed away on Saturday, March 24, 2018 at his residence.

Jim, also known as Don, was born in Piedmont to Harley Francis and Osie Rogers Weisner. After serving in the United States Navy aboard the USS Roanoke, he managed construction projects around the world, retiring as division manager at Fluor Daniel in California. Jim was a member of Rehoboth Baptist Church.

Memorial services will be held 11:00 AM Saturday, April 7 at Rehoboth Baptist Church, 1626 Old Pelzer Road in Piedmont. Friends and family will gather in the church fellowship hall after the service.

Jim donated his remains to science through the Greenville Health System Willed Body Program.

Jim is preceded in death by his wife, Margaret Ann Hood Weisner and his son, Douglas Brian Weisner. Jim is survived by his son, William Jeffrey Weisner of Portland, Oregon and his granddaughters Danielle Nicole Weisner of Winston-Salem, North Carolina and Summer Anne Weisner, Easley, South Carolina.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be donated to Rehoboth Baptist Church, 338 McMahan Road, Piedmont, SC 29673.


WILLIAMSTON – Dale Thomas Dowell, 63, husband of Reggie Williams Dowell, passed away Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at his home.

Born in Odessa, TX, he was the son of the late Paul Dowell and Thelma Thompson Faulkner. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and formerly employed with Michelin Prime and BASF.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons, Bryan Scott Dowell and Matthew Thomas Dowell, both of Williamston; grandchildren, Bryson and Addy Dowell.

A graveside service will be held at 3:00 pm Thursday, March 29, at M.J. “Dolly” Cooper Veterans Cemetery with visitation following.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to the American Liver Foundation, 39 Broadway, Ste. 2700, New York, NY 10006

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer



Annie Louise Rutledge Watson, 92, of Pelzer, wife of the late James S. Watson, died Tuesday, March 27, 2018 at her home.

For 25 years, she was known as “The Light Lady of Pelzer” blessing thousands of people during the Christmas season.

Born in Gaffney, she was a daughter of the late Austin D. Whitt Rutledge and Inez Owings Rutledge. She retired from Kendall Company and was a member of Pelzer First Baptist Church.

She is survived by daughter, Linda Lee-Lozano of Easley; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and four  great-great grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 pm Friday, March 30, at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer.

The service will be held at 11:00 am Saturday, March 31, in the mortuary chapel. Burial will be at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family members are at their respective homes.


Retired Lieutenant Wayne Clark, 63, of Piedmont, died March 23, 2018 at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

He was the son of Margaree Goldsmith and the late Stewart Clark.

He retired as a Lieutenant from the Greenville County Sheriff’s Department.

He was predeceased by his wife, Alberta Clark.

Surviving in addition to his mother are: two daughters, Courtney Clark Perkins and Wayneshia Clark; three sons, Wayne Clark, Trevor M. Clark and Desmond Clark; one grandchild; one sister, Jacqueline C. Hill; and one brother, Stewart Clark Jr.

Funeral service will be held 3 p.m. Thursday, March 29 at Long Branch Baptist Church. Burial will follow in Resthaven Memorial Gardens, Piedmont.