Obituaries Week of May 9, 2018




WILLIAMSTON – Ellen Juanita “Neenie” Rogers, 80, passed away Monday, May 7, 2018.

Born in Williamston, she was the daughter of the late Eddie and Bertie Holland Rogers. She retired from Western Textile in Greenville and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

She is survived by brother, Eddie Ervin Rogers and sister-in-law, Pat Rogers of Williamston; and niece and nephew, Jennifer and Russell Gregory.

Visitation will be held Friday, May 11 from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Gray Mortuary. The service will follow at 11:00 in the mortuary chapel, with burial at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer



Wanda Ann Chapman, 61, of Williamston, passed away peacefully, on Saturday, April 28, 2018, with her sister Brenda Seymore by her side.

Born in Greenville , SC., Wanda was the daughter of the late Paul Chapman and Hazel Chapman. She is survived by her sister, Brenda (Bryan ) of Williamston and brothers, Eddie (Debbie), of Simpsonville, and Ronnie Chapman of Easley; step mother, Peggy Powers, of Easley; step sisters, Deb, Connie and Donna and step brother Greg; and step nieces and nephews. She has one daughter, Brandi Perkins and granddaughter, Tanner Perkins, both of Pickens; four nieces, Roseann, Tonya, Nikki and Kristen; four nephews, Nicholas, Justin, Blake and Matthew and  several great nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by sisters, Teresa Chapman, Tracy Wright and brother-in-law, Roy (Junior) Wright.

Wanda was employed by Cash Time, Inc., for many years and was always available to give a smile or a hearty laugh and loved Dale Earnhardt, Sr. and the Carolina Gamecocks.  Over the last few years, she and her sister, Brenda, formed a special bond.  They were rarely separated and Brenda was holding her hand when she took her last breath.

Please join us in celebrating her life at Brenda and Bryan’s home on Saturday, May 12th from 1:00 – 4:00 at 104 Mahaffey Road, Williamston, SC 29697.


PELZER – Doris Sue “Peggy” Garner Austin, 83, passed away Thursday, May 2, 2018.

Born in Pelzer, she was a daughter of the late Benjamin Charlie and Darkas Pryor Garner.  She was retired from Mohawk Carpets and a Baptist.

Survivors include daughter, Amy Austin Ramsey (Julio) of West Pelzer; son, Doug Austin (Sandy) of Williamston; grandchildren, Dena Francis (Justin), Zachary Austin, Haley Ramsey and Jordan Ramsey (Brittney).

She was predeceased by 15 brothers and sisters.

Visitation was held from 1 to 2 p.m. Sunday, May 6, at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer with the service following at 2 p.m. in the mortuary chapel.  Burial followed at Pine Lawn Cemetery, Pelzer.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Operation Care, P.O. Box 664, Williamston, SC 29697.

The family is at 93 Main St., West Pelzer.



Robert Lee “Bobby” Bennett, 62, of Easley, husband of Gail Alexander Bennett, died Wednesday, May 2, 2018.

Born in Anderson County, he was a son of Dealous Dexter and Mary Sue Billingsley Bennett of Piedmont. He was employed with Storage Development, LLC and a member of New Beginning Full Gospel Church.

In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by step-sons, Keith Bradley and Weston Bradley both of Easley; and nine grandchildren.

Funeral was held Saturday, May 5, in the chapel of Gray Mortuary, Pelzer. Burial followed at Greenville Memorial Gardens.


Henry L. Stowe, 88, of Greenville, died Thursday, May 3, 2018.

He was the widower of Allie S. Stowe and the son of the late Charles Lee and Jennie S. Stowe.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War and retired from Michelin Tire. He was a member of John Calvin Presbyterian Church in Berea.

Surviving are son, Mike Stowe of Piedmont; five grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Saturday, May 5 at Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Northwest.

Burial followed in Graceland Cemetery West.

Memorials may be made to Richard Campbell Veterans Nursing Home, 4605 Belton Hwy., Anderson, SC 29621.


Alice Diane Bell Alewine, 70, of Belton, wife of the late Maxie Berry Alewine, died Wednesday, May 2, 2018.

Born in Pelzer, she was the daughter of Sallie Prince Bell and the late James Bell.

She is survived by children, Shane Alewine, Gene Alewine and Juanita King, all of Williamston; eight grandchildren including Nikki and Tyler raised in the home; eleven great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Monday, May 7, at Living Water Church, West Pelzer. Burial followed at Greenville Memorial Gardens.


Marthanna Rast Banks Phillips, wife of James Albert Phillips of Clemson, died Monday, April 30, 2018.

Born in Columbia, she was the daughter of Jadob Philip and Nancy Owen Daniel Rast.

She was predeceased by her first husband, David Houser Banks, Jr.

She retired from the Regional Medical Center in Orangeburg and was a member of Pendleton United Methodist Church.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by six children, David H. Banks III of Townville, Jill Spires of Seneca, Betsy Jeter of Columbia, James H. “Jim” Banks of St. Matthews, Martin Banks of Cayce, and Ken Banks of Piedmont; 13 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; and two step-children, Mark Phillips of Mt. Prospect, IL and Dr. Mancy Phillips Deatherage of Knoxville.

Funeral service was held May 7 at Pendleton United Methodist Church. Burial followed in the Banks Family Cemetery in St. Matthews.

Memorials may be made to the Marthanna Banks Phillips Endowed Scholarship Fund at Columbia International University.


PELZER – Kelleigh Rae Jeanes, 19, passed away Thursday, May 3, 2018.

Born in Anderson, she was a daughter of Jerry Ray and Sandra Leigh Burroughs Jeanes of the home. She was a 2017 graduate of Palmetto High School and a student at Greenville Tech.  She was employed with Bargain Food Store, Pelzer and attended Restoration Chapel, Williamston.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by maternal grandmother, Diane Burroughs of Williamston; paternal grandfather, Bill Jeanes of Belton; great-grandmother, Lelia Kell of Belton; sisters, Kimberly “Sissy” and Sydney Jeanes, both of the home.

She was predeceased by maternal great-grandparents, Howard and Ruby Thompson; paternal grandmother, Wanda Jeanes; paternal great-grandparents, Jack and Eunice Jeanes.

Visitation was from 6:00 to 8:00 pm Monday, May 7, at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer.  The funeral was held at 11:00 am Tuesday, May 8, in the mortuary chapel. Burial followed at Greenville Memorial Gardens.

The family is at the home.


Arthur Eugene Moss, 91, of Greenville, husband of the late June Marcum Moss, died Wednesday, May 2, 2018.

Born in Greenville, he was a son of the late Martin Van Buren and Jennie Hicks Moss.  He was a retired VP of Business Equipment Co. and a part-time Greenville County Deputy Sheriff. He was a member of Augusta Heights Baptist Church, and a U.S. Navy WWII veteran.

Survivors include his daughter, Cynthia Stone; sister, Dorothy Moss; two grandchildren; five great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held Saturday, May 12, from 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. at Brandon Baptist Church, with a memorial service to follow at 11:00.

   The family is at the home of Cynthia Stone. They respectfully request that flowers be omitted, and memorials be made to Brandon Baptist Church, 16 Calder Street, Greenville, SC 29611


Berry Vance Garrett, Sr., 85, of Piedmont, husband of the late Sara Carolyn Bagwell Garrett, died Thursday, May 3, 2018.

Born in the Grove Station Community, he was the son of the late Marshall and Lena Eskew Garrett. A U.S. Air Force veteran, he retired as a flight engineer for the Air Force, Air Force Reserves, and National Guard. He also was a member of Grove Station Baptist Church.

He is survived by his daughters, Cynthia Chastain of Austell, GA, Teresa White of Woodstock, GA, and Kimberly Dunn of Cumming, GA; sister, Edna Budihas of Piedmont; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

Funeral was held May 6 at Shiloh United Methodist Church with burial in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Shiloh United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 159, Piedmont, SC 29673.


David Gosnell, 70, of Pelzer, husband of Janie Gosnell, died Thursday, May 3, 2018.

Born in Logansport, Indiana, he was a son of the late Ernest and Lucille Gosnell.  He was self-employed and a Vietnam Army veteran.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four brothers, Ronnie, Allen, Rex, and Bobby Gosnell, all of the Lenoir, NC area.

A graveside service with military honors was held Monday, May 7, at M.J. “Dolly” Cooper Veterans Cemetery, with visitation following.

Memorials may be made to the DAV Mauldin Chapter Van Fund, 101 E. Butler Road, Mauldin, SC 29662.


Stephen Douglas Chandler “Mr. C”, 71, of Spartanburg, died Tuesday, May 1, 2018 at his home.

Born in Greenville, he was raised in Ware Place and was the son of the late L. Wells Chandler and Glenna Maude Leatherwood Chandler.

He was a retired teacher and was a member of Washington Street Baptist Church in Pelzer.

Surviving are his wife, Betty Wood Chandler; daughter, Merri Chandler of Tryon, NC; step-children, Ronald D. Hall Jr. of Marietta, GA and Tresh Crosby of Greenville; seven grandchildren; and a sister, Carolyn Van Lear of Clemson.

Funeral service was held Saturday, May 5 at Floyd’s Greenlawn Chapel in Spartanburg.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 3535 Pelham Road, Suite 101, Greenville, SC 29615.


PELZER – Joe Frank Givens, 90, husband of Iris Marie Rogers Givens, passed away Monday, May 7, 2018 at his home.

Born in Johnson City, TN, he was the son of the late Guy S. and Thula Edna Young Givens.  He was retired from Mason Dixon Trucking, a member of Second Baptist Church in Belton and a U.S. Navy WWII veteran.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughters, Marsha Slayton of Pelzer and Tina Pruner (Jeff) of Simpsonville; sons, Joe Givens (Cheryl) of Belton, Gary Givens of Pelzer, Tommy Givens of Piedmont, and Jack Givens (Barbara) of Hendersonville, NC; sister, Evelyn Hancock of Johnson City, TN; 11 grandchildren; 23 great-grandchildren; and 3 great-great grandchildren.

He was predeceased by a sister, Frances Higgs.

The funeral service will be held at 1:00 p.m. Monday, May 14, at Gray Mortuary Chapel, Pelzer with burial following at M.J. “Dolly” Cooper Veterans Cemetery.