Obituaries week of June 6, 2018




Spartanburg, SC–Bobby Ray Fricks, 82, son of the late Thomas Clarence and Elvie Rowland Fricks, passed away after battling cancer since November, 2012.

He is survived by a daughter Lorri Moulton (Frank) of Rockford, WA, a son Thomas Fricks (Hidy) of Renton, WA, and their mother Margaret Brengle Fricks of Renton, WA. Siblings: sister Martha F. Burgess of Pelzer, SC, brother Carroll Fricks (Frances) of Williamston, SC, brother Don Fricks (Mary) of Bowling Green, KY, and sister Jayne F. Marsh of the home (his at home hospice caretaker). Sisters-in-law: Roberta Ann B. Watson, Nancy Duncanson (Steve) of Boise, ID, Julie LeFriec (Fred) of Spokane, WA. Brothers-in-law: Haynie Bruce of Laurens, SC and John Matthias Brengle. Grandchildren: Alex Fricks and Collin Fricks. Step granddaughter: Bhinaca Lagamon. Nieces and nephews: Monty Lockaby, Teresa F. Hamlett, Tony Fricks, Tim Fricks, Tonya F. Bugg, Tiffany F. Brooks, Robin F. Thomason, John Fricks, Ellen F. Aldridge, Sarah F. Sears, Mike Bruce, Randy Bruce, Beverly M. Luther, Pam M. Phillips, and Mark Marsh. Several great nieces, nephews, and cousins. Step mother-in-law JoAn White of Spokane, WA.

In addition to his parents, Bobby was predeceased by his second wife Lois Ann White, sister Velma F. Bruce, brothers-in-law Monroe Lockaby, Smokey Burgess, Lamar Marsh, Bruce Williams, father-in-law Jerry White, mother-in-law Virginia Rodrick White, and his children’s maternal grandparents Margaret Clare and Robert Newell Brengle.

Bobby graduated from Piedmont High School, Piedmont, SC in 1955 and later he received a Master of Science Communication Degree from Eastern Washington University, Cheney. He served 20 years in the USAF and retired as Master Sergeant.

His greatest love was telling stories of his adventures with his grandfathers, dancing with mom, or singing with dad. As a lover of all genres of music, he knew most of the lyrics to songs. He hardly ever missed a question watching his favorite TV show Jeopardy. According to many people who knew him, he was knowledgeable beyond his years.

He enjoyed traveling through every state of our great nation as well as Japan.

Bobby was raised a Baptist and later became a member of the Unitarian Universalist Church.

No services are planned at this time, however a special “scattering” of Bobby’s ashes in Piedmont, SC, his birth town, will be at a later date. Creamation by Living Waters, Lyman, SC.

Donations in his memory may be made to Wren Hospice, 955 West Wade Hampton Blvd., Suite 3 A, Greer, SC 29650.


WILLIAMSTON – Wade Louis Copeland, 80, husband of the late Thelma Jean Canup Copeland, passed away Sunday, June 3, 2018.

Born in Williamston, he was a son of the late John C. and Mary Alice Mahaffey Copeland. He was a South Carolina National Guard veteran, retired from Mt. Vernon Mills, where he worked for over forty years and was a cattle farmer in the Cheddar Community for most of his life. He was also a member of Cedar Grove Baptist Church.

He is survived by daughter, Shannon Renee Copeland of Pelzer; grandchildren, Dusty Murphy, Cody Murphy and Amber Cooper; great-grandchildren, Robert, Hunter, Lylah, River, Luther, Kaysen and Kinsley Murphy.

He was predeceased by brother, James Bryson Copeland.

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 pm Monday, June 4, at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer. The service will be held 4:00 pm Tuesday, June 5, at Cedar Grove Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery.

The family is at the home of grandson, Dusty Murphy, 1150 Cheddar Rd., Belton.



Vernon Lee Taylor, 88, of Pelzer, died Sunday, June 3, 2018.

Born in Anderson County, he was a son of the late Guy Ray and Jessie Kelly Taylor. He was a U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army veteran, having served during the Korean war.

He is survived by his daughters, Carol Taylor Gibson of Anderson and Judy Taylor Polkinhorn of Easley; son, David Taylor of Anderson; brothers, Billy Lee Taylor of Belton, Joel K. Taylor of Pelzer, Garnet Ray Taylor of Williamston, and Bobby L. Taylor of Pelzer; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

There are no services scheduled at this time.

Memorials may be made to the Wounded Warriors, DAV, VFW, or American Legion.


Vonnie Keith Rhodes, 63, of Seneca, husband of Susie Michael Rhodes died, Saturday, June 2, 2018.

Born in Williamston, he was a son of the late V. R. and Mary Jo Houston Rhodes. He was the owner and operator of Creative Video Productions. In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons, Brian Rhodes of Greer, and Michael Rhodes of Cumming, GA; brother, Bob Rhodes of Williamston; sister, Pat Rhodes Austin of Honea Path; and three grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, June 5 at Foothills Community Church, Seneca.

Memorials may be made to Springwell Church, 4369 Wade Hampton Boulevard, Taylors, SC 29687.


Ted Michael McNeely, 66, of Easley, died Tuesday, May 29, 2018 at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

He retired from Michelin.

He is survived by his wife, Ann Black McNeely; daughters, April McNeely Galloway of Daniel Island, Summer McNeely McDowell of Powdersville; son, Adam Michael McNeely of Powdersville; one grandson; and brothers Cecil McNeely and Louie McNeely.

Funeral service was held Friday, June 1 in the Chapel of Robinson Funeral Home – Powdersville Road. Burial followed in Robinson Memorial Gardens.


Kevin Patrick Head, 39, of Williamston, died Friday, June 1, 2018 at AnMed Health Medical Center.

He was the son of Cathyln Moss Head and stepdad Alan Moss of the home.

He is survived by one son, Jayden Tyler.

Graveside service was held Wednesday at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens.