Obituaries Week of August 29, 2018




PELZER – Jacob Chapman Dosher, 22, passed away on Monday, August 20, 2018.

Born in Greenville, he was a son of Franky Asa and Elizabeth (Lillibet) Louise White Dosher of Pelzer. Jacob was a chef.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brothers, Jordan Mitchell Dosher (Lindsey) of Anderson and Joshua Franklin Dosher of Fountain Inn; and his niece and nephew, Lila and Elliott. He is also survived by his grandmother, Jackie White, of Anderson and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He is predeceased by his grandfathers – David F. White, Jr., Lewis (Pa) Dosher, his grandmother Jennie (Ma) Dosher, and three young cousins – Jonathan White, JD Ratliff, and Taylor Potter.

Jacob was smart, compassionate, athletic, creative, talented, and oh so funny. He loved his family, his dogs, his friends, football, and his church. He achieved his 2nd degree Black Belt and won hundreds of trophies. He could play the guitar like nobody’s business. He loved making movies and going camping with his dad, brothers, and cousins. He was very active in the Youth Group as a teenager at Beaverdam Baptist.   When he became an uncle, he loved being the fun “Uncle Jacob” to his niece and nephew, Lila and Elliott. After high school, Jacob discovered a new talent in food service. He worked as a cook, assistant caterer, shift manager, and chef for several local restaurants.

Above all Jacob loved his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. He had recently rededicated and surrendered his life to God’s plan. He had a heart for all young people and the struggles of this life. He wanted them to find the answer he finally understood – faith and trust in God. Jacob will be greatly missed by all who loved him.  But we have the assurance that he is in the glorious presence of God and his loved ones gone before him. Jacob would want everyone to have this hope and assurance by salvation through Christ.    

Visitation was held Saturday, August 25, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Gray Mortuary.

The funeral was held Sunday, August 26, at 2:00 at Beaverdam Baptist Church, followed by burial in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Beaverdam Baptist Church, 1904 Beaverdam Road, Williamston, SC 29697.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer



WILLIAMSTON – Brenda Carol Hayes Bear, 68, wife of Jimmy Darrell Bear, passed away Sunday, August 26, 2018.

She was the daughter of Robert Lee Hayes and the late Helen Lucille Hall Hayes. She was retired from Hospice of the Upstate and a member of Pelzer Church of God.

In addition to her husband and father, she is survived by son, Jason Bear (Jaimee) of Williamston, niece, Dawn Hayes; great-niece, Amber Hall; great-nephew, Nolan Smith, all of Belton; and grandchildren, T.J., Seth, Matthew, Ben, Saylor, Luke, and Zavy.

She was predeceased by brothers, Terry Lee Hayes and Billy Ray “Gabby” Hayes.

Visitation was held from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, August 29, at Pelzer Church of God with the service following at 2:00 p.m. at the church. Burial was at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Anderson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Rainey Hospice House, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621.

The family is at the home.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer



PIEDMONT – Benjamin Ross Anthony, 28, passed away Tuesday, August 28, 2018.

Born in Greenville County, he was the son of James Donald “Don” Anthony, Jr. of the home and of the late Tammy Harmon Anthony. He was a member of Marathon Church.

He is survived by his sister, Katelyn Anthony of the home; grandmother, Earlene Anthony of Piedmont; and grandparents, Jim and Shirley Harmon of Pelzer.

In addition to his mother, he was predeceased by grandfather, James Donald Anthony, Sr.

A celebration of life service will be held Friday, August 31, at 7:00 p.m. at Marathon Church. The family will greet friends following the service.

Burial will be Saturday, September 1 at 11:00 a.m. at Greenville Memorial Gardens.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Marathon Church, 315 Roe Road, Greenville, SC 29611.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer



Rev. Earl Haskel Pitts, 93, of Simpsonville, husband of Gloria Burton Pitts, died Wednesday, August 22, 2018.

Born in Laurens County, he was a son of the late Reuben Andrew Pitts and Gertrude Thompson Pitts Inness.

He was a veteran of the Navy during WWII.

He was pastor of several churches, and superintendent of the Boys Home of the South in Belton from 1970-80. He was also a member of Washington Baptist Church in Pelzer.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughters, Joye Edmonds of Greenville, Earline Cox of Piedmont, and Debbie Moorer of Williamston; brother, Billy Joe Pitt; four grandchildren; step-granddaughter, Katie Taylor; and two step-great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Saturday, August 25, at Washington Baptist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Good News Club or Nehemiah’s Wall, c/o Washington Baptist Church, 208 Washington Church Road, Pelzer, SC 29669.


Bobby Spain, 80, of Pelzer, died on Wednesday, August 22, 2018.

Born in Gainesville, GA., he was the son of the late Ralph Spain and Gurlie Miller. He retired as a Superintendent from J.L. Construction Company.

He is survived by two sons: Tracy S. Spain and Howard E. Spain; three grandchildren; six great-grandchildren. Graveside service was held on Saturday, August 25, at Greenville Memorial Gardens.


Joey Randall Luker, 58, of Walhalla, died Saturday, August 18, 2018.

Born in Brevard, NC, he was a son of the late Joseph Louis and Mary Ethel Lail Luker.

He is survived by brother, Mark Kosht of Williamston; sisters, Ellery Dalton and Martha Rice, both of Cashiers, NC and Margaret Camp of Hendersonville, NC.

A memorial service was held Thursday, August 23, in the chapel at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer.


Damon B. (D. B.) McCauley, formerly of Williamston and Piedmont, died on Aug. 23, 2018.

Born Oct. 26, 1927, in Erath County, Texas, to Lon and Mattie McCauley, he was married to Wanda Lee McCauley, who predeceased him.

He served in the U.S. Army at Walter Reed Hospital in Washington D.C. He and his wife owned retail stores until they retired in 1992.

He. is survived by his daughter, Charlotte Rigby of Greenville, his son, Mike McCauley of Piedmont; four grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

He was a Baptist.

A funeral service was held Tuesday, August 28 in the Mackey Funerals and Cremations at Century Drive, Chapel. Private burial followed at Greenville Memorial Park, Piedmont.

Memorials may be made to Pelham Road Baptist Church, 1108 Pelham Road, Greenville, SC 29615.


James W. “Smiley” McNeely, 74, of Easley, husband of the late Phronsie Long McNeely, died Thursday, August 23, 2018 at his home.

Born in Baltimore, MD, he was the son of the late Weldon and Nora Lee Carman McNeely.

Mr. McNeely was a veteran of the U.S. Navy. He owned and operated McNeely Auto Repair and retired from General Electric, Gas Turbine Division. He was also a member of Arial Baptist Church.

Surviving are his children, Thomas W. McNeely of Gainesville, GA, Nancy M. Lollis of Williamston, and Dr. J. Benjamin McNeely of Piedmont; three grandchildren; and a sister, Carol McNeely Chappell.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, August 26, in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown with burial following in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to Arial Baptist Church, 618 Rice Road, Easley, SC 29640.


Robert Henry Fletcher, 89, of Anderson, died Thursday, August 23, 2018 at Rainey Hospice House.

Born in Piedmont, he was a son of the late Henry and Daisy Barton Fletcher.

He served in the United States Navy and retired from Piedmont Natural Gas. He was a member of Forest Hill Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Ruby Robinson Fletcher of Anderson.

The funeral service was held Monday in the chapel of The McDougald Funeral Home. Burial was held Tuesday, August 28 in Graceland East Memorial Park, Simpsonville.

Donations may be made to Forest Hill Baptist Church, 909 Plantation Road, Anderson, SC 29621.