Obituaries week of October 24, 2018




PELZER – Sgt. Raymond Earl “Dickie” Hurley, 70, husband of Faith Sistrunk Hurley, passed away Thursday, October 18, 2018.

Born in Newport, TN, he was the son of the late Earl Guy and Katherine Barnett Hurley. He was a Sergeant in the US Army, serving two tours in Vietnam, and a heavy equipment operator for Greenville County.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Rusty Hurley and his wife Candice, of Pelzer; step-daughter, Kristi McDaniel and her husband James, of Belton; step-son, Wesley Horne and his wife Lajeana, of Iron Station, NC; sisters, Gail Simpson of Anderson and Shirley Moore of TN; and six grandchildren, Caden and Greyson Hurley, Kiersten and Braydon McDaniel, James and Justin Lee Horne.

A memorial service will be held Friday, October 26, at noon, in the chapel at Gray Mortuary.

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

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer



WILLIAMSTON – Lori Lynn Aiken Phillips, 59, wife of Charles E. “Gar” Phillips, Jr., passed away Saturday, October 20, 2018.

Born in Scranton, Pennsylvania, she was the daughter of the late Wyatt and Louise Fischer Aiken. An employee of Duke Energy for 34 years, she was a lifelong member of Faith Presbyterian Church.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her son, Ezra Phillips of Williamston; grandsons, Kagan and Jase Phillips; and best friend, Neile Ann Cummings.

Lori was an avid collector of antiques and was a lifelong animal lover.

Visitation was held, Wednesday, October 24, from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Gray Mortuary, with memorial service to follow at 3:00 p.m. in the mortuary chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Concerned Citizens for Animals, P.O.  Box 1332, Simpsonville, SC 29681 or to PAWS, 1320 US 29, Anderson, SC 29626.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer



Margaret Lois Griffin Clardy, 79, of Williamston, wife of the late William Conrad Clardy, died Monday, October 15, 2018.

Born in Easley, she was the daughter of the late Cecil Christopher and Martha Lois Smith Griffin. She attended Williamston Pentecostal Holiness and Crossroads Assembly of God.

She is survived by a sister, Martha Evelyn Griffin Winals of Greenville; a brother, Terry Carl Griffin of Piedmont.

Funeral service was held held Friday, October 19 in the chapel of Gray Mortuary,Pelzer. Burial followed at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.


Patsy Louise Rogers Helms, 73, of Easley, died Tuesday, October 16, 2018.

Born in Anderson County, she was a daughter of the late Cecil H. Rogers and Callie Human Bell Rogers. She formerly worked at and was a member of Easley First Baptist Church.

She is survived by daughter, Melissa White of Hillsborough, NC; sons, Chad Helms of Greenville, Jeffrey S. Helms of Atlanta, GA; sister, Joan R. Davenport of Belton; and three grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Sunday, October 21 in the chapel of Gray Mortuary. Burial followed at Greenville Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made “In memory of Patsy Rogers Helms” to Alzheimer’s Association, PO Box 96011, Washington, DC 20090-6011 or online at


PELZER – Emily Josephine McGill Hall, 88, wife of the late Charles Fate Hall, passed away Saturday, October 20, 2018.

Born in Townville, she was the daughter of the late James Bowen and Ruby Reid McGill.  She was retired from Union Carbide and a member of Pelzer United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her daughter, Reggie Jordan (Mike) of Anderson; sons, Phil Hall of Atlanta and Todd Hall (Tina) of Central; sisters, Jimmie Chandler of Pelzer and Louise Jordan of Anderson; grandchildren, Ashley Garner (Scott), Emily Harmon (Todd), Brandon Hall (Brianna), Cameron Hall (Kessler), Holly Hall, Alyssa Calvin (Ben), Josh Guptill; and eight great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by a sister, Margaret Jones and a daughter-in-law, Brandy Hall.

Visitation was held Tuesday, October 23, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. at Gray Mortuary with the memorial service  following at 3:00 p.m. in the mortuary chapel.

Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to the Pelzer United Methodist Church, 224 Lebby Street, Pelzer, SC 29669.

The family will be at the home of Reggie and Mike Jordan in Anderson SC.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer



O. Doyle Dyer, 84, of Powdersville, died on Saturday, October 20, 2018.

He was born in Greenville on July 12, 1934 to the late D. Duke and Bernice (White) Dyer.

He served in the United States Navy from 1951 to 1955 during the Korean War.

He co-founded, owned, and managed Anderson Business Equipment Company, which later became known as ABECO Business Systems.  He owned several other businesses, including a satellite TV business and multiple video stores. He was a member of Providence Presbyterian Church in Powdersville.

In addition to his wife, Francine, he is survived by his daughters, Theresa Dyer Cook of Simpsonville; Stacy Walsh of West Hartford, CT; and Melissa Brown of Powdersville.  He is also survived by a sister, Doris “Dottie” Ayers, of Greenvile; and eight grandchildren.

The Funeral Service was held Tuesday, October 23, at Providence Presbyterian Church, 4000 Highway 153, Greenville.

The burial with military honors followed at Dolly Cooper Veterans Cemetery in Anderson.

Memorials may be made to the Parkinson’s Foundation at


Cody Samuel Oliver, 29, of Greenville, died Thursday, October 18, 2018.

Born in Greenville, he was the son of Tony S. Oliver of Piedmont and Lisa Oliver Fetherolf of Easley. He was employed with Yard House, in Greenville.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his sisters, Stephanie Darnell  and Chelsea Oliver, both of Piedmont.

Funeral service was held Sunday, October 21, at Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church.


William Dale Odom, 66, of Madison, GA died September 28, 2018, after an extended illness.

William “Bill” Odom was born January 16, 1952, in Williamston, SC. He is the son of the late William Straub and Ethel Alice Odom (maiden Lindsey). He is survived by his wife, Becky, four daughters: Lisa and Vince Earnesty of Connellsville, PA, Rebecca Joy and Eric Pursley of Mt. Juliet, TN, Amy and Chris Greene of Dahlonega, GA and Jennifer Odom of Madison, GA. He also leaves behind four grandchildren: Sarah, Lindsey, Will and Ella, as well as, two brothers Jimmy Odom and Troy Odom. He is also survived by his sister-in-law, Ann Odom, and nephew, David Ryan. He is preceded in death by his parents, his brother, Joe, and grandson, Justin.

Bill enlisted in the United States Navy in 1970 and retired as Chief Petty Officer after 20 years of service. He is a veteran of the Vietnam War, where he earned several medals including the Vietnamese Meritorious Unit Commendation and the Navy Commendation Medal. He was very proud of his military career and serving his country.

After retiring from the U.S. Navy, he continued his education by studying heating and air, and ultralow refrigeration. He worked for Four Seasons Environmental at both Centers for Disease Control in Atlanta, GA and at the United States Department of Agriculture at the Russell Research building in Athens, GA. He was an avid deer hunter and loved camping with his hunting buddies. He loved his girls and grandchildren, Nascar, football, and grilling out with his family and friends.

Visitation was held on Monday, October 1, 2018 from 6-8 at A. E. Carter funeral home in Madison, GA. The celebration of Bill’s life was held on Tues, October 2, 2018 at 11:00 am in the chapel of A. E. Carter funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Ronald McDonald House in Pittsburgh, PA or the Make-A-Wish Foundation in Atlanta, GA. These two charities were dear to Bill because of his grandson, Justin.


David Lee Ballew, Sr., 69, of Taylors, husband to Linda Williams Ballew, died Saturday, October 20, 2018.

Born in Greenville, he was the son of the late Robert Earl and Lettie James. He was a member of Park Place Church of God .

He retired from Greenville News and City of Greenville. He was a Vietnam veteran.

He is survived by his wife; as well as his children: David Ballew, Jr. of Greer, Brandy Knight of Pelzer; four grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and siblings: Will, Sandy, Deb and Doug.

Visitation will be from 3:00 to 5:00 pm on Thursday, October 25, 2018 at Mackey at Century Drive followed by a service at 5:00 pm. A private service will be held at Dolly Cooper Veterans Cemetery at a later day.

The family is at their respective homes.

Donation may be made to Cancer Society or Shriner’s Children Hospital.