Obituaries Week of November 28, 2018




Helen W. Smith, 85, wife of Clarence G. Smith, of Pelzer, died Saturday, November 24, 2018.

Born in Anderson, she was a daughter of the late Mark and Gladys Shelton Welborn. She was a homemaker and a member of Whitefield Baptist Church.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Rev. Jimmy Smith (Kathy); daughters, Janet Bartodej (Pete), and Karen S. Hogg, all of Williamston; eleven grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

She was predeceased by a son, Steve Smith; and sister, Bonnie Woodson.

Visitation was held Monday, November 26, from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. at Whitefield Baptist Church, followed by the service at 2:00. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Whitefield Baptist Church Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, 207 Mitchell Road, Belton, SC 29627.

The family is at the home.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer



   Marian Algera “Algy” Breazeale Looper, 86, of Belton, wife of the late Thomas Marshall Looper, Sr., died Wednesday, November 21, 2018.

Born in Anderson County, she was the daughter of the late Clarence Adger and Mary Lou Waters Breazeale. She retired from Oconee County School District, and was a member of Seneca Baptist Church.

She is survived by daughters, Beth Looper of Seneca and Lynne Phillips of Belton; sons, Thomas Marshall “Tim” Looper, Jr., of Seneca and Mike Looper of Rock Hill; brother, Clarence Adger Breazeale, Jr. of Seneca; special family member, Dr. Michael Queen of Lake Wylie; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Sunday, November 25, at New Hope Baptist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Tamassee DAR School, P.O. Box 8, Tamassee, SC 29686.


James Earle “Jim” Cobb, Jr., 77, of Belton, husband of Shirley Chapman Cobb, died Friday, November 23, 2018.

Born in Anderson County, he was a son of the late James Earle Cobb, Sr. and Marie Bryant Cobb. He was a truck driver for Bi-Lo and a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughters, Sharon Richardson  of Mauldin, and Debra Datko  of Easley; son, William Edward Cobb of NC; brothers, Larry Cobb of Greenwood, and Mike Cobb of Sandy Springs; sister, Ann Pace of Williamston; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Monday, November 26, at Oak Grove Baptist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Rainey Hospice House, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621.


Alexander John Kissimon, 97, of Pelzer, died Sunday, November 25, 2018.

He was born in Bethlehem, PA on May 27, 1921 to Gizella Rujak and Alexander John Kissimon Sr.

He retired from Steel Heddle Manufacturing.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Wilma.  He is survived by daughters Susan Del Priore and Jan Stitt; two grandsons; five great grandchildren; and a half-sister Betty Anderson.

He was a member of Oak Hill UMC and services will be held there Thursday, November 29 at 1:00.  Those wishing to pay their respects may do so during the hour prior to the service.  Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military honors.  A gathering of friends and family will then meet in the Fellowship Hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Oak Hill UMC, c/o Tom Stitt, 340 Dunklin Bridge Road, Pelzer, SC  29669.


Mrs. Diane Hammond Gunter, age 55, of Marion, died on Saturday, November 24, 2018 at the Memorial Campus of Mission Hospitals in Asheville.

A native of Williamston, SC, She was born on November 29, 1962 to Gary and Janice Hammond.

She attended New Manna Baptist Church.

She is survived by two children, Gary McAlhaney of Marion and Janice Chapman Bell of Colorado; a brother, Toby Hammond of Blythwood; and three grandchildren.

A service of remembrance and celebration of her life was held on Wednesday, November 28 in the chapel of Westmoreland Funeral Home in Marion.

Burial took place in a private graveside service in the Lovin Cemetery in Sylva.


Carol Elaine Black Varn, Liberty, died on Monday, November 26, 2018.

Born in Pickens County, she was the daughter of the late George Edmund Black and Sara Vickery Black Emory.

She was a beautician having owned and operated Sugar and Spice and Carols Hair Designs in Easley. She also, with her husband, owned and operated South Star Homes in Easley and Seneca. She was a member of St. Andrew United Methodist Church.

Surviving are her husband, Harry L. Varn; Anthony and Latisha Eaton and their children, of Pickens; her step-children, Christopher Varn of Easley and Robin Johnson of Williamston; brothers, Harold Black of Simpsonville and Stanley Black of Mauldin.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, November 29, at 3:00 PM in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown with burial to follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park in Pickens.

The family will receive friends prior to the service from 2:00 PM until 2:45 PM at the funeral home.

Memorials may be made to the Pickens County Humane Society, P.O. Box 83, Liberty, SC 29657.