Obituaries Week of January 2, 2019




Judith Mahaffey Edens (Judy), age 77, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, December 25th, 2018, at Saint Francis Hospital in Greenville, SC.   Many family members surrounded her as each one of them lovingly said their goodbyes.

Judy was born on May 24th, 1941, and raised in Pelzer, SC by her late parents, Frank and Cecile Waldrop Mahaffey. Her son, Jerry Edens and his wife Sandra; grandson, Jonathan Edens and his wife Lindsey; and granddaughter, Dr. Rebekah Brady, survive her.  She has three great-grandchildren, Emery, Emaline and Asher Edens. She is also survived by her sister, Vicki Janssen, wife of the late Keith Janssen; brother, Lyndon Mahaffey and his wife Jeannie; and brother, Ken Mahaffey and his wife Rita. In addition to her siblings, she has 10 nieces/nephews and 12 great nieces/nephews, all of whom she loved as her own children.

Her memorial service was held Friday, December 28th, at Tabernacle Baptist Church in Pelzer, SC, where Judy was a lifelong member who sang in the choir and enjoyed going on the church’s regular missions trips. Friends were received prior to the service as a photo slide show, put together by the extended family, was shown on the large screens. Pastor Ray Lowe and Pastor Buckshot Avant officiated the ceremony.  Judy’s grandson, Jonathan Edens, read the scripture passage from 2 Corinthians 4:16-5:8 (NLT).  Butch Blume and Amy Janssen led the congregation in “How Great Thou Art” as Debbie Blume provided the piano accompaniment to the music selections.    Butch also sang “Going Home”, and Amy sang “I Am Not Alone”.  After the service, ladies from Tabernacle provided a meal for the family, including relatives that made the drive from Georgia.  The family gathered at Judy’s Pelzer home on Thursday and Friday.

A beautiful arrangement of yellow roses and a framed canvas of the deceased was placed at the service by Judy’s son, Jerry, and his family.  Memorials may be made to Tabernacle Baptist Church Mission Fund in Judy’s honor.


WILLIAMSTON – Eva Ann Casey Taylor, 60, passed away Thursday, December 20, 2018.

Born in Williamston, she was a daughter of Junior and Jeanette Casey of Williamston. She was formerly employed with DSS. Eva loved her God, Southern gospel music, her cats, and her Diet Dr. Pepper.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her daughter, Brandy Danielle Casey of Williamston; sister and best friend, Karen Ursury; nephew, Eddie Casey (Dana); great-nephew, Matthew Casey; and sister-in-law, Mary Casey.

She was predeceased by brother, James Casey.

A memorial service was held Sunday, December 30 at 2:00 p.m. at Beaverdam Baptist Church. The family received friends following the service.

Memorials may be made to a No Kill Shelter of one’s choice or to Beaverdam Baptist Church, 1904 Beaverdam Road, Williamston, SC 29697.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer



Betty Garrett Middleton, 88, of Williamston, wife of the late Marion William Middleton, Sr. died Friday, December 21, 2018.

Born in Piedmont, she was a daughter of the late Thomas Walter and Adeline Vaden Garrett. A member of Grace United Methodist Church, she formerly worked for Anderson School District One and was a real estate broker.

She is survived by two children, Marion William Middleton, Jr. and Caroline Middleton Ellison; five grandchildren, Colie Middleton Ellison, Caroline Claire Ellison, Marion William “Will” Middleton, III, James Garrett Middleton, and Elizabeth Paige “Libby” Middleton.

A graveside service was held on Monday, December 24, in the Williamston City Cemetery.

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


Donald Ray “Donnie” Allison, Sr.,72, of Piedmont, husband of Malinda Jones Allison, died Friday, December 28, 2018.

Born in Piedmont, he was a son of the late Fred Buford and Emma Elizabeth Mills Allison. He was retired from Cryovac.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughters, Annette Elizabeth Allison Cartee of West Pelzer, Belinda Mae Allison Storay of Piedmont; son, Donald Ray Allison, Jr. of Honea Path; sisters, Kathey Ellison of Williamston and Wanda McCuen of West Pelzer; eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be on held Thursday, January 3, at 2:00 p.m. at Greenville Memorial Gardens.

The family will be at the home.


James Buford “Jimmy” Kelley, 79, of Pelzer, husband of Nellie Chapman Kelley, died Thursday, December 27, 2018.

Born in Anderson County, he was a son of the late Sidney and Ozell Cooley Kelley. He was a retired builder.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Tammy Atkinson, and James Kenneth “Kenny” Kelley, both of Pelzer; sisters, Elder MaGaha, Dareen Coker, Barbara and Betty Stroud, Brenda Cothran, Judy Baldwin; brothers, Bobby, Ronnie, and Roger Kelley; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Visitation was held Saturday, December 29, at Gray Mortuary, followed by the service in the mortuary chapel.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Asociation -Upstate SC Regional Office, Attention: Memorial Donations, 3535 Pelham Road, Suite 101, Greenville, SC 29615.


Randy Eugene Pilgrim, Sr., 66, of Pelzer, husband of Barbara A. Pilgrim, died Monday, December 24, 2018 at his home.

Born in Anderson, he was a son of the late Fred Dewitt and Agnes Herron Pilgrim. He was employed with Kemet Corporation and a member of Grace Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons, Randy Eugene Pilgrim, Jr.  of Greenville and James Kevin Pilgrim of Simpsonville; brother, Tony Ray Pilgrim of Easley; and seven grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Saturday, December 29, at Grace Baptist Church with burial following at Greenville Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to Grace Baptist Church, Mission Program, 8841 Augusta Rd., Pelzer, SC 29669.


Ray Dunlap, 87, of Pelzer, husband of Megan Diana Barrett Dunlap, died Sunday, December 23, 2018.

Born in Anderson County, he was a son of the late Luther Claude and Essie Lillian Guest Dunlap. A U.S. Air Force veteran, he was formerly employed with Martin Manufacturing and retired from Gerber Childrenswear. He was a member of Pelzer First Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Jenny Dunlap Jackson  of Williamston; son, Kevin Dunlap of Pelzer; sister, Nan Porter of Piedmont; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Friday, December 28 at Pelzer First Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to Pelzer First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 306, Pelzer, SC 29669.


Karl H Kelly, 88, of Greer, died, December 24, 2018.

A native of Central, son of Austin and Iola Kelly, he was a U.S. Air Force Veteran of the Korean War, an engineer for Lockwood-Greene. He attended Greer First Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Isabel Williams Kelly; two sons, Karl Bruce Kelly of Ninety Six and Jeffrey Thomas Kelly of Pittsburg, PA; two daughters, Janet Jeanne Kelly of HI and Amy Kelly Morris of Williamston; two step-sons, Joseph Arnold Erwin and Thomas Anthony Erwin both of Greenville; nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Friday, December 28 at Greer First Baptist Church. Burial followed at Mount Zion Cemetery, Central.

Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children,


Cathy Jean Wood Simmerman Watts, 61, of Pelzer, died Wednesday, December 19, 2018 at her home.

Born in Greenville, she was a daughter of the late Herman Ray and Maude Edith Turner Wood. She was employed with St. Francis Downtown.

Survivors include children, Teresa McGaha of Simpsonville, Tracy Simmerman of Piedmont and Carrie Hatley of Piedmont; nine grandchildren; siblings, Larry Wood, Linda Stewart, and Margaret Chassé.

Funeral service was held Thursday, December 27, at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer. Burial followed at Greenville Memorial Gardens.


Marion Virginia Lindsay Banks, 80, of Donalds, widow of Clyde Banks, of Bell Road, died Thursday, December 27, 2018.

Born in Honea Path, she was daughter of the late Roy Clifton and Evelyn Branyon Lindsay. She was a member of Providence Baptist Church. She was retired from Greenwood Mills.

Surviving are: two daughters, Susie Crawford of Greenwood and Crystal Thomson of Ware Shoals; a brother, Olin Lindsay of Belton; seven sisters, Judy  Knight, Carolyn Ashley, Clara Ashley, and June  Gambrell, all of Honea Path, Jeanette Reed of Belton, Betty Wilson of Williamston, and JoAnne  Sellers of Anderson; and six grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Sunday, December 30, 2018 at Pruitt Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed at Oakbrook Memorial Park.

Memorial donations be made to Hospice of the Piedmont, 408 W. Alexander Ave, Greenwood, SC 29646.


The Unity Mortuary of Williamston announced that family and friends  gathered Saturday, December 29, 2018 to celebrate the life of Charles E. Dean at the Roosevelt Thompson Memorial Chapel, 110 N. Hamilton Street, Williamston. The family was at 1 Moorings Dr. Williamston.

He was born February 21, 1955 to Javan Dean and Ollie Lee Dean.

He drove trucks coast to coast. He also worked as a brick mason for many years.

He is survived by his daughter, Gwenna Rowe; three grandchildren; brother, Raymond Dean; half-sister, Brenda Dean Sherard; half-brother, Javan Thompson; step- sisters, Margaret Webb, Louise Wardlaw, Mary Aiken and Linda Hawthorne; step-mother, Rozella Dean.

He was preceded in death by both parents; step-mother, Mable Jones Dean.


Monica Ann Fields Fowler, 49, of Piedmont, died Friday, December 21, 2018 at her home.

She is survived by her husband, Terence Mack of Piedmont; daughters, Chelsea Bowman of Piedmont and Cassea Fowler of Anderson; mother, Deborah Jameson Hanna and stepfather, Bill Hanna of Travelers Rest and father, Harry Fields, Jr. and stepmother, Mary of Williamston; brother, Jason Hanna  of Asheville, NC and one grandchild.

The family received friends Thursday, December 27, 2018 at Kingdom Life Church in Simpsonville. Memorial service followed.

Memorials may be made to your favorite charity.


WILLIAMSTON – Joe “Weedie” Steele Bargiol, 83, husband of Sara Jo Harper Bargiol, passed away Sunday, December 30, 2018.

Born in Williamston, he was a son of the late Carroll Harrison and Eva Mae Black Bargiol.  He was a builder, a Mason, a Shriner, a U.S. Army veteran and a member of Rock Springs Baptist Church, Easley.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughters, Carolyn Bargiol Moody (Roger) of Anderson and Georgia Bargiol Sims (Teddy) of Williamston; brother, Jack Bargiol (Shirlene) of Anderson; grandchildren, Eva Adams, Tyler Brennan, Chase Brennan, and Lane Adams (Courtney); great-granddaughter, Lexi Tucker.

Visitation will be from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 2, 2019 at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer with the funeral following at 1 in the mortuary chapel.  Burial will be at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Anderson.

Memorials may be made to Shriners Children’s Hospital, 950 W. Faris Rd., Greenville, SC 29605.

The family is at the home.



Edward Lee Davis, 78, of Piedmont, husband of the late Joan Mildred Cooper Davis, died Monday, December 31, 2018.

Born in Piedmont, he was a son of the late Paul Edward and Rhoda Galloway Davis. He was formerly employed with Michelin and a member of Conestee Church of God of Prophecy.

He is survived by sons, Tim Davis, Tony Davis and Barry Davis, all of Piedmont; sister, Glenda Davis Cooper of Piedmont; nine grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 8:00 pm Thursday, January 3, at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer.

The service will be held at 11:00 am Friday, January 4, in the mortuary chapel with burial following at Greenville Memorial Gardens.

The family will be at the home of Barry Davis.