Obituaries Week of January 16, 2019




HONEA PATH – Clark Stephen Brooks, 60, of Honea Path died Sunday, January 13, 2019 at St. Francis Hospital.

Born in Omaha, NE, he was the son of the late J.B. and Dolores Norwood Brooks. He graduated in the BHP class of 1976 and was of Baptist faith.

Surviving are: daughter, Amy Brooks Simpson (Dury) of Williamston; brother, Douglas W. Brooks (Laura) of York, SC; sister, Lisa Brooks Mattison (Scott) of Belton; granddaughters, Taylor and Carter Simpson; nephew, Drew Brooks (Abbey) of Durham, NC; niece, Samantha Whiten (Dustin) of Destin, FL; girlfriend, Deborah Yon of Honea Path.

He was preceded in death by his daughter, Amanda Brooks.

Graveside services were held 2pm Wednesday at Belton Cemetery with Pastor Mark Krieger officiating.

The family received friends prior to the service Wednesday from 12pm until 1:30pm at Cox Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to Meals On Wheels.

The family was at the home of his daughter, Amy Simpson.

Cox Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.



PELZER – Mrs. Gladys Lorine Padgett Cooley, 80, went to meet the Lord on Monday, January 14, 2019 at Hospice of the Upstate.

Gladys was born June 7, 1938, the daughter of the late Reverend William Roy and Victoria Pruitt Padgett, in Iva.

Her husband of fifty-three years was William Loyd Cooley, who passed away nearly ten years ago.

Gladys was a strong woman of her Christian faith and was a member of Rehoboth Baptist Church. She enjoyed gospel music and retired from Wilson Sporting Goods. A faithful wife, wonderful mother and nana, she will be truly missed.

She is survived by her children and their spouses, daughter, Pam Friddle her husband, John of Fairplay and her sons; Tony Cooley and his wife, Robin of Pelzer; and Darrin Cooley and his wife Donna of Williamston. Gladys was a proud Nana of six grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. She is also survived by her sisters, Betty Green and Linda Faye Padgett, along with a brother, Bob Padgett and his wife Gloria.

Siblings preceding her in death were William Ray Padgett Jr., Truman Samuel Padgett, and Ruth Morris Jones.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 17, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at Gray Mortuary.

The funeral will be Friday, January 18, at 2:00 p.m. in the Gray Mortuary chapel, with burial at Greenville Memorial Gardens, 7784 Augusta, Road, Piedmont, SC 29673.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer



WILLIAMSTON – Carol Elaine Wickenhofer Lynch, 67, passed away Monday, January 14, 2019 at her home.

Born in Clarksburg, West Virginia, she was a daughter of the late John Wickenhofer and Dorothy O’Riley Stallman.

Survivors include daughter, Cynthia Welch of Hahira, Georgia; son, William Ryan Lynch of the home; daughter, Kelsey Ann Lynch of Anderson; grandchildren, Dana Lloyd, Dayton Foster, Natalie Murphy, Nyomie Temples; great-grandchild, Jace Foster; brothers, John Wickenhofer of Great Mills, Maryland; Darell Wickenhofer and Richard Stallman, both of Bridgeport, West Virginia; sister, Nancy Wickenhofer of Clarksburg, West Virginia.

She was predeceased by a sister, Marsha Wickenhofer.

Visitation will be held from 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. Friday, January 18, at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer with a memorial service following at 4:30 in the mortuary chapel.



James Darrell Strickland, 84, of West Pelzer, husband of Pat S. Strickland, died Monday, January 14, 2019.

Born in Commerce, GA, he was a son of the late James Grady and Jeanette Phillips Strickland. A U.S. Navy veteran, he retired from United McGill as a Journeyman, and was a member of Mount Airy Baptist Church.

He is survived by his children, Sonya O’Neal of Piedmont, Timothy Brant Strickland of Seneca, and Lorraine Jones of Piedmont; sister, Louise S. Wallace of Piedmont; and one grandson.

Visitation will be held Thursday, January 17, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Gray Mortuary, with the service to follow at 11:00 in the mortuary chapel. Burial will be at Greenville Memorial Gardens, with military honors.

Flowers are optional if preferred, or memorials may be made to the Thornwell Home for Children, 302 South Broad Street, Clinton, SC 29325.


GREENVILLE – David Allen King, Jr., 99, widower of Sara Medlin King, died January 11, 2019 at The Woodlands at Furman.

A native of southern Greenville County, Mr. King was the last surviving child of the late David Allen King, Sr. and Eula Lindley King.  A World War II Air Force veteran, he retired as a Planning Manager for J.P. Stevens Automotive Division.  He was a Shriner and a member of Taylors Masonic Lodge.  In 1956, he and Mrs. King joined Taylors First Baptist where he was the oldest member.

Survivors include children and their spouses, Marshanna Brown (Steve) of Columbia, David King (Sheri) of Macon, Georgia, and Wayne King of Greenville; grandsons and spouses, Michael Brown (Trez), Graham Brown (Tam), and Keith King (Ada); great-grandchildren, Elise, Clara, and Hugh Brown, and Abigail King.

He was predeceased by siblings, Cecile Bryant, Inez Rice, Bill and Joe King.

Visitation was Wednesday, January 16, from 11:00 until noon in the Welcome Center of Taylors First Baptist Church with the service following at noon in the sanctuary.  Burial followed at Woodlawn Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to Taylors First Baptist Church, 200 W. Main St., Taylors, SC, 29687.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer



WILLIAMSTON – Linda Gail Martin Hays, 76, passed away Thursday, January 10, 2019.

Born in Pelzer, she was a daughter of the late Carl Franklin and Ruby Elizabeth Rigdon Martin.  She was a retired day care owner and a member of Pelzer Church of God and the Eastern Star.

Survivors include daughters, Lee Ann Mosteller of the home and Kandie Mardis of Williamston; son, Brentt Hays of Williamston; sister, Beth Davenport of North Augusta; “sister cousins”, Pat Cowart and Vickie Davis; six grandchildren; great-grandson, Drae Hays, reared in the home and four other great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by two daughters, Nita Brady and Paula Hays and grandson, Shane Kelly.

Visitation was from 2 – 3 p.m. Sunday, January 13, at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer with a memorial service following at 3 p.m. in the mortuary chapel with Dr. Michael L. Davenport officiating.

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

The family is at the home of Brentt Hays, 113 Harbison Drive, Williamston.



Douglas Mathew Stazer, 76, of Pelzer, husband of Linda Stazer, died Tuesday, January 8, 2019.

Born in Passaic, NJ, he was the son of the late Mathew and Anne Stazer.

He was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Dean Stazer; and five grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Friday, January 11 at Messiah Lutheran Church.

Memorials may be made to Messiah Lutheran Church, 1100 Log Shoals Rd., Mauldin, SC 29662.


James Evan “Jimmy” Anderson,54, of Saluda, husband of Patricia Baughman Anderson, died Friday, January 11, 2019.

Born in Greenville, he was a son of the late Ernest Anderson and Loretta Evans Anderson of Piedmont. He worked for Fluor Construction Company.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his son, Justin Anderson of Bluffton; step-daughter, Natasha Meza of Shelby, IA; step-sons, Jessie Osegueda of Goodyear, AZ, Joshua Hill and Johnny Hill of SC; brothers, Danny Anderson of Pelzer, Edward Anderson of Piedmont, and Perry Anderson of Easley; sister, Faye Anderson of Anderson; seven grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Thursday, January 17, at Gray Mortuary with the service at 2:00 in the mortuary chapel. Burial will follow at Greenville Memorial Gardens.

The families will be at their respective homes.


Nora Ellen Jenkins Stewart, 89, of Pelzer, wife of the late Marvin Henry Stewart, died Sunday, January 13, 2019.

Born in Greenville, she was a daughter of the late Charlie Ashmore Jenkins and Grace Lee Garrett Jenkins. She was a homemaker and a member of Lickville Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by daughter, Marlyn Moore; sons, Garry Stewart, and Mark Stewart, all of Pelzer; sisters, Sarah Bolt of Hickory Tavern, Harriett Henchock of Greenville, Thalia Cohen of Apex, NC, and Barbara Fennel of Florence; brother, Palmer Jenkins of Wichita Falls, TX; ten grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was held Wednesday, January 16, at Greenville Memorial Gardens, with visitation following.

Memorials may be made to McCall Hospice House, 1836 W. Georgia Road, Simpsonville, SC 29680.