Obituaries Week of March 27, 2019




Sarah Elizabeth Wofford died peacefully on Saturday March 23rd.

Mrs. Wofford, daughter of the late James Leon Burgess and Alice McDaniel Burgess was born in Anderson, S.C. on October 11th, 1920.

She graduated from Anderson High School and Bowling Green Business University in Bowling Green, Ky.

She met and married the love of her life, John Elihu (Hugh) Wofford and they settled in Williamston, SC. Their sixty one years together were filled with raising three children, good friends, a menagerie of pets, gardening and summers at Pawleys Island. The focus of her life was her family. She was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She enjoyed gardening and the care of all her beloved pets. She was always concerned about the welfare of animals. Throughout her life the Baptist Church was important to her.

After the death of her husband in 2005, she moved to Rock Hill, S.C. to live near her daughter.

Mrs. Wofford was preceded in death by her husband, and her brother, James Leon Burgess.

She is survived by her three children: Alice Elizabeth Wofford, Salt Lake City, Dr. John E. Wofford and his wife Dr. Elizabeth D. Wofford of Columbia S.C, Sally W. Wilson and her husband John Kevin Wilson of Rock Hill, and four grandchildren; John E. Wofford, Ellison Wofford, Crayton Wilson and Ashley Wilson.

Graveside service was held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 27, at Old Silver Brook Cemetery in Anderson, SC, where she was laid to rest next to her beloved husband.

Memorials may be made to The Humane Society.

Sullivan-King Mortuary, Anderson, SC


Mary Catherine King, 93, widow of George King, went to be with the Lord on Friday, March 22, 2019.

She retired from Kemet in 1992, was an active member of Tabernacle Baptist Church of Pelzer and the Rebekah Sunday School Class. She enjoyed community events, eating out with friends, and was hard to catch at home.

She is survived by sons, Randy King (Sara Lyn) and Keith King, both of Pelzer; sister, Edna Burton; granddaughters, Cason King Erlenbaugh (Mark) and Maggie King, both of Pelzer, Katie Fordham (Sam) of Alexandria, AL, Heather Bennett (Jason) and Tiffany Bennett (Adam), both of Simpsonville, and Mindy Thompson (Blake) of New Albany, MS; ten great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was held at 2:00 pm Sunday, March 24, at Greenville Memorial Gardens with visitation following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Nehemiah’s Wall, C/O Washington Baptist Church, 208 Washington Church Rd, Pelzer, SC 29669.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer



Bonnie Ruth Pack Partain, 84, of Belton, wife of Bobby Lee Partain, Sr., died Friday, March 22, 2019.

Born in Pelzer, she was a daughter of the late Governor Manning and Mary Ethel Vines Pack. A member of Guthrie Grove Church of God of the Abrahamic Faith.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children, Bobby Lee Partain, Jr. of Williamston, Glennis Walters of Easley, Stanley Partain of Williamston, Tammy Barkley of Williamston, Sherry Alcumbrack of Anderson, Anita Naumoff of Belton, Paul Partain of Belton, and Joseph Partain of Williamston; 28 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Sunday, March 24 at Guthrie Grove Church of God of the Abrahamic Faith. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Guthrie Grove Church of God of the Abrahamic Faith, Deacon’s Fund, 403 Guthrie Grove Church Road, Pelzer, SC 29669.


William Edward Burns, 81, of Williamston, died on Tuesday, March 19, 2019, at his residence.

Born in Greenville, he was the son of the late W. K. Burns and the late Frances Mae Waldrop Burns. He was the husband of the late Edith Lucille Burns.

He was a veteran of the US Air Force. He worked for Tech Sales. He was a member of Covenant Baptist Church.

Surviving are his son, William Karl Burns of New Port Richey, FL; two daughters, Frances Arlene Eaglen of Greer, and Lucille Ellen Walter of Greer; a brother, Eugene Burns of Punta Gorda, FL; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

The funeral service was held on Saturday, March 23, at the Chapel at The McDougald Funeral Home. Interment followed at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Greenville.

Memorials may be made to Home With A Heart, 220 James Madison Road, Liberty, SC 29657.


Preston T. Thompson, Jr., 69, of Powdersville, husband of the late Brenda Noles Thompson, died Saturday, March 23, 2019.

Born in Carroll County, GA, he was a son of the late Preston T. Thompson, Sr. and Theda Wood Thompson.

He retired from J.P. Stevens in Greenville.

Surviving are his daughters, Joni Thompson-Pappas of Easley and Kelly Thompson Jensen of Covington, GA; six grandchildren; and a sister Vivian T. Mann of Lawrenceville, GA.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, March 26 at Robinson Funeral Home, 1425 Powdersville Road, Easley.

Memorials may be made to the National MS Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, NY 10163 or


Evelyn Joan Hooper, 86, of Piedmont, died Thursday, March 21, 2019.

Born in Greenville, she was a daughter of the late William and Vesta McCoy Hooper. She retired as the personal secretary for attorney, Tommy Wyche, of Greenville; and was a member of Piedmont First Baptist Church.

Funeral service was held Wednesday, March 27, at Piedmont First Baptist Church. Burial followed at Rose Hill Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Piedmont First Baptist Church, 8 First Baptist Church Road, Piedmont, SC 29673.