Obituaries Week of June 19, 2019




AIKEN – Rebekah Gail (Edens) Brady, DVM, age 33, crossed into Heaven on Thursday, June 13th at Aiken Regional Hospital. Loving family members and friends surrounded her as she drew her last breath on earth after a short and fierce battle.

Rebekah was born on December 9th, 1985, to Jerry and Sandra Edens of Belton, SC. She has one brother, Jonathan Edens, who is 17 months older than her (and she always thought he hung the moon). In addition, she is survived by her sister-in-law and confidant, Lindsey (Moore) Edens; nephews; Emery and Asher; niece (and mini-Bekah spirit) Emaline of Piedmont. Her boyfriend, Brandon Sherman, and his precious son Cooper have provided significant joy to her life in Aiken also. Rebekah’s grandparents are Charles and Dot Mauldin of Williamston; and her Grandmother Judy Edens of Pelzer who passed away in December 2018.

Rebekah had many amazing friends, and a lot of extended family, all of whom adored her.

Rebekah was a graduate of Clemson University and received her Doctor of Veterinary Medicine degree from Mississippi State University College of Veterinary Medicine. She was an Associate at Southern Equine in Aiken, and she enjoyed a beautiful home and life there. She will be “brought home” to Whitefield Baptist Church in Belton for her funeral service, where the church family have always supported and shown her love for her entire life. Rebekah will be remembered for her loving spirit, her contagious smile, and the way she made each of her loved ones feel as though they were uniquely precious to her. She had an independent spirit and a very rigorous work ethic. She worked and she loved equally and in the same manner … with all of her heart. Rebekah will be forever missed on earth, but we look forward to seeing her again at the end of our own life-journey.

Whitefield’s pastor, Mike McMinn, will conduct the service and Amy Janssen, Rebekah’s cousin will provide the music. The family will gather at Whitefield at noon on Monday, June 17, 2019 to receive friends until the service begins at 2 pm. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Cemetery.

We know from the Bible that when a Christian dies, they do not become an angel with wings. Instead they enter into the presence of God and await the day of the Resurrection when their bodies will be made new. We don’t know what these bodies will look like, but we do know two things: They will be more beautiful than the angels… and Rebekah is very persuasive, so -if she has any input- hers will be clothed in glitter and adorned with rhinestones. “She who leaves a trail of glitter is never forgotten”.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials be addressed to The Children’s Ministry of

Whitefield Baptist Church, 207 Mitchell Road, Belton, SC, 29627. Rebekah’s beloved niece and nephews are a part of this program, and she enjoyed many fond memories of growing up at Whitefield. Because of this, the family requested that all Vacation Bible School décor remain in place during her service.

Additionally, her Mississippi State graduating class has set up an endowed scholarship in her memory. Donations can be made to:

Dr. Rebekah Edens Brady Memorial Scholarship

Attn: Jimmy Knight, P.O. Box 6100, Mississippi State, MS 39762.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer



John Dean Mailman, 54, of Piedmont, husband of Deidra “Dee Dee” Pearson Mailman, passed away Tuesday, June 11, 2019.

  Born in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada, he was a son of Helen Smith Mailman and the late William Mailman. He was a Curing Quality Technician at Michelin.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are sons, Cory Mailman of Halifax, Nova Scotia and Trey Couch of Piedmont; daughters, Ashley Mailman of Halifax, Nova Scotia, Brooke Mailman of Halifax, Nova Scotia, and McKenzie Couch of Piedmont; and sisters, Patty Henderson of New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, Darlene Dewtie of New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, and Judy Macdonald of Pictou, Nova Scotia.

He was predeceased by his father, William Mailman.

Memorial services were held Friday, June 14 at the Chapel of Robinson Funeral Home – Powdersville Road.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 15 Milestone Way, Greenville, SC 29615 or to


Ivory Merritt Orr, 90, of Easley, wife of the late Lewis Edward Orr, died Friday, June 7, 2019.

Born in Powdersville, she was a daughter of the late John Clinton and Sarah Lou “Sallie” Trotter Merritt. She retired from Sears and was a member of Cross Roads Baptist Church.

Surviving are two daughters, Margaret Bloxdorf of Easley, and Kathryn Fedele of Anderson; three sisters, Ruth Jeffeaux of Greenville, Lou Ellen Pruitt of Easley, and Annette Freeman of Greenville; three grandchildren; and one great-grandson.

Funeral services were held Monday, June 10 at Cross Roads Baptist Church. Burial followed in Robinson Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to the Cross Roads Baptist Church Building Fund,160 Cross Roads Church Road, Easley, SC 29640.


Dr. Stanley A. Rampey, of Seneca, died on June 12, 2019 when his plane crashed in Florida.

He was a family physician in Seneca for the last 35 years.

He was born to Flora and Major Rampey of Piedmont. He is survived by his wife, Carol; four children: Andrew, Aubrey, Austin, and Abram; ten grandchildren; sisters, Patricia and Ruth Ellen.

He started practicing at Seneca Medical Associates and Oconee Memorial Hospital where he worked until he passed away.

Funeral services were held at Alive Wesleyan Church on Wednesday, June 19. A private family burial followed.

Memorials can be sent to Volunteers in Medical Missions at 265 South Cove Road, Seneca, SC 29672.


Mike Martucci Roberts, Jr., 48, of Piedmont, husband of Lois June Williams Roberts, died Thursday, June 13, 2019.

Born in Greenville County, he was a son of Mike Martucci Roberts, Sr. of Piedmont and the late Thelma Christine Mitchell Roberts. He was formerly employed with Drive Automotive.

In addition to his wife and father, he is survived by children, Amber Lynn Roberts of Piedmont, Mike M. Roberts, III of Fair Play, Corinna Renea Hartlage of the home, Ashley Monique Nelson and Justice Daniel Roberts, both of Clarksville, TN, Jazmine Rose Giles of Hendersonville, NC; goddaughter, Shea Myers of Pinellas Park, FL;  brothers, Allen Russell Roberts of Williamston, Robin Roberts of Piedmont, Marion Marty Lane Roberts of Indianapolis, IN; and nine grandchildren.

The family received friends Monday, June 17 at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer.


James Young Kellett, 85, of Williamston, husband of Betty Jane Chapman Guthrie Kellett, passed away Saturday, June 15, 2019.

Born in Greenville Co., he was the son of the late Young Broadus Kellett and Lila Mae Smith Kellett.  He was retired from Cryovac and a member of West Pelzer Baptist Church.

He was twice married, first to the late Nancy Saxon Kellett.  He is survived by his son, Butch Kellett  of Simpsonville and stepdaughter, Wanda Sutherland of West Pelzer; sister, Dorothy Brooks of Simpsonville; seven grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was held on Monday, June 17, in the chapel of Gray Mortuary.  Burial followed in Cannon Memorial Park, Fountain Inn.

Memorials may be made to West Pelzer Baptist Church, 30 Main Street, West Pelzer, SC 29669.


Virginia Beatrice George, 75, of Williamston,, passed away on Monday, June 10, 2019 at her home.

Born in Greenville; she was the daughter of the late James Albert and Mildred Beatrice Holcomb and the wife of Joe Harold George.

In addition to her husband; she is survived by her sons: James Robert George, James Daniel Thomas “Jimmy”, Allen Joe George, and Terry Allen George; daughter: Melissa Dawn Kay; sisters: Carolyn Nyman, Darlene Kelley, and Theresa Patterson; 12 grandchildren; and 11 great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, June 16, at Sosebee Mortuary, South Chapel.


Keith Allen Skelton, 45, of Pelzer, passed away Thursday, June 13, 2019.

Born in Biddeford, ME, he was the son of the late Keith and Lynn Skelton. He was a U.S. Navy veteran.

He is survived by sisters, Laura Wright and Tracy Froedge, both of Pelzer.

A memorial service will be held at 6:30 pm Monday, June 24, at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer.