Obituaries Week of June 26, 2019




PELZER, SC – – Chrishaun Torrell Hellams, 20, of 437 Old River Road died June 19, 2019 in Goose Creek, SC.  Born in Greenville, SC, he was the son of Robert Hellams and Tracy Long Hellams.

Chrishaun was a graduate of Palmetto High School.

Surviving are his parents Robert and Tracy Long Hellams; brothers, Robert Hellams, II, and Brandon Hellams all of the home, and many other relatives and friends.

The service will be 2pm Wednesday, June 26, 2019 at St. Matthew United Methodist Church, 2507 Rutherford Road, Greenville, SC. with burial in the church cemetery. The body was placed in the church at 1pm.

Professional services entrusted to Robinson-Walker Funeral Service, Ware Shoals, SC.


PELZER – Charles Edwin “Ed” Vandiver, 95, husband of Juanita Woods Vandiver, passed away Friday, June 21, 2019 at home.

He was twice married, first to the late Evelyn Lindley Vandiver.

Born in Williamston and a lifelong resident, he was a son of the late W. F. and Lucille Greene Vandiver. A WWII Army Veteran, he served in the 96th Infantry Division, and was honorably discharged. He retired from Anderson Auto Parts in Pelzer and until his failing health, was a faithful member of Williamston First Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by son, Tony Vandiver (Mary) of Belton; daughter, Jan Vandiver Rogers (Scott) of Easley; sister, Elizabeth “Lib” Leopard of Williamston; granddaughters, Shanna Vandiver and Tara Fields; step-grandsons, Ryan and Chad Morgan; great-grandchildren; Kylie Gaines and Rachel Fields; step-great-grandchildren, Dillon, Garrison, and Gentry Morgan; and very special nieces and nephews.

   He was predeceased by sister, Mabel Cox; brother, Floyd Vandiver; and step-daughter, Diane Morgan.

Visitation was held on Monday, June 24, from 10:30 a.m. until noon at Gray Mortuary. The service followed at noon in the mortuary chapel, with burial at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Anderson.

The family wishes to extend their most sincere gratitude to his loving caretaker, Nancy Scalf. She became one of the family and treated “Daddy” as her own. Also, a special thanks to the wonderful attending angels with Patriot Hospice and Palliative Care. “The care and love you all gave our Dad will forever be appreciated.”

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 950 W. Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605, or Patriot Hospice and Palliative Care, 101 Grace Drive, Easley, SC 29640.

The family is at the home, 501 Palmetto Road, Pelzer, SC 29669.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer



WILLIAMSTON – Randal Jerome Smith, 68, husband of the late Barbara Ann Sherman Smith, went to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, Thursday, June 20, 2019.

Born in Easley, he was a son of Edith Virginia Stephens McCollum of Easley and of the late James Harmon Smith. A U.S. Air Force veteran, having served in Vietnam, he retired from Michelin and was a member of Trinity Baptist Church.

Survivors include his children, Paula Allen (Tim), Mark Bowen (Rae), and Jennifer Henson (Travis); four grandchildren, Chastity Allen Moore, Emily Allen Williams; Anna Bowen Candler, and Isaac Bowen; seven great-grandchildren, Jacob Moore, Dylan Allen, Brice and Lauren Moore, James and Abigail Williams, Bowen and Solomon Candler; and one great-great-granddaughter, MiraGrace Moore.

He was predeceased by a brother, Alvin Smith.

Visitation was on Saturday, June 22, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Gray Mortuary.

The service was held Sunday, June 23, at 2:00 p.m. at Trinity Baptist Church. Burial followed at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

The family is at the home.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer



PELZER – Wanda Marie Tankersley Wilson, 61, wife of Warren Roy Wilson, passed away Wednesday, June 19, 2019.

Born in Evans, GA, she was a daughter of the late M.T. and Carolyn Wilkes Tankersley. She was formerly employed as a manager of Wendy’s in Augusta, GA.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by son, David Franklin of Anderson; step-daughter, Andrea Wilson Adcock of Campobello; brother, Harold Tankersley of Greenville, MS; and three grandchildren.

She was predeceased by a step-daughter, Amy Eliza Wilson Cunningham.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer



Joyce Carolyn Lockaby Lawless, 80, of Simpsonville, wife of the late Charles Thomas Lawless, passed away on Thursday, June 20, 2018.

She was a daughter of the late Walter Elton Lockaby and Corrie Betty Roper Lockaby Bowen. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.

Survivors include her brother, George Lockaby of Fountain Inn; and sister, Ruenette Willis of Piedmont.

Funeral service was held Monday, June 24, at Gray Mortuary. Burial followed at Greenville Memorial Gardens.


Katherine S. DeVenny, 86, of Piedmont, passed away on Friday, June 21, 2019.

Born in Meridian, MS, she was the daughter of the late Julian Caldwell Shannon and Emma Sanders Shannon.

She was a reading specialist with the Greenville County School District.

She was a member of First Baptist Church of Piedmont.

She is survived by her husband, Dr. Thomas A. DeVenny, Sr.; her daughters, Katherine D. Booker of Holly Springs, NC and Anne D. O’Sullivan of Summerville; her son, T. Alston DeVenny of Lancaster; ten grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was held June 25 at First Baptist Church, Piedmont. Burial followed in Greenville Memorial Gardens.

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


Thomas Jerry Carter, 75, of Williamston, husband of the late Janice Diane Blocker Carter, passed away Friday, June 21, 2019.

Born in Greenville, he was a son of the late Thomas Ray and Mary Rebecca Tucker Carter. A U.S. Navy veteran, he retired from Santens of America, Inc., after which he worked at Greenville Memorial Gardens. He was a member of Williamston Church of God.

Survivors include his daughters, Marsha Roberts, Cheryl Williamson, Rebecca Powell; sisters, Shelby Gilreath, Yvonne Beddingfield; brothers, Lonnie Carter, Leon Carter; 11 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, June 25, at Williamston Church of God, followed by burial at Greenville Memorial Gardens.


Bobby Ray Fisher, 84, of Abbeville, husband of Laura Ann Major Fisher passed away Friday June 21, 2019 at the Hospice House in Greenwood.

Born in Abbeville County, he was a son of the late Robert Milton Fisher and Virginia Gable Fisher Nelson.

He was a retired United States Air force veteran. He was a Supervisor with Milliken Textiles Abbeville Plant. He was an EMT with Abbeville Rescue Squad and served as Deputy Coroner with the Abbeville County Coroner’s office for 16 years.

He was a member of Due West Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, of the home; a son Anthony Fisher of Donalds; three daughters Cindy Graff of Auburn, AL, Robin White of Abbeville, and Kascie Everhart of Piedmont; a sister Joy Wiles of Williamston; ten grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Monday June 24 at Main St. United Methodist Church. Burial followed in Dolly Cooper Veterans Cemetery with Full Military Honors.

Memorials may be made to the Abbeville Gideons Camp, PO Box 1126 Abbeville, SC 29620.


Rhonda Gray Vukelic, 48, of Spicewood, TX, wife of John Vukelic, passed away Saturday, June 15, 2019.

Born in Greenville, she is the daughter of Ronnie and Joyce Gray.

In addition to her husband and parents, she is survived by daughter Carlin McNamara of Fountain Inn; son, Cameron Brooks of Simpsonville; brothers, Rodney Gray of Piedmont and Jeffery Gray of Greenville; and the father of her children, Bobby Brooks.

Funeral service was held on Tuesday, June 25 in the Chapel of Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Southwest. Burial followed in Greenville Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to Haiti Gospel Fund, 601 Fairview Street, Fountain Inn, SC 29644.


Melissa Diane Steadings, 54, of Piedmont, passed away on Sunday, June 23, 2019.

Born in Greenville, she was the daughter of Shelby Jean Rogers Steadings of the home and of the late Bobby Cleo Steadings.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her brothers, Bobby Dean Steadings of Easley and Jason Steadings of Piedmont.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, June 27, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Gray Mortuary. The service will follow at 3:00 in the mortuary chapel, with burial at Greenville Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to the Epilepsy Foundation, 8301 Professional Place West, #230, Landover, MD 20785.


Dorothy June Kellner “Dot” Peck, 79, of Belton, wife of Stephen Allan Peck, passed away Thursday, June 20, 2019.

Born in Sedalia, MO, she was the daughter of the late Orville and Clara Ruby Brockman Kellner.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by daughters, Sheri Brookshire Clavier of Easley, and Teresa Boggs of Pickens; son, Mark Golden of PA; four grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

A crypt side service was held on Wednesday, June 26 in the mausoleum at Greenville Memorial Gardens.