Obituaries week of January 8, 2020




WILLIAMSTON – Kevin Donald Autry, 48, passed away Tuesday, December 31, 2019 while working in Michigan.

Born in Anderson, he was the son of Fred Donald “Don” and Nancy Elizabeth Hill Autry of Williamston. He was a graduate of Palmetto High School and truck driving school at Greenville Technical College. He was a truck driver with NEMA, Inc. in Duluth, GA and a member of Grace United Methodist Church.

Kevin loved his family, especially his two nephews, Bryce and Taylor. He loved spending time and going to concerts with his many friends.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by sister and brother-in-law, Robin and Buddy Berry; nephews, Bryce and Taylor Berry; aunt, Suzanne Hill Hawkins; uncles, Gerald Hawkins, J.W. Autrey and Frank Prince; his only cousin, Mike Prince.

He was preceded in death by grandparents, William and Beauford Autrey, and Woodrow and Elizabeth Hill; aunts, Gertrude Prince and Peggy Autrey.

A Celebration of Life will be held from 2:00 to 4:00 pm Saturday, January 11 in the banquet room at the Williamston Municipal Center, 12 West Main St., Williamston, SC 29697 (entrance and parking in the rear).

Memorials may be made to Mr. Godwrench Automotive Services (Tim Ellison), 8151 Regal Ln., West Chester, OH 45069 or PayPal address:

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer



Greenville – William Earl Woodson, 68, husband of the late Donna Faye Bell Woodson, passed away Saturday, January 4, 2019 at his home.

Born in Greenville County, he was a son of the late John Decatar and Imogene Bagwell Woodson. He was a U.S. Army veteran and a dairy farmer.

Survivors include his children, Lisa Tenney (George) of Belton, Kathy Dutton (Kenneth) of Laurens, Brenda Lynn Woodson of Piedmont, Candy Strickland (Gregg) of Greenville, Kevin Woodson (Carrie Brown) of Honea Path; brother, Eddie Woodson of Pelzer; sisters, Nancy Kernell of Fountain Inn and Betty Smith of Gray Court; sixteen grandchildren; and eleven great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by a son, Roger Woodson; sisters, Mildred Lecroy, Kathy McCuen, Diane Woodson; and brother, Johnny Woodson.

Visitation was held Tuesday, January 7, from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. at Gray Mortuary. The service followed at 2:30 in the mortuary chapel.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer



Pelzer – Clarence Guyton Smith, 89, husband of the late Helen Welborn Smith, passed away Monday, January 6, 2020.

Born in Pelzer, he was a son of the late Lester Milledge and Sallie Cason Smith. A cattle farmer, he retired from Liberty Life Insurance Company. He was a life member of White Plains Masonic Lodge and a member of Whitefield Baptist Church.

Survivors include his children, Rev. Jimmy Smith (Kathy), Janet Bartodej (Pete), and Karen Smith Hogg, all of Williamston; eleven grandchildren; twelve great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by a son, Steve Smith; sister, Edna Ruth Medlin; and brothers, Elbert and Edwin Smith.

Visitation will be held Thursday, January 9, from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Whitefield Baptist Church, followed by the service at 3:00. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Whitefield Baptist Church, 207 Mitchell Road, Belton, SC 29627.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer



Billy “Bill” Milton Masters, 64, of Pelzer, passed away on, Sunday, January 5, 2020. He was born in Piedmont to Ernestine “Teenie” Coker Masters and the late John Milton Masters.

He is survived by his wife, Betty Boroughs Masters; sister, Joyce Howard  of Concord, NC.

He worked for Hollingsworth Textile in Research and Development before being part of the Rich’s Product work family as a Senior Planner Scheduler.

Funeral services were held at Mackey at Century Drive Chapel, on Wednesday, January 8. Burial followed at Mt. Creek Baptist Church, Greenville.

Memorials may be made to the Sandy Springs Baptist Church, Pelzer, SC.


Jennifer Daveen Williams Childress, 70, wife of Billy Childress, of Piedmont passed away on Monday, December 30, 2019.

Born in Williamston, she was a daughter of the late Odell and Bobbie Jean Garrett Williams. She was formerly employed with Community Cash.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter, Amanda Childress of the home; brothers, Ricky Williams of Ware Place and David Williams of Piedmont; sister, Betty Henry of Piedmont; three grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

Visitation was held on Saturday, January 4, from 11:00 a.m. until noon at Gray Mortuary. A memorial service followed at noon in the mortuary chapel.


MSgt Thomas Arron “Tom” Eskew, 80, husband of the late Yvonne Lackey Eskew, passed away on Sunday, December 29, 2019.

Born in Piedmont, he was the son of Charles Thomas and Nell Ashmore Eskew. A member of Freedom Fellowship Baptist Church, he was a veteran, having retired from both the U.S. Air Force and Lockheed Martin.

He is survived by his daughter, Suzanne Eskew of Piedmont and daughter-in-law, Elizabeth McArthur.

Visitation was held Saturday, January 4, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at Gray Mortuary. The funeral followed at 2:00 in the mortuary chapel, with burial at Greenville Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Greenville Humane Society, 305 Airport Road, Greenville, SC 29607.


Anna Dittmer Clark, 97, of Pelzer wife of the late Howard H. Clark, passed away Monday, January 6, 2020.

Born in Hendersonville, NC, she was a daughter of the late Truman Henry and Clara Bell Whitesides Dittmer. She retired from Mills Mill and Union Carbide (National Electric), was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church, and attended Columbia Baptist Church.

Survivors include, grandchildren, reared in the home, Lisa Clark of Pelzer and Travis Clark of Honea Path; grandchildren, Amanda Clark of Fountain Inn, Allen Clark of Williamston, and Brian Stancell of Greenville; ten great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held on Thursday, January 9, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer. The service will follow at 2:00 in the mortuary chapel, with burial at Graceland Cemetery West, Greenville.