Obituaries 4-29-2020


Deacon Ted Mattison,  Caroline Popham, Johnnie Bennefield, Delores Harrison, Sarah Cobb Walker, Lorrain May, Ron Davenport, Rebekah Irene Jackson, Guerry Ronald Cox, Mary E. Hawkins, Brenda Cody, Mary Martin, Griffin Peters

Deacon Ted Mattison

On Friday, April 24, 2020 at the age of 83, Deacon Theodore Aldolphus Mattison, better known as ‘’Ted’’, of 163 Cherokee Street, Williamston, SC, departed this life at his home. 

Mr. Mattison was aUnited States Air Force Veteran. His career in the Air Force allowed him to travel all over the United States, the Philippines, Taiwan, Thailand, Australia, Greenland, Okinawa, Guam and Japan. He served two tours in Vietnam and was awarded a Bronze Star. He retired from the Air Force as a Senior Master Sergeant (E-8) in December 1976 at Eglin Air Force Base in Fort Walton Beach, Florida, where he worked for the Army Corps of Engineers and the United States Navy for the next eight years. 

Mr. Mattison was preceded in death by his parents, Spurgeon and Addie Royal Mattison; and a son, Alvin E. Hare. 

Mr. Mattison leaves behind a wife, Glenda Mattison of the home; eight children: Lonnie R. Hare (Kathleen) of Orangevale, CA., Kevin D. Hare of Freemont, CA., Regina Thornton (Ronnie) of Greenville, SC, Ruthena Mattison of Antioch, CA., Theodore A. Mattison, II of Pelzer, SC, CaVelle McDonald of Vallejo, CA., Jeanie Hunter (Richard) of Atlanta, GA., and Charles Gambrell (Cicely) of Anderson, SC; four siblings: Ruth Boyd (Cliff) of Chesapeake, VA., Rev. Spurgeon A. Mattison (Geraldine) of Williamston, SC, Brenda Overton (William) of Elizabeth City, NC, and Eddie Bertrand Mattison (Barbara) of Virginia Beach, VA.; fourteen grandchildren, seventeen great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends. 

A Celebration of Life for Deacon Mattison will be held on Friday, May 1, 2020 at 1:00 pm at New Prospect Missionary Baptist Church, 619 Greenville Drive, Williamston, SC 29697 with Pastor Darrin K. Johnson, Sr. and Rev. Dr. Curtis Hill, officiating. Entombment will follow in the Forest Lawn Memorial Park, 2609 US-Hwy 29 Anderson, SC 29621. 

Public viewing will be held at the Unity Mortuary of Anderson on Wednesday, April 29, 2020 from 1:00 pm until 8:00 pm and the Unity Mortuary of Williamston on Thursday, April 30, 2020 from 9:00 am until 8:00 pm. 

Caroline Popham

Caroline Hope Keller Popham, 84,of  Williamston passed away Monday, April 27, 2020.

Born in Buffalo, SC, she was a daughter of the late William Ernest and Willa Sylvesta Brooks Keller. She retired as a lab technician from 3M..

She is survived by daughters, Myra Pollaro of Williamston and Dawn Morey of Middleburg, FL; son, Mark Anthony Couvilier, Sr. of West Pelzer; sister, Shirley Slay of Laurens; brother, Sammy Keller of Greenville; six grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandson.

A graveside service will be held at 3:00 pm Friday, May 1, at Greenville Memorial Gardens.

Johnnie Bennefield

Johnnie Gallamore Bennefield, 78, wife of Cecil L. Bennefield, of Piedmont passed away on Monday April 27, 2020.

Born in Greenville, she was a daughter of the late John Rover and Margaret Howard Gallamore. She was a retired school bus driver for Anderson District One and a member of Wren Baptist Church.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Tammy Bennefield Chapman of Pelzer and Melissa “Missy” Paige of Piedmont; eight brothers and sisters; four grandchildren, and six great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held on Saturday, May 2 at 1:00 p.m. at Greenville Memorial Gardens. The family will greet friends following the service.

Delores Harrison

Pelzer- Delores Ann Rogers Harrison, 73, passed away Wednesday, April 22, 2020, at the Rainey Hospice House.

Born in Greenville, SC, she was the daughter of the late D.C. and Sara Beacham Rogers. She was a retired executive assistant and was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church, Williamston.

She is survived by her husband, Robert L. Harrison; two daughters, Tina Cobb and Toni Saxon; brother, Johnny Rogers, Sr.; and a sister, Teresa Childres.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by an infant son, Tony Cobb and a sister, Debra Kim Dixon.

A private family graveside service will be held. A memorial service will be held at a later date when the gathering restrictions are rescinded.

Memorials may be made to Hillcrest Baptist Church, 1300 Anderson Drive, Williamston, SC 29697.

Sullivan-King Mortuary

Sarah Cobb Walker

Sarah Waldrop Cobb Walker, 91, of Greenville passed away Thursday, April 23, 2020, at McCall Hospice House in Simpsonville.

She was a daughter of the late William Leonard and Mary White Waldrop of Piedmont. She was a fifth-grade teacher at Duncan Chapel Elementary School for many years, before retiring from the Greenville County School System.

She and her first husband, William A. “Bill” Cobb were charter members of John Knox Presbyterian Church. She and her second husband, William H. “Bill” Walker were members of First Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include her husband, Bill Walker; daughter, Sally Cobb Krisel of Athens, GA; three grandchildren  and two great-grandchildren. 

She is also survived by her stepchildren Len Walker, Katie Walker Oden and step-grandchildren.

A private celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

Memorial gifts may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association – Upstate SC Chapter, 123 West Antrim Drive, Greenville, SC 29607, or a charity of the giver’s choice.

Lorrain May

Lorrain Watford May, 59, wife of Jim May, of Piedmont passed away Saturday, April 18, 2020.

Born in Houston, TX, she was a daughter of the late Edward G. Watford and Rosalee Jones Watford Ebron.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by three children, Laura Lee Watson, Anthony Fain, and Michael Willard; four grandchildren, three sisters, Trely Wolfe, Kitty Chastine, and Edie Richey; two brothers.

A private graveside was held in Greenville Memorial Gardens on Friday, April 24.

The family encourages those at home to share your condolences on Lorrain’s obituary tribute wall or send a “Hug from Home” by visiting

Ron Davenport

El Campo, TX – Ronald Dale Davenport, 73, formerly of Williamston, passed away on April 21, 2020.  

He was born on May 30, 1946 in Pelzer, South Carolina to the late Edwin Thomas and Rachel Saxon Davenport.  He loved to play golf and spending time with his grandchildren.

He is survived by his daughters, Tami Elliott and husband Jason of Huntsville, Amanda Davenport of El Campo; son, Brett Davenport and wife Nicole of Houston; 7 grandchildren, Jayce Elliott, Jalyn Elliott, Harper Davenport, Charlotte Davenport, Riley Davenport, Taylor Davenport, and Aubree Drozd; and sister, Sandra Joan Chapman of Anderson, South Carolina.

He is preceded in death by his parents; wife, Bobbie Davenport; and brother Jerry Chapman Sr.

Honorary pallbearers are Bill Early, Dave Drewett, Tony Mack Lollis, Sonny Sapp, Brett Davenport, Jason Elliott, Jayce Elliott and Perry Nix.

Mr. Davenport will lie in state at the funeral home on Wednesday, April 29, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. for those wishing to pay their respects.

 A graveside service will be held Thursday, April 30, at 11 a.m. at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Anderson.   

 Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Association or to the charity of one’s choice.

   Gray Mortuary, Pelzer


Rebekah Irene Jackson 

Rebekah Irene Jackson, 66, went to be with her Lord on April 24, 2020, after a long illness. Born in Enoree SC, she was the daughter of the late Cecil L. and Rachel (Bishop) Sullivan. 

Rebekah was a loving mother, having raised three of her own children and two of her four grandchildren. 

She was preceded in death by her father Cecil, her third husband Keith Jackson, her eldest daughter Andreah (Black) Anders, and a great-granddaughter,  Mae Testerman. 

She is survived by her mother Rachel (Bishop) Kluizenaar; a daughter, Gwendolyn (Ledford) Hyust and her husband Christopher, of Mauldin; a son, Jacob Jackson and his wife Suzanne, of Centerville; a grandson, Nathaniel Anders; six granddaughters: Savannah (Barton) Deason, Elizabeth (Hamby) Testerman, Lillian Hyust, Brittany Riddle, and Kia and Tathum Richards; a great-grandson, Luther Testerman; four sisters: Rita Davis of Greenville, Beverly Kelly of Williamston, Jerilyn Carlton of Piedmont, and Tammy Garrett of Greer; and one brother, Chuck Sullivan of Seneca.She is also survived by five nieces and nephews, as well as many close friends, including Paulette Wilson, her best friend of over 40 years, and friends of her children and grandchildren who considered her as a mother figure. Rebekah was a special lady who will be greatly missed by all who loved her.

Services will be held on Friday May 1st at 11:30am at Trinity Baptist Church in Williamston SC, a town where Rebekah spent many happy years with her husband Keith. Due to current restrictions, the family asks that those in attendance maintain social distancing. In lieu of flowers, please make any donations to The American Cancer Society.

Guerry Ronald Cox 

Guerry Ronald Cox, 67, loving husband of Donna Davenport Cox, passed away Saturday, April 25, 2020 at his residence in Williamston, SC.

Guerry was born in Greenville, SC and was the son of Dr. and Mrs. Ron Cox of Highpoint, NC and the late Janet Parham Rollins of Fairplay, SC. He was a retired truck driver with VF Jeanswear.

Guerry was an avid bowler and loved his bowling family at Boulevard Lanes in Anderson, SC.

He was also the best Granddaddy ever to his grandchildren who were the light of his life. Guerry was a Graduate of J.L. Mann High School and Clemson University.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are children, Leighann Mendes (Michael), Lauren Binder (Matthew), Ashley Thompson, Dusty Thompson (Kayla), and Halston Thompson (Jamie); grandchildren, Logan, Luke, Khloe, Bristol, Charlotte, Rusty, Eva, and Barrett; and a sister, Diane Cox Morton.

Please send anything you would like in recognition of his bowling league to be used for something special in his memory in care of Donna Cox at 1205 S. Academy St. Ext. Williamston, SC 29697.

Guest book is online and the family welcomes your prayers and condolences.

A celebration of life will be planned at a later date for those who loved him.

Visit or Robinson Funeral Home & Crematory-Powdersville Road, Easley.

Mary E. Hawkins

Mary Elizabeth Thorne Hawkins, 83, of Williamston, passed away Tuesday, April 21, 2020 at her home. Born in Brewton, AL, she was the daughter of the late Sevia Baxter Thorne and Gloria Inez Gammil Thorne. She was married to the late Walter David Hawkins, Sr.

 She was a member of Bethany Baptist Church in Belton.

She is survived by her sons, Robert A. Hawkins of Pelzer, Richard Wayne Hawkins of Belton, and Mark Hawkins of Williamston, daughters, Lynn Greer of Donalds, and Carla Massingale of Williamston, brothers, Bill Thorne of Louisiana and Randy Thorne of Mississippi; sister, Pate Wallace of Mississippi; 18 grandchildren, 34 great-grandchildren; and 4 great-great grandchildren.

The funeral service was held on Friday, April 24, in The Courtyard of The McDougald Funeral Home. Interment will be in M.J. “Dolly” Cooper Veterans Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Providence Care Hospice, 202 Wall St., Piedmont, SC 29673.

Brenda Cody

Brenda Lee Whitlock Cody, 58, wife of Kenneth Charles Cody, Jr., of Easley passed away Friday, April 24, 2020.

Born in Anderson County, she was a daughter of the late Hoyt Lee and Jeanette Evelyn Bowen Whitlock. She was a homemaker and a member of Living Sanctuary Church in Powdersville.

 In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children, K.C. Cody of Columbia, Tasha Grice of PA, and Adrienne Colley of Duncan; sister, Diane Hammonds of Greenville; brother, David Whitlock of Duncan; and nine grandchildren, Naeomi and David Grice, Jamilyn and J.C. Barnes, Luna Cody, Joshua Barnes, Brentan Hyatt, Kaylee and Kyleigh Colley.

 A memorial service was held at Gray Mortuary on April 28  with visitation to follow.

Mary Martin

Mary Louise Odom Picklesimer Martin, 83, of Piedmont wife of the late Jerry Benjamin Martin, Sr., passed away Sunday, April 26, 2020.

She was twice married, first to the late Richard Kent Picklesimer.

Born in Blackville, she was the daughter of the late James W. and Margaret Matthew Robinson Odom. She retired from J.P. Stevens, Estes Plant, was a member of Guthrie Grove Church of God of the Abrahamic Faith and attended Pine Grove Baptist Church.

Survivors include a son, Thomas R. “Tommy” Picklesimer of Piedmont; step-son, Jerry B. Martin, Jr. of Easley; brother, Grady Odom of Williston; five grandchildren, great-grandchildren, Branden, Bradley, Bradon, Easton, Jeffery, Blake, Kaylee, and Cash; two step-grandchildren, and two step-great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held Friday, May 1 at 2:00 p.m. at Guthrie Grove Church of God of the Abrahamic Faith Cemetery, with visitation to follow.

 Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to McCall Hospice House, 1836 West Georgia Road, Simpsonville, SC 29680.

The family is at the home.

Griffin Peters

Jon Griffin Peters, 17,  of Pelzer, passed away on Monday, April 20, 2020.

Born in Greenville, he was the son of Phillip E. and Miriam Ruth Finley Peters of the home. He was an eleventh-grade student at Wren High School.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by a sister, Olivia Grace Peters of the home; maternal grandmother, Elane Finley of Belton. 

A private memorial service will be held, with a public service to be planned at a later date when the COVID-19 restrictions are lifted.