Obituaries 1-13-2021

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James Franklin Page, Jimmy Burns, James Pepper, Bob Poole, Mary Owings, Brenda Collins, Linda Davis, James Cleveland, Thula Whitt, Charles W. “Midge” Davis, Sr.

Charles W. “Midge” Davis, Sr.

Charles W. “Midge” Davis, Sr., youngest child of Homer Frank and Marie Mulliken Davis went to join his heavenly family on January 9, 2021, one day before his 92nd birthday. He was born in Pickens County on January 10, 1929.

Midge was a member of the last class to graduate in the 11th grade at Piedmont High School, where he was student body president. He always excelled in all high school sports and later played basketball and baseball for the Piedmont Rangers Textile Teams. He also coached two midget championship teams in the Southern Textile Basketball Tournament. In September 2016, he was inducted into the Southern Textile Basketball Hall of Fame.

He served two years in the Army as a Cpl and MP during the Korean conflict. After leaving service, he worked for Piedmont Manufacturing and later worked and retired from the Colonial Oil Company/Davis Interstate.

He was a big fan at the ball games of his grand and great grand’s, which included many at Wren High School, University of South Carolina and Erskine College for softball and football games. He was a great friend to many and a wonderful and witty dad, papa, and uncle.

He is survived by son, Charles W. “Chuck” Davis, Jr. (Lisa); daughter, Marsha Rogers (Tommy); grandchildren, Chanda Hawkins, Tommy Rogers, Jr. (Jessica), Tia Rogers (Haley), and Reagan Davis; great grands, Chelsea and Wes Hawkins, Bailey, Ashton, and Carter Rogers; and a dear friend, Johanna Marie, his personal Honor Flight Guardian.

In addition to his parents and loving wife of 63 years, Lallie Jean Pepper Davis, Midge was preceded in death by his siblings; Nellie Dee Chapman, Lottie Rampey, Mary Evans, Johnnie, Jim, and Frank.

Although no formal Receiving of Friends will be held, friends could pay their respects Tuesday, January 12, 2021 at Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Downtown. A graveside service will be held Wednesday, January 13, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. at Greenville Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Piedmont Historical Preservation Society, P.O. Box 284, Piedmont, SC 29673, where he spent many hours sharing his knowledge and identifying people and places.

Condolences may be left for the family by visiting www.thomasmcafee.com.

Thula Whitt

Williamston – Thula Ann Smith Whitt, 85, widow of Joel “Joe” Francis Whitt, passed away Wednesday, January 6, 2021.

Born in Pelzer, she was the daughter of the late Lawton “Sam” and Eunice Crompton Smith.  Thula graduated from Pelzer High School and Anderson College.  She retired from Liberty Life Insurance Company of Greenville and was a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church.

 Survivors include brother, Richard Smith (Kay) of Belton; nieces Wendy S. Nix (Donnie) of Seneca and Ginger S. Carter (Joey) of Williamston; great nephew, Evan Carter and great nieces, Madeline Carter and Olivia Nix.

She was predeceased by brother, Aubrey Smith.

The body will lie in state Saturday, January 16, from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer.

The funeral service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Sunday, January 17, in the mortuary chapel.  Burial will be at M.J. “Dolly” Cooper Veteran’s Cemetery on Monday, January 25, at 1:00 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Tabernacle Baptist Church, P.O. Box 268, Pelzer, SC 29669.

Due to Covid-19, the family requests that masks be worn, and social distancing observed.   

Condolences: www.graymortuary.com

 

James Cleveland

James Howard “Jimmy” Cleveland of Williamston, 83, husband of Brenda Faye Pitts Cleveland, passed away Tuesday, January 5, 2021.

Born in Hartwell, GA, he was a son of the late Howard Clifton and L.T. Cochran Cleveland. A U.S. Army veteran, he was formerly employed with Integrated Electrical Services, Inc. (Davis Electrical) and was a member of Truth Missionary Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughter, Robin Elaine Cleveland of Hilton Head; brothers, Jerry Cleveland of Gallatin, TN, Bobby Cleveland of Piedmont, and Larry Cleveland of Easley: and three grandchildren.

The service was in the mortuary chapel.

Burial will be held at a later date at M.J. “Dolly” Cooper Veterans Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Truth Missionary Baptist Church, 200 Saluda Dam Road, Greenville, SC 29611.

The family is at the home.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer

Condolences: www.graymortuary.com

Linda Davis

Linda Gail Wood Davis of Williamston, 78, widow of William Gary “Pete” Davis, passed away Friday, January 8, 2021.

Born in Anderson County, she was a daughter of the late Frank Anthony and Lois Hanks Wood.  She was retired from Gerber Childrenswear.

Survivors include daughters, Donna Craine and Renee Russell, both of Pelzer; son, William “Timmy” Davis of Easley; sisters, Margaret Arflin of Greenville, Jean King of Pelzer, Vickie King of Pelzer, Marilyn McDowell of Williamston, Dian Faye of Hartwell, GA; ten grandchildren and twenty-one great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 930 West Faris Rd., Greenville, SC 29605.

The families are at their respective homes.   

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer

Condolences: www.graymortuary.com

Brenda Collins

Brenda Gail Rainey Garner Collins of Williamston, 75, wife of Curtis Eddie Collins, went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, January 9, 2021.

Born in Pelzer, she was a daughter of the late Cleo and Mary Cecil Rhodes Rainey. She retired from Anderson School District One and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by children, Curtis Collins of Pelzer, Andrea Weaver of Toccoa, GA, Nikki Owens of Seneca, and Torrey Collins of Braselton, GA; brother, Bud Rainey  of Williamston; five grandchildren.

She was predeceased by sister, Sue Stringer and brother, Gary Rainey.

Visitation will be held from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 13, at Calvary Baptist Church with the funeral service following at 2:00 p.m. at the church. 

Burial will be at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, January 29, at M.J. “Dolly” Cooper Veterans Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church, 10 Academy Street, Williamston, SC 29697.

Due to Covid-19, the family requests that masks be worn, and social distancing observed.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer

Condolences: www.graymortuary.com

Mary Owings

Mary Frances Deal Owings of Pelzer, 80, widow of John Heyward Owings, passed away Sunday, January 10, 2021.

Born in Anderson County, she retired from Bi-Lo and was a member of Reedy Fork Baptist Church.

Survivors include son, Timothy Owings of Pelzer; daughter, Karen Everhart of Pelzer; sister, Ann Deal Spearman of Greenville; five grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

The body will lie in state Wednesday, January 13, from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and Thursday, January 14, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer.

A graveside service will be held at 2:00 p.m. Thursday, January 14, at Greenville Memorial Gardens.

Flowers are optional or if preferred, memorials may be made to Nehemiah’s Wall, c/o Washington Baptist Church, 208 Washington Church Rd, Pelzer, SC 29669 or to Triune Mercy Center Ministry or Youth and Children’s Ministry, c/o Reedy Fork Baptist Church, 459 Reedy Fork Rd., Greenville, SC 29605.

Due to Covid-19, the family requests that masks be worn, and social distancing observed.

Condolences: www.graymortuary.com

Bob Poole

Robert “Bob” Bailey Poole, Sr. of Belton, 91, husband of Sue Frances Bishop Poole, passed away Tuesday, January 12, 2021.

Born in Gastonia, NC, he was a son of the late Albert Moore and Eva Callie Bailey Poole. He was a U.S. Navy veteran and a retired detective with the Anderson County Sheriff’s Office.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughters, Cheryl Jean Poole Kelly of Belton, Julie Lynn of Powdersville, and Robbie Poole Jackson of Seneca; sons, Robert Poole Jr. of Anderson and Frank Poole of Williamston; sisters, Katherine Cobb of Simpsonville and Anne Hart of Belton; twelve grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson. He was predeceased by brother, Vernon Poole.

A private graveside service will be held.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer

Condolences: www.graymortuary.com

James Pepper

James Alan Pepper, 37 of Easley, passed away on Tuesday, January 12, 2021.

   Born in Greenville, he was the son of the late Floyd Anderson Pepper and of Brenda Floyd Hiott and stepfather, Larry Hiott of Pelzer. He was employed with ThreatConnect.

   In addition to his mother and stepfather, he is survived by a daughter, Olivia Rose Pepper, age 7, of the home.

A private memorial service will be held.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer

Condolences: www.graymortuary.com

Jimmy Burns

James Edward “Jimmy” “Caveman” Burns of Williamston, 69, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, January 5, 2021.

Born in Williamston, he was a son of the late Pinkney Edward and Helen Julia Taylor Burns. He was formerly employed with Gerber and was a member of Pelzer First Baptist Church. He served many years as an EMT with Pelzer Rescue Squad and as a fireman for Pelzer Fire Department.

He is survived by a daughter, Casey Burns Coleman of Williamston; brothers, Billy Burns and David Burns both of Pelzer; two grandchildren.

   No services are planned at this time.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer

Condolences: www.graymortuary.com

 James Franklin Page 

Belton – James Franklin Page, 84, husband of Edna “Sue” Owens Page, died Sunday January 10, 2021 at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

Born March 28, 1936 in Honea Path to the late James Abner and Nettie Henderson Page, he was a veteran of the United States Navy, he retired from Cryovac and went to work for Afco for 10 more years. James was a private pilot, and best known for his outboard motor work at Page’s Marine Services for over 50 years.

He was a member of Crossroads Assembly of God in Williamston, and a member of the Civil Air Patrol.

Surviving other than his wife of 64 years of the home, are his sons, James “Rickey” Page and “Wendell” Franklin Page both of Belton; his grandson, Kevin Wendell Page and wife Lindsey of Belton; his brothers, Tony Page and wife Linda, and Ronnie Page and wife Kristen; 2 great grandchildren, Avery James and Ella Clare Page. He was predeceased by a grandson, Christopher Adam Page, a daughter in law, Nancy Lane Page, and 3 sisters, Lula Mae Bagwell Sloan, Edna Myers, and Betty Jean Page.

Graveside services were conducted Tuesday at 2:00 PM from the Garden of Memories with Rev. Rowland Johnson and Rev. Michael Hanley officiating.

Due to COVID-19, social distancing is required.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Hospice of the Upstate 1835 Rodgers Rd. Anderson SC 29621.

Cox Funeral Home is honored to serve the Page family.