Obituaries 1-27-2021


Jacquelyn White, Ruby A. Young, Ethel Staggs, Elizabeth Partain, Mildred Louise Walton, Kenneth Ashley, Marcia Tribble, Ronnie Trotter

Ronnie Trotter

Jerome Butler “Ronnie” Trotter, III of Pelzer, 90, husband of the late Geraldine Riley “Jerry” Trotter, passed away Monday, January 25, 2021.

Born in Greenwood, he was a son of the late Jerome Butler Trotter, Jr. and Lulu Welborn Trotter Norris. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in the Korean War. He retired from McKesson Drug Company. He was a member of the former Pelzer Presbyterian Church, now Faith Presbyterian Church.

   He is survived by daughter, Meg Trotter of Williamston; son, Jerome Butler “J.B.” Trotter, IV of Pelzer; two grandchildren and one great-granddaughter.

   A memorial service will be held Thursday, January 28, at 3:00 p.m. in the chapel at Gray Mortuary.

   Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer


Marcia Tribble

Marcia Ann Byers Tribble of Anderson, 77, wife of the late Albert Preston “Bud” Tribble, passed away Saturday, January 23, 2021.

Born in Greenville, she was a daughter of the late Earl Frederick and Lila Aurora Hedden Byers. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include daughters, Gloria Beth Tribble, Susan Marie Hand, and Angela Tribble, all of Anderson; sister, Janet Ashley of Anderson; ten grandchildren; 23  great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

A graveside service was, January 27 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer


Kenneth Ashley

Kenneth Kay “Pop” Ashley of Honea Path, born June 25, 1922, entered the gates of Heaven on Sunday, January 17, 2021 at the age of 98, to join his beloved wife Kate Werner Ashley.

Pop was loved by everyone but especially his family: his children, Kenneth Kay “Kenny” Ashley, Jr. and his wife, Wanda; daughter, Karen Ashley and her best friend, Dee Davis who Pop so lovingly considered another daughter. His grandchildren, Clay Ashley (Megan), Kia Dungan (John), Taylor Fowler (Daniel), and Grayson Kelly (Andrea); great-grandchildren, EllaKate and Sadler Fowler, Jackson Ashley, Kai, Zane, and Bay Dungan, and Finley Kelly.

Pop was a member of the United States Air Force and served in WWII. He was a longtime member of Williamston First Baptist Church where he served in many capacities. He moved to The Maples assisted living facility in May 2016 and joined Honea Path First Baptist Church. Pop was a true servant of the Lord, his family, the church, and community. He is known for the brownies that he made and so graciously delivered to homes, schools, and businesses in our community with a big smile on his face. He loved to bring people joy and happiness and was so richly loved in return.

 The family is planning a unique and special memorial service to celebrate his life at a date to be announced soon. Pop’s favorite verse was Philippians 4:4, “Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say rejoice”. Pop lived this verse daily and is rejoicing with his Savior in Heaven.

The family asks that you keep them in your prayers as they navigate life without their beloved Pop. If you would like to make a donation in his memory, please consider doing so to The Maples at Austin Place, 224 Wildwood Drive, Honea Path, SC 29654. The staff there have been such a big part in caring for him and he and the family love them all dearly. Memorials may also be made to Honea Path First Baptist Church, 100 South Main Street, Honea Path, SC 29654.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer


Mildred Louise Walton 

Mildred Louise Walton of Piedmont, 96, wife of the late Clyde N. Walton, died Friday, January 22, 2021. 

Born in Greenville, SC, she was the daughter of the late Leon Bailey and Lucille Dempsey Bishop. 

A graveside service was held Wednesday, January 27, 2021 at Greenville Memorial Gardens. 

Condolences may be left for the family by visiting

Elizabeth Partain

Naomi Elizabeth Johnson Partain of Williamston, 83, wife of Amos Morgan Partain, passed away Tuesday, January 19, 2021.

Born in Elberton, GA, she was a daughter of the late Herbert Arduben and Molly Kathleen Evans Johnson. She retired from Gerber Childrenswear and was a member of Big Creek Baptist Church.

 In addition to her husband, she is survived by children, Shelby Skelton of Anderson, Keith Partain of Williamston, and special son, Victor Brock of Cheddar; sister, Hilder Fleming of Elberton, GA; seven grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren.

A private service will be held.

Due to Covid-19, the family requests privacy at this time.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer


Ethel Staggs

Ethel Lee Yates Staggs of Williamston, 93, widow of Robert Staggs, passed away Monday, January 18, 2021 at her home.

Born in Pelzer, she was a daughter of the late Arthur and Madge Viola Griffin Yates. She retired from the Kendall Co. and was a Baptist.

Survivors include daughters, Sandra Lee Ratliff of Powdersville and Sherry Jean Holcombe of Williamston; children reared in the home, Christina and Brianna Wilson; four grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

A graveside service was held January 21, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Anderson.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer


Ruby A. Young

Ruby Catherine Adkins Young of Piedmont, 81, wife of Sam Franklin Young, Jr., passed away Tuesday, January 26, 2021.

Born in Carthage, NC she was a daughter of the late Roy Herbert and Margaret Seawell Adkins. She was a retired accountant with American Liba Manufacturing and has been a member of Mount Pisgah Baptist Church.

   In addition to her husband, she is survived by son, David Young of Piedmont; daughters, Cathy Dickerson of Williamston and Laura Lardieri of Mount Pleasant; sisters, Pat Glover of Florence and Judy Adkins of Boone, NC; brothers, Roy Adkins of Stoneville, NC and Thomas Adkins of Mayodan, NC; six grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Due to the current health situation in our area, the family will be having a graveside service at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 30 at Mount Pisgah Baptist Church Cemetery. The service will be available via livestream from the church parking lot.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mount Pisgah Baptist Church Building Fund, 101 Pisgah Road, Easley, SC 29642.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer


Jacquelyn White

Anderson – Mary Jacquelyn Stone White, 93, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and her late husband, David Franklin White, Jr., on their wedding anniversary, Sunday, January 24, 2021.

Born in Hampton, VA, she was a daughter of the late John Freeman and Ruby Elizabeth Mitchell Stone. She retired as a financial secretary from Ginter Park Baptist Church. Jackie was a loving and devoted wife, mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother as well as a school teacher and church financial secretary. She served beside her husband in several Baptist churches in Kentucky, Upstate South Carolina, and Virginia. The family were active members of Pendleton First Baptist Church for over thirteen years before God called them to full-time pastorates at Weatherford Baptist then New Vision Baptist in Richmond, VA. The couple returned to South Carolina in 2013 to be closer to family and live out their final years at their daughter’s home in Anderson.

She is survived by six children, Mary W. Klimack (Bill) of Houston, TX, Jacque W. Davison (Doug) of Anderson, David F. White, III (Sharon) of Orangeburg, John S. White (Marilee) of Richmond, VA, Elizabeth “Lillibet” W. Dosher (Franky) of Ware Place, and Stephen B. White (Lori) of Richmond, VA; sister, Helen S. Potter of Virginia Beach, VA; sister-in-law, Louise White McConnell of Richmond, VA; seventeen grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; and many nieces and nephews.

  Besides her husband of 65 years, she was predeceased by four brothers; two sisters; and grandsons, Jonathan White and Jacob Dosher.

   A service for the family will be held at 3:00 pm Saturday, January 30, at Pendleton First Baptist Church followed by burial in the church cemetery. The service will be live streamed for those who would like to but are unable to attend.

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

   Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Anderson, 4124 Clemson Blvd, Ste. L, Anderson, SC 29621.

  Gray Mortuary, Pelzer