Obituaries 12-1-2021


Sherilyn Woodruff, Betty Tribble Wills, Dottie Standard, Joyce Bagwell, Olive Wilson, David Webb, Jack Lowe, Blake Allen, Hazelean Linebarger, David Chappell


David Chappell

David Jackson Chappell, of Belton, 92, husband of the late Annie Lee Stephens Chappell, passed away Monday, November 22, 2021.

He was twice married, first to the late Ruth Elizabeth Stancil Chappell.

Born in Westminster, he was a son of the late Marlor Fretwell and Samantha Watkins Chappell. He was a U.S. Army Korean War veteran. He retired from Singer Corporation and was a member of Varennes Heights Baptist Church.

Survivors include daughters, Peggy E. Cason of Anderson and Joyce Marcengill of Westminster; son, Gregory J. Chappell of Belton; sister, Lois Bramlett of Westminster; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

 Visitation was November 29 at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer. A graveside service followed at M.J. “Dolly” Cooper Veteran Cemetery with military honors.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Richard M. Campbell Veterans Nursing Home, 4605 Belton Hwy., Anderson, SC 29621.


Hazelean Linebarger

Hazelean Ollie Hicks Linebarger, of Pelzer, 82, passed away on Tuesday, November 23, 2021. 

She was born July 31, 1939, in Greeneville, TN, the daughter of the late John and Thelma Carrier Hicks. She was also preceded in death by two sisters, Emma Lee Guerassio and Mary Solomon; brother, John Hicks; and grandson, Alex Kelley.

Survivors include her husband, Fox Linebarger of Pelzer; three children, Lena Kelley (Rod) of Easley, Zack Linebarger of Pelzer, and Brad Linebarger of Williamston; two sisters, Trella White of TN and Shirley Condo of GA; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren.

The family received friends November 27 at Whitefield Baptist Church with the funeral service following. Burial was in the church cemetery.

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

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer


Blake Allen

Richard Blake Allen, 35, of Pelzer, passed away Monday, November 22, 2021.

Born in Greenville, he was the son of Jerry Lynn Allen and the late Pamela Gail Owens Allen. He was a quality improvement tester for BB&T/Truist Bank.

In addition to his father, he is survived by his sister, Tiffany Allen, and nephews, Ethan and Caleb Godfrey.

Visitation will be held Thursday, December 2, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. at Gray Mortuary. A graveside service will follow at 3:00 p.m. at Greenville Memorial Gardens.

Due to Covid-19, it is suggested that masks be worn and social distancing observed.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer


Jack Lowe

Williamston – Jack Thomas Lowe, of Williamston, 85, husband of Martha Campbell Lowe, passed away Thursday, November 25, 2021.

He was twice married, first to the late Willie Ruth Crawford Lowe.

Born in Belton, he was a son of the late Boyce Thomas and Inez Fields Lowe. A U.S. Army veteran, he retired from Duke Energy and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

He is survived by a son, David A. Lowe of Williamston; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Visitation was held November 28 at Calvary Baptist Church. Burial was at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels of Anderson, P.O. Box 285, Anderson, SC 29622.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer


David Webb

David Earl Webbof Belton, 76, husband of Linda Gale Ellison Webb, passed away Thursday, November 25, 2021.

   Born in Belton, he was a son of the late Olin Luther and Annie Odell Ashley Webb. A veteran of the U.S. Army National Guard, he was in electrical construction and was self-employed as a mechanic and car wholesale dealer.

   In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Amanda “Mandy” Webb Craft; son, Timothy Scott Webb; three grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

 Visitation was held November 30 at Gray Mortuary.

   The funeral will be Thursday, December 2 at 11:00 a.m. at Greenville Memorial Gardens Mausoleum Chapel, with entombment to follow.

Due to Covid-19, it is suggested that masks be worn and social distancing observed.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer


Olive Wilson

Anderson – Olive Fuller Lander Wilson, 99, died Monday, November 29, 2021 in Anderson, SC.

Born at home near Martinsville, TX, in Nacogdoches County, she was the daughter of the late Edward Fulton and Lillian Beatrice Brewer Fuller. She grew up on the family Hereford farm and attended Nacogdoches schools, even walking down a dirt road in snow—but wearing shoes.  

   She persuaded her parents to allow her to go away to school. She graduated from Mary Hardin Baylor College in Belton, TX. She described it as a Southern Texas Baptist Girls’ School for Female Women, since it was extremely strict. She finished with a Bachelor of Music degree and arranged the school song into march time, an arrangement still being used today.

During her senior year, she served as chaperone to an underclassman on a date with a young Army lieutenant at Camp (now Fort) Hood in nearby Killeen, TX. William T. Lander, Jr. was from Williamston, SC and was quite taken with her. On their first date, he told her they would marry and that her hair was too long for someone as small as she. She went back to her dorm, cut her hair as short as she dared, put it in a box, and mailed it to him. Bill never mentioned her hair again. He also nicknamed her “Pete” for reasons lost to memory.

They were married six weeks later at the Baptist parsonage. She was given in marriage by the president of the college because her father was on the county gas rationing board and felt it unfair to get extra stamps to attend her wedding.As long as her husband was in the States, she lived near where he was stationed. When he was sent overseas to the Pacific, she returned home to Texas. Their first child, Susan, was born in Nacogdoches.

After the war’s end, Bill took her back home to South Carolina, where she was welcomed by the Lander family and began teaching in the local schools. They had two more daughters, Margaret and Laura. Olive had been raised and baptized in the Baptist church, but became a Methodist and was active at Grace Methodist Church, especially with the choir and the Women’s Society for Christian Service. She and Bill served as Youth Directors at Lake Junaluska during several summers. She also was the first person ordained as a Minister of Music in the Methodist Church in South Carolina.

When Bill became Director of the SC Opportunity School, she became the school hostess and entertained visitors and dignitaries and had the ability to make everyone feel welcome, comfortable and interesting. She could talk to anyone and enjoyed doing so. She set a beautiful table and was a talented cook. Again, she was active in the church—this time, Platt Springs Methodist.

   After Bill’s sudden death, she returned to Williamston and began teaching again in Williamston and earned a Master of Library Science degree and became the librarian at Palmetto High School, where she worked until she retired. She again was active at Grace Church and the United Methodist Women. She became a Certified Lay Servant and taught Sunday School. She was an active member of the Williamston Garden Club and the Lambda chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa. Later, she became a board member of the Anderson County Humane Society and was one of the earliest volunteers at Hospice of the Upstate.

She married Jack Wilson several years later and acquired a stepson, Jack, Jr. and daughter-in-law, Beth. She and Jack were married for thirty years when he died.

After his death, she moved to Columbia to live with one daughter and be closer to the other two. She joined Suber-Marshall Memorial UMC and sang in the choir and was active in the United Methodist Women. She served on the board at Killingsworth Home in Columbia, which provided support for women in crisis. Later she became a member of Main Street UMC. She moved her ADK membership to a fidelis chapter and became a Golden Girl (50-year member).

 In 2020, she was able to move back to the Upstate, finding a house in Anderson. Although between her age and COVID, she was unable to be as active as she had been but maintained an active interest in local, church, and world affairs. She voted in the 2020 election and was relieved that hope wasn’t dead. She had hoped to see the first woman president but had to be content with the first woman vice-president.

 Olive loved books (just look in her house) and could find a book for any student that needed encouragement to read. She was passionate about reading and learning and refused to throw away anything she thought some student might need for a term paper in the future. This covered a lot of stuff.

 Music continued to be a vital part of her life. She loved all kinds of music from classical symphonies to Willie Nelson, the last concert she attended. When she was being tested in college, her arms were not long enough to extend a trombone all the way out, so she had to show the position of the slide by holding the horn in her lap sideways.  She played the cello and the French horn in college and always loved hearing them.

   She was most proud of her children and is survived by them: Susan Lander (Mike) LeBase; Margaret Lander Shaw (Jim Rigdon), and Mary Laura Lander. Other survivors include grandsons, Kenneth Robert Dye, III; William Lander (Ashley) West-Davis; Frank Fuller Davis; and granddaughter Lily Shaw (Kris) Kirk; stepson, Jack C. (Beth) Wilson, Jr.; special friend, Billy Clinkscales; several nieces and nephews from both her Texas family and her South Carolina family and their children and grandchildren. She had a special relationship with a great-grandniece, Braylee Smith. She was preceded in death by her two brothers, T.U. and Warren Fuller, as well as her parents and two infant grandsons.

   Olive enjoyed gardening, canning, reading, quilting, and entertaining. She was proud of being a native Texan and loved her Texas roots and family, but she also loved South Carolina and the family that adopted her when she married. She was a great storyteller and saw humor in things that many people missed. She was opinionated, sassy, and a rabid Democrat. A number of her children’s friends adopted her as their mother which suited her just fine. Pete enjoyed being around her children and grandchildren and their friends. The feeling was mutual.

She lived her life according to her favorite Bible verse, Micah 6:8: And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God. The best tribute you could make would be to live your life the same way.

A private graveside service is planned. A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.

   May her memory be a blessing.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer


Joyce Bagwell

Pelzer – Joyce Ann Woodson Bagwell, 83, wife of the late William David Bagwell, passed away Thursday, November 25, 2021.

Born in Anderson, she was the daughter of the late L.D. Woodson and Kathleen Williams Woodson Clardy. She worked in banking operations for over 39 years, starting with Peoples National Bank (now Bank of America) and then with American Federal (now Truist), retiring as Assistant Vice President in the check processing department. She was a member of Washington Baptist Church.

She is survived by her son, Tony Bagwell of Pelzer; granddaughter, Bridgette Bagwell; and sister-in-law Betty Woodson of Pelzer.

She was predeceased by brothers, Charles and Curtis Woodson.

Visitation was held Tuesday, November 30, from 1:00 to 1:45 p.m. at Washington Baptist Church, with the service following at 2:00 p.m.

Burial will be Friday, December 3 at 3:00 p.m. at Greenville Memorial Gardens.

Due to Covid-19, it is suggested that masks be worn and social distancing observed.

A special thank you to Van and Martha Bagwell for their Love and Care shown to Joyce.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Washington Baptist Church, Nehemiah’s Wall, 208 Washington Church Road, Pelzer, SC 29669.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer


Dottie Standard

Dorothy Marie Cooper “Dottie” Standard, of Easley, 62, passed away Tuesday, November 23, 2021.

 Born in Williamston, she was a daughter of the late Louie William and Margaret Kathleen Carithers Cooper. She was formerly employed with Woven Electronics in Simpsonville and was a member of Waycross Baptist Church.

She is survived by a sister, Kay Cooper Catron of Carnesville, GA; two nieces; four great-nephews; and one great-niece.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, December 1 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Gray Mortuary, with the funeral to follow at 12:00 p.m. in the mortuary chapel. Burial will be held at Greenville Memorial Gardens.

   Due to Covid-19, it is suggested that masks be worn and social distancing observed.

   Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Upstate SC Chapter, 4124 Clemson Boulevard, Suite L, Anderson, SC 29621.

   Gray Mortuary, Pelzer


Betty Tribble Wills 

Betty Tribble Wills, 96, died November 27, 2021 at Foothills Retirement Community in Easley, SC. 

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, December 4, at 12 PM at the Gray Funeral Home Chapel of Clinton with internment at Rosemont Cemetery. 

Betty was born In Clinton on November 17, 1925, the first child of the late Warren Blakely Tribble and Bessie Quinn Tribble. Her only sister was the late Louise Tribble Cerny of Atlanta, and her only brother was the late Dr. David Edgar Tribble of Columbia. 

Betty is survived by nine nephews, Curtis Green Tribble, MD, (Megan), Charlottesville, VA, David Edgar Tribble, Jr., (Leta), Clinton, SC, James Benjamin Tribble, MD, (Lynn), Columbia, SC, John Newton Tribble (Tony), Atlanta, GA, Reid  Warren Tribble, MD (Mary), Columbia, SC, William Brice Tribble (Ann Marie), Laurens, SC, John David Cerny (Lynne), Duluth, GA, Paul Quinn Cerny, MD, (Kathy), Buford, GA, and CPT Mark Robert Cerny (Kim), Honolulu, HI, and their families. Also, surviving are two nieces, Julie Wills, Madison, AL, and Carolyn Wills Jay, Pascagoula, MS, and their families. Betty also appreciated the support and care given her by two friends, Eleanor Richardson and Susan Cain of Flat Rock, NC 

Betty was graduated from Erskine College, Due West, SC, at the age of 19, and later earned a masters degree at the University of South Carolina in Columbia. She began a career in journalism at the Index Journal in Greenwood, SC, moving later to Spartanburg, SC, when she joined the reporting staff of The Spartanburg Herald. 

In 1955, Ed and Betty Wills moved to Williamston, SC and established a new weekly newspaper, The Journal, serving suburban areas along Interstate 85 of Greenville and Anderson Counties. 

Following the death of her husband in 1962, the newspaper business was sold and Betty was employed by her Alma Mater, in admissions, leading to graduate work and eventually to head the undergraduate admissions office at USC in Columbia. She took early retirement to devote necessary care for her father, who died at the age of 97, and other elderly family members. 

Soon after the death of her husband, Betty had built a permanent home on the grounds of Bonclarken Conference Center, Flat Rock, NC, using this as home base during college and university work. She was an active and dedicated member of Pinecrest Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church in Hendersonville as well as a loyal and generous volunteer and supporter of Bonclarken. 

Betty spent the latter years of her life at Covenant Way in Due West, SC, and Laurel Crest Retirement Center in Columbia, SC, before moving to assisted living at Foothills. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Bonclarken Conference Center, 500 Pine Drive, Flat Rock, NC 28731, Providence ARP Church, 701 S. Broad St., Clinton, SC 29325, or a charity of your choice. 


Sherilyn Woodruff    

Williamston – Sherilyn Haskins Woodruff, 74, wife of Daniel “Dan” Keith Woodruff, passed away Monday, October 18, 2021.

  Born in Winter Haven, FL, she was the daughter of the late Gerald Gideon and Imogene Raiden Haskins.  She owned Sherilyn H. Hill Insurance Agency, Inc. and began her career in insurance with State Farm, working in the Regional office in Florida. Prudential offered her a position as an agent in Orlando, FL, and she took it. Several years later, State Farm began hiring female agents, and they offered her an agency in Orlando, making her the fifth female State Farm Agent in the state of Florida. When the old agent in Williamston retired from State Farm, they offered Sherilyn the agency in Williamston, which she has operated since 1996. She was an acclaimed agent for more than 50 years.       

   Sherilyn was a member of the Eastern Orthodox Church in Orlando, the Nathanael Greene Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Greenville, a Dame Commandeur of the Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem, and a former exotic animal trainer for Tiger’s Eye Productions in Orlando where she worked with the big cats.

   In addition to her husband, she is survived by son, Corey Woodruff (Jessica) and their children, Melvin and Austin of Buda, TX; sister, Susan Carter (Allen) of Tavares, FL; brother, Jerry Haskins (Opal) of Minneapolis, MN, and fourteen nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her brother, Jesse M. Hadsock, III.

Visitation was held Saturday, November 6, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m., with the funeral following at 11:00 a.m. at Calvary Baptist Church in Williamston.

Due to Covid-19, it wassuggested that masks be worn and social distancing observed.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer

Condolences may be sent to Dan at 608 West Main Street, Williamston, SC 29697.