Obituaries 1-19-2022


Linda Cooley Oliver, Fred Nichols, Elder Magaha, Howard Maxfield, Marjorie Payne, Jeniffer Loper, Brian Robins, Harry McMinn

Harry McMinn

Harry Lee McMinn, Sr. of Piedmont, 79, husband of Andrea Jeffcoat McMinn, passed away Monday, January 17, 2022, at his home.

Born in Wilmington, NC, he was a son of the late Lola Kirkwood and Fannie Jean Hammond McMinn. He was  a member of Guthrie Grove Church of God of Abrahamic Faith, and a U.S. Air Force Captain veteran.  He was also an accountant and a Guardian Ad Litem.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by son, Harry Lee McMinn, Jr. of Simpsonville; daughters, Wendi McMinn Robinson of Simpsonville and Amy McMinn York of Piedmont; brother, Kirk McMinn of Murrells Inlet, SC; sister, Carolyn Davis of Wilmington, NC; five grandchildren.

The family will receive friends 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Thursday, January 20, at Guthrie Grove Church with the funeral service following at 3:00 p.m.  Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Junior Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF) at

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

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer


Brian Robins

Larry Brian Robins, 46, of Belton, husband of Mary Stephanie Hemphill Robins, passed away on Saturday, January 15, 2022, after a brief battle with Covid.

He was born in Greenville and was a son of Carrie Grant of Pelzer and the late Larry Wayne Robins. He worked  most recently at Managed Infinity. He was a member of NewSpring Church in Anderson.   

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by his children, Abigail Langston of Honea Path, Bradley Robins of Honea Path, Sadie Robins, and Gabriel Robins, both of the home; two grandsons, and siblings, Donna Spearman of Greenville, Debbie Taylor of Greenville, and Mike Johnson of Pelzer.

Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:00 pm Tuesday, January 25, at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer. The service will follow at 2:00 pm in the mortuary chapel. Burial will be at Greenville Memorial Gardens.

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


Jeniffer Loper

Jeniffer “Jen” Ane Loper, of Pelzer, 42, wife of Michael Andrew Baughman, passed away Thursday, January 13, 2022.

   Born in Richmond, VA, she was a daughter of the late James Alfred Pegler, Sr. and Dianne Kristie Maness Pegler Mallard.

   In addition to her husband, she is survived by son, Nathan Allen Baughman; stepfather, Tom Mallard; siblings, Geane Loper, James Loper, Holly Brooks, Barbara Rooth, James Alfred Cutshall, and Grace Taylor.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer


Marjorie Payne

Marjorie King Payne, 94, of Belton, widow of Johnnie Q. Payne, passed away Wednesday, January 12, 2022.

 Born in Shelby, NC, she was a daughter of the late Sam and Anna Belle Hamby King.  She retired from Varrett Company and was a member of Waycross Baptist Church.

Survivors include daughters, Donna Jean Petell of Piedmont and Sherryl Locke of Belton; son, Barry Payne of Simpsonville; nine grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.

 She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

 The funeral service was held January 18, at Gray Mortuary Chapel, Pelzer.  Burial followed in Antioch Christian Church Cemetery, Greenville.


Howard Maxfield

Howard “Rusty” William Maxfield, of Pelzer, 72, husband of Edith Ann Cousineau Maxfield, passed away Wednesday, January 12, 2022, at his home.

Born in Bristol, Connecticut, he was the son of the late Joseph and Mary Irene Duboise Maxfield.  He retired from Engelhard in Duncan, was a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran and a member of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church in Simpsonville.

Survivors include daughter, Jennifer Maxfield Rheaume of Pelzer; one grandchild; sisters, Loretta Marcotte of Simpsonville and Alice Porter of Celebration, Florida.

 A memorial service will be held at a later date at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church.

A celebration of life will also be held at a future date at the home.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer


Elder Magaha

Pelzer – Elder Genelle Kelley Magaha, 92, passed away Saturday, January 15, 2022.

Born in Greenville County, she was a daughter of the late Sidney and Ozell Cooley Kelley. She retired from Swirl Manufacturing Company and was a member of Beech Springs Church.

She is survived by a daughter, Betty Magaha Gowan (Mike) of Williamston; sisters, Doreen Coker of Belton, Barbara and Betty Stroud of Pelzer, Brenda Cothran of Belton, Judy Baldwin of Pelzer; brothers, Bobby, Roger, and Ronnie Kelley of Pelzer; sisters-in-law, Dee and Bonnie Kelley of Pelzer; grandsons, Michael Gowan of Belton and Greg Gowan of Williamston; great-grandsons, Hunter and Easton Gowan; and great-great-granddaughter, Leia-Rose Gowan.

She was predeceased by brothers, Leonard, Gerald, Jimmy, Alfred, and Wilton Kelley.

Visitation will be held Thursday, January 20, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at Beech Springs Church, with the funeral to follow at 2:00 p.m.

Entombment will be held on Thursday, January 27, at 3:00 p.m. at Greenville Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.

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

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer


Fred Nichols

Williamston – Fred Furman Nichols, 85, husband of the late Mary Ann Martin Nichols, passed away Thursday, December 9, 2021.

   Born in Anderson County, he was a son of the late Crate and Elizabeth McCue Nichols. He retired from Anderson School District One and was a member of Big Creek Baptist Church. 

He is survived by brother-in-law, Jimmy Rogers of Anderson; nephew, Chris Cannon (Patty).

Shortly after Fred’s death, his sister, Elaine Rogers passed away January 1, 2022.

He was predeceased by twin brother, Ted Kirston Nichols; brothers, Earby, Harold, Robert and Wendell Nichols; and sister, Ola Addington.

A memorial service will be held 2:00 p.m. Sunday, January 23, 2022, at Big Creek Baptist Church with visitation following the service.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer


Linda Cooley Oliver 

We are praising God today that Linda Cooley Oliver, “Nanny Linda”, 74, of Piedmont SC, has celebrated her heavenly homecoming on Monday, January 17, 2022 while surrounded by her loving family.  

Yesterday, she was bravely battling an illness and today she is playing her piano for the Hallelujah Choir!  She is victorious!  She is celebrating her victory with loved ones that have gone before her.  She was welcomed into heaven by her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  She was reunited with open arms by her loving husband, Sammy Oliver, of 43 years.   Cody Oliver, her precious grandson, had a seat waiting for her at the banquet table.   Her parents, Vance and Jessie Cooley, of Pelzer, had been anxiously awaiting her arrival as well.  Others that attended her homecoming celebration were her loving brothers Grady and Edward Cooley of Easley, Kenneth, Leon and Ronnie Cooley of Pelzer, and Jimmy Cooley (Wanda) of Piedmont.  Also, her brothers in law, Carol Ellison of Gray Court, and Jimmy Oliver, of Williamston were in attendance.   How amazing it must have been to hear as Nanny was told, “Job well done”. 

She is adored by her family and they are looking forward to seeing her again one day.  Awaiting their heavenly reunion are her children Tony (Annette) Oliver of Piedmont, Laura (Bill) Cantrell of Travelers Rest, Jane (Marwan) Qubti of Easley and Marty (Misty) Oliver of Pelzer.  Nanny Linda’s grands were her most prized legacy.  This legacy included 11 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren whom she lovingly referred to as “Nanny’s babies”.  The grands always looked forward to a visit to Nanny’s house because she had the best toy collection ever!   Missing her on this side of heaven is her best friend and sister, Sylvene Massey (Horace) of Greenville and her sisters-in law (but more like sisters) Gaylene and Faye Cooley of Easley, Clara, Dana and Patricia Cooley of Pelzer and Joyce Ellison of Grey Court.  Her brother-in-law, Michael Oliver, is of Williamston and many nieces and nephews.

She was born in Pelzer, SC and attended Palmetto High School.  She was raised in The Pelzer Wesleyan Church and has played the piano there.  Many of the memories her family have are of “Nanny Linda” sitting at the piano and playing all of her hymnal favorites.  Even when Alzheimer’s Disease stole much of her mind and body, she was still able to play her piano.  She was an active member of Mt Pisgah Baptist Church in Easley, and loved her church family.   She was retired from Estes Plant in Piedmont as a cotton spinner.   After her retirement, she had a successful online boutique and book store.   She was an excellent cook and best known for her famous peanut butter balls at Christmas time.   She loved thrift shopping and antiques.   It’s just not possible to tell a story about Nanny that does not include her silly sense of humor.   We have been comforted by the many stories of her antics.  And, how beautiful were her baby blue eyes, affectionately known as the “Cooley Blues”!  

We will honor her for the rest of our lives.  We invite you to attend a celebration of her life Friday, January 21st at 11:00 at Gray’s Mortuary Chapel in Pelzer, SC.  Her soul has already entered heaven, but we will lay her body to rest next to her husband immediately following at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Anderson.   If you wish to make a donation to honor Nanny Linda, we could think of nothing more appropriate than a donation to fund research to find a cure for Alzheimer’s Disease.  Go to and click “make a donation”.   It will allow you to make the donation in honor of our sweet mama.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer