Obituaries Week of 1-4-12




Joseph Clarence Addison, 73, of Easley, died Monday, December 26, 2011 at Richard M. Campbell Veterans Nursing Home in Anderson.
Born in Clarksburg, West VA he was a son of the late Clarence Joseph Addison and Pearl Barker Addison. He retired from the United States Navy, serving in the Vietnam War. Following his military career, he became a truck driver for J. B. Hunt Trucking Company. He was a member of Cornerstone Freewill Baptist Church in Ontario, Ohio.
He is survived by his wife, Rita Diffenbaugh Addison; sons, Michael Joseph Addison of Piedmont, and Major Tod Allen Addison of Chesapeake, VA; four grandchildren; and a sister, Rosemary Ward of Mansfield, Ohio.
The Funeral Service was held at M. J. “Dolly” Cooper Veterans Cemetery with full military honors December 30.
Memorials may be made to the National Military Family Association, 2500 North Van Dorn Street, Suite 102, Alexandria, VA 22302.

Elba Irene Belt Baldwin, 71, of Belton, wife of Walter H. Baldwin, died Wednesday, December 28, 2011 at her home.
Born in Piedmont, she was a daughter of the late Hiram Earl Belt, Sr. and Letha Sanders Belt.
She was a homemaker.
Surviving are her husband of St. George; daughter, Sheila Renee Poole; step-children, Scott of St. George, Sheila James of Hanahan, Keri Cothran of West Columbia; sisters, Mary Elizabeth Belt Cole, Letha Patrick, Sammie Jo Hembree, all of Belton, Francis Davis of Piedmont; ten grandchildren.
The family received friends December 30 at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer.

Jeffery E. Armstrong, 47, of Pelzer, died on Tuesday, December 27, 2011.
He was born November 11, 1964 in Anderson, to the late Herbert A. Armstrong and Peggy Ann Langston Armstrong.
Surviving are two brothers, Jimmy Armstrong and Johnny Armstrong; a sister, Sarah Ann Knox.
Memorial services were held January 1 at Crestview Baptist Church.

Birdie Mae Jones, 68, of Mauldin, died on Tuesday, December 27, 2011 at St. Francis Hospital. Born in Tignal, GA, she was the daughter of the late Homer and Ruby Williams Neubia.
Survivors: husband, US Army Retired SFC Samuel Jones; daughter, Darlene L. Jones of Greenville; son, Rev. H.T. “Terry” Jones of Greenville; sisters, Jeanette Webb, Bernice Cureton, and Marian Houston, all of Greenville and Cornelia “Nita” Chambers of Piedmont; brothers, Jerry Neubia and Edward Neubia, both of Greenville and Samuel Neubia of Mauldin; and one grandchild.
Funeral Service was held Dec. 31 at Rock of Ages Baptist Church with burial in Greenville Memorial Gardens.

Marcus Alan Matthews, 54, of 27 McCaughrin Street, died Thursday, December 29, 2011, at his home.
Born in Greenville, he was a son of the late Sarah Matthews. He retired from the Southern Pipe Organ Company, was a member of Pelzer Presbyterian Church and was currently serving as the organist for Beulah Community Church.
He is survived by his twin brother, Mike Matthews, of the home; and special niece, Jennifer Sisk, of Powdersville.
Visitation was 6-8 p.m. Saturday, December 31, 2011, at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, January 1, 2012, at Pelzer Presbyterian Church with the Rev. Les Shattuck, the Rev. Aaron Ochart and Mr. Dale Harper officiating. Burial followed at Pine Lawn Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Beulah Community Church, c/o Laurie Rowe, 119 Robinwood Lane, Pelzer, SC 29669, or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital , 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Linda Faye Wilson Foster, 64, wife of Albert Foster, of Piedmont, died December 29, 2011 at the McCall Hospice House.
A native of York County, she was a daughter of the late Earl and Katherine Holbert Wilson, a retired employee of Industrial Housecleaning and a member of First Christian Fellowship in Greenville.
Surviving are children, Donnie Stewart, Jr. and Andy Stewart both of Greer, Kenny Stewart of Duncan, Todd Stewart of Wellford, Tammy Stewart of Pelzer, Dakota and Bailey Foster both of the home; one brother, Jerry Wilson of Columbia; one sister, Christine Duncan of Rock Hill; eleven grandchildren and seventeen great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held December 31 at The Wood Mortuary Chapel. Burial followed in Hillcrest Memory Gardens.

WILLIAMSTON – Tecora Chapman Burgess, 97, of 109 Nickie Drive, died Monday, December 26, 2011, at Hosanna Health and Rehab of Piedmont.
Born in Anderson County, she was a daughter of the late Jim and Carrie Cooley Chapman. She retired from Metric Shirt Plant and was a member of Cedar Grove Baptist Church in Belton.
Surviving are sons, Vernon (Betty) Burgess, of Piedmont, and Silas Burgess, of Williamston; daughters, Pearl Thayer, of Tampa, FL, Faye Lewis, Edna (Lee) Redus and Shirley (Danny) Cooper, all of Williamston, and Shelby Tant, of Belton; sister, Marie Lowe, of Belton; brother, Andrew Chapman, of Belton; eleven grandchildren; eighteen great-grandchildren; and twelve great-great-grandchildren.
She was predeceased by a daughter, Audrey Copeland; two sisters; and five brothers.
Visitation was 2-3 p.m. Thursday, December 29, 2011, at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer. Funeral services followed at 3 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home chapel. Burial was at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Anderson.
The family is at the residence.
Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to ARK Hospice, 101 Grace Drive, Easley, SC 29640.

Hazel Kirby Vaughn, 77, of Greenville, wife of Gene Vaughn, died December 21, 2011 at her home.
Born in Oconee County, she was the daughter of the late Lewis C. and Maebell Ramey Kirby.
She was a homemaker and a member of Sans Souci Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to her husband are, daughter, Cynthia Huie of Greenville; two sons, Richard Vaughn of Easley and Stanley Vaughn of Pelzer; two sisters, Dot Hammond of Simpsonville and Joan Bridges of Anderson; and eight grandchildren.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, Upstate SC Chapter, 301 University Ridge, Suite 5000, Greenville, SC 29601.
Funeral service was held December 23 at Thomas McAfee Funeral Home Downtown Chapel. Burial followed in Greenville Memorial Gardens.

Sallie Ann Brock Jones, 75, of Williamston, widow of Curtis Milford Jones, died Monday, December 26, 2011 at AnMed.
Born in Pickens County, she was the daughter of Lela Brock and the late John Henry Brock. She was a homemaker.
Surviving are son Frankie Jones of Belton; her mother of Williamston; one granddaughter; and great granddaughter.
Funeral services were held December 29 at the funeral home chapel of Gray Mortuary, Pelzer. Burial followed in New Silverbrook Cemetery, Anderson.

Frances Drawdy Jenkins, 82, of Simpsonville, widow of Walter Lewis Jenkins, Thursday, December 22, 2011, at her home.
Surviving are daughter, Laverne Gill of Pelzer; sons, David Taylor(Terri) of Simpsonville, Ray Taylor of Myrtle Beach, Skip Jenkins of Simpsonville; sister, Gladys Sexton of Clover; brother, Alvin Drawdy of Clover; granddaughter reared in the home, Melanie Jenkins; 12 grandchildren, 15 great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were held December 26 at New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery.

Elizabeth Ferguson, 78, of Piedmont, died Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at Greenville Memorial Hospital.
Born in Laurens County, she was the daughter of the late Austell and Maggie Hailstock Ferguson.
Surviving are daughters, Sandra Workman of the home, Brenda Sligh and Deborah Dawkins, both of Mauldin; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Funeral services were held December 24 at Poplar Springs Baptist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Albert Leroy Tucker, Jr., 81, of Greenville, husband of Jeanne Blackmon Tucker, died Thursday, December 22, 2011.
Born in Greenville, he was a son of the late Albert L. Tucker, Sr., and Virgie Christopher Tucker.
He served in the U.S. Army 82nd Airborne during the Korean War and retired from M.L. Garrett.
He was a member of Parisview Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to his wife are, two sons, Ronald Wade Tucker of Belton and Donald Bruce Tucker of Piedmont; two daughters, Cynthia Lenora Tucker-Hipps of Powdersville and Susan Lane Tucker-Smith of Simpsonville; ten grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren; five brothers, Carroll, David, Jim, Ken, and Mike Tucker; three sisters, Martha Tucker, Faye Bryant and Judy Merck.
Life Celebration service was held January 1 at Parisview Baptist Church.
Memorials may be made to Parisview Baptist Church Building Fund, 100 Bud Street, Greenville, SC 29617.

Kathleen Lesley, 96, wife of the late Willie T. Lesley, died Monday, December 26, 2011 at Capstone Health and Rehab.
Born in Anderson County, a daughter of the late Tom and Maybell Lollis Hammonds, she was a homemaker and a member of Rock Springs Baptist Church.
Surviving are one brother, Clyde F. Hammonds of Williamston and three sisters, Frances N. Mauldin, Lois L. Smith and Faye Stewart, all of Easley.
Funeral services were held December 28, 2011 in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home, Downtown. Burial followed in Smith Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Building Fund of Rock Springs Baptist Church, 201 Rock Springs Road, Easley, SC 29642.

Dr. William Harold Miller, 73, husband of Anna Chadwick Miller, died Thursday, December 22, 2011 at his home.
Born in Anderson County, he was a son of the late Colie Wilson and Lizzie Mae McClain Miller. He was a member of Riverside Baptist Church. He was a retired pastor and a veteran of the U.S. Army.
He had ministered to others through mission work in the following locations: Jamaica, Trinidad, Africa, Mexico, Brazil, Ukraine, Cuba and the United States. He pastored churches in North Carolina, Kentucky and South Carolina. He was serving as pastor at Riverside Baptist Church in Belton.
Surviving in addition to his wife of the home are; two sons, Ricky Miller of Anderson and Randy Miller of Andrews, NC; two daughters, Sandy Mays of Columbus, OH and Vanna Clampitt of Ellijay, GA; five brothers, Buddy Miller of Donalds, Roger Miller of Anderson, Doug Miller of Pelzer, Alfred Miller of Honea Path and Gene Owens of Anderson; ten grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Dec. 27 at Pruitt Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in Forest Lawn Cemetery, Anderson.

Tammy Renee Browning Kaswinkel, 37, wife of Mathew Christian Kaswinkel of Anderson, died Wednesday, December 21, 2011 at her home.
Born in Missouri Valley, IA, she was the daughter of Mary Lou Drury of Spartanburg. She was a member of Harvest Community Church in Lilburn, GA and was a homemaker.
In addition to her husband and mother, she is survived by her children, Christopher, Justin, Mary Faith and Dalton Kaswinkel of the home; and a sister, Tresa Browning of Pelzer.
A memorial service was held Dec. 28 in the chapel of The McDougald Funeral Home.

Berita Wall, 83, died on Friday, December 30, 2011.
She was born in Bylue, TN, to the late Rufus Wall and Chessie Mae Moss Wall.
She retired from Kemet Electronics.
Surviving are two sons, Terry Walls and Jimmy Ballard; two daughters, Tammy Jefferson and Charlene Osborne; two brothers, John Walls and Joe Walls; six grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were held January 1 at Point Pleasant Baptist Church Cemetery in Newport, TN.
Memorials may be made to McCall Hospice House, 1836 W. Georgia Road, Simpsonville, SC 29680.

July 4, 1932 – Dec. 30, 2011
John Preston Underwood, 79, of Belton, went home to heaven on Friday, December 30, 2011 at his residence. Born in Greenup, Illinois, he was son of the late Walter E. and Cordelia Brandenburg Underwood. For over 33 years he was a most devoted husband to his wife, Frances Ellen Underwood, mother of his children.
John retired at the rank of Tech Sergeant after a distinguished 21 year career as a Missile Maintainer, Radio Repairman and Combat Controller in the United States Air Force. A Korean War veteran, he accomplished more than 200 jumps as a Master Paratrooper during his military career. He loved his country with a passion. In addition he worked for 15 years for the Michelin Corporation in Greenville. John dearly loved and supported his church, Big Creek Baptist Church of Williamston.
John’s legacy is continued by sons Frederick E. Cooper of Hendersonville, NC, and Chaplain, Lt. Col. Ron Underwood (Paulette) of Sumter; daughters Cathy F. Matheny (John) of Williamston, Jonnie Ellen Lagrifolle of Williamston, Kimberly Ruth Keepfer (Scott) of Williamston, Victoria Jane Hartley (Ray) of Myrtle Beach, and Carol Lyn Chandler of Anderson; nieces Jeannie Duke and Kaye Beatty, both of Greenville; and loving friend and companion Johnnie Bell of Williamston. John also is survived by 13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
In addition to his parents and his wife, he was predeceased by a brother, Walter Underwood and a sister, Betty Merz.
The service celebrating the life of Mr. Underwood was held on Monday, Jan. 2, 2012, at 3 p.m. at the Big Creek Baptist Church of Williamston, with the Rev. Mitch Gambrell officiating.
Interment followed at Forest Lawn Memorial park. The family will be at the residence and received friends at the church on Monday from 1 PM – 2:30 PM.
Memorial contributions may be made to Big Creek Baptist Church, 820 S. Hamilton St., Williamston, SC 29697.
A message of condolence may be sent by visiting The McDougald Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Anderson.

Creighton “David” D. Griggs III, 55, of Fostoria, passed away unexpectedly at his home, Friday, December 30, 2011.
He was born January 8, 1956 in Greenville, S.C. to Creighton David Griggs, Jr. and the late Betty Claire (Bledsoe) Griggs. He married Abigail Knox in Fostoria and she survives him.
David was a 1974 Woodmont High School, S.C. graduate. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran and received his Master’s Degree in Speech and Theater from Lander University in S.C. David had been an employee of the former Atlas Crankshaft, most recently ThyssenKrupp Crankshaft Co., in Fostoria and Sears in Defiance. He recently graduated from Brown Mackie College with a nursing license. He wrote poetry, loved drawing and music, and was an avid fan of Clemson football.
Left to cherish his memory are his wife, Abigail; children, Haley Griggs, Anastasia Gross, Belinda Griggs, Troy and Tanner Gross, Creighton Griggs IV, all of Fostoria, Brandi and Stetson Griggs, both of Kings Mountain, NC, and Megan Reid, of Florida; three grandchildren, Grayson, Landon, and Joselyn; father, Creighton David (Anna) Griggs Jr., Greenwood and Piedmont, SC.; a brother, Michael Griggs, S.C.; a sister, Lisa (Tom) Fitts, N.C.; and grandmother-in-law, Patricia Knox, of Findlay.
He was also preceded in death by a brother, Larry Griggs, mother-in-law, Linda Knox, and grandfather-in-law, Kenneth Knox.
Visitation was Tuesday, January 3, 2012 from 2-4 & 6-8 p.m. at MANN-HARE-HOENING FUNERAL HOME, 407 N. Countyline St., Fostoria, where funeral services were on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. Committal services and interment followed at Fountain Cemetery, Fostoria.
Memorial contributions are requested to the Griggs family for the establishment of a fund for his children’s education.
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Sara Virginia Crymes Farrow, 85, widow of Bruce Farrow, died Sunday, January 1, 2012.
She was born in Williamston to the late W.M. Crymes and Adie Walker Crymes.
She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Fountain Inn.
Surviving are two sons, Dan Farrow and Ray Farrow; sister, Beatrice Davis; three grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
Funeral service was held Tuesday in the mausoleum chapel at Cannon Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made to Gideons International, P.O. Box 503, Mauldin, SC 29662.

Marie Ashley Moll, 34, of Pelzer, died Monday, January 2, 2012 at Greenville Memorial Hospital.
Born in Greenville, she was a daughter of John Walter Moll, Jr. and Melody Yvonne Heaton-Coker Riley.
Surviving are her father of Easley; mother and step-father, Robert Riley, Jr. of Pelzer; grandparents, John W. Moll, Sr. and Bessie M. Moll of Anderson; brother, Joshua Andrew Moll; sister, Shawn Christin “Chrissy” Moll Banner of Preston, Connecticut.
The family members are at their respective homes and will receive friends 1-2:30 pm Friday, January 6 at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer.
Graveside services will follow at 3 pm Friday at Greenville Memorial Gardens.

Gary Driver Sr., 70, of the Antreville Community in Abbeville County, husband of Brenda Gibbs Driver, died Tuesday, January 3, 2012 at his home.
Born in Pelzer, he was a son of the late John C. and Grace Bishop Driver.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army serving in the Vietnam war and was a lineman. He was a member of First Creek Baptist Church.
Surviving are his wife of the home; three children, Tracy M. Driver of Belton, Clarence Gary “Junior” Driver Jr. of Williamston and Tanya D. Foxworth of Iva; four brothers, James Driver of Anderson, George Driver of Tennessee, Kenneth Driver of Iva and Tom Driver of Holden Beach, NC; sister, Barbara Gilreata of Easley; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends Friday from 3-4 p.m. at First Creek Baptist Church. Funeral services will be at 4 p.m. in the church sanctuary. Burial will follow in Old Silver Brook Cemetery in Anderson with military honors.
Memorials may be made to the Connie Maxwell Children’s Home, P.O. Box 1178, Greenwood, SC 29646.

LaKeasha Rutledge Draft, 38, of Atlanta, GA, died December 27, 2011 at her home.
She was born in Anderson County to Tommy and Alice Gail Rutledge.
Surviving is her husband, Chris Draft.
Funeral services were held December 31 at Calvary Baptist Church in Williamston.
Interment followed in New Prospect Baptist Church Cemetery.