Obituaries Week of Mar. 27, 2013



PELZER—John Henry Ellison, 85, widower of Melba Jean Shaw Ellison, died Friday, March 22, 2013.
Born in Greenville County, SC, he was a son of the late John Dennis and Rosa Lee Lollis Ellison.  He was employed for fifty-seven years by the J.P. Stevens Company, Estes Plant.
Surviving are his son, Ricky Ellison (Ruth) of Pelzer; and daughters Pam Ellison Boiter (Chester) of Pelzer, Mary Sue Threatt of Pendleton, and Bobbie Jean Hemrick of Williamston; ten grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by son, Roy Lee Ellison.
Visitation was held Sunday at Gray Mortuary from 5:00-6:30 p.m.  Funeral services were held at 2:00 p.m. Monday at West Pelzer Baptist Church.  Burial followed at Cedar Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Belton.
Memorials may be made to Interim Hospice, 155 Deacon Tiller Court, Duncan, SC 29334.
The family is at the home of Pam and Chester Boiter, 223 Clardy Road, Pelzer.

Charles Edward “Tom” McPeak, 80, of Williamston, widower of Ruby Harlow McPeak, died Wednesday, March 20th.
Born in Bell Spring, VA, he was a son of the late Franklin Hoge and Ruth Harless McPeak. He retired from the U. S. Air Force and was a veteran of the Korean War.
Surviving are daughter, Mary Ann Smith of Piedmont; sister, Joyce Brown of Greenville; brother, Robert McPeak, Sr. of Travelers Rest; two grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Friday, March 22 at the Greenville Memorial Gardens Mausoleum Chapel.

Diane Richey Davis, 65, of Piedmont, widow of Marion Walter Davis, died Thursday, March 21, 2013 at Cannon Memorial Hospital.
Born in Greenville, she was a daughter of Evelyn Brewer Richey of Powdersville, and the late Harold Murph Richey. She retired from the House of Fabrics and was a member of Wren Baptist Church.
In addition to her mother, she is survived by her children, Richey Scott Davis of Piedmont, Peggy Seymore of Powdersville, and Micheal Keith Davis of Piedmont; sisters, Sandra Richey Faulkner of Powdersville, and Lynn Richey Baker of Liberty; brother, Harold Richey, Jr. of Atlanta, GA; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were held Saturday, March 23 at the Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Piedmont.
The family is at the home of Scott Davis, 540 Wren Road, Piedmont.

William David “Hillbilly” Caldwell, 72, of Piedmont husband of Joyce Ann Howard Caldwell, died Friday, March 22, 2013, at his home.
Born in Anderson County, he was the son of the late Clifford Eugene and Jeanie Kelly Caldwell.  He retired from the J.P. Stevens Lower Plant.
In addition to his wife, surviving are sons, Robert, Kevin, and Roger Caldwell, all of Piedmont; sister, Marlena Howard of Ware Shoals; brother, Johnny Caldwell of Greenville; four grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.
The family received friends 2:00-8:00 p.m. Sunday at the home of his son, Kevin Caldwell, 7 Donald Street, Piedmont.  No other services are planned at this time.

Carl Woodrow Cockfield, Sr., 72, formerly of Piedmont, husband of Deborah Suttles Cockfield, died on Friday, March 22, 2013 at his home.
Born in Greeleyville, he was a son of the late Woodrow and Johnnie Bradham Cockfield.  He was twice married, first to the late Elizabeth Betty Cockfield.
He was a U. S. Army veteran and was the owner and operator of Tiger Construction Service for seventeen years.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by son, Carl “Bo” Cockfield, Jr. of Williamston; daughters, Linda McCollom of Piedmont, and Nichole Cockfield of Greenville; step-son, David Jones of San Antonio, TX; step-daughter, Robin Blanco of North Charleston; sister, Margaret Spollazzo of Auburn, NY; thirteen grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were held on Monday, March 25 at the Carpenter’s House with burial following at Greenville Memorial Gardens.

Robert Leroy Galloway, 64, of Williamston, died Tuesday, March 19, 2013.
Born in Easley, he was the son of Bill Leroy Galloway and the late Bobbie Avanelle Ellenburg.
He served in the U.S. Marines in Vietnam and was employed with Mitchell Contractors Incorporated.
He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Ann Galloway; his father and stepmother, Lib Galloway; three daughters, Kellie Moore, Lois Galloway and Bobbie Ann Medlin; three brothers, Roger Galloway, Ricky Galloway, and Johnny Galloway; and six grandchildren.
A chapel service was held Friday, March 22 in Woodlawn Funeral Home.

John Henry “Big John” Ramsey, Jr., 70, of Greenville, husband of Peggy Burgess Ramsey, died Thursday, March 21, 2013.
Born in Glace, WV, he was a son of the late John H. and Mamie “Webb” Ramsey, Sr.
He retired from GE Apparatus Service Center. He was a member of Donaldson Church of God.
He was founder of the Carolina Gospel Bluegrass Band.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by son, John G. “Little John” Ramsey of Pelzer; five grandchildren; and one great-grandson; sisters, Mildred Priest, Marie Carr, and Nancy Belcher, all of WV.
Funeral service was held Sunday, March 24 at Donaldson Church of God. Interment followed in Graceland Cemetery West.
Memorials may be  made to Donaldson Church of God, 1330 Fork Shoals Road, Greenville, SC 29605.

PIEDMONT – James Guy Timms, Jr., 86, of Timms Road, Piedmont, died Monday, March 25, 2013 at his home following an extended illness.
He was born in Piedmont to the late James Guy Timms, Sr. and Carrie Smith Timms.  He was a member of Mountain Springs Baptist Church and also the Masonic Lodge.
Mr. Timms was a pilot, a graduate of Welcome High School, and earned a BS from Furman University. He served his country during the Korean War and was then promoted to Sergeant First Class in the U. S. Army Chemical Corps and became the Chief of the 3rd Army Chemical, Biological, and Radiological School for Officers and Non-Commissioned Officers.  Upon his honorable discharge, his job was waiting for him as a Health-Physics Engineer at the Savannah River Plant, Aiken, SC. He resigned from this position to come home and assist his mother in the operation of the Timms Dairy Farm. At that time he also worked for thirty years for the SC Department of Health and Environmental Control in Anderson and Greenville Counties until his retirement in 1989.
He is survived by a son, Robert Michael Timms (Judy); of Pelzer, niece, Dorothy C. Oliver-Jones (Don), of Greenville; and nephew, James Hoyt Chastain (Verenda), of Piedmont.
He was predeceased by two sisters, Hazel Timms Chastain and Bernice Timms Chastain; and a nephew, Don Marshall Chastain.
Graveside services were held at the family plot at the Mountain Springs Baptist Church Cemetery at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 with visitation immediately following the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Mountain Springs Baptist Church Cemetery Fund or to the charity of one’s choice.
The family will be at the home of Dot Oliver-Jones, Timms Road, Piedmont.
The family wishes to express their special thanks to his caregiver, Tamala Brown.
Gray Mortuary, Pelzer is in charge.

WILLIAMSTON – Eleanor Louise Pruitt Turner, 90, of 101 South Academy Street, died Monday, March 25, 2013 at her home.
Born in Greenville County, she was a daughter of the late Joe Berry and Annie Ruth Campbell Pruitt.  She was retired from Slater Mills in Marietta and a member of Trinity Baptist Church.
She was predeceased by a daughter, Ruth Turner.
Surviving in the home are her “kids”, John and Holly McClellion and her namesake, Eleanor McClellion.
Visitation was held from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm Wednesday, March 27, 2013 at Trinity Baptist Church.
Funeral services followed at 2:00 pm with Rev. Robbie Robertson officiating. Burial followed in Ebenezer Baptist Church Cemetery in Marietta.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Rd., Anderson, SC 29621.
The family is at the home. Condolences: