Obituaries Week of 4-10-2013



Thomas Jennings, 63, of Pelzer, died Tuesday, April 2, 2013 at St. Francis Hospital in Greenville.
A son of the late Paul Jennings, Sr. and Ruby Black Jennings, he was a member of Long Branch Baptist Church and retired from Dow Brands and Nutria.
He is survived by his wife, Annie A. Jennings of the home; two daughters, Sonya Ellis of Cincinnati, OH, Tiffany Crawley of Greenville; one son, Eric Hughes of Greenville; three brothers, Paul Jennings, Jr. of Pelzer, Leonard Jennings of Augusta, GA, John Robert Jennings of Pelzer; two sisters, Yvonne Jennings of Piedmont, Janie Jennings of Pelzer; and three grandchildren.
Funeral service was held Saturday, April 6 at the Reedy River Missionary Baptist Church. Burial followed in Greenville Memorial Garden.

Lois Kinley Kelly, 92, of Williamston, wife of Rev. James E. Kelly, died Saturday, April 6, 2013 at NHC of Anderson.
Born in Anderson, she was the daughter of the late Mary Bell Kinley. She was a homemaker and a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church, Williamston.
Surviving are her husband, of the home; two sons, Don E. Kelly of Winnsboro and Mark Kelly of Lexington; six grandchildren; ten great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.
Funeral services were held Tuesday at Hillcrest Baptist Church. Entombment followed in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum.
Memorials may be made to Hillcrest Baptist Church, 1300 Anderson Drive, Williamston, SC 29697.

Debra Regina Rene Berg, 58, died Sunday, March 31, 2013.
Born in Temple, TX, she was the daughter of the late Henry Carl Berg, Jr. and Pauline Bessie Biels Berg.
She retired from retail sales and was a member of River Road Baptist Church in Piedmont.
Surviving are a brother, Ronnie of Dallas, TX.
A memorial service was held Sunday, April 7 at River Road Baptist Church in Piedmont.
Memorials may be made to The Greenville County Cancer Society, 113 Mills Ave., Greenville, SC 29605.

Minnie Sullivan, 63, of Greenville, died Sunday, March 31, 2013 at her home.
Born in Greenville, she was the daughter of the late David and Mattie Simpson Sullivan.
Surviving are her daughter, Verlesa Sullivan of the home; sisters, Annette Cheatum, Mattie Black, and Sandra Dowens, all of Greenville; brothers, J.B. Sullivan and David Sullivan of Piedmont, and John Sullivan of Easley; one grandchild, Keisha Sullivan of the home.
Funeral service was held Sunday at Watkins, Garrett & Woods Mortuary with private burial.

Judith Yvonne McKee Lanier, 59, of Simpsonville, died Friday, April 5, 2013 at McCall Hospice House.
Born in Greenville County, she was a daughter of Dorothy Nixon and the late James Junior McKee.
She was employed with BKI.
In addition to her mother, she is survived by her step-father, Charles Nixon; two children, Michael Lanier and Tanya Beaver; five sisters, Wanda Allen, Jeannette Caulder, Jackie Giles, Jerri Andrews, Tena Leslie; and five grandchildren.
No services are planned.
Memorials may be made to McCall Hospice House, 1836 West Georgia Rd., Simpsonville, SC 29680.

Richard “Rick” Douglas Ragsdale, 50, of Williamston, husband of Annette Ragsdale, died Thursday, April 4, 2013, at his home.
In addition to his wife, of the home, he is survived by daughter, Amanda Gail Ragsdale, also of the home; stepdaughters, Kayla Lynn Bishop of Greenville and Kelly Ann Campbell of Williamston; siblings, Mary Miller of Williamston, Larry Ragsdale of White Plains, Sharon Davenport, Kenneth, and Timothy Ragsdale, all of Pelzer; and four grandchildren.
Memorial services were held Sunday at Life Springs Church of God in Powdersville.

The family of Mattie Bishop Capell invites friends to join them in the celebration of her life of 99 years on Saturday, April 13, 2013 at 2 p.m. at First Baptist Church of Piedmont.
“Miss Mattie” as she was known by many school children, was born September 3, 1913, to James Toy and Nannie Lou Bishop.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Lawrence “Bunny” Capell; sisters Lois, Eunice Prince, Lottie Corbin and Vivian “Pete” Payne.
She is survived by her daughter, Patricia Kirkbride and Doug; sisters, Nancy Thomas, Robbie Herd and brother Willard Bishop; grandchildren, Ron Faw and Terri Dougherty; eight great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren as well as many nieces and nephews.
Mattie was born and raised in Piedmont and retired from the Greenville County School District Food Services. She was an active member at First Baptist Church of Piedmont singing in the choir for many years. She was also a member of the Piedmont Mother’s Club and a former Grand Matron of the Eastern Star.
Following a period of declining health, she lived with her daughter for many years. She died February 15, 2013 at an assisted living facility in Richmond, Virginia where her daughter and her family live.

Lena Virginia “Cookie” Jenkins, formerly of Pelzer, widow of J. D. Jenkins, died Wednesday, April 3, 2013, in Brevard, NC.
Born in Brevard, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Alda Deets O’Shields.  She was a member of Bessie Road Baptist Church.
Surviving are an aunt, Jean O’Shields, of Brevard, NC; two sisters-in-law, Pat Jenkins, of Anderson, and Mary Ann Kelly, of Pelzer; numerous cousins; and her previous poodle, Pierre.
No services are planned at this time.
Courtesy of Gray Mortuary, Pelzer.

James Nicholas “Nic” Carnahan, 27, of Pelzer, died Sunday, April 7, 2013.
Born in Anderson County, he was the son of Clyde Carnahan of Honea Path and Marlene Brock Carnahan of the home. He was of the Baptist faith and employed with Jarden Plastics.
Surviving in addition to his parents are two sisters, Tanya Langley of Donalds, and Chrystal Church of Anderson.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, April 11, 2013 at Pruitt Funeral Home in Honea Path. A private family burial will follow the service.
The family is at the home of his sister, 57 Drake Road, Donalds, SC 29638.
Memorials may be made to The Epilepsy Foundation,

Mrs. June Waters, 70, passed away in a local hospital on Tuesday, April 2nd, 2013. Visitation was held on Thursday, April 4th, 2013 from 6:00 to 8:00 PM at Heritage Memorial Funeral Home.
Funeral services were held at First Baptist Church, Warner Robins on Friday, April 5th, 2013 at 11:00 AM with Dr. John Waters, Rev. Jimmy Hutto and Rev. Fred McCoy officiating. Interment was in Magnolia Park Cemetery.
June was born in Greenville, SC to the late Mr. William Carl and Mrs. Bertha Mae (Green) Brazeal on June 6th, 1942. June was of the Baptist faith and she was a retired childcare provider and teacher at the First Baptist Church where she was a member for thirty plus years.
June is survived by her husband of fifty-three years Marvin R. Waters and sons Randy (Barbara) Waters of Macon, John (Cynthia) Waters of Statesboro, GA; daughters Sandy Waters and Lynne Waters both of Warner Robins; sisters Dru (Kent) Capps of Williamston, SC, Amilee Alexandra of Anderson, SC, brothers Jack Brazeal and Kenneth Brazeal both of Paso Robles, CA. Other survivors are Grandchildren Trisha Waters of Statesboro and Bethany (Shane) Gilliam of Ludowici, GA, Brooklyn Waters and Madison Waters of Warner Robins.
Former pre-school students and pre-school choir members of “Mrs. June” were invited to attend the services and sit together as honorary pallbearers.
Flowers were accepted however, donations can be made to Houston Lake Baptist Church Building Fund. Heritage Memorial Funeral Home and Crematory was in charge of arrangements.