Obituaries Week of Apr. 24, 2013


Sara Elizabeth Jarrett, 86, of Peachtree City, GA, died April 16, 2013.
She was predeceased by her husband, Wiley Edward Jarrett.
She is survived by her son, Thomas Edward Jarrett of High Point, NC; daughter, Carol J. Ray of Peachtree City, GA; two grandchildren; and sister, Carolyn Wardlaw Webb of Pelzer.
A celebration of life service was held April 20 at Carl J. Mowell and Son Funeral Home, Fayetteville.
Graveside service was held Sunday, April 21 at Forest Lawn Cemetery in Anderson.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association at

James Thomas Horne, 71, died April 17, 2013 at Alpha Health and Rehab.
Born in Chesterfield, he was son of the late James Thomas Jenkins and Mabelle Oliver. He was a retired employee of Guy M. Beaty, Inc. and was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving are his wife, Joyce Dunlap Horne of the home; five daughters, Angela French of Sulphur, LA, Hope Davis of Williamston, Kimberly Jones of Williamston, Debbie Parham and Renee Ray, both of Asheville, NC; four sons, Doyle Horne and Gregory Horne, both of Asheville, NC, Jeffrey Horne of Landrum and Robert Horne of Charlotte, NC; five brothers, David Price, Ricky Timmons, Nelson Price, Jerry Price, and Larry Horne; eight sisters, Susan Price, Libby King, Bonnie Freeze, Gail Pinyan, Brenda Cox, Lucille Clark, Kathy Keith and Dorothy Mills; 26 grandchildren; and 27 great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were held Sunday at Hillcrest Memory Gardens.

PIEDMONT – Myrtle Lee Norris Wilder, 80, of 23 Transylvania Street, wife of Ray Jackson “Jack” Wilder, died Thursday, April 18, 2013 at Greenville Memorial Hospital.
Born in Pelzer, she was a daughter of the late Will and Corrie Allison Norris.  She was a homemaker and a member of the Piedmont Church of God of Prophecy.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Jackie Wilder and his wife, Kathy, of Piedmont; sister, Myrtle Louise Cooper, of Piedmont; and her number one grandson, Kaleb Wilder.
She was predeceased by two brothers, John Norris and William “Sparky” Norris.
Visitation was 6-8 p.m. Saturday, April 20, 2013 at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer. Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, April 21, 2013 at the funeral home chapel with burial following at Greenville Memorial Gardens.
The family is at the home.
Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to the Piedmont Church of God of Prophecy Building Fund, P. O. Box 326, Piedmont, SC 29673.

Winifred “Winnie” Gambrell Chastain, 90, of Pelzer, widow of Fred Chastain, died Saturday, April 20, 2013, at McCall Hospice House.
Born in Central, she was the daughter of the late Ernest and Dorcas Long Gambrell.  She was formerly employed by Mt. Vernon Mills and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Williamston.
Surviving are daughter, Dottie Hendricks of Pelzer; sons, Bobby Chastain of Williamston and Gerald Chastain of Spartanburg; seven grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.
The funeral was held Monday at Calvary Baptist Church.  Entombment followed at Greenville Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.
Memorials may be made to Open Arms Hospice, 1836 W. Georgia Road, Simpsonville, SC 29680.

Early Lee Matheson, Jr., 67, of Liberty, widower of Judy Tollison Matheson, died Thursday, April 18, 2013.
Born in Murphy, NC, he was the son of the late Early Lee, Sr. and Ruth Byers Matheson.  He was a veteran of the U.S. Army, having served two tours in Vietnam.
Surviving are sisters, Wanda Jenkins of Liberty, Sandra L. Langston of Roebuck, Linda Taylor of Piedmont.
The family will receive friends 4-5 pm Sunday, April 28, 2013 at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer.
A memorial service will be held Sunday, April 28 in the chapel of Gray Mortuary.
Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

PIEDMONT – Brandon P. Brawdy, 16, of Piedmont, SC, passed away Thursday, April 18, 2013 at Greenville Memorial Hospital.
Born in Denver, CO on Sunday, March 9, 1997, he was a son of Brett P. and Theresa “Teri” A. (Kennedy) Brawdy. A 10th grader, Brandon attended Wren High School in Piedmont, SC and Washington Baptist Church in Pelzer, SC. He was an aspiring Paratrooper, an avid outdoorsman, and an active member of the Outdoor Dream Foundation. Since being diagnosed with a rare childhood cancer in September 2011, Brandon, with the help of his friends at the Outdoor Dream Foundation, participated in numerous hunting and fishing expeditions with his friends and family. Brandon was an avid Pittsburgh Steelers and South Carolina Gamecocks fan, having recently met both teams.
Surviving are his parents, Brett and Teri Brawdy, of the home; older brother Justin Brawdy, 23, who is serving in the U. S. Army in South Korea; and older sister, Heather Brawdy, 22, of the home. He is also survived by his grandfather, Robert Varese, of Jamesville, NY; grandmother, Joan Kennedy, of Honesdale, PA; nephew, Joshua Brayden Brawdy, of Marietta, SC; and niece, Dakota Ryleigh Capps, of Marietta, SC.
He was predeceased by his grandmother, Mary L. Varese; and grandfather, Carl Kennedy.
Relatives and friends called Sunday, April 21 from 3-5 p.m. at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer, 52 Main Street, Pelzer, SC. A memorial service followed at 5 p.m. at the funeral home chapel.
Because of the overwhelming support shown to Brandon, the family requests that flowers be omitted and that contributions be made in Brandon’s name to the Outdoor Dream Foundation, P. O. Box 802, Anderson, SC 29622.
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Arnold Lollis, Jr. of Pelzer, died at his home.
He is survived by his wife, Willie Lee Alexander Lolis.
A memorial service was held Monday in the chapel of Gray Mortuary, Pelzer.

Charles Jefferson Brown, 76, of Powdersville, husband of Mary A. Brown, died Saturday, April 20, 2013 at Hospice of the Upstate.
He was born in Franklin County, GA, son of the late Lloyd Martin and Florence Elrod Brown.
He owned and operated C.J. Brown Construction Company and retired from Four Square Builders. He was a member of Siloam Baptist Church and a U.S. Army veteran.
Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters, Karen B. Tripp and Charley Brown Altom, both of Piedmont; brother, Roy E. Brown of Townville; two sisters, Eva Nell Fulbright of Spartanburg and Faye Dees of Piedmont; and three grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Tuesday in the Chapel of Robinson Funeral Home – Powdersville. Burial with military honors followed in Robinson Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to Rainey Hospice House, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621.

Diana Rogers, 66, of Murrells Inlet died Thursday, April 18, 2013.
Born in Greenville, she was the daughter of Marion Nivens Koutsky of Greenville and the late Albert Koutsky.
She worked in Social Services and as a substitute teacher.
She is survived by husband, Howard D. Rogers; daughter, Paige Rogers Constantino of Greer; and sister, Patricia Schmidt of Piedmont.
A graveside service was held Sunday, April 21 in Woodlawn Memorial Park.

Kyle Aaron Coyle, 24, of Greer, died Wednesday, April 17, 2013.
He was the son of Rebecca McNeil Babb and Ray Babb II of Greer and Robert W. Coyle II.
He was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church and worked at KAC Landscaping in Greer.
Surviving are two brothers, Jonathan and Dustin Coyle, both of Greer; a half brother, Tyler Coyle; grandparents, Robert W. Coyle, Sr. and Betty Coyle of Greer and Melvin Babb, Sr. of Piedmont.
Funeral service was held Sunday in The Stribling Funeral Home Chapel. Interment followed in the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.

Betty Ruth Bay, 73, of Anderson, died Monday, April 22, 2013 at her home.
Born in Sherwood, TN, she was the daughter of the late Henry Guess and Lillie Mae Garner Guess Ritchie. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.
She is survived by her husband, William Arthur Bay of the home; stepfather, Raymond Ritchie of Chattanooga, TN; daughters, Carolyn Langen of Anderson, Genevea Bell of Pelzer, Kimberly McSkimming of Ashtabula, OH, and Christine Chaplin of Byesville, OH; brother, Will Guess of Rossville, GA; 16 grandchildren; and 12 great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held Wednesday, April 24 in the chapel of The McDougald Funeral Home. Interment followed in Anderson Memorial Gardens.

Holden Tollie Bishop, III, 31, of Pelzer, husband of Brooke Bishop, died Sunday, April 21, 2013.
Born in Greenville, he was a son of Holden Tollie Bishop, Jr. and Teresa Ann Hill Bishop.
He worked at Bahnson Mechanical as a pipefitter and welder and was a Christian.
In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by children, Elijah Scott and Kelsea Marie Bishop; brothers, Terry, Chad, and Tyler Bishop; grandparents, Sharon Hill, James Howe, and Barbara Carlton.
Funeral service was held Wednesday, April 24 in the Northwest Chapel of Thomas McAfee Funeral Home. Burial followed in Woodlawn Memorial Park.

George M. Bridges of Mauldin, died Saturday, April 20, 2013 at McCall Hospice House in Simpsonville.
Born in Dublin, GA, he was the son of the late Rodney Ed and Julia Belle Bridges.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy and retired from Michelin Tire America. He was a member of Augusta Road Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth A. McKinney Bridges; son, Vincent M. Bridges of Mt. Gilead, NC and Prague, Czech Republic; and siser, Lois Robinson of Piedmont.
Funeral service was held Wednesday, April 24 at Augusta Road Baptist Church.
Burial followed at Graceland East Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made to McCall Hospice House, 1836 W. Georgia Road, Simpsonville, SC 29680.

James Leroy Burdette, Jr., 90, died Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at the Rainey Hospice House.
Born in Anderson County, he was the son of the late James Leroy Burdette, Sr. and the late Mittie Loftis Burdette. He was a WW II veteran of the U.S. Army. He retired from Jackson Mill and was a member of Union Baptist Church.
He is survived by his wife, Bernice Imogene Compton Burdette; children, Sue Cook of Iva, Bobby Burdette of Greenwood, Eddie Burdette of Easley, Ricky Burdette of Iva, Ronnie Burdette of Anderson, and Randall Burdette of Iva; brother, Kent Burdette of Ware Shoals; sister, Mary B. Smith of Piedmont; 14 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.
Funeral service will be held Friday, April 26 at 11:30 a.m. at Union Baptist Church. Interment will follow in the church cemetery with military honors.
The family will be at their respective homes and will receive friends from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. at the church on Friday, prior to the service.
Flowers are optional or memorials may be made to Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621.