Obituaries week of 7-24-2013



PELZER – Karen Leigh Sears Dean, 44, of 310 Shadowmere Drive, wife of Ronald Craig Dean, passed away peacefully Tuesday, July 23, 2013, surrounded by her loving family.
Born in Greenwood, she was the daughter of James Homer and Kaye Franklin Sears.  She was a former teacher with Anderson County School District One having taught at Pelzer Elementary, Cedar Grove, and Spearman Elementary Schools. Karen possessed a caring and dedicated spirit as she taught children. She was a member of Washington Baptist Church for the past twenty years.
Karen possessed a strong determination in her courageous battle with lupus.  All who knew her testify to her inspiration and motivation to accept challenges without complaints.  She truly portrayed her faith in the Lord.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Kevin Hunter Dean of the home; her parents of Greenwood; brother, Greg Sears (Abbey) of Greenwood; grandmother, Mary Jennings Franklin of McCormick; father and mother-in-law, Herman Ronald and Virginia Agee Dean of Moonville; sister-in-law, Renee McCall (Mark) of Pelzer; nieces, Lauren and Carla McCall; nephews, Jennings Sears and Griffin McCall
She was predeceased by a daughter, Mary Kayla Dean.
Visitation will be held from 1:30-3:00 pm on Friday, July 26, 2013 at Washington Baptist Church Family Life Center with the funeral service to follow at 3:00 pm.
Burial will be in Greenville Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to Washington Baptist Church, 208 Washington Church Rd., Pelzer, SC 29669 or to the Lupus Foundation of America, Inc., P.O. Box 418629, Boston, MA 02241-8629.
The family is at the home of Ronald and Virginia Dean, 600 Reedy Fork Rd., Piedmont, SC 29673.
Gray Mortuary, Pelzer is assisting the family.

Daniel Wright Ramey, 46, of Williamston, died Friday, July 19, 2013.
Born in Greenville, he was a son of Walter Lewis Ramey and the late Ethelene Polly Keason.
He was employed with Reynolds of Greenville and was of the Baptist faith.
In addition to his father, he is survived by his son, Kenneth Ramey.
Funeral service was held Wednesday, July 24 in the Northwest Chapel of Thomas McAfee Funeral Home. Burial followed in Graceland Cemetery West.

Frances Belt Davis, 72, formerly of Pelzer, died Monday, July 22, 2013 at Hosanna Health and Rehab of Piedmont.
Born in Pelzer, she was a daughter of the late Hiram Earl, Sr. and Letha Sanders Belt. She was a homemaker and a Baptist.
Surviving are children, Sonja Fricks and Hiram Davis, both of Belton, Tonja Davenport, Greg Davis and Scotty Davis, all of Pelzer; sisters, Letha Patrick, Sammy Jo Crumley and Mary Cole, all of Belton; eleven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held Wednesday, July 24 in the chapel of  Gray Mortuary, Pelzer.
The family is at the home of Scotty Davis, 270 Woodville Road, Pelzer.
Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association South Carolina, 4124 Clemson Blvd., Suite L, Anderson, SC 29621.

Roger Leslie “Bush” Bouchillon, 93, of Greenville, died Saturday, July 20, 2013 at the St. Francis Eastside Hospital. He was born in Abbeville to the late Lee Junot and Frances Mae Campbell Bouchillon.
He was a veteran of the U.S. Army during World War II and the Korean War.
He was the owner of Bush’s Furniture and was a member of Trinity Lutheran Church.
Surviving are a daughter, Ruth Anne Bouchillon of Lyman and son, Roger L. Boucillon, Jr. of Piedmont; two sisters, Leuna B. Kay and Julia B. Alewine, both of Abbeville; four grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held Tuesday, July 23 at Bells United Methodist Church in Abbeville. Burial with full military honors followed in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Feed the Children, P.O. Box 36, Oklahoma, OK 73101.

Rory Vanleer Keese, 41, died Tuesday, July 16, 2013.
He was born in Anderson, the son of Elizabeth Diane Keese and the late James Keese, Jr.
He was an independent contractor with the Greenville News and an auto mechanic.
He was a member of Mt. Able Baptist Church in Pendleton.
Surviving are his wife, Vanessa Keese; two daughters, Alexis and Albany Keese of the home; mother, of Pendleton; four brothers, Randall of Greenville, Richard, Timothy and Ronnie, all of Pendleton; and one sister, Roxanne Keese-Johnson of Powdersville.
Funeral service was held Saturday, July 20 at Mt. Able Baptist Church in Pendleton. Interment followed in the church cemetery.

Arthur Dean Crews, 69, died July 8, 2013 at Laural Baye of Williston.
He was the son of Sue C. Terry and the late D.T. Crews.
Surviving are his wife, Kay H. Crews of Newberry; three sons, Mark, Brian and Matthew; one sister, Linda Sweet of Piedmont; and seven grandchildren.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 23 at Piedmont Church of God of Prophecy, 1 Pine Bluff Street, Piedmont.
Memorials may be made to the building fund of Lifeway Church, P.O. Box 98, York, South Carolina, 29745.

BELTON – Connie Louise Stanton Alewine, 61, of 304 Crawford Road, died Thursday, July 18, 2013 at her home.
Born in Anderson County, she was a daughter of Carol Bearden Stanton and the late Norman Carlos Stanton. She was a former CNA with AnMed Health Home Care.
In addition to her mother, of the home, she is survived by son, Professor J. Alan Alewine, of O’Fallon, IL; sister, Kay Pfuntner and her special friend, Wayne Nix, of Anderson; brother, Norman “Sammy” Stanton, of Belton; and Connie’s special friend, Ronnie Mullinax, of Anderson.
Visitation was 11 am until noon Wednesday, July 24, 2013 at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer with the funeral service following at noon at the funeral home chapel. Entombment was held at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Anderson.
Family members were at their respective homes.
Flowers were accepted, or memorials may be made to the Cancer Association of Anderson, 215 East Calhoun Street, Anderson, SC 29621.

Charles Newton Sutherland, Sr., 75, husband of Mary Frances Bridges Sutherland died Saturday, July 20, 2013 at Rainey Hospice House.
Born in Pickens County, he was a son of the late Clyde Cleveland and Annie Mae Rackley Sutherland.
He retired from textiles and was of the Baptist faith. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War Era.
Surviving in addition to his wife, are a son, Charles Newton Sutherland, Jr. of Piedmont; brother, Carlyle Sutherland of Easley; two sisters, Edna Mae King of Easley and Edith Shipman of Greenville.
Funeral services were held Tuesday, July 23 in the Chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown. Burial followed in Greenville Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621.

James Wesley “Bud” Stewart, 73, of Piedmont, husband of Elaine Burrell Stewart, died Tuesday, July 16, 2013 at Brian Center Health and Rehabilitation in Brevard, NC.
Born in Anderson County, he was the son of the late Joe and Eliza Bishop Stewart. He retired from BP Amoco and was a member of Piedmont United Methodist Church.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughter, Rhonda Buckhiester of Pickens; sons, J. Michael Stewart of Piedmont, and Paul A. Stewart of Greenville; sisters, Jeanette Creswell, Doris Wallace and Peggy Surratt; special niece, Sue Hollingsworth; and one granddaughter.
Funeral services wre held Friday, July 19, at Piedmont United Methodist Church.
Memorials may be made to Piedmont United Methodist Church, P. O. Box 147, Piedmont, SC 29673.

February 22, 1935 – July 17, 2013
Walter David “Pops” Hawkins, Sr., Age 78, of 100 Dove Lane, Williamston, passed away at his residence on Wednesday, July 17, 2013, surrounded by his loving family.  Born in Jackson, MS, he was the son of the late Leo Hawkins and the late Leona White Hawkins. For over 60 years he was the loving and devoted husband of Mary E. Thorne Hawkins of the residence.
Mr. Hawkins was a carpenter by vocation, but he enjoyed being outdoors working in his yard and vegetable gardens.  Serving others was one of his passions in life.  “Pops” proudly served his country in the US Army.  He was of the Baptist Faith.
In addition to his wife, Mary, he is survived by 3 sons, Robert Anthony “Tony” Hawkins of Ware Place, Richard Wayne Hawkins and wife, Connie, of Belton, and Timothy Mark Hawkins and wife, Tracie, of Williamston; 2daughters, Sherry Lynn Greer and husband, Matt, of Donalds, SC, and Carla Marie Massingale and husband, James, of Williamston;  also surviving are 15 grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren as well as a number of nieces and nephews.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Hawkins was preceded in death by 2 sons, Walter David Hawkins, Jr., and Roger D. Crider. Being the last surviving member of his immediate family he was preceded in death by all of his brothers and sisters.
The funeral service to honor and celebrate the life of Walter D. Hawkins, Sr. was held on Monday, July 22, 2013, at 2 PM at the Chapel of the McDougald Funeral Home, with Rev. Carroll Plemmons officiating.  Interment followed at M. J. “Dolly” Cooper Veterans Cemetery.  The family will be at the residence and was received friends at The McDougald Funeral Home on Sunday, July 21, 2013, from 6 PM until 8 PM.
The family suggests that contributions in memory of “Pops” may be made to Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621.
A message of condolence may be sent by visiting  THE McDOUGALD FUNERAL HOME & CREMATION SERVICES,  Anderson.