Obituaries Week of Dec. 18, 2013



PIEDMONT—Ricky Allan Garrett, 61, of 8 Hotel Hill, died Thursday, December 12, 2013, at his home.
Born in Greenville County, SC, he was a son of the late Floyd Hampton and Inez Tumblin Garrett.  He was a retired electrician.  He was a member of Piedmont Methodist Church and involved with Home With A Heart.  He was also involved with Piedmont First Baptist Church AA group.
He is survived by brother, Michael Garrett, and his wife, Carol, of Anderson County and twin brother, Dicky Garrett, and his wife, Karen, of Anderson County; sister, Lib Pack, of Piedmont; and long-time friend, Sandy Kirkland and her extended family.  He was loved by a number of nieces and nephews.
He was predeceased by brother, Floyd Don Garrett.
Visitation was 6:00-8:00 p.m. Friday at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer.  The funeral was held 2:00 p.m. Saturday in the funeral home chapel.  Burial followed at Greenville Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to Piedmont United Methodist Church, PO Box 147, Piedmont, SC 29673.
The family is at the home.

PELZER – Bobby Gerald Bearden, Sr., 72, of 405 Depot Road, husband of 55 years to Margaret Ann Crompton Bearden, died Thursday, December 12, 2013 at home.
Born in Anderson County, he was a son of the late Ashmore and Pauline James Bearden.  He was retired from Mt. Vernon and attended Eastview Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to his wife of the home are children, Patricia B. King, Bobby G. Bearden, Jr., Timothy D. Bearden, Amanda Armes, all of Pelzer; five grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sisters, Joyce Smith of Greenville, Dannis Spearman of Pelzer, Dolly Haroldson of Georgia, Judy Seigler of Williamston; brother, Roger Bearden of Anderson.
He was precdeceased by a sister, Barbara Jean Parker and a brother, Kenneth Bearden.
Visitation was held from 12 – 2 p.m. Monday at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer.
The funeral service followed at 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel.  Burial was at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Anderson.
Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Hospice Care of S.C., 110 Dillon Drive, Spartanburg, SC 29307.
The family is at the home and would like to extend their sincere appreciation to Hospice Care of S.C. for all of the special care given to Bobby.

Callie Mae Dotson, 83, of Williamston, died Sunday, December 8, 2013.
Born in Anderson County, she was the daughter of the late Luther and Lillie Mae Henry. She was a member of the Mt. Zion Baptist Church.
Surviving are four daughters, Carolyn Little, Johnnie Mae Sloan, Starlin Wardlaw, Jamie Dotson; three sons, Marvin Dotson, Herbert Dotson, and Alfred Dotson.
Funeral service was held Friday at Mt. Zion Baptist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Clinton Snow “Jimmy” LeCroy, 69, of Hodges, died Monday, Deember 9, 2013 at Self Regional Memorial Center.
Born in Anderson County, he was the son of the late William Snow and Elizabeth Lizzy Standridge LeCroy.
He was a former firefighter and former assistant pastor for Freewill Missionary Chapel.
Surviving are sons, Gregory Vance LeCroy of Pensacola, FL, Matthew Timothy LeCroy of Williamston, Steven Anthony LeCroy of Ashville, Brandon Cory LeCroy of Hodges and Quintin Evan LeCroy of Hodges; daughter, Katina Denise Stone of Anderson; brothers, Gene “Jessie” LeCroy and Curt LeCroy; sisters, Willie Mae Graham, JoAnn Skelton and Ruth Page; eight grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren.
Graveside services were held Friday at Garden of Memories.

Corrie Betty Roper Lockaby Bowen, 99, formerly of Piedmont, widow of Walter Andrew Bowen, died December 13, 2013 at Hosanna Health and Rehab.
She was twice married, first to the late Walter Elton Lockaby.
She was a daughter of the late Benjamin and Lona Hiott Roper.  She was retired from Carolina Blouse and a member of Mountain Springs Baptist Church.
Surviving are daughters, Ruenette Willis and Joyce Lawless of Piedmont; son, George Lockaby of Fountain Inn; eight grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; 19 great-great grandchildren.
The funeral service was held Monday at Mountain Springs Baptist Church. Burial followed at Greenville Memorial Gardens.
Memorials may be made to Mountain Springs Baptist Church Building Fund, 410 Mountain Springs Rd., Piedmont, SC 29673.

Ray Donald Wardlaw, Sr., of Anderson, died Tuesday, December 12, 2013 at the Rainey Hospice House.
Born in Piedmont, he was the son of the late Christopher Columbus “Peach” Wardlaw and the late Lula Janelle Gambrell Wardlaw.
He served in the Army Reserves and retired from McAllister’s Heating and Air. He was a member of Belmont Church of God of Prophecy.
He is survived by his wife, Ruth Tony Wardlaw; a son, Ray Donald “Donnie” Wardlaw, Jr. of Anderson; daughter, Sheila Henry of Iva; three brothers, Vincent, Dexter and Gary Wardlaw; sister, Miss Faye Wardlaw; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
Funeral service was held Saturday, December 14 in the Chapel of The McDougald Funeral Home. Interment followed at New Silver Brook Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621.

PELZER – William Alphis “Bill” Hill, Jr., 79, of 3 Stevenson Street, husband of Rachel McAlister Hill, died Monday, December 16, 2013 at McCall Hospice House.
Born in Anderson County, he was a son of the late William Alphis, Sr. and Estella McCombs Hill.   He was retired from Gerber Childrenswear and attended Tabernacle Baptist Church in Pelzer.  Bill was also a U.S. Army veteran.
Surviving in addition to his wife of the home are son, William L. Hill of Williamston; granddaughter, Tiffany Thompson (Nicholas); great-grandchildren, Payten and Nicholas Thompson, Jr.; sisters, Betty Jean Roberts of Pelzer, Martha Lark of Piedmont.
He was predeceased by a sister, Alice Hill and a brother, John D. Hill.
Graveside services were held 1:00 pm Wednesday at Pine Lawn Cemetery, Pelzer with Rev. James “Buckshot” Avant officiating.
Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to McCall Hospice House, 1836 West Georgia Rd., Simpsonville, SC 29680.
The family is at the home.
Gray Mortuary, Pelzer

WILLIAMSTON – Margaret Annette Crawford Williams, 67, wife of Timothy Earl Williams, died Monday, December 16, 2013 at St. Francis Hospital.
Born at the Pelzer Hospital Clinic, she was a daughter of the late William Edgar (Ed) and Mattie Grace Beacham Crawford. A graduate of Palmetto High School, class of 1964, she retired from the Anderson County Clerk of Court’s office where she was Chief Deputy Clerk of Court. Mrs. Williams was a charter member of the Pelzer Lioness Club and the Springwater Rubies and Lilac’s Red Hatters, and was also a member of the Williamston Yellow Jessamine Garden Club. She was a member of the First Baptist Church of Williamston where she sang in the choir.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by daughters, Adrienne Annette Williams Cole (Steven), of Williamston, and JoEarle Williams Roach (Robby), of Pelzer; sisters, Geraldine Jones (Alton), of Crestview, FL, and Jeanne Segers (Everette), of Williamston; brothers, James Crawford (Jennifer), of Pelzer, and Greg Crawford, of Greer; grandchildren, EllaJo Roach and Andrew Cole; and her beloved dog, Spooker.
She was predeceased by a sister, Luci Sargent.
Visitation will be held from 1:30-3 p.m. Sunday at the First Baptist Church of Williamston. The funeral service will follow at 3 p.m. Sunday with the Rev. Brad Bardin and the Rev. Dr. Donald Padgett officiating.  Burial will be at the New Hope Baptist Church Cemetery in Pelzer.
The family is at the home of a daughter, JoEarle Roach, 108 Hinson Drive, Pelzer.
Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to the Christian Learning Center, c/o Mount Airy Baptist Church, 210-A Mount Airy Church Road, Easley, SC 29642.
“Don’t Grieve For Me”
Don’t grieve for me, from pain I’m free
I’m following the path God has laid, you see.
I took his hand when I heard his call I turned around and left it all. I could not stay another day to laugh, to love, to work or play. Tasks left undone must stay that way I found the peace on a sunny day. If my parting has left a void then fill it with remembered joys. A family shared, a laugh, a kiss oh yes, these things I too will miss. Be not burdened with times of sorrow I wish you the sunshine of tomorrow. My life’s been full, I’ve savored much, good family, good times, a loved one’s touch. Perhaps my time seems all too brief don’t lengthen it now with undue grief. Lift up your hearts, and peace to thee. God wanted me now; from pain I’m free.
Gray Mortuary, Pelzer is in charge of arrangements.

Charles “Chuck” Earl Flanders, II, 49, of Belton, passed away December 16, 2013.
Born in Illinois, he was a son of the late Charles Earl, Sr. and Jessie Lou Durbin Flanders.
Surviving are children, Amber Flanders and Brad Flanders; grandson, Charles Flanders, IV of Oregon; sisters, Julie Faye Garrett Jacobs of Illinois, Georgianna Mae of Anderson, Yvonne Vaughn of Anderson; brother, Kenneth Dale Sweet of Belton.
The family will receive friends 3 – 5 pm Thursday, December 19 at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer.

Dorothy Mae “Dot” Patterson Henderson, 84, widow of the late W.C. Henderson, died Saturday, December 15, 2013 at AnMed Health Medical Center.
She was the daughter of the late Melvin S. and Mae Woodall Patterson. She is survived by a daughter, Jeanie Henderson of Moore; son, Brian Timms of the home; sister, Lillian Parham of Williamston; four grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.
A graveside service will be held Thursday, December 19 at 3:30 p.m. at Old Silver Brook Cemetery. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1:30 until 3 p.m. at The McDougald Funeral Home.
Flowers will be accepted.