Obituaries Week of Dec. 3, 2014




William Albert McClain, 87, husband of the late Helen Williams McClain, died November 24, 2014.

Born in Anderson County, he was the son of the late Calvin Earle and Oria Bolt McClain.

He was a U.S. Army Veteran, a farmer, and owner and operator of McClain and Sons Builders.

He was a member of New Prospect Baptist Church.

Surviving are two daughters, Diane Hall of Lincolnton, NC and Peggy Crawford of Pendleton; two sons, Al McClain and Ricky McClain of Anderson; six grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; three sisters, Deree Dickerson of Anderson, Selwyn Tingen of Piedmont and Oria Balchin of Graham, NC.

Funeral services were held Friday at New Prospect Baptist Church.. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621.


Daniel Lewis Freeman, 24, son of Dennis Ray and Bonnie Lindley Freeman, died Sunday, November 23, 2014.

He was a member of Washington Baptist Church in Pelzer.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by sister, Megan Williams of Pelzer; and grandparents, Joe and Margaret Lindley of Pelzer.

Funeral service was held Saturday, Nov. 29 at Washington Baptist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Washington Baptist Church, Building Fund, 208 Washington Church Road, Pelzer, SC 29669.


Carl Guy Madden, Sr., 74, of Piedmont, husband of Judith Ann Rippetoe Madden, died Sunday, November 30, 2014.

Born in Six Mile, he was the son of the late J.C. and Ada Lena Stewart Madden. He was retired from First Federal Bank, Southern National, and Bank of America.

Surviving in addition to his wife are daughters, Dawn Nichols of Piedmont, Kristie Drew of Myrtle Beach; son, Kenny Madden of Piedmont; ten grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

The funeral service was held  Wednesday, December 3 at the funeral home chapel of Gray Mortuary, Pelzer. Entombment followed at Greenville Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.


James “J.W.” William McCall, 77, of Pelzer, died Saturday, November 29, 2014.

Born in Piedmont, he was a son of the late Johnny “Guy” and Hattie Lee Traynam McCall. He was owner/operator of McCall’s Glass Company, and a member of Washington Baptist Church.

Surviving are his son, Dodd McCall of Pelzer; brother, Johnny M. McCall of Pelzer; sister, Jane Thurston of Pelzer; and three grandchildren.

The funeral service was held Wednesday, December 3 at Washington Baptist Church. Burial followed the service at the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Washington Baptist Church “Building Fund”, 208 Washington Church Road, Pelzer.


J.B. Leverette, 83, of Simpsonville, husband of Betty Pressley Leverette, died Friday, November 28, 2014.

Born in West Pelzer, he was a son of the late A.C. and Lula Mae Belcher Leverette. A Korean Conflict Army veteran, he was also a retired maintenance supervisor from W.R. Grace. He was a member of Praise Cathedral Church of God.

In addition to his wife, survivors include, sons, Steven Douglas Leverette of Travelers Rest, Mark Anthony Leverette of Gray Court; daughter, Patricia Leverette Corby of Taylors; sister, Magdalene Murphy of Virginia; five grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, December 2 at Praise Cathedral Church of God, 3390 Brushy Creek Road, Greer. Burial followed the service at Greenville Memorial Gardens.


Douglas Leon Heaton, 74, of Piedmont, husband of Lynethia Pearson, died Saturday, November 29, 2014.

Born in Piedmont, he was the son of the late George and Henrietta Bryant Heaton. A Vietnam Army veteran, he was also retired from Cryovac. He was a member of Piedmont Heights Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife, surviving is his godson, Randolph Watt of Piedmont; and Randolph’s sons, Logan, Lance, Landon, Nathan and Daniel.

A memorial service was held  Tuesday, December 2 at Piedmont Heights Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to Grove Station Lodge, 122 Piedmont Highway Piedmont, SC 29673.


WILLIAMSTON, SC – Erskine “Eric” Todd Mattison, 51, husband of Janet Mauldin Mattison of 104 McAlister Circle died Saturday, November 29, 2014 at his residence.

Born in Anderson, he was the son of Lucile Garrett Mattison of Belton and the late James C. Mattison. He was a member of Faith Baptist Church of Honea Path, Belton Masonic Lodge #130 and Eastern Star # 105. He was an avid hunter and outdoorsman.

Surviving in addition to his wife of the home and his mother are: daughters, Brandi Mattison and Tiana Gates both of the home; brother, Derek Mattison and wife Deborah of Honea Path; numerous nephews and nieces.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Nellie and Harrison Garrett and Carrie and Clyde Mattison.

Service was held 2pm Tuesday at Cox Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Tab Scarborough officiating. Burial followed at Garden of Memories.

The family received friends from 6pm until 8pm Monday at Cox Funeral Home.

Flowers are optional or memorials may be made to Hospice of the Upstate.

The family will be at the home of Lucile Mattison, 214 Guthrie Ave. Belton.


Helen Hicks Ferguson, 81, of Hoschton, GA, died Thursday, November 27, 2014 at Northeast Georgia Medical Center in Gainesville, GA.

Born in Piedmont, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Edna Kimbo Hicks. She retired from Greenville County School District and was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church in Greer.

Surviving are her husband, David Ferguson of the home; and daughter, Jill Ferguson of Suwanee, GA.

Funeral service was held Monday, Dec. 1 in the Remembrance Chapel of Woodlawn Memorial Park with burial to follow.

Memorials may be made to Dunean Baptist Church, 21 Allen St., Greenville, SC 29605.


Avonne Cureton, 60, of Greenville, died Tuesday, November 25, 2014 at McCall Hospice House.

Born in Greenville, she was the daughter of the late Grady and Thelma Sullivan.

She was predeceased by her husband, Gregory Cureton.

Surviving are sons, Deacon Gregory Cureton of Simpsonville and Jermaine Cureton of Powdersville; stepson, Daniel Walker; twin sister, Yvonne Brown; sister, Phyllis Sullivan; brother, Reginald Sullivan, all of Greenville; and 12 grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Saturday, November 29, 2014 at Friendship Baptist Church with burial in Greenville Memorial Gardens.


Carolyn B. Tate, 76, of Williamston, died Monday, December 1, 2014.

Born in Greenville, she was the daughter of the late George Washington and Lorena Elrod Bell.

Surviving are sons, Ronald G. Tate, Jr. of Greenville, Bob Tate of Piedmont, and Eddie Tate of Williamston; seven grandchildren; and two brothers, B.J. Bell of Columbia and Charles Bell of Mauldin.

A graveside servie was held Wednesday, Dec. 3 at Woodlawn Memorial Park.


Joseph Eskew, 55, of Piedmont, died November 27, 2014.

Born in Greenville, he was a son of Alvenia McCarson Eskew and the late Jack Parker Eskew.

He was a truck driver for Nulife Environmental.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by three brothers, Jack Eskew Jr. of Piedmont, Tim Eskew of Greenville and Jeff Eskew of Greenville; two sisters, Debbie Nichols of Pelzer and Pam Redding of Honea Path.

Funeral service was held Wednesday, Dec. 3 at Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Northwest Chapel. Burial followed in Greenville Memorial Gardens.


Mr. Thomas W. Snipes, Jr., age 74 of Kannapolis, North Carolina passed away on Monday, December 1, 2014.

A graduate of the University of South Carolina and a long- time member of the Kannapolis Country Club, Mr. Snipes served as an accountant with Cannon Mills Corporation and Northeast Medical Center.

He is survived by his son, Stephen Snipes (Renee) and two grandchildren, Lauren Snipes and Harris Snipes, all of Birmingham, Alabama; 3 sisters, Peggy Ellison, Patsy Mize, and Sylvia Ellison; and Brenda Snipes.  The Memorial Service will be held at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, December 6th, at Whitley’s Funeral Home in Kannapolis, NC.

In lieu of usual remembrances, memorials honoring the life of Thomas W. Snipes, Jr. may be directed to Vitas Hospice Program located at 224 1st Street North, Suite 250, Birmingham, Alabama 35007.  Services are under the direction of Whitley’s Funeral Home.


Catherine Clarice Hardwick Riley, passed on Friday, November 28, 2014 in Asheville, NC. She was born Dec. 31, 1945 in Roanoke Rapids, NC. Her mother was Ruth Bowman Hardwick, originally from Mt. Airy, and her father was Olen Leon Hardwick, originally from Horry County, SC.

Catherine graduated as Valedictorian from Palmetto High School, Williamston, SC in 1964 and attended Winthrop College for one year before transferring to Emory University where she graduated in 1968.

She married Jon Michael Riley in August 1965 and lived in Atlanta. When Jon graduated from the Atlanta College of Art in 1968, they both moved to Paris, France on a French government scholarship to study and work.

Catherine and Jon returned to New York City in 1969 where Jon attended New York University and Catherine worked for IBM to put Jon through graduate school. They lived in Manhattan for ten years, and then bought a house in Hastings-on-Hudson where they lived for twelve years.

Catherine became a media producer at Caribiner, one of the leading multi-media companies in New York. While there she had her first child, Gillian Louise, and five years later had her second, Lauren Elizabeth. Catherine and Jon were in business together as a photography studio where Catherine was producer and business manager, and Jon did the principle photography and/or filming.

In 1991 Catherine and family moved to Western North Carolina where they built a house in the Fairview area. They moved their New York business to a newly built New York-style photo-studio on Tunnel Road in Oteen, something no one had ever done before. Catherine produced many photo-shoots for first, Tony Stone Images/London, and then for Getty Images/Los Angeles.

Catherine and her husband attended Jubilee Community on Sundays and served on their board for two years. She also became a student at Sancta Sophia Seminary in Telaquah, OK, and in May 15, 2005 became a Foundations of Spirituality Practitioner.

She enjoyed gardening, landscaping, studying esoteric Christianity and was a keen investor.

Catherine was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis while living in New York. After about a year it seemed to go away. But after moving to WNC, it returned and became what is called Secondary-Progressive MS, a rare form that has no remitting aspect. This disease gradually took away her life.

She is survived by her loving husband of 49 years, Jon, two daughters, Gillian Lepisto and Lauren and her husband, Jason Rigby, two grandchildren, Savannah Lepisto, age 5 and Ronan Riley Rigby, age 4 months, and two sisters, Louise Smith of Clemson SC and Frances Steiner of Macon GA.

A memorial service will be held at Jubilee Community, 47 Wall St in Asheville at 2:00 PM, Wednesday, December 3, 2014.