Obituaries, Week of May 13, 2015




Melba Katherine Campbell Douglas, 91, widow of Marion Douglas, died  Tuesday, May 5, 2015.

Born in Greenville, she was the daughter of the late Grover Cleveland and Nannie Greer Trammell.

She was a homemaker and a member of Freedom Baptist Church.

Surviving are daughter, Cheryl C. Crowley of Piedmont; sons, Bobby Joe Campbell of Simpsonville, Edward Cleveland Campbell of Knoxville, TN, and Danny E. Campbell of Easley; eight grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-granddaughter.

Funeral service was held Friday, May 8 at Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Downtown. Burial followed in Woodlawn Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to any Meals on Wheels location.


Patsy Ruth Anderson Carter Miller, 80, of Williamston, died Saturday, May 9, 2015 at Ellenburg Nursing Center.

Born in Williamston, she was the daughter of the late Carl and Mary Welborn Anderson. She was a retired registered nurse and was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church in Williamston.

Surviving are three children, Kelly Burgess , Mart Carter, both of Pendleton, and Leigh Hurst of Williamston; and five grandchildren.

She was twice married, first to the late Jimmy Carter and second to the late Quay R. Miller.

A celebration of life service was held Tuesday at Sullivan-King Mortuary Chapel.

Memorials may be made to Patriot Hospice, 54 Bear Drive, Greenville, SC 29605.


Michael “Big Mike” Kerwin formerly of Williamston went home to be with his Lord on May 7, 2015 after a prolonged illness.  He was a devout Christian and loved his God deeply.  He was a veteran of the United States Army during the Viet Nam era.

“Big Mike” is survived by his wife of 15 years, Sara Kerwin of Piedmont; Sons Patrick and James Kerwin of Gowrie, Iowa; Daughters Lisa Armes of Sycamore City, Illinois, Jennifer Peterman of Webster City, Iowa and Ashley of Texas.  Also surviving are his four grandchildren Allison Kerwin, Luke Kerwin, Aubrey Kerwin, and Josie Le Roy.  He is also survived by five sisters Jean of Kentucky, Joann of Germany, Cathy, Patty and Susie of Sycamore City, Ilinois.

Michael was preceded in death by his parents Eugene and Alice Kerwin; son Jonathan and a sister Alice (Mickey) Lahti.

Services will be held on Saturday, May 16, 2015 in Farnhamville, Iowa.

Memorials and condolences may be sent his wife, Sara at 303 Highway 17, Piedmont, SC  29673.


GREENVILLE – Harris Leroy Thompson, 64, husband of Irmaleen Threlkeld Thompson, died unexpectedly May 7, 2015.

Born in Conway, he was a son of the late William Eddy and Emma Benton Thompson.  He was retired from Stewart Engineering and also worked at CSX Railroad for many years.

Leroy was a loving family man, an avid outdoorsman, a friend to all and everything a husband, father and “Paw-Paw” should be.

Additional survivors include  children, Tiffany Fontenot (Jamie) of Savannah, Michael Thompson of Greenville, Peggy Paxton (Kevin) of West Pelzer, Roy Lee Medlin of the Philippines, Tammy Meyers (Graham) of Canada, Mark Phair (Rebecca) of Ware Shoals, Olivia Paxton (Jonathan) of West Pelzer; siblings, Audrey, Scottie, Dottie, Dorothy, Pauline, Emelyn, W.E., David; and fourteen grandchildren.

He was predeceased by grandchildren, Adam Meyers and Tyler Paxton; and four siblings.

Visitation was held from 2-3 Monday, May 11, at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer.   A memorial service followed at 3:00 in the funeral home chapel.



Phillip Daniel “Danny” Tims, 55, of Greenville County, died Friday, May 8, 2015.

Born in Greenville County, he was a son of the late James Albert, Sr. and Marilyn Long Tims.

Survivors include daughter, Kristi Danielle Tims Roy of Pelzer; brothers, Jamie and Dale Tims; sister, Kirsten Tims ; five grandchildren; and step-daughter, Makenzie Holcombe.

Funeral service was held Monday, May 11, at Greenville Memorial Gardens Mausoleum Chapel.


Jami K. McReynolds, 45, of Piedmont, wife of Scott McReynolds died Sunday, May 10, 2015.

Born in Dayton, OH, she was a daughter of the late Milton Gregory McDonald and mother, Karen McClellan Davis and late step-father, Elmer Davis.

She was of the Baptist faith, and worked with the Greenville County Disabilities and Special Needs Board.

She was a Veteran of the U.S. Air Force during Operation Desert Storm.

A graveside service will be held Thursday, May 14 at 11 a.m. at M.J. “Dolly” Cooper Veterans Cemetery, 140 Inway Drive, Anderson, SC 29621.

Following the service the family will be at the home of her sister-in-law at 3 p.m. at 132 Bellemere Place, Piedmont.

Memorials may be made to GCD-SNB PO Box 17467, Greenville, SC 29606.


Dr. Carl Grayson Ellison, 92, husband of the late Hazel Williams Ellison, died Sunday, May 10, 2015 at Anderson Place Nursing Center.

Born in the Cheddar Community, he was the son of the late Carl and Eva Rogers Ellison.

He was a U.S. Air Force Veteran of World War II. He served as pastor in churches in Anderson, Greenville, Laurens, Spartanburg and Cherokee Counties. He was a member of Concord Baptist Church.

Surviving are daughter, Beverly Dianne Martin of Anderson; three grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at Cedar Grove Baptist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Cedar Grove Baptist Church, 13024 Hwy. 20, Belton, SC 29627.


James W. Clark, 85, of Piedmont, died Saturday, May 9, 2015.

Born in Laurens County, he was the son of the late J. F. and Mary Thompson Clark.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He retired from Frank Ulmer Lumber Company.

He is survived by one daughter, Janet Mullins of Charleston; two sons, Jim Clark of Awendaw, and Dave Clark of Easley; five grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Graveside service was held Tuesday at Greenville Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to McCall Hospice House, 1836 W. Georgia Road, Simpsonville, SC 29680.