Obituaries Week of October 26, 2016




Williamston – Lynne McCuen Ridgeway, 94, of 303 South Hamilton Street, widow of Ray Albert Ridgeway, died Wednesday, October 19, 2016.

Lynne was born December 24, 1921 in Norway, SC to the late William Berry and Gertrude Spradley McCuen.  She was a graduate of Williamston High School in the Class of 1937.  She graduated from Coker College with a Bachelor of Arts degree at the age of eighteen.  She also received a Master of Education degree with a major in Elementary Education in 1973.

Lynne married her grammar school sweetheart, Ray Ridgeway, on June 26, 1941. They were baptized the same day in the outdoor pool behind the original Big Creek Chapel by Lynne’s father, the late Rev. W.B. McCuen.  They finished high school together in 1937 and were married for 65 years before Ray’s passing in 2006. A marriage made in heaven is now complete in heaven. Of this union, two children survive, Rev. Ray Albert Ridgeway, Jr. and Phyllis Ridgeway Boykin; two grandchildren, Amy Cromer and Michael Ridgeway; five great grandchildren, Drew Cromer, Merritt Cromer, Jordan Ridgeway, Nathan Ridgeway, and Gracie Ridgeway; special friends, Dale and Ann Bell, Ed and Linda Riding.

Lynne taught school for thirty-three years including Eastview in Greenville County, Hickory Grove in York County, and Anderson County School District One.  She ended her career as a reading consultant for Anderson District One.

Lynne and her late husband, Ray, were avid travelers.  They visited all seven continents as well as many islands.  They did volunteer mission work in Portugal, South Korea, Taiwan, the Philippines, Bermuda, India, Indonesia, Kenya, Wales, Argentina, Brazil, Bolivia, Venezuela, Romania, Moldova, and the Ukraine.  Lynne also took a mission trip to Guatemala after Ray’s passing and sponsored four to the Ukraine and one to Nova Scotia.

Lynne was a member of the First Baptist Church of Williamston where she served as outreach leader in the Ridgeway-Cook All-Comers Sunday School Class and facilitator of the Mission Activators WMU group.  She was also a member of the Yellow Jessamine Garden Club.

Visitation was from 10:00 to 11:00 am Saturday, October 22 at Williamston First Baptist Church. The service followed at 11:00 am in the church with Rev. Brad Bardin officiating.  Burial was at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Anderson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 477, Williamston, SC 29697.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer



Richard Paul Flax, 85, husband of the late Charlotte Ruth Wilson Flax, died Saturday, October 22, 2016.

Born in Howard, Pennsylvania, he was the son of the late Charles Edward and Emma H. Barnt Flax. He retired from Suwak Trucking Company.

He is survived by daughters, Pamela Lynne Robbins and Carol Ann Flax, both of the home; son Charles Edward Flax of Woodruff; sisters, Virginia and Elsie, both of PA; four grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held at 10:00 am Tuesday, October 25, at White Plains Baptist Church, Pelzer.

Memorials may be made to White Plains Baptist Church Building Fund, 1435 Easley Highway, Pelzer, SC 29669.


Cecil Earl Connelly, Sr., 88, of Greenville, widower of Hilda V. Connelly, died Tuesday, October 18, 2016.

Born in Pickens County, he was the son of the late James O. and Nina Connelly.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army during the Korean War and retired from CSX Transportation.

Surviving are daughter, Debbie Fowler of Williamston; son, David Connelly of Pelzer; four grandchildren; and two great-grandsons.

He was predeceased by his step-mother.

Funeral service was held Friday at Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Downtown Chapel. Entombment followed in Woodlawn Memorial Park Mausoleum.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.


Johnny Ralph Andrews, 72, of Williamston, died Friday, October 21, 2016 at his home.

Born in Tryon, NC, he was the son of the late Evander Ralph Andrews and the late Rosa Nell Tilley.

He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. He worked for Belton Metal Company and attended Gethsemane Baptist Church.

He is survived by sons, Ricky Williams of Greenville, Wally Williams of Iva, Don Robinson of Anderson, and Jamie Andrews of Live Oak, FL; daughter, Kristi Andrews Boggess of Knoxville, TN; three brothers; five sisters; 14 grandchildren; and 11 great-grandchildren.

A graveside service with military honors was held Oct. 25 at M.J. “Dolly” Cooper Veterans Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Campbell Patriots, 4605 Belton Hwy., Anderson, SC 29621.


Williamston – Catherine “Cathy” Estelle Edens Pilgrim,67, wife of Barry Edward Pilgrim, passed away Thursday, October 20, 2016 at Rainey Hospice House.

Born in Williamston, she was a daughter of the late Eugene Herman and Edna Lucille Smith Edens. She was employed with Rice Mills in Belton.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by daughter, Sue Ann Davis (Scotty) of Pelzer; brother, Bill Edens of Belton; sisters, Judy Roach of Belton, Nancy Attaway of Pelzer, Ruby Cabiness, Barbara Shipman, Thelma Timms, Louise Cooley, Pat Chandler, all of Williamston; grandchildren, Colton and Emily Stroud, Adam and Austin Davis.

She was predeceased by daughter, Stephanie Stroud; sister, Margaret Robinson, brother, Harold Edens.

Visitation was from 6 to 8 Saturday, October 22, at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer.

The funeral service was at 2 p.m. Sunday, October 23, at the Williamston Church of God.  Burial followed at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Anderson.

The family is at the home.



Burris D. Wayne Kelly, 83, of Belton, husband of Doris Evans Kelly, died Friday, October 21, 2016.

Born in Pelzer, he was a son of the late John Burris and Reba Trotter Kelly. He was a U.S. Army veteran, retired from Milliken Cushman Plant, and was a member of Big Creek Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughter, Vicki Mosley of Belton; one granddaughter; brothers, Joe Kelly of Piedmont, John Kelly of Pelzer, and Clarence Kelly of Easley; sisters, Jerralene Jones, Sara Stephens, and Mary Kelly all of Pelzer.

Funeral service was held Monday, October 24 in the Chapel of Gray Mortuary, Pelzer. Burial followed at New Hope Baptist Church.


Mary Orr, of Greenville, died October 22, 2016 at McCall Hospice House.

She was preceded in death by her parents Claude Vaughn and Elizabeth Shirley Leslie of Easley, her husband W. C. “Red” Orr.

She retired from Wachovia (Wells Fargo) and was a member of Lee Road Baptist Church.

She is survived by her son Warren Cody Orr, Jr. of Columbia; brothers, Henry Leslie of Piedmont, Wallace Leslie of Atlanta, GA; sister, Shirley Hood of Columbia; two grandchildren; and two great granddaughters.

The funeral will be held at Mackey Mortuary on October 27 at 12:00. Visitation will be held preceding the funeral from 10:00 until 11:45. Interment will be at Woodlawn Memorial Gardens.


WILLIAMSTON – Joe Edwin Roberson, 85, widower of Betty Burns Roberson, died Monday, October 24, 2016.

Born in Anderson County, he was a son of the late William Adger “Uncle Bud” and Lila Ruth Wooten Roberson.  He was retired from Duke Energy Lee Steam Plant and a member of Big Creek Baptist Church.  Joe was a United States Marine Corps veteran.

Survivors include son, Edwin Roberson (Cherie) of the home; sister, Camille Moody of Williamston; grandchildren, Brett (Alysia) and Hayden Roberson; great-grandchild, Quinn Roberson.

He was predeceased by a brother, William Jack Roberson.

Visitation will be from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. Thursday, October 27, at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer.

A memorial service will follow at 11 a.m. in the mortuary chapel.

Memorials may be made to Big Creek Baptist Church, P.O. Box 187, Williamston, SC 29697, Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Rd., Anderson, SC 29621or to the charity of one’s choice.

The family is at the home.



John William Bagwell, 75, of Pelzer, husband of Martha Owens Bagwell, died Tuesday, October 25, 2016.

Born in Greenville County, he was a son of the late Alton Neville and Pauline Carter Bagwell. He retired from Bi-Lo Distribution Center. He was a member of Washington Baptist Church.

Additional survivors include daughters, Cherrie Roberson of Westminster and Terrie Hensley of Fountain Inn; son, Joel Bagwell of Piedmont; sister, Linda Hawkins; brothers, Larry Bagwell and Kenneth Bagwell; and four grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 3:00 to 4:00 pm Thursday, October 27, at Washington Baptist Church. The funeral will follow at 4:00 pm with burial in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Washington Baptist Church Benevolence Fund, 208 Washington Church Rd., Pelzer, SC 29669.