Obituaries – Week of May 10, 2017




PELZER – Marvin Clifton Allen, 90, widower of Frances Rose Williams Allen, passed away Thursday, May 4, 2017 at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Pelzer, he was a son of the late Carl Clifton and Clara Mae Lindley Allen.  Mr. Allen was retired from Duke Power following 41 years of service and a U.S. Army WWII veteran, having served as a Corporal in Germany. He was also a member of Washington Baptist Church and a former member of the Ruritan Club.

Survivors include daughters, Ann Evatt of Piedmont, Kathy Lewis of the home; Beth Parker (Jeff) of Pelzer; sons, Bobby Allen (Wanda) of Fountain Inn and Jerry Allen of Greenville; brother, Harold Allen of Lancaster; sisters, Doris Thomas and Helen McCall, both of Pelzer, nine grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild.

He was predeceased by brothers, Clyde and Charles Allen; sister, Mildred Watts.

Visitation was held from 4 to 6 p.m. Sunday, May 7, at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer.

The funeral service was 11 a.m. Monday, May 8, at Washington Baptist Church.  Burial followed in the church cemetery.

The family would like to extend special thanks to the staff of Interim Hospice.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Interim Hospice, 16 Hyland Rd., Greenville, SC 29615.

The family is at the home.



WILLIAMSTON – Margie Jean McConnell, 87, wife of the late Charlie J. “Tige” McConnell, Jr., passed away Wednesday, May 3, 2017.

Born in Nashville, TN, she was a daughter of the late Andrew and Effie Lou Sanderson. She retired from Gerber Children’s Wear and was a member of Eastview Baptist Church.

She is survived by son, Charlie J. McConnell, III (Nancy) of Liberty; daughter, Cathy King (Roger) of Pelzer; grandchildren, Julie Beth McConnell, Dale, David, and Kelly King, Kim O’Keefe and Brian Darby; eleven great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by daughter, Linda M. Darby; brother, Billy Sanderson; sister, Martha Adams.

Visitation was from 6:00 to 8:00 pm Saturday, May 6, at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer.

The service was held at 3:00 pm Sunday, May 7, in the mortuary chapel. Burial followed at Greenville Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to Eastview Baptist Church, Building Fund, 120 Eastview Rd., Pelzer, SC 29669.



BELTON – Jenny Lynn Brown Cooley, 56, wife of Stanley Brian Cooley, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, May 2, 2017.

Born in Anderson County, she was the daughter of Wanda Brooks Brown Vest and the late Doc Anthony Brown.  She was a caretaker and member of Williamston Pentecostal Holiness Church where she loved serving the Lord and working with the youth while she was able.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by daughter, Jody Cooley Patterson and husband, Steven of the home; step-father, Boyce Vest of Williamston; step-mother, Linda Brown of Pilot Mountain, NC; grandchildren, Destany and Kaitlyn Patterson; five step-brothers, Stevie Flynchum, Donald Redd, Todd, Kevin and Christopher Vest.

She was predeceased by brothers, James Anthony and Frankie Ray Brown.

Visitation was held from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 5, at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer.

A graveside service followed at 4:00 p.m. at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Anderson.



GREENVILLE – Emmelyn Marshall Rhyne Smith died peacefully at her home May 7, 2017 after weeks of loving care by her devoted family.  She spent her last year bravely facing the increasing challenges brought on by cancer, yet never lost her genteel charm, quick wit and boundless faith.

Born in Charlotte on March 28, 1926, she was the daughter of Julia Boyce and Ellis J. Rhyne.  She was married for 53 years to Billy Mize Smith after they both graduated from Erskine College.  She loved and was faithful to her church, Faith Presbyterian (PCUSA), formerly Williamston Presbyterian, where she served as Elder Emeritus.  In 2007, she was honored with the Presbyterian Women’s Lifetime Membership.

Aside from being an avid and knowledgeable collector of antiques, she loved gardening, reading and demonstrating her faith through many volunteer activities.  She was member and past president of the Williamston Garden Club (federated), served the disadvantaged in her community through the Sunshine Club and delivered Meals on Wheels for twenty years (until she was 80).

She is survived by daughters, Julia Bellew and husband, Henry, of Greenville; Ashley Hood of Conway, SC; brother, Boyce Rhyne of Homestead, FL; granddaughters, Ellis and Anna Bellew, Sarah and Emmelyn Hood; niece and nephew, Marian Colli and Richard Rhyne.  She also leaves behind her best friend, Fran McCoy, the matriarch of our extended family.

Visitation will be from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursday, May 11, at Faith Presbyterian Church with the service following at 11 a.m. at the church.  Burial will be at the Williamston Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Faith Presbyterian Church, P.O. Box 38, Williamston, SC 29697.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer is in charge of arrangements.



WILLIAMSTON – Anthony “Datchey” Keith Clark, 67, husband of Susan Garrison Clark, passed away Sunday, May 7, 2017 at his home.

Born in Pelzer, he was a son of the late Kenneth and Betty Jean Davis Clark.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons, Brian Clark, Joseph Clark, Anthony (Andy) Clark, all of the home; sisters, Patricia Farmer of Williamston and Jolene McAlister of Belton; brother, Michael Clark of Williamston; four grandchildren.

He was predeceased by sisters, Barbara McJunkin and Martha Strickland.

A memorial service was held at 3:00 p.m. Wednesday, May 10, at Gray Mortuary Chapel, Pelzer.



Kenneth Lee Hall, Sr., 74, of Piedmont, husband of Judy Hopkins Hall, died Wednesday, May 3, 2017.

Born in Greer, he was the son of the late Joseph Connie Lee and Sybil Mullinax Hall.

He retired from the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

Surviving in addition to his wife are daughter, Lynne Hall Taylor of Greenville; son, Kenneth Lee Hall, Jr. of Piedmont; two grandchildren; and sister, Nancy Lowe of Charleston.

Graveside service was held Saturday, May 6 at Woodlawn Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 156 Milestone Way, Greenville, SC 29615.