Obituaries Week of July 12, 2017




PELZER – Shirley Mae Mahaffey Lewis, 76, wife of the late Paul Clifford Lewis, passed away Sunday, July 2, 2017.

Born in Greenville County, she was a daughter of the late Roland and Edith Ware Mahaffey. She retired from True Value and was a member of Trinity Baptist Church.

She is survived by sons, Dean Peden of Taylors and Patrick Peden of Williamston; sisters, Carolyn Duncan of Townville and Bobbie Williams of Anderson; brother, Tommy Mahaffey of Williamston; grandchildren, Heather, Tyler and Torrey Peden, Lindsay Gregory, Shawn Peden, Steven Southern and Kimberly Shirley; great-grandchildren, EmmieMae, Paisley, and Allie Rose Peden.

Visitation was from 7:00 to 8:30 pm, Wednesday, July 5, at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer.

The service was held at 1:30 pm Thursday, July 6, in the mortuary chapel. Burial followed at M.J. “Dolly” Cooper Veterans Cemetery.

The family is at respective homes.



WILIAMSTON—Kelly Lauren Knight, 38, passed away Saturday, July 8, 2017.

Born in Anderson, she is the daughter of Danny Ray and Deborah Lynn Waters “Debbie” Knight of Belton. She was a Media Specialist for Fork Shoals Elementary School, a member of the SC Association of School Librarians, and Whitefield Baptist Church.

In addition to her parents, survivors include sister, Amy Knight Payne (Tony) of Anderson; nieces, Dani and Ellie Payne; grandmothers, Hazel Knight of Williamston, Helen Waters of Belton; and numerous aunts, uncles, and cousins.

Visitation was Monday, July 10 from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. at Whitefield Baptist Church. The funeral followed at 2:00 with burial in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Fork Shoals Elementary School Library, 916 McKelvey Road, Pelzer, SC 29669.

The family is at the home of her parents, 407 Willingham Road, Belton, SC 29627.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer



PELZER—Mary Lou Scruggs Cox, 88, resident of Windsor House Assisted Living in Greenville, former resident of Pelzer, widow of Cecil Millard Cox, passed away Saturday, July 8, 2017.

Born in Arcadia, SC, she was a daughter of the late Broadus Butler and Lula Belle Painter Scruggs. She was a homemaker and a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church.

She is survived by sons, Cecil Edward Cox (Gayle) of Pelzer, Broadus Allen Cox of Simpsonville; daughters, Harriet Kay Connelly (Trenton) of Pelzer, Sandra C. Cox of Easley; seven grandchildren; and thirteen great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by brother, Edward L. Scruggs; sisters, Frances Couch, Cora Vise, and Burnette Scruggs.

Visitation was Wednesday, July 12, from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. at Gray Mortuary. The funeral will be held Thursday, July 13 at 11:00 a.m. in the mortuary chapel. Burial will follow at Greenville Memorial Gardens.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

The family is at the home of her daughter, Kay Connelly, 1005 Keys Drive, Williamston, SC 29697.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer



Rev. James Douglas “J.D.” Keenan, 84, of Greenville, husband of Betty Ann Keenan, died Thursday, June 29, 2017.

Born in Greenville, he was a son of the late Ira Henry and Polly Ann Keenan.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and was owner and operator of Keenan’s Auto Service, and was a member of First Christian Fellowship.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughter, Lisa Honea of Powdersville; two sons, Tony Keenan of Simpsonville and Mark Keenan of Greenville; two grandsons; and one sister, Evelyn Knight of Taylors.

Funeral service was held Thursday, July 6 at Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Downtown Chapel. Burial followed at Woodlawn Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to First Life Christian Fellowship Life Center Fund, 110 Montana St., Greenville, SC 29611.


James “Dub” Waldrop, 84, of Easley, died Sunday, July 2, 2017.

Born in Greenville County, he was the son of the late John and Sally Morgan Waldrop.

He retired from Woodside Mill in Easley and was employed with Professional Express.

He was a member of Jones Avenue Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife of the home, Frances Whitmire Galloway Waldrop; daughters, Cindy W. Burns, Tina W. Manning, and Jane W. Hofstetter, all of Easley; four grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; step-children, Debbie Moore of Easley and Randy Galloway of Powdersville; and five step-grandchildren.

He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Velma Lewis Waldrop.

Funeral services were held Thursday, July 6 at Jones Avenue Baptist Church. Burial followed in Westview Cemetery in Easley.

Memorials may be made to the building fund of Jones Avenue Baptist Church, 614 Ross Avenue, Easley, SC 29640.


Roger Christopher “Chris” Morris, 49, of Piedmont, died Friday, June 30, 2017.

Born in Greenville, he was a son of Linda Ann Foster Morris and the late Roger Morris.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by daughter, Allyson Morris of Alexander City, AL; son, Jarrett Morris; daughters, Kelly and Christy of Woodruff; sisters, Linda Michelle and Joe Morris of the home; and one grandson.

Funeral service was held Sunday, July 2 at Mountain Springs Baptist Church.


Jean Hammond Coogler, 94, of Greenville, widow of Arthur Cornwell Coogler, died July 8, 2017.

Born in Piedmont, she was the daughter of the late Annie Leone Campbell and Robert Newton Hammond.

She was a member of  First Baptist Church in Greenville.

She is survived by three children, Dr. Arthur Cornwell Coogler, Jr., of Columbia, Karen Coogler Dobson, Steven Harry Coogler, both of Greenville; five granddaughters; six step-grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and 13 step-great-grandchildren.

Memorial service was held Tuesday, July 11 at First Baptist Church Greenville.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Greenville, 847 Cleveland Street, Greenville, SC  29601.


Larry Robert Lollis, 74, of Anderson, died Sunday, July 9, 2017 at Rainey Hospice House.

Born in Piedmont, he was the son of the late Robert Berry Lollis and the late Hazel Aiken Lollis, and was the widower of the late Martha Ann Bannister Lollis.

He retired from Fluor-Daniel Construction Company and attended Taylor Memorial Pentecostal Holiness Church.

He is survived by a son, The Rev. Dr. Brent Lollis of Anderson; daughter, Denise Ann Vaughn of Lowndesville; three grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was held Tuesday, July 11 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to Taylor Memorial Pentecostal Holiness Church, 711 Glenn Street, Anderson, SC 29625.


Paul Jerome Wilkerson, 71, of Piedmont, died June 30, 2017 in Greenville.

He is survived by his wife, Vickie Diane Wilkerson; sons, Dr. Brent J. Wilkerson, David R. Wilkerson, of Greenville; and six grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents, Paul Tyson Wilkerson and Annie Lee Tapp.

He was owner and operator of Hearing Healthcare Center.

Funeral services were held Monday, July 3 at Robinson Funeral Home, Powdersville Road. Burial followed  in Robinson Memorial Gardens.


Michael Wayne Bishop: born December 30, 1951 died July 3, 2017.

He was the son of Oscar and Ruby Mae Bishop of Pelzer.

He retired from Estes after 30 years of service. He was a member of Life Journey in Pelzer. His last words were “I love you.”

Surviving are his wife, Nancy Lou Bishop; sons, Wayne Bishop, David Reid, and Michael Livingston; daughter, April Bishop; sister, Kathy Robinson; brother, Todd Bishop; grandson, Michael Wayne Logan Bishop; and his best friend, Larry Hipps of Pelzer.

He will be missed very much.

Family and friends will be notified of service times.


James Bryson Copeland, 83, of Anderson, died July 5, 2017 at AnMed Health.

He was the son of the late John C. and Mary Alice Mahaffey Copeland of Williamston.

He retired as Manager of Upstate Federal Credit Union in Honea Path and owned a commercial cleaning business.

He was a veteran of the South Carolina National Guard and was a member of Boulevard Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Alice Hamilton Copeland; son, Dr. Brent Copeland of Anderson; daughter, Lisa C. Woodcock of Easley; three grandchildren; two great-grandchildren;  and a brother, Wade L. Copeland of Williamston.

Funeral service was held Friday, July 7 at Boulevard Baptist Church. Interment followed at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to Boulevard Baptist Church, 700 Boulevard, Anderson, SC 29621.


Marvin H. Strickland, 77, of Piedmont, died Friday, June 30, 2017.

He was the son of the late Clarence and Elsie Phillips Strickland and was a U.S. Army veteran during the Cuban Missile Crisis.

He is survived by a sister, Betty Jo Eustace; daughter, Sharon Mikeworth; son, Shannon Strickland; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

No service is planned at this time.


E. Faye Garrett of Cayce, died Monday, July 3, 2017.

She was the daughter of the late Rev. W. Grady Hall and Evelyn Ruth Knight.

She is survived by her husband, Rev. Lawrence H. Garrett; two daughters, Anne Allen of Waynesboro, GA and Robin Johnson of Sandy Run; three grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Saturday, July 8 at Beulah United Methodist Church, Sandy Run. Burial followed in the church cemetery.


Rita T. Moore, age 87, formerly of Williamston, passed away on July 8, 2017. She was born in New Rochelle, NY to the late Robert Thomas and Elizabeth Kelly Thomas on October 21, 1929.

In 1947, Rita graduated from Albert Leonard High School in New Rochelle and began working at Fort Slocum just outside New York City as a civilian employee.  While working at Fort Slocum, she met Jack Lowell Moore, of Enoree, SC, who was stationed there with the US Air Force.  They were married in New Rochelle on October 3, 1948.  After living for periods of time in New York and in Virginia, Rita, Jack and their three daughters settled in Williamston in the 1950’s. Their son Robert was born in 1970.

Rita worked for the Anderson County school system from 1980 to 1995 in the Palmetto High School library.  After her retirement from the school district, she worked part time at Lander Memorial Library in Williamston from 1995 until 2003 when she retired completely.

Family and friends were Rita’s passion and delight. She was at her best and at her happiest when surrounded by her loved ones.  Rita loved to help others and was well known for always being willing to lend an ear or a shoulder to cry on.

Rita is survived by her four children, Ellen Moore of Summerville, Margaret Moore of Anderson, Jacki Cohn of Honea Path and Robert de la Madrid of Sierra Madre, CA; and by her granddaughter Mrs. Novie Cleveland IV (Amanda) as well as Amanda’s children Mrs. Aaron Watkins (Ashlyn) and Novie Cleveland V, all of Honea Path.  Rita was predeceased by her former husband Jack and by her brother Edward Whalen.  She is survived by two other brothers;  Robert Thomas of Palm Coast, FL and James Whalen of Burlington, IA.  She also leaves behind numerous loving relatives and friends.

Rita’s life will be celebrated at a family service. Donations can be made in Rita’s honor to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America by contacting them directly on line at


Piedmont – Elihu “Eli” Roscoe Jackson, 85, of Piedmont, husband of the late Willie Girtrue Cole Jackson, died Tuesday, July 11, 2017.

Born in Davenport, VA, he was a son of the late Matt and Ida Lockhart Jackson. He was a U.S. Army veteran who served in the Korean War, retired from Hoechst Celanese and Aquaenergy hydro-electric, and attended Piedmont Church of God of Prophecy.

Survivors include sons, Randall Jackson of Piedmont and Dr. Gary W. Jackson of Greenville; brother, Clemon Jackson of Bee, VA; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm Friday, July 14, at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer. The service will follow at 12:00 pm in the mortuary chapel. Burial will be at Greenville Memorial Gardens.


Odis Arvin Swinford, Jr., 79, of Anderson, died Tuesday, July 11, 2017 at Southern Oaks Rehabilitation and Health Care Center.

Born in Anderson, he was the son of the late Odis Arvin “Tex” Swinford, Sr. and Dana Mary Getsinger Swinford. He was a U.S. Navy Veteran.

He retired from White Jones Hardware and was a member of Pope Drive Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Mary Jo McAlister Swinford; three stepchildren, Debbie McAlister Myers and Doug McAlister of Anderson and Mary McAlister Selman of Williamston; seven step-grandchildren; ten step-great-grandchildren; brother, Royce Swinford of Stone Mountain, GA; and a sister, Peggy Sheffield of Linden, TX.

He was predeceased by his first wife, Joyce Ann O’Neal Swinford.

Funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, July 13 at Sullivan-King Mortuary Chapel. Burial will follow in New Prospect Baptist Church Cemetery with military honors.

The family will receive friends from 1-2 p.m. Thursday at the mortuary.

Memorials may be made to Mission Rathbun House, 121 Sherwood Road, Asheville, NC 28803.