Obituaries Week of July 19, 2017




ANDERSON – Reverend David Franklin White, Jr., of Anderson, SC, breathed his last breath of physical life and then immediately breathed his first breath of the life that will never end during the early evening hours of July 12, 2017.

He leaves behind his wife of 65 years, Mary Jacquelyn Stone White, and their six children, Mary Mac (Bill) Klimack of Houston, TX; Jacque Lynn (Doug) Davison of Anderson, SC; David Franklin (Sharon) White, III of Orangeburg, SC; John Stone (Marilee) White of Richmond, VA; Elizabeth Louise (Franky) Dosher of Ware Place, SC; and Stephen Benjamin (Lori) White of Richmond, VA. Their six children gave them 19 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. He also has a sister, Louise White McConnell, of Richmond, VA. He is predeceased by his parents, David Franklin White and Louise Atwood White; a brother, Garnett Lee White; and a grandson, Jonathan Richard White.

Reverend White was born on October 29, 1929, the day the Great Depression officially began. He was truly a product of and very much a part of our greatest generation. He grew up in the state of Virginia, born in the mountains, growing up on the coast, and finishing high school and college in Richmond, where his father, the Rev. David F. White, Sr. was the founding pastor of Monument Heights Baptist Church.

Upon his graduation from the University of Richmond with a double major in Organic Chemistry and Biology, he studied at the old Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, KY, earning his Masters of Divinity in 1955. He then moved to Baltimore and earned a Masters in Philosophy from Johns Hopkins University while serving as Pastor of Forest Baptist Church in Upperco, MD. From 1957-1966, Reverend White served as a Professor of Philosophy and Religion at the University of Richmond.

In 1966, he accepted a similar position at Clemson University and moved his family to Pendleton, SC, where they lived for the next 13 years. While teaching at Clemson, he served several churches in the upstate of South Carolina as interim pastor, including First Baptist of Westminster and Beaverdam Baptist in Fairplay.

He returned to Richmond in December of 1978 to become pastor of Weatherford Memorial Baptist Church where he served for 9 years, followed by 25 years as pastor of New Vision Baptist Church & Retreat Center. He also served as adjunct professor at multiple educational institutions.

In 2013, he and Jackie returned to South Carolina. His last years were spent with his family in Anderson.

After an evening of visitation on Monday, July 17, from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at Gray Mortuary in Pelzer, SC, a celebration of Reverend White’s life was held at First Baptist Church of Pendleton, SC, on Tuesday, July 18 at 1:00 p.m. The burial  immediately followed in the church cemetery, followed by a further celebration in the church fellowship hall. There were many stories told about a truly great man.

To honor his life and legacy, we ask all to do all they can to find a cure for the cruel diseases we call dementia, which rob us of great minds and precious memories.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Upstate SC Chapter, 4124 Clemson Boulevard, Suite L, Anderson, SC 29621; or Halcyon Hospice, 665 N. Academy Street, Greenville, SC 29601.

The family wishes to acknowledge, with great appreciation, the wonderful work of Larry, Diana, Paul, Pattie, Claudine, Daniel, Courtney, and others with Halcyon Hospice of Greenville, SC.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer



Dr. Marion H. Hare of Greenville, died July 10, 2017.

He was born in Jacksonville, FL.

He served as pastor of several local churches including Welcome Baptist Church, Anderson and Augusta Road Baptist Church where he retired.

He also was a professor of Bible at Anderson University.

In addition to his wife, Wilma Moore Hare, he is survived by two sons, Phillip Hare of Aiken, Gregory Hare of Atlanta, GA; two daughters, Julie Robinson of Williamston and Lori Peterman of Simpsonville; 13 grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Memorial services were held Friday, July 14 at Augusta Road Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to Augusta Road Baptist Church, 1823 Augusta St., Greenville, SC 29605.


Weldon Hugh “Papa” Hix, 77, of Easley, husband of JoAnn Moore Hix, died Friday, July 14, 2017.

Born in Greenville, he was the son of the late Albert Hugh and Leah Whitmire Hix.He was retired from Mill Pond Landscaping and Irrigation and attended Mount Pisgah Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife, survivors include daughters, Karen Stoddard of Beaufort, Sharon Barthelmes of Easley; son, Tim Hix of Easley; sisters, Wilma Fortune and Jan Seifers, both of Travelers Rest; 12 grandchildren; and one great-granddaughter.

A family burial was held Monday, July 17, at Mount Pisgah Baptist Church Cemetery.

A memorial service was at Mount Pisgah Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to Wren Baptist Church, 120 Wren Road, Piedmont, SC 29673.


Robert Anthony “Tony” Carroll, 59, of Anderson, died Thursday, July 13, 2017 at his home.

Born in Anderson, he was a son of Frances Carolyn Rhodes Carroll and the late James Carroll.

He was a member of Varennes Heights Baptist Church.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by son, Justin Carroll of Belton; daughter, Courtney Carroll Devall; brother, Jimmy Smith of Williamston; sister, Lesa Carroll Holden of Starr; and three grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Saturday, July 15 in the Chapel of The McDougald Funeral Home. Burial followed in Forest Lawn Memorial Park.


WILLIAMSTON – William “Bobby” Robert Trotter, 69, husband of Betty Zane Roberts Trotter, passed away Sunday, July 16, 2017.

Born in Greenville, he was a son of the late James William and Mary Frances Bishop Trotter.  He was retired from Robinson Construction, a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church and a U.S. Marine Corps veteran.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughter, Sally Trotter McIntosh and husband, Eldridge Nelson McIntosh, III of Williamston; grandchildren, Victoria Cappell, Sara Whitney Erwin, Camryn Alyse McIntosh, Cooper Jackson McIntosh; great-grandchildren, Bradlyn and Baylee Cappell.

He was predeceased by brothers, James W., Wendell T. and Jerry D. Trotter.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, July 21, at M.J. “Dolly” Cooper Veteran’s Cemetery with military honors.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer.



Shirley Ann Moody McKee, 73, of Honea Path, wife of John Earl McKee, died Sunday, July 16, 2017 at Regency Hospital in Greenville.

Born in Dacusville, she was a daughter of the late D.W. and Callie Mae Stevens Moody. She was of the Pentecostal faith and was a retired cosmetologist.

Surviving in addition to her husband of the home are her son, Randall Scot Tribble of Belton; step-son, Rev. Shannon McKee of Dacusville; daughter, Tannis Tribble Ricketts of Belton; step-daughter, Dianna Christine McKee Shaw of Dacusville; two brothers, Gerald Moody of Easley and Donald Moody of Williamston; three sisters, Ellen Harris and Betty Jean Haire, both of Easley, and Bobbie Lee Hughes of Pendleton; and eight grandchildren.

Graveside services were held Wednesday at Garden of Memories.


Marcus Wilton Reid, 81, of Williamston, died July 17, 2017 at Rainey Hospice House.

Born in Anderson County, he was the son of the late Arthur Reid, Sr. and Pearlie Thompson Reid.

He was predeceased by his wife,  Janie Vaughn Reid.

He was a veteran of the U.S. Army and retired from Saco-Lowell Company. He was a member of Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church.

He is survived by children, Ronald Reid of Chicago, IL, Terri Abernathy and Deshawn Reid of Pendleton, Patricia Reid-Warren of Helendale, CA, and Mark Vaughn of Williamston; brother, Arthur Reid Jr. of Williamston; four grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, July 20 at Mt. Pleasant Baptist Church in Williamston. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family is at the home of his niece, Drucilla Perry, 1915 Welcome Road, Williamston.


Rebecca Jean Downard died July 5, 2017.

She was born in Covina, California to Michael and Carol Downard.

In addition to her parents she is survived by two sisters, Beth Downard and Amy Tippitt.

She was a teacher at Wren High School.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Thursday, July 20 at Sullivan-King Mortuary.