Obituaries Week of September 20, 2017




Lenora Foster Jackson, 61, of Easley, wife of Paul Mickle Jackson, Sr., died Wednesday, September 13, 2017.

Born in Anderson County, she was a daughter of the late Claude Earl and Helen Waldrop Foster. She was a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by son, Mickle “Bigin” Jackson of Easley; daughter, Patricia Lynch of Greer; sisters, Linda Morris of Piedmont and Claudette Dove of Easley; six grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was held  Friday, September 15, at Oak Grove Baptist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery.


Judith Ann “Judy” Vickery, 73, of Pelzer, died September 1, 2016.

Born in Greenville, she was the daughter of the late Ralph and Mary Chapman Turner.  She was a Baptist.


Johnny Christopher Burrell, 53, of Piedmont, died Monday, September 11, 2017.

Born in Greenville, he was a son of Billy Burrell and the late Lila Marie Burrell.

He is survived by one sister, Lamonda Rutherford; two brothers, Michael Burrell and Keith Burrell.

Funeral service was held Saturday, September 16 in the Northwest Chapel of Thomas McAfee Funeral Home. Burial followed in Mountain View Memorial Park.


Mary Louise Burrows Goodman, 87, of Piedmont, wife of Claude Henry Goodman, died Wednesday, September 13, 2017.

Born in Erie, PA, she was a daughter of the late Florence Mae Burrows Tennis. She attended Piedmont Church of God.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by daughters, Janie Marie Hall of Hobe Sound, FL, Randee Lee Palumbo of Piedmont, Mary Catherine Callopi of Easley, and Claudia Ann Stephens of Jacksonville, FL; sister, Paula Mae Tennis of Union City, PA; brother, Lynn Peterson of Northwest, PA; five grandchildren; and ten great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Monday, September 18 in the Chapel of Gray Mortuary, Pelzer. Burial followed at M.J. “Dolly” Cooper Veterans Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Interim Hospice, 16 Hyland Rd., Greenville, SC 29615.


PELZER – J.C. Cox, Jr., 85, husband of Frances McCall Cox, passed away Thursday, September 14, 2017 at his home.

Born in Greenville County, he was a son of the late J.C. and Thelma Nichols Cox.  He was owner of J.C. Cox Construction and a member of New Hope Baptist Church.  J.C.  was a member of the Board of Directors at First Citizens Bank and served on the West Pelzer Fire Department Board from 1963-2006. He was also a member of the Williamston Masonic Lodge, a Shriner and a U.S. Army veteran, having served in the Korean War.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by son, Michael Cox and his wife, Jacqueline of Pelzer; daughter, Melonie Hooker and her husband, Scott of Williamston; grandchildren, Jacob and Jena Cox, Chris (Megan) Williams, Cheri Hooker Jenkins (Mike);great-grandchildren, Riley and Kailey Williams, Landon, Logan and Lillie Jenkins; brothers, Johnny Cox of Williamston and Landrum Cox of Abbeville; sisters, Callie Anderson of Marietta and Lelia Mae Cox of Black Mountain, NC.

He was predeceased by a brother, Calvin Cox.

Visitation was from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Sunday, September 17, at New Hope Baptist Church with the service following at 3:00 p.m. at the church.  Burial followed in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to New Hope Baptist Church Building Fund, 108 New Hope Road, Pelzer, SC 29669 or to Regency Hospice, 880 S. Pleasantburg Drive, Suite 1-A, Greenville, SC 29607.

The family members are at their respective homes.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer



HONEA PATH – Joyce Marlene Christmas, 54, wife of 21 years of Teddy Christmas of 124 Tiny Greer Rd. died Friday, September 15, 2017 at AnMed Health Medical Center.

Born in Anderson, she was the daughter of the late Marcus “Toad” and Gertrude “Trudy” MaGaha Cleveland. She was a member of Cross Hill Church of God. She was the owner of the Christmas Day Care.

Surviving in addition to her husband of the home are: sister, Jean Smith and husband Bill of Williamston; nieces, Leigh Anne Smith Blackwell and Jennifer Martin and husband T. J.; six great nephews and nieces; special grandnephew, Ethan Turner; father and mother in law; Rev. John Christmas and wife Pauline; fur babies, Blue and Buddy.

Service was held 3pm Sunday at Cox Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. John Christmas, Rev. Benny Dyar, and Rev. Larry Richardson officiating. Burial followed at Garden of Memories.

The family received friends prior to the service Sunday from 1pm until 2:45pm at Cox Funeral Home. The family was  at their respective homes.

Cox Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.



Louise Poore Knight, 92, of Williamston, widow of Lester Charles Knight, died Sunday, September 17, 2017.

Born in Oconee County, she was a daughter of the late Charles Washington and Annie Delillian Eaton Poore.

Survivors include sons, Dendy Jackson and Chuck Knight, both of Williamston; daughters, Judy Todd of Williamston and Debbie Payton of Belton; 15 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and 3 great-great grandchildren.

A graveside service was held Tuesday, September 19, at the Williamston Cemetery.


Ronald Jack Gilbert, 61, of Pelzer, died Friday, September 15, 2017 at his home.

Born in Dansville, NY, he was a son of the late Marion Seymour and Harriet Tarbell Gilbert.   

Survivors include special friend, Cheryl Wilkerson; brothers, Fred, Terry, Gary Gilbert; sisters, Linda Guerin and Marilyn Gilbert.

The funeral was held Monday, September 18, in the Chapel of Gray Mortuary, Pelzer.  Burial followed at Harriet Memorial Gardens.


Nolan James Segars, 59, of Williamston, husband of Jacqueline Fields Segars, died Monday, September 18, 2017 at his home.

Born in Laurens County, he was the son of the late N.J. and Mary Elizabeth Leroy Segars. He was a member of Faith Fellowship Ministries and attended Happy Trails Cowboy Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Caroline Segars Day of Williamston; sons, Nolan Jarod Segars of West Pelzer and David Shaun Fields of Williamston; four grandchildren; and four sisters.

A graveside service was held Wednesday, September 20, at the Williamston Cemetery.


Brandon Miles Connell, 34, of Anderson, died Thursday, September 14, 2017 at his home.

He was the son of Bill Connell and Beth Connell.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his sister, Brittany Calkins of Williamston.

A celebration of Life will be held Saturday, September 23rd at Earl Street, 134 W. Earle Street, Anderson, SC 29625.


Luther Clinton Johnson, Jr. of Piedmont, is survivied by his children, Susan Marie Johnson, Luther Clinton Johnson, III, Matthew Dalton Johnson; and four grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his wife Sarah Elizabeth Johnson and his parents Lucille and Luther Johnson Sr.

Receiving of friends will be Friday, Sept. 22 from 11 a.m. – 12 noon with a memorial service to follow. Both will be held at Shiloh Methodist Church, 135 Reid Bagwell Rd., Piedmont, SC 29673.

Memorials may be made to Motorcycle Awareness Association.


PIEDMONT – Master Sgt. Thomas Jerry Moon, Sr., USAF, Ret., husband of 43 years to Peggy Austin Moon, passed away Monday, September 18, 2017.

   Born in Greer, he was a son of the late William Otto Moon and the late Ruby Geneva Kessler Moon West. He was a retired U.S. Air Force veteran following 22 years of service with the Air Police Squadron. He also retired from Greenville County Law Enforcement as a Detention Officer. Jerry was a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church and Recovery Masonic Lodge No. 31 AFM Greenville.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughter, Teresa E. Brown of Piedmont; son, Thomas J. Moon, Jr. (Kristina) of Greer; sister, Jo Lynn Thomas of Louisville, KY; brother, Ted West of Jacksonville, FL; grandchildren, Karley Brown of Williamston and Presley Moon of Greer; three great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by grandson, DWayne Brown; brother, William J. Moon.

Visitation will be from 6:00 to 7:30 pm Wednesday, September 20, at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer.

The service will be held at 11:00 am Thursday, September 21 in the mortuary chapel with burial at Greenville Memorial Gardens.

The family is at the home.