Obituaries Week of December 5, 2018




WILLIAMSTON – Dennis Cargill Ellis, 90, husband of the late Julia Mae Cash Ellis, died Sunday, December 2, 2018.

He was twice married, first to the late Peggy Ellison Ellis.

Born in Williamston, he was a son of the late Samuel Mose and Eva Mae Cargill Ellis. A Korean War veteran, he was a Corporal in the U.S. Army. He retired from Saco Lowell Corporation and was a member of Beaverdam Baptist Church.

He is survived by sister, Thelma Ellis Durham of West Pelzer; brother, Marvin E. Ellis of Williamston; and several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was held Tuesday, December 4, at 3:00 p.m. in the Williamston Cemetery. The family received friends following the service.

Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 285, Anderson, SC 29622.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer



Walter Griffin King, 87, of Pelzer, died Wednesday, November 28, 2018.

He was born in Greenville to the late Mike and Anne Griffin King on August 14, 1931.

He served in the United States Navy during the Korean Conflict.

He is survived by four daughters, Curry Bullington, Lisa McDowell, Marjorie Patteson, Kathryn Besancon; ten grandchildren; two great grandchildren; and former wife, Mary Louise King-Taylor.

Funeral service was held Saturday, December 1, in the chapel of Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Downtown. Burial followed in Christ Church Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to The Make-A-Wish Foundation, South Carolina,


Donna Diane Gaillard Neves, 71, of Pelzer, wife of Lonnie G. Neves, died Friday, November 30, 2018.

Born in Pelzer, she was a daughter of Nannie Sue Davis Gaillard of Williamston and of the late Elbert Gaillard, Jr. She retired from Service Star Corporation and was a member of Washington Baptist Church.

In addition to her husband and mother, she is survived by daughters, Tonya Etris of Fountain Inn, and Kami Etris Hadden of Pelzer; sister, Annette Drake-Harbin of Williamston; six grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was held on Monday, December 3, at Washington Baptist Church. Burial followed at Greenville Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to Washington Baptist Church, 208 Washington Church Road, Pelzer, SC 29669.


Mary Elizabeth “Beth” Looper, 64, of Belton, died Monday, December 3, 2018.

Born in Anderson, she was a daughter of the late Marian Algera “Algy” Breazeale Looper and Thomas Marshall Looper, Sr.

She retired as a school teacher at J.N. Kellett Elementary School in Seneca, and was a member of Seneca Baptist Church.

She is survived by her sister, Lynne Phillips of Belton; brothers, Thomas Marshall “Tim” Looper, Jr. of Seneca and Mike Looper  of Rock Hill.

The funeral will be held on Friday, December 7, at 3:00 p.m. at New Hope Baptist Church, with visitation to follow. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Tamassee DAR School, P.O. Box 8, Tamassee, SC 29686.


Naola Joye Nelson DuBois, 84, of Williamston, wife of the late Gerald Dewayne DuBois, died Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at her home.

Born in Prague, OK, she was the daughter of the late David and Readie Isabelle Norman Nelson. She was a housewife and a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Williamston.

She is survived by son, Steve DuBois of Williamston; daughter, Sandy Hodge of Sky Valley, GA; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. Thursday, December 6 at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer. The service will follow at 2:00 p.m. in the mortuary chapel with burial at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.


Donna Lee Roy, of Tampa, FL, died on Saturday, December 1, 2018.

She was born on October 7, 1935.

She retired as Executive Director of the Rape Crisis Center in 2008.

Surviving are her four children: Robert T. Roy, Piedmont; Scott Roy, Le Mars, Iowa; Rochelle  Stanfill, Tampa, FL; and Nancy Wagoner, Charleston; eight grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren: one sister, Barbara Klippel; and one brother, Bob Moe.

She was preceded in death by her husband Rob, and by her parents Cecil and Garnet (Bordeau) Moe.

Funeral services will be March 9, 2019, in Greenville.

Memorials may be made in Donna’s name to the Julie Valentine Center, 2095 White Horse Road, Greenville, SC 29611.