Obituaries Week of March 6, 2019




Mrs. Ruby “Katy” Waldrop Spitzer, 90 years old, of Taylors, South Carolina, went home to her heavenly father on Saturday, March 2, 2019. Katy was born in Laurens, South Carolina on May, 14, 1928.

She was the valedictorian at Fairforest High School in Spartanburg, where she met her husband, Norva Eugene Spitzer. Katy worked at Northwood Middle School for 43 years, starting in 1969. Katy was among the original 13 charter members of Edwards Road Baptist Church where she served in the Children’s ministry until 2014.

Katy is survived by her four children, Norva Eugene Spitzer, Jr. (Kerry), Sandra Pike (Phil), Celia Brookshire (Mike), Jeffrey Spitzer (Lisa), twelve grandchildren, and ten great grandchildren. The family wishes to thank Bonnie Farmer, Katy’s long-time friend and loving caregiver, for her many years of friendship and faithful care.

Services will be held at Edwards Road Baptist Church at 2:30pm on Thursday, March 7, 2019 with Rev. Aaron Rayburn officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service at the church from 1pm until 2:30. In lieu of flowers, the family ask that contributions be made to the Edwards Road Baptist Church Children’s Ministry.


Richard Franklin “Pops” Hughes, 94, of Piedmont, died on Friday, March 1, 2019.

He was born in Young Harris, GA to the late Frank and Sallie Swanson Hughes. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII. He retired at JP Stevens, Estes Plant and was co-owner of Hughes Cabinet Works. He was also a member of Oak Grove Baptist Church.

He is survived by two sons, Jack Curtis Hughes, of Greenville and Gene Richard Hughes, of Powdersville; three grandchildren; and four great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Catherine Hughes.

Funeral service was held on Tuesday, March 5 at Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Northwest Chapel. Burial was held in Graceland Cemetery West.

Memorials may be made to Palladium Hospice, 10 Enterprise Blvd, Ste 202, Greenville, SC 29615.


Harrison Clifton Burgess, 86, of Williamston, husband of the late Edith Rogers Motes Burgess, died Monday, March 4, 2019.

He was twice married, first to the late Barbara Strickland Burgess.

Born in Anderson County, he was a son of the late Clifton and Janie Ricketts Burgess. He retired from Bowman Trucking, drove a car shuttle for Carolina Ford and was a member of Whitefield Baptist Church.

He is survived by daughters, Sherry Gentry of Townville and Janet Kelly of Williamston; step-daughters, Jackie Bull and Dianne Thrasher, both of Charleston; sister, Noreen Rowe of AZ; brother, Edgar Burgess of Williamston; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Wednesday, March 6, at Whitefield Baptist Church. Burial followed at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Rd., Anderson, SC 29621.


The Unity Mortuary of Williamston announces that family and friends will gather 1:00 p.m. Thursday, March 7, 2019 to celebrate the life of Jerome Gambrell at the Roosevelt Thompson Memorial Chapel 110 N. Hamilton St. Williamston.

The family is at 211 Greenville Dr. Williamston.


PELZER – Harold Eugene Vinson, 76, widower of Zoa Davis Vinson and loving companion of Opal Brewington, passed away Monday, March 4, 2019.

Born in Pelzer, he was a son of the late Leyron “Bill” and Nettie Lee Wright Vinson.  He was a retired homebuilder and director of the Pelzer Rescue Squad for 40 years.

Survivors include Opal Brewington of the home; son, Tony Vinson (Sharon) of Pelzer; sister, Edna Owens of Pelzer; brother, Michael Vinson of Santee; grandchildren, Cassie Giles (Billy), Brandi Bradshaw, Carter and Thomas Vinson; great-grandchildren, Nova Rose Norwood, Zoa and Jensen Giles.

He was predeceased by daughter, Debbie Bradshaw and grandson, Hunter Vinson.

Visitation will be from 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 8, at Big Creek Baptist Church with the funeral following at 2:00.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Pelzer Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 94, Pelzer, SC 29669.

The family is at his home.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer



Pelzer – Vicki Elaine Sams Alverson, 64, wife of Eddie Furman Alverson, died Tuesday, March 5, 2019 at her home.

She was born in Greenville to Elbert and Gloudys Hawkins Sams.  She was formerly employed with Kemet and was a member of Washington Baptist Church.

   In addition to her husband, she is survived by brothers, Eddie and Frankie Sams; sisters, Shelby Jean Green and Barbara Kay Cordell; step-son, Donnie Alverson; step-daughter, Tammy Lopez; and two grandchildren.

Visitation will be from 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Friday, March 8, at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer with the funeral following at 12:00 p.m. in the mortuary chapel. Burial will be at Greenville Memorial Gardens.