Obituaries Week of March 20, 2019




2/14/39 – 2/10/19

With great sadness we announce the passing of our beloved brother in Alabama.

He was the son of the late B.F. and Bertha Turner of Piedmont, SC.

Harold attended Piedmont and Ellen Woodside High Schools and retired with the railroad.

Survived by wife and children, Peggy, Tina, and Michael; sisters, Joyce Pepper, Emogene Hooper and Esther Woodlee and many relatives and friends. Also, a special aunt, the late Emma McCuen. Service was held February 16 in Alabama.

He was someone who made this world a brighter and better place. Never forgotten, always missed and forever loved.

It broke our hearts to lose you but you didn’t go alone, for part of us went with you the day God called you home.

“But as it is written, eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love Him.” 1 Corinthians 2:9


Bobbie “Bob” Martin Mead, 86, of Williamston, husband of Linda Lee Bishop Mead, died Thursday, March 14, 2019.

Born in Printer, KY, he was a son of the late Oscar Lee and Hazel Humphrey Mead. He was retired from Western Electric and a U.S. Navy veteran of the Korean War.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by son, Randy Lynn Morris and daughter, Kimberly Rene Sanders, both of Anderson; sister, Betty Porter of Pickerington, OH and brother, Bill Mead of Alabama.

A graveside service was held Tuesday, March 19, at M.J. “Dolly” Cooper Veterans’ Cemetery in Anderson.


WEST PELZER – Thelma Louise Ellis Durham of 12 Spring Street, West Pelzer, widow of Eddie “Boots” Durham, Jr., passed away Friday, March 15, 2019.

She was born December 10, 1923 to the late Samuel and Eva Ellis.

Thelma was always active in her community.  She was the owner of Boots and Thelma’s Restaurant in West Pelzer where she and her husband, “Boots” worked together for over 50 years.   She served many years as chairman of the Mothers March of Dimes and was a charter member of West Pelzer Baptist Church. She assisted the Pelzer-Williamston Jaycees in the original Christmas lighting of the Williamston Spring Park. For 25 years she was known as the Santa Claus lady and was a member of the auxiliary of the West Pelzer Fire Department and the Cross Hill Fire Department. Thelma worked as a reporter for the Greenville News, Anderson Independent and The Journal newspapers.

She is survived by her daughter-in-law, Patricia D. Chandler; brother, Marvin Ellis; granddaughters, Debra Rainey and Kimberly Durham; great- grandchildren, Katie Garner, Morgan Vickery, and Georgia Cape; great-great- grandchildren; Brooklynn Duso, Baylee Vickery and Lainey Davis.

She was predeceased by her son, J. D. Durham; brothers, Dennis, Jim, Louie, Charles and an infant boy; sisters, Ruth Ellis, Grace Ellis, VeEtta Corbin, and Edna Hendricks; grandson, Eddie Albert Durham, III.

Visitation was held Monday, March 18, from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. at Gray Mortuary with the service to follow at 2:00 in the mortuary chapel.  Burial will be private.

The family will be at the home of Pat Chandler, 14 Dacus Drive, Williamston, SC.

Memorials may be made to the Shriners Children Hospital, 950 West Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605 or to West Pelzer Baptist Church, 29 Main Street, West Pelzer, SC 29669.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer



LEXINGTON – Pearl Woodcock Schilling enjoyed a heavenly reunion with her late husband, Ray Eugene Schilling, on March 17, 2019. She was born on April 30, 1928, in Pelzer SC, giving her family and friends 90 wonderful years of love, devotion, and service.

She was also predeceased by her parents, Liston Livingston Woodcock and Louise Shealey Woodcock, sixteen Woodcock siblings, and two sons-in-law, Tommy Stone and Tom Hibbard.

In 1953, Pearl Schilling received her RN degree from the Medical College of South Carolina, in Charleston SC.  She spent the next 41 years nursing patients at Williamston Hospital in Williamston SC, St. Francis Hospital in Greenville SC, and with the Family Practice of Dr. Koontz in Pelzer SC.    She spent her free time volunteering her nursing services to family members and neighbors with medical needs.

She is survived by a sister, Bobbie Sue Faulkner, of Mount Pleasant SC and a multitude of loving nieces and nephews.

She will also be dearly missed by her surviving children, Janet Bailey (Dow), Judy Stone, Joni Hibbard, and Jeff Schilling (Kelly), nine grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren.

Pearl Schilling was a current member of Shandon Presbyterian Church, Columbia SC and a former long-term member of Shiloh United Methodist Church in Piedmont SC.

There will be a private family memorial service at a later date.   The family requests that any memorials be sent to the Presbyterian Communities of SC – Charitable Care Fund, 2817 Ashland Road, Columbia SC 29210, or to a church that is special to you.

Dunbar Funeral Home, Devine Street Chapel, is assisting the family. Memories may be shared at


Henry Clifford Turner “Cliff” 83, of Piedmont, husband of Joan Rogers Turner, died March 18, 2019.

He is survived by his wife, Joan; three sons, Steve Turner, David Turner, and Jonathan Turner, five grandchildren; and his sister, Alice Jo Olive.

There will be a private family service. Donations may be sent to Shriners Hospital and condolences to