Obituaries Week of June 12, 2019




Virginia Beatrice George gained her wings Monday, June 10th, 2019 at her home. She was born July 13th, 1943 in Greenville, SC, the daughter of Mildred Beatrice Holcomb and James Albert Holcomb.

Survived by her husband Joe Harold George; sisters, Carolyn Nyman, Darlene Kelley, and Theresa Patterson; children, James Daniel Thomas, Melissa Dawn Kay, James Robert George; eight grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Predeceased by son Richard Allen Thomas “Ricky” and grandson James Daniel Thomas Jr., “Bam Bam.”

Services will be held at Woodlawn-Sosebee Funeral Home in Anderson, SC. Now in God’s hands and in our hearts forever.


Karen A. MacEachron passed away peacefully on 5/29/2019 in her home in Belton, SC. She was born on 1/20/1954 and lived her life with a huge passion for others.

Karen loved to cook and take care of her grandchildren. She was a wonderful mother, wife, and grandmother that everyone adored. Karen had an uncanny ability to solve problems and always met challenges head on with a positive attitude that was contagious to those around her. She loved antique shopping and collecting antiques, and was an avid gardener.

She loved to give whole heartedly and put others’ needs before her own. She will forever be survived by her loving husband Scotty MacEachron Jr., her step daughter Amanda Duncan, her step son-in-law Daniel Duncan, and her grandchildren: Michael Subgrunski III, Judson Waters, Libby Waters, and Oliver Duncan. We will miss her dearly, but always cherish the time we spent with Karen and all the wonderful memories of a celebrated life that is gone too soon.


PELZER – Tommy Dale Holcombe, 65, passed away Friday, June 7, 2019.

Born in Williamston, he was a son of Mary Ellen Smith Holcombe and the late Calvin Edward Holcombe. He was formerly employed with Wells Aluminum and a member of White Plains Baptist Church.

In addition to his mother of the home, he is survived by daughter, April Denise Harbin of Belton; sister, Sherrill Harvey of Williamston; brothers, Keith Holcombe of Williamston and Randy Holcombe of Pelzer; grandchildren, Matthew Hawthorne and Keri French; and great-grandchildren, Matthew Hawthorne, Maddison and Bailey French.

He was predeceased by son, Tommy Dale Holcombe, Jr.; and brother, Jerry Holcombe.

Visitation was from 4:00 to 6:00 pm Sunday, June 9, at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer.

The funeral service was held at 2:00 pm Monday, June 10, at White Plains Baptist Church with burial in the church cemetery.

The family is at the home of daughter, April Harbin, 1321 Blue Ridge Ave., Belton.



Robert “Bob” A. Taylor, Jr., 79, of Anderson, passed away on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at his home.

He was born in Lilesville, NC, to the late Robert Alton Taylor, Sr. and Ruth Meachum Taylor.

He served in the SC National Guard. He retired from KEMET Electronics. He was a member of Trinity United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Glenda Blackwell Taylor; son, Paul Taylor of Simpsonville and Jim King of Piedmont; daughter, Karen Taylor Bors of Simpsonville; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Sunday, June 9 at Trinity United Methodist Church.  A Private family entombment will be at Cannon Memorial Park Mausoleum.

Memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church Missions. 1809 N Main St, Anderson, SC 29621.


Tina Marie Bertilacci Rumsey, 62, Honea Path, wife of the late William Walker Rumsey, passed away Saturday, June 8, 2019.

Born in the Bahamas, she was the daughter of the late Amerigo P. Bertilacci and Mayme Lue Black Bertilacci. She retired from the Greenville Hospital System and was a member of Eastview Baptist Church in Honea Path.

She is survived by a son, Jared Johnson of Williamston; and two grandsons.

The family will have a private, sunset service at sea.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer


Mary Elizabeth Fortner Smith, 58, of Anderson, passed away on Thursday, June 6, 2019 at Rainey Hospice House.

Born in Anderson, she was the daughter of the late William Robert and Corine Carithers Fortner.

She is survived by her husband, James T. Smith; daughter, Amanda Smith; son, Adam Smith; sister, Ruby Graddy  of Williamston; and brother, William Gregory Fortner of Belton.

A Memorial service was held on Tuesday, June 11 at Middleton Road Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Upstate or Anderson PAWS.


Violet Lynn Queen, 41, of Pelzer, passed away on Friday, June 7, 2019.

Born in Greenville, she was a daughter of the late Wallace Alton and Bonnie Lynn Smith Queen. She was previously employed with Fill-Ups Gas Station in Gray Court.

Survivors include her common-law husband, Jack Earl Bailey, Jr. and son, Noah Ezekiel Bailey, of the home; sister, Dorothy Page; and brothers, Lee and Bucky Queen, all of Pelzer.

Funeral service was held on Tuesday, June 11 at Emmanuel Full Gospel Tabernacle, in Piedmont.