Obituaries Week of October 2, 2019




Piedmont – Betty Sue Davenport, 90, of Piedmont died September 27, 2019 at Bon Secours St. Francis Downtown Hospital in Greenville.

She was the daughter of the late Elsie Hawthorne and James Franklin Davenport.  Betty lived all her life in the Piedmont house in which she was born.

She loved living in Piedmont, serving as local librarian for more than 30 years.  She was also a Brownie Girl Scout troop leader for more than 20 years.

Betty was a history buff who researched the family genealogy extensively.  She helped document the history of her beloved town, collecting photos, information, and stories about life there since the late 1800’s.

Her early years with the Piedmont branch of the Anderson County Library were spent in an old jail building that housed that tiny library. Later she saw the library grow and move to its present location off Highway 86.

She was a long-time member of the Order of the Eastern Star and served as Worthy Matron.  Because of her support of Piedmont, she received the Community Service Award from the Piedmont Mothers Club on March 22, 2018.

Betty was known for sewing and crocheting – for the doll clothes she made for many little girls and the aprons and items she made for her friends.

She was a long-time member of Piedmont First Baptist Church, having served in many capacities.

Surviving are a sister, Frances D. Evans of Piedmont; a niece, Terry E. Harris (Ben) of Pendleton, NC; great niece, Arlie Harris (Angus Hucknall) and their children, Draegan and Everly Hucknall of Durham, NC; great nephew, Evan Harris of Raleigh, NC; and special cousin, Cora Roehm.

The funeral was held Monday, September 30, at 2:00 p.m. at Piedmont First Baptist Church.  Dr. Thomas DeVenny and Dr. Brett Patterson officiated.

Visitation was from 1:00 until 2:00 at the church.

Memorials may be made to Piedmont First Baptist Church, 8 First Baptist Road, Piedmont, SC 29673 or the Piedmont Branch, Anderson County Library System, 12407 SC 86, Piedmont, SC 29673.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer



PELZER – Hazel Mae Revels Roberson, 98, went to meet her Lord and Savior on Saturday, September 28, 2019.

She was the wife of the late Charles Edward Roberson, deceased on August 4, 1971.

Hazel was born and lived her entire life in Pelzer. She was employed at Kendall Mill and then worked and retired from Anderson School District One, where she worked in the Palmetto High School cafeteria. She taught private piano lessons at her home on Goodrich Street for 30 years. Hazel also volunteered many years and countless hours at the Haven of Rest in Williamston.

She was a former member of Williamston Wesleyan Church, where she was Secretary and Treasurer for many years. Hazel also played the piano and organ, while her late husband was the Music Minister until his passing. She was a charter member of Pleasant View Wesleyan Church in Belton. She played the piano for church services at NHC Anderson since moving there in 2013.

Hazel and Charles had an “Open Door” policy at their home for many family members to live with them for as long as needed! Hazel cooked, cleaned, and raised multiple children as if they were her own. Most recently, she cared for her special needs great-grandson, Sean Sedwick, whom she raised since he was two years old until she moved to NHC Anderson at the age of 93.

   Known as “Mama” to all, Hazel is survived by daughter, Sandra Bradshaw (Owen) of Bryson City, NC; son, Steve Roberson (Merry) of Fountain Inn; grandchildren, Scott Roberson (Joanna), Ben Roberson (Nikki), Pam Harrison (Johnny), Donna Boroughs of Saudi Arabia, and Jeremy Bradshaw (Caitlin); great-grandchildren, Wyatt and Gracie Roberson, Kate, Reese, and Cord Roberson, Haley Crawford (Cody), Sean Sedwick, Aidan Bradshaw; and great-great-grandchildren, Harper and Finley Grace Crawford.

Hazel, “Mama”, “The Queen” had a heart of gold, was respected by so many and loved by all – especially her family, friends, and the residents and staff at NHC Anderson. A special thanks to NHC Anderson and Divine Hospice of Anderson for the many years of care and dedication to our Mama. She loved being the “Queen Granny” at NHC.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Divine Hospice of Anderson, 115 Whitehall Road, Anderson, SC 29625.

Visitation will be held on Monday, October 7, from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer.

The service will be Tuesday, October 8, at 11:00 a.m. in the mortuary chapel, with burial to follow at Pine Lawn Cemetery, Pelzer.

The family will be at the home of Pam and Johnny Harrison, 1237 Keone Circle, Williamston.



Piedmont – Mary Ellen Kelly Williams Wells, 87, wife of the late Rev. James Avery Wells, passed away Saturday, September 28, 2019.

Born in Greenwood, she was a daughter of the late George Hulon Kelly and Kate Dickert Kelly.  She retired from Kelly Jewelry Store and was a charter member of Bessie Road Baptist Church.

She is survived by son, James Harold Williams (Shelia) of Williamston; daughter, Shirley Ann Williams of Shelby, NC; brother, Colin Hulon Kelly (Brenda) of Charleston; six grandchildren, fourteen great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her first husband, Ralph Williams; daughter, Mary Lynn White; sisters, Sally Owens and Linda Strickland; grandson, James Greg Chastain; and great-grandson, Matt Chastain.

Visitation will be Wednesday, October 2, 2019 at Gray Mortuary from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  The service will follow in the mortuary chapel at 11:00 a.m. with burial at Greenville Memorial Gardens.

The family would like to thank the staff at Southpointe Healthcare and Rehabilitation and Kindred Hospice of Greenville for the care that she received.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bessie Road Baptist Church, 575 Bessie Road, Piedmont, SC 29673.

The family will be at their respective homes.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer



Wayne Benjamin Aiken, 93, of Greenville, husband of Roxie Reeves Aiken, passed away on Tuesday, September 24, 2019.

Born in Pickens County, he was a son of the late Charlie Marion and Corrie Hannon Aiken.

A U.S. Navy veteran, he served in WWII.

He retired as the Co-owner and President of Aiken Brothers, Inc. and was the Founder/President of Aiken Chemical Company. He was a member of St. Matthew United Methodist Church.

In addition to his wife, survivors include daughter, Rhonda Aiken of Greenville; sons, Wayne B. Aiken, Jr. of Greenville, Russell K. Aiken of Pelzer; and sister, Doris A. Reeves of Greenville.

A graveside service was held at his childhood church, Shiloh United Methodist Church, on Friday, September 27.

Memorials may be made to Shiloh United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 159, Piedmont, SC 29673.


Carolyn Elizabeth Spence Moore, 78, of Anderson, passed away Tuesday, September 24, 2019 at her home.

Born in Abbeville County, she was a daughter of the late William Howard Taft Spence and Maggie Pressley Spence. She was married to the late Johnie Earl Moore.

She was a stay at home wife and mother. She was a member of Ramble On Biker Church.

She is survived by her son, John E. Moore, Jr.  of Williamston; daughters, Deborah Hurt of Williamston and Susie Simmons of Starr; sister, Madeline Gunter of Starr; ten grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held Sunday, September 29 in the chapel of The McDougald Funeral Home.


Doris Lynn Chapman Looney, 84, of Taylors, wife of the late Marshall Looney died Friday, September 27, 2019.

Born in Pelzer, she was the daughter of the late James Roy and Ida Martin Chapman.

Surviving are her son, David Looney of Greer; daughters, Debbie Hammett of Seneca; daughter Mary Lynn Ross of Charleston; a brother, Stan Chapman, and sisters, Jean Cooley and Linda Bryant; five grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

She was a member of St. Matthew United Methodist Church.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, October 1 at St. Matthew United Methodist Church. A private burial followed at Greenville Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to St. Matthew United Methodist Church, 701 Cleveland Street, Greenville, SC 29601 or to a charity one’s choice.


Dennis “Jim” Tully age 81 of Piedmont, passed away Wednesday.

He was born in St. Cloud, Minnesota. He was the CEO of Tullco, Inc.

Survivors include three daughters, Elizabeth AnnHunt, Christina D. Baugh, Christina N. Newton; two sons, James P. Tully and J. Benjamin Albin; one sister, Patricia Prideaux; 13 grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; and one great-great grandchild and 3 on the way.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Joyce Maxine McReynolds Tully.

Graveside services were held Monday at M.J. Dolly Cooper Veteran Cemetery with full Military Honors.


Barbara “Snooky” Harris Wooten, 78, wife of the late Buddy Grover Wooten, passed away Saturday, September 28, 2019.

Born in Greenville, she was a daughter of the late Melvin Bernard and Grace Lee Smith Harris. She was a homemaker.

Survivors include daughter, Diane Wooten Kay of Liberty; son, Tony L. Wooten of Clinton; sister, Teresa Harris; two grandsons, Shane and Shannon Kay; five grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

A graveside service was held at noon, Tuesday, October 1 at Shiloh United Methodist Church Cemetery, Piedmont. The family will greeted friends following the service.