Obituaries Week of December 4, 2019




Charles “Scooter” Anthony Adkins went to meet his Heavenly Father on November 15, 2019 after a long and courageous battle with cancer at the age of 54. Scooter will be forever remembered by his devoted wife Linda Diane Broome Adkins and by his loving mother Deborah Gillespie Adkins Moore. Scooter is also survived by his sister Kelley (Patrick) Peden, grandchildren Brandon, Tyson and Adelynn Adkins, and Callen (Adkins) Keech, as well as his nieces and nephews Lindsay, Steven, Kimberly and Shawn. Scooter was predeceased by his cherished son Todd Anthony Adkins.

Scooter, a graduate of Woodmont High School, enjoyed fishing, camping, working in his yard, as well as spending time with his family, friends and dearly beloved dog, Bambi. The family of Scooter would like to affectionately thank the nurses on the third and fifth floor of St. Francis Downtown, as well as a very special thank you to a dear, lifetime friend, Cathy Lopreste.

A memorial service may be held at a later date. Donations may be made in Scooter’s honor to the Cancer Society of Greenville at 113 Mills Avenue.


Rosemond Marie Kohmstedt entered into rest Friday, November 29, 2019 at Rainey Hospice House at the age of 99.

Rosemond was born May 20, 1920 to William and Edith Schenck in Portage, Wisconsin. She was a 1938 graduate of Portage High School and attended Milwaukee County Hospital School of Nursing, earning her R.N. degree and enlisted in the Army Nurse Corps where she served in the European Theater with General Patton’s army. Upon her discharge in 1945, she moved to Dimmit County, Texas and for over 25 years Rosemond was employed at Dimmit Memorial Hospital in Carrizo, Texas and for several years as county health nurse.

Mrs. Kohmstedt rounded out her civic duties serving as secretary for 12 years to the local TB Association, was active in the PTA for 17 years, and Band Boosters for 8 years. She was a member of the Business and Professional Women’s Club chairing all offices; and organized and chaired all offices of the first Carrizo Springs Lioness Club.

In 1972, she moved to Mt. Prospect, Illinois where she met and married Robert H. Kohmstedt. Upon their retirement, they relocated in Carrizo Springs, Texas in 1983.

Rosemond was a member of the Survivors of the Battle of the Bulge; a life member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Cleary-Kreach Post 1707 in Portage, Wisconsin; a life member of American Legion Clarence Mobley Post 359 of Carrizo Springs and a member of the Ladies Auxiliary of American Legion Unit 359 of Carrizo Springs. In the local legion post, she served as Adjutant, 1st Vice Commander and Commander. She was an active member of the Carrizo Springs First Baptist Church and Sarah Sunday School class.

Mrs. Kohmstedt was preceded in death by her husband, Robert on October 14, 1993; her parents, Edith and William Schenck; and brother, John Roger Schenck.

She leaves three children; George Lee (Carolyn) Willems of Williamston, South Carolina, John (Pamela) Willems of Rowlett, Texas and Katherine (Charles) Phillips of Devine, Texas. Also, four sisters; Helen Hocum of Baraboo, Wisconsin, Evelyn Topps of Florida, Ruth Andrews of Wyocena, Wisconsin and Dorothy Goetz of Portage, Wisconsin. There are five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Visitation will be Friday, December 6, 2019 from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. at Leonard Funeral Home, 707 West Houston Street, Carrizo Springs, TX 78834.  The service will follow at 2:00 p.m. in the chapel, with burial in Mt. Hope Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to The WWII Museum, 945 Magazine Street, New Orleans, LA 70130.


Lindsey Day Rogers, 81, of Greenville, husband of Jean Rogers, died Sunday, December 1, 2019.

He was born in Liberty,  the son of the late JC “Buddy” and Ruth Rogers.

He served in the US Navy. He was a member of Parkwood Baptist Church. He retired as a supervisor in the machine shop from Steel Heddle (Greenville), and Michelin Tire Corporation, Donaldson Center. After retirement, he was the owner and operator of Rogers Body Shop in Greenville.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by one daughter, Karen Jones of Landrum; four grandchildren; four great grandchildren; two sisters, Juanita Cox of Piedmont and Martha Nell McClendon of Mobile, Alabama.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, December 5, from 12:00 p.m. until 1:15 p.m. at Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Downtown with the funeral service following at 1:30 p.m. in the Downtown chapel. Burial will follow in Woodlawn Memorial Park.


Joleen Marie Heatherly, 55, of Fayetteville, NC, passed away Saturday afternoon on November 16, 2019 at the Cape Fear Valley Hospital.

Joleen is survived by her husband, Charles C. Heatherly, Jr. and four children, Charles III, Cye (Michelle), Andrea, and Rachel Heatherly.

Joleen was a longtime resident of Fayetteville, NC where she lived for almost 30 years with her husband and family.

She was born May 21, 1964 to Dennis and Carol Vohler, at Fort Bragg military base, Fayetteville, NC and grew up in International Falls, MN. Joleen graduated from Falls High School in 1982 and from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1986. In 1988 she married Charles Heatherly Jr. and together had four children.

Joleen led an exciting life, joining the army as a lieutenant and being stationed in Germany where she had her first child, Charles III. She later was stationed in Fayetteville, NC. Upon having her fourth child, Rachel, and with her husband still on active duty, Joleen left military service after 12 years. Subsequently in 1999, Joleen and her family moved with Charles to live in Kuwait City, Kuwait. At the onset of the Iraq War, Joleen and the children were evacuated back to the United States in 2002.

After moving back to Fayetteville in 2003, Joleen became involved in a variety of community activities as well as maintained an adventurous life traveling around the globe from Europe to India to Japan. Described as “the glue that held people together,” she was always organizing events for family and friends. Despite her busy schedule, Joleen always placed her family first as a wonderful mother and incredibly supportive military spouse during her husband’s numerous deployments. Joleen was immensely proud of her family and will be remembered for her charitable, thoughtful nature that constantly brought her family, friends, and community together.

We acknowledge and share both our joy in the gift that her life was to us, and the pain that her passing brings. She was the foundation of our family. Whether it was at graduations, family holidays, or reminding her children of birthdays she was always thinking of others. We wish that we had more time, and perhaps that during the time we had we had spent more of it together. While we know that she is at peace and that her struggles are at an end, there is pain and sadness. But even though she is gone, she has left the legacy of her love. The ways she touched our lives will remain, and we ask you to keep those memories alive.

Joleen wished to be cremated and her ashes will be taken to her childhood town of International Falls, MN where she will be laid to rest at her family’s lakeside cabin.

Memorial services will be held at Belton Pentecostal Holiness Church on 8 December, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.


David Underwood Ayers, 69, of Piedmont, passed away Thursday, November 28, 2019.

Born in Abbeville, he was the son of the late Rufus Henry and Mary Lena Crawford Ayers.

He was a retired conductor with CSX Railroad. He was a Methodist.

Survivors include his wife, Jane Frick Ayers; daughter, Audrey Ayers Noble of Powdersville; son, David Trent Ayers of Piedmont; one granddaughter; two sisters, Ruthie Ayers Edmunds of Abbeville and Mary Anne Rice of Seneca.

A memorial service was held Sunday, December 1, at Sullivan-King Mortuary Chapel.

Memorials may be made to Main Street United Methodist Church Organ Fund, P.O. Box 656, Abbeville, SC 29620.


Myrtle Vivian Rogers Galloway, 93, of Anderson, passed away Thursday, November 28, 2019 at Summit Place of Anderson.

Born in Piedmont, she was a daughter of the late Thomas B. Rogers and Onnie B. Ellenburg Rogers. She was married to the late Tyre L. “Dink” Galloway.

She retired from Kmart. She is survived by her sons, Bob Galloway of Asheville, NC and Bruce Galloway of Anderson.

The funeral was held Tuesday, December 3 in the Chapel of The McDougald Funeral Home. Burial followed in Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

Memorial contributions may be made to Crescent Hospice, 209 Riverside Ct, Greer, SC 29650.


Jimmy Lee Carter, 74, of Williamston, passed away Wednesday, November 27, 2019.

Born in Greenville, he was a son of the late Buford Ernest and Ruby Dean Lamb Carter. He was retired and of the Church of God faith.

He is survived by his daughter, Cheryl Erwin  of Belton; brother, Doug Carter; sister, Brenda Ferguson both of Williamston; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Sunday, December 1, in the Chapel of Gray Mortuary.  Burial followed at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.


Larry McCall Richey, 77, formerly of Greenville, passed away Monday, November 25, 2019, at the Parkview Heart Institute in Fort Wayne, Indiana.

Born in Piedmont, he was the son of the late Ned and Elise Richey. He worked as a drywaller until he retired in 2009.

He was preceded in death by his parents, and his former wife, Maxine Jennings Turner. Surviving are his sons, Tyrone Richey, Lance Richey, and five grandchildren.

Arrangements have been made for interment at a later date at Robinson Memorial Gardens in Easley.


Mary Wells Crowe, 94, of Greenville, widow of James H. Crowe, Sr., died on Monday, November 25, 2019.

Born in Pelzer, she was a daughter of the late Samuel and Loree Wells.

She was a member of Washington Avenue Baptist Church.

She is survived by two sons, David L. Crowe of Pickens, and James “Howie” Crowe of Powdersville; two daughters, Susan C. Sheppard of Laurens, and Carol C. Buko of Easley; eight grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; and many great-great grandchildren; a sister, Betty W. Williams; and a brother, Larry Wells.

Funeral service was held Saturday, November 30, in the chapel of Thomas McAfee Funeral Home, Northwest. Burial was held in Greenville Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, 15 Oregon St, Greenville, SC 29605.


Mae Bell Simpson Cruel, 88, of Greenville, passed on Thursday, November 21, 2019, at her home. She was a daughter of the late Albert and Luegenia Gwinn Simpson.

Surviving are her husband, Homer Odell Cruel of Greenville; five daughters, Brenda Cruel McCrary of South San Francisco, CA, Joyce Victoria Cruel, Chrystal Cruel Williams, Althea Panchetta Cruel, all of Greenville, and Min. Rosalind Octavia Cruel Rabb of Powdersville; one son, Marcus Odell Cruel of Greenville; two sisters, Betty Simpson Thompson and Bobbie Simpson Mobley, both of Greenville; one brother, Albert Simpson, Jr. of Greenville; 14 grandchildren; 29 great-grandchildren; nine great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral Service was Sunday, December 1 at Mountain View Baptist Church, with burial in Resthaven Memorial Gardens.