Obituaries Week of January 1, 2020




PIEDMONT – Susan Anne Bagwell Morehead, 64, beloved daughter, sister, wife and mother, died Friday, December 20, 2019 at Hospice of the Upstate in Anderson, South Carolina.

Burial was Sunday, December 22, at 1:00 p.m. at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Anderson, South Carolina. Susan’s life was honored following the burial, with visitation from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at Gray Mortuary, and the service at 4:00 in the mortuary chapel.

Born on March 21, 1955, she was preceded in death by her Father, Guy Furman Bagwell.

Susan is survived by her Mother, Louise Poore Marshall of Williamston; a husband, Mike Morehead of Piedmont; a brother, Lee Bagwell of Williamston; a sister, Bonnie Bagwell of Greenville; two children, Patrick Morehead of Belton and Meredith Rigdon of Greenville; and three grandchildren, Hope Morehead of Williamston, and Reagan and Luke Rigdon of Greenville.

Susan was a graduate of Palmetto High School and Lander University, where she received her Associates Degree in Nursing. Susan was a retired Registered Nurse, most recently at Bon Secours St. Francis in Greenville, South Carolina. Susan’s life was dedicated to the care of her patients. Some of her most notable care stations included Labor and Delivery in the former Spartanburg General Hospital. Then she worked as an RN for Dr. Dwight Smith at the Williamston Hospital. She was also a “CDL Driver-Nurse” for Carolinas Lithotripsy throughout North and South Carolina. Known to her co-workers affectionately as “SuMo”, Susan could be counted on for no-nonsense, compassionate and precise patient care.

Susan, known to her grandchildren as “SuSu”, loved to shop and shower them with love and special “sur-seys” to let them know just how much she cared for them.

Susan knew from the time she was a young girl that she wanted to be a Nurse and her legacy of care and passion for nursing will live on in the many babies she helped bring safely into the world, the many patients whose recovery was held confidently in her capable hands, and the many days and nights she spent across Upstate hospitals providing care.

Flowers are optional if preferred, or memorials may be made to either St. Paul United Methodist Church, 2513 Brushy Creek Road, Easley, SC 29642; Guthrie Grove Church of God of the Abrahamic Faith, 403 Guthrie Grove Church Road, Pelzer, SC 29669; Rainey Hospice House, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621; or to Meals on Wheels, P. O. Box 285 Anderson, SC 29621.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer



Elizabeth “Beth” Brockman Baughcome, 77, of Newberry, died Thursday, December 19, 2019 at JF Hawkins Nursing Home.

She was born in Spartanburg, a daughter of the late Arnold and Rachel Henson Brockman

She was a member of the United Methodist Church, Trinity Campus, Greenville. She was a registered nurse.

Survivors include her children, Sabrina Posey and James Baughcome, Jr. both of Powdersville, and Sharah Clark of Newberry, four grandchildren; siblings, Gary Brockman of Spartanburg and Mike Brockman.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Gerald Baughcome, Sr.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, December 28 at the Whitaker Funeral Home Chapel.


Jean Evelyn Shaffer Bagwell, 84, of Anderson, SC, passed away Sunday, December 22, 2019 at The Garden House of Anderson.

Born October 26, 1935 in Curwensville, PA, she was a daughter of the late Harry Shaffer and Marie Norris Shaffer. Jean worked in retail as a sales supervisor for JC Penney and was a member of Boulevard Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Lonnie Martin Bagwell; sons, Brad Hone (Bob) of Anderson, SC and Kelly Hone of Michigan; step-daughters, Kay Payne (Barry) and Pam Landreth, both of Simpsonville, SC; sisters, Shirley Spence of Bay City, TX and Sharon Rouge of Mechanicsburg, PA; seven grandchildren; four step-grandchildren; and three step-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her son, Tim Hone and sister, Gloria Brent.

The family received friends from 12:30-1:30pm Thursday, December 26, 2019 at Boulevard Baptist Church. The funeral service followed at 2:00pm with Rev Jack Couch and Rev. Austin Carty officiating. Entombment followed in Forest Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Boulevard Baptist Church, 700 Boulevard, Anderson, SC 29621 or the Alzheimers Association, 4124 Clemson Blvd Suite L, Anderson, SC 29621.



PELZER – Billie Jackson “Papa Jack” Beacham, Jr., 66, passed away on Monday, December 23, 2019.

Born in Pelzer, he was a son of the late Billie Jackson Beacham, Sr. and Marylin Darnell Davis. A registered EMT, he was a member of the Pelzer Rescue Squad for many years.

Survivors include daughters, Shannon Bolden (Robby) of Hendersonville, NC and Stacey Nelms (Jeff) of Pelzer; brothers, Butch Beacham of Anderson, Steve Beacham of Piedmont, and Greg Forrester of Williamston; sister, Lynn McJunkin of Piedmont; three granddaughters, Kennedy Bolden (Kyle), Erin Nelms (Chandler) and Kailey Nelms; and his two best furry friends, Ginger and Skeeter.

A memorial service was  held at 2:00 p.m. Friday, December 27, at Oak Point Church, Pelzer.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer



Frances Gilliam Coker, 100, of Pelzer, widow of Charles W. Coker, died, Tuesday, December 24, 2019.

A native of Greenville County, she was a daughter of the late Fred W. and Lois Gilliam, and was the oldest member of Washington Baptist Church, Ware Place.

Surviving are daughters, Ann Coker McAllister, Faye Coker Thompson and Charlene Coker Settle; seven grandchildren; thirteen great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Funeral services were Saturday, December 28, at Washington Baptist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Her family requests memorials be made to Washington Baptist Church, 208 Washington Church Road, Pelzer, SC 29669.


PIEDMONT – Avlona Moore “Pep” Seaborn, 92, of 7001 Highway 81 North, Piedmont, SC, passed away on Saturday, December 28, 2019.

Born in Cowpens, SC, she was the daughter of the late Lawrence and Meanie Moore. A graduate of Winthrop University, she received her B.S. and Master’s Degrees. She taught in several counties in South Carolina and retired from Anderson School District 5 and was an active member of Grace United Methodist Church in Williamston, SC. Pep was a loving wife, mother, and grandmother.

She was preceded in death by her husband, George Wallace Seaborn, Sr.; a sister, Klym Allen, and a brother, Lawrence Moore, Jr.

Survivors include her sons, George Wallace Seaborn, Jr. and his wife, Kathy, and James Lawrence Seaborn and his wife, Marijo; three grandchildren, Zachary, Haley, Hannah and her husband, Brandon; sisters, Lovey Bigham and Martha Axmann.

A graveside service will be held on Friday, January 3, at 11:00 a.m. at Oconee Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Grace United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 460, Williamston, SC 29697; or to Meals on Wheels, P. O. Box 285, Anderson, SC 29622.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer



Anthony Leon “Tony” Darnell, 59, of West Pelzer, passed away Friday, December 27, 2019.

Born in Montgomery AL, he was a son of the late Troy Leon Darnell and Carole Ann Owens Darnell.  He was a veteran, having served in both, the U.S. Army and the U.S. Navy.

He is survived by his daughter, Amanda Taylor  of Abbeville; brother, Greg Darnell of Pelzer; sisters, Scherrie Tinsley of Lumberton, NC, Lisa Knight and Dana Darnell of Williamston; and two grandchildren.

A graveside service was held Tuesday, December 31,  at Greenville Memorial Gardens.  The family received friends following the service.


Patricia Louise Fountain Jenkins, 75, of Pelzer, passed away Saturday, December 28, 2019.

Born in Greenville Co., she was the daughter of the late Marvin Fountain and Edna Irene Brown Pruitt.

She is survived by daughters, Marie Getsinger of Belton and Michelle Watson of Pelzer; five grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, December 31, in the Chapel at Gray Mortuary.  The family greeted friends following the service.


Walter Derol Owens, age 77, died on Friday, December 27, 2019.

Born in Fountain Inn to his parents John Decatur and Kathleen Marie Prather Owens.

He was a member of Cavins Baptist Church, a retired truck driver with Overnight, and a US Navy Veteran having served during Desert Storm.

He is survived by his wife, Nyra Jean Bowling Owens of the home; one son, Walter D. Owens II; two daughters, Lisa O. Smith of Landrum and Kathleen O. Gault of Simpsonville; two brothers, Jimmy Owens of Simpsonville and Barry Owens of Pelzer; two sisters, Joyce Hendrix of Mauldin and Phyllis Scroggs of Pelzer, eleven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

Funeral service was held Tuesday, December 31 in the Chapel of Forest Hills Funeral Home.

Interment followed at Graceland East Memorial Park, Simpsonville with Military Honors.


Betty Ann Bernhardt Ashworth, 77, of Midway Rd. Williamston, died Sunday, December 22, 2019 at her residence.

Born in Anderson on July 17, 1942, she was a daughter of late John Sullivan Bernhardt and the late Helen Elizabeth Cecil Bernhardt.

She was a member of St. John’s United Methodist Church, and was the bookkeeper for her parents company, Parts & Supply Inc.

She is survived by her longtime companion, Russell Stover, her son, Mark Ashworth, and a sister Jean Vaughn.

Her family will host a celebration of her life at a later date.

Memorials may be made to The American Heart Association at


Lisa Thurston Moore, 55, passed away December 12, 2019. She was born on September 11, 1964.

She was daughter of Larry and Pat Thurston of Piedmont.

Surviving are one sister, Connie Kelley; two sons, Brandon and Matthew Bennett; and four grandchildren.


Jane Ann Louthain Andrews, 87, of Anderson, wife of Arthur “Art” Allen Andrews, passed away on Saturday, December 21, 2019 at her residence.

Born in Twelve Mile, IN, she was a daughter of the late Howard Raymond Louthain and Ethel Marie Sherrard Louthain. She had worked at True Temper.

In addition to her husband Art, she is survived by her children, Anita A. Fricks of Williamston, Greg Andrews of Anderson and Gary Andrews of Linden, NJ; siblings, Donnie Louthain of Twelve Mile, IN and Sharon Carter of Rochester, IN; four grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the DAV – Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301.


Kristen Nicole “Nikki” Johnson passed away, Friday, December 20, 2019 in Powdersville.

She is survived by her sister Taylor Cleveland; brother, Zachary Barrett, three children, Zadie Caprell, Chance Montgomery, and Aniyah Montgomery and her beloved partner, Charlie Clinkscales.

She was preceded in death by her mother Dana Lynn Horne and her maternal grandmother, Phyllis Huskey.

Visitation was held on Friday, December 27 at The Standard Cremation & Funeral Center 1621 Pearman Dairy Rd. Anderson, SC 29625.

A fund has been established at South State Bank (Kathy & Taylor Cleveland’s Girls Gift Fund) to assist Taylor with Nikki’s children and their needs.


Perry Harold Wardlaw, 54, of Williamston, passed away Wednesday, December 18, 2019.

Born in Easley Baptist Hospital, he was the son of Annie Gilbert Wardlaw and the late Clarence Harold Wardlaw.

Surviving are wife, Lisa Wardlaw, of the home; daughters Michelle Dean and Chris of Williamston and Leah Wardlaw of the home; and his mother, Annie Wardlaw, of Piercetown; two grandchildren; two sisters, Peggy Mayfield of Piercetown and Pat Rothell of Anderson.

A graveside service was held Saturday, December 21st, at Friendship Baptist Church conducted by Mike Mayfield.