Obituaries 1-22-2020


Charles Wade Rainey, Thomas “Baxter” Rumsey, Larry Mauldin, Brian Dean, Jo Rhodes, Human Life, Mitchell Loring Graddy, John Tilman Frasier, Margaret Freeman

Charles Wade Rainey, Brian Evatt

Charles Wade Rainey, 80, died Monday, January 6, 2020, at his home.

Born in Anderson, South Carolina on March 19, 1939, he was a son of the late Blease Rainey and the late Grace Young Rainey.

He owned and operated Wade Rainey’s Garage in West Pelzer and was a member at West Pelzer Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Rebecca Galloway Rainey, his son, Jody Rainey, and two brothers, Bill and Donnie Rainey

The family hosted a memorial service on Thursday, January 16, at West Pelzer Baptist Church. 

Charles Wade Rainey, 80, died Monday, January 6, 2020, at his home.

Born in Anderson, South Carolina on March 19, 1939, he was a son of the late Blease Rainey and the late Grace Young Rainey.

He owned and operated Wade Rainey’s Garage in West Pelzer and was a member at West Pelzer Baptist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Rebecca Galloway Rainey, his son, Jody Rainey, and two brothers, Bill and Donnie Rainey

The family hosted a memorial service on Thursday, January 16, at West Pelzer Baptist Church. 


Thomas “Baxter” Rumsey 

Thomas “Baxter” Rumsey, 78, of Belton, passed away on Friday, January 17, 2020 at his residence.

Born on February 12, 1941, in Anderson, he was the son of the late William Hailey and Mary Leolis Long Rumsey and the husband of Mary Ann Rumsey. He was retired from Harper Corporation. In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter: Meka Pollard (Jimmy); brother: Charles Rumsey and grandchildren: Chance, Charlee and Chiah Pollard.

A memorial service will take place at the Sosebee Mortuary South Chapel on Saturday, January 25, at 11:30am.

Visitation will be held prior to the service at the Mortuary from 10:30am to 11:30am.

The family will be at the residence.


Larry Mauldin

Larry Lee “Pepa” Mauldin, 75, husband of Laura Faye “Mema” Ellison Mauldin, passed away Saturday, January 18, 2019.

Born in Anderson County, he was a son of the late Troy Ellis and Willie Ruth Creamer Mauldin.  He retired from J.P. Stevens White Horse Road Plant and was a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Williamston.

 In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons, Terry Mauldin (Belinda) of Williamston, Keith Mauldin (Rhonda) of Belton, and David Maudlin (Melissa) of Anderson; sisters, Linda Medlin of Williamston, Nancy M. Rogers of Piedmont, and Dot Dutton of Belton; brothers, Charles and Jones Mauldin, both of Williamston; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

 Visitation was held Tuesday, January 21, at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer.       

The service will be held at 2:00 pm Wednesday, January 22, at Trinity Baptist Church. Entombment will follow at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.

 Memorials may be made to American Heart Association Upstate SC, Attention: Memorial Donations, 156 Milestone Way, Suite A, Greenville, SC 29615 or to one’s own home church.


Brian Dean

Brian William Dean, 66, husband of Beverly Jean Mulkey Dean, passed away on Sunday, January 19, 2020.

Born in London, UK, he was the son of Ronald William and Edna Mae Day Dean. He was retired.

Survivors include his children, Samantha Dean, Natasha Davis, and Simon Dean, all of the UK; step-children, Dawn Sheibani of Marietta, GA, David Wykofka of Norway, ME, and Kimberly Persons of Omaha, NE; sisters, Sue Wilson, Helen Kay, and Jane Deal, all of the UK; seven grandchildren; and seven step-grandchildren.

A memorial service was on Wednesday, January 22, at 4:00 p.m. in the Gray Mortuary chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Street Church Ministries, 204 Rutherford Street, Greenville, SC 29609.


Jo Rhodes

Human Life

West Pelzer – Jo Rhodes, 94, passed away peaceful in her sleep from complications of pneumonia, Sunday, January 12, 2020 at Hospice of the Upstate in Anderson, South Carolina.  Prior to her death, she resided for 8 years at North Pointe Assisted Living in Anderson.  Upon her death, Jo’s soul went to Heaven to be with Jesus for eternity.

 Jo requested no funeral services and she will be interred at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Anderson, South Carolina.

Jo was born July 27, 1925 in Williamston, South Carolina and was preceded in death by her husband Chris Rhodes and her immediate family.

Father, DJ Owen and Mother Julia R. Owen

Older sister, Edna Owen Bowers

Younger brother, Keith Owen

Jo is survived by her nephew, Bill McCoy Bowers (Susan) of Colorado and her niece, Rosemary Smith Peterson (Tom) of Nebraska and her grand-nephew Bill Robert Bowers and her grand-niece, Tara Bowers Bain. She is also survived by 4 great-nephews, Parker and Mason Bain, Andrew Bowers and Hal Smith Jr. and 2 great-nieces, Avery Bain and Rebecca Bowers.

As a young lady, Jo, and a member of Beaverdam Baptist Church, Williamston, asked Jesus to be her savior.  From that point to the end of her life she lived a Christian life in her community and remained a member of Beaverdam Baptist Church for over 75 years.

Spiritual Life

 Jo knew the only way to Heaven was what Jesus said in John 3:3, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God (KJV).  Which simply means she was born again, spiritually, when she asked Jesus to be her Savior. This truth changed Jo’s life while here on earth and gave her confidence in her eternal place in heaven.  She also knew John Chapter 3 was a concise explanation of God’s Salvation Plan for mankind.  Anyone who is seeking to know more about how this chapter of the Bible can change your life, like Jo’s was changed, can receive an explanation by emailing your request to

A Family Thank You

Because Jo wanted to live her final years in Anderson county, where she had lived all her life, she was blessed, with meeting Mrs. Teresa Garrison.  Teresa became a dear friend and was a stand-in care giver while Jo resided at North Pointe Assisted Living. Jo’s nephew and niece could not relocate to South Carolina to be her caregiver, so Teresa played a major role in the final chapter of Jo’s life.  

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer



Mitchell Loring Graddy 

Mitchell Loring Graddy of Pelzer, SC, passed away at Prisma Hospital System on Tuesday, January 14, 2020. Born in Valparasio Indiana on September 28, 1964, he was with the church of God and was a carpenter by trade. He is survived by his father, Daniel Graddy, sister, Alice Graddy, wife, MArtha Graddy, and his children, Jessica Sahagian, Casey Poole, James Graddy, and Melissa Graddy. He was preceded i Mother, Myrtis Graddy and stepmother, Johnnie Graddy. 

A memorial Service was held at the Cremation Society of South Carolina in Greenville on Monday January 20th. 


John Tilman Frasier

Belton, SC- John Tilman Frasier, 80, widower of Frances Cannon Frasier, of 350 A Lickville Rd. died Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at Prisma Health Greenville Memorial Hospital. 

Born in Williamston, he was the son of the late Paul Frasier, Sr. and Ruby Marler Frasier. 

Surviving are: sons, John Frasier (Debbie) of Six Mile, and Rick Frasier (Nicole) of Greenville; daughters, Connie Ward (Charlie) of Greer, Pam Rhodes (Tony), and Kathey Carpenter (Ronnie) all of Belton; brothers, LeRoy, Rick, and Charles Frasier; 10 grandchildren and 15 great grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his brother, Paul Frasier, Jr., and his sisters, Hope Haynes and Mary Grasty.

The family will be at their respective homes.

Cox Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.



Brian Evatt

Greenville, SC- Our beloved son, Franklin Brian Evatt, entered into eternal rest January 11, 2020. 

A life that ended too soon, Brian was born in Pickens County to Samuel Franklin Evatt of Williamston, and the late Laura Black Clement on November 13, 1968. He was the previous owner and operator of his own carpet and flooring business, remodeling business and was currently an Assistant Manager with O’Reilly Auto Parts.  Brian was a bright shining star with a quick wit and an even quicker smile.  He loved helping people and sharing his life and resources with anyone in need. He had a big-big heart and anyone who knew him got to experience his selfless love. Brian had a passion for the Clemson Tigers, Stock Car Racing and fishing. We will miss you son and know that you are in heaven with the family that has gone before you.

Surviving, in addition to his father and step-mother, Elaine G. Evatt, are two sisters, Michelle E. Frady (Matt) of Travelers Rest, and Nikki Strange (Jebe) of Williamston; nieces and nephew, Lauren, Ryn and Tyler; and his girlfriend, Sherri Price of Greenville. In addition to his mother, Mr. Evatt was predeceased by his grandparents, Sam and Mildred Evatt, and Clyde and Mabel Black.

A Celebration of Life will be 3:30 PM Friday, January 17, 2020 in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, Easley.

Family members are at their respective homes.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in memory of Brian to the Shriner’s Hospital for Children, 950 West Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605; or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Department 142, Memphis, TN 38148. 

Visit or Robinson Funeral Home & Crematory-Downtown, Easley.


Margaret Freeman 

PIEDMONT -Margaret Spearman Freeman, 76, of Piedmont, SC, passed away peacefully in her sleep on January 14, 2020. She was born in Pelzer, SC, on January 23, 1943, to Haskell and Clara Bell Bowling Spearman, who, along with her siblings, are predeceased. She was a loving mother to Sarah “Wendy” Adams (1963-2012) and Tami “Dean” Adams, of Greenville, SC; grandmother to Rachel Mattison Drown (Kevin), of Waterford, WI;  Adam Mattison of Spartanburg, SC; and Shana Lofton of Austin, TX; and great-grandmother to Andrew, May and Greyson Drown. 

Margaret was a Christian who served with joy, not judgment, and was known for finding happiness in the small details of life. With an amazing talent for crocheting, she was a member of the Church of God Crochet Club in Pelzer, SC, and made hundreds of hats and scarfs donated to military service members, veterans and cancer patients. For over ten years she worked in the gift shop in Cracker Barrel Old Country Stores in Powdersville, SC; Florence, SC; and Buda, TX. Her career also included owning and operating Wren Beauty Center. 

Friends and family are invited to a drop-in Memorial Gathering on Saturday, January 16, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., at Nectar Community, 219 W. Antrim Dr., Greenville, SC 29607. 

Instead of flowers, the family requests donations to Project Hope Foundation in Greenville, SC ( Cards may be sent in care of Dean Adams, 300 Old Pelzer Road, #6, Piedmont, SC 29673.