Obituaries 1-20-2021


Bea Heywood, Dr. James G. Wallace, Joe Whitlock , Nettie Faye Burgess Lewis, Janis Freeman, Tony Pack, John Claud Poore, Jan Green, Rev. David Graddy, Ira Fields, Ray Ellison


Ray Ellison

Anderson, SC -John Ray Ellison, 86, husband of the late Faye Webb Ellison, passed away Friday, January 15, 2021, at the Rainey Hospice House.

Born in the Cheddar Community of Williamston, SC, he was the son of the late Gonzerlee and Ethel Coker Ellison. He served in the National Guard and was the retired service manager at Myers Mazda. Mr. Ellison was a member of Midway Presbyterian Church.

Survivors include his daughter, Gina Ellison Sanders (Jeff); brother, Harrison Ellison (Miriam); two sisters, Jean E. Boggs and Sue E. Harbin; two step grandchildren, Matthew Sanders and Erin Allen (Josh); brother-in-law, Bill Rankin; sisters-in-law, Barbara Ellison, Brenda Ellison, and Deborah Ellison; special friends, Sammy and Linda Stevenson; a number of nieces and nephews; and his fur baby, Barney.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by one sister, Elizabeth Haney and three brothers, Charles Lee Ellison, Steve Ellison, and Michael Ellison.

Graveside services were held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, January 19, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park conducted by Dr. John McCallum. Social distancing was observed and masks suggested. Family and friends paid their respects from noon until 4 p.m. Monday at Sullivan-King Mortuary.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621.

Sullivan-King Mortuary

Ira Fields

Ira Franklin Fields of Belton, 75, husband of Ann Johnson Fields, passed away Wednesday, January 13, 2021.

Born in Belton, he was a son of the late Joe David and Clara Fray Stowe Fields.  He was employed with Hicks Mechanical and a member of Belton Church of God.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons, Franklin Thomas Fields of Athens, GA and Kevin Ira Fields of Belton; sisters, Rebecca Brown of Anderson and Josie Knight of Williamston; sister-in-law, Diane Fields of Belton; four grandchildren, and  one great-grandson.

A graveside service was Jan. 19 at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.  

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer


Rev. David Graddy

 Rev. David Loring Graddy of Williamston, 78, husband of Ruby Corine Fortner Graddy, passed away on Sunday, January 17, 2021.

Born in Charleston, he was a son of the late Loring Brown and Kathleen George Graddy. For 27 years, until the time of his death, he was serving as pastor of Conestee Assembly of God, in Greenville.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, David Graddy of Williamston, Danny Graddy of Belton, Emily Shanks of Honea Path, Kathleen Bishop of Mauldin, and Christa Ross of Laurens; brothers, Danny Graddy of Greenville and Eddie Graddy of Anderson; and 17grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 21, at Gray Mortuary.

The service will be 2:00 p.m. Friday, January 22, at Conestee Assembly of God, followed by burial at Shady Grove Baptist Church Cemetery, Belton.

Due to Covid-19, the family requests that masks be worn, and social distancing observed.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer


Jan Green

Pelzer – Jan Dearman Green, 86, passed away Sunday, January 17, 2021.

Born in Piedmont, he was a son of the late James Merimon and Mary Louise Wilson Green. A U.S. Marine Corps veteran, he retired from Modern Hardware in Williamston and was the pastor for six years at White Horse Chapel, in Greenville. He loved his church members and he loved the Lord.

Survivors include daughters, Janice Ann McClain of Pelzer, Donna Marie Johnson of Pelzer, Palla Smith of Piedmont; sister, Margaret Farr of Elwood, IN; brother, Ronnie Green (Karen) of Columbus, OH; seven grandchildren; fourteen great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and best friend and ministry partner, Cindy Stone.

He was predeceased by son, Robert David Green; sister, Linda Lee Leavell; and brother, Edward Green.

A memorial service will be held at a later date at White Horse Chapel, in Greenville.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer


John Claud Poore 

Belton- John Claud Poore, 67, passed away Sunday, January 3, 2021, at his residence.

 He was the son of the late Charles Edward “Ed” and Louise Barr Poore. John was a graduate of Erskine College and was retired from JTEKT Koyo in Greenville. He was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon and Sunday School Teacher. He was also a member of Gideons International, Belton Camp.

 He is survived by his wife, Pam Poore; son, Ross Poore (Sonya); two granddaughters, Emma Poore and Caroline Poore; brother, Charles Edward Poore, Jr. (Ivardell); and a sister, Susan Lacy (Don).

 Funeral services were  held at 2 p.m. Tuesday, January 5, at Shady Grove Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Mike Moody. Burial  followed in the church cemetery. The family greeted friends following the service.

 In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gideons International, Belton Camp, P.O. Box 733, Belton, SC 29627.

 Sullivan-King Mortuary

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Tony Pack

John Anthony “Tony” Pack of Easley, 53, husband of Kathy Galloway Pack, passed away Thursday, January 14, 2021.

Born in Greenville, he was a son of John Raymond and Janet Weston Pack.  He formerly sang with Electric City Harmonizers and was a member of Real Life Church in Greenville. 

Additional survivors include daughter, Rebecca Pack, sons, John Michael and Paul David Pack, all of Easley; grandmother, Zelma Weston of Piedmont; siblings, Phillip Pack, Joseph Andrew Pack, Jeremy Pack and Andrea Cole.

The family received friends January 18, at Gray Mortuary. The funeral service followed at the mortuary chapel with burial at Macedonia Baptist Church.   


Janis Freeman

 Janis Leodis Banks Freeman of Piedmont, 84, wife of Luther Curtis Freeman, passed away Saturday, January 16, 2021.

Born in Pickens County, she was a daughter of the late Floyd and Lillian Johnson Banks. She retired from Liberty Life Insurance and was a member of Wren Baptist Church.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Danny Freeman of Piedmont; sister, Francis Anderson; three grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

The funeral was January 19 at Gray Mortuary, with entombment  at Greenville Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. 

Memorials may be made to the Hope Lodge of American Cancer Society, 269 Calhoun Street, Charleston, SC 29401.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer


Nettie Faye Burgess Lewis 

Nettie Faye Burgess Lewis of Williamston, 85, passed away Saturday, January 16, 2021.

Born in Williamston, she was a daughter of the late C.L. and Tecora Chapman Burgess. She retired from Bigelow-Sanford, Inc. and she was a Baptist.

She is survived by a son, Jerry Wayne Lewis of Williamston; sisters, Shelby Tant of Belton, Shirley Cooper (Danny) of Pelzer, and Pearl Thayer of Tampa, FL; brothers, Vernon Burgess of Piedmont and Silas Burgess of Williamston; two grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was held at 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, January 20, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer


Joe Whitlock  

Joe Frank Whitlock of Pelzer, 84, widower of Linda Ann Kolb Whitlock, passed away Sunday, January 17, 2021.

   Born in Pelzer, he was a son of the late George Woodford and Dora Rainey Whitlock. He retired from General Electric, was a member of the National Guard, and was a Baptist.

Survivors include special companion, Bonnie Garrett of the home; daughters, Jolynn Shockley of Liberty and Chris Owens of Belton; son, Tony Whitlock of Iva; brother, Carroll Lee Whitlock of GA; sister, Rachel Hood of Piedmont; nine grandchildren; and six great-grandchildren.

The funeral service was held January 20 at Forest Lawn Mausoleum Chapel with entombment following.

   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621 or to the Anderson County Humane Society, P.O. Box 8002, Anderson, SC 29622.

      Gray Mortuary, Pelzer


Dr. James G. Wallace

Dr. James Gilbert Wallace, M.D., 77, of Williamston, husband of Brantley Claytor Drake-Wallace, passed away at his home on January 10, 2021.

Dr. Wallace was the son of the late Ruth Spicer Clark and Nehemiah Wilson Wallace. Born in Charlotte, he graduated from Davidson College and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Medicine. 

Dr. Wallace accepted a commission as a surgeon with the U.S. Army. He was honorably discharged and began a Surgical Fellowship at Emory University in Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. He completed a second surgical fellowship at the prestigious University of Aberdeen, Scotland.

  In 1980, he moved to Greenville, where he spent the next 37 years in private practice serving the greater Greenville community. His primary passion was plastic and reconstructive surgery for children and families during times of acute need and he was especially committed to caring for his patients at Shriners Hospital.

When the Greenville Free Medical Clinic opened in 1987, Dr. Wallace committed his time for the next 25 years.

He is survived by his wife, Brantley Alicia Drake-Wallace (of the home); his stepchildren, Devin Drake, Leah Drake, Abby and Jacob Henderson; his daughter, Monte Nicholson; his daughter, Sara Spicer and his son, Ben and his son, Shepard and their mother, Monte Nicholson “Nicky” Wallace. He is survived by his siblings, Bill Wallace and Charles Wallace ,Katherine Wallace Cook 

Due to Covid-19 restrictions, a private family memorial service is planned for a later date. No public memorial is scheduled at this time.

   Upon his passing, it was Dr. Wallace’s wish that his passion for all his animals and the standard of care he gave them every day could continue and they would be able to live out their lives with love, compassion, and security. Please make all memorial contributions and expressions of sympathy to his cause, Mij’s Animal Sanctuary, or Venmo: @mijsanctuary.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer


Bea Heywood

Williamston – Beatrice Babington Bolles “Bea” Heywood, 86, wife of Donald Taylor “Don” Heywood, passed away on Friday, January 15, 2021.

Born in Hartford, CT, she was a daughter of the late Henry and Ann Bolles. A member of Midway Presbyterian Church, she retired from teaching at the high school and college levels.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by son, Neil Heywood of Stevens Point, WI; daughter, Nancy Heywood of Syracuse, NY; son-in-law, Mark Buttaro of Litchfield, NH; sisters, Ruth Bentley and Winn Gentile; and seven grandchildren.

She was predeceased by daughters, Lynne Taylor Heywood and Judy Heywood Buttarto; son, Chris Heywood; and sister, Elizabeth Bolles.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Midway Presbyterian Church, 3238 Midway Road, Anderson, SC 29621, or to the P.E.O. Sisterhood, AN Chapter, in Easley,

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer