Obituaries 2-3-2021

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Brian Ross, John Hughes, Vernon Boggs, Dortha Spearman, Martha Elizabeth Lawrence, Donnie R. Moore, Sr., Helen Davenport, Norman Chandler, Sr., Gary Coleman, Sue Gaillard, Joyce Caldwell, Dennis Burden

Dennis Burden

Dennis “Denny” Earl Burden of Piedmont, 71, husband of Susan Powell Burden, passed away Wednesday, January 27, 2021.

Born in Mauldin, he was a son of the late Lamar Thomas and Margaret Elizabeth Marett Burden.

He retired from the City of Mauldin and was a member of Fork Shoals Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughter, Taylor Odom of Simpsonville; step-son, Kyle Bonds of Piedmont; step-daughter, Stacie Culbertson of Piedmont; five grandchildren, and a brother.

A graveside service was held February 2 at Greenville Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Fork Shoals Baptist Church, 110 Fork Shoals Rd., Pelzer, SC 29669 or to the Alzheimer’s Association – Upstate S.C. Chapter, 123 West Antrim Dr., Greenville, SC 29607.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer

Condolences: www.graymortuary.com

Joyce Caldwell

Joyce Knight Caldwell of Williamston, 82, widow of Jimmie Ray Caldwell, passed away Wednesday, January 27, 2021.

Born in Anderson, she was a daughter of the late Fred Evans and Bertie Adeline Hiott Knight.  She was retired from Welcome Ranch.

Survivors include daughter, Lisa J. Caldwell of Williamston; son, Mark Caldwell of Belton; sister, Judy Green of Piedmont; two grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service was held January 30 at Whitefield Baptist Church.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer

Condolences: www.graymortuary.com

Sue Gaillard

Williamston – Nannie Sue Davis Gaillard, 90, wife of the late Elbert Herman “Dick” Gaillard, passed away Sunday, January 31, 2021.

   Born in Greenville County, she was a daughter of the late John Henry and Pearle Inez Davis. She retired from Gerber and was a member of West Pelzer Baptist Church.

She is survived by daughter, Annette Drake-Harbin (Mike) of Williamston; son-in-law, Lonnie Neves of Pelzer; sister, Rhyland Stewart of Greer; granddaughters, Tonya Etris Robbins and Kami Etris Hadden; six great-grandchildren; and six great-great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by a daughter, Diane Neves; brothers, Charles Henry, John Frank, and Jake Davis; and sisters, Margaret Barrett, Inez Coker, Bobbie Steel Lindley, Betty Williams, and Kathleen Carter.

Mrs. Gaillard will lie in state on Tuesday, February 2, from 12:00 to 5:30 p.m. at Gray Mortuary.

   Visitation will be held Wednesday, February 3, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at Gray Mortuary. The service will follow at 12:00 in the mortuary chapel, with burial at Greenville Memorial Gardens.

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

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to West Pelzer Baptist Church, 29 Main Street, West Pelzer, SC 29669.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer

Condolences: www.graymortuary.com

Gary Coleman

Williamston – Gary Clyde Coleman, 74, husband of Linda Ross Coleman, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Wednesday, January 27, 2021.

   Born in Greenville, he was a son of the late Elmer Judson and Frances Capell Coleman. A veteran of the U.S. Navy, he served in Vietnam as a hospital corpsman. Gary retired from Electric City Printing Company, was a staff member at Gray Mortuary, and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

   Surviving are his wife of the home; son, Scott Coleman (Casey) of Williamston; two grandchildren, Emilie and Ross Coleman; daughter-in-law, Sandee Coleman and family; numerous “bonus” grandchildren who called him “Papa Gary”; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog, Maggie.

   He was predeceased by a son, Christopher J. Coleman of Williamston; and brother, Judson Eugene Coleman of Greenville.

Visitation was held on Monday, February 1, from 10:00 to 11:00 a.m. at Gray Mortuary. The service followed at 11:00 a.m. in the mortuary chapel, with entombment at Greenville Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.

   Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

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

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer

Condolences: www.graymortuary.com

 

Norman Chandler, Sr.

Norman Franklin “Spud” Chandler of Greenville, Sr., 90, husband of the late Emmie Lee Jones Chandler, passed away Sunday, January 31, 2021.

Born in Piedmont, he was a son of the late Barzilla Franklin and Adell Chandler. A U.S. Army veteran, he was a graduate of Erskine College where he played baseball and was later named to their Baseball Hall of Fame. He also played for the local Mill League and the Milwaukee Braves. He retired from Defender Industries and was a member of Guthrie Grove Church of God of the Abrahamic Faith. 

He is survived by son, Norman Chandler, Jr. of Fountain Inn; daughter, Lee Ann Hodge of Greer; and four grandchildren. 

A graveside service will be held Thursday, February 4 at 11:00 a.m. at Guthrie Grove Church of God of the Abrahamic Faith Cemetery.

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

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer

Condolences: www.graymortuary.com

Helen Davenport

Belton – Helen Elizabeth Davenport, 91, passed away Saturday, January 30, 2021.

Born March 9, 1929, in Williamson, SC, she was a daughter of the late Robert Lee and Leona Mackey Davenport. After her mother’s early death, she was raised by her father and step-mother, Marguerite Pitts Davenport. She married the love of her life, Earle Charles Davenport, on St. Patrick’s Day in 1957, and they enjoyed forty-seven years of marriage before he passed away, seventeen years prior to Helen on the same date January 30 in 2004. She graduated from Williamston High School and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church, Williamston. She worked for thirty-three years at Lander Memorial Library, where she especially enjoyed inspiring children to read. In her spare time, she read the Bible, spent time with family, and showed people pictures of her grandchildren. She loved reading, dining, talking with her many close friends, and shopping especially for shoes. She will always be remembered as sweet and kind.

She is survived by her son, Brent Davenport and daughter-in law, Stephanie, of Media, PA; and three grandchildren, Max, Sam, and Sky.

She was predeceased by sister, Jean Shaw and brothers, Billy, Leon, and Roger Davenport.

Helen will lie in state from 12:00 to 5:30 pm Wednesday, February 3 at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer.

A small graveside service for family and close friends will be held at 10:00 am Thursday, February 4, at Forest Lawn Memorial Mausoleum.

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

   Memorials can be made to Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Rd., Anderson, SC 29621 or Meals on Wheels of Anderson, P.O. Box 285, Anderson, SC 29622.

Condolences: www.graymortuary.com

Donnie R. Moore, Sr.

Donnie Robert Moore, Sr. of Belton,79, widower of Martha Sue Knight Moore, passed away Thursday, January 28, 2021.

Born in Chester County, he was the son of the late Mozelle Lamar Moore and Margaret Cornelia Herndon Moore Breedlove.  He retired from the United States Air Force after 20 years of service and later from Service Solutions. He was a member of Riverside Baptist Church. 

Survivors include sons, Donnie Moore, Jr. of Toccoa, GA, Steven Moore of Anderson, and Dale Moore of Greenville; 9 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was held February 2 at Greenville Memorial Gardens.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer

Condolences: www.graymortuary.com

Martha Elizabeth Lawrence 

Milledgeville, GA/Anderson, SC 

Martha Elizabeth Lawrence, 28, the beautiful, brilliant and favorite daughter of the late Royce F. Lawrence, Jr. and M. Cindy Wilson, passed onto the more peaceful realm to be with her Heavenly Father after years of suffering the ravages of Type 1 Diabetes. 

Martha Elizabeth loved to learn, to travel, to explore. She loved flowers and gallops across the fields at Wilson Farms with her friends on horseback. She was a gifted writer and wrote psalms to the Lord. She often said that she wanted to be a farmer, a horse trainer and a real estate broker and a scientist or doctor when she grew up. She was well on her way as she was awarded the Baldwin County, Georgia Star Student Award and entered Georgia Tech. Illness forced her withdrawal prior to graduation. 

She was predeceased by her father; her maternal grandfather, Edward C. Wilson, Jr.; her paternal grandfather Royce F. Lawrence, Sr. and step-grandmother Dana McQuaig Lawrence; her paternal grandmother Martha Carpenter Lawrence Fulghum Thornton and paternal step-grandfather David C. Thornton. 

She is survived by her mother, her maternal grandmother Mary R. Wilson; her great aunt Celeste R. Fuller, aunt Emily C. Wilson, cousin Madison Payne and many South Carolina cousins; her paternal aunt Melinda Lawrence and uncle Lawson Lawrence; stepmother Terri Masaneri and brother Landon Lawrence; her cousins Matthew & Justin Leonard and their respective families; Heath & Bart Lawrence and their respective families. 

A memorial service is planned for a later date. 

Memorials may be made to any of the following, where Martha Elizabeth spent many happier hours; New Covenant School 303 Simpson Rd. Anderson, SC 29621, Concord Baptist Church 1012 Concord Rd. Anderson, SC 29621 or Greenville Foothills Pony Club C/O Carl Birkell 298 Davis Rd. West Pelzer, SC 29669

A message of condolence may be sent to the family by visiting www.standardfuneralcenter.com 

THE STANDARD CREMATION & FUNERAL CENTER 

Dortha Spearman

Dortha (Dot) Murphy Spearman 83, of Simpsonville, died January 29, 2021 at NHC in Mauldin.

Born in Pelzer, she was daughter of the late Albert and Lucille Murphy and was the widow of LTC David Spearman, also from Pelzer.

She worked for many years as a telephone operator in Atlanta and in Hinesville, GA. She also spent 10 years as a retail associate at Stein Mart in Greenville.

She is survived by two brothers and their families; Durane and Frankie Murphy from Belton, and Jerry and Joyce Murphy from Anderson. She is also survived by her sons; Rick Spearman and his wife Sally from Fredericksburg, VA and Phillip Spearman from Simpsonville, three grandchildren, and one great granddaughter.

A graveside service will be held at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 4, at Greenville Memorial Gardens.

To honor her love for her dogs, and the companionship and comfort they gave her, in lieu of flowers, the family requests remembrances to Greenville Humane Society, 305 Airport Road (or greenvillehumane.com).

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

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer

Condolences: www.graymortuary.com

Vernon Boggs

Pelzer – Vernon Lee Boggs, 88, husband of Frances Delores Barnes Boggs, passed away Wednesday, January 27, 2021.

Born in Central, he was a son of the late Choice Victory and Janie Gillespie Boggs.  He retired from the United States Air Force after 38 years of service and was a veteran of the Korean War.  He also retired from the Pickens County School District and was a member of Beaverdam Baptist Church, the White Plains Masonic Lodge, and Big Creek-Hammond Water District Board of Directors.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by son, Richard Boggs (Judy) of Pelzer; daughter, Debbie Boggs Sweet (Walt) of Easley; sister, Mary Dunn of Hickory Tavern; brothers, Franklin Boggs of Six Mile and R.C. Boggs of Central; grandchildren, Zeke Boggs (Christy), Amy Garrison (Cole), and Emily Owens (Parker); great-grandchildren, Sawyer and Fisher Boggs, Taylor and Cameron Garrison, and Ellison Owens.

He was predeceased by siblings, Hazel McClaren, Clinton Boggs, and Marion Boggs.

Visitation was 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. Friday, January 29, at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer.

The funeral service was held at 3:00 p.m. Saturday, January 30, at Beaverdam Baptist Church with burial following in the church cemetery.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Beaverdam Baptist Church, 1904 Beaverdam Rd., Williamston, SC 29697.

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

Condolences: www.graymortuary.com

John Hughes

John Allen Hughes, 65 of Piedmont, husband of Nina June Holdbrooks Hughes, passed away Sunday, January 31, 2021.

Born in Simpsonville, he was a son of the late Bill and Eloise Kraft Hughes.  He retired from the Bibb Company.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughters, Trena Saxon of Ware Shoals and Patti Saxon of Piedmont; sisters, Brenda Eddleman and Ellie Hines, both of Greenville; brothers, Clyde Hughes of Easley and Ricky Hughes of Greenville; two grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren.

He will lie in state from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 4, at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer.

A graveside service will be held 11:00 a.m. Friday, February 5, at Greenville Memorial Gardens.

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

Condolences: www.graymortuary.com

Brian Ross

Brian Fields Ross of Belton, 49, fiancé of Angela Vaughn, passed away February 2, 2021.

Born in Anderson, he was a son of the late Richard L. and Frances Brown Fields. He was employed with Dependable Services. 

   In addition to his fiancé, he is survived by daughter, Courtney Frances Fields of Williamston; son, Daniel Jene “D.J.” Fields of Belton; sisters, Angela Gilstrap of Piedmont, Rhonda Brooks and Crystal Stockton, both of Iva; brothers, Richard L. Fields of Anderson, Anthony Keith Fields of Belton, Shannon Martin of Honea Path, Christopher Newton of Iva; and two grandsons.

The family will receive friends 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. Saturday, February 6, at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer.

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

Condolences: www.graymortuary.com