Obituaries 2-10-2021


David Wister Balentine, Cora Elizabeth Scott Barnwell, Clara Phillips, Janet Sullivan, Edgar Keys, Margaret Springfield, Bob Shaw, Peggy Weathers

Peggy Weathers

Peggy Irby Weathers of Belton, 72, on February 3rd, 2021. Born in Anderson, she was a daughter of the late Marcus Carey and Agnes Beggs Irby. She retired from Electrolux in Anderson and was a member of Blue Ridge Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, James Charles “Jimmy” Weathers, of the home;  a granddaughter, Amber W. Marlin and great-grandson Jayson Bryan Weathers, both raised in the home; daughters, Shelley W. Balawi of Hampton, VA and Kristi Brock of Honea Path; brothers, Wallace Irby of Greenwood and Pete Irby of Honea Path; sisters, Betty Reeves of Belton, Sybil Massey of Saluda, Alice Simpler of Panama City, FL, and Diane Johnson of Williamston; one additional grandchild and four additional great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was held February 6 at Garden of Memories, in Belton.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Blue Ridge Baptist Church, 1340 Blue Ridge Avenue, Belton, SC 29627.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer


Bob Shaw

Donalds – Bobby “Bob” Joe Shaw, 85, husband of Diane Beasley Shaw, of Willie Kay Road, died Thursday, February 4, 2021 at Richard M. Campbell Veterans Nursing Home.

Born in Anderson County, he was a son of the late William Blythe and Carie Evans Shaw. He was of the Baptist faith and was a veteran of the U. S. Air Force, having served during the Korean War. While serving in the Air Force, Bob began coaching several sports. After his military service, he became the athletic director for the towns of Chester S.C. and Marion S.C. He retired from Liberty Life Insurance as a district manager. He previously worked at The Belton Corporation and The Greenville News. Bob loved to play golf and skeet shoot.

Surviving in addition to his loving wife of the home are: a son, Kevin (Melanie) Shaw of Central; his daughter, Donna (Mickey) Turner of Marion; a sister, Vicki (Tim) Galloway of Williamston; his sister-in-law, Carolyn Jean Shaw of Belton; three grandchildren, Kemp Collins, Mick Turner, and Megan Metz; several great-grandchildren; and his beloved companion, Smokey.

Bob was preceded in death by his parents, a son, Michael Dennis Shaw, his brother, William Steele Shaw, and a sister, Sue Bale.

Graveside service was held at 2 P.M. Sunday, February 7, 2021 at Donalds Baptist Church Cemetery with Rev. Jason Sturkie officiating. The family requested that mask be worn and social distancing observed.

The family is at their respective homes and will speak with friends immediately after the service. The family request that memorial donations be made to, Help Send Kemp To Seminary, at Messages of condolences may be made to the family at 


Margaret Springfield

Margaret Abigail Page Springfield of Pelzer, 82, wife of the late Calvin David Springfield, passed away Monday, February 8, 2021.

 Born in Easley, she was a daughter of the late John Newton and Anna Louise Bishop Page.  She retired from Michelin and was a member of Bethesda United Methodist Church.

Survivors include daughter, Laura McAlister of Powdersville; three grandchildren, and five great-grandchildren,

   A celebration of life will be held at a later date at Bethesda United Methodist Church in Powdersville.  

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer


Edgar Keys

Dorsey Edgar Keys, Jr., 76, of  Williamston, SC, passed away Friday, February 5, 2021, at AnMed Health Medical Center.  Edgar was born in Pickens County, SC, the only son of the late Dorsey Edgar Keys, Sr. and the late Ollie Melissa Simmons Keys. 

Edgar worked for over 20 years with the American Monorail Company in Fountain Inn, SC.  He was a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Pelzer SC, where  he served as a greeter.  Edgar loved his position as greeter and always gave a hug and smile with every bulletin.  

He was special for many reasons.  Born in a family full of girls, he was loved and cherished.   And being the only son, his parents doted on him.  He had a close-knit bond with his family and served as an inspiration to everyone.  To quote his sisters,  “ If everyone could see the world as Edgar did, having a childlike mind, this world would be a much better place.”  

Edgar is survived by his sisters, Mary Lou Cason (James),  Carolyn Fisher, and Evelyn Effler (Jim); and many precious nieces and nephews, who he loved and treated like his own.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Betty Sue Harvey. 

A graveside service will be held on Friday, February 12, 2021 at 11 a.m. at Forest Lawn Memorial Park with Rev. Richard Burton and Rev. Robert Parris officiating. The family will visit with friends immediately following the service. He will lie in state at the McDougald Funeral Home Thursday, February 11, 2021 from 10 am – 4 pm.   New Hope Baptist Church Men’s Sunday School Class will serve as honorary pallbearers. Social distancing will be observed and masks are requested.

Many special thanks to the nurses at AnMed Health Medical Center and the many meals he received from Meals on Wheels. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to New Hope Baptist Church Prayer Garden, 108 New Hope Road, Pelzer, SC, 29669 or Meals on Wheels, 105 S. Fant Street, Anderson, SC 29624.  

Janet Sullivan

Janet Marie Moore Sullivan of Piedmont, 71, widow of Gary Edward Sullivan, passed away Friday, February 5, 2021 at her home.

Born in Pickens County, she was a daughter of the late Clifton David and Flora Catherine Dillard Moore.  She was a member of Wren Baptist Church.

Survivors include daughter, Julie Sullivan Mullinax of Piedmont; son, Jeff Sullivan of Easley; brother, David Moore of Liberty; sister, Joan Renaud of Liberty; two grandchildren,  and four great-grandchildren

A graveside service was held February 9 at Greenville Memorial Gardens.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer


Clara Phillips

Piedmont – Clara Benelle Smith Phillips, 92, widow of Steve Phillips, passed away Tuesday, February 2, 2021.

Born in Piedmont, she was a daughter of the late B.F. and Beulah McClain Smith.  She was a member of Pelzer First Baptist Church.

Survivors include daughter, Barbara P. Garrett (Donnie) of Pelzer; son, Dwight “Peanut” Phillips of Piedmont; sister, Peggy Galloway of Piedmont; grandchildren, Josh Garrett (Alice), Brandy Phillips (Nick), Hannah Myers (Wes), and Dr. Caleb Phillips (Kayla); and great-grandchildren, Brooks Garrett, McCrae Garrett, Lewis Garrett, Clara Garrett, Olivia Hawthorne, Layla Wynn, daughter-in-law, Joletta Phillips (Pat) of Bloomingdale, GA. and Alexis Phillips-Abbott.

She was predeceased by a son, Wayne Phillips and sisters, Margie Howard and Betty Grumbles.

A graveside service was held 2:00 p.m. Saturday, February 6, at Shiloh United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Pelzer First Baptist Church, P.O. Box 306, Pelzer, SC 29669.

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

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer


Cora Elizabeth Scott Barnwell 

Cora Elizabeth Scott Barnwell of Williamston SC, passed away January 27, 2021. Born September 6, 1938 in Williston SC. She was the daughter of the late Inman and Elizabeth Carroll Scott. 

She was preceded in death by brothers John Lee, Dickie and Walter (Bub) Scott. She graduated Williston-Elko High School. She was a graduate of Anderson College with a degree in music and worked for Doctors Gullette, Rankin and Grubb. She retired from JC Penney of Anderson. 

She was a member of the First Baptist Church in Pelzer SC.

She is survived by a daughter Amy Chapman (Brian); two granddaughters Jennifer Bigsby (Phillip) and Jamie Freemantle (Rick) and five great-grandchildren.

A private family graveside service will be held with the Reverend Clint Sullens with officiating. 

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David Wister Balentine 

David Wister Balentine, age 96, peacefully entered the gates of heaven on Sunday, February 7, 2021 at his home, surrounded by his family.  

Born in Ware Shoals, SC in 1924 he was the son of the late Homer and Elizabeth Balentine.  

David served in the U.S. Army during World War II.  He was a retired land developer and home builder for over 50 years.  He developed several subdivisions in the Greenville area.  He was a past President of the Homebuilders Association, a National Director of the Homebuilders Association and a Shriner.  David was an avid sports fan following his beloved Clemson Tigers in football and basketball as well as the Atlanta Braves and Carolina Panthers.  

In addition to his loving wife. Lucia Vermillion Balcombe Balentine, he is survived by two sons, Samuel (Betty) Balentine, Michael A. (Sara Ann) Balentine and stepson Mike (Kristine) Balcombe; grandchildren Graham (Megana) Balentine, Lauren (Jon) Marston, and Jennifer (Terry) Elgin; stepgrandchildren, Robert (Rowan) Balcombe, Charlton (Tyra) Balcombe, Jennifer (Mark) Bailey and Thomas (Krissi) Mims.  He has 10 greatgrandchildren and stepgreatgrandchildren.  Sister Joyce Martin  

In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by his first wife; Elizabeth Abrams Balentine, 4 brothers and 3 sisters.

He was a joy to be around and he will be missed by many. especially his loving family.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, February 13, 2021 at Bethesda United  Methodist Church at 11 a.m.  COVID precautions will be in place.  In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Bethesda United Methodist Church, 516 Piedmont Road; Easley, SC  29642 or Wounded Warriors Project, 4899 Belfort Road, Suite 300; Jacksonville, FL  32256.