Obituaries 3-10-2021


Joyce Boggs, Chuck Kearney, Jr., Shirley Ellison, Hazel Bannister King Gilliam, Larry Standard

Hazel Bannister King Gilliam 

Belton-Hazel Bannister King Gilliam, 93, of Belton died Saturday March 6, 2021 at Rainey Hospice House.

Born in Anderson County on April 18, 1927 to the late Lon and Florence King Bannister, she attended Anderson County Schools and was a Seamstress at Belton Shirt Plant. She was twice married, first to the late Robert Lee “Bob” King for 39 years, then to the late Raymond Gilliam for 14 years.

She was a lifelong member of Dry Oak Assembly of God where she sang with the Ladies Trio, taught the younger children’s Sunday School, was a member and past president of the WM’s, worked in Vacation Bible School, and served as Sunday School Secretary. She and Raymond joined Belton Church of God in 1993, where they attended until her health would no longer allow her attend.

Surviving are her children, Marion “Hilton” King (Betty) of Belton, and Tammie Roe (Barry) of Williamston; her grandchildren, Sheri  Muncaster, Claudia Roe, and Kingslee Roe; her great granddaughter, Sophia Marullo; her sisters, Hilda Driver and Sybil Bratcher. She was predeceased by a granddaughter, Kimberly King, her brothers, Leon Bannister, Louie Bannister, and Lamar Bannister, her sisters, Seretha Gilliam and Margaret Ashley.

Funeral services wereconducted Tuesday at 2:00 PM from the Cox Funeral Home Chapel with Rev. Wendell Bannister, Rev. Jimmy Bannister, and Rev. Norman Black officiating. Burial followed at Cedar Shoals Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family is at their respective homes and received friends Tuesday from 1:00 PM until the hour of service at the funeral home.

The family wishes to thank the staff of NorthPointe Assisted Living for all of their compassionate care.

Flowers are accepted or memorials may be made to Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rodgers Rd. Anderson, SC 29621.

Online condolences may be made by visiting

Cox Funeral Home is honored to serve the Gilliam family.

Larry Standard

Larry Joe Standard, Sr. of Piedmont, 75, husband of Evelyn Hodge Standard, passed away Sunday, March 7, 2021.

Born in Anderson, he was a son of the late James Coleman and Ethyl Moore Standard.  He retired from Fabri-Kal and was a member of Washington Avenue Church of God.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons, Larry Joe Standard, Jr. and Jeff Standard, both of Piedmont and brother, Bill Standard of Powdersville.

The family will receive friends 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. Friday, March 12, at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer with the service following at 2:00 in the mortuary chapel.  Burial will be at Greenville Memorial Gardens.   

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


Shirley Ellison

Shirley Ballard Ellison of Piedmont, 84, wife of the late William Vernon Ellison, passed away Monday, March 8, 2021 at her home.

Born in Greenville, she was a daughter of the late Carl Henry and Edna Earle Stoner Ballard.  She retired from Delta Woodside and was a member of Siloam Baptist Church.

Survivors include daughters, Belinda Ellison and Barbara King; son, Bill Ellison; three grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Friends and family are invited to an outdoor memorial luncheon at her home on Friday, March 12, at 1:00 p.m.  

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

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer


Chuck Kearney, Jr.

Charles “Chuck” Wallace Kearney, Jr. of Pelzer, 74, husband of the late Martha Ann Gilstrap Kearney, passed away Wednesday, March 3, 2021.

Born in Lowell, MA, he was the son of the late Charles Wallace Kearney, Sr. and Marie Cecilia Landry Kearney. He was a U.S. Army Vietnam veteran, Captain of Guards for Perry Correctional Institute, and a retired air traffic controller.

He is survived by sons, Chad Kearney of Jackson, GA and Brent Kearney of Woodstock, GA; daughter, Angela Duncan; sister, Susan Bartucci of Moonville; seven grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Visitation was March 6 at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer. The service followed in the mortuary chapel.

Burial will be March 16 at M.J. “Dolly” Cooper Veterans Cemetery.


Joyce Boggs

Williamston, SC – Joyce Stewart Boggs, 88, wife of the late Lecil O. Boggs, passed away at home after declining health, on Sunday, March 7, 2021.

   Born in Toccoa, GA, on May 1, 1932, she was a daughter of the late Charles D. and Elsie Dudley Stewart. She graduated from Toccoa High School and in 1955 married her sweetheart Lecil. They made Williamston their home in 1965 where they raised their two children and made a lifetime of memories.

   Joyce was a Christian and a member of Trinity Baptist Church in Williamston, SC and attended regularly until declining health kept her at home. She was a devoted homemaker in the true sense. Her children kept her busy with school and their athletic events; she was by their side to encourage and cheer them on at every game. She loved this even more after her grandchildren were born and she could do the same with them. Joyce was actively involved in her community and church. She loved spending time with her family and friends, and they loved being with her as well. Her wish today would be that we all realize just how important family is and that we take time to put family first, after our faith.

   She is survived by her caring son, Randy Boggs (Angela) of Piedmont; a devoted and loving daughter, Tammy Boggs Merritt (Wayne) of Greer; her grandchildren, Trevor Boggs (Magan) of Easley, her favorite granddaughter, Caitlyn Boggs of Piedmont, Nolan Merritt of Simpsonville, Nathan Merritt (Rena) of Simpsonville; great-grandchildren, Tanner and Molly Cate Boggs, Ella and Walter Merritt, Maggie and Charlotte Merritt; and lifelong friend, Frances Boggs of Williamston.

   In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by siblings, Charles D. Stewart, Dorothy Tucker, Martha Leitch, and Joanne Jones.

   The family wishes to thank Lisa Jackson and Norma Rhodes for their dedication and loving care of Joyce.

   A graveside service will be held Wednesday, March 10 at 2:00 p.m. at Greenville Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends following the service.

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

   In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, P.O. Box 7023, Merrifield, VA 22116, or to the American Heart Association, Upstate SC Regional Office, Attn: Memorial Donations, 156 Milestone Way, Suite A, Greenville, SC 29615.

   “Those we love don’t go away; they walk beside us every day. Unseen, unheard, but always near, so loved, so missed, so very dear.”

   Gray Mortuary, Pelzer