Obituaries Week of 9-15-2021


Susan Ashley, Mickie Monroe, Gail Baker, Steve Fassett, Danny Durham, Gunner Cranmer, Tracy Kirby, Bob Stratton, Charles Griffith, Earl Owens, Gary Addison

Gary Addison

William Gary Addison of Pelzer, 71, husband of Robin Denise Eskew Addison, passed away Saturday, September 11, 2021, at his home.

Born in Anderson, he was the son of the late William “Willie” Clifton and Lula Lee Rhodes Addison.  He retired from Royal Chemical, was a member of Whitefield Baptist Church and the SC National Guard. 

   In addition to his wife, he is survived by sons, William Andrew Addison of Pelzer and Joshua Thomas Addison of Pelzer; sisters, Myra Lesley and Judy Boggs, all of Pelzer; four grandchildren. 

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

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

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer


Earl Owens

Columbus Earl Owens of Pelzer, 89, widower of Irene Hawkins Owens, passed away Wednesday, September 8, 2021.

Born in Pelzer, he was the son of the late Columbus Whitner “Dutch” and Etta Mae Baynard Owens.  He retired from Cryovac and was a member of Eastview Baptist Church.  He was also a U.S. Navy veteran.

Survivors include son, Barry Owens of Pelzer; five grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

A cryptside service was held September 12, at Greenville Memorial Gardens Mausoleum with military honors. Entombment followed.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer


Charles Griffith 

Piedmont, SC – Charles Albert “Griff” Griffith, 80, Husband of Teddie Hampton Griffith, passed away Tuesday, September 7, 2021.

   Born in Kansas City, KS, he was the son of the late William Harry Griffith and Juanita Norcross Williams. He was a U.S. Army veteran and retired from Provident and Cigna.

   In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughter, Jerri Griffith of Kansas City, MO; son, Charles Gregory Griffith  (Cindy) of Lexington, KY; step-daughter, Lori Brown of Atlanta, GA; step-son, Kevin Brown of Chattanooga, TN; half-sister, Caroline Griffith Andrieux of CA; sister-in-law, Vickie Hampton Burgess (Larry) of Pelzer; grandchildren, Sean Griffith and Evelyn Griffith Overton, both of Kansas City, MO, and Hannah Griffith and Charles Fletcher Griffith, both of Lexington, KY; great-grandchild, Harper Lynn Overton; and special cousin, LaReta Rick Godsey of Kansas City, MO.

He was predeceased by half-brother, Joe Griffith.

Visitation was from 1:30 to 2:30 pm Friday, September 10, at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer, SC. A graveside service followed at 3:00 pm at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Anderson, SC.

Due to Covid-19, it is suggested that masks be worn and social distancing observed.


Bob Stratton

Robert Clarence “Bob” Stratton, Jr., 86, of Simpsonville, husband of the late Mary Murray Stratton, passed away Wednesday, September 8, 2021.

Born in Richmond, VA, he was a son of the late Robert Clarence Stratton, Sr. and Marguerite Elizabeth Stein Stratton. A U.S. Army veteran, he was a corporate and personal pilot. 

He is survived by a daughter, Jean Moore of Pelzer; sister-in-law, Jan Stratton; and two grandsons.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer


Tracy Kirby

Tracy Yvonne Blackstone Kirby of Simpsonville, 53, wife of Michael Allen Kirby, passed away Thursday, September 9, 2021.

Born in Greenville, she was a daughter of Elizabeth Ann Spearman Turpin of Pelzer and the late Billy Ray Blackstone.  She was employed with the Hearing Life Center and a member of Hickory Tavern Church of God.

In addition to her husband and mother, she is survived by stepfather, Richard Turpin; sons, Donavan Beacham of Easley, Chris Stonell of Simpsonville, and Brandon Kirby of Mooresville, NC; daughter, Samantha Kirby of the home; sister, Deana Blackstone of Williamston; brother, Dino Turpin of Walhalla; six grandchildren.

 Visitation Wednesday, September 15, from 1:00 to 2:45 p.m. at Hillside Baptist Church, 501 Hillside Church Road, Fountain Inn, SC, 29644, with the service to follow at 3:00 p.m.

Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN  38105.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer


Gunner Cranmer

Williamston – Steven Gunner Cranmer, 21, passed away, Wednesday, September 8, 2021.

Born in Anderson, he was a son of John Paul Cranmer of Williamston and Kimberly Denise Miller of Williamston.  He was a 2018 Palmetto High School graduate, currently serving in the South Carolina National Guard Cobra Company 4th Battalion 118th Infantry Regiment.  He was a former correction officer at Perry Correction Institution and employed at GM Electrical service.

He is survived by his mother, Kimberly Denise Miller of the home, his father, John Paul Cranmer (Kimberly Cranmer) of Williamston, a mother, Kimberly France, of the home, a stepfather, John Kainer of Houston, TX, and a stepfather, Steven Riding of Williamston; sisters, Brinslee Miller of the home and Kristen Miller (Drew Marlin) of Williamston; brothers, Matthew Rogers, of Williamston, and James Riding of Pendleton; grandmother; Cheryl Garrison of Olean, NY; and grandparents Larry and Patricia Gould, of Summerville; aunt, Jennifer Miller of the home; and nephew, Archer Miller of Williamston.

He was predeceased by his grandparents, Alvin Jr. and Mary Miller and grandfather, Steven Thomas Cranmer.

Visitation was on Tuesday, September 14, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. at Gray Mortuary.

A graveside service Wednesday, September 15, at 4:00 p.m. at Shiloh United Methodist Church.

Due to Covid-19, it is suggested that masks be worn and social distancing observed.

   Gray Mortuary, Pelzer


Danny Durham

Donald Daniel “Danny” Durham of Pelzer, 73, lifelong resident of the White Plains community, husband of Holly Welch Durham, died Thursday night, September 9, 2021. His death was both sudden and unexpected.

Born December 30, 1947, he was a son of Margaret Virginia Elrod Durham of Piedmont and the late David Donald Durham. He graduated from Wren High School in 1965 and attained his bachelor’s degree from Clemson University four years later. He went on to secure his master’s degree from Clemson in 1970. While at Clemson, Mr. Durham was a member of the Reserve Officer Training Corps, and served a brief stint on active duty, before settling into his extended service as a member of the United States Army Reserves. He would retire as a full colonel.

His service to his country was paralleled by his service to his church and his community. He became an elder in the Guthrie Grove Church of God of Abrahamic Faith in 1985. He was an active member of his church, exhibiting both his deep and abiding faith, as well as his generous servant’s heart.

He also served his community as the chairman of the Board for the Pelzer Rescue Squad, guiding the unit through difficult times as the county grew, and the health care industry continued to change. He directed and oversaw the squad’s expanded service, as they opened a second station in the Wren area, and then assumed the responsibility for the Powdersville area, when that privately operated unit failed. He held both positions at the time of his passing.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by sons, Berry Durham (Susan), Zeke Durham, and Adam Durham; and grandchildren, Noel and Brody Durham.

He was predeceased by his brother, Truman Durham.  

   Visitation was from 3:00 to 6:00 p.m. Sunday, September 12, at Gray Mortuary.

The service was held at 3:00 p.m. Monday, September 13, at Guthrie Grove Church of God of the Abrahamic Faith, followed by burial in the church cemetery.

Due to Covid-19, it is suggested that masks be worn, and social distancing observed.

Memorials may be made to the Pelzer Rescue Squad, P. O. Box 94, Pelzer, SC 29669, or Guthrie Grove Church of God of the Abrahamic Faith, 403 Guthrie Grove Church Road, Pelzer, SC 29669.

   The family is at the home.

   Gray Mortuary, Pelzer


Steve Fassett

Steven Jon “Steve” Fassett, Sr, of Pelzer,  67, husband of Melia June Greene Fassett, passed away Monday, August 30, 2021.

Born in Cabot, VT, he was a son of the late Hayden Keith and Eleanor Friot Fassett.  He was a trucking service owner- operator.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by children, Steven Fassett, Jr. of Honea Path, Stephanie Fassett of Belton, Nicholas Fassett of Honea Path, and Tyler Fassett of West Pelzer; stepson, Wyman Allen of Pickens; sisters, Patricia Chowning of Belton, Carol Perry of New Mexico, and Joann Kirwan of Belton; brother, Frank Fassett of Gilbert, and 25 grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Saturday, September 18, at 2:00 p.m. in the mortuary chapel.

Due to Covid-19, it is suggested that masks be worn and social distancing observed.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer


Gail Baker

Patricia Gail Dixon Baker, 69, of Williamston, wife of the late Cecil LaDane Baker, passed away Friday, September 10, 2021.

Born in Abbeville, she was a daughter of the late Edward and Ruby Graham Dixon. She was the first female firefighter in the upstate and was a member of Flat-Rock Bowen Fire Department.  She retired from J.C. Cox Builders and was a member of Pelzer First Baptist Church. 

 She is survived by sons, Jonathan Baker and Patrick Baker, both of Williamston; brother, Jimmy Dixon of Starr; sister, Elaine Moore of Pelzer;  eight grandchildren, and Kaylee Jones; and five great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was held September 14, at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.  The family will greet friends

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer


Mickie Monroe

Blonnie Machell “Mickie” Clary Monroe of Piedmont, 71, wife of Marvin Gerald Monroe, passed away Sunday, September 12, 2021.

Born in Travelers Rest, she was a daughter of the late James Warren Clary Sr. and Ethel Elizabeth Dudley Clary. She retired from J.P. Stevens Slater Plant and was a member of Rehoboth Baptist Church.

 In addition to her husband, she is survived by sister, Jackie Bennett of Piedmont; special sister-in-law, Donna Haynie of Piedmont.

A private chapel service will be held.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer


Susan Ashley

Susan Marie Capps Coker Ashley of Liberty, 64, wife of William Robert Ashley, passed away Wednesday, September 8, 2021.

Born in Greenville, she was a daughter of Milford Kent and Mary Drusilla Brazeal Capps of Williamston.

In addition to her husband and parents, she is survived by daughter, Holly Coker of Anderson; son, Sam Coker (Lydia) of Anderson; sisters, Carla Capps of Fountain Inn and Karen Jordan of Greenville; brothers, Phillip Capps of Laurens and David Capps of Inman; grandchildren, Elijah Fields, Nolan O’Bryant, Callie O’Bryant, Tempe Coker and Remlee Coker.

Visitation was held Monday, September 13, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at Gray Mortuary. The funeral followed at 2:00 in the mortuary chapel, with burial at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. 

Due to Covid-19, it was suggested that masks be worn and social distancing observed.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer