Obituaries 9-29-2021

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John Durham, Lisa Goldsmith, Francine Queen, Sam Boroughs, Patsy Taylor, Bonnie Burgess, Flora Youngblood, Farrell Martin, Faye Parker, Sherry Sexton,Holly Greer, Toni Patton, Sarah Bagwell, Mary Hoyt Timmerman Murphy

Mary Hoyt Timmerman Murphy 

Mary Hoyt Timmerman Murphy, daughter of Marguerite Smith and James Anderson Timmerman died September 24, 2021, at the Sussman House in Rockport, ME.  She was born in Pelzer, SC in 1929 and was one month shy of her 92nd birthday. She was educated at Winthrop University and graduated from the University of South Carolina.  She worked as a re-insurance accountant at Seibels Bruce in SC and Union Reinsurance Co. of Zurich in Manhattan. 

She married William Myles Murphy in 1955 in South Carolina and moved to New Jersey where she resided until moving to Maine in 1987 and becoming a fulltime resident in 1993.  She is survived by her son, James Timmerman “Tim” Murphy, of West Palm Beach, FL and Shelter Island, NY and daughters Mary Marguerite “Margo” Murphy of Rockport, and Melissa Hoyt Murphy, of Philo, CA. She has four grandchildren: Mary Caitlin and William Parks and Isabel and James Murphy.

She was predeceased by her brother, James Anderson Timmerman Jr.  

Her younger brother, Thomas Timmerman lives in the family home in Pelzer, South Carolina with his wife Rachel.  Also surviving her is sister-in-law Joanne Timmerman and many nieces and nephews.

Her life was filled by a happy marriage, of more than sixty-five years.  She enjoyed motherhood and grand motherhood, long friendships and the challenges of duplicate bridge and the many friends it provided.  She was known for her directness and liberal views which she was happy to share.  She was also a great storyteller passing down family stories, adventure and events with deep love and pride. She loved to entertain family and friends with memorable meals, laughs and a touch of southern charm.  She had an adventurous spirit ready to explore new places, experiences, and people anytime.  Even in her last days she was ready to strike up conversations and make new friends with anyone that had a little extra time in their day.

She and her husband, Bill, made many “last” trips in her last years to South Carolina but she always wanted one more trip.  Her roots ran deep there, and that connection will live on in her children and grandchildren.

If anyone wishes to make a donation in memory of Mary, in lieu of flowers please consider a donation to Maine Health Care at Home and the Sussman House at 40 Anchor Dr, Rockport, ME 04856 The family greatly appreciates the care and support that was provided by this organization.  

There will be a private graveside service with a celebration of life to be announced later when family and friends can gather. 

 

    

Sarah Bagwell

Ware Shoals – Sarah Nell Morton Bagwell, 78, widow of C. Derrell Bagwell, of Ware Shoals passed away Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at her home.

The last surviving member of her immediate family, she was a daughter of the late Ernest Romaine and Nellie Thomas Morton. She was a member of Turkey Creek Baptist Church, and was retired from 3M of Greenville.

She is survived by three sons: ‘Catlin’ Tierce (Ellen) of Williamston, Timothy Frady of Ware Shoals, and Robert Hendrix (Eva Dale) of Greenwood; one daughter: Diana Hendrix Dotterer of Anderson; fifteen grandchildren and thirty great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were held on Monday, September 27, 2021 at Greenwood Memorial Gardens..

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 950 West Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605. Messages of condolence may be left for the family at www.ParkerWhitePruitt.com.

Toni Patton

Fountain Inn – Mary Lou “Toni” Boiter Patton of Fountain Inn, 88, wife of the late John Maurice Patton, passed away Tuesday, September 21, 2021 at her home.

Born in Piedmont, she was a daughter of the late James Dendy Boiter, Sr. and Ludie Bolt Boiter. A graduate of Piedmont High School, she attended Winthrop University, and retired from Freeman Mechanical Contractors, Greenville.

She is survived by son, Samuel Owen of Fountain Inn; daughter, Teressa Adair of Taylors; grandson, Rory Owen; former daughter-in-law, Lesia Morris; and four special nieces, Joan Bennett (Troy), Donna Kay Porter (Donnie), Dianne Boiter, and Jan Boiter.

   The last surviving member of her immediate family, she was predeceased by brothers, Howard, Donald, and J.D. Boiter, Jr.; sisters, Sybil Davis and Dora Sherman; niece, Mary Ann Fowler; and nephews, Michael and Ron Boiter.

   A graveside service was held Monday, September 27, at 3:00 p.m. at Cannon Memorial Park, Fountain Inn.

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

   Gray Mortuary, Pelzer

   Condolences: www.graymortuary.com

Holly Greer

Holly Yvonne Phillips Greer of Honea Path, 46, widow of Matt Greer, passed away Sunday, September 19, 2021.

Born in Greenwood, she was the daughter of Ronnie James and Rebecca Josephine Bagwell Phillips.  She was formerly employed with RJ Phillips, CPA.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by daughters, Lauren M. Greer of Lexington County and Reagan M. Greer of Greenwood; and brother, Russell Phillips of Piedmont.

A graveside service was held September 24 at Greenwood Memorial Gardens.   

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer

Condolences: www.graymortuary.com

Sherry Sexton

Sherry Annette Sexton of Greenville, 62, passed away on Wednesday, September 22, 2021.

Born in Greenville, she was a daughter of Ernest Sexton of Pumpkintown and the late Helen Thrift Sexton. She was a nanny and a member of Cornerstone Community Church in Slabtown.

In addition to her father, she is survived by her children, Albert Arrowood, Jr. , Melanie Vasilon, Christopher Arrowood, Tonya Penry, and Jerry Summerville (Jamie); three sisters and four brothers; 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was held September 25 at Graceland Cemetery West.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer

Condolences: www.graymortuary.com

Faye Parker

Piedmont – Bobby Faye Eller Parker, 80, wife of Donald Clarence Parker, Sr., passed away Thursday, September 23, 2021.

Born in Greenville, she was a daughter of the late William Harlo and Rosa Lee Smith Eller. A homemaker, she was a member of Rehoboth Baptist Church and the Eastern Star.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by daughters, Sandra Adcox (Dean) of Williamston and Annette Oliver (Tony) of Piedmont; son, Donald Clarence Parker, Jr. of the home; grandchildren, Brittany Couch (Brandon), Shayla Evans (Billy), Tyler Creamer (Heather), Hannah Cely (Zack), Allison Schweitzer, Sam Banks Lafrance (Lonnie); great-grandchildren, Brice Couch and Ruby Creamer (with Lane on the way); her best friend, Margaret Fortner; and special friend and caretaker, Ashley Clement.

The last surviving sibling of eleven, she was predeceased by a daughter, Donna Faye Wood; and great-granddaughter, Abby Couch.

Visitation was held Monday, September 27 from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. at Gray Mortuary. The service followed at 2:00 p.m. in the mortuary chapel, with burial at Greenville Memorial Gardens.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Rehoboth Baptist Church, 1620 Old Pelzer Road, Piedmont, SC 29673.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer

Condolences: www.graymortuary.com

Farrell Martin

Bayluss Farrell Martin, Sr. of Easley, 83, widower of Barbara Lee Houck Martin, passed away Thursday, September 23, 2021, at his home.

Born in Greenville County, he was a son of the late John Allen and Virginia Margaret Davenport Martin.  He retired from Symtech, Inc.

Survivors include children, Buddy Martin of Jacksonville, NC, Teresa Rodgers of Ackworth, GA, Tommy Martin of Chapin, Farah Martin of Easley; brother, Allen Martin of Greenville; sister, Bet Anderson of Piedmont; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A graveside service was held September 26 at Greenville Memorial Gardens.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer

Condolences: www.graymortuary.com

Flora Youngblood

Flora Nellie Youngblood of Piedmont, 94, wife of the late Harvey Clinton Youngblood, passed away Saturday, September 25, 2021.

Born in Six Mile, she was a daughter of the late Scott and Ida Mae Kelly Youngblood. She retired from J.P. Stevens and was a member of Piedmont First Baptist Church.

She is survived by a son, Scott Youngblood of Chesnee; daughters, Charlene Ziegler of Piedmont, Gail Blythe of Piedmont, and Jane Counts of Simpsonville; nine grandchildren 20 great-grandchildren; and 12 great-great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, September 29, from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. at Gray Mortuary. The funeral will follow at 2:00 p.m. in the mortuary chapel with burial at Oaklawn Memorial Gardens.

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

Memorials may be made to Piedmont First Baptist Church, 8 First Baptist Church Road, Piedmont, SC 29673.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer

Condolences: www.graymortuary.com

Bonnie Burgess

Pelzer – Bonnie Raye Guthrie Burgess, 89, passed away Tuesday, September 21, 2021.

Born in Piedmont, she was a daughter of the late Benjamin Allen “Benny” “B.A.” Guthrie and Dessy Harvey Smith Guthrie. She retired from the Furman Plant and was a member of New Hope Baptist Church.

She is survived by a daughter, Connie Burgess Teseniar of Pelzer; twin sister, Betty Gossett of Belton; grandchildren, James Peterson, Todd and Chad Howard (Sharon); and great-grandchildren, Jeffrey, Caroline, Payton, and Caden Howard.

 She was predeceased by a daughter, Frances Diane Peterson; brothers, Wilton and Marshall Guthrie; and grandson, Tim Howard.

A graveside service will be held Saturday, October 2, at 3:00 p.m. at Forest Lawn Memorial Park. Visitation will follow.

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

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer

Condolences: www.graymortuary.com

Patsy Taylor

Patsy Earline Tarrant Taylor of Piedmont, 82, widow of Don Edward Taylor, passed away Saturday, September 25, 2021, at her home.

Born in Piedmont, she was a daughter of the late William Walter and Emma Dell Davis Tarrant. She retired from Union Carbide and National Electric and was a member of Westminster Presbyterian Church in Greenville.

Survivors include daughter, Donna Kay Taylor Kelly of Piedmont; three grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; sister, Betty T. Parker of Greenville.

The funeral service will be held 4:00 p.m. Wednesday, September 29, at Greenville Memorial Gardens Chapel with burial to follow.

The family will receive friends following the service at the graveside or at the home.

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

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer

Condolences: www.graymortuary.com

Sam Boroughs

Honea Path – Samuel Randolph Boroughs, 79, of East Hampton Avenue, died Sunday, September 26, 2021 at Abbeville Area Medical Center.

Born in Dacusville, he was a son of the late Paul Bryan, Sr. and Lena Cavanaugh Boroughs. He was a member of Austin Road Baptist Church and a veteran of the US Army, having served during the Vietnam War.

Surviving are: two daughters, Pam Harrison of Williamston and Donna Buroughs of Pelzer; two brothers, Ray (Susan) Buroughs of Old Town FL, and Durwood (Carolyn) Buroughs of Cheddar Community; and good friend and caregiver, Ronnie Andrews of Honea Path.

Sam was preceded in death by his parents; three brothers, Paul Bryan Buroughs, Jr., Robert Bolt Buroughs, and Bailey Boyce Buroughs; and three sisters, Emila B. Loftis, Mary Frances Buroughs, and Patricia Elaine Burgess.

Funeral services will be held at 1 P.M. Monday, October 4, 2021 at Austin Road Baptist Church with Rev. Billy Slatten officiating. Burial with Military Honors will follow in M.J. “Dolly” Cooper Veterans Cemetery.

The family is at their respective homes and will receive friends from 12 – 1 P.M. Monday at the church prior to the service. Memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice. Messages of condolence may be made to the family at www.ParkerWhitePruitt.com

Francine Queen

Clara Francine McCellion Queen of West Pelzer, 50, wife of Wallace Albert Lee Junior “Bucky” Queen, passed away September 24, 2021.

Born in Greenville, she was a daughter of the late Roger Dale McCellion, Sr. and Carolann Kernells McCellion Clark. She was employed with Riverside Nursing Home. 

In addition to her husband, she is survived by daughters, Tiffany Queen of the home and Ashley Crump of Greenville; son, Dalton Queen of the home; four grandchildren, Cambree, Daryl, and Cole Turner, and Lilyanna Crump; sisters, Lynee Carlton of Greenville, Barbara Hunnicutt of Whitmire, and Michelle Weathers of Belton; brother, Roger Dale McCellion, Jr. of Williamston.

A graveside service was held September 28 at Macedonia Baptist Church Cemetery.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer

Condolences: www.graymortuary.com

Lisa Goldsmith

Sizemore

Lisa Faith Goldsmith Sizemore of Pelzer, 64, wife of the late Henry Clyde Sizemore, passed away Saturday, September 25, 2021.

Born in Charlotte, NC, she was a daughter of the late James Lee “Jim” Goldsmith, Sr. and Margaret Elizabeth Bagwell Goldsmith. She was formerly employed with Park Ridge Medical Associates and was a member of Easley Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by daughter, Lori Leigh Hilyer of Asheville, NC; sister, Robin Whitfield of Spartanburg; brothers, James Lee “Skip” Goldsmith of Pelzer, SC and Mark Goldsmith of Hendersonville, NC; and two grandchildren.

A celebration of life service will be held Sunday, October 17 from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the residence.  

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

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer

Condolences: www.graymortuary.com

John Durham

Piedmont – John David Durham, Sr., 78, husband of Becky Abbott Durham, passed away Monday, September 27, 2021.

Born in Anderson, he was a son of the late John Hannon and Katie Louise Johnson Durham. A 1961 graduate of Wren High School, he lived his whole life in the White Plains Community. Mr. Durham served in the National Guard and retired from Anderson County where he served as deputy sheriff and magistrate. A member of Guthrie Grove Church of God of the Abrahamic Faith, he was a farmer, and after his retirement operated White Plains Produce.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Dianne Durham Jones (Sam) of Mill Spring, NC, John David Durham, Jr. (Cindy) of Antreville, Jonathon Derrick Durham (Brynn) of Piedmont, Gregory Durham of Anderson, and Angie Dobbs (Frank) of Iva; sister, Becky Durham of Boulder City, NV; brother, Charles Durham (Judy) of Greenville; nephew, Andrew Bell; grandchildren, Melissa Lauderdale, Amanda Porter, Madison Smith, Cameron, Connor, Chance, B.J., and Lou Durham, and Dakota and Madison Dobbs; and six great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held Thursday, September 30, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. at Guthrie Grove Church of God of the Abrahamic Faith. The funeral will follow at 3:00 p.m., with burial in the church cemetery.

Due to Covid-19, it is suggested 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 22116-7023; or to Anderson Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 285, Anderson, SC 29622.

 The families are at their respective homes.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer

Condolences: www.graymortuary.com