Obituaries 7-27-2022


Debbie Mason, Tena Sargent, Ray Tillotson, Carolyn King, Carolyn Seawright Bruce, Debbie Middleton, Anne Swords

Anne Swords

Williamston – Family and friends lost a pure and precious soul, Anne Swords, on Tuesday, July 26, 2022.

Anne was a beloved mother to Allen Swords and Allison Buchanan (Leon). She was a faithful and loving wife to Nelson Swords and will always be his forever sweetheart until they meet again.

She was a dedicated, caring, and giving Gram to Emerson Swords, Eleanor Daughhetee, and Meme to Gaines and Allie Buchanan.

Anne was the best kind of friend to countless people.  If you knew her, you loved her.

She was a champion for animals and gave her love freely to our fur babies over the years.

 Anne is survived by her husband, two children, and four grandchildren, but she is ever-present in our dad’s heart, in her son’s compassion, in her daughter’s strength, and in her grandchildren’s brown eyes.

She had a long career in the field of chemistry at Ethox and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

She was predeceased by a brother, Barry Bishop.

The family will receive friends 10:00 – 11:00 am Thursday, July 28, at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer with a memorial service following at 11:00 am in the mortuary chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621.


Debbie Middleton

Debra “Debbie” Sue Stansell Middleton of Pelzer, 66, wife of the late Jack Dalton Middleton, passed away Tuesday, July 26, 2022.

Born in Greenville, she was the daughter of late John Stansell and the late Olin Johnson and Mary Sue Gilliam Coker. She was a member of Reedy Fork Baptist Church. 

She is survived by sons, Travis Middleton of Fountain Inn and Tyler Middleton of Pelzer; brothers, Jimmy Coker and Scott Coker; seven grandchildren.

 Visitation will be from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm, Friday, July 29, at Reedy Fork Baptist Church. The service will follow at 12:00 pm in the church. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Reedy Fork Baptist Church, Special Projects Fund, 459 Reedy Fork Rd., Greenville, SC 29605.

The family will be at the home of Travis and Kimberly Middleton.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer


Carolyn Seawright Bruce 

On Saturday July 16, 2022 Carolyn Seawright Bruce passed away in the arms of God. She was the widow of Richard Bruce and the daughter of James N Seawright and Thelma McCall Seawright. 

She was preceded in  death by a son Michael Ragsdale, a sister Doris Rhodes and a brother  Ray Seawright. 

She is survived by a son Danny Bruce (Cathy) of  Greer, a daughter Laura York of Piedmont , and step children, Daniel Bruce and Marie Green of Tennessee. She is also survived by a sister Jeanette Smith (Roger) of Six Mile and Joan Durham (Johnnie) of Piedmont. 

She had two grandchildren and five step grandchildren, she loved them all very much. 

Carolyn attended The Piedmont Church of God of Prophecy. She worked for JP Stevens of Piedmont and Kemet Electronics of Mauldin. She loved her family and friends deeply, enjoyed music, dancing and laughter. 

Carolyn was a sweet and humble person who will be missed greatly. Her family would like to thank, Interim Hospice for the love and care they provided during the last days of her life. 

A visitation was held prior to the Memorial Service at Greenville Memorial Gardens  Mausoleum,7784 Augusta Road Piedmont, South Carolina 29673 on July  25, 2022 at 3:00 pm . A private interment will be scheduled at a later date. 

Donations can be made to the Shriners Hospital, 950 West Faris Rd, Greenville, SC 29605, in loving memory of the children she loved. 

The families will be at their respective homes. 

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Carolyn King

Carolyn Sue James King of Pelzer, 87, widow of Ellis Curtis King, passed away Tuesday, July 19, 2022.

Born in Williamston, she was a daughter of the late Charles Otis James and Dorothy Bessie Mae Hopkins King.  She was formerly the owner of Kings Restaurant and a member of Washington Baptist Church.

Survivors include two grandchildren numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

The funeral service was held July 23 in the mortuary chapel.  Burial followed at Greenville Memorial Gardens.


Ray Tillotson

Kenneth Ray Tillotson of Pelzer, 63, husband of Julia Hufstetler Tillotson, passed away, Friday, July 22, 2022.

Born in Greenville, he was a son of the late Kenneth Wade and Gwendolyn Faye Allison Tillotson.  He retired from Mood Media and was a member of Washington Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by daughter, Nikki Alewine of the home; two granddaughters; brother, Nathan Tillotson of Pelzer; sister, Alece Coble of Powdersville.

Visitation was July 25 at Gray Mortuary.

  The funeral service was July 26 at Washington Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to DaVita Saluda River Dialysis, 8080 Augusta Road, Piedmont, SC  29673.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer


Tena Sargent

Tena Joy Stone Sargent, 65 of Williamston, passed away Tuesday, July 19, 2022.

Born in Greenville, she was a daughter of the late John Pelham and Hazel Duncan Stone. She was a homemaker and a member of Whitefield Baptist Church.

She is survived by her sons, Jeremy Sargent and Joshua Sargent, both of Williamston; and five grandchildren.

Visitation was held Saturday, July 23 at Gray Mortuary. A memorial service followed in the mortuary chapel.

The family will be at the home of Joshua and Joy, 276 Breazeale Drive, Williamston.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer


Debbie Mason

Deborah “Debbie” Ann Dawson Mason of Piedmont, 55, wife of Charles Thurman Mason, passed away Sunday, July 24, 2022, at her home.

Born in Knoxville, TN, she was a daughter of Grace Bell Flatt Dawson of Pelzer and the late Roy Foster Dawson.

 In addition to her husband and mother, she is survived by daughter, Kayla Mason of the home; sons, Kevin Morrison (Ashley) of Liberty and Matthew Mason of the home; sister, Darlene Wesner of Pelzer; two grandchildren.

The family will receive friends from 10:30 to 11:30 am. Friday, July 29, at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer. The service will follow at 11:30 am in the mortuary chapel. Burial will be at Greenville Memorial Gardens.