Obituaries 7-31-2022


Amanda Wilson, Melinda Cooley, Matthew Selman, Carol Sargent, Rev. Bill Bryant, Rachel Neely

Rachel Neely

Rachel Dianne Smith Neely of Pelzer, 76, passed away Monday, August 29, 2022.

   Born in Charleston, she was a daughter of the late James Dendy and Sadie Emma Chasteen Smith. She retired from Robert Bosch.

She is survived by her children, Bruce Neely of West Pelzer, Ronnie Neely of Pelzer, Regina Davis of the home, Brandon Neely of Clinton, and Renae Williams of Pelzer; sister, Pat Loveland; brother, Tommy Smith; twelve grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A Drop-in Celebration will be held Friday, September 2, from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. at the home, 3 Reed Street, Pelzer.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crescent Hospice, 305 W. Beltline Boulevard, Anderson, SC 29625.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer


Rev. Bill Bryant

Pelzer – Rev. William “Bill” Douglas Bryant, Sr., 76, husband of Linda Spence Bryant, went home to be with the Lord Friday, August 26, 2022.

   Born in Pelzer, he was a son of the late Herman Lee and Emma Olivia Looper Bryant. Bill was a retired minister having pastored New Hope Baptist Church in Pelzer as well as many other churches in South Carolina, North Carolina, and Virginia.  He was also a retired chaplain from Perry Correctional Institute.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by sister, Nancy Bryant Chapman of Clinton, and grandchildren, Adam Bryant of Pelzer and Austin Bryant of Costa Rica. 

He was predeceased by sons, Doug Bryant, Jr., Adam Bryant, and Kevin Bryant, and brothers, Robert and Donnie Bryant.

The family received friends 2:00 – 3:00 p.m. Monday, August 29, at New Hope Baptist Church with the funeral following at 3:00 p.m. at the church.  Burial was in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the New Hope Baptist Church Prayer Group, 108 New Hope Road, Pelzer, SC 29669.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer


Carol Sargent

Williamston – Carolyn “Carol” Elizabeth Delano Fagan Sargent, 80, wife of the late Kenneth Ronald “Ronnie” Sargent, passed away Tuesday, August 30, 2022.

Born in Anderson County, she was a daughter of the late Paul Preston and Nannie Ethelene Glenn Fagan. She retired from Milliken Cushman Plant and was a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church and a Hejaz Shrinette where she served many years on the hospitality committee. Carol loved her grandchildren and great-grandchildren and working in the yard.

She is survived by daughter, Deborah Lanette Steadman of the home; sister, Libby Martin of Columbia; brother, Terry Fagan (Sadie) of Williamston; grandchildren, Amber Lanette Bagwell and Amanda Luree Bagwell; great-grandchildren, Madison Cheyenne Kellett, Savannah Nichole Kellett, Blakely Elizabeth Low and Kenneth Noah Low; three nieces; and two nephews.

She was predeceased by sister, Frances Fagan Spence; and brother-in-law, Charles Martin.

A graveside service will be held at 3:00 pm Saturday, September 3, at Greenville Memorial Gardens with visitation following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Shriners Hospitals for Children, 950 W. Faris Rd., Greenville, SC 29605; St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105 or Hillcrest Baptist Church, 1300 Anderson Dr., Williamston, SC 29697.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer


Matthew Selman

Nathaniel Matthew Selman of Belton, 46, passed away Sunday, August 21, 2022.

Born in Anderson, he was a son of Vicki Jean Lowe Crawford and the late Michael Edward Selman. He was formerly employed with Bi-Lo Distribution Center.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by a son, Sebastian Gage Selman of Belton; brothers, Adam Kane of the home and Michael Edward Selman, Jr. of Spartanburg; and sister, Elizabeth Danielle Selman of Alabama.

Visitation will be held Wednesday, August 31, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. at Gray Mortuary.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer


Melinda Cooley

Melinda Anne Millmaker Cooley of Piedmont, 39, wife of Michael Taylor Cooley, passed away Friday, August 26, 2022.

Born in Elgin, IL, she was a daughter of Therese Marie Johnson Millmaker of Belton.

In addition to her husband and mother, she is survived by sister, Samantha Millmaker of Simpsonville; brother, Jacob Millmaker of Belton.

Visitation was held August 29 at Gray Mortuary. The funeral followed in the mortuary chapel, with burial at Rose Hill Cemetery.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer


Amanda Wilson

Carolyn Amanda Wilson of Orangeburg, 43, passed away Friday, August 27, 2022.

Born in Anderson, she was a daughter of Roger Dale and Jannie Malinda Scott Wilson of Orangeburg. She was a member of New Hope Baptist Church in Orangeburg.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by a daughter, Eliza Wilson of the home, brothers, David S. Wilson of Orange Park, FL and Matthew Wilson of Orangeburg.

 The funeral will be held Wednesday, August 31, at 2:00 p.m. at Whitefield Baptist Church in Belton. Burial will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in Anderson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Multiple Sclerosis Foundation at Multiple Sclerosis Foundation

National Headquarters, 6520 N. Andrews Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33309 (

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer