Obituaries 10-12-2022


Robert Eugene (Gene) Hindman, Jr, Wally Hampton, Randy Tripp, Wally Hampton, Margaret Smith, Donald C. Parker, Jr.,Denise Stively

Denise Stively

Helen Denise Wright Stively of Williamston, 57, passed away peacefully Monday, October 10, 2022, at her home.

Born in Pelzer, she was a daughter of Paul Francis and Nellie Helen Jones Wright. She was formerly employed with ALDI Grocery Stores. 

 She is survived by children, Robert “Robby” Taylor, Jr., Melissa Taylor, Jessica “Jess” Davis, and Joseph “Joe” Davis; adopted son, Dustin “Dusty” Murphy and his wife, Jessica “Jessi”; siblings, Linda Wright, Steven Wright, and Paulette Wright; eight grandchildren.

No services will be held at this time.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer


Donald C. Parker, Jr.

Piedmont – Donald Clarence Parker, Jr., 57, passed away Tuesday, October 11, 2022.

   Born in Greenville, he was the son of Donald Clarence Parker, Sr. and the late Bobby Faye Eller Parker.  He was a member of Rehoboth Baptist Church.

   In addition to his father of Piedmont, he is survived by daughters, Hannah Cely (Zack) of Easley and Allison Powell (Tyler); sisters, Annette Oliver (Tony) of Piedmont and Sandra Adcox (Dean) of Williamston.

   He was predeceased by a sister, Donna Wood.

   The family will receive friends 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Friday, October 14, at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer with the funeral service following at 12:00 p.m. in the mortuary chapel.  Burial will be at Greenville Memorial Gardens.

   Memorials may be made to Rehoboth Baptist Church, 1620 Old Pelzer Road, Piedmont, SC 29673.

   The family is at the home of Annette and Tony Oliver, 307 Anderson St., Piedmont, SC 29673.


Margaret Smith

Williamston – Margaret Louise Bryant Smith, 90, widow of David Edgar Smith, passed away Wednesday, October 5, 2022.

   Born in Anderson County, she was the daughter of the late James Eliston and Ruth McCoy Bryant.  She retired from Michelin and was a graduate of White Plains High School where she lettered in basketball. She was also a member of White Plains Baptist Church where she belonged to the Ida Trotter Sunday School Class and the Jewell Club.

Survivors include son and daughter-in-law, Ronald and Tammy Craigo Smith of Williamston; grandchildren, Mandy Smith Barksdale (Charles), Trent Smith (Stacy), and Amber Smith Ford (Chase); great-grandchildren, Bailee and Charlie Barksdale, Turner Smith, and Levi, Holland, and Luke Ford.

She was predeceased by son, Douglas Smith and brother, J.T. Bryant.

A graveside service was held Friday, October 7, at 11:00 a.m. at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Anderson with visitation following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to White Plains Baptist Church, 1435 Easley Hwy, Pelzer, SC 29669.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer


Wally Hampton

Pelzer – Donald Walton “Wally” Hampton, Jr., 67, husband of Carol Ann Kelly Hampton, passed away Saturday, October 8, 2022.

   Born in Sumter, he was the son of Martha JoAnn Walker Hampton of Williamston and of the late Donald Walton Hampton, Sr. A registered nurse, he retired from Patrick B. Harris Psychiatric Hospital and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

   In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by his children, Shannon Cope (Joe) of Piedmont, Daniel Hampton (Stephanie) of Pelzer, Zach Hampton (Stacy) of Charleston, Wayne Hampton (Jessica) of Anderson, Kelly Hampton (Gabriel) of Lyman, and Cody Hampton (Roxanne) of Seneca; sister, Donna Jo Poulton (Danny) of Belton; and ten grandchildren.

Visitation was held Tuesday, October 11, from 5:00 to 6:00 p.m. at Gray Mortuary. A memorial service followed at 6:00 p.m. in the mortuary chapel.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer


Randy Tripp

Randall Eugene “Randy” Tripp of Greenville, 71, passed away Wednesday, October 5, 2022.

Born in Greenville, he was a son of the late James Henry and Annie Viola Myers Tripp. He was a member of Augusta Road Church of Christ.

He is survived by sister, Elaine McGee of Greenville.

 Visitation was held October 9 at Augusta Road Church of Christ, the funeral followed. Burial was held at Antioch Christian Church Cemetery.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer


Robert Eugene (Gene) Hindman, Jr 

Robert Eugene (Gene) Hindman, Jr joined our Heavenly Father October 4, 2022 after a brief and courageous battle with lung cancer.

Gene was born in Greenville, SC on May 18, 1942 to Robert Eugene Hindman Sr “Gene” and Gladys Brown Hindman. He was the middle child of Carolyn Hindman Parnell (Charlotte, NC) and James Hindman (Deceased).

Following graduation from Greenville High School, he attended The Citadel. During his time at The Citadel he was the India Company Commander, a member of both the 1964 Summerall Guards and Junior Sword Drill, a Chapel usher and member of the Honor Court. Upon his graduation Gene was commissioned a second lieutenant in the US Air Force and served in Vietnam and surrounding countries in 1967-68.

His devotion to his Faith led him to a lifetime of service to his community where he committed his time and treasure. Gene’s calling led him to devote himself to his work as the Business Officer for Furman University, Greenville Chamber of Commerce, Executive Vice President of Thornwell Children’s Home, Blue Ridge Council of the Boy Scouts of America, Rotary Club of Greenville, Laurens Chamber of Commerce, and the Laurens Livestock Association.

He shared fellowship in Christ with the congregations including Pelham Road Baptist Church, First Baptist Church of Greenville, Edisto Presbyterian Church and Lickville Presbyterian Church.

He could often be found on the road from Greenville to his beloved Edisto Beach. At Edisto he was a board member on both The Wyndham Master Property Owners Association and The Palmetto Walk Owners Association.

Gene’s commitment to his family was his guiding light and absolute. That same love was devotion given to his sweetheart and best friend Sylvia Corbin. His kind and gentle ways along with his great sense of humor created a relaxing and warm environment everywhere he went. He will be missed by many but none more than his adoring son who followed in his footsteps as a Citadel man, his sister Carolyn and his beloved Sylvia.

Gene is survived by children Robert Eugene (Gene) Hindman III and Laura Watson, his sister Carolyn Parnell, his sweetheart Sylvia Corbin, Gene III’s children Katie and Luke Hindman, Laura’s daughter Sarah Watson, Nephews Scott Parnell, Mike Parnell, James Hindman and Niece Andrea Hindman.

A celebration of Gene’s life will be held at the Mackey Funeral Home located at 311 Century Drive, Greenville SC 29607 from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM on Thursday October 13, 2022.

In lieu of flowers please consider a gift in memory of Gene to either: