Obituaries 10-4-2023


Craig Ragsdale, Teresa Wood, Joyce Coker, Dave Jolliff, Louie Aaron Davenport, Terri Chastain, John “Carroll Brown” Thompson

John “Carroll Brown” Thompson

John “Carroll Brown” Thompson of Piedmont, 81, husband of Loretta “Katie” Furr Thompson, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, September 26 at his home.

   Born on June 22, 1942, in Piedmont, he was the son of the late Vivian Ilene Brown Bishop. He enlisted in the U.S. Army in 1961 and served in the Korean War, He was employed with VF Trucking (Wrangler). He was a Perpetual Life member of the Grove Station Masonic Lodge #166 A.F.M. and a Shriner.

   In addition to his wife he is survived by daughters, Beverly Beckman, Susan Matkin, and Janiece McMillan; sons, Brad Singleton, and Bruce Singleton; sister, Eileen Lollis; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Visitation was October 2 at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer. At his request, there will be no other services.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Tunnel to Towers Foundation at


Terri Chastain

Terri Suzanne Keeler Chastain of Williamston, 63, wife of Terry Morgan Chastain, passed away at her home on Thursday, September 28, 2023, after an extended illness.

Born in Greenville, she was the daughter of the late James Robert “J.R.” and Linda Gayle King Keeler.  She was a former employee of Anderson School District 1, and a homemaker.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by daughter, Jessica Chastain of Williamston; son, Zach Chastain of Black Mountain, NC; stepdaughter, Tracie Perkins of Kennesaw, GA; stepson, Hank Chastain of Simpsonville; brother, Kenneth Keeler of Woodruff; four grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren; and beloved Aunt and Uncle, Mallie and Billy Jordan of Williamston.

Visitation was held October 4 at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer. The service followed in the mortuary chapel, with burial at Forest Lawn Memorial Park.   

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Anderson County PAWS, P.O. Box 8002, Anderson, SC 29622

Louie Aaron Davenport

Louie Aaron Davenport, Irmo, SC

March 23, 1937 –

 September 29, 2023

The funeral service for Louie Aaron Davenport will be held at 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 5, 2023, at St. Andrews Baptist Church (230 Bush River Road, Columbia, SC  29210).  The family will receive friends from 1:30 p.m. until the hour of the service at the church.  Louie will be buried on Friday, October 6, 2023, in Fort Jackson National Cemetery.

Louie Aaron Davenport, 86, of Irmo, passed away on Friday, September 29, 2023.  He was born on March 23, 1937, in Greenville, SC, to George Reeves Davenport and Lelia Mary Welborn Davenport. 

Louie proudly served his country in the US Army from 1957 to 1963. He devoted his entire working career to one company and retired from the Sherwin-Williams Company after over 40 years of service. He worked his way up the corporate ladder starting as a bookkeeper, store manager, district manager, and regional Vice President.  He was always proud to say he worked for Sherwin Williams.  Louie was a longtime member and deacon at St. Andrews Baptist Church. His church was extremely important to him and he devoted many hours of service to various projects and committees at the church.  In addition, Louie’s family was his number one priority, always showing love and devotion to those around him. 

Louie is survived by his loving wife of 60 years, Ann M. Davenport; his daughter, Becky Wrenn (Preston); and his son, Bob Davenport (Shannon). He is also survived by his grandchildren, Tyler Wrenn (Chelsea); Julia Tolar (Anderson); Miller Davenport; and Addison Davenport. Besides his parents, Louie was predeceased by his four brothers, George Davenport; Charles Davenport; James Davenport; and Joe Davenport.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to St. Andrews Baptist Church.

Temples-Halloran Funeral Home is assisting the family

Dave Jolliff

Pelzer – David Andrew “Dave” Jolliff, 66, husband of Paula Prescott Jolliff, passed away Sunday, October 1, 2023.

Born in California, he was a son of the late Harvey and Jeanette Jolliff. He was a U.S. Navy SEAL veteran and was formerly employed with H&H Productions in California.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by brothers John and Jim Jolliff; and several friends in the Belton area.  

Visitation will be held Thursday, October 5, from 3:00 to 5:00 p.m. at Gray Mortuary.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer


Joyce Coker

Pelzer – Joyce Elaine Cothran Coker, 73, wife of Larry Joe Coker, passed away Wednesday, September 27, 2023.

   Born in Belton, she was a daughter of the late Thomas Arabian “T.A.” and Mary Blanche Hendrix Cothran. She was a homemaker and member of Washington Baptist Church.

   In addition to her husband, she is survived by daughters, Lisa Coker Brewster of Williamston, and Wendy Coker Wallace (Micah) of Lowndesville; granddaughter, Brooklyn Brewster; brothers, Billy Cothran, Ricky Cothran (Betty Jo), and Glenn Cothran (Judy), all of Pelzer; sister, Linda Coker (Marvin) of Pelzer; and sister-in-law, Joan Cothran of Belton.

   She was predeceased by brothers, Tommy Cothran, Jr. and Kenneth Cothran; and sisters, Joanne Davenport, Mary Louise Southern, and Sara Jane Kelley.

   Visitation will be from 1:00 to 2:45 pm Saturday, September 30, at Washington Baptist Church. The service followed at 3:00 pm in the church. Burial was at Cedar Shoals Baptist Church Cemetery.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer


Teresa Wood

Wiliamston – Teresa Kalene Creel Wood, 61, of Kilgore Avenue, passed away Wednesday, September 27, 2023 at Prisma Health Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Born in Anderson County, she was a daughter of Linda Aliene Ashley Creel and the late Stanley Bruce Creel. She was a graduate of Ware Shoals High School and Erskine College, where she earned a B.S. degree in Education. Teresa was a school teacher with Anderson School District #2 and had worked at BHP High School for the past 27 years. She dearly loved her students and wanted them all to be successful in life. All her co-workers were very dear to her heart also. Teresa loved grammar and encouraged her students to enjoy her love for reading. She will be dearly missed by her students, friends and family. Her grandchildren were the love and enjoyment of her life.

Surviving in addition to her mother of Williamston are: her son, Jonathan Wood of the home; her daughter, Alesa Crane of the home; her brother, Greg (Jennifer) Creel of Williamston; two sisters, Sherri (Charles) Yarborough of Fair Play and Anita (Roger) Mills of Pelzer; and four grandchildren, Ayden, Rose, Skyleigh and Hensleigh. 

A visitation with friends and family to celebrate Teresa’s life was held from 2-4 P.M. Saturday, September 30, 2023 at Pruitt Funeral Home, Honea Path.

The family is at the home of her mother, 121 Autumn Drive, Williamston SC. A scholarship in Teresa’s name will be presented to a graduating student of BHP High School. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to this fund at BHP High School, The Teresa Wood Scholarship Fund, 11000 BHP Hwy, Honea Path, SC 29654. Messages of condolence may be made to the family at 

Craig Ragsdale

Michael Craig Ragsdale of Williamston, 58, passed away Monday, October 2, 2023.

   Born in Pelzer, he was a son of Linda Gayenelle Vanadore Ragsdale and the late Mack Charles Ragsdale of Pelzer. He was employed with Danfoss, Easley.

   He is survived by sons, Justin Ragsdale of Anderson and Conner Spearman of Williamston; daughters, Lindsey Jordan of Piedmont, Kaitlyn Ragsdale of Mauldin, and Ava Ragsdale of Williamston; brothers, Tim Ragsdale of Piedmont, and Shane Ragsdale of Pelzer; sister, Angie Ragsdale of Pelzer.

Visitation will be from 2:00 to 3:00 pm Friday, October 6, at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer. A memorial service will follow at 3:00 pm in the mortuary chapel.