Obituaries 6-5-2024


Bertha Jewel Fousek, Carolyn Cummings, Teresa Cox, Shelby Elaine Davis Hines, Michael Ballard

Michael Ballard

 Michael Douglas Ballard of Pelzer, 59, passed away Tuesday, May 28, 2024, at his home.

Born in Anderson, he was a son of Sue Campbell and the late Marion Milton Ballard. 

In addition to his mother of Anderson, he is survived by son, Eric Ballard of Easley; two grandchildren; sister, Sherry Rathod of Charlotte, NC; brothers, James Ballard and Mark Ballard, both of Anderson.

A graveside service was held May 31 at Garden of Memories, Belton.  

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer


Shelby Elaine Davis Hines 

Belton –Shelby Elaine Davis Hines, 69, of Belton, died Tuesday, May 21, 2024 at Prisma Health Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Born in Ware Shoals, she was a daughter of Rose Mary Dickerson Davis and the late Lewie Russell Davis. She was a member of Oak Hill United Methodist Church and worked as an LPN at Oakmont East Nursing Home.

Surviving are a daughter, Andrea Carol Hines of Belton, two brothers, Gary Davis of Belton and Dariel Davis (Cheryl) of Piedmont, a sister Angela Carter (Richard) of Simpsonville, three grandchildren, Courtney Davis (Joshua), Sheridan Gantt, and Mckayla Gantt, five great-grandchildren, Christian Henson, Jordan Henson, Nevaeh Gantt, Riley Davis and Kaliyah Roberts. She was predeceased by a brother, Jerry Davis.

Funeral services were held at 3 PM on Friday, May 24, 2024 at Oak Hill United Methodist Church with Rev. Joe Cates officiating. Cryptside services were held at 11 AM on Wednesday, May 29, 2024 at the Chapel Mausoleum at Greenville Memorial Gardens.

The family would like to extend their special thanks to all the staff at Davita Dialysis in Fountain Inn. Memorials should be made to Oak Hill United Methodist Church, 430 Oak Hill Rd, Belton, SC 29627. Online condolences may be made at

Teresa Cox

Teresa Kaye Cox of Williamston, 62, passed away Friday, May 31, 2024.

Born in Greenwood, she was a daughter of Delores Phillips Cox and the late Donald Goodman Cox. She was formerly employed with Cushman Plant and a member of Hillcrest Baptist Church.

   In addition to her mother and significant other, Albert Stone, she is survived by daughters, Stefanie Durham of Williamston and Adrienne Davenport of Pelzer; son, Joshua Murphy of Anderson; sisters, Cathy Ridgeway of Williamston, Anita Prichard of Greenville, and Donna Stephens of Pelzer; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

   The family will receive friends 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Wednesday, June 5, at Gray Mortuary, Pelzer with the funeral service following at 2:00 p.m. in the mortuary chapel.  Burial will be at Forest Lawn Memorial Park, Anderson.

The family is at the home of Albert Stone, 126 Stone Drive, Pelzer, SC 29669.


Carolyn Cummings

Townville – Ruby Carolyn Mahaffey Duncan Cummings, 89, wife of Clyde Edward Cummings, passed away Sunday, June 2, 2024.

Born in Pelzer, she was a daughter of the late Roland Waymon and Edith Ware Mahaffey.  She was an educator and retired from Anderson, Oconee, and Greenville County schools. She attended Roberts Presbyterian Church and belonged to the Anderson County Genealogy Society, the Daughters of the American Revolution, and the Order of the Eastern Star.

   In addition to her husband, she is survived by sons, Mike Duncan (Connie) of Piedmont and Jerry Duncan of Seneca; sister, Bobbie Williams of Anderson; brother, Tommy Mahaffey of Williamston; 4 grandchildren, 7 great-grandchildren, and 4 great-great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by grandson, Corey Duncan and sister, Shirley Lewis.

A graveside service will be held at 11:00 a.m. Wednesday, June 5, at Greenville Memorial Gardens Mausoleum Chapel with visitation following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Carolyn Duncan Research Center of the Anderson County Genealogy Society, Arts Center Warehouse, 110 Federal St., Anderson, SC 29625-4363.

Gray Mortuary, Pelzer

Condolences: www.graymortua

Bertha Jewel Fousek

Bertha Jewel Fousek, age 76, of Williamston, SC, passed peacefully from this world of woe to her Heavenly Home on Monday, May 27, 2024. As she transitioned to the Father’s House, she was surrounded by her loving family including her most loving husband, Ron, and her son, Art, his wife Haley, granddaughter, Windsor-Rose, and grandson, Erskine. 

She was the daughter of the late Arthur and Cecil Gambrell Beebe. She is survived by her loving husband, Ron, of sixty years of marriage, her son, Art and his wife Haley, granddaughter, Windsor-Rose; grandson, Erskine; brother, Marshall and his wife Pat. She was preceded to Heaven by brothers, Gerald and Sherman. 

Jewel was a devoted wife to Ron, with whom they shared sixty plus years of a wonderful life together as husband and wife. She was everything to him that a precious wife could be. As a Pastor’s wife, she served her Lord for over fifty years with faithfulness to her Lord and to our several churches. Jewel always presented herself as a beautiful Christian lady. She loved to be fashionable and loved to shop for something new to wear come Sunday. She and Ron loved to vacation together and celebrate special occasions as husband and wife. She was so very proud of her son, Art and his precious family, his wife Haley, daughter, Windsor-Rose, and son, Erskine always wanting to present them with a gift. She was always unselfish, putting her family first before any needs or wants she had. She had a wonderful, sincere faith in her Lord Jesus and exemplified that all of her life. In all of the churches we served she loved teaching Sunday School. Also, she loved to decorate and fill the churches with beautiful flowers and other enhancements to make the church look so beautiful and inviting. So much could be added but suffice to say she was all she was created to be and more. Never to be forgotten! Forever cherished! Now in Heaven awaiting that grand day when we shall see our precious Jewel again. Until then, we continue as she would want…faithfully serving our Lord and loving one another. 

Thank you to Dr. John Doster and his medical team at the Anderson Cancer Center for the years of excellent and compassionate care. Also, thank you to our brothers and sisters in the Lord from our Big Creek family and all of our churches that have faithfully prayed and shared their love and compassion. 

A Celebration of Life Service in memory of Jewel was held Friday, May 31, 2024, at 1:00 pm at Big Creek Baptist Church in Williamston, SC, led by Dr. David Gallamore. The family received friends at the church prior to the service from 11:00 am until 12:30 pm. Burial followed at Whitefield Baptist Church Cemetery.

Flowers in memory of Jewel are welcome. Other memorials may be sent to Big Creek Baptist Church, PO Box 187, Williamston, SC 29697.

Jewel’s favorite Bible verse: “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Phil. 4:13.

Condolences may be left for the family by visiting WWW.MCDOUGALDFUNERALHOME.COM.