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Donnie Lynn Martin

Donnie Lynn Martin of North Port, Florida died suddenly Wednesday, March 8, 2017 at his residence.

Donnie was born July 23, 1948 in Belton, South Carolina. He graduated from Belton-Honea Path High School in 1967. Donnie was a Vietnam veteran of the United States Air Force serving from 1968 to 1976. After his military career Donnie obtained an Associate degree in HVAC from Tri-County Technical College in Anderson, SC and spent a long career as an HVAC Industrial Mechanic. When he retired Donnie had many hobbies he enjoyed. His first love was a lifelong affair with fishing/boating. He enjoyed cooking and he had a green thumb that he inherited from his mother – he could grow just about anything. Don enjoyed many other hobbies: listening to music, camping, football, and watching NASCAR.

Donnie is survived by his beloved wife, Cleo Leyck Martin of the home, his children Donnie L. Martin, Jr. (Kimberley) of Columbia, SC, Melissa M. Dahlgren (Rodny) of Lexington, SC, Dennis R. Hensley II (Christie) of Daniel Island, SC, Ryan L. Hensley (Cassi) of Huntersville, NC and Dana H. Quarles (John) of Columbia, SC; seven grandchildren; a sister Carol M. Church (Randy), brother Eddy D. Martin both of Belton, SC and another sister B. Cheryll Martin of Murrells Inlet, SC. He was preceded in death by his parents Calvin L. Martin and Ruby H. Martin of Belton, SC.

A military service will be held at 3:00pm on ­­­­­­­­­­March 23, 2017 at Fort Jackson National Cemetery, Columbia, SC.

Flowers are welcome. Memorial contributions may be made, in memory of Donnie, to for the adoption of a grandchild he wanted for his son. Adopt Together is a 501-C organization and the proceeds will go towards the adoption. Or to the Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation by mailing a check to 12902 Magnolia Drive, Tampa, FL 33612, online at, or by calling 1-800-456-3434, ext. 1403


Frankie Isbell Childress

Anderson, SC - Sara Frank “Frankie” Isbell Childress, of Clemson Downs, Clemson, SC, died on March 11th, 2017, at age 89.  

Born in, and lifetime resident of, Anderson, SC, she was the daughter of the late John Frank and Eula Norine McGill Isbell. She received a B.S. Degree in Business Education from Winthrop College and a M.S. Degree in Business Education from the University of South Carolina. She taught at Ford High School in Laurens, SC; McCants Junior High in Anderson; and Anderson College. 

Frankie was a long-time member of Central Presbyterian Church, where she served variously as President of the Women of the Church, Elder, Adult Sunday School teacher, and pianist for the fifth grade Sunday School.  After her own surgery for breast cancer, Frankie created and led (for decades) the “Pillow Day” ministry of the Joanna Circle.  Volunteers met monthly and sewed small pillows for the comfort of breast cancer patients at the hospital.  The pillows were then distributed to women after surgery by other volunteers from the American Cancer Society.

Frankie was a blue ribbon-winning knitter, genealogist, and member of Beta Sigma Phi.  She lived her belief that a smile goes a long way toward making the world a better place.   

She is survived by daughter April Eulanne Childress of Mountain Rest, SC, and her husband Joseph L. Tinsley, and a daughter Faith James Childress of Kansas City, MO, and her husband Hootan Shambayati. While her sister Hyacinth preceded her in death, she is survived by her brother, James Oliver “Sonny” Isbell, and his wife Bernie; nephews Frank Isbell (Kathy), Franklin F.Childress (Rachel); nieces Christie Isbell Hamberis (Keefe), and Kaye Childress Rhodenheiser (Michael). 

The family is especially grateful for the late Dorothy Bell Davis and her family for their long and continuing friendship.  An special thanks goes to the caring staffs at The Garden House of Anderson and Clemson Downs HC 16.  

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 15th, at Central Presbyterian Church, conducted by Dr. David J. Bailey. Burial will follow in Old Silver Brook Cemetery. The family will receive friends from 5 until 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 14th, in the Parlor of Central Presbyterian Church.   

Memorials may be made to the Cancer Association of Anderson, Rhodes Respite Care at First Presbyterian Church, and the Alzheimer’s Association.  Or, the family invites those who can to celebrate Frankie’s life by donating blood.  

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Sue Nell Meredith Isbell

Pendleton – Sue Nell Meredith Isbell, 80, widow of Fred T. Isbell, passed away Monday, March 13, 2017 at Clemson Downs.

Born in Fair Play, Sue was the daughter of the late Jessie and Mary Ellen Glenn Meredith and a graduate of Fair Play High School. She was retired from Clemson University’s Business office and member of Pendleton First Baptist Church.

Surviving are her two sons; Dwaine Isbell (Debra) of Anderson and Mark Isbell (Sarah) of Chesnee; daughter, Kim Isbell Owen (Chip) of Madison, GA; daughter-in-law, Gina Isbell; ten grandchildren, Jerri Isbell, Ashley Goforth, Jason Isbell, Karlee Isbell, Tricia Isbell, Jennifer Rigdon, Meredith Owen, Emily Owen and Will Owen; two step grandchildren, Douglas Warton and Billy Williams; three great grandchildren; three brothers, Jack, Leon and Milton Meredith and sister, Arnetta Madden. Sue was preceded in death by her son, Rick Isbell and three brothers, Joe, Lake and Clayton Meredith.

Funeral service will be held at 2pm Thursday at Pendleton First Baptist Church with Rev. Jennifer Rygg officiating. Burial will follow at Beaver Dam Baptist Church in Fair Play. The family will receive friends from 1 until 2pm prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Assocation, 4124 Clemson Blvd # L, Anderson, SC 29621.

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Betty Milam McClain

Anderson, SC - Betty Gambrell Milam McClain, known to her family and friends as “Baba”, died peacefully on March 10, 2017, at the age of 91 at Morningside of Anderson in Anderson, South Carolina.

This spirited and fun-loving woman was born on August 12, 1925, in Pendleton, South Carolina to her parents, Leila Pinson and John Patterson Gambrell. She graduated Pendleton High School and Winthrop University with a degree in Physical Education. She married her high school sweetheart, Robert Preston Milam, in 1945 and together they produced six children. She was later married to Carl Hawkins McClain until his death in 1987. Betty was a housewife and later a teacher at La France Elementary School and at Townville Elementary School in Anderson County and retired from the school system in 1993. She was a Christian and a former member of Pendleton Presbyterian Church. 

She volunteered with Meals on Wheels for many years and often gave of her time and energy to her many friends and neighbors. Betty loved being at the beach, on the water and in the sun, spending time with her family, playing bridge and drinking martinis with friends at a favored spot in Pendleton. 

Betty is survived by her children: Linda Milam Brannen, John Preston (Pete) Milam (Lori), Patricia (Pat) Milam Padgett (Horace), Walter Edward (Ed) Milam (Betty), Leila Milam Hilley (Bill), Joseph (Joe) Adair Milam (Chris) and her grandchildren and great grandchildren: Beth Brannen Richter (Steven), Will and Nick; Kristi Brannen Phan (Binh) and Brannen and Jacob; Amanda Padgett Stevenson (John) and Leila, Adair and Vivian; Emily Stone Padgett; Cassie Milam Nunn (Matt) and Abby, Samm, and Kaitlyn; Lauren Hilley Steele (Chris) and Katy; Erin Hilley Lairsey (Eric) and Eve, Clara, Ellie, and Coleman; Kristen Hilley Davis (Bill) and Ella Kate, Josiah, Miley, Levi, Adalyn and Titus; Preston, Maggie and Jack Milam. She is also survived by Gunn and Diana Gomez of Bogota, Colombia whose relationship with the Milam family began when he lived with Betty and Joe as a transfer student.

A memorial service to celebrate the life of Betty McClain will be held at a later date. Memorials in her memory may be directed to Meals on Wheels, Post Office Box 285, Anderson, SC 29622.

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Cecil Blair Stevenson

Anderson, SC - Cecil Blair Stevenson, 80, beloved husband for 31 years of Micah Judy Vaughn Stevenson, entered the Church Triumphant on March 4, 2017.

Born in Anderson, SC on July 9, 1936, he was the son of the late Blair and Beverly King Stevenson.

Cecil graduated from Boys High School in 1954 and served eight years in the Naval Reserves. He began his 48 year career in automotive parts sales and management and retired from Richard Kay Automotive.

He was a member of Central Presbyterian Church. He was a former Sunday School Superintendent, Deacon, and Elder at Midway Presbyterian Church. 

Surviving in addition to his wife are his children, Sean Stevenson, Chad (Molly) Stevenson, Jerri McConnell, Curt Hollingsworth, Toby (Dara) Jordan, and Jennifer Jordan; grandchildren, Bailey Jordan of the home; Brandon, Brandy (Demetrius Hamilton), Channing, Grace, and Sloan McConnell, Payton Claudson, Dakota (Kelly) Jordan, Austin and Erica Hix; great-grandchildren, Kevin, Kali, Wyatt, Reid, Kylan, and Chasidy; brothers, Sam (Linda) Stevenson and Frank (Ruth) Stevenson; brother-in-law, Jerry Vaughn, and his precious poodle, Sprinkles. 

In addition to his parents, Cecil was preceded in death by a great-grandson, Conner McConnell. 

A Celebration of Life will be held at 1:00 p.m. Wednesday, March 8, at Central Presbyterian Church conducted by Dr. David J. Bailey and Rev. Beryl Rosenberger. Entombment will follow at Forest Lawn Memorial Park Mausoleum. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 7, at Sullivan-King Mortuary. Family members are at their respective homes.

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

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Barbara Kay Cromer

Anderson, SC - Barbara Kay Cromer, widow of Charles B. Cromer, passed away Sunday, February 5, 2017, surrounded by her loving family. 

Born in Anderson, she was the daughter of the late James Rhett and Inez Campbell Kay. She was a 1949 graduate of Anderson Girls High School where she excelled in basketball and field hockey. She was professional and personal secretary to Dr. William F. Bolt for over 25 years and retired from Patrick B. Harris Psychiatric Hospital after 19 years of service at the age of 72. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Anderson and the Fellowship Sunday School Class. To all who knew Barbara, she was affectionately called NEENA, especially by her family whom she adored. She and her husband Charles enjoyed traveling and entertaining friends and family at their home. She was known to be gracious in giving of her time to help others in their time of need. 

Barbara is survived by two sons, Brant Cromer and wife, Cindy of Anderson and Andy Cromer of Simpsonville; two grandsons, Adam Cromer and wife, Nicole and Lee Cromer and wife, Casey; four great grandchildren, Allie, Lacie, Madison, and Ethan Cromer; one sister, Lucretia Snipes and husband, Joda; one brother, Fred Kay and wife, Polly; and a sister-in-law, Betty Kay. 

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Sara Burgess and two brothers, Junior Kay and Charles Kay. 

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, February 8, at Sullivan-King Mortuary Chapel conducted by Dr. James R. Thomason. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 1 until 2 p.m. Wednesday at the mortuary. The family is at the home of Brant and Cindy Cromer, 156 Easy Gap Road, Anderson. 

Memorials may be made to Whitefield Volunteer Fire Department, 4000 Highway 29 North, Belton, SC 29627.

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Darrell Cole

Townville, SC - Darrell Crawford Cole, husband of Linda I. Cole, passed away Monday, January 30, 2017, at his residence. 

Born in Anderson, he was the son of the late Freeman Eugene and Jennifer Cole. He served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. Mr. Cole was retired from Clemson University in the Facilities, Maintenance and Operation Department. He was an honorary member and former member of the Board of Directors of the Townville Fire Department. Mr. Cole was a member of Townville Baptist Church where he had served as a Deacon . 

Survivors include his wife, Linda I. Cole of the home; son, Steven Cole and wife, Adrienne of Williamston; daughter, Karen Claflin and husband, Patrick of Townville; four grandchildren, Andrew Cole, Abby, Izzy, and Zach Claflin; a number of nieces and nephews; and a longtime friend dating back to his Air Force days, Waitus Altman of Georgetown. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by five brothers and four sisters. 

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, February 2, at Townville Baptist Church conducted by Rev. James Crittendon and Rev. Greg Nix. Burial will follow in the church cemetery with military honors conducted by the Upstate Veterans Honor Guard. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Wednesday at Sullivan-King Mortuary. The family is at the residence. 

Flowers are optional; memorials may be made to Townville Baptist Church, P.O. Box 125, Townville, SC 29689. 

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Walter “Buck” McWhorter

Pendleton, SC - Walter Melvin “Buck” McWhorter, 83, of the Melton Community, husband of the late Linda Jo Kay McWhorter, passed away Wednesday, January 25, 2017, at Marchbanks Assisted Living. 

Born in Anderson County, he was the son of the late Jesse McWhorter and Olivia Tecora Burgess McWhorter Harper. He served in the U.S. Marine Corp, U.S. Army and the U.S. Army Reserves. He worked in road construction for many years and after retirement worked for the S.C.D.O.T. Mr. McWhorter attended Cornerstone Community Church, Easley. 

Survivors include two sons, Freddie McWhorter and wife, Berenice of Central, Ronnie McWhorter and wife, Vicki of Townville; one daughter, Joan Cantrell of Anderson; grandchildren, Bill Martin and wife, Lisa, April Hopkins, and T.J. Martin and wife, Jennifer; great grandchildren, Jayden and Trinity Hopkins, Nate and Gabe Martin, Josie and Emma Martin, Hannah, Ethan, Caleb, and Logan Turner, Erin and Hannah Edens, and Kodie and Kaitlyn Cantrell; and one brother, Teddy Wayne McWhorter of Liberty. 

He was twice married, first to the late Betty Cooke McWhorter. 

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, January 28, 2017, at Sullivan-King Mortuary Chapel conducted by Dr. Stanley Wardlaw. Military honors will be provided by the Upstate Marines Honor Guard. The family will receive friends following the service.

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Suzette Robison Palmer

Anderson, SC - Suzette Robison Palmer, 57, wife of Dale M. Palmer, passed away Tuesday, January 10, 2017, at her home.

Born in Anderson, she was the daughter of Mildred Parnell Robison of Anderson and the late Gilbert “Robbie” Robison. Suzette was the reimbursement coordinator at Patrick B. Harris Psychiatric Hospital. She was a member of Unity Baptist Church where she served as church pianist for 18 years.

Survivors include her husband, Dale; daughter, Cathryn S. Dickson and husband, Preston of Townville; mother, Mildred P. Robison; and four nieces.

In addition to her father, she was preceded in death by a brother, Gilbert “Rusty” Robison. 

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Sullivan-King Mortuary Chapel conducted by Rev. Lloyd Robison and Rev. Roger Kendrick. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 5:30 until 8 p.m. Thursday at the mortuary.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Gideons International, P.O. Box 1911, Anderson, SC 29622, Cancer Association of Anderson, 215 East Calhoun Street, Anderson, SC 29621, or Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621. 


Susan Stiles Walker

Anderson, SC - Susan Marie Stiles Walker, wife of Danny Walker, moved to her Heavenly Home on Thursday, December 8, 2016. 

Born January 28, 1956 in Atlanta, GA, she was the daughter of the late George and Carolyn (Billie) Stiles. Susan graduated from Tucker High School in 1974 and Bob Jones University in 1978. She was an owner and manager in her family business, Stiles Heating & Cooling, for 35 years. She was one of the founders of Anderson Christian School where she served as a board member and active volunteer. Susan was very active and involved at GraceView Church with women’s programs and the children’s ministry. She was a volunteer and leader with Women’s Life Fellowship in Anderson. Susan was a prayer warrior for family and friends. She rejoiced with those who were rejoicing and wept with those who were weeping. She walked slowly but you had to run to keep up with her. She loved her family and friends and was always there to celebrate others accomplishments and victories.

Survivors include her husband, Danny Walker; children, Clarke, Amanda and husband, Austin, Allie, and Cameron Walker; grandchildren, Lyle and Shirley Kay Walker; mother-in-law, Betty Walker of Anderson; brothers, Mark Stiles and wife, Sylvia, Doug Stiles and wife, Lynne, and Garrick Stiles and wife, Carey, all of Athens, GA; brother-in-law, David Walker and wife, Jackie of Anderson; sister-in-law, Susan Timmerman and husband, Keith of Greenwood; thirteen nephews, nine nieces, one great niece and three great nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her father-in-law, Mickey Walker.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 11, at First Baptist Church of Anderson conducted by Rev. Jeff Bartlett. The family will receive friends at the church following the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to GraceView Church, 122 Centerville Road, Anderson, SC 29625; Women’s Life Fellowship, P.O. Box 698, Anderson, SC 29622; Haven of Rest, P.O. Box 466, Anderson, SC 29622; or Anderson Christian School, Walker Scholarship Fund, 3903 Liberty Highway, Anderson, SC 29621.

The family is at the residence, 2208 Willow Place, Anderson. 

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Linda P. Bryant

Anderson, SC - Linda Louise Poore Bryant, 77, wife of Raymond Wilson Bryant, passed away Sunday, December 4, 2016, at Ellenburg Nursing Center.

Born in Anderson, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Cecil Jones Poore. She was a 1958 graduate of Girls High School and was a graduate of Anderson College. She was a teacher and social worker in Anderson public schools for 30 years. Mrs. Bryant was a member of Gethsemane Baptist Temple.

Survivors include her husband, Raymond W. Bryant; one son, David Bryant; grandson, Josh Bryant; and a great grandson, Grayson Bryant.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Bradley Bryant and two sisters,
JoAnne Woodward Moore and Barbara Burden Forshee.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, December 8, at Gethsemane Baptist Temple conducted by Rev. Sam Duncan and Rev. Bob Marcaurelle. Burial will follow in Forest Lawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends from 12:30 until 1:45 p.m. Thursday at the church.

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William A. “Bo” Kelly

Anderson, SC - William Alvin Kelly, 75, husband of Joyce Glenn Kelly, passed away Saturday, November 12, 2016, at the Rainey Hospice House. 

Born in McCormick, he was the son of the late James Edward and Martha Fowler Kelly. He served in the U.S. Army National Guard. Mr. Kelly was retired from Owens-Corning Fiberglas with 38 years service and later worked with Anderson County Solid Waste Department. He was a member of Starr Baptist Church where he served as a Deacon and was a member of the Men’s Sunday School Class. 

Survivors include his wife, Joyce G. Kelly of the home; son, Edward Glenn Kelly of the home; two grandchildren, John Jacob “J.J.” Kelly and Thomas Lloyd Roberts, both of Pendleton; two brothers, James Edward Kelly, Jr. and wife, Shelby of Anderson and Marion Cecil “Buddy” Kelly and wife, Angie of Fair Play; and one sister, Linda Ann Bailey and husband, Kenneth of Anderson. 

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a daughter, Amy Michelle Kelly and an infant sister, Brenda Gail Kelly.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Tuesday at Starr Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Tony Howell. Burial will follow in South Lawn Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Monday at Sullivan-King Mortuary. The family is at the residence.

Flowers are optional; memorials may be made to Starr Baptist Church Van Fund, P.O. Box 137, Starr, SC 29684 or Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621.

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