Mrs. Madge Gray

Mrs. Madge Gray, age 86, of 498 Bramlett Road, Laurens, SC, died Friday, April 11, 2014 at the Laurens County Hospital, Clinton, SC. 

She was born a daughter of the late Henry Abrams and the late Susie Wallace Abrams. She was a homemaker and a member of Beaverdam Baptist Church.

She is survived by her husband, Reverend James A. Gray, Sr. of the home; two sons, James A. (Jeraldine) Gray, Jr. of Greenville, SC and Keith (Gwenevere) Gray of Simpsonville, SC; three daughters, Phyllis Wise of Cincinnati, OH, Mary J. (Leon) Ferguson of Greenville, SC and Susie G. (Yancy) Williams of Gray Court, SC; seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren. 

Funeral service will be held 2pm, Tuesday, April 15, 2014 at the Flat Ruff Baptist Church, with the Dr. O. T. Hill officiating. Burial will be in the Beaverdam Baptist Church Cemetery.  The family is at the home.

Beasley Funeral Home, Laurens is in charge of arrangements.  

Mr. Billy Ray Johnson

Mr. Billy Ray Johnson, age 64, formerly of Laurens, SC, died Wednesday, April 9, 2014 in White Plains, Maryland. 

He was born in Laurens County, SC, a son of the late Jessie Pearl Johnson and the husband of Angela Johnson. He is survived by his wife Angela :Angie” Johnson of the home; a son, Steven Johnson of Charlotte, NC; one sister, Sandra McGowan Scott of Laurens, SC.

Funeral service will be held, 11:00a.m., Tuesday, April 16, 2014 at the Mt. Ennon Baptist Church, Clinton, MD. Burial will be in a local cemetery.

Pope Funeral Home, Forestville, Maryland is in charge of arrangements.

Local family is at the home of his  aunt Mrs. Loretta McGowan, 209 Pridmore St., Laurens, SC. Courtesy Beasley Funeral Home, Laurens.  

Miss. Barbara Wilson

Miss. Barbara Wilson, age 71, formerly of 113 Fielding Lane, Fountain Inn, died Thursday, April 10, 2014 at the Hospice of Laurens County Hospice House, Clinton, SC. 

She is survived by one sister, Sharon Robinson of Greenville, SC.

The family will receive friends 1-3pm on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 in the chapel of Beasley Funeral Home 205 Knight Street.

The family is at the home of her sister, Sharon Robinson,  106 Spartanburg Street Greenville, SC. Beasley Funeral Home Fountain Inn is in charge of arrangements. 

Mrs. Virginia Shelton Simpson

Mrs. Virginia Shelton Simpson, 59, of 178 Shelton Circle,Clinton died Tuesday at her residence. She is survived by her husband, Paul Simpson;

also by 1 son, 1 daughter, 2 brothers, 4 sisters and 2 grandchildren.

 Funeral Services for the late Virginia Simpson will be held Saturday afternoon, April 12th at 3:00 o’clock at the Antioch AME Church of Highway 56 north of Clinton. Rev. Anthony Sims will be the eulogist. Burial will follow in the Church Cemetery.  

 The family is at the residence at 178 Shelton Circle. Childs Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


Raymond Rogerdale “Darrell” Weathers

Raymond Rogerdale “Darrell” Weathers, 69, of 315 Southview Dr. and husband of Janice Brown Weathers, passed away Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Born in Gray Court, he was the son of the late Charles Raymond and Fannie Grace Ross Weathers.  A retired SC National Guard veteran, Mr. Weathers was a member of Second Baptist Church, where he was a former deacon, sound technician, and member of the Knights of the King Sunday School Class.  Mr. Weathers was a faithful volunteer with the Laurens City Fire Department for 38 years and coordinated the tractor show and “farm days” for Squealin on the Square.  He was a devoted husband, loving father, and Papa.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by:  daughters, Julie Weathers Wideman and husband Jeff and Joy Weathers Driggers and husband Phillip all of Greenwood, sister, Edwina Weathers DuPre and husband Jack of Rock Hill; mother-in-law, Mildred Brown of Laurens; brother-in-law, Steve Hinton of Gray Court; and grandchildren, Savannah Wideman, Anna Grace Cox, and Noah Driggers.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister Joyce Weathers Hinton and father-in-law, Robert Lewis Brown.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am, Friday, April 11, 2014, at Second Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. J.D. Shiflet with burial in Forest Lawn Cemetery, with Fireman Honors.

The family will be at the home and will receive friends at The Kennedy Mortuary on Thursday, April 10, from 6:30-8:30 pm.

Memorials may be made to Second Baptist Church, 416 Fleming St., Laurens, SC 29360; or to the Laurens City Fire Department, 411 Mill St.., Laurens, SC 29360.

Condolences may be expressed to the family at

Willie Lee “Bill” Turner

Willie Lee “Bill” Turner, 69 of 102 Davis Street Laurens, SC died Saturday, April 5, 2014 at the home.

He is survived by his mother Ms. Queen Esther Turner of the home.

His Wife Roma E. Turner.

Also, surviving are two sons, two daughters and three grandchildren.

Services for Willie Lee “Bill” Turner will be held Thursday, April 10, 2014 at David and Jeannette Goins Chapel at 2:00 P.M.

Reverend Earl Lewers will be the officiating minister.

Burial will be held at Zion Hill Baptist Church in Cross Hill, SC.

The family is at the home 102 Davis Street Laurens, SC.

Goins Funeral Home, Inc. is in charge of these arrangements.

Ms. Hattie Hill

Ms. Hattie Hill, age 77, of 184 Walden Street, Clinton, SC, died Sunday, April 6, 2014 at the National Healthcare Center of Laurens. 

She is the last survivor of her immediate family. 

She is survived by one niece and one nephew. 

A graveside service was held 1 p.m., Saturday, April 12, 2014 at the Wateree Baptist Church, with Rev. Clarence Simpson officiating. 

Beasley Funeral Home, Laurens was in charge of arrangements.

Miss. Bertha Stephens

Miss. Bertha Stephens, age 58, formerly of Laurens, died Sunday, April 6, 2014 in the Glorified Health and Rehab, Greenville, SC.  She is survived by two brothers and one sister. 

Funeral service will be held 1 p.m., Wednesday, April 9th at the Mt. Zion Baptist Church, with Dr. O.T. Hill and Dr. Jefferson McDowell officiating.  Burial will be in the Beaverdam Baptist Church cemetery.  The family is at the home of her sister, Mable Stephen, 113 Short Street, Laurens, SC.

Beasley Funeral Home, Laurens is in charge of arrangements.

Edna Levone Craine Burts

Edna Levone Craine Burts, 98, and widow of Rev. Fred Burts, passed away, Saturday, April 5, 2014, at National Healthcare Center in Laurens.

Born in Laurens, she was a daughter of the late George and Inez Eubanks Craine.  A member of Gray Court Church of God and the Church of God Ladies Auxiliary, she was a loving and faithful minister’s wife.

She is survived by:  a daughter, Carolyn Burts Shaw of Dearing, GA; grandchildren, Levone Alverson and Sharon Alverson both of Ft. Inn, Thomas Clark of Gatlinburg, TN, Mark Burts of Pensacola FL, Azure Burts of Atlanta, GA, and Marcus Robert Burts of Laurens; 13 great grandchildren, and 8 great-great grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and her parents, she was predeceased by 2 sons, Fred Robert Burts and Thomas Burts; a sister, Cora Lee Riddle, and brothers, Paul, David, William, and Bryan Craine.

Funeral services will be held at 11:00 am, Tuesday, April 8, 2014, at The Kennedy Mortuary Chapel, conducted by Rev. Jamie Hughes, Rev. Mickey Thomas, and Rev. Thomas Clark followed by burial in Forest Lawn Cemetery.

The family will be at 111 Old Fairview Rd., Apt. 33, Ft. Inn, SC  29644, and will receive friends at the cemetery following the service.

Condolences may be expressed online at

Mr. Jerry Lee Boyd


Mr. Jerry Lee Boyd, age 53, of 113 Tripmont Court, Simpsonville, died Friday, April 4, 2014 at Greenville Memorial Hospital. 

He was born in Greenville County, SC a son of the late John T. Sullivan and the late Betty Ann Childress and husband of the late Elaine Stoddard Boyd. He was a machine operator for Crovac with thirty years of service. 

He is survived by a daughter, Jerrica Boyd of the home; one brother, Bobby Boyd of Simpsonville, SC; three sisters, Linda Dial, of Simpsonville, Carol Ann Boyd of Greenville, and Donna Hooker of Simpsonville; two grandchildren.

Funeral service will be held 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at the Mt. Carmel AME Church, with Rev. Cornell Richardson and Rev. Hiram Spain, III officiating.  Burial will be in the church cemetery  The family is at the home.

 Beasley Funerla Home of Fountain Inn in charge of arrangements.