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Reverend Homer Smith

Easley — The Reverend Homer Smith, 89, of Easley, went home to be with the Lord on March 23, 2017.

Born in Pickens County, he was the son of the late James Frank and Bernice Black Smith.

Homer served our country in the United States Navy during World War II. After the service, he pursued a theological degree from Owosso Bible College and also Southern Pilgrim College.

Rev. Smith pastored churches in South Carolina, Alabama and North Carolina for 50+ years.

Homer’s greatest hobby was repairing bicycles. He was known for spending

countless hours restoring bikes that would be given to underprivileged children at Christmas time. For his dedication and service he was given a key to the City of Easley by Mayor Larry Bagwell. He also was an avid golfer.

He was a member of Rock Springs Baptist Church and the Anchor Sunday School Class.

Surviving are his loving, devoted wife of 69 years, Montez Masters Smith; two sons, Mitchell Randall Smith (Peggy) of Easley, and Terry Dean Smith (Jill), of Duncan; a daughter, Maria Smith Arms and (Donald), of Greer; seven grandchildren, Missy Little (Ernie), Brandi Brooks (Scott), Wesley Smith (Melissa), Jessie Smith, Cacie Smith, Marisa Southard (Hugh), and Megan Arms; eight great-grandchildren and one great-great-granddaughter; and a step sister, Helen Murphy, of Easley. Homer is also survived by his sister-in-law, Edith Smith; and his brother-in-law, Heyward Masters.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by his brothers, Reverend J. D. Smith, Reverend Howard Smith, Melton Smith, and the Reverend Elmer Smith.

Funeral services were held March 27 in the Chapel of Robinson Funeral Home, Powdersville Road with burial following in Robinson Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Anchor Sunday School Class, c/o Rock Springs Baptist Church, 201 Rock Springs Road, Easley, SC 29642.

The family would like to express a sincere thank you for the love and care that was shown to Homer by Piedmont Hospice, especially Chris, Charlene and Henrietta.

Condolences may be expressed online at wwww.robinsonfuneralhomes.com, or in person at Robinson Funeral Home – Powdersville Road, which is assisting the family.

Dorothy Roena “Ro” Mcjunkin

NEWPORT NEWS, VA — Roena McJunkin, 94, passed away peacefully on March 11, 2017.

She was a native of Pickens and had been a resident of Newport News, Va. since 1950.

Roena received her B.S. Degree from Georgia State College for Women in 1943. She taught in Georgia and South Carolina before moving to Virginia and, from 1950 to 1983, she was a proud member of the Warwick High School faculty in physical education and guidance.

Her summer vacations were spent driving to and from Pickens County and welcoming family and friends at her cottage in “Outer Banks”.

Ro was preceded in death by her parents, Elbert and Dossie McJunkin; siblings, Christine Moss, Guy McJunkin, Clovie Lawson, and Jeanette Morrison. She is survived by many loving nieces, nephews, cousins, and special friends.

The family would like to thank Dr. David Chang, Dr. G. Fitzharris, special nurse, Nanette, and Visiting Angels And, a very warm thank you to Intrepid Hospice and nurse, Helen, who treated Ro with care and compassion with dignity.

A Memorial Service was held April 1 at Weymouth Funeral Home in Va. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Joyce Kimber

Liberty — Joyce Winifred Ritter Kimber, 89, formerly of Belle Shoals Road in Six Mile, passed away peacefully Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at Poinsett Health and Rehab in Greenville.

Born in Detroit, Mich., she was the widow of Gerald William Kimber and the daughter of Owen P. and Reta Evans. She had previously worked in the medical field but most recently was remembered by many from working at the former Ye Old Sandwich Shoppe in Liberty.

Surviving are two sons, Brian Crouchman of Las Vegas, Nev., and Jeffrey Crouchman of Greenville; a daughter, Lisa Hayes (John) of Liberty; seven grandchildren, Jon Michael Hayes, Keeley Hayes-Bustos, Celia Hayes, Nicole Crouchman-Coggins, Rochelle Crouchman, Jamie Crouchman-Marchbanks and Christopher Crouchman, and 10 great-grandchildren.

A visitation for Mrs. Kimber was held March 24 at Liberty Mortuary.

Liberty Mortuary and Cremation Services are handling arrangements. www.libertymortuary.com

Donald Lafoy Brezeale

PICKENS — Donald Lafoy Brezeale 88, was called home Tuesday March 21, 2017, to be with his Lord.

He was born in Pickens May 2, 1928, son of the late William Ossie Brezeale and Gladys Lafoy Brezeale,   Father to Jeannie Brezeale Eades (Hershel) and Teresa Lynn Nix.  He was proud Papa to Amanda O’neal (Randy), Lucas K. Eades, Daniel Nix and Jesse Nix and his two Great-Grandchildren Dalton and Trent O’neal.

Don enjoyed gardening, fishing, raising cattle/chickens and having cookouts with family and friends. We will all miss his good cooking.

Don served in the Army and achieved rank of staff sargent in just a few months. He had an honorable discharge and also earned five medals during his service.

Don is survived by brothers roger (Ethyl), Kenneth (Ruby), and Curtis; Sisters Lib Collins (Ken), Laura Grant (Hoyt), and Cleon Hayes (Alvin).  He is predeceased by his parents, infant son, Brothers Stanley, Waldo, Herbert, and Charles.

Funeral services were held March 23 in the Mt View funeral Home chapel officiated by Reverend Boyce Whitman with prayer and remarks by Ken Collins and Tony Edwards, followed by burial at Gap Hill Baptist Church.

Don loved flowers and they will be accepted at Mt View Funeral Home 105 Florence Street, Pickens SC 29671.

Clyde S. Haynes

Liberty — Clyde Samuel Haynes, 98, of 949 N. Norris Drive, passed away peacefully on Sunday March 19, 2017, at Cannon Memorial Hospital.

Born in Chesnee he was the widower of Laura Leona Cash Haynes and a son of the late Sam and Ola Wilson Haynes.

He was a former Mayor of Norris, and retired from Pickens County EMS. He was a member of the Tate Masonic Lodge, #292 AFM, and the Hejaz Shrine.

Mr. Haynes was a United States Marine Corp veteran of World War II and was a member of First Baptist Church, Norris.

Surviving are four daughters, Barbara Stewart (Randal) of Pickens, Rachel Harrison of Marietta, Ga., Rosemary McManus (David) of Liberty, and Tammy Peeples (Randy)of Liberty; a son, Don Haynes (Ginger) of Norris; 11 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to his wife and parents and he was preceded in death by a son Doug Haynes and his wife Martha, four brothers, and his son in law, Bruce Harrison, and two grandsons, Steve and Todd Haynes.

Funeral services to honor the life of Mr. Haynes were held March 24 in the Liberty Mortuary Chapel with burial following at Liberty Memorial Gardens with Masonic Rites.

In lieu of flowers memorials are requested to Gideons International, Liberty Camp, PO Box 112, Liberty SC 29657.

Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.

Mary Frances

Taylor Powell

Easley — Mrs. Mary Frances Taylor Powell died peacefully in her home surrounded by her family on March 18, 2017 in Easley, SC at the age of 82.

Mary Frances was born on June 8, 1934 in Greenville to her parents, Rufus and Lucille Taylor. Both Melvin and Mary Frances worked at the Mayfair Mill, from which she retired in 1997.

Mary Frances dedicated her time caring for her family, including her five grandchildren (Brett, Shawn, Sydney, Savanna, and Garrett) and one great-grandchild (Caleb), all of whom are the lights of her life.

Mrs. Powell is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Phillip and Sonia Powell of Easley; her son, Timothy Powell of Easley; her son and son-in-law, Scott and Rob Powell-Cluxton of Charleston; and her sisters Inez Stewart and Judy Donley.

She is preceded in death by her husband, Melvin; her parents, Rufus and Lucille Taylor; her sister, Patsy Taylor; and her son, Gary Powell.

Funeral services were held March 21 in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Powdersville Road with burial following in Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Condolences may be expressed online at www.robinsonfuneralhomes.com or in person at Robinson Funeral Home-Powdersville Road, which is assisting the family.

David R. Rowland

Liberty — Mr. David Redmond Rowland, 70, husband of Rena Kay Trotter Rowland, passed away Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at his home.

Born in Pickens County, a son of the late Redmond Alexander Rowland, Jr. and the late Geneva Stansell Rowland, Mr. Rowland retired from Alice Manufacturing and was a member of Slabtown Baptist Church.

Surviving, in addition to his wife of 16 years, are a son, Christopher Rowland (Alix Stokes) of Easley; a step-son, Tommy Gregory (Tammy) of Easley; a step-daughter, Sherri Kelley of Liberty; a brother, James E. Rowland (Joyce) of Easley; a sister, Wanda Faye Tate (Rev. George Tate) of Easley; four grandchildren, two step-grandchildren, four great-grandchildren and one step-great-grandchild.

Graveside services were held March 27 at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to Slabtown Baptist Church, P.O. Box 1025, Easley, SC 29641.

Condolences may be expressed online at www.robinsonfuneralhomes.com or in person at Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, which is assisting the family.

David Perry

Liberty — David Joe Perry, 54, of 172 Freedom Forest Drive, died Friday, March 24, 2017, at his residence.

Born in Easley, he was the husband of Deborah McMinn Perry of the home and a son of Margaret Dodgens Perry and the late Franklin R. Perry. He was a member of Pine Grove Baptist Church.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, Jacob Perry (Nikki) of Liberty and Shane Perry (Amanda) of Liberty; a sister, Ann Pilgrim (Ed) of Six Mile; a brother, Keith Perry and his fiancé Lori of Lebanon, Ohio, and five grandchildren, Daniel, Bryson, Brayden, Jayden and Tinsley.

In addition to his father he was predeceased by a sister, Louise Pilgrim and his twin brother, James Perry.

Funeral services to honor the life of Mr. Perry were held March 27 in the Liberty Mortuary Chapel with burial following at Pine Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements. www.libertymortuary.com

Bill Cantrell

Moncks Corner — Willie Troy “Bill” Cantrell, 91, husband of Martha Jean Holcombe Cantrell, passed away Wednesday, March 22, 2017.

Born in Pickens County, he was a son of the late Walter Troy and Verdie Alexander Cantrell. A USMC WWII veteran, he retired from the USAF as well as Charleston Air Force Base. He was a member of Goose Creek Baptist Church, and National NAUS.

In addition to his wife, survivors include sons, Michael Cantrell of Moncks Corner, William Cantrell of Hillard, Fla.; step-daughter, Lynn Hoke of Rock Hill; step-son, David Robinson of Easley; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by sister, Mathree Warren and brothers, Ernest Cantrell and Lloyd Cantrell.

A graveside service was held March 25 at M.J. “Dolly” Cooper VA Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hollings Cancer Center at MUSC Foundation, 18 Bee Street, Charleston, SC 29425.

Condolences online www.graymortuary.com Gray Mortuary, Pelzer is assisting the family.

Pat Edwards

Greenville — Pat Edwards, 74, wife of the late Charles Douglas Edwards Sr., died Saturday, March 26, 2017, at St. Francis Hospital.

Born in Coebrun, Va., she was the daughter of the late Bill and Virginia Frailey Shepard. Pat was a private duty nurse for over 45 years and was a member of Crosswell Baptist Church.

Surviving are her son, Doug Edwards (Benita), of Easley; a daughter, Tammie Harrison (Keith) of Abbeville; six grandchildren, seven great- grandchildren; two brothers, Bobby Shepard and Andy Shepard; and two sisters, Phosie Ann Gilliam and Bonnie Gray.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a brother, Billy Shepard and by a sister, Julie Clark.

Funeral services were held March 28 at Crosswell Baptist Church with burial following in Robinson Memorial Gardens in Easley.

Flowers are welcome or memorials may be made to Crosswell Baptist Church, 219 S. Fish Trap Road, Greenville, SC 29611.

Condolences may be expressed online at robinsonfuneralhomes.com, or in person at Robinson Funeral Home – Powdersville Road, which is assisting the family.

Michael E. King

Easley — Michael E. King, 68, husband of Frances Taylor King, passed away Saturday, March 25, 2017.

Born in Greenville County, he was the son of the late James C. King, Jr. and Nora Faye Looper King.

Mike was a graduate of Easley High School and a 1971 graduate of Clemson University with a degree in Horticulture. He was formerly employed at Wade Hampton Nursery, Supervisor of grounds at St. Francis Hospital, Thornblade Country Club, Southern Wesleyan University and was retired from AnMed Health Medical Center.

He was a member of Rock Springs Baptist Church where he was a former choir member and Sunday school teacher of the Home Makers Class and Sonshine Men’s Class.

A special thanks to Dr. Ed Lominick for guidance and friendship over the last 30 years. To Dr. Lawrence Weston, who could help prepare you for the journey To the staff at MUSC, Dr. Adrian Van Bakel, LVAD team and Lab, thanks for five wonderful years of dreams that Mike thought he would never get to witness And, to our family, friends and church family at Rock Springs Baptist Church.

Surviving in addition to his wife, are two sons, Jason King (Erica) of Easley and Josh King of Montrose, Minn.; two precious granddaughters, Maddie King and Kennedy King; and a sister, Carol King of Greenville.

A service to celebrate Mike’s life was held March 28 at Rock Springs Baptist Church.

Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to Rock Springs Baptist Church, 201 Rock Springs Road, Easley, SC 29642.

Condolences may be expressed online by visiting www.robinsonfuneralhomes.com or in person at Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, which is assisting the family.

James H. Scruggs Jr.

Easley — James H. Scruggs Jr. (Jimmy), 43, of 203 S. 7th St. of Easley, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, March 21, 2017, at Baptist Easley Hospital.

Born in Pickens County, he was a son of the late James Horace Scruggs Sr. and Wanda Jane Aiken. Surviving him is a son James Horace “Trey” Scruggs III and a daughter Serenity Jane Scruggs of Easley. Also he left behind a fiancée Felicia Starr McClain of Easley and a sister Cheryl Ann Hannah of Liberty.

Mr. Scruggs was a kind hearted man and a wonderful father that loved spending time with his kids and loved them very much. There were many hobbies he liked to do; playing horse-shoes, basketball, shooting pool, but most of all spending time with his family.

Mountain View Funerals and Cremations is serving the Scruggs family.

Tressie Q. Ragsdale

Easley — Tressie Queen Ragsdale, formerly of Old Liberty Road, went home to see her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and her beloved husband, Henry Lee Ragsdale on Saturday, March 25, 2017.

Born in Jackson County, N.C., she was a daughter of the late Ralph and Mae Gwinn Queen.

Mrs. Ragsdale was the epitome of a Godly woman. She would pray for her family and read her Bible daily, quote scripture, and witness to everyone she met. Tressie was a graduate of Lynchburg Bible College and taught Bible School for over 70 years. She retired from Alice Manufacturing after 35 years of dedicated service and was a member of Mountain View Baptist Church in Six Mile.

Surviving are her daughters, Linda Peterman (Ken) of Pickens, Sharon Whitaker (Carl) of Six Mile and Terri Dickson (Billy) of Greenville; grandchildren; Patty M. Looper, Angie M. McClain, Ronnie Mauldin, Christie M. Smith, Randall Rowland, Becky R. Peace, Kamie W. Duncan, and Kyle Whitaker; step grandchildren, Kenny Peterman and Eddie Peterman; great-grandchildren, Lauren, Morgan and Kristen Looper, Harrison McClain, Hunter Mauldin, Trey and Madelyn Smith, Xan Rowland, Lenzi, Tyler, Kailyn, Carlie and Reagan Peace, Cole and Kylie Duncan; step great-grandchildren, Jacob, Nicholas and Makenzie Peterman and Dillon and Emily Peterman; a great-great-granddaughter, Aubrey Elizabeth Blandin; and two sisters, Thelma Ellenburg of Greenville and Cathy Cable of Maggie Valley, N.C.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by sisters, her twin, Lessie Roper, Mildred James and Charlene Nalley; and a brother, Troy Queen.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 29 at Mountain View Baptist Church in Six Mile with burial to follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park in Easley.

Flowers will be accepted.

The family will be at their respective homes.

Online condolences may be expressed by visiting www.robinsonfuneralhomes.com or in person at Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, which is assisting the family.

Terri Rearick

NEW JERSEY — Word has been received of the recent death of Terri Rearick in New Jersey on Feb. 24, 2017.

Teri was a resident of Liberty as well as Easley from 1991 until 2012. She worked as a manager and clerk at different convenience stores.

Survivors include three sisters Anne (Jerry) Nabors of Easley, Connie (Bruce) Schanck of New Jersey, Maureen Rearick of Mass., and one brother, Tim (Ann) Rearick of Georgia.

She is also survived by her mother, Lorraine Frew of Georgia.

Gathering of friends and family will take place from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, April 2, in the chapel of Mountain View Funerals and Cremations, 105 Florence St., Pickens, SC 29671

Interment will be at a later date in Massachusetts

Paul David Pratt Sr.

Easley — Paul David Pratt Sr., 72, of 315 Camperdown Court, passed away peacefully on Monday, March 27, 2017 at North Greenville Hospital surrounded by his family.

Born in Liberty he was a son of the late Burts Bonner, Sr. and Frances Boggs Pratt. He was a 1963 graduate of Liberty High School and attended Tri-County Technical College.

He was the owner/operator of Pratt’s Auto Sales.

Surviving are his wife of 49 years, Mary Jane Kelly Pratt of the home; a daughter, Alicia “Lisa” Pratt Zorn (Chris) of Easley; two sons, David Pratt (Stephanie) of Easley, and Kevin Pratt (Marcy) of Anderson; a brother, Joseph A. Pratt (Mary Ann) of Chester, Va.; five grandchildren, Braden Pratt (Fallon), Ben Coleman, Madison Pratt, Bailey Hicks, and Brooklyn Pratt; also surviving are two sisters in law, Doris Pratt of Greenville and Nannie Mae Pratt of Anderson, and a brother in law, John W. Proffitt of Liberty.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by four sisters, Mary Frances Proffitt, Kathryn Blackwell, Eleanor Williams, and Aletha Smith, and three brothers, Kyle Pratt and Robert “Bobby” Pratt, and Burts Bonner Pratt, Jr.

Funeral services to honor the life of Mr. Pratt will be 2p.m. Friday March 31 at Liberty First Baptist Church. Burial will be at Liberty Memorial Gardens. The family will receive friends from noon-2p.m. prior to the service at the church.

In lieu of flowers memorials are requested to Liberty First Baptist Church, PO Box 207, Liberty SC 29657.

The family will be at the home. Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.

 


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