Category Archives: Obituaries


SUNSET — Conethel Watson Hudson, 81, passed from this life on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019.

Mrs. Hudson was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Walter Lee “Cooter” Hudson Sr.

She was born on Aug. 28, 1937, in Pickens County, to the late Clemmie and Allie Owens Watson. Mrs. Hudson was a member of Crowe Creek Church of God in Six Mile, where she was the last surviving charter member. She served as the church secretary for over 50 years and the church clerk for over 40 years.

Mrs. Hudson was retired from the School District of Pickens County after 34 years of service. She was the lunchroom manager at A. R. Lewis Elementary School for her entire career. She loved feeding

Courier Obituaries 1-16-19


LIBERTY — Clara Bagwell Hunter, 77, formerly of Liberty, died on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, at Brookdale Central.

Born in Liberty, she was the wife of Joe Richard Hunter Sr. and a daughter of the late James and Vera Bagwell. She was retired from the School District of Pickens County, where she had worked many years as the cafeteria manager at Liberty High School. She loved sewing and shopping at the thrift stores. She was a longtime member of Liberty First Baptist Church, where she had served as the director of the

Courier Obituaries 1-9-19


EASLEY — Mrs. Frances Eubanks Canup, 81, wife of the late Charles Ray Canup, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, at her home.

Born in Spartanburg County, a daughter of the late Robert Plato Eubanks and the late Alma Russell Eubanks, Mrs. Canup was a graduate of Landrum High School. She was employed with TG&Y from 1971-1985, Sheriff Appliance from 1985-1987 and Steinmart from 1987-2012. Frances was of the Baptist faith.

Frances always had a heartwarming smile for everyone. She was the rock and head of her family, having taught her children and grandchildren how to make a home. She will be dearly missed.

Surviving are a son, Charles M. Canup (Rose) of Concord, N.C.; two daughters, Cynthia C. Elrod and Christa C. Prevatte (Philip), all of Easley;

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LIBERTY — Carlos Javier “Javy” Taylor, 24, of 110 Piney Trail, died on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, in Kern County, Calif., from injuries sustained in an auto accident.

Born in Easley, he was a son of Joseph Emory and Leticia Rivera Taylor of the home. Javy loved baseball. He played little league ball through the Liberty Rec growing up and later played at Liberty High School, where he graduated in 2012. He went on to play with the California City Whiptails. Javy also loved music, as well as spending time with his family and friends. He was a member of Calumet Baptist Church.

Surviving, in addition to his parents, are a brother, Joseph Taylor and his

Courier Obituaries 12-26-18

Robin M. Usher

CLEMSON — Robin Marie Usher, 54, died after a brief illness Monday, Dec. 17, 2018.

She was born in New Jersey, May 3, 1964, a daughter of William “Bill” Johnson and Virginia Muzzy.

Robin worked for 12 years for the city of Clemson in administration. When she wasn’t working, nothing was more important to her than her family. She also enjoyed traveling.

Robin is survived by her significant other, Alan Godfrey of Seneca; two sons, Eric Masker (Billie) of Greenville and Ethan Usher of Clemson; a daughter, Channing Usher of Clemson; two grandchildren, Katelynn and Ava Masker; a brother, Sean Johnson (Katie) of Belton; and a sister, Doreen Trotter (Jim) of Conway. She was predeceased by her parents.

A memorial service will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28, at the Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home, 108 Cross Creek Road, Central.

The family will receive friends at 4:45 p.m., prior to the service.

Condolences may be expressed online at

Calvin Joe Watts Sr.

EASLEY — Calvin Joe Watts Sr., 69, of Easley, passed away Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, at Baptist Easley Hospital.

Born in Fletcher, N.C., he was the son of Louella McCall Watts of Easley and the late John Watts.

Mr. Watts served in the U.S. Army and enjoyed reading.

Surviving are his sons, Calvin Joe Watts Jr. (Ashley) of Scott Air Force Base, Ill., and Paul Allen Head of Lugoff; a daughter, Kathy Clay (Darren) of Pickens; one sister, Joyce McJunkins of Easley; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

In addition to his father, he was predeceased by a daughter, Christina Watts; brother, Jimmy Watts; and sister, Reva Goodine.

Funeral services were held Dec. 21 in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home Downtown, with burial following at the Mountain View Baptist Church cemetery in Six Mile.

Flowers will be accepted.

Condolences may be expressed online at or in person at Robinson Funeral Home – Downtown Easley, which is assisting the family.

Samuel “Sam” Dyar McJunkin

SENECA — Samuel “Sam” Dyar McJunkin of Seneca passed away Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, at the Foothills Assisted Living in Walhalla.

A native of Seneca, Mr. McJunkin was the son of the late J.C. and Maybelle Dyar McJunkin. He was a retired sergeant major of the Army Reserves 108th Division and was a member of the Seneca American Legion Post No. 120. He was a past master and longtime secretary of the Courtenay Masonic Lodge No. 249, a current member of the Blue Ridge Lodge No. 92 of Walhalla, Mr. McJunkin was a Past Most Excellent Grand High Priest of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of South Carolina. He was a life member of the Hejaz Shrine Temple for more than 62 years, a member of the Blue Ridge Shrine Club where he was past president and also served as secretary for many years. Mr. McJunkin was a member of Corinth Baptist Church. He was retired from Dan River Carpets in Greenville after 40 years.

Mr. McJunkin was preceded in death by his first wife, Jewel Hightower McJunkin, his second wife, Linda Burns McJunkin, brothers, James and Julius McJunkin, and a sister, Sarah McJunkin.

Graveside services were held Dec. 22 at the Corinth Baptist Church cemetery with military honors.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials be made to the Greenville Shriners Hospital, 950 W. Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605.

Brown-Oglesby Funeral Home of Seneca is in charge of the arrangements.

Mary Ellen Kelley

SIMPSONVILLE — Mary Ellen Kelley, 84, went to be with her heavenly Father on Dec. 18, 2018.

Born in Six Mile on Aug. 27, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Elbert Allen Mitchell and Mozell Davis Mitchell.

She was a Southern Wesleyan University alumnus and retired school teacher with a master’s degree, serving more than 30 years at Bethel Elementary School, and an ADK member. She was a member of Simpsonville United Methodist Church and former member of Greenville First Wesleyan Church.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Elvin R. Kelley, and siblings, Vera Mitchell Peek, Dr. Virgil Mitchell, Eugene Mitchell, Edna Mitchell, Joseph Mitchell and Charles Mitchell. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

She is survived by her daughters, Denise Cauley (Johnny) and Kim Stroud (Robert); grandchildren, Erica Cauley, Ashley Robinson (Justin), Jared Stroud (Taylor) and Ethan Stroud; two great-grandchildren, Aubrey Stroud and Emma-Grace Stroud; and beloved nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

She lovingly devoted her time serving Greenville First Wesleyan Church as tithing secretary and secretary of Greenville First Wesleyan Women. She was actively involved in her women’s circle. She and her husband served as caregivers to many over the years, unselfishly giving of their time to help the sick or lend a helping hand. The family would like to personally thank her many friends and family who came to her aide. A special thanks to the nurses and CNAs at Brushy Creek Rehab and Healthcare and Palladium Hospice for their loving care.

Services were held at Dillard Funeral Home in Pickens on Saturday, Dec. 22, with burial following at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens.

Memorials may be made to Simpsonville United Methodist Church, 215 SE Main St., Simpsonville, SC 29681. Dillard Funeral Home in Pickens is assisting the family.


Courier Obituaries 12-19-18

Judy “Cheryl” Anthony

GREENVILLE — Judy “Cheryl” Donahue Anthony, 75, wife of Darrell Roger Anthony Sr., went to be with her Lord and Savior Monday, Dec. 10, 2018, at her home.

Born in Greenville, a daughter of the late Walter R and Bertie Anglin Donahue, she was a member of Antioch United Methodist Church and of the Eastern Star.

Surviving, in addition to her husband of more than 20 years, are children Tina K. Panganiban, John Kancz (Kimberly), Faithe K. Silver, Tara M. Posey (Eddie) and Dawn M. Baker; stepson, Darrell R. Anthony Jr. (Dorothy); step-daughter Cathy A. Taylor (Rusty); 17 grandchildren; two

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LIBERTY — Jean Owens Sorrells, 86, wife of the late James Lewis Sorrells, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, Nov. 27, 2018.

Mrs. Sorrells was born in Pickens County, daughter of the late Ivester C. and Grace Ward Owens. She was a homemaker and a member of Elljean Baptist Church.

Survivors include her daughters, Pam Sorrells Senn (Delma) and Kim Sorrells Masters (Roger), all of Pickens; grandchildren, Jason Burgess (Sherry), Justin Burgess (Diana), Jessie Gillespie (Darren) and Kayla

Courier Obituaries 12-5-18

Ola Chapman Garrett

SAN ANTONIO, TEXAS — Ola Chapman Garrett, 92, passed away Nov. 22, 2018.

She was born July 5, 1926, and was one of six children born to Mr. and Mrs. J.H. Chapman of Liberty, and was the last surviving child. She has been a San Antonio resident since 1963 and was active in Trinity Baptist church for many years.

Mrs. Garrett was a devoted Army wife married to Maj. Cleo Garrett for more than 70 years. Due to her husband’s career military status, they lived in many places over a span of 22 years before military retirement in July 1967. They lived in Germany, Japan, South Carolina, Georgia, Indiana, New Mexico and Missouri before finally settling in San Antonio. She held her family together during three wars while her husband was away.

She is survived by two sons, Clifton H. Garrett of San Antonio and Earl T. (Charleen) Garrett of Abilene, Texas; two grandchildren and eight great-

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Courier Obits 11-28-18

Christine Sargent

LIBERTY — Christine Scott Sargent, 90, formerly of Iselin Street in Liberty, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018, at National Healthcare of Anderson.

Born in Pelzer, she was the widow of Jason Carl “Tuffy” Sargent and a daughter of the late D.M. and Bertha Taylor Scott.

She retired from Greenwood Mills and was a member of East Side Baptist Church.

Surviving are two sons, Stan Sargent (Fran) of Liberty, and Phil Sargent

Courier Obituaries 11-21-18


CENTRAL — Kathy Kelley Reece, 68, passed from this life on Friday, Nov. 9, 2018, after a long illness, at her sister’s (Anita) home in Central.

Born in Oconee County, she was the daughter of the late Walter Lake Kelley and Ezelle Taylor Kelley and wife of the late Marvin Leroy Reece.

She was a member of the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church and was retired as a machinist at Propex Fibers.

Survivors include two sisters, Anita Whitaker and Norma Lynn Kelley; two brothers, Colen Eugene Kelley and Keith Bud Kelley; and two sisters-in-law, Mrs. Doris Ramey and Mrs. Sue Smith. Mrs. Reece also leaves several nieces and nephews to share in her memory. In addition to her parents and

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