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Courier Obituaries 5-15-19

COACH JIMMY SATTERFIELD

EASLEY — Jimmy Earl Satterfield, head coach of Furman University’s 1988 NCAA I-AA national championship football team and member of both the South Carolina and Furman athletic halls of fame, passed away on Monday, May 6, 2019. He was 79 years old.

A native of Lancaster, he was the son of the late Rev. Walter Satterfield and the late Grace Satterfield.

Coach Satterfield graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1962 with a B.A. degree in history and English, and was awarded a M.A. in education from USC in 1968. He spent 21 years as a member of Furman’s coaching staff, serving as an assistant for 13 seasons (1973-85) and head coach for eight years (1986-93). He led the Furman Paladins to 16 winning seasons, nine Southern Conference Championships, and the 1988 NCAA I-AA national championship — the first by a SoCon school. His combined head coaching record spanning 21 seasons at Eau Claire, Irmo and Lexington high schools and the collegiate level was 189-63-8.

Satterfield loved his community, family and friends, but most of all spending time with his grandsons. He had a passion for sports, playing cards, gardening and antique cars. He was a member of Easley First Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife of 58 years, Sara Ann Funderburk Satterfield; a son, Michael Shaun Satterfield of Easley; two daughters, Sydney Hilton Garrett (Todd) of Easley and Lee Ann Satterfield (Patrick Steel) of Washington, D.C.; three brothers, Jerry, Steve and Tim Satterfield; and four grandsons, Hayden Todd Garrett (Anna), Adam Hilton Garrett, Jack Reilly Steel and Conor James Steel.

Memorial services were held on May 11 at Easley First Baptist Church, with Rev. Dr. John Adams officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Coach Jimmy Satterfield Athletic Scholarship Fund at the Furman University Development Office, 3300 Poinsett Highway, Greenville, SC 29613.

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

DIANN GAIL L. WILSON

CENTRAL — Diann Gail Lykins Wilson, 74, wife of William Wilson, passed away on Tuesday, May 7, 2019.

She was born in Huntington, W.Va., on July 25, 1944, a daughter of Orin and Clara Clark Lykins.

Gail was an accountant for many years, retiring from Ohio Gear/Richmond Gear in Liberty. She had many interests. She enjoyed raising puppies, camping, raising her grandchildren and Facebook.

Gail is survived by her loving husband of nearly 57 years; son, Jeffrey Todd Wilson (Radna) of Hendersonville, Tenn.; daughters, Tina Renee Parker (Stephen) of Pickens and September Wages; eight grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and a sister, Dolores June Toney of Central.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a brother, Andy Lykins; and a sister, Idella Benge.

Gail’s family would like to give special thanks to their hospice nurse, Melissa, for the love and care she showed to each member of her family

Funeral services were held on May 10 at the Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in Gail’s memory to Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621.

Messages of condolence may be expressed at robinsonfuneralhomes.com or in person at the Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home in Central.

DANNY LEON RACKLEY

BELTON — Danny Leon Rackley, 69, of 2603 Cheddar Road, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, May 5, 2019, at his home.

Danny was born Jan. 27, 1950, to J.C. and Hazel Rackley. He was a USMC Vietnam veteran and retired self-employed paint

Courier Obituaries 5-8-19

CALVIN MITCHELL ALEXANDER

LIBERTY — Calvin Mitchell Alexander, 67, son of the late MC and Jeanette Alexander, passed away on Friday, May 3, 2019, at his home in Liberty.

Mr. Alexander, who loved to socialize, was a friend to everyone, as he never met a stranger. Although he didn’t watch much TV, besides the weather and news, he had a deep fondness for music. He was a strong man of faith who also enjoyed collecting hats — especially old sombreros.

He is survived by three sisters, Elizabeth Nix (Harrison), Gail Bennett and Evelyn Bowie; and two brothers, Edward Alexander (Cathy) and Michael Alexander (Cheryl), all of Pickens County.

He was predeceased by one sister, Mildred Powell; and two brothers, Carlos Alexander and Matthew Alexander.

A graveside service was held on May 7 at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Alexander family in making arrangements.

GERI REEVES

SIX MILE — Geraldine Smith “Geri” Reeves, 73, of 1176 Liberty Highway, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 22, 2019, at the

Courier Obituaries 5-1-19

RICHARD RIGGINS

SIX MILE — Richard Andrew Riggins, 87, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, April 24, 2019, at AnMed Health Cannon Hospital.

Born in Six Mile, he was a son of the late Jerry and Laura Stephens Riggins. Throughout his life, he worked as a brick mason and builder. He was of the Baptist faith.

Surviving are his loving wife, Shelba Smith Riggins of the home; four daughters, Sam Howard of Central and Renee Thrift (Bobby), Connie Medlock and Jennifer Williams, all of Six Mile; a son, Andy Riggins (Karen) of Six Mile; 12 grandchildren,

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Courier Obituaries 4-24-19

FRANCES MAHAFFEY

LIBERTY — Frances Elizabeth Duncan Mahaffey, 92, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 15, 2019, at Pruitt Health in Six Mile.

Born in Salem, she was the widow of Vernon Mahaffey and a daughter of the late William “Tom” and Mittie Stewart Duncan. Mrs. Mahaffey was retired from Libco Mills and she loved spending time outdoors tending to her flowers. She was a longtime member of Calumet Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir.

Surviving are two sons, Billy Vernon Mahaffey (Janis) and Terry Wayne “Ted” Mahaffey (Darlene), both of Seneca; two brothers, Junior and Virgil Duncan, both of Pickens; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased

Courier Obituaries 4-17-19

LYDA ELIZABETH “LIB” HENDRICKS HAYES

PICKENS — Lyda Elizabeth “Lib” Hendricks Hayes passed from this life on April 14, 2019, at Manna Health and Rehabilitation in Pickens.

Born in Pickens County on March 11, 1924, she was predeceased by her beloved husband, Edward Hayes and her son Stanley Hayes and five siblings. She was the daughter of the late Ivy W. Hendricks Sr. and Pearle Childs Hendricks. She is survived by her daughter Jane H. Alexander and her husband Jarrel; one grandson, Chris Alexander; and two great-grandchildren, Ethan Alexander and Ansley Chapman.

Lib was a lifetime member of Griffin Baptist Church, where she dedicated many years to teaching children’s Sunday school and diligently worked in numerous other areas, including 15 years with the Griffin Quilters. She was also very active for 40 years as a volunteer at Cannon Memorial Hospital. Her passions included her sewing and her flowers, second only to loving and caring for her family and friends.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, April 17, from 10-11 a.m. at Dillard Funeral Home. Funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. in the Dillard Funeral Home chapel, with the Rev. Fred Astin and the Rev. Brandon Wimpey officiating. Burial will take place at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Griffin Baptist Church, 1629 Pumpkintown Highway, Pickens, SC 29671, or Elljean Baptist Church, 605 Elljean Road, Easley, SC 29640.

The family would like to express a special word of thanks for the wonderful care and love shown to their mother by the employees of Manna Health and Rehabilitation in Pickens.

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Hayes family in making arrangements.

LALLIE ANNE BURDETTE KEITH

EASLEY — Anne entered into eternal rest April 14, 2019.

She was 81 years young and is survived by her two sons, Nathan Andrew and Robert Stephen; his wife, Michelle; and six grandchildren.

Born in Simpsonville, to her parents Bob and Ruth Burdette (deceased), she resided in Easley for the vast majority of her blessed life after early years in Johnson City, Tenn., during WWII. Upon graduation from Easley High School, she proudly completed degrees from Clemson and Appalachian State universities. She worked several years teaching science in both Rock Hill and

Community leader Robinson dies at 93

EASLEY — William A. Robinson Jr. died peacefully at home in Easley, on Tuesday, April 9, 2019.

He was 93 years old. Bill was born in Easley in 1925, the son of the late W.A. “Alex” Robinson and Mary Burgess Robinson. He married Mary Elizabeth Black of Greenville in April 1953.

Bill graduated from Easley High School in 1942, Clemson College (Clemson University) in 1948 with a B.S. in economics, and from the University of South Carolina Law School with an L.L.B. in 1950 and a J.D. in 1970. He completed

Courier Obituaries 4-10-19

DENNIS MAX HANEY

PICKENS — Dennis Max Haney, 67, husband of 48 years to Linda Haney, passed into eternity on March 25, 2019.

Born in Flint, Mich., he was a son of the late Elwood Max Haney and Marion Schmidt Haney.

Dennis was employed by General Motors for 32 years and was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Pickens.

Survivors include his wife, Linda of the home; mother-in-law, Betty Pleschakow; a son, Gary and his wife, Ruth Bruner; grandchildren, Michael, Daniel and Abigail Olivia; great-grandchild, Kira; two sisters, Libby and Candy Lynn; three brothers, Glenn, Lloyd and Ray; a nephew, David (Michelle) Haney; and a niece, Shannon Zemotel.

Mr. Haney was predeceased by his parents and a sister, Mary Ann.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Haney family.

THOMAS BRIAN MCKENZIE

PICKENS — Brian McKenzie, 44, son of Thomas McKenzie and Frances Foster, passed from this life on Monday, April 1, 2019, at Prisma Health–Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Born in Pickens County, Brian was a veteran of the United States Air Force and known for his love of everything Clemson.

Survivors include his father, Thomas (Yvette) McKenzie of Greenville; his mother, Frances (Robert) Foster of Pickens; his significant other, Nicole James of Pickens; a son, Colton

Courier Obituaries 4-3-19

BETTY COWARD STILLWELL

SIX MILE — Betty Rand Coward Stillwell of Six Mile passed away peacefully on March 30, 2019, surrounded by her family.

She was born in Raleigh, N.C., on Jan. 8, 1934, to William Roscoe and Elizabeth Purnell Rand. She was preceded in death by her sister, Billie Frances, her parents, and her first husband, James Kent Coward Sr.

Betty grew up in Garner, N.C., and was a member of Garner United Methodist Church and enjoyed shepherding her three younger sisters. At the age of 16, she won a trip to Hollywood in

Courier Obituaries 3-20-19

RUTH “MARIE” ATKINS

EASLEY — Marie Atkins, 70, wife of the late Carl Atkins, passed from this life on Thursday, March 14, 2019.

Born in Pickens County, she was a daughter of the late Aurthur Robert Kelley Sr. and Artie Mae Young Kelley.

Survivors include a daughter, Tammy Atkins (Terry Marcus) of Pickens; grandchildren, Scott Marcus (Stephanie) and Angel Atkins; great-grandchildren, Nicholas Atkins, Jase Cox, Matthew Pillon, Kinsley Pillon and Dakota Atkins; sisters, Diane Miller, Linda Scroggs and Sandra McCall (Gary); and a

Courier Obituaries 3-13-19

CHARLES DOUGLAS

“DOUG” MCCOLLUM

PICKENS — Charles Douglas “Doug” McCollum, 82, of Pickens, went home to be with the Lord on Thursday March 7, 2019.

Born on Dec. 7, 1936, in Pickens County, he was the son of the late Ralph McCollum Sr. and Essie Freeman McCollum. Doug was retired from Singer and a member of Mountain View Baptist Church. He was a member of the Mason Lodge and the Hejaz Shriners. He was also an entrepreneur, having successfully operated a local car wash, a barbershop and rental properties. He started a tradition of being the first to give all of the grandchildren in the family their first haircut. Doug was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed fishing, hunting, camping and gardening. He was also a classic car enthusiast, who enjoyed listening to bluegrass music. Above all things, he loved his family and his wife of 63 years, Lucille


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