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Category Archives: Obituaries

Courier Obituaries 7-11-18

RONNIE REX “RON” BLACK

CENTRAL — Ron Black, 72, of 480 Pin du Lac Drive in Central, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, July 7, 2018.

Ron is survived by his wife, Laura Neath Black; daughter, Leanne Broome (Devon); stepson, John Vinson; grandsons, Ransom and Oron; sister, Elaine Memmott (Richard); and first wife and special friend, Sandy Alexander (Jimmie), who both provided non-stop support, prayers and encouragement.

Ron was born in Greenville, on Jan. 28, 1946, to Lang and Jessie Black. After graduating in 1965 from Carolina High School, Ron furthered his education by attending Mars Hill University (BA), Converse College (M.Ed.) and Clemson University (Ed.S.). As an educator for 38 years, Ron touched the lives of many in the School District of Pickens County before retiring in 2007.

Ron Black’s family was his constant joy. If they were happy, then so was he. He adored

Courier Obituaries 7-4-18

MARY JEANETTE BURGESS

LIBERTY — Mary Jeanette Burgess, 84, passed from this life Thursday, June 21, 2018, in Liberty.

Born in Central, she was the daughter of the late Toy Herbert Head and Mary Alice Berry.

Mary was the owner of Jeanette’s Beauty Shop, a previous member of Faith Baptist Church and a present member of Carolina Community Church.

Mary is survived by one daughter, Joyce Burgess of Liberty; two granddaughters, Cassandra Alling and her husband, David, of Easley and Callie Reed of Liberty; two brothers, Jim Oliver Head of Easley and Toy H. Head Jr. of Myrtle Beach; and five great-grandchildren, Noel and Cameron Reed of Liberty, and

Courier Obituaries 6-27-18

WILLIAM CARLOS “SKITTER” BURGESS

PICKENS — Skitter Burgess, 54, husband of Cynthia Renee Burgess, passed from this life Monday, June 18, 2018, at his home.

Born in Pickens County, Skitter is a son of William James Burgess and the late Virginia Essie Redding Burgess. He enjoyed dirt track racing and playing pool and was a member of Pleasant Grove Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Cindy, of 37 years, of the home; his father; a brother, Cameron (Tracy) Burgess; and two sisters,

Courier Obituaries 6-20-18

HELEN VIRGINIA ALEXANDER

SIX MILE — Helen Virginia Alexander, 90, wife of the late Eugene Alexander, passed from this life Friday, June 15, 2018.

Born in Pickens County, she was a daughter of the late Thomas Kay Kelley and the late Matilda Finley Kelley.

Mrs. Alexander was a faithful member of Keowee Baptist Church, where she enjoyed worshipping the God she loved very much. She was known for her love of her family, being an avid gardener, a seamstress, an excellent cook and her puzzle books.

Survivors include a son, Laren (Karen) Alexander of Six Mile; a

Courier Obituaries 6-13-18

Alice Owens

EASLEY — Mary Alice S. Owens, 72, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 8, 2018.

Born in Orangeburg, a daughter of the late Hugh Dent Spivey and the late Ruth Nunn Burrell, she was a loving mother and grandmother who enjoyed reading, music and crafts.

Mrs. Owens was a member of Bessie Road Baptist Church.

Surviving are sons, Rick Chapman (Maria) of Van Nuys, Calif., Tommy Owens of Pelzer and Carl Owens (Amy) of Pickens; and

Courier Obituaries 6-6-18

Joyce Hayes Forbes

CENTRAL — Joyce Hayes Forbes passed away on May 29, 2018.

She was born June 13, 1957, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to Edward Hayes and Cecelia Isham. She attended Broward Community College obtaining an associates degree before transferring to Barry University.

While there, she met her husband, Carter Forbes, and they married on Aug. 18, 1979. After marrying Carter, they moved to Nassau, Bahamas, where the couple had three children.

The family resided there for 20 years before returning to the United States, living in Marietta, Ga., for many years before ending up in Central.

Joyce loved raising her children in a godly household, being actively involved in church ministry and cooking. She loved the latter so much that she recently graduated with a certificate in culinary arts from Virginia College. She was definitely a Jane of all trades.

She was preceded in death by her father and is survived by her mother.

She is survived by her beloved husband Carter; her three children, Carter Forbes Jr., Jennifer Bryant and Joy Forbes; her twin sister, Judith Davis (Rev. Fredrick Davis) and older twin sisters, LaTriece Fuller and Elise Gainor (William Gainor); her uncle, Abraham Isham (Gloria Isham), and aunt, Alberta Isham; her three grandchildren, Carter Forbes III, Anthony Bryant Jr. and Jada Bryant; her son-in-law, A.J. Bryant, and daughter in-law, Terese Forbes; her sister-in-law, Helen Davis; and brothers-in-law, Robert and Larry Forbes. She is also survived by countless nieces, nephews, cousins, family members and friends in the United States and The Bahamas.

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

Tammy Lamar Gaillard

SENECA — Tammy L. Gaillard, of 116 S. Cove Road in Seneca, went home to be with the Lord, Tuesday, May 29, 2018.

She was born in Greenville and was the daughter of Balus Lamar and Vivian A. Talley Gaillard.

She is survived by sisters, Deborah G. DeYoung and Ginger G. Beverage.

Memorial services were held June 1 at Oconee Memorial Park Mausoleum chapel.

She was employed by AraMark in the Clemson cafeteria. She

Courier Obituaries 5-30-18

Gordon “Gene” Eugene Seaborn

SIX MILE — Gordon “Gene” Eugene Seaborn 58, of Six Mile, passed away Monday, May 14, 2018.

He was born Thursday March 17, 1960, in Greenville, to his parents, the late Gordon Elmer and Ruby Lee Ledford Seaborn.

Gene will be sadly missed by his children, Justin Seaborn, Josh Seaborn and Jordon Seaborn; his grandchildren, Alisa Whitt Seaborn, Jacob Seaborn and Jaeleigh Weaver Seaborn; his

Courier Obituaries 5-23-18

James Edward Hendricks

PICKENS — James Edward Hendricks, 85, husband of the late Edna Aiken Hendricks and Doris Gantt Hendricks, passed from this life on Friday, May 18, 2018.

Mr. Hendricks was born in Rosman, N.C., a son of the late Carl and Myrtie Morgan Hendricks. He was retired from Brunswick Yarns and later from Teleflex Fluid Systems, and he was a past member of Old Toxaway Baptist Church and attended Rice’s Creek Baptist Church.

Survivors include his daughters, Linda Nations (Larry Hahn) of Greenville, Susie Sutherland (Preston) of Six Mile and Cathy Young (Bobby) of Six Mile, seven grandchildren, and 10 great grandchildren. Also surviving are brothers Amos Hendricks of Penrose, N.C., and Carl Hendricks of Rosman, N.C.

In addition to his parents and wife, Mr. Hendricks was preceded in

Courier Obituaries 5-16-18

Gertrude Skelton Henderson Nix

EASLEY — Surrounded by most of her family, Gertrude Henderson Nix passed peacefully to Heaven May 11, 2018, at the Magnolias of Easley, where she had lived most of the last seven years.

She was born Martha Gertrude Skelton on March 3, 1920, and lived the majority of her 98 years in Pickens County.

She was predeceased by her parents, Clarence S. Skelton and Carrie Kelley Skelton, and her brother, Edward. She was also predeceased by her husband of 43 years and father of her children, Samuel I. Henderson; her second husband, Paul W. Nix; her son, Robert, and his wife/ her

Courier Obituaries 5-9-18

Leonard B. “Ben” Greer

EASLEY — Mr. Leonard Bennett “Ben” Greer Jr., 77, husband of Patricia Sorrells Greer, passed away Sunday, May 6, 2018.

He was predeceased by his parents, Leonard B. Greer and Ada McCollum Greer; four brothers, Furman McCollum, Hughey Greer, John Greer and Jim Greer; and one sister, Margaret Thigpen.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are three sons, Wade Greer (Susan), Brian Greer and Brad Greer (Michelle); four grandchildren, Joshua


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