Category Archives: Obituaries

Courier Obits 10-18-17

Julia McClaran

CENTRAL — Julia Iola Golden McClaran, 56, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, Oct. 8, 2017.

Born in Fort Bragg, N.C., she was a daughter of Imogene Merck Golden Head of Central and the late, Foyle “Pete” Golden. She graduated from Daniel High School, received a Bachelor of Science degree from Bob Jones University and an associate’s degree in nursing from Greenville Technical College. After working as a professional cake baker, she began her career as a registered nurse. She enjoyed continuing her baking skills for all her friends and co-workers at Jervey Eye Group. When she wasn’t working she enjoyed exercising, outdoor activities and spending time with her friends and family. To her six grandchildren she was known as Grandma Julie and she loved making memories with them. One of her greatest joys in life was being a mom to her four children.

Her life exemplified the love and kindness of Jesus to all who knew her. She often stated how blessed she was for all God had done for her. She will be remembered for her sweet spirit and beautiful smile.

Julia is survived by her children, Alvie (Rachel) McClaran of Greenville, Robert McClaran of

Courier Obits 10-11-17

Patricia Ann Gibson

Easley — Patricia Ann “Pat” Gibson, 77, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 4, 2017, at her home.

Born in Buncombe County, N.C., the daughter of the late Rev. James Robert Gardner and the late Mary Leota Banks Gardner, Patricia retired from Ingles-Powdersville and was a member of Jones Hill Church of God. She was a loving mother and grandmother who will be greatly missed. Pat was loved by many.

Surviving are two daughters, Revonda J. Cudd of Easley and Beverly Lynn Gravley of Pickens; five grandchildren, Marshia Chappell, Tashia Jones, Dustin Cudd, Corbin Cudd and Brady Poole; 12 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Miss Gibson was predeceased by her son, James Christopher Gibson.

Graveside services were held Oct. 6 at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Pickens.

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

Robert Layfette Lee

SENECA — Robert Layfette Lee, 79, of 111 Triangle Drive, went home to be with the Lord Monday, Oct. 2, 2017.

He was born in Walhalla and was the son of William Zetna and Marie Ingram Lee. He worked with Phillips Fibers and Kendall Company and was a member of Corinth Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his parents; son, Marcus Wayne Lee; and brother, William Zetna Lee and Steven Lee.

He is survived by his wife, Shelby Lee; sons, Lawrence Layfette Lee (Pamela), Douglas Edward Lee (Teresa) and Steven Ryan Lee; honorary son, Donny Gilliam; sisters, Joyce Bramlett (Kenneth), Peggy McCall (Clyde) and Marcia Hawkins (Roger); brother, Michael Lee (Louise); grandchildren, Jessica S. Pitts, Hillary Lee, Savannah Lee, Grayson Lee, Nolan Lee, Olivia Lee, Joanna Deaton and Jacob Deaton; and great-grandchildren, Roddy Pitts and Lily Grace Pitts.

Funeral services for Mr. Lee were held Oct. 6 at Corinth Baptist Church, with burial following in the church cemetery. Officiating will be Rev. Tim Tate, with Jacob Deaton and Marty McKee.

Flowers are accepted, or memorials be made to Corinth Baptist Church. Brown-Oglesby Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Stanley LaRue Aultman

PICKENS — Stanley LaRue Aultman, 69, loving father, and husband of Linda Gail Reeves Aultman for 47 years, passed from this life on Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, at Cottingham Hospice House in Seneca.

Stanley was born on Christmas Day in Pickens County, a son of the late LaRue Teague Aultman and the late Fulton Aultman. He was a veteran of the United States Navy. Stanley was owner/operator of Kountry Katering, where he shared good stories along with good food. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, a member of the American Legion and a longtime volunteer of Boy Scout Troop 51. He was a friend to all and never met a stranger.

Survivors include his wife, Linda Gail of the home; daughter, Suzanne Aultman of Greenville; brother, Bill Aultman (Linda); sister, Vicky Anthony (Jim); sister-in-law, Dottie Aultman; brother-in-law, Roger Reeves; and many special nieces and nephews.

In addition to his mother and father, Stanley was predeceased by two brothers, Robert “Bob”

Courier Obits 10-4-17

Hilda “Hoot” McCall

Easley — Hilda LaVerne Gillespie McCall passed away peacefully on Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, at St. Francis Hospital.

Born in Anderson, she was the widow of J.D. McCall and a daughter of the late Lonnie and Lessie Gore Gillespie.

She owned and operated Hoot’s Bar & Grill in Pickens for many years, and she also owned and drove her own race car at multiple racetracks across the Upstate.

Surviving are a daughter, Carla McAllister (Ronnie) of Greenwood; two sisters, Betty Gillespie and Margaret Cockrell, both of Newberry; a brother, Lonnie Gillespie Jr. of Enid, Okla.; a

Courier Obits 9-27-17

Rickey Carver

Central — Rickey E. Carver, 64, of Central, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, at St. Francis Hospital in Greenville.

Mr. Carver was born in Oconee County and was the son of the late Lee Ronald and Margie Goss Carver. He was a master plumber and electrician with Beckwith Plumbing Company in Clemson and attended Five Point Church in Easley.

Surviving are his wife, Lisa Parker Carver; one son, Tyler Lloyd of the home;

Courier Obits 9-20-17

Ralph Zeigler Boroughs

PICKENS — Ralph “Zig” Zeigler Boroughs, of Pickens, passed away Friday Sept. 15, 2017, at Cannon Memorial Hospital, with his wife Mary Jennings Boroughs (nee Dougherty) at his side.

He was born June 22, 1923, the son of Ralph Waldo Boroughs of Pickens and Zoe Boroughs (nee Zeigler) of Orangeburg County.

Zig was raised in Pickens. He attended Columbia Bible College and the Citadel. In WWII, he served with the U.S. Army’s 508th Paratrooper Regiment, 82nd Airborne, in Operation Market Garden and the Battle of the Bulge.

After the war, he served as a public school teacher and administrator in upstate South Carolina, a Baptist minister in upstate New York and a professor at Lander University.

He earned an A.B. from Furman University, a B.D. from New Orleans Theological Seminary, a M.Ed. from Clemson University and a doctorate from the University of Georgia.

Zig was a “people person” who loved to visit and tell stories, but would also

Courier Obituaries 9-13-17

Blanche L. Martin

Easley — Flora Blanche Lesley Martin, 83, wife of the late Dorsie R. Martin Sr., passed away Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017.

Born in Pickens County, she was a daughter of the late Ira B. Lesley.

Mrs. Martin was a lifelong member of Corinth Baptist Church. She was a very talented seamstress and worked for several retail stores including, Alexander Drug Store, Kmart and Gay’s Clothing and also worked with Swirl Manufacturing.

Surviving are her children, Flora Emma Nell Martin Taylor (Sammy), Myrtie Diann Martin James and Dorsie R. Martin, Jr. (April) all of Easley; grandchildren, Bridget James (Mark), Megan Mclane (Allen), Tammy

Courier Obits 9-6-17

Sidney F. “Skip” Acker

Easley — Mr. Sidney Francis “Skip” Acker Jr., 66, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017.

Born in Pickens County, a son of the late Sidney Francis Acker Sr. and the late Emily Smith Acker, Mr. Acker was a 1968 graduate of Easley High School, received his bachelor’s degree from Clemson University and retired from the pharmaceutical industry. He was raised in Easley First Baptist

Courier Obituaries 8-30-17

Dan G. Wayne

Easley — Daniel Gene “Dan” Wayne, 61, of Sitton Hill Road, passed away Monday, Aug. 21, 2017, at St. Francis Hospital.

Born in Moundsville, W. Va., he is the son of Jack and Dorothy Delbridge Wayne of Lyman.

Dan was a graduate of West Virginia University and was a principal engineer with Vulcan Materials in Greenville with 38 years of

Courier Obituaries 8-23-17


LIBERTY — Mrs. Rachel Whitaker Perkins, 77, wife of the late Franklin William Perkins, passed away Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, at her home.

Born in Pickens County, a daughter of the late Ben Franklin and Lula Smith Whitaker, Mrs. Perkins retired from textiles.

Surviving are two sons, William Marvin Perkins of Liberty and Terry Dee Perkins of Cateechee; a

Beloved restaurateur Joe Lesley passes away

Joe H. Lesley

Easley — Joe Harrison Lesley, 77, of Easley, known to many as “Hot Dog,” went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017.

Born Oct. 9, 1939, in Easley, the son of the late Jack and Blanche Hughey Lesley, Joe was a graduate of Easley High School and attended North Greenville Junior College.

Joe was the proud and well known owner and operator of Joe’s Ice Cream Parlor. He received the Small Business of the Year award and served on the Cornerstone Bank Advisory Board. Joe had a passion for sports, where he was a frequent spectator, and was inducted into the Easley High School Athletic Hall of Fame. He was a faithful member of Easley First Baptist Church, where he belonged to the ER Eller Sunday School class.

Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Carolyn Keasler Lesley; two daughters,

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