Category Archives: Obituaries

Courier Obituaries 11-13-19


PICKENS — Alice Katherine “Kathy” Reome Patten, 82, wife of the late James Hervin Patten Jr., and resident of Pickens since January 1961, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 2019, at Rainey Hospice House.

Born on Dec. 23, 1936, in Beekmantown, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Edward and Audrey Larabee Reome. She attended public school in West Chazy, N.Y., and Tri-County Technical College in Pendleton. Kathy was a member of Crescent Hill Baptist Church, and she enjoyed flower gardening, bird watching, reading and genealogy research.

Although Kathy lived most of her life in Pickens, she always considered Plattsburgh and West Chazy, N.Y., to be her home, with many treasured friends from that area. Along with her husband and parents, Kathy was also preceded in death by one brother, Olen Reome.

Surviving are her son, Jimmy Patten (Paula); two daughters, Joni Lathem (Jerome) and Judi Reeves Wyatt (Scott); one brother, Richard H. Reome (Shirley); three sisters-in-law, Fairley Reome, Maxi Stancil and Dorothy Patten; six grandchildren, Jeremy Lathem, Kelli Teat (Clark), Jamie Patten (May May), Kadron Waugh (Anthony), Kamila Reeves (Evan Allen) and Jared Patten; five great-grandchildren, Peyton Waugh, Julian Lathem, Zachary Waugh, James Waugh and Colton Teat, and many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by her furry friend, Boog.

Funeral services were held on Nov. 9 in the Dillard Funeral Home chapel, with the Rev. Scott Allen officiating. Entombment followed at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to Crescent Hill Baptist Church, 115 Crescent Hill Drive, Pickens, SC 29671, and/or to the Dream Center, 5991 Calhoun Memorial Highway, Easley SC 29640.

Online condolences may be expressed to the Patten family by visiting


EASLEY — Craig Stephen Snider was born into this life on Aug. 18, 1951, and passed into the next on Thursday, Oct. 31, 2019.

Craig was a lifelong resident of Easley. He attended East End Elementary and graduated from Easley High School’s

Courier Obituaries 11-6-19


PICKENS — Pauline “Polly” McCall Lusk, a longtime resident of Pickens County, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019, at the age of 85, surrounded by her family.

She was born in Mountain Rest on Jan. 3, 1934, to the late Erby and Bertha (Nicholson) McCall. She married the late Fred Lusk Sr. on March 4, 1955. Polly was a licensed practical nurse for many years.

She is survived by two children, Linda (Larry) Roach and Fred Lusk Jr.; grandchildren, Heather (Corey) Hefner, Blaire Roach, Sarah Lusk, Savannah Lusk and Christopher “Kit” Lusk; and great-grandchildren, Ryleigh Hefner, Carolina Hefner and Walker Hefner.

She was preceded in death by siblings, Ralph McCall, Grady McCall, Erby McCall Jr., Aileen King, Carrie Shelor and Beulah Hamilton.

Memorial services were held at Fred W. Symmes Chapel “Pretty Place” (4336 Camp Greenville Road, Cleveland, SC 29661) on Nov. 2.


SENECA — Janice Mayne O’Connor, 84, of Seneca, died Friday, Nov. 1, 2019, at Oconee Memorial Hospital.

Born Jan. 5, 1935, in Archbald, Pa., she was the daughter of her late parents, Russell and Isabel Mayne of Archbald, Pa.

She was predeceased by her late husband of 45 years, Eugene F. O’Connor of Seneca, and son, Jeffrey D. O’Connor of Charleston. Two brothers, Richard and David Mayne, also preceded her in death.

Janice and her family arrived in the Upstate in March 1975 and joined University Lutheran at that time. She worked in the environmental engineering department and, after 19 years of service, retired from Clemson University in 1995. She enjoyed gardening, bird watching, traveling, church activities, bowling and being a grandmother. Janice was a lifelong avid reader, expert seamstress and Clemson Tigers fan.

Surviving are a sister, Roberta Culver of Potsdam, N.Y.; three daughters and two sons-in-law, Linda O’Connor of Altadena, Calif., Diane and Mike Logan of Seneca and Karen and Greg Arburn of Marion, Ohio; three sons and three daughters-in-law, Kevin and Shirin O’Connor of Sugar Land, Texas, Brian and Dilce O’Connor of Haymarket, Va., and Glen and Taffi O’Connor of Clinton. Also surviving are 16 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be conducted at University Lutheran Church on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019, at 1 p.m. by Pastor Jon

Courier Obituaries 10-30-19


LIBERTY — Wilbur Morris “Bill” Harris Jr., 76, of Flower Lane, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 22, 2019.

Born on Oct. 17, 1943, in Greenville County, he was a son of the late Wilbur Morris Harris Sr. and Ruby Mae McAbee Harris.

Mr. Harris was a former employee of Mayfair Mills, Glenwood Division. He enjoyed rock collecting, gold panning, hunting and fishing. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War, where he was awarded several medals, including a Purple Heart.

Surviving are his wife, Barbara Jean Fox Harris; a brother, Furman Luther Harris of Liberty; and his special dog,

Courier Obituaries 10-23-19


PICKENS — Lucy Eleanor Boozer Harward, 80, wife of Eston Dale Harward, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2019.

Lucy was born in Columbia, a daughter of the late Rev. Matthew Evans Boozer and the late Lucy Eleanor Waldrop Boozer. Lucy attended Margaret Booth Primary School, Montgomery, Ala. She received her bachelor’s degree from Columbia College, Columbia, S.C., and attended Emory University, Atlanta, Ga. She received her master’s degree from the University of Florida and her Ph.D. from Florida State University. For many years, Lucy taught in schools in Florida while her husband served as a United Methodist minister.

The Pickens Senior Center was very dear to her heart. Lucy founded the Fiber Arts Center at the senior center, where she taught fiber arts skills and actively volunteered. She was recognized many times for her quilts and designed the

Courier Obituaries 10-16-19


LIBERTY — Roger Paul Spangler, 28, of Liberty passed away Friday, Oct. 11, 2019.

Born in Easley, he was the son of Tony Spangler and the late Stephanie Joy Duke Spangler Gillstrap.

Survivors include his father, Tony Spangler (Lori); grandparents, Roger and Mary Spangler of Pickens; aunt, Wanda Spangler of Pickens; a half-brother, Ryan Gillstrap, and a half-sister, Whittney Harris, both of Easley.

A visitation will be held Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 6-8 p.m. at Dillard Funeral Home, with funeral services at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, in the funeral home chapel. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Pickens.

Online condolences may be sent to Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the family.


CENTRAL — Jo Ann Ware Bell, 81, wife of James Henry Bell, passed away peacefully at her home on Monday, Oct.

Courier Obituaries for 10-9-19


EASLEY — Annie Sue Bowie passed from this Earth on Sept. 30, 2019, at age 93.

She was born and grew up in Big Eastatoee Valley, Sunset. She was the youngest child of the late George Franklin and Grace Lewis Bowie.

After her graduation from Pickens High School, Sue prepared for a profession by attending Draughon’s Business College in Greenville.

She established a long-term career with Singer Manufacturing Company in Pickens, where she displayed her dedicated work ethic. Sue became one of the company’s first computer operators, paving the way for automation.

Upon retirement, Annie Sue enjoyed travel adventures throughout the country and around the world. Annie Sue

Courier Obituaries 10-2-19


WEST UNION — Joshua Oliver Medlin, 30, of West Union, passed away on Sept. 25, 2019.

Joshua was born on Oct. 20, 1988, in Easley to Jimmy and Bonnie Medlin. He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family. Joshua was predeceased by his father, Jimmy.

Survivors include his sons, Bryson, Mason and Jaxon; his mother, Bonnie; brothers, Lucas and Matthew; his grandmother, Mae; nephews, Dillon and Austin; niece, Nova, and many other family members.

A private memorial service will be held.


PICKENS — Emma Sue Sorrells Welborn, 82, wife of Thomas Eugene “Gene” Welborn, went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019.

Mrs. Welborn was born in Pickens County, a daughter of the late Rev. Horace F. and Lila Farmer Sorrells. She was a

Courier Obituaries 9-25-19


 LIBERTY — James (Jim) Alvin Fowler, 70, of Liberty, passed away peacefully Monday afternoon Sept. 23, 2019, at his home following a brief illness.

James is survived by his wife, Brenda; two children, Paige Fowler Vaughan (Brian) of Simpsonville and Travis Fowler (Dana) of Pickens; stepchildren, Brandon Brown of the home and Anna Brown Dalton (Brett) of Pickens; and grandchildren, Madison Vaughan, Katie, Emily and Matthew Fowler, Regan Dalton and Linnea and Jaxson Brown; brothers, Roy V. Fowler Jr. (Olivia) and Ricky Morris Fowler (Dora), all of Liberty; and a sister, Martha Fowler Snyder (Don) of Fountain Inn.

He was of the Baptist faith. Jim was retired from Fowler Construction Inc. of Liberty, where he was a general field superintendent and oversaw new construction and renovations of numerous BI-LO and Harris Teeter grocery stores. Previously he had worked in the same capacity at Potter-Shackleford Construction Company in Greenville. He specialized in industrial projects, including Regal Textile Mills in Tryon, Ga., the Adidas Warehouse in Greenville, and Universal Music Group in Indianapolis. He completed Taylors First Baptist Church.

Jim was a talented musician playing the guitar and mandolin and had also been a member of the Tanglewood Baptist Church gospel quartet.

He was predeceased by his parents, Roy Vesco Fowler and Louise Pilgrim Fowler of Greenville.

Visitation will be Thursday at Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home, 108 Cross Creek Road, in Central. Services will be on

Courier Obituaries 9-18-19


CENTRAL — Rudolf “Rudy” Hartwig Stürner, 66, husband of Janice Evelyn Allen Stürner, passed away suddenly on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019.

Rudy was born in Aidlingen, Germany, son of the late Hoyt Powell and Hermine Stürner. He was retired from Ryobi after 46 years as a senior lab technician. He was member of Liberty First Baptist Church. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He enjoying fishing, football and spending time with his little fur baby, Bella.

Surviving are his wife of the home; daughter, Penny Winchester (Donald) of Easley; son, Jonathan Stürner (Sara) of Central; one brother, Patrick Powell of Easley; three grandchildren, Tiffany Barnes (David), Will Stürner and Katie

Courier Obituaries 9-11-19


PICKENS — Phillippe A. Cournoyer, 77, of Pickens, born in Webster, Mass., May 29, 1942, went to be with his Lord on Sept. 8, 2019.

He leaves behind his loving wife of 54 years, Diane, and his beloved family, including his son Stephen, daughter-in-law Jennifer, and grandchildren Levi, Maggie and Lucille. He leaves behind two brothers, Robert (Joan) and Lawrence, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Phil was a proud Navy man for 20 years and retired as a chief engineman. A disabled veteran, he was a member of the American Legion Post 11, having served as a past commander and zone commander. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, Peter Villano Council 9576. He was a charter member of the Fr. Barney Lohmann Assembly 3065 in Pickens, where he served as a faithful navigator and color corps commander. Phillippe served on the Pickens County Literacy Society and was a charter member of OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute.

He loved his community and was not afraid of hard work. He was known for his woodworking and loved his gardening and travel and was a collector of American history. Phillippe was a man with stories to share, a big voice and an even larger heart for anyone he met. He knew everyone in town.

A family wake will be held Wednesday evening, Sept. 11, 2019, from 5-7 p.m. at Dillard Funeral Home. A funeral mass will be held at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Pickens, at 10 a.m. on

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