Category Archives: Obituaries

Courier Obituaries 9-12-18


EASLEY — Mr. Jody Levi Black, 47, husband of Shelly Lewis Black, went to be with his Lord and Savior Monday, Sept. 3, 2018.

It is with great sadness that the family of Jody Black announces his passing on Labor Day after an accidental drowning on Lake Keowee. Jody was a loving, devoted husband, father, son, brother and Pop. His pride and adoration for his family was easily seen and felt. To be his friend was to understand the very meaning of loyalty and selflessness.

Born in Pickens County, he was a son of Ronnie Levi and Mary Elizabeth Youngblood Black of McCormick. Mr. Black was a 1990 graduate of Easley High School and was a technician with L&R Fork Lift Maintenance.

Jody loved his family with everything he had. He experienced life to the fullest through his love for hunting and fishing. Numerous trips to a mountain stream or right down the road on the lake created family memories that some people only dream of. All of these experiences and examples of love in his life, though, pale in comparison to the love he found this year on Mother’s Day weekend, when he experienced the fullness of

Courier Obituaries 9-5-18


LIBERTY — Grady Franklin Cartee, 93, of 527 Campground Road, widower of Mildred Waldrop Cartee, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Sept. 2, 2018, at his home

Born in Liberty, he was a son of the late Ralph and Nicie Gantt Cartee. He graduated from Liberty High School and later Tri-County Technical College.

Mr. Cartee was retired from Alice Manufacturing with 42 years of service. Following retirement, he loved traveling, gardening and most of all loved to spend time with his grandchildren. He was a faithful member of Rice’s Creek Baptist Church, where served as a Deacon and Sunday school teacher.

Surviving are two daughters, Brenda Cartee of Liberty, and Annie Nell “Anne” Medlin (Joe) of Southport, N.C.; a son, Kimper Cartee (Reba) of Clemson; a brother, Jim Cartee of Easley; six grandchildren, Shandi Sellers, Joseph Medlin, Jeremy Price, Jennifer Earwaker, Todd Cartee and Rebecca C. Stewart; and 10 great grandchildren.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by two sisters, Louise Smith and Nell Jean Burns, and three brothers, Roy, Billy and Lloyd Cartee.

Funeral services to honor the life of Mr. Cartee were conducted on September 5 in the

Courier Obituaries 8-29-18


SIX MILE — George Morris Keasler, 80, of Six Mile, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 25, 2018, at Cottingham Hospice House in Seneca.

Born on March 25, 1938, he was the son of the late Inez Winchester and George W. Keasler Sr.

Morris was a graduate of Georgia State University where he received his MBA. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving in the Signal Corp. He was retired from Florence Darlington Technical College, where he was the vice president for economic development and continuing education. Morris was a member of the Falcon’s Lair Golf Club in Walhalla, the Florence Rotary Club and Six Mile Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife of 57 years, Betty Porter Keasler; two daughters, Angie Burgess (Scott) and Jayme Marie van Essen (Ernst); and one

Courier Obituaries


CLEMSON — Nancy Lynn Chastain, 73, wife of the late Wade Chastain, passed from this life Sunday, Aug. 12, 2018.

Nancy was born in San Francisco, Calif., a daughter of the late Wallace Byrd Woolfenden and the late Melinda Boschee Woolfenden.

Survivors include a son, Derek (Ginger) Chastain of Pickens; a daughter, Julie (Andrew) McLeland; grandchildren, Adam Chastain,

Courier Obituaries 8-15-18


LIBERTY — William Allen “Butch” Waldrop, 65, of 110 Byrnes St., died Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Born in Greenville, he was the son of the late Clyde and Betty Carver Waldrop. Butch enjoyed the outdoors, especially fishing and camping. He was a member of Liberty Church of God of Prophecy.

Surviving are two daughters, Rebecca Gossett of Anderson and Kendall Waldrop of Panama City, Fla.; a son, Kevin Waldrop of Liberty; two sisters, Selena Moore of Liberty and Debra Loggins of Gaffney; a brother, Larry

Courier Obituaries 8-8-18


CLEMSON — Mary Mildred Hughes Link, 87, widow of J.W. Link, passed away, Monday, July 30, 2018, surrounded by her family at Clemson Downs.

Born in Gray Court, she was a daughter of the late John Gary and Annie Mae Greenway Hughes. She was a graduate of the Anderson Memorial Hospital School of Nursing. She was a career nurse and retired from Redfern Health Center at Clemson University. Mildred loved to cross stitch, cook for her family, read and take family vacations at the beach.

Surviving are children, Judy Link of Clemson, Johnson Link (Gennie) of Clemson and Alan Link (DiDi) of Summerville; grandchildren, Amanda Smith (Rusty) of Easley, Jay Link (Stephanie) of Liberty, Hannah Link of Clemson, Jessica Link of Clemson and Katie Link of Summerville; great-grandchildren, Russ and Rhys Smith of Easley and Abigail Link of Liberty; sisters, Garie Mae

Courier Obits 8-1-18


LIBERTY — John Curtis Hunter Jr, 77, of Liberty, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, July 29, 2018, at the Cottingham Hospice House in Seneca.

A native of Central, he was preceded in death by his parents, John Curtis and Sarah Frances “Fannie” Satterfield Hunter.

Curtis, known as “dozerman,” worked in construction all of his working life and was known for his skill working with bulldozers. He and his wife loved bowling and traveling in the mountains. He attended Mt. Sinai Baptist Church.

There is far too little space and words to describe the love and joy he brought to so many lives. He will be greatly missed, but Heaven is not too far away!

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Catherine Loretta Hunter; daughter, Cathy Lynn Gerlach; two grandchildren, Catherine S. Kelley (Kyle) and

Courier Obituaries 7-25-18


EASLEY — Betty Jane Bradford-Lawson, of Easley, was born on April 27, 1933, in Washington, D.C., and she went home to be with her lord and savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, at her home.

She completed her education with a GED, and she was a manager in the food service industry for many years. She enjoyed crocheting, reading, doing word search puzzles and playing on her computer, and she loved caring for her pets and her flowers. Most importantly, Betty enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her children and her grandchildren.

She moved to Easley from Altoona, Pa., in 2003 and attended Greer Memorial Baptist Church whenever she was able to.

Betty was preceded in death by her mother, Quintie Redmon; her husbands, Lionel Bradford and Benjamin Lawson; her son, Robert Bradford; her daughter, Lynn Marie Hoption; her grandson, Stanley Bradford; and her

Courier Obituaries 7-18-18


EASLEY — Ruby Anderson Fisher, 98, of Mark Street, wife of the late Romie Wilson Fisher, passed away Monday, July 9, 2018.

Born in Oconee County, she was a daughter of the late Edward and Bertha Hann Anderson.

Mrs. Fisher was a homemaker and member of Calvary Hill Baptist Church. She enjoyed growing beautiful flowers.

Surviving are her sons, Ronald Gene Fisher of Atlanta, Ga., and Hal Douglas Fisher (Mary Ann) of Conyers, Ga.; grandchildren, Will Fisher, Travis Fisher (Rachel), Dylan Fisher, Chip Fisher (Beth), Michael Fisher (Staci) and Mackenzie Squires (Jamie); great-grandchildren, Joanna, Madeline, Zack, Sydney, Jake, Annika, Emma, Sloan and Beck; and a sister, Retha Wilson of

Courier Obituaries 7-11-18


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

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