Category Archives: Obituaries

Courier Obits 3-6-19


EASLEY — John “Bobby” Robert Finley, 78, husband of Sonja Pryor Finley, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2019, at Cottingham Hospice House in Seneca.

Mr. Finley was born in Oconee County, a son of the late William Odis and Bernice Smith Finley. He was a 1958 graduate of Liberty High School, and he retired as a district manager with United Life Insurance Company. Bobby was a member of Curtis Baptist Church in Augusta, Ga., Bates Lodge No. 189 A.F.M., and was a Hejaz Shriner. Mr. Finley served our country in the U.S. Army Reserve during the Vietnam era. Mr. Finley enjoyed playing golf.

In addition to his wife of 53 years, Bobby is survived by one son, Charles Usry of Clemson; two brothers, Howard Finley (Phyllis) of

Courier Obituaries 2-27-19


PICKENS — Addie Lee Massingill Collins, 97, of Pickens, wife of the late Ernest Thelmer Collins, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, Feb. 21, 2019.

Born on July 29, 1921, in Pickens County, she was the daughter of the late James Randolph and Mamie Irene Lark Massingill. For many years, Addie co-owned and operated A and T Outlet in Pickens. She enjoyed being a homemaker, cooking for her family every possible moment. She was a member of Elljean Baptist Church.

Surviving are her two children, the Rev. Ken Collins (Lib) and Helen Simmons; one sister, Ruby Stancil; seven grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and 11 great-great-grandchildren.

Addie was also predeceased by one daughter, Sue Granger and her husband Gene Granger, one sister, Edna Ellenburg, and one brother, J.P. Massingill.

Funeral services were held on Feb. 25 in the Dillard Funeral Home chapel, with the Rev. Brandon Wimpey, the Rev. Ken Collins, and the Rev. Rex Simmons officiating.

A committal service followed at Hillcrest Memorial Park, with Dr. Boyce Whitman officiating.

Memorials may be made to Elljean Baptist Church at 605 Elljean Road, Easley, SC 29640.

Online condolences may be expressed to the Collins family by visiting


LEXINGTON, Ky. — JoAnn Simmons Koonce, age 80, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2019.

She was born on Jan. 7, 1939, in Kinston, N.C., to Bruce Heritage Simmons and Sudie Harriett Simmons.

She met her college sweetheart and lifetime love, Roger William Koonce, at UNC Chapel Hill, and they spent 55 happy years together. While at UNC, Roger and his fraternity brothers gathered below her dorm window and serenaded her — pinning her the “1959 Sweetheart of Theta Chi.” The

Courier Obituaries 2-20-19


EASLEY — Clara “Sudie” Atkins Aiken, 88, of South 9th Street, wife of the late Robert L. Aiken, passed away on Monday, Feb. 11, 2019, at her home.

Born in Pickens County, she was a daughter of the late Charlie “Chick” Atkins and Zora Mae “Tommie” Suddeth Atkins.

Mrs. Aiken was retired from Woodside Mill in Easley and later was manager of the Senior Center in Easley. She loved her family and enjoyed growing flowers, cooking for friends and family and crafting.

Surviving are her daughters, Judy Young (David) and Joy Wilson (Jason), all of Easley; grandsons, Scott Davis and Bryan Young; seven great-grandchildren; a great-great-grandchild; and three granddogs.

Mrs. Aiken was the last surviving member of her immediate family. In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by a son, Johnny L. Aiken; a grandson, Corey L. Young; sisters, Thelma Garrick and Edna Atkins; and a brother, Bud Atkins.

Graveside services were held on Feb. 14 at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Condolences may be expressed online by visiting

Courier Obituaries 2-13-19


SIX MILE — Opal Lee Stewart Broom, 79, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 6, 2019.

Born in Six Mile, she was the daughter of the late Burley James Stewart and Gertrude Messer Stewart. Mrs. Broom was a devoted Christian who loved worshipping the Lord. She was an active member of Keowee Baptist Church.

Mrs. Broom was a homemaker, master quilter and avid sports fan. She loved playing softball, trout fishing, gardening and golfing, especially with her husband, Hase. She loved to travel and road-tripped through all 48 continental U.S. states. When she was not on the road, you could find her at any number of sporting events, art exhibits, concerts, plays and school functions supporting all of her grandchildren. Her biscuits, pound cakes and apple butter were unparalleled, and you could always smell a fresh batch cooking when you entered her home.

Surviving are her one daughter, Cindy Broom Riddle; two sons, Greg Broom and wife, Valerie, and Chris Broom and wife, Frankie; one sister, Eloise Stewart Carver; brothers Milfred Jenkins Stewart and James Wilton Stewart;

Courier Obituaries 2-6-19


PICKENS — Evelyn Heath Allgood, 90, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, Feb. 3, 2019.
Mrs. Allgood was born in Greenville County, daughter of the late Courtney and Zelpha Cheek Heath. She was formerly employed with Sangamo Electric, and she retired from the Singer Company in Pickens. Following her retirement, she enjoyed working at Joe’s Ice Cream Parlor in Easley. She was a member of Pickens First Baptist Church and the T.E.L. Sunday school class.
Survivors include her children, Elaine A. Cauthen (Rex) of

Courier Obituaries 1-30-19


EASLEY — Becky Moore, 66, passed from this life on Wednesday, Jan. 23, 2019, at Rainey Hospice House in Anderson.

Born in Marion, Ohio, Rebecca is a daughter of the late Paul Edward and Betty Jane Long Moore. She was a member of Calvary Hill Baptist Church and formerly a member of Goshen Friends Church in Logan County, Ohio.

To know Becky was to know her love for her church and what an ace she was at Scrabble.

Survivors include three nieces, Joni Tevis (David) of Greenville, Diantha LaVine (David) of San Diego, Calif., and Susan Moore of Chile; a nephew, Paul Moore of Ashland, Ohio; a sister, Margie Tevis


SUNSET — Conethel Watson Hudson, 81, passed from this life on Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019.

Mrs. Hudson was preceded in death by her husband of 57 years, Walter Lee “Cooter” Hudson Sr.

She was born on Aug. 28, 1937, in Pickens County, to the late Clemmie and Allie Owens Watson. Mrs. Hudson was a member of Crowe Creek Church of God in Six Mile, where she was the last surviving charter member. She served as the church secretary for over 50 years and the church clerk for over 40 years.

Mrs. Hudson was retired from the School District of Pickens County after 34 years of service. She was the lunchroom manager at A. R. Lewis Elementary School for her entire career. She loved feeding

Courier Obituaries 1-16-19


LIBERTY — Clara Bagwell Hunter, 77, formerly of Liberty, died on Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, at Brookdale Central.

Born in Liberty, she was the wife of Joe Richard Hunter Sr. and a daughter of the late James and Vera Bagwell. She was retired from the School District of Pickens County, where she had worked many years as the cafeteria manager at Liberty High School. She loved sewing and shopping at the thrift stores. She was a longtime member of Liberty First Baptist Church, where she had served as the director of the

Courier Obituaries 1-9-19


EASLEY — Mrs. Frances Eubanks Canup, 81, wife of the late Charles Ray Canup, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 22, 2018, at her home.

Born in Spartanburg County, a daughter of the late Robert Plato Eubanks and the late Alma Russell Eubanks, Mrs. Canup was a graduate of Landrum High School. She was employed with TG&Y from 1971-1985, Sheriff Appliance from 1985-1987 and Steinmart from 1987-2012. Frances was of the Baptist faith.

Frances always had a heartwarming smile for everyone. She was the rock and head of her family, having taught her children and grandchildren how to make a home. She will be dearly missed.

Surviving are a son, Charles M. Canup (Rose) of Concord, N.C.; two daughters, Cynthia C. Elrod and Christa C. Prevatte (Philip), all of Easley;

Courier Obituaries 1-2-19


LIBERTY — Carlos Javier “Javy” Taylor, 24, of 110 Piney Trail, died on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2018, in Kern County, Calif., from injuries sustained in an auto accident.

Born in Easley, he was a son of Joseph Emory and Leticia Rivera Taylor of the home. Javy loved baseball. He played little league ball through the Liberty Rec growing up and later played at Liberty High School, where he graduated in 2012. He went on to play with the California City Whiptails. Javy also loved music, as well as spending time with his family and friends. He was a member of Calumet Baptist Church.

Surviving, in addition to his parents, are a brother, Joseph Taylor and his

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