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, Anna Chastain, Madison McLeland and Harrison McLeland; and a brother, Wallace Woolfenden Jr.

Mrs. Chastain was predeceased by her parents and her husband.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the Pickens County Humane Society, 500 5 Forks Road, Liberty, South Carolina 29657.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Chastain family.


EASLEY — Lorene Knight Lockaby, 81, of Heritage Lane, passed away Monday, Aug. 13, 2018, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Clinton, she was a daughter of the late Dewitt and Lillian Nalley Knight.

Mrs. Lockaby was a 1962 graduate of Greenville Technical College. She retired from St. Francis Hospital, as a registered nurse, after more than 40 years of dedicated service to others. She was past president of the St. Barnabas Guild of Nurses for several years and also enjoyed going to yard sales.

Surviving are her husband of 64 years, Bill Lockaby; a daughter, Rene Patat of Lawrenceville, Ga.; a son, Michael Lockaby of Greenville; grandchildren, Pastor Jason Wilson (Serena), Jennifer Patat and Kelsey Bracken (Chris); great-grandchildren; Ashlyn, Braylon, Cayden, Noa, Brooklyn, Talon, Pressley and Jackson; sisters, Louise Gibson, Patricia Gillespie, Jo Snipes and Sue Humphries, all of Easley, Peggy Gilstrap of Liberty and Grace Stith of Surfside Beach; and brothers, Walter Knight of Six Mile, Clyde Knight of Easley and Tommy Knight of Piedmont.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by sisters, Hazel Ray and Syble Henderson.

Funeral services were held Aug. 17 in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, with burial following at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Agape Hospice, 529 Mills Ave., Greenville, SC 29605.

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


LIBERTY — Ersle Smith Reid, 95, of 108 Four Aces Drive, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Aug. 15, 2018, at the Rainey Hospice House, surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Six Mile, she was the widow of Edward Reid and a daughter of the late Ruben and Asia Holder Smith. She was a homemaker and a member of Free Wesleyan Church. She loved sewing and spending time with her family.

Surviving are a daughter, Susan Morton (Benny) of the home; a special friend, Jeannie Morton; two granddaughters, Rhonda Beck (Ben) and Shannon Harris (Dean), all of Liberty; and great-grandchildren, Kelsey Amos, Hailey and Hannah Harris, Torey Green and Elijah and D.J. Harris.

She was the last survivor of her immediate family.

Funeral services to honor the life of Mrs. Reid were conducted Aug. 17 in the Liberty Mortuary chapel. Burial occurred at Mt. Olivet Wesleyan Church Cemetery.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.


PICKENS — Janet S. Morgan, 66, wife of Bill Morgan, passed from this life Saturday, Aug. 18, 2018, at her home.

Born in Pickens County, Janet was a daughter of the late Charles L. and Vivian Alexander Seay. To know Janet was to know the passion with which she loved her grandchildren.

Survivors include her husband, Bill, of 49 years of the home; a daughter, Samantha (Kevin) McClain of Pickens; a son, Scott (Brandi) Morgan of Easley; grandchildren, Brandon Camp, Mackenzie Morgan, Ethan McClain and Burke McClain; a great-grandchild, Brooklyn Camp; a sister, Patty (Kenny) Lamb; a brother, Steve (Robin) Seay; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Janet was predeceased by her parents and a sister, Christie Head.

The funeral service was held Aug. 21 in the funeral home chapel. The burial followed at Cross Roads Baptist Church cemetery.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Morgan family.


EASLEY— Peter Tristram Inman, 65, passed from this life Wednesday, Aug. 23, 2017.

Peter was born to Barbara Moulton Maxfield Inman and Alfred Lee Greene Inman in Portland, Maine. The family migrated south with Saco Lowell in 1955, living in Winston-Salem and Sanford, N.C., before settling in Easley in 1961. Pete attended Northside Elementary, East End Elementary, Easley Junior High and Easley High School, graduating in 1970.

After a brief enlistment in the U.S. Navy, Pete attended Clemson University, graduating in December 1996 with a B.S. in pre-architecture. He then moved to Atlanta and lived there until 2013, when his health prevented him from being able to drive. He later received another B.S. from Georgia Tech in engineering.

He married Melitta Bognar on Sept. 17, 1978, and on April 3, 1980, they were blessed with the arrival of Alaina Rose Inman, who was Pete’s pride and joy. After that marriage failed, he married Diana Wu in February 1999 and worked as an independent contractor in Iraq, doing climate control at the base in Tikrit to maximize his earnings so he could fund the launch of his wife’s clothing design business, Dianaria. Pete was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease in 2008.

In addition to his daughter and ex-wives, Peter is survived by his grandson, Edwin, born Sept. 13, 2017; son-in-law, Mark Percival; brother, Robin (Janie) Inman of Pelzer; “baby sister” Ianthe “Jan” Inman of Greenville; nephews, Theron (Trixi) of Oklahoma and Thor (Hannah) of Simpsonville; nieces, Erika (Charlie) Haynes Leapard of Simpsonville and Angela (Daniel) Haynes Carpenter of Greenville; and great-nieces and nephews, Jeremiah, Lex, TJ, Lexi, Hunter, Hanna, Madison, McKenzie, Rylie, Ava, Tegan and Cora, who is expected next month.

Pete grew up a member of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Easley. He later was born again and became a Southern Baptist and member of what he called Dr. Stanley’s church until his death. He attended Rock Springs, 5 Point, NewSpring and most often, New Life Baptist Church in Greenville.

A memorial service will be held on Aug. 25 at New Life Baptist Church in Greenville.

The family would like to express great appreciation to the first responders of Easley, particularly the Easley Police Department, who came to the home whenever Pete called, hallucinating an emergency. Also, they would like to thank the staff and customers of Jimmy’s Restaurant, where he was assisted by so many. He saw the eclipse there just two days before he passed.

Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice, Parkinson’s research or New Life Baptist Church.