Obituaries for the week of February 23
Myrtle B. Freeman
Pickens-Myrtle Brewer Freeman, 93, formerly of Belle Shoals Road, wife of the late B.F. Freeman, died Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2011.
Born in Anderson, she was the daughter of the late Josephus and Ada Mae Flemming Brewer. Mrs. Freeman was retired from Alice Manufacturing, Arial Plant, and was a member of Secona Baptist Church.
Surviving is a sister, Elizabeth Fortner of Easley.
In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by two sisters, Annette Green, and Mary Brewer; and two brothers, Jack Brewer and Willard Brewer.
Funeral services were held on Thursday, Feb. 17 at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Dillard Funeral Home. Burial followed in Hillcrest Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pickens County Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 184 Easley, SC 29641.
Online condolences may be expressed by visiting DillardFunerals.com
Easley — Dorothy Good Barker, 63, of Easley, died at her home on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011.
Born in Greenville, she was a daughter of the late Walter Hubert and Maybelle Howard Gosnell. She was a private nurse and a member of Open Praise Holiness Church.
Mrs. Barker is survived by two sons, Paul Good (Lynn) and Hersel Good, Jr. (Angie) all of Easley; three daughters Donna Bailey, Elizabeth Owens (Toby) and Tiffanie Hawkins (Jay) all of Liberty; two special nieces, Dorothy Chapman and Wendy Rumsey of Easley; one brother, Paul Ray Gosnell (Faye) of Greenville, one sister, Teresa Gosnell of Greenville; 10 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. She is also survived by the father of her children, Hersel Good, Sr.
In addition to her parents, Mrs. Barker is predeceased by three brothers and a sister.
Funeral services were 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 20 at Open Praise Holiness Church. Burial followed at Hillcrest Memorial Park.
Easley — Lisa Diane Gregory Spears, 44, of 212 Meadow Lane, died Monday, Feb. 14, 2011.
Born in Knoxville, Tenn., a daughter of Susie Reidneor Gregory of Knoxville, Tenn., and the late Vernon Gregory, Mrs. Spears earned her Bachelors Degree in Nursing from ETSU – Johnson City, Tenn. and her Masters Degree from the Medical University of SouthCarolina. She was a nurse practitioner with Spartanburg Orthopaedics and was of the Southern Baptist faith. Lisa began her career in the treatment of cancer patients where her selfless and caring nature flourished. She often placed the needs of her patients above her own. As a colleague and College and Career Sunday School Teacher, she was an inspiration and joy to those around her. Though Lisa stood only 5’3”, everyone seemed to look up to her as she was often quoted saying “Dynamite comes in small packages” and she had a tremendous work ethic and was very compassionate. Her life will always be remembered as a giving spirit whose love for friends, patients, family and her pets will be a lasting legacy to the lives of those she touched. She is loved and will be dearly missed.
Surviving, in addition to her mother, are her husband, Brian Lee Spears of the home; two brothers, Dennis Gregory and Johnny Gregory, both of Knoxville; and a sister, Tammy Houk of Knoxville.
In addition to her father, Mrs. Spears was predeceased by a brother, Randy Gregory.
Memorial services were 4 p.m. Sunday in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Powdersville Road.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.robinsonfuneralhomes.com or in person at Robinson Funeral Home-Powdersville Road, which is assisting the family.
Credie B. Kelley
Greenville — Credie Barnes Kelley, 93, widow of Louie Kelley, died on Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011 at Glorified Health and Rehab in Greenville.
Mrs. Kelley was born in Glenville, N.C. a daughter of the late Mitch and Dena Bradley Barnes. She was a homemaker and a member of Keowee Baptist Church near Six Mile.
Survivors include her daughter Mildred Kelley of Greenville, a number of nieces and nephews and special friends Nancy and Reggie Murray.
Mrs. Kelley was the last surviving member of her immediate family. She was preceded in death her parents, husband, five brothers and four sisters.
Graveside services were conducted 3 p.m. Monday, Feb. 21 at Gap Hill Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Ray Towe officiating.
The family would like to extend a special thanks to the staff of Glorified Health and Rehab in Greenville for all the care given to Mrs. Kelley during her time there.
A message of condolence may be expressed to the family by visiting www.dillardfunerals.com.
SYBIL A. EDMOND
EASLEY — Sybil Avanelle Edmond, 71, died Saturday, Feb. 19, 2011 at the Rainey Hospice House in Anderson.
A native of Six Mile she was the daughter of the late Tommy and Veda Smith Grant. She was a loving mother and grandmother.
She is survived by husband, Junior Edmond of Central, son, Jerry Edmond of Central, daughters, Louise Granger of Liberty, Martha Evans of Central, Paula Davis of Six Mile, Donna Granger of Liberty, and Robin Edmond of Easley; brothers, David Grant of Six Mile, A.C. Grant of Six Mile and Ernst Grant of Norris; sisters, Lila Moore of Liberty, Drucilla Durham of Greenville, Nancy Patterson of Six Mile and Betty Griffin of Pickens; grandchildren, Heather Waters, Timothy Granger, Jr., Kayla Granger, D.J. Edmond, David Davis, Lisa Davis and Ashley Evans, and great-grandchild, Erin Broome.
She was predeceased by a son, Tommy Edmond, daughter Marie Dyer, and grandson, Travis Leopard.
Funeral services will be held in the chapel of Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home in Central on Wednesday at 2 p.m. with burial to follow in Camp Creek Baptist Church Cemetery. The family is at the home of a daughter, Louise Granger, 122 Merritt Road, Liberty, SC 29657.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.robinsonfuneralhomes.com or at Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home.
Pickens — Joseph Eugene “Joe” Rauschenbach, 49, of Simpsonville died Saturday, Feb. 12, 2011 at his home. Joe was born in Springfield, Ill. the youngest son of the late William Arthur “Bill” Rauschenbach and Joan Neary Rauschenbach of Pickens. He was a lifelong Catholic having been raised at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Pickens. He was a graduate of Pickens High School class of 1980 and attended Lander University. Joe was an Eagle Scout and an avid golfer. He enjoyed playing at The Rock in Pickens County. Joe was a dedicated employee first starting his career at Zupan-Smith Concrete and later at SouthEastern Concrete in Simpsonville where he was currently employed as plant manager. He was a member of APA, The American Poolplayers Association. Joe was a dedicated and loving son to his Mom and Dad, brother to his siblings, and uncle to his nieces and nephews.
Survivors include his mother, Joan N. Rauschenbach of Pickens and brothers and sisters and their spouses Mary Bell (Danny), Matthew Rauschenbach (Alba), Sue Williams, John Rauschenbach (Kathy), Nancy Bagwell (Avery), Amy Hood (Ralph), Carol Lawson (Rob), and Margaret Holder (David). Nieces and nephews include Matthew and Kevin Bell, Brian Rauschenbach, Jennifer and Krista Underhill, Meghann Gardiner, Eric and Rebecca Bagwell, Jason, Kayla, and Andrew Trotter, and Shelby and Zachary Lawson.
In addition to his father, Joe was preceded in death by his nephew Carlos Rauschenbach.
Mass of Christian Burial was held 2 p.m. Friday at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Pickens with the Rev. Emmanuel Effiong officiating. Entombment followed at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens.
A message of condolence may be expressed to the Rauschenbach family by visiting www.dillardfunerals.com.
In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials may be made to Pickens County Library House, c/o Habitat For Humanity, Post Office Box 330, Pickens, SC 29671.
Jerry F. Duncan
Liberty — Jerry Franklin Duncan, 71, husband of Barbara Stone Duncan, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011.
Born in Travelers Rest, he was the son of the late James L. and Grace Youngblood Duncan. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. Jerry was a detective with the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office and retired after 28 years of service. He was a member of Gap Hill Baptist Church, where he served as an usher. His favorite hobby was playing golf.
Surviving in addition to his wife, are his children, Robby (Brenda) Duncan; Kenny (Angel) Duncan, all of Pickens; Tammie (Scott) McCall, of Six Mile; and Angie (Joe) Hyder, of Pickens; his grandchildren, Tyler Duncan; Daniel Duncan; Alexis (John) Kelly; Cameron McCall; Ben Hyder and John Hyder; his sisters, Rachel Coward and Linda (Charles) Jenkins, all of Greenville; and a sister-in-law, Ester Hand.
He was preceded in death by his brother, Robert Duncan.
Funeral services will be in the Chapel at Dillard Funeral Home, Wednesday, Feb. 23 at 2 p.m. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made to Gap Hill Baptist Church, Building Fund, 127 Gap Hill Road, Six Mile, SC 29682.
Online condolences may be expressed at www.dillardfunerals.com.
Charles B. Trebuchon, Sr.
Easley — Mr. Charles B. Trebuchon Sr., 81, of 438 Mud Run Road, husband of the late Carolyn Kennedy Trebuchon, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011, at McCall Hospice House.
Born in Jonesboro, N.C., the son of the late Charles and Clara Bellet Trebuchon, Mr. Trebuchon retired as a supervisor with Saco Lowell Corp. after 46 years of service and was a member of Dacusville United Methodist Church. He served 10 years with the Army National Guard, was a member of the Bates Masonic Lodge # 189 A.F.M. in Easley and a Shriner.
Surviving are two sons, Charles B. Trebuchon, Jr., (Gail) of Irmo, and Herbert Lee Trebuchon (Ruth) of Easley; a sister, Janice Barnette of Raleigh, N.C.; three grandchildren, Norman Trebuchon, Claire Ward and Alice Bice; and two great-granddaughters, Lily Ann Ward and Gabriella Ward.
Funeral services were 11 a.m. Wednesday at Dacusville United Methodist Church with Revs. James McCoy-Bruce, Bo Trotter and Jeff Hunt officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Dacusville United Methodist Church, 1365 Thomas Mill Road, Easley, SC 29640 or to the McCall Hospice House, 1836 W. Georgia Road, Simpsonville, SC 29680.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.robinsonfuneralhomes.com or in person at Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, which is assisting the family.
Six Mile — Jack Bullard, 85, of Six Mile, died on Feb. 21, 2011.
Born in Marland, Okla., he was the son of the late Robert L. and Elsie Bullard. He served in the U.S. Army during WWII and was a well known stone mason in the upstate for 30 years. Jack was a member of the Clemson Community Church.
He is survived by his wife, Leona (Lee) Bullard and five children; Greg (Iris) Bullard, Greenwood; Jae (Tom) Crawford, Sylva, N.C.; Gale Bullard (Paul Garrison), Stoughton, Wis.; John Bullard (Nataliya Dmytriyeva), Six Mile; Laurel Roland (Rickie Marchbanks), Six Mile; 15 grandchildren; and 18 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be held at the Clemson Community Church, 1004 Anderson Highway, Pendleton, SC at 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., Friday, Feb. 25.
Memorials may be made to Interim Hospice, 16 Hyland Road, Greenville, SC 29615.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.robinsonfuneralhomes.com or at Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home, Central.
Easley — Louise Smith, 89, of Easley, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011.
Born in Louisa, Ky., she was the daughter of Thomas W. and Ary Elizabeth Justice Ferguson and was the widow of Ralph Douglas Smith. Mrs. Smith retired from the Greenville County School District where she worked as a teacher. After retirement, she taught missionary children in Bongola, Gabon for two years. After returning to the United States, she taught at Shannon Forest Christian School for five years. She was a member of Pelham Road Alliance Church. She attended Covenant Presbyterian Church for the past 15 years with her family.
She is survived by a daughter, Cynthia Oliver and her husband James of Easley; two grandchildren, Michael Oliver and Tonda Oliver Michelin; and three great grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Smith was preceded in death by four sisters and a brother.
A Memorial Service will be held Sunday, Feb. 27 at 3 p.m. at Covenant Presbyterian Church. Burial was private.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Interim Hospice, 775 Spartan Boulevard, Spartanburg, SC 29301.
Condolences may be made to the family by visiting www.thomasmcafee.com.
Jack H. Stancil
Liberty — Jack H. Stancil, 72, of 515 Cassell Road, died Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011 at his residence.
Born in Seneca he was a son of the late Elijah and Annie Mae Simmons Stancil. He was retired from Central Textiles. His interests included woodworking, camping, and he loved all kinds of racing.
Surviving are his loving wife of 55 years, Brenda Teigue Stancil; six daughters, Dianne Taylor of Central, Kathy Walter (Mark) of Liberty, Jackie Wilcox (Floyd), and Faye Wilcox (Phillip) all of Central, Tammi Smith (Michael) of Pendleton, and Joy Goza of Liberty; a son, Jack Stancil, Jr. of the home; a brother, Terry Lee Stancil of Anderson; nine grandchildren, and five great grandchildren.
In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a daughter, Martha Stancil, and two brothers, Daniel & Vance Stancil.
Funeral services to honor the life of Mr. Stancil will be held 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Liberty Mortuary Chapel. Burial will be at Westview Cemetery.
Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas TX 75231. The family will be at the home.
Memorial messages may be sent to the family by visiting www.libertymortuary.com Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.
Gertrude A. Harris
Easley — Gertrude Atkinson Harris, 92, of 125 Springdale Lane, wife of the late W. Marion Harris, died surrounded by her family on Sunday, Feb. 20, 2011.
Born in Pickens County, a daughter of the late Robert Lihue and Martha Alice Alexander Atkinson, Mrs. Harris was a homemaker and a member of Easley First Wesleyan Church since 1935 where she belonged to the Senior Adult Sunday School Class.
“Homemaker”…. it just doesn’t do her justice. In the garden at the mountain home in Eastatoe from dawn to dusk as she protected her beloved better boy tomatoes from weeds, worms, and an occasional copper head. Later those tomatoes were transformed along with her beans and corn into jars of soup that were given to family and friends. Along with gardening she still had time to tend to her bees, pick wild fox grapes along the river, and to gather yellow root for what ails you. And then there was the corn … a call would go out that she’d just picked 50 dozen ears of corn and we’d gather in the garage in a circle of chairs as we shucked, cleaned, cut, and talked until done. Later we’d eat Granner’s corn on the 4th of July or at Christmas along with her macaroni and cheese, fried okra, and amazing strawberry shortcake. And what did Gert fix for herself? Often it was vienna sausage and a pack of crackers. Even as she was surrounded by packed cupboards and freezers, Marion would come home from a tennis match and ask “What’s for dinner” and she’d say “Grilled Cheese Sandwiches”. Gert just wasn’t concerned about herself but was the most unselfish person.
Surviving are two sons, Gary A. Harris (Betty) of Easley and the Rev. Don R. Harris (Gail) of Portland, Ore.; three daughters, Joyce Hall (Curt), Sylvia Massingill (Wayne) and Martha McKie (Robert), all of Easley; 12 grandchildren, Kathy Porter(Jimmy), Tim Hall (Sherry), Lisa Smith (Brad), Don Massingill, Cary Harris, Gary Harris, Jr. (Kristi), Scott Harris, Dr. Paul McKie (Mary), Alice Skorkie (Chris), Katie Langer (Jim), Nora Brannan (TJ), and Sarah Hobert (Tony); 15 great-grandchildren, Zach Porter (Marie), Ashley Trent (Aaron), Sommer Langrehr (Jay), Brittany Porter (Chris), Cade Hall, Matt Smith, Brandon Smith, Brady Harris, Chase Harris, Camden Harris, Alistair McKie, Daniel McKie, Eliza Langer, Nolan Langer and Aidan Brannan; and seven great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Harris was predeceased by two brothers, Floyd Atkinson and Guy Atkinson and a sister, Velma Harris.
Funeral services will be Thursday, Feb. 24 at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown with the Rev. Lewis Edwards, the Rev. Steve Pickel, the Rev. Don Harris and Mr. Gary Harris officiating. Entombment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park.
Visitation will be Wednesday, Feb. 23 from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at the funeral home.
Flowers are appreciated or memorials may be made to Easley First Wesleyan Church, 119 Pine Forest Drive, Easley, SC 29642.
The family is at the residence.
Condolences may be expressed online at www.robinsonfuneralhomes.com or in person at Robinson Funeral Home-Down, which is assisting the family.
Sandra S. Reid
Pickens — Sandra Jenneth Scruggs Reid, 63, of 327 Nealy Street, died Monday, Feb. 21, 2011 at her home. Born in Pickens County, she was the daughter of the late Walter Franklin Scruggs and Lillie Mae Dodson Scruggs. Mrs. Reid was a homemaker and member of Gap Hill Baptist Church.
Surviving is her husband, Derril Reid, of the home; three children, Terry Scruggs (Joanie), Denice Cook, and Deborah Holliday (Scott) all of Easley; four grandchildren, Garren Lollis, Cheyenne Cook, Cody Cook and Nathan Holliday; and a sister, Kathryn “Evona” Thomas of Central.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a sister and six brothers.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Feb. 24 at 3 p.m. at Gap Hill Baptist Church with burial to follow in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the church.
Online condolences may be expressed by visiting DillardFunerals.com.
The family will be at the home.