Pickens squads win Western District

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Courier Letters to the editor 12-7-16

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After ACC title, Tigers advance to playoff again

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Red Devils fall in third round

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County events kick off this week

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Delegation plans annual meeting

CLEMSON — The Pickens County Legislative Delegation will hold its annual public meeting in Clemson on Thursday.

Reports from organizations and boards will kick off the meeting, which will begin at 5:30 p.m. in council chambers at Clemson City Hall at 1250 Tiger Blvd. The floor will

Rec dept. volleyball, soccer signups open

PICKENS — The Pickens Recreation Department is taking registrations for the spring volleyball and soccer seasons during the month of January.

‘Steppin’ It up’ to meet at LEC

PICKENS — The January Steppin’ It Up Coalition Meeting will be held on Monday, Jan. 11, from 5:30-6:30 p.m. at the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office, located at 216 C. David Stone Road in Pickens.

Meetings are open to anyone interested in educating youth on the dangers

Who knows what lurks in the night?

It was one of those foggy spooky nights when visibility was nonexistent. The headlights on the car would briefly shine on roadside objects in passing. Although the road was a familiar one, I couldn’t have said exactly where I was until I recognized the long pasture fence on the right.

Blessings come in many forms

It was a rainy afternoon and I was trying to stop by the house and take some cold medicine before going to a Pickens City Council meeting. On my way up my driveway, I got stuck in some wet leaves that had fallen across the driveway.

ben6-25 Page 4A.inddI know this does not sound like a real problem, but trust me, when you live in Dacusville and your driveway is about a quarter of a mile long — uphill — it is.

So I got out of my car and walked the rest of the way up. When I got to our front porch, I pulled out my door keys and stepped onto the wooden porch in front of our kitchen door and got ready to unlock the door. I tripped and found myself laying on the porch enjoying the rain.

As I lay there, I found that I could not get up. Apparently I had fallen into the brick wall at the corner of the house. So I had no choice but to “enjoy the rain” until my parents arrived home from wherever they had been.

About an hour later, my parents came home. My father noticed me there and thought I was dead. He rushed from the car and tried to cover me with a tarp. But bless his heart, picking up a 300-plus-pound son was a bit to ask of him. He called the nearest ambulance station and asked them to help me.

They arrived in about 10 minutes. My mother pulled an old tarp over me to protect me from the rain that was still coming down. The ambulance workers helped me to my feet, and I went inside the house. After I had caught my breath, I got into the car with my parents and headed to the hospital to get my arm taken care of.

When we got there, the staff was very friendly. Nobody asked how it happened or made comments like, “Son, can’t you see a brick wall in front of you?”

They x-rayed the arm and found that I had broken a bone in my forearm. Because I had broken the same arm previously, they said they could not set the arm in a cast. Instead, they just put the arm in a sling and told me to do the best I could with it and hope it heals quick.

The next week, I went to see a doctor, and she was concerned about the cold I had caught by laying in the rain for an hour. She admitted me into the hospital to deal with the cold.

While I was in the hospital, they tested my body several ways. When after a week I was scheduled to get out, the doctor wanted to run one more test. In that test, they found that I had a blood clot in my lungs that was causing my problems.

The phrase scared me. “Blood clot in the lungs” sounds like pretty serious business. But the staff at the hospital began treating me, and before long the clot was gone. I guess I should be thankful for the doctor who insisted on “one more test.”

So I went home to recover. The clot, due to my medication, disappeared. I finally felt better again.

Honestly, I spent most of the time recovering from my cold, not from my arm injury. Once I rested a few days, my arm healed enough so I could type again, which meant I felt no ill effects from the break at all.

But had I not laid in the rain for more than an hour, I probably would not have known about the blood clot at all. Unless somebody had written about the clot on my tombstone.



Letters to the Editor 1-6-16

Saitta talks district’s options

Dear Editor,

I’m sure most read the article where the school district paid architects $50,000 to study the possible refitting, consolidation or closing of six buildings that included Hagood, the old Pickens Middle, Northside

AFTA-CDC Youth Praise Explosion set Saturday

PICKENS — Arise From The Ashes Community Development Corporation (AFTA-CDC) is a local nonprofit that is focused on Community Revitalization within Pickens. It is hosting a free community event this Saturday at Griffin Ebenezer Church, located at 450 Garvin St. in Pickens. The event is a Youth Praise Explosion that includes various talents

Courier Obituaries 1-6-16

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JONESBORO, Ark. —Robert William “Bill” Nalley, 82, of Jonesboro, Ark., formerly of Central, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015, in Jonesboro.

Bill was born March 19, 1933, in Central, where he was a five-year member of the high school football team, which won three state championships. Bill played football at Arkansas State University, where he met his wife.

Survivors include his wife, JoAnn Allison Nalley, two daughters, one granddaughter, and a sister, Eloise Nalley Horton, of Central.

Funeral services and burial were held in Jonesboro.

William Leon Todd

Pickens — Leon Todd, 72, husband of Carolyn Crumpton Todd, passed from this life Thursday, Dec. 24, 2015, at Baptist Easley Hospital.

Born in Pickens County, a son of the late William Duff and Anna Lorene Satterfield Todd, he was retired from Southern Technology of Greer and was of the Baptist faith. Leon enjoyed the outdoors, especially if he was hunting, fishing or boating.

Survivors include his wife, Carolyn, of the home, a sister, Linda Todd of Salem; a brother, Farrell Todd (Barbara) of Pickens; and a grandson, William Matthew Todd of Nashville, Tenn. Mr. Todd was predeceased by his parents and a son, William Scott Todd.

Services were held Dec. 27 at Dillard Funeral Home, with a graveside service following at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens, conducted by Rev. Roger Morgan.

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Todd Family.

Dorothy “Dot” Lucille Coates Pittman

Laurinburg, N.C. —Dorothy “Dot” Lucille Coates Pittman, 85, of Laurinburg, N.C., formerly of Pickens, passed away to her Heavenly home on Saturday, Dec. 26, 2015.

Dorothy was born July 21, 1930, in Scotland County, N.C., daughter of the late Boyd U. and Annie Mae Woodell Coates. She was a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother that truly loved spending time with her family. She worked in textiles with Waverly Mills for many years. Dot loved people and was a devoted prayer warrior, a wonderful listener and counselor; her true joy came from helping others. She also enjoyed reading, traveling and the visits from her grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by brothers Boyd Coates Jr., Franklin D. Coates and sisters Lillian Stanley, Beatrice Weiland and Elise Gause.

Dot is survived by her loving husband of 62 years, Jackson “Jack” Lee Pittman of the home; daughters, Jannett Lucille P. Trotter (Rev. Sam) of Pickens, Dorothy P. “Ronota” Bass (Alton) of Laurinburg; a brother, Richard “Ricky” Coates of Laurinburg and sister, Eulden “Lady” Baber of Surfside Beach; seven grandchildren; 24 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held Dec. 29 at the Springfield Church of God, officiated by Rev. Dave Shoemake and Rev. Sam Trotter, with burial following in Hillside Cemetery. Services were entrusted to Richard Boles Funeral Service.


SIX MILE — Mildred Mariette Ellenburg Abercrombie departed this life on Dec. 30, 2015, to be with her precious Lord and Savior.

She was the daughter of the late Ben Perry Ellenburg and Omie Rice Ellenburg. Born on March 26, 1929, in Sunset, she graduated from Six Mile High School.

A devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, she retired from Schlumberger in Oconee County.

She is survived by her husband of 68 years, William Morris Abercrombie of Six Mile; two sons, Dr. Stoney Abercrombie (Donna) of Anderson and Jeffrey Abercrombie of Six Mile; five grandchildren, Terri (Mike) Teramano, Jonathan (Tiffany) Abercrombie, Kristina Abercrombie, Joshua (Sarah) Abercrombie, and Whitney (Isaac) Moore; and four great-grandchildren, Riley, Jackson, Anna and Ethan. The last of 14 children, she is survived by multiple nieces, nephews and beloved family members and friends.

Her Christian faith, monumentally important to her, directed her daily activities. She was an active member of Gap Hill Church of God since 1950 and had a 50-year perfect Sunday attendance from 1960-2010. Involved in multiple church ministries as a children’s teacher, Sunday school secretary and nursing home ministry director, she never met a stranger and would easily share about her family and her faith. She received a plaque for extraordinary dedication given by Volunteers in Medical Missions in 1997.

A memorial service was held Jan. 3 at Gap Hill Church of God, officiated by Bishops Stoney Abercrombie, M.D., Roger Stephens and Tony Edwards. Burial will be a private family event in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Pickens.

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts can be given to Mildred Abercrombie MOMs Scholarship, Volunteers in Medical Missions, 265 South Cove Road, Seneca, SC 29672 -6712 or Cottingham Hospice House, 290 Keowee School Road, Seneca, SC 29672.

Bud Stancil

Six Mile — Thomas Edward “Bud” Stancil, 75, passed from this life on Wednesday, Dec. 30, 2015.

Bud was born in Pickens County, a son of the late Leo and Essie Durham Stancil. He was formerly employed with Pratt Reed and retired from the Defore Plant of the Millikin Company. He was a member of Salem Church of God.

Survivors include his sons, Dale Stancil (Lisa) and Dwayne Stancil (Janice), all of Six Mile, grandchildren include Jason Merck (Ashley), Clarissa Crenshaw (Tim), Jacob Stancil (Abby) and Ashley Cox; and nine great-grandchildren. He is also survived by a sister, Laverne McGaha of Six Mile.

A graveside service was held Jan. 2 at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens, with burial following.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Rainey Hospice House, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621.

Berry Holcombe

Easley — Mr. Clarence Berry Holcombe, 54, husband of Mona Lisa Peele Holcombe, passed away Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015, at his home.

Born in Pickens County, the son of Johnny Holcombe and Betty Jean Standridge, Mr. Holcombe was a construction superintendent and a member of Arial Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army National Guard veteran with 21 years of service.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, father and stepmother, Pat, are a son, Matthew Jerred Holcombe of Easley; a daughter, Jessica Anne Holcombe of the home; a sister, Tamela Joens-Porter (Randell) of Simpsonville; and two grandchildren, Jerred and Jonathan Holcombe. Mr. Holcombe was predeceased by a son, Barry Jonathan Holcombe.

Funeral services were held Jan. 2 at Arial Baptist Church, with Rev. Danny Parton officiating, with burial following in Robinson Memorial Gardens with military honors.

Memorials may be made to the Arial Baptist Church Building Fund, 618 Rice Road, Easley, SC 29640.

Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown is assisting the family.

Kay Dodgens

Easley — Cathleen “Kay” Woody Dodgens, 82, of Hamilton Street, and wife of the late Samuel “Ford” Dodgens, passed away Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016.

Born in Marion, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Virgil and Maphra Irene Webb Woody.

Mrs. Dodgens was retired from the Arial Plant of Alice Manufacturing. The hobbies she loved the most were playing Bingo, reading, bird watching and shopping.

Surviving are her children, Steve Proctor (Brenda) and Lynn Harbin, all of Easley; four grandchildren, Tyler Proctor, Kelli Proctor, Cody Harbin and Amanda Owens; 13 great-grandchildren; and two brothers, Richard K. Woody of Easley and Kenneth F. Woody of Belton.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by a son-in-law, Mike Harbin and a sister, Wanda Hyman.

Funeral services were held Jan. 5 in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, with burial following in Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens.

Flowers will be accepted. Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown is assisting the family.

Bill Gilstrap

Easley — Mr. William Johnny “Bill” Gilstrap, 84, passed away Sunday, Jan. 3, 2016, at Richard Campbell Veteran’s Nursing Home.

Born in Pickens County, the son of the late William Benson and Mammie Susan Medlin Gilstrap, Mr. Gilstrap retired from Pride Mechanical and was a member of Rock Springs Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in the Korean War.

Surviving are a son, William David Gilstrap of Greenville; and four sisters, Willa Mae Gilstrap of Pickens, Lucille Dillard and Nellie Sue Lingerfelt, both of Easley, and Annie Ruth Barrett of Greenville. In addition to his parents, Mr. Gilstrap was predeceased by a sister, Odis James.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6, in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Powdersville Road, with Rev. Dr. David Gallamore officiating. Burial will follow in Robinson Memorial Gardens with military honors.

Robinson Funeral Home-Powdersville Road is assisting the family.

Fulton “Doc” Holliday

Liberty — Fulton “Doc” Holliday, 82, passed away on Jan. 4, 2016, in Greenville.

Fulton was born in Liberty on Oct. 26, 1933. He was preceded in death by his father Leonard Holliday, mother Gladys Mae Holliday, sister Martha Lou Mattison, daughter Peggy Diane and son Lance Corporal Randy F. Holliday.

He retired from Coca-Cola, where he worked many years as a mechanic, and was well known throughout the area for his work on tractors.

He leaves to cherish his sweet memories his loving wife Sybil, daughter and son-in-law Angie and Alan King, daughter and son-in-law Wanda and Chad Wilson, grandchildren Eric, Jake, Alexis and Anna, sister Elaine Steen, and brother and sister-in-law Kinard and Frances Holliday.

Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Thursday Jan. 7, at Calvary Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 5 p.m. until 7 p.m. at Liberty Mortuary.

The family will be at the home of Angie and Alan King, 217 Pinedale Road, Liberty. Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to the Calvary Baptist Church Cemetery Fund, 8008 Liberty Highway, Liberty SC 29657.

Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.

Richard Ray Robinson

Liberty — Richard Ray Robinson, 76, of 830 Melton Road, died Friday, Jan. 1, 2016, at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Born in Brushy Creek, Ky., he was the husband of Carole Compton Robinson and a son of the late Elcain and Minta Mae Lowe Robinson. He was a member at Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Piedmont.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters, Debbie Vaughn (Seith) of Liberty and Lisa Fernandez (Fernando) of Ocala, Fla.; a son, David Robinson (Alisha) of Liberty; four sisters, Maxine Blackburn of Anthony, Fla., Peggy Compton of Americus, Ga., and Eula Hernandez and Sharon Yongue, both of Ocala, Fla.; seven grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers.

Graveside services to honor the life of Mr. Robinson will be held Thursday, Jan. 7, at 1 p.m. at Liberty Memorial Gardens. No visitation is planned.

The family will be at their respective homes. Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.

Roy D. Ramey

Easley — Roy David Ramey, 78, husband of the late Mary Lou Holder Ramey, passed from this life on Saturday, Jan. 2, 2016, at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Roy was born in Pickens County, son of the late W.C. and Lillian Reeves Ramey. He was retired from Alice Manufacturing Company in the woodshop. He was a member of the Followers of Christ Church.

Survivors include his sons, Wayne Ramey (Laura) of Easley and Ronnie Ramey of Williamston; four grandchildren and a sister, Sue Ellison of Six Mile.

In addition to his parents and wife, Roy was preceded in death by a son, Kenneth Ramey, three brothers and two sisters.

Services were held Jan. 5 in the Dillard Funeral Home chapel, with burial following at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Easley.


Tiger Defense clamps down to punch ticket to title game


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(Left) Clemson defensive tackle Christian Wilkins sprints downfield after catching a pass from punter Andy Teasdall on a fake play (Right) Clemson’s Shaq Lawson, a former Daniel High School star, sacks Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield during

Tigers dispatch Oklahoma in Orange Bowl to earn a shot at program’s second national championship


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Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson fights for extra yardage as Oklahoma’s Matthew Romar struggles to maintain a grip on his jersey during the Tigers’ 37-17 win over the Sooners in the Orange Bowl on Thursday in Miami

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