Honoring the Past

Photos by Kerry Gilstrap and Tommy McGaha Easley and Pickens high schools recently inducted new members into their respective athletic More »

EPD: Teacher tied student’s hand to shoe

EASLEY — A former Pickens County elementary school teacher was arrested last week after being charged with assault and battery More »

Getting to Know Krystal Whitmire

Krystal Whitmire was born in Fishs Eddy, N.Y., on March 9, 1987. As a child, she moved with her mother More »

Police looking for Easley runaway

By Jason Evans Staff Reporter PICKENS COUNTY — The community’s help is needed in finding a missing runaway from More »

Tigers survive OT thriller with ‘Pack

By Alex Maminakis Courtesy The Journal CLEMSON — In a split second, Death Valley went from despair to elation More »

Community groups improve slave cemetery at Soapstone Church

Courtesy photo Three local community groups recently joined forces to spruce up the slave cemetery at Soapstone Church near Pumpkintown. More »


Hendricks to run for county council

PICKENS — Pickens High School teacher, Yardifacts Ornamental Concrete owner and lifetime community resident Wes Hendricks has filed to run for Pickens County Council District 3.
Hendricks is a graduate of Pickens High School and the University of South Carolina, where he played football for Coach Joe Morrison in the 1980s while earning his bachelor’s

Jones chosen as azalea artwork contest winner

WinnerPickens High School sophomore Hannah Jones, left, was selected as the winner

Pickens Women Association to host annual Azalea Festival 5K Run/Walk

PICKENS — Planning is underway for the 10th annual Pickens Women Association (PWA) Azalea Festival 5K Run/Walk..
The race is scheduled for Saturday, April 16, with a start time of 7:30 a.m.
For the first time this year, the race will utilize the Doodle Trail, which was dedicated last spring.
The course is

32nd annual Azalea Fest coming up this weekend

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PICKENS — “When the Azaleas are blooming in Pickens, South Carolina, the little town celebrates!”
For 32 years Pickens has celebrated spring by throwing an arts and entertainment based and family friendly celebration — the Pickens Azalea Festival.  Each April, the Azaleas bloom, artisans and crafters come out, and the community joins together to celebrate spring in

Pick a card — any card

Did you know that the Chinese not only invented gunpowder, but also introduced the rest of the world to playing cards? They, meaning archaeologists, currently think playing cards came into play in the sixth century.
Before that were dominoes, and before that, people played with knuckle bones.

Courier Letters to the Editor 4-13-16

Doodle Trail a bust in Easley area

Dear Editor,
I am enchanted that the Doodle Trail in Pickens has sparked a revival of the city regarding restaurants, events and entertainment at the trail’s end in that area.
Regarding Easley, however, the Doodle Trail is a bust.

New Flag donated

On April 8, Sen. Larry Martin, along with American Legion Post 11 in Pickens and members of Ebenezer Baptist Church, erected a new flag at the Spec 4 Charles Johnson Memorial Park. The old flag was worn out. The new flag was donated by Martin. Special thanks go to Tim Chapman from the Pickens County Building Maintenance for

Upstate nonprofits thrive due to funds provided by Blue Ridge Fest

Pickens — Blue Ridge Fest, a philanthropic initiative of Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative and Blue Ridge Security Solutions, will be held Friday, May 6, and the 19th annual event will benefit 12 local nonprofit organizations.
For nearly two decades, Blue Ridge Fest has donated $2 million to its four-county service area including Greenville, Pickens, Oconee and Anderson counties.

Courier Community Calendar 4-13-16

• PHS Class of 1958 to hold reunion

The Pickens High School Class of 1958 is planning a reunion for Thursday, April 28. It will be a dutch lunch at the Gatehouse Restaurant at the corner of Ann and Griffin Streets in Pickens. The group plans to gather at 11 a.m. and have lunch at

Courier Obituaries 4-13-16


Israel Duncan Newton
SIX MILE — Israel Duncan Newton, 31, of Six Mile, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, April 3, 2016.
Services were held April 7 at Faith Baptist Church in Norris, with interment following in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Easley.
Don Collins

Easley — Donald O. “Don” Collins, 83, of 1808 Brushy Creek Road, died Tuesday, April 5, 2016, at his home.
Born in Walhalla, he was the widower of Pauline “Polly” Posey Collins and a son of the late Calvin and Reatha Wood Collins. He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He worked as a lineman with Blue Ridge Electric and Pike Electric and was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving are his caregivers, William and Jane Posey of Easley; and one sister.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was predeceased by two sisters and three brothers.
Funeral services to honor the life of Mr. Collins were held April 7 in the Liberty Mortuary Chapel, with burial following at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Easley.
The family would like to express how thankful they are to the staff of Home Instead of Anderson as well as Blue Ridge Hospice for all of the love and care they gave to Mr. Collins.
Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.

Rebecca Lynn R. Demori
Central — Rebecca Lynn Reed Demori, 64, wife of Andy Demori, died Monday, April 4, 2016, at Bon Secours St. Francis Hospital in Greenville.
Born in Charleston on Sept. 13, 1951, she was the daughter of the late Ross and Mary Frances Schneider Reed. She earned a B.A. in Political Science and Master of Education from Clemson University. She was a retired director of special education for the School District of Oconee County. In her free time, she volunteered as a Guardian ad Litem and as a tutor for middle and high school students. She loved her family and enjoyed reading, traveling and spending time at the beach.
In addition to her loving husband, she is survived by her daughter, Marianna (Alan) Magee of Atlanta; and her sisters, Wanda Brooks of Goose Creek and Janet Davis of Hanahan.
Memorial services were April 9 at the Messiah Lutheran Church in Hanahan. A graveside committal service followed in Carolina Memorial Gardens in North Charleston.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Myelodysplatic Syndromes Foundation, Inc., 4573 South Broad St., Suite 150, Yardville, NJ 08620 or the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, 3 International Drive, Suite 200, Rye Brook, NY 10573.
Condolences may be expressed online at or at Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home, Central, which is assisting the family.
Alvin Burns

Liberty — Alvin William Burns, 77, of 104 Yates Road, died Friday at Cannon Memorial Hospital in Pickens.
Born in Greenville, he was the husband of Selena Childress Burns of the home and a son of the late Styles Dendy Burns Sr. and Phoebe Owens Burns. He served his country in the U.S. Army and later retired from Borton Builders, where he worked as a carpenter and cabinet maker. He was a member of Calumet Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, Greg Burns (Meahgan) and Todd Burns, both of Liberty; three sisters, Sarah Simmons of Greenville, Brenda Holliday of Easley and Ann Becknell of Liberty; and one brother, Wayne Burns of Slabtown.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a daughter, Karen Denise Burns, and six brothers.
Funeral services to honor the life of Mr. Burns were held April 10 in the Liberty Mortuary Chapel, with burial following at Hillcrest Memorial Park.
The family will be at the home. Floral arrangements are appreciated but memorials may also be made to Calumet Baptist Church: 400 S. Peachtree Street Liberty, SC 29657. Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.

Lucia McNeely Belcher
EASLEY — Lucia McNeely Belcher, 86, of Easley, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, April 6, 2016.
She is survived by her loving husband, Carlos J. Belcher Sr.; her children, Sue Belcher Thomas (Robert), Carlos Belcher Jr. (Nancy), Donald C. Belcher (Hye-Cha), Wanda Belcher Caldwell (Jim), Thomas E. Belcher (Marie), Beth Belcher McClure (Tony), J. Hal Belcher (Donna) and Sheila Belcher Daniels; 20 grandchildren; and 42 great-grandchildren.
She was a member of Three and Twenty Baptist Church.
Services were held April 8 at Three and Twenty Baptist Church, with interment following in Greenlawn Memorial Park.
Raymond A. Crowe

Pickens — Raymond Anderson Crowe, 68, husband of Patricia Poppell Crowe, passed from this life on Friday, April 8, 2016.
Mr. Crowe was born in Spartanburg County, a son of the late Leon W. and Virginia Foster Crowe. He was retired from the U. S. Army, where he served in Vietnam and received the Purple Heart for injuries he received. Mr. Crowe was a member of Red Hill Baptist Church, where he was a member of the Rainbow Sunday School Class. He also formerly served as a sound system technician at the church.
Survivors include his wife, Patricia, of the home, his son Michael A. (Cheryl) Crowe of Central, and his daughter, Melissa Friddle (Brian) of Mauldin. Also surviving are grandchildren, Joshua Crowe, Leanna Crowe and Anthony Crowe and a brother, Ray Crowe of Pickens.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Crowe was preceded in death by a son, Andy Crowe, and a sister, Louise Crowe.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m., Wednesday, April 13, at Red Hill Baptist Church, with the Rev. Jeremy Merck and the Rev. James Dyar officiating. Burial with full military honors will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens.
Memorials may be made to Red Hill Baptist Church, 558 Red Hill Road, Pickens, SC 29671. A message of condolence may be expressed by visiting Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the family.


James “Jim” Olin Hawfield Jr.
Pickens — James “Jim” Olin Hawfield, 59, son of the late James Olin Hawfield Sr., went to be with the Lord Wednesday, March 30, 2016.
Mr. Hawfield was born in Charlotte, N.C.
Mr. Hawfield was an employee of Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens. Mr. Hawfield was the previous owner of Pleasant Valley Small Engine and also employed at Lancaster County Parks and Recreation. He loved prospecting, golfing and going to the flea market.
Survivors include his mother Nancy Jackson Hawfield of Central and his sister, Sally Ingerick (Mark) of Pickens.
Graveside services were held at Harrison United Methodist Church in Pineville, N.C., on April 9.
Memorials may be made to the Harrison United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund. Online condolences may be expressed by visiting Dillard Funeral home is assisting the family.
Wilton Daniel “Tom” Anthony

Pickens — Wilton Daniel “Tom” Anthony, 95, husband of the late Elizabeth Riggins Anthony went to be with the Lord Wednesday, March 30, 2016.
Mr. Anthony was born in Dacusville, the son of the late Mary Alice Trotter Anthony and Jacob Bennett Anthony. He was a dedicated member of Griffin Baptist Church. A U.S. Navy veteran who served in World War II and present on D-Day.
Survivors include two daughters, Jean Knight (Phil) of Easley, Judy Medlin (Darryl) of Easley; two sons, John Daniel Anthony of Pickens, Carroll Anthony (Glenda) of Easley; three sisters, Barbara Brown of Greenville, Betty Crawford (Charles) of Greenville, Shirley Spencer of Greenville; seven grandchildren, Tim Anthony, Mike Anthony, Abram Anthony, Holly Sanders, Alice Anthony, Jody Medlin and Jay Medlin; two great-grandchildren, Jadyn Medlin and Willa Bell; five step-grandchildren, 11 step-great-grandchildren and four stepgreat-great-grandchildren.
He was predeceased by one step-great-grandchild.
Graveside services were held April 3 at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens.
Memorials may be made to Griffin Baptist Church, 1629 Pumpkintown Highway, Pickens, SC 29671.
Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Anthony family.

Mona Louise Johnston Moore
EASLEY — Mrs. Mona Louise Johnston Moore, beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother, went to be with the Lord on April 2, 2016, after a brief battle with leukemia.
Mrs. Moore is survived by her loving husband of 61 years, 1st Sgt Lee Roy Moore (U.S. Army Ret.); her daughters, Terry Marie Moore Spearman (David) and Jacqueline “Jackie” Kay Moore; three grandchildren, Heather Marie Moore Knapik (Austin), raised in the home, Jennifer Michelle Spearman Lee (Chad) and Christopher Michael Spearman; and three great-grandchildren, Emalee Marie Moore, Chadwick “Cal” Allen Lee Jr. and Cannon Michael Lee.
She is also survived by two brothers and three sisters, Robert “Bobby” Johnston (Nellie), David Johnston (Sylvia), Mildred “Millie” McConnell, Joyce Brown and Doris Thompson.
She was predeceased by her parents, Barnett Vanaua Johnston Sr., and Fannie Mae Miley Johnston; and four brothers: Vanaua Johnston, James “Bud” Johnston, Ronald “Ronnie” Johnston and Harold Johnston.
Among her special friends are James and Lois Brazell of Altus, Okla., and Shirlee Bagwell of Easley.
Mrs. Moore never worked outside of the home, but worked harder there than anyone we know. She selflessly cared for her husband, children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and nieces and nephews with a joyful heart and sweet smile. Despite being apart due to military duties for many years of their early marriage, Mona helped Lee to create a lasting legacy for their descendents to follow. Their love, respect, and trust for one another have shown us what a solid marriage should be. From a young age, friends and family would turn to Mona for advice for everything from marriage issues to child-rearing and household management. While stationed abroad, neighbors and friends would turn to Mona’s listening ear and gentle words. Her family greatly benefitted by her experience and wisdom cultivated over a lifetime of nurturing others.
Mrs. Moore, due to health, was a non-active member of Bethany Baptist Church in Travelers Rest.
The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of the Batson Cancer Care Center of St. Francis Hospital Downtown for their incredible care and dedication to her during her time there.
Graveside services were held April 6 at Hillcrest Memorial Park. Condolences may be expressed at or at the funeral home.

Winfred Hayes
Pickens — Winfred Woodrow Hayes, 57, of 581 Concord Church Road died Sunday at McCall Hospice House in Simpsonville.
Born in Pickens, he was a son of the late Furman R. and Jessie Mae Hendricks Hayes. He previously worked at Woodside Mills in Cateechee and was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving are two sons, Travis Hayes of Marietta and Jason Hayes of Easley; seven grandchildren; four sisters, Linda Galloway of Pickens, Barbara Reece of Cleveland, Sue Dover of Pickens and Mildred McCollum (Bill) of Pickens; and two brothers, J.W. Hayes and Franklin R. Hayes (Debra), both of Pickens.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers, Freddy and J.C. Hayes.
Funeral services for Mr. Hayes were held April 13 in the Liberty Mortuary Chapel, with burial following at Hillcrest Memorial Park.
Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.
Jesse Eugene Rhodes, Sr.
Easley — Mr. Jesse Eugene Rhodes, Sr., 90, husband of the late Matilda Alexander Rhodes, passed away Sunday, April 10, 2016 at Greenville Memorial Hospital.
Born in Laurens County, a son of the late Rev. George Rhodes and the late Liddie Hurley Rhodes, Mr. Rhodes retired from Mayfair Mills-Glenwood Division with 40 years of service, and was a member of Glenwood Baptist Church.
Surviving are a son, Jesse Eugene Rhodes, Jr. (Mary) of Maysville, Ga.; two grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. Rhodes was predeceased by a daughter, Gloria Jean Rhodes; four brothers, two sisters and a grandson.
Funeral services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown with Rev. Kenneth Lawson officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park.
Family members are at their respective homes.
Condolences may be expressed online at or in person at Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, which is assisting the family.


Yvonne Eiland Woodruff
PICKENS — Yvonne Eiland Woodruff of Pickens died April 7, 2016, at Clemson Downs.
Born Sept. 17, 1924, in Drew, Miss., she was a daughter of Robert Roy Eiland and Daisy LaMastus Eiland. She graduated from Mississippi State College for Women in 1946 and moved to Washington, D.C., to work for the National Education Association.
She met Paden E. Woodruff Jr., a Naval Academy grad and 2nd Lieutenant in the Marine Corps, at a Sunday afternoon tea dance. In three weeks they were engaged, and five months later they were married. Col. Woodruff died in 2011, shortly before their 64-year wedding anniversary. Mrs. Woodruff was known to extol his virtues (and his looks). As she faced the end of her life, she said she did not fear death because she had a “perfectly good husband” waiting for her. The family is sure he met her with open arms.
Mrs. Woodruff’s funeral service is Sunday, April 17, at 3 p.m. at First Baptist Church, Pickens. Visitation is at 1:30 p.m. in the sanctuary, and burial follows at Hillcrest Memorial Park, Pickens.
Mrs. Woodruff is survived by her children: Carolyn W. Rogers of Rock Hill, Paden E. (Woody) Woodruff III (Joy) of Tallahassee, Fla.; Robert R. (Tex) Woodruff (Martha) of Atlanta; grandchildren: Zachary W. Rogers (Elizabeth) of Arden, N.C.; Paden E. Woodruff IV (Brittany) of Tallahassee; Hunter I. Rogers of Los Angeles; Emily J. Woodruff of New York; Jonathan L. Woodruff and his fiancée, Ashley, of Tallahassee; Isaiah D. Woodruff and Nathan L. Woodruff of Atlanta; great-grandchildren: Woods Rogers, Annabelle Woodruff and Annie Rogers; sisters: Juawiece E. Devine of Anderson and Nancy E. Utz of Murrells Inlet; brother, Robert L. Eiland of Drew, Miss.; brother-in-law, C. Dean Cullison of Beaufort; and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister, Antoinette E. Bradley, and her sister-in-law, Mildred W. (Mimi) Cullison.
As a military wife, Mrs. Woodruff traveled extensively as her husband’s career took them to North Carolina, Virginia, Texas and Taiwan. She volunteered with the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society; shepherded young officers’ wives; played the piano and organ for church activities, including Baptist services in Kaohsiung, Taiwan; met Chiang Kai-Shek and Madame Chiang; and served as a Cub Scout den mother and a Brownie and Girl Scout leader. She was the lodestar around whom her children circulated during their father’s many deployments — nurturer, disciplinarian, activities director, CFO, fashion consultant.
After Col. Woodruff retired from the Marine Corps in 1972, they returned to Pickens and First Baptist. Mrs. Woodruff sang in the choir and played piano for her Sunday School assembly. For several years she worked at the Pickens school district office, but when the grandchildren began to arrive, she left to give them her full attention. She occasionally remarked to her children and then her grandchildren, “what this family needs is another baby.” After Col. Woodruff began his second retirement, she volunteered at the Cannon Hospital gift shop, assisted at times by a grandchild or two, and they again traveled extensively.
Yvonne Woodruff was a woman of style and substance. A pianist, a bridge player, a seamstress, a knitter of many baby blankets, a wonderful cook. She could do headstands and make yeast rolls with equal aplomb. Quick-witted, wise, positive, practical, always ready to laugh, she doted on her family and loved her many friends. She was sustained throughout her life by faith in her Creator and by her devotion to Paden and their offspring.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Navy-Marine Corps Relief Society, Attn: Development, 875 N. Randolph St., Ste 225, Arlington, VA 22203; Cannon Hospital Auxiliary, 123 WG Acker Dr, Pickens, SC 29671; or to the TEL Sunday School Class at First Baptist Church, 406 E. Main St, Pickens, SC.
Her children arise and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her: “Many women do noble things, but you surpass them all.” Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting, but a woman who fears the Lord is to be praised. Proverbs 31:28-31

Edna Tinsley Bolt
Easley — Mrs. Edna Grace Tinsley Bolt, 84, wife of the late James Beiman Bolt Sr., passed away Monday, April 11, 2016, at her home.
Born in Pickens County, a daughter of the late Zach Robert and Lila Grace Nolan Tinsley, Mrs. Bolt retired from textiles and later retired from Wal-Mart. She was a member of Cedar Rock Baptist Church.
Surviving are a daughter, Kathy B. Campbell (Maurice) of Gaffney; a brother, Charles Tinsley (Oleen) of Greece; a sister, Betty Anthony of Easley; and a granddaughter, Rebecca Campbell of Gaffney. In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Bolt was predeceased by a son, James Beiman Bolt Jr.; a brother Wyatt Tinsley; and a sister, Ruth Tinsley.
Funeral services will be 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, with Rev. Wayne Garmon officiating. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends from 2 p.m. until 3:15 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, prior to the service.
Family members are at their respective homes.
Condolences may be expressed online at or in person at Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, which is assisting the family.

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