Monthly Archives: May 2019

Memories of homemade ice cream

As Grandpa slowly finished cranking the old wooden ice cream churn, the grandkids, drooling in their cups and bowls, eagerly awaited to devour the frozen contents much like lion cubs waiting to get at the entrails of their mom’s fresh zebra kill.

This was often the scene on many summer afternoons on our back porch when I was growing up on Shady Grove Road in Pickens.

One of my sisters, after marrying in the 1960s, moved with her new husband to the high mountains of North Carolina. After having two boys of her own, she would bring them down to visit their grandparents. Living in the relative coolness of the mountains, they found the Palmetto State a might hotter than expected. They delighted, however, in our summertime tradition of making homemade ice cream. It helped them cool off, as one of them said.

Sometimes on Saturday, but usually on Sunday after church and the big Sunday dinner, it was time for some ice cream.

There were always an abundance of grandkids around to help make the ice cream. “Help,” in this case, was a synonym for “get in the way.” Momma was the one who usually mixed the ingredients for the ice cream. She always used whole milk with three inches of cream on top, along with real sugar

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McCartney connections

With Sir Paul McCartney coming to our neck of the woods this week, I couldn’t help but call to mind my second-hand connection to him from my starving musician days, and so I thought to share it with you.

I don’t think anybody younger than about 65 can hardly appreciate how big of a deal The Beatles were. Watch some video of their performance at Shea Stadium and you’ll get some idea.

But it wasn’t just the temporary insanity of their screaming fans that made The Beatles so huge. They changed pop/rock music at a seminal point of its evolution in such a way that I don’t think another band will ever be so influential. Just listen to music prior to 1963 compared to 1965 and you’ll see that the whole structure and style is different.

I was 10 years old when the Fab Four first appeared on the Ed Sullivan Show, and, although we laughed at their funny mop-top haircuts at first, it wasn’t long before my brother and I were strumming on guitars and combing our hair down on our foreheads.

So, even though I never met Paul, I consider one of my biggest claims to fame to be the fact that I played played in a band with Tony “Bone” Dorsey, who played trombone and

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Video chat is best for mental health

For any number of reasons, many seniors are socially isolated. Whether it’s an illness that keeps us at home, living in a rural area or having no one living with us, some of us just don’t have as much social interaction as we need. Feeling alone can, unfortunately, lead to depression and increase the risk of dementia.

Oregon Health & Science University conducted a study to determine which of four methods of online communication worked best to protect against loneliness and depression: social messaging, email, video chat or instant messaging. Researchers used information from 1,400 participants over age 60 and followed up with them two years later.

Email, social media, instant messaging and not using online communication all had the same result: They didn’t do anything to fight

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Summer camps planned at SWU

CENTRAL — Southern Wesleyan University is offering sports camps throughout the summer.

Baseball — Fundamental Skills Camp: June 4-7 (Session One)/June 10-13 (Session Two) — 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Dr. Keith Connor Field

Each camper will receive a t-shirt and instruction involving the fundamentals of baseball. Campers should wear baseball-related clothing and bring any bat, helmet or protective gear they own. Bats/helmets will also be provided for use. Shorts may be worn, but are not recommended. This is a working camp, and all campers should expect to learn the fundamentals of baseball in hitting, fielding, base running and the mental aspect of the game. Registration details are online.

Also planned: Advanced Skills Camp and Baseball Prospect Camp.

Basketball — SWU Fundamental Basketball Camp, June 3-7, 8:30 a.m.-noon

The SWU Fundamental Basketball Camp, for ages 7-17, will be run by SWU head men’s basketball coach Nick Pasqua, and assistant coach Darius Carter. The camp will focus on all the fundamentals of

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Courier Community Calendar 5-29-19

• Soapstone set to host fundraiser

Soapstone Church invites everyone to a special fundraiser at the church, located at 296 Liberia Road in Pickens, on Saturday, June 15. The event will feature fine cooking and will be held from noon-8 p.m. Visitors will enjoy true Southern cooking, including a fish fry, barbecue and fried chicken with all the fixings right from Mrs. Mabel’s kitchen. For more information, call (864) 414-8470.

• Artisans’ work sought at museum

The Pickens County Museum of Art and History’s gift shop is opened for business. The shop, located inside the museum, offers many wonderful crafts and gift. The shop is now accepting new crafters.

Anyone wishing to sell their handmade crafts should stop by the Pickens County Museum of Art and History at 307 Johnson St. in Pickens. The museum is open to the public Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 9 a.m.-5 p.m., Thursdays from 9 a.m.-7:30 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Admission is free.

Housed in a 1903 jail and expanded in 2006, the Pickens County Museum of Art and History houses artifacts representing the heritage of Pickens County, from prehistory to current events. Three art galleries are changed to feature the artwork of local artists

• Sertoma Club invites locals to meet

The Clemson Sertoma Club invites all interested local residents to attend its meetings.

The club meets at noon the first and third Tuesdays of each month at Occasions at Wedgefield, located at 1551 Eighteen Mile Road in

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‘Hee Haw’ play set to take stage at Pickens Senior Center June 8

PICKENS — A play based on popular 1970s and ‘80s TV show “Hee Haw” will be presented at the Pickens Senior Center, located on School House Road in Pickens, at 7 p.m. Saturday, June 8.

The play, put together by Carol Baker, is directed by Rick Grant and Susan Grant. Mike Waldrop is the announcer. The cast features a group of very talented musicians and

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Courier Obituaries 5-29-19


CENTRAL — Richard Eugene Miller, 63, died at home on Thursday, May 23, 2019, with his family surrounding him.

He was born Dec. 28, 1955, in Seneca to Doug and Lib Miller.

Rick graduated from D.W. Daniel High School, received an associate degree from Tri-County Technical College and worked in the grocery business and at BASF in Seneca. For the last three and a half years, he bravely fought cancer. He worked through the end of March, which is when the cancer began its final painful siege of his body. Through this long battle, Rick was supported by close family members, friends, coworkers and customers who called, texted, prayed, read Bible verses, sent cards and encouraged him. He experienced the love of Jesus through their kind support.

He asked us to express his appreciation for these kind actions, prayers and words, which would lift him up when he felt he could not keep going. The doctors and nurses who treated him through these years also became dear friends. The staffs of St. Joseph Emory in Atlanta, Anderson Area Cancer Clinic, Carolina BioOncology in Huntersville, N.C., and finally the staff of Hospice of the Upstate became his friends. These lovely people made the cancer journey more bearable for him

Rick is survived by his wife of 40 years, Nancy Elias Miller; two daughters, Julie Bird (Dalance) and Anna Redmon (Cecil); two sons, Richard and Daniel; his sister, Mary McAlister; and his brother, Hugh. He was so proud of his five grandsons, Addison, Matthew, Parker, CT, and Collin; and his numerous nieces and nephews.

Rick was predeceased by his parents, his beloved brother, Henderson, and a precious grandson, William Herbert.

A memorial service for Richard will be held on Friday, May 31, at 4 p.m. at Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home in Central. The family will greet friends immediately following the service at the funeral home.

A private interment at Ramsey Creek Preserve will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to either of the following: St. Andrew Catholic Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 112, Clemson, SC 29633 or to Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621.

Condolences may be expressed online at or at Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home, Central.


LIBERTY — Catherine Loretta Golden Crowe Hunter, 82, widow of John Curtis Hunter Jr., passed away on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at Cottingham Hospice House in Seneca.

Loretta was born in Central, a daughter of the late Richard Duff and Mae Boggs Golden. She was a member of the first graduating class of D.W. Daniel High School in 1956. She was a retired employee with West Point and attended Mt. Sinai Baptist Church in Pickens. She and Curtis loved to bowl, and she enjoyed spoiling her grandkids.

Surviving are her daughter, Cathy Lynn Gerlach of Liberty; brother, Darrell Lee Golden of Pickens; sister, Connie Fay Barnes of Central; grandchildren, Catherine Kelley (Kyle) of Liberty and Jennifer Collins (Bradley) of Hendersonville, N.C.; and great-grandchildren, Henry, Abby and Huntley Kelley.

In addition to her husband, Loretta was predeceased by brothers, Edward Golden and Ronnie Golden; and sisters, Ruth Weldon and June Hendricks.

Funeral services were held on May 17, 2019, in the chapel of Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home with Revs. Bradley Collins and Rudy Smith officiating.

Burial was at Memory Gardens.

Condolences may be expressed online at or at the funeral home.


PICKENS — Annette H. Pace, 56, passed from this life on Monday, May 20, 2019, at her home.

Born in Easley, she was the daughter of Clarence Douglas and Ruby Cox Hardy.

Annette was known to be a loving, caring and giving person, but was most defined by the love she had for her three boys, and she was definitely a “Daddy’s girl.”

Survivors include her parents, Clarence and Ruby Hardy of Pickens; sons, Travis (Dixie) Pace, Trenton (Courtney) Stegall and

Local graduate receives diploma from police chief

GREENVILLE — Pickens home-schooled student Pierce Curren, co-star of award-winning educational TV series “Scaly Adventures,” received his high school diploma from Greenville Police Chief Ken Miller in a special ceremony on Friday, May 24.

Curren stars in the weekly TV series and is also a youth motivational speaker focusing on issues teens typicaly struggle with, including bullying, educational abandonment, substance abuse and suicide. His hope is that others will see his support of law enforcement as an encouragement to see officers as a resource for dealing with these issues rather than an adversary to be avoided or feared.

“We are very proud of our partnership with law enforcement and their support of our efforts to reach young people with a positive message,” saidRichard Curren, Pierce’s father and executive producer for the show. “Having Chief Ken Miller present this diploma to our son is our way of honoring him and all of those who serve our nation and community. I can think of no better way to remind our son to live a life of passion and purpose in the service of others.

“Chief Miller is the epitome of such a person to us, and we were honored that he accepted our request to present Pierce with his high school diploma.”

Pierce Curren will be attending Wofford College on a full scholarship from the Bonner Foundation. The Bonner Foundation provides a scholarship to students in exchange for weekly commitment to intensive and meaningful service with a local community organization over their four years of college education.


Graduates big and small

First cousins Steven Chapman and Ridge Rathwell celebrated their graduations together last week. Steven, the 18-year-old son of Chip and Heather Chapman, graduated Friday from Daniel High School, while 4-year-old Ridge, son of Scott and Stephanie Rathwell, graduated from K4 at Six Mile Elementary. Ridge will be returning to K5 in August.


Pickens High School Class of 2019 – Awards and Honors

The following students graduated from Pickens High School during commencement ceremonies at Littlejohn Coliseum in Clemson on Saturday, May 25.

Chelsie Lynn Molica Aiken, Brooke Mackenzie Alexander, Carlton Edmond Alexander, Linda Caroline Alexander, Richard Chase Allison, Jacob William Anders, Zane Owen Anders, Je’na Cherokee Anderson.

Taylor Sabrina Bagwell, Emily Rae Bailey, Savannah Grace Bailey, Elizabeth Paige Barker, Dylan Kameron Barksdale, Jarod Wade Barton, Addison McKenzie Beard, Isaac Drake Beccue, Caleb Matthew Belcher, Abigail McKinzi Bergholm, Nichalos Bailey Berryhill, Kiara Savannah Biddle, Linda Bethanny Billingsley, Peyton Elijah Black, Teri Danielle Black, Dennis Colby Blakely, Sydney Lauren Bolding, Tristan Kent Bolding, Matthew Glenn Bowen, Allison Michelle Bradley, Jackson Wesley Bratton, Cassandra Elaine Brezeale, Sidney Marie Brezeale, Charles Brandon Bridgeman, Cassie Mae Bridges, Grayson Nicholas Broom, Christopher Dylan Broughton, Karson Breanna Brown, Ivy O’Lynn Bryan, Jesse Edwin Burdine, Juan DeMarco Burgess, Kiersten Elizabeth Burke, Alexander Elliott Butts, Corbin Xavier Byers, Barry Robert Bynum.

Randy Lee Cain, Sarah Jenae Elizabeth Cain, Kelli Lauren Callahan, Khalil Tariq Cannon, Jasper Douglas Cantrell, Anthony Jamar Canty, Savannah Ileatha Cardinale, Wyatt Lucas Carlson, John Nolan Case, Jeremy Dale Cassell, Alexis Kay Chandler, Kali Michelle

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