Daily Archives: 06/11/2019

Courier Obituaries 6-12-19


EASLEY — Mr. Donald Ray Rippy Jr., 60, husband of Jennifer Myers Rippy, passed away on Sunday, June 9, 2019, at his home.

Born in Charlotte, N.C., a son of the late Donald Ray Rippy Sr. and the late Hazel Hager Rippy, Mr. Rippy was a graduate of Minor High School and was retired from King Asphalt. Donald loved woodworking and was an avid Alabama Crimson Tide Football fan, but most of all he loved his family and his grandbabies.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are four daughters, Ashley Morrison (Kevin) of Liberty, Alycia Avery (Jason) of Jacksonville, Fla., Kathryn Mills (Travis) of Birmingham, Ala., and Carmen Shaw of Easley; a son, Noah Shaw of Easley; a brother, Bobby Rippy (Lisa) of Pineville, N.C.; a sister, Wanda Welch (Jeff Baumgarner) of Concord, N.C.; four grandchildren, Samuel Mills, Reece Mills, Caroline Mills and Loghan Morrison; and one grandchild on the way, Jesse Mills.

The family will host a memorial service at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, at 5 Point Church in Easley.

Memorials may be made to the 5 Point Church Food Pantry Fund, P.O. Box 1827, Easley, SC 29641.

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


EASLEY — James Ross Crum, 89, passed away on Monday, June 10, 2019, at his home.

Born in Pickens County, he was a son of the late James Edgar Crum and Georgia Ellen Ross Crum.

Mr. Crum proudly served his country during the Vietnam War, retiring from the U.S. Air Force after 20 years of dedicated service. Following retirement from the Air Force, he was a self-employed electrician. He was raised in Arial United Methodist Church and was a member of Morningstar Independent Baptist Church. He was also a member of the Mountain Springs Masonic Lodge #302 A.F.M., the American Legion Post #172 and the Columbia Lions Club.

Surviving are his wife of 10 years, Peggy Thomas Corn Crum of the home; daughters, Linda Ellen Smith (Roger) of Six Mile and Judith Crum Henderson and April Marie Crum Stewart (Chad), all of Easley; sons, Ronald Edward Crum and Michael Wayne Crum,

Summertime fun

For several reasons I always looked forward to summertime. The last day of school was greatly anticipated. Kinda like saying “Amen” to a six-month-long prayer or blessing, or eating the last morsel of cake or pie. A time of adventure, a time of discovery — and sadly a time to be Daddy’s slave or convict, at least in our minds.

I might add that a dad’s mind and a boy’s mind don’t work — did I say work, there’s that word again — the same. He’s thinking “look at the pulpwood in that pine,” while the boy is thinking, “this pine tree would make one heck of a treehouse.”

Speaking of treehouses, Joe McCollum and I constructed our best-ever treehouse in the pine thicket immediately above the yonder side of the lake. It had it all — a roof, floor, window and a hinged door, all of which were compliments of a certain George W. O’Shields. However, somehow we forgot to ask him if we could borrow all that extra building material.

The entry up to the house was via several small wooden boards attached to two spindly pine trees adjacent to the house. One afternoon, I discovered that No. 8 nails were not long enough to support oneself while climbing up and down this contraption called a ladder. One of the steps pulled free as I started to descend, and I vaguely recall examining it during the nanosecond it took me to fall the 15 feet to the ground, knocking

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It’s coming, and nobody can stop it

It’s coming, and nobody can stop it. We know it’s out there, just beyond the horizon. But we can already hear the rumble of the approach.

Can we stand another one? It isn’t a tornado, a hurricane, a typhoon, an earthquake or another world war. It’s the 2020 election looming.

There’s nothing wrong with having an election. We have had many in the past, and hopefully more to come, unless we regress and embrace a monarchy. I welcome the debates. They are often interesting, if somewhat predictable, unless we have to suffer a rogue candidate.

We have problems, and we need some thoughtful, practical solutions.

I don’t look forward to a blitz of negative political ads. And the blame game doesn’t take us far above third grade.

It essentially consists of grown-ups saying that it isn’t their fault things went wrong. It’s

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Courier Letters to the Editor 6-12-19

Dear Editor,

Last week, I wrote on obvious solutions for Hagood Mill. Those solutions included a $5-$10 admission charge for the third Saturday events, with children 12 and under getting in for free.

In addition to those options, they could set up a GoFundMe page to raise money. The animal shelter in Liberty did that last year, and it paid them the money they needed.

They could also apply for grants.

Diane Finley



CU, United Way studying hunger in Pickens County

Are people going hungry in Pickens County? Based on requests for United Way funding, calls from neighbors in need and anecdotal stories about hungry children, we would conclude, yes, hunger or “food insecurity” is an important issue in Pickens County. How do we really know?

In July 2018, Clemson University named Dr. Leslie Hossfeld as dean of the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences. Her field of expertise? Food insecurity! As a new resident of the Upstate, Dr. Hossfeld also wanted to understand the needs of her community.

It was only logical that Clemson University and United Way of Pickens County would join forces to conduct an extensive community-wide food insecurity study in Pickens County. Under the leadership of Dr. Catherine Mobley, a leading professor in the Department of Sociology, Anthropology and Criminal Justice, a

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Grilling up a homemade gift

Impress dad with your DIY skills this Father’s Day

As a child, you knew dad would be thrilled with whatever card or sculpture your creative mind could conjure. As an adult, you can still give him a homemade gift for Father’s Day, but with a grown-up twist he can appreciate just as much.

Almost nothing beats a savory steak sizzling hot off the grill, and ribeyes are one of the most popular and flavorful cuts you can choose. Remember, though, not all ribeyes are the same. Learn about the different cuts and styles from the experts at Omaha Steaks:

The classic ribeye is rich and well-marbled, a true steak-lover’s steak with flavor that multiplies as marbling melts during cooking, creating buttery richness and irresistible steak flavor. A classic ribeye is easy to cook on the grill, in a pan or seared and roasted in the oven, and it’s easy to season since the rich beef flavor doesn’t require much help.

Bone-in Ribeye Cowboy Steaks

A Private Reserve Bone-In Ribeye, often called the “Cowboy Steak,” features flavor and tenderness with plenty of marbling for a signature ribeye taste. The bone-in cut not only lends even more flavor and extra juiciness, it makes for a striking presentation on a

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Leadership Pickens County graduates 19 in class of 2019

EASLEY — On May 21, 19 local business leaders graduated as members of the Leadership Pickens County (LPC) Class of 2019.

Established in 1991, LPC is sponsored by the chambers of commerce in Pickens County and provides a framework of experiences for local leaders to become more informed and actively involved in the decision-making processes of their community. LPC includes an opening retreat followed by nine full-day sessions that address areas of leadership skills, diversity, education, government, health care, community service, economic development and tourism/recreation. The program is open to anyone who lives or works in Pickens County.

Graduates of the LPC Class of 2019 include Justin Baldwin (5 Point Church), Jason Berry (Pickens County Advocacy Center),

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Courier Community Calendar 6-12-19

• Youth cheer camp set at Pickens High

The Pickens High School varsity and JV cheerleaders are sponsoring a youth cheer camp on Saturday, Aug. 3, in the cheer room at PHS from 9 a.m. until noon. The cost is $30 per child, and ages 6-12 may register beginning at 8:30 a.m. Cash or checks made payable to PHS will be accepted. There will be a showcase at 11:30 a.m., and all parents, families and friends are invited to attend. Contact or for more information.

• 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.

• Pickens community to celebrate Flag Day

The public is invited to the second annual Pickens Community Flag Day Celebration at Griffin Ebenezer Baptist Church on Friday,

Picnics call for Potato Salad

By Olivia Fowler
For the Courier

There are a lot of potato salad recipes floating around out there.

Everybody has a favorite — usually the one Mama made, learned at her own mother’s knee.

The four recipes offered this week are all potato salad, just maybe not exactly what you usually eat.

It never hurts to try a new twist on an old favorite, so I heartily recommend these. You’re sure to like at least one of them.


High school juniors graduate from Junior Leadership Pickens County

EASLEY — On May 16, 27 local high school juniors, representing all four high schools in Pickens County, graduated from Junior Leadership Pickens County (JLPC) Class VII.

Presented by the Greater Easley Chamber of Commerce, JLPC is sponsored by Prisma Health-Baptist Easley Hospital and the YMCA of Easley, Pickens and Powdersville.

JLPC assists in the development of future leaders by providing programs to acquaint students with community successes and challenges; encouraging acceptance of civic

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