Monthly Archives: February 2023

Religion has a common foundation

The divine Abrahamic religions of Judaism, Christianity, Islam and the Baha’i faith consist of two types of ordinances: first, those that constitute the essential and spiritual teachings of the Word of God, and second, the laws and ordinances that are temporary (such as dietary laws), which vary, from age to age, according to the needs of humanity.

Of the first type, these are faith in God, the acquisition of moral virtues and the expression of God’s bounty and holy spirit. This is the sacred core and most important, essential aspect of religion. This knowledge of God is the fundamental need of humanity. Our salvation and moral development is dependent on this knowledge, for without it, we are

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His invitation to the world

Kentucky is having amazingly warm weather for February and actually broke records the other day. My grass is turning green, and soon everything will be budding and we will be out mowing.

Kentucky has also been in the news about having a spiritual revival at the Asbury College campus for the last several weeks. We are encouraged to see that many revivals are now happening around the nation.

I’ve written a couple of columns recently about spiritual awakenings, reminding us that we do not need to wait for

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Courier Obituaries 3-1-23


EASLEY  — María A. Mendoza, 88, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2023.

María was born in Cuba, on June 23, 1934, to the late Joaquín García and Ramona Medina. María was a great prayer warrior and loved to sing hymns and read her Bible. She enjoyed reading, crosswords, coloring and watching game shows such as “Jeopardy” and “Exatlón Estados Unidos.”

María is survived by three daughters, Silvia Mendoza (Michael DeMolina), Dámaris Rodríguez (Luis) and Lidia Fernández (Alex); four grandchildren, Valerie Rodríguez Michelena (Matthew), Britney Fernández, Jonathan Fernández and Ryan Rodríguez; one sister, Orfa García; and nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, María was preceded in death by her husband, Celso J. Mendoza; and one brother, Joaquín García.

A graveside service will be held at 10:30 a.m. Monday, March 6, at Dade South Memorial Park in Miami, Fla.







CENTRAL — Specialist Jacob Eric Bright, U.S. Army National Guard, 22, passed away on Feb. 18, 2023.

Born in Easley, he was the son of Janet Lee Arnold Bright and Eric and Dawn Bright. Jacob was a 2019 graduate of D.W. Daniel High School, where he was member of the wrestling team and active in the JROTC. Even after graduation, he volunteered his time to assist the JROTC at Daniel High School.

He was currently serving his country in the U.S. Army National Guard, mobilized to the National Capital Region, 2-263 Air Defense Artillery Battalion in support of Operation Noble Eagle. Jacob was a member of Greater Life Worship Center, where he was an active member of the youth program and assisted with the media.

He is survived by his parents, Janet Lee Arnold Bright of Greenville and Eric and Dawn Bright of Central; brothers, Matthew A. Bright of Greenville, Jonathan Bright (Kimberly Black) of Central, Aaron Akins (Tiffany Cole) of Central and Daniel Akins (Abby Burton) of Taylors; grandparents, Stanley and Jan Bright and Barbara Schweers; nieces, Aliyah Bright, Raylee Bright and Bayleigh Akins; and a nephew, Bentley Akins.

The family received friends on Feb. 27 at Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home in Central.

Funeral services were held on Feb. 28 in the funeral home chapel. Burial with full military honors followed at Cross Roads Baptist Church Cemetery, Easley.

In lieu of flowers, the family request donations be made to D.W. Daniel High School JROTC, 140 Blue and Gold Blvd., Central, SC 29630, Attn: Tiffany Cole. Please put on memo line Bright, JROTC.

Visit or Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home and Cremations, Central-Clemson Commons.

DAR brightens vets’ Valentine’s Day

CLEMSON ­— Valentine love and goodies surprised residents at Richard Campbell Veterans Home and Everlan and Dominion Senior Living in Clemson

Members of Fort Prince George Chapter Daughters of the American Revolution loaded up six baskets with gifts during their February chapter meeting and then surprised the residents of Richard Campbell

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Now open in Pickens

Last Thursday, a ribbon was cut to open Pickens’ newest eatery — Willie’s Wieners. The new business is located at 2630 Gentry Memorial Highway in Pickens, next to SouthCack Taproom. Willie’s is open 11 a.m.-7 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday. Pictured are Angela Dalton of Dalton Jewelry, Pickens Police Chief Randal Beach, Pickens Mayor Fletcher Perry, Debbie Gravely of the Greater Pickens Chamber of Commerce board, owner Chris Lomax, chamber executive director Bryan Owens, Don Carpenter of Magic & Smiles, Brady Seavey and Ashley Goss of TD Bank, Allison Fowler of Pickens County and Brittany Chapman of Alliance Pickens.

Courier Community Calendar 3-1-23

• Scouts to hold 3rd annual food drive

The third annual community food drive sponsored by Scout Troop 51 and Cub Scout Pack 51 will be held this Saturday, March 4.
Canned goods and other non-perishable items will be collected at the Pickens Amphitheater between 10 a.m. and noon. Financial contributions will also be accepted. The business, organization or church donating most items will receive the Golden Can Award.
Last year, more than 2,348 items and $200 in donations were collected. All items and donations will go to the Gleaning House Food Pantry.
Email with any questions.

• St. Michael’s oyster roast set for March 18

St. Michael’s Episcopal Church will host its annual oyster roast from 2-5 p.m. Saturday, March 18, at 1200 Powdersville Road in Easley. Proceeds from the event

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Courier Comics, Puzzles and Games 3-1-23

Courier Notice to Creditors 3-1-23

All persons having claims against the following estates MUST file their claims on Form #371ES with the Probate Court of PICKENS COUNTY, the address of which is 222 MCDANIEL AVE., B-16 PICKENS, SC 29671, within eight (8) months after the date of the first publication of this Notice to Creditors or within one (1) year from date of death, whichever is earlier (SCPC 62-3-801, et seq.), or such persons shall be forever barred as to their claims. All claims are required to be presented in written statements on the prescribed form (FORM #371ES) indicating the name and address of the claimant, the basis of the claim, the amount claimed, the date when the claim will become due, the nature of any uncertainty as to the claim, and a description of any security as to the claim.

Estate: Julia Jane Elgin

Courier Legal Notices 3-1-23

March 18, 2023 @ 10:00 am
410 Trotter Road, Pickens, SC
at Trotter Road Self Storage

Unit #’s #19 (lessee is Danny & Dawn Turner & Sarah Jones), #4 (lessee is Jessica Godfrey), #5 (lessee is Edna Smith), #12 (lessee is Ruth Rollins), #6 (lessee is Justina Marburger), #16 (lessee is unknown) and #26 (lessee is Kevin Moore) to be auctioned to highest bidder, cash only, payment due at time of auction. Units