Courier Obits 4-19-17

Faye Harris Marple

CLEVELAND — Faye Carolyn Harris Marple, 78, of Cleveland, wife of the late Robert Neil Marple, passed away on Saturday, April 15, 2017, at her home.

Born in Charleston, she was the daughter of the late Cecil and Vivian James Harris and was a retired educator for the Special School District of St. Louis, Mo.

Surviving are her three sons, Craig Scott Marple of Ravensdale, Wash., Mark Edward Marple

of Chicago, Ill., and Todd Marple of Cleveland, S.C.; one sister, Marie Johnson and two grandchildren, Catherine Marie Marple and Meredith Lynn Marple.

Mrs. Marple was also predeceased by one sister, Becky Ballard and two brothers, Butch Harris and Phillip Harris.

Services will be private.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Marple family.

Sarah Eloise Hiott

Pickens — Eloise Kay Hiott, 80, died Monday, April 10, 2017, at her home.

Eloise was born September 11, 1936, in Six Mile to David Rudolph and Ruth Garrett Kay. She was a member of Pickens First Baptist Church and was a member of the Hiott/Lanham Sunday School Class. She was the wife of the late Gary Hiott Jr.

Surviving are her children, Kay Ballard (Wes), Al Hiott (Dena), Kerry Harper (David) and Davey Hiott (Lisa), seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

The family received friends April 13 in the fellowship hall of Pickens First Baptist Church. Services followed in the church sanctuary.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Samaritan Health Clinic of Pickens County, 303 Dacusville Highway, Easley, SC 29640, FCA of Pickens First Baptist Church or Lottie Moon Christmas Offering in care of Pickens First Baptist Church, 406 East Main St., Pickens, SC 29671.

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Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Hiott family.

Ann Jean Duncan Poulos

Easley — Ann Jean Duncan Poulos, 86, went home to be with the Lord Jesus Christ on Thursday April 13, 2017, at NHC Healthcare in Greenville after a long illness.

She was born in Greenville on Feb. 14, 1931, to the late Mr. and Mrs. James Homer Duncan. Mrs. Poulos is the granddaughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. John S. White of Pickens and the late Mr. and Mrs. Jess W. Duncan of Travelers Rest.

She is the wife of John T. Poulos Jr. of Pickens for nearly 68 years. Survived by her daughter, Ann Michele Poulos of Pickens; sister, Rebecca Duncan Doyle (Edward T., Jr.) of Hockessin, Del.; nieces: Rebecca Henry (Michael J.) of Sicklerville, N.J., Erin Lindsay Doyle of Wilmington, Del., Jackie Gamadanis Fears (Emory) of Forest Park, Ga., and Karen Gamadanis Sturdevant (Kenneth) of Cumming, Ga.; nephews: Matthew Edward Doyle of Newark, Delaware and David Gamadanis (Dawn) of Acworth, Ga.; grandnieces: Sarah Anne Henry of Sicklerville, N.J., Olivia Gamadanis of Acworth, Ga. and Ashley Fears Beasley of Murfreesboro, Tenn.; and grandnephew: Michael Andrew Henry of Sicklerville, N.J. Mrs. Poulos is the sister of late Linda Duncan Cox of Woodbury, N.J.

She enjoyed life, loved meeting people and was a great conversationalist — a natural storyteller of our family’s history and times. She loved her family and friends most of all. She loved to help others. Her work was rewarding, and she thrived on assisting others toward a better quality of life. Her gift was finding the means to provide the necessary services for others. Her compassionate heart for her fellow men and women was the fuel which ignited her talent.

Mrs. Poulos graduated from Spartanburg High School in Spartanburg. She attended a year at Spartanburg Junior College before marrying John and moving to Clemson University. After his graduation, they moved to Richmond, Va., and then to Augusta, Ga., to build the Savannah River Plant with the DuPont Company.

Later, when her husband and family moved to Wilmington, Del., in 1954 with the DuPont Company, she truly began on her path to serving her community through the various organizations. Every organization she pursued imposed a purpose that transcended the previous achievements. Her belief was to improve others’ lives.

She assisted in organizing the Kidney Foundation and the Muscular Dystrophy Association in the state of Delaware and served on their boards. She served on the Health Agencies Board for Delaware and Strawbridge and Clothiers Department Store Board.

She was president of the New Century Club, the Wilmington Symphony and the State Federation of Women Clubs. She also served as a Parliamentarian in several organizations.

Her artistic talents and the love of flowers guided her to compete and place in flower arrangement and table topic tea shows. She served as a flower show judge in Wilmington Del.

In her spare time, using her love of antiques and history, she served as a guide for 13 years at the internationally known Winterthur Museum of American Decorative Arts in Winterthur, Del.

Mrs. Poulos was employed as District Director for Muscular Dystrophy Association for Delaware and Southern New Jersey where she established the first MDA Doctors Clinic at the Alfred I. du Pont Children’s Orthopedic Hospital and created the first national MDA Youth Committee. During the Jerry Lewis Telethon, she served as the MDA coordinator for the New York and Canadian broadcasting market, and other regional broadcasting markets.

After her husband’s retirement, they moved to Easley, where she continued her community involvement and served as: President of the Pickens Historical Society and served on the committee that established the Hagood-Mauldin Historical House and Irma Morris Museum of Fine Arts in Pickens, Regent for Daughters of the American Revolution Fort Prince Charles Chapter, Easley, and for the United Daughters of the Confederacy James L. Orr Chapter, No. 1687, Central.

In her later years, she and her husband lived in Cave Creek, Ariz., for a decade, then returned to Pickens six years ago. She is a member of the Easley First Baptist Church.

The family extends their deepest thanks to the doctors and staff at the Bon Secours St. Francis Downtown and at NHC Healthcare of Greenville for their professional practice and committed care.

She is greatly loved and admired by her family and friends, and will truly be missed by all of us.

Visitation will be from 1-2 p.m. Saturday, April 22, at Dillard Funeral Home. Services will follow in the Dillard Funeral Home chapel at 2 p.m. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorial donations made to: the Pickens County Historical Society, P.O. Box 775, Pickens, SC 29671; Easley First Baptist Church, East 300 First Avenue, Easley, SC 29640; or the Ladies Mission Group at Pleasant Grove Baptist Church, 620 Pleasant Grove Road, Pickens, SC 29671.

Pallbearers are Edward T. Doyle, Matthew E. Doyle, Michael C. Gerald, Robert N. Williams Jr., Bradley Williams, Del King, Michael J. Henry and George Bryant.

Honorary pallbearers are John McIntyre, Ray Thompson, Parker Haskett, Michael Tate, David Gamadanis, Philip Craig, Emory Fears, Jeffrey Filmon, Michael Tate, Kenneth Sturdevant and Nicolas Peck.

Flora Mae Nix

SaleM — Flora Mae Holcombe Nix, 76, widow of Jimmy Doc “JD” Nix, passed from this life on Friday, March 24, 2017.

Mrs. Nix was born in Pickens County a daughter of the late Avery Belton and Janie Beth Todd Holcombe. She was a homemaker and was of the Church of God faith. In years past, Mrs. Nix served as a sitter for children.

Survivors include daughters, Sherry Lynn Nix Wheless of Salem, Nancy Nix Bryce (Gary) of Pickens, Deborah Beth Nix Gilmer of Belton, and Rhonda Nix Sullivan (Stan) of Iva; and a son, Jimmy Dale Nix of Warrenton, Ga. Also surviving are 11 grandchildren, 19 great grandchildren and sisters, Mary Alice Cornett and Betty Jane Carter (Jake) both of Anderson, and Barbara Jean Nix of Six Mile and a brother, Dover ray Holcombe of Easley.

Mrs. Nix was preceded in death by a brother, Louie Franklin Holcombe.

Funeral services were held March 29 in the Dillard Funeral Home chapel, with burial following at Gap Hill Baptist Church cemetery.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Gentiva Hospice and to Chaplain Kevin Thompson.

A message of condolence may be expressed to the family by visiting

Martha Carolyn

Ellison Stephens

EASLEY — Martha Carolyn Ellison Stephens, 73, died April 13, 2017 at her home.

Martha was born in Greenville, daughter of the late, James Herman and Mary Frances Duvall Ellison of Easley.

Martha is survived by her sister, Virginia Gray of Easley; Son, Michael D. Stephens of Easley; and Daughter, Mary T. Stephens of Easley; and granddaughter, Tiffany Stephens of Easley.

Martha was a member of Crosswell First Baptist Church in Greenville.

The family will receive friends from 5-5:45 p.m. Thursday, April 20, followed by a service conducted by Rev. Rex Simmons at 6 p.m., to be held at Crosswell First Baptist, 219 S Fishtrap Road, Greenville.

The families are at their respective homes.

Memorials may be made to Interim Healthcare Hospice.

Ressie G. Swayngham

Easley — Mrs. Ressie Rebecca Gillespie Swayngham, 88, wife of the late William Paul Swayngham Sr., passed away Friday, April 14, 2017, at her home.

Born in Anderson County, a daughter of the late William Thomas and Dovey Lee Chastain Gillespie, Mrs. Swayngham was a homemaker and a charter member of Brushy Creek Baptist Church.

Surviving are two daughters, Joyce Durham (Larry) and Shirlee Bagwell (Jim), all of Easley; a son, William Paul Swayngham, Jr. (Vickie) of Easley; five grandchildren, Paula Lollis, Kim Stocks, William Paul Swayngham, III., Jennifer Wilson and Walker Durham; seven great-grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; and a dear friend, Madison Jameson. In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Swayngham was predeceased by two brothers, Lonnie and Harold Gillespie; and a sister, Mary Ruth Wyatt.

Private graveside services will be held at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

The family is at the home.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff members of Blue Ridge Hospice for the love and care they have provided for Mrs. Swayngham.

Memorials may be made to Brushy Creek Baptist Church, 100 Clay Street, Easley, SC 29642.

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

Gary Lee King

EASLEY — Gary Lee King, 62, of Easley, passed away on Wednesday, April 12, 2017, at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Born in Florence, he was the son of the late Maxwell and Eleanor Scott King. He was a member of Peters Creek Baptist Church and enjoyed building projects and loved spending time with his grandchildren.

Surviving are his wife of 42 years, Susan Chastain King; two sons, Gary Lee King, Jr. and Jefferson Davis King; one brother, James King; one sister, Susan Smith; five grandchildren, Talitha King, Jefferson Davis King, Jr., Maxwell King, Keilah King, and Aydan King; three step-grandchildren, Ty Phillips, Landon Robertson and Kenleigh Harris.

Graveside services wereheld on Tuesday, April 18, at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the King family.

MSGT Randolph C. Dawkins Sr.

Easley — Randolph Carter Dawkins Sr., 87, went home to be with his Lord and Saviour on April 15, 2017.

He served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He later retired from Joe’s Tire service after 20 years and was an independent life insurance agent for 10 years. He was a long-time member of Geer Memorial Baptist Church.

He was preceded in death by his loving wife, Loyce Dabbs Dawkins, an infant daughter, Carol Susan Dawkins, his mother, Fronnie Elizabeth Dawkins, his father, Dr. Charles Donald Dawkins Sr., and one brother.

He is survived by his sons, Randolph Carter Dawkins, Jr. (Audrey) and Charles “Chuck” Bryant Dawkins (Marian); He also leaves behind six grandchildren, eight great-grandchildren and his precious Lilly.

A visitation will be held from 1:30-2:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 19, with a service to follow at 2:30 p.m. at Geer Memorial Baptist Church. A private interment will be held in Rockingham, N.C., at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Pickens County Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 184, Easley, SC 29640.

Liberty Mortuary and Cremation Services are handling arrangements.

Lonella V. McCracken

Easley — Lonella Vivian Bates McCracken, 89, wife of George Allen “Butch” McCracken passed from this life on Friday, April 7, 2017.

Mrs. McCracken was born in Liberty, a daughter of the late George and Junia Marie Benjamin Bates. She was retired from Countryside Village where she served as a CNA for many years and she was a member of Golden Creek Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband of 34 years, Butch McCracken of the home, one son, Stephen Douglas Thomas of Easley; and six daughters, Linda Lester of Greenville, Brenda Waters, Pamela Anderson, Veronica Wimpey, and Renee Elswick all of Easley and Junia Marie Thomas of Williamston.

Services were held April 10 in the Dillard Funeral Home chapel in Pickens with burial following at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens.

Memorials may be made to Amedisys Hospice, 250 Commonwealth Drive, Suite 105, Greenville, SC 29615.

A message of condolence may be expressed to the family by visiting

Lucille T. Gravely

Pickens — Lucille Trotter Gravely, 81, wife of James Furman Gravely went to be with her Lord Tuesday April 11, 2017, in Pickens.

Mrs. Gravely was born in Pickens County, the daughter of the late William Bennett Trotter and Jeanette Jones Trotter.

Mrs. Gravely retired from Alice Manufacturing as a weaver and a member of Porters Chapel United Methodist Church where she was active in the Fellowship class and the Senior Action of the Church.

Survivors include her husband of 61 years, two sons Jimmy Gravely (Cindy) of Pickens, Eddie Gravely (Jennifer) of Pickens; four grandchildren Lacey Gravely Greenleaf (Brian), Emily Gravely, Levi Gravely, and Emma Gravely and two great grandchildren; Adian Greenleaf and Hadley Greenleaf. Mrs. Gravely also leaves a special niece; Vickie Crawford (Bill) to share in her memory.

Services were held April 14 in the Dillard Funeral Home chapel, with burial following at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens.

Online condolences may be expressed by visiting Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Gravely family.

Judy Curtis

Easley — Mrs. Judy Kay Smith Curtis, 73, wife of Harry Curtis, passed away Friday, April 14, 2017, at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Born in Huntington, WV, a daughter of the late Everett Raymond and Freda Juanita Davis Smith, Mrs. Curtis worked in communications with Liberty Life Insurance for more than ten years and later retired as an educator with the University of South Carolina Upstate. She was of the Presbyterian faith.

Surviving, in addition to her husband of 47 years, are a son, DaJuan Robert Curtis of Greenville; a daughter, Taylor Curtis Dibler (Mark) of Liberty; a sister, Carol S. Johnson of Romney, WV; and two grandchildren, Sonja Lyann Dibler and Willow Katherine Dibler.

The family hosted a memorial service on Tuesday, April 18.

Memorials may be made to Greenville County Animal Care, 328 Furman Hall Road #C, Greenville, SC 29609.

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

Richard Terry Peterson

Liberty — Richard Terry Peterson, 62, of 202 Odell Drive, died Saturday, April 15, 2017, at his residence.

Born in Burnsville, N.C., he was the husband of VaughnDe Smith Peterson and a son of Stella McCurry Peterson of Slater and the late Dick H. Peterson. Mr. Peterson attended Greenville Technical College where he earned an associate’s degree in Respiratory Therapy. He enjoyed the outdoors, especially hunting, fishing and gardening. He was of the Baptist faith.

Surviving in addition to his wife and mother are a daughter, Sarah Elizebeth Peterson of Easley; a son, Matthew Glenn Peterson of Easley; a brother, Larry Peterson of Slater; his father in law, Brack Smith of Easley; two brothers in law, Kirk Smith (Sharon) of Anderson, and Carl Smith (Heather) of Easley; nieces and nephews, Kelsey Smith, Cameron Smith, and Megan Smith.

Funeral services for Mr. Peterson will be held at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 20 in the Liberty Mortuary Chapel. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at the mortuary. Burial will follow at Liberty Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers the family requests memorials be made to the Make-A-Wish Foundation: Make-A-Wish America, Gift Processing, 4742 North 24th Street, Suite 400, Phoenix, AZ 85016.

The family will be at the home. Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements

Barbara Black

Easley — Mrs. Barbara Ann Julian Black, 71, formerly of Hitt Road, and wife of the late Jerry Haden Black, passed away Sunday, April 16, 2017 at Pruitt Health Care, High Point, N.C.

Born in Guilford County, N.C., a daughter of the late Arthur Frank Julian and Alice Stevenson Julian;

Mrs. Black retired from Stone Manufacturing and was a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church. She enjoyed collecting lighthouses, and reading.

Surviving are a daughter, Tammy Black of Easley; and a sister, Betty Stewart of Randleman, N.C.

Funeral services will be at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 21, at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, with burial to follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends prior to the service from 3-3:45 p.m. on Friday at the church.

The family will be at the home of Geraldine Ramey, 143 Farrs Road, Easley, SC 29640.

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