Courier Obituaries 3-21-18

Diana Lynn T. Moody

LIBERTY — Mrs. Diana Lynn Tovrea Moody, 64, wife of Robert Louis Moody, passed away Sunday, March 18, 2018.

Born in Aurora, Ill., a daughter of the late James Charles and Mattie Frances Daughtry Tovrea, Mrs. Moody received her associate degree from Tri-County Technical College and was the manager of faculty services at Southern Wesleyan University. She was of the Baptist faith.

Surviving, in addition to her husband of 44 years, are a daughter, Rebecca Lynn Moody Banks of Liberty; two sons, James Robert Moody of Liberty and Stephen Philip Moody (Samantha) of Greenville; three sisters, Kathleen Jean Tovrea and Loretta Sylvia Tovrea, both of Greenville, and Sally Jean Tovrea George of Liberty; eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild on the way.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Powdersville Road. Burial will follow in Robinson Memorial Gardens.

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

Starr Craig

PICKENS — Hope Starr (French) Craig of Pickens died peacefully at home on March 9, 2018, after a six-year battle with leukemia.

Starr was born on Jan. 18, 1947, in Portsmouth, N.H. Her parents, Frederick and Dorothy French, moved their family to Las Vegas when she was 8 years old, where she eventually met the love of her life and husband of almost 54 years, Philip Clarence Craig. They raised their two children, Kimberly Edith and Matthew Philip, out west in Nevada and Arizona. Over the years, they were blessed to have six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. As their family grew and changed, so did their locations, taking them to Oklahoma, back to Arizona, many trips to the Philippines, where their daughter and family served in missions, and upon retirement, to settle in Pickens, where she designed the home they had built on the property where Philip grew up.

Their son, Matthew, owner of Amber Island Tattoo, soon made Pickens home for his family as well. Wherever they lived, Starr quickly made it feel like home and bloomed where she was planted. Her family was her top priority, and she loved being a “homemaker.” In every place she called home, she was involved in a local church and in the community, ready to serve and develop lifelong friendships along the way. She is well known for her sincere hospitality and for making everyone feel like family. She was an encourager, artist, poet and a woman who authentically lived out her faith in Jesus Christ, even in her most difficult of days.

Starr will be deeply missed and fondly remembered by her husband, Philip; her children, Kim (Brent) Burdick and Matt (Hannah) Craig; her grandchildren, Drew, Dawson, Devri, Danya, Jaden and AmberLynn Starr; her great-grandchildren, Amelie and Mathis; and her siblings, Fred (Maria) French and Ruth Ann (Gordon) Rand.

A memorial service to celebrate and remember the life of our beloved Hope Starr Craig will be held at East Pickens Baptist Church, 2244 Gentry Memorial Highway, Pickens, SC 29671, on Wednesday, March 21, 2018, at 10 a.m.

Starr loved God’s Word, so in lieu of flowers, she requested that any donations be made to the Gideons at

Many thanks to Elljean Baptist Church and East Pickens Baptist Church for their unfailing support and for all who have upheld Starr and family in prayer.

Jamie Lee Atkins

EASLEY — Jamie Lee Atkins, 42, passed away Thursday, March 15, 2018.

Born in Pickens County, he is a son of the late Linda Dianne Barnes Atkins and Harold Durant Atkins of Easley. He was a member of Rock Springs Baptist Church.

Survivors include his father, Harold, of Easley; a sister, Janet Atkins Ivey (Rev. Mike Ivey) of Cramerton, N.C.; a brother, Joey D. Atkins of Easley; a nephew, Caleb Ivey; a niece, Kaitlyn Ivey; and many aunts, uncles and special friends.

Jamie was predeceased by his mother and his grandparents.

Visitation will be from 2-3 p.m. Wednesday, March 21, in the chapel of Mountain View Funeral Home, with the funeral to follow at 3 p.m. in the chapel, officiated by Rev. Mike Ivey and Janet Ivey. The burial will be at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens.

The family is at the home.

Mountain View is serving the Atkins family.

Johnny Joe Davis

PICKENS — Johnny Joe Davis, 78, husband of Mary Lillie Anthony Davis, passed from this life Tuesday, March 13, 2018.

Born in Pickens County, he is a son of the late Richey Lawrence (R.L.) “Bus” Davis and the late Lois Geneva Cantrell Davis.

Mr. Davis is a 1959 graduate of Pickens High School and continued his education at North Greenville Junior College, earning an Associate of Arts degree and a Bachelor of Arts degree at Bob Jones University. He worked for Young’s Drug Store in the 1950s, his passion was art and he was an avid artist. Mr. Davis was a member of Griffin Baptist Church and had retired from the Greenville News as the art director, specializing in ads for marketing.

Survivors include his loving wife of the home; a daughter, Lesli Hendricks (Wes) of Pickens; grandchildren, Davis Hendricks and Lillian Hendricks; and sisters, Jane Bearden, Lynda Haulter and Vikki Lesley.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

Services were held March 15 at Griffin Baptist Church, officiated by Rev. Mark Bernshausen followed by burial at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Griffin Baptist Church, 1629 Pumpkintown Highway, Pickens, SC 29671.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Davis family.

Danny Anders

EASLEY — Danny Joe Anders, 67, passed away on Monday, March 12, 2018.

Born in Greenville County, a son of the late Joe Anders and the late Bonnie Kate Mahaffey Anders, Danny graduated from Easley High School, Class of 1968. He retired from the S.C. Highway Patrol and proudly served in the U.S. Army during Vietnam. Mr. Anders was a a licensed pilot and a cherished member of Rock Springs Baptist Church.

Surviving are Shelby Anders and sons, Jonathan Daniel Anders (Caroline) of Simpsonville and Michael Aaron Anders (Beth) of Anderson; a brother, Steve Anders (Michelle) of Easley; and grandchildren, Daniel and Davis Anders of Simpsonville and Lauren Anders and Blake Anders of Anderson.

Funeral services were held March 15 at the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home – Powdersville Road, with burial following at Robinson Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to the S.C. Troopers Association, 4961 Broad River, Columbia, SC 29212.

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

Frances W. Hamlin

LIBERTY — Frances Whitlock Hamlin, 90, beloved wife of Rev. Charles A. Hamlin, completed her earthly journey Tuesday, March 13, 2018, after 90 years.

Born in Pickens County, she was a daughter of the late William R. Whitlock and Mary Frances Summey Whitlock.

Mrs. Hamlin was a graduate of Pendleton High School, and a member of Liberty First Baptist Church. As a partner alongside her minister husband, together they built homes and churches to change lives and to build character in hundreds of young lives and to help many to do what they thought could not be done. She served on boards and organizations for youth and civic life of the community and the Womens Club of Atlanta. A traveler, she visited 48 states, England, Jamaica and Canada, seeing the beauty of our great nation and its sorrow and glory. She loved the children in many places in South Carolina, Georgia and Louisiana from the campfire by Lake Pontchartrain to the backyards of many churches in South Carolina and our missions in England. She was also an avid W.M.U. leader wherever she lived.

Surviving are her husband of 70 years; a son, Jerry D. Hamlin of Pelzer; a granddaughter, Angela Hamlin Turner; sisters, Wanda Norton and Ida Nix, both of Liberty, and Alta Murrell of Easley; a sister-in-law, Zoe Whitlock of Liberty; and a son-in-law, Mel Golder of Statham, Ga.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a daughter, Deborah Golder; and a brother, James R. Whitlock.

Funeral services were held March 16 at Liberty First Baptist Church, with burial following in Flat Rock Baptist Church cemetery.

Flowers will be accepted.

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

Betty Lou Shannon Traynum

LIBERTY — Betty Lou Shannon Traynum, 82, widow of the late Major Francis Traynum, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, March 11, 2018.

Born on Dec. 10, 1935, in Columbia, she was the daughter of the late Leonard Taylor and Laura Blizzard Shannon. She was retired from Champion Aviation in Liberty and was a member of Liberty Christian Outreach Church.

Surviving are her two sons, Leonard Traynum (Felicia) of Six Mile and James Clinton Traynum (Tammy) of Six Mile; stepdaughter, Joan Bates and husband Jo of Greenville; six granddaughters, Kelsie, Tabatha, Kelly, Becky, Kasey and Kaelin; eight grandsons, David, Silco, Kailob, Koibee, Paul, David, Pruitt and Jon Paul; and 18 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Traynum was also predeceased by two sisters, Lydia Mae Shannon Henderson and Agnes Janie Shannon Dennis, and two brothers, James Taylor Shannon and Clinton Webster Shannon.

Funeral services were held March 15 in the Dillard Funeral Home chapel, with the Rev. Mike Morris officiating and burial following at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens.

Loving Memeories… Your gentle face and patient smile with sadness we recall, You had a kindly word for each and passed away beloved by all. The voice is mute and stilled the heart, that loved us well and true, Ah, bitter was the trial to part, From one so good as you. You are not forgotten love one nor will you ever be, as long as life and memory last, we will remember thee. We miss you now, our hearts are sore, as time goes by, we miss you more. Your loving smile, your gentle face, no one can fill your vacant place.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting

Doris Evelyn Burgess Trotter

PICKENS — Doris Evelyn Burgess Trotter, 76, of Pickens, went home to be with the Lord on Wednesday, March 14, 2018, at McCall Hospice House.

Born in Pickens County on April 21, 1941, she was the daughter of the late John Lawrence and Willie Mae Bowen Burgess. Mrs. Trotter was retired from Ryobi Manufacturing and was a member of Red Hill Baptist Church. She enjoyed gardening, camping and fishing with her family. She loved spending time with her grandchildren.

Surviving are her husband of 58 years, Gene C. Trotter; son, Randall Scott Trotter (Denise); one brother, Walter Andrew Burgess; four grandchildren, Dustin Trotter (Ashley), Alina Wright (Robert), Erica Bender and Chad Bender (Megan), and seven great-grandchildren, Ashton and Coleman Trotter, Bladen, Makayla, Kelsi and Ryland Wright and Wade Bender.

Mrs. Trotter was also predeceased by one sister, Betty Carol Dodson, and one brother, Buddy Jack Burgess.

Funeral services were held March 17 at Dillard Funeral Home chapel, with the Rev. Jeremy Merck and Rev. James Dyer officiating, with burial following at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens.

Memorials may be made to the McCall Hospice House, 1836 W. Georgia Rd., Simpsonville, SC 29671.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting

Ronald William Farmer

PICKENS ­— Ronald William Farmer, 70, husband of the late Evelyn Dodgens Farmer, went to be with the Lord Wednesday, March 14, 2018, at his home.

Mr. Farmer was born in Pickens County, son of the late Sarah Elizabeth Brezeale Farmer and Jay William Farmer.

Survivors include one daughter, Tish Powell (Eugene) of Pickens; one son, Travis Farmer of Easley; two sisters, Brenda Stewart (Fred) of Pickens and Jan Thompson (Jimmy) of Liberty; two brothers, Billy Farmer (Darlene) of Pickens and Michael Farmer (Evelyn) of Pickens; and two grandchildren, Morgan McConnell and Drew McConnell, both of Pickens.

Services were held March 17 in the chapel at Mountain View Funeral Home, with burial following in Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens.

Memorials may be made to St. Francis Cancer Center, 104 Innovation Drive, Greenville, SC 29607.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Farmer family.

Thomas William Tabor

EASLEY — Thomas William Tabor, 69, passed away Monday, March 12, 2018, at Baptist Easley.

Mr. Tabor was born in Mount Clemens, Mich., son of Hazel Welch Cook and the late Thomas W. Tabor. He was a veteran of the United States Army.

Survivors include two sons, Todd Tabor of Michigan and Billy Tabor; six brothers and three sisters.

Mr. Tabor was predeceased by his father, one brother and stepfather, Duane Cook.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Tabor family.


Houston, Texas — Dixie Barrett Carey passed away peacefully on Friday, March 16, at the age of 97 in Houston, Texas.

Dixie was born on Oct. 20, 1920, to William Anthony and Sarah Ethel Barnes Barrett. She was predeceased by her cherished husband, John Curtis Carey Jr. She was the youngest sister of Margaret Jeanette Barrett McCoy and Hugh Anthony Barrett, both deceased.

Dixie and John were married for 58 years and were the proud and devoted parents of seven surviving children: John A. Carey (Julie) of Albuquerque, N.M.; Jenna Alcott (Forbes) of Houston, Texas; Nada Carey of Tallahassee, Fla.; Hugh Carey (Barbara) of New Haven, Conn.; Brett Carey of Ivoryton, Conn.; Kellen Carey (Araceli) of Oaxaca, Mexico; and Roane Carey of New York; and 11 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and other family members.

Dixie was born in the small Wilcox County community of Sibbie, Ga., and raised in Barwick, Ga. Her mother died when she was age 2 and her father died when she was age 4. She was raised by her Aunt Abbie, Aunt Cad and Uncle John.

She graduated from high school in Barwick at age 14 and from the Georgia State College for Women (now Georgia College) in 1939 at age 18. She taught high school in small towns in Georgia and South Carolina for seven years. In 1946, she moved to Atlanta, and worked as an airline scheduler and hospital admissions director. She married her husband, John, in Atlanta in 1950.

John, of Pickens, was a corporation attorney, and the family lived in Atlanta, Columbia, S.C., and Birmingham, Ala. John and Dixie retired to the Texas Hill Country in 1984. John died in 2008. Dixie loved her children, bridge, reading, cooking, nature and the environment, hiking, traveling and volksmarching.

She will be remembered fondly for the love of her children, her warmth, smile and roaring, infectious laugh. There will be a private family service. In lieu of flowers, family and friends are encouraged to make contributions to the charity of their choice.

Don Alexander

PICKENS — Harold Donald “Don” Alexander, 77, passed from this life on Sunday March 18, 2018.

Don was born in Pickens County, eldest son of the late Harold and Verna Mae Hayes Alexander. He started his career in the stock room and later advanced to sales management at Poinsett Lumber Co., which later became Singer. He was an outside sales representative for Dixie Tool and Abrasive and retired from Associated Industrial Supply. During his retirement, he was the caretaker at Fall Creek Boat Storage. Don could often be found boating on Lake Jocassee with family and friends. He will be remembered by many for his apparel of choice, a cut off T-shirt. Don was an avid outdoorsman, and a favorite pastime was watching wildlife at “the garden spot.” He enjoyed driving through the Horse Pasture, where he could be among nature and beautiful unspoiled scenery. He loved Pickin’ in Pickens — the Bluegrass Festival, Deer Camp and golf. Don was a lifelong supporter of Pickens High School athletics, especially the Blue Flame football team, where he assisted coaches Bill Isaacs and Andy Virgil on the sidelines for many years.

Don is survived by his daughters, Teri Alexander, Deena McCollum (Jimmy), Sanya Hodge and Tanya Gravely, and his son, Harold Alexander (Carla), eleven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Also surviving are sisters Mildred Dow and Joyce Alexander and brothers David Alexander and Mike Alexander.

In addition to his parents, Don was preceded in death by Wanda Alexander and his daughter, Alison Collins.

The family will receive friends at Dillard Funeral Home from 2-3:45 p.m. Thursday, March 22, with a graveside service following at 4 p.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

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

The family members are at their respective homes.

Memorials may be made to the Pickens High School Athletic Association, 150 Blue Flame Drive, Pickens, SC 29671

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Alexander Family.

Mable Moss

CENTRAL — Mable Smith Moss, 89, of 1916 Maw Bridge Road, died Friday, March 16, 2018, at AnMed Healthcare in Anderson.

Born in Six Mile, she was the widow of John Marshall Moss and a daughter of the late Elmer and Selma Holladay Smith. She was a homemaker, enjoyed flower gardening and attended Gap Hill Baptist Church.

Surviving are a daughter, Juliea C. Branyon of Westminster; three sons, Randy Moss (Gayla) of Central, Clifton Moss of the home and Wayland Moss (Tina) of Central; two sisters, Jeanette Thomas and Eloise Pitts, both of Central; three brothers, Brian, Carlos and Wallace Smith, all of Central; grandchildren, Chris Branyon (Amber), Jesse Moss (Allison), Miranda Ragsdale (Scott), Leslie Horton (Trey), Ken O’Shea (Ginny), Tammy Gunter (Josh), Andy O’Shea (Missy) and Kevin O’Shea (Rebecca); and great-grandchildren, Brittany, Breanna, C.J., Alabama, Joseph, Michaela, Aiden, Mackenzie, Sebastion, Jasmine, Madison, Abby, Cheyanne, Gabriel, Alexa, Gage, Xavier, Allisen, Daner, Gracie and Emma.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Marie Porter and Willimena Allsep, a brother, Howard Smith, and a grandson, Joe Branyon.

Graveside services to honor the life of Mrs. Moss will be at 12:30 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at Memory Gardens. The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, March 21, at Liberty Mortuary.

Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

James Martin Tinsley

EASLEY — James Martin Tinsley, 61, of Easley, passed away on Saturday March 17, 2018, at his home.

Born on Sept. 24, 1956, in Oconee County, he was the son of the late Gwendolyn Suddeth Black and Martin Tinsley Jr. He was retired from the United States Postal Service and was a U.S. Army veteran.

Surviving are his wife, Jennie Parker Tinsley; three daughters, Beverly Fincannon (Michael), Stephanie Holcombe (Matthew), and Amber Mitchell; three sons, James R. Tinsley (Thalia), Robert Fowler and Robbie Pitzer (Tara); one brother, Roger Alan Tinsley (Connie); one nephew, A.J. Tinsley; 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

The family will receive friends from 2-3 p.m. on Friday, March 23, at Dillard Funeral Home, with funeral services to follow at 3 p.m. in the Dillard Funeral Home chapel.

Burial will be at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens.

Memorials may be made to Interim Healthcare Hospice at 16 Hyland Road, Greenville, SC 29615.

Dillard Funeral Home, Pickens, is assisting the family in making arrangements.

Elsie Teresa Reeves

EASLEY — Elsie Teresa Reeves, 57, wife of Charles Lee Reeves, passed from this life Saturday, March 17, 2018.

Born in Pickens County, she was a daughter of the late William Ray Thomas and Elsie Mae Morton Thomas.

Survivors include her husband of 41 years of the home; daughters, Jeannie Dunn (Leigh) of Pickens and Michelle Gonzalez (Roberto) of Easley; grandchildren, MaryBeth Dunn, Savannah Holden and Kimberly Gonzalez-Reeves; a brother, Randy Thomas; and a sister, Lisa Richey.

Mrs. Reeves was predeceased by her parents, brothers Franklin Thomas, David Thomas and Stevie Thomas, and sisters Margaret Hinkle, Marie Clevenger and Susie Lail.

Services will be held at a later date.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Reeves family

Bryson Petry

WEST UNION — Bryson Ronald Wyatt Petry, precious baby boy of Amanda Christan Holcombe Harrison and Christopher R. Petry, went to his Heavenly home Friday, March 16, 2018.

He was born in Seneca on Dec. 15, 2017.

During his short life, he became loved by many other family members in addition to his parents. He is survived by two big sisters, Adrianna Harrison and Chloie Petry of the home; two big brothers, Trey Harrison and Cutler Petry, also of the home; maternal grandparents, Alicia Capps of Liberty and Scott Holcombe of Pickens; paternal grandparents, Rev. Roger and Jeana Petry of West Virginia; great-grandparents, Ron and Elaine Chambers of Liberty and Ken and Sue Holcombe of Pickens; as well as numerous aunts, uncles and cousins, who will all miss him dearly.

All services will be private.

The family will be at the home of Amber and Dawson White at 398 Simms Mill Road, Liberty, SC 29657. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.

William Leonard Brewer

PICKENS — William Leonard Brewer, 81, husband of Beulah Ann Lee Brewer, went to be with his Lord and Savior Monday, March 19, 2018, at his home.

Mr. Brewer was born in Anderson County, son of the late Louise Hawkins Brewer and Ernest Joe Brewer.

Survivors include his wife of 59 years; one daughter, Patricia Dodgens (Maurice) of Pickens; three sons, James Alan Brewer (Pam) of Easley, Richard “Rick” Brewer (Kathy) of Pickens and Mike Brewer (Stacy) of Pickens; two sisters, Carol Whitfield (Doug) of Norris and Edith Posey (Leonard) of Liberty; 11 grandchildren and 26 great-grandchildren.

Visitation will be held from 12:30-1:45 p.m. Thursday, March 22, at Mountain View Funeral Home, with chapel service to follow at 2 p.m. Burial will be at Fairview Church of God Cemetery in Seneca.

Mr. Brewer was predeceased by his parents, six sisters and one brother.

The family will be at the home.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Brewer family.