Courier Obituaries 8-15-18


LIBERTY — William Allen “Butch” Waldrop, 65, of 110 Byrnes St., died Tuesday, Aug. 7, 2018, at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Born in Greenville, he was the son of the late Clyde and Betty Carver Waldrop. Butch enjoyed the outdoors, especially fishing and camping. He was a member of Liberty Church of God of Prophecy.

Surviving are two daughters, Rebecca Gossett of Anderson and Kendall Waldrop of Panama City, Fla.; a son, Kevin Waldrop of Liberty; two sisters, Selena Moore of Liberty and Debra Loggins of Gaffney; a brother, Larry Ramey of the home; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Dale Carver.

Funeral services for Mr. Waldrop were held on Aug. 10 in the Liberty Mortuary chapel. Burial at Abbott Cemetery followed the service.

The family will be at the home. Flowers are appreciated but memorials may also be made to Liberty Church of God of Prophecy, P.O. Box 1231, Easley, SC 29641.

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


EASLEY — Mrs. Ethel Shipman Tester, 91, of Easley, wife of the late Lonnie Everette “Tex” Tester, passed away on Monday Aug. 6, 2018, at Manna Health and Rehabilitation of Pickens.

Born in Spartanburg County on Nov. 8, 1926, she was the daughter of the late Elton Garfield and Susan Melinda McMinn Shipman. Mrs. Tester loved to read her bible and was a member of the Church of Christ. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Surviving are her son, David Tester, and several grandchildren.

Mrs. Tester was also predeceased by two daughters, Rita Tester and Wanda Solesbee; seven brothers, Ralph Shipman, Lloyd Shipman, Drayton Shipman, Garfield Shipman, Hugh Shipman, Gaines Shipman and Everette Shipman; and one sister, Ruth Shipman Bryant.

A graveside service was held on Aug. 9 at Cleveland First Baptist Church cemetery, with the Rev. Leon Shipman officiating.

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


LIBERTY — Grover Clyde Bowman, 86, of 308 W. Woodside Circle, passed away peacefully with his family by his side, on Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018.

Born in Pittsburgh, Pa., he was the husband of Betty Cooper Bowman and a son of the late Clefford A. and Eva Brazille Bowman.

Mr. Bowman was a graduate of Clemson University and later retired from the Federal Highway Administration, where he worked as a civil engineer. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Korean War.

Surviving, in addition to his loving wife of the home, are two sons, Victor Bowman of Clermont, N.H., and Andy Bowman (Kim) of Liberty; a daughter, Terry Tipton of Sevierville, Tenn.; two sisters, Roberta James of Liberty and Peggy Strawn of Greenville; a brother, Ronnie Bowman of Duncan; three grandchildren, Tara Lindbert (Daniel), Lindsey Riddle (Aaron) and McKenzie Carson (Tyler); and three great-grandchildren, Grady Riddle, Ady Lindbert and Karlee Riddle.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Eugene and Bobby Bowman and Charles Brazille.

Memorial services to honor the life of Mr. Bowman were conducted on Aug. 11 at Calumet Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Miracle Hill Childrens Home, 490 S. Pleasantburg Drive, Greenville SC 29607.

The family will be at the home. Online condolences may be left for the family by visiting Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.


SIX MILE — Frank Ashmore Hinton, 93, of Six Mile, passed away Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, at Richard M. Campbell Veterans Nursing Home.

Born Oct. 10, 1924, in Dacusville, he was a son of the late Franklin Vernon and Ethel Brown Hinton. He was a graduate of North Greenville University and Furman University. Frank served his country in the U.S. Navy in World War II and was a member of Ridgeland Drive Baptist Church. He was a retired supervisor of the chemistry lab at Sangamo Weston Inc.

Frank is survived by his devoted and loving wife of 70 years, Mary Evelyn Mauldin Hinton; son, Stan Hinton, and daughters, Lynn Cole (Mike) and Anne Willimon (Jeff); grandchildren, Jake Willimon and Sennah Honea; and great-grandchild, Matt Honea.

He was also preceded in death by his brothers, Joe and Homer Hinton, and a daughter-in-law, Gail Rowland Hinton.

The memorial service was held on Aug. 13 at Ridgeland Drive Baptist Church, with Rev. Tim Friar officiating.

There will be a private family burial at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to Richard M. Campbell Veterans Nursing Home, 4605 Belton Highway, Anderson, SC 29621 or Patriot Hospice, 54 Bear Drive, Greenville, SC 29605.

The family would like to express their heartfelt gratitude and thanks to Patriot Hospice and Richard M. Campbell Veterans Nursing Home staff for the wonderful care and attention to Mr. Hinton and his family.

A message of condolence may be sent by visiting


Liberty — Joyce York, 64, passed from this life Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018, at Greenville Memorial Medical Center.

Born in Anderson County, she was a daughter of the late Walt Wardlaw and the late Maybelle Gillespie Brooks. Joyce was the administrator at Six Mile Retirement, with 21 years of service.

Survivors include two sons, Dale (Louise) McCall of Liberty and Joey (Lynn) McCall of Pickens; a daughter, Lisa Bryant of Liberty; grandchildren, Jessica Hayes, Samantha McCall, Cody Bryant and Andrea Shead; a great-grandchild who she considered “her world,” Lakyn Holcombe; and two sisters.

Joyce was predeceased by her parents; a son, Ronnie Short; a grandson, Kendall McCall; and two sisters.

The funeral service was held on Aug. 14 in the funeral home chapel, with burial following at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the York family.


PICKENS — Kenneth R. Ladd, 59, husband of Sandra Faye Woodall Ladd, passed from this life Thursday, Aug. 9, 2018, at St. Francis Hospital.

Born in Oconee County, Kenneth was a son of the late Columbus W. and Essie Mae Rackley Ladd.

Survivors include his wife of 32 years of the home, Sandra; a sister, Shirley Ladd of Virginia; and a brother, Elbert Ladd of Greenville.

Kenneth was predeceased by his parents; two sisters, Beatrice G. Smith and Bernice M. Butler; and five brothers, Albert Ladd, Elmer Ladd, James Ladd, Milton Ladd and Melvin Ladd.

A memorial service was held on Aug. 12 in the chapel of Mountain View Funeral Home.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Ladd family.


EASLEY — Stephen Allen LaBoon, 59, of Easley, passed peacefully, while holding his furry companion Maggie, on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2018, at St. Francis Hospital Downtown.

Born on June 4, 1959, in Greenville, he was the son of the late Elbert and Frances Greer LaBoon. Stephen always kept himself busy and was donned the “handy man” of the family, for his ability to fix almost anything broken. He helped at the family business, Plant N Pot, and also loved landscaping. Stephen enjoyed taking trips to the family cabin at Rocky Bottom and loved his friends and family.

Surviving, along with his Maggie, are his son, Jason LaBoon (David Clayton); two brothers, Elbert Laboon Jr. (Anne) and David LaBoon (Missy); and his close family friend, Ron N. Elmore.

Stephen was also predeceased by his paternal grandparents whom he loved dearly, Louella Parkins and Ben LaBoon.

The family will receive friends on Saturday, Aug. 18, from 2-4 p.m. at Dillard Funeral Home.

Memorials may be made to the Cancer Society of Greenville County at 113 Mills Ave., Greenville, SC 29605.

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