Courier Obits 11-5-12

Joy Galloway

Easley — Melody “Joy” Galloway, 50, of Easley, died Tuesday, October 30, 2012.
Born in Pickens County, the daughter of Karleen Burroughs Galloway of Easley, and the late Edward Bryan Galloway, Joy graduated from Easley High School and attended Greenville Tech where she earned her degree in nursing and later retired as a nurse with Pickens County DDSN. She was a member of Geer Memorial Baptist Church.

Surviving, in addition to her mother, are a son, Blake Galloway of Easley; her sister-in-law, Maye Galloway of Easley; her aunt, Gladys Burroughs-Pace of Easley; niece, Shauna Galloway-Williams (DuPree) of Greenville; great-niece and nephew, Phobe and Esdras Williams of Greenville; and special friends, Phyllis Davis, Juanita Womack, PJ Fuller, Joan and Bob Ellis, Linda and Gerald Suddeth; Mickey Sentell, Nell Long and Jessyln Owens.

In addition to her father, Joy was predeceased by her brother, Sammy Galloway, her maternal grandparents, George and Pauline Burroughs and by her paternal grandparents, G.B. and Orpha Galloway.

Funeral services were 11 a.m. Friday in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown with the Rev. Phil McAlister officiating.

Memorials may be made to Geer Memorial Baptist Church, 911 South Fifth Street, Easley, SC 29640 or to the Julie Valentine Center, 2905 White Horse Road, Greenville, SC 2911.

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

Jerry Wayne Ables

Liberty — Jerry Wayne Ables, 61, of 10 N. Palmetto died Monday at his residence. Born in Liberty, he was a son of the late Robert Lee and Mary King Ables. He was a graduate of Clemson University with a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology. He also served in the U.S. Army. He loved listening to and teaching music and enjoyed spending time in the outdoors. He was also a member of Calvary Baptist Church.

Surviving are three sisters, Minnie Holcombe(Marion) of Liberty, Velma Moore(Lewis) of Anderson and Elizabeth Patterson(Wilton) of Pendleton; two brothers, Charles Ables(Janet) of Downingtown, Pa. and Edward Ables(Janice) of Liberty; a special sister in law, Kathryn Ables Canoy of Central; six nephews, Russell Ables, Larry Holcombe, Mark Patterson, Robby Holcombe, Ben Ables and Joshua Ables; three nieces, Debbie Lowe, Jennifer Ables and Pam Gardin; four great nephews, Jamie Ables, Dennis Holcombe, Nicholas Ables and Zachary Ables; and three Great nieces, Sue Ann Patterson, Kayla Ables and Dea Holcombe.

In addition to his parents he was predeceased by a brother, James Robert “Bobby” Ables.

A memorial service to honor the life of Mr. Ables was held at 11 a.m. Friday in the Liberty Mortuary Chapel.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Calvary Baptist Church: 8008 Liberty Highway Liberty, SC 29657. Memorial messages may be sent to the family by visiting Liberty Mortuary and Cremation Services are handling arrangements.

Cynthia Belcher

Easley — Cynthia “Cyndy” Belcher, 65, of Easley, died Thursday, Nov. 1, 2012 at St. Francis Hospital-Downtown.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio, she was raised in Jacksonville, Fla., and was the daughter of Mona Cox Leahy and the late Dr. Kenneth Leahy. She taught nursing at Clemson University and was a member of Easley First United Methodist Church.

Surviving in addition to her mother are two daughters, Dr. Christy Belcher, and Colleen Alexander (Benjamin); one brother, Jeffrey Leahy (Donna); and two “furry children”, dog Haley, and the cat Mr. Tiger Woods.

Funeral services were 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 5, at Easley First United Methodist Church.

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

Melbourne Arledge, Sr.

Greenville — Melbourne Jerome Arledge, Sr., husband of the late Sylvia Sue Hancock Arledge, died Saturday, Oct. 27, 2012 at Spartanburg Regional Hospice Home.

Born in Greenville County, he was a son of the late Melbourne and Louise Lowe Arledge. “Mel” or “Jerry” as he was known by his friends and family, served in the U.S. Air Force for four years. He was a mechanical engineer and was a member of Triune Mercy Center.

Surviving are two sons, Melbourne J. Arledge, Jr. and wife Katrina, of Eagle River, Alaska, and Sean T. Arledge and wife Sarah, of Mt. Pleasant; a daughter, Shannon A. Peters and husband Tim, of Greer; one brother, Thomas S. Arledge and wife Judy, of Florida; nine grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Elizabeth Leininger.

Memorial services, with military honors, were 6:30 p.m. Friday at Triune Mercy Center, 222 Rutherford Road, Greenville, with the Rev. Deb Richardson-Moore officiating.

Memorials may be made to the Melbourne J. Arledge fund, 12997 Rosser Drive, Eagle River, AK 99577.

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

Gale Sides Johnson

Easley — Gale Sides Johnson, 69, of 105 Georgewood Dr., wife of C.L. Johnson, died Sunday, Nov. 4, 2012 at St. Francis Hospital.

Born June 3, 1943 in Greenville County, she was a daughter of the late Robert Willis Sides and Sarah Bond Sides. Mrs. Johnson was a graduate of the Dental Assistant Program at Greenville Tech and was a member of Rock Springs Baptist Church.

In addition to her husband of 44 years, she is survived by her son, Chris Johnson and wife Cindy; granddaughter, Morgan Johnson; and sisters, Dale Robinson and Ann Schaeffer.

Funeral services will be conducted at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 7 in the chapel of Robinson Funeral home-Powdersville Road with the Rev. Dr. David Gallamore officiating. Burial will follow in Robinson Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends from 1:30 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. Wednesday prior the service at the funeral home.

Memorial contributions may be made to the American Lung Association, 2030 North Church Place, Spartanburg, SC 29303.

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

Clyde Chapman

Easley — Clyde Eldon Chapman, 82, husband of Betty Baker Chapman, died after a lengthy battle with cancer Nov. 1, 2012 at his home.

A son of the late Elmer and Aloe Moss Chapman, Clyde was born in Oconee County in 1930. After school, he joined the Army National Guard, where he retired as a Chief Warrant Officer (CW4) after 40 years of service. Mr. Chapman was the owner and operator of Clyde Chapman Insurance and Heritage Real Estate and was a devout member of First Baptist Church of Easley, for 59 years, where he was a deacon, a member of the Concepts Sunday school class and a former RA leader. Clyde was a former member of the Easley Lions Club, past President of the Chamber of Commerce, past President of the Jaycees, past President of the Pickens County Board of Realtors, and a member of the Bates Masonic Lodge.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Richard L. Chapman (Crystal) of Charleston; two daughters, Karen Pettyjohn (Robert) of Wake Forest, N.C., and Julie Ianuario (Paul) of Salem; a brother, Davis Edwin Chapman of Cartersville, Ga.; and seven grandchildren, Rebecca Parker (Dr. Jeremy Parker), Katie Reuther (Andrew), Wendy Poole (Steven), Nik Chapman, Alex Chapmen, Jennifer Chapman, and Christopher Chapman.

Funeral services were 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 4 at First Baptist Church of Easley, with the Rev. Dr. John Adams officiating. Burial followed in Hillcrest Memorial Park in Pickens.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church of Easley Building Fund, 300 East First Avenue, Easley, SC 29640.

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