Courier Obits 3-27-13

EASLEY — Bobbie Sentell Tompkins, 77, of 4808 Old Easley Bridge Road and wife of James M. Tompkins, died Sunday March 10, 2013 at her home.
Mrs. Tompkins was born in Pickens County, the daughter of the late James Perry and Ethel Albertson Sentell. She retired from Jesus Loves Me Daycare and was a member of Mount Carmel Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to her husband are a daughter, Mellissa Tompkins, of Easley; a son, Rodger Tompkins (Loretta); three sisters, Sue Hudson and Eloise Parsons, both of Easley and Shirley Tollison, of Liberty; two grandchildren, Kayla Tompkins McCollum (Tyson) and Chad Tompkins (Shalane) and four great-grandchildren.
In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Kimberly Jenkins and a grandson, Skeeter Tompkins.
Funeral services were 4 p.m. Wednesday March 13 in the Chapel of Robinson Funeral Home – Powdersville Road. Burial followed in Greenlawn Memorial Park.
Condolences may be expressed online at or in person at Robinson Funeral Home – Powdersville Road, which is assisting the family.

CLEMSON — Cecil C. Davis, 87, of 104 Lark Circle and husband of Ruby Sellers Davis for 64 years, died on Monday, March 18, 2013 at his home.
Born in Chipley, Ga., he was a son of the late James Pope and Maree Cecil Cook Davis. He earned a Masters Degree from University of Georgia. He began his work at Clemson College in 1949 as Assistant Professor of Economics and later served as acting department head and then was appointed Department Head and Professor of Accounting and Finance. He retired in 1982 having 35 years of service. He was U.S. Army Air Corps veteran of WWII and was a member of First Baptist Church of Clemson.
Surviving are his wife of the home; daughters, Elizabeth (Beth) Harrison of Crozet, Va. and her husband, Dr. James H. Harrison, Jr. and Cecilia Davis of Lancaster; brother, James Pope Davis of Chipley, Ga.; sister, Daphne Fischer of St. Augustine, Fla.; two grandchildren, Rebecca Davis Harrison and Patrick Wells Harrison.
A Graveside service was 2 p.m. Thursday in Woodland Cemetery on the campus of Clemson University.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Clemson, 397 College Ave., Clemson, SC 29631; Clemson Free Clinic, 1200 Clemson Blvd., Suite 1, Clemson, SC 29631; Anderson Free Clinic, 414 N. Fant St., Anderson, SC 29621; or to the charity of one’s choice

Condolences may be expressed online at or at Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home, Central, SC.


SIX MILE — Robert Lee “Bobby” Helton, 69, of Crowe Creek Road, died Thursday, March 21, 2013 at his home.
Born in Radford, Va., he was the son of the late Richard and Gracie Weiniger Helton. Mr. Helton was formerly employed with C.R. Crain Mechanical in Greenville. He attended Keowee Falls Church of God and Welcome Baptist Church and was a U.S. Army Veteran.
Surviving are two daughters, Laura J. Watson (Wilton, Jr.) of Six Mile and Angela Benson of Ocklawaha, Fla.; three sons, Robert D. Helton of Greenville, Tim Helton (Sherri) of Central and David Helton (Betsy) of Nashville, Tenn.; nine grandchildren; six great grandchildren; and a brother, Frank Helton of N.C.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Helton was predeceased by his twin brother, James R. Helton and three sisters, Ramona Jean Maxwell, Martha Kestner and Beatrice Helton.
Funeral services were held on Saturday, March 23 at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Dillard Funeral Home. Burial followed in Hillcrest Memorial Park in Pickens.
Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to Pickens County Veterans Affairs, 222 McDaniel Avenue, B-13 Pickens, SC 29671.
Online condolences may be expressed by visiting
Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Helton family.

PICKENS — Doris “Emily” Watson, 81, formerly of the Commons in Easley, died Friday, March 22, 2013.
Born in Pickens County, she was the daughter of the late Fernando Beco Watson and Ola Smith Watson. Ms. Watson was retired from Blue Ridge Electric Cooperative. She was a member of Secona Baptist Church and the Friendship Sunday School Class.
Surviving are her sister-in-law, Mildred Gillespie Watson; her brother-in-law, Harold Lewis; and several nieces and nephews.
Ms. Watson was the last surviving member of her immediate family. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by seven sisters, Geneva Watson, Susie Gibson, Mary Martin, Louise Kelley, Ola Mae Looper, Irene Watson and Frances Lewis; and four brothers, Bertran, Willis, Walter and Hagood Watson.
As a request of Ms. Watson, private services will be held.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Secona Baptist Church, 234 Secona Rd., Pickens, SC 29671.
The family would like to thank the employees of The Commons and Manna Health and Rehab for their exceptional care and kindness shown to Ms. Watson.
Online condolences may be expressed by visiting
Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Watson family.

EASLEY — Mrs. Maybelle Porter Perry, 66, wife of the late James Whitner Perry, died Saturday, March 23, 2013 at Redeemer Health and Rehab of Pickens.
Born in Anderson County, a daughter of Mildred Crowe Porter of Central, and the late Alvin Richard Porter, Mrs. Perry retired from Playskool Baby and was of the Pentecostal faith.
Surviving, in addition to her mother, are three daughters, Marie Wimpey (Ricky) of Pickens, Tammy Mullins (Allen) of Rock Hill, and Renee Ellis (Steve) of Easley; one son, Brian Perry (Tonya) of Easley; one brother, Robert Porter (Evelyn) of Central; a sister, Bonnie Porter of Central; a brother-in-law, Curtis Bolick of Central; 10 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and father, Mrs. Perry was predeceased by a brother, Virgil Porter, and her twin sister, Estelle Bolick.
Memorial services were 4 p.m. Tuesday, March 26 in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown with the Rev. Brandon Wimpey officiating.
Condolences may be expressed online at or in person at Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, which is assisting the family.

SIX MILE — Andrew Russel Hamm, 82, husband of Willodean Burton Hamm, died Thursday March 21, 2013 at Cannon Memorial Hospital.
Mr. Hamm was born in Newberry; son of the late Beulah Singley Hamm and Rohn Agnew Hamm. Mr. Hamm was a member of Ridgeland Drive Baptist Church, Six Mile, retired from Singer and a lifelong farmer.
Survivors include his wife of 54 years, two daughters; Cindy Hamm Britt (Joe) of North Augusta, Rita H. Martin (Dean) of Central, one son; David Hamm of Anderson, two granddaughters.
A chapel service was March 23 at 3 p.m.
Burial was at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens. Senior Mens Sunday School Class served as Honorary Pallbearers.
Memorials may be made to Ridgeland Drive Baptist Church Fellowship Building Fund, 185 Ridgeland Drive, Six Mile, SC 29682.
Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Hamm family.

EASLEY — Willa Troxel Smith, 82, of Easley, wife of the late John Coke Smith, Jr., died Monday, March 25, 2013.
Born in Greenville County, a daughter of the late Joe and Ruth Lark Troxel, Mrs. Smith retired as a secretary with Smith Surveyors and was a member of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church.
Surviving are three sons, John Coke Smith III (Jerrilu) and Kirby J. Smith (Robin), all of Easley and Dennis M. Grooms (Faye) of Savannah, Ga.; a daughter, Connie Marie Collins of Liberty; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Smith was predeceased by a son, Gary Grooms.
Graveside services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Greenlawn Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Meals On Wheels, P.O. Box 184, Easley, SC 29641 or to Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church, 101 Pisgah Road, Easley, SC 29642.
The family is at the home of Kirby and Robin Smith, 220 Fire Station Road, Easley, SC 29642.
Condolences may be expressed online at or in person at Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown which is assisting the family.


CLEVELAND — Vardry T. Hardin, Jr., of Cleveland died Friday March 22, 2013 at Baptist Easley Hospital, Easley at the age of 90.
Mr. Hardin was a member of Saluda Hill Baptist Church where he served many years as a deacon and church leader. By Gods grace, Mr. Hardin was gifted and able to be instrumental in the construction of Saluda Hill Church. Mr. Hardin served his country during WWII in the 82nd Airborne Division in the European Theatre. The accomplishments of this self-educated man were many and varied. The buildings he constructed can be found all across the up state. His life, however, was defined by his love for his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, his steadfast passion for his church and his sacrificial devotion to his family. By the grace of God Mr. Hardin has provided a legacy of hard work, diligence, and faith to his grandchildren and great grandchildren.
Mr. Hardin is survived by six children including Steve Hardin, wife Connie, David Hardin, wife Nancy, Diane Duncan, husband Darrell, Ricky Hardin, wife Janet, Jim Hardin, wife Amy, and Catherine Raghib, husband Abe. There are also 24 grandchildren and 52 great grandchildren.
The burial took place on March 23. A Memorial Service will be held on Sunday, April 7 at Saluda Hill Baptist Church at 3 p.m. Any memorial gifts may be made to the church at Saluda Hill or your local congregation.

SUNSET — James T. Childs, Jr., 86 of Sunset, died on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at his home.
Born in Pickens County he was the son of the late James T. Childs, Sr. and Agnes Leslie Childs. He served in the U.S. Navy and was retired from Alice Manufacturing. Mr. Childs enjoyed farming, gardening, football, and baseball.
Survivors include one daughter, Tommie C. Barkley of Sunset, seven grandchildren, 16 great grandchildren and one sister, Betty Arledge.
Mr. Childs was predeceased by his wife of 43 years AvaNell B. Childs and one daughter Victoria Clark Keasler. Mr. Childs was also predeceased by four brothers and three sisters.
The funeral service will be held 3 p.m. Wednesday, March 27 in the chapel of Dillard Funeral Home with the Rev. Charles Lusk and the Rev. Scott Childs officiating. The visitation will be 1:30 p.m. until 3 p.m. Wednesday prior to the service.
A message of condolence may be expressed to the family by visiting
The family is at the home of his granddaughter, Misty Todd.
Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Childs family.

SIX MILE — Carrie Kelly Millwood, 31, of 106 Kelley Creek Road, died Saturday, March 23, 2013 at Greenville Memorial Hospital.
Born in Anderson, and raised in Central she was a daughter of the late Gregory, Sr. and Robin Burbage Kelly. She was a 2000 graduate of Daniel High School and was a homemaker. She loved arts, crafts, and spending time with her family. She was a member of Gap Hill Baptist Church.
Surviving are her husband, Dustin Millwood of the home; two sons, Brett and Tristan Millwood both of the home; two sisters, Kim Ramey of Pickens and Stephanie Crowe of Toccoa, Ga.; a brother, Jay E. Crowe of the home; her mother, Denise Kelly of Seneca; her father and mother in law, Johnny and Brenda Millwood of Six Mile.
In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a brother, Gregory Kelly, Jr.
Graveside services to honor Carrie’s life will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Gap Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family will be at the home. Memorial messages may be sent to the family by visiting Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.