Courier Obituaries 9-10-14

8-6 Page 5A.inddTessie Clark Masters

Pickens — Tessie Jane Clark Masters, 102, died Sept. 1, 2014.

Born in Pickens County, she was the daughter of the late William Elford Clark and Lelia Day Clark. She was the widow of Neal M. Masters and mother-in-law of the late Bascum G. Lesley. She was the oldest living member of East Pickens Baptist Church. She was retired from Mayfair Mills in Pickens after working 48 years.

Mrs. Masters was the cherished mother of Trula Masters Lesley and treasured Grandmother of Randy Steven Lesley and wife Becky of Pickens and Cheryl Lesley Edge and husband Alex of Easley. She is survived by many nieces and nephews.

She was predeceased by sisters; Ethel Anthony, Lois Thompson, Ernestine Bowers, Roberta Nations and a brother, Clarence Clark.

A Graveside service was held 11 a.m. Thursday Sept. 4 at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens.

Memorials may be made in her memory to East Pickens Baptist Church, 2244 Gentry Memorial Highway, Pickens, SC 29671, Pickens County Meals on Wheels, 704 S. Pendleton Street, Easley, SC 29640 or Interim Hospice, 810 Powdersville Road, Easley, SC 29642.

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Masters family.

Frances Bryant

Liberty — Frances Elizabeth Sheriff Bryant, 76, of 10 Iselin Street, died Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2014 at Manna Health & Rehab in Pickens.

Born in Princeton she was the widow of Joseph George Bryant and a daughter of the late Eugene and Artie Mae Gosnell Sheriff. She retired from Central Textiles and was a member of Emmanuel Baptist Church.

Surviving are two daughters, Runette Brown and her husband Larry of Pickens, and Janet Bryant Galbreath of Easley; three grandchildren, Dana Parks, Laura Pittman, and Katelyn Croom; four great grandchildren.

Funeral services to honor the life of Mrs. Bryant was 11 a.m. Friday in the Liberty Mortuary Chapel. The committal service was 2 p.m. Friday at Pinelawn Memory Gardens in Clinton.

Memorial messages may be sent to the family by visiting Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.

Lloyd Benjamin Hendricks

Six Mile — Lloyd Benjamin Hendricks, age 90, husband of Mildred Seaborn Hendricks died Saturday Sept. 6, 2014 at The Cottingham House in Seneca.

Mr. Hendricks was born in Six Mile the son of the late J. B. Hendricks and Bertha Skelton Hendricks. Mr. Hendricks was a United States Army World War II Veteran, Anzio invasion, where he received the Combat infantryman Badge and Purple Heart.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years, one son; Michael Aaron Hendricks and wife Krystal of Six Mile, four brothers; David Hendricks, Ray Hendricks, Bud Hendricks, Tom Hendricks, one sister; Maryann Hendricks, one grandson; Kyle Hendricks. A Special thanks to Krystal’s parents Mike and Katrina Sheridan.

Mr. Hendricks was predeceased by his parents and one sister Jean Grant and one brother Cecil Hendricks.

A memorial service was held 3 p.m. Tuesday Sept. 9 at Dillard Funeral Home Chapel.

Memorials may be made to Cottingham House 390, Keowee School Road, Seneca, SC 29672.

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Hendricks family.

Jack Ravan

Jack Ravan

Jack Edward Ravan, Sr.

Mobile, Ala. ­— Mr. Jack Edward Ravan, Sr. died following a long illness in Mobile, Alabama on Sept. 3, 2014. He was 77 years old.

Mr. Ravan was born, June 18, 1937, and raised in Pickens County. He was a son of the late James William and Lillian Mae Holder Ravan. He attended Liberty High School and graduated in 1955, lettering in Football and Wrestling.

He went on to the United States Military Academy, West Point, and graduated with the class of 1959.

He was an Army Ranger with the 81st Airborne. He was a Vietnam War Veteran and was awarded two Bronze Stars with valor.

He remained with the U.S. Army Reserves at the rank of Major once he left active duty until 1975. Mr. Ravan had a long career with the Federal Government. He served in the Senior Executive Service while at the United States Environmental Protection Agency. While with the E.P.A., he was the Region Administrator, Southeastern Region IV and the federal Assistant Administrator for Water Quality. He later served as the Director of the Alabama State Docks. Upon retirement, he settled in Mobile, Ala.

Mr. Ravan is survived by three adult children, his first wife, one brother and many loving sisters. The family is grateful to Mr. Bill Luc, Mr. Greg Carwie, and the exemplary staff at Ashbury Manor and Ashland Place.

A Funeral Mass will be celebrated at 9:30 a.m., Sept. 12, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Pickens. He will be interred following the Mass at Westview Cemetery.

Memorial messages may be sent to the family by visiting Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.

Shelia Burgess

Liberty — Shelia Ann Evatt Burgess, 59, of 208 Greenbriar Drive, died Sunday, Sept. 7, 2014 at her home.

Born in Greenville she was a daughter of Jo Ann Marchbanks Parsons and the late George Evatt. She was an R.N. at Majesty Health and Rehab in Easley, and previously worked from over 20 years at Greenville Memorial Hospital. She was a member of Arial Baptist Church. During her free time she loved to spend time with her grandchildren, and flower gardening.

Surviving in addition to her mother of Easley, are her husband, Jerry D. Burgess of the home; two sons, Josh Burgess (Lisa) of Pickens, and Caleb Burgess (Amanda Walker) of Liberty; two sisters, Theresa Seay of Lugoff, and Phyllis Roberson of Murphy, N.C.; 10 grandchildren, Savannah, Jeremy, and Zackery Burgess, Austin, Arika, Amrie’Lee, and Tanner Elrod, Jayson Walker, Christian and Allyssa Haynes.

In addition to her father she was preceded in death by her step father, Jerry Parsons, who raised her.

Funeral services to honor the life of Mrs. Burgess will be 1 p.m. Thursday in the Liberty Mortuary Chapel. Burial will be at Liberty Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be Wednesday evening from 6 until 8 p.m. at the mortuary.

The family will be at the home. Memorial messages may be sent to the family by visiting

Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.