Category Archives: Obituaries

Courier Obituaries 7-14-21


CENTRAL — Janet Carol Smith Holladay, 72, of Six Mile Highway, died on Friday, July 2, 2021, at Fleetwood Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Easley.

Born in Liberty, she was the widow of Franklin Douglas Holladay and the daughter of the late Harrison and Eula Nicholson Smith. She was a

homemaker and a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.

Surviving are two sons, Brad Holladay of the home and Brian Charles “Chuck” Holladay and his wife, Pam, of Six Mile; two stepdaughters, Teresa Dearnley and her husband, Karl, of Denver, N.C., and Vickie Holladay, formerly of Central; a

Courier Obituaries 6-30-21


Samuel ‘Snake’ J. Bolding

PICKENS — Samuel “Snake” J. Bolding, 77, of Pickens, passed away on Thursday, June 24, 2021, at his home.

Born on Dec. 1, 1943, in Liberty, he a son of the late Fred Samuel Bolding and Martha Jessielene Brooks Bolding. Samuel was a fisherman and hunter and served in the United States Marine Corps as a gunnery sergeant. He was a member of the Martin School Gang and was of the Christian faith.

A loving husband, father, brother and grandfather, Samuel leaves behind to cherish his memory his wife Carolyn Brown

Courier Obituaries 6-23-21


EASLEY — Mr. Thomas Dale Stancil, 53, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, June 17, 2021.

Mr. Stancil was born in Easley, and was the son of the late Linda Pilgrim Stancil and husband of Cynthia Stancil.

Survivors, in addition to his wife, include two daughters, Megan Julian (Trad) of Easley and Madison Holliday (Chase) of Central. Also surviving are two loving and precious grandchildren, Ida and Cecile Julian; a twin brother, Johnny Stancil of Greenville; a brother, Jamie Stancil (Missy) of Norris; and a sister, Becky Stewart of Central. Also surviving are an aunt, Kathy Grant, and uncles, Wesley Durham, Dale Pilgrim (Mary) and Rickey Pilgrim, all of Six Mile, all who raised Thomas after the passing of his mother.

Mr. Stancil was predeceased by an aunt who assisted in his raising, Carolyn Durham, and his grandmother, Cornelia Pilgrim, all who played a major role in

Courier Obituaries 6-16-21


CENTRAL — Elizabeth F. “Lib” Bowers, 92, a resident of Brookdale Assisted Living in Central, entered into eternal rest on Monday, June 14, 2021.

She was born in Piedmont on Sept. 1, 1928, to Esley and Nettie Freeman. She was the widow of Bill G. Bowers, Sr.

Lib was mother to six sons, Gaines Bowers Jr. (Mary Ann) of Lincolnton, N.C., Michael Bowers (Ella Mae) of Wellford, Ed Bowers of Seneca, John Bowers (Phyllis) of Easley, Phillip Bowers (Marsha) of Six Mile and George Bowers (Crystal) of Six Mile. She and her beloved husband raised their children with love and devotion in Six Mile.

Lib and Bill met while working in a textile mill, and they were married on July 3, 1948. Her primary vocation was as a mother and homemaker, and she used her

Courier Obituaries 6-9-21


PICKENS — Mrs. Shirley Adams Abercrombie, 83, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, June 6, 2021.

Mrs. Abercrombie was born in Pickens County and was the daughter of the late Cecil C. Adams and Viola Willimon Gantt, stepdaughter to the late Woodrow Gantt and wife for 66 years to Charles W. Abercrombie.

Survivors, in addition to her husband, include a son, Chuck Abercrombie (Jeannie) of Pickens; daughter, Scarlot Abercrombie Hawkins of Pickens; three loving grandchildren, Travis Allen Cassell (Tori) and Zachary and Stephanie

Courier Obituaries 6-2-21


PICKENS — Priscilla Ann Phillips Watson, of Pickens Gardens, danced her way into glory on Sunday, May 23, 2021.

Born in Macon, Ga., she was a former staff member of The Feed Room restaurant and the Odds and Ends thrift shop in Pickens. Priscilla was a devoted member of Pickens Church of God and loved by her community. She never met a stranger, instead always finding new friends to invite to church.

She is survived by her son, Karl (Hali) Becker; brothers, Rick (Reba) Phillips and Barry (Linda) Phillips; two grandchildren; her church family; and many

Courier Obituaries 5-26-21


PICKENS — Mr. Robert Edward Raines, 69, loving husband of the late Cathey Smith Raines, passed away on Monday, May 17, 2021, at St. Francis Hospital in downtown Greenville.

Robert was born in Easley on Aug. 9, 1951, to the late Marcus and Fannie Raines. He loved his family, especially his children and grandchildren, and was always willing to help anyone in need. Robert was a former football coach

Courier Obituaries 5-19-21


CUMMING, GA — Ida Martha Finley Cantrell went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus, on May 5, 2021, at the age of 83.

Martha was born to Willie Mae Benjamin Finley and Ernest Edward Finley on Aug. 3, 1937, in Pickens.

As a child, she played the drums in the marching band and helped her father in their family-owned grocery store alongside her sister, Francis, and brother, Ernest Jr.

Upon graduating high school, Martha moved to Atlanta to pursue a career as a registered nurse. She attended Crawford W. Long Nursing School in Atlanta, then went on to work as a registered nurse in pediatrics then spent most of her

Courier Obituaries 5-12-21


EASLEY — Mrs. Doris Hart Granger, 75, loving wife of Mr. William “Butch” Granger, passed away on Saturday, May 8, 2021, at Prisma Health Baptist Easley Hospital.

Mrs. Granger was born in Greenville on Aug. 23, 1945, to the late Ralph and Callie Fowler Hart. She retired from her passion after 38 years from Baptist Easley Hospital as a registered nurse. Mrs. Granger loved her family, and most of all, her Lord and Savior. She

Courier Obituaries 5-5-21


EASLEY — Mr. Arnoldean Bradford, 85, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, April 29, 2021.

Mr. Bradford was born in Elbert County, Ga., on June 8, 1935, and was the son of the late Collie Bradford and Hazel Partain. He was a loving husband to Joyce Phillips Bradford.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Joyce Bradford; a daughter, Robin Snelson (Tommy) of Easley; grandchildren, Van Massingill (Haley), Alicia Reddy (Kevin) and Bailey Bradford (fiancé Lukas); daughter-in-law, Amy Bradford; and the love of his life, great-granddaughter, Paetyn Reddy. Also surviving are stepgrandchildren, Eric Snelson (Joy), Ashley