Category Archives: Obituaries

Courier Obits 2-24-21


PICKENS — Mrs. Ella Mae Vaughn Wise, 81, loving wife of the late Harold Wise, of Pickens, passed away Sunday, Feb. 21, 2021, at St. Francis Hospital Downtown.

Mrs. Wise was born in Pickens County on June 17, 1939, to the late John Will and Rosa Lee Aiken Vaughn. She enjoyed many different activities in life and was always there to spend time with her family, extended family and friends. Prior to her declining health, she was very active in the YMCA Silver Sneakers program and gathering with her friends for lunches at her church. Mrs. Wise loved to go camping at the Smokey Mountain RV Park with her friends and was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Pickens.

Mrs. Wise is survived by two daughters, Shirley Norris of Pickens and Donna Owens (Roger) of Easley; her two brothers, Melvin Vaughn of Six Mile and Terry Vaughn of Pickens; her four grandchildren, Sabrina Robinson (James), Danielle Franks (Corey Porter),

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Courier Obituaries 2-17-21


EASLEY — Claude Meadors “Mat” Herndon, 85, husband of Melissa Jane Durham Herndon, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, Feb. 11, 2021.

Mat was born in Abbeville, the son of the late Edward Herndon and Corrine Bonds Sharpe. He was a graduate of Calhoun Falls High School and then served in the United States Army. After his service, he attended Newberry College, where he lettered in baseball and basketball. He later received his masters degree in education from Furman University and studied at both Clemson University and the University of South Carolina.

A lifelong educator, Mat taught and coached at Pickens High School, Abbeville High School and Byrnes High School prior to serving as principal of Pickens Junior High School. He went on to be the director of secondary education for the School District of Pickens County and retired as assistant superintendent in 1988.

Mat was a faithful and active member of Easley First Baptist

Courier Obituaries 2-10-21


PICKENS — Mary Jennings Dougherty Boroughs, widow of Ralph Zeigler Boroughs, died on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021.

Born on Nov. 5, 1923, in North Orangeburg County, she was the daughter of the late Imogene Cope and Carlton O’Neal Dougherty.

She leaves behind her daughters, Elizabeth Burgess of Bremerton, Wash., Zoe (Martin) Fechner of Oradele, N.J., Helen (Mark) Kellogg of Severna Park, Md., and Roslyn (Vrezh) Bahumian of Falls Church, Va.; son, Ralph Dougherty (Connie) Boroughs of Chattanooga, Tenn.; 16 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her youngest daughter, Virginia (Terry) Dwyer; brothers, C.O. Dougherty Jr. (Martha) and Sam Brice Dougherty (Mary); and sisters, Imogene (Glenn)

Courier Obituaries 2-3-21


EASLEY — Marilyn Stegall Finley, 81, wife of the late James Harold Finley, passed away on Monday, Jan. 25, 2021.

Born in Easley, she was the daughter of the late Cull and Cleo Smith Stegall. Marilyn was a Christian who loved her Lord and Savior and was a member of Freedom Fellowship Church. She enjoyed reading, crocheting and word search puzzles.

She is survived by her sons, Michael Finley of Easley and Alan Finley (Debbie) of Powdersville; daughter-in-law, Tammy Finley of Easley; grandchildren, Courtney Waller (Jeremy) and Noah Finley (Fayth); and great-grandchildren, Princeton

Courier Obituaries 1-27-21


EASLEY — Bobby Garland Simmons, 62, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Jan. 24, 2021.

Mr. Simmons was born in Pickens County and was the son of the late Garland Hudson Simmons and Lucille Parsons Simmons.

Survivors include his wife of 14 years, Lynn Garrett Simmons of Easley; and daughters, Amy Britz (Luke) of Fort Mill and Jennifer Ables (Ross) of Anderson. Surviving are three grandchildren, Clayton, Carsyn and Connor; and aunts Doris Childs and Gertrude Hughes of Pickens.

Mr. Simmons was of the Baptist faith. He was the owner and operator of the Music Maker in Easley, having operated that business since 2009. He was a keyboard player, having played with several local bands throughout the Southeast. Mr. Simmons was an avid outdoorsman and had turned his home with Lynn into a hunting lodge. He was a member of the Anderson Electric City Shag Club and was known for his steps

Courier Obituaries 1-20-21


PICKENS — Marshall Ellsworth Cobun Jr., 89, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, at his home after a long life.

Marshall is survived by four children, Alice Sines, Rosa Stangeman, Theressa Pelfrey and Ray Cobun, and was predeceased by a daughter, Diane Freeman Sites, and a son, Marshall E. Cobun III. He also leaves behind 13 grandchildren, Angie Sines, Kenny Sines, Patty Sines, Eric Sines, Robbie Turner, Chris Turner, Tim Pelfrey, Katie Pelfrey, Davie Culpepper, Karen Dunbar, Cherie Toney, Stephen Cobun and Rayna Cobun; along with 44 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Marshall was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam War, where he earned several medals, including the National

Courier Obituaries 1-13-21

True public servant Oliver Nealy passes away at age 85


PICKENS — Oliver A. Nealy, 85, husband of Dianne Essig Nealy, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021.

Oliver was born in Pickens, a son of the late J.A. “Bunk” and Nathalee Sammons Nealy. He was a 1954 graduate of Pickens High School, where he played on the 1952 state championship football team. After graduation from Toccoa Falls College and his marriage to Dianne, he stayed in Toccoa and took over facilities management of the college and even served as fire chief of the college.

In 1969, the Nealys returned to Pickens and he joined the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office when Sheriff David Stone was

Courier Obituaries 1-6-21

Carolyn Virginia Youngblood Cooper

GREENWOOD — Carolyn Virginia Youngblood Cooper, 88, formerly of Garner Heights Road, widow of Rev. E.A. Cooper, died Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2020, at Bellevue Skilled Nursing Center in Oklahoma City, Okla.

Born in Westminster, she was a daughter of the late Joseph “Buster” and Lila Walt Youngblood. Mrs. Cooper served along the side her husband as he pastored Glassy Mt. Baptist Church in Pickens and East Side Baptist Church in Greenwood for many years. Rev. Cooper founded East Side Christian School, where Mrs. Cooper taught preschool children. She was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Greenwood.

She is survived by her son, Skeets R. Cooper (Judy) of Pickens; her daughter, Jacqueline Cooper Young (Ken) of

Courier Obituaries 12-30-20


EASLEY — Aileen L. Gilbert, 86, wife of the late Weldon Gilbert Jr., passed away on Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, at West End Retirement Center.

Mrs. Gilbert is survived by her children, Ricky Gilbert, Dwayne Gilbert, Karon Hickey (Johnny) and Sharon Whitworth (Victor); grandchildren, Michelle Gilstrap (Steve), Logan Hickey, Gil Whitworth (Colby) and Luke Whitworth (Kelsey); great-grandchildren, Bo and Colt Gilstrap and Judah Whitworth; and honorary family, which includes her wonderful caregivers at West End Retirement Center in Easley.

Aileen was a devoted wife and mother who loved her family and above all loved the Lord.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials may

Courier Obituaries 12-23-20


PICKENS — Mrs. Ella Mae Popham Holliday, 90, of Pickens, passed away on Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, in Easley.

Mrs. Holliday was born in Pickens County on May 8, 1930, to the late Lewis and Florence Searcy Mauldin. She was twice married, first to the late Lloyd Popham and then to the late Bill Holliday. She spent her life as a seamstress and was a member of Bethany Church of God. Mrs. Holliday was a woman who was loved by all — the epitome of unconditional love. Her faith and family were most important to her, and she was truly the example of a Godly woman and