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Courier Obituaries 1-26-22

 

JAMES ALVIN BYERS

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. — On Jan. 21, 2022, Al Byers was able to see and walk again as he entered Heaven to be with Jesus.

James Alvin Byers was born in Pickens on March 11, 1928, the oldest son of James Earl and Esther (Cannon) Byers.

He graduated from Pickens High School in 1946. After working for Singer Sewing Machine in Pickens, he was drafted into the Army during the Korean War. Al fought in Korea as a member of the Thunderbirds, the 45th Infantry Division, whose motto fittingly is semper anticus — always forward. He was a combat engineer, and his company was tasked with building roads and bridges, laying minefields and constructing barracks and bunkers on both sides of the 38th Parallel. He was promoted several times during his two-year term and ended his military career as a staff sergeant.

After his release from military service, Al enrolled at Bob Jones University in Greenville, where he received a bachelor’s degree in 1956 and a master’s degree in

Courier Obituaries 1-19-22

TRACY D. DUVALL

EASLEY — Mr. Tracy Doyle Duvall, 55, husband of Charlene Evington Duvall, passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 11, 2022.

Born in Greenville County, a son of the late William Doyle Duvall and the late Louise Lester Staton, Mr. Duvall was formerly employed with Rexnord Inc. for 35 years and was of the Baptist faith. Tracy loved spending time with family and friends, but his greatest love was for his family. He loved riding motorcycles and teaching his kids about hot

Courier Obituaries 1-12-22

SARAH ELIZABETH CORNE BLACK

EASLEY — Mrs. Sarah Elizabeth Corne Black, 78, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Jan. 6, 2022.

Mrs. Black was born in Pickens County and was the daughter of the late Horace E. Corne and Ruby Elizabeth Gibson Corne and devoted wife of 60 years to Kenneth Ray Black.

Mrs. Black was a lovely and lively person. She loved to aggravate and instigate. Stir the pot. She first and foremost loved the Lord and was a member of Jones Avenue Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir. She was a fisherwoman who would catch anything that would bite. The children will be greatly missing her cube steak and gravy, strawberry cobblers and chocolate cakes. Mrs. Black was loved by all who knew her and will be missed dearly by her family.

Survivors, in addition to her husband, include a son, Doyle Ray Black (Tammy Lane) of Easley, and a daughter, Lisa Norris (James “Tater”) of Pickens.

Mrs. Black was predeceased by a sister, Mary Ann Seigle, and a grandchild, David Ray Black.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 12, at 1:30 p.m. at the Dillard Funeral Home chapel at 2402 Gentry Memorial Highway in Pickens. The Rev. Zach Shaw will be officiating.

The Jones Avenue Baptist Church Choir is invited to be seated with the family as special guests.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hospice of the Upstate at hospiceoftheupstate.com. The family would like to take this time to thank the many caregivers from hospice who gave very precious and loving care to our mother.

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Black family.

Online condolences may be sent to dillardfunerals.com.

 

VIVIAN ELOISE SMITH PITTS

SIX MILE — Vivian Eloise Smith Pitts, 84, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, at her home.

Born in Six Mile, she was the wife of the late Howard Pitts and the daughter of the late Elmer Lloyd Smith and Selma Holiday Smith.

Vivian is survived by her son, Rickey Pitts of Six Mile; sister, Jeanette Thomas of Six Mile; and brothers, Bryan Smith, Wallace Smith (Emily) and Carlos Smith (Judy).

Vivian was preceded in death by her mother and father; her husband; a daughter, Patricia Ann Pitts; sisters, Marie Porter, Mable Moss and Wilamina Allsep; and one brother, Howard Smith.

The services were held on Tuesday, Jan. 11, at Mountain View Funeral Home, followed by a burial service at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Pickens..

Arrangements are in care of Mountain View Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting mountainviewfunerals.com.

 

JAMES MACHEM SHELTON

 

EASLEY — James (Jimmy) Machem Shelton, 88, husband of Anna Shelton of Easley, originally from Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia, Canada, died on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022.

Born in Greenville, he was the son of the late Dewey and Ruby Owens Shelton.

Mr. Shelton was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church. He was a veteran of the United States Navy and proudly served his country during the Korean War.

He worked in textiles and construction until retirement. He enjoyed square dancing and the simple things in life — watching game shows, putting together a good puzzle and woodworking. His great joy in life was his family and spending time with them. Jimmy looked forward to Sunday morning breakfast with his son and every Sunday evening gathering with family. He was a special man who loved his family. A true southern gentleman, he set a proud example for all. His legacy will be carried on through his family.

In addition to his loving wife of 65 years, he is survived by three children, Jim Shelton Jr. (Ginger), Jill Hitt (Jackie) and Donna Harden (Dixon); six grandchildren, Julie Raxter (Luke), Jay Hitt (Kailey), Drew Harden, Dawson Harden, John Shelton (Katie) and Caroline Smith (Logan); and four great-grandchildren, Aaron, Audrey, Lillie and Charlie.

The last surviving member of his immediate family, in addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Dewey Shelton and John Shelton; two sisters, Lavenia Haile and Earleen Kastner; and a granddaughter, Jessica Hitt.

A visitation was held on Jan. 11 at Thomas McAfee Funeral Homes, Northwest.

A recitation of the Rosary will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 12, at 11:45 a.m. at Holy Cross Catholic Church, with the funeral mass following at 12:15 p.m. A private graveside service will be held at a later date at Graceland Cemetery West.

Family and friends who are unable to attend the funeral sass service can go to the church’s website to view at holycrossstluke.org.

Memorials may be made to Holy Cross Church Outreach, 558 Hampton Ave., Pickens, SC 29671, or holycrossstluke.org.

 

DANIEL MOODY SMITH SR.

 

SIX MILE — Mr. Daniel Moody Smith Sr., 82, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Jan. 8, 2022.

He was born in Gumlog, Franklin County, Ga. and was the son of the late Rev. Frank and Virgie Smith and loving husband of 64 years to Jimmie Lucile Merck Smith.

Surviving are sons, Daniel Smith Jr. (Kim) of Irmo, Darrien Smith (Tonya) of Greenwood and David Smith of Greenwood; his sister, Frances Smith Spearman (Johnny) of Westminster; 11 loving grandchildren and 12 most precious and loving great-grandchildren.

Mr. Smith was predeceased by sisters, Sue Stowe, Mary Nell Smith Hambrick and Lillian Lee Smith.

Mr. Smith attended Ridgeland Drive Baptist Church in Six Mile, where he was a faithful member. He served both in the United States Air Force and with the Georgia National Guard. Mr. Smith was a welder by trade, working in industrial construction, but his first loves were his family and the outdoors. He was an avid hunter of the whitetail deer and spent his fall bow hunting. He enjoyed crafting leather and woodworking.

A funeral service will be held on Thursday, Jan. 13, at 3 p.m. at the Dillard Funeral Home chapel at 2402 Gentry Memorial Highway in Pickens, with a visitation that same day from 1:30-2:45 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will follow the service at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Pickens. The Rev. Tim Friar and Rev. Mark Spearman will be officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Interim Healthcare, 810 Powdersville Road, Suite B, Easley, SC 29642 or to the Prisma Health Office of Philanthropy, 300 E. McBee Ave., Suite 201, Greenville, SC 29601.

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Smith family.

Online condolences may be sent to dillardfunerals.com.

 

DOROTHY M. KELLY

LIBERTY — Dorothy M. Kelly, 73, daughter of the late Roy Ramey and Lula Bell Barton Ramey, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, at her home.

Dorothy was of the Church of God of Prophecy faith.

She is survived by her sisters, Lola Rowland and Carolyn McCall, both of Liberty; a sister-in-law, Carolyn Kay Ramey of Liberty; nieces and nephews, Larry Joe Ramey, Mary Ann Fowler (Mark), Joey Leard, Will Rowland, Becky Ramey, Jeffrey Rowland/Burns, Chris Kelley (Amie), Eddie Burns, Terri White (Tony), Christine Hardy (Mike) and Daryl Hellums (Taffie).

Dorothy was predeceased by her parents; brothers, James Ramey, Floyd Ramey and Michael Ramey; sisters, Patricia Leard and Thelma Burns; and nieces, Stephanie Leard, Angela Rowland, Katie Rowland and Lisa Hellums.

A graveside service will be at 11 a.m. on Thursday, Jan. 13,  at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Pickens.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Kelly Family.

 

GLADYS NIX LOOPER

PICKENS — Gladys Nix Looper, 89, wife of James Marion Looper for 71 years, died on Friday, Jan. 6, 2022, at her home.

She was born in Pickens County, the third daughter of John Crayton and Mary Reece Nix.

She retired as administrative secretary at East Pickens Baptist Church after 20 years of service. She served on the  ad hoc committee of the South Carolina Baptist Church Secretaries. She earned her church certification at White Oak and served as first president of the Pickens Area Church Secretaries.

Surviving are her immediate family, Janice Nealey, Candace and Jordan Hunt, Gavin and Creed Hunt, Caleb Nealey, Adam Nealey, Bentley Nealey, Michael Looper, Josh and Jennifer Looper, Hunter Crayton Looper, Pressley Looper, Hailey Anders, Sara Nix, Essie Looper, Richard Holcombe and James Holcombe; special nieces, Abbey and Emma Dodgens; and goddaughter, Judy Turner Welch.

She was predeceased by her parents; sisters, Christine Julian, Brenda Walker, Lois Porter, Lillian Holcombe and Hazel Dodgens; and brothers, Calvin Nix, Clarence Nix and Rev Charles Porter.

She was a member of Antioch Baptist Church, the Senior Ladies teacher, in the choir, prayer chain and Senior Group, and she sang duet with her husband.

An accomplished artist, she loved painting, quilting, reading and gardening.

Visitation will be from 1-2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, at Mountain View Funeral Home, with funeral service to follow at 2 p.m. in the chapel. Burial will follow at the Mountain Grove Baptist Church cemetery..

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Looper family.

 

 

MARY JENKINS

LIBERTY — Mary Wanda Jenkins, 82, died on Monday, Jan. 3, 2022, at AnMed Hospital.

Born in Hayesville, N.C., she was the widow of John Jenkins and a daughter of the late Lee and Ruth Byers Matheson.

She retired from West Point Stevens in Clemson and was a member of Ruhamah Baptist Church.

Surviving are a daughter, Denise Phillips of Liberty; a son, Bobby Shope (Lynn) of Easley; three grandchildren, Cricket West (Brad), Amber Phillips (Tim) and Colt Shope; six great-grandchildren, Peyton, Wrenn, Mason, Bristol, Luca and Maddox; and two sisters, Sandra Langston of Roebuck and Linda Taylor of Piedmont.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Mike Shope; a grandson, Jake Phillips; and three brothers, Gene Matheson, Buddy Matheson and Early Matheson.

Funeral services to honor the life of Mrs. Jenkins were conducted on Jan. 7 in the Liberty Mortuary chapel. Burial was held at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

To share a memory or leave a message for the family, you may visit libertymortuary.com. Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.

 

TIM GREATHOUSE

LIBERTY — Timothy D. Greathouse, 51, died on Jan. 3, 2022, at Prisma Health Greenville Memorial Hosptial.

Born in Albany, Ga., he was a son of the late Margie Edmiston and George Greathouse.

Throughout his adult life, he was the owner/operator of his own big rig, which he affectionately called “PETEROD.” He was a member of Carolina Community Church.

Above all, Tim loved his family, but especially his wife.

Surviving are his wife, Sherry Greathouse of the home; two daughters, Heather Edmond (Nathan) of Easley and Natasha Stamey (Chris) of Easley; four grandchildren, Carter and Braylen Edmond and Braden and Blane Stamey; and three nephews, Jeremy Angel (Rebecca), Joshua Angel (Kimberly) and Christian Angel.

Funeral services to honor Tim’s life were conducted on Jan. 8 in the Liberty Mortuary chapel. Burial will follow at Liberty Memorial Gardens.

The family will be at their respective homes.

Flowers will be accepted. To share a memory or leave a message for the family, you may visit libertymortuary.com. Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.

 

 

RICHARD MINNICH

 

EASLEY — Mr. Richard Fredrick Minnich, 83, husband of the late Geraldine Ladd Minnich, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022.

Born in Lorain, Ohio, Mr. Minnich retired from GE with 30 years of service and was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He was of the Baptist Faith.

Surviving are a son, Robbie Lee Stancil (Stacy) of Easley; a daughter, Lisa Dee Stancil (Easley); three grandchildren, Breanna Stancil (Domynique), Cassidy Stancil and Rylee Little; and two great-grandchildren, Jaylen Dacus and Zaidyn Hurley.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Minnich was predeceased by a grandson, Gage Stancil.

Graveside services were on Jan. 10 at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Easley.

Visit robinsonfuneralhomes.com or Robinson Funeral Home and Crematory-Downtown, Easley.

 

BARBARA ANNE METZ

EASLEY — Barbara Anne (Haines) Metz, 83, passed away on Jan. 6, 2022, in Easley.

Barbara was born in New York to Alice and Clem Haines on June 9, 1938. She graduated from St. Lawrence Academy in New York and graduated top of her class from Grace Downs Airline Hostess School. Barbara married the love of her life and best friend, Donald Metz, 64 years ago on Sept. 21, 1957, at St. Anthony’s Church in Butler, N.J.

Barbara’s greatest love was her family, and she was tremendously proud of the six children she and Don raised in Sylvan Lake, Ill. She was happiest when the whole family, including spouses, 14 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren, got together. These gatherings were always boisterous and full of laughter, music, games and even the occasional food fight.

Her passion for playing guitar and piano was evident in her active involvement in church guitar groups, where she not only played but took a leadership role. She also loved playing card games, especially bridge, listening to Neil Diamond and watching football.

Her small business, Designs by Barbara Anne, showcased her talent in crocheting, knitting, sewing, calligraphy, drawing and painting. Her most remarkable painting was of Gandalf and Frodo from the Hobbit.

Barbara was also passionate about serving her community through LaSertoma, PTA, booster clubs and as a deaconess.

Barbara is survived by her husband, Donald, and five of their children and spouses, Don and Sandy Metz, Mary Metz, Terri and Gary Johnson, Pam and Andy Ancel, Ken and Joan Metz and Suzanne and Dale Ellicott.

Barbara will also be missed by grandchildren, Jenny and Kim Metz, Maggie Metz and Claire Allison, Christopher and Adam Johnson, Katie and Brian Rucka, Elizabeth and Joe Ancel, Lauren and Michael Metz, Alexis Phillips, and Bella and Gregory Ellicott; great-grandchildren, May and Owen Allison; and her lifelong friend, Sr. Dorothy Metz of the Sisters of Charity.

Barbara was preceded in death by her parents, Alice and Clem Haines, and son, Gregory James Metz.

The family of Barbara Anne wishes to extend our sincere thanks to the professionals at BrightStar Care and Heartland Hospice Care.

A celebration of life will be held at 11 a.m. Jan. 13 at Dillard Memorial Funeral Home, located at 2402 Gentry Memorial Highway in Pickens.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the May and Owen Allison College Fund, access code 7075.

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Metz family.

Online condolences may be sent to dillardfunerals.com.

 

JANIE BELL BRUCE

EASLEY — Janie Bell Bruce, 49, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022, at her home.

Born in Greenville County, she was the daughter of Linda Humphreys Bell and the late James L. Bell.

Janie is survived by her husband, Jody Bruce; children, Cameron Smith of Easley and Bella Bruce of Pelzer; mother, Linda Humphreys Bell of Easley; and stepsiblings, Chad Kirk and Stacey Kirk.

Janie was preceded in death by her father, James L. Bell, and stepfather, Michael B. Kirk.

A graveside service was held on Jan. 8 at Greenville Memorial Gardens in Piedmont.

Arrangements are in care of Mountain View Funeral Home. Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting mountainviewfunerals.com.

 

DAVID ARTHUR WINCHESTER

EASLEY — David Arthur Winchester, 77, beloved husband of the late Doris Ann Wrenn Winchester, of Easley, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022.

Born in Easley, he was the son of the late James Arthur and Ethel McGehee Winchester.

He was a member of the Easley First Pentecostal Holiness Church, was a deacon there for many years and sang in the choir. He loved a good steak dinner and was known to frequent Krispy Kreme when the “Hot Now” sign was on.

Mr. Winchester is survived by two sons, Tim Winchester (Linda) and Donald Winchester (Penny), both of Easley; two daughters, Tammy and Dianah Winchester, both of Easley; four grandchildren, Aleiah Winchester, Tiffany Barnes (David), Dustin Winchester (Jennifer) and Kerri Dodgens (David Irelan); and five great-grandchildren, Josiah, Chloe and Eden Winchester, Wyatt Dodgens Irelan and Dakota Barnes.

Mr. Winchester was the last surviving member of his immediate family. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his loving wife, Doris Ann Wrenn Winchester; brother, James “Wade” Winchester; and sister, Wanda Vee Klippert.

The family will receive friends prior to the service on Thursday, Jan. 13, from noon-1:30 p.m., at Easley First Pentecostal Holiness.

Funeral services will be held Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, at 2 p.m. at Easley First Pentecostal Holiness Church.

Flowers will be accepted or, memorials may be made to Easley First Pentecostal Holiness Church, 303 W. 6th Ave., Easley, SC 29640

The service will be livestreamed on the Easley First Pentecostal Holiness Church Facebook page.

Please visit robinsonfuneralhomes.com or Robinson Funeral Home and Crematory – Downtown, Easley.

 

AMY NICHOLE PATTERSON

LIBERTY — Amy Nichole Patterson, 34, daughter of Donnie Patterson and the late Cynthia Galloway, passed away on Friday, Jan. 7, 2022, at her residence.

A native of Pickens County, Amy was born on June 29, 1987. She was a graduate of Liberty High School and received her associate degree from Greenville Tech. Amy enjoyed making jewelry, and she was a cat lover.

In addition to her father, Donnie Patterson, Amy is survived by her stepmother, Elisha Patterson; her brother, Christopher Eric Patterson; her sister, Angelica Blaklyn Norton (Toby); paternal grandmother, Cecil Patterson; and her maternal grandmother, Betty Cantrell (Doyle).

Amy was predeceased by her mother, her paternal grandfather, Donald Patterson Sr., and maternal grandfather, E.J. Galloway.

Flowers will be accepted, or memorials can be made in Amy’s honor to the Pickens County Humane Society.

The family will host a celebration of Amy’s life on Saturday, Jan. 15, at the Old Roanoke School House, located off of Roanoke Road in Liberty, at 4 p.m.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Patterson Family.

 

 

WILBUR MICHAEL RIDDLE

 

EASLEY — Dr. Wilbur Michael Riddle, 79, husband of Janice Pope Riddle, passed away Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022.

Born in Laurens, he was the son of the late Wilbur Lentz and Mary Bruns Riddle.

Dr. Riddle received his B.S. in biology from Wofford College and his doctorate from the Medical College of Virginia School of Dentistry. He later served his residency in maxillofacial and oral surgery at Duke University. He started his career in general dentistry and after seven years continued his career as an oral surgeon in Easley from 1984 until his retirement in 2014.

He golfed all over the world and skied black diamond slopes. He was a member and past president of the Easley Rotary Club, where he received the Paul Harris Award. Dr. Riddle was also a member of the International Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, the Southeastern Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons and the South Carolina Society of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons, where he served as past president. He was a charter member of St. Matthias Lutheran Church in Easley.

Dr. Riddle proudly served with the U.S. Navy for more than three years, where he received the rank of lieutenant commander and traveled all through Europe on the USS Roosevelt. He continued to serve in the reserves after his discharge until his residency at Duke University.

In addition to his loving wife of 40 years, Dr. Riddle is survived by his daughters, Pilar Riddle-Perras and her husband, Craig, of Seneca and Ginga Neal of Greenville; grandchildren, Ava Pilar Riddle-Perras of Seneca, Mabrey Forrast Neal of Charleston, Briggs Reed Neal of Columbia and Devyn Lea Neal of Greenville; and numerous loving friends.

A celebration of life will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 20, at St. Matthias Lutheran Church in Easley.

The family will receive friends prior to the service from 12:30-1:45 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022, at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Pickens County Animal Shelter, 193 County Farm Road, Pickens, SC 29671; Calvary Home for Children, 110 Calvary Home Circle, Anderson, SC 29621; or St. Matthias Lutheran Church, 501 Powdersville Road, Easley, SC 29642.

The family requests that masks be worn and social distancing to be practiced in accordance with COVID protocols.

Visit robinsonfuneralhomes.com or Robinson Funeral Home and Crematory-Downtown, Easley.

Courier Obituaries 1-5-21

CARTER B. MATTHEWS JR.

GREENVILLE — Carter Broward Matthews Jr., 72, husband of Bille Morris Mathews died on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021.

Carter was born in Pensacola, Fla., a son of the late Carter Broward and Etna Louise Carpenter Matthews. He received a bachelor’s degree from the University of Alabama Culver House School of Business, where he was a member of Theta Chi.

Courier Obituaries 12-29-21

ELVIN KENDRICK RICHARDSON

BULLARD, Texas — Melvin Kendrick Richardson was born Dec. 28, 1934, in Gastonia, N.C., to parents Maude Elizabeth Gibson Richardson and Frank Simpson Richardson and passed away after a battle with Parkinson’s disease on Dec. 25, 2021.

He served in the United States Air Force as a vehicle maintenance officer at Craig Air Force Base in Selma, Ala.

Dr. Richardson received a bachelor of science in mechanical engineering from Clemson University, a master of science in mechanical engineering from North Carolina State University, a master of arts in mathematics from the University of Alabama and a doctor of philosophy in engineering mechanics from the University of Alabama.

He was a member of the faculty of the mechanical engineering and agricultural engineering

Courier Obituaries 12-22-21

GAYE S. MOURITZEN

PICKENS — Dr. Gaye S. Mouritzen, 84, passed from this life on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021.

Dr. Mouritzen was born in Sharon, Pa., daughter of the late Clifford and Edith Sweesy.

Gaye earned a B.A. from Houghton College in 1959, an M.S. in Education from Wagner College in 1964 and an Ed.D. from Nova Southeastern University in 1993.

From 1961 to 1980, she supported her husband, Wayne, in his pastoral work at several churches. including Morgan Memorial Wesleyan

Courier Obituaries 12-15-21

RONNIE BREAZELE PORTER

PICKENS — Ronnie Breazele Porter, 71, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021, at his home.

Born in Pickens, he was the son of the late Ivy Roscoe and Grace Helen Breazele Porter. Ronnie was a graduate of Pickens High School and served Pickens County in law enforcement for 32 years.

Ronnie is survived by his children, Kevin Porter (Kim) of Pickens, Kyle Porter (Myra) of Easley and Kirk Porter (Shawna Parham) of

Courier Obits 12-8-21

CHARLES EUGENE BURKE

EASLEY — Charles Eugene Burke, 83, of Brushy Creek Road, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, Nov. 28, 2021, at his youngest son’s home in Raleigh, N.C., after an extended illness.

Born in Cenchat, Ga., he grew up in Flintstone, Ga., and was a son of the late Frederick Eugene Burke of Cenchat, Ga., and Mary Kirksie Suit Cooke (Robert E. Cooke, stepfather) of Cenchat, Ga., and the grandson of the late John I. and Fanny P. Suit, both of Cenchat, Ga.

Mr. Burke retired as a master dergeant of the United States Air Force. After his military retirement, he attended Tri-County Tech and graduated as a manufacturing engineer. After graduation, he worked at Platt Saco Lowell and then later at Specialty Bar Products Company.

He was a member of Brushy Creek Baptist Church and the We Care Sunday School Class.

He enjoyed military history, aviation, playing guitar, listening to music and spending time

Courier Obituaries 12-1-21

JOSEPHINE REECE

PICKENS —  Ms. Josephine Reece, 81, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Nov. 25, 2021.

Ms. Reece was born in Pumpkintown and was the daughter of the late LemuelMaderson Reece and Georgia Mae Bradshaw Reece.

Survivors include a brother, Paul B. Reece of Greenville, and a sister, Jeane Reece Keane (Jim) of Houston, Texas. Also surviving are a number of loving nieces, nephews and cousins.

Ms. Reece was predeceased by brothers Emery, Lewis, Garvin and infant Billy Joe Reece and a sister, Betty Rose Watson.

Ms. Reece had many physical limitations in life, but she loved to laugh, loved her family, loved music and loved to dance from her

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YVONNE MAY HIDAY SMITH

EASLEY— Yvonne May Hiday Smith, 91, wife of the late Dan A. Smith, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021.

Born in Dayton, Ohio, she was a daughter of the late Russell and Mary Relyea Hiday.

Mrs. Smith worked in retail and was a member of Easley Presbyterian Church. She never met a stranger and loved and was loved by everyone who knew her. Her true passion was her family, which she loved dearly.

Mrs. Smith is survived by daughters, Sharon Beard (Dennis) of Easley and Diana Broome (Darrell) of Slidell, La.; grandchildren, David Beard (Nicole), Tracee Clem (Derek), Jason Broome (Mallory Echols) and Sheila Ogden; great-grandchildren, Cassandra Smith (Jordan), Caitlyn Clem, Cameron Motes (Taylor), Theo Broome and Shiloh Boman; and great-great-granchildren, Turner Smith and Rosemary and Joel Motes.

In addition to her loving husband of 43 years, she was preceded in death by grandsons, Douglas Beard and Jeremy Broome; and a brother, Jack Hiday.

A memorial service will be held at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 24, at Easley Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends following the service in the church parlor.

Visit robinsonfuneralhomes.com or Robinson Funeral Home and Crematory-Downtown, Easley.

 

BENNIE FLOYD CROWE

PICKENS — Mr. Bennie Floyd Crowe, 84, loving husband of Shelby Jean Duncan Crowe, passed away on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021, at Manna Health and Rehab of Pickens.

Bennie was born on March 13, 1937, in Pickens, to the late Lawrence and ClovieBaynard Crowe.

He was a wonderful husband, father, grandfather brother and friend. Bennie emitted love, wisdom, patience and care everywhere he went, and to know him was to love him. He loved the Lord and was the example of what a Godly man should be, and his top priority was making sure his family was loved and taken care of. Bennie was the fixer of all things broken and the finder of all things lost. When he wasn’t spending time with his family, he stayed busy cutting grass, working in his shop, gardening and tending to his cows. Bennie enjoyed his weekly coffee and fellowship gatherings with old friends, and his sweet smile and witty sense of humor will be deeply missed.

In addition to his loving wife, Bennie is survived by one son, Tony Crowe (Joann) of Pickens; three granddaughters, Jaclyn Payne (Ryan) of Easley, Jennifer Whitmire (Gabriel) of Liberty and Heather Allison (Steve) of Easley; four great-grandchildren, Eliza, John-Luke, Everett and Aaron; and one sister, Ann Gwin (Roger) of Pickens.

In addition to his parents, Bennie was preceded in death by one daughter, Jane O’Brien; one brother, Hoyt Crowe; and one sister-in-law, Ann Crowe.

A graveside service was held on Nov. 23 at Hillcrest Memorial Park. The family received friends following the service at the graveside.

The family is at the residence.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting dillardfunerals.com. Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.

 

WINONA MCCLAIN

EASLEY — Winona Banks McClain, 72, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021.

Born in Greenville, the daughter of the late Fred Walter Banks Sr. and the late Margaret S. Bullington, Winona received her associate degree in automotive technology from Greenville Technical College and was a retired automotive technician with Sullivan Buick in Anderson. She was of the Pentecostal faith.

Surviving are her son, James Robert McClain Jr. of Fountain Inn; her two brothers, Otis Carl Banks (Debbie) of Piedmont and Fred Walter Banks Jr. of Waterloo; and her grandson, Bradley Bryant.

In addition to her parents, Winona was predeceased by her daughter, Kitten Bryant; and her granddaughter, Kimberlie Bryant.

Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 10, in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown. Burial will follow at Greenville Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Lung Association, 44-A Markfield Drive, Charleston, SC 29407.

Visit robinsonfuneralhomes.com or Robinson Funeral Home and Crematory-Downtown, Easley.

 

LULA MCCOLLUM

CENTRAL — Mrs. Lula Smith McCollum, 91, wife of the late R.D. McCollum, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021.

Born in Pickens County, a daughter of the late David Daniel Smith and the late Tillie Jennings Smith, Mrs. McCollum was a homemaker and a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Lula Mae was a loving person who loved and adored her family and had a special love for her dog, Jake. She will be missed by all who loved and knew her.

Surviving are her two sons, Rick McCollum (Judy) of Easley and Ronnie McCollum (Mae) of Charleston; her daughter, Diane M. Elrod (Johnny) of Central; 12 grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. McCollum was predeceased by four brothers, Elmain Smith, Sam Smith, Rufus Smith and Bud Smith; and two sisters, Irene S. Snipes and Pauline S. Nix.

Funeral services were held on Nov. 23 at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church. Burial followed at the Cedar Rock Baptist Church cemetery.

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PETEY FULLER

CENTRAL — Kermit Leon “Petey” Fuller, 65, of James Circle, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021, after a brief illness.

Born in Greenville, he was a son of the late Rev. Richard M. and Edna Brady Fuller. He was retired from the School District of Pickens County, where he was a custodian at several different schools including Ambler Elementary, Liberty Middle School, Liberty High School and Central Elementary. He was an avid Georgia Bulldog fan and enjoyed the outdoors and spending time with his family. He was a member of Liberty Masonic Lodge No. 235 A.F.M. and was of the Baptist faith.

Surviving are his wife, Elaine Burdette Fuller of the home; two daughters, Selena Owens (Anthony) of Anderson and Miranda Smith (Shannon) of Easley; a son, Brandon Howard (Donette) of Central; two sisters-in-law, Aurelie “Cookie” Fuller and Sandra Fuller of Liberty; eight grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and many special nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Richard “Dickey” Fuller and Harold Fuller; and two sisters, Sandy LeCroy and Joann Smith.

Funeral services to honor Petey’s life will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 24, in the Liberty Mortuary chapel. Burial will follow at Liberty Memorial Gardens. A visitation will be held prior to the service from 12:30-1:45 p.m. at the mortuary.

Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to Liberty Masonic Lodge No. 235, PO Box 26 Liberty, SC 29657.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting libertymortuary.com. Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.

 

VERA DARLENE STONE

PICKENS — Vera Darlene Stone passed away peacefully at home on Nov. 19, 2021, surrounded by family after a valiant fight with a long-term illness. She was welcomed to heaven with open arms by her Daddy.

Left to cherish fun memories are her mama, Vera Stone of Pickens; four treasured siblings, Preston Stone, Levi (Kara) Stone, Shirley Brooks and Sandy Stone; three beloved children, Jennifer Gillespie, Samantha Saxon and Charlie Gillespie, all of Elberton, Ga.; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

Darlene was a proud Nano to Dylan, Andrew, Lexi, Jacob, Bailee, Aiden and Joshua. She adored her great-grands Sasha, Reagan and Ryleigh. Vera held a special place in her heart for Destiny, who she considered one of her own. Her four-legged companions, Bones, Ozzi and Batman, will miss their treats and love.

Darlene was an inspiration to all, devoting her life to helping and caring for others. She was a preschool teacher in Elberton, Ga., where she loved every child as her own.

The family would like to thank caring staff members of Hospice of the Upstate, Renee, Audrey, Pastor Deon and Starla (hospiceoftheupstate.com).

Per her request, there will be no services.

Palmetto Cremation Service is assisting the family.

 

DELLA MARIE KELLEY

PICKENS — Della Marie Kelley, 58, passed away on Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021, at her home.

Born Oct. 4, 1963, in New Orleans, La., she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Velma (Vandiver) Miller. She was full of life and was known by her family and friends for being an overall great person to be around.

Mrs. Kelley is survived by her loving husband of 37 years, Tommy Kelley; two daughters, Ashley Gilstrap of Augusta, Ga., and Virginia Montoya of Commerce, Ga.; and a son, Matthew Kelley of Pickens. In addition to her husband and children, she is survived by four grandchildren, Kaden Welborn, Quinten Welborn, Charisma Crowe and Samuel Kelley.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her daughter, Amber Kelley.

Mrs. Kelley’s wishes were to be cremated, and a celebration of her life will be announced at a later date.

Mountain View Funeral home is assisting the Kelley family.

 

DOROTHY WHITMIRE

LIBERTY — Dorothy Burns Whitmire, 86, died on Thursday, Nov. 18, 2021, at Prisma Health Baptist Easley Hospital.

Born in Pendleton, she was the widow of Charlie Whitmire and a daughter of the late Frank Washington and Mavis Elizabeth Roper Burns.

Surviving are two sons, Charles “Terry” Whitmire of Asheville, N.C., and Ben Wilson of Spartanburg; two sisters, Nell Holder of Liberty and Fran Kelley of Easley; 12 grandchildren, Melvin Whitmire (Amanda), Laura Whitmire, Amanda Whitmire, Brandon Whitmire (Sue), Jeremy Whitmire (Jenny), Jonathan Whitmire (Ashley), Chelsea Bradley, Trapper Whitmire, Bo Whitmire, Courtney Biddle (Timothy), Melanie Newman (Daniel) and Stephanie Antillon; and numerous great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by four sons, Marty, Tony, Greg and Rodney Whitmire; a brother, Haskell Burns; and a sister, Anne Williams.

Funeral services were conducted on Nov. 23 in the Liberty Mortuary chapel. Burial was at the Roanoke Baptist Church cemetery.

To share a memory or leave a message for the family, you may visit libertymortuary.com. Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.

TAMMY RENA WELZBACHER

PICKENS — Tammy Rena Welzbacher, 62, formerly of Williamston and Cullowhee, N.C., passed away on Monday, Nov. 8, 2021.

She was the daughter of the late Henry Thomas Welzbacher and Martha Rae Frasier Wright. She loved her family and friends.

She is survived by her daughter, April Owens; grandchildren, Joshua (Kaitlyn) Owens, Joseph Owens, Ryleigh (Logan Meadows) Owens, Bethany Owens and Sadie Ricketts; great-grandchildren, EllaMae Rena Meadows and Madilyn Hope Owens; siblings, Eugene (Pam) Welzbacher, Eddie (Donna) Welzbacher, Irene Jordan and Billy (Barbara) Welzbacher; and honorary “Nana” to Mia Cannon, Blake Tolley, Brandon Barker, Maddy Hooper and Mason Lowery; ex-husband, Johnny Hunt; lifelong friends, Cathy Sutton, Dorothy “Dot” Goodine and Sandy Simpson; nieces, nephews and a beloved dog, Ragnar.

A memorial service was held on Nov. 23 at Tabernacle Baptist, 519 Anderson St., Pelzer, SC 29669. Her grandson, Joshua Owens, officiated.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the GoFundMe.

FRANCIS PETER ‘FRAN’ TORSIELLO

EASLEY — Francis Peter Torsiello, 65, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021, at his home.

A native of Waterbury, Conn., Fran was born on June 17, 1956, to Michael Raymond and the late Madeline Ann Matisto Torsiello. Fran was a communicant of Remnant Church in Easley and loved his horse, Scooby-Doo.

Survivors include his daughters, Melissa J. Powell (Marcus) of Watertown, Conn., and Jessica Torsiello of Ansonia, Conn.; his grandchildren, Angel Cardona Jr., Tyson Torsiello Powell, Isaiah Powell, Anthony Torsiello and Madison Torsiello; nieces, Tiffany Patchell, Stacey Lettiero and Rebecca Torsiello; and a nephew, Brian Shaw.

In addition to his mother, Mr. Torsiello was predeceased by his brother, Raymond Torsiello; a sister, Cynthia Torsiello; and a nephew, Kyle Torsiello.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Connecticut.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Torsiello Family.

 

 

JEARL WILLIAMS

 

EASLEY — Mr. Perry Jearl Williams, 86, husband of Avis Formyduval Williams, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021.

Born in Chesterfield County, a son of the late Baxter Alfonzo Williams and the late Ellen Olivia Winburn Williams, Mr. Williams was a graduate of Furman University, where he received his bachelor’s degree. He was previously employed with the Anderson County Family Court and Anderson County Vocational Rehabilitation and was the current owner of Jearl Williams Nursery. Jearl was a member of Easley First Batist Church and a U.S. Army Reserve veteran.

Surviving, in addition to his wife of 63 years, are a brother, John A. Williams (Avis) of Mebane, N.C.; a sister, Ann W. Lay of Long; two sisters-in-law, Joan Williams of Siler City, N.C., and Lois Williams of Bakersville, N.C.; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Williams was predeceased by his daughter, Elen Victoria Williams; four brothers, Randolph Williams, Dearl Williams, Cecil Williams and Lee Williams; a sister, Geneva W. Evans; two sisters-in-law, Kitty Williams and Jewel Williams; and two brothers-in-law, Fred Lay and Preston Evans.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

Visit robinsonfuneralhomes.com or Robinson Funeral Home and Crematory-Downtown, Easley.

 

DANIEL S. SCHUPBACH

EASLEY — Daniel S. Schupbach, 41, passed away on Monday, Nov. 15, 2021.

Daniel was born on Jan. 26, 1980, to Scott T and the late Darla Revan Schupbach, who raised him in the Powdersville community. Mr. Schupbach loved to cook and read books, especially his Bible.

He is survived by his daughter, Mackensie Schupbach, and her mother, Stephanie Helton of Easley; a sister, Dana Lyda (Jason); grandparents, Shirley Kauffman and Patsy Mills; two aunts, Rhonda Palacios (Alan) and Paula Schupbach; an uncle, Jamie Schupbach (Cheryl); and one niece, Hadley Lyda.

In addition to his mother, Mr. Schupbach was also predeceased by his grandfathers, Alvin Revan, Chuck Kauffman, Jack Mills and Paul Schupbach; and one aunt, Chris Towner.

A memorial service for Daniel was held on Nov. 20 in the chapel of Mountain View Funeral Home.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Schupbach family.

 

BOBBY JOE LYDAY

PICKENS — Bobby Joe Lyday, 62, loving husband of 40 years to Teresa Lynn Lyday, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021, at Prisma Health Greenville Memorial Hospital.

A native of Pickens County, Bobby was born March 12, 1959, son of the late Henry Jackson Lyday and Alice Marie Bryant Neal. He enjoyed working, hunting and spending time with his grandbabies.

Survivors include his wife, Teresa, of the home; his children, Stephanie Ramey (Ryan), Justin Lyday (Morgan) and Courtney Johnson (Corey), all of Pickens; grandchildren, Abbigail Woods, Levi Woods, Chase Lyday, Chloe Ramey, Collin Lyday, Emma Johnson, Jeremiah Johnson, Jameson Johnson and Ellie Johnson; siblings, Rachel Dickard (Wayne), Carolyn Galloway (Terry), Deborah Riddle (Danny), Shirley Haynes, Ricky Lyday (Lisa) and Marie Galloway; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Lyday was predeceased by his brother, Allen Lee.

Visitation was held on Nov. 22 in the sanctuary of Midway Baptist Church, with the funeral service following. Burial was at the Midway Baptist Church cemetery.

Flowers will be accepted.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Lyday family.

 

GLADYE MAE NIX

LIBERTY — Gladye Mae Whitmire Nix, 84, of 135 Whitmire Hill Road, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021, at the Cottingham Hospice House.

Born in Pickens, she was the widow of Donald William George Nix and a daughter of the late Clyde C. and Essie Porter Whitmire.

She was a longtime member of Roanoke Baptist Church and enjoyed gardening. The most important things in her life were always her family and faith. She did, however, believe in education, and went back to school after her children were born to finish her high school diploma to set an example for her rapidly growing family.

Surviving are two daughters, Corliss Thomas (Jeff) of Spartanburg and Janice Nix of Liberty; two sons, Randell Nix (Susie) and Chris Nix, both of Liberty; three sisters, Sue Farmer, Diane Sanderson and Kathy Young; a brother, Haskell Whitmire; seven grandchildren, Brian Thomas (Melody), Tracy Shreve (Brandon), Stephanie McClain (Jamie), Shannon Tollison (Kevin), Taylor Kitchens, Katelyn Dotson (Scott) and Rev. Zachary Nix (Abby); and 14 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by three sisters, Lucille Chastain, Yvonne Durham and Sylvia Cantrell; and five brothers, Claude, Roy, Bobby, Johnny and Donald Whitmire.

Funeral services to honor the life of Mrs. Nix were conducted on Nov. 22 at Roanoke Baptist Church.

The burial followed in the church cemetery.

To leave a memory or message, you may visit libertymortuary.com. Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.

 

PAULINE GILSTRAP

CENTRAL — Pauline Ross Gilstrap, 73, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021, at her residence.

Born in Seneca, she was a daughter of the late JB and Brodie Ables Ross.

She was a homemaker and loved to spend time with her family.

Surviving are her husband, Larry C. Gilstrap of the home; a daughter, Jodie Campbell (Dale) of Williamston; three sons, Brian Chapman (Amy) of Belton, Ricky Gilstrap (Cynthia) of Liberty and Jimmy Gilstrap of Taylors; a sister, Florence O’Neal of Norris; 10 grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her mother and father, she was preceded in death by a son, Ricky Chapman; a brother, Jack Ross; and five sisters, Louise Bates, Frances Ross, Joyce Johnson, Betty Dickard and Inez Bryant.

Graveside services were held on Nov. 22 at Liberty Memorial Gardens. No formal visitation is planned.

To leave a memory or a message, you may visit libertymortuary.com. Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.