Category Archives: Obituaries

Courier Obituaries 6-29-22


SIX MILE — Mr. Roberts Langmade Rees, 71, went to shake the Big Guy’s hand on May 23, 2022.

Mr. Rees was born in Chicago, Ill., and was the son of the late Dr. Roberts Moss Rees and the late Eugenia Adams Rees and loving husband of Laurie Ann Pike Rees.

Mr. Rees was an avid motorcycle enthusiast. Riding with friends brought him great joy. He was a proud participant in AA and touched many lives through his

Courier Obituaries 6-22-22


STATESVILLE, N.C. — Kathryn Eddings Johnson (Kathy), 94, formerly of Statesville, passed away peacefully on June 11, 2022 at Atrium Pineville Hospital in Charlotte.

Born in Pickens on Sept. 13, 1927, she was a daughter of the late Thomas Bates Eddings and Edna Gravely Eddings. She was a member of First Baptist Church of Statesville and spent much of her early career as a church secretary. She also worked at the U.S. Geological Survey in Raleigh and Hunter Realty and Boan Building in Statesville.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, the late Rev. Leath C. Johnson.

Survivors include a son, Rick Johnson and his wife, Nunthany; a daughter, Lisa J. Morgan and her husband, Donald; along with two grandchildren, Chase Morgan (Christina) and Conner Morgan. Several nieces and nephews and grand-dogs also survive.

Kathy was a devoted wife and mother. She was selfless, kind and accepting of everyone around her.

Services celebrating Kathy’s life were conducted on June 18 at Nicholson Funeral Home, with Rev. James Lewis officiating. The burial was held at Oakwood Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent online to the family at Memorials may be given to First Baptist Church, 815 Davie Ave., Statesville, N.C. 28677 or to Hospice & Palliative Care of Charlotte, 7845 Little Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28226.

Nicholson Funeral Home-Statesville, N.C., is entrusted with the arrangements.



PICKENS — Sharon Kay “Sherry” Curtis, 59, wife of Matthew Allan Barnes passed away on Sunday, June 12, 2022. Mrs. Curtis was the daughter of the late Janie Elizabeth Youngblood Curtis and Wallace Edward Curtis. She was very creative and very generous, also loved arts and crafts, gardening, cooking and spending time with her family. She always put others first and was a member of Glassy Mountain Church.

Survivors include her husband, Matthew Barnes; three sisters, Sandy Curtis, Khristy Curtis and Tracy James (Richard) all of Pickens; two brothers, Randy Curtis of Abbeville and Ronnie Curtis (Melissa) of Pickens; and many special nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held on June 17, at Glassy Mountain Church, with funeral services following.

Mrs. Curtis was predeceased by her parents and nephew, Todd Blair.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Glassy Mountain Church, 1103 Farrs Bridge Road, Pickens SC 29671.

Mountain View Funeral Home – Pickens Chapel is serving the Curtis family.



EASLEY — Mr. Claude “Dick” Albert Brothers, 84, formerly of Bucyrus, Ohio, passed away on Saturday, June 18, 2022.

Born in Marion, Ohio, a son of the late Leslie Garland Brothers and Alberta Ruth Schnable Brothers, Mr. Brothers retired from the Bucyrus Fire Department in Ohio, with more than 30 years of service. He was a U.S. Navy and

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EASLEY — Jimmy Alan Richardson, 70, passed away on Friday, June 10, 2022, at his home.

Born in Greenville, he was a son of the late Collins Forrest “Richard” Richardson and Nellie “Nell” Pauline Chappell Richardson.

Jimmy worked with Bi-Lo and Winn Dixie for over 30 years and retired from Bi-Lo. He enjoyed fishing, loved cars and racing.

Surviving are his children, April Renee Dial (David) of Greer, Nathan A. Richardson of Easley and Ashley Lindsey of Piedmont; grandchildren, Skylar  Richardson, Raigan Loudermilk, Bryson Dial, Blake Richardson, Jordan Richardson, Eden Dial, Emerson Dial, Adelyn Murray, Ashby Murray and many adopted grandchildren; brothers, Jerry Richardson of Easley and Randy Richardson of Easley; and a sister, Sandra Farrow of Easley.

The family will receive friends Thursday evening from 6 until 8 p.m., at Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown.

A memorial service to honor Jimmy’s life will be held at 4 p.m., on Friday, June 17, 2022, in the funeral home chapel.

Flowers will be accepted.

Please visit or Robinson Funeral Home and Crematory-Downtown, Easley.



EASLEY — Patricia Henderson Brock, 82, wife of 63 years to Glenn R. Brock, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, June 13, 2022, at her

Courier Obituaries 6-8-22


SURFSIDE BEACH — Steven Kent O’Shields, 67, went to be with Jesus on Wednesday, June 1, 2022, at Grand Strand Medical Center in Myrtle Beach.

Born in Greenville, he was the loving husband of Karen Sellers O’Shields (Kay) and a son of Frances Eleanor O’Shields and the late James Arthur O’Shields.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, Alex O’Shields (Lynn) and Brian O’Shields (Averie), both of Easley; stepdaughter, Stacy Browder (Jonathan); stepsons, Scott Patterson (Shay), Will Lovern (Lyndsey) and Grayson

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Courier Obituaries 6-1-22



LIBERTY — David Michael Holmes, 35, husband of Kelly Nimmons Holmes, passed away on Monday, May 23, 2022, at Prisma Health Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Holmes was born in Hahn, Germany, on April 29, 1987, to Charles William Holmes and Shelia Kaye Turner. David loved cooking, listening to music, being around his friends and going on adventures at the park with his son, Artemis.

Survivors include his wife, Kelly Nimmons Holmes; his son, Artemis Holmes; his father, Charlie Holmes (Leann); mother, Shelia Turner (James); brother, Robert A. Holmes (Jenny); stepsisters, Jennifer Stapleton, Jennifer and

Courier Obituaries 5-25-22



EASLEY — Phyllis Ann Childress Bowers, 64, went to be with her Lord and Savior on May 16, 2022, after a long and courageous battle with cancer.

Mrs. Bowers was born in Greenville County and was the daughter of the late Dwight “DD” Douglas Childress and Vera Mae Cobb Childress and loving wife for 39 years to John Lesley Bowers.

Survivors in addition to her husband include a sister-in-law, Beth Swofford Childress; loving niece, Kristin Childress, and nephew, Justin Childress, all living in the United Arab Emirates. Also surviving are very special close cousins, Mildred and Gene Medlin and Jim Medlin.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Bowers was predeceased by a brother, Phillip Childress.

Mrs. Bowers was a believer in Christ and longtime member of Gethsemane Baptist Church of Greenville. She loved being a

Courier Obituaries 5-18-22


LIBERTY — Barbara Ross “Bobbie” Melton, 78, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 15, 2022, at her home surrounded by family.

Born in Six Mile, she was a daughter of the late John and Lillie Matoy Ross.

She retired from Greenwood Mills and was a member of Rices Creek Baptist Church.

Surviving are her husband of 58 years, Bonny Melton of the home; a son, Jamey Melton (Lisa) of Liberty; two daughters, Lynn Dingwell (Terry) of Liberty and

Courier Obituaries 5-11-22


PICKENS — April Stegall, 44, passed away on Monday, May 2, 2022, at her home.

A native of Pickens County, April was born on March 17, 1978, daughter of Pamela Ann Crane and Curtis Lavern Muse.

In addition to her parents, April is survived by a daughter, Michaela Stegall of Travelers Rest; a son, Conner Stegall of Pickens; a sister, Angie Simon of Pickens; a brother, Kenneth Muse (Alena) of Liberty; two nieces, Sierra Muse and Kylie Adams; and seven nephews, Tyler Simon, Corey Simon, Brandon Simon, Alex Simon, Cameron Muse, Keenan Muse and Lane Muse.

April loved her family, especially her two children, Michaela and Conner. She loved to cut up with her sisters, Angie and Alena, her brother, Kenneth, and all of

Courier Obituaries 5-4-22


PICKENS — Ann Willis Whitworth, 92, passed away on Tuesday, April 26, 2022.

Born in McDonough, Ga., she was the daughter of the late Herbert Sr. and Martha Willis.

Ann was a graduate of Georgia State College for Women and a former public school teacher in Georgia and South Carolina. She loved spending time with her family, cooking and gardening. She was a longtime member of Pickens First Baptist Church, where she served as a teacher, choir member and a leader of the homebound and prayer ministries. Ann had a servant’s heart and was beloved by her family, church and community.

Predeceased by her loving husband, James Whitworth, she is survived by her two sons, Jeff Whitworth and his wife, Nancy, of Greenville and Victor