Category Archives: Obituaries

Courier Obituaries 3-25-20


PICKENS — Wilma Coleman Gillespie, 89, widow of Garth S. Gillespie, passed from this life on Monday, March 23, 2020, in Pickens.

Born on Oct. 18, 1930, in Lowell, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Fred Coleman and Bertha McKinna Coleman. She was a member of Midway Baptist Church. She enjoyed her life as a homemaker, mother and babysitter to her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was happiest when her house was full.

In addition to her husband, Wilma was preceded in death by sisters, Louise Coleman, Sophia Pace and Ruth Morris; brother, Jim Coleman; son-in-law, Gary Wortman; and grandson, Travis Wortman.

Surviving are her children, David Gillespie, Linda Wortman, John Gillespie, Sandy Gillespie (Barry Durham), Joan Williams (Mark), Robert Gillespie, Roger Gillespie (Linda), Kenneth Gillespie, Lisa Lewis (Mark) and Jeff Gillespie; and beloved sister, Betty Bowie (Charlton). In addition, she is survived by grandchildren, Brian Gillespie, Alan Gillespie, Andy Gillespie, Amy Quinn, Shannon Childress,

Courier Obituaries 3-18-20


PICKENS — Mr. Donald Sidney Grant Sr., 79, husband of Carol Jo Reeves Grant, died on Monday, March 9, 2020, at his residence.

Born in Walhalla, Mr. Grant was a son of the late Sidney C. and Sula Gillepie Grant.

Don was a lifelong resident of Pickens. He was the owner of the Grant Body Shop and the former owner of Grant Ford Inc. He was also involved in many other business throughout his life, including Grant Lumber Company and Grant Brothers Chip Company.

He was very active in the Pickens community, serving as a volunteer fireman for the Pickens Volunteer Fire Department. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Pickens for more than 40 years. Throughout his life, he served on several boards including the Pickens County

Courier Obituaries 3-11-20


CENTRAL — Furman Douglas (Doug) Vickery, 77, husband of Norma H. Vickery, died on Sunday, March 1, 2020.

He was a son of the late Furman Dodd and Pauline Harris Vickery.

Doug served eight years in the U.S. Army Reserve. He received an AA degree from Anderson College and a BS degree from Clemson University. His textile industry career included work with M. Lowenstein Co., first at the Rockingham, N.C., Aleo plant, then at Anderson Wamsutta I and II plants, and at J.P. Stevens’ Clemson plant, where he was distribution manager.

In later years, Doug worked with his brother Jerry D. Vickery at the Easley Progress newspaper. During retirement years, he enjoyed designing and fabricating farm equipment. He also enjoyed participating in teamwork projects to assist missionaries in Utah and Canada.

He was a member of University Baptist Church and also attended Welcome Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Norma Holliday Vickery;

Courier Obituaries 3-4-20


PICKENS — Mr. Bruce White Griffin, 67, of Pickens went to be with his Lord and Savior surrounded by his loving family on Friday, Feb. 28, 2020.

Born in Pickens, he was the son of the late Columbus Griffin and Sarah Stegall Griffin, and husband of Betty Jean Grant Griffin.

Bruce enjoyed coin collecting and watching his son’s dirt track races, but most of all enjoyed his loving and precious family.

Bruce is survived by his loving wife Betty of 47 years; two sons, Barry Griffin (Jennifer) of Pickens and Benji Griffin (Stacey) of Liberty; a daughter, Barbara Pilgrim (Tony) of Liberty; three brothers,

Courier Obituaries 2-29-20


STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. — Bobby Dale Barnett of Stone Mountain, Ga., died on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, at the age of 92. He was a former professor and department head at Clemson University.

Born on a farm near Elm Springs, Ark., on Aug. 12, 1927, he was the oldest son of Tommy Lewis and Mary Grace Boss Barnett.

He received BSA and MS degrees from the University of Arkansas in 1950 and 1954 and a Ph.D. in biochemistry and poultry science with emphasis in nutrition from the University of Wisconsin in 1957.

He and his wife, Bonnie, operated a hatchery in Springdale, Ark., from 1950-53.

He was employed at Clemson University from 1956 to 1988, serving as assistant professor, associate professor, professor and head of the Poultry Science Department. After a sabbatical at the University of Hawaii, he returned to Clemson as acting Associate Director of the South Carolina Experiment Station and later served as Assistant to the Vice President of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Dr. Barnett was active in the Poultry Science Association, a national professional organization. He served the association as a director, associate editor, annual program chairman and as secretary-treasurer.

He served as director, vice president and president of the American Poultry Historical Society and was author of a chapter of a history book issued by the society. He was a member of the American Institute of Nutrition and a life member of the World’s Poultry Science Association. He was the author or co-author of more than 100 scientific papers, as well as numerous articles for the popular press.

He was a U.S. Naval Reserve veteran of World War II, serving on the USS Marsh, a destroyer escort, in the Pacific theater during 1945-46.

He married Bonnie Porter in 1948, and they were parents of twin sons, Paul and Ronald, born in 1953, and a daughter, Susan, born in 1960.

He had a great appreciation for nature, enjoyed camping and growing flowers, especially rhododendrons, of which he became expert.

The Barnetts loved to travel, and after his retirement they traveled around the world, often with grandchildren.

During retirement, Barnett did extensive research on family history and compiled several books on the various branches of his and Bonnie’s families. He also took up watercolor painting as a hobby during his retirement years.

He and his wife split their time between St. Petersburg, Fla., Clemson and the Atlanta area during retirement, spending their last 12 years together at Park Springs, a retirement community adjacent to Stone Mountain Park. He shared his wife’s love of music and served as master of ceremonies, storyteller and part-time singer for an old-time music group she led at Park Springs called the Stone Mountaineers.

Surviving are his spouse, Bonnie; sons Paul (Janice) of Fort Myers, Fla., and Ron (Kathy) of Easley; daughter Susan Rohrabaugh (Mike) of Norcross, Ga.; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. One grandson preceded him in death.

A memorial service was held Monday at Park Springs Community Hall in Stone Mountain, Ga., followed by a reception.

Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery on the Clemson campus. A service will be held in Clemson at a date and time yet to be determined.

Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to SOAR Ministries at 1827 Preserve Creek Way, Loganville, GA 30052; Lilburn Co-op at 5329 Five Forks Trickum Road SW, Lilburn, GA 30047; or MC3 Church MUST Summer Lunch Program at 1227 Rockbridge Road, Suite 208-251, Stone Mountain, GA 30087.


EASLEY — Mr. Christopher Lane Price, 46, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020.

Mr. Price was born in Greenville County, and was the son to Ms. Barbara Ann Jordan and husband to his loving wife, Kathy Price. He was the son of the late James Gerald Price.

Mr. Price loved his family and loved having them around him. A retired Army veteran of the Iraq War, Christopher learned to love building things. He loved construction and also earned a bachelor’s degree from Florida Metropolitan University. He served the Army in the Military Police and as a sig support systems specialist. Nothing pleased him more than having his family in his presence.

Survivors include sons, Josh Price of Easley, Justin Price of Easley, Austin Price (Tami) of Easley and Zack Price of Walhalla; grandchild, Zaylea; brothers, James Price of

Courier Obituaries 2-19-20


PICKENS — Rudy Hayes, 85, husband of Nell Bolding Hayes, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, at his home surrounded by his family.

Born in Pickens, a son of the late Louise Ferguson Hayes and Rich Hayes, Rudy Hayes was a graduate of Pickens High School, where he played football from 1951-1954, winning a state championship in 1952. Rudy played with the Clemson Tigers from 1955-1959. He played in the Orange Bowl (1957) and the Sugar Bowl (1959). His professional football career was with the Pittsburgh Steelers from 1959-1962. Memberships included the Mason Lodge of Pickens and Gideons International of Pickens. He served in the jail ministry at the Pickens County Law Enforcement Center. Rudy managed Owens-Dillard Marine Sales until it closed and later retired from Grant Ford of Pickens.

Survivors include his wife of 64 years; two daughters, Teresa Landers (Mike) of Dacusville and Linda Constance (Chris) of Pickens; one son, David Hayes (Amy) of Pickens; 12 grandchildren,

Courier Obituaries 2-12-19


EASLEY — Mrs. Lillian Gillespie Chapman, 90, wife of the late Dewey Odell Chapman, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, Feb. 3, 2020.

Born in Anderson County, a daughter of the late Vanwyck Jerry Gillespie and the late Emma Smith Gillespie, Mrs. Chapman was a graduate of Easley High School and retired from the Elljean Plant of Alice Manufacturing Company with 50 years of service. She was a member of Brushy Creek Baptist Church, where she belonged to the Willing Workers Sunday School Class.

Surviving are a son, Jerry Odell Chapman (Beth) of Clemson; a daughter, Cheryl Chapman Brooks (Ralph) of Easley; two sisters, Jean Lark of Henderson, N.C., and Evelyn Freeman of Easley; five grandchildren, Jeff Chapman, Heather Stephens, Lauren Rinebold, Corey Herndon and Justin Herndon; and three great-grandchildren, J.J. Chapman, Claire Chapman

Courier Obituaries 2-5-20


CENTRAL — Earline S. McCall, 87, wife of the late Talmadge S. McCall, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020.

Mrs. McCall was a daughter of the late Annie Pearle Atkinson Stephens Roach and Jim Stephens. She was a member of Central Church of God in Central.

Survivors include one daughter, Marlene Hamilton of Liberty; four sons, James (Ellen) McCall

Courier Obituaries 1-29-20


EASLEY — Vickie Dianne Wilson, 67, passed away on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020.

Vickie is survived by a daughter, Rita (Matt) Anthony of Pickens; a son, LaMot Wilson of Easley; a life partner, Ron Hunter of Easley; grandchildren, Jake, Autum and Ava; a great-grandson, Banks; brothers, Lee and Joe; and sisters, Debbie, Becky and Jan.

Mrs. Wilson was predeceased by her husband, Keith Wilson; and her parents, William and Jackie Youngblood.

Vickie was a member of Griffin Baptist Church.

The family will host a memorial service at a later date

Donations can be made in Vickie’s honor to Griffin Baptist Church, 1629 Pumpkintown Highway, Pickens SC, 29671.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Wilson family.


PICKENS — Donna S. Morgan, 66, wife of David A. Morgan, passed away on Wednesday, Jan.

Courier Obituaries 1-22-20

Ruby Christine Esuary Nabors

PICKENS — Ruby Christine Esuary Nabors, 99, wife of the late Fred Esuary, passed away Sunday, Jan, 19, 2020.

Arrangements are under the direction of Robinson Funeral Home and Crematory-Downtown, Easley.


SIX MILE — Eloise Stewart Reece, 82, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2020, in Pickens.

Born in Pickens, she was the daughter of the late Wayne Stewart and Minnie Powell Stewart and wife of the late Charles Jimmy Reece.

She was a member of Antioch Baptist church and served as a custodian at Cannon Hospital.

Survivors include one son, Jerry Lee Reece and his wife Diann of Pickens; and a daughter,