Category Archives: Obituaries

Courier Obituaries 9-23-20


EASLEY — Christopher Juhl Kearns passed away on Saturday, Sept. 19, 2020.

He lived from Dec. 9, 1975, to Sept. 19, 2020.

A Brother’s Perspective:

Chris was born with a mental illness that robbed him of so many things in life that most of us take for granted. He struggled greatly to find his place in the world. My family struggled at times to protect Chris from himself, understand, and properly care for him. While we searched for the answers, we saw Chris slip into dark places, sometimes years on end. His condition demanded a lot

Courier Obituaries 9-16-20


CLEMSON — Reba Jane Kimmons, 84, of Clemson passed away Thursday, Aug. 27, 2020, at Heartland Health Care West in Greenville.

Born March 7, 1936 in Louisville, Ky., Reba was the daughter of the late Charles Edwin Cissell and Eliza Katherine Felts Cissell. She was married to Henry (Kim) Kimmons for 49 years until his death in March 2010.

She is survived by her children, Kreg Kimmons and Karen Leslie Armstrong (Brett); brother, Clyde Cissell; sister, Frances Skye; and grandchildren, Jacob Henry Armstrong, Alexandra Ray Armstrong, Connor Brian Armstrong and Kayden Addison Kimmons.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded

Courier Obituaries 9-9-20


PICKENS — Ervin McGill Brezeale Sr., 91, passed away peacefully in his sleep at his daughter’s home to be with the Lord on Monday morning, Aug. 31, 2020.

Born on Jan. 14, 1929, in Pickens County, he was the son of the late George Ervin and Cora Jane Brezeale of Six Mile. He drove a truck for most of his life along with Pony Express. He loved gardening and had a green thumb and always had a beautiful yard with lots of beautiful flowers. For one third of his life, Mac lived in Charlotte, N.C., where he and his wife, Lucille Daves Brezeale, grew their home and family of six kids

Courier Obituaries 9-2-20


EASLEY — Billy “Wayne” Burns, 75, of W.T. Wyatt Road, passed away on Sunday, Aug. 30, 2020, at his home.

Born on July 18, 1945, in Pickens County, he was a son of the late Stiles Dendy Burns and Phoebe Owens Burns.

Mr. Burns worked in the textile industry for 43 years and retired from Wal-Mart in Easley. He was a member of Corinth Baptist Church, enjoyed gardening and was an expert mechanic.

Surviving are his beloved wife of 56 years, Ann Limbaugh Burns; daughters, Laurie Ann James (Steven) and Becki Gilstrap (Mitchell); a son, Josh Burns (Brandi); grandsons, Holland Gilstrap

Former Easley councilman Dub Fortner dies at age 96

William Lewis ‘Dub’ Fortner

EASLEY — William Lewis “Dub” Fortner, 96, beloved husband of the late Margaret Elizabeth Brewer Fortner, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 22, 2020, at his home.

Dub Fortner received his education at Easley High School. He served in the U.S. Marine Corps during World War II for 33 months, part of which was spent overseas. He was discharged with the rank of sergeant. Upon his return home, he was employed with the Easley Police Department. Once again, Dub was called upon to serve his country during the Korean conflict for 15 months. He returned to the Easley Police Department, where he assumed the rank of sergeant in charge of the traffic division. While employed there, he attended numerous classes conducted by Georgia Tech, the FBI and the solicitor. In 1964, he received the Policeman of the Year

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Courier Obituaries 8-19-20


SIX MILE — Julia Duncan Owen, 77 of Six Mile, passed away Thursday, Aug. 13, 2020.

Julia was born and raised in Pickens County to Benjamin and Ruby Duncan on Oct. 3, 1942. Through the years, she was a gifted seamstress, as well as an amazing cook. She owned her own catering business for years, assisting the community with special events.

Julia attended a private Christian high school in Central at what is now Southern Wesleyan University.

A beloved wife and mom, she leaves behind her husband of 43 years, Kenneth Owen; sons, Greg Newton and his wife Lori of Six Mile, Harvey Newton and his wife Judith of Six Mile and Jonathan Newton and his wife Cherry of Winder, Ga.; a daughter, Nancy Beth Newton and partner Susan Wilson of Greenville; three siblings, Wayne Duncan, Louvenia Revan and Jewel Key, all of Easley; 13 grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

In addition to her parents, Julia was predeceased by two brothers, Elford and Jerry Duncan; and

Courier Obituaries 8-12-20


PICKENS — Juanita Cisson Scruggs, 85, wife of the late Edward Scruggs Sr., went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2020, at her home.

Born on May 26, 1935, in Easley, she was the daughter of the late Joe Ernest Cisson and Laura Jane Childress Cisson. Juanita was retired from the School District of Pickens County, serving meals to the children of the Upstate. She was a member of Gilead Independent Baptist Church and enjoyed cooking family meals, bird watching and shopping at Hamrick’s.

Surviving are her three children, Jimmy Scruggs (Marie), Joan Turner (Tony) and Kathy Sipe (Sonny); one sister, Grace Owens; three grandchildren, Kristi (Johnny), Lori and

Courier Obituaries 8-5-20


EASLEY — Mrs. Evelyn Kirk Reid, 90, wife of the late Elmer Eddie Reid, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, Aug. 2, 2020.

Born in Greenville County, a daughter of the late Frank Edgar Kirk and the late Pearl Estell Bridges Kirk, Mrs. Reid was a 1947 graduate of Parker High School, retired from Forest Acres Elementary School with 30 years of service and later retired from the Easley Progress. She was a 40-plus-year member of Rock Springs Baptist Church, where she belonged to the Willing Workers Sunday School Class.

Evelyn was a faithful wife, loving mother and grandmother. She will be missed by all who knew and loved her.

Surviving are a son, Don Eddie Reid of Easley; three grandsons, Andrew Reid, Wesley Reid and

Courier Obituaries 7-29-20


SIX MILE — Mrs. Betty Jean Lester, 81, went to be with her Lord on Sunday, July 19, 2020.

Mrs. Lester was born in English, W. Va., and was the daughter of the late Shirley Robinson and Hattie Keen Robinson. She was the loving wife of 49 years to Harold Lester.

Mrs. Lester was proud of her faith. She enjoyed her church and the people who she witnessed to. She loved people. Mrs. Lester was ordained as a minister and loved to preach and sing. Her current prayer chain reaches all the way across the seas to India. She was a member of Crowe Creek Church of God and loved her family there.

Survivors include her son, Mike Lester of Simpsonville; brothers, Stanley Robinson of Canyonville, Ore., and Dannie Addair of Ashtabula, Ohio; and sisters, Janice Burgoon of Jefferson, Ohio, Sandy Long of Cleveland, Ohio, Sheila Addair of Cleveland, Ohio, and Marilyn

Former State House District 4 Rep. Teddy Trotter passes away

PICKENS — Former state representative, the Honorable Teddy Norman Trotter, died early



Wednesday morning, July 15, 2020.

Mr. Trotter was born in Pickens County, a son of the late Ocie and Sally Hayes Trotter. A farmer at heart, Teddy owned and operated Trotter’s Strawberry Farm, as well as Teddy’s Gas & Fuel in downtown Pickens.

He served as state representative in Pickens County from 1993-2004, where he served on the House Agriculture and Natural Resources Committee and later on the House Ways and Means Committee. Mr. Trotter was a member of Griffin Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Lisa Durham Trotter; two daughters, Lynzie B. Trotter (Christopher Kelley) of Greenville and Lexis R. Trotter of Pickens; a son, Tyler Ocie Trotter (Heather) of Pickens; a granddaughter, Kenlie Rae Trotter; and a grandson, Ezra Hampton Trotter. Also surviving is a sister, Mickie Morse of Greenville.

In addition to his parents, Teddy was preceded in death by his brother, Tommy Trotter.

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