Category Archives: Obituaries

Courier Obituaries 10-2-19


WEST UNION — Joshua Oliver Medlin, 30, of West Union, passed away on Sept. 25, 2019.

Joshua was born on Oct. 20, 1988, in Easley to Jimmy and Bonnie Medlin. He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family. Joshua was predeceased by his father, Jimmy.

Survivors include his sons, Bryson, Mason and Jaxon; his mother, Bonnie; brothers, Lucas and Matthew; his grandmother, Mae; nephews, Dillon and Austin; niece, Nova, and many other family members.

A private memorial service will be held.


PICKENS — Emma Sue Sorrells Welborn, 82, wife of Thomas Eugene “Gene” Welborn, went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019.

Mrs. Welborn was born in Pickens County, a daughter of the late Rev. Horace F. and Lila Farmer Sorrells. She was a

Courier Obituaries 9-25-19


 LIBERTY — James (Jim) Alvin Fowler, 70, of Liberty, passed away peacefully Monday afternoon Sept. 23, 2019, at his home following a brief illness.

James is survived by his wife, Brenda; two children, Paige Fowler Vaughan (Brian) of Simpsonville and Travis Fowler (Dana) of Pickens; stepchildren, Brandon Brown of the home and Anna Brown Dalton (Brett) of Pickens; and grandchildren, Madison Vaughan, Katie, Emily and Matthew Fowler, Regan Dalton and Linnea and Jaxson Brown; brothers, Roy V. Fowler Jr. (Olivia) and Ricky Morris Fowler (Dora), all of Liberty; and a sister, Martha Fowler Snyder (Don) of Fountain Inn.

He was of the Baptist faith. Jim was retired from Fowler Construction Inc. of Liberty, where he was a general field superintendent and oversaw new construction and renovations of numerous BI-LO and Harris Teeter grocery stores. Previously he had worked in the same capacity at Potter-Shackleford Construction Company in Greenville. He specialized in industrial projects, including Regal Textile Mills in Tryon, Ga., the Adidas Warehouse in Greenville, and Universal Music Group in Indianapolis. He completed Taylors First Baptist Church.

Jim was a talented musician playing the guitar and mandolin and had also been a member of the Tanglewood Baptist Church gospel quartet.

He was predeceased by his parents, Roy Vesco Fowler and Louise Pilgrim Fowler of Greenville.

Visitation will be Thursday at Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home, 108 Cross Creek Road, in Central. Services will be on

Courier Obituaries 9-18-19


CENTRAL — Rudolf “Rudy” Hartwig Stürner, 66, husband of Janice Evelyn Allen Stürner, passed away suddenly on Sunday, Sept. 8, 2019.

Rudy was born in Aidlingen, Germany, son of the late Hoyt Powell and Hermine Stürner. He was retired from Ryobi after 46 years as a senior lab technician. He was member of Liberty First Baptist Church. He was a loving husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather. He enjoying fishing, football and spending time with his little fur baby, Bella.

Surviving are his wife of the home; daughter, Penny Winchester (Donald) of Easley; son, Jonathan Stürner (Sara) of Central; one brother, Patrick Powell of Easley; three grandchildren, Tiffany Barnes (David), Will Stürner and Katie

Courier Obituaries 9-11-19


PICKENS — Phillippe A. Cournoyer, 77, of Pickens, born in Webster, Mass., May 29, 1942, went to be with his Lord on Sept. 8, 2019.

He leaves behind his loving wife of 54 years, Diane, and his beloved family, including his son Stephen, daughter-in-law Jennifer, and grandchildren Levi, Maggie and Lucille. He leaves behind two brothers, Robert (Joan) and Lawrence, as well as several nieces and nephews.

Phil was a proud Navy man for 20 years and retired as a chief engineman. A disabled veteran, he was a member of the American Legion Post 11, having served as a past commander and zone commander. He was also a member of the Knights of Columbus, Peter Villano Council 9576. He was a charter member of the Fr. Barney Lohmann Assembly 3065 in Pickens, where he served as a faithful navigator and color corps commander. Phillippe served on the Pickens County Literacy Society and was a charter member of OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute.

He loved his community and was not afraid of hard work. He was known for his woodworking and loved his gardening and travel and was a collector of American history. Phillippe was a man with stories to share, a big voice and an even larger heart for anyone he met. He knew everyone in town.

A family wake will be held Wednesday evening, Sept. 11, 2019, from 5-7 p.m. at Dillard Funeral Home. A funeral mass will be held at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Pickens, at 10 a.m. on

Courier Obituaries 9-4-19


LIBERTY — Thomas Mearl “Tommy” Barrett, 76, of 152 Pilgrim Family Lane, died on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019, at Manna Health and Rehab in Pickens.

Born in Pickens, he was a son of the late Aaron Earl Barrett and Frances Galloway Brown. He was retired from Alice Manufacturing’s Foster Plant. Tommy enjoyed restoring old cars and was of the Baptist faith.

Surviving are his wife, Debra Pilgrim Barrett of the home; a daughter, Darlene Fisher of Easley; a stepdaughter, Laura Wood of Pickens; seven sisters, Ann Adkins, Linda Norton, Peggy Stewart, Jane Hamby, Kathy Leslie, Marie McCall and Sue Morgan; a stepsister, Lisa Whitmire; a half-brother, Timmy Barrett; four grandchildren, Charlene Juarez, Chris, Dustin and Alyssa Dear; two great-grandchildren, Diamond and Krizjian Barrett; his stepmother, Helen

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Courier Obituaries 8-28-19


EASLEY — Johnny Foster Holcombe, 78, of Mary Ann Street, passed away on Friday, Aug. 23, 2019.

Born in Pickens County, he was a son of the late Richard D. Holcombe and Eva Mae Forister Holcombe.

Johnny was retired from Creative Builders in Greenville after 21 years of dedicated service. He was also employed with R.T. Murrell and Bivens Construction erecting steel buildings, banks and apartment complexes. He was a lifetime member of Arial Baptist Church and a member of the Bible Fellowship Sunday School Class. He had a passion for and enjoyed repairing and remodeling tractors, especially John Deere.

Johnny was a man of great character and a humble Christian man who loved and was loved by all he met.

Surviving are his wife, Patricia Lance Holcombe of the home; a daughter, Tammy Porter (Randell) of Simpsonville; stepdaughters, Evetta Madden of Mars Hill, N.C., Diane Brown of Simpsonville and Stephanie Maynard; seven grandchildren, Matt Holcombe (Stephanie), Jessica Burroughs (Steven), Butch Brown, Jessie Holcombe, Trisha Morris, Andrea Naassan and Damion Maynard; 13 great-grandchildren, Jordan Wise, Danielle, Iszebelle, Hannah and Zae Standifer, Jerred Holcombe, Maggie Burroughs, Jonathon Holcombe, Jamie-Rae Bryant, Macey Reese, Mackeira Morris, Harvey Huntley and Hydeia Brown; a sister, Joan Gilstrap (Marshall) of Easley; many nieces, nephews and their families that he adored and loved; and his beloved pets, Jasper and Simon.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his second wife, Beatrice Timms Holcombe; a son, Barry Holcombe; a grandson, B.J. Holcombe; sisters, Jean Ouzts and Frankie Brooks; and brothers, Jack Holcombe and J.T. Holcombe.

Funeral services were held on Aug. 27 at Arial Baptist Church, with burial following in Greenlawn Memorial Park in Easley.

Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to Arial Baptist Church Bus Fund, 618 Rice Road, Easley, SC 29640 or

Condolences may be expressed online by visiting or in person at Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, which is assisting the family.


EASLEY — Mrs. Betty Jean Dalton Carter, 84, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 22, 2019.

Born in Pickens County, a daughter of the late Arthur Dalton and the late Melissa Hendricks Dalton, Betty was retired

Courier Obituaries 8-21-19


EASLEY — Ronnie Burl Ramey, 71, went to be with his Lord on Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019.

Born in Pickens, he was the son of the late Cracker Jack and Nannie Mae Ramey, and husband of Linda Ramey.

Ronnie was a member of Rock Springs Baptist church and loved restoring old cars, working in his yard and spending time with his amazing grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Linda, of 51 years; two daughters, Kimberly Dickard (Russell) and Stephanie Owens (Ryan), both of Easley; and three grandchildren, McKayla Dickard, Grayson Owens and Garrison Owens.

In addition to his parents, Ronnie was predeceased by a brother and two sisters.

A funeral service was held on Aug. 20 at Dillard

Courier Obituaries 8-14-19


SUNSET — Martha Romaine Barrett Johnson, 96, wife of the late Bob “Scatter” Johnson, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, at her home.

Born on Sept. 22, 1922, in Pickens County, she was the daughter of the late Aaron and Tiny Galloway Barrett. She was the business owner of Bob’s Place in Sunset. Romaine loved music, flowers, her friends and bikers. She was a great storyteller and never met a stranger.

Surviving are her daughter, Mona Lisa Johnson; eight grandchildren, Chad, Owen, Weston, Chyenne, Tyler, Shane

Courier Obituaries 8-7-19


PICKENS — Shakyra Imari Jamia Young, 11, went to be with her Lord on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, in Greenville.

Born in Easley, she was the daughter of Latisha Wilson and Benjamin Young. Shakyra fully enjoyed life. She enjoyed dancing, singing, pranking, entertaining and bringing joy to all those around her. She was thoughtful and always concerned about others. Shakyra loved her sister, Shamari, and all her other siblings. She enjoyed her daily visits from Mr. Jim Little, who always made her laugh and smile. He was a very special part of her life. Shakyra lived out her remaining days through memorable experiences with Brian Forcier through the nonprofit organization, which the family would like to give a special thanks. She took helicopter rides, went to Carowinds and Big Air, partying like a rock star “diva” complete with glitter.

Survivors include her parents; a brother, Shaquan Radcliff; three sisters, Shaniqua Aaliyah Martin, Sha-mari L’yon Young and Brianna; her grandmother, Ernestine Wilson; one uncle; four aunts; one special cousin, Jeemell; many other loving

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Courier Obituaries 7-31-19


PICKENS — David Preston Alexander, 75, passed away on Monday, July 22, 2019.

David was born Dec. 27, 1943, in Pickens, to the late David Edward and Ruth (Cooper) Alexander.

Preston loved people, as he never met a stranger. He will always be remembered for his kind heart, sense of humor, generosity and exceptional work ethic.

Preston and his father owned a grading/trucking company for many years. He drove a truck for C&S Wholesale Grocers until his retirement.

Preston is survived by his wife, Judy Alexander; one sister, Susan Grant; two sons, Daniel Christopher Alexander (Elizabeth) and Preston Scott Alexander (Sandra); one daughter, Presley Arlene Lewis (Kevin); six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

The funeral service was held at Dillard Funeral Home chapel on July 25, with the Rev. Tommy Hayes officiating. Entombment followed the service at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

The family welcomes visitors at the home of Chris Alexander.

Flowers are welcomed or donations may be made to Cottingham House, 390 Keowee School Road, Seneca,