Courier Obits 11-1-17

Rebecca “Becky” Atkinson

CLEMSON — Rebecca Elizabeth “Becky” Atkinson, 69, daughter of the late Aldrich A. and Catherine Dubose Atkinson, died Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, at AnMed Health.

Becky was born in Anderson and raised in the Clemson area. She was a 1968 graduate of D.W. Daniel High School and earned an associate degree in nursing at Clemson University and was a Registerd Nurse for more than 39 years at AnMed Health. She loved Clemson football and loved being with family.

Surviving are brothers, Larry Atkinson of Clemson, Aldrich A. Atkinson Jr. (Sandra Lee) of Panama City, Fla., and Joseph Johnson Atkinson (Sandra) and Robert Atkinson, all of Seneca; five nieces and nephews; and a number of great nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her sister, Catherine Belle Atkinson.

There will be a private family committal service to be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

Condolences may be expressed online at or at the funeral home.

Robert Shelton Shore

LIBERTY — Robert Shelton Shore, 65, husband of Karin Groce Shore, went to be with the Lord, Oct. 25, 2017.

Born in Greenville, he was the son of the late Carl Eugene (Gene) and Wilma Shirley Shore.

A member of First Baptist Liberty, he worked more than 24 years at Platt Saco Lowell, and also with his friends at Carolina Fireworks. Bobby had a love of sports, which was apparent by his many years watching his children compete. He also lived for his family, especially his grandchildren.

In addition to his wife of 45 years, he is survived by two sons, Robert Shore Jr. (Andrea) and Michael Shore; grandchildren Jaiden, Mirielle and Jameson; a brother, Gene Shore (Lynn); and loving nephews and nieces.

Bobby was predeceased by his parents and a sister, Paula Patterson.

A celebration of Bobby’s life was held Oct. 29 at First Baptist Liberty, with burial following at Woodlawn Memorial Park in Greenville.

Flowers are accepted, or memorials may be made to the First Baptist Liberty Scholarship Fund, 400 Edgemont Ave., Liberty, South Carolina 29657.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Shore family.

Velsie Mae Reeves

SENECA — Velsie Mae Reeves, 89, of 145 Julian Drive in Seneca, went to be with her Lord and savior on Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, at Seneca Health and Rehab.

She was born Oct. 5, 1928, in Marion, N.C., to Robert and Cordie Moses. She was a retired weaver. She was married to the late Eugene Reeves. She was preceded in death by her daughters, Linda Orr and Janice Wilkerson; a brother, Robert Moses Jr.; sisters, Margaret Oates, Minnie Faye Jennings, Mildred Carlock, Blanche Jean Eller, Florence Sutton, Kittie Cathryn Rhodes and Mary Etria Grier; and granddaughter, Tina Worley Wozniak. She is survived by a daughter, Brenda (Bill) Worley of Fair Play; a sister, Betty Jo Maddrix of Florence; grandchildren, Annette and Larry Stephenson of Seneca and Tonia Worley of Fair Play; great-grandchildren, Katherine and Chris Lester of Seneca, Mark Cologne Jr. of Seneca, Emma and Rhett Wozniak of Warner Robbins, Ga., and Olivia Worley of Fair Play.

Graveside services were held Oct. 31 at Oconee Memorial Park, with Byron Fincannon officiating. Brown-Oglesby Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Bobby Q. Roland

PICKENS — Mr. Bobby Q. Roland, 80, of Pickens, went home to be with Jesus on Friday, Oct. 27, 2017, at his home, while surrounded by his family.

Born on June 26, 1937, in Lexington County, he was the son of the late Henry and Beulah Rish Roland. He was a member of Blue Ridge View Baptist Church and was the last surviving member of his family. Before his sickness, Mr. Roland enjoyed going camping with his family. He never met a stranger and was always witnessing. He loved his Lord and savior and wanted everyone to know that Jesus loves them.

Surviving are his wife of 55 years, Mrs. Violet Avanell Atkins Roland, and his daughter, Diane Roland, both of Pickens.

Along with his parents, Mr. Roland was also predeceased by four sisters and two brothers.

Funeral services were held Oct. 30 at Blue Ridge View Baptist Church, with the Rev. Stewart Houston and the Rev. Joey Capps officiating, followed by burial in the Blue Ridge View Baptist Church Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Blue Ridge View Baptist Church, 745 Wolf Creek Road, Pickens, SC 29671.

Dillard Funeral Home, Pickens, is assisting the Roland family with arrangements.

Bobby K. Murray

SENECA — Bobby K. Murray, 85, of Seneca, passed away from pneumonia at Lila Doyle on Oct. 7, 2017.

Born to J.W. Murray and Lillian Berrough Murray in Hull, Ga., on March 25, 1932, he lived his post-military service years in Seneca.

Bob was a passionate man who served in the U.S. Air Force after putting himself through college at the University of Georgia. He was a pilot who served with Strategic Air Command in Kansas when his daughter, Marie, was born. He served in both the Korean and Vietnam wars before he retired as a lieutenant colonel. He then got involved with real estate appraisal and opened a business with his now deceased partner, Gaston Gage, in Clemson.

Bob was married to his second wife, Doris Murray, and welcomed her two sons, Mike and Pat McShea, into the family. Bob was devoted to Doris until her death in 2016. He is survived by his daughter, Marie Murray O’Hara, sons, Michael and Patrick McShea, six grandchildren and one great-granddaughter. Christmas at Bob and Doris’ home when the grandchildren were young was an event “extraordinaire.”

Bob was a passionate golfer and college football fan. He struggled to support Clemson and USC teams, but in his heart, UGA always reigned supreme. Pat McShea played football at UGA during their national championship in 1980. The memory of our time together in New Orleans that year will never be forgotten.

A special thanks to Marianne of Foothills Hospice and the staff at Lila Doyle for the end of life care and to the wonderful Nancy Morris of Seneca Presbyterian Church. Thanks also to Brown-Oglesby Funeral Home for handling his cremation and hosting his obituary.

The memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Nov. 2 in conjunction with a full military honors presence at Bob’s church, Seneca Presbyterian, followed by lunch served at the church after the service.

Barbara Anne Adams

SENECA — Barbara Anne Adams, 76 ,of 510 W. North 3rd St., Seneca, went to be with her Lord and Savior Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, at the Cottingham House.

She was born Jan. 9, 1941, to the late John Thomas and Irene Lillian Hudson Patterson.

She is survived by a son, Clifton Adams; daughters, Teresa Curry and Natasha Herrick; seven grandchildren, Kirsten Adams, Kimberly Batayola, Sara Batayola, Kristopher Batayola, Michael Lowder, Emily Adams and Abigail Adams; and four great-grandchildren, Andrew Batayola, Felipe Batayola, Joseph Batayola and Reyna Batayola.

The family will have a graveside service at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 1, at Abbott Cemetery, 400-434 Old Norris Road, Liberty, SC 29657.

Brown-Oglesby Funeral Home of Seneca is in charge of the arrangements.

Clarence B. Hayes

PICKENS — Mr. Clarence B. Hayes, 90, of Pickens, husband of the late Jenell Riggins Hayes, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017, at Richard Campbell’s Veterans Nursing Home.

Born on July 9, 1927, in Pickens County, he was the son of the late Odie and Bertie Simmons Hayes. He was a member of Griffin Baptist Church and was retired from JP Stevens. Mr. Hayes was a U.S. Army veteran who served during WWII. He was also a member of the American Legion, Post 11 and participated in many other community projects.

Surviving are his two daughters, Deborah Hayes and Ann Hightower, both of Pickens; one son, Randall Hayes of Pickens; one brother, Furman “Gabby” Hayes (Ann) of Pickens; one sister, Irene Kelley of Pickens; and two grandchildren, Matthew Hightower of Pickens and James Hayes of Easley. In addition to his parents and his wife, Mr. Hayes was predeceased by three brothers, Charles “Chuck” Hayes (Ethel), Bertran Hayes and Fred Hayes.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 1, at Griffin Baptist Church, with the Rev. Mark Bernhausen officiating. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1- 2 p.m. at the church.

Burial will follow the services in Griffin Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will be at the home.

Memorials may be made to Griffin Baptist Church, 1629 Pumpkintown Hwy., Pickens, SC 29671.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting

Fannie C. Pace

Easley — Fannie Clark Pace, 92, of Easley, beloved wife of the late W.T. Pace, passed peacefully into the arms of her loving Lord and savior Sunday, Oct. 29, 2017.

She was a daughter of the late Bryan and Eunice Atkins Clark.

Mrs. Pace was born on Sept. 7, 1925, and grew up in the Blue Ridge View community of Pickens. She loved the church, the land and its people. She was retired from Dacusville Elementary and was known for her sweet spirit, wit and for her willingness to help others at any time or reason. She was a devoted mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and was a gentle woman who spoke more by her example than her words. Mrs. Pace cherished her relationship with her Lord and savior, and she truly exemplified the servant attitude with everyone she encountered and in all her actions. She was a member of Blue Ridge View Baptist Church, where she was a true servant of God. She taught Sunday school, the Mother’s Sunday School Class, VBS, served as chair of the bereavement committee, was the WMU president, member of the choir and supported the church in any way and where there was a need.

Mrs. Pace is survived by four daughters, Erlene Bryant of Easley, Evelyn Copeland (Don) of Greenville, Linda Norris (Brad) of Easley and Debbie Bracken of Easley; two sons, Jerry Pace and Wayne Pace (Marie), all of Easley; two sisters, Verna Abercrombie and Bert Day; 12 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and three great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Pace was predeceased by a sister, Jeannette Clark Riggins, a brother, Walter Clark, and a daughter-in-law, Rita Simmons Pace.

A service to celebrate Mrs. Pace’s life will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 1, in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, with burial to follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park in Pickens.

The family will receive friends prior to the service on Wednesday from noon-1:45 p.m. at the funeral home.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to the building fund of Blue Ridge View Baptist Church, 745 Wolf Creek Road, Pickens, SC 29671.

The family will be at their respective homes.

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

Ethelene Mosely Ramey Styles

PICKENS — Ethelene Mosely Ramey Styles, 83, wife of Frank Edward Styles, passed from this life Tuesday, Oct. 24, 2017, at Rainey Hospice House in Anderson.

Born in Pickens County, she was a daughter of the late Ben and Minnie Nix Mosely. Mrs. Styles was a homemaker and a member of Pickens Independent Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband of the home, children Louise (Rodger) Holcombe of Pickens, Linda (Andy) Cater of Liberty, Jimmy (Mary) Ramey of Seneca, Joyce (Reverend Greg) Phillips of Easley, Kathy (Leroy) Kelly of Marietta, and Rita (Mike) Medlin of Easley; stepchildren, Debbie (James) Morrison of Pickens and Frank Styles Jr. of Pickens; 17 grandchildren and numerous great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Styles was predeceased by her parents; her first husband, Louie Ramey; two grandchildren, Michael Medlin and Bradley Medlin; brothers and sisters, Codie Lee Mosley, Maybelle Batson, Hagood Mosley, Larry Mosley, Frances Mosley and Shirley Galloway; and a special nephew, Richard Scott Mosley.

Graveside services were held Oct. 27 at Holly Springs Baptist Church, with the Rev. Greg Phillips and the Rev. John Wayne Brown officiating.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Styles family.

Rev. Lee Bryce

PICKENS — The Rev. Lee Bryce, 84, of 716 E Cedar Rock St., Pickens, passed away Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, at Manna Health and Rehab.

A native of Oconee County, Rev. Bryce was the son of the late John and Ollie Madden Bryce. He retired as a machinist and was also a holiness preacher at Gap Hill Emanuel Holiness Church and Six Mile Emanuel Holiness Church.

Rev. Bryce is survived by his son, Gary D. Bryce (Nancy) of Pickens; sisters, Mildred White of Cashiers, N.C., and Ruth Pinion of Walhalla; two grandchildren, Shannon Bryce of Pickens and Gary D. Bryce Jr. (Jennifer) of Pickens; and two great-grandchildren, Allie Mae and Lillian Rose Bryce.

In addition to his parents, Rev. Bryce was preceded in death by his son, Ricky Bryce; brothers, John R. and J.B. Bryce; and sister, Ruby Spurlock.

Graveside services were held Oct. 27 at Whitmire Cemetery.

Flowers are accepted.

Walter Floyd Collins

EASLEY — Mr. Walter Floyd Collins of Easley, husband of Margaret Blackston Collins, went home to be with his Lord and savior Jesus Christ on Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017.

Born in Pickens, he was the son of the late Lloyde Collins and Ellen Ellenburg Collins Dorsey.

Mr. Collins worked as maintenance manager at Wangner Systems in Greenville prior to retiring. He was a Christian and a member at Brandon Baptist Church in Greenville.

Surviving, in addition to his wife of 61 years, are his children, Wendell Collins (Sandra), Gail McCachren (Rob) and Tammie Collins, all of Easley; grandchildren, Carey Bryson (Brad), Wesley Collins (Cortnee), Robert McCachren and Ryan McCachren; great-grandchildren, Davis, Brayden and Breanna Bryson, Avaree and Adi Mcrea and Mila Collins; and sisters, Mary Edwards (Larry) and Ruby Dorsey (Mike) and brothers, Jimmy Dorsey (Louise) and Doyle Dorsey (Dretha), all of Pickens.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Harold Collins.

Funeral services were held Oct. 28 in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home Powdersville Road, with burial following in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to Brandon Baptist Church, 16 Calder St., Greenville, SC 29611.

Condolences may be expressed online at or in person at Robinson Funeral Home – Powdersville Road, which is assisting the family.