Courier Obits 12-25-13

Joy Israel Ross

Liberty — Joy Israel Ross, 49, of 308 Campground Road, died Tuesday at Baptist Easley Hospital.

Born in Fletcher, N.C., she was the wife of Lloyd “Nub” Ross of the home and a daughter of Roy and Sharon Wilkie Israel of Hendersonville, N.C. She was a graduate of Wren High School and worked at Ball Mart in Liberty. She was also a member of Mills River Baptist Church in Fletcher, N.C.

Surviving in addition to her husband are four daughters, Ariel Morgan of Liberty, Stephanie Moore (Chant) of Liberty, Mandi Bullock (Kevin) of Easley and Lindsey Ross of the home; three sons, Mitchell Ross of Liberty, Lee Tinsley of Pickens and Will Simmons of Pickens; a sister, Susan Israel Foster of Pickens; and her beloved little dogs, Baby Girl and Littlun.

She was predeceased by a son, Chaz Robinson.

A memorial service for Mrs. Ross was held at 3 p.m. Friday in the Liberty Mortuary Chapel.

Memorial messages may be sent to the family by visiting Liberty Mortuary and Cremation Services are handling arrangements.

Janice H. Maw

Central — Janice Angilee Hawkins Maw, 66, of 365 Browning Road and wife of Roger Maw, died Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 at Magnolia Manor, Greenville.

Born in Anderson and raised in Newry, she was a daughter of the late Ernest “Scoop” and Francis Lewis Hawkins.  She was the former co-owner and manager of Maw’s Grocery in Central and a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.

Surviving in addition to her husband Roger are three sons, Chris (Pamela) Maw of Lenoir, N.C., James (Angela) Holcombe of Savannah, Ga., Roger Maw, Jr. of Central; two daughters, Lyndia (Kevin) Sexton of Central and Karen (Heath) Hughes of Hendersonville, N.C.; brother, William H. (Bonnie) Hawkins of Seneca; grandchildren, Douglas, Kenny and Kristen Maw; Kaitlyn and Matthew Holcombe; Makayla Sexton, Nikki, Ashley and Ethan Maw; Kayla and Sarah Hughes.

Funeral services were 11 a.m., Thursday in the chapel of Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home with the Revs. James Brooks, James Wiggins and Steve Chapman officiating.  Burial followed in Newry Cemetery, Seneca.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Magnolia Manor, 411 Ansel Street, Greenville, SC 29601 or Gentiva Hospice, 430 Roper Mountain Road, Greenville, SC 29615.

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

Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home is assisting the Maw family.

Brandi W. Kearney

Easley — Brandi Wilson Kearney, 33, died Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Born in Pickens County, a daughter of John Palmer Halsey, Sr. and Donna Wilson McKittrick, Brandi was employed with Reliable Sprinkler and a member of NewSpring Church.

Surviving, in addition to her parents, are her husband, Guy Kearney; a son, Alex Mays; a sister, Lisa Halsey Bloomer (George); a brother, John Palmer Halsey, Jr. (Rachel), of New Hampshire; her step-father, Harold G. McKittrick; her grandparents, Donnie and Brenda Wilson, Palmer and Sue Halsey, and a great-grandmother, Elsie Smith; step-brothers, Justin and Austin McKittrick, Bryce Owens, and Dustin Loggins; step-sisters, Victoria and Laura Halsey, and Ashlyn Loggins; a step-son, Jordan Kearney; two step-daughters, Alexus and Kinsley Kearney; a niece, Rylee Gessell, and nephews, Karter and Ethan Bloomer.

The service was 12 p.m. Thursday, Dec 19 in the chapel at Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown. The burial followed in Greenlawn Memorial Park after the service.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Brandi Kearney Memorial Fund, c/o TD Bank, 200 South Pendleton Street, Easley, SC 29640.

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

Helen M. Combs

Clemson — Helen Margaret Mayer Combs, 94 of Clemson died Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013.

Helen was born in Harvey, N.D., to the late Emma Suckut and Louis George Mayer.  In 1937, she married Alpha Franklin Combs and was widowed in 2004.  Helen was a member of the First Baptist Church of Clemson where many of the members of her Sunday Ester Class were her treasured neighbors and friends.

Helen is survived by her eldest son, Floyd Lee Combs of Clemson; seven grandchildren, Lorraine Schessler, Todd Combs, Parker Combs, Lindsey Mahaffey, Jasmine Lyle, Lt. Taylor Combs (USN), Capt. Robert Mitchell (USMC); five great-grandchildren, Dylan Combs, Benjamin Schessler, Lauren Gabrielle Combs, Lauren Elizabeth Combs, Claire Lyle and Winter Combs.

She, also, was preceded in death by daughter Ly Lan Mitchell; sons Dee Loren and Bradley Lewis; grandson, Robert Combs; three brothers; and three sisters.

Following a private cremation, a memorial service will be held in California, her home for many years.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to First Baptist Church Building Fund, 397 College Avenue, Clemson, SC 29631

Condolences may be expressed online at or at Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home, Central.

Albert Leff

Easley -— Albert Leff, 85, husband of Shirley Able Reese died Friday, Dec. 20, 2013.

Born in New York City, a son of the late Joseph and Ida Lovitch Leff, Mr. Leff was formerly employed with Stone Manufacturing Company, Varat Enterprises and Pickens County Country Club.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are three daughters, Violet Leff, Jeri Rosenfeld (Howard), and Linda Squeo (Mark); a step-daughter, Beth Ballenger (Rick); a brother, David Leff (Joann); and three grandchildren, Matthew Rosenfeld (Amy), Stefani Rosenfeld (Dan), and Michael Rosenfield.

Memorial services will be at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 23 in the Chapel of Remembrance Mausoleum of Robinson Memorial Gardens, 1425 Powdersville Road, Easley.

The family will receive friends in the mausoluem immediately following the service.

Memorials may be made to the Cardiac Rehab of Baptist Easley Hospital, P.O. Box 2129, Easley, SC 29640 or to the Capt. Kimberly Hampton Memorial Library, 304 Biltmore Road, Easley, SC 29640.

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

Skip Garrick

Easley — Robert Verner “Skip” Garrick, Jr., 60, of Pope Field Road, died Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 at Baptist Easley Hospital.

Born in Greenville, a son of Bertie Blackston Ware of Easley and the late Robert Verner “Bobby” Garrick, Sr., Skip was Assistant Director of Public Safety for the Governors School in Greenville and a member of Liberty Ministries International. He retired from the South Carolina National Guard after 20 years of service. Skip was a State Constable, and a police officer for 17 years.

Surviving are his wife, Donna Loggins Garrick of the home; a son, Michael Garrick (Tonya) of Belton; two daughters, Kimberly Gilstrap (Sammy) of Pickens and Tonya Howard (Shane) of Easley; a sister, Regina Wilkes of Easley and nine grandchildren.

In addition to his father, Skip was predeceased by a brother, Dan Ware.

Funeral services were 3 p.m. Wednesday in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown. Burial followed in Greenlawn Memorial Park.

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