Courier Obits 12-4-19


EASLEY— Dr. Curtis H. Hamlin, 87, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Nov. 26, 2019, at Southern Oaks Nursing Home in Piedmont.

Born in Pickens County, he was the son of the late Ralph and Margie Hamlin. He was a graduate of Tabernacle Baptist College and received his doctorate degree from Faith Theological Seminary in Milton, Fla. He was a pastor in churches in South Carolina, North Carolina and Florida. Curtis was married for a wonderful 67 years to his wife, Claris Brackens Hamlin, and was a member of Landmark Baptist Church.

Dr. Hamlin was artistic and mechanically inclined. He enjoyed traveling, flying and reading and wrote a book.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Phyllis Peterson (Gary); a daughter-in-law, JoAnn Hamlin of Gloucester, Va.; granddaughter, Amanda Adams (Leon) of Gloucester, Va.; grandson, Nathan Finley of Seneca; sisters, Betty Hardy (Warren) of Blythewood, Sue Aull of Easley and Maxine Kelly (Robert) of Winston-Salem, N.C.; brother-in-law, Harold Whitlock; and nine great-grandchildren.

He was predeceased by his parents; son, Keith Hamlin; grandson, Zackery Hamlin; and sister, Wynell Whitlock.

Funeral services were held on Nov. 30 at Landmark Baptist Church, with burial following at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

The family would like to express special thanks to Palladium Hospice and Southern Oaks for the wonderful care he was given.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Youth of Landmark Baptist Church at 116 Landmark Court, Easley, SC 29640.

Visit or Robinson Funeral Home and Crematory-Downtown, Easley.


LIBERTY — Wade “Carl” Newton, 90, of Liberty, went to Heaven to be with his loving wife, Leola Galloway Newton, on Monday, Nov. 25, 2019.

Born on July 4, 1929, in Pickens County, he was the son of the late James Thomas Newton and Ruby Pearl Bradley Newton. Carl was a diligent worker who enjoyed being outdoors. If anyone were around him long enough, he would find work for them, too. He owned and operated Newton Lumber Company, building many residential homes and churches in the area.

Carl was very creative and enjoyed working with his hands. He was a caregiver, with the most giving heart, and loved gathering with his family and friends. He attended Flat Rock Baptist Church. Carl was preceded in death by his son, Mark Wade Newton, and two brothers, Harold Thomas Newton and Willie Doyle Newton.

Surviving are his daughter, Leola Blanche “DeDee” Chambers and her husband, Larry; one brother, George Walter Newton; one sister, Janie Newton Boggs; two grandchildren and many loving nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were held on Nov. 29 at Dillard Funeral Home. Burial was held at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to Miracle Hill Children’s Home, 117 Drummond Lane, Pickens, SC 29671.

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Newton family in making arrangements.


SUNSET — Guy Thomas Crowe Sr., 81, husband to Evelyn Crowe for 44 years, passed away on Monday, Nov. 25, 2019.

Guy loved westerns, wrestling and spending his Wednesdays at the Jockey Lot.

He is survived by his wife; two sons, Guy Crowe Jr. of Pickens and Dale (Pat) Stewart of Sunset; three daughters, Sheila Galloway of Pickens, Helen Dagle of Sumter and Norma (Dale) Owens of Pickens; nine grandchildren; numerous loving great-grandchildren; three sisters, Miriam Lyles, Fannie Bell Mauldin and Sarah Mae Redding; and one brother, Jesse Crowe.

He was predeceased by his parents, Lonnie J Crowe and Vera Mae Crowe; a daughter, Kathy Suddeth; two sons, Johnny Stewart and Gary Stewart; and a brother, Bud Crowe.

Funeral services were held on Nov. 30 at Mountain View Funeral Home. Burial followed the service at the Holly Springs Baptist Church cemetery.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Crowe family.


ENON VALLEY, Pa. — Troy E. Galloway Sr., 78, of Enon Valley, Pa., passed away on the evening of Nov. 27, 2019, at his home with his wife by his side.

Troy was born in the small town of Dacusville in Pickens County on March 22, 1941, son of the late Troy P. and Sarah O. Hammett Galloway. He was one of six children, graduated from State High School and served in the army during the Vietnam era. He was honorably discharged in 1965.

He married the former L. Ida McFarland on Nov. 24, 1985, and was a member of the Mt. Calvary Community Church in East Palestine, Ohio. Troy had worked for many area steel manufacturing facilities as an electrical maintenance man. He was also a former member of the Teamsters. Troy enjoyed visiting and socializing and had an eye for things of beauty. he had a passion for hunting and fishing and just enjoyed the gifts that God provided us all.

He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Ida Galloway at home; son, Mr. Troy Galloway of Cleveland, Ohio; sister, Mrs. Edna Vaughn and her husband, Rev. Dr. Melvin Vaughn; and brother, Mr. Charles Galloway of Pickens.

Troy was preceded in death by his parents, and sisters, Nellie, Dorothy and Linda

Troy’s final wishes where to go home, so, in honoring this, Troy will be laid to rest with his parents in Pickens County.

Arrangements have been entrusted to the Terry A. Cunningham Funeral Home.


EASLEY — Ruby Massingill Stancell, 93, widow of the late JD Stancell, passed away on Thursday, Nov. 28, 2019.

Born in Six Mile, she was the daughter of the late James Randolph and Irene Lark Massingill. The last surviving member of her immediate family, Ruby was preceded in death by her husband, her parents, her brother, JP Massingill, and her sisters, Edna Ellenburg and Addie Lee Collins.

She was a faithful member of Arial Baptist Church for more than 70 years.

Surviving are her son and daughter-in-law, Rudy and Carolyn Stancell; her daughter and son-in-law, Joyce and Roger Dalton; four grandchildren, Zach Stancell, Roger Dalton II, Jason Dalton and Brett Dalton; five great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on Dec. 1 in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home – Powdersville Road. Burial followed in Robinson Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Arial Baptist Church, 618 Rice Road, Easley, SC 29640.

Visit or Robinson Funeral Home and Crematory-Powdersville Road, Easley.


EASLEY — Curtis M. Hall, of 115 Springdale Lane, entered into the arms of Jesus on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019.

He was born to Lawrence and Laura Gilbert Hall on Oct. 10, 1935. In addition to his parents and his brother, Herman Hall, he was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Joyce Harris Hall.

Curt was educated in the Easley-area schools. He was a former member of Geer Memorial Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon and Sunday school teacher. Most recently, Curt worshiped at Rock Springs Baptist Church, enjoying the music ministry, the sermons and fellowshipping with the special Mickey D’s group after services.

Curt enjoyed various vocational opportunities. His early career was in the men’s clothing business. He managed National Shirt Shops in downtown Greenville and then shops in Charleston and Columbia. In the early 1960s, he decided to move back home to open his own clothing store, Curt’s Dad and Lad Shop in downtown Easley. After a fire destroyed the store, Curt found himself in a newfound enterprise, the car sales business. After 50 years in car sales, he sold his business, Curt Hall Cars, and retired.

In his younger years, Curt was an active member of the Easley Jaycees, and he was the first PTA president of Forest Acres Elementary School.

Curt is survived by his children, Kathy Porter (Jimmy), Tim Hall, Lisa Smith (Brad) and daughter-in-law, Sherry Hall, all of Easley; seven grandchildren, Zach Porter (Marie), Ashley Trent (Aaron), Sommer Langrehr (Jay), Brittany Porter ( Chris), Cade Hall ( Kristen), Matt Smith (Jamie) and Brandon Smith (Victoria); and 11 great-grands, Tanner Smith, Mallory and Maddie Porter, Caleb and Lilly Trent, Brennan Langrehr, Reece and Blake Porter, Gray and Elliott Smith and Rylee Hall.

He also leaves behind his loving sister, Rachel Youngblood, and a special friend, Linda Easlic.

A service to celebrate Curt’s life was held on Dec. 3 in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home- Downtown Easley. Burial followed in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Ronald McDonald House, 81 Gladsen St., Charleston, SC 29401.

Visit or Robinson Funeral Home and Crematory-Downtown, Easley.


EASLEY — Dorothy Thornton “Dot” Redding, 86, of Old Vinland School Road, wife of the late R.V. Redding, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, Nov. 30, 2019.

Born in Pickens County, she was a daughter of the late George Robert Thornton and Ruth Smith Thornton.

Mrs. Redding was retired from Mt. Carmel Baptist Church as the church’s secretary. She was also a lifelong member of Mt. Carmel, having served on numerous committees and held several positions in the church. She loved her Lord and her family and enjoyed cooking, caring for others and most of all spending time with her grandchildren.

Surviving are a daughter-in-law, Pam Redding of Easley; grandchildren, Joseph, Anna and Emily Redding; sisters, Ruby Jacobs (Lew) of Greenville and Vivian Bryan of Easley; and a brother, James Thornton (Jo Ann) of Easley.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by her son, Billy Redding.

The family will receive friends on Sunday, Dec. 8, from 12:45-1:30 p.m. at Mt Carmel Baptist Church in Easley, with the service to follow at 1:30 p.m. in the church sanctuary. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering for International Missions, 1623 Hester Store Road, Easley, SC 29640.

Visit or Robinson Funeral Home and Crematory-Downtown, Easley.


PICKENS — Trula Bridgman, 91, of 121 Schoolhouse St., passed away peacefully on Monday, Dec. 2, 2019, at the home of her sister.

Born in Pickens, she was a daughter of the late William Jonah Bridgman and Floy Chapman Griffin. She worked at Harper’s Five and Dime in Pickens and retired from Sangamo. She was a member of Bible Baptist Church.

Surviving are a sister, Wanda Davis of Liberty; and several other nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Martha Sue Griffin and Lavon Parker; and two brothers, Hagood Bridgman and M.H. Griffin.

Graveside services to honor the life of Ms. Bridgman will be conducted at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 4, at Hillcrest Memorial Park. No formal visitation is planned.

Online condolences may be left for the family by visiting Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.


SIX MILE — Glen Allen Stephens Sr., 79, husband to Brenda Wilbanks Stephens for 25 years, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 27, 2019.

Glen was a member of Glassy Mountain View Baptist Church. He was a member of the Bates Masonic Lodge. Glen was known for his hard work ethic.

He is survived by his wife, Brenda; children, Phyllis (Vernell) Chappell of Liberty, Glennon (Ernie) Britton of Pickens, Glen Allen Jr. (Patty) Stephens of Pickens, David Allen Stephens of the home, Lisa (Bryan) Harrell of Easley, Karen Dill of Liberty, Donna Fisher of Six Mile, Travis Fisher of Liberty and Jennifer (Dale) Sutherland of Liberty; 23 grandchildren; 25 great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

He was predeceased by his parents, one grandchild and one brother, Jerry Stephens.

Funeral services were held on Dec. 1 at Mountain View Funeral Home. Burial followed at the Gap Hill Baptist Church cemetery.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Stephens family.


SIMPSONVILLE — Jonathan Keith Sexton, 46, son of Phillip Sexton and Kathy Sexton, passed away on Sunday, Dec. 1, 2019.

He is survived by his parents; a grandmother, Betty Floyd; a sister, Felicia Sexton; and his nieces, Emilee Herlong and Abigail McHenry.

He was predeceased by his grandparents, William and Louise Sexton, and his uncle, William Sexton Jr.

Visitation will be held from 2-3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 6, at Mountain View Funeral Home, with a memorial service to follow at 3 p.m. in the chapel.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Hope4Cancer Treatment Centers at

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Sexton family.