Courier Obits 5-6-15

8-6 Page 5A.inddFrances Elizabeth Masters Bigby

Pickens — Mrs. Frances Elizabeth Masters Bigby, 74, of 115 Henderson St., Pickens, loving wife of Jesse Bigby Jr., went home to be with her savior on Tuesday, April 28, 2015, at Cannon Memorial Hospital in Pickens.

Mrs. Bigby was born on Oct. 5, 1940, in Oconee County to the late Dewey and Ina Cannon Masters. She graduated from Tamassee DAR School and attended Tri-County Technical College. She retired from the Pickens County DSN Board and enjoyed flowers and crafts. Frances was a member of Tremont Church of God, where, until her health declined, she was a member of the Helping Hands Sunday School Class, and active in the Prayer Band, Shut-In Ministry and the Christmas Play.

In addition to her loving husband, she is survived by a son, Billy Ellenburg, and his wife, Kietha, of Pickens; three daughters, Pat Hedden and her husband, Bud, of Highlands, N.C.; Sue Ramey and her husband, Mack, of Six Mile; and Donna Cox of Pickens; a brother; Carl Masters, and his wife, Beverly, of Mint Hill, N.C.; and a sister, Geneva Masters, of Taylorsville, N.C. Frances is also survived by seven grandchildren, Will Hedden, Sara Hedden, Travis Ramey, Christy Tubik, Chris Ellenburg, Jennifer Acosta and Katie Cox; and six great-grandchildren, Emily, Allie, Luke, Rebecca, Carly and Ruby.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a brother, George Masters, and a sister, Geraldine Bell.

Funeral services were held May 1 in the Chapel of Robinson Funeral Home – Powdersville Road with the Rev. Wilson Kilgore, the Rev. Gary Cannon and the Rev. Tim Kerns officiating. Interment followed at Robinson Memorial Gardens, 1425 Powdersville Road in Easley.

The family wishes to send a special thanks to the doctors and nurses at Cannon Memorial Hospital, along with Thomas Smith with the Pickens County Rescue Squad, for all their help, care, and comfort to them during their time of sickness and the loss of Mrs. Bigby.

Flowers are optional, or the family asks that memorial donations be made to the Tremont Church of God Prayer Band or to the Tremont Church of God Shut in Ministries, 2854 New Easley Highway, Greenville, SC 29611,

Roberson Funeral is assisting the Bigby family.

Clyde Kelley

Liberty — Clyde Kelley, 87, of 619 Pickens Drive, died Wednesday, April 22, 2015, at his residence. Born in Liberty, he was the widower of Lucy Mae Davis Kelley and a son of the late Claude and Mae Gillespie Kelley. He served his country in the U.S. Navy.

Surviving are three sons, Perry, Patrick and Paul Kelley, all of the home; two sisters, Nell Casenta of Downing Town, Pa., and Betty Merck of Norris; two brothers, Forrest Kelley of Norris and Kennith Kelley of Pickens; and a granddaughter, Terah Anderson.

Memorial messages may be sent to the family by visiting Liberty Mortuary is assisting the Kelley family.

Janie L. Sloan

Easley — Janie Louise Ashe Sloan, 71, of 110 Shangrila Drive, passed away Thursday, April 30, 2015, at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Born in Jackson County, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Thomas Reed Ashe and Bonnie Jane Shelton.

Mrs. Sloan was a homemaker and member of Pickens Church of God.

Surviving are her children, Donna Todd (Harold) of Six Mile, Tina Owens (Charles Hendrix) of Easley and Dixie Ann Poovey of Myrtle Beach; a son, Alvin Bobby Owen Jr. of Easley; 11 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; three sisters, Helen Pearson (Wayne) of Pickens, Dixie Kay Mickler (Robert) of Tennessee, and Barbara Williams of Alabama; two brothers, Grady Ashe (Ophelia) of Pickens and Charles Ashe (Barbara) of Westminster; a son-in-law, Ronald Thigpen; ex-son-in-law, Maurice Pralour of Columbia; and a sister-in-law, Sue Ashe of Greenville.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by two husbands, Alvin B. “A.B.” Owen and James Theodore Sloan; a daughter, Rhonda Thigpen, a sister, Sarah Ashe; and two brothers, Louie and George Ashe.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

The family will be at their respective homes.

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

Carol S. Lance

Easley — Carol Stewart Lance, 82, daughter of the late Ressie R. Stewart and Dewey Stewart, went to be with her Lord Thursday, April 30, 2015.

Born in Pickens County, she was retired from Saco-Lowell and was a member of United Wesleyan Church in Easley.

Surviving are her children, Steve Lance (Shirley), Stan Lance (Karen), Sabrina Ellenburg (Stuart) and Susan Ayers; grandchildren, Lee Lance (Kristin), Dana Proctor (Steed), and Lance Ellenburg (Amanda); great-grandchildren; Hanna and Henry Proctor, Madison and Colton Lance and Hannah and Kinsley Ellenburg.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by the love of her life and the father of her children, Whitey Lance.

Funeral services were held on May 2 in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, with burial following in Greenlawn Memorial Park.

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

William A. “Billy”

Holder, Jr.

Central — William Austin Holder Jr., 74, of 817 Old Seneca Road, died Friday May 1, 2015, at his home. Born in Six Mile, he was a son of Ruby Sorrells Holder and the late William A. “Bill” Holder Sr.

He was a graduate of Daniel High School, and his hobbies included airplanes, cars and anything to do with science.

Surviving in addition to his mother of Six Mile are two daughters, Lynn Gilstrap (Jake) of Dacusville, and Karen Holder of Easley; a son, Donny Holder of Central; a sister, Sandy Gillespie (Roy) of Liberty; a brother, Roger Holder of Six Mile; and two grandchildren, Tyler Sackett and Andrew Gilstrap.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by three brothers, Jimmy, Jerry, and Danny.

Memorial services to honor Billy’s life were held on May 4 in the Liberty Mortuary Chapel.

Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.

Mozell Pinyon Trotter

Easley — Mozell Pinyon Trotter, 69, wife of the late William Ray Trotter, went to be with the Lord Saturday May 2, 2015, at Anmed Hospital in Anderson.

Mrs. Trotter was born in Pickens County, a daughter of the late Lou Anne Morton Pinyon and Clyde James Pinyon.

Mrs. Trotter loved to hear the sound of her wind chimes and also loved watching hummingbirds. She loved her family dearly and treasured her dog Wee Wee.

Survivors include four daughters, Donna Parsons (Allen) of Easley, Roxanne Gailey of Easley, Denise Herandez (Joey) of Easley, Frankie Smith (Scott) of Piedmont; one son, Corey Trotter of Easley; two brothers, Roger Pinyon (Karen) of Pickens and Cephus Pinyon of Easley; 12 grandchildren, five great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Mrs. Trotter was predeceased by her parents, husband, three brothers and one sister.

The family will be at the home of her daughter, Frankie Smith.

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Trotter family.

Joseph Nosko

Pickens — Joseph (Joe) Nosko, 66, of Big Rock Lake Road, passed away on Tuesday April 29, 2015.

Joe was born Jan. 25, 1948, in Gary, Ind., to Virginia and Louis Nosko.

In the fall of 1952, after the death of Louis Nosko, the family moved to Glenwood, Iowa, where they lived until 1963, when Virginia Nosko married Loren Wilder and the family moved to Chicago.

Joe graduated from Roosevelt High School in 1967, and in 1968 joined the U.S. Navy and served in the submarine service on the U.S.S. Hawkbill for six years.

Joe married Roberta Ripple, his high school sweetheart, on Dec. 24, 1969.

In 1988, Joe and Bobbie moved to Pickens.

Mahala Jane was born in 1982. Michael Joseph was born in 1986. Roberta died in July 2013.

Joe is survived by his sisters Mary K. Behrendt and Jeanine A. Logan, his daughter Mahala “Hallie” Jane Nosko and his son Michael Joseph Nosko.

In lieu of flowers, donations to the Pickens and/or Easley Public Libraries would be appreciated. Contact Dillard Funeral Home for information.

Virginia W. Moore

Easley — Mrs. Virginia Wyrick Moore, 90, wife of the late Robert Houston Moore, passed away Sunday, May 3, 2015, at her home.

Born in Robeson County, N.C., a daughter of the late Clyde and Bessie Lee Hall Wyrick, Mrs. Moore was the former owner and operator of an Easley tradition for 56 years, The Southerner Restaurant, and a member of Brushy Creek Baptist Church.

Surviving are a daughter, Jan M. Aiken (John) of Easley; a brother, Clyde Wyrick of Hickory, N.C.; a daughter-in-law, Cindy Youngblood Moore; five grandchildren, Candace Alms (Adam), The Rev. Brett Aiken (Erica), Cameron Aiken, T.J. Moore (Adair) and Carson Moore. “Gran” also had the love and joy of three great-grandchildren, Anagrace Alms, Tanner Aiken and soon to be Baby Alms. In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Moore was predeceased by two sons, Donald Todd Moore and Robert Lynn “Bobby” Moore; and five sisters.

Funeral services were held on May 6, 2015, at Brushy Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Brett Aiken and the Rev. Dr. Jim Spencer officiating. Burial followed in Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Family members are at their respective homes.

Memorials may be made to the Missions Fund of Brushy Creek Baptist Church, 100 Clay Street, Easley, SC 29642.

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

Bradley Snyder

Pickens — David Bradley Snyder, 30, of Pickens passed from this life on Saturday, May 2, 2015.

Bradley was born in Easley, a son of The Reverend Wilburn and Marie Boggs Snyder. He was a 2002 graduate of Pickens High School and he was a member of Eastatoee Baptist Church. Bradley was employed with Sumter Utilities.

Survivors include his daughter, Emily Brooke Snyder, his parents, The Reverend Wilburn and Marie Boggs Snyder of Pickens, brothers, Brian Snyder (Mandy) and Brandon Snyder all of Pickens and a sister, Allison Snyder, also of Pickens. Also surviving are his grandparents, Jim and Dorothy Snyder of Pickens and Mrs. Nancy Boggs of Seneca.

Funeral services will be conducted at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 7, in the chapel of Dillard Funeral Home in Pickens. Private burial will be at Holly Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 4-6 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.

A message of condolence may be expressed to the family by visiting

Memorials may be made to the family to be placed in a trust fund for his daughter, Emily Brooke Snyder.

The family is at the home of his parents.

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Snyder family.