Courier Obits 6-21-17

Virginia Crawford

Liberty — Virginia Gravitt Crawford, 87, passed away peacefully Wednesday, June 14, 2017, at McCall Hospice House in Simpsonville.

Born in Gainesville, Ga., she was the wife of Charles Robert “Bob” Crawford of the home and a daughter of the late Fletcher Bell and Mary Myrtlean McIntyre Gravitt. Through the years, Mrs. Crawford was not only a homemaker and foster mother to many, but she also worked at the Liberty Flower Shop and was later a CNA at Countryside Living Center. She was also a lifetime member of Liberty Church of God.

Surviving in addition to her husband are a son, Vincent Crawford (Cynthia) of Stellarton, Nova Scotia; three sisters, Doris Powell (Lewis) of West Columbia, Winifred Benton (Jay) of Greer and Janice Osborne (Wayne) of Powdersville; two grandchildren, Charles Crawford of Liberty and Tiffany Williams (Ashley) of Seneca; four great-grandchildren, Whitney Marchbanks (Tyler) of Liberty, and Dawson, Alexander and Jacob Williams, all of Seneca; and a special daughter, Weselene Crawford.

Funeral services were held Saturday, June 17, at 2 p.m. at Liberty Church of God, followed by burial at Liberty Memorial Gardens.

Liberty Mortuary will be assisting the Crawford family.

Franklin Sobin

Pickens — Franklin Sobin, 89, formerly of Blue Hills Trail in Pickens, died Saturday, June 17, 2017, at Simpsonville Rehabilitation and Healthcare.

Born in Irvington, N.J., Mr. Sobin was a son of the late John and Emma MacDonald Sobin. He proudly served his country throughout his career in the armed services, starting with the Merchant Marines during WWII and later in the U.S. Army, where he served in both the Korean War and the Vietnam War and retired as a staff sergeant.

Surviving are a sister, Carolyn Schmidt of Seneca, and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by three brothers, John “Jack” Sobin, Leonard Sobin and Ronald Sobin; and two sisters, Grace Bunt and Ruth Quinn.

Interment with military honors will take place at a later date at M.J. “Dolly” Cooper Veterans Cemetery in Anderson

Liberty Mortuary and Cremation Services are handling arrangements.

John Wesley Turner

Liberty — John Wesley Turner, Sr., 89 went home to be with our Lord on Monday, June 12, 2017, at his home.

Born in Edgefield on July 5, 1927, he was the son of the late Henry H. and Addie Corley Turner. John enjoyed attending auctions and gardening flower beds. He was a U.S. Army veteran who served during WWII, and was retired from Greenwood Mill in Liberty and Riegel Textiles. John loved his family and the Lord and was a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Liberty.

Surviving are his life companion, Mary Wyatt; seven children, John W. Turner Jr. (Shirley), Jimmy Turner (Martha Ann), Rick Turner (Debbie), Randy Turner, Denise Turner, Matt Cassell and Dave Cassell (Lisa); 14 grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

John was also predeceased by one daughter, Jane Johnson; one son in-law, Bill Johnson; one granddaughter, Melissa Mobley; one great-grandson, Skyler Blackburn; and nine sisters.

Funeral services were held on Sunday, June 18, at 3 p.m. at Calvary Baptist Church.

Burial followed at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens.

Dillard Funeral will be assisting the Turner family.

Rubye Winchester Mann

Six Mile — Rubye Winchester Mann passed away on June 11, 2017, at Upstate Hospice of South Carolina in Anderson. She was shy of her 102nd birthday by just two weeks.

She was born in Six Mile to Willoughby “Good” Winchester and June Abercrombie Winchester. The oldest of five children, she grew up and lived in Six Mile all her life.

Rubye was a very active member of Six Mile Baptist Church, where she was a devoted member of the Ladies Bible Class and the Women’s Missionary Society until she moved into assisted living six years ago. She and her husband enjoyed traveling to many states, especially spending time in the Blue Ridge Mountains, which she could see from her window every day.

Rubye was an avid gardener, enjoying her flowers both outside and inside of her house. A wonderful cook and accomplished baker, nothing made her happier than entertaining family for the holidays. She was a homemaker and worked at the Six Mile Elementary School cafeteria.

She was predeceased by her devoted husband of 72 years, Albert “Chub” Mann, her parents, and her sisters, Ruth Saad and Erelene Mann.

Rubye is survived by her daughter, Jane Mann Coward (Wayne) of Collierville, Tenn., and a son, Tom Mann (Kim) of Anderson; grandchildren, Abby Coward Reed (Danny) and Angie Coward Davis of Collierville, Tenn., and Chad Mann (Jennifer) of Johns Creek, Ga.; and great-grandchildren, Mckenzie and Aaron Reed, Wayne and Wesley Davis and Jake and Charlie Mann, as well as many nieces and nephews. She is also survived by a sister, Bert Clark of Pickens, and a brother, Don Winchester of Easley.

Funeral services were held at Six Mile Baptist Church on Saturday, June 17, at 2 p.m., with the Rev. Ray Longenecker officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

The family wishes to thank the staff at Brookdale, Anderson and Upstate South Carolina Hospice for their kindness and support.

Dilliard Funeral Home will be assisting the Mann family.

Lula Gladys Crenshaw Burgess

Pickens — Lula Gladys Crenshaw Burgess, 102, wife of the late Alfred Burgess went to be with the Lord Thursday, June 8, 2017, surrounded by her family.

Mrs. Burgess was born in Pickens County, the daughter of the late Lizie Gilstrap Crenshaw and King Crenshaw.

Survivors include two daughters, Earlene Clark and Shirley McJunkin, both of Pickens; one son, James Burgess of the home; one sister, Elizabeth Mote of Greenville; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her parents; three sisters, Ola Townes, Edith Nix and Dora Hudson; and one brother, James Crenshaw.

Visitations were held Monday, June 12, at Mountain View Funeral Home with a chapel service that followed. Burial was at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens.

A special thanks to staff of Pruitt Health Care for the love and care they gave Mrs. Burgess.

Mountain View will be assisting the Burgess family.

Mary J. Hoffman

Easley — Mary J. Hoffman, 92, went to be with the Lord on June 18, 2017.

Mrs. Hoffman was a longtime employee of the Greenville News and a member of Tremont Church of God in Easley. She loved the Lord, her family and her church.

Survivors include her son, John C. Hoffman of Easley; sister, Javelle Mulford; grandsons Joe (Suzanne) Hoffman and Christian (Toni) Hoffman; four great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

Graveside service will be held on Thursday, June 22, at 11 a.m. at Robinson Memorial Gardens at 1425 Powdersville Road in Easley. In lieu of flowers, donations should be made to a charity of your choice.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Hoffman family.

Donna C. Nabors

Pickens — Donna C. Nabors, 72, wife of W. Kenneth Nabors, passed away Wednesday June 14, 2017.

Mrs. Nabors was the daughter of the late Samuel E. and Helen Inez Calloway.

Survivors include her husband of 50 years; one daughter, Jessica Nabors (Michael) Patterson of Roxbury, Conn.; one son, Nathan (Dina) Nabors of Dacusville; grandchildren, Will and Sam Nabors; one sister, Clara Ann Calloway; and two brothers, Michael Calloway and Ray Calloway.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Pickens County Historical Society.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Nabors family.

Edna Kelley Gravely

Sunset — Edna Kelley Gravely, 88, died on Monday, June 19, 2017, at the Brookdale Nursing Home Facility. Born in 1929, she was the daughter of the late Walter and Beulah Kelley. She was the oldest of three children (Harold and Jerry). She was married to the late Franklin L. Gravely. She was an employee at Pickens Middle School for more than 20 years, where she worked in the cafeteria. She was a longtime member of Holly Springs Baptist Church.

Mrs.  Gravely is survived by her three children, Steve (Karen) Gravely, Mike (Pam) Gravely and Dianne (Mike) Yother; six grandchildren, Josh Gravely, Jessica Bell, Jake Gravely, Cassie Hyder, Caleb Yother and Danielle Yother; and two great-grandchildren, Easton Bell and Brynleigh Bell.

The family will be at the home of Mike Gravely at 2005 Moorefield Memorial Highway in Sunset.

All services will be held at Holly Springs Baptist Church on Thursday, June 22. Receiving of friends will be from 2-4 p.m., with a memorial service to follow at 4 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to the Holy Springs Baptist Church Bus Fund. Donations can be sent to Holly Springs Baptist Church at 3450 Table Rock Road.

Mountain View Funerals and Cremations is serving the Gravely family.