Courier Obits 8-1-18


LIBERTY — John Curtis Hunter Jr, 77, of Liberty, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, July 29, 2018, at the Cottingham Hospice House in Seneca.

A native of Central, he was preceded in death by his parents, John Curtis and Sarah Frances “Fannie” Satterfield Hunter.

Curtis, known as “dozerman,” worked in construction all of his working life and was known for his skill working with bulldozers. He and his wife loved bowling and traveling in the mountains. He attended Mt. Sinai Baptist Church.

There is far too little space and words to describe the love and joy he brought to so many lives. He will be greatly missed, but Heaven is not too far away!

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Catherine Loretta Hunter; daughter, Cathy Lynn Gerlach; two grandchildren, Catherine S. Kelley (Kyle) and Jennifer L. Collins (Bradley); sister, Ruth Reynolds; brother, James Hunter; great-grandchildren, Abigail, Henry and Huntley Kelley; and numerous nieces, nephews and friends.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Charles Hunter; sister, Lucille Hamilton; and half-sister, Mary K. Ables.

A homegoing service wwill be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 1, in the chapel of Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home, with burial following in Memory Gardens. Condolences may be expressed online at or at the funeral home.


CENTRAL — Joani Tara Horne, 68, of Central, passed away Thursday, July 26, 2018, at her home.

Born in Pickens County, she was a daughter of Irene Ates Stancil of Central, and the late Dwight Stancil.

Joani was formerly an LPN at Cannon Memorial Hospital and attended Central Church of God. She enjoyed crafts, yard work and gardening.

Surviving, in addition to her mother, are her husband, Stephen James Horne; her daughters, Wendy McClellan (Hugh) of Easley and Angela Allen (Mark) of Central; a brother, O’Neal Lackey of Plum Branch; a sister, Carol Chafin of Central; four grandchildren, Chad Stone, Zachary Allen, Cory Stone and Stephanie Allen; and four great-grandchildren, McKenzie Stone, Will Stone, Abel Allen and Allie Allen.

Memorial services were held July 31 in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home – Downtown Easley. The family will greet friends following the service.

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


WALHALLA — Victoria Leigh Tubb, 59, of Walhalla, died July 21, 2018, after a period of illness.

Born in Nashville, Tenn., she was the daughter of the late Billy Lee Tubb (X Lincoln) and the late Myra Jessie Freeman.

She was kind, compassionate, empathetic, intuitive and giving. She would often befriend people who really needed a friend and couldn’t find one. Victoria was a person who was able to find the good in everyone, and she could see the good in people who were in such a tough spot in life that they couldn’t even see the good in themselves. Victoria had deeply held spiritual beliefs which guided her throughout her life.

She graduated from D.W. Daniel High School in Central and attended Tri-County Technical College, studying radio and television broadcasting. After school, Victoria worked as part of the crew on some movies, including “Being There,” “The Mating Season” and several other movies that were filmed in Western North Carolina and Northern Georgia. She worked for WTXL-TV in Tallahassee, Fla., for several years as an assistant producer and producer. Victoria was most recently working as a video producer in Canada for a documentary made for and about a Canadian nonprofit organization.

Victoria came from a musical family, and she was inspired by the careers of her great-uncle, Earnest Tubb, and her father, Billy Tubb (X Lincoln). She learned to play guitar at a young age, and she and some high school classmates organized a rock band, where she played guitar and sang. The band was named Lodestar, and it played at venues in Upstate South Carolina. Victoria continued to play guitar for most of her life.

She had a lifelong interest in artistic activities, including drawing, painting and different crafts, especially making stained glass. Victoria ran a stained-glass shop in Clemson named Grisaille Gallery, and she later moved the shop to Highlands, N.C. She enjoyed shopping on eBay and online gaming.

She is survived by her two sons, Bryce Louis Planchard (Luisa) and Jesse Drew Planchard, both of Walhalla, and a grandson, Miles Harrison Planchard. She is also survived by her aunt, Loretta Tubb Jordan of Hendersonville, Tenn.; her stepmother, Connie Smith Lincoln of Nashville, Tenn.; and her stepfather, Frank Watts of Greenville. Since Victoria was an only child, she viewed her cousins as being her siblings, and she was predeceased by three of her cousins, Jimmy Metz, Tommy Metz and Jennifer Metz. She is survived by three of them, Suzanne Metz of Anderson, Billy Metz of West Columbia and Missy Metz Wright of Coeur d’Alene, Idaho.

In addition to family, Victoria had many close friends whom she considered family members, including the late Justin Stewart and Delcita Morris of Mackfield, Jamaica, George Davis of Six Mile and Eric Koldyke of Clemson.

A funeral service was held July 28 at Brown-Oglesby Funeral Home.

Flowers are accepted, or in lieu of flowers, you may make a contribution in Victoria’s name to the American Humane Association or the National CFIDS Foundation.


PICKENS — Robert “Mountain Man” Newland Perry Sr., 78, husband of the late Marlene Perry, passed away on Thursday July 26, 2018, at his home.

Born on June 21, 1940, in Cedar Mountain, N.C., he was the son of the late John and Ethel Raines Perry. He was a member of Amazing Grace Fellowship Church and was very involved in the community.

He worked for Singer Manufacturing for 35 years before his retirement. Mountain Man loved bluegrass music and played the bucket bass every Wednesday at the Pickens Flea Market. Every Monday night he would hold a “pickin’ and grinnin’” at Perryville, a town he built on his property to host gatherings.

He was knowledgeable in moonshine making and donated several moonshine artifacts to the Pickens County Museum of Art and History. He would also participate in the Moonshine Reunion every year as well as Hillbilly Day in Mountain Rest.

Surviving are his four children, Robert Perry Jr. (Michelle), Kathy Perry, William “Will” Perry (Angela) and Tammy Cox; companion, Sharen Summit; six siblings, Annie Mae Perry, Ralph Perry, Ada Perry, Martha Perry, Jean Perry and Danny Perry; seven grandchildren, Toby Barnett, Scott Bowie, Christin Cox, Jennie Perry, Josh Perry, Lisa Cox and Brittney Cox; 15 great-grandchildren; and his furry friend, Black Jack.

Funeral services were held on July 29 at Dillard Funeral Home Chapel.

Memorials may be made to the Pickens County Museum of Art and History in honor of Mountain Man, 307 Johnson St., Pickens, SC 29671.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting


PICKENS — Mrs. Lizzie Mae Anthony McJunkin Simmons, 87, passed peacefully on July 26, 2018, at Rainey Hospice House in Anderson.

She was the widow of Rev. Paul McJunkin and Carl Simmons.

Born on Aug. 23, 1930, in Pickens County, she was the daughter of the late Johnnie Anthony and Carrie Hayes Anthony Wright. She was a member of Griffin Baptist Church and was the last surviving member of her immediate family. Mrs. Simmons enjoyed gardening, completing crossword puzzles and being a pastor’s wife.

Surviving are her two daughters, Dianne Riggs (Ted) and Sherry Holbrook (Jack); one son, Tony McJunkin (Melinda); seven grandchildren, Donna Riggs, Travis Riggs (Amy), Randall McJunkin (Kayla), Adam McJunkin (Kaley), Nathan McJunkin (BreAnna), Blake Holbrook, Clay Holbrook and Jacob Holbrook; six great-grandchildren, Jonathan Riggs, Justin Riggs, Kelley Moore, Taylor McJunkin, Andy McJunkin and Colt McJunkin; and one great-great-grandson, Jackson Elliott.

Funeral services were held on July 30 at Griffin Baptist Church, with the Rev. Mark Bernshausen officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Flowers are accepted, or memorials may be made to a charity of one’s choice.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting


PICKENS — Jerry Mac Jones, 80, passed from this life Saturday, July 28, 2018, at his home in Pickens.

Born in Westminster, he was the son of the late Garland Jones and Margie Rice and husband of the late Elizabeth Lou Wilson Jones.

Mr. Jones was retired as an assistant manager from Singer and a member of Grace United Methodist Church.

Survivors include one son, Russell Jones of Smyrna, Ga.; one daughter, Leslie Brunson and her husband, Michael, of Central; one brother, Wade Jones of Hartwell, Ga.; and two sisters, Betty J Smith and Hilda G Waters. Mr. Jones also leaves two grandchildren to share in his memory.

Mr. Jones was predeceased by his parents and his wife, as well as two brothers, Kenneth Jones and Correll Jones, and a sister, Sybil McQueen.

A graveside service was held at Hillcrest Memorial Park on August 1.

Online condolences may be sent to

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Jones family.


EASLEY — Dorothy Maxine Armstrong Braley, 89, wife of 21 years of Robert “Bob” William Braley, passed away peacefully on Monday, July, 23, 2018, at Magnolias of Easley surrounded by her family.

Dorothy was born in Defiance, Ohio, a daughter of the late Hurless and Waunita Tickle Armstrong. She was a former resident of Davenport, Fla., where she was active in her church, enjoyed camping and was a member of various camping groups. In Florida, she was a volunteer firefighter, very active in her church and in the community. She and her husband moved to Easley in 2012, and she was a member of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Easley.

Surviving, in addition to her husband, are daughters, Linda West (Erik) of Portage, Mich., Darlena Drzewicki (Mark) of Easley, Nena Schneider (Dan) of Nashville, Tenn., and Tina Thomas (C.J.) of Jackson, Mich.; a stepson, James Braley (Melody) of California; chosen children, Ron Lazarus (Vicki) of Sun City, Ark., and Diane Holihan of Saginaw, Mich.; brother, Ray Armstrong (Barbara) of Bay City, Mich.; grandchildren, S. Spencer Henley (April), Jason Drzewicki (Mehan), Hollie Harrell (Robbie), Judsen Schneider (Natasha), Joey Schneider (Nancy), Dustin Thomas (Toni) and Stephanie Calverley (Adam); and 14 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Dorothy was predeceased by her first husband, Richard Thomas Hoff, and a brother, Thurman Armstrong.

A memorial service was held July 20 at St. Michael’s Memorial Columbarium at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Interim Healthcare Hospice, 810 Powdersville Road, Unit B, Easley, SC 29642.

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


PICKENS — Ralph H. Davis, 82, passed from this life Tuesday, July 24, 2018.

Born in Pickens County, he is a son of the late James Earl Davis and the late Mallie Mae Chapman Davis. Ralph was a member of Rocky Bottom Baptist Church and was known for the love he had for his family and friends. He also enjoyed bear hunting and the old moonshining life.

Survivors include his children. Joe (Harlie) Davis of Pickens, Tom (Joy) Davis of Pickens and B.J. (Kayla) Davis of Pickens; seven grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and an uncle, Billy Davis of Piedmont.

Ralph was predeceased by his parents, a daughter, Joann Davis, and a brother, Jack Davis.

Visitation was held July 27 in the chapel of Mountain View Funeral home, with a funeral service officiated by Rev. Justin Anderson and Rev. Terry Parrish. Burial occurred at Antioch Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Davis family.


EASLEY — James Lloyd “Jim” Hill Sr., 86, of Biltmore Road, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Saturday, July 21, 2018, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Kinston, N.C., he was a son of the late Joe Lloyd Hill and Nora Lee Farmer Hill.

Jim retired from Easley Combined Utilities after 25 years of service. He was a faithful member of Tabernacle Baptist Church and was a teacher with the Bruce Kelly Sunday School Class. Jim was an ordained minister who loved his Lord, his family, Clemson football, traveling the world with his wife and videoing the places they traveled. He also proudly served his country in the U.S. Army.

Surviving are his wife of 65 years, Barbara Sharpe Hill; a daughter, Debbie McNeely of Easley; a son, James Lloyd Hill Jr. (Shelby) of Seneca; grandchildren, Crystal G. Thornburg (Brian) of Belmont, N.C., and Tyler R. Garrett of Detroit, Mich.; great-grandchildren, Brody and Bailey Thornburg; a sister, Faye Handy of Macon, Ga.; and brothers, Ronnie D. Hill of Murfreesboro, Tenn., and Billy K. Hill of Winston Salem, N.C.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a son-in-law, Brian McNeely; and sisters, JoAnn Long and Gertie Strickland.

Funeral services were held July 27 at Tabernacle Baptist Church, with Dr. Joel Logan officiating. Burial followed in Greenlawn Memorial Park in Easley.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to the Tabernacle Children’s Home, 3931 White Horse Road, Greenville, SC 29611.

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


SUNSET — Betty J. Payne Ledbetter, beloved wife, mother, daughter and grandmother, went to be with her Lord and Savior on July 21, 2018, peacefully at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Betty was a resident of Eastatoee Valley, Sunset, for more than 30 years and a member of Eastatoee Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir and with the gospel group Sisters in Christ. She authored several gospel songs, enjoyed exercise and was a member of the Pickens County YMCA.

Betty and her husband owned and operated Sunset Vegetation Management for 20 years. Her grandchildren and her mini schnauzers were a joy in her life. She was a wonderful caregiver, kind with a soft voice, always a sincere smile and was just the sweetest person you could meet.

She was the daughter of Ethelee Grace Ledford of Liberty and was predeceased by her father Dale Sheffard Payne.

In addition to her husband of 45 years, Jerry Wayne Ledbetter, she is survived by her daughter, Christina Bowie of Pickens; son, Robert Wayne Ledbetter of Travelers Rest; grandchildren, Jarred Bowie and Addison Bowie; sisters, Debra Harper and Theresa Hawthorne; and brothers, Kenneth Payne and Casey Payne. She was predeceased by a brother, Bobby Joe Payne.

Services were held July 23 at Eastatoee Baptist Church in Sunset and were officiated by Rev. Wilburn Snyder. Donations may be made to Eastatoee Baptist Church, 947 Midway Road, Pickens, SC 29671 in care of Christine Lewis.

The husband of Mrs. Ledbetter wants to thank each and every one who contributed to her care during this disease process, especially her church family, St. Francis Hospice and Bon Secours St. Francis Health System.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Ledbetter family.


EASLEY — “Captain” Dennis Felton Adams, 89, of Crosswell School Road, went home to be with the Lord on Friday, July 27, 2018.

Born in the Pelham community, he was a son of the late Claude and Emma Hudson Adams.

Mr. Adams was retired from Dunean Mill after 46 years of dedicated service. He was a member of Victory Baptist Church, the Brewerton Masonic Lodge No. 183 A.F.M. and the Loyal Order of the Moose. He enjoyed fishing, watching the Clemson Tigers and braves Baseball.

Surviving are his wife of the home, Peggy Malpless Adams; children, Marilyn A. Fish of Simpsonville, Debra A. Morris of Gray Court, Paula A. Rogers (Ricky) and Denise A. Phillips, (Mark) all of Simpsonville, Kathy Wells (Mark) of Ware Shoals, Joey Nations (Kathy) of Easley and Christopher Nations of Texas; 12 grandchildren; 17 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and a sister, Shirley Rogers of Tennessee.

Mr. Adams was predeceased by sons-in-law, Dale Fish and Phil Morris; grandchildren, Austin Wells, Amy Murray, Jason Ison and Ben Morris; four sisters; and two brothers.

Funeral services were held on July 30 in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, with burial following in Greenville Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Victory Baptist Church, 1832 Powdersville Road, Easley, SC 29642.

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


EASLEY — Judy Beatrice Owens Bolding, 73, passed from this life Saturday, July 28, 2018, at her home.

Judy was born in Pickens County, a daughter of the late James Owens and the late Eunice Scruggs Owens. She was an active member of Arial Baptist Church and the Grace Ladies Sunday School Class. Judy loved her grandchildren and walking the Doodle Trail.

Survivors include her children, Rhonda (Jerry) Moody of Easley, Rita (Joey) Kuscsik of Kissimmee, Fla., and Chris (Tia) Bolding of Taylors; grandchildren, Jared McNeely, Zach McNeely, Heather (Sam) Smith, Jennifer (James) Skidmore and Eben Bolding; eight great-grandchildren; and siblings, Junior (Edie) Owens, Pat Morton, Roger (Gail) Owens, Ronnie (Rita) Owens, Donnie (Kathy) Owens and Jean (Dr. Danny) Parton.

Judy was predeceased by her parents, a brother-in-law, Jack Morton, and the father of her children, Leon “Bo” Bold ing.

A funeral service, officiated by Dr. Danny Parton and Rev. Travis Spivey, was held July 31 in the chapel of Mountain View Funeral Home. The Grace Ladies Sunday School Class served as honorary escorts. Burial occurred at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to LIFEhouse Children’s Project, 201 Thomas Mill Road, Easley, SC 29640.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Bolding family.


EASLEY — Charles Joseph Gilreath, 80, of Sylvia Road, went home to be with his Lord and Savior, surrounded by his loving family, Saturday, July 28, 2018.

Born in Anderson County, he was a son of the late Ernest and Nellie Hicks Gilreath.

Mr. Gilreath was retired from the textile industry after several years of dedicated service and was a faithful member of Rock Springs Baptist Church and the Tom Sheriff Sunday School Class. He was a member of the Bates Masonic Lodge No. 189 A.F.M. and proudly served his country in the U.S. Navy. He loved his family and his church family and enjoyed woodworking.

Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Betty McCall Gilreath of the home; children, Darla G. Ridley (Ronnie), Dewayne Gilreath (Tammy) and Deanne G. Barnes (Michael), all of Easley; grandchildren, Travis Ridley (Rachel), Bridget Gillespie (Greg), Kristen Dickard (Brent), Japheth Gilreath (Brittany), Nathan Gilreath (Kaitlyn), Samuel Gilreath, Tucker Barnes, Griffin Barnes and Riley Barnes; great-grandchildren, Reagan, Meredith and Taylor Gillespie, Skylar, Austin, Jade and Hunter Ridley and Skylyn and Eve Gilreath; sisters, Kathryn Jones and Jean Chapman, both of Belton, and Betty Shellenbarger of Piedmont; and brothers, Ralph Gilreath of Travelers Rest and Clinton Gilreath of Dacusville.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by brothers, J.C., Tommy, Delford and Theo Gilreath.

Funeral services were held on Tuesday, July 31, in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Powdersville Road with burial following in Rock Springs Baptist Church cemetery.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Rock Springs Baptist Church, 201 Rock Springs Road, Easley, SC 29642.

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