Courier Obits 8-17-16

Patsy Ann Bagwell

Six Mile — Patsy Ann Bagwell, 68, of 4724 Six Mile Highway, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, at her residence.

Born in Six Mile, she was a daughter of the late Mansell Bagwell and Martha Young Bagwell Childers.

She retired from Clemson University, where she worked as the operations manager for the Redfern Health Center.

Patsy was a member of Ridgeland Drive Baptist Church.

Surviving are a sister, Sheilah Bagwell of Six Mile; and two brothers, Tony Bagwell of Easley and Benny Bagwell of Six Mile.

Memorial services were Sunday, Aug. 14, at Ridgeland Drive Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to Ridgeland Drive Baptist Church, 185 Ridgeland Drive, Six Mile SC 29682.

The family will be at their respective homes. Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.

Whitely, Bette

Bette Jean Whitley

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Proverbs 31:28: “Her children rise up and call her blessed; her husband also, and he praises her.” Although they will miss her greatly, the family of Bette Jean Murrow Whitley is grateful she has arrived into eternal life on Aug. 1, 2016. She possessed a wonderful, spunky sense of humor and an unmatched love of family. She forged loyal friendships that lasted a lifetime and treasured the times she spent with them dining out and shopping.

Her life was celebrated on Aug. 4, 2016, at Mt. Pisgah United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Donald Thomas officiating. The family greeted friends in the fellowship hall during a reception following the service. Interment will be private.

Bette was born in Savannah, Ga., and was lovingly raised by Roy and Etta Murrow, and following Etta passing’s when Bette was 13, at the age of 15 she became part of the family of Dave and Lucille Bolman. She graduated from Curry High School, where she met her sweetheart and love of her life, Robert E. Whitley. They were married in 1950 and celebrated 57 years of marriage. After Bob’s retirement, they were quite successful for more than 30 years with a craft and basket-making business and enjoyed traveling to different craft fairs around the Southeast. She was a talented craftsman and could see the possibility of beautiful art in items that others could not. While raising four children, Bette was also a successful administrator over the years while Blue Bell transitioned to VF. Bette had a green thumb and treasured time in her yard tending to flowers and her garden. She was a life-long member of Mt. Pisgah UMC, where she participated in the Women’s Circle.

She was a supportive and loving wife and a shoulder to lean upon for her children. She remained in her home after Bob’s passing, because when her home was filled with family her heart was filled with joy. She adored her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She will be missed by her children and their spouses, David Whitley of Burlington, N.C., Dawn Whitley of Greensboro, N.C., Paige and Randy Jones of Boone, N.C., and Karen and Terry Grant of Pickens and former daughter-in-law, Melinda Whitley; grandchildren and spouses, Justin and Hannah Whitley, Sarah and Daniel Thomas, Abbey Powers, Brian Moore, Lauren and Christopher Prentice, Kaylie Jones, Kristen Jones, Annie and Ryan Lee and Matthew and Nicole Owens; and great-grandchildren, Ethan, Hayden, Joshua, Bridgette, Gage and Cooper. In addition to her parents and spouse, she was preceded in death by two grandsons, Brandon and Kyle Whitley.

The family would like to thank the wonderful care Bette received at Hospice Home of High Point during her brief stay. Floral tributes are welcome, or memorial contributions may be made to Hospice of the Piedmont, 1801 Westchester Dr., High Point, NC 27262 or Mt. Pisgah UMC, 2600 Pisgah Church Rd, Greensboro, NC 27455. Online condolences may be made at Hanes-Lineberry N. Elm chapel is assisting the Whitley family.

Larry Weiler

Easley — Mr. Lawrence Michael “Larry” Weiler, 57, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2016, at his home.

Born in Cheverly, Md., a son of the late Joseph Grafton and Connie Hitchcock Weiler, Mr. Weiler retired from Koon’s Roofing Company and was a member of St. Luke Catholic Church. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus Council 9576 and the Assembly 3065 (4th Degree). Larry was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran.

Surviving are three sisters, Jo Anne W. Gregory of Taylors, Carol W. Rivers of Port Orange, Fla., and Linda W. Donoway of Delmar, Del.; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, Mr. Weiler was predeceased by a brother, Bruce A. Weiler.

Funeral mass was held Monday, Aug. 15, at St. Luke Catholic Church.

Family members are at their respective homes.

Memorials may be made to the Knights of Columbus, 558 Hampton Avenue, Pickens, SC 29671.

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

Donald G. Dodgens

Easley — Donald Gerald Dodgens, 94, of Cedar Rock Church Road, husband of the late Christine Stokes Dodgens, passed away Thursday Aug. 11, 2016, at his home.

Born in Pickens County, he was a son of the late Wade Hampton and Nealy Dodgens.

Mr. Dodgens was retired from Mayfair Mills, Glenwood Plant, after 49 years of dedicated service. He was a charter member of Glenwood Baptist Church, where he was a former usher, ordained deacon and secretary of the Sunday School. He was also a U.S. Army Veteran of WWII and enjoyed hunting and horseback riding.

Surviving are a son, Wayne Dodgens (Leah) of Seneca; a granddaughter, Kendall Philabaum (Michael) of Massillon, Ohio; and two great-grandchildren, Noah and Sydney Philabaum.

Mr. Dodgens was the last surviving member of his immediate family. In addition to his wife and parents, he was predeceased by sisters Sue Mullinix, Bessie Weaver, Marge Owens, Hassie Edens and Bernice Lark; and brothers, Wyatt Dodgens, Larry (Bo) Dodgens and Dick Dodgens.

Funeral services were held on Monday, Aug. 15, in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, with burial following in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to Glenwood Baptist Church, 325 Saco Lowell Road, Easley, SC 29640.

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

Joe Reinovsky

Sunset — Albert Joseph Reinovsky Jr. 58, husband of Paula Hendricks Reinovsky, passed from this life on Wednesday evening, Aug. 10, 2016, at Rainey Hospice House in Anderson.

Joe was born in Chester, a son of the late Dr. A.J. and Willie Mae Hill Reinovsky. He was retired as safety coordinator with MB Kahn Construction Co. and was formerly employed with Furman University in the receiving department and as a science teacher at both Pickens senior and junior high schools. Joe served as Scout Master of Troop 51, Boy Scouts of America in Pickens and was a U. S. Army Reserve veteran. An avid outdoorsman, Joe loved to camp, fish, hike and cook. He was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church in Pickens.

Survivors include his wife of 35 years, Paula H. Reinovsky; sons, Justin Albert Reinovsky (fiancée Colleen Wright) of Sunset and Nicholas Dunham Reinovsky of Sunset; and daughter, Jennifer Hope Reinovsky, MD (fiancé Rick Mullett) of Baton Rouge, La. Also surviving are sisters, Rebecca Reinovsky Tomsyck, MD (John C.) of Charlotte, N.C., Roberta Reinovsky Wray (Charles V. Jr.) of Rock Hill, Regina Louise Reinovsky of Richmond, Va., and Rashidi Reinovsky Fawcett (H. Brian) of Pickens; and brothers, Arthur Donald Reinovsky of Turbeville and Robert William Reinovsky (Karen) of Pickens and his faithful companion, his dog, Cricket.

A funeral mass was conducted on Saturday, Aug. 13, at Holy Cross Catholic Church in Pickens, with the Rev. Bob Menard, O.F.M. officiating.

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

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621 or to Boy Scout Troop 51, in care of Mike Parrott, 106 Oakhaven, Pickens, SC 29671.

Dillard Funeral Home assisted the Reinovsky family.

Patsy A. Knox

Easley — Patsy Ann Masters Knox, 77, of Old Stagecoach Road, passed away Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016, at her home.

Born on March 31, 1939, in Easley, she was a daughter of the late Alonzo and Leila McGimpsy Masters.

Mrs. Knox was a homemaker, musician and artist with all of her soul.

Surviving are her husband of 61 years, Waymon E. Knox; children, Jeff Knox (Cindy), Tammy Chapman, Penny Nivens (Don) and Mitch Knox (Allison); her beloved grandchildren, Trey Nivens, Kari Nivens Balliew (Jeremy), Jennifer Knox, Brooke Henderson, Danielle Knox, Nathan Rice (Britian), Matthew Chapman, Alexis Nivens, Cameron Knox, Kenli Knox and Kali Knox; a devoted Mema to 10 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild; her sisters, Vonnie Wylie and Lynda Duncan (Wayne); and brothers, Ricky Masters and Randy Masters.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a granddaughter, Ashley Maria Knox; sisters, Betty Sloan (Jim) and Sybil Lesley (Roy); and a brother-in-law, Jim Wylie.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 17, at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, with burial to follow in Westview Cemetery in Easley.

The family will receive friends prior to the service on Wednesday from 1-2:45 p.m. at the funeral home.

Flowers are accepted, or memorials may be made to Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Rd., Anderson, SC 29621.

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

Susan Sitton Winslett

Easley — Susan Sitton Winslett, 59, of 104 Sunset Court, passed away Sunday, Aug. 14, 2016, at her home.

Born in Greenville, Susan was a daughter of the late Cephas Addison Sitton Jr. and the late Agnes Donnald Sitton. She graduated from Easley High School in 1975 and attended Clemson University. Susan was a senior inside sales representative for Guardian Building Products. She was a member of Easley First United Methodist Church.

Surviving are three daughters, Anna Winslett Ginn (Matt) and Amanda Grace Winslett, all of Anderson, and Lee Elizabeth Winslett of Easley; two sisters, Liza Byars (David) of Central and Katie West (Van) of Ruckersville, Va.; and one grandson, Caleb James Ginn. Susan was predeceased by a brother, Cephas Addison Sitton III.

Graveside funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 17, at Westview Cemetery, Easley.

The family will receive friends from noon-1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown.

Memorials may be made to the Foothills Humane Society, 500 Five Forks Road, Liberty, SC 29657.

The family is at the home of Liza and David Byars, 133 Gordon Drive, Central, SC 29630.

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

Rose Marie Higgins and

Charissa Faith McSwain

SIX MILE — Rose Marie Higgins. 24, and her infant daughter, Charissa Faith McSwain, died July 25 and 26, 2016.

Rose was born in Easley, a daughter of Zane and Kathy Woodall Higgins. She was a member of Midway House of Prayer and was employed with McDonald’s in Pickens.

Survivors include Rose’s sons and brothers to Charissa, Aiden McSwain and Deryk McSwain, Rose’s parents, Zane and Kathy Higgins, sisters, Katie Higgins and Ashley Higgins, and grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Woodall Jr., Donna Morgan and Eugene Higgins.

A funeral service was conducted on Monday, Aug. 15, in the chapel of Dillard Funeral Home in Pickens. Burial followed at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens. Dillard Funeral Home assisted the family.