Courier Obits 9-26-12

Joyce T. Chambers
Easley — Joyce Opal Teat Chambers, 77, 314 Cedar Circle, wife of the late James Marion Chambers, Sr., died Monday, Sept. 17, 2012 at her home.

Born in Central, she was the daughter of the late John Henry Teat and Mary Elizabeth Elliot Teat. Mrs. Chambers was a homemaker.

Surviving are her children, Joan C. Czarnick (Donnie) of Easley, James M. “Butch” Chambers, Jr. (Kim) of Liberty, John W. Chambers (Penny) of Greenbrier, Ark. and Randel McCall (Ashley) of Easley; 13 grandchildren; and 14 great grandchildren; a brother, Bill Teat (Alma) of Easley; and a sister-in-law, Doris Teat of Easley.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a daughter, Jan C. Landreth and a brother, Jack Elliot Teat.
A memorial service was Saturday, Sept 22 at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Dillard Funeral Home in Pickens.

The family would like to thank Interim HealthCare Hospice and Mrs. Chambers’ caregiver, Cindy, for their compassion and exceptional care.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Interim HealthCare Hospice, 155 Deacon Tiller Ct., Duncan, SC 29334.

Online condolences may be expressed by visiting Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Chambers family.

Freeda M. Gravely
Pickens — Freeda Martin Gravely, 78, widow of Dennis Berlin Gravely, died on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012.

Freeda was born in Transylvania County, N.C., daughter of the late Claude B. and Edna Merrell Holcombe Martin. She was a homemaker and mother of five daughters and lived in the Oolenoy Community of Pickens County. Freeda dedicated her life to the Lord at Holly Springs Baptist Church where she was a member.

Survivors include her daughters and their husbands, Kathy Lusk (Ron) of Pickens, Denise Gilstrap (Tony) of Liberty, Cindy Rigdon (Robert) of Pickens, and Donna Dunn (Dave) of Pickens, grandchildren include Mandy Blair, Joey Gilstrap, Christopher Rigdon, Corey Rigdon, Ashtin Johnson, and Tyler Dunn. Great grandchildren include Abby Blair, Dixie Gilstrap, Carley Gilstrap, Koen Blair, and Luke Gilstrap. She is also survived by her sister, Juanita Gilstrap.

Graveside services were conducted 3 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 16 at Holly Springs Baptist Church Cemetery with the Rev. Roger Todd and the Rev. Robbie Eades officiating.

A message of condolence may be expressed to the family by visiting
Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Gravely family.

Arthur J. Kelly
Six Mile — Arthur Junior Kelly, 83, of Heritage Healthcare, formerly of Greenville, died Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012.

Born in Pickens County, he was the son of the late Arthur and Ardie Young Kelly. Mr. Kelly was retired from Milliken (Judson Plant) and was a member of Liberty Ministries in Greenville.

Surviving are three sons, Gary Kelly (Debby), Russell Kelly (Teresa), and Steve Kelly all of Greenville; four daughters, Cathy Spearman (Craig) of Easley, Donna Johnson of Greenville, Tammy Coker (Tommy) and Angela Hart (Dee) both of Easley; 17 grandchildren; 20 great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. Also surviving are one brother and six sisters.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a daughter, Barbara Mathis and a brother, Earl Kelly.

The family would like to thank Heritage Healthcare for their compassion and exceptional care of Mr. Kelly.

Funeral services were held on Friday, Sept. 21 at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Dillard Funeral Home. Burial followed in Hillcrest Memorial Park in Pickens.

Online condolences may be expressed by visiting Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Kelly family.

Mary Isbell
Easley — Mary Jessie White Isbell, 68, of 121 Sunset Court, died Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012 at her home.

Born in Oconee County, a daughter of the late Carl Ray and Jessie Olbon White, Mrs. Isbell was a homemaker and a member of Beaverdam Baptist Church in Fair Play. She attended Trinity Point Church in Easley.

Surviving are her husband, Carl Ronald Isbell; daughters, Lisa Isbell Baker (Richard), and Carla Isbell Parker (Jonathan); son, Kevin Ronald Isbell; sister, Mildred White Grogan (Joe); sister-in-law, Adella Hornick White; grandchildren, Tyler, Taylor (Lisa), Eli, Jessie, Carleigh and Caroline.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Isbell was predeceased by a brother, Kenneth M. White.

Funeral services were 3 p.m. Saturday in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown. Burial followed in Beaverdam Baptist Church Cemetery.

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

Raiden J. Melendez
Liberty — Raiden Jacob Melendez, 3 year old son of Tony and Amanda Edens Melendez, died Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012.
Raiden was born on March 26, 2009 in Easley.

Surviving in addition to his parents, are a brother, Michael Alvin Canaan Melendez of the home; grandparents, Lowell and Margaret Edens of Liberty and Robert and Shirley Furbush of Easley; and a great grandmother, Joyce Edens of Pickens.

Graveside services for Raiden were held on Sunday, Sept. 23 at 3 p.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Online condolences may be expressed by visiting Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Melendez family.

Thomas L. Cook
Easley — Thomas L. “Tom” Cook, 50, of 205 Sherry Lane, died Friday, Sept. 21, 2012.

Born in Lucedale, Miss., he was the husband of Jill Barrett Cook of the home, and a son of the late Carlton R. Cook, Sr. and Constance Jean Smith Cook. He loved fishing, cooking, NASCAR, animals and University of Miami and Liberty Red Devil football. He was of the Baptist faith.

Surviving in addition to his wife are; his step mother, Jean S. Cook of Quincy, Fla.; a step daughter, Cady Joy Spencer of the home; a step son, Jeremy Ryan Spencer and his fiancé Nicole R. Shrum of Easley; four brothers, Carlton R. Cook, Jr. of West Palm Beach, Fla., David A. Cook (Kimberlee) of Jupiter, Fla., Theodore(Elda) Cook of Quincy, Fla. and Ronald Cook(Cynthia) of Las Vegas, Nev.; a grandchild Jordan Nickolas Shrum; an honorary daughter, Cindy Pittman; three honorary grandchildren, Cameron T. Pittman, Keely N. Pittman and Trenton C. Pittman; his father in law, Robert A Barrett of Miami, Fla.; six nieces; and one nephew.
A memorial service to honor the life of Mr. Cook was held Sunday afternoon at 3 p.m. in the Liberty Mortuary Chapel.

Memorial messages may be sent to the family by visiting Liberty Mortuary and Cremation Services are handling arrangements.

Kerry Lynn Adams
Pickens — Kerry Lynn Adams, age 61, husband of Carol B. Adams of 202 Jefferson Street, Pickens died Monday, Sept 10, 2012 at his home.

Mr. Adams was born in Union Sept. 26, 1950, a son of Vivian Robinson Adams of Union and the late Claude Adams. He was a 1968 graduate of Union High School and had attended the University of S.C. Mr. Adams was a partner with Gold Star International Land Development, working in property development and had also held positions in the real estate sales and the insurance industry. Mr. Adams attended Pickens First Baptist Church; he loved his family, treasured his friends and never met a stranger.

Surviving in addition to his wife and mother are numerous aunts, uncles and cousins and a special friend and business partner, Michael Lewis of Nicaragua.

Funeral services were held 2 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13 at Philippi Baptist Church conducted by the Rev. Brad Goodale. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Active pallbearers were Kent Grant, Larry Grant, Gene Grant, Eddie Dean Robinson, Steve Robinson, Robbie Turner, Chip Dyches and Carrol Alexander. The honorary escort: Dean Robinson, Jimmy Dyches and Ted Williams.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Care of S.C., 900 E. Main Street, Easley, SC 29640.

SR Holcombe Funeral Home is assisting the Adams family.

Charles D. Hunter, Sr.
Central — Charles David Hunter, Sr., 84, lifelong resident of Central and husband of Mary Etta Smith Hunter, died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012 at the McCall Hospice House in Simpsonville.

Born in Anderson, he was a son of the late John Curtis and Sara Frances (Fannie) Hunter. Charles was a retired Construction Foreman with Central Concrete and Plaster Company and a farmer. He was of the Baptist faith.

Surviving in addition to his wife of 65 years are four sons, David Hunter (Sue), Thomas Hunter (Janet), Gerald Hunter (Phronsia) and Tony Hunter (Rosemary) all of Central; daughter, Joyce Stephens (Roger) of Six Mile; brothers, Curtis Hunter (Loretta) of Liberty and James Hunter of Central; sisters, Lucille Hamilton and Ruth Reynolds both of Central; eight grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and two step-great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a half-sister, Mary King Ables.

Funeral services will be 3 p.m., Wednesday in the chapel of Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home, Central with burial to follow in Refuge Baptist Church Cemetery.

Visitation will be from 1 to 2:45 p.m., Wednesday at the funeral home prior to the service.

The family will be at their respective homes.
Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Pickens County Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 184, Easley, SC 29641.
Condolences may be expressed online at or at the funeral home.

Rev. Lewe Woodham
Easley — The Rev. Lewe Scott Woodham, 76, husband of Betty Ann Watkins Woodham, died Sunday, Sept. 23, 2012, at his home.

Born in Dale County, Ala., the son of the late Lewe Fletcher and Lydia Mae Scott Woodham, the Rev. Woodham retired from the South Carolina United Methodist Conference, having also served churches in Alabama-West Florida and Iowa Conferences. He graduated from Huntingdon College, Montgomery, Ala., BS degree, Emory University, Atlanta, with a Master of Divinity degree, and from Clemson University with an MA degree.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years Betty Ann Woodham of the home; daughters, Lydia Roseann Woodham of Easley, Gina Lee Woodham Stubbs (Richard) of Atlanta, and Sara Jill Woodham Powell of Easley; two grandsons, Jeffery Powell and Cole Powell of Easley; a sister, Amelia Carter (Rick) of Boca Raton, Fla. a special aunt, Mable Baldwin of Mobile, Ala.; 12 nieces and nephews, Rick, Scott and Brett Carter; Rob, Mike and Cliff Watkins, Jamie Senyard, Bob and Ron Weems, Lisa Zevitz, Doyle Jeanes and Catherine Graham.

He was predeceased by a son, Lewe Scott Woodham, Jr., a sister, Mittie Hicks and a nephew, James Douglas Watkins, Jr.

A memorial service will be held at First United Methodist Church on Wednesday, Sept. 26, at 2 p.m. A graveside service will be at Hatchechubbee First United Methodist Church Cemetery on Saturday, Sept. 29, at 1 p.m. in Hatchechubbee, Ala.
Memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 589, Easley, SC 29641 or to Hatchechubbee Baptist Church, P.O. Box 170, Hatchechubbee, AL 36858 or to the church charity of your choice.

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