Courier Obituaries 1-13-16

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Liberty — Jerry Ernest Smith Sr., 69, of 450 Roanoke Road, died Wednesday at his residence.

Born in Liberty, he was a son of the late Colie and Mary Smith.

He was a self-employed brick mason and loved to hunt and read. He was a member of Jones Avenue Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Judy Gillespie Smith of the home; a daughter, Bridget Smith of the home; two sons, Ernie Smith of Easley and Lance Smith (Shannon) of Easley; a sister, Shelby Riggins of Six Mile; three brothers, Dee Smith of Central, Frank Smith of Clemson and Tommy Smith of Easley; seven grandchildren, Tiffany Smith, Brooklyn Pilgrim, Colie, Carter, Emery and Marley Smith and Chevana Anderson.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Jay Harold and Jim Smith.

Funeral services to honor the life of Mr. Smith were held Jan. 8 at Jones Avenue Baptist Church, with burial following at Westview Cemetery in Easley.

Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.


Central — Gary Eugene Bolt, 74, of 3854 Six Mile Highway, died Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, at St. Francis Hospital in Greenville.

Born in Townville, he was a son of the late L E and Amy Lee Thrasher Bolt. Gary was a former employee with Pratt-Read Company and was a retired supervisor with West Point Stevens.

Surviving are sons, Franklin (Dianna) Bolt of Central and Jimmy (Shelley) Bolt of Travelers Rest; brother, Don (Mary Anne) Bolt of Westminster; sisters, Brenda (Marshall) Brown of Iva, and Patsy (Marc) Mitchell of Margate, Fla.; grandchildren, Nicholas Bolt, Chris Bolt, Melanie (Jake) Oliver and Kaiti Bolt; and a soon to be great-granddaughter, Kinley Grace Oliver.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife, Willie Grace Moore Bolt; brother, Julius Oscar Bolt; and sisters, Betsy Bolt and Cathy Owen.

Funeral services were held Jan. 12 in the chapel of Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home, with burial following in Mt. Zion Cemetery.

Condolences may be expressed online at or at the funeral home.


Sunset — Mrs. Elizabeth “Liz” Ann Morgan Crawford, 79, wife of Raymond “Ray” Mays Crawford, passed away Friday, Jan. 8, 2016, at AnMed Health Medical Center following a brief illness.

Born in Lavonia, Ga., the only daughter of the late James Ralph Winston and Annie Blanche Cox Morgan, Mrs. Crawford was a graduate of Georgia Southern University and taught school for more than 20 years including several years at Pickens Junior High School. From 1989 to 2014, she worked in the library of Southern Wesleyan University, where she mentored hundreds of students. She was named Staff Member of the Year for 1992-1993. Liz was a devoted Christian and a member of Holly Springs Baptist Church.

Surviving, in addition to her husband of 57 years, are a son, Chris Crawford (Sherrell) of Anderson; three daughters, Cassie Abernathy (Brad) of Cleveland, Ga., Cindy Holmes (Mike) of Peachtree City, Ga., and Katherine Sudduth (Todd) of Pickens; a brother, Wilton “Punk” Morgan of Lavonia, Ga.; and 12 grandchildren, Andrew Crawford; Bryson Crawford, Faith and Josiah Abernathy; Skyler, Sierra, Savannah and Sicily Holmes; Annabelle, Ivy, and Gracie Kate Sudduth. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Crawford was predeceased by two brothers, Winston and Howard Morgan

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m., Jan. 16, at Holly Springs Baptist Church, 3450 Table Rock Road, Pickens, SC 29671. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends from noon until 1:45 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 16, at the church prior to the service.

Family members are at their respective homes.

At the request of Liz, please omit flowers and make memorials to Orphans in Honduras through Identity Mission, P.O. Box 411691, Charlotte, NC 28241.

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


Liberty— Edna A. Sweet, 99, widow of Furman Earl Sweet, passed away Jan. 3, 2016.

Surviving are two children, Kenneth E. Sweet Sr. of Belton and Joe Earl Sweet (Linda) of Easley; four grandchildren, and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by three grandchildren, three brothers, and six sisters.

Services were held Jan. 7 at Cremation Society of SC-Westville Funeral Home. The family requests to omit flowers, with memorials made instead to Interim Hospice.