Courier Obituaries 1-17-18

Bertha G. Edgington

EASLEY — Bertha “Bert” G. Edgington, 97, of Easley died Monday, Jan. 8, 2018, at Brookdale Easley Nursing Home.

She was born Nov. 27, 1920, in Geneva, Ill., a daughter of the late Ralph and Antoinette “Eva” (Mitkus) Pacuinas. Her first marriage was to Charles “Chuck” Christopher Edgington. They resided in Elgin, Ill., and had two children, Linda L. Edgington Klausing (Richard) and Charles “Chuck” James Edgington (Sandy).

In retirement, they moved to Punta Gorda, Fla. Charles “Chuck” Edgington passed away in 1984. Bert married Charles Ulric Demontigny in 2001 in Punta Gorda, Fla. Bert enjoyed traveling throughout the world, traveling to Europe, South America and Australia, but she was definitely interested in traveling into outer space. She was an artist, and loved tennis, golf and riding her three-wheel bicycle.

She loved all of her friends, and there was never a party that she did not want to attend. She loved her two children and especially her grandson, Sandy Stuart Smith, and his wife, Stacy.

Survivors include her second husband, Charles Demontigny; daughter, Linda (Edgington-Smith) Klausing; son, Charles “Chuck” J. Edgington (Sandy Edgington); one grandchild, Sandy Stuart Smith (Stacy Smith); and a stepdaughter, Margaret Flaherty (Edward).

In addition to her first husband, Chuck, and parents, she was predeceased by two brothers, Louis “Louie” and Edward “Eddie”; and one sister, Mildred Hines.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

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

Bennie Moore

LIBERTY — Bennie Lee Moore, 68, of 208 Hazelwood Court, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Jan. 11, 2018, at Baptist Easley Hospital.

Born in Clinton, he was a son of the late Samuel Clark and Florence Bryant Moore.

He retired from Champion Aerospace and was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War. Bennie was a member of Prayer Baptist Church and loved spending time with his family and especially his grandchildren.

Surviving are his wife, Debbie Moore of the home; two sons, Jason Moore (Jennifer) of Six Mile and Stephen Moore of Liberty; a brother, John Moore of Liberty; and nine grandchildren.

Funeral services to honor the life of Mr. Moore were held Jan. 15 in the Liberty Mortuary chapel, with burial following at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Online condolences may be left for the family by visiting

Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.

Benjamin Cain Durham Jr.

EASLEY — Benjamin Cain Durham Jr., 14, went to be with his Lord and Savior Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2018.

Born in Greenville County, the son of Benjamin Cain Durham Sr. and Lena Bates Durham, Cain was a freshman at Easley High School, where he lettered in eighth grade for the high school tennis team. He was also a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, where he was baptized on Christmas Eve 2017.

Cain was a kind-hearted, loving son, brother and grandson. He loved to go hunting, fishing, playing the guitar, singing, playing tennis and spending time with his family.

Surviving in addition to his parents are a brother, William Jacob Durham of the home, and his grandparents, Carolyn Bates, Bill Bates (Leigh Ann), Larry Durham (Teresa) and Vickie Durham, all of Easley.

Memorial services were held Jan. 13 at Mt. Moriah Baptist Church. Private burial will take place in the Mt. Carmel Baptist cemetery.

Honorary escorts will be close friends Ki’Undre Hunter and Payton Freeze, the Easley High School tennis team, and the Mt. Carmel Baptist Church youth group.

Memorials may be made to Easley High School, 154 Greenwave Blvd., Easley, SC 29642 to be used for the EHS tennis team.

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

Eula Mae Powell Grice

LIBERTY — Eula Mae Powell Grice, 80, went to be with her Lord Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018.

She is the wife of the late Willie Grice and daughter of Charlie and Edith Brown Powell and stepmother Catherine Powell Stephens.

She attended Independent Baptist Church and was a homemaker.

She is survived by three daughters, Brenda Garmmas of Liberty, Juanita Revis of Norris and Patricia Porter (Dale) of Liberty; one brother, Harold Powell (Donna) of Pickens; half-brother, Richard Powell of Pickens; two sisters, Grace Nix of Anderson and Nancy Center (Jackie) of Greenville; half-sisters, Lillian Powell of Greenville, Patricia Powell of Greenville and Frances Gravely; and special friends Elton Robinson and Jimmy Godfrey.

She was predeceased by three daughters, Willie Mae Owens, Hope Jenkins and Frankie Owens; three brothers, Charles Powell, Clyde Powell and James Powell; one sister, Mary Powell; and one half-sister, Ann Powell. Mrs. Grice also leaves 13 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren to share in her memory.

Services were held Jan. 16 in the Dillard Funeral Home chapel, followed by burial at Red Hill Baptist Church.

Online memorials may be sent to Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Grice Family.

Geraldine Masters

PICKENS — Geraldine Fortune Masters, 80, wife of the late Claude B. Masters, passed from this life on Tuesday, Jan. 9, 2018.

Born in Pickens County, she was the daughter of the late Arthur Lee and Ellie Mae Harrison Fortune. Geraldine was a graduate of Central W Academy and of Southern Wesleyan University. She taught school at West End in Easley, worked for 27 years at Hephzibah Children’s Home in Macon, Ga., and worked at SWU in Central before retiring.

While at Hephzibah, Geraldine became very close to Shirley Locklear, a girl growing up in the children’s home. After leaving Hephzibah, Shirley became like an adopted daughter to Geraldine. Later, when Shirley married David Duncan, they both were her children, and their daughters Jamie, Aimee and Halley became her granddaughters, and their children became her great-grandchildren.

When Geraldine married C.B. Masters in 1995, she became the stepmother of Martha “Marti” Carter (Harry) and the step-grandmother to Shawn Carter (Richelle), Casey Carter (Miranda), Cassie Clark (Stephen) and Isaac Carter (Maria), and later on to nine great-grandchildren. Also, Geraldine loved her many wonderful nieces and nephews.

Surviving is her sister, Dorothy Lewis.

Geraldine was preceded in death by her parents; her husband; a sister, Helen; and four brothers, Melvin, Calvin, Grady and David.

Services were held Jan. 13 at Dillard Funeral Home, with burial following at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens.

The family requests flowers be omitted and memorials be may be made to Pickens View Wesleyan Church, 744 Bethlehem Ridge Road, Pickens, SC 29671 or to Hephzibah Children’s Home, 6601 Zebulon Road, Macon, GA 31220.

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

Carmon L. Looper

EASLEY — Mr. Carmon Lincoln Looper, 93, husband of Mildred McClain Looper, went to be with his Lord and Savior Sunday, Jan. 14, 2018.

Born Feb. 12, 1924, in Pickens County, a son of the late Jerry and Jessie Traynham Looper, Mr. Looper was a life-long farmer and a member of Cross Roads Baptist Church, where he was a former trustee. He was a member of the Dacusville Cedar-Rock Water Board and Farm Bureau.

Mr. Looper is survived by his wife and was predeceased by a brother, Hoke Looper, and a sister, Lake Jones. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown. Burial will follow in the Cross Roads Baptist Church cemetery.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Cross Roads Baptist Church, 160 Cross Roads Church Road, Easley, SC 29640; or to Pickens County Meals on Wheels, 349 Edgemont Ave., Liberty, SC 29657.

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

Wayne “Gaton” Whitaker

LIBERTY — Billy Wayne Whitaker, 70, of 304 Spring Valley Road, died Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018, at his residence.

Born in Greenville, he was the husband of Linda Finley Whitaker of the home and a son of the late Jess Whitaker and the late Ray and Stella Holden Ross. He worked as a painter for most of his career and also enjoyed working on lawn mowers and doing yard work. He was of the Baptist faith.

Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter, Sheryl Shepard (David) of Liberty; a son, John Wayne Whitaker of Charleston; a sister, Margaret Whitaker of Liberty; five grandchildren, Kendra, Hope, Brandon, Danielle and Davie; and five great-grandchildren, Haylee, Mya, Kayleigh, Katelyn and Kaden.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a son, Jimmy Ray Whitaker; two brothers, Wallace “Yank” Whitaker and Johnny “Slick” Whitaker; a stepbrother, Steve Ross, and a grandson, Malachi Whitaker.

Funeral services for Wayne “Gaton” Whitaker will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, in the Liberty Mortuary Chapel. Visitation will be from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 17, at Liberty Mortuary. Burial will be at Liberty Memorial Gardens.

The family will be at the home. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.

Chester Miller

EASLEY — Chester Miller, 78, of Easley passed away on Saturday, Jan. 13, 2018.

He was a son of the late John Henry and Mae Adkins Miller and the loving husband of 53 years to Annette King Miller.

In addition to his wife, Chester is survived by a son, Randy Miller; two sisters: Shirley Hughes and Phyllis Edmonds; one brother, Jay Lloyd Miller; a grandson, Brandon “Hump” Miller (Abigale); and one great-grandson, Laken Miller.

He was preceded in death, along with his parents, by three sisters, Betty Cannon, Eyvonne Miller and Wilma Hylemon.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 18, at the Graceland Mortuary chapel. Family will be receiving friends from 1 p.m. until time of services, also at the Graceland Mortuary.

Burial will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park, 595 Old Liberty Road, Easley, SC 29640

Chester’s family has entrusted the Graceland Mortuary to assist them in their time of need.