Courier Obituaries 1-20-21


PICKENS — Marshall Ellsworth Cobun Jr., 89, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021, at his home after a long life.

Marshall is survived by four children, Alice Sines, Rosa Stangeman, Theressa Pelfrey and Ray Cobun, and was predeceased by a daughter, Diane Freeman Sites, and a son, Marshall E. Cobun III. He also leaves behind 13 grandchildren, Angie Sines, Kenny Sines, Patty Sines, Eric Sines, Robbie Turner, Chris Turner, Tim Pelfrey, Katie Pelfrey, Davie Culpepper, Karen Dunbar, Cherie Toney, Stephen Cobun and Rayna Cobun; along with 44 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

Marshall was a veteran of the Korean and Vietnam War, where he earned several medals, including the National Defense Service Medal with a Bronze Star. He grew up on a rural farm in Morgantown, W.Va., the only son of the late Marshall Cobun Sr. and Lillie Bell Sanders Cobun Ice. As a child, he learned to work on cars and enjoyed fishing. He served 20 years with distinction in the Navy, serving in Korea and Vietnam. His last duty station was on the USS Yorktown.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, at Sunrise Cemetery at 603 E. Cedar Rock St., Pickens. The Rev. Robbie Eades will be officiating. A visitation will occur from 12:30-1:30 p.m. Wednesday at Dillard Funeral Home Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Pickens County Literacy Association, 147 Pinehill Drive, Pickens, SC 29671; phone (864) 617-4237. Marshall was a strong advocate for reading.

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Cobun family

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EASLEY — Robert Arnold Alford, 92, husband of the late Mildred Cox Alford, passed away on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021.

Born in Morgan County, Ga., a son of the late Charles L. Alford and the late Nina Smith Alford, he was a loving father, grandfather, great-grandfather, and great-great-grandfather who enjoyed reading his Bible and spending time with his family. Mr. Alford proudly served his country in the U.S. Army and later served as a sales representative for Nabisco, where he retired after 33 years. He also taught a Sunday school class for many years at Geer Memorial Baptist Church, where he was a beloved member.

Surviving are a son, Wendell Alford (Denise); daughters, Lynn Rampey (Tommy) and Kathy Roberts, all of Easley; six grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and five great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was predeceased by his second wife, Edna Sidwell Alford; a daughter, Nina Kay Jones; brothers, Charles L. Alford Jr., Hubert Alford and Walter Alford; and a sister, Katherine Hamlin.

A private funeral service will be held at Robinson Memorial Gardens Chapel of Reflection Mausoleum.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Geer Memorial Baptist Church, 911 S. 5th St., Easley, SC 29640 or to the Alzheimer’s Association at


PICKENS — Frankie Chapman-Wheeler, 77, wife of Wayne Wheeler, passed away from this life Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021.

She was the daughter of the late Harold and Louise Chapman of Central.

Survivors include her husband, Wayne Wheeler; a sister, Morgan Spiecker (Gary); and a brother, John Chapman (Kim). Also surviving are two nephews, Garret Spiecker (Janina) and Josh Chapman, along with one niece, Tiffany Friedsam.

Mrs. Chapman-Wheeler was predeceased by one sister, Leigh Chapman.

She worked in banking in Columbia for almost 50 years and retired three years ago. She enjoyed her family and was known to be someone strong-willed enough to accomplish anything that she set her mind to do. The family has chosen not to have any services at this time.

Palmetto Cremation Service is assisting the Chapman-Wheeler family.

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PICKENS — Mr. James “Jim” Dallas Brown Sr. passed away on Sunday, January 10, 2021 at the age of 65, in Pickens, South Carolina due to the COVID19 virus. Unlike so many others, he was lucky enough to pass at home, in his bed; with his dog and the woman he loved by his side.

Jim was born in Miami, Florida November 30, 1955, but spent a majority of his childhood in Flint, Michigan where as a young man he met his first wife, Mona (Mowl). They moved to Galesburg, Illinois, got married and went on to have three children. They separated in the early 80s and Jim went on to marry his second wife, Linda (Brown). They separated in 2010 and shortly after, he moved back to Illinois to spend time with his children and grandchildren before moving to South Carolina to reconnect with the rest of his family.

Left to cherish Jim and his memory are his fiancé, Melissa Moody of Pickens; two daughters, Roberta (Tony) Gates and Carie (Todd) Swanson, both of Galesburg and one son James “Jimi” Brown of Flint. Jim also left behind three grandchildren, Breeanna Gates, Patrick Mitchell and Matthew Brown along with seven great grandchildren, all of Galesburg as well as four step-children Louree (Justin) Engle of Concord, NC; Fred Sorrow of Kannapolis, NC; Keith Sorrow of Hickory, NC, and Christy (Jonathan) Sigmon of Landis NC and their families.

Also left to treasure Jim’s memory are his brothers and sisters, Carl (Pam) Purdue of Forsyth, Mo.; Michael (Regenia) Williams of Easley; Lana (Matthew) Kuzava of Mt. Morris, Mich. and Brenda Delati of Greenville as well several nieces and nephews and some very special cousins, Sue Greenway and Beth Godbee, both of Burton, Mich., and James Shuck III of Hamilton, Ohio. Jim was preceded in death by his parents Walter Dallas Brown and Judith Yvonne Williams (Hendricks) as well as his maternal and paternal grandparents.

Jim never had many hobbies, but the one thing Jim enjoyed was his work. He was known for being a hard and dedicated worker no matter the type of job he was working. Over the years, Jim held many jobs including at Osmose and Farmland. But somehow, he always ended up back in food service management. Jim was known for and won many awards for his management skills and his ability to be able to walk into a failing restaurant and quickly turn it around – Steak-N-Shake, Sambo’s, Shoney’s – it didn’t matter the name of it, if it was failing, he could and would fix it.

Jim was also a dog lover, a music lover, and a football fan. He rooted for the Chicago Bears and Michigan Wolverines. But more than anything, Jim loved his family. He loved his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren – all of them, biological or not, as well as his siblings and cousins probably more than they could ever know. Finding Melissa and building a life with her along with reconnecting with his family after so much time is what allowed him to enjoy the last several years of his life even though he suffered from severe neuropathy and chronic pain.

Anyone who knew Jim knows he didn’t want a big fuss to be made, so cremation will be accorded. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made directly to the family or to the GoFundMe account established to assist with Jim’s cremation expenses and the costs associated with fulfilling his final wishes to spread his ashes on the graves of his father and grandparents in Tennessee.

The GoFundMe account can be found at: .

Palmetto Cremation Service is Assisting the Brown family.


EASLEY — Mrs. Janette Fuhrman Jackson, 90, wife of the late Dewey Hudson Jackson, passed away peacefully surrounded by family on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021.

She was a daughter of the late Francis Fuhrman and the late Iva Lett Fuhrman of Decatur, Ind.

She is survived by her children, Gregory A. Jackson (Connie) of Taylors, Jeffrey H. Jackson (Kim), Jill A. Jackson Ledford (Ed) of Charleston and Mark A. Jackson of Dacusville; her brother, Robert Fuhrman (Jeanette) of Decatur, Ind.; two grandchildren, Porter Ledford (LeAnne) of Atlanta and Elizabeth Brady (Dennis) of Charleston; six great-grandchildren; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Jackson was predeceased by two brothers, Burl Fuhrman and Earl Fuhrman; and a sister, Martha French Stober.

Mrs. Jackson was a graduate of Bob Jones University, received her master’s degree from Clemson University and obtained her RN Certificate from Park View Methodist Hospital in Ft. Wayne, Ind. She was a retired nurse and health occupations educator. Janette was a member of Easley First United Methodist Church and has traveled on numerous mission trips in the United States and other countries including Zimbabwe, the Philippines, Costa Rica, India, Cuba and Mexico. She was an avid hiker, having completed the Appalachian Trail and the El Camino de Santiago in Spain. Janette was a member of the Foothills Trail Conservancy, Greenville Natural History Association and many other organizations.

Memorial services will be held at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 21, at Easley First United Methodist Church. Only 70 people will be allowed in the church sanctuary for the service. Masks and social distancing will be required.

A celebration of life will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the Foothills Trail Conservancy, P.O. Box 3041, Greenville, SC 29602; or to Easley First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 589, Easley, SC 29641-0589.

Visit or Robinson Funeral Home and Crematory-Downtown, Easley.


LIBERTY — Mae Bell Baldwin, 91, went to be with her savior the Lord Jesus Christ, on Saturday morning, Jan. 16, 2021, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Seneca on Sept. 25, 1929, she was the widow of W.C. “Dub” Baldwin Jr. and a daughter of the late Clarence Oswald and Clara Jane Wilson Cater.

She retired from Sangamo and was a member of Easley Church of God.

She was a wonderful Christian mother of three sons, Norman Baldwin (Sue), Fred Baldwin (Rachel) and Wayne Baldwin, all of Liberty; a daughter, Sheila Gillespie (Benny) of Anderson; seven grandchildren, Keith Gillespie, Maria Haskett, Douglas Baldwin, Miranda Wimpey, Erica Wells, Aaron Baldwin and Travis Baldwin; 17 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandson; and a special niece, Carolyn White of Liberty.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Dorothy Virginia Cater; three brothers, Erby, Woodrow and Davis Cater; and a daughter-in-law, Sandra Baldwin.

Funeral services to honor Mrs. Baldwin’s life will be private. Burial will be beside her husband at Liberty Memorial Gardens.

Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to Easley Church of God fund for the Church of God’s Home For Children, PO Box 443, Easley SC 29641.

The family would like to express a special thank you to her caregivers, Ariel Rainwater, Krista Boover, Gabbie Siegler, Amber Wilson, Rosie Smith, Gail Smith and Providence Care Hospice. We would also like to thank Diane Howes, Mae’s special friend who visited every week, and Janice Collins, who visited and always had an encouraging word for her.

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


PICKENS — Mr. Carl Lenoir Batson, 85, of Pickens, loving husband of Mrs. Shirley Ann Lark Batson, passed away Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, at AnMed Health Cannon Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Batson was born in Pickens on Aug. 20, 1935, to the late Spencer and Eunice Porter Batson. He was a devoted, loving husband, father and grandfather who dedicated his life to his family. He loved to travel, especially to the beach and to the lake, where he spent many weekends with his group of special friends, and was a jokester among anyone who knew him. Mr. Batson was a U.S. Army veteran and a member of Pickens First Baptist Church.

In addition to his loving wife, Mr. Batson is survived by his two children, Scott L. Batson (Tammy) of Pickens and Melody Sudduth (Greg) of Cumming, Ga.; and four grandchildren, Tara Davis (Josh) of Pickens, Olivia Blakley (Austin) of Anderson, Lance Sudduth (Alena) of Dawsonville, Ga., and Isabella Garcia (Arnold) of Cumming, Ga.

Graveside services were conducted Jan. 10 at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to either Pickens First Baptist Church, 406 E. Main St., Pickens, SC 29671; or to the Shriners Hospital For Children, 950 W. Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605.

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


EASLEY — Mrs. Sara McCall Goza, 91, wife of the late Leon Palmer Goza Jr., passed away on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021.

Born in St. Matthews, a daughter of the late Charles Ligon McCall and the late Lillie Walsh McCall, Mrs. Goza was a graduate of St. Matthews High School, attended Columbia College and retired from Bell South with 35 years of service. She was a member of St. Paul’s United Methodist Church in St. Matthews.

Sara was a very generous lady and loved to volunteer her time. She was a social butterfly with a great sense of humor, and she used that humor and her talents being a professional clown named Buttercup.

Surviving are her son, Lee Goza (Krystal) of Liberty; five grandchildren, Brittany Goza Hossain (Mohammed), Josh Goza (Jacqueline), Brandon Goza, Allison Danko (Eric) and Austin McKee; three great-grandchildren, Eva, Emilia and Lyla Goza, and one on the way; and three nieces, Barbara Kenney, Skippy Beard and Alva Hayes.

In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Goza was predeceased by two brothers, Charles Ligon McCall and Ozzie McCall; and a sister, Juanita Inabinet.

Graveside services will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 20, at Elmwood Cemetery, Columbia.

Memorials may be made in memory of Sara to Columbia College, by visiting

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PICKENS — Braddock F. Fowler, husband of Doris E. Stansell Fowler, died on Wednesday, Jan. 13, 2021.

Survivors include his wife, Doris; sons, Randy Fowler (Joyce), Ken McClaren (Angela) and Stephen McClaren (Sheryl); five grandchildren and six great-grandchildren; a sister, Wilma Fowler; a niece; and several nephews.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, services will be planned for a later date.


SIX MILE — James Henry Seaborn Sr., 90, of 417 N. Main St., passed away peacefully on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2020, at North Greenville Hospital.

Born in Six Mile, he was a son of the late Charles Detrich “Dee” and Dulcenia Puckett Seaborn.

Mr. Seaborn was a member of the last graduating class of Six Mile High School and later received his education degree from Clemson University. Proudly, he was the first and only plumbing instructor for the School District of Pickens County at B.J. Skelton Career Center, retiring in 1992. He was a faithful member of Six Mile Baptist Church and a United States Army veteran of the Korean War.

Affectionately known to many as “Papa,” he will be remembered for his quick wit and his kind and caring demeanor, along with his unwavering love and support. Throughout his life, he was an avid rabbit hunter, raising and training beagles to be show dogs for many years. He was a dedicated member of Tokeena, Foothills and Six Mile Beagle Clubs, where he found many lifelong friends in fellow dog lovers. In his free time, he could be found watching or listening to just about any sport played by the South Carolina Gamecocks all year long.

Surviving are his wife, Freddie Hughes Seaborn; a granddaughter he raised as his own, Kayla Holtzclaw and her husband, Brad, of Six Mile; a son, James Seaborn Jr. of Pickens; two daughters, Debbie Herron and her husband, John, of Salem and Sharon Miller and her husband, Doby, of Seneca; two sisters, Ruth Craig of Easley and Eloise Secilot of Columbus, Ohio; five grandchildren, Jason Dyer, Blake Seaborn, Kendra Dyer, Rickey Edgar and Elisha Miller; seven great-grandchildren, Connor, Bella, Gage, Brooklyn, Brady, Fagan and Lyric; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife of 64 years, Margaret Hammett Seaborn; four brothers, Charles, Ralph, Benny and Carl Seaborn; and six sisters, Grace Carrere, Audrey Davis, Eula Dorsey, Winnona Gillespie, Vera Griffin and Frances Curlee.

Funeral services to honor Mr. Seaborn’s life were conducted on Dec. 7 in the Liberty Mortuary chapel by Rev. Dr. Ray Longenecker. Burial followed at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

The family would like to extend their heartfelt thanks and appreciation to the staff of Prisma Health Baptist Easley Hospital and North Greenville Hospital for the loving care our Papa received from each of you. The family will be at the home of Kayla Holtzclaw, 411 N. Main St., Six Mile, SC 29682.

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


PICKENS — Mrs. Dora Mae Stewart Lark, 94, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021.

She was born on Jan. 31, 1926, in Pickens to the late Early and Sarah Parsons Stewart. She was a devoted, loving wife to her husband of 67 years, the late Furman Milford Lark.

Her family and her faith were the two most important things to her, and she demonstrated those daily in the selfless way she lived her life. She was a loving Christian wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She is survived by her son, Sam S. Lark (Melody) of Pickens; two granddaughters, Lindsay Lark Jackman (Chris) of Greenville and Ashley Lark of Pickens; five great-grandchildren, Malachi, Rosie, Noah, Larkyn and Dax; and her brother, Garvin Stewart (Mozelle) of Pickens.

She was predeceased by her loving husband, her parents, and her son, James Milford Lark. She was a member of Pickens First Baptist Church.

The family would like to offer sincere gratitude and appreciation to the staff of Manna Healthcare for the love and care they provided in her final years of life.

Graveside services were conducted on Thursday, Jan. 14, at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the United Way of Pickens County, COVID-19 Community Recovery Fund to provide assistance to families impacted by the pandemic. You may make donations at

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


PICKENS — Rachel Smith Bagwell, 87, wife of the late John Paul Bagwell, passed into the glories of heaven on Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021.

Born in Pickens, she was the daughter of the late Enos Smith and the late Ola Hunter Smith.

Rachel received Christ as her Savior and was a faithful and active church member from a young age. Since 1981, she was a charter member of Northside Baptist Church in Pickens. She loved to sing and was a member of her church choir and for several years served as Sunday school secretary. Rachel was active in the Silver Threads group at Northside and enjoyed fellowshipping with the other senior saints.

She had a strong work ethic and was an employee for 45 years at Kent Manufacturing in Pickens. She made many lifelong friends at Kent. Rachel enjoyed bowling and was a member of a bowling team for several years.

Rachel loved and was loved by her family. She is survived by two nieces, June Tuck (Harold) and Joan Summey (John); and five nephews, Mike Smith (Jill), Hub Smith (Patsy), Rex Smith (Glenda), Roger Chastain (Jeri) and Chris Smith (Cindy).

In addition to her loving husband and parents, she was predeceased by two sisters, Christine Stansell and Priscilla Chastain; two brothers, Edgar Smith and Cecil Smith; and a nephew, Gary Chastain.

Rachel loved cats and claimed many homeless cats as her own over the years. Even in her recent illness in the hospital, she spoke affectionately of her current cat, Tiny, and how she missed him.

Rachel testified to many that she was alright knowing that she would soon pass from this life, always adding, “It’s Jesus and me.” On Jan. 12, she went from feeling His presence to being in His presence.

Heartfelt thanks to the ones who lovingly cared for Rachel at McCall Hospice in Simpsonville, SC.

Due to COVID-19, a private graveside memorial service will be held.

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EASLEY — Master Sgt. Jerome Peter “Jerry” Varga (USAF) Ret., 80, husband of Bille Jo Ostrander Varga, passed away on Monday, Jan. 11, 2021.

Born in Endicott, N.Y., a son of the late Joseph Richard Varga and the late Emily Albrechta Varga, Mr. Varga was a graduate of Union Endicott High School and was a retired U.S. Air Force veteran, having served in the Vietnam War and in Korea. He later retired from Clemson University and was a member of First Assembly of God.

Jerry had a love for the military and veterans and was an active member of American Legion Post 52.

Surviving, in addition to his wife of 21 years, are four sons, Adrian Jerome Varga of Las Vegas, Nev., Michael David Varga of Henderson, Nev., Stephen Paul Varga (Renee) of Gaithersburg, Md., and Jeremy Brett Varga (Charmagne) of Ithaca, N.Y.; two brothers, Jim Varga of Illinois and Bobby Varga of Arizona; grandchildren, McKenna and Brayden Varga, Natalie Hernandez, and Caleb and Logan Varga; one great-granddaughter; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Varga was predeceased by a brother, Tom Varga.

The family hosted a memorial service on Jan. 14 at First Assembly of God, Easley.

Memorials may be made to the Fisher House Foundation by visiting

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EASLEY — Marilyn Mae Mathieu Zanzig, 88, passed away on Friday, Jan. 8, 2021, from complications relating to COVID-19.

Marilyn was the daughter of Philip and Ione (Quick) Mathieu of Footville, Ohio. Survivors include her husband, Charles; her son, Tommy and his wife Jo Ann of Madison, Ohio; and a daughter, Pam and her husband Hector of Lexington, Ky.

She was preceded in death by her parents; brothers, Terry, Philip Jr. and Ralph; and her sisters, Daisy Hribar and Louise Torok.

Marilyn graduated from Geneva High School in 1950. She later married Charles on June 29, 1951. They were happily married for nearly 70 years.

For much of her lifetime, she worked as a teacher’s assistant and school secretary in the Geneva School System. She retired in 1992.

Marilyn cherished many life-long friends. She especially loved children, her church and feeding hummingbirds. She also had a soft spot for animals and warmly embraced many dog and cat friends throughout her lifetime.

Marilyn was a devoted member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Easley. A memorial service will be scheduled at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice Memorial Fund, 333 Summit Street, P.O. Box 10086, Toledo, Ohio 43699-0086.


PICKENS — Frankie D. Hannah, 59, wife of James C. Hannah Jr., passed away Saturday, Jan. 16, 2021 at her home.

Frankie is survived by her husband, James C. Hannah Jr. of the home; her mother, Marianne Smith of Pickens; children, TJ Hannah (Brittany) of Liberty, Zach Hannah (Amber) of Pickens and Krysti Hannah of Pickens; grandchildren, Shayla Hannah, Diasia Hannah, Anna Nix, Amanda Hannah, Amy Jones and Alex Bryson; a brother, David Smith; and a sister, Judy McCollum. Mrs. Hannah was predeceased by her father, Thomas C. Holbert, and sisters, Mary Elizabeth Smith and Randy Allen Galloway.

A graveside service will be held on Thursday, Jan. 21, at 10 a.m. at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Easley.

The family will greet friends and family following the service in the cemetery. Flowers will be accepted.

The family members will be at their respective homes. Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Hannah family.


CENTRAL — Shirley Jeanette Stephens, 76, wife of the late Vernon Stephens, passed away on Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, at Cottingham Hospice House in Seneca.

Jeanette is survived by her children, Gary Stephens (Lori) of Seneca, Stoney Stephens (Jackie) of Easley, Kenneth Stephens (Nikie) of Central and Pam Scruggs (Stephen) of Seneca; grandchildren, Glenn Foley, Chloe Stephens and Samuel Stephens; seven great-grandchildren; a sister, Sandra Stancil; and brothers, Garland Moore and Dan Moore.

Mrs. Stephens was predeceased by her husband, Vernon Stephens; a daughter, Karen Foley; a grandson, Lee Burgess; parents, Bluford and Shirley Moore; sisters, Mary Kaehler and Rachel Harris; and a brother, Horace Moore.

A graveside service will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 20, at 11 a.m. at Gap Hill Baptist Church, located at 127 Gap Hill Road in Six Mile.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Oconee Memorial Hospital Foundation, or Hospice of the Foothills (298 Memorial Drive, Seneca, SC 29672).

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Stephens family


EASLEY — Clement A. Kennemore, 74, passed away Monday, Jan. 11, 2021, at Oconee Memorial Hospital in Seneca.

Mr. Kennemore was born Feb. 2, 1946, in Pickens County, the son of the late Clarence Jefferson and Ella Mae Belt Kennemore of Pickens. He was a member of Landmark Baptist Church in Easley.

Survivors include his two daughters, Teresa Lynn Chastain of Taylors and Susan Michelle Poole of Easley; grandchildren, Ryan Chastain, Savannah Chastain, Payton Givens, Trey Poole and Matthew Poole; great-granddaughter, Autumn Chastain; and two sisters, Nancy Powell and Naomi Holder.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Kennemore was predeceased by a daughter, Pamela Krupa of Travelers Rest; and a granddaughter, Heather Chastain of Greenville.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Kennemore family.


PICKENS — The Rev. John Wilton Stansell Jr., 59, husband of Janet Ramey Stansell, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, at his home.

John was a member of Full Life Church of God. He loved his family his cats and Ministry.

Rev. Stansell is survived by his wife Janet, a son, Daniel Stansell (Megan) of Pickens, and a sister, Gloria Wickingstad.

John was predeceased by his parents, John Wilton and Lula Mae Stansell.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made directly to the family in John’s honor. Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Stansell family.


EASLEY — Annie Stancil, 71, kind and loving wife of 54 years to Early M. Stancil, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, at Baptist Easley Hospital.

A native of Pickens County, Annie was born June 25, 1949, the daughter of the late James J. Lovell and Dorothy Irene Swords Lovell.

Survivors include her husband, Early Stancil of the home; one sister, Rhonda Payne (Harley) of Easley; two brothers, David Lovell (Ann) and Gene Lovell (Carolyn), both of Liberty; one sister-in-law, Jodi Aikens of Liberty; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Annie was predeceased by two infant daughters; one sister, Susan Pickett; and two brothers, Mark Lovell and Jim Lovell.

A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 20, at Hillcrest Memorial Park, 2410 Gentry Memorial Highway in Pickens.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Stancil family.


EASLEY — Betty Emily Melton, 95, wife of the late Stanley P. “Red” Melton, passed away on Friday, Jan. 15, 2021, at The Willows of Easley.

A native of Greenville County, Betty was born Dec. 4, 1925, the daughter of the late John Dillard Elrod and Ruth May Jackson Elrod.

Mrs. Melton was formerly employed by Mount Vernon Mills in Mauldin and retired as executive assistant to the president. She was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Easley. She was secretary to the National Association of Securities and a member of the Circle Group of Easley Presbyterian Greenville Branch.

Betty was vibrant and witty. Married to a chief in the Navy, they were avid travelers.

Mrs. Melton is survived by a daughter, Carol Melton Waters of North Port, Fla.; four grandchildren, Todd Michael Waters, Kelli Ann Bernard, Joseph Paul Melton and Emily Ruth Melton; and five great-grandchildren, Shawn Bernard, Jane Bernard, Zaden Melton, Xavier Melton and Adaline Lambert.

In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Melton was predeceased by a daughter, Vicki Ruth Melton; a son, Roger Paul Melton; a great-grandson, Waylon Roger Hilton; and a brother, John Ralph Elrod.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Melton family.


LIBERTY — Barry Ray Gillespie, 58, of Liberty, died Monday, Jan. 18, 2021, at The Cottingham Hospice House in Seneca.

Born in Asheville, N.C., he was a son of Velma McQueen Loftis of Hartwell, Ga., and the late Jay Gillespie. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren. He was of the Baptist faith.

Surviving in addition to his mother is a daughter, Falon Miller (James) of Liberty; three sons, Cory Gillespie (Kala) of Anderson, Darren Gillespie of Easley and Caleb Gillespie (Sisney) of Greenville; three sisters, Karen Morris of Easley, Linda Jones of Powdersville and Jan Smith of Wellford; two brothers, Brian Gillespie of Hartwell, Ga., and Wayne Gillespie of Greer; and four grandchildren, Madison Miller, Tyler Miller, Haizel Gillespie and Hailie Gillespie.

A celebration of Barry’s life will be held from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 21, at Liberty Mortuary.

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