Courier Obituaries 1-22-20

Ruby Christine Esuary Nabors

PICKENS — Ruby Christine Esuary Nabors, 99, wife of the late Fred Esuary, passed away Sunday, Jan, 19, 2020.

Arrangements are under the direction of Robinson Funeral Home and Crematory-Downtown, Easley.


SIX MILE — Eloise Stewart Reece, 82, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2020, in Pickens.

Born in Pickens, she was the daughter of the late Wayne Stewart and Minnie Powell Stewart and wife of the late Charles Jimmy Reece.

She was a member of Antioch Baptist church and served as a custodian at Cannon Hospital.

Survivors include one son, Jerry Lee Reece and his wife Diann of Pickens; and a daughter, Audrey Elizabeth Medrick and her husband Thomas of Six Mile. Eloise also leaves six grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren to share in her memory.

Services were held on Jan. 18 at Dillard Funeral Home. Burial followed at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

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In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Reece Family.


LIBERTY — Furman “Beatle” L. Harris, 74, husband of Esther Marie Bailey Harris, passed away on Jan. 18, 2020.

Born in Pickens to Wilbur Harris Sr. and Ruby Mae McAbee Harris, Furman was employed with Childress Carnival before being drafted by the U.S. Army, where he served in Vietnam. Afterwards he worked at Mayfair Mills before going into the construction business, from which he retired. He enjoyed hunting, trout fishing and driving in the mountains.

He is survived by his wife of 35 years; sons, Rickey Harris of Six Mile, Benjamin Harris of North Carolina, Jeremiah Harris of North Carolina and Jacob Harris of North Carolina; stepson, Scott Lenning of Liberty; stepdaughter, Shawn Green of Humbolt, Iowa; grandchildren, Hannah, Scott Jr., Elizabeth, Nicholas and Nathan; and a great-granddaughter on the way.

A visitation will be held from 12:30-1:45 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25, at Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, with a funeral service to follow at 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Burial will be at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Easley.

Flowers are accepted, and memorials may be made in memory of Furman to St. Jude Children’s Hospital at 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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LIBERTY — Richard Lynn Jewell, 75, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020, at Brookdale of Easley.

Born on Dec. 28, 1944, in Charleston, he was the son of the late Arthur Woodrow Jewell and Irene Carter McCarthy. Richard retired from Greenville Health System and worked for a little while at the Donaldson Center, fueling planes. He was a U.S. Army veteran and of the Baptist faith.

Surviving are one sister, Annette James (Charles); three nieces, Shannon Calhoun, Shari Stowers (Scott) and Glenda McAlister (Eddie); and two nephews, Charles E. “Chuck” James Jr. and Larry Jewell Jr.

Richard was preceded in death by one sister, Marcia Ann Jewell, and three brothers, William Jewell, Larry Jewell and Thomas Arthur Jewell.

All services will be private.

Dillard Funeral Home in Pickens is assisting the Jewell family.


PICKENS — Malcolm “Mac” Keith Gilstrap, 94, of Pickens, passed away Saturday Jan. 18, 2020.

Born in Easley, he was the son of the late Ralph Dewitt and Geraldine Jones Gilstrap.

Mac served his country in World War II and Korea in the United States Navy, and after being discharged was involved with the VFW and the American Legion, as well as the Shriners.

Survivors include two sons, Mark Preston Gilstrap and Jonathan Keith Gilstrap (Kim), both of Blythewood; and two daughters, Carole Flood (Richard) of Jackson, Tenn., and Janice Gaddy (Charles) of Port St. Joe, Fla. He is also survived by his former wife of more than 35 years, Anne T. Gilstrap. Mac leaves seven grandchildren, three great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild to share in his memory.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his sister, Winona “Teenie” Gilstrap Brown of Liberty.

Visitation will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 22, from 10-11 a.m. at Dillard Funeral Home. A graveside service will follow at noon in Hillcrest Memorial Park in Pickens.

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Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Gilstrap family.


PICKENS — Mrs. Judy Gilstrap Reynolds, 74, wife of John Thomas “Tom” Reynolds, passed away at home on Jan. 13, 2020.

Born in Six Mile, a daughter of the late L. Wyatt “Bud” Gilstrap and Leila Ross “Chub” Gilstrap.

Surviving, in addition to her husband of 52 years, are two sons, Tommy Reynolds (Stacey) of Fountain Inn and Andy Reynolds (Kimberly Tate) of Pickens; as well as a daughter, Amanda “Mandi” Reynolds Turner (Joe) of Liberty. She also leaves seven grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren to cherish her memory. In addition to her parents, Judy was predeceased by her sister, Gail Hayes.

The family members are at their respective homes.

Per Judy’s request, no memorial services are planned.


PICKENS — Coleen Barkley Evett, 87, of Reece Mill Road, passed away peacefully on Monday, Jan. 13, 2020, at Cottingham Hospice House in Seneca.

Born in Six Mile, she was the daughter of the late Lang Henry and Nora Nations Barkley. She was retired from BASF Clemson Plant and was of the Baptist faith.

Surviving are her special grandchildren, Spc. Autumn Wells of Kansas and Jimmy Wells of Simpsonville; a brother in-law, Melvin Evette of Easley; her very special friend and caregiver, Sue Davis; and numerous loving nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her first husband, William Paul Evett; her second husband, Alton Kennemer; three sisters, Lucille Pilgrim, Adelle Stancil and Zelma Evette; and two brothers, Thurston Barkley and Weldon Parsons.

Funeral services to honor the life of Mrs. Evett were held on Jan. 17 in the Liberty Mortuary chapel. Burial followed at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Cottingham Hospice House, 390 Keowee School Road, Seneca, SC 29672

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


CENTRAL — Carolyn Anna Bentley Gallant, 66, of Mapleview Court, died on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020, at the Rainey Hospice House in Anderson.

Born in Detroit, Mich., she was a daughter of the late Marvin and Dimple Blair Bentley. She was a homemaker and attended Fellowship Community Church.

Surviving are four daughters, Anna Tucker (Michele) of Pickens, April Nickell of Liberty, Ammbrea Arnell (Jeffrey) of Whitesburg, Ga., and Ashlee Leighty of Liberty; two sons, Adam Gallant (Kristen) of Liberty and Andrew Gallant (Kristina) of Fort Mill; two sisters, Donna Clayton of Six Mile and Vickie Wright of Surfside Beach; one brother, Corsey Bentley of Clover; 10 grandchildren; one great-grandchild; and her fur babies, Boston and Jackson.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a daughter, Amy Chapman; a sister, Mary Godfrey; and three brothers, Carson, Roy and Glen Bentley.

The family held a memorial service for Ms. Gallant on Saturday, Jan. 18, at Fellowship Community Church.

The family will be at their respective homes. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society by visiting

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


EASLEY — Mrs. Mary Ann Porter, 78, went to be with her Lord on Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020.

Born in Pickens, she was the daughter of the late Lewis Woodrow Holder and Thelma Murphy Holder Simmons, and wife of Cecil Porter of Easley.

She was a homemaker and a member of Landmark Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Cecil Porter; three sons, Dale Porter (Patricia), Mark Porter (Carol) and Stanley Porter (Lois); two daughters, Jan Porter and Gina Stamey (Randy); a brother, David Simmons; a sister, Pat Raines; and eight grandchildren, Jeffery Porter (Kayla), Justin Porter, Wesley Porter (Erin), Kayla Porter (Travis), Cody Reynolds, Kevin Poston (Nicole) Aaron Porter (Lacey) and Schyler Allen. Mary Ann also leaves six great-grandchildren, Peyton Reynolds, Mason Poston, Londyn Reynolds, Avery Poston, Riley Porter and Carter Towe, to share in her memory.

In addition to her parents, Mary Ann was predeceased by a son, Cecil Porter Jr.; a granddaughter, Ashley Reynolds; a brother, Tommy Simmons; and two sisters, Joyce Nix and Johnnie Collins.

By request of the family, all services held will be private visitation and service, and they ask that you respect their wishes.

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Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Porter family.


SIX MILE — MaryAnn G. Frankovich, 90, passed away surrounded by her family at the Hospice of the Upstate early on Saturday morning, Jan. 11, 2020.

She was born in Dover, Del., on Jan. 2, 1930, the daughter of Hughlett A and Margaret (Straughn) Golt, the first of three children.

MaryAnn met Robert (Bob) J. Frankovich in Dover, Del., and they were married on Jan. 21, 1950. She traveled with Bob and their children while Bob served in the U.S. Air Force. They traveled around the United States, and to France and Canada. Bob and MaryAnn returned to Central while building a house in Six Mile. They have lived in Six Mile since 1992. MaryAnn’s hobbies were knitting and crocheting. She helped Bob with the AAF/USAF Crash Rescue Association.

MaryAnn is survived by one daughter, Ann (David Vaughn) of Central; three sons, Robert of Summerville, Joseph of Newnan, Ga., and Daniel of Piedmont; six grandchildren, Michelle Bates, Keri Cantrell, Mallary Vaughn, Devan Vaughn, Layna Frankovich and Lydia Frankovich; two great-grandchildren, Caleb Cantrell and Ezra Bartholomew Frye; and one brother, Thomas Golt.

She was predeceased by her parents, one sibling, Richard, and her beloved husband, Bob.

A family celebration of MaryAnn’s life was held on Jan. 19 at MaryAnn’s home in Six Mile.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be sent to Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621 (

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EASLEY — U.S. Army Ret. AR-PERSCOM Matthew John Greene, 60, husband of Karen Strand Greene, passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020.

Born in Sellersville, Pa., he was a son of John Greene and Janice Delong Bocchino, both of Pennsylvania. Mr. Greene was a graduate of Tri-County Technical College and ITT Tech, where he received his associate’s degrees in industrial engineering and information technology. He was a technology specialist with Toshiba and was a retired U.S. Army veteran, having served in Operation Desert Storm. He was of the Catholic faith.

Matthew had a quick wit about him, loved to make others laugh, and was always there to help anyone in need. He was very proud of his military service, but his greatest love was his family.

Surviving, in addition to his wife of 25 years and his parents, are three daughters, Victoria Strand of Easley, Patricia Greene of Hilton Head and Elizabeth Greene of Easley; three brothers, Mike Greene and Sean Greene, both of Pennsylvania, and Tom Greene of South Carolina; and one sister, Mary Zollo of Pennsylvania.

Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 7, at the M.J. Dolly Cooper Veteran Cemetery in Anderson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in memory of Matthew to the American Heart Association, 3535 Pelham Road, Greenville, SC 29615 or by visiting their website at

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PICKENS — Jennie Lee Hendricks Easterly, 81, passed away peacefully at home on Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020.

Mrs. Easterly was born in Pickens, a daughter of the late Bunk and Sunie Masters Hendricks. She graduated from Pickens High School in 1957 and worked briefly for Sangamo, where she met her husband of more than 56 years, Edward Rex Easterly. She was a member of Easley First Baptist Church and the Marion Moorehead Sunday school class.

In addition to her husband, surviving are her daughter, Tonya Vickery and her husband, Jeffrey; a “chosen” daughter, Betty Ann Cooper Black and her husband, Reid; and three who called her Gigi, her two granddaughters, Elizabeth and Ally Vickery, and a “chosen” grandson, James Black.

Mrs. Easterly was preceded in death by her one brother, Glenn Hendricks; nine sisters, Geneva Clark, Jeanette Reece, Audrey Stokes, Thelma Yeager, Martha Ellen Hendricks, Bobbie Griffin, Evelyn Hendricks, Betty Elizabeth Hendricks and Almedia Simpkins; and a half-sister, Helen Griffin.

Funeral services were held on Jan. 18 at Easley First Baptist Church, led by Dr. John Adams. Burial followed at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Liberty Meals on Wheels, 349 Edgemont Ave., Liberty, SC 29657.

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Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Easterly family.


EASLEY — Mrs. Sarah Margaret Evatt Willis, 90, wife of the late John Paul Willis, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020.

Born in Pickens County, a daughter of the late Sam Evatt and the late Izetta McWhorter Evatt, Mrs. Willis retired from Swirl Manufacturing Company with more than 50 years of service and was the oldest member of Lenhardt Christian Fellowship.

Surviving are a son, John D. Willis (Sharon) of Easley; three daughters, Ann Bolding (Ray), Doris Herron and Mary Medlin (Micky), all of Easley; six grandchildren, Paula Rowland, Brent Herron, Chad Herron, Heather Hennessee, Jonathan Willis and Emily Willis; seven great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Willis was predeceased by six brothers, James, Willie, Sam, George, Daniel and John Evatt; a sister, Martha Rose Willis; and a son-in-law, Jerry Herron.

Funeral services were held on Jan. 20 in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown. Private burial followed in the Sharon United Methodist Church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in memory of Mrs. Willis to Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621; or to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Department 142, Memphis, TN 38148.

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PICKENS — Joe Edward Durham, 72, husband of Sharon Day Durham, passed from this life on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020.

Mr. Durham was born in Pickens County, a son of the late Lawrence R. and Flora Mae Stephens Durham. He was retired from the School District of Pickens County, where he maintained HVAC equipment in the schools. Mr. Durham was a member of Blue Ridge View Baptist Church, where he had served as a deacon and was a member of the Verna Mae Abercrombie Sunday school class.

Joe was a people person and never met a stranger. He loved visiting and being a blessing to others, singing and spoiling his grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife of 53 years, Sharon Durham; his son, Scott A. Durham (Sabrina) of Westminster, and his daughter, Donna Wyatt (Shane) of Easley. His grandchildren include Michael Bates, Megan Wyatt and Levi Durham. Also surviving are his siblings, Claude Durham (Leola), Ken Durham (Barbara), Bonnie Bryson (Wade) and Roger Durham (Shari).

In addition to his parents, Mr. Durham was preceded in death by a brother, Ben Durham.

A memorial service was held on Jan. 19 at Blue Ridge View Baptist Church, with services following at 3 p.m. with the Rev. Dr. Stuart Houston officiating. Burial was held at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

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Memorials may be made to Blue Ridge View Baptist Church, 745 Wolf Creek Road, Pickens, SC 29671.