Courier Obituaries 1-27-21


EASLEY — Bobby Garland Simmons, 62, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Jan. 24, 2021.

Mr. Simmons was born in Pickens County and was the son of the late Garland Hudson Simmons and Lucille Parsons Simmons.

Survivors include his wife of 14 years, Lynn Garrett Simmons of Easley; and daughters, Amy Britz (Luke) of Fort Mill and Jennifer Ables (Ross) of Anderson. Surviving are three grandchildren, Clayton, Carsyn and Connor; and aunts Doris Childs and Gertrude Hughes of Pickens.

Mr. Simmons was of the Baptist faith. He was the owner and operator of the Music Maker in Easley, having operated that business since 2009. He was a keyboard player, having played with several local bands throughout the Southeast. Mr. Simmons was an avid outdoorsman and had turned his home with Lynn into a hunting lodge. He was a member of the Anderson Electric City Shag Club and was known for his steps and his warm hugs. Bobby never met a stranger. He enjoyed camping and travel.

A chapel service will be held at Dillard Funeral Home on Wednesday, Jan. 27, at 3 p.m., with a visitation from 1-2:45 p.m. at 2402 Gentry Memorial Highway, Pickens.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made on behalf of the family to the Alzheimers Association, located at 4124 Clemson Blvd., Suite L Anderson, SC 29621 (864-224-3045) or Meals on Wheels of Greenville, located at 15 Oregon St., Greenville, SC 29605.

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Simmons family.

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PICKENS — Mr. James “Jim” Dallas Brown Sr. passed away on Sunday, Jan. 10, 2021, at the age of 65, in Pickens due to the COVID-19 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, Fla., on Nov. 30, 1955, but spent a majority of his childhood in Flint, Mich., where as a young man he met his first wife, Mona (Mowl). They moved to Galesburg, Ill., 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, N.C.; Fred Sorrow of Kannapolis, N.C.; Keith Sorrow of Hickory, N.C., and Christy (Jonathan) Sigmon of Landis, N.C., 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


PICKENS — Myrtle Pace Anthony, 95, of Pickens, died on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021, at Heartland Healthcare West in Greenville.

Born in Antreville, she was the widow of Ernest C. “Buck” Anthony Jr. and a daughter of the late Lucien and Lenora Arnold Pace. She was retired from Ryobi. She enjoyed spending time outdoors gardening and spending time with her family. She was the oldest living member of Griffin Baptist Church.

Surviving are her daughter, Debra Brezeale (Frank) of Pickens; a son, Curtis Anthony (Anita) of Pickens; a sister, Ruby Stancell of Greenville; eight grandchildren, Kathy Covington, Karen Anthony, Chad Anthony, Greg Anthony, Jason Barton, Josh Barton, Clint Brezeale and Lora B. Gantt; 11 great-grandchildren and a great-great granddaughter.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Boyd Anthony; five sisters; two brothers; a grandson, Adam Brezeale; and a great-great grandson.

A private graveside service will be held at the Griffin Baptist Church cemetery.

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


LIBERTY — Edith Green Stancil, 96, of Six Mile, died on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021, at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Alabama, she was the widow of Cleo “Bill” Stancil and a daughter of the late Richard and Pearl Adcox Green.

She retired from Dan River Mills and was a member of Roanoke Baptist Church.

Surviving are a son, Charles Stancil (Sandra) of Six Mile; four grandchildren, Rhonda Glenn (Anthony) of Belton, Becky Thomas (Derek) of Six Mile, David Stancil of Central and Cicely Stancil of Six Mile; eight great-grandchildren, Aaron Taylor (Sundi), Dakota Thomas, Heather Thomas, Jacob Nance, Brayden Pyles, Trevon Pyles, Grant Stancil and London Stancil; and three great-great-grandchildren, Chanze, June and Jaron.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two sons, William and James Stancil, four brothers, five sisters and a daughter-in-law, Doris Stancil.

Funeral services to honor the life of Mrs. Stancil were held on Jan. 21 in the Liberty Mortuary chapel, conducted by Rev. Jack Shook. Private burial took place at Golden Creek Baptist Church. No visitation is planned..

In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to Interim Hospice, 16 Hyland Road, Greenville SC 29615.

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


SIX MILE — James Abner Young, 87, husband of the late Alice Bryant Young, passed away on Friday, Jan. 22, 2021, at AnMed Hospital in Anderson.

Mr. Young was an avid outdoorsman who loved hunting and fishing. James loved spending time with his family at gatherings, and he loved Clemson football.

James is survived by his daughters, Brenda Edwards (Sammy) of Liberty and Linda Gillespie (Roger) of Six Mile; sons, David Young (Brenda) of Central, Doug Young (Deborah) of Six Mile, Dennis Young (Angela) of Six Mile and Daniel Young (Karen) of Six Mile; 11 grandchildren; 19 great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; sisters, Carolyn Wade (Harold) of Six Mile and Varina Turner (Larry) of Liberty; and brothers, Coy Young (Mary) of Six Mile and Gary Young (Suzanne) of Six Mile.

Mr. Young was predeceased by his parents, Jay Austin Young and Pauline Farmer Young; his wife, Alice Bryant Young; sisters, Martha Bagwell Childers, Eunice Pilgrim and Jean Reeves; and brothers, Jay “Bud” Young, and Tommy Young.

Graveside services for James were held Jan. 26 at the Gap Hill Baptist Church cemetery in Six Mile.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Gap Hill Baptist Church in Six Mile. Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Young family


PICKENS — Joe Wallace Adams, 77, of 126 Terrapin Crossing Road, passed away on Jan. 21, 2021, at the Cottingham Hospice House.

A native of Pickens, Mr. Adams was the son of the late Lewis Columbus and Lucy Viola (Anderson) Adams. He was a graduate of Pickens High School and a retiree of Duke Power after 25 years of service. He was a member of Mountain View Baptist Church in Six Mile and former deacon and Sunday school teacher.

He is survived by his wife, Elaine Finley Adams; daughters, Amanda Adams of Anderson and Andrea Griffin (Trey) of Pickens; and grandchildren, Will Griffin of Seneca, Adam Joe Griffin (Carson) of Four Oaks, N.C., and Gracie Griffin of Pickens.

He was predeceased by two sons, Joey Adams and Allen Adams. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his brothers, Coburn Adams, Lewis Cothran Adams (Frances) and Daniel Brooks Adams (survived by sister-in-law, Shirley Adams); and sister, Kathy Sue Adams. Mr. Adams was also predeceased by his father-in-law and mother-in-law, Wallace Finley and Geneva Chapman Finley, and sister-in-law, Annette Finley Porter.

Funeral service were held at Mountain View Baptist Church in Six Mile, conducted by Rev. Scott Willis, Rev. Rick Hayes and Rev. Bob Dickard. Graveside service followed at Hillcrest Memorial Park by Rev. Paul Welch.

Memorials may be made to Mountain View Baptist Church for the music ministry, 336 Mountain View Church Road, Six Mile, SC 29682.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Adams Family. The family will be at the home of Trey and Andrea Griffin.


LIBERTY — Benjamin Dewayne Reece, 63, of Liberty, died on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021, at St. Francis Hospital.

Born in Greenville, he was a son of Gladys Moore Reece and the late Ernest Edward “Bud” Reece.

He was employed by Climate Control Inc. for more than 30 years, was an avid Clemson Tiger fan and loved to bowl.

Surviving, in addition to his mother, are his wife of 33 years, Evelyn Reece of the home; two sons, Dewayne Reece of Central and Kenny Reece of Liberty; a brother, Ernest Reece Jr. of Liberty; three sisters, Kay Ramey, Diane Trammell and Pam McConathy, all of Liberty; two stepsons, Jason Edens of Pickens and Ryan Edens of Easley; six grandchildren; and his little companion, Elvis.

In addition to his father, he was preceded in death by a son, Brian Dewayne Reece.

Funeral services to honor Dewayne’s life will be private. A livestream of the service will be available at 2:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 27, by visiting his obituary at

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


PICKENS — Mark Allen Wilson, 56, son of the late Harry Norton Wilson Jr. and Frances Bernice Stansell Wilson, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021, at AnMed Hospital in Anderson.

Mark is survived by his son, Austin Philip Wilson (Alicia) of Easley; grandchildren, Rylen Alexander Wilson and Aspen Robin Wilson; brothers, Harry N. Wilson III (DeeDee) and Donnie R. Wilson (Lisa); and several nieces and nephews who loved their Uncle Marco.

Mr. Wilson was predeceased by his parents and a brother, Rev. Terry Lee Wilson.

An account has been set up for the grandchildren. Donations can be made in Mark’s honor to the “Rylen and Aspen Wilson Education Fund” (First Citizens Bank, 6539 Calhoun Memorial Highway, Easley, SC 29640, or P.O. Box 21, Pickens, SC 29671).

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Wilson family.