Courier Obituaries 10-11-23


PICKENS —  Mrs. Gertrude Simmons Hughes, 98, loving wife of the late Ellis A. Hughes, went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Sept. 26, 2023, at her residence.

Mrs. Hughes was born in Pickens County on May 12, 1925, to the late Earlie and Ollie Hudson Simmons. She retired from Swirl, Inc. and was a member of Bethany Church of God.

Mrs. Hughes is survived by her two daughters, Catherine Gilstrap and Audrey Morris; a son-in-law, Carl Reece; a daughter-in-law, Cathy Hughes; her seven grandchildren, Jennifer G. O’Shields, Cindi G. Dennis, Robert Morris, Eugene Hughes (Emilie), Jason Morris (Rosanne), Samantha Langdale (Rick) and Jonathon Morris (Marissa); and her 11 great-grandchildren, Ryan O’Shields, Caroline O’Shields, Lauren Gross (Zack), Joseph Dennis, Sarah Dennis, Bryeton Morris (Caroline), Emma Morris, Luke Morris, Ellie Morris, Poppy Morris and Eliza Langdale. She is also survived by one sister, Doris Childs; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her loving husband and her parents, Mrs. Hughes was preceded in death by a daughter, Elaine Reece; a son, Samuel Hughes; four brothers, and two sisters.

Funeral services were conducted Sept. 30, at the Chapel of Dillard Funeral Home with interment followed at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Pickens.

The family is at the residence.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to either Interim Hospice: 100 Verdae Blvd Suite 200, Greenville, SC 29607; or to a charity of one’s choice.

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



LIBERTY — Mrs. Sylvia Ann Turner Splawn, 84, wife of the late Hoyt J. Splawn, passed away Saturday, Oct. 7, 2023.

Born in Spartanburg County, a daughter of the late Fred Wallace Turner and the late Fannie Champion Turner, Mrs. Splawn was a graduate of Chesnee High School and retired from the Pickens County Department of Disabilities and Special Needs with over 20 years of service. She was of the Baptist faith.

Sylvia loved the outdoors, flower gardening and traveling, but her greatest love was for her family and grandchildren. She will be dearly missed by all who loved and knew her.

Surviving are her two sons, Robert Splawn (Michelle) of Liberty and Roger Splawn (Debbie) of Blair, Okla.; her daughter, Dolly S. Jackson (Theron) of Central; a sister, Peggy Jolley of Mayo, S.C.; seven grandchildren and 15 great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Splawn was predeceased by four brothers; Roy Turner, James Turner, John Turner and Albert Turner; and three sisters, Catherine Mitchell, Betty Gurley and Colleen Allison. Funeral services were Oct. 10, at the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown. Burial followed in Greenlawn Memorial Park.

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



LIBERTY — Patsy Seaborn Pressley, 82, passed away on Oct. 6, 2023. Born on Oct. 17, 1940, in Six Mile, S.C., “Doozy” affectionately called that by her family, was known for her compassionate nature, unwavering faith, and dedication to her family.

Patsy’s journey of life was one filled with love and devotion. Born in the Six Mile Community of Pickens County she was the widow of Tommy Joe Pressley and a daughter of the late George and Helen Hayes Seaborn.

She embraced her faith in the Lord, which radiated through her gentle and caring personality.  She was a long-time member of East Side Baptist Church, where she served in the children’s ministry for many years.

Patsy had a kind and nurturing spirit, always willing to lend a helping hand to those in need. Her warmth and compassion endeared her to all who had the pleasure of knowing her.

After completing her high school education, Patsy embarked on a career as a customer service representative at Duke Energy. She brought her exceptional people skills and dedication to her role, where she tirelessly served the community. Patsy’s commitment and friendly demeanor left a lasting impact on her colleagues and customers alike.

Patsy’s family meant the world to her, and she cherished the moments spent with her loved ones. She is survived by her sister, Mary Jo McJunkin (Jay Allen) of Central; she also leaves behind two grandchildren, Shaleigha Holcombe (Craig) and Colby Pressley; also surviving are a great grandchild, Esley and numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, and friends.

Patsy’s passing leaves a void in the hearts of her family and friends, who will forever remember her kind nature, caring soul, and unwavering love.

In addition to her husband and parents she was preceded in death by a son, Neal Pressley; three sisters, Marie Gillespie, Connie Seaborn and Bertha Brewer; and two brothers, Jack and Bill Seaborn.

Honoring Patsy’s life and celebrated her lasting impact, the funeral service were commence on Oct. 11, at East Side Baptist Church. Burial was at Liberty Memorial Gardens.

Patsy Seaborn Pressley will be deeply missed by all who knew her. Her legacy of kindness, faith, and love will be carried on by those she leaves behind. May she rest eternally in the arms of her loving Savior.

The family will be at their respective homes.

To share a memory or leave a condolence for the family please visit Liberty Mortuary



SIX MILE — Janice Anita “Jan” Lewis, 73, went to be with her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday Oct. 6, 2023 at her home.

Jan was the daughter of the late Onieda Niemeyer and Orville Lewis.

Jan loved her some iced Coffee. She loved the Lord and her family dearly, and also having long meaningful conversations with her family and friends.

Survivors include one daughter; Tracey Gillespie (Ricky) of Liberty, nine grandchildren; Rick, Josh, Matt, Kramer, Emily, Megan, Devin, Ashley, Sloan and multiple loving great-grandchildren and special 4-legged friend “Cami”.

A graveside service were held Oct. 9, at West View Cemetery Liberty.

Jan was predeceased by her parents, one brother Wayne Lewis; two son’s Tony Carpenter and Chip Charping.

Flowers will be accepted.

Mountain View Funerals and Cremations – Pickens Chapel is serving the Lewis family.



PICKENS — Randy Joe “Tex” Yard, Sr., 66, took his final journey on Tuesday, Oct. 3, 2023.

Born Jan. 25, 1957, in Tipton, Ind., Randy was the son of the late Robert L. Yard and Naomi Wheeler. Randy retired from Shaw and settled in Pickens, S.C. He loved fishing, hiking, and was an avid hunter. He resided in the Midway community where he will be laid to rest.

Survivors include a son, Randy Joe Yard, Jr.; a daughter, Kristina M. Yard; a sister, Cynthia Yard Fraizer; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren, all in Indian.

In addition to his parents, Randy was predeceased by one sister, and three brothers.

Heartland Hospice and a very devoted caregiver and loving friend, Patricia, took care of him.

A graveside service were held Oct. 6, at Midway Baptist Church Cemetery in Pickens. In lieu of flowers, loving memorials can be made to Midway Baptist Church, 1200 Midway Rd, Pickens, SC 29671. Mountain View Funerals and Cremations- Pickens Chapel is serving the Yard family.



EASLEY — Bruce Terrell Camp, 81, of Easley, beloved husband of Shelby Jean Rooker Camp, passed away Saturday, Sept. 30, 2023.

Born in Anderson County, he was a son of the late Judy Ophelia Camp Hardin.

Bruce retired from Michelin Tire Corporation in Greenville after 30 years of dedicated service. He was a member of Rock Springs Baptist Church, a member of the Bates Masonic Lodge #189 A.F.M., and a Hejaz Shriner. In his younger days, he enjoyed playing softball, coaching the Nimmons Oil Softball Team, and bird hunting. He also enjoyed leather-making and attending classic car shows with his wife, Shelby.

Surviving is his wife of 62 years, Shelby; and brothers, Glenn Camp (Jatana) of Jacksonville, N.C., and Gwynn Camp of Pickens.

In addition to his mother, Bruce was predeceased by his son, Bruce Travis Camp; and a sister, Carole Martin.

Funeral services were conducted on Oct. 5, at Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, in the funeral home chapel. The burial was held at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Flowers will be accepted, or donations may be made to the building fund of Rock Springs Baptist Church, 201 Rock Springs Road, Easley, SC 29642.

The family will be at the home.

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



LIBERTY — Travis Alan Baldwin, a beloved son, father, and friend, passed away peacefully on Oct. 5, 2023, at the age of 41. Born on Oct. 13, 1981, in Greenville, S.C., Travis left an indelible mark on the lives of those who had the pleasure of knowing him. He resided in Liberty, S.C. and will forever be remembered for his kind heart and gentle spirit.

Travis was a 1999 graduate of Liberty High School, where he discovered his passion for music. He was a talented musician who found solace in playing the bass guitar and marching with the trumpet in the school’s esteemed marching band. His musical gift touched the hearts of all who had the privilege of listening to him play. He loved his Clemson Tigers.

Travis leaves behind his loving parents, Norman and Sue Baldwin of Liberty. Also mourning his loss are his two beloved daughters, Kenna Baldwin and Alayna Baldwin, who were the lights of his life. His memory will forever live on in their hearts.

Friends and family are invited to join in celebrating Travis’ life and bidding him farewell 4 p.m. on Oct. 13, at Easley Church of God. Visitation will be prior to the service from 2:30 until 3:30 p.m. at the church.

Travis Alan Baldwin will be remembered not only for his musical talent but for his kind spirit and unwavering determination. His absence will be deeply felt and his memory cherished as we hold him close in our hearts forever.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Easley Church of God, Music Department, PO Box 443, Easley SC 29641. To share a memory or leave a condolence for the family please visit Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.


SUNSET — Donald Ned Tyner, 68, passed away on Friday, Oct. 6, 2023, at St. Francis Downtown Hospital in Greenville.

Born Nov. 15, 1954, in Augusta, Ga., Donald was the son of the late Boyd Lawrence Tyner and Juanita Meeler Tyner. Donald was a graduate of the Citadel in the year 1976 with a degree of Master of Business. He worked for MUSC for 40 years.

Survivors include his wife, Cynthia L. Tyner of Fla.; two sons, Roanld Tyner (Tammy) and Brandon J. Tyner; a brother, William Tyner; and a sister-in-law, Sharon Tyner.

In addition to his parents, Donald was predeceased by two brothers, Ronald Tyner (Mary) and Robert Tyner.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to MUSC Children’s Hospital, 59 Bee St, MSC 201, Charleston, SC 29425.

Mountain View Funerals and Cremations- Pickens Chapel is serving the Tyner family.