Courier Obituaries 10-16-19


LIBERTY — Roger Paul Spangler, 28, of Liberty passed away Friday, Oct. 11, 2019.

Born in Easley, he was the son of Tony Spangler and the late Stephanie Joy Duke Spangler Gillstrap.

Survivors include his father, Tony Spangler (Lori); grandparents, Roger and Mary Spangler of Pickens; aunt, Wanda Spangler of Pickens; a half-brother, Ryan Gillstrap, and a half-sister, Whittney Harris, both of Easley.

A visitation will be held Wednesday, Oct. 16, from 6-8 p.m. at Dillard Funeral Home, with funeral services at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, in the funeral home chapel. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Pickens.

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


CENTRAL — Jo Ann Ware Bell, 81, wife of James Henry Bell, passed away peacefully at her home on Monday, Oct. 14, 2019, surrounded by her family.

She was born in Abbeville County, a daughter of the late Ralph and Iral Leonard Ware. Jo Ann was a graduate of Dixie High School and was a member of Lawrence Chapel United Methodist Church.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by daughters, Lucretia Morgan (Jimmy Ratliff) of Seneca and Nancy Fleming (Tim) of Townville; brother, Bill Ware of Level Land; sister, Agnes Campbell; grandchildren, Christopher White of Miami, Fla., Brandon White of Easley and Makala Satterfield of Anderson; great-grandchildren, Rebekah White, Emmett White, Madelyn White, Josiah White, Alyssa White and Benjamin White.

In addition to her parents, Jo Ann was predeceased by a brother, Mack Ware; and a sister, Thelma Ware.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 17, at Lawrence Chapel United Methodist Church, with Rev. Molly Reddic and Rev. Alan Moore officiating.

Burial will follow in the Lawrence Chapel United Methodist Church cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday at Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home.

Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to Lawrence Chapel UMW or to MSA Hospice, Seneca, SC.

Condolences may be expressed online at or at the funeral home.


SUMMERVILLE — William J. (Bill) Morris, 44, born on Aug. 26, 1975, died on Oct. 5, 2019, in Summerville.

He was the son of Garold Morris (Ellen) of West Union and Sharri Bush (Roger) of Roy, Utah.

Bill graduated from Walhalla High School in 1993, attended Tri-County Tech and the College of Charleston, and received a degree in religion from Liberty University. He was currently working for Hendrick Lexus in Charleston. He was very active in his church and was a kind and caring person. Bill was loved by many who loved his humor and his contagious smile. He loved anything outdoors, but especially loved hiking and the beach.

Also surviving are a sister, Tish Titterington of Rigby, Idaho; brothers, Darold Morris of Oglesby, Ill., and Sam Morris (Tracy) of Walhalla; former wife, Christen Civiletto of East Amherst, N.Y.; and stepchildren, Julia, Mark, Max and Luke Carey; as well as several nieces and nephews. He is also survived by special friends, the Roberts family of Summerville.

Bill will be remembered by members of his family in their own special way. A memorial service is not planned.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Morris family.


LIBERTY — Virgil William Bryant, 87, of 643 W. Main St., passed away on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019, at his home.

Born in Pickens, he was a son of the late L.V. and Lila Evatt Bryant. Mr. Bryant retired from the city of Jackson, Miss. where he worked for the water department.

He was also a retired master sergeant from the U.S. Army with 20 years of service, where he was a Green Beret and served during the Korean War, two tours in the Vietnam War, and also served in Laos and Cambodia. During his career he served many years in Special Forces, was the recipient of two Purple Hearts, and the Bronze Star.

Mr. Bryant was a member of Mountain View Wesleyan Church.

Surviving are his wife, Lavinia McAlister Bryant of the home; two daughters, Carolyn Culbreath of Spring Lake, N.C., and NaDene Sullivan (Tommy) of Terry, Miss.; three sons, Robert Bryant (Shelia) of Liberty, Phillip Bryant of Liberty and Kent Bryant (Lisa) of Gulfport, Miss.; a sister, Vivian Wardlaw of Six Mile; a brother, Ernest Bryant (Nell) of Pickens; 14 grandchildren and 25 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Bryant was predeceased by a sister, Nancy Kelly.

Graveside services were conducted on Oct. 15 at Liberty Memorial Gardens, with full military honors.

Online condolences may be left for the family by visiting Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.


PICKENS — Roy Franklin Thrift, 81, of Pickens, passed away on Sunday, Oct. 13, 2019.

Born in Buchanan County, Va., he was a son of the late Clarence and Floris Stewart Thrift.

Mr. Thrift was retired from the federal government, in San Diego, Calif., as a firefighter for more than 27 years. He enjoyed golfing, cooking, traveling and photography. He also was a U.S. Navy veteran.

Surviving are his wife, Victoria Lea Thrift of Alpine, Calif.; his children, Steven Thrift (Joyce) of Pickens, Adrien Thrift (Cynthia) of Greenville, Jacqueline Smith (Daren) and Aimee Wolf (Elvis) all of Alpine, Calif.; 15 grandchildren, Shawn, Travis, Andrew, Nathaniel, Ian, Kyle, Tatum, Hayden, Ava, Aubrey, Arden, Andie, Elijah, Ethan and Adelynn; a sister, Sharon Alexander of Pickens; and brothers, Horace Thrift and Ray Thrift, both of Pickens.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a granddaughter, Madeline Holiday; and brothers, Dwight Thrift, Curtis Thrift and Ted Thrift.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 19, in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown. Inurnment will be at M.J. “Dolly” Cooper Veterans Cemetery at a later date.

Flowers will be accepted.

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


EASLEY — Mrs. Millie Jean Cooper Sykes, 90, wife of the late Russell “Jay” Sykes, passed away on Friday, Oct. 11, 2019.

Born in Winnsboro on Aug. 14, 1929, she was a daughter of the late Mills and Edith Cooper. She retired from CRS Sirrine Engineers in Greenville and was a member of Rock Springs Baptist Church and the Prayer Warriors Bible Fellowship Class in Easley.

Left to cherish her memory are daughters, Ren Harper (Doug), Pamela “Beannie” Webb (Larry), and Amy Noury (Anthony); a son, Russ Sykes (Gwen); grandchildren, Amber Lutz (Jeffrey), Ashley Stipes (Craig), Taylor Doppelheuer (Robert), Lauren Stoltmann (Nick), Zachary Sykes and Millie and Cecilia Noury; and nine great-grandchildren. Also surviving are a sister, Annette Haygood of Winnsboro; and a brother, Ray Cooper of Charlotte, N.C.

Funeral services were held on Oct. 13 at Rock Springs Baptist Church, conducted by Rev. Dr. David Gallamore and Rev. Dr. Spencer Haygood. Burial followed at Robinson Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to Rock Springs Baptist Church, 201 Rock Springs Road, Easley, SC 29642.

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