Courier Obituaries 10-19-22


EASLEY — Mr. Robert Clyde “Bob” Stewart III, 58, loving husband of Carla Stewart, passed away on Monday, Oct. 10, 2022, at AnMed Health Memorial Hospital in Anderson.

Bob was born in Pickens County on May 29, 1964, to the late Robert Clyde Stewart Jr. and Lee Ellis Stewart. Bob had a calm, quiet demeanor and goofy sense of humor. He was a graduate and former football player for The Citadel, where he was a member of the Century Club and developed many close friendships. Bob worked for Greenville County as a building inspector. He enjoyed being outside, landscaping and trips to the beach and was an avid Clemson Tiger fan. He loved his family and cherished the close friendships he shared with many people. Bob was a member of Mt. Tabor Baptist Church, but currently attended the Gospel Light Church in Anderson.

In addition to his loving wife, Bob is survived by his two children, Rachel Stewart Hudnall (Brian) of Easley and Blake Stewart of Charleston; a grandchild, Cole Hudnall; two stepchildren, Casey Hendricks and Mikayla Grey; three stepgrandchildren, Layne Hendricks, Corbin Grey and Ava Grey; a brother, Bryan Stewart (Amanda) of Easley; two nieces, Brooke and Baylee; and a nephew, Van.

In addition to his parents, Bob was preceded in death by a sister, Rebecca “Becca” Stewart.

Funeral services were conducted on Oct. 15 in the chapel of Dillard Funeral Home, with interment to follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Pickens.

The family members are at their respective homes.

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



PICKENS — Mrs. Grace Lewis Reece, 92, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 8, 2022, at her home.

Grace was born on June 18, 1930, in Pickens, to the late Walter “WM” and Lila Cantrell Lewis. She was very involved at her church, Pickens First Baptist Church, including singing in the choir. Grace loved to cook and have people over at her home. She was a wonderful mother, grandmother and friend.

Mrs. Reece is survived by one son, William Ray Reece of Pickens; three grandchildren, Mattison Reece of Powdersville, Kaeleigh Pinion (Bradley) of Salem and Johnathan Reece of Pickens.

In addition to her parents, Grace was preceded in death by her loving husband of 66 years, Ray William Reece; one daughter, Laura Luree “Lollie” Reece; one daughter-in-law, Regina Day Reece; and two siblings, Harold Lewis and Laura Howard.

Funeral services were conducted on Oct. 13 at Pickens First Baptist Church. Interment followed at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to Pickens First Baptist Church.

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



MARIETTA — Timothy Wayne Collins, 46, husband of the late Jennifer Chapman Collins, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 11, 2022, at Prisma Health Greenville Memorial Hospital.

A native of Greenville County, Timmy was born on Jan. 23, 1976, to Janet B. Gravely and Gerald W. Collins. He was a member of Holly Springs Baptist Church. Timmy enjoyed spending time with his boys, shooting pool, working on cars and guns.

In addition to his parents, survivors include his children, Dalton Collins of Marietta and Logan Collins of Sunset; his siblings, Teresa Collins, Carla Thomas and Christy Mealor (Chris); a special cousin, Gina Ward; his stepsisters, Mitzi Ott, Lisa Kurta and Joy Gravely; along with his nieces and nephews, Christa Burris, Timothy Suttles and Toby Mealor.

Timmy was predeceased by his wife, Jennifer; and his step-dad, Craig Gravely.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Mountain View Funeral Home – Pickens Chapel is serving the Collins family.



EASLEY — Bennie Dawson Rogers, 76, beloved husband of Ann Casey Rogers, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022, at his home.

Born in Mullins, he was a son of the late Herbert Boyd Rogers Sr., and Gracie Powell Rogers.

Bennie was the owner and operator of Casey’s Stop and Shop in Easley for 36 years. He was a member of Calvary Hill Baptist Church, the Bates Masonic Lodge No. 189 A.F.M., the Jacksonville Scottish Rite of Freemasonry and the Middleburg York Rite Bodies. He also enjoyed gardening.

Surviving are his wife of 48 years, Ann Rogers; his sons, Casey Rogers (Jennifer) of Anderson and Dawson Rogers (Jessica) of Easley; a grandson, James Dawson Rogers; a sister, Ozella Hughes of Martinez, Ga.; and a sister-in-law, Anne Rogers of Greenwood.

In addition to his parents, Bennie was predeceased by a brother, Herbert Boyd Rogers Jr.; and sisters, Irene Hyatt and Lorene McElveen.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, with burial to follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

The family will be at the home. Flowers will be accepted.

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



EASLEY — Margaret Ann Wehrer Newton, 93, died on Friday, Oct. 14, 2022, at Manna Post Acute Care in Pickens.

Born in Snyder, Colo., she was the widow of Willie Doyle Newton and a daughter of the late William and Annie Bartholomew Wehrer.

Mrs. Newton was a kind and generous lady who was loved by all. She was very creative and enjoyed working with her hands doing needlework, crocheting, painting and gardening. She was the owner for many years of Marge’s Ceramics. Her favorite hobby was collecting dolls and admiring them with friends. Margaret was of the Baptist faith. She loved all animals and held her beloved dog, Mocha, in her arms when she met Jesus.

Surviving are her sister, Lillian Knight of Easley; many nieces and nephews; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren who will miss her greatly.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her previous spouse, James W. Newton; a daughter, Ardith Ann Campbell; and siblings, Vivian Ferguson, Johnny Wehrer, Donald Wehrer, Larry Wehrer, Pearl Nichols and William Wehrer Jr.

The family would like to extend their gratitude to the staff of Manna Post Acute Care and Traditions Hospice for the love and care that Mrs. Newton received during the past few months.

Funeral services to honor the life of Mrs. Newton will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, Oct. 19, in the Liberty Mortuary chapel. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the mortuary. Burial will follow at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Central.

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



CENTRAL — Roy Eugene “Gene” Wilkerson, 72, loving husband of 52 years to Freda Meece Wilkerson, passed away on Monday, Oct. 10, 2022, at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

A native of McDowell County, N.C., Gene was born on Oct. 11, 1949, the son of the late Vergie Roy Wilkerson and Ruth Plemmons Wilkerson Sigmon. Mr. Wilkerson retired from Duke Power.

Survivors include his wife, Freda Wilkerson of the home; his children, Jeremy Wilkerson (Julie) of Piedmont and Lora Arnold (Benjie) of Six Mile; grandchildren, Tori Wilkerson, Davis Arnold and Devon Arnold; siblings, Shirley Killough (Reggie), Larry Wilkerson (Glenda), Jerry Wilkerson (Becky) and Sharon Lou Shellenberger (Dennis); as well as many nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held on Wednesday, Oct. 12, in the sanctuary of Mountain View Baptist Church, with funeral services following.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Lottie Moon Christmas offering at Mountain View Baptist Church, 336 Mountain View Church Road, Six Mile, SC 29682.

Mountain View Funeral Home – Pickens Chapel is serving the Wilkerson family.


EASLEY — Mr. Joseph Furman “Joe” Vaughn Jr., 69, husband of Phyllis Kay Vaughn, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2022.

Born in Miami, Fla., the son of Elizabeth Ann Nations Vaughn of Easley and the Late Joseph Furman Vaughn Sr., Mr. Vaughn was a 1969 graduate of Easley High School, attended Clemson University and received his associate degree in aircraft technology from Greenville Technical College. He retired from the United States Postal Service with 31 years of service and was a member of Blue Ridge View Baptist Church, where he served on the media team.

Joe loved a good joke and making people smile. He was a beekeeper and had a love for aeronautics, airplanes and flying, but his greatest love was for his family, and especially his grandchildren. Joe will be dearly missed by all who loved and knew him.

Surviving, in addition to his wife of 24 years and his mother, are his son, Joseph “Jody” F. Vaughn III (Melonie) of Pickens; his daughter, Lauren Elizabeth Nifong (Mark) of Easley; his two stepsons, Randy Swilling (Sharon) of Big Creek, Ky., and Keith Swilling of Greenville; and his 11 grandchildren, Joseph Bradley Vaughn, Kelsey Amos (Chris), Brooke Vaughn, Alex Nifong, India Nifong, Olivia Nifong, Kyle Swilling, Dustin Swilling, Dustin Driver, Will Swilling and Chase Smithwick (Savannah).

In addition to his father, Mr. Vaughn was predeceased by a brother, Terry Wayne Vaughn.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 20, at Blue Ridge View Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from noon-1:45 p.m. Thursday at the church, prior to the service.

Family members are at their respective homes.

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