Courier Obituaries 10-2-19


WEST UNION — Joshua Oliver Medlin, 30, of West Union, passed away on Sept. 25, 2019.

Joshua was born on Oct. 20, 1988, in Easley to Jimmy and Bonnie Medlin. He enjoyed fishing and spending time with his family. Joshua was predeceased by his father, Jimmy.

Survivors include his sons, Bryson, Mason and Jaxon; his mother, Bonnie; brothers, Lucas and Matthew; his grandmother, Mae; nephews, Dillon and Austin; niece, Nova, and many other family members.

A private memorial service will be held.


PICKENS — Emma Sue Sorrells Welborn, 82, wife of Thomas Eugene “Gene” Welborn, went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday, Sept. 24, 2019.

Mrs. Welborn was born in Pickens County, a daughter of the late Rev. Horace F. and Lila Farmer Sorrells. She was a homemaker and a member of Pickens First Baptist Church, where she was a member of numerous church organizations, including the WMU, where she served as co-director. Mrs. Welborn was a member of the choir, and for many years taught Sunday school. She also served as chairperson and served on the board of directors of Pickens County Meals on Wheels for many years. She was constantly busy, loved to travel with her husband Gene, and enjoyed sewing. Mrs. Welborn will forever be remembered as a loving and Godly wife, mother and Memie.

Survivors include her husband of 62 years, Gene Welborn; her son, Mark Welborn and his wife, Cathy, of Clemson; and her daughter, Susan Williams and her husband, Andy, of Pickens. Also surviving are a brother, Tommy Sorrells; sisters, Carolyn Nalley and Patricia Greer; and the loves of her life, her grandchildren, Ashley Raynor, Ben Welborn, Adam Welborn, Lauren Williams and Kelli Talley; and her great-grandchild, Patton Raynor.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Welborn was predeceased by a brother, Lewis Sorrells.

Funeral services were held on Sept. 27 at the Pickens First Baptist Church Fellowship Building. Burial followed at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pickens County Meals on Wheels, 349 Edgemont Ave., Liberty, SC 29657 or to The Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, Pickens First Baptist Church, 406 E. Main St., Pickens, SC 29671.

A message of condolence may be expressed to the family by visiting


EASLEY — Shawn Marie Case, 33, wife of Adam Case, passed from this life on Saturday, Sept. 28, 2019.

Born in Pickens County, she was a daughter of Freeman Kelley Jr. and Doris Anne Sims Kelley. Shawn grew up in Mt. Tabor Baptist Church but was a member of Blue Ridge View Baptist Church. She was known to all who loved her to enjoy crafts and being creative. She was loving, devoted and a wonderful mother. She loved children and she was also known for her sense of humor.

Survivors include her parents, Freeman and Doris Anne Kelley; her husband, Adam Case; her children, Daniel, Jackson, Sawyer, Benjamin and Rachael; a brother, Steven (Addie) Sanders; nieces, Jasmine, Adison and Olivia; nephews, Chase and Preston; an aunt, Pat (Donnie) Kelly; a beloved friend, Stacy Stang; and her daughters, Brianna and Leann.

Shawn was predeceased by grandparents, Freeman and Bessie Kelley and Lawrence and Sadie Sims; father-in-law, Michael Case; a daughter, Emory; a beloved cousin, Daniel Chapman; and an uncle, Jerry Woodard.

Visitation will be held from 3-4 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 3, at Mt. Tabor Baptist Church, with the funeral service to follow at 4 p.m. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

Flowers will be accepted.

Mountain View Funeral Home is assisting the Case family.


LIBERTY — Joshua Clayton Owens, 44, of 522 Ruhamah Road, died on Friday, Sept. 27, 2019, at his residence.

Born in Greenville, he was the husband of Shawna Crisp Owens and a son of Kaye Downey Owens of Liberty and the late Hershel Allen Owens.

Josh was a 1993 graduate of Liberty High School and was currently a firefighter at Parker District Fire Department. Previously he had worked with the Easley Police Department as well as the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a member of Landmark Baptist Church.

Surviving, in addition to his wife and mother, are three daughters, Ashton Tate, Kennedy Owens and Campbell Owens, all of the home; a son, Dylan Tate of the home; a sister, Natasha Matthews (Madison) of Cedar Town, Ga.; and nieces, Kaily and Emily Matthews.

In addition to his father, he was predeceased by a brother, Zach Owens.

Funeral services to honor the life of Mr. Owens will be held at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at Landmark Baptist Church. Visitation will be held prior to the service from noon-1:45 p.m. at Landmark Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting Liberty Mortuary will be handling services.


PICKENS — Patrick Louis Duegaw, 75, died on Monday, Sept. 23, 2019, at Greenville Memorial Hospital from complications of a stroke.

Born in Watertown, N.Y., he was a son of the late Joseph H. Duegaw Sr. and Naomi Shimer Duegaw. He was retired from the electronics industry, where he was successful with several startup ventures. Patrick was an avid reader and loved traveling and working outdoors. He especially enjoyed woodworking in his dream workshop. He was of the Catholic faith.

Surviving are his spouse and the love of his life for the past 30 years, Joyce McJunkins, of the home; two sons, Eric J. Duegaw and Patrick D. Duegaw (Elizabeth Stevenson), both of Wichita, Kan.; a sister, Cheryl Duegaw Nash of Altmar, N.Y.; a brother, Joseph H. Duegaw, Jr. of Fredericksburg, Va.; and his brothers from his extended family, Lane and Donald (Cabbage) McJunkins of Pickens; one granddaughter, Chloe Duegaw; and two grandsons, Isaac Duegaw and Alex Brooks Duegaw.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a daughter, Amy Christine Duegaw.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 9, at the home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Pickens County Humane Society at P.O. Box 83, Liberty, SC 29657 or by visiting; or American Stroke Foundation, 6405 Metcalf Ave., Suite 214, Overland Park, KS 66202 or by visiting

Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting Liberty Mortuary and Cremation Services are assisting the family.