Courier Obituaries 10-24-18

Arvie Lee Finley

PICKENS ­— Arvie Lee Finley, 84, wife of the late Don “Shorty” Finley, of Pickens, passed away on Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018, at Manna Rehab in Pickens.

Born in Pickens County, Mrs. Finley was the daughter of the late James Perry and Evie Anderson Byers. She worked at Platt Saco Lowell for 13 years and was a member of East Pickens Baptist Church.

In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Finley was preceded in death by sisters Faye Trotter and Villa Mae Gillispie and brothers Raeford, Wilvin, Arlie and Donald Byers, all of Pickens. She was also preceded in death by a son-in-law, Jimmy Grubbs of Seneca.

Mrs. Finley is survived by her daughters, Pamela Grubbs Holliday (Phil) of Six Mile and Myra Nimmons (Randy) of Pickens. Also surviving are grandchildren Nicole Grubbs Wallace (Nicholas) of Dillon and Kyle Nimmons and Peyton Nimmons of Pickens; and great-grandchildren,


Mills, Hayes, Finley and Stella Banks Wallace of Dillon.

She is also survived by a brother, B.F. Byers of Pickens, and a special niece, Brenda Brannock of Pickens, as well as many other nieces and nephews.

A private graveside service will be conducted at Hillcrest Memorial Park, with entombment at the mausoleum. Donations can be made to the church she grew up in, Midway Baptist Church, at P.O. Box 1376, Pickens, SC 29671

Grace Marian Bailes Givens

ROCKY BOTTOM — Marian Givens, 81, of Rocky Bottom, passed away on Oct. 20, 2018.

Born in St. George, Marian was the daughter of the late Dr. Robert William and Grace Riddle Bailes. Marian lived in Greenville, Travelers Rest, Pickens, Beaufort and Rocky Bottom (Sunset). She also lived in Haiti and Kansas City, Kan., Kannapolis, N.C., and Pascagoula, Miss. Her most cherished time spent was with her loving husband, Gene Givens, at their home place in Rocky Bottom.

She is survived by two sons, J. Allan Givens (Melody) of Los Angeles, Calif., and R. Michael Givens of the home; four grandchildren, Jennifer Givens (Mark) Thrasher of Anderson, Micael Givens (Brandon) of Orlando, Fla., Olivia Givens of Chicago and Chandler Givens of Greenville; great-grandchildren, Hannah, Connor, and Mark Thrasher and Savannah, Ashlyn and Bella Givens; two sisters, Kathryn B. (Dale) Hedrick of Lexington, N.C., and Elizabeth B. (Robert) Coleman of Travelers Rest; and many nieces and nephews.

Marian was predeceased by her beloved husband, Thomas Eugene Givens, and two brothers, James Lewis and Robert William Bailes II.

A special thank you to Dr. Christine Lawrence, Barbara Pappas, Nicole Erickson, Matt Esteve, Interim Heathcare and Nona Jedelle Cook, who have provided so much care and comfort to Marian.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 26, at Rocky Bottom Baptist Church.

David McDaniel

EASLEY — John David McDaniel Jr., 74, of Greenville Highway, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018.

Born in Greenville County, he was the son of the late John David McDaniel Sr. and Catherine O’Dell McDaniel.

David was a graduate of Clemson University and owner of McDaniel Implement in Easley. He was a cowboy at heart who enjoyed caring for his horses. He was a member of Liberty First Baptist Church and served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War.

Surviving are a sister, Rebecca McDaniel of Cary, N.C.; a special friend, Edwina Jackson of Seneca; and nieces, Catherine Hair DeBellis of Austin, Texas, and Lindsay Hair Melzi of Jupiter, Fla. He is also survived by several cousins.

Funeral services were held Oct. 18 in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, with burial following at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Pickens.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Liberty First Baptist Church, 400 Edgemont Ave., Liberty, SC 29657 or Pickens County Christian Learning Centers, Released Time Ministry, 123 Fleetwood Drive, Easley, SC 29640.

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

Donald Wayne Bowman

LIBERTY — Donald W. Bowman, 67, husband of Paula Jean Arcusa Bowman, passed from this life Monday, Oct. 15, 2018, at his home.

Born in Bristol, Va., he was a son of the late Harry Clarence Bowman and the late Ima Jean Hawk Bowman.

Survivors include his wife Paula of the home, a daughter, Apolonia Jean Bowman of Los Angeles, Calif.; two sons, Donald Wayne Bowman Jr. of Liberty and Paul Michael Bowman (Nikki) of Columbia; two sisters, Mary Jane Newman of Taylors and Barbara Ellen Williams of Taylors; 13 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Mr. Bowman was predeceased by his parents and a brother, Phillip Michael Bowman.

A graveside service was held Oct. 18 at M.J. “Dolly” Cooper Veterans Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to ASPCA Pickens County Humane Society, 500 Five Forks Road, Liberty, SC 29657.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Bowman family.

Martin Leroy Shirley

EASLEY — Mr. Martin Leroy Shirley, 51, passed away Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, at his home.

Born in Raleigh County, W.Va., a son of Archie Shirley of Pickens and the late Barbara Dalton Shirley, Mr. Shirley retired from the flooring industry and was a member of Wayside Baptist Church.

Surviving are two brothers, Kenneth Shirley of Easley and Ron Shirley (Cynthia) of Marietta; and one sister, Pamila Hernandez (Robert) of Easley.

Graveside services were held Oct. 19 at Westview Cemetery in Easley, with Rev. Roger Todd officiating.

The family would like to express their gratitude to Opal Green for the love and care she has provided for Mr. Shirley.

Memorials may be made to Interim Healthcare Hospice, 14 Hyland Road, Greenville, SC 29615.

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

Norma Blanton

LIBERTY — Norma Jean Mackie Blanton, 90, of 201 Maple Court, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018, at Lowrie Place in Butler, Pa.

Born in Winston Salem, N.C., she was the widow of Pastor Theodore Raymond Blanton Jr., and a daughter of the late Basil Gerard and Elizabeth Rebecca Mosley Mackie.

She was a homemaker and a member of Berean Independent Baptist Church. She loved spending time with her family and supporting her husband in the ministry.

Surviving are a daughter, Kathy Rastelli (Andy) of Butler, Pa.; three sons, Mickey Blanton of Parker, Pa., Dennis Blanton (Donna) of Liberty and Stan Blanton (Lana) of Easley; a sister, Ann Erickson of Clifton, Texas; 18 grandchildren and 35 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two brothers, Basil and Richard Mackie.

Funeral services to honor the life of Mrs. Blanton were held Oct. 22 in the Liberty Mortuary chapel, with burial following at Liberty Memorial Gardens.

Floral arrangements are appreciated, but memorials may also be made to Highways and Hedges Tract Ministry, 109 Mae Avenue Easley, SC 29640.

Online condolences may be left for the family by visiting

Leola Easter Roper Pearson

SIX MILE — Leola Easter Roper Pearson, 89, passed from this life Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Born in Anderson County, she was a daughter of the late George Washington Chappell and the late Larrie Ann Durham Chappell.

Survivors include her children, Charles Chappell of Easley, Nancy Roper of Easley, Linda Roper of Liberty, Patricia (Billy) Bolding of Six Mile, Sherry (Tommy) McCall of Pickens and Tammy Batson of Greenville; 10 grandchildren, 17 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Pearson was predeceased by her parents; two husbands, the father of her children, the late Ernest Roper, and the late James Pearson; a granddaughter, Denise Harris; a grandson, Jason Donald; three great-grandchildren, Preslie Whitfield, Faith Rowley and Elijah Jackson; five brothers and five sisters.

Graveside services were held Oct. 22 at the Mile Creek Baptist Church cemetery.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Pearson family.

Bennie L. Adcox

PICKENS — Bennie Lewis Adcox, 61, husband of Debbie Swayngham Adcox, passed from this life on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018.

Bennie was born in Pickens County, a son of the late Charles and Violet Lewis Adcox. His greatest passion in life was his family, and especially his grandbabies.

Bennie was an avid racing fan and a huge nostalgic car buff, including his own red 1965 Mercury Comet that he rebuilt from the ground up. He was a member of Southeast Gassers Association and he enjoyed many weekends at races and car shows with his wife, Debbie. Bennie was an aircraft welder with Ethos Energy, but his skills went far beyond, as he could build and fabricate anything with his artistic welding skills. He could always build something beautiful out of spare parts. Bennie was a graduate of Easley High School, Class of 1976, and he was a Baptist.

Survivors include his wife of 38 years, Debbie Adcox of the home; his son, Zachary C. Adcox of Pickens; grandchildren including Gage Adcox, Garrett Adcox and Griffin Adcox and their mother, Kayla H. Adcox; and his brother, Chuck Adcox (Lynn) of Six Mile.

Funeral services were held Oct. 21 in the chapel of Dillard Funeral Home, with burial following at the Holly Springs Baptist Church cemetery.

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

Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to Feed a Hungry Child Pickens County, PO Box 157, Pickens, SC 29671.

John Wayne Lee

SENECA ­— John Wayne Lee, 74, of Seneca, passed away peacefully into God’s loving arms on Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, at home after an extended illness.

He was born Dec. 24, 1943, in Jamaica, N.Y. to the late Mary and George Lee. He was one of six boys and grew up on Long Island.

John proudly served in the Navy from 1962-1966. In 1966, he met the love of his life, Linda Drescher, a nurse, while visiting his father in the hospital. The couple settled down in Islip, N.Y., John working for AT&T and Linda at Smithtown General Hospital. They had three daughters, Cathryn, Janet and Diane. In 1978, the family moved to Seneca after John was transferred to BellSouth. The family embraced southern culture, and they thrived. John eventually retired from Southern Bell after 35 years, but continued to work as a contract instructor for AT&T/U-Verse and also volunteered at Collins Children’s Home tutoring and mentoring young children, which he enjoyed very much.

John enjoyed the beach and took family vacations to Holden Beach, N.C., for many years. He also enjoyed sailing, collecting Hess trucks, Texaco trucks and airplanes. John and Linda also enjoyed traveling to the Caribbean during retirement. He had a wonderful sense of humor, and his greatest joy in life was his children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, and he was extremely proud of all of them.

He was preceded in death by his parents and brothers Preston, Dickie and Billy. He is survived by his wife of 51 years, Linda; children, Cathryn Ann Hindman (Gene) of Lake Wylie, Janet Marie Epperson (Bobby) of Athens, Ga., and Diane Margaret Cobb (Chad) of Mountain Rest; grandchildren, Elizabeth Barnes, Allyson Barnes, Samantha Cobb and Gracie Cobb; step-grandchildren Bailey Hindman and Karly Hindman; and great-grandchildren Brandyn, Thomas and Cassie. He is also survived by two brothers and a host of in-laws, nieces and nephews and friends.

A graveside service will be conducted at 1 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, at M.J. “Dolly” Cooper Veterans Cemetery, 140 Inway Drive, Anderson, SC 29621.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Collins Children’s Home, 110 Collins Home Drive, Seneca, SC 29672.

Alan Brown

LIBERTY — Alan Milton Brown, 54, of 429 Liberty Highway, died Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, at Baptist Easley Hospital.

Born in Easley, he was a son of Joyce Nix Brown of the home and the late Robert Olin Brown Sr. He was of the Baptist faith.

Surviving in addition to his mother are a sister, Cindy Campbell of Liberty, and a brother, Robert Olin Brown Jr., also of Liberty.

A memorial service for Alan will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25, in the Liberty Mortuary chapel. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service. Inurnment will follow at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

The family will be at the residence. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Liberty Mortuary and Cremation Services are handling arrangements.

Bonnie Manning Henderson

PICKENS — Bonnie Manning Henderson, 87, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, Oct. 17, 2018.

Mrs. Henderson is survived by three children, Arthur Henderson (wife, Lynn), Beth Bagwell (husband, Tony) and Carol Wade (husband, Tim).

Mrs. Henderson was preceded in death by her husband, Alvin R. Henderson, of 65 years.

She also leaves behind six grandchildren, Liza Fleischer, Brian Rauschenbach, Justin Dougherty, Candice Carlton, Victor Wade and Chloe Henderson, as well as 10 great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Henderson was born and raised in Thorsby, Ala. After graduating from Thorsby Institute, she attended Piedmont College and Emory University in Georgia. She met Alvin Henderson, the love of her life, and married in 1952. They moved to Pickens in 1954.

Mrs. Henderson completed her master’s degree at Clemson University and taught at Pickens Middle School until her retirement.

Visitation services will be held from 5-7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 26, at Dillard Memorial Funeral Home. Memorial service will be at 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27, at Pickens Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of sending flowers, please send donations, in her honor, to the Pickens Presbyterian Church, 311 W. Main St., Cherished Hearts through the Years Project, Pickens, SC 29671. This will help fund renovation of the church’s playground and cemetery.