Courier Obituaries 11-11-20


PICKENS — Robert Alec Swayngham, 54, departed this earthly life for his heavenly home on Monday, Nov. 2, 2020, after a lengthy battle with cancer.

He attended The Crossing Church in Chugiak, Alaska.

Alec was born Dec. 31, 1965 to Joel and Wanda Swayngham. Alec is the beloved husband of his devoted wife, Barbara Bebout Swayngham, who cared for him tirelessly throughout his illness. He adored Barbara, his sweetie, and doted on his dogs, EP and Smitty. Alec’s gentle nature and corny sense of humor will be missed by all who knew him. He was a uniquely kind and longsuffering person, who was loved by all.

In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by his stepson, Brent Riddle of Pickens; two stepdaughters, Tracy Lovelace of Hillsboro, Ore., and Mandy Riddle of Suwanee, Ga.; a granddaughter, Ashlyn Lovelace; his brother, Travis Swayngham of Pickens; his sister, Lara McClain (Mark) of Pickens; his sister, Leanne Williamson (Randy) of Lexington; nieces, Sierra Williamson, Leah Williamson and Madelyn McClain; as well as a host of other loving relatives and friends who will miss him dearly.

A celebration of life service for Alec will be held on Saturday, Nov. 21, at East Pickens Baptist Church. The service will be held at 1 p.m., followed by a dessert reception.

In lieu of flowers, please donate to the Christian charity of your choice.

Palmetto Cremation Service is assisting the Swayngham family.

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PICKENS — Diana C. Profeta (Chick) departed this world on Sunday, Nov. 8, 2020, at the age of 80, surrounded by her family at Baptist Easley Hospital.

Diana was born Oct. 15, 1940, to Leon and Rose Hitzler in Brooklyn, N.Y. For many years, she lived throughout New Jersey (Jersey City, Hoboken, Dunellen, Jackson) and a few years in both Ft. Worth, Texas, and Moncks Corner, but she closed out her life as a proud, 30-year resident of Pumpkintown. Known to many as that “damn Yankee,” even after 30-plus years in the South, she never lost her Brooklyn accent or feisty attitude. She’ll be remembered as an amazingly caring and strong woman — and the best waitress around — who went out of her way to help all of those around her.

Diana is survived by her sister, Rosemarie Leonard of Norway, Maine; her brother and sister-in-Law, Lee and Pat Hitzler of Eutawville; her children, Erich J. Hermanns of Atlanta, Joy Profeta-King of Pickens and her son and daughter-in-law, Patrick and Angela Profeta of Keokuk, Iowa; nine grandchildren and 17 great-grandchildren. She has gone to be with her beloved husband, Patrick Profeta Sr.

Palmetto Cremation Service is assisting the Profeta family.

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EASLEY — Marshall Guy Gilstrap, 77, went home to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Friday, Nov. 6, 2020.

Born in Belgreen, Ala., on May 29, 1943, he was the son of the late Ross Clifton and Cora (Holland) Gilstrap.

Marshall retired after 47 years of service as a weaver with Alice Manufacturing Company (Foster Plant). He was a faithful member of Arial Baptist Church, where he served as deacon, usher, and Sunday school teacher. Marshall enjoyed carpentry and woodworking as a hobby and often used his building skills to serve and bless others. He was well known as being “the best cook” in the family and if word got out that food was on his stove, then everyone came running. He was a humble and fun-loving husband, daddy and papa who loved spending time with his family, but above all he loved reading his Bible and just couldn’t get enough of Jesus.

Marshall is survived by his loving wife of 58 years, Joan (Holcombe) Gilstrap; two daughters, Melissa (David) Fowler of Easley and Michelle (Chris) Earnest of Dacusville; four grandchildren, Christyn (Jake) Brown, David Fowler Jr., Paul Fowler and Trey Earnest (fiancée, Oceana Burkhalter); three brothers, Jerry (Betty) Gilstrap, Barney (Kathy) Gilstrap and Holland (Linda) Gilstrap; two sisters, Corene Gilstrap and Shirley Guthrie; a beloved sister-in-law, Pat Holcombe; and numerous special nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Marshall was preceded in death by a brother, Willard Gilstrap, and two sisters, Earnestine Gilstrap and Carolyn McCarley.

Funeral services were held on Nov. 10 at Arial Baptist Church in Easley. Burial followed at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Easley

Flowers will be accepted, and memorials may be made to Arial Baptist Church, 618 Rice Road, Easley SC 29640.

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EASLEY — Mr. Perry Ray “Daddy Ray” Dunn, 69, husband of Sandra Dee Broom Dunn, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020.

Born in Pickens County, a son of the late Charles Kenneth Dunn and the late Sara Catherine Fox Dunn, Mr. Dunn was a graduate of Easley High School and was the retired owner and operator of Ray Dunn Land Surveyor. He was an active member of Peters Creek Baptist Church.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are two daughters, Terri Dunn Anthony (Brian) of Pickens and Jenny Dunn Hostetler (Tracy) of Dacusville; a stepdaughter, Kayla Barkley of Easley; a stepson, Kyle Barkley (Crystal) of Easley; a brother, Ken Dunn (Karla) of Six Mile; two sisters, Pansy Williams of Easley and Peggy Gilstrap of Liberty; 13 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Dunn was predeceased by his first wife, Ramona Kay Phillips Dunn; a daughter, Kimberly Dunn Childs; a brother, Jay Dunn; and a sister, Penny Stogner.

Graveside services were held on Nov. 10 at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Easley.

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PUMPKINTOWN — Mildred “Millie” Snow Gilcrease, 80, unexpectedly passed from this life on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020, with her family by her side in her home in Pumpkintown.

She was born Jan. 23, 1940, in Pumpkintown, to the late Isham and Sara Snow. Millie was a beloved wife of the late Charles F. Gilcrease (retired United States Air Force) and the mother of the late Charles Scott Gilcrease (Donna), both deceased, and Steven Keith Gilcrease (Jane).

Millie was the matriarch of her family and cared deeply for them and her community. She served the Lord many years as a Sunday school teacher, choir member and director of children’s ministry at Oolenoy Baptist Church. She retired from Greenville Health System and dedicated herself to taking care of her family.

Millie’s interests included cooking, working in her yard, bird watching and enjoying the many beautiful flowers around her home. Her greatest pleasure in life was investing time with her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Millie is survived by her son, Steven Gilcrease (Jane); grandchildren, Kendall Gilcrease (Shannon), Isham Gilcrease (Alecia), Catherine Kalinovich (Jarrad) and Elizabeth Hitt; great-grandchildren, Isaiah, Brady, Jackson, Grace, Tanner, Alexis, Lily Faye, Karsyn, Kase and Audrey.; and brothers, James Vance Snow (Cherie) and Philip Snow (Caroline).

A celebration of Millie’s life was held on Nov. 9 outside Oolenoy Baptist Church, with burial following in the church cemetery.

Memorial donations in Millie’s honor may be made to Oolenoy Baptist Church, 201 Miracle Hill Road, Pickens, SC 29671.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Gilcrease family.


SENECA — Mary Jordan Smith, 90, of Seneca, received her heavenly wings on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.

She was born April 18, 1930, beloved daughter of Willie and Blanche Jordan of Hartwell, Ga.

She was predeceased by her husband, Floyd Edward Smith.

She was of the Baptist faith and was a member of Davis Creek Baptist Church in Seneca.

She is survived by her two sons, Benny of the home and Michael of Seneca; two grandsons, Jordan of Greenville and Tyler of Seneca; and one great-grandson, Cole Thomas Smith of Greenville.

She was employed by J.P. Stevens in Clemson for 47 years. She was the hardest working and loving woman I have known. Her faith was very strong, and she loved her children, grandchildren and great-grandchild like no one I have witnessed. She had so much love to give, very tender-hearted and would do anything for you.

I will see you one day and rejoice forever with you and the family! Michael and Benny Smith.

Graveside services were held at Oconee Memorial Park on Nov. 6.


SENECA — Mary E. Nelson, 65, of Seneca, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.

Born in Scranton, Pa., she was the daughter of the late Herbert and Margaret Perry and wife of Howard Nelson.

In addition to her husband, Howard, Mary leaves a daughter, Stephanie Nelson, and a grandson, Andrew Joseph Donald, to share in her memory.

Mary was predeceased by her parents and two sons, Stephen Nelson and Michael Nelson.

A graveside service was held on Nov. 7 at Oconee Memorial Park.

Online condolences may be sent to Keowee Funeral Services is assisting the Nelson family.


EASLEY — Wade Hampton Robinson, 93, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.

Born in Easley, he was the son of the late Enoch and Nina Bearden Robinson and husband to the late Jewell Turner Robinson and Mary Tripp Robinson. Mr. Robinson served his country in the United States Navy and retired as a truck driver from Associated Transport. He was a member of St. Andrew United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his son, Boyce Wayne Robinson (Patricia); stepsons, Gary Burgess and Ronald Burgess (Jackie); stepdaughter, Essie Price; sister, Jan Aiken (Wayne); and granddaughter, Kristina Majors.

Mr. Robinson was predeceased by his parents, his wives, a stepson, John Burgess; brothers, Claude Robinson, Joe Robinson and Elton Robinson; and a sister, Jo Robinson.

A graveside service was held on Nov. 6 at Greenville Memorial Gardens in Piedmont.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Kindred Hospice, 1704 E. Greenville St., #1C, Anderson, SC 29621.

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


DACUSVILLE — Mr. “Roho” Richard Eugene Johnson, husband of Sandra Simpson Johnson, passed away on Tuesday, Nov. 3, 2020.

He was born in Oconee County, the son of the late C.P. Johnson and the late Opal Black Johnson, and was a retired Iron Worker from Greenwood Construction-GE Division. Roho was a Harley-Davidson enthusiast, riding all across the U.S. with his friends. He just celebrated his 69th birthday and 40th wedding anniversary with his wife, Sandra.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are his daughter, Dedi Davy (Ken) of Anderson; his two sons, R.J. Johnson (April) of Duncan, and Dustin Johnson of Dacusville; six precious grandchildren; two sisters, Helen Sims of Walhalla and Becky Golden of Seneca; and his dear friend to the end, George Harvey.

In addition to his parents, Roho was predeceased by a son, Chad Johnson; and a sister, Sharon Howard.

A celebration of life was held on Nov. 6 in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown.

Memorials may be made to the Anderson Toy Run, c/o Timms Harley-Davidson, 4110 Clemson Blvd., Anderson, SC 29621.

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GREENVILLE — Shirley Isaacs Ward, 75, passed away on Sunday, Nov. 1, 2020.

She left this life to be with her Lord and Savior, as well as all of her loved ones who passed before her.

A native of Watauga County (Boone), N.C., Shirley was born on Sept. 5, 1945, a daughter of the late James Isaacs and Ruth Yates Isaacs.

Shirley was a loving mom, nana and sister and will be dearly missed by all who knew and loved her.

Survivors include her son, Billy Ward (Marti) of Pickens; grandson, Nathan James Ward; and brothers, Jim Isaacs (Carol), Jerry Isaacs (Robbie) and Roger Isaacs (Kim).

A celebration of life service to honor Mrs. Ward will be held at a later date.

In addition to her parents, Shirley was predeceased by her siblings, Kent Isaacs, Barbara Isaacs, Harold Isaacs, Johnny Isaacs and Debbie Isaacs, all of Boone, N.C.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Ward family.