Courier Obituaries 11-15-17

Ola Vessie Jones Porter

SIX MILE ­— Mrs. Ola Vessie Jones Porter, 83, of Six Mile, passed away on Saturday Nov. 11, 2017, while at home with her loving family by her side.

Born on Nov. 5, 1934, in Pickens County, she was the daughter of the late James Lowell and Flossie Lou Roper Jones. She was a life-long resident of Pickens County and a member of Mountain View Baptist Church. Mrs. Porter earned her Bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Lander College in 1957. She became an educator for students with special needs, serving in the School District of Pickens County for 39 years. In her spare time, she enjoyed gardening and spending time with her family.

Surviving are her husband of 58 years, Willie Porter; two sons, Lance Jones Porter (Robyn) and William Dale Porter (Melody); two sisters, Jimmie Lou Haynes and Margaret Lee Batson; and four grandsons, William Kyle Porter, Isaac Dale Porter, James Seth Porter and Brandon Trevor Porter.

Along with her parents, Mrs. Porter was also preceded in death by one sister, Brenda Elaine Trotter and one brother, Van Roper Jones.

Funeral Services were held Nov. 14 in the Dillard Funeral Home Chapel with the Reverend Bob Dickard officiating.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting

Elvin R. Kelley

SIMPSONVILLE — Elvin R. Kelley, 83, husband of Mary Ellen Kelley, went to be with his heavenly Father on Nov. 12, 2017.

Born in Six Mile on July 20, 1934, he was the son of the late Grady and Louise Rogers Kelley. He was an Air Force veteran achieving several honors during his time of duty. Elvin retired from John D. Hollingsworth as a security officer with nearly 40 years of service. He was a member of Simpsonville United Methodist Church and former member of Greenville First Wesleyan Church.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughters, Denise Cauley (Johnny) and Kim Stroud (Robert); grandchildren, Erica Cauley, Ashley Robinson (Justin), Jared Stroud (Taylor) and Ethan Stroud; two great-grandchildren, Aubrey Stroud and Emma-Grace Stroud; and beloved nieces, nephews, great nieces and nephews.

Elvin loved the Lord with all his heart and served in several capacities at his church which included teaching Sunday School, singing in the choir and providing home-grown produce for those in need. He was passionate about his gardening, sharing his bounty with friends, family, neighbors and even strangers. He enjoyed deer hunting and loved spending time with his hunting buddies whom he considered to be his brothers. If he didn’t come home with a deer, he still came home with quite a story to tell. He was an avid Clemson fan and loved his Tigers.

Elvin was a caregiver to many over the years, unselfishly giving of his time to help the sick or lend a helping hand. But mostly, he was a caregiver to his wife of 59 1/2 years, Mary Ellen whom he loved dearly. Elvin was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

He leaves behind a legacy of astounding faith that carried him through over the years. During his last days, he spoke of crossing over Jordan. He would want all to know he is on the other side now rejoicing as he sees Jesus face to face.

The family would like to personally thank all his friends and family who came to his aide and who were a great support to his wife during this time. A special thanks to Palliative Care of GHS and McCall Hospice House for your loving care.

The family will receive friends at Dillard Funeral Home in Pickens from 2-3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 16, with funeral services following at 3:30 p.m. Burial will be at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens with military honors.

Memorials may be made to Simpsonville United Methodist Church, 215 SE Main Street, Simpsonville, SC 29681.

The family is at the home.

Sandra W. Donnald

EASLEY — Sandra Wardlaw Donnald, 57, of Easley, wife of the late James Franklin Donnald, passed away Sunday, Nov. 5, 2017.

Born in Pickens, she is a daughter of Judy Hall Tippins of Easley and the late John Thomas Wardlaw.

Sandra was a 1977 graduate of Easley High School and Greenville Technical College. She enjoyed going to the beach and loved Carolina Gamecocks Football.

Surviving in addition to her mother, are sisters, Tammy Jones (Tony) of Belton and Roze Seale (Kevin) of Mobile, Ala.; step father, Clyde Tippins of Easley; step sisters, Dora Norris and Peggy Gambrell (James) all of Anderson; and step brothers, Clyde Tippins, Jr. and Charles Tippins both of Anderson.

A memorial service was held Nov. 8 at Providence Presbyterian Church in Greenville.

Flowers will be accepted.

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

Carolyn Trotter

CENTRAL — Carolyn Jeanette Moser Trotter, 73, wife of Douglas F. Trotter, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 8, 2017, at AnMed.

Mrs. Trotter was born in Pickens County and was a daughter of the late James Milton and Eunice Frances Wilson Moser. She worked in the cafeteria at Edwards Middle School and was a member of Central Church of God.

Surviving in addition to her husband, are one son, James Michael Trotter (Monica); two daughters, Cynthia Lynn Hood and Tracey Anne Reynolds (Edward); two brothers, Steve Moser and Mike Moser (Robin), all of Central; grandchildren, Erica Powers, Jessica Watson, Elijah Reynolds and Isaiah Reynolds; and sisters-in-law, Sue Ann Moser and Rebecca Moser.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Amanda Carol Trotter; and two brothers, Robert Moser and James Leroy “Buddy” Moser.

Funeral services were held Nov. 10 at Central Church of God, with burial following in Mt. Zion Cemetery.

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

Darlene Petit

PICKENS — Darlene Osborne Petit, 58, wife of the late Clannie Petit, passed from this life on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017.

Darlene was born in Horry County, a daughter of the late Marvin Lee and Sara Danette Jordan Osborne. She was of the Baptist faith and retired from the debt recovery industry. Darlene was a member of Easley Chapter #200 O.E.S. in Easley. She was a graduate of Greenville Technical College with a degree in computer science.

Survivors include daughters Shannon Dodgens (Curtis) of Pickens and Brenda Chappell of Easley; sisters Norma Campisano of Conway and Nancy Unger of Greer; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, Darlene was preceded in death by a grandchild C. J. Dodgens, great-grandchild Aiden Peace and a sister Sara Jean Osborne.

A graveside service was held Nov. 12 at Hillcrest Memorial Park Veterans Garden.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.

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

Robert Lindsey Mason

PICKENS — Robert Lindsey Mason, 88, husband of Shirley Barton Mason, passed away Thursday, Nov. 9, 2017, at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Born in Manhattan, N.Y., he was the son of Harry F. Mason and Helen Johnson Mason Stoeckle. He was a graduate of Rutgers University, New Brunswick, N.J. Mr. Mason retired in 1999 after 33 years as a highway engineer with South Carolina Department of Transportation. Serving in France and Germany, he was a sergeant in the U.S. Army, 83rd Engineer Construction Battalion, during the Korean War.

Surviving are his wife Shirley of the home and three children Frank L. Mason of Liberty, Sandra M. Emmons (Roger) of Eagle River, Alaska and Amy M. Sckipp (Brian) of Center Moriches, N.Y.; and a brother George C. Mason of Alpine, Calif.; grandchildren Lindsey Mason Wright, David Mason, Gunnar Mason, Kiersten and John Emmons, Keira and Caroline Sckipp; great-grandchildren Emma and Owen Mason.

Funeral services were held Nov. 12 at Holly Springs Baptist Church, with burial following in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Shriners Hospital, 950 West Faris Road, Greenville, South Carolina 29605.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Mason family.

Tommy D. Harrison

EASLEY — Mr. Tommy Dale Harrison, 78, husband of Carol McQueen Harrison, passed away Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, at St. Francis Hospital.

Born in Pickens County, a son of the late Wayne Fant Harrison Sr. and Mary Beatrice Greene Harrison, Mr. Harrison was a graduate of Liberty High School and retired from Pace Electric Company Inc. He was a member of West Greenville Baptist Church, where he formerly served as minister of music.

Mr. Harrison was a passionate musician, singer and drummer for 50 years. He was a life time Master Mason with the Tate Masonic Lodge and a Shriner since 1973.

Surviving, in addition to his wife of 26 years, are two daughters, Casey H. Morgan (Tommy) of Easley and Pamela H. Boggs (Bobby) of Pendleton; two brothers, Wayne F. Harrison, Jr. and Randall Harrison (Elinda), all of Cateechee; and three grandchildren, Lexi, Neve and T.J. Morgan. In addition to his parents, Mr. Harrison was predeceased by a sister, Carolyn Patricia Harrison.

Funeral services were held Nov. 14 in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown with burial following in Hillcrest Memorial Park in Pickens.

Memorials may be made to West Greenville Baptist Church, 551 Perry Avenue, Greenville, SC 29611.

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

Jimmy Dale Ladd

LIBERTY — Jimmy Dale Ladd, 73, passed from this life Friday, Nov. 10, 2017, at his home.

Jimmy was born in Pickens County a son of the late Robert Edward and Willie Mae Owens Ladd.

Survivors include his fiancée, Elaine Bagwell, of 19 years; sisters, Louise Crowe, Helen McCollum and Martha Jane Gray; and brothers, Bobby Joe Ladd and Ronnie Ladd.

Jimmy was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Geraldine Minnich and Ruth Ann Bryant; and a brother Wade Ladd.

Graveside services were held Nov. 14 at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Easley, conducted by Rev. Jeff Harris.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Ladd family.

Cecil Chapman Yates

CENTRAL — Cecil Mae Chapman Yates, 79, of 116 S. Main St., died Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017, at Cannon Memorial Hospital.

Born in Cateechee she was a daughter of the late Clarence Woodruff “Slim” Chapman and Jessie Shepherd Chapman.

She retired from Liberty Denim, and she loved camping, cooking and the outdoors.

Surviving are husband, Billy Joe Pilgrim of the home; two daughters, Sharon Holden of Liberty and Phyllis Bagwell of Cateechee; a son, Jeff Dover of Liberty; a sister, Hazel Crenshaw of Six Mile; nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren, and 1 great-great-grandchild.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a son, James Michael Dover, and a grandson, Jeffrey Duran Dover.

Funeral services to honor the life of Mrs. Yates were held Nov. 14 in the Liberty Mortuary Chapel conducted by Rev. Gary James. Burial will be at Liberty Memorial Gardens.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Kathie R. McCue

EASLEY — Kathie Reid McCue, 63, of Johnson Road, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, Nov. 12, 2017.

Born in Pickens County, she was a daughter of the late L.J. And Mildred Crumpton Reid.

Kathie was retired from Hamricks in Easley. She was a member of Corinth Baptist Church and the Lloyd Gibson Sunday School Class. Kathie loved her Lord, her family and enjoyed shopping.

Surviving are her husband, George P. McCue of the home; daughters, Heather McCue Carey (Ty) and Fallon McCue Porter (Randy) all of Easley; grandchildren, Luke West, Trisha Carlisle, Zeke West, Cheyenne Carlisle, Jaymee Payton, Jessaca Carey and Jenna Carey.

Kathie was the last surviving member of her immediate family. In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by sisters, Linda Brock, Shirley and Brenda Reid; and a brother, Ronald J. Reid.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 15, at Corinth Baptist Church, with burial to follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends prior to the service on Wednesday from 12-1:45 p.m. at the church.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Corinth Baptist Church, 515 E. Church Rd., Easley, SC 29642.

The family will be at their respective homes.

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

Preacher Lewis Julius Guthrie

PICKENS — Preacher Lewis Julius Guthrie, 73, husband of Shirley Gilstrap Guthrie, was called home to his Heavenly Father Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017, at his home, surrounded by his family.

Born in Greenville County a son of the late Austin Woodrow Guthrie and Frances Maybelle Moore Guthrie.

Survivors include his wife of 48 years Shirley of the home; four daughters, Teresa Frances James of Easley, Kristina Townsend (Phillip) of Pickens, Lucy Apene and Lydia Uteli both of Papua New Ginea; two sons, Riley Lewis Guthrie (Becky) of Pickens, Scott Jason Guthrie (Stephanie) of Easley; 15 grandchildren, Adrian, Jesse, Alicia, Kiley, Shaaron, Kris, Sylvia, Kenyon, Sierra, Kasey, Landry, Emersyn, Shirley, Baby Girl, Justin; four great-grandchildren, Ellysa, Eva, Yasmyn, and Slater; three sisters, Linda Batson (Barry) of Greenville, Shirley Nahhas (Eddie) of Memphis Tenn., Patty Looper of Pickens; three brothers, Ben Guthrie of Pickens, Randy Guthrie and Jimmy Guthrie both of Greenville.

Preacher Guthrie was predeceased by his parents, a brother, Harold Guthrie, and a sister, Darlene Guthrie.

A celebration of Preacher Guthrie’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Nov. 18, at Roanoke Baptist Church.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Guthrie family.

Joan Carolyn Turner

PICKENS — Carolyn Turner, 71, wife of Pat Turner, passed from this life Tuesday, Nov. 7, 2017 at her home.

Born in Pickens County, Carolyn was a daughter of the late Eugene and Ethel Cannon.

Carolyn was a member of Mountain View Baptist Church and was known above all for the love she had for her family.

Survivors include her husband, Pat, of 22 years; a son, Tommy Webster (Angie); a daughter, Amy Webster (Travis); grandchildren, Jade Wimpey, Allie Webster and Alex Evett; sisters, Margaret Coleman, Mozelle Roper (Dub) and Linda Willoughby (Archie); brothers-in-law, Earl Gravely, Tommy Childress and Jerry Southerland.

Those gone on before Carolyn include her parents, sisters Helen LaBoone, Katheryn Southerland and Dot Gravely.

Funeral services were held Nov. 9 at Mountain View Baptist Church in Six Mile officiated by Rev. Bob Dickard and Steve Coleman with burial following at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mountain View Baptist Church, 336 Mountain View Church Road Six Mile, SC 29682

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Turner family.