Courier Obituaries 11-18-15

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Central — Sybil Kelly Frazier, 95, of 1307 Johnson Road, passed away peacefully Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, at Manna Health and Rehab in Pickens.

Born in Six Mile, she was the widow of Russell L. Frazier and a daughter of the late Guy and Esther Jenkins Kelly.

She was retired from Sangamo Electric. She loved reading and crossword puzzles. She was a member of Camp Creek Baptist Church, where she served as a Sunday school teacher and church organist for more than 35 years.

Surviving are a daughter-in-law, Sandy Gillespie (Roy) of Liberty; two sisters, Mary Lou “Patsy” Durham of Six Mile and Barbara Roberts of Pickens; two granddaughters, Jennifer Brenner (Mike) and Ronda Lenart (Bob); and two great-grandchildren, Eden Rose and Mason Brenner.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a son, Lewis Frazier; a sister, Helen Frazier; and a brother, Guy Kelly.

Funeral services for Mrs. Frazier were held Nov. 12 in the Camp Creek Baptist Church sanctuary, with burial following in the church cemetery.

Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.


EASLEY — Kathie Marie Bailey, 60, of Easley, wife of Freddie Lee Bailey, died Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015.

Born in Greenville, she was a daughter of Audrey Grace Darnell Chastain and the late Claude Edward Chastain.

Kathie was a member of Calvary First Baptist Church and loved her family.

Surviving, in addition to her loving husband of 35 years, are four children, Robert Lee Bailey (Laura), Freddie J. Bailey, and Erica Menhennett; six grandchildren; one great-grandchild; one great-grandchild on the way; and two brothers, Monroe and Roy Chastain.

A graveside service was held Nov. 13 in Graceland Cemetery West.

Thomas McAfee Funeral Home is assisting the family.


Easley — Mrs. Ellie McCreight Skelton, 88, wife of the late Charles Skelton, passed away Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015, at Foothills Presbyterian Home in Easley.

Born in Greenwood, a daughter of the late Samuel Walker McCreight and the late Maggie Elizabeth McCreight, Mrs. Skelton was a graduate of Ninety Six High School and Anderson College, where she earned her Bachelor’s degree. She was a member of Easley Presbyterian Church, where she was the former president of the Women of the Church and the former overseer of the church reception committee. Ellie was a former Girl Scout leader and a devoted volunteer for Foothills Presbyterian Home in Easley.

Surviving are a daughter, Libby O’Neill (Bill) of Ellijay, Ga.; four grandsons, Chris Callicott, McClure King (Mackenzie), McCreight King (Sarah Kathryn) and McClain King; and two great-grandchildren, Carter King and Ellie Kathryn King. In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Skelton was predeceased by a daughter, Charlene S. Barbary; a brother, Herndon W. McCreight; and two sisters, Vera M. Hendricks and Myra McCreight.

Funeral services were held Nov. 16 at Easley Presbyterian Church, with Rev. Dr. Bill Seel and Rev. Christie Gravely officiating, with entombment following in the Chapel of Reflections Mausoleum of Robinson Memorial Gardens, 1425 Powdersville Road, Easley, SC 29642.

Flowers will be accepted, and memorials may be made to Easley Presbyterian Church, 200 South 1st St., Easley, SC 29640, or to Lutheran Hospice, 429 North Main St., Suite 3, Greenville, SC 29601.

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


SUNSET — Jon Argos Pittard, 58, of Sunset, husband of Barbara Fleury Pittard, died Sunday, Nov. 15, 2015.

Born in Jacksonville, Fla., he was a son of the late Kaye Ballard Pittard. Jon was a member of Northside Baptist Church in Pickens, where he served as a deacon.

In addition to his loving wife, he is survived by one daughter, Bailey Pittard Naylor (Brendon); one son, Austin Pittard (Amy); and a half-sister, Sherry Riesinger.

The visitation will be held Thursday, Nov. 19, from 4-5:45 p.m. at Thomas McAfee Funeral Home Northwest, with a funeral service to follow at 6 p.m. in the Northwest chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of Greenville, 301 University Ridge, #5000, Greenville, SC 29601.

Condolences may be made to the family by visiting


Easley — Joe Anders, 94, born Feb. 27, 1921, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Nov. 14, 2015, at the Richard M. Campbell Veterans Nursing Home.

Born in Transylvania County, N.C., he was the son of the late Augustus Mamorn Anders and Rosa Lee Smith Anders.

Surviving are his sons, Danny Anders and Steve Anders (Michelle); grandchildren, Jonathan Anders (Caroline), Michael Anders (Beth), Joe Anders and Erin Anders; great-grandchildren, Lauren Anders, Blake Anders and Daniel Anders; and a special God-given friend, Anne Tant. Mr. Anders was predeceased by his wife of 56 years, Bonnie Kate Mahaffey Anders, four sisters and three brothers. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

Joe retired from Woodside Mill of Easley in 1982. He relocated to Easley in 1949 to become the athletic director at Easley Mill and also a player/manager of the Woodside Mill baseball team in the Cottonwood Textile League. Prior to moving to Easley, Joe played for the Greenville Spinners before entering military service. Mr. Anders was a World War II veteran, having served the U.S. Army in the Asiatic Pacific Theater.  Joe was very popular in the community during his later years for his tireless efforts to get his friend and mentor “Shoeless” Joe Jackson reinstated into baseball and inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.

 A service to celebrate Mr. Anders’ life will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 18, at 3 p.m. at Easley First Baptist Church, with burial to follow in Robinson Memorial Gardens in Easley, with military honors.

The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1-2:45 p.m. in the church narthex of Easley First Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the “Shoeless” Joe Jackson Museum, P.O. Box 4755, Greenville, SC 29608.

The family is at their respective homes.

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


MURRELLS INLET —Franklin David “Frank” Mitchell, 82, of Murrells Inlet, was suddenly called home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015, in Georgetown.

Born on June 16, 1933, in Six Mile, he was the son of the late Ernest Martin Mitchell and Angie Laura Kelley Mitchell.

Franklin was a dedicated servant and faithful member of the Wesleyan church and served on the local and S.C. district levels. While at Greenville First Wesleyan Church, he primarily served as Fellowship Class Sunday School teacher, board member and church treasurer. He supported Wesleyan Men on both the local and district levels. He also enjoyed his participation with The Gideons International organization. He and wife Jo Ann retired in Myrtle Beach in 2000, to enjoy time with family and friends, while continuing their service. He was a current member of Faith Wesleyan Church in Little River.

He attended Clemson University and Southern Wesleyan University. An accomplished food broker, he began his career with Sorrell-Gantt in Columbia and joined Consolidated Brokerage in 1957, later becoming primary owner. He was known as “Frank” to his co-workers and many he mentored. He retired in 1989 after selling to ACOSTA of Jacksonville, Fla.

Franklin had a warm smile, an infectious laugh and was a devoted husband, father, brother and “Papa Frank.” His generosity and love impacted all who knew him. He will be deeply missed by his two daughters, Theresa Mitchell Hambrick (Paul) of Memphis, Tenn., and Karen J. Mitchell of Myrtle Beach; and son, David S. Mitchell (Rebekah) of Myrtle Beach; five grandchildren, Hilary Hambrick Taft (Eric) of Nashville, Tenn., Hunter Hambrick of Memphis, Tenn., and Christian, Chandler and Chase Mitchell of Greenville; and two brothers, Lloyd Mitchell (Marie) of Central and Robert Mitchell (Mary) of Gastonia, N.C.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his wife of 47 years, Jo Ann Johnson Mitchell; four brothers, Waymon, Leland, Paul and Donald Mitchell; and only sister, Etrulia Mitchell Edney.

The family would like to thank the staff at National Health Care in Murrells Inlet for their loving care provided over the past several years.

A memorial celebration was held on Nov. 2 at First Wesleyan Church in Greenville, with The Reverends Ray Barnwell and Buddy Rampey officiating. A private interment followed at Greenville Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hephzibah Teen Parent Home, 6601 Zebulon Road, Macon, GA 31220-7606.


Easley — Margaret Ellen Beard, 91, passed from this life to the next Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, at her home.

Margaret was born in Bartlesville, Okla., a daughter of the late Lester Rahn and Margaret Burney Schucker. She was raised in Hutchinson, Kan., and raised her family in North Kansas City, Mo. In an effort to be near her family, she moved to Easley to live out her retirement years.

Left to cherish her memory include a son, Dennis Beard (Sharon) of Easley; two daughters, Linda Cassell (Milledge) of Pickens and Cheryl Beard of Easley; a sister-in-law, Ruth Schucker of Simpsonville; five grandchildren, Sheri Dubois (Kevin) of Eaton, N.H., David Beard (Nicole) of Alta, Utah, Tracee Clem (Derek) of Greenville, Jason Cassell (Aimee) of Pickens and Christine Morrow of Walhalla; and two great-grandchildren, Cassandra Beard and Caitlyn Clem.

Mrs. Beard was predeceased by her parents, brother, Richard Schucker and a grandson, Douglas Beard.

The family would like to thank Margaret’s caregivers, Cindy and Michelle, for helping to keep her in her home as she wished.

Services were held Nov. 14 in the mausoleum chapel of Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Feed A Hungry Child of Pickens County, Post Office Box 1573, Pickens, South Carolina 29671.

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Beard family.


Easley — Clara M. Hunter Day, 76, wife of the late Paul James Day, passed from this life Tuesday, Nov. 10, 2015, at her home surrounded by her family.

Mrs. Day was born in Pickens County, a daughter of the late Frank and Ada Allen Spearman Hunter on May 16, 1939.

Those left to cherish her memory are a daughter, Tina Day Davidson of Easley; two sons, Michael Paul Day (Kenna) of Greenville and Mark Day of Easley; a brother, Larry Hunter (Sandy) of Pickens; two sisters-in-law, Maxine Hunter of Easley and Marie Hunter of Georgia; six grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Clara was predeceased by her parents, her husband, son Lewis Day and three brothers, Charles Hunter, Edward Hunter and Clyde Hunter.

Clara found joy and delights in many things during her lifetime. Those delights included quality family time, going dancing with the senior citizens, taking walks with her friends in her neighborhood, attending Rock Springs Baptist Church and fellowshipping with her Sunday school class.

Services were held Nov. 14, in the Dillard Funeral Home Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Dr. David Gallamore, with interment following in Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens.

Memorials may be made to Open Arms Hospice, 1836 West Georgia Road, Simpsonville, SC 29680.

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Day family.


Milton, Fla. — Mary Frances Waldrop, 80, wife of the late Guy F. Waldrop, passed away Nov. 9, 2015, in Milton, Fla.

Mrs. Waldrop was born Dec. 17, 1934, in Pickens County, a daughter of the late William Lee and Margie T. Wood. She was a member of the Eastern Star Chapter 200 and Daughter of the Nile.

Survivors include one son, William A. “Tony” Waldrop (Patricia) of Milton, Fla.

Graveside services were held Nov. 13 at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens, officiated by Rev. Larry Smith and The East Star Chapter 200.

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Waldrop family.


EASLEY — Karen was born on July 29, 1940, in Homestead, Fla., to the late Laban K. Bishop and Annie Hartley Bishop.

Karen graduated from South Dade High School and following graduation married her loving husband Cadillac Jones. She started working at the age of 12 at McCrory’s. As a teenager, Karen was part of the Homestead Posse and rode in several rodeos. Karen also worked for her mother at Annie B Smith Realty.

After graduation, Karen worked as a dental assistant for several years until she and Cadillac adopted their daughter, Sandy, and five years later they adopted their son, Steve. Their third son, Joseph, came along several years later.

Karen was an active church worker. She taught children and in later years moved into the senior adults. She was involved for many years with Christian Women’s Club and was an unapologetic Christian witness for the cause of Christ. For her last birthday get-together with some of her friends, she gave her testimony and proceeded to teach Sunday school one last time.

The family moved several times through the years with Cadillac’s job with Coca-Cola and finally went back home to South Florida in 1985. Still active in her church, she volunteered as a secretary at Princeton Christian School until the family moved to their final home in South Carolina in 1994.

Karen loved the mountains and the change of seasons and all of God’s creatures. Her loving companion Pod was a rescue and even visited her while she was in the hospital and nursing home.

Her greatest love besides her children and grandchildren were the senior ladies of her church. Her heart’s desire was to do things that would bring them happiness.

She was also an auxiliary member of Gideon’s International. In lieu of flowers, please consider a memorial gift to the Gideon’s. Isaiah 40:7 says “grass withers and the flowers die, but the word of the Lord lives forever.”

Survivors include her husband Elbert F. “Cadillac” Jones of 57 years; one daughter, Sandra Lynn Jones Hamilton (Phil); two sons, Steven Alan Jones (Suzanne) and Joseph Matthew Jones, all of Easley; four grandchildren, Brittany Jones Roper and Karen Anne Hamilton Kent, both of Easley, and Jacob and Joshua Jones both of Jacksonville, N.C.; and two great-grandchildren, Jacey and Dane Roper, both of Easley.

Services were held Nov. 13 in the Dillard Funeral Home Chapel, followed by entombment at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens Mausoleum.

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Jones family.


Easley — Hilda Ruth Hollingsworth, 73, wife of the late Kenneth E. Smith and Bobby Hollingsworth, went to be with the Lord Friday, Nov. 13, 2015, at St. Francis Hospital.

Mrs. Hollingsworth was born in Williamston, a daughter of the late Louise Campbell Ellison and Hulet M. Ellison.

Mrs. Hollingsworth was a faithful member of Jones Avenue Baptist Church in Easley.

Survivors include two step-sons, Stephen Hollingsworth (Sharon) and Michael Hollingsworth; one sister, Barbara Sheppard of Easley; niece April Harris of Easley; special great-niece Grace Harris and great-nephew Tate Burton, both of Easley.

Services were held Nov. 15, at Jones Avenue Baptist Church, followed by entombment at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Garden Mausoleum.

Memorials may be made to Jones Avenue Baptist Church Building Fund, 614 Ross Ave, Easley SC 29640.

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Hollingsworth family.