Courier Obituaries 11-23-16

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Shirley Smith

Pickens — Shirley Lance Smith, 75, wife of Verner Smith went home to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016.

Mrs. Smith was born in Rosman, N.C., a daughter of Cleo Galloway Lance of Raleigh, N.C., and the late Howard A. Lance. She was employed with Ryobi Motor Products in Pickens as a data entry clerk and inventory control clerk and later worked as a receptionist at Dillard Funeral Home. Mrs. Smith was a member of Mile Creek Baptist Church. She served as a Sunday school teacher and lead the junior choir at Cannon Mountain Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Verner Smith of the home, her mother, Cleo Lance of Raleigh and daughters, Pamela Denise Smith (Jimmy) of Murrell’s Inlet and Crystal Lynn Smith Dyar (Tim) of Central and her sister, Janet Warner (Lee) of Raleigh, N.C. Also surviving are grandchildren Ryan Verner Smith, Blake Dyar, Brandon Dyar and Jacki Michelle Smith and great grandchildren, Lyric Alexandria Grate, A.J. Grate, Andre Grate, Ella Smith and Nicholas Smith.

In addition to her father, Mrs. Smith was predeceased by a brother, Howard Douglas Lance.

Funeral services were held Nov. 18 in the Dillard Funeral home chapel.

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

Robert Charles Duhaime Sr.

Easley — Robert Charles Duhaime Sr., 84, of Easley, was the husband to Shirley Ann Ennis Duhaime, passed peacefully with his family by his side, Nov. 14, 2016, at Baptist Easley Hospital.

He was born in Bridgeport, Conn., to the late Louis Stephen Duhaime and Laura Ismelda McCleod Duhaime.

Robert was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy. He was a member of Faith Baptist Church in Easley for 17 years. He enjoyed golf, bowling, skiing, sports with the kids, the N.Y. Yankees and N.Y. Giants. Robert retired from IBM after working as a senior electrical engineer for many years.

Left to cherish his memory are his loving wife of 58 years; his children, Robert C. Duhaime Jr, Teresa “Terry” A. Satter, William K. Duhaime, Kathy D. Joiner, and David L. Duhaime; grandchildren, Christie, Stacey, Brittany, Brandon, Elisabeth, Will, Amanda, Natalie, Logan, Lilly and Bella; and great-grandchild, Caden.

Funeral services were held Nov. 17 at Robinson Funeral Home, Easley, with Pastor Robert Reeise officiating, with entombment in Robinson Memorial Gardens, Chapel of Reflection Mausoleum in Easley.

In lieu of flowers, donations are requested directly to the Easley Christian School, 461 Saco Lowell Rd, Easley, SC 29640.

Condolences may be expressed online at or in person at Robinson Funeral Home – Powdersville Road, which is assisting the family.

Charles L. Rogers

Pickens — Charles Lee Rogers, 90, husband of Dorothy Dunning Rogers, passed from this life on Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016.

Mr. Rogers was born in Marion, Ill., a son of the late Lee Roy and Elsie Rich Rogers. He was transferred from Illinois to Pickens in 1962 by Sangamo (now Schlumberger), where he worked as senior applications engineer for more than 40 years. Mr. Rogers traveled internationally for his work, including destinations of New Delhi, India, Mexico and throughout the U. S.

A U.S. Navy veteran, Mr. Rogers was a graduate of the Great Lakes Naval Station and studied at the Naval Air Station in San Diego. He attended both Mercer University in Macon, Ga., and the University of Illinois in Champaign. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church, The American Legion, and The Society of American Engineers. Golf was his passion, and he was a member of the Pickens Country Club for 54 years, where he served as a board member and was a former president of the board.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years, Dorothy Rogers, sons, Curtis L. Rogers (Vicki) of Easley and Martin S. Rogers of Fort Huachuca, Ariz.; and daughter, Melinda Gail Rogers of Pickens; Also surviving are grandchildren, Travis Lee Rogers, Bryan Sanford Rogers, Whitney Cline; and great-grandchildren, Parris Rogers, Skylar Rogers, Tristyn Rogers, and Autumn Rogers, Jason, Ben, Austin, Emma, Clara, Stella Rogers and Justin, Jackson and Abigail Cline.

Services were held Nov. 17 in the chapel of Dillard Funeral Home in Pickens, with the Rev. James McCoy-Bruce officiating, followed by burial at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

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

Memorials may be made to Grace United Methodist Church, 309 E Cedar Rock St, Pickens, SC 29671 or to the charity of one’s choice.

Joseph Bowman

Six Mile — Mr. Joseph Charles Bowman, 39, husband of Cynthia Trammell Bowman, passed away Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016.

Born in Madison County, Miss., a son of Birdie Lee Gray Jones of Mississippi and the late John Randolph Bowman, Mr. Bowman was employed with Imperial Die Casting and of the Baptist faith.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are his stepfather, Gary Jones of Mississippi; four sons, Joseph Charles Bowman II of the home, Chanse Baril and Jason Baril, both of Seneca, and Austin Moore of Six Mile; two daughters, Taylor Chyenne Bowman of Seneca and Nichole Moore of Central; two brothers, James Bowman and Chris Bowman, both of Mississippi; and three grandchildren, Brantley Pilgrim, Sydney Moore and Kwiate Baril.

Funeral services were held Nov. 20 in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, with Rev. Dugar Strickland and Rev. Roy Moore officiating, with burial following in the Cedar Hill Holiness Church Cemetery.

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

Martha Frances Trotter McCall

Easley — Martha Frances Trotter McCall, 69, went to be with the Lord Tuesday, Nov. 15, 2016.

Ms. McCall was born in Pickens, a daughter of the late Ben Hagood Trotter and Frances Rowland Trotter.

Ms. McCall was employed at Ryobi for 36 years as a data plate stamper.

Survivors include her daughter, Margaret Smith (Brad) of Easley; two grandchildren, Ashley Bridgeman (Cody) of Ft. Bragg, N.C., and Abbie Clark of Easley; three great-grandchildren, Camron Willis of Easley, Matthew Posey of Ft. Bragg, N.C., and Madison Bridgeman, also of Ft. Bragg, N.C. Mrs. McCall also leaves in her memory, three sisters, Jere Chappell (Calvin), Patsy Cannon and Jo Holcombe, all of Easley; and two brothers, Ben Trotter (Wilma) and Stanley Trotter (Donna), both of Pickens. She also leaves four half-sisters.

Mrs. McCall was predeceased by two daughters, Sharon McCall and Shonda McCall.

Services were held Nov. 19 at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens in Pickens.

Online condolences may be expressed by visiting

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the McCall family.

Jeffery Wayne Meaders

Six Mile ­— Jeffery Wayne Meaders, 58, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 16, 2016, in Anderson.

Born in Gainesville, Ga., on July 10, 1958, he was the son of Jessie Lee Meaders and the late Jack Wayne Meaders, and he was an engineering inspector and loved his family dearly.

Surviving are his wife, Susan Meaders, of 34 years; one son, Gregory Wayne Meaders; and a daughter, Kalyn Ann Meaders, both of Six Mile. Mr. Meaders also leaves in his memory a grandchild, Robert Clark Porter, also of Six Mile.

A memorial was held Nov. 19 at Six Mile Baptist Church, 149 N. Main St., Six Mile.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting

Carolyn “Katy” Teague

SIX MILE — Carolyn Dooley “Katy” Teague, 69, of 166 Parrott Drive, died Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016, at St. Francis Hospital Eastside.

Born in Anderson, she was the wife of Benjamin Terrell “Terry” Teague and a daughter of the late John Dooley and Arie Gilbert Dooley Lynch. Prior to retiring from the School District of Pickens County, where she worked in the Pickens Middle School cafeteria, she was a florist for 15 years at Heaven Sent Florist. She was a very crafty lady and enjoyed making jewelry. She was a member of Ridgeland Drive Baptist Church, where she was also active with creative ministries.

Surviving in addition to her husband are three daughters, Angela Reish (Kenneth) of Centerville, Va., Elizabeth Ann Dehling (Ryan) of Fon Du Lac, Wis., and Cindy Bryliski Breit (Al) of Greenville, Wis.; three sons, Rev. Shannon Franklin (Shari) of Clover, Terrell Teague of Rochester, N.Y., and Shockley Teague (Parrish) of Florida; two sisters, Frances Nations of Norris and Donnie Dooley of Jonesboro, Ga.; numerous grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her first husband, Clarence Acey Franklin; three sisters, Rillia Lovelace, Edith Harris and Louise Dooley; and two brothers, Paul and Walter Dooley.

Funeral services to honor the life of Mrs. Teague will be held at 3 p.m., Friday, Nov. 25, in the Liberty Mortuary Chapel. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 1:30-3 p.m. at the mortuary.

Carolyn, you are the love of my life, the light of my world and my best friend. I love you — Terry.

The family will be at the residence. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Feed a Hungry Child Pickens County: PO Box 1573 Pickens, SC 29671. Liberty Mortuary and Cremation Services will be handling arrangements.

Clara Inez D. Holder

Easley — Clara Inez D. Holder, 92, wife of the late Grady T. Holder, passed away Friday, Nov. 18, 2016, at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Born in East La Porte, N.C., Mrs. Holder was a daughter of the late Garland S. and Olivia Owens Duncan. She retired from Singer Company and she was a member of Enon Baptist Church.

Surviving are three sons, Harold H. Holder (Lori), David L. Holder (Cookie) and Jimmy J. Holder (Debra), all of Pickens; four daughters, Frances Revels (Bill) of Easley, Doris Talley (John) of Sunset, and Mary Lusk (Virgil) and Martha Davis, both of Pickens; a sister, Louise Black of Easley; 17 grandchildren; 44 great-grandchildren; and 15 great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband, Mrs. Holder was predeceased by one daughter, one grandchild; and one great-grandchild.

Funeral services were held Nov. 20 in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Powdersville Road, with burial following in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to the building fund of Enon Baptist Church, 871 Enon Church Road, Easley, SC 29640.

Condolences may be expressed online at or in person at Robinson Funeral Home – Powdersville Road, which is assisting the family.


Reverend James D. Patterson

Easley — The Rev. James “Jim” Patterson, 69, went to be with his Savior on Nov. 17, 2016.

Jim was the beloved husband of Brenda Odom Patterson, the adoring father of Jamie Adams and her husband Scott, and doting “Gandy” to Raleigh Amanda Adams and James Wilson (Wil) Adams.

Jim was born in Panama City, Fla. He was the son of the late James Solomon (Sol) and Helen Moline Patterson, and the brother of Daniel Wayne Patterson (Carol) and Susan Mugglestone.

Jim spent the majority of his life in service for his Lord Jesus Christ. During his 50 years of ministry, Jim served as state finance director for The Church of God of Prophecy in Alabama and South Carolina, and served as head pastor at churches in both states. Upon retirement from pastoring, Jim continued his ministry and love of people, by using his position as owner of Patterson & Adams Tax Service to witness, counsel, befriend and love his clients.

In addition to his immediate family, Jim is survived by his sister-in-law, Karen, and her husband, Lamar (Peanut) Truett, his dearest friends, Dale and Keitha Vicars, and Paul Johnson.

Funeral services were held Nov. 21 at Robinson Funeral Home, Easley, with Rev. Lemar Tollison officiating and burial following in Robinson Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made directly to New Beginnings Church, PO Box 2745, Anderson, SC 29622.

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

Jim unconditionally loved God, his family and others to the very end.

Russel B Carpenter

Easley — Russel B. Carpenter, 68, husband of Catherine A. (Rumsey) Carpenter passed away peacefully Wednesday, Nov. 16, in his home in Easley.

He was born in Newburgh, N.Y., to the late Russel D. Carpenter and Ann (Ball) Carpenter.

He served proudly in the Army for four years during the Vietnam War and was honorably discharged at West Point, N.Y., where he served as an assistant ballistic instructor to the cadets.

His hobbies were gardening and all types of woodworking. He was a lifetime member of the NRA and member of Post 36 American Legion, Ludlow, Vt.

Russ graduated from the Class of 1967 Wallkill Central High School, Wallkill, N.Y. He led a varied work career during his life. Before, during and after his Army service, he worked in his family’s business, Carpenter’s Gun Works, as a gunsmith in Plattekill, N.Y. He was hired as a member of the Newburgh Fire Department for seven years in Newburgh, N.Y.

Upon moving to Vermont, he did gun repair and worked at GE in Rutland, Vt., He then became a builder and contractor.

In 1993, he and Catherine set out on an adventure when he was hired by Burns & Roe at GITMO Naval Base, Cuba, for six years.

They later settled in Surfside Beach to be closer to family and grandchildren in 1999. He worked as assistant maintanence supervisor for Oceanside Village, Surfside, and retired after 10 years.

He is survived by his loving wife of 48 years, Catherine A. (Rumsey) Carpenter; sons, Russel Carpenter (Jacqueline Hall) of Greer and Jason Carpenter (Cendy) of Easley; grandchildren, Jacob Carpenter (Tiffany Winchester) of Greenville, Madison Carpenter (Matt Colley) of Greer, Bret Carpenter of Easley, Zachary Carpenter of Easley, Tyler Carpenter of Greer and Cole Carpenter of Easley; and a great-granddaughter, McKinley Carpenter of Greenville.

Mr. Carpenter is survived by his sister, Mary (Duane) Trotter of Brandenton, Fla., and brother, William Carpenter.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Kidney Foundation.

A memorial service will be held at a later date by the family.

Special thanks to Shannon Casey and all the team members at Regency Southern Care Hospice Services.

Lucille Evatt

Norris — Lucille Avanel Barrett Evatt, 92, of 951 Norris Highway, died Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016 at her residence.

Born in Cateechee, she was the widow of Harold Whiteman Evatt and a daughter of the late Raymond George and Olie Mae Medlock Barrett. She was retired from Cateechee Mills and loved crocheting and working in her yard. She attended Cateechee Baptist Church.

Surviving are a daughter, Pamela Simpson (James) of Norris; and a grandson, Jeffrey Naderi (Natasha) of Cross Hill.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by three sisters, Rosa Lee Pilgrm, Aileen Gaines and Nettie Mae Rollins; and two brothers, George Barrett and Rev. Frank Barrett.

Funeral services to honor the life of Mrs. Evatt will be held at noon Wednesday, Nov. 23, in the Liberty Mortuary Chapel. Burial will be at Norris Cemetery.

The family will be at the home. Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.

Crystal A. Miller

Easley — Mrs. Crystal Alexander Miller, 50, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016.

Born in Pickens County, a daughter of Brenda Alexander “Vicky” Robison, and the late Carl Edward Alexander, Mrs. Miller was self employed and of the Baptist faith.

Surviving, in addition to her mother, are her prize possessions, her five grandchildren, Trevor Alexander, Anna Alexander, Alexis Allen, Benji Allen and Alonna Miller; a son Chris Alexander (Jennifer) of Piedmont; two daughters, Seanna Miller and Jasmine Miller, both of Easley; a brother, Melvin Alexander (Nancy) of Easley; and a sister, Tandra A. Fortin of Liberty.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 23, in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park.

The family is at the home of her son and daughter-in-law, Chris and Jennifer Alexander.

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