Courier Obituaries 11-9-16

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Theresa Renee Moore (Wilson)

EASLEY — Theresa Renee Moore Wilson, 54, died Oct. 28, 2016 at her daughter’s home, 134 Rock View St. in Easley, from COPD and other health issues.

Ms. Moore was born on June 22, 1962, in Oconee County to Henry and Geneva Wilson. She graduated from Daniel High School in 1980.
Ms. Moore is survived by her mother, Geneva Wilson of Pickens; sister, Rhonda Wright of Baltimore, Md.; brothers, Randall Wilson of Easley and Robbie Wilson of North Carolina; daughter, Jennifer Jones of Easley; and son, Sean Wilson of Pickens; and five wonderful grandchildren, Emilie and Gracie Ellenburg, Marlie Jones, Brayden and Christian Wilson.

She was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth Moore, father, Henry Wilson, son, Michael Wilson, brother, Ricky Wilson, and aunt and uncle, Nina and Clifton Roach.

Kelly Wagner

Anderson — Kelly Bruce Wagner, 56, of 405 Stone Haven Drive, died Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016, at St. Francis Hospital.

Born in Nelsonville, Ohio, he was the husband of Sheila Atkinson Wagner and a son of the late Jerry B. and Patricia Hillyer Wagner. Mr. Wagner worked in the aviation industry for more than 25 years with United Airlines and Lockheed Martin. He served his country in the U.S. Air Force in the Persian Gulf. His hobbies included riding his Harley Davidson and woodworking. He attended New Spring Church.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two sisters, Cindy Klinger (George) and Terri Wagner both of Athens, Ohio; a brother, Chris Wagner of Athens, Ohio; his father in law, Bob Atkinson of Liberty; a sister in law, Pam McDaniel of Piedmont; 3 nieces, Sarah Klinger Bail (Cody), Elizabeth and Emily McDaniel; and a great nephew, Braxton Bail.

Funeral services to honor the life of Mr. Wagner were held Nov. 7 at East Side Baptist Church in Liberty, followed by burial with military honors at M.J. “Dolly” Cooper Veterans Cemetery in Anderson.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may also be made to The McKinsey Foundation: 406 Fireside Drive Columbia, SC 29212 or by visiting the McKinsey Fund website at Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.

Bruce E. Holliday

Easley — Mr. Bruce Edwin Holliday, 82, husband of the late Linda Sue Hightower Holliday, passed away Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, at Cottingham Hospice House.

Born in Pickens County, the son of the late John Edgar and Fannie Harkins Holliday, Mr. Holliday retired from Platt Saco-Lowell and was a member of Calvary Hill Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran.

Surviving are a son, Dale Holliday (Sheila) of Easley; and three grandchildren, Taryn H. Thompson, Austin Holliday and Ashley Holliday. In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. Holliday was predeceased by two sisters.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends from 12:30-1:45 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home, prior to the service.

The family is at the home of his son and daughter-in-law, Dale and Sheila Holliday.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 154 Milestone Way, Greenville, SC 29615.

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

Tuffy Sargent

Liberty — Jason Carl “Tuffy” Sargent, 89, husband of Christine Scott Sargent, passed away on Friday, Nov. 4, 2016, at the Hospice House in Anderson.

Born in Liberty, he was a son of the late David S. and Leota Whitlock Sargent.

He retired from Woodside Mills and was a United States Navy veteran of World War II.

Surviving in addition to his wife of 70 years are two sons, Stan Sargent (Fran) of Liberty and Phil Sargent (Jane) of Easley; three grandchildren, Heather Goss (Stephen), Courtney Harmon (Roy) and Caroline Sargent; also surviving are three great-grandchildren, Annie and McKinley Goss and Jenifer Jane Harmon.
He was a former Liberty City Councilman, a little league coach, and was the Pickens-Liberty Lions Club Citizen of the Year in 1988.

Mr. Sargent was actively involved in the Boy Scouts for many years, he was the Scoutmaster of Troop 172, leading more than 20 boys to the rank of Eagle Scout. He also received the Good Shepherd Award, and the Silver Beaver Award from B.S.A.

Funeral services to honor the life of Mr. Sargent were held Nov. 7 in the Liberty Mortuary Chapel, with burial following at M.J. Dolly Cooper Veterans Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to East Side Baptist Church, 920 Anderson Drive, Liberty SC 29657. Liberty Mortuary is assisting the family.

Charles O’Shields

Greenville — Charles Junior O’Shields, 67, husband of Mary Johnson O’Shields, passed from this life on Wednesday, Nov. 2, 2016.

Charles was born in Greenville County, a son of Overa Moore O’Shields of Easley and the late Hoy Z. O’Shields. He was a produce associate with Wal-Mart in Taylors and of the Baptist faith. Charles was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War.

Survivors include his wife, Mary, of the home; his mother, Overa O’Shields; a sister, Darlene O. Walden (Terry) of Easley; and brothers, James M. “Mack” O’Shields (Jackie) A. Wayne O’Shields (Amber) and Jerry D. O’Shields, all of Easley; Also surviving are four nieces, 10 nephews and a number of great-nieces and great-nephews.

Graveside services were held Nov. 6 at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens.

Memorials may be made to The Julie Valentine Center, 2905 White Horse Rd, Greenville, SC 29611.

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

Bill Anders

Pickens — William Perry Anders Sr., 83, husband of Mary Jo Haskett Anders, passed from this life on Tuesday evening, Oct. 18, 2016.

Mr. Anders was born in Cleveland, a son of the late Bunyan William and Sara Ettie Gilstrap Anders. He was retired from Roadway Express following 38 years of service, and he was a U. S. Army veteran of the Korean War. Mr. Anders was also a member of American Legion Post 11 in Pickens.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Mary Jo Anders of the home; sons, William P. Anders Jr. of the home, T. Yancey Anders (Marie) of Dacusville, and S. Brent Anders (Gina) of Pickens; Grandchildren include Grayson, Parker, Savanah, Evan, Kalyn, and Adrienne Anders. Mr. Anders is also survived by a sister, Ann A. Maddox (Heyward) of Cleveland.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Anders was preceded in death by three brothers, J. C. Anders, T. C. Anders and Edward Anders, and a sister, Mary Lee Merritt.

Services were held Oct. 21 at Holly Springs Baptist, with burial following in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Holly Springs Baptist Church Bus Fund, 3450 Table Rock Road, Pickens, SC 29671.

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

Jerry P. Burgess

Easley — Jerry Phillip Burgess, 63, went home to be with his Heavenly Father on Thursday, Nov. 3, 2016, after a long battle with colon cancer and heart disease.

Jerry leaves his wife and partner of 26 years, Pamela Shaw Burgess; his two sons, Jason Phillip Burgess (Sherry Hayes) and Justin Paul Burgess (Diana); his daughter, Elisa Willis (Eric); and his grandchildren, Jazmin, Josh, Amber, Issac, Hayden, and John. Also surviving are his three brothers, Joey Griffin Burgess, Jimmie Keith Burgess and Jeffrey Dale Burgess; his sister, Rhonda Jean Wilson; and many other beloved family members and dear friends.

After graduating from Easley High School in 1971, Jerry began his 42-year career at Duke Energy, where he was a nuclear maintenance technician.

Jerry had a great passion for collecting guns and knives. He enjoyed tinkering in his shop, repairing and restoring old cars and spending time bass fishing with his loving wife, Pam.

A celebration of his life was held Nov. 7 in the chapel of Dillard Funeral Home in Pickens, with burial following at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens.

Memorials may be made to GHS Cancer Institute, 65 International Drive, Greenville, SC 29615.

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

Charles F. Coggins

Easley — Charles F. Coggins, 75, of Easley, husband of Brenda Smith Coggins, passed peacefully Saturday, Nov. 5, 2016, in his home surrounded by his family.

He was born in Greenville County to the late Fred O. Coggins and Evelene Moon Coggins.

Charles was a member of Mt. Airy Baptist Church in Easley for 36 years, where he served his church as a deacon. He served proudly in the U.S. Army before being honorably discharged. He loved gardening, was an active member of the Upstate Day Lily Society, and he was extremely proud to share with his wife the “Best Landscape Garden” from AHS Region No. 15 in 2015. He retired from General Heating and Air.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his sister, Barbara Tallant.

He is survived by his loving wife of 52 years, Brenda Smith Coggins; sons, Charles E. Coggins (Renee) and Ross M. Coggins (Leslie), both of Anderson; brothers, Clayton W. Coggins (Wanda) of Easley and Freddie R. Coggins of Anderson; and grandchildren, Cade Coggins, Conner Coggins, Mitchell Coggins, Chaz Coggins and Lauren Coggins.

Funeral services were held Nov. 8 at Mt. Airy Baptist Church, Easley, with Rev. Dr. Keith Shorter officiating and burial following in Robinson Memorial Gardens in Easley.

In lieu of flowers, donations are requested directly to Mt. Airy Baptist Church, Building Fund, in memory of Charles.

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

Avery Francis Corn

PICKENS — Avery Francis Corn, 63, of Pickens, passed away Oct. 26, 2016.

Born in Henderson County, N.C., he was a son of the late Delmar Francis and Lizzie Bernice Lyda Corn. Mr. Corn was employed by the city of Pickens for many years. He was a CPL in South Carolina State Guard CO “B” from 1990 to 1993.

Surviving are one daughter, Dorothy Corn (Jeremiah Roussard) of Wilmington, N.C.; two brothers, Johnny Corn (Esther) and Floyd Snipes (Sherry), both of Pickens; two sisters, Rita Laye (Gene) and Tammy Cain (Rodney), both of Pickens; six nieces and nephews, 13 great-nieces and nephews and one great-great-niece.

In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by two brothers, Tony Corn and Gene Corn.

The family would like to say a special thank you to Greenville Memorial Hospital, Nurses, Palliative Care Team, and Compassus Hospice.

Funeral services were held Oct. 28 at Lifechurch in Dacusville, with burial following in Pleasant Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Compassus Hospice, 1923 E. Main St. Suite B Duncan, SC 29334.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family at The Howze Mortuary is assisting the family.

Billy joe Black

PICKENS — Billy Joe “Bill” Black, 73, of Pickens, passed away on Nov. 6, 2016, at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Born in Travelers Rest, he was the son of the late William David and Geneva Covil Black. He was the owner of Bill Black Electrical Company, a member of East Pickens Baptist Church and the Shriners Club – The Royal Order of the Jesters.

Surviving are his wife Frances Black; three children, Curtis Black (Debra), Melissa Black (Nate), and Miranda Looper; three siblings, Dennis Black, Mary Lowe, and Danny Black; five grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Along with his parents, Mr. Black was predeceased by one brother, Donald Black.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016, at East Pickens Baptist Church, with a greeting of guests following the service from 3 – 4:30 p.m. in the East Pickens Baptist Church Miracle Building.

Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to East Pickens Baptist Church, 2244 Gentry Memorial Hwy, Pickens, SC 29671, or to a charity of choice.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting

Ann Bagwell Gastley

Easley — Ann Bagwell Gastley, 70, loving wife of Wayne Frank Gastley, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, Nov. 6, 2016.

Born in Pickens County, a daughter of the late James Perry Bagwell and the late Vera Patterson Bagwell, Mrs. Gastley retired as a medical transcriptionist with the Greenville Hospital System and Pathology Associates of Greenville, with more than 45 years of service. Ann had a passion for camping, loved spending time with her family and was affectionately known as Nana. She was an active member of Jones Avenue Baptist Church and a member of the New Beginnings Sunday School Class.

Surviving, in addition to her husband of 52 years, are two daughters, Teresa Ingram (Frankie) of Sunset and Jennifer Smith (Timmy) of Easley; a brother, Tommy Bagwell of Easley; a sister, Clara Hunter of Liberty; four grandchildren, Brooke and John Ingram and Brenley and Bryson Smith; and her beloved dog, Skip. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Gastley was predeceased by a brother, Roy Bagwell; and two sisters, Carol Bagwell and Sara Ray.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9, at Jones Avenue Baptist Church, with Rev. Zach Shaw officiating. Burial will follow at Robinson Memorial Gardens.

The family is at the home.

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