Courier Obituaries 12-18-13

Edwin L. Bolt, III

Easley — Mr. Edwin “Eddie” Lee Bolt, III, 60, husband of Michelle Houston Bolt, died Monday, Dec. 9, 2013 at Baptist Easley Hospital.

Born in Greenville County, he was the son of the late Dr. Edwin Lee Bolt, Jr. and the late Elizabeth Stewart Bolt. Mr. Bolt was a graduate of North Greenville College and retired from Alice Manufacturing Company with 25 years of service. Eddie was curator of the Pickens County Museum until becoming current site manager for Hagood Mill, and was a member of Mt. Tabor Baptist Church. He was a talented musician and song writer who loved to share his passion for music.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are two sons, Michael Lee Bolt and Benjamin Coy Dylan Bolt, both of Easley; two daughters, Amanda Bolt Ellenburg (Mark), of Pickens, and Sara Adena Bolt of Easley; and two grandchildren, Emma Elizabeth Ellenburg and Adley Mae Ellenburg.

Graveside services were 1 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12 at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to the Hagood Mill Fund, c/o the Pickens County Museum, 307 Johnson Street, Pickens, SC 29671.

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

Phyllis R. Boyles

Central — Phyllis Rodgers Boyles, born Feb. 11, 1927 in Greenbrier County, W.Va. to the late Paul and Lucille Rodgers, died at home Dec. 10, 2013.

She graduated from Alderson-Broaddus College in Philippi, W.V. She enjoyed working in the community serving on the Central Town Council and working as a substitute teacher at RC Edwards and Daniel High School. In 2008 Phyllis was honored as Clemson Tiger Brotherhood Mother-of-the-Year. She loved her large family and enjoyed hosting their many friends and extended family members. Even with such a large family she always remembered birthdays and anniversaries with cards.

She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Robert A Boyles. She is also survived by her 10 children: David (Becky) Boyles, Craig (Betty) Boyles, Lycia (Joe) Golson, Philip (Meg) Boyles, Mark (Sallie) Boyles, Beth (German) Martinez, Nathan Boyles, Sara (Richard) Douglas, Sam (Sonya) Boyles, and Aaron (Traci) Boyles. Phyllis adored her many grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Eleanor Davis is her surviving sister and her surviving sister-in-law is Wanda Rodgers.

She was predeceased by her brother, Samuel E Rodgers.

The immediate family will hold a private service.

The family would like to thank Dr. David Liebman and employees of the Clemson Health Center for their extraordinary care of their mother.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to The Salvation Army,

Condolences may be expressed online at or at the funeral home.

Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home is assisting the Boyles family.

Clara Jameson

Easley — Clara Long Elrod Jameson, 90, widow of Floyd B. Elrod and Leo Jameson, died Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 at Majesty Health and Rehab.

Born in Anderson County, to the late Ezekiel and Dora Smith Long, Clara was a homemaker and a member of Mt. Airy Baptist Church. Mrs. Jameson loved to travel with her family and friends whenever she could. Out of all the places she went, her favorite was her trip to Hawaii.

Mrs. Jameson is survived by a daughter, Brenda Martin and her husband the Rev. Gerald Martin; four grandchildren, Tami Sickels (Jim), the Rev. Brent Martin (Marian), the Rev. Shane Martin (Cara) and Chris Martin (Chancy); and nine great-grandchildren, Gabe, Zane, Jack, Maci Clare and Zeke Sickels, Luke, Owen, Tess and Joah Martin.

Funeral services were 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13 at Mt. Airy Baptist Church in Easley, with the Revs. Gerald Martin, Shane Martin, Brent Martin and Dr. Keith Shorter officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Mt. Airy Baptist Church, 210 Mt. Airy Church Road, Easley, SC 29642, or to Holly Springs Baptist Church, 3450 Table Rock Road, Pickens, SC 29671.

The family would like to thank the staff of Majesty Health and Rehab for all of the care and compassion they showed Mrs. Jameson during her time with them.
Condolences may be expressed online at or in person at Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, which is assisting the family.

Garland Hudson Simmons

Easley — Garland Hudson Simmons, 85, of Pickens died Tuesday Dec. 10, 2013, at the Rainey Hospice House in Anderson following an extended illness.

He was the son of the late Earlie Simmons and Ollie Hudson Simmons, and was predeceased, by his wife of 65 years, Lucille Parsons Simmons. Garland was a retired Insurance Agent, and a Navy Veteran. His hobbies were music, farming and gardening. He loved people, never met a stranger, and was a friend to all.

He is survived by a son Bobby Simmons and daughter-in-law Lynn, of Easley, and two sisters, Gertrude Hughes and Doris Childs, both of Pickens.

He was predeceased by three brothers, Clarence, Garcie, and Carl Simmons, and two sisters, Nina Anderson and Edna Tinsley.

Graveside services were Friday, Dec. 13 at 2:30 p.m. in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers please make memorials to The Rainey Hospice House, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson SC.

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Simmons family.

Kaith Constantine Harris

Liberty — Kaith Constantine Harris, precious infant son of Richard and Melissa Roper Harris of 12 Willard Street, died Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2013.

Surviving in addition to his parents are a sister, Sadie Harris of the home; brothers, Kieran Roper, Dakota and McKinnon Stewart all of the home; maternal grandparents. The Rev. Tommy Roper of Seneca and Cathy Oliver of Liberty; paternal grandparents, Thomas and Donna Harris of Liberty; maternal great-grandmother, Frances Summey of Liberty; and paternal great-grandmother, Bernice Smith of Liberty.

Kaith was predeceased by 2 brothers Kai Creed Harris and Kelly Canaan Creed Harris.

Funeral services for Kaith Constantine Harris were held at 3 p.m. Friday in the Liberty Mortuary Chapel. Burial followed at Liberty Memorial Gardens. The Rev. Tommy Roper and the Rev. Jeffrey Harris officiated the service.

Memorial messages may be sent to the family by visiting

Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.

Foster B. Wardlaw, Jr.

Clemson — Foster Bradley Wardlaw Jr., loving husband, father, grandfather, brother, and uncle, died on Dec. 11, surrounded by his family beneath his Clan Wardlaw tartan with his favorite Scottish music playing softly in the background.

Born in Orangeburg County on Feb. 9, 1943, and raised in St. Matthews, Foster was a son of the late Ivey Steifle Wardlaw and Foster Bradley Wardlaw, Sr. Foster was a graduate of St. Matthews High School.

fter earning a B.S. in Biology from Clemson University, Foster worked for more than 37 years in the university’s Food Science and Nutrition department. During that time, he earned a Master’s Degree in Agriculture/Food Science.

Foster was an active member of Pendleton Presbyterian Church, and acting Vice President of the International Scottish Clan Wardlaw. He enjoyed researching his genealogy and took great pleasure in sponsoring the Clan Wardlaw tent for many years at the Highland Games at Grandfather Mountain, Greenville, Hendersonville, and Loch Hartwell.

Surviving are his wife of 47 years, Julie Betsill Wardlaw; his children, Foster Bradley Wardlaw, III (Cortney), Julian Paul Wardlaw, Jennifer Wardlaw Harmon (Jordan); and three grandchildren, Suzi, Ivey, and Robert Harmon. Also surviving are three siblings, Jeanie Wardlaw Pressley (Kirk), Robert Steifle Wardlaw (Becky), William Wideman Wardlaw, and many nieces and nephews.

The family wishes to express their gratitude to all those at St. Francis Hospital Downtown Greenville for the loving care showered on Foster and the family during his recent illness.

Graveside services were held at Pendleton Presbyterian Church on Saturday, Dec. 14 at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Clan Wardlaw Association through their website at, or to Pendleton Presbyterian Church Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 573, Pendleton, SC 29670.

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

Nancy Hendrix Elrod

Pickens — Mrs. Nancy Hendrix Elrod, 75, of 200 Sid Edens Road, wife of 56 years to the late Billy H. Elrod, died Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2013 at her home.

Born in Pickens County, a daughter of the late Cleo Essley and Blanche Bagwell Hendrix, Mrs. Elrod retired from Alice Manufacturing Company and was a member of Oolenoy Baptist Church since 1966, where she enjoyed playing the piano, organ, and singing in the church choir.

Surviving are two daughters, Sabrina E. Hendricks (Jay), and Melinda Kay Elrod; one son, Billy Darrell Elrod (Kerri); one sister, Myrna Hughes; a twin brother, Don Hendrix; and four grandchildren, Regan and Frankie Hendricks, and Kacie and Kenzie Elrod.

Funeral services were 12 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14 at Oolenoy Baptist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Oolenoy Baptist Church, 201 Miracle Hill Road, Pickens, SC 29671.

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

Jerry W. Harris

Pickens — Mr. Jerry Wayne Harris, 62, husband of Celeste W. Harris, died Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013 at Cannon Memorial Hospital.

Born in Pickens County, a son of the late Jack and Dot Looper Harris, Mr. Harris was an industrial electrician and attended Cross Roads Baptist Church.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are two sons, Kevin Wayne Harris (Crystal), of Clemson, and Christopher Lee Crosby (Brandy), of Walterboro; a brother, Jack Houston Harris of Travelers Rest; a sister, Cindy Simmons (Tony) of Easley; and 13 grandchildren.

A private burial will be held at a later date in the Cross Roads Baptist Church Cemetery.

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

Margaret Galloway

Liberty — Margaret Janet Galloway, 71, of 350 Edgemont Avenue, died Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013.

Born in Cleveland, Ohio she was the widow of David Clayton Galloway, and a daughter of the late Thomas and Anne Cowan. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.

Surviving are two sons, David Galloway of Liberty, and Greg Galloway of Anderson.

Private services and burial will be held at Liberty Memorial Gardens.

Memorial messages may be sent to the family by visiting Liberty Mortuary and Cremation Services is handling arrangements.

Coach Tom Bass

Clemson — Coach Thomas (Tom) Sidney Bass, 78, of 42 Hickory Way and husband of Dee M. Bass died Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013 at his home.

Born in Mooresville, N.C., he was the only son of the late Thomas Gilmore and Ola Mae Bass. Coach Bass was a graduate of Mooresville High School, Maryville College in Tennessee; Edinburgh Scotland; and the Sports Academy in Mobile, Ala.  Tom served in the 82nd Airborne Pathfinders during the Korean Conflict, making 69 jumps.  Tom’s coaching career spanned 41 years having coached at Sevier County Tennessee for four years where he had Dolly Parton as a student; one year at Univ. of Tennessee; 14 years at Clemson University under five different coaches; 20 years at Seneca High School where he served as Athletic Director and Head Coach; and after 10 years of retirement returned for one year at Seneca High School.  Tom loved football, golf and was an avid reader.  He was a proud member of the “morning coffee club” where he shared his morning coffee with his many friends.  He loved his family and especially his grandchildren.  Tom was a member of First Baptist Church of Clemson.

He is survived by his wife of 21 years, Dee Bass of the home; the mother of his children, Susan P. Keaton of Abbeville; children, Stephen (Barbara) Bass of Seneca, Laura Bass of Austin, Texas and John (Samantha) Bass of Anderson; step-daughter, Dee Anne (Robbie) Shoenleben of Liberty; cherished and beloved grandchildren, Ian Shoenleben, Andrew Bass, Hannah Bass and Harper Bass; brothers-in-law Larry (Barbara) Morgan of Englewood, Tenn. and Jerry Morgan of Madisonville, Tenn.; and a number of Aunts and nieces and nephews.

He was also predeceased by his only sibling Janice Wingate and her husband Tommy of Mooresville, N.C.

Memorial services will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 19 in the chapel of Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home, 108 Cross Creek Rd., Central, SC with the Rev. Harold Olson, Judge Gary Barnes and Coach Jim Hammett officiating.  The “Coffee Club” will serve as Honorary Pallbearers.

Visitation will begin at 5 p.m., Thursday prior to the service at the funeral home.

The family will be at their respective homes.

The family’s heartfelt love goes to their many, many friends for their prayers, love, support, and much needed help.  We give praise to Interim Home Health and Hospice and especially Janet Turner and Paul Bateman who provided wonderful care to Tom and his family.

Flowers will be accepted but the family would prefer donations to Interim Hospice, 115 Deacon Tiller Court, Duncan, SC 29344 or to NAMI (National Alliance of Mental Health), 2320 E. North Street, #L, Greenville, SC 29607-1250.

“We love you papaw”

Condolences may be expressed online at or at the funeral home.

Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home is assisting the Bass family.

Mrs. Oleta Farr

Liberty — Mrs. Oleta Sanders Farr, 76, of 210 Sunset Drive, died peacefully on Friday, Dec. 13, 2013.

She was blessed with three extra years after being diagnosed with cancer. Born in Liberty she was the daughter of the late Samuel Elijah “Lige” and Hassie Smith Sanders. She graduated from Furman University with a Bachelors in English and later did graduate studies at Clemson University. She taught English and Drama for 29 years between Greenville & Pickens County School Districts. Mrs. Farr was a longtime member of Liberty United Methodist Church, and was a former board member and driver with Pickens County Meals on Wheels.

Surviving are her husband of 54 years, Jennings Farr of the home; a daughter, Jan Carden and her husband Bill of Richmond, Va.; a son, Roy Farr and his wife Deborah of Columbia; four grandchildren, Drew Farr, Amanda Carden, Alexis Carden, and Robbyn Young.

Funeral services to honor the life of Mrs. Farr were 11 a.m. Tuesday in the Liberty Mortuary Chapel. Burial was at Liberty Memorial Gardens.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Pickens County Meals on Wheels, PO Box 184, Easley SC 29641.

Memorial messages may be sent to the family by visiting

Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements

Evelyn Hunter Kay

Liberty — Mama Kay, 88, widow of Garland Kay, died peacefully Sunday, Dec. 15, 2013 surrounded by her family at Rainey Hospice House in Anderson.

Mrs. Kay grew up and lived most of her life in Six Mile. Mrs. Kay was born in Greenville County, daughter of the late G. Dewey and Eunice Irene Willimon Hunter. She was retired from The Singer Company in Pickens and was a member of Smith Chapel Wesleyan Church.

Surviving is her daughter, Letha V. Kay of Liberty.

Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18 in the chapel of Dillard Funeral Home in Pickens with burial following at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens.

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

Memorials may be made to the building fund of Smith Chapel Wesleyan Church, in care of Julie Glouse, 2402 Gentry Memorial Highway, Pickens, SC 29671.

The family is at the home.

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Kay family.

Betty Mae Ramey

Pickens — Betty Mae Mull Ramey, 76, of 144 Medlin Road, wife of the late Horace Ramey, died Monday, Dec. 16, 2013 at her home.

Born in Pickens County, she was the daughter of the late William Joshua “W.J.” Mull and Mary Revis Mull. Mrs. Ramey was a homemaker and member of Wayside Baptist Church. She was also a member of the Seniors Unlimited and The Widow Persons Organization with Dillard Funeral Home.

Surviving is her daughter, Rachel R. White (Eddie) of Pickens; two grandchildren, Alex White and Aaron White (Ashley); two great grandchildren, Bryson White, Kaylee White; and a sister, Virginia Skelton of Easley.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by six sisters, Evea Bagwell, Maggie Goodwin, Nellie O’Shields, Dessie Cook, Zelma O’Shields Sommer and an infant sister; and five brothers, Billy, Fred, Leo, Dill and Clarence Mull.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Dec. 19 at 2 p.m. at Wayside Baptist Church in Easley with the Rev. Roger Todd officiating. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Dillard Funeral Home.

Online condolences may be expressed by visiting

The family will be at the home.

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Ramey family.

Luther Wade Crisp

Sunset — Luther Wade Crisp, age 38, husband of Heather Crisp died Saturday Dec. 14, 2013.

Mr. Crisp and Heather were married Jan. 31, 1997 in Robbinsville, N.C. He was born March 25, 1975 in Andrews, N.C. His parents are, Shelia Ann Lynn Crisp and Luther Crisp of Six Mile. Mr. Crisp enjoyed hunting, playing music and the Lord. He was employed at AGS where he was president of the company. He was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church.

Survivors include his parents and wife, two children; Jayden Rose Crisp and Cody Alexander Johnston Crisp both of the home and was guardian over Diamond Black, two sisters Rebecca Anna Crisp and husband James Crain of Pickens, Shelba Maria Stewart and Michael Stewart of Pickens, two brothers; John Mark Crisp and wife Vicie of Robbinsville, N.C., Alvin Edwin Crisp of Pickens.

Services was held Tuesday, Dec. 17 at 7 p.m. at Dillard Funeral Home. Services will also be held at Townson-Smith Funeral Home in Robbinsville, N.C. Visitation will be held Wednesday Dec. 18 from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. with service to follow at 7 p.m. Burial will be at 12 p.m. Thursday Dec. 19 at Santeetlah Cemetery in Robbinsville, N.C.

The family will be at the home.

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Crisp family.