Courier Obituaries 12-2-15

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EASLEY — Wade Benjamin “Benji” Reynolds, 49, of 302 Ross Ave., died Sunday, Nov. 22, 2015, following injuries sustained in an accident.

Born in Greenville, he was a son of Brady Benjamin Presley and Martha Evett Reynolds.

Surviving in addition to his parents of the home are two sisters, Kim Reece and Shana Owens, both of Easley; two brothers, Tim Reynolds and Brady F. Presley, both of Easley; and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services to honor Benji’s life were held Nov. 28 at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements


EASLEY — Mr. Jack Wallace “Frosty” Blalock, 84, husband of Vivian Holder Blalock, passed away Monday, Nov. 23, 2015, at Baptist Easley Hospital.

Born in Pickens County, a son of the late William Robert and Eva Alexander Blalock, Mr. Blalock retired from Alice Manufacturing with 56 years of service and was a member of Enon Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served during the Korean War.

Surviving, in addition to his wife of 61 years, are a son, Roger A. Blalock (Sharon) of Easley; a daughter, Sharon Rutz (Don) of Easley; a sister, Carolyn McAlister of Easley; and seven grandchildren, Heather Green (Jamie), Michael Blalock (Jennifer), Candice Owens, Jessica Brissey, Sierra West, Amber Ramey and Trinity Smith. In addition to his parents, Mr. Blalock was predeceased by a brother, James Blalock, and two sisters, Helen Simpson and Bea Cartee.

Funeral services were held Nov. 27 in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, with burial following in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Flowers will be accepted, and memorials may be made to Enon Baptist Church, 871 Enon Church Road, Easley, SC 29640.

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


CENTRAL — Richard Lee McCaul, 75, of 100 Abbie Lane, passed away peacefully on Nov. 25, 2015, at the Cottingham Hospice House in Seneca.

Born in Jacksonville, Fla., he was a son of the late Homer and Mittie Bostick McCaul. He retired from the School District of Pickens County, where he worked as a custodian at Liberty Elementary School, and was a member of Golden Creek Baptist Church. He loved motorcycles and camping.

Surviving are his wife, Rosemary Adkins McCaul of the home; a daughter, Wanda Ann McCaul Blair of White Springs, Fla.; a sister, Jewell Dantzler of Jacksonville, Fla.; three sisters in law, Betty McCaul of Bradenton, Fla., Mae McCaul of Bend, Ore., and Laura West of Cairo, Ga.; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he was predeceased by a son, Richard McCaul, Jr.

Memorial services to honor Richard’s life were held Nov. 30 at Golden Creek Baptist Church. Burial is private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to Golden Creek Baptist Church, Family Life Center-Building Fund 477 Golden Creek Road, Liberty SC, 29657.

Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.


SIX MILE — Edward Luther Dillard, 85, died from an extended illness Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015.

Mr. Dillard was born in Six Mile on June 5, 1930, to Alfred Luther and Louella Bell Dillard. He was the grandson of James Thomas Dillard, who purchased the 88 acres on both sides of the Pickens/Easley road now known as Hillcrest Memorial Park on Nov. 23, 1906. The two-story house still stands adjacent to Hillcrest cemetery, the homeplace of James T. Dillard and grandson Edward L. Dillard.

He was a 1947 graduate of Six Mile High School. Edward completed his education at Clemson University in agricultural science. He was district claims manager for National Grange Insurance Company and then became the branch manager for Siebels Bruce Insurance Company in Greenville. Later, he opened his own claims business, Diversified Insurance Adjusters Inc. in Greenville. He held various offices over the years in both the South Carolina Association and the South Carolina Claims Association. He was the only claims man appointed to the original Board of Governors of the South Carolina Reinsurance Facility. He served in this position for six years. He also served on the South Carolina Joint Underwriters Association for Medical Malpractice Insurance, the South Carolina Reinsurance Facility Claims Committee, as chairman of the Greenville/Spartanburg Arbitration Committee and on the Greenville Technical College Technical Board.

In addition to his civilian life, he was a veteran of the United States Air Force, a First Sergeant with the 169th Fighter Wing (SCANG) at McEntire Air National Guard Base. He was also a veteran of the Korean War, with a tour of duty in Europe.

He was married to Edna Cantrell Dillard for 60 years and was a member of Six Mile Baptist Church in Six Mile. Also surviving are two daughters and one son-in-law, Teresa Dillard Lesley (Lonnie — deceased) of Easley, and Denise Dillard Youngblood (John) of Greenville; six grandchildren, Scott (Bethany and great-grandson Landon) Boothe of Easley, Jeremiah (Lindsey) Boothe of Six Mile, Adam Boothe of Easley, Ashley Youngblood (Gary) Rhoden of Duncan, Stephanie Youngblood of Columbia, and Sara Youngblood of Greenville.

Edward was predeceased by four sisters and three brothers.

Services were held Nov. 29 at Hillcrest Mausoleum Chapel, with burial following in Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens.

He was very much loved by all of his family. He loved to farm on his land, and this tradition will carry on through each generation.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Six Mile Baptist Church, 149 N. Main St., Six Mile SC 29682 or Hospice of South Carolina 900 E. Main St., Easley SC 29640. Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Dillard Family.


EASLEY — Mrs. Katie Evans Duncan, 82, wife of the late Kenneth Wayne Duncan Sr., passed away Wednesday, Nov. 25, 2015, at her home.

Born in Saluda, a daughter of the late Earl and Rosa Lee Rowe Evans, Mrs. Duncan was the co-founder of Palmetto Exterminating and a member of Geer Memorial Baptist Church.

Surviving are two sons, Kenneth Duncan Jr. (Darlene), and Keith Duncan (Linda), all of Easley; a brother, John Evans of Saluda; a sister, Rachel Lindler of Leesville; six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Duncan was predeceased by a son, Kirby Duncan; three brothers and two sisters.

Funeral services were held Nov. 28 in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown. Inurnment will be held at a later date in the Chapel of Reflection Mausoleum of Robinson Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to Gideons International, P.O. Box 1625, Easley, SC 29641.

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


PICKENS — Albert “Pete” Lesley, 62, of Pickens, died Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015, at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Pete was born in Pickens County on Aug. 24, 1953, to Butler and Margaret Lesley.

Pete is survived by his wife, Sandra Lesley; daughter, Dana (Mitchell) Bowie; three grandchildren, Drake, Skye and Allisa; mother, Margaret Lesley; sister, Sharon (Danny) Shackelford; and two brothers, John Lesley and Mitch (Marie) Lesley.

A graveside service was held Dec. 1 at the Blue Ridge View Baptist Church cemetery in Pickens.

Condolences may be express at or in person at Robinson Funeral Home – Downtown, which is assisting the family.


EASLEY — Nancy Margaret Ross Walsh, 75, of 400 Bella Vista Drive, Easley, passed away Friday, Nov. 27, 2015, at The Haven at Chanticleer.

Mrs. Walsh was born in Greenville on Aug. 29, 1940, to the late Clyde Milton and Christine Garrett Ross. She graduated from Greenville High School in 1958, from Anderson College in 1960 and from Mercer University in 1962. She was formerly employed as a patient representative at Greenville General Hospital. Mrs. Walsh was a member of Easley Presbyterian Church, where she was a founder of the EPC Kindergarten, a member of the Women of the Church, and was a Stephen Minister. She was also a member of the Pickens County Medical Auxiliary. Mrs. Walsh loved her family, church, and traveling.

Surviving are her husband, Dr. W. Carl Walsh of the home; two daughters, Tracy Lyn Walsh and Lauri Walsh Moore (Martin), all of Columbia; a brother, Clyde Milton “Mickey” Ross Jr. (Rita), of Greenville; a brother-in-law, S. Gray Walsh (Dee), of Greenville; and three grandchildren, Ross Martin Moore, John Bailey Moore and Lyndsay Meredith Moore.

Memorial services were held Nov. 29 at the Easley Presbyterian Church, with the Rev. Christie Sweeny Gravely and the Rev. Dr. Bill Seel officiating.

The family requests no flowers. For those wishing to make a memorial donation, the family desires donations be made to either the Coins for Alzheimer’s Research Trust (CART) Fund of the Rotary Club; P.O. Box 1916, Sumter, SC 29151; or to the W. Carl Walsh Scholarship at Wofford College; 429 N. Church St., Spartanburg, SC 29303.

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


EASLEY — Kitty Oates McAlister, 77, of Smith Grove Road, passed away Monday Nov. 30, 2015, at Rainey Hospice House in Anderson.

Born in Easley on April 5, 1938, she was the daughter of the late William R. and Lily Southerland Oates.

Surviving are her children, Bruce McAlister of Greenville, Mitch McAlister of Easley, Cheryl Pryor of Belton, and Allen McAlister of Easley; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; sisters, Patsy Soubeyroux of Charleston and Barbara Smith (Johnny) of Liberty; a brother, Edward Oates of Troutman, N.C.; and many nieces and nephews. She was preceded in death by a brother, James Oates.

The family would like to express their gratitude for her niece, Julie Smith, who was always there for her Aunt Kitty.

Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015, at 2 p.m. in Smith Grove Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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


EASLEY — Dorothy Golightly Ward, 92, of Easley, widow of Arial Estes Ward, passed from this life on Friday, Nov. 27, 2015.

Mrs. Ward was born in Pickens County, daughter of the late Charlie V. and Edith Sentell Golightly. She was retired from the Glenwood Plant of Mayfair Mills and was a member of Glenwood Wesleyan Church. Mrs. Ward loved her family very much.

Survivors include her son Tom Ward (Becky) of Easley, and her grandson Cameron Ward of Easley. She is also survived by a sister Mary Ethel Foster of Loganville, Ga.

In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Ward was preceded in death by five brothers and three sisters.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Please refer to for future details.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials may be made to Glenwood Wesleyan Church, 401 Hagood St., Easley, SC 29640.


CLEMSON — Eleanor Hawkins, previously of 605 E. Main St., Union, passed away peacefully at Clemson Downs on Nov. 21, 2015.

She was born July 19, 1916, as Eleanor Merkel Schnepfe, the first born and last surviving of four daughters of Elsa Christine and Norman John Schnepfe of Edgewood, Md. She met her future husband, Randolph Hawkins, in Baltimore, where she was teaching and he was attending dental school. She became one of the multitudes of war brides married in the summer of 1942. She spent her war years as a Navy bride in Charleston and later Beaufort, with in-between years as a working “Rosie” at Edgewood Arsenal while her husband was serving in Panama.

After the war, she and Randolph returned to his family home in Union, where she became an active contributing member of the community and Grace United Methodist Church for the next 64 years. She re-established her teaching career and later, due to her love of books and reading, she transitioned to school librarian at Foster Park Elementary School where she remained until retirement in 1985. She believed one’s duty was to do for others. She lived this belief and was never idle. She cooked, sewed, knitted, smocked, painted, and needle-pointed for herself, her children, grand-children and finally for total strangers by knitting for the Merchant Marines, volunteering at Wallace Thompson Hospital and delivering Meals on Wheels well into her 80s.

Eleanor is survived by her daughters, Deborah Teeple, Christine Ehlies, and Mary Cecil Parker; and five grandchildren, William Paul Parker, Sarah Teeple Stone, Dylan Hall Parker, William Harry Ehlies and Timothy Randolph Ehlies. She was well loved and will be sorely missed.

Memorial services will be held at Grace United Methodist Church on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at 3 p.m., with interment after the service. The family will receive visitors in the church parlor from 1:30-2:45 p.m. Holcombe Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

In lieu of flowers, please consider a donation to Fisher House Foundation ( supporting the families of wounded veterans at P.O. Box 97229, Washington, DC, 20077, or donate to the Virgil Randolph Hawkins Scholarship Fund, PO Drawer 729, Union SC. 29379. Include with donation: in memory of Eleanor S. Hawkins, with acknowledgements sent to Debbie Teeple 255 N. Catherine St., Pickens SC 29671


SUNSET — Joe Alton Chapman, 75, of 704 Mt. Bethel Road, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2015, at his home.

Born in Sunset, he was a son of the late Johnson and Cleo Rogers Chapman.

He was an avid fisherman and hunter, and loved to talk on his CB, but most of all he loved his grandchildren and great-granddaughter.

Surviving are his wife, Geraldine Duncan Chapman of the home; a daughter, Vicky Farmer (Ronald) of Pickens; a sister, Johnnie Ann Chapman of Sunset; two grandchildren, Keri Jo Brock and her fiancé, Timothy Berry Chapman, and J.J. Brock (Tracey); and a great-granddaughter, Brysie Jo Brock.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Gene Chapman.

Funeral services to honor the life of Mr. Chapman were held Nov. 27 in the Liberty Mortuary Chapel, with burial following at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.