Courier Obituaries 12-25-19


EASLEY — Mr. Devin Wade Eldridge, 24, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 14, 2019.

Born in Greenville County, a son of Matthew Dennis Eldridge and the late Deborah Michelle Eldridge, Mr. Eldridge was a welder and of the Christian faith.

Devin was a hard-working man who loved life and was very outgoing. He never met a stranger and will be dearly missed by all who loved and knew him.

Surviving, in addition to his father, are a brother, Zachary Chase Eldridge of Anderson: two sisters, Haley Elizabeth Eldridge and Gracey Michelle Eldridge, both of Easley; his grandparents, Jack and Lorrie Yeager of Greenville, and Elaine T. Moore of Piedmont; his aunt and uncle, Julie Eldridge and David Eldridge, both of Greenville; and his niece and nephew, Allison and Kaden Eldridge.

In addition to his mother, Devin was predeceased by his grandfather, Ronald David Eldridge.

A celebration of life was held on Dec. 21 in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown.

Visit or Robinson Funeral Home and Crematory-Downtown, Easley.


PICKENS — Blanche Maomi Whitmire, 84, wife of Jack C. Whitmire for 66 years, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019.

Blanche was a member of Red Hill Baptist Church, where she served the lord by teaching children’s Sunday school class for 21 years.

She is survived by her husband, Jack; children, Dale (Karen) Whitmire of Pickens, Glenda (Mark) Collins of Pickens, Judy (Bobby) Patrick of Pickens, Rodney Whitmire of Pickens and Roger (Lisa) Whitmire of Pickens; 14 grandchildren, 28 great-grandchildren, two great-great-grandchildren; a sister, Marthann Burgess; and a brother, Marvin Maddox.

She was predeceased by her parents, Lawrence Sanford Maddox and Martha Ann Maddox; a brother, Earl Maddox; and sisters, Beatrice Stuckey and Juanita Bell.

Funeral services for Blanche were held on Dec. 20 in the chapel of Mountain View Funeral Home.

The family would like to say thank you to Cottingham Hospice group in Seneca for their outstanding care for Mrs. Whitmire.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Blanche’s honor to Cottingham Hospice House at 390 Keowee School Road, Seneca, SC 29672.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Whitmire family.


GREENVILLE — Mrs. Juanita Faye Belt, 56, passed away Monday, Dec. 16, 2019, in Simpsonville.

Born in Greenville, she was the daughter of Idetha Earnest Belt and the late Emory Leon Belt and wife of Jeffery Anders.

Survivors include a husband, Jeffery Anders; her mother, Ideth Belt of Greenville; a son, Michael Kane Smith of Easley; a daughter, Aubrey Kennedy (Randy) of Piedmont; an aunt, Frances Taylor of Easley; and her best friend, Pam Jones. Juanita also leaves five grandchildren, Dakota, Cadence, Keely, Timothy and Ocean, to share in her memory.

In addition to her father, Juanita was predeceased by a son, Leon Austin Smith and a grandmother, Juanita Simpson.

A service was held on Dec. 20 in the Dillard Funeral Home chapel. Burial followed at Graceland West Cemetery in Greenville.

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Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Belt family.


MARIETTA — Christine “Lucille” Crowe, 72, went to be with her Lord on Wednesday, Dec. 21, 2019, at her home in Marietta.

Born in Clarksville, Ga., she was the daughter of the late James Hamilton Hogsed and Ella Christine Chavous and wife of the late Lewis Earl Crowe.

She was a homemaker and a member of Oolenoy Baptist Church.

Survivors include three sons, James Johnson of Marietta, Robert Johnson of Marietta and Steven Dockery of Texas; six daughters, Tanya Lee (Mike) of Marietta, Shawna Shirley (Mark) of Simpsonville, Michelle Grimaldo (Gregg) of California, Donna Cresswell of Texas, Nancy Trotter (Jeffery) Easley and Jessica Dockery of Easley; and a sister, Pudgy Parson. Lucille also leaves a passel of grandchildren and great-grandchildren to share in her memory.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a brother, Roger Hogsed.

A service was held on Dec. 21 at Oolenoy Baptist Church in Pickens. Burial was held at Oolenoy Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial may be sent to Young Appalachian Musicians (YAMS) in care of Betty McDaniel, 792 Holly Springs Road, Pickens, SC 29671.

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Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Crowe Family.


CENTRAL — Harold Randolph “Randy” Manley, 81, husband of Annette Green Manley, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019, at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Randy was born in Dearborn, Mich., a son of the late Harold Franklin and Martha Louise Bell Manley. He was a graduate of D.W. Daniel High School and retired as a chief master sergeant from the U.S. Air Force after 34 years of service.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are his son, William Richard Manley and wife, Melinda, of Six Mile; daughter, Angela Justus and husband, Gary, of Mountain Rest; brother, David Manley of Central; sister, Sandra Poole of Lexington; and grandchildren, Jonathan, Katie and Lauren Manley and Kara and Evan Justus.

In addition to his parents, Randy was predeceased by a sister, Joann Schneider.

Graveside services with full military honors were held on Dec. 20 at the pavilion at M.J. “Dolly” Cooper Veterans Cemetery in Anderson.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

Visit or Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home and Cremations, Central-Clemson Commons.


DUNCAN — On the evening of Monday, Dec. 16 2019, while at home surrounded by her family, Mrs. Edna Mae Vaughn was called home to be with her Lord and Savior.

She was a beloved and faithful wife of the Rev. Dr. James M. Vaughn of Duncan and of her late husband and the father of her children, Robert “Bob” Akers.

Edna Mae was born on Nov. 19, 1942, in Dacusville to the late Troy P. Galloway and Sarah O. (Hamet) Galloway.

Edna was a devoted wife and loving mother who worked tirelessly to keep her house clean and organized for her family. As a homemaker, she excelled in baking and cooking. In support of her husbands’ careers in the U.S. military and in mission work, Edna Mae enjoyed world travel visiting several countries and living for many years in Italy, Germany and Brazil.

Edna was a faithful member of Tabernacle Baptist Church in Greenville for more than 23 years and was active in the auditorium Sunday school class.

Along with her husband Melvin, her memory is forever cherished by her children, Stefania Blackstock and her husband John, David Akers and his wife Lisa, and Wayne Akers and his wife Cindy, all of Greenville; stepchildren, Rebecca Ray and her husband Jim of Henderson, N.C., James M. Vaughn Jr. and his wife Ellen of North Myrtle Beach, Rev. Charles M. Vaughn and his wife Peggy of Brazil and Paul Jacob Vaughn and his wife Michelle of Henderson, N.C.; a host of adored grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, and several nieces and nephews. Edna also leaves her brother, Charles Alvin Galloway of Pickens and his family.

In addition to her parents and husband Bob, Edna Mae was predeceased by three sisters and a brother.

Her funeral service was held on Dec. 20 at Tabernacle Baptist Church, with entombment following in the Mountain View Memorial Park Mausoleum, Travelers Rest.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Tabernacle Children’s Home, 3931 White Horse Road, Greenville, SC 29611.

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