Courier Obituaries 12-26-18

Robin M. Usher

CLEMSON — Robin Marie Usher, 54, died after a brief illness Monday, Dec. 17, 2018.

She was born in New Jersey, May 3, 1964, a daughter of William “Bill” Johnson and Virginia Muzzy.

Robin worked for 12 years for the city of Clemson in administration. When she wasn’t working, nothing was more important to her than her family. She also enjoyed traveling.

Robin is survived by her significant other, Alan Godfrey of Seneca; two sons, Eric Masker (Billie) of Greenville and Ethan Usher of Clemson; a daughter, Channing Usher of Clemson; two grandchildren, Katelynn and Ava Masker; a brother, Sean Johnson (Katie) of Belton; and a sister, Doreen Trotter (Jim) of Conway. She was predeceased by her parents.

A memorial service will be held at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 28, at the Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home, 108 Cross Creek Road, Central.

The family will receive friends at 4:45 p.m., prior to the service.

Condolences may be expressed online at

Calvin Joe Watts Sr.

EASLEY — Calvin Joe Watts Sr., 69, of Easley, passed away Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018, at Baptist Easley Hospital.

Born in Fletcher, N.C., he was the son of Louella McCall Watts of Easley and the late John Watts.

Mr. Watts served in the U.S. Army and enjoyed reading.

Surviving are his sons, Calvin Joe Watts Jr. (Ashley) of Scott Air Force Base, Ill., and Paul Allen Head of Lugoff; a daughter, Kathy Clay (Darren) of Pickens; one sister, Joyce McJunkins of Easley; 11 grandchildren; and one great-grandchild.

In addition to his father, he was predeceased by a daughter, Christina Watts; brother, Jimmy Watts; and sister, Reva Goodine.

Funeral services were held Dec. 21 in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home Downtown, with burial following at the Mountain View Baptist Church cemetery in Six Mile.

Flowers will be accepted.

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

Samuel “Sam” Dyar McJunkin

SENECA — Samuel “Sam” Dyar McJunkin of Seneca passed away Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2018, at the Foothills Assisted Living in Walhalla.

A native of Seneca, Mr. McJunkin was the son of the late J.C. and Maybelle Dyar McJunkin. He was a retired sergeant major of the Army Reserves 108th Division and was a member of the Seneca American Legion Post No. 120. He was a past master and longtime secretary of the Courtenay Masonic Lodge No. 249, a current member of the Blue Ridge Lodge No. 92 of Walhalla, Mr. McJunkin was a Past Most Excellent Grand High Priest of the Grand Royal Arch Chapter of South Carolina. He was a life member of the Hejaz Shrine Temple for more than 62 years, a member of the Blue Ridge Shrine Club where he was past president and also served as secretary for many years. Mr. McJunkin was a member of Corinth Baptist Church. He was retired from Dan River Carpets in Greenville after 40 years.

Mr. McJunkin was preceded in death by his first wife, Jewel Hightower McJunkin, his second wife, Linda Burns McJunkin, brothers, James and Julius McJunkin, and a sister, Sarah McJunkin.

Graveside services were held Dec. 22 at the Corinth Baptist Church cemetery with military honors.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials be made to the Greenville Shriners Hospital, 950 W. Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605.

Brown-Oglesby Funeral Home of Seneca is in charge of the arrangements.

Mary Ellen Kelley

SIMPSONVILLE — Mary Ellen Kelley, 84, went to be with her heavenly Father on Dec. 18, 2018.

Born in Six Mile on Aug. 27, 1934, she was the daughter of the late Elbert Allen Mitchell and Mozell Davis Mitchell.

She was a Southern Wesleyan University alumnus and retired school teacher with a master’s degree, serving more than 30 years at Bethel Elementary School, and an ADK member. She was a member of Simpsonville United Methodist Church and former member of Greenville First Wesleyan Church.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her husband, Elvin R. Kelley, and siblings, Vera Mitchell Peek, Dr. Virgil Mitchell, Eugene Mitchell, Edna Mitchell, Joseph Mitchell and Charles Mitchell. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

She is survived by her daughters, Denise Cauley (Johnny) and Kim Stroud (Robert); grandchildren, Erica Cauley, Ashley Robinson (Justin), Jared Stroud (Taylor) and Ethan Stroud; two great-grandchildren, Aubrey Stroud and Emma-Grace Stroud; and beloved nieces, nephews, great nieces and great nephews.

She lovingly devoted her time serving Greenville First Wesleyan Church as tithing secretary and secretary of Greenville First Wesleyan Women. She was actively involved in her women’s circle. She and her husband served as caregivers to many over the years, unselfishly giving of their time to help the sick or lend a helping hand. The family would like to personally thank her many friends and family who came to her aide. A special thanks to the nurses and CNAs at Brushy Creek Rehab and Healthcare and Palladium Hospice for their loving care.

Services were held at Dillard Funeral Home in Pickens on Saturday, Dec. 22, with burial following at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens.

Memorials may be made to Simpsonville United Methodist Church, 215 SE Main St., Simpsonville, SC 29681. Dillard Funeral Home in Pickens is assisting the family.