Courier Obituaries 12-3-14

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Ted Wilson, Sr.

EASLEY — Ted Wilson, Sr., 76, husband of Jean Hill Wilson, died Friday, Nov. 21, 2014, at his home in Easley. A beloved husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend to many, he was born in Rock Hill, S.C., son of Daniel Woodrow and Eleanor Caskey Wilson.

Mr. Wilson retired from Perrigo Pharmaceutical Company and was a member of First United Methodist Church Easley, where he was a former Sunday School teacher and youth leader. In his free time he enjoyed gardening, coin collecting, and reading. He was a graduate of Wofford College, where he received a football scholarship.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters, Donna W. Roy of Easley, Delaine W. Childress (Jeff) of Seneca, and a son, Donald Ted Wilson, Jr. (Kim) of Easley; five grandchildren, Erica Roy, Emory Childress, Georgia Childress, Jarrett Wilson, and Maddie Wilson; and a brother, Kenneth L. Wilson (Marianne) of Garner, N.C.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Maj. Jerry W. Wilson and a sister, Betty Jean Wilson.

Funeral services will be held at First United Methodist Church Easley on Saturday, Dec. 6, at 3 p.m., with the Rev. Dr. Rodney Powell, the Rev. Dr. James Bailey and the Rev. Jeffrey Childress officiating. Visitation with the family will be held from 1:30-2:45 p.m. prior to the service in the Fellowship Hall of the church.

Committal service will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to First United Methodist Church Easley, P.O. Box 589, Easley, South Carolina 29641, or Blue Ridge Hospice, 105 Lovett Drive, Greenville, SC 29607.

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

Richard Haynie

EASLEY — Richard Alan Haynie, 54, husband of the late Eva M. Haynie, died Sunday, Nov. 23, 2014.

Born in Athens, Ga., a son of Marylin Collier Haynie Burnham of Williamston, and the late George Roger Haynie, Mr. Haynie was formerly employed with Baptist Easley Hospital and was a graduate of Clemson University. He was a member of St. Andrew United Methodist Church.

Surviving, in addition to his mother, are a son, Jared Kyle Haynie of Greenville; a brother, Ronald Keith Haynie (Angela) of Williamston; step-children, Erik, Amber, Kathleen, and James Grayson; and his step-father, the Rev. James Leonard Burnham of Williamston. In addition to his father, Mr. Haynie was predeceased by a son, Travis Alan Haynie.

Memorial services were 4 p.m. Saturday, Nov.29, in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Powdersville Road.

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

Eva Haynie

EASLEY — Eva Marie McCall Haynie, 51, of Easley died Nov. 23. While the event was well-publicized in regional news reports, the devastating circumstances of how she was taken from life cannot begin to possibly overshadow the magnitude in which she lived it.

A fireball of ceaseless energy, Eva was a teacher at Chastain Road Elementary school in Liberty. With nearly 20 years of teaching experience under her belt, she was battle hardened in the ways of the booger-flicking antics of the prepubescent. Nothing was off the table if it could keep her students engaged in learning.

The job that defined her life, however, was at home. She was a fabulous mother of four young adults, her loyal cohorts. She was a drill sergeant, a party-planning ninja, grand warden of the pool and a packing sorcerer, squeezing her four kids and a week’s worth of camping gear into a Ford Mustang, redefining the concept of personal space.

For Eva, life was theater, critically acclaimed and full of glitz. A choose–your-own-adventure. An opportunity to make the most out of each day. She reveled in her children and their individual talents, interests and capabilities. She believed in them and the open road, and expected them to do the same. She held tight to her faith. In a world fraught with cynicism, she was the one laughing, leaning in to hear your story. She was always plotting an adventure, leaving room for one more. Everyone who knew her was better for having been in her orbit. And in that regard, there could have never, ever been enough time.

Eva is survived by her 4 children, the Rev. Erik Grayson of Charleston, S.C.; Amber Grayson (Anthony) of Jacksonville, Fla.; Kathleen Grayson of Rock Hill, S.C.; and James Grayson, and stepson Jared Haynie of Easley, S.C.; her sister Debbie McCall Davis (Chuck) and family of Rock Hill, S.C.; brother Cliff Hayes (Becky) of Wilmington, N.C., and her mother June McCall of Rock Hill, S.C. She was predeceased by her father, Charlie Hayes, and stepson, Travis Haynie.

Funeral services were held Saturday, Nov. 29, at St. Andrew United Methodist Church at 11 a.m., with burial immediately following at Robinson Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, “JDRF,” 26 Broadway, New York, NY, 10004 or by visiting their website at

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

Jane Graham Lay

Pickens — Jane Graham Lay, ag 59, of 119 Hagood St., Pickens, died Thursday, Nov. 27, 2014, at St. Francis Eastside Women’s Hospital.

Born in Ft. Jackson, S.C., Jane was the daughter of Col. James Richard Lay, Sr., and the late Josephine Graham Lay of the home. She graduated from Winthrop University with a Bachelor of Arts, and she received her Masters Degree in Counseling from Webster University. Jane taught art in Summerville, and she was an avid reader. She was s member of University Lutheran Church in Clemson. She loved her dogs.

Ms. Lay is survived by her father, Col. James Richard Lay, and his wife, Jean H. Lay, of Pickens; a son, Graham Richard Lay, of Pickens; a brother, James R. “Jimmy” Lay Jr., and his wife, Sheila, of Charlotte, N.C.; and a sister, Susan Lusk, and her husband, Dwayne Lusk, of Clemson.

A private graveside service will be held at a later date at Oconee Memorial Park in Seneca.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Foothills Humane Society, 500 Five Forks Rd, Liberty, SC 29657.

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

Charles A. Keeler, Jr.

LIBERTY — Charles Austin Keeler, Jr, 54, of Liberty, died Friday, Nov. 28, 2014, at Greenville Memorial Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Prue, Ind., he was a son of Mary Elizabeth “Beth” Keeler, and the late Charles Austin “Bud” Keeler, Sr.
He was a loyal employee of Bonitz for 34 years and was a member of Calumet Baptist Church. He loved Georgia Bulldogs football, fishing, music and building, but most of all, he loved and adored his family, and he loved his Lord.

In addition to his mother of Greenville. he is survived by his wife of 35 years, Tammy Turner Keeler, the love of his life; his precious daughters who adored their hero, and he thought they hung the moon, Ashley Cantrell (Nick) of Pendleton, and Brittany Holder (Robbie) of Pickens; three sisters, Susan Keeler of Greenville, Lisa Adams (Matt) of Ellijay, Ga., and Denise Nunz of Pinedale, Wyo.; a brother, Michael Keeler (Bruce) of Greenville; his three grandchildren who were his pride and joy, and the apple of his eye, Nicholas and Nataleigh Cantrell, and Noah Holder; his grandmother, Evelyn Morgan of Greenville; his mother in law, Linda Sprouse (Allen) of Easley; his cat, Puddin, and several special nieces and nephews.

Memorial services to honor Charles’ life were held at 4 p.m. Monday in the Liberty Mortuary Chapel.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 3535 Pelham Rd, Greenville, SC 29615.

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

Joan Dalton Coleman

LIBERTY — Joan Dalton Coleman, 67, of 710 Golden Creek Road, died Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, at her residence. Born in Liberty she was a daughter of the late Samuel Bowen Dalton, Jr. and Flora Bell Ellenburg Dalton.

She retired from Redfern Health Center at Clemson University. Joan loved all animals and was of the Baptist Faith.

Surviving are a brother, Roger Dalton of Liberty; three sisters, Carol Walters, Shirley Garrison, and Judy Brooks all of Liberty; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a nephew, Samuel Chad Dalton, and her stepmother, Frances Dalton.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Tuesday in the Liberty Mortuary Chapel. Burial was at Liberty Memorial Gardens. Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to the Foothills Humane Society, 500 Five Forks Road, Liberty SC 29657.

Memorial messages may be sent to the family by visiting Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements

Elizabeth “Libby” Dees

Rock Hill — Elizabeth “Libby” Dees, 71, of Rock Hill and formerly of Pickens, died Tuesday, Nov. 25, 2014, at Piedmont Medical Center.

A graveside service was 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 30, at Forest Hills Cemetery in Rock Hill, with the Rev. Bobby Dees officiating.

A native of Rock Hill, Mrs. Dees was a daughter of the late James Smith Edwards and Elizabeth Sturgis Edwards. She worked in a variety of fields.

Surviving are her sister, Mary Edwards Johnson and her husband, Neal of Pickens; and her brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, Ed and Pat Dees of Fort Mill, Bobby and Ruby Dees of Gerton, N.C., and Paul and Faye Dees of Sierra Vista, Ariz.; her nieces and nephews, Marnie Kerrison of Charleston, Shellie Dambac of Brevard, N.C., Melissa Lewis Ellis of Pacolet, Michael “Tad” Edwards of Pickens, Barbara Jean Bellamy of Gerton, N.C., Christine Dees Hamilton of Fort Mill, Sarah Dees of Asheville, N.C., Edward Dees of Clover, and Paul Dees Jr. of Muskegon, Mich.; and many great-nieces and great-nephews. She was preceded in death by her husband, Carl Bingham Dees, Jr. (2013) and a niece, Susan Dees.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Dorothy Day Soup Kitchen, 902 Crawford Road, Rock Hill, SC 29730.

Condolences may be made at

Fred Turner

EASLEY — William Fred Turner, 92, of 258 Mulberry Road, husband of the late Artie Lucille Cassell Turner, died Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, at his home.

Born in Oconee County, a son of the late Noah and Omie Woodall Turner, Mr. Turner retired from the Arial Plant of Alice Manufacturing Company after 47 years of service and attended Free Wesleyan Church. He was a veteran of World War II, having served with the US Army.

Surviving are a son, Daniel M. Turner (Shelia) of Easley, a brother, Claude Turner, of Easley; a granddaughter, Rebecca Nicole Turner Gilstrap and a great-grandson, Benjamin Gilstrap. In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. Turner was predeceased by a granddaughter, Courtney Mae Turner, a grandson, John Gilstrap, five brothers, Clarence Turner, J.B. Turner, Lawton Turner, Roland Bill Turner and Ped Turner and by five sisters, Josephine Swafford, Louise Grace Pickett and Daisy Dalton, Bessie Turner and Burice Cecile Patterson.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Memorial park.

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

Marion L. Crenshaw

GREEENVILLE — Marion L. Crenshaw, 92, Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014.

She was born in Oconee County, a daughter of the late John Thode and Doshia Crooks Crenshaw. A veteran of World War II, Miss Crenshaw was retired from Greenville Health System as a security guard. She was a Life Member of The Ladies Auxiliary to the VFW Post 5730 and a member of the American Legion Post No. 3 Greenville. Miss Crenshaw was a college graduate.

Surviving are brothers, Dudley “Doug” Crenshaw and wife, Brenda, and John C. Crenshaw. She was preceded in death by her sister, Jennie Bridges; brothers, Bill and Boyce Crenshaw; and a special nephew, U.S. Marine Sgt. Dudley “Toby” Crenshaw.

The family would like to express special thanks to Richard Campbell Veteran’s Home and Hospice of the Upstate in Anderson.

The funeral service was held on Monday, Dec.1, 2014, at 1:30 p.m. in the Downtown Chapel with the Rev. Perry Sanders officiating. Burial followed in Fairview Southern Methodist Church Cemetery with full military rights conducted by American Legion Post No. 3.

Condolences may be sent to the family at

Betty Jane Martin

EASLEY — Betty Jane Gossard Martin, 94, widow of the late Howard Walter Martin, died Wednesday, Nov. 26, 2014, at Capstone Health and Rehab of Easley.

Mrs. Martin was born on August 16, 1920, in Lima, Ohio, to the late Roy Gossard and Bonnie Mae Smith Gossard. She enjoyed her church, her community and being in the outdoors.

Mrs. Martin was active in the Eastern Star and the Crane Villagers Homemakers Club (Indiana). She was a homemaker and above all valued her family and time spent with them. Mrs. Martin was a member of First United Methodist Church.

Mrs. Martin is survived by two sons; Steven James Martin (Barbara), of Bedford, Ind., and David Howard Martin (Beth), of Bloomington, Ind.; two daughters, Linda Mae Allan (Dave), of Oklahoma City, Okla., and Julie Fae Waters (Larry), of Easley.

She is also survived by nine grandchildren, Robin Bellomy (Greg), Jarrod Martin, Eric Martin, April Jullian, Missy Neff (Derek), Brian Bock (Jeanna), Angela Garrett, Sheila Kelly (Joe), and Melanie Newton (Evan).

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by two grandchildren, Frank Brock and Justin Martin.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 4, at Easley First United Methodist Church with the Rev. Dr. Rodney Powell officiating. Interment will follow at Robinson Memorial Gardens.

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