Courier Obituaries 12-30-20


EASLEY — Aileen L. Gilbert, 86, wife of the late Weldon Gilbert Jr., passed away on Monday, Dec. 21, 2020, at West End Retirement Center.

Mrs. Gilbert is survived by her children, Ricky Gilbert, Dwayne Gilbert, Karon Hickey (Johnny) and Sharon Whitworth (Victor); grandchildren, Michelle Gilstrap (Steve), Logan Hickey, Gil Whitworth (Colby) and Luke Whitworth (Kelsey); great-grandchildren, Bo and Colt Gilstrap and Judah Whitworth; and honorary family, which includes her wonderful caregivers at West End Retirement Center in Easley.

Aileen was a devoted wife and mother who loved her family and above all loved the Lord.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Memorials may be sent to Pickens First Baptist Lottie Moon International Missions offering.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Gilbert family.


EASLEY — Hogan Durell Vissage, 85, husband of Gloria Searcy Vissage, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020.

Mr. Vissage was born in Pickens County, son of the late John Arnold and Vera Smith Vissage. He worked as an electrician at Woodside Mill Easley Plant until the mill closed around 1990, then he worked for Wagner Systems for six years, where he semi-retired, then he worked at Pro Care Rx as a courier. Mr. Vissage was a member of Brushy Creek Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran, serving as a combat engineer.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years, Gloria Vissage of the home; his son, Jody Vissage (Katherine) of Easley; and his grandson, Caleb Vissage of Easley.

The family will receive friends at Dillard Funeral Home in Pickens on Saturday, Jan. 2, from 12:30-1:45 p.m., with funeral services following in the funeral home chapel at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Rodney Graham and the Rev. Jonathan McGary officiating. Burial with military honors will follow at Greenlawn Cemetery in Easley.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, face masks will be required and social distancing will be observed for the service and burial.

Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 950 W. Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605 or to The Greenville Children’s Hospital, 701 Grove Road, Greenville, SC 29605.


EASLEY — Virginia Capps Beeks, 94, beloved wife of 47 years to the late Norman S. Beeks, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2020.

Born in Easley, she was a daughter of the late Walter O. Capps and Bessie Corbin Capps.

A 1947 graduate of the Greenville General Hospital School of Nursing, Va., Virginia worked as a registered nurse at various hospitals in three states and also as a nursing school instructor. She enjoyed traveling, reading, shopping, hospital volunteer work, current events and Clemson football. She was a longtime member of the First Baptist Church of Easley.

Virginia is survived by two daughters, Marian McAlister (Anthony) of Seneca and Kathy Black (Joe) of Buena Vista, Colo.; a granddaughter, Jenny Carlton Kemp of St. Matthews; two step-granddaughters, Maggie McAlister Clark of Evans, Ga., and Andrea McAlister Anderson of Gulfport, Miss.; and seven great-grandchildren.

A private graveside service will be held at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to Rainey Hospice House, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621 or to Easley First Baptist Church, Music Program, 300 E. 1st Ave., Easley, SC 29640.

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


EASLEY — Leland James Porter, 73, of Jameson Road, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020.

Born in Pickens County, he was a son of the late William Earle Porter and Lizzie Durham Porter.

Mr. Porter worked for Libco Mill in Liberty for 26 years and later retired from Easley Baptist Hospital security. He was a member of Tabernacle Baptist Church and enjoyed spending time plowing with his horses and mules. Also, he proudly served his country during the Vietnam War in the U.S. Army.

Surviving are his wife, Virginia Blackston Porter; a brother, Troy Porter and wife, Sara, of Central; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by three sisters, Allene Porter Surrett, Catherine Hughes Roberts and Reubenia Porter Smith.

Graveside services were held on Dec. 28 at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

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

The family will be at the home.

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


PICKENS — Linda Eugenia Carver Thompson, 77, loving wife of Arthur S. Thompson Jr., passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2020, at the Cottingham House in Seneca.

A native of Greenville County, Linda was born Aug. 9, 1943, the daughter of the late Emillio Barbieri and Mildred Inez Price Barbieri.

In addition to her husband, Linda is survived by two daughters, Teri Lilland (Craig) of Pickens and Jo Anne Antonucci (Mike) of Naples, Fla.; grandchildren, Shayna Lilland, Chelsea Hunter (James), Nick Antonucci (Brittany), Vinny Antonucci (Kelly) and Michael Antonucci (Sarah); and great-grandchildren, Sydney Hunter and Bentley Lilland.

Linda was predeceased by her parents, Emillio Barbieri and Mildred Inez Barbieri; and a brother, Edward A. Barbieri, all of Cornwall, N.Y.

A memorial service to honor the life of Mrs. Thompson will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 6, in the chapel of Mountain View Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Linda’s honor may be made to Hospice of the Foothills by calling (864) 455-9980 or by mailing Prisma Health Hospice of the Foothills, c/o Oconee Memorial Hospital Foundation, 298 Memorial Drive, Seneca, SC 29672.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Thompson family.


PICKENS — Charles Edward Patterson, 48, of 122 Holder Ford Road, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020, at his home.

A native of Pickens County, Edward was born Sept. 13, 1972, the son of Rosella Jones Patterson and the late Charles T. Patterson

In addition to his mother, Rosella Patterson of Pickens, Edward is survived by his sisters, Charlene Frady, Teresa Patterson and Cindy Patterson; nieces and nephews, Del and Devon Frady, Nicole Reed, Christopher Barrett and David and Gordon Patterson; great-nieces and great-nephews, Dillon, Alyssa, Sterling, Sailor and Roland; and aunt, Mozelle Lusk.

Edward was predeceased by his father, Charles Patterson; grandmother, Margaret Patterson; grandparents, Prue and Loise Jones; as well as numerous aunts and uncles.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 7, at New Hope Baptist Church, 108 New Hope Road, Pickens, SC 29671.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Patterson family.


PICKENS — Jason Harold Medlin, 44, of 202 Reece Mill Road, passed away on Friday, Dec. 18, 2020, at his home.

A native of Pickens County, Jason was born Nov. 30, 1976, the son of the Mary Ruth Powell James and the late Raymond Edward Medlin. He was a graduate of Pickens High School, Class of 1997, and attended Central Wesleyan College. He was a loyal employee of Subway in Pickens for many years. He later worked in the security industry.

Mr. Medlin was a member of Mt. Tabor Baptist Church and was known by his friends to have trusted in Christ alone as his Savior. He was a gentle soul who had a servant’s heart. Jason, or “Metal Head,” as most knew him, was one of the sweetest people you would ever meet. He always greeted you with a smile on his face and was genuinely happy when he saw you. He was always willing to help anyone any way he could and was a wonderful example of human kindness. He will be deeply missed by all those who loved him; his family, friends and the community.

In addition to his mother, Ruth James, Jason is survived by his stepfather, Dennis James of Pickens; three brothers, Gary Medlin of Dacusville, Dean Edward of Pickens and Joseph Medlin of Seneca; and two sisters, Tracy Masters of Pumpkintown and Rachel Turner of Liberty.

Interment will be at the Mt. Tabor Baptist Church Cemetery, 1700 Mt. Tabor Church Road, Easley.

Flowers will be accepted. Please also consider giving to a Family Care Fund established for Jason’s family by going to All funds will go straight to the family to help with funeral/burial and other related expenses, as well as the care of Jason’s brother.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Medlin family.


LIBERTY — Elizabeth Roach Allmon, 86, of Liberty, died on Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020, at The Willows in Easley.

Born in Sulpher Springs, she was the daughter of the late Garland and Corrie Banning Roach. She had previously worked at Pride Mechanical in Easley. She enjoyed crafting and was of the Christian faith. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Surviving are her daughter, Debra Allmon of Easley.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Trina Lynn Allmon; and two brothers, Charles and Leonard Roach.

No services are planned at this time.

Memorials in her memory may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting Liberty Mortuary and Cremation Services are handling arrangements.


ANDERSON — John Walter Moll, 87, of Anderson, widower of Bessie Mae Stancil Moll, died on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020, at Anderson Area Medical Center.

Born in Jim Thorpe, Pa., he was a son of the late John and Marie Ott Moll.

Mr. Moll was a retired senior master sergeant of the United States Air Force, having served for more than 20 years. Throughout his career, he was in the Vietnam War where he earned a Distinguished Flying Cross. He was a flight engineer during his career.

Following retirement from the Air Force, he later retired from Michelin North American. He was a charter member of St. Luke Catholic Church of Easley.

Surviving are a daughter, Sue Brooks (Stan) of Easley; two sons, John Moll Jr. of Easley and Joseph Moll (Dawne) of Kiowa, Colo.; a brother, James Moll of Doylestown, Pa.; a sister, Rosemarie Zeiser of Harrisburg, Pa.; four grandchildren, Amery Brooks, Niel Brooks, Chrissy Banner and Josh Moll; and three great-grandchildren, Madison Brooks, J.J. Banner and Sean Banner.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a granddaughter, Marie Moll; and two brothers, George and Paul Moll.

The memorial mass to honor the life of Mr. John Moll will be conducted at 12:15 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 30, at St. Luke Catholic Church. Burial will follow at Greenville Memorial Gardens with full military honors.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic, masks will be required and social distancing will be observed.

In lieu of flowers memorials are requested to St. Luke Catholic Church, 4408 Highway 86, Easley SC 29642.


PICKENS — Paige Hunter Bowers, 96, wife of the late John S. Bowers for 59 years, ascended to her heavenly home on Thursday, Dec. 24, 2020.

Born in Pickens, she was the youngest daughter of the late George Earle (Doc) Hunter and Inez Lumpkin Hunter Collins.

She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Judy and Danny Pilgrim of Liberty; son-in-law, Freddie Smith of Jefferson, Ga.; grandsons and their wives, Derick and Beth Durham of Seneca and Devin and Angie Durham of Pickens; and granddaughter, Wendy Smith of Jefferson, Ga. She is also survived by great-grandchildren, Katelyn and Cade Durham of Pickens and Paige and David Durham of Seneca, as well as family friend, Missy Parker.

In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Bowers was predeceased by her daughter and son-in-law, Pat and Otis Durham of Pickens; and her daughter, Barbara Smith of Jefferson, Ga. She was also predeceased by her only sibling, Earlie Grace Hunter.

Mrs. Bowers was known for her love of laughter, beautiful smile, uplifting spirit and unwavering faith.

She was also known for her amazing baked macaroni and cheese, lemon and coconut pies, decadent cakes and melt-in-your-mouth homemade biscuits.

She was a wonderful mother who, along with her husband, provided a peaceful and loving home filled with support and encouragement for their daughters. She loved her family and taught them to love each other abundantly.

She was their strength in good times and in bad times. They will hold fast to her memory and forever miss her until they see her again.

Through all the trials of life, she remained steadfast in her love for her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, trusting Him and believing in her heart that all things work for good to those who love Him.

Private funeral services for Mrs. Bowers will be held at Mountain View Baptist Church followed by burial at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

The most fervent desire of Mrs. Bowers’ heart was to help others know Jesus.

To honor that wish, memorials may be made to Mountain View Baptist Church, Missions Fund, P. O. Box 234, Pickens, SC 29671.

The family members will be at their respective homes.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.