Courier Obituaries 12-9-15

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EASLEY — Cecil Allen Mahaffey, 66, of 107 S. 4th St., passed away on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, at St. Francis Hospital.

Born in Liberty, he was a son of the late Heyward and Helen Gilstrap Mahaffey.

He was a member of First Baptist Church, Liberty.

Surviving are one sister, Becky Stokes of the home, and several aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and many special friends.

Funeral services to honor Allen’s life were held Dec. 6 in the Liberty Mortuary chapel, with burial following at Liberty Memorial Gardens.

Flowers will be accepted, or memorials are requested to PCBDSN, P.O. Box 1308, Easley, SC 29641. Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.



LIBERTY — Wayne B. Dodgens, 81, of 185 Hamlin Road, passed away peacefully Sunday, Dec. 6, 2015, at St. Francis Hospital in Greenville.

Born in Pickens, he was the widower of Virnell Virginia Leslie Dodgens and a son of the late Furman Alfred “Baldy” and Dolly Beatrice Lesley Dodgens. He was a retired self-employed contractor and previously owned Wayne Dodgens Builders. He loved hunting and fishing and was of the Baptist faith.

Surviving are two daughters, Wanda Crotts (Rev. Willie Crotts) of Greenville and Lynn McCall (James) of Liberty; a brother, Van Dodgens (Shirley) of Six Mile; six grandchildren; and numerous great- and great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was predeceased by four sisters and seven brothers.

Funeral services to honor the life of Mr. Dodgens will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, in the Liberty Mortuary chapel. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial will follow at Graceland West Cemetery in Greenville.

The family will be at the home. Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.


EASLEY — Mr. Hansel John “Hank” Simmons, 89, husband of the late Frances Youngblood Simmons, passed away Monday, Nov. 30, 2015, at his home.

Born in Pickens County, a son of the late John McDaniel and Clovie Jane Lesley Simmons, Mr. Simmons retired from Singer Manufacturing of Pickens with 40 years of service, and was a member of Cross Roads Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in World War II.

Surviving are two sons, Gerald Dale Simmons (Sherril) of Easley and Wendell Jerry Simmons (Melinda) of Liberty; two daughters, Vickie G. Gonzalez and Tabitha F. Wohlever (Jimmy), all of Easley; two brothers, Charles and Fulton Simmons, both of Easley; eight grandchildren and 20 great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. Simmons was predeceased by a son, John Terrell Simmons, and three brothers, Robert, Elzie and Ilar Simmons.

Graveside services were held Dec. 3 at Hillcrest Memorial Park, with military honors.

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



SIX MILE — Mark Andrew Holcomb, 23, of Six Mile, and Cortland, N.Y., passed away Thursday, Nov. 26, 2015, at home.

Andrew was the son of Donna McAlister Holcomb of Six Mile and Mark and Sherry Holcomb of Cortland, N.Y.

He was a 2011 graduate of Cortland Jr./Sr. High School in Cortland, N.Y. He was a kind, caring young man who loved fishing, hiking and spending time with his family and friends.

In addition to his parents, Andrew is survived by two sisters, Jennifer Stewart of Six Mile and Ashley Lockard of Charleston; a stepbrother,  Ryan O’Donnell; and stepsister, Julia Goddard of Cortland, N.Y; grandmother, Edith McAlister of Six Mile; grandparents, Horace and Betty Holcomb of Virgil, N.Y.; nieces, Lauren, Kayla and Emma of Six Mile and Kiley and Madalin Lockard of Charleston; aunts, Marlene Roach of Six Mile and Patricia O’Donnell of Homer, N.Y.; an uncle, James (Valerie) Holcomb of Homer, N.Y.; cousins, Cody Roach, Joshua McAlister, Austin, Kevin and Steven Clark, and Michael and Matthew Holder, all of Six Mile, Kandi Holder of Wilmington, Del., Jennifer Wyant and Joe O’Donnell of Cortland, N.Y., and Tyler and Nick Holcomb of Homer, N.Y.

Andrew was predeceased by his grandfather, Charles McAlister; aunts, Patricia Manley and Pamela Clark; and cousin, Justin Roach.

A memorial service for Andrew was held at New Beginnings Baptist Church in Six Mile on Nov. 30.



TAMASSEE — Joan Cora St. Jock O’Sheal, 81, wife of Bobby O’Sheal, of 465 O’Sheal Drive, Tamassee, passed away Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015, at Oconee Memorial Hospital.

Born in Hackensack, N.J., Mrs. O’Sheal was the daughter of the late Gordon Gibbs and Mildred Pearl Haggert St. Jock. She was a physical education teacher in the public school system for grades K-12 in Florida. Mrs. O’Sheal was a visiting teacher with the Oconee and Anderson County Head Start Program.

In addition to her husband, Mrs. O’Sheal is survived by her daughter, Jan Grieve; three grandchildren, Cassie, Shawn, and Christine; nine great-grandchildren; two step-grandchildren, Bucky and Robin O’Sheal; a goddaughter, Sylvia Jean; four sisters-in-law and one brother-in-law.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. The family is at the residence.



PICKENS — Annette McClure Payne, 58, passed from this life Monday, Dec. 6, 2015, at McCall Hospice House.

Ms. Payne was born in Greenville County, daughter of the late Henry and Annie Mae Anders McClure.

She was a nurse assistant and a cook at nursing homes in the Pickens County area.

Survivors include a daughter, Brandi Payne of Pickens; two brothers, Lindsey (Khristy) McClure of Pickens and William McClure of Greenville; and her beloved dog, WeeWee.

In addition to her parents, Ms. Payne was predeceased by her son, Andrew Payne; a grandson, Raygen Miller; a brother, Frank McClure; and a sister, Frances Thompson.

The family will receive friends from 2:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 9, at Dillard Funeral Home in Pickens, with funeral service following at 3:30 p.m. in the funeral home chapel.

Memorials may be made to Eastatoe Baptist Church in Sunset.

A message of condolence may be expressed to the family by visiting The family members are at their respective homes.