Courier Obituaries 2-10-21


PICKENS — Mary Jennings Dougherty Boroughs, widow of Ralph Zeigler Boroughs, died on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021.

Born on Nov. 5, 1923, in North Orangeburg County, she was the daughter of the late Imogene Cope and Carlton O’Neal Dougherty.

She leaves behind her daughters, Elizabeth Burgess of Bremerton, Wash., Zoe (Martin) Fechner of Oradele, N.J., Helen (Mark) Kellogg of Severna Park, Md., and Roslyn (Vrezh) Bahumian of Falls Church, Va.; son, Ralph Dougherty (Connie) Boroughs of Chattanooga, Tenn.; 16 grandchildren, 25 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her youngest daughter, Virginia (Terry) Dwyer; brothers, C.O. Dougherty Jr. (Martha) and Sam Brice Dougherty (Mary); and sisters, Imogene (Glenn) Livingstone, Frances (John W.) Lynch and Virginia (William) Campbell.

Mary graduated from Columbia College, received a masters degree at SUNY Potsdam N.Y., and did postgraduate studies at the University of Connecticut.

During WWII, she briefly taught school in Pickens before her husband came home from the war and replaced her. Later, she taught at an Indian Reservation in upstate New York, and in the Hartford, Conn., school system. She taught in one of the first Head Start programs in the country and became a supervisor at the Head Start Follow Through Program managed by the University of Georgia.

After moving back to S.C., she taught in McCormick and in the Greenwood County schools until retirement. Over the years, she has taught Head Start, kindergarten, reading and high school home economics.

She was raised Methodist, but was a Baptist minister’s wife for 13 years. She became an educator while raising six children, at a time when most women did not work outside the home. Her family was always first in her life. She loved generously and unconditionally and was much loved in return. In her later years, she became a very private person, withdrawing from all public activities except those involving her family.

She was a lifelong member of the S.C. Chapter of the Colonial Dames of the 18th Century. Although she spent years in New York state and Connecticut, she was a true Southern lady.

A private homegoing celebration will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, it is requested that disabled veterans are remembered.


EASLEY — Harold Oliver Porter, of Hallmark Lane, crossed over the river on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021. He died peacefully in his bed, surrounded by family.

Harold was born in the Pleasant Hill community of South Carolina in 1932, the youngest son of the late Lawrence Anthony Porter and Corra Belle (Kuykendall). He was preceded in death by three brothers, Larry, Clyde and Edward; four sisters, Laura Mae (Sexton), Miriam (McClellan), Betty (Stegall) and Martha (Holcombe); a wife, Margaret Ann (Smith); son, Brandon Harold Porter; and grandson, Steven Craig Porter.

Surviving are his loving wife, Judy (Dunn); son, Brad; grandson, Michael; stepson, Chris Gillespie; and step-grandchildren, Grace, Abby and Sam Gillespie. Loved as his own were Judy’s nephew, Leigh Dunn, his wife, Jeanie (Reeves), and their daughter, Mary Beth. His nieces, nephews and cousins are too numerous to list, but he loved them all.

Harold was a graduate of Easley High School and Columbia Business College. He loved Christ and was a very active member of Geer Memorial Baptist Church, especially its bus ministry, until failing health caught up with him. He took part in missionary trips to Africa, Taiwan and Mexico earlier in his life, and was also once president of the S.C. Lupus Foundation. He was retired from the S.C. Tax Commission, where he acted as a field auditor, and was probably the most well-liked “tax man” in the state, because he helped people navigate the system rather than punish them for being remiss.

A graveside service will be held at Greenville Memorial Gardens on Thursday, Feb. 11, at 1 p.m.

The family requests that in lieu of flowers, donations be given to The Foothills Presbyterian Community, 205 Bud Nalley Drive, Easley, SC 29642.

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


EASLEY — Ruby Lee Sanders Holder, 71, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, Feb. 7, 2021.

Born in Anderson County, a daughter of the late James Coffer Sanders and the late Minnie Lee Robinson Sanders, Ruby was a member of Lenhardt Christian Fellowship.

Ruby dearly loved her family and grandchildren. She loved her church and church family, but her greatest love was serving her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and being a witness for Him. Everyone who loved and knew her will miss her dearly.

Surviving are her son, Donny Dale Holder (Jennifer) of Central; her daughters, Sherry Lynn Holder Gilstrap (Jake) of Dacusville and Karen Libby Holder of Easley; her brother, Buck Raymond Sanders of Liberty; her sisters, Joyce S. Medlin (Robert) and JoAnn S. O’Connor (Edward), both of Easley; her grandchildren, Tyler, Andrew (Brianna), Shawna and Sam; and her great-grandchild, Maddox.

In addition to her parents, Ruby was predeceased by two brothers, James Sanders and Charles Sanders; and two sisters, Shirley S. Sanders and Patricia S. Cooke.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Feb. 11, in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis, only 50 people will be allowed in the chapel for the service. You may live stream the service at 10:30 a.m. on Thursday by visiting

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown.

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MARIETTA — James Michael “Jim” Harbin, 72, husband to Joy Harbin, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021.

Born in Brunswick, Ga., he was the son of the late Joe and Louise Flannigan Harbin. Jim received his bachelor of arts in psychology from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill and his masters in education from Clemson University. He was a licensed professional counselor with Piedmont Psychiatric Services. Jim was a devoted and active member of Easley Church of God. He loved being in the outdoors and enjoyed fishing and gardening.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Joy Harbin, and a brother, Joe Harbin, of Wilmington, N.C.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 6 p.m. at Easley Church of God.

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LIBERTY — Charles Rhyner Nelson of Pickens was born on Nov. 6, 1950, and passed away on Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2021.

Charles worked at Toyota of Easley. He served in the United States Marine Corps. Charles was a member of Siloam Baptist Church.

Charles was survived by a son, Brett Nelson; grandchildren, Gaven Steed and Reese Steed; and a brother, Richard Allen Nelson.

Mr. Nelson was predeceased by his parents, Charles Edward Nelson and Jackie Norris Roach, and a son, Charles Nelson.

The family would like to thank Prisma Health Hospice of the Foothills for their exceptional care.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Nelson Family.


PICKENS — Ercel B. Pace, 106, wife of the late Hoyt F. Pace, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, at Easley Place in Easley.

Ercel was born and raised on her family farm west of Pickens, where she lived independently for 104 years. She retired from work after 29 years with Sangamo Electric. She enjoyed traveling, gardening and especially loved her cat, Patches. Ercel enjoyed spending time visiting with her family, especially the extended Winchester family out west. Ercel was a member of the Pickens Garden Club, delivered Meals on Wheels and graduated Pickens High School in 1932.

Mrs. Pace is survived by her sons, Hugh D. Pace (Nancy) of Easley and Franklyn Pace of Canton Ga.; grandchildren, Donna Pace (David Wingard) of Easley and Hughie Pace of Easley; and step-granddaughter, Anne Antonoff.

Ercel was predeceased by her husband, Hoyt; her parents, James Frank Breazeale and Ealie Ann Winchester Breazeale; a sister, Louise Ramsay; a brother, Ivy Breazeale; daughter-in-law, Alice Pace; and step-granddaughter, Elaine Pruitt.

A funeral service will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 11 a.m. in the chapel of Mountain View Funeral Home. Burial will follow at the Secona Baptist Church cemetery.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Pace family.


LIBERTY — Raymond Glenn Poole, 72, of Velo View Lane, died on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2021, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Athens, he was the husband of Irene DiCataldoPoole and a son of the late Clyde Birchand Ruby Nell Spivey Poole.

Glenn was always looking for a deal at yard sales and flea markets. He loved to travel extensively and spend time with his family. After retirement from Lowe’s of Easley, he later worked at Dixie Lumber. Glenn had a special talent of speaking and counseling others, which he used while also working for Greenlawn Memorial Park. Glenn was very involved with a program called Moving Forward, which helped others just like himself in dealing with the loss of a loved one. His philosophy, which he lived by, was to “Keep on living, or keep on dying.” He was a member of Faith Baptist Church.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are two sons, Jason Poole and David Poole (Toni), all of Norris; a stepdaughter, Catherine Vincent (Scott) of Kissimmee, Fla.; and two grandchildren, Ava DiCataldo and Stephanie Vincent.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Alda Jean Poole, and a brother, Bob Poole.

Funeral services to honor the life of Mr. Poole will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 10, at 11 a.m. in the Liberty Mortuary chapel, conducted by Rev. Gary James. Burial will be at Greenlawn Memorial Park. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the mortuary.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and CDC guidelines, face coverings are recommended and social distancing will be observed. Seating in the chapel will be limited to 50 people. The live stream of his service may be viewed by visiting his obituary at

The family will be at the home. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Faith Baptist Church at 118 N. Norris Drive, Norris, SC 29667.

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


PICKENS — Laura Ann Grant, devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister and friend, passed into the arms of Jesus on Friday, Feb. 5, 2021, at the age of 86.

She was born to William O. and Gladys Lafoy Breazeale on Jan. 14, 1935, in Pickens and was one of 11 children. At the age of 17, she married the love of her life, Hoyt.

Laura Ann was a dedicated mother, and she treasured her children. She especially loved her role as Granny Ann and was a huge part of her grandchildren’s lives. She had a fun, vibrant personality, and everyone who met her loved her. She found joy in hosting family and friends at their cabin. Her church was an important part of her life, and she served as church treasurer for more than 30 years.

Laura Ann is survived by her husband of 68 years, Hoyt C. Grant; and three children, Loretta Brucke (Harold) and Terry Grant (Karen) of Pickens and Barry Grant (Gail) of Easley. She was a loving grandmother to eight grandchildren, Holly Scruggs (Brian), Lauren Patterson (Mack), Justin Brucke (Fallon), Matt Brucke (Julia), Paul Brucke (Brooke), Kali Grant-Rivers, Jimi Thomas and Kacey O’Kelley. She adored her great-grandchildren, Lane and Luke Scruggs, Hudson Brucke, Sage and Hollis Brucke, Nora Patterson, Ashton Goodnough and Cameron and Brooklynn Barnes; and one great-great-grandchild, Jaxon Tate. Also surviving are two sisters, Cleone Hayes and Lib Collins (Ken); and two brothers, Kenneth “Sonny” Breazeale and Roger Breazeale (Ethel).

She was predeceased by her parents and six brothers, Waldo, Stanley, Herbert, Charles, Donald and Curtis.

A graveside service honoring Laura Ann was held at Hillcrest Memorial Park on Tuesday, Feb. 9. Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels, 349 Edgemont Ave., Liberty, SC 29657 or Porter’s Chapel United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 674, Pickens, SC 29671.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Grant family.


PIEDMONT — David Marcus Raines III, 27, son of David Raines Jr. and Christy Lee, passed away on Monday, Feb. 1, 2021, at his home.

Marc is survived by his parents, David Raines Jr. (Kelley) of the home and Christy Lee (Tony) of Easley; brothers, Justin Raines, Dylan Stone and Brandon Lee; and a sister, Brittany Lee.

Mr. Raines was predeceased by his paternal grandmother, Opal Byrd and his grandfather, David M. Raines Sr.

The family greeted family and friends in the chapel of Mountain View Funeral Home on Feb. 7.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Raines family


EDGEFIELD — Catherine Manley, 86, daughter of the late William B. Manley and Flora Berry Manley, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021, at Self Regional Hospital in Greenwood.

Ms. Manley is survived by nephews, Thomas “Lefty” Shirley (Joy) of Central and Jackie Shirley (Sandy) of Central, and nieces, Cathy and Marlene.

Catherine was predeceased by her parents; a sister, Grace Shirley (Martin); a brother, JW Manley; and nephews, Michael and Mitchell.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the many friends and staff at The Burton Center for taking exceptional care of Catherine during her time there.

A private burial will be held at Mt. Zion Cemetery in Central.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Manley family


EASLEY — Marie Katheleen Gilstrap, 74, daughter of the late Aaron Claude Farley and Lela Ledora Beavers Taylor, passed away on Saturday, Jan. 30, 2021, at her home.

Marie was a member of Fairview Baptist Church in Liberty.

Marie is survived by a son, Stanley Crowe of Six Mile; a daughter, Crystal Neal of Inman; grandchildren, Rebekah Crowe, Racheal Crowe, Mary Crowe, Richard Crowe, Caleb Crowe, Grace Ledford and DJ Ledford; and a sister, Blanche Hare.

Mrs. Gilstrap is predeceased by her parents; brothers, James Farley, Clifton Farley and Raymond Farley; and sisters, Ruth Dean, Lola Roach and Berta Bryant.

A memorial service was held at Fairview Baptist Church in Liberty on Feb. 6, officiated by Rev. Billy Ray Merck and Rev. Stephan Kelly. A cremation burial followed the service.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Gilstrap family


PICKENS — Carey M. Blackwell, 42, wife of Steve Blackwell, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 31, 2021, at her home.

Carey is survived by her husband of 24 years, Steve, of the home; her mother, Elaine Reid Nix of Pickens; a daughter, Jennifer Blackwell of the home; a son, James Blackwell of the home; a sister, Tracy Skelton (Donnie) of Columbia; and a brother, Christopher Nix (Melinda) of Pickens.

Mrs. Blackwell was predeceased by her father, Clarence B. Nix.

A private memorial service will be held for Carey.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Blackwell family.


EASLEY — Mr. Harold Clyde Blackston, 81, husband of the late Hazel Morgan Blackston, passed away on Tuesday, Feb. 2, 2021.

Born in Pickens County, a son of the late Luther Columbus Blackston and the late Evia Kay Blackston, Mr. Blackston was the former owner and operator of Harvey’s Restaurant and was of the Baptist faith.

Surviving are his son, Keith Blackston of Easley; his daughter, Stacy Blackston Doyle (Matthew) of Rock Hill; his brother, Clifton Blackston of Louisville, Ky.; his four sisters, Margaret Collins, Ollie Nix (Richard), Virginia Porter and Faye Leslie, all of Easley; and his four grandchildren, Hayley Doyle (Westin Gillis), Benjamin Doyle, Jacob Doyle and Zachary Doyle.

Private graveside services will be held at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to West End Retirement Center, 200 S. 5th St., Easley, SC 29640.

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

Susan Annette Hanley

PICKENS — Susan Annette Hanley, 55, wife of Scott W. Hanley, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 3, 2021, at Anmed Hospital in Anderson.

Susan was a member of New Divine Healing of Greenville.

Susan is survived by her husband, Scott; children, Brandie Garcia of Pickens, Alisha Batwell of Pickens, Danicia Hanley of Pickens, Ron Baker of Greenville and Cam Seay of Pickens; grandchildren, Jazzmin Lawrence, Kayley Lanier, Timothy Batwell and Alyza Batwell; and great-grandchild, Azlynn Grace Lanier.

Mrs. Hanley was predeceased by her parents, Carl Eugene Crawford and Jeanette Crawford Turner; a brother, David Turner; and a son, Chase Cobb.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, Feb. 13, in the chapel of Mountain View Funeral Home.

The family will be at 109 Ladd Lane, Pickens, SC 29671.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Ladd family.