Courier Obituaries 2-23-22


PICKENS — Mrs. Kathleen G. Hoxit, 85, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022, at Manna Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center, surrounded by her loving family.

Kathleen was born June 25, 1936, in Jackson County, N.C., daughter of the late Cos and Bessie Galloway. She married Rev. Wayne Hoxit in Sept. of 1954. Kathleen worked as a seamstress for Sir Shirt Makers in Pickens for 20 years. She assisted her husband with his ministries at local churches and volunteered at the Salvation Army. Kathleen enjoyed camping with her family, sewing, tending to her garden and cooking for loved ones. Kathleen was a member of Rocky Bottom Baptist Church.

Survivors include her four children, Belva Jean Fleming (Christopher) of Ocala, Fla., Chester Hoxit (Cecilia) of Easley, Wayne DeLee Hoxit of Greenville and Angela Bowen (Michael) of Pickens; 10 grandchildren, Michael, Tonya, David, Ashley, McKenzie, Carlin, Zachery, Hannah, Conner and Chloe; 11 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren; two brothers, Dewey Galloway and Dallas Galloway; and one sister, JoAnn Connelly.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Rev. Wayne Hoxit; her daughters, Ima Jean and Bettie Mae (Stewart); and sister, Aileen Owen.

Kathleen died surrounded by her loving family after a long battle with Lewy Body Dementia. Donations may be made in lieu of flowers to the Lewy Body Dementia Association at Messages of condolence may be made to the family or through the website

The family received friends on Feb. 20 at Dillard Funeral Home, with the funeral services following in the Dillard Funeral Home chapel, with Rev. Justin Anderson officiating. Burial was at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Pickens.





PICKENS — Arthur Winfred Sides, 87, passed from this life on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022.

Born in Greenville County on March 4, 1934, he was the son of the late Ulysses Grant and Mae Bell Duvall Sides.

At the age of 19, Arthur served his country by enlisting in the United States Air Force, where he received the National Defense Service Medal and Good Conduct Medal. He was a man of many talents. His athletic abilities took him all the way to Japan, where he played professional baseball, setting the tone for years down the road, where he would share his love and stories of baseball with his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, becoming their biggest fan. Arthur worked for several printing companies throughout his life, while the artist inside him would come alive during his free time, becoming nothing short of a master wood carver. He was a lover of antiques with a wealth of knowledge he could share with just about anyone. Arthur loved his family and cherished every moment he had with them, as did they.

Survivors include his beloved wife of 64 years, Dorothy Lee McMakin Sides of Easley; his two daughters, Sharon Elaine Sides and Teresa Diane Sides; eight grandchildren and 22 great-grandchildren.

Arthur was predeceased by his daughter, Donna Faye Gilcrease of Pickens.

Mountain View Funerals and Cremations is serving the family.

A memorial service will be held for Arthur Winfred Sides on what would have been his 88 birthday, March 4, at M.J. “Dolly” Cooper Veterans Cemetery at 3 p.m.

Though he will be truly missed, this year Arthur is spending his birthday with the Lord.



EASLEY — Carl F. Brown, 66, son of the late James William Brown and the late Annie Pauline Vance Brown, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022, at his residence.

A native of Detroit, Mich., Frank was born on March 10, 1955. He loved his church family, aggravating people and playing Santa Claus. Frank was a member of Cannon Mountain Baptist Church in Pickens.

Survivors include his children, Patricia Grantham of Easley and Michelle Watkins of Seneca; a stepson, Mark Davis of Greenville; grandchildren, Tristian Davis, Austin Watkins, Cheyanne Watkins, Annie Reece Cave and Charles Edward Cave Jr.; a great-grandchild, Sierra Watkins; his siblings, Judy Brown, Mary Mann (Phillip), Julia Riley (Oscar), Ann Cobb (Henry) and James Brown (Glenda); several nieces and nephews; and a special “Buddy,” Pastor Shannon McKee.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Brown was predeceased by his brothers, Billy Brown and Jimmy Brown.

The family hosted a memorial service on Feb. 17 at Cannon Mountain Baptist Church in Pickens.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Brown family.



LIBERTY — With heavy hearts, our precious Peggy Busha Stewart, 88, passed away peacefully surrounded by her family on Feb. 14, 2022, at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Born on Nov. 11, 1933, in Pickens, she was the daughter of the late James Henry Busha and Rosa Anna Anderson Busha.

Peggy married her husband, Charles “Chuck” Stewart, of 70 years, on Nov. 22, 1951, Thanksgiving morning in Easley, in the home of preacher Oscar Stewart.

She will be missed dearly, and we will continue to remember her by the wonderful memories we each shared with her. Peggy enjoyed reading books, working the daily crosswords and thrifting in her spare time. She loved to play Jeopardy or her trivia game creation called “Ask and Ans,” rewarded with quarters, challenging someone in Scrabble and playing the piano.

Surviving, in addition to her husband of Liberty, are two daughters, Lynn Palmer (Mike) of Six Mile and Charlotte Lowe of Liberty; a brother, Charles Busha of Greenville; four grandchildren, Michelle Smith, Chris Youngblood (Alison), Tim Youngblood (Katie) and Chelsea Lowe (Jason); as well as 10 great-grandchildren, Karen Youngblood (Josh), Abreigh, Adeline, Abella, Hailey, Emma and Allie Youngblood, Blakely Smith, Gabe Smith and Bryson Smith (Mariah); and one great-great-granddaughter, Danni.

She was predeceased by her two sisters, Helen McAlister-Racine and Jo Ann Chandler. She was a graduate of Liberty High School.

Funeral services to honor Peggy’s life were conducted on Feb. 18 in the Liberty Mortuary chapel. Burial was at Liberty Memorial Gardens.

The family will be at their respective homes.

To share a memory or leave a message for the family, please visit Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.



PICKENS — Jimi Dean Thomas, 47, son of Barry D. Grant and the late Sharon D. Thomas, passed away on Sunday, Jan. 30, 2022, at Cannon Memorial Hospital.

A native of Pickens, Jimi was born on Jan. 7, 1975. He loved riding fast on motorcycles with his dad, going on trips to different places, playing pool, gaming and watching dog shows.

Survivors include his father, Barry D. Grant (Gail) of Easley; siblings, Letha Fowler, Micha Roberts, Kali Grant Rivers and Kacey Adcox O’Kelley; and grandparents, Hoyt Grant and Evelyn Thomas Harrison.

In addition to his mother, Mr. Thomas was predeceased by his grandmother, Laura Grant.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in Mr. Thomas’ memory to the Pickens County Humane Society.

A celebration of life may be held at a later date.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Thomas/Grant family.



PICKENS — Martha Helen Black Day, 83, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, Feb. 12, 2022, at her home, surrounded by her loving family.

Helen was born Sept. 6, 1938, in Easley, daughter of the late Charlie Black and Ruth Stewart Black. She was a member of Pickens View Wesleyan Church. Helen knitted prayer shawls for years, touching lives all over the country. She was a homemaker and loved and cherished her children and grandchildren.

Surviving are her husband of 66 years, Roger Marvin Day; one daughter, Kimberly Charlene Hendricks (Chad) of Boone, N.C.; two sons, Steven Alan Day and Jeffrey Scott Day (Denise), both of Easley; one brother, Joel Black (Gladys); 10 grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Along with her parents, Helen was predeceased by her son, James Roger Day; daughter, Susan Diane Blair; six brothers, Donald Black, Leon Black, Tommy Black, Olar Black, Fulton Black and Morris Black; and two sisters, Rosa Lee Miller Smith and Maebelle Rogers.

The family received friends on Feb. 17 at Dillard Funeral Home. Funeral services followed in the Dillard Funeral Home chapel, with Rev. Paul Service and Rev. Lewis Edwards officiating. Burial was at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Fond memories and expressions of sympathy may be shared at for the Day family.



EASLEY — Richard Lloyd “Ricky” Holcombe Jr., 27, died on Tuesday, Feb. 15, 2022, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.

Born in Easley, he was a son of Richard Sr. and Yvonne Holcombe.

He was a true outdoorsman and an avid hunter and loved dirt track racing.

Ricky enjoyed life and loved being with his family.  Especially spending time with his son, who he even taught how to operate equipment at 6 years old.

Surviving, in addition to his parents of Pendleton, are his fiance, Heather Matthews of the home; a son, Tyler Holcombe of the home; a sister, Stephanie Lollis (T.J.) of Easley; a brother, Don Gilstrap of Easley; his grandparents, Mary Hall (Donnie) of Pickens, Deborah Harding of Seffner, Fla., and Michael Bailey of Kentucky; great-grandparents, Aleida Mehalko of Seminole, Fla., and Sybil Holcombe of Easley; and several aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by a brother, Shaun Gilstrap.

Funeral services to honor Ricky’s life were conducted on Feb. 22 in the Liberty Mortuary chapel. Burial followed at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

The family will be at the home of his parents, 101 Carrie Leigh Lane, Pendleton, SC 29670.

To share a memory or leave a message for the family, you may visit Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.



EASLEY — Nean Allen, 82, husband of 65 years to Blenda Chastain Allen, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022, at home.

A native of Pickens County, Nean was born on March 31, 1939, to the late Ivy Leo Allen and Reba Aiken Allen. Mr. Allen was a member of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church and enjoyed camping and gardening.

Survivors include his loving wife, Blenda, of the home; his children, Tammy Trotter (Danny) of Pickens, Tina Stewart (Blair) of Zirconia, N.C., and Jennifer Norris (Marlin) of Norris; grandchildren, Jessica, Kayla, Brittany, Lucas, Christen, Spencer, Griffin, Geer, Nathan and Aden; great-grandchildren, Chance, Brinnley, Collins, Hinsley, Mercy Cate, Judson, Charlie, Henry and Margo; and his two brothers, Gerald and Thomas Allen.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Allen was predeceased by his daughter, Hassie Allen Smith; his brother, Bob Allen; and two sisters, Pansey Camp and Marie Meeks.

Flowers will be accepted.

A graveside service was held on Feb. 21 at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Easley, officiated by Rev. Rudy Smith and Rev. Blair Stewart.

Mountain View Funeral Home, Pickens Chapel is serving the Allen Family.



CATEECHEE — Curtis Herbert Whitman Jr., 82, died on Friday, Feb. 18, 2022, at St. Francis Hospital Downtown.

Born in Liberty, he was a son of the late Curtis Herbert Whitman Sr. and Kathleen Gaines Whitman. He was a beloved father, brother, friend, grandfather, great-grandfather and Papa.

Surviving are daughters, Kay Segers (Greg) of Liberty and Charlotte Shirley (Rick) of Six Mile; a son, Dana Stancil of Belton; a sister, Shirley Bagwell of Gray Court; four brothers, Reverend Raymond Whitman (Martha) of Six Mile, Gary Whitman (Brenda) of Cleveland, Tenn., Terry Whitman (Doris) of Lincolnton, N.C., and Ted Whitman of Piedmont; five grandchildren and 12 great-grandchildren.

He is also survived by his best friend, Toby Owens of Liberty; close friends, Judy Atwood of Easley and Leebo Proctor and Stacy Hoots of Liberty; and little buddy, Gavyn Proctor of Liberty.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Gwen Grant; and brothers, Robert Wayne Whitman, Roger Whitman, Carl Whitman and Mike Whitman.

Graveside services to honor the life of Mr. Curtis H. Whitman Jr. will be at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 23, at Norris Cemetery. A visitation will be held prior to the service from 12:30-1:30 p.m. at Liberty Mortuary. At the family’s request, all visitors are requested to wear face coverings.

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



SENECA — Alfred Kennemur Greene, 69, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 18, 2022.

Born Oct. 17, 1953, in Six Mile, he was the son of the late Alfred Roscoe Greene and Mildred Mae (Entrekin).

Ken was a residential contractor by trade and was an avid outdoorsman, with a particular interest in hunting.

He is survived by his daughter, Sarah Greene of Seneca; two sons, Blake Greene of Clemson and Thomas Greene of Anderson; as well as two sisters, Bobbie and Linda. He leaves behind his beloved dog, Gabriel.

No formal services are scheduled at this time, and a celebration of life will be held at a later date.

The family members are at their respective homes.

Mountain View Funerals and Cremations — Seneca Chapel is assisting the family of Mr. Alfred “Ken” Greene.



EASLEY — Frances O. Aiken James, 96, died on Monday, Feb. 21, 2022, at the home of her son.

Born in Pickens, she was the widow of the late Charles Mitchell James and a daughter of the late William “Will” Aiken Jr. and Mary Lou Simpson Aiken.

She retired from Glenwood Mills and was of the Baptist faith.

Surviving are a son, Stanley James (Laurel) of the home; two grandchildren, Mitch James (Kathy) of Liberty and Mike James (Dee) of Easley; five great-grandchildren, Lauren Taylor (Erin), Charlie James (Shannon), Taylor Walden (Zack), Max James and Michael James; as well as a great-great-grandson, Rhett James.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by six brothers and two sisters.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Graveside services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, at Hillcrest Memorial Park, by Rev. Dr. Ray Longenecker. No formal visitation is planned.

To share a memory or leave a message for the family, please visit Liberty Mortuary is assisting the family.



EASLEY — Barbara Willis Harris, 64, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2022.

Born in Greenville County, she was the daughter of the late Leroy and Helen Saunders Willis.

Barbara was a 1975 graduate of Easley High School. She was a homemaker, and you would always find her reading a good book. She was a lifetime member of Rock Springs Baptist Church and loved her Sunday school class, the Daughters of the King.

Surviving are her husband, Daniel Wayne Harris of Easley; son, Tyler Harris of Easley; a brother, Rick Willis (Angie) of Easley; and nephews, Blake Willis and Brett Willis, also of Easley.

The family received friends on Feb. 20 at Rock Springs Baptist Church, with the funeral service following. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 123 Antrim Drive, Greenville, SC 29607 or

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



CENTRAL — Brenda Diane Turner Young, 70, spouse to David H. Young, of 51 years, of Old Henderson Road, passed away peacefully on Sunday, Feb. 20, 2022.

Diane was a caregiver, a homemaker, a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was loved dearly by them all. She retired from Home Health Care and was of the Baptist faith.

Surviving are her husband, David H. Young of the home; two sons, Jamie Young (Kristie) of Six Mile and Alan Young (Frances) of Central; seven grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Diane was preceded in death by her late parents, John D. and Ella Taylor Turner, along with three sisters, Louise Durham, Ruth Holder and Nancy Massey; and five brothers, Charles Turner, Calvin Turner, J.B. Turner, Gerald Turner and Harold Turner. She was the last survivor of her immediate family.

Funeral services to honor the life of Mrs. Young will be conducted on Thursday, Feb. 24, at 2 p.m. in the Pickens Chapel of Mountain View Funeral Home. Visitation will be prior to the service from 1-2 p.m. in the chapel. Burial will follow at Liberty Memorial Gardens.

The family will be at the home.

Online condolences may be left for the family by visiting

Mountain View Funerals and Cremations — Pickens Chapel is serving the Young family.