Courier Obituaries 2-28-18

Addie Lou Grant

PICKENS — Addie Lou Grant, 78, passed away at 9:20 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018, at her home in the Twelve Mile community.

Born in Pickens County, she was a daughter of the late J. Walter and Addie Hudson Grant. Miss Grant retired from Ryobi Manufacturing after more than 42 years of service and for eight years served as manager of the Pickens Senior Center. She enjoyed traveling with the Mt. Bethel Seniors Group. A lifelong musician, Lou sang with her sisters as the Grant Trio. She was a member of Bethany Church of God, where she was an assistant Sunday school teacher and served on the youth board.

Lou is survived by her twin sister, Katie Sue Grant of the home. Also surviving are two other sisters, Dorothy Dodgens and Elizabeth Eades, and one brother, Joseph W. Grant, all of Pickens, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Among her many friends, she is survived by special friends, Clyde and Becky Lyles, and Verne and Anne Winburn.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by four sisters, Bernice Couch, Bertha Townes, Veda Mae Townes and Inez Grant, and three brothers, the Rev. James B. Grant, Cecil H. Grant and the Rev. Donald W. Grant.

Funeral services were conducted Feb. 23 in the Dillard Funeral Home chapel, with the Rev. Roger Stephens and the Rev. Burch Kelly officiating. Burial followed at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens. Her nephews served as pallbearers.

A message of condolence may be expressed to the family by visiting Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Grant family.

Betty Cannon Lindsey

PICKENS — Betty C. Lindsey passed from this life, Friday, Feb. 9, 2018, at her home.

A private service was held Feb. 11.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Dream Center, P.O. Box 203, Easley, SC 29642.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Lindsey family.

James Logan Lusk

PICKENS — Logan Lusk, 19, a son of Jim and Angela Lusk, passed from this life Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018.

Born in Pickens County, Logan was a graduate of Pickens High School and he was a sophomore chemistry major at Lander University. During his two years at Lander, he was a resident student, an orientation leader and a student assistant in the Office of Enrollment Management, and he was a member of Secona Baptist Church.

Logan was known as an outdoorsman — he enjoyed sports, hunting and fishing and anything having to do with the outdoors. He was involved with Hurricane Martial Arts.

Survivors include his parents, Jim and Angela Lusk of the home; brothers, Justin Lusk and Michael (Ashley) Roach; grandparents, Mozelle Lusk, Pam Davis and Tom Porter; a nephew, Hunter Roach; and a niece, Ansley Roach; as well as a special cousin, Roger Todd.

Logan was predeceased by a grandfather, Earl Lusk, who he called “Pa”; an aunt, Doris Todd; uncles, Joel Jones and Cecil Jones; great-grandparents, Hugh and Ruby Porter; and a great-grandmother Lois Jones.

The funeral service was held Feb. 27, 2018, in the Mountain View Funeral Home chapel, with burial following at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Lusk family.

Lola Faye Stewart Lusk

SIX MILE — Lola Faye Stewart Lusk, 89, passed from this life Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, at the Cottingham House in Seneca.

Mrs. Lusk was the daughter of the late Burley James Stewart and Gertrude Messer Stewart, and the wife of the late Preston Ray Lusk.

Mrs. Lusk retired from Clemson University, where she worked in maintenance. She was deeply loved by her family.

Survivors include her daughter, Deborah Young (Doug); two grandchildren, Nicole Jensen (Daniel) and Cory Young (Amanda Rhodes), all of Six Mile; two sisters, Opal Lee Broom of Six Mile and Eloise Carver of Mississippi; and two brothers, Milford Stewart (Sue) of Six Mile and Jimmy Stewart (Bobbie) of Maryland. In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Lusk was predeceased by two brothers, Marvin Stewart and Johnny Stewart; a sister, Etta Mae Brezeale; and her infant son, Bobby Lane Lusk.

Graveside services were held at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Pickens on Feb. 24.

The Lusk family asks that memorials be sent to The Cottingham Hospice House 390 Keowee School Road, Seneca SC 29672.

Online memorials make be sent to

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Lusk Family.

Garcie M. Scruggs

PICKENS — Garcie M. Scruggs, 85, husband of Betty Dunn Scruggs, passed from this life Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, at his home.

Born in Pickens County, he was a son of the late Wyra A. and Bessie Dodson Scruggs. Mr. Scruggs was a veteran of the United States Army and a member of Tabor United Methodist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 65 years of the home; a son, Kenneth “Ken” Scruggs of Pickens; a great-grandson, Braden Gosnell of Pickens; a special sister-in-law, Barbara Collins; and grandchildren, Wesley Reid, Andrew Reid, Eli Rollins and Everleigh Reid.

Mr. Scruggs was predeceased by his parents, three sisters, two brothers and a granddaughter, Kimberly “Kim” Gosnell.

Visitation was Feb. 25 at Mountain View Funeral Home, with graveside services following at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens, officiated by the Rev. Roger Gwinn.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Tabor United Methodist Church, 1943 Ireland Road, Easley, SC 29640.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Scruggs family.

Jeremy Keith Kitchens

LIBERTY — Jeremy Keith Kitchens, 43, husband of Stacey Fowler Kitchens, passed from this life Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018.

Born in Kenosha, Wis., he is a son of Mitzi Dawkins and her husband, Chris. Jeremy was a member of 5 Point Church.

Survivors include his wife, Stacey Fowler of Easley; his parents of Easley; his grandparents, Marge Harrison and her husband, Rex, of Easley; children, Kristen Hernandez and her husband, Brandon, Zane Kitchens and Korbin Kitchens; brothers, James Sachsel and Jason Sachsel; uncles, Steve Kitchens and family and Tim Kitchens and family; an aunt, Theresa Watt and her family; and a special cousin, Marie Sachsel.

Jeremy was predeceased by a grandfather, James Kitchens.

A private service will be held at a later date.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Kitchens family.

Leon Vernon Byrd

Delhi, La. — Funeral services for Mr. Leon Vernon “Pero” Byrd 85 of Delhi, La., were held Feb. 18, 2018, in the chapel of Cox Funeral Home in Delhi.

Burial will be in the Newton Community Cemetery.

Pero was born in Delhi, La., on Oct. 6, 1932 and passed from this life on Thursday, Feb. 16, 2018, at his home in Delhi.

He was a longtime member of Newton Baptist Church and was an Army veteran of the Korean Conflict. Pero started working as an engineer in the service and continued building bridges back home for the rest of his life until his retirement.

He was a wonderful dad and grandfather who cherished his family dearly.

Pero was an avid outdoorsman who loved fishing and hunting and never met a stranger.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Henry Vernon “Bud” Byrd and Myrtle (Patty) Byrd.

Pero is survived by his loving daughter, Rena McPherson Solsbee and husband, Ben, of Central; a granddaughter, Olivia McPherson Elmore (Chance); and two great-grandchildren, Caleb and Stella Elmore.

He is also survived by two stepdaughters, Amanda Thompson and Rebecca Thornton, and their children, Elizabeth, Peyton, Gabrielle and Ryan, and a very special dear friend, Beth Dalton.

Pallbearers were Jimmy Blackmon, Jerry Cobb, Randy Fryer, Robert Cobb, Jimmy Strong and John Thompson.

Cox Funeral Home assisted the Byrd family.

Jack Pressley

Bogart, Ga. — Jack Lloyd Pressley, 93, of Bogart, Ga., passed away peacefully on Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018, at home.

Born in Liberty, he was a son of the late Junius and Nell Smith Pressley.

Mr. Pressley retired from Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Pressley was a member of the Liberty Masonic Lodge No. 235 A.F.M. and was also a member of the Frank D. Callaham American Legion Post No. 67.

He was United States Navy veteran of World War II. During his free time, he enjoyed socializing with his friends. He enjoyed solving crossword puzzles and was an avid baseball fan all of his life.

Surviving are his wife, Doris Gibby Pressley of Bogart, Ga.; a daughter, Nancy Waters and her husband, Ashley, of Bogart, Ga.; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Evelyn Pressley Apple, and two brothers, Heyward and William “Bill” Pressley.

Funeral services to honor the life of Mr. Pressley were held at Feb. 24 in the Liberty Mortuary chapel. Burial was at Westview Cemetery.

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

Online condolences may be left for the family by visiting Liberty Mortuary is assisted the Pressley family with arrangements.

James E. “Pap” Cryer

EASLEY — Mrs. James Earl “Pap” Cryer, 72, husband of the late Linda Treadwell Cryer, passed away Saturday, Feb. 17, 2018.

Born in Gibson, Tenn., a son of the late Robert Uin and Laura Marie Chesser Cryer, Mr. Cryer retired from Easley Combined Utilities and was of the Baptist faith. He was a U.S. Army veteran having served in the Vietnam War.

Surviving are two daughters, Janice Baugh (Jeff) of Tennessee and Patricia Conner (Kirk) of South Carolina; two sons, James Cryer of Colorado and Glenn Cryer (Ember) of Arkansas; four sisters, Margie Hartling and Frances White, both of Nevada, Louise Hermann of Illinois and Floetta Walden of Tennessee; 13 grandchildren, Michael Wofford, Ashley Farley, Chris Baugh, Andy Day, Adam Day, Kaylie Cryer Brianna Cryer, Lydia Crowley, Ashley Conner, Brooke Conner, Christian Conner, Chase Conner and Samantha Conner; and three great-grandchildren, Emily Farley, Bentley Farley and Kiasia Wofford. In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. Cryer was predeceased by a daughter, Pamela Cryer Nelson; two brothers, Charles and Robert Cryer; and a grandson, Austin Deck.

Funeral services were held Feb. 23 in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown. Burial followed in the M.J. Dolly Cooper Veterans Cemetery with military honors.

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

Homer Crowe

EASLEY — Homer Crowe, 89, of Highland Road, husband of the late Mary Brown Crowe, passed away Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018, at his home.

Born in Easley, he was the son of the late Wade Thomas Crowe and Carrie Kay Crowe.

Mr. Crowe was retired from Alice Manufacturing after 45 years of dedicated service, where he was a member of the 1956-1957 Alice Manufacturing baseball championship team. He was a member of Jones Avenue Baptist Church, a U.S. Navy Seabee veteran of WWII, and member of the American Legion Post 52. He always appreciated Alice Manufacturing and the McKissick family for the job opportunity and the baseball experience he so greatly enjoyed.

Surviving are a son, Ronald V. Crowe (Janis) of Easley; grandchildren, Vance Crowe and Jason Crowe (Heavenly); great-grandchildren, Justin Crowe, Brandon Crowe, Emily Sentell (David Lamar), Desiree Crowe, Aaliyah Crowe and Juliette Crowe; a great-great granddaughter, Audrey Lamar; sisters, Victoria Crawford and Oveline Medlin; and a special childhood friend, Edwin McCollum.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was predeceased by sisters, Marjorie Rogers, Opal Chastain, Flora Anderson, Ethel Hines, Inez Rampey and Lois Nealy; and brothers, Roy, Billie, J.B., Paul (Peanut) and Carl Crowe.

Funeral services were held on Feb. 26 in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home, with burial to follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Honorary pallbearers will be members of the 1956-1957 Alice Manufacturing baseball championship team and players who played with Mr. Crowe.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Easley Little League, 1 Dartford Court, Easley, SC 29642.

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

Patricia Lesley Pepper

EASLEY — Patricia L. “Patsy” Pepper, 79, wife of Kenneth Pepper, passed from this life, Monday, Feb. 19, 2018, at St. Francis Hospital.

Born in Pickens County, a daughter of the late Martin Luther and Pauline Roland Lesley, she was a homemaker and a member of Siloam Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband Kenneth of 61 years of the home; sons, K. Allan (Karen) Pepper and Barry G. Pepper, all of Easley; a granddaughter, Amanda (Ross) Squires; a grandson, James B. Pepper; and a great granddaughter, Caroline Squires.

Mrs. Pepper was predeceased by her parents, a granddaughter, Paige Lesley Pepper, and her father-in-law and mother-in-law, George and Carrie Pepper.

Funeral services were held Feb. 22 at Siloam Baptist Church, with burial following in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Siloam Baptist Church Legacy Fund, 229 Siloam Road, Easley, SC 29642.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Pepper family.

Luther Charles Honaker

CLEVELAND — Luther Honaker, 79, passed away in Anderson on Feb. 24, 2018.

He was the son of the late Luther Honaker and Lyda Honaker.

Mr. Honaker was in the HVAC industry. He served in the United States Air Force and was loved by his family and friends.

Survivors include a son, Patrick A. Honaker, his wife, Sandr,a and two grandchildren, Morgan and Alex Honaker of Marion; one brother, Troy Honaker of Greenville; and two sisters, Mary Lou Kealser of Pickens and Aria Sue Bagwell of Easley. Mr. Honaker was preceded in death by his parents and his wife, Jewell Honaker.

A memorial service will be held Saturday March 3, 2018, at 2 p.m. at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Honaker Family.

Online condolences may be sent to

Stacey Nicole Eagan

Easley — Stacey Nicole Eagan, 39, loving wife of 11 years to Russ Eagan, passed from this life on Feb. 24, 2018.

Born in Middleburg Heights, Ohio, she was the daughter of Mel and Karen Reichow of Easley.

Survivors include her husband, children, Jesse Eagan and Brody Eagan of the home, and ALL of their special brothers and sisters.

Stacey was predeceased by her grandmother, Mary Kolesar, and two uncles, Robert Kolesar and Arthur George Reichow.

Stacey was a member of Emmanul Lutheran Church in Easley and St. Mathias Lutheran Church.

A memorial service for Stacey will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 28, in the chapel of Mountain View Funerals and Cremations.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Eagan family.

John Valley Winchester

Pinehurst, N.C. — John Valley Winchester, 93, of Pinehurst, N.C., formerly of Pickens, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 21, 2018, at Brookdale Nursing Home in Pinehurst, surrounded by his family.

Services were held Feb. 26 at Mountain View Funeral Home in Pickens, followed by a graveside burial at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens in Pickens with military honors.

John was born in Pickens on July 17, 1924, to Benjamin Tillman and Mary Garrett Winchester. He proudly served his country in the United States Navy and was a WWII veteran. His achievements in life were numerous, but he will be remembered as a man of God who loved everyone, and everyone loved him as well. He will be greatly missed.

He is survived by his children, Sue Temple (Calvin) of Hope Mills, N.C., and Robert Winchester of Oregon City, Ore.; sisters, Leona Crowther, Christine Kearney, Mary Hull, Esther Kelley, Ruth Hinkle (Doug), Janie Sorrells (Tommy) and Myrtie Cochran, all of South Carolina; a brother, Benjamin Winchester Jr (Jeanette) of South Carolina; grandchildren, Melissa Coats (Ryan) of Newport News, Va., and Laura Mount (Justin) of Warrenton, Va.; and seven great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Dorothy Irwin Winchester; parents, Benjamin Tillman and Mary Garrett Winchester; sisters, Evelyn Breazeale, Elizabeth Howe and Martha Reavis; and brothers, David, Hubert and D.S. Winchester.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Winchester Family

Kenneth Daniel Ratliff

PICKENS — Kenneth D. Ratliff, 41, husband of Jonelle Pacheco Ratliff, passed from this life Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018.

Born in Jackson, Mich., he was a son of Ann and Mike Cochran of Conyers, Ga.

Kenneth was employed with CISCO Advanced Services as an Accomplishment Network Engineer CCIE No. 53587, of which he was very proud.

Survivors include his parents of Conyers, Ga., his wife Jonelle, children, Daniel, Kyla and Alex Malone, all of the home, and a brother, Kevin Ratliff.

Kenneth was predeceased by his grandparents, Duane and Eileen Smith, and his father-in-law and mother-in-law; Joe and Marion Pacheco.

A remembrance service was held Feb. 25 at his home.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Ratliff family.