Courier Obituaries 2-29-20


STONE MOUNTAIN, Ga. — Bobby Dale Barnett of Stone Mountain, Ga., died on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, at the age of 92. He was a former professor and department head at Clemson University.

Born on a farm near Elm Springs, Ark., on Aug. 12, 1927, he was the oldest son of Tommy Lewis and Mary Grace Boss Barnett.

He received BSA and MS degrees from the University of Arkansas in 1950 and 1954 and a Ph.D. in biochemistry and poultry science with emphasis in nutrition from the University of Wisconsin in 1957.

He and his wife, Bonnie, operated a hatchery in Springdale, Ark., from 1950-53.

He was employed at Clemson University from 1956 to 1988, serving as assistant professor, associate professor, professor and head of the Poultry Science Department. After a sabbatical at the University of Hawaii, he returned to Clemson as acting Associate Director of the South Carolina Experiment Station and later served as Assistant to the Vice President of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

Dr. Barnett was active in the Poultry Science Association, a national professional organization. He served the association as a director, associate editor, annual program chairman and as secretary-treasurer.

He served as director, vice president and president of the American Poultry Historical Society and was author of a chapter of a history book issued by the society. He was a member of the American Institute of Nutrition and a life member of the World’s Poultry Science Association. He was the author or co-author of more than 100 scientific papers, as well as numerous articles for the popular press.

He was a U.S. Naval Reserve veteran of World War II, serving on the USS Marsh, a destroyer escort, in the Pacific theater during 1945-46.

He married Bonnie Porter in 1948, and they were parents of twin sons, Paul and Ronald, born in 1953, and a daughter, Susan, born in 1960.

He had a great appreciation for nature, enjoyed camping and growing flowers, especially rhododendrons, of which he became expert.

The Barnetts loved to travel, and after his retirement they traveled around the world, often with grandchildren.

During retirement, Barnett did extensive research on family history and compiled several books on the various branches of his and Bonnie’s families. He also took up watercolor painting as a hobby during his retirement years.

He and his wife split their time between St. Petersburg, Fla., Clemson and the Atlanta area during retirement, spending their last 12 years together at Park Springs, a retirement community adjacent to Stone Mountain Park. He shared his wife’s love of music and served as master of ceremonies, storyteller and part-time singer for an old-time music group she led at Park Springs called the Stone Mountaineers.

Surviving are his spouse, Bonnie; sons Paul (Janice) of Fort Myers, Fla., and Ron (Kathy) of Easley; daughter Susan Rohrabaugh (Mike) of Norcross, Ga.; seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. One grandson preceded him in death.

A memorial service was held Monday at Park Springs Community Hall in Stone Mountain, Ga., followed by a reception.

Burial will be in Woodland Cemetery on the Clemson campus. A service will be held in Clemson at a date and time yet to be determined.

Memorials in lieu of flowers may be made to SOAR Ministries at 1827 Preserve Creek Way, Loganville, GA 30052; Lilburn Co-op at 5329 Five Forks Trickum Road SW, Lilburn, GA 30047; or MC3 Church MUST Summer Lunch Program at 1227 Rockbridge Road, Suite 208-251, Stone Mountain, GA 30087.


EASLEY — Mr. Christopher Lane Price, 46, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020.

Mr. Price was born in Greenville County, and was the son to Ms. Barbara Ann Jordan and husband to his loving wife, Kathy Price. He was the son of the late James Gerald Price.

Mr. Price loved his family and loved having them around him. A retired Army veteran of the Iraq War, Christopher learned to love building things. He loved construction and also earned a bachelor’s degree from Florida Metropolitan University. He served the Army in the Military Police and as a sig support systems specialist. Nothing pleased him more than having his family in his presence.

Survivors include sons, Josh Price of Easley, Justin Price of Easley, Austin Price (Tami) of Easley and Zack Price of Walhalla; grandchild, Zaylea; brothers, James Price of Liberty and Tony Ray Price (Rita) of Liberty; and a sister, Susie Atkinson (Sammy) of Houston, Texas.

The family will be receiving friends at Dillard Funeral Home on Wednesday evening, Feb. 26, from 6-8 p.m. A funeral service will be held at the Dillard Funeral Home chapel at 1 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 27.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at PO Box 758516 Topeka, KS 66675-8516 or

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EASLEY — Deborah Lynn Clardy-Stultz, 65, wife of Bobby Stultz, passed away on Feb. 2, 2020.

Deborah was a pioneer for women in the 1970s, when she worked in construction. She was one of the first women in the telecommunication field in Anderson. She went on to graduate from the police academy and became a police officer until she retired from Oconee County.

Deborah had the ability to light up every room that she walked into by the smile on her face and the contagious laughter she had.

Survivors include her husband, Bobby; her father, Ernie (Nell) Bryant; daughters, Jodi Whitfield (Michael) Hooper and Dena McCullough; a brother, Danny Bryant; sisters, Inga (Kevin) Johnson and Ramona (Henry) Marquez; grandchildren, Alexis, Chandler, Chali, Lyric, McKenzie, Annabelle, Camryn and Ella; and step-sons, Joshua (Kelly Ann) Stultz, Jeremy Stultz and Justin Stultz.

Deborah was predeceased by her mother, Grace Metz; a granddaughter, Presli Whitfield; and a sister, Gina Donn.

The family hosted a memorial service on Feb. 7 at Keowee Baptist Church in Six Mile.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Clardy-Stultz family.


SIX MILE — Mr. Woodrow Wilson “Whit” Whitmire Jr., 77, passed away on Friday, Jan. 31, 2020.

Born in Anderson County, a son of the late Woodrow Wilson “W.W.” Whitmire Sr. and the late Arla Mae Piephoff Whitmire, Mr. Whitmire was a 1960 graduate of Easley High School, where he served as vice president of his senior class, and served as vice president of the 1960 Boys State. He later attended the University of South Carolina and was a sales coordinator for the family business, Whitmire’s Feed and Seed. Mr. Whitmire was a member of Easley First United Methodist Church.

Surviving are two brothers, John Henry Whitmire of Pawleys Island and Ralph Clayton “Clay” Whitmire (Lynn) of Indianapolis, Ind.

The family will host a memorial service at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 5, at Easley First United Methodist Church.

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EASLEY — Robert Cleo Duncan, 80, of Mulberry Lane, husband of the late Marie Juanita Crumpton Duncan, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2020, at his home.

Born in Pickens County, he was a son of the late Paul Eugene Duncan Sr. and Lena Galloway Duncan.

Mr. Duncan was a superintendent with Langston Construction in Piedmont and was a member of Enon Baptist Church.

Surviving are his twin brother, Elbert Leo Duncan of Easley, and his sister, Shelby Jean Johnson of Simpsonville; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was predeceased by his sisters, Beatrice Hester, Earlene Higgins, Eunice Thompson, Wanda Lee and Betty Meece; and brothers, Paul Eugene Duncan Jr. and William R. Duncan.

A memorial service was held on Feb. 24 at Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown. Burial was held in Greenlawn Memorial Park.

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EASLEY — James Edmund Baker, 90, husband of the late Loretta Morton Baker, passed away on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020.

James was a veteran of the U.S. Army during the Korean War.

Survivors include his children, Shelby (Roy) Chastain of Greenville, Sylvia (Barron) Black of Easley, Samuel Lee (Sandra) Baker of Dacusville and James Glenn Baker of Dacusville; numerous grandchildren and great grandchildren; brothers, Harry Lee (Kathryn) Baker and S. Roy (Carol) Baker; and sisters, Frances B. Dickard, Ruth B. Davis and Barbara B. (Charles) Hawkins.

James was predeceased by his parents, Miles Lee Baker and Lillian Looper Baker; and his wife, Loretta Morton Baker.

A graveside service was held on Feb. 25 at the Crossroads Baptist Church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Open Arms Hospice at 1836 W. Georgia Road, Simpsonville, SC 29680.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Baker family.


EASLEY — Jennatte Anthony Nichols, 42, passed away on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020.

She loved playing the guitar, playing with her kids and spending time with her family. Jennatte loved everyone and loved everything.

Survivors include her daughter, Chelsey Anthony; son, Levi Nichols; grandchildren, Elijah Taylor and Brooklyn Taylor; sisters, Michelle (Bradley) Greer, April Chandler and Audrey (Tabitha) Anthony; step-sister, Penny Owenby (Craig Woods); a step-brother, Stacey (Mary Lou) Lusk; a half-brother, Chris Phillips; her MeMaw, Mary Jane Phillips; her longtime friend, Stephanie Allen, three uncles, and three aunts.

Jennatte was predeceased by her parents, William Marion Anthony and Bobbie Lynne Perry; grandparents, Marion William Anthony, Willie Mae Anthony, Clyde Phillips and Hermie Phillips; one aunt and one uncle.

The family will host a memorial service that will be held on Saturday, March 7, at 2 p.m. at Elljean Baptist Church (605 Elljean Road, Easley SC 29640).

The family would like to say thank you to Kathy Schumpert and the staff of Greenville Memorial Hospital for their exceptional care. In honor of Jennatte, please visit

Family and friends will gather after the service at 146 Haywood Road in Easley.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the family.


CENTRAL — Christine Ann Bagwell, 21, daughter of James A. Bagwell and Tonya Deal, passed away on Feb. 15, 2020.

Christine loved fishing, camping, animals, music and most of all loved her baby. Christine was a member of Faith Baptist Church.

Survivors include her grandparents, Donald and Martha Bagwell of Iva, Valorie Gillespie of Liberty and Charles Wilson of North Carolina; her father, James A. Bagwell of Central; her mother, Tonya Deal of Newberry; a daughter, Connie Elizabeth Kidd and her father Johnathon Kidd; a brother, Edward Bagwell; sisters, Savannah and Sierra Deal; aunts, Jennifer Carroll, Tara Davidson and Vicky Kammerer; uncles, Charles Wilson Jr., Joshua (Tonya) Bagwell, Eric Holbert and Calvin Holbert; and lots of loving cousins.

She was predeceased by her great-grandmother, Deloris Wilson.

A memorial service was held on Feb. 24 in the chapel of Mountain View Funeral Home.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Bagwell family.


PICKENS — Martha Miller, 89, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, at St. Francis Hospital in Greenville.

Mrs. Miller was the daughter of the late Lillian Aileen Brucke Waldrop and Robert Roy Waldrop. She enjoyed coloring and reading and loved her family dearly. Her dog, Buster, was very special.

Survivors include two daughters, Darlene Dennis (Dean) and Diann Toney, and one son, Donnie Miller, all of Pickens; one daughter-in-law, Pam Miller of Seneca; 10 grandchildren, 22 great-grandchildren and nine great-great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her parents, one son, Dennis Miller, and a son-in-law, Jerry Toney.

A memorial service was held at Mountain Grove Baptist Church on Feb. 23.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Miller family.


PICKENS — Edwin St. Germain, 64, originally from Carlton, Minn., passed away on Sunday, Feb. 2, 2020.

Survivors include his daughter, Amy Stobbe; stepdaughters, Susan Ranta and Patty Gardner; two brothers; a sister; nieces; nephews; and grandchildren.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the St. Germain family.


EASLEY — Carol Ann Dunhill O’Donald, 69, of Gap Hill Road, passed away on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, at her home.

Born in Rochester, N.Y., she was a daughter of the late Dominick and Carolyn May Passantino Giancursio.

Carol was retired from Walmart in Easley and worked for the Pickens County Board of Disabilities and Special Needs. She enjoyed watching “Days of our Lives” and playing games on her Kindle Fire and loved a good cup of coffee.

Surviving are her children, Scott Michael DeLorme, William Thomas DeLorme, Donnie Carl O’Donald, and Cassandra Carole-Lynn O’Donald; 13 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and three sisters, Donna Dunhill, Vicky Blackburn and Barbara Snios.

A memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26, in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.

“What’s the meaning of Life? It will never be answered, so why bother asking?”

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PICKENS — Tolliver Luther Burrell, 76, husband for 37 years to Mary E. Burrell, passed away on Friday, Feb. 21, 2020, at Pruitt Healthcare in Six Mile.

Tolliver loved his Carolina Gamecocks, racing, hunting and fishing.

Survivors include his wife, Mary; children, Linda Jones, Marie Lesley, Frances Bryant, Jennifer Burrell, T.J. Burrell, Mary Anne Nicholson, J.C. Dryman and Mary Jane Chapman; 21 grandchildren; numerous great-grandchildren; brothers, James (Becky) Burrell and Wayne (Donna) Burrell; sisters, Lois Reid, Nina (Joe) Alexander and Louise Bates; and sisters-in-law, Shirley Burrell and Gail Burrell.

Tolliver was predeceased by his parents, Allison Phidelle Burrell and Alice Jenkins Burrell; former wife, Louise Burrell; brothers, Claude Burrell, Allison Burrell, Jerry Burrell and Charles Burrell; an infant sister, Bernice Burrell; and brothers-in-law, Floyd Reid and James Bates.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, Feb. 27, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Mountain View Funeral Home, with visitation to start an hour prior at 1 p.m. in the chapel. Burial will follow in the Old Bethlehem Church cemetery.

The family would like to thank the staff at Pruitt Healthcare in Six Mile for their exceptional care.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Burrell family.


Easley — Mrs. Janice W. Lovett, 71, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020.

Mrs. Lovett was born in Marion, N.C., and was the daughter of the late Fred B. Woody and the loving wife to Lee R. Lovett Jr.

Mrs. Lovett was known to be a quiet person and a most selfless person. She wanted most to make her grandkids smile. She loved basketball and was at one time a basketball cheerleader. She loved South Carolina Gamecock sports. She spent her employment years with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of South Carolina as a claims processor.

Survivors include sons, Jason Charles Mack (Sherry) of Greenville, James Reece Mack of Columbia and Trey Leroy Lovett III (Jessica) of Easley; and daughter, Stephanie Lovett West of Boiling Springs. Mrs. Lovett is also survived by six loving and caring grandchildren, Tyler Mack, Tanner Mack, Turner Mack, Reece Mack, Riley Mack and Hunter West; and two precious great-grandchildren, Tinsley Mack and Kylie Mack.

A family burial is being planned for a later date in Marion, N.C.

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Lovett Family.

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EASLEY — Randel Dean McCall, 49, passed away on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2020.

Randel loved fishing, hunting, kayaking, airplanes and anything outdoors.

Survivors include his parents, John “Danny” McCall (Tania) and Rachel Smith (Smitty); his wife, Melinda Ashley McCall; sons, Tyler McCall (Haley) and Matthew Bowen (Kayla); grandchildren, Julia, Ellisynn, Tucker, Camden, Colton and Ashlyn; sisters, Angie Rowley (Johnny) and Audrey Nichols (Alan); nieces and nephews, Katie, Alyssa, Cameron, Tyler, Caden, Caimbrie and Ethan; and an aunt, Marianne Smith.

A memorial service will be held on Wednesday, Feb. 26, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Mountain View Funeral Home. Visitation will be held prior to the funeral starting at 1 p.m. in the chapel.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the McCall family.


PICKENS — Ms. Betty S. Daniels, 86, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020.

Ms. Daniels was born in Manhattan, N.Y., and was the daughter of the late Rudolph Schuster and Hildegarde Nestler Schuster and wife to the late Delmo Daniels.

Ms. Daniels loved good food and was very generous in nature. She always wore a smile and was a fan of the New York Yankees. She wanted everyone to be happy in her presence. She loved to fish and do anything outdoors. She gardened, loved to read and could speak four languages.

Survivors include sons, Barry Daniels (Suzanne) of Apopka, Fla., and Bruce Daniels of Slidell, La.; and daughters, Susan Daniels of Pickens, Patti Daniels of Pickens and Karen Alford (Bryan) of Picayune, Miss. She is also survived by eight loving and caring grandchildren, Shannon Bailey, Daryl Alford, Nicole Sanders, Matthew Daniels, Joshua Daniels, Brett Daniels, Jennifer Daniels and Kiersten Burke; five precious great-grandchildren; a special niece, Julia Schuster Boorse; and a nephew, Alex Schuster.

Ms. Daniels was predeceased by her son, John Daniels; grandson, Justin Burke; and brother, Rudy Schuster.

There will be no services.

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Daniels Family.

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EASLEY — James “Madison” Jameson, 88, of Pelzer Highway, beloved husband of Camilla Langley Jameson, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Garden City, Kan., he was a son of the late John Walter Jameson and Vivian Baugh Jameson.

Mr. Jameson was a graduate of Clemson University and was retired from Platt Saco-Lowell after 30 years of dedicated service. He was an active member of Brushy Creek Baptist Church, where he taught Sunday School, went on international mission trips and loved to share the word of God to everyone he met. He enjoyed hoeing and tending to his garden, playing pool and a good game of Uno. He also proudly served his country in the U.S. Army.

In addition to his wife of 55 years, he is survived by his children, Darren Keith Jameson and Darla Jameson Davis (Jonathan), all of Easley; a brother, Ross Arden Jameson (Gail) of Liberty; and sisters, Camilla Riddle of Greenwood and Orene Brinson (Hugh) of Anderson.

Madison was predeceased by his parents and a sister, Edna Bagwell.

A funeral service was held on Feb. 21 at Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown. Burial was held in the Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Brushy Creek Baptist Church Missions, 100 Clay St., Easley, SC 29642 or Gideons International, P.O. Box 1625, Easley, SC 29641 or Samaritan’s Purse, P.O. Box 3000, Boone, NC 28607.

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EASLEY — Mabel Virginia Morris Lunsford, 77, passed away on Friday, Feb. 14, 2020, at her home.

Mabel was born in Ohio, the daughter of the late Arlie Arlington Morris Sr. and the late Gertrude Hummel Morris.

Mable was an extremely talented seamstress and for many years she worked in various sewing plants. After her retirement, she shared her sewing talents with many people and charitable organizations. In 2004, she was awarded the prestigious Jefferson Award for her “Quilts of Love” project at St. Matthias Lutheran Church as an outreach for Lutheran World Relief, but later expanded to help the Meyer Center for special children, Safe Harbor and Guardian ad Litem programs. She later worked with the quilting group at Faith Lutheran Chapel and at their yearly yard sale. Some of her quilts were raffled off to benefit Mary’s House, Gleaning House Food Pantry, Pickens County Humane Society and Happy Gifts, in addition to Lutheran World Relief.

She sewed many, many baby clothes for expectant mothers, altered and mended clothing for a lot of folks, and made seasonal banners for churches. Although she was faced with many health challenges, she never stopped working for the good of others. Mabel will be remembered as a kind and caring person who always put the needs of others first.

During the time Mabel was a member at St. Matthias Lutheran Church, she taught the younger children’s Sunday school. For the yearly Christmas pageant, she sewed all of the costumes — angels, shepherds, Mary and Joseph, and even the sheep and donkeys. For several years, Mabel was an active member of Emmanuel Lutheran Church in Easley, and on many occasions would share her talents with homemade baked goods or food for a potluck dinner. Due to her health, in recent years, she was unable to attend church, but kept in touch with her church family.

Mabel had a strong faith in the Lord, and her faith is what kept her going in spite of her health conditions.

Surviving are a brother, Donald Morris (Tina) of Texas; a sister, Dorothy Morris of Greenville; and a sister-in-law, Ruth Morgan of Easley.

In addition to her parents, Mabel was predeceased by her long-time companion, Richard Morgan.

A combined service will be hosted by Emmanuel Lutheran Church during its Ash Wednesday service at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26, with Rev. Charles Aurand officiating.

There will be a visitation prior to the service at the church starting at 4 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Emmanuel Lutheran Church, 101 E. 1st Ave., Easley, SC 29640; or to Quilts of Love, c/o Martha Dorset, 113 Bridgewater Road, Pickens, SC 29671.

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EASLEY — Olin David Martin Sr., a retiree of Mayfair Mills and an ardent hunter, fisherman and gardener, died on Saturday, Feb. 15, 2020, at Greenville Memorial Hospital. He was 84.

He was born on Feb. 25, 1935, in Six Mile, the seventh of nine children of Barney Gaines Martin and Annie Mae Lusk Martin. He grew up in Easley, graduating from Easley High School in 1953. He enrolled at Clemson University (then Clemson Agricultural College), where he served in ROTC and majored in textile manufacturing. He graduated from Clemson in 1957.

He worked in the field of textiles for his entire working life, starting at age 16. Soon after receiving his Bachelor of Science degree at Clemson, he took a job at Glenwood Mill of Mayfair Mills, where he worked for nearly 40 years, serving as supervisor in most departments, including several years as the plant manager.

In October 1958, he married Joyce Avondalee Crenshaw of Pickens, with whom he had three children. They were married for 57 years until her death in 2016. A devoted husband and father, he supported all of his children and grandchildren in their education, goals and dreams, and with the assistance of family and medical staff served as caretaker for his wife at home during her final years after she was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease. In the years since her death, he remained active in a local Alzheimer’s Association support group, even attending a meeting days before he passed.

Mr. Martin was an avid outdoorsman throughout his life. He enjoyed camping, fishing and hunting, especially for deer. He raised cattle, was a beekeeper and planted an expansive vegetable garden every year. He was also an enthusiastic fan of the Clemson Tigers, attending nearly every home football game for many years.

He grew up in the Wesleyan Church and for most of his adult life was a member of United Wesleyan Church (formerly Arial Wesleyan Church) in Easley, where he served often as a men’s Sunday school teacher. He remained steadfast in his faith, and he lived an active, independent life at his home in Easley until the day he died.

He is survived by two sons, Olin David Martin Jr. and wife, Maureen, of Midlothian, Va., and Gregory Dean Martin and wife, Terri, of St. Simons Island, Ga.; a daughter, Esther Kay Padgett and husband, John, of Brevard, N.C.; three sisters, Ruth Traber of Liberty, Dorothy Gibson of Pickens and Alma Pace of Easley; and five grandchildren, Anne Martin, Paul Martin, Glen Martin, Neal Martin and Felder Anne Martin.

In addition to his wife and parents, preceding Mr. Martin in death were two brothers, Claude A. Martin and John B. Martin; and three sisters, Margie Nalley, Thelma Black and Frances Pearson.

Funeral services were held on Feb. 21 at United Wesleyan Church, 738 Rice Road in Easley, followed by a brief burial service at Hillcrest Memorial Park near Pickens.

The family is at the home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, or 225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601, or to the Foundation for the Preservation of Honey Bees, or 3525 Piedmont Road, Suite 300, Atlanta, GA 30305, or to the Wesleyan Church Missions Global Partners at or or 317-774-3944.

Family and friends are encouraged to post memories or tributes to Mr. Martin or to sign the online guestbook at the Robinson Funeral Home website,, or Robinson Funeral Home and Crematory-Downtown, Easley.


SENECA — Mr. Michael Franklin Howard, 80, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020.

Mr. Howard was born in Greenville County and was the son of the late James E. Howard and Mary Virginia Webb Howard.

Mr. Howard was a longtime member of East Pickens Baptist Church. He loved NASCAR and was an avid Dale Earnhardt Sr. fan. Mr. Howard was a hardworking man who would never give up. He enjoyed spending time at his computer and was willing to fight bears with a single golf club, an inside-the-family joke. Mr. Howard also loved to joke and kid around.

Survivors include sons, Michael Earl Howard (Donna) of Easley and Stephen Webb Howard (Susan) of Six Mile. Mr. Howard is also survived by three grandchildren, Christopher Howard, McKenzie Howard and Jesse Wayne Howard; one great-grandson. Tennyson; and a brother, James E. Howard of Easley.

A chapel service was held on Feb. 21 at Dillard Funeral Home. A private burial followed at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the HowardFamily.

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PICKENS — Wallace Hampton Anthony, 89, went to heaven to be with the Lord and his beautiful wife, Deborah Abercrombie Anthony, on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, at Cottingham Hospice House of Seneca.

Born on Nov. 22, 1930, and raised in Pickens County, he was the son of the late Hampton Bryan Anthony and Ethel Cora Clark Anthony. Mr. Wallace was a jack of all trades with an impressive work ethic. In his working career, he worked as a supervisor for Alice Manufacturing Company, at Tinsley-Crane Chevrolet of Pickens, as a Pickens County deputy sheriff and operated two gas stations in Pickens. He also worked for the SCDOT in road maintenance. Mr. Wallace was most proud of his service to his country. He retired from the United States Army with more than 20 years of service.

Mr. Wallace enjoyed sharing and giving to others. He was well-known for his gardening, especially the tomatoes he grew. He loved his church, Northside Baptist Church, and visiting with family and friends.

Surviving are his five children, Terry Anthony (Vivian), Tina Thrasher (Hal), Thea Gillaspy (David), Marion Timothy “Bo” Anthony and Teresa Underwood (Mitch); two sisters, Rosemary Youngblood (Jack) and Gayle Holcombe; two brothers, Harold Dean Anthony and Jimmy Anthony (Lorene); eight grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Mr. Wallace was also preceded in death by one brother, BF Anthony, and two sisters, Margaret Burgess and Neva Jean Cutler.

A graveside service was held on Feb. 21 at Hillcrest Memorial Park, with the Rev. James “Buckshot” Avant and Rev. James Lawson officiating.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to Northside Baptist Church, 421 State Road, S-39-190, Pickens, SC 29671 or to the Cottingham House, 390 Keowee School Road, Seneca, SC 29672.

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Dillard Funeral Home in Pickens is assisting the Anthony family in making arrangements.


PICKENS — John Alfred Morgan 87, husband of the late Shelby Jean Gilstrap Morgan, passed from this life on Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020.

Mr. Morgan was born in Pickens County, a son of the late Lyston and Ethel Lawrence Morgan. He was retired from Winn Dixie stores as a truck driver, and he was a member of Morningstar Independent Baptist Church and attended Pickens Independent Baptist Church. Mr. Morgan served his country by serving in the U.S. Army.

Survivors include sons, Brian Morgan (Melinda) of Pickens and Roger Morgan (Cindy) of Pickens; and a daughter, Wanda Hunt (Darryl) of Greenville. Also surviving are grandchildren, Travis Morgan, Amanda Tallman, Jessica Taylor, Jonathan Gravley, Ashlee Thompson, Jake Gravley, Daniel Morgan and Rebekah Morgan; and 11 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and wife, Mr. Morgan was preceded in death by four sisters and six brothers. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

The family will receive friends at Dillard Funeral Home from 2-3:15 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27. Funeral services will follow in the funeral home chapel at 3:30 p.m., with the Revs. David Ellenburg, Roland Bearden and Roger Morgan officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

The family would like to extend a special thank you to his caregivers, Wendy Carver and Teena Chiarello, for their wonderful love and care during his last days.

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MOUNTAIN REST — Lois Kelley, 83, wife of the late Will Kelley, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 19, 2020, at her residence.

Born in Walhalla, she was the daughter of the late Harry and Maude Shead Neal. Lois was an employee of Lever Brothers.

Mrs. Kelley is survived by a daughter, Gailyn Housley of Mountain Rest; brothers, Donald Neal of West Union and Ricky Neal of Seneca; and a sister, Harlene Land of Walhalla.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her brothers, Larry Neal, Dennis Neal, Horace Neal and Randy Neal.

A funeral service was held on Feb. 24 in the chapel of Sandifer Funeral Home. A private burial will take place.

Flowers are accepted, and condolences may be expressed online by visiting

Sandifer Funeral Home is assisting the family.


ANDERSON — Susan Carol Gillespie Roper, 62, of 100 Overlook Dive, died on Tuesday, Feb. 18, 2020, at her residence.

Born in Anderson, she was the wife of Ronnie David Roper of the home and a daughter of the late Donald and Hazel Hiott Gillespie. She was a homemaker and loved spending time with her grandchildren, especially Drew and Evan. She was a member of Carolina Community Church.

Surviving, in addition to her husband, are four sons, Shawn Gillespie (Megan) of Liberty, Lennie Roper (Brandi) of Piedmont, Thad Roper (Sandra) of Liberty and Trent Roper of Liberty; a sister, Shirley Weaver of Belton; two brothers, Brian Gillespie of Easley and Bobby Gillespie of Belton; 18 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a sister, Elizabeth “Lib” Whitener; and five brothers, Ronnie, Ricky, Donnie, Mike and Andy Gillespie.

The family held a memorial service on Feb. 22 at Carolina Community Church. Rev. Terry Rainey conducted the service.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Liberty Mortuary and Cremation Services are handling arrangements.


SIX MILE — Mrs. Brenda Ann “Ma” Sears Cannon, 72, wife of the late Thomas “Barney” Cannon, passed away on Monday, Feb. 17, 2020, at Cannon Memorial Hospital.

Born on March 18, 1947, in Pickens County, she was the daughter of the late Lewis “Buck” Sears and Jessie Fendley Sears. Ma had a knack for making everyone laugh, or she could drive you crazy, but no in between, and her family loved every moment. She loved her grandchildren above everything and was a diligent worker for her entire life. She owned and operated Making Head Waves in Pickens, cutting and styling hair for 47 years. She enjoyed thrift store shopping and had an extremely mischievous personality.

Ma leaves behind one son, Ronnie Cannon and his wife, Carla, of Six Mile; two sisters, Wanda Harden and her husband, Roy, of Six Mile and Sharon Davis and her husband, Jimmy, of Six Mile; and her three most precious grandchildren, Drew, Bailey and Ali Cannon, all of Six Mile.

Services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorials in honor of Brenda Cannon to St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

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Joann Gunnells Smith

CENTRAL — Joann Gunnells Smith, 69, wife of Wayne Smith for 52 years, passed away on Feb. 23, 2020.

Survivors include her husband, Wayne, of the home; sons, John (Donna) Smith of Dacusville an Jadd (Carla) Smith of Six Mile; grandchildren, Karla (Rusty) Johnson, Kayla Smith, Chloe Smith, Avery Smith and Micah Smith; a great-grandchild, Harper Johnson; a brother, Lewis (Marie) Gunnells; a niece, Connie Briscoe; and a great-nephew, Josh Phillips.

Joann was predeceased by her parents, William Lewis Gunnells and Noveller Nix Gunnells; a granddaughter, Abigail Grace Smith; and a nephew, Lewis Gunnells Jr.

Joann was a member of Camp Creek Baptist Church. A funeral will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 26, at Camp Creek Baptist Church (116 Camp Creek Road, Central SC 29630) with a visitation starting prior to the service at 12:30 p.m.. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will be at the home.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Smith family.


PICKENS — Tommy Garland Wimpey, 68, husband of Kathy Wimpey, of Pickens, died peacefully surrounded by family on Feb. 22, 2020, at St. Francis Hospital.

Tommy was the son of the late Grady and Francis Wimpey. He was retired and a member of Mt. Sinai Baptist Church.

In addition to his wife, Mr. Wimpey is survived by his first wife, Becky Holden; and sons Wesley (Mandy) of Pendleton, Chris (Kerry) of Nova Scotia, Canada, and Kyle (Miranda) of Pickens. He is also survived by a sister, Carolyn Simmons, and brothers, Steve (Vicki), Richard, Ricky (Marie) and Kenneth (Michelle).

Mr. Wimpey had six grandchildren, Jade, Aaron, Stephanie, Isaac, Kaylee and Cohen.

The family will receive friends at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church in Pickens on Friday, Feb. 28, from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., with the funeral following immediately after.

Rev. Rudy Smith and Rev. Kyle Wimpey will preside. Burial will follow at the Old Bethlehem Church cemetery in Pickens.