Courier Obituaries 2-7-24


EASLEY— Jeffrey Neil Hooper, 61, born May 22, 1962, passed away at home in Easley on Jan. 23, 2024.

Jeff was predeceased by his father, James Ronald Hooper. He is survived by his mother, Irene Hooper; two children, Chelsea Oslar (Tim) and Jordan Hooper (Alex); and one sister, Cyndi Hooper.

To those who have known Jeff, he will be forever remembered for his indomitable spirit, his tremendous love for Harley-Davidsons and a cool Chevy truck. Jeff was also known to enjoy the companionship of his dear friends, while oftentimes entertaining a good cold beer, or maybe even two. Jeff would be remiss if it wasn’t mentioned that he cherished the time he had with his best friend Steve Kitchens, who paved the way ahead and was assuredly awaiting Jeff’s arrival, so they could be reunited again. May Jeffrey Hooper rest in peace, and may his family find strength and solace in the memories of love they have shared.

A private service was held for those closest, with a memorial service to be held at a later date, which all will be welcome to attend


GREENVILLE — Harold Scott Lyda, 55, passed away on Tuesday, Jan 30, 2024, at his home.

Born Jan. 12, 1969, in Pickens County, Scott was the son of Joyce Ann Gossett and the late Harold Lyda. Scott loved studying about the Civil War and World War II. He loved high school and college football. Of course, Daniel and Clemson were his favorite teams. Scott loved the outdoors, especially the mountains and lakes, and doing yard work. He always thought it would be cool to live in Montana or Alaska. He also loved animals.

Scott was a Christian and prayed to receive Jesus as his Lord and Savior. Scott had a servant’s heart. He volunteered his time to Fly Right Ministry. He cooked dinner for the volunteers, maintained the sound system and other equipment and maintained the vehicle in a safe condition to travel to jail and prison outreach events. He had a great sense of humor and loved to play practical jokes and pranks.

Survivors include his mother and stepfather, Joyce Bolding and Sam Bolding of Pickens, and his longtime best friend, Jerrilyn Johnson of Greenville.

Mr. Lyda was predeceased by his father, Harold Lyda.

The family will hold a memorial service at a later date.

Mountain View Funeral Home – Pickens Chapel is serving the Lyda family.



LIBERTY — Susan Denise “Susie” Hostetler, 61, passed away on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024, at her home, surrounded by family.

Born Nov. 20, 1962, in Pickens County, Susie was the daughter of the late Melvin Jack Waldrop and Lonnie Ruth Hardy Waldrop. She had an avid love for the mountains, always ready to go on a girls’ trip to the mountains. Mrs. Hostetler was a very good artist who enjoyed drawing and painting. She had a good heart, and you knew that as soon as you met her.

Survivors include two sons, Joshua Morgan and Christopher Hostetler, both of Liberty; a grandchild, Kaiden Morgan; sisters, Jackie Messer (Eddie), Tina Elgin (Ricky) and Mona Waldrop (Kim); and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Hostetler was predeceased by her husband, Roy Hostetler, and sister, Carolyn Joyce Waldrop.

The family will hold a graveside service at a later date.

The family will receive friends and family at the home of Jackie and Eddie Messer, 133 Patterson Road, Liberty, SC 29657.

Mountain View Funeral Home – Pickens Chapel is serving the Hostetler family.



PUMPKINTOWN — Tracy Allen “Bill” Anderson, 80, of Pumpkintown, passed away Feb. 2, 2024, at the Rainey Hospice House in Anderson after over two years of declining health.

Born in the Midway community of Pickens on June 17, 1943, he was the husband of Nancy Elrod Anderson. He was the son of the late Wadie H. Anderson and Lois Powell Anderson. He retired from Röchling Automotive Duncan. He was a devoted Christian, husband, father and grandfather. He loved hunting, fishing, working with his bees and tending to his cattle while he was able.

Bill is survived by his wife of 53 years, Nancy Anderson; two sons, Richard Anderson (Susan) of Inman and Michael Anderson (Deborah) of Pickens; and a daughter, Stacy Simmons (Alex) of Pickens. He has four grandchildren, Ricky, Andrew, Kinsley and Audrey Kate, all of whom he loved dearly. He is also survived by a sister, Monzel Anderson of Pickens; and two brothers, Donald Anderson (Jean) and Gary Dale Anderson (Sandra), both of Pickens. He has numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews, all very special to him.

In addition to his parents, Bill was preceded in death by a brother, Truman “Bunt” Anderson.

Funeral services were held on Feb. 4 at Oolenoy Baptist Church in Pickens. Burial was after the service at the Oolenoy Baptist Church cemetery.

Flowers will be accepted.

The family is at the home of the daughter.

Mountain View Funeral Home – Pickens Chapel is serving the Anderson family.



EASLEY — Joan Adams Smith, 92, beloved wife of the late Lee Vernon Smith, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, Feb. 1, 2024.

Born in Mauldin, she was a daughter of the late Benjamin Woodfin Adams and Lena Garrett Adams.

Mrs. Smith was known throughout her community for helping raise her siblings and helping anyone in need. She compassionately took care of children in her daycare for more than 30 years. She was a God-fearing woman who loved her family and her church family at Landmark Baptist Church, where she was a charter member. She taught Sunday school, sang in the choir and thoroughly enjoyed serving on the Bereavement Committee.

Surviving are her children, Wendell Smith (Melinda) of Bradenton, Fla., and Teresa Smith Porter (Kerry) of Pickens; grandchildren, Hayley Smith Conn (Forrest), Samantha Smith and Meghan “Meggie” Porter; a great-granddaughter, Emory Grace Porter; and a sister, Elane Adams Finley of Belton.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by a granddaughter, Stephany Grace Porter; and brothers, James, Paul, Don and Virgil Adams.

Funeral services were Feb. 5 in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown. Burial followed at Greenville Memorial Gardens.

Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to Landmark Baptist Church, 116 Landmark Court, Easley, SC 29640.

The family will be at the home of Kerry and Teresa Porter, 134 Allgood Drive, Pickens.

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



LIBERTY — Jesnut S. Mullinax, 91, passed away on Monday, Jan. 29, 2024, at her home, surrounded by family.

Born April 17, 1932, in Pickens County, Jesnut was the daughter of the late Marvin Hughes and Ressie Morton Hughes. Mrs. Mullinax was a member of Landmark Baptist Church. She enjoyed spending time with her church family and loved crocheting.

Survivors include three sons, Charles Pilgrim (Bette) of Liberty, Randall Pilgrim of Liberty and Greg Pilgrim (Shirley) of Easley; and many grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Mullinax was predeceased by her husband, Donald Mullinax; a daughter, Melinda Davis; and a brother, Rev. Craig Hughes.

A private service will be held for the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Jesnut’s honor may be made to the Landmark Baptist Church Building Fund, 116 Landmark Court, Easley, SC 29640.

Mountain View Funeral Home – Pickens Chapel is serving the Mullinax family.



EASLEY — Mrs. Glenda Angel went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Jan. 29, 2024, at her home surrounded by her family who she loved so very much.

She was born Sept. 26, 1943, in Erwin, Tenn., to the late Fred Chandler and Daisy Bell Thompson Chandler.

Glenda was a kind, caring woman who lived her life to take care of others. She adored her role as nana to all her grandchildren. She touched the lives of those around her and was a compassionate soul who loved the Lord and humming her way through her daily tasks. She found passion in her computer games, crime shows, working her way through a good word search or crossword puzzle, or sharing the gospel through her singing with her cherished family. Whether it was chicken and dumplings, a Saturday morning breakfast or a holiday feast, Glenda always looked forward to cooking homemade meals for her large family. She was a member of Cannon Mountain Baptist Church.

Mrs. Angel is survived by her loving husband of 63 years, Bob Angel; cherished daughters, Wendy Angel of the home and Sherry Hollingsworth (Tommy); five grandchildren, Jeremy Angel (Rebecca), Heather Edmond (Nathan), Josh Angel (Kimberly), Natasha Stamey (Chris) and Christian Angel of the home; nine great-grandchildren, Carter and Braylen Edmond, Braden and Blane Stamey, Alex and Annabel Peraza, Landon Coleman, Jason Farmer and Jaxson Angel.

In addition to her parents, Glenda was predeceased by a son, Denny Angel; her son-in-law, Tim Greathouse; and a sister, Priscilla “Prissy” Bailey.

The family would like to give their sincere gratitude to Heather and the staff of Open Arms Hospice for their amazing care, insight and compassion in the final days of Glenda’s journey home.

Funeral services to celebrate Mrs. Angel’s life were conducted Feb. 2 in the Liberty Mortuary chapel. Burial followed at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

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



PICKENS — David Russell Turner, 80, of Pickens, passed away at home, on Sunday, Feb. 4, 2024.

David was born to the late Yancey Milledge Turner and Alice Porter Turner. He retired from Michelin Tire Corporation and was an avid hunter and golfer.

David was preceded in death by his wife of 60 years, Toni Barrett Turner.

David is survived by three sisters; Carolyn Kaye (Roy), Martha Henderson (Ronnie) and Becky Merck (David).

A visitation for David will be held Feb. 7, from 12:30 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. at Dillard Memorial Funeral Home, 2402 Gentry Memorial Highway, Pickens, followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the family with arrangements.