Courier Obituaries 3-11-20


CENTRAL — Furman Douglas (Doug) Vickery, 77, husband of Norma H. Vickery, died on Sunday, March 1, 2020.

He was a son of the late Furman Dodd and Pauline Harris Vickery.

Doug served eight years in the U.S. Army Reserve. He received an AA degree from Anderson College and a BS degree from Clemson University. His textile industry career included work with M. Lowenstein Co., first at the Rockingham, N.C., Aleo plant, then at Anderson Wamsutta I and II plants, and at J.P. Stevens’ Clemson plant, where he was distribution manager.

In later years, Doug worked with his brother Jerry D. Vickery at the Easley Progress newspaper. During retirement years, he enjoyed designing and fabricating farm equipment. He also enjoyed participating in teamwork projects to assist missionaries in Utah and Canada.

He was a member of University Baptist Church and also attended Welcome Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife of 59 years, Norma Holliday Vickery; two daughters, Debbie (Rick) Olson and their son Benjamin of Norway, Mich., and Julie Vickery (Jeff) Smith and their children Jessica, Josalyn and Joshua of Abilene, Texas; and a brother, Jerry D. (Beverly) Vickery of Easley.

A funeral was held on March 3 at the Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Regency Southern Care Hospice, 880 S. Pleasantburg Drive, Suite 1A, Greenville, SC 29607; University Baptist Church, 411 Pendleton Road, Clemson, SC 29631; or to Welcome Baptist Church, Maw Bridge Road, Central, SC 29630.

Please visit or Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home and Cremations, Central – Clemson Commons.


PICKENS — Lillie Ellen Cheek Hutto, 86, of Pickens, wife of the late William Henry Hutto, passed from this life into heaven on Monday, March 2, 2020.

Born on Feb. 4, 1934, in Barnwell County, she was the daughter of the late Lacy Leonard Cheek and Maggie Estelle Jones Cheek. She was retired from Kent Manufacturing and was a member of Rocky Bottom Baptist Church. Lillie was a proud wife to a retired South Carolina Highway Patrol officer William Henry Hutto, and together they were members of the South Carolina Highway Retiree Association. Lillie loved flowers, especially red roses. One of her favorite places to be was on the front porch, reading her Bible. She never met a stranger, always telling others she loved them. She was a wonderful mother who will be missed by many.

Surviving are her two daughters, Linda Aiken and Diane Camp; three brothers, Noah Cheek, Vernon Cheek and John Cheek; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Lillie was also preceded in death by four siblings, Richmond Cheek, Laurie Fort, Leonard Cheek and William Cheek.

Funeral services were held on March 6 in the Dillard Funeral Home chapel, with Rev. Justin Anderson officiating. Honorary seating was provided for the South Carolina Highway Patrol.

Burial followed at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens.

Memorials may be made to Rocky Bottom Baptist Church, 174 Rocky Bottom Baptist Church Road, Sunset, SC 29685.

Online condolences may be expressed to the Hutto family by visiting


CENTRAL — Evelyn Rickman went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ on Thursday, March 5, 2020, at 99 years of age in the loving care of Hospice of the Foothills, Seneca, and her son and daughter-in-law, Dr. Claude (Mickey) and Sue Rickman.

Evelyn was the wife of former president of Southern Wesleyan University, Dr. Claude R. Rickman, to whom she was married for 62 years.

She is survived by her two sons, Dr. Claude M. (Sue) Rickman and Rev. Cary (Rev. Linda) Rickman; son-in-law, Rev. Ron Wallace; five granddaughters, Dr. Elizabeth Rickman Paine (Dr. Christian), Stephanie Rickman Salsman (Dr. John), Meredith, Rhonda, and Carmella Wallace; eight great-grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; and sister, Ruby (Charles) Clerget.

She was predeceased by her parents; husband; daughter, Sharon Wallace; two sisters, Evangeline Crutchfield and Carol Phaup; and one brother, Everett Tucker.

The Memorial Service was held at ALIVE Wesleyan Church on March 9.

In lieu of flowers and in keeping with her and her husband’s lifelong commitment and dedication to the university and its mission, donations may be made to Southern Wesleyan University to the Rickman Scholarship Fund at P.O. Box 1020, Central, SC 29631.

Please visit or Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home, Central – Clemson Commons.


SENECA — William Albert Taylor Jr., born on Oct. 10, 1928, to the Late Mr and Mrs William Albert Taylor Sr. in Newry, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, March 5, 2020.

Bill was a member of St. Mark United Methodist Church. He also served in the U.S. Army and retired from Michelin Tire. Bill was a very loving father and grandfather.

Bill was predeceased by his wife, Gail Taylor of Seneca.

Bill is survived by a sister, Fay Whitmire, and his children and grandchildren, Gaie J. Wilson/Donnie Wilson, Taylor and Olivia Wilson, Anna Wilson, Russell Wilson, Greta J. McNair/Bobby McNair, Madison McNair and William McNair.

Services were held at Keowee Funeral Services of Oconee on March 8.

Keowee Funeral Services is assisting the family.


SENECA — Angela Blackston Hamilton, 81, of 702 Quincy Road in Seneca, passed away peacefully and surrounded by loved ones on Friday, March 6, 2020.

Angela was born in Seneca and was the daughter of the late Rev. Eddie Devoe and Ruby Dyar Blackston. She lived a beautiful and prosperous life filled with lots of love and laughter in Seneca.

Angela was a longtime member of Trinity Baptist Church, a member of the Seneca Woman’s Club and a member of the Seneca Garden Club. She was a longtime member of the Trinity Baptist Church Choir, which was always near and dear to her heart. Angela retired from a fulfilling career in education with the School District of Oconee County. She was devoted to teaching students about the Constitution of the United States, as well as law-related education.

During her career, she served as a social studies and English teacher at Westminster High School, Seneca Junior High and Seneca Middle School, and Seneca Senior High School. Her favorite pastimes during her retirement years were traveling and visiting with her beloved family, and especially attending any and all events featuring her four adored grandchildren, whom they affectionately called “Dan.”

If friends dropped by her home during the evening hours, they typically found Angela working on a crossword puzzle, taking in her favorite show “Jeopardy,” and enjoying a quick snack of popcorn. She enjoyed all of these things dearly, but it was the company of her soulmate and love of her life, Harry, that brought her the greatest joy.

Surviving are her devoted husband of 58 years, Harry Ross Hamilton of the home; daughters, Felicia Hamilton LeRoy (Al) of Seneca; Letitia Hamilton Verdin (Chuck) of Greenville; and Blythe Blackston Hamilton of Arlington, Va.; grandchildren, Anne-Hamilton LeRoy, Zachary Charles Verdin, Elias Smith Verdin and Madelyn Letitia LeRoy; and two brothers, Dr. Ronald Dwain Blackston of Atlanta, Ga., and Ewing Devoe Blackston of Seneca.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her brother, James “Pete” Olin Blackston (Margaret) of Springfield, Va.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, March 11, at 2 p.m. at Trinity Baptist Church in Seneca, with burial to follow at Oconee Memorial Park. Memorial donations may be made in lieu of flowers to Trinity Baptist Church, 504 S. Oak St., Seneca, SC 29678 or to the Melanoma Research Alliance, 730 15th St. NW, Washington, DC 20005.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Keowee Funeral Services, formerly known as Brown-Oglesby Funeral Home, is in charge of the arrangements.


EASLEY — Olin Lemuel Craig, 87, passed away peacefully in his sleep on Sunday, March 8, 2020, following many loving visits made by family and friends.

Born in Cateechee on June 27, 1932, Olin was the son of the late Olin Lemuel Craig Sr. and Pearl Garvin Craig.

Olin grew up in Cateechee and spent a tremendous amount of time working on the Craig family farm near the former Keowee River. He graduated from Liberty High School in 1950 and then Clemson A&M College in 1954 with a degree in agricultural engineering. Upon his graduation, he served as a First Lieutenant in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Following his military service, Olin moved to Charlotte, N.C., where he worked for International Harvester Company and then later with Singer Company in Pickens. In 1965, he purchased a local oil distribution company with his wife to become Craig Oil Company until his retirement in 1991.

He is survived by his sister, Eleanor Craig Kline of Charleston; his son, Michael Lin Craig (Kitzi) of Seneca; his daughter, Rebecca Craig McNichols (Jim) of Sunset; his son, Steven Earl Craig (Molly) of Charleston; as well as eight grandchildren, Kathryn Craig Martin (Ashley), Malinda Craig McCrary (Zack), Jane Elizabeth Robinson, Steven Aubrey Craig, Mary Agnes “Macy” Craig, Anna Eberhardt Robinson, John Wickliffe Robinson and Michael Holmes Craig; and two great-grandchildren, Finley Reid Michael Martin and Aven Collins Craig Martin..

Mr. Craig was predeceased by his loving wife of more than 60 years, Jane Atkinson Craig; two granddaughters, Aubrey Anne Craig and Rebecca Elizabeth Craig; and, one great-granddaughter, Kellie Rynn Martin.

The family will receive friends at Dillard Funeral Home from 12:30-1:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 11, followed by a funeral service at 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel.

Private burial will take place at the Craig Family Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Presbyterian Community of the Foothills, 205 Bud Nalley Drive, Easley, SC 29642 or to the Kellie Rynn Academy, P.O. Box 2301, Greenville, SC 29602.

A message of condolence may be expressed to the family by visiting


EASLEY — Elaine T. Jaynes, 82, passed from this life on Saturday, March 7, 2020.

Born in Liberty, she was the daughter of the late John and Mary Tinsley and wife of the late Bill Jaynes. Elaine was a member of Calvary Hill Baptist Church and was very loved by her family.

Survivors include two sons, Chris Jaynes of Easley and Jonathan Jaynes of Easley; two daughters, Kim Byers (Lane) of Pickens and Jan Mullinax (Robbie) of Easley; 10 grandchildren, Alaina Aiken, Anadele Case, Jonathan Lanford, Abigail Harris, Dustin Byers, Christopher Jaynes, Emily Dodgens, Billy Jaynes, Catie Jaynes and Caleb Jaynes; and nine great-grandchildren to share in her memory.

A graveside service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, March 11, at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Pickens.

Online condolences may be sent to

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Jaynes family.


CENTRAL — Selma M Sentell, 85, wife of the late Donald Sentell, passed away on Tuesday, March 3, 2020.

Selma was a member of Gallilee Baptist Church in Easley. She loved spending time and enjoying her family.

Survivors include her son, Allen (Teresa) Moore of Central; grandsons, Jamie (Kim) Moore, Jerrid Moore; and three great-grandchildren.

Selma was predeceased by her parents, Fulton and Minnie Mauldin; her husband, Donald Sentell; a daughter, Barbara Moore; brothers, Calvin, Bert and Arthur Mauldin; and sisters, Beatrice Kiser, Louise Tant, Evelyn Whitaker, Ruth Pilgrim and Owedia Nations.

Graveside services were held on March 6 at Liberty Memorial Gardens.

In honor of Selma, donations can be made to the American Cancer Society.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Sentell family.


LIBERTY — Sue Barnwell Entrekin, 82, of 11 Willard St., passed away peacefully on Monday, March 2, 2020, at Brookdale of Easley.

Born in Central, she was the widow of Marion T. Entrekin and a daughter of the late Louis and Lillie Teat Barnwell. She was a homemaker and a member of Brushy Creek Baptist Church.

Surviving are a daughter, Janet Jameson of Jacksonville Beach, Fla.; a sister, Shelby Freeman of Pickens; two grandchildren, Zach Tucker (Kallie) and Nick Tucker all of Jacksonville; and two great grandchildren, Kinsleigh and Jackson Tucker.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a sister, Betty Patterson, and two brothers, Franklin and James Barnwell.

All services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to Miracle Hill Children’s Home, 490 S. Pleasantburg Drive, Greenville SC 29602, or by visiting

The family will be at their respective homes. Online condolences may be left for the family by visiting Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.


EASLEY — Mr. Raymond Gary Finkel, 74, passed away on Saturday, Feb. 29, 2020.

Born in New York, N.Y., the son of the late Harry and Frances Finkel, Mr. Finkel was a retired psychologist and a member of the Jehovah Witness Kingdom Hall-West Easley Congregation.

Surviving are a sister, Phyllis Kalter of Florida.

A memorial service will be hosted by the Jehovah Witness Kingdom Hall-West Easley Congregation at 4 p.m. on Sunday, March 15, at the Kingdom Hall.

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


LOGANSVILLE, Ga. — Muriel Mallison Hardy, 98, formerly of Pickens, died on March 6, 2020, at her daughter’s home in Loganville, Ga.

Born to Albert Grant and Bernice Durling Mallison on Dec. 29, 1921, Muriel was the younger of two daughters. Although born in Houston, Texas, she moved to Lafayette, La., as a young child and grew up across the street from the campus of Southwestern Louisiana Institute (now University of Louisiana at Lafayette), where her father taught history.

She attended Southwestern for two years before transferring to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, graduating in 1942 with a Bachelor of Arts in sociology. Muriel was a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority and served as president of the YWCA at UNC, meeting and hosting Eleanor Roosevelt in that role. During college, she also served on the staff at YMCA Blue Ridge Assembly in Black Mountain, N.C.

Muriel worked as a professional Girl Scout in Boston, Mass., and Augusta, Ga., where she met her husband, William Eric Hardy. They were married on March 29, 1945. The family moved frequently, living in seven states, with Muriel supporting and encouraging her children in each new place. She and Bill retired to Pickens in 1979.

Muriel grew to love the Pickens community and the S.C. Upstate. She was active in Pickens First Baptist Church, teaching the T.E.L. ladies’ Sunday School class for more than 20 years and participating in the WMU book club and various missions outreach ministries. She truly lived her faith. She was also a member of the Pickens County Cultural Commission, volunteered at the Hagood-Mauldin House and Cannon Memorial Hospital, and was president of the Pickens Women’s Club. She participated in a bridge club and several exercise classes for seniors. She was a charter member of the Saturday morning McDonald’s Breakfast Club.

Commitment to family and friends was Muriel’s highest priority. She knew how to make and nurture friendships. Her sparkling blue eyes and wide smile drew you in. Her gift was doing small, quiet acts of kindness for her friends and her children. She traveled with and remained in contact with one of her childhood friends for almost 90 years. Muriel loved her neighbors on Glassy Mountain. She enjoyed watching the hummingbirds and bluebirds on her back porch. She could identify almost every flower or plant you brought to her. It was important to her to be informed about the world, and she watched the news every night. Watching her beloved UNC Tarheels play basketball and seeing M*A*S*H reruns were also television favorites. She enjoyed traveling, especially to the U.S. national parks.

After 35 years in Pickens, Muriel moved to Georgia in 2014 to live with her daughter. At age 93, she put new energy into involvement in her church and a senior fitness class. And there she adopted her beloved cat, Lacy, who enjoyed sitting in Muriel’s lap as much as Muriel enjoyed having her there.

Muriel was preceded in death by her husband of 45 years, William Eric “Bill” Hardy, her parents, and her sister, Cornelia Seale.

Survivors include her daughters, Valerie Hardy and Conya Blad; son, Col. William E. Hardy Jr.; granddaughter, Courtney Oktyabrsky (Alex); great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn and Nikolai; and many nieces and nephews.

Memorial contributions may be made to the missions fund of Northside Drive Baptist Church, 3100 Northside Drive NW, Atlanta, GA 30305.

A funeral service was held on March 9 in the chapel of Dillard Funeral Home in Pickens, with the Rev. James Lamkin officiating. Interment followed at Hillcrest Memorial Park.