Courier Obituaries 3-18-20


PICKENS — Mr. Donald Sidney Grant Sr., 79, husband of Carol Jo Reeves Grant, died on Monday, March 9, 2020, at his residence.

Born in Walhalla, Mr. Grant was a son of the late Sidney C. and Sula Gillepie Grant.

Don was a lifelong resident of Pickens. He was the owner of the Grant Body Shop and the former owner of Grant Ford Inc. He was also involved in many other business throughout his life, including Grant Lumber Company and Grant Brothers Chip Company.

He was very active in the Pickens community, serving as a volunteer fireman for the Pickens Volunteer Fire Department. He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Pickens for more than 40 years. Throughout his life, he served on several boards including the Pickens County Planning and Development Board, the Cannon Memorial Hospital Board and the South Carolina State Forestry Board. Don was also a Mason, a Shriner and a Rotary Club member.

Don was a past president of the Pickens County Country Club and could often be found playing the back nine. Outside of his family, golf was the love of this life.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are his son, Don Sid (Christina) and grandson, Christopher, of Greenville, as well as two brothers, Hoyt (Laura) Grant of Pickens and Stan (Kathy) Grant of Cypress, Texas.

Mr. Grant was predeceased by brothers, Charlie and Jerry Grant, and sisters, Nancy Wells and Mildred Lewis.

Don was an avid blood donor, and the family requests that in lieu of flowers, all donations be made to American Red Cross, P.O. Box 9035, Greenville, S.C. 29604 or via

Due to the current enviroment, the gathering for a memorial service will be announced at a later date at


PICKENS — Mrs. Betty Lou Woodring Hall, 65, wife of Ronnie Woodrow Hall, passed away on Saturday, March 14, 2020.

Born in Transylvania County, N.C., a daughter of the late Joseph Early Woodring and the late Elsie Rosetta Golden Woodring, Mrs. Hall retired from Foothills Manufacturing and was of the Baptist faith.

Betty Lou loved all people and enjoyed the outdoors, where she loved to sit on the dock and fish, and she was an avid Clemson fan. She will be missed by all who loved and knew her.

Surviving, in addition to her husband of 30 years, are a son, Jimmy Charles Clayton of Inwood, W. Va.; one brother, Robert Stokes Woodring of Brevard, N.C.; three sisters, Mary Louise Rogers of Easley, Dorothy Lail of Pickens and Bessie Mae Teague (Ernest) of Liberty; six grandchildren and six great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Hall was predeceased by a son, Timothy James Clayton; three brothers, Vernon Woodring, James B. Woodring and Joe Woodring Jr.; and one sister, Emma Jane Russell.

Funeral services were held on March 17 in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown. Burial followed at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

The family is at the home.

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PICKENS — Dana D. Crowe, 77, husband of the late Martha Crowe, passed away on Friday, March 13, 2020.

Dana loved spending time at the Pickens Country Club, where he was a longtime member. Dana could be found in the pro shop giving advice to young golfers and telling stories to the ones who knew him best — his golfing buddies. Dana retired from Hiott Printing after 47 years.

Survivors include his daughter, Angie (John) Villano of Pickens; granddaughters, Lauren Villano of Pickens and Alex (Jordan Hooper) Villano of Williamston; great-granddaughter, Gemma Hooper; and a sister, Margaret Gantt of Liberty.

Dana was predeceased by his wife, Marth; parents, Vester and Louise Crowe; a sister, Robbie Jean Smith; and a brother, Ray Crowe.

A celebration of life will be planned and announced at a later date.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Crowe family.


LIBERTY — Grady Lee Scott, 65, passed away peacefully at his home on Monday, March 9, 2020.

He was the son of the late Agnes Olivia Scott (Hanley) and Veldee Grady Scott.

Grady worked 25-plus years for Michelin Tire Corporation as a machine operator. His hobbies included fishing with his buddies and watching NASCAR. He missed the “good ol’ days” of his dirt track racing. He loved his children and his grandbabies more than life itself.

Surviving are his son, Michael Scott (Miranda) of the home; daughter, Ashley Scott (Eric) of Pickens; grandchildren, Kaylee Scott-Seymore, Zachary Tinsley, Casey Richard of Pickens and was expecting another granddaughter in August; sisters, Faye Holcombe (David) of Easley and Darlene White of Woodruff; brother, Ray Scott of Pelzer; and several nieces and nephews.

Grady was predeceased by his wife (Bonnie Scott), mother (Agnes Scott), father (Veldee Scott), brother (Randy Scott), sister (Teresa Hedden), sister-in-law (Mamie Scott), and niece (Denise Scott).

The family will host a memorial service that will be held at 2 p.m. on Saturday, March 21, at Wren Baptist Church in Piedmont and will be officiated by Pastor Harold Sanders.

The family would like to thank Interim Hospice for their exceptional care for Mr. Scott.

The family are at their respectable homes.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Scott family.


EASLEY — Danell Paul Spannagel entered into the joy of the Lord on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at the age of 26 after a brief illness.

Born in Brooklyn, N.Y., on May 19, 1993, Danell and his twin brother Ranell found their forever family on Sept. 13, 2004, becoming beloved members of the Spannagel family. Danell resided in New Hampton, N.Y., and graduated from the AHRC Jean Black School on June 27, 2014. He then resided in Easley with his family.

Danell — or “Squiggy” as he was affectionately called — had a beautiful smile and laugh that touched his family and all others around him. He loved others unconditionally and understood the power of Christ’s love, John 3:16 KJV, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish but have everlasting life.”

Danell is survived by his beloved twin, Ranell; his parents, James and Camille Spannagel of Easley; four sisters, Elizabeth and her husband, Timothy Lindblad; Deborah and her husband, Shawn Swayzee; Rebekah and Rachel; and five brothers, John, Jimm and his wife, Katie; Daniel and his girlfriend, Brooke; Angel and Danny; and two nieces, Ruby and Sophie Spannagel.

Graveside services were held on March 13 at Robinson Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Children’s Aid Society of New York City or Family Focus Adoption Services of New York City.

The family is at the home.

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PICKENS — Larry Lee Bates, 72, of Pickens, went home to play his harmonica in his heavenly home on Sunday, March 15, 2020, at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Born on Sept. 1, 1947, in Murphy, N.C., he was the son of the late Lester and Flonnie Mae Reece Bates. Larry was a member of Rocky Bottom Baptist Church and was retired from the Mayfair Mills of Pickens. He enjoyed singing with his family and playing the harmonica.

Surviving are his three daughters, Frinda Faye Hill (Randy), Opal Bates and Shannon Dover Chavis (Chris); one brother, James Bates (Louellen); one sister, Martha Goins; caretaker, Faye Cassell; five grandchildren, Jason Bates, Christy Bates, Jeremy Whitfield, Joseph Bates and Jessica Jackson, many loving great-grandchildren, and his furry four-legged little boy, Chocolate.

Larry was also preceded in death by one son, Markus Bates; four brothers, John Bates, Willard Bates, Lester Bates Jr., and Dickie Roberts and three sisters, Imma Jean Owens, Juanita Hoxit and JuMay Bates.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, March 19 from 5-7 p.m. at Dillard Funeral Home.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, March 20, at 11 a.m. at Rocky Bottom Baptist Church. A committal service will take place at 3 p.m. on March 20, 2020, at the Bates Family Cemetery in Jackson County, N.C.

The family will be at the home of Faye Cassell.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting


EASLEY — Mr. James Lewis Crane Sr., 85, husband of Sheila Black Crane, passed away on Saturday, March 14, 2020.

Born in Pickens County, he was a son of the late Georgia Canup and Henry Crane.

Surviving, in addition to his wife of 35 years, are daughters Rhonda Roberson and Janet Crane, both of Easley; a son, James Lewis Crane Jr. (Tammy) of Easley; three grandchildren, Ashley Rochester, Daniel McCall and Seth Crane; a step-grandchild, Charles Bowers; and six great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Lewis was predeceased by four siblings.

Funeral services will be held on Thursday, March 19, at 2 p.m. in the Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown Chapel, with burial to follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, March 18, from 6-7:30 p.m. at Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown.

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EASLEY — Dr. Cindy Lynn Lewis, 66, died on Saturday, March 14, 2020, at Greenville Memorial Hospital, after a brief illness.

Born March 14, 1954, in Greenville, Dr. Lewis was a daughter of William “Bill” Donald and Rebecca Anne Prince Lewis of Liberty. She spent her early years in Easley before moving to Liberty as a teenager. She graduated from Liberty High School with honors in 1972 and then continued her education at Clemson University, where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing. She also earned a Master of Science degree in Health Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina and a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Vocational Technical Education at Clemson University. Dr. Lewis was a member of Phi Kappa Phi and Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society in Education. She was a charter member of Sigma Theta Tau International Honor Society for Nursing at Clemson University.

Dr. Lewis began her career in 1978 as a staff nurse at Easley Baptist Hospital, later becoming the in-service educator as well as director of staff development and public relations. She then worked as director of Corporate and Community Education at Clemson University. Following her time at Clemson, Dr. Lewis became a clinical research scientist and liaison for medical and scientific affairs with Parke-Davis and UCB Pharmaceutical. In 2002, she joined the faculty at Tri-County Technical College as chair of the Health Education Division, retiring as dean of that division in 2019.

Throughout her career, Dr. Lewis received many honors. Gov. Mark Sanford appointed her as a member of the South Carolina State Board of Nursing in 2003. She served as the board’s secretary from 2005-2007, vice president from 2008-2009 and president in 2009. Dr. Lewis received the South Carolina League for Nursing Award of Excellence in 2006. Then, in 2007, the South Carolina Nurses Foundation awarded her the Palmetto Gold Award, the highest honor bestowed on any nurse in South Carolina. Dr. Lewis was named Pickens County Career Woman of the Year in 2004.

Dr. Lewis distinguished herself for her service on the advisory boards of Clemson University School of Nursing and the Pickens County Free Medical Clinic. She also served as chair of the board of directors for Pickens Educational Partnership.

Lynn was a long-time member of Easley Presbyterian Church, where she was a member of the choir. At the time of her death, she was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Greenville. In addition to serving as a choir member, she was also a Stephen Minister. Lynn believed strongly in the Stephen Ministry of bringing Christ’s love and care to people during a time of need.

Lynn loved animals of all kinds, especially her own beloved pets. She also loved traveling, having visited Greece, Canada, Peru and Scotland.

Surviving, in addition to her parents, are her daughter, Lindsay Elizabeth Porter (Sean); her son, Lucas William Durham (Ashley); her sisters, Jane Lewis Bradford and Mary Lewis Stone; her brother, William “Billy” Roland Lewis (Erin); and her, grandchildren, Watson Rice Durham, William Sean Porter, Whitney Perrin Porter, Wrynn Elizabeth Porter and Wrylee Anne Porter. She also is survived by nieces, Meagan Anne Bradford, Kimberly Stone Wade (Victor) and Cameron Alexis “Lexi” Lewis, and nephews, Nicholas David Bradford, Matthew Steven Stone and Davis Tanner Lewis.

Due to the current world health situation, a visitation and memorial service will be held at a later date. Burial will be private at Westview Cemetery in Liberty.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Dr. C. Lynn Lewis Health Sciences Scholarship Fund at Tri-County Technical College Foundation, P.O. Box 587, Pendleton, SC 29670.

The family of Dr. Lynn Lewis would like to thank Dr. Fredy Revilla, Dr. Caroline Clary, the staff of The Willows of Easley, Carolina Caregivers, the staff of Clemson Downs and Compassus Hospice for their devoted care.

The family will be at the home of Lucas and Ashley Durham, 204 Augusta St., Easley.

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


LIBERTY — June Helen Nichol Cole, 91, of 150 Liberty Highway, passed away peacefully on Friday, March 13, 2020, at AnMed Cannon Hospital.

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, she was a daughter of the late James Frederick and Sarah Faulkner Nichol. She was a retired nurse and was of the Jewish faith.

Surviving are her husband, Malcolm A. Cole of the home; two daughters, Karen Massaad (Sleiman) of Crystal River, Fla., and Lisa Pilla (Joe) of Cleveland, Ohio; a daughter-in-law, Melissa Cole of Liberty; seven grandchildren, Angela Creech, Daniel Massaad, Michelle Laska, Alonna Harbrecht, Lauren, Michael and Joey Pilla; and five great-grandchildren, Xavier, Eleanor, Connor, Hagen and Averie.

The family will have services at a later date.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by a son, Jeff Cole.

Online condolences may be left for the family by visiting Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.


LIBERTY — Katherine “Kitty” Claire Gallagher, 92, passed away on Feb. 18, 2020, in her home, attended by her granddaughter and caregiver Spirit Long.

She was visited by many members of her family during her final days.

Daughter of Thomas and Ola Marlowe, Kitty was born on March 22, 1927, in Jacksonville, Fla., and was one of 12 siblings.

Kitty married Daniel Gallagher in the summer of 1971, and they were married for 46 years until his passing.

She is survived by her five children (James T. Long, John Stephen Long, Franklin “Paul” Long, Roger Dorian Long, and Karen Long) and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Kitty was a nondenominational Christian, and lived a life defined by faith, love and kindness.

She was a passionate family historian, a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and an active volunteer in her community. She loved animals and gardening and could always be counted on for a good storytelling session. She is missed deeply by all of her family.

A celebration of Kitty’s life will be held at a future date.