Courier Obituaries 3-27-24


PICKENS — Phillip Reece, 74, of Pickens, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, March 18.

Phil bravely fought cancer and died unexpectedly of other complications at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

In 2022, Phil married his high school sweetheart, Kaye Edens. His wife, her children and grandchildren are deeply saddened by Phil’s passing.

For 36 years of his life, Phil worked for Singer/Ryobi/OWT in Pickens. He was an engineer, fisherman, hunter, gardener, pilot, golfer and traveler and loved being outdoors in God’s creation. Phil lived his faith everyday by loving God and loving his neighbor.

He was a hard worker and friend to many and always accomplished everything he put his mind to, from helping friends/family with projects to engineering brake calipers for railroad cars. His intuitive, down-to-earth, practical manner was admired by everyone who knew him. He will be greatly missed by his family, friends, church and the community.

He was preceded in death by his parents, William Reece and Myrtis Cannon of Pickens, and his brother, Jerry Southerlin of Columbia.

He is survived by his sister, Barbara (Ken) Durham; his children, Steven (Kelly Ann) Reece, Curtis (Cortney) Reece and Kellie (David) Reece; and his five grandchildren, Micah, Tristan, Maggie, Zachary and Allie.

Funeral services were held on March 24 at the Rock Springs Baptist Church chapel in Easley, and a graveside service followed at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Trumpeting Noble Truth Ministries c/o Randy Bane, 2362 Green River Road, Zirconia, NC 28790.

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


EASLEY — Mary Sharlene Fleming, 69, passed away on Wednesday, March 20, 2024, at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Born Sept. 24, 1954, in Pelham, Ga., Sharlene was the daughter of the late Julius Lynwood Harrell and Sara Elizabeth Gandy House. Mrs. Fleming worked as a clerk typist for the Navy as a civil servant. She loved to help people and had a wonderful career, despite being paralyzed at the age of 18. She loved her purchases from Amazon. Her daughter Wendy, grandkids and great-grandchild brought her great joy in her life.

Survivors include her daughter, Wendy Powell (Michael) of Anderson; grandchildren, Brianna Poulos and Brandon Poulos (Anna); great-granddaughter, “Baby Hope”; stepmother, Dorothy Harrell; siblings, Connie Frantzreb (William), Jannie Venson (Lamar), Andy Harrell (Susie), Ricky Harrell (Tracy), Terry Harrell, Timmy Harrell (Melissa) and Tony Harrell (Kathy); and her special caregiver/friend, Crissy Stewart, for being by her side for many years.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Fleming was predeceased by a sister, Becky Gantt, and her stepfather, J.C. House.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Sharlene’s honor may be made to South Main Chapel and Mercy Center, 2408 S. Main St., Anderson, SC 29624.

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


SIX MILE — Mary Margaret Galloway Ellenburg, 95, loving wife to the late Robert “Clifton” Ellenburg, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, March 24, 2024, at Cottingham Hospice House in Seneca.

Born July 31, 1928, in Pickens County, Mary was the daughter of the late Grover Galloway and Rebecca Tompkins Galloway. Mrs. Ellenburg was a member of Gap Hill Church of God in Six Mile. She married at the age of 14 and loved her family dearly.

She worked as a seamstress and sewed for everyone in the community. She loved gardening and growing flowers, but most of all she loved to help others.

Survivors include her son, Robert “Bob” Ellenburg Jr. (Rheba) of Six Mile; grandson, Robert “Robbie” Ellenburg (Ashley) of Pickens; great-grandchildren, Gracelynn Lomax and Jada Sickles (Gabe); and many loving nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Ellenburg was predeceased by a son, Roger D. Ellenburg; a sister, Leola Newton; and three brothers, Avery “Bunk” Galloway, Frankie Galloway and Cleo Galloway.

Visitation will be held from 1-2 p.m. March 28 in the chapel of Mountain View Funeral Home in Pickens, with funeral services to follow at 2 p.m. Burial will follow the service at the Mile Creek Baptist Church cemetery in Six Mile.

Flowers will be accepted, or memorial donations in Mary’s honor may be made to Cottingham Hospice House, 390 Keowee School Road, Seneca, SC 29672 or East Pickens Baptist Church Building Fund, 2244 Gentry Memorial Highway, Pickens, SC 29671.

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


PICKENS — Patricia Ann Holcombe, 87, of Pickens, passed away quietly at her home on Thursday, March 21, 2024.

Patricia was born in Pickens County to the late Pearl and Andrew Ferguson. She was a beloved wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She was a lifetime member of Mountain View Baptist Church. She took great joy in gardening and her life as a homemaker.

She is survived by her son, Tommy Holcombe (Rita); daughter, Sharon Finley (Ben); grandsons, Whitney Holcombe (Jessica), Haden Holcombe (Elisha), Tillman Finley (Mallory), Cullen Finley and Preston Finley; and granddaughter, Lauren Ann Brady (Jeremy). She also leaves behind five great-grandchildren.

Patricia was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, Gerald Holcombe.

Funeral services for Patricia were held March 24 at Mountain View Baptist Church, 336 Mountain View Church Road, Six Mile, officiated by Revs. Rick Hayes and Scott Willis, followed by a committal service in the church cemetery.

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


LIBERTY — It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of our beloved child, Keegan Zackery Swafford, who passed away on March 21, 2024, at the tender age of 2 years old.

Keegan was born on June 5, 2021, in Anderson, to his loving parents, Zackery and Amanda Swafford.

Keegan was a bright and curious soul who had a profound love for dinosaurs, vehicles and animals. His eyes would always light up when he was drifting around on his Minnie and Mickey ride-on car. One of his cherished moments was singing along to “Wheels on the Bus,” a song that never failed to bring a smile to his face.

Despite his tender age, Keegan was always eager to lend a helping hand. Whether it was assisting his siblings or offering a hug when someone was feeling down, his kindness and compassion knew no bounds.

In addition to his parents, he will be deeply missed by his adoring family, including his siblings Aliyah Swafford, Cayden Ellenburg, Logan Hamby, twin sister Leilani Swafford and Natalie Swafford; his grandparents, Judy Darrow (Terry), David Durham (Stacy), Missy Brown (David) and Carlton Swafford (Amber); and great-grandparents, Roy and Janice Swafford and Mickey and Judy Oates. He was also survived by numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and special friends.

Though his time with us was short, the impact he had on our lives will never be forgotten.

Services to celebrate Keegan’s life will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, March 28, in the Liberty Mortuary chapel. Burial will be at the Six Mile Church of God of Prophecy cemetery. The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 5-7 p.m. at the mortuary. The family encourages all attendees to wear pastel colors to celebrate Easter early with Keegan.

You brought us so much joy and love in your short time on this earth. You will forever remain in our hearts, sweet angel. Rest in peace.

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


PICKENS — Jared Alan McJunkin, 33, of Pickens, unexpectedly passed from this life on Saturday, March 23, 2024.  Born on March 31, 1990, he was the beloved son of Ricky and Renee McJunkin.  Even though he has left his earthly home, he is now home with his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.  Jared was a member of New Hope Baptist Church.

Known for his gentle spirit and kind heart, he spent his life devoted to his family.  One of his greatest pleasures in life was investing time with his four nephews, Hunter, Ezio, Rider and Jak, who he cherished dearly.

He leaves behind his loving family; his parents, Ricky and Renee McJunkin; his sister, Janet Taylor (Jason); his brother, Jeremy McJunkin (Kayla); his paternal grandmother, Pat McJunkin; his maternal grandparents, Rev. Franklin and Evelyn Lesley and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and friends who will miss him dearly.

Jared was predeceased by his maternal great grandparents, Leroy and Lois Crowe and his paternal grandfather, Floyd Delano McJunkin.

A funeral service for Jared will be held March 28, at 2 p.m. at New Hope Baptist Church, 108 New Hope Rd, Pickens, SC 29671, followed by a committal service.


EASLEY — Vicki Jean Porter, 62, passed away on Tuesday, March 19, 2024, at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Born Feb. 26, 1962, in Norfolk, Va., Vicki was the daughter of the late Winfred Kenneth Sexton and Dorothy Jean Brown Sexton. Mrs. Porter enjoyed collecting cookie jars and dolls, and she loved animals and gardening.

Survivors include her husband of more than 30 years, David Clark; children, Casey Jo Cooperman (Eric) of Greenville and William Ross Clark (Ashley) of Easley; a grandchild on the way; and an aunt, Betty Dounelis.

Mrs. Porter was predeceased by her parents.

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

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