Courier Obituaries 4-8-15

8-6 Page 5A.inddRobbie F. Mauldin

Clemson — Robbie Faith Mauldin died Sunday, March 29, 2015 at her home in Clemson.

 Born in Central, she was a daughter of the late Joseph F. and Eva Powers Mauldin.  In her 50 year career with Norfolk Southern Railway she served as Depot Agent in Georgia, North Carolina and many locations in South Carolina. She was a long time member of Clemson United Methodist Church.

 Surviving are a brother, Thomas H. (Robbye) Mauldin of Clemson; numerous nieces and nephews including the children of her sister Helen Stevens with whom she had a very close relationship, Ed  (Marie) Stevens, Judy (Michael) Grieco, Helen (Forest) Murphy, and the late R. Allen Stevens, Robert S. Stevens and Linda S. Jackson.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by brothers, Gaines Smith, James, Jack, George, John and Joe Mauldin; sisters, Bessie M. Black, Doretta M. Byrd and Helen M. Stevens.

Memorial services were held on April, 2 in the Chapel of Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home with The Rev. Pat Kelley officiating.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Clemson United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 587, Clemson, SC 29633 or to the charity of one›s choosing.

Condolences may be expressed online at or at the funeral home.

Ollie Mae Lusk

Liberty — Funeral services to honor the life of Mrs. Lusk were held on April 4 in the Liberty Mortuary Chapel. Burial was at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Ollie Mae Sentell Lusk, 90, of 639 Odell Road, died, April 1, 2015 at Baptist Easley Hospital. Born in Liberty she was the widow of Ivory Lusk and a daughter of the late David G. and Alverty Roper Sentell.

She retired from the School District of Pickens County where she worked in the lunchroom at Liberty Elementary School for many years.

Surviving are a daughter, Elaine Chappell (Donnie) of Liberty; two sons, Thaylon Lusk (Nellie) of Six Mile, and Ron Lusk (Kathy) of Pumpkintown; a brother, David G. Sentell, Jr. of Greenville; five grandchildren and seven great grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents she was preceded in death by a sister, Agnes Gilstrap, a brother, Edward Sentell, and a granddaughter, Tammy Michelle Chappell.

Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.

Margie C. Gilstrap

Pickens — Margie Corn Gilstrap, 90, of 716 E. Cedar Rock Street, died April 2 at Manna Health & Rehab.

Born in Norris, she was the widow of William L. Gilstrap and a daughter of the late Emulous M. and Mariah Drake Corn. She retired from Roses Department Store and previously worked at Finley’s Florist.

Surviving are a daughter, Meri Childress of Easley; three grandchildren, five great grandchildren, and one great great grandchild.

In addition to her husband and parents she was preceded in death by a daughter, Renae Curtis, a special step son, Jerry Gilstrap, four sisters, and four brothers.

Funeral services were held April 4 in the Liberty Mortuary Chapel. Burial will be at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.

Esther Murphree

Pickens — Esther Ellenburg Murphree, of Pickens, wife of the late Clyde Murphree went to be with the Lord on Friday, April 3, 2015. Born in Pickens she was a daughter of the late John and Ida Crenshaw Ellenburg.

Mrs. Murphree was an exceptional seamstress, cook, and gardener. She used her gifts of hospitality and care giving to touch many lives in her family, her neighborhood, and her church community.

Surviving are two daughters, Karen Murphree of Pickens, and Debbie Hawkins (Jim) of Aiken; three grandchildren, Jennifer Casto (Carson) of Lexington, Juliette Hawkins of South Africa, and Tim Hawkins of Atlanta; two great grandchildren, Patton and Carter Casto.

In addition to her husband and parents she was preceded in death by four sisters, Lyda Underwood, Grace Galbreath, Janie Redmond, and Ovie Ivester, and six brothers, Bowen, B.P., Johnny, Cote, Doyle, and Leon Ellenburg.

She was the last survivor of her immediate family.

Funeral services to honor the life of Mrs. Murphree will be conducted 3 p.m., Wednesday, April 8 at Mountain View Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 2 until 3 p.m. at the church.

The family respectfully requests that memorials be made to her granddaughter’s ministry in South Africa so that others may come to know the God that she served; Youth With A Mission, C/O Mountain View Baptist Church, 336 Mountain View Church Road, Six Mile SC 29682.

Memorial messages may be sent to the family by visiting Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements

Julia Jean Woodson

Liberty — Julia Jean Harrison Woodson, loving wife of the late W.E. (Woody) Woodson Jr., passed away peacefully at her home on April 3, 2015. Born on January 21, 1918, she was the youngest daughter of the late Wade Hampton and Julia Ergle Harrison. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Julia Jean is survived by her daughters, Laurie (Leland) White-Shirey of Columbia and Nancy (Michael J.) Welborn of Lawrenceville, GA, seven grandchildren:  Maria (Jay) Swygert, Dr. Tracie (Jeff) Brack, Bradford (Laura) White, Todd (Laurie) Welborn, Grace, Faith and Hope Woodson, and eight great- grandchildren:  Morgan Swygert, Barrett and Bailey White, Julia, William and Katherine Brack and Olivia and Woodson Welborn.  In addition, she had numerous nieces and nephews whom she loved dearly.  She also had many wonderful friends she loved who enriched her life especially her “adopted” daughter Alice Shove, her guardian angel neighbors Janie and Waldon Entrekin, and her friend/caregivers Susan Bowen, Christal O’Shea, and Missy Chastain.

In addition to her immediate family, Julia Jean was predeceased by her son Charles H. Woodson in 2003 and her son-in-law Al White in 2012.

Julia Jean was a 1938 graduate of Montreat College. She was a lifelong member of Liberty Presbyterian Church where she was a Sunday School teacher and Elder. In recent years she attended Carmel Presbyterian Church as an associate member. She always loved history and genealogy and was a member of several organizations that cultivated her interest; Daughters of the American Revolution, United Daughters of the Confederacy, Society of American Colonists, Pickens County Historical Society and American Legion Auxiliary. In 1992, she co-wrote and published “The History of Liberty” with her dear friend Anne Sheriff.

Funeral services were held, April 7 at Liberty Presbyterian Church. Burial followed in Westview Cemetery, Liberty.

Many thanks to the kind and caring people of Blue Ridge Hospice, who helped our mom on her journey home.

Memorials may be made to Carmel Presbyterian Church, 492 Flat Rock Road, Liberty, SC 29657; or to Blue Ridge Hospice, 105 Lovett Drive, Greenville, SC 29607.

Condolences may be expressed online at or in person at Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, which is assisting the family.

Ollie Mae Greer

Six Mile — Ollie Mae Crenshaw Greer, 89, of Greer Drive, wife of the late Oscar T. Greer, passed away Friday, April 3, 2015 at her home.

Born in Oconee County, she was the daughter of the late Thomas Asbury Crenshaw and Ida Alexander Crenshaw.

Mrs. Greer was a homemaker and member of Keowee Baptist Church.

Surviving are her children, Sandra Lee (Randall) of West Union, SC, Curtis Greer and Eddie Greer both of Six Mile; nine grandchildren; thirteen great grandchildren; two great-great grandchildren; a daughter-in-law, Patricia Greer of Laurens; a sister, Doris Burrell of Taylors; and a brother, J.D. Crenshaw of Salem.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a son, Joel Greer; three sisters, Edith Alexander, Grace Curtis and Myra Davis; and three brothers, Ralph Crenshaw, James Crenshaw and Clyde Crenshaw.

Graveside services were held on April 6 at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Pickens.

Online condolences may be expressed by visiting

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Keowee Baptist Church, 544 Keowee Baptist Church Rd., Six Mile, SC 29682.

The family will be at the home.

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Greer family.

Margaret Beulah

Hudson Fortner

Pickens — Margaret Hudson Fortner, age 86, wife of the late James Robert Fortner went to be with the Lord on Easter Sunday Morning April 5, 2015 at Manna Health and Rehab. Mrs. Fortner was born in Pickens County, daughter of the late Robert Taylor Hudson and Eula Mae Dendy Hudson.

Mrs. Fortner was a long time member of Griffin Baptist Church and loved her family dearly. Special thanks to the staff of Manna Health and Rehab for the love and care they gave her.

Survivors include one daughter; Margaret Juanita Fortner of Pickens, one sister; Edna Hudson Phillips of Greenville and many nieces and nephews.

Funeral Service were held on Tuesday April 7 at the funeral home chapel. Burial followed in Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens.

Mrs. Fortner was predeceased by her husband, parents, three sisters; Vera Hudson Dodgens, Ruby Hudson White, Louise Hudson Reece, two brothers; Willie R. Hudson and Ivy Hudson.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Griffin Baptist Church, Annie Armstrong Easter Offering, 1629 Pumpkintown Highway, Pickens SC 29671.

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Fortner family.

Ruby I. Crawford

Easley — Ruby I. Crawford, 65, of Easley, passed away on Saturday, April 4, 2015.

She is survived by her companion, Roy Bryant; her children, Scottie Crawford, Timmy Crawford, and Loretta Fleming; her siblings, Shirley Reece, Ida Bagwell, Emily Barnett, and Jerry Crawford; her five grandchildren, and one great-grandchild.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Fred and Sadie Crawford; and her siblings, Martha Lollis, and Junior Crawford.

There will be a private family memorial service held at a later date.

Palmetto Mortuary is assisting the Crawford family.