Courier Obituaries 4-8-20


CENTRAL — Mary Howard Taylor Noland, 95, passed away peacefully in her sleep at her daughter’s home on Thursday, April 2, 2020.

Born Aug. 20, 1924, in Hanover, Va., she was a daughter of the late Mary Ann Hutchison Taylor and the late Howard Winston Taylor. Mary was married to Gilbert Lealand Noland until his death in 1998.

Mary was an active member of Providence Baptist Church and the Martha Iley Sunday School Class in Charlotte, N.C. She began working in the banking industry at Tri-County Bank after graduation from Panama Business School in Hanover, Va., and finished her career as a personal banker with Wachovia Bank in Charlotte. Her hobbies varied, from being a founding member of the Hanover Jitter Bug Club to spending time on the Chesapeake Bay to being a teacher for Providence Baptist Church Rama Road Tutoring to extensive world travel with her husband, Gil. Later in life, her favorite way to spend time was sharing her home at Litchfield Beach with family and friends. She loved watching her great-grandson play and called him “Baby Dumpling.”

Mary, affectionately known as Grandé, was a kind, generous and loving mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. She is survived by her daughter, Mary Stanfield Noland Bridges (William Carroll Bridges Jr.) of Central; her son, Gilbert Lealand Noland Jr. of Charlotte, N.C.; three grandchildren, Virginia Bridges Gaulin (G. Vincent Gaulin Jr.) of Pendleton, William Taylor Bridges of Litchfield Beach and Justin Lealand Noland of Charlotte, N.C.; and great-grandson, Laurence Benjamin Gaulin of Pendleton.

In addition to her parents and husband, Mary was predeceased by her two brothers, Howard Winston Taylor Jr. and Richard Henry Caldwell Taylor; and her two sisters, Betty Keith Taylor Palmore and Ann Spotswood Taylor Montague.

A service to celebrate her life will be held at her beloved St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Hanover, Va., when it is safe for all her friends and family to gather.

In lieu of flowers, please consider donations to St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 441, Hanover, VA 23069 or to the Rama Road Elementary Tutoring Program through Providence Baptist Church, 4921 Randolph Road, Charlotte, NC 28211-4002.

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Noland family.

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CLEMSON — Joshua Troy Langhorne, 23, of 224 Shaw St., died on Saturday, March 28, 2020, at his residence.

Born in Bremerton Naval Hospital, Wash., Josh was a son of Sonya Shaw Langhorne of Lexington and James Troy Langhorne of Chania Crete, Greece. Josh loved his family and always looked out for them. He was the clown of gatherings, always creating laughter with every company he kept. At the age of 12, he was declared an honorary firefighter in Charleston after awakening his siblings, saving all and calling for help during a house fire. He was a graduate of River Bluff High School in Lexington and had also attended culinary school in Charleston.

He was a huge Clemson fan who loved the outdoors and was an avid fisherman and woodsman. He also enjoyed working on small engines and was a small firearms enthusiast. Josh was a Christian and attended Mount Horeb UMC in Lexington and was currently attending NewSpring Church in Clemson.

Surviving, in addition to his parents, are his stepmother, Luljeta Boksi Langhorne of Chania Crete, Greece; his sisters, Savanna Jean Langhorne of Lexington and Azalea Boksi Langhorne of Chania Crete, Greece; and his brothers, James Auston Langhorne of Clemson and Aubrey Boksi Langhorne of Chania Crete, Greece.

Due to our current health crisis concerning COVID 19, a memorial service will be held at a later date.

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


EASLEY — Virgil “Frank” Kay, 67, husband of Genia Bolding Kay, passed away on Tuesday, March 31, 2020.

Frank was born in Six Mile, the son of the late Virgil Kay and Lucille Pelt Carter. He was a member of Crosswell Apostolic Church in Easley. Frank was a retired carpenter and loved his family, his church and hunting and fishing.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a daughter, Lashay Kay of Easley; a sister, Debora Wardlaw of Easley; mother-in-law, Lavenia Bolding of Easley; brother-in-law, Charlie Bolding of Easley; five nephews, Jeremy Bolding (Lori) of Mauldin, Shaw Bolding of Pickens, and Shawn, Shane and Seth Bolding, all of Easley; a niece, Alisha Bolding (Daniel Nichols) of Pickens; two great-nieces, Aralyn and Azalyn Nichols; and his special four-legged companion, Rosco.

A memorial service will be held at Crosswell Apostolic Church in Easley at a later date, with Rev. Ann Smith officiating.

Memorials may be made to Crosswell Apostolic Church, 122 Latham St., Easley, SC 29640.

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


EASLEY — James Elbert Roper Jr., 64, of Easley, born on Jan. 2, 1956, went to be with our Lord on March 31, 2020.

Born in Greenville, he was the son of the late James Elbert Roper Sr. and Willie Mae Gilstrap Roper.

Mr. Roper was retired from a career in maintenance at Ortec and was a member of Elljean Baptist Church. He loved his family that included four loving and precious grandchildren, Ithan Roper, Nevaeh Phillips, Savannah Moon and Gracey Merck.

People knew him for his love of gardening and working in his yard. He was known as well for his great sense of humor. He always wanted to bring a smile to a person’s face.

He leaves behind a daughter, Kayla Merck of Easley, and two sons, James Nathan Roper (Melissa) of Pickens and Brandon J. Roper of Easley. Also surviving are a brother, Jeffrey Roper of Pickens, and a sister, Kathy Powell of Liberty.

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Roper family.

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SUNSET — Carl Ray Jones passed away on Tuesday, March 31, 2020, at the home of his sister, Carol Jones Wetmore, in Greeneville, Tenn.

Mr. Jones was born in Wytheville, Va., to the late Levey and Claiborne E. Jones. He graduated from Fletcher Academy in Fletcher, N.C. He enjoyed working many years as a licensed practical nurse, and his greatest love was working as a fireman at the Vineyards Fire Department in Sunset.

Mourning his loss are his sisters, Glenda Jehle and her husband, Don, and Carol Wetmore and her husband, Calvin; and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his sister, Linda Sue Huckabay, and his niece, Jeannette Wetmore.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Thoughts and memories may be shared with the family at Jeffers Funeral and Cremation Service is in charge of arrangements.


LIBERTY — Richard Hurlbert Pierce, 80, of 158 Melton Road, went home to Glory to be with his Lord and Savior, Monday, March 30, 2020.

Born in Whiting, Ind., he was the husband of Dolores Theis Pierce and a son of the late Nathan J. and Josephine Lakner Pierce. Mr. Pierce served his country in the U.S. Army, was retired from IBM and enjoyed spending his retirement outdoors gardening and bee keeping. He loved the Lord and was always eager to share the gospel. He was a longtime member of Camp Creek Baptist Church.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a sister, Susan Havlin of Hammond, Ind., and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his mother and father, he was predeceased by his stepmother, Sarah Burns Pierce, and a brother, Norman J. Pierce.

Due to our current health situation concerning COVID-19, private graveside services to honor the life of Mr. Pierce were held at Camp Creek Baptist Church cemetery on April 3.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Camp Creek Baptist Church, 116 Camp Creek Road, Central, SC 29630.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.


LIBERTY — Faye Harrison Gillespie, 79, of 249 W. Alexander Drive, passed away peacefully on Friday, April 3, 2020.

Born in Clemson, she was a daughter of the late Rev. Coley J. Harrison and Jessie Melton Harrison.

Mrs. Gillespie retired from Liberty Life Insurance Company and was a diehard Clemson Tigers fan. Most of all, she loved her family and spending time with them.

Surviving are her husband, Jimmy C. Gillespie of the home; two sons, Russel Gillespie (Jane) of Davidson, N.C., and Stuart Gillespie (Angie) of Pendleton; a son-in-law, Mike Springs of Denver, N.C.; six grandchildren, Stephanie Sallach (Nathan), Chase Gillespie, Nathaniel Gillespie (Jessica), Drew Stephens, Zachary Gillespie (Danielle) and Joshua Gillespie; and six great-grandchildren, Ava, Olivia, Brianna, Gabriel, Ruthie and Coley Jo.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two daughters, Cathy Stephens and Donna Springs; a sister, Dhet Harrison; and a brother, Lamar Harrison.

Due to the COVID-19 health crisis and CDC guidelines concerning public gatherings, the family had a private service to honor her life at Calumet Baptist Church. Burial was held at Flat Rock Baptist Church cemetery.

The funeral service was broadcast on Calumet Baptist Church’s Facebook Live on Tuesday, and the funeral service will be available to watch at any time beginning Wednesday, April 8, by visiting her tribute wall at

You may also visit our website, to leave a message for the family.

The family will be at the home. Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.


EASLEY — Walter “Smokey” Nalley, 89, of Easley, beloved husband of the late Pearl Stokes Nalley, passed away on Friday, April 3, 2020, at Richard Campbell Veterans Home.

Born in Pickens County, he was the son of the late Frank and Lorene Turner Nalley.

Mr. Nalley was retired from General Electric and was a member of Jones Avenue Baptist Church. He enjoyed watching the Clemson Tigers and the Atlanta Braves. He also was a member of the Bates Masonic Lodge No. 189 A.F.M. and proudly served his country in the U.S. Army.

Surviving are a daughter, Cheryl N. Ward (David) of Greenville; granddaughters, Angie Evatt (Russell) of Easley, Andrea Arledge of Greenville and Adrian Howard (Mike) of Taylors; great-grandchildren, Weston Ashley Owen, Zachary Evatt, Avery Evatt, Ansley Evatt, Owen Arledge, Brandon Howard and Carson Howard; and a great-great-grandson, Karver Jackson.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Polly Owens.

Graveside services were held on April 6 in Greenlawn Memorial Park in Easley.

In lieu of flowers, the family respectfully asks that memorials be made to Richard M. Campbell Veterans Nursing Home, 4605 Belton Highway, Anderson, SC 29621.

The family will be at their respective homes.

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


PICKENS — Joyce Ann Galloway, 58, daughter of Linda Bailey Moore, passed away on April 2, 2020.

Survivors include her mother; sons, Timothy Moore of Liberty, Michael Moore (Latoshia Anderson) of Six Mile and Kevin Miller (Christy Potts) of Central; grandchildren, Rebekah, Rachael, Mary, Caleb and Richard Crowe, Timothy Jr., Abigail, Mattie, Raelyn, Anthony, Katelynn and Brooklyn Moore, Nicholas, Lily, Piper and Colt Miller, and Kylie Flory; siblings, Wanda Bagwell, Jerry Miller, Crystal Neal and Jamie Bailey.

A private burial was held on Monday, April 6, for immediate family only.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Galloway family.


PICKENS — Rayford Douglas “Ray” Hart, 75, of Pickens, passed away on Thursday, April 2, 2020, after an extended illness.

Ray was born to Bill and Mary Hart of Travelers Rest on June 24, 1944. A proud 1962 graduate of Travelers Rest High School, Ray followed in his father’s footsteps and worked in the automotive sales industry for more than 60 years. He never retired.

Ray was an accomplished bowler who loved trout fishing, NASCAR, old westerns, long rides in the mountains, corny jokes and banana popsicles.

Ray was predeceased by his parents.

Surviving are his loving wife and devoted caretaker of 43 years, Frances Brown Hart of the home; daughter Kimberly (Terry) Morsett of Raymond, Neb.; daughter Julia Yager of Longmont, Colo.; son Joseph (Cora) Hart of Yukon, Okla.; daughter Becky Hart of Greenville; son Joshua Hart of Pickens; grandchildren, Jerica Hart, Dale (Tabitha) Hart, Allen Morsett, Lee Morsett, Brandy Yager, Maggie Hart and Vivian Hart; great-grandchildren Scarlett Hart, Adeline Hart, and Hazel Hart; sister, Joanne Haynes; brother, Ed Hart; and sister, Linda (Bill) Risher.

The family wishes to extend their sincere appreciation to all those who cared for Ray during the last five months, especially the caring and committed staff at St Francis Hospital Downtown and Regency Hospital in Greenville, Manna Health and Rehab in Pickens, and Interim Healthcare.

A private graveside service was held at Griffin Baptist Church cemetery on April 5 for immediate family only.

Mountain View Funeral Home in Pickens is serving the Hart family.


EASLEY — Alice Faye Warren Dennis, 72, went home to be with her Lord on Thursday, April 2, 2020, at her home.

Born on Nov. 12, 1947, in York, she was the daughter of the late Rev. John David and Dolly Mae Patterson Warren. Faye was a decorating consultant and enjoyed knitting and various crafts. She loved to read her Bible and taught Sunday school class at her church, Abundant Grace. Faye had a love for gardening. With her green thumb, she could grow any flower. She enjoyed bird watching, especially hummingbirds. She was a wise and knowledgeable woman who loved her family and friends.

Along with her parents, Faye was predeceased by her grandson, Benjamin Christopher Dennis.

Faye is survived by her husband of 53 years, Robert Dennis; five children, Robert J. Dennis, Anthony Todd Dennis (Gail), Dana Morris, Lori Preskitt and Warren Dennis (Sunshine); two sisters, Johnnie Madden and Esther Soots (Barry); one brother, Wayne Warren (Deborah); and 18 grandchildren, Lauren, Faith, Aaron, Hannah, Emma, Andrew, Joseph, Kyle Jr., Sarah, Anna, Josiah, Kaleb, Emilie, Kinley, Kara, Charlie, Shekinah and Abby-Jo.

Funeral services for Faye will be private.


LIBERTY — Joan Masters Griffin, 69, of 5 Mills Ave., died on Sunday, April 5, 2020, at her residence.

Born in Gainesville, Ga., she was a daughter of the late D.B. and Irene Franklin Masters. She was of the Baptist faith.

Surviving are two sons, Joseph Turner and his wife Mandi of Liberty and Jeff Turner and his wife Jeannie of Easley; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, with two more expected this year. She also leaves behind a brother, Bill Masters and his wife Gloria of Simpsonville and a sister, Donna Crawford and her husband Melvin of Liberty.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by two brothers, Charles and Danny Masters.

The family will be at their respective homes.

No services are planned at this time.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Liberty Mortuary and Cremation Services are handling arrangements.