Courier Obituaries 5-12-21


EASLEY — Mrs. Doris Hart Granger, 75, loving wife of Mr. William “Butch” Granger, passed away on Saturday, May 8, 2021, at Prisma Health Baptist Easley Hospital.

Mrs. Granger was born in Greenville on Aug. 23, 1945, to the late Ralph and Callie Fowler Hart. She retired from her passion after 38 years from Baptist Easley Hospital as a registered nurse. Mrs. Granger loved her family, and most of all, her Lord and Savior. She was a longtime member of Elljean Baptist Church, where she sang in the choir.

In addition to her loving husband of 57 years, Mrs. Granger is survived by two children, Ty Granger (Lucy) of Gramling and Stacie Bates (Byron) of Easley; five grandchildren, Ann Louise Granger, Mary Callie Granger, Adaline Granger, Ada Caroline Bates and Colleen Elizabeth Bates; two honorary grandchildren, Granger Crowe and Alexis Crowe; and a brother, Carl Hart (Marion) of Easley.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Granger was preceded in death by a son, Josh Granger; and two grandchildren, Rob Granger and Will Granger.

Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, May 12, at Elljean Baptist Church. Interment will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Building Fund of Elljean Baptist Church, 605 Elljean Road, Easley, SC 29640.

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



EASLEY — Jonathan Keith Simmons, 29, passed away on Saturday, May 8, 2021.

Born in Easley, he was the son of Tony Simmons and Cindy Harris Simmons.

Jonathan was very talented in many ways. Drawing was his passion, and he could draw anything. His companion was his dog, Daisy. Jonathan was loved by his family, especially his mother. We will miss his smile, laughs, smart mouth jokes and his big, loving heart. He was a great son, brother, uncle and nephew.

In addition to his parents, Jonathan is survived by sisters, Candy Garrett (Andy) and Chevy Harrelson (Chad), all of Easley; aunt, Tracy Klippert; cousin, Jeremy Klippert; and he was “Uncle Gigi” to his nieces and nephew, Amber Turner (Grant) and Cheyenne and Colton Harrelson. He was also survived by his special friend, Allyson Downs.

He was preceded in death by his grandparents, Jack Sr. and Dorothy Harris and Charles and Helen Simmons.

The family will receive friends from 5:30-7 p.m. on Thursday, May 13, at Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, Easley.

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LIBERTY — Kenneth Allen Dalton, 52, husband of Beverly Wilson Dalton, passed away on Thursday, May 6, 2021, at St. Francis Hospital, in Greenville.

Ken was born in Seneca, the son of Al Dalton of Six Mile and Kathy Burgess Lee of Clemson. He was a 1987 graduate of Seneca High School and retired from Shaw Industries, where he was a waste treatment operator. Over the past 18 months, he served in his most rewarding role, playing and caring for the light of his life, his precious granddaughter, McKenzie. He loved spending time with his family, including his many nieces and nephews.

He adored his wife, who was also his best friend. Together, they shared many adventures filled with wonderful memories that will surely last a lifetime. In addition, Ken was an avid Clemson Tiger football fan. He was a member of NewSpring Church of Anderson, where he loved volunteering as a small group leader in the Shock Wave program.

Surviving are his wife of 26 years; his son, Alex (Laura) Dalton of Dacusville; daughter, Madison Dalton (Grant Smith) of the home; sister, Kari (Jimmy) Ledbetter; step-brothers, Travis (Raynell) Yates of Williamston and Drue (Kim) Yates of Seneca; granddaughter, McKenzie Dalton; stepmother, Donna Morgan Dalton of Six Mile; and stepfather, Ted Yaksich of Clemson.

Ken was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Opal and Joe Dalton; maternal grandparents, Joyce and Louise Burgess; father and mother-in-law, Jim and Pat Wilson; and paternal step-grandparents, Sam and Barbara Morgan.

Funeral services were held on May 11 in the chapel of Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home, with burial following at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Pickens.

Serving as pallbearers for the service were Jared Ledbetter, Jacob Ledbetter, Andrew Wilson, Jordan Lee, Patrick Cram, Austin Cassell, Tyler Neeley, Tony Butler, Brad Wilson, Allen Wilson and Stephen Landingham.

Serving as honorary pallbearers were Talon Wilson, Trey Butler, Cooper Neeley and Jackson Landingham.

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CENTAL — Billy Marvin Seigle, 81, husband of Frances Lyda Seigle, passed away on Friday, May 7, 2021, at the Cottingham Hospice House in Seneca.

He was born in Central, a son of the late Joseph Lee and Blondie Dickerson Seigle. Billy spent his whole life doing what he enjoyed, being an automobile mechanic. He worked for various car dealerships until he opened his own garage at his home in Central.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are his son, Franklin Seigle of Liberty; daughters, Theresa Simon of Townville and Marla (Charles) McElrath of Anderson; sisters, Betty Barnes and Beth Nix, both of Central, and Judy Marcus of Pendleton; grandchildren, Chris Seigle, Samantha Wheatley, Carla Cullen, Kevin Lloyd, Crystal Simon and Tiffany Simon; nine great-grandchildren; and a friend, Carl Roper of Central.

In addition to his parents, Billy was predeceased by his brothers, William Seigle and Terry Seigle.

Graveside services were held on May 11 at Memory Gardens in Clemson.

Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels of Pickens County or the Cottingham Hospice House.

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EASLEY — Mr. Richard “Rich” George Wentzel, 67, husband of the late Cherilyn Bridges Wentzel, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, May 7, 2021.

Born in Reading, Pa., the son of the late Harold L. Wentzel and the late Doris Burkhart Wentzel, Mr. Wentzel was a graduate of Reading High School and retired from Baptist Easley Hospital with 21 years of service. He was a member of Easley Presbyterian Church, attended Grace United Methodist Church in Pickens and was a member of the Reading Railroad Heritage Museum.

Rich had a great sense of humor and loved to make people laugh. He had many hobbies, such as collecting model trains, watching car shows on TV and barbecuing, and dearly loved cruising, having been on 21 cruise ships. He will be dearly missed by all who loved and knew him.

Surviving are his son, Marty Wentzel of Columbia; his long-time girlfriend, Deanne Richter of Easley; and his granddaughter, Madeline “Maddie” Wentzel of Columbia.

The family will host a memorial service at a later date to be announced.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in honor of Rich to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 1000, Department 142, Memphis, TN 38148; or to the Reading Railroad Heritage Museum, 500 3rd St., Hamburg, PA 19526.

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



EASLEY — Mr. James “Steve” Stephen Holcombe, 67, passed away on Thursday, May 6, 2021.

Born in Greenville County, a son of the late James “J.T.” Tillman Holcombe and the late Lou Ellen Jones Manley, Mr. Holcombe was a sheetrock installer and of the Baptist faith.

Surviving are his brother, Mike Holcombe (Sue) of Easley; and his two sisters, Janice Baxter (Mike) of Pickens and Tammy Batson of Greer.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

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SENECA — Thomas Gus Carls, born on January 12, 1939 in Rockford, Ill., went to see his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Saturday, April 24, 2021.

Tom is survived by his loving wife, Kathy, of nearly 34 years; his brother, Phillip Carls; his sisters, Virginia (Cookie) Burch and Sally Gassert; his two children, Amy L. Boehm and Michael G. Carls; his five step-children, W. Joseph Ridings, Victoria R. Barnhardt, Russell E. Ridings, Michael N. Ridings and Kenneth M. Ridings; and his 10 grandchildren.

Tom leaves behind a legacy of wit and hard work. He owned his own business in Seneca for more than 40 years, serving many businesses and individuals across the area. In his free time, he enjoyed building and loved it when a project came together. He also enjoyed traveling with family and friends and watching the Clemson Tigers and the Denver Broncos play football. Tom was a member of Fairview Community Church for more than 20 years. He was dearly loved by all who knew him and will be greatly missed.

A private memorial was held for family members on April 26.



SENECA — Dorsey Eugene Henderson was born in Seneca as one of six children brought from the union of James and Vada Keels.

Dorsey was a graduate of Blue Ridge High School and later a mail clerk and retiree of Duke Power.

Dorsey was married in 1968 to Harold Henderson. They enjoyed 51 years of marriage together until his death. From their union, two wonderful children were born, Rodney and Karen. Sadly, her son preceded her in death, but she is survived by her daughter.

She was a devoted, loving wife, sister, mother and grandmother. She was a kind, caring person who always took care of her family. She was a loving aunt to many nieces and nephews. Her favorite color was lavender, and she loved enjoying Jehovah’s creation. Dorsey enjoyed being outside and relaxing on her swing and lived for yearly vacations with her family. She was also a great cook, known for her fried chicken, macaroni and cheese, blackberry cobbler and broccoli cornbread. She loved good country-cooked meals, like cornbread and buttermilk. She loved her three grandchildren dearly, (Rodney, Karley and Makaela.) She was always at every important event for the kids and family. Family was everything to her.

She became a baptized, devoted and faithful Jehovah’s Witness. Dorsey also enjoyed going to gatherings and celebrations with her friends in the warm Christian brotherhood. She loved helping people to learn about Jehovah and devoted much of her time and energy sharing the hope of everlasting life on earth with others.

Revelation 21:4 “And he will wipe every tear from their eyes, and death will be no more, neither will mourning nor outcry nor pain be anymore. The former things have passed away.”

Psalm 37:29 “The righteous will possess the earth. They will live forever on it.”

She believed wholeheartedly that the fulfillment of these scriptures will come true when God’s kingdom begins ruling the earth and shared this hope with all she could.

Sadly, Dorsey lost her battle with multiple myeloma (bone cancer) on Tuesday, May 4, 2021. Mourning her passing are her daughter, Karen Henderson-Rogers (Shaun); grandchildren, Rodney Harper, Karley Hunt and Makaela Rogers; sisters, Alberta Poole and Carrie Scott; and a host of nieces and nephews.

She was preceded in death by her mother and father, James and Vada Keels; her sisters, Everlena Sims and Easter Alexander; her brother, R.L Keels; her son, Rodney Henderson; and her husband, Harold Henderson.



PICKENS — Mrs. Vivian “Net” Duncan Watson, 86, loving wife of Leamon Watson, passed away on Monday, May 3, 2021, at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Mrs. Watson was born in Pickens County on Feb. 18, 1935, to the late Benjamin and Velma Sanders Duncan. She was the true definition of a mother to her children, and instilled the values of what it means to be a true friend to everyone in her family. She loved growing flowers and was a great cook. After her retirement from Alice Manufacturing, she enjoyed traveling with her husband and their two special friends, Ed and Kathleen Watson. In her recent years, Leamon would “travel” with her every afternoon in the van for an adventure ride, which was the highlight of her day. She was a member of Praters Creek Baptist Church.

In addition to her loving husband, who she spent 61 blissful, wonderful years together with, Mrs. Watson is survived by her children, Deanna Bolding (Terry Nation) of Clemson and Benjamin Watson (Phyllis Duncan) of Pickens; her grandchildren, Ashlynn Graves (Keon), Kayce Underhill, Cameron Underhill and Austin Bolding; and her great-grandchildren, Eli Underhill, Lakyn Graves, Camdyn Graves and Kannon Graves.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Watson was preceded in death by a daughter, Cam Underhill; and eight siblings.

Graveside services were conducted on May 6 at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to either Praters Creek Baptist Church: 621 Praters Creek Road, Pickens, SC 29671; or to the American Cancer Society via its website at

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





GREENVILLE — Charles “Charlie” Edward Shipman went to eternity on Sunday, April 25, 2021.

Charlie was born in Greenville on Feb. 9, 1940, the firstborn child of Drayton and Pansy Shipman. He was the oldest sibling to five sisters and four brothers, and he was so very proud of them all: Sue Childers, Glenda Conner, Marguerite Davis, Patricia Bradley, Sherry Patrick, Harold Shipman, Robert Shipman, Jimmy Shipman and Michael Shipman. He leaves behind his wife, Danielle; daughters, Marie Pritchett (Joel) and Sonya Skidmore (Brent); son, Phillip Shipman; and grandchildren, Ali Kent (Calton), Savannah Skidmore, Luke Skidmore, Peyton Shipman and Mitchell Shipman. He was predeceased by a grandson, Joshua Pritchett. He leaves behind great-grandchildren, Brody and Andie Kate Kent; and nieces, nephews, countless friends, colleagues and a legacy that will last in all of our memories for as long as we live and in our children and their children for generations to come.

Charlie was born in poverty, but gained treasures through adventure, relationships, travel and most of all through his service to others. He served our country in the United States Air Force. He served his family, extended family, friends and community for decades. He was the first college graduate in his family; he was a founding member of the Hejaz Air Squadron, flying children to and from Shriners Hospitals for lifesaving and life-changing treatments; he served our state and our community as chairman of the Drug and Alcohol Commission for many, many years and was instrumental in bringing an adolescent treatment center to the Upstate — recently renamed the Charles E. Shipman Center in Travelers Rest, where he raised his family and where kids’ and families’ lives will be forever changed because of Charlie.

If you’ve ever heard the story of “What did you do with your dash?” you’ll understand what drove my Dad. His life started in a little shack, in a little town way down where the Carolina moon shines bright under Palmetto trees. His life could nver be defined on the words of this page. His life can only be defined by what he did with his dash. That tiny little dash between the years of his life. From 1940-2021, Charles Edward Shipman did the best he could do, with all he could do, with that tiny little dash. He was an overcomer, a difference maker, a world changer, but to us … he’s our dad and we have been forever changed because he lived. We know beyond a shadow of a doubt our father in heaven said to him “Well done, my good and faithful servant. … Welcome home, my son, welcome home.” We love you, Daddy.

In lieu of a formal service and to honor their father’s wishes, a memorial drop-in hosted by his children is to be held at the Charles E. Shipman Center (formerly The White Horse Academy) at 975 Foothills Road in Greenville from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, May 15. All family and friends are welcome.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Shipman family.



PICKENS — Alexander Emra George, 29, son of April McCall of Pickens and Gerry Heber of Anderson, passed away on Tuesday, May 4, 2021.

Alex is survived by his loving mother, April McCall and her husband, Mac, of Pickens; his father, Gerry Heber of Anderson; stepfather, Mark Anthony George of Easley; maternal grandparents, Philip and Margaret Flaugher of Pickens; paternal grandparents, Gerry and Yashico Heber of California; sisters, Hilary Knutson, Klara George and Chloe George; many cousins, aunts, uncles, and a special friend, Kryssa Hampton.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the George family.





PICKENS — Mrs. June Mills Campbell, 96, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, May 4, 2021.

Mrs. Campbell was born in Newberry County and was the daughter of the late Carroll S. Mills and Esther Taft Mills.

Survivors include a daughter, June C. Harden (Rocky) of Pickens; and five grandchildren, Paul White, Shannon O’Boyle (Henry), Holly Harden, Davina Robertson and Rocky Harden. Also surviving are six most precious and loving great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Campbell was predeceased by a daughter, Carol C. Gaston, and a sister, Joy M. Camp.

Mrs. Campbell was a member at Grace Methodist Church in Pickens. She loved her family and enjoyed teaching Sunday school. She loved to garden and was a professional nursing instructor for all of her career. She served during World War II in the Cadet Nursing Corps. She will be missed.

The family has requested to keep the services private at this time.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Greenville Tech Foundation, the June Campbell Nursing Scholarship, POB 5616 Greenville, SC 29606 and/or Grace United Methodist Church, 309 E. Cedar Rock St. Pickens, SC 29671.

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Campbell family.

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SIX MILE — Mr. Andrzej F. Paszkiewicz, 71, went to be with his Lord and Savior on May 5, 2021.

Born in Poland, Mr. Paszkiewicz was the son of the late Filip Paszkiewicz and Helena Twardykus Paszkiewicz and loving husband to Bozena Grzechca Paszkiewicz.

Survivors include his wife, Bozena, along with two boys, Robert and Sebastian, both of Six Mile, along with one most precious and loving granddaughter, Vanessa. Also surviving are two sisters, Teresa Paszkiewicz of Poland and Maria Witt (Mikokaj) and her daughter, Kathreen, of Germany; and a cousin, Mark Bednarowicz (Halina) of Chicago.

Mr. Paszkiewicz was predeceased by one sister whose family continues to stay in close contact as family Matusiak.

Mr. Paszkiewicz owned and operated his own trucking business, AP Pass Co.. He loved to drive. Mr. Paszkiewicz was a very friendly man, never meeting a stranger. He enjoyed going on cruises with his lovely bride Bozena. Mr. Paszkiewicz loved collecting things. Collecting brought him happiness.

A church service will be held on Monday, May 17, 2021 at 11 a.m. at St. Andrews Catholic Church, 209 Sloan St., Clemson, SC 29631. Entombment will directly follow the church service at Hillcrest Memorial Park at 2410 Gentry Memorial Highway in Pickens. Everyone is invited, as is Polish tradition.

The family wants to take this time to thank everyone who has assisted them through Mr. Paszkiewicz’s illness. So many took time out of their schedules to show love and care to Andrzej.

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Paszkiewicz family.

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EASLEY — Diane Crowe Hendricks, 60, daughter of the late Ray Crowe and Elizabeth Thompson, passed away on Saturday, May 8, 2021, at her home.

Diane is survived by two grandsons, Daniel Welborn and Zach Welborn, both of Easley; a great-granddaughter, April Welborn; siblings, Carol Bell of Easley, Stan Crowe (Darla) of Six Mile, Crystal Neal (Gary) of Inman, Michelle McMahan (Josh) of Pickens and Jessica Barnwell (A.B.) of Effington; numerous nieces and nephews; and a longtime friend, Johnny Sentell of Easley.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Hendricks was predeceased by her daughter, Jennifer Welborn Beall; son, Daryl Welborn; grandparents, Vester and Louise Crowe and Clarence and Zelda Connelly; sister, Susan Gilstrap; and brother, Ben Thompson.

A memorial service will be scheduled and announced soon.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Hendricks family.



EASLEY — Jack Richards, 74, loving husband of 29 years to Betty Richards, passed away on Sunday, May 9, 2021, at his home.

A native of Augusta, Ga., Jack was born April 6, 1947, the son of the late Jack Lamar Richards Sr. and Ellen Mobley Richards.

In addition to his wife, Betty, Mr. Richards is survived by a daughter, Audra Mason (Jim) of Mitchell, Ga.; a grandchild, Ashton; stepchildren, Michelle Day (Andy Wilson) of Asheville, N.C., and Kevin Day (DeLynne) of Charlotte, N.C.; step-grandchildren, Cameron, Conner, Brett, Faith, Ansley and Ashlyn; a brother, Jon Richards (Jane) of Dearing, Ga.; and a sister, Gloria Hill (Bob) of Simpsonville.

Jack was predeceased by his parents.

The family will host a memorial service at 1 p.m. on Saturday, May 15, at Pickens View Wesleyan Church, 744 Bethlehem Ridge Road, Pickens, SC 29671.

In lieu of flowers, donations in Jack’s memory may be made to Pickens View Wesleyan Church.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Richards family.



WESTMINSTER — Joseph Franklin Meade, 70, of Westminster, passed from this life Saturday, May 8, 2021.

He is the husband of Shelia Thrift Meade.

Survivors include his wife, Shelia; a daughter, Christian “Christie” Roach (Marcus) of Walhalla; sons, Justin L.M. Meade of Westminster, Kevin J. Meade of Florida and Steve Miller (Paula) of Spartanburg; and two brothers, Roger Meade (Sandra) of Fountain Inn and Ralph Meade of Gray Court. Joseph also leaves eight grandchildren, Jamon and Jaxon Roach of Westminster, Katelyn Gibson of Greenville, Cole McGlothen of Seneca,  Amber Meade of Laurens, Dylan Miller of Spartanburg, Jordan Miller (Jessica) of Spartanburg and Lucas Miller of Columbia, to share in his memory.

The family will be having a celebration of life at Bethel Baptist Church, located at 160 Bethel Church Road in Westminster, from 2-4 p.m. Saturday. A memorial service will follow at 4 p.m., also at the church.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Keowee Funeral Services of Oconee.

Keowee Funeral Services is assisting the Meade family.