Courier Obituaries 5-13-20


PICKENS — Mr. Ronald Patrick Lark, 66, husband to Jean B. Lark for 44 years, passed away on Thursday, May 7, 2020, surrounded by his loving family.

Ronald enjoyed frequenting the Pickens Flea Market and was an avid car enthusiast.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Jean B. Lark of Pickens; his son, Patrick Lark of Pickens; his daughter, Jessica Lark Morris (T.R.) of Dacusville; his mother, Mary Holder Lark of Pickens; three grandchildren, Jeremy Cassell (Catherine), Adriana Cassell and Angelica Morris; and his sister, Penny Lark and her husband, Gary Douty.

Mr. Lark was predeceased by his father, Hubert William Lark.

A private graveside service was held on May 11 at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Pickens. Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Lark family.


LIBERTY — Earl “Scott” Tucker III, 80, of Liberty, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, May 6, 2020, at his home.

He was born in Flint, Mich., and later received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa.

He enjoyed raising Labrador retrievers and raising and jumping horses.

Surviving are his wife, Celeste Nauman of the home; two sons, Scott W. Tucker (Doris) of Carrolton, Ga., and Gregg Tucker of Nashville, Tenn.; a brother, Chip Tucker of Michigan; and several grandchildren.

Scott’s wish was to be cremated, and no services are currently planned.

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


LIBERTY — Aileen Brant Burnett, 92, passed away on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, in Seneca.

Born in England, she was the daughter of the late Frederick Brant and Lilian Owens Brant and wife of the late Norman Burnett and John Marvin Quinn.

Survivors include four sons, Allan F. Quinn of Easley, Christopher Quinn of West Union, Glyn B. Quinn of Easley and John N. Quinn of Maryland; and a daughter, Glenys A. Quinn of Easley. Aileen also leaves five grandchildren, Shane Quinn (Milissa), Heather Quinn, Paul Quinn (Amy), Zachary (Heather) and Natalie Stevens (James); and 10 great-grandchildren, Hudson, Aliah, Courtney, Aiden, Corey, Hope, Bryce, Claire, Addalyn and Alayna, to share in her memory.

She was predeceased by her parents and two husbands.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis and in accordance with CDC guidelines, we are limiting the gathering to 15 persons or less in order to protect the health of the Quinn family, our community and our associates. We ask that you kindly respect this request for the benefit of all we serve.

A private service will be held for the family. Burial followed at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Pickens.

The family ask that memorials be sent to NAMI National Alliance of the Mentally Ill of South Carolina, P.O. Box 1267 Columbia, SC 29202.

Online condolences may be sent to

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Quinn family.


EASLEY — Mary Francis Ladd, 80, wife of the late Jack Russell Eller and Walter Cleveland Ladd, passed away on Monday, May 4, 2020, at Pruitt Health Care.

Mrs. Ladd was the daughter of the late Bertha Watkins Hunter and Oliver Hunter.

Survivors include two daughters, Rose Acosta of Six Mile and Rebecca Gilstrap of Westminster; two sons, Russell “Rusty” Eller (Susan) of Six Mile and Randy Eller (Jeanette) of Seneca; seven grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

She was predeceased by her husbands; parents; two sons, Ricky and Rodney Eller; three sisters; four brothers; and a son-in-law, Timmy Gilstrap.

A private burial was held on May 6 for family only.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Ladd family.


EASLEY — Mr. Billy Thomas Duncan, 75, passed away Tuesday, May 5, 2020.

Born in Pickens, a son of the late Furman Washington and the late Winnie Cantrell Duncan, Mr. Duncan graduated from Pickens High School in 1963 and proudly served our country in the U.S. Army, where he received a Bronze Star. He was a member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars and loved to fish. Mr. Duncan was always poking fun at everyone he loved.

Surviving are two sons, Lt. Billy Thomas Duncan II, U.S. Navy Ret. (Paige), and Rev. Michael Lee Duncan (Kelli); 12 grandchildren, Amanda Beth, Nicholas James and Steven Thomas Duncan, Emeline Elizabeth and William Gardner Stocks, Samantha Carraway and Luke Christian Duncan, Joshua Scott Collins, JodiAnn Elizabeth, Jubilee Victoria and Priestly Rose Duncan, and McKayla Moran; a brother, Jackson Duncan; and three sisters, Shelby Jean Crowe, Loretta Ellenburg and Kathy Lackey Putnam.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Duncan was preceded in death by a daughter, Julie Ann Duncan; and three brothers, Robert, Jerry and Mitchell “Mickey” Duncan.

A graveside service was held at Hillcrest Memorial Park on May 8.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in memory of his brother Mickey, to the Arc of South Carolina, 1202 12th St., Cayce, SC 29033-3202.

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


EASLEY — Mr. Roger Gregory “Greg” Roach, 59, went to be with his Lord and Savior Monday, May 4, 2020.

Born in Pickens County, a son of the late William Lesley Roach Sr. and the late Ruby Belk Roach, Mr. Roach attended Full Life Church of God and previously attended Easley Church of God. He loved his Lord and Savior and spent most of his time reading the Bible. He will be missed dearly by all who knew and loved him.

Surviving are a brother, Billy Roach (Bea) of Easley; two sisters, Judy Gillespie of Easley and Wadella “Dell” Morgan (Nathan) of Greenville; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Roach was predeceased by a sister, Janice Elizabeth Roach; and a brother-in-law, Edward “Skeet” Gillespie.

Funeral services were held on May 8 in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown. Burial followed at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

The family would like to express their gratitude to everyone who has been involved in Greg’s life over the years, and for providing love and care for him.

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