Courier Obituaries 5-18-22


LIBERTY — Barbara Ross “Bobbie” Melton, 78, passed away peacefully on Sunday, May 15, 2022, at her home surrounded by family.

Born in Six Mile, she was a daughter of the late John and Lillie Matoy Ross.

She retired from Greenwood Mills and was a member of Rices Creek Baptist Church.

Surviving are her husband of 58 years, Bonny Melton of the home; a son, Jamey Melton (Lisa) of Liberty; two daughters, Lynn Dingwell (Terry) of Liberty and Lori Harrelson (Richard) of Easley; two sisters, Pug Smith and Ella Kelley, both of Liberty; three brothers, Bo Ross, Andy Ross and Nub Ross; and four grandchildren, Lilly Melton, Griffin Capobianco, Isabelle Capobianco and Andrew Melton.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by two sisters, Jean Lackey and Mary Jane Turner.

Funeral services to honor the life of Mrs. Melton will be conducted at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, May 19, in the Liberty Mortuary chapel. Burial will be private.

The family will receive friends Wednesday evening from 5-6:30 p.m. at the mortuary.

The family will be at the home. Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association by visiting, or Open Arms Hospice, 1836 W. Georgia Road, Simpsonville, SC 29680.

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



CENTRAL — Jason Richard Batson, 36, son of the late Preston Calvin Batson Sr. and Patricia Marlene Hamilton, passed away on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

A native of Greenville County, Jason was born on June 18, 1985. He was a member of Central Church of God and was of the Pentecostal faith. Jason was a graduate of Liberty High School, class of 2006. He enjoyed shooting guns, fire trucks, trains and helicopters. Jason also enjoyed watching John Wayne westerns and writing “tickets” on his notepad.

Survivors include his mother, Patricia Marlene Hamilton of the home; two sisters, Nancy Chandler and Brenda Jean Nix (Richard); and several other family members and friends.

In addition to his father, Preston Calvin Batson Sr., Jason was predeceased by his grandparents and a brother, Preston Calvin Batson Jr.

Flowers will be accepted.

Visitation was held on May 13 in the chapel of Mountain View Funeral Home, with funeral services following. Burial took place following the service at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Easley.

Mountain View Funeral Home – Pickens Chapel is serving the Batson Family.



PICKENS — Debra Charlene Mulkey passed away peacefully surrounded by her loving children on Thursday, May 5, 2022.

She was born to James and Lois Staley in Fort Benning, Ga., on May 11, 1955.

She attended school in Prince George, Va., and graduated from Prince George High School in 1973. She went on to attend Virginia Commonwealth University, pursuing her interest in the arts. She found her calling in working with special needs students, first at Pickens Middle School and concluding her career at Pickens High School, where she touched many lives.

Debi also spent a great deal of time and enjoyed working with the youth program at Boone’s Creek Baptist Church in Salem. She was a member of the choir and active member of the church.

A beloved mother, she raised three beautiful children, exploring the world with them and making friends wherever she went. Always the life of the party and the light in the darkness.

She is survived by her son, Travis, and daughters, Brandy, April and Sophie (Kyle).

Memorial services will be held on Saturday, May 21, at 10 a.m., at Mountain View Funerals and Cremations in Pickens.

In lieu of flowers, we ask that you make a donation to St Jude Children’s Hospital, where her son-in-law, Kyle Blessing, is currently active in a monthlong charity event. All proceeds go to a cause that not only took Debi away from us, but helps children who are still currently fighting:

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



LIBERTY — August Moore McCarty, 41, died on Tuesday, May 10, 2022, in Liberty.

Born in Easley, she was a daughter of Wayne Moore of Easley and the late Deborah Whitmire Henning. She was of the Christian faith.

Surviving, in addition to her father, are her husband, Michael McCarty of Liberty; a sister, Lacey Large of Easley; two daughters, Hailey McCarty and Alexandria McCarty, both of Liberty; and a very special friend, J.J. Jackson and his son, Dakota, of Liberty.

No public services are planned. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting Liberty Mortuary and Cremation Services are handling arrangements.



CENTRAL — On May 4, 2022, after facing an illness, John Thomas Douglas Jr. passed away at his home.

John was a member of Dunn’s Creek Baptist Church on See Off Mountain Road, Brevard, N.C. He was a 3rd Degree Mason and signed his name in the Masonic traveling bible. John worked for many years in management at Sky City, Big Lots and Roses. His last job was in shipping/delivery at O’Reillys for several years. He and his family have lived in several locations in North Carolina and South Carolina for his jobs.

John cherished the time spent with his family, especially with his grandchildren, and was looking forward to meeting his new great-granddaughter. He was a great man, a family man, and a man who loved to tell his grandchildren about the life he lived. John would always give and help out whenever he could. He was jovial and able to make you smile with the love and laughter he brought into your life.

Surviving are a beloved wife of 45 years, Leslie Morgan “Arkie” Douglas; one daughter, Misty Evatt (Richard) of Hendersonville, N.C.; one son, Matthew Douglas (Sheila); three grandchildren, Raven Douglas, Morgan Douglas and Jackson Douglas, all of Central; one sister, Suzette; as well as many nieces and nephews. John was preceded in death by his mother, Maxine Dills Douglas; his grandparents, Floyd and Zena Dills; and one sister, Linda.

We will always carry his memory in our hearts and miss you terribly. Rest in peace my husband, daddy and poppal.

Palmetto Cremation Service is assisting the family.