Courier Obituaries 5-2-18

Virginia Ann Barrett

EASLEY — Virginia Ann Hardy Barrett, 60, went to be with her Lord and Savior Tuesday, April 24, 2018.

Born in Pickens County, a daughter of the late Raymond Carl Hardy and the late Doris Virginia Richards Childress, Mrs. Barrett retired from the textile industry and was a member of Jones Avenue Baptist Church. Ann was a loving mother, grandmother and friend to all. She will be dearly missed.

Surviving are her best friend and companion, James Edward Epps; a son, Christopher Lewis Epps of Liberty; two daughters, April Epps Flanagan (James) and Brittney Latasha Epps, all of Liberty; five sisters, Cindy Marcus of Easley, Donna Lane of Marion, SC, Sandra Moore of Easley, Patty Goss and Grace Ann McAlister, both of Central; five grandchildren, Christian Blade Epps, Christopher Gage Epps, Courtney Dawn Boyd, Austin James Epps and Jayla Ann Delacruz; and one great-grandchild, Kenneth Michael Galloway.

Funeral services were held April 28 in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, with burial following in Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Flowers will be accepted at the funeral home and memorials may be made to Jones Avenue Baptist Church, 614 Ross Ave., Easley, SC 29640.

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

Billy L. King Sr.

DACUSVILLE — Mr. Billy L. King Sr., 75, of Dacusville, passed away on Tuesday, April 24, 2018, while surrounded by his loving family at home.

Born on Jan. 12, 1943, in Burnsville, N.C., he was the son of the late Thurmond and Carrie Myrtle Hensley King and was of the Baptist faith. He loved listening to anything bluegrass, was an avid NASCAR racing fan and enjoyed cutting grass.

Surviving are his wife of 56 years, Edna Sutherland King; two daughters, Brenda Eldridge (Frankie) of Dacusville and Glenda Hester (Clay) of Dacusville; a son, Jr. King of Dacusville; one brother, Ricky King of Burnsville, N.C.; two sisters, Annette Miller of Easley and Loretta Rose of Tyler, Texas; four grandchildren, Johnny Stancell (Jeanine), Bryan Eldridge (Beth), Amanda Emory (Justin) and Jake King (Jamie); and four great grandchildren, Steven Stancell, Caitlyn Stancell, Daisy Emory and Bentley King.

Mr. King was also predeceased by a son, Talmadge Lee King, and three brothers, Bobby King, Howard King and Ben King.

A graveside service was held April 28 at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens with the Rev. Leon Shipman officiating.

Flowers are appreciated and memorials may be made to the Cancer Society, 113 Mills Avenue, Greenville, SC 29605 or to Interim Hospice, 16 Hyland Drive, Greenville, SC 29615.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting

Dillard Funeral Home, Pickens, is assisting the family in making arrangements.

Larry Eugene Black

EASLEY — Larry Eugene Black, 73, of Easley went home to be with the Lord April 26, 2018.

A son of the late Zell Powell Black and J.P. Black, Larry was born April 18, 1945, in Easley. Larry was a heavy equipment operator and co-owner of Foothills Grading Company alongside his wife, Linda Alexander Black, for 30 years. He was also a man of service, serving in the U.S. Army for six years and as a fireman with the Easley Fire Department for 12 years. He was a loved member of Central Independent Baptist Church.

Larry is survived by his loving wife of two years, Linda Alexander Black; a son, Phil Black (Donna); three stepsons, Tommy Keaton (Jackie), Ronnie Keaton (April) and Johnny Keaton (Donna); two brothers and a sister, Joe Black (Grace), Ken Black (Rose) and Jane Griffin (William); grandsons, Devon Black and Little A Black; and a special granddaughter, Brianna Cathcart.

Services were held April 30 in the Central Independent Baptist Church sanctuary, with burial following in Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Black family.

Janice Barrett Garren

PICKENS — Janice Barrett Garren, 66, went to be with her Lord and Savior Friday, April 27, 2018, at St Francis Hospital.

Mrs. Garren was born in Pickens County, a daughter of the late France Elizabeth Galloway Barrett and Aaron Earl Barrett.

Survivors include one son, Jeffery Lavern Stone; seven sisters, Jane Hamby, Marie McCall, Kathy Lesley, Peggy Stewart, Linda Norton, Sue Morgan and Ann Atkins; and one brother, Tommy Barrett.

Services were held April 30 in the Mountain View Funeral Home chapel, with burial following in the Gap Hill Baptist Church cemetery.

Mrs. Garren was predeceased by her parents; husbands Lavern Stone of 26 years and Manning Garren of 13 years; two nephews, Bobby Joe Lesley and Randy Earl Barrett; and one niece, Lisa Diane Morgan.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Garren family.

Christopher Shane Heaton

EASLEY — Mr. Christopher Shane Heaton, 31, husband of Kayla Looper Heaton, passed away Friday, April 27, 2018.

Born in Pickens County, the son of James Clifford “Chuck” Heaton and the late Ginger Ann Tyre Heaton, Mr. Heaton was a graduate of Pickens High School, a technician with Stegall Transmission and the co-owner of Starcrest Christmas Tree Farm. He was of the Baptist faith.

Surviving, in addition to his wife of eight years and his father, are a son, Levi Tucker Heaton of the home. In addition to his mother, Shane was predeceased by his grandparents, Melvin and Joan Heaton, and Earl and Jean Tyre.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m., Thursday, May 3, in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown. Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends from 12:30-1:45 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home, prior to the service.

The family is at the home of Mrs. Carolyn Looper.

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

Lucille Hayes Baldwin

PICKENS — Lucille Hayes Baldwin, 88, passed away peacefully at her home in Pickens on Wednesday, April 25, 2018.

She was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, James H. Baldwin. She was the daughter of the late Jesse T. and Devora Masters Hayes.

Mrs. Baldwin retired after 35 years of service with Duke Energy and later worked at Bilo. She was an avid gardener and enjoyed spending endless hours in her yard with her beautiful flowers. She was a member of Pickens First Baptist Church.

Mrs. Baldwin is survived by a brother, Horace Hayes of Spokane, Wash. She was also preceded in death by brothers Charles and Edgar Hayes, both of Pickens.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, May 3, at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

To honor Mrs. Baldwin’s great love of flowers, floral tributes would be appreciated.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Baldwin family.

Eleanor S. Barker

EASLEY — Eleanor Marjorie Stout Barker, formerly of Knoxville, Tenn., passed away April 25, 2018, at Foothills Presbyterian Community in Easley.

Mrs. Barker was born Feb. 18, 1924, in Fitchburg, Mass., to the late George and Marion Stout. She grew up in Fitchburg; Birmingham, Ala.; and Brooklyn, N.Y. After earning a degree in psychology from Maryville College and working in New York City, she married the late Rev. Donald L. Barker, whom she met at Maryville College.

She worked as a switchboard operator early in life, and her husband nicknamed her “Myrt,” the name of the switchboard operator on the radio show “Fibber McGee and Molly.”

She supported her husband in his ministry in rural southeastern Illinois; White Pine and Dandridge, Tenn.; North Hills Presbyterian Church in Knoxville; Vincennes, Ind.; Little Rock, Ark.; and Kirk Hills Presbyterian in east Knoxville. Mrs. Barker later was a member of Second Presbyterian Church in Knoxville and Easley Presbyterian Church.

Mrs. Barker taught elementary school in Knoxville while raising four sons and was an administrator for the Presbytery of Arkansas. The Barkers also opened their home to several teenagers, serving as foster parents or legal guardians.

After retiring, she volunteered for several organizations in Knoxville, including Meals on Wheels and Habitat for Humanity, which in 2013 honored her as Volunteer of the Year. Mrs. Barker also was an avid flower gardener and skilled Rummikub player.

Family survivors include her sister, Catherine Beals of Knoxville; sons and daughters-in-law, Sen. George and Jane Barker of Virginia, Paul Christopher Barker of Atlanta, Phil and Sue Barker of Easley and David Barker of Charlotte, N.C.; grandchildren and spouses, Erik and Mahjooba Bianchi, Emily Barker and Jeff Maxim, Lindsey Barker and Mark Dolgin, Erin and Matthew Lundy and Brad Barker; nephews, Jack and Scott Wilson, Joe and Brent Beals and Steve, Dan, Jim and Fred Barker; niece, Nancy Wilson; and great-grandchildren, Rehana, Enzo and Aleeza Bianchi and Lily Dolgin.

In addition to her husband, Donald Barker, she was preceded in death by her sister, Marion Wilson; sister-in-law, Kiyoko Barker; and brothers-in-law, the Rev. Dr. Stanton Wilson, Dr. Joe Beals of Knoxville and the Rev. Robert Barker of Japan.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. May 5 at Easley Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to Habitat for Humanity ( or Maryville College (

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