Courier Obituaries 5-20-20


SUNSET — Marilyn “Sue” O’Shields, 68, wife of Wayne Abner O’Shields, passed away on Sunday, May 17, 2020, at her home.

Sue O’Shields was the daughter of the late Ruth Ellen Coleman Morris and George Edward Morris. She was a member of East Pickens Baptist Church and was retired from Cornell Dubilier.

Survivors include her husband of 49 years, one daughter, Beth Marie White (Shawn) of Easley; one son, Marty Wayne O’Shields (Angel) of Pickens; and two sisters, Jennie Goff (Robert) of Pumpkintown and Ann Richards (Ed) of Greer. She also leaves six grandchildren, Dylan O’Shields, Jonathan O’Shields, Lincoln White, Ashlyn White, Isabelle Surrett and Levi Surrett.

Sue O’Shields was predeceased by her parents, two brothers, Eddie Morris Jr. and Robert Morris; and a daughter-in-law, Athena O’Shields.

A private graveside service will be held on Wednesday, May 20, at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Pickens.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the O’Shields family.


DACUSVILLE — Mrs. Diana Elizabeth Benton, 85, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Thursday, May 14, 2020, surrounded by family.

Mrs. Benton was born in Boston, Mass., and was the daughter of the late Richard D. Noy and Elizabeth McGovern Noy.

Mrs. Benton was Catholic by faith. She retired from Collins and Aikman as a forklift driver in 2004. She loved her cats and NASCAR racing. She was known for her good sense of humor and by her family for her Italian cooking.

Survivors include sons, Thomas Michael Martin of Fountain Inn and Lawrence Edward Martin of Somerville, Mass.; daughters, Theresa Marie Martin of Somerville, Mass., and Diana Marie Hunt of Melrose, Mass.; and sister, Virginia Cannon of West Haven, Conn. She also leaves behind eight loving and precious grandchildren.

Mrs. Benton was predeceased by one son, Edward Francis Martin, and one grandchild, Edward’s eldest son, both from Somerville, Mass.

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NEWBERRY — Brenda Hendricks Trammell, widow of Frank Trammell, passed at her residence on Sunday, May 17, 2020.

She was born in Greenville County on June 13, 1946, to the late Evelyn Nations Hendricks and Columbus Folger (Bill) Hendricks.

Ms. Trammell was a devout Christian and a faithful member of Faith Assembly of God. She enjoyed crafting, especially making personalized greeting cards for friends and family. She was an avid fan and performer of southern gospel music. Ms. Trammell attended D.W. Daniel High School and was always a Lions fan throughout her lifetime. She was also a Clemson fan. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends and supporting local and national charitable organizations. Ms. Trammell was a beloved mama, grandma, great-grandma, sister and cherished friend to many.

She is survived by her daughter, Beranda A. Trammell of Newberry; a son, Bradley F. Trammell of Atlanta, Ga.; granddaughters, Ebony Ellis and Alexus Ellis; and great-granddaughter, Nevaeh Ellis, all of Newberry; a sister, Willena (Bob) Townsend; a brother, Jerry (Elaine) Hendricks of Central; sisters-in-law, Lucille (Gary) Foster of Easley and Maebell Hendricks and Barbara (Duffy) Elrod of Pickens; and a host of nieces, nephews, cousins and friends.

She was preceded in death by her loving husband of 51 years, Thomas Franklin Trammell Jr.; a brother, Eugene (Gene) Hendricks; granddaughter, Amber Ellis; and beloved feline companion, Beanie Bear Trammell.

The family would like to thank the staff of Family Healthcare of Newberry, Lexington Oncology, Lexington Medical Center, MSA Home Health and Hospice and Drs. Barbie Koon Johnson and Steven Madden.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Faith Assembly of God or a charity of one’s choice.

A celebration of life service will be held at a later date due to COVID-19 restrictions.


SIX MILE — Mildred Kelly Holliday, 85, passed away on Sunday, May 17, 2020, at Manna Health and Rehab.

Born in Six Mile, she was a daughter of the late William Ernest and Gladys Dorsey Kelly. Mildred worked at Sangamo Electric in Pickens for many years, and then later at Central Elementary School, where she was a lunch lady and loved all the children who came through.

For the past three years, she was a resident of Manna Health and Rehab, where she was loved by everyone who came into contact with her. She was a lively resident who gave the staff much joy with her sweet smile and spicy temperament.

Surviving are a daughter, Karen Fletcher (Glenn) of Six Mile; two sons, Phil Holliday (Pam) and Allen Holliday, all of Six Mile; three sisters, Betty Holliday of Clemson, Belinda Finley (Bill) of Williamston and Joan Smith (James) of Pickens; a brother, Wallace Kelly (Peggy) of Pendleton; three grandchildren, Megan Gensler, Justin Holliday and Nicole Wallace; and six great-grandchildren, Fletcher, Myles, Mills, Hayes, Finley and Stella Banks.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her husband, Charles, who was the love of her life.

Due to the current COVID-19 pandemic and the CDC guidelines concerning social distancing, a private graveside service will be held Thursday, May 21, at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Those desiring to pay their respects may do so from 1-5 p.m. on Wednesday, March 20, at the Liberty Mortuary. Please visit her tribute wall at to leave a condolence for the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to Palladium Hospice, 10 Enterprise Blvd., Suite 202, Greenville SC 29615.

Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.


CLEMSON — Janette Furman McInerny Hamilton, 91, widow of Lucius C. “Luke” Hamilton, passed away on Wednesday, May 13, 2020, at her home.

She was born in Easley, a daughter of the late Dr. William Baker and Ruth DeSaussure Furman. She graduated from Easley High School, attended Columbia College and graduated from Furman University. Janette earned her master’s degree from the College of Charleston.

She was retired from teaching in Mt. Pleasant. Janette was a member of Fort Hill Presbyterian Church, was a volunteer at Clemson Downs and was an avid bridge player. She is remembered as “an angel who offered us her warmth, acceptance, support, love, encouragement and that wonderful smile.”

Surviving are her children, Elizabeth “Beth” M. Waller Tanner of Clemson/Merritt Island, Fla., Joseph “Jay”(Leona) S. McInerny of Covington, Ga., Bill Hamilton of Greenville, Lucy (Joe) H. Pulliam of Greenville and David (Vivien) Hamilton of Travelers Rest; seven grandchildren, Lisa Waller, Shea (Sammy) M. Amor, Tristan McInerny, Anna (Alex) P. Cathcart, Thomas Pulliam, Sarah Hamilton and Caroline Hamilton; and great-grandchildren, Blair Cathcart and soon to be baby Amor.

In addition to her husband, she was predeceased by a daughter, Ruth (Keith) M. Furman; brothers, Thomas DeSaussure Furman and William B. Furman; and sisters, Caroline F. Hamilton and Mellicent F. White.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the family has chosen to have a private committal service in Old Stone Church Cemetery and plan to have a celebration of life, which will be announced when it is scheduled.

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SIX MILE — Donald S. Knight passed away on Sunday, May 10, 2020.

He was the son of Thomas and Betty Knight.

Survivors include his wife of the home, Diane Miller, and a brother, David Knight and his wife, Missy.

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

Cremation Society of S.C. – Westville Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


SIX MILE — Mr. William “Bill” Dewey Willimon, 89, husband of the late Samantha McCall Willimon, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, May 12, 2020.

Mr. Willimon was born in Pickens County and was the son of the late Walter Willimon and Dora Smith Willimon.

Mr. Willimon was a member of the Wesleyan faith and attended Mount Olivet Wesleyan Church and the Free Wesleyan Church. He worked most of his career in tool and die cast with Piedmont Tool and Die Cast before his retirement with Ryobi. He loved his Lord and was known for loving music and being a musician, having played some with Loretta Lynn and the Wilburn Brothers before involving himself in a local gospel group. His first priority was living for his Lord and being a servant of his Lord in music, sharing the gospel. He also loved to fish and hunt when his health allowed.

Survivors include sons, Dale Willimon (Katherine) of Six Mile and Steve Willimon of Piedmont. Mr. Willimon was predeceased by six sisters and three brothers. He was the last of his siblings.

The family will be having a private graveside service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Free Wesleyan Church, 420 West Roper Road, Easley, SC 29640.

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Willimon family.

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PICKENS — Roy Bowen, 92, husband of the late Marilyn Davis Bowen, passed away on Monday, May 11, 2020, at AnMed Cannon Memorial Hospital.

Born on Jan. 8, 1928, he was an original of Pickens County. He was a son of the late Robert Pickens Bowen and Janie Chastain Bowen. Roy was retired from Ryobi and a member of Zion United Methodist Church. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War. In his spare time, he enjoyed gardening, yardwork and caring for others.

Roy was the last surviving member of his immediate family. He leaves behind many loving nieces and nephews and his two caregivers, Dale Davis (Sheila) and Beatrice Davis.

He was preceded in death by his eight siblings, Robert Bowen, Bruce Bowen, Janie Hendley, J.C. Bowen, Walter Bowen, Reece Bowen, Ray Bowen and Eva Lee Bowen.

A private graveside service will be held for Roy at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens.



MARIETTA — James “Jimmy” Calvin Cater, 71, husband of 40 years to Kathy Redding Cater, passed away on Monday, May 11, 2020.

Mr. Cater was the son of the late A.C. and Hattie Cater. Jimmy loved the outdoors, where he loved to hunt, fish and camp, but nothing lit up his world more than the love he had for his family and grandchildren.

Survivors include his wife, Kathy; daughters, Lourie (Scott) Hooper of Marietta and Stacie (Ben) Collins of Pickens; grandchildren, Megan Hooper, Jaron Collins and Jordan Collins; sisters, Brenda Eiseman and Linda (Bob) Mangum; and a brother, Roger (Margaret) Cater.

He was predeceased by his parents and a brother, Rocky Cater.

A private burial was held on May 14 for family only at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Pickens.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Cater family.


EASLEY — Myra Duncan Burrell, 98, of North B Street, beloved wife of the late Jack Henry Burrell, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, May 12, 2020, at her residence.

Born in Oconee County, she was the daughter of the late LaFayette and Ada Grace Hamby Duncan.

Mrs. Burrell owned and operated Shadyside Florist in Easley for 32 years until her retirement. Following retirement, she worked with her son at Tinsley Jewelers. She was the oldest member of First Baptist Church Easley and was a member of the Philathea Sunday school class.

Mrs. Burrell was not only a servant of God; she was a servant to all she met. She enjoyed growing and arranging beautiful flowers, gardening and cooking.

Surviving are her son, Ed Burrell and his wife, Joann, of Greenville; three grandchildren, Shane Burrell of Tulsa, Okla., Tifton Burrell of Greenville and Kristyn Swearingen (Brandon) of Denver, Colo.; great-grandchildren, Emma Burrell and Jack Burrell of Tulsa, Okla.; sisters, Carol Duncan of Clayton, Ga. and Evelyn Lee of Charleston; a brother, Bry Duncan of Denver, Colo.; and a daughter-in-law, Anne Burrell of Spartanburg.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by a son, Tommy Joe Burrell; and nine siblings.

Due to the COVID-19 crisis and in accordance with CDC guidelines, a private service for the family was held on May 14 at Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, with burial following in Westview Cemetery in Easley.

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CENTRAL — Brenice A. Murphree, 73, wife of the late William C. Murphree, passed away peacefully on Monday, May 11, 2020.

Born near the Keowee River, she was a daughter of the late William Talton Alexander and Mittie Crenshaw Alexander. She grew up as one of 11 children, learning to work hard, enjoy the love of family and to care for others as a true friend.

She was a 1965 graduate of Daniel High School. Brenice worked and enjoyed her time at Duke Power, where she was employed for more than 30 years, earning many lifelong friends.

Brenice was a member of Shady Grove Baptist Church and loved spending time with her granddaughter, who lovingly named her B. She also enjoyed working in her yard, tending to her plants and taking care of her dogs. She enjoyed keeping in touch with family, friends and neighbors.

She is survived by her daughter, Maria Senn (husband Frederick “JR”); and granddaughter, Alex Senn, all of Lexington. Also surviving are her four siblings, Ruth Greer, Caroline Morgan, Carli Alexander (wife Lavonne) and Dwight Alexander (wife Miriam); and her many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by six siblings, Helen Whitmire, Gladys Watson, Cora Haynes, Lila Steen, Bill Alexander and Boone Alexander.

Family and friends paid their respects on May 14 at Dillard Funeral Home.

A graveside service was held on May 15 at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Pickens.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Cancer Society of Greenville.

Online condolences may be expressed to the Murphree family by visiting


LIBERTY — Harold Thomas McClain, 63, of 346 Bradley Drive, died on Monday, May 11, 2020, at McCall Hospice House in Simpsonville.

Born in Easley, he was the widower of Kathy Turner McClain and a son of the late Oscar McClain Sr. and Mildred Ray McGuire McClain. Harold worked for the SCDOT for many years and was a lover of many things, including camping and riding jet skis. He was a member of Wren Church of God for more than 25 years.

Surviving are two sons, Talmadge McClain (Krystal) of Mauldin and Thomas McClain of Liberty; three sisters, Brenda Hamlin of Liberty, Mary Williams of Cleveland, Ga., and Judy Atkins of Pendleton; three brothers, Oscar McClain Jr., James McClain and Terry McClain, all of Liberty; six grandchildren, Michael, Kristen, Ethan and Sadie McClain, and J.B. and Jaden Medlin; and a very special friend, Marlene Bowen.

Due to the current health crisis concerning COVID-19 and CDC guidelines for social distancing, the family held a private service to honor Harold’s life in the Liberty Mortuary chapel. Burial was held at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.


EASLEY — Mr. James Charles Patterson, 72, husband of Elaine “Tinker” Bagwell Patterson, went to be with his Lord and Savior Monday, May 11, 2020.

Born in Pickens County, a son of the late Claude Hubert Patterson and the late Nellie Ross Patterson, Mr. Patterson was a graduate of Easley High School and retired from Western Carolina with 30 years of service. He was a member of Glenwood Baptist Church, where he served as deacon, chairman of the deacons, Sunday school teacher and missionary to Costa Rica. Mr. Patterson was a proud U.S. Navy veteran, having served from 1965-68.

Charles was a loving husband, father and friend, and he loved his Lord. He witnessed to everyone he came into contact with, including his doctors, nurses and caretakers. Mr. Patterson will be dearly missed by all who loved and knew him.

Surviving, in addition to his wife of 48 years, are a daughter, Kristen Patterson Campbell and son-in-law, Wes, of Easley; and two brothers, Thomas E. Patterson (Geraldine) of Pickens and Ross A. Patterson (Syb) of Easley.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Patterson was predeceased by a brother, William L. Patterson; and a sister, Bonnie Sue Hahn.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in memory of Charles to the Cancer Institute, 900 W. Faris Road, 3rd floor, Greenville, SC 29605; or to the Building Fund of Glenwood Baptist Church, 325 Saco Lowell Road, Easley, SC 29640.

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