Courier Obituaries 5-25-16

David K. Cox

Easley — David Kenneth Cox, 75, husband of Judy Stewart Cox, passed away Monday, May 23, 2016, at St. Francis Hospital-Downtown.

Born in Easley, Mr. Cox was a son of the late Hoke Hendricks Cox and the late Edith Fendley Cox. He graduated from Easley High School and Clemson Universit,y where he received his B.A. in 1963, a Master’s Degree in 1972, and an Education Specialist Degree in 1976. Mr. Cox served the School District of Pickens County in many capacities, including teacher, assistant principal, principal, deputy superintendent and on the school board for 12 years. In 1992, he was named administrator of the year. He was a member of First Baptist Church, and he was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in the Reserves.

David was well loved by his family and friends, as well as his close-knit community of Dacusville. His former students and faculty looked up to him as a friend and leader in the community. The farmers market employees and friends were always there to offer support and encouragement. His kindness impacted all who knew him.

Surviving in addition to his wife of 53 years are one son, David Kenneth Cox, Jr. (DeLynne); one daughter, Kelly Denise Cox Turner (Jeff); four granddaughters, Maddisen Whitney Cox, Morgan Brantley Cox, Elizabeth Kelley Turner, and Natalie Nicole Turner; one grandson, Andrew David Turner; three brothers, Steve (Darlene) Cox, Dan (Betty) Cox, and Sam (Jane) Cox; and a brother-in-law, Jim (Jean) Stewart.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m., Wednesday, May 25, at Easley First Baptist Church. Entombment will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park Mausoleum.

The family will receive friends from 1 p.m. until 2:45 p.m. Wednesday in the church parlor prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 300 E. First Ave., Easley, SC 29640. The family is at the home.

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

Frank L. Clendening

Pickens — Frank Leslie Clendening, 58, passed from this life on Sunday, May 22, 2016, at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Frank was born in Pensacola, Fla., a son of Daniel Boone Clendening of Cumming, Ga., and the late Jeanie Rush Clendening. Frank was employed with Bennett Equipment and Supply in heavy equipment sales. An active member of Porter’s Chapel United Methodist Church, Frank played guitar and was the leader of the Praise Band, served as a lay leader, also taught Sunday school and was a former trustee. In addition to his love of music where he enjoyed praising The Lord, Frank loved to ride his motorcycle through the mountains and enjoyed spending time with his children, whom he loved deeply.

Survivors include his father, Daniel Boone Clendening of Cumming, Ga., daughters, Gracie Blackwell (Matt) of North Augusta and Jessica Noble (Jon) of Beaufort, sons, Zackery Sobin (Morgan) of Raleigh, N.C., Russell Sobin (Jae) of Charlotte, N.C., and Gray Haynes of Cleveland. Also surviving are his siblings, Brett Clendening (Shelia) of Griffin, Ga., Nancy Reaves (Brownie) of Cumming, Ga., and Kate Wilsford of Bowling Green, Ky., and three grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, May 27, at Porter’s Chapel United Methodist Church, with the Rev. Dick Waldrep and the Rev. Don Alexander officiating. The family will greet friends following the service in the Family Life Center at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Epworth Children’s Home, 2900 Millwood Ave., Columbia, SC 29250.

A message of condolence may be expressed to the family by visiting

William ‘Bill’ Graham Ellison

Easley — William “Bill” Graham Ellison, 82, of Easley, and husband of the late Mary Hall Ellison, passed Monday, May 16, 2016.

Born in Anderson County to the late Jesse Ellison and Lula May Border, Bill served proudly in the U.S. Marine Corps from 1952 to 1955. Bill enjoyed watching NASCAR, loved to read, was an avid reader of the newspaper and pulled for the Gamecocks side by side with his granddaughter.

Bill was preceded in death by his parents and wife of 42 years before her passing Oct. 5, 2013.

He is survived by his granddaughter, Jennifer Spearman Finley of Easley; two-great-grandchildren, Sadie Lea Finley and Alton Lane Finley; and many nieces and nephews.

Entombment was held May 24 in the Chapel of Reflection Mausoleum in Robinson Memorial Gardens with military honors.

Donations have been requested directly to the Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, Kansas 66675.

Condolences may be expressed online at or in person at Robinson Funeral Home – Powdersville Road, which is assisting the family.

Leon Bolding

Liberty — William Leon Bolding, 86, of 107 Davis Road, passed away peacefully Tuesday morning, May 17, at St. Francis Hospital.

Born in Liberty, he was the husband of Evelyn McCall Bolding for 59 years and a son of the late William Melvin and Rosa Lee Rampey Bolding. He was a 1947 graduate of Liberty High School and was also a graduate of Tri-County Technical College. He later retired from BASF. He enjoyed gardening and spending time on Lake Keowee with his family. He was a member of Fellowship Community Church.

Surviving in addition to his wife are a daughter, Dianne Rice (Randy) of Liberty; two sons, Jerry Bolding (Susan) of Pickens, and Michael Bolding of Liberty; six grandchildren; and eight great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he was predeceased by a sister, Lois McCrary; and three brothers, Louie, Dean and D.T. Bolding.

Funeral services to honor the life of Mr. Bolding were held May 19 in the Liberty Mortuary Chapel, followed by burial in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Helping Hands of Clemson, PO Box 561 Clemson, SC 29633. Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.

Marlene Rodgers

Liberty — Emma Marlene Merck Rodgers, 78, of 21 Highland Terrace, passed away peacefully Wednesday morning, May 18, at Anmed Health in Anderson.

Born in Greenville, she was the widow of Robert Rudolph Rodgers and a daughter of the late Lawrence Eugene “Gene” and Inez Porter Merck.

She was retired from Duke Energy. She cherished her family and her church, Liberty First Baptist, where she was a long-time member.

Surviving are a son, Andy Rodgers (Angie) of Sandy Springs; two brothers, Hugh Merck of Hilton Head and Jim Merck of Chapin; and especially her beloved friend for more than 70 years, Harriett Giles of Easley.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by a sister, Margaret Owen.

Funeral services to honor the life of Mrs. Rodgers were held May 20 in the Liberty Mortuary chapel, with burial following at Liberty Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The American Cancer Society, 154 Milestone Way Greenville, SC 29615 or Liberty First Baptist, PO Box 207 Liberty, SC 29657. Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.

Cleo Galloway

Pickens — David Cleo Galloway, 90, husband of Lila Stephens Galloway, went home to be with The Lord on Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at Cottingham Hospice House in Seneca.

Cleo was born in Pickens County, a son of the late Grover Harrison and Rebecca Ada Tompkins Galloway. He was a member of Gap Hill Church of God, where he was a member of the Auditorium Class and formerly served as clerk of the church and Sunday school teacher. He was a musician and played his guitar for the church for more than 40 years and also used his talents as a carpenter to keep the church in good repair. Cleo was a U.S. Army veteran of World War II, where he was awarded two bronze stars for bravery on the battlefield.

During his working years, Cleo worked in the textile industry and at Stewart Lumber Company, and he later retired from Duke Power Company, where he worked in the environmental area, allowing him to work outdoors where he loved to be.

Survivors include his wife of 69 years, Lila Galloway; son, Cleo Edwin Galloway (Evelyn) of Ringgold, Ga.; and daughter, Ann G. Duncan of Pickens. He is also survived by three grandchildren, Crystal Herring (Wade), David Galloway (Tonya) and Kevin Galloway; four great-grandchildren, Adam Greer, Sarah Greer, Audry Galloway and Allie Galloway; step-grandchildren, Justin, Brad and Tiffany Herring; and also a sister, Mary Ellenburg of Six Mile.

Funeral services were held May 21 at Gap Hill Church of God, with burial following at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens with military rites.

Memorials may be made to Gap Hill Church of God Mortgage Fund, 3540 Walhalla Highway, Six Mile, SC 29682. A message of condolence may be expressed to the family by visiting

Lily Griffin

Liberty — Lillian Valerie “Lily” Griffin, 3 years old, daughter of Joshua Lee Griffin and Elizabeth Marie “Lizzie” Schreffler, went home to be with Jesus on Sunday, May 15, 2016.

Lily was born in Greenville County and had many friends at school and at 5 Point Church. She was an avid Elvis fan and loved to dance and sing to his songs. Lily loved to help in the kitchen cooking and was considered a dishwashing pro, and she was Kindereggs’ No. 1 fan. Lily loved her brother very much and was loved by all her family and friends.

Lily is survived by her parents, her brother, Tristan Lucas Greenleaf, and grandparents, Leilani L. Schreffler, Christopher Dennis Schreffler and Stephanie D. and Jason Porter. She is also survived by a number of aunts, uncles and cousins.

Lily was preceded in death by a grandfather, Robert Lee Griffin.

A private service will be held for the family. A message of condolence may be expressed to the family by visiting



EASLEY — Calvin Joseph Benton Jr., 59, of Easley, passed away on Wednesday, May 11, 2016.

Services were held May 20 at Palmetto Mortuary, with the funeral service following. Cremation rites will be accorded.


Donald E. Haney

Pickens — Donald Eugene Haney, 80, husband of Martha Chambers Haney, passed from this life on Saturday, May 21, 2016, at his home.

Donald was born in Hendersonville, N.C., a son of the late William John and Elizabeth Beasley Haney. He was retired from Swirl in Easley and was a member of Blue Ridge View Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife of 60 years, Martha Chambers Haney, his son, Randell Keith Haney of Townville; brothers, William Haney Jr. and Edward Haney (Brenda), and a sister, Lucille Messer, all of Waynesville, N.C.; and a sister-in-law, Martha Haney of Waynesville, N.C.

Funeral services were held May 24 in the Dillard Funeral Home chapel, with the Reverend Dr. Stuart Houston officiating, and burial following at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens in Pickens.

A message of condolence may be expressed to the family by visiting


Noel Eugene Garvin

Clemson — Noel Eugene Garvin, 95, of Clemson, widower of Sarah Horton Garvin, passed away Wednesday, May 18, 2016, at Clemson Downs.

Mr. Garvin was born in Pickens, and from the ages of 4 to 17 grew up in Palmetto, Fla., before returning to South Carolina and graduating from Greenville High School. Noel was the son of Noel Ellison and Belle Yongue Garvin. He was originally in the 1944 Class at Clemson College but his college education was put on hold for him to serve in the U.S. Army Air Corps during WWII.

During World War II, Noel was a pilot in the Eighth Air Force and was stationed in England. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross, the highest honor of the Army Air Force, for bravery.

During his military service, Noel married Sarah Horton. They were married for 71 years. After the war, he returned to Clemson and graduated in 1947.

He retired as Executive Vice President of Manufacturing following many years of service with Burlington Industries, which was headquartered in Greensboro, N.C. He retired in 1981.

For his whole adult life, Noel was actively involved in numerous charities, including: Teen Challenge, prison ministries and many others.

In 2002, Noel and Sarah moved back to Clemson, where they could be seen at many Clemson University activities, especially Clemson sports. They were members of University Baptist Church.

Surviving are sons, James T. (Mary) Garvin of Richmond, Va., William H. (Felomina) Garvin of Helena, Mont., and Walter L. Garvin of St. Petersburg, Fla.; grandchildren, Andrew, Charles and Kathryn Garvin and Kevin and Nathan Howenstine. Preceding him in death was his daughter, Jean Elizabeth Garvin Howenstine.

Graveside services were held May 23, 2016, at Old Stone Church Cemetery in Clemson.

Memorials may be made to Greater Piedmont Teen Challenge, PO Box 77914, Greensboro, NC 27417

Condolences may be expressed online at or at Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home, Central, which is assisting the family.