Courier Obituaries 5-26-23


EASLEY — Mrs. Vickie Darlene Ledford Swayngham, 68, wife of William Paul Swayngham Jr. (Bill) went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, July 15, 2023.

Mrs. Swayngham was born in Easley, a daughter of the late Jack Ledford and the late Christine Painter-Watson. She was a graduate of Central Wesleyan University and was a retired accountant and a member of Hepsibah Baptist Church in Seneca.

Vickie loved her church kids and was a leader in several programs. She was Cubbie director and preschool choir director. She served in the nursery and was the music director for the children’s preschool VBS.

Surviving are her son, William “Billy” Swayngham III, and her grandchildren, Michelle Hamby (Cameron), Joy Swayngham and Dalton Swayngham.

Mrs. Swyangham was predeceased by her brother, Ricky Dean Ledford.

The family held a memorial service on July 20 at Hepsibah Baptist Church, with Rev. John McKnight officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Vickie’s honor may be made to Hepsibah Baptist Church, 1304 Friendship Road, Seneca, SC 29678 or to Interim HealthCare, 100 Verdae Blvd, Suite 200, Greenville, SC 29607.

The family will be at the home.

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



PICKENS — Charles David Rogers, 33, loving husband of six years to Taylor Rae Rogers, passed away on Saturday, July 15, 2023, at his home.

Born March 3, 1990, in Greenville, S.C., Charlie was the son of Jimmy Dale Rogers and Toni Gay Buck Rogers. Charlie was the best and most amazing father and husband.

He was a hard worker and did everything to provide, love and cherish his friends and family, especially his wife and son, as Corey and Taylor were his everything. He was employed as a certified quality technician at Solar Atmospheres in Greenville and was certified in the 5S and lean procedures, as well as being NADCAP certified. Charlie enjoyed fishing, going to concerts, going on adventures to the mountains with his wife and son, grilling and spending time playing football and basketball with his son.

Survivors include his wife and soulmate, Taylor Rae Rogers; his son, Corey David Rogers (his legacy and his heart); his parents, Jimmy Rogers and Toni Rogers; a brother, Jimmy Blake Rogers; a grandfather, Welborn Rogers; nephews, Cameron and C.J. Rogers; father-in-law and mother-in-law, Tracy Fehr and Sheri Fehr; and numerous cousins.

Mr. Rogers was predeceased by his grandparents, Joyce Elaine Buck, Ernest Ignatius Buck and Mary Rogers; an aunt, Pam, and an uncle, Mark Buck.

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



PICKENS — Grover M. Pace, 88, loving husband of 67 years to Ann Leeola Pace, passed away on Wednesday, July 19, 2023, at Prisma Health Baptist Easley Hospital.

A native of Pickens County,  Grover was born June 30, 1935, the son of the late James Thomas Pace and Tennie Looper Pace. Mr. Pace was a member of Griffin Baptist Church. He was hardworking and could fix anything, and he loved working for Davis Electric. He loved his family and enjoyed spending time with people. He had a loving relationship with his wife, Ann, who he called “Shug.”

Survivors include his wife, Ann Leeola Pace of the home, as well as numerous nieces, nephews, cousins and so many special friends who have been there to help Grover.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Pace was predeceased by five brothers and five sisters.

A graveside service was held July 22 at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Pickens.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Grover’s honor may be made to the Pickens County Rescue Squad, 121 Ann St, Pickens, SC 29671.

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



SIX MILE — Ernest M. Magnelli, 79, husband of the late Pattie Magnelli, of Six Mile and Easley, went home to the Lord on July 19, 2023.

Ernest retired as a Union Sprinkler Pipe Fitter.

Mr. Magnelli is survived by his son, Allen; sisters, Cathy, Patricia and Mary; and his brothers, Albert, Vernon and Edward.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Magnelli was preceded in death by his sister, Alta.

A burial will take place at the discretion of the family.

The family would like to express our sincere and deep appreciation for the compassionate care provided to Ernest by the Prisma Health Cottingham Hospice House.



SUNSET — Wanda Lee Evatt, 74, of 1916 Moorefield Memorial Highway, passed away July 20, 2023.

Mrs. Evatt was born in Greenville County. She was the daughter of the late John Campbell.

Wanda loved to cook and spend time with her children and great-grandchildren. She always said “My family is my heart.”

Survivors include her husband of 35 years, Garvin “Dean” Paul Evatt of the home; two daughters, Melissa Cox of Pickens and Carla Lostraglio of Liberty; and a son, Mitchell Evatt of Pickens; sister, Patsy Thompson of Valdosta, Ga.; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Evatt was predeceased by two sisters, six brothers, three grandchildren and a great-grandchild.

A memorial service for Mrs. Evatt, conducted by Rev. Roger Owens, will be held Wednesday, July 26, at 3 p.m. in the Liberty Mortuary chapel. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1:30-2:30 p.m. at the mortuary. An interment will be held at a later date.

The family will be at their respective homes. Online condolences may be sent to the family, and the live stream of the service may be viewed by visiting



PICKENS — Parker Haskett passed away Monday, July 17, 2023, at Clemson Downs in Clemson.

Parker was born on Feb. 1, 1945 in Pickens County. Son of the late John Parker Haskett Sr. and Bertha (Nicholson) Haskett, he was a beloved son, brother, husband, dad, granddaddy and friend. His departing leaves a hole in the hearts of those who loved him.

He was the loving husband of Carol Ann (Aiken) Haskett for 54 years. He is survived by his wife, Carol Ann; son, John “Shannon” Haskett (Maria) of Pickens; daughter, Allie “Brianne” Romig (John) of Fort Worth, Texas; five grandchildren, Branson and Ashlyn Haskett and Jack, Will and Drew Romig; four sisters, Jo Anders, Shirley Elrod (William), Fran Wood (Leon) and Reba Chastain; two brothers-in-law, Mike Aiken (Karen) and Ronnie Aiken (Diane); a sister-in-law, Wilma Haskett; several nephews and nieces, and a host of extended family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Parker and Bertha (Nicholson) Haskett; brothers, Furman and Lunie Haskett; sisters, Lydia H. Welch, Alma H. Elders, Julia H. Gilstrap, Bessie H. Cheek, Jessie H. Trotter Justice, Betty H. Trotter and Jane H. Patterson; and brothers-in-law Bert Trotter, Billy Anders, Lee Patterson and Donnie Chastain.

He graduated from Pickens High School in 1962. He was a member of Holly Springs Baptist Church. He worked at Ryobi and operated Haskett’s Corn Mill, Store and Garage before going into insurance. He worked in real estate with Knight Realty for 42 years until his retirement.

He never met a stranger and brought a smile to every room he entered. He was a hard worker, often holding multiple jobs simultaneously late into his life. A lover of nature, he enjoyed spending time outdoors, including feeding his favorite squirrel, “Charlie,” by hand. He loved and was loved by his family and friends and will be deeply missed.

The visitation, memorial service and burial were held on July 24 at Holly Springs Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in Parker’s honor may be made to East Pickens Baptist Church – Local Mission Fund by visiting

The family sincerely thanks the staff of Clemson Downs’ Memory Care and Skilled Nursing Units for the care and compassion they showed to Parker and his family.

Mountain View Funeral Home of Pickens is serving the Haskett family.



PICKENS — Betty H. Quist, 84, wife of Richard “Rick” A. Quist, of 153 Amberwood Road, Pickens, passed away Thursday, July 20, 2023.

Born in Pickens County, she was a daughter of the late Martin G. Holder and Lucy Barnes Holder. Betty retired from Gar-Con Inc of Pickens after 35 years. She loved giving back and supporting family, friends and the community. Her passion was to serve family, friends and strangers. She served as a volunteer at Cannon Hospital and Easley Baptist Hospital over 30 years. When at home, she could be found working in the yard or preparing wonderful meals in the kitchen.

Surviving, in addition to her husband, are three sons, William “Billy” F. Whitson (Charlene) of Walnut Cove, N.C., and Kenneth Lee Quist (Pam) and Richard Phillip “Phil” Quist (Rena), all of Easley; sister, Ruby Hammond of Greenville; six grandchildren, Cassie Whitson Simpson (Bobby) and Sarah Whitson Tyndall (Jeremy), both of Walnut Cove, N.C., Ken Quist (Amber) of Liberty, Amy Burke (Aaron) of Piedmont, and Morgan Dorriety (Aaron) and Tori White (Jay), both of Easley; and 12 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by sisters, Annie Moore and Vivian Blalock; and brothers, Weldon Holder, Grady Holder, Eddie Holder and Paul Holder.

Graveside services were held on July 23 at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Pickens, with the Rev. Bryan Hester officiating.

The Quist family respectfully requests that flowers be omitted, and memorials made to Pickens County Meals on Wheels, 349 Edgemont Ave., Liberty, SC 29657,

Mountain View Funerals and Cremations is assisting the Quist family.


EASLEY — Mary Lee Looper, 82, the beloved wife of J.B. Looper, went to be with Jesus on July 21, 2023.

Born in Pickens County, she was the daughter of the late Clint (Jack) Walker Foster and Berdell Presnell Foster. She was a member of Cross Roads Baptist Church, a member of the Emory Jones Sunday School Class and a graduate of Dacusville High School.

Mary worked for Alice Manufacturing and retired from NCR Liberty. She was a homemaker throughout her life and loved the outdoors, fishing, gardening and exploring nature. She loved baking and cooking, and her family and friends benefited from this wonderful gift that God that gave her. Nannie’s fudge recipe was a favorite of all who sampled her cooking. She worked hard in everything she tried to accomplish and taught her family well in how to persevere.

Mary was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. Surviving are her husband of more than 63 years, J.B. Looper; children, Jimmy Looper (Cheryl) and Cheri Capell (Bob) of Easley; grandchildren, Jameson Looper (Erin), Mary Katherine Capell, Ben Capell (Natalie), Caroline Capell and Emily Whitt (Jacob); and two great-grandsons, Weston Looper and Isaiah Capell.

Mary leaves behind sisters Jackie Looper, Margie Williams, Gail Morris (Tommy) and Sandy Benoit and a brother, Dennis Foster (Helen).

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, July 26, at the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home, Downtown Easley. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 2-2:45 p.m. at the funeral home. Burial will take place at Cross Roads Baptist Church following the service.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in memory of Mary Looper to Wren Hospice, a children’s home of your choice, Cross Roads Baptist Church or the Alzheimer’s Association at

The family wishes to express their gratitude to the staff of Spring Park Memory Care and Wren Hospice for their love and care.



EASLEY — Dennis Rexie Starns, 68, passed away on Monday, July 24, 2023, at his home.

Born Feb. 7, 1955, in Brooksville, Fla., Dennis was the son of the late Jessie Homer Starns and Mandy Oley Smith Starns.

Survivors include his children, Jessie Dennis Starns (Ashely) of Lawrenceville, Ga., Michele Denise Hickson (Brian) of Brooklet, Ga., Denise Eldridge of Gainesville, Fla., and Daniele Hiers of Middleburgh, Fla.; grandchildren, Jaycee Hiers, Courtney Starns, Lauren Starns, Emily Starns, Adaline Starns, Hayden Munk and Darren Munk; great-grandchildren, Marcos Reyes, Liam Eldridge and Ocean Lilly Martinez; sisters, Carol Ussery and Sharon Everson, both of Brooksville, Fla.; along with 19 nieces and nephews.

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