Courier Obituaries 5-29-19


CENTRAL — Richard Eugene Miller, 63, died at home on Thursday, May 23, 2019, with his family surrounding him.

He was born Dec. 28, 1955, in Seneca to Doug and Lib Miller.

Rick graduated from D.W. Daniel High School, received an associate degree from Tri-County Technical College and worked in the grocery business and at BASF in Seneca. For the last three and a half years, he bravely fought cancer. He worked through the end of March, which is when the cancer began its final painful siege of his body. Through this long battle, Rick was supported by close family members, friends, coworkers and customers who called, texted, prayed, read Bible verses, sent cards and encouraged him. He experienced the love of Jesus through their kind support.

He asked us to express his appreciation for these kind actions, prayers and words, which would lift him up when he felt he could not keep going. The doctors and nurses who treated him through these years also became dear friends. The staffs of St. Joseph Emory in Atlanta, Anderson Area Cancer Clinic, Carolina BioOncology in Huntersville, N.C., and finally the staff of Hospice of the Upstate became his friends. These lovely people made the cancer journey more bearable for him

Rick is survived by his wife of 40 years, Nancy Elias Miller; two daughters, Julie Bird (Dalance) and Anna Redmon (Cecil); two sons, Richard and Daniel; his sister, Mary McAlister; and his brother, Hugh. He was so proud of his five grandsons, Addison, Matthew, Parker, CT, and Collin; and his numerous nieces and nephews.

Rick was predeceased by his parents, his beloved brother, Henderson, and a precious grandson, William Herbert.

A memorial service for Richard will be held on Friday, May 31, at 4 p.m. at Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home in Central. The family will greet friends immediately following the service at the funeral home.

A private interment at Ramsey Creek Preserve will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to either of the following: St. Andrew Catholic Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 112, Clemson, SC 29633 or to Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621.

Condolences may be expressed online at or at Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home, Central.


LIBERTY — Catherine Loretta Golden Crowe Hunter, 82, widow of John Curtis Hunter Jr., passed away on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at Cottingham Hospice House in Seneca.

Loretta was born in Central, a daughter of the late Richard Duff and Mae Boggs Golden. She was a member of the first graduating class of D.W. Daniel High School in 1956. She was a retired employee with West Point and attended Mt. Sinai Baptist Church in Pickens. She and Curtis loved to bowl, and she enjoyed spoiling her grandkids.

Surviving are her daughter, Cathy Lynn Gerlach of Liberty; brother, Darrell Lee Golden of Pickens; sister, Connie Fay Barnes of Central; grandchildren, Catherine Kelley (Kyle) of Liberty and Jennifer Collins (Bradley) of Hendersonville, N.C.; and great-grandchildren, Henry, Abby and Huntley Kelley.

In addition to her husband, Loretta was predeceased by brothers, Edward Golden and Ronnie Golden; and sisters, Ruth Weldon and June Hendricks.

Funeral services were held on May 17, 2019, in the chapel of Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home with Revs. Bradley Collins and Rudy Smith officiating.

Burial was at Memory Gardens.

Condolences may be expressed online at or at the funeral home.


PICKENS — Annette H. Pace, 56, passed from this life on Monday, May 20, 2019, at her home.

Born in Easley, she was the daughter of Clarence Douglas and Ruby Cox Hardy.

Annette was known to be a loving, caring and giving person, but was most defined by the love she had for her three boys, and she was definitely a “Daddy’s girl.”

Survivors include her parents, Clarence and Ruby Hardy of Pickens; sons, Travis (Dixie) Pace, Trenton (Courtney) Stegall and Tanner Stegall, all of Easley; grandchildren, Savannah and Landon Pace and Brantley, Harper and McKinlee Stegall; and a brother, Brian Douglas.

Funeral services were held on May 23 in the chapel of Mountain View Funeral Home, officiated by Rev. Rick Hayes.

Burial was held at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens.

Flowers will be accepted.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the family.


EASLEY — Alex Drew Kelley, 26, went home to be with his Heavenly Father and Savior, Jesus Christ on Tuesday, May 18, 2019.

Born in Greenville, he was the son of Rod and Lena Kelley of Easley.

Alex was a 2013 graduate of Anderson University. He was a member of Grace Church in Powdersville and volunteered with the Dream Center in Easley. Alex enjoyed the outdoors, gun collecting, hiking and spending time at the beach and with his dogs, “Doc” and “Copper.”

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his siblings, Colter Kelley (Shayle) and Jordan Tafta (Jerod) all of Greenville; maternal grandparents, Fox and Hazelean Linebarger of Pelzer; nephews, Elias, Seth and Aiden; and nieces, Destiny and Samaria.

Alex was predeceased by his paternal grandparents, Walter and Winnie Kelley.

A memorial service was held on May 25 at Community Bible Church in Powdersville.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Dream Center at

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


LIBERTY — Bobby Joe Atkinson, 85, affectionately known as “Mr. Bob,” formerly of Liberty, stepped into eternity at 12:30 a.m. on Thursday, May 23, 2019, at Dominion Senior Living in Clemson.

Born in Liberty, he was the loving husband of the late Betty Davis Atkinson, and a son of the late Robert Floyd and Edna Harris Atkinson. Bob was drafted and served in the United States Army for three years during the Korean War. He began his college career at Furman University and graduated from Forrest College with his degree in business. After 34 years of service, he retired from Liberty Life Insurance Company.

He was a member of East Side Baptist Church for more than 70 years. Bob loved his church, his family and his friends. He and Joe Hunter, his best friend for more than 60 years, spent three to four days a week serving the community by visiting, taking bulletins and candy to area nursing homes in Easley, Clemson and Greenville.

Surviving are two daughters, Sheila Wagner of Easley and Pamela McDaniel (Paul) of Piedmont; a brother, Wayne Atkinson (Brenda) of Easley; two granddaughters, Elizabeth and Emily McDaniel; and a special niece, Gail Bell of Easley.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Kelly Wagner; a sister, Armeldia Crowe; and a brother, Robert Floyd Atkinson Jr.

Funeral services to honor Mr. Bob’s life were conducted on May 26 at East Side Baptist Church. Burial was held at Liberty Memorial Gardens.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials can be made to East Side Baptist Church, 920 Anderson Drive, Liberty SC 29657.

Online condolences may be left for the family by visiting Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.


CLEMSON — Thomas R. “Tommy” White, 74, husband of Teresa Carpenter White, passed away on Monday, May 20, 2019, at Regency Hospital in Greenville.

Tommy was born in Central, a son of the late Paul David and Elise Cothran White. He was a graduate of Pendleton High School and earned an associate degree for Tri-County Technical College. He was a Vietnam-era veteran of both the U.S. Army and U.S. Navy. He worked with Colonial Food Store in Anderson and later was the meat department manager with Ingles at Clemson and Seneca. He was a member of East Clemson Baptist Church. Tommy enjoyed golf, college football, fishing, routine walks around Clemson and watching the Military and History channel for hours in a day.

Surviving in addition to his wife are his son, Bradley White of the home; step-daughter, Tracey Cannon (Vern) of Six Mile; brother, Don White (Frances) of Stone Mountain, Ga.; sister, Nancy Dennis of Mobile, Ala.; step-grandchildren, Matthew Lewin and Mikhaila Lewin; nieces, Mary Beth White Stith of Elizabethtown, Ky., and Madeline White Henderson of Atlanta, Ga.; and nephews, Tommy and Rusty Dennis, both of Mobile, Ala.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a brother, Mark White, and a brother-in-law, Tom Dennis.

Funeral services were held on May 25 at East Clemson Baptist Church, with Rev. Gene Gilliam officiating. Burial followed at the Refuge Baptist Church Cemetery.

Condolences may be expressed online at or at the funeral home.


PICKENS — Ovaleene “Pat” C. Nix, 73, passed from this life on Wednesday, May 22, 2019.

Ms. Nix was born in Six Mile, a daughter of the late Ernest and Lessie Bowen Clark.

Survivors include a son, Russell Nix of Pickens; two sisters, Margaret Clark Neal of Seneca and Alice Clark McQueen of Liberty; a brother, Herman Clark; a granddaughter, Mackenzie Barnes (Jonathan) and great-granddaughter, Jassidy Barnes, all of Pickens; and her companion, Bruce Edward Nix.

She was predeceased by her parents; a sister, Frances Clark; and five brothers, Jim Clark, Manley Clark, Rupard Clark, Dennis Clark and Ernest Clark.

A memorial service was held on May 23 in the chapel of Mountain View Funeral Home, officiated by Dr. Boyce Whitman and Rev. Ken Collins. Burial was held at Gap Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Nix family.


EASLEY — Louella McCall Watts, 92, wife of the late John Woodrow Watts, passed away on Wednesday, May 22, 2019, at her home.

Born in Haywood County, N.C., she was a daughter of the late Joe Butler and Nota (Bessie) Teague McCall. Louella was a lifetime member of Mountain View Baptist Church and was retired from Countryside Nursing home in Easley as a registered nurse. Louella enjoyed needlework, cooking, and spoiling her grandchildren.

Louella is survived by one daughter, Betty Joyce Watts McJunkins of Easley; two brothers, Richard Allen McCall (Mary) of Pickens, and LeRoy McCall (Patti) of Six Mile; two sisters, Martha Faye Rogers of Hendersonville, N.C., and Mary Melinda Ferguson of Piedmont; four grandsons; six granddaughters; seven great-grandsons; six great-granddaughters; and numerous great-great grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, Louella is predeceased by two son, Calvin Joe Watts Sr., and James Douglas Watts; one daughter, Reva Jean Watts Goodine; and two brothers, William Ray McCall, and Y.J. McCall.

Funeral services were held on May 25 at Mountain View Baptist Church in Six Mile. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, or to the American Cancer Society

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


PICKENS — Louise May Loveless Brown, 94, widow of Alford James Brown, reunited with him in heaven on Wednesday, May 22, 2019.

She was born a coal miner’s daughter to Kinder and Alma Beck Loveless in Glezen, Ind.

She worked in the Evansville Shipyards as a riveter/welder during World War II.

Louise and her husband moved to Battle Creek, Mich., in 1946. They returned to Pickens, Alford’s hometown, in 1976.

She will be deeply missed by her daughter, Rosemary (Doug) Thomas; her grandsons, Duane Thomas (Susan) and Rodney Thomas (Tracy); a granddaughter, Sissy Thomas; six great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren.

A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 2, at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens, officiated by Rev. Buckshot Avant and Rev. Terry Parrish.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Brown family.


EASLEY — Marcia Derrick Smith, 47, wife of Carl Douglas Smith, went to her heavenly home on Sunday, May 19, 2019, surrounded by her loving family.

Marcia was born in Greenville County, the only child of Marvin James Derrick of Greenville and the late Margaret Carolyn Cooper Derrick. She, along with her husband, Carl, owned and operated Palmetto Pizza Company in Central for many years. Marcia was caring and intelligent and brought her organizational skills to everything she did. Organization was a hobby for her. She loved everyone and mothered all of her children’s friends over the years. She loved being a “Mom,” drawing and animals. Marcia was a member of Fellowship Community Church in Liberty.

Survivors include her husband of 29 years, Carl D. Smith; her son, Jesse Derrick Smith; her daughter, Josephine Dakota Smith; and her father, Marvin James Derrick. She is also survived by her furry baby, her cat, Tessa.

Marcia’s life will be celebrated at 1 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, at Fellowship Community Church, 1301 Greenville Highway, Liberty. It was Marcia’s request that all attending would please wear bright-colored casual clothing.

The family requests that you please bring photographs and a written memory of Marcia to be shared with everyone and leave with the family. The celebration will also include a “pot luck,” so please bring a dish to share.

Flowers are to be omitted, and memorials be made to the Cancer Society of Greenville, 113 Mills Ave., Greenville, SC 29605. There will also be a basket to receive memorial donations at the celebration.

A message of condolence may be expressed to the family at


EASLEY — Courtney Miranda Wardlaw Rochester, 29, passed away on Friday, May 24, 2019.

Born in Greenville County, a daughter of Debra Simmons Wardlaw of Easley and Randy Wardlaw and his wife Debra Marie of Spartanburg, Courtney was employed with Waffle House and a member of Mt. Pisgah Baptist Church.

Surviving, in addition to her parents, are two daughters, Beverly Makayla Wardlaw of Easley and Chloe Brooklyn Rochester of Central; two brothers, Jonathan Douglas Wooten (Jennifer) of Madisonville, Ky., and Jonathon Allen Wardlaw of Pickens; a sister, Brandi Denise Wardlaw of Tazewell, Tenn.; and her grandparents, Ruth Wilson of Easley, John L. Wardlaw of Central and Mattie Lou Hayes (Sam) of Pickens.

Funeral services were held on May 28 in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, with Rev. Chad Campbell officiating.

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


LIBERTY — Mr. Preston Leroy Pelfrey, 57, passed away on Friday, May 24, 2019.

Born in Pickens County, a son of Frances Winona McCollum Pelfrey of Easley and the late Clarence Preston Pelfrey, Mr. Pelfrey was a graduate of Easley High School and a retired electrician. He was a member of Freedom Biker Church.

Surviving, in addition to his mother, are a brother, Bobby Dale Pelfrey of Easley; and a sister, Mary P. White (Mark) of Easley.

The family will hold a private memorial service at a later date.

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


EASLEY — Brian Adam Smith, 62, passed away on Monday, May 20, 2019, at his home.

Born in Baltimore, Md., he was a son of the late Adam and Dorothy Brehm Smith. Brian was employed at General Heating and Air and enjoyed watching sports and old television shows.

He was of the Catholic faith.

Brian is survived by three brothers, Mark B. Smith of Powdersville, Kent A. Smith (Karen) of Alamogordo, N.M., and Scott A. Smith of Greer; and two sisters, Karen A. Clark of Anderson and Cindy A. Gorrin of Simpsonville.

Memorial services were held in the Woodlawn Memorial Park Mausoleum on May 24.

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