Courier Obituaries 5-3-17

Marie Thomason

Easley — Donna Marie Cassell Thomason, 47, of 742 Pistol Club Road, passed away peacefully Monday, April 24, 2017, at The Rainey Hospice House in Anderson.

Born in Easley, she was the wife of Terry “Longbraid” Thomason and the daughter of Bobby James and Judy Holden Cassell. She worked at The Corner Drug Store in Pickens and enjoyed many other things, including woodcarving, crafts, traveling, riding motorcycles and sitting on

her front porch watching the sunrise, but especially spending time with her family and her grandchildren. She was a member of West End Baptist Church.

Surviving, in addition to her husband and parents are a son, Austin Cassell of Easley; a stepson, Josh Thomason (Kelly McKenna) of Easley; two brothers, Jimmy Cassell (Candi) of Easley and David Cassell (Lisa) of Pickens; a very special cousin, Cheryl Holliday, and five step-grandchildren, Reid, Sebastien, Kennedi, Zoe and Lawson Jay Thomason.

Funeral services to honor the life of Marie were held April 27 at West End Baptist Church, with burial following at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

She was predeceased by a stepson, Jay Thomason. Liberty Mortuary is handling services.

James Edward Seawright

Easley — James Edward “Eddie” Seawright, 58, passed away Tuesday, April 25, 2017, at his home.

Born in Pickens County, a son of the late Jacob McDaniel Seawright Sr. and the late Lois Fowler Seawright, Mr. Seawright was a brick mason and was a member of Blue Ridge View Baptist Church.

Surviving are a daughter, Timika Hitchcock (Micky) of Easley; a son, Daniel Seawright of Easley; three brothers, Junior Seawright (Judy), Roy Seawright (Jane), and Wayne Seawright (Melba), all of Easley; two sisters, Judy Lawson (Butch), and Della Seawright, all of Easley; and four grandchildren, Trey Hitchcock, Addison, Audrey and Eli Seawright.

Memorial services were held April 29 at Blue Ridge View Baptist Church, Pickens.

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

Brenda Nix Welborn

PICKENS — Brenda Gail Nix Welborn, 76, of Pickens and wife of the late Clifton Welborn, passed away on Friday, April 28, 2017, at Cannon Memorial Hospital.

Born in Easley, she was the daughter of the late Louie Elder and Mattie Edna Keith Nix.

Surviving are one son, Jay “Donnie” Welborn (Stella); three daughters, Teresa Joyner, Sandra Welborn, Rhonda Welborn Stephens; and many loving grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Mrs. Welborn was also predeceased by two daughters, Linda Welborn and Cynthia Welborn; three brothers and one sister.

Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. on Wednesday, May 3, at Flat Rock Baptist Church Cemetery in Liberty.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting

Dillard Funeral Home, (864) 878-6371

Berry Eugene Adams

Easley — Mr. Berry Eugene Adams, 85, passed away Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at the Aboretum at the Woodlands at Furman.

Born on May 17, 1931, in Elberton, Ga., Mr. Adams was the son of the late James Clark and Eva Moss Adams. He was a graduate of WLT High School and Wofford College. He was an avid golfer and enjoyed his fellowship with the Men’s Golf Association at Greer Country Club and later at Smithfield’s Country Club upon moving to Easley in 1988. He also enjoyed reading, and spending time at his summer home in Surfside Beach with his family and friends. He was a member of Easley First Baptist Church and a U.S. Army National Guard veteran.

He enjoyed a long career in textiles and the paper industry, having retired as executive vice president, Mount Vernon Mills, Dryer Felt Division.

Surviving are a daughter, Julie Adams Cleveland (Johnny) of Easley; a son, Robert Eugene Adams (Laura) of Lyman; and a sister, Melvene Adams Owens of Greer. He was “Pap” to his four grandchildren, John Baker Cleveland, III of Easley, Virginia Anne Cleveland of Liberty, and Megan Jeanette Adams and Bailey Christine Adams, both of Lyman. In addition to his parents, Mr. Adams was predeceased by his loving wife of 61 years, Jeanette Harvey Adams.

Cryptside services were held April 28 in Hillcrest Memorial Park Mausoleum with Rev. Dr. John Adams officiating.

The family wishes to thank the dedicated staff of The Willows of Easley, and later the Arboretum at the Woodlands at Furman, during his final years there. Also many thanks to the caring and supportive staff at South Carolina Hospice and Palliative Care. We are grateful for you all.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choice.

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

Charles Edward Clark

Pickens — Mr. Charles Edward Clark, son of the late Beotris and Louise Clark, departed this life on April 26, 2017.

He was born in Washington, Ga., on July 13, 1944. He was a member of Griffin Ebenezer Baptist Church and was a volunteer for Habitat for Humanity.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Mary M. Clark, of Pickens; a daughter Charlotte (Michael) Clark of Liberty; a son, Charles E. Clark, Jr. of Pickens; four sisters, Lenora J.C. Terry of Alexandria, Va., Linda Holley of Washington, DC, Gladys (Ezzie) Clark Downing of District Heights, Md., and Mary (Michael) Malloy of Bryans Roaz, Md.; one grandson, Michael Andrew Gantt Jr., and a host of other relatives and friends.

Along with his parents, Mr. Clark was also predeceased by two brothers, Robert Clark and Clarence Clark.

A celebration of life was held April 30 at Dillard Funeral Home with burial following at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to Habitat for Humanity, in honor of Mr. Charles Clark, 309 E. Cedar Rock St. Pickens, SC 29671

Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting

Martha Harris

Liberty — Martha Frances Alexander Harris, 64, of 145 James Alexander Drive, passed away on Wednesday, April 26, 2017, at her home.

Born in Easley she was a daughter of the late Jim and Dixie Turpin Alexander. She retired from Liberty Denim.

Surviving are two sons, Jeff Harris (Antonia) of Liberty, and Eric Harris of Liberty; two sisters, Linda Lewis and Mary Alexander both of Liberty; a brother, David Alexander Sr. of Liberty; four grandchildren, Makayla, Sara Rose, Carrie, and Savannah Harris.

Memorial services will be held from 3-5p.m. Saturday, May 6 at 147 Walkers Drive Liberty, SC 29657.

Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.

Nancy Louise Young Chandler

Piedmont — Mrs. Nancy Louise Young Chandler, 81, wife of the late William Ira Chandler, passed away Sunday, April 30, 2017, at her home.

Born in Pickens County, a daughter of the late James and Eunice Turner Young, Mrs. Chandler was a homemaker and a member of Slabtown Baptist Church.

Surviving are three sons, William L. “Junior” Chandler (Lillie Mae) of Liberty, Terry Wayne Chandler of Piedmont, and Roger Dale Chandler (Lisa Ann) of Liberty; three daughters, Brenda Diane Hammond (Kenny) of Liberty; Jackie Holbrooks of Easley, and Sarina Hope Watt (Randy) of Piedmont; two sisters, Margie West and Patricia Nell Batson, both of Easley; 17 grandchildren; and numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Chandler was predeceased by a son, Randy Earl Chandler; a daughter, Donna Gaye Chandler; two brothers and one sister.

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

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

The family is at the home of her daughter and son-in-law, Brenda Diane and Kenny Hammond.

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

Sherwood W.

“Woody” Kingsbury

Easley -— Mr. Sherwood William “Woody” Kingsbury, 91, husband of Deborah Lynn Harbut Kingsbury, passed away Thursday, April 27, 2017, at his home.

Born in Cincinnati, Ohio, the son of the late Sherwood William Kingsbury Sr. and the late Alta Irene Elliott Kingsbury, Mr. Kingsbury was a retired Corporate Planner with Atlantic Richfield BP Oil Company. He was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran having served during WWII.

Surviving, in addition to his wife of 32 years, are a son, Sherwood Scott Kingsbury (Christina) of Paso Robles, Calif.; a daughter, Lesa Michelle Kingsbury-Taub (Ken) of Long Island, N.Y.; four grandchildren, Jake Taub, Sean, Sarah and Anthony Kingsbury; and many nieces, nephews, and in-laws . In addition to his parents, Mr. Kingsbury was predeceased by a sister, Sharon Abrhams.

Memorial services will be 11a.m. Wednesday, May 3 in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Powdersville Road. Burial will follow in Robinson Memorial Gardens.

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

Thelma “Granny” D. Mitchell

Easley — Mrs. Thelma “Granny” Davidson Mitchell, 96, wife of the late Carl James Mitchell, was called for her promotion to Heaven on Sunday, April 30, 2017.

Thelma was the daughter of the late Viola Williams Davidson and the late Charles Butler Davidson, born in Wellford, SC on July 18, 1920.

In addition to her parents and husband, Carl of 56 years, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Janet Ramona Mitchell; a son, Charles Wesley Mitchell; a brother, Clarence Edward Davidson; a grandson, Gerald Robinson, II; and a great-grandson, Joshua Blake.

Thelma worked at Saco Lowell for 28 years but she found great joy in her love for the Lord, family, her many friends, flowers, hats and traveling.

She will be greatly missed by her two daughters, Wanda Mitchell Gahm (Philip) of Virginia, and Carleen Mitchell Robinson (Gerald) of Liberty; four grandchildren, Angela R. Blake, Charles S. Mitchell, Keely G. Ricks, and Travis P. Gahm; also eight great-grandchildren, Michael, Alexandra and Nicholas Blake, Summer Mitchell, Jake and Maya Turner, and Aspen and James Mitchell; and one great-great-grandchild, Charlotte Mitchell.

Thelma loved her church family at Easley Church of God, where she was an active member since 1948. She served in numerous capacities such as singing in the choir, teaching Sunday School and coordinating the Young at Heart Club, but first and foremost, she prayed with hundreds of people in their time of need.

Known for her bright smile and delightful sense of humor, Thelma left her sweet memory in the hearts of many.

Funeral services will be 11 a.m. Thursday at Easley Church of God. Burial will follow in the Rehoboth Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends from 6 p.m. until 8 p.m. Wednesday at Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown.

Family members are at their respective homes.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621.

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

Sammy Goodwin

Pickens — Sammy Edward Goodwin, 75, of 214 Paperbirch Lane, passed away peacefully on Saturday, April 29, 2017, at Heartland Health and Rehab.

Born in Louisville, Ga., he was a son of the late Walter and Lois Rowland Goodwin.

Mr. Goodwin retired from ThermoKing, and loved fishing and the outdoors.

Surviving are his wife, Lillie Ann McGaha Goodwin of the home; five daughters, Cathy Durham of Pickens, Shirl Cowart of Riddleville, Ga., Ginger Hadden of Louisville, Ga., Tammy Claxton of Davisboro, Ga., and Betty Rachael of Charleston; a son, Donnie Goodwin of Pickens; also surviving are 12 grandchildren.

Funeral services to honor Sammy’s life were held May 2 in the Liberty Mortuary Chapel, with burial following at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.