Courier Obituaries 6-12-13

Tonya R. Reid

Six Mile — Tonya Renee Reid, 35, of 374 Gin Shoals Road died on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Born in Oconee County, she was a daughter of Ronald Edward and Judy Stone Reid. Tonya was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving in addition to her parents are a brother, Kevin Reid of Pickens; sisters, Keila Touzeau (Marty) and Ashley Reid both of Pickens; nieces Kaitlin Touzeau and Addie Reid; and a nephew, Landen Touzeau.

Funeral services were at 1 p.m., Saturday, June 8 in the chapel of Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home, Central. Burial followed in Gap Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.

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


Luther Cleo Gantt

 Easley — Mr. Luther Cleo Gantt, 80, husband of the late Beatrice Holcombe Gantt, died Monday, June 3, 2013 at his home.

Born in Pickens County, a son of the late Charlie and Leila Roper Gantt, Mr. Gantt retired from the U.S. Air Force and later retired from the U.S. Postal Service.

Surviving are four sons, William F. Gantt (Cindy) of Liberty, Kenneth W. Gantt (Margaret) of Hayesville, Kan., Donald R. Gantt (Kathy) of Taylors, and Greg Gantt (Sharon) of Six Mile; one sister, Alice Shrum of Bethpage, Tenn.; five grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. Gantt was predeceased by two brothers, Charles and William Gantt; three sisters, Faye Wilhoit, Bertha Barnett, and Louise Barton; and a granddaughter, Angel LaDonna Gantt.

Graveside services were 2 p.m. Thursday, June 6 at Westview Cemetery, Easley with military honors.

Memorials may be made to Amedisys Hospice, 250 Commonwealth Drive, Suite 105, Greenville, SC 29615.

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


Larry Wardlaw

Easley — Larry Andrew Wardlaw, 70, of Easley, husband of Brenda Hudson Wardlaw, died Wednesday, June 5, 2013 at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Born in Greenville County, Mr. Wardlaw was a son of the late Lee and Blanche Hanley Wardlaw, Mr. Wardlaw retired from textiles and was a member of the Piedmont CB Club, where his handle was Jack of Diamonds. Larry was an avid fisherman and attended Maranatha Baptist Church.

Surviving, in addition to his wife of the home, are a son, Charles Mosley; a daughter, Amanda Hernandez(Samuel); two brothers Billy and Bobby Wardlaw; two sisters, Gladys Holbrooks and Brenda Keef; five grandchildren, Andrew Jaden Hernandez, Karina Grace Hernandez, Carlos and David Hernandez, and Chase Braden Mosley; and several children that called him Papa.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Wardlaw was predeceased by a brother, Charles Wardlaw, and a granchild, Breanna Jade Wardlaw.

Funeral services were 3 p.m. Saturday, June 8 in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown. Burial followed in Greenlawn Memorial Park.

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


W. D. Spearman

Pickens — William Dennis Spearman, 73, husband of Virginia Hudson Spearman, died Wednesday, June 5, 2013.

Bill was born in Pickens County, a son of the late William Berry and Margie Breazeale Spearman. He was retired as vice president of Alexander Machinery (Alexco) and he was a member of Mt. Bethel United Methodist Church. An outdoorsman, he was an avid birder and loved to travel and camp. Bill was a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Pickens Camp, and the Piedmont Genealogical Society. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather.

Survivors include his wife of 57 years, Virginia, of the home, son, W. Michael Spearman (Mary) of Pickens, and daughters, Debra Gravely (Barry) and Angela Sanders (Anthony) all of Pickens, grandchildren include, Justin Gravely and his fiancée, Christina, Kevin Gravely, Matthew Spearman, and Samantha Sanders. He is also survived by his beloved Pekinese pups, Muffin and Simba. Siblings include, David Walker Spearman (Sue), Doris Gilstrap (Clyde), and Darlene Farmer (Bill) all of Pickens.

A memorial service was conducted 1 p.m. Saturday, June 8 in the chapel of Dillard Funeral Home in Pickens with the Rev. Carrol Caldwell and the Rev. Derrel Robinson officiating.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions or a blood donation in Bill’s name may be made to The Blood Connection, 435 Woodruff Road, Greenville, SC 29607 or a memorial contribution may be made to the Pickens County Humane Society, 500 Five Forks Road, Liberty, SC 29657.

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Spearman family.


Dorothy H. Williams

Easley — Mrs. Dorothy Holcombe Williams, 98, wife of the late Ralph McDaniel Williams, died Thursday, June 6, 2013 at her home.

Born in Pickens County, a daughter of the late George Washington and Susan Williams Holcombe, Mrs. Williams retired from Stone Manufacturing Company and was the oldest member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church.

Surviving are two sons, Ralph “Dan” Williams, Jr. (Barbara) and Stanley Williams (Sandra); and a sister, Lucy Marett.

In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Williams was predeceased by two brothers and three sisters.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Mrs. Williams’ caregivers.

Funeral services were 11 a.m. Saturday, June 8 in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown. Private burial followed in the Latham Family Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Gentiva Hospice, 430 Roper Mountain Road, Greenville, SC 29615.

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



Doug Turner


Pickens — Floyd Douglas Turner, 70, of Pickens, died Friday, June 7, 2013.

Doug was born in Pickens County, a son of the late Floyd and Stella Lowe Turner. He was retired as a security guard with American Security and attended Missionary Baptist Church. He was formerly a member of the U.S. Army Reserve. Doug was an avid fisherman, and loved old westerns and Johnny Cash.

Survivors include daughters, Dora May Turner of Easley, LaDonna LaCaze of Douson, La., and Karen Puckett of Greenville, sister, Bobbi J. Gilstrap of the home, MaryAnn Bigness of Liverpool, N.Y., and Virginia Sue Woods of Easley, and a brother Billy Milton Turner. Also surviving are seven grandchildren and nine great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Doug was preceded in death by brothers, Connie Mac Turner, David Alfred Turner and infant brother, Pat Turner, and infant sister, Helen Turner.

The family would like to express their love and appreciation for his sister, Bobbi, with whom he made his home for the last 18 years.

A memorial service will be held 1 p.m. Wednesday, June 12 at Cove Creek Baptist Church with the Rev. Travis Spivey officiating. Burial will be held at a later date at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens.

The family will receive friends following the service at the church.

The family will gather at the home of his sister, Bobbi Gilstrap.

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Turner family.



Larkin Drummond


Winnsboro, Texas — Mr. Larkin Drummond, 80, died Sunday, June 9, 2013, at his residence.

He was born Jan. 23, 1933, in Franklin County to Damon Robert and Aileen Kyser Drummond. He married Joy Overby on May 23, 1959, in Commerce, Texas. Upon retirement, Mr. Drummond was serving as the Superintendent of Harts Bluff ISD. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. He also served in the National Guard and retired in 1994.

He is survived by his wife, Joy Drummond, of Winnsboro; son, Kim Drummond and his wife Rebecca of Canton, Texas; daughters, Maier Porter and her husband, Randy, of Winnsboro, Ginger Davis and her husband, Brodie, of Cleveland; brother, Keith Drummond, of Nashville, Tenn.; sisters, Lynn Parr of Mt. Pleasant, Texas, and Doris Stone of Red Oak, Texas; five grandchildren, one great grandchild and numerous nieces and nephews.

Funeral services for Larkin Drummond of Winnsboro will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, June 13, at the Harvey Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Edgar Clements officiating. Burial will follow at the Macon Cemetery with Michael Parr, Stanley Townsend, Richard Porter, Roy Hipp, Chuck Marosek, Gene Parr, and Daniel Crooks serving as pallbearers.

Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, June 12, at Harvey Funeral Home.

Online condolences at

Sam Harvey Funeral Home is assisting the Drummond family.