Courier Obituaries 6-12-19


EASLEY — Mr. Donald Ray Rippy Jr., 60, husband of Jennifer Myers Rippy, passed away on Sunday, June 9, 2019, at his home.

Born in Charlotte, N.C., a son of the late Donald Ray Rippy Sr. and the late Hazel Hager Rippy, Mr. Rippy was a graduate of Minor High School and was retired from King Asphalt. Donald loved woodworking and was an avid Alabama Crimson Tide Football fan, but most of all he loved his family and his grandbabies.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are four daughters, Ashley Morrison (Kevin) of Liberty, Alycia Avery (Jason) of Jacksonville, Fla., Kathryn Mills (Travis) of Birmingham, Ala., and Carmen Shaw of Easley; a son, Noah Shaw of Easley; a brother, Bobby Rippy (Lisa) of Pineville, N.C.; a sister, Wanda Welch (Jeff Baumgarner) of Concord, N.C.; four grandchildren, Samuel Mills, Reece Mills, Caroline Mills and Loghan Morrison; and one grandchild on the way, Jesse Mills.

The family will host a memorial service at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, at 5 Point Church in Easley.

Memorials may be made to the 5 Point Church Food Pantry Fund, P.O. Box 1827, Easley, SC 29641.

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


EASLEY — James Ross Crum, 89, passed away on Monday, June 10, 2019, at his home.

Born in Pickens County, he was a son of the late James Edgar Crum and Georgia Ellen Ross Crum.

Mr. Crum proudly served his country during the Vietnam War, retiring from the U.S. Air Force after 20 years of dedicated service. Following retirement from the Air Force, he was a self-employed electrician. He was raised in Arial United Methodist Church and was a member of Morningstar Independent Baptist Church. He was also a member of the Mountain Springs Masonic Lodge #302 A.F.M., the American Legion Post #172 and the Columbia Lions Club.

Surviving are his wife of 10 years, Peggy Thomas Corn Crum of the home; daughters, Linda Ellen Smith (Roger) of Six Mile and Judith Crum Henderson and April Marie Crum Stewart (Chad), all of Easley; sons, Ronald Edward Crum and Michael Wayne Crum, both of Six Mile; eight grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; and a great-great-grandchild.

Mr. Crum was the last surviving member of his immediate family. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by his first wife, Reatha Adams Crum; his second wife, Hazel Franks; sisters, Elizabeth Greer, Evelyn Bagwell, Grace Lackey and Lucille Lesley; brothers, Richard Crum and Leonard Crum; and a son-in-law, Michael Dale Henderson.

The family will receive friends on Wednesday, June 12, from 6-8 p.m. at Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, with burial to follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park in Pickens.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Miracle Hill Childrens Home, 117 Drummond Lane, Pickens, SC 29671.

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


PICKENS — William “Bill” Arnold, 79, husband of the late Minnie Sue Arnold, passed away on Wednesday, June 5, 2019.

He is survived by two daughters, Lesa (Joey) Parker of Pickens and Tammy (Jeff) Dalton of Pickens; grandchildren, Kimberly (Brandon) Winkler, Chris Arnold, Mandy (Pete) Keller, Scott Parker and Bradley Amos; great-grandchildren, Jasmine Keller, Brayden Parker and Morgan Parker; and numerous brothers and sisters.

He was predeceased by his parents, Willie Arnold and Mary Powell Arnold; his wife; two sons, William Arnold and Leon Riddle; a daughter, Bobbie Ann Amos; grandson, Robert Haigler; and a great-grandchild, Daniel Parker; numerous brothers and sisters.

A funeral service was held on June 10 at Mountain View Funeral Home.
Flowers will be accepted.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Arnold family.


PICKENS — Karen L. Pinyon, 54, loving wife of Roger Pinyon, passed away on Sunday, June 2, 2019.

She is survived by her husband, Roger; a son, Chris (Amanda) Lesley; daughter, Amber Pinyon; grandchildren, Dalea Lesley, Lucy Nix, David Lesley, Duran Lesley, Lela Holden and Easton Poole; brother, Bobby Lesley; and a sister, Brenda Ellenburg.

She was predeceased by her parents, J.W. Lesley and Louhenry Herron Lesley, and a brother, Ronald Herron.

A celebration of Karen’s life was held on June 7 at Mountain View Funeral Home.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Pinyon family.


PICKENS — Loretta Ressie Long McJunkins, walked through the Gates of Heaven and with her Savior, Jesus Christ on Saturday, June 1, 2019. She was 84 years young.

Mom was born in Nortonville, Ky., to the late Jewell Lavon Long and Bonnie Rachel Pendley Long. She was always known as being full of life, and everyone who knew her was captivated by her beautiful smile, laughter, knowledge, her role as loving caretaker for all of her family and her faith in Jesus Christ. She enjoyed singing, dancing, painting, gardening, cooking and crocheting. She enjoyed teaching her children and grandchildren how to cook and sharing her knowledge of raising children and gardening.

She was the woman who knew the answer to every question. She was the woman you called to pray for any situation.

She was the rock of our family. She will be missed that no words can describe, but her family knows that she is much happier and free of pain, and we all know she’s singing and dancing in Heaven. To know her was to love her.

She is survived by her husband of 65 years and 11 months, Charles T. McJunkins; three daughters, Laura E. Frilick, Cynthia M. Moore (Jerry) and Lisa R. Murphy (Paul); 13 grandchildren, Charles S. McJunkins II, (Gina), Paul McJunkins (Paula), Heather McJunkins Montenegro (Juan Carlos), Matthew McJunkins, Misty Jones, Laurisa Galbreath (Warren), Brent Moore (Jennifer), Jack Frilick, Hillary Frilick, Brittany Frilick, Sean Murphy, Laurisa Murphy Ivery (Bryan) and Ashley Murphy; 21 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a sister, Piccola Hunt. She is predeceased by a daughter, Vivian Taylor, and two sons, Charles Steven McJunkins and Jewell Thomas McJunkins.

Graveside services were held on June 5 at Hillcrest Memorial.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to Alzheimer’s Association.

Online condolences may be sent to

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the McJunkins family.


SENECA — With deepest sorrow, we announce the sudden passing of 6-year-old twins Dylan Patrick Clark and Camryn Bradley Clark, born June 29, 2012, and passed May 26, 2019, due to a horrific car accident.

Their smiles and the sparkle in their eyes could truly melt any heart! They touched many lives in their short time and will be forever missed by many!

A memorial service is planned for Friday, June 14, 2019, at 3 p.m. at Harbor View Community Center, 6617 Louisiana Ave., New Port Richey, FL 34653.

Floral arrangements may be sent to the Harbor View Community center on the day of the memorial service.


LIBERTY — Sharon Leroy Griffin, 68, wife of Howard Griffin for 52 years, passed away on Thursday, June 6, 2019, at her residence.

Sharon was born in Anderson County, a daughter of the late David R. and Gracie Willis Leroy. She was retired from Walmart in Central and she attended Liberty Church of God.

He leaves behind a legacy like none other. Her favorite verse in the Bible was I Cor. 13:13, “Now abideth these three: faith, hope and charity; the greatest of these is charity.” She lived this verse every day of her life. Beloved by all who knew her, her charitable heart never allowed anyone to go without. She was the solid rock and best friend to her entire family. Even in times of struggle, she was always willing to help a family or friend in need. She was the epitome of the Proverbs woman. Sharon was a pure soul, and her loving kindness touched the hearts and lives of many. She will be cherished and loved.

Surviving, in addition to her husband, are three sons, Howard Griffin of Coates, N.C., David Griffin of Germany and Steven Griffin of Liberty; daughters, Leslie Griffin of Sparta, Tenn., Angel Griffin of Liberty and Gracie Thompson of Taylors; sister Jinx Hill of High Point, N.C.; grandchildren, Brandi Hardison, Kelly Brewington, Keith Griffin, Kevin Griffin, Steven Griffin Jr., Aaron Griffin, Madison Castro, Jessica Griffin, Sean Griffin, Katelyn Fulmer, William Fulmer and Simon Foley; great-grandchildren, Noah Gary, Leah Hardison, Bryant Hardison, Bryston Hardison, Brandon Beasley, Tyler Beasley, Haley Brewington, Hunter Brewington, Jacob Brewington, Dannilynn Griffin, Braxton Griffin, Bailey Hill, Delilah Whitworth, Emmery Whitworth and Kaiden McKeithan; and numerous aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, in-laws; and friends.

In addition to her parents, Sharon was predeceased by sisters, Rachel Owen and Laura Debty; grandson, George Griffin; and lifelong friends, Anthony and Revonda Ferreira.

The family held a celebration of life service at her home on June 8.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Open Arms Hospice, 1836 W. Georgia Road, Simpsonville, SC 29680.

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


EASLEY — Mr. Furman Andrew Bagwell, 96, husband of the late Virginia Garrett Bagwell, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Friday, June 7, 2019.

Born in Pickens County, a son of the late Calvin Andrew Bagwell and the late Minnie Duncan Bagwell, Mr. Bagwell was retired from Mayfair Mills-Glenwood Division with 32 years of service and was a member of Glenwood Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army Air Corps veteran, having served in WWII.

Surviving are a son, Calvin Bagwell (Doris) of Clearwater, Fla.; a daughter, Carol Lagman (Larry) of Hensley, Ark.; and two grandchildren, Lindy and Wesley Lagman. In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. Bagwell was predeceased by one brother and two sisters.

Graveside services were held on June 11 at Hillcrest Memorial Park, with Rev. Kenneth Lawson officiating.

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


EASLEY — Mrs. Ivory Merritt Orr, 90, wife of the late Lewis Edward Orr, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, June 7, 2019.

Born in Powdersville, she was a daughter of the late John Clinton and Sarah Lou “Sallie” Trotter Merritt. Mrs. Orr was retired from Sears and was a member of Cross Roads Baptist Church. She enjoyed volunteering at Baptist Easley Hospital, reading and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandson.

Surviving are two daughters, Margaret Bloxdorf of Easley and Kathryn Fedele (Ray) of Anderson; three sisters, Ruth Jeffeaux of Greenville, Lou Ellen Pruitt (Joe) of Easley, and Annette Freeman of Greenville; two granddaughters, Hollie Bloxdorf Heming (Jason) of Chapin and Emily Bloxdorf of Central; one grandson, Eric Fedele of Pendleton; and one great-grandson, Will Heming.

In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Orr was predeceased by one brother, Robert C. Merritt; two sisters, Sarah Lewellyn, and Joyce Merritt Williams; and one brother-in-law, Bill Jeffeaux.

Funeral services were held on June 10 at Cross Roads Baptist Church. Burial followed at Robinson Memorial Gardens.

Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to the Cross Roads Baptist Church Building Fund, 160 Cross Roads Church Road, Easley, SC 29640.

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


EASLEY — Marilyn M. Merritt, 89, wife of Francis Marion Merritt II, passed away on Thursday, June 6, 2019, surrounded by her family.

Born in Asheville, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Samuel Neely and Mae Mizell Miller. Mrs. Merritt graduated from Furman University and was retired from the Pickens County School District. She was a lifetime member of the National Education Association and the South Carolina Education Association. Mrs. Merritt was also a member of Pickens County Retired Teachers, Alpha Delta Kappa, Easley Lions Club, the Friends of the Library Club, Easley Women’s Club and Easley Presbyterian Church.

Mrs. Merritt enjoyed spending time with her family, going to the beach, watching Clemson football and her church.

In addition to her loving husband, Marilyn is survived by two sons, John Floyd Merritt of Easley and Dr. Frank Marion Merritt III (Jan) of Atlanta, Ga.; two daughters, Nan Stuckey (Jim) of Easley and Cindy Downie (Wes) of Woodstock, Ga.; 10 grandchildren; and 10 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held on Saturday, June 15, at 2 p.m. at Easley Presbyterian Church, with burial to follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Pickens.

Memorials may be made to Easley Presbyterian Church, 200 S. 1st St., Easley, SC 29640 or to The Dream Center, 111 Hillcrest Drive, Easley, SC 29640.

The family would like to express their gratitude to her caregivers with Interim Hospice.

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


EASLEY — Rev. Brenton “Benny” Davis, 74, of 245 Lola Lane, went home to be with the Lord on Sunday, June 9, 2019, at McCall Hospice House in Simpsonville.

Born in Rock Hill, he was the husband of Helen Burley Davis for 55 years and son of the late Foster M. and Mary Lou Erwood Davis. He was a retired minister and pastored in several Baptist churches in South Carolina, including McConnells Baptist Church, Smyrna Baptist Church, Fairview Baptist Church and White Plains Baptist Church. Benny was a U.S. Navy veteran and a member of Nine Forks Baptist Church. He loved his family, motorcycles, hunting and collecting ball cards and presidential buttons.

Surviving, in addition to his wife, are a daughter, Heather Davis Appenheimer and husband, Andrew, of Easley; two granddaughters, Brentley Anne Meeks and Reagan Adalyn Appenheimer; a sister, Judy Davis Rector and husband, Carl Sr., of Rock Hill; as well as several nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Charlotte Davis Fontes.

The family will receive friends from 2:30-4 p.m. on Thursday, June 13, at White Plains Baptist Church. Funeral services will immediately follow at 4 p.m. at the church, with Rev. Eddie Smith, Rev. Fred Quidley and Rev. Thomas Bryant officiating.

Interment will be in the White Plains Baptist Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to White Plains Baptist Church, 206 Soap Stone Road, Gaffney, SC 29340.

An online guest register is available at


PICKENS — James R. Briley Jr., 61, husband of Mary “Connie” Constance Amspacher Briley, passed from this life on Sunday, June 9, 2019, at his home.

Born in Edenton, N.C., James was a son of the late James Ray Briley Sr. and the late Nancy Lawrence Briley. He was formerly employed by the Reynolds Company.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Connie, of the home; a daughter, Heather Tetor (Justin) of Pickens; a son, Josh Briley (Christy) of Pickens; a daughter, Lindsay Owen (Derrick) of Lake Toxaway, N.C.; grandchildren, Ella, Whitman, Anna, Benjamin, Sybil, Elijah and Mattie; and sisters, Amy Rouse (Andrew) and Kim Hickman (Tim).

James was predeceased by his parents and two grandchildren, Parker and Bentley.

The funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Friday, June 14, at Mt. Sinai Baptist Church, with the visitation at the church prior to the service beginning at 12:30 p.m. Burial will follow at Bethlehem Church Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (, Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621 or Pickens County Humane Society, 500 Five Forks Road, Liberty, SC 29657.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Briley family.