Courier Obituaries 6-15-16

June D. Ritota

Liberty — Mrs. June Eileen Dineen Ritota, 77, wife of Pasquale “Pat” Ritota, passed away Saturday, June 11, 2016, at her home.

Born in London, England, the daughter of the late Albert John and Hilda Alice New Dineen, Mrs. Ritota was a graduate of the University of Oxford and was a retired claims adjuster with Protective Life Insurance.


Surviving, in addition to her husband, are two sons, Mark Christopher DuSaules (Lydia) and Michael Lee DuSaules, all of Hammond, La.; a daughter, Laurie Mai DuSaules (David Hazen) of Liberty; a stepson, Joe Ritota (Annie) of Asheville, N.C.; a stepdaughter, Maria Nagy-Gyorgy (Louis) of Liberty; four grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Ritota was predeceased by two sons, Christopher John DuSaules and Joseph DuSaules; and a brother, Roy William Dineen.

Memorial services were held June 14, 2016, in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown.

Memorials may be made to the Cancer Society of Greenville County, 113 Mills Avenue, Greenville, SC 29605, or to Homestead Hospice, 3453 Pelham Road, Greenville, SC 29615.

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

Betty L. Russo

Clemson — Betty Lou Randall Russo, 83, of 425 Poe St., Clemson, passed away on June 10, 2016.

Betty was born June 11, 1932, in Ramsey, N.J., to the late Clarence L. Randall and Elvira L. Seely. Betty was preceded in death by her husband, Kenneth J. Russo, and daughter, Karen Odette. Also preceding her in death were her siblings, Virginia Ernst, James B. Randall II and Thomas J. Randall.

Betty is survived by her son, Garth S. Russo, (Natalie) of Watkinsville, Ga., daughter, Melissa L. Wilbanks (Scott) of Easley. and grandchildren, Kenneth Brian and Matthew John Wilbanks of Easley.

Betty, a longstanding member at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Clemson, was a member of the Altar Guild and a volunteer worker at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Thrift Shop since its beginning in 1975. Betty was 1st Vice Regent of Andrew Pickens Chapter of the DAR. In years past, Betty was the student wives’ advisor, as well as coordinator of the commencement activities’ at Lee Hall, College of Architecture. She was also active in both the state AIA ladies’ auxiliary and the Greenville Council of Architectural Wives.

Services were held June 13 at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, followed by interment at St. Paul’s Episcopal Churchyard.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Holy Trinity Episcopal Church, 193 Old Greenville Highway, Clemson, SC 29631.

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

Fred Harold Dalton Jr.

Pickens — Mr. Fred Harold Dalton Jr., of 925 Mile Creek Road, husband of the late Patricia “P.J.” Moses Dalton, passed away Monday, June 6, 2016, at St. Francis Hospital – Downtown.

Harold was born in Pickens County on Aug. 2, 1938, to the late Fred Sr. and Virginia Hendricks Dalton. A graduate of Pickens High School, Mr. Dalton retired from Southern Railway as a train dispatcher and then owned Dalton’s Video Store in Pickens for many years. Harold enjoyed reading, gardening, traveling with his late wife and was also a professional photographer.

Harold is survived by a daughter, Heather O’Shields (Don) of Easley; two sons, Brian Smith (Vivian) and Rocky Smith (Tara), both of Pickens; and a brother, Jim Dalton (Tallulah) of Pickens. He is also survived by six grandchildren, Will O’Shields, Griffin O’Shields, Dalton Smith, Logan Smith, Emily Smith and Lacey Smith; and one great-granddaughter, Elyssa Smith.

In addition to his loving wife and parents, he was preceded in death by a sister, Francis Reeves.

Memorial services were held June 12 in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home.

Flowers are optional, or the family requests that memorial donations be made to the Wildlife Rehab of Greenville, P.O. Box 1801, Greenville, SC 29602.

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

Samuel Douglas “Sammy” Nix

Pickens — “Sammy” Nix, 65, of 236 Amberwood Road, Pickens, loving husband of June Nix, met his heavenly father on Tuesday, June 7, 2016, at the Rainey Hospice House in Anderson.

Sammy was born in Pickens on Aug. 16, 1950, to Thelma Porter Thrift of Pickens and the late Floyd Leroy Nix. He was a 1968 graduate of Pickens High School and retired from both the U.S. Army Reserve as a staff sergeant with 28 years of service in the 7225th Medical Support Unit, and the U.S. Postal Service. He was the current owner and operator of Palmetto Gold Pawn and Gun in Liberty, and in his free time he was a “yard perfectionist.”

A loving husband, father and grandfather (Pappi), He was always up for conversation and enjoyed meeting new people. Sammy was an avid sports fan and officiated basketball and softball for more than 25 years throughout South Carolina. He was very enthusiastic about his love for the USC Gamecocks, and it was only topped by his love for his family and for his Lord and Savior. Sammy was an active, loyal member of Mile Creek Baptist Church in Six Mile.

In addition to his loving wife of 43 years and his mother, Mr. Nix is survived by a daughter, Jody Nix Wilson (Richard) of Pendleton; a brother, Skippy Nix (Debbie) of Pickens; two sisters, Judy Durham and Renee Thrift, both of Pickens; a stepfather, Dwight Thrift of Pickens; and one granddaughter, Addison Wilson. Sammy is also survived by numerous extended family members, a special church family and many loving friends.

Services to honor the life of Sammy were held June 11 at Mile Creek Baptist Church, followed by interment with military honors at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Pickens.

Flowers are optional, or the family requests that memorial donations be made to Mile Creek Baptist Church, 104 Lakeside Drive, Six Mile, SC 29682.

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

Wanda Deloris Townes

EASLEY — Wanda Deloris Townes, 60, of Easley, went to be with the Lord on Thursday, June 9, 2016.

She is survived by her husband, Wade Townes; her son, Chris Townes; her daughter, Jennifer Foley; her sister, Linda Belk; and her three grandchildren, Jordan, Cody and Jaxson.

She is preceded in death by her parents, Clarence and Clara Mae Belk; her sister, Sharron Rejan Hellams; and her brothers, Samuel, Mickey, Tony and Gene Belk.

Services were held June 13 at Gilead Baptist Church in Pickens, followed by interment in Holly Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.

Vincent Cerqua

Six Mile — Vincent Cerqua, 75, of 146 Duncan Road, husband of Jane Chart Cerqua, passed away, surrounded by family, on Friday, June 10, 2016, at his home.

Born in Philadelphia, Pa., he was son of the late Daniel and Elsie LaMacchia Cerqua. Vincent was a retired captain in the United States Marine Corps, having served for 21 years, including three tours in Vietnam and various other locations. Following his retirement, he worked for the Department of Social Services in the Child Protection Office and was an entrepreneur. He was a member of the Bahá’í faith.

Surviving in addition to his wife are daughter, Candace Cerqua of Six Mile; sons, James Vinson Cerqua (Carolina Vásquez) of New York City, and Marq Vincent Cerqua (Andrea Rodriguez) of Miami, Fla.; grandchildren, James Anthony, Ciara and Marcus Cerqua, Elías Cerqua Vásquez, Asiri Cerqua Vásquez, Sofia Cerqua and Vincent Cerqua.

Graveside services were held June 12 at Memory Gardens.

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

Dwight Kelly

SIX MILE — Dwight Ernest Kelly, 77, of 1261 Liberty Highway, passed away peacefully on Monday, June 14, 2016, at Baptist Easley Hospital.

Born in Pickens, he was the widower of Nancy Bryant Kelly and a son of the late William E. and Gladys Dorsey Kelly. He was a U.S. Army veteran and was retired from Pickens Machine Works. He was a member of Fairview Baptist Church.

Surviving are two sons, Randy Kelly (Julie) of Six Mile, and Ron Kelly (Larissa) of Easley; four sisters, Betty Holliday of Seneca, Mildred Holliday of Six Mile, Belinda Finley of Williamston and Joan Smith of Pickens; a brother, Wallace Kelly of Pendleton; five grandchildren and 5 great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by a son, Ricky Kelly.

Funeral services to honor the life of Mr. Kelly will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday in the Liberty Mortuary chapel. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service at Liberty Mortuary. Burial will follow at Liberty Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to Fairview Baptist Church c/o Rev. Billy Ray Merck 766 Kelly Mill Road Six Mile, SC 29682. The family will be at the home. Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.