Courier Obituaries 6-29-16

Sam C. Dunn

Pickens — Sam C. Dunn, 89, of East Cedar Rock Street, husband of the late Martha Hinton Dunn, passed away Monday, June 27, 2016, at his home.

Born in Fremont, Va., he was the son of the late Harvey and Lela Burns Dunn.

Mr. Dunn was the owner and operator of S.C. Dunn Lumber Company in Pickens. He was a member of Pickens First Baptist Church and was a U.S. Navy veteran of WWII. He was also a member of the first graduating class of the National Hardwood Lumber Association Grading School in Memphis, Tenn.

Surviving are his sons, Chip Dunn and his wife, Sheila, and Joe Dunn and his wife, Nicki, all of Pickens; grandchildren, Jennifer Dunn, Ashley Clardy, Lawson Dunn, Logan Tweito and Nolan Dunn; great-grandchildren, Britain Dunn, Eli Groover, Noah Groover, Sayler Clardy and Layken Clardy.

Mr. Dunn was the last surviving member of his immediate family. In addition to his parents and wife, Mr. Dunn was predeceased by brothers, Paul, Gene, Harvey Jr. and Jack Dunn.

Graveside services were held on June 28 at Sunrise Cemetery in Pickens, with the Rev. Dr. Fred Stone officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the building fund of Pickens First Baptist Church, 406 E. Main St., Pickens, SC 29671.

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

Jeanette Burkhalter

Easley — Jeanette Carey Burkhalter, 80, of 703 W. Fifth Ave., passed away on Wednesday, June 22, 2016, at her home surrounded by her family.

Born in Anderson she was the widow of Carl Burkhalter and a daughter of the late James Dirk and Evie Pauline Osborne Carey.

She retired from Ohio Gear and was a member of Rock Springs Baptist Church.

Surviving are two daughters, Donna Kay Ross of Six Mile and Poochie Fuller of Easley; a son, Michael Burkhalter of Easley; a sister, Doris Carey of Easley; three brothers, James Carey of Easley, Larry Carey of Orlando, Fla., and Jimmy Carey of Anderson; also surviving are numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Lee Ann Rutz, and a son, Ronald Burkhalter.

Funeral services to honor Jeanette were held June 24 at Rock Springs Baptist Church, with burial following at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.

Jimmy W. Singleton

PICKENS — Jimmy Wayne Singleton, 79, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, June 20, 2016, at Cottingham Hospice House.

Born on Feb. 18, 1937, in Greenville County, he was the son of the late Judge and Vera Sims Singleton.

Jimmy Singleton had a successful career in football, starting with his years as a student at Pickens High School. He helped lead the Blue Flame through numerous winning seasons, including one state championship. After Pickens, he was recruited into Clemson, where he was on the 1956 Orange Bowl team. Mr. Singleton was drafted into the U.S. Navy, where he played both football and baseball. He graduated from Clemson and started working for the family business, Pickens Oil Company, until his retirement.

Mr. Singleton was an avid outdoorsman who enjoyed wild game hunting, fishing and golf. He loved spending time with his family and was a standing member of Porter’s Chapel United Methodist Church.

Surviving are his two daughters, Leslie Singleton Dalton (Russ) and Anna Singleton Norton (Keith); a son-in-law, Matthew Brown; two brothers, Billy Singleton and Dickie Singleton (Helen); three grandchildren, Madeline Dalton Smith (Jacob), Anna Margaret Dalton and James Reid Norton, and many loving nieces and nephews.

Along with his parents, Mr. Singleton was also predeceased by a daughter, Carrie Margaret Singleton, a brother, Kenneth Singleton, and the mother of his children, Barbara Dean Singleton.

Funeral services were held June 25 at Porter’s Chapel United Methodist Church, with burial following in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Cottingham Hospice House, 390 Keowee School Road, Seneca, SC 29672. Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting

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 five 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 were held June 16 in the Liberty Mortuary Chapel, with burial following 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.

Belva H. Bennett

Clemson — Belva Christine Henderson Bennett, 80, of Clemson, died Friday, June 24, 2016, at her home.

Born in Clemson, she was a daughter of the late Warren and Zelma Richey Henderson. Belva was a 1953 graduate of Calhoun-Clemson High School and worked in the athletic department at Clemson University for 40 years. She was a member of Pendleton United Methodist Church.

Surviving are two daughters, Lisa DeAngelis (John), and children, Lydia and John Warren DeAngelis, of Virginia Beach, Va., and Rene’ Bennett (Jonathan) Bedenbaugh, and children, Joshua and Matthew Bedenbaugh of Jacksonville, Fla.; brother, Benny Henderson of Seneca; sisters, Margaret Gambrell of Pendleton, Mary Jean Lehmann of Seneca, Elaine Hunter of Clemson and Dorothy Bradley of Pendleton.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a sister, Barbara Wade.

Funeral services were held June 27 at Pendleton United Methodist Church, with Rev. Mel Arant officiating.

Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621.

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

Harold Lahr

Liberty — Harold John Lahr, 68, of 216 Denmark Drive, passed away peacefully Thursday, June 16, 2016, at his residence.

Born in Chester, Pa., he was the husband of Barbara Wood Lahr. He was a son of Emily Irene Spaide Peacock of Waynesville, N.J., and the late Howard James Lahr. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. After retiring from the Army, he worked at several places, but most recently at Lowe’s. He had a passion for airplanes and was a member of New Spring Church in Anderson.

Surviving in addition to his wife and mother are two daughters, Michelle Lahr and Theresa Wood (Lee McGaha); a son, Wayne Wood; a sister, Kathy McAndrew; two brothers, Donnie and Kenny Lahr; five granddaughters, Jessica Tarone, Jessie McGaha, Rebecca Tarone, Tatum Wood and BriAnna Wood; and three great-grandchildren, Sofia, Nova-Leigh and Brooklynn. In addition to his father he was predeceased by a sister, Linda Cox.

Services were held June 19 at Liberty Mortuary. Private interment will be held at a later date at M.J. “Dolly” Cooper Veteran’s Cemetery.

Floral arrangements are appreciated, but memorials may also be made to the American Cancer Society at P.O. Box 22478 Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

Liberty Mortuary and Cremation Services are handling arrangements.

Landry Brynn Roper

Easley — Landry Brynn Roper, infant daughter of Samuel Craig and Brittany Robinson Roper, went to be with her Lord and Savior Saturday, June 25, 2016.

Surviving, in addition to her parents, are two brothers, Judson and Beckett Roper of the home; a sister, Remi Roper of the home; maternal grandparents, Frankie and Kelley Robinson of Easley; paternal grandparents, Sammy and Toni Roper of Easley; great-grandparents, Larry and Aileen Brooks, and Jimmy and Jane Robinson, all of Easley; and an aunt and uncle, Brooks and Blair Robinson of Easley.

Graveside services were held June 28 at the Nine Forks Baptist Church cemetery, with Rev. Brian Stokes officiating.

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

Anne A. Furman

Table Rock — Anne Aldrich Furman, 72, wife of the late Thomas DeSaussure Furman Sr., passed away Thursday, June 23, 2016.

A gathering honoring Anne will be held at Solitude Point. Details to follow.

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

CSM (Ret.) Jack G. Black Sr.

Pickens — CSM (Ret.) Jack Goldsmith Black Sr., 87, husband of Della Garrett Black, passed from this life on Saturday, June 25, 2016, at Regency Hospital in Greenville.

Jack was born in Pickens County, son of the late Joseph Tribble and Sara Goldsmith Black. Born with a servant’s heart, Jack was always active in his community. He retired from the City of Pickens as superintendent of streets and sanitation and served as a volunteer firefighter with the Pickens Fire Department for 52 years. Jack served on Pickens City Council for 13 years and served as a bailiff in the county court system for 16 years, and formerly served as a state constable. A true people person, Jack never met a stranger and was always willing to help.

A member of Pickens Presbyterian Church, Jack served as an elder, deacon and Sunday school duperintendent. He was a member of Keowee Lodge #79 A.F.M. and the Hejaz Temple of The Shrine in Greenville.

Jack served more than 40 years and was retired as Command Sergeant Major of the S.C. Army National Guard. He served as Command Sergeant Major for South Carolina from 1985 to 1986 and he was a member of the American Legion Post 51 in Pickens. He was one of the first Boy Scouts in Troop 51 in Pickens. Among his many honors, he was inducted to the S.C. National Guard Hall of Fame in 2006 and was one of five winners of the “I Fan the Flame Award” awarded by the City of Pickens. He was also recipient of Duke Energy “Citizenship and Service Award” in 2008.

Survivors include his wife of 62 years, Della Garrett Black, sons, Jack G. Black Jr. and his wife Mary of Columbia and Jeffrey G. Black and his fiancée Lee Clawson of Pickens, grandchildren, Evan Black of Atlanta and Alison “Ali” Black of Columbia.

In addition to his parents, Jack was preceded in death by his siblings, Sara Aida McGovern, Frances Hastings, Bill Black, Caroline Kee, June Kroeg, Margaret Martin, Ann Brown and Betty Valley Ellison.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, June 29, at Dillard Funeral Home from 9:30-11 a.m., with funeral services following in the funeral home chapel at 11 a.m. Burial with military honors will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to Pickens Presbyterian Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 834, Pickens, SC 29671 or to The Pickens Senior Center, 129 Schoolhouse St., Pickens, SC 29671.

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