Courier Obituaries 7-10-19


EASLEY — Mr. Jimmy Ray Moore, 62, husband of Robyn Hunter Moore, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Thursday, July 4, 2019.

Born in Bitburg, Germany, a son of the late Heyward Cleveland Moore and the late Etta May Howard Moore, Mr. Moore was retired from the Clemson University Police Department, where he was disabled in the line of duty. He was an active member of Rock Springs Baptist Church, where he belonged to the Redeemed Sunday school class.

Jimmy was an avid rock climber and loved being a member of the Easley Rescue Squad, serving on the Mountain Rescue Team and the Dive Team. He loved children and was proud to serve as chairman of the Friends of the Guardian ad Litem. Mr. Moore loved and adored his family, but his greatest love was for his Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

The Lord blessed Jimmy and his family for many years, having allowed him to be the longest living heart transplant survivor. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Surviving, in addition to his wife of 44 years, are one son, John Cleveland Moore (Kelley) of Nashville, Tenn.; one daughter, Nicole Moore Hemphill (Adam) of Easley; four brothers, Floyd Glen Moore, Lloyd Lynn Moore (Rebecca) and David Bruce Moore (Brenda), all of Easley, and Harold Cleveland Moore (Linda) of Lipan, Texas; three sisters, Corliss Faye Moore Burckhalter of North West, N.C., Darlene Ann Swann (Larry) of Dallas, Texas, and Frances Olivia Moore of Greenville; and six grandchildren, Emma Grayce Hemphill, Reese Belle Moore, Anna Huntyr Hemphill, Reagan May Moore, Gavin Bryan Hemphill and Saige Carolina Moore.

Funeral services were held on July 9 at Rock Springs Baptist Church. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Easley Recreation Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 466, Easley, SC 29641.

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


PICKENS — Linda Lou Lockhart Shepherd, 69, wife of the late Stephen Shepherd, passed away on Friday, June 28, 2019, at AnMed Cannon Memorial Hospital.

Born on Aug. 16, 1949, in Havaco, W.Va., she was the daughter of the late William and Hazel Knox Lockhart.

Linda was a retired licensed practitioner nurse. She loved spending time with her grandchildren and shopping.

Surviving are three children, Anthony Santo (Sue), James Santo and Tammy McFarland; fiancé, Archie East; three brothers, Don Lockhart, Jack Lockhart (Pauline) and Ronnie Lockhart; two sisters, Sally Kirk and Connie Belcher (Clarence); and six grandchildren, AJ Santo, Troy Santo, Audrey Santo, Hunter Santo, Jessica McFarland and Jennifer McFarland.

Funeral services were held on July 2 in the Dillard Funeral Home chapel, with Rev. Mike Reynolds officiating. Burial was held at Hillcrest Memorial Park following the service.

Online condolences may be expressed to the Shepherd family by visiting


EASLEY — Jason Deck, 45, passed from this life on Friday, July 5, 2019.

Born in Pickens County, Jason was the son of Mike Deck and Jill Hendrix.

Survivors include his father, Mike Deck and wife, Sonya Deck; his mother, Jill Hendrix; grandmother, Luvenia Deck; and brothers, Scott Deck and Tyler Deck. Also left to cherish his memory are family members Dana Deck Linzy, Tim Deck, Kip Deck, Tret Deck and numerous loving cousins, nieces and nephews.

Jason was predeceased by a grandfather, Henry Deck Jr., and an aunt, Tammy Deck Hornsby.

Jason enjoyed music and the freedom of being outdoors, as he loved to fish. He was talented, committed and dedicated to the concrete business.

Jason was of the Baptist faith and was baptized at First Baptist Church of Easley.

A memorial service to honor Jason will be held at 11 a.m. on Thursday, July 11, in the chapel of Mountain View Funeral Home, with Rev. Wayne Garmon officiating. Visitation will be held one hour prior to the service.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Deck family.


LIBERTY — Landon J. Viles, 28, passed from this life on Tuesday, July 2, 2019.

Born in Pickens County, he was a son of Victor Landon Viles and Traci Viles. Landon had no enemies, was loved by many people and known to all as a funny guy.

Survivors include his mother, Traci Viles of Liberty; his father, Victor Viles of Springfield, Mo.; his daughter, Carolina Viles; his sister, Savanna Viles; grandparents, Frank and Myrtle Curtis; and a nephew, Paul Lee Chapman, all of Liberty. Also surviving are several extended family and friends.

A visitation was held on July 8 in the chapel of Mountain View Funeral Home to honor Landon.

Mountain View Funeral Home is assisting the Viles family.


PICKENS — Elizabeth Pace Watt, 84, was reunited in Heaven with her husband Paul Wilson Watt on Tuesday, July 2, 2019, at Sunnybrook Assisted Living.

Born in Pickens County, she was a daughter of the late Clarice Osgood Pace and the late Annie Louise Grant Pace. Mrs. Watt was a devoted Sunday school teacher and faithfully served in children’s ministry wherever she could. The family expresses their thankfulness for Sunnybrook Assisted Living for the exceptional care and love afforded to Mrs. Watt.

Survivors include daughters, Joan Red of Fletcher, N.C., and Paula Watt (Don Underwood) of Cleveland; grandchildren, Brent Chastain, Will Red, Libby Red, Gray Haynes, Tyler Underwood, Carly Davidson, Sarah Underwood and Erin Underwood; and great-grandchildren, Averi, Cason, Caden, Declan, Chip and Henry.

Mrs. Watt was predeceased by her parents, her husband, brothers, Carl Pace, “J.O.” Pace and Herbert Pace, and a sister, Estelle Looper.

The family will have a private graveside service.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday, July 13, at Oolenoy Baptist Church at 11 a.m.

Flowers will be accepted.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Watt family.


PIEDMONT — Edgar Ray “Ed” Hanna, 85, of 503 Timms Road, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, July 3, 2019, at his residence. Born in Richwood, W.Va., he was a son of the late Albert Jessie and Goldie McCourt Hanna.

Mr. Hanna was retired from the United States Navy, where he served during the Vietnam War. He was a member of Jones Avenue Baptist Church. He was also a member and past master of Liberty Masonic Lodge No. 235 AFM, past master of Harmony Masonic Lodge No. 22 AFM in Beaufort, and honorary member of Mountain Springs Masonic Lodge No. 302 AFM and Travelers Rest OES No. 205.

Ed enjoyed reading, but above all else he loved to read his bible.

Surviving are his wife, Mary Wilson Hanna of the home; a daughter, Marlar Guy of Denver, Colo.; two sons, James E. Hanna (Nancy) of Slidell, La., and Dale Hanna (Judy) of Liberty; a stepdaughter, Kristy Wilson-Carson (Brad) of Easley; a stepson, Stan Wilson of Powdersville; three sisters, Norma Calhoun, Janella Ann Davis and Nedra Sue Cree; seven grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his first wife, Bobbie Lesley Hanna; a sister, Betty Trimble: and three brothers, Charles, Albert and Richard Hanna.

Funeral services to honor the life of Mr. Hanna were conducted on July 6 at Jones Avenue Baptist Church. Burial was held at Hillcrest Memorial Park with military honors and masonic rites.

The family will be at the home.


SIX MILE — Robert J. Frankovich, 92, passed away surrounded by his family at his home early Monday morning, June 17, 2019.

He was born in Manistique, Mich., on May 2, 1927, the son of George J and Alice M (Demars) Frankovich, the fourth child of nine. In May 1944, Bob dropped out of high school to enlist in the U.S. Navy. He served in the Pacific campaigns during World War II and in Japan during the occupation. In June 1946, he was honorably discharged from the U.S. Navy. In January 1947, he enlisted in the Army Air Corp, which later became the U.S. Air Force. He served in the Korean War with the 3201st Boat Squadron, performing sea rescues of downed aircrews.

Bob met Mary Ann Golt in Dover, Del., and they were married on Jan. 21, 1950. He retired from the U.S. Air Force as a technical sergeant in 1966 with 22 years of military service. He worked for National Airlines in Charleston and Pan American Airlines in Los Angeles, Calif., until retiring in 1981.

Bob and Mary Ann returned to Central while building a house in Six Mile. They have lived in Six Mile since 1992. Bob was active in the local woodworkers group for many years and enjoyed making wooden toys. He also became active in the AAF/USAF Crash Rescue Association, which was associated with the crash boats he served on in Korea. Bob served as a past president of the association for many years. Bob has enjoyed life traveling with Mary Ann, doing wood working and reminiscing with his service buddies.

Bob is survived by his wife, Mary Ann of Six Mile; one daughter, Ann (David Vaughn) of Central; three sons, Robert of Summerville, Joseph of Newnan, Ga., and Daniel of Piedmont; five grandchildren, Keri Cantrell, Mallary Vaughn, Devan Vaughn, Layna Frankovich and Lydia Frankovich; one great-grandchild, Caleb Cantrell; and one sister, Rose Marie Cournaya. He was predeceased by his parents and seven siblings.

Funeral services were held on June 28 at the MJ Dolly Cooper Veterans Cemetery in Anderson.

Memorial donations may be sent to AAF/USAF Crash Rescue Association, 601 Central Avenue, Summerville, SC 29483 (

Condolences may be expressed at or in person at MJ Dolly Cooper Veterans Cemetery.

Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home in Central is assisting the family.


SIX MILE — Lucille Knight Ellenburg, 77, of Six Mile, went to be with her Lord Friday July, 5, 2019, in Anderson.

Born in Pickens County, she was the daughter of the late Clyde and Rosa Lee Rice Knight and wife of the late Ralph Ellenburg. Lucille was a member of Gap Hill Church of God and very loved by her family.

Survivors include three sons, Randall Elbert Ellenburg of Six Mile, Eric Dana Ellenburg of Six Mile and Chris Perry Ellenburg of Athens, Ga; three brothers, Frank Knight, Melvin Knight and Roy Knight; a niece, Dolores Turner; and one grandchild; Tristan Ellenburg of Athens, Ga. Lucille also leaves her loving caretakers, Bobby and Stephanie Stephens, to share in her memory. In addition to her parents, Lucille was predeceased by a sister, Helen Turner, and three brothers, Harold Knight, J.B. Knight and Edward Knight.

A memorial service was held on July 9 at Gap Hill Church of God in Six Mile. Burial will be at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Pickens.

Online condolences may be sent to

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Ellenburg family.


PICKENS — Betty J. Patterson, 79, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Saturday, July 6, 2019, in Pickens.

Born in Oconee County, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Margie Sloan Crowe and wife of Thomas E. Patterson. Betty attended and was a member of Bible Baptist Church in Pickens for 54 years and was retired from the Corner Drug Store of Pickens as an account manager.

Survivors include a son, Joey Patterson and his wife, Karen, of Pickens; two sisters, Juanita Lewis of Pageland and Evelyn Chalmers of Newberry; two grandchildren, Heather Kelly and Logan Patterson; and two great-grandchildren, Trevor and Anslei Kelly, both of Pickens.

A memorial service was held Tuesday, July 9, in the Dillard Funeral Home chapel. Burial was held at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Pickens.

The family respectfully asks that memorials be made to the Bible Baptist Church Building Fund, 2522 Gentry Memorial Highway, Pickens, SC 29671.

Online condolences may be made to

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Patterson family.


CENTRAL — Charles Dewitt Dyar, 89, of Central, passed away peacefully on Friday, June 21, 2019, at the Residences at Park Place in Seneca.

Born in Central, he was the widower of Jessie Pinion Dyar and a son of the late Joseph Arthur and Nina Gassaway Dyar.

He was retired from Duke Energy and was a United States Navy veteran.

Mr. Dyar was a longtime member of Welcome Baptist Church, where he served as deacon from 1958-2015. He enjoyed fishing, hunting and gardening, but most of all, he enjoyed spending time with his family.

Surviving are a daughter, Amanda Gunter (Larry) of Easley; a son, Charles “Tim” Dyar (Crystal) of Central; two sisters, Ann Horton of Pickens and Dot Johnston of Central; three brothers, Joe Dyar of Clemson, Frank Dyar of Central and Woody Dyar of Clemson; four grandchildren, Blake Dyar (Brittany), Brandon Dyar (Kelsey), Caleb Gunter (Anna Grace) and Hannah Gunter; and one great-grandson, Johnny Dyar.

In addition to his wife and parents, he was preceded in death by two brothers, Larry and David Dyar.

Funeral services to honor the life of Mr. Dyar were conducted on June 24 in the Liberty Mortuary chapel. Burial followed at Welcome Baptist Church cemetery.

The family will be at their respective homes. Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to Welcome Baptist Church, 1432 Maw Bridge Road, Central SC 29630.

Condolences may be left for the family by visiting Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.


WESTMINSTER —Thomas Pittman Chandler, 88, passed away on Saturday, July 6, 2019.

He was born Jan. 3, 1931, in Toombs County, Ga., and was raised in south Georgia by the late James Wylie and Annie Tate Chandler.

He resided in Oconee County for the last 45 years. He leaves behind his wife, Judy, seven children, 11 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Mr. Chandler was honorably discharged from the United States Army after serving in the Korean War and continued to serve in the United States Army Reserve for many years following.

Funeral services will be held at the M.J. Dolly Cooper Veterans Cemetery in Anderson, where Mr. Chandler will receive full military honors.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in Seneca.

Brown-Oglesby Funeral Home is assisting the family.


SENECA — Janet Lynne Tucker Martin went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Monday, July 1, 2019.

Jan was born on Aug. 20, 1963, at Fort Jackson in Columbia. Jan was a lifetime resident of Seneca. She was a teacher in her early years, but later she chose to be a stay-at-home mom. Jan is survived by her husband of 33 years, Danny; and two special boys, Ian and Chase (Anna). However, her most precious gift was Kennedy — aka Krae — who called her Grandma or Honey Bunny. She is also survived by her sister, Carol Winkler of Seneca (David Tucker).

She was preceded in death by her maternal grandparent, Earle Mae Kelley; her paternal grandparents, Sam and Anna Tucker; older sister, Glenda Owens; and her brothers, Gaylon Ray and James Larry.

When she finished school, she met her one and only Danny Boy, who was a motorcycle-riding, black-jacket-and-one-earring-wearing heavy metal rocker who swept Jan off her feet. The only problem was Ray and Willie Mae did not like him, but Jan married Danny, and mom and dad fell in love with Danny Boy. Raising two boys, she and Danny had a home that became the neighborhood hangout for the Cherry Street Boys. Today, Jan’s home is still the neighborhood hangout and will always be. Jan loved being a mom not only to Ian and Chase, but to everyone. She was a favorite aunt to all her nieces and nephews.

Jan was the baby of the family, but to her brother David and to her sister Carol, she was a spoiled little girl. However, they always catered to and loved her, and she will be missed. One thing that Jan loved was her animals, Bandit and Dixie Mae, and her cats, Roger and Bob the no tail. Today we thank you for coming and remembering our sweet Jan. Jan fought a long and hard battle, and she never complained. And on Monday, she met Jesus and Heaven opened the doors, and when Jesus stepped aside, she met her mom and dad and her family in heaven. Though she will be missed greatly, we know she will rejoice with her heavenly father.

A celebration of Jan’s life was held on July 5 at Brown-Oglesby Funeral Home.


SENECA — With a heavy heart, we would like to announce that our father, Dr. John K. Luedeman, unexpectedly, peacefully passed late Wednesday, July 3.

He lived a full life, raising four kids (Keith, Eric, Jody and Cathy), teaching mathematics at Clemson University for 33 years before retiring as professor emeritus, serving as faculty senate president in the early 1990s, and bringing joy to many by playing Santa Claus each Christmas at churches and local schools.

John received his bachelor’s degree from Valparaiso University, his master’s degree from Southern Illinois University and his Ph.D. in mathematics from the University of Buffalo. He was widely published in the mathematics arena of semi-groups and Ring Theory, which none of us fully (or even partially, to be honest) understand. He also co-authored a textbook on linear algebra, which a few of us did grasp. As a long-term Rotary member, he was named a Paul Harris Fellow. He was a founding member of the South Carolina Aquarium and a member of the Seneca Architectural Review Committee. John was a very active and involved father. He was heavily involved in Cub Scouts as part of Pack 31 and coached all his children in tee-ball and his boys into baseball until they were unable to make the varsity baseball team. Always a boater, he loved teaching his children and grandchildren to fish and drive the boat. He is well remembered by his kids for the many stories he read in return for head rubs and the crazy songs he made up while carrying them on his shoulders.

Raised a strict Lutheran, he became a devout Presbyterian with an affection for Lutheran hymns. He was active in his church. Though he was from Fort Wayne, Ind., he was a basketball fanatic. Unfortunately, 5’8″ point guards were not in high demand in the NCAA, much to his chagrin. Hence, he became better at tennis. He had a successful second half of life in retirement, writing grant proposals to help high school teachers teach math more effectively. Along with this work, he traveled the world scuba diving and listening to Jimmy Buffett music. He also found great pleasure in spending time and spoiling his seven grandchildren, Daniel, Nic, Travis, Ella, Zachary, Zoe and Charlie.

The family is gathered in Seneca at his Lake Keowee home mourning, telling stories and addressing needed matters. We’ve already run into so many folks with great stories of how he impacted their life in a positive way. We can’t think of a better way to be remembered.

He is survived by his children and their spouses, grandchildren, brother, Joel Luedeman, and long-time fiancé, Teresa Oliver and her children and grandchildren.

A service in his remembrance was held on July 9 at Brown-Oglesby Funeral Home in Seneca.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to theSouth Carolina Aquarium.


SENECA — Rickie Roland Green went home to be with the Lord on Saturday, July 6, 2019.

He was born Jan. 5, 1948, and was the eldest son of Sherwood Warie and Mozelle Helen Dix Green. He is survived by Ronnie Green of Seneca; Eddie and wife, Renee, of Central; and Glenn and wife, Debi, of Seneca. He also leaves behind many nieces and nephews.

Rickie was a Vietnam veteran and retired Navy master chief. He also loved fishing, hockey and car racing. The family received friends at Brown-Oglesby Funeral Home on July 9.