Courier Obituaries 7-23-14

Floyd Ramey

Liberty — Floyd Lee Ramey, 61, of 122 Patterson Road died peacefully, Tuesday July 15, 2014 at his residence after a 4 year courageous battle with cancer.

Born in Pickens, he was the husband of Carolyn Kay Reece Ramey of the home and a son of the late Roy and Lula Bell Barton Ramey. He was retired from Climate Control and loved watching all types of racing. He also loved attending church at Liberty Church of God of Prophecy.

Surviving in addition to his wife are four daughters, Lisa James(Rex) of Spartanburg, Terri White(Tony) of Pickens, Christine Burgess(Cal) of Cleveland and Becky Ramey Martin(Robbie) of Central; a son, Daryl Hellams(Taffie) of Liberty; three sisters, Dorothy Kelly, Lola Rowland and Carolyn McCall all of Liberty; a brother, Michael Ramey of Liberty; 12 grandchildren; and five great grandchildren.

In addition to his parents he was predeceased by two sisters, Patricia Leard and Thelma Burns; a brother, James Ramey; and a great granddaughter, Jadyn Harris.

Funeral services to honor the life of Mr. Ramey were held Friday at 2 p.m. at Liberty Church of God of Prophecy, 373 Black Bottom Road, Liberty SC. Burial was at Westview Cemetery.

Memorial messages may be sent to the family by visiting Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.

Fred M. O’Shields

Easley — Fred M. O’Shields, 83, husband of Betty Stokes O’Shields, died Thursday, July 17, 2014.

Mr. O’Shields was born in Pickens County, a son of the late George Washington and Dessie Brezeale O’Shields. A graduate of Pickens High School, he also attended Clemson University. He was retired as plant engineer with Platt Saco Lowell after 30 plus years service. Mr. O’Shields was a member of Jones Avenue Baptist Church in Easley where he was a member of the C. W. Lyles Sunday School Class and he was a U. S. Air Force veteran.

Survivors include his wife of 52 years, Betty Stokes O’Shields, his son, Jeffrey Stokes O’Shields and his wife, Amanda of Easley and the loves of his life, his grandchildren, Abigail Marie O’Shields and Stokes Patrick O’Shields. Surviving also are brothers, Bobby O’Sheal (Joan) of Seneca and Paul O’Shield of Lawrenceville, Ga., and sisters, Jean Stegall (Paul) and Grace Dickard (Lloyd) all of Greenville, Juanita Dancy of Jefferson, N.C., and Martha Bates of Travelers Rest.

In addition to his parents, Mr. O’Shields was preceded in death by brothers, G. W. O’Shields and Harold O’Shields and a sister, Mildred Gilstrap.

Funeral Services were Sunday, July 20 at 2 p.m. in the funeral home chapel at Dillard Funeral Home in Pickens. Burial followed at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Jones Avenue Baptist Church, 614 Ross Avenue, Easley, SC 29640

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the O’Shields family.

Pete James

Easley — J. B. “Pete” James, 75, died Friday, July 18, 2014.

Pete was born in Pickens County, a son of the late Turner R. and Ethel Cardell James. He was retired from Southland Life Insurance Co. and later retired from his own business selling used cars.

Survivors include his special friend, Patsy Birt, sons, Douglas James (Angie) and Gregory James (Tammy Roper) all of Easley, grandchildren, Ashley James, Lauren James, Spec. Evan James, U.S. Army (Jenna) and Taylor James. Also surviving are sisters, Ruth Dover of Gastonia, N.C., Margaret Brooks of Pickens and Rachel Jennings of Greenville.

In addition to his parents, Pete was preceded in death by his brothers, Clyde, Jack, and Calvin James.

A memorial service was held 4:30 p.m. Sunday in the chapel of Dillard Funeral Home in Pickens with the Rev. Shawn O’Shields officiating.

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the James family.

Joseph K. Freeman

Easley — Joseph K. “Joey” Freeman, Sr., 49, of 1510 Three & Twenty Road, died Friday, July 18, 2014 at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Born in Pickens County, the son of Jean McAlister Freeman of Easley, and the late Joe McCall “Joe Mac” Freeman, Joey retired from Easley Combined Utilities and was a member of St. Andrew United Methodist Church.

Surviving, in addition to his mother, are a son, Joseph K. “Joey” Freeman, Jr., of Easley; two sisters, Jeanna F. Greene of Easley, and Melissa F. Mattison (Ken) of Piedmont; and several nieces and nephews.

Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Monday at St. Andrew United Methodist Church.

Burial followed in Shiloh United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to St. Andrew United Methodist Church, 309 Pelzer Highway, Easley, SC 29642 or to Three & Twenty Fire Volunteer Department, 1301 Three & Twenty Road, Easley, SC 29642.

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

William Leith

Easley – William Harold Leith, 85, of Easley, husband of the late Nancy Lee Allen Leith, died Monday, July 21, 2014, at the Foothills Presbyterian Home.

Born in Due West, a son of the late William Hartnette and Lucy Huddon Leith, Mr. Leith graduated from Erskine College in 1949 and University of South Carolina in 1952 with degrees in math and chemistry.

Mr. Leith was a retired chemist with DuPont and a member of the American Chemical Society, the Chimerical Marketing Research Association, and Easley Presbyterian Church.

Surviving are a daughter, Linda Leith Giambalvo, a son, William Harold Leith ll, and three grandchildren, Lauren Giambalvo, Emily Giambalvo, and John MacKay Leith.

A memorial service will be at 4 p.m. Thursday, July 24, at Easley Presbyterian Church. The family will receive friends following the service in the church parlor.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to Easley Presbyterian Church at 200 South 1St Street, Easley, SC 29640, or charity of one’s choice.

Online condolences may be expressed at

James Warren

Easley — James “David” Warren, 41, of Easley, husband of Lennie Hyatt Warren, died Saturday, July 19, 2014 at Richard Campbell Veteran’s Nursing Home.

Born in Pickens County, a son of Dan and Lynn Evans, David was a truck
driver and a member of Marathon Community Church.

He was a veteran of the
U.S. Navy.

Surviving, in addition to his wife and parents, are a daughter, Lily Warren; a brother, Jason Evans; a sister, Casey Evans.

A memorial service will be 3:30 p.m. Sunday, July 27, at Marathon Community Church.

Visitation will be from 1:30 p.m. until 3:15 p.m. Sunday at the church, prior
to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Richard Campbell Veteran’s
Nursing Home, 4605 Belton Hwy, Anderson SC 29621.

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