Courier Obituaries 7-25-18


EASLEY — Betty Jane Bradford-Lawson, of Easley, was born on April 27, 1933, in Washington, D.C., and she went home to be with her lord and savior Jesus Christ on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, at her home.

She completed her education with a GED, and she was a manager in the food service industry for many years. She enjoyed crocheting, reading, doing word search puzzles and playing on her computer, and she loved caring for her pets and her flowers. Most importantly, Betty enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her children and her grandchildren.

She moved to Easley from Altoona, Pa., in 2003 and attended Greer Memorial Baptist Church whenever she was able to.

Betty was preceded in death by her mother, Quintie Redmon; her husbands, Lionel Bradford and Benjamin Lawson; her son, Robert Bradford; her daughter, Lynn Marie Hoption; her grandson, Stanley Bradford; and her great-grandson, Drake Sharretts.

Betty is survived by her children, Peggy Covington and Pam Smith of South Carolina, Betty Hay of Minnesota, Diane Bradford, Darlyne Bradford, Sharon Swope, Danny Bradford and Joey Bradford, all of Pennsylvania, and Lonnie Bradford and Jean Carpinone of Maryland; 30 grandchildren; 40 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.

A memorial service to remember and honor Betty’s life will be held Aug. 10 at the Community Worship Center, 1300 Bald Eagle Ave. in Tyrone, Pa., 16686. Graveside burial services will follow at the Grandview Cemetery, 787 Forsht Lane in Altoona, Pa., 16601. Family and friends will gather at the home of Mike and Sharon Swope, 1665 Skyline Drive, Fallentimber, Pa., 16639.

The family does wish for any donations in Betty’s memory to be made to the Pickens County Humane Society, 500 Five Forks Road, Liberty, SC 29657.

Cremation arrangements have been provided to the family by the Cremation Society of South Carolina – Westville Funerals, 6010 White Horse Road, Greenville, SC 29611.


CENTRAL — Delzie Eloise Rampey, 83, went to be with Jesus on Tuesday, July 17, 2018.

Eloise was born on March 29, 1935, the daughter of the late Elbert Troy and Ellen Whittle Head, in Central, where she spent all the years of her life.

Eloise was the wife of the late Ralph Rampey and is survived by her siblings, Gene “Burley” Head (Donna) of Willis, Texas, Bobbie Head of Seneca and Thelma Jones of Seneca.

She was a loving mother of three children, Larry Rampey (Carrie) of Columbia, Alan Rampey (Jackie) of Pickens and Janet Brothers (Stan predeceased) of Central. Also surviving are six grandchildren, Kayla Williams, Spencer Brothers, Jenna Rampey, Morgan Rampey, Anna Garland Rampey and Jennifer Rampey; and four great-grandchildren, Drey, Jessica, Jake and Jarrett.

Graveside services were held July 19 at Memory Gardens, with Dr. John Adams officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pickens County Meals on Wheels, 349 Edgemont Ave., Liberty, SC 29657.

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


clemson — Dorothy Elizabeth Baldwin Edwards, 92, entered into eternal life on Monday, July 16, 2018.

She was born in Fletcher, N.C. on Oct. 20, 1925, the daughter of John Roy Baldwin, Sr. and Muriel Joy Carter Baldwin. She grew up on a large family farm – from which her entrepreneurial father trucked his crops seasonally to the great cities of the American heartland. The family was impacted significantly by the Great Depression and following her graduation from Fletcher High School in 1943, Dorothy attended Mars Hill College, where she received an Associate in Arts (1945).

She then entered Berea College in Berea, Ky., to pursue an undergraduate degree in Home Economics (1947). At Berea, where students were required to work on campus as part of their education, she mastered the recipes of Chef Richard Hougen of the College’s Boone Hall Tavern, and worked in support of the office of Berea College President Francis S. Hutchins. At Berea, she met her future husband, Robert Lee Edwards of Barnardsville, N.C., who had returned from military service in the Second World War.

Upon graduation, she returned to western North Carolina, where she worked in education and became an accomplished plein-air landscape artist painting in oil. During these years, she remained devoted to her courtship with Robert. She married Robert Lee Edwards on June 3, 1951, and accompanied him to Raleigh, N.C., where he completed studies in animal science, earning a Ph.D. in 1958. They relocated to Clemson, where he had accepted a position on the faculty at Clemson. In the fall, she began teaching at Pendleton High School, where she remained until the birth of her son in 1966. She took a lengthy hiatus from teaching and completed a Master of Education degree at Clemson University (1978). She resumed teaching and completed her career at Liberty Elementary School.

In retirement, she and her husband traveled often — seeing the continental U.S., Canada and Western Europe. In her later years, she enjoyed the company of good books, friends and family — especially her grandson, Andrew, and dog, Meggett.

Dorothy was preceded in death by her parents and her brother, John Roy Baldwin Jr.; brother-in-law, James Roy Edwards; and nephew, Roy Timothy Baldwin.

She is survived by her beloved husband of 67 years, Robert Lee Edwards; a son, John Robert Edwards (Virginia Stroud) of Greenville; and a grandson, Andrew John Edwards. Other survivors include a sister, Francis Baldwin Hoots; a sister-in-law, June Settle Edwards, and families of three nieces and two nephews.

Funeral services were held July 21 at Clemson United Methodist Church, with Rev. Fran Elrod officiating..

A private committal service will be held prior to the memorial service at Woodland Cemetery on the campus of Clemson University.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial gifts be made to Clemson University Historic Properties, Box 345615, Clemson, SC 29634-5714 or Berea College, Berea Fund, CPO 2216, Berea, KY 40404.

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


SIX MILE — Mary Ann Elizabeth (Aunt Nan) Hendricks, joined her Lord and Savior in Heaven on Monday, July 16, 2018.

Born in July 7, 1930, in Pickens County, she was a daughter of the late James B. and Bertha Skelton Hendricks of Six Mile. Mary Ann was a lifelong member of Kings Grove Baptist Church. She began her nursing career in 1947 at Six Mile Hospital. She also trained at Shriners Hospital in Greenville, was a nurse at Cannon Hospital for more than 30 years, and was a nurse at Harvey’s Love and Care.

A renowned cook, quilter and crochet devotee, Mary Ann traveled the world, seeing the Far East, Europe and South America, as well as the United States. Her concern for those around her was a hallmark of her life, both in the church community as well as within her family and for her many friends.

In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by siblings, Lloyd Benjamin, Wallace Cecil and Margie Jean; a sister in law, Barbara Galloway Hendricks; and a niece, Rebecca Ann Lasater.

She is survived by brothers, William Ray (Julia), James Benjamin, David Clayton (Phyllis) and John Thomas (Anne), along with 11 nieces and nephews, Rusty Hendricks, Ed Grant, Paula Stinnett, Kim Wilson, Lauren Moore, Alan, Eric and Mark Hendricks, Jane Whitmore, Kelley Bayne and Katie McCranie.

The family would like to thank Nan’s special friend Helen Holder for her love and dedication over the past several years along with the caring staff’s of Lila Doyle Nursing Center and GHS Hospice of the Foothills for the excellent care, attention, and love shown to Aunt Nan during her stay.

Funeral services to honor the life of Aunt Nan were conducted July 21 at Kings Grove Baptist Church. The family received friends on Saturday following the service in the Fellowship Hall of Kings Grove Baptist Church.

Burial was private. In lieu of flowers memorials are requested to either Kings Grove Baptist Church, 1335 Old Seneca Road, Central SC 29630 or GHS Hospice of the Foothills, 390 Keowee School Road, Seneca SC 29672.

The family will be at their respective homes. Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.


CENTRAL — Lawrence Ferrainolo, 59, passed from this life Wednesday, July 4, 2018, in Easley.

Born in Rochester, N.Y., he is the son of the late Fredrick Michael Ferrainolo and Dorothy Vivian Measeceri Ferrainolo and the husband of Michelle Ferrainolo. Lawrence was a machine shop operator for Blue Ridge Metal and Tool, and a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church.

In addition to his wife, Michelle, survivors include one son, Adam Ferrainolo and his wife Allison of Central; a daughter, Elysia Shuman and her husband Anthony of Central; and two brothers, Joseph Michael Ferrainolo of N.C. and Frederick Michael Ferrainolo of Warsaw, N.Y. Lawrence also leaves eight grandchildren to share in his memory, Justin, Carson, Walker, Hunter, Will, Eli, Isabella and Isaiah.

Services were held at Holy Cross Catholic Church on July 20.

Online memorial may be sent to Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Ferrainolo family.


EASLEY — Charles Erby Burrell Sr., 79, husband of Shirley Allen Burrell, passed away Thursday, July 19, 2018.

Born in Oconee County, a son of the late Phidel and Alice Jenkins Burrell, Mr. Burrell retired from Easley Mechanical and was a member of New Life Baptist Church. He was a U.S. Army veteran, having served in the Korean War.

Surviving, in addition to his wife of 55 years, are a daughter, Diane Browning of Liberty; four sons, Robert Burrell (Paula) of Anderson, Rusty Burrell (Melissa) of Pickens, Dean Burrell (Kimberly Martin) of Easley and Andrew Griffin of Travelers Rest; five grandchildren, Angela Hayes, Brittany Hannah, Stephanie Slade and Brooklynn and Braden Lynch; six great-grandchildren; three sisters, Louise Bates and Nina Alexander, both of Pickens, and Lois Reid of Easley; and three brothers, James Burrell of Six Mile and Wayne Burrell and Toliver Burrell both of Pickens.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Burrell was predeceased by a son, Charles Erby Burrell Jr.; and three brothers, Jerry, Allison and Claude Burrell.

Funeral services were held July 21 at Gilead Baptist Church, Pickens. Burial followed in Hillcrest Memorial Park in Pickens with military honors.

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


LIBERTY — Mr. Patrick Lynn Wilson, 63, husband of Carol Williams Wilson, passed away Friday, July 19, 2018, at his home.

Born in Sikeston, Mo., a son of the late Harley Edward Wilson and the late Mattie Mae Russell Wilson, Mr. Wilson was previously a store manager with Wal-Mart for 16 years and was a self employed business owner. He was a U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force veteran, and was a 32nd Degree Mason. He attended 5 Point Church.

Surviving, in addition to his wife of 43 years, are a son, Scott Wilson (Rhonda) of Easley; a brother, Charles Snyder (Janice) of Marble Hill, Mo.; and two grandchildren, Taylor Zane Wilson and Ryan Scott Wilson. In addition to his parents, Mr. Wilson was predeceased by a brother, Michael Wilson.

The family received friends July 22 at Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown.

The family will host a memorial service at a later date.

Memorials may be made in memory of Mr. Wilson to the 5 Point Church Food Bank. 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.


PICKENS — Florence Vera Pfund, 78, passed from this life Thursday, July 19, 2018, at her home in Pickens.

Born in Swan River, Manitoba, Canada, she was the wife of Avon Henry Pfund and daughter of the late Albert Ernest Mullen and Mable Vera Mullen.

Florence was a member of the Living Church of God in Anderson, and a homemaker. For those who knew her, family and friends alike, they can confirm her kindness to all and her love for everyone. She also had a great love for roses, birds and all things in nature.

In addition to her husband Avon of almost 58 years, Florence is survived by her son, Victor Henry Pfund, and wife Gay, of Frankston, Texas; daughter, Nicole Maureen Turner and husband Sam, of Grand Junction, Colo.; and one granddaughter, Gabrielle Nicole Pfund, of St. Louis, Mo.

A memorial service was held July 24 in the Dillard Funeral Home Chapel.

Online condolences may be shared at Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Pfund family.


PICKENS — William (Bill) J. Galloway, 89, husband of Adola Sargent Galloway for 67 years, went to be with his Lord and Savior Jesus Christ on Sunday, July 22, 2018.

Born in Oconee County, he was a son of the late James Flemon and Bessie Nichols Galloway.

Bill was retired from Alice Manufacturing. Mr. Galloway was a Mason and attended Amazing Grace Fellowship Church. Bill served in the United States Army as a military police officer in Korea and Germany.

Survivors include his wife; children, Anne (Billy) Galloway of Liberty, Wallace (Brooks) Galloway of Easley, Judy Pittman of Six Mile, Douglas Galloway of Fort Mill and Rickey Galloway of Six Mile; and 11 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren, four great-great-grandchildren, two brothers and two sisters.

Mr. Galloway was predeceased by his parents, five brothers and two sisters.

Visitation for Bill will be on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, from 2-3 p.m., with a funeral service to follow at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Mountain View Funeral Home. Burial will be at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens.

Flowers will be accepted.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Galloway family.


PICKENS — Betty Fountain Escoe, of Pickens, widow of Gerald C. (Buddy) Escoe, died Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at Rainey Hospice House in Anderson.

The family is immensely grateful to Rainey for their wonderful compassion and care.

Mrs. Escoe was born in Pelzer to the late Howard T, and Christine Turner Fountain. She graduated from Pelzer High School, after which she trained as a hairdresser. Upon the family’s move to Pickens, she found her career as a bank teller at the local Pickens Bank, where she became well-known and well-loved by many patrons.

She eventually retired as head teller from Bank of America after 25 years of service. She was a member of Crescent Hill Baptist Church and served for many years as a volunteer at Cannon Hospital in Pickens.

Survivors include two daughters, Phyllis Morgan (Steve) of Powdersville and Jan Childs (Greg) of Pickens; one son, G. Michael Escoe (Sherrie) of Atlanta, Ga.; a brother, Jack Fountain of Pelzer; eight grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband of 53 years; her parents; a brother, Gerald Fountain; a sister, Shirley Patterson; and a beloved grandmother, Zonie Russell.

A graveside service was held July 21 at Belton City Cemetery in Belton.

In lieu of flowers and in keeping with her life and values, contributions may be made to Miracle Hill Ministries, 490 S. Pleasantburg Drive, Greenville, SC 29607.

Mountain View funeral home is assisting with the Escoe family.


EASLEY — Doris Whitlock Smith, 91, passed away peacefully July 17, 2018, in Miami, Fla.

She was a native of Easley, and was preceded in death by husband, George Dewey Smith; three brothers, Ralph, James and Roy Whitlock; and one sister, Janice Murrell.

She is survived by a daughter, Annita (Bernard) Lewis; a son, Byron (Brenda) Smith; granddaughters, Ashlee (Philip) Casarino, Tracee Smith and Rebekah (Stephen) Duncan; grandson, George (Melissa) Lewis; six great-grandchildren; and nieces, nephews and other extended family members.

Doris was a longtime member of South Miami First Baptist Church, then of Fellowship Church of Miami. She logged more than 3,000 volunteer hours at the Miami Veterans Hospital.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 28, 2018, in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, 305 W. Main St., Easley

Memorials may be made in memory of Mrs. Smith to the Shriners Hospital, or to the VA Hospital.

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


EASLEY — Sybil Jennings Gillespie, devoted wife of Fred Calvin Gillespie Sr., passed away peacefully on Friday, July 20, 2018, at her home.

Born in Easley, a daughter of the late William Wesley Jennings and the late Maude Leslie Jennings, she was a loving and caring homemaker who enjoyed gardening, canning, cooking and embroidering.

Surviving, in addition to her husband, is a son, Fred C. Gillespie Jr. (Frances) of Gray Court; a daughter, Sandra Gillespie-Brothers of Norcross, Ga.; grandchildren, Fred C. Gillespie III (Denise), Sandra Layne (Brent) and Sam McLeod (Trina); and several great-grandchildren.

Along with her parents, she was predeceased by brothers, Billy Jennings, Doyle Jennings and Ray Jennings; sisters, Clara Mosteller, Sue Dalton, Nell Aiken and Lois Day; and a grandson, Dan Gillespie.

Funeral services were held July 23 at Rock Springs Baptist Church. Burial followed in the Rock Springs Baptist Church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the charity of one’s choosing.

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


LIBERTY — Leslie Curtis “L.C.” Pressley, 69, of 133 Crimson Leaf Lane, passed away peacefully on Saturday, July 21, 2018, at St. Francis Hospital.

Born in Greenville, he was a son of the late William Curtis and Katherine Lesley Pressley.

He graduated from Liberty High School and later received two associate degrees from Tri-County Technical College. He later retired from Delta Woodside Mills, where he was an industrial engineer and manager.

L.C. was a United States Army veteran of the Vietnam War, where he served with the 1st Platoon Company A 3rd Battalion/ 1st infantry Regiment 11th Brigade Americal Division, January 1969-January 1970. He was Lt. John Baxter’s radio telephone operator (RTO) until July 1969 and then served in the battalion communications section.

Surviving are a daughter, Rhonda Segars of Pickens; two sons, Blake Pressley of Seneca and Mitch Pressley of Liberty; a sister, Darlene Fowler of Liberty; a special friend and companion, Brenda Cartee of Liberty; also surviving are seven grandchildren, Cy Rampey, Colby Pressley, Cal Rampey, Haleigh Pressley, Dillon Pressley, Brent Segars and Carlie Pressley.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Billy Pressley.

The family will celebrate and honor his life by hosting a visitation Friday evening, July 27, 2018, from 6-8 p.m. at Liberty Mortuary.

Family members will be at their respective homes. Online condolences may be left for the family by visiting Liberty Mortuary and Cremation Services is handling arrangements.


Liberty — Vivian Stancil Stewart, 78, of 105 Cone Drive, widow of John Robert Stewart, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, on Sunday, July 22, 2018, at her residence.

Born in Central, she was a daughter of the late Melvin and Florene Owen Stancil. She was a homemaker and of the Church of God faith. She was a homemaker and a member of Bethany Church of God. Mrs. Stewart loved spending time with her family and especially cooking for them.

Surviving are three daughters, Sherry Atwood of the home, Susan Rollins (Donnie) of Liberty and Rita Parker of Pickens; a son, Allen Stewart of Pickens; two sisters, Ruby Dyar of Cateechee and Debra Duncan of Pickens; four brothers, Charles Stancil of Cateechee, Kenneth Stancil of Seneca, Sam Stancil of Liberty and Joey Stancil of Pickens; three grandchildren, Misty Atwood and Lauren and Dakotah Rollins; also surviving is a great-grandchild, Adrian Atwood.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a sister, Norma Reed, a brother, Richard Stancil, and a son-in-law, Bobby Parker.

Graveside services to honor the life of Mrs. Stewart were conducted July 25 at Liberty Memorial Gardens.

The family will be at the home. Online condolences may be left for the family by visiting Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.