Courier Obituaries 7-4-18


LIBERTY — Mary Jeanette Burgess, 84, passed from this life Thursday, June 21, 2018, in Liberty.

Born in Central, she was the daughter of the late Toy Herbert Head and Mary Alice Berry.

Mary was the owner of Jeanette’s Beauty Shop, a previous member of Faith Baptist Church and a present member of Carolina Community Church.

Mary is survived by one daughter, Joyce Burgess of Liberty; two granddaughters, Cassandra Alling and her husband, David, of Easley and Callie Reed of Liberty; two brothers, Jim Oliver Head of Easley and Toy H. Head Jr. of Myrtle Beach; and five great-grandchildren, Noel and Cameron Reed of Liberty, and Rex, Max and Triston Alling of Easley. She was predeceased by her parents.

Funeral services were held June 24 in the Dillard Funeral Home chapel.

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Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Burgess Family.


EASLEY — Mr. Eulon “Bud” Webster Cater, 87, passed from this life Saturday, June 23, 2018.

Born in Easley, he is the son of the late James Cater and Olive Massingill Cater and husband of Kathy Anthony Cater.

Eulon retired from Alice Manufacturing and served in the United States Air Force in during the Korean War. He also was a member of Jones Street Baptist Church.

Survivors include his wife, Kathy; one stepson, Barry Evett and his wife, Denise; three daughters, Cynthia Lynn Cater of Taylors, Kimberly Ann Cater Arledge and husband, Alan, of Saint George and Andrea Casey Cater of Easley; one brother, Garnice Cater of Easley; two sisters, Narvice Sweezy and husband, George, of Easley and WeKona Woods of Easley; three grandchildren, Alesha Merrell of Pickens, Courtney Crenshaw of Simpsonville and Jesse Evett of Pickens; and great-grandchildren children, Cody Merrell and Juliana “Bug” Crenshaw. He also leaves numerous nieces and nephews to share in his memory.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two sisters, Ann Hayes and Nelta Bagwell, and his previous wife, Better James Cater.

Funeral services were held June 26 in the Dillard Funeral Home chapel.

The family requests that memorial be sent to the “rid the debt” fund at Jones Street Baptist Church.

Online condolences may be sent to

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Cater Family.


SENECA — Karyl Lauren Ward Aldrich, 37, went to be with her Lord Tuesday, June 26, 2018.

She was born in Seneca July 14, 1980, to Joel and Jeanne Koelsch Ward.

She is survived by her parents; son, Joshua Lee Aldrich; daughter, Kaitlyn Elizabeth Aldrich; and a sister, Paige Ward Drisgula.

Funeral services were held June 30, with Rev. Ryan Wilson officiating. Burial followed in Ramsey Creek Preserve.

Brown-Oglesby Funeral Home of Seneca is in charge of the arrangements.


EASLEY — Virginia Mary “Jean” Kowalik, 86, of Easley, passed away Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at St. Francis Hospital.

Born in Batavia, N.Y., a daughter of the late John and Francis Wozniak Kowalik, Jean was a graduate of Batavia High School and retired from Eastman Kodak Co. She was of the Catholic faith.

Surviving are a brother, Art Kowalik of Rochester, N.Y.; and several nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Jean was predeceased by four brothers and four sisters.

The family will host memorial services at a later date in Batavia, N.Y.

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


EASLEY — Darren Keith Taylor, 52, of 805 E. A Ave., passed away Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at his home.

Born in Barberton, Ohio, he was a son of Carolyn Taylor and the late Rev. William H. Taylor Jr.

Surviving, in addition to his mother of the home, is a sister, Bethany Hooper (Rickey) of Six Mile; a brother, Jeff Taylor (Mary) of Powdersville; and his nieces and nephews, Megan, Benjamin, Zach, Braden, Kinley, Parker, Annabelle and Ava.

Private family services will be held a later date.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.


PICKENS — Hazel Gilstrap Merck, 84, wife of the late Robert I. Merck Sr., passed from this life Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at Baptist Easley Hospital.

Born in Pickens County, Mrs. Merck was a daughter of the late Herman Oneal Gilstrap and the late Carrie Lee Anna Gilstrap. She was a member of Secona Baptist Church.

Survivors include a son, Robert I. Merck Jr. (Angela) of Pickens; a daughter, Pamela Merck Harris (Robert) of Pickens; four grandchildren, Edie Harris Young (Will), Robert Branyon Harris, Caleb Robert Merck and Seth Christopher Merck; five great-grandchildren, Dayla Young, Lily Young, Morgan Young, Machen and Anthony Harris; a sister, Avanelle Howard; and a brother, Gerald Gilstrap (Phyllis).

Mrs. Merck was predeceased by her parents, her husband, a brother, Lynon Gilstrap, and sisters, Allowee Merck, Clesa Lee Branniger and Hermie Lou Mullikin.

The funeral service was held June 30 at Secona Baptist Church, with burial following in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Secona Baptist Church, 234 Secona Road, Pickens, South Carolina 29671.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Merck family.


LIBERTY — Earsley Jane Clemones, 83, of 8226 Liberty Highway passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 27, 2018, at Anderson Area Medical Center.

Born in Pickens, she was the widow of James E. Clemones and a daughter of the late Robert Coleman and Mae Galloway McCall.

Mrs. Clemones retired from West Point Stevens and was a member of Refuge Baptist Church. She enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren.

Surviving are a daughter, Sheryl Brown (Jimmy) of Liberty; two sons, William Clemones of Denham Springs, La., and Jimmy O. Clemones (Nancy) of Pendleton; five grandchildren, Andy Brown, Anthony Brown, Justin Clemones, Jennifer Holden and Lindsey Carr; and six great-grandchildren, Julieann, Madelyn, Annarose, Jayda, Taylor and James.

Funeral services to honor the life of Mrs. Clemones were conducted July 2 in the Liberty Mortuary chapel. Burial followws at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Online condolences may be left for the family by visiting

Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.