Courier Obituaries 7-6-16



SIX MILE — Jimmy C. Ross, 78, of Six Mile, went to be with the Lord on Monday, June 27, 2016, at Greenville Memorial Hospital with his family at his side.

Jimmy was born on Aug. 6, 1937, to the late James Earl and Essie Blackston Ross.

He is survived by his wife of 59 years, Betty Mae McJunkin Ross; his sons, David and Ralph Ross of the home; and his daughter, Annette Pelfrey (Frankie) of Easley. He is also survived by his grandchildren Crystal Ross of Pickens, Bradley Ross (Elizabeth) of Columbia, Hannah, Heather and Meagan Pelfrey of Easley, Emily Moore (Kenneth) of Six Mile and Joshua Ross of Pickens and his pride and joy, great-granddaughter Tayla Church.

He worked in textiles all of his life until his retirement in 1999.

He is the last surviving member of his immediate family. In addition to his parents and 14 siblings, he was preceded in death by his son, Keith Ross.

Funeral services were held July 1 at King’s Grove Baptist Church in Central.


Easley — Nancy Sue Gillespie Davis, 84, of 112 Charlton Circle, passed away peacefully Monday, June 27, 2016, at The Cottingham Hospice House in Seneca.

Born in Anderson, she was the wife of Lindsay James Davis of the home and a daughter of the late Lonnie Calhoun and Lessie Lee Gore Gillespie. She and her husband owned and operated Sue’s Pet Grooming and Old Market Antiques in Pickens. She was a member of Easley Church of God.

Surviving in addition to her husband are two daughters, Janet Dunn of Piedmont and Beverly Derrick of Easley; four sisters; one brother; nine grandchildren; and several great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a daughter, Barbara White; one sister; and three brothers.

Funeral services to honor the life of Mrs. Davis were held July 1 in the Liberty Mortuary Chapel, with burial following at Westview Cemetery in Liberty. Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.


EASLEY — Earl Stanley Mayer entered this world in the early morning hours of July 18, 1927, in a very hungry state, which remained a priority of his all his life.  He would tell me that when he stopped eating, I’d better start digging.

After perhaps 12 years of vascular dementia, he finally went peacefully to his rest Wednesday, June 22, 2016.

His dementia never reached the violent stage, and he always remained the loving husband and Daddy to our children: Linda Hartman (Gary), Kathy Skilton (Gary), Ken Mayer (Esther) and our deceased son Jeffery (Diane), who died of melanoma in 2013. He loved his five grandsons and five granddaughters, along with two great-grandsons and one great-granddaughter.

Earl was in the military at the end of World War II, which he took advantage of to become a private pilot. He spent many hours in the air, including flying a rescue airplane for the Wisconsin Civil Air Patrol. Flying remained a love of his until his health deteriorated and made private flying impossible. Four months after his marriage to Doris Lyberg, Sept. 11, 1949, while working in a government TB hospital in Waukesha, Wis., he contracted TB and served 14 months in that hospital as a patient, becoming a Disabled American Veteran. Later, he was chosen to take a drafting course at Fairbanks Morse in Beloit, Wis., which led eventually to his becoming a machine designer after he and Doris moved from Wisconsin to Greenville in 1978. Earl loved the southern weather, where he could be out all year and hike the nearby mountains. Music was a great love of Earl’s, and he was privileged to sing for many weddings, funerals and church services. He later added whistling to his repertoire and was in demand many times. He and Doris, who is a pianist and organist, taught their children to sing, and all six of them provided music many times.

Earl died in the hope of the resurrection, where he expects to see Jesus and all our loved ones soon.

The family wants to thank St. Francis Hospice for their excellent care and concern, our wonderful neighbors and friends, and the East North Street Seventh-day Adventist Church family for their love and kindness. His memorial service will be conducted July 9 at 3 p.m. at the church.

Westville Funeral Home is assisting the family.