Courier Obituaries 7-6-22


EASLEY — Mr. Mendel Ray Masters, 91, husband of the late Betty Cannon Masters, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, June 28, 2022.

Born in Pickens County, a son of the late Russell Snow Masters and the late Lois Grant Masters, Mr. Masters was a graduate of Easley High School and North Greenville College. He retired as personnel director from Alice Manufacturing with 41 years of service and was of the Baptist faith.

Mr. Masters was a member of many organizations, including the State Chamber of Commerce, the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, the South Carolina Textile Manufacturers Association and the Pickens Area Personnel Association, where he served as a former president. He was also a former president of the Pickens County Industrial Management Chapter, the Easley-Pickens County YMCA, the Green Wave Booster Club, Blue Ridge Safety Council, co-chairman of the Easley Recreational Committee, member of the board of the Pickens County United Way, chairman of the Industrial Campaign Division of the Pickens County United Way, Bates Masonic Lodge #189 A.F.M. and former Scoutmaster.

Surviving are his three daughters, Snow Port of Murrells Inlet, Zane Finley of Easley and Mendy Masters of Simpsonville; his son, Russell Masters (Laurie) of Easley; his sister, Vonnie Gilstrap of Smyrna, Ga.; his four grandchildren, Chloe Myrick (Alan), Kristen Miller (Blair), Kelli Dalrymple (Jason) and Sparky Finley (Kaytie); his four great-grandchildren, Price and Landry Miller and Cannon and Zane Dalrymple; and a special friend, Jeanette Bracken of Easley.

In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. Masters was predeceased by a son-in-law, Roger Finley.

Funeral services were conducted on July 1 in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, with Rev. Dr. John Adams officiating. Burial followed at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

The family is at the home of his son and daughter-in-law, Russell and Laurie Masters.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff members of The Retreat of Easley and The Gables at Pelham for the love and care they provided for Mr. Masters.

Flowers will be accepted, and memorials may be made in memory of Mendel to the YMCA’s Easley Building Fund by visiting

Visit or Robinson Funeral Home and Crematory-Downtown, Easley.




WESTMINSTER — Eddie Henry Crumpton, 73, passed away on Tuesday, June 28, 2022, at Prisma Health Greenville Memorial Hospital.

A native of Pickens County, Eddie was born June 23, 1949, the son of the late Furman Broadus Crumpton and Laura Belle Cannon Crumpton. He graduated at Pickens High School in 1968 and was a member of the Tabernacle of Hope in Westminster. Mr. Crumpton served his country in the U.S. Army and was a Vietnam veteran. He enjoyed watching racing and football.

Survivors include his children, Laura Crumpton of Seneca, Yvonne Crumpton of Townville and Brian Crumpton of Westminster; six grandchildren and three great-grandchildren; brothers, Furman Crumpton of Anderson and Donnie Crumpton of Easley; as well as several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Crumpton was predeceased by a sister, Juanita Duncan of Easley, and a brother, Ernest Crumpton of Liberty.

A graveside service was held on July 2 at Oconee Memorial Park, 1923 Blue Ridge Blvd., Seneca, SC 29672.

Flowers will be accepted.

Mountain View Funeral Home – Pickens Chapel is serving the Crumpton family.



PICKENS — Patricia Meece Porter, 78, loving wife of 50 years to the late Harold Mack Porter, passed away on Wednesday, June 29, 2022, at AnMed Medical Center in Anderson.

A native of Pickens County, Patricia was born on Sept. 22, 1943, the daughter of the late Walter English Meece and Eugenia Bryant Meece. Mrs. Porter was a lifetime member of Oak Grove Baptist Church in Piedmont. She was a cook at Garren’s Café in Pickens for more than 20 years. She enjoyed baking and doing upholstery and would do anything to help others in need. She loved all her family and especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Survivors include her children, Michael Porter, David Porter, Teresa Elrod (Tony) and Robert Porter (Christy); grandchildren, Michelle Kay, David Moore, Brandi Peterson, Tracie Martin, Shawna Martin, Melanie Martin, Rebecca Martin, Seth Hughes and Hayden Hughes; 12 great-grandchildren; siblings, Francis Cobb, Ronnie Meece (Katie) and Jerry Meece (Carolyn); nieces, Mindy Peralta, Kim Nalley, Elaine Roberts and Cheryl Couch; and nephews, Phillip Meece, Chet Cobb and Evan Meece.

Mrs. Porter was predeceased by her parents and her husband.

Visitation was held on July 1 in the sanctuary of Oak Grove Baptist Church in Piedmont, with funeral services following. Burial took place following the service at Oak Grove Baptist Church cemetery.

Flowers will be accepted.

Mountain View Funeral Home – Pickens Chapel is serving the Porter family.



CENTRAL — John Michael “Mike” Bryant, 74, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 29, at his home surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Westminster, he was a son of the late John Walker and Doris Hughes Bryant.

He was a 1982 graduate of the South Carolina Criminal Justice Academy and immediately went to work for the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office, where his career spanned 23 years and he retired as a detective. Following retirement, he worked at Duke Energy in security for another seven years.

Mike enjoyed riding motorcycles, playing golf and carpentry.

Surviving are his wife of 18 years, Missi Bryant of the home; a son, Caleb Bryant of Central; a daughter, Olivia Bryant of Central; a stepson, Nicholas Todd (Katy) of Monterey, Calif.; a sister, Kathy Boggs (Rusty) of Westminster; his in-laws, Rev. Raymond and Martha Whitman of Central; and two nieces, Stacy Stewart and Tracy Tichenor.

Funeral services to honor the life of Mr. Bryant were conducted on July 3 in the Liberty Mortuary Chapel. Burial was at Oconee Memorial Park.

To share a memory or leave a condolence for the family, please visit Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.



EASLEY — Mrs. Janice “Jan” Howell Owens, 72, wife of John William Owens, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Friday, July 1, 2022.

Born in York County, the daughter of the late Gist Smith Howell and the late Jeanette Carol Howell, Mrs. Owens was a graduate of York Technical College, where she earned her associate degree in radiology and retired from Greenville Radiology with more than 38 years of service. She was a member of St. Andrew United Methodist Church.

Jan loved the outdoors, especially working in her flower garden, but her greatest love was being a loving and devoted wife, mother and grandmother. She will be dearly missed by all who loved and knew her.

Surviving, in addition to her husband of 45 years, are her daughter, Lindsey Ruth Owens Harris (Austin) of Moore; her brother, Stanley Joel Howell (Kathy) of Roswell, Ga.; her brothers-in-law and sister-in-law, Steve Owens (Cindy) and Bert Owens, all of Easley; her granddaughter, Ellie Catherine Harris; and numerous nieces and nephews.

A celebration of life will be at 2 p.m., on Thursday, July 7, in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, with Rev. Phillip Blankenship officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in memory of Jan to Interim Healthcare Hospice, 14 Hyland Road, Greenville, SC 29615.

Visit or Robinson Funeral Home and Crematory-Downtown, Easley.



PICKENS — Kyle James “Green Goblin” Perry, 32, passed away on Thursday, June 30, 2022, in Greenville.

Born on Feb. 15, 1990, in Watertown, N.Y., he was the son of Roy Perry and the late Peggy Sue Riley of Pickens.

Kyle was an avid motocross enthusiast who enjoyed racing motorcycles and was an aspiring mechanic.

In addition to his father, Roy Perry, (Shannon Wilson), Kyle is survived by his grandparents, Roy J. Perry and Joann Perry of Brooksville, Fla.; and his cousins, Matt, Nick and Connor.

Mr. Perry was predeceased by his grandmother, Carole Agnes Trexler of St. Augustine, Fla.

Mountain View Funerals and Cremations, Pickens, is assisting the family of Mr. Kyle James “Green Goblin” Perry.