Courier Obituaries 8-14-19


SUNSET — Martha Romaine Barrett Johnson, 96, wife of the late Bob “Scatter” Johnson, passed away on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, at her home.

Born on Sept. 22, 1922, in Pickens County, she was the daughter of the late Aaron and Tiny Galloway Barrett. She was the business owner of Bob’s Place in Sunset. Romaine loved music, flowers, her friends and bikers. She was a great storyteller and never met a stranger.

Surviving are her daughter, Mona Lisa Johnson; eight grandchildren, Chad, Owen, Weston, Chyenne, Tyler, Shane Porter, Autumn and Tanya; and 12 great-grandchildren, Chanda, Tyler, Brandon, Mitchell, JoJo, Tierra, Americ, Zayn, Chayla, Saguan, Alisha and Lelia.

She was also preceded in death by her two sons, Tony Johnson and Timmy Johnson, and one great-granddaughter, Alisha Johnson.

Funeral services were held on Aug. 12 in the Dillard Funeral Home chapel. Burial followed at Wolf Stake Baptist Church Cemetery in Seneca.

Dillard Funeral Home, Pickens, is assisting the Johnson family in making arrangements.


EASLEY — Mrs. JoAnn Chapman Reeves went home to be with the Lord on the evening of Aug. 5, 2019, while surrounded by her family,

An Easley native and life-long resident, JoAnn was born to John and Jesse Chapman and was only weeks away from her 85th birthday when she passed. A retired textile worker, she was married for 64 years to Mr. Frank Reeves and upon her early retirement from the mill, she helped him create a successful road construction business in Easley. JoAnn enjoyed decorating, traveling and most of all spending time with her precious family.

She is survived by her husband, Frank; two sons, Randy Reeves (Beverly) and Scott Reeves (Tami); six grandchildren, Mandy Reeves Townes (Chad), Scott Reeves Jr. (Ashley), Zach Reeves (Ashley), Trace Reeves and Logan Reeves (Megan), all of Easley; 11 great-grandchildren, Reeve Townes, Annemarie Townes, Scarlet Reeves, Ridge Reeves, Hannah Reeves, Zachary Reeves, Levi Reeves, Molly Reeves, Jaxon Reeves, Mason Reeves and Peyton Reeves; two sisters, Martha Ellenburg and Linda Sprouse, also of Easley; and many nieces, nephews and cousins.

A devout Christian her entire life, Mrs. Reeves was baptized at First Baptist Church of Easley and was later a member of Mount Pisgah Baptist Church, also in Easley.

The family held a private graveside service on Aug. 8 to honor their beloved wife, mother and grandmother, whose legacy of love will live on through her family.

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


EASLEY — Barbara Younce Bryant, 76, wife of the late Thomas Bryant, passed away on Wednesday, Aug. 7, 2019, at her home.

Born on Aug. 14, 1942, in Anderson County, she was the daughter of the late Perry and Montee Seawright Younce.

Barbara was known as Nanny to everyone who knew her. Even though she was retired from Danfoss Power Solutions of Easley, Barbara continued working hard throughout her entire life. She was a dedicated Republican and was a member of Tabor United Methodist Church.

Surviving are her daughter, Darla Chandler (George); son, Charles Keith Barkley (Dana Harman); sister, Ruth Michaels (Lloyd); four stepchildren, Tommy Bryant, Sharon Bryant, Karen Bryant and Polly Spires (Louis); five grandchildren, Jessica Catlin (Jeff), Jennifer Broman-Fulks (Corey), Brittany Blanton (Chris), Dalton Barkley and Drew Barkley; five great-grandchildren, Isaac, Lydia, and Jonah Broman Fulks, and Presley and Harper Blanton; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Barbara was also preceded in death by three brothers, Charles Younce, Billy Joe Younce and Ted Younce; three sisters, Beatrice Henderson, Helen Noble and Louise Blackston; and one stepdaughter, Lisa Bryant.

Funeral services were held on Aug. 10 at the Dillard Funeral Home chapel with the Rev. Roger Gwinn officiating.

Burial was held at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens.

Memorials may be made to Tabor United Methodist Church, Care of Teresa Talley, 253 Doberman Trail, Easley, SC 29640.

Dillard Funeral Home, Pickens, is assisting the Bryant family in making arrangements.


LIBERTY — Rebecca O’Shields Gaines, 81, of 602 Slab Bridge Road, died on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, at the home of her daughter in Liberty.

Born in Clinton, she was the widow of James C. Gaines Jr. and a daughter of the late Norman O’Shields and Lizzie Mae Sirley O’Shields Wright.

Surviving are a daughter, Sandra Rodriguez (Juan) of Liberty; a son, Phillip Gaines of Liberty; two sisters, Tommie Ruth Nelson and Rachel Huey, both of Clinton; four grandchildren and nine great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by a sister, Mary Ann Faust and three brothers, Johnny M. O’Shields, Walter N. O’Shields and Waymon Wright.

Funeral services to honor the life of Mrs. Gaines were held on Aug. 10 in the Liberty Mortuary chapel.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting Liberty Mortuary and Cremation Services are handling arrangements.


PICKENS — Joe William Patton, 85, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Aug. 8, 2019, surrounded by his family.

Born in Pickens, he was the son of John Patton and Cornelia G. Patton and lived his entire life in Pickens before recently relocating near his son in Lexington. He was a longtime member of Northside Baptist Church in Pickens and loved growing his garden, keeping an immaculate yard and working in his shop, where he built many family furniture pieces over the years. After serving in the U.S. Army and a stint in manufacturing, Joe spent many years with Duke Power and the School District of Pickens County. He was most happy when he acted on his passion and started a construction company with his brother-in-law, B.F. Gilstrap. Many beautiful homes and buildings dot the Upstate as a result of their craftsmanship and quality construction.

Survivors include Sue Patton, his beloved wife of 63 years; a son, John Patton of Lexington and his wife Sharon, whom Joe loved like a daughter; and a granddaughter, Brooke Patton of Greenville, who is one of the greatest joys of Joe’s life.

The family would like to thank the wonderful staff at Oakleaf Village Assisted Living and Tidewater Hospice of Lexington for their loving care.

A funeral service was held on Aug. 10 at Dillard Funeral Home in Pickens, with the Rev. H.C. Couch officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Northside Baptist Church Missions Fund at 421 Sangamo Road, Pickens, SC 29671.


EASLEY — Bobbie Hawkins Stewart, 85, wife of the late Andrew D. “Andy” Stewart, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, Aug. 11, 2019.

Born in Anderson, she was a daughter of the late Ross and Neta Martin Hawkins.

Mrs. Stewart was retired from Swirl Manufacturing. She was a member of Rock Springs Baptist Church and the Willing Workers Sunday School Class. She enjoyed spending time with her family and friends, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The family would like to thank the nurses and caregivers of Open Arms Hospice and her special friends, Wylene, Martha and Sandra for the extra special and compassionate care that was given to Bobbie.

Surviving are a daughter, Shelia Stewart Hunter and her husband, Stokes, of Easley; grandchildren, Stewart C. Hunter and his wife, Erin, of Pickens, and Seth A. Hunter and his wife, Emily, of Easley; great-grandchildren, Luke, Charlie and Madilyn Hunter; sisters, Joyce Hiott of Anderson and Sue Walker of Alabama; and a brother, Tommy Hawkins of Anderson.

In addition to her loving husband and parents, she was predeceased by a brother, Parker Hawkins.

A celebration to honor Bobbie’s life will be held on Wednesday, Aug. 14, at 1 p.m. in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, with entombment to follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park Mausoleum in Pickens.

The family will receive friends prior to the service on Wednesday from 11:30 a.m. until 12:45 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the building fund of Rock Springs Baptist Church, 201 Rock Springs Road, Easley, SC 29642 or Open Arms Hospice, 1836 W. Georgia Road, Simpsonville, SC 29680.

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


PICKENS — Tommy Hamilton, 68, passed from this life on Friday, Aug. 9, 2019.

Mr. Hamilton was born in Pickens County, a son of the late Blease and Florine Mauldin Hamilton. He was retired from the construction industry as a carpenter and was a Baptist.

Survivors include a son, Tommy Joe Hamilton of Pickens; a daughter, Tonya Hamilton of Panama City Beach, Fla.; brothers, Donnie Hamilton (Diane) of Pickens, Ricky Hamilton (Carolyn) of Pickens, Junior Hamilton (Teresa) of Liberty, Roger Hamilton (Letha) of Central, David Hamilton of Pickens and Scottie Hamilton; a sister, Reba Hunter of Pickens; grandchildren, Johnathan Crain, Nikkole Crain, Jermal Hamilton, Danielle Hoefling and Asa Muszak; and great-grandchildren, Laela King and Miles Hoefling.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Hamilton was preceded in death by siblings, Buddy Hamilton, Mark Hamilton, Frances Hartsell, Betty Hickey and Cheryl Hamilton.

Funeral services were held on Aug. 13 in the Dillard Funeral Home chapel, with the Rev. Greg Phillips officiating.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital,

A message of condolence may be expressed to the family by visiting


PICKENS — Robert James Edsall Sr., 86, of Pickens, died on Friday, Aug. 9, 2019.

Born in Haverford, Pa., he was the son of the late William and Daisy Edsall.

Robert attended Lower Merion High School in Ardmore, Pa., one of the top 60 high schools in the country. His professional career began with McGraw-Hill Publishing Company, who dispatched him to their newly opened office in Greenville in affiliation with their magazine Textile World, catering to the textile industry largely centered in the Upstate and throughout the southeastern U.S.

After living in Greenville for many years, he moved his family to Travelers Rest, where he built the business of Foothills Farms, a breeder and seller of registered Morgan horses.

At retirement, he moved to Pickens and continued his love of farming and horses at Porterhouse Farm. An avid animal lover, he had dogs, cats, horses and donkeys, many rescued from bad circumstances.

Bob was an enthusiastic Gamecock fan after his two daughters graduated from the University of South Carolina. He also was a lifelong St. Louis Cardinals fan … although he never lived in St. Louis or even anywhere near it!

He is survived by his sister, Barbara Pratt of Ft. Belvoir, Va.; one son, Robert J. Edsall Jr. and wife Lura of Asheville, N.C.; two daughters, Judge Sharon E. Guffee of Franklin, Tenn., and Linda E. Mayfield of Columbia; and two grandchildren, Christopher and Melissa Tyler.

Memorials may be made to Mounted Ministries, PO Box 71, Pickens, SC, 29671.

Condolences may be made to the family by visiting


PICKENS — Ollie Louise Newman, 86, went to be with her Lord on Saturday, Aug. 3, 2019, in Pickens.

Born in Anderson, she was the daughter of the late Jessie Eugene and Virgie Burnette Fant and wife of Burton Newman. She was of the Baptist faith and attended Gap Hill Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Burton of 20 years; one son, Alvin Keith Bailey (Patricia) of Pickens; a daughter, Wanda Fay Maxey of Lyman; a sister, Ethel Hayes of Easley; and daughter-in-law, Eileen Newman of Easley. Ollie also leaves six grandchildren and six great-great-grandchildren to share in her memory.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by a daughter, four sisters and four brothers.

A memorial service was held on Aug. 7 at Dillard Funeral Home. Burial followed at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family ask that memorials be sent to the Miracle Hill Children’s Home, 117 Drummond Lane, Pickens, SC 29671

Online condolences may be sent to

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Newman family.


PICKENS — Ruth O’Bryant, 75, wife of the late Bill Monroe O’Bryant, passed away on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2019.

Mrs. O’Bryant was born in Greenville, daughter of the late Helen Virginia Murray Eddelman and Cordie John Eddleman.

Survivors include four sons, David O’Bryant (Robin) of Lavonia, Ga., Roger O’Bryant (Karen) of Pickens, Robert O’Bryant of Pickens and Billy O’Bryant (Michelle) of Liberty; one brother, Vernon Eddleman (Ella); grandchildren, D.J. O’Bryant, Drew O’Bryant (Carly), Zachary O’Bryant (Taylor), Austin O’Bryant, Tessa O’Bryant, Harley O’Bryant, Jessica O’Bryant and Krystal O’Bryant; and one great-grandchild, Kane O’Bryant.

Mrs. O’Bryant was predeceased by her husband, parents, brother, Allan Eddleman, and two great-grandchildren, Bentley O’Bryant and Silas O’Bryant.

Graveside services were held on Aug. 13 at Hillcrest Memorial Parks and Gardens.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the O’Bryant family.


EASLEY — Emma Winifred Bagley Patterson, 106, wife of the late James Durrett Patterson, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Monday, Aug. 5, 2019.

Born on Feb. 3, 1913, in Shelton, Conn., she was a daughter of the late Carter and Anna Kasper Bagley.

Mrs. Patterson was a homemaker and member of Easley Church of God. She was a Christian woman who enjoyed crafting, beautiful homemaking, gourmet cooking and trying new recipes.

Surviving are two sisters, Martha Bagley and Mary Thompson, both of Easley; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by her siblings, Sue Anderson, Helen Anderson, Ruth Rifkin, Ella Bagley, Ethel Johnston, George Bagley and Michael Bagley.

A service to celebrate Mrs. Patterson’s life was held on Aug. 10 at Easley Church of God, with the Rev. Steve Knight and Rev. Dr. David Sustar. Burial followed in Greenlawn Memorial Park.

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


PICKENS — Timmy Coker, 57, passed from this life on Friday, Aug. 2, 2019, at his home.

Born in Greenville County, he was a son of the late James D. and Winnie Lucille Howell Coker.

Timmy was the first child in South Carolina with cerebral palsy to attend school. He enjoyed watching football, racing and wrestling. Even though Timmy didn’t have any children, he treated his dog Casper just like a son.

Survivors include two sisters, Brenda Crenshaw of Pickens and Patricia Matthews of Liberty; a special niece, Tammy Standridge of Pickens; a niece, Sherry Ledford of Anderson; five nephews, David Coker (Lory) of York, Brandon Matthews (Brittany) of Charlotte, N.C., Lee Davis (Sarah) of Pickens, Jonathan Crenshaw (Morleena) of Pickens and Austin Crenshaw of Pickens; and a special friend, Randy Pilgrim of Pickens.

Timmy was predeceased by his parents; two sisters, Betty Ledford and Joyce Hawkins; a brother, Billy Coker; a nephew, USMC Sgt. Toby Crenshaw; and two brothers-in-law, Doug Crenshaw and Mack Matthews.

A graveside service was held on Aug. 8 at Graceland West Cemetery, officiated by Rev. Gary Edwards.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Coker family.


PICKENS — Maude Timms Dickson, 93, of 181 Cherokee Hill Ridge Road, passed away peacefully on Monday, Aug. 5, 2019, at her residence.

Born in Winnsboro, she was the widow of Fred Austin Dickson and a daughter of the late Jesse and Emma Roberts Timms. She was retired from Allied Signal in Irmo. She loved people and spending time with her friends, and she enjoyed square dancing. She was a member of Grace United Methodist Church and was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Mrs. Dickson leaves behind numerous nieces and nephews, as well as many friends.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by three sisters, Margaret Yonce, Louise Patrick and Christine Thigpen; and three brothers, Leslie Timms, Edward Timms and Harold Timms.

The family would like to express special thanks to loving caretakers, Andrea, Tina, Kim, Sharon and Tamara.

Funeral services to honor the life of Mrs. Dickson were held on Aug. 9 at Grace United Methodist Church in Pickens. Burial followed at the Holly Springs Baptist Church cemetery.

Online condolences may be sent to her loved ones by visiting Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.