Courier Obituaries 8-16-17

Edward L. Scruggs

Pickens — Edward L. Scruggs, 85, the husband of Juanita C. Scruggs, went to be with the Lord on Wednesday, July 26, 2017.

Mr. Scruggs was born in Oconee County, the son of the late Lee Roy and Grace Elizabeth Revis Scruggs.

Survivors include one son, Jimmy Scruggs (Marie) of Pickens; two daughters, Joan Turner (Tony) of Pickens and Kathy Sipe (Sonny) of Pickens; three granddaughters, Kristi Oxendine (Johnny), Lori Foster and Kimberly Scruggs, all of Easley; and six great-grandchildren, Abby, Cody, Katlyn, Tabby, Dylan and Kade.

Mr. Scruggs was predeceased by both parents, as well as a sister, Ruth Foster.

Chapel services were held July 30 at Dillard Funeral Home, with the Rev. Jimmy Burrell and the Rev. Travis Spivey officiating. Burial was held at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens following the services, with Pastor Tommy Hayes officiating.

Dilliard Funeral home is serving the family

Ruth B. Woods

Easley — Ruth Brooks Woods, 83, formerly of Old Pond Road and wife of the late Jack Edward Woods, went to her heavenly home on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017.

Born in Easley, she was the daughter of the late Clarence and Annie Crowe Brooks.

Mrs. Woods was a 1952 graduate of Easley High School and was retired from Alice Manufacturing, Arial Plant. She was a lifelong member of Arial Baptist Church, a member of the Grace Sunday School Class and was very active in the church’s outreach programs. She loved her family and enjoyed gardening, quilting, helping and caring for others.

Surviving are her children, R. Dean Woods of Anderson, Keith Woods (Donna) of Gaffney and Jean Crenshaw (Roger) of Pickens; granddaughters, Elisabeth Whatley (Shane) of Greenville, Robin Walsh (Anthony) of Easley, Nicole Lowe (Tyler) of Lake Wylie and Natalie Southgate of Atlanta; and great-grandchildren, Abby, Elle, Chapman, Aiden, Bo and Graeme.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by a brother, Clarence Brooks Jr.

Funeral services will be held on Wednesday, Aug.16, at 2 p.m. in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, with burial to follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park in Easley.

The family will receive friends prior to the service on Wednesday from 12:30 p.m. until 1:45 p.m. at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Arial Baptist Church.

The family will be at their respective homes.

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

Paul David Durham

Six Mile — Paul David Durham, 89, of Six Mile, went to be with his Lord Friday, Aug. 11, 2017.

He is the husband of the late Argillee Durham and the son of the late Thomas and Annie Simmons Durham.

Mr. Durham work for the Department of Highways and Transportation on the sign crew. He attended Open Praise in Easley.

Survivors include five sons, Paul Michael Durham (Pat), David Phillip Durham (Sandra) and Thomas Barry Durham, all of Six Mile, Scott Allen Durham (Sheila) of Pickens and Charles David Chappel of Easley; one sister, Ruth Durham of Six Mile; and a special friend, Joyce Gunthie. He also leaves six grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren to share in his memory. Mr. Durham was predeceased by his parents; his son, James Randall Durham; four brothers, Waco Durham, Lawrence Durham, Theodore Durham and Leland Durham; and a sister, Essie Durham Stancil.

Services were held in the Dillard Funeral Home. Burial was held at the Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens.

Online condolences may be expressed by visiting

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Durham family.

Frances Virginia McMahan Blakely

Easley — Frances Blakely passed away after a wonderful life of 95 years filled with joy, family and helping others.

Born in Seneca, Frances attended Winthrop College, where she obtained a teaching degree and later a degree in library science. After teaching for several years, she moved to her lifelong career as a librarian, first at Easley High School and then at West End Elementary School. She retired in 1981. A member of Easley Presbyterian Church, she was active in church circles and their activities.

Frances was predeceased by James, her husband of 57 years, her parents, Paul and Lula McMahan, and her son, Robert William Blakely. She is survived by children Jim Blakely (Ann), David Blakely (Barbara) and Susan Whitlock (Scott), seven grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A funeral service was held on Aug. 12 at the Robinson Memorial Gardens Chapel of Reflection Mausoleum.

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

Thelma Elizabeth

Young Phillips

Iva — Thelma Elizabeth Young Phillips, 75, wife of L. G. Boyd Ellenburg, passed from this life on Saturday, Aug. 12, 2017.

Mrs. Phillips was born in Pickens, a daughter of the late Olin Earl and Juanita Timmerman Young. She was retired from Michelin Tire Corp and she was a member of Lowndesville Baptist Church.

Survivors include her husband, Boyd Ellenburg, a daughter, Jackie Nealy, sons John Elgin and Glen Elgin, and stepchildren, Greg Ellenburg, Melissa Harrison, Keith Ellenburg and Rodney Ellenburg. Also surviving is a sister, Sarah Hostetler (Jerry) and a brother, Earl Young Jr. (Kay).

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Phillips was predeceased by a son, Jack Elgin Jr.

The family will receive friends Wednesday, Aug. 16, at Dillard Funeral Home in Pickens from 9:30-10:45 a.m., and funeral services will follow at 11 a.m. in the funeral home chapel. Burial will be at Greenlawn Cemetery in Easley.

A message of condolence may be expressed to the family by visiting Dilliard Funeral Home is assisting the family.

Kelly Morgan

Easley — Kelly Morgan, 75, of Smith Grove Road passed away peacefully, Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017, at his residence.

Born in Andrews, N.C., he was the husband of Thelma Davis Morgan of the home and a son of the late Otis and Stella Moore Morgan. He was a retired truck driver for Autozone and a member of Bates Masonic Lodge #189 A.F.M. He was of the Baptist faith.

Surviving in addition to his wife are three daughters, Judy Walker (Chris) of Andrews, N.C., and Melissa Stewart (Mickey) and Angela Millsaps (Jimmy), both of Robbinsville, N.C.; two sons, Mitch Hyde (Gloria) of Robbinsville, N.C., and Mark Hyde (Melissa) of Liberty; three sisters, Betty Jo Raxter of Andrews, N.C., Lula Bell George of Alabama and Diane Cable of Robbinsville, N.C.; 12 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Odena Luther, a brother, Willard Morgan, and one infant brother.

A visitation will be held Wednesday, Aug. 16, from 5-7 p.m. at Townson-Smith Funeral Home in Robbinsville, N.C. Funeral services officiated by the Rev. Mickey Stewart and the Rev. Jimmy Millsaps will follow in the chapel at 7 p.m. Burial with graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 17, at New Hope Cemetery in Robbinsville, N.C.

The family will be at their respective homes. Liberty Mortuary is assisting the family locally.