Courier Obituaries 8-31-16

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Norma Davis Nix

Mt. Pleasant — Norma Davis Nix, 48, of 1401 Densmore Circle, formerly of Liberty, died Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016, at MUSC in Charleston following a brief illness.

Born in Easley, she was the wife of Alan G. Nix of the home and the daughter of Norman “Nob” and Wanda Griffin Davis of Liberty. She was a homemaker but had previously been very active with the Adult Day Care in Liberty. She was a Liberty High School Graduate and a member of Fellowship Community Church.

Surviving, in addition to her husband and parents, are a daughter, Lauren Nix of the home; a son, Ethan Nix of the home; a brother, Mike Davis and his wife Angie of Liberty; her father and mother-in-law, Frank and Mary Nix of Easley; and brothers and sisters-in-law, Rhonda and Jim Hunter of Charleston and Susan and Dale Pickens of Easley.

Funeral services to honor the life of Mrs. Nix were held Aug. 26 in the Liberty First Baptist Church. Burial followed at Liberty Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorials are requested to MUSC Children’s Hospital Fund, 59 Bee Street, MSC 201, Charleston SC 29425, or K9s For Warriors, 114 Camp K9 Road, Ponte Vedra, FL 32081, or the Foundation For Women & Girls with Blood Disorders, FWGBD, 11 Cloverhill Place, Montclair, NJ 07042-4818.

Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.

Eddie Fortescue

Liberty — Wallace Edward “Eddie” Fortescue, 56, of 7 Woodhaven Drive, died Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2016, at Baptist Easley Hospital.

Born in Easley, he was a son of the late Charles Dalton and Betty Norton Fortescue.

Surviving are two brothers, Jerry Fortescue (Jennifer) of Liberty, and Don Fortescue of Liberty; and two nephews, Calvin and Tim Fortescue.

Funeral services to honor Eddie’s life were held Aug. 26 in the Liberty Mortuary Chapel. Visitation was one hour prior to the service. Burial was at Flat Rock Baptist Church cemetery.

Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.

George W. McCue

Easley — George Walter McCue, 84, husband of the late Carolyn Lesley McCue, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016.

Born in Pickens County, a son of the late James Walter “Jim Bud” McCue and the late Marguerite Moody McCue Huff, Mr. McCue was a retired auditor with J.P. Stevens and a member of Corinth Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon. He was a member of the Bates Masonic Lodge No. 189 AFM.

Surviving are three sons, Bobby Alan McCue (Linda) of Marion, Iowa, and Joe Ronald McCue (Lothel) and George Pat McCue (Kathy), all of Easley; two brothers, Buddy and Joe Julian of Easley; a sister, Avanell Timms of Greenville; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Aug. 27 at Corinth Baptist Church, with burial following.

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

Flora Lee Chapman Brown

PICKENS — Flora Lee Chapman Brown, 91, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 25, 2016.

Born in Pickens County, Mrs. Brown was a daughter of the late Silas Robert Chapman and Maude Nix Chapman and wife of the late James Winfred Brown.

She was a proud graduate of Pickens High School, Class of 1942. She retired from J.P. Stevens Co., White Horse Plant. Mrs. Brown was a member of Pickens First Baptist Church and the T.E.L. Sunday School Class. She loved to work in her yard, especially cutting her own grass and she was an avid University of South Carolina fan, having appeared in a commercial on the SEC Network with her great-granddaughter.

Mrs. Brown is survived by her son, Steven W. Brown (fiancée Meg) of LaGrange, Ga.; her daughter, Georgia Brown Dickard (Jimmy) of Liberty; grandchildren Zack Brown, Stephanie Brown, Mac Dickard and Faith Dickard, and great-granddaughter, Rowan. She is also survived by her brother, James Frank Chapman and sister, Lula Mae Chapman, and sister-in-law Mary Maude Medlin.

In addition, she was predeceased by a brother, John Clyde Chapman.

A memorial service was held on Sunday, Aug. 29, at Pickens First Baptist Church.

The family would like to thank her neighbors, Randy and Tammy Johnson and Sue Hiott, for their friendship and assistance through the years.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to Habitat for Humanity, PO Box 327, LaGrange, GA 30241.

Dillard Funeral Home assisted the Brown family.

Lena Williams Garland

Easley — Mrs. Lena Williams Garland, 98, of Easley, wife of the late Bennie Harold Garland, passed peacefully Thursday, Aug. 25, 2016.

Born in Habersham County, Ga., she was the daughter of the late Dewey Williams and Annie Bertschin Williams.

Mrs. Garland was a member of Welcome Missionary Baptist Church in Easley and most recently attended Victory Baptist Church in Easley. She worked for Judson Mills in Greenville for 20 years before retiring in 1973. She enjoyed gardening, especially working with flowers. Mrs. Garland adored her grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and only great-great grandchild.

In addition to her parents and husband of 67 years, Mrs. Garland was preceded in death by her son-in-law, Joe “Donnie” Matthews; grandson, Steven Matthews; and great-granddaughters, Amanda Leigh McJunkin and Lynn Brevard Payne.

Mrs. Garland is survived by her son, Samuel Payne (Judy) of Simpsonville; daughters, Betty P. Matthews of Greenville, and Ellen G. Matthews (Roy) of Easley; brother, Rev. Luther Williams; five grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and one great-great-grandchild.

Graveside services were on Monday, Aug. 29, at Robinson Memorial Gardens, 1425 Powdersville Road, Easley, with the Rev. Greg Phillips officiating.

Mrs. Garland’s family would like to thank the staff at NHC HealthCare in Mauldin for all their support and care.

Family has requested donations be made directly to an organization of one’s choosing in memory of Mrs. Garland.

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

Charles Bay

Greenville — Charles Floyd Bay, 96, of Greenville, met his Savior on Aug. 27, 2016.

He was born in Pickens County March 21, 1920, the eldest son of the late Charles Albert and Minnie Mae Childress Bay.

Mr. Bay served his country as a private first class of the United States Army during WWII, where he received a Purple Heart from injuries he received. He was a member of City View Baptist Church and was retired from Monaghan Mill in Greenville following 37 years of service. Mr. Bay enjoyed fishing and working on cars with his son, Larry.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Bay was preceded in death by his wife of 46 years, Lois Durham Bay, his brother, Carl Bay, and his son-in-law, Milton Dorr.

Survivors include his two children, Sandra Bay Dorr of Easley and Charles Larry Bay (Gina), also of Easley. He is also survived by his friend and caregiver, Frankie Durham (Cathy) of Greenville, and two granddaughters, Audra Dorr Brown (Philip) of Easley and Jennifer Bay Phillips (Joshua) of Travelers Rest. He is also survived by two great granddaughters, Anna Sophia Brown and Ava Claire Brown.

A graveside service was held on Aug. 30 at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens in Pickens.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Richard M. Campbell Nursing Center, 4605 Belton Highway, Anderson, SC 29621.

Dillard Funeral Home assisted the Bay family.

Crystal M. Castorela

Pickens — Crystal Marchbanks Castorela, 37, wife of Moises Castorela, passed from this life on Friday, Aug. 26, 2016.

Crystal was born in Pickens County, a daughter of Brad and Nancy Carlisle Marchbanks. She was a homemaker and an avid lover of all animals, especially her furry babies Tanner, Pepper and Mercedes. Crystal was a Baptist.

Survivors include her husband Moises, of the home, her parents, Brad and Nancy Marchbanks of Pickens, sisters, Deidra Bannister (Chris) and Suzanne Rowland (Eddie), all of Pickens, nephews, Jacob Nagle and Brandon Rowland, and nieces, Makenzie Rowland and Makayla Rowland. Also surviving are her father and mother-in-law, Miguel and Jovita Sandoval of Mexico, sisters-in-law and brothers-in-law, Imelda Valdez (Manuel), Maricela Vargos (Adrian), Jazmin Perez (Aristeo), Roberto Castorela, and Eduardo Sandoval, and nieces and nephews, Naomy Valdez, Adriana Vargos, Sherlyn Vargos, Johann Valdez, Alger Vargos and Sacdiel Perez.

Crystal was preceded in death by a nephew, Derek Bannister, and a niece, Hayleigh Rowland.

The family received friends at Dillard Funeral Home Aug. 30, with funeral services following in the funeral home chapel. Burial followed at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens.

Memorials may be made to The National Kidney Foundation, at, Cistic Fibrosis Foundation, , or to The Foothills Humane Society, 500 5 Forks Rd, Liberty, SC 29657.

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

Dillard Funeral Home assisted the Castorela family.

Sandra R. Brake

Greenville — Sandra Ray Brake, 69, of 31 River Meadows Court, formerly of Liberty, passed away peacefully Sunday at her home.

Born in Liberty, she was the widow of Lewis Brake and a daughter of the late Vernon William and Irene Covington Ray. She was retired as a seamstress from Gerber. She loved sewing and doing all sorts of crafty projects, decorating and gardening. She was a member of Galilee Baptist Church.

Surviving are two daughters, Donna Smith of the home and Joyce Robinson (Bobby) of Pickens; two sons, Ronald Brake (Lilly) of Central and Billy Brake (Terri) of Pickens; a sister, Carolyn Wardlaw of Easley; three brothers, Dale Ray of Norris, Billy Ray of Pickens and Bill Ray of Pickens; eight grandchildren; and 14 great grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by a son, Jimmy Brake; a sister, Frances Edwards; a brother, Roy Ray; and a granddaughter, Kristal Nichole Pena.

Funeral services to honor the life of Mrs. Brake will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 31, in the Liberty Mortuary Chapel. Burial will follow at Liberty Memorial Gardens. Visitation will be held prior to the service from 1 until 3 p.m. at the mortuary.

The family will be at the home. Memorials may be sent to Heartland Hospice: 421 S.E. Main Street Suite 100 Simpsonville, SC 29681.

Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.