Courier Obituaries 8-5-15


SIX MILE — Marie Smith Porter, 83, of Six Mile, went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, July 28, 2015.

Marie retired from the textile industry. She will be remembered for her passionate love of her family and the children she took care of.

Marie was a long-time member of Mountain View Baptist Church in Six Mile.

She is survived by her son, Scott Porter; her daughter, Sandy (Jeff) Couch; her siblings,[cointent_lockedcontent] Bryan Smith, Wallace (Emily) Smith, Carlos (Judy) Smith, Mable Moss, Jeanette Thomas, and Eloise Pitts; her five grandchildren; and her five great-grandchildren.

She is preceded in death by her son, Sam Porter; her siblings, Howard Smith and Wilhemenia Allsep; and her parents, Elmer and Selma Holladay Smith.

Services were held July 31 at Mountain View Baptist Church, Six Mile.

Liberty Mortuary is assisting the family.


PICKENS — Mrs. Lucinda Elrod Looper, 74, wife of the late William F. “Bill” Looper, passed away Thursday, July 30, 2015, at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Born in Pickens County, a daughter of the late William Truman and Nora Mae Howard Elrod, Mrs. Looper retired from the Pickens County Treasurer’s Office and was a member of East Pickens Baptist Church.

Surviving are a son, Jason F. Looper (Alicia) of Pickens; a daughter, Debbie McPeters (Kenny) of Pickens; a brother, Roy E. Elrod of Liberty; and five grandchildren, McKenley and Austen McPeters, and Abby, Jake and Seth Looper. In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Looper was predeceased by three brothers, William R., Derwin P., and Ray O. Elrod; and a sister, Alice M. Scruggs.

Funeral services were held Aug. 1 in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, with burial following in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to the Mission Fund of East Pickens Baptist Church, 2244 Gentry Memorial Highway Pickens, SC 29671.

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


ELGIN — Winona Elisabeth “Lib” Fincannon Ladd, 73, of 122 Shannon Wood Road, passed away peacefully Wednesday, July 29, 2015, at Palmetto Richland Hospital in Columbia.

Born in Central, she was the widow of Elmer William Ladd and a daughter of the late William Aures and Cora Harris Fincannon. She was a member of International Praise in Elgin, where she loved singing in the Senior Adult Choir.

Surviving are two daughters, Sheala Owen of Liberty and Pam Warren (Joel) of Easley; four sons, Rodney Ladd (Judy) of Cateechee, Randall Ladd of Elgin, Roger Ladd (Shawanna) of Liberty and Shaun Ladd (Heather) of Columbia; five sisters, Lou Ellen Hughes of Central, Melvalee Hughes of Six Mile, Katheryn Kelley of Six Mile, Lula Jones of Toccoa, GA and Betty Garvin of Seneca; three brothers, Harold Fincannon of Myrtle Beach, Marion Fincannon of Seneca and Rev. Carles Fincannon of Saluda; 14 grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents she was predeceased by three brothers, Thomas, Welford and Jimmy Fincannon.

Funeral services to honor the life of Mrs. Ladd were held Aug. 3 in the Liberty Mortuary Chapel, with burial following at Memory Gardens. Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.


CENTRAL — William Ray Reid, 73, husband of Helen Jean Lusk Reid, of 117 Creek Bend Drive, went to be with the Lord Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015.

Born in Salem, he was a son of the late Evan David and Ethel Kelley Reid. He was a retired logger and a member of Cateechee Independent Baptist Church.

Surviving in addition to his wife are sons, Clarence Thomas (Deborah) Reid of Six Mile, Allen Ray (Sharon) Reid of Westminster and Troy Eugene (Jennifer) Reid of Landrum; daughters, Mary Ann (Michael) Marchbanks of Six Mile and Melinda Jean (Eric) Giovino of Lake Mont, Ga.; brother, Earnest Melton Reid of Mountain Rest, and sisters, Gladys Reid Cannon and Louise Reid Johnson all of Salem; grandchildren, Justin, Austin, Lynn, Lori, Michael, Chelsea, Kaila, Gaspar, Addison, Kylie and Tylar; great-grandchildren, Atticus, Spencer, Waylan and Chloe.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a son, Danny Ray Reid; a brother, Evan David Reid; sisters, Margie Reid Cannon and Minnie Mae Hyatt Justus.

Funeral services were held Aug. 4 in the chapel of Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home, with burial following at Cherry Hill Church of God in Tamassee.

Condolences may be expressed online at or at the funeral home.


CENTRAL — Charles Edward Stubblefield, 87, husband of the late Bessie Mae Hendricks Stubblefield, passed from this life on Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, at Oconee Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Stubblefield was born in Hart County, Ga., a son of the late King David and Myrtle Lee McCollum Stubblefield. He was employed with the Singer Company and then retired from Pratt-Reed in Central. He later worked for the School District of Pickens County. Mr. Stubblefield was a member of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church.

Survivors include his daughter-in-law, Shirley Stubblefield of Central, grand-daughters, Cheryl Ann Crowe (Michael) of Central and Jennifer Lee Stephens (Alan) of Six Mile and great grandchildren, Leanna Renee Crowe, Anthony Edward Crowe, James Edward Stephens, and Andrew Thomas Stephens. Also surviving is a brother, David Stubblefield of Walhalla.

In addition to his parents and wife, Mr. Stubblefield was preceded in death by his son, Gene E. Stubblefield.

Services were held Aug. 4 at Dillard Funeral Home in Pickens, with burial following at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens.

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


PICKENS — Opal Yates Rowland, 85, widow of Hovey Rowland, passed from this life Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, at her home in Pickens.

Mrs. Rowland was born in Pickens, a daughter of the late John and Lilly Yates. She was a homemaker and was a member of Pickens Church of God.

Survivors include one daughter, Linda Silos of Pickens, two sons, James Allen Rowland and Rickey Rowland of Pickens, and a brother, Jim Yates of Travelers Rest, and a sister, Ophelia Buchanan of Pickens. She is also survived by three grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandson.

Services were held Aug. 3 in the funeral home chapel, with burial following at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens.

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


EASLEY — Christopher Gage Stancil, 24, passed away Sunday, Aug. 2, 2015, at his home.

Gage was born in Greenville, the son of Robbie Lee and Stacy Crandall Stancil. He was of the Baptist faith. He loved sports, and his favorite teams were the Dallas Cowboys and the Florida Gators.

Surviving, in addition to his parents, are a sister, Cassidy Stancil of Easley; his maternal grandmother, Sandy Crandall of Easley; his paternal grandfather, Richard Minnich of Easley; and numerous aunts, uncles and cousins. Gage was predeceased by a grandfather, Dr. James Crandall, and a grandmother, Geraldine Minnich.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, with the Rev. Amos Workman officiating. Burial will follow in Robinson Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends from noon until 1:45 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home prior to the service.

The family is at the home of his parents.

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


EASLEY — Mary Lilly Gilliland McDonald, 85, wife of Gordon Richardson McDonald, passed away Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015, at her home. Born in Cowpens, she was the daughter of the late Noah Rabb and the late Josie Bryant Gilliland.

Mrs. McDonald was a nurse’s aid, having worked for Greenville General Hospital and Countryside Village. She loved her family, gardening and crafts. The family would like to express their gratitude to Lutheran Hospice for the exceptional care provided to Mrs. McDonald.

Surviving in addition to her husband are her children, Richard McDonald, Jr. (Ruby) and Mike McDonald (Lavonda) both of Easley, Steve McDonald (Carla) of Greenville, Judy McDonald of Easley, Peggy Anders (Joe Bill) of Central, Cyndi Crane (Tim) of Greenville and Lucy Grant (Carey) of Powdersville; 16 grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two sisters, Lucille Hill of Florida and Molly Morton of Greenville; a brother, George Gilliland of Greer; and several nieces and nephews. Mrs. McDonald was predeceased by several brothers and sisters.

The family received friends on Aug. 4 at Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown. Graveside services will be held Wednesday, Aug. 5, 2015, at 3 p.m. in M.J. “Dolly” Cooper Veterans Cemetery in Anderson.

Flowers are accepted, or memorials may be made to Lutheran Hospice, N. Main Street Suite 3 Greenville, SC 29601.

The family will be at the home.

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


PICKENS — Milburn Lee Gillette Jr. of Pickens passed Saturday, Aug. 1, 2015.

He was born June 14, 1946, a son of Milburn Lee Gillette and Blanche Woody Gillette. He was preceded in death by his father and mother, his brother, Anthony Cecil Gillette, and his sisters, Bobbie Jean Webb, Patricia Ann Fowler, Helen Yvonne Boggs and Brenda Gillette.

He was survived by two brothers, Donald Gillette of Swannanoa, N.C., and James Olin Gillette of Pickens, and three sisters, Shirley McCall of Mars Hill, N.C., Elizabeth Ferguson of Claremont, N.C., and Clara Singleton of Canton, N.C., and close family friend Sammy Dodgens of Pickens.

The family will receive friends at 6 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 6, at Bible Baptist Church in Pickens, with a memorial service to follow at 7 p.m.

Palmetto Mortuary is assisting the family.[/cointent_lockedcontent]