Courier Obituaries 9-13-17

Blanche L. Martin

Easley — Flora Blanche Lesley Martin, 83, wife of the late Dorsie R. Martin Sr., passed away Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017.

Born in Pickens County, she was a daughter of the late Ira B. Lesley.

Mrs. Martin was a lifelong member of Corinth Baptist Church. She was a very talented seamstress and worked for several retail stores including, Alexander Drug Store, Kmart and Gay’s Clothing and also worked with Swirl Manufacturing.

Surviving are her children, Flora Emma Nell Martin Taylor (Sammy), Myrtie Diann Martin James and Dorsie R. Martin, Jr. (April) all of Easley; grandchildren, Bridget James (Mark), Megan Mclane (Allen), Tammy Gamble (Josh) and Jonathan Martin (Leslie); and six great-grandchildren.

The family expresses their gratitude to a very special nephew, James Martin and his wife, Frances, for the acts of kindness shown to Mrs. Martin and her family.

In addition to her husband and father, she was predeceased by a sister, Carolyn McCue.

Funeral services were held Sept. 8 at Corinth Baptist Church, with burial following in the church cemetery.

Flowers will be accepted.

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

Jason Todd Phillips

SIX MILE — Jason Todd “Jake” Phillips, 35, of Six Mile, passed away on Friday, Sept. 1, 2017, in Central.

Born on July 19, 1982, in Greenville, he was a lifelong resident of the Upstate and worked as an HVAC technician in the heating and cooling industry. Jason was very outgoing and had lots of friends, he enjoyed fishing and hunting, being in the outdoors and spending time with his family, especially his daughters.

Jason’s memory will be most cherished by his mother, Connie Phillips Towe of Greer; his four daughters, Emily and Summer Phillips of Pickens and Natalie and Kinley Phillips of Central; his stepfather, Arthur V. Towe of Six Mile; his sister, Misty Anderson of Six Mile; his brother, Phillip Towe of Charlamont, Mass.; and a very special friend, Sarah Prater of Central.

Memorial services were held Sept. 7 at the Alive Wesleyan Church in Central.

Sara H. Day

Easley — Mrs. Sara Hinton Day, 87, wife of the late Clomer Earl Day, passed away Monday, Sept. 4, 2017, at Rainey Hospice House.

Born in Pickens County, a daughter of the late Charlie Francis Hinton Sr. and the late Vera Mae George Hinton, Mrs. Day retired from the Bibb Company and was a member of Brushy Creek Baptist Church where she belonged to the Willing Worker’s Sunday School Class.

Surviving are a daughter, Jackie Day Pressley (Richard) of Easley; three sisters, Bobbie Jean Turner of Westminster, Betty Joe Lesley of Greenville and Lois Ledbetter of Fernandina Beach, Fla.; a granddaughter, Erin Armstrong (Stewart) of Easley; and two great-grandchildren, Jorja and Taylor Fox. In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Day was predeceased by two brothers, Charlie Francis Hinton Jr. and Jack LaRue Hinton; two sisters, Thelma Dobbins and Georgia Mae Roberson; and a grandson, Jason Pressley.

Funeral services were held Sept. 7 in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, with Rev. Dr. Jim Spencer officiating and burial following in Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to Pickens County Meals on Wheels, P.O. Box 184, Easley, SC 29641, or to Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621.

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

Donald Bolding

Pickens — Donald Bolding, 91, of Pickens, went to be with his Lord on Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2017, in Greenville.

He is the son of the late Samuel J Bolding and Essie Lumpkin Bolding.

Mr. Bolding is survived by a daughter, Donna Sherer (Kevin) of Simpsonville, a sister; Bobby Pace (Harold) of Pickens; and three grandchildren; Brendan Sherer of Greenville, Libby Zadoorian of Simpsonville, and Rebekah Sherer of Simpsonville. Mr. Bolding is also predeceased by his three brothers, three sisters and two wives.

Funeral services were held Sept. 7 at Mountain View Baptist Church in Six Mile, with burial following at Graceland West in Greenville.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials are sent to Mountain View Baptist Church in Six Mile.

Online condolences may be expressed by visiting

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting The Bolding family.

Willie Mae Cooper

Pickens — Willie Mae Cooper, 77, wife of the late Gary Harold Cooper, passed away Wednesday, Aug. 30, 2017, at Greenville Healthcare System.

Born in Pickens County, she was a daughter of the late Lawson Melton and Clovie Ann Allen Aiken. Mrs. Aiken was retired from Alice Manufacturing and was a member of Truth Missionary Baptist Church.

Survivors include a son Jerry Arnold of Pickens; a daughter Cindy Britton (Donnie) of Pickens; grandchildren Melissa Roper (Nathan) of Pickens, Nikki Arnold of Greenville; great grandchildren; Ithan Roper, Jada and Jayne Arnold, Silas Arnold, Warton Arnold, Jackson Arnold; brothers Lawson Aiken, Jr. (Frankie) of Lyman, Luke Aiken of Pickens; and a sister Lillian Alexander of Greenville.

Mrs. Aiken was predeceased by her husband, her parents, a brother Wayman Aiken, sisters; Florene Stargel and Evelyn Chastain.

The family will celebrate the life of Willie Mae Cooper by having a private service.

Mountain View Funeral Home is assisting the Cooper family.

The family will be at their respective homes.

Sammy Gerald Davis

Pickens — Sammy G. Davis, 58, husband of Susan Blakley Davis, passed from this life Friday, Sept. 1, 2017.

Sammy was born in Greenville, a son of the late Truman W. and Myria Crenshaw Davis. He was employed with Advanced Climate Control with his sons.

Survivors include his wife of 40 years, Susan, of the home, a son, Jason (Tracy) Davis of Sunset, a daughter, Jennifer (Chad) Clark of Pickens, a son, Josh (Tara) Davis of Pickens, grandchildren, Kaitlyn Davis, Ashley Davis, Lillie Davis, McCaylan Clark and Tanner Clark, a brother, Michael Davis, sisters, Linda Knight, Delta Cartee and Lavone Davis, best friend, Robbie Hoover, and his mother-in-law, Lila Blakley.

Sammy was known to be an outdoorsman — he loved fishing and hunting. He was also known for how special his family and friends were to him, as well as the special love he had for his grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Sept. 4 in the chapel of Mountain View Funeral Home, conducted by Rev. Gordie Hager and Philip Forrester, with burial following at Holly Springs Baptist Church cemetery.

Mountain View Funeral Home is assisting the Davis family.

Richard E. Myers

Liberty — Richard Edgar Myers, 66, of 22 Boggs Drive, died peacefully on Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017, at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Born in Greenville, he was the widower of Carol S. Myers and a son of the late Thurlo and Florence Chapman Myers.

He loved playing golf and spending time with his grandchildren. He was a member of East Side Baptist Church.

Surviving are a daughter, Allison Smith (Tim) of Liberty; a son, Derrick Myers of Liberty; a sister, Mary Margaret Phillips of Pickens; three grandchildren, Reece and Noah Smith, and Preston Myers.

Funeral services to honor the life of Mr. Myers were held Sept. 9 at East Side Baptist Church, with burial following at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers memorials are requested to the Shriners Hospital for Children, 950 W. Faris Road, Greenville SC 29605.

Online condolences may be expressed by visiting Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.

Rudolph Albert Perry

SENECA — Rudolph Albert Perry, 71, of 676 Campbell Bridge Road, Seneca, went to be with his Lord and Savior Wednesday, Sept. 6, 2017.

He was born April 26, 1946, to the late Charles Duncan and Hattie Childress Perry. He is preceded in death by his wife, Linda Wilkerson Perry, brothers, Roderick, Rayford and Rudolph Perry and sisters, Doris Morgan and Kathleen Sheriff.

He is survived by a brother, Gerald (Elaine) Perry of Liberty; sisters, Charlene Perry, Fredda (Chester) Crane and Loretta (John) Greer all of Seneca.

Services were held Sept. 9 at the Brown-Oglesby Funeral Home chapel, officiated by Randy Perry, with burial following in Oconee Memorial Park.

Brown-Oglesby Funeral Home of Seneca is in charge of the arrangements.

Margot J. Robinson

Easley — Margot Jütte Robinson, born Feb. 21, 1928, of Easley, passed away Friday, Sept. 8, 2017.

Born in Simmershausen near Kassel, Germany, Mrs. Robinson was a daughter of the late August Johann and Wilhelmina Katarina Eberhardt Jütte. She was educated in German schools and served as an interpreter for the United States Armed Services at Rothwesten Air Force Base, Germany following World War II. Together with her husband, she was instrumental in the management and operations of their family businesses, Robinson’s, Robinson Funeral Homes and Robinson Memorial Gardens. Mrs. Robinson was a member of Easley Presbyterian Church, where she was active in the Women of the Church, her Circle, and various church committees. She was a member of the Easley Better Homes Club, Nosegay Garden Club, and The Carillon Dance Club.

Surviving are her husband, Alfred Burgess Robinson; two daughters, Corinne Margot Mauldin and Caroline Jütte Robinson Fleming (Peter); two sons, Alfred Burgess Robinson Jr. (Sallie) and Christopher Payne Robinson; one sister, Waltraud Jütte Howe; and eight grandchildren, Mary Catherine Mauldin Hadaway, Charles Hubbard Hadaway, III, Eliza Cunningham Fleming, Peter Wallace Fleming, IV, Alfred Burgess Robinson, III, Evelyn Frances Robinson, Anna Eberhardt Robinson and John Wickliffe Robinson.

Mrs. Robinson was predeceased by her first husband, Captain William Kennedy Mauldin, who was missing in action during the Korean Conflict and later declared dead; a son, William Kennedy Mauldin II; and a granddaughter, Martha Robinson Fleming.

Funeral services were held Sept. 10 in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Powdersville Road, with committal service following in Robinson Memorial Gardens.

Memorials may be made to Easley Presbyterian Church, 200 S. First St., Easley, SC 29640 or the charity of one’s choice.

Condolences may be expressed online at or at Robinson Funeral Home, 1425 Powdersville Road, Easley, which is assisting the family.

Jim L. Looper

Easley — Jim L. Looper, 73, husband of Linda Warren Looper, passed from this life Sunday, September 10, 2017.

Jim was born in Pickens County, South Carolina a son of the late William Anderson and Elizabeth Hester Looper.

Survivors include his wife Linda of the home; two sons, Craig (Beth) Looper of Easley and Scott Looper of Easley; one daughter, Angie (Robby) Merck of Pickens; grandchildren Caleb Merck, Seth Merck, Hannah Looper and Quinton Looper; two brothers and three sisters.

Mr. Looper was predeceased by his parents, along with five brothers.

Visitation will be held at 1 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, at Nine Forks Baptist Church, with the funeral service to follow at 2 p.m. in the church sanctuary. Burial will follow at Nine Forks Baptist Church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Nine Forks Church Building Fund or Rainey Hospice House in Anderson.

The family will be at 164 Hampton Road, Easley SC, 29640

Mountain View Funeral Home is assisting the Looper family.

Margaret E. McClellan

Easley — Mrs. Margaret Ellison McClellan, 93, wife of the late Houston Matthew “Ted” McClellan Sr. passed away Monday, Sept. 11, 2017, at her home.

Born in Anderson County, a daughter of the late Cecil Elmer and Anita Jones Ellison, Mrs. McClellan was a graduate of Easley High School and a homemaker. She was of the Baptist faith.

Surviving are a son, Houston Matthew “Hugh” McClellan Jr. (Wendy) of Easley; two brothers, J.M. Ellison (Bonnie) and David Ellison (Sue), all of Easley; a sister, Sybil Ferguson of Easley; a sister-in-law, Doris Ellison; two grandchildren and two great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Mrs. McClellan was predeceased by two brothers, Fred Howard Ellison and Billy Joe Ellison; and a sister, Gertrude Powell.

Graveside services will be held at 3 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 13, at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends from 1:30-2:30 p.m. Wednesday at Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, prior to the graveside service.

Family members are at their respective homes.

The family would like to express their gratitude to Pruitt Health Hospice for the love and care they have provided for Mrs. McClellan.

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

Lewis Edward Whitaker

Liberty — Lewis Edward Whitaker, 60, passed away peacefully surrounded by his loving family, Friday, Sept. 8, 2017, at his residence.

Born in Pickens, he was the husband of Shirley Chapman Whitaker of the home and a son of the late Ben Whitaker Jr. and Catherine Chambers Whitaker. He retired from Vulcan Materials after working there for over 30 years. He was an avid Clemson Tigers fan and loved spending time with family and friends. Lewis especially loved his Lord and Savior and attending church at Ruhamah Baptist Church.

Surviving in addition to his wife are a son, Bradley Whitaker of Central; three sisters, Judy Roper of Liberty, Barbara Andrews (Jimmie) of Pickens and Edith Bryson of Liberty; a brother, Garvin Whitaker of Liberty; and two grandchildren, Dylan and Dawson Whitaker, both of Central.

In addition to his parents he was predeceased by a half-sister, Norma Jean Burns, and a brother in law, George Roper.

Funeral services for Mr. Whitaker were held Sept. 11 in the Liberty Mortuary chapel, with burial at Ruhamah Baptist Church cemetery planned later in the week following the inclement weather.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Ruhamah Baptist Church Hymnal Fund: 725 Ruhamah Road Liberty, SC 29657.

Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.

Bernice Cassell Wood

Pickens — Bernice Cassell Wood, 90, passed away surrounded by her loving family Saturday, Sept. 9, 2017, at her home.

Born in Pickens, Mrs. Wood is the daughter of the late Clarence Grady Cassell and Sally Lee Cassell.

Mrs. Wood worked many years at Singer manufacturing.

Survivors include a daughter, Ann Clark (Donnie) of Pickens; one grandson, Chad Clark (Jennifer) of Pickens; and three grandchildren, McCaylan Clark, Tanner Clark and Brooke Reece, all of Pickens. Mrs. Wood was predeceased by her parents and one grandson, Eric Clark.

A visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 14. Services will follow at 11 a.m. in the Dillard Funeral Home chapel. Burial will be at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens.

Memorials may be sent to Hospice of the Upstate 1835 Rogers Road Anderson, South Carolina 29621

Online condolences may be expressed by visiting Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Wood family.