Courier Obituaries 9-16-15

obits8-6 Page 5A.inddRUTH WALKER

LAS VEGAS — Ruth Kelly Walker, 90, of Las Vegas, passed away peacefully Friday Aug. 28, 2015.

She was born Jan. 4, 1925, in Pickens, to Ivey Clarence Kelly and Sophie Hunt Kelly. She was a long-time resident of Las Vegas. She married Melvin Thomas Walker Dec. 13, 1943 in Baltimore. They were married 31 years before he preceded her in death. Ruth was a 50 year member of Sunrise Southern Baptist Church.

She is survived by two sisters, Una (Harold) Welborn and Clara (Ansel) Anderson; two daughters, Patsy (Jim) McAllister and Betty Walker; a son, Thomas (Carol) Walker; five grandchildren; and two great-grandchildren.

Graveside services were held Sept. 3, at Woodlawn Cemetery, in Las Vegas.

Martha Porter Holcombe

Easley — Mrs. Martha Frances Porter Holcombe, 78, wife of Dover Ray Holcombe, went home to be with her Lord and Savior Monday, Sept. 7, 2015.

Born in Six Mile, a daughter of the late Lawrence and Carrie Kirkendall Porter, Mrs. Holcombe retired from Mayfair Mills- Pickens Division and was a member of Open Praise Fellowship Holiness Church. Martha was an avid camper, and her grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the love of her life.

Surviving, in addition to her husband of 57 years, are a son, Douglas Holcombe (Donna) of Pickens; a daughter, Patricia Gilstrap of Easley; a brother, Harold Porter of Easley; four grandchildren, Yvonne Smith (Jason), Jason Gilstrap (Rachelle), Marie Jones, and Amanda Marler (Joey); and seven great-grandchildren. In addition to her parents, Mrs. Holcombe was predeceased by a daughter, Shirley Holcombe; two brothers, Clyde and Edward Porter; and three sisters, Laura Mae Sexton, Betty Stegall, and Mary McCollum.

Funeral services were held Sept. 10, in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, with Rev. Roland Bearden and Rev. Doug Saylors officiating. Burial followed in Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Flowers will be accepted, and memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association of South Carolina, 2090 Executive Hall Road, No. 130, Charleston, SC 29407.

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

THe Rev. Lee Roy Harris

Easley — Rev. Lee Roy Harris, 74, husband of Callie Massingale Harris, passed away Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015 at his home.

Born in Anderson County, a son of the late Paul R. and Nettie Mae Reynolds Harris, Rev. Harris retired from the ministry and was a member of Keowee Church of God of Prophecy.

Surviving, in addition to his wife of 55 years, are three children, Randall Scott Harris of Mauldin, Angel Marie Crowe of Greer and Paul Jeff Harris (Sara) of Dacusville; four brothers, Edward, Kenneth, Jimmy and Joe Harris; two sisters, Doris Bennett and Sandra Ford; 13 grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and 13 great-great-grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Rev. Harris was predeceased by a son, Eddie Lee Harris; a brother, Carl Harris; and a sister, Clara Finley.

Graveside services were held Sept. 11, at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Easley.

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

Jane O. Patterson

EasleY — Jane Owens Patterson, 83, of Pelzer Highway, passed away Tuesday Sept. 8, 2015 at her home surrounded by her loving family.

Born in Pickens County, she was the daughter of the late James Tilman Owens and Wilhelmina Cooper Owens.

Mrs. Patterson was retired from Amoco (Union Carbide) after 30 years of dedicated service and was a member of Piedmont Wesleyan Church. She loved gardening, knitting and most of all fishing with her husband. She was much loved by her family and a friend to all who knew her.

Surviving is her husband of 60 years, Ralph “Pat” Patterson; two daughters, Angela Sluder of Easley and Audrey Woodson (Jack) of Piedmont; a son, Gary Patterson (Linda) of Easley; grandchildren, Pierce, Shelby, Zach, Daisy and Holly; and a brother, Fred Owens.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by brothers, Leon Owens and Ned Owens.

A service to celebrate Mrs. Patterson’s life was held Sept. 10, in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Family Life Center of Piedmont Wesleyan Church, 506 Anderson Street Piedmont, SC 29673.

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

Bob Littleton

Norris — James Robert “Bob” Littleton, 96, of Norris went to be with the Lord on Tuesday, Sept. 8, 2015.

Born in Norris he was a son of the late William Isaac, Sr. and Cora Mae Gilstrap Littleton.

He retired from Singer, and was involved with the Disabled American Veterans. He served his country in the United States Army during World War II and was a member of Norris First Baptist Church.

Surviving are a brother, J.D. Littleton of Liberty, and several nieces and nephews.

Graveside services to honor the life of Mr. Littleton were held Sept. 11 at Norris Cemetery.

Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements

Jeanne Early Hagood

CLEMSON — Jeanne Early Hagood, 88, formerly of Pickens, wife of the late Ben Folger Hagood, Jr., passed away Friday, Sept. 11, 2015, at Clemson Downs.

Born Aug. 25, 1927 in Charleston, Mrs. Hagood was the daughter of the late Horace Hobson and Alice Gary Early. She was a graduate of Memminger High School and received her degree in English from the University of South Carolina where she was a member of Kappa Delta Sorority. She was a member of the Pickens Presbyterian Church and the Pickens County Historical Society.

Surviving are her five children, Gary Hagood Brightwell (Mrs. Charles S.) of Walterboro, Libby Hagood Lindsay (Mrs. Pickens M.) of Atlanta, Ga., Ben Folger Hagood III (Sally) of Anderson, Thomas Sellers Hagood (Marilyn) of Ft. Mill, SC, and Jeanne Clark Hagood of Charleston, eight grandchildren, Charles “Chad” Slaughter Brightwell, Jr., Andrew Hagood Brightwell, Elizabeth Lindsay Gates, Pickens McCollum Lindsay, Jr., Benjamin Clark Hagood, Mary Caroline Hagood, Lucille “Lucy” Ervin Hagood, and John “Jack” Robinson Hagood; seven great-grandchildren; and a brother, James Gary Early of Mt. Pleasant. She was predeceased by a brother, Horace Hobson Early Jr.

Funeral services were held Sept. 14, at Pickens Presbyterian Church, conducted by the Rev. Nath Briley.

Memorials may be made to Pickens Presbyterian Church, P. O. Box 834, Pickens, SC 29671 or to the Pickens a Historical Society for the Hagood-Mauldin House at P. O. Box 775, Pickens, SC 29671.

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

Alda J. Poole

Central — Alda Jean Kerr Poole, 65, of 1204 Norris Hwy. died Friday at Baptist Easley Hospital. Born in Glen Campbell, PA, she was the wife of Raymond Glenn Poole and the daughter of the late Sylvester and Mildred Straw Kerr. After working as a CNA for many years, she retired and enjoyed traveling cooking and spending time with her family. She was a member of Faith Baptist Church.

Surviving in addition to her husband are two sons, Jason Poole of the home and David Poole of Easley; two brothers, Ed Kerr(Anna Lee) of Chardon, Ohio and Dennis Kerr of Fla.; a brother in law, Bob Poole(Ann) of Hurstboro, Ala.; and numerous aunts, uncles, cousins, & nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was predeceased by a brother, George Kerr.

Funeral services to honor the life of Mrs. Poole were held Sept. 14, with burial following at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Faith Baptist Church: 814 Norris Hwy. Central, SC 29630. Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.



PICKENS — James “Jim” Hervin Patten, Jr., 82, passed away in his sleep at his home on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015 in Pickens.

Born in Pickens County he was the son of the late James H. Patten, Sr. and Allie Naomi (Rholetter) Patten. He was a member of Crescent Hill Baptist Church.

Jim is survived by his wife of 58 years, Kathy; daughter Joni (Jerome) Lathem, son Jimmy (Paula) Patten, daughter Judi Reeves (Scott Wyatt), sister Maxie Stancil, sister-in-law Dorothy Patten and many loving grandchildren, a great-grandchild, an expected great-grandchild, nieces, nephews, extended family and his devoted dog “Booger”. Jim was a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend to all.

Funeral services were held Sept. 13, in the funeral home chapel conducted by Rev. Tommy Hayes and Rev. Joe Farry. Burial followed at Hillcrest Memorial Park Mausoleum in Pickens.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Crescent Hill Baptist Church, 115 Crescent Hill Drive, Pickens, South Carolina 29671.

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the family.



Seneca — Margaret Julia Land Alexander, wife of Jerry Lamar Alexander, of Seneca, former owner and publisher of the Pickens Sentinel, passed away Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, following an extended illness.

She was the daughter of Henry Cromer and Lula Lee Sheriff Land.

In addition to her husband of 55 years, she is survived by a daughter, Ginger Lee Holdeman (Robert) of Irmo; a son, Scott Lamar Alexander (Mary) of Lexington; granddaughters, Abby Holdeman, Ashlyn and Madison Alexander; brothers Clayton, Tommy and Jerry Land; and sisters, Mildred Pressley and Sue Bright of Seneca. She was predeceased by her parents and brothers, R.B., Morris, Melvin, and Rudolph Land.

Services were held Sept. 14, at Seneca Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Seneca Baptist Church Building Fund, 1080 South Oak St., Seneca, SC 29678. Brown-Oglesby Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.


ALABAMA — Roland (Ricky) Evett, 58, was called home Sept. 6, 2015 at 10:05 a.m. Born in Greenville he was the son of Bill and Virginia Redding Burgess of Cleveland.

He is survived by two daughters, Jennifer Evett of Alabama, and Elaine Williams of Ohio; a son Rickey Evett, of Texas; eight grandchildren that he loved dearly; Shaquille Williams, Isaiah Williams (deceased), Shantoniece Williams, Novian Beach, Carlissa Beach, Ronald Dill Jr., Joslynn Dill, and Jaylen Dill; two brothers, Cameron Burgess, and Skeeter Burgess of Pickens; and two sisters, Patsy Wade, of Easley and Donna Walker, of Sunset;

He was predeceased by his wife Sharon Evett, and a brother Dwayne Philyaw.

Memorial services were held Sept. 9 at the home of Donna Walker.

Instead of flowers, monetary donations would be greatly appreciated and may be made to the Cremation Society of South Carolina Westville Funerals, 6010 Whitehorse Road, Greenville, SC 29611.


DeWayne Moore

Central — Christopher DeWayne Moore, infant son of Jerry Moore and Kasie Anne Langen passed from this life Sunday, September 6, 2015 at Baptist Easley Hospital.

In addition to his parents, Christopher leaves behind a brother, Austin Moore, half-sister, Katlynn Moore, grandparents, Sandra Watson, Timothy Watson, and Chris Langen and great grandfather, Charles Porter.

Dillard Funeral Home is serving the family.

Bernis Durham

Liberty — Bernis William Durham, 89, formerly of Mae Street in Liberty, died Sunday at Woodruff Manor in Woodruff. Born in the Flat Rock community of Pickens County; he was the widower of Eloise Chapman Durham and the son of the late Thomas Arthur and Ada Woodson Durham. He was retired from the U.S. Postal Service. Mr. Durham served in the U.S. Coast Guard during WWII on the USS Gladwyne from 1944 until 1946. He was a child of God and was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

Surviving are two sons, Jan Durham (Audrey) of Mill Springs, N.C. and Greg Durham (Cindy) of Easley; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

Funeral services to honor the life of Mr. Durham will be held Wednesday Sept. 16, at 4p.m. in the Liberty Mortuary Chapel. Burial will follow at Liberty Memorial Gardens. No visitation is planned.

Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.

Doyle F. Howe, Jr.

Easley — Mr. Doyle Franklin Howe, Jr., 53, passed away Sunday, Sept. 13, 2015 at Majesty Health and Rehab of Easley.

Born in Pickens County, the son of the late Doyle Franklin Howe, Sr. and the late Bessie Pearl Watson Howe, Mr. Howe a a retired carpet installer and of the Baptist faith.

Surviving are a son, Doyle F. Howe, III. of Belton; a daughter, Julie M. Howe of Fountain Inn; two sisters, Donna Howe of Easley and Gail Day of Williamston; and 12 grandchildren. In addition to his parents, Mr. Howe was predeceased by a son, Charles Clayton Howe; and a sister, Margie Whitmire.

Memorial services will be held at a later date.

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

Frances E. Adams

Pickens ­— Frances E. Adams, age 76, wife of the late Cothran L. Adams passed away Monday Sept. 14, 2015 at Spring Park Assisted Living, Travelers Rest. Mrs. Adams was a born in Pickens County a daughter of the late Lois Waldrop and John Wiley Ellison, Sr.

Mrs. Adams was a member of Pickens Independent Baptist Church.

Survivors include two sons; Mike Adams (Sara Lee) of Pickens, and Hugh Adams (Lisa) of Travelers Rest; four grandchildren, David Adams, Mike Adams (Tonya), Keylan Hawkins (Jeremy), Coby Adams; one great-granddaughter Lila Hawkins.

Visitation will be Wednesday Sept. 16, 2015 from 6p.m. to 7:30p.m. at Dillard Funeral Home. Funeral Services will be 11a.m. Thursday Sept. 17, at Pickens Independent Baptist Church. Burial will be at Hillcrest Memorial Park Memorial Park and Gardens.

Mrs. Adams was predeceased by her husband, parents and two brothers.

A Special thanks to the staff of Spring Park Assisted Living and Mary Epps with Lutheran Hospice.

Dillard Funeral is assisting the Adams family.