Courier Obituaries 9-17-14

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Clairissa B. Nalley

Easley — Clairissa “Splent” Bishop Nalley, 93, of Pelzer Highway, wife of the late Samuel E. Nalley, died Monday, Sept. 8, 2014 at Rainey Hospice House.

Born Feb. 22, 1921 in Pickens County, she was a daughter of the late Dock and Emma Brown Bishop, Mrs. Nalley was a homemaker and a member of Flat Rock Baptist Church.

Surviving are a son, Samuel G. (Sammy) Nalley and wife, Sarah Elaine, of Easley; a daughter, Joyce N. Sudduth and husband, Troy, of Easley; four grandchildren; Bentley Sudduth (Dawn) of Pickens, Penny Chambers (Johnny) of Greenbrier, Ark., Todd Sudduth (Katherine) of Pickens and Chris Nelson (Charlene) of Travelers Rest; and 13 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Nalley was predeceased by two brothers, William A. “Bill” Bishop and T.C. Bishop, and by two sisters, Ruby Albertson and Ora Holliday.

Funeral services were at 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown. Burial followed in Greenlawn Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Rainey Hospice House, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621.

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

Donald E. Schaefer

Pickens — Donald Earl Schaefer, 80, of N. Catherine Street, died Monday, Sept. 8, 2014.

Born in Syracuse, N.Y., he was the son of the late Edwin Earl Schaefer and Florence Kai Schaefer. Mr. Schaefer was retired from the U.S. Air Force after 16 years of service. He also served four years in the U.S. Navy. He was a member of Faith Lutheran Church in Pickens and loved creating beautiful memories through woodworking.

Surviving are his wife of the home, Marjorie Comer Schaefer; children, Kandyce Ayne Hawkinberry of St. Augustine, Fla., David Thomas Schaefer of Piedmont, Douglas Earl Schaefer of Gray Court, Kassandra Michele Taylor of St. Augustine, Fla. and Jamie Savacool Pickrell of Mooresville, N.C.; grandchildren, Michael, Darrell and Ashley Hawkinberry, Amanda and Megan Powell, Brittany and Heather Schaefer, Daniel and April Turcotte and Aaron Pickrell; great grandchildren, Tristan, Aubrey and Elena; and a brother, Clifford Schaefer of Rochester, N.Y.

A memorial service to celebrate Mr. Schaefer’s life was held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13 at Faith Lutheran Church in Pickens.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the V.F.W. Post 2889 Honor Guard of Rock Hill, P.O. Box 3616, Rock Hill, South Carolina 29730.

Online condolences may be expressed by visiting

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Schaefer family.

Marcus Lynn Ellenburg, Sr

Pickens — Marcus Lynn Ellenburg, Sr, age 66, husband of Linda Medlin Ellenburg, died Sunday Sept. 7, 2014 at Baptist Easley Hospital with his loving family surrounding him.

Mr. Ellenburg was born in Pickens County, a son of the late Albert James Ellenburg and Mary Elizabeth Dodgens Ellenburg. Mr. Ellenburg was a member of Missionary Baptist Church in Pickens. He worked with Winn Dixie in Pickens & Liberty until it closed, then Bilo at Easley until disabled. He loved his music and instruments, playing with family and friends, singing and fellowship. He loved the Lord and witnessing.

Survivors include his wife of 45 years, daughter; Linda Antonia “Toni” Ellenburg Powell (Patrick) of Pickens; Marcus Lynn “Mark” Ellenburg, Jr. (Jill) of Pickens , five grandchildren, Christopher Powell (Candi), Kayla Jackson (Santiago Sotelo), Zachary Powell, Emilie and Gracie Ellenburg: two great grand, Maddison Jackson, Cayden Powell; sister Marilyn Cooper (Jackie) of Pickens, brother Gerald Ellenburg (Veda) of Pickens, sister in law Gladys Ellenburg of Pickens, former Daughter-in-law, Jennifer Ellenburg of Pickens, former grandson-in-law, Cruize Jackson and several nieces and nephews.

Mr. Ellenburg was predeceased by his parents and one sister Jane Ladd Hamby, a brother, Joel Ellenburg.

Funeral Service was Wednesday Sept. 10 at 11 a.m. at Dillard Funeral Home in the chapel. Burial was in Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens.

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Ellenburg family.

Shirley Ann Duncan

Easley — Shirley Ann Bryant Duncan, 78, died Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014.

Born in Liberty she was a daughter of the late Earnest and Theatta Bates Bryant. Mrs. Duncan was a member of Easley First Baptist Church. She loved the Lord and enjoyed spending time with her family, sewing, gardening, and watching her grandchildren participate in sports. She had a special love for animals. Shirley had a lifelong work ethic and retired as office manager for Piedmont Pad, Inc. Her volunteer services included “Pink Lady” duties at Baptist Easley Hospital.

Surviving are a daughter, Susan Hendrix (James), and one son, Barry Duncan (Rosemary); five grandchildren, Matthew (Melanie) and Justin Hendrix (Lani), Jorden White (Will), and Anna and Bryant Duncan, and two great-grandchildren, Chase and Calvin Hendrix; three sisters, Helen Mahaffey, Betty Davis (Wayne), and Carol Clardy (Wallace); a sister in law, Nathalee Bryant.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by her husband of 59 years, and her high school sweetheart, Alfred Jorden Duncan. She was also predeceased by a brother, Eugene Bryant.

Funeral services to honor the life of Mrs. Duncan were 1 p.m. Friday, in the Liberty Mortuary Chapel, conducted by the Rev. Dr. John Adams. Burial was at Liberty Memorial Gardens.

Memorials are requested to Easley First Baptist Church, Generations to Come-Building Fund, 300 East First Avenue, Easley SC 29640, Foothills Humane Society, 500 Five Forks Road, Liberty SC 29657, or Gentiva Hospice, 3350 Riverwood Parkway, Suite 1400, Atlanta GA 30339.

Memorial messages may be sent to the family by visiting www.libertymortuary. Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.

Louis A. Henderson

Pickens — Louis Andrew Henderson, 88, husband of the late Nita Bell Dodgens Henderson, died Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014 at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Mr. Henderson was born in Oconee County a son of the late Julius V. and Ethel Carpenter Henderson. He was retired from Monaghan Mill in Greenville and was a member of Roanoke Baptist Church and The Woodmen of The World.

Survivors include his son, William R. Henderson (Betty) of Pickens, grandchildren Angie Laughlin (Jon), Sherry Boggs (John), Beth Brato (Dey), and Ed Moore. Great grandchildren include Will Boggs, Neely Boggs, Llore Beth Brato, Luke Brato, Ty Boggs, and Lizzie Brato. He is also survived by his sisters, Chistine Cox, Frances Buchanan, and Shelby Finley all of Pickens.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Henderson was preceded in death by his son, Jerry Louis Henderson.

Funeral services were Thursday, Sept. 11 at 1 p.m. in the chapel at Dillard Funeral Home in Pickens. Burial will be at Griffin Baptist Church Cemetery.

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

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Henderson family.

Clyde R. Gilstrap

Pickens — Clyde Raymond Gilstrap, 83, of Pumpkintown Highway, died Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014 at his home.

Born in Sunset, he was the son of the late Van Grover Gilstrap and Rosa Stewart Gilstrap. Mr. Gilstrap was retired after 27 years of military service. He served 3 years in the U.S. Army during the Korean War where he was awarded the Purple Heart. The remainder of his service was in the U.S. Air Force. He was a member of Faith Lutheran Chapel in Pickens, a member of the Keowee Masonic Lodge #79 A.F.M. and the Summerville Masonic Lodge #234 A.F.M. He was also the Past Master of the Keowee and Summerville Lodges, the Past Grandmaster District Deputy of the 16th District in South Carolina, Scottish Rites and was a Hejaz Shriner.

Surviving are his wife of the home, Doris Spearman Gilstrap; three sons, Randell Gilstrap (Jerilyen) and Roger Gilstrap (Barbara) all of Summerville and James Gilstrap (Sonya) of Colbert, Ga.; eight grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and two brothers, J.W. Gilstrap of Greenville and Olus Gilstrap of Easley.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Gilstrap was predeceased by a granddaughter, Jennifer Gilstrap.

The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of Lutheran Hospice for the compassion and exceptional care provided to Mr. Gilstrap.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Sept. 13 at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Dillard Funeral Home. Burial followed in Hillcrest Memorial Park with full military honors and masonic rites.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Faith Lutheran Chapel, 729 W. Main Street Pickens, SC 29671.

Online condolences may be expressed by visiting

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Gilstrap family.

Kimberly Sue

Crenshaw Vinson

Easley — Kimberly Sue Crenshaw Vinson, 53, died, Wednesday, Sept. 10, 2014. She was surrounded by her loving family and friends.

Kimberly was born in Pickens County, daughter of Tommy Joe and Trudy Searcy Crenshaw. She was employed with The School District of Pickens County as a sixth grade language arts teacher at Pickens Middle School. Kimberly was a member of Secona Baptist Church. She was a graduate of Clemson University and received her Master’s from Nova University. Kimberly loved spending time with her family and fellow educators, and she loved her students very much. Her beautiful smile will be missed by all who knew her.

In addition to her parents, Kimberly is survived by her daughter, Channing Vinson, sons, Connor Vinson and Chandler Vinson, and two step-sons, Derek Vinson and Brandon Vinson, and a special friend, Lem Blackwell.

A graveside service was held at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens at 12 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 13.

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

Memorials may be made to Caris Healthcare, (Hospice), 111 Hines Road, Greenville, SC 29607 or to The American Cancer Society, 154 Milestone Way

Greenville, SC 29615

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Vinson family.

June Fendley

Liberty — June Dyer Fendley, 88, of 202 Green Drive, died on Friday, Sept. 12, 2014 at the McCall Hospice House.

Born in Blockley, England she was the widow of Walton Bruce Fendley and a daughter of the late Alfred and Henrietta Middleton Dyer. Mrs. Fendley was a member of Liberty United Methodist Church, and was retired from Cape Fear Valley Medical Center. She was an avid gardener, who loved to knit, and she also loved animals.

Surviving are three daughters, Patricia Register (Kenneth), and Sylvia Taylor (Curtis) all of Fayetteville, N.C., and Carol Lynch (Randall) of the home; a son, William “Bill” Fendley (Pamela) of Ellington, Conn.; a step brother, Andrew Lesley Dyer; nine grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.

Funeral services to honor the life of Mrs. Fendley were 2 p.m. Monday in the Liberty Mortuary Chapel. Burial was at Nazareth Methodist Church Cemetery, in Westminster.

In lieu of flowers memorials are requested to Open Arms Hospice, 1836 W. Georgia Road, Simpsonville SC 29680.

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

Frances Haskett

Pickens — Frances Bryant Haskett, 80, died Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014 at Redeemer Health & Rehab.

Mrs. Haskett was born in Pickens County, daughter of the late Fred K. Bryant, Sr. and the late Clovie Cappell Parnell Bryant. Mrs. Haskett was formerly employed with The Corner Drug in Pickens and later in sales at W.E.L.P Radio in Easley. She was a member of Graceway Baptist Church.

Survivors include three sons, Furman Ray Haskett, Jr. (Patricia), of Pickens, Roger D. Haskett (Diane) of Easley and Mark A. Haskett (Dawn) of Columbia, seven grandchildren and four great grandchildren. Also surviving are brothers, Fred K. Bryant, Jr. of Easley and the Rev. James W. Parnell of Orangeburg.

Funeral services were 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 16 in the funeral home chapel at Dillard Funeral Home. Burial was at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens.

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

Memorials may be made to Ark Hospice, 101 Grace Drive, Easley, SC 29640,

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Haskett family.

Ronald Briggs

Easley — Ronald Dwaine Briggs, 57, of Easley, died Saturday, Sept. 13, 2014.

Born in Minneapolis, Minn., a son of Joanne Jensen Briggs of Minneapolis, and the late Leroy Briggs, Mr. Briggs was an Assistant General C&S with Norfolk Southern Railroad and had served with the U.S. Army as a Green Beret.

Surviving, in addition to his mother, are his wife, Sherry Hilyer Briggs of the home; four sons, Daniel Briggs (Terinda) of Lawrenceville, Ga., Jesse Briggs (Ashley) of Beaufort, Justin Briggs (Ana) of Iva, and Joseph Bush (Spring) of McDonough, Ga.; a daughter, Joelien Stingle (William) of Shelbyville, Ky.; three brothers, Victor Briggs (Dawn) of Raeford, N.C., Mike Briggs of St. Michaels, Minn, and Jeffery Briggs of Athens, Ga.; two sisters, Susan Salo (Rick) and Betty Emery (Doug), all of Minneapolis, Minn.; and nine grandchildren, Karlena, Aidan, Caitlin, McKenzie, Graden, Bodi, Laila, Thoner and Hilyer.

In addition to his father, Mr. Briggs was predeceased by a sister, Shirley Briggs.
Private memorial services will be held by the family.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Tamassee Children’s Fund, P.O. Box 8, Tamassee, SC 29686,

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