Courier Obituaries 9-25-19


 LIBERTY — James (Jim) Alvin Fowler, 70, of Liberty, passed away peacefully Monday afternoon Sept. 23, 2019, at his home following a brief illness.

James is survived by his wife, Brenda; two children, Paige Fowler Vaughan (Brian) of Simpsonville and Travis Fowler (Dana) of Pickens; stepchildren, Brandon Brown of the home and Anna Brown Dalton (Brett) of Pickens; and grandchildren, Madison Vaughan, Katie, Emily and Matthew Fowler, Regan Dalton and Linnea and Jaxson Brown; brothers, Roy V. Fowler Jr. (Olivia) and Ricky Morris Fowler (Dora), all of Liberty; and a sister, Martha Fowler Snyder (Don) of Fountain Inn.

He was of the Baptist faith. Jim was retired from Fowler Construction Inc. of Liberty, where he was a general field superintendent and oversaw new construction and renovations of numerous BI-LO and Harris Teeter grocery stores. Previously he had worked in the same capacity at Potter-Shackleford Construction Company in Greenville. He specialized in industrial projects, including Regal Textile Mills in Tryon, Ga., the Adidas Warehouse in Greenville, and Universal Music Group in Indianapolis. He completed Taylors First Baptist Church.

Jim was a talented musician playing the guitar and mandolin and had also been a member of the Tanglewood Baptist Church gospel quartet.

He was predeceased by his parents, Roy Vesco Fowler and Louise Pilgrim Fowler of Greenville.

Visitation will be Thursday at Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home, 108 Cross Creek Road, in Central. Services will be on Friday at First Baptist Church in Liberty, to be followed by burial at Greenville Memorial Gardens.

Condolences may be expressed online at

Information about times scheduled for visitation and the funeral service are also available online.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in his memory to Grace Hospice Foundation, 704 East Greenville St., Suite 1C, Anderson, SC 29621 or Miracle Hill Children’s Home of Dacusville.

The family is at the home.


PICKENS — After claiming victory with a four-year battle with dementia, Joyce Lucille Jackson entered into the heavenly gates of glory and into the arms of her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019.

She was the daughter of the late J.D. Fowler and Bertha Lyda Fowler and wife of the late Wilbur A. Jackson for 42 years. Joyce was born in Greenville and spent her childhood and teenage years in Conestee.

Joyce is survived by her four children, Rebecca (Doug) Moon of Hendersonville, N.C., Debra (Robert) Bryant of Inman, Charlie (Connie) Jackson of Wichita, Kan., and Tony Jackson of Pickens; five grandchildren, Christopher (Adrianne) Sheriff, Courtney Edmond (Kyle Moody), Cari Sheriff (Brian) Sanders, Joshua (Phyllis) Jackson and Katie Owens; her precious eight great-grandchildren; sister, Mildred (George) LaPlace; brother, Gary Fowler; faithful friend, James Moore; two nieces, a nephew and many friends.

Joyce loved her family beyond words, but most of all she loved her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. She never met a stranger, and by the time she was out of the checkout lane she had made a friend. She lived Matthew 24:35-40 daily. She was a caregiver to friends, a mother to the motherless and a refuge for the hurting.

The family wishes to thank the heathcare providers at Manna Rehab and Health Care in Pickens for the loving care Memaw received while in their care this past year; and Palladium Hospice and Palliative Care for making her last days comfortable and peaceful.

A graduation celebration is planned for Saturday, Sept. 28, at 2 p.m. at Bessie Road Baptist Church, 575 Bessie Road, Piedmont, SC 29673. The Rev. Robert Griswold will officiate. Everyone is invited. Friends and family are welcome to share stories. Fellowship will follow with friends and family immediately after.


PICKENS — Wilma Ruth Bray Gregory, 59, of Pickens, passed away on Sept. 16, 2019.

Wilma was the wife of Rodney David Gregory. The couple was married for 23 years.

She was the daughter of Huester Percy Bray and Alma Lee Hoskins of Kentucky, both deceased.

Surviving are her brother, Dallas Bray, and sister, Juanita Harvey, both of Kentucky; her children, Ryan Gregory (Amy) of Florida, Joshua Gregory (Amber) of North Carolina, Bonnie Willeford Brown (Joshua) of Pickens, Sarah Lynn James (BJ) of Pickens and Rachael Elizabeth McKay (Eugene) of Pickens; nine grandchildren, Elizabeth Kristin Shaulis, Catelynn Gregory, Tucker Drew Gregory, Dylan Jacob Lee Bray, Brenton Uriah Aziel James, Stevie Lee Gregory, Jackson Uriah Aiden James, Eliana Grace Brown and Laili Adeline Priscilla James; and a great-grandson, Bentley James Haggerty.

She was an aunt of many and loved them as her own children. She was loved by many and always loved big.

Services were held on Saturday, Sept. 21 at the chapel of Brown-Oglesby Funeral Home, with burial following at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Pickens.

Brown-Oglesby Funeral home assisted the Gregory family.


SALEM — L.D. “Rattlesnake” Mauldin, 92, husband of the late Ruth Campbell Mauldin, of 662 Stamp Creek Road, Salem, passed away on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, at St. Francis Hospital.

Born in Pickens, he was the son of the late Louie and Margaret Kelley Mauldin. L.D. saw the United States through a windshield, as he was a retired owner and operator truck driver. L.D. attended Stamp Creek Baptist Church as long as his health permitted. He was a member of the Tokeena Beagle Club and the Little River General Store early-morning coffee club until closing. L.D. was a sportsman and enjoyed hunting, fishing and raising beagles. In the 1960s, he loved dirt track racing and was owner and driver of No. 21 and known as “Splutter” Mauldin.

Mr. Mauldin is survived by his daughters, Glynes Mauldin of Salem and Phyllis Alexander of Salem; brother, Tim Mauldin of Six Mile; sisters, Violet Adams and Bonnie Holder, both of Pickens; and a grandson, D. Alexander of Salem.

In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. Mauldin was preceded in death by his brothers, Joe, Nathan and Wallace “Roho” Mauldin; and sisters, Eunice Saylors and Bessie Craig.

A graveside service was held on Sept. 21 at Salem United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Salem United Methodist Church Cemetery Fund, 520 Church St., Salem, SC 29676, or Stamp Creek Baptist Church Building Fund, 1008 Stamp Creek Road, Salem, SC 29676.


PICKENS — Sue Gilstrap Patton, 83, widow of the late Joe W. Patton, went home to be with her Lord on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019, at Lexington Medical Center Extended Care.

Mrs. Patton was born in Pickens County on April 3, 1936, a daughter of the late John Luther and Cora Chappell Gilstrap, and was the youngest of 12 children. She was retired from Kent Manufacturing in Pickens after 40 years and was a member of Northside Baptist Church.

Survivors include her son and daughter-in-law, John and Sharon Patton of Lexington, and granddaughter, Brooke Patton of Greenville.

In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Patton was preceded in death by sisters, Mae Gilstrap, Florine Phillips and Frances Anderson; and brothers, Arthur, Roy, Hovey, Willie, B.F., Kenneth, J.L. and Larry Gilstrap.

The family wishes to thank the staffs of MSA Hospice and Lexington Medical Center Extended Care for their loving and compassionate care of Sue.

Funeral services were held at Dillard Funeral Home, with the Rev. H.C. Couch officiating.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Northside Baptist Church Missions Fund at 421 Sangamo Road, Pickens, SC 29671.

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


GREENVILLE — Inez Faulkner Neeley, 96, of 317 Ligon St., died Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, at Patewood Health and Rehab in Greenville.

Born in Greenville, she was the widow of Jimmy Lee Neeley and the daughter of the late Samuel and Sevella Nolan Faulkner. She was retired from Woodside Mills and was a member of Conestee Church of God of Prophecy. She was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Surviving are a daughter, Ida Bowen Miller and her husband Richard of Liberty; a son, Franklin Neeley and his wife Violet of Fountain Inn; four grandchildren; eight great-grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by a brother, Samuel Faulkner.

Funeral services to honor the life of Mrs. Neeley were held on Sept. 23 in the Liberty Mortuary chapel. Burial followed at Liberty Memorial Gardens.

The family will be at their respective homes. Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting

Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.


EASLEY — Dina Hendrix Sellers, 70, wife of the late Leon Steve Sellers, went home to be with her Lord and Savior on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019.

Born in Pickens County, she was a daughter of the late William Edward “Bill” Hendrix and Juanita Morgan Hendrix.

Mrs. Sellers was a 1967 graduate of Easley High School. She was retired from Baptist Easley Hospital after 50 years of dedicated service. She was a member of Rock Springs Baptist Church and enjoyed reading, cooking and spending time with her family.

Surviving are her children, Chad Sellers (Amy) and Angela Sellers Moore (Terry), all of Easley; a granddaughter, Cassidy Crowe; great-grandchildren, Caysen Crowe, Corbin and Claire Thomas; a brother, Daniel Hendrix (Christa) of Oak Island, N.C.; and a sister, Patricia Wayne of Easley.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by a brother-in-law, Dan Wayne.

A memorial service was held on Sept. 20, 2019, at Rock Springs Baptist Church. Burial followed in Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Flowers are accepted, or memorials may be made to Charleston Hope Lodge, 269 Calhoun St., Charleston, SC 29401.

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


EASLEY — Charles Phillip “Phil” Addington, 89, of Deer Creek Road, passed away on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019.

Born in Stephens County, Ga., he was the son of the late Charles Hardy Addington and Addie Sue Putnam Addington.

Mr. Addington was retired from Michelin North America and was formerly employed with Saco-Lowell in Easley and General Electric in Greenville. He was a member of Easley First Baptist Church for more than 50 years, where he was an usher and member of the Marion Moorhead Sunday School Class. Mr. Addington was an avid outdoorsman and Scoutmaster with the Boys Scouts of America Troop No. 37 for more than 40 years and was past president of the Easley Lions Club. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army.

Surviving are his wife of 66 years, Betty Graham Addington; his children, Charles “Chuck” Addington (Judi) of Liberty, Mitch Addington of Travelers Rest, Chris Addington (Paula) of Dacusville and Elizabeth A. McNamara of Lexington; grandchildren, Corey Addington (Andrea), Caroline Addington, Elizabeth Addington, Daniel Dixon, Alison Dixon and Jacob Addington; and one great-grandchild, Graham Addington.

Mr. Addington was the last surviving member of his immediate family. In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Jane Rampy.

A memorial service was held on Sept. 24 in the sanctuary of Easley First Baptist Church. Burial was held at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Easley.

Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to Easley First Baptist Church, Generations to Come, 300 East 1st Ave., Easley, SC 29640

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


PICKENS — Mrs. Edith Robinson, 92, went home to be with her Lord on Thursday, Sept. 19, 2019, after a period of declining health.

She was predeceased by her husband, Paul T. Robinson, of Pickens. She was the last of her siblings. Mrs. Robinson was a member of Glassy Mountain Baptist Church.

Mr. and Mrs. Robinson did not have any children. Surviving are a sister-in-law, Mrs. Grace Robinson of Pickens, as well as several nieces and nephews.

A graveside service was held on Sept. 22 at Hillcrest Memorial Park with Rev. Bryan Cole, pastor of Glassy Mountain Baptist Church, officiating.

Donations in her honor may be made to Glassy Mountain Baptist Church, 1103 Farrs Bridge Road, Pickens, SC 29671.

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Robinson Family. Online condolences may be sent to


LIBERTY — Martha Ann Wilson, 77, was called home by our Lord and Savior on Friday, Sept. 20, 2019, surrounded by her loving family.

She was born to the late “Chief” Bill and Lucielle Morgan on July 27, 1942, in Easley. Martha was married to Rodney Wilson, and the two of them were proud members of Cedar Rock Baptist Church. She was a devoted Sunday school teacher.

Martha was a home health care aide and took pride in her work. Martha took pride in each person that she served, including all those around her. She was a caring person and would do anything to help a person in need. She loved helping her extended family and people in general.

Martha was a loving wife, mother, sister and grandmother. She is survived by her husband, Rodney Wilson, and two brothers, Billy and Tim Morgan. She is also survived by a blended family of children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren, including children Randy Youngblood, Michael Youngblood, Angie Gillespie (Hoss), Jennifer Reid (Mark), Kelly Nelms (Jimmy) and Allison Wilson. She loved nothing more than to be with her family, helping out with her 12 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren, with one additional on the way.

Martha was preceded in death by her brother, Daniel Morgan; sister, June Williams; a son, Mitchell Youngblood; and two great grandsons.

A service was held at Cedar Rock Baptist Church on Sept. 24. Interment followed at Greenlawn Cemetery in Easley.

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Wilson family.

Memorials on behalf of the family may be made to Cedar Rock Baptist Church.

Online condolences may be sent to


DACUSVILLE — Joseph Clayton Looper, 98, husband of the late Ellen Brown Looper, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019.

Born in Dacusville, he was a son of the late Henry Arthur Looper and Dora Cornelia Friddle Looper.

Mr. Looper retired from Renfrew Bleachery in Travelers Rest and was also a farmer and carpenter. Clayton was a long-time member of Nine Forks Baptist Church. He proudly served his country in the U.S. Army during WWII in Europe and Africa.

Surviving are his children, Kenneth C. Looper (Patsy) of Dacusville and Sandra Looper Poore (Russell) of Charlotte, N.C.; three sisters-in-law, Betty Dounelis (Charles), Jean Sexton and Donna Brown; four grandchildren, Justin Poore (Stephanie), Beth Rohloff (Warren), Whitney Looper and Rebecca Looper; and four great-grandchildren.

Mr. Looper was the last surviving member of his immediate family. In addition to his wife and parents, he was predeceased by sisters, Mary Anderson, Effie Looper and Florence Griffin; and brothers, Lewis, Lumas, Ansel, Lake and Bill Looper.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Sept. 25, at Nine Forks Baptist Church, with burial to follow in the church cemetery.

Family members are at their respective homes. The family would like to express their gratitude to the staff of Palladium Hospice and Manna Health and Rehab for the love and care they have provided for Mr. Looper.

Memorials may be made to the Nine Forks Baptist Church Building Fund, 3207 Earls Bridge Road, Easley, SC 29640.

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


PICKENS — Harold Franklin Powell, 72, born Jan. 13, 1947, went to be with his Lord on Sept. 17, 2019.

Born in Pickens County, he was the son of the late Charles Powell and Edith Brown Powell and husband of Donna Powell.

He leaves behind his loving wife, Donna; his beloved blended family members, including his children, Eugene Powell (Tish), Keith Powell (Michelle), John Kellett (Teresa), Misty Kellett, Kevin Martin (Bridget), Angela Barlet (Jason), Tiffany Nabors (Bret), Amy Barlet and Travis Whitener (Rosey); his stepmother, Catherine Powell of Greenville; sisters, Grace Nix of Liberty, Nancy Center of Easley, Lillian Powell of Greenville and Patricia Morgan of Greenville; a special nephew, Jeffrey Barkley; special friends Don and Mary VanMeter; 18 grandchildren, Eric, CC, Justin, Theren, KK, Madison, Brooklyn, Breanna, Conner, Alex, Ashleah, Kenzie, Levi, Taylor, Caleb, Callie, Little Madison and Canin; and 11 loving and precious great-grandchildren.

Mr. Powell was predeceased by sisters, Eula Mae Grice and Frances Gravely; and brothers, Clyde, Richard and James.

Harold was proud and loved his blended family. He enjoyed everything outdoors, including his love of farming. He shared his talents through music as a frequent soloist at church. Mr. Powell was retired from Ryobi after 25 years of service as a team leader. Harold loved his church community and was not afraid of hard work.

He was known for his woodworking.

A service was held at the Dillard Funeral Home chapel on Sept. 21. Interment followed at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Powell family.

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