Courier Obituaries 9-30-15

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PICKENS — William Carson Isaacs Jr., 75, husband of Peggy Isaacs, went to be with the Lord Monday, Sept. 14, 2015.

Mr. Isaacs was born in Boone, N.C., a son of the late Pauline Yates Isaacs and William Carson Isaacs Sr.

Survivors include his wife of 58 years; one daughter, Crystal Gantt (Harvey) of Charlotte, N.C.; one son, Mike Isaacs (Gail) of Pickens; one sister, Martha Isaacs of Lenoir, N.C.; one brother, Johnny Isaacs of Lenoir, N.C.; four grandchildren, Zachary and Sara Gantt, both of Charlotte, N.C., and Carson and Sam Isaacs of Pickens.

A native of Lenoir, N.C., Isaacs lettered in basketball and football for four years at Lenoir High School. As a sophomore and junior, he also played baseball and ran track.

Isaacs attended Appalachian State University, where he played center and middle linebacker for the Mountaineers’ football team. At App State, he was named All Conference, All District 26 NAIA, All State, and Williamson All-American. He received a Bachelor of Science from Appalachian in mathematics and physical education. Isaacs received his Masters of Science from Clemson University in school administration.

Isaacs, inducted into the South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association Hall of Fame in 2011, started his coaching career in Mullins for two years. He became head football coach at Pickens High School in 1965 at the age of 24 and directed the Blue Flame for 27 years.

Isaacs took over a program that had lost 33 consecutive games and led Pickens to a record of 181-109-5, including nine conference championships and 14 state playoff games.

Isaacs, who won coach of the year honors nine times, guided the Blue Flame to a state-record 57 consecutive regular-season victories between 1969 and 1975, a stretch that included five straight Western AAA region titles.

Additional accolades during his coaching career include Area Coach of the year two times, All Star Assistant Coach, All Star Head Coach, Shrine Bowl Assistant Coach, Teacher of the year and Jaycees Outstanding Young Educator award. Isaacs also coached the basketball team to a 43-17 record and the softball team to a 37-2 record while at Pickens.

In addition to coaching, Isaacs also served as a teacher, athletic director, assistant principal, class sponsor and bus supervisor at Pickens High School.

After retirement from coaching and teaching in 1993, Isaacs picked up a very different hobby — Koi fish. A founding member and president from 2000-2001 of the S.C. Koi and Water Garden Association, he was named “Koi Person of the Year” in 2004 by the Associated Koi Clubs of America.

A celebration of Coach Isaacs’ life was held Sept. 19 at Bruce Field in Pickens. A private burial will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers the family requests that memorials be made to Pickens High School, 150 Blue Flame Drive, Pickens, SC 29671. The funds will be designated to the football program. Dillard Funeral home is assisting the Isaacs family.


PICKENS — Dickie Ray Stewart, 65, of Pickens, husband of Vickie Chappell Stewart for 44 years, father, grandfather, brother, uncle and friend passed away Sept. 14, 2015, in Pickens.

Born in the Griffin community in Pickens County, Dickie was the son of the late W. Ray and Irene Anthony Stewart. He graduated from Pickens High School in 1968 and later attended Anderson Jr. College and Greenville Technical College. He served his country in the U.S. Navy from December 1970 through April 1975, receiving an honorable discharge. He last worked at Builder’s First Source, but was most recently retired.

Dickie was a member of Secona Baptist Church, where he sang in the church choir and served as the unofficial cook for many church activities. He also served in several community and civic organizations.

Surviving, in addition to his wife are three daughters and sons-in-law; Kerry Stewart Straight and Paul of Charleston, Alanna Stewart Trotter and Chad of Pickens, and Erin Stewart Meyer and Erler of Spartanburg. Known affectionately as Grumpy, Dickie leaves behind seven beloved grandchildren, Bryson Trotter, Kenna Trotter, Jack Straight, Ruby Straight, Griffin Trotter, Christos Meyer and Seraphima Meyer, due in January 2016. He leaves behind two sisters and brothers-in-law, Rosemary Parker and Kenneth of Easley, and Jane Davis and Dan of Anderson; his mother-in-law, Doris Chappell; his sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Becky Evett and Ricky both of Pickens, and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, Dickie was preceded in death by his beloved father-in-law, Buren Chappell.

“A life not lived as ordinary is by definition extraordinary,” is how Dickie chose to live and how he died. He had a thirst for knowledge, which fed his prolific reading habit. He read thousands of books and remembered most everything he read. He loved his high school sweetheart who became his wife, his daughters, his sons-in-law, his grandchildren and his sisters, as evidenced by his dedication to them and their devotion to him. He loved his extended family and demonstrated that in the countless hours he spent organizing family reunions, researching the family history and organizing and sharing that research. He conquered the physical challenges of recovering from heart by-pass surgery by becoming an expert on a heart-healthy diet and challenging himself physically: he ran in this year’s Cooper River Bridge Run. He loved his church and put that love into action in his quiet efforts to offer encouragement, support or a helping hand to those in need. He accomplished all these things and more with a twinkle in his eyes, a smile on his face, a sparkling sense of humor and humility of spirit. His final act proved just how extraordinary he was, as he placed his own life in danger while coming to the aid of a cherished friend and neighbor. “Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends” — John 15:13.

Funeral services to honor his life were held on Sept. 18 at Secona Baptist Church. Burial services were held immediately following at Hillcrest Memorial Cemetery.


SIX MILE — Mildred Seaborn Hendricks, 81, wife of the late Lloyd Benjamin Hendricks, went to be with the Lord Friday, Sept. 18, 2015, at Cottingham Hospice House.

Mrs. Hendricks was born in Pickens County, the daughter of the late Irene Cantrell Seaborn and J.W. Seaborn.

Mrs. Hendricks was a member of Gap Hill Baptist Church. At the passing of her husband, they were happily married for 64 years. She loved and cherished her family with all her heart.

Survivors include one son, Michael “Rusty” Hendricks and wife Krystal of Six Mile; one brother, Joe Seaborn, of Six Mile, and grandson Kyle Hendricks of Spartanburg.

Mrs. Hendricks was predeceased by her husband, parents and one brother, James Lewis “J.L.” Seaborn.

A memorial service was held Sept. 22 at Dillard Funeral Home Chapel.

Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 301 University Ridge No. 5000, Greenville, SC 29601. Dillard Funeral home is assisting the Hendricks family.


PICKENS — Inez Childress Owens, 87, wife of the late Ned Tilman Owens, went to be with the Lord on Thursday Sept. 17, 2015, at her home.

Mrs. Owens was born in Easley, the daughter of the late Frances Jones Childress and Thomas Ernest Childress.

Mrs. Owens was a member of St. Andrews Methodist Church in Easley.

Graveside services were held Sept. 19 at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens.

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Owens family.


PICKENS — Frances E. Adams, 76, wife of the late Cothran L. Adams, passed away Monday, Sept. 14, 2015, at Spring Park Assisted Living in 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) and Coby Adams; and one great-granddaughter. Lila Hawkins. Mrs. Adams was predeceased by her husband, parents and two brothers.

Funeral services were held Sept. 17 at Pickens Independent Baptist Church. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens.

A special thanks to the staff of Spring Park Assisted Living and Mary Epps with Lutheran Hospice. Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Adams family.


EASLEY — Sarah Margaret Williams, 92, passed away Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015, at Rainey Hospice House in Anderson.

Born in Pickens County, the daughter of the late Harmon Odell and Grace Mauldin Williams, Sarah was a graduate of Easley High School and Draughn’s Business College. She was a U.S. Navy veteran, having served in WWII, and was an insurance officer with the Federal government. Sarah was a member of St. Paul United Methodist Church.

Surviving are a sister-in-law, Mildred Williams of Easley; and many nieces and nephews. In addition to her parents, Sarah was predeceased by two brothers, Harmon O. Williams Jr. and Charles M. Williams, and a sister, Nancy Hammond.

Graveside services will be held at 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Sept. 30, at the St. Paul United Methodist Church Cemetery.

The family will receive friends immediately following the graveside service at the graveside.

Family members are at their respective homes.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul United Methodist Church, 2513 Brushy Creek Road, Easley, SC 29642.

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


SIX MILE — Lila Ruth Hunter Bolding, 89, of Bolding Drive, wife of the late Garvin A. “Shorty” Bolding, passed away Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015.

Born in Cashiers, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Kirby and Lila Stone Hunter.

Mrs. Bolding was retired from Six Mile Town Hall. She was formerly employed with Stanley Home Products for 30 years and the Oconee Nuclear Station for several years. She was a member of Gap Hill Baptist Church and attended Mile Creek Baptist Church for the past 30 years.

Surviving are her sons, Colie Bolding (Margaret) and Billy Bolding (Pat), all of Six Mile; two grandsons; four great-grandchildren; a sister, Ella Stancil of Easley; and three nieces, Pam Bearden (James), Melody Mauldin (Ronnie) and Mona Manley (Sammy).

In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by a sister, Jeannette Chapman.

Graveside services will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 30, 2015, at 3 p.m. in Hillcrest Memorial Park in Pickens. The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. at Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 1701 North Beauregard Street, Alexandria, VA 22311 or

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


ANDERSON — Sharon Diane Kimbrough Brown, 61, of 1431 Amity Road, died Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2015, at her home.

Born in Greenville, she was a daughter of the late Lloyd Rex and Mary Ellen Henson Kimbrough.

Surviving are a daughter, Tami Barnes, and her husband, Kevin, of Liberty; a sister, Ellen Simmons of Easley; two brothers, Johnny and Lloyd Kimbrough, both of Greenville; three grandchildren, Halli Walls and her husband Jamie, Kendra and Channing Barnes; and three great-grandchildren, Rayleigh, Adaleigh and Waylon.

A memorial service to honor the life of Ms. Brown was held Sept. 29 at McFall’s Landing.

Liberty Mortuary and Cremation Services is handling arrangements.


LIBERTY — Minnie Lou Smith Edwards, 100, of Liberty, passed away on Sunday, Sept. 27, 2015.

Born in Walhalla, she was the widow of George Clinton Edwards Sr., and a daughter of the late James Albert and Lena Reid Smith.

She retired from Swirl and attended Bethany Church of God.

Surviving are two sons, George Wilbur Edwards of Liberty and George Clinton Edwards of Pickens; a daughter, Maxine Clardy of Liberty; and numerous grandchildren, great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren.

She was the last survivor of her immediate family. In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by a son, Larry Clinton Edwards, and a daughter, Lou Ann Edwards.

Funeral services to honor the life of Mrs. Edwards will be held Wednesday, Sept. 30, in the Liberty Mortuary Chapel, with burial at Liberty Memorial Gardens.

Memorials are requested to Interim Healthcare Hospice, 155 Deacon Tiller Court, Duncan, SC 29334.

Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.


EASLEY— Grace Crum Lackey, 88, of Easley, passed away Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015, at her home.

Born in Greenville County and raised in the Arial community of Easley, she was the daughter of the late James Edgar and Georgia Ellen Ross Crum.

Mrs. Lackey dedicated her life to serving God and caring for others. She was a member of Arial United Methodist Church and former member of Red Hill Baptist Church.

Surviving are her daughters, Nita Stephens, Kay Cooper and her husband, Greg, and Tammy Lackey, all of Pickens; grandchildren, Andy Stephens, Amanda Grace Cooper and Ryan Cooper; a great-granddaughter, Lily Grace Stephens; a son of the heart, Mike; a brother, Ross Crum (Peggy), and a sister, Lucile Lesley, all of Easley.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by brothers, Richard Crum and Leonard Crum; and sisters, Elizabeth Greer and Evelyn Bagwell.

A service to celebrate Mrs. Lackey’s life was held Sept. 6 in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, with burial following in Hillcrest Memorial Park in Pickens.

Flowers are accepted, or memorials may be made to Country Santa, P.O. Box 856 Pickens, SC 29671.

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