Courier Obituaries 9-7-22


LIBERTY — Mr. Homer “Ray” Gray, 83, passed away on Monday, August 29, 2022.

Born in Pickens County, a son of the late Homer Gray and the late Mary Jane Riggins Gray, Mr. Gray was a retired brick mason and was of the Baptist faith. Ray loved the outdoors and spending time in the woods, coon hunting with his coon dogs. Ray loved and adored animals, especially his companions, Clyde and Speckles and his dogs that have passed. He will be remembered for his love of both bluegrass music and the simple things in life.

Surviving are his daughter, Allyson Kay Gray (Joe Yantz) of Liberty; a brother, Jerry “J.C.” Gray (Donna) of Easley; special nieces, Sharon King, June Coleman and Tammy Coleman; and numerous other nieces and nephews he loved dearly.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Gray was predeceased by five brothers, Wallace Gray, Leroy Gray, Gary Gray, Thomas Gray and David Gray; a sister, Mildred Gray Brewer; and a nephew, Shane Fuller.

Funeral services were held on Sept. 2 in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown. Burial followed at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made in memory of Ray to the Pickens County Humane Society, P.O. Box 83, Liberty, SC 29657.

Visit or Robinson Funeral Home and Crematory-Downtown, Easley.



EASLEY — Barbara Kay Marcus (Bob), 72, passed away on Tuesday, August 30, 2022.

She was the loving wife of the late George L. Marcus, loving mother to her four children and the daughter of the late Red and Cora Kay.

Barbara is survived by her children, Sallie Lesley (Greg) of Easley, Mary A. Gilbert of Dacusville, Terry Marcus of Seneca and Roger Marcus of Easley; grandchildren, Kayla, Gregory, Brandon, Alex, Ashley, Jeffery, Corrina and Scott; great-grandchildren, Oakley, Lexi, Lilly, Kyleigh and Eden; sisters, Rose Kay and Doris Kay; and brothers, Harold Kay and Bud Kay.

Mrs. Marcus was preceded in death by her husband; her parents; a daughter, Sara Lee Marcus; her sisters, Nancy Rhodes and Laura Mae Kay; and brothers, Junior Kay and Harry Kay.

A graveside service was held for Barbara on Sept. 1 at Liberty Memorial Gardens.

Contributions in lieu of flowers can be made to the Pearlie Harris Center for Breast Care, 131 Commonwealth Drive, Greenville, SC 29615

Mountain View Funeral Home- Pickens Chapel will be assisting the Marcus family.



LIBERTY — Mrs. Mary Sue Brooks, a caring wife, sister, aunt and friend, went home to be with her Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ, on Monday, Aug. 29, 2022, at 90.

Mrs. Brooks was born in Anderson County on Aug. 5, 1932, to the late Vasco and Edith Satterfield. Mary Sue was a member of Winding Creek Baptist Church. She enjoyed gardening and took pride in her flowers and lawn.

She is survived by several nieces, nephews, numerous great-nieces, great-nephews and other close family members.

Mary Sue joins her husband of 57 years, Lester Brooks; and only sister, Barbara Bagwell, in Heaven.

Funeral services were conducted Sept. 2 at Winding Creek Baptist Church, with graveside services following at Greenlawn Memorial Park in Easley.

The family members are at their respective homes.

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





LIBERTY — Mr. Cecil W Wilson, 88, loving husband of Dorothy Wilson, passed away on Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2022, at AnMed Health Cannon.

Cecil was born on Dec. 31, 1933, to the late Canary Arnold and Julia Ann Ross Wilson. He loved reading his Bible and helping serve in his church, where he served in many roles. His favorite thing to do was serving the Lord.

In addition to his wife, Cecil is survived by his children, Pam Dotson, Tina Smith (Randy), Sharon Webb (Earl), Tonya Taylor (Joey), Donna Davis, Mark Parnell, Richard Lusk (Debbie), Beverly Reeves (Randy), Robin Odon (Tracy) and Johnny Chapman; along with several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were conducted on Aug. 31 in the chapel of Dillard Funeral Home, with interment following at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to Geer Memorial Baptist Church, 911 S. 5th St., Easley, SC 29640.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family  by visiting Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the family with the arrangements.



PICKENS — Van Kent Harris, 67, husband of 30 years to Dinah L. Harris, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022, at AnMed Helath Cannon Hospital.

Mr. Harris was born on April 10, 1955, to the late Clifford and Oxie Harris. Van served his community in public service for 40 years. He began his career in law enforcement in Dallas County, Texas, and served in Richardson, Texas, Garland, Texas, as a firefighter, the Pickens City Police Department and retired from the Pickens County Sheriff’s Office. Van loved the Lord and was very familiar with God’s word. He was a natural teacher of the Bible. Van was a loving husband, father and grandfather and was loved by his friends.

In addition to his wife, Dinah Harris, Mr. Harris is survived by his children, Jessica Burnett (Robert) of Pickens and Amanda Burgess (Nathan) of Dacusville; and his grandchildren, Isaac Burgess, Bennett Burgess, Sydney Burnett and Connor Burnett.

Van was predeceased by his parents.

Flowers will be accepted.

Graveside services were held on Sept. 3 at the New Hope Baptist Church cemetery.

Mountain View Funeral Home – Pickens Chapel is serving the Harris family.



PISGAH FOREST, N.C. — Anne Reece Pace, 81, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Sunday, Aug. 28, 2022.

Born in Pickens, Anne was the daughter of the late Jesse Reece and Edna Dillard Riggins Reece.

Anne was a faithful member of Pisgah Forest Baptist Church for more than 50 years. She sang in the choir, serving wherever needs were found. Anne was always drawn to those who needed someone to come alongside them to lift them up. Her friendships were so precious to her, and she constantly added to the circle of those she loved. Anne worked in various jobs in Brevard and retired from Ecusta (P.H. Glatfelter) after working there in marketing and transportation.

Anne loved her family and friends with boundless energy and compassion. She was the devoted wife to Parker Pace for 65 years. After losing him, she continued to find joy in her life through her children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren and friends. She loved her hometown of Brevard and enjoyed walking the streets and visiting with everyone.

Anne is survived by daughters, Christi Pace Hinkle (Steve) and Cynthia “Cindy” Pace Owen (Randy); four grandchildren, Jenny Elliott (Chris) of Durham, N.C., David Hinkle (Kara) of Charlotte, N.C., Jonathan Owen (Ashley) of Brevard and Brad Hinkle of Durham; seven great-grandchildren, Kennedy and Titus Owen, Maddie, Maya and Michael Elliott, and Ryan and Drew Hinkle; and one special adopted daughter, Tabitha Dobbins.

She was preceded in death by her three brothers, Gerald, Jack and Richard Reece, and her husband, Parker Pace.

Funeral services were held on Aug. 31 at Pisgah Forest Baptist Church. Burial followed the service at Blue Ridge Gardens of Memory.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Pisgah Forest Baptist Church.

Online condolences may be left at

Moody-Connolly Funeral Home and Crematory are caring for the family.