Courier Obituaries for 10-9-19


EASLEY — Annie Sue Bowie passed from this Earth on Sept. 30, 2019, at age 93.

She was born and grew up in Big Eastatoee Valley, Sunset. She was the youngest child of the late George Franklin and Grace Lewis Bowie.

After her graduation from Pickens High School, Sue prepared for a profession by attending Draughon’s Business College in Greenville.

She established a long-term career with Singer Manufacturing Company in Pickens, where she displayed her dedicated work ethic. Sue became one of the company’s first computer operators, paving the way for automation.

Upon retirement, Annie Sue enjoyed travel adventures throughout the country and around the world. Annie Sue especially enjoyed her visit to Brazil and wilderness experiences in Canada, Panama and the United States national parks.

Sue was a wealth of knowledge concerning the rich history of Pickens County and stories of the ole days would come alive through her stories of personal experiences, friendships and family lore. If you were in the need to know — just ask Sue. Her crystal-clear memory and wit will be a great loss to us all.

She was living at The Willows of Easley when she passed. There, she crocheted prayer shawls and loved to read, work on puzzles and play games.

She was predeceased by her sister, Ruby Welborn; and brothers, George Bowie and Jesse Carlisle Bowie. Sue was a sweet aunt to her nieces and nephews and she had many, many special cousins.

The funeral was held at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Pickens on Oct. 4. Thank you to all who cared for Annie Sue.

Memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.


EASLEY — Lela G. Moore, 84, passed from this life on Monday, Sept. 30, 2019.

Born in Pickens County, she was a daughter of the late Tommy Lee Grant and the late Vida Smith Grant.

Survivors include two daughters, Debbie (Ben) Hudson of Six Mile and Teresa Moore of Greenville; two sons, Charles (Pati) Moore of Pickens and Wayne Moore of Williamston; two sisters, Nancy (Truman) Patterson of Six Mile and Betty (Bruce) Griffin of Pickens; three brothers, Ernest (Linda) Grant of Norris, David (Ollie) Grant of Six Mile and Asa (Jean) Grant of Six Mile; eight grandchildren, Isaac (Whitney) Moore, Lucas (Chelsea) Moore, Christopher (Brianna) Hudson, Lacey (David) Large, Hanna Moore, Reagan Moore, August McCarty and Jesi (Cameron) Gravely; and four great-grandchildren, Kyli Gravely, Grayson Moore, Haily McCarty and Alex McCarty.

Former wife of the late Langdon R. Moore, Mrs. Moore was predeceased by her parents, two sisters, Sybil Edmond and Drucilla Durham, and two brothers, Billy and Robert Grant.

Funeral services were held on Oct. 4 in the chapel of Mountain View Funeral Home with Rev. Dr. Rick Lee officiating. Burial will be at Welcome Baptist Church Cemetery.

Mountain View Funeral Home is assisting the Moore family.


EASLEY — Gary Eugene Kelly, 78, husband of the late Shirley Story Kelly, passed from this life on Tuesday, Oct. 1, 2019.

Mr. Kelly was born in Pickens County, a son of the late Furman Cantrell and Ruby Lee Kelly. He was retired from Imperial Die Casting and later delivered auto parts for Advance Auto in Powdersville. He was a member of New Hope Baptist Church. Mr. Kelly was an avid Carolina Gamecock fan and loved cars and racing.

Survivors include his children, Mr. and Mrs. Charles T. Kelly of Easley, Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Leroy Kelly of Marietta and Myra Lynn Kelly of Tigerville; and stepdaughter, Sheree Case of Marietta. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren, and four great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents and wife, Mr. Kelly was predeceased by sons, Randall Eugene Kelly and Roger Gary Kelley, and stepsons, Donald Howard Barker and Jerry Sanford Smith.

Funeral services were held on Oct. 3 in the Dillard Funeral Home chapel. Burial was held at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

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


PICKENS — Palmer David Hoxit, 53, passed from this life on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019.

David was born in Detroit, Mich., a son of Palmer Hoxit of Pickens and the late Eliza Jane Snyder Hoxit. He formerly worked in the textile industry and also worked for DOT Tie Downs in Easley. David was a member of Rocky Bottom Baptist Church.

Survivors include his daughter, Jessica Davis of Easley; his son, U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Bobby Davis (Nicole), Fort Lee, Va.; and his father, Palmer Hoxit of the home; sisters, Glenda Cassell (David) of Pickens, Ella Mae Reynolds of Pickens and Mary Mauldin (Timmy) of Six Mile; and grandchildren, Arie Krantz, Mikayla Davis, Aiden Davis and Kaitlyn Davis.

In addition to his mother, David was preceded in death by his brother, Vesse Mark Hoxit.

Funeral services were held at Mt. Carmel Baptist Church No. 1, Salem, on Oct. 7, with burial in the church cemetery.

Online condolences may be expressed at

Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made in his name to The GHS Cancer Institute, 65 International Drive, Greenville, SC 29615.


LIBERTY — Randell Dewayne Hamlin Sr., 75, of 214 Harlow Drive, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019, at his residence surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Liberty, he was the husband of Brenda McClain Hamlin and a son of the late Harlow Judson and Mary Alice Tinsley Hamlin. Mr. Hamlin was a retired self-employed heavy equipment operator. He loved the outdoors, especially hunting and farming. He was of the Baptist faith.

Surviving in addition to his wife of the home are two daughters, Greta Ferguson (Neil) of Dacusville and Teresa Smith (Russell) of Six Mile; two sons, Dell Hamlin (Rhonda) of Liberty and Olen Hamlin (April) of Easley; five sisters, Janet Wilson, Mary Hester, Shirley Stephens, Antha James and Dot Sargent; 10 grandchildren; and 15 great-grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by four sisters, Lois Hayes, Nell Gibson, Donnie Vea Hughes and Gracie Hamlin; and two brothers, Talmedge and Fred Hamlin.

The family will have a memorial service at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12, at Fairview Baptist Church. Visitation will be prior to the service from 1-2:15 p.m. at the church.

Online condolences may be sent to the family by visiting Liberty Mortuary and Cremation Services are assisting the family.


CLEVELAND — Lorraine Margaret DeBoard, 78, of Cleveland, formerly of Sun City, Fla., passed away at her home Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019.

Born in Chicago, she was the daughter of the late Joseph and Margaret Kostecski Swick.

Survivors include her husband, Avery DeBoard, of 63 years; a daughter; Gail Musielak (David) of Cleveland; and three grandchildren, Dennis Witmer, Amanda Roach and David W. Musielak II. Mrs. DeBoard also leaves four great-grandchildren to share in her memory.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. DeBoard was predeceased by three brothers, Joseph Swick, Daniel Swick and Robert Swick.

Visitation will be held Thursday, Oct. 10, from noon-1 p.m. at Dillard Funeral Home. Service will follow at 1 p.m. in the funeral home chapel. Burial will follow at M.J. Dolly Cooper Veterans Cemetery in Anderson.

Online memorials may be sent to

Dillard Funeral home is assisting the DeBoard family.


EASLEY — Lesllie Aaron O’Sullivan, 42, daughter of Ed and Debra O’Sullivan, passed from this life on Thursday, Oct. 3, 2019.

Lesllie was born in Greenville County. She was a member of Potters Clay Fellowship, where she was an active member of the ladies’ bible study.

Survivors include her parents, Ed and Debra O’Sullivan of Dacusville; brother, Jonathan (Heather) O’Sullivan of Dacusville; nephews, Cooper and Cannon O’Sullivan; niece, Kaylee O’Sullivan; and uncles, Jerry (Judy) Roberts, James Roberts, Jack (Debbie) Roberts and Jeff (Lisa) Roberts.

Lesllie was predeceased by her grandparents, Walton (Helen) O’Sullivan and Jerry (Ruth) Roberts.

Funeral services were held on Oct. 6 at Potters Clay Fellowship in Easley.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in Lesllie’s honor to Potters Clay Fellowship Women’s Ministry.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the O’Sullivan family.


PICKENS — Lila Holtz Jennings, 95, of Pickens, born June 15, 1924, went to be with her Lord on Oct. 3, 2019.

Born in Batavia, N.Y., she was the daughter of the late Marvin Holtz and Adora Jollian Holtz and wife of the late Roy Wilson Jennings.

She leaves behind a son, Jack Jennings (Rene` Jennings) of Easley; daughters, Barbara Paris of Easley, Beverly Hand (Ronald W Hand Jr.) of Pickens and Michelle Parsons Vissage (Jeremiah Vissage) of Six Mile; daughter-in-law, Phyllis Davis Jennings of Easley; and son-in-law, James Raines of Taylors. Lila’s extended family included 16 loving grandchildren and 24 adorable and precious great-grands.

Lila was predeceased by a brother, Rowland Holtz; a son, Roy W. Jennings Jr.; and two daughters, Diana Lindsey and Anita Raines.

Lila served our country during World War II in the United States Navy right out of high school. She worked on U.S. Navy planes during her military service. She attended Mount Carmel Baptist Church in Easley. She loved reading, playing cards and watching Clemson football. She even enjoyed rides on her motorcycle with her late husband, Roy. Lila was retired from Cornell Dubilier, where she served in manufacturing.

A service was held at the Dillard Funeral Home chapel on Oct. 7. Interment followed at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to the Huntington Research, P.O. Box 912, Salado, TX 76571.

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Jennings family.

Online condolences may be sent to


CENTRAL — Reba Ellenburg Spearman Gordon, 86, of 844 Greenville Highway, passed away peacefully on Friday, Oct. 4, 2019, at her home.

Born in Sunset, she was the widow of Thomas Gordon and a daughter of the late Ernest and Cora Alexander Ellenburg. She was a homemaker, and during her free time, she loved to shop.

Surviving are a daughter, Peggy Gibson and her husband Jerry of Central; three grandchildren, Rick Locklear, Cindy Grubb and Randy Gibson; four great-grandchildren, and three great-great-grandchildren.

She was the last survivor of her immediate family, and in addition to her husband and parents, she was preceded in death by her first husband, Roy G. Spearman.

Private graveside services will be held at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Pickens. No visitation is planned.

Online condolences may be left for the family by visiting Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.


PICKENS — Rev. Billy Ray Wilson, 89, born March 24, 1930, went to be with his Lord on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019.

Born in Central, he was the son of the late Edgar Eugene Wilson and Mattie Elrod Wilson.

Rev. Wilson served a number of Wesleyan churches in the Pickens, Oconee and Anderson areas, including Mount Calvary Wesleyan in Easley, Fellowship Wesleyan in Iva, Keowee Wesleyan in Seneca, Pelzer Wesleyan in Pelzer, Arial Wesleyan in Easley, Anderson Wesleyan in Anderson and Smith Chapel in Liberty before his retirement. He was happy to serve people in his role as minister and he affected many lives. He continued to be a vigilant prayer warrior for his Lord throughout his life. Billy Ray loved his grandchildren and his cornbread and milk. He was known by family to always be working on a project building things and telling tales of his childhood growing up. Rev. Wilson’s grandfather, John Elrod, co-founded Central Wesleyan on his front porch, which is better known today as Southern Wesleyan University.

Rev. Wilson leaves behind his wife of 69 years, Virginia Morgan Wilson. He was affectionately known to her as “Bill.” Bill leaves behind his son, Gene Wilson (Diane) of Six Mile; two daughters, Faith Culbertson (Ken) of Piedmont and Becky Pitts (Roy) of Taylors; and a sister, Genevieve Fowler of Liberty. Rev. Wilson’s extended family included six loving grandchildren and 10 adorable and precious great-grands. He was predeceased by six sisters and four brothers.

A service was held at the Dillard Funeral Home chapel on Oct. 8. Interment followed the funeral service at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Flowers are accepted, or donations are accepted to the Pickens View Wesleyan Church building fund, 744 Bethlehem Ridge Road, Pickens, SC 29671.

Online condolences may be sent to

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Wilson family.


EASLEY — Mary Eva Jean Jones Watson, 84, passed from this life on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, at her home.

Mrs. Watson was born in Pickens County, a daughter of the late Prue and Lois Estelle Ferguson Jones. She was retired from Alice Manufacturing as a weaver, and she was a member of Arial United Methodist Church.

Survivors include daughters, Sandra Sue Hendricks Crawford of Greenville and Linda Mozelle Cash (John) of Cleveland, Tenn.; a son, James Dale Hendricks of Easley; three grandchildren, Sutton Cash, Jacob Cash and Christopher Cash; and sisters, Mozelle Lusk and Rosella Patterson, both of Pickens.

Mrs. Watson was twice married, first to the late James Warren Hendricks and then to the late Tony Watson. She was also preceded in death by brothers, Cecil Jones, Joel Jones and B. F. Jones; and a sister, Doris Todd.

Funeral services were held in the chapel at Dillard Funeral Home in Pickens on Oct. 8, with the Rev. Roger Gwinn and the Rev. Justin Anderson officiating. Burial was held at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

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


EASLEY — Glenice (Anne) Caldwell Holliday, of Easley, passed away on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2019, at the age of 72.

She was born in Asheville, N.C., on Nov. 24, 1946, and was affectionately known by her first name, Glenice, to all who knew her during her youth. In her 20s, she moved to Pickens County. As a longtime resident in Pickens County, Anne, was employed as a social worker for SHARE in Pickens, Greenville, and Oconee Counties, managing several offices and facilitating various programs helping numerous families in the area. She was of the Baptist faith.

She is survived by her four sons, Mike (Paige), Tim (Margaret), Hugh (Jessica) and Joel (Stacy). Anne will be fondly be remembered by her 11 grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her parents, Hugh and Ruby Caldwell, and a brother, Buck Caldwell.

A private celebration of life will be held at a later date.


ASHEVILLE, N.C.— Mrs. Deborah Allen Pruitt, 69, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, in Asheville, N.C.

Born in Rock Hill, she was the wife to Preston Pruitt, and the daughter of Robert Leslie Allen and Ethel Geraldine Mullis Allen of Rock Hill. She was preceded in death by her son, Jason Palmer.

A graduate of Winthrop College in 1983, she received her masters in 1987 and taught school in Rock Hill schools and Pickens County schools.

She was a daughter, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and guardian ad litem in Transylvania County, N.C., and serving the needs of children was her purpose. As an artist, she found inspiration in her family and her mountain she called home and loved with all her heart.

Survivors include her husband, her parents, daughter, Wendy Palmer Caughey (Jeff) of Cedar Mountain, N.C.; son, Tommy Palmer (Shelly) of Rock Hill; brothers, Buzzy Allen (Karen) and Kelly Allen (Christie), all of Rock Hill; grandchildren, Amber Edmonds, Brett Bess, Michael Dunn, Scott Palmer and Bryson Bess; and great-grandchildren, Lee Helms III, Rylee and Aubree Edmonds, Devin Cusak, Braelyn Clenendin and Brantley Bess.

The funeral will be held at 4 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 11, at Greene Funeral Home Northwest Chapel, 2133 Ebenezer Road, Rock Hill. The family will receive friends following the service at the funeral home.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorials be made in Mrs. Pruitt’s name to the charity of one’s choice.

Condolences may be made online at


LIBERTY — Michael John Ryan, 46, husband of Julie Appenheimer Ryan, passed away on Saturday, Oct. 5, 2019, at his home.

Born in Queens, N.Y., he was a son of Patricia Ann Church Ryan of Orchard Park, N.Y., and the late Robert Joseph Ryan.

Michael was formerly employed with Boston Valley Terra Cotta in Orchard Park, N.Y., for 20 years, and prior to his illness, he was a manager with Carter Lumber Company in Easley. He enjoyed camping and spending time with his children and family. He also enjoyed playing the bass guitar and was a music lover, following rock and roll bands throughout the country.

Surviving in addition to his wife of 19 years are his children, Morgan Elizabeth Ryan, Nora Ann Ryan, Malachi Joseph Ryan and Nicholas Robert Ryan; his siblings, Richard J. Ryan (Carla) of Hamburg, N.Y., Tracy K. Schosek (Rich) of Orchard Park, N.Y., Gerry M. Kelly (Tracy) of Gowanda, N.Y. and James R. Ryan (Jodie) of Hamburg, N.Y.; a sister-in-law, Mary Wilson (David) of Easley; a brother-in-law, Andrew Appenheimer (Heather) of Easley; and 23 nieces and nephews.

The family will gather with friends and family on Sunday, Oct. 13, from 1-2:45 p.m. at Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, 305 W. Main St., Easley, SC 29640. A memorial service will follow at 3 p.m. in the funeral home chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to, Let There Be Mom, at

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


EASLEY — Shirley J. Bearden, 68, wife of the late Kenneth Bearden, passed from this life on Sunday, Oct. 6, 2019 at her home.

Born in Pickens County, Shirley was a daughter of Frances Ester Gilliland Stewart of Pickens and the late Robert Lee Stewart Sr. She loved all her family, but will be most remembered for the love of her grandchildren and her dogs.

Survivors include her mother, Frances Ester Gilliland Stewart; sons, Billy Hayes and his wife, Linda, and Darrell Bearden; daughters, Tina LeCroy, Jennifer Owens and her husband, Daniel, and Terri Haley and her husband, Jeff; a sister, Diane Williams; brothers, Bobby Stewart and his wife, Glenda, and Johnny Stewart and his wife, Stacy.

Shirley was predeceased by her father, her husband and a brother, Wayne Stewart.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 9, in the chapel of Mountain View Funeral Home. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.

To honor Shirley’s memory, memorials may be made Hospice of the Foothills, 390 Keowee School Road, Seneca, SC 29672.

Mountain View Funeral Home is serving the Bearden family.