Courier Obituaries for the week of 8-2-23



EASLEY — Allan Frederick Quinn, 74, of Easley passed away on Monday, July 24, 2023, in Helena, Mont., with his girlfriend, Mary Ann Duncan of Liberty, by his side.

Allan was born on the campus of Clemson University and raised in his beloved Easley, leaving only to serve 10 years in the United States Army, where he served in Germany, Greece and Korea in the nuclear weapons division. Allan loved the United States Army, where he attained the rank of Staff Sergeant (E-6).

Allan left the United States Army and returned home to Easley, where he founded Easy Bend Farms. His love for horses led him to host many South Carolina high school rodeos at Easy Bend Farms from 1989 until 2003. This is where he fell in love with rodeo. He served as the National High School Rodeo director from 1989 to 2006.

Allan founded and was proud to host the biannual IPRA World Championship Rodeo at Easy Bend Farms in 1998. This has been a 25-year success at T. Ed Garrison Arena at Clemson University, where it has received the top 5 IPRA indoor rodeo honors several times, and as Allan would say, “the show must go on!”

Allan began working at Duke Energy’s Oconee Nuclear Station in 1978 in the instrumentation section, the division responsible for the engineered safeguard system and plant computer system maintenance. In 1990, he was promoted to supervisor over several different I&C teams. He remained in this position until his retirement in 2009 after 30 years.

Allan ran for the South Carolina Senate District 2 seat (Pickens County) in 2016 and for the South Carolina House District 5 in 2018 and 2020 as a conservative Republican. His love for Pickens County ran deep, leading him to become a founding member of the Pickens County Republican Club (recognized by the SCGOP) in 2021. The Pickens County Republican Club hosted multiple “Freedom Rallies” at Easy Bend Farms. Allan served as chairman of the Pickens County Republican Club until April 2023, when he passed on the torch, remaining active as the vice chairman.

Allan enjoyed spending the summers on Lake Keowee at his special place, “The Caddie Shack.” He spent countless hours watching the birds come in off the lake to hover around his feeders and attempting to discover ways to keep the squirrels from stealing the birds’ food. He especially enjoyed it when his family would spend the day or week with him. He was the captain of his pontoon and would gladly give guided tours of the lake, searching for that special island beach to park at for a few hours of swimming.

Allan was a member of American Legion Post 52 of Easley, where he served on the Honor Guard. He received the honor of a Quilt of Valor in 2022.

He was also a member of the Sons of Confederate Veterans, Palmetto Sharpshooters Camp 1428, a charter member and founding board member of the South Carolina Horseman’s Council and a proud member of the National Rifle Association (NRA).

He is survived by his children with Barbara Galloway, Heather Lynnette Quinn (Bramley Shawn Fisher) and Zachary Allan Quinn (Heather A. Quinn); a brother, Christopher Marvin Quinn (Ruby); a brother, Glyn Brant Quinn; a sister, Glynis Aileen Quinn; four grandchildren, Hope McCall, Claire Studley, Bryce Quinn and Ayla Quinn; and two great-grandchildren, Addalyn and Alayna Whitaker.

He was preceded in death by his wife, Susan Blackmon Quinn; his father, John Marvin Quinn; and his mother, Aileen Brant Burnett.

The family will receive friends from 6-8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, at Robinson Funeral Home – Powdersville Road.

Funeral services will be held on Friday, Aug. 4, at 11 p.m. in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home – Powdersville Road. Burial will follow at Robinson Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Pickens County Republican Club, 1482 Walhalla Highway, Pickens, SC, 29671.

Visit or Robinson Funeral Home & Crematory – Powdersville Road, Easley.



SALEM — Titus Eugene Massey, 42, entered into his heavenly home on Tuesday, July 25, 2023, from Prisma Health Greenville Memorial Hospital. He was surrounded by family and friends during his stay.

A native of Pickens County, Titus was born Feb. 10, 1981, the son of Eugene Harry Massey and Joyce Marie Anders Massey. Titus worked in construction and enjoyed building things. He was a jack of all trades and could fix almost anything. He had a loving heart and enjoyed fishing, his dogs, walks in the woods and helping others.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Massey is survived by his sister, Bonnie Bridget Farmer (Andrew); his brother, Dusty Jared Massey (Stephanie); and his nieces and nephews, Elijah, Bryce, Jakob, Drew, Judah, Selah, Gabriel and Ariel, whom he loved very much.

He was a member of Roanoke Baptist Church, where he will be laid to rest.

Visitation will be held from 1-2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 2, in the chapel of Mountain View Funeral Home in Pickens, with a funeral service to follow at 2 p.m. Committal service will be private.

Flowers will be accepted.

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



EASLEY — Mrs. Sarah Edna Price Marchbanks, 99, wife of the late David Dean Marchbanks, went to be with her Lord and Savior Friday, July 28, 2023.

Born in Oconee County, a daughter of the late Charlie Crayton Price and the late Margie May Fendley Price, Mrs. Marchbanks retired from Geer Memorial Baptist Church Child Care with 35 years of service and was also a longtime member of the church.

Edna was a lifetime member of the Women’s Eastern Star and loved traveling and bowling, but her greatest love was for her family. She will be missed dearly by all who loved and knew her.

Surviving are her son, Tommy Clayton (Mercy) of Easley; her daughter, Trena C. Riska (Tony) of Keysville, Ga.; five grandchildren, Tina Carpenter, Cindy Kilgore, Scotty Mack, Amber Clayton and Carlene Clayton; five stepgrandchildren, Niki Carpenter, Stevie Carpenter, Brad Kilgore, Jenna Sandlin and David Marchbanks; five great-grandchildren and 15 great-great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Marchbanks was predeceased by a stepson, Buddy Marchbanks; four brothers; one grandson, Chad Marchbanks; and one great-grandson, Tommy Williams.

Funeral services were held Aug. 1, with burial following at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to Geer Memorial Baptist Church, 911 S. Fifth St., Easley, SC 29640.

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


Doris Duncan Chapman

PICKENS — Doris Duncan Chapman, 81, passed away on Friday, July 28, 2023, at Cottingham Hospice House in Seneca.

Born on Oct. 8, 1941, in Baltimore, Md., she was the loving wife of the late Woodrow Chapman and daughter of the late Clarence Duncan and Marie Jones Whitfield.

Doris was a simple woman with a beautiful heart who lived for her family and faith. She was fond of reading her Bible and could often be found spending time with her grandchildren or talking to her sister on the phone. Doris and her husband ran Chapmans Citgo & Wrecker Service for 34 years. She was a member of Cedar Hill Holiness Church.

Doris is survived by her son, David Chapman (Amanda) of Pickens; grandchildren, Michael Porter, Waylon Chapman, Landan Chapman and Luke Chapman; and sisters, Liz Lesley (Charles), Dorothy Harvey, Edna Duncan and Barbara Dobson.

In addition to her husband and parents, Doris was preceded in death by her daughter, Linda Porter, and grandson, Steven Porter.

A graveside service was held on Aug. 1 at Holly Springs Baptist Church in Pickens, with burial following.

Flowers are accepted.

Mountain View Funeral Home – Pickens Chapel is assisting the family of Mrs. Chapman.




EASLEY — The Rev. Jackson Sherman “Jack” Shook, 86, of Easley, went home to be with his Lord and Savior on Sunday, July 30, 2023, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Waynesville, N.C., he was a son of the late Thomas Elwood and Odell Rogers Shook.

He spent his entire life preaching the gospel and serving as a pastor. He pastored the following churches: Browns Chapel Baptist Church, Weaverville, N.C. (1968-71), Pleasant View Welcome Baptist Church, Travelers Rest (1971-83), and later retired from Roanoke Baptist Church, Liberty (1983-2018).

Rev. Shook was a United States Army veteran. He was an avid outdoorsman and enjoyed teaching his grandchildren how to hunt and fish.

His life’s verse is II Timothy 2:15, “Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” His life exemplified this verse to his family and all who knew him. All of his children and grandchildren considered him their “HERO.”

Surviving are his wife of 64 years, Sheila Shook of the home; one son, Jim Shook (Kristy) of Simpsonville; two daughters, Lydia Griffith (Rev. Jeff) of Somerset, Ky., and Susie Nix (Randell) of Liberty; a daughter-in-law, Charlene Fanning of Greenwood; 13 grandchildren, Ashley Finney (Josh), Rev. Jonathan Shook (Rebecca), Justin Shook (Amber), Brittney Gamble (Rev. Chad), Rev. Nathan Griffith (Ashley), Chad Shook (Hailey), Katelyn Dotson (Rev. Scott), Lauren Lockaby (Colton), Rev. Zachary Nix (Abby), Jared Griffith (Savannah), Madison Lockaby (Andrew), Brandon Griffith (Kayla) and Jeremy Griffith (Chelsey); 25 great grandchildren; and a sister, Hiawatha McKinnish of Canton, N.C.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son, Rev. Dean Shook, and four brothers, Morris, T.E., Howard and Harold Shook.

Funeral services to honor the life of the Rev. Shook will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, at Roanoke Baptist Church. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

The family will receive friends prior to the service from noon-1:45 p.m. at the church.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests memorials be made to the Roanoke Baptist Church, Steeple Fund, C/O Randell Nix, 346 Whitmire Hill Road, Liberty SC 29657.

To share a memory or leave a condolence for the family, please visit Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.



PICKENS — Patsy Ann Elrod, 69, passed away on Monday, July 24, 2023, at her residence.

A native of Pickens County, Patsy was born April 24, 1954, daughter of the late Murel Elrod and Thalia Newton Elrod. Ms. Elrod began working at the age of 16 and worked at Ryobi for 32 years as a machinist. She loved the beach and her solitude. She was a caring soul who took great care of her mother. She loved her nieces and nephews and taught them how to ride their bikes; she was truly a child at heart.

Survivors include her siblings, George Elrod, John Elrod (Marilyn), Carolyn Elrod Bailey and Juanita Elrod Reid; and she was loved by several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Ms. Elrod was predeceased by a nephew, Ray Bailey; a sister-in-law, Ruby Elrod; and a brother-in-law, Roger Reid.

Visitation was held on July 30 in the chapel of Mountain View Funeral Home, and burial was followed by the service at Oolenoy Baptist Church Cemetery.

The family will be at the home of John Elrod, 313 Our Road, Pickens, SC 29671.

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



EASLEY — Jock Douglas Fender, 70, of Easley, passed away Tuesday, July 25, 2023.

Born in Greenville County, he was the son of the late Jock J. and Lillian Breazeale Fender.

Mr. Fender was a fundraiser for the Shriners’ Hospital and also helped with the Wilderness Way Girls Camp in Fair Play and with Goodwill. He was a member of Calvary Hill Baptist Church and adored his two granddaughters and loved spending time with them.

Mr. Fender is survived by a son, Jock White (Jess) of Easley; and granddaughters, Jaylee and Joby White.

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EASLEY — Deacon David Griffin, 80, passed away Friday, July 28, 2023.

David Harrison Griffin was born Aug. 1, 1942, to the late Orlean Griffin and late John A. Davis in Pickens.

David left Pickens in 1958 and headed to New York City with his grandmother, Mrs. Ola Griffin, and in 1959, he attended Benjamin Franklin High School, where he competed in track and field. David excelled in this area and traveled throughout the world to compete. He competed against Tommie Smith and John Carlos and won. Tommie Smith and John Carlos later won the 1968 Olympics. He attended and graduated from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. David joined the New York City Police Department. He became a supervising official for Sports Borough Wide Officials, College Officials Association and IAABO Sports League, where he trained referees for the National Basketball Association (NBA), including Dick Levetta, Hugh Evans and Ronnie Nunn. David was annually chosen to referee at elite hoops games at Rucker Park, where many have gone on to play in the NBA, including legends Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Julius “Dr. J” Erving and Earl “The Pearl” Monroe.

David resigned from the New York City Police Department and moved on to join the Black Pride movement to continue the fight for equal rights. He later became supervisor of security for music industry executive Clive Davis. In the winter of 1980, David rejoined the family of law enforcement, this time as ranking officer of the New York State Department of Corrections. He worked at the legendary Sing Sing Correctional Facility, which has housed some of the most famous and deadliest inmates. He also served as a member of an elite squad known as Crisis Emergency Response Team for the state of New York, a crime scene investigator, assistant fire chief, union shop steward and Spike Lee’s bodyguard.

David was ordained as a deacon at Second Prince of Peace Baptist Church in Bronx, N.Y. After 32 years of service in law enforcement, David retired and returned to his beginnings in South Carolina, where he became an active and dedicated deacon of Griffin Ebenezer Baptist Church. He dedicated his years of passionate service as an advocate of the church and community youth. David loved his church home, and especially its youth.

David leaves to mourn his wife, Angela T. Griffin; six children, David Griffin of Bronx, N.Y., Joshua Griffin of Atlanta, Ga., Joshua Copeland of Bronx, N.Y., Lakim Griffin-Wright (Stanley) of Green Pond, S.C., Gayle Griffin-Clodd (Duane) of Mt. Vernon, N.Y., and Elizabeth Latham of New York, N.Y.; three grandsons, Marquise Marshall of Long Island, N.Y., Bryce Clodd of Mt. Vernon, N.Y. and Brandon Clodd of Mt. Vernon, N.Y.; a “bonus child,” Addison Daniels of Easley; two sisters, Antoinette Hicks of New York, N.Y., and Telesia Dozier of Pennsylvania; two sons-in-law; two sisters-in-law; four brothers-in-law.; one aunt, Annie Bell of New York, N.Y.; and a host of nephews, nieces, great-nephews and great-nieces, and cousins. David has two brothers who preceded him in death.

Honorable mention and heartfelt special thanks to Traditions Health, Dr. Geanice Holton at Foothills Internal Medicine, staff at Patewood Rehabilitation Facility in Greenville, Betty Robinson of Pickens, Will Hurt of Easley, Bobbi Smith of Atlanta, Wali Mohammad of New York, Leslie Daniels of Easley, Capt. Todd Underhill and Lt. Drew Sisco of the Pickens County Detention Center, Melissa Hall of Easley, Jennifer Lewis and the trustees of the Pickens County Detention Center.

Visitation will be held from 11 a.m.-noon Friday, Aug. 4, in the chapel of Mountain View Funeral Home in Pickens, with a funeral service to follow at noon. Burial will follow the service at Secona Baptist Church Cemetery, 234 Secona Road, Pickens, SC 29671.

Flowers will be accepted, or memorial donations in David’s honor may be made to Griffin Ebenezer Baptist Church Youth Ministry, 450 Garvin St., Pickens, SC 29671.

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



PICKENS — Mrs. Margaret Lucille “Nanny” Reece Hannah, 88, loving wife of Robert Lester Hannah, passed away peacefully on Monday, July 24, 2023, at her residence, surrounded by her loving family.

Mrs. Hannah was born in Pickens on Oct. 13, 1934, to the late Henry Newton and Ella Mae Bentley Reece. Her caring and giving personality made her a great mother, and she spent her life as a homemaker to ensure not only her children and grandchildren, but the children and grandchildren of others could have a strong motherly figure. Mrs. Hannah loved to cook and especially loved to grow flowers and vegetables in her gardens that she could can and distribute to everyone in her community. She also enjoyed knitting, crocheting and sewing, which allowed her to give away numerous items to people that she had hand-made throughout the years. Even with all of that, she still found time to fish, which was her favorite thing to do. Mrs. Hannah was a member of Antioch Baptist Church in Sunset.

In addition to her loving husband of 70 years, Mrs. Hannah is survived by her six children, Judy Cooper (Skeets) of Pickens, Douglas Hannah (Karen) of Easley, Joyce Bishop (Hubert) of Easley, Janice Hannah (Terry) of Franklin, N.C., Dennis Hannah (Doris) of Pickens and Donnie Hannah (Lisa) of Pickens; 14 grandchildren; 19 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; and a sister, Jeanette Sheriff of Anderson.

In addition to her parents, Mrs. Hannah was preceded in death by a great-grandchild, Hunter Todd; and two siblings, Rudolph Reece and Beulah Nash.

Funeral services were conducted at noon on Friday, July 28, in the chapel of Dillard Funeral Home. A private burial took place.

The family members are at their respective homes.

Flowers are accepted, or the family requests that memorial donations be made to Antioch Baptist Church, P.O. Box 602, Pickens, SC 29671

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



Pickens — Mr. James Allan “Jim” Robinson, 82, loving husband of Mrs. Helene “Honey” Bartels Jervey Robinson, of Pickens, passed away Monday, July 17, 2023, at Prisma Health Baptist Easley Hospital.

Jim was born in Hartford, Conn., on Dec. 18, 1940, to the late James Archibald and Alice Gwendolyn Carney Robinson. His father’s job as an industrial consultant required 23 relocations during childhood, up and down the east coast, including Columbia, S.C., during World War II. Jim received his bachelor’s degree in French from Syracuse University and his master’s degree in French from Laval University in Quebec City, Canada. In 1974, after teaching the French language for 10 years at the junior high through college levels, he started Gramma’s Attic, a mail-order vinyl record business. His passion for music led to three years as classical music critic for the Savannah Morning News. In 1995, after relocating to the Upstate of South Carolina, he was an avid concert-goer, particularly appreciating the Furman University Percussion Department. He loved rabbits and served as a volunteer and board member at Rabbit Sanctuary Inc. in Simpsonville until his health declined.

In addition to his loving wife of 54 years, Jim is survived by a cousin, Mary Ann Carney Vinton of Exeter, N.H.; Honey’s nine siblings, Stephen Jervey (Kathy), William Jervey (Pam), Richard Jervey (Angela), Genevieve Jervey (Wallace Blanchard), Cecilia Fowle, Rev. Allen Jervey (Carol), Therese Jervey, Edward Jervey (Cindy) and Caroline Jervey (Rosario Carrazana); and numerous nieces, nephews and extended family.

Jim will be missed for his compassion, empathy, intellect and sense of humor.

A private graveside service will be held at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests that memorial donations be made to either Rabbit Sanctuary Inc. at PO Box 80036, Simpsonville, SC 29680; or online at; or to Furman University, Attn: Percussion Department: 3300 Poinsett Highway, Greenville, SC 29613; or online at Please be sure to include Jim’s name and designate the Percussion Department on the comments section of the donation pages online, as well as in the memo line of the check by mail.

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



PICKENS — John Mitchell Morgan Sr., 74, loving husband of 52 years to Helen Morgan, passed away on Sunday, July 30, 2023, at his residence.

A native of Pickens County, John was born Dec. 2, 1948, the son of the late Ross Mitchell Morgan and Lois May Reeves Morgan. His favorite quote was “Anything worth doing is worth doing right” by Hunter S. Thompson.

Survivors include his wife, Helen Morgan of the home; his children, Mitch Morgan and Melissa Morgan, both of Pickens; his grandchildren, John Morgan III, Tim Morgan, Nicholas Morgan, Mat Morgan and Anna Morgan; and his brother, Frank Morgan.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Morgan was predeceased by a brother, Jody Morgan.

Visitation will be held from 10-11 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, 2023, in the sanctuary of Antioch Baptist Church, with a funeral service to follow at 11a.m. Burial will follow the service at the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorial donations in John’s honor may be made to Antioch Baptist Church, 721 Eastatoee Creek Road, Sunset, SC 29685.

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