Courier Obituaries for week of 8-24-16

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Lois S. Robinson

Easley — Mrs. Lois Speed Robinson, 78, went home to join her husband, Charles Lonzo Robinson, on their wedding anniversary, Friday, Aug. 19, 2016.

Born in Clayton, Ga., a daughter of the late Raleigh Alexander Speed and the late Mary Swafford Speed Dodgens, Mrs. Robinson was a homemaker and a member of Cedar Rock Baptist Church.

Surviving are two sons, Robbie Robinson (Christine), and David Robinson, all of Easley; a daughter, Christine Collins of Easley; a brother, Edward Speed of Aiken; two sisters, Deborah Williams of West Union and Brenda Smith of Darlington; six grandchildren, 11 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Robinson was predeceased by five brothers and a grandson.

Funeral services were held Tuesday, Aug. 23, at Cedar Rock Baptist Church, with the Rev. Wayne Garmon officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.

Family members are at their respective homes.

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


PICKENS — Daniel Brooks Adams Sr., 77, entered into Heaven on Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2016, at his home, surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Pickens County on Nov. 11, 1938, he was the son of the late Lewis Columbus and Lucy Anderson Adams. Mr. Adams was a member of Pickens First Baptist Church. He was retired from South Eastern Industrial and was a U.S. Army veteran.

Surviving are his wife of 49 years, Shirley Ruth Gilstrap Adams; three sons, Daniel Adams Jr. and his wife Wanda, Randy Adams and his wife Amanda, and Kevin Adams; one brother, Joe Adams; one sister, Kathy Adams; five grandchildren, Megan Keeler, Trey Adams, Liza Adams, Breeanna Adams and Zander Adams; and one great-grandson, Zaiden Keeler.

Mr. Adams was also predeceased by one brother, Cothran Adams.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Aug. 20, at Pickens First Baptist Church, with burial following at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Memorials may be made to Pickens First Baptist Church, 406 E. Main St., Pickens, SC 29671, or to Wren Hospice, 113 S. Main St., Greer, SC 29650.

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

James Milford Garrett, Jr.

Six Mile — James Milford Garrett Jr., 74, of 2435 Norris Highway, passed away peacefully on Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016, at his home.

Born in Six Mile, he was a son of the late James Milford “Bluff” Garrett Sr. and Lucille Cook Garrett.

Mr. Garrett was a graduate of Daniel High School, and later retired from Family Dollar, where he was a store manager. Throughout his working life, he worked for numerous retail companies, including being a district manager for Dollar General.

His hobbies included watching NASCAR, Clemson football and baseball. He was a United States Air Force veteran of the Vietnam era. He was a longtime member of Six Mile Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Betty Burks Garrett of the home; a son, James Milford Garrett III (Tolly) of Sandy Springs, Ga., two daughters, Cathy Gebstadt (Matthew) of King George, Va., and Jill Garrett of the home; two sisters, Dale Garrett of Six Mile and Sherry Cox of Marcellus, N.Y.; two brothers, Thomas and Allan Garrett, both of Six Mile; and four grandchildren, Lauren Gebstadt and Aberly, Baker and Adrianne Garrett.

Funeral services to honor the life of Mr. Garrett were held on Monday, Aug. 22, at Six Mile Baptist Church.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a brother, Donald Garrett.

Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 113 Mills Ave., Greenville SC 29605 or Six Mile Baptist Church, P.O. Box 134, Six Mile SC 29682.

Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.

Rita A. Perkins

Easley — Rita Annette Furr Perkins, 66, of 896 Zion School Road, wife of the late Cletis Edward Perkins, passed away Saturday, Aug. 20, 2016.

Born in Concord, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Johnson and Margaret Epps Furr.

Mrs. Perkins was a homemaker and member of West End Baptist Church. She loved gardening, flowers and playing softball.

Surviving are her fiancee, Bill Rogers; children, Jack Jackson (Tracy) of Easley, Damon Jackson (Cindy) of Liberty, Tammy Cannaday of Martinsville, Va., and Eric Perkins (Christa) of Easley; grandchildren, Amber, Devin, Jackie and William; great-grandchildren, Natalie, Brycen, Karver and Levi; and a brother, Danny Furr (Nettie) of Augusta, Ga.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by brothers, Tony and Billy Furr.

Funeral services were held on Aug. 23 in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, with burial following in Greenlawn Memorial Park.

Flowers will be accepted, or memorials may be made to West End Baptist Church, 120 Mission Drive, Easley, SC 29642.

The family will be at the home.

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

David Stewart

Central — James David Stewart, 47, husband of Becky Lynn Durham Stewart, passed from this life on Sunday, Aug. 21, 2016 at his home.

David was born in Pickens County, son of James E. Stewart and the late Deborah Ann Richard Stewart. He was retired from Sherwin Williams as assistant manager and he was a member of Fairview Baptist Church in Central. An outdoorsman, David loved to fish when he was able. He was a graduate of Pickens High School.

Survivors include his wife, Becky; daughters, Beverly Lynn Taylor (Jason) of Central and Ashley Michelle Gilstrap (Don) of Easley; a grandchild, Savanna Madison Gilstrap; and a grandchild due very soon, Emma Lynn Taylor.

In addition to his mother, David was preceded in death by his sister, Mylissa Stewart.

The family will receive friends at Fairview Baptist Church in Liberty on Wednesday, Aug. 24, 2016, from 12:30 to 2 p.m., with funeral service following at 2 p.m. in the church. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens.

The family will gather at the home of his father, James E. Stewart, 325 Nealy St., Pickens, SC 29671.

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Stewart family.

Judy Wilson Whitman

Cateechee -— Judy Wilson Whitman, 68, of 409 Spring St. passed away peacefully Friday, Aug. 19, 2016, at St. Francis Hospital in Greenville.

Born in Central, she was the widow of Roger L. Whitman and a daughter of the late Clifton Eugene and Margaret Thompson Wilson. She was a retired LPN who loved taking care of others and was a member of Clemson Church of God.

Surviving are a daughter, Laurie Addington (Andrew) of the home; a son, Brian Whitman (Angela) of Piedmont; and five grandchildren, Zoe, Paris, Drew, Grayson and Anna Claire.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by a sister, Mary Ann Edwards.

Funeral services to honor the life of Mrs. Whitman were held Aug. 21 in the Liberty Mortuary Chapel. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association: 301 University Ridge, Suite 5000, Greenville, SC 29601. The family will be at the residence.

Liberty Mortuary and Cremation Services are handling arrangements.