Courier Obituries 12-18-19


LIBERTY — Eula O’Donald Hall, 89, widow of the late Charles Herman Hall, went home to be with her Lord on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019.

Born on Jan. 26, 1930, she was the daughter of the late Jospeh and Ally Mae Patton O’Donald. Eula was a prayer warrior who was a member of Fairview Baptist Church. She also enjoyed gardening.

Surviving are her daughter, Kimberly Tankersley (Paul); one son, Ronnie Hall (Carol); one daughter-in-law, Kelli Hall; two sisters, Martha Aiken and Annette McGathy; seven grandchildren, Josh Tankersley, Kaitlin Hall, Nathan Hall, Candise Zimmerman, Dedi Hall, Kelli White and Jennifer Bryan; two great-grandchildren, Jordan Zimmerman and Reece Davis, and many loving nieces and nephews.

Eula was also predeceased by her son, Greg Hall; grandson, Christopher Tankersley; and six siblings.

Funeral services were held on Dec. 15 at Dillard Funeral Home, with the Rev. Billy Ray Merck officiating. Burial was held at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, please make memorials to ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.

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EASLEY — Sam T. Waters, 76, born in Sterns, Ky., and husband to his beautiful bride Yvonne Waters was called home on Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019.

Mr. Waters was the son of the late Abraham Waters and Mildred Childress Waters.

Mr. Waters was a veteran of the United States Air Force and a retired machinist from Honeywell Industries in Greer. He was a member of Rock Springs Baptist Church, where he was an assistant Sunday school teacher. Mr. Waters was a master gardener, having earned an associate’s degree in horticulture. He wanted to be known for his years of working as a landscaper, which was a passion. Mr. Waters loved hunting and spent as much time as he could in the woods and loved growing his flowers.

Surviving are his wife, Yvonne Waters; daughter, Lisa Sanders (Chad) of Greer; and son, Brett Waters (Pamela) of Easley. Mr. Waters is also survived by three sisters, Donna, Geraldine and Lois, and a special niece, Debbie Ball.

Mr. Waters is predeceased by eight siblings out of his family of 12 children.

A visitation will be held at Dillard Funeral Home on Thursday, Dec. 19, from noon-1 p.m. followed by a chapel service at 1 p.m. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

The family is accepting flowers.

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Waters family.

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EASLEY — Jody Ann Rogers, 57, born in Keflavik, Iceland, and daughter of the late Robert Nelson Franklin and Jacqueline Ann Combell Franklin, was called home on Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019.

Ms. Rogers was born in Iceland while her father was serving in the military. She worked as a registered nurse, working mostly in nursing homes. Ms. Rogers had a soft spot for the elderly and was considered selfless by those around her. She loved Clemson football, all types of music, her murder mysteries and love stories. Ms. Rogers also enjoyed talking on the phone and was a fan of going to the beach. She was known for making her oyster dressing for her loving family at Christmas time.

Surviving are a daughter, Kacey Rogers, and Kacey’s daughter, Wakely, of Easley; grandson, Noah Casto of Conestee; sisters, Gwen Fern (Randy) of Jacksonville, Fla., and Rhonda Edgeworth (Rich) of Daphne, Ala., and former husband and Kacey’s dad, Tim Rogers of Greensboro, N.C., and Tim Davis of Easley.

Ms. Rogers is predeceased by her son, Justin Casto, and brother, Bobby Franklin.

A visitation will be held at Dillard Funeral Home on Saturday, Dec. 28, from 10-11 a.m., followed by a graveside service at Hillcrest Memorial Park at 11 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made on behalf of the family to Interim Hospice, 810 Powdersville Road, Suite B, Easley, SC 29642.

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Rogers family.

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EASLEY — Sharon Rose Moore, 75, wife of the late Walter Moore, was called home on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019.

Born in Meridan, Conn., Ms. Moore was the daughter of the late Bruno Sutkowski and Lillian Gay Sutkowski. She was retired from retail sales and management, having worked for convenience stores and Wal-Mart. Ms. Moore was a very lighthearted individual who loved her crafting. She won many a ribbon back in her sewing days. She was generous and known to be independent and not wanting people to do for her.

Her boys remember her for her canning, cooking pumpkin cheesecake during the Christmas season and her pasta dishes.

Surviving are sons, Cliff Moore (Reschin) of Easley and Craig Moore (Lisa) of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; a sister, Kathy Rosa of Middleton, Conn.; and her loving grandchildren, Aidan Moore, Parker Moore and Madison Moore.

A visitation will be held at Dillard Funeral Home on Saturday, Dec. 28, from 1-2:30 p.m.

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Moore family.

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PICKENS — Doris T. Smith, 73, passed from this life on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, in Anderson.

Born in Pickens, she was the daughter of the late Floyd and Stella Lowe Turner.

She was a devoted mother, strong in her faith to the Lord, loved her family, fishing and flowers and was Elvis Presley’s No. 1 fan.

Doris worked in the textile industry as well as others, and she loved crafts and painting rocks.

Survivors include two daughters, Shannon Lee Adams of Seneca and Kimberly T. Franklin and her husband Cayce of Pickens; and three sisters, Sue, Bobbi and Mary. Doris also leaves four grandchildren, Brandon, Kristal, Brent and Brittney, and four great-grandchildren, Mason, Michael, Ash and A’Leah, to share in her memory.

In addition to her parents, Doris was predeceased by a son, Kenneth Ray Bentley; a sister, Helen; and four brothers, David, Doug, Billy and Mack.

A service was held on Sunday, Dec. 8, in Mausoleum IV at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Pickens. Burial will follow at the cemetery.

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Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Smith family.


LIBERTY — Mr. Paul Clifton Harper, 91, husband of the late Sarah Mae Hayes Harper, went to be with his Lord and Savior on Monday, Dec. 16, 2019.

Born in Pickens County, a son of the late James William Harper and the late Nettie Gilstrap Harper, Mr. Harper retired from Union Bleachery with 36 years of service and later retired from Mayfair Mills-Pickens Division with 10 years of service.

He was a charter member of Lakeview Baptist Church, where he served as deacon, and was currently attending Ruhamah Baptist Church. Paul will be remembered for his kind spirit, quick wit and passion for farming.

Surviving are his wife, Doris Johnson Harper, of Greenville; two daughters, Louise H. Dorsey (Jimmy) and Nalmer H. Burton (Sam), both of Liberty; one brother, Hovey Harper (Frances) of Pickens; one sister, Estelle Hayes of Pickens; four grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild.

In addition to his first wife and parents, Mr. Harper was predeceased by three brothers, James Harper, John Harper and Samuel Harper; and two sisters, Ida Wimpey and Anna Mae Harper.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 18, in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Flowers will be accepted and memorials may be made to PruittHealth Hospice, 1510 N. Fant St., Anderson, SC 29621.

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PICKENS — Jack R. Gilstrap, 79, passed away on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019.

Jack served in the U.S. Air Force and was a graduate of Clemson University. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather, who will be greatly missed.

Surviving to carry on his memory is wife, Joyce Gilstrap, of 53 years; daughter, Carissa Fowler of Liberty; granddaughters, Caroline Fowler and Delanie Fowler, both of Liberty; sister, JoAnn Chapman of Pickens; and brother, Jerry Gilstrap of Pickens.

Jack was predeceased by his parents, Henry Coleman Gilstrap and Delphia Gilstrap Parsons.

A memorial service to celebrate Jack’s life was held on Friday, Dec. 6, at Mountain View Baptist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Mountain View Baptist Church Choir, in honor of Jack Gilstrap, 336 Mt. View Church Road, Six Mile, SC 29682.

Mountain View Funerals and Cremation is assisting the Gilstrap family.


EASLEY — Mrs. Ella Mae Merck Holden, 98, went to be with her Lord and Savior on Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019.

Born in Pickens County, she was the widow of James William Holden and a daughter of the late W.M. Franklin Merck and the late Lou Ella Rackley Merck.

Mrs. Holden was a graduate of Pickens High School and retired from textiles. She was a longtime member of Jones Avenue Baptist Church and faithful member of the church choir.

Surviving are two sons, William Roger Holden of Savannah, Ga., and Dr. James W. “Jimmy” Holden Jr. (Deborah) of Beaufort; a daughter, Carol Holden Chapman (Ron) of Easley; two brothers, Grady Merck (Marian) and Fulton Merck, both of Liberty; four grandchildren, David Turner (Stacey), Catherine Holden, Caroline Holden and Will Holden; and three great-grandchildren, Cason, Holden and Ella Turner.

In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Holden was predeceased by a son, James Donnie Holden; five brothers, Jule, Luther, Furman, Lester and Herman Merck; and two sisters, Addie Edens and Clara Sanders.

Funeral services were held on Dec. 15 in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, with Rev. Dr. Roger Couch officiating. Burial followed at Greenlawn Memorial Park.

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PICKENS — Mrs. Beulah Chappell, 99, slipped into the arms of Jesus on Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, at Easley Place in Easley.

Born in Pickens, she was the daughter of the late Johnny Arthur and Elizabeth Pilgrim and the wife of the late Robert Clinton Chappell.

Mrs. Chappell was a homemaker and a member of Mountain View Baptist Church.

Surviving to cherish her memories include her daughter, Cheryl Chappell Golden and her husband, Johnny, of Pickens. Mrs. Chappell leaves two grandchildren, Joni Meece (Phillip) and Jodi Clark; and three great-grandchildren, Braden Petty and Kylie and Kayden Meece; and a very special friend, Pete Bush.

In addition to her parents and husband, Mrs. Chappell was predeceased by four brothers and four sisters. Mrs. Chappell was the last surviving member of her immediate family.

Memorial services were held on Dec. 10 at Dillard Funeral Home in Pickens. Burial will be at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

The family would like to thank the staff of Magnolias of Easley, the staff of Easley Place (Brookdale Easley) and Halcyon Hospice, especially Delores, Erin and chaplain Paul, and her Beulah Bingo Buddies.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be sent to Halcyon Hospice, 5 Century Drive, Ste 210 Greenville, SC 29607.

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Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Chappell family.


EASLEY — Richard Earl Galloway, 74, passed peacefully from this life on Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019.

Born in the Dacusville community on June 16, 1945, to the late Mr. Ralph Carl Galloway Sr. and Mrs. Lura Pace Galloway, he was also the husband of Pat Denton Galloway.

He was a 1964 graduate of Dacusville High School and attended Greenville Tech, where he received a degree in mechanics. He was a member of Grace Christian Fellowship of Dacusville. Richard served on the board of directors for the Dacusville Cedar Rock Water District for many years. Richard enjoyed traveling and working on the farm with cattle. His dad helped him start his first mobile home park in 1978. He enjoyed his work, but it kept him busy for the past 41 years. Richard was an intensely private person. He was known as not saying much, but thinking plenty.

Survivors include his loving and caring wife, Pat; four daughters, Marie Anders, Angela Lane (Mike), Diane Phillips and Tammy Williams (Charles), all of Dacusville; one sister, Ann Couick (Arnold) of Rock Hill; one brother, James Thomas “Bub N Honey” Galloway (Evelyn); a sister-in-law, Gale Galloway, and her son, Alex Galloway; and a niece, Sherri Miller (Steve) and their children, Wesley and Kristin. Richard also leaves eight grandchildren, Shane Galloway, Grayson and Parker Anders, Justin, Houston and Kaitlyn Hollingsworth, and Laura and Cortney Williams; six great-grandchildren; and two nephews, Nick and Jacob, to share in his memory.

In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a sister, Francis Galloway; a brother, Ralph Carl Galloway Jr.; a son, Richard Earl Galloway Jr.; and a nephew, Andy Galloway.

A memorial service was held on Dec. 10 at Dillard Funeral Home, officiated by Jimmy Clark, Pastor Paul Johnson and Pastor Shannon McKee. Burial was held at Hillcrest Memorial Park following the service.

The family would like to thank his nurse, Harley, and Wren Hospice for all the care and attention they gave to Richard. They would also like to thank Monica Pinion for her service to the family during this very difficult time.

Flowers will be accepted or memorial may also made to Wren Hospice in Anderson.

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