Courier Onituaries 10-8-14

8-6 Page 5A.inddPolly R. Pace

Pickens — Pauline Reeves “Polly” Pace, 90, of N. Catherine Street, and wife of the late William Hancel “Hank” Pace, Sr., died Wednesday Oct. 1, 2014 at her home.

Born in Pickens County, she was the daughter of the late Waddy Avery Reeves and Liza Jane Queen Reeves. Mrs. Pace was retired from Singer Manufacturing. She was a member of Pickens First Baptist Church and was an Auxiliary Volunteer with Cannon Memorial Hospital for several years.

Surviving is a son, the Rev. William H. “Bill” Pace, Jr. (Deanna) of Pickens; several grandchildren and great grandchildren; two sisters, Emma Lou Grant of Pickens and Jeanette Hamlin of Piedmont; and two brothers, James Reeves of Pickens and Ray Reeves of Charleston.

In addition to her parents and husband, she was predeceased by two sons, Dennis Pace and Phillip Pace; and a sister, Avanelle Smith.

Funeral services were held on Saturday, Oct. 4 at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Dillard Funeral Home. Burial followed in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to Journey Hospice, 665 N. Academy St. Greenville, SC 29601 or Miracle Hill Children’s Home, P.O. Box 2546 Greenville, SC 29602.

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Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Pace family.

Michael E. Hitchcock, Sr.

Pickens — Michael Eugene “Mike” Hitchcock, Sr. 53, of Thomas Drive, died Friday, Oct. 3, 2014 at his home.

Born in St. Louis, Mo., he was the son of Kathleen Su Adams Hitchcock of Warrenton, Mo. and the late Douglas Hitchcock. Mike was a U.S. Army and U.S. Navy Veteran and attended Keowee Falls Church of God.

Surviving are his sons, Micky Hitchcock (Timika) of Easley and Nicholas Hitchcock of Greenville; a grandson, Trey Hitchcock; three sisters, Kathleen Hitchcock-Brackney of Kansas City, Mo., Cindy Hoover of Norman, Okla. and Becky Schoppenhorst of Warrenton, Mo.; and two brothers, Mark Hitchcock of Pickens and Doug Hitchcock of Warrenton, Mo.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, Oct. 9 at 6 p.m. at Keowee Falls Church of God in Salem.

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The family will be at the home of Micky and Timika Hitchcock, 404 Jim Hunt Rd. Easley, SC 29671.

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Hitchcock family.

Juanita Duncan Childs

Easley — Juanita Duncan Childs, age 81, wife of the late Jesse Howard Childs died Tuesday Sept.30, 2014 at Sterling House in Central.

Mrs. Childs was born in Pickens County a daughter of the late William Ernest Duncan (Tom) and Mittie Kay Stewart. Mrs. Childs was a member of Concord Baptist Church. She loved her family and was an avid Gardener. The family would like thank the employees of Sterling House Assisting Living and Providence Care Hospice, especially Angel Surrett, for the excellent care and compassion shown to our mother.

Survivors include one daughter; Sharon Dodd and husband Larry of Liberty, one son; Steve Childs of Anderson, two sisters; Frances Mahaffey of Liberty, Louis Galloway of Westminster, three brothers; Junior Duncan of Six Mile, Virgil Duncan of Six Mile, Calvin Duncan and wife Joyce of Easley, two granddaughters; Shala Jessica Dodd of Liberty, Kayce Lucretia Dodd.

Mrs. Childs was predeceased by two sisters; Evelyn Thomas, Madge Cooper and one brother Doyle Duncan.

A graveside service was Oct. 3 at 11 a.m. in Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens.

Memorial may be made to Sterling House Central, 131 Vickery Drive, Central, SC 29630, Providence Care Hospice, 202 Wall Street, Piedmont, SC 29673 or Concord Baptist Church, 723 Concord Church Rd, Pickens SC 29671.

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Childs family.

E. Weldon Childress

Easley — E. Weldon Childress, 85, husband of Joanne Gilstrap Childress, of Easley and most recently of The Haven in Greenville, died Sunday, Oct. 5, 2014 at the Cottingham Hospice House in Seneca.

He was born in Pickens County to Thomas and Frances Jones Childress on Dec. 15, 1928.  He proudly served his country in the Army during the Korean War, and he was the owner and CEO of Dixie Tool, Inc., a business he started in 1964.  He was a past member and officer of the Society of Manufacturing Engineers, and a former member of the Lion’s Club. Mr. Childress was a member of Easley First Baptist Church. His passions were spending time with his family, his work, and spending time on Lake Keowee, where he was an avid boater, and where he could see his beloved family home place, Table Rock.

In addition to his wife of 60 years, Joanne, survivors include a daughter, Karen Stephens (Randy) of Easley, and a son, Jeff Childress (Delaine) of Seneca; four grandchildren, Katie Shayda (Mark) of James Island, Meg Stephens of Easley, Emory Childress of Seneca, and Georgia Childress of Seneca; one great granddaughter, Eloise Shayda; and three sisters, Julia Hyler, Eleanor Martin, and Inez Owens.

In addition to his parents, he is predeceased by three brothers, Lynn, John, and David Childress, and two sisters, Sara Beth Reid, and Doris Simmons.

A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9 at Easley First Baptist Church, 300 East First Avenue, Easley, SC with the Rev. Dr. John Adams and the Rev. Judy Frost officiating. A private committal service followed at Hillcrest Memorial Park.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Easley First Baptist Church, 300 East First Avenue, Easley, SC 29640, or the Alzheimer’s Association, 4124 Clemson Blvd., Suite L, Anderson, SC 29621.

The family would like to thank the wonderful caregivers at The Haven in Greenville, and the Cottingham Hospice House in Seneca for their great level of care and compassion in the last season of Weldon’s life.

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

Wilma Youngblood

Pickens — Wilma Laverne Chappell Youngblood, 77, wife of the late James Alton Youngblood, died Thursday Oct. 2, 2014 at Heritage Healthcare of Pickens.

Born in Greenville, to the late William Sanford and Lucy Dodgens Chappell, Wilma, when able, enjoyed trout fishing at the lake and while at Heritage Healthcare of Pickens, she never missed Bingo. More than anything, she loved her family with whom she made and cherished so many memories. She was a one of a kind woman who loved life and went through it with a smile on her face. She will be dearly missed by all that knew her.

Surviving are three sons, James Youngblood, Jr. (Diane) of Easley, Charles Wesley Youngblood (Shirley) of Pickens and Darren Youngblood (Gina) of Walhalla; a daughter, Gail Blair (Harry) of Pickens; three sisters, Betty Clark of Pickens, Barbara Hudson and Pat Rockwell, both of Easley; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband and parents, she was predeceased by a son, Tony Kenneth Youngblood; two brothers, Garland and Kenneth Chappell; and six sisters, Floree Hendricks, Frances Wilson, Avanell Nix, Louise Murphy, Laura Pierce and Sybil Billingsley.

Memorial services were 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 5 in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown. Burial followed in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Easley.
Condolences may be expressed online at or in person at Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, which is assisting the family.