Obituaries for the week of August 22

Hope Marie Jenkins

Pickens — Hope Marie Jenkins, 46, of Pickens, died Tuesday Aug. 14, 2012 at her home.

Hope was born in Pickens County, daughter of Eula Mae Powell Grice, and the late Willie A. Grice. She was employed as a cook at The Village Inn Restaurant in Pickens and she was a Baptist.

Survivors include her mother Eula Mae Grice of Easley, sons Zachary Jenkins of Greenville, and Cody Jenkins of Simi Valley, Calif., sisters Brenda Grammas (Clarence), Juanita Revis (Junior), Patricia Porter (Dale), and Frankie Owens all of Liberty.

In addition to her father, Hope was preceded in death by a son Christopher Jenkins and sister Willie Mae “Betty” Owens.

Funeral services were conducted 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 16 in the chapel of Dillard Funeral Home in Pickens. Burial followed at Red Hill Baptist Church Cemetery.

A message of condolence may be expressed to the family by visiting
Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Jenkins family.

Vickie Swett

Pickens — Vickie Anita Blackwell Swett, 46, wife of David Lane Swett died Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2012 following a brief illness.

Vickie was born in Pickens County a daughter of Dan Franklin and Yvonne Chappell Blackwell of Pickens. She owned and operated her own house cleaning service and was a member of Antioch Baptist Church.

Vickie will be remembered as always serving others as demonstrated from her many acts of kindness. She was an avid gardener and loved to sew and work in her yard and also found the time to produce homemade jelly.

Survivors include her husband of 23 years, David, of the home and her son Berry Lane Swett also of the home, her parents of Pickens, a brother the Rev. Ronnie Blackwell (Martha) of Laurens, sister Sherry Blackwell of Pickens and brother Jimmy Blackwell (Cendy) also of Pickens.

Funeral services were Friday, Aug. 17 in the chapel of Dillard Funeral Home at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Ronnie Blackwell and the Rev. Chris Swett officiating. Burial followed at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens.

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

Flowers will be accepted.

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Swett family.

Nancy Evelyn Bryant Payne

Seneca — Mrs. Nancy Evelyn Bryant Payne, 88, of Seneca, formerly of Six Mile, died on Thursday, Aug. 9, 2012 at Seneca Health & Rehab.

Born in Pickens she was the widow of the Rev. William Edward Payne and a daughter of the late Marshall Lee and Nora Kelley Bryant.

Surviving are three sons and daughters in law, the Rev. Jonathan and Mary Payne of Greenwood, Philip E. and Karen Payne of Easley, and Mark A. and Jan Payne of Seneca; five grandchildren.

Funeral services to honor the life of Mrs. Payne were 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 25 at United Wesleyan Church in Easley.

Memorials are requested to Greenville First Wesleyan Church, Children’s Ministries, 103 South Texas Avenue, Greenville SC 29611, World Hope International, PO Box 96338, Washington DC 20090-6338, or United Wesleyan Church, 203 Baker Road, Easley SC 29640.

Memorial messages may be sent to the family by visiting Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.

Dorothy Larue Looper

Easley — Dorothy Larue Looper “Nanny Dot” Harris, 83, formerly of Dacusville, wife of the late Jack Houston Harris, Sr., died Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012.

Born in Pickens County, a daughter of the late Amos and Venoy Raxter Looper, Mrs. Harris was a resident of Blue Ridge Living Center for 13 years. She was a loving wife, mother and grandmother and was formerly employed with Swirl, Inc. Mrs. Harris loved Elvis, country music and wrestling and had a green thumb for flowers. Her life was about taking care of everyone else. She was a caregiver to anyone who needed her anytime. Although we are going to miss her dearly, Dot is with the Lord, her parents and her sister, Betty, and her husband, Jack, whom she loved so much. We know she will be waiting on us in heaven with her arms open wide.

Surviving are two sons, Jack Houston Harris, Jr., and Jerry Wayne Harris (Celeste), all of Pumpkintown; a daughter, Cindy Simmons (Tony) of Easley; a brother, Bobby Looper (Lee) of Dacusville; a sister, Glenda Julian (Dennis) of Marietta; grandchildren, Sherrie Harris Moore, Candy Garrett (Andy), Chevy Harrelson (Chad), Jonathan Simmons, Kevin Harris and Sammy Harris; and great-grandchildren, Amber Garrett and Cheyenne Harrelson.

In addition to her husband, parents and sister, Mrs. Harris was predeceased by a grandson, Houston Harris.

No services are planned.

Memorials may be made to Meals-On-Wheels, P.O. Box 184, Easley, SC 29641.

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

James O. “Jimmy” Bryant

Clemson — Dr. James Orr “Jimmy” Bryant, 71, of 213 Village Walk Lane and husband of Irene Walters Bryant, died Saturday, Aug. 18, 2012 at AnMed Health in Anderson.

Born in Pickens County, he was a son of the late James O. “Jake” and Doris Sears Bryant.  Dr. Bryant graduated from Clemson University with a Bachelors Degree in Chemical Engineering, earned a Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering from Rice University and a PhD in Environmental Engineering from Clemson. His career in environmental engineering lead him to live in many locations across the country and the world and he retired from Auburn University.  He was a U.S. Army Veteran of the Vietnam Era and was affiliated with the Church of Christ.

Surviving in addition to his wife of the home are a sister, Judy Roper of Pelzer; a niece, Carol Attaway and her son Bryant Attaway of Greenville; and a nephew, Scott Roper, his wife, Missy and their children Tyler and Amanda of Pelzer.

A Memorial Service was held at 7 p.m. Thursday at Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home, Central.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or to the charity of one’s choice.

Condolences may be expressed online at or at the funeral home.

George R. Peden

Easley — George Riley Peden, 65, of 107 Highland Road, died Monday, Aug. 20, 2012 at Greenville Memorial Hospital.

Born in Greenville County, the son of the late Edgar Hudson and Margaret Griffin Peden, Mr. Peden retired as an automotive mechanic and was of the Baptist faith.

Surviving are his wife, Mary Crowe Peden and a sister Susie F. Peden.
Graveside services will be 3 p.m. Wednesday at Greenlawn Memorial Park. Visitation will be at the graveside immediately following the service.

Memorials may be made to Pediatric TEAM Center, Baptist Easley Hospital, 1807-A East Main Street, Easley, SC 29640.

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.

Gary Howard Cochran

Greenville — Gary Howard Cochran, age 75, of 403A Mapleton Drive, Greenville, died Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012.

Born in Pickens County, he was the son of the late J. T. Leon Cochran and Della Howard Cochran. He was retired as Director of the Western Carolina Sewer Authority. In his later years he was self-employed. Mr. Cochran graduated from Daniel High School and did further study at Clemson University, the University of Maryland, and Middle Tennessee State. He served in the U. S. Army from 1957 to 1963 with the rank of Staff Sergeant. He was a member of Mountain View Baptist Church.

Survivors include a son, Barry Cochran (Dana) of Belton, a step-son Ronnie Griffin of Greenville, a sister Margaret “Bobbie” (David) Yearick of Greenville, two grandchildren, Nicholas and Austin Cochran, and numerous nephews and nieces.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Cochran was predeceased by his wife Anita Hamby Cochran, a step daughter Kathy Hamby McKinney and three brothers, James Leon Cochran, William “Bill” Cochran, and Kenneth Carl Cochran.

Funeral services will be conducted 2 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 22 at Mountain View Baptist Church off Highway 183 by Dr. David Yearick, Dr. Boyce Whitman and the Rev. Rick Hayes. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Mountain View Baptist Church Building Fund, 336 Mountain View Church Road, Six Mile, South Carolina 29682.

The family is at their respective homes.
Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Cochran family.

Brian Kent Stattelman

Clemson — Brian Kent Stattelman, 47, of 115 Pleasant View Drive and husband of Elizabeth Bowers Stattelman died Sunday, Aug. 19, 2012 from injuries sustained in a motorcycle accident.

Born in Ames, Iowa, he was a son of the late Arthur John and Lillian Lorraine Fish Stattelman.  Brian was a deliveryman, was of the Catholic faith and was a veteran of the U.S. Army.

Surviving in addition to his wife are two sons, Noah and Holden Rogers both of the home; two brothers, Mark Stattelman of Athens, Ga. and Steven Rose Stattelman of Minneapolis, Minn.; and five sisters, Barbara Stattelman, Deborah Stattelman, Jenifer Phillips and Susan Mangham all of Athens, Ga. and Sandra Clair Rasmussen of Kingston, Tenn.

Memorial services will be held at a later date and will be announced by Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home, Central.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Gateway for Cancer Research, 1336 Basswood Road, Schaumburg, Ill. 60173.

Condolences may be expressed online at or at Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home.

Mary C. Parton Waldrop

Easley — Mary Caldwell Parton Waldrop, 85, formerly of Zion Heights Court, died Monday, August 20, 2012.

Born in Cataloochee, N.C., she was the daughter of the late Thomas and Ella Caldwell. Mrs. Waldrop was retired from Emeritus at Countryside Village in Easley and was a member of Rock Springs Baptist Church.
Surviving are her children, Johnny H. Parton (Diane) and Janice P. Lesley (Jim) all of Easley; two step daughters, Lynn Farr (Danny) and Pam Waldrop all of Easley; five grandchildren; nine great grandchildren; one great-great grandchild; a brother, Thurman Caldwell of Waynesville, N.C.; and six sisters, Annie Caldwell, Betty Cook, Minnie Parton, Sarah Jane Sutton, Ruby Bradley and Cora Williamson all of Waynesville, N.C.
In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her first husband, Jack Parton, her second husband, Ray Waldrop, and six brothers.
Funeral services will be held on Thursday, August 23 at 2:30 p.m. in the chapel of Dillard Funeral Home with burial to follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1 p.m. until 2 p.m. at the funeral home.

Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to Rock Springs Baptist Church, 201 Rock Springs Rd., Easley, SC 29642.

The family will be at the home of her daughter, Janice Lesley, 442 Zion Church Rd., Easley, SC 29642.

Online condolences may be expressed by visiting Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Waldrops.