Obituaries for the Week of February 1

Edna Barton
Sunset — Edna Lucille Winchester Barton, 78, widow of Winfred “Buddy” Barton, died Jan. 25, 2012.
Born Jan. 25, 1934 in Oconee County, she was a daughter of the late Homer E. and Olive Mae Alexander Winchester. She retired after 28 years with the U.S. Postal Service, where she served as Postmaster for the Sunset Post Office. Mrs. Barton was a member of Stamp Creek Baptist Church.
Surviving are one daughter, Theresa Fendley; one son, Gary Barton (Wendy); two brothers, James C. Winchester, Harold Winchester; two sisters, Ruth Stewart, Lillie Batson; four grandchildren, and four great grand-children, and numerous nieces and nephews. Mrs. Barton was predeceased by one son, Allen Barton, three brothers, three sisters, and one grandson.
A funeral service was held 3 p.m. Friday at Holly Springs Baptist church. Burial followed in Holly Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.
The Palmetto Mortuary is assisting the Barton family.

Michael Curry
Easley — Michael Anthony Curry, 19, of 501 King Street, died on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2012 at Greenville Memorial Hospital from injuries sustained in an automobile accident.
He was an avid skateboarder, roller skater and loved to play basketball.
Surviving are his mother and step father, Tonya and David Bryd of the home; a sister, Lakyn Bryd of the home; grandparents, Brenda & Danny Barrett of Concord, N.C., Anthony & Jennifer Aiken of Anderson, Mary Byrd of West Virginia; great grandparents, Idell Moser of Pickens, and Sarah Miller of Florida; his fiancé, Marina Youssef of Easley.
Memorial services to celebrate Michael’s life were 1 p.m. Saturday in the Liberty Mortuary Chapel.
Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made in Michael’s Memory to the charity of one’s choice.
Memorial messages may be sent to the family by visiting Liberty Mortuary and Cremation Services is handling arrangements.

Dale Deeter
Easley — Dale Alan Deeter, 77, husband of Marge Bittner Deeter of Easley died Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012 at the Veterans Medical Center in Durham, N.C.
Dale was born in Eaton, Ind., a son of the late Clayton and Bessie Potter Deeter. He was a 1952 graduate of East Peoria Community High School and entered the U.S. Marine Corps where he served as a corporal in the Korean War from 1953 to 1956. Dale owned Mid State Scale Co. in East Peoria, Ill. for 20 years prior to moving to South Carolina in 1982. Here he continued his sales career working for 15 years with Hoover Buildings where he retired in 2005. He was raised in the Christian Faith. Dale loved boating, friends, family, working in his yard, and always made folks smile. He never met a stranger and he was a wonderful husband, father, and grandfather.
Surviving in addition to his wife is a son John McDonald of Marietta, daughters, Patti Melvin (Ron) of Morton, Ill., Denise McAvin (George) of Pekin, Ill, Mary Vallas (Bob) and Kathy Lulay (Ed), both of East Peoria, Ill., and Lori Short of the home. Also surviving are 14 grandchildren and 16 great grandchildren. Also surviving is a sister Barbara Gossett of Danville, Ill. and a brother Walter Deeter of Morris, Ill.
In addition to his parents, Dale was preceded in death by a son Jim McDonald, grandchild Bernard Chase, great grandchild Caden Pennell and a brother Edsel Deeter.
A memorial service was held 11 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 31 in the chapel of Dillard Funeral Home in Pickens with the Rev. Rick Hayes officiating.
A message of condolence may be expressed to the family by visiting
Memorials may be made to the National Kidney Foundation of SC, 500 Taylor Street, Suite 101, Columbia, SC 29201-3000,
Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Deeter family.

James “Jim” Carter
Easley — Mr. James Harold “Jim” Carter, 71, husband of Dianne Perry Carter, died Thursday, Jan. 26, 2012 at Greenville Memorial Hospital.
Born in Greenville, a son of the late Clarence Ben and Laura Gardo Carter, Mr. Carter was a graduate of Parker High School and attended Lees-McCrae College. He served in the U.S. Army, retired from Platt Saco Lowell and was a member of Brushy Creek Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to his wife of the home are a son, Todd Carter (Lisa) of Easley; two brothers, David L. Carter (Martha) of Macon, Ga. and Ren Bell (Iris) of Greenville; one sister, Frances Strickland of Easley; and two grandchildren, Matt and Kaitlyn Carter.
In addition to his parents, Mr. Carter was predeceased by a sister, Virginia Bell.
Memorial services were 12 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30 in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Powdersville Road with the Rev. Dr. Jim Spencer and the Rev. Rodney Graham officiating.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 154 Milestone Way, Greenville, SC 29615.
Condolences may be expressed online at or in person at Robinson Funeral Home-Powdersville Road, which is assisting the family.
 Ethel McCollum
Easley — Ethel McClellan McCollum, 94, of Naples, Fla., wife of the late C.B. McCollum, died Sunday, Jan. 21, 2012 at Atlantic Healthcare Center in Vero Beach, Fla.
She was a lifetime member of the Vero Beach area. She was employed for many years as a waitress at restaurants in the Vero Beach area. Ethel and C.B. were married on Dec. 16, 1961. Mrs. McCollum was a member of Trinity Episcopal Church in Vero Beach and was also a member of the Order of Eastern Star in Sebastian, Fla.
Surviving are sons, Danny (Donnie) Knight of Rome, Ga., Jerry Knight of Roseland, Fla.; brother, Rufus McClellan of Lawrenceville, Ga.; sisters, Louise Ercolin of Reno, Nev., Carolyn Perry of Lawrenceville, Ga.; nine grandchildren, 12 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
In addition to her husband, Mrs. McCollum was predeceased by a granddaughter, Wendy Knight, and brothers, Frank and Bill McClellan.
Graveside services were 2 p.m. Tuesday at Greenlawn Memorial Park.
Condolences may be expressed online at or in person at Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown which is assisting the family.

Timothy Sloan
Pickens — Mr. Timothy (Tit) Sloan was born in Pickens County on April 30, 1922 to Mr. Ernest Sloan and Mrs. Annie Gary Sloan. He departed this life on Jan. 25, 2012 at VA Hospice, Charles George Medical Center in Asheville, N.C.
Mr. Sloan was a U.S. Army Veteran of WWII and member of Griffin Ebenezer Baptist Church.
He leaves to cherish his memory, a son Walter C. Bowen (Carrie) of Pickens; two brothers, Mr. Medford Sloan (Macie) of Pickens, and Gary Sloan (Joanne) of New York; and two sisters, Mrs. Ethel Williams of Pickens and Mrs. Curtis Ferguson of Greenville; a grandson, Mr. Barrett Bowen of Easley; a great grandson, Tevon Wiley of Toccoa, Ga.; and a host of relatives and friends.
Graveside services were held on Saturday, Jan. 28 at 11 a.m. in the Mausoleum Chapel of Hillcrest Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Griffin Ebenezer Baptist Church, 450 Garvin St., Pickens, SC 29671.
Online condolences may be expressed by visiting
Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Sloan family.

Joann E. Karr
Liberty — Joann Esuary Karr, 72, of 127 Southside Drive and widow of Joe Donald Karr, died Sunday, Jan. 29, 2012 at her home.
Born in Pickens County, she was a daughter of Ruby Christine Leopard Esuary of Pickens and the late Fred Esuary.  Mrs. Karr was a retired employee of Pratt-Reed Company in Central and was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving are two sons Mark Karr of Liberty and Christopher (Stephanie) Karr of West Pelzer; daughter Cynthia (Steve) Turner of Liberty; brother Sammy Esuary of Pickens; and sister Mary Crenshaw of Pickens; grandchildren Kimberly Turner Leopard, Kayla Turner, Joseph Karr, Hannah Karr, Christopher S. Karr and Christen Karr; one great-grandchild Payton Grace Leopard.
Funeral services will be 1 p.m. Wednesday at Smith Grove Baptist Church with the Rev. Rick Baldwin officiating.  Burial will follow in Pickens View Wesleyan Church Cemetery, Pickens.
The family is at the home of Cynthia Turner, 127 Southside Drive, Liberty, SC 29657.
In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Interim Healthcare Hospice, 155 Deacon Tiller Court, Duncan, SC 29334.
Condolences may be expressed online at or at the funeral home.
Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home is assisting the Karr family.

Vincent Robitaille
Easley — Mr. Vincent “Pete” Robitaille, 68, husband of the late Donna Acuff Robitaille, died Friday, Jan. 27, 2012 at Majesty Health and Rehab.
Born in Detroit, Mich., a son of the late Russell M. and Opel Eberhardt Robitaille, Mr. Robitaille owned Carolina Outdoor Furniture and was a member of Carolina Community Church.
Surviving are two sons, Vincent Robitaille (Charlene) of Greenville and Tod Robitaille (Wanda) of Pickens; one daughter, Genean Vaughn (Steve) of Liberty; two brothers, Russell Robitaille of Westland, Mich. and Glynn Robitaille of Livonia, Mich.; one sister, Gael Ivanac of Livonia, Mich.; eight grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and his loving girlfriend, Judy Sturgill.
Funeral services were 3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 30 in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown.
In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Carolina Community Church Building Fund, 132 West Front Street, Liberty, SC 29657.
Condolences may be expressed online at or in person at Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, which is assisting the family.

Elma Waldrop Harris
Easley — On Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2012 our beloved mother, grandmother, and “GG,” Elma Marie Waldrop Harris, died and was reunited with her husband William Bruce Harris.
Born June 28, 1930 in Pickens County, she was a daughter of the late Clyde and Susan Waldrop. Mrs. Harris was a homemaker who raised and bred puppies. Later in life, she loved to travel and took up golf, where she was awarded more than one “hole in one” trophy.
She is survived by her five sons, Ronnie Harris of Liberty, Steve Harris, David Harris, Barry Harris all of Pickens, and Randy Harris of Easley; daughter, Susan Harris Pottberg, of Easley; sister, Sybil Holcombe, niece Mary Sue McJunkin, both of Easley; 22 grandchildren, 32 great-grandchildren and six great,great-grandchildren.
Funeral services were conducted at 3 PM Friday, Jan. 27 at Rock Springs Baptist Church with the Rev. Dr. David Gallamore officiating. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
Memorial contributions may be made to Miracle Hill Ministries, PO Box 2546, Greenville, SC 29602.
Condolences may be expressed online at or in person at Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, which is assisting the family.