Obituaries for the week of January 12

Rhonda Tysinger Hernandes
Liberty — Rhonda Tysinger Hernandes, 52, beloved wife of Jose Guadalupe Hernandes, of 793 Breazeale Road, died Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at her home.
Born June 19, 1958 in Rock Hill, she was a daughter of the late Jack H. and Shirley Gastley Tysinger. She was a 1977 graduate of Easley High School.
Surviving in addition to her husband is her brother, Troy M. Tysinger of Easley; her maternal grandmother, Nora Kerr Gastley of Liberty; Lupe’s son, Martin Botello Hernandez and his wife Debbie; a granddaughter, Brianna Rose Botello; a son, Richard Lewis Smith and a grandson, Brayden Lewis Smith; also surviving are numerous cousins and special friends.
Funeral services were at noon Friday, January 7, in the Liberty Mortuary Chapel. Burial followed at Greenlawn Memorial Park.
The family will be at the home. Flowers are appreciated or those desiring may make memorials to Providence Hospice, 1 East Sundance Drive, Easley SC 29642.
Memorial messages may be sent to the family by visiting Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.

John Calvin Williams, Jr.

CENTRAL — John Calvin Williams, Jr., 61, of 116 Water Oak Lane, died Sunday, January 2, 2011 at Oconee Medical Center.
Born in Anderson, Calvin was a son of the late John Calvin Williams Sr. and Dorothy Mae Peppers Williams.  He was a former textile employee and retired from Clemson University.  He was a US Army veteran and a member of New Life Church of Central.
Surviving are his wife, Mary Ann Gardner Williams of the home; two sons, Patrick Kennedy Williams of Liberty and Christian Alvah Williams of Spartanburg; one daughter, Wacheta Consuela Williams of Hephzibiah, GA; one brother, Fredrick Antonio Williams of Clemson; and a sister, Jacqueline Johnson of Pendleton.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by a son, Jared Dante Williams.
 Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday in the chapel of Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home with burial following in Mt. Zion Cemetery, Central.
The family is at the home.
Condolences may be expressed online at or at the funeral home.

Polly Collins
Easley — Pauline Posey “Polly” Collins, 78, of 1808 Brushy Creek Road, died Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at Baptist Easley Hospital.
Born in Liberty, she was a daughter of the late Wesley and Ethel King Posey. She was retired from Alice Manufacturing and was a member of Victory Baptist Church.
Surviving are her husband, Donald O. Collins of the home; four sisters, Mildred Greene, Ressie Black, Eloise Gault, and Carolyn Stancil; two brothers, Clyde and William Posey; several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services were at 3 p.m. Saturday in the Liberty Mortuary Chapel. Burial was at Greenlawn Memorial Park.
The family will be at the home. Memorial messages may be sent to the family by visiting Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.

Donald “Don” Frederick Steuerwald
Pickens — Mr. Donald, “Don” Frederick Steuerwald, 85, husband of the late Norma Lee Steuerwald, formerly of 214 Fox Squirrel Ridge Road, passed away Wednesday, January 5, 2010 at Countryside Living Center.
Born in Wolsey, S.D., a son of the late Fred P. and Marjorie F. Steuerwald, Mr. Steuerwald graduated from South Dakota State University and Southern Illinois University where he earned his degree in Electrical Engineering. Don  retired as an Electrolytic Capacitor Engineer with Sangamo Electric after twenty-five years of service and was an active member of Easley Presbyterian Church.
Surviving are two daughters, Donna Elrod and her husband Dell, and Heidi Jean Steuerwald, all of Piedmont; four sisters, Marion Pech of Denver CO, Helen Rogers of Chico, CA, Janice Boe of Dewey, AZ, and Clarice McManus of Huron, SD; grandchildren, Shane Elrod and his wife, Rebecca, of Easley, Sandy Elrod Browning and her husband, Josh, of Piedmont, Travis Elrod of Norwood, NC, Jeanie Montgomery, and her husband, Doug, of Starr, and Millie Taylor and her husband, Stacy, of Asheville, NC; and ten great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. Steuerwald was predeceased by a son, Eric F. Steuerwald, a daughter, Jeana Lee Steuerwald, and a brother, Wilfred Steuerwald.
Memorial services were at 4 p.m. Saturday at Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown with Rev. Christie Gravely officiating.
The families are at their respective homes.
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-Downtown, which is assisting the family.

Ruby Harvell
Liberty — Ruby Price Harvell, 83, of 9 Ridgeline Drive, widow of Bill Harvell, died Thursday, January 06, 2011 at Greenville Memorial Hospital. Born in Crawford, Georgia she was a daughter of the late McDuffie and Vashti Swaney Price.
She was a member of Calumet Baptist Church and was retired from American Wiping Cloth where she worked as an accountant, and operated Harvell Accounting out of her home until the time of her death.
Surviving are a daughter, Elaine Perry and her husband Gerald of Liberty; son, Rev. Keith Harvell and his wife Alicia of Liberty; a sister, Evelyn Perry of Seneca; a brother, Horace Price of Westminster; two grandchildren, Anita Perry and Stephen Harvell.
Funeral services were at 11 a.m. Saturday at Calumet Baptist Church conducted by Rev. Jeffrey Harris, and Rev. Willie Honea. Entombment followed at Hillcrest Memorial Park.
The Oneida Mahaffey Sunday School Class served as honorary escort.
The family requests memorials be made to Calumet Baptist Church, 400 S. Peachtree Street, Liberty SC 29657.
The family will be at the home of Keith and Alicia Harvell, 108 Meadow View Lane, Liberty SC 29657, and memorial messages may be sent to the family by visiting Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.

Linda Gail Childress
EASLEY — Linda Gail Childress, 61, of Easley, died Wednesday, January 05, 2011, at Baptist Easley Hospital.
Born in Greenville County, Mrs Childress worked for Alice Manufacturing and was a member of New Life Baptist Church in Greenville.
Surviving are her husband, Frank Childress of the home; two daughters, Michelle Bridgman (Zach) and Tara Lanier; five sons, Chris Childress (Laura),Cody Childress, Jeff Cartee (Trena) Joey Cartee (Sherry) Lee Bowen (Kay);one sister Judy Paradise; sixteen grandchildren.
Memorial services will be at a later date.
Condolences may be expressed online at or in person at Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown which is assisting the family.

Juanita Marchbanks
EASLEY — Juanita Allison Marchbanks, 78, of 415 W. King Street, died on Wednesday, January 5, 2011 at her home.
 Born in Greenville, Mrs. Marchbanks was a daughter of the late James Samuel and Eva Irene Moody Allison. She retired from the Winn-Dixie Warehouse after twenty-seven years of employment. She was a member of Pickens View Wesleyan Church. A member of theDAV, Mrs. Marchbanks was a member of the American Legion Post 3.
Surviving are her husband, Robert M. Marchbanks, of the home; one son, Charles M. Anderson of Easley; three step-sons, Marion Ray Marchbanks of Powdersville, and Randy Eugene and Brad Marchbanks, both of Pickens; one daughter, Debbie L. Beak (Richard) ofGreenville; three step-daughters, Elaine Green of Six Mile, Debra Jean Griffin of Jesup, GA, and Deborah Gantt of Pickens; nineteen grandchildren; twenty-eight great-grandchildren; and a nephew, Tolly C. Allison. In addition to her parents, Mrs.Marchbanks was predeceased by a daughter, Babby Benita Anderson; a step-son, Michael Marchbanks; two brothers, James and Charles Allison; a sister, Ruth H. Norris; and two grandsons, William Scott Sprouse and Chad Marchbanks.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Saturday in the Chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown. Burial followed in Friendship Baptist Church Cemetery in Marietta.
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.

Odie Hayes
Easley — Odie Bertran Hayes, 82, formerly of 121 Pennington Drive, Pickens, died Friday night, January 7, 2011.
Mr. Hayes was born in Picken County a son of the late Odie and Bertie M. Simmons Hayes. He was retired from Ryobi Motor Products where he worked in the tool crib and stock room and drove a tow motor. He was an avid camper, hunter and fisherman. He was a member of Griffin Baptist Church.
Survivors include his daughter Marie Shelton (Paul) of Easley, Sons Thomas Hayes of Aiken, Tony Hayes, Billy Hayes, and Troy Hayes all of Pickens, six grandchildren and five great grandchildren. Also surviving are brothers C. B. Hayes and Furman C. “Gabby” Hayes of Pickens and Charles Hayes of Easley and sister Irene Kelly of Pickens.
Funeral services will be conducted 2 PM Sunday in the Chapel of Dillard Funeral Home with burial following at Griffin Baptist Church Cemetery.
The family received friends from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Sunday at the funeral home.
A message of condolence may be expressed to the Hayes family by visiting
Memorials may be made to the Liberty-Pickens Lions Club, c/o Furman “Gabby” Hayes, 209 Henderson Street, Pickens, SC 29671.
The family is at the home of a granddaughter, Connie Harris, 114 Miller Road, Easley, SC 29640.

Aaron Albert “Chub” Mann
Six Mile — Albert “Chub” Mann of Six Mile died at Rainey Hospice House in Anderson on Saturday, January 8.
Mr. Mann was born October 14, 1914, in Six Mile to William Benson and Ginny Youngblood Mann.
He is survived by his wife of 73 years, Rubye Winchester Mann of the home his son, Tom Mann (Kim) of Anderson, SC his daughter, Jane Mann Coward (Wayne) of Byhalia, MS. Also surviving are 3 grandchildren: Abby (Danny) Reed and Angie Davis of Collierville, TN and Chad Mann (Jennifer) of Roswell, GA 6 great grandchildren, McKenzie and Aaron Reed, Wayne and Wes Davis, Jake and Charlie Mann. He was predeceased by brothers and sisters: Ollie Mann, Mae Mann Cantrell, Mellie Mann Childress, Lavinia Mann Baumgarner, his twin brother; Allen “Crick” Mann, Johnny Mann and Clovie Mann Ellenburg.
A lifelong resident of Six Mile, Mr. Mann was a farmer and sawmill owner until he retired. Following retirement he spent many enjoyable hours working at the Happy Berry Blueberry Farm in Six Mile. He continued to garden and work outside until this fall. He lived a remarkable life of good health, self-sufficiency and strong faith. Mr. Mann was a member of Six Mile Baptist Church and was a former Deacon and a member of the Baptist Brotherhood, the Lions Club, and helped build houses for Habitat for Humanity. He also participated in several Mission trips to build churches in other states. Resourceful and determined, he set a good Christian example for his children and grandchildren to follow.
Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Sunday, January 9, at Six Mile Baptist Church with burial following in the church cemetery.
The family gathered to visit and celebrate the life of Mr. Mann following the service at the church fellowship hall across the street from the church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Six Mile Baptist Church Building Fund, 150 North Main Street, Six Mile, South Carolina 29682.
Online condolences may be expressed by visiting

PICKENS — Mrs. Faye Monroe Breazeale, 72, wife of the late James Oscar Breazeale and formerly of Pickens, SC passed away January 7, 2011 at Elizabeth House in Flat Rock, NC.
No services have been scheduled at this time.
Palmetto Cremation Service is serving the family.

James H. Stuckey, Jr.

Central — James Henry Stuckey, Jr., 63, of 437 Meredith Street and husband of Remedios Valmores Stuckey, died Sunday, January 9, 2011 at the Ramey Hospice House of Anderson.
Born in Anderson, he was a son of Lucile Newton Stuckey of Central and the late James H. Stuckey, Sr. He was a graduate of Francis Marion University having earned a B.S. degree in both psychology and archeology.  James was a US Navy Veteran of Vietnam and through his military service and his later service in the Merchant Marines spent time in the Western Pacific, West Pac Operations, Desert Shield and Desert Storm activities.  He was a member of the VFW Post 2872 in Athens, GA and was of the baptist faith but recently was rebaptized as a catholic.  James was a man of honor, dignity and loved his country.  He travelled around the world and he loved sports cars.
Surviving in addition to his wife are two daughters, Kimberly Douglas and husband, Harry and Sonya Young all of Hemingway, SC; brother, Keith N. Stuckey of Lexington, SC; sisters, Elizabeth Mabry of Lexington, SC and Mary S. Freeman of Greenville, SC; 9 grandchildren; and 2 great-grandchildren.
In additon to his father he was predeceased by a daughter, Michelle Stuckey.
Funeral services will be 3:30 p.m. Thursday in the chapel of Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home with burial to follow in Mt. Zion Cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 3:30 p.m. Thursday prior to the service at the funeral home.
Condolences may be expressed online at

Cleo Clifton Garrett

SAN ANTONIO, Texas — Cleo Clifton Garrett, age 87, passed away January 8, 2011. He was born on December 12, 1923 and was one of 8 children born to Oscar and Nan Garrett of Pickens, South Carolina and was the last surviving child. He has been a San Antonio, Texas resident since 1963. He was active in sports and enjoyed professional baseball and football.
Major Garrett had a distinguished military career, serving 22 years with the United States Army before retiring in July 1967. He had over 8 years of enlisted service and received a direct commission as a Second Lieutenant. He served overseas during three wars, WWII with the 28th Infantry Division, the Korean War, and the Viet Nam War. He also served oversees in Germany and Japan. He received numerous military decorations including three Bronze Star Medals, a Purple Heart for wounds received in combat during WWII, and a Combat Infantryman’s Badge. Additionally, he received the Good Conduct Medal, WWII Victory Medal, Army Commendation Medal, Korean Service Medal, United Nations Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal, Army Occupation Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, the French and Luxembourg Fourragere, and the National Defense Service Medal.
Following military service, he worked 20 years for Ray Ellison Homes, Inc. in San Antonio and retired. He was a member of Trinity Baptist Church in San Antonio was ordained as a Baptist Deacon.
He is survived by his loving wife, Ola Chapman Garrett of San Antonio; 2 sons, Clifton H. Garrett & wife Frances of San Antonio and Earl T. Garrett & wife Charleen of Abilene, TX; 2 grandchildren and 8 great-grandchildren.
Visitation will be 5-7 p.m., Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at Sunset Funeral Home. Funeral Service will be 8:30 a.m., Thursday, January 13, 2011 at Sunset Funeral Home Chapel. Interment will follow at Ft. Sam Houston National Cemetery with full military honors.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Hardin-Simmons University, Abilene, TX, Scholarship Fund.

Liberty — Deborah Kay Powell, 55, died Saturday, January 8, 2011 at Greenville Memorial Hospital.
A native of Central, she was the daughter of the late Hoyle and Elizabeth Fant McAlister. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother and friend and was a good Christian lady.
She is survived by husband David Powell; daughters, Barbara Ann Chapman of Liberty and Wendy Michelle Overstreet of Central, brother, Larry McAlister of Central, sister, Joyce Moseley of Easley and grandchildren, Austin, Brittany and Kaitlyn Chapman and David Powell. She was predeceased by son David Powell and brother Danny McAlister.
Funeral services were scheduled for Tuesday at 2:30 in the chapel of Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home in Central with burial following at Memory Gardens, Clemson.
The family is at the home of daughter Wendy Overstreet, 254 Peach Drive, Central, SC 29630.
Condolences may be expressed online at or at Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home.

Doris Parsons
EASLEY — Doris Elizabeth Newton Brandon Parsons, 75, died January 10, 2011, after a brief illness.
Born April 11, 1935, in Greenville, she was a daughter of the late James Walter Newton and Ruby Estelle Blanchett. She was married to Austin Vernell (Toad) Brandon from Texas until his passing, then married to Aldon E. (Buck) Parsons of Oklahoma until his passing. She earned a Masters of Education from Texas A&M-Kingsville, and was a retired school teacher from Easley High School in 1992. Her hobbies included painting, in which she was very accomplished; and taught art as a hobby. She enjoyed knitting and her grandkids, reading, and recently she finished her autobiography.
Surviving are three children, Sam (Norma) Brandon of Austin TX, Shanna Allen of Easley, and Sharon Higgins (Ken Higgins) of Easley; six grandchildren, Justin Mawyer (Jessie), Adam Mawyer (Brandi), Talisa Brandon (Roger), Brock Allen, Brandon Higgins, and Makaylyn Higgins; one step grandson, Forrest Six. three great grandchildren; a sister, Linda Daniel of Englewood, FL; and a step mother, Marge Newton of Easley.
Predeceased were two sisters and one brother, Martha Graham, Carl Douglas and Jo Newton.
Family will receive friends at Easley First Baptist Church from 2:00 until 4:00 p.m. on Saturday, Jan 15, 2011 in the Narthex of the church.
In lieu of flowers, contributions can be made to Hospice Care of South Carolina.

Richard Charles Hill
EASLEY — Richard C. Hill, 78, of 404 Haverhill Circle, Easley, died January 9, 2011.
Born June 27, 1932, in Lincoln, Neb., he was the son of the late Harold L. and Agatha Bartlett Hill, formerly of Easley and Hollywood, Fla. Mr. Hill was part-owner of Marion Davis, Inc. until his retirement in 1981 and served on the Advisory Board of B.J. Skelton Career Center. He was a former member of the Elk’s Club of Greenville, a proud member of Bates Masonic Lodge of Easley and a life member of the Shriners Hejaz Temple of Greenville.
Surviving are his loving wife of 57 years, Wanda Lee S. Hill; 2 daughters, Sandra Lee H. Garrett of Greer, Jamie Lou H. Lane of Fountain Inn and a son, Richard Jeffrey Hill (Tami) of Midway, GA; 5 grandsons, Russell F. Garrett, W. Ryan Hill, Brandon J. Hill, Stephen J. Hill and Charles A. Hill; 1 granddaughter, Brittany L. Hill and 2 great-grandsons, Dakota C. Stuhmer and Aiden B. Hill.
A memorial service, officiated by the Rev. Jim Correll, will be held at 2 p m. on Saturday, January 15, at First United Methodist Church, 115 West First Avenue, Easley. Interment will follow, with Masonic Last Rites, at Springwood Cemetery downtown Greenville.
The family will receive friends from 12:30 to 2 p.m. in the fellowship hall of the church, prior to the service.
The family is at the home. Memorials may be made to the Shriners Hospitals for Children – Greenville at 950 W. Faris Road, Greenville, SC 29605.

Mildred J. Crane
Greenville — Mildred Jean Lawrence Crane, 68, of Greenville, died Sunday, Jan. 9, 2011.
Born in Toccoa, Ga., she was the daughter of Lois Blanch Lawrence of Pickens and the late Howard Lawrence. Mrs. Crane was retired from Li-Chelle Manufacturing in Greenville.
Surviving are her mother of Pickens; two daughters, Cathy Diane Hoxit (David) and Tracy Lois McGaha (Robert) of Pickens; three sons, Ruben Bruce Crane (Debra) of Greenville, William Lee Crane (Linda) of Spartanburg and Michael Anthony Crane (Lisa) of Toccoa; 16 grandchildren; 14 great grandchildren; and a sister, Sandra Lawrence (Doug) of Pelzer.
In addition to her father, she was predeceased by a son, Bobby Leon Crane, a great grandson, Austin J. Septon, her grandmother, Ruth Phillips, and two sisters, Judy Thorpe and Mary Sue Cawthon.
Funeral services will be held on Friday, Jan. 14 at 3 p.m. in the chapel of Dillard Funeral Home.
The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the funeral home.
The family will be at the home of David and Cathy Hoxit, 1173 Gravely Rd., Pickens, SC 29671.
Online condolences may be expressed by visiting

C. Roy Collins 

CENTRAL — Charles Roy Collins, 72, passed away on Thursday, January 6, 2011 at Collins Ole Towne in Central.
Roy was born in Central and was the son of the late Charles and Myrtle Collins.  He was a resident of Pickens County for 72 years and was a civic leader having been a member of various clubs and committees. Roy was a former employee of Clemson University Forestry Dept., Director of Public Works for Pickens County, was on the Pickens County Council, served on the Easley-Central Water District, the Pickens County Water Authority as well as serving for over 45 years in the SC Army National Guard. 
Roy is survived by his wife of 51 years, Patricia Shirley Collins of the home; his children Sheryl (Joe) McElwee of Anderson; Marshall (Janie) Collins of Rock Hill; and Marion (Gail) Collins of Clemson.  Roy is also survived by his eight grandchildren Barron (Ryan) Voskuil, Trip McElwee I, Anna McElwee, Margaret McElwee, Marshall Collins II, Kelsey Collins, William Collins, and Hannah Collins. Roy is also survived by his brother Ray (Lillian) Collins, and his sister Floy Hester of Hickory, N.C. 
In addition to his parents he was predeceased by a sister Juanita Beth Collins.
Visitation was held at Collins Ole Town Chapel, 228 Lawton Rd. Central SC, 29630 from 2-4 p.m. on Saturday, January 8. 
The body was placed in Central First Baptist Church, 207 Johnson Rd. at 1 p.m., Sunday, January 9 prior to the funeral service, which was held at 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Burial followed with full military rites at Memory Gardens, Clemson.
Memorials may be made to Central First Baptist Church at the above address or to the Roy Collins Music Memorial Fund c/o Southern Wesleyan University Choral Department at P.O. Box 1020, Central, SC  29630.
Condolences may be expressed online at or at the Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home, Central.