Obituaries for the week of May 25

Ralph Warren Chapman
Pickens — Ralph Warren Chapman, 67, of Pickens, died Thursday, April 7, 2011. Loving husband of Dorrene (Waldron) Chapman.
Born in Stoneham, Mass., was the son of the late Ralph B. and Dorothy M. (Cleveland) Chapman. Business owner in Pickens since 1992 – Domestic Fence Co., Business owner for 30 plus years. He was an Honorary Member of the Sheriffs’ Association. He was of the Protestant faith.
In addition to his wife of 34 years he is survived by two daughters, Cassandra Garcia and husband Mario and grandchildren, Cheyanne and Dakota Waldron of Cateechee; and Tiffiny L. Chapman and friend Billy Gillespie of Stateville, N.C.; two sons, Ralph C. Chapman of Pickens and Aaron C. Chapman and fiancé Christina Hawkins and her daughters, Allysa and Kaitlynn Fricks of Pickens; a sister, Viola (Cleveland) Chapman and husband Joe of Cape Coral, Fla.; a brother, David A. Chapman and wife Kristen of Louden, N.H. and many nieces, nephews, in-laws and cousins; three aunts, Viola (Chapman) Solis and husband Truman of Ariz., Martha (Chapman) Payton and husband Dick of Mo. and Lois Chapman of Kan.; one uncle, Harold Cleveland II, Fla.
In addition to his parents he was predeceased by one daughter, Dorothea A. Chapman and one grandson, Joel E. Waldron.
A Celebration of Life was held at the home on Sunday, April 10. Condolences can be sent to the family of the home 335 Allgood Farm Rd., Pickens, SC 29671.
Palmetto Cremations Services assisted the Chapman family.

Joseph H. Retzer
Easley — Mr. Joseph Henry Retzer, 94, of 804 W. Main Street, husband of the late Jessie Mae Rollins Retzer, died Wednesday, May 18, 2011 at his home.
Born in Rochester, Pa., a son of the late Gustavus A. and Vesta Jones Retzer, Mr. Retzer was formerly employed with Easley Heating and Plumbing, Kris Mechanical and Chastian Supply and a member of Easley First United Methodist Church. He was a veteran of World War II having served with the U.S. Army Air Corps and was a former member of the Easley Civitan Club.
Surviving are two sons and daughters-in-law, Billy and Rosemary Retzer, Mike and Denise Retzer, all of Easley; four grandchildren, Michael Retzer, Joseph Retzer (Jessica), Brittany Retzer and Ginny McJunkin (Ernest); and one great-grandson, Wyatt McJunkin; and by his caregiver, Lolita Holloway.
In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. Retzer was predeceased by three brothers, Bill Retzer, Newton Retzer and John Retzer, and by a sister, Ruth Blackmon.
Funeral services were 12 p.m. Saturday in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown with the Rev. Jim Correll officiating. Burial followed in Greenlawn Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621.
Condolences may be expressed online at or in person at Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, which is assisting the family.

Helen B. Patterson
Pickens — Helen Bryson Patterson, 83, of Allgood Bridge Road, died Wednesday, May 11, 2011 at her home.
Mrs. Patterson was born in East LaPort, N.C., a daughter of the late Emmit Lee and Orphia Stephens Bryson. She was a homemaker and of the Baptist faith.
Survivors include her husband of 64 years, Robert E. Patterson, Sr. of the home, her daughter Ann P. Westbrook and her husband Bill of Pickens, and her son Robert E. Patterson, Jr. and his wife Sharon also of Pickens. Grandchildren include Suzanne Logan, Laura Westbrook, B. J. Westbrook and his wife Anna, Kathy Patterson and Angel Trotter and great grandchildren Bryn and Cadie Westbrook and Emily and Charlise Trotter. Sisters include Doris Chappell and Betty Mentrikoski both of Pickens and her sister-in-law Mary Bryson of Easley.
Mrs. Patterson was preceded in death by two brothers and one sister.
Graveside services were conducted 3 p.m. Friday, May 13 at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens with the Rev. Bobby Stewart officiating.
A message of condolence may be expressed to the family by visiting
Memorials may be made to Piedmont Hospice, 1865 E. Main Street #F, Duncan S.C. 29334-9277.
Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Patterson family.

Roger D. Swords

Liberty — Roger Dale Swords, 62, beloved husband, father, and grandfather died on Thursday, May 19, 2011 after a brief illness at Mission Hospital in Asheville, N.C.
A lifelong resident of Liberty, Roger was the son of the late Ernest Swords and the late Pearl Swords. He served in the U.S. Army. He was retired from the maintenance department of Greenwood Mills, and worked several years thereafter for the City of Liberty in various capacities, including Director of Public Works. He surrendered his life to the Lord in 1983, and was a member of Eastside Baptist Church in Liberty.
In addition to his loving wife of 45 years, Diane Swords, he is survived by a daughter: Amanda Cruz and husband Noe Cruz of Greer. Two sons: Dr. Brian Swords (Liberty), and Chris Swords and wife Lisa Swords (Liberty). In addition, he is survived by one brother: Ray Swords of Liberty and wife Clarice and a loving mother-in-law, Edith Head. He was also survived by the “lights of his life”, four beautiful grandchildren – Alexis Maria Cruz, Logan Luis Cruz, Isabella Sofia Cruz, and Connor Brian Swords.
He was predeceased by five brothers: Arthur Swords, Austin Swords, Alton Swords, Fred Swords, and Doyle Swords. He was also predeceased by three sisters: Betty Lyda, Dorothy Lovell, and Grace Calimer.
Funeral services to honor Roger’s life were 11 a.m. Saturday in the Liberty Mortuary Chapel conducted by the Rev. Steve McLane and the Rev. Ralph Carter, Sr. Burial followed at Liberty Memorial Gardens.
Memorial messages may be sent to the family by visiting Liberty Mortuary, Inc. is handling arrangements.

George T. Reid, Sr.
Central — George Thomas Reid, Sr., 81, of 906 Maw Bridge Road died Tuesday, May 17, 2011.
Born in Norfolk, Va. but raised in the Kings Grove Community of Pickens County, George was a son of the late William R. and Lillian Ramsey Reid. He was a former employee of Cannon Mill of Central and retired after 34 years of service with the USDA Cotton Testing Service at Clemson University.  In 1952 George began what would become a lifelong devotion of service to his beloved community when he started the George Reid Wrecker Service which he loved and continued to provide up until his death on Tuesday. George was a mason and was an original member of the Central Rural Fire District Board of Governors.  He was a Marine Corps Veteran of World War II and the Korean War.  He was raised in the Lawrence Chapel United Methodist Church and later attended Mt Zion United Methodist Church.
Surviving are his wife, Frances Rebecca Wilbanks Reid of the home; sons, George T. Reid, Jr. (Lynn), Jesse W. Reid (Rhoda), and Gregory Allan Reid (Shawna) all of Central; brother, Dicky Reid of Six Mile; sisters, Patty Kelly of Millerton, N.Y., Janie Entrekin of Central and Lois Rittenhouse of New Jersey; grandchildren George T. Reid, III (Ashley), Becky Macijewski (Tim), Jessica Reid, Jacob Reid, Cheyenne Reid and Conner Reid; and great-grandchildren, Hannah Macijewski, Josie Macijewski,  William A. Reid and Jayda E. Reid.
Funeral services were held at 3 p.m. Friday in the Chapel of Duckett-Robinson Funeral Home. Burial followed in Mt. Zion Cemetery.
Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Mt. Zion UMC, P.O. Box 186, Central, SC 29630 or to Lawrence Chapel UMC 2101 Six Mile Highway, Central, SC 29630. 
Condolences may be expressed online at or at the funeral home.

Albert John Cizel
Norris — Albert John Cizel, 63, husband of Betty Ennis Cizel of Norris, died Thursday, May 19, 2011 at his home.
Albert was born in Cleveland, Ohio and was a carpenter during his working life. He was a U.S. Army veteran of the Vietnam War.
Survivors include his wife Betty of the home, three sons Ray Armstrong (Diane) of Six Mile, Mark Armstrong (Kelly) of Cleveland, Ohio, Bill Armstrong (Sandra) of Easley, a daughter Betty Browning of Central, also a grandson reared in the home Brandon Browning of the home. Also surviving are 12 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.
Albert was preceded in death by sons, Jack Armstrong and Roger Armstrong and a daughter Tina Johnston.
A memorial service was held 4 p.m. Saturday, May 21 at the residence.
A message of condolence may be expressed to the family by visiting
Those desiring may make memorials to Hospice of the Upstate, 1835 Rogers Road, Anderson, SC 29621.
Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Cizel family.

Douglas Andrew Arnold
Liberty — Mr. Douglas Andrew Arnold, 42, husband of Tracy Rhodes Arnold, of 129 Allibar Way, died on Thursday, May 19, 2011.
Born in Greenville County, Mr. Arnold was a son of Lola Gambrell Arnold of Liberty and the late Douglas Mack Arnold. He retired from Alice Manufacturing Company and he was a member of Liberty Christian Outreach.
Surviving in addition to his mother and his wife of the home are a son, Douglas Jerry Arnold of Pottstown, Pa.; a daughter, Samantha Arnold of the home; a brother, Stevie E. Arnold of Liberty; and a sister, Cathy Collins of Easley.
Funeral services were 1:30 p.m. Monday at Fellowship Baptist Church in Liberty. Burial followed in the church cemetery.
In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Douglas Andrew Arnold fund, c/o Robinson Funeral Home, P.O. Box 387, Easley, SC 29641.
Condolences may be expressed online at or in person at Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, which is assisting the family.

James R. Dacus

Easley — James Rogers Dacus, 85, of 115 Skyland Drive, died Monday, May 23, 2011, at St. Francis Hospital.
Born in Pickens County, Mr. Dacus was a son of the late Henry Ervin Dacus, Sr., and the late Margaret Rogers Dacus. He graduated from Easley High School, Furman University, and Southwestern Seminary. Mr. Dacus worked for JC Penney in Greenville, and he retired from Robinson Company. He was a member of First Baptist Church, where he belonged to the McCall Sunday School Class. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.
Surviving are a daughter, Andrea Dacus of the home; a sister, Margaret Elizabeth Chick of Villa Rica, Ga.; a sister-in-law, Mary Reid Dacus of Piedmont; two nieces, Beverly Norton and Mary Ann Hunt; and one nephew, Mike Dacus. 
In addition to his parents, Mr. Dacus was predeceased by his wife, Joyce Thomas Dacus; a brother, Henry Ervin Dacus, Jr.; a sister, Dorothy Ann Dacus; and a brother-in-law, Harold Chick.
Funeral services will be 2:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Powdersville Road with the Rev. Dr. John Adams officiating. Entombment followed in Robinson Memorial Gardens, 1425 Powdersville Road, Easley.
Visitation will be from 1-2:15 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to either the Easley First Baptist Child Development Center or the Marion Davis Fund at First Baptist Church, 300 East First Avenue, Easley, SC 29640.
Condolences may be expressed online at or in person at Robinson Funeral Home-Powdersville Road, which is assisting the family.

Guy Riggins
Six Mile — Guy Riggins, 88, of Six Mile, died Wednesday, May 18, 2011.
Born in Pickens County, he was the son of the late Jerry Thomas and Laura Stephens Riggins. Guy was the owner of Riggins Floor Covering and of the Baptist Faith.
Surviving are his four children, Janice Guy of Camden; Tommy Riggins of Easley; Susan Riggins and Cindy Riggins both of the home; a granddaughter Kimberly; a great granddaughter Katherine; two sisters Dessie Stewart and Laura Kay; and a brother Richard Riggins.
He was preceded in death by his first wife Ruth Towe Riggins and by his second wife Stella Lee Walker Riggins. He was also preceded in death by his siblings, Bertie Mae Riggins Porter, Mertie G. Riggins Revis, Julie Bell Riggins Medlin, Mary Jane Riggins Gray, George A. Riggins, Ressie Lee Riggins, Ophelia Nora Riggins Medlin, and Rosa Lee Riggins Merck.
Funeral services were held Sunday, May 22 at 2 p.m. at Dillard Funeral Home Chapel. Burial followed in Six Mile Baptist Church Cemetery.
Expressions of sympathy may be left at
Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the Riggins family.

Rosa Lee Eargle Corley
Easley — A beloved mother of 89 years, Rosa Lee Eargle Corley died on Sunday, May 22, 2011 at the home of her daughter, Sandra Corley Bandy.
She was born in Richland County in 1921 and was the daughter of the late Jessie Lee and Willie Agnes Frick Eargle. Mrs. Corley was a graduate of Newberry High School and it was in Newberry where she met her husband, the late Edwin Buddy Corley. They were married in September of 1939. Her time was spent caring for her husband and her children. When she wasn’t taking care of the family and home she would be with friends playing bridge or spending hours in her lovely day-lily garden. She was a member of First United Methodist Church and was a member of the Wesley Sunday School Class. In the last years of her life she resided at Magnolia’s of Easley.
She is survived by her three children, Sandra Corley Bandy (Joe) of Easley, Edwin Lee Corley (Annie Laura) of Lexington, and Dr. David Richard Corley (Fran) of Medford Lakes, N.J.; sister-in-law, Margaret Eargle of Lexington County; 11 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her husband and parents, Mrs. Corley was predeceased by two brothers, Carlton Oneal Eargle and Marion Richard Eargle, by an adopted sister, Annie Ruth May Duckett, and by two grandsons, Timothy Scott Bandy and Michael Christopher Bandy.
A private committal service was held at Greenlawn Memorial Park Tuesday, May 24.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 582, Easley, SC 29641 or to Interim Hospice, 775 Spartan Blvd., Suite 101, Spartanburg, SC 29301 or to the charity of one’s choice.
Condolences may be expressed online at or in person at Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, which is assisting the family.
Seneca — Patricia McAlister Manley, 42, of 1005 Hillsborough Drive, Seneca, wife of Robert Manley, died Friday, May 20, 2011 at her residence.
A native of Pickens County, Mrs. Manley is the daughter of Edith Rebecca Burgess McAlister and the late Rev. Charles Orr McAlister. She was a property manager with South Wood Realty and was a member of New Beginnings Baptist Church.
In addition to her husband and mother, Mrs. Manley is survived by sons, Matthew Holder and Michael Holder; daughter, Kandi Holder all of Six Mile; sisters, Donna Holcomb, Pamela McAlister, and Marlene Roach, all of Six Mile.
Funeral services were conducted 3 p.m., Monday, May 23, at New Beginnings Baptist Church in Six Mile. Burial followed in Oconee Memorial Park.
Condolences may be sent to the family by visiting
Davenport Funeral Home is assisting the Manley family.

Gladys Chapman
Easley — Gladys Miller Chapman, 90, of 132 Miller Road, wife of the late Martin Chapman, died Sunday, May 22, 2011, at Greenville Memorial Hospital.
Born in Pickens County, the daughter of the late Michael and Maggie Simmons Miller, Mrs. Chapman retired from retired from Stone Manufacturing in Greenville and was a member of Arial Baptist Church.
Mrs. Chapman was the last surviving member of her immediate family.
Cryptside services were 2 p.m. Tuesday in the mausoleum of Hillcrest Memorial Park with the Rev. Danny Parton officiating.
Condolences may be expressed online at or in person at Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, which is assisting the family.

Laura J. Brown
Easley — Laura J. Brown, 59, of Easley, died Sunday, May 22, 2011, at Baptist Easley Hospital.
Born in Greenville County, Mrs. Brown was a daughter of the late Lewis C. and Aleen Smith Brown. She was a member of Corinth Baptist Church
Funeral services will be Wednesday, May 25 in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown.  Burial will follow in Greenlawn Memorial Park.
The body is at Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, where the family will receive friends Wednesday 12 until 1p.m., prior to the service.
Condolences may be expressed online at or in person at Robinson Funeral home-Downtown, Easley, which is assisting the family.

Anna Stasia Rayne Bagwell
Easley — Anna Stasia Rayne Bagwell, infant daughter of Melissa Gubbins and Stephen Bagwell, died Friday, May 20, 2011.
Surviving in addition to her parents are three sisters.
Memorial messages may be sent to the family by visiting Liberty Mortuary and Cremation Services are handling arrangements.