Obituaries for week of January 19

EASLEY — Willie Mae White Denton, 94, of Easley, wife of the late Johnny Denton, died Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2011.
Born in Greenville County, she was a daughter of the late Lawrence Monroe White and Laura Elliott Kelly. Mrs. Denton was a homemaker and a member of Tabor U.M.C.
Surviving are two sons: Mike (Molly) Denton and Tony (Jackie) Denton; grandchildren: Chris (Jill) Denton, Kim (Scott) King and Becky (Brad) Futrell and great grandchildren: Lauren Denton, Kayli Denton, Tyler King and Trey King.
Graveside services were held at 3 p.m. Saturday afternoon at Hillcrest Memorial Park.
Memorials may be made to The Gideons International, P.O. Box 69, Travelers Rest, SC 29690.
The Howze Mortuary, Travelers Rest is in charge of arrangements.

Bonnie Lou Holder
Pickens — Bonnie Lou Pace Holder, 81, wife of Loyd Parsons Holder of 541 South Glassy Mountain Road, died Thursday Jan. 13, 2011 at Hospice of the Foothills in Seneca.
Mrs. Holder was born in Pickens County, daughter of the late Royce and Stella Parker Pace. She was retired from The South Carolina Forestry Commission as Fire Tower Keeper on Glassy Mountain just outside Pickens. Mrs. Holder was a member of Brushy Creek Baptist Church in Easley and was a member of Brushy Creek Senior Citizens.
Survivors include her husband of 56 years, Loyd P. Holder, son Tim Holder (Melodie) of Easley, grandchildren Ryan Holder (Ellen) of Easley and Hanna Holder of Easley and a brother Harold Pace (Gladys) of Easley.
Funeral services were conducted 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 15 in the Chapel of Dillard Funeral Home with the Rev. Jim Spencer and the Rev. Rodney Graham officiating.
A message of condolence may be expressed to the Holder family by visiting

Helen Smith Crowe
Pickens — Helen Margaret Smith Crowe, 82, widow of Earl Henry Crowe, died Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011 at Golden Living Center in Hendersonville, N.C.
Formerly of Pickens she was born in Sabillasville, Md. and was a daughter of the late Simon and Lottie Mae Eckard Smith. She was retired from ECP in Easley and was a member of Mile Creek Baptist Church.
Surviving are four daughters, Linda Smith of Easley, Mae Smith of Ware Shoals, Ruby Crowe of Honea Path, and Brenda Barker of Easley; a son, Gary Crowe of Easley; a sister, Mary Flair of Florida; nine grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren, and two great-great grandchildren.
In addition to her husband and parents she was predeceased by a daughter, Debbie Lynn Crowe, two sister and two brothers.
Funeral services to honor the life of Mrs. Crowe will be 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Liberty Mortuary Chapel. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service.
Messages of sympathy may be sent to the family by visiting Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.

Garland D. Porter

Liberty — Garland D. Porter, 76, of 100 Crowfield Drive, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011 at his home.
Born in Pickens County, he was the son of the late Barney and Irene Kelly Porter. Mr. Porter was retired from the textile industry and was a U.S. Navy Veteran.
Surviving are his wife, Bobbie Kelly Porter of the home; two children, Vicki Porter Cromer (Frank) and Barney Dean Porter; three grandchildren, Shannon Chapman, Chad Cromer and Becki Porter.
No public services will be held.

Gerald G. Jacks

Pickens — Gerald Gilliam Jacks, 73, of 139 Jacks Drive, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011.
Born in Laurens County, he was the son of the late Thomas Jefferson Jacks and Laura Elizabeth Carley Jacks. Mr. Jacks was the owner of Jacks’ Bait Distributors for 47 years. He was a member of Mt. View Baptist Church and was a U.S. Coast Guard Veteran.
Surviving is his wife of the home, Linda Hunsucker Jacks; his children, Gerald K. Jacks (Patti) of Pickens, Vicki D. Denard (Garen) of Liberty, Dale E. Jacks (Bobbi Jo) of Easley, R. Chad Jacks (Angie) of Pickens, Shane Jacks (Rona) of Williamston and Tanya Fincannon (Rod) of Easley; 10 grandchildren; a brother, Don Jacks of Piedmont; and two sisters, Doris Davis of Easley and Gale Jacks of Myrtle Beach.
In addition to his parents, he was predeceased by two brothers, Tommy and Freddie Jacks.
The family will receive friends on Wednesday, Jan. 19 from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. at Mt. View Baptist Church, 336 Mountain View Church Rd., Six Mile, SC 29682 with the service to celebrate Mr. Jacks’ life to follow at 3:30 p.m. in the church sanctuary.
The burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The family respectfully request that you come as you are.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Operation Smile, 6435 Tidewater Drive Norfolk, VA 23509.
The family will be at the home.
Online condolences may be expressed by visiting

Thomas Robinson Hanna

Easley — Thomas Robinson Hanna, 94, of Easley, died Saturday, Jan. 15, 2011, at McCall Hospice House, Simpsonville. 
He was the husband of the late Viola Jameson Hanna.
Born August 16, 1916 on his maternal grandparents’ farm in Anson County, N.C., he was a son of the late Charles Bell Hanna, Sr. and the late Eleanor Robinson Hanna. 
Mr. Hanna was a 1938 graduate of Clemson Agricultural & Military College, and he received graduate education at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.  Mr. Hanna’s first career was as an educator, teaching Agriculture in Cullowhee, N.C. and then at Easley High School, until going to serve his country in World War II.  As a First Lieutenant in the 8th Infantry Regiment of the 4th Army Division, he participated in the invasion of Normandy on D-Day and in the Battle of the Bulge.  After returning home from service, Mr. Hanna enjoyed a long career with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control, retiring as Director of Air Pollution Control for Greenville County.  He was a member of Grace United Methodist Church in Pickens. 
Mr. Hanna will be remembered as a kind, quiet, generous, and thoughtful gentleman to all who knew him.
Surviving are one brother, William J. Hanna, IV of Virginia Beach, Va.; one sister, Eleanor Hanna McLean of Washington, DC; a brother-in-law, James S. Myrick, Jr. and his wife, Mary McCuen Myrick of Nashville, Tenn.; a devoted sister-in-law, Margaret Jameson Waldrop and her husband Harry Waldrop, of Lynchburg, Va., and many special nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends.
In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. Hanna was predeceased by two brothers, Henry H. Hanna and Charles Bell Hanna, Jr. and two sisters, Sarah Craig Myrick and Mary Hanna Barnes.
Graveside services will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 22, in Westview Cemetery, Easley, with the Rev. Jimmy Dillard officiating.
Family members are at their respective homes. 
In lieu of flowers, the family suggests that memorials be made to the Miracle Hill Children’s Home, Goodwill Industries, 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.