We mourn the passing of our classmates who are no longer with us. If you have any additional information regarding the classmates shown below, please let us know via the "Contact Us" feature. If you know of someone who has passed but is not shown below, please feel free to add a memorial by selecting the link below.
Chester Douglas Atkins. 24, of Route No. 1, Pickens, died Saturday in Greenville Memorial Hospital.
Born in Pickens County, a son of Edgar and Sara Nell Atkins of Pickens. He was a logger and a member of Blue Ridge View Baptist Church.
Surviving are his parents; a son, Zane Douglas Atkins of the Dacusville Community; a brother, Dexter Atkins of Easley; four sisters, Mrs. Judy Howard, Mrs. Gail Anthony, Mrs. Dianne Newton, and Mrs. Sally Murrell, all of Pickens; grandfather D.E. Looper, Easley; and step-grandmother, Mrs. Gertrude Looper of Easley.
Funeral services will be Monday at 2:00 pm at the Blue Ridge View Baptist Church with Rev. Barry Dillworth, burial will be in the church cemetery.
Pallbearers will be Dale Cisson, David Cox, Charlie Anthony, Bobby Abercrombie, Dan O'Bryant, and Richard O'Bryant.
Honorary Escorts will be the Tom's Softball Team and the Blue Ridge View Men's Softball Team.
The body is at the Dillard Funeral Home where the family will receive friends Sunday from 1-3 pm and will be placed in the church at 1:30 pm Monday.
The family is at the home of a brother, Dexter Atkins, Old Farrs Bridge Road, Easley.
KeithJohnCassell, 44, of 7025 Highway 11, died Friday, May 26, 2006, at his home.
Born in Pickens County, a son of Douglas and Carol Fisher Cassell of Sunset, Mr. Cassell was formerly employed with Champion Aerospace and attended Tanglewood Pentecostal Holiness Church. He served with US Army National Guard in Pendleton for eight years.
Surviving, in addition to his parents, are his wife, Wanda Jenkins Cassell of the home; a son, B.J. Entrekin of the home; three daughters, Monica Langston and her husband, Jay, of Clemson, Shelli Holcombe and her husband, Rockie, of Powdersville and Jena Cassell of Pickens; a brother and sister-in-law, Dale and Cheryl Cassell of Sunset; three sisters and brothers-in-law, Doris and Donnie Whitmire and Pam and Tim Smith, all of Sunset, and Vickie and J.J. Perez of Liberty; four grandchildren, Tyler, Jaylin and Brooklyn Langston, and Ethan Holcombe.
Funeral services will be 2:00 p.m. Tuesday in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, Easley, with Preachers Billy Bates and Danny Perry officiating. Burial will follow in Holly Springs Baptist Church Cemetery.
Visitation will be Monday from 6:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the funeral home.
The family is at the home of his parents, Douglas and Carol Cassell, 6988 Highway 11, Sunset, SC 29671.
Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, Easley, is assisting the family with arrangements.
Kimberly Sue Crenshaw Vinson, 53, went home to be with her Lord, Wednesday, September 10, 2014. She was surrounded by her loving family and friends.
Kimberly was born in Pickens County, daughter of Tommy Joe and Trudy Searcy Crenshaw. She was employed with The School District of Pickens County as a sixth grade language arts teacher at Pickens Middle School. Kimberly was a member of Secona Baptist Church. She was a graduate of Clemson University and received her Master’s from Nova University.
Kimberly loved spending time with her family and fellow educators, and she loved her students very much. Her beautiful smile will be missed by all who knew her.
In addition to her parents, Kimberly is survived by her daughter, Channing Vinson, sons, Connor Vinson and Chandler Vinson, and two step-sons, Derek Vinson and Brandon Vinson, and a special friend, Lem Blackwell.
The family will receive friends from 10 AM to 11:45 AM Saturday, September 13, 2014 at Dillard Funeral Home in Pickens. A graveside service will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens at 12 Noon.
Memorials may be made to Caris Healthcare, (Hospice), 111 Hines Road, Greenville, SC 29607 or to The American Cancer Society, 154 Milestone Way Greenville, SC 29615 www.cancer.org.
Jane, We grew up together, we had chicken pox together, we spent every Friday night at each other's homes for many years. Meeting in the middle of our homes on bikes, had picnics and went to movies. Everything about my childhood memories includes you. I still cannot believe you are gone. But you will never be forgotten. - Janet Phillips
Pickens - Jane J. O'Brien, 57, of Pickens went to be with her Lord on Saturday September 1, 2018 in Greenville, S.C. Born in Greenville S.C., she is the daughter of Bennie and Shelby Crowe.
Ms. O'Brien was very loved by her family and friends. By profession, she was a buyer and planner in the automotive industry.
Survivors include her parents, one daughter: Jaclyn Payne and her husband Ryan of Easley, her fiancé: Charlie Cordell of Pickens, and one brother: Tony Crowe and his wife Jo Ann of Pickens. She also leaves to share in her memory, Moe, her beloved fur baby.
A visitation will be held Wednesday September 5, 2018 from 1pm until 2pm at Dillard Funeral Home.
Services will follow in the funeral home chapel at 2pm. Burial will be at Hillcrest Memorial Park in Pickens.
We grew up together, we had chicken pox together, we spent every Friday night at each other's homes for many years. Meeting in the middle of our homes on bikes, had picnics and went to movies. Everything about my childhood memories includes you. I still cannot believe you are gone. But you will never be forgotten. ð
I'll always remember swinging by Regina's house during my summer bike rides while in Junior High. She, her mom, or her sister Patti would always give me some water to drink and a snack before I headed on my way. Regina was taken far too early, but she left many people with wonderful memories of what a sweet person she was. - Jeff Green
Regina Leigh Day Reece, 53, of Loch Lomond Drive, passed away Wednesday, March 18, 2015 at her home surrounded by her loving family.
Born on September 12, 1961 in Pickens County, she was the daughter of the late Weldon and Louise Mullinax Day.
Regina had a loving heart. She was the Certification Director for the SC Free Clinic Association. She previously was employed with Blue Ridge Cooperative and was the Director of the Pickens County Free Clinic. She was a member of Pickens First Baptist Church where she participated in the Hand Bell Choir and worked with the Children's Choir.
Regina's life and fight with Cancer exemplified her strength and unwavering faith; she was a perfect example of God's love.
Surviving are her husband, William Ray Reece; her children, Mattison Reece, Kaeleigh Reece and Johnathan Reece; a brother, Bobby Day (Selena); sisters, Sandra Hinton (Dan) and Pati Moore (Charlie) all of Pickens.
A service to celebrate Regina's life will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2015 at 3:30 PM at Pickens First Baptist Church with burial to follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends prior to the service from 1:00 PM until 3:00 PM in the church social hall.
Flowers accepted or memorials may be made to Samaritan Health Clinic, 303 Dacusville Hwy., Easley, SC 29640 or samaritanhealthclinic.org
Gregory Alan Dickard, 18, of 204 Holder St., was killed in a traffic accident on the Easley Bypass Wednesday.
He was a son of Ray H. and Modenia Lewis Dickard, a 1979 graduate of Pickens High School, member of First Baptist Church, and an employee of Engineered Custom Plastics.
Surviving also are brothers Mike, Gary, and David Dickard of the home; grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Calvin Lewis and Nettie Dickard of Pickens; and great-grandmothers, Cornelia Childress of Seneca and Ida Lewis of Easley.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Friday at Pickens First Baptist Church; burial in Hillcrest Memorial Park.
The family will receive friends 7-9 pm Thursday at Dillard Funeral Home.
I never will forget the day I got the news - it broke my heart. You were always so sweet to me and always made me laugh. I will never forget the great times we had in english class, you made that class so much fun. Miss you!
Another beautiful person that made my life better. She kept in touch with me during my time in the military and away from home. I never forgot her kindness. It was my pleasure to know her. - Randy Norton
Tami Durham Ellenburg, 24, of 103 Baker St., died Monday.
She was an employee of Stuarts Inc., and a member of Pickens Presbyterian Church.
Surviving are her parents, John W. Durham and Catherine Chastain Durham; a brother, Len G. Durham of Pickens; her maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Furman Chastain of Pickens; and paternal grandmother, Mr. Fletcher Durham of Pickens.
Graveside services: 2 P.M. Wednesday in Hillcrest Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Heart Fund, Crippled Childrens Association, or to the Animal Shelter.
Angela Gilstrap Childress, 49, of 136 Peachtree Lane, Seneca, SC passed from this life Wednesday, July 21, 2010 at her home.
Angela was born in Pickens, a daughter of Alton D. and Dot Holcombe Gilstrap. She was a graduate of Pickens High School Class of 1979 and Tri-County Technical College with an Associate's degree in industrial engineering. Angela was a member of Holly Springs Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to her parents is her companion of 5 years, Ronnie Worley, Jr. of the home, son Shawn Lee Griffin of Pickens, step-children Matthew and Nichole Childress and Ronnie Lee Worley, sister Glenda Snyder of Easley, a step-grandchild Monica, her niece Stephanie Snyder and her grandfather James R. Rochester of Salem.
Funeral services will be conducted 3:30 PM Sunday, July 25, 2010 at Cove Creek Baptist Church with The Reverend Don Alexander officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 2 to 3:30 PM Sunday prior to the service.
The family is at the home of her parents, 149 Academy Drive, Pickens, SC 29671.
Barry Keith Gilstrap, 20, of Belle Shoals Road, Route 2, died Thursday.
He was a carpenter.
Surviving are his parents, O'Neal and Helen W. Gilstrap, both of Pickens; brothers, Jerry Gilstrap of Pickens, Pat Gilstrap of Six Mile, and Tim Gilstrap of the home; and grandmothers, Annie Lee Gilstrap of Liberty and Viola Waldrop of Pickens.
Services will be 2 p.m. Sunday in the Dillard Funeral Home Chapel.
Steven Robert Hooper, beloved son of Joe Earl and Trudy Massey Hooper, passed peacefully September 19, 2010 at his residence in his 49th year.
In addition to his parents surviving are his special friend and companion Denise West; brothers Chuck Hooper and wife Kristi and Joey Hooper and wife Jackie; nephews Thomas Hooper and Chad Hooper; nieces Erica Galloway, Allison Galloway, Emily Hooper, Rhonda Bentley and Brooke Hunter. Mr. Hooper was preceded by his grandparents Charles and Mary Hooper and Tom and Mary Massey. He was a friend to many and loved by all who knew him.
Mr. Hooper graduated from Pickens High School and attended Spartanburg Methodist and Lander Colleges. In his younger years he excelled at golf and retained a passion for the game throughout his years.
He was employed as a sheet metal worker in the family business, Pride Mechanical and was of the Baptist Faith.
Funeral service 4 PM, Wednesday, September 22, 2010 in the chapel of Dillard Funeral Home. Visitation 2 to 3:45 PM, prior to the service.
Entombment in Hillcrest Memorial Park.
In lieu of flowers the family respectfully requests donations to Pickens County Meals on Wheels, PO Box 184, Easley, SC 29641 or www.pcmow.org/contribute.
Joe Douglas "Doug" Lanning, 47, of 929 Bethlehem Ridge Road, died May 8, 2008 at Greenville Memorial Hospital.
Born in Greenville County, he was a son of Joe M. Lanning and Joyce Hamilton Lanning of Pickens. He was employed with his family's business, Pickens Culvert and Pipe and was a member of Lake View Park Baptist Church in Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina. Doug was an avid hunter, fisher and also enjoyed snow skiing and riding with his motorcycle buddies.
Surviving in addition to his parents are a brother, Morris Lanning and wife Jennifer of Pickens; nephews, Tyler Lanning, Austin Joe Lanning, Brandon Douglas Lanning, all of Pickens.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, May 11, 2008 in the Chapel of Dillard Funeral Home. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens.
Pallbearers will be Don Green, Rusty Rice, Marshall Broom, Nathan Rice, Robert Green, Barry Stegall, Steve Rackley, Jake Rackley, which are all his hunting partners.
Honorary Pallbearers will be, Robbie Duncan, Kenny Duncan, Buddy Sexton and all his motorcycle riding buddies.
The family will receive friends from 6 until 8 p.m. Saturday, May 10, 2008 at the funeral home.
The family is at the home of his parents, 116 Chesapeake Trail, Pickens, SC.
RonaldEdwin McJunkin, 47, of 138 Dorr Circle, died Saturday, September 20, 2008 at his home.
Mr. McJunkin was born in Greenville County a son of Mrs. Frances Hannah McJunkin and the late Roy Lee McJunkin. He was a retired grading contractor and a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church in Easley.
In addition to his mother, Ronald is survived by his son, Matthew Chase McJunkin of Clemson, brother Stanley Erwin McJunkin and his wife Cindy of Easley, and sister Carolyn Porterfield of Pickens.
In addition to his father, he was also preceded in death by a brother, Marlin Lee McJunkin.
The family will receive friends prior to the service from 3 until 4 PM.
Funeral services will be conducted 4 PM Monday, September 22, 2008 in the Chapel of Dillard Funeral Home with the Reverend Paul Turner officiating. Burial will follow at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens.
Memorials may be made to Gideons International, PO Box 1625, Easley, SC 29641
Rhonda K. Norton Ward, 26, of Route 2, Sweetbriar Way, Dacusville community, died Oct. 31, 1988, from injuries sustained in an automobile accident near Easley.
She attended Greenville Technical College and was associated with Fluor-Daniel. She was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving are her husband, David E. Ward; her mother, Hazel Porter Meece of Pickens; her father, Carl S. Norton of Pickens; her stepfather, Henry Meece of Pickens; a sister, Mrs. Greg (Denise) Stone of Jacksonville, Fla.; three brothers, Keith D. Norton, Randy R. Norton, and Ken T. Norton, all of Pickens; her maternal grandmother, Bessie Madden Porter of Pickens; and her paternal grandmother, Lillie Mae Cooper Norton of Pickens.
Services: 11 a.m. Thursday at the Thomas McAfee Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Woodlawn Park.
The family is at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Brady E. Ward, 42 Montis Drive, Greenville.
I was fortunate to get to know Rhonda in the couple of years after high school, when I was hanging out and generally getting into mischief with her brother Randy and Greg Phillips. When Rhonda happened to be at the house when I would be over there with Randy and Greg, or when we would go over to her and David's house, she always was smiling and in a good mood. That is the memory I will always have of Rhonda.
William "Billy" R. Redding, of Easley, husband to Pam Redding, went to his heavenly home, May 10, 2016.
Born February 24, 1961 in Greenville to Dorothy "Dot" Evelyn Thornton Redding and the late Ralph "R.V." Vestal Redding.
He married the love of his life, Pam Corwin, October 23, 1994. Billy most recently worked as a driver for L & L Container. He also owned and operated his own machine shop for many years. He loved to socialize, made friends everywhere he went, was dedicated to his family, and was extremely talented at building things, such as props for the marching band at Pickens High School. Billy was a member of Mt. Carmel Baptist Church his entire life and he served his church through music as their sound technician.
In addition to his wife of 21 years, he is survived by his son, Joseph; daughters, Anna and Emily; mother "Dot"; and numerous special friends.
Funeral service will be held Saturday, May 14th at 12:30PM in Mt. Carmel Baptist Church, 1623 Hester Store Road, Easley, with Rev. Paul Turner officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery.
Family will receive friends Friday, May 13th from 6:00PM to 8:00PM at Robinson Funeral Home - Powdersville Road, 1425 Powdersville Road, Easley, and for one hour prior to service Saturday at the church.
Flowers are accepted, and donations may be made directly to Mt. Carmel Baptist
Samuel "Sammy" William Reeves, 47, husband of Judi Patten Reeves, of 193 Sunrise Lane, died Sunday, September 14, 2008, at the Medical University of South Carolina.
He was born in Pickens County and was the son of the late Alton "Tot" and Valley Malone Reeves. He was a member of Crescent Hill Baptist Church.
Surviving are his wife of 19 years; two daughters, Kadron and Kamila; two sisters, Linda Gail (Stanley) Aultman and Drumell Rhodes; a brother, Roger Dale Reeves.
Visitation will be held from 12:30 to 2 p.m. Thursday at Crescent Hill Baptist Church. Funeral services will follow at 2 p.m., conducted by Rev. Tommy Howard. Burial will be at Hillcrest Memorial park.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Sammy Reeves Memorial Fund, Bank of America, 6091 Calhoun Memorial Hwy., Easley, SC 29640. This fund will be used to assist the family.
I worked with Tim at BI-LO while we were in high school, and I will always remember him as a good-natured, quiet fellow who liked to laugh and kid around when we were at work. He worked in the Produce department and was always hard working. I was very sorry to hear that Tim had passed. Condolences to his family. - Jeff Green
Mr. Timothy Rogers, 54, of 625 W. Main Street, Pickens, passed away on Friday, August 28, 2015 at Greenville Memorial Hospital. Born in Pickens, he was the son of William Rogers and the late Charlena Gowens Rogers.
Surviving, in addition to his father, are his daughters, Monica Rogers of Anderson, and Jada Rogers of Pendleton; sons, Shaquille Rogers of Anderson, Raymond Rogers of Greenville, and Dezmond (Marshalia) Rogers of Greenville; sister, Minister Jackie (Harry) Hunter of Seneca; brothers, Michael (Patricia) of Easley and Glenn Rogers of Pickens; ten grandchildren, and a host of other relatives and friends.
Funeral service: Wednesday, September 2, 2015, 2 p.m. at Robinson Chapel United Methodist in Liberty, with burial in Hillcrest Memorial Gardens in Pickens.
The family will receive friends on Tuesday, Sept. 1, 2015, from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the church.
Watkins, Garrett & Woods Mortuary is in charge of arrangements.
I knew and kept in touch with Sydney from our days at Pickens Elementary School, all the way up to a year or two before his passing. Sydney was one of those guys who seemed to function at a higher and more mature level than most of us - a very intelligent person with a drive to succeed. Among his impressive accomplishments was despite working the hours required to manage a fast food restaurant when he was just in high school (a hard-to-believe feat in itself, unless you knew Syd), he finished high school as an honor graduate, worked while he went through college at Clemson and earned his degree in Accounting, and passed the CPA exam on the first try. His first job after Clemson was with one of the "Big 8" accounting firms, where he was no doubt destined for eventual partnership when he was diagnosed with the cancer that would put an end to his accounting career. He continued to be productive in real estate for as long as his health allowed him, but unfortunately succumbed to his ailments in 2016. All of his friends will always remember Syd as a special person, and whose legacy lives on in his children, Charles and Jennifer. - Jeff Green
Sydney Charles Simmons, 55, of Pickens, SC, passed on June 30, 2016. He was born on February 3, 1961 in Easley, SC to Emma Jean Gilstrap Simmons Beard and the late Charles Edward Simmons.
He graduated Pickens High School in 1979 and Clemson University in 1983, and became a certified public accountant and senior manager at KPMG in Greenville, SC, medically retiring in 1991. Defying the brain cancer odds, Sydney married Cathlin raising two children who were the light of their lives. Sydney and his family cherished their 25 extra years together.
Sydney is survived by a son, Charles Edward Simmons of Pickens; daughter, Jennifer Anne Simmons of Piedmont; brother, Samuel Simmons (Kristi) of Pickens; and sister, Susan Simmons (Russell Chambers) of Chapin and Hilton Head. He is also survived by his mother Jean Beard and stepfather, Rev. Arnold M. Beard and Beard siblings: Rena (Phil) Quist, Brian (Laura) Beard, and Jena (Richard) Edwards, all of Pickens County.
Clyde Darrell Stewart, Jr., 43, of 1929 Mount Tabor Church Road, went home to be with the Lord on April 14, 2005 at Cannon Memorial Hospital.
Born in Pickens County, he was the son of Clyde D. Stewart, Sr. and Roberta Whitmire Stewart. Mr. Stewart served in the U.S. Air Force Reserves, was a landscaper and was of the Baptist faith.
Surviving in addition to his parents, are his sister, Yvonne Bishop Hudson and husband, Phillip, of Laurens; nephews, Craig and Christopher Bishop; and special friends, Stanley and Ronald McJunkin, and Elaine Hitch. He is also survived by several aunts, uncles, and cousins.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday, April 17, 2005, at Blue Ridge View Baptist Church, with the Revs. Buckshot Avant and Stewart Houston officiating. Burial will follow at the church cemetery.
The family will receive friends from 6 to 7:30 this evening, April 16, 2005, at Dillard Funeral Home.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Blue Ridge View Baptist Church Youth Dept., 790 Wolf Creek Road, Pickens SC 29671.
The family is at the home of his parents, 151 Roberta Drive, Pickens, SC.
Stella Trotter Reed, 39, of 175 Windtree Ridge, husband of Kirby Alan Reed, went home to be with the Lord on Monday, April 3, 2000 after an extended illness.
Mrs. Reed was born in Greenville County, daughter of Bill and Eloise Winchester Trotter of Pickens. She was a homemaker and a member of East Pickens Baptist Church.
Surviving in addition to her husband and parents; one daughter, Sarah Louise Reed of the home; five sisters and brothers-in-law; Sheila and Eddie Greene of Richmond, Va, Emily and Jimmy Whitmire of Pickens, Zasu and Frankie Smith of Dacusville, Angie and Chuck Quarles of Atlanta, Ga, and Candace and Garry Bryant of Pickens; a brother an sister-in-law Chad and Lydia Trotter of Pickens; nine nieces, and ten nephews.
Funeral services will be conducted at 2 p.m. Thursday at East Pickens Baptist Church by the Rev. Carl Martin, the Rev. Tim Lee, the Rev. James Dyer and the Rev. Don Chastain. Interment will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens. Active pallbearers will be Oliver Nealy, Steve Childs, Ben Drake, Shea Fortescue, Lamar Gilstrap and Woody Gilstrap.
The body is at Dillard Memorial Funeral Home, where the family will receive friends from 6 to 9 p.m. today.
Memorials may be made to the Building Fund of East Pickens Baptist Church, 158 Woodrow St., Pickens, SC 29671; or to St. Francis Hospice, 414 Pettigru St. Pickens, SC 29671.
The family is at the home of her parents, 2004 Belle Shoals Road, Pickens, SC 29671.