Death and Obituarues
Pickens County, South Carolina Genealogy Trails


Easley, Jan. 5 – Mrs. W. C. Jackson of Ametia, Va., died here at noon today at the home of her daughter, Mrs. John H. Cheatham, after an illness of a few weeks. She was 62 years of age. Before marriage she was Miss Victoria McGee of Belton.

The body will be carried to Virginia for interment Tuesday. Surviving are the husband and two sons, and one daughter, Mrs. J. H. Cheatham and the following sisters, Mrs. John M. Geer, Greenville, Mesdames Prior and McGee of Anderson, Mrs. McCullough of Darlington, Mrs. Dr. Campbell of Atlanta and one brother, Eugene McGee of Chattanooga. (The State - January 6, 1913 )

Died...April 10th, at the residence of her husband, near Bachelor's Retreat, in Pickens District, Mrs. Susan Amanda Davis, wife of Mrs. James G. Davis, in the 19th year of her age. The deceased was a daughter of Mr. Ransom and Mrs. Nancy A. Kelly. She was born in Anderson District. (The Charleston Mercury, May 3, 1858)

Died..February 1st, in Pickens District, Mr. Samuel McWhortee, in the 84th year of his age.  He was a native of North Carolina, but in early life was brought to Abbeville District, and there educated.  Thence he moved to Pickens District, in which he resided till his death. (Charleston Mercury, 3-1-1859)

Mrs. Vina Mauldin Black

Mrs. Vina Mauldin Black, 83, wife of the late Riley B. Black, well known resident of the Mt. Calvary church community near Easley died at the family home at 2:10 last Thursday morning after an illness of almost one week.

Mrs. Black was a native of Anderson county, but the greater part of her life was spent in Pickens county. She was a daughter of the late John and Kate Sheriff Mauldin and was a member of a well known family of this part of the state. She was a faithful member of the Mt. Calvary Wesleyan Methodist church.

Surviving are eight sons and five daughters, Paul, Silas, Sam, Charlie, George, Frank and Ansel Black, Easley; Dave Black, Greer; Mrs. Frank Freeman, Pelham, Ga.; Mrs. D. E. Freeman, Lakeland, Fla.; Mrs. Henry Hammett, Mrs. Hubert Lesley and Mrs. Jim Smith, Easley; one brother, J. S. Mauldin, Greenville and three sisters, Mrs. Dennis Smith, Danville, Va.; Mrs. I. B. Black, Westminster; Mrs. John Abbott, Seneca; 106 grandchildren; 104 great-grandchildren and two great-great grandchildren.

Funeral services were held on Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock at the Zion Methodist church. Rev. Fred Hunter officiated, assisted by Rev. G. L. Stewart, Rev. J. H. Bell, Rev. J. D. Elrod and Rev. Levi Rigdon. Internment was made in the family plot in the church cemetery.

The following grandsons served as active pallbearers: Edmund Black, Ervin Black, Truman Black, Riley Hammett, Martin Lesley and J. D. Smith. (Easley Progress, March 28, 1940,  submitted by Yuna Black)

Jake R. Black Loses Life In Land Dispute

Henry Addington Arrested And Charged With Killing Monday

Jake Black, 54, a former resident of Anderson county, was fatally shot about 4 o'clock Monday afternoon about five miles east of Easley and near Croswell school. He was killed by a shot gun blast in the head and died instantly. Henry Addington, about 40, was lodged in the Pickens jail charged with the shooting.
Sheriff Ross was quoted as saying that Addington admitted the shooting declaring he did it in self defense when Black came at him with an axe.

It is stated that there were two eyewitnesses to the killing, Ellison Richey and Henry Addington, Jr.
Reports of the killing said that the two men, who were known to be good friends, met between their respective homes in the Croswell section and a dispute ensued over the boundary line separating their property. Black was killed almost instantly by a shotgun charge of buckshot in his body.

He was a native of Pickens county, but had resided in Anderson county for about 15 years prior to moving to near Easley several years ago.

He was the son of Mrs. Vina Mauldin Black and the late Riley Black.

Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Mya Kirby Black; eight sons, Cecil, Ray, Tom, Lang, Wade, J. C. and Roy Black, all of Easley; Leland Black, Greenville; four daughters, Mrs. Carl Lockaby, Anderson county; Mrs. Jim Garrick, Mrs. Jim Horton and Mrs. Doris Black, all of Easley.

Eight brothers, Paul, Silas, Sam, Charley, George, Frank and Ansel Black of Easley; Dave Black, Greer; five sisters, Mrs. Lizzie Freeman, South Georgia; Mrs. D. E. Freeman, Lakeland, Fla.; Mrs. Mamie Hammett, Mrs. Zora Lesley, Mrs. Bernice Smith, all of Easley, and eighteen grandchildren also survive. (The Easley Progress, February 22, 1940, submitted by Yuna Black, Note: Jacob Riley Black was buried at Zion Methodist church, Easley, S.C.)

Ruth S. Black, Easley

Ruth Stewart Black, 88, formerly of 1510 Anderson Highway, died Feb. 20, 1996, at Easley Nursing Center.

Born In Anderson County, she was a daughter of the late Thomas Ferdinand and Mattie Pryor Stewart.

Most of her life was spent in Pickens County. She was a homemaker and a member of Mount Calvary Wesleyan Church.

Surving are three sons and daughters-in-law, Leon and Betty Black, Joel and Gladys Black, and Donald and Gail Black, all of Easley; a daughter and son-in-law, Helen and Roger Day of Pickens; a stepdaughter, Maebelle Rogers of Winston-Salem, N.C.; a brother, Ligon Stewart of Phoenix; nine grandchildren; 11 great-grandchildren; 10 stepgrandchildren; 14 great-stepgrandchildren; and several nieces and nephews.  She was predeceased by her husband, Charlie Ligon Black; four stepsons, J. O. Black, Morris Black, Fulton Black and Tommy Black; a stepdaughter, Rosa Smith; a sister, Mary Owens; three brothers, Paul Stewart, Willie Stewart and James Stewart; and a grandson, James Day.

Services: 3 p. m. Wednesday at Robinson Funeral Home chapel, Easley, conducted by the Revs. Foster Gentry and Lewis Edwards. Burial will be in Mount Calvary Wesleyan Church cemetery.  Pallbearers will be Alan Day, Scott Day, Patrick Black, Harold Wayne Black, Billy Miller and Morris Gray.  The escort of honor will be granddaughters and stepgranddaughters.  Visitation: 2 to 3 p. m. Wednesday at the funeral home. (The Greenville News, Feb. 21, 1996 ) submitted by Yuna Black

William C. McKinney, Sr.

William Courtney McKinney, Sr., 83, of 114 Schoolhouse St., husband of Laura Turner McKinney, died June 3, 1998, at his home following several months of declining health.

Born Oct. 27, 1914, in Brevard, N.C., he was the son of Shedrick Eliza and Mindy Searcy McKinney.  He retired from Mayfair Mills, Pickens plant, and was a Baptist.

Survivors: his wife of the home; sons, William Courtney "Bud" McKinney Jr., Donald Edward McKinney of Pickens, James Harold McKinney of the home; daughters, Mrs. Leon (Betty) Black of Easley, Mrs Jack (Louise) Davis, Mrs. Bill (Dorothy) Mulkey, Mrs. Gene (Carolyn) Lawson, Mrs. Steve (Glenna) Coleman of Pickens; 16 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; four great-stepgrandchildren; one great-great-stepgrandchild predeceased: brother, Wilson McKinney.

Visitation: 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. today at Dillard Memorial Funeral Home in Pickens.  Services: 2 p.m. today at the funeral home chapel. Burial: Hillcrest Memorial Park.  Pallbearers: grandsons, Rodney Mulkey, Michael Mulkey, Jimmy Davis, Mitchell Davis, Jason McKinney, David Lawson.  The family is at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Mulkey, Pickens. ( Greenville News - June 1998) submitted by Yuna Black 

Glennie Ellenburg
PICKENS - Glennie Lee Ellenburg, 59, of Eastatoe Community, died Sunday.  He was employeed by Piedmont Die Casting.  Surviving are his widow, Adell Porter Ellenburg, a daughter, Marie E. Slatton of Pickens; brothers, Garsie and Lloyd Ellenburg, both of Pickens.  Services will be 2 p.m. Wednesday at Eastatoe Baptist Church.   Visitation: 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at Dillard Funeral Home.  (The Greenville News in December, 1980...contributed by Andrew Staton)

Sam W. Hill
EASLEY - Sam W. Hill of Easley, died at Swananon Veterans Hospital near Asheville Monday at 1 pm. after five months' declining health and a critical illness of six weeks.  Mr. Hill was a native of Laurens County, the son of the late Charles William and Louanna Curry Hill. He had lived in Easley for the past six years and was a painter.  He was a member of Friendship Baptist Church at Gray Court, and was a World War I veteran, having served a year in France.  Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Ella Mae Loftis Hill; a brother, Ernest of Spartanburg; five sisters, Mrs. Essie Sims, Mrs. Dora Owens and Mrs. Lula Stroud, all of Spartanburg, Mrs. Willie Penland of Barksdale and Mrs. Cora Barksdale of Sumter.  Funeral services will be conducted at Easley Wednesday afternoon at an hour to be announced. The Revs. F. Tumlin and T. E. Belcher will officiate. Burial will be in West View Cemetery in Easley.  These nephews will be pallbearers: Leonard and Allen Hill, William O'Shields, Luther Stroud, the Rev. Samuel Sims and Rufus Satterfield.  The body will be placed in the home Tuesday at 3 p.m. Robinson Funeral Home of Ealsey is in charge. (The Herald Journal - December 23, 1952...contributed by Andrew Staton)

Mary "Kitty" Hinton
(December 24, 1920 - April 22, 2011)
Mary Hardin Keitt Hinton ("Kitty"), 90, of Clemson, died Friday, April 22, 2011 in Seneca, SC.  Kitty was born and raised in Newberry S.C. She graduated from Newberry College and moved to Clemson in 1942 where she became the secretary for Dr Herbert Cooper in Ag Sciences. She met her husband of 52 years, the late Trescott Newton Hinton, shortly after he returned from service in the South Pacific theater in WWII. After raising her family, she again returned to
Clemson University where she was the Administrative Assistant to the Dean of Math Sciences until her retirement. Kitty had a zest for life and touched
anyone she met with her kind and gentle way. Her family was the center of her life and her passion. Kitty was a member of the Fort Hill Presbyterian
Church. She was a member of the DAR, Colonial Dames and UDC.  She was preceded in death by her parents, Thomas Ellison and Lena Payne Hardin Keitt, her husband Trescott in 1998, her brothers, Ret. Col. Thomas Wadlington Keitt of Fairfax, VA and Bernard Hardin Keitt of Charlotte, NC.  She is survived by her three children, Thomas Trescott Hinton (Kris) of Santa Clara, CA, Lena Hardin Hinton of Atlanta, GA and Trescott Newton Hinton, Jr. (Sandra) of Chapin, SC; her grandson, Trescott Lee Hinton (Dana) of Columbia, SC, and her great granddaughter, Sara Hardin Hinton of Columbia and her granddaughter, Anna Hardin Hinton Morris (Scott).  Graveside services will be held at 11 AM, Monday in Woodland Cemetery on the campus of Clemson University with memorial services to follow at 12 Noon at Fort Hill Presbyterian Church, 399 College Avenue, Clemson. The family will receive family and friends following the memorial service at the church. In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations in Kitty's memory be made to the Hardin, Keitt, Hinton Scholarship, created by Kitty and Tres in memory of their loved ones, at Clemson University, Annual Giving Office, P.O. Box 1889, Clemson, SC 29633-9972.

Mr. J.B. Hester
Special of The State - 1909-10-15
Easley, Oct. 14 - Mr. James Benjamin Hester died September 5 at his home, a few miles north of here.  Some time ago he suffered a stroke of paralysis and succumbed to its effect last Wednesday.  The funeral services were conducted from the residence by Rev. D. W. Hiott of this city.  The members of Jasper Hawthorne camp, United Confederate Veterans, of Easley, of which he was an honored member, also took part in the services.  A large concourse of relatives, neighbors and friends accompanied the remains to Easley, where they were laid to rest with Masonic honors in West View cemetery on the 7th inst., members of Bates lodge of this city, assisted by members of the Pickens Liberty and other nearby Masonic lodges, conducting the ceremonies.  The deceased was a native of Pickens county.  He was born in the upper section of the county on Oolenoy river on October 15, 1830, making him very near 79 years of age.  He was a son of the late Alfred Hester of Pickens county, and was twice married...transcribed by D. Whitesell

Edgar J. Mauldin
EASLEY - Edgar Julian Mauldin, 82, of 105 Roper St., died Sunday.  Born in Anderson County, a son of the late George and Pothenia Arial Mauldin, he was an employee in the spinning room of Alice Mill before his retirement and was a Methodist.  Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Mae Gilbert Williams Mauldin; a son, Edd E. Mauldin of Rt. 1, Easley; two daughters, Mrs. Annie Mae Swaynham of Liberty and Miss Wilma Langston of Ware Shoals; a brother, Lowell Mauldin of Easley; and two grandchildren.  Funeral services will be Tuesday at 2 p.m. at Robinson Funeral Home, with burial in ? United Methodist Church Cemetery.
The family is at the home of Edd E. Mauldin, Rt. 1, Pope Field Road, Easley. [Greenville News, August 1974, contributed by Andrew Staton]

F. V. Clayton
Central, Jan. 18 - F. Van Clayton, a well known farmer of the Five Forks section, died Saturday evening at the home of his daughter, Mrs. O. D. Epps.  Mr. Clayton  had been in bad health for several years and died at the age of 83.  He was a very prominent and influential man in his community in his younger days.  His three children, Mrs. O. D. Epps, Dr. L. G. and W. V. Clayton all of this place, survive him.  Mr. Clayton was buried at Sharon church sunday and despite the bad roads and rainy day a large crowd was present at his funeral, which was conducted by the Rev. Mr. Ownens, the Methodist pastor of this place. [1915-01-19; Paper: State]

Arnold, Elizabeth Ms. (now Mrs. Elizabeth Williamson) 31-year-old daughter of Rev. Hendrick T. and Mary Arnold died September 4, 1851 at her home in Pickens District. She was a member of the Methodist Church. She was survived by five children, a father, a brother, several sisters and other relatives. Laurensville Herald 10/3/1851, p3, abstracted by Edith Greisser.

Templeton, William Leland one year, one month and 20 days old son and only child of William A. and M. A. M., abstracted by Edith Greisser. 

Templeton died in Pickens District on October 10, 1851 of congestion of the brain. Laurensville Herald 10/24/1851, p2, abstracted by Edith Greisser.

Williamson, Elizabeth Mrs. 31-year-old daughter of Rev. Hendrick T. and Mary Arnold died September 4, 1851 at her home in Pickens District. She was a member of the Methodist Church. She was survived by five children, a father, a brother, several sisters and other relatives. Laurensville Herald 10/3/1851, p3, abstracted by Edith Greisser.

Clemson College , Aug. 12. – Mrs. Nettie Selfridge Goodman died today at Norcross , Ga. She was a niece of Admiral Selfridge of the United States navy and a direct descendant of Plymouth Rock settlers. Her remains will be interred at Old Stone church, near Clemson, tomorrow. She was the mother of Jno. S. Goodman of Clemson. [State – 14 Aug. 1902 ; transcribed by Marla Zwakman]

Yesterday afternoon the remains of Mr. Hugh Powers, one of the students of Clemson College , who died at that institution of pneumonia, passed through the city on their way to Georgetown , the home of the deceased young man. An escort of a detail of two of the students of the institution accompanied them. The deceased was a son of the Rev. J. J. Powers of Georgetown . [State – 22 Oct. 1893 ; transcribed by Marla Zwakman]

Pickens, Feb. 1. – Avery Looper, a well known and highly respected young man of the Cross Roads community, died Sunday in the 37th year of his age. The funeral was held Monday afternoon by the Rev. D. W. Hiott at Cross Roads church. [State – 2 Feb. 1916 ; transcribed by Marla Zwakman]

Pickens, Feb. 1. – Jimmie Gantt, a little cripple boy, who was carried to Johns Hopkins and operated on last week, died in Baltimore . The body was brought back and buried at Secona church Monday afternoon, the Rev. L. E. Wiggins holding funeral services. [State – 2 Feb. 1916 ; transcribed by Marla Zwakman]

Exercises to commence at 10 A. M. for Bailey B. Mosley, of Pickens. died on Saturday, the 22nd, aged seventy years. His wife. Lucy Moseley, died Friday, the 19th, aged seventy years. [Keowee courier. (Pickens Court House, S.C., March 03, 1892 )]

Frank B. Morgan
Central, June 20 - This town and community mourns today on account of the death of Frank B. Morgan, which occurred at his home here at an early hour this morning. His friends, whom he numbered by his acquaintances, will be deeply shocked and grieved to know of his death as only two weeks ago he seemed in perfect health and strength. His sickness was critical from the beginning and his friends hoped against hope that he might be spared. Mr. Morgan was 59 years of age and for many years has been a faithful and consistent member of the Methodist church and for a long while served on its board of stewards. He was an enthusiastic member of the Masonic fraternity and was time and again honored by his local lodge by being selected to served the lodge as worshipful master. He was a member of the Living Arch chapter, R.A.M., also a member of the Greenville commandery and of Omar temple of the Mystic Shrine. His activities were varied and at all times took a prominent part in everything looking to the betterment of the moral educational and religious life of the community. As merchant, banker and farmer his life work was well done. He was one of the pioneer merchants of the town, having been established in business here for more than 30 years, during which time he accumulated considerable property. He was also a pioneer in the banking life of the town, having largely through his efforts established the Bank of Central some 12 years ago, in which institution he ahs always held a most responsible position. Many years ago Mr. Morgan was married to Miss Eugenia Robinson of Atlanta, Ga., who together with two sons, f. Burt and Carl, and two daughters, Misses Mattie May and Mary, are left to mourn his untimely death. Besides his immediate family he has five surviving brothers - Lafayette Morgan, James Morgan, Jeptha Morgan, Mack Morgan and Davis Morgan, and one sister, Mrs. Harriet Holden. The funeral of Mr. Morgan will be held Sunday afternoon at 3 o'clock from his late residence, following which his remains will be laid to rest in Mt. Zion cemetery. [State, June 21, 1914]

Ernest Joe Brewer
Ernest Joe Brewer, 79, of 118 Watson Road, died Dec. 14, 1996. He was retired from the machine shop of Libco Mill, a U. S. Army veteran of World War II and of the Baptist faith. Surviving are his wife, Edna Elizabeth Mooney Brewer of the home; seven daughters, Margaret Stump of Reno, Nev., Martha Crowe formerly of Pickens, Carol Whitfield of Norris, Priscilla Smith and Edith Posey both of Liberty, Debora Risher of Walterboro and Patricia Reese of the home; a son, Leonard Brewer of Easley; two sisters, Clara Martin of Seneca and Elise Brewer of Easley; 21 grandchildren, 36 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren. Services: 2 p.m. Tuesday at Liberty Mortuary Chapel with burial in Greenlawn Memorial Park in Easley. Visitation: 7 to 8:30 p.m. Monday at the mortuary. (Greenville News, December 16, 1996, Page 4D, transcribed by Andrew Staton)

Edna Elizabeth Mooney Brewer
PICKENS - Edna Elizabeth Mooney Brewer, 74, of 118 Watson Road, died Saturday. She retired from Foothills Manufacturing and was of the Church of God of Prophecy faith. Surviving are eight daughters, Margaret Stump of Reno, NV, Carol Whitfield of Norris, Priscilla Smith and Edith Posey, both of Liberty, Deborah Risher of Walterboro, Patricia Reese of the home, Martha Crowe, formerly of Pickens, and Shirley Brewer, formerly of Andersonville, GA; a son, Leonard Brewer of Easley; two sisters, Ophelia Howell of Andersonville, GA, and Sarah Williams of Americus, GA; 21 grandchildren; 37 great-grandchildren; and seven great-great-grandchildren. Services: 2 p.m. Wednesday at Liberty Mortuary Chapel, Liberty, with burial in Greenlawn Memorial Park, Easley. Visitation, 7 to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday at the mortuary. (Greenville News, November 10, 1997, Page 4D, transcribed by Andrew Staton)

Martha Brewer Crowe
PICKENS - Martha Brewer Crowe, 42, of Route 4, Old Pickens-Liberty Road, died Sunday. She was an insurance agency employee and was a member of Mt. Tabor Baptist Church. Surviving are her husband, Dana Crowe of the home; a daughter, Angie Crowe of the home; her parents, Ernest and Edna Mooney Brewer of Liberty; five sisters, Carol Whitfield of Cateechee, Priscilla Clardy of Easley, Debra Gwinn of Smoakes, Edith Posey and Pat Reese, both of Liberty; a half sister, Margaret Stump of Reno, NV; and a half-brother, Leonard Brewer of Easley. Services: 4 p.m. Wednesday at the Dillard Funeral Home Chapel with burial in Hillcrest Memorial Park. Visitation: 7 to 9 p.m. Tuesday at the funeral home. Memorials may be made to Pickens County Cancer Aid Association or Mt. Tabor Baptist Church Building Fund. (Greenville News, October 23, 1984, Page 6B, transcribed by Andrew Staton)

Owen Thomas
Owen Thomas, age 63, of Rt. 4. Country Club Road, Pickens, South Carolina, died Monday, January 7, 1974.  Born in Saskatchewan, Canada, he is the son of the late Robert and Inez Brodie Thomas, and he was employed at Saco-Lowell Shops in Easley, and a member of Concord Baptist Church.  He was also a former resident of Walton County.  Surviving are his wife, Mrs. Beryl Doering Thomas; his step-mother, Mrs. Elizabeth Robinson Thomas of DeFuniak Springs, Fla., a son, Marty Lynn Thomas of the home; two daughters, Mrs. Linda Aiken and Mrs. Julia Elgin of Pickens, S.C.; a brother, Arlie Thomas of Salem, Ore.; five sisters, Miss Ellen Thomas of Baton Rouge, La., Mrs. Bessie Pangburn of Oakland, Calif., Mrs. Ann Bland of Naples, Fla., Mrs. Margaret Welman of Decatur, Ga., and Mrs. Emma Suttles of Selma, Ala.; three half-brothers, Ralph Thomas of Lakeland, Fla., Donald Thomas of DeFuniak Springs, and Robert Thomas of Fort Walton Beach, Fla.; a half-sister, Mrs. Margarie McGuire of Fort Walton Beach; one step-sister, Mrs. Hazel Swanson of DeFuniak Springs, Fla; and two grandchildren.  Funeral services were at 2 p.m. Thursday at Concord Baptist Church near Pickens, with burial in Hillcrest Memorial Park.  (Owen Thomas obituary, DeFuniak Springs, DeFuniak Springs Herald Breeze, 17 Jan 1974.  Transcribed by Heather Holley)


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