Melvin Posey Of Liberty Passes ...

Melvin Posey
Liberty, SC

Funeral services to honor the life of Mr. Posey will be held at 11:00AM Wednesday in the Liberty Mortuary Chapel. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service. Burial will be at Liberty Memorial Gardens.

Melvin Woodrow Posey, 88, formerly of Anderson Hwy. died Monday morning at Countryside Village in Easley. Born in Liberty, he was the widower of Rachel Rebecca Roberts Posey and a son of the late Walter and Lucy Smith Posey. He was retired from Woodside Mills and was a lifetime member of Golden Grove Wesleyan Church. He was the last surviving member of his immediate family.

Surviving are a brother in law, John Hunter of Liberty; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to his wife and parents he was predeceased by 2 sisters, Louise Posey and Lucille Hunter; and 2 brothers, Raymond Paul Posey and Walter Posey, Jr.

The family will be at their respective homes.

Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.

Louise Payne Scott Warren Of Liberty Passes ...

Louise Payne Scott Warren
Liberty, SC

Mrs. Louise Payne Scott Warren, 90, of 246 Alta Vista Drive, Liberty, loving wife of the late Jean Charles Warren, passed away Thursday, February 26, 2015 at the Rainey Hospice House in Anderson. 

Funeral services were held at 4:00PM on Saturday, February 28, 2015 in the Chapel of Robinson Funeral Home - Downtown with the Rev. Mark Kannarney conducting.

School District Legal Issues w/ Liberty TIF To Be Discussed...

The public may attend a City of Liberty, Council Meeting regarding Liberty's potential obligation to the school District of Pickens County regarding Tax Increment Financing (TIF).

The cities of Easley & Clemson have settled with the district in regards to the matter.

The school district took a case before the SC Supreme Court. With a win; the school district is now working with the cities to settle.

Liberty's TIF district covers the area of The Rosewood Center & Ingles.

Monday March 2, 2015 6:00PM

Rosewood Center

School District of Pickens County Superintendent Dr. Merck & Liberty School board member Dr. Brian Swords will be on hand to discuss.

There is no public input.

Delana Emory Howe Of Liberty Passes ...

Delana Emory Howe
Liberty, SC

Delana Emory Howe, 55, of Liberty, wife of Timothy Wayne Howe, Sr., passed away Tuesday, February 24, 2015 at Baptist Easley Hospital.

Born January 13, 1960 in Greenville County, she was a daughter of Harriette Jones Brooks and the late Calvin Emory.

In addition to her husband of six years and mother, she is survived by her daughter, Wensdy Coleman; step-children, Timothy Howe, Jr., Jeffrey Howe and Terrie Noorali; brother, Marshall Seymore; sister, Vicki Burris; grandchildren, Parker, Desi and Ryleigh.

In addition to her father, she was predeceased in death by her son, Jeramy Coleman; brother, Anthony Emory and sister, Renada Emory.

Memorial services will be conducted at 3:00 PM Saturday, February 28, 2015 in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Powdersville Road.

Online condolences may be made at or in person at Robinson Funeral Homes-Powdersville Road.

Snow Event Not As Big As Expected

The Official Precipitation Measurement at Pickens County Airport in Liberty SC (HWY178) ...

While some reported only receiving around 1½" of snow ... The official measurement for the Liberty area is 2.3 inches of snow with some areas drifting up to 3 inches.

The yearly precipitation total now stands at 7.44 inches.

Snow, ice is expected to melt quickly but saturation could cause some areas to refreeze tonight.

Public Schools are closed on Thursday February 26, 2015.

* Pickens County Schools on a two hour delay for Friday February 27, 2015.

No school for students... Tuesday February 24, 2015

Pickens County Schools are closed Tuesday February 24, 2015 because of snow and ice forming on road surfaces within the county.

All Anderson County Schools are on normal schedule for the day.

2 Hour Delay / Liberty Middle Closed

Public School Students in Pickens County will be on a two hour delay on Friday February 20, 2015.

* Note: Liberty Middle School is still without power and will remain closed due to complications with installing a blown transformer.

The best information The Liberty Monitor has at this time is that the days that Liberty Middle students missed but the rest of the county attended will be excused.

Gerald James Of Liberty Passes ...

Gerald Richard James (Boozy)
Liberty, SC

Mr.  Gerald Richard James (Boozy), 78, went to be with his Lord on February 17, 2015.

He was a loving and devoted husband to Roberta Bowman James for 53 years. They have four children, Richard Arling James (Jody Pinion), Jerri James Durham, Sherri James Collins (Darrell), and Kristi James Cooley (Rocky). He was the proud "Papa" of five grandchildren: Ethan, Emily, and Evan James , Hailey Collins,  and Meagan Fogarty. 

He was preceded in his passing by his father and mother, Richard Ansel and Grace Stokes James; as well as his sister, Juanita James Barnes.

Born in Liberty, SC on February 13, 1937, he remained a Liberty resident his entire life. He graduated from Liberty High School in 1956, and attended Clemson University. The quintessential family patriarch, he was a supervisor at American Enka, and retired with BASF. 

A member of Eastside Baptist Church for his entire 78 years, he was an active member of the Covenant Sunday School class. He enjoyed singing in the choir, and visiting others in their time of sickness. He was an accomplished gardener.  He, also, enjoyed camping and traveling with his family. 

The family will receive friends at Liberty Mortuary on Thursday, February 19, from 5:30 until 7:30.  Funeral services to honor his life will be at Eastside Baptist Church in Liberty, SC, on Friday, February 20 at 2:00 pm.  Graveside services will follow at Liberty Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, please make donations to Eastside Baptist Church 920 Anderson Drive, Liberty, SC 29657. Memorial messages may be sent to the family by visiting 

Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements. 

Public Schools On Two Hour Delay / LMS Closed ...

Pickens County Schools on a 2 hour delay Thursday February 19, 2015

Liberty Middle will be closed due to lack of power.

LMS students will not be required to make the day up.

No school for students ...

Due to icy road conditions in parts of the county, Pickens County schools will be closed Wednesday , February 18, 2015.

A decision on after-school activities will be made Wednesday morning.

Please avoid travel if possible.

Duke Energy estimates complete power restoration for its customers and Blue Ridge Electric by midnight Wednesday.

William Marion Taylor Of Liberty Passes ...

William Marion Taylor
Liberty, SC

Funeral services to honor the life of Mr. Taylor will be 4:00 PM Thursday at First Baptist Church, Liberty.  The family will receive friends prior to the service from 2:30 until 3:45 PM at the church.  Private burial will be at Liberty Memorial Gardens.

Mr. William Marion Taylor, 100, loving husband, father, grandfather and great grandfather, died at Baptist Easley Hospital on Sunday, February 15, 2015,  after a brief illness.

 Surviving are his wife of 68 years, Margaret Bennett Taylor;  two daughters, Ann T. Bailey (Hugh) of Liberty, Jane T. Sargent (Phil) of Easley; three sons, Jim Taylor of Charlotte, NC, David (Sheila) Taylor of Newnan, GA, and Allen Taylor of Liberty; nine grandchildren, Brent Bailey (Danielle), Kristen B. Lopez (Joel), Leah Taylor, Courtney and Caroline Sargent, Hailey Sisk (Brian), A. J., Spencer, and Ashlyn Taylor; four great- grandchildren, Madelyn Vance Bailey, Bailey and Eli Lopez, and Peyton Sisk; and one sister, Frances T. Garrett.  He was predeceased by an infant son; a grandson, Vance Marion Bailey; four sisters, Doris T. Henderson, Elizabeth T. Smarr, Martha T. Stackhouse, and Mary T. Wilson, and one brother, Harry Ray Taylor.

Born in Union County on August 23, 1914, he was a son of the late Albert Jefferson and Bessie Humphries Taylor.  An entrepreneur at the age of sixteen, he opened a general store to help support his family during the Great Depression.  He served his country in the US Army 1942-1946.  He owned and operated the Western Auto in Liberty, SC, for over 20 years before his retirement in 1976.  

A member of First Baptist Church, Liberty for over 60 years, he served on various committees and was a member of the T. E. L. Sunday School class.  He was a member of the American Legion Post #67, where he previously served as president.  He enjoyed serving others as a driver for over 20 years for Pickens County Meals on Wheels, where he previously served on the Board of Directors.  

The family would like to express appreciation to the staff at Clemson Downs in Clemson and the staff at The Willows of Easley.  Flowers are appreciated, or memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 400 Edgemont Avenue, Liberty, SC  29657.

The family will be at the home of Mr. & Mrs. Hugh Bailey, 529 Cassell Road, Liberty SC 29657.  Memorial messages may be sent to the family by visiting  

Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.


With the threat of inclement weather ...

The School Didtrict Of Pickens County will be closed Tuesday February 17, 2015.

Early Dismissal Announced Monday February 16, 2015 ...

Early Dismissal Announced ...

Because of dangerous road conditions expected this afternoon in the northern part of the county, Pickens County Schools will dismiss early today. Elementary schools will dismiss at 10:15 a.m., and Middle and high schools will dismiss at 11:00 a.m. Lunch will not be served at school.

Afternoon 4K classes and all after school activities are canceled.

Please drive safely, and watch out for snow and ice on the roads.

Liberty Area Public School Schedules For Remainder Of 2015 School Year

Friday February 13, 2015 - teacher in service / no school for students

First Day of Spring Break (barring inclement weather)

Friday March 27, 2015

Students first day back from Spring Break Tuesday April 7, 2015

Monday May 25, 2015 / Memorial Day - no school

Graduation Saturday May 30, 2015 @ High School.

Tuesday June 2 & Wednesday June 3, 2015 - ½ day

Thursday June 4 & Friday June 5, 2015 - inclement weather days if needed.

Tuesday August 18, 2015 - first day of 15-16 school year

Jail Blotter: January 15 - February 8, 2015

For more details, including access to other Pickens County Sheriff's Office Arrest profiles, see:

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Betty Ward Of Liberty Passes ...

Betty Sue Foster Ward
Liberty, SC

Mrs. Betty Sue Foster Ward, 78, passed away Wednesday, February 4, 2015.

Funeral Services will be held in Candler, NC on Saturday.

The family will receive friends on Friday, February 6, 2015 from 6:00 until 8:00PM at Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown.

Condolences may be expressed online at, or in person at Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown, which is assisting the family. 

Tony Chapman Of Liberty Passes ...

Tony Chapman
Liberty, SC

Stanley Tony Chapman, 64, of 817 Rice’s Creek Road, died Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015 at the Cottingham Hospice House in Seneca.

Born in Six Mile he was a son of Willie Mae Willimon Chapman, and the late Luther Kirksey Chapman, Jr..   He retired from SYS Construction Company and during his free time loved horseback riding and hunting.  

Surviving in addition to his mother of Six Mile are a son, Lee Chapman of Merritt Island, FL; a step son, Benji Pilgrim of Liberty; two sisters, Vicki C. O’Shields (Mike) of Seneca, and Marilyn C. Lewis (J.L.) of Pickens; a granddaughter, Gabriella Vernell Chapman, and several nieces and nephews.

Memorial services to honor Tony’s life will be 3:00 PM Friday in the Liberty Mortuary Chapel.  The family will receive friends from 1:30 until 2:45 PM at the mortuary.  Inurnment will be held at a later date at the Liberty Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.

In addition to his father he was predeceased by his wife, Lisa Jean Hawkins Chapman.

The family will be at their respective homes.  In lieu of flowers memorials in Tony’s honor are requested to GHS Hospice of the Foothills Foundation, 298 Memorial Drive, Seneca SC 29672.

Memorial messages may be sent to the family by visiting  

Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements

Christopher Lee Schuenemann Of Liberty Passes ...

Christopher Lee Schuenemann
Liberty, SC

Christopher Lee Schuenemann, 24, of Liberty, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, February 1, 2015.

He is survived by his mother, Audrey Sheryl Schuenemann of Liberty; and his sister, Jamie Simmons Russo of Powdersville.

He is preceded in death by his father, Edward Lee Schuenemann of Eugene, OR.

The funeral service will be held on Wednesday, February 4, 2015 at 3:00 pm at Landmark Baptist Church in Easley, with the visitation preceding from 2:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

Updated February 2015 Precipitation Totals

Downtown Liberty has received 0.88 inches of precipitation in the 36 hour period ending 10:00AM Tuesday February 3, 2015.

The current yearly total is 4.78"