Liberty Man Dies After New Car Flips On HWY 93

A Liberty resident was killed in a single car accident on Wednesday night.

According to the South Carolina Highway Patrol, the accident happened at about 9:30PM - two miles south of Easley on SC Highway 93.

The driver's recently purchased Mitsubishi was heading south HWY 93 when it went off the right side of the road and flipped.

The 61 year old driver was wearing a seat belt, and had  to be cut out of the vehicle.

He was taken to Greenville Memorial Hospital where he later died from injuries sustained in the accident.

Names will not be released until family has been properly notified and an investigation is complete.

Dock Frank Albertson Of Liberty Passes ...

Dock Franklin Albertson
Liberty, SC

Mr. Dock Franklin Albertson, 85, husband of the late Louise Gillespie Albertson, passed away Tuesday, December 16, 2014 at his home. 

Born in Anderson County, a son of the late Henry Franklin and Ruby Bishop Albertson, Mr. Albertson retired from American Services and was of the Baptist faith.

Surviving are a son, William Albertson of Liberty; two daughters, Mary Woodall (Paul) of Six Mile, and Joyce Rampey (Jim) of Liberty; six brothers, Dan, Harold, Jerry, Truman, Jimmy, and Ozell Albertson; two sisters, Sue Whitman and Della Thompson; six grandchildren; eleven great-grandchildren; and two great-great-grandchildren. In addition to his wife and parents, Mr. Albertson was predeceased by six brothers and six sisters.

Funeral services will be 2:00 PM Thursday, December 18, 2014 in the chapel of Robinson Funeral Home-Downtown. Burial will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends from noon until 1:45 PM Thursday at the funeral home, prior to the service.

The family is at the home of a daughter and son-in-law, Joyce and Jim Rampey, 381 Golden Creek Road, Liberty, SC 29657.

Memorials may be made to Journey Hospice, 665 North Academy Street, Greenville, SC 29601.

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

Christmas Break For Students ...

Liberty area Public Schools will have their Christmas Break from Friday December 19, 2014 - Monday January 5, 2015.

December 19, 2014 will be a half day for students.

Jail Blotter November 7 - December 11, 2014

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Liberty Christmas Parade Winners Announced ...

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December 2014 Liberty City Council Meeting

Mary Proffitt Of Liberty Passes ...

Mary Frances Proffitt
Liberty, SC

Funeral services to honor the life of Mrs. Proffitt will be held at 2:00PM Wednesday at Liberty First Baptist Church. Visitation will be one hour prior to the service in the church sanctuary. Burial will follow at Liberty Memorial Gardens.

Mary Frances Pratt Proffitt, 88, of 104 Mae Street, passed away peacefully Saturday, December 6, 2014 at Manna Health & Rehab in Pickens. Born in Liberty, she was the wife of John Willis Proffitt, Sr. of the home and a daughter of the late Burts Bonner and Frances Boggs Pratt. She worked as a book keeper at various places over the years and she retired from the School District of Pickens County. She was a member of Liberty First Baptist Church. 

Surviving in addition to her husband are a son, John Willis Proffitt, Jr. of the home; a sister, Kathryn Blackwell of Liberty; three brothers, Burts Bonner Pratt, Jr. of Greenville, Joseph A. Pratt of Chester, VA and Paul Pratt of Liberty.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by two sisters, Aletha Smith and Eleanor Williams; and two brothers, William Kyle Pratt and Robert Joel “Bobby” Pratt.

The family will be at the home. Memorial messages may be sent to the family by visiting  

Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements.

Joan Dalton Coleman Of Liberty Passes ...

Joan Dalton Coleman
Liberty, SC

Funeral services to celebrate Joan’s life will be 2:00 PM Tuesday in the Liberty Mortuary Chapel.  Burial will be at Liberty Memorial Gardens.  The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Joan Dalton Coleman, 67, of 710 Golden Creek Road, died Saturday, November 29, 2014 at her residence.  Born in Liberty she was a daughter of the late Samuel Bowen Dalton, Jr. and Flora Bell Ellenburg Dalton.

She retired from Redfern Health Center at Clemson University.  Joan loved all animals and was of the Baptist Faith.

Surviving are a brother, Roger Dalton of Liberty; three sisters, Carol Walters, Shirley Garrison, and Judy Brooks all of Liberty; several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents she was preceded in death by a nephew, Samuel Chad Dalton, and her step mother, Frances Dalton.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to the Foothills Humane Society, 500 Five Forks Road, Liberty SC 29657.

The family will be at the home of Ricky and Judy Brooks, 7979 Moorefield Memorial Highway, Liberty SC 29657.

Memorial messages may be sent to the family by visiting  

Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements

Ellen Freeman Flowers of Liberty Passes ...

Ellen Freeman Flowers
Liberty, SC

Ellen Elizabeth Freeman Flowers passed into God’s hands on Friday, November 7, 2014 at Pruitt Health Care, Blue Ridge, Georgia.  

Mrs. Flowers was born on October 4, 1932 in Liberty, SC.  Ellen was the daughter the late Homer Earle Freeman, Sr. and Onie Harrison Freeman.  Ellen was a member of Tri State Christian Center, Morganton, GA and had retired from First Federal Savings and Loan of Cocoa, Florida as a loan officer. Ellen enjoyed her retirement in the scenic Georgia mountains  near Blairsville. 

Survivors include daughter Danna Lynn Flowers of Johnson City, TN and son, Sandon Allan Flowers of Gainsville, FL, sister Chispah Freeman Ivey and brothers Morris L. Freeman and Marion G. Freeman. In addition to her parents she was predeceased by her husband, Harold Clyde Flowers, Jr. and brothers Homer Earle Freeman, Jr., Charles Edwin Freeman, William H. Freeman and Donald D. Freeman.

A memorial service is to be held on Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 1:00PM at the Liberty Presbyterian Church, 200 West Main St., Liberty, SC conducted by the Rev. Dottie Metropol with visitation at the church immediately following the service.  

Interment service at the gravesite will be conducted at 4:00 PM by the Rev. Joe Hoffman at Greenville Memorial Gardens, Hwy 25 South, Greenville, SC.

Gregory Black Of Liberty Passes ...

Gregory Alan Black
Liberty, SC

Gregory Alan Black, 57, of Odell Rd., died November 25, 2014 at his home.

Greg was a gifted carpenter and loved family, many friends, his pets, and hunting and fishing. Son of the late Robert and Geneva McCue Black. He was preceded in death by brother, Gordon Black.

Greg is survived by three sons, Ryan, Travis, and Trent of Easley; brothers, Dennis R. Black and Scott Black of Pickens; sisters, Jean Posey (Dan), Linda Suddeth (Jerril), Sandra Meece (Orbin), Julie Glouse (Frank); granddaughters, Kielyn and Rylee. A special thanks to James and Betty Breazeale.

Memorial Service will be held Sunday, November 30, at Trinity Baptist Church on Hwy. 8 at 2PM, Reverend Randy Smith officiating. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Meals On Wheels. 

Private Burial will be held at later date. Cremation Society of South Carolina 

Upcoming Liberty Library Events ...

Sarlin Library 
15 South Palmetto St
Liberty SC, 29657

Please click on the tag "Sarlin Library" at the bottom of this post to see other events held at the library.

Charles A. Keeler, Jr. Of Liberty Passes ...

Charles A. Keeler, Jr.
Liberty, SC

Memorial services to honor Charles’s life will be held 4:00PM Monday in the Liberty Mortuary Chapel.  The family will receive friends from 2:30 until 3:45PM prior to the service at the mortuary.

Charles Austin Keeler, Jr, 54, of Liberty, left his earthly body and received his heavenly body on Friday, November 28, 2014 at Greenville Memorial Hospital surrounded by his loving family.

Born in Prue, Indiana he was a son of Mary Elizabeth “Beth” Keeler, and the late Charles Austin “Bud” Keeler, Sr.

He was a loyal employee of Bonitz for 34 years and was a member of Calumet Baptist Church.  He loved Georgia Bulldogs Football, fishing, music, and building, but most of all, he loved and adored his family, and he loved his Lord.

In addition to his mother of Greenville he is survived by his wife of 35 years, Tammy Turner Keeler, the love of his life; his precious daughters who adored their hero, and he thought they hung the moon, Ashley Cantrell (Nick) of Pendleton, and Brittany Holder (Robbie) of Pickens;  three sisters, Susan Keeler of Greenville, Lisa Adams (Matt) of Ellijay, GA, and Denise Nunz of Pinedale, WY; a brother,  Michael Keeler (Bruce) of Greenville; his three grandchildren who were his pride and joy, and the apple of his eye, Nicholas & Nataleigh Cantrell, and Noah Holder; his grandmother, Evelyn Morgan of Greenville; his mother in law, Linda Sprouse (Allen) of Easley; his cat, Puddin, and several special nieces and nephews.

Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 3535 Pelham Rd, Greenville, SC 29615.

The family will be at the home of Nick and Ashley Cantrell, 118 Juniper Drive, Pendleton SC 29670.  Memorial messages may be sent to the family by visiting

Liberty Mortuary and Cremation Services is handling arrangements

James Emanuel Bradley ...

James Emanuel Bradley
Liberty, SC

Funeral services for James E. Bradley, 71 of 424 E. Main St., Liberty, will be 2PM Sunday at New Hope Baptist Church with interment in Liberty Memorial Gardens. 

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the New Hope Food Bank

The family has selected the Luther Johnson Funeral Home.

Updated November 2014 Weather ...

Updated November 2014 Weather ...

Downtown Liberty has received 0.24 inches of precipitation in the 48 hour period ending November 28, 2014 at 6:30AM.

The yearly total is now at 40.63 inches of precipitation.

After a cold Friday, temperatures are expected to recover to normal for the weekend with the next dip on Tuesday.

Memorial Obituary For Eva Haynie ...

Eva Haynie
(Chastain Rd Elementary Teacher)

Eva Marie McCall Haynie, 51, of Easley, SC passed away Nov. 23, 2014. While the event was well publicized in regional news reports, the devastating circumstances of how she was taken from life cannot begin to possibly overshadow the magnitude in which she lived it.

A fireball of seemingly ceaseless energy, Eva is perhaps best known in her community as a teacher at Chastain Road Elementary school in Liberty, S.C. With nearly 20 years of teaching experience under her belt, she was battle hardened in the ways of the booger-flicking antics of the prepubescent, which made her a sought out fount of wisdom for younger teachers. She thought nothing of slipping into a cheerleading outfit for school spirit days. No gimmick was off the table if it could keep her students engaged in learning.

The job that defined her life, however, was at home. She was a fabulous mother of four young adults, her constant loyal cohorts. She was a drill sergeant, a party planning ninja, grand warden of the pool. She was known to be a bit of a packing sorcerer, thinking nothing of squeezing her four teenage kids and a week’s worth of camping gear into a Ford Mustang, forever redefining for them the concept of personal space.

By all reliable accounts, she was a mannerly, attentive and well-loved child who dutifully attended the Methodist church with her family in Bennettsville, SC., sporting perfectly curled hair and spotless dresses. She was a human doll of a by-gone era. It would be a childhood, however, complicated by the pain of not having contact with her father following her parents’ divorce. That would change for both her and her sister Debbie when they bravely attended his funeral in 2007. It would mean encountering a family of strangers while grappling with emotions of confronting a father they would never know.

“There you are,” Cliff Hayes recalls his half-sister saying to him when they met that day. “I always wanted a little brother,” she said before enfolding him in her arms. It was with the same open heart she embraced new-found aunts, an uncle and cousins. With each birthday and holiday, she prioritized making up for lost time.
For Eva, life was theater, the kind that was critically acclaimed and full of glitz and lights. A choose-your-own-adventure. An opportunity to make the most out of each day. She reveled in her children and their individual talents, interests and capabilities. She believed in them and the open road stretching ahead, and expected them to do the same. She held tight to her faith. She was a believer in the power of peer pressure, which she freely wielded to coax the reluctant into costumes, onto horses or to jump off rock cliffs into an emerald green abyss awaiting below. She made things happen, and typically while sporting a glowing tan and an impeccable set of French tip nails. In a world fraught with cynicism, she was the one in the room laughing full bore, leaning in to hear your story. She was always plotting an adventure, always leaving room for one more person. Always captivating. Completely, thoroughly and unabashedly charming. Everyone who knew her was better for having been in her orbit. And in that regard, there could have never, ever been enough time.

Eva is survived by her four children, Rev. Erik Grayson of Charleston, S.C.; Amber Grayson (Anthony) of Jacksonville, Fla.; Kathleen Grayson of Rock Hill, S.C.; and James Grayson, and stepson Jared Haynie of Easley, S.C.; her sister Debbie McCall Davis (Chuck) and family of Rock Hill, S.C.; brother Cliff Hayes (Becky) of Wilmington, N.C., and her mother June McCall of Rock Hill, S.C. She is predeceased by her father Charlie Hayes and stepson Travis Haynie.

Funeral Services will be held Saturday, November 29, 2014 at St. Andrews United Methodist Church at 11AM, with burial immediately following at Robinson Memorial Gardens.

Visitation will be held at Robinson Funeral Home in downtown Easley Friday, November 28, 2014 from 6PM to 8PM

Memorials may be made to the JDRF, “Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation”, 26 Broadway, New York, NY 10004 or visit their website at

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

Jan Greer Of Liberty Passes ...

Jan Greer
Liberty, SC

Jan Greer, 53, Liberty, died 11-22-2014

Arrangements: Cremation Society of South Carolina. 

Chastain Road Elementary Teacher Found Shot By Husband In NC Cabin ...

A Chastain Road Elementary teacher has been found dead in Haywood County, NC according to police reports.

The sheriff's office said they responded to check on the welfare of Eva Haynie, 51, and her husband Richard Haynie, 54, on Monday afternoon. 

When they arrived, they said they discovered what appeared to be a murder-suicide. 

"Mrs. Haynie has taught in our district for 15 years," district spokesman John Eby said. "She will be remembered as a dedicated teacher who loved and cared for all of her students, seeking to always put their needs first."

"We extend our deepest sympathies to her family, her friends, and her co-workers at CRE."

Additional guidance counselors were at the school Tuesday morning to offer emotional support to students and faculty, Eby said.

Jerry Lollis Of Liberty Passes ...

Jerry W. Lollis
Liberty, SC

Jerry Wayne Lollis, 69, of Liberty, went to be with the Lord on Saturday November 22, 2014. He was born in Piedmont, SC to the late James and Clara Watson Lollis. 

Jerry is survived by his four daughters, Debra Kneece, Donna Stargel, Marie Davis,and Tammy Ozanne, three sons, Dennis Gambrell, Tim Lollis, and Wayne Lollis, a grandson of the home, Austin Lollis,seven sisters, and two brothers, 15 grandchildren, and 24 great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held today Monday November 24, 2014 at 2:00PM at Oak Grove Baptist Church in Piedmont.

The family will receive receive friends from in the church prior to the service.

The family is at the home.

Thanksgiving Break Schedule ...

Pickens County Public schools attend Monday & Tuesday

Thanksgiving Break lasts Wednesday November 26, 2014 - Sunday November 30, 2014

Students return to normal schedule on Monday December 1, 2014.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

Lisa Hellams James ...

Lisa Hellams James
(Formerly of Liberty)

Lisa Kay Hellams James, 44, of Old Pacolet Road, died Monday, November 17, 2014 at her residence. Born in Easley, she was a daughter of Kay Reece Ramey of Liberty and the late Jack Hellams. 

Surviving in addition to her mother are a daughter, Adrian Harris(Jason) of Pickens; a son, Tim Edwards(Anna) of Pickens; 3 sisters, Terri White of Pickens, Christine Burgess of Pickens and Becky Ramey Martin of Central; a brother, Daryl Hellams(Taffie) of Liberty; and 3 grandchildren, Calleigh, Abigail and Rayne Harris.

In addition to her father she was predeceased by a granddaughter, Jadyn Harris; and her step father, Floyd Lee Ramey.

The family will receive friends from 3:00 until 5:00 PM Sunday at Liberty Mortuary. No service is planned at this time. 

The family will be at the home of her mother, Kay Ramey at 122 Patterson Road Liberty, SC 29657. Memorial messages may be sent to the family by visiting  

Liberty Mortuary and Cremation Services are handling arrangements.

2015 Pickens County Delegation Meeting Set ...

The Pickens County Legislative Delegation Annual Public Meeting has been set.

THURSDAY, JANUARY 8, 2015 @ 5:30PM

EASLEY, SC 29640

Walter Perry Of Liberty Passes ...

Walter Perry
Liberty, SC

Funeral services to honor the life of Mr. Perry will be 2:00PM Friday in the Liberty Mortuary Chapel.  Burial will be at Camp Creek Baptist Church Cemetery.  The family will receive friends prior to the service from 12:30 until 1:45PM at the mortuary.

Walter Woodrow Perry, 100, of 630 Winding Creek Road, passed away peacefully on Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at his residence. 

Mr. Perry was born in Cateechee, and was a United States Army veteran of World War II.  He started the 1st ambulance service in Pickens County and later retired from Pickens County EMS.

He was a member and former deacon of Norris First Baptist Church.

Surviving are his wife, Melva Garrett Wooten Perry of the home; two step daughters, Regina Moore (Daniel) of Central, and Angela Elrod (Steve) of Liberty; a grandson, Ben Moore (Kelley).

The family will be at the home.  Flowers will be accepted or memorials may be made to Norris First Baptist Church, PO Box 130, Norris SC 29667.

Memorial messages may be sent to the family by visiting  

Liberty Mortuary is handling arrangements

November 2014 Pickens GOP Meeting @ The Rosewood Center

The Pickens County Republican Party will meet Thursday November 20, 2014 at 7PM at the Rosewood Center in Liberty.