Patricia Powell (Pat) Saxon

EASLEY — Patricia (Pat) Powell Saxon, 71, of 112 C Pinnacle Lane passed away Sunday, May 18, 2014 after a long and courageous battle with a very rare disease called Multiple System Atrophy or MSA.

She was a native of Pickens County and daughter of the late O.D. Powell and Lucille Smith Powell. She was predeceased by her loving brother and sister, Charles E. Powell and Betty P. Carman, both from Pickens County.

She was employed for 38 years with Wachovia Bank, formerly known as South Carolina National Bank. She worked for 35 years in the Pickens branch and retired as a Vice President in 2000.

She was a member of First Baptist Church in Easley, where she participated in the 5-6-7 Club and dearly loved the Friendship Club. Her hobby was traveling with her husband, Lonnie Saxon, sister Betty Carman, and brother and sister-in-law, Charles and Carolyn Powell. They traveled extensively across the USA and Canada.

Pat was married to Lonnie J. Saxon for 33 years and they raised two wonderful children, Robert J. Saxon and Shannon E. West. Jeff and his wife, Cindy, live in Bel Air, Maryland and have a son, Cole J. Saxon. Shannon and her husband, Larry, live in Kingston, Washington and also have a son, Jordan S. Sheppard.

She is survived by her beloved sister-in-law, Carolyn Powell of Pickens. She is also dearly loved by all her nieces and nephews. They are Tim Powell and his wife, Gladys Powell and their daughter, Jackie Powell and her two children, Kase Powell and Azarah Whithoff. Also, Debra Merck and her husband, Chris Merck and two daughters, Kayla Powell and Kristy Merck and grandson, Kyle Fennell.

Also, Jackie Dale Walsh and her husband, Tom Walsh. Lynn Carman Jordan and David Jordan and their two children, Rob Jordan and Mary Carman Jordan. Also, Susan Hicks and her husband, Buddy Hicks and their two daughters, Caroline Hicks and Grace Hicks. In addition to all of these nieces and nephews, she also had a very, very dear friend and neighbor, Arline Hicks.

The family would like to express their sincere gratitude to Journey Hospice and the McCall Hospice House for the exceptional care that was given to Pat during her illness.

A service to celebrate Pat's life will be held on Wednesday, May 21, 2014 at 1:00 PM in the chapel of Dillard Funeral Home with the Reverend Dr. John Adams and Reverend Lewis Edwards officiating. The burial will follow in Hillcrest Memorial Park.

The family will receive friends prior to the service from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. at the funeral home. The family will be at the home.

Pat dearly loved flowers and they will be accepted, but desired any memorial contributions to be made to Easley First Baptist Church, 300 East First Avenue, Easley, SC 29640.

Online condolences may be expressed by visiting

Funeral Home

Dillard Memorial Funeral Home
2402 GENTRY MEMORIAL HWY Pickens, SC 29671
(864) 878-6371

Published in The Pickens Sentinel from May 22 to May 23, 2014