Mrs. Irene Holton

  • Born: October 22, 1928
  • Died: August 12, 2013
  • Location: Pickens, South Carolina

Dillard Funerals and Cremations

2402 Gentry Memorial Highway
Pickens, SC 29671
Tel. (864) 878-6371

Tribute & Message From The Family

Pickens - Irene Elizabeth Simmons Porter Holton passed peacefully in her sleep to go home to her Lord and Savior on Monday, August 12, 2013, at the age of 84. A loving mother and grandmother, she was a blessing to all who knew her.

Born in Greenville County on October 22, 1928, a daughter of the late Isham Elijah and Iola Epps Simmons, she also enjoyed living in Tennessee, Florida, and Georgia as well as South Carolina. Irene was a gifted artist, open to adventure, and faced each chapter of her life with a cheerful and optimistic spirit. She valiantly dealt with adversity such as arthritis, loss of vision, loss of loved ones, and over 8 years on dialysis, without losing faith, hope or her ability to remain joyful and encouraging. A member of Pendleton Street Baptist Church in Easley, Irene was previously a member of the Church of God in Alma, GA and the Church of God in Winter Garden, FL.

Irene is survived by her son Allan (Cynthia) Porter of Easley, daughter Gina (James) Kern of Henrietta, NY, daughter-in-law Inez Hoffman Porter; grandchildren Richard Yates, Candice Yates, Robin (Rob) Porter Stutz, James Kern, Thomas Kern, Anthony (Ashley) Howell, and Matthew Howell, great grandchildren Shawn Yates, Austin Yates, Regan Gregory, and Ashton Stutz, great great grandson Bryson Yates, brother Jerry (Jane) Simmons of Simpsonville, sister Merle Mason of Pickens, and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, Irene was preceded in death by her husband, Bill (William) Holton, ex-husband Wayne Porter, son Richard Porter and sisters Pearl Lewis and Jean Breazeale.

The family will receive friends from 1:30 to 3 p.m. Thursday, August 15, 2013 at Dillard Funeral Home. Services will follow at 3 p.m. in the funeral home chapel with her nephew Rex Simmons officiating. Burial will be at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens.

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Condolence & Memory Journal

Merle I was so sad to hear of Irene's passing. I always looked forward to seeing you two on Wednesdays during my Meals on Wheels delivery. She was a dear, sweet lady.

Posted by Jane Wyche - Pickens, SC - Friend   August 14, 2013


So sorry to hear of Irene's passing. She was a special and gracious lady. I always looked forward to sharing laughs with her and Merle on my Thursday Meals on Wheels deliveries.

Godspeed my friend.

Posted by Barry Durham - Pickens, SC   August 14, 2013

Dear Gina and family,
My thoughts and prayers are with you as you go through this difficult time. I have heard you talk about your Mom for years and know what a wonderful lady she was.
She will always be in your heart.
God bless you all

Love Noelene

Posted by Noelene Votens - Rochester, NY - Friend   August 14, 2013


Rest In Peace sweet lady.

Posted by Debbie Gordon - LIBERTY, SC   August 14, 2013

Ms. Irene will be greatly missed, her smile, and always postive attitude, she was such a Godly woman and we at Easley Dialysis grew to love her very much. Our prayers and thoughts are with you all.

Posted by DSI Easley - Easley, SC   August 14, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers.

Posted by Cindy Davis - Greenville, SC - Shawn's Mother   August 14, 2013

Allan, Gina, you have my deepest sympathy in the loss of your mother. Your parents and mine were good friends for years. I have fond memories of the good times our families shared together when we were children.
Love and Prayers,
Darlene Burgess Anderson

Posted by Darlene Anderson - Pickens, SC   August 14, 2013

I am so sorry for your loss.Rene was always such a sweet lady who always had a smile and a big hug for me.I remember years ago when Tony and I went and visited Rene and Bill in Florida.We always was welcomed with love and open arms.You will be in my prayers as I know how hard it is to lose a mother.It leaves a big hole in your heart that nobody can fill.

Posted by Debbie Gordon - SC   August 14, 2013

Gina and Jim - We are so sorry to hear of your loss. There never is a good time to say good bye to people we love so much. With understanding and heartfelt sympathy. Our love, Greg and Bobbi

Posted by Greg and Bobbi Leonard - Sunset Beach, NC - friend   August 14, 2013

Alan, Cindy and Family, I just wanted tell you that you are in our prayers and we will continue to pray through the days ahead.
Remember to always lean on our Heavenly Father and rejoice that she is in Beulah Land with Him now.

With Love and Prayers

Posted by Shirley Johnson - Piedmont, SC - Friend   August 14, 2013

Merle, I am so sorry to hear of the loss of yet another of your sisters. I am the daughter of Dub and the late Velma Lewis Waldrop. You had some precious sisters.Your sister, Pearl, was my aunt. I also remember your precious mother. May the Lord be with you during this time.

Posted by Cindy Waldrop Burns - Easley, SC - Niece of Mrs. Holton's sister, P   August 13, 2013