Louella Talley O'Donald

January 28, 1935April 9, 2018
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Louella Alice Hayes Talley O’Donald, 83, of Pickens and wife of the late Harry E. Talley and William A. O’Donald, passed away on Monday, April 9, 2018, at St. Francis Hospital-Downtown.

Born on January 28, 1935, in Pickens, SC, she was the daughter of the late Ervin and Mattie Leslie Hayes. Louella was a member of East Pickens Baptist Church and was retired from Ryobi. She loved dedicating her time to helping others. After her retirement, she became a Certified Nursing Assistant and also volunteered at the Café Connections of Pickens. Louella enjoyed traveling, especially trips to the beach, crocheting blankets and kitchen accessories for her family, and reading.

Surviving are her son, Stephen “Eddie” Talley and his wife Emma; two grandsons, Sidney Talley and Ethan Talley and his wife Kelli; two step-sons, Joseph O’Donald and his wife Karen and Alan O’Donald and his wife Maxine; one step-daughter, Wanda Duncan and her husband Freddie; one sister, Rheba Hayes Watson Simmons; one great-grandson, Cooper Hayes Talley; three step-grandchildren and several step-great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews.

Louella was also predeceased by seven brothers and five sisters.

The family will receive friends on Thursday, April 12, 2018, from 1 p.m. until 2:30 p.m. at Dillard Funeral Home with funeral services following in the chapel at 3 p.m., with the Reverend Jamie Duncan officiating.

Burial will be at Hillcrest Memorial Park and Gardens.

Honorary seating will be provided for the Ladies Lunch Bunch Prayer Group and “Her Boys”, please see a funeral attendant upon your arrival.

Flowers are appreciated, but memorials may also be made to East Pickens Baptist Church, 2244 Gentry Memorial Hwy, Pickens, SC 29671, or the Café Connections, 319 E. Main St., Pickens, SC 29671.

Online condolences may be expressed to the family by visiting

Dillard Funeral Home is assisting the family in making arrangements. (864) 878-6371


  • Steve Corbin
  • Shane Duncan
  • Doug Hayes
  • David Mantooth
  • Mike Talley
  • Wayne Talley


  • Visitation Thursday, April 12, 2018
  • Funeral Service Thursday, April 12, 2018

Louella Talley O'Donald

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Georgia Dickard

April 16, 2018

Please accept our thoughts and prayers during this time of loss. Your mom has left such a beautiful legacy of Christian spirit, laughter and service to others behind for us to follow as an example. I always loved when we EPBC, Secona, and First Baptist has joint services during the Summers. I would always try to run up in the choir loft and sit by her. She was such a delight! Love and Prayers Abide for your family! Love, Georgia & Jimmy Dickard

Ann Corbin

April 10, 2018

Eddie & Family,

Your mom was the best. After coming back to SC after being on the mission field in New Orleans, we kind of adopted her as our own grandma.

After the cafe started, she wanted to be a part. She told us that all she could do was love on people like she did with her family, "Would that be ok", she asked? It was certainly ok and she did it well.

Up until November, we could count on seeing her little burgundy car come rolling in just about every Wednesday. Y'all will never know how much Steve and I looked forward to those weekly visits. All 3 of us laughed, cried and was encouragement to each other. Wednesday's will never be the same.

Praying for you in the days ahead.

Nancy Willis Albert

April 10, 2018

Loved going to Aunt Viola and Uncle Jonah’s house when I was a teenager when Lou was there. She could always brighten anyone’s day with her smile and laughter. People were just naturally drawn to her. She will be missed on this earth but we’ll see her again. ❤️