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May 25

Russ Cromwell

Retired physical therapist

Russell Raymond Cromwell of Pawleys Island, a retired physical therapist, died Monday at his home. He was 90.

He was born Feb. 25, 1927, in New Madison, Ohio, the son of John Chester Cromwell and Edith Mae Brown Cromwell. Raised on a farm in rural Darke County, Ohio, Russ enlisted in the Army after graduating from New Madison High School. He was serving in the Army Finance Office during World War II and cared for the wounded at Valley Forge General Hospital.

Mr. Cromwell was the first member of his family to attend college. He graduated from the Ohio State University with a degree in biology and physical education. He played freshman basketball and baseball for the Buckeyes. He taught seventh and eighth grade and coached baseball, basketball and track at Butler Township and Dixie Junior High School in Ohio. After teaching several years, he completed Physical Therapy School at the Medical College of Virginia and was employed by the McGuire Veterans Administration Hospital in Richmond, Va.

He met his wife, Frances Ward “Dookie” Davis, in P.T. school. They were married at All Saints Church in 1955. They were married for 61 years. Mrs. Cromwell died in 2016. The couple moved to Lexington, Ky. He worked in Lexington as a physical therapist for 35 years with Yocum, Gumbert, Wheeler, Russell, Morgan and Bray, later known as Lexington Orthopedic Associates, before retiring to Pawleys Island in 1993.

Mr. Cromwell was appointed to the Kentucky State Board of Physical Therapy where he served as chairman and secretary. He also served as president, vice-president and secretary of the Kentucky APTA. He was a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Lexington where he served as an usher, Sunday School teacher and played in the church softball and bowling leagues.

He was an avid golfer, a die-hard Buckeye fan, enjoyed working in the yard, doing crossword puzzles, watching sports on TV and playing with his dog, Doodle. He was a member of Christ the King Anglican Church in Pawleys Island.

He is survived by his children, John Russell Cromwell (Lisa) of Lexington and Marie Cromwell Lindsay (Buddy) of Pawleys Island; and his grandchildren, Ross M. Lindsay IV, Catharine A. Lindsay, Sloan D. Cromwell, Beckett H. Cromwell and W. Maclain Cromwell.

His brothers, Lloyd, William and Joseph Cromwell, died before him.

Graveside services will be held in All Saints Church Cemetery at 10 a.m. Friday by the Rev. Timothy D. Surratt.

Memorials may be made to Christ the King Church, 9630 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, S.C. 29585.

There is a guestbook at mayerfuneralhome.com.

Dona M.P. Forehand

Former teacher was Miss Virginia

Dona Marie Pillow Forehand of Lynchburg, Va., and DeBordieu died May 20. She was 67.

She was born Sept. 29, 1949, the daughter of the Rev. Charles Douglas and Eleanor Smith Pillow. She was immersed in the civic and Christian community.

She was Miss Lynchburg and Miss Virginia in 1972. She graduated from Lynchburg College with a degree in education. She taught briefly before marrying James Butler Forehand Jr. and starting a family. She was most proud of her children and she shined as a mother and wife. She adored her grandchildren and relished the time she spent with them.

She served many organizations including the YWCA board, Lynchburg Historical Foundation board, Lynchburg College Alumni Board, president of the Junior League of Lynchburg, Lynchburg Symphony board, James River Day School board and chairman of the 9 Hole Golf Association of Boonsboro Country Club.

Mrs. Forehand was an active member of Peakland United Methodist Church until her health began to fail, serving on the administrative board, teaching Sunday school and singing in the chancel choir.

She was remembered for her exuberance, sense of humor and beauty. Her devotion to her family and a firm belief in the Lord supported her through her health struggles and ultimately gave her peace, her family said. A celebration of life benediction was found among her saved posessions and it is a perfect description of how she was loved and will be missed:

“We will share and treasure what I carry in my heart. Her memory is safely kept within, all the love she spent on me is held in sweet reserve. Every kiss and every touch and every precious grin. I’ll miss the many things she did. Each one will be remembered gratefully. Though I will miss her through the years. I am comforted to know she’s with her Lord, until we meet again and share eternity.”

In addition to her parents and husband; she is survived by her son James and his wife Kasey; her daughter, Sarah; her step-daughters, Linda Forehand and Karen Howard; her grandchildren, Brenna and Nolyn; her step-grandchildren, Max, Brandon and Ryan Howard; her brother, Rick Pillow and his wife Amy and her nephew Pastor Patrick Pillow; her niece, Madeline Pillow.

A celebration of her life will be held at Peakland United Methodist on Friday at 11 a.m. by the Rev. John Vest of Peakland United Methodist Church, Rev. Bill Burleigh of Court Street United Methodist Church and Pastor Patrick Pillow of Chester United Methodist Church.

Condolences may be sent at tharpfuneralhome.com.

Lt. Denise King

County’s first female deputy

Lt. Denise King of Georgetown, the first female deputy in Georgetown County, died Sunday at Georgetown Memorial Hospital. She was 53.

She served more than 25 years with the sheriff’s office. Sheriff Lane Cribb said her familiarity with the communities in the county made her an asset and her people skills made her special. “She was somebody you could send out to solve any problem with people,” he said.

Michelle Denise Gore King was born Oct. 26, 1963, in Georgetown, a daughter of James Archie Gore and Fancy Hyman Gore. She was a graduate of Winyah High School. She loved golf and boating.

During her career with the sheriff’s office she served as a school resource officer at Waccamaw High and Waccamaw Elementary. She also coordinated the Neighborhood Watch programs. She was currently the lieutenant in charge of Judicial Operations.

She was beloved by her colleagues and in the community. “She loved to have fun. If somebody was having a bad day, she turned it into a good day,” Cribb said.

She is survived by a sister, Renee Gore Wall (Allen) of Kingstree; a brother, Danny Gore of Georgetown; four nieces, Betsy McKenzie (Wayne), Sarah Fancy Gore, Katie Gore, Brooke Wall; two nephews, Adam Wall (Maggie) and James Gore; three great-nephews, John Wayne McKenzie, Allen Colt McKenzie and Landen Gore; and her ex-husband and friend, Jeffery Allen King of Myrtle Beach.

In addition to her parents, another brother, Stan Gore, died before her.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. today at First Baptist Church in Georgetown by the Rev. Jamie Harrelson. The family will receive visitors from 1 p.m. Interment will be in Pennyroyal Memorial Gardens.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office Shop with Santa program, 430 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, SC 29440.

Condolences may be sent at grahamfuneralhome.org.

Patric T. Moore

Retired firefighter/paramedic

Patric Theodore Moore of Hagley Estates died Monday at Georgetown Memorial Hospital. He was 66.

He was born in Syracuse, N.Y., a son of Ralph and Betty Moore. Mr. Moore was a retired firefighter/paramedic with the city of Sunrise, Fla. His love for life, contagious laughter and kindness for all will always be cherished, his family said.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Elizabeth Moore; a son, Patrick Moore (Brianna) of Wellington, Fla.; a daughter, Shannon Moore (Freddie Martinez) of Coral Springs, Fla.; his grandchildren, Kaylie and Gabrielle Moore and Giuliana Martinez; and a brother, Ted Moore of Murrells Inlet.

In addition to his parents, his sister, Susan Pluta, died before him.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church. The family will receive friends from 5 to 8 p.m. Friday at Goldfinch Funeral Home’s Litchfield/Pawleys Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Midway Fire and Rescue, 67 St. Paul’s Pl., Pawleys Island, S.C. 29585.

There is a guest book at goldfinchfuneralhome.com

Bill Nichols

Former County Council chairman

James William Nichols of Georgetown, a radio station owner who served on Georgetown County Council, died May 19 at Waccamaw Community Hospital. He was 74.

He was born June 8, 1942, in Charlotte, a son of Earl Mason Nichols and Gertrude Toomey Nichols. He owned and operated WGTN and WAZX radio stations in Georgetown.

Mr. Nichols, who was known as Bill, was elected to County Council from District 6 in 1986. He served two terms as chairman before stepping down in 1998.

He was hired in 1999 as the first public information officer with the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office. “He started the whole thing; he got it in gear and made it what it is today,” Sheriff Lane Cribb said. Mr. Nichols retired from the sheriff’s office in 2005.

Mr. Nichols was also a former bus driver with Sunway Bus Lines, something he considered more of a hobby than a job.

He was married to the late Betty Robinson Nichols. He is survived by two children, Anita Nichols Williams (Butch) of Georgetown and Todd Nichols of Simpsonville; four grandchildren, Katherine Hunter Weaver and Rodney Carter Weaver Jr. of Georgetown, and Kennedy Claire Nichols and Parker Reece Nichols of Simpsonville; one brother, Dennis Nichols of Lugoff; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Another grandson, Zachary Carter Weaver; one brother, Earl Mason Nichols Jr.; and two sisters, Faye Johnson and Rose Moore, died before him.

A memorial service was held Tuesday at Herbert United Methodist Church, where he was a member. Interment was in Elmwood Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the church, 84 Forest Ave. Georgetown, SC 29440. There is a guest book at ridgewayfh.com.


May 18

Nancy L.H. Braman

Former teacher was active Army wife

Nancy Lee Hodge Braman of Pawleys Plantation died May 6 at home with her family at her side. She was 74.

The daughter of Wesley I. Hodge and Florence Hoffman Hodge, she grew up in Mount Jackson, Pa., with siblings Janet Hodge Hopper, Ronald Hodge and Norma Hodge Genova. She graduated from Mohawk High School (1961) and Geneva College (1965), accepting an elementary teaching position in North Kingstown, R.I. It was there in 1969 she met the man who would become her partner of 48 years, Eric Braman of Middletown, R.I.

Mrs. Braman earned her master’s degree in education from the University of Rhode Island. Leaving the full-time teaching profession in 1972, she transitioned to what she viewed as life’s most rewarding roll: full-time mom. During her years as an Army wife and later in life she served as president of officers wives’ club, fundraiser for the Brussels American School booster club, substitute teacher, CPA assistant, travel agent, bank teller, assistant to the dean of students at Norwich University, secretary of Friends of the Sullivan Museum, and several terms as an elected member of the board of the Northfield, Vt., Public Library.

She was an avid golfer, mentor for the First Tee and member of the Pawleys Plantation Golf and Country Club. She was also an active lifetime sister of the PEO. In retirement, Mrs. Braman continued to enjoy international travel with her family and friends.

In addition to her husband, a retired colonel, she is survived by her children, William Braman, a retired lieutenant colonel; Col. Matthew Braman; Alison Braman; Mario Schweizer, a retired major; Chief Warrant Officer 3 Jon Smith; Sgt. 1st Class Kevin Smith; and Capt. Rija Ramahatra; and 13 grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday at the Calvary United Methodist Church in Middletown. Interment will be at the Rhode Island Veterans Cemetery in Exeter.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Tee at thefirsttee.org. Condolences may be sent at memorialfuneralhome.com.

Millet R. DeAngles

Chemist worked at GAF

Millet Rodger DeAngles of the River Club, died Sunday at home surrounded by his family. He was 90.

He was born Feb. 2, 1927 at Lourdes Hospital in Binghamton, N.Y., the son of Millet and Nancy Capillo DeAngles.

He served in the Navy and the Marine Corps during World War II and the Korean War. He attended Elizabethtown College and Temple University where he obtained a degree in chemistry. He worked for General Aniline and Film Corp., better known as GAF, for 30 years and was the co-author of 16 patents.

He is survived by his wife, Eileen Catherine O’Connell DeAngles; his children, Millet DeAngles and wife Debbie of Goose Creek, Jamie DeAngles of Las Vegas, Nancy Van Der Riet of Pawleys Island, Frank DeAngles and wife Mari of Homer, N.Y., Kate Howey of Positano, Italy, and Eileen Wallace and husband Bill of McClellanville; his grandchildren, Vincent DeAngles, Frank DeAngles, Kristen DeAngles, Maureen DeAngles, Bryan Van Der Riet and Millet DeAngles; and his sister, Carmie Kuzma of Palm Harbor, Fla.

A grandson, Ryan Howey, and his siblings, Pauline, Louise, Angie, Dora and Frank, died before him.

A memorial mass will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church with military honors.

Memorials may be made to S.C. Citizens for Life, P.O. Box 5865, Columbia, SC 29250.

Condolences may be sent at burroughsfh.com.

James F. Keeley

Retired from Rohm and Haas

James Francis Keeley of Murrells Inlet died Sunday at his home. He was 75.

He was born Sept. 18, 1941 in Philadelphia, the son of John Vincent and Alice Miller Keeley. He worked for Rohm and Haas Co., a chemicals company, for 38 years.

A sports enthusiast, Mr. Keeley enjoyed watching Penn State football and Flyers hockey. He loved the beach and had a sense of humor that will be missed, his family said. He was remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, brother and friend.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Shirley M. Keeley; a daughter, Joanna Cribb and husband Royce of Hemingway; his grandchildren, Michael Cribb and Danielle Cribb of Hemingway; a great-grandson, Brantley Cribb of Hemingway; his sisters, Debbie Marinelli and Darlene Williams of Pennsylvania; his brothers, Robert Keeley and Ronald Keeley and wife Mary Jean, also of Pennsylvania; a brother-in-law, John Hermanowicz of Florida; and several nieces and nephews.

Another son, James Francis Keeley Jr., and two other brothers, John Keeley and Jerry Keeley, died before him.

A celebration of his life will be held at 1 p.m. May 25 at Shepherd of the Sea Lutheran Church, where he was a member.

Condolences may be sent at burroughsfh.com..

Patricia L. Player

Owned Community Florist

Patricia Lanford Player of Pawleys Island died Saturday at her home. She was 83.

She was born in Columbia, a daughter of Louie and Lorraine Lanford. She owned and operated Community Florist at Pawleys Island for many years.

She was a charter member of St. Paul’s Waccamaw United Methodist Church, a member of the Red Hatters and a past president of the South Carolina Floral Association.

She is survived by her sons, Dean Player (Selena) and Kyle Player, all of Pawleys Island; a daughter, Dianne Lese of Orlando, Fla.; her grandchildren, Caroline Patton (Evan), Michael Lese, McKendree Lambert (Will) and Taylor Soper (Taylor); and her great-grandchildren, Henry, Anna and Juliette Patton and Mason Soper.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul’s Waccamaw.

There is a guest book at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Waccamaw, 180 St. Paul Place Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

James E. Roberts

Served as Army chaplain

James E. Roberts of Pawleys Island died Saturday at his home with his wife by his side. He was 81.

He was born in Chicago, the youngest child of James and Arline Roberts. He attended Knox College, where he met his wife Marilyn. They were married on Sept. 8, 1956. Following graduation, Mr. Roberts attended graduate school at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University and the Chicago Lutheran Theological Seminary.

Mr. Roberts entered the Army Corps of Engineers Reserves and then went on active duty as a chaplain in 1966. He volunteered to serve in Vietnam and was stationed in Virginia, North Carolina, Alabama, Korea, Panama and New York.

He retired in Fairfax, Va. and pursued his many hobbies including running marathons, bridge, home renovations, sports refereeing, travel and his dogs.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four children, Paula Carter, Peter Roberts, Kate Harmon and Michael Roberts; and nine grandchildren, Nick and Laura Truglio, Caroline, Lauren and Allison Harmon, Andrew, Tommy, Lena and Nicole Roberts. Another grandson is due in June.

In addition to his parents, three sisters, Marilyn Roberts, Susan Pavlik and Jean Tranchita, died before him.

A funeral service was held Sunday at Burroughs Funeral Home. Interment with military honors will take place in Arlington National Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Mercy Care of Lower Cape Fear Hospice, 8216 Devon Ct, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572.

Condolences may be sent at burroughsfh.com.


May 11

Taylor Nelson

Designer with a flair for the theatrical

Frederick Taylor Nelson, a graphic designer and former Murrells Inlet resident, died May 3 in Danville, Ky., after a battle with cancer. He was 63.

He was born in Louisville, Ky., the son of Jackie and Morrison “Jug” Nelson. He grew up in Lexington, Ky., but considered Murrells Inlet his true home after residing there for nearly 30 years.

He earned his degree in graphic design from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh before contributing his artistic talents to various media publications in New York (Mademoiselle), San Francisco (Determined Productions), Beverly Hills (Beverly Hills 213) and Murrells Inlet (Strand Media Group).

Given his great love for the arts, Mr. Nelson, who was known as Taylor, also designed unique promotional posters and brochures for the Swamp Fox Players in Georgetown.

He was a creative, witty and talented individual, who especially enjoyed spending time with his close friends, walking on the beach, going to the movies and reading novels.

He is survived by his brothers Ben (Julie) and Nick (Vonda); and five nieces and nephews, Katherine, McKay, Sam, Nicholas and Noah.

A private celebration of his life will be held in Murrells Inlet for close friends and family at a date to be determined.

Memorials may be made to the Swamp Fox Players, P.O. Box 911, Georgetown, SC 29442 or Brookgreen Gardens, 1931 Brookgreen Garden Dr., Murrells Inlet, SC 29576.

Joyce M. Puglia

Made blanks for sick children

Joyce Mason Puglia of Murrells Inlet died May 5 at her home surrounded by her family. She was 93.

She was born May 6, 1924, in Sanford, N.C., a daughter of Worth B. and Hurlie Adcock Mason.

She was married for 60 years to the late Charles S. Puglia. She lived each day to the fullest, her family said.

Mrs. Puglia lived in Elizabethtown, N.C., and Blowing Rock, N.C. An avid golfer, she was a member of the Hound Ears Club in Blowing Rock.

Mrs. Puglia also had a passion for reading. Wanting to share that love with others, she was one of the founding members of the library at the Hound Ears Club.

Traveling and playing bridge were among her favorite pastimes. Her most fulfilling days were spent with Project Linus where she had the pleasure of making blankets for critically ill children.

She was a member of Elizabethtown Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by her children, Susan Smith (Aubrey) and Samuel Puglia (Linda); five grandchildren, Chris Smith (Eve), Patrick Smith (Missy), Matthew Smith (Jessi), Samantha Staats (Tom) and Jake Puglia (Nicole); 11 great-grandchildren, Benton and Tyler Smith, Caroline, Mari and Grace Smith, Henry and Merritt Smith, Thomas and Alexandra Staats, and Treb and Annamarie Puglia; one brother, Worth Mason (Debbie); and her dog, Chloe.

Her brother, Jack Mason, died before her.

A graveside service was held Sunday at Elizabethtown City Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Grandfather Home for Children, 158 Hickory Nut Gap Rd., Banner Elk, N.C. 28604.

There is a guest book at msfh.net.


May 4

Jack W. Bridgeman

Motor coach driver for 30 years

Jack Wayne Bridgeman of Pawleys Island died April 26 surrounded by loved ones. He was 80.

He was remembered as a Southern gentleman who rose from humble beginnings through his wit, charm and work ethic.

He was born June 27, 1936, in Bristol, Tenn., the son of William and Josie Marie Bridgeman. He graduated from high school there in 1955 and enlisted in the Air Force. He served as a radar specialist for 10 years.

Mr. Bridgeman found his way to New Jersey where for 30 years he traveled the country as a motor coach driver for Starr Transit with his wife Rosemarie as tour director.

His love of driving led him to NASCAR, where he watched and sipped his beloved Budweiser. He was an avid sports fan. Among his many hobbies and volunteer activities were football, golf and participating in parades and other events as a member of the Elks and VFW.

His family said his wife, children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren were the true joy of his life.

His brothers Billy Gene, Donald and James died before him. He is survived by his wife of 34 years, Rosemarie Marino Bridgeman; siblings, Dorothy Booher and husband Earl, Ruth Jones, Peggy Campbell and husband David, William Arthur Bridgeman, Robert Bridgeman and wife Dorothy, Gary Bridgeman and wife Aleta, and Harold Bridgeman and wife Sue; children, Jack Bridgeman Jr. and wife Jackie, daughters Belinda and husband Bobby Freeman, Allison and John Maloney, Carolyn and Joseph Ellis, Kathleen and Gary DeLena, Rosemarie Burke, and son Joseph Shea Burke; grandchildren, Daniel, Courtney, Brittany, Jessica, Victoria, Callie, Shea, Alea, Gattlin, Joshua, Finnbar and Declan; great-grandchildren, Cora Rose, Briella and Brayden; and several nieces and nephews.

A celebration of his life will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday at Burroughs Funeral Home in Murrells Inlet. The family will receive friends at the funeral home starting at 1 p.m. The family requests that they wear colorful attire in Mr. Bridgeman’s memory.

Memorials may be made to Hospice Care of South Carolina, 407 Church St., Suite C, Georgetown, SC 29440


April 27

Anne T. Hoile

Caring mother and grandmother

Anne Thomas Hoile of Pawleys Island died April 21 at her home with her husband and children by her side. She was 72.

She wanted to be remembered as a caring mother and grandmother, her family said. She was also an avid tennis player and book reader and lover of the beauty of South Carolina, especially the beaches.

Mrs. Hoile was also a devoted soccer fan. She served as president of the Greensboro, N.C., Youth Soccer Association and was a U.S. Soccer Federation certified referee. Before moving to Pawleys Island in 2012, she was a senior litigation paralegal with Smith Moore Leatherwood in Greensboro.

A lifelong Episcopalian, Mrs. Hoile served several parishes in various capacities including alter guild, Episcopal Church Women and volunteer receptionist. Locally, she chose to work with other church members for the Family Justice Center in Georgetown.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Keith Hoile; her mother, Patricia Thomas of Melbourne Beach, Fla.; her brother, Charles Thomas and his wife Jennifer of Arlington, Va.; her daughter, Yvonne Horner and her husband Martin and children Andrew Berry and Kathleen Horner of Greensboro; and her son, Jack Hoile and wife Pamela and their children Abigail and Isiah of Cary, N.C.

Memorials may be made to the S.C. Ovarian Cancer Foundation, 110 Edinburgh Ct, Greenville, SC 29607 or the Baskervill Food Pantry, P.O. 990, Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

A memorial service will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Holy Cross-Faith Memorial Episcopal Church. A celebration of her life will follow the service.

There is a guest book at mayerfuneralhome.com.


April 20

Lawrence M. Bink

Started financial business

Lawrence Michael Bink of Pawleys Plantation died April 10 after a short illness. He was 81.

He was born Sept. 10, 1935, in Santa Monica, Calif. Known as Larry and “The Binkster,” he graduated from Big Bear High School in 1952. Following graduation, he served in the Marine Corps in Korea during the Korean War. He returned home and attended Pasadena City College where he met his first wife, Kathleen “Kay” Schaller. They settled in Visalia, California and raised three children. He served as president of the Moose Lodge in Visalia, and on several financial boards in Tulare County.

He retired from Beneficial, and started his own insurance/investment company which he worked until retirement.

Kay died in 1983. Larry later married June Kent. They were married for 20 years until her death in 2004.

In 2005, Mr. Bink moved from Visalia to Pawleys Island, where he enjoyed numerous rounds of golf and making great friends.

He is survived by his daughter, Debra Bink; his son, Michael Bink; his stepdaughter, Brenda Kent; his stepson, Hal Kenthis; grandchildren, Lindsey Sargent, Steven Castro, Ryan Campos, Kayla Slocum, Abigail Campos, Ashley Bink and Lauren Bink; and many great-grandchildren.

Another daughter, Laura Bink, died before him.

Mr. Bink has elected not to have any services. Memorials may be made to the National Cancer Foundation.

Robin V. Everhart

Volunteer at animal rescue

Robin Victoria Everhart of Pawleys Island died April 11. She was 58.

She was born July 24, 1958, in St. Charles, Mo.

She worked for Publix Food Market and relished greeting everyone with a welcoming hello. When she wasn’t working, she spent her time supporting and volunteering with All 4 Paws Animal Rescue in Pawleys Island.

She was remembered for her personality that could light up a room.

She is survived by her son, Kristopher Seeman and wife Lisa of Tampa, Fla; her daughter, Adrienne Evans and fiancé, Dennis Powell of New Market, Md.; two brothers, Jeff Richter and Scott Richter and wife, Sandy, both of Los Angeles; three grandchildren, Jacob Green, Austin Evans and Juniper Seeman; and many loving and supportive friends.

A celebration of her life was held Saturday at Island Bar and Grill.

Memorials may be made to All 4 Paws, 708 Petigru Dr., Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

Condolences may be sent at burroughsfh.com.

Frank P. Hammond

Chaired state Real Estate Commission

Frank Prentiss Hammond of Greenville died April 17. He was 89.

He was born July 1, 1927, in Greenville, the son of Eugene Willard and Wilma Prentiss Hammond. He was a graduate of Greenville High School and Clemson University, class of 1948, and was a Realtor and developer in Greenville for most of his life.

He was a member of the Cotillion Club, the Poinsett Club, the Pawleys Island Yacht Club and former president of the Clemson University Real Estate Foundation. He was awarded the Order of the Palmetto by Gov. David Beasley in recognition of his many years of service on the South Carolina Real Estate Commission and as its chairman from 1994 to 1997.

He is survived by his very special friend, Jane Taylor, and his three children, Caroline Stephenson and son-in-law Keenan of Columbia; a daughter, Ginger Cebe and son-in-law John and Frank P. Hammond Jr. and daughter-in-law Jennifer, all of Greenville; and six grandchildren, Callie Miley, Hal Miley, Jack Cebe, Virginia Cebe, Frank “Tee” Hammond III (Laurel) and Ann Lawrence Hammond.

His wife, Joanne Moseley Hammond; sister, Mary Gage Hammond Dobbins; and brother, Eugene W. Hammond, died before him.

A memorial service was held Wednesday at Buncombe Street United Methodist Church. Memorials may be made to the Greenville Humane Society, 305 Airport Rd., Greenville, SC 29607 or burroughsfh.com.

June Williams

Pawleys native started crafts business

June Deer Williams of Wilmington, N.C., died April 12 surrounded by her children. She was 82.

She was born in Charleston, a daughter of Henry Googe Deer and Annette Inabinette Deer and raised on Brownsville Plantation in Pawleys Island. There she attended grades one through eight in a one-room schoolhouse. She graduated from Winyah High School and attended Columbia College.

She married the late William Henry Williams and they made Beaufort, N.C., their home. They could often be seen fishing in front of their house and later shrimping and crabbing in a small boat with three children. She was instrumental in the furnishing of Beaufort’s first museum house. She was an expert in early American silver and gave lectures on the topic.

Bill’s work took them back to Georgetown, where she reconnected with her childhood friends. A favorite outing was “junking” with her children and her friend Jackie. Both of their families camped across the country every summer.

She attended St. Mary’s Church where she had been married. She was a Brownie and Cub Scout leader. She loved playing bridge and hosting many supper clubs. She was dedicated to her job as a teaching assistant at Plantersville Elementary School.

In 1976, June and Bill moved to their home in Wilmington. She started her own business, Country Heart Strings, making handicrafts from antique quilts. She enjoyed showing her hand sewn goods in shows across three states.

She was a founding member of St. Mark’s Church and worked on the linens committee for the church altar. She enjoyed traveling abroad in a travel group and made lifelong friends.

She was affectionately known as “Mopsy” by her grandchildren and as the “love of my life” by her husband.

She is survived by her children, William Williams Jr. and wife Linda and grandchildren Trey and Ashlyn, all of Cumming, Ga.; Dr. Brad Williams and partner Rob Kline of Charleston; Elizabeth Gore and grandson Mason of Wilmington; her brother Henry Deer Jr. and wife Debbie of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; and her sister, Peggy Rodway of Marietta, Ga.

Donations may be made to the Wilmington Salvation Army, the American Heart Association and Vintage Values, a group supporting battered women.

A funeral mass was celebrated Tuesday at St. Mark’s Catholic Church.

Condolences may be sent at andrewsmortuary.com.


April 6

Grace Fiederlein

Elementary school teacher

Grace Fogarty Fiederlein of Heritage Plantation and Fishkill, N.Y., a retired teacher, died peacefully in her sleep on March 25 after a short battle with cancer. She was 89.

She was born April 11, 1927, at home in the Bronx, the daughter of Harriet Zaichak Fogarty and William Fogarty. She was married to the late Dennis Fiederlein.

Mrs. Fiederlein taught elementary students for over 25 years at P.S. 71 in the Bronx. She was proud of her career and loved her students and fellow teachers. She especially enjoyed attending the retired teachers’ luncheons with her friends. She also loved to play (and win) Scrabble, cards, dominoes and bingo. She remained active and positive until her final hours. Her contagious smile will be missed, her family said.

She is survived by her daughter, Denise O’Shea; her granddaughters, Christie O’Shea Selman and Danielle O’Shea; a grandson-in-law, David Selman; her great-grandson Miles Selman; many nieces and nephews; and her special friends, Su and Tom Cowieson, Polly and Lou Smith and Troy and Kira Brookshire.

In addition to her husband, her five siblings died before her: Florence Lee, John “Jackie” Fogarty, Harriet Fogarty, Marion Long and Helen Carmody.

Funeral services were Monday at St. Columba Church in Hopewell Junction with interment in Gate of Heaven Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Special Olympics or Wounded Warrior Project. There is a guest book at mchoulfuneralhome.com.

Jay P. Herman

Active in prison ministry

Jay Phillip Herman of Murrells Inlet died March 21 at the Medical University of South Carolina. He was 73.

He was born Nov. 22, 1943, in Springfield, Ill., the son of late Walter J. and Maxine Scott Herman. He served in the Air Force during the Vietnam War. Mr. Herman attended Surfside Presbyterian Church where he served as an elder and was active in the Saints Prison Ministry.

He was a football enthusiast who faithfully followed the Philadelphia Eagles. He also enjoyed time spent reading fiction novels, photography, scuba diving, grilling, music, movies and entertaining his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife of almost 39 years, Lynn Herman; his sons, Sean Conley and wife Maggie of Plano, Texas, and Chris Conley and wife Katherine of Durham, N.C.; three grandchildren, Ryan Grundy (Ashlynne), Colin Grundy and Molly Brown; two great-grandchildren, Phoenix Brown and Raelynne Grundy; and one brother, David Copenhaver and wife Susan of Le Mars, Iowa.

A celebration of his life will be held April 22 at 11 a.m. at Surfside Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Julian Riddle. A cookout will follow at the church.

Condolences may be sent at burroughsfh.com.

Edward W. Kalat

Tool maker held patents

Edward Walter Kalat of Prince Creek, a tool and die maker, died March 27 at his home surrounded by loved ones. He was 77.

He was born in New Britain, Conn., the son of Wanda Dziadowicz Kalat. He lived in in Southington, Conn., and graduated from Bristol High School in 1957. He attended Pratt & Whitney Aircraft Apprenticeship in tool making and graduated from Hartford and Waterbury State College in 1961 with an associate’s degree in engineering.

Mr. Kalat owned and operated Southington Tool & Manufacturing Corp. in Plantsville, Conn., from 1970 to 2011. A gifted tool and die maker, he held many patents in the medical field, recreational use and manufacturing techniques. His interests were tennis, golf, skiing, working out at the gym and making others laugh with his jokes.

He is survived by his wife of 27 years, Andrea Goodell; his daughters, Kimberlee A. Kalat of Plantsville and Stephanie L. (David) Fiori of Myrtle Beach; his son, Craig Kalat of Hartford, Conn.; a grandson, Sebastian A. Doughty; a sister, Diane Brandi; his brothers Robert (Patti) Kalat and David (Lori) Kalat; and his pets, Daphne, Scarlett, Abby, Sammy, and Toby.

Funeral services were March 30 at the Goldfinch Funeral Home Litchfield/Pawleys Chapel.

Memorials may be made to All 4 Paws, 708 Petigru Dr., Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

There is a guest book at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

Howard Ward

Served on Pawleys Island Town Council

A group of Pawleys Island officials stood around a table looking at maps, some dating to the 1930s, and trying to figure out how some came to be real streets while others existed only on paper. “Remember when that was filled?” asked Howard Ward, pointing at one street across the marsh. “We used to have mud fights out there.”

In untangling the quirks of town land use, he brought a background of engineering, business and a life-long love of Pawleys Island. He died March 29 at Myrtle Beach Manor after a long illness. He was 77.

Ralph Howard Ward was born Jan. 17, 1940, in Conway, the son of Ralph Ward and Johnnie Woodbury Ward. He grew up in Georgetown and Pawleys Island. He graduated from Winyah High School in 1958 and was president of his senior class. He earned a degree in industrial management from Clemson University in 1963. At Clemson, he was a co-founder and served as president of the Sigma Kappa Epsilon fraternity.

As a young man, Mr. Ward helped his father build a beach house, “Suits Me,” at Pawleys Island. Some of the materials were salvaged from Hurricane Hazel debris. He also helped with his mother’s food catering business. After graduation from Clemson, he worked with Esso (now ExxonMobil). After his marriage to Frances Ann Jones Ward, the couple moved across the Carolinas advancing his career. They lived in a number of places including Raleigh, Charlotte and Rocky Mount, N.C. In 1976, the Ward family moved to Lilburn, Ga., where he managed a series of printing companies. After he retired in 2002 from Sonoco, they moved to Pawleys Island to live.

He was named to the Planning Commission in 2003 and became chairman in 2008. He served until 2013, when he was elected to a vacant seat on Town Council. It was only the second time he had run for elected office, although he did get 11 write-in votes for mayor in 2003.

“Is it, in the long run, in the best interest of maintaining Pawleys Island as it is? That was the guide he used for every process and decision,” Mayor Bill Otis said. “One of his driving forces was that his grandchildren and their children would experience Pawleys the way he had.”

Mr. Ward served on the board of the Pawleys Island Civic Association and was named its Citizen of the Year in 2005. He was also part of the Don’t Box the Neck campaign that successfully fought plans for big-box retail stores on Highway 17.

“The family’s always been involved,” said Jimmy McCants, who grew up down the street from the Wards and now lives on Pawleys Island. He now chairs the Planning Commission. “Nobody loved Pawleys Island more than Howard did,” he said. “We worked on a lot of projects together.”

Mr. Ward was a trustee of the Pawleys Island House of Worship, better known as the Pawleys Island Chapel. He was also treasurer of the Georgetown County Republican Party, helping to coordinate candidates and their funding.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a son, Ralph Howard Ward II (Susan) of Suwanee, Ga.; a daughter, Morgan Ward Chandler (Brian) of Frisco, Texas; two sisters; Johnnie Mae Bonnoitt and Julia “Judy” Myers, both of Pawleys Island; and five grandchildren, Jacob, Joshua and Ethan Ward, and Conner and Casey Crane.

Memorial services will be held at 2. p.m. Saturday at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church by the Rev. Dr. Dora Gafford. The family will receive friends in the church parlor from 12:30 until 1:30 p.m.

There is a guest book at mayerfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church, 904 Highmarket St., Georgetown, SC 29440; or the Pawleys Island Chapel, 390 Myrtle Ave., Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

March 30

R. Lofton Cox Jr.

Made a career in real estate

Richard Lofton Cox Jr. of Litchfield Country Club, who worked in real estate for 40 years, died Monday at Georgetown Memorial Hospital. He was 68.

He was born Sept. 30, 1948, in Columbia, a son of Richard Lofton Cox and Louise Boyd Cox. He grew up in Hemingway and graduated from Hemingway High School.

Mr. Cox earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of South Carolina in 1970. He was an avid Gamecock Club member. He was also a member of the Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church.

During his long career in real estate in South Carolina, Mr. Cox worked for a number of years with Surfside Realty and was currently with James W. Smith Realty.

He is survived by his wife, Linda Servant Cox; a son, Richard Lofton Cox III (Lauren) of Greenville; two granddaughters, Caroline and Mary Margaret; and a brother-in-law, Mil Servant of Murrells Inlet.

Graveside services will be held today at 2 p.m. at Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church Cemetery by the Rev. Mark Deihl and the Rev. Robert C. Wilkes.

The family will receive friends following the service in the Open Door Fellowship Center at the church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the South Carolina Junior Golf Foundation, P.O. Box 286, Irmo, SC 29063; or Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church, 9967 Ocean Highway, Pawelys Island, SC 29585.

There is a guest book at mayerfuneralhome.com.

Edgar B. Hamilton

New North Carolina bank

Edgar Blanton Hamilton of Shelby, N.C., and Pawleys Island, a bank executive, died March 25 after an extended illness. He was 84.

He was born in Charlotte, grew up in Atlanta and lived in Shelby, NC the last 50 years of his life. He went to Georgia Tech on a football scholarship and graduated in 1955. He worked three years with Westinghouse Electric Corp. and served two years in the Army as a lieutenant.

Mr. Hamilton joined the First National Bank of Shelby where he worked for 50 years and became president, CEO and chairman. He graduated from the Stonier Graduate School of Banking and the Executive Program at the University of North Carolina.

While working for the bank, he was chairman of the advisory board of the local Salvation Army, president of the Chamber of Commerce, senior warden at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer, president of the Rotary Club and elected Shelby’s Citizen of the Year. He was chairman of the drive that raised the funds to build the Cleveland County Memorial Library. He was also president of Shelby Loan and Mortgage Corp.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Edith Moore Hamilton, the daughter of former N.C. Gov. Dan K. Moore; his children, Jeanelle Hamilton Lovett and Edgar Blanton Hamilton Jr. and their spouses; eight grandchildren; and his brother, Joseph W. Hamilton Jr. of Atlanta.

Funeral services were Tuesday at the Episcopal Church of the Redeemer. Burial was at Sunset Cemetery

Memorials may be made to the church, 502 W. Sumter St., Shelby, NC 28150; the Salvation Army, 305 N. Lafayette St., Shelby NC 28150; or Hospice of Cleveland County, 951 Wendover Heights Dr., Shelby NC 28150.

There is a guest book at cecilmburtonfuneralhome.com.

Kay B. Morrow

Community volunteer with a flair for antiques

Kay Bridges Morrow of Pawleys Island, an active community and church volunteer, died Saturday in her sleep. She was 57.

She was born Nov. 18, 1959, in Chester, the daughter of Walker and Sandra Bridges. She graduated with honors in 1978 from Chester High School, where she was a Cyclone cheerleader, Beta and Girls club member. She was loved for her fun-loving nature. She attended Anderson College and graduated in 1982 from Winthrop University with a degree in biology. She went on to work at the Medical University of South Carolina as a medical technician and enjoyed memorable summers at the Isle of Palms and reveling in the Lowcountry.

Kay married Dr. Robert Deane of Easley in 1986 and moved to Georgetown, living in the caretaker’s house at Windsor Plantation and helping to manage his orthodontics practice. There she loved her horse, rode out Hurricane Hugo and enjoyed a great circle of friends. She then moved to Pawleys Island, living at the Lower Waverly Plantation house on the Waccamaw River. She loved walking the grounds, gardening, bird watching and decorating with a truly Southern, talented eye.

Kay met her surviving husband Richard on a magical night in Charleston. After a four-year courtship that included wonderful times together in Paris, Hawaii, the Bahamas and elsewhere, Kay agreed to marry him during the song “With this Ring” on New Year’s Eve at the old Mills House.

Married in 2005, Mrs. Morrow carefully blended two families. They settled in Waverly Mills surrounded by many friends and neighbors. She enjoyed supporting her husband with customers and at association events around the country and greatly contributed to their joy and his success. She was a member of the Georgetown Cotillion and enjoyed dressing up and shagging. She loved boating in the evenings on the river, shelling on the beaches, landscaping, tending her garden, blue hydrangeas and walking her dog Buddy on the bluff every morning.

Mrs. Morrow found a love and talent for painting and attended a ladies’ class. She was also an excellent cook.

Her boys were her joy and she was a tireless volunteer at Lowcountry Day School, decorating, substituting, working the sports concessions, field trips and celebrations. She especially loved working on the annual BASH fundraiser where she at one time raised more money than any previous leader. “Miss Kay” was also a Cub Scout den leader capable of wrangling a dozen young boys through most any activity to include fending off alligators.

Mrs. Morrow was an accomplished antiques dealer and became quite successful appraising, selling items for clients, and buying and selling at auctions, shows and events.

She was an active member of the historic Prince George Winyah Episcopal Church, volunteering on the flower guild, teaching Sunday school to children, and in many capacities for the annual plantation tours, including this year’s event.

Above all else, she was a proud mother who instilled a foundation of morals that shaped her sons and step-daughter into the people they are today.

In addition to her parents and husband, she is survived by her sons, Marsh Deane of Pawleys Island and Taylor Deane of Columbia; her stepdaughter, Crosby Morrow of Hampton, Va.; a brother, Walker Bridges Jr. of Columbia; a sister, Susie Young and her husband Clay of Latta and their children, Bridges Young of Latta and Josh Funderburk and his wife Marion of Augusta, Ga.; a brother, Martin Bridges and wife Sarah of Chester, and their children Bailey, Kaylin, Declan and Conner.

A funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. April 7 at Prince George Winyah Episcopal Church with a celebration of life to follow in the fellowship hall. A private committal service will be held at the Prince George columbarium.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church, P.O. Box 674, Georgetown, SC 29442, (pgwinyah.org).

Rev. Norman H. Nuding

Missionary became Lutheran Church executive

The Rev. Norman H. Nuding of Mount Pleasant, a missionary and Lutheran Church leader, died March 25. He was 92.

He was born April 22, 1924, in Toledo, Ohio, the son of Jacob Nuding and Marie Grifendorf Nuding. He was an Eagle Scout.

During World War II, he served under Gen. Douglas MacArthur as an Army cryptographic technician in the Pacific. He was a missionary to Japan from 1950 to 1967, where he founded Ichigaya Lutheran Church in Tokyo. He then served as the director of personnel for overseas missions of the Lutheran Church of America until his retirement.

Rev. Nuding next established Hidden Pines Farm in New Jersey, where he raised Christmas trees. He enjoyed designing Japanese gardens and was an avid golfer with two lifetime holes-in-one. He was a former Tradition Club resident and member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. He was currently a member of St. Mark’s Lutheran Church on the Isle of Palms.

He is survived by his wife Barbara Edmonds Nuding; four sons: Stephen C. Nuding and his wife Micki of Charleston, Timothy N. Nuding, of London, David A. Nuding and his wife Colette Koby of Portland, Ore., and Ned J. Nuding and his wife Brenda of Kailua, Hawaii; his grandchildren, Jessica Schmalian, Amelia Brown, Elise Nuding, Emma Nuding, Liam Nuding, Natalie Nuding, Reece Nuding, and Eric Nuding; his great-grandchildren, Gage Schmalian, and Canyon Brown; and his niece and nephew, Mary Ann Gould and Ronald Gould.

His sister, Helen Gould, died before him..

A funeral service will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. in the Rodenberg Chapel of Franke at Seaside. Interment will be Tuesday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Churchyard at a time to be announced.

Memorials may be made to St. Mark’s Lutheran Church, P.O. Box 81, Isle of Palms, SC 29451-0081 or the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America (ELCA) Global Missions, P.O. Box 1809, Merrifield, VA 22116-8009.


March 23

James C. Benton

Ran family construction firm

James Carson Benton of Myrtle Beach, who ran the family construction company that built many of the region’s major commercial projects, died Monday. He was 84.

He was born Oct. 26, 1932, in Myrtle Beach, the son of Gracie Evelyn Nance and Casper Leon Benton.

Jimmy graduated from Myrtle Beach High School in 1951 and then attended Clemson University. He served in the Navy during the Korean War. Upon his discharge in 1955, he returned to Myrtle Beach and married his high school sweetheart, Emma Ann Lawton.

He owned and operated C.L. Benton and Sons Inc., which was founded by his father. Among its projects were Wachesaw Plantation and True Blue golf course. The firm built many resort projects around Myrtle Beach as well as the road that connects them, Highway 17.

Mr. Benton was passionate about his faith, family and community. He was a charter member of Ocean View Baptist Church, where he served as a deacon.

He instilled in his children that the pursuit of an education was indispensable. He gave to many educational institutions including Coker College, where he served as a trustee, and Coastal Carolina University, where he received an honorary doctorate for public service and was a Gold Medallion honoree. Mr. Benton always maintained his love for Clemson University and those Tigers.

Mr. Benton had a compassion for those with challenges and special needs. He donated land to the Horry County Disability Office and gave graciously to the Grand Strand Miracle Leagues.

A lifelong Mason, Mr. Benton was involved in many organizations and served on numerous boards. He was a founding member of Anchor Bank, and later served on the board of Coastal Federal Bank. He also served on the inaugural board of the South Carolina’s Governor’s Cup, was a member of the Myrtle Beach Rotary Club and a Paul Harris Fellow.

An avid outdoorsman, Mr. Benton enjoyed and appreciated the countless fishing and hunting trips he was able to make with friends and family.

As recognition for his support for these numerous endeavors, Mr. Benton received the Ashby Ward Pioneer Award from the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce. In 2008, he was awarded the Order of the Palmetto, the state’s highest honor.

In addition to his wife of 61 years, he is survived by his children, Rosalind Burroughs (Stan), Carson (Michelle), Lawton (Elizabeth) and Eve Smith (Chris); 11 grandchildren, Lauren Hoffman (Paul), Leslie Banta (Jon), Sydney Tillman (Matt), Mary Manuel (Clint), Kathleen Carr (Brent), Jake Benton, Edward Benton (Sarah), Spencer Benton (Lauren), Louise Benton, Benton Smith, and Tyler Smith; 10 great-grandchildren, Emma and Brooke Hoffman, Nathan and Elizabeth Banta, Anne and Connor Tillman, Lawton, Annie and Caroline Benton, and Jack Brearley; and two sisters, Beulah Jordan and Ruby Causey.

A brother, Leon Benton, and three sisters, Dorothy Ellis, Alice McCormick and Mary Sarvis, died before him.

Services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Ocean View Baptist Church by the Rev. Steve Cromer and the Rev. Terry Scalzitti. Private interment will be held at Ocean Woods Memorial Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Grand Strand Miracle Leagues, P.O. Box 7503, Myrtle Beach, SC 29572; Alzheimer’s Association, 2090 Executive Hall Rd,. Suite 130, Charleston, SC 29407; or the charity of your choice.

There is a guest book at msfh.net

Edward A. Gilmore

Retired from Air Force

Edward Arthur Gilmore of Willbrook Plantation, a retired chief master sergeant in the Air Force, died Monday at Waccamaw Medical Center with his wife of 65 years, Judith Gilmore, by his side.

Born in 1929 in St. Louis, he served his country proudly until retirement in 1974. He lived in Dover-Foxcroft, Maine, before “totally” retiring on Pawleys Island.

Mr. Gilmore enjoyed woodworking and meeting friends at the beach. Every morning he would call Judy from work and sing “You Are My Sunshine.” He was a dedicated father to each of his four children, instilling strong values in them. He lived his life positively and with humor, his family said.

When thinking of Ed, always smile and raise a toast with a Bud Light – that’s what he was about, his family said.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Craig, Scott, Keith, Kimberly, their spouses and his grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Fisher House Foundation at donate.fisherhouse.org.

Jean Omundson

Philadelphia native

Ginetta M. “Jean” Omundson of the River Club died Saturday at Waccamaw Community Hospital. She was 82.

She was born April 13, 1934 in Philadelphia, the daughter of Vincenzo and Lucia DeLuca Polidoro.

She is survived by her husband, John O. Omundson; son, Vincent Gregory Omundson and his wife Cindy of Stafford, Va.; two daughters, Kristina Ann Cribbs of Fairfax, Va., and Valerie Ziccardi and her husband Arthur; two sisters, Amelia Solipaca of Broomall, Pa., and Charlotte Siuda and her husband Jerome of Myrtle Beach; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

A celebration of her life was held Wednesday at Burroughs Funeral Home in Murrells Inlet.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 (stjude.org).

Condolences may be sent at burroughsfh.com.

Bertie Maude Scragg

Former Pawleys Island resident

Bertie Maude Clardy Sylvester Peace Scragg of Gilbert, a former Pawleys Island resident, died March 16. She was 102.

She was born Aug. 19, 1914, in Andrews, the only daughter of Henry Stacy and Bertie Susannah Stalvey Clardy.

She was preceded in death by her brothers Herman Stacy Clardy (Mary Virginia Cox) and Karl Menick Clardy.

She is survived by her daughter, Suzanna Sylvester Thomas (John); three granddaughters, Daphnie Craig Thomas Farmer (Michael), Janese Suzanne Thomas and Kimberly Diane Thomas-Metts (Kirt); and five great-grandchildren, Douglas Michael Farmer, Rachel Dyanne Farmer, Samantha Carolina Buzzard, Ashley Susannah Metts and Kaitlyn Diane Metts.

Known as Bertie Maude, she was married three times: to Mark Edwin Sylvester, William Fitzhugh Peace and George William Scragg. She loved life and hers was filled with many joys and blessings, her family said. After retirement from the Farmers Home Administration, Mrs. Scragg spent her time traveling and with her many friends and family.

She spent many beautiful days on Pawleys Island, where she lived for many years before moving to Gilbert with her daughter. She was surrounded by so many people who gave her love and dedication in the last three years of her life. Her granddaughter Kimberly Thomas-Metts dedicated her life to assuring the best care of her grandmother. They shared a bond that will never be broken. She was also surrounded by several other caregivers that gave her family peace of mind with their wonderful care. Her daughter, Suzanna and her granddaughter Kimberly would like to thank Amedisys Hospice Care, especially, Jasmine, Paula and Tracy, who helped them through the toughest days by giving Bertie Maude absolute peaceful care.

Funeral services were held Monday at Trinity United Methodist Church in Andrews by the Rev. Gordon Timmons. Burial was in Andrews Memorial Cemetery.

There is a guest book at mayerfuneralhome.com.

Memorials may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 205 S. Rosemary Ave., Andrews, SC 29510, or The Wounded Warriors Project, P.O. Box 758540, Topeka, KS 66675-8540.


March 16

Jack Berry

Former pharmacist was leader in churches

John “Jack” Berry, a pharmacist who became a pharmaceutical executive, died March 7 surrounded by his family after he succumbed to a battle with pneumonia and the flu. He was 11 days short of his 90th birthday.

He was born March 18, 1927, in Mankato, Minn., the son of Rubye and Leonard Berry. He served in the Navy at Bethesda, Md., during World War II. He then graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in pharmacy. Following five years of service as a pharmacist in Spring Valley Minn., he joined Eli Lilly & Co. in sales. Over the course of his career he rose to executive management and served Eli Lilly in various locations including Minot N.D., Indianapolis, Sydney, Australia, and Kobe, Japan. He retired from Lilly in Detroit at the age of 55.

In 1983, Mr. Berry and his wife, Marjorie “Monnie” Berry, moved to Pawleys Island and remained here until moving to Atlanta at the beginning of January. During their time in Pawleys Island, he was active in his church, serving on multiple vestries at All Saints Episcopal Church and then as a founding member of The Abbey. During his time at All Saints he began a tape ministry which continues today as the All Saints Duplication Ministry. He served in this ministry for over 20 years, providing hundreds of recordings to people who were unable to attend Sunday worship services. He and his wife both served in various other volunteer capacities at The Abbey and were active in the Cursillo community for many years.

In April 2014, Mr. Berry participated with Doc Lachicotte in the seventh and final Grand Strand Honor Flight for World War II veterans. He was very grateful for the opportunity, and those who knew and loved him were very thankful for and humbled by his service, his family said.

Days spent with friends, enjoying the beauty of the area, countless trips to the beach with his family, particularly his grandchildren, brought him years of joy. He, in turn, brought joy to all who knew him and loved him.

In addition to his wife of 68 years, he is survived by his daughters, Barbara Gunkler of Memphis, Tenn., Lois (Clyde) Rickard of Norcross Ga., Gail Sawyer of Carrollton, Texas; grandchildren, Kyla (Jordan) Bryan of Murphy, Texas, Melissa (Conor) Mulkeen of Milton, Ga., Megan (Alex) Gaddy of Atlanta, Kelsey (Jonathan) Erskine of Olathe Kan., Nick and Jake Sawyer of Carrollton; and nine great-grandchildren.

Another daughter, Patricia Berry, died before him.

Services will be held Sunday at 1 p.m. at The Abbey at Pawleys Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Abbey, P.O. Box 3999, Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

Elliott E. Dodson Jr.

Taught engineering at Naval Academy

Elliott Edward Dodson Jr. of the Tradition Club, a retired professor of engineering, died March 9 at Waccamaw Community Hospital surrounded by his family. He was 93.

He was born Sept. 5, 1923, in Norfolk, Va., the son of Elliott Edward Dodson and Caroline Field Dodson. Dodson moved to Columbia in 1927. While attending what was then Clemson College in 1942, he entered the Enlisted Reserve Corps on Oct. 1. During his junior year, he was placed into active duty in 1943 and completed basic training at Camp Croft near Spartanburg. In 1944, he was sent to Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Ga. Following graduation from OCS, he was assigned to the 42nd (Rainbow) Infantry Division at Camp Gruber, Okla. He served with Company M, 222nd Infantry Regiment as an 81 mm mortar section leader. He was in active reserve until 1964 with duty in several units, principally as commander of headquarters company 492nd Engineer Battalion, and transferred as a major to retired reserve.

Following World War II, Mr. Dodson earned a degree in mechanical engineering from Clemson and went to work with Westinghouse Electric Corp. In 1956, he earned a master’s degree from Penn State and remained there to teach in the mechanical engineering department until 1964. He then served as associate professor of mechanical engineering at the U.S. Naval Academy.

A faithful member of Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church, Mr. Dodson enjoyed helping with the Tara Hall Home for Boys and the prison ministry in Georgetown.

He loved his church, his family, the beach and especially golfing with the Tradition Men’s League.

He is survived by wife of 16 years, Darlene Dodson; daughter, Rebecca Clark and her husband Jesse of Hyattsville, Md.; sons, Charles Dodson of Boston and Fred Dodson of Charlottesville, Va.; stepdaughters, Beckey Cook of Falling Waters, W.Va., and Shelley Newton and her husband John of Pasadena, Md.; stepson, Dain Hungelmann of Juneau, Alaska; and granddaughter, Claire Dodson.

His first wife, Marie Elizabeth McGill Dodson, and his sister, Susan Dodson Rogers, died before him.

A celebration of life service with military honors will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Mark Diehl and the Rev. Frank Holsclaw officiating. Inurnment will take place in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Tara Hall Home for Boys, P.O. Box 955, Georgetown, SC 29440 or tarahall.org..

Condolences may be sent at burroughsfh.com.

Eilish Mulhern

Volunteer at Baskervill Ministeries

Eilish Mulhern of Heritage Plantation died Saturday, March 11 at her home surrounded by her four children. She was 79.

She was born in Navan, Ireland, the daughter of James and Bridget Egleston. She married Dr. Donal T. Mulhern on July 2, 1960. On that same day, the newlyweds bordered a plane from Ireland to the United States where they made their home in Saginaw, Mich. They were married 41 years until Dr. Mulhern’s death.

Mrs. Mulhern was a longtime parishioner at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church. She volunteered for many years at Baskervill Ministries. She was an avid reader and did her crossword puzzles daily. She enjoyed exercising, the beach and cooking, always sharing her creations with family and friends.

She is survived by her children, Aileen Streng and her husband Peter of Lake Ridge, Va., David Mulhern of Concord, N.C., Sheila Dillon and her husband Kevin of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and Briege Mulhern of Bluffton; seven grandchildren, Maggie and Jake Streng, Aine, Niamh and Ciara Dillon, Eilish Edwards and Aoife Hall.

Another granddaughter, Caroline Streng, died before her.

Her family extended their appreciation for the compassionate care shown to Mrs. Mulhern and to them by Tidelands Hospice.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated today at noon at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church by the Rev. Paul MacNeil. The family will receive friends at the church two hours prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society at American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK, 73123, or donate3cancer.org.

Condolences can be sent at burroughsfh.com.


March 9

Joanne M. Fontenot

Volunteer in school art room

Joanne Mary Fontenot of Pawleys Island died Feb. 25 at her home. She was 69.

She was born in Syracuse, N.Y., the daughter of Matt Sitnik and the late Mary Delles Sitnik. She was married to the late Terry Fontenot.

Mrs. Fontenot enjoyed volunteering in the art room at Waccamaw Intermediate School, and was well known for her pottery, featuring the Pawleys Island seashell. She was remembered as a loving daughter, mother and grandmother.

In addition to her father of Cicero, N.Y., she is survived by a daughter, Traci Kowalewski of Pawleys Island; a son, Michael Fontenot and wife Bridget of Golden, Colo.; her grandchildren, Brendan Kowalewski, Andrew Kowalewski, Briana Kowalewski, Devin Kowalewski, Jaxson Fontenot, Camden Fontenot and Maclan Fontenot; a sister, Robin Fratianni and husband Frank of Cicero; a brother, Michael Sitnik and wife Karen of Myrtle Beach; her nieces, Sydney Fratianni, Nikki Fratianni, Dayna Sitnik and Kara Sitnik; and a great-nephew, Peyton Sitnik.

A private memorial service will be held. Memorials may be made to the Litchfield Dance Ballet Foundation, 97 Otis Dr., Pawleys Island, SC 29585 (litchfielddance.com), or to Amedisys Hospice, 1309 Professional Dr. Suite 100, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577.

Condolences may be sent at burroughsfh.com.

Sharon L. Hughes

Taught English for 31 years

Sharon Layne Hughes of Pawleys Retreat died Wednesday at Tideland Hospice House. She was 70.

An avid reader and lifelong learner, she earned a doctorate in English from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1995. She taught English for 31 years in the Georgetown County School District, Horry-Georgetown Technical College and Coastal Carolina University.

Her hobbies included reading, sewing, traveling and connecting with friends on Facebook. Her favorite activity was going to the beach with Casey and Jerry.

Her parents, Dwight and Mary Alice Layne, and her brother, Roy Layne, died before her.

She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Jerry Hughes and her Shih Tzu, Casey; her sister-in-law Meredith Layne Thomas and nephews, Michael and Brian Layne of South Pittsburg, Tenn.; brother-in-law, Bob (Cheryl) Hughes of Delaware, Ohio, and nieces Cynthia (Rob) Tkach of Sedalia, Colo. and Michelle (Jeff) Cashner of Hilliard, Ohio; six great-nephews and nieces; and her in-laws, Robert and Carolyn Hughes of Brownsville, Tenn.

Visitation will be Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Goldfinch Funeral Home in Pawleys Island. A celebration of her life will be held Saturday at 4 p.m. at All Saints Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to All Saints Church, 3560 Kings River Rd., Pawleys Island, SC 29585, or All 4 Paws Animal Rescue, 708 Petigru Rd., Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

There is a guest book at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

Kent V. Mina

Engineer at Bell Labs

Kent Vincent Mina of Heritage Plantation died Feb. 24 at his home surrounded by his family. He was 80.

He was born in Teaneck, N.J., the son of Vincent and M. Eleanor Johnsen Mina. He graduated from Princeton and New York University. Mr. Mina was a research and development engineer at Bell Laboratories for over 40 years.

An avid outdoorsman, he loved to travel, ski, golf and canoe. He was also a skilled bridge player. He served as a role model to his children living in Colts Neck, N.J., by coaching many of their team sports, such as soccer and basketball, and by becoming the motivational team mascot for his daughter’s cross country team. His priority was to be there for his family and watch them grow.

Mr. Mina was an inventive craftsman who was proud of the cabin he built in Vermont with friends and family.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, the former Carol Hanke; his son, Brad Mina and his wife Jill of Oregon; his daughter, Jana M. Schulson and her husband Nick of Massachusetts; his grandchildren, Garrett, Eleanor, Caroline and Griffith; a sister Marilyn and brother Fredrick; and many great-nieces and great-nephews.

His brother Michael died before him.

Funeral services will be private.


March 2

Lillian R. Anderson

Sunday school teacher for 30 years

Lillian Ruth Anderson of Pawleys Island died Sunday at her home with her family by her side. She was 97.

She was born July 21, 1919, in Collingswood, N.J., the daughter of the former Edith M. Liebgries and Joseph H. Proudfoot. She graduated from Collingswood High School in 1939 and worked at the Lutheran Publishing Co. and the Campbell Soup Co. in Camden, N.J. She was married to the late William M. Anderson and was a former resident of Westmont, N.J.

Mrs. Anderson was a charter member of Our Savior Lutheran Church of Haddonfiled, N.J., where she taught Sunday school for 30 years.

She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star 3140 in Haddonfield, served on the advisory board of the Order of Rainbows for Girls Mystic Assembly #5 and received the Legion of Honor, Chapel of the Four Chaplains at Temple University as well as the Grand Cross of Colors.

She was a charter member of the Edward Doty Society of New Jersey and a member of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants.

For some years, Mrs. Anderson lived at Morningside in Georgetown. She recently moved to Inlet Coastal Resort. She struggled with dementia for some time.

She is survived by her daughter Mary Jo M. Fege and her husband the Rev. Hartmut Fege of Pawleys Island,; three grandchildren, Meredith M. Monroe of Pawleys Island; Scott Wm. Marks of Surfside Beach and Eric M. Marks of Myrtle Beach; and seven great-grandchildren.

A committal service will be held at the columbarium of St. Peters Lutheran Church at 11 a.m. Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to All 4 Paws Animal Rescue, 708 Petigru Rd. Pawleys Island, S.C. 29585 (all4pawssc.org).

Online condolences may be sent at burroughsfh.com.

Laura P.E. duPont

Set world record with a fly rod

Laura Peace Echols duPont of Greenville, an outdoorswoman who established a world record catch with a fly rod, died Friday in her home at The Cascades. She was 92.

She was born April 13, 1924, in Greenville, the daughter of Clarence Terrell and Laura Peace Echols and the granddaughter of the late Bony Hampton and Estelle Chandler Peace and Laymon Luther and Sally Terrell Echols.

Fondly known as Lolly by her family, Mrs. duPont lived a life full of adventure. Being an avid outdoorswoman, she loved both hunting and fishing and was passionate about wildlife conservation. Her favorite place to be was outdoors enjoying the gifts of God’s creation. In the 1960s, she won the South Carolina State Skeet Shooting Championship for three consecutive years and in 1972 she landed a world record 38-pound black marlin on 10-pound class tippet, the first billfish of any kind caught on a fly rod by a woman. She often said, “Women who don’t fish just don’t know what they’re missing!”

Mrs. duPont had a deep conviction that “Love is the most important thing. Without love, there is nothing.” Inspired by her faith and this deep conviction, Mrs. duPont had many philanthropic “loves”, including the Peace Center for the Performing Arts, Nemours Wildlife Foundation, the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, St. Francis Foundation, Shriners Hospital and MUSC Children’s Hospital.

Mrs. duPont was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Greenville, the Junior League of Greenville, the International Women’s Fishing Association, the Quadrille Club and Ducks Unlimited. She served on several boards in Greenville and on the board of the Nemours Wildlife Foundation.

She is survived by her three sons, James Shuttleworth Johnston Jr. (Nan) of Pawleys Island, Ellis Murray Johnston II (Mary) of Greenville and Charles Peace Johnston (Beverly) of Knoxville, Tenn.; several step-children including Gigi duPont McShane (Mike) of John’s Island; a daughter-in-law and faithful caregiver, companion and assistant, Jackie Church (Steve) of Taylors; faithful helper, Jimmy Arnold (Hattie) of Greenville; a nephew, Robert Earl DeLapp III (Sandy); seven grandchildren, Laura Stacy (Dan), Trip Johnston (Jodi), Nancy Beard (Jamie), Caldwell Johnston (Mary Claytor), Juliet Chobanian (John), Annie Johnston and Jessica Jorgensen (Jeff); and 12 great-grandchildren, Jackson and Margaret Stacy, Harper, Lizzie and Charlotte Beard, Jameson and Ava Marie Johnston, Caldwell, Weston and Fisher Johnston, Gabriel Jorgenson and Sarkis John Chobanian.

Her former husbands, James Shuttleworth Johnston and William Wilson Pate Jr, and her husband, Eugene duPont III, died before her, as did her sister, Suzanne Echols DeLapp Hudson.

The family would like to thank her loyal and long-time caregiver LaTasha Gentry and other loving caregivers: Ursula Simmons, Alexis Jones, Angela Conway, Ursula Askew, Doris Acosta, Tatiana Brown and Monique Jackson.

Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at All Saints Church.

In lieu of flowers, go fishing or make a memorial to the Nemours Wildlife Foundation, 161 Nemours Rd, Yemassee, SC 29945; or to MUSC Foundation (Children’s Hospital Fund) 18 Bee St., MSC 450, Charleston, SC 29425.

Sylvia M. Moseh

Devout member of Catholic church

Sylvia Margaret Moseh of Pawleys Island died Friday. She was 79.

She was born in McKeesport, Pa., the daughter of Anton and Anna Cvetan. A longtime member of Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church, Sylvia and her husband Joseph moved to Pawleys Island in August 1984. She was a devout Catholic who prayed the rosary daily with the woman’s rosary group at church and attended daily mass.

Mrs. Moseh enjoyed playing cards, bingo, gardening and traveling with her girlfriends.

She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Joseph R. “Moe” Moseh; a son, Michael Moseh of Pawleys Island; a brother, Bill Cvetan of California; a sister-in-law, Delores Cvetan of Illinois; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, her siblings Tony, Joe and Ann died before her.

A memorial mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Amedisys Hospice, 391 Seaboard St. #6, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 or All 4 Paws, 708 Petigru Dr., Pawleys Island, SC 29585 (all4pawssc.org).

Condolences may be sent at burroughsfh.com.

William M. Riker

Worked for brewing companies

William M. Riker of Hagley Estates died Friday at Hospice of Charleston Hospice Center. He was 86.

He was born in Newark, N.J., the son of Helen Krywoaz Riker and William W. Riker. He moved to Pawleys Island in 1995 from Freehold Township, N.J. He was retired from the Pabst and Anheuser-Busch brewing companies.

Mr. Riker was an active member of the Murrells Inlet Presbyterian Church; the Murrells Inlet Elks Lodge and the Pawleys Island Lions Club, where he served as president in 2011-2012 and was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellow Award.

He is survived by his wife Ann; daughters, Gail Riker of Hackettstown, N.J., Nancy Riker of Little River and Janice Riker Wheeler (Scott) of Little River; his stepchildren, Chris Borup (Jennifer) of Ottawa, Linda Patel (Subhash) of Wilmington, N.C., Chollet Di Gangi (Patrick) of Perriniville, N.J.; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; one great step-granddaughter.

His first two wives, Joan Balogh Riker and Joan Witzel Riker, died before him.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Murrells Inlet Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Frank Holsclaw. A reception will follow in the fellowship hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Tara Hall Home for Boys, P.O. Box 995, Georgetown, SC 29442.

There is a guest book at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.


Feb. 23

Cora A. Daube

Worked with handicapped children

Cora Alice Daube of Pawleys Island died Feb. 16 at her home. She was 94.

She was born Sept. 16, 1922, in Bethel Park, Pa., the daughter of Alvin Spencer Clark and Cuba Ellen Clark. Mrs. Daube was a former teacher’s aide working with handicapped children. She was a member of Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church and its parish women’s club. She was remembered as a loving mother and grandmother who enjoyed socializing with family and friends.

She was married to the late Paul Daube.

She is survived by a daughter, Patricia Chiappetta and her husband Lawrence of Pawleys Island; a son, William Daube of Kure Beach, N.C.; her grandsons, Timothy Chiappetta (Erin) of McMurray, Pa., and Paul Daube of Kure Beach; and six great-grandchildren.

Her siblings, Ada Bennett, Mabel Figley, Pearl Sommer, Gladys DiMond and Donald Clark, died before her, as did a daughter-in-law, Camile Daube.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Wednesday at St. Louise DeMarillac Church in Upper St. Clair, Pa. A memorial mass will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Precious Blood of Christ.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Father Pat’s Kitchen, 1633 Waverly Rd., Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

There is a guest book at beinhauer.com.

Pat Doyle

Leader in county libraries and history

Pat Doyle of Georgetown, who taught generations of natives and newcomers about the county’s history, died Feb. 17 at her home. She was 86.

Mrs. Doyle led the county library board during the expansion that built its first branch on the Waccamaw Neck and led the county Historical Society when it created the Georgetown County Museum.

Laura Patricia Davis Doyle was born Nov. 6, 1930, in Columbia, the child of Brig. Gen. Luther Cecil Davis and Irene Colbert Davis. She grew up in Georgetown and married her childhood sweetheart Patrick James Doyle. They were married for 59 years until his death in March 2016.

Salutatorian of the Winyah High School Class of 1948, she majored in history and English at the University of South Carolina, graduating magna cum laude in 1952 with membership in Phi Beta Kappa. She taught history at Eau Claire High School in Columbia, then taught history and geography at Winyah Middle and High schools in Georgetown.

Mrs. Doyle retired from full-time teaching when her three children were born, but her public service had just begun. She chaired the City School Board and co-led Girl Scout Troop 352 from 1968-76.

Mrs. Doyle chaired the Georgetown County Library Board for 25 years, championing the construction of three new libraries for the Georgetown, Andrews and Waccamaw Neck communities. In recognition of her continuing support of the Georgetown Library over the years, the Local History and Genealogy Room was named in her honor. She received the highest commendation from the S.C. Library Association.

Mrs. Doyle was an expert on the history of Georgetown County and taught a popular and engaging adult education course in conjunction with the Rice Museum, Coastal Carolina University and Brookgreen Gardens for more than 25 years. For several years, she was education director of the Rice Museum and was the first chair of the Kaminski House Museum board.

In addition to serving on the board of the South Carolina Historical Society, she was president of the South Carolina Association of State and Local Historical Societies and received its highest award.

As a lifelong member of the Georgetown County Historical Society and as its president, Mrs. Doyle worked tirelessly for decades on numerous committee projects. The complete enumeration of her contributions would be a history book in and of itself. Notable among these contributions are the publication of two books about Georgetown (“A View of Our Past” in 1993 and “A Walk Down Front Street” in 2009) plus the opening of the Georgetown County Museum in 2005 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the historical society. Upon her retirement from active participation, the board named her chair emerita and dedicated its garden in her honor.

She chaired Georgetown’s 250th Anniversary Committee. The yearlong celebration included the creation and dedication of Morgan Park. The city of Georgetown presented its Indigo Award to her in recognition and appreciation of her outstanding contribution and leadership for the betterment of the community and service to her fellow citizens. The Georgetown Times named her one of its Women of the Year. Mrs. Doyle appeared on ABC national news in a segment reported by Sharyn Alfonsi on hometowns in America.

A faithful communicant of Prince George, Winyah, Episcopal Church, she served on the altar guild, belonged to St. Anne’s Chapter and volunteered at the annual Plantation Tours.

Mrs. Doyle was a familiar figure along “the boulevard” for years as she took her daily 4-mile walks. She loved sewing, needlepoint, antiques, the color yellow, listening to classical music, playing the piano, crossword puzzles, The Messiah, Pink Perfection camellias, floating in the ocean at Pawleys Island and the U.S. Constitution. It was hard to keep up with her in many ways. Even as a child she “volunteered” at the library when it was located on the ground floor of the Winyah Indigo Society.

She is survived by two daughters, Laura Doyle Gates (Gary) of Georgetown, and Frances Irene Doyle (Scott Spangenberg) of Amherst, N.H., and a son Patrick James “Jim” Doyle Jr. of Georgetown who coordinated her care for the past three years; three grandchildren, Henry Luke Gates of Paris, Madeleine Ambrose Gates of Charlottesville, Va., and Nathan Frank Gates of Columbia. She lavished on them her love of reading and music.

Her family expresses unending gratitude and love to her caregivers for their years of tender, compassionate and loving attention and devotion to her wellbeing. Each brought a unique personality and joy into her life.

Her memorial will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Prince George, Winyah, Episcopal Church, with a reception to follow. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Georgetown County Library, 405 Cleland St., Georgetown, SC 29440; the Georgetown County Historical Society, 632 Prince St., Georgetown, SC 29440; Tidelands Community Hospice, 2591 North Fraser St., Georgetown, SC 29440; or Prince George Church Preservation Fund, P.O. Box 674, Georgetown, SC 29442.

There is a guest book at mayerfuneralhome.com.

Thomas E. Lytle

Salesman to the state’s farmers

Thomas Eugene Lytle Jr. of the River Club, who retired from a career selling agricultural chemicals, died Feb. 13 after a brief illness. He was 89.

He was born May 19, 1927, in Spartanburg, the son of Thomas Eugene Lytle and Mabel Gerrard Lytle. Following his graduation from Anderson High School, he entered the Army and served as a technician 4 in the 873rd Postal Unit in Germany as part of the U.S. occupation forces following World War II. He graduated from what is now Clemson University in 1949 with a degree in agricultural economics. He was recalled to active duty during the Korean conflict, serving as a first lieutenant and commander of Charlie Battery, 28th Field Artillery Battalion, at Fort Jackson.

Mr. Lytle was born a salesman and enjoyed a long and successful career selling agricultural chemicals with Shell Chemical, DuPont and ChemNut. In 1974, he was admitted to Shell Chemical’s Golden Ploughshare Society for excellence in sales performance at the national level. It was once said of him that he knew every farmer in South Carolina.

He was an avid golfer and a rabid Clemson Tiger fan, attending most home games despite living on the other side of the state. He was a generous giver, contributing to the college education of those he thought needed assistance and to many charitable organizations. He was a member of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and IPTAY, the Clemson athletics organization. He was an active member and supporter of The Abbey at Pawleys Island Anglican church.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Maxine Denaro Lytle; four sons: Thomas E. Lytle III, a retired Air Force colonel; Richard A. Lytle, a captain with American Airlines; John H. Lytle of Santee Cooper; and Brig Gen. Robert K. Lytle of the Idaho Army National Guard; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a sister, Miriam Lytle King, of Charlotte.

A funeral service was held Friday at The Abbey. Interment with military honors was in All Saints Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Teach My People, P.O. Box 2848, Pawleys Island, SC 29585, or at 843-237-8737 or online at teachmypeople.com.

Condolences may be sent at burroughsfh.com.

Marilyn W. Smith

Homemaker became a master gardener

Marilyn Worley Smith of the River Club died Feb. 14 at her home after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s. She was 73.

She was born July 21, 1943, in Sumter, the daughter of Dan and Mary Stephens Worley. She attended Sumter County public schools and earned a degree in elementary education from Columbia College. She married Cary Smith of Columbia in April 1964. Following her graduation she taught one year in the Richland County school system.

Following his graduation, her husband joined the IBM Corp. and together they embarked on a career that took them to numerous locations and provided many great experiences. Moving 10 times in 20 years, Mrs. Smith was the consummate homemaker. Quickly organizing each new home, parenting three children and supporting their busy lives, she consistently remained the steadying rock for her husband. While steadfastly supporting her family she never gave up being a Southern girl at heart and longed to return.

After decades away she and her husband returned to Columbia, and while continuing her long established roles she engaged in following her passions fiercely. In 1987 she opened and operated the Gillyflower gift and home accessories business. Her passion for the merchandise and the customers brought her much pleasure.

In 1990, following the death of their son, 1st Lt. Cary K. Smith Jr., while serving in the Marine Corps, she closed her business and moved on to pursue other interests. She completed the master gardener program in 1991. She loved being in the yard with her plants, many of which resided in multiple spots before finding just the right place. She created two certified backyard habitats. She volunteered as a gardener at Riverbanks Zoo, Historic Columbia sites and the Women’s Shelter.

Mrs. Smith became involved with Columbia Green in numerous activities and ultimately served as its president. She was an active member of the Mimosa Garden Club and her PEO chapter serving as president of both organizations. While she never sought leadership roles, when asked she was willing to give her all for favorite causes.

Upon retiring she and her husband moved to Pawleys Island where she became a member of the Georgetown Garden Club and continued her PEO membership. She was a member of Belin Memorial United Methodist Church.

She was loved by many for her surprising and sharply focused sense of humor punctuated occasionally by a little sarcasm. Perhaps her greatest passion was her grandchildren. She personified the expression “they are the reward you get for having children.” For those who knew her it was painful to see her brightness, energy and spontaneity dimmed, her family said, but they remember her warmly nonetheless.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Sloan Smith Huckabee of Litchfield Beach and Sara Smith Corcoran of Nashville, Tenn., and their husbands Robert and Kevin; and six grandchildren, Drew, Nicholas and Brittany Pope and Cary, Catherine and John Henry Corcoran.

A celebration of her life was held Wednesday at Belin Methodist. A celebration service will be held today at 3 p.m. at Spring Valley Presbyterian Church in Columbia following a private interment service at Elmwood Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Mercy Care Hospice of Myrtle Beach or Belin land fund.

Condolences may be sent at burroughsfh.com.

Joanie Smith

N.Y. native enjoyed bowling

Mary Joan Smith of Murrells Inlet died Feb. 16 at home. She was 88.

She was born Oct. 9, 1928, in Mount Vernon, N.Y., the daughter of Anthony Joseph and Helen Adeline Murphy Smith. Known as Joanie, she was a parishioner at St. Michael Catholic Church in Garden City. She thoroughly enjoyed bowling, while she was able.

She is survived by her cousins, Mary Lou Kennedy and James Melville, both of Murrells Inlet, and Winnie Heizinger of Eastchester, N.Y.; several nieces and nephews; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.

In addition to her parents, her four brothers, Louis J. Smith, Robert J. Smith, Eugene F. Smith and Gerard A. Smith, died before her.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Michael by the Rev. Ed Fitzgerald. Burial will be at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Cemetery in North Lauderdale, Fla.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Michael Catholic Church Grammar School, 542 Cypress Ave., Murrells Inlet, SC 29576.

Online condolences may be directed to burroughsfh.com.


Feb. 16

Dr. Robert O. Jones

Long-time radiologist at Georgetown hospital

Dr. Robert Owen Jones, a radiologist who was one of the pioneers of health care in Georgetown County, died Wednesday at the Lakes at Litchfield. He was 88.

He was born Oct. 5, 1928, in Indianapolis, the son of Morris Owen Jones and Lillian Strickland Jones. He grew up in Evanston, Ill., and graduated from Evanston Township High School. He earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from Northwestern University in Evanston.

After he married the former Norah Larsen in 1953, Dr. Jones did his internship in Chicago. He served in the Navy in Charleston. In 1957, he did his residency in Cincinnati. Dr. Jones and his family moved to Georgetown in 1959, where he became the radiologist at Georgetown Memorial Hospital until retirement in 2002.

“Dr. Jones was the lone radiologist for many, many years,” said Dr. Gerald Harmon, a family physician in Georgetown County since 1983 and chairman elect of the American Medical Association board. “Our hospital system and our medical community owe a great debt to pioneers such as Dr. Robert Jones and his ilk. They never complained about long hours, coming in at nights or weekends, and really never had a day off since they were solitary providers and were always on call.”

Dr. Jones was a communicant of Holy Cross-Faith Memorial Episcopal Church. He published a book entitled “A Theory of Thought Processes” in 1969. He and Norah were instrumental in forming Hospice of Georgetown, now known as Tidelands Community Hospice.

After Norah’s death in 1988, Dr. Jones married the former Margaret Fitzsimons Brice. She died last year.

Dr. Jones was an avid tennis player. After they moved to Litchfield, he helped start the daily round robin at Litchfield Racquet Club which is still being played today. He was a lifelong learner, loving to read and taking art and creative writing classes. Dr. Jones was remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend.

Another son, Mark Owen Jones; a grandson, Mark Stephen St. Louis; and two sisters, Marjorie J. Peters and Betty J. Fox, died before him.

He is survived by his son, Robert L. “Robby” Jones (Helen) of Pawleys Island; three daughters, Donna Jones (Michael St. Louis) of Atlanta, Nancy J. Lowe (Dave) and Barbara “Barbie” Jones of Georgetown; a daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Jones of Charlotte; two step-sons, George W. Brice of New York and Owen F. Brice of Pawleys Island; a step-daughter, Susanne B. Drennan (Jim) of Charleston; 15 grandchildren, Larsen, Anne Christian, Nancy, Mary Helen, Robert, Amelia, and Perrin Jones, Rob and Jess St. Louis, Norah Wofford McCann (Jason), Jenny and Henry Wofford, and Richard and Carolyn Culbertson; and five step-grandchildren, Owen (Leigh), John (Nikki) and Molly Brice and Sam and Katie Drennan.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Holy Cross-Faith Memorial Episcopal Church by the Rev. Wil Keith. A reception will follow.

The family will receive friends at the Georgetown Chapel of Mayer Funeral Home on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m.

There is a guest book at mayerfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Tidelands Community Hospice, 2591 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, S.C. 29440.


Feb. 9

Michael J.O. Fookes

Former engineer at steel mill

Michael John O’Connell Fookes of North Litchfield died Jan. 31 at MUSC Medical Center in Charleston. He was 79.

He was born March 24, 1937, in Brighton, England, the son of Leslie and Frances Fookes. He grew up in England and graduated from London University. He moved to Canada in 1967, to Georgetown in 1970 and then to North Litchfield. He was a retired civil engineer and worked at a number of steel mills including Georgetown Steel. Mr. Fookes was an avid reader and his favorite outing was dinner at Flo’s in Murrells Inlet. He was married for 49 years to the late Pauline Fookes.

He is survived by two sons, Paul Fookes (Kelli) of Myrtle Beach and Andrew Fookes (Kim) of Signal Mountain, Tenn.; two daughters, Sharon Fookes of Georgetown and Nicola Goodson (Bill) of Myrtle Beach; seven grandchildren, Claire Fookes (Kevin) of Pawleys Island, Abby and Danny Fookes of Myrtle Beach; and Hailey, Jacob, and Mary Fookes of Signal Mountain, Tenn.; and two great-grandchildren, Aden Fookes of Pawleys Island and Hadleigh Cooper of Pawleys Island.

A memorial service was held Saturday at the Georgetown Chapel of Mayer Funeral Home. There is a guest book at mayerfuneralhome.com.

Memorials may be made to Susan G. Komen Lowcountry, 50 Folly Rd., Charleston, SC 29407; or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105.


Feb. 2

Martin R. Benson

Engineer with a love for singing

Martin R. Benson of Pawleys Island, a retired engineer, died Dec. 11, 2016. He was 89.

He was born March 26, 1927, in Ridgway, Pa., the son of Martin A. and Ruth P. Benson. Known as Marty, he joined the Navy in spring 1945. The troop train he was on, bound for the West Coast, was stopped with news that World War II had ended.

After the Navy, he was a draftsman for the Elliott Co. in Ridgway before earning an industrial engineering degree from Penn State in 1952. He moved to Emporium, Pa., to work for GTE Sylvania/Phillips ECG, rising to the position of manufacturing supervisor. In 1982, he and his wife moved to Wellsboro, Pa., where he became production manager for Truck-lite before retiring in 1992.

He was married to the late C. Arlene Benson. They moved to South Carolina from Wellsboro to be near family.

He was an active resident at the Lakes at Litchfield until his illness.

Mr. Benson carried a love of singing through his life, praising God in choirs from his childhood church in Ridgway, Pa., to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. He also sang for numerous men’s choruses before moving south.

He is survived by daughter Lee Ann, husband Mark, and grandsons Aubrey, 19, and Alex, 15, of Pawleys Island; son Gary, wife Tina, and granddaughter Jessie Joy (“J.J.”), 13, of Folsom, Calif.; and Martin T. and his wife, Sara, of Indianapolis.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Feb. 11 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. A reception will follow at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Peter’s.

Edward J. Saer

Truck driver loved to fix things

Edward James Saer, 56 of Murrells Inlet died Jan. 26 at Tidelands Community Hospice House. He was 56.

He was born February 18, 1960, in Staten Island, N.Y., the son of Henry and Mildred Cippoletti Saer.

Known as Eddie, he worked as a truck driver and in his spare time, he enjoyed fishing. He was a great mechanic and loved working with his hands building and fixing things such as cars and boats.

He is survived by his fiancée of three years, Lori W. Cunningham; a brother, Henry Edward Saer and wife Eileen of Charlotte; three nephews, Matthew Saer and wife Jennifer of Charleston, Mark Saer and Jeffrey Saer of Charlotte.

There are no formal services scheduled.

Memorials may be made to assist with his funeral expenses at Burroughs Funeral Home, 3558 Old Kings Highway, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576. Condolences can be sent at burroughsfh.com.

Robert M. Vance Jr.

Gift sparked life-long interest in film

Robert Mercer Vance Jr. of Las Vegas, who had a life-long passion for photography and film, died Jan. 21. He was 63.

He was born Feb. 19, 1953, in Clinton, the son of Virginia Gray Vance and the late Robert Mercer Vance of Clinton and Pawleys Island. His great-grandfather founded MS Bailey and Son, Bankers, and the Clinton and Lydia Cotton Mills.

He earned his Eagle Scout badge at 13. He was later elected to the Order of the Arrow. Bob played guitar in rock bands during middle and high school. After his high school graduation from the McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tenn., in 1971, Bob drove a red 1958 Cadillac, which he acquired from his grandfather. In 1974 he and Bill Kinney of Charlotte took a five week motorcycle tour across the United States. The tales they told made for a true American story.

A high quality camera given by his parents for his high school graduation helped spark his interest studying photography and psychology at La Grange College, Ga. He completed his education at the University of South Carolina, graduating as the first bachelor of media arts in 1976.

Beginning in 1977 he developed a passion for the film industry working first with Dr. Don Gillis to propose the original S.C. Film Commission. Moving to California in 1984, Mr. Vance was involved in the production of several movies, including “The Fixx” and “Gramma’s Gold,” and worked on a television series, “Buck James.” He also worked with ABC Television and Columbia Studio and completed a classical motion picture script, “Beowulf.” Since 1996 his passion was to work with laserless holographic lens camera systems.

He was an active member of the Motion Picture Association of America, the American Film Institute, and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers.

He lived between Las Vegas and Hollywood. He was president of Windward West and Eyecon International. Most recently he was voted vice president of the homeowners association at his Nevada residence, Meridian Private Residences.

He loved the beach and traveling from coast to coast. To friends and family, he was unique, generous, sweet and loyal. He was a character that you wanted to get to know and added a fun spark to life. No idea was too big for Bob. He always took great interest in people and never met a stranger. Throughout his life, Mr. Vance supported the Clinton institutions that his family was a part of and in particular was honored as a member of the William Plumer Jacobs Society of Presbyterian College.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his brother, Russell Gray Vance of Fort Lauderdale, Fla,; his niece, Mary Ellen Barnwell (Brian) of Columbia and her son Robert Ford Barnwell; his nephews, R. Fleming Patterson III of Atlanta and Thomas Howard (Ben) Suitt III of Boston. He is also survived by Sharon Beth Dalgo, to whom he was married from 1976 until their divorce in 1984.

A graveside service was held Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church in Clinton.

Memorials may be made to the Clinton area Boy Scout troops through the Blue Ridge Council BSA, 1 Park Plaza, Greenville, SC 29607-5851. Designate in memory of Robert M. Vance Jr. for Clinton area troops.


Jan. 19

Benjamin C. Beck

WHS grad worked at restaurants

Benjamin Christopher Beck of Pawleys Island, a 2016 Waccamaw High graduate, died Jan. 12. He was 18. “This world lost one of the brightest lights it will ever see,” his family said.

He was born April 30, 1998, the son of Adam and Pamela Beck Weighing a strong 10 pounds, Ben entered this world ready to make an impact. Through his humor, his kindness and his genuine heart, he left an imprint on every soul he met. With his strong work ethic, he accomplished so much including earning his black belt in Tae Kwon Do, graduating from Waccamaw High School last spring and working hard for both Rustic Table and Landolfi’s.

He had a passion for creating dishes in the kitchen, playing video games with his brothers, a love for everything Star Wars and being outside with his friends, especially on the beach the moment the sun was out shining.

His spirit will live on through his family and friends, and anybody who ever had the honor to meet him, his family said.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brothers Taylor and Jacob; his grandparents, Roy and Diane Lee and Linda and Jim Beck.

There will be a celebration of his life Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Litchfield by the Sea Beach Club. The dress is casual.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Benjamin Beck “Greatness From Small Beginnings Scholarship,” which will be awarded annually to a Waccamaw High student, P.O. Box 2684 Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

Condolences may be sent at ridgewayfh.com.

Miriam M. Fletcher

Worked in retail and child care

Miriam Marshall Fletcher of Litchfield Beach died Monday at Waccamaw Community Hospital after a strong fight with her disease. She was 61.

She was born June 24, 1955, in Jacksonville, Fla., the daughter of Frank P. Fletcher with whom she resided for the past 17 years, and the late Josie Marshall (Jodie) Fletcher. Miriam received her education from Fairfax Hall in Waynesboro, Va., and Saint Mary’s College. She earned a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo and master’s in public health from the University of South Carolina.

She was a member of the Alpha Phi Sorority and an affiliate of the Junior League in Kalamazoo and Columbia.

She enjoyed working in retail sales and children’s day care centers. Through these experiences she had many friends who will miss her.

She is survived by a brother, Joel M. Fletcher (Katherine) of Kalamazoo; a nephew, J. Marshall Fletcher; two nieces, Anne A. Fletcher and Mary M. Fletcher; a cousin whom she loved like a sister Lucy (Sam) Leaman and her family of Greenwood; numerous other cousins with whom she shared Thanksgiving Day dinners; and her two poodles, Happy and Sugar.

A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Goldfinch Funeral Home, Litchfield/Pawleys Island by the Rev. Donald Fishburne. Interment will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church in Columbia.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 950 48th Ave. N., Suite 101 Myrtle Beach, SC 29577; to the St. Frances Humane Society, 125 N. Ridge Rd. Georgetown, SC 29440; or Tidelands Community Hospice, 2591 N. Fraser St. Georgetown, SC 29440.

There is a guest book at goldfinchfuneralhome.com

Betty Fox

Lover of classical music

Betty Fox of Pawleys Island died Jan. 11. She was 98.

She was born in 1918, the daughter of Morris and Lillian Jones. She grew up in Indianapolis and lived most of her life in Cincinnati where she was a member of St. James Episcopal Church, a regular at the symphony and opera, a life-long bridge player, participant in public affairs and a working woman from the 1950s to the 1980s.

She was married to Walter Fox, who died in 1973. Mrs. Fox moved four years ago to Pawleys Island.

She is survived by her children, Marjorie Fox of Cincinnati and Tom Fox (Ilka Doubek) of Pawleys Island; her granddaughter, Lida Fox of New York; her brother, Dr. Robert O. Jones of Pawleys Island; and several nieces and nephews.

A service will be held in the spring.

Memorials may be made to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, 1241 Elm St., Cincinnati OH 45202; the Litchfield Ballet Foundation P.O. Box 2577, Pawleys Island, SC 29585; or the charity of your choice.

Condolences may be sent at burroughsfh.com.

Capt. Johnny Lewis

Navy veteran ran charter boats

Johnny C. Lewis of Murrells Inlet, one of the area’s first charter boat captains, died Sunday at Waccamaw Community Hospital. He was 74.

He was born Oct. 10, 1942, the son of Arthur E. and Sophia (Lilly) Lewis. He served in the Navy as a signalman-petty officer second class during the Vietnam War, during which time he was able to see 51 different countries. While enlisted, he received the National Defense Service Medal.

Known as Capt. Johnny, he owned and operated San-Glass Fiberglass Co. in Murrells Inlet for 32 years. He was also one of the first charter boat captains in this area. He ran the fishing vessels “Wild Turkey” for the Burroughs family and the “Firebird” for Jimmy and Emily Smith of Mount Airy, N.C. While working for the Smiths, he chartered their boat on many trips to the Bahamas and was fortunate enough to captain for the Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and his wife, Margaret, Kenny Rogers and many other notable people.

Capt. Johnny was also instrumental in beginning the dredging work for the jetties in this area. Extremely active in the Murrells Inlet community, he was able to develop long-lasting special friendships with many people who were fortunate enough to meet him. He will be remembered for his motto for life, “Because I can … .”

He is survived by wife, Sandy Lewis; a daughter, Danielle Lewis of Irmo; his brothers, Arthur J. Lewis of Batesburg and Chester M. Lewis and wife Reinna of Hemingway; his sisters, Patricia Meyers and husband Rick of Murrells Inlet and Carolyn Lewis (David Leah) of Myrtle Beach; sisters-in-law, Diana Altman and husband Ted of Pawleys Island and Jeannie Wollman and husband Alan of North Carolina; several nieces and nephews; and many dear friends.

His family thanked their many close friends who became family for their overwhelming love, prayers, support and compassion.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Belin Memorial United Methodist Church by the Rev. Ty Smithdeal. Burial will be at Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church Cemetery with military honors.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or stjude.org.

Condolences may be sent at burroughsfh.com.

Robert R. Montagne

Worked for U.S. Customs Service

Robert Raymond Montagne of The Reserve, who served under four presidents in the U.S. Customs Service, died Sunday at his home. He was 87.

He was born in Detroit, a son of Edward Joseph and Irene Claudia Montagne. He graduated from St. James High School in Ferndale, Mich., and from the University of Detroit in 1958. He served in the Air Force in Texas and Japan during the Korean War from 1950 to 1954.

Mr. Montagne worked with the Customs Service for 38 years serving as the personal representative for Customs and Immigration under presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter and Reagan. He retired in 1994. Mr. Montagne enjoyed the beach, travel and his grandchildren.

His first wife, Barbara Coyne Montagne, died before him. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Carolyn Montagne; his children, Mary Beth Creamer of Roswell, Ga., Robert Montagne Jr. (Bridget) of Fairfax, Va., and Susan Patberg (Kurt) of Atlanta; his step-children, Jennifer Lyons of Cocoa Beach, Fla., and Andrew Webb (Kristi) of Satellite Beach, Fla.; 11 grandchildren; his brothers, Edward, Lionel and Arthur Montagne; and a sister, Gerry Canar.

A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Father Pat’s Kitchen, 1633 Waverly Rd. Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

There is a guest book at goldfinchfuneralhome.com

Joseph F. Segreve

Worldwide sales director of Unisys

Joseph Francis Segreve, a former Litchfield Country Club resident, died Jan. 10 with his wife Barbara by his side. He was 92 and lived in Concord, N.C.

He was born June 3, 1924, in Salem, Mass., the only child of Thomas and Margaret Segreve. He graduated from St. John’s Prep in Danvers, Mass., before being called into service in 1943. He served in the Army during World War II and was part of the D-Day invasion of Europe. He received the Purple Heart.

Mr. Segreve earned a business degree from Boston College in 1950 and spent the next 36 years with a rewarding career at Unisys Corp. He retired as worldwide director of sales. He had a passion for all sports, especially golf, and was an avid fan of his alma mater. He enjoyed life to the fullest, his family said.

In addition to his wife of 64 years, he is survived by five children, Thomas Segreve (Cathy) of Perkiomenville, Pa., Carolyn Blake (David) of Charleston, Mary Porowski (Donald) of Duncan, Timothy Segreve of Audubon, Pa., and Joan Benner (Scott) of Concord, N.C.; six grandchildren, Cassie, Melissa, Monica, Kara, Keenan and Patrick; and seven great-grandchildren.

There will be a full military service and memorial Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Precious Blood Catholic Church.

Memorials may be made to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization or the charity of your choice.


Jan. 12

Shelden J. Keenan

Spent career in paper industry

Shelden John Keenan of the River Club, who retired from a career in the paper industry, died Jan. 5. He was 84.

He was born Sept. 16, 1932, in Rochester, N.Y., the son of Mildred Shelden and Walter John Keenan. He spent 40 years in Rochester, completing 17 years of Catholic education, including one year in St. Andrews Seminary. He went on to graduate from Niagara University, where he majored in history. In 1955, as an Army ROTC second lieutenant, he was stationed at Fort Benning, Ga., and then Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.

Mr. Keenan had a long sales career in the corrugated container industry with the St. Joe Paper Co. and retired as sales manager with MacMillan Bloedel.

Following retirement, he relocated to Pawleys Island in 1993 and continued to enjoy his beloved game of golf. He began playing when he was 12 years old working as a caddy and locker room attendant at the Country Club of Rochester. He was a member of the Litchfield Country Club and fondly participated in the Cops & Robbers league.

In addition to his recreational activities, Mr. Keenan was a devout Catholic and contributing member of the Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church. He served as an usher and lector, and was an active member in the Knights of Columbus as a 4th Degree Knight.

He spent many years in multiple leadership positions with the Pawleys Island Lions Club and supported many charitable organizations including hospice and Meals on Wheels.

He is survived by his wife, Mary Rankin Keenan; three children, Christopher Patrick, Shaun Michael and Maura Keenan Boselowitz; one step-daughter, Wendy Draffin Caldwell and her family; six grandchildren, Connor, Daniel, Antonio, Colleen, Mary and Liam Shelden; one brother, J. Patrick Keenan; two nieces, Patricia and Maureen; and one nephew, Brian. His former spouse, Nancy Louise Keenan, died before him, and he is also survived by her children, Ron, Richard and Larry Held and their families.

A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday at noon at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church with a repast following in the Parish Hall.

Memorials may be made to Knights of Columbus Council 11028, Precious Blood of Christ Church, 1633 Waverly Rd, Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

Condolences may be sent at burroughsfh.com.

Rebecca Pate-King

Retired bank vice president

Rebecca Pate-King of Pawleys Island, a retired banker, died Monday at Tidelands Community Hospice House. She was 66. She was born June 24, 1950 in Pensacola, N.C., the daughter of Iris Pate-Young and the late Clarence E. Pate.

She retired as a vice president of Carolina First Bank, now TD Bank. She was a long-time board member of Waccamaw Centers for Mental Health and St. Christopher’s Children. She was a member of the Pawleys Island Rotary Club. She loved her First Baptist Church family in Georgetown and was a member of the Samaritan Sunday School Class.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Charles King; three step-children, Gloria Zander and her husband John, Brenda K. Pope and her husband Jerry and Reggie King and his wife Sandy; her sister, Joan Pate-Foy and her husband Wes; eight step-grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two great-great-granddaughters; five nephews; one niece; and a special aunt, Mary Anne Miller.

She was grateful for her many friends through her journey who brought joy and encouragement, and her family said she had special thanks for her friend Maureen Ganzala.

In addition to her father, two brothers, Gary Pate and Michael Pate; grandparents, Hobert and Mae McPeters and Sherdian and Anne Pate, died before her.

A celebration of her life will be held Saturday at noon at First Baptist Church. The family will receive friends at the church from 10:30 until 11:45 a.m.

A graveside service will be held at Eddie McMahan Cemetery in Pensacola at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, 219 Cleland St., Georgetown, SC 29440, or to the Eddie McMahan Cemetery Fund, 85 Miller Lane, Burnsville, NC 28714.

Condolences may be sent at burroughsfh.com.


Jan. 5

Richard Iovene

Retired from AT&T

Richard Iovene of Hagley Estates died Dec. 24 at his home. He was 77.

He was born in New Haven, Conn., the son of John and Irma Iovene. He worked for AT&T for 30 years.

He is survived by wife of 52 years, Kathy Iovene; daughter, Christine Goulette (Fred) of Coventry, R.I.; father-in-law, Harold Hoerich of Hendersonville, NC; and sister-in-law, Rose Swoboda of Atlanta.

Services will be private.

Memorials may be made to All 4 Paws, 708 Petigru Dr., Pawleys Island, SC 29585 or Tidelands Hospice, 2591 N. Fraser St, Georgetown, SC 29440.

There is a guest book at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

Amelia A. McFaddin

Retired teacher was active in community service

Amelia Arthur McFaddin, 99, a retired teacher who was active in community services, died Dec. 21 in Charleston. She was 99.

She was was born Dec. 17, 1917 in Richland County, the daughter of William Weston Arthur and Anne Peyre Moore Arthur.

She graduated in 1940 from the University of South Carolina where she was a cheerleader and member of the May Court.

She was married to the late James Hugh McFaddin and lived in Manning and Pawleys Island.

Mrs. McFaddin was a retired school teacher and had a lifelong interest in, and commitment to, service and community organizations on both local and statewide levels.

She was an active parishioner in her church throughout her life, whether in Stateburg, Manning, Summerton or Pawleys Island. At her death, she was a member of Grace Church Cathedral. Her love for gardening and beautification led her to be a charter member of the Azalea Garden Club in Manning and the Lowcountry Herb Society at Pawleys Island, as well as a docent at Brookgreen Gardens and member of Pawleys Island Beautification Committee.

Her sense of civic responsibility and concern for children and families led to her service as a board member of York Place Episcopal Home for Children, Clarendon County Library and Lowcountry Girl Scouts, volunteer at Smith Medical Clinic, member of Georgetown County Election Commission and poll watcher, and charter member of the Pee Dee Committee of the National Society of Colonial Dames of America in South Carolina. One of her greatest honors was her service as grand marshal of the Pawleys Island Fourth of July Parade.

She is survived by three daughters: Anne M. Sauls (Morgan) of Manning, Jane A. McFaddin (Charles Bryan Jr.) of Charleston and Margaret S. McFaddin of Columbia; son, James Hugh McFaddin Jr. (Jill) of Manning; nine grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Another daughter, Amelia McFaddin Barringer, died before her.

A memorial Eucharist will be held Saturday in Grace Church Cathedral at 2 p.m. Committal will be at Church of the Holy Cross churchyard in Stateburg on Sunday at 3 p.m.

Memorials may be made to Kanuga Conferences, Hendersonville, N.C.; Smith Medical Clinic Inc., 116 Baskervill Dr., Pawleys Island, SC 29585; or the Episcopal Church in South Carolina, P.O. Box 20485, Charleston, SC 29413.

Memorial messages may be sent atjhenrystuhr.com.

Joyce Pasculli

Enjoyed time on the water

Augusta “Joyce” Pasculli of the Tradition Club died Dec. 23 at Waccamaw Community Hospital. She was 85.

She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., a daughter of Augustus and Lucille Harris. Mrs. Pasculli enjoyed vacationing – especially cruises – boating, fishing and crossword puzzles. She was a member of All Saints Church.

She is survived by her husband of 28 years, Louis Pasculli; nephew Jeffrey Wallace and his wife Mema of St. Albans, N.Y.; grandson Robert Ganzaroli and his wife Gwen of Gaffney; and great-grandchildren Julian and Jessica Ganzaroli.

Funeral services were Friday at All Saints Church.

Memorials may be made to the National MS Society, 9801-I Southern Pines Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28273; St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; the National Breast Cancer Research Center, 18 N. Law St. Aberdeen, MD 21001; or All Saints Church, 3560 Kings River Rd., Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

There is a guest book at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

George L. Vickery

TV work led to career in real estate

George Lowry Vickery of DeBordieu, whose early success in television led to a career in real estate, died Dec. 26. He was 85.

He was an active golfer, fisherman and writer. His blogs, relating to his experiences in early television and whatever else popped into his head, were read by almost 300 recipients. His novel, “Beyond September,” was an Amazon best-seller on its debut in 2008.

He was born in Atlanta and carried off to Miami in 1934 at the age of 3. His writing skills emerged early with essay contest winnings from both American Legion and Dade County while still in junior high school. He became editor-in-chief of the Miami Jackson Globe and was an A student. Even so, he found time for the teams of football, track and golf. Upon graduation, he was singularly chosen for the Jackson Hall of Fame.

Attending the University of Miami on a full academic/activities scholarship, he majored in journalism and was a member of the Class of 1953. Along the way he was chosen for multiple awards, including the Ibis Outstanding Senior. He was editor-in-chief of the Miami Hurricane newspaper, co-editor of the Ibis yearbook, and humor columnist for UM’s Tempo magazine. He was tapped into Iron Arrow, at that time the highest honor achieved by men at UM, and was elected Son of Chief.

Mr. Vickery was drafted into the Army and served two years in the psychological warfare division, handling the duties of chief writer for both the U.S. and Europe. He wrote a play about PsyWar that was staged before GIs in six European countries.

Immediately upon his return to civilian life in 1955, he was offered the job of public service and publicity director at Miami’s WTVJ, the CBS affiliate and the first TV station in the South. He also was director of publicity, merchandising and sales promotion during this stint. He wrote a play, “The Day There Was No News,” which was aired on both radio and television.

After heading up promotion at WJBF-TV under the legendary J.B. Fuqua, Mr. Vickery was called back to become promotion manager at WTVJ.

For six years he entertained many of the CBS Television stars, including Jackie Gleason, which would start a lengthy relationship. The CBS Star Junket was traditionally held in alternate years in Miami Beach. The CBS network introduced its new programs and stars-to-be to a national press and supported them with the biggest names in television. Mr. Vickery served as local liaison with the network.

In 1968, he left the TV world and opened George Vickery Advertising and Public Relations. After a couple of years, J.B. Fuqua found him again and brought him to Atlanta to head up marketing at Fuqua Industries, which had become one of the nation’s leading conglomerates.

After a few years traveling the country helping Fuqua’s 18 companies, Mr. Fuqua sent him to become vice president of sales and marketing for Inverrary, a thousand-acre development in Fort Lauderdale. This is where he renewed his relationship with Gleason, a resident and the public “face” of Inverrary.

Mr. Vickery helped start the Jackie Gleason Inverrary Classic, which still exists today as the PGA’ s Honda Classic. After Inverrary sold out, he joined Arvida Corp. in Boca Raton as vice president of marketing and sales, overseeing the giant Boca West development as well as the iconic Boca Raton Hotel and Club.

From there he joined Great American Management and Investment in Atlanta as VP of Marketing. GAMI was a REIT struggling with a portfolio of half a billion dollars worth of foreclosed real estate. Mr. Vickery was successful in developing, marketing and liquidating 40 condominium developments and numerous hotels, office buildings, shopping centers and large land parcels.

With this knowledge, he left and started Equity Realty, headquartered in Atlanta, with financial backing from Sam Zell, billionaire investor in Chicago. The goal was to convert apartments to condominiums. ERI sold out 12 projects in Miami, Orlando, Tampa, St. Pete, Hartford and Chicago, a total of 4,500 units in four years.

It was time for early retirement at the age of 52, but 1983 was seeing a real estate recession, so he became a consultant, aiding distressed projects in Vero Beach, Gulfport and Palm Beach for the next two years. Then he retired for good and bought a home in Key Largo.

Not inclined to be idle, Mr. Vickery became a Coast Guard licensed fishing captain, a real estate broker, freelance writer and half owner of a weekly newspaper.

In 1987, his world turned around when he met Kitty Inabinet. They married the next year and he moved to South Carolina to help her with subsidiary companies after she sold Defender Industries, a company she and her late husband, B.C. Inabinet, had started 30 years earlier.

George and Kitty moved to DeBordieu in 1988. In 1994-95, he served on the board of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources. In DeBordieu he was on the boards of both the club and the community association. He chaired the dredging of the DeBordieu canal and established a community dock, picnic grounds and crabbing areas.

Normally a golfer shooting in the high 90s, George tried for many years to shoot his age. He over-succeeded at the age of 83, shooting a 78.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Lisa Ruffner and Linda Beach; five grandchildren, Jonathan Ruffner, Danielle Vickery, Chrissy Chapman, Nic Beach; four great-grandchildren mothered by Johanna Nettles (Brian), Chris Magyari, Tyler Coleman, Coralyn Nettles and Rhett Nettles; three step-children, Dixie I. Hicks, Ben C. Inabinet and Kathy I. Laney and their children; Andi Hicks, Benji Inabinet, Kathryn Inabinet, Alex Inabinet, Austin Chrisley, Graham Chrisley and Ashlyn Laney.

Memorial services were Dec. 29 at Georgetown Presbyterian Church.

Memorials may be made to the church, 558 Black River Rd., Georgetown, SC 29442.


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