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December 25, 2009

J.D. Miller

66, former contractor helped start Shrine unit

James D. “J.D.” Miller Jr. of Hagley Estates, a retired homebuilder and husband of state Rep. Vida Miller, died Friday at his home. He was 66.

He was born Sept. 10, 1943, in Hemingway, a son of Cornelia Rowe Miller Rodgers and the late James D. “J.D.” Miller Sr. He grew up in Georgetown, and graduated from Winyah High School. He served in the National Guard.

Mr. Miller was the former owner of J.D. Miller Construction Co. and retired from Georgetown County as facilities services supervisor.

He attended First Baptist Church in Georgetown.

He was a member of Pawleys Island Lodge 409, Ancient Free Masons, the Royal Order of the Jesters and Omar Shrine Temple. He was a founding member and first unit director of the Shrine Unit Omar Trucking Company.

Mr. Miller’s battle with pancreatic cancer was a testimony to his courage and faith. His love for his family and friends were always of the upmost importance during his life.

In addition to his mother, of Georgetown, and his wife he is survived by a son, James Womble Miller and his wife, Michelle, of Wilson, N.C.; a daughter, Allyson Miller Moye and her husband, Rob, of Wilson; a brother, Charles R. “Charlie” Miller and his wife, Wendy, of Summerville; a sister, Marsha Miller Wilson and her husband, Johnny, of Georgetown; four grandchildren, Alex Miller, Kristin Miller, Kelsey Miller and Rachel Moye; and several nephews and nieces.

The family will receive friends at the First Baptist Church Fellowship Hall Dec. 28 from 5 to 7 p.m.

Memorial services will be at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Dec. 29, First Baptist Church, conducted by the Rev. Dr. Ted A. Sherrill.

The is an online guest book at www.mayerfuneralhome.com or contact the family at P. O. Box 481, Pawleys Island, 29585.

Memorials may be made to Shriners Hospital for Children, 950 West Faris Rd., Greenville, 29605 or Tidelands Community Hospice, 2591 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, 29440.

December 17, 2009

Celeste Dixon

66, former Hilton marketing executive

Celeste Dixon of DeBordieu died Tuesday at Tidelands Hospice House. She was 66.

Mrs. Dixon was born at Windsor Forest Plantation in Jamaica, a daughter of Henry and Vivia Williams. She grew up in Jamaica, Europe and South America, and attended preparatory schools in England. She graduated from Cambridge University in England with eight distinctions in commerce and languages and fluent in six languages. She did post-graduate work at Universidad CAB in Caracas and Inchball School of Design in London.

Mrs. Dixon was a marketing executive with Hilton Hotels in Europe, the Caribbean and United States, and was a real estate developer.

She had been a member of Association of Travel Marketing Executives, Georgia Council of International Visitors, Palm Beach International Society, Southeastern Tourism Society, and Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association International.

She and her husband had been members of the Royal Jamaican Yacht Club, Tustin Ranch Golf Club in California, Greenbrier Country Club in Kentucky, and Cherokee Town and Country Club in Georgia.

Mrs. Dixon was a descendant of Spanish conquistador Hernan Cortes and assumed the family title, Countess Cortes.

In addition to her parents, she was predeceased by her first husband, Eversley Bahadosingh.

She is survived by her husband, Jobie Dixon; her stepchildren, Chris Dixon of Charleston, Watts Dixon of Greensboro, N.C., and Dr. Jean Dixon of Potsdam, Germany; and by half-sisters and brothers who include Barbara Bennett, Latida Hendrix, Lima Gomes, Dr. Hanif Williams, all of South Florida, Joan Parris-Woodstock of Kingston, Jamaica, and Rudolf Williams of Phoenix.

A memorial service will be at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Georgetown on Monday at noon followed by a reception. A separate service will take place in South Florida.

Memorials may be made to the Tidelands Hospice House, 2591 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, SC 29440.

December 17, 2009

Neil McEachren

74, served as president of Murrells Inlet 2007

Neil A. McEachren, former president of Murrells Inlet’s community revitalization group died Monday at his home in Wachesaw Plantation. He was 74.

He was born Oct. 31, 1935 in Fairport, N,Y., the son of Dr. and Mrs. J.N. McEachren. He graduated from Manlius Military School and Brown University, where he was a member of Phi Gamma Delta and the football team.

Mr. McEachren was an officer in the Marine Corps from 1958 to 1961 and graduated from the War College in Washington, D.C.

He also did graduate work at the Carnegie Mellon Institute.

He worked in sales and marketing management for Eastman Kodak Co. for 35 years in Rochester, N.Y., Chicago and Washington.

Mr. McEachren was very active in local community services and served on the Wachesaw Plantation board of directors and was a past president of Murrells Inlet 2007. His interests included gardening and golf.

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Janet A. McEachren; his sons, Neil N. McEachren of Mooresville, N.C., Ian S. McEachren and his wife, Susan, of Simpsonville, and Duncan A. McEachren of Columbia; his grandchildren, Mathew and Eric of Mooresville, and Colleen and Bonnie of Simpsonville; his sister and brother-in-law, Margaret and Clifford Clark of Orange, Calif.; his sister-in-law, Joanne Drake of Murrells Inlet; and several nieces and nephews.

The family gave special thanks to Barry Weber, a registered nurse, for his kindness, compassion and friendship, and thanks Tidelands Hospice for its services.

A funeral service will be Friday at 11 a.m at Belin Memorial United Methodist Church with the Rev. Mike Alexander officiating.

A reception will follow in the family life center.

Memorials may be made to the Land Acquisition Fund, Belin Memorial United Methodist Church, 4183 Highway 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576. There is an online guest book at www.goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

December 17, 2009

'Pop' Royster

94, longtime Pawleys summer resident

William Tandy “Pop” Royster, a part-time resident of Pawleys Island for more than 30 years, died Dec. 10 at his Charlotte home. He was 94.

He was born Oct. 30, 1915 in Columbia, a son of Thomas Joseph and Mary Mullikin Royster.

Mr. Royster graduated from Columbia High School and the University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, and was a registered professional engineer.

He worked for American Bridge Co., Southern Railroad and Southern Engineering, and Catalytic Contracting, before retiring from Duke Energy.

Mr. Royster was a Master Mason of more than 50 years with Temple Lodge 676 with Scottish Rite of Freemasonry.

His hobbies included gardening, fishing, investing, computers and spending time with his family.

He was married for 70 years to the late Eileen Frankland Royster.

His identical twin, John Irwin Royster, his brother, Thomas Joseph Royster Jr., a sister, Emma Royster, and grandsons Steve H. Dial and William Beau Royster, also died before him.

Mr. Royster is survived by his daughters, Alma Royster Daniel and her husband, Joe, of Surfside Beach, and Carolyn Royster Dial and her husband, Steve, of Misenheimer, N.C.; his sons William Tandy Royster Jr. and his wife, Laura, of Charlotte, John Thomas Royster of Mooresville, N.C., and James Frankland Royster and his wife, Catherine, of Clover; his half-brother Donald Frankland of New Castle, Pa.; his grandchildren Michelle Dial Pawel, Chris Dial, Sonya Dial Sienerth, Tara Dial Mullinix, Tory Dial, Michael Royster, Tandy Royster-Carter, Kelly Royster McGirt, John Royster Jr., Ben Royster, Sam Royster, Amanda Royster and Joe Daniel III; 12 great-grandchildren; and a nephew, TeeJay Bradford.

Funeral services were Monday with burial in Forest Lawn East Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to: the Steve H. Dial Memorial Scholarship, Pfeiffer University, P.O. Box 960, Misenheimer, N.C. 28109; Assistance League of Charlotte Endowment Fund, P.O. Box 471112, Charlotte, N.C. 28247; or any Masonic Lodge.

December 10, 2009

'Rog' Sorensen

69, retired Air Force colonel

Roger Allen “Rog” Sorensen of Murrells Inlet, a retired Air Force colonel, died Sunday at his home. He was 69.

He was born in Nicollet, Minn., in December 1940, the second child of Marvin L. Sorensen and Lenore Braun Sorensen. The family later moved to St. James, Minn., where he graduated from high school and met his partner for life, Ella Mae “Elly” Johnson.

At a very young age Col. Sorensen wanted to be a fighter pilot. He received an appointment to the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs and graduated in 1963 with a bachelor’s degree. Shortly after graduation he and Elly were married on June 22, 1963. He received a master’s degree in aerospace management in 1968 from the University of Southern California, and graduated from the National War College in 1976.

His career took him to Enid, Okla., Tucson, Ariz., Apple Valley, Calif., Vietnam, Germany, Montgomery, Ala., Springfield, Va., Okinawa, the Philippines; Las Vegas, Tampa, Myrtle Beach and Austin, Texas.

He flew 131 combat missions in Vietnam, and served as the commander of the 354th Tactical Fighter Wing in Myrtle Beach.

Col. Sorensen earned the Silver Star, Legion of Merit, two Distinguished Flying Crosses, three Meritorious Service Medals, nine Air Medals, Joint Service Commendation Medal, Air Force Commendation Medal, two Air Force Presidential Unit Citations, Air Force Outstanding Unit Award with Valor, two Air Force Combat Readiness Medals, National Defense Service Medal, Vietnam Service Medal, five Air Force Longevity Service Award ribbons, Marksmanship Ribbon, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross Unit Citation, and Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal.

He retired on May 31, 1986, and he and Elly moved to Mount Gilead.

Col. Sorensen never lost his love of flying, and formed his own airplane sales company, Sun Air Sales, which was headquartered at Ramp 66 in North Myrtle Beach.

An avid outdoorsman, Col. Sorensen enjoyed fishing, boating, golf, and his annual pheasant hunting trip to South Dakota.

While he enjoyed his hobbies, he truly loved his family and his country. Both will miss him deeply.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter Jennifer Kaylor and her husband, Kevin, of Pawleys Island; three grandchildren, Christopher Kaylor, Caroline Kaylor and Jackson Kaylor; his brother, Bob Sorensen and his wife, Anne, of St. James; and his sister, Jan Hart and her husband, Doug, of Mount Pleasant.

He was predeceased by a daughter, Chris Ellen Sorensen.

A celebration of life will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at the First Presbyterian Church of Myrtle Beach, with the Rev. Bobby Wilkes officiating. The family will receive friends immediately following the service at the church. Graveside services will be at 11 a.m. on Dec. 29 at Arlington National Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the First Presbyterian Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 1306, Myrtle Beach, SC 29578; or to Happy Wheels, 1400 Madison Ct., Mount Pleasant, SC 29466 (a charity benefitting the MUSC Children’s Hospital).

There is an online guestbook at www.goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

December 3, 2009

Donald Armstrong Jr.

Citadel grad worked at IP

Donald Beverly Armstrong Jr. of Mason, Ohio, died Nov. 26.

He was the son of late Donald B. and Lucille Armstrong. He was a tremendous friend of many and a proud 1973 graduate of The Citadel and served as a captain in the Army Reserve.

Known as Donnie, Mr. Armstrong was a well respected colleague at International Paper for 37 years. He loved being around water either fishing or sailing.

He loved his family dearly and was a supreme handyman and known as “Mr. Fixit” by many people.

He is survived by his wife, Karen Pryor Armstrong; two sons, Russell Moore Armstrong and Donald Reid Armstrong; two sisters, Karin Harper and her husband, Sambo, and Sheila Hutto and her husband, Jimmy; his nieces and nephews, Stephen Harper, Phillip Harper, Megan Hutto, Myles Hutto, Connor Hutto and Lucy Hutto; and his great-nieces and great-nephews, Carlynn Harper, Hollis Harper, Sloan Harper, Caleb Harper, Emma Harper and Benjamin Harper.

Funeral services will be at 2 p.m. today at St. Paul’s Waccamaw United Methodist Church. His family will receive friends at the church from noon until 2 p.m.

December 3, 2009

Roman Carinci


Roman L. Carinci of Pawleys Island died Nov. 25. He was 29.

He will be greatly missed by his loved ones and friends.

There will be a service from 2-4 p.m. on Dec. 7 at Frank’s Outback in Pawleys Island.

December 3, 2009

Charles Froelich

76, furniture company executive

Charles Gaskins Froelich, a furniture industry executive and long-time Pawleys Island summer resident, died Nov. 16 at Piedmont Hospital in Atlanta. He was 76.

He was born Dec. 11, 1932, in High Point, N.C., the son of Elizabeth Gaskins and Jacob Henry Froelich. He grew up in High Point and graduated from St. James Episcopal School in St. James, Md., in 1952, and the University of North Carolina with a degree in English in 1956. He was a member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity.

He served in the Army for two years.

Mr. Froelich was active in the furniture industry for 50 years. He and his brother, Jacob Froelich Jr., owned and operated Froelich Veneer Co., started by their father. He also owned and operated his own veneer business for several years. He represented several furniture companies throughout the United States as a sales representative for many years, including Hickory Chair Co., Hickory Craft and Ardley Hall.

He enjoyed the furniture industry, feeling quality furniture was a good investment for its enjoyment and durability. He also enjoyed many associations with people in the industry.

He was a lifelong Episcopalian and a member of St. Mary’s Episcopal Church in High Point, and also attended Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church near his home in Duluth, Ga., and Holy Cross-Faith Memorial Church in Pawleys Island.

Mr. Froelich loved the beach, especially Pawleys Island, where he owned the Whereabouts house in the Birds Nest for nearly 35 years. He liked to say “the ocean can cure anything.” His sense of humor and zest for life were contagious.

He is survived by his wife of nearly 30 years, Alice Leonard Froelich; sons Charles Gaskins Froelich Jr. and his wife, Melanie, of Norcross, Ga., and Joseph Harris Froelich and his wife, Uliana, of Smyrna, Ga.; two stepchildren, Elizabeth Popwell Ralston and her husband, Jack, of Newport News, Va., and Gary Walton Popwell Jr. of Columbia; three grandchildren, Allison, Joseph and Anna Froelich; three step-grandchildren, Parrish, John and Daven Ralston; one niece, Molly Froelich; two nephews, Henry Froelich and his wife, Molly, and Sam Froelich and his wife, Catherine, of North Carolina; and a sister-in-law, Claudia Leonard, of Americus, Ga.

His brother and a daughter, Katherine Ragsdale Froelich, died before him.

Memorials may be made to Holy Cross-Faith Memorial Church, P.O. Box 990, Pawleys Island, SC 29585; The Children’s Home Society of North Carolina, P.O. Box 14608, Greensboro, NC 27415-4608; St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 108 West Farriss Ave., High Point, NC 27262; or Pleasant Hill Presbyterian Church, 3700 Pleasant Hill Rd., Duluth, GA 30096-3194.

A memorial service will be at 11 a.m. on Dec. 12 at Holy Cross-Faith Memorial Church. The family will receive friends at the Whereabouts house at 609 Doyle Ave. after the service.

November 26, 2009

Lee Neubauer

71, loved to golf and travel

Ottilie “Lee” Elsie Neubauer of Pawleys Island, died Sunday at her home. She was 71.

She was born in Staten Island, N.Y., the daughter of William and Elisie Schmidt.

Mrs. Neubauer graduated from Katharine Gibbs Business School of N.Y. and attended The College of Staten Island. She was employed by National Starch and Chemical Company in Findern, N.J., and was an executive secretary for several prestigious law firms.

She enjoyed traveling, golfing and most of all entertaining her friends and family with her wry sense of humor which will be sorely missed by all who knew her.

She was predeceased by a brother, William A. Schmidt.

Mrs. Neubauer is survived by her husband of 45 years, Norman Neubauer; three daughters, Michele Neubauer of Kentucky, Suzanne Freitag and her husband, Richard, of Charlotte, and Jennifer Neubauer of New Jersey; two grandchildren, Lauren Freitag and Bradley Freitag; and three nieces and a nephew.

A visitation will be from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Friday, with a memorial service to follow at Goldfinch Funeral Home, Pawleys/Litchfield Chapel with Father Pat Stenson officiating. Entombment will be in Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church’s columbarium.

Memorials may be made to, St. Christopher’s Children, 239 Business Center Dr., Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

There is a guestbook at www.goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

November 26, 2009

'Boobie' Rhoad

97, loved to read and play bridge

Lucille Oliver “Boobie” Rhoad died Nov. 2 in Bluffton, where she recently moved. She was 97.

She was born Sept. 6, 1912, at Oliver’s Lodge in Murrells Inlet.

She was the last survivor of eight siblings born to William L. Oliver and Emma Limehouse Oliver.

Her last eight years she spent living with her closest living relative, her nephew, Robert L. Oliver and his wife, Susan, in their Pawleys Island home.

She was predeceased by her husband of 60-plus years, Kestler E. Rhoad.

Mrs. Rhoad was known for her quick wit and great sense of humor. She was an avid reader and loved to play bridge up to the time of her passing.

She made friends easily and was loved by those whose lives she touched.

Mrs. Rhoad’s ashes were interred with her husband’s during a private family service in the National Cemetery in Beaufort.

November 12, 2009

Brenda B. Brewer

67, longtime rescue volunteer

Brenda Belk Brewer of Pawleys Island, a longtime volunteer with Pawleys Island-Litchfield Rescue and a former deputy coroner, died Nov. 4 at her home. She was 67.

She was born Oct. 12, 1942, in Charlotte, the daughter of William Harold Belk and Iva Faye Kennedy Belk. She grew up in Charlotte, was a graduate of Central High School, and attended Central Piedmont Community College.

She moved to Pawleys Island a number of years ago and was a volunteer with the rescue squad, which later merged with Midway Fire Department. She also worked as a 911 dispatcher for Georgetown County.

She was married to the late Danny Andrews Culbertson. A son, Thomas “Tonnie” Art Allen Jr., and a brother, G. Steven Belk, also died before her.

She is survived by two sons, Carl F. Brewer Jr. of Charlotte and J. Glenn Brewer of Fairhope, Ala.; two brothers, Kenneth W. Belk of Mooresville, N.C., and James H. Belk of Midland, N.C.; and four grandchildren, Emily Brewer, Ava Brewer, Jewel Brewer and Gage Michael Kottmann.

Funeral services were Saturday at the Georgetown Chapel of Mayer Funeral Home. Burial was in Graceland Cemetery West in Greenville.

Memorials may be made to Dave Roever Evangelistic Association, Att: Eagles Summit Ranch, P.O. Box 136130, Fort Worth, TX 76136.

There is an online guestbook at www.mayerfuneralhome.com.

October 29, 2009

June Turner

79, member of St. Paul's

June A. Turner of Litchfield died Tuesday at Waccamaw Community Hospital. She fought the good fight for many years before succumbing to multiple systemic failures, her family said. She was 79.

She was born May 12, 1930, in Detroit, the daughter of Gertrude and Richard Rohrman.

She and her husband were married in Livonia, Mich., in 1953 and resided there until they began a grand tour of the U.S., Venezuela and Brazil courtesy of the Ford Motor Co.

Upon retirement in 1988, they moved to Pawleys Island and relocated to the Lakes at Litchfield in 2006.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Thomas A. Turner; a sister, Ruth Kirchoff of Holland, Mich.; a son, Mark A. Turner and his wife, Catharine, of Wixom, Mich.; a daughter, Judilynn Lee of Pawleys Island; four grandchildren, Heather Rose Lee and Faith Crystal Lee of Myrtle Beach, Allison Turner Macomber and her husband, Zack, of Mason, Mich., and Thomas C.M. Turner, a senior at Kalamazoo College.

Services will be Sunday at 2 p.m. at St. Paul’s Waccamaw United Methodist Church. The family will receive friends following the service.

Memorials may be made to the Missions Fund at St. Paul’s.

There is an online guestbook at www.goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

October 29, 2009

Donna Lasell

58, teacher

Donna Mary McCormick Lasell of Pawleys Island, a school teacher, died Sunday at home, surrounded by her loving family and friends. She was 58.

She was born Dec. 25, 1950, in Saranac Lake, N.Y. She taught first grade at Crown Point Central School for 13 years, and continued teaching at Myrtle Beach Air Force Base after moving to South Carolina in July 1990.

Mrs. Lasell was an active member of the Pawleys Island Community Church, serving at the Kid’s Zone Sunday School and as a prayer warrior on the church’s prayer line.

She is survived by her husband, Terry Lasell; her daughter and grandson, Heather and Kohl Lasell of Nederland, Texas; and four sisters and two brothers.

A memorial service was held Wednesday at the Pawleys Island Community Church Chapel.

Memorials may be made to Pawleys Island Community Church, P.O. Box 777, Pawleys Island, S.C. 29585.

There is an online guest book at www.grahamfuneralhome.org.

October 22, 2009

Mary Anne McCarley

92, well-known Lowcountry artist

Mary Anne Sides McCarley, an artist and long-time summer resident of Pawleys Island, died Oct. 12 at her home in Asheville, N.C. She was 92.

She was born March 22, 1917, in Charlotte.

Mrs. McCarley contributed greatly to the art community in the Southeast and was a founding member of the Asheville Fine Arts League.

Throughout the Carolinas, Mrs. McCarley’s art has been collected by many enthusiasts. Her portraits and Lowcountry landscapes are among her finest work. The cover of the North Carolina State magazine featured Mrs. McCarley’s art several times.

Mrs. McCarley was a member of the Asheville Junior League. As a member of All Souls Cathedral she designed and organized the creation of the church kneelers. She and her husband gave the Cathedral Bells to All Souls.

She was married for 67 years to the late John Nathan McCarley Jr.

She is survived by her daughter, Victoria McCarley Stockton and her husband, James, of Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; sons, John Nathan McCarley III and his wife, Marcia, of Cashiers, N.C., and Bruce Winfield McCarley of Atlanta; four grandchildren and two great-granddaughters.

A memorial service for Mr. and Mrs. McCarley was held Sunday in the churchyard of Calvary Episcopal Church in Fletcher, N.C.

Memorials may be made to the CarePartners Hospice Foundation, P.O. Box 25338, Asheville, NC 28813.

October 22, 2009

Jeane Chapman

87, longtime All Saints' member

Jeane Morgan Chapman of Pawleys Plantation died Oct. 14 at her home. She was 87.

Born in Portland, Ore., she was a daughter of Donald and Lynn Morgan.

She enjoyed a career as an Eastern Airlines flight attendant until meeting her husband, James, in Key West, Fla. They were married on Oct. 30, 1948 in Clayton, Mo.

Mrs. Chapman was a faithful and honored member of All Saints’ Waccamaw Episcopal Church for more than 33 years. She was deeply loved and revered by her family and will be especially remembered for her kindness, faith and love.

Survivors include her husband, James H. Chapman, a retired Navy captain; a son, James H. Chapman Jr., who is also a retired Navy captain, and his wife, Susan, of Virginia Beach, Va.; a daughter, Susan Vogel and her husband, Bruce, of New Providence, N.J.; four grandchildren, Bryce Vogel, James H. Chapman III and his wife, Kerrie, Stephen Chapman, Elizabeth Ford and her husband, Cliff; and one great-grandchild, Marin Ford.

A brother and a sister died before her.

Funeral services were Saturday at All Saints Church, conducted by the Very Rev. Edward T. Kelaher.

Burial was in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to All Saints Waccamaw Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 4750, Pawleys Island, SC 29585 or to St. Francis Humane Society, 125 Ridge Rd., Georgetown, SC 29440.

There is an online guestbook at www.goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

October 22, 2009

James Maloney

71, retired commercial insurance executive

James Maloney of Columbia and Litchfield Beach, a commercial insurance executive, died Oct. 16. He was 71.

He was born Oct. 21, 1937, in Portsmouth, N.H., a son of Diana Marie and John Joseph Maloney. He graduated with honors from St. John’s High School in Concord, N.H., where he lettered in three sports, and Providence College, where he lettered in baseball. He was recognized by Who’s Who Among American Colleges and Universities.

Mr. Maloney worked for Aetna in Providence, R.I., Hartford, Conn., and Charlotte, before joining the Furman Agency of South Carolina.

In 1977, Marsh & McLennan, a national surety brokers firm, acquired the Furman Co., and Mr. Maloney served as head of office, managing director and chairman of the worldwide construction and surety practice.

In 1993, Mr. Maloney joined Willis as deputy chairman of Willis Construction Practice Group, responsible for surety operations.

In 2007, he was named a “power broker” for the construction/design category by the Risk and Insurance Report, an annual listing of the most influential commercial insurance brokers. He was highly respected in the surety industry, and a mentor to his colleagues. He was known for his passion, integrity and competitive spirit.

Mr. Maloney co-authored “Construction Insurance, Bonding and Risk Management” for McGraw-Hill.

He served as president of the National Association of Surety Bond Producers, president of the South Carolina Transportation Policy and Research Council, chairman of the National AGC Service/Supplier Providers Council, and co-chair on the Salem College Parent Advisory Council.

He served on various boards in the Columbia area, including United Way of the Midlands, Columbia YMCA, St. Joseph Catholic Church finance committee, and Central Carolina Community Foundation.

Mr. Maloney was a member of the Summit Club, where he served as president, Forest Lake Country Club, the Palmetto Club, the Camellia Ball and Reserve Golf Club at Litchfield.

A devout Catholic, Mr. Maloney dedicated himself to Providence Hospital, serving as chairman of the founding board. He deeply loved the Sisters of Charity St. Augustine and was proud to be a part of their governing board.

Mr. Maloney spent years coaching the St. Joseph inter-faith league basketball team and won many tournaments, including the Catholic State Championship. He loved coaching and influenced many youth.

An avid supporter of the Gamecock Club for more than 30 years, he enjoyed attending University of South Carolina athletic events with his family.

Mr. Maloney enjoyed golfing and traveling. His favorite place was Litchfield Beach, where he loved to walk, collect shells, ride the surf and be with his family.

He was a devoted husband, father and grandfather and friend to many.

He is survived by his wife, Claudia; his daughters, Kelley Liggitt and her husband, Randy, of Columbia, and Melanie Fulton and her husband, Ken, of Charleston; a son and daughter-in-law, Matt Maloney and his wife, Laurie, of Greenville, N.C.; grandchildren, Kent and Kate Liggitt; stepsons, Scott Harmon and his wife, Leslie, and their children, Emily Grace, Luke and Olivia, of Little Mountain, and Mark Harmon of Travelers Rest; and a brother, Robert John Maloney and his wife, Charlotte, of Lexington.

A funeral Mass was celebrated Monday at St. Joseph Catholic Church.

Memorials may be made to St. Joseph Catholic Church, 3700 Devine St., Columbia, SC 29205; Providence Hospital, 2435 Forest Dr., Columbia, SC 29204; or Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church, 1633 Waverly Rd., Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

There is an online guestbook at www.dunbarfunerals.com.

October 8, 2009

Lee Congleton

78, arts patron was also avid outdoorsman

Lee Congleton, a long-time summer resident of Pawleys Island, died Oct. 1 at his home in Knoxville, Tenn. He was 78.

He was born in Tway, Ky., a son of Beulah and Isaac Congleton. He grew up in Barbourville, Ky., and graduated from the University of Kentucky, where he was in the ROTC program and a captain of the Pershing Rifles, played freshman football for Bear Bryant, and was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon.

He also served as a major in the Army.

Mr. Congleton was an executive with G.W. Johnson Coal in Knoxville, and Concoal Corp., and also worked in real estate development and banking.

In 2003 he was inducted into the University of Kentucky Gatton Business School Hall of Fame.

Mr. Congleton was a life member and former chairman of the Knoxville Zoo Board, and member of the boards of the East Tennessee Historical Society, Maryville College, the Knoxville Museum of Art, the Knoxville Opera Company, the Webb School of Knoxville, University of Tennessee Development Board and the Teen Board of Knoxville.

He was inducted into Leadership Knoxville in 1990, and was a member of the First Christian Church and Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church.

An avid outdoorsman, golfer, and traveler, Mr. Congleton was a life sponsor of Ducks Unlimited, and enjoyed spending time at his beach home on Pawleys Island.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Bobbie Congleton; his daughters, Debbie Schwartz and her husband, John, of Knoxville, and Mindy Congleton of Nashville; his son, Lee Congleton III, and his wife, Jackie, of Knoxville; his grandchildren, Lydia, Sophia, Katie, Brewer, and Yates; his brothers, Curtis Congleton and wife, Marty, of Barbourville, and Joe Congleton and wife, Posey, of Knoxville; and many cousins, nieces, and nephews.

A memorial service was held Sunday.

Memorials may be made to the Knoxville Zoo, the East Tennessee Historical Society, the East Tennessee Foundation or Sequoyah Hills Presbyterian Church.

October 8, 2009

Dale Heffner

63, retired from BASF

Dale Ellen Heffner of Hagley Estates died Oct. 5 at Georgetown Memorial Hospital. She was 63.

She was born in Dover, N.J., a daughter of Vernon and Eleanor Joy.

Mrs. Heffner retired from BASF after 30 years. She loved animals, plants, golfing and bowling.

Mrs. Heffner is survived by her husband, Ronald Heffner of Pawleys Island; cousin, Richard Grant of Florida; sister-in-law, Angelika Joy of Montana; and nephews, Christopher Joy and Eric Joy, both of Montana.

She was predeceased by a brother, Raymond Joy.

The family will receive friends from 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday at Goldfinch Funeral Home, Litchfield-Pawleys Chapel.

Memorials may be made to the St. Francis Humane Society, 125 Ridge Rd. Georgetown SC. 29440.

There is an online guest book at www.goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

October 8, 2009

James Fruchterman

78, retired corporate attorney

James R. Fruchterman died of cancer Sept. 24 in Tucson, Ariz. He was 78.

He was born Dec. 21, 1930, in Brooklyn, N.Y., a son of Richard and Elizabeth Murphy Fruchterman. He attended Georgetown University where he played football, and served as an officer in the Air Force during the Korean conflict.

Mr. Fruchterman worked as a trial attorney for the Federal Trade Commission, for Arnstein, Gluck, and International Harvester Co. (now Navistar).

In 1991, he and his wife, Ellen, retired to Pawleys Island, where they had previously enjoyed many summer vacations with their children.

He enjoyed playing golf at The Reserve, walking the beach, serving as a lector for Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church, and spending time with his neighbors in Jerry’s garage. Mr. Fruchterman spent much of the past year with family in Minneapolis and Tucson.

He is survived by his six children, James Fruchterman and his wife, Virginia, William Fruchterman, Anne Hunt and her husband, Robert, Elizabeth Verza and her husband, Denny, Thomas Fruchterman and his wife, Anna, and Daniel Fruchterman; and eight grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, Mr. Fruchterman was predeceased by his wife, Ellen, and his brother, Richard.

Services will be at 10 a.m. on Oct. 24 at Precious Blood, after which his ashes will be interred next to those of his wife.

Memorials may be made to Smile Train, Food for the Poor or Disabled American Veterans.

October 8, 2009

James Buchanan

90, retired furniture company executive

James Porter Buchanan Sr. of Pawleys Island died Monday at The Lakes of Litchfield. He was 90.

He was born May 7, 1919, in Bristol, Va., a son of Hubert Keys Buchanan Sr. and Orion Porter Buchanan.

Mr. Buchanan graduated from Bristol Virginia High School and Virginia Polytechnic Institution and State University (Virginia Tech). He was a first lieutenant in the Army for five years during World War II, serving two and a half years in China, Burma and India. He helped build the Burma Road, which was one of the most ambitious and difficult engineering feats in history.

After leaving the service, he owned and operated Home Furniture Company in Bristol, Va., and Bristol, Tenn., with his brother and father. After retirement he moved to Litchfield by the Sea, where he lived until moving to The Lakes at Litchfield in 2005. He was a long time member of Litchfield Country Club and was an avid golfer for many years.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by his wife Bille Brown Buchanan, brothers Hubert Keys Buchanan and Franklin Talmadge Buchanan Sr., and sister-in-law Senah Buchanan.

He is survived by a daughter Ellen Buchanan of Missoula, Mont.; a son James Buchanan Jr. and fiancé, Kyung Noh, of Cincinnati, Ohio; a daughter Elizabeth Eldridge and her husband, Joseph, of Statesville, N.C.; sister-in-law Marjorie Buchanan of Litchfield Beach; and four grandchildren, Jason and Keenan Whitt, Kiera Lassiter and her husband, Geoff, and Spencer Layman, and one great-grandchild, Tess.

Graveside services will be held at Glenwood Cemetery in Bristol, Tenn., at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Regency Hospice, 11943 Grand Haven Dr., Suite A, Garden City, SC 29576.

September 17, 2009

Jane Simpson

40, was a nurse anesthetist

Martha Jane Short Simpson of Pawleys Island died Tuesday in Whiteville, N.C., She was 40.

She was born Dec. 4, 1968 in Norfolk, Va., a daughter of Carl W. and Alice Letherman Short.

She grew up in Pawleys Island and was a graduate of Georgetown High School.

Mrs. Simpson earned a business degree from the College of Charleston, a nursing degree from Horry-Georgetown Technical College, a master’s degree in nursing from the Medical University of South Carolina and a biology degree from the Mary Black School of Nursing.

She was a certified registered nurse anesthetist with Columbus Regional Hospital in Whiteville.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband, Tony Simpson; two daughters, Lunden Simpson and Reid Simpson; a son, Joshua Simpson; a sister, Marie Graham of Pawleys Island; two half-sisters, Nancy Armstrong of Charleston and Beverly Ann Short of Florida; and a half-brother, Carl Martin Short of Aurora, Colo.

Funeral services will be at 10 a.m. Friday in the Old All Saints’ Church, conducted by the Very Rev. Edward T. Kelaher. Burial will be in All Saints’ Churchyard.

There is an online guestbook at www.mayerfuneralhome.com.

September 17, 2009

David Vaughan

69, inlet resident was outdoorsman

David Thomas Vaughan of Murrells Inlet died Monday at New Hanover Medical Center in Wilmington, N.C. He was 69.

He was born April 12, 1940, in Florence, a son of Thomas and Carnelle Coxe Vaughan.

Mr. Vaughan was an avid hunter and fisherman and loved the outdoors. He was a lifeguard for more than 20 years at the Ocean Drive Beach during his youth, and the founder of the new Knights of Many Adventures, a group of former beach workers from Ocean Drive during the late 1950s and 60s.

He was a member of the Beach Boys Hall of Fame and the Living Legends, and loved to shag.

In his later years, Mr. Vaughan enjoyed time with friends at his home on the inlet, listening to old beach music 45s on the juke box.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn S. Vaughan; five children, Brenda Watkins and her husband, Michael, of Jacksonville, Fla., Lina Hinson of Greensboro, N.C., Kevin Vaughan and his wife, Clarisa, of Charlotte, Molly Kinney and her husband, Ron, of Concord, N.C., and Patrick Vaughan of Charlotte; four step-children, Hamp Yonce and his wife, Crystal, of Rock Hill, Whitney Yonce Hills and her husband, Bill, of Murrells Inlet, Kathleen Yonce of Boca Raton, Fla., and Abner Yonce of Rock Hill; six grandchildren, Emily Collins, Caitlin Collins, Georgia Kinney, Charlotte Kinney, Ely Yonce and Ivy Yonce; and two great-grandchildren, Michaela Gallimore and Kira Collins.

The family will receive friends today from 6 to 8 p.m. at their home, 5147 Business 17, Murrells Inlet.

Funeral services will be Friday at 2 p.m. in McMillan-Small Funeral Home, 906 67th Ave, North Myrtle Beach. Burial will be in Southeastern Memorial Gardens in North Myrtle Beach.

Memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association, 2711 Middleburg Dr. Suite 110, Columbia, SC 29204; or Murrells Inlet 2020, P.O. Box 1357, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576.

There is an online guestbook at www.msfh.net.

September 10, 2009

Virginia Hoerner

88, leader in Savannah art scene

Virginia Lee Bowdoin Hoerner of Pawleys Island, an award-winning artist, died Sept. 2. She was 88.

She was born in Atlanta, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Hammond Bowdoin Sr. She was a member of the West End Baptist Church in Atlanta, and a 1940 graduate of the Girls High School in Atlanta. She joined the WAAC of the 8th Army Air Force in 1943, and served in England for two and a half years during World War II, where she met her husband Hal Stucy Hoerner.

She studied art at the High Museum of Arts and Sciences in Atlanta, Telfair Academy of Science and Art in Savannah, and the National Academy of Arts and Sciences in New York City, under the direction of Robert Phillip. She was the vice president of the Savannah Art Association.

Over her 50-year career, she won numerous awards for her art and was a long standing and respected member of the Savannah art community, where she lived for 44 years.

She moved to Pawleys Island after her husband’s death in 1994.

Mrs. Hoerner was a member of Women in Military Service for America Memorial at Arlington National Cemetery, and Veterans of Foreign War Post 10420 in Murrells Inlet.

She will be remembered for her love of art, nature, animals and devotion to her son, Mark Ingalls Hoerner, and her family.

Her uplifting attitude and positive outlook on life, showed her love and faith in God, her family said. Her grace, dignity and sense of humor will be long remembered and passed down to all those whom she loved. Her spiritual gift of art and detail allowed her to see and share the beauty of God’s creation.

Mrs. Hoerner was preceded in death by her husband, her son, and her brother, Laurance Hammond Bowdoin Jr.

She is survived by her granddaughter, Amanda Morgan Hoerner of Pawleys Island; her daughter-in-law, Patricia Hoerner Chase and her husband, Kenneth, of Pawleys Island; her nephews, Craig Bowdoin, Paul Bowdoin, Larry Bowdoin, John Hoerner, Hal Hurst Hoerner and Richard Hoerner.

A memorial service was held Monday.

Memorials may be made to the Savannah Art Association, P.O. Box 15331 Savannah, GA 31406; the St. Francis Humane Society, 125 Ridge Rd. Georgetown, 29440: or Pawleys Island Community Church, Memorial Garden Fund, 10304 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, 29585.

There is an online guestbook at www.mayerfuneralhome.com.

September 10, 2009

Dana L. Jackson

58, ran building companies

Dana Lynn Jackson of Pawleys Island, who helped run two building companies, died Sept. 3. She was 58. Her final days were spent at her home surrounded by her family and friends.

She was born in Sophia, W.Va., the only child of Daniel and Irene Banker.

She was a member of All Saints’ Church.

Mrs. Jackson was the CEO of Coastal Cabinetry and CFO of Michael Homes Inc. She was the former office manager of Associates in Obstetrics/Gyn in Beckley, W.Va.

She loved life and will be sadly missed and forever cherished by her husband, her family said.

She is survived by her husband, Michael W. Jackson; step-daughters Kristi Jackson Clay and her husband, Stephen, of Beckley, and Brandi Jackson Ritter and her husband, Justin, of Raleigh, N.C.; granddaughter, Alexis Brooke Clay of Beckley; uncles, John Chaffin and his wife, Inis, and Ted Chaffin, all of Beckley; brother-in-law, William M. Jackson and his wife, Lois, of Charleston, W.Va.; and sister-in-law, Brenda Thios and her husband, John, of Colonial Heights, Va.

A celebration of her life was held Sunday at All Saints’ Church. Interment was in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Tidelands Hospice, 2591 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, 29440; Susan G. Komen Foundation, P.O. Box 650309, Dallas, Texas 75265-0309; American Cancer Society, 950 48th Ave. North, Suite 101, Myrtle Beach, 29577; or UNC Cancer Center, 102 Mason Farm Rd. 12-046 Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center CB 7295, Chapel Hill, N.C. 27599-7295.

September 10, 2009

Ricky Ackerman

45, commercial fisherman

Richard “Ricky” A. Ackerman of Georgetown died Sept. 3. He was 45.

Mr. Ackerman was born Oct. 4, 1963 in Georgetown, a son of Robert “Bobby” A. Ackerman and Mavis C. Williams.

He was a commercial fisherman who enjoyed spending time with family and friends.

Mr. Ackerman was a devoted sports fan and enjoyed playing pool.

He is survived by his parents, Robert “Bobby” A. Ackerman and Shirley Clark, and Mavis and Jack Williams, all of Georgetown; a sister, Tammy Ackerman Davis of Georgetown; two nieces, Nicky Leugers and Lorie Leugers, both of Georgetown; and a nephew, Brian Ackerman of Georgetown.

He was predeceased by a brother, Micky Ackerman.

An online guest is available at www.grahamfuneralhome.org.

September 10, 2009

Carnell B. Chinlund

96, bridge player was Life Master

Carnell Bass Chinlund of Litchfield died Monday. She was 96.

She was born in Lake Charles, La., but spent most of her life in Baltimore, where she graduated from the Bryn Mawr School in 1933, raised her family and was a member of the Baltimore Country Club, Church of the Redeemer and St. David’s Episcopal Church.

After marrying Harold Chinlund, they retired to Sun City, Ariz., where she was a member of Union Hills Country Club and All Saints of the Desert Episcopal Church. She was an accomplished artist and a Life Master bridge enthusiast.

Mrs. Chinlund is survived by her three children: J. Robert Manuel III of DeBordieu, Carnell Manuel Boyle of Southern Shores, N.C., and Allen Gregory Manuel of Timonium, Md.; five grand children and six great grandchildren.

Mrs. Chinlund will be interred at Prince George Winyah Episcopal Church following a family memorial service presided over by the Rev. Linda Hofmann Manuel.

Memorials may be made to Regency Hospice, 11943 Grand Haven Dr., Suite A, Garden City, 29567.

There is an online guest book at www.mayerfuneralhome.com.

September 3, 2009

Gerald Benton

55, captain ran charter boat business

Gerald Leon Benton of Georgetown died Friday. He was 55.

He was born Sept. 25, 1953, in Conway, a son of George Leon Benton and Lucille Nance Benton Tamplet. He was reared in Murrells Inlet by his mother and stepfather, George LaBruce Tamplet. He attended Winyah High School and received an associate degree from Horry-Georgetown Technical College.

Mr. Benton also attended Rhinehart School of Taxidermy in Wisconsin, and opened his first shop in the old post office building in Murrells Inlet.

He worked for Georgetown County Water and Sewer District for 23 years.

Mr. Benton obtained his captain’s license and was instrumental in the building of the Murrells Inlet jetties. He owned Bahama Mama Charter Cruises, and was licensed to operate vessels up to 100 tons.

Mr. Benton was a devout environmentalist, a member of Masonic Lodge 368, Ancient Freemasons, and Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church.

He is survived by his wife, Violet Kitchen Benton of Georgetown; a daughter, Brandi Spencer and her husband, Josh, of Marion; two sisters, Peggy B. Villani and her husband, A.J., of Myrtle Beach and Jacqueline B. Carnevale and her husband, Vincent James, of Hilton Head; and a grandson, Brodie Benton Spencer of Marion.

Funeral services were Monday at Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church.

Memorials may be made to Lost at Sea Memorial at Morse Park Landing in Murrells Inlet, 1250 Birch Ave., Conway, SC 29526.

Sign a guest book at www.mayerfuneralhome.com.

September 3, 2009

William Davis Sr.

73, retired banker loved football

William Lee Davis Sr. of Garden City Beach, a retired banker, died Friday at Georgetown Memorial Hospital. He was 73.

He was born in Sept. 9, 1935, in Danville, Va., the son of William L. and Velna Davis. He graduated from Admiral Farragut Naval Academy in St. Petersburg, Fla., and Wake Forest University, where he was a member of Alpha Sigma Phi.

Mr. Davis enjoyed a long career in banking and was a quiet man unless you wanted to discuss economics, the Washington Redskins, or the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, his family said.

Mr. Davis is survived by his wife of 53 years, Mel Divine Davis; his son and fishing partner, Lee Davis Jr. of Murrells Inlet; a daughter, Maryanne Biddix and her husband, Charles, of Pawleys Island; a sister, Betty Jane Skinnell of Danville; a sister-in-law, Paula Divine Altizer and her husband, Bob, of Boca Raton, Fla.; a brother-in-law, Jack Divine and his wife, Sylvia, of Murrells Inlet; and many loving nieces and nephews.

A sister, Virginia McCubbins, died before him.

Graveside services were Sunday at Ocean Woods Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church, 9967 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, SC 29588.

Sign a guest book at www.goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

August 20, 2009

David Turner

91, retired from International Paper

David Emerson Turner of Pawleys Island died Aug. 12 at Waccamaw Community Hospital. He was 91.

Mr. Turner was born at Centenary in Marion County, a son of William Monroe Turner and Annie Eliza Lambert Turner.

He grew up in Marion County and began his career with International Paper Co. in Georgetown in 1937. In his 45 years with IP, Mr. Turner worked in a number of locations, including Wooster, Ohio, Whippany, N.J., and the corporate office in New York City. He also traveled extensively world wide. Mr. Turner moved to Pawleys Island in 1980 from Morristown, N.J.

He was predeceased by: a son, David E. Turner; three brothers, Evan Turner, Jack Turner, and Willie Joe Turner; two sisters, Lydia Turner Altman and Eva Turner Rogers; and a grandchild, Laura Turner.

Mr. Turner is survived by his wife Etta L. “Peggy” Gladson Turner of Pawleys Island; a son, Michael W. Turner of Pawleys Island; a daughter-in-law, Kathleen Turner Naso of Venice, Fla.; a sister, Bonnie T. Altman of Georgetown; three grandchildren, Debbie Rudtke and her husband, Chris, Sue Turner and Jill Turner; and three great-grandchildren, Lauren Rudtke, Jonathan Rudtke, and Emily Turner.

Funeral services were Saturday at Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church. Burial was in Sampit United Methodist Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church, 9967 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, S.C. 29585.

Sign a guest book at www.mayerfuneralhome.com.

August 13, 2009

Elinor Burgess

87, owned Classic Consignments

Elinor Flinn Burgess of Charleston, a retired educator who ran a business at Pawleys Island for many years, died Aug. 5. She was 87.

She was born Nov. 13, 1921, in Darlington, the daughter of Thomas Smyth Flinn and Elinor Walker Flinn. She grew up in Columbia and graduated from the University of South Carolina.

She joined the Red Cross and served in England during World War II. She earned her master’s degree from the University of North Carolina, and completed additional graduate studies at New York University, the University of Texas and the University of Virginia.

Before moving to Virginia, Mrs. Burgess was a teacher and administrator in the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. After 22 years, she retired as a program specialist with the Fairfax County School System. She served as executive director of DECA, an international association for students studying marketing, management and entrepreneurship. She received the Virginia DECA honorary life membership.

She moved to Pawleys Island after retirement and opened Classic Consignments, which she operated for 10 years.

Mrs. Burgess served on the vestry at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Alexandria, Va., for eight years. She was a member of the Junior League and the Colonial Dames.

She is survived by two daughters: Sallie Burgess Barnes and her husband, Scott, of Charleston, and Julia H. Burgess Saunders and her husband, Charles, of Tillamook, Ore,; and five grandchildren: Christopher M. Barnes, Walker M. Barnes, Rachel M. Saunders, Rebecca H. Saunders and Jacob W. Saunders.

Memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.

August 13, 2009

Frank Matthews

64, retired carpenter

Frank William Matthews of Georgetown died Saturday at Georgetown Memorial Hospital. He was 64.

Mr. Matthews was born March 22, 1945, in Hemingway, a son of William A. Matthews and Emmie McDonald Matthews.

He was raised by Kenneth and Joyce Matthews of Georgetown.

He grew up in Hemingway and lived most of his life in Georgetown. He was a retired carpenter and member of Ringel Heights Baptist Church.

Mr. Matthews was predeceased by two brothers, Curtis L. Matthews and Kenny Matthews, and a sister, Dian Matthews.

He is survived by: a daughter, Whitney Matthews Potwin and her husband, Chris, of Gilbert; two granddaughters, Sydney Potwin and Gracy Potwin, both of Gilbert; former wife, Susan H. Tyler of Pawleys Island; seven brothers, Robert T. Matthews and his wife, Sandy, of Manheim, Pa., Edward Patches and his wife, Michelle, of Canton, Ill., Paul A. Matthews and his wife, Alice, of Georgetown, Billy M. Preston of Murrells Inlet, Pat T. Matthews and his wife, Renee, of Georgetown, Rick Matthews and his wife, Ginger, of Georgetown, and Tony Matthews and his wife, Kathy, of Georgetown; two sisters, E. Faye Reynolds and her husband, Harry, of Georgetown, and Charlene Jordan and her husband, Junior, of Georgetown; and a sister-in-law, Ferol Matthews of Pawleys Island.

A memorial service was held Tuesday.

Memorials may be made to Ringel Heights Baptist Church Family Life Building Fund, 78 Rubin Ave., Georgetown, SC 29440.

August 6, 2009

Viki Bottomly

57, loved gardening and the beach

Viki Bottomly of Pawleys Island died July 30. She was 57.

Born in Montgomery, Ala., she grew up in a military family and lived in England, Virginia and California before graduating from the University of California at Berkeley with a bachelor’s degree in English literature.

She was a member at All Saints’ Church and Litchfield Racquet Club. She loved to garden, walk on the beach, paint and write.

She raised her daughter, Kati Jagger of Pawleys Island and London, England, with fierce loyalty and compassion, instilling in her a brave spirit, an enduring sense of adventure, and a love for words.

She touched many lives with her love and joy, and she will be greatly missed.

She is also survived by her mother, Betsy Bottomly of Pawleys Island; her father Bo Bottomly of Idyllwild, Calif.; two sisters, Sheri Carlson of Encinitas, Calif., and Kris Hurst of Santa Cruz, Calif.; two brothers, Kirk Bottomly of Sacramento, Calif., and Roc Bottomly of Oklahoma City; and 11 nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. today in All Saints’ Church on Kings River Road.

Memorials may be made to Teach My People or the Stephen’s Ministry at All Saints’ Church.

July 30, 2009

Buck Cox

76, contractor built and rebuilt at Pawleys

Buck Cox, a contractor who was a fixture on Pawleys Island, died Monday. He suffered a heart attack while at work. He was 76.

His work literally spanned the length and breadth of the island, from maintaining the groins on the beach to building houses to crossing the salt marsh with walkways and docks. “He’s worked on just about every house and every dock on Pawleys Island, at least once,” said Roger Ward, an island resident who first hired Cox to build a dock in the 1960s.

“Nothing was foreign to Buck,” said W.R. “Red” Turbeville, who met Cox soon after buying his house in the Birds Nest section in 1964. “He did so much for so many people.”

He recalled that Cox took on jobs of any size, and did them all well. “He could put in a commode and make it look like the Washington Monument,” he said.

After Hurricane Hugo battered the island in 1989, Turbeville was one of many who turned to Cox to rebuild his home.

“Without Buck Cox, it would have taken a lot longer for this island to get put back together,” said Mayor Bill Otis. “I don’t know how he did as much as he did.”

Cox worked for so many island property owners, and had so many friends, that it created a dilemma. “Everybody thought Buck was going to work on his house first,” Otis said.

It was typical of Cox that he found a way to manage the demands. He did the same with his building.

“Buck was not an architect, not a designer, but Buck had a way of figuring out how to make things work,” Otis said.

“The thing he hated worse than anything was a set of plans,” said Howard Ward, a south end resident who was one of his clients. “He just did it his way.”

Robert Ivan Cox was born in Williamsburg County, a son of Grover and Lizzie Odeana Baylor Cox. He served in the Army and worked for International Paper Co. in Georgetown. He was a contractor for more than 50 years.

He was also an avid fisherman and liked to hunt wild hogs.

Turbeville remembers pulling a shad net with Cox and another man. “That net must have been as long as a football field; we pulled it and we pulled it,” he said.

Cox never tired. “He was one of the most powerful men I have ever seen,” Turbeville said.

He was tireless at work.

“He worked seven days a week. He never stopped,” Roger Ward said. “He’d say, ‘I’m never going to retire. I’m going to die on the job.’ ”

Cox is survived by his wife, Geri Cox; a son, Robert I. “Bubba” Cox Jr. of Pawleys Island; a daughter, Sylvia Jean Marlowe and her husband, David, of Pleasant Hill; one brother, Grover Cox Jr. of Ellerbe, N.C.; two sisters, Jean James of Coward and Gloria Etheridge of Effingham; six grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a number of nieces and nephews.

A daughter, Linda Sue LaLiberte, died before him.

A memorial service will be held today at 4 p.m. in the chapel of Graham Funeral Home in Georgetown.

July 30, 2009

Kirk A. Berry


Kirk Andrew Berry of Lake Wylie died Saturday. He was 40.

He was born Jan. 16, 1969, in Loveland, Ohio, the son of Michael E. Berry, of Willbrook Plantation, and Linda Daniels Berry Edwards.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife of two years, Regina Louise Mikell Berry; daughters Camille Olivia Noelle Berry, 4 months, and Arianna Brielle Reagan Canterbury, 6; a brother, Michael Scott Berry; a sister, Tynlee Dyann Berry Bailey; his stepmother, Lynn Berry; and his stepfather, Richard Edwards Jr.

A memorial service will be today at 2 p.m. at M.L. Ford and Sons Funeral Home, 4829 Charlotte Highway, Lake Wylie, SC, 29710.

Memorials may be made for the family to Regina Berry, 1819 Montague Road, Lake Wylie, S.C. 29710.

July 23, 2009

Henry Gethers Jr.

veteran was volunteer at Baskervil

Henry Gethers Jr. of St. Elizabeth Place died July 9 at his home. He was 75.

He was born Oct. 29, 1933, in Pawleys Island, a son of James and Sarah Gethers. He attended Holy Cross Faith Memorial School and Howard High School, where he became the youngest and first black school bus driver in Georgetown County.

“Some people said they wouldn’t let their kid on the bus with that young person driving, because they thought I’d get them killed,” Mr. Gethers recalled in an interview last year.

A year later, the same folks were commending him for being such a responsible driver. He said he was never late in the three years he had the job.

After he graduated, Mr. Gethers joined the Army during the Korean War, and was there during the integration of the armed forces.

After being honorably discharged in July 1955, he moved to Philadelphia, where he managed a supermarket for 30 years before moving to Willingboro, N.J., where he started a construction business.

Mr. Gethers decided to move back home in 2000.

“I came back and took a bicycle and rode from the river to the sea” looking at the changes that had taken place, he said.

Mr. Gethers was a volunteer at Baskervill Adult Day Care Center.

He was predeceased by his wife, Mary Jo Dickerson Gethers.

Mr. Gethers is survived by two sons, Henry Lee Parker and Michael Gethers of Willingboro; six daughters, Theresa Fullman, Patricia Cooper, Regina Dawley, Cindy Coleman, Tanya Gethers, and Michelle Gethers, all of Willingboro; a brother, John Simmons of Georgetown; a sister, Celestine Purnell of Alabama; one daughter-in-law; three sons-in-law; one sister-in-law; and numerous grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

Read about Henry Gethers’ recollections of growing up on Waccamaw Neck here.

July 23, 2009

Barbara Mascetti

73, active in Veterans of Foreign Wars

Barbara E. Mascetti of Pawleys Island died Saturday at Waccamaw Community Hospital. She was 73.

She was born Feb. 23, 1936, in Washington, D.C., a daughter of John and Mildred Mock Mallen.

Mrs. Mascetti was a member of Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church and the Veterans of Foreign Wars.

She was predeceased by her husband, Leo A. Mascetti, and a son John J. Mascetti.

She is survived by her companion, Robert Dixon of Pawleys Island; six sons: Donald Mascetti of Annapolis, Md., Robert Mascetti and his wife, Ginger, of Bowie, Md., Kenneth Mascetti of Myrtle Beach, Brian Mascetti of Pasadena, Md., Richard Mascetti of Pawleys Island, and Joseph Mascetti and his wife, Jayne, of Myrtle Beach; one daughter, Theresa M. Scarpelli and her husband, Samie, of Pawleys Island; one brother, Michael Mallen of Cockeysville, Md.; 18 grandchildren; and 16 great-grandchildren.

A memorial Mass was held Wednesday at Precious Blood. Burial will be Saturday in Maryland.

In lieu of flowers donations can be made to an AIDS foundation.

An online guest book is available at www.goldfinchfuneralhome.com

July 23, 2009

Cherie Molkenthin

81, enjoyed decorating

Geraldine “Cherie” Marie Molkenthin of Willbrook Plantation died Monday. She was 81.

She was born Aug. 21, 1927, in Summit, N.J., the daughter of Ethan and Prudence Allen Alley, and the sister of David A. Alley. She graduated from Nutley New Jersey High School.

She was married at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Nutley and then lived in Philadelphia while her husband attended Temple University Dental School. The Molkenthins were long-time residents of Bergen County, N.J., and spent their summers at Beaver Lake, N.J., where they owned a house until 1988.

Mrs. Molkenthin loved, and had a natural talent for interior design which she was able to fully enjoy when she and her husband retired to Pawleys Island. She helped design their first home at River Club and used her eye for color and textures to decorate their house at Willbrook Plantation.

She is survived by her husband of 56 years, Raymond Molkenthin, of Willbrook Plantation; her sons, Michael Molkenthin and his wife, Elizabeth Krall, of Rock Fall, Conn., and Steven Molkenthin and his wife, Allison Gushée, of Darien, Conn.; and six grandchildren, Flynn, Benjamin, Sophia, Allegra, Christina, and Octavia.

There will be a private service in New York.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, Myrtle Beach Office, 950 48th Ave., North Myrtle Beach, SC 29577.

An online guest book is available at www.goldfinchfuneralhome.com

July 23, 2009

James Hall Jr.

56, owned heating and cooling company

James Eugene Hall Jr. of Pawleys Island, owner of Pawleys Island Heating and Cooling, has died in Glynn County, Ga. He was 56.

The date of his death has not been determined.

He was born in Wake County, N.C., a son of James Eugene Hall Sr. and Betty Lou Thompson Hall.

In addition to his parents, of Pawleys Island, he is survived by two daughters, Emily Hall and Elizabeth Hall, both of Charleston; and two sisters, Elizabeth Howard and her husband, Richard, of Wilmington, N.C., and Lucile Hazlip and her husband, Ken, of Cave Creek, Ariz.

No services will be held.

July 16, 2009

Marian Nelson

81, first lady of Mount Zion Baptist Church

Marian C. Nelson of Pawleys Island died July 9 at Georgetown Memorial Hospital. She was 81.

Mrs. Nelson was born March 27, 1928, on Sandy Island, a daughter of Enoch Collins and Susan Blackwell Collins. She attended public schools in Georgetown and Horry counties, earned a bachelor of science degree at Benedict College, and was a life member of Alpha Kappa Alpha sorority. She taught in Williamsburg County for seven years before returning to work for the Georgetown County School District. She retired after 36 years.

She was a member of Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church where she served as first lady and was very active in many other capacities.

Mrs. Nelson is survived by her husband, the Rev. Abraham Nelson of Pawleys Island; three sons; Leonard Nelson of Georgetown, Gary Nelson of Pawleys Island, and Anthony Nelson of Tampa, Fla.; one adopted daughter, Celia Pyatt of Sandy Island; three sisters; Emily Pyatt and Grace Howard of Pawleys Island, and Nellie C. Adderly of Miami; one brother; Herbert Collins of Jersey City, N.J.; and six grandchildren.

Funeral services were Monday with burial in the church cemetery.

Memorials made be made to: Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church Building Fund, 397 Parkersville Rd., Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

July 16, 2009

Margaret Beck


Margaret Ann Beck of Pawleys Island died Sunday at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center. She was 67.

She was born in Morgantown, W.Va., a daughter of Darrel and Rita Liston. Mrs. Beck was a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

Survivors include her husband, John E. Beck Jr.; daughters, Stephanie Kenneth and husband, Michael, of Goldsboro, N.C., and Susan Angle of Fredericksburg, Va.; grandchildren, Erin Mendez and her husband, Jose, and Christopher Stephens; great-grandchildren, Abigail and and Olivia Mendez; and two brothers, William Liston and Robert Liston.

Services will be private.

Memorials may be made to Tidelands Hospice House, 2591 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, SC 29440.

July 16, 2009

Mary Ackerman

84, worked with Air Force at Pentagon

Mary DeKay Ackerman, formerly of Pawleys Island, died June 20 in Orem, Utah. She was 84.

Mrs. Ackerman was born in South Carolina and worked with the Air Force at the Pentagon before retiring to the Pawleys Island area in the late 1970s, where she lived for 30 years.

She was predeceased by her mother, Katie Jordan Fulton; and a sister, Dora Arnold West.

She is survived by a niece, Donna Phillips and her family of Pawleys Island; a son, Gary, of Orem; three grandchildren, Paul, Jill and Jeff; and a sister, Margaret Davis and her family in Virginia.

July 9, 2009

Frank Shortino

88, advocate for people with special needs

Frank Anthony Shortino of Pawleys Island, an advocate for people with special needs, died Sunday at Prince George Healthcare Center in Georgetown. He was 88.

Mr. Shortino was born in York, Pa., on July 28, 1920, a son of Anthony Shortino and Angela Curti Shortino.

He served in the Army Air Corps during World War II.

Mr. Shortino moved to Pawleys Island in 1985 from Florence, where he was a former manager of Florence Country Club. He also managed county clubs in Kansas, Louisiana, Texas and Mississippi.

After moving to Pawleys Island, he worked with Community Florist in Pawleys Island and Wedgefield County Club in Georgetown, and attended Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church.

As the father of a child with cerebal palsy, Mr. Shortino spent decades advocating for people with special needs. He served for 22 years on the Georgetown County Disabilities and Special Needs board, including several years as chairman.

Mr. Shortino was also a former Midway Fire and Rescue volunteer and served as chairman of the Pawleys Island-Litchfield Rescue Squad board until its demise.

He was predeceased by his wife, Margaret Maloney Shortino; and a son, Anthony “Tony” James Shortino.

Mr. Shortino is survived by a brother-in-law, Harry Maloney of Pawley Island; two nieces; and a nephew.

Private inurnment will be in Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church columbarium.

Memorials may be made to the church or charity of your choice.

An online guest book is available at www.mayerfuneralhome.com

July 9, 2009

Sharyn Strenk

64, home designer and decorator

Sharyn M. Strenk of Pawleys Island died July 1 at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center following a battle with brain cancer. She was 64.

She was born in Newark, N.J., the oldest of Joe and Marjorie Battista’s four children. She graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in home economics from Montclair State College in 1967 and moved to Toms River, N.J., where she married Joseph J. Strenk Jr.

She spent her life as a homemaker, proud owner and operator of Heart to Heart Gifts in Barnegat, N.J., and most recently as a home designer and decorator.

After retirement she moved to Pawleys Island to enjoy what she and her husband called “paradise.”

In addition to her husband and parents, she is survived by her children and their spouses, Joseph III and Michelle, Sandra and Joe, and Jeff and Ellie; eight grandchildren; and three brothers, Barry, Robert and wife, Karen, and James.

Services were Monday at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Georgetown. Interment was in Pennyroyal Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the American Brain Tumor Association, 2720 River Road, Des Plaines, Ill. 60015 or at www.abta.org.

An online guest book is available at www.goldfinchfuneralhome.com

July 9, 2009

A.J. Adams

75, retired from Appleton Papers

Alfred J. “A.J.” Adams, a Pawleys Plantation resident for 11 years, died June 28. He was 75.

He was born May 31, 1934, in Yonkers, N.Y., where he attended Roosevelt High School. He graduated from the University of Tennessee.

In 1960, Mr. Adams, who was known as A.J., married Marguerite in Manhattan.

He attained the rank of captain in the Army Reserve.

In 1969, he moved his family from Bronxville, N.Y., to Pound Ridge, N.Y., where they lived for almost 30 years.

Mr. Adams retired from Appleton Papers in 1997, and he and his wife relocated to Pawleys Island in 1998.

In addition to his wife of 49 years, he is survived by his four children, John Adams and his wife, Trish Comeau, Robert Adams and his wife, Theresa, Jackie Schadt and her husband, John, and Scott Adams and his wife, Shakila; four grandchildren, Christopher, Elle, Monica and Annika; and his sister, Barbara.

Memorials may be made to Tidelands Community Hospice, 2592 North Fraser Street, Georgetown, SC 29440, or the American Brain Tumor Association, 2720 River Rd., Des Plaines, IL 60018.

Funeral services will be private.

An online guest book is available at www.goldfinchfuneralhome.com

July 2, 2009

Keby Johnson

73, founded funeral home

LaKee Belvin “Keby” Johnson of Ricefields, a former funeral director, died Saturday at Tidelands Hospice House in Georgetown. He was 73.

Mr. Johnson was a graduate of Sumter High School and attended the University of South Carolina – Columbia. He was also a graduate of Cincinnati College of Mortuary Science and an Army veteran.

Mr. Johnson served on the vestry at Prince George Parish of Georgetown, was an active communicant of All Saints’ Church in Pawleys Island, and a former treasurer of the Georgetown Rotary Club.

He was one of the founders and co-owners of Johnson-Graham Funeral Home in Georgetown. In his retirement, he worked with Goldfinch Funeral Home.

Survivors include his wife, Mildred S. “Tag” Johnson; sons, Andrew Siddall “Drew” Johnson and his wife, Cheryl, of Pawleys Island, and Bryan LaKee Johnson of Raleigh, N.C.; sister, Shirley T. Anderson of Duncan; grandchildren, Robert William Johnson, Caroline Siddall Johnson, Matthew Stuart Holland, and Kathryn Shorr Johnson; brother-in-law, Bernard Andrew Siddall Jr. of China; and a sister-in-law, Mary Alice Beck of Columbia.

A funeral service was held Monday at All Saints’ Church. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Tidelands Hospice House, 2591 North Fraser Street, Georgetown, SC 29440 or to the charity of your choice.

An online guest book is available at www.goldfinchfuneralhome.com

July 2, 2009

J.F. Noris Stone

82, managed church grounds

J.F. Noris Stone of Hagley died June 1 at his residence. He was 82.

Mr. Stone was born in Holyoke, Mass., on Sept. 12, 1926, the son of Noris J. Stone and Edwina Favreau.

He was raised in the area of New Canaan, Conn., and attended the “Little Red School House” in New Canaan and graduated from New Canaan High School.

After graduation, he served in the Marine Corps in the Philippines and China during World War II, and in the U.S. during the Korean War.

On May 22, 1948, he married Elizabeth Cerretani and settled in Vista, N.Y., where he worked as a water systems contractor in the family business, Noris J. Stone and Sons.

He was president of the company from 1960 to 1985 until his retirement, when he and Elizabeth moved to Pawleys Island.

Mr. Stone was the manager in charge of grounds at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church for 20 years.

He was preceded in death by a sister, Joan Stone Apy of Dania, Fla.

Mr. Stone is survived by his wife, Elizabeth; eight children, Noris J. Stone II, Lorraine Stone Brown and her husband, Ronald, David LaRoche and his wife, Constance, Suzanne Stone Hill, Karen Stone Capalbo and her husband, Frank, Michael Stone and his wife, Tami, Dennis Stone and his wife, Lynn, and Michele Stone Schneider and her husband, Chet; 20 grandchildren; 10 great-grandchildren; and a brother, Roger J. Stone and his wife, Gloria, of Vista.

Inurnment was in the church columbarium.

Memorials may be made to: Tidelands Hospice House 2591 N. Fraser St. Georgetown, SC 29440; or Birthright of Georgetown Inc., 1905 Front St. Georgetown, SC 29440.

An online guest book is available at www.goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

July 2, 2009

Mary Ackerman

84, retired from the Pentagon

Mary DeKay Ackerman, formerly of Pawleys Island, died July 20 in Orem, Utah. She was 84.

Mrs. Ackerman was born in South Carolina and worked with the Air Force at the Pentagon before retiring to the Pawleys Island area in the late 1970s, where she lived for 30 years.

She was predeceased by her mother, Katie Jordan Fulton; and a sister, Dora Arnold West.

She is survived by a niece, Donna Phillips and her family of Pawleys Island; a son, Gary, of Orem; three grandchildren, Paul, Jill and Jeff; and a sister, Margaret Davis and her family in Virginia.

June 18, 2009

Nate Porchia

59, was Pawleys Public Works Department

Nate Porchia, the unofficial Public Works Department for the town of Pawleys Island, died Tuesday after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 59 and lived in the Morrisville community in Williamsburg County.

He was born in Williamsburg County and came to Pawleys Island when he was 15 to work for the Rhem family, which had a house on the south end.

He became a handyman and jack-of-all-trades for many islanders. He was called “the most reliable man on Pawleys Island.”

But it wasn’t only his work ethic and self-taught skills that islanders remembered. He was a friend.

“I came over here for a job,” Porchia recalled in 2007. “I got more friends than I got jobs.”

When the town of Pawleys Island was formed in 1982, Porchia became its part-time Department of Public Works.

That role grew significantly after Hurricane Hugo in 1989, when he helped supervise the cleanup crews.

When Porchia was diagnosed with cancer in 2007, islanders donated money for his treatment. They also voted him Citizen of the Year.

“Nate had been an integral part of Pawleys Island for over 30 years,” Mayor Bill Otis said. “More than all the services he provided to the town and many of its property owners, Nate loved, protected and nurtured Pawleys Island as if it was his, and in the minds of many, it was his.”

He is survived by his wife, Mary N. Porchia; his children, Cylinda M. Nesmith, Latricia Nesmith, and Nathaniel T. Porchia, all of Atlanta, and Marilyn Carter of Rochester, N.Y.; and four grandchildren.

Funeral services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at St. John AME Church in Morrisville.

Burial will be in Snow Cemetery in Andrews.

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