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Dec 20

Wendell Hinson

Developed Myrtle Beach campground

Wendell Edwin Hinson of DeBordieu, who developed Apache Campground in Myrtle Beach, died Sunday at his home. He was 89.

He was born in Clio, a son of Charles Evans Hinson and Penny Aleene Moore Hinson. He served in the Navy during World War II. He attended Cornell, Colgate, The Citadel, the University of Georgia and Wofford during the war. Mr. Hinson worked with J. Edward Hoover at the FBI at the beginning of the war.

Mr. Hinson developed Apache Campground and Myrtle Beach Travel Park in Myrtle Beach. He was former owner of Conway Sporting Goods.

He was married to the late Lucille Calhoun Hinson.

He is survived by two sons, Keith Hinson and his wife, Dixie, and Charles Hinson and his wife, Kathy, both of Myrtle Beach; a daughter, Karen H. Ligon and her husband, Tom, of DeBordieu; eight grandchildren, Brook H. Walker and her husband, Kenan, Kaitland McCutcheon and her husband, Jay, Christopher K. Hinson, Katie H. Lewis and her husband, Cody, Courtney A. Hinson, Chase A Hinson, Callie E. Ligon and Thomas H. Ligon; two great-grandchildren, Emmie Walker and Kenan Walker.

A brother, James Lewis Hinson, and two sisters, Lois Hinson Cox and Norma Lewis Davis, died before him.

A graveside service was held Wednesday at Hillcrest Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Coastal Carolina University, Hinson Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 261954, Conway, SC 29528.

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

Chuck Stanford

Worked for IP Woodlands Division

Charles Stanford of Pawleys Island, who worked for International Paper, died Friday at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center. He was 63.

He was born in Washington, D.C., a son of Aubrey and Rebecca Stanford.

He worked for International Paper’s Woodlands Division for 37 years.

Mr. Stanford served on the board for the United Way and Georgetown Kraft Credit Union. His passion was raising money for Medical University of South Carolina’s Children’s Hospital.

He loved to hunt, fish, ski and enjoyed working in his yard. He was a man known for always helping a friend in need.

He is survived by his wife, Andrea Stanford; his daughter Allison Stanford of Pawleys Island; his sister, Beverly Stanford-Kreibich; his niece, Lori Leist and her husband, Matt; his nephew, Dennis Kreibich and his wife, Marian; and his brothers-in-law, Page Henley and his wife, Lois, and Mark Henley and his wife, Abbey.

A memorial mass was held Tuesday at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church.

Memorials may be made to the church, 1633 Waverly Rd, Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.


Dec 13

Robert E. Gill

WW II vet worked in medical imaging

Robert Edwin Gill of Murrells Inlet, who was retired from Agfa-Gevarert, died Dec. 8. He was 92.

He was born in 1920 in Salisbury, N.C., the son of Edwin Bruner and Fanny Simerson Gill.

He attended Boyden High School and Catawba College in Salisbury. He served in the Army in World War II, taking part in the Battle of the Bulge.

Mr. Gill spent his working life in the medical imaging business representing the Agfa-Gevaert Co. to hospitals throughout North and South Carolina.

He spent most of his adult life along the South Carolina coast living in Mount Pleasant, Isle of Palms and, finally, Murrells Inlet. His main interests were boating and working in his yard, where he loved tending his many beautiful roses and sharing them with his many friends in the area.

He was a member of All Saints Parish, Waccamaw.

He is survived by his sister, Betty Gill Hart of Murrells Inlet; his children, Robert B. Gill and his wife, Cheryl, of Travelers Rest, and Cindy Gill Hogan and her husband, Steve, of Virginia Beach, Va.; his stepchildren, Amy, Bill and Ed Bridger; his grandchildren Matt Bennett and his wife, Marie Louise, of Cary, N.C., Stephen Hogan of Chesapeake, Va., and Ruth Hogan of Virginia Beach; and several nieces and nephews, including Sam Plexico and his wife, Crandall, of Pawleys Island, Joe Piatt and his wife, Candy, of Woodruff, and Chris Olsen and his wife, Judy, of Travelers Rest.

Three sisters, Julia, Ellen and Mary Lang, and a step-daughter, Cindy Bridger, died before him.

Services will be held at All Saints at 2 p.m. Saturday. Memorials may be made to the church, 3560 Kings River Rd., Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

Bob Hearle

Former teacher became master gardener

Robert Hearle of the River Club, a retired science teacher who became a master gardener, died Nov. 26. He was 69 and had battled diabetes and its complications most of his life.

He was born March 24, 1943, in Newark, N.J. He lived in nearby Bloomfield for 25 years, earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in chemistry from Montclair State University and working as a chemist.

After marriage and a move to Maryland, he earned his doctorate in chemical education at the University of Maryland and was a member of the team that wrote “Interdisciplinary Approaches to Chemistry,” a teacher’s guide designed for students with lesser reading and math skills. The book was published by Harper & Row and eventually accounted for 20 percent of all high school chemistry books sold in the United States.

A passionate teacher, Mr. Hearle taught chemistry for two decades at the Eleanor Roosevelt High School for Science and Mathematics, including Advanced Placement chemistry and organic chemistry with lab – the only such class in the region for high school students.

He was honored by the Prince George’s County school system and the American Chemical Society for outstanding chemistry teaching. Before retiring, he wrote the Maryland State High School Science Safety Manual.

In 1999, he met and married his second wife, Marina, about whom he told everyone, “she was the best thing that ever happened to me.” They moved to Pawleys Island, where he golfed and gardened while she painted.

Together, they opened four art galleries in Litchfield, Murrells Inlet and Conway, featuring art by Marina, as well as works imported from her native Belarus and from Russia.

Mr. Hearle completed the Clemson Extension master gardener course and wrote an online gardening column for the Coastal Observer. He resumed his passion for teaching at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute at Coastal Carolina University in Litchfield. His first offering was titled, “Connecticut Yankee in King George’s Garden,” indicative of his infectious sense of humor. It became “Basic Gardening 101,” a course on successful gardening for transplanted northerners.

An eternal optimist, Bob Hearle fought the ravages of diabetes from the age of 8, remaining warm, kind and funny. He loved life and people and was loved in return.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by a daughter, Tami, by his first wife.

Edith M. Lewis

Homemaker

Edith M. Lewis of Pawleys Island, a homemaker, died Saturday at her home. She was 90.

She was born in Valley View, Pa., a daughter of Andrew and Laura Wesner.

She was married to the late William J. Lewis Jr.

She was remembered as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She is survived by two daughters, Diana Schmicking of Pawleys Island and Donna Littlejohn of Troy, N.Y.; four grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

Services will be private.

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

Memorials may be made to Heartland Hospice, 1500 Main St., Conway, SC 29526.

John A. Nagy

College athlete worked for Springs Industries

John Anthony Nagy of DeBordieu, who was retired from Springs Industries, died Nov. 30 at his home. He was 78.

Born in Philadelphia, he was the only child of John M. and Irene E. Nagy. He attended Springfield High School where he played football and baseball, and graduated in 1952.

He was offered a football scholarship to Villanova University. After sustaining an injury on the football field during his freshman year, he switched to the baseball team where he was a pitcher and lettered for four years before graduating in 1956 with a bachelor’s degree in economics.

He was a veteran of the Army medical corps where he served from 1957 to 1959.

Mr. Nagy was employed for 39 years with Springs Industries (Springmaid Textiles) until his retirement in 1995. He lived in Plano, Texas, from 1980 to 1995. He live in DeBordieu for the past 18 years.

Mr. Nagy was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Georgetown.

He served on the board of the Tidelands Community Hospice as well as the board of DeBordieu Property Owners Association. He was also a member of the Georgetown County Board of Elections.

Mr. Nagy enjoyed family gatherings, fishing, boating, reading and the beach.

He is survived by his wife, Peggy Thompson Nagy; three sons, Michael Nagy and his wife, Alyson, Robert Nagy and his wife Kriszta Lauer, and Kirk Nagy and his wife, Synthia; and four grandchildren, John Michael, Olivia Helen, Jacob Matthew and Nickolas Scott Nagy.

His first wife, Helen Ventresca Nagy, died in 1989.

Funeral services were Dec. 6 in Springfield, Pa.

Memorials may be made to Moffitt Cancer Center, 12902 Magnolia Dr., Tampa, FL 33612-9416, or to Tidelands Community Hospice, 1139 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, SC 29440-2851.

There is a guestbook at kovacsfuneralhome.com

Catherine E. Thomas

Worked for Spartan Mills

Catherine E. Thomas of Murrells Inlet, who was retired from Spartan Mills, died Sunday at Agape Senior Garden City. She was 90.

She was born June 24, 1922, in Union, a daughter of Rosco Thomas and Mellie C. Sullivan Thomas. She lived in Spartanburg for many years prior to moving to Pawleys Island and then Murrells Inlet.

She is survived by a daughter, Carolynn Sauls and her husband, Aubrey, of Pawleys Island; two grandsons, Kyle B Mathis of Boiling Springs and Dr. Kerrick Mathis of Myrtle Beach; and two great-grandsons, Griffin and Joshua Mathis of Boiling Springs.

Funeral services will be private.

There is a guest book at mayerfuneralhome.com.

Memorials may be made to The American Cancer Society, South Atlantic Division, 128 Stonemark Ln., Columbia, SC 29210 or Agape Hospice, 128 Professional Park Dr., Conway, SC 29526.

Alyce V. Wood

Homemaker

Alyce Valaer Wood of Greenville, a homemaker, died Nov. 11.

She was born in Atlanta, a daughter of Paul V. Valaer and Lanius Massey Valaer. She attended Guilford College. She was married to John Beale Wood Sr.

Mrs. Wood enjoyed playing golf, tennis and bridge. She was a member of Christ the King, Waccamaw, Episcopal Church.

She was also a member of the Thursday Club and the Georgetown Watercolor Society.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, John Beale Wood Jr; a daughter, Martha Wood McKissick and her husband, Ellison; grandchildren, John Beale Wood III, William Harrison Wood, Elizabeth Blair Wood, all of Greenville, Ellison Smyth McKissick IV of New York, Hollis Valaer McKissick and Caroline Parker McKissick, both of Greenville.

A family graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. today in the All Saints Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Vista Care Hospice, 15 Brendan Way, Greenville, SC 29615 or to Christ Church Episcopal, 10 N. Church St., Greenville, SC 29601.


Nov 29

Gert Henderson

Worked for N.Y. phone company

Gertrude R. Henderson, a former Murrells Inlet resident, died Nov. 25, in Clinton, N.Y. She was 84.

She was born Dec. 31, 1927, in Dolgeville, N.Y., a daughter of Frank E. and Gladys M. Riley Ritcher. She graduated from Herkimer High School in 1947. She married Duard “Dewey” Henderson in 1950.

For over 20 years she worked with the New York Telephone Co. in Herkimer and Utica, retiring in 1988. Upon retiring the Henderson’s spent their winters in South Carolina, moving to Morrisville in 2000. They returned to New York in July.

While residing in Herkimer, Mrs. Henderson was a member of the First Baptist Church in Herkimer and the New York Telephone Pioneers.

She was a gifted quilter and belonged to quilting guilds in Herkimer and South Carolina. She enjoyed sewing, knitting, crocheting and ceramic art. Her family was always first in her life.

All who knew her will remember her as a caring and helpful woman with compassion and strength, her family said. In troubled or good times she was always there for family and friends. In addition to her husband of 62 years, she is survived by a son, Dewey Henderson and his wife, Cassandra of Mooresville, N.C.; a daughter, Gale Mergenthaler of Frankfort, N.Y.; five grandchildren, Elyza Jackson, Amie Mergenthaler-Crane, Coby Mergenthaler, Lydia Henderson and Ryan McCluskey; 12 great-grandchildren, Chelsea, Alexis, Porsche, Chad, Ricky, Kevin, Alex, Natalie, Nathan, Ariana, Dante, and Jacob; a great-great-grandson, Matthew; several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Another grandson, Benjamin Mergenthaler, and her sister, Dorothea Monroe, died before her.

The family will meet friends and relatives at Fenner Funeral Home in Herkimer from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday. A celebration of her life will follow.

Memorials may be made to Lutheran Home Foundation Gordon Unit, 108-110 Utica Rd., Clinton, NY 13323.

David J. Laine

David Joseph Laine of Pawleys Island died Nov. 19 at the Medical University of South Carolina. He was 40.

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

Wes Mills

Former Pawleys council member

John Wesley Mills Jr. of Atlanta, a retired insurance executive who served on Pawleys Island Town Council during a contentious period in the 1990s, died Sunday at his home. He was 80.

He was born in Lake City, Fla., in 1931, the son of John W. Mills and Lillie Smithson Mallory Mills. He spent his youth swimming and fishing in the lakes that gave the town its name before entering the University of Florida. His studies were put on hold as he entered the Navy, returning to the University of Florida four years later to earn a bachelor’s degree in business administration.

After graduation, Mr. Mills began his career in the insurance industry in West Palm Beach, where he met his wife of 53 years, Sarah Turnage Mills. Wes and Sarah soon settled in Atlanta after a brief stint in Richmond, Va., and went on to have four children.

Mr. Mills became well-known in the Atlanta insurance brokerage circles as a master at corporate insurance structuring and underwriting, and served as vice president, senior vice president and president with brokerages such as the London Agency, Johnson and Higgins, Garlington Hardwick, Alexander and Alexander, and Boger, Reid and Flournoy. In addition to his insurance acumen, he was a deacon at Northside Drive Baptist Church, a baseball coach and director at Northside Youth Organization. He was a life member of the Capital City Club and an avid Atlanta Braves and Florida Gator fan.

It was through a business connection with Georgetown Steel that he discovered Pawleys Island in the early 1970s. After buying a home on the island, the family divided their time between Pawleys and Atlanta.

After the Town Council annexed the 1,900-acre Prince George tract in 1994, Mr. Mills became involved in a petition drive to hold a referendum to de-annex the property. He was elected to council in 1995, the same year as Bill Otis. He was credited with shaping the budget process for the town, drawing on his business experience.

The Prince George issue sparked lawsuits and acrimony on the island. Mr. Mills said at the time his goal was to end the controversy. “The council doesn’t need to be controversial,” he said. “We just need to do our business.”

He stepped down from the council in 1999 when he sold his house, but remained a regular visitor.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, John W. Mills III of Atlanta, Bert T. Mills and his wife, Carmen, of Atlanta, Carolyn Mills Lovell and her husband, Rick, of Batesburg, and Andrew S. Mills and his wife, Mary, of Atlanta; and seven grandchildren, Justin Mills, Anna Mills, Hannah Mills, Wesley Mills, Jonah Mills, Jared Mills and Noah Mills, all of Atlanta.

Services will be held on Friday at 2 p.m. at the Episcopal Church of the Atonement. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the church at 4945 High Point Rd. NE, Sandy Springs, GA 30342.

Rocco Olivieri

Engineer worked on designs for space program

Rocco Olivieri of Litchfield Country Club, an engineer who worked on the Apollo and space shuttle programs, died Monday at his home. He was 92.

He was born Oct. 18, 1920, in San Vito, Chieti, Italy, a son of Angelo Olivieri and Anna DeNardis.

He graduate from the University of Genova as an electrical engineer. Later he married Maria DiIorio and the couple moved to the United States. They first settled in Euclid, Ohio, where Mr. Olivieri attended Case Western Reserve University and then worked for Reliance Electric Co. for several years before beginning his electrical engineering career in New Jersey.

He worked as a group supervisor as an electrical engineer designing small motors for the aerospace industry. His design projects included the motor for the robot arm of the space shuttle and the fuel cell for Apollo spacecraft.

Mr. Olivieri moved to South Carolina with his late wife, Maria, from Clifton, N.J., in 1981 after retiring. He dearly loved the local community in Pawleys Island. He also enjoyed its natural beauty, often stating that it reminded him of his native fishing village on the Adriatic Sea.

Mr. Olivieri was a member of Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church. He enjoyed the Young 80’s Breakfast Club, volunteering endeavors and hobbies such as playing chess, swimming and traveling.

He is survived by his children; Angelo Olivieri and his wife, Nancy, of Saylorsburg, Pa., Anna Hungler and her husband, John, of Pawleys Island, Aurora Olivieri and her husband, Manuel Insighares, of New York, and David Olivieri and his wife, Mary, of Demarest, N.J.; grandchildren, Nicole Falk Shannon and her husband, Daniel, Johna and Mathias Hungler, Anthony Olivieri Maria and his wife, Dana, and Kevin Olivieri, Elias and Blaise Insignares; and a great grandson, Benjamin Falk.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the Hospice Care of S.C. 110 Dillon Dr., Spartanburg, SC 29307 or Georgetown County Council of Aging, 2104 Lincoln St., Georgetown, SC 29440.

The family will receive friends Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. at Goldfinch Funeral Home, Litchfield Pawleys Chapel.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church.

There is a guestbook is available at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

William R. Stewart

William R. Stewart of Litchfield Country Club died Friday after a long illness.

He is survived by his wife, Nancy; his daughter, Betty Clements of Myrtle Beach; his son, John Stewart, of Dennis, Mass.; and two grandchildren.

Services will be private.

Memorials may be made to Tidelands Community Hospice, 1139 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, SC 29440.


Nov 22

J. Elmore Cameron

Owner of Cameron’s Pharmacy

Julius Elmore Cameron Jr. of Pawleys Island, the former owner of Cameron’s Pharmacy in Georgetown, died Sunday at Waccamaw Community Hospital. He was 80.

He was born June 25, 1932, in Marion, a son of Julius Elmore Cameron and Tommie Belle Godbold Cameron. He grew up in Georgetown and graduated from Winyah High School. He graduated from the University of South Carolina School of Pharmacy. Mr. Cameron served in the Army.

He was the owner of Cameron’s Pharmacy. He retired in 1992. He was married to the late Anne Skinner Cameron.

Mr. Cameron was a member of Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church in Georgetown. He was an avid Gamecock fan and a beloved husband, father, grandfather and brother.

He is survived by two sons, James E. Cameron of Pawleys Island and Timothy N. Cameron of Garden City; a daughter, Tamela C. Gardner and her husband, Frank, of Conway; four grandchildren; and two sisters, Linda C. Bailey and her husband, Herb, and Anita C. Hall and her husband, Billy, both of Georgetown.

Two sisters, Joyce C. Stevenson and Frances C. Johnson, died before him.

Funeral services were Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church, led by the Rev. Dr. Dora Gafford. Entombment was at Pennyroyal Memorial Gardens Mausoleum.

There is a guestbook at mayerfuneralhome.com..

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22718, Oklahoma City, OK 73123-1718 or to Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001.

Brian Lavelle

Asheville attorney had Pawleys home

Brian F.D. Lavelle of Asheville, N.C., and Pawleys Island, an attorney, died Sunday at his home. He was 71.

He was born in Cleveland Heights, Ohio, the son of Gerald John and Mary Josephine O’Callaghan Lavelle. He graduated from the University of Virginia in 1963. He earned his law degree from Vanderbilt University and a master’s in taxation from New York University. He served in the Air Force as a captain in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps.

He moved to Asheville and began a long and prestigious career with the Van Winkle Law Firm. He twice served on the board of governors of the North Carolina Bar Association. He was a fellow and former regent of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel and a board certified specialist in estate planning and probate law.

Mr. Lavelle was also an active member of the community, serving as a trustee for Asheville Country Day School and on the advisory board of the Salvation Army. He was a member of Rotary, the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina board, the Rhododendron Brigade and the Biltmore Forest Country Club.

He was a member of All Saints Church.

He is survived by his wife, Sara Hill Lavelle; three children, Francis Lavelle Jr. and his wife, Junestka, of Marietta, Ga., Lisa Bowen and her husband, John, of Asheville, and Katy Simpson and her husband, Joel, of Richmond, Va.; seven grandchildren, Brian III, Sam, Lilianna, Oliver, Alessa, Peter and Michael; a sister, Kathleen Heffernan, and a brother, Neal Lavelle, both of Cleveland; and his nieces and nephews.

The funeral service was Wednesday at 11 a.m. in Trinity Episcopal Church in Asheville. Burial will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at All Saints.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Salvation Army or the Community Foundation of Western North Carolina.

There is a guestbook at grocefuneralhome.com.

Edythe Myers

Georgetown hospital volunteer

Edythe Lang Myers of Pawleys Island died Nov. 15 at Tidelands Community Hospice House. She was 92.

She was the daughter of Carrie Austin Lang and Noah “Capt. Buck” Lang. She attended Winyah High School and received her teaching certificate from Clemson University. Mrs. Myers also attended the University of Georgia, where she received her certificate in property management.

She was a long-time resident of Atlanta and a member of the Georgia Board of Realtors. Mrs. Myers was a member of the Wesleyan Sunday School class of Tucker First United Methodist Church in Tucker, Ga. She worked for the state of Georgia prior to moving to Columbia, where she worked for Blue Cross and Blue Shield for 10 years prior to retirement. Mrs. Myers was a member of Rehoboth United Methodist Church in Columbia.

She was a member of St. Paul’s Waccamaw United Methodist Church and had served as a member of the altar guild and the United Methodist Women. Mrs. Myers was a volunteer at Georgetown Memorial Hospital for the last five years and was a member of the hospital auxiliary.

Mrs. Myers belonged to the Epsilon Sigma Alpha International Sorority and was a past president of the North Charleston Jaycees and the Chicora PTA. Her hobbies were sewing, reading, gardening and dancing. She loved people and never met a stranger during her many travels.

The was married to the late Jessie L. Myers Jr. In addition to her husband, her grandsons, Joseph Che Myers and Terrill L. Myers; three sisters, Lillian L. Williams, Ann Jones, and Freddie Mae Lang; and three brothers, John Jake Lang, Fritz Lang, and Noah Lang, died before her.

She is survived by her son, Terrill L. Myers Jr. and his wife, Ann Jones, of Senoia, Ga.; her daughter, Sharen M. Mills and her husband, Thomas, of Pawleys Island, with whom she made her home; her brother, James A. Lang of Myrtle Beach; three grandchildren, Shawn Fowler and Thomas V. “Tripp” Mills III, both of Columbia, and Lance Myers of Senoia; three great-grandchildren, Myers West Fowler, Thomas V. Mills IV and William Tate Mills; nieces, Chrner Bellamy, Nell Hill of Atlanta, Wendy Jones, Frieda Staubitz, Harriett Lang and Alicia Owens, all of Myrtle Beach, Cathy Wilson, Cheryl Hill, Charlene, Allison, Lisa Spencer of Atlanta, and Michelle Killen of Pawleys Island; nephews, Gene Lang of Baltimore, Harvey Jones, Jamie Lang of Myrtle Beach, Steve Kelly, Edwin Kelly, Kay Kelly of Charleston, and Donnie Myers of Raleigh, N.C.; and a cousin, Sam Roach of Atlanta.

Funeral services were Monday at the Georgetown Chapel of Mayer Funeral Home, conducted by the Rev. C. Nels Ledwell and the Rev. Milton L. McGuirt. Burial was at Elmwood Cemetery.

There is a guestbook at mayerfuneralhome.com..

Memorials may be made to Georgetown Hospital System Foundation, Indigent Breast Cancer Fund, P.O. Box 1269, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576.


Nov 15

Tim Brown

Retired contractor

Timothy Alex Brown of Murrells Inlet, a retired contractor, died Nov. 10 at his home. He was 59.

He was born Jan. 25, 1953, in Atlanta. He worked as a self-employed contractor before he retired. He loved fishing, boating and was an avid Gamecock football fan.

He is survived by his wife, Jan Yarborough Brown; his sons, Adam, Michael and Jerry; his daughter, Becky Burton, and step-daughter, Morgan Dendy; seven grandchildren; his brother, Tommy Brown, and his sister Judy Bessmanoff; and a host of relatives and dear friends.

A celebration of his life was held Friday on the waterfront at Belin Memorial United Methodist Church.

Mary Kennemur

Former Merrill Lynch director

Mary Devonald Moorman Kennemur of Columbia, a financial advisor and part-time Pawleys Island resident, died Sunday. She was 59.

She was born July 3, 1953, in Frankfurt, Germany, the daughter of Bertha Wilson Moorman and the late Robert Moorman III. She grew up in Columbia and graduated from Dreher High School in 1971. After attending Sullins College in Virginia, she graduated from the University of South Carolina with a bachelor’s degree in business administration. She was a member of Delta Delta Delta sorority, played for the women’s tennis team, and made her debut at the Assembly and Cotillion balls.

Mrs. Kennemur’s long and successful business career began with South Carolina National Bank in Columbia and Pawleys Island. Her career continued in Denver where she worked in the oil and gas business, and it was there that she met her husband, Dennis. Mary joined Merrill Lynch as a financial advisor in 1984 and soon moved into management. Her rapid rise at Merrill Lynch took the couple and their young son, Will, to Tampa, Fort Wayne, Rochester and finally back to Columbia as the complex manager. Eventually, she became one of the seven national managing directors for Merrill Lynch, heading the Southeast region.

Mrs. Kennemur continued her work in the financial services industry as a consultant and financial advisor, most recently with JHS Capital Advisors and Vista Wealth Management.

She was an avid world-traveler. Her love of the West and its wide-open spaces took her to Sante Fe and Montana when she was young. She most loved spending time in her homes in Pawleys Island and Little Switzerland, N.C.

She lived by her motto, “To whom much is given, much is expected.” She gave wholeheartedly to her community, serving on the boards of the University of South Carolina, S.C. Chamber of Commerce, United Way of the Midlands, Girl Scouts of South Carolina and Heathwood Hall Episcopal School. In addition, she was the first female member of the S.C. Retirement Systems Investment Panel.

She was also a member of the regional board of First National Bank of South Carolina, the advisory treasury services committee of Palmetto Health, the Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics, and the Coastal Conservation League.

Mrs. Kennemur belonged to Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, the Assembly, Pine Tree Hunt Club and Forest Lake Country Club.

She was a devoted supporter of the University of South Carolina: as the Darla Moore School of Business Distinguished Alumna, former executive director of the Business Partnership Foundation, a member of the Business Partnership Foundation Board of Trustees, a member of the Development Foundation and a founding member of the Women’s Athletic Mentor Program. She also established the Mary M. Kennemur Scholarship.

Her spirit, generosity, kindness, and wonderful sense of humor made her a most loving wife, mother, daughter, sister and friend to so many, her family said.

She is survived by her husband, Dennis Bruce Kennemur, and their son, Robert Wilson Kennemur; her mother, Bertha Wilson Moorman; her brother, Robert Wardlaw Moorman and his wife, Eilene, of Columbia; and her sister, Bowe Moorman Pritchard and her husband, Edward, of Charleston.

Services will be held at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral at 3 p.m. today.

Memorials may be made to the United Way of the Midlands, 1800 Main St. Columbia, SC 29201.

There is a guestbook at dunbarfunerals.com.


Nov 1

Buddy Arnold

Athlete spent career with DuPont

Buddy Gene “Bay” Arnold, a college athlete who spent his career with DuPont, died Oct. 20 in Atlanta. He was 82.

A native of Saltville, Va., he most recently resided in Pawleys Island. Born September 12, 1930, he was one of seven sons of the late Elbert Roy Arnold and Virgie Lee Arnold of Saltville.

He graduated from Saltville High School in 1948. A talented athlete in high school, he lettered all four years in football, basketball and baseball. He also played outfield and catcher for four years on the semi-pro Saltville Alkies baseball team. Mr. Arnold graduated from Washington and Lee College in 1952. During his years at Washington and Lee, he played football and baseball. In addition to playing in the 1951 Gator Bowl, he also played baseball for four years and was named captain of the team during his senior year.

He was elected to the Smith County, Va., Sports Hall of Fame. Throughout his life he was an avid and skilled golfer.

After college and military service in the Army in Germany, he joined DuPont where he spent his entire career, working in North Carolina, Delaware, Germany and Tennessee. He was married for 55 years to the late Mary Ellen Orr Arnold. He and Mrs. Arnold travelled extensively after his retirement, spending considerable time in India and England.

He is survived by his children, Geri Arnold Gaynor of Pawleys Island and Thomas Alan Arnold of Atlanta; his grandchildren, Russell Marland Gaynor and Adrian Margaret Gaynor; his brothers, Herbert Vernon “Chub” Arnold of Saltville, Harold Lee “Hal” Arnold of Wilmington, N.C., David Burton Arnold of Greensburg, Pa., and Danny Franklin Arnold of North Myrtle Beach; and numerous nieces, nephews, grand-nieces and grand-nephews.

Two brothers, Elbert Roy “Buck” Arnold Jr. and Richard Marlan Arnold, died before him.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at the Main Street Christian Church in Saltville. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Main Street Christian Church building fund.

Hugh W. Dear

Leader in hospitality industry design

Hugh W. Dear of Georgetown, a seminal figure in the hospitality design industry, died peacefully Saturday in Charleston surrounded by his family. He had struggled briefly with cancer. He was 75.

He was born in Anniston, Ala., in 1937. He lived in several Southern cities as a youth. He attended Furman University, but it was at the International School of Art and Design in Washington, D.C., that he found his true calling in hospitality design and the love of his life in fellow student Carol Koscielniak. They were married in 1960 and enjoyed 52 years of love, life and laughter together.

Mr. Dear began his design career in Washington with Revere Furniture, an old-line supply house that, through acquisition, would become the design department for Choice Hotels. He left Revere as vice president of design to start his own firm in 1969. Working with such iconic brands as Holiday Inn and Sheraton in their infancy, he built his Virginia-based firm as the modern hospitality industry took shape.

His firms, Hugh W. Dear & Associates and later Resort Interiors, would go on to complete projects in 26 states and 7 countries. The firms received numerous honors and awards including the prestigious Hospitality Giant award from Interior Design Magazine 21 times.

His love affair with the Grand Strand began in the early 1960s, when he began working for several pioneering members of Myrtle Beach’s emerging tourism industry. One of his most memorable projects of this era was the Hawaiian Village, a Polynesian-inspired motel and dinner theater he designed for a local developer which received national industry accolades.

Mr. Dear was an entrepreneur. He owned the Commodore and the Flagship motels in the 1970s. Two decades later he founded the Myrtle Beach-based design and purchasing firm, Resort Interiors, and was involved with many high profile Grand Strand resort developments of recent years.

He was respected throughout the industry as a tenacious businessman that was tough, yet always fair. He was a mentor to many and had a quiet generosity that touched numerous lives. Nowhere was this more evident than at home. He was a loving father and grandfather and a caring husband. He lived for his family and loved spending time with them.

Always adventurous, he travelled widely and took his wife and family on trips throughout Europe, Central America, Australia, and the Pacific. He loved a project; purchasing a 19th century Virginia plantation that had been vacant for years in the mid-70s, he spent the next two decades renovating and restoring it. In later life, he resided at Windsor Plantation in Georgetown.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Douglas and his wife Jennifer of Great Falls, Va., and David and his wife Carrie of Pawleys Island; six grandchildren, Kyle and Conrad of Great Falls, and Adam, Michael, Carter and Zoe of Pawleys Island; and two brothers, Kenneth Dear of Columbia and Chris Dear of Greenville.

Services will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Project Healing Waters, P.O. Box 695, LaPlata, MD 20646 (projecthealingwaters.org).

William O. Poole

Navy veteran of World War II

William Odell Poole of Murrells Inlet died Monday at Agape Senior. He was 89.

He was born in Wilson Mills, N.C., a son of Ivan and Viola Poole. Mr. Poole served in the Navy during World War II.

He is survived by two daughters, Linda Brubaker of Surfside Beach and Michele Glyn, and a son, William Poole.

A gathering of family and friends will be held from 2 until 4 and 6 until 8 p.m. today at the Goldfinch Funeral Home Beach Chapel.

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.


Oct. 25

Cora Davis

Born at Caledonia Plantation

Cora Nesbit Davis of Litchfield Plantation died Saturday at her home. She was 87.

She was born May 18, 1925, at her childhood home on Caledonia Plantation, the daughter of the late Ralph Nesbit and Grace Tucker Gibbes Nesbit.

Mrs. Davis enjoyed boating and traveling during her youth. During World War II, she spent nights on Hobcaw Barony watching for German U-boats.

She was married to the late Edgar S. Davis. She is survived by her stepson, Perry Davis of Willow Grove, Pa., and numerous cousins including Bobby McMahan of Pawleys Island, Eleanor McMahan of Florence and Jenny Guerard of Charleston.

A graveside service will be held today at 2 p.m. in the All Saints Church Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Belle W. Baruch Institute for Marine and Coastal Sciences, University of South Carolina, 607 EWS Building, Columbia, SC 29208.

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com

Anne M.B. Harper

Neonatal ICU nurse

Anne Marie Bierman Harper of Willbrook Plantation, a neonatal intensive care nurse, died Oct. 16 at Tidelands Community Hospice House. She was 65.

She was born Oct. 16, 1947, in Syracuse, N.Y., a daughter of John Harlow Bierman and Miriam Teresa Brogan Bierman. Mrs. Harper’s love for others led her to become a registered nurse and she was able to care for many premature babies. She also had a love for life and enjoyed gardening, riding bicycles and traveling. Mrs. Harper dedicated a lot of her time to the Coastal Animal Shelter where she volunteered in caring and seeing after many animals. She had a deep unconditional love for all of God’s creations including people, animals and the environment.

She attended St. Mary’s A.M.E. Church and will be dearly missed by all who knew her.

In addition to her parents, of Ocala, Fla., she is survived by her husband, Jerry Harper; three sisters, Maureen Theresa Bierman of Syracuse, Donna Jean Pelkey and her husband, Ronald, of Baldswinsville, N.Y., and Lorraine Margaret Rabb and her husband, Ricky, of Boston; two brothers, Edward Joseph Bierman of Canandaigua, N.Y., and John Michael Bierman and his wife, Mary Ann, of Creedmoor, N.C.; and number of nieces and nephews.

A memorial mass was held Saturday at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church by the Rev. Patrick J. Stenson.

Memorials may be made to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, 60 East 56th St., 8th Floor, New York, NY 10022 or to the Coastal Animal Rescue, 1288 Limestone Dr., Murrells Inlet, SC 29576.

There is a guestbook at grahamfuneralhome.org.


Oct 18

Hay Harrington

Retired contractor

E. Hay Harrington Jr. of Kingstree, a retired contractor, died Oct. 10 in the Village at Summerville. He was 85.

He was born Oct. 11, 1926, in Kingstree, a son of E. Hay Harrington and Mae Baker Harrington. He graduated from Kingstree High School and worked as a general contractor. He was married to the late Trisha Gray Harrington.

Mr. Harrington enjoyed fishing, golfing, morning coffee with his friends at Preacher’s Drug Store and telling stories of his glory days to his “grands.” He was a member of Williamsburg Presbyterian Church.

In addition to his parents and his wife Trisha, he was preceded in death by a brother, Ed Harrington and a sister, Louise Smith Hay.

He is survived by his son, Kim Harrington and his wife, Teressa, of Georgetown; his daughter, Faye Harrington Altman, and her husband, Ronnie, of Pawleys Island; a sister, Ellen Weisiger, of Charlotte; his grandchildren, Chris Harrington and his wife, Mariane, of Burlington, N.C., Hayley Altman Glick and her husband, Jeremy, of Florence, Brian Altman and his wife, Madison, of Sumter, and Zac Harrington of Georgetown; and his great-grandchildren, Harry Woodbury, Mary Gray Glick, Emma Glick, Elizabeth Altman, Alex Harrington, Jacob Harrington and Morgan Harrington.

Graveside services were Saturday at Kingstree Memorial Gardens. Memorials may be made to Williamsburg Presbyterian Church, 411 N. Academy St., Kingstree, SC 29556.

Online condolences may be sent to the family at williamsburgfuneralhome.com.

Candi Smith

Clinical audiologist

Candler Shealy Smith of Murrells Inlet, an audiologist, died Oct. 10 at her home following a short, but courageous battle with cancer. She was 48.

She was born Jan. 16, 1964, in Louisville, Ky., the daughter of Dr. Wyman L. and Jeanette Matthews Shealy. She graduated in 1981 from Saluda High School, where she played the flute in the Tiger Marching Band.

Known as Candi, she was an avid equestrian and a member of the Walter Newman Riding Academy in Aiken. She competed on the state circuit in the hunter-jumper division and won many prestigious awards with her favorite horse, Ringo.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in speech communications from Columbia College in 1985, and she earned a master’s in audiology from the University of South Carolina. She completed her doctorate of audiology at A.T. Still University in Mesa, Ariz.

While at Columbia College, she met her future husband, Frank. They were married Oct. 14, 1989, in Saluda.

After moving to Myrtle Beach, Mrs. Smith worked at Pee Dee Speech and Hearing Center. She was recently a clinical audiologist with Drs. Rosner, Cunningham and Osmond of Coastal Carolina Otolaryngology. She loved her patients and working with her dedicated colleagues.

She was a member of the South Carolina Academy of Audiology, the American Academy of Audiology and the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association.

Mrs. Smith served on various committees for the Waccamaw schools as an active member of the PTA. She was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. She relished football and soccer weekends with her family and friends. She cherished her family vacations shared with close friends. She was a passionate Gamecock fan.

More than any of her awards and accomplishments, she treasured her family most.

In addition to her parents, of Saluda, she is survived by her husband, Franklin Davis Smith; a daughter, Candler Davis Smith; a son, Davis Shealy Smith; and her mother in law, Martha Jenerette Smith of Murrells Inlet, wife of the late Dennis Lee Smith Sr.

A memorial service was held Sunday at Belin Memorial United Methodist Church by the Rev. David Lyle of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church with reflections from the Rev. Harold Lewis, former pastor of Belin.

Memorials may be made to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, 65 Crooked Oak Dr., Pawleys Island, SC 29585, or the Ashley G. Foundation, P.O. Box 14, Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

Nancy Wilson

Helped start Pawleys Island parade

When floats lined up along the South Causeway for the Pawleys Island Fourth of July Parade, Nancy Wilson was there, as she had always been since 1966. This time, she was a passenger with grandchildren and great-grands in the float.

It was her mother, Nancy Bondurant, who started the parade in the summer of ’66 when the family was staying at the Cassena Inn and a soldier just returned from Vietnam asked for help to celebrate Independence Day. Ms. B was the first grand marshal and rode in the parade until she was 95.

For Ms. B’s daughter, the Fourth of July was the most important day of the year. She was grand marshal in 2002. And her grandchildren took home the trophy this year for Best Children.

Nancy Leigh Bondurant Wilson died Tuesday after a short illness.

Nancy BaBa, as she was known to her family and closest friends, was a Pawleys Island institution who lived her life bringing her one-of-a-kind wit and love to everyone who crossed her path, her family said.

After being a tourist at Pawleys since 1958, she and her late husband El retired here from Danville, Va., to open El’s Hardware on the North Causeway.

Mrs. Wilson was an active member of the community and taught at Waccamaw Elementary School.

A faithful member of the Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church, she served as an elder, volunteer and long time wedding director. She was also a 25 year member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

She is survived by her children, Nancy Johnston of Georgetown and Jack Wilson of Columbia; four granddaughter’s, Nancy Leigh Jackson of Atlanta, Sally Keyser of Pawleys Island, Courtney Maddox of Charlotte and Blythe Butts of Summerville; and seven great grandchildren.

A celebration of her life will be held at the Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church on Friday at 2 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Nancy Wilson Life Memorial Fund at Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church, 9967 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, SC 29585.


Oct 11

Billy Cox

Kingstree businessman

William H. “Billy” Cox of Zirconia, N.C., died Oct. 2 at his mountain home on the Green River in North Carolina. He was 84.

He was born Nov. 27, 1927 in Latta, the son of Marsden and Sadie Cox. He graduated from Clemson University in 1949 and served as a lieutenant in the Army during the Korean War. He spent his early life as a farmer and businessman in Kingstree. He retired to Pawleys Island and later to the North Carolina Mountains.

Mr. Cox was an avid outdoorsman and a genial host. He genuinely loved people and enjoyed a wide circle of close friends.

He is survived by his wife, Julia D. Cox; his daughter, Carolyn Cox McGill and her mother, Jennie B. Cox; his daughter-in-law, Sally Jennings Cox; and five grandchildren. His son, William H. Cox Jr., and his brother, Marsden Cox Jr., died before him.

The service will be private.

Condolences may be sent to the family at jacksonfuneralservice.com.

Virginia Manick

Worked at laundry

Virginia Manick of Georgetown, a former laundry worker and housekeeper, died Sunday. She was 84.

She was born July 7, 1928, in Georgetown County, the daughter of Sam Polite and Mary Fraser. She worked for Nuway Laundry and as a private housekeeper.

Mrs. Manick was a member of Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church at Pawleys Island. She served on the ushers board and sang with the Zionettes.

She is survived by her husband, Joe Manick; five sons, John Duncan, James Duncan, Leon Smalls, James Hardy and Eugene Hardy, all of Pawleys Island; three daughters, Vera Smith, Gloria King and Mary Lou Grate, also of Pawleys Island; an adopted daughter, Linda Nelson of Georgetown; a brother, Beauregard Fraser of Colorado; and two sisters, Lucille Grate and Annabelle Washington, both of Pawleys Island.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 2 p.m. at Mount Zion. Burial will be in the church cemetery.


Oct 4

Carlton Brush

Retired from AT&T

Carlton Brush of the Lakes at Litchfield, an avid photographer who spent a career at AT&T, died Sunday at his home. He was 91.

He was born in Philadelphia, the son of Elmira Curry and E. Carlton Brush. His younger years were spent in Nashville. His father’s architectural career took him to Birmingham, Ala., Maplewood, N.J., Houston and Dallas. He was a graduate of Texas A&M University class of 1943. From college he went directly into the Army Signal Corps and served two years in the China, Burma, India Theater during World War II.

After his military service he went to work for AT&T in Dallas. He married Kathryn Hartman in 1946. After five moves he worked in the New York metropolitan area. He retired from AT&T’s overseas department having completed 37 years of service.

Mr. Brush was an avid hiker, a member of the Appalachian Mountain Club and a prodigious photographer. He was a two-star color slide exhibitor in the Photographic Society of America, a designation earned by having photos accepted for exhibition. He held a number of one-man shows of his photographic prints.

He was a golfer and past president of the Litchfield Men’s Golf Association and was a member of All Saints Church, where he had served on the vestry and was junior warden.

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Kathryn H. Brush; two sons, Carlton L. Brush of Annandale N.J., and Robert H. Brush of Eastpoint, Fla.; and two grandchildren, Kristen and Michael.

His daughter, Kathryn Ann Brush, died before him.

Funeral services were Wednesday at All Saints Church.

Memorials may be made to the Appalachian Mountain Club, 5 Joy St., Boston, MA. 02108 or to Georgetown Hospice 1139 Fraser St., Georgetown, SC 29440

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

Tred Taraschi

Owner of Havana Cabana

Fred Taraschi of Pawleys Plantation, owner of Havana Cabana, died Sept. 24 at the Medical University of South Carolina. He was 54.

He was born in Toronto, the son to the late Arrigo Taraschi and Liliana Taraschi. He was married to Soo Taraschi, who said he was a remarkable husband.

He was God’s gift to all, his family said. His sense of humor and generosity will be remembered by everyone he came in contact with.

He was a member of Pawleys Island Community Church.

Mr. Taraschi was the second father to Chris Kirtley and James Kirtley; grandfather to Bret Kirtley and the late Christen Kirtley; brother to Pino Taraschi and his wife, Lorraine, Rico Taraschi and his wife, Antonella, and Maria Rizzuto and her husband, Pino; and uncle to Alicea and Jessica Taraschi, and Joseph, David and Liana Rizzuto.

A memorial service was held Monday at Pawleys Island Community Church by the Rev. Don Williams.

Memorials may be made to Teach My People, P.O. Box 2848, Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.


Sept 27

Linda Hayworth

Worked for architects firm

Linda Moore Hayworth of Pawleys Plantation died Saturday at Tidelands Community Hospice House. She was 68.

She was born July 20, 1944, in Pinehurst, N.C., the daughter of Richard Henry Moore and Loretta Purvis Moore. Her father started a business in Asheboro, N.C., and the family moved there when Linda was 5. Mrs. Hayworth graduated from Asheboro High School in 1962 and St. Mary’s College in Raleigh, N.C., in 1964. She attended the University of Tennessee in Knoxville and graduated from Hardbarger’s Business College in Raleigh. She worked in Raleigh for an architectural firm before moving back to Asheboro.

Mrs. Hayworth and her husband moved to Pawleys Island in 1998.

She is survived by her husband of 42 years, William Wade Hayworth; two sons, William Brian Hayworth of Wilmington, N.C., and John Reynolds Hayworth of Durham, N.C.; two grandchildren, Jonathan and Abby; a brother, Henry Moore and his wife, Charlotte, of Pawleys Island; a brother-in-law, Tom Hayworth and his wife, Jane, of Asheboro; one niece; and three nephews.

A visitation will be held from 11 a.m. to noon today at Pugh Funeral Home in Asheboro. Graveside services will follow at Oak Lawn Cemetery in Asheboro.

There are guestbooks at mayerfuneralhome.com.

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


Sept 20

John Bracken

Educator with a love for learning

John Sherwin Bracken of North Litchfield, a retired educator who was a leader in several community organizations, died Monday at his home of 17 years following a serious illness. He was 71.

He was born June 27, 1941, in Sharon, Pa., the son of John William Bracken and Elizabeth Denardo Sherwin Bracken.

After earning a bachelor’s degree from Mount Union College in Alliance, Ohio, he moved to Western New York and worked for many years as a school library media specialist, teaching teachers how to use audiovisual equipment and materials while participating in union activities and local historic preservation projects.

On the first day of school in 1969, he met Nancy Knowles, a first grade teacher. Since they both drove yellow convertibles, it was a match meant to be. They were married the day after school was out. During their marriage, they travelled extensively, meeting new friends and seeing the world.

John Bracken’s work history included social work, bookstore and video store clerk, gate attendant at Litchfield Plantation, Brookgreen Gardens and, most recently, Huntington Beach State Park. He enjoyed meeting the visitors and sharing this beautiful area.

He supported many environmental causes including the Waccamaw Riverkeeper, S.C. Environmental Law Project, Sierra Club and S.C. United Turtle Enthusiasts. He served for many years as the local delegate to the state Sierra Club. He has been involved in and had leadership roles in many cultural, educational and community groups including the Senior Scholars forum, Myrtle Beach Stamp Club, League of Women Voters, Friends of the Waccamaw and Georgetown libraries, and the Cultural Council. Always eager to learn and establish relationships, it was said that he never met a stranger and never missed an event.

In addition to his wife of 43 years, he is survived by a brother Rodney Bracken and his wife, Sherry, of Shelton, Wash.; two sisters-in-law, Sally Field of Georgetown and Donna McIntyre of New Braunfels, Texas; six nieces, one nephew and their many family members.

A celebration of his life will be held Oct. 7 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Huntington Beach State Park.

There is a guestbook at mayerfuneralhome.com..

Memorials may be made to the Winyah Rivers Foundation, P.O. Box 261954, Conway, SC 29528-6054, S.C. Environmental Law Project, P.O. Box 1380, Pawleys Island, SC 29585, or Friends of the Waccamaw Library, P.O. Box 1152, Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

Concetta Haas

Avid golfer and gardener

Concetta Rose Haas of Litchfield Country Club died Tuesday following a long illness. She was 73. She was born in New York, the daughter of the Salvatore and Mary Baglio.

Mrs. Haas was a member of Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church. She was a member of Belin Methodist Bridge Club and Litchfield Country Club.

Mrs. Haas loved her family dearly. She also loved the game of golf and her gardening. Her husband, Robert, and her daughters, Lois and Elizabeth, died before her. She is survived by her extended family and friends, and her loving companion, Ned MacWilliams of Litchfield Country Club.

Services will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 950 48th Ave. North, Suite 101, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577.

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

Frances Harvey

Victim of automobile accident

Frances Stratton Harvey of Colleen, Va., died Sept. 16 from injuries received in an automobile accident Sept. 7. She was 92.

She was born May 4, 1920, in Roseland, Va., one of eight children born to Lelia Clarkson Stratton and Douglas Raymond Stratton.

She was married to William Harvey for 56 years and raised two children, Douglas Harvey and Katherine “Kitty” Harvey Turnley Mauldin of Richmond.

Bill and Frances moved to Lovingston after his retirement from DuPont where he was employed for over 30 years. Bill passed away in 1993.

She is survived by her children and their families, Douglas and Anne Harvey of Pawleys Island, Kitty and Jess Mauldin of Pawleys Island; four grandsons, Robert Turnley, Gray Harvey, Matthew Turnley, Blaine Harvey; six great-grandchildren; one sister, Helen Stratton Oglesby of Roseland; and one brother, Winston Stratton of West Barnstable, Mass.

Another great-grandson died before her, as did five siblings, Harry Stratton, Jessie Stratton Madia, Norman Stratton, Earl “Buck” Stratton and Anne Stratton Barden.

A celebration of her life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday at Woodland Baptist Church in Colleen, led by Pastor Greg McCormick.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made in her name to Woodland Baptist Church, 4334 Thomas Nelson Highway, Arrington, VA 22922.

Audrey Evans

Worked for Brunswick Manufacturing

Audrey M. Evans of Brunswick, Ga., died Sept. 8 at Magnolia Manor Nursing Home on St. Simons Island, Ga. She was 87.

She was born Aug. 17, 1925, in Jeff Davis County, Ga., the daughter of John Matthew Strickland and Mattie Crosby Strickland.

She retired with the closing of Brunswick Manufacturing Co., but continued working for several years with the Glynn County School System and Rich-Sea Pack Corp. Mrs. Evans was of the Baptist faith.

She was married to the late Henry G. Evans

Surviving are her sons, Jesse C. Tullos and his wife, Cathy, of Pawleys Island, John R. Tullos of St. Simons Island, Fred E. Tullos and his wife, Allison, of Brunswick, Terry M. Evans and his wife, Darlene, of Youngstown, Fla., and Grady S. Evans and his wife, Cheryl, of Palm Bay, Fla.; brothers, Roger Strickland of Bainbridge, Ga., and Sidney Strickland of Hazelhurst, Ga.; sisters, Patsy Brantley of Hazelhurst and Johnnie Jo Zarzeka of Atlanta; four grandchildren, Jesse Tullos III of Savannah, Ga., Adrienne Tullos of Pawleys Island, Rais Hendrix of Port Wentworth, Ga., and Kathy Young of Mableton, Ga.; and three great-grandchildren, Jakob Hendrix of Port Wentworth, Molly Young and Audrey Young, both of Mableton.

A daughter, Barbara Elaine Tullos, a brother, J.M. Strickland Jr. and four sisters, Velma Yawn, Estelle Davis, Gussie Kelley and Lois Long, died before her.

A memorial service was held Sept. 15 in the chapel of Brunswick Memorial Park Funeral Home with the Rev. Darrell Joiner officiating.

Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Golden Isles, 1692 Glynco Parkway, Brunswick, GA 31525 or the charity of your choice.


Sept 13

Terrell Covington

Lead combat vehicle program

Terrell Gordon Covington of Ruskin, Fla., a former Pawleys Plantation resident who helped develop light combat vehicles during a career in the Army, died Sept. 7. He was 72.

He was born July 22, 1940, in Montgomery Ala., the son of Benjamin W. Covington Jr. and Nona Musgrove Covington. He graduated from the U.S. Military Academy in 1964 and started his service career as an enlisted soldier in the 187th Infantry of the 101st Airborne Division. He served in combat in the Dominican Republic as a member of the 2/505th Airborne Infantry followed by multiple tours as a ground combat adviser in Vietnam, at one point having accumulated more combat time than anyone in his class. For these actions, he was awarded three Bronze Stars including one for valor, three Air Medals and the Combat Infantry Badge.

Upon his return from Vietnam, he commanded an infantry training company at Fort Jackson and attended Georgia Tech University, where he completed studies in operations research and systems engineering and began a lifelong love of golf. Assigned to the Armor/ Engineer Board at Fort Knox, he quickly established a reputation as a gifted and creative systems developer and was reassigned to the Defense Department’s Advanced Research Projects Agency as a project manager for multiple projects related to light combat vehicle technology.

With an established reputation in the field, he became the first officer in the Army to be awarded two secondary specialties in lieu of a branch and a specialty. When the Army was searching for a leader to manage the Light Combat Vehicle Technology Program, he was nominated by the chief scientist of the Defense Department, accepted by the Army chief of staff and proceeded to design, organize, manage and develop the program. It resulted in research that is still ongoing into light unmanned gun technology and advanced sensor systems.

During this time he became known as the “four star major” for his eloquent and convincing briefings to the Army leadership and the fact that the other systems managers for the Army were major generals.

He was promoted to lieutenant colonel and awarded the first Defense Meritorious Service Medal and the Legion of Merit. In spite of requests by the chairman of the Joint Chiefs to remain in service, he decided to retire in 1982 and joined the Rand Corp., the Defense Department’s principal research source, as a senior staff member and lead project manager for advanced unmanned systems technology.

Col. Covington retired from Rand in 1997, remaining on call for advice for several years until finally retiring in full, as he often threatened to do in order to play golf, sing at karaoke and enjoy life to the fullest as he did until stricken with cancer.

He is survived by his wife, Juliet Covington; his children, Heather Covington of Easley and Terrell Covington Jr. and his wife, Elizabeth, of Wellford; two grandchildren, Jackson and Max Rose; two brothers, Col. Benjamin Covington and his wife, Ruth, of Vilas, N.C., and Maury Covington and his wife, Dianne, of Atlantic Beach, Fla.

Funeral services will be held Friday at 10 a.m. in Waters-Powell Funeral Home Chapel in Florence. Interment with full military honors will be at the family plot in Mount Hope Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to LifePath Hospice, 3725 Upper Creek Dr., Ruskin, FL 32573.

Joe Getz

‘Fun-loving dad’

William Joseph “Joe” Getz of Murrells Inlet died Aug. 26 at his home. He was 57.

He was born on Oct. 26, 1954, in Barberton, Ohio, the son of Harold W. and Ruth C. Getz. He graduated from Barberton High School in 1973. He lettered in basketball and football during his high school years.

Mr. Getz attended Hiram College and graduated in 1977. He was a fun-loving dad and a devoted father, his family said.

He is survived by two sons, Joseph Edward Getz and Paul Baker Getz, both of Georgetown; a daughter, Katherine “Kay” Getz of Georgetown; three sisters, Patricia Gnap and her husband, Patrick, Janice Kallai and her husband, Charles, and Anita Hornacek and her husband, Lawrence, all of Ohio; two brothers, Jeffrey Getz and his wife, Abbie, and Daniel Getz and his wife, Karen, also of Ohio; and numerous nieces, nephews, great-nieces and great-nephews.

A memorial service was held Sunday at the Georgetown Chapel of Mayer Funeral Home.

There is a guestbook at mayerfuneralhome.com.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave., Dallas, TX 75231.

Lorraine Sofranko

Former Litchfield resident

Lorraine M. Sofranko of Elverson, Pa., a former Litchfield Country Club resident, died July 20 after a 16-month battle with cancer. She was 87.

She was born Feb. 19, 1925, in Allentown, Pa., the daughter of Mildred and Wayne Trump. She was married to Andrew John Sofranko for 67 years. They met at a roller skating rink and discovered they lived across the street from one another.

Mrs. Sofranko graduated from Allentown High School. She had an active career. She worked as a bookkeeper for Buckeye Pipe Line Co., had her own ceramic studio business, managed a fabric store, was a secretary for Muhlenburg College and secretary at Carpenter Steel.

She was president of the Reiffton Reading Women’s Club and treasurer of her church. She liked to play bridge, golf, travel and enjoyed water aerobics and the beach.

Mrs. Sofranko was an accomplished seamstress and knitter. Her family was her most valued joy.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a daughter Sandy O’Brien of Chester Springs, Pa.; a son John Sofranko of Princeton, N.J.; granddaughters Stacy Kripas of Fallston, Md., and Kate Davis of Peterborough, N.H.; and two great-grandsons, Michael and Benjamin of Fallston Md.

A memorial service will be held Sunday at 4 p.m. at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church.


Aug 30

Tom Dougherty

Pioneer in communications law

Thomas James Dougherty of Wachesaw Plantation, a lawyer who took part in the creation of the country’s first major independent broadcasting company and then its sale as the start of the Fox Television Network, died Aug. 20. He was surrounded by his wife and children. He was 87.

He was born June 20, 1925, in Grafton, N.D., the only son of Walter and Agnes Dougherty. His sister Diane died at age 8. He spent his early childhood in several towns in the upper Midwest before the family settled in Park River, N.D. He excelled academically and as captain and quarterback of his high school football team.

At 17, he enlisted in the Navy, serving in the Pacific through the end of World War II. After the war, he spent one year at the University of North Dakota, then transferred to the George Washington University, where he earned both a bachelor’s and a law degree and served as president of Sigma Chi fraternity.

Mr. Dougherty began his legal career at Dow, Lohnes & Albertson in Washington, D.C. From 1957 to 1961, he served as the legal assistant to Robert E. Lee at the Federal Communications Commission, one of the longest serving commissioners.

He left the FCC to open the Washington office of a growing media conglomerate, Metromedia Inc.

As senior vice president and associate general counsel, Mr. Dougherty was Metromedia’s point man in Washington in charge of all regulatory and governmental affairs. He represented the company in matters at the FCC, in federal courts and before Congress. During his 26-year tenure, Metromedia expanded into one of the nation’s leading communications companies with holdings that included television and radio stations; paging and cellular operations; outdoor advertising; and entertainment properties, including the Harlem Globetrotters and Ice Capades.

Working closely with Metromedia’s controlling shareholder, the late John W. Kluge, Mr. Dougherty was instrumental in executing Metromedia’s 1987 leveraged buyout by Rupert Murdoch, one of the first transactions of its kind in the telecommunications industry and a template for many others that characterized the era.

Mr. Dougherty was active in his communities, serving on local community boards, as well as the George Washington University Columbian College of Arts and Sciences and Metropolitan Memorial United Methodist Church administrative board and board of trustees in Washington, where he also ushered for 40 years. He was a member of Congressional Country Club of Bethesda and of Wachesaw Plantation Club

He was a member of Belin Memorial United Methodist Church, where a memorial service was held Saturday. A celebration of his life will be held later in Washington.

He was a diehard Redskins fan who loved to dance and talk politics. But he was perhaps best known and loved for his open, compassionate, Irish heart, twinkling eyes and wonderful sense of humor, his family said.

He married his college sweetheart, Anne Lenoir Diffenderfer of Washington in 1950. They had eight children: Thomas Jr., Scott, Craig, Anne, Diane, Paul, Sharon and Melanie. She died in 1996.

In 1998, he married Beverly Laura Dodd of McLean, Va. They moved to Murrells Inlet in 2005. In addition to his wife and children, he is survived by 12 grandchildren: Chloe, Caroline, Thomas, Catherine, Craig, Anne, Christopher, John Jr., Luke, Catherine, Grace and Grant.

Mr. Dougherty touched the hearts and impacted the lives of all who met him. He was and will remain to so many a man who epitomized the Greatest Generation, with an unwavering love of country, sense of duty, dedication to service and reverence for God, his family said. He approached all, regardless of station in life or viewpoint, with warmth, an open heart and great humor.

Memorials may be made to the Belin music fund or to the Wounded Warrior Project.

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

Lucinda Grate

Cooked at Columbia restaurant

Lucinda Sherman Grate of Columbia died Tuesday at Palmetto Richland Memorial Hospital. She was 71.

Mrs. Grate was born May 15, 1941, in Pawleys Island, the daughter of Joe Sherman and Florine Grant Sherman.

She was married to the late Fredrick Grate.

For more than 35 years she resided in Columbia where she was a cook at Seawell Restaurant. She was a devoted member of Kingdom Hall of Jehovah’s Witnesses.

She is survived by a daughter, Barbara G. Wilson; two sisters, Annabell S. Washington and Lucille S. Grate; an aunt, Alethia S. Green; three grandchildren, Victoria Wilson, Barbara Dease and Nathaniel Grate; an adopted sister, Virginia Manick; two brothers-in-law, John and Charles Grate; 10 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews including a special nephew, Jimmy Sherman.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at the Wilds Courtyard Chapel in Georgetown. Visitation will begin at 11 a.m.

Charlie McConnell

Ballplayer had career in hardware

Charlie Arthur McConnell of Georgetown, who spent a career in the hardware business, died Monday at Tidelands Community Hospice after a three-month battle with cancer. He was 86.

He was born April 29, 1926, in Jenkinsville, the son of William Thomas McConnell and Eva Turkett McConnell. His birth certificate was not signed until five days later, making his legally recorded birthday May 4. Mr. McConnell graduated from Jenkinsville High School in June of 1944 and immediately enlisted in the Navy. He served aboard an LST in the Pacific Theater until the end of World War II, participating in the Battle of Okinawa.

He arrived in Georgetown in 1947 to play minor league baseball with Georgetown Athletics, and went to work for Kaminski Hardware Co. He married Betty Bruns McConnell in 1949. Their union lasted 59 years until her death in 2008.

Mr. McConnell worked in hardware companies for 65 years, even after his 86th birthday.

He was a member of Duncan United Methodist Church. He had an amazing spirit, never met a stranger and enjoyed life’s simple pleasures.

He is survived by a daughter, Trudy McConnell Bazemore and her husband, Jay, of Georgetown; three sisters, Edith Koon and Margaret McConnell, both of West Columbia, and Mary Crosby of Vero Beach, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews.

Four brothers, Thomas McConnell, William McConnell, Andrew McConnell and Robert McConnell; and two sisters, Sara Rast and Jean Cook, died before him.

A graveside service will be held at Elmwood Cemetery at 1 p.m. today by the Rev. Michael Leonhardt.

There is a guestbook at mayerfuneralhome.com.

Memorials may be made to Tidelands Community Hospice, 2591 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, S.C. 29440 or to the charity of your choice.

Mary Louise Willie

Great-grandmother of 16

Mary Louise Blair Willie of Signal Mountain, Tenn., died Aug. 19 at Alexian Health Care Center. She was 97.

She was born Sept. 1, 1914, in Gary, Ind., the daughter of James Hardy Blair and Viola Melissa Hatley Blair.

She was married to the late John Frederick “Jack” Willie.

Known as Lou, Mrs. Willie was a devoted mother, grandmother and great-grandmother.

She is survived by her son, John F. Willie Jr.; her daughters, Kathie W. Phillips, Susan W. Walker and her husband, Johnnie, Mary W. Lynn and her husband, Jim; six grandchildren, James R. Sheorn III and his wife, Melissa, Mary Kathryn Moore and her husband, Bill, Samuel A. Houck, Kathryn D. Houck, Aaron J. Avakian and his wife, Becky, John F. Avakian and his wife, Crystal; four step-grandchildren, Kimberly M. Escalante, Dorothy W. Bailey and her husband, Ray, Kellie W. Herlong and her husband, Michael, and Stephanie Lynn; and 16 great-grandchildren.

Her sister, Frances B. Applegate, and her brother, James H. Blair, died before her.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Aug. 22 at Alexian Chapel. Burial was at Forrest Hills Cemetery.

Memorials may be made either to St. Frederick and St. Stephen Catholic Church Building Fund, P.O. Box 602, Edisto Island, S.C. 29438, or Spastic Paraplegia Foundation, P.O. Box 1208, Fortson, Ga. 31808.


Aug 23

Dick Powell

Former Hagley resident aided Habitat

Richard J. Powell of Penfield, N.Y., a former Hagley resident, died Aug. 15. He was 87

Mr. Powell was a graduate of Moira-Brushton High School in New York, Triple Cities College and Syracuse University. He was an outstanding athlete whose basketball scoring record at Triple Cities College (now Binghamton University) stood for 25 years.

He was an officer in the Army Air Corps during World War II and saw duty in Asia. He was a teacher and administrator for the Vestal, N.Y., School District.

Mr. Powell and his wife, Sonya, retired to Pawleys Island in 1982, where he was very active in his church and was a member of the statewide Social Justice Committee for the Catholic Church.

He worked as a real estate agent with Atlantic Realty for many years.

During his retirement years, he also served as a director of Habitat for Humanity of Georgetown County. He and his wife helped build the first Habitat house in the county in 1991.

In 2000, he received an award as the board member who had done the most to further Habitat’s mission in the county.

“I feel like I’m doing something worthwhile with my time and effort. I’m retired so I have time to do these things. It’s a part of the reason we’re here on earth: to serve our fellow man,” he said at the time.

The Powells returned north in 2011 to be closer to family.

Many will remember his engaging storytelling skills and incredible memory for good jokes.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Sonya Baker Powell; a son, Peter and his wife, Terrie; his daughters, Deb Carey and her husband, Jim, Anne Mitchell and her husband, Jim, Mary Loftus and her husband, John, Janet Burns and her husband, Jack, and Peg Dietl and her husband, Steve; 14 grandchildren; six great-grandchildren; sisters, Barbara Lubowicki and her husband, Al, Betty Patterson and her husband, Bill; a brother Jim Powell and his wife, Marie; and several nieces and nephews.

Another son, John, died before him.

A Mass of Resurrection was celebrated Saturday at St. Mary’s of the Lake Church, Ontario, N.Y.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association.


Aug 16

Lucille Hinson

Taught in Horry County schools

Lucille Ruby Calhoun Hinson of DeBordieu died Friday at her home. She was 92.

She was born in Conway, a daughter of James Alexander and Julia Maize Sessions Calhoun. She attended Columbia College and received a teaching degree from Coastal Carolina College.

Mrs. Hinson was a teacher with Horry County Public Schools for over 22 years. She loved her family, friends and especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband, Wendell Edwin Hinson; two sons, Keith C. Hinson and his wife, Dixie, and Charles A. Hinson and his wife, Kathy, all of Myrtle Beach; a daughter, Karen H. Ligon and her husband, Tom, of DeBordieu; eight grandchildren, Brook H. Walker and her husband, Kenan, Kaitland H. McCutcheon and her husband, Jay, Christopher K. Hinson, Katie H. Lewis and her husband, Cody, Courtney A. Hinson, Chase A. Hinson, Callie E. Ligon and Thomas H. Ligon; two great-grandchildren, Emmie Walker and Kenan Walker; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Five brothers, Robert, James, Thurman, Conrad and Raymond Calhoun, and six sisters, Julia Mae Hughes, Lila Glasgow, Edna Small, Mamie Freeland, Roberta Thompson and Chloe Dannelly died before her.

Services were held at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 12 at First United Methodist Church in Conway by the Rev. Tom Brittain. Burial was in Hillcrest Cemetery. The family received friends after the graveside service.

Memorials may be made to Coastal Carolina University’s Hinson Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 261954, Conway, SC 29528-6054.

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com

John O'Neill

High school English teacher

John J. O’Neill of Pawleys Island, a retired teacher, died Aug. 6. He was 84. He was born June 18, 1928 in New Jersey, and lived in Ridgewood.

Mr. O’Neill was a high school English teacher for many years at Westwood High School and also taught at Park Ridge High School, Paramus Catholic and Milton High in Alpharetta, Ga.

He was affectionately known to his students as “Ace.” He enthusiatically shared his love of English literature with his students. “John taught us all many valuable life lessons by example,” his family said.

He was a volunteer for public radio and television, and supported local PBS stations. He also volunteered with Hospice, and supported Doctors Without Borders and Operation Smiles.

Among his interests were music from the 1930s and ’40s, and dancing.

He loved sports of all kinds. He was a Boston Red Sox fan and enjoyed playing tennis at the Litchfield Racquet Club.

He was very interested in politics and very supportive of his party. He was an avid reader and cryptogram problem solver. He loved quoting poems by one of his favorite poets, Robert Service.

“We will always remember with much love and respect, this gentle, kind, loving man with a smile that could warm the coldest heart,” his family said.

He is survived by his wife, Evielee Gibson O’Neill; four daughters, Cathleen and her husband, Bill of Alpharetta, Ga; Christine and her husband, Mark, of Saranac Lake, N.Y.; Caren of Alpharetta; and Annie of Wilmington, N.C.; two sons, Jack and his wife, Carol, and Tim and his wife, Gail, of Allendale, N.J.; two step-sons, Mark and Glen Gibson of Murrells Inlet; 11 grandchildren and three great-grandsons.

There will be a Memorial Celebration on Saturday, Sept. 15 at First Baptist Church, 3891 Highway 17 Bypass, Murrells Inlet at 3 p.m. For details contact Evie O’Neill at 843-237-4991.

Eva Mae Reed

Former Pawleys resident

Eva Mae Reed of Parkton, N.C., a former Pawleys Island resident, died Aug. 10. She was 66.

She is survived by her husband, Thomas Reed; her sons, Matthew, Marvin and Raymond Reed; her daughters, Elaine Baldwin, Odetta Edinger, Heather Reed and Christina Reed; her sisters, Evelyn Chestnut, Doris Smalls, Celestine Bryant and Matese Ford; her brothers, Benjamin Smalls, George E. Smalls Jr. and Franklin Smalls; three grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 3 p.m. today at Cunningham and Sons Mortuary in Fayetteville, N.C.

Mary Suitt

Artist and philanthropist

Mary Bailey Vance Suitt of Atlanta and Pawleys Island, an artist and philanthropist, died Sunday at her home in Atlanta after a three-year battle against ovarian cancer. She was 61.

She remained optimistic, thoughtful of others, brave and non-complaining throughout the ordeal, her family said.

She was born Dec. 30, 1950, in Clinton, the daughter of Virginia Gray Vance and the late Robert Mercer Vance. Her great- grandfather founded M.S. Bailey and Son Bankers, and the Clinton and Lydia Cotton Mills. She attended Chatham Hall Secondary School in Virginia and Converse College, where she received her bachelor’s degree in applied arts. Throughout her life, she enjoyed art and remained an artist, exploring diverse media.

Mrs. Suitt served in various positions and civic organizations over the years. In the early 1970s she was a caseworker and an art teacher at Thornwell Home and School in Clinton and later worked as a teller at Citizens and Southern National Bank in Atlanta. On returning to Clinton, she served with the Laurens County Economic Development Authority and the Laurens County Arts Council. She was the chairman of the Chatham Hall Iris Association as well as the Presbyterian College Art Advisory Council.

In 1983, she moved to Greenville and was devoted to raising her three children. She belonged to the Greenville Junior League, served on the Christ Church Episcopal School Art Guild, was president of the Heritage Garden Club and was a vice president on the executive board of the Greenville County Museum of Art.

Moving back to Atlanta in 1989, Mrs. Suitt served as an administrative assistant in the athletic department at Holy Innocent’s Episcopal School for seven years, a position she dearly loved. Her door was always open to the children who wanted help, understanding, and guidance. She also served on the board of the Adaptive Learning Center and was president of the North Atlanta Parents Council. She served on the Parents Advisory Board at Hampton Sydney College, the Presbyterian College Board of Trustees and Wake Forest University Board of Visitors. She was also on the advisory committee of the Bailey Foundation in Clinton and served as the final chairman of the Clinton Investment Co.

She was a member of Peachtree Presbyterian Church of Atlanta and the Anchor Sunday School Class.

She took great pleasure in helping young people get into colleges and universities throughout the Southeast, including several female athletes who received athletic scholarships. She also helped those just wanting to find the right college where they could fit, thrive and excel.

She was a loving wife, mother and friend to all whether they were rich or poor, young or old. She truly loved people and saw the best in everyone, her family said.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Thomas Howard Suitt Jr., whom she married Aug. 12, 1983, in Greenville; three children: Ralph Fleming Patterson III, of Atlanta, Mary Ellen Suitt Barnwell and her husband, Brian, of Columbia, and Thomas Howard “Ben” Suitt III of Atlanta; two brothers, Robert Mercer Vance Jr. of Las Vegas and Russell Gray Vance of Fort Lauderdale; and her loyal Boykin spaniel Blu.

Services were held Wednesday at First Presbyterian Church in Clinton. Memorials may be made to the Visual Arts Building Fund, Presbyterian College, 503 Broad St., Clinton, SC 29325, or the Thornwell Home for Children’s Child Development Center Project, P.O. Box 60, Clinton, SC 29325.

Newt Watkins

Retired from IP

Jurmie Eugene “Newt” Watkins of Pawleys Island died Tuesday at Tidelands Community Hospice House. He was 90.

He was born April 26, 1922, in Ashwood, a son of George Washington Watkins and Nannie Baker Watkins. He grew up in Lee County, moved to Georgetown in 1940 and to Pawleys Island in 1948. Mr. Watkins was a retired employee of International Paper Co. and a communicant of Christ the King Waccamaw Episcopal Church.

He is survived by his wife of 63 years, Lorena Altman “Tootsie” Watkins; two sons, Bucky Watkins and his wife, Angie, of Georgetown and Glenn “Humdinger” Williams and his wife, Liz, of Pawleys Island; a daughter, Lynn W. Amrozowicz and her husband, Jerry, of Pawleys Island; four grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; a sister, Nan W. Lattin of Pawleys Island; and two half-sisters, Tootsie W. Witherspoon of Sumter and Ella Mae W. Bradham of Oswego.

Memorial services will be Friday at 11 a.m. at the Georgetown Chapel of Mayer Funeral Home, led by the Rev. Christopher Royer.

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


Aug 9

Dennis Cordeiro

Hagley resident

Dennis Cordeiro of Hagley Estates died July 30 at Duke University Hospital. He was 71.

He is survived by his wife, Mary-Ellen Cordeiro; three children, eight grandchildren and many loving friends and family members.

A graveside ceremony were held Sunday in Westport, Mass.

A memorial service will be held at a later date in Pawleys Island. Condolences may be left at hallwynne.com.

Georgianne France

Started art supply company

Georgianne Beurket France of Murrells Inlet, who founded an arts supply business, died Aug. 6. She was 82.

She was born May 10, 1930 in Schofield Barracks, Hawaii, the daughter of Col. and Mrs. George S. Beurket. Her father was an officer in the Marine Corps. She graduated from Packer Collegiate Institute in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y., where she developed her interest in art, later studying with Richard Pousette-Dart and Sidney Simon in New York.

When others were relaxing after raising a family, Mrs. France founded HOFCraft, a mail-order catalogue of artists’ supplies, and cultivated customers and protégés around the world. Her accomplishments there brought her wide recognition: she was named a Michigan “Woman of the Year” by Grand Rapids Magazine and was elected to the volume Who’s Who Among American Women in Business. Her company still thrives.

A woman of conviction, she was a life-long advocate for social justice. She was a founding member of NOW, volunteered for Planned Parenthood and Blodgett Hospital Guild, and founded and ran two local chapters of Parents and Friends of Lesbians and Gays. In addition, she was a stalwart in the local Democratic Party and an advocate for a thorough census (going door-to-door every decade).

Mrs. France served as treasurer and vestry member at St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Grand Rapids, worshipped at Holy Cross-Faith Memorial Episcopal Church and continued investing in future generations until only a few weeks before her death, knitting caps for newborns at Waccamaw Community Hospital with the ladies of Pawleys Island Presbyterian. She completed over 200 caps in total, by conservative estimate.

Mrs. France was a 42-year breast cancer survivor.

At the close of World War II, she married Gerald William France, who survives her, and over their 66-year partnership in business and in life they produced a tight and loving family, including four children, Scott Geoffrey of Colorado, Kathryn Ann of California, Holly Ruth of Michigan and David Matthew of New York; six grandchildren, Adam Butler, Brooke Nigro, Kym Silber, Brett France, Duran Harris and Vanessa Murphy; and eight great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at noon at Holy Cross-Faith Memorial Episcopal Church. Interment will be later in the year in Honesdale, Pa.

DuBose Tuller

Fourth generation to lead family firm

William Porcher DuBose Tuller of Columbia, who ran his family’s manufacturing company, died Aug. 4 after a two-year battle with cancer. He was 44.

He was born March 20, 1968, in Columbia, the son of William Henry Tuller Jr. and Virginia DuBose Tuller of Columbia and Pawleys Island. He attended Episcopal High School in Alexandria, Va., and graduated from Hammond Academy in Columbia. He earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of South Carolina, where he was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order. He was an avid Gamecock fan.

Mr. Tuller was president of Seaco Inc., an asphalt manufacturing company started by his family in 1939. He was the fourth generation to head the firm.

He had an impact on all who knew and worked with him, his family said, and had a generous and sacrificing spirit. He was a member of the vestry and building committee at Church of the Apostles.

He was named “Community Servant of the Year” by the Souper Bowl of Caring Foundation in April.

He was also an advocate and supporter of Homeworks, a home repair mission.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Richmond Tuller; three children, William Porcher DuBose Tuller Jr., Elizabeth Austin Tuller and Virginia Grace Tuller; and his sister, Virginia Beverley Allen Tuller.

Services were held Tuesday at the Church of the Apostles.

Memorials may be made to the church, 1520 Bull St., Columbia, SC 29201, or the Souper Bowl of Caring, 302 Berkshire Dr., Columbia, SC 29223.


July 12

Rick Archer

Helped start baseball league

Richard Burton “Rick” Archer Jr. of the River Club, a founder of the Waccamaw Youth Baseball Association, died July 3 at Waccamaw Community Hospital. He was 54.

He was born Sept. 25, 1957, in Philadelphia, a son of the Rev. Richard Burton Archer Sr. and Janet Brown Archer. He was a Navy veteran and was an operations manager for Herndon Inc., an erosion control company.

Mr. Archer was a member of Grace Church Waccamaw. He was active in the Kairos Prison Ministry. In addition to helping start the baseball association, he coached Dixie Youth baseball for a number of years. He was a member of the Gamecock Club, the American Legion and enjoyed fishing. The great love of his life was always his family.

In addition to his parents, of Florence, he is survived by his wife, Cathy Allen Archer; two children, Richard Burton Archer III and Matthew Allen Archer; three sisters, Cheryl Archer Jacobus of Florence, Dawn Archer Martin and her husband, John, of Greenville, and Cynthia Archer Carter and her husband, Larry, of Florence; a brother, James Stalford Archer of Columbia; a brother-in-law, Al Allen and his wife, Shanda, of Aynor; a sister-in-law, Monica Allen of Columbia; and a number of nieces and nephews.

A service was conducted Friday at Grace Church Waccamaw by the Rev. Tim Surratt.

Memorials may be made to the church, P.O. Box 2637, Pawleys Island, SC 29585 or to Waccamaw Youth Baseball Association, P.O. Box 95 Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

There is a guestbook at grahamfuneralhome.org.

Butch Casselman

Heating and air technician

Harold Gregory “Butch” Casselman of Georgetown, a heating and air conditioning technician, died July 2. He was 54.

He was born Jan. 16, 1958, in Georgetown, the son of Eddie Casselman and Harriett Jacobs Casselman. He was a 1976 graduate of Winyah High School.

He worked as a technician for Grayman Climate Control. He was a member of the Georgetown Presbyterian Church.

He is survived by his wife, Carolyn Terhune Casselman; four children, Caroline Casselman, Nicholas Casselman, Kayla Terhune and Joseph Casselman; three grandchildren, Cameron, Sydney and Aubrey; two brothers, Ronnie Casselman and his wife, Nit, and Michael Casselman; two sisters, Carol Squires and her husband, Carl, and Jonnie Clerc and her husband, Richard; and numerous nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, another sister, Eddie Joe Price, died before him.

A memorial service was held Friday at Georgetown Presbyterian Church.

Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

There is a guestbook at mckensiefh.com.


July 5

Robert T. Callahan

Retired financial analyst

Robert T. Callahan, a retired financial analyst who was active in the community, died June 28 at the Medical University of South Carolina. He was 74.

He was born in New York City, the son of Thomas F. and Olga Banfich Callahan. He graduated from Fordham Prep School and Fordham College. He received an MBA from New York University. He served in the Marine Corps Reserves from 1959 to 1963.

Mr. Callahan, who was known as Bob, had a successful career of 32 years as an analyst and securities salesman in New York. He earned the designation of certified financial analyst.

He participated in his children’s activities as coach and mentor for Indian Guides/Princess. In Pawleys Island, he served as a board member with Teach my People for over 10 years. He was also involved in Outreach Farm, supported Miss Ruby’s Kids and was a eucharistic minister at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church.

He loved all music; traditional country, bluegrass and opera were his favorites. He was known to break into song himself on occasion. He was an avid reader and had an encyclopedic knowledge of history, particularly World War II. He also loved spy novels and mysteries. He loved to garden, play golf, travel, cook (he enjoyed spicy foods) and entertain.

Mr. Callahan was a life-long fan of the New York Giants and season ticket holder for 60 years, with the highlight being a trip to Super Bowl XXI in Pasadena, Calif.

He is survived by his wife of 47 years, Jill Callahan; daughter, Laura De Couto and her husband, Marshall, of Bermuda; sons, Timothy Callahan and his wife, Carolyn, of Short Hills, N.J., and Matthew Callahan of Boulder, Colo.; and five grandchildren, Lola, Isaac, Elan, Jonah and Emma.

A memorial service was held Monday at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church by the Rev. Patrick Stenson.

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

Memorials may be made to Teach My People, P.O. Box 2848, Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

Thomas M. Gaede

Retired boat captain

Thomas McKay Gaede of DeBordieu, a retired boat captain, died Saturday at Tidelands Community Hospice House. He was 70.

He was born April 2, 1942, in Charlotte, a son of Constance McKay Gaede and Anton Henry Gaede Sr. He served in the Navy and sailed around the world. He served in Antarctica aboard the icebreaker USS Glacier.

A waterman and commercial fisherman until retirement, he held a 1,600-ton Coast Guard license and fished the waters from the Grand Banks to Argentina.

He is survived by two daughters, Ashley Elizabeth Gaede of Jacksonville, Fla., and Jenna McKay McMillan and her husband, Toby, of Meggett; one grandson, Finley Thomas McMillan of Meggett; one brother, A. H. “Nick” Gaede Jr. and his wife, Joanne Miller, of Birmingham, Ala.; two nieces, Cameron Gaede and her husband, Andy Pollard, and Anne Gaede, both of Birmingham; one nephew, Tony Gaede and his wife, Lucy, of Birmingham; one great-niece, Addison Pollard of Birmingham; and three great-nephews, Jamie Pollard and Henry and Thomas Gaede, all of Birmingham.

Mr. Gaede is also survived by his partner, Kay Latimer, and their “canine girls,” Willie and Doodle; her daughter, Katharine Ogburn and her husband, Vernie, of Murrells Inlet, and their children, Edwin Ossont, Bella, Liam and Vincent Ogburn.

A service will be held at a later date.

There is a guestbook at mayerfuneralhome.com.

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


June 28

Franklin G. Haus

Owned printing company

Franklin Glenn Haus of Pawleys Island, who had a career in the printing industry, died Saturday at Waccamaw Community Hospital. He was 70.

He was born Jan. 8, 1942, in Baltimore, a son of Howard Hamilton Haus Sr. and Erma Caroline May Haus. He graduated from Manheim Township High School in Neffsville, Pa., in 1959. He began his career in the printing industry the same year, working for R.R. Donnelley in Lancaster, Pa. In 1969, he started his own printing business in Lancaster, the Colonial Printer. After many years of managing his own business, Mr. Haus joined Heidelberg USA in 1987 and worked in print management as well as sales in Phoenix, Los Angeles and throughout the country.

Mr. Haus was an avid runner and competed in many distance races, including 5K and 10K races, marathons and one ultra-marathon. He enjoyed traveling and was known for his great wit and sense of humor. Mr. Haus had a love for animals that led him to the rescue of his beloved greyhound, Gracie, and his two cats, Alice and Pinky.

He is survived by his wife of 39 years, Pamela Livingston Haus; mother-in-law, Dorothy Mae Livingston of York, Pa.; a brother, David S. Haus and his wife, Margaret, of Mechanicsburg, Pa.; a sister-in-law, Penelope Marie Livingston Bushong of Pawleys Island; four nephews, Mark Haus and his wife, Helene, of Doylestown, Pa., Matthew Hoffer and his wife, Darcie, of Pawleys Island, Howard H. Haus III and his wife, Joan, of Milesburg, Pa., and Scott E. Haus and his wife, Tanya, of Lancaster; three nieces, Kimberly H. Mclltrot and her husband, Doug, of Eldersburg, Md., Marjorie H. Fasnacht and her husband, Edward, of Mountville, Pa., and Debra H. Robinson of Lancaster; and a number of great nieces and great nephews.

A brother, Howard H. Haus Jr, and a brother-in-law, Victor Bushong, died before him.

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Graham Funeral Home is in charge of the arrangements.

Memorials may be made to Waccamaw Community Hospital Foundation, P.O. Box 1269, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576.

Timothy J. McCormick

Criminal defense lawyer in Pennsylvania

Timothy J. McCormick of Litchfield Plantation, a criminal defense lawyer in Pennsylvania for 33 years, died Sunday in Charleston after a two-year battle against leukemia and other health-related complications. He was 59.

He was born May 14, 1953, in Greensburg, Pa., the second son of Beatrice and Richard E. McCormick, and one of eight children. He attended Cathedral and Greensburg Central Catholic High Schools, before receiving his bachelor’s degree from Penn State and his law degree from the University of Pittsburgh School of Law. He followed in the footsteps of his grandfather and father and developed a broad legal practice focusing on criminal defense.

He was admitted to the bar in Pennsylvania in 1979 and started working in the Westmoreland County Public Defender’s Office. He was a member of the prominent Greensburg law firm, Stewart, McCormick, McArdle & Sorice from 1981 until 2002, before establishing his solo legal practice. He was solicitor for the city of Greensburg from 1992 until this year, and was also a member of the Westmoreland County Academy of Trial Lawyers. He served as the president of the SPHS Behavioral Health Care board, recently retiring after 22 years.

A longtime member of the Democratic Party, Mr. McCormick was well known as an advocate and activist of its values. He ran for Westmoreland County District Attorney as well as a seat on the Pennsylvania Superior Court. He served on former Gov. Edward Rendell’s transition team in 2003, was a delegate to several Democratic National Conventions and was often contacted by presidential campaigns for his support in organizing local efforts.

He was a part-time Litchfield resident for many years, and recently moved to the area full-time.

His is survived by his wife of 31 years, Linda Markle McCormick; a son, David McCormick; daughters, Meghan Denny and her husband, Mike, and Emily Saba and her husband, Samir; his in-laws, Margaret and Gilbert Markle; his sisters, Mary, Sheila and Joan; his brothers, Richard, Patrick and Jake; and many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, his oldest sister, Kate, died before him.

A casual memorial service will be held Sunday at 4 p.m. at the Litchfield Plantation Beach House.

Memorials may be made to the St. Francis Animal Center in Georgetown or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society.

Sonia F. Simons

Elementary school teacher

Sonia Feinstein Simons, a retired teacher, died Sunday at the Lakes at Litchfield. She was 91.

She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., the daughter of Celia and Herman Feinstein. She worked as an occupational therapist and was an elementary school teacher. She was married to the late Henry Simons.

Ms. Simons is survived by her daughter, Emily Simons of New York; her son, Jonathan Simons and his wife, Patricia Stelling, of Pawleys Island; and her grandchildren, Michael Barrows of New York, and Joan and Daniel Simons of Pawleys Island.

Funeral services will be held later in the week in New York.

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.


June 7

Lucy Kirby

Dog lover

Lucy Kirby of Litchfield Beach died May 29. She was 76.

She was born in 1935 in High Point, N.C., a daughter of Lucy R. and Louis B. Heilig. She was educated in High Point and then St. Mary’s School and Junior College in Raleigh, N.C. She was a former member of the Junior League and a member of All Saints Episcopal Church.

She is survived by her husband of nearly 30 years, G. Walker Kirby; two sons Charles G. Froelich Jr. and his wife, Melanie, of Marshall, N.C., and Joseph H. Froelich and his wife, Uliana, of Smyrna, Ga..; stepchildren, Robert Kirby and Carol Schafer; three grandchildren, Allison, Joseph and Anna Froelich; and “Katie” her black Labrador retriever. Another daughter, Katherine, died in 1999.

Those that knew Mrs. Kirby knew of her love for dogs, and that she lived by the motto “Love me, Love my Dog.” In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Frances Animal Center, 125 N. Ridge St., Georgetown, SC 29440 or Tidelands Community Hospice, 1139 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, SC 29440.

There will be no visitation. A private memorial service will be held. A small reception will be held today at 1:30 p.m. at 609 Doyle Ave.

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

William H. Schroff III

Avid outdoorsman

William Henry Schroff III of the River Club died Saturday at his home. He was 70.

He was born May 23, 1942, in Chicago, a son of William Henry Schroff II and Elizabeth Pauline Conkey Schroff. He was an Air Force Reserve veteran and a member of the American Legion, Ducks Unlimited, the Moose Lodge and the Elks. Mr. Schroff was the former owner of Dollar Rent-A-Car in Washington, D. C. He was an avid golfer and outdoorsman.

He is survived by his wife, Eleanor Smoot Schroff of Pawleys Island and Basye, Va.; a son, William H. Schroff IV of Pawleys Island and Basye; two daughters, Colleen Schroff Crusinberry and her husband, Jeffrey, of Corona, Calif., and Deborah Schroff Smith and her husband, Arthur, of Sterling, Va.; two brothers, James P. Schroff and his wife, Mikki, of Fairfax, Va., and Dennis F. Schroff and his wife, Brenda, of Vienna, Va.; a sister, Suzanne S. Hall of Naples, Fla.; and five grandchildren, Meghann, Jessica, Danielle, Jordan, and Brenton.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

There is a guestbook at mayerfuneralhome.com.

Memorials and donations may be made in the name of William H. Schroff III to Ducks Unlimited, Attn: Becky Paysinger, One Waterfowl Way, Memphis, TN 38120.

Andrew W. Thompson

Murrells Inlet resident

Andrew Wadies Thompson of Murrells Inlet, 86, died Tuesday at Waccamaw Community Hospital. He was 86.

Mr. Thompson was born March 4, 1926, in the Vox community of Florence County, a son of Callie and Elizabeth Brigham Thompson.

He is survived by his wife, Patience B. Thompson; his daughter, Martha Thompson (Timothy Sawyer) of Pawleys Island; and his grandson, Andrew Clay Thompson of Pawleys Island.

His son, Andrew Wadies Thompson Jr., died before him.

There is a guestbook at mayerfuneralhome.com.

Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

Pamela Winter

Retired from DSS

Pamela Beal Winter of DeBordieu, a retired state employee, died Saturday at her home. She was 68.

She was born Nov. 15, 1943, in Dallas, the daughter of Harold Francis Beal Jr. and Doris Nebel Beal. She was a graduate of Winyah High School and attended Barry University. Mrs. Winter worked for the state Department of Social Services in Georgetown for 23 years.

She is survived by a son, Horace Garner Winter of Pawleys Island; a daughter, Doris Victoria Winter of Banner Elk, N.C.; a brother, Harold Francis Beal III of Rockport, Tenn.; a sister, Deborah Beal Thomas and her husband, William, of Georgetown; a grandson, Harold MacKenzie Winter of Pawleys Island; one nephew; and three nieces.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. today at the Georgetown Chapel of Mayer Funeral Home. A private family burial will take place at Forest Lawn West Cemetery in Charlotte.

There is a guestbook at mayerfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, the family suggests memorials to Tidelands Community Hospice, 2591 North Fraser St., Georgetown, SC 29440.


May 10

Baxter Carpenter

Retired life insurance underwriter

Hambleton Baxter Carpenter of Greenville and Litchfield Beach, who retired from a career in insurance, died May 4.

He was born in Greenville, a son of Fredrick Garrison and Mary Hemsley Carpenter. He was a lieutenant colonel in the Army during World War II, serving in Germany, France and Czechoslovakia.

A graduate of Presbyterian College, Mr. Carpenter, who was known as Baxter, worked as a certified life underwriter with Prudential Insurance Co. for more than 45 years until his retirement in 1983. He served as a past president of the Greenville Life Underwriters Association and the S.C. Association of Life Underwriters and president of Estate Planning Council. He was a member of the Cotillion Club, St. Andrews Society, Poinsett Club and past president of the Tarantella Club.

He was married to the late Dorothy Tourtellotte Carpenter.

Mr. Carpenter was a communicant of Christ Church, where he was a former member of the vestry and a Sunday school teacher.

He is survived by his children, Dorothy C. “Dusty” Brownell and her husband, I.O. Brownell Jr., of Greenville, Vicki C. Waters and her husband, B.B. Waters III, of Greer, H.B. “Bud” Carpenter Jr. and his wife, Mary, of Mount Pleasant; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A sister, Helen C. Brady, and three brothers, Richard, Davis and Walter, died before him.

A memorial service was held Tuesday at Christ Church. Interment was in the churchyard.

Memorials may be made to Christ Church, 10 N. Church St., Greenville 29601, or to Presbyterian College, Clinton, S.C.

Ernie Nance

Former county recreation director

Ernest W. “Ernie” Nance, a former director of the Georgetown County Recreation Department and Winyah Rivers Foundation, died on May 3. He was 77.

He was husband to Kay Nance for 51 years and is remembered as a doting father and grandfather. He loved his dogs, tolerated his cats, made a mean martini, and was, generally, everyone’s friend, according to loved ones.

Nance worked in the field of parks and recreation for more than 40 years, all over the country, winning numerous awards for his work, including four national gold medals. He ended his career in Georgetown County, retiring 10 years ago, but never stopped working to improve recreational opportunities in the county.

“He continued to work on all the things that were important to him about the natural history of this area,” said Linda Ketron, founder and head of Bike the Neck. Nance was instrumental in getting the bikeway started.

Rhonda Stone, who works for the recreation department, recalled that he would stop by the Alford Center and check on his former employees after his retirement. He was a father figure to many of them, she said.

“When we started doing the capital improvement project stuff he was so excited that he would actually get to see it happen,” she said. “That all kind of started with him.” He established the concept for creating regional parks.

One of the last projects he worked on was the development of Morgan Park in Georgetown. A fund has been set up to honor Nance by making improvements to the park. Make a donation at gofundme.com/ernienance. A memorial service is being planned, but a date hasn’t been set.


April 26

Vivian Chase

Long-time Pawleys summer resident

Vivian Gunter Chase of Columbia, a long-time Pawleys Island summer resident died April 18. She was 91.

She was born in McBee, the younger daughter of Nelle Horton Gunter and Toland Ashby Gunter. After attending public schools in Columbia, she graduated from Columbia High School and attended the University of South Carolina where she met her future husband, Eugene Bowen “Jeep” Chase Jr. They were married at McBee Presbyterian Church in 1941. They were married for almost 62 years until his death in 2003.

The Chases were charter members of Eastminster Presbyterian Church. For 50 years, both were active participants in the life of the church. Mrs. Chase served as a Sunday school teacher, a Circle chairman and a General Circle chairman, a Brownie Scout leader, a Joy Gift Tea hostess, a Cradle Roll coordinator and an honorary life member of Presbyterian Women. She was on the original organizing committee for Eastminster’s outdoor Christmas pageant. She and her committee members designed and sewed costumes for the presentation.

Mrs. Chase’s hobbies included flower arranging, home decorating, history and genealogy, traveling, entertaining and spending time with family and friends at “Bluegenes,” the Pawleys Island beach home.

In season, her yard was filled with a variety of blooms and greenery. From the rose garden her husband planted, she shared her flower arrangements.

She not only used them in her home, but also gave them to parents of newborns and to friends to use for christenings, weddings and parties. She also took them to those who were unable to get out to go to church.

For many years, Mrs. Chase enjoyed researching family genealogy. She was a member of the University of South Carolina Daughters of the American Revolution, Colonial Dames of the Seventeenth Century, Daughters of the American Colonists, the St. David’s Society and the Plantagenet Society.

She and her husband traveled extensively. Until a decline in health limited their activities, both enjoyed taking their grandchildren on trips within the United States as well as abroad. Summers at Bluegenes, their home away from home, were filled with birthday parties, sunbathing, cleaning crabs, playing cards, reading, sewing and lots of laughter. Without the presence of “Precious” (Vivian) and “Papa” (Jeep), the family feels a deep sadness and void.

Mrs. Chase was a devoted and loving mother. She is survived by her four children, Eugene Bowen Chase III and his wife, Meredith, of Columbia, David Ashby Chase and his wife, Connie, of Columbia, Stephen Horton Chase and his wife, Sharon, of Chapin and Christina Marrow Chase of Pawleys Island; five grandchildren, Ellen Chase Burden and her husband, Jeff, Ashby Chase Howard and her husband, O’Hara, David Ashby Chase Jr., Stephen Horton Chase Jr. and Ray LaCarter Chase; and four great-grandchildren, Julia Chase Burden, Parker Collins Burden, Maren Michelle Howard and John Bowen Howard. She is also survived by nephew, Alfred Donovan Rivers Jr.

In addition to her parents and her husband, her sister, Carolyn Gunter Rivers, died before her.

A memorial service was Sunday at Eastminster Presbyterian Church.

Memorials may be made to the church, 3200 Trenholm Rd., Columbia, SC 29204.

There is a guestbook at Vivian Gunter Chase of Columbia, a long-time Pawleys Island summer resident died April 18. She was 91.

She was born in McBee, the younger daughter of Nelle Horton Gunter and Toland Ashby Gunter. After attending public schools in Columbia, she graduated from Columbia High School and attended the University of South Carolina where she met her future husband, Eugene Bowen “Jeep” Chase Jr. They were married at McBee Presbyterian Church in 1941. They were married for almost 62 years until his death in 2003.

The Chases were charter members of Eastminster Presbyterian Church. For 50 years, both were active participants in the life of the church. Mrs. Chase served as a Sunday school teacher, a Circle chairman and a General Circle chairman, a Brownie Scout leader, a Joy Gift Tea hostess, a Cradle Roll coordinator and an honorary life member of Presbyterian Women. She was on the original organizing committee for Eastminster’s outdoor Christmas pageant. She and her committee members designed and sewed costumes for the presentation.

Mrs. Chase’s hobbies included flower arranging, home decorating, history and genealogy, traveling, entertaining and spending time with family and friends at “Bluegenes,” the Pawleys Island beach home.

In season, her yard was filled with a variety of blooms and greenery. From the rose garden her husband planted, she shared her flower arrangements.

She not only used them in her home, but also gave them to parents of newborns and to friends to use for christenings, weddings and parties. She also took them to those who were unable to get out to go to church.

For many years, Mrs. Chase enjoyed researching family genealogy. She was a member of the University of South Carolina Daughters of the American Revolution, Colonial Dames of the Seventeenth Century, Daughters of the American Colonists, the St. David’s Society and the Plantagenet Society.

She and her husband traveled extensively. Until a decline in health limited their activities, both enjoyed taking their grandchildren on trips within the United States as well as abroad. Summers at Bluegenes, their home away from home, were filled with birthday parties, sunbathing, cleaning crabs, playing cards, reading, sewing and lots of laughter. Without the presence of “Precious” (Vivian) and “Papa” (Jeep), the family feels a deep sadness and void.

Mrs. Chase was a devoted and loving mother. She is survived by her four children, Eugene Bowen Chase III and his wife, Meredith, of Columbia, David Ashby Chase and his wife, Connie, of Columbia, Stephen Horton Chase and his wife, Sharon, of Chapin and Christina Marrow Chase of Pawleys Island; five grandchildren, Ellen Chase Burden and her husband, Jeff, Ashby Chase Howard and her husband, O’Hara, David Ashby Chase Jr., Stephen Horton Chase Jr. and Ray LaCarter Chase; and four great-grandchildren, Julia Chase Burden, Parker Collins Burden, Maren Michelle Howard and John Bowen Howard. She is also survived by nephew, Alfred Donovan Rivers Jr.

In addition to her parents and her husband, her sister, Carolyn Gunter Rivers, died before her.

A memorial service was Sunday at Eastminster Presbyterian Church.

Memorials may be made to the church, 3200 Trenholm Rd., Columbia, SC 29204.

There is a guestbook at dunbarfunerals.com.


April 19

John Daley

Worked in textile industry

John F. Daley Jr. of Pawleys Island, who was retired from the textile business, died Wednesday. He was 88.

He was born Aug. 23, 1923 in Philadelphia. He graduated from the Taft School and the University of Virginia. He served as a fighter pilot in the Ninth Air Force in Europe during World War II. After the war he joined the DuPont Co.and worked in textile fibers marketing before leaving to form his own businesses.

In 1983, Mr. Daley retired to Georgetown, where he became involved in the community with the city Architectural Review Board, Winyah Indigo Society and Lowcountry War Birds. He was also an avid boater spending six months a year cruising the Eastern Seaboard with his wife of 60 years. Their hobby was the restoration of their historic home in Georgetown.

He is survived by his wife, Mason Marston Daley; two sons, John F. Daley III of Norco, Calif., and W. Talbot Daley and his wife, Susan, of Parkton, Md.; a daughter, Frances D. Marsh and her husband, Robert, of Centreville, Md.; five grandchildren; two great-grandchildren and numerous nieces and nephews.

Memorials may be made to Holy Cross-Faith Memorial Episcopal Church, 113 Baskervill Dr., Pawleys Island, S.C. 29585, or Tidelands Community Hospice, 2591 N. Fraser St. Georgetown, S.C. 29440.

A guestbook is at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

Rev. James Fenhagen

Dean of Episcopal seminary

The Rev. James Corner Fenhagen of the Lakes at Litchfield, former dean of the General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church, died April 5 at Tidelands Community Hospice. He was 82.

The Rev. Fenhagen was a native of Baltimore and graduated from St. Paul’s School. He attended Washington and Lee University in Lexington, Va., before receiving his bachelor’s degree from the University of the South at Sewanee, Tenn., in 1951. He received a master of divinity from the Virginia Theological Seminary in 1954, and in later years was awarded honorary degrees from the Virginia Theological Seminary, the University of the South School of Theology and Washington and Lee University.

The Rev. Fenhagen served as rector of parishes in Maryland, the District of Columbia and at St. Michael and All Angels’ Episcopal Church in Columbia before becoming active in academic settings.

He was director of the Church and Ministry Program at the Hartford Seminary Foundation. He was named president and dean of the General Theological Seminary in New York in 1978 and retired from there in 1992.

He then became director of the Cornerstone Project of the Episcopal Church Foundation, retiring in 1995. He came out of retirement to serve as president and warden of the College of Preachers at Washington National Cathedral from 2001 to 2004.

He authored five books and lectured and led conferences in the U.S. and abroad.

Locally, he served as the chairman for the Georgetown County Mental Health Association and was a member of Friends of Brookgreen Gardens. He attended Holy Cross-Faith Memorial Episcopal Church, where a funeral service was held Monday. A committal service will be at St. John’s Georgetown Parish in Washington at a later date.

He is survived by his wife, Eulalie McFall Fenhagen; two sons, James Corner Fenhagen III and his wife, Julianne, of Montclair, N.J., and John McFall Fenhagen of Georgetown; two grandchildren, Aaron David Fenhagen and Jessica Moreno Trahan.

His daughter, Eulalie Swinton “Leila” Fenhagen, died in 2005.

Memorials can be made to Holy Cross-Faith Memorial Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 990, Pawleys Island, S.C., 29585, or Tidelands Community Hospice Inc., 2591 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, S.C., 29440.

Frank Griffin

Retired from insurance firm

Francis “Frank” Griffin of Georgetown died April 3 at the Medical University of South Carolina Hospital. He was 73.

He was born July 24, 1938, in New York, a son of Joseph Griffin and Margaret Mary McGee Griffin. He grew up in Bay Shore, Long Island, and was a graduate of Bay Shore High School and Ohio University.

Mr. Griffin served in the Army.

After his retirement from the insurance company, Sedgwick James Inc. in Rochester, N.Y., he moved to Georgetown in 1988. Mr. Griffin worked for a time in real estate sales in Georgetown.

He is survived by his wife, Judith M. Bayer-Griffin; two brothers, Jack Griffin and his wife, Barbara, of Venice, Fla., and Jim Griffin and his wife, Judy, of Enfield, Conn.; a sister, Ellen Anderson of Longs; a sister-in-law, Brenda Griffin of Long Island; 15 nephews and nieces; and numerous great-nephews and great-nieces.

Another brother, Joseph Griffin, and a brother-in-law, Harry Anderson, died before him.

A memorial service will take place at a later date.

There is guest book at mayerfuneralhome.com.

Memorials may be made to Tidelands Community Hospice, 2591 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, S.C. 29440, or Georgetown Memorial Hospital, P.O. Box 421718, Georgetown, S.C. 29442.

James Moultrie

Army veteran

James Moultrie Sr. of Pawleys Island died April 4 at his home. He was 85.

He was born June 30, 1926, in Georgetown, a son of Fannie Jones Moultrie and James Moultrie. He served in the Army for 20 years.

He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Myrtle Point Moultrie; and two sons, Jerome Moultrie of Columbia and James Moultrie Jr. of Baltimore.

Funeral services will be Friday at 11 a.m. in the Courtyard Chapel of Wilds Funeral Home.


March 29

Julian Drake

Entrepreneur farmed cotton

Julian Moyd Drake of Marlboro County, a businessman and part-time Pawleys Island resident, died Sunday. He was 71.

He was born June 19, 1940 in Raleigh, N.C., the son of Hamilton Rogers Drake and Nell Moyd Drake. He resided on his farm in the community of Drake all his life, except for his time spent enduring a college education at Presbyterian Junior College and St. Andrews College.

A fearless entrepreneur, Mr. Drake was a cotton ginner and farmer for much of his life and also founded several companies in the fire and timber industries. He invested heavily in the local community and was instrumental in the creation of the Blenheim Volunteer Fire Department and the Marlboro Water Co. Mr. Drake was considered a brilliant innovator, produced numerous successful inventions and continued to be industrious until his passing.

Mr. Drake won numerous awards including Farmer of the Year and Cotton Ginner of the Year. He was an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and had served in his early church life as a deacon and treasurer of the Blenheim Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Drake established many relationships over the course of his life, and to a man, each would describe him as a devoted husband, father, grandfather, humanitarian and a steadfast friend.

He is survived by his wife, Harriett Rogers Drake; his children, Hamilton Rogers Drake II and his wife, Nancy, and Julie Drake McCue and her husband, Joey; his grandchildren, Julian Wilds Drake, Bailey Christian Drake, Jordan Bliss Drake, Diedreich Peterman von Lehe, Christian Rivers von Lehe, Ellerslie Sims McCue, Julian Knox McCue; and “Lady” Drake, his devoted dog.

Funeral services were held Wednesday in Blenheim.

Memorials may be made to the Blenheim Volunteer Fire Department, P.O. Box 128, Blenheim, S.C. 29516, or St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 587, Bennettsville, S.C. 29512.

There is a guestbook at bckfh.com.

Mary Jane Ferguson

Retired teacher

Mary Jane Ferguson of Pawleys Island, a retired teacher, died March 22 at her home. She was 83.

She was born in Park Ridge, Ill., the daughter of Arthur and Bernadine Behlke.

Mrs. Ferguson was a retired schoolteacher who was an accomplished artist in cross-stitching and pottery making.

She was a member of Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church.

Her husband, Jack Ferguson, and another son, Scott Ferguson, died before her.

She is survived by her son, Grant Ferguson, of Arlington Heights, Ill.; a sister, Barbara Reinken and her husband, William, of Eugene, Ore.; a brother, Arthur Behlke and his wife, Helene, of Clarksville, Tenn.

A funeral service was held Wednesday at Goldfinch Funeral Home Beach Chapel with the Rev. Frank Holsclaw officiating.

There is a guest book at goldfinchfuneralhome.com

Dr. William Pryor

Retired cardiologist volunteered at clinic

Dr. William Watkins Pryor of Litchfield Beach, a retired cardiologist and educator who volunteered at the Smith Medical Clinic, died Saturday at his home. He was 87.

He was born Aug. 30, 1924 in Oxford, N.C., the only child of William Henry Pryor and Annie May Watkins Pryor.

Dr. Pryor, who was known as “Putt” by his family, left home for Wake Forest College at 16. After two years of undergraduate studies, he entered Duke Medical School. He received his medical degree from Duke University in 1947. He also did his internship and residency in internal medicine at Duke Medical Center.

After residency training, Dr. Pryor spent two years in the Air Force at Wright Air Development Center. In 1953, he returned to Duke as an associate in cardiology and as an instructor in the department of medicine. Dr. Pryor completed a fellowship in cardiovascular medicine in 1955. That year, Dr. Pryor began his practice of internal medicine and cardiology in Greenville. He was the first cardiologist to establish a practice in the city.

In 1971, he was appointed director of internal medicine for the Greenville Hospital System. Always active in teaching, Dr. Pryor was the first director of the internal medicine training program. After retiring from his position as vice president of medical education at GHS, he continued as a consultant. Until just recently, he volunteered at the Smith Medical Clinic.

Dr. Pryor’s many accomplishments included membership in the Alpha Omega Alpha medical honor society as well as earning the distinction of Fellow of the American College of Physicians. He served as governor for the South Carolina chapter of the American College of Physicians and he received its highest honor, the Laureate Award. Dr. Pryor was recognized again in 2005 by the organization with the James McFarland Award.

For the past four years, Dr. Pryor lived in the family beach house. He enjoyed playing tennis, fishing and an occasional night of dancing. He was able to travel to Duke Medical School reunions as well as family gatherings.

He was married for 60 years to the late Julia Ann Smoot Pryor.

He is survived by his four children: Anne P. Garrett, Katherine P. Brown and her husband, Richard, William W. Pryor Jr. and his wife, Cherylann, and J. Clifton Pryor. Both his sons are doctors. He had eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

Interment will be at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Greenville. Services will be private.

Memorials may be made to the Smith Medical Clinic, 116 Baskervill Dr., Pawleys Island, S.C. 29585, Tidelands Community Hospice, 2591 N. Frasier St., Georgetown, S.C. 29440 or GHS Pryor Society Legacy Fund c/o Department of Medicine, 701 Grove Rd., Greenville, S.C. 29605

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com


March 22

Jane Palmer

Retired special ed. teacher

Jane Tugwell Palmer of Murrells Inlet, a retired teacher, died Wednesday at National Health Care. She was 94.

She was born in Hopewell, Va., a daughter of William D. and Annie Davis Tugwell. She earned a master’s degree in education from the University of South Carolina.

She moved to Myrtle Beach in 1950 and worked as office manager for the Myrtle Beach Chamber of Commerce. She was a retired special education teacher for Horry County Schools.

She was a member of the First United Methodist Church of Myrtle Beach. She loved dancing, painting and the beach, but most of all she loved her family.

She is survived by a daughter, Janice P. McCoy of Murrells Inlet; her grandchildren, Patsy Gardner Alexander, Cathryn Gardner, Matt Gardner and Gwin G. McKinnon; her great-grandchildren, Wiley, Kady, Madison, Patrick, Haley and Sidney; two great-great-grandchildren and a beloved nephew, David James.

Another daughter, Patsy Lynn Palmer, and a sister, Willie T. James, died before her.

A memorial service will be held April 1 at 3 p.m. at St. John's outdoor chapel at Belin Memorial United Methodist Church.

A guestbook is available at goldfinchfuneralhome.com

Memorials may be made to the First United Methodist Church of Myrtle Beach Television Ministries, P.O. Box 1367, Myrtle Beach, S.C. 29578 or to the Belin Memorial United Methodist Church Music Ministries, 4182 Highway 17 Business, Murrells Inlet, S.C. 29576.

Richard Turner

Owned Myrtle Beach motel

Richard Kencie Turner of Myrtle Beach, a hotel owner, died Saturday at his home after an iron-willed struggle against a stroke that occurred in October. He was 70.

He was born Aug. 25, 1941 in Florence, the son of Aubrey L. Turner and Dorothy Ayers Turner Calhoun.

In the mid-1970s he purchased the Vancouver Motel in Myrtle Beach. His family had close ties to the beach and his grandfather built Kings Highway as we know it today. Mr. Turner loved his businesses and made many close friends as the proprietor of over 30 years. Success to him was loving what he did and bringing joy to others.

He was an excellent golfer who would always say, “If you really want to get to know a person, spend four hours on the golf course with them.” When the game was “on” and his name was mentioned, his competitors shuddered and his partners rejoiced, his family said.

He always had a smile on his face and a friendly hand extended, whatever side you were on, you were all his true friends. He made the world a better place, his family said.

He is survived by his wife, Cathy Lynn Turner of Pawleys Island; his children, DeAna and Dr. Jamie Duffy of Murrells Inlet, Tracy and Christie Turner of Myrtle Beach; Heidi Geiger of Florence, Heather Covington Rose and Terrell and Elizabeth Covington of Greenville; his grandchildren, Savannah and Dylan Keels, Daniel and Andrew Geiger, Nicholas and Nathaniel Turner, Jackson and Max Rose.

A brother, Aubrey Landon Turner, died before him.

There is a guest book at mayerfuneralhome.com.

No services will be held.

Memorials may be made to Tidelands Community Hospice, 2591 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, S.C. 29440 or the charity of your choice.


March 15

Al Kareiva

Owned Pawleys carpet business

Alan Kareiva of Pawleys Plantation, former owner of Carpet One at Pawleys Island, died March 8 at his home. He was 65.

He was born in Chicago, the son of Leo and Bernice Lukas Kareiva. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from Southern Illinois University in 1969 and his CPA certificate in 1971. He worked for Ernst & Ernst Accounting, and later served as comptroller of Gateway Industries also in Chicago and as controller/treasurer of Carpetland USA in Munster, Ind. He was treasurer for Medema’s Carpets in Grand Rapids, Mich., for eight years.

In 1985, he purchased Pawleys Island Interiors, later renamed Carpet One Pawleys Island. Though he sold the business in 2004, he remained a vital contributor until his death.

In addition to his passion for business, Mr. Kareiva enjoyed sports, especially baseball, bowling, golf and fishing. In 1962, he won the Illinois American Junior Bowling Congress title and placed 12th in the nation. His many friends remember the joy he took in travel, board and card games, and his fondness for humor.

Mr. Kareiva was a faithful Christian, a member of All Saints Church in Pawleys Island since 2004. Previously he served as treasurer of Christ Lutheran Church in Orland Park, Ill., and on the building committees of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Pawleys Island and Shepherd of the Sea Lutheran Church in Garden City.

Other associations included the Horry-Georgetown Home Builders Association, of which he once served as president. He was also a member of Alpha Kappa Psi and Alpha Beta Psi fraternities.

He is survived by his wife of 36 years, Linda; a stepson, Ronald Clauson, and his wife, Emily, of Chilton, Wisc.; a stepdaughter, Robyn Hite, and her husband, Don, of Asheville, N.C.; a son, Christopher Kareiva of Pawleys Island; a daughter, Anna Mallard, and her husband, Mitchell, of Wilmington, N.C.; and five grandchildren and two step-grandchildren.

His sister, Janet Mrozek, died before him.

A celebration of his life was held Sunday at All Saints Church.

Memorials may be made to the church, 3560 Kings River Rd., Pawleys Island, S.C. 29585, or Charleston Hope Lodge, 269 Calhoun St., Charleston, S.C. 29401. Charleston Hope Lodge provides temporary residence for MUSC cancer patients and their families.

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

Madge DeFosset

Co-founder of steel company

Madge Chase DeFosset of Litchfield died Friday at Kingston Nursing Center in Conway. She was 91.

She was born in Timmonsville, a daughter of Robert and Maude Humphry. She and her husband, Sanborn, founded Vulcraft Corp. in Florence, a steel fabrication business. She was a founding member of Peoples Bank of South Carolina and served on the state board of Bank of America from 1978 until 1991.

Mrs. DeFosset was a charter member of the Junior League of Florence. She enjoyed bridge, tennis and golf.

Her husbands, Sanborn Chase and Gorden DeFosset, died before her.

She is survived by her son, Sanborn Chase and his wife, Dawn, of Pawleys Island; her daughter, Sandra Chase Buchan and her husband, Smith, of North Myrtle Beach; her grandchildren and their spouses, Sandra Cannon (Tad), Kloo Hansen (Andy), Chase Thompson (Carter), James Buchan (Kelly) and Sanborn Buchan (Gentry); and her great-grandchildren, Tab Cannon, Zachary Barnard and Thomas Buchan.

A celebration of her life was held Wednesday at Goldfinch Funeral Home’s Litchfield/Pawleys Chapel. There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 4124 Clemson Blvd., Suite L, Anderson, S.C. 29621.


March 8

Reid Johnson

Former Winthrop University professor

Reid Terrill Johnson of Litchfield Country Club, a retired college professor, died Sunday. He was 67.

He was born Oct. 9, 1944, in Durham, N.C., a son of Vernon Johnson and Louise Barbee Johnson. He graduated from Lee Edward High School in Asheville, N.C. and received his bachelor’s degree in mathematics at the University of North Carolina at Asheville and his doctorate from the School of Psychology at the University of South Carolina.

Prior to moving to Pawleys Island, Dr. Johnson was a psychology professor at Winthrop University for 25 years. He was instrumental in developing and implementing the School of Psychology graduate program and continued to be an advocate for children with special needs.

In his retirement, Dr. Johnson enjoyed golfing, writing and teaching short courses for Coastal Carolina University.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Nancy Myers Stuckey Johnson of Pawleys Island; a son, Christopher Reid Johnson and his wife, Elizabeth, of Las Vegas; a daughter, Kimberly Laura Johnson Counts of Charlotte; and five grandchildren.

A private memorial service will be held at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 11, at Myrtle Beach State Park.

There is a guestbook at mayerfuneralhome.com.

Memorials may be made to the Louis B. Johnson Scholarship Fund at Winthrop University, 701 Oakland Ave., Rock Hill, S.C. 29733-7001.

Kevin Phillips

Chef at Capt. John's

Kevin Dean Phillips of Surfside Beach, a sous chef, died Feb. 21. He was 34.

He was born on Aug. 22, 1977 in Greer. He graduated from Dorman High School.

He loved the culinary arts and discovered he had a knack for cooking. He worked in several restaurants on the Grand Strand, but found his way to the kitchen at Captain John’s Seafood Grill in Litchfield where he thrived in his career.

He is survived by his parents, Harley and Mary Phillips, and a brother, Greg Phillips.

A memorial service was held Feb. 26 at the Wood Mortuary in Greer.

There is a guestbook at thewoodmortuary.com.

Miriam Servant

Co-founder of real estate company

Miriam McConnell Servant of Litchfield Country Club, who founded a real estate company with her late husband, died Friday at her home. She was 91.

She was born May 3, 1920 at the Oaks in McDonald, Pa., a daughter of Harry and Isabelle Conklin McConnell. She attended nursing school in Pittsburgh and served as a nurse in the Navy during World War II.

Upon moving to South Carolina in 1962, Mrs. Servant and her husband, E.J. Servant Jr., founded Surfside Realty Co. She worked there until her retirement in 1984.

She was a founding member of the Surfside Methodist Church and served as the choir director and organist for 10 years. During the past 20 years, she has been a member of Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church, where she was an active member of the church choir.

Mrs. Servant had many outside interests, including painting, and she displayed many of her works with the Georgetown Watercolor Society. Her other interests included travel and golf.

She is survived by her daughter, Linda Cox and her husband, Lofton; her son, E. J. Servant III and his wife, Judy; and three grandchildren, Richard Cox and his wife, Lauren, Miles Servant and J. Tyler Servant.

Graveside services were Tuesday at Pawleys Island Presbyterian Churchyard, led by the Rev. Frank S. Holsclaw and the Rev. B. Mike Alexander.

There is a guestbook at mayerfuneralhome.com.

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


March 1

George Ermentrout

Former partner in real estate firm

George Bard Ermentrout of Newtown, Pa., a former Ricefields resident, died Sunday. He was 88.

He was born in Southampton, Pa., and graduated from Abington High School. He started Gettysburg College, but was called into the service and served in Germany. He was awarded the Bronze Star and Combat Infantry Badge after being wounded. He finished college at Gettysburg in 1948.

After a year of law school he decided to go into real estate and enjoyed 44 years as the senior partner of Hugh B. Eastburn Realtors in Newtown. He was president of the Bucks County Board of Realtors and chaired many other real estate committees. He taught real estate at Bucks County Community College for 20 years.

Mr. Ermentrout was an active member of the community and served on the boards of Planned Parenthood, the Community College Authority, Newtown Improvement Association, Newtown Exchange Club, the Committee for the Newtown Bypass and was a founding board member of the Michener Art Museum. He also served two terms as the first Democrat ever elected to Newtown Borough Council.

He loved Dixieland music and played trombone with the Newtown Mudcats.

After retiring, he and his wife, the former Barbara Brooks, moved to Pawleys Island, where George played lots of tennis and served on the boards of Tidelands Community Hospice and the Litchfield by the Sea Community Association. He was a volunteer at Brookgreen Gardens. He and his wife loved to travel and visited many countries.

In addition to his wife of 59 years he is survived by four children, George Bard Ermentrout and his wife, Ellen, Betsey Ermentrout King and her husband, Robert, Laurie Ermentrout and Jonathan Ermentrout; and four grandchildren, Laurel and Bard King and Kyle and Jordan Ermentrout.

A memorial service will be held March 25 at 3 p.m. at Swartz/Givnish Funeral Home in Newtown.

In lieu of flowers memorials may be sent to St. Frances Humane Society, 125 N. Ridge St., Georgetown, S.C. 29440.

Dean Estes

Active in community service groups

L. Dean Estes a former River Club resident, died Sunday at National Health Care in Murrells Inlet. He was 92.

He was born in Randolph, Iowa, and was the son of Warren and Mary Estes. He was married to the late Lois Estes

Mr. Estes worked for Boeing Aircraft for 23 years and for Westinghouse for 22 years. He then opened the Estes Consulting Firm.

He was a Lion’s Club member since 1960, serving as treasurer for most of those years. He was a member of the Masonic Lodge 409 at Pawleys Island and was awarded the chaplain emeritus for unfailing service and dedication. He was also a member of the Surfside Moose Lodge 2351.

A member of the American Contract Bridge League, he was honored with the Senior Master Bridge Award, given to those over 70 and having 200 master points.

He was a member of St. Paul’s Waccamaw United Methodist Church.

Mr. Estes was also an avid golfer and a member of the Litchfield Country Club and former member of the River Club.

He is survived by his son, Stephen E. Estes and his wife, Tina, of Baltimore; his daughter, Jan Estes of Myrtle Beach, a former Pawleys Island resident; a grandson, Edison Dean Estes of Baltimore; and a brother, Kay Alan Estes and his wife, Elaine, of Black Diamond, Wa. Another brother, Robert K. Estes, died before him.

A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. today at St. Paul’s Waccamaw United Methodist Church.

Memorials may be made to the church at 180 St. Paul Place, Pawleys Island, S.C. 29585.

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

Virginia Hampton

Educator started a preschool

Virginia McGavack Leslie Hampton of Georgetown, a retired educator, died Sunday at Tidelands Community Hospice House. She was 87.

She was born June 6, 1924 in New York City. She grew up in Leonia, N.J., where she met and married the late Jesse B. Leslie Jr. Following his death, she married the late Kenneth Hampton.

Mrs. Hampton was very active in the Girl Scouts and the Leonia Women’s Club and served as its president many times. She started her own preschool, which she ran for 25 years. She later worked as a special educator aide in the Leonia public schools until retirement in the early 1990s.

Mrs. Hampton moved to South Carolina in 2006 and became very involved with the Lakes at Litchfield Residence Council and served as its chairwoman, a job she really enjoyed. Bridge was her passion, and you could always find her at the bridge table. She loved her family, and was caring of her friends and her neighbors.

She is survived by a daughter, Carol Anne Van Duyn and her husband, Ennes, of Georgetown; a son-in-law, Jerry Delany of Toms River, N.J.; a brother, John McGavack and his wife, Gail, of Hilton Head Island; three grandchildren, Susan Versen and her husband, Christopher, of Harrisburg, Va., Sean Delany of Breck, N.J., and James Van Duyn and his wife, Maggie, of Richmond, Vt.; and five great-grandchildren.

Another daughter, Barbara Delany, died before her.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in the Charleston dining room at the Lakes at Litchfield.

There is a guestbook at mayerfuneralhome.com.

Memorials may be sent to Tidelands Community Hospice, 2591 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, S.C. 29440, or Martha’s House, P.O. Box 2763, Pawleys Island, S.C. 29585.

Al Strickland

Ran family grocery store

Al Howard Strickland Sr. of Murrells Inlet, who ran a local grocery store, died Tuesday at his home. He was 82.

He was born on Sept. 8, 1929 in Murrells Inlet, the son of Charles Gennings Strickland and Grace Lawrimore Strickland.

Mr. Strickland ran the family store, Strickland’s Grocery in Murrells Inlet.

He will be remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, great grandfather, brother, uncle, friend and a great fisherman. He was known for his friendly manner and sense of humor. The flounder in Murrells Inlet will now be able to rest comfortably, his family said.

He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Glenda Lucille Akers Strickland; three sons, Al Howard Strickland Jr. and his wife, Joyce, David O’Neil Strickland and his wife, Diane, and Steven Glenn Strickland and his wife, Sherri, all of Murrells Inlet; four grandsons, Patrick Ofenloch, Stephen Alexander Strickland, Matthew Strickland, and Michael Strickland; five granddaughters, Rachel Strickland, Christine Detwiler and her husband, Jonathan, of Jacksonville, N.C., Michelle Strickland, Waverly Strickland and Suni Strickland, all of Murrells Inlet; a great-granddaughter, Sierra, and four great grandsons, Tristen, Blaine, Joby and Zander. He is also survived by two sisters, Elizabeth Menger and her husband Bill of Macon, Ga., and Susie Cooper Grega and her husband, Red, of Murrells Inlet; a brother-in-law, William “Johnny” Feagin, a sister-in-law, Flossie Hardee Strickland, and numerous nieces and nephews.

Two sisters, Cherry Strickland Cooper and Dixie Strickland Feagin, and six brothers, Charles Gennings Jr, Lemuel Lafayette, Benjamin, Herbert Coleman “H.C.”, Emmett and Clarence Oneal Strickland, died before him.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Belin Memorial United Methodist Church by the Rev. Mike Alexander. Burial will be in the Bethel Methodist Church Cemetery on McDowell Shortcut, with Murrells Inlet Lodge 368 providing Masonic rites at the graveside.

The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. Friday at the Goldfinch Funeral Home Beach Chapel. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to Murrells Inlet 2020, P.O. Box 1357, Murrells Inlet, S.C. 29576.

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.


February 23

LaRue Gebicke

Retired federal employee

Althea LaRue Gebicke, a former Litchfield Country Club resident, died Sunday in Orlando, Fla. She was 80.

She was born Aug. 22, 1931, in Washington, D.C., the daughter of Allen Q. Harpine and Henrietta Althea Harpine. She was raised by her aunt and uncle, W.A. and Helen Norris, of Waldorf, Md., and graduated from high school in Bladensburg, Md.

She worked for the Government Printing Office in Washington. She also worked for NASA at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md. and for the Department of Agriculture in Beltsville, Md. She retired to Pawleys Island in 1976 and worked in real estate for Atlantic Realty and the Litchfield Co.

She was an avid gardener and a member of the Litchfield Ladies Golf Association. She was a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.

She was married for 40 years to the late Lee Gebicke.

She is survived by her children, Carole Lee of John’s Island, Johnny Murphy of Pawleys Island and Bill Murphy of Orlando; a step-daughter, Sheri Lee Wood and her husband, Glenn Wood, of Golden Beach, Md.; her grandchildren, Brian Murphy, Alex Wright, Shawn Casen, James Myers, Kim Jahed, Kelly Mattingly, Ricky Wood and Samantha Murphy; five great-grandchildren and 12 nieces and nephews.

Another son, Steven Murphy, died before her.

A memorial service will be held March 3 at 4 p.m. at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church by the Rev. David R. Lyle. Memorials may be made to the church.

Shirley Johnston

Community volunteer

Shirley Lavonne Johnston of Willbrook Plantation died Feb. 16. She was 85.

She was born in Pittsburgh, the daughter of Frank E. Bell and Leoda Deener Bell. She was married for 64 years to A.W. “Bill” Johnston, a railroad executive. He died in 2010.

After her children were grown, Mrs. Johnston volunteered in several hospitals including the Myrtle Beach Veteran’s Clinic, was active in the reading program at the elementary school and served on several committees at St. Paul’s Waccamaw United Methodist Church. She was a member of the Eastern Star and associate member of the Marine Corps League.

She is survived by her daughters, Cheryl “Sherry” Mitchell and her husband, Wayne, of Avon, Ind., and Marilyn Agnew of Murrells Inlet; her sons William “Biff” Johnston and his wife, Gay, of Murrells Inlet and David M. Johnston of Hixson, Tenn.; and eight grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

Her brother, Frank M. “Skip” Bell, died before her.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the South Strand Gideons, P.O. Box 14098, Surfside Beach, SC 29587.

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

John Lese

Partner in food equipment firm

John E. Lese of Pawleys Island, who worked in the food service equipment business, died Feb. 14. He was 58.

He was born Dec. 11, 1953, in Pottstown, Pa., one of four children of George and Stella Lese.

He graduated from St. Pious X high school in Pottstown in 1971. He married Dianne Player Lese on Sept. 12, 1981, in Columbia.

Mr. Lese served in the Air Force as an engineering and maintenance specialist in the early 1980s. He then worked as a project manager for a food service equipment dealership. Most recently, he was a partner with the manufacturer’s agent firm of Duskie, Utsey & Associates.

In addition to his wife and parents, he is survived by his daughter and son-in-law, Caroline and Evan Patton of Pawleys Island; his son, Michael Lese of Atlanta; his expected grandson; his brothers, Michael and his wife, Rita, of Pennsylvania and Joseph of Florida; and his sister, Kathy Parker, of Pennsylvania.

A memorial service was held Saturday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.

Memorials may be made to the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, or blood donations to the American Red Cross.

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.


February 9

Walter Rice

Retired school principal

Walter Earl Rice of Oak Lea, a minister who became a school principal, died Feb. 1 at his home. He was 83.

He was born April 24, 1928, in Malden, Mass., a son of Roger William Rice and Mildred Smith Lord Rice. He grew up outside of Boston, graduated from Providence Bible Institute, which became Gordon College, and received his master’s degree from the C. W. Post Campus of Long Island University.

Mr. Rice served as minister for the Evangelical Free Church in Middletown, N.Y., and Lynbrook, N.Y.

He moved to Port Jefferson, N.Y., where he was a school principal until he retired and moved to Pawleys Island 21 years ago.

Mr. Rice was a past president of the Oak Lea Community Association.

Mr. Rice was an active member of Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church where he served as an elder. He was a co-founder of the scholarship committee, involved in Bread of Life and active in the men’s group of the church.

He was married to the late Audrey Doris Rice.

He is survived by a son, Kenneth Wayne Rice and his wife, Lorraine, of Belle Terre, N.Y., and New York City; a daughter, Linda R. Chase of Port Jefferson; a sister, Evelyn McCleary of Medford, Mass.; and six grandchildren.

A sister, Mildred Murphy, and a brother, Roger Rice, died before him.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Frank Holsclaw. Burial was in the churchyard.

There is a guestbook at mayerfuneralhome.com.

Memorials may be made to Word Vision, P.O. Box 9716, Federal Way, WA 98063-9716 or Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church Scholarship Fund, 9967 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, SC 29585.


February 2

David Bruce

Apparel executive was champion golfer

David Peter Bruce of DeBordieu, an apparel executive, died Jan. 26 after a long and courageous battle with angiosarcoma, a very rare form of cancer. He was 76.

He was born in New Rochelle, N.Y., the son of Helen Peter Bruce and William Giles Bruce. He graduated from New Rochelle High School and majored in textile engineering at North Carolina State.

He served in the Navy aboard the USS Wasp and USS Saratoga, and played on the all-Navy golf team.

Mr. Bruce worked in the apparel industry for his entire career. His positions included director of sales and marketing for a division of VF Corp., president of SKYR Sportswear, a division of Scandia Trading Co., and president of Tanner Wholesale.

He was a long time resident of Darien, Conn., and retired to DeBordieu.

Mr. Bruce was an accomplished amateur golfer who won many tournaments both regionally and at the golf courses that he belonged to. In 2006, he won the Carolinas Golf Association Super Senior Championship.

Mr. Bruce was a member of Pawleys Island Community Church.

He is survived by his wife, Marilyn Meding Bruce; two sons, Jeffrey David Bruce of Richmond, Va., and Kent David Bruce and his wife, Renee, of Seattle; three grandchildren, Jordan, Landen and Reagan; his brother, William G. Bruce and his wife, Elizabeth, of Lake Placid, N.Y.

Memorial services will be at 3 p.m. today at Pawleys Island Community Church.

There is a guest book at mayerfuneralhome.com.mayerfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to Tidelands Hospice House, 2591 N. Fraser Street, Georgetown, SC 29440.

Dan Call

Bronx boy with a love for band music

Dan Call of the River Club, who spent his career in the life insurance business, died Sunday at his home.

He was always a Bronx boy in his heart. He often reminisced about bike riding with his buddies, playing stick ball, pitching horseshoes in the field across the street and going home exhausted at night. He attended Cardinal Hayes high school in the Bronx and was a proud member of the marching band.

After graduating from Manhattan College, where he played clarinet and saxophone in the orchestra, he married his high school sweetheart, Joan Rutigliano. Dan began his career at Guardian Life Insurance Company in New York as a claims adjuster.

Mr. Call married Barbara Fleming whom he often referred to as his “party wife” in 1982. Barbara and Dan and their extended family spent many laugh filled hours sailing on his third love, the Reverie, a 24-foot wooden sailboat. Dan continued working for Guardian Life Insurance Co. as an internal management consultant. While vacationing in Myrtle Beach, they found their piece of the sky and decided one day to retire to Pawleys Island. They relocated here in 1995 and Dan never looked back. He loved the beach and golfing.

His love of music was resurrected when he joined the Pawleys Island Concert Band. He also loved stopping in for a pint or two at his favorite place, Quigley’s.

He was an active member of Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church where he delivered meals on wheels and provided transportation to older members of the parish.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by three daughters and four grandchildren from his first marriage, Kathy Powell and her son, Danny; Patty Piatt and her fiancé, DJ Ramondelli, and son Christopher; and Jackie Temple and her husband, Michael, and their daughters, Nicole and Julia; his sisters, Phyllis McKenzie and Christine Call-Sternberg; and his brother, Terrence Call.

His parents, Fred and Kay Call and his first wife, Joan Call, died before him.

Funeral services will be at noon today at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church conducted by the Rev. Patrick Stenson. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Precious Blood’s Outreach Committee.

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

Stuart Hope

Pilot founded aviation insurance company

Stuart C Hope Sr. of DeBordieu, an avid pilot who was a pioneer in aviation insurance, died Monday at home surrounded by his family. He was 81.

He was born in Columbia, the son of James H. Hope and Wilhelmina Grimsley “Mena” Hope. His father was a former state superintendent. His mother owned the Friendly Cafeteria in Columbia and later co-owned and operated the Cassena Inn on Pawleys Island. He graduated from Dreher High School, attended the University of South Carolina and served in the Navy.

A man who always did things his way, he started his business career at age 7, selling newspapers at Fort Jackson and went on to found Hope Aviation Insurance, an early national aviation insurance brokerage. Along the way, he enjoyed politics and was elected to the Richland County Board of Administrators (the predecessor to Richland County Council) where he was instrumental in supporting the creation of Richland Memorial Hospital, the Riverbanks Zoo and Midlands Technical College.

Mr. Hope loved flying and was a multi-engine rated pilot who owned numerous airplanes. He was a member of the Quiet Birdmen, a national club for pilots. He passed on his passion for flying to his family. His two sons and daughter, and a grandson and granddaughter are all pilots.

A lifelong outdoorsman, he particularly enjoyed spending time simply messing around with his three boats in the creeks and marshes surrounding his home.

Ruth, his wife of 32 years, was his constant companion and biggest fan. Their marriage was defined by a pure and sweet love, doting on each other to the end. In the final days of his life, they enjoyed nothing more than to sit in their two favorite chairs with their Yorkie-Poo daughters, Ruthie and Christie, in their laps, and talk, read and nap.

Mr. Hope was a man of faith, and he valued deeply his church and his Thursday morning men’s Bible study group. For those who had the privilege of knowing him, he would be defined as one of the finest men they knew: fiercely loyal, kind hearted and full of grace.

In addition to his wife, Ruth Ketner Hope, he is survived by his children: Marion and his wife, Judy; Stuart and his wife, Heidi; Mena and her husband, David; Linda Ketner; and Robert Ketner and his wife, Leslie Dunne Sadler; and his grandchildren Shannon, Erin, Parks, Alex, Graham, and Rob, Andrew, Margaux and Maddie.

A memorial service was held Wednesday at All Saints Church following a private burial service.

There is a guest book at mayerfuneralhome.com.mayerfuneralhome.com.

Memorials may be made to Teach My People, Box 2848, Pawleys Island, SC 29585.


January 26

Benton Dailey

Retired from paper industry

Benton Carlton “Benny” Dailey of the Tradition Club, who was retired from the paper industry, died Jan. 17 in Conway after a long illness.

He was the son of the late John F. and Lola King Dailey of Moss Point, Miss. He worked for International Paper Co. until his first retirement in 1984. He then worked with Valmet Paper Machinery Co. until he started his own consulting business, Productivity Services Co., in 1994.

Mr. Dailey was a storyteller who loved entertaining his friends and family with fanciful tales of adventures. He was remembered as a loving and generous husband and father.

He is survived by his wife, Jeanie Urtz Dailey; a son, Michael Karl Dailey of Fulton, Miss., and a daughter, Diana Lynn Dailey of Spartanburg; his mother-in-law, Jean T. Urtz; brothers-in-law and their families, Gary and Peggy Urtz of Havertown, Pa., Larry and Kathy Urtz of Georgetown and Bruce and Patti Urtz of Lincoln University, Pa.; his sister-in-law, Lynn U. Berry, who helped him with many of his responsibilities as he became more debilitated by Parkinson’s disease, and her husband, Mike; and many nieces and nephews.

Two brothers, John and Eugene Francis Dailey, a sister, Vivian Delores Helton, and a daughter, Sheri Cermak, died before him.

Memorials may be made to the National Parkinson’s Foundation, 1501 NW 9th Ave./Bob Hope Rd., Miami, FL 33136.

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

January 19

Vit Visbaras

Retired banker worked in real estate

Vitas “Vit” Visbaras of Hagley Estates, a retired banker who became a real estate agent, died Saturday at his home. He was 65.

He was born July 12, 1946, in Andelsbuch, Austria, a son of Vladas Visbaras and Regina Bernotaite Visbaras. He grew up in Worcester, Mass. A retired banker, Mr. Visbaras worked in sales for a time and was a Realtor with Keller-Williams Realty at Pawleys Island. He owned Alexandra’s Inn in Georgetown for four years and was an avid golfer.

He is survived by his wife, Diane Huntoon Visbaras; two sons, Adam Visbaras and his wife, Chrissy, of New Bedford, Mass., and Scott Visbaras and his wife, Shauneen, of Georgetown; a daughter, Jennifer Vandament and her husband, Scott, of Murrells Inlet; two brothers, Kim Alexander Visbaras and his wife, Cindy, of Auburn, Maine, and John Visbaras of Pawleys Island; four grandchildren, Dylan Scott Visbaras, Alison Brooke Visbaras, Kaleigh Visbaras and Ty Joseph Visbaras; and a special niece, Dolly Huntoon of Pawleys Island, along with other special nieces and nephews.

The family will receive friends at the Georgetown Chapel of Mayer Funeral Home today from 6 to 7:30 p.m. A funeral service will be held at 7:30 p.m. by the Rev. Dr. G. Edward Usher.

There is a guest book at mayerfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: Cameron Ahalt’s Celebration of Life Fund, 54 Fairway Ln., Pawleys Island, SC 29585 or St. Frances Animal Center, 125 N. Ridge St., Georgetown, SC 29440.

Holly McKinney

Athlete 'always on the go'

Holly Naomi McKinney (Hall) of Pawleys Island died Jan. 7 at Georgetown Memorial Hospital. She was 24.

Born on Dec. 1, 1987, in Greenwood, she was the daughter of Walter R. Hall Jr. and Tracy P. Hall. She was a member of Henderson Baptist Church in Hickory Tavern. She was an all-star athlete excelling in gymnastics, softball, basketball and cheerleading. She also enjoyed camping, boating, traveling and was always on the go.

In addition to her mother and father of Pawleys Island, she is survived by a brother, Kamden B. Hall of Pawleys Island; paternal grandparents, Walter R. Hall Sr. and Sylvene Hall, both of Honea Path; four aunts, Paula Pitts of Georgetown, “Uncle” Rhonda Pitts of Columbia, Becky Davis of Honea Path and Tammie Marshall and her husband, Steve, of Laurens; two uncles, Rep. Michael Pitts and his wife, Susan, of Hickory Tavern and Jamie Hall of Jamestown, N.Y.; and numerous cousins.

Her maternal grandparents, Joseph and Lois Pitts, died before her.

A private memorial service will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the Laurens County Department of Disabilities and Special Needs, HASCI Program, 1860 Highway 14, Laurens, SC 29360 or to Special Olympics at specialolympics.org.


January 12

John H. Sloan

Businessman started woodworking company

John Harlan Sloan of Ricefields, a businessman who started a second career as a woodworker, died Jan. 12 at Tidelands Community Hospice. He was 64.

He graduated from Northeastern University in Boston with a degree in finance which launched his 25-year career in banking, auto dealership management and resort real estate development in Vermont. Friends and warmer weather brought him and his wife, Leslie, to Pawleys Island in 1998, where John established Pawleys Island Fine Woodworking. As a master furniture designer and builder, John developed a reputation for crafting exquisite furniture creations.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter Erin Sloan Connolly, son-in-law Kilian Connolly and grandchildren Roan and Andrew Connolly of Newburyport, Mass.; his sister, Janet Sloan Welch, and her husband, Ethan, of Rochester, N.Y.; nieces and nephew, and many friends in Vermont, South Carolina and throughout the country.

His family and friends remembered him as the kind of friend that we all aspire to be, for his love of history, boundless kindness, stimulating conversation, joyous laugh and good humor. They are grateful for the care, support and kindness of the hospice nurses and staff at Tidelands and ask that memorial be made to Tidelands Community Hospice, 2591 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, SC 29440.


January 5

Irene Bush

Retired professor of fashion

Irene Bush of Pawleys Island and Ramsey, N.J., died Dec. 29. She was 91.

She was born April 22, 1920, in her parents’ home in Elmhurst, N.Y.

Mrs. Bush was a professor of fashion design at the Queens College campus of the City University of New York for over 30 years. She was active in the Ramapo Valley, N.J., Chapter of the Sweet Adelines. They were four-time international champions and performed at Carnegie Hall and Royal Albert Hall in London.

She was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Ramsey and St. Paul’s Waccamaw United Methodist Church at Pawleys Island, where there will be a memorial service on Saturday at 10 a.m.

She is survived by her son Jeff of Sunrise, Fla.; her grandchildren, Thadd Kezar and Kristin Kezar-Malzahn of Virginia, and Nick, Luke and Lance Bush of Florida; and five great-grandchildren, Mya and Cole Kezar-Malzahn, Donovan and Victoria Bush, and Max Charlton.

Her husband, Stanley, and her daughter, Carol Kezar, died before her.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the churches.

There is guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.


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