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Jack E. Herington
Retired FBI agent
Jack E. Herington, a former FBI agent and Litchfield Country Club resident, died April 9 while under hospice care at Nancy House at Fleet Landing in Atlantic Beach, Fla. He was 90.
He was born Aug. 13, 1925, in Heyworth, Ill., the son of Olof W. and Lucille Jensen Herington. He attended Michigan State University during bombardier training, leading to his commission as an officer in the Air Force during World War II. Following his discharge in 1945, he attended James Milliken University in Decatur, Ill., and graduated from the University of Illinois Law School with a juris doctor degree. He was admitted to the practice of law in Illinois, the District of Columbia, the D.C. Court of Appeals and the U.S. Supreme Court.
In August 1950, Mr. Herington began his 25-year career as a special agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He was appointed to the FBI director’s staff in January 1973 and served as deputy assistant director of the Legal Counsel Division.
Mr. Herington was a member of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI, St. Paul’s Waccamaw United Methodist Church, Litchfield Country Club and the Congressional Country Club in Bethesda, Md.
He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Beverly Herington; three children, Nancy Wood of Jacksonville, Fla., Mary Lou Blanton of Worthington, Ohio, and Dr. David Herington and his wife Karen of Morganton, N.C.; seven grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
A memorial service was held April 29 in Jacksonville. Memorials may be made to Community Hospice of Northeast Florida, 4266 Sunbeam Rd., Jacksonville, FL 32257; Nancy House, 1 Fleet Landing Blvd, Atlantic Beach, FL 32233; or Former Agents of the FBI Foundation, 3717 Fettler Park Dr., Dumfries, VA 22025 and socxfbi.org.
Edward H. Smith
Former Hagley resident
Edward Harold Smith, a former Hagley resident, died April 27. He was 82.
He was a former Methodist minister and a retired executive of American Greetings. He was an avid golfer and chairman of the Hagley Estates Architectural Review Board.
He is survived by his wife, the former Drucella Hinchliffe; his children, Cynthia Newman and Julie Weisheit (Edward); his step-children, Sandra Bryant (Donald) and Rhonda Tutin, David Weyls, Robert Weyls (Maria) and Donald Weyls; two grandchildren and five step-grandchildren.
His first wife, the former Patricia Beck, died before him.
A private memorial service will be held at a later date.
Memorials may be made to, First United Methodist Church, 21 St. Ave., Isle of Palms, SC 29451 or Hospice of Charleston at 676 Wando Park Blvd., Mount Pleasant, SC 29464.
Dedicated to good works
Garvey Winans of Georgetown, a retired teacher who helped launch the Georgetown County Family Justice Center, died Monday. He was 77.
He was born in Pelham, N.Y., one of eight children.
Mr. Winans was a leader in bringing the Special Olympics and the YMCA to Georgetown County. He had a key role in launching and supporting the Family Justice Center, to aid victims of domestic violence. These are a few of the helpful labors he loved.
His career was teaching children with disabilities in the Georgetown County school system for over 30 years.
He also loved the natural beauty of our community, especially the many waters of Georgetown. He spent much of his time in a boat with dear friends. He explored many of the magnificent National Parks and Monuments all around the United States with his family.
Mr. Winans was able to build and fix just about anything, including watches, clocks and every sort of mechanical device. When he moved to Georgetown, he restored his historic house back into a single-family home, maintaining its historic materials and character. Throughout his life he was always helping friends build and repair things. He renovated the Family Justice Center.
He was a member of St. Cyprian’s Church and the Knights of Columbus.
He was remembered as a beloved husband, a father and a brother. He was a student and a teacher; a builder and an explorer. He had a beautiful voice and a generous heart. He was an honest and hard-working man.
He is survived by his wife, Carol; his children, Mike, Ted and Caitlin and his son-in-law Erik; his sisters, Virginia, Rita, Patricia, Madeline, Marie; and brother, Joseph; and by his extended family, Barbara and Jules Lang, and Ferolynn and Sam Robertson.
Mr. Winans was dedicated to good works, with the specific aim of improving the lives of all the people around him, whom he also counted as his brothers and sisters, his family said.
A memorial service will be held May 7 at 11 a.m. at St. Cyprian’s Catholic Church in Georgetown. A reception will follow in the church hall. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Family Justice Center, P.O. Box 366, Georgetown, SC 29442.
Retired textile plant manager
Duncan McNair Chapman of Heritage Plantation, a former elder of Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church, died Monday at Georgetown Memorial Hospital. He was 81.
He was born May 4, 1934, in Cheraw, a son of Duncan McNair Chapman Jr. and Beulah Dawkins Chapman. He graduated from Cheraw High School in 1952 and from Clemson College in 1958.
Mr. Chapman, who was known as Mac, worked for a number of textile firms and was a retired plant manager with Delta Woodside. He moved to Pawleys Island 11 years ago. In addition to serving as an elder he was a chairman of the cemetery committee at Pawleys Island Presbyterian and enjoyed the Saturday Men’s Fellowship.
He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth “Dibbie” Crosland Chapman; a son, Duncan McNair Chapman IV (Gina) of Jamestown, N.C.; a daughter, Elizabeth Chapman Johnson (Steve) of Greensboro, N.C.; five grandchildren, Lauren Chapman Hardister (Bradley), Emily Martin (Jonathan), Stephen Kent (Melony), Michael Kent, and Will Johnson; and two great-grandchildren.
Memorial services will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Mark Diehl. A reception will follow in the Holsclaw Fellowship Center. Inurnment will be private.
There is a guest book at mayerfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church, 9967 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, S.C. 29585.
Numa L. Reid Jr.
Avid bridge player
Numa L. Reid Jr. of Murrells Inlet died Sunday at his home. He was just shy of his 100th birthday.
He was born in Portsmouth, Va., the son of Marian and Numa Reid Sr. He lived in Roanoke, Va. He was married for 64 years to the late Abbie Bourke Reid.
Mr. Reid enjoyed playing golf and was an avid bridge player. He was a member of Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church and was loved by all who knew him.
He is survived by his daughter, Mary Bourke Milligan (Rich) of Pawleys Island; his sons, Richard B. Reid (Lee) of Gulf Shores, Ala., and David Reid (Jan) of Pawleys Island; his grandchildren, Mary Hunter (Michael), Bourke (Liz), Reid (Katie), Robyn (Chris), Rich (Tracy), Shannon (Geoff), Kimberly (Larry) and Chris (Celeste); and his 23 great grandchildren.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. today at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.
There is a guest book at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.
E.C. McGregor Boyle
Served on Pawleys Island council
Eugene Charles McGregor Boyle of Columbia, a former member of Pawleys Island Town Council, died Tuesday. He was 88.
He was born Sept. 11, 1927, the son of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Belton Boyle. He was predeceased by his wife of 62 years, Nancy Robinson Ruff Boyle.
He grew up in Columbia, graduated from the University of South Carolina and served in the Navy. He worked at Boyle Vaughan Agency and later at Blue Cross where he was instrumental in the creation of Companion Life.
Known as Mac, he spent his summers at Newcastle, the Pawleys Island home of his grandmother, Daisy Wells McGregor. In 1960, he and his wife, Nancy Robinson Ruff Boyle, bought the Summer Rectory from All Saints Parish, which they named “The End of the Rainbow.” Their children, grandchildren and great grandchildren have loved the beach as they did. Mrs. Boyle died in 2010. They were married for 62 years.
Mr. Boyle was elected to the Town Council shortly after the town’s incorporation and served for many years, including several years as the mayor pro-tem and interim mayor.
A man of great faith, he was a life-long member of Trinity Cathedral and a supporter of Holy Cross- Faith Memorial Episcopal Church.
Mic, as he was called by his grandchildren and great-grandchildren, is survived by his children, Robin McLeod (Yancey), Laurie Hopkins (Christie), Arney Love (Dan) and Greg Boyle (Kelly); 10 grandchildren, Earle McElveen (Kellie), Margaret Willcox (Hugh), Yancey McLeod (Amy), Alice Meyer (Chris), Elizabeth Wallace (Clint), Gordon McLeod (Kathryn), Mac Boyle III, Nancy Love, Tommy Hopkins and Sondra Boyle; and nine great-grandsons, Wells and Ellis McElveen, Hugh, Charles and Jack Willcox, Benet and Palmer Meyer, and Reynolds and Caid Wallace. He was looking forward to the arrival of the 10th in May.
A funeral service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. The family will receive friends after the funeral at the home of Dr. and Mrs. Dan Love.
Memorials may be made to Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 1100 Sumter St., Columbia, SC 29201 or Holy Cross-Faith Memorial, 85 Baskervill Dr., Pawleys Island, SC 29585.
There is a guest book at dunbarfunerals.com.
Phyllis K.M. Graham
Phyllis Kathleen Morley Graham of Pawleys Retreat died April 6 at Tidelands Hospice Center. She was 90.
She was born May 11, 1925, in Detroit, where her parents had emigrated from London. She trained as a commercial fashion artist before joining the Corps of Engineers in Detroit. She progressed to head of the secretarial pool before meeting her future husband, Marion Wilson Graham. Marriage delayed her artistic career as she dedicated herself to raising four daughters.
Mrs. Graham was very active in her children’s lives, participating in the PTA, school functions and acting as a dynamic Girl Scout leader for many years.
Upon retirement, she resumed her artistic endeavors, perfecting her painting skills in acrylics and pastels, as well as expanding into hand-created clay sculptures. Her whimsy became particularly evident in her amusing yet intricate interpretations of people and animals in clay.
When her husband’s retirement moved her to the South, Mrs. Graham became involved in a variety of art groups in South Carolina and Florida, consistently winning awards for her creative rustic landscapes, calming seascapes and views of Americana. Throughout her life, she kept her friends and family entertained with her love of life and her wacky, off-kilter sense of humor, often at her own expense.
She had an intense love of animals, life, laughter and nature. She was known for adopting needy dogs and cats. She often employed her critical creative eye as a basis for her artistic works, but she was equally adept at finding the humor in almost any situation, and engaging those around her in her lighthearted enjoyment of life.
Her husband died in 2006. She is survived by her daughters, Janice K. Graham and husband Michael D. Fallaw of Dallas, Gail Graham Roper and husband Raymond E. Roper Jr. of Pawleys Island, Linda Graham and husband James McClanahan of Chapin, and Carole Graham of Surfside Beach; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Services and interment were held Saturday at Pennyroyal Gardens in Georgetown. Condolences may be sent at mayerfuneralhome.com..
In lieu of memorials, her family asked that you love your family, enjoy life and each other, and laugh every chance you get.
Margaret F. Jones
Member of Holy Cross-Faith Memorial
Margaret F. Jones of Pawleys Island died March 26 at the Lakes at Litchfield. She was 86.
She was born in Charlotte, a daughter of E. Owen Fitzsimons and Joy Draper Fitzsimons. She later married George W. Brice, who also grew up on Sherwood Avenue in Charlotte. She was a graduate of the National Cathedral School in Washington, D.C., and attended Sweet Briar College in Virginia. The couple moved to Darien, Conn., in 1963. After George’s death in 1987, Margaret moved to Pawleys Island. She married Dr. Robert O. Jones.
She was a member of Holy Cross-Faith Memorial Episcopal Church and the Colonial Dames.
In addition to her husband of 27 years, she is survived by two sons, George W. Brice of New York and Owen F. Brice of Pawleys Island; a daughter Susanne B. Drennan of Charleston; four stepchildren, Donna Jones, Nancy Lowe, Robby Jones and Barbie Jones; and a number of grandchildren, nieces, nephews and cousins.
In addition to her parents, a stepson, Mark Jones, died before her.
Memorial services were March 29 at Holy Cross-Faith Memorial Episcopal Church.
There is a guest book 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.
DuPont retiree was talented woodworker
Alfred Magruder Dillard Jr. of Pawleys Island died March 23 at his home. He was 77.
He was born April 3, 1938, in Richmond, Va., a son of Alfred Magruder Dillard and Margaret Leonard Dillard. Known as Mac, he graduated from Camden High School in 1956 and Wofford College in 1965. He served in Germany with the Army from 1958 until 1961. He was a retired employee of DuPont.
Mr. Dillard was a talented woodworker and craftsman. Among other things, he renovated a home, built beautiful furniture and made an intricate, functioning dollhouse for his three daughters. He was known for his quick wit and his easy way of making friends. He was extremely proud of his three girls and his grandchildren.
In addition to his parents, his sister, Peggy Dillard, died before him.
He is survived by his daughters, Laura Dillard Paasch (Tim) of Glen Allen, Va., Lisa Dillard Meares (Lee) and Margaret Dillard Edmunds (Tom), both of Columbia: eight grandchildren; Erin Elizabeth, Kathryn Dillard, and William Mason Paasch, Thomas Bryant III, Margaret Briggs and Anne Ashe Edmunds and Walter Lee and Sallie Meriwether Meares; and the mother of his children, Joan Pittman Dillard of Camden.
Services were held Tuesday at All Saints Church Cemetery and Wednesday at Grace Episcopal Church in Camden.
There is a guest book at mayerfuneralhome.com.
Memorials may be made to Central Virginia JDRF, 1801 Libbie Ave., Unit 106, Richmond, Va. 23226 or S.C. Autism Society, 806 12th St., West Columbia, S.C. 29169.
Army vet worked for Club Car
LeRoy S. “Butch” Ramsey III of Augusta, Ga., died March 15. He was 64.
He was born in Wilson, N.C., the son of Roy and Pat Ramsey of North Litchfield. He served in the Army for 20 years. He worked for Club Car as the warehouse manager for 18 years.
He served on the board of the N.C. State University alumni chapter of the National Society of Pershing Rifles, a military honor society. He was a member of First Baptist Church then Curtis Baptist Church in Augusta.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife of 42 years, Judy Ramsey; a son, Lee S. Ramsey of Augusta, a daughter, Laura R. Thieben (Jake) of Ankeny, Iowa; a sister, Terri R. Whitley; and four nieces and nephews.
Funeral services and interment with military honors were held March 18 in Augusta. Memorials may be made to the Augusta Warrior Project, 4115 Columbia Rd., Martinez, Ga. 30907.
There is a guest book at thomaspoteet.com.
Jean H. Thompson
Helped create the Hammock Shops
Jean H. Thompson of Litchfield, who designed the Hammock Shop complex, died March 24. She was 87.
She was born Oct. 8, 1928, the daughter of Edna Law and Joseph John Harris. She attended the New Jersey College for Women. She was married in 1948 to the late M. Stafford Thompson.
Mrs. Thompson was a talented artist and had several exhibits of her oil paintings in Connecticut where she studied under Don Petro and the Arts Student League in New York. She enjoyed visiting the studios of her neighbors, Alexander Calder and Anna Hyatt Huntington.
She opened a gift shop in Woodbury, Conn., made popular by its celebrity clientele that included Arthur Miller, Marilyn Monroe, Richard Widmark, Frederick March, Skitch Henderson, Rosalind Russell, William Styron, Tish Baldrige and Victor Borge. She was an avid tennis and racquetball player and competed throughout the New England Amateur circuit.
She was an active member of the League of Woman Voters and the Waterbury Junior League performing in their Children’s Theater. In 1955, she was the fifth contestant on the original $64,000 Question TV show.
She moved to Pawleys Island in 1973 to develop the Hammock Shop complex and was responsible for purchasing, design of the buildings and personnel.
She later owned the Hammock Shop General Store. She was a member of Holy Cross-Faith Memorial Episcopal Church, Brookgreen Gardens and Litchfield Country Club where she won the President’s Cup golf title in three different decades, the final one being in 2012.
She was remembered as a loving mother, a devoted friend and a versatile and independent woman who enjoyed life to the fullest.
She is survived by two daughters, Sandra Thompson and Christine Helms; son-in-law Lanny Helms; and grandsons Gabriel Godfrey, Michael Rowe and Steve and Scott Helms.
A celebration of her life will be held at a later date.
Online condolences may be sent at burroughsfh.com.
Part-time Litchfield resident
Ernestine Parks Henson of Thompson’s Station, Tenn., died March 16 at her vacation home in Litchfield. She was 80.
She was born April 11, 1935, in Friendsville, Tenn., a daughter of Ernest Donald Parks and Cordelia McClellan Parks. She was a member of the Georgetown Presbyterian Church, the church’s Presbyterian Women and the choir. Mrs. Henson was also a member of the Garden Club of Kingsport, Tenn., and Georgetown and the Junior League of Kingsport.
Mrs. Henson, who was known as “Teeny,” was gifted with a beautiful voice and a talent for floral arranging. She was remembered as a generous soul who brought joy to all those who knew her and had a great love for playing tennis and spending time at the beach.
She is survived by her husband, Joe M. Henson; two daughters, Suzanne Henson Mayo (William) and Cynthia Henson Blackburn (Richard), all of Thompson’s Station; a sister; Mary H. Fugate (Gerald) of Maryville, Tenn.; four grandchildren; Gracie Blackburn, Chris Mayo (Lisa), Joe Blackburn (Rachel) and Will Mayo; and three great-grandchildren, Avi Mayo and Virginia and Luke Blackburn.
In addition to her parents, a brother, Buddy Joe Parks, died before her
Funeral services were Friday at Georgetown Presbyterian Church. Burial was Sunday at Grandview Cemetery in Maryville, Tenn.
There is a guest book at mayerfuneralhome.com.
‘Kat Daniels’ Richardson
Musician started Dixieland band
Daniel W. Richardson of Conway, a musician known locally as Kat Daniels, died March 16. He was 86.
He was born and raised in Algiers, La., a suburb of New Orleans. He joined the Navy and pursued a music career. As a band director with the Navy’s Sixth Fleet, he was able to see the world. After retiring, he began a second career as a probation and parole officer in Norfolk Va.
As a youth, he started out playing the trumpet. He liked to tell the story that his band teacher said to him, “Dan, you are like the sixth trumpet player. I need a trombone man. If you take up the trombone you will be the first seat trombone player.” Dan liked being first and he liked being a star.
He went on to teach other trombone players including the trombonist for the band leader Louis Prima. He played in and around the New Orleans area and honed his Dixieland musical skills.
As a lifelong musician, he always had his own band. While in the Navy and stationed in Washington, D.C., he played the local military clubs. When he started work as a parole officer, he put together a band and played the local officers’ clubs. After retirement, he moved to Conway to be closer to his relatives. It was here that he formed his final Dixieland Band: Kat Daniels and his Rhythm Kings. They enjoyed playing many festivals and venues in the region.
Kat Daniels was a showman. His set list was filled with crowd-pleasers, but his showstopper was “What a Wonderful World.”
He believed in this wonderful world and he made all of those around him believers, too, his daughter Deborah Griffin said. His final number in every set with every band was always “When you’re Smilin.” He loved making people smile. He loved seeing people smile. He was a bright shining star and he made us happy to be around him. He would want us to always remember, “when you’re smilin’, the whole world smiles with you.”
He is survived by his wife, Cutricka Richardson, five children, Tim Richardson, Deborah Griffin, Jim Richardson, Scott Richardson and Sean Richardson; and eight grandchildren. Funeral services will be private.
Chief therapist at Shriners Hospital
Frances Ward Davis Cromwell of Pawleys Island, a retired physical therapist, died Tuesday at Georgetown Memorial Hospital. She was 84.
She was born May 2, 1931, in Florence, the daughter of Russell E. Davis and Frances M. Ward Davis. Known as Dookie, she lived with her grandparents, Capt. and Mrs. Joshua J. Ward, at Oak Hill, a portion of Arcadia Plantation once owned by her great-grandfather, until she was 10. Her family then moved to Pawleys Creek. She attended the Waverly School at Pawleys Island through the eighth grade. Her grandmother, Marie H. Lachicotte Ward, and her aunt, Marie L. “Betty” Ward, were the teachers in the one-room school. Dookie attended Winyah High School, where she graduated in 1949. She served on the debate team, marching band, newspaper staff, yearbook editor, representative to Girls State and student body president.
She worked at The Hammock Shop weaving hammock ends for the Pawleys Island hammocks invented by her grandfather, Capt. Josh. She also worked at Lachicotte’s Store on the corner of Highway 17 and the North Causeway and as a counselor at Camp St. Christopher on Seabrook Island.
After high school, Dookie enrolled at Winthrop College and graduated with honors in 1953 with a bachelor’s degree in biology and chemistry. She was student body president, class president, newspaper editor, yearbook editor and involved with a number of other clubs and honoraries. Dookie went on to further her education at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond where she earned a degree in physical therapy. She met Russell R. Cromwell at MCV and they were married at All Saints Waccamaw in 1955. They moved to Lexington, Ky., and she started work at Shriners Hospital for Crippled Children where she was the chief physical therapist for 40 years until her retirement. She was also an adjunct professor of physical therapy at the University of Kentucky
Mrs. Cromwell was a member of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Lexington where she served as confirmation teacher for 30 years, altar guild, Daughters of the King, vestry member, first woman senior warden, chairman of the acolytes and small group leader. She also served as PTA president, Girl Scout leader and band booster president
Russ and Frances retired to Pawleys Island in 1992 to the home on the creek at Pawleys Island where she grew up. They were members of All Saints Waccamaw where she served on the altar guild, archives committee, and attended Bible study. They later became members of Christ the King Church where she served on the vestry. Mrs. Cromwell also attended services at The Abbey. She enjoyed reading, going in the creek, traveling, family history, her cats and her grandchildren. She was a member of the Georgetown County Historical Society, the Rice Museum, the S.C. Maritime Museum, the United Daughters of the Confederacy and a docent for the annual plantation tours sponsored by Prince George Winyah.
In recent years, she battled many serious health problems with grit and determination. Against the odds, she overcame obstacles which would have stopped a person with lesser resolve. She was a believer in the power of prayer and always kept her sense of humor.
In addition to her husband of 61 years, she is survived by a daughter, Marie Cromwell Lindsay and her husband Buddy of Pawleys Island; a son, John Russell Cromwell and his wife Lisa of Lexington; a brother, Russell E. Davis Jr. of Chelsea, Ala.; and seven grandchildren, Ross M. Lindsay IV, Catharine A. Lindsay, Annelisa L. Williamson, Laura F. Lindsay, Sloan D. Cromwell, Beckett H. Cromwell and W. Maclain Cromwell. An infant son died before her.
A funeral service will be held Monday at 11 a.m. at the old church at All Saints Waccamaw.
There is a guest book at mayerfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Waverly School Renovation Fund at Christ the King/Grace Church, 10172 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, S.C. 29585
Murrells Inlet resident
Julia Forrest of Murrells Inlet died Monday at Tidelands Community Hospice House. She was 73.
She was born Aug. 31, 1942, in Lamar, the daughter of Henry and Sadie Windham Rice.
She is survived by her husband, William “Rhodes” Forrest; her son, William Forrest and wife Karen of Mount Pleasant; her step-children, C.J. and Winnie; her sister, Jeannette Carter of Lamar; her son-in-law, Mike Davis of Murrells Inlet; and three grandchildren, Bryant, Adam and Julia Davis.
In addition to her parents, her daughter, Leigh Forrest Davis, died before her.
A celebration of her life will be held at 1 p.m. Sunday at Burroughs Funeral Home.
Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1105 48th Avenue N., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 or the National Kidney Foundation, 5300 Rivers Ave, North Charleston, SC 29406
Condolences can be sent at burroughsfh.com.
Nancy D. Essig
Former resident was Brookgreen volunteer
Nancy Devlin Essig of Peoria, Ariz., a former Ricefields resident, died Feb. 13 at her home following a three-year battle with dementia. She was 79.
She was born Dec. 1, 1936, in Detroit, the daughter of Irving and Marian Devlin.
She lived in Conneaut, Ohio, where she graduated from high school in 1954. She married the late Alan Neil Essig. They moved to New Jersey in 1965, where Mrs. Essig worked as executive administrative assistant at the Middlesex Water Co. for 30 years.
The Essigs retired to Pawleys Island. They were both active in the volunteer program at Brookgreen Gardens. Mr. Essig died in 2004. Mrs. Essig moved to Arizona in 2012.
She is survived by her son James William Essig of Peoria.
No services will be held.
Judith M. Koltak
Worked with vacation rentals
Judith Merck Koltak of Litchfield died Feb. 11 at the Medical University of South Carolina. She was 75.
She was born in Morgantown, W.Va., the daughter of Louis and Teresa Merck. She graduated from St. Francis Catholic High School and received her bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University. She was married for 52 years to the late Thomas Koltak. They raised their family in Pittsburgh before moving to North Litchfield to enjoy the beach and the lack of Northern winters.
Mrs. Koltak was a member of Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church. She was a devoted Steelers fan and an avid reader whose Kindle account was almost impossible to navigate because it was so full, her family said.
Before her retirement, she was employed by Dunes Beach Home Rentals, where she enjoyed introducing Litchfield and Pawleys Island to many vacationers. She also welcomed countless nieces, nephews, cousins, in-laws and friends to the area.
For the last 10 years, she fought a stubborn battle with cancer, and her family thanked the many doctors, nurses, aides, technicians and volunteers at MUSC and at home who took care of her with love, dignity and compassion.
In addition to her parents and husband, her sister, Louise Merck Vest, died before her.
She is survived by her children, Melissa Koltak Hayes of Atlanta and Brad Koltak of Silver Spring, Md.; and their families, including son-in-law, Donald Hayes Jr., grandsons Tyler, Luke and Connor Hayes, and daughter-in-law, Kim Young.
A funeral Mass will be held March 12 at 10 a.m. at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105.
There is a guest book at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.
Richard D. Watkins
Richard Duane Watkins of Pawleys Island, a retired psychiatrist, died Tuesday at his home. He was 87.
He was born in Tecumseh, Mich., the son of Marvin and Goldie Watkins. He served in the Air Force and graduated from University of Michigan.
Dr. Watkins had a long career in psychiatry. He loved to travel the country, especially in his motor home for 10 years.
He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Melva Watkins; sons, Rick Watkins and wife Cheryl and Michael Watkins and wife Cynda; daughters, Linda Breznicky, Barb Cross and husband Greg, Judy Leonard and husband Stan and Laura Watkins; 17 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren.
The family will receive friends at 11 a.m. Friday at Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel, where a funeral service will be held at noon. Entombment will be held at Hillcrest Mausoleum.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Tidelands Community Hospice, 2591 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, SC 29440.
Theres is a guest book at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.
Douglas T.E. Berg
Executive at logistics firm
Douglas Ten Eyck Berg of DeBordieu, a retired shipping company executive, died Feb. 17. He was 85.
He was born June 17, 1930, in Taylors Falls Minn., the son of Ruben and Mae Berg. He grew up exploring the St. Croix River Valley with his brother and working in his parents’ businesses. Doug moved to Stillwater, Minn., to finish high school. He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Minnesota in 1952. He served in the Air Force and saw active duty at the end of the Korean War as a navigator on overnight reconnaissance flights.
While stationed at Shaw Air Force Base, he met Aggie Jean Poston, a schoolteacher in Sumter. They planned a wedding in just five weeks and married on April 2, 1955, in Aggie’s hometown church in Kingsburg.
Mr. Berg excelled in the field of information technology and was the original chief information officer of C.H. Robinson, a global trucking and logistics company. The Bergs had four children who grew up camping, gardening and enjoying every sport imaginable. Mr. Berg was active in Lutheran churches in the communities where he lived.
The Bergs retired to DeBordieu. They enjoyed their retirement years canvassing the beach, actively participating in St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, hosting family beach vacations and enjoying the beauty of the Lowcountry. An avid gardener, Mr. Berg was happiest when he was tending to his flowers and enjoying his 10 grandchildren.
He served as a docent at Brookgreen Gardens and was an active participant in the Senior scholars program. In addition to his wife of 60 years, he is survived by his four children, Jeanne, Bradley, David and Steven; his daughters-in-law; 10 grandchildren and two nephews.
His brother Charles died before him.
A memorial service was held Monday at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. A funeral service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church in Stillwater.
Memorials may be made to Brookgreen Gardens.
Family counselor in New York
Barbara Bode-Giroux of the Tradition Club, a nurse who became a family counselor, died Feb. 16.
She was born in 1935, the daughter of Alden and Chris Force.
She graduated as a registered nurse from St. Peters Hospital in Albany N.Y. She was an OR nurse before moving to Binghamton, N.Y. There she expanded her career in health care and graduated from Binghamton University and St. Mary’s in Scranton with two master’s degrees in family counseling. She opened her own practice in Binghamton.
She enjoyed many activities including stained glass, gardening, reading, golf, Ping-Pong and traveling. She was remembered as a good friend to all, especially family, and someone who enjoyed life.
She was married to Paul Giroux and John Bode, both of whom died before her.
She is survived by her two sons, John Giroux and his wife Sandy, and Joseph Suguitan; her grandchildren, Allison and Jake Giroux; her brother, John Force and wife Jean; her nephews Robert, David and Michael; her cousin, Bill O’Reilly and his wife Florence.
Services were held Monday at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church.
Memorials may be made to St. Jude Tribute Program, P.O. Box 1000, Dept. 142, Memphis, TN 38101-0008.
There is a guest book at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.
Member of All Saints Church
Nancy “Arden” Hildebrandt of Heritage Plantation died Feb. 18. She was 74.
She was a devoted Christian and active member of All Saints Church.
She is survived by her husband of 54 years Bill Hildebrandt; her son, Bill Hildebrandt and his wife Kim; her daughters, Jennifer FitzGerald and her husband Trey, and Heather O’Malley Hopper and her husband Lance; and her grandchildren, Forrest and Ashley FitzGerald, Timmy, Gavin and Delaney O’Malley, and Emma and Nicholas Hildebrandt.
A celebration of her life was held Tuesday at All Saints Church. Memorials may be made to the church, 3560 Kings River Rd., Pawleys Island, SC 29585.
There is a guest book at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.
Frances A. Pickett
All Saints Church member
Frances Ann Pickett of Taylors died Feb. 11. She was 66.
Born in Nuremberg, Germany, she was the daughter of the Charles Bud and Ethel Pollyanna Walker Scott. She was a member of All Saints Church in Pawleys Island. She enjoyed shopping, decorating, cooking, traveling and spoiling her granddaughter.
She is survived by a daughter, Kimberly Sherman and her fiancé J.A. “Johnny” Carson III; a son, William “Chip” Sherman and his wife Heather; a granddaughter, Brooklyn Sherman; a sister, Sharon Scott; two brothers, Timothy W. Scott and his wife Terry, and Robert J. Scott; several nieces and nephews including her special nephew and caregiver, Allen Scott.
Two brothers, Lester D. Scott and Thomas C. Scott, died before her.
Funeral services were Feb. 19 in Greenville.
Memorials may be made to Unity Baptist Church, 12 Piney Rd., Greenville, SC 29611.
Condolences may be made sent at thomasmcafee.com.
Nancy R. Pulaski
Avid collector of gems and minerals
Nancy Rose Pulaski of Murrells Inlet, an avid collector of gems and minerals, died Feb. 10. She was 69.
She was born July 12, 1946, in Brooklyn, N.Y., the only child of Chester and Hazel Starnes Pulaski. She was a professional model as a child. She graduated high school from the St. Agnes Seminary in 1963 where she was a New York State Scholar. She went on to earn her bachelor’s degree from New York State.
She worked for Morgan Stanley in New York and owned a catering business, Dinner for Eight, that provided fine dining in individual homes in New Jersey. She worked in the furniture business for many years. After moving to South Carolina, she became a gemologist for Christopher’s Fine Jewelry.
She was married to Mel Klein. In 2007, they left Bernard’s Township in New Jersey and moved to Murrells Inlet. They traveled extensively throughout the United States, Europe and South America, as well as Iceland. They packed a lifetime of adventures (and collected minerals) in the 17 years they were together before his death in 2008.
Ms. Pulaski was an authority on gems and minerals. “There is no such thing as a plain old rock,” she used to say. “To call Nancy an amateur gemologist or geologist would be an insult to her vast knowledge of the subject,” a friend said. “She knew more about these disciplines than many with applicable Ph.Ds.” Her vast minerals collection was donated to the South Carolina State Museum for display and education programs.
Ms. Pulaski also organized reunions for her extended family in Wise County, Va., for many years.
She was a member of Duncan United Methodist Church in Georgetown. She was a member of the NRA, Georgetown County Republican Women’s Club and a volunteer with Tideland’s Hospice.
She is survived by a step-daughter, Stephanie Wolford (Jeff) and granddaughter Jordon of Costa Rica, and stepson Kevin Klein (Kennon) of Pacific Palisades, Calif.
Memorial services will be held March 3 at 11 a.m. at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Tidelands Community Hospice, 2591 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, SC 29440 or to UVA-Wise Foundation for the Starnes-Thompson Scholarship Fund, 1 College Ave., Wise, VA 24293.
GM retiree made golf clubs
Dan Spencer of Pawleys Plantation died Saturday at home with his wife Fran and his caregiver and step-daughter Debbie by his side. He was 87.
He was born in Santa Monica, Calif., the son of Richard and Roslyn Spencer. He served in the Army as a paratrooper. He worked for General Motors, retiring after 35-1/2 years.
Mr. Spencer was a member of the Knights of Columbus, Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church and Pawleys Plantation Golf Club. He enjoyed golf, making golf clubs, restoring cars, woodworking and serving as an usher at church.
In addition to his wife of 37 years, he is survived by three sons, Robert Spencer of Texas, Richard Spencer of Ohio and Joseph Spencer of Arizona; a daughter, Nancy Spencer of Ohio; five grandchildren; two step-children, John Stephens and his wife Debra of South Carolina and Debbie Stephens of Kansas; his grandson, Robert Stephens and his wife Tina of India; and his companion Buzz the Cat.
His brother David and another son, Michael, died before him.
His family expressed thanks to Debbie, Deloris, Owen, Rocky, Jim, Father Pat, Dr. Craig Lieberman and Lesley.
Services will be private. Memorials may be made to Midway Fire and Rescue or Father Pat’s Kitchen.
There is a guest book at goldfinchfuneralhome.com
Mildred M. Wigington
Married her childhood sweetheart
Mildred McGimpsey Wigington of Litchfield died Feb. 6 at Waccamaw Community Hospital. She was 95.
She was born Sept. 22, 1920, in Morristown, Tenn., the daughter of R.L. and Myrtle Siler McGimpsey. She graduated from Morristown High School and worked for the government in Washington, D.C., during the early stages of World War II.
Known as “Midge,” she married her childhood sweetheart Everett Eugene Wigington at the Pensacola Naval Air Station immediately after he was commissioned as a naval officer/aviator on Feb. 11, 1944. During their almost 72 years of marriage they lived in many locations in the United States and in the Pacific as a result of his naval career. Upon his retirement from the Navy they lived in Gainesville, Fla., where Gene was a professor and administrator at Santa Fe College. They moved to the Lakes at Litchfield in 2008.
She is survived by her husband. In addition to her parents, two older sisters, Lenoir Feldpausch and Mary Carolyn Waddell, died before her.
Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a future date.
There is a guest book at mayerfuneralhome.com..
James A. Davies
Served on Midway Fire board
James Arthur Davies of West Grove, Pa., a former Litchfield Plantation resident, died Saturday at Neighborhood Hospice surrounded by his family. He was 85.
He was born Sept. 13, 1930, in Honesdale, Pa., the son of William J. and Mary Elizabeth Edwards Davies. He was raised in Williamsport, Pa., where he learned his love for the outdoors and the simple beauty of nature. Hiking, fishing, and playing sports with his friends filled his youth. He graduated from South Williamsport High, where he played basketball.
He served in the Navy with an air squadron during the Korean War. Later in life he enjoyed his reunions with this group.
After the war, Mr. Davies married his high school sweetheart, Carol Fry Davies, and went on to graduate from Penn State University with a business degree. He was a member of Theta Chi Fraternity. He went to work with RCA shortly after graduating. He retired as the vice president of GE RCA patent licensing after a career that took him all over the world. He was elected to Who’s Who in America in 1976 through his retirement.
Mr. Davies believed in serving his community and contributed in many ways. He was elected fire commissioner for Pocantico Hills Fire District in New York in the 1970s and later appointed to the board of Midway Fire and Rescue after retiring to the Pawleys Island area. He also served as president of the Litchfield Plantation Home Owners Association as well as the Waccamaw Council of Property Owners Associations.
He was a member of the Litchfield Country Club and was an avid golfer and tennis player for many years. He also was an amateur radio operator, making wireless contacts with over 150 different countries. He received the honor of election to the DX Century Club from the American Radio Relay League.
As a lifetime member of the Lutheran Church, he served on numerous church councils over the years.
In addition to his wife of 61 years, he is survived by one son, Stephen Davies and his wife Elizabeth of Sandy Hook, Conn.; one daughter, Christina D. Sappey and her husband Jonathan of West Chester; and five grandchildren, Julia, Truman and Henry Sappey and Jennifer and James Davies.
A brother, William Ronald Davies, died before him.
A memorial service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Michael Lutheran Church in Unionville, Pa. The family will receive friends at 10 a.m. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church at P.O. Box 178, Unionville, PA 19375 or to Penn State University, 27 Old Main, University Park, PA 16802-1500 (giveto.psu.edu)
Condolences may be sent at griecocares.com.
Anne C.W. Harris
Critical care nurse
Anne Clare Weeks Harris of Murrells Inlet, a critical care nurse, died Feb. 7 at her home. She was 59.
She was born June 23, 1956, in Palo Alto, Calif., the daughter of Lafayette Christopher Weeks and Suzanne Cotton Senneff. She was a graduate of La Jolla High School, earned her nursing degree in Galesburg, Ill., and continued her education receiving an additional degree in psychology from the University of South Carolina.
She was a critical care nurse at several local hospitals for most of her adult life. Ms. Harris was active in local ministries such as Baskervill Ministries and went on many medical mission trips to Haiti.
She was a faithful and active member of All Saints Church. Many knew her as an unselfish and incredibly giving friend with a deep love for her family and friends, and a profound faith in Jesus Christ. She loved all aspects of life with a special love for outdoor activities including sailing, waterskiing, snow skiing, tennis and hiking.
She is survived by her three children, Christopher, Stephen and Jacqueline Cerasaro; her brother Joe Weeks and sisters Mary Weeks, Maggie Weeks, Katherine Vineyard, Edie Weeks and Sarah Weeks.
A memorial service was held Saturday at All Saints Church by the Rev. Clay Milliner.
Memorials may be made to All Saints Church designated for Haitian medical mission trips.
There is a guest book at mayerfuneralhome.com..
Louise W. Edwards
Lifelong Pawleys resident
Louise Wilder Edwards of Pawleys Island died Friday at Tidelands Community Hospice House surrounded by her children. She was 89.
She was born June 26, 1926, in Hemingway, a daughter of James Adger Wilder and Lorena Ellen Douglas Wilder. She was a lifelong resident of Pawleys Island. She was married to the late Robert Edwards.
She is survived by her children, Ron Driggers (Nancy Stout) of Ligonier, Pa., Judy D. Wiggins (Bill) of Summerville, Trish Driggers of Pawleys Island, Willie L. Starnes of Spring, Texas, and Ellen S. Walters (Alan) of Rock Hill; a sister, Ludie D. Finkbeiner of Greenwood; 12 grandchildren; 10 great- grandchildren; one great-great-grandchild; a son-in-law, Richard J. Stryker Sr. of Richmond Va.; and several nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents and husband, five brothers, Carlton, James Jr., James Elbert, Robert A. and Douglas Wilder; a sister, Katie Wilder; a daughter, Patricia S. Stryker, a granddaughter, Tamara Starnes; and a daughter-in-law, Judy Starnes, died before her.
Funeral services were Monday at the Pawleys Island Community Church Chapel.
There is a guest book at mayerfuneralhome.com.
The family asks that in lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Tidelands Community Hospice House, 2591 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, S. C. 29440 or the charity of choice.
Emily B. Smith
Pawleys Island summer resident
Emily Blum Smith, 84, of Mount Airy, N.C., a Pawleys Island summer resident, died Feb. 3 at Ridgecrest Retirement Community. She was 84.
She was born Oct. 12, 1931, in Forsyth County, N.C., the only child of Frank Leonidas and Helen Woolley Blum. She graduated from Summit School and Salem Academy in Winston-Salem and attended Mount Vernon Junior College. She was married to the late James Hadley Smith.
Mrs. Smith was a lifetime member of the Salvation Army advisory board and an emeritus member of the Surry Arts Council. She was a dedicated member of Central United Methodist Church for many years. She was an avid Duke Blue Devils fan and she truly loved her “home away from home” at Pawleys Island.
She is survived by two daughters and sons-in-law, Emily and Steve Loftis and Helen and Paul Patterson, all of Mount Airy; a grandson and his wife, Rob and Andria Loftis of Atlanta; a sister-in-law, Love Diffee Smith of Mount Airy; two nephews, Raymond Smith II and Mike Smith; and special friends, Sam and Celia Gwyn of Mount Airy.
Funeral services were held Saturday at Central United Methodist Church.
Memorials may be made to the Mount Airy Salvation Army Camp Fund, 651 South South St., Mount Airy, NC 27030; or the Altar Guild at Central United Methodist Church, 1909 N. Main St., Mount Airy, NC 27030.
Condolences may be sent at moodyfuneralservices.com.
Worked in maintenance at IP
Vernon Stull of Conway, who worked at International Paper in Georgetown, died Feb. 3 at his home surrounded by his family. He was 57.
He was born Nov. 10, 1958, in Chicago. The son of Betty Baker Stull and the late Walter Stull. He served in the Navy on various submarines. He went on to work for Kimberly Clark Neenah Whiting Mill in Wisconsin and at IP as a maintenance mechanic.
When Mr. Stull wasn’t volunteering his time at Conway Medical Center in many different capacities, he was an avid outdoors man who loved to fish and hunt. He also enjoyed watching the races at Darlington Raceway and cheering on the Green Bay Packers.
He was known to his family and friends at Tiny. They remembered him as a gentleman who never met a stranger. Most of all, he loved to cook and bake with his grandchildren.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife of 37 years, Deborah; his brothers; Terry Stull (Paulette) of Indiana, Greg Stull (Ann) of Murrells Inlet,and Wayne Stull of Wisconsin; his sister, Kathy Salas (Louis) of Indiana; his daughters, Debra Buckholt (Daniel) of Wisconsin, Rebecka Smith (Randy) of Georgia; his son; Kenneth Stull (Jamie) of Wisconsin; his grandchildren, Nicole and Austin Buckholt, David and Hunter Stull, Hailey, Tanner and Jayden Schultz, Savanna, Ethen, Alexa and Alek Smith and Peyton Rolfs; and many nieces and nephews.
A celebration of his life was held Monday at Burroughs Funeral Home in Murrells Inlet.
Memorials may be made to Conway Medical Center Smart Snacks at cmcfoundationsc.com.
Condolences may be sent at burroughsfh.com.
Walter F. Browe
Retired college president
Walter F. Browe of Murrells Inlet, a school and college administrator, died Jan. 30. He was 88.
He was born Oct. 11, 1927, in Detroit, the son of Walter A. and Grace E. Browe. He went to Western High School and upon graduation in 1945 served in the Marine Corps in World War II.
In 1948, he married Mary Louise Putnam in Detroit. They lived in Allen Park, Mich., where their daughter Judy Lee Browe (now Rohm) was born Aug. 12, 1954, which was her mother’s birthday.
Dr. Browe received his bachelor’s degree in education from the University of Michigan in 1949 and later completed his master’s degree and doctorate at Wayne State University. He was employed by the Detroit public schools for 17 years as a teacher, assistant principal and principal.
In 1967, he became the dean of students at Lake Michigan College in Benton Harbor, Mich. He was promoted to executive vice president in 1969 and became president in 1978. Also that year that he earned his private pilot’s license at 51. (Ten years later he parachuted out of a small plane in Dodge City, Kan.)
While at Lake Michigan College, he was active in several community groups including the presidencies of the boards of the Twin Cities Symphony, the St. Joseph-Benton Harbor Rotary Club and the United Way.
In 1981, he married Jean K. Hatfield.
Dr. Browe retired from Lake Michigan College in 1985 and later served as interim president at North Idaho College in Coeur d’Alene and four community colleges in Kansas.
After these interim presidencies, he worked part-time delivering new motor homes all over the country, including six trips to Alaska, a job he enjoyed because of the scenic beauty of the country.
In 2005, the Browes moved to Murrells Inlet. He was an active member of Murrells Inlet Presbyterian Church and served as a deacon.
His hobbies and interests were fishing, boating, playing the clarinet and saxophone, reading and playing table tennis and billiards.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter and her husband Mark; grandchildren, Megan Rohm Koorse and husband Sandeep and David Rohm and wife Ashley; his great-grandchildren Dahlia Jean Koorse and Asher Reid Rohm; his stepdaughter, Lynn Korff and her husband John and their sons Jason and Brian; step-granddaughter Shelby Hatfield; and several cousins.
In addition to his parents, his ex-wife, his grandson Bud Timothy Rohm and his stepson Mark Hatfield died before him.
A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Murrells Inlet Presbyterian Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the LMC Foundation for Bud Timothy Rohm Memorial Scholarship at Lake Michigan College, 2755 E. Napier Ave., Benton Harbor, MI 49022 or Murrells Inlet Presbyterian, P.O. Box 418, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576.
Condolences may be sent at burroughsfh.com..
Rev. Alanson B. Houghton
A priest with a passion for philanthropy
The Rev. Alanson Bigelow Houghton, who left his family’s business, Corning Glass, to become an Episcopal minister, died Sunday at his home on Pawleys Creek. He was 85.
He was born Aug. 3, 1930, in Corning, N.Y., to the late Amory Houghton and Laura Richardson Houghton. He earned a master of business administration degree from Harvard University and a master of divinity from General Theological Seminary of the Episcopal Church.
In his autobiography, “Houses of Glass, A Personal Pilgrimage,” Houghton described a childhood where he was expelled from two boarding schools. “I was conceived by decent parents, brought up in a decent way in a decent household, indoctrinated with basic common decency and taught that decency, not larceny, was the warp and woof of life. But somewhere within me lurked enough devil to stretch those rules of decent behavior and have a ball in the process.”
He said he learned a lot through the school of “hark knocks” and became a crass, cavalier and clever young man until his father dropped him off at the Marine Corps recruiting station in Boston and encouraged him to enlist.
“The Corps instilled in me a sense of personal pride and national service,” Houghton wrote. “They taught me, bludgeoned me, coerced me, into a new sense of responsibility and obligation — to my country, to my fellow Marines and to myself. Marines are taught to obey, to stand up and speak up and salute, and to fight hard for what is right. But they are also instilled with a sense that they and what they represent and what they do really matters, that national service is an honor, not just a call to arms.
“That was a new awakening for me. ‘Bad, bad Leroy Brown’ had finally slunk away. Private First Class Alanson B. Houghton USMC had taken his place.”
After the Marines, Houghton decided to skip college and go to work in the family business, Corning Glass. After completing a middle management program at Harvard Business School, he got into the MBA program and graduated and then changed course by becoming a “sometime student” in seminary. In two years he completed the work, passed his ordination exams and was ordained.
“Thus this prodigal son finally got smart and sensitive,” he wrote. “I finally embarked on the career I had been yearning to pursue ever since my early years at Corning. I was thrilled. My earthly father was pleased. And I’m convinced my heavenly Father also welcomed me home and put me to work.”
Alan was rector of the Church of the Heavenly Rest in Manhattan≠≠≠≠. He also served Church of the Epiphany (New York City), Christ Episcopal Church (Shaker Heights, Ohio) and St. Stephens Episcopal Church (Charleston) before he and his late wife, Billie, moved to Pawleys Island in 1983. Alan also had a passion for philanthropy, and he particularly enjoyed starting and supporting charitable programs in the communities in which he lived. “Giving and living are synonymous,” Alan said in a 1986 newspaper interview. Alan also loved to write. He was a published author who enjoyed writing cards, prayer books and letters to the editor.
He never stopped praying and giving to people around him, according to Keith, rector at Holy Cross-Faith Memorial. “He immediately welcomed me when I got here as an equal and fellow priest,” Keith said. “I knew that he always kept me in prayer. In his latter days, he relished the ability to not have any other responsibility except to pray for those entrusted to him, and I was very honored to be one of those.”
The Houghtons made Georgetown County a better place to live, said Amy Brennan, former director of Service Over Self and the YMCA who is now living in Charleston.
“I was holding SOS out of my house in the 1990s when I met Alan,” Brennan said. “He invested financially and emotionally to the point he and I became attached at the hip. That’s the unique thing: He wants to become personally involved in the things he invests in. He recognized the need for somebody to care for the homeless, and Friendship Place came along with Charlie Ball to run it.
“Alan was always right there, stride by stride, asking good questions and forcing you to be creative. It was the same with the YMCA, investing time and money because he wanted children to learn to swim. He was always checking on me to make sure I was doing well. All around, Alan Houghton is one of the kindest people I ever met.” The Georgetown County United Way presented its first “Lifetime Philanthropy Award” to the Houghtons in 2014. The Bible quote that framed the Houghtons’ philosophy was: “For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall much be required.”
“Billie and I have found that in those years where we have given away more than we thought possible,” Alan wrote in his book, “everything else has fallen into place as well. We have never suffered because we’ve given away ‘too much,’ in fact, we’ve never felt better.
“I know that I have a lot more money than other people, but that really has nothing to do with it. I must share, not hoard, what I do have, with a smile and not a growl. I must remember that those who have the least often give away a lot more percentage-wise than those of us who have the most. I must remember that I need to look in my own mirror and then get on my knees and pull out my checkbook and put my money where my mouth is.”
He is survived by his siblings Elizabeth Weinberg, Amory Houghton Jr., and James Richardson Houghton; his children Alexander Stewart Houghton, Alanson Bigelow Houghton III, Hope Houghton Newell and John Carter Houghton; his stepchildren Blanche Carr Symons, Scott Carr Adams and E’Lane Carr Tipton; 19 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
In addition to his wife, Billie Fisher Carr Houghton, his sister Laura Houghton Beer, and stepsons John Thomas Fisher Carr and Oscar C. Carr III, died before him.
In an afterword to his book, Houghton wrote: “I read somewhere that on a gravestone in Appalachia there is the following epitaph: ‘The dogs barked at him.’ I don’t know whether they barked from fear or joy, but at least they barked! I wouldn’t mind that on mine, but I think I’d rather have someone say, even if just passing: HE LOVED - HE CARED - HE SERVED - HE BELIEVED.”
A service will be held Saturday at Holy Cross-Faith Memorial Episcopal Church at 10 a.m. with the Rev. Wil Keith officiating. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation or a charity of your choice.
Retired from Wang Laboratories
Virginia Lee Hallet DeCastro of Murrells Inlet died Jan. 19 at NHC Healthcare in Garden City. She was 77.
She was born Dec. 10, 1938, in Nashua, N.H., the daughter of Edward and Verna Goodale Hallet. She worked for Wang Laboratories in Lowell, Mass. She lived in Lowell and Bourne, Mass., before retiring to Murrells Inlet.
Mrs. DeCastro, who was known as Ginny, had a strong faith and trust in God and was a member of First Congregational Church in Milford, N.H.
She was a life member of VFW Post 10420 in Murrells Inlet and served as an officer of VFW Post 5988 in Bourne. She was also a member of the American Legion Post 178 and Moose Lodge 2351 in Murrells Inlet.
She was also proud of her membership in the Order of Rainbow Girls in Milford and the Red Hat Society.
Compassionate by nature, she had a strong affinity and love for dogs and other animals and enjoyed time spent painting.
She is survived by her husband, Margarito “Freddy” DeCastro; a step-son, Carlos A. DeCastro and wife, Diane, and their son, Derek; step-daughters, Juliene F. Ramirez, Eilene Soo and Tina M. Kelley; her grandchildren and great-grandchildren; sister, Susan M. Aiesi and husband, Gary; a nephew, Jason Aiesi; a niece, Jo-Ellen Aiesi; one grand-niece, Emerson Aiesi; and grand-nephew, Ian Aiesi.
In addition to her parents, her brother, Jack Hallet, died before her.
Services will be private.
Memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1105 48th Ave. N., Suite 109, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577.
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Worked for Long Island Railroad
John Thomas Stetter of Murrells Inlet died Jan. 16 surrounded by his family. He was 73.
He was born Oct. 16, 1942, in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of John T. and Sally Nodell Stetter. After his retirement from the Army, Mr. Stetter worked as a heavy equipment operator for the Long Island Railroad in New York.
He was an avid golfer, fisherman, race car fan and, most importantly, a family man. He loved having his grandchildren come visit in the summers and found enjoyment watching them ride the golf cart around the course next to their home.
He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Lorraine Plaia Stetter; his children, John T. Stetter Jr. of Murrells Inlet, Jacqueline “Jackie” Campo and Jennifer Stetter, both of Long Island, N.Y.
A Memorial Mass was celebrated Jan. 21 at St. Michael Catholic Church.
Condolances may be sent at burroughsfh.com.
Kind deeds touched many lives
Linnie “Belle” Weaver Briggs of Myrtle Beach died Jan. 14 at Tidelands Community Hospice House with her husband by her side. She was 82.
She was born Feb. 2, 1933, in Lake City, the daughter of Otto and Earline Powell Weaver.
Even though she worked for over 50 years, she took every opportunity to celebrate life. She enjoyed spending many hours on the beaches along the Grand Strand. She was an avid tennis player and played on numerous tennis teams along the coast. She enjoyed cooking, gardening, nature, bird watching and Tai Chi. She was adventurous and she loved to dance, especially the shag.
During the last years of her life she was spiritually nurtured by the staff and congregation at the Church of the Resurrection, but she remained a member of All Saints Church.
Her life was anchored by her strong and steadfast faith, which gave her strength during difficult and trying times, her family said. She found joy in sharing her love of life and her faith by witnessing to others. One of her favorite songs was “You Raise Me Up.” She found ways to raise up people when they needed it most by listening carefully and with many kind deeds.
She had charisma and could charm a room full of strangers with her smile and the sparkle in her eyes, her family said.
She is survived by her husband of 10 years, Mike Briggs; a sister, Lillie Mae B. Wigger; two brothers, Keith and Ken Weaver; her children and step-children, Linda Cole Fitch (Bill) of Lake City, Helen Cole Andrews (Mike) of Pawleys Island, Rivers Murray Cole (Janet) of Charleston, Arona Cole Downs (Carl) of Myrtle Beach, Mark Briggs (Jayne) of Frederick, Md.; Nathan Briggs (Danielle) of Kingston, N.C.; Peter Briggs (Maria) of Myrtle Beach and David Briggs (Natalie) of Columbia, Ohio; her grandchildren, Renee Smith, Tara Fitch, Tommy and Eric Andrews, Tiffani Szemly, April Rigsbee and Robb Downs, Donovan, McKenna, Sebastian and Landon Briggs; and her great grandchildren, Vivian Smith, Brett and Adrien Fitch, Aaron Obser, J.C. and McKenna Szemly, Kaden, Isabelle and Jack Rigsbee, and Robbie and Brayden Downs.
Her oldest brother, Jerry Weaver, her mother-in-law, Thelma Briggs, and another grandson, Mark Fitch, died before her.
A celebration of her life was held Tuesday at the Church of the Resurrection.
Memorials may be made to the Church of the Resurrection, P.O. Box 14548, Surfside Beach, SC 29587, or All Saints Church, 3560 Kings River Rd., Pawleys Island, SC 29585.
Condolences may be sent at burroughsfh.com.
Vintner became church secretary
Ruth Blank Horner of North Litchfield died Jan. 13 in Wilmington, N.C. She was 89.
She was born Nov. 20, 1926, in Chicago, but considered Fredonia, N.Y., her hometown. She was the daughter of Warren and Abbie Blodgett. She graduated from Fredonia High School in 1943 and Allegheny College in 1946. She took graduate courses at the State University of New York to obtain her teaching credentials, enabling her to teach elementary school for many years at Brocton Central School in western New York.
Ruth and her first husband, the late William Blank, owned and operated grape vineyards in Fredonia. Upon retirement, Ruth and Bill moved to the Pawleys Island area, where Ruth worked as the manager of Christmas at Pawleys in the Hammock Shops for several years, and then as the first secretary of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church until her husband’s illness.
In June, 1996, Ruth married George C. Horner and they resided in Pawleys Island.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Rebecca Blank of Pawleys Island and Bonnie Liposchak (Paul) of Wilmington; a son, William Blank (Nancy) of Wilmington; three stepdaughters: Adrienne Leary of Amherst, N.Y., Allison Harte (John) of Jersey in the Channel Islands, UK, Mary Costanzo (Peter) of Williamsville, N.Y.; three grandchildren, three step grandchildren and one step-great-grandchild.
In addition to her first husband, her only brother, Robert Blodgett, died before her.
A memorial service will held Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. A luncheon to celebrate her life will be held Feb. 13 at the White Inn in Fredonia. A private burial will be held at the town of Pomfret, Webster Road Cemetery in New York.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Salvation Army of Georgetown, Midway Fire and Rescue or St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.
Condolences may be sent at andrewsmortuary.com.
Dr. B. Madison Currin
First dean of Charleston cathedral
The Rev. Canon Beverly Madison Currin, rector emeritus of Christ Episcopal Church in Pensacola, Fla., and a longtime visitor to Pawleys Island, died Jan 7.
A native of Burlington, N.C., he earned a bachelor’s degree from Elon College, a master’s in divinity from Duke University Divinty School and a master’s in theology and a Ph.D from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond.
Dr. Currin served as an assistant at Grace and Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Richmond, Va., where he was ordained to the priesthood by the Bishop of Virginia in 1959. From 1961 to 1966, he was rector and then dean of the Cathedral Church of St. Luke and St. Paul in Charleston. Under his direction, the church became the Cathedral of the Diocese of South Carolina in 1963. In January 2003, the Bishop of South Carolina made him an honorary canon of the cathedral in recognition of his being the first dean.
Dr. Currin was rector of Christ Church from 1966 until November 2002. He was designated rector emeritus when he retired. Under his leadership Christ Church grew to be the largest Episcopal Church in the Diocese and one of the largest in the nation. During his tenure as rector, four buildings were constructed and two additional buildings were renovated. In 1998, a gymnasium and classroom building were constructed and named the Currin Center.
Dr. Currin was one of the founding fathers of the Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast, which had its primary convention at Christ Church in 1971. He has served two consecutive terms as president of the standing committee of the diocese as well as a member of the finance committee, commission on ministry and commission on planned giving. He was elected a deputy to four general conventions of the Episcopal Church.
In addition, he has served as a member of the bishop’s Council of Advice, clergy chairman of Venture in Mission, historiographer of the diocese, the bishop’s search committee and over the years served on almost all of the commissions of the Episcopal Diocese of the Central Gulf Coast.
He has preached in some of the leading churches in the Episcopal Church, conducted teaching missions and led retreats and conferences. He was a fellow of the College of Preachers of the Washington National Cathedral. He was the author of eight books, four of which were histories of Pensacola and Christ Church.
For many years, Dr. Currin was involved in community affairs including development and historic preservation. He was primarily responsible for the restoration of Old Christ Church on Seville Square. The governor appointed him to the Historic Pensacola Preservation Board in 1997 and 2002. He also served as trustee of Historic Pensacola Inc., when the preservation board was placed under the University of West Florida rather than the Department of State.
Dr. Currin’s favorite prayer was by John Henry Newman: “O, Lord, support us all the day long, until the shadows lengthen, and the evening comes, and the busy world is hushed, and the fever of life is over, and our work is done. Then in thy mercy, grant us a safe lodging, and a holy rest, and peace at the last.”
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, Eleanor McCall Lachicotte Currin, formerly of Pawleys Island and Charleston; and three sons, Madison Currin III and his wife Starr and their daughter and son-in-law Michelle and James Davis of Houston, Texas; David Lachicotte Currin and his wife Michelle and their two daughters Morgan Lachicotte and Madeline Beverly-Ann of Pace, Fla.; and Saint Julian McCall Currin and his wife Kelly and their two daughters Heidi Elizabeth and Bridget McCall of St. Augustine, Fla.
The Burial Office was read and the Eucharist celebrated at Christ Church on Tuesday.
Memorials may be made to the Matt Currin Lectures Fund, Christ Episcopal Church, 18 West Wright St., Pensacola, FL 32501.
Peggy A.D. Tallevast
Retired from International Paper
Peggy Ann Daniel Tallevast of Hagley Estates, died Monday at Waccamaw Community Hospital. She was 75.
She was born Dec. 18, 1940, in Lynchburg, Va., a daughter of Henry Alex Daniel and Mary Margaret Miller Daniel. She was a former employee of International Paper Co.
She was married for 43 years to the late Cecil J. “Tally” Tallevast Jr., a retired Army lieutenant colonel who worked as an engineer and became the building inspector for the town of Pawleys Island. They lived in the Pawleys Island area for many years.
She is survived by two daughters, Renee Tallevast of Edgewater, Fla., and Colette McMurray (Charles) of Sneads Ferry, N.C.; a son-in-law, Steve M. Frazier of Pinehurst, N.C.; a grandson, Sean Alexander Frazier of Greensboro, N.C.; two granddaughters, Kelly Meidl (John) of Raleigh, N.C., and Becky Fields (Corey) of Pawleys Island; two great-grandchildren, Cecilia Meidl and Lyla Fields; a sister, Bonnie D. Bailey of Forest, Va.; two nephews, Michael Wayne Bailey of Cummings, Ga., and Brian Scott Bailey (Carrie); and great nieces, Julia, Peyton, Samantha and Annabelle Bailey.
There is a guest book at mayerfuneralhome.com. Arrangements will be announced by Mayer Funeral Home.
David B. Tomlinson
Member of Pawleys Island Presbyterian
David Babb Tomlinson of Murrells Inlet died Dec. 29 at Tidelands Community Hospice. He was 66.
He grew up in Olanta, the son of Don H. and Elinor Babb Tomlinson. Known as Wheatie, Mr. Tomlinson graduated from Francis Marion University and served in the Army. He was a member of Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church.
He is survived by his wife, Kimmie Eskridge Tomlinson; his daughter, Ginger (Ted) Frick; his son, Will (Amy) Fields; his sister, Donna (Roy) Cromer; a brother-in-law, Ben Fitch; and his grandchildren, Callie and Jake Moss, Donovan Fields, Austin, Lauren and Carly Frick.
Another sister, Beth Tomlinson Fitch, died before him.
A celebration of his life was held Saturday at Sunnyside Plantation by the Rev. Harold P. Lewis.
Memorials may be made to Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church Youth Group, 9967 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, SC 29585 or Belin Memorial United Methodist Church Youth Group, 4183 Business 17, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576
Condolences may be made at burroughsfh.com.
Yvonne T. Waddell
Retired middle school teacher
Yvonne T. Waddell of Pawleys Island died Dec. 31.
She was the daughter of Homer and Edna Coker Taylor of Woodruff. She earned her undergraduate degree from Erskine College and a master’s degree from the University of South Carolina. She was a member of Phi Theta Kappa honors society.
She taught in the South Carolina schools for 34 years with 20 of those at J.B. Beck Middle and Georgetown Middle. She served as academic coach for many years and was proud of her teams winning 10 district titles.
After retiring, Mrs. Waddell enjoyed teaching at the Salvation Army after-school program.
She is survived by her daughter, Melinda Waddell of Charleston, and her son, Scott Waddell (Tammy) of Columbia.
Memorials may be made to the Lowcountry Food Bank and the Salvation Army after-school program.
Memorial services were Sunday at Mayer Funeral Home.
There is a guest book at mayerfuneralhome.com.
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