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Sept. 3

Capt. Joe Driggers

Skippered commercial fishing boats

William Joseph “Capt. Joe” Driggers, 68 of Murrells Inlet died Sunday, August 30 at Tidelands Community Hospice. He was 68.

He was born May 3, 1947, in Florence, the son of Ralph Clifton Driggers and Mildred Lowder Driggers.

“Capt. Joe” was a charter boat captain with commercial fishing, crabbing and shrimping routes in Georgetown County. He served in the Coast Guard. He loved nature, riding his bike around Murrells Inlet, traveling and gardening. He was employed by Seven Seas Seafood Market and was general manager of field operations for Phillips Seafood.

He had a strong Christian faith.

He is survived by his daughters, Kelly Danielle Shelton and her companion Jason Duffield of Murrells Inlet, Jennifer Roy and her husband John of Pawleys Island, Constance Lynn Driggers of Mount Pleasant; his step-daughter, Shera Laraya of Garden City; his brothers, Ralph Clifton Driggers and wife Gayle of Pawleys Island, and Christa Rentz and husband Ronnie of Greenville; and his grandchildren, Violet Duffield, William Fisher Roy and Connelly Roy.

A celebration of his life will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Burroughs Funeral Home by the Rev. Margaret Filler of Unity Christ Church. The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to the Smith Medical Clinic, 116 Baskerville Dr., Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

Condolences may be sent at burroughsfh.com.

Jean G. Mason

Former government employee

Jean Graham Mason of Pawleys Island, who worked for the federal and state government, died Aug. 28. She was 97.

She was born in Middlesboro, Ky, the daughter of Arthur Claude Graham and Mamie McNeil. Jean grew up in Spartanburg and attended Converse College.

She worked for the War Department during World War II and then went on to work for the S.C. House of Representatives. She was married to the late Edward Racine Mason, a retired Army colonel.

In later life, she and her daughter, Jeannie, moved to Pawleys Island, enjoying life at the beach with family and friends.

In addition to her daughter, Jeannie Graham Mason of Pawleys Island, she is survived by a son, Corry Mason of Fairfield County; two grandchildren, Courtney Smith Turner and her husband Manning of Pawleys Island, and Jennifer Kelly Mason of Charleston; and three great-grandchildren, Parris Byars, Ella Foy and Cherry Foy.

Memorial services will be held today at 3 p.m. in the old chapel of All Saints Church.

Mrs. Mason’s family thanks the staff at Tidelands Community Hospice for their care and support.

Memorials may be made to the hospice house at 2591 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, SC 29440.

There is a guest book at goldfinchfuneralhome.com


Aug. 27

Len Anderson

Sailor started retail stores

Leonard Walter Anderson, co-founder of the Harbor Specialties retail stores, died Monday at his home in Beaufort, N.C. He was 84.

He was born Aug. 25, 1930, in Chicago, the son of Elmer Clarence and Martha Hansen Anderson. Raised in nearby Lake Bluff, his formative years during the Great Depression forged in him self-reliance and resourcefulness put well to use over the course of his years. Gifted with great natural ability and a unique sense of focus and determination, he welcomed competitive challenge. As a young man, he excelled as a multi-sport athlete; in particular, as quarterback for three years with the undefeated Lake Forest High School football team. Offered a tryout as pitcher with the Chicago Cubs, he declined, opting instead to pursue his education on a football scholarship at Yale University.

Midway through his junior year, he withdrew and enlisted in the Marine Corps. He became an officer and served in the Korean conflict. He always considered his time with the corps as the defining years of his life.

Upon his return, Mr. Anderson married Marilyn Goodman, a native of Wilmington, N.C., re-enrolled at Yale and completed his studies there, followed by graduate work at the Harvard Business School.

He became a leading executive with Carolina By-Products in Greensboro, N.C., guiding that company through development of its Chemol subsidiary and several other operations.

An accomplished bluegrass banjo player, Mr. Anderson enjoyed many good times and harmony among musician friends on his sailing vessels, most notably his boat, Banjo. In “retirement,” he became a charter captain of Banjo, and with first mate, Susan Sanders, built the series of coastal retail stores, Harbor Specialties. As an aside, he was a gifted craftsman, and co-founded two nonprofit organizations.

In addition to his first mate and his former wife, he is survived by three sons, Leonard Walter Anderson Jr., Karl Goodman Anderson, and his wife, Christine, all of Greensboro, and William Berndt Anderson of Pawleys Island, and seven grandchildren, Sparks Anderson, Sidney Anderson, Grace Anderson, Caroline Anderson, Cecelia Anderson, Berndt Anderson and Ellen Marilyn Anderson.

A service will be held at 2 p.m. today at Brooks Funeral Home in Beaufort with the Rev. John Carlisto officiating. The family will receive friends at the funeral home an hour before the service. Burial in Oriental, N.C., will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Harbor Historical Association, P.O. Box 2288, Georgetown, SC 29442; the N.C. Boat Building Heritage Foundation, P.O. Box 566, Beaufort, NC 28516; or the charity of your choice.

Condolences may be sent to brooksfuneralhomeandcrematory.com.

Capt. James H. Chapman

Naval career spanned 30 years

James Haselden Chapman of Litchfield Plantation, a retired Navy captain, died Aug. 20.

Born in Timmonsville in 1923 to Mary Sherard Chapman and Elting L. Chapman, he was the youngest of three sons. His older brothers were Elting L. Chapman Jr. of Florence and Garden City, and Dr. William S. Chapman of Myrtle Beach. His family lived in Timmonsville until the early 1930s, then moved to Florence when his father was elected Florence County treasurer, a position he held for 40 year.

James as he was called by family, or Jim as he was known by friends, attended the University of South Carolina for three years and then received an appointment from Congressman John L. McMillan to the U.S. Naval Academy’s Class of 1947, which graduated in 1946. Two years later while in flight training in Pensacola, Fla., James met and then married Jeane Morgan of Clayton, Mo., who was a flight attendant for Eastern Airlines flying out of Miami Beach.

Capt. Chapman had a rewarding 30-year naval career that took him, and often his wife and their two children, to 20 duty stations in such locations as China, Trinidad, Bermuda, Key West and Annapolis. Highlights of his career included commanding a squadron of patrol planes tracking submarines off Alaska, command of an ammunition supply ship off Vietnam and command of a Marine transport and helicopter carrier in the Mediterranean Sea. He and his family returned several times each year to spend holidays and summer vacations with family in Florence, Myrtle Beach, Pawleys Island and Garden City.

It was only natural that after his naval career, he would retire to his native South Carolina.

First building a home in Litchfield Country Club and then moving to Litchfield Plantation, James and Jeane stayed active enjoying family, lifelong friends, tennis and boating, church, vestry and many volunteer roles.

Capt. Chapman loved his family dearly, was true to his friends and set an enduring example of good character, abiding faith and personal decorum, his family said.

His wife of 60 years died in 2009. He is survived by his daughter Susan C. Vogel, her husband Bruce and their son Bryce, of Pawleys Island, New Providence, N.J., and Charlottesville, Va., respectively; his son, retired Capt. James H. Chapman Jr., his wife Susie, and their son Stephen, daughter Elizabeth and her husband Cliff and their children Marin and Sam, and son James III and his wife Kerri and their twins Lilian and James IV, of Virginia Beach. Va., Carlsbad, Calif., and Richmond, Va., respectively. He is also survived by his and Jeane’s loving and loyal dog Molly.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Francis Animal Center, 125 North Ridge St., Georgetown, SC 29440, or to the charity of your choice.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 3 p.m. in the old chapel of All Saints Church by the Rev. Clay A. Millener, with a graveside committal service in the church cemetery with full military honors. The family will receive friends at Capt. Chapman’s home following the graveside service. There is a guest book at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

Isaac G. Cox

Air Force veteran worked for DuPont

Isaac Gerald Cox of North Litchfield, who retired from DuPont, died Monday. He was 86.

He was born Nov. 12, 1928, in Kershaw, the son of E.W. Cox and Lena Catoe Cox. He graduated from Kershaw High School and went to the University of South Carolina. After school, he went into the Air Force where he attained the rank of staff sergeant. He was stationed in Florida and California during the Korean War.

He was married for 62 years to the late Doris Dale Clemons Cox. They retired to North Litchfield in 1982.

Mr. Cox’s working career was spent at DuPont in Lugoff, where he was an instrument mechanic. He also sold real estate for DeLoach Realty.

Mr. Cox loved to hunt dove and quail. He played football in high school and also played softball and bowled until he was 84 years old. He loved to watch tennis on television, and he never missed watching the USC Gamecocks and Clemson. He was a Mason and scoutmaster for many years. One of his proudest moments was as building committee chairman for Center Grove Baptist Church in Kershaw. He was not only a father to his children, but also a friend.

He is survived by his sisters, Mary Bayne and Betty Ann Cox; his brother, Frank Cox; three children, Jimmy, Deborah and Patricia; and six grandchildren.

Four brothers, Dock Ernest, E.W. Cox Jr., Olin Cox and Roy Cox, and four sisters, Leila Jane Spencer, Evelyn Deaton, Elsie Lazaechick and Louise Kringle, died before him.

A service to celebrate his life will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at Center Grove Baptist Church by the Rev. Dr. Sam Catoe. A committal service will follow in the Kershaw City Cemetery with military honors. The family will receive friends following the burial at the cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

Aitken Gallup

Dockbuilder loved the water

John Aitken Gallup III of Pawleys Island died Friday at Waccamaw Community Hospital. He was 39.

He was born in Georgetown, the son of Rose Pierce and John Aitken Gallup Jr. Aitken loved the water, whether it was boating, fishing or building docks.

He loved football, playing it at Waccamaw High and in college. He was an avid USC Gamecock fan and enjoyed barbecuing. But most of all he loved his family, especially spending time with his niece and nephew.

In addition to his mother of Mammoth Spring, Ark., and his father and his wife Cynthia of Pawleys Island, he is survived by his brother, Michael Gallup and his wife Michala of Littleton, Colo., and their children Mary Grace and Nehemiah.

A memorial service was held Monday at Goldfinch Funeral Home. There is a guest book at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.


Aug. 20

Dr. Leslie H. Meredith

Physicist headed NASA science division

Dr. Leslie Hugh Meredith of North Litchfield, a physicist who worked for NASA, died July 15 at New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, N.C. He was 87.

He was born Oct. 23, 1927, in Birmingham, England, the son of Dr. Howard Voas and Matilda Meredith.

In 1948 he married Marilyn Church and together they raised three children in Silver Spring, Md. Marilyn passed away unexpectedly in 2008 while they were together seeing the world on one of their many adventures.

Known as Les, Dr. Meredith was an accomplished physicist who earned his Ph.D at the University of Iowa in 1954 under Dr. James Van Allen, a pioneer in the field of space science. Dr. Meredith’s research and rocket development in the early 1950s led him to NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., where he headed the Space Sciences Division, primarily focusing on the study of cosmic rays and solar astronomy. He continued his work at NASA for nearly 30 years, participating in numerous satellite launches and space science projects as the industry evolved.

Following his career at NASA, he joined the American Geophysical Union as the first director of research programs in 1987.

While he had many professional accomplishments, Dr. Meredity was most proud of his children and the summer beach home he, his father and his son built in South Carolina in the 1970s.

This home served as the location for an annual family reunion, “Beach Week,” that has occurred consistently for over 40 years. He leaves his loving family with the hopes that they will continue the legacy started by his parents over 50 years ago.

In addition to his parents, Les was predeceased by his sister, Mavis Stewart.

He is survived by his children, Martha (Paul) Tabor, Laura (Tex) Peterson and Les (Nancy) Meredith; grandchildren, Ben (Kellie) Tabor, Kate Tabor (Noah Sorscher), Megan Tabor, Andrea Peterson, Elaine (Morgan) Lamarre, Erik (Lindsay) Peterson, Greg (Samantha) Meredith, Lauren (Kevin) Byrne, and Julie (Joe) Albrecht; great-grandchildren, Lily Tabor, Max and Alex Meredith, Natalie and Claire Byrne, Owen and Ingrid Albrecht, and Eleanor Lamarre.

He cherished his grandchildren and gave each special memories of personal trips to England.

A celebration of his life will be held Sept. 6 at 4 p.m. at the Murrells Inlet Presbyterian Church chapel.

Condolences may be sent at andrewsmortuary.com.

Johanna S> Thomas

Longtime Pawleys Island resident

Johanna S. Thomas of Columbia and Pawleys Island, died July 20. She was 89.

She was born Aug. 16, 1925, in Austria, the daughter of Josef Stadler and Karolina Stadler. She lived through the Nazi occupation and married a GI, the late Henry Gray Thomas III, after World War II. She lived in both Columbia and Pawleys Island.

She is survived by her son, Henry Gray Thomas IV (Emilie Carey) of Pawleys Island; daughter, Ellie Pennington Thomas of Pawleys Island; grandchildren, Hyatt Thomas Drake (John Drake) of Columbia, Gray Thomas Donohoe (David Donohoe) of Charlotte, N.C., Henry Gray Thomas V of Columbia, Robin Powers McKenna (Peter McKenna) of Greenville; great-grandchildren, Samuel Gray Drake, Daniel McGavin Donohoe, Margaret Caroline Donohoe, Peter James McKenna, James Holloman McKenna; sister, Lucy Stadler Carson of Columbia; niece, Nora Shealy; nephews, Greg Carson, John Carson; brother-in-law, Dr. Albert Patrick Thomas (Helen Thomas) of Lexington; nephews, Rick Thomas, Mike Thomas; nieces, Mary Ann Reid, Leigh Crout; nephews, Rudi Stadler and Walter Stadler of Austria; and Miriam Thomas Brown of Columbia, an aunt who was also a dear friend.

Her brother, Rudolf Stadler of Austria, died before her.

Funeral services were held Saturday in Columbia with with burial in St. Peter’s Cemetery.

There is a guest book at dunbarfunerals.com.

Dr. Joe Willis

Chiropractor founded health care firm

Dr. Almer Joe Willis of Murrells Inlet, a chiropractor who started a health care company, died Tuesday. He was 78.

He was born at Bull Creek, Va., eldest son of Thelma and Ray Willis, but spent his adult life in South Carolina.

Dr. Willis was a visionary and facilitator both within his profession and his relationships with people, often bringing about cooperation and kindness where they had not existed.

He was the founder and president of Willis Chiro-Med, a company of nearly 40 clinics and imaging facilities in four states. He helped pioneer the settings in which chiropractors, medical doctors and other health care professions worked together.

Dr. Willis served in many positions and received numerous awards. He chaired the Darlington County Commission and was prominent for many years in local government. Professionally, he was president of the state association and a member of the licensing board.

He was an officer of the national association as well as his college alumni board.

He founded a number of scholarships to assist the many chiropractic students he motivated.

Internationally, he received the Lee Homewood Heritage Award from the Association for Chiropractic History for his “distinguished career contribution of lasting significance.”

The key to his success was voiced by a friend of over 50 years: “I never heard Joe talk bad about anyone.”

He is survived by his wife, Mariella Swanson Willis; three sons: Mark (Robin) Willis, Dr. Scott (Paige) Willis and Craig (Suellyn) Willis, and their families of 10 grandchildren and six great grandchildren; his sister Jane Sparrow; brothers, Dr. Jerry Ray (Judy) Willis and Dr. John (Jane) Willis, all of Virginia.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Belin Memorial United Methodist Church.

The family will receive friends an hour before the service. Interment will be in Hillcrest Cemetery in Conway.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the scholarships Dr. Willis established at the University of South Carolina and Coker College, or to the charity of your choice.

Condolences may be sent at burroughsfh.com.


Aug. 13

Jean Daniel

Won awards for surfing

Jean Wall Daniel of Murrells Inlet died Aug. 8 at her home after a long battle with cancer. She was 64.

She was a lifelong resident of Murrells Inlet. She earned many trophies for her surfing expertise, her friends said.

She is survived by her companion Dick Vick Jr. of Murrells Inlet and many friends. A drop-in celebration of her life will be held at her home from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday.

Bud Wofford

Former Pawleys Island resident

Bruce Philip “Bud” Wofford of Gastonia, N.C., a former Pawleys Island resident, died Aug. 5 after a battle with progressive supranuclear palsy (PSP) at the Levine and Dickson Hospice House in Huntersville NC. He was 72.

He was born in Niagara Falls, N.Y., the son of Bruce Westmoreland and Florence Felsing Wofford. Upon seeing his curly auburn hair as a baby, his favorite Aunt Maude deemed him “my sweet little rose bud” and the nickname Bud (luckily shortened) stuck with him for life.

He had a unique ability to nickname anyone (most were appropriate, others not so much). Sports trivia, social gatherings (both hosting and attending), and helping others were all in his wheelhouse, his family said. They said he will be remembered for his his smile, laugh, generosity and competitive spirit.

He is survived by his son, David Wofford of Gastonia; sisters, Betsy Bowers and husband Wayne of Roanoke, Va., and Mary Wofford of Wilmington, N.C.; sister-in-law, Fran Kelley of Charlotte; brothers, Bill Wofford and wife Beth of Lexington, Ky., and Richard Wofford and wife Pat of Lake Wylie; numerous nieces, nephews and god-children and his dogs Daisy and Forest.

In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by four infant children, his former wife Kathy Wofford, his brother Jack Wofford, and his beagle Katie Boo.

In lieu of memorials, his family said he would ask that you secretly treat a stranger or a family to a meal next time you are out to eat. You’ll both leave the restaurant with a smile and a full belly. Ultimately in life, you will be judged by your deeds, your faith, and the love of your family and friends.

Condolences may be sent at mcleanfuneral.com.

Ron Woodward

Loved sports and history

Ronald Earl Woodward of Murrells Inlet died Aug. 5 at Vibra Hospital in Mount Pleasant after a three month battle following heart surgery. He was 80.

He was born in Hockessin, Del., the son of Joseph E. Woodward and Lareine P. Woodward. He later moved to the family farm in the Faulkland area of Wilmington, Del. He was a 1952 graduate of Conrad High School and attended Goldey Beacon College. During the Korean War he served in the Delaware Air National Guard.

Mr. Woodward was an insurance agent for 40 years.

He enjoyed a lifelong interest in sports, especially baseball. At 19, he was invited to the Pittsburgh Pirates baseball school on the recommendation of a well known scout at the time who saw his potential as a pitcher.

He had vast knowledge World War II, the Civil War and sports in general. He could quote stories and statistics with amazing recall.

He is survived by his wife, Cathel Ross Woodward; son, R. Gregory Woodward; niece, Rhonda W. Hutchinson (Robert); nephew, Mark A. Woodward (Mary) several cousins, especially David H. Woodward (Nancy K.) and Ray K. Woodward (Nancy W.); lifelong friends Richard and Sandra Moore and their daughter, Tracy Moore.

His brother, William J. Woodward, died before him.

A memorial service will be held Aug. 20 at 11 a.m. at Goldfinch Funeral Home, Litchfield/Pawleys Chapel. The family will receive friends 30 minutes before the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Wounded Warriors Project, 4899 Belfort Rd., Suite 300 Jacksonville, FL 32256 or to Red Clay Creek Presbyterian Church.

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com


July 30

Charlie Ruth

Owned home maintenance company

Charles Ruth of North Litchfield, who ran one of the area’s first home maintenance companies, died Saturday. He was 81.

He was born March 18, 1934, in Enka, N.C., the son of Katherine Marie Wilkie Ruth and Ray Taylor Ruth.

He was an honor graduate of Furman University, where he earned a degree in business administration. He was a member and president of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity. He played basketball and was a member of 1954 team which led the nation in scoring. He also lettered in track.

He served in the Army.

Mr. Ruth held management positions with Deering Milliken Co. and Sonoco Products Co. In 1983, he became owner of Litchfield Home Maintenance, one of oldest property management companies in the Litchfield Beach area.

He served his church and community in many ways in a career spent in Florida, Texas and South Carolina. Charlie coached Pee Wee basketball. He served on his church council in Orlando, Fla. He was currently a member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Rebecca Hayes Ruth; sons, Charles Ray Ruth Jr. (Lisa) of Columbia and Nathaniel Hayes Ruth (Deanna) of Pawleys Island; a daughter, Katherine Louise Miller (Christopher) of Columbia; his grandsons, Charles Ray Ruth III and Fletcher Hayes Ruth; his granddaughters, Katelyn Marie Ruth, Mary Eva Miller and Helen Louise Miller.

A celebration of his life will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. Interment will be in the church columbarium.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Furman University Paladin Club, 3300 Poinsett Highway, Greenville, SC 29613, or to a charity of your choice.


July 23

William Boone

Spent career with Allstate

William Boone of Hagley Estates died July 16 at Georgetown Memorial Hospital. He was 77.

He was born in Yonkers, N.Y., the son Edward and Maude Boone.

Mr. Boone was a retired officer from Allstate where he worked for over 30 years.

He was a skilled woodworker who enjoyed tennis, golf and skiing.

Mr. Boone also volunteered countless hours with the Ronald McDonald organization. He was a dear friend to many and loved for his generosity.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Ann; sons, Bill Boone of Georgetown, Andy (Rosie) Boone of Moab, Utah, and Peter (Lisa) Boone of Greer; daughter Kathleen (Alex Herndon) Boone of Pawleys Island; grandchildren, Cam and Kaitlin Sweeney of Pawleys Island, and Jake and Mary Alice Boone of Greer; brothers, Edward (Judy) Boone and Thomas (Helene) Boone; and his sister, Jane Keating.

His daughter, Laura Ann Boone, died before him.

A funeral mass was said Monday at St. Mary Our Lady of Ransom Roman Catholic Church.

Memorials may be made to the Ronald McDonald House, 81 Gadsen St., Charleston, SC 29401.

There is a guest book at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

Robert G. Hines

Mentor to WHS athletes

Robert G. Hines of Hendersonville, N.C., a former Pawleys Island area resident who was a mentor to Waccamaw High athletes, died July 15. He was 83.

He was born Nov. 18, 1931, in Knoxville, Tenn., the son of Otis Boyd and Cecilia Coble Hines.

He was preceded in death by his stepmother, Mary Peeler Hines, and his son, Larry Paul Hines.

He graduated from Young High School, where he was an All-State football player. He earned a degree in economics and business from Vanderbilt University, where he continued his football career. He was an All-SEC player and was the 1953 Most Outstanding Athlete. He was also a participant in the 1953 Senior Bowl in Mobile, Ala.

After Vanderbilt, Mr. Hines was drafted by the Green Bay Packers. He played seven games.

Mr. Hines also served as an officer in the Marine Corps.

During the early part of his career, Mr. Hines was president of Hines Laboratories in Knoxville. He also served as chairman of the Laboratories Association of USA and Canada, vice chairman of the board of Baptist Hospital in Knoxville, chairman of deacons for First Baptist Church, Knoxville, and president of the Knoxville Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

Mr. Hines found the work in the later part of his life his most rewarding. He counseled and worked with high school athletes in Pawleys Island and helped each of them discover and develop their unique talents as both students and athletes.

Mr. Hines is survived by his wife of 29 years, Lola Kearney Hines; his brother, Otis Boyd Hines (Oneita) of Knoxville; his children, Gary Murrell Hines of Mineral, Va., and Suzanne Hines Keck (Richard) of Knoxville; his stepchildren, Elizabeth Edwards of Hendersonville and Ruthie Cole (Edward) of Highlands, N.C.; and grandchildren, Alexandria Moore, Savannah Keck, Olivia Cole and Margaret Cole.

A celebration of his life will be held at Hendersonville Presbyterian Church at 11 a.m. Saturday. The service will be conducted by the Rev. Bill Campbell.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Hendersonville Presbyterian Church, the Elizabeth House of Flat Rock, or Hope Academy of Mud Creek Baptist Church, Hendersonville.

Condolences may be sent to shulerfuneralhome.com.

Robert C. Irby Jr.

Retired DuPont executive

Robert Cannon Irby Jr. of Pawleys Island died peacefully at his home July 16. He was 79.

He was born Aug. 10, 1935 in Richmond, Va., the oldest son of Robert Cannon “Booten” Irby and Elizabeth Mayland “Bully” Booker Irby of Blackstone, Va. He was a 1952 graduate of Blackstone High School and a 1956 graduate of Virginia Military Institute where he was a company commander and a member of Kappa Alpha.

Upon graduation from VMI, Mr. Irby began his long successful career with E.I. DuPont de Nemours and Co. He married the former Sara Duncan Weisiger of Earls, Va., in December 1957. He served two years in the Army at Fort Hood, Texas, before returning to his DuPont position in Kinston, N.C., at their textile fibers plant.

He held a number of manufacturing management positions at that plant before transferring briefly to Monterrey, Mexico in 1965, where he was instrumental in getting a new plant subsidiary up and running. He was then brought back to Kinston until 1969 when he was transferred to the DuPont home office in Wilmington, Del.

In 1971, he returned to his home state where he was personnel superintendent at the Martinsville, Va., nylon plant until 1974 when he was appointed personnel manager for the company’s textile fibers department in Wilmington.

After an assignment as personnel manager for the central research and development department, he accepted an assignment in Geneva as director of employee relations for all European operations. After returning to the U.S. in 1984, he served as director of human resources for the petrochemicals, polymer products and fibers departments.

Mr Irby retired in 1990, after nearly 35 years of service. Bob and Sara made their home in Pawleys Island, a longtime dream of theirs.

In retirement, Mr. Irby was an avid golfer and fisherman. He enjoyed hosting family and friends at the beach.

He served as the club president for Pawleys Plantation Golf and Country Club, was chairman of the POA at Pawleys Plantation, and a member of the Pawleys Island Civic Association.

In addition to his wife of 57 years, he is survived by his sons, Robert Cannon Irby III and wife Joan Broomell Irby of Richmond, Stuart Duncan Irby and wife Lynn Woodward Irby of Salem, Va., and Bruce Watson Irby and wife Frieda Adams Irby of Burlington, N.C.; his grandchildren Melissa Ann Irby, Jenna Rolfe Irby McCord and Virginia Randolph Irby, Lindsey Woodward Irby and Barbara Katherine Irby, Brett Watson Irby and step-daughters Pamala Riley Thaxton and Tamara Michelle Riley; his great-grandson, Lucas Cannon McCord; and his brother, William Irby and his wife Linda.

The interment will be private. Memorials may be made to Wounded Warriors at woundedwarriorproject.org.

Flo Peterson

Georgetown native retired from GMAC Financing

Florella Manet Blanchard Peterson of Pawleys Plantation died peacefully at her home July 16. She was 66.

She was born in Georgetown, the daughter of George W. and Mary Nettie Blanchard.

She attended First Baptist Church with her family, graduated from Winyah High School then Palmer College in Charleston before moving to Greenville. While in Greenville, she worked with the Junior League, and raised her children while working for GMAC Financing before retiring and moving back home.

Mrs. Peterson, who was known as Flo, was instrumental in the creation and operation of the Bridge Club of Pawleys Island. She worked tirelessly with Helping Hands of Georgetown and was very active in the Women of Wealth Investments of Pawleys Island.

Her baking and hospitality along with absolute love of life and family were but a few of her treasured traits, her family said.

She is survived by her husband, Norris Pryor Peterson; son, Todd Alan Peterson and granddaughters Kaitlin Elizabeth and Alexis Kay Peterson of Gaithersburg, Md.; daughter, Mary Caroline Edwards Ashmore, son-in-law Charles Kevin Ashmore, and granddaughter, Maryn Grace Ashmore of Greenville; son, George Christopher Scoville Edwards, also of Greenville; brother, Benjamin Bari Blanchard, and sister-in-law, Mary Kathlyn Mendenhall of Byron, Ga.; and many treasured cousins, nieces, nephews and friends.

Another brother, Grecian Wade Blanchard, and a daughter, Terri Kay Peterson, died before her.

A memorial service was held Tuesday. Memorials may be made to Helping Hands, 1813 Highmarket St., Georgetown, SC 29440.

Condolences may be sent to grahamfuneralhome.org.


July 16

Leigh F. Davis

Had passion for family and Jimmy Buffett

Leigh Forrest Davis of Murrells Inlet died July 3 at Waccamaw Community Hospital. She was 47.

She was born June 13, 1968, in Darlington, the daughter of Rhodes and Julia Forrest.

She had a great love and passion for her children. She loved the lake and relaxing in her hammock. She had a passion for computers and was a true Parrot Head.

In addition to her parents, of Murrells Inlet, she is survived by her husband, Mike Davis; her children, Bryant Michael Davis, Adam Charles Davis and Julia Leigh Davis; her brother, Will Forrest and wife Karen of Mount Pleasant; a step-daughter, Wendy Michelle Davis Hansmeyer of Pawleys Island.

A celebration of life service was held at Burroughs Funeral Home, which has a guest book available at burroughsfh.com.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 1039 44th Ave. N., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577.

Billy Murphy

Former Pawleys resident

William Joseph Murphy of Orlando, Fla , a former Pawleys Island resident, died Sunday. He was 57.

He was born Feb 19, 1958, in Washington, D.C., the son of Althea LaRue Gebicke and John Murphy. He graduated from high school in Maryland in 1977 and moved to Pawleys Island.

Mr. Murphy, who was known as Billy, was a manager of a mobile home park in Orlando for over 20 years. He loved going to flea markets every weekend and especially loved his dogs. He was a very kind man, his family said.

He is survived by his adopted son, James Myers in Orlando; a brother, Johnny Murphy of Pawleys Island; a step-sister, Sheri Lee Wood and her husband, Glenn, of Golden Beach, Md.; and his nieces and nephews, Brian Murphy, Alex Wright, Shawn Casen, Kim Jahed, Kelly Mattingly, Ricky Wood and Samantha Murphy.

A brother, Steven Murphy died before him.

A memorial service is planned for a later date in Orlando.

Claire M. White

Avid golfer

Claire Marie White of Tradition Club died June 23 at Prince George Health Care. She was 91.

She was born July 28, 1923 in Philadelphia, a daughter of William James Earley and Mary Earley. She was married for 66 years to the late George C. White Jr. They lived in Erdenheim, Pa., before moving to the Pawleys Island area in 1996. Mrs. White was a passionate golfer and continued to play golf into her late 80s. She loved to travel and perform volunteer work in her community.

She is survived by a son, George C. White III of Georgetown; a daughter-in-law, Gloria White of Sea Isle City, N.J.; five grandchildren, Christopher White (Susan), Stephanie Godfrey (Stuart), Geoffrey White, Courtney Dewees (Eric) and Alyson White; and five great-grandchildren.

Another son, Gregory James White, and two sisters, Monica Markulin and Elizabeth LaRocca, died before her.

A funeral Mass was held July 9 in Flourtown, Pa. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association atalz.org. There is a guest book at burroughsfh.com.


July 9

Vera L. Doubek

Restaurant owner fled Communist regime

Vera Libuše Doubek of Litchfield by the Sea and Plano, Texas, who survived the Nazi occupation and fled the Communist regime in her native Czechoslovakia, died July 2 at home surrounded by her family. She was 89.

She was born June 8, 1926, in Budweis, to Jaroslav and Libuše Zatká. She was in school when the Nazis took over Czechoslovakia. In 1942, her parents were sent to concentration camps and their family flour factory and home were seized. Her mother died at Auschwitz-Birkenau.

After the war, she met and married Karel Doubek in 1948. His family also owned a milling company and he financed an anti-Community newspaper. A friend from the local police station told Karel he was going to be arrested.

“So, we just took a change of clothes and put it in a rucksack, took the night train as close as we could get to the border,” Mrs. Doubek recalled in a 1998 interview. “We had to be careful because we knew at that time already they had border patrols and nobody could leave.”

The newlyweds made a final sprint to freedom in West Germany where they were turned over to the U.S. Army. They lived in a refugee camp for nearly a year. They wrote to a distant relative who had emigrated to Nebraska before World War I and he agreed to sponsor them.

Karel went to work in their relative’s butcher shop. Vera began raising their family while learning English from the radio.

Known for her cooking and baking talent, Vera and Karel opened the Old Vienna Café in Omaha. “I was the head cook and he was in front managing,” Vera said.

In 1979, they moved to Dallas, where they opened the Bohemia Restaurant. Her Czech Svičkova was a family favorite.

The end of the Soviet Union and the emergence of the Czech Republic in 1991 provided Mrs. Doubek with the opportunity to reclaim the property seized first by the Nazis then by the Communist government. But companies founded by her grandfather and his brothers wound up in the ownership of the former Communist management.

In the end, she and two cousins got a share in the country’s oldest, largest and most popular pasta factory, Zatka.

She instilled a strong work ethic in her children and possessed a positive attitude living by the motto “family is everything.”

Vera and her supportive, nurturing compassion will be missed, her family said.

Her husband died in 1984.

She is survived by her three children, Charles Doubek, Phillip Doubek and his wife Bonnie and Ilka Doubek Fox and her husband Tom; five grandchildren, Joshua, Kathrine and Charles (Matthew) Doubek, Phillip Doubek Jr. and Lida Fox.

Memorials may be made to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, 60 East 56 St., 8th floor, New York City, NY 10022

Her family extended their gratitude to Compassus Hospice for their support in her final days.

Margie C. Humphries

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Margie Cain Humphries of Prince George died July 4 at her home after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was 86.

She was born April 4, 1929, in Greenville, the daughter of Daniel R. “Bubba” Cain and Nellie Trammel Cain Thackston. She was a graduate of Greenville High School and attended Washington Seminary in Atlanta and Furman University.

After her marriage to Tom Humphries in 1950, she joined him in Atlanta where they lived for 49 years before relocating to Pawleys Island in 1999. Mrs. Humphries was a member of First Baptist Church in Georgetown and had previously been a member of First Baptist Church in Greenville and Second Ponce DeLeon Baptist Church in Atlanta.

She is survived by her husband of almost 65 years, John Thomas Humphries; a son, John Cain Humphries and his wife Susan Willis Humphries of Marietta, Ga., and one granddaughter, Jennifer Cain Humphries of Woodstock, Ga.

Funeral services were Tuesday at First Baptist Church. Burial was in Pennyroyal Memorial Gardens.

There is a guest book at mayerfuneralhome.com.

Memorials may be made to Furman University, 3300 Poinsett Highway, Greenville, SC 29613 or First Baptist Church, 219 Cleland St., Georgetown, SC 29440.

Her family expressed their love and affection for her caregivers from Home Instead Senior Care for their love and dedication over the years, and to the ladies from Tidelands Community Hospice for their love and attention given to Mrs. Humphries in her last few days.

Patricia E. Willcox

Worked for Rolls Royces

Patricia E. Willcox of Heritage Plantation, a former employee of Rolls Royce, died Friday at Georgetown Memorial Hospital. She was 86.

She was born and raised in Leicestershire, England. After finishing school, she spent four years in garment cutting and design. She then became a chemical analyst at Rolls Royce.

She was known to her family at Pat, Mum or Nana. They remembered her as a woman who was a beacon of happiness and contentment and fought unrest and displeasure with her every act. She treasured every holiday and ensured her family and friends enjoyed themselves in her company.

Mrs. Willcox loved her dog, Mocha, as a family member. Love was in her eyes and felt in her touch, her family said, and each day she spent with them filled her with joy. To see them smile gave her peace.

She was remembered as a beloved wife and dedicated mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and the quintessential English lady.

She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Don Willcox; her daughters, Susan (Sam) Scialdone and Joanne (Ted) Ayoub; her grandchildren, Samuel and Stefanie; and her great-grandchild, Dylan.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. today at the Goldfinch Funeral Home Litchfield Pawleys Chapel.

There is a guest book at goldfinchfuneralhome.com


July 2

Robert A. Ford

Taught sheet metalworking

Robert Allan Ford of Pawleys Island died Friday at the MUSC Medical Center. He was 69.

He was born Feb. 27, 1946, in Wadsworth, Ohio, a son of Arthur Buel Ford Jr. and Lois Margaret Frase Ford. He graduated from Kenmore High School and attended Ohio State University. Mr. Ford lived most of his life in Ohio and West Virginia.

He started in the sheet metal trade and taught sheet metal in a high school vocational department. He worked for a time as a sheet metal coordinator and instructor and retired as business agent with Sheet Metal Workers Local 33.

Mr. Ford was a member of First Baptist Church in Georgetown.

He is survived by his wife, Judith Kay Norris Ford; a son, Mark Allan Ford (Jenny) of Ripley, W.Va.; a daughter, Michelle Lynn McIntyre of Parkersburg, W.Va.; a step-son, Steven Brian Lynn of Surfside Beach; a step-daughter, Jennifer Dawn Lynn of Uniontown, Ohio; a brother, Arthur Dennis Ford of Benton Harbor, Mich.; a sister, Belva Mae Ford Owen of Elmira, N.Y.; 11 grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were Monday at First Baptist Church.

There is a guest book at mayerfuneralhome.com.

Elaine M. Minkler

Active in nonprofit groups

Elaine Marie Minkler of Hagley Estates, a volunteer with community organizations, died June 24 at the Medical University of South Carolina. She was 65.

She was born in Lima, Ohio, the daughter of Esther and the late William Recker. She was an active member with Hobcaw Barony, Teach My People and the master gardeners. She volunteered for Habitat for Humanity.

In addition to her mother of Glandorf, Ohio, she is survived by her husband, Dennis Minkler; a daughter, Deanna Minkler of Chicago; a brother, Mark Recker of Columbus Grove, Ohio; five sisters, Linda Black of Glandorf, Marlene Pine of Charleston, Ann Burgoyne of Hilliard, Ohio, Amy Frost of Findlay, Ohio and Marti Imm of Glandorf.

Services will be private.

There is a guest book at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

Memorials may be made to Hobcaw Barony, 22 Hobcaw Rd. Georgetown, SC 29440; Teach My People: 753 Waverly Rd. Pawleys Island, SC 29585; Greyhound Pets of America, P.O. Box 14533 Charleston, SC 29422; or Habitat for Humanity, 1907 Hampton Ct. Georgetown, SC 29442.

Guy Osborne

Former Pawleys Island Police chief

Floats in the 2002 Pawleys Island Fourth of July Parade included Harry Potter, Star Wars “Attack of the Crabs” and some reflections of the 9/11 attacks. New to the celebration was Guy Osborne, who started work the day before as the town’s police chief.

After 32 years in law enforcement, he was leading a procession of pickup trucks and boat trailers around the island.

“He said he felt like a kid in a candy store,” Mayor Bill Otis said. “He had the biggest grin on his face.”

Osborne spent the next decade building up the department, which is the biggest and most visible part of local government in a town with under 100 residents and a summer population of 5,000. He died Saturday in Washington, Va., leading a boot camp exercise group on the Virginia Creeper bike trail. He was 69. Read more…

Elizabeth L. Psakis

Retired English professor

Elizabeth Lafferty Psakis of North Litchfield, a retired college professor, died Sunday at Waccamaw Community Hospital. She was 82.

She was born in Baltimore, a daughter of George and Elizabeth Psakis.

She was a professor of English at the University of Cincinnati for over 30 years. She loved animals, the beach, gardening and classical music, particularly the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra.

She is survived by her sons, Nicholas Armstrong and wife Kristel of Pawleys Island and Michael Armstrong and wife Allison of Myrtle Beach.

Services will be private. There is a guest book at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

Memorials may be made to All 4 Paws at all4pawssc.org or the Cincinnati SPCA at spcacincinnati.org.


June 18

Bill Gibney

Retired financial executive

William Gibney of Willbrook Plantation died Sunday at his home surrounded by his family. He was 85.

He was born Dec. 4, 1929, in Astoria, N.Y., the son of James and Ellen Gibney. He worked for Fleet Financial Corp. as senior vice president for over 23 years. Prior to that, Mr. Gibney served as development director for Catholic Charities and as public relations director for Cerebral Palsy on Long Island.

He was most proud to have served in the Marine Corps on active duty in Korea.

He is survived his wife Pat, four sons and four daughters and spouses, 22 grandchildren, nine great-grandchildren and a sister, Agnes O’Leary.

Memorials may be made to Tidelands Community Hospice, 2501 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, SC 29440 or the Marty Lyons Foundations, 560 Tidewater Cir, Pawleys Island, SC 29585

A Memorial Mass will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church by the Rev. Pat rick Stenson.

Condolences may be made at burroughsfh.com..

Doyle McWhorter

Litchfield Beach summer resident

Alfred Doyle McWhorter III of Myrtle Beach, a longtime summer resident of Litchfield Beach, died June 12 at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center. He was 86.

He was born in Knoxville, Tenn., the son of A.D. and Elizabeth McWhorter. He retired from Southern Bell after 39 years of service. He was married for 59 years to the late Lillis R. McWhorter.

He is survived by his son Alfred J. McWhorter and his wife Angela and their son James Mason McWhorter of Myrtle Beach; two brothers, William C. McWhorter and his wife Mary of Oak Ridge, Tenn., and Richard H. McWhorter and his wife Ann of Eureka, Calif.; and several nieces, nephews and their children.

A memorial service will be held at Joseph B. Bethea United Methodist Church. The time will be announced at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

Memorials be made to the church, P.O. Box 50067, Myrtle Beach, SC 29579.

Rev. Abraham Nelson

Pastor at Mount Zion Baptist for 29 years

God called but Abraham Nelson didn’t listen. Not at first. But after fighting the call to ministry, when he gave in he ended up serving for over 40 years, 29 as pastor of Mount Zion Missionary Baptist Church in Pawleys Island.

Rev. Nelson died Monday, called by God one last time.

The man who became known in the church and his community as Father Abraham was born near Manning and grew up on Sandy Island, where his father worked for Archer Huntington, who created Brookgreen Gardens with his wife Anna. “It was the best place on the East Coast,” he recalled. “It was quiet and peaceful, and there was nothing to do that could get you into trouble.”

Rev. Nelson said in a 2013 interview he was first called to the ministry when he was 17. After graduating from Howard High School in Georgetown, he went to work as a tile contractor instead. The job paid 60 cents an hour.

Except for two years in the military, he stayed in the tile business for 25 years. He started his own business after moving back to Pawleys Island from Virginia in the 1950s.

In 1971, he began attending seminary two nights a week in Kingstree while preaching on Sundays.

“It just wore me out,” Rev. Nelson said. “I had to give up something, so I gave the tile business to one of my sons.”

He and his wife Marian had joined Mount Zion, where he was an usher, Sunday school teacher, trustee and deacon. In 1971, he became pastor of St. Peter Missionary Baptist Church in Georgetown and moved on to Antioch Baptist in Lane for several years. In 1984, he followed the Rev. G.W. Bessellieu as only the fourth pastor of Mount Zion since its founding in the 1860s

During his tenure, the church built a new sanctuary, increasing its capacity from 200 to 350 worshipers.

He retired in March 2013 and was named pastor emeritus.

He was remembered for his wise counsel to other ministers and happy disposition in the face of hardship.

“Whatever you do in life comes out one way or another,” Nelson said. “I work with the people, and they work hard with me. This church has really helped me to grow in the ministry. This church has really been behind me and given all the support any person could expect. It’s one of the greatest congregations any minister could ask for.”

His wife, Marian, died in 2009 after 53 years of marriage. He is survived by their children, Gwendolyn Carr, West Columbia, Leonard L. Nelson and Gary T. Nelson of Pawleys Island and Anthony A. Nelson of Tampa, Fla.

A wake service will be held at Mount Zion from 6 to 7 p.m. today. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. Friday, led by the Rev. Mitchell Adger. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Marian Collins Nelson EAF Endowment Fund at donate.akaeaf.org.

Roger D. Palmer

Air Force veteran started environmental business

Roger Dale Palmer of Litchfield Country Club, who followed a career in the Air Force with work in education and business, died June 5 at his home. He was 92.

He was born Oct. 31, 1922, in Holdrege, Neb., one of four children of Frona and Allen Palmer. He began his first career at age 7, selling newspapers to help his mother support the family. He served in the Army Air Force in Europe during World War II. His experiences as a ball turret gunner on the B-17 “Round Trip Ticket” formed the basis of a 1944 novel “Visibility Zero,” written by his uncle Bernard Palmer, author of over 165 books for Christian youth. A staff sergeant, Mr. Palmer received the Air Medal with three oak leaf clusters and the Distinguished Flying Cross.

His military career spanned almost 30 years, serving in many foreign countries under Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon, and many government officials while stationed at Bolling Air Force Base in Washington, D.C., and Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland as part of the Military Air Transport Service.

Following his retirement in 1968 with the rank of chief master sergeant, he went on to a career as the director of facilities at Wheaton College in Illinois, Mary Baldwin College in Staunton, Va., and the Westminster Schools in Atlanta. After retiring from this career he went onto start his own business, assisting the educational community and nonprofit organizations deal with environmental issues. That company continues to operate under the direction of his youngest son, Peter Palmer.

Mr. Palmer is survived by his wife of 68 years, Donna Palmer. Mrs. Palmer describes her husband as a believer and follower of Christ, a devoted husband and father, always quick with a joke and a big grin. Roger and Donna had a wonderful life together and traveled extensively during Mr. Palmer’s military career and after.

In addition to his wife and son, Mr. Palmer is survived by a daughter, Nancy Trimble of Pawleys Island; another son, Dan Palmer of Pawleys Island; a granddaughter, Marti Hart and her husband Calvin; and three great-grandchildren, Allie Osborne and her husband Nathan, Joshua Hart and Makenzie Hart.

A memorial service was held June 8 at Pawleys Island Community Church by the Rev. Don Williams. A graveside service with full military honors by the Military Honor Guard of Washington, D.C., was held June 10 in Saunton.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105-1942; Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 757517, Topeka, KS 66675; or the International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, 360 North LaSalle St., Suite 4300, Chicago, IL 60602-3356.


June 11

Kathy Gramet

Led Friends of the Waccamaw Library

Kathleen Byrne Gramet of the River Club and Syracuse, N.Y., a retired educator who chaired the Friends of the Waccamaw Library, died June 3 at Upstate University Hospital in New York. She was 66.

The daughter of Mary Byrne and the late John Thomas “Tom” Byrne, she earned a bachelor’s degree in education from State University of New York at Brockport. She went on to earn a master’s degree in reading education from Niagara University, a certificate of advanced study in education administration from the State University of New York at Oswego, and a doctorate in education from Teachers College at Columbia University.

In her career she was a teacher, principal, assistant superintendent for instruction and superintendent of schools for the North Syracuse Central School District. She supported and encouraged thousands of students and colleagues throughout her career. During chance encounters in airports, supermarkets and elsewhere, family and friends became accustomed to witnessing the heartfelt thanks these individuals expressed to Mrs. Gramet for her life-changing concern, her family said.

Her commitment to the power of education was expressed throughout her life in a variety of community service activities. In retirement, her dedication to the Friends of the Waccamaw Library was instrumental in the building of the new library.

The poise, grace and generosity to others that characterized her life remained strong throughout her last months, they said.

Mrs. Gramet and her husband Alan celebrated their 37th anniversary on May 29. In addition to her mother, she is also survived by her daughter, Jennifer Zaborsky, a son, Sam (Lura) Gramet, and grandchildren Ryan and Lily Zaborsky and Elias Gramet, all of Syracuse; her brothers and sisters, Patricia B. Pereira (Lawrence) of Jacksonville, Fla., Shawna E. Byrne of Hyannisport, Mass., Kevin T. Byrne (Valerie) of Livermore, Calif., John G. Byrne (Sandra) of Pittsburgh and Mary Joan Frieden (Cary) of Austin, Texas; brother-in-law Steven Gramet (Pamela), of St. Augustine, Fla.; and a number of nieces and nephews. Services and burial were held in Syracuse. Memorials may be made to the Robert Blume Oncology Nurses Education Fund, Upstate Cancer Center, 750 East Adams St., Syracuse, NY 13210.

There is a guestbook at scheppfamily.com.

Bob Kaple

Organized Toys for Tots

Robert Frederick Kaple of Pawleys Island died June 2 at the Methodist Manor of the Pee Dee in Florence. He was 89.

He was born in Tuscon, Ariz., the son of Mae and Roy Kaple. He served in the Marine Corps during World War II.

Mr. Kaple was a member of the Marine Corps League and for many years organized the group’s Toys for Tots campaign in Georgetown County.

There will be a private inurnment service at Florence National Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Tidelands Community Hospice, 2592 Fraser St., Georgetown, SC 29440.

There is guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

Chuck Merck

Former Litchfield Beaches POA president

Carl J. Merck Jr. of the Lakes at Litchfield, a retired Army colonel, died June 4. He was 90.

He was born in Morgantown, W.Va., a son of Carl and Elizabeth Merck. He received his bachelor’s degree from West Virginia University and his master’s degree from George Washington University. He was a 27 year Army veteran, serving in World War II, the Korean Conflict and the Vietnam War. He received the Combat Infantry Badge, Bronze Star, Distinguished Flying Cross, Legion of Merit and numerous other decorations.

Col. Merck, who was known as Chuck, was a graduate of the Command and General Staff College, Armed Forces Staff College and the Industrial War College.

He was a member of the VFW and was a former vice president of Advanced Drainage Systems in Ohio. He served as a commissioner of Midway Fire and Rescue and as a president of the Litchfield Beaches Property Owners Association. He was a member of Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Jane Merck; daughters, Kim Risk (Steve) of Pennsylvania, Mary Collins of North Carolina and Maggie Kinlaw (Tilden) of Florida; grandchildren, DJ and Megan Risk, Joey, Evan and Carey Musselwhite and Katie Collins; sister, Pat Laws of North Carolina; and a good friend, Dave Collins of North Carolina. Another daughter, Kristin Musselwhite, died before him.

A memorial service will be held July 11 at 10 a.m. at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church.

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.


June 4

Ethel A. Robbins

Taught in Aiken County

Ethel Alverson Robbins of Georgetown, a retired teacher, died Sunday at Georgetown Memorial Hospital. She was 93.

She was born Sept. 17, 1921, in New Prospect, a daughter of Joe Alverson and Cora L. Alverson. She grew up in New Prospect, and graduated from Asheville Teachers College in North Carolina. Mrs. Robbins retired after many years of teaching for Aiken County Schools. While in Aiken, Mrs. Robbins was an active member of Aiken First Baptist Church.

She was married to the late Claude Carroll Robbins. They moved to Georgetown 11 years ago, and were faithful members of First Baptist Church. Mrs. Robbins enjoyed gardening, sewing, playing the piano and reading. She was remembered as a beloved wife, mother, grandmother, sister and neighbor.

She is survived by a son, Claude Carroll Robins II of Smyrna, Tenn.; three daughters, Teresa R. Hobbs of Pawleys Island, Karen R. Murphy of Charlotte and Gail R. Hendriks (Michael) of Georgetown; a sister, the Rev. Betty Alverson of Marietta; five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

Memorial services will be held June 13 at 11 a.m. in Pennyroyal Memorial Gardens by the Rev. Dr. Ted A. Sherrill.

There is a guestbook at mayerfuneralhome.com.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 219 Cleland St., Georgetown, S.C. 29440, or Tidelands Community Hospice, 2591 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, S. C. 29440.


May 28

Michael R. Kunde

County firefighter-paramedic

Michael Ryan Kunde of Myrtle Beach, a firefighter-paramedic for Georgetown County, died Friday from injuries received in a motorcycle accident. He was 34.

He was born Jan. 16, 1981, in Lansing, Mich., the son of Kurt and Connie Kunde. He served in the Marine Corps.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his wife Amy Russo Kunde; a sister, Allison Rae Kunde and her husband Travis Newton of Alto, Mich.; maternal grandmother, Madeline Buehler of Grand Rapids, Mich.; mother-in-law Eloise Dabakey, of Wyoming, Mich.; father-in-law Vince Russo of Wyoming; brother-in-law Adam Russo of Grand Rapids; a niece, Fiona Lark Kunde Newton of Alto; and a number of aunts and uncles.

He also leaves behind his four-legged best friend, Dalton.

A celebration of his life was held Tuesday at Belin Memorial United Methodist Church.

Memorial donations may be made to the Michael Kunde Memorial Fund at Bank of America. Condolences may be made at burroughsfh.com.

Joseph M. Lammonds

Nurtured the human spirit

Joseph Milton Lammonds of Georgetown, father, husband, singer, Navy man, voice of wisdom and humor, Santa Claus and grandfather, died May 20, a little before 8 a.m. His passing was a peaceful and deliberate summary of what is good in the world, his family said.

He is survived by five grandchildren, three children, their spouses and several hundred friends who cherished his loving smile.

He may never be remembered for his many inventions, accomplishments and accolades, but will certainly be remembered for his love and nurturing of the human spirit in which he so adamantly believed. He will be missed. There is a heart shaped hole in the wind.

A memorial lunch was held Wednesday at Pawleys Self Storage. There is a guest book at mayerfuneralhome.com.

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

Martha C. Swaringen

Trained as a nurse

Martha Cribb Swaringen of Murrells Inlet died Monday at her home. She was 63.

She was born July 15, 1951, in Mullins, the daughter of Leroy Fred and Annie Lee Newman Cribb. She graduated from the Mercy School of Nursing in Charlotte and received specialist training at Emory University. She was a member of Belin Memorial United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her husband of 44 years, Tommy Swaringen; two sons, Chad Swaringen and wife Amanda of Charlotte and Todd Swaringen and wife Sherri of Norwood, N.C.; a brother, Roy Banks Cribb of Mullins; a sister, Julia Ann Goins of Socastee; and four grandchildren, Jobey, Mylee, Averly and Grayson.

A celebration of her life will be held at 5 p.m. today at Burroughs Funeral Home by the Rev. Clyde Penry and the Rev. Scott Johnson. The family will receive friends following the service.

Memorials may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society, P.O. Box 4527, New York, NY 10163. Condolences may be made at burroughsfh.com.


May 21

Rip Head Jr.

Worked for pharmaceutical firms

Oliver Ripley “Rip” Head Jr. of Pawleys Island died May 11 at MUSC. He was 72.

He was born in Birmingham, Ala., the son of Oliver Ripley Head and Julia Kimbrough. He grew up in Thomasville, Ala, attended Sewanee, The University of the South, and graduated from Auburn University in 1966. During the Vietnam War, he served in Thailand with the Army.

He worked for ICI, Stuart Pharmaceuticals and Astra-Zeneca, living in Wilmington, Del., and Chadds Ford, Pa., before retiring to South Carolina in 2002.

He was a big fan of Auburn University football who also loved to travel, read, listen to music and play golf.

He is survived by his wife Maggie (Finklea) of Pawleys Island and his son Paul of Phoenix.

A memorial service was held Saturday at Holy Cross-Faith Memorial Episcopal Church.

Memorials may be made to the MUSC Foundation, 18 Bee St, MSC 450 Charleston, SC 29425.

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

Kay Kimberly

Shop manager with love for antiques

Helen Kay Kimberly of Pawleys Island died May 5. She was 69.

She was born July 5, 1945, in Greenville, the daughter of Mary and Wesley Garrett. She worked for many years as the manager of the Tenant Place and Doll Shop.

Mrs. Kimberly enjoyed antiques, collectables, reading and spending time with her loving family. A mother of two, she devoted all of her time and attention to raising and providing for her children. She was remembered as a compassionate and caring woman who always put the needs of others before her own.

She is survived by her children, Shelly Richardson and her husband, Chuck, and David Kimberly and his wife, Shannon; three granddaughters, Logan, Marisa and Alayna; her brother, Don Garrett and his wife, Jacqueline; her sister, Connie Triplett and her husband Gene; and several nieces and nephews.

Her brother Jimmy and her sister June died before her.

At her request, no funeral service was held. Memorials may be made to Tidelands Community Hospice House, 2591 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, SC 29440, where she received outstanding support, care and kindness during her final days.

Condolences may be made at burroughsfh.com.


May 14

Fred Anderson

Former social studies teacher

Austin Frederick “Fred” Anderson of Pawleys Island, a retired social studies teacher, died peacefully at home on April 28 after a long illness. He was 74.

He was born July 13, 1940, in Manheim, Pa., the son of Mary Haldeman and Austin Fellenbaum Anderson.

He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in education from Millersville University in Pennsylvania and did additional graduate work at the University of Hawaii in Honolulu and Coastal Carolina University.

Mr. Anderson taught social studies for over 40 years at Molokai High School in Kualapuu, Hawaii and Marticville Middle School in Pennsylvania. He was a frequent substitute at Waccamaw High School. He coached wrestling at the Molokai and Marticville schools for approximately 20 years.

He served in the Coast Guard Reserves in Pennsylvania and Hawaii.

At retirement in 2000, he moved from Lancaster, Pa., to Pawleys Island. He was active on the boards at All Souls Waccamaw Unitarian Universalist Church, Friends of Huntington Beach State Park, and the Salt Marsh Cove Homeowners Association. He was also a docent at Atalaya in Huntington Beach State Park.

As a Unitarian Universalist lay preacher, he performed weddings, funerals and child dedications. The weddings often took place on the beach.

Mr. Anderson loved kayaking, bicycling, traveling, wood carving and oil painting.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Rho Anderson; his two sons, Austin David Anderson, Asheville, N.C., and Austin Thomas “Aukini” Anderson, of Pine Lake, Ga.; and four grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held May 23 at 11 a.m. at Burroughs Funeral Home in Murrells Inlet.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to: All Souls Waccamaw Unitarian Universalist Church (ASW), P.O. Box 31568, Myrtle Beach, SC 29588, or Friends of Huntington Beach State Park, P. O. Box 3019, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576.

Condolences can be made at burroughsfh.com.

Harriett E. Faris

Long-time Pawleys summer resident

Harriett Easterby Faris of Laurens, a long-time Pawleys Island summer resident, died Monday. She was 95.

She was born June 15, 1919, the daughter of Ernest Easterby and Estelle Gregory Easterby.

She lived her entire life in Laurens. She attended Laurens City Schools and was a graduate of Converse College. She was active in her children’s schools and in her community.

Mrs. Faris was a life-long member of First Baptist Church of Laurens where she was a faithful member of her Bible Study Class. She also led the Young Women’s Auxiliary for many years and supported many ministries of the church. She was married to the late John Paschal Faris for 69 years.

She is survived by her children, John Paschal Faris Jr. of Spartanburg and wife Claudia Tinsley, Gregory Easterby Faris Morton and husband Robert, of LaGrange, Ga., and Harriett Faris of Mount Pleasant; six grandchildren, Ashley Faris Patterson and Seth; John Faris III and Catherine; Molly Morton Sipp and Andy; Rebecca Morton Dickey and David, Harriett Jordan Woodson and Harrison Martin Woodson; and 11 great-grandchildren, Cameron Paschal Patterson, Kaleb Henry Patterson, Joshua Warren Patterson, Elizabeth Grace Faris, Warren Bailey Faris, Sally Ruth Sipp, Robert James Sipp, John Frederick Sipp, Andrew Easterby Sipp, Thomas Alexander Dickey and Caroline Gregory Dickey.

Her sisters, Laura Easterby Ferguson and Estelle Easterby Armstrong, and a grandson, William West Woodson, died before her.

A private burial was held Wednesday at Laurens City Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to First Baptist Church, 300 West Main St., Laurens, SC 29360, or the church of your choice.

Condolences can be sent at thekennedymortuary.com.

David G. Scott

Retired government planner

David Graham Scott of the Tradition Club, a retired government planner, died Friday at Tidelands Community Hospice House. He was 80.

He was born on October 12, 1934 in Boston, the son of Helen Graham and Clifford Scott. He was raised in New Hampshire by his foster father, Woolsey Hopkins, and lived on Abbott Hill, Wilton, N.H. He graduated in the Wilton High School class of 1952. He was on active duty in the Army engineers from 1955-58 and was stationed in Germany. He was a driver and radio operator and technician for field maneuvers for the radio unit and held the rank of sergeant. He loved being in Germany and participated in its rebuilding. He was a member of the Army Reserve from 1958 to 1963.

He was a 1960 graduate of the University of New Hampshire with a degree in civil engineering.

Mr. Scott served as professional planner for the cities of San Diego, Syracuse N.Y., and Laconia, N.H. He received his master’s in community planning from the University of Rhode Island in 1971. He served as executive director of Lakes Regional Planning Commission for 11 years and director of policy planning in the Office of Comprehensive Planning for the state of New Hampshire until he retired in 1995.

He was active in many community initiatives, including the building committee for the new Gilford, N.H., Middle High School in the early 1970s. He loved anything to do with family, watching soccer, traveling, music, playing golf, sailing (he served on the yacht racing committee at the Winnipesaukee Yacht Club during the 1980s) , gardening and the beach at Pawleys Island.

He is survived by his wife of 55 years, Donna Gayle Rogers Scott; his children, Karen Scott and her husband John Taylor of Plainfield, Vt., Dawn Robbins and her husband Mark of Oakview, Calif., and David Scott II and his wife Emily of Coralville, Iowa.

Following his wishes, there will be no visitation. A private family ceremony and internment will take place at the Cathedral of the Pines in Rindge, N.H., this summer.

Memorials may be made to the Stephen Ministry at Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church, 9967 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.


May 7

Kitty Finn

Longtime Hagley resident

Kathleen A. “Kitty” Finn of Hagley Estates died Monday at Georgetown Memorial Hospital. She was 92.

She was born July 29, 1922, in St. John’s, Newfoundland, a daughter of Robert E. and Catherine Vitticombe Francis. She moved to Hagley in 1981 and was a member of Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church. She was married to the late Brendan Michael Finn.

She is survived by two sons, James M. Finn (Noreen) of Rochester Hill, Mich., and Brendan P. Finn of Pawleys Island; a daughter, Maureen M. Finn of New York; two granddaughters, Mary Frances Finn and Peggy Finn; and a number of nieces, nephews and cousins.

A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Friday at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church by the Rev. Patrick J. Stenson. Inurnment will be in the church columbarium.

There is a guest book at mayerfuneralhome.com.

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

Shirley O’Loughlin

New Jersey native

Shirley O’Loughlin of Indigo Creek died Tuesday at her daughter’s residence in Pawleys Island. She was 91.

She was born in Phillipsburg, N.J., a daughter of William and Sarah Kinsey. Mrs. O’Loughlin was a resident at Myrtle Beach Estates and a member of Trinity Presbyterian Church. She was married to the late John J. O’Loughlin.

She is survived by her son, Glenn E. Harden of Richfield Park, N.J.; her daughter, Elaine S. Kronski of Pawleys Island; six grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren and a great-great-grandchild.

A memorial service will be held in New Jersey at a later date.

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

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


April 30

Gail E. Bogner

Active in school and church programs

Gail Elizabeth (Stevenson) Bogner of Pawleys Plantation died Sunday.

She was born in Utica, N.Y., the daughter of Edwin and Ruth Stevenson and she attended the New Hartford, N.Y. schools, graduating in 1957. She went on to attend Vermont Junior College and was later employed by the General Electric Co. in New Hartford. Gail was a leader of the youth activities in the Presbyterian Church in Utica, and she often assisted in the church school programs.

In 1959, Gail and Howard John Bogner were married at the Presbyterian Church in Utica, and they later welcomed to their family, Kim Elizabeth and Kevin Howard Bogner. Gail was a devoted wife and mother. With the many transfers with her husband’s career, Gail took part in activities that supported her children’s schools and social programs in each location where they lived. She loved to tackle the morning crossword puzzle, play board games with her family, and she always seemed to beat her husband during their lunchtime Yahtzee game.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughter, Kim Monachino (Edward), and son, Kevin (Kathy), and three grandchildren, Jordan, Sydney, and Cole. Her brother, Richard Stevenson, died earlier in the year.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday at Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Frank Holsclaw. The family will receive visitors immediately following the service in the fellowship hall.

There is a guestbook at mayerfuneralhome.com.. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be to the church’s Bread of Life Kitchen, 9967 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, SC 29585 or Tidelands Community Hospice, 2591 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, SC 29440.

M. Patrick O’Rear

Former Hagley resident was duck carver

M. Patrick O’Rear of Charlotte, a multitalented storyteller, artist, outdoorsman, expert fisherman, wooden boat builder and amateur archeologist/anthropologist, died April 22. The cause was lung cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. He was 77.

He served in the Army National Guard and in the Navy, where he completed a Mediterranean tour on the USS Saratoga in 1961. He sang in the Navy choir.

His professional life ranged from assisting in cleft-palate research to designing and selling medical supplies to owning contracting businesses and art galleries. He earned a bachelor of arts degree at Coastal Carolina University.

Always fascinated by Lowcountry history, archeology and anthropology, Mr. O’Rear restored historical homes, including that of Joseph H. Rainey of Georgetown, the first African-American to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. In the 1970s, he designed and built his family’s home on the Waccamaw River in Hagley.

Years later this river would become the source of an eel importing business run with his son Sean.

In retirement, he restored more homes, including a 19th-century cottage in Nova Scotia where he and his wife Rosanne vacationed for several summers.

His home in Charlotte, which incorporates furniture and decorative objects made of old wood collected from his travels up and down the coast, is testimony to his talent. He also volunteered at Habitat for Humanity, restoring old furniture.

In the late 1970s, Mr. O’Rear found his true calling. He began carving the waterfowl he could see from his home and on duck-hunting trips. Though a cherished avocation was duck hunting, he began to realize he loved observing ducks more than shooting them.

His trademark was using wood collected around local rivers for his carvings. He said his goal was to capture the spirit of the bird.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters and one son, and their spouses, Noel and Tom Morton of Bradenton, Fla., Christy and Dennis Lubert of Huntersville, N.C., and Sean and Cheryl O’Rear of Waynesville, N.C.; two step-daughters and their husbands, Hilary Howard and Jy Murphy of New York City and Allegra Hinson and Will Hinson of Charlotte; and six grandchildren.

His first wife Dorothy Jayroe O’Rear died before him.

A celebration of his life will be held May 17 from 3 to 5 p.m. at Myers Park Country Club in Charlotte. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Ivy Memory Wellness Day Center, 6030 Park South Dr., Charlotte, N.C. 28210.

Mona C. Talley

Andrews native

Mona Clemons Talley of Pawleys Island died at Waccamaw Community Hospital. She was 74.

She was born May 31, 1940, in Georgetown, a daughter of Jackson Earl Clemons Sr. and Constance Moore “Connie” Clemons. She grew up in Andrews and graduated from Andrews High School. She lived in many places prior to returning home to Pawleys Island to live.

She is survived by two sons, Marty E. Talley of Longview, Wash., and Tony Talley (Nickie) of Andrews; a daughter, Lisa Dunlow (James) of Windsor, N.C.; three grandchildren; Dillon Talley, Dusty Matthews and Miranda Hoggard; a sister, Carol C. Cooper of Pawleys Island; a brother, Jackson E. Clemons Jr. (Tracy) of Pawleys Island; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Arrangements will be private.

There is a guest book at mayerfuneralhome.com..


April 23

Marion B. Friese

Maine native

Marion Belle Friese of Pawleys Island died April 14 at her residence. She was 69.

She was born Feb. 18, 1946, in South Portland, Maine, the daughter of Charles John and Anna Marguerite Deisroth Rideout.

She is survived by her husband Barry Friese: her sons, Jason Friese and Chad Friese, both of Pawleys Island; her daughter, Deborah Denton and husband Crain of Myrtle Beach; her sister, Shirley Friese and husband Austin of Minnesota; and her grandson, Dillon.

Services will be announced.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or online at stjude.org.

Condolences may be sent at burroughsfh.com.


April 16

Gary E. Smith

Former Murrells Inlet resident

Gary Eugene Smith, a former Murrells Inlet resident, 75, died April 1 at home in Virginia after an extended illness. He was with his wife of 43 years, Lynda Bowers Smith and their beloved dog, Sassy. He was 75.

He was born Feb. 21, 1940, in Burlington, Iowa, the son of Gerald Eugene and Martha Jane (Strauss) Smith. The young family left Iowa during the war years to follow work and family through Wyoming, Washington, D.C., and Farnham, Va., until finally settling in Alexandria, Va., in 1951.

In 1957, his dad passed away unexpectedly, and Gary quit high school in order to work full-time and support his widowed mom and two young sisters. He served in the Army from 1963 to 1965, working in the military police division at Fort Riley, Kan. He earned his GED while in the service.

After serving in the military, he returned to Alexandria where he raised his family. He worked as the service manager for Mount Vernon Dodge and Heritage Chrysler Plymouth for 25 years.

In 1990, he moved to Surfside Beach, and then Murrells Inlet, where he worked for Advanced Auto Parts until retirement.

In 2012, he and his wife returned to Virginia to be closer to family, living first in Tappahannock and finally settling in Manassas.

Mr. Smith was remembered as a quiet man who worked hard to take care of his family. He was equally at home camping in the mountains or by the sea, and always took great pride in his yard. He loved a good joke, was a fantastic storyteller, and enjoyed spending time with his daughters and grandchildren

In addition to his wife, he leaves three daughters Deb (Don) Angerman and Kristin Bowers of Gainesville, Va., and Penni Layne, of Boston, Va.; two grandchildren Travis Angerman and Madison Good; two sisters Joanne (Pat) Padberg and Suzette (Steve) Bowman, and many cousins, nephews, nieces and other family members.

A memorial service was held Tuesday at Sudley United Methodist Church, 5308 Sudley Road in Manassas.

Marilyn G. Smith

Retired teacher

Marilyn Giddings Smith of Pawleys Island, a retired teacher, died Wednesday at her home. She was 63.

She was the daughter of the late Lawrence and Vivian Giddings. Mrs. Smith taught in Columbia and Georgetown.

She is survived by her husband, Chuck; her mother-in-law, Elsie Smith; brother-in-law Michael Smith and his wife Karen; two brothers, Rhett Giddings and Van Giddings; and two sisters, Cindi Giddings and Diane Giddings.

Funeral services will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Burroughs Funeral Home by the Rev. John Edwards. Interment will be in Ocean Woods Cemetery in Myrtle Beach.

The family will receive friends an hour prior to the service.

Memorials may be made to Hospice and Palliative Care Foundation, P.O. Box 151, Drayton, SC 29333 or Dillon Camp of Gideons, P.O. Box 111, Dillon, SC 29536.

Condolences may be made at burroughsfh.com.


April 9

Jane Hughes

Active in women’s club federation

Mary Jane West Hughes of Pawleys Plantation died April 1 at Hospice of Charleston. She was 74.

She was born in Spartanburg, a daughter of Ned J. and Edna Ayers West. Jane was a graduate of Fairforest High School and attended Cecil’s Business College in Spartanburg. She was married for 56 years to the late Calvin Dean Hughes, an executive with Wellman Inc. in Johnsonville.

While living in Johnsonville, Mrs. Hughes was active in the S.C. Federation of Women’s Club and district president and was also past president of Pee Dee Junior Women’s Club and a community volunteer.

Mrs. Hughes was a Sunday school teacher and active in Johnsonville United Methodist Church.

The last 25 years she and Calvin enjoyed their retirement at Pawleys Plantation where she was an active member of the ladies golf association.

She is survived by a daughter, Kimberly Jane Costas (Lex) of Daniel Island; a son, Dr. Michael Dean Hughes (Carrie) of Madison, Ga.; grandchildren, Xan, Anna and Alexa Costas, Zachary, Zoie and Allie Jane Hughes; brothers, James F. West (Jean) of Spartanburg and Jerry Lee West (Lise) of Bradenton, Fl.

A funeral service was held Friday at the Goldfinch Funeral Home Beach Chapel. Burial was at Oak Grove Baptist Church Cemetery in Spartanburg.

Memorials may be made to the Smith Medical Clinic, 116 Baskerville Dr., Pawleys Island, SC 29585 or smithfreeclinic.org.

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

Bruce Martin

Worked for Pawleys hammock maker

Harold Bruce Martin of Litchfield Country Club died April 1 at Waccamaw Community Hospital. He was 75.

He was born Nov. 26, 1939, in Bath County, Ky., a son of Everett Auxier Martin and Sallie Lee Jones Martin.

He grew up in Kentucky and moved to Pawleys Island-Litchfield Beach a number of years ago. He worked for the manufacturer of Pawleys Island rope hammocks for many years.

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

He is survived by his wife, Sue Ella Toy Martin; a daughter-in-law, Julie J. Long of Georgetown; a brother, Jimmie Martin (Nell) of Sharpsburg, Ky.; six grandchildren, Skyla, Madison, Carley, Quin, Jack and Luke; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, his son, Matthew Robert Martin, and his sister, Mary Miller, died before him.

Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. today at St. Paul’s Waccamaw United Methodist Church by the Rev. Pamela G. Ledbetter. Inurnment will be in the church columbarium.

There is a guest book at mayerfuneralhome.com.

Jack Rockey

Former chairman of cultural council

John Russell “Jack” Rockey of DeBordieu, who brought business experience to area nonprofit organizations, died Sunday at his home. He was 83.

He was born Dec. 14, 1931, in Macy, Ind., a son of Russell Coon Rockey and Mary Edith Jones Rockey. His father owned a grocery store in the small farm community. Jack served in the Air Force and went to work for United Parcel Service as a truck driver. He retired from UPS in 1989 as a regional labor manager. He then went into real estate and home building.

After moving to DeBordieu, Mr. Rockey took art classes offered by the Georgetown County Cultural Council. In 2007, he became chairman of the group’s board. “We need to improve and expand the arts, and the place to do it is with our children,” he said in an interview at the time.

He also served on the board of the Salvation Army and the Midway Fire District.

Mr. Rockey was a member of Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church, where he was a former chairman of the trustee commission, taught the Trinity Sunday school class, participated on the mission team and was a member of United Methodist Men.

He is survived by his wife, Janet Rockey; three daughters, Sue McGee (Wesley) of Jacksonville, N.C., Pam Ingram (Billy) of Pawleys Island and Lynn Simril of Lancaster; and five grandchildren, Joshua Presley (Miranda), Stacey Melton, John and Patrick Ingram and Ryan McGee.

In addition to his parents, his two sisters died before him.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church by the Rev. Dr. Dora Gafford. Burial will be at Elmwood Cemetery.

There is a guestbook at mayerfuneralhome.com.

Memorials may be made to the church, 901 Highmarket St., Georgetown, S.C. or Tidelands Community Hospice, 2591 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, S.C. 29440.


April 2

Michael Bloom

Volunteer at Strand Cinema

Michael Alan Bloom of the River Club died suddenly on March 15. He was 71.

He was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., the son of Ann Posner and Edward Bloom.

He was married to Janis Morton Bloom. He was remembered as a caring and compassionate husband.

Mr. Bloom was an avid movie- and theatre-goer. He and Janis were not only members, but faithful volunteers at the Strand Cinema in Georgetown. Friday matinees were their favorite times to work and they rarely missed an opportunity to do so.

Always one to follow current events (especially politics) Mr. Bloom was a very lively conversationalist. Those who attended the Friday matinees at the Strand could always count on a great discussion of films as well as his lively opinions.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his sons Joshua and Benjamin (Maria) Bloom and his granddaughters Daniela and Sara.

As per Mr. Bloom’s request, there will be no memorial service. The next time you attend a movie, think of Michael and remember his great love of both the stage and the silver screen, his family said.

Bill Mutz

Played on Litchfield tennis team

William M. “Bill” Mutz of the River Club died Monday at Tidelands Community Hospice House. He was 90.

He was born in Chicago, and earned a master’s degree from Northwestern University and a doctorate from the University of Chicago. He retired to Pawleys Island in 1989.

He was a member of Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church, a member of the Litchfield Racquet Club and a former member of the Litchfield tennis team.

He was married to the late Bernardine Mutz.

He is survived by his companion of 17 years, Dolores Richert, as well as her family; several nieces and a nephew.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Monday at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church by the Rev. Patrick Stenson.

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

Nancy W. Torbik

Retired from health care firm

Nancy Wooten Torbik of the River Club died March 23 at Emory St. Joseph’s Hospital in Atlanta. She was 76.

Born in Converse, she was a daughter of Charles and Vivian Wooten. Mrs. Torbik graduated from Cowpens High School and received her bachelor of arts degree in biology from Winthrop College in 1960. She lived in various locations throughout the U.S. She retired as a customer service representative with the health care company Kaiser Permanente in Northern Virginia and moved to Pawleys Island in 1994.

Survivors include her husband of 54 years, Richard “Dick” Torbik; a son, Richard A. Torbik Jr. and his wife Emily of Sacramento, Calif.; two daughters, Sally Torbik Hoekstra and her husband Douglas of Arlington, Va., and Jane Torbik Stricklin and her husband David of Marietta Ga.; three grandsons, Alex and Daniel Stricklin, and Shane Hoekstra; and a sister, Sue Roberts and her husband Sam of Converse.

A funeral service was held Saturday at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church. There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

Memorials may be made to Father Pat’s Kitchen, 1633 Waverly Rd., Pawleys Island, SC 29585.


March 26

Thomas W. Ellison

Engineer with GE atomic lab

Thomas W. Ellison of the Tradition Club, a retired engineer, died Saturday at home surrounded by his family. He was 78.

He was born March 7, 1937, in Philadelphia, the first son of William and Freda Mabel Ellison. The first in his family to graduate college, Tom earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Drexel University and a master’s from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He completed several engineering and management programs.

Mr. Ellison worked as an engineer for 39 years with General Electric at Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory in Schenectady, N.Y., and held various engineering and management positions involving the design, development, and support of nuclear propulsion systems for the Navy.

He retired in 1998 and moved to the Tradition Club in 2000. He served on the community covenants committee for three years and the buildings and grounds committee for two years. Fervent about his neighborhood and community, Mr. Ellison served on the Tradition POA board for the last nine years.

He was a member of the Murrells Inlet Elks Club, the Waccamaw Neck Civic Association and the Waccamaw Neck Republican Club.

He was an active member of Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church and served on the finance committee and as an usher.

Devoted to his family, he was passionate about tennis, golf, gardening, skiing, genealogy, photography and world travel. He especially enjoyed participating in the Heritage/Tradition Tennis Group, and the Tradition Club Men’s Golf League and Gold Tee group.

He is survived by his lifelong sweetheart and wife of 56 years, Dorothy Ellison; children, Donna Briggs (Scott), Thomas Ellison Jr. (Dianne), Timothy Ellison (Colleen) and Todd Ellison (Marrla); a sister, Ethel Curran, and a brother, David Ellison (Marie); and 12 grandchildren, Kyla, Jocelyn and Jenna Briggs, Nathan, Jacob, Sarah and Zachary Ellison, Nicholas and Caroline Ellison and Gianna, Dante and Sofia Ellison.

A celebration of his life will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Frank Holsclaw.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church, 9967 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, SC 29585, Tara Hall Home for Boys, 510 Tara Hall Road, Georgetown, SC 29440, or Tidelands Community Hospice, 2591 N. Fraser Street, Georgetown, SC 29440. There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

Mike Freeman

Worked for electrical contractor

William Michael “Mike” Freeman, of Murrells Inlet died March 14 at Tidelands Community Hospice. He was 56.

He was born March 15, 1958, in Waynesville, N.C., the son of William Thomas Freeman and the late Betty Jo Grant Freeman.

He worked for Coastline Electric, where he loved his job and co-workers. He also loved to fish, was an avid chef, a historian and had a great love for travel. In addition to his father, of Waynesville, he is survived by his wife, Kathleen Chesnut Freeman; brother, Timothy Freeman and wife Julia of Waynesville; sister, Gwen Nicholson of Webster, N.C.; step-daughter, Desiree Chesnut and Eric Shuping of Murrells Inlet; step-son Sean Chesnut and wife Michelle of Fort Riley, Kan.; and four grandchildren, Mackenzie, Marlee, Avery and Adelyn.

A celebration of his life service was held March 18. Memorials may be made to Tidelands Community Hospice, 2591 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, SC 29440, or American Cancer Society, 950 48th Ave N., Suite 101, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577.

Condolences may be sent at burroughsfh.com.


March 19

John S. Rainey

Attorney led Brookgreen through transition

John Rainey, an attorney and philanthropist who chaired the board of Brookgreen Gardens through a time of change, died Saturday. He was 73. He lived in Camden and had a home on Pawleys Island.

A trustee since 1994, he became chairman of Brookgreen in 1997 following the death of E. Craig Wall Jr. at 59. The gardens had already launched a capital program. That included a renovation of the visitors center into exhibit space, a facility named for Mr. Rainey’s parents when it opened in 1996.

The expansion drew criticism that it was taking Brookgreen away from the vision of its founders, an issue that peaked with clear-cutting of longleaf pines. Mr. Rainey, who was named the S.C. Wildlife Federation’s Conservationist of the Year in 1994, halted the cutting that had been initiated by Brookgreen’s then-president, and Brookgreen entered an agreement with The Nature Conservancy to manage the forests. He served as chairman until 2011 and remained a life trustee and chairman emeritus.

“John certainly loved Brookgreen,” said Bob Jewell, the current president and CEO. Mr. Rainey brought artistic, cultural and environmental interests to the board along with his business experience. “He was our renaissance trustee,” Jewell said.

It was Mr. Rainey who hired Jewell, first as a part-time director of operations. “He had a very practical approach,” Jewell said. “At the same time, he was a visionary.”

He said Mr. Rainey realized Brookgreen needed to be sound financially to fulfill its mission. While that required changes, it also meant the nonprofit was able to weather the Great Recession. “A lot of nonprofits didn’t,” Jewell said.

John Stringer Rainey was born Oct. 9, 1941 in Anderson, the son of Dr. John Faulkner Rainey and Caroline “Callie” Stringer Rainey.

He was an Eagle Scout at age 13, later becoming a scoutmaster. He graduated from the University of Virginia with a degree in history in 1962. He earned a law degree from the University of South Carolina in 1965.

A member of the ROTC in college, he served as an Army infantry officer in staff and command assignments in the United States and Vietnam from 1965 to 1967, attaining the rank of captain. He received the Bronze Star for valor in Vietnam. He was a life member of Vietnam Veterans of America.

He returned to civilian life and earned a degree in tax law from Georgetown University in 1969.

In addition to practicing law, Mr. Rainey served as chairman of Easlan Capital, a real estate development and investment firm. He also served as a bank and textile company director during his career.

Mr. Rainey became known for his statewide public service, starting in 1987 when he chaired Gov. Carroll Campbell’s task force on drug and alcohol abuse. He chaired the board of Santee Cooper from 1990 to 2000. He then served as chairman of the S.C. Board of Economic Advisors, making him the chief economic spokesman for the state.

He also served as chairman of the Palmetto Economic Development Corp. from 1994 to 1998 and as vice-chairman of the S.C. Coordinating Council for Economic Development from 1995 to 2000.

He chaired the inaugural committee of Gov. David Beasley and with his wife co-chaired Gov. Mark Sanford’s committee.

When Jewell became the Brookgreen president he was also running for the Georgetown County School Board.

Mr. Rainey “told me I was the first Democrat he had ever voted for,” Jewell said, adding that, “He had a great sense of humor.”

Mr. Rainey was able to work across party lines. From 1994 to 2000, he was a leader in molding and mobilizing public and political support that ultimately resulted in a successful legislative compromise to relocate the Confederate battle flag from a place of sovereignty atop the state Capitol dome to a place of historical significance next to the Monument to the Confederate Dead on the Capital grounds.

He was fundraising committee chairman of the S.C. African-American History Monument Commission from 1998 to 2001 and raised over $1.1 million to construct the first such monument in the nation located on the grounds of a state capital.

He was praised by both the head of the state chapter of the NAACP, Lonnie Randolph, and the former lieutenant governor, Glenn McConnell, who is also a Confederate re-enactor.

“John Rainey was a good friend, a compassionate human being, an ardent practitioner of the Golden Rule. In short, he was one of the finest people God ever created,” said U.S. 6th District Rep. James E. Clyburn, the third-ranking Democrat in the House.

Mr. Rainey was also a trustee of the SCETV Endowment and chaired its production affiliate. He was the executive producer of “Corridor of Shame,” a 2005 national award-winning documentary on the neglect of South Carolina’s rural public schools.

Among many honors, Mr. Rainey received the state’s highest honor, the Order of the Palmetto, twice: from Gov. Campbell and from Gov. Beasley.

He is survived by his wife, Anne Edens Rainey; daughter Catherine de Veaux Rainey of London; son John Stringer Rainey Jr. (Deborah) of Concord, Mass.; sisters Nancy Rainey Crowley of Spartanburg and Mary Rainey Belser (Clinch) of Columbia; and brother Robert McElwee Rainey (Lou) of Anderson.

A private burial service was held Sunday at All Saints Church. A memorial service was held Tuesday at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Columbia.

Memorials may be sent to Grace Episcopal Church Memorial Fund, 1315 Lyttleton St., Camden, SC 29020; Trinity Foundation, Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 1100 Sumter St., Columbia, SC 29201; Brookgreen Gardens. P.O. Box 3368, Pawleys Island, SC 29585; War Dog Memorial 1320 Main St., Suite 800, Columbia, SC 29202, Palmetto Conservation Foundation, 722 King St., Columbia, SC 29205; or S.C. ETV Endowment, 401 E. Kennedy St., Suite B-1, Spartanburg, SC 29302.

Condolences may be sent at kornegayfuneral.com.

Bill Wichrowski

Supervisor with US Airways

William P. “Bill” Wichrowski died March 9 at Pawleys Island, where he resided with his sister. He was 62.

He was born in Harrison Township, Pa., a son of Stanley and Bernice Wichrowski. While in high school, Bill lettered in baseball, basketball and football. His interest in athletics continued and he became an avid golfer.

He earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in international taxation at Suffolk University in Massachusetts. After a career in business and finance he moved to Myrtle Beach from Mobile, Ala., and worked for US Airways as a supervisor.

He was an active member of Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church and served as lector, cantor and was a cursillista. He was a member of the Knights of Columbus and served as Grand Knight of Council 11028 and as Faithful Navigator of Assembly 3272.

He is survived by his sister, Regina Wichrowski; two fraternal aunts, Mary Ann Jarosinski of Natrona Heights, Pa., and Jessie Miskinis of Leechburg, Pa.; many cousins and two godsons, Andrew and William Teklinski.

A Mass of Christian Burial was said Monday at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church by the Rev. Patrick Stenson.

There is a guest book at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.


March 12

Rev. Michael E. Berry

Presbyterian minister

The Rev. Michael E. Berry of Pawleys Island, 69, associate pastor of Ocean Drive Presbyterian Church in North Myrtle Beach, died Tuesday at his home of congestive heart failure. He was 69.

He was the son of the late Reginald and Louise Berry of Roanoke Rapids, N.C.

He is survived by his wife, Lynn Urtz Berry; his children Scott Berry, Tynlee Bailey and Regina Berry (Don), widow of the late Kirk Berry; his siblings, Dwight Berry and Bruce Berry (Lynne); and grandchildren: Christian Berry, Jesika Berry, Camille and Brie Berry, Kaitlin Gordon, and Jake and Hunter Bailey.

A memorial service will be held Sunday at 3 p.m. at Ocean Drive Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Daryle Bush and the Rev. Frank Holsclaw. A private family service will be held later at the Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church columbarium led by Rev. Holsclaw.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Ocean Drive Presbyterian Church, 410 6th Ave. S., N. Myrtle Beach, S.C. 29582 or Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church, 9967 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, S.C. 29585.

There is a guestbook at mayerfuneralhome.com.

Linda G. Bonadio

Helped start family restaurant

Linda Gail Bonadio of Pawleys Island, a former restaurant owner, died Sunday at her home. She was 73.

She was born in McKessport, Pa., a daughter of Howard and Ellen Shuster.

Mrs. Bonadio was co-founder of the restaurant “Our Place” with her husband Hank of Pawleys Island, daughter Kim and son-in-law Chef Russ Svec and granddaughter, Erin Svec, all of Elizabeth Township, Pa. They all survive her as do her sisters, Arlene (Angelo) Schinosi of Glassport, Pa., and Donna Titus of Myrtle Beach; and her loyal companions, her dog Snickers and cats Rudder and Prince. Services will be private. There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com

Joan A. Fischler

Had a love for life

Joan Abbott Fischler of Murrells Inlet died March 4 at the Regional Medical Center in Orangeburg. She was 75.

She was born Jan. 9, 1940, in Fall River, Mass., the daughter of Raymond and Mary Curry Abbott. She was married to the late Robert Fischler.

She was remembered for her love of life, the outdoors and her love of dancing. She is survived by her sons, Russell (Karen) Vereen of Pawleys Island and Steven (Denise) Vereen of Murrells Inlet; her daughter, Karen (Bill) Sullivan of Santee; her brother, Ray (Sharon) Abbott Jr. of Colorado; and two grandchildren, Parker and John David Vereen.

Her family thanked the staff on the fourth floor of the Regional Medical Center for their care.

A graveside service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Hillcrest Cemetery in Conway. A celebration of her life will be held Sunday from 1 to 3 p.m. at Russell’s Seafood Grill in Murrells Inlet.

Memorials may be made to the Chaplin’s Crisis Fund at the Regional Medical Center Foundation, 3000 St. Matthews Rd., Orangeburg, SC 29118.

Condolences may be sent at burroughsfh.com.

Dwayne V. Isley

Breeder of championship dogs

Dwayne Vernon Isley of Havelock, N.C., a dog breeder who was a former Pawleys Island area resident, died March 4. He was 54.

He was remembered as a loving father, a Navy vet, a friend to all and an avid animal lover. He professionally raised and showed multiple breeds of dogs including Tibetan terriers and Shiba Inus.

His showmanship earned dozens of champions and grand champions throughout the U.S.

His unique sense of humor and willingness to lend a hand to anyone who was in need made him loved by everyone. Fishing and flounder gigging were more than a passion for him and he shared his bounty with all.

He was a diehard Tar Heel and Steelers fan. He is survived by his daughter Lyndsey of Greenville; his brother Randy of Burlington, N.C.; and his caregivers Rip and Linda Watson of Havelock.

A celebration of his life will be held Monday at 4 p.m. at Groomingdales Pet Salon in Havelock. A memorial service is planned at a later date in Pawleys Island.

Tom G. Warner

Turned bookstore into a bestseller

Tom Warner was an unlikely bookseller. He made a career in textiles. Even his family wondered if he was a little “grumpy” for retail.

But after he and his wife Vickie bought Litchfield Books in 2001, he turned it into the largest independent bookstore in the state at a time when brick-and-mortar stores were losing ground to online retailers and the growth of e-readers. He died Sunday at Roper Hospital in Charleston. He was 74.

It was Vickie Crafton Warner who wanted the bookstore, and the couple bought it from the founders, Carolyn and Dean Berry, who were friends and neighbors of the Warners at North Litchfield. After a year, Tom was running the store, Vickie said, and she was continuing her textile consulting work. “He loved the store,” she said.

“The easy part is waiting on people,” Tom said in a 2002 interview. “The tough part is knowing what books to buy and what ones are going to do well in your store.” He was a reader of non-fiction and the occasional John Grisham novel, he said.

Tom Gene Warner was born July 26, 1940, in Ryan, Okla., the son of Doyle and Othella Warner. He graduated from the University of Central Oklahoma with a degree in business. He worked in the textile industry and became president of specialty products at Graniteville Mills in Aiken County. He and his wife retired to North Litchfield in 1998 and started a company selling fabrics.

Tom used his business background to develop contacts with the major publishing houses, making trips to New York to talk with the publicists about Litchfield Books and the Moveable Feast, a partnership between the store and Linda Ketron, who started the weekly literary luncheons.

Those contacts paid off with best-selling authors coming through the doors for signings as part of their promotional tours to launch new books. Publishers said Litchfield Books regularly outsold other independent bookstores. It became a reporting store for The New York Times Bestsellers List and Nielsen BookScan.

“I love the book business,” Warner said in a 2012 interview. “It’s pure white as the driven snow compared to the textile world, which is very cut-throat.”

He often bristled at people who would bring an armload of books bought at a chain store to have them autographed at his store, or those who used Litchfield Books to preview books they would later buy online. “They need to be aware that the time will come when we’re not here and many other smaller independent businesses aren’t here,” he said.

Warner didn’t see that time coming soon. He was still booking author visits for the fall the week before he died.

Along with his family and the store, his greatest loves were his Wheaton terrier, Jack, and golf.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Kellye Warner Yeomans of Rockmart, Ga., and her husband Bill, Patrick Warner of Newbury, N.H., and his wife Angela, Leigh Biastock of Richmond, Va., and her husband Greg; his brother and sister-in-law, Tony and Carla Warner and their daughter Mia Warner of Johnson City, Tenn.; brother-in-law Billy Thomason of Cincinnati and his wife Valerie and their children Olivia and Chandler; his grandchildren, Olivia, Addison, Mary Leigh, Brooke, Hannah, Katie and William; and his great-grandchildren, Penelope and Lincoln.

A private service was held for the immediate family. A celebration of his life was held Tuesday at Pawleys Plantation.

Memorials may be made to Miss Ruby’s Kids, First Book or the charity of your choice.


March 5

Marvin McClam

Led agricultural firm

Marvin McClam, who grew up in a large South Carolina farm family, served in the Navy during World War II, and climbed the ranks during a distinguished business career to become president of a vibrant agricultural company, died Feb. 23. He was 93.

During a 30-year retirement, he divided his time between Raleigh, N.C., and his beach house at North Litchfield. He was married almost 64 years to the former Ruth Ludlam, who died before him.

He was born Aug. 1, 1921, to Fredrick Brending McClam and Hattie Mae Lee McClam. He grew up in Lake City, the fifth of eight children. Much later in life, he recalled a lasting impression of childhood: No matter how dire the family’s circumstances, his father made sure the children kept busy and he taught them that any work was worth doing well. Ever excelling in business, always moving in life, Mr. McClam was a living example of those lessons.

He graduated from Clemson College in 1943 with a degree in agriculture, attended naval midshipman’s school at the University of Notre Dame, and was commissioned an ensign in the Navy. He was assigned to the Pacific theater and was captain of a landing craft-tank during the invasion of Leyte in the Philippines in 1944.

Mr. McClam was honorably discharged as a lieutenant and spent two years teaching vocational agriculture in Chesterfield. The following year, he joined FCX as a trainee in its Bishopville office. Over the next 36 years, he ascended steadily — first to manager of the Darlington office, then to a statewide distribution job, later to a series of company-wide leadership positions and finally, in 1973, to president and general manager, a position he held until his retirement 11 years later.

Along the way, he served on the boards of more than a dozen industry organizations and led two of them, the North Carolina Seedsmen’s Association and the Southern Seedsmen’s Association, as president. He was recognized by the N.C. Department of Agriculture with an award for distinguished service in 1978, and by Clemson University as a distinguished alumnus in 1981.

He presided over impressive growth at FCX and engineered its merger with Central Carolina Farmers. They were the two largest farm purchasing cooperatives in the Carolinas.

Mr. McClam retired in 1984 and split his time between Raleigh and North Litchfield, where he and his wife made a second home and spent summers for most of three happy decades. He was happiest devouring books about American politics, taking daily 3 p.m. swims with his friends and sitting on his porch swing, watching the world go by and waving at friends and strangers alike.

He is survived by three children, Dr. Tricia McClam (Dr. Bob Greer) of Knoxville, Tenn., Steve (Terry) McClam of Columbia and Louis (Linda) McClam of Raleigh; three grandchildren, Erin McClam of New York, Drew (Lori) McClam of Charleston and Mark McClam of Raleigh; and three great-grandchildren. He cherished his extended family, especially his nephew, Freddie McClam.

A memorial service was held Tuesday at Ridge Road Baptist Church in Raleigh. Memorials may be made to the Marvin McClam Scholarship, Clemson University, attention Joni Jordan, 104 Poole Agricultural Center, Clemson, S.C. 29634, or Ridge Road Baptist Church, 2011 Ridge Rd., Raleigh, N.C., 27607.

There is a guest book at kornegayandmoseley.com .

David L. Mercer

Brought first surfboard to Pawleys

David Lawrence Mercer of Pawleys Island, who had the first surfboard on the island, died Saturday at Tidelands Community Hospice. He was 67.

He was born March 8, 1947, in Camden, N.J., a son of Guy Maxwell Mercer and Irene Marie Slickers Mercer. He grew up in Georgetown and graduated from Winyah High School in 1965 and Palmer College in Charleston.

Mr. Mercer was a former automobile dealership salesman and manager in Charleston and Myrtle Beach. He was a communicant of All Saints Church.

He was instrumental in organizing the Beach Combers Surf Club at Pawleys Island in the mid 1960s and was elected their first president. In 1963, his custom made Hobie surfboard was the first in Pawleys Island and S.C. He won a number of surfing championships in Virginia Beach, Va., Folly Beach and Galveston, Texas.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Mary Hamilton “Molly” Mercer; two daughters, Lauren Mercer (Andy) Joye of Pawleys Island and Ashley Mercer (Marty) Simpson of Columbia; a brother, Douglas (Mary) Mercer of Georgetown; six grandchildren, Mary Ashley Mercer-Bush (Joe), William David Buck, Paulina Legaré Buck, Franklin Wardlaw Buck, Savannah Katherine Simpson and Walton Ashley Simpson; and several nieces and nephews.

His younger brother, Daniel A. Mercer, and a nephew, Douglas Matthew Mercer II, died before him.

Memorial services will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at All Saints Church, conducted by the Rev. Robert L. Grafe.

There is a guestbook at mayerfuneralhome.com.

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

Margaret C. Sugg

Worked in hospitality industry

Margaret Camillia Sugg of Conway died February 23.

She was born in Sumter, the daughter of George C. Sugg and the late Sarah Coker Sugg. After a family move from Sumter to Litchfield Beach, she attended Georgetown County public schools until the family moved to Conway. Margaret was a 1971 graduate of Conway High School, where she excelled in basketball.

After attending the University of South Carolina, she enjoyed living in Aspen, Colo., for 17 years. In the early 1990s, She returned to Myrtle Beach and was employed in the hospitality industry for many years.

Ms. Sugg will always be remembered for her outgoing personality, quick wit, and love of the outdoors, her family said. She was an avid golfer, water and snow skier, and loved to fish. Margaret never met a stranger and always enjoyed her time on the beach and her multitude of friends.

In addition to her father and step-mother, Suzanne G Sugg, of Pawleys Island, she is survived by her sisters, E. Pam Jennings of Atlanta, Sheryl L. Babila of Red Springs, N.C., Gina Sugg Johnson of Lake Waccamaw, N.C., Natalie S. (Mason) Garrett of Simpsonville and Elizabeth S. (Scott) McNew of Myrtle Beach; her aunts, Zola Sugg Clayton of Williamston, N.C., and Elfi Sugg Wilheim of Sumter; several nephews, nieces and cousins.

Her sister, Sheila Sugg Alexander, died before her.

Services were Friday at Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel.

Memorials may be made to Grand Strand Humane Society, 3242 Mr. Joe White Ave., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 or to the charity of your choice.

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.


Feb. 26

Roger Esber

Managed hospital laboratories

Ragheb J. “Roger” J. Esber of Hagley Estates, who spent his career managing hospital laboratories, died Tuesday at Tidelands Hospice. He was 92.

He was born Feb. 18, 1923, in Tripoli, Lebanon, the son of Jemil and Frossine Esber. He was educated at the Tripoli Boys School, the American University of Beirut and Old Dominion University in Norfolk, Va.

Mr. Esber’s career was spent in the medical field. He managed the clinical labs of the Swedish American Hospital in Rockford, Ill., Leigh Memorial Hospital in Norfolk and Day Kimball Hospital in Putnam, Conn., where he retired in 1987. He served as a consultant to A&D Surgical Supply in Virginia and taught economics, clinical laboratory management, hospital budgeting and finance at both Anna Maria College in Paxton, Mass., and Quinebaug Valley Community College in Dayville, Conn.

Mr. Esber belonged to numerous professional societies and served as a member of the Laboratory Advisory Committee of the Connecticut Hospital Association. He was a popular speaker and published several articles in the field of microbiology and chemistry in the Journal of Clinical Pathology and The Laboratory Digest.

Mr. Esber was quite an example for his family. He arrived in the United States in 1948, knowing no one, with $200 in his pocket. Through his hard work and career, and while raising his own family, he was able to bring his family to the U.S. from Lebanon. During the 1960s, Mr. Esber was politically active and served in a group of goodwill ambassadors that toured the Middle East.

Mr. Esber loved gardening and golf. In 1996, he achieved the golfer’s dream, a hole-in-one on the Sea Gull Golf Course.

Mr. Esber is survived by his wife, Bonnie; his three sons,: Dale (Nancy) of Virginia Beach, Va., Randy (Cheryl) of Byfield, Mass., and David of Wilmington, N.C.; his brother, Henry of Worchester, Mass.; seven grandchildren, Michael, Ryan, Brent, Kristin, Brandi, Ethan and Renee; and four great grandchildren, Charlie, Cailin, Gabrielle and Audrey.

Another son, Michael, a brother, Raymond, and his sister, Mary, died before him.

The family thanked the staff of the National Health Care and Tidelands Hospice for their care and support while Mr. Esber was a patient.

The funeral service will be held March 7 at 11 a.m. at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Pawleys Island with a reception immediately after in the Fellowship Hall.

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

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.


Feb 19

Phyllis Johnson

Artist was avid angler

Phyllis Shirley Johnson of North Litchfield died Feb. 12 at Waccamaw Community Hospital. She was 72.

She was born on April 21, 1942 in Norwich, Conn., the third child of Wilfred Sutthill and Phyllis Brewer Sutthill. Phyllis launched herself into the world with gusto. After completing her nurse’s training program at Jefferson Hospital in Philadelphia, she took on the adventure of marriage, wedding Bill Johnson in Norwich on Sept. 21, 1962. Their partnership spanned more than five decades as they covered the globe, following Bill’s employment in the oil industry. Over the years, Mrs. Johnson left her distinctive mark on New Orleans, West Texas, Boston, New York City, Springfield, Va., and Saudi Arabia. The couple retired to North Litchfield Beach in April 1998.

Mrs. Johnson was an accomplished artist. Many of her paintings were bought by both friends and strangers they met along their journey. In addition, her fishing exploits were legendary. She was a standard in the surf of Litchfield Beach every fall, chasing the blues until her last days. Tenacious, skilled, ever vigilant and always at dawn, the fish won few battles against the “Silver Fox.”

Her sparkling personality always lit up the room, and her warmth, ease and caring way created many friendships, her family said. She adored life, and when she would burst into peals of laughter at the silly or the absurd, everyone in the room was swept away on a wave of joy.

Mrs. Johnson was remembered as a ray of light in a world with too much darkness. Tough as nails yet gentle as a feather, she was taken from this earth too soon. She will be deeply missed by all who had the pleasure and privilege to a be a part of her life, her family said.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her sister, Lesley, of Philadelphia; her sons, Bill Jr. of Richmond, Va., Douglas of Socastee, and Neil of Bristow, Va.; and her seven grandsons.

A celebration of her life was held Tuesday at her home.

There is an online guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

Michael Sovacool

Volunteer at animal center

Michael Joseph “Slim” Sovacool died at Tidelands Community Hospice House. He was 64.

He was born in Akron, Ohio, the son of Joan and Thomas Sovacool. He attended the University of North Carolina-Charlotte and Central Piedmont Technical College, where he obtained an associate’s degree.

Mr. Sovacool enjoyed the arts: playing the guitar, writing, photography and watercolors. He was a volunteer at All 4 Paws Animal Rescue and was known for his dry sense of humor and his vast knowledge of anything and everything.

He is survived by his nephews, John and David Lukowski of the Charlotte area; many long time friends in the Charlotte area, his ex-wife, Michelle Vernon of Kennesaw, Ga.; and his cat, Eudora.

His brother Joe Sovacool, died before him.

Services will be private and held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, he asked that everyone do something nice for themselves in memory of him.

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.


Feb 12

Judith Johnson

Helped start software firm

Judith Ann Johnson of Pawleys Island, a founder of a software company, died Monday at her home after a long illness. She was 65.

She was born in Hanover, N.H., the eldest daughter of Everett and Priscilla King. She graduated from Becker Junior College in Worcester, Mass., with an associate degree in retailing and merchandising.

Mrs. Johnson was one of the founders of Transyst Inc., a computer software company specializing in transportation software. She was employed there for many years and remained a member of the board. She lived in Lyme, N.H., Plainfield, N.H., and Springfield, N.H., before moving to the Pawleys Island area in 2003.

In 2006, she purchased and managed Island Threads until her illness forced her to retire. Throughout her life, quilting was one of her passions and she donated much of her work to various charities. In addition, she loved to travel and spent many happy times in locations all over the country.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Philip Johnson; her children, Everett Johnson of Concord, N.H., Kimberly Lanoue of Northborough, Mass., Brennan Johnson of Myrtle Beach, Alyssa Dyer of Corvalis, Ore., and Nicholas Johnson of Myrtle Beach; her grandchildren, Everett Reece Johnson, Cooper Johnson, Jack Lanoue and Kate Lanoue; and her sister, Jill Druhl of Webster, N.H.

Services will be private. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Miss Ruby’s Kids at missrubyskids.net or to the Wounded Warrior Project at woundedwarriorproject.org or to a charity of your choice.

There is an online guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

Larry Kostbade

Navy vet worked in nuclear industry

Clarence W. “Larry” Kostbade of Oak Island, N.C., died Monday at Brunswick Hospital. He was 80.

He was born in Gary, Ind., the son of Clarence C Kostbade and Mildred Blachley Kostbade. He served in the Navy for more than 20 years, followed by a career in the nuclear power industry. He was active and served in a variety of leadership positions in the Elks Lodge, VFW of Oak Island, Masonic Lodge and Shriners.

He is survived by his son, Doug Eggiman and his wife, Eve, of Pawleys Island; and three granddaughters, Stephanie, Tiffany, and Victoria Eggiman of Pawleys Island.

A memorial service will be held at the Oak Island Elks Lodge on a later date.

Memorials can be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at woundedwarriorproject.org.

Condolences may be sent at peacocknewnamwhite.com.

John Ritchie

Started management company

John Louis Ritchie Jr. of Pawleys Plantation died Feb. 2 at Tidelands Community Hospice House. He was 83.

He was born April 23, 1931, in Newark, N.J., the son of John L. Ritchie and Anne Ward Nicoll Ritchie. He attended Lowell Grammar School and Teaneck High School. It was in high school where he met his future wife, L. Donna Waits.

He attended Lafayette College in Easton, Pa., for two years before enlisting in the Army in 1952. He became a paratrooper in the 82nd Airborne Division at Fort Bragg, N.C.

John and Donna were married on Sept. 1, 1956. They both worked for the New Jersey Bell Telephone Co. The Ritchies had three children. The family moved to the Chicago area in 1966 where Mr. Ritchie worked for RR Donnelly. John and Donna moved to South Carolina in 1986 where they owned and operated J&D Management until they retired in 1996.

An avid golfer all of his life, Mr. Ritchie enjoyed living in Pawleys Plantation and playing golf up until he was 81.

He is survived by his daughters, Robin Ritchie and Anne Ritchie, and his son-in-law, Harris Willard.

His wife of 44 years died before him as did his son, Steven.

A memorial service will be scheduled.

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

Condolences can be made at burroughsfh.com.

John Sherrill

Retired lawyer

John Leland Sherrill of Murrells Inlet, a retired lawyer, died Friday at his home after an extended illness. He was 66.

He was born Sept. 30, 1948, in Greenville, the son of John Augustus Sherrill and Wilma Ambrose Sherrill. He graduated from San Pedro High School in California and attended the University of Southern California, where he was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity. He graduated in 1972 with a degree in business administration and earned an MBA in 1974 from California State University at Long Beach. He then earned his law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 1977, and was admitted to practice in South Carolina that same year.

Mr. Sherrilll actively practiced law in Horry and Georgetown counties for 36 years. He was a valuable member of the legal community until his retirement in 2013.

He is survived by his daughter, Arlette Sherrill (Jeff Wood) of Murrells Inlet and San Diego; two sisters, Debi Cobb of Conway and Lynne Hasenkamp (Dwaine) of Michigan; three nieces, Michele Cobb (Robbie Lewis), Kimberly Yonkos (Dave) and Christina Shaffer (Ross); and an uncle and aunt, Billy and Hilda Ambrose.

Mr. Sherrill was a member of Holy Cross-Faith Memorial Episcopal Church, where a memorial service will be held today at 3 p.m. by the Rev. Sandy Moyle. Visitation will follow the service.

Condolences may be made at burroughsfh.com.


Feb 5

Jay Burton

Storyteller with love of country

Jay Frank Burton of Pawleys Island died Saturday. He was 50.

He was born in Winston-Salem, N.C., a son of Frank and Janet Burton. Mr. Burton was a musician, songwriter, pewter smith and master storyteller, but most of all he was known for his love of his country.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Beth Burton; his children, Shannon Burton and Heather Hogsette; a grandson, Dominic Hogsette; his siblings, Jim Burton and Nancy Burton; his nephews, Justin Rooney and Aaron Burton; his niece, Leia Burton; and his best friend, John Cusick.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. today at Goldfinch Funeral Home’s Pawleys Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Capt. Kimberly Hampton Foundation at captainkimberlyhampton.org.

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

Tookie Chandler

Eleanor A. “Tookie” Chandler Jones of Murrells Inlet died Jan. 27 after a long illness. She was 56.

She was born Dec. 29, 1958, the daughter of Wayne Ayers Chandler and the late Tommy Chandler.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her her husband of 37 years, Don Jones; son, Ben Jones and wife Michelle; daughter, Hope Brode and husband Rob; one granddaughter, Ella Rose Brode; two brothers, Boo and Joe Chandler; two sisters, Kim Elmore and husband Michael and Rebecca Chandler; and a number of aunts, uncles and cousins.

A celebration of life ceremony was held Jan. 31 at Belin Memorial United Methodist Church Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the Pediatric Cancer program at the Hollings Cancer Center, 86 Jonathan Lucas St., Charleston, SC 29403.

Condolences can be made at burroughsfh.com.

James Chrapek

James Paul Chrapek of Murrells Inlet died Jan. 1, 2015 at his home. He was 84.

He was born February 27, 1930 in Astoria, N.Y.

He is survived by his wife, Lynn Lisenby Pew Chrapek; a son, James Paul Chrapek of Kernesville, N.C.; two step-daughters, Lynn Pew of Darlington and Marian (Richard) Pew Squires of Surfside Beach; a step-son, Doug Pew IV of Darlington; a sister, Carolina C. Burke of Long Island, N.Y.; a dear friend, Paul Dorman; and five grandchildren, five step-grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life service was held Jan. 24 at Burroughs Funeral Home. Memorials may be made to Belin Memorial United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 528, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576; Murrells Inlet-Garden City Fire and Rescue, 3641 U.S. 17 Business Murrells Inlet, SC 29576; or a charity of your choice.

Condolences may be made at burroughsfh.com.

Willie Dereef

Master boat builder

Willie Dereef remembered riding in a horse and buggy through the community where he was born. He remembered when traffic on Highway 17 might number two cars a day. But what he will be remembered for is boats. Flat-bottomed boats mostly, built in the way he learned as a young man from his uncle.

He died Jan. 15. His age was not given. Based on interviews he gave over the years, he was 90.

He was born and raised in the area once known as Fraserville. He recalled that most of the people worked the land. Some worked at Caledonia Plantation, where his grandfather was the caretaker.

He learned boat building from his uncle Abraham Joseph. “I was probably 8 or 9 when I learned,” he said in a 2006 interview. “He wasn’t the only [builder], but he was the best.”

He estimated he made about 50 boats with his uncle before he was judged able to work on his own. “I told him to set back and take it easy while I went at it,” Dereef recalled. “He watched me real close, but he was pleased when I was done.”

Dereef became a carpenter and homebuilder, traveling around the Carolinas before coming home.

He continued to build boats. He figured he made about 80 in all. In 2003, he got a grant from the S.C. Arts Commission to pass on his knowledge. He started teaching his grandson, John Wright, then 23. The next year, Dereef received a Jean Harris Folk Heritage Award from the state legislature as one of the last practitioners of a craft that had its origins in the rice plantations. One of his boats in now in the collection at the S.C. State Museum.

Funeral services were held Jan. 22 at First Calvary Baptist Church in Georgetown by the Rev Dr. Lorenzo Smalls.

He is survived by his children, Jacquelyn Green, Betty A. Dereef, Wilhelmina Dereef and Priscilla Dereef, Willie Dereef Jr., Frankie Dereef and Emanuel Dereef, all of Pawleys Island.

Arthur Fitch Jr.

Flew bombers in two wars

Arthur Fitch Jr. of Rockville, Md., a retired lieutenant colonel in the Air Force, died Jan. 28. He was 95.

He was born Jan. 23, 1920, in Youngstown, Ohio, the son of Arthur and Margaret Yard Fitch. He enlisted in the Army Air Corps on Dec. 8, 1941, and went on to fly 51 missions and 372 combat hours in World War II, flying B-17 bombers. He was recalled to the Air Force in June 1950 and flew 55 missions in the Korean War, flying B-26 fighter/bombers.

Col. Fitch received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Youngstown University in 1955. He served with the Tactical Air Command and the Air Force Research and Development Command, working on the Aircraft Nuclear Propulsion Project, part of the Space Power Program, Research and Technology Division. He trained at the Y-12 Nuclear Reactor Plant in Oak Ridge, Tenn., and was assigned to the Atomic Energy Commission in Germantown, Md. He retired from the Air Force in 1970 and entered the civil service, retiring from the Army Materiel Command in 1980.

Col. Fitch was also a 33rd degree Mason.

Col. Fitch was married for 54 years to Lillian Nancy Guadagno. She died in 2003. They met at the University of Chicago after World War II, where they were both employed at the Argonne National Laboratory doing nuclear research. They were regular visitors to the Pawleys Island area.

He is survived by his children, Kathy (Ted) Weiss of Miami; James Arthur Fitch of Pawleys Island and Leslie (Matthew) Meyers of Parrish, Fla.; and his grandchildren, Air Force Capt. Samuel Weiss M.D. and Hannah Weiss, and Emily and Zachary Meyers.

Burial will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

Memorials may be made to The Rice Museum, 633 Front St., Georgetown, South Carolina 29440, or to the charity of your choice.

Betty Hart

Started newspaper for campers

Betty Gill Plexico Hart of Garden City, who founded a newspaper to cover the region’s campgrounds, died Jan. 24. She was 88.

She was born Nov. 7, 1926 in Salisbury, N.C., the daughter of Edwin Bruner and Sara Frances Gill. She worked for various radio stations and publications until creating Camping Times, a tabloid which she owned and managed for 23 years. At 72, she finally decided to retire and sell the paper.

Mrs. Hart loved photography and traveling. She enjoyed meeting people and was known for humor and love for life. She was a member of Murrells Inlet Presbyterian Church.

She is survived by her two sons, Samuel Holmes Plexico III (Crandell) of Pawleys Island and William Gill Fisher (Anna) of Bluffton; four grandchildren, Hannah (Jeremy) Buzhardt and Ruth (Daniel) Campbell of Summerville, Cameron Muzuk of Honea Path and Jamilla Muzuk of Pawleys Island; and two great-grandchildren.

Three husbands, Robert Fisher, Samuel Holmes Plexico Jr. and Oscar J. Hart, died before her as did her siblings, Ellen McCain Hicks, Julia Gill Dodson, Mary Lang Olson and Robert Edwin Gill.

A celebration of life service was held Jan. 27 at Murrells Inlet Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Thomas Thornton. Memorials may be made to the Salvation Army, 3336 Business 17 Murrells Inlet, SC 29576 or the church, 4499 Highway 17, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576.

Condolences may be made at burroughsfh.com.

Margaret Kjersgaard

Margaret T. Kjersgaard of Pawleys Island died Jan. 22 at her home. She was 87.

She was born Oct. 23, 1927, in Brooklyn, N.Y., the daughter of Leo and Margaret Tobin DeWysockie. She was married to the late Edward Kjersgaard.

She is survived by her son, Denis Kjersgaard and wife Sharon of Pawleys Island; daughter, Wendy DuBois of Jamesburg, N.J.; a sister, Mary Wysockie of San Antonio, Texas; six grandchildren, Kelly, Laurie, Daniel, Ginelle, Dugan and Yvonne; and 10 great-grandchildren, Evageline, Amelia, Alden, Olivia, Layla, Harper, Elijah, Natalia, Lily and Haylie.

Another son, George Kjersgaard, and a brother, William Wysockie, died before her.

A Mass of Celebration was held Jan. 28 at Precious Blood Catholic Church by the Rev. Patrick Stenson.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 1113 44th Ave. North, Unit 200, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577.

Condolences may be made at burroughsfh.com.

Leon Spangler

Volunteer at food pantry

Leon P. Spangler of Pawleys Retreat died Jan. 2 at his home. He was 88.

He was born Jan. 27, 1926, in York, Pa., a son of Kerwin H. and Belinda J. Yates.

He graduated from York High School and the Lebanon Valley College in Pennsylvania. He served in the Army during World War II receiving the Purple Heart, the Europe-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, Victory Medal, a Bronze Star and Good Conduct Medal.

Mr. Spangler volunteered at the Baskervill Food Pantry and was a member of Belin Memorial United Methodist Church where he served on the nurture committee.

He is survived by two daughters, Terri (Dr. Mark) Triana and Jill (Bill) Hillegas, both of Pawleys Island; a son, Leon (Kelly) Spangler of Wonder Lake, Ill.; a brother, Kerwin (Jane) Spangler of Simmsbury, Conn.; and 10 grandchildren and 11 great-grandchildren.

His wife, Annette Read Spangler, died before him.

A celebration of life service was held Jan. 9 at Belin Memorial United Methodist Church by the Rev. Scott Johnson. Inurnment was in the church columbarium.

Memorials may be made to Wounded Warrior Project, P.O. Box 758517, Topeka, KS 66675.

Condolences may be made at burroughsfh.com.


Jan 29

John W. Donlevy Jr.

Led startup cola company

John W. Donlevy Jr. of Pawleys Plantation, a retired executive with Pepsi-Cola who headed up a challenge to the top national cola brands, died Jan. 12. He was 88.

He was born Aug. 7, 1926, in Patterson, N.J., the son of John W. and Irene Fennelly Donlevy. He attended Patterson Central High School and Montclair State Teachers College. He served in the Navy.

He began his career with Pepsi as a district manager, rose to the corporate level and then served as president of King Cola Corp.

King was started in 1978 by Walter Mack, then 82, the former president of Pepsi who had taken the brand to national prominence. “When I joined Walter, I figured that at 60 I’d hang it up. He changed me completely. He’s so alert and has so much fun, you forget his age. Now I can’t imagine not being involved with some business as long as I’m healthy,’’ Mr. Donlevy told The New York Times.

Mr. Donlevy later served as a consultant to several soft drink businesses.

Mr. Donlevy and his wife Manon moved from Florida to Pawleys Island where they opened Coastal Kennel and Grooming. He loved animals and enjoyed playing golf. He was remembered for his quick wit, exemplary work ethic, caring manner and his love for his faith, family and Irish heritage.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughters Patricia and Colleen of Florida and their husbands, his granddaughters Megan and Anna and by many nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, his wife Ann and his twin brothers, James and Ray, died before him.

A Mass of Christian Burial was held Jan. 17 at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church by the Rev. Patrick Stenson. Inurnment was in the columbarium.

Michael T. Lowe

Dog park supervisor

Michael Thomas Lowe of Surfside Beach died Saturday at Georgetown Memorial Hospital. He was 51.

He was born in Dayton, Ohio, a son of James Carl and the late Marie Wood Lowe. Mr. Lowe was a supervisor at Surfside Beach Dog Park.

In addition to his father and stepmother, Bonnie, he is survived by his wife of five years, Cheryl Lowe; a daughter, Erin Lowe of Florida; a son, Jeremy Lowe of Florida; stepchildren, Matt Carpenter of Peachland, N.C., Carrie Carpenter of Fayetteville, N.C., and Jarred Conklin of Surfside Beach; his in-laws, Heath and Norma Thomas of Peachland; two brothers, John and Andy Lowe of Ohio; a brother-in-law, Joel Thomas of Oakboro, N.C.; and his loyal companion, Rock.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at the Goldfinch Funeral Home Beach Chapel by the Rev. Scott Johnson. The family will receive friends an hour before the service. A bereavement fellowship will follow the service at Belin Memorial United Methodist Church’s Family Life Center.

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com. Memorials may be made to the Grand Strand Humane Society, 3241 10th Ave. N. Ext. Myrtle Beach, SC 29577.


Jan 22

Ralph Bartlett

Former CPA helped seniors with taxes

Ralph Blair Bartlett, a former Litchfield Country Club resident, died Jan. 14 at his home at Bay Lake Retirement Community in Virginia Beach, Va., surrounded by family. He was 94.

He was born Jan. 22, 1920, in Camden, N.J., the son of Thomas Z. and Miriam Bartlett. He served in the Navy from 1940 to 1945 aboard the USS Wyoming, USS Chateau Thierry and USS Lamar. His ships saw combat in every theater during World War II. His ribbons carried nine battle stars including the invasion of the Marshall Islands and battles at Tarawa, Leyte Gulf, Lingayan, Dulag and San Marcalino. He was a Purple Heart recipient.

After the war, he attended the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and was a certified public accountant. During his career he held executive positions at American Water Works, Seventeen magazine and TV Guide.

In his retirement he continued to work doing tax preparation for small businesses and individuals, including volunteer tax preparation for senior citizens in Pawleys Island and Georgetown.

He was an avid golfer who shot multiple holes-in-one and often shot his age. He was a longtime member of Litchfield Country Club. He held his private pilot’s license with an instrument rating and previously owned Cessna and Mooney airplanes. His other loves were baseball (Detroit Tigers), gardening, sports cars and the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Mr. Bartlett is survived by three sons and three daughters, Richard Bartlett of Virginia Beach, Randall Bartlett of Maple Shade, N.J., Scott Bartlett of Jensen Beach, Fla., Evelyn Bartlett Tolliver of Reynoldsburg, Ohio, Beth Bartlett Wingerd of Annapolis, Md., and Laurie Bartlett Botti of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; two stepsons, Edward Hilpert of Latrobe, Pa., and Robert Hilpert of Pittsburgh; 11 grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

He was married for 31 year to the late Barbara Bartlett. In addition to his wife, two sisters, Ruth Bartlett Hoskins and Doris Bartlett, died before him.

A celebration of life service will be held at Litchfield Country Club from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday. Future burial and memorial service will be held at Arlington National Cemetery.

Larry Dunham

CPA aided Litchfield Beaches POA

Lawrence Strode Dunham, a retired partner in a Big 8 accounting firm who divided his time between North Litchfield and the Chicago area, died Jan. 14. He was 92.

He was born in Lakewood, Ohio, in 1922 and grew up in the Cleveland and Chicago areas. He attended DePauw University in Greencastle, Ind., for two years.

He enlisted in the Army Air Corps where he became a flight instructor, eventually being stationed in Greenville, Miss. While serving there, he met his future wife, Jane Lowry Dunham at a reception.

After the war, they were married in Chatham, Miss., and moved to Ann Arbor, Mich., where Larry completed his bachelor’s degree at the University of Michigan.

After graduation, he accepted employment at Arthur Young as a CPA in the Chicago office and the couple moved to Elmhurst, Ill., where they raised a family and Mr. Dunham joined the Elmhurst Jaycees. He was a member of the American Accounting Association, American Institute of CPAs and was selected for the honorary accounting fraternity, Beta Alpha Pi. In 1966, he became a partner with Arthur Young.

He retired from the firm in 1982 and the next year, Jane and Larry relocated to the South Carolina coast. During their retirement, the couple travelled extensively and hosted friends and family who grew to love their home near the beach. He became active in the Litchfield Beaches Property Owners Association and was awarded their Groening-Kittrell Service Award.

A longtime fan of the University of Michigan, Mr. Dunham was in the President’s Club and the Maize and Blue Club.

His wife of 63 years died in 2008. Another son, Scott, died in 2014.

He is survived by three sons, Lawrence (Gail) of Naperville, Ill., Douglas (Karin) of Skokie, Ill., and Randal of Wheaton, Ill.; five grandsons, three granddaughters and six great-granddaughters.

A memorial service was held Monday in Naperville. A service will be scheduled at the Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Knox Presbyterian Church, 1105 Catalpa Lane, Naperville, IL 60540 or Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church, 9967 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

Lisa Kraus

Active in church ministries

Lisa Marie Kraus of Ricefields died Jan. 13. She was 51.

She was born in Rochester, N.Y., the daughter of Rozlyn Ayers and the late Paul Ayers.

Mrs. Kraus loved music, dance and serving God through children’s ministry. Her big smile, infectious laugh and giving heart were a blessing to all who knew and loved her, her family said.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Dru Kraus; two sons, Erik and Nickolas; a daughter, Christina Alfred of California; and a brother, Scott Ayers, of Rochester.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday in the chapel at Pawleys Island Community Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church for the benefit of the children’s ministry at P.O. Box 777, Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

There is a guestbook at myrtlebeachfuneralhome.com.

Edward Shea

Army veteran of World War II

Edward Francis Shea of Pawleys Island died Jan. 15 at Waccamaw Community Hospital. He was 91.

He was born Aug. 24, 1923 in New Haven, Conn., a son of Thomas and Elizabeth Fenton Shea. He served in the Army during World War II.

He is survived by two daughters, Linda Somers of New Haven and Amy (Bob) Canalori of Pawleys Island; and a sister, Anne O’Connell, of Hamden, Conn.

No services are planned. Condolences may be made at burroughsfh.com.


Jan 15

Betty Asnip

Active in Episcopal Church minisries

Elizabeth Izard Bull Asnip of Pawleys Island, a beloved wife, mother and grandmother, passed away January 7, 2015, with family and friends at her side. She was 82.

She was born Nov. 18, 1932, in Charleston, the daughter of the Rev. Dr. Henry DeSaussure Bull and Gertrude Cornish Bull. She was raised in Georgetown and graduated from Winyah High school. She went on to attend Coker College, and earned her undergraduate degree from University of South Carolina and a graduate degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro.

Mrs. Asnip was a lifelong member of the Episcopal Church and spent many years as a mentor and educator through the Education for Ministry program in a variety of churches. She served with quiet grace and joy as vestry member, greeter, lay reader, Sunday school teacher and acolyte.

She continued service and ministry in her later years by working as a Stephen Minister.

Mrs. Asnip served on several boards throughout the years, including the Witherspoon Museum in Greensboro and the Greensboro Opera Guild. She was also a former president of the Georgetown Chapter of the Colonial Dames of America and member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

She is survived by her husband of 60 years, George Asnip Jr.; three sons, George Asnip III (Sylvia) of Browns Summit, N.C., Andrew Asnip (Elizabeth) of Mount Juliet, Tenn., and Matthew Asnip (Sally) of Atlanta; a daughter, Elizabeth Ream (Robert) of Tyrone, Ga.; five grandchildren, Daniel Asnip, Britney Spiller, Elizabeth Trzicky, Banks Ream and Isabelle Ream; and a great-grandchild, Liam Asnip Spiller.

A celebration of her life was held Saturday at Holy Cross-Faith Memorial Episcopal Church. Memorials may be made to the church, P.O. Box 990, Pawleys Island, SC 29585, or the Lamb Institute, P.O. Box 20488, Charleston, SC 29413.

There is a guestbook at mayerfuneralhome.com.

Margaret Dieter

Started design business

Margaret Tucker Dieter of Pawleys Island, who started the area’s first year-round design business, died Friday at Tidelands Community Hospice House. She was 91.

She was born Dec. 1, 1923, in Darlington, a daughter of Roy Hardee Tucker and Roland Jenkins Tucker. She attended public schools in Sumter and attended Columbia College, where she represented the state with the Columbia College Choir at the National Collegiate Choir Competition, winning the national title in 1941. She graduated from the University of South Carolina, where she was a member of the Kappa Delta sorority and was active in many other collegiate organizations. After graduation, Mrs. Dieter worked in New York for Eastern Air Lines. In 1945, she married Lt. Jonathan Lucas Dieter and moved to Columbia, where they lived for 25 years. Mrs. Dieter worked with interior designer Dora Gray in Columbia. She was a charter member of Trenholm Road United Methodist Church, where she set up a model kindergarten.

In 1974, Mrs. Dieter and her family moved to Pawleys Island and lived on the island in the family home.

She was a communicant of All Saints, Waccamaw, Episcopal Church, where she was a founding member of its church school board, a member of the altar guild and active in other church organizations. She enjoyed tennis, golf, birding, fishing and being involved in church activities. Mrs. Dieter chaired the church’s “Christmas in July” event.

From childhood, Mrs. Dieter was a lover of music and art. She was a member of the Georgetown Garden Club, the Daughters of the American Revolution, Winyah Chapter of Colonial Dames, where she served as regent for years, and a member of the Georgetown Memorial Hospital Women’s Board. Mrs. Dieter, a member of the American Society of Interior Designers, opened the first year-round interior design shop, Island Interiors, at Pawleys Island in the early 1970s.

In addition to her husband of 69 years, she is survived by two sons, Dr. Jonathan Lucas Dieter Jr. (Jan) of Conway and Tucker Dieter (Kimmie) of Pawleys Island; four grandchildren, Margaret Lucas Adams (Reid) of Charleston, Jonathan William Dieter (Lauren) of Pawleys Island, Caroline Dieter Bush (Dan) of Atlanta and Roy Tucker Dieter Jr. of Columbia; three great-grandchildren; and a sister, Joy Tucker Segars of Sumter.

Funeral services were held Sunday at The Abbey at Pawleys Island by the Rt. Rev. Charles H. Murphy III and the Rt. Rev. C. FitzSimons Allison..

The family extended special thanks to Mrs. Dieter’s caregivers, Sharon Logan, Kathy Sarkis, Cathy Gavenes, DeAnna Baltenback and Geraldine Anderson.

There is a guestbook at mayerfuneralhome.com.

Memorials may be made to The Abbey at Pawleys Island, P.O. Box 3999, Pawleys Island, SC 29585 or to Tidelands Community Hospice, 2591 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, SC 29440.


Jan. 8

Dr. Ted Coggeshall

Surgeon in Cheraw

Dr. Berryman Edwards “Ted” Coggeshall Jr. of Cheraw, a retired surgeon, died Dec. 27. He was 85.

He was the son of the late Lurline Parrott and Berryman Edwards Coggeshall. He was a graduate of St. John’s High School in Darlington. He was an Eagle Scout and later earned the Silver Beaver Award as an adult Scout leader. He earned his bachelor’s degree at Duke University, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He also earned his medical degree at Duke University and was a member of the Alpha Omega Alpha honor society. He did his internship at Philadelphia General Hospital and was president of the Blockley Medical Society. He did his residency in general surgery at Tulane University.

During his career, Dr. Coggeshall served on the board of Chesterfield General Hospital and the Mercy in Me Free Medical Clinic. He was a trustee of Francis Marion University, a board member of Kiwanis and a member of Cheravians. He received a lifetime achievement award from Cheraw Chamber of Commerce.

He also served on the board of Matheson Memorial Library and was a deacon and elder at First Presbyterian Church.

Dr. Coggeshall is survived by his wife, Ina Aven Coggeshall; a son, Berryman Edwards Coggeshall III of Murrells Inlet; two daughters, Callie Andrews of Myrtle Beach and Lucia Coggeshall of Murrells Inlet; a brother, William Dargan Coggeshall of Murrells Inlet; and five grandchildren.

A brother, Albert Parrott Coggeshall, died before him.

A memorial service was held Dec. 30. Memorials may be made to Mercy in Me Free Medical Clinic, P.O. Box 1684, Cheraw, SC 29520; Cheraw Rescue Squad, P.O. Box 28, Cheraw, SC 29520; or the charity of your choice.

Peggy Jessup

Handled Midway’s front office

A plaque to be awarded at Midway Fire and Rescue’s annual banquet marked Peggy Jessup’s 20 years as the department’s administrative assistant. She died Dec. 24, the week before the banquet. She was 63 and lived in Georgetown.

“She was the face of the department, the face and voice,” said Fire Chief Doug Eggiman. And to the Midway staff, Miss Peggy “was like the mom away from home for most of these firefighters,” he said.

Peggy Kimbrel Green Jessup was born March 4, 1951, in Greensboro, Ga., a daughter of Alice Edwards Kimbrel and the late Charlie Kimbrel. She was a graduate of Butler High School in Augusta, Ga., and earned an associate’s degree in accounting from Georgia Tech.

She worked for the county Parks and Recreation Department before moving to Midway. “She really taught us all lessons about caring for others,” Eggiman said. “No matter what Peggy was doing, when somebody came in she’d stop what she was doing, especially if they had kids.”

She kept photos of the children of Midway staff in her office.

Eggiman said her concern for the staff went deeper. After her death, he learned that she had once loaned a firefighter a couple of hundred dollars when his paycheck came up short. “She was definitely dedicated to the department,” he said.

In addition to her father, Mrs. Jessup was preceded in death by her husbands, Hal Green and Jay Jessup and a sister Cheryl.

She is survived by her son, Charles Bryan Dunn, of Augusta; her daughter, Jennifer Ashley Reese, of Georgetown; her grandchildren, Nathan Dunn, Brayden Reese and Joseph Fossick Jr.; and her sisters, Gail, Bobbie, Judy, Terri and Pat.

A memorial service was held Friday at Holy Cross-Faith Memorial Episcopal Church.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, P.O. Box 80459, Charleston, SC 29416-0459.

Tom Koltak

Chaired Midway Fire board

Thomas P. Koltak of Litchfield, the chairman of the Midway Fire and Rescue board, died Dec. 19 at Waccamaw Community Hospital. He was 73.

He was born in Steubenville, Ohio, the son of Pete and Agnes Koltak of Weirton, W. Va. He graduated from Madonna High School in Weirton and West Virginia University.

While serving with the Army’s 101st Airborne Division, he survived the crash of Flying Tiger Flight 923 in the North Atlantic in September 1962. The plane ditched in the ocean during a storm. The 48 survivors spent 6 hours in an open life raft before they were rescued; 28 people died.

It was something he didn’t talk about much, said Midway Fire Chief Doug Eggiman. “He wasn’t one to toot his own horn,” he said. But he saw the influence of the crash in Mr. Koltak’s live of service.

“Mr. Koltak was all about the community,” Eggiman said.

Prior to his retirement, he owned Benefit Insurance Agency in Myrtle Beach. He previously developed and ran the residential care programs for adults and children with mental handicaps in Allegheny County, Pa., and Georgetown County. He also served on the county Board of Disabilities and Special Needs.

He became chairman of the Midway board as it launched a successful push to raise pay for first responders. “He was well-regarded by the firefighters. He came in regularly, knew them all and talked to them all,” Eggiman said.

Mr. Koltak also pushed for a reduction in the deparment’s ISO rating. That came last week, too late for him to know it had succeeded, Eggiman said.

He was a member of the Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church, where a funeral Mass was celebrated Dec. 23.

He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Judith M. Koltak; his daughter, Melissa Koltak Hayes of Atlanta; his son, Brad Koltak of Silver Spring, Md.; son-in-law, Donnie Hayes; daughter-in-law, Kim Young; sisters, Beatrice Antol, Rita Lovegren, Elaine DiPasquale and Barbara Cain; and three grandsons, Tyler, Luke and Connor Hayes.

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

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

Thom Martin

Music director at Georgetown Presbyterian

Thomas Alfred Martin IV, music director at Georgetown Presbyterian Church, died Dec. 20. He was 50.

He was remembered as a man of great vision, passionate devotion and impeccable talent, who gave his life for the work of God to be a blessing to his fellow man.

He was born April 12, 1964, in Conway, the son of the late Thomas Alfred Martin III and Iris Jones Martin. He grew up in Georgetown and was a 1982 graduate of Winyah High School. In a 2005 interview, he cited the influence of two music teachers on his life: Elsie Pollock, who taught him piano, and Josephine Howard, his chorus teacher. “They both challenged and encouraged me to become a better musician, Christian and citizen,” he said.

He attended Emanuel College and earned his master’s degree in worship studies from the Institute of Worship Studies in Florida. His career in music and worship spanned his entire life taking him to various places throughout the United States and around the world.

Over the past 12 years Mr. Martin was the director of music at the Georgetown Presbyterian Church. He was the artistic director for the Indigo Choral Society, where he was called the savior of the community chorus when he took over nine years ago at a time when participation was flagging. He also served as chairman of the nonprofit Winyah Auditorium Corp. board.

He is survived by two daughters, Hannah Martin and Molly Martin; two grandchildren, Ian and Leah; a sister, Susan (Luiz) Martin Stox Yamashita; a nephew, Thomas T. Yamashita; and many aunts, uncles and cousins.

A celebration of his life was held Sunday at Georgetown Presbyterian by the Rev. Stephen Wilkins, the Rev. William Puckett Jr. and the Rev. Timothy McKenzie.

A musical tribute to Mr. Martin is being planned at the Winyah Auditorium. It will include many of the choirs, soloists, and musicians trained, blessed and touched by his musical abilities.

Rob Mason

Transplant patient earned law degree

Robert Camden Mason of Pawleys Island died Dec. 24 at Waccamaw Community Hospital. He was 31.

He was born in Martinsville, Va., the son of James Russell “Butch” Mason and Barbara M. Mason. He attended Martinsville City and Carlisle Schools, earned his undergraduate degree from Presbyterian College in Clinton and then graduated from the University of South Carolina Law School in 2008.

He received a live donor kidney in 2005. While on dialysis, he took and passed the state bar exam.

He attended Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church.

Mr. Mason coached Horry County Youth Soccer, faithfully contributed to the Special Olympics and Franklin Graham Shoeboxes and ensured Toys for Tots was well supplied.

He was a strong advocate for animal rights, especially for golden retrievers. He was a conservationist who loved kayaking, swimming, paddle boarding, Duke basketball and Bayern Munich soccer.

He was an avid collector of Star Wars, G.I. Joes, and Ninja Turtles.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brother, Rus, and grandmother, Dorothy A. Bryant.

A celebration of his life was held Dec. 31 at Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church.


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