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April 5

Lois D. Gibson

Former Litchfield C.C. resident

Lois D. Gibson of Pittsford, N.Y., a former Litchfield Country Club resident, died March 27.

She was born in Danbury, Conn., the daughter of Earl and Jesse McLean Darling. She and her late husband William E. Gibson started their family in South Bend, Ind., where he pursued his education at the University of Notre Dame. Mr. Gibson went to work for IBM and they returned to the Poughkeepsie, N.Y., area before moving to Paris. They then lived for many years in New City, N.Y. From there, they retired to Pawleys Island where they became active members of Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church and Litchfield Country Club.

Mrs. Gibson moved to Pittsford to be near family.

She was a world traveler and avid bridge player with many friends in many places.

She is survived by her son, Dennis E. Gibson (Megan); daughter, Susan G. Lawton (Gary); grandchildren, Sean (Rachel), Patrick (Mandy) and Colleen Gibson, Jennifer Gibson, Elizabeth Cooper (Kasey), John Lawton (Kim); great-grandchildren, Dylan, William, Grace and Henry; sister, Doris Rikert (Homer); brother, Dean Darling (Suzanne); daughter-in-law, Kate Gibson; many nieces and nephews.

Another son, Kevin W. Gibson, and two brothers, Lynn and Leo Darling, died before her.

A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. on May 19 at Precious Blood of Christ.

Memorials may be made to the ALS Association at aksa.org.

Condolences may be sent at anthonychapels.com.

Charles E. King

Executive with manufacturing firm

Charles Edward King of Pawleys Island died Sunday at Grand Strand Regional Hospital. He was 95.

He was born in Oxford, Nova Scotia, the son of Finley and Minerva King, who were American citizens. He was raised and attended school in Lubec, Maine and also attended Boston University.

Mr. King served in the Navy as a corpsman during World War II where he received the Asiatic Pacific Campaign Medal with a bronze star. He also received a commendation for “courage and devotion to duty” during the battle for Okinawa. Honorably discharged at the end of the war in 1945, Mr. King was recalled back to active duty during the Korean War in 1952. He was assigned aboard the aircraft carrier USS Wasp, receiving an honorable discharge in 1955.

Mr. King had a career in sales and retired as vice president and national sales manager after 30 years with the Collier Keyworth Co., a division of Legget & Platt, manufacturer of components for the office furniture industry with facilities in Gardner, Mass., and Liberty, N.C.

He was a member of Litchfield Country Club and past president of the men’s league, a volunteer at Waccamaw Community Hospital, a member of the First Baptist Church Georgetown and a Master Mason for over 55 years.

He was married to the late Rebecca King.

He is survived by his daughters, Gloria Zander (John) of Jacksonville, Fla., Brenda Pope (Jerry) of Georgetown; son, Reginald King (Sandy) of Myrtle Beach; eight grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren, two great-great-granddaughters and one great-great-grandson.

A celebration of life service will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at First Baptist Church of Georgetown. The family will receive friends at the church one hour prior to the service.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church building fund, 219 Cleland St., Georgetown, SC 29440.

Condolences may be sent at burroughsfh.com.

Helen H. Madden

Founded Pawleys kitchen store

Helen Hefner Madden of Columbia, who started the first kitchen store at Pawleys Island, died March 28. She was 60.

She was born Nov. 8, 1957, the daughter of the late Dr. and Mrs. Arthur Allen Madden. She grew up in Columbia and attended Heathwood Hall Episcopal School and Dreher High School. She attended Mount Vernon College and graduated from the College of Charleston with a degree in business. She earned a master’s degree in international business in Portuguese from the University of South Carolina School of Business.

Ms. Madden worked for Cummins in Charleston and was a licensed Realtor with Century 21. She was a recruiter with D. P. Professionals in Columbia. She was a volunteer with Friends of the Richland County Public Library for many years.

Just as her parents and grandparents, she spent much of her time at Pawleys Island. She loved to fish and was an excellent cook. She opened Pawleys Pantry in the Island Shops.

Ms. Madden enjoyed extensive travel through Europe, Japan and Brazil. She often took cooking classes. She learned to graft and propagate camellias, a hobby she learned from her grandfather, James A. Vaughan. Animal rescue was a passion for her, as evidenced by all the dogs she helped place.

She is survived by her siblings, Arthur Allen Madden Jr., Brandon Vaughan Madden and James Emmett Madden (Suzy Parrott); her niece and nephews, Kelley Vaughan Madden, Arthur Allen Madden, III, James McGregor Madden and Emmett Alexander Madden.

Graveside services will be held at All Saints Cemetery at 2 p.m. on April 15.

Memorials may be made to Miss Ruby’s Kids, P.O. Box 1007, Georgetown, SC 29442; and Friends of the Library, 1431 Assembly St. Columbia SC 29201; or Pets Inc., 300 Orchard Dr., West Columbia, SC 29170.

There is a guestbook at mayerfuneralhome.com.

Joseph A. Ripard

Served in Mounted Beach Patrol

Joseph Anthony Ripard of Hagley Estates, an avid boater who helped popularize kayaking in the area, died March 26 holding the hand of his wife of 73 years, Jean. He was 96.

Joe and Jean met at a USO dance in Georgetown during World War II. He served in the Coast Guard and was part of the Mounted Beach Patrol organized early in the war to counter the threat of German saboteurs. He was in charge of the unit on South Island.

He later served aboard the U.S.S. Forsyth.

After his retirement from advertising in Detroit in 1983, Mr. Ripard started Rip’s Rowing in 1986 to sell rowing shells from his home at Waterford Heights. He later moved into kayaks with Rip’s Small Boats.

He was also a gun collector and enjoyed playing the banjo. He was remembered as a man of many loves and talents.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his children, Ron Ripard (Pat), Connie Whitlock, Mary Mitchell (Hal), Gail Stouffer (Ken), and Beth Corcoran (Gary); his grandchildren, Tony, Amy, Rebecca, Sarah, Rachel, Joseph, Jesse, Ben and Seth; and 14 great-grandchildren.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church. Interment was in Elmwood Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation, P.O. Box 824061, Philadelphia, PA 19182-4061.

There is a guest book at mayerfuneralhome.com.

Gainard E. Sisti

Retired from Lawrence Livermore Lab

Gainard Ernest Sisti of Heritage Plantation died Sunday at NHC of Garden City. He was 85.

He was born Feb. 13, 1933, in Rockford, Ill., the son of Louis and Mary Petrovich Sisti.

He served in the Navy from 1951 to 1956. He retired from the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory.

After moving to Pawleys Island he became a member of Pawleys Island Community Church. In his spare time he enjoyed being out on the golf course, especially at Heritage Golf Club, where he was a long-time member.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Marilyn Joyce Sisti; a son, Steven Sisti of Dixon, Calif.,; and a daughter, Sharron Sisti of Pawleys Island.

Two brothers, Lewis Sisti and Joseph Sisti; one sister, Julia Sisti Hayes; and a son, David Gainard Sisti, died before him.

A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. on April 14 at Pawleys Island Community Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Teach My People, 753 Waverly Rd., Pawleys Island, SC 29585; or Pawleys Island Community Church Youth Missions, 10304 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

Condolences may be sent at burroughsfh.com.

Fritz Vinson

Property tax attorney with love for learning

William Littleberry “Fritz” Vinson of Pawleys Island, a retired property tax attorney, died March 28. He was 91.

He was born Jan. 9, 1927 in Greensboro, N.C., the youngest of four sons of Barnard Bee Vinson and Helen Julian Vinson. Fritz was a lifelong learner. Invited along with his mother to accompany his brother Charles during his Navy pilot training, Fritz attended five different high schools in Florida and Texas, ultimately graduating from Miami High School in 1944.

He studied political science at Davidson College and graduated in 1948. He completed his law degree at Emory University in 1952 and was a member of the Georgia bar since 1951.

Mr. Vinson was a well-regarded business man. After graduating from college, he joined the credit department at Sears, Roebuck & Co. in Atlanta. He moved into management of the tax department at Sears after completing law school and remained there until founding his own property tax consulting business, Cape and Vinson, with his friend Forrest Cape.

He continued to be a property tax consultant in Atlanta until he retired as president of Avtax, Atlanta in 1998 and moved to Pawleys Island.

Mr. Vinson studied to become a Master Gardener and volunteered at Brookgreen Gardens and with the Clemson Extension Service on their water sampling team. He was never comfortable being retired and was glad to be able to continue working as the financial director and treasurer at Georgetown Presbyterian Church up until his death.

Mr. Vinson deeply valued the friendships he enjoyed with his co-workers.

It was friends, Nancy and Kent Beals, who introduced him to two of his greatest loves: Pawleys Island and Luan Butler, the beautiful woman who would become his wife and best friend. Fritz proposed to Luan two weeks after their first blind date. He often said that one of the best things about Luan was her beautiful daughters, Nancy and Kathy. When Luan and Fritz married on Oct. 3, 1964, he became not only husband to Luan but daddy to two little girls. Over the next 16 years, two more girls, Caroline and Anna, joined the family.

Mr. Vinson’s love embraced and supported not only his wife and children, but many extended family members, friends, colleagues, and members of the wider community. When their own nest emptied, Fritz and Luan adopted a residential cottage at Thornwell Home for Children in Clinton, providing for the needs of the cottage including hosting the children and their house parents for vacation time at the beach and in the mountains. They served on the board of visitors for Thornwell Home, and established a family legacy fund for cottage life.

As a man of faith, Mr. Vinson was a dedicated member and ruling elder of Mount Vernon Presbyterian Church in Atlanta and Georgetown Presbyterian Church. He taught Sunday school and sang in the choir. His wisdom and expertise were valued in the many church and presbytery committees on which he served.

He enjoyed water skiing, fishing, camping, body surfing at the beach, opera, carpentry, gardening, reading history and current events, genealogical research, playing bridge, and a good game of Scrabble. He possessed a keen intellect and a wry sense of humor. His wisdom, guidance, and integrity have shaped many lives.

In addition to his wife of 53 years, he is survived by his children, Nancy Seay (Dave) of Greensboro, Kathy Cates (Bill) of Greensboro, Caroline Dennis (Phillip) of Indianapolis and Anna Jones (Hunter) of Washington, D.C.; his grandchildren, Rachel and Libby Seay, Ryne Gabel, MacKenzie Cates Allen (Mark), Hayley Cates, Allyson Cates Koopman (Brian), Helen, Hannah and Jacob Dennis, Graydon and Piper Jones; and his great-grandchildren, Layleigh and Elizabeth Allen.

His brothers, Barnard Bee, Charles Julian and Paul Garrett, died before him.

Funeral services were Wednesday at Georgetown Presbyterian Church

Memorials may be made to the Vinson Family Legacy Fund for Cottage Life at Thornwell Home for Children, 302 South Broad St., Clinton, SC 29325, or to Georgetown Presbyterian Church, 558 Black River Rd., Georgetown, SC 29440.

There is a guest book at mayerfuneralhome.com.

Lloyd Wainscott Jr.

Shared love of flying with student pilots

Lloyd Wainscott Jr. of Heritage Plantation, an engineer who became a flight instructor, died March 23. He was 83.

He was born in Covington, Ky., the son of Lloyd and Gladys Wainscott. He served in the Marine Corps during the Korean War and attended the University of Kentucky and the Ohio College of Applied Sciences. He was an electrical engineer, working with Burton-Rogers in system designs of military tactic systems, Lockheed-Martin’s Titan missile project, the Link Co. and retired from National Systems Management Corp. where he developed programs for anti-ship weapon systems.

Mr. Wainscott’s love of flying stayed with him from his first solo flight in 1966. He was a certified flight instructor with a commercial and instrument rating. He taught ground school and flying lessons to budding pilots, always embracing the joy of flying for over 40 years.

He was a 32nd degree Mason of the Rocky Mountain Scottish Rite of Freemasonry and a member of the Hanselman Lodge 208 F&AM in Cincinnati for over 50 years. He was also a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, Kiwanis International and St. Paul’s Waccamaw United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife of 61 years, Rosemary Rose Wainscott; his son, Timothy B. Wainscott (Karen); granddaughters, Molly Wainscott Jones (Dusty), Ashley Remmer (Billy) and Carolyn Johnson; his sisters, Rita Webster (John) and Joanette Lee; and his brother, Roger Wainscott.

His family thanked the staff at NHC for their care and support.

A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at St. Paul’s Waccamaw United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the National Parkinson Foundation, 200 SE First Street, S-800, Miami, FL 33131 (parkinson.org).

Condolences may be sent at burroughsfh.com.


March 29

Robert W. Braswell

Banker helped First Citizens grow in S.C.

Robert Wilson Braswell of Allston Plantation, a retired executive who led the expansion of First Citizens Bank in South Carolina, died Friday at the Veteran’s Victory House in Walterboro. He was 86.

He was the son of Eustace and Nora Braswell. He graduated from Concord, N.C., High School and attended Lees-McRae College. He left college to join the Navy during the Korean War, serving on the USS Hornet. In 1959, he began his banking career with First Citizens Bank of North Carolina. In 1964, he started rebuilding the Anderson Bank of Dillon coining the motto the “Can Do Bank.” That phrase and attitude epitomized his life and banking legacy.

Throughout his career, Mr. Braswell was focused on expansion and growing First Citizens in South Carolina. From 1964 to 1984, he helped grow First Citizens from 16 employees and $4 million in assets to 700 employees and $600 million in assets. When he retired in 1992, the bank had total assets over $1 billion. After retirement, he relocated to Pawleys Island, and became a business development consultant with The Citizens Bank.

Mr. Braswell had a passion for golf, boating, and snow skiing. He held a motorcycle and pilot’s license. And, if beach music was playing, he was on the dance floor shagging. Always ready with a big smile and a thumbs up, his favorite saying was, “it’s a wonderful thing we’re doing here today.”

He is survived by his wife, Carol Braswell; two daughters, Beth Braswell of Greenville and Lisa Castles of Aiken; his granddaughter, Alexis Aimé; and a half-sister, Edna Faggert of Charlotte.

A half-brother, Oscar Davis, died before him.

A memorial service will be held at a later date.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Parkinson Disease Association at apdaparkinson.org.

Condolences may be sent at burroughsfh.com.

Donald R. Hart Jr.

Worked in family firm

Donald R. Hart Jr. of Litchfield died March 19 at his home. He was 70.

He was born Sept. 15, 1947, in Huntington, W.Va., the son of Ruth Elizabeth Witten Hart and Donald R. Hart. He was a 1965 graduate of Huntington East High School. He attended Ohio State University and graduated from Marshall University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration and accounting. He served in the Air Force, was stationed in Berlin and attended Culver Military Academy.

Mr. Hart and his family owned Hart Distributors, a wholesale distributorship, where he worked for many years. He was also a member of the Huntington Elks Club. He was a member of Johnson Memorial United Methodist Church.

Mr. Hart was remembered for his loyalty to his many friends and his unforgettable personality. He loved life, walking on the beach and his home in Cypress Point. He is survived by his long-time companion, Sue Goff; his sisters, Mary Witten Ehlers of Euless, Texas, and Cathy Hart Price (Joe) of Charleston, W.Va.; his nephews, Jonathan Hart Price (Rachel), of Nashville and Michael Ehlers (Jennifer) of Cincinnati; and his niece, Kristin Ehlers Patton of Euless; and three great-nephews and two great-nieces.

His brother-in-law, Dennis Ehlers and his nephew, Benjamin Witten Price, died before him.

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

In lieu of flowers, memorials can be made to the American Heart Association, 7272 Greenville Ave. Dallas, TX 75231.

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

Dawn T. Hoover

Homemaker traveled the world

Dawn Tucker Hoover, a homemaker, died Monday at the Lakes at Litchfield. She was 82.

She was born in Greensboro, N.C., the daughter of Robert Whitt Tucker and Marie Davis Tucker. She attended Greensboro Women’s College and was a long-time resident of Christiansburg, Va. In earlier years, she enjoyed tennis with her late husband John. She was an avid bridge player and took pleasure in traveling the world with her husband. She was remembered as a loving mother and grandmother.

She is survived by her daughters, Karen Hoover Thomas, husband Anthony and their son Blake of Chester, Va., and Susan Hoover Lowenbach, husband Matthew and their children Nina and Noah of Pawleys Island.; and a son Mark Christopher Hoover, wife Bertha and their sons, Shannon, James, Scott, Justin, Dominick, Jacob and Damien of Radford, Va.

A funeral service will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church with a reception following in the Holsclaw Fellowship Hall.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Embrace Hospice, 11943 Grandhaven Dr., Suite B, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576, or Pawleys Island Presbyterian Scholarship Fund, 9967 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

Condolences may be sent at ridgewayfh.com.

Robert T. McKenna

Former NASA engineer

Robert Thomas McKenna of Hagley Estates, a former NASA engineer, died Friday at his home. He was 88.

He was born Oct. 25, 1929, in Detroit, a son of Gerald Thomas McKenna and Marie L. Schultz McKenna. He grew up in Northville, Mich., and served in the Army at Fort Meade, Md. Mr. McKenna worked as an electrical engineer with NASA at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., for a number of years. After retirement, he moved to Pawleys Island.

He is survived by his wife, Joyce McKenna; two sons, Robert T. McKenna, Jr. (Melissa) of Williamsburg, Va., and John McKenna (Shannon) of Gaithersburg, Md,; a daughter, Lynn McKenna of Gaithersburg; and four grandchildren, Jamie McKenna Jenkins (Jeff) of Clarksburg, Md., Erin McKenna Streyle (Chris) of Timonium, Md.; and Meghan McKenna and Matthew McKenna of Gaithersburg.

The family would like to extend a special thanks to Heartland Hospice for the wonderful care given to Mr. McKenna.

Funeral services will be held at 10 a.m. today at the Georgetown Chapel of Mayer Funeral Home by the Rev. Richard C. Wilson.

Memorials may be made to Lupus Foundation of America, 2121 K St. NW, Suite 200, Washington, DC 20037-1830.

There is a guest book at mayerfuneralhome.com.

Sondra W. Wegner

Tradition Club resident

Sondra Wales Wegner of the Tradition Club died Sunday at Embrace Hospice House in Myrtle Beach. She was 81.

She was born April 12, 1936, in Akron, Ohio, the daughter of Albert Wales and Virginia Shelhart Wales. Known as Sandy, she was a 1953 graduate of Buchtel High School.

She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Dieter Wegner; five children, Keith Wegner (Katy) of Denver, Scott Baker of Akron, Jille Shelhart of St. Augustine, Fla., Johanna Herndon of Myrtle Beach and Jonathan Wegner (Christa) of Akron; five grandchildren, Arcissia, Sienna, Patricia, Nathaniel and Joshua; and one great-granddaughter, Crisslyn.

The family plans a private memorial service in Akron.

Memorials may be made to Embrace Hospice Foundation at embracehospice.org or All 4 Paws animal rescue, 708 Petigru Dr., Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

Condolences may be sent at burroughsfh.com.


March 22

JoAnn Klinedinst

Avid beachcomber

JoAnn Klinedinst of Litchfield Country Club died Monday at Waccamaw Community Hospital. She was 80.

She was born in York, Pa., the daughter of William F. Landis and Louise R. Bupp. She graduated from York High school in 1955. She graduated from West Chester State Teachers College in 1960 and received her teacher certification in 1964. On Aug. 2, 1963, JoAnn married the love her life, Ray Klinedinst, at United Brethren Church in York.

Mrs. Klinedinst was an avid gardener who loved the beach and enjoyed spending hours strolling the shore shelling just as much as she enjoyed completing puzzles. She was remembered as a loving and dedicated wife, mother, grandmother and sister.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her sons, Scott Klinedinst and his wife Gina, of Williamsburg, Va., and Craig Klinedinst of Wichita, Kan.; a grandson, Tyler Klinedinst of Raleigh, N.C.; her sisters, Judye Garrett and her husband Skip of York, Lynne Trone and her husband Tom of Spring Grove, Pa., and Jane Wallick and her husband Donald of State College, Pa.; and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents, her brothers, James and William Landis, died before her.

A celebration of her life will be held from 1 to 2 p.m. today at Burroughs Funeral Home in Murrells Inlet.

Condolences may be sent at burroughsfh.com.


March 15

Fran Reid

Artful director of community theater

Frances Cuttino Dodd Reid, a former Pawleys Island area resident who directed a wide range of community theater productions, died March 3 at Spartanburg Regional Hospital. She was 86.

She was born July 2, 1931, in Sumter, the daughter of Lawrence Folsom Cuttino and Harriett Wescoat Cuttino and the step-daughter of Elinor Markey Cuttino. She was married to the late Rev. Manney Carrington Reid.

She earned a bachelor’s degree in music from Lander University and a master’s in arts administration from the University of South Carolina. She taught in Sumter for over 25 years and was once the administrator for the gifted and talented program and the coordinator of the fine arts program for the Sumter school system.

Mrs. Reid was a woman of many talents. She taught dance and piano. She was an avid painter, and also played the harpsichord and the harp. She directed more than 40 community theater productions in Sumter and Georgetown.

“Directing a play is really a tremendous challenge. It’s an art form,” Mrs. Reid said in a 2005 interview before bringing down the curtain on her 18-year directing career with the Swamp Fox Players. “Most people think that a play just happens naturally.”

She said she learned her skills by attending workshops and held one at the Strand Theater to share what she had learned over the years. Mrs. Reid also directed Lenten performances at Holy Cross-Faith Memorial Episcopal Church.

“Fran was a paragon of precision; a taskmaster for excellence, accepting neither slipshod work nor excuses,” said Bill Oberst Jr., who worked with Mrs. Reid in several productions and went on to become a professional actor.

He likened her to “a velvet fist in an iron glove.”

“How lucky was anyone who had the chance to go to through the crucible of her direction. How she will be missed. There won’t be another like her,” he said.

Mrs. Reid was also remembered as a loving mother and grandmother.

She was a member of St. Matthews Episcopal Church in Spartanburg.

She is survived by two sons, Lawrence Cuttino Dodd (Emily) of Spartanburg and Daniel Gordon Dodd (Debbie) of Dudley, N.C.; her sister, Harriet “Jeepie” Rusch of Charlotte; three grandchildren, Stephanie Sapp (Michael) of St. Simons Island, Ga., Lawrence “Lance” Dodd of Spartanburg and Joe Dodd of Cary, N.C.; one great-grandchild and her step children, Howard Reid (Melanie) of Middletown, Conn., Cary Reid (Deta) of New Haven, Conn., Ervin Reid (Maryann) of Midlothian, Va., Lisa Reid Hanner (Brad) of Marietta, Ga,; and nine grandchildren.

Services will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at All Saints Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Spartanburg Humane Society, 150 Dexter Rd., Spartanburg, S.C. 29303.

Condolences may be sent at jmdunbar.com.

Olivette G. Smith

Former nurse became ‘Mrs. Zinnia’

Olivette G. Smith died peacefully at her home in the River Club in Pawleys Island on Jan. 3,. She was 91.

She was born in St. Petersburg, Fla., the daughter of Maurice A. and Matilda Etheridge Garr. After graduating from Winyah High School in Georgetown, she attended Winthrop College and received her nursing degree from the Medical College of South Carolina in Charleston.

In 1947, Olivette married a dashing Army veteran, Charles F. Smith Jr., and they made Charleston their home. While lovingly raising their two beautiful daughters Charlene and Maureen, she continued her nursing career part-time at Roper Hospital and then at the infirmary at The Citadel.

In 2000, she and her husband moved to Pawleys Island, to be closer to their daughter Maureen.

Mrs. Smith became an entrepreneur, growing and selling zinnias at farmers markets, grocery stores and to restaurants and came to be known as Mrs. Zinnia. She attended and enjoyed the wonderful fellowship at Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church, especially with the lunch bunch and her circle.

She was a member of First Scots Presbyterian Church of Charleston from 1947 until her death. She served on the flower committee of both churches. She was a member of the Rebecca Mott Chapter of the DAR, the Garden Club of Charleston and the Ladies Benevolent Society.

She reigned as the ever-stylish and gracious matriarch of her extended family and filled every occasion with laughter, her family said. She insisted on preserving family traditions while ladling out heaping doses of love and affection. Devotion to family and a deep sense of gratitude were the defining qualities of her long, fulfilling life.

She is survived by her daughter, Maureen S. Hamilton (Dee); her grandchildren, Ashley W. Redmond (Mark), Charlton Wieters (Elizabeth), Forest Wieters (Justice), Richard S.W. Stoney, Jr. (Amy), David L Hamilton (Lauren), all of Charleston, and Lesslie H. Ray (Phillip) of West Palm Beach, Fla.; great-grandchildren, John Andrew and Ellen Redmond, Elizabeth and Olivette Wieters, Hampton and Hadley Wieters, Michael, Jack, Adair and Layla Hamilton, Phillip Ray; nephew, Maurice A. Garr III (Pam) and niece Sally Garr Brodhead (Charles).

In addition to her husband, her daughter Charlene S. Wieters, and her siblings, Annelle G. Pridgen and M. Andre Garr Jr., died before her.

A celebration of her life will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Medical University of South Carolina Foundation Scholarships for Nurses, designated for the Olivette Garr Smith Scholarship, MUSC Foundation, 18 Bee St., MSC 450, Charleston, SC 29425, or Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church, 9967 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, SC 29585.


March 8

Richard L. Booth

Sumter County master in equity

Richard Lauren Booth of Sumter and DeBordieu, the Sumter County master in equity, died Monday at Palmetto Health Tuomey. He was 65.

He was born in Sumter, the son of Lauren Parrott and Jean Young Booth. He graduated from Thomas Sumter Academy and earned a degree in financial management from Clemson University before earning a law degree from the University of South Carolina School of Law.

Since being admitted to the South Carolina Bar in 1977, Judge Booth practiced law in Sumter. He began his career practicing with Lee & Moise, and Nash, Chappell & Wilson before becoming partner with Nash, Chappell, Wilson & Booth, and then Lee, Wilson, Erter & Booth. In 1986, he left to start his own firm, specializing in transactional law.

In 2006, he was appointed special referee and interim master by Chief Justice Jean Toal. He was appointed permanent master in equity by Gov. Mark Sanford in 2008.

Judge Booth was a lifelong member of Trinity United Methodist Church, where he was an active member of the Boyle Bible Class and a teacher for over 45 years, and a past chairman of the administrative board, council on ministries, board of trustees, staff-parish relations committees and several sub-committees.

He was a past board member of Sumter County Museum Foundation and Gallery of Art.

He was also the former chairman of the county Cultural Commission, the City-County Zoning Board of Appeals, Regional Juvenile Council, Greenhouse Group Home and endowment committee of the Fine Arts Council; past president and member of the Sumter Community Concert Band and Jazz Ensemble and the county Game and Fish Association; past member of board of the Sumter County United Way, Sumter Family YMCA, Salvation Army Boy’s Club, Shaw-Sumter Community Concert Association; served on the Clemson Board of Visitors, and several others.

In addition to his wife of 37 years, Gayle Robb Booth, he is survived by a daughter, Jayne Booth Shiver and her husband John Willis Shiver IV of Charleston; a son, Richard Lauren Parrott Booth and his wife Jamie Jackson Booth of Sumter; and two granddaughters, Jayne Fraser Booth Shiver and Hunter Elizabeth Booth.

Funeral services will be held today at 3 p.m. Trinity United Methodist Church by Pastor Joseph James and the Rev. Angela Marshall. Burial will be private.

Memorials may be made to the church, 226 W. Liberty St., Sumter, SC 29150.

Condolences may be sent at sumterfunerals.com.

Bert Cassels

Served on county Planning Commission

Bertrand Beasely Cassels Jr. of Heritage Plantation, a retired Navy captain who served on the Georgetown County Planning Commission, died Saturday at his home with his family by his side. He was 80.

He was born Dec. 6, 1937 in Seattle, the son of Bertrand Beasley Cassels and Fern Helen Maxson Cassels.

Known as Bert, he graduated from Lakeside School in Seattle, in the class of 1956 and went on to the U.S. Naval Academy and graduated Class of 1961, 11th Company, continuing on to the University of Washington, Seattle where he joined the Delta Epsilon Kappa fraternity and finally, graduated from the Naval War College with a master’s degree in 1973.

He served in Vietnam as an advisor to the South Vietnamese Navy in 1966-67. “My orders were to go to Vietnam for a year. I served with the hope that every step in my career would enhance my opportunity for promotion from ensign to captain, division to department head, to executive officer of a ship to commanding officer of a ship. And I did all of those,” he recalled in a 2015 interview.

He retired from a second career as defense contractor in anti-submarine warfare.

In his retirement, Mr. Cassels thought his greatest achievement was in organizing Honor Flight Myrtle Beach to fly World War II veterans to Washington for a day of honor, respect and remembrance.

He served for five years on the Georgetown County Planning Commission, where he was an advocate for managed growth and county-wide zoning.

At the time, land planning and economic development were part of the same office, something he said created a conflict of interest.

Frustrated by what he saw as lack of commitment to planning, he resigned in 2005. He remained an advocate for sound land planning and served on committees that worked on transportation and land-use issues.

He was an active member of All Saints Church for 25 years and recently The Abbey.

He is survived by his wife of 41 years, Georgene “GG” Cassels; his sister-in-law, JoJo Smoak (Rod McLaury) of Destin, Fla.; nieces, Linsey Evans of Destin and Julie Bowyer (Sam) of Orlando, Fla.; and many loving and supportive friends and neighbors.

A celebration of his life will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at The Abbey, 46 Gathering Ln.

Memorials may be made to St. Frances Animal Center, 125 N. Ridge Rd., Georgetown, SC 29440.

Condolences may be sent at burroughsfh.com.

Richard D. Latshaw

Printer at Ohio newspaper

Richard Denny Latshaw of Ricefields, a retired printer, died March 1 at his home. He was 77.

He was born in Akron, Ohio, a son of Raymond Latshaw and Doris Latshaw Ronk. Mr. Latshaw, who was known as Dicky, was employed by the Akron Beacon Journal newspaper for 32 years as a printer.

He was a member of the Pawleys Island Masonic Lodge 409 for 15 years. He was also a member of Allenside Athletic Club in Akron and enjoyed hunting and fishing.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years, Patricia L. Latshaw; a daughter, Shelley Cymbor and her husband Gary; four grandchildren, Trisha, Tonya, Drew and Nikki; four great-grandchildren; a brother, Kenny Ronk; and many nieces, nephews and friends.

A brother, Larry Latshaw, died before him.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at the Pawleys Island Masonic Lodge, 75 Haunted Trail.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the lodge at P.O. Box 1592, Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

There is a guest book at goldfinchfuneralhome.com


March 1

Genevieve A.C. Merwin

Volunteer at Gerogetown Memorial

Genevieve Ann Cucciniello Merwin of the Lakes at Litchfield died Feb. 15. She was 92.

She was born in South Orange, N.J., a daughter of Vincenzo and Amelia Cucciniello. Mrs. Merwin was a member of Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church. She volunteered at Georgetown Memorial Hospital and St. Cyprian’s in Georgetown. She was married to the late Clifford Merwin.

She is survived by her brother, Harry Cucciniello, and a step-son, Donald Merwin. In addition to her husband, her brothers, Dominick, Ralph, Lawrence and Alphonse; two sisters, Carmelia Monica and Mary Postiglione; and step-daughter, Gayle Kellam, died before her.

Funeral services were held Saturday at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church. There is a guest book at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

Memorials may be made to the church, 1633 Waverly Rd., Pawleys Island, SC 29585; or to the American Cancer Society, 950 48th Ave. N., Suite 101, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577.

James L. Morrison

Loved bowling and golf

A celebration of life service will be held March 17 at 2 p.m. at Low Country Community Church for James Lee Morrison of Murrells Inlet. He died Oct. 28, 2017 at Waccamaw Community Hospital. He was 80.

He was born Oct. 1, 1937 in Fort Sill, Okla., the son of Harry James Morrison and Thelma Lois Elder Morrison. Mr. Morrison was a member of Low Country Community Church. He was an avid bowler and enjoyed golfing and taking walks.

He is survived by his wife, Catherine Louise Sansone Morrison; a son, James Lee Morrison II and his wife, Vivian of Summerville; a sister, Juanda Kirk of Punta Gorda, Fla.; his step-daughters, Kelly Holland and her husband Mark of Charlotte Hall, Md., and Caren Drinkard and her husband Dennis of Mechanicsville, Md.; a step-son, John Michael Grubb and his wife Shelly of LaPlata, Md.; a son-in-law, Floyd Plash and wife Cherry of Ocean Springs, Miss.; and 13 grandchildren.

A daughter, Judith Ann Plash, died before him.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church, 4430 Murrells Inlet Rd., Murrells Inlet, SC 29576.

Condolences may be sent at burroughsfh.com.

Shirley F. Wheeler

West Virginia native

Shirley Faye Wheeler of Murrells Inlet died Feb. 20 at her home. She was 83.

She was born in Whitesville, W.Va., a daughter of Samuel and Leda Jane Wheeler.

She is survived by her daughter Victoria Justice and her husband Vernon of Murrells Inlet; her grandchildren, Raymond J. Justice, Dana C. Pepper and her husband David, and Fallon Traci Hussey and her husband Daniel; her great-grandchildren, Zoey, Evan and Zachary; a brother, Billy Edd Wheeler; and her nieces, Brenda Joyce Wheeler and Linda Marco.

A memorial service was held Wednesday at the Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel Celebration Center.

There is a guest book at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.


Feb. 22

Patricia A. Doherty

Performed in community theater

Patricia Ann Doherty of Pawleys Island, who was active in community theater, died Feb. 15 at her home. She was 82. She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., the daughter of William and Mary Doherty. She was a former resident of Red Bank, N.J. She lived in the Pawleys Island area for 10 years and attended Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church where she was a former choir member. She also volunteered at Teach My People. Ms. Doherty was a member of the Starshine performance group led by her friend Jo Ellen Langley. She was an active member of the former Murrells Inlet Community Theater where many were entertained by her Irish stand-up comedy. She was also a member of the Palmetto Players, wearing many different hats in the entertainment field. She was a classical pianist for many years. She touched everyone she met with her beautiful spirit and loving smile, but most of all her family said they remembered her sense of humor. She is survived by her sisters Peg Bruno and her husband, Frank, of Pawleys Island; her brother-in-law, Patrick Duffy; and many nieces, nephews, grand nieces and grand nephews. Her sister, Mary Daly and Agnes Duffy, and her brothers, William and Edward Doherty, died before her. A Memorial Mass was celebrated Monday at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church. Memorials may be sent to Catholic Relief Services, P.O. Box 17090, Baltimore, MD 21297-0303; or St. Judes Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN, 38105. There is a guest book at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

Gwen H. Watson

School librarian had taste for adventure

Gwen Howle Watson of Pawleys Island, a former school librarian with an adventurous streak, died Monday.

She was born in Andrews, the daughter of Vernon W. Howle and Estelle Haselton Howle. She earned a bachelor’s degree in biology at Limestone College and a master’s in library science. During her teaching career, she taught at Andrews High School and served as librarian at Andrews High and Waccamaw Elementary School.

Mrs. Watson was the first woman to serve on the Andrews Town Council and was mayor pro tem. In 1975, she and her husband, Monty, moved to Pawleys Island and joined the Pawleys Island Community Church, where she served in various capacities for 42 years. She referred to Pastor Don Williams and his wife Ginny as her “Pawleys Island children.” It was Rev. Williams who went skydiving with her to celebrate her 91st birthday.

Her philosophy was to live each day to the fullest, and she sought adventure. In addition to skydiving, she rode in a glider plane, rode a motorcycle to New York, and rode a camel. She enjoyed water sports and slalom skied, snorkeled, swam with dolphins, and held and fed stingrays in their own environment. In her 60s, she learned to Rollerblade and snow ski.

She is survived by her daughters, Mauriette Jordan (William) and Merideth Bennett (Richard) of Pawleys Island; her grandchildren Cory Bennett (Rachel) of Santa Clara, Calif., Lori Rinken (Chris) and Will Jordan (Lauren) of Bonneau; and five great-grandchildren, Brooke and Ruby Bennett, Jordan Williams, and Noah and Laurel Jordan.

In addition to her parents and husband, three brothers, Vernon W. Howle, J. Delbert Howle and Harry Howle, died before her.

A celebration of her life will be held in Pawleys Island Chapel on March 4 at 4 p.m.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Pawleys Island Community Church, P.O. Box 777, Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

There is a guest book at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.


Feb. 15

Jean Osteen

Storyteller started singing program

Imogene Tankersley Osteen of Georgetown, who started an annual program dedicated to a traditional form of choral signing, died Feb. 6. She was 89. She was born Oct. 24, 1928 in the River Falls community, the daughter of Posey Dill “P.D.” and Marie Price Tankersley. Known as Jean, she grew up in the mountains of River Falls and lived in Greenville County until moving to Georgetown in 2016. She graduated from Slater-Marietta High School with honors and attended Greenville Women’s College. She was a lifelong member of Gap Creek Baptist Church, where she served as pianist, Sunday school teacher, secretary and treasurer. Mrs. Osteen was an avid reader, an accomplished storyteller, gifted homemaker and loved being outdoors. She shared her time, talents and spirituality with her family, friends, church and community. She enjoyed shape-note singing, a music tradition that dates to the 18th century. She organized an annual convention at Furman University after retirement from the Furman Co. She was married for 41 years to the late David W. Osteen. She was married to the late John P. Gaston for 10 years. She is survived by her children, Vida Miller (Michael Carter) of Pawleys Island and William T. “Bill” Osteen (Linda Flinkingshelt) of Marietta; two-grandsons, William. B. “Brad” Osteen (Allison McConnell) of Easley and Cory T. Osteen of Greenville; and a great-granddaughter, Lydia J. Osteen of Easley, along with several nieces and nephews. Her brothers, Lowell H., Jim and Phil died before her. A memorial service will be held Feb. 25 at 12:30 p.m. in the Old Church at Gap Creek Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Old Church Fund, 388 Gap Creek Rd., Marietta, SC 29661.

Jerry D. Parker

Engineer worked for Standard Electric

Jerry Darington Parker died Sunday at the Lakes at Litchfield. It was his 87th birthday.

He was born Feb. 11, 1931, in Mobile, Ala., the son of Jewel Darington Parker and Mary Grace Morrison. He married Waldean L. Perry in September 1953. The next year he graduated magna cum laude from Auburn University with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and he also welcomed the birth of his son, Jerry Jr.

After college, Mr. Parker enlisted in the Army Corps of Engineers and worked at the Alabama Dry Docks until 1963. During this time, he and his wife welcomed the addition of their two daughters, Martha Lynn in 1956 and Catherine Elaine in 1960. He continued his career with Monsanto and Philips Fibers and began working for Standard Electric Co. in Rocky Mount, N.C., in 1973.

Mr. and Mrs. Parker retired to Marco Island, Fla. in 1990. During his retirement years, Jerry enjoyed playing golf, managing his investments and reading, but most of all he loved spending time with his wife and family including seven grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. They moved to Hendersonville, N.C., in 2004 and to Litchfield in 2013.

In addition to his parents, a brother, James C. Parker, died before him.

A celebration of his life will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Frank Holsclaw. The family will receive friends following the service at the library in the Lakes at Litchfield.

Memorials may be made to Amedysis Hospice, 137 Professional Lane, Unit B, Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

Condolences may be sent at burroughsfh.com.

Judith F. Stadele

Former respiratory therapist

Judith Folsome Stadele of Pawleys Island, a respiratory therapist for 40 years, died Jan. 31 at her home. She was 77.

passed away in her sleep at her home in Pawleys Island, SC, on January 31, 2018, at 77 years of age. She was a gracious woman who lived a long and rich life. Her family and friends miss her terribly.

She was born Jan. 19, 1941, in Ann Arbor, Mich., the only daughter of Leah Carter and Dr. Clair E. Folsome. She had two older brothers, Dr. Clair Folsome and Carter John Folsome. After attending Hartridge School in Plainfield, N.J., and Brown University, she graduated from Brookdale Community College with a degree in respiratory therapy. A pioneering woman of the early 1970s, she practiced in this field for the next 40 years, most notably at Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, N.J., as director of the Respiratory Therapy Department at Stonybrook in N.Y., at Georgetown Memorial Hospital and with Stevens Hospital in Edmonds, Wash. She was a tireless advocate for her patients, assisting in airlifts to the NICU and in transitioning patients off of ICU ventilators.

Mrs. Stadele, who was known as Judy, loved the ocean, and her passions included gardening, classical music, reading, sailing, biking, traveling and cooking. She doted on her extensive family and friends of all ages and from all walks of life. She adored her cats, adopting her last after learning it had spent many years in a cage.

SHe is survived by her four children, Lee Stadele (Megen) of Nederland, Colo.; Kurt Stadele (Sarah) of Milton, GA; Karen Stadele (Monte) of Salem, Ore., and Marjorie Bedford (Mike) of Seattle; 10 grandchildren and one great-grandchild; her nephews, Wyn and Russell Folsome; by her many “adopted” children who considered her mom as well; and by her cats, Andi and Cinder.

A memorial service is planned for March 17 on Pawleys Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Compassion Fund, at All 4 Paws Rescue.


Feb. 1

Pat Ferris

Outdoorsman who grew up on Winyah Bay

Morris Patterson Ferris of Georgetown, who grew up on South Island and Cat Island and later opened a real estate office in the city, died Jan. 25. He was 96.

He was born Nov. 15, 1921, at Greenwood Lake, N.Y., the son of Elizabeth Morris Ramsay Ferris and Van Wyck Ferris. His grandfather worked for DuPont and came to South Carolina because of the company’s turpentine interest. Pat came to Georgetown at age 9, according to an interview he gave to the S.C. Historical Society. He lived on Cat and South Island between Winyah Bay and the Santee Delta.

Mr. Ferris served in the Coast Guard in the Pacific during World War II. After the war, earned a degree in business from the University of North Carolina. He married Anne Fowler Ferris and moved to Georgetown. He opened the Ferris Real Estate Agency in downtown Georgetown. They attended Prince George Winyah Episcopal Church where Pat was a member of the vestry and an active communicant for 64 years. He was also a member of Ducks Unlimited, the Nature Conservancy and the Rotary Club.

Mr. Ferris was an avid outdoorsman: hunting, fishing, shrimping, gathering oysters, gardening and sailing.

He wrote three memoirs, “Beaver the Retriever,” “Stickboat Adventures,” and “The Revenge of the Flounder.” His oral history is in the Lowcountry Digital Library (lcdl.library.cofc.edu). After 22 years as a widower, he married Vikky Svedberg. For 10 years they enjoyed fishing, traveling, attending supper club and their home Bible study.

In addition to his wife, her daughter, Sharon Gentry, and granddaughter, Malyn Elizabeth Grygielko, his daughter from his first marriage, Elizabeth Anne Ferris, (John B. Dawson Jr.), he is survived by his grandsons, John Baker Dawson III (Wendy) and Ramsay Ferris Dawson (Kathy); his great-grandchildren, Harmon Elizabeth Dawson, Katelyn Anne Dawson, John Baker Dawson IV and Kilian Ferris Dawson; a sister-in-law, Mary Rob Ferris, and many nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held Feb. 17 at 11 a.m. at Prince George Winyah Episcopal Church by the Rev. David Thurlow. Inurnment will follow. A reception will be held in the parish hall.

Memorials may be made to Prince George Winyah Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 674, Georgetown, SC 29442.

There is a guest book at mayerfuneralhome.com.

L. Cameron Howell III

Part-time Litchfield resident

L. Cameron Howell III of Columbia, a part-time Litchfield Beach resident, died Sunday. He was 74.

He was born Jan. 25, 1944, in Columbia, the son of Annie Laurie Daniels Howell and Luther Cameron Howell Jr. He graduated from Dreher High School and Wofford College, where he was a member of the Kappa Alpha Order. After college, he served in the S.C. National Guard.

Mr. Howell began his career at C. W. Haynes & Co. He presided over his own construction company and served in leadership roles for various real estate firms in the Midlands. After a long career in property ownership and management, he retired from Bank of America in 2004. He was past president of the Builders and Owners Management Association of South Carolina.

Mr. Howell loved dogs, cars, water sports, fishing, sporting clays, Litchfield Beach and Little Switzerland, N.C., but above all, he loved his family.

He is survived by his wife of 49 years, Elizabeth “Bit” Morris Howell; his children, Luther Cameron Howell IV (Jenny) of Durham, N.C., and Laurie Wells Howell of Charlotte; one grandchild, Elizabeth Wilder Howell of Durham; three sisters, Marjorie H. Donaldson (Benjamin), Mary Ellen H. Judson and Christine H. Hepfer (Thomas); his stepmother, Clarice M. Howell; and his nieces, nephews and several godchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. today at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral. A private service will be held at Holy Cross-Faith Memorial Episcopal Church at a later date.

Memorials may be made to Trinity Episcopal Cathedral, 1100 Sumter St., Columbia, SC 29201; Holy Cross-Faith Memorial Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 990, Pawleys Island, SC 29585; or Church of the Resurrection, P.O. Box 206, Little Switzerland, NC 28749.

Annette G. Sweeney

Worked as a medical technologist

Annette G. Sweeney of Pawleys Plantation died Sunday at her home after a seven year battle with breast cancer. She continually displayed a courageous and positive outlook, her family said. She was 80.

She was born Nov. 6, 1937, in Kansas City, Mo., the daughter of Guy and Alberta Rose Galyon. She graduated from Southwest High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from Kansas State University in 1958. She earned a master’s degree in toxicology from American University in 1979. Mrs. Sweeney worked for many years in various hospitals and medical offices as a medical technologist.

She was remembered as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother. In addition to her family, she enjoyed travel, bridge and golf. She was twice elected president of the Pawleys Plantation Ladies Golf Association. She lived for many years in Rockville, Md., before retiring to Pawleys Island in 2002.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Bernard L. Sweeney; her children, Gregory Sweeney (Shelly) of Leesburg, Va., P. Gregory Parsons (Cindy) of Myrtle Beach, Colleen Superko (Mark), of Wellesley, Mass., Dianne Wunder (Jeffery) of Cape May, N.J., and Mark Parsons (Sandra) of Huntsville, Ala.; a sister-in-law, Catherine Gelerman of Marstons Mills, Mass.; 14 grandchildren, a great-grandchild, and her first husband, Paul C. Parsons of Ocala, Fla.

Her family said Mrs. Sweeney received special care during her illness and treatment from the doctors and staff at Pawleys Pediatrics and Adult Medicine, Waccamaw Oncology and Coastal Carolina Breast Center and Amedisys Hospice Services.

The family will receive friends at the home from 2-5 p.m. Saturday.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Hospital for Children, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105, or to the Smith Medical Clinic, 99 Baskervill Dr., Pawleys Island SC, 29585.

Condolences may be made at burroughsfh.com..


Jan. 25

William R. Canino

Former Wachesaw resident

William Raymond Canino of Lutherville, Md., a former Wachesaw Plantation resident, died Jan. 15. He was 88.

He was born July 1, 1929, in Vineland, N.J., the son of William and Mary DiMatteo Canino.

He is survived by his wife, Jacklyn Britt Canino; his children, Barbara Mather and husband Marvin of Sparks, Md., Richard Canino of New York, Catherine Gay and husband Bob of White Hall, Md., and Elizabeth Spencer and husband Corey of New York; and eight grandchildren and one great-grandchild.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Friday in the Stella Maris Chapel in Timonium, Md., followed by the presentation of military honors.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, TN 38105 (stjude.org) or Folds of Honor at foldsofhonor.org.

Judy Modica

Photographer at Precious Blood

Judy Modica of Litchfield Country Club died Monday at Grand Strand Health Care. She was 79.

She was born in Yonkers, N.Y., a daughter of Michael and Louisa Salzarulo. Mrs. Modica was a member of Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church, the church Women’s Club and Litchfield Country Club, where she was a former treasurer of the ladies golf association. She was also a photographer for Precious Blood.

She is survived by her husband, Robert Modica; two sons, Robert Modica Jr. of Peekskill, N.Y., and Daniel Modica and wife, Susan, of Burlington, N.J.; a daughter, Patty Bailey and her husband, Arnold, of Newport, Tenn.; four grandchildren, Michael Young and his wife, Leah, Deanna Modica, Bryant Bailey and Katelyn Bailey; a great-grandchild, Logan Young; and a sister, Josephine Cristanntiello of Yonkers.

In addition to her parents, a brother, Peter Salzarulo, died before her.

A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church. The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday at the Goldfinch Funeral Home Litchfield/Pawleys Chapel.

There is a guest book at goldfinchfuneralhome.com

Tommy Pengergrass

Long-time area Realtor

Thomas Harold Pendergrass, who had a long career in the area’s real estate industry, died Jan. 17 at his home. He was 67.

He was born May 23, 1950, in Florence, a son of Archie Clarence Pendergrass and Mary Elizabeth Bunch Pendergrass. He grew up in Florence and moved to Garden City in 1965. Known as Tommy, he was always a leader even during Boy Scouts where he was an Eagle Scout. He graduated from Socastee High School and earned a degree in business administration from Horry-Georgetown Technical College.

Mr. Pendergrass was a member of Pendergrass Realty for over 35 years and served on the state and local Realtors board, and was awarded the Realtor Image Award.

Mr. Pendergrass had a great knowledge of the real estate business. He had a vast number of clients who trusted him and considered him a friend. He was employed by Dunes Realty of Garden City.

He was a former member of the First Baptist Church of Murrells Inlet and a charter member of Grand Strand Community Church.

He is survived by his wife, Susan Peeler Pendergrass; a daughter, Leigh Hennecy (Chip) of Aynor; two granddaughters, Summer Brooke Clark of Myrtle Beach and Spring Bailey Clark of Aynor; a grandson, Timothy Davis Clark II of Pawleys Island; two sisters, Lynda P. Wilson (Michael) and Joyce P. Hastings, both of Murrells Inlet, and a sister-in-law, Shirley B. Pendergrass of Garden City.

In addition to his parents, a brother, James A. Pendergrass, died before him.

Memorial services were held Saturday at the First Baptist Church of Murrells Inlet by the Rev. Kendall Williams.

There is a guest book at mayerfuneralhome.com.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, Mid-Atlantic Affiliate, 4217 Park Place Ct., Glen-Allen, VA 23060-9979; the American Cancer Society, P.O. 22478. Oklahoma City, OK 73123; or Tidelands Community Hospice, 2591 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, SC 29440.


Jan. 18

Irene Bone

Loved her family and the Bible

Irene Bone of Hagley Estates died Jan. 11 at her home surrounded by her family. She was 82.

She was born in Darlington, the daughter of Jessie L. Gray and Ruby Irene Coker Gray. She enjoyed music, dancing, the beach, reading her Bible and spending time with her family.

She is survived by her husband of 67 years, Amon Bone; her children, Kathy B. Barnes (Kenny) of Pawleys Island, Richard A. Bone (Sherhal) of Georgetown and Teressa Irene Black (Dean) of Pawleys Island; her grandchildren, Eric and Ryan Heinemann, Bryan and Cory Bone, Laurin and Kendahl Bone, Krista Haydt and Breanna Truex; 13 great-grandchildren; and her brother, Jessie D. Gray of Georgetown.

Another son, Michael Anthony Bone, and a grandson, Robert Aaron Pieterse, died before her.

A funeral service was held Monday at Goldfinch Funeral Home’s Pawleys Island Chapel.

There is a guest book at goldfinchfuneralhome.com

Lee Davis

Enjoyed spending time on the water

William Lee Davis Jr. of Murrells Inlet died at his home Jan. 3. He was 52.

He was born May 28, 1965, in Newport News, Va., the son of Mel Divine Davis and the late William Lee Davis. He was the grandson of the late John S. Divine Jr.

Mr. Davis, who was known as Lee, counted himself blessed to have lived by the water his entire life surrounded by family and friends. In addition to his love of the water, he also loved family, the Washington Redskins, Wake Forest Demon Deacons and his many dogs over his lifetime.

He was remembered as a generous, loyal and selfless friend.

In addition to his mother of Garden City Beach, he is survived by his sister, Maryanne A. Davis of Charleston, and several aunts, uncles and cousins.

At a later date, the family will hold a memorial service where his ashes will be returned to the sea.

Memorials may be made to All 4 Paws, 708 Petigru Dr., Pawleys Island, SC 29585. Condolences may be sent at burroughsfh.com.


Jan. 11

Al Axt

Army veteran worked for Westinghouse

Alva “Al” Axt of Pawleys Plantation died Dec. 26 at Georgetown Memorial Hospital. He was 85.

He was born in Spring Valley, N.Y, a son of Frederick and Olga Axt. After serving in the Army, Mr. Axt worked for Westinghouse for many years before retiring.

He was a member of Surfside United Methodist Church.

He is survived by two daughters, Peggy Fenton (Brian) of Dunwoody, Ga., and Susan Axt of Murrells Inlet; four grandchildren, Sidney Fenton of Dunwoody, Jordan McDonald of Scottsdale, Ariz., Lillian McDonald of Portland, Ore., and Jacqui McDonald of Milwaukee; a brother, George Axt of Fountain Hills, Ariz.; a sister, Margaret Renault of Carmel, Calif.; and a brother-in-law, Glenn Edgecomb of Houston.

His wife, Bette Ann Axt, and his son, Jonathan Frederick Axt, died before him.

A memorial service was held Saturday at Surfside United Methodist Church. Memorials may be made to the church, 800 13th Ave. N., Surfside Beach, SC 29575.

There is a guest book at goldfinchfuneralhome.com

Carol Davis

Audiologist touched many lives

Carol Ann Hartman Davis of Waterford Heights, an audiologist who nurtured a large family of friends, died Dec. 28 after a brief illness. She was 73.

She was born May 15, 1944, in Mobile, Ala., the daughter of Marietta Starke and James Wilbur Hartman. Carol was the youngest of three children, with an older brother James and older sister Marietta.

She graduated from the University of Alabama where she earned a master’s degree. She operated the audiological practice Sound Advice within the ENT practice of Dr. Terry Fry in Georgetown. Karen Perry, the office administrator, and Dr. Fry felt a certain family feeling with Carol in the office.

Mrs. Davis started a hearing conservation program for the Georgetown County School District.

It was as “Mama Carol” that she touched the lives of many in the community. She thoroughly enjoyed people. If you knew Carol, you were eternally blessed with good feelings from this incredible woman, her family said. The mold was broken when this angel fell from heaven. It should be seen as a greater call to live up to this woman’s ability to touch people’s lives.

She is survived by two sons, Christian and Shepherd; and six grandchildren, Jonathan, Elizabeth Parker, Elizabeth, Sophia, Sloane and Connor.

There is a guest book at mayerfuneralhome.com.

A celebration of her life is planned for Feb. 8 in the Pawleys Island area.

Bishop Chuck Murphy

Former All Saints rector started Anglican Mission

As executive director of the Anglican Mission in America, Chuck Murphy helped shepherd the founding of 260 churches over a dozen years. But never founded one of his own.

“I thought it was a great irony that I led the whole thing and had never planted a church,” he once said.

That changed two years ago when he became rector of The Abbey at Pawleys Island. It was a coming home, a gathering, for many worshippers he had served in 23 years as rector of All Saints Church. “I see God’s hand moving through all of it,” he said. “I’m actually having fun. Thank you, Lord.”

Bishop Murphy died Tuesday at his home in Litchfield Plantation. He was 70.

As the rector of All Saints, he led a growing Episcopal Church parish whose history predated the founding of the United States. But in the late 1990s, there was a growing rift in the national church. Bishop Murphy was among those who believed the church was straying from fundamental aspects of Christian belief.

He started a movement called First Promise in 1997 to work toward the reform of a church that, he said at the time, “has repeatedly and unrepentantly departed from the doctrine, discipline and worship of Christ.”

He was consecrated as a bishop in the Anglican Church of Rwanda in 2000 in Singapore by a group of Anglican archbishops concerned about the state of the Episcopal Church. “We are committed to lead the church, not leave it,” Bishop Murphy said.

He was a founder and leader of the Anglican Mission in America, which was headquartered at All Saints even though the church remained part of the Episcopal Church. He was named rector emeritus of the parish.

In 2004, the congregation at All Saints voted to join the Anglican Mission.

In 2012, All Saints joined the Anglican Church in North America. At the time, Murphy resigned as a bishop in the Anglican Church of Rwanda, which had provided oversight to the Anglican Mission.

Charles Hurt Murphy III was born Dec. 6, 1947 in Decatur, Ala., the second of five children of the late Rev. Charles H. Murphy Jr. and Anne Hunter Murphy. He graduated in 1970 from the University of Alabama, where he met and married his wife, Margaret Adams, in September 1969. In 1971, the Murphys traveled to Trinity College in Bristol, England, where Chuck studied theology under the Rev. Dr. J.I. Packer before receiving a master’s of divinity from the University of the South’s School of Theology in Sewanee, Tenn.

Bishop Murphy was ordained into the Diocese of Alabama for the Episcopal Church as a deacon and priest in 1975. His 43-year career in parish ministry began in Alabama, first at St. Paul’s Church in Selma and then at St. Thomas in Greenville. In 1980, Chuck, Margaret and their three daughters moved to Columbia, where Chuck became canon theologian at Trinity Cathedral. The last move by the Murphy family was in 1982, when Chuck accepted the call to become rector of All Saints Parish, Waccamaw.

From 1982 until 2000, he led All Saints Church as its rector, during which his charisma, passion for the Lord and visionary leadership cultivated a vibrant parish ministry. Churches from around the country attended worship and leadership weekends hosted and led by All Saints.

Following his consecration in 2000, Bishop Murphy was sent from Rwanda to America to preserve the Anglican theology that the Episcopal Church rejected. Under his vision and leadership, an Anglican church planting organization known as the Anglican Mission in America was created, and global Anglicanism was forever changed.

In 2004, he resigned his role at All Saints to focus solely on his role with the mission. For the next 10 years, Bishop Murphy remained the chairman of the movement that swept across North America, initiating and planting over 200 churches and apostolic works, becoming a missionary society that provided resources for North America and beyond. In 2014, he resigned as chairman, and was elected and called to serve as the founding bishop and rector of a new Anglican Mission church plant, The Abbey at Pawleys Island, which has become a place of renewal and spiritual nurture for a new generation.

Bishop Murphy’s ministry made a huge impact locally and globally as he demonstrated bold, innovative, and humble leadership. He knew that to lead was to serve, and he relentlessly empowered those around him. He always sought to maximize their potential while giving them freedom to run and encouragement to grow into the calling God has for each person he encountered. His sense of vision and God’s timing was supernatural in origin and scope.

Bishop Muphy will be remembered for his personal charisma, passion for life, and boundless love for his Lord, his wife, and his three children.

In addition to his mother, he is survived by his wife, Margaret Adams Murphy; his children, Allison Adams Murphy, Mary Hunter Kramer (Scott), Anne Nolen Howard (Will); his sister, Donna Dardani (Tom), his brothers, Timothy (Katy) and Chris (Nancy); and his grandchildren, Adams, Nolen and William Howard, and Hunter and Emma Kramer.

A Service for the Celebration of Life will held on Saturday at 2 p.m. at The Abbey. The family will receive friends on Friday from 4:30 to 6 p.m. in The Pub at The Abbey.

A memorial service hosted by the Anglican Church in the Americas will be held later.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Abbey, 46 Gathering Lane, Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

Rateeba Rasheed

Lebanese native started a new life in the U.S.

Rateeba Rasheed of Pawleys Island died Dec. 20 at home surrounded by her family. She was 86.

She was the daughter of Naif Rasheed and Abla Rasheed, Lebanese of the Druze community of faith. She came to America in 1948 after her marriage to Rasheed “Richard” Rasheed in 1947. They made their home in Georgetown, where they raised their three children and Richard continued in the family business of Rasheed Brothers.

When the children were young, the family spent most summers at their beach house in Pawleys Island, where Richard taught the boys to fish and Rateeba spent wonderful days caring for the children as they played on the beach. Mrs. Rasheed spoke Arabic and fluent French from her matriculation in French schools in the Middle East. She quickly began to study English and started formal lessons when 6-year-old Kamile started first grade in Georgetown. She progressed quickly, which was not surprising to anyone who knew her. She soon became fluent in conversational and formal English, thanks to her dear friend and teacher Mrs. Bomar.

Mrs. Rasheeed was an avid reader of history and philosophy throughout her life. She loved to read to her grandchildren who without question were the loves of her life. The children attended the Georgetown Presbyterian Church from an early age, and Rateeba and Richard were always grateful to the Rev. Oliver “Mike” Carmichael and Stuart Chandler for bringing the children into the church family.

The Rasheeds instilled a love and passion for education in their children. After Richard’s passing from a life-long heart ailment when the children were young, Rateeba, with the help of Rev. Carmichael, saw Kamile, Allen and Nadia through college.

Above all, Mrs. Rasheed instilled in her children and grandchildren a mission to love and care for others and strong moral bearings to guide them in life. She taught them by example; strength and compassion derive through having trust and faith in God, living a close family life, and despite the circumstances, choosing always to do the right thing. Mrs. Rasheed’s devotion to her husband and children, determination, love of learning, and unmeasurable kindness and service to family, friends, and strangers alike will be remembered always, her family said.

A celebration of her life was held Dec. 22 in the chapel of Mayer Funeral Home by the Rev. Michael A. Black, who recalled her friendship and her deep faithfulness. Paul I. Skoko, life-long neighbor and friend, provided the music. Her son Kamile Rasheed gave a eulogy recalling her gifts and talents and boundless affection and enjoyment of family and friends.

Her granddaughter Elizabeth Rasheed and her grandson Richard Rasheed read from her favorite passages of scripture and poetry.

She is survived by her three children, Dr. Kamile Rasheed and his wife Cathy of Atlanta, Dr. Allen Rasheed and his wife Kathie of Pawleys Island, and Nadia Rasheed Black, an attorney, and her husband Michael of Myrtle Beach; her grandchildren, Ryan Rasheed and his wife Brooke of Atlanta, Katie Rasheed of New York, Elizabeth Rasheed of Denver and Richard Rasheed, a junior at Furman University; and one great-grandchild, Ruby Rasheed.

Her family thanked her caregiver, Linda Elliott, and her friend, Stella Pyle, for their devotion.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, UNICEF or a charity of your choice.


Jan. 4

Dutta Bland

Former Pawleys first lady

Elizabeth Conley “Dutta” Bland of Pawleys Island, a former first lady of the town, died Friday. She was 91.

She was born in Johnston, the daughter of Dr. William Clifford Conley and Betty Waters Conley. Dutta spent her childhood in Johnston in the home of her maternal grandparents, Mr. and Mrs. Philemon Waters. She attended the Johnston public schools and Winthrop University, class of 1947.

She and her late husband, Jack LaGrone Bland, retired to the family home on Pawleys Island in 1982, from Bennettsville. Her husband was elected to the first Town Council in 1985 and became mayor when the incumbent stepped down.

Mrs. Bland was a communicant of All Saints Church, where she was former president of the Episcopal Church Women and secretary of the Georgetown District Episcopal Church Women. She was also a former member of the Altar Guild. She was a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution, Winyah Chapter, the Edgefield County Historical Society, the Georgetown County Historical Society and other charitable organizations.

She loved being a “Mema” to her grandchildren and great-granddaughter and especially spending time with her family at her Pawleys Island home. Her favorite days were Sundays, especially coming to worship at The Abbey.

She is survived by a son, Jack LaGrone Bland Jr. (Dinah) of Richmond, Va.; a daughter, Betty Bland Shelley (Eddie) of Conway; four grandchildren, Philip Dillon Bland, Caroline Berry Bland, Katherine Shelley Darnell (Travis), Sarah Bland Shelley; a great-granddaughter, Conley Lane Darnell; and a special first cousin, Charlie Duke.

Funeral services will be Saturday at 10 a.m. at The Abbey, conducted by the Rev. Stuart P. Boehmig. Burial will be private.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Abbey, P.O. Box 3999, Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

There is a guestbook at mayerfuneralhome.com.

Alberta L. Quattlebaum

Wrote history of county rice plantations

Alberta Lachicotte Quattlebaum of Waverly Plantation, whose history of Georgetown County’s rice plantations has been a standard reference for over 60 years, died Saturday. She was 89.

She was born in Sumter, the daughter of Arthur Herbert Lachicotte and Virginia Wilson Lachicotte. She grew up on Waverly Plantation, graduated from Winyah High School and earned a bachelor’s degree from Winthrop College. She later earned a master’s degree from The Citadel.

She worked as a reporter for The Lancaster News and The News and Courier in Charleston. She also worked as parish secretary of St. Michael’s Episcopal Church in Charleston for over seven years and taught at East Cooper School in Mount Pleasant for 10 years.

She was married to the late Jesse Clifton Quattlebaum.

Mrs. Quattlebaum published “Georgetown Rice Plantations” in 1955, tracing the ownership of properties along the county’s five rivers. She updated it in 1989.

In 1967, she published “Rebel Senator,” a biography of Strom Thurmond. She also was co-editor of an updated history of All Saints Church, and also an informational brochure of St. Michaels Church in Charleston. She truly loved the history of Georgetown County and was actively involved in preserving it for her entire life.

Mrs. Quattlebaum served as a member of the editorial board of the South Carolina Historical Society Magazine, a trustee of the Georgetown County Library and on the board of the Rice Museum. She received an honorary doctorate from Coastal Carolina University in 1998 in recognition for her achievements.

She taught a class at Brookgreen Gardens about the area plantations. Each class ended with a boat journey of these plantations, so her students could see them from the river.

Mrs. Quattlebaum also served on the vestry of All Saints Church and the Episcopal Church Women of All Saints Church. She was active in the National Society of the Colonial Dames and was instrumental in getting together an oral history of Georgetown County by interviewing many lifetime residents of the area and plantations.

She loved Brookgreen Gardens, music, area history and anything about Britain. She enjoyed time with her grandchildren and was so proud of them. She loved the beach and boating on the rivers.

She is survived by her daughter, Rebecca Q. Blanton (Michael) of Charleston; two grandchildren, Wilson C. Blanton and Morgan E. Blanton; and a brother, Arthur Herbert “Doc” Lachicotte Jr. (Martha) of Pawleys Island.

A sister, Elizabeth L. Middleton, died before her.

Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Friday in All Saints Church. A family gathering will follow at Christ The King Grace Church Waccamaw.

There is a guest book at mayerfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Brookgreen Gardens, 1931 Brookgreen Dr., Murrells Inlet, SC 29576 or the Rice Museum, 633 Front St., Georgetown, SC 29440.

Beverly J. Savula

Part-time Pawleys resident

Beverly J. Savula, a part-time Pawleys Island resident, died Dec. 25. She was 66.

She was born July 14, 1951, in Mogadore, Ohio, the daughter of the late Eugene and Mary McMillin. She was married to the late David A. Savula. She resided on Lake Lanier in Dawsonville, Ga., and spent much of her time on Pawleys Island.

For over 30 years, Mrs. Savula was actively involved with the Walton football program in Cobb County, Ga., where her husband was a highly-esteemed coach. She also played an integral role in creating a successful business at Legal Shield, and will forever remain a vital part of the company’s history.

Known for her spirited and positive personality, she will be missed by all who knew her especially her grandchildren, who affectionately called her Mimi, her family said.

She is survived by her sons and daughters-in-law, David J. and Joy Savula, Michael P. and Wendy Savula; grandchildren, Andrew, Jamie, Morgan and Hadley Savula; and sisters, Betty Bonner, Barbie Morris and Caroline Abercrombie.

Funeral services will be today at 4 p.m. at Holy Innocents’ Episcopal Church in Sandy Springs, Ga.

Alice W. Short

Served as Navy nurse in two wars

Alice Ward Short, a retired lieutenant commander in the Navy, died Sunday. She was 97.

She was born in Newcastle, Wyo., a daughter of Earl S. Leatherman, whose trade was digging water wells, and Alice W. Leatherman, who was born and raised at Arcadia Plantation. She attended Mercer University in Macon, Ga., and graduated from Duke University with a bachelor’s degree in nursing in 1942.

In 1943, she entered the Navy Nurse Corps. She was stationed in Honolulu and Midway Island for one year during World War II and on troop transports off Japan and North and South Korea during the Korean Conflict.

After retiring from the Navy, she lived with her husband Carl W. Short, who was also a Navy officer, in Spain and Italy for two years where she volunteered with the Italian Department of Antiquities on Archaeological sites. In 1971, she and Carl moved to Pawleys Island where she had spent most of her childhood. She was a nurse volunteer at various blood drives and later at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center in Myrtle Beach.

She was a member of All Saints Episcopal Church most of her life and Christ the King-Grace Waccamaw Church in her later years. She was active for some years in the Women’s Auxiliary and Waccamaw Garden Club. She was a member of Phi Mu National Sorority, the S.C. Archaeological Society, the Order of the Eastern Star serving as Worthy Matron, the International Society of the Descendants of Charlemagne and the Colonial Dames XVII.

She and Carl were avid travelers. After an extended trip through China in 1995, they continued to Pago Pago in American Samoa where they lived and worked for two years. They traveled to all seven continents, the last being Antarctica in 1998.

She is survived by her daughter Alice Marie Graham of Pawleys Island, her sister Mary E. “Libby” Harmon of Summerville; two stepdaughters, a stepson, five grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, another daughter, Martha Jane Simpson, died before her.

Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday in the old All Saints Church by the Rev. Timothy D. Surratt.

There is a guest book at mayerfuneralhome.com.

Memorials may be made to Christ the King-Grace Waccamaw, 9630 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, SC 29585.


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