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July 17

Irmgard Kirbach

Former Pawleys Island resident

Irmgard “Irmi” Kirbach, a longtime resident of Pawleys Island, died July 3 in Taylorsville, N.C. She was 74.

She was born on March 19, 1940, in Germany. Mrs. Kirbach moved to Pawleys Island in 1969 with her husband and daughter. A native speaker of German, she credited “Sesame Street” for her quick mastery of the English language.

She was a member of the Litchfield Racquet Club Women’s 3.5 Tennis Team during the 1980s and 90s, and was also an original member of St. Peter’s Lutheran Church.

Mrs. Kirbach was the quintessential Pawleys Islander. She enjoyed morning walks on the beach and nighttime swims, trips to Brookgreen Gardens and Myrtle Square Mall, taking her daughter for ice cream at the Hammock Shops after school, and perusing the selection at Litchfield Books.

She was a survivor of Hurricane Hugo, although the same could not be said about her house.

She was a master of all of life’s little things, from peeling apples to making the perfect cup of coffee, her family said. She will be remembered for her blue-ribbon cakes, handmade dresses and sweaters, and most of all, for being a loving mother, grandmother and wife.

Mrs. Kirbach moved to Hickory, N.C., in 2006. She is survived by her husband of 52 years, Dieter; two daughters, Susanne Kirbach Norris of Hickory and Stephanie Kirbach Cline of Chicago; and four grandchildren, Kirsten and Casey Peissel and Bradley and Logan Norris.

A private memorial will be held in August.

Memorials may be made to fund Alzheimer’s research at Northwestern University’s Klein Lab, Attn: William Klein, 2205 Tech Dr., Hogan 4-160, Evanston, IL 60208. Note Klein Lab in the memo line of the check.

Charles R. Welch

Enjoyed riding his tractor

Charles Reynolds Welch of Murrells Inlet died Monday at his farm. He was 83.

He was born Oct. 31, 1930 in Greensboro, N.C., a son of Charlie M. Welch and Essie Purvis Welch. He was a member of Belin Memorial United Methodist Church. He enjoyed fishing, riding on his tractor and growing tomatoes.

Mr. Welch is survived by his wife of 57 years, Jo Ann Clardy Welch; a son, Charles Glenn Welch and his wife Colleen of Murrells Inlet; a daughter, Jan Welch Ruffalo and her husband Charlie of Rock Hill; two grandsons, Alex Ruffalo and Madison Welch; two granddaughters, Morgan Welch and Ciara Ruffalo; a brother, Farrell Lee Welch and wife Myrlean of Robbins, N.C.; a sister, Mary Welch Comer and her husband Murphy of Aiken.

A funeral service will be held at 1 p.m. today at Belin Memorial United Methodist Church. Burial will be in the church cemetery. A viewing will be held an hour before the service in the church sanctuary.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church, P.O. Box 528, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576.


July 10

Kent Dickerson

Real estate developer was former Pawleys resident

Kent D. Dickerson, a real estate developer and former Pawleys Island resident, died Monday in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was 61.

He was born Nov. 3, 1952 in Phoenix, the son of Gladys and Ben Dickerson. Kent grew up on Camelback Mountain, exploring the mountain with his friends, riding bikes down the slopes, and delivering newspapers on his go-kart. He attended Hopi Elementary School where he met his wife of 39 years, Linda Sue Dickerson. They first went steady in the eighth grade and shared their first kiss on the mountain.

He attended Arcadia High School, graduating in 1970 as student body president, and then accompanied Linda Sue to Southern Methodist University, where he studied business and law.

He established a legal practice in Dallas, concentrating on real estate and general corporate law. A number of his clients extended him offers to join their respective real estate firms, but he chose to return to Arizona to found and build a real estate development company he named Dickerson & Sons.

Mr. Dickerson participated in multiple real estate cycles throughout his career and worked on developments throughout the country.

He was actively involved in the Episcopal Church and assumed numerous leadership roles within his community, including a position on the board of All Saints Episcopal Day School. He was a member of Paradise Valley Country Club in Arizona and Northwood Country Club in Texas. He loved to golf, play games, cook, work puzzles, ski, fly-fish, and work his gardens, but most of all, he loved talking to and spending time with his family.

Family and friends remember him most for the conduct of his life. He was a selfless, thoughtful, patient, generous, loyal and caring man of impeccable manners, his family said. He was honest and honorable to a fault.

He always listened patiently and his sound advice and thoughtful guidance will be missed by many, but especially by his sons, whom he tirelessly mentored.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by two sons, Wesley Heath Dickerson and his wife Shaun-Elizabeth Dickerson of Austin, Texas, and Ryan Bass Dickerson and his wife Lindsey Walsh Dickerson of Midland, Texas; two grandsons Oliver Walsh Dickerson and Beau Stuart Dickerson; his sister-in-law Judy Marlow, her husband David and nephews Cole and Christopher; sister-in-law Sharon Gradwohl, her husband Robert, and nephew Matthew; his sister Karen Dickerson; and father-in-law Malcom Bruce McCroskey.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church in Phoenix.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to All Saints Episcopal Day School at 6300 North Central Ave., Phoenix, Arizona, 85012.

Jennie Gustafson

Worked with astronauts’ wives

Jennie Turner Gustafson of DeBordieu died Saturday. She was 73.

She was born Feb. 13, 1941, in Florence and raised in Georgetown. She graduated from Winyah High School in 1959. She attended Coker College earning an associate degree in business science in 1961.

Mrs. Gustafson worked as a secretary at International Paper Co. until her marriage in 1965 to her high school sweetheart, Richard A. “Gus” Gustafson. She devoted herself to her family, supporting Gus and their marriage. After he graduated from The Citadel, Gus pursued a doctorate at the University of South Carolina while Jennie worked in the history department and the office of the president. After USC, Jennie and Gus traveled to Houston, Texas, for his initial Air Force assignment. Jennie worked with the astronaut wives in the officer’s wives club while Gus worked in the flight support division during the lunar landing program.

Their first son, Richard Jr. (Rick), was born just three weeks after the Apollo 11 moon landing. Gus was awarded the Legion of Merit for his Apollo work, (rumor has it due to Jennie’s close relationship with the wife of General Bolender in the officer’s wives club, the family said). Jennie and Gus then moved to the Washington, D.C., area where son, David Turner, was born in 1971 during this assignment. Although the Air Force had been good to them, Jennie and Gus decided to leave the Air Force in 1973 and Gus went to work for Mitre Corp. Jennie and Gus remained in the Washington area, raising both sons in Reston, Va. Rick eventually became a registered nurse at the National Institutes of Health in Washington and Dave became a merchandising professional in the fashion industry in New York.

Keeping close ties to Georgetown, Jennie and Gus purchased a beach house on Pawleys Island in the mid 1980s, spending many enjoyable times with both Jennie’s and Gus’s families. Deciding to retire in 2001, they moved to the Pawleys beach house and subsequently to their current home in DeBordieu. Jennie has lovingly cared for her mother throughout their years in Georgetown and Pawleys Island.

Mrs. Gustafson never knew a stranger. She loved conversing and meeting with her neighbors and high school and Coker College classmates. She will be missed by all who knew her.

In addition to her husband and two sons, she is survived by her mother Jennie Mack Turner, and a sister, Linda O’Malley of Albuquerque, N.M.

A memorial service was held Wednesday in the Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church Chapel. The burial will be private.

There is a guestbook at mayerfuneralhome.com.

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


July 3

Thomas Kay

Pastor worked in government

Thomas Oliver Kay of Litchfield Country Club, a pastor who went on to a career in government service, died June 24 at Waccamaw Community Hospital.

He was born in Anderson, the son of Thomas C. and Gertrude Kay. He was a 1950 graduate of Furman University and Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

Mr. Kay was the Pastor of First Baptist Church in Washington, Ga., until 1964. In 1966, he took an offer from a former seminary classmate, John Buchanan, to serve as his administrative assistant in Washington. Buchanan, a former Baptist minister, was elected to Congress from Alabama in 1964.

Mr. Kay then served as executive assistant to Sen. Jim Allen of Alabama. Following that service, he became director of congressional relations for the U.S. Department of Agriculture where he was promoted to administrator of the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service.

He then served as undersecretary of the USDA. Retiring from governmental service in 1989, he opened his own consulting firm in Washington, D.C., Kay Associates, where he represented several U.S. commodity groups during the Uruguay Round of Trade Negotiation in Geneva, Switzerland.

He retired in 1996 and moved to Pawleys Island, where he had been a visitor all of his life.

He is survived by his son, Mitchell Kay and wife Sonja of Waxhaw, N.C.; stepsons, H. Dallon Weathers and wife Carey of Columbia and Bruce T. Weathers and wife Connie of Franklin, Tenn.; sister, Eloise Harrison of Anderson; nephew Tom Harrison and his wife Katrina; eight grandchildren; six great grandchildren and friend and companion, Lynn Talmadge.

His wife Bette died in 1991. Another son, Thomas Michael Kay, died in 1963 and his sister, Frances Morris, died in 2012.

Services were Friday at Goldfinch Funeral Home’s Litchfield-Pawleys Island Chapel.

Memorials may be made to Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, Palmetto Chapter, 810 Dutch Square Blvd., Suite 114, Columbia, SC 29210, or KinderMourn, 1320 Harding Pl., Charlotte, NC 28204.

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

Leslie Whitley

Former preschool teacher

Leslie Grace Locke Lane Whitley of Murrells Inlet, a former preschool teacher, died Friday at her home. She was 65.

She was born Aug. 29, 1948, in Columbus, Ga., a daughter of Edwin Adelbert Locke III and Yvonne Neal Locke.

She was a former preschool teacher at All Saints Church School and later taught at the Montessori schools in New Orleans and Pawleys Island. Mrs. Whitley was affectionately known as Miss Leslie by her students over her decades in teaching. She was also remembered as a loving mother and grandmother who had many loving friends.

She is survived by a son, Kenneth James Wood (Michelle) of Georgetown; a daughter, Elise Lane Kelly of Pawleys Island; four grandchildren, Samuel and Ethan Wood and Hayden and Taylor Kelly; three brothers, Eddie, Jimbo and David Locke; and two sisters, Teddy and Evelyn Locke.

In addition to her parents, a granddaughter, Grace Wood, died before her.

Memorial services were held Wednesday at Georgetown Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Dr. Stephen H. Wilkins.

There is a guest book at mayerfuneralhome.com.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, P.O. Box 2151, Memphis, Tenn. 38101-2151.


June 26

Peggy Thomason

Enjoyed volunteer work

Peggy Ann Thomason, 80, of Pawleys Plantation died June 18 at the Medical University.

She was born March 27, 1934, in Greenville, one of 10 children of the former Lula Taylor and James M. Hendrix. Over the years, Mrs. Thomason and her husband, Jim, resided in Spartanburg, Kohler, Wisc., and Plano, Texas, before retiring to Pawleys Island eight years ago. She was a member of St. Paul’s Waccamaw United Methodist Church.

She enjoyed volunteer work throughout her life. Her hobbies included cycling, gardening, bridge, golf and cross-country skiing. One of her favorite activities was walking the beaches of Litchfield.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, James. F. Thomason; three children, Sharon T. Glenn (Paul) of Winston-Salem, N.C., Brenda T. Molony (Raymond) of Beaufort and James Scott Thomason of Atlanta; five grandchildren, Dillard G. Cheek (Clay), of Los Angeles, Bridgett M. Tupper (Lee) of Charlotte, Paul B. Glenn Jr., of Winston-Salem, James F.T. Glenn of New York and Raymond D. Molony III of Beaufort; and two brothers, Lee Hendrix and Jim Hendrix, both of Greenville.

A memorial service was held at St. Paul’s on Tuesday.

Memorials may be made to Toombs H. Kay Shut-In Ministries, 180 St. Paul Place, Pawleys Island, SC 29585, or Tidelands Community Hospice, 2591 N. Fraser Street, Georgetown, SC 29440.

Dr. Jack Mulkeen

Psychologist in public and private practice

Dr. John “Jack” Mulkeen of Wachesaw Plantation, a psychologist, died June 19 at Waccamaw Community Hospital. He was 79.

Born in Fitchburg, Mass., he served in the Marines during the Korean War and earned a bachelor’s degree in education from Fitchburg State College, a master’s degree in counseling from San Francisco State College and a doctorate in counseling from Arizona State University. He worked as a psychologist with Georgetown County Mental Health and in private practice in Georgetown County for over 30 years.

Dr. Mulkeen will be remembered for his ready laugh and love of family. His love of fishing and sailing were contagious, his family said. He was an avid golfer and member of Wachesaw Plantation Club.

He is survived by his wife, Kay Langdon Mulkeen; daughter, Patty Mulkeen Remoy (Eric) of Laurel, Md.; stepdaughter, Debbie Pilcher Niedermeyer (Todd) of Mill Valley, Calif.; sister, Jean Belliveau of Fitchburg; nephews, James Belliveau (Judy), Stephen Belliveau (Sue), Brian Belliveau (Linda), all of Fitchburg, and Kieran Cloonan (Amanda); niece, Judy Belliveau of Arlington, Mass.; and grandchildren, Chet and Audrey Niedermeyer, Mill Valley.

His first wife of 38 years, Joanne Casey Mulkeen, and his sister, Rita Mulkeen Cloonan, died before him.

Funeral services will be at St. Michael’s Catholic Church at 10 a.m. today. A private graveside service for family will follow. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Tara Hall Home for Boys, P.O. Box 955, Georgetown, SC 29442.


June 19

Janet Mikula

Former home ec teacher

Janet Davis Mikula of Murrells Inlet, a retired teacher, died June 11 surrounded by her family at her home. She was 79. She was born June 17, 1934, in Cleveland, a daughter of Henry Powell and Ruth Hobart Davis.

She graduated from Stow High School, the University of Akron, and earned a master’s degree from Kent State University. Mrs. Mikula taught home economics for over 34 years at Berea City Schools.

She was a member of Pi Beta Phi and St. Michael’s Catholic Church.

She is survived by her husband, Louis Mikula; son Perry Demming and wife Debra of Hudson, Ohio; daughter Shelly Carmack of Myrtle Beach; two sisters, Joanne DelBene of Medina, Wash., and Judy Whitacre and husband Jock of Arlington Heights, Ill.; and five grandchildren, Michael Carmack, Matthew Carmack, Emily Demming, Max Demming and Elizabeth Demming; and several nieces and nephews.

A Mass of Celebration was held Tuesday at St. Michaels Catholic Church by the Rev. Edward Fitzgerald.

Memorials may be made to the St. Michael’s Catholic Church Building Fund, 572 Cypress Ave., Murrells Inlet, SC 29576. Condolences may be made at burroughsfh.com..

Scott Nuckles

Myrtle Beach businessman

Scott Erwin Nuckles of Murrells Inlet, a Myrtle Beach businessman, died Sunday at Tidelands Community Hospice. He was 52.

He was born April 17, 1962, in Burlington, N.C., a son of the late David Lee and Sylvia Eaton Nuckles. Mr. Nuckles was in the real estate and restaurant business in Myrtle Beach for many years.

He is survived by his wife, Linnette Willetts Nuckles of Little River; a daughter, Kailee Nuckles of Little River; a brother, David Nuckles and wife Susan of Murrells Inlet; three sisters, Susan Williams and husband Clay of Murrells Inlet, Cindy Evans of North Myrtle Beach, and Sarah Bost and husband Reid of Awendaw.

A celebration of life service will be held Tuesday at 3 p.m. at the Burroughs Funeral Home Chapel by the Rev. Robert Shaw. A private graveside service will be held at a later date.

The family will receive friends following the service.

Memorials may be made to Grand Strand Humane Society, 3241 Mr. Joe White Ave., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577. Condolences may be made at burroughsfh.com.

Lin Todd

Air Force veteran

Charles Lindbergh “Lin” Todd of Murrells Inlet died Friday at his home. He was 85.

He was born Aug. 31, 1928, a son of Bently W. and Alma Hardee Todd. He served in the Air Force and retired as a master sergeant. He was a member of the Murrells Inlet VFW Post 10420, the Murrells Inlet American Legion Post 178 and the Myrtle Beach HOG Chapter.

He is survived by his wife, Cathy Todd; two sons Charles Todd Jr. of Charlotte and Randy Fipps of Loris; a daughter, Charlynne Smith and husband Michael of Youngsville, N.C.; two step-daughters, Bonnie McKeithen and husband Robert of Summit Point, W.Va., and Barbara Patton of Sterling, Va.; a brother, Ricky Todd and wife Donna of Loris; three sisters, Willa Brown and husband Neil of Wilmington, N.C., Mildred Cobb of Columbia and Sylvia Prince and husband Barry of Loris; three grandchildren, six step-grandchildren and three step-great-grandchildren.

Three brothers, Burnice Todd, Robert Todd and Dale Todd, died before him.

A celebration of life service will be held Saturday at 1 p.m. at Jensen’s Community Center by the Rev. Ted Raggsdale. There will be full Air Force military honors following the service.

Memorials may be made to Amedisys Hospice, 137 Professional Lane, Pawleys Island, SC 29585. Condolences may be made at burroughsfh.com.


June 12

Rex L. Carter

Former S.C. House speaker

Former South Carolina House Speaker Rex Lyle Carter, 88, died on June 9, 2014, at his residence in Greenville. He was a long-time Pawleys Island summer resident.

A native of Honea Path in Anderson County, he was a son of the late Daniel Brooks Carter and Eunice Young Carter Forrester.

Mr. Carter was a Greenville attorney and served in the South Carolina General Assembly from Greenville County from 1953 to 1980. A lifelong Democrat, Carter was elected Speaker Pro Tem in 1957 and, in 1973, elected Speaker of the House, succeeding Speaker Solomon Blatt from Barnwell County, who had held the post for 44 years.

Former Governor Dick Riley said, “We shared the same solid support for public education and economic development and I will always remember him for his encouragement and solid friendship, both personal and political. Our families were so close through the years, and I am so saddened by his passing. We have lost a giant.”

Jean Toal, Chief Justice of South Carolina Supreme Court, said, “When the legislative history of South Carolina is done, the name of Rex L. Carter will be writ large as an humble man whose deep understanding of South Carolina’s people and their potential drove the late 20th century beginning of governmental modernization in South Carolina.”

Carter was a 1943 graduate of Parker High School where he served as student body president. He was a 1950 graduate of Erskine College where he earned a bachelor’s degree. He immediately entered the University of South Carolina and completed his Juris Doctorate degree in 1952, also serving as student body president. He started the law firm of Carter, Smith, Merriam & Traxler, P.A. that same year and continued as a senior partner in the firm until his death.

“Rex was my lifelong buddy, and I have had a lot of buddies, as everyone knows, but none were as close to me as Rex Carter,” said former Lieutenant Governor and legislator Nick Theodore. “We made the long drives to Columbia together while we were both serving in the General Assembly and spent countless hours together working on issues in Columbia and in Greenville we both cared deeply about. He made a great Speaker because he had such a shining temperament and infinite patience with people. I admired him, too, for the total devotion he gave to his wife, Floride, his children, and grandchildren. Rex lived a balanced, happy life. We should all be as lucky. I loved him as a brother and Emily and our whole family are heartbroken.

Carter’s top aide Bud Ferillo credited Carter with “a large measure of the legislative reforms of that era. Under Speaker Carter, the House developed its first professional research staff, initiated regular orientation sessions for new members, which are now mandated by the state constitution. He was a major supporter of the construction of the first legislative office buildings in the Capitol Complex, and he brought computerized information into the State House so the public and news media could track the progress of legislation. He was truly a transitional figure in the state’s legislative history, taking it from the horse and buggy days into the era of technology and professionalism,” Ferillo said. “He was entirely in step with the reform movements of state legislatures that were sweeping the country in the 1970s. He brought South Carolina into the modern era.”

Carter received an honorary Doctor of Law from the University of South Carolina in 1980 and others from The Citadel in 1977 and Erskine College in 1974. He was presented the Erskine College Algernon Sidney Sullivan Award in 2006. Riley presented him the Order of the Palmetto.

Mauldin Road was renamed Rex L. Carter Boulevard after his retirement from the legislature.

Carter was a World War II veteran, serving in the U.S. Coast Guard in both the Atlantic and Pacific Theaters from 1943 to 1946.

He was a member of Augusta Road Baptist Church for 57 years, where he served as Sunday school teacher and deacon for many years.

Surviving are his wife, Floride Gulledge Carter, whom he met when she was a senior at Converse College; three children, Lucy Ault (Gary) and Kim Johnson (Hank); and a son, Rex L. Carter, Jr. (Ginger); five grandchildren, Carter Massingill, Jessica Johnson, Hayes Johnson, Rex Carter III, and Wells Carter; a brother, Paul D. Carter; and numerous nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by an infant daughter, Katrina Floride in 1957; and his brothers, Malcolm Carter, Milford Carter, and twin brother, Ray Carter.

The funeral will be today at 2 p.m. at Augusta Road Baptist Church. The committal will be private.

Memorials may be made to Augusta Road Baptist Church, 1823 Augusta Road, Greenville, SC 29605.

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

Mary S. O’Connell

Marine sergeant in WWII

Mary S. O’Connell of Murrells Inlet died May 31 at her home. She was 92.

She was born Oct. 18, 1921, in Scottsville N.Y., the third child of George and Lucille Friedel Skivington. She graduated from St. John Fisher College and was a sergeant in the Marine Corps during World War II. She was married to the late Eugene M. O’Connell.

Mrs. O’Connell was a member of the Smith-Warren American Legion Post in Scottsville. She was a dance instructor, artist, quilter and business women. She was a volunteer at the Myrtle Beach Airport information center and donated time and many articles to Back Packs for Kids.

She is survived by her children Daniel P. O’Connell, Mary Lu (Kevin) Lovett, and Timothy (Kathleen) 0’Connell; five grandchildren, Casey, Jessica, Sarah, Sandi and Danielle; and two great-grandchildren, Connor and Liam.

Her brother George and sister Gertrude died before her.

A Memorial Mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Saturday at St. Michael’s Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Back Pack for Kids, 12053 Highway 17 Bypass, Garden City, SC 29576.

Condolences may be made at burroughsfh.com.

Jack W. Ewart

Former Presbyterian minister

Jack Walker Ewart of Pawleys Island, a minister who helped desegregate the Presbyterian Church, died May 17. He was 91.

He was raised in rural Blackstock, S.C. He was educated at Davidson College and Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Va., and later at the Georgia Institute of Mental Health in Atlanta.

Rev. Ewart played a major role in the desegregation of the Presbyterian Church presenting a resolution to the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (US) in June 1953 urging racial integration in all church-controlled institutions, which prompted a subsequent formal report from the Council of Christian Relations supporting integration at the next General Assembly in 1954.

Rev. Ewart was remembered as a compassionate and caring minister and clinical counseling chaplain. He served in Barboursville, W.Va., Radford, Va., Aberdeen, N.C., Dunedin and Clearwater, Fla., Atlanta, Thomasville and Toccoa, Ga. After his initial retirement he served again in McClellanville, South Carolina and at Tara Hall Home for Boys.

He was also a beloved husband, father, grandfather and great-grandfather.

He was also a great golfing buddy, who into his late 80s after forming the Old Course Walkers, a golfing group of like-minded seniors at Litchfield Country Club who walked while playing nine holes every week.

Rev. Ewart loved all things Scottish and was also known for his love of trees which he planted wherever he lived, many growing over the years into beautiful groves.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Phyllis Ewart; his sons, McCrea Ewart and wife Jan, Steve Ewart and wife Leslie, David Ewart and William Ewart; his daughter, Laurie Ewart Chambo and husband Jim; seven grandchildren with one, Patrick, deceased; and four great-grandchildren.

A private memorial service was held at his home among the trees with an additional service planned among his forebears at Mulberry Presbyterian Church in Charlotte.

Memorials may be made to Tara Hall Home for Boys, P.O. Box 955, Georgetown, SC 29442.


June 5

Jacob J. Bieger

Community volunteer

Jacob John Bieger of River Club died Friday at Waccamaw Community Hospital. He was 91.

He was born in Hoboken, N.J., a son of Hugo and Mary Bieger. He was a Navy veteran of World War II who served in the Pacific Theater as a Seabee. Mr. Bieger moved to Pawleys Island after retiring from a career in bookbinding 20 years ago.

Mr. Bieger was a member of Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church where he was also a volunteer. He was a fourth degree Knight of Columbus member, volunteer at Waccamaw Hospital and a volunteer at the Waccamaw Library, where he repaired books.

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis Bieger; sons, John Bieger of Wilton, Conn., Michael Bieger of Ringwood, N.J., Paul Bieger of Oakland, N.J.; daughters, Kathleen Puglise of Hawthorne, N.J., Theresa Ruf of Peperrell, Mass.; Mary Prendergast of Rockville Center, N.Y.; grandchildren, Jimmy Bieger, Patrick Bieger, Gregory Bieger, Justin Puglise, Courtney Bieger, Kirsten Ruf, Kerianne Bieger, Tyler Ruf, Annamarie Puglise, Connor Prendergast, Erin Bieger, Ryan Prendergast, Megan Bieger, Aidan Prendergast, Matthew Bieger; great-grandson, Gabriel Perry; and a brother, Francis Bieger of Bremerton, Mass.

A memorial mass was held Wednesday, June 4, 2014 at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church by the Rev. Patrick Stenson.

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com

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

Arlene W. Joseph

Longtime Georgetown resident

Arlene Wilcox Joseph of Georgetown, 91, died Monday at her home. She was 91.

She was born Dec. 4, 1922, in Steele City, Neb., a daughter of Chester Wilcox and Beulah Babcock Wilcox. She grew up in Steele City, graduated from Hastings College and was a school teacher for a time. Mrs. Joseph later moved to Bruning, Neb., where she met her late husband, Dr. John A. Joseph Sr., while working as a secretary at Bruning Army Airfield. Dr. and Mrs. Joseph were married in 1943 and moved to Georgetown in 1945.

Mrs. Joseph was a member of Georgetown Presbyterian Church for 70 years, where she was a choir member for 45 years.

She is survived by three sons, Dr. Thomas C. Joseph (Sharon) of Camden, Dr. John A. Joseph Jr. (Susan) of Georgetown, and Raad W. Joseph (Daphne) of Columbia; six grandchildren; five great-grandchildren; and a brother, Ronald Wilcox of Oregon.

Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. today at Georgetown Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Dr. Stephen H. Wilkins. Burial will be at Elmwood Cemetery. A reception will be held from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. in the church Fellowship Hall.

There is a guestbook at mayerfuneralhome.com.

Memorials may be made to Georgetown Presbyterian Church, 558 Black River Rd., Georgetown, SC 29440; Tara Hall Home for Boys, 510 Tara Hall Rd., Georgetown, SC 29440; or to the charity of your choice.

Bette R. Lachicotte

Worked at the Hammock Shops

Bette Robertson Lachicotte of Pawleys Island died Friday at her home. She was 92.

She was born Jan. 15, 1922, in Fernleaf, Ky., a daughter of Allen Craig Robertson and Ruth Norris Robertson. She grew up in Minerva, Ky., graduated from Minerva High School and attended Anderson College. Mrs. Lachicotte moved to Pawleys Island in 1954 from Tacoma, Wash. and worked at The Hammock Shops.

She was a communicant of All Saints Church and served her church as treasurer, choir member, Alter Guild member, and organist at Sunday school.

She was married to the late Philip R. Lachicotte IV.

She is survived by a son, Philip “Chip” Lachicotte of Pawleys Island; a daughter, Ellen Lachicotte of Jacksonville, Fla.; a brother, Henry Robertson of Peebles, Ohio; a sister, Jane Roberts of Summerville; and two grandsons, Philip Lachicotte of Colorado Springs, Colo., and Bentley Lachicotte of Pawleys Island.

A memorial service was held Tuesday at the old All Saints Church by the Rev. Timothy Surratt. Inurnment was in All Saints Churchyard.

There is a guestbook at mayerfuneralhome.com.

Memorials be made to Christ the King, Waccamaw, Episcopal Church, 10172 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

John H. Michaels

New York homebuilder

John H. Michaels of Litchfield Beach and Bolton Landing, N.Y., a real estate developer in New York, died May 23 in Glens Falls, N.Y., Hospital. He was 57.

He was born April 9, 1957, in Albany, N.Y., the son of Marion Fisher Michaels and the late James W. Michaels.

Mr. Michaels was co-owner of The Michaels Group in Malta, N.Y., and built more than 10,000 homes and more than 50 residential communities in the area. He devoted his life to helping others. He and his family led several mission trips to Guatemala to help build homes and schools for impoverished Mayan communities.

Mr. Michaels was an active pilot with Angel Flight, a nonprofit that provides free air travel to financially distressed patients in need of timely medical care. He was also the principal funder of the St. Peter’s Hospital ALS Center. He was also a member of the Bolton Landing Planning and Zoning Boards. Mr. Michaels loved the outdoors. He was as an avid skier, snowboarder and paddle boarder.

He married the former Sheila Hennessy on June 17, 1982. They enjoyed their 31 years of marriage, traveling, cooking, gardening and being on the water. They resided on Lake George in the summers and Litchfield Beach in the off-seasons, where they attended Pawleys Island Community Church.

Most of all, he loved being with his family. He was happiest when he was around his wife, their three children, and his newborn grandson, Connor. He never hesitated to offer help and advice to a friend or family member in need. He leaves behind many friends who were inspired by his ongoing generosity, integrity, loyalty and sense of humor.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by his children, Luke Michaels (Catherine) of Ballston Lake, Thomas Michaels (Mary) of Perryville, Md., and Katherine Michaels of Boston; grandson, John Connor Michaels of Perryville, Md.; siblings, J. David Michaels (Lynne), Stephen Michaels (Ellen) and Julie Michaels Keegan; several nieces, nephews, sisters and brothers-in-law.

Another brother, Paul Michaels, died before him.

A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated May 28 at the Church of the Blessed Sacrament in Bolton Landing. Burial was at Bolton Rural Cemetery.

Memorials may be sent to St. Peter’s ALS Center, 19 Warehouse Row, Albany, NY 12205; the Angel Flight, 1515 East 71st St., Suite 312, Tulsa, OK 74136; VisionTrust International, 3710 Sinton Rd. #100, Colorado Springs, CO 80907; Bolton Landing EMS, 5003 Lake Shore Dr., Bolton Landing, NY 12814; or Lake George Emergency Squad, Gage Rd., Lake George, NY 12845.

Condolences can be sent at sbfuneralhome.com.


May 22

Mary Elizabeth Ferdon

Helped start watercolor society

Mary Elizabeth Fielder Ferdon of Georgetown, a watercolorist who was active in local arts groups, died Friday at Tidelands Community Hospice House. She was 82.

She was born Sept. 27, 1931, in Spartanburg, a daughter of Thomas Franklin Fielder and Elvira Jackson Fielder. She graduated from Spartanburg High School and Limestone College, cum laude in 1952. While at Limestone, Mrs. Ferdon was a member of the honor society, Who’s Who, and a senior superlative. She served as May Queen and was on both the student and legislative councils.

Mrs. Ferdon was a charter member of Herbert Memorial United Methodist Church, where she served as a trustee, on the alter guild, and was a member of the United Methodist Women. She was a founding member of both the Georgetown Watercolor Society and the Georgetown County Cultural Council, and was an active member of the South Carolina Watercolor Society for many years. Mrs. Ferdon enjoyed fishing at North Inlet with her husband and working in her yard.

She is survived by her husband, Richard James Ferdon Jr., whom she married on May 30, 1953 in First Presbyterian Church in Spartanburg; three sons, Richard Fielder Ferdon (Joyce) and James H. Ferdon (Kelli), both of Georgetown, and Robert Jackson Ferdon of Conway; two daughters, Mary Beth Ferdon Kornahrens (Glenn) and Anne Ferdon Moore, both of Pawleys Island; six grandchildren, Richie Ferdon, Rangeley Ferdon Laney (Edward), Steve Kornahrens, Maggie Kornahrens O’Briant, Jackson Ferdon, and Lizzie Moore; and two great-grandchildren, Mikey and Danny O’Briant.

In addition to her parents, two sisters, Eleanor Craig Phillips and Rose Lake Fielder, died before her.

Memorial services were held Sunday at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church by the Rev. Marie Knuckles. Inurnment was in Pennyroyal Memorial Gardens.

There is a guestbook at mayerfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Herbert Memorial United Methodist Church, 84 Forest Ave., Georgetown, SC 29440; Tidelands Community Hospice, 2591 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, SC 29440; or S.C. Alzheimer’s Association, 4124 Clemson Blvd., Suite L, Anderson, SC 29621.

Mike Hardgrave

Retired engineer was avid traveler

Lloyd Michael Hardgrave of the River Club, a retired engineer with a love for travel, died April 28 while on vacation in the Turks and the Caicos islands with his family. He was 68.

His wife, Nancy, was with him at the time. He had just finished a trip with his family: son Jason and daughter-in-law Shana and their two daughters, Arabella Grace and Charlotte Clara, who had returned home several days before him.

He was born in Birmingham, Ala., in 1946 and lived the majority of his childhood in Hot Springs, Ark. He attended Hot Springs High School, where he was an active member of the band and a drummer as he was growing up. One of his greatest memories was playing in the Three Kings band with Bill Clinton, Randy Goodrum and Joe Newman.

Mr. Hardgrave, who was known as Mike, went to college at the University of Arkansas, where he obtained an engineering degree and subsequently studied at Stanford University and obtained his master’s degree from Purdue University. He had a career in electrical and aerospace engineering. He retired in 2007.

Mike married the former Nancy Godwin on Dec. 27, 1967. They lived in Texas, Colorado and California before they had the opportunity to travel and live in London for a number of years. They returned to live in Washington, D.C.

Together, they explored the world, traveled, laughed and sought new roads that were less traveled. Mr. Hardgrave always considered Hot Springs home and always made it a point to come back “home” to see family (and eat barbecue).

He will be remembered for his kindness, gentleness and wisdom and for his bright spirit and great sense of adventure, his family said. Always thoughtful in both actions and words, he gave strength to the people in his life and loyal affection to the people who were dearest to him. Ears that were ready to listen and words filled with level-headed, compassionate and savvy advice, Mr. Hardgrave possessed strength that his loved ones valued deeply. Passionate about his family, dear friends, travel and tennis, he lived his life fully with an enviable balance of peace and excitement.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Belin Memorial United Methodist Church. A reception will follow at the home of Dan and Jane Adams, 509 Heston Point Dr.

Since he died from heart failure, the Memorial Fund for Mike Hardgrave has been established at the American Heart Association and can be found online at honor.americanheart.org.

Edward S. Lazarz

Worked for Niagara Mohawk Power

Edward S. Lazarz of Murrells Inlet died May 15 at his home. He was 77.

He was born June 1, 1936, in Buffalo, N.Y., a son of Edward S. and Catherine Burakowski Lazarz. He was also predeceased by a brother, Robert Lazarz.

He worked for Niagara Mohawk Power Co. in Syracuse, N.Y., for 37 years. He was a member of Murrells Inlet Elks Lodge 2797 and a teammate at Prestwick Country Club for 17 years.

He is survived by his wife, Margaret Lowe Lazarz; two sons, David Lazarz and wife, Patty, of New York, and Daniel Lazarz and wife, Debbie, of Massachusetts; two daughters, Mary Plumb and husband, Richard, and Betsy Fiel and husband, Steve, all of California; a sister, Marilyn of Michigan; a brother, Ronald Lazarz and wife, Peggy, of New York; nine grandchildren, Matthew Plumb and wife, Katie, Joe Lazarz, Lauren Plumb and fiancé, Sebastian, Michele Fiel, Leah Lazarz, Andrew Fiel, Sean Plumb, Corey Lazarz and Jason Lazarz; a great-grandson, Landon Plumb.

A celebration of life Mass was held Monday at St. Michael’s Catholic Church by the Rev. Edward Fitzgerald. Inurnment was in the church columbarium.

Memorials may be made to Tidelands Hospice House, 2591 N Fraser St., Georgetown, SC 29440 or Caring House, 265 Pickett Road, Durham, NC 27705.

Condolences may be made at burroughsfh.com.


May 15

James V. Sanchelli

Part-time North Litchfield resident

James Vincent Sanchelli of Greenville, who had a second home at North Litchfield, died May 6. He was 60.

He was born in Columbia, a son of Nellie Baker Sanchelli Jayroe and the late John Vincent Sanchelli. He was married to Nolley Cruikshank Sanchelli.

Mr. Sanchelli was known for his great sense of humor. He enjoyed the beach, saltwater fishing and being on his boat with his son.

In addition to his wife and mother, he is survived by his son, William Jackson Sanchelli; four brothers, John, Gary, Greg and Joseph Sanchelli; and a stepfather, Harold Jayroe.

A memorial service was held Saturday at Christ Church Episcopal. A private burial will be held at a later date in Springwood Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, 3535 Pelham Rd., Suite 101, Greenville, SC 29615 or the charity of your choice.

Condolences may be sent at thomasmcafee.com.

John B. Wood

Navy veteran

John B. Wood of Greenville and Pawleys Island died Saturday.

He was born in Winston-Salem, N.C., the son of Charles Edward and Sarah Goodwin Wood. He was a graduate of Guilford College and served in the Navy.

Mr. Wood was a member of Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church. He was married to the late Alyce Valaer Wood.

He is survived by his son, John Beale Wood Jr.; his daughter, Martha Wood McKissick and her husband, Ellison Smyth McKissick III; his grandchildren, John Beale Wood III, William Harrison Wood, Elizabeth Blair Wood, all of Greenville, Ellison Smyth McKissick, IV of Liberty, Hollis Valaer McKissick of Washington, D.C., and Caroline Parker McKissick of Greenville.

A graveside service was held Wednesday in All Saints Parish Cemetery.

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


May 8

Reginald Horn

Ran marathons in 50 states

Reginald Lee Horn of Pawleys Island, an avid runner, died Monday in Grand Rapids, Mich. He was 72.

Mr. Horn and his wife Delores ran marathons in every state and Washington, D.C., throughout the years. He didn’t start running until he was 37. “I could barely run one mile,” he said in a 2005 interview. “I was getting lapped by 70-year-olds. I couldn’t keep up with them. I was embarrassed and I said ‘I’m going to come out everyday and I’m going to do this till I get better.’”

Once he started running marathons, even a stroke didn’t put him off his goal of running an event in every state. He and Delores were also regular participants in shorter, local runs such as the Pawleys Island Turtle Strut.

Mr. Horn worked in information systems for Meijer, a regional retail chain based outside Grand Rapids. He and Delores moved to Pawleys Island in 1997.

In addition to his wife of 33 years he is survived by his children, Donna Johnson, Linda Walker, Barbara Perigo; step-children, Wendy (Rick) Tanis, Debbie (Todd) Strain; 12 grandchildren and one great-grandchild. His parents, Harold and Marjorie Horn, and his step-daughter, Pamela Pressey, died before him.

There will be a visitation Friday from 2 to 4 p.m. at Reyers North Valley Chapel in Grand Rapids. A private graveside burial will take place at Plainfield Township Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.


May 1

Shirley Althoff

Former Pawleys resident

A memorial service will be held next week for Shirley Wood Althoff, a former Pawleys Island resident. She died Oct. 4, 2014 in Morrisville, N.C.

She was born in Englewood, New Jersey, the daughter of Colven Christie and Grace Tompkins Wood. She married Warren William Althoff in 1946. They lived in New Jersey, Minnesota and Pennsylvania before retiring to Pawleys Island in 1987.

Her husband passed away in 1994 and Shirley remained in Pawleys Island until 2012 when she moved to North Carolina to be close to family.

She is survived by her two children: Wendy (Ralph) MacIver of Durham, N.C., and Terri (Martin) Pease of Saco, Maine; seven grandchildren and five great grandchildren.

A memorial will be held at the chapel at All Saints Church on May 8 at 2 p.m.

William Chew

Retired from Palmetto Promotions

William Stevens Chew of Litchfield died Sunday at his home. He was 65.

He was born Oct. 13, 1948, in Louisville, Ga., the son of Mary Riddle Chew and Ellis Hudson Chew. He graduated from Wadley, Ga., High School and attended Middle Georgia College, Armstrong College in Savannah and the University of West Florida in Pensacola. He also served in the Navy.

Mr. Chew, who was known as Steve, was a former manager of Columbia Custom Clubs and retired from Palmetto Promotions in Columbia. He was remembered as an excellent golfer, a fabulous chef and a dear friend.

He is survived by his wife, Sarah V. Grayson; two brothers, Alexander L. Chew and Frank Ellis Chew, both of Aiken; a nephew, Frank Ellis Chew Jr.; and a great-nephew, Oman Cade Chew.

Graveside services will be held at 4 p.m. today at Cedar Swamp United Methodist Church Cemetery in Kingstree. The family will receive friends at the church at 3:30 p.m.

Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

Richard Utz

Flew for American Airlines

Richard Jones Utz of Murrells Inlet, a retired airline pilot, died April 16 at Waccamaw Community Hospital. He was 83.

He was born in Wapakoneta, Ohio, the son of Ervin Jacob and Ann Pauline Utz. He attended the University of Maryland. Mr. Utz served in the Air Force as a pilot instructor. He was a commercial airline pilot for 34 years, retiring from American Airlines.

A member of the First Presbyterian Church of Myrtle Beach, Mr. Utz was an avid golfer and dog lover.

He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Nancy Utz; his children, Linda Ann Utz Ferdows (Rob) of Kingwood, Texas, Diane Courtney Utz Bailey of Alpharetta, Ga., and Gary Bradford Utz of Atlanta; his grandchildren, Allison, Mathew, Brian and Melissa Utz, Nicholas, Brayden and Colson Ferdows, Kyle, Brandon and Courtney Bailey; a sister, Sally Croy of Perrysburg, Ohio; and daughter-in-law, Tina Marie Utz of Pittsburgh.

His son Michael L. Utz, died before him.

A memorial service was held Saturday at Belin Memorial United Methodist Church.

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

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com


April 24

Duncan McIntyre

Former Gulf Oil distributor

Duncan Craig McIntyre of Murrells Inlet died April 17 at his home surrounded by his family. He was 86.

He was born March 5, 1928, in Winston Salem, N.C., so that his mother, Anne Redfern McIntyre could be under the care of her brother, a physician in Winston at that time. He and his father, also Duncan McIntyre, were both named for an ancestor who was a captain in the 8th Regiment, S.C. Infantry, during the Civil War.

Mr. McIntyre grew up in Marion with his mother and father, spending much time on the golf course and summers at Murrells Inlet. He graduated from Clemson College in 1949 following in the footsteps of his father. His mother had grown up at Clemson College where her father was the first college physician. While attending Clemson, he was on the golf team.

Following college, he was called into the Army during the Korean War and was stationed in Japan. After service, he returned to Marion where he was a Gulf Oil distributor.

He married Suzanne Lucas “Suzy” Gasque on May 1, 1965, and they raised two daughters in Marion. Duncan enjoyed spending time in Murrells Inlet, playing golf, hunting, fishing and boat rides with Suzy.

Mr. McIntyre was involved in many organizations during his lifetime. He was a member of the Marion Rotary Club with perfect attendance for 59 years, and was a Paul Harris fellow. He served on the Clemson Board of Visitors, Marion National Bank board and as a deacon in the Marion Presbyterian Church.

He was a charter member of the Friends of Brookgreen Gardens and founding member of Wachesaw Plantation Club. He was a friend of the Marion County Museum and Hobcaw Barony.

Mr. McIntyre was also an active participant in the Wahee River Club where he enjoyed spending time with many Marion friends. An infant son, Duncan, died before him.

He is survived by his wife of 48 years, Suzanne Lucas Gasque (Suzy), daughters Lucas McIntyre Moorman (William) of Columbia and Anne McIntyre Colclough (George) of Washington, D.C.; five grandchildren, William Talley Moorman Jr., Suzanne Lucas Moorman, Duncan McIntyre Moorman, Kathryn Pratt Colclough (Kakie) and George Watts Colclough II; and a brother-in-law, B. Pratt Gasque, Jr. (Sims) of Conway.

A graveside service was held Saturday at Rose Hill Cemetery in Marion.

Memorials may be made to the Marion Presbyterian Church, 208 Main St., Marion, SC 29571; Belin Memorial United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 528, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576; or the Marion County Museum, 101 Willcox Ave., Marion, SC 29571.

Charlie Thompson

Owned planning service

Charles “Charlie” Kenneth Thompson II of Murrels Inlet died April 4 at his home surrounded by family and life-long friends. He was 53.

A graduate of the University of South Carolina, he worked with the Lowcountry Council of Governments and as a senior planner with Horry County Planning and Development. In recent years, he maintained Thompson Planning Service from his home.

He is survived by his wife of 17 years, Toni Renee Thompson; his mother, Carolyn B. Thompson of Jasper, Tenn.; one sister, Tami T. Street (Rex) of Athens, Ga.; a sister-in-law, Sonya T. Cox (Kip) of Charleston; nephew Rex Paul Street II (Erin) of Athens; nieces Kati Street and Mandi Street of Athens and Sarah K. Myers of Charleston; several aunts, one uncle, five great-nieces and nephews and many much loved beach friends.

His father, Charles Kenneth Thompson Sr., died before him.

A celebration of his life will be at his home from 4 to 7 p.m. Saturday. A memorial paddle out ceremony will be held June 8, with details available at the Facebook page of the Village Surf Shoppe.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Village Surf Puerto Rico Trip in care of the Village Surf Shoppe, 500 Atlantic Ave., Garden City Beach, SC 29576. The foundation sponsors young men so that they may attend the Puerto Rico trip. These young men develop fundamental life skills through the joy of surfing and they also develop a deep respect for the oceans.

Condolences may be made at burroughsfh.com.

George Wood

Retired electrician

George Donald Wood of Murrells Inlet died April 12. He was 81.

He was born Feb. 26, 1933 in Washington, D.C. He graduated from Ridley Township High School and entered the Navy serving on the USS Shenandoah. He later lived in Broomall, Pa., and worked for Scott Paper/Foamex as an electrician. Throughout his life, he enjoyed spending time with his family, traveling, golfing and visiting his vacation home in Little Gap Estates.

Mr. Wood and his wife moved to Murrells Inlet in 2005 and enjoyed their time in the warmth and sunshine.

He is survived by his wife of 57 years Patricia; his daughter, Donna Wood Kraemer and husband, Neal, of Mount Pleasant, and son, George Wood and wife, Denise, of Westtown, Pa.; brothers George Boniface and wife, Claudette, of Charleston and Tom Boniface and wife, Penny, of Southport, N.C.; sister, Sharon Black and husband, Bob, of Murrells Inlet; grandchildren, Kelly N. Hughes and Joe Hughes of Simpsonville, Brad Kraemer of Mount Pleasant, Jordan Wood of Aliso Viejo, Calif., Kyle Wood and Tyler Wood, both of Westtown; and a great-grandchild, Riley Nicole Hughes of Simpsonville.

A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. on May 30 in the chapel of the Burroughs Funeral Home in Murrells Inlet by Chaplain Kirby Winstead.

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

Condolences may be made at burroughsfh.com.


April 17

Pat Cooke

Loving wife and mother

Patricia Cooke of North Litchfield Beach died April 9 after a short battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. She was 82.

A cancer survivor, Mrs. Cooke was remembered as was a devoted, loving wife and mother and a caring Christian.

She was born in Greenwood, the daughter of Joseph Adie Spires and Eunice Chastain Spires. She grew up in Bamberg, where she excelled in basketball and was named class salutatorian.

She married Winborn Clarke “Win” Cooke in 1952. They resided initially in Kingsport, Tenn., and then for 24 years in the greater Philadelphia area.

She retired with Win to Litchfield Beach, an area they loved. They immediately became involved in a number of property owner associations, civic activities and in local churches.

Mr. Cooke died in 2011.

Mrs. Cooke was a loving wife and attentive partner to her husband and a wonderful and caring mother to her three children. She instilled strong, traditional family values by example. She was a member of the Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church.

Her sister, Lattie Jo Johnson, died before her.

She is survived by her three children: Brenda Bagonis of Warrington, Pa., Lynn Kane of Litchfield Beach and Winborn Cooke Jr. of Chattanooga, Tenn.; six grandchildren, Tony Bagonis, Kristin Bagonis, Amy Stanley, Rachel Inman, Robert Kane and Stephanie Kane; and three great-grandchildren.

A visitation to be held Friday, from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Georgetown Chapel of Mayer Funeral Home and a funeral service will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church.

Memorials may be given to Tidelands Community Hospice, 2591 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, SC 29440, or to Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church, 9967 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

There is a guestbook at mayerfuneralhome.com.

Mary McAllister

Served on Pawleys Island council

Mary McAllister, a real estate agent and six-term member of Pawleys Island Town Council, died Sunday. She was 65.

“She did not take loud positions, but when she spoke you listened,” Mayor Bill Otis said. “She was a great citizen of Pawleys Island.”

She was elected to the council in 2001 after her late husband, Kenny McAllister, stepped down. “She was a very visible member of the community,” Council Member Mike Adams said.

“I don’t think we can ever keep Pawleys as it was,” she said after her first term on council. “You can’t stop progress, things have to change, but I think we can limit it.”

Mary Stevens McAllister was born in Greenville in 1949, the daughter of Henry and Mary Stevens. She graduated from Ashley Hall in 1968 and earned an associate’s degree from the University of South Carolina. She was a true daughter of the South who was equally at home cooking a gourmet meal, putting a field trial retriever through its paces or catching her limit of flounder in Pawleys Creek.

She was a lifelong member of the United Daughters of the Confederacy, a founding member and past-president of the Palmetto Retriever Club, a founding member and secretary for many years of the Pawleys Island Civic Association. She was also a founding member of the S.C. Maritime Museum and a tireless volunteer with the Georgetown Wooden Boat Show.

Adams said she was also involved in other activities that were less prominent, such as helping the indigent.

Mrs. McAllister worked with Pawleys Island Realty for 15 years. She enjoyed helping her clients, many of whom became her friends, find their home or second home in Pawleys Island.

She loved good friends, good wine, good books, good food and good dogs. She will be greatly missed by all those who had the opportunity to know and love her, her family said.

She is survived by her husband, Donald E. Trimble; her sister-in-law, JoEtta Floyd; and many friends. She leaves behind her two border terriers, Lizzie and Bella.

A private memorial service will be held in Georgetown.

There is a guestbook at mayerfuneralhome.com.

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

Clara Rion

Owned Front Street business

Clara Port Rion of Pawleys Island, co-owner of a long-time Georgetown business, died Friday at Waccamaw Regional Medical Center surrounded by her children. She was 91.

She was born in Bucksport, the daughter of Franklin and Rebecca Cox Port.

Known as “Miss Clara,” she was married for 45 years to the late Samuel Weir Rion. Coming of age during the Great Depression, the two became business partners when they opened Rion’s Family Shoes in Georgetown in 1954, an iconic presence on Front Street for over 30 years. The two were also accomplished bridge partners who traveled the world on many duplicate bridge cruises. Sam and Clara were also fishing buddies who especially loved trolling for flounder and spent many days and nights on their houseboat, The Sand Bar Queen, always with a large crew of family and friends.

Mrs. Rion is best remembered as an outstanding cook, who would enthusiastically “throw together” a meal of homemade clam chowder and fried local shrimp for gatherings of 20 or more family and friends. Sam and Clara were frequent hosts to many neighbors, friends and “adopted children” who fondly recall Clara’s bountiful meals, card games, ping-pong, horseshoes, tennis and swimming at their home of many years on South Island Road in Georgetown.

Mrs. Rion was also a life-long gardener. She was very blessed to continue living in her Pawleys Island home, which she leaves behind surrounded by an array of gorgeous flowers, strawberries, peppers and tomatoes she helped plant this spring.

She is survived by her sons, Samuel Weir Rion Jr. (Anna Perry) of Georgetown, Gerald Port “Jerry” Rion (Judy Cooper) of Surfside Beach, James Allen Rion (Sara Olsen) of Raleigh, N.C.; her daughters, Angela Bunn (Joseph) of Pawleys Island and Julia Rion of Haddonfield, N.J.; her grandchildren, Katherine Rion Mikolojczwk (David), Gerald Port Rion Jr. (Lynnette), Rob Rion Bunn (Amy), Samuel Weir Rion III (Kim), Herbert Wilhelm Rion, Sara Emily Patterson (Stewart), Joseph Ralston Bunn III (Becca), Margaret Hunter Rion, Zoe Helena Nahatis and Angela Rion Nahatis; and 17 great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband, her brothers, Joseph and Thomas Port, and her sister, Reba Williams, died before her.

Funeral services were Monday at Georgetown Presbyterian Church with internment at Pennyroyal Memorial Gardens.

There is a guest book at mayerfuneralhome.com.

Memorials may be made to Georgetown Presbyterian Church, 558 Black River Rd., Georgetown, SC 29440 or the charity of your choice.


April 10

Irene Baxter

Active in Presbyterian Church

Irene Forester Gattshall Baxter of Sumter, 93, died Saturday at Tidelands Community Hospice House. She was 93.

She was born Nov. 28, 1920, in Sumter, the daughter of Hampton N. Forester and Esther G. Forester. For over 25 years she served as a Sunday school teacher and youth minister at First Presbyterian Church in Sumter and youth adviser for Harmony Presbytery, where she is affectionately remembered as “Mother Goose.”

She is survived by her daughters Sally G. Johnson (Frank), and Elizabeth G. Hawkins; Dick Baxter and Anne Baxter; many grandchildren and several great-grandchildren.

Her husbands, M. Wayne Gattshall and John R. Baxter; two daughters, Judy G. Parker and Patti G. Lockhart; a son-in-law, Clif Hawkins; a brother and a sister all died before her.

A memorial service was held Wednesday at Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church. Family will receive friends at 11:30 a.m. today at First Presbyterian Church in Sumter. Funeral services will be at 1 p.m. and burial will be at Sumter Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Presbyterian Church in Sumter, Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church or Tidelands Community Hospice.

Ezell Hester

Helped care for others

Ezell Rice Hester of Pawleys Island died Monday at Tidelands Community Hospice after a short illness. She was 92.

She was born Aug. 23, 1921, in Wedowee, Ala., the daughter of Matthew and Retta Williamson Rice. She lived in Birmingham, where she worked in retail management with an emphasis on children’s clothing for 35 years. However, her primary life’s work was helping to take care of others.

Mrs. Hester moved to Pawleys Island in 2000 and was a resident at Morningside Assisted Living in Georgetown since July 2012. She was a member of St. Paul’s Waccamaw United Methodist Church.

She was married for 55 years to the late Ridley H. Hester

She is survived by her daughter, Sheila Rogers and her husband, Jerome, of Pawleys Island; four grandchildren, Rick Foshee of Georgetown, Darryl Foshee of Florence, Christina Creeden of Haymarket, Va., and Jessica Liples of Shippack, Pa.; seven great-grandchildren; two brothers, Durwood Rice and his wife, Mavis, and Herbert Rice and his wife, Jimmie, all of Lineville, Ala.; a daughter-in-law Linda Hester of Shippack; and several nieces and nephews.

A son, Thomas R. Hester; three sisters, Mavis Thompson, Nettie Wadsworth, and Euna McGhee; and one brother, Alva Rice, died before her.

Graveside services will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday at the Elmwood Cemetery in Birmingham. A memorial service will be held later at Morningside Assisted Living.

Memorials may be made to Tidelands Community Hospice, 2591 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, SC, 29440, or to Toombs H. Kay Shut-In Ministry, 180 St. Paul Place, Pawleys Island, SC, 29585.

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

Dr. Jack Keefe

Helped start Miami hospital

Dr. Jack E. Keefe III of the Lakes at Litchfield, a World War II veteran and retired family doctor, died Friday at his home.

He was born in Nashville, the son of Jack E. Keefe Jr. and Rosa Lee L. Keefe. He graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1939 and from Vanderbilt Medical School in 1943. He served his internship at Jackson Memorial Hospital in Miami before entering the Army. Dr. Keefe served as battalion and regimental surgeon with the 505 and 506 Parachute Infantry Regiments of the 82nd Airborne Division during three campaigns in Europe.

Dr. Keefe served his residency at Protestant Hospital, now Mid State Baptist Hospital, in Nashville in 1946-47. He held an active general and family practice of medicine and surgery in Miami from 1947 until retiring in 1990. During those years, he served as founding member of the North Shore Hospital and served as president of the staff in 1955. He was awarded life membership in the Dade County Medical Association, Florida Association and the American Academy of Family Physicians. He was a fellow of the academy.

Dr. Keefe was a master mason of the Mahi Shrine and Jesters Court past director in Miami. He was a member of Belin Memorial United Methodist Church.

He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth R. Keefe; two nieces, Gail Wilson of Lake Lure, N.C., and Tina Lane of Columbia; and a sister, Betty Harless of Columbia. A sister, Mary Ann Williams, died before him.

Services will be private. There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.


April 3

Harry de Haas

Found love on ice skates

Henricus Jacobus “Harry” de Haas of Pawleys Island died peacefully at home Saturday surrounded by his family. He was 74.

He was born June 19, 1939, in Tarakan, Indonesia, the son of Antonius de Haas and Leentje Rietdyk de Haas. He was raised in the Netherlands. He met his wife Petra when he was 14 and she was 13. They were ice skating on a pond and Harry tied Petra’s skate laces. They had been together ever since.

Mr. de Haas earned a degree in mechanical engineering. Moving to Charlotte in 1967, he worked at American Barmag, a manufacturer of textile machinery, for several years before starting his own company, Partex Inc.

Harry and Petra lived on their sailboat the “Ta-Chiao” and sailed throughout the Caribbean for 10 years. They traveled the world and finally settled in Pawleys Island. He loved soccer, reading, cooking, eating and spending time with his family as a Papa and Opa.

In addition to his wife of 52 years, Petronella de Haas, he is survived by sons, Tony de Haas and Mike de Haas; daughters Miranda and Desiree; 12 grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

A celebration of his life will be held from 2 to 4 p.m. Saturday at his home.

Condolences may be made at burroughsfh.com..

Jacob Haynes

Supervisor at IP

Jacob A. Haynes of Hemingway, who was retired from International Paper, died Monday in Greensboro, N.C. He was 66.

He was born May 16, 1947, in Cameron, a son of David and Corine Glover Haynes. He retired as a control tower supervisor from International Paper with over 40 years of service.

He is survived by his children, Jason Haynes of Wake Forest, N.C., Cami Haynes of Jacksonville, Fla., and Brandon Haynes of Georgetown; brothers, Willie Glover of Queens, N.Y., David Haynes of Cameron, Isaac Haynes of Cameron and Hercules Haynes of Orangeburg; sisters, Betty Haynes of Cameron and Rose Haynes of New York City; and two grandchildren, Kensley Haynes and Jason David Haynes.

A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. today at Burroughs Funeral Home in Murrells Inlet by the Rev. Boyd McDaniels Jr.

Condolences may be made at burroughsfh.com..

Jo Nemeth

Advocate for abuse victims

Jo Nemeth of Murrells Inlet, who spent a career working with victims of domestic violence, died Saturday. She was 67.

She was born Jan. 16, 1947, in South Bend, Ind., a daughter of Earl and Margaret Devan.

Her life was dedicated to making the world a peaceful, loving, joyful, nonviolent place. She spent her lifetime serving women victims of domestic violence at Mountain Women’s Resource Center in California and victims of child abuse and neglect in South Bend. She was a social worker technician in Michigan and an emergency medical technician in California and Indiana. She and her partner also owned the Nurturee Infant Day Care in Indianapolis.

Mrs. Nemeth also worked as a 911 dispatcher for Horry County.

She received many awards for outstanding work with victims of domestic violence.

She is survived by her partner of 32 years, Gail Languell, and the grandchildren they shared, Taylor, Tara, Trinity, Thierry and Timber Tison of Pawleys Island; two sons, Richard (Nicole) Nemeth of Goshen, Ind., and their children Alli, Jordon, and Trinity, and Joe (Marissa) Nemeth of Sturgis, Mich., and their children Joey and Preston; two brothers, Bob (Jewel) Devan of Mobile, Ala., and Chris (Sue) Devan of Mishawaka, lnd.; two sisters, Peggy Clark of South Bend and Mary (Scott) Gritzmaker of Greenville, Tenn.

A brother, Tim Devan, died before her.

At her request, there will be no memorial service, flowers or viewing. She believed the time for seeing others is before they pass. She requested her body be donated to science.

Condolences may be made at burroughsfh.com..


March 27

Jack Egan

Retired GE executive

John Thomas “Jack” Egan of Georgetown, a former executive at General Electric, died March 18. He was 72.

He was born Sept. 8, 1941, the oldest of seven. He graduated from Msg. Bonner High School in Drexel Hill, Pa. He entered the seminary at Villanova University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mathematics. He earned a master’s degree in counseling.

Mr. Egan had a long career at General Electric in the fields of engineering and human resources management. He was also School Board president for Radnor Township near Philadelphia.

In retirement, he was active in the church, Holy Cross-Faith Memorial, and followed philanthropic pursuits including Habitat for Humanity chapter president. Most of his energy was focused as a dedicated husband, father and grandfather.

Mr. Egan had a spirit of stillness, ease and love, his family said. The most important thing to Jack was spending time with his family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Sally, and four children: Mia Egan Basilici (Steven), Kristin Egan Page (Richard), Brock Middleton (Diana) and Griffith Egan; and eight grandchildren John, Katie, Connor, Morgan, Will, Jack, Britton and Kenna.

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

Memorials may be made to the pet therapy program at the Medical University of South Carolina.

Owen Evans

Banker became cattle farmer

Owen Moore Evans of Georgetown, a former bank executive, 88, died Sunday at his home. He was 88.

He was born Oct. 17, 1925, in Henderson, N.C., a son of Owen Davis Evans and Dorothy Evans Slocum. He graduated from Furman University and served his country in World War II. One of his fondest memories was being reunited with his older brother, Harold, while serving overseas in Italy.

Mr. Evans was a former vice president of People’s Trust Company in Rock Hill.

During a Christmas party in 1979, Owen met the love of his life, Linda, and in July 1980, they were married. This second chance at life began on their cattle farm in Rock Hill. Owen cherished life on the farm and spending time with his family. After many years of hard work as a farmer, business man, devoted husband and father, he was due for retirement at the beach.

In 1994, Owen and his family moved to DeBordieu.

Mr. Evans was remembered as a true Southern gentleman and was always eager to regale people with a story, even if they already knew it by heart. He loved spending time with his family and considered his children life’s greatest accomplishment. His soft spoken demeanor, sharp intellect and warm presence will be missed, his family said.

He was a member of Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church, where funeral services were held Tuesday by the Rev. Dr. Dora Gafford. Burial was at Pennyroyal Memorial Gardens.

In addition to his wife, Linda Duncan Evans, he is survived by a daughter, Courtenay Evans Givens (Dean) of Columbia; a son, Owen M. Evans II of Fort Mill; two granddaughters, Hayden Moore Givens and Grayson Charlotte Givens, both of Columbia; a sister-in-law, Jeanne Evans of Chattanooga, Tenn.; and a brother-in-law, Ronald Duncan, of Greer.

His first wife, Sarah West Evans of Kershaw, and two brothers, John “Jack” Evans of Chattanooga and Harold Evans of Hickory, N.C., died before him.

There is a guestbook at mayerfuneralhome.com..

Memorials may be made to Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church, 901 Highmarket St., Georgetown, SC 29440 or to Tidelands Community Hospice, 2591 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, SC 29440.

Ruby McManus

Former Litchfield Plantation resident

Ruby Nell Gann McManus of Roswell, Ga., a long-time Litchfield Plantation resident, died March 13. She was 90. Until the very end of her life she kept her sunny smile, magnetic personality and great sense of humor.

She was born Dec. 2, 1923, in West Frankfort, Ill. She graduated from West Frankfort High School in 1939 and was voted “The Most Popular Girl.” Ruby earned a full music scholarship to McMurray College after performing her rendition of Debussy’s “Clair de Lune” on the piano. She transferred to the University of Illinois and graduated in 1945 with a bachelor’s degree in education science. She connected with fellow West Frankforter Eugene F. McManus in an accounting class and, following his much needed tutoring assistance, they began dating. On Oct. 13, 1945 they eloped and were married at Urbana Methodist Church.

After both graduated, they lived in Washington, D.C., for a few years before moving to Detroit where they had their three children – Gregory Dean, Jeffrey Gann and Andrea Gene. The McManus family subsequently lived in San Francisco and Atlanta before moving to Pawleys Island.

Ruby spent over 30 wonderful years in the house she and Gene built in Litchfield Plantation. She was a Meals-on-Wheels volunteer for several years and enjoyed playing golf with all her “cronies.” Gene died in 1997, shortly after they celebrated their 52nd year of marriage.

Ruby later met William Gamble, and their wonderful friendship lasted many happy years during which they enjoyed playing golf, traveling and living the Pawleys Island life. She lived her life to the fullest, she loved her children and treasured her many friends that she called “good as gold,” her family said.

She is survived by her son Greg and his wife Kathy and their three sons, Dean, Alex and Karl, and great grandchildren Dean III and Chloe; her son Jeff and his wife Joy and their daughter Kylie Ann; her daughter Andrea, husband John Brinkworth and their daughter Mackenzie; her sister Anna Lois Aiken; her cousin Shirley Ramsey and husband Blaine; and an extended family comprised of her friends in the Litchfield and Pawleys Island area.

Robert Rohrs

Worked for popular magazines

Robert C. Rohrs of Pawleys Island, who made a career in the publishing industry, died March 19 after a brief illness. He was 88.

He was born and raised in White Plains, NY. After graduating high school, he enlisted in the Army, and was awarded the Purple Heart for his service in World War II. Afterward he graduated from Brown University with a degree in economics, and subsequently attended graduate programs at both Columbia and Harvard.

Mr. Rohrs married and raised a family in Scarsdale, N.Y. He made a career in the magazine business, notably at Better Homes and Gardens, Reader’s Digest, The Saturday Evening Post, Good Housekeeping and The Philadelphia Inquirer. He later had roles as a publisher, consultant and other entrepreneurial ventures. He retired comfortably to Pawleys Island in 1992, and pursued his leisure interests including antique clock restoration.

He is survived by his wife of 65 years, Margret Griffin Rohrs; four children, Katherine Rohrs Nichols of Myrtle Beach, William Rohrs of Annapolis, Md., George Rohrs of New Haven, Conn., and Emme Rohrs Nichols of Pawleys Island; 11 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.

A private service will be held by the family. Memorials may be made to Tidelands Community Hospice, 2591 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, SC 29440

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.


March 20

Milly Chrismer

Former manager at Rice Paddy

Milly Mintz Chrismer of Hagley Estates died peacefully at home with her family on Sunday.

She was born in Petersburg, Va., the daughter of Lester and Mildred Mintz. She graduated from Hopewell High School and attended Virginia Tech, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in foods and nutrition. She married Tom Chrismer and together they moved to Pawleys Island in 1977, where they lived and worked at the Sea View Inn.

Mrs. Chrismer was a substitute teacher and later worked at the Pawleys Island Inn before becoming the manager at the Rice Paddy.

She was an active member at All Saints Church. She was known for her big smile and positive attitude, her family said. She loved to laugh, dance, and have fun with friends, but most of all she loved her family. She felt lucky to have married the love of her life and was a proud and loving mother. She inspired many through her constant persistence and strength.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her son, Kippston Thomas Chrismer; and her daughters, Katherine Chrismer Beavin and Lindsey Ann Chrismer.

Funeral services were held Wednesday at All Saints Church, followed by a celebration of life at the Sea View Inn.

Memorials may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society at nationalmssociety.org.

Bill Hurston

Air Force veteran

William E “Bill” Hurston of Myrtle Beach, an Air Force veteran, died Monday at Brightwater Senior Living. He was 84.

He was born Feb. 2, 1930 in Tallassee, Ala., a son of Reedy L. and Alice Duett Hurston. He served 26 years in the Air Force, including service in the Korean War and Vietnam War, and retired as a senior master sergeant and air traffic controller on Jan. 1, 1976.

He is survived by his wife, Annette DeCilles Hurston; three sons, Billy Hurston and wife Jennifer of Surfside Beach, Scott Hurston and wife Lori of Pawleys Island, and John Hurston of Murrells Inlet; a daughter, Susan Todd of Socastee; five grandchildren, Brooks Hurston, Jackson Hurston, Blake Hurston, Loryn Hurston, and Ryan Todd; and great grandson, Konner Todd.

His three brothers and three sisters died before him.

A celebration of life service with full military honors will be held at 6 p.m. today in the chapel of Burroughs Funeral Home by the Rev. Ronny Byrd.

The family will receive friends following the service until 8 p.m.

Memorials may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, 2987 Church St., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577.

Condolences may be made at burroughsfh.com.

Frances C. Myers

Minister’s wife was school teacher

Frances Crews Myers of Spartanburg died March 11 after declining health. She was 76.

She was born in Spartanburg, the daughter of Frank Hunt Crews and Pauline Bush Crews. She graduated from Spartanburg High School and attended Converse College and Meredith College in Raleigh, N.C. She lived in Charlottesville, Va., and was an active member of the University Baptist Church where her husband, the late Richard Epperly Myers, was the senior minister. She sang in the church choir and was a member of the Joanna Maiden Circle.

Mrs. Myers was a teacher in the Charlottesville school system. After her husband’s retirement, she returned to her hometown, where she was a member of Fernwood Baptist Church and the Amicus Sunday School Class.

She is survived by two sons, Richard Epperly Myers Jr. and wife Julie of Greenville and Robert Crews Myers and wife Lindy of Pawleys Island; and two grandchildren, William E. Myers and Robert B. Myers of Greenville.

Services were held Saturday at Fernwood Baptist Church.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, 901 S. Pine St, Spartanburg, SC 29302.


March 13

Audrie D. DuBois

Had a passion for music

Audrie D. DuBois of Pawleys Island died March 3 at National Health Care in Garden City. She was 94.

She was born in Newark, N.J., the daughter of Samuel Pettit and Rena D. Mulford. She lived most of her life in Pittsgrove Township, N.J., before moving to Pawleys Island in 1995. She attended Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church and was a volunteer at the book store in Brookgreen Gardens. Her passion was music and the violin. She taught private music lessons and played in the orchestra at the Central United Methodist Church in Bridgeton, N.J.

She was married to the late Carl R. Dubois.

She is survived by her son Robert C. DuBois and his wife, Mary Lou, of Monroeville, N.J.

Private services will be held in Pittsgrove.

Memorials may be made to Caris Hospice Center, 174 Waccamaw Medical Park Court, Conway, SC 29526.

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

Robin L. Ferreira

Loving wife, mother and daughter

Robin Lynn Ferreira of Surfside Beach died Feb. 28 at Waccamaw Community Hospital after a short battle with cancer. She was 38.

She was born July 6, 1975, in Washington, D.C., the daughter of Walter “Denny” and Cheryl Ann Cook White. She was remembered as a loving wife, mother and daughter, and as a friend to many.

In addition to her parents, she is survived by her husband Jose R. “Ruddy” Ferreira; her daughter, Brittany Lynn Wilkinson; and her sisters, Linda Richards of Crownsville, Md., and Kimberly Wheeler of Arnold, Md.

A celebration of life service was held Saturday at Christ Church of Murrells Inlet by the Rt. Rev. David Bryan and the Rev. Skip Corn.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 950 48th Ave N., Suite 101, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577.

There is a guestbook at burroughsfh.com..

James M. Leland Jr.

Former Southern Bell executive

James Morrison Leland Jr. of North Litchfield died Wednesday.

He was born and raised in Charleston, the middle son of James Morrison Leland and Helen Patton Leland. After graduating from Charleston High School, he entered the Army and was assigned to the occupation of Germany. He then enrolled at the University of Tennessee. After one year, he returned to Charleston and attended The Citadel, graduating in 1952. He went to work for Southern Bell and served in management positions in Newberry, Hartsville, Aiken, Orangeburg, Columbia and Charleston. He retired as an executive of Bell South after 37 years. He moved to Pawleys Island in 1999, where he enjoyed his love of golf.

He was a past president of The Citadel Alumni Association, eventually serving as a member of the board of visitors. He was involved in various roles in his church and community organizations such as Rotary International and the Salvation Army.

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Marian Bell Leland; a son James Morrison Leland III of Southlake, Texas, and his wife Sheila; and two grandsons, James Morrison Leland IV and Owen Edward Leland; a daughter, Pamela Jane Leland of Kennett Square, Pa., and her partner, Renna Van Oot. Two brothers, Edward Patton Leland and Owen Patton Leland, died before him.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday at 3 p.m. at the Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Frank S. Holsclaw.

There is a guestbook at mayerfuneralhome.com.. Memorials may be made to: The Citadel Foundation, 171 Moultrie St., Charleston, SC 29409, or to charity of your choice.

Mary Louise M. Mann

Litchfield summer resident

Mary Louise Myers Mann of Waco, Texas, a long-time Litchfield summer resident, died Saturday. She was 83

She was born Aug. 17, 1930, in Morganton, N.C., the daughter of Wake Hidalgo Myers and Mary Louise Bender. She graduated in 1948 from Greenville High School and in 1952 from Winthrop College.

Mrs. Mann worked as a buyer for Cox’s Department Store in Waco. She was a school teacher, fundraiser, an avid civic volunteer and an excellent hostess. Her volunteer interests included the Providence Auxiliary Board, the Meals on Wheels board, Daughters of the American Revolution, the Waco Symphony, the Waco Cotton Palace board, the Women’s Study Club and Historic Waco Foundation.

Her hobbies included cooking, needlepoint, crochet, bridge, golf, travel, collecting antique furniture, reading novels and perusing recipes.

Her family looked forward to her fantastic meals and famous eggnog served annually during the Christmas season.

Mrs. Mann was a member of First United Methodist Church in Waco, where members continue to enjoy the needlepoint cushions she helped stitch for the altar area and a few of the needlepoint stoles worn by the pastors.

She was remembered as a wonderful mother, loving grandmother and great friend. She cared deeply for every life she touched.

As a lady of the South, she possessed grace and poise, a strong opinion, a fighting spirit, charm, wit, a great memory and a generous heart, her family said.

She shared good advice, told the best stories, loved always, gave her full effort in every situation and persevered through many adversities.

She is survived by her brother, Wake Hidalgo Myers Jr. and his wife, Mary Jane, of Greenville; her daughter, Mary Hyden Mann Hunter, of Waco; her sons, David Wake Mann and his wife, Jacqueline, of Waco, and Allen Barclay Mann and his wife, Teitsa, of Dallas; her grandchildren, Julia Barclay Hunter Therrell of Waco, Jennifer Katherine Mann of Waco, George Bender Hunter of Dallas, Rebecca Joan Mann Wright of League City, Texas, David Perry Mann II of Denver, Patrick Barclay Mann, Robert Stratton Mann, and Hayden Delozier Mann, all of Dallas; two step-grandchildren, Andrew Neil Eisner and Phillip Anthony Eisner, both of Dallas; great-grandchildren, Caroline Elizabeth Therrell and Adam Blake Therrell II, of Waco; nieces and nephews, Robert Ray Cobble of Greenville, Mary Jane Cobble Downs of Rutherford, Phillip Eugene Cobble of Greenville, and Susan DePree Myers Hamilton of Winston Salem, N.C.; and many great-nieces and nephews.

Her grandson, Robert Aigner Hunter; her sister, Sarah Quincy Myers Cobble Carpenter; and her former husband, Robert Allen Mann, died before her.

Graveside services will be at 10:30 a.m. Saturday at Oakwood Cemetery in Waco.

Memorials may be made to Central Texas Senior Ministry, Meals on Wheels, 501 W. Waco Dr., Waco, Texas 76707; the Historic Waco Foundation, 810 S. 4th St., Waco, Texas 76706; or First United Methodist Church, 4901 Cobbs Dr., Waco, Texas 76710.

There is a guestbook at whbfamily.com.

William A. Olliff

Worked for county assessor’s office

William Alto Olliff of Pawleys Island, an Army veteran who was retired from Georgetown County, died Sunday at Waccamaw Community Hospital. He was 78.

He was born May 26, 1935, in Panama City, Fla., a son of William A. Olliff Jr. and Florrie Williams Olliff.

Mr. Olliff served in the Army. He worked for the Georgetown County Tax Assessor’s office. He was a life member of the National Rifle Association and an Episcopalian. He was remembered as a great father and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife of 43 years, Anne Arrants Olliff; son Will Olliff of Columbia; two daughters, Kathy and husband Style Rodriguez of Myrtle Beach and Meredith Olliff of Columbia; two grandchildren who knew him as “Daddy Bill,” David Johnson, a Marine private first class, and Kalee Rodriguez of Myrtle Beach; a brother-in-law and sister-in-law, Ray and Gwen Arrants of Bethune; two nieces, Apryl (Pete) Hathaway and Rebeka (Joe) Arrants; a nephew, Chris (Rebecca) Olliff; and three great-nephews, Owen and Max Hathaway and Wyatt Olliff, all of Charlotte.

In addition to his parents, a brother, Mike Olliff; a sister, Florrie Lee Olliff; and a nephew, Stephen Olliff, died before him.

Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice. Condolences may be made at burroughsfh.com..


Feb 13

Pete Caddell

Coach became top salesman

Marvin “Pete” Caddell of Lexington and DeBordieu, a former coach who became a top salesman for companies selling rings and letter jackets to colleges and universities, died Saturday. He was 89.

A native of Moncks Corner, he was born March 11, 1924, the son of Nettie Powell Caddell and Samuel Lewis Caddell.

Mr. Caddell served in the Army from 1943 through 1945. He trained at Camp Buttner, N.C., and Fort Bragg, N.C., and deployed to Europe with the 272nd Field Artillery Battalion. His unit was awarded four battle stars: Northern France, Ardennes, Rhineland and Central Europe. The 272nd fought in the Battle of the Bulge and at different times was a part of the First Army, Ninth Army and Third Army, which was commanded by General George Patton.

Upon returning from the war, he graduated from Newberry College and later earned a master’s degree in education from the University of South Carolina. Shortly after graduating, Mr. Caddell married Clara Elizabeth Harman of Lexington. They were married for 62 years.

Mr. Caddell began his career as a high school teacher and coach at Macedonia High School from 1951 until 1953. At Denmark High School from 1954 until 1957, he was principal and coach. He was principal at Boiling Springs High School from 1957 until 1959.

In 1959, Mr. Caddell moved to Lexington and joined Star Engraving Co. and later L.G. Balfour Co., representing their products to South Carolina high schools and colleges until his retirement in 1986. He was national salesman of the year for five years.

For many years, Mr. Caddell was a member of the Lions Club, the University of South Carolina Gamecock Club, American Legion Post 7 and the Palmetto Club. He enjoyed playing golf and was a charter member of both Lexington Country Club and the DeBordieu Golf Club. He enjoyed spending time at DeBordieu with family and friends.

Known for his straightforwardness and conservative views, he will be remembered as a devoted husband and faithful friend.

In addition to his wife Beth, he is survived by many nieces and nephews. Four sisters, Jenny Alexander, Nellie Giggleman, Marie Freeman and Lois Caddell, and two brothers, Aiken Caddell and James Caddell, died before him.

Funeral services were held Tuesday at St Stephen’s Evangelical Lutheran Church by the Rev. Dr. Dennis R. Bolton and the Rev. Dr. Patrick W. Riddle. Burial was in the church cemetery.

Memorials may be made to St. Stephen’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, 119 N. Church St., Lexington, SC 29072.

Honorary pallbearers were the St. Stephen’s Lutheran Church Men’s Bible Class, Denmark High School Football Players of 1954, 1955 and 1956, the Breakfast Group and the Cardiac Rehab Group. Pallbearers were Russell Z. Plowden, Christian R. Stormer, T. Brett Harman, Trevor P. Crocker, C. Alexander Harman, Josef E. Clark, Thomas H. Rawl III and Ronald V. Wade.


Feb 6

Betty Lou Cauthen

Founding church member

Betty Lou Couch Cauthen of Heath Springs died Saturday at her home. She was 85.

She was born May 10, 1928, in Lancaster, a daughter of Grover Cleveland Couch and Emmie Lorena Shehane Couch. She was a charter member of Oak Ridge Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church where she sang in the choir and was a member of the Ladies Circle.

She was married for 60 years to the late William Floyd Cauthen.

A service to celebrate the life of Mrs. Cauthen will be held Sunday at 2 p.m. at Oak Ridge A.R.P. Church by the Rev. Glenn Welford and Rev. Langdon Ervin. Burial will be in the church cemetery.

She is survived by two sons, Ronnie W. Cauthen and his wife Vicky of Pawleys Island and James Al Cauthen and his wife Lou of Heath Springs; a daughter-in-law and her husband, Helen and Ronnie Shehane of Lancaster; five grandchildren, Chris Cauthen, Kim Cauthen (Hope), Melanie Busby (Buzz), Missy Robinson (Troy) and Al Cauthen, Jr. (Melissa); and nine great-grandchildren, Christopher Cauthen, J. T. Cauthen, Gavin Cauthen, Justin Busby, Jalen Busby, Trey Busby, Carolina Cauthen, Rivers Cauthen and Preston Robinson.

In addition to her parents and husband, a son, Floyd William Cauthen Jr.; her brothers, Cletus Couch, William Couch, Wilbur Couch, Colemen Couch, Eugene Couch, Robert Couch, David Couch and James Couch; and her sisters, Vera Barrett, Annie Hinson, Della Adams and Marie Phillips, died before her.

The family will receive friends at the church, following the service and other times at the home of Al and Lou Cauthen, 692 Coldstream Rd., Heath Springs.

Memorials may be made to Oak Ridge A.R.P. Church, 2774 McIlwain Rd., Heath Springs, SC 29058 or to Agape Hospice, 404 West Meeting St., Lancaster, SC 29720.

William DeTemple

Former Air Force pilot

William DeTemple of Pawleys Island, an Air Force veteran of three wars, died Feb. 1 at his home. He was 91.

He was born in Buffalo, N.Y., the son of William and Ruby DeTemple. He served in World War II with over 50 flights, in the Korean War and in Vietnam as a squadron flight leader. He retired as a lieutenant colonel with 354th Tactical Fighter Wing at Myrtle Beach Air Force Base after 31 years,

He enjoyed NASCAR and fishing. He was a member of ASPCA and Garden City Baptist Church.

He was married to the late Mary Elizabeth White.

He is survived by his daughters Anne Green (Bill) of Decatur, Ala., and Saundra Callihan of Pawleys Island; his grandchildren, Billy Green, Michael Green, John Green, Patrick Green, David Green, Cindy Callihan, Martin Callihan and Cheryl Callihan; 21 great-grandchildren; three great-great-grandchildren; and his brother-in-law Billy White (Joyce) of Florence.

A graveside service was held Tuesday at Belin Memorial United Methodist Church Cemetery. Memorials may be made to the ASPCA, 424 E. 92nd Street, New York, NY 10128.

There is an guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

Margaret Morse

Co-owner of oyster roast

Margaret Carter Morse of Murrells Inlet, a former restaurant owner, died Tuesday. She was 88.

She was born June 2, 1925, in Center Cross Roads in Georgetown County, the daughter of William Thomas and Mary Elizabeth Flowers Carter. She and her late husband Clarence Herbert Morse owned Morse’s Oyster Roast.

Mrs. Morse was a member of Belin Memorial United Methodist Church.

She is survived by her five daughters, Judy Rhodes (David), Pansy Morse, Gail O’Sullivan (Gerry), Ginger Watkins (Ron) and Kim Morse, all of Murrells Inlet; six grandchildren, Rick Rhodes (Casey), David Rhodes IV, Greg O’Sullivan (Ashley), Daniel O’Sullivan (Catherine), Russell Watkins (Jordan) and Jennifer Watkins; and six great grandchildren. Three sisters and five brothers died before her.

A graveside service will be held at 3 p.m. Friday at Belin Memorial United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to the church, P.O. Box 528, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576 or to Murrells Inlet 2020, P.O. Box 1357 Murrells Inlet, SC 29576.


Jan 30

Smokey Calhoun

Grew up at Pawleys

John Caldwell “Smokey” Calhoun Jr. of Pawleys Island died Saturday at MUSC Medical Center in Charleston. He was 57.

He was born Jan. 13, 1957, in North Kingston, R.I., a son of Mary Zurcher and the late John Caldwell Calhoun. He grew up in Pawleys Island and graduated from J.L. Mann High School in Greenville in 1972. Mr. Calhoun was a very loved and strong man, life partner, father, son, brother and friend to so many. He was very special and giving to all that knew him. His passing is a celebration of life for him. He is now healed and flying free with all our angels.

In addition to his mother of Pawleys Island he is survived by his life partner, Carla Schuchman; a daughter, Nacole Calhoun of Andrews; two brothers, Robert and David Calhoun; a sister, Mary Lucinda Calhoun; and three grandsons, Caleb Gleason, Zachary Calhoun and Don Allen Marlow III.

In addition to his father, his son, Austin Calhoun, died before him.

Memorial services will be held at 2 p.m. today at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church by Pastor Ed Duncan and Harley Randy Zurcher.

There is a guestbook at mayerfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Calhoun family, P.O. Box 622, Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

Harold Owen

Valued time with family

Harold Harris Owen of Murrells Inlet died Tuesday. He was 82.

He was born May 19, 1931, in Omaha, Neb. He graduated from Licking High School in Licking, Mo., and served as an electronics technician in the Navy on the USS Holmes County, LST 836, during the Korean War. Mr. Owen enjoyed a long and successful career with Allied Chemical Corp. and later the County of Prince George, Va.

Over the years he was an avid boater, golfer and dessert connoisseur. He was an active member of Wesley United Methodist Church, the Colonial Heights American Legion Post 284 and, most recently, a charter member of the South Strand Optimist Club.

He is survived by his wife Arlene; his daughter and son-in-law, Laura and Myles Gaythwaite; and his granddaughter, Lindsay Cox.

Above all, he loved and cherished the time he spent with all of his friends and family. He never missed a special event and over the years it was not unusual to find him waiting tables at the Coach House Tavern so his Laura could take a vacation day, or travelling to Myrtle Beach to sit at doll shows with Arlene, or polishing boots and hooves at horse shows with Laura, or tapping his toes enjoying his Lindsay’s chorus performances and dance recitals, and most recently cheering on her Virginia Tech Hokies football team.

He never missed an opportunity to share words of wisdom and he had a strong love for God, family and country.

His life will be celebrated in a private ceremony. Condolences may be made at burroughsfh.com.

Memorials may be made to the Colonial Heights American Legion Post 284, P.O. Box 57, Colonial Heights, VA 23834.


Jan 24

Cleve Ellis

Forester with International Paper

James Cleveland “Cleve” Ellis of Hagley Estates, who worked as a forester with International Paper, died Saturday surrounded by his children. He was 64.

He was born in Statesboro, Ga., the son of Katie Allen Ellis and the late James Ellis. He earned a degree in biology from Georgia Southwestern University in 1972 and a degree in forestry from the University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forestry in 1978.

After accepting a position with International Paper in 1978, he moved his family to Pawleys Island, where he set roots and proliferated his family tree.

He was recognized throughout the community as a little league coach in the 1980s, a manager of local timberlands throughout the 1990s and early 2000s, and most recently a Saturday beach staple. Mr. Ellis was well-read and always prepared to debate the quality of ’60s music, current affairs, or the state of the Bulldawg Nation.

In addition to his mother, of Americus, Ga., he is survived by his three children, Matthew Ellis (Leigh) and Christie Collins of Pawleys Island, and Jennie Ellis of Atlanta; his grandchildren, Kaileigh Collins, Madeline Ellis and Seth Ellis of Pawleys Island; his younger brother, four younger sisters, and an extended cast of aunts, uncles, cousins and family.

The family will receive friends from 5 to 7 p.m. today at Goldfinch Funeral Home in Pawleys Island. The funeral service will be held Friday at 3 p.m. at Christ The King Waccamaw Episcopal Church.

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com

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Minnie Kennedy

Teacher was civil rights activist

Minnie Kennedy, 97, who rose from the one-room Strawberry Village schoolhouse at Hobcaw Barony to direct the first Head Start program in the northeast, died Jan. 14 at Georgetown Healthcare and Rehab Center. A memorial service will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Prince George, Winyah, Church, Georgetown, with the Very Rev. Paul C. Fuener officiating.

Of all her callings — Head Start training officer, civil rights activist, education consultant and university professor — Kennedy considered early childhood teacher to be the most important. “People could always tell her students,” said Lee Brockington, senior interpreter at Hobcaw Barony. “They had a wide grasp of language, were good at numbers and — my favorite part — they asked a lot of questions.”

Born on Christmas Day, 1916, to William and Daisy Kennedy at Hobcaw, Minnie Agatha Kennedy would never be satisfied to work for owner Bernard Baruch in order to have a roof over her head. Family lore said that newborn Minnie clutched onto the midwife’s apron and wouldn’t let go, expressing a rebellious spirit. “I think they knew then that I was going to be trouble, a radical, always questioning everything and everyone,” Minnie told an interviewer. Life’s unfairness and inequality became evident to her as a child. As a protest she refused to say the last words of the Pledge of Allegiance, “with liberty and justice for all,” at her grammar school. She would hide behind her classmates to escape being paddled, and say, “‘with liberty and justice for white folks.”

Minnie explained it by saying her thoughts were contrary to what the whole public was doing. “People are just saying it; they’re not living it,” she said. “That’s why I couldn’t finish saying that pledge. What was the liberty for me?”

The Barony, Brockington said, provided the moral, spiritual and educational foundations that drew Minnie back to Georgetown in retirement. “Minnie, because of her early grasp of education, quickly became known as ‘the smart one’ at Strawberry Schoolhouse at Hobcaw,” Brockington said. “Her parents made sacrifices for her to go to school in town, and adults asked her to read and write letters for them.”

She was the first from her family to go to college and graduated from South Carolina State College. Her father had paid the $600 for her education, but Minnie wrote Baruch and reminded him of his promise to pay the college tuition of any employee’s child.

“Mr. Baruch’s comments to her father were that he was quite surprised to get her letter and that his daughter was very rude,” Brockington said. “Think about what that meant, graduating in 1939 and writing a letter to a white man demanding he keep his promise. She superseded class, race and gender.”

After graduating from S.C. State, Minnie returned to Georgetown and taught at Howard High School. “She worked hard to eradicate the Gullah speech used by her students,” Brockington said. “A great deal is made about white teachers doing that. I think it’s important to know that Minnie felt the Gullah accent was a handicap to moving forward in society.”

It was her own southern accent that provided the New York City schools an excuse to reject her for a teaching job after she moved north for better pay in 1941. “They didn’t want her because she was black, she was female and she was Southern,” Brockington said. Minnie got a job as a welder on the night shift at the Brooklyn Navy Yard during World War II. “She was independent, doing what she needed to do to get ahead,” Brockington added.

In 1946 she was accepted at Columbia University to take graduate courses in math and education. “She got a job on the side teaching 3- and 4-year-olds and discovered her true passion, early childhood education,” Brockington said.

She insisted on the triangle of parents, community and school to educate children and infused her teaching with the values and morals of her parents and interrelations of Hobcaw Barony: mutual respect, responsibility and communication.

Minnie got her master’s degree from NYU and after leading the Head Start program for 123 child development centers, 6,000 students and 400 teachers in the northeast for six years, she became a full professor of education in the master’s degree program at the Bank Street School in New York. “She frequently was in Washington, D.C.,” Brockington said, “and was sent on assignments to the South and Midwest. She was a sought-after speaker on the lecture circuit. She charged $900 an hour for a fee, but she always sent the money back with instructions to spend it wisely on the young children. She traveled abroad to Germany, Denmark and China to observe schools. She was so much more worldly than people realized.”

Swept up by Dr. Martin Luther King’s hopeful dreams, Minnie campaigned alongside him in freedom marches. “He was my salvation,” she told an interviewer. “When Dr. King said, ‘I have a dream!’ I was sitting there, and I could feel the tension going out of my body. There was some trust that things could get better. It was not so much to me ‘civil rights’ as it was ‘human relations.’ It’s who you are and how you treat other people.”

She and a group of educators went to Louisiana to teach people how to read so they could vote. On a ferry trip to New Orleans, she encountered the Deep South’s institutional racism when she was arrested for fraternizing with the whites in her traveling party. “Racism didn’t faze her,” said Jesse Tullos, a Pawleys Island resident and former editor of the Georgetown Times. “She would do whatever she could to make herself respected as a person, but she got her eyes opened big time in Louisiana. That scared the hell out of her, quite frankly, and gave her a different perspective on racism. She went back to New York as soon as she was released. She said she couldn’t get out of there fast enough.”

Minnie renovated her parents’ house on Queen Street, Georgetown, and returned to the place of her birth when she retired. “She was trying to make up for lost time with her roots,” Brockington said. “She would help out as best she could with the lessons she learned from the North, but she wanted to try and help the family bind to its roots and find its sense of place and sense of belonging.”

Minnie became a symbol of her generation when a neighbor on Queen Street, Tanya Sisk, secured two tickets to President Obama’s inauguration in 2009 and invited Minnie to accompany her. “That was the most wonderful thing that anyone could have done for Minnie,” Brockington said. Sen. Jim DeMint invited her into his office, and she was interviewed by the New York Times, the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal during the festivities. “They found her out of all the millions at the inauguration,” Brockington said. “And for the first time in her life, she felt she could say the entire Pledge of Allegiance, shouting ‘with liberty and justice for all.’ You can just see her with her hands raised and her little chin up in the air.”

There is a guestbook at mayerfuneralhome.com..


Jan 16

Eleanor S. Armstrong

Devoted to healing the sick

Eleanor Shaul Armstrong, a longtime nurse in Georgetown County, died Jan. 10 in Germantown, Tenn., following a sudden illness. She was 94.

Known as “Ms. Ellie,” she lived in Georgetown for over 63 years. She was born in Hobart, N.Y., and earned her bachelor’s degree in nursing from Russell Sage College in Troy where she worked as a nurse anesthetist at St. Mary’s Hospital. In 1944, she married Dr. William G. Armstrong. They moved to Georgetown in 1950 when Dr. Armstrong was hired as the first surgeon at the newly established Georgetown Memorial Hospital. Ms. Ellie and her husband devoted their lives to healing the sick and raising a family in Georgetown.

Mrs. Armstrong was a member of the Georgetown Presbyterian Church, a longtime volunteer at Smith Medical Clinic, a trustee for the Yawkey Foundations I and II, a member of the Women’s Board of Georgetown Memorial Hospital and a former member of the Daughters of the American Revolution.

In 2005, she was honored with the dedication of the Eleanor S. Armstrong Nursing and Allied Health Wing for Horry-Georgetown Technical College.

She enjoyed a zest for life and being with family and friends. Among her favorite activities were golf, birding, baking legendary sourdough bread, and participating in environmental tasks. She always had a book nearby alongside her baskets for sewing, knitting and needlepoint. Saving the environment with an avid, personal “pick-up-the-litter campaign” was one of her lifetime habits. She believed in good manners and treating people with deep respect.

In addition to her husband, her daughter, Christine Armstrong, died before her. She is survived by her two sons William S. Armstrong (Barbara) of Germantown and Richard J. Armstrong (Carol) of Savannah; her brother, John Shaul (Barbara) of Utica, N.Y.; her grandchildren, Eric G. Armstrong of Georgetown, Todd Armstrong (Sheila) of Boston, Dutchen Baker (Gary) of Savannah, Erin L. Armstrong of Kassel, Germany, Kate M. Armstrong of Nashville, Tenn.; and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held Feb. 15 at 2 p.m. at the Georgetown Presbyterian Church followed by a reception celebrating her life at the Stewart-Parker House. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Christine Armstrong Allied Health and Nursing Scholarship, 743 Hemlock Ave., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577; Tara Hall Home for Boys, P.O. Box 955, Georgetown, SC 29442-0955; or Smith Medical Clinic, 116 Baskervill Dr., Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

Larry Greene

Veteran became D.C. cop

Lawrence Phillip Greene Sr. of Hagley Estates, a retired police officer, died Jan. 9 at Tideland Community Hospice House surrounded by his family. He was 63.

He was born in Keansburg, N.J., the son of Richard and Shirley Greene. He served in the Army as a sergeant during the Vietnam War and was decorated.

Mr. Greene was a police officer in Washington, D.C., for 16 years. He served for over 18 years as a lieutenant colonel in the S.C. State Guard.

He was also a certified sports official who officiated at football, baseball and softball games in District 11, which includes Georgetown, Horry and Williamsburg counties.

He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Chris Greene; his sons, Lawrence Greene, Jr. and his wife, Missy, of Georgetown and Roger Greene of Pawleys Island; his grandchildren, Sharon Lynn Brimhall, Zoriah Brooke Greene and Preston Phillip Greene; seven brothers and one sister.

Another son, Christopher Greene, died before him.

A memorial service was held Tuesday at Goldfinch Funeral Home’s Litchfield-Pawleys Chapel by Pastor Benji Wham.

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

There is a guest book at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.


Jan 9

Tinker Rybolt

Nurse at Smith Medical Clinic

Catherine “Tinker” Watson Rybolt, a volunteer nurse at the Smith Medical Clinic, died Jan. 1 at her home.

She was born in Columbia in 1925. She was married to the late Henry C. Rybolt, who was a retired Army major.

Mrs. Rybolt worked as a nurse for 24 years at the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base Hospital. After retirement, she volunteered for over 25 years at Smith Medical Clinic.

She was a member of Christ the King Waccamaw Episcopal Church, the Huguenot Society, National Society of Colonial Dames and Daughters of the King.

She is survived by her children, Ann R. Knight, (Mike) and Henry S. “Shorter” Rybolt of Pawleys Island and Capt. Richard C. Rybolt, (Melody Bailey) of Edisto Island; her granddaughters, Elizabeth R. Schroeder and Ereka N. Hilliard; her sisters, Helen “Pookie” Oates and Pauline B. Imlay; a niece, Cathy Oates; a nephew, Tom Oates; and a great nephew, Paul Mosley.

Services will be held Friday at 1 p.m. at Christ the King Waccamaw Episcopal Church with a celebration of her life after the service at the Live Oaks Center.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Smith Medical Clinic, 116 Baskervill Dr., Pawleys Island, SC 29585 or Christ the King Waccamaw Episcopal Church Land Fund, 10172 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com

Carthen Prosser

Owned Energy Miser

James Carthen Prosser of Garden City, owner of a heating and cooling business, died Monday at his home. He was 72.

He was born Jan. 9, 1941, in Florence County, a son of Wilma McDaniel and the late James Lorris Prosser. He grew up in Johnsonville and graduated from Johnsonville High School.

Mr. Prosser was the owner and operator of Energy Miser Heating and Cooling. He was a member of the Refrigeration Service Engineering Society and a certified member specialist. He was very devoted to his company and clients.

Mr. Prosser was a long-time golfer and avid fisherman. He enjoyed returning to the family farm on weekends to visit with his mother and other family members.

Along with his mother of Johnsonville, he is survived by his wife, Viola Smith “Libbie” Prosser; a son, James B. Rhett Prosser (Candy) of Pawleys Island; two daughters, Jenny Hanna (Rodney) of Johnsonville and Vicki Mozingo (Jimmy) of Kingstree; two stepsons, Ben Ware of Garden City and Scotty Ware of California; seven grandchildren, Jason and Andrew Shealy, Josh Hanna, and Ryan and Rachel Prosser, Reese and Jordan Dooms; six great-grandchildren; a brother, Ronnie Prosser (Marge) of Corpus Christi, Texas; and two sisters, Gwen Dallaire (Jimmy) of Irmo and Janice Bazen (Gerald) of Johnsonville.

Funeral services will be held today at 11 a.m. at the Georgetown Chapel of Mayer Funeral Home. Burial will be at 2 p.m. in the Garden of Devotion near Johnsonville.

There is a guestbook at mayerfuneralhome.com.

Judy Mills

Middle school art teacher

Judy D. Mills of Myrtle Beach, an art teacher, died Friday at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center. She was 55.

She was born in Jacksonville, Fla., a daughter of the late Robert J. Doran Sr. and Marjorie Owens Doran. Mrs. Mills was an art teacher and counselor at Myrtle Beach Middle School for over 25 years.

She was remembered as a loving wife, sister and aunt. She had a wonderful sense of humor, was always laughing and never met a stranger.

She is survived by her husband of 26 years, James W. Mills; her sisters, Elaine D. (Ray) Mitchell of Matthews, N.C. and Patricia D. Hendriks of Pawleys Island; her aunt, Nell O. Rogers; her uncles, Michael B. Owens and H. Wesley Owens; her brothers- and sisters-in-law, Bobby Conn, Otis C. Mills, Susan G. Mills, Richard Green, Cindy Mills, Edward Mills, John and Jennifer Mills; nieces and nephews Scott D. Mitchell, Laine Hendriks, Henry Hendriks, Courtney L. Mills and Joseph M. DelFranco.

Her brother, Bobby Doran, died before her.

Services were held Wednesday at St. Michael’s Catholic Church.

Memorials may be made to American Diabetes Association P.O. Box 11454, Alexandria, VA 22312.

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com


Jan 2

Norma Anderson

Florist did White House decorations

Norma Vivian Anderson of Heritage Plantation, a florist whose work included decorations at the White House, died Dec. 24. She was 92.

She was born Jan. 15, 1921, in Washington D.C. and was the last surviving daughter of three of Norman H. Murphy and Nellie M. Gutman Murphy.

Mrs. Anderson, who was known as Ms. Norma, was a third generation florist. Her family grew wholesale flowers and had retail flower shops in the Washington area. Professionally, she was most proud of decorating the White House on more the one occasion.

In her private life she enjoyed her gardening club while living in Jupiter, Fla., for many years, but she was also an avid card player. Whether she was playing games with her four great-grandchildren – Cade, Vivienne, Luke and John – or with her poker and bridge groups within the Georgetown and Pawleys Island communities, she was doing what she loved most. She loved living on the Waccamaw River and was always bringing folks’ attention to the boat traffic traveling north and south.

She was the wife of the late Robert C. Anderson and had two sons, the late N. Michael Anderson and Robert C. Anderson Jr. In addition to her son Bob and his wife Karol, also of Pawleys Island, she is survived by her grandchildren, Alexandra Anderson of Atlanta, Ashleigh Anderson of Charlotte and Clay Anderson of Memphis Tenn.

She was a member of the Saint Paul’s Waccamaw United Methodist Church.

“Ms. Norma had an insatiable appetite for life. The best superlative we could give her is that she was an inspiration to all that she met. She will be missed by many, but she has gone to a better place,” her son Bob said.

At her request, there will be a private family service held in the future.

Dorothy Hildebrand

Former legal secretary

Dorothy M. Hildebrand of Hagley Estates died Dec. 21 at Georgetown Memorial Hospital. She was 92.

She was born in Montana, the daughter of John and Signa McPherson. Mrs. Hildebrand was a retired legal secretary.

She is survived by her son, Raymond Hildebrand II of Pawleys Island; her daughter, Hollis Rae Hildebrand-Mills and her husband, Douglas Mills, of Atlanta; and three grandchildren, Lyla Francis Mills, Nicole Sue Hildebrand and Allison Page Hildebrand.

Funeral services were held Saturday at All Saints Church. There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

Memorials may be made to the local charity of you choice.

Phyllis Lusk

Nurse at Georgetown Memorial Hospital

Phyllis Ann Surber Lusk of Heritage Plantation, a retired nurse, died Dec. 20 at Georgetown Memorial Hospital following a brief illness. She was 73.

She was born Dec. 30, 1939, in Williamson, W.Va., a daughter of Kenneth Andrew Surber and Dorothy Copely Surber Calfee. She was a 1957 graduate of Williamson High School and a 1986 graduate of Southwest Virginia Community College in Richlands, where she earned an associate’s degree in applied science in health technology and nursing.

Mrs. Lusk was a long-time resident of Grundy, Va. She was married to the late Donald Justice Lusk. Her family relocated to Pawleys Island after her husband retired in 1991. Mrs. Lusk worked in the operating room at Georgetown Memorial Hospital from 1991 until her retirement in May 2007.

Baptized in 1950, Mrs. Lusk was a loving Christian mother and a dedicated nurse. She had many loves and hobbies, including ceramics, sewing, quilting, and various needle works. She will be greatly missed by the family, her friends, and her colleagues.

She is survived by two sons, Bryan Phillip Lusk and his wife, Teresa, of Pawleys Island and William Martin Lusk and his wife, Danielle, of Myrtle Beach; two granddaughters, Holly Lusk of Pawleys Island and Kaitlyn Lusk of Myrtle Beach; a nephew, Michael Calfee of Austin, Texas; a niece, Jordan Calfee Elia of Williamson; and two great-nieces, Josie and Charlie Elia.

In addition to her husband and parents, her stepfather, Robert Calfee, and two brothers, Robert D. Calfee and Larry Surber, died before her.

A memorial service was held Dec. 26 at the Georgetown Chapel of Mayer Funeral Home. Burial was at the Pawleys Island Presbyterian Churchyard.

There is a guestbook at mayerfuneralhome.com.

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, P.O. Box 2151, Memphis, TN 38101-2151.

Joe Phelps

Sailor was a fixture on Intracoastal Waterway

Joseph Vincil Phelps Jr. of Pawleys Island, a solo sailor who logged tens of thousands of miles along the East Coast, died Dec. 18 at his home in Salt Marsh Cove. He was 91.

He was born Sept. 24, 1922 in Washington, D.C., a son of Joseph Vincil Phelps and Marion Hoffman Phelps. His father was a career Army officer whose postings included Hawaii and the Phillipines. That inspired a love of the sea and sailing. When the United States entered World War II, he joined the Merchant Marine.

In addition to facing German submarines on unarmed Liberty ships, he saw the Atlantic Ocean at its worst, he recalled in a 1998 interview.

After a management career with Prestolite Electric, Mr. Phelps retired in 1984 and bought an Island Packet sailboat that he christened “Coaster.” He became a fixture on the Intracoastal Waterway, making annual trips between Rock Hall, Md., and Florida. He sailed into Georgetown Landing Marina that fall and eventually made his home in Litchfield. It wasn’t just the sailing that he enjoyed.

“One thing about sailing boats is that all these people on these boats have something in common with you,” Mr. Phelps said. “It’s a friendly group of people and you make a lot of friends.”

He didn’t venture into the Atlantic often, but was content to sail the Chesapeake Bay and the Albemarle and Pamlico sounds in North Carolina. “If you get into trouble, you can just throw the anchor out,” he said.

Mr. Phelps said he was never tempted to become a liveaboard.

When he wasn’t sailing, he built models of sailing ships. They were made of oak and mahogany with authentic rigging and intricate fixtures.

He was married to the late Barbara Cleaves Phelps. A grandson, Stephen Joseph Phelps, also died before him.

He is survived by a son, Stephen Vincil Phelps and wife, Susan, of Wilmington, N.C.; a daughter, Mary Jane Phelps and her husband, John, of Boiling Springs, Pa.; a sister, Pattie Woodbury of Little Compton, R.I.; six grandchildren, Heather Marie Miller, Joseph Vincil Phelps III, Julie Ann Phelps, Jonathan Forrest Butchar, Jeffrey Hayes Butchar and Barbara Leigh Phelps; and two great grandchildren, Chase Miller and Alleigh Miller.

A private celebration-of-life service will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the S.C. Maritime Museum, 729 Front St., Georgetown, SC 29440.

Condolences may be made at burroughsfh.com.

Peggy Stahlberger

Enjoyed golf and bowling

Peggy A. Stahlberger of Hagley Estates died Sunday at Tidelands Community Hospice House. She was 92.

She was born in Maywood, N.J., a daughter of Charles Naegelia. Mrs. Stahlberger enjoyed golf and bowling. She attended Road Warriors elderhostel.

She is survived by her husband of 47 years, Robert Stahlberger; a brother, Charles Naegelia; and a sister, Beatrice Boehle.

Services will be private.

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

Memorials may be made to Tidelands Community Hospice House, 2591 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, SC 29440, or to the American Red Cross, 2795 Pampas Drive Myrtle Beach, SC 29577.

Jeach Wychock

Pennsylvania native

Jean J. Wychock of the River Club, died Dec. 23 at her residence. She was 83.

She was born in Wilkes-Barre, Pa., the daughter of John and Katherine Blisick.

She is survived by her husband of 61 years, Edward Wychock; daughter Sharon (Jerry) Gregory of Fayetteville, N.C.; son Edward (Kim) Wychock Jr. of Coopersburg, Pa.; grandson Jack McDaniel; and brother Richard (Alice) Blisick of Orange, Va.

A funeral mass was held Tuesday at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America, 322 Eighth Ave., 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001.

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.


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