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March 12

Rev. Michael E. Berry

Presbyterian minister

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

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

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

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

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

There is a guestbook at mayerfuneralhome.com.

Linda G. Bonadio

Helped start family restaurant

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

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

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

Joan A. Fischler

Had a love for life

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

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

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

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

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

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

Condolences may be sent at burroughsfh.com.

Dwayne V. Isley

Breeder of championship dogs

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tom G. Warner

Turned bookstore into a bestseller

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


March 5

Marvin McClam

Led agricultural firm

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is a guest book at kornegayandmoseley.com .

David L. Mercer

Brought first surfboard to Pawleys

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is a guestbook at mayerfuneralhome.com.

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

Margaret C. Sugg

Worked in hospitality industry

Margaret Camillia Sugg of Conway died February 23.

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

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

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

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

Her sister, Sheila Sugg Alexander, died before her.

Services were Friday at Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel.

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

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.


Feb. 26

Roger Esber

Managed hospital laboratories

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.


Feb 19

Phyllis Johnson

Artist was avid angler

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is an online guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

Michael Sovacool

Volunteer at animal center

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

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

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

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

His brother Joe Sovacool, died before him.

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

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.


Feb 12

Judith Johnson

Helped start software firm

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is an online guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

Larry Kostbade

Navy vet worked in nuclear industry

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

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

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

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

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

Condolences may be sent at peacocknewnamwhite.com.

John Ritchie

Started management company

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A memorial service will be scheduled.

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

Condolences can be made at burroughsfh.com.

John Sherrill

Retired lawyer

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

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

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

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

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

Condolences may be made at burroughsfh.com.


Feb 5

Jay Burton

Storyteller with love of country

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

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

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

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

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

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

Tookie Chandler

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

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

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

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

Condolences can be made at burroughsfh.com.

James Chrapek

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

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

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

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

Condolences may be made at burroughsfh.com.

Willie Dereef

Master boat builder

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Arthur Fitch Jr.

Flew bombers in two wars

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

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

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

Col. Fitch was also a 33rd degree Mason.

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

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

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

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

Betty Hart

Started newspaper for campers

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

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

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

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

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

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

Condolences may be made at burroughsfh.com.

Margaret Kjersgaard

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

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

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

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

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

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

Condolences may be made at burroughsfh.com.

Leon Spangler

Volunteer at food pantry

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

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

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

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

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

His wife, Annette Read Spangler, died before him.

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

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

Condolences may be made at burroughsfh.com.


Jan 29

John W. Donlevy Jr.

Led startup cola company

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Michael T. Lowe

Dog park supervisor

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

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

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

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

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


Jan 22

Ralph Bartlett

Former CPA helped seniors with taxes

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Larry Dunham

CPA aided Litchfield Beaches POA

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Lisa Kraus

Active in church ministries

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

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

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

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

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

There is a guestbook at myrtlebeachfuneralhome.com.

Edward Shea

Army veteran of World War II

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

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

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

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


Jan 15

Betty Asnip

Active in Episcopal Church minisries

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is a guestbook at mayerfuneralhome.com.

Margaret Dieter

Started design business

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is a guestbook at mayerfuneralhome.com.

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


Jan. 8

Dr. Ted Coggeshall

Surgeon in Cheraw

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

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

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

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

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

A brother, Albert Parrott Coggeshall, died before him.

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

Peggy Jessup

Handled Midway’s front office

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Tom Koltak

Chaired Midway Fire board

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

Thom Martin

Music director at Georgetown Presbyterian

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Rob Mason

Transplant patient earned law degree

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

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

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

He attended Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church.

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

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

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

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

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


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