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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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