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Former pharmacist was leader in churches
John “Jack” Berry, a pharmacist who became a pharmaceutical executive, died March 7 surrounded by his family after he succumbed to a battle with pneumonia and the flu. He was 11 days short of his 90th birthday.
He was born March 18, 1927, in Mankato, Minn., the son of Rubye and Leonard Berry. He served in the Navy at Bethesda, Md., during World War II. He then graduated from the University of Minnesota with a degree in pharmacy. Following five years of service as a pharmacist in Spring Valley Minn., he joined Eli Lilly & Co. in sales. Over the course of his career he rose to executive management and served Eli Lilly in various locations including Minot N.D., Indianapolis, Sydney, Australia, and Kobe, Japan. He retired from Lilly in Detroit at the age of 55.
In 1983, Mr. Berry and his wife, Marjorie “Monnie” Berry, moved to Pawleys Island and remained here until moving to Atlanta at the beginning of January. During their time in Pawleys Island, he was active in his church, serving on multiple vestries at All Saints Episcopal Church and then as a founding member of The Abbey. During his time at All Saints he began a tape ministry which continues today as the All Saints Duplication Ministry. He served in this ministry for over 20 years, providing hundreds of recordings to people who were unable to attend Sunday worship services. He and his wife both served in various other volunteer capacities at The Abbey and were active in the Cursillo community for many years.
In April 2014, Mr. Berry participated with Doc Lachicotte in the seventh and final Grand Strand Honor Flight for World War II veterans. He was very grateful for the opportunity, and those who knew and loved him were very thankful for and humbled by his service, his family said.
Days spent with friends, enjoying the beauty of the area, countless trips to the beach with his family, particularly his grandchildren, brought him years of joy. He, in turn, brought joy to all who knew him and loved him.
In addition to his wife of 68 years, he is survived by his daughters, Barbara Gunkler of Memphis, Tenn., Lois (Clyde) Rickard of Norcross Ga., Gail Sawyer of Carrollton, Texas; grandchildren, Kyla (Jordan) Bryan of Murphy, Texas, Melissa (Conor) Mulkeen of Milton, Ga., Megan (Alex) Gaddy of Atlanta, Kelsey (Jonathan) Erskine of Olathe Kan., Nick and Jake Sawyer of Carrollton; and nine great-grandchildren.
Another daughter, Patricia Berry, died before him.
Services will be held Sunday at 1 p.m. at The Abbey at Pawleys Island. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to The Abbey, P.O. Box 3999, Pawleys Island, SC 29585.
Elliott E. Dodson Jr.
Taught engineering at Naval Academy
Elliott Edward Dodson Jr. of the Tradition Club, a retired professor of engineering, died March 9 at Waccamaw Community Hospital surrounded by his family. He was 93.
He was born Sept. 5, 1923, in Norfolk, Va., the son of Elliott Edward Dodson and Caroline Field Dodson. Dodson moved to Columbia in 1927. While attending what was then Clemson College in 1942, he entered the Enlisted Reserve Corps on Oct. 1. During his junior year, he was placed into active duty in 1943 and completed basic training at Camp Croft near Spartanburg. In 1944, he was sent to Officer Candidate School at Fort Benning, Ga. Following graduation from OCS, he was assigned to the 42nd (Rainbow) Infantry Division at Camp Gruber, Okla. He served with Company M, 222nd Infantry Regiment as an 81 mm mortar section leader. He was in active reserve until 1964 with duty in several units, principally as commander of headquarters company 492nd Engineer Battalion, and transferred as a major to retired reserve.
Following World War II, Mr. Dodson earned a degree in mechanical engineering from Clemson and went to work with Westinghouse Electric Corp. In 1956, he earned a master’s degree from Penn State and remained there to teach in the mechanical engineering department until 1964. He then served as associate professor of mechanical engineering at the U.S. Naval Academy.
A faithful member of Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church, Mr. Dodson enjoyed helping with the Tara Hall Home for Boys and the prison ministry in Georgetown.
He loved his church, his family, the beach and especially golfing with the Tradition Men’s League.
He is survived by wife of 16 years, Darlene Dodson; daughter, Rebecca Clark and her husband Jesse of Hyattsville, Md.; sons, Charles Dodson of Boston and Fred Dodson of Charlottesville, Va.; stepdaughters, Beckey Cook of Falling Waters, W.Va., and Shelley Newton and her husband John of Pasadena, Md.; stepson, Dain Hungelmann of Juneau, Alaska; and granddaughter, Claire Dodson.
His first wife, Marie Elizabeth McGill Dodson, and his sister, Susan Dodson Rogers, died before him.
A celebration of life service with military honors will be held at 1 p.m. Friday at Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Mark Diehl and the Rev. Frank Holsclaw officiating. Inurnment will take place in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Tara Hall Home for Boys, P.O. Box 955, Georgetown, SC 29440 or tarahall.org..
Condolences may be sent at burroughsfh.com.
Volunteer at Baskervill Ministeries
Eilish Mulhern of Heritage Plantation died Saturday, March 11 at her home surrounded by her four children. She was 79.
She was born in Navan, Ireland, the daughter of James and Bridget Egleston. She married Dr. Donal T. Mulhern on July 2, 1960. On that same day, the newlyweds bordered a plane from Ireland to the United States where they made their home in Saginaw, Mich. They were married 41 years until Dr. Mulhern’s death.
Mrs. Mulhern was a longtime parishioner at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church. She volunteered for many years at Baskervill Ministries. She was an avid reader and did her crossword puzzles daily. She enjoyed exercising, the beach and cooking, always sharing her creations with family and friends.
She is survived by her children, Aileen Streng and her husband Peter of Lake Ridge, Va., David Mulhern of Concord, N.C., Sheila Dillon and her husband Kevin of Bloomfield Hills, Mich., and Briege Mulhern of Bluffton; seven grandchildren, Maggie and Jake Streng, Aine, Niamh and Ciara Dillon, Eilish Edwards and Aoife Hall.
Another granddaughter, Caroline Streng, died before her.
Her family extended their appreciation for the compassionate care shown to Mrs. Mulhern and to them by Tidelands Hospice.
A funeral Mass will be celebrated today at noon at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church by the Rev. Paul MacNeil. The family will receive friends at the church two hours prior to the service.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society at American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK, 73123, or donate3cancer.org.
Condolences can be sent at burroughsfh.com.
Joanne M. Fontenot
Volunteer in school art room
Joanne Mary Fontenot of Pawleys Island died Feb. 25 at her home. She was 69.
She was born in Syracuse, N.Y., the daughter of Matt Sitnik and the late Mary Delles Sitnik. She was married to the late Terry Fontenot.
Mrs. Fontenot enjoyed volunteering in the art room at Waccamaw Intermediate School, and was well known for her pottery, featuring the Pawleys Island seashell. She was remembered as a loving daughter, mother and grandmother.
In addition to her father of Cicero, N.Y., she is survived by a daughter, Traci Kowalewski of Pawleys Island; a son, Michael Fontenot and wife Bridget of Golden, Colo.; her grandchildren, Brendan Kowalewski, Andrew Kowalewski, Briana Kowalewski, Devin Kowalewski, Jaxson Fontenot, Camden Fontenot and Maclan Fontenot; a sister, Robin Fratianni and husband Frank of Cicero; a brother, Michael Sitnik and wife Karen of Myrtle Beach; her nieces, Sydney Fratianni, Nikki Fratianni, Dayna Sitnik and Kara Sitnik; and a great-nephew, Peyton Sitnik.
A private memorial service will be held. Memorials may be made to the Litchfield Dance Ballet Foundation, 97 Otis Dr., Pawleys Island, SC 29585 (litchfielddance.com), or to Amedisys Hospice, 1309 Professional Dr. Suite 100, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577.
Condolences may be sent at burroughsfh.com.
Sharon L. Hughes
Taught English for 31 years
Sharon Layne Hughes of Pawleys Retreat died Wednesday at Tideland Hospice House. She was 70.
An avid reader and lifelong learner, she earned a doctorate in English from the University of Southern Mississippi in 1995. She taught English for 31 years in the Georgetown County School District, Horry-Georgetown Technical College and Coastal Carolina University.
Her hobbies included reading, sewing, traveling and connecting with friends on Facebook. Her favorite activity was going to the beach with Casey and Jerry.
Her parents, Dwight and Mary Alice Layne, and her brother, Roy Layne, died before her.
She is survived by her husband of 41 years, Jerry Hughes and her Shih Tzu, Casey; her sister-in-law Meredith Layne Thomas and nephews, Michael and Brian Layne of South Pittsburg, Tenn.; brother-in-law, Bob (Cheryl) Hughes of Delaware, Ohio, and nieces Cynthia (Rob) Tkach of Sedalia, Colo. and Michelle (Jeff) Cashner of Hilliard, Ohio; six great-nephews and nieces; and her in-laws, Robert and Carolyn Hughes of Brownsville, Tenn.
Visitation will be Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Goldfinch Funeral Home in Pawleys Island. A celebration of her life will be held Saturday at 4 p.m. at All Saints Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to All Saints Church, 3560 Kings River Rd., Pawleys Island, SC 29585, or All 4 Paws Animal Rescue, 708 Petigru Rd., Pawleys Island, SC 29585.
There is a guest book at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.
Kent V. Mina
Engineer at Bell Labs
Kent Vincent Mina of Heritage Plantation died Feb. 24 at his home surrounded by his family. He was 80.
He was born in Teaneck, N.J., the son of Vincent and M. Eleanor Johnsen Mina. He graduated from Princeton and New York University. Mr. Mina was a research and development engineer at Bell Laboratories for over 40 years.
An avid outdoorsman, he loved to travel, ski, golf and canoe. He was also a skilled bridge player. He served as a role model to his children living in Colts Neck, N.J., by coaching many of their team sports, such as soccer and basketball, and by becoming the motivational team mascot for his daughter’s cross country team. His priority was to be there for his family and watch them grow.
Mr. Mina was an inventive craftsman who was proud of the cabin he built in Vermont with friends and family.
He is survived by his wife of 53 years, the former Carol Hanke; his son, Brad Mina and his wife Jill of Oregon; his daughter, Jana M. Schulson and her husband Nick of Massachusetts; his grandchildren, Garrett, Eleanor, Caroline and Griffith; a sister Marilyn and brother Fredrick; and many great-nieces and great-nephews.
His brother Michael died before him.
Funeral services will be private.
Lillian R. Anderson
Sunday school teacher for 30 years
Lillian Ruth Anderson of Pawleys Island died Sunday at her home with her family by her side. She was 97.
She was born July 21, 1919, in Collingswood, N.J., the daughter of the former Edith M. Liebgries and Joseph H. Proudfoot. She graduated from Collingswood High School in 1939 and worked at the Lutheran Publishing Co. and the Campbell Soup Co. in Camden, N.J. She was married to the late William M. Anderson and was a former resident of Westmont, N.J.
Mrs. Anderson was a charter member of Our Savior Lutheran Church of Haddonfiled, N.J., where she taught Sunday school for 30 years.
She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star 3140 in Haddonfield, served on the advisory board of the Order of Rainbows for Girls Mystic Assembly #5 and received the Legion of Honor, Chapel of the Four Chaplains at Temple University as well as the Grand Cross of Colors.
She was a charter member of the Edward Doty Society of New Jersey and a member of the General Society of Mayflower Descendants.
For some years, Mrs. Anderson lived at Morningside in Georgetown. She recently moved to Inlet Coastal Resort. She struggled with dementia for some time.
She is survived by her daughter Mary Jo M. Fege and her husband the Rev. Hartmut Fege of Pawleys Island,; three grandchildren, Meredith M. Monroe of Pawleys Island; Scott Wm. Marks of Surfside Beach and Eric M. Marks of Myrtle Beach; and seven great-grandchildren.
A committal service will be held at the columbarium of St. Peters Lutheran Church at 11 a.m. Saturday.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to All 4 Paws Animal Rescue, 708 Petigru Rd. Pawleys Island, S.C. 29585 (all4pawssc.org).
Online condolences may be sent at burroughsfh.com.
Laura P.E. duPont
Set world record with a fly rod
Laura Peace Echols duPont of Greenville, an outdoorswoman who established a world record catch with a fly rod, died Friday in her home at The Cascades. She was 92.
She was born April 13, 1924, in Greenville, the daughter of Clarence Terrell and Laura Peace Echols and the granddaughter of the late Bony Hampton and Estelle Chandler Peace and Laymon Luther and Sally Terrell Echols.
Fondly known as Lolly by her family, Mrs. duPont lived a life full of adventure. Being an avid outdoorswoman, she loved both hunting and fishing and was passionate about wildlife conservation. Her favorite place to be was outdoors enjoying the gifts of God’s creation. In the 1960s, she won the South Carolina State Skeet Shooting Championship for three consecutive years and in 1972 she landed a world record 38-pound black marlin on 10-pound class tippet, the first billfish of any kind caught on a fly rod by a woman. She often said, “Women who don’t fish just don’t know what they’re missing!”
Mrs. duPont had a deep conviction that “Love is the most important thing. Without love, there is nothing.” Inspired by her faith and this deep conviction, Mrs. duPont had many philanthropic “loves”, including the Peace Center for the Performing Arts, Nemours Wildlife Foundation, the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities, St. Francis Foundation, Shriners Hospital and MUSC Children’s Hospital.
Mrs. duPont was a member of First Presbyterian Church of Greenville, the Junior League of Greenville, the International Women’s Fishing Association, the Quadrille Club and Ducks Unlimited. She served on several boards in Greenville and on the board of the Nemours Wildlife Foundation.
She is survived by her three sons, James Shuttleworth Johnston Jr. (Nan) of Pawleys Island, Ellis Murray Johnston II (Mary) of Greenville and Charles Peace Johnston (Beverly) of Knoxville, Tenn.; several step-children including Gigi duPont McShane (Mike) of John’s Island; a daughter-in-law and faithful caregiver, companion and assistant, Jackie Church (Steve) of Taylors; faithful helper, Jimmy Arnold (Hattie) of Greenville; a nephew, Robert Earl DeLapp III (Sandy); seven grandchildren, Laura Stacy (Dan), Trip Johnston (Jodi), Nancy Beard (Jamie), Caldwell Johnston (Mary Claytor), Juliet Chobanian (John), Annie Johnston and Jessica Jorgensen (Jeff); and 12 great-grandchildren, Jackson and Margaret Stacy, Harper, Lizzie and Charlotte Beard, Jameson and Ava Marie Johnston, Caldwell, Weston and Fisher Johnston, Gabriel Jorgenson and Sarkis John Chobanian.
Her former husbands, James Shuttleworth Johnston and William Wilson Pate Jr, and her husband, Eugene duPont III, died before her, as did her sister, Suzanne Echols DeLapp Hudson.
The family would like to thank her loyal and long-time caregiver LaTasha Gentry and other loving caregivers: Ursula Simmons, Alexis Jones, Angela Conway, Ursula Askew, Doris Acosta, Tatiana Brown and Monique Jackson.
Funeral services will be held at 3 p.m. Saturday at All Saints Church.
In lieu of flowers, go fishing or make a memorial to the Nemours Wildlife Foundation, 161 Nemours Rd, Yemassee, SC 29945; or to MUSC Foundation (Children’s Hospital Fund) 18 Bee St., MSC 450, Charleston, SC 29425.
Sylvia M. Moseh
Devout member of Catholic church
Sylvia Margaret Moseh of Pawleys Island died Friday. She was 79.
She was born in McKeesport, Pa., the daughter of Anton and Anna Cvetan. A longtime member of Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church, Sylvia and her husband Joseph moved to Pawleys Island in August 1984. She was a devout Catholic who prayed the rosary daily with the woman’s rosary group at church and attended daily mass.
Mrs. Moseh enjoyed playing cards, bingo, gardening and traveling with her girlfriends.
She is survived by her husband of 51 years, Joseph R. “Moe” Moseh; a son, Michael Moseh of Pawleys Island; a brother, Bill Cvetan of California; a sister-in-law, Delores Cvetan of Illinois; and numerous nieces and nephews.
In addition to her parents, her siblings Tony, Joe and Ann died before her.
A memorial mass will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Wednesday at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Amedisys Hospice, 391 Seaboard St. #6, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 or All 4 Paws, 708 Petigru Dr., Pawleys Island, SC 29585 (all4pawssc.org).
Condolences may be sent at burroughsfh.com.
William M. Riker
Worked for brewing companies
William M. Riker of Hagley Estates died Friday at Hospice of Charleston Hospice Center. He was 86.
He was born in Newark, N.J., the son of Helen Krywoaz Riker and William W. Riker. He moved to Pawleys Island in 1995 from Freehold Township, N.J. He was retired from the Pabst and Anheuser-Busch brewing companies.
Mr. Riker was an active member of the Murrells Inlet Presbyterian Church; the Murrells Inlet Elks Lodge and the Pawleys Island Lions Club, where he served as president in 2011-2012 and was awarded the Melvin Jones Fellow Award.
He is survived by his wife Ann; daughters, Gail Riker of Hackettstown, N.J., Nancy Riker of Little River and Janice Riker Wheeler (Scott) of Little River; his stepchildren, Chris Borup (Jennifer) of Ottawa, Linda Patel (Subhash) of Wilmington, N.C., Chollet Di Gangi (Patrick) of Perriniville, N.J.; five grandchildren; seven great-grandchildren; three step-grandchildren; one great step-granddaughter.
His first two wives, Joan Balogh Riker and Joan Witzel Riker, died before him.
A memorial service will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. at Murrells Inlet Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Frank Holsclaw. A reception will follow in the fellowship hall.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Tara Hall Home for Boys, P.O. Box 995, Georgetown, SC 29442.
There is a guest book at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.
Cora A. Daube
Worked with handicapped children
Cora Alice Daube of Pawleys Island died Feb. 16 at her home. She was 94.
She was born Sept. 16, 1922, in Bethel Park, Pa., the daughter of Alvin Spencer Clark and Cuba Ellen Clark. Mrs. Daube was a former teacher’s aide working with handicapped children. She was a member of Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church and its parish women’s club. She was remembered as a loving mother and grandmother who enjoyed socializing with family and friends.
She was married to the late Paul Daube.
She is survived by a daughter, Patricia Chiappetta and her husband Lawrence of Pawleys Island; a son, William Daube of Kure Beach, N.C.; her grandsons, Timothy Chiappetta (Erin) of McMurray, Pa., and Paul Daube of Kure Beach; and six great-grandchildren.
Her siblings, Ada Bennett, Mabel Figley, Pearl Sommer, Gladys DiMond and Donald Clark, died before her, as did a daughter-in-law, Camile Daube.
A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Wednesday at St. Louise DeMarillac Church in Upper St. Clair, Pa. A memorial mass will be held Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Precious Blood of Christ.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Father Pat’s Kitchen, 1633 Waverly Rd., Pawleys Island, SC 29585.
There is a guest book at beinhauer.com.
Leader in county libraries and history
Pat Doyle of Georgetown, who taught generations of natives and newcomers about the county’s history, died Feb. 17 at her home. She was 86.
Mrs. Doyle led the county library board during the expansion that built its first branch on the Waccamaw Neck and led the county Historical Society when it created the Georgetown County Museum.
Laura Patricia Davis Doyle was born Nov. 6, 1930, in Columbia, the child of Brig. Gen. Luther Cecil Davis and Irene Colbert Davis. She grew up in Georgetown and married her childhood sweetheart Patrick James Doyle. They were married for 59 years until his death in March 2016.
Salutatorian of the Winyah High School Class of 1948, she majored in history and English at the University of South Carolina, graduating magna cum laude in 1952 with membership in Phi Beta Kappa. She taught history at Eau Claire High School in Columbia, then taught history and geography at Winyah Middle and High schools in Georgetown.
Mrs. Doyle retired from full-time teaching when her three children were born, but her public service had just begun. She chaired the City School Board and co-led Girl Scout Troop 352 from 1968-76.
Mrs. Doyle chaired the Georgetown County Library Board for 25 years, championing the construction of three new libraries for the Georgetown, Andrews and Waccamaw Neck communities. In recognition of her continuing support of the Georgetown Library over the years, the Local History and Genealogy Room was named in her honor. She received the highest commendation from the S.C. Library Association.
Mrs. Doyle was an expert on the history of Georgetown County and taught a popular and engaging adult education course in conjunction with the Rice Museum, Coastal Carolina University and Brookgreen Gardens for more than 25 years. For several years, she was education director of the Rice Museum and was the first chair of the Kaminski House Museum board.
In addition to serving on the board of the South Carolina Historical Society, she was president of the South Carolina Association of State and Local Historical Societies and received its highest award.
As a lifelong member of the Georgetown County Historical Society and as its president, Mrs. Doyle worked tirelessly for decades on numerous committee projects. The complete enumeration of her contributions would be a history book in and of itself. Notable among these contributions are the publication of two books about Georgetown (“A View of Our Past” in 1993 and “A Walk Down Front Street” in 2009) plus the opening of the Georgetown County Museum in 2005 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the founding of the historical society. Upon her retirement from active participation, the board named her chair emerita and dedicated its garden in her honor.
She chaired Georgetown’s 250th Anniversary Committee. The yearlong celebration included the creation and dedication of Morgan Park. The city of Georgetown presented its Indigo Award to her in recognition and appreciation of her outstanding contribution and leadership for the betterment of the community and service to her fellow citizens. The Georgetown Times named her one of its Women of the Year. Mrs. Doyle appeared on ABC national news in a segment reported by Sharyn Alfonsi on hometowns in America.
A faithful communicant of Prince George, Winyah, Episcopal Church, she served on the altar guild, belonged to St. Anne’s Chapter and volunteered at the annual Plantation Tours.
Mrs. Doyle was a familiar figure along “the boulevard” for years as she took her daily 4-mile walks. She loved sewing, needlepoint, antiques, the color yellow, listening to classical music, playing the piano, crossword puzzles, The Messiah, Pink Perfection camellias, floating in the ocean at Pawleys Island and the U.S. Constitution. It was hard to keep up with her in many ways. Even as a child she “volunteered” at the library when it was located on the ground floor of the Winyah Indigo Society.
She is survived by two daughters, Laura Doyle Gates (Gary) of Georgetown, and Frances Irene Doyle (Scott Spangenberg) of Amherst, N.H., and a son Patrick James “Jim” Doyle Jr. of Georgetown who coordinated her care for the past three years; three grandchildren, Henry Luke Gates of Paris, Madeleine Ambrose Gates of Charlottesville, Va., and Nathan Frank Gates of Columbia. She lavished on them her love of reading and music.
Her family expresses unending gratitude and love to her caregivers for their years of tender, compassionate and loving attention and devotion to her wellbeing. Each brought a unique personality and joy into her life.
Her memorial will be Saturday at 11 a.m. at Prince George, Winyah, Episcopal Church, with a reception to follow. Burial will be private.
In lieu of flowers, donations can be made to the Georgetown County Library, 405 Cleland St., Georgetown, SC 29440; the Georgetown County Historical Society, 632 Prince St., Georgetown, SC 29440; Tidelands Community Hospice, 2591 North Fraser St., Georgetown, SC 29440; or Prince George Church Preservation Fund, P.O. Box 674, Georgetown, SC 29442.
There is a guest book at mayerfuneralhome.com.
Thomas E. Lytle
Salesman to the state’s farmers
Thomas Eugene Lytle Jr. of the River Club, who retired from a career selling agricultural chemicals, died Feb. 13 after a brief illness. He was 89.
He was born May 19, 1927, in Spartanburg, the son of Thomas Eugene Lytle and Mabel Gerrard Lytle. Following his graduation from Anderson High School, he entered the Army and served as a technician 4 in the 873rd Postal Unit in Germany as part of the U.S. occupation forces following World War II. He graduated from what is now Clemson University in 1949 with a degree in agricultural economics. He was recalled to active duty during the Korean conflict, serving as a first lieutenant and commander of Charlie Battery, 28th Field Artillery Battalion, at Fort Jackson.
Mr. Lytle was born a salesman and enjoyed a long and successful career selling agricultural chemicals with Shell Chemical, DuPont and ChemNut. In 1974, he was admitted to Shell Chemical’s Golden Ploughshare Society for excellence in sales performance at the national level. It was once said of him that he knew every farmer in South Carolina.
He was an avid golfer and a rabid Clemson Tiger fan, attending most home games despite living on the other side of the state. He was a generous giver, contributing to the college education of those he thought needed assistance and to many charitable organizations. He was a member of the American Legion, the Veterans of Foreign Wars and IPTAY, the Clemson athletics organization. He was an active member and supporter of The Abbey at Pawleys Island Anglican church.
He is survived by his wife of 67 years, Maxine Denaro Lytle; four sons: Thomas E. Lytle III, a retired Air Force colonel; Richard A. Lytle, a captain with American Airlines; John H. Lytle of Santee Cooper; and Brig Gen. Robert K. Lytle of the Idaho Army National Guard; eight grandchildren; four great-grandchildren; and a sister, Miriam Lytle King, of Charlotte.
A funeral service was held Friday at The Abbey. Interment with military honors was in All Saints Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to Teach My People, P.O. Box 2848, Pawleys Island, SC 29585, or at 843-237-8737 or online at teachmypeople.com.
Condolences may be sent at burroughsfh.com.
Marilyn W. Smith
Homemaker became a master gardener
Marilyn Worley Smith of the River Club died Feb. 14 at her home after a long struggle with Alzheimer’s. She was 73.
She was born July 21, 1943, in Sumter, the daughter of Dan and Mary Stephens Worley. She attended Sumter County public schools and earned a degree in elementary education from Columbia College. She married Cary Smith of Columbia in April 1964. Following her graduation she taught one year in the Richland County school system.
Following his graduation, her husband joined the IBM Corp. and together they embarked on a career that took them to numerous locations and provided many great experiences. Moving 10 times in 20 years, Mrs. Smith was the consummate homemaker. Quickly organizing each new home, parenting three children and supporting their busy lives, she consistently remained the steadying rock for her husband. While steadfastly supporting her family she never gave up being a Southern girl at heart and longed to return.
After decades away she and her husband returned to Columbia, and while continuing her long established roles she engaged in following her passions fiercely. In 1987 she opened and operated the Gillyflower gift and home accessories business. Her passion for the merchandise and the customers brought her much pleasure.
In 1990, following the death of their son, 1st Lt. Cary K. Smith Jr., while serving in the Marine Corps, she closed her business and moved on to pursue other interests. She completed the master gardener program in 1991. She loved being in the yard with her plants, many of which resided in multiple spots before finding just the right place. She created two certified backyard habitats. She volunteered as a gardener at Riverbanks Zoo, Historic Columbia sites and the Women’s Shelter.
Mrs. Smith became involved with Columbia Green in numerous activities and ultimately served as its president. She was an active member of the Mimosa Garden Club and her PEO chapter serving as president of both organizations. While she never sought leadership roles, when asked she was willing to give her all for favorite causes.
Upon retiring she and her husband moved to Pawleys Island where she became a member of the Georgetown Garden Club and continued her PEO membership. She was a member of Belin Memorial United Methodist Church.
She was loved by many for her surprising and sharply focused sense of humor punctuated occasionally by a little sarcasm. Perhaps her greatest passion was her grandchildren. She personified the expression “they are the reward you get for having children.” For those who knew her it was painful to see her brightness, energy and spontaneity dimmed, her family said, but they remember her warmly nonetheless.
In addition to her husband, she is survived by two daughters, Sloan Smith Huckabee of Litchfield Beach and Sara Smith Corcoran of Nashville, Tenn., and their husbands Robert and Kevin; and six grandchildren, Drew, Nicholas and Brittany Pope and Cary, Catherine and John Henry Corcoran.
A celebration of her life was held Wednesday at Belin Methodist. A celebration service will be held today at 3 p.m. at Spring Valley Presbyterian Church in Columbia following a private interment service at Elmwood Cemetery.
Memorials may be made to the Mercy Care Hospice of Myrtle Beach or Belin land fund.
Condolences may be sent at burroughsfh.com.
N.Y. native enjoyed bowling
Mary Joan Smith of Murrells Inlet died Feb. 16 at home. She was 88.
She was born Oct. 9, 1928, in Mount Vernon, N.Y., the daughter of Anthony Joseph and Helen Adeline Murphy Smith. Known as Joanie, she was a parishioner at St. Michael Catholic Church in Garden City. She thoroughly enjoyed bowling, while she was able.
She is survived by her cousins, Mary Lou Kennedy and James Melville, both of Murrells Inlet, and Winnie Heizinger of Eastchester, N.Y.; several nieces and nephews; and several great-nieces and great-nephews.
In addition to her parents, her four brothers, Louis J. Smith, Robert J. Smith, Eugene F. Smith and Gerard A. Smith, died before her.
A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 10 a.m. Friday at St. Michael by the Rev. Ed Fitzgerald. Burial will be at Our Lady Queen of Heaven Cemetery in North Lauderdale, Fla.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the St. Michael Catholic Church Grammar School, 542 Cypress Ave., Murrells Inlet, SC 29576.
Online condolences may be directed to burroughsfh.com.
Dr. Robert O. Jones
Long-time radiologist at Georgetown hospital
Dr. Robert Owen Jones, a radiologist who was one of the pioneers of health care in Georgetown County, died Wednesday at the Lakes at Litchfield. He was 88.
He was born Oct. 5, 1928, in Indianapolis, the son of Morris Owen Jones and Lillian Strickland Jones. He grew up in Evanston, Ill., and graduated from Evanston Township High School. He earned his undergraduate and medical degrees from Northwestern University in Evanston.
After he married the former Norah Larsen in 1953, Dr. Jones did his internship in Chicago. He served in the Navy in Charleston. In 1957, he did his residency in Cincinnati. Dr. Jones and his family moved to Georgetown in 1959, where he became the radiologist at Georgetown Memorial Hospital until retirement in 2002.
“Dr. Jones was the lone radiologist for many, many years,” said Dr. Gerald Harmon, a family physician in Georgetown County since 1983 and chairman elect of the American Medical Association board. “Our hospital system and our medical community owe a great debt to pioneers such as Dr. Robert Jones and his ilk. They never complained about long hours, coming in at nights or weekends, and really never had a day off since they were solitary providers and were always on call.”
Dr. Jones was a communicant of Holy Cross-Faith Memorial Episcopal Church. He published a book entitled “A Theory of Thought Processes” in 1969. He and Norah were instrumental in forming Hospice of Georgetown, now known as Tidelands Community Hospice.
After Norah’s death in 1988, Dr. Jones married the former Margaret Fitzsimons Brice. She died last year.
Dr. Jones was an avid tennis player. After they moved to Litchfield, he helped start the daily round robin at Litchfield Racquet Club which is still being played today. He was a lifelong learner, loving to read and taking art and creative writing classes. Dr. Jones was remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather and friend.
Another son, Mark Owen Jones; a grandson, Mark Stephen St. Louis; and two sisters, Marjorie J. Peters and Betty J. Fox, died before him.
He is survived by his son, Robert L. “Robby” Jones (Helen) of Pawleys Island; three daughters, Donna Jones (Michael St. Louis) of Atlanta, Nancy J. Lowe (Dave) and Barbara “Barbie” Jones of Georgetown; a daughter-in-law, Elizabeth Jones of Charlotte; two step-sons, George W. Brice of New York and Owen F. Brice of Pawleys Island; a step-daughter, Susanne B. Drennan (Jim) of Charleston; 15 grandchildren, Larsen, Anne Christian, Nancy, Mary Helen, Robert, Amelia, and Perrin Jones, Rob and Jess St. Louis, Norah Wofford McCann (Jason), Jenny and Henry Wofford, and Richard and Carolyn Culbertson; and five step-grandchildren, Owen (Leigh), John (Nikki) and Molly Brice and Sam and Katie Drennan.
Memorial services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Holy Cross-Faith Memorial Episcopal Church by the Rev. Wil Keith. A reception will follow.
The family will receive friends at the Georgetown Chapel of Mayer Funeral Home on Friday from 5 to 7 p.m.
There is a guest book at mayerfuneralhome.com.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Tidelands Community Hospice, 2591 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, S.C. 29440.
Michael J.O. Fookes
Former engineer at steel mill
Michael John O’Connell Fookes of North Litchfield died Jan. 31 at MUSC Medical Center in Charleston. He was 79.
He was born March 24, 1937, in Brighton, England, the son of Leslie and Frances Fookes. He grew up in England and graduated from London University. He moved to Canada in 1967, to Georgetown in 1970 and then to North Litchfield. He was a retired civil engineer and worked at a number of steel mills including Georgetown Steel. Mr. Fookes was an avid reader and his favorite outing was dinner at Flo’s in Murrells Inlet. He was married for 49 years to the late Pauline Fookes.
He is survived by two sons, Paul Fookes (Kelli) of Myrtle Beach and Andrew Fookes (Kim) of Signal Mountain, Tenn.; two daughters, Sharon Fookes of Georgetown and Nicola Goodson (Bill) of Myrtle Beach; seven grandchildren, Claire Fookes (Kevin) of Pawleys Island, Abby and Danny Fookes of Myrtle Beach; and Hailey, Jacob, and Mary Fookes of Signal Mountain, Tenn.; and two great-grandchildren, Aden Fookes of Pawleys Island and Hadleigh Cooper of Pawleys Island.
A memorial service was held Saturday at the Georgetown Chapel of Mayer Funeral Home. There is a guest book at mayerfuneralhome.com.
Memorials may be made to Susan G. Komen Lowcountry, 50 Folly Rd., Charleston, SC 29407; or St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 262 Danny Thomas Place, Memphis, Tenn. 38105.
Martin R. Benson
Engineer with a love for singing
Martin R. Benson of Pawleys Island, a retired engineer, died Dec. 11, 2016. He was 89.
He was born March 26, 1927, in Ridgway, Pa., the son of Martin A. and Ruth P. Benson. Known as Marty, he joined the Navy in spring 1945. The troop train he was on, bound for the West Coast, was stopped with news that World War II had ended.
After the Navy, he was a draftsman for the Elliott Co. in Ridgway before earning an industrial engineering degree from Penn State in 1952. He moved to Emporium, Pa., to work for GTE Sylvania/Phillips ECG, rising to the position of manufacturing supervisor. In 1982, he and his wife moved to Wellsboro, Pa., where he became production manager for Truck-lite before retiring in 1992.
He was married to the late C. Arlene Benson. They moved to South Carolina from Wellsboro to be near family.
He was an active resident at the Lakes at Litchfield until his illness.
Mr. Benson carried a love of singing through his life, praising God in choirs from his childhood church in Ridgway, Pa., to St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. He also sang for numerous men’s choruses before moving south.
He is survived by daughter Lee Ann, husband Mark, and grandsons Aubrey, 19, and Alex, 15, of Pawleys Island; son Gary, wife Tina, and granddaughter Jessie Joy (“J.J.”), 13, of Folsom, Calif.; and Martin T. and his wife, Sara, of Indianapolis.
A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Feb. 11 at St. Peter’s Lutheran Church. A reception will follow at the church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Peter’s.
Edward J. Saer
Truck driver loved to fix things
Edward James Saer, 56 of Murrells Inlet died Jan. 26 at Tidelands Community Hospice House. He was 56.
He was born February 18, 1960, in Staten Island, N.Y., the son of Henry and Mildred Cippoletti Saer.
Known as Eddie, he worked as a truck driver and in his spare time, he enjoyed fishing. He was a great mechanic and loved working with his hands building and fixing things such as cars and boats.
He is survived by his fiancée of three years, Lori W. Cunningham; a brother, Henry Edward Saer and wife Eileen of Charlotte; three nephews, Matthew Saer and wife Jennifer of Charleston, Mark Saer and Jeffrey Saer of Charlotte.
There are no formal services scheduled.
Memorials may be made to assist with his funeral expenses at Burroughs Funeral Home, 3558 Old Kings Highway, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576. Condolences can be sent at burroughsfh.com.
Robert M. Vance Jr.
Gift sparked life-long interest in film
Robert Mercer Vance Jr. of Las Vegas, who had a life-long passion for photography and film, died Jan. 21. He was 63.
He was born Feb. 19, 1953, in Clinton, the son of Virginia Gray Vance and the late Robert Mercer Vance of Clinton and Pawleys Island. His great-grandfather founded MS Bailey and Son, Bankers, and the Clinton and Lydia Cotton Mills.
He earned his Eagle Scout badge at 13. He was later elected to the Order of the Arrow. Bob played guitar in rock bands during middle and high school. After his high school graduation from the McCallie School in Chattanooga, Tenn., in 1971, Bob drove a red 1958 Cadillac, which he acquired from his grandfather. In 1974 he and Bill Kinney of Charlotte took a five week motorcycle tour across the United States. The tales they told made for a true American story.
A high quality camera given by his parents for his high school graduation helped spark his interest studying photography and psychology at La Grange College, Ga. He completed his education at the University of South Carolina, graduating as the first bachelor of media arts in 1976.
Beginning in 1977 he developed a passion for the film industry working first with Dr. Don Gillis to propose the original S.C. Film Commission. Moving to California in 1984, Mr. Vance was involved in the production of several movies, including “The Fixx” and “Gramma’s Gold,” and worked on a television series, “Buck James.” He also worked with ABC Television and Columbia Studio and completed a classical motion picture script, “Beowulf.” Since 1996 his passion was to work with laserless holographic lens camera systems.
He was an active member of the Motion Picture Association of America, the American Film Institute, and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers.
He lived between Las Vegas and Hollywood. He was president of Windward West and Eyecon International. Most recently he was voted vice president of the homeowners association at his Nevada residence, Meridian Private Residences.
He loved the beach and traveling from coast to coast. To friends and family, he was unique, generous, sweet and loyal. He was a character that you wanted to get to know and added a fun spark to life. No idea was too big for Bob. He always took great interest in people and never met a stranger. Throughout his life, Mr. Vance supported the Clinton institutions that his family was a part of and in particular was honored as a member of the William Plumer Jacobs Society of Presbyterian College.
In addition to his mother, he is survived by his brother, Russell Gray Vance of Fort Lauderdale, Fla,; his niece, Mary Ellen Barnwell (Brian) of Columbia and her son Robert Ford Barnwell; his nephews, R. Fleming Patterson III of Atlanta and Thomas Howard (Ben) Suitt III of Boston. He is also survived by Sharon Beth Dalgo, to whom he was married from 1976 until their divorce in 1984.
A graveside service was held Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church in Clinton.
Memorials may be made to the Clinton area Boy Scout troops through the Blue Ridge Council BSA, 1 Park Plaza, Greenville, SC 29607-5851. Designate in memory of Robert M. Vance Jr. for Clinton area troops.
Benjamin C. Beck
WHS grad worked at restaurants
Benjamin Christopher Beck of Pawleys Island, a 2016 Waccamaw High graduate, died Jan. 12. He was 18. “This world lost one of the brightest lights it will ever see,” his family said.
He was born April 30, 1998, the son of Adam and Pamela Beck Weighing a strong 10 pounds, Ben entered this world ready to make an impact. Through his humor, his kindness and his genuine heart, he left an imprint on every soul he met. With his strong work ethic, he accomplished so much including earning his black belt in Tae Kwon Do, graduating from Waccamaw High School last spring and working hard for both Rustic Table and Landolfi’s.
He had a passion for creating dishes in the kitchen, playing video games with his brothers, a love for everything Star Wars and being outside with his friends, especially on the beach the moment the sun was out shining.
His spirit will live on through his family and friends, and anybody who ever had the honor to meet him, his family said.
In addition to his parents, he is survived by his brothers Taylor and Jacob; his grandparents, Roy and Diane Lee and Linda and Jim Beck.
There will be a celebration of his life Sunday at 1 p.m. at the Litchfield by the Sea Beach Club. The dress is casual.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Benjamin Beck “Greatness From Small Beginnings Scholarship,” which will be awarded annually to a Waccamaw High student, P.O. Box 2684 Pawleys Island, SC 29585.
Condolences may be sent at ridgewayfh.com.
Miriam M. Fletcher
Worked in retail and child care
Miriam Marshall Fletcher of Litchfield Beach died Monday at Waccamaw Community Hospital after a strong fight with her disease. She was 61.
She was born June 24, 1955, in Jacksonville, Fla., the daughter of Frank P. Fletcher with whom she resided for the past 17 years, and the late Josie Marshall (Jodie) Fletcher. Miriam received her education from Fairfax Hall in Waynesboro, Va., and Saint Mary’s College. She earned a bachelor’s degree and an MBA from Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo and master’s in public health from the University of South Carolina.
She was a member of the Alpha Phi Sorority and an affiliate of the Junior League in Kalamazoo and Columbia.
She enjoyed working in retail sales and children’s day care centers. Through these experiences she had many friends who will miss her.
She is survived by a brother, Joel M. Fletcher (Katherine) of Kalamazoo; a nephew, J. Marshall Fletcher; two nieces, Anne A. Fletcher and Mary M. Fletcher; a cousin whom she loved like a sister Lucy (Sam) Leaman and her family of Greenwood; numerous other cousins with whom she shared Thanksgiving Day dinners; and her two poodles, Happy and Sugar.
A memorial service will be held at 1:30 p.m. Friday at Goldfinch Funeral Home, Litchfield/Pawleys Island by the Rev. Donald Fishburne. Interment will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at the First Presbyterian Church in Columbia.
Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, 950 48th Ave. N., Suite 101 Myrtle Beach, SC 29577; to the St. Frances Humane Society, 125 N. Ridge Rd. Georgetown, SC 29440; or Tidelands Community Hospice, 2591 N. Fraser St. Georgetown, SC 29440.
There is a guest book at goldfinchfuneralhome.com
Lover of classical music
Betty Fox of Pawleys Island died Jan. 11. She was 98.
She was born in 1918, the daughter of Morris and Lillian Jones. She grew up in Indianapolis and lived most of her life in Cincinnati where she was a member of St. James Episcopal Church, a regular at the symphony and opera, a life-long bridge player, participant in public affairs and a working woman from the 1950s to the 1980s.
She was married to Walter Fox, who died in 1973. Mrs. Fox moved four years ago to Pawleys Island.
She is survived by her children, Marjorie Fox of Cincinnati and Tom Fox (Ilka Doubek) of Pawleys Island; her granddaughter, Lida Fox of New York; her brother, Dr. Robert O. Jones of Pawleys Island; and several nieces and nephews.
A service will be held in the spring.
Memorials may be made to the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra, 1241 Elm St., Cincinnati OH 45202; the Litchfield Ballet Foundation P.O. Box 2577, Pawleys Island, SC 29585; or the charity of your choice.
Condolences may be sent at burroughsfh.com.
Capt. Johnny Lewis
Navy veteran ran charter boats
Johnny C. Lewis of Murrells Inlet, one of the area’s first charter boat captains, died Sunday at Waccamaw Community Hospital. He was 74.
He was born Oct. 10, 1942, the son of Arthur E. and Sophia (Lilly) Lewis. He served in the Navy as a signalman-petty officer second class during the Vietnam War, during which time he was able to see 51 different countries. While enlisted, he received the National Defense Service Medal.
Known as Capt. Johnny, he owned and operated San-Glass Fiberglass Co. in Murrells Inlet for 32 years. He was also one of the first charter boat captains in this area. He ran the fishing vessels “Wild Turkey” for the Burroughs family and the “Firebird” for Jimmy and Emily Smith of Mount Airy, N.C. While working for the Smiths, he chartered their boat on many trips to the Bahamas and was fortunate enough to captain for the Canadian Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and his wife, Margaret, Kenny Rogers and many other notable people.
Capt. Johnny was also instrumental in beginning the dredging work for the jetties in this area. Extremely active in the Murrells Inlet community, he was able to develop long-lasting special friendships with many people who were fortunate enough to meet him. He will be remembered for his motto for life, “Because I can … .”
He is survived by wife, Sandy Lewis; a daughter, Danielle Lewis of Irmo; his brothers, Arthur J. Lewis of Batesburg and Chester M. Lewis and wife Reinna of Hemingway; his sisters, Patricia Meyers and husband Rick of Murrells Inlet and Carolyn Lewis (David Leah) of Myrtle Beach; sisters-in-law, Diana Altman and husband Ted of Pawleys Island and Jeannie Wollman and husband Alan of North Carolina; several nieces and nephews; and many dear friends.
His family thanked their many close friends who became family for their overwhelming love, prayers, support and compassion.
A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Belin Memorial United Methodist Church by the Rev. Ty Smithdeal. Burial will be at Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church Cemetery with military honors.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105 or stjude.org.
Condolences may be sent at burroughsfh.com.
Robert R. Montagne
Worked for U.S. Customs Service
Robert Raymond Montagne of The Reserve, who served under four presidents in the U.S. Customs Service, died Sunday at his home. He was 87.
He was born in Detroit, a son of Edward Joseph and Irene Claudia Montagne. He graduated from St. James High School in Ferndale, Mich., and from the University of Detroit in 1958. He served in the Air Force in Texas and Japan during the Korean War from 1950 to 1954.
Mr. Montagne worked with the Customs Service for 38 years serving as the personal representative for Customs and Immigration under presidents Nixon, Ford, Carter and Reagan. He retired in 1994. Mr. Montagne enjoyed the beach, travel and his grandchildren.
His first wife, Barbara Coyne Montagne, died before him. He is survived by his wife of 32 years, Carolyn Montagne; his children, Mary Beth Creamer of Roswell, Ga., Robert Montagne Jr. (Bridget) of Fairfax, Va., and Susan Patberg (Kurt) of Atlanta; his step-children, Jennifer Lyons of Cocoa Beach, Fla., and Andrew Webb (Kristi) of Satellite Beach, Fla.; 11 grandchildren; his brothers, Edward, Lionel and Arthur Montagne; and a sister, Gerry Canar.
A Mass of Christian burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Father Pat’s Kitchen, 1633 Waverly Rd. Pawleys Island, SC 29585.
There is a guest book at goldfinchfuneralhome.com
Joseph F. Segreve
Worldwide sales director of Unisys
Joseph Francis Segreve, a former Litchfield Country Club resident, died Jan. 10 with his wife Barbara by his side. He was 92 and lived in Concord, N.C.
He was born June 3, 1924, in Salem, Mass., the only child of Thomas and Margaret Segreve. He graduated from St. John’s Prep in Danvers, Mass., before being called into service in 1943. He served in the Army during World War II and was part of the D-Day invasion of Europe. He received the Purple Heart.
Mr. Segreve earned a business degree from Boston College in 1950 and spent the next 36 years with a rewarding career at Unisys Corp. He retired as worldwide director of sales. He had a passion for all sports, especially golf, and was an avid fan of his alma mater. He enjoyed life to the fullest, his family said.
In addition to his wife of 64 years, he is survived by five children, Thomas Segreve (Cathy) of Perkiomenville, Pa., Carolyn Blake (David) of Charleston, Mary Porowski (Donald) of Duncan, Timothy Segreve of Audubon, Pa., and Joan Benner (Scott) of Concord, N.C.; six grandchildren, Cassie, Melissa, Monica, Kara, Keenan and Patrick; and seven great-grandchildren.
There will be a full military service and memorial Tuesday at 10 a.m. at Precious Blood Catholic Church.
Memorials may be made to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization or the charity of your choice.
Shelden J. Keenan
Spent career in paper industry
Shelden John Keenan of the River Club, who retired from a career in the paper industry, died Jan. 5. He was 84.
He was born Sept. 16, 1932, in Rochester, N.Y., the son of Mildred Shelden and Walter John Keenan. He spent 40 years in Rochester, completing 17 years of Catholic education, including one year in St. Andrews Seminary. He went on to graduate from Niagara University, where he majored in history. In 1955, as an Army ROTC second lieutenant, he was stationed at Fort Benning, Ga., and then Schofield Barracks, Hawaii.
Mr. Keenan had a long sales career in the corrugated container industry with the St. Joe Paper Co. and retired as sales manager with MacMillan Bloedel.
Following retirement, he relocated to Pawleys Island in 1993 and continued to enjoy his beloved game of golf. He began playing when he was 12 years old working as a caddy and locker room attendant at the Country Club of Rochester. He was a member of the Litchfield Country Club and fondly participated in the Cops & Robbers league.
In addition to his recreational activities, Mr. Keenan was a devout Catholic and contributing member of the Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church. He served as an usher and lector, and was an active member in the Knights of Columbus as a 4th Degree Knight.
He spent many years in multiple leadership positions with the Pawleys Island Lions Club and supported many charitable organizations including hospice and Meals on Wheels.
He is survived by his wife, Mary Rankin Keenan; three children, Christopher Patrick, Shaun Michael and Maura Keenan Boselowitz; one step-daughter, Wendy Draffin Caldwell and her family; six grandchildren, Connor, Daniel, Antonio, Colleen, Mary and Liam Shelden; one brother, J. Patrick Keenan; two nieces, Patricia and Maureen; and one nephew, Brian. His former spouse, Nancy Louise Keenan, died before him, and he is also survived by her children, Ron, Richard and Larry Held and their families.
A Memorial Mass of Christian Burial will be held Saturday at noon at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church with a repast following in the Parish Hall.
Memorials may be made to Knights of Columbus Council 11028, Precious Blood of Christ Church, 1633 Waverly Rd, Pawleys Island, SC 29585.
Condolences may be sent at burroughsfh.com.
Retired bank vice president
Rebecca Pate-King of Pawleys Island, a retired banker, died Monday at Tidelands Community Hospice House. She was 66. She was born June 24, 1950 in Pensacola, N.C., the daughter of Iris Pate-Young and the late Clarence E. Pate.
She retired as a vice president of Carolina First Bank, now TD Bank. She was a long-time board member of Waccamaw Centers for Mental Health and St. Christopher’s Children. She was a member of the Pawleys Island Rotary Club. She loved her First Baptist Church family in Georgetown and was a member of the Samaritan Sunday School Class.
In addition to her mother, she is survived by her husband, Charles King; three step-children, Gloria Zander and her husband John, Brenda K. Pope and her husband Jerry and Reggie King and his wife Sandy; her sister, Joan Pate-Foy and her husband Wes; eight step-grandchildren; 16 great-grandchildren; two great-great-granddaughters; five nephews; one niece; and a special aunt, Mary Anne Miller.
She was grateful for her many friends through her journey who brought joy and encouragement, and her family said she had special thanks for her friend Maureen Ganzala.
In addition to her father, two brothers, Gary Pate and Michael Pate; grandparents, Hobert and Mae McPeters and Sherdian and Anne Pate, died before her.
A celebration of her life will be held Saturday at noon at First Baptist Church. The family will receive friends at the church from 10:30 until 11:45 a.m.
A graveside service will be held at Eddie McMahan Cemetery in Pensacola at a later date.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the First Baptist Church Building Fund, 219 Cleland St., Georgetown, SC 29440, or to the Eddie McMahan Cemetery Fund, 85 Miller Lane, Burnsville, NC 28714.
Condolences may be sent at burroughsfh.com.
Retired from AT&T
Richard Iovene of Hagley Estates died Dec. 24 at his home. He was 77.
He was born in New Haven, Conn., the son of John and Irma Iovene. He worked for AT&T for 30 years.
He is survived by wife of 52 years, Kathy Iovene; daughter, Christine Goulette (Fred) of Coventry, R.I.; father-in-law, Harold Hoerich of Hendersonville, NC; and sister-in-law, Rose Swoboda of Atlanta.
Services will be private.
Memorials may be made to All 4 Paws, 708 Petigru Dr., Pawleys Island, SC 29585 or Tidelands Hospice, 2591 N. Fraser St, Georgetown, SC 29440.
There is a guest book at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.
Amelia A. McFaddin
Retired teacher was active in community service
Amelia Arthur McFaddin, 99, a retired teacher who was active in community services, died Dec. 21 in Charleston. She was 99.
She was was born Dec. 17, 1917 in Richland County, the daughter of William Weston Arthur and Anne Peyre Moore Arthur.
She graduated in 1940 from the University of South Carolina where she was a cheerleader and member of the May Court.
She was married to the late James Hugh McFaddin and lived in Manning and Pawleys Island.
Mrs. McFaddin was a retired school teacher and had a lifelong interest in, and commitment to, service and community organizations on both local and statewide levels.
She was an active parishioner in her church throughout her life, whether in Stateburg, Manning, Summerton or Pawleys Island. At her death, she was a member of Grace Church Cathedral. Her love for gardening and beautification led her to be a charter member of the Azalea Garden Club in Manning and the Lowcountry Herb Society at Pawleys Island, as well as a docent at Brookgreen Gardens and member of Pawleys Island Beautification Committee.
Her sense of civic responsibility and concern for children and families led to her service as a board member of York Place Episcopal Home for Children, Clarendon County Library and Lowcountry Girl Scouts, volunteer at Smith Medical Clinic, member of Georgetown County Election Commission and poll watcher, and charter member of the Pee Dee Committee of the National Society of Colonial Dames of America in South Carolina. One of her greatest honors was her service as grand marshal of the Pawleys Island Fourth of July Parade.
She is survived by three daughters: Anne M. Sauls (Morgan) of Manning, Jane A. McFaddin (Charles Bryan Jr.) of Charleston and Margaret S. McFaddin of Columbia; son, James Hugh McFaddin Jr. (Jill) of Manning; nine grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren. Another daughter, Amelia McFaddin Barringer, died before her.
A memorial Eucharist will be held Saturday in Grace Church Cathedral at 2 p.m. Committal will be at Church of the Holy Cross churchyard in Stateburg on Sunday at 3 p.m.
Memorials may be made to Kanuga Conferences, Hendersonville, N.C.; Smith Medical Clinic Inc., 116 Baskervill Dr., Pawleys Island, SC 29585; or the Episcopal Church in South Carolina, P.O. Box 20485, Charleston, SC 29413.
Memorial messages may be sent atjhenrystuhr.com.
Enjoyed time on the water
Augusta “Joyce” Pasculli of the Tradition Club died Dec. 23 at Waccamaw Community Hospital. She was 85.
She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., a daughter of Augustus and Lucille Harris. Mrs. Pasculli enjoyed vacationing – especially cruises – boating, fishing and crossword puzzles. She was a member of All Saints Church.
She is survived by her husband of 28 years, Louis Pasculli; nephew Jeffrey Wallace and his wife Mema of St. Albans, N.Y.; grandson Robert Ganzaroli and his wife Gwen of Gaffney; and great-grandchildren Julian and Jessica Ganzaroli.
Funeral services were Friday at All Saints Church.
Memorials may be made to the National MS Society, 9801-I Southern Pines Blvd., Charlotte, NC 28273; St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Place, Memphis, TN 38105; the National Breast Cancer Research Center, 18 N. Law St. Aberdeen, MD 21001; or All Saints Church, 3560 Kings River Rd., Pawleys Island, SC 29585.
There is a guest book at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.
George L. Vickery
TV work led to career in real estate
George Lowry Vickery of DeBordieu, whose early success in television led to a career in real estate, died Dec. 26. He was 85.
He was an active golfer, fisherman and writer. His blogs, relating to his experiences in early television and whatever else popped into his head, were read by almost 300 recipients. His novel, “Beyond September,” was an Amazon best-seller on its debut in 2008.
He was born in Atlanta and carried off to Miami in 1934 at the age of 3. His writing skills emerged early with essay contest winnings from both American Legion and Dade County while still in junior high school. He became editor-in-chief of the Miami Jackson Globe and was an A student. Even so, he found time for the teams of football, track and golf. Upon graduation, he was singularly chosen for the Jackson Hall of Fame.
Attending the University of Miami on a full academic/activities scholarship, he majored in journalism and was a member of the Class of 1953. Along the way he was chosen for multiple awards, including the Ibis Outstanding Senior. He was editor-in-chief of the Miami Hurricane newspaper, co-editor of the Ibis yearbook, and humor columnist for UM’s Tempo magazine. He was tapped into Iron Arrow, at that time the highest honor achieved by men at UM, and was elected Son of Chief.
Mr. Vickery was drafted into the Army and served two years in the psychological warfare division, handling the duties of chief writer for both the U.S. and Europe. He wrote a play about PsyWar that was staged before GIs in six European countries.
Immediately upon his return to civilian life in 1955, he was offered the job of public service and publicity director at Miami’s WTVJ, the CBS affiliate and the first TV station in the South. He also was director of publicity, merchandising and sales promotion during this stint. He wrote a play, “The Day There Was No News,” which was aired on both radio and television.
After heading up promotion at WJBF-TV under the legendary J.B. Fuqua, Mr. Vickery was called back to become promotion manager at WTVJ.
For six years he entertained many of the CBS Television stars, including Jackie Gleason, which would start a lengthy relationship. The CBS Star Junket was traditionally held in alternate years in Miami Beach. The CBS network introduced its new programs and stars-to-be to a national press and supported them with the biggest names in television. Mr. Vickery served as local liaison with the network.
In 1968, he left the TV world and opened George Vickery Advertising and Public Relations. After a couple of years, J.B. Fuqua found him again and brought him to Atlanta to head up marketing at Fuqua Industries, which had become one of the nation’s leading conglomerates.
After a few years traveling the country helping Fuqua’s 18 companies, Mr. Fuqua sent him to become vice president of sales and marketing for Inverrary, a thousand-acre development in Fort Lauderdale. This is where he renewed his relationship with Gleason, a resident and the public “face” of Inverrary.
Mr. Vickery helped start the Jackie Gleason Inverrary Classic, which still exists today as the PGA’ s Honda Classic. After Inverrary sold out, he joined Arvida Corp. in Boca Raton as vice president of marketing and sales, overseeing the giant Boca West development as well as the iconic Boca Raton Hotel and Club.
From there he joined Great American Management and Investment in Atlanta as VP of Marketing. GAMI was a REIT struggling with a portfolio of half a billion dollars worth of foreclosed real estate. Mr. Vickery was successful in developing, marketing and liquidating 40 condominium developments and numerous hotels, office buildings, shopping centers and large land parcels.
With this knowledge, he left and started Equity Realty, headquartered in Atlanta, with financial backing from Sam Zell, billionaire investor in Chicago. The goal was to convert apartments to condominiums. ERI sold out 12 projects in Miami, Orlando, Tampa, St. Pete, Hartford and Chicago, a total of 4,500 units in four years.
It was time for early retirement at the age of 52, but 1983 was seeing a real estate recession, so he became a consultant, aiding distressed projects in Vero Beach, Gulfport and Palm Beach for the next two years. Then he retired for good and bought a home in Key Largo.
Not inclined to be idle, Mr. Vickery became a Coast Guard licensed fishing captain, a real estate broker, freelance writer and half owner of a weekly newspaper.
In 1987, his world turned around when he met Kitty Inabinet. They married the next year and he moved to South Carolina to help her with subsidiary companies after she sold Defender Industries, a company she and her late husband, B.C. Inabinet, had started 30 years earlier.
George and Kitty moved to DeBordieu in 1988. In 1994-95, he served on the board of the S.C. Department of Natural Resources. In DeBordieu he was on the boards of both the club and the community association. He chaired the dredging of the DeBordieu canal and established a community dock, picnic grounds and crabbing areas.
Normally a golfer shooting in the high 90s, George tried for many years to shoot his age. He over-succeeded at the age of 83, shooting a 78.
In addition to his wife, he is survived by two daughters, Lisa Ruffner and Linda Beach; five grandchildren, Jonathan Ruffner, Danielle Vickery, Chrissy Chapman, Nic Beach; four great-grandchildren mothered by Johanna Nettles (Brian), Chris Magyari, Tyler Coleman, Coralyn Nettles and Rhett Nettles; three step-children, Dixie I. Hicks, Ben C. Inabinet and Kathy I. Laney and their children; Andi Hicks, Benji Inabinet, Kathryn Inabinet, Alex Inabinet, Austin Chrisley, Graham Chrisley and Ashlyn Laney.
Memorial services were Dec. 29 at Georgetown Presbyterian Church.
Memorials may be made to the church, 558 Black River Rd., Georgetown, SC 29442.
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