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Dec. 18

Agnes V. Duffy

Sang in church choir

Agnes V. Duffy of the River Club died Sunday at her home. She was 74.

She was born in Brooklyn, N.Y., the daughter of William and Mary Doherty.

Mrs. Duffy was a member of book clubs and the choir at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church. She enjoyed golf, walking on the beach and spending time with her grandchildren.

She is survived by her husband of 50 years, Patrick Duffy; daughters, Mary Elizabeth Miller and husband Keith of Newton, Mass., and Susan Agnes Godino and husband Stephen of Newtown, Conn.; son, Sean Doherty Duffy of Darien, Conn.; grandchildren, Lauren Miller, Julia Miller, Cavan Duffy, Shea Duffy, William Duffy, Patrick Godino, John Godino and Daniel Godino; sisters, Margaret Bruno and husband Frank of Pawleys Island and Patricia Doherty of Pawleys Island; and sister-in-law, Anne Hunt and husband Eugene of Pawleys Island.

In addition to her parents, two brothers, William and Edward Doherty, and a sister, Mary Daly, died before her.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated Saturday at 11 a.m. at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church. The family will receive friends and family Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. with a prayer service at 5 p.m. at Goldfinch Funeral Home’s Litchfield/Pawleys Chapel.

Memorials may be made to the church Building Fund, 1633 Waverly Rd. Pawleys Island, SC 29585, or Tidelands Community Hospice, 2591 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, SC 29440.

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

W. LeRoy Harrelson Jr.

Served on MacArthur’s staff

Wilford LeRoy Harrelson Jr., a retired Army colonel who was a former newspaper editor and publisher, public relations and marketing executive and gubernatorial press secretary, died Dec. 6. He was 92. A former DeBordieu resident, he was living in Conway.

He is believed to be the last surviving member of General Douglas MacArthur’s personal office staff from the occupation of Japan.

Col. Harrelson was born in Marion, the son of Dr. W. LeRoy Harrelson, first mayor of Myrtle Beach, and the late Harriett Foote McKnight Harrelson. The family moved to Myrtle Beach in 1927 where Dr. Harrelson opened the first pharmacy, Delta Drug Company. A 1939 graduate of Myrtle Beach High School, Col. Harrelson was a graduate of The Citadel, class of 1943. He later earned a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Wisconsin. He was a graduate of the School of Financial Public Relations at Northwestern University’s Chicago campus. He received an honorary doctor of letters degree from The Citadel in 1996. He was a recipient of the Order of the Palmetto, the State’s highest honor for community and state service, awarded in 1974 by Governor John C. West.

Col. Harrelson’s military service began upon graduation from The Citadel and included 10 years on active duty and 25 years in the Army’s Active Reserve.

As an infantry company commander, airlifted from Okinawa, he was among the first troops beginning the occupation of Japan in September 1945. He later served as public affairs officer at the Japanese prefectural (state) level. He served the office of Gen. MacArthur as aide-de-camp to the chief of staff, Major Gen. Paul J. Mueller.

Assignments that followed include, during the Korean War, the personal staff of Gen. J. Lawton Collins, the Army chief of staff and branch chief in the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Office of Public Information in Washington, D.C.

Col. Harrelson was editor and publisher of the Myrtle Beach News, with his wife Harvey as women’s editor, for five years in the mid 1950s. He then served as press secretary and administrative assistant to Gov. Earnest F. Hollings.

He was vice president of public relations, Citizens and Southern National Bank of South Carolina; becoming in 1967 vice president of public relations at West Point Pepperell, the international textile manufacturing company. He established W. LeRoy Harrelson Associates, a public relations and marketing firm in 1971, based in Columbia.

Col. Harrelson became vice president of public affairs for the Christian Broadcasting Network based in Virginia Beach, Va., in 1980. This included return trips to Japan and other countries in the Far East. He retired in 1985, moving to DeBordieu.

Col. Harrelson was particularly active in alumni affairs of The Citadel. He served as alumni member of the board of visitors during the presidency of Gen. Mark Clark; president of the Association of Citadel Men, now the Citadel Alumni Association; and founder of The Citadel Alumni Public Relations Advisory Council. He was founding vice president of The Citadel Development Foundation in 1960, serving its first 11 years and continuing as a director. He served as director emeritus of the succeeding The Citadel Foundation.

He was president of the Citadel Club of Washington, D.C., and co-founder of The Citadel Club of Metropolitan Tokyo during the occupation.

Col. Harrelson served as president of the Myrtle Beach Area Chamber of Commerce during the mid-1950s, chairman of the post-Hurricane Hazel Horry County Beach Preservation Association, and was a 57-year member of Rotary International. He served as president of the Columbia Rotary Club and was a member in Norfolk, Va., West Point, Ga., and Georgetown.

He has served as chairman of the American Cancer Society. He has also served as elder in Presbyterian churches in Myrtle Beach, Pawleys Island, Columbia and West Point.

He was communications consultant in the founding of Trinity School for Ministry Anglican Seminary in Ambridge, Pa.; and a member of the founding committee of the annual S.C. Governor’s Prayer Breakfast.

After retirement, Col. Harrelson served as a director of Peoples Federal and First Federal Savings and Loan Association (now South State Bank). He was also a member of the Horry-Georgetown Technical College Foundation board.

His wife of 62 years, Harvey Newsom Harrelson, died in 2011. His sister, Mary Elizabeth Harrelson Hinson, also died before him.

He is survived by three sons. W. LeRoy Harrelson Jr. of Conway, James Newsom Harrelson (Grace) of Boone, N.C., and Calhoun Harrelson (Julie) of Murrells Inlet; and five grandchildren: Abigail, Andrew, Margaret, Katherine and Julian Harrelson.

A memorial service was held Dec. 10 at Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church.

Memorials may be sent to Operation Christmas Child, c/o of Samaritan’s Purse, P.O. Box 3000 Boone, NC 28607.

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

Troy Hight

School district operations manager

Robert Troy Hight of Pawleys Island, operations manager for the Georgetown County School District, died Sunday. He was 52.

The son of Robert Hight and the late Jackie Powell Hight, he graduated from Brookville High School in Lynchburg, Va., in 1981 and earned his bachelor’s in mechanical engineering from the University of North Carolina in Charlotte. He began his career at International Paper, where he worked for over five years. He then joined the school district as operations manager.

For many years, he was a professional ski instructor at the Homestead Resort in Hot Springs, Va. He was a licensed boat captain and enjoyed his time on the ocean. He was also an avid hunter and fisherman.

He is survived by his wife of 25 years, Marianne Rhodes “Clark” Hight; his son Robert “Tucker” Hight; his daughter, Alexandra Clark Hight; and his sister, Regina Hight Mason.

A memorial service will be held at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Lynchburg at 11 a.m. Friday. The family will receive friends from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. today at Tharp Funeral Home in Lynchburg.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Prince George Winyah Episcopal Church for the music or youth ministry, P.O. Box 674, Georgetown, SC 29442.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Sunday at Prince George.


Dec. 11

Evelyn Cervini

Officer in family jewelry business

Evelyn Ann Cervini of DeBordieu died Friday at Tidelands Community Hospice House. She was 80.

She was born Dec. 23, 1933, in Bronx, N.Y., the daughter of Charles Coppola and Eleana Sacco Coppola. Evelyn was first and foremost a loving wife, mother and grandmother. She was an officer of Christopher’s Fine Jewelry in Pawleys Island. She was a member of St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Georgetown.

Survivors include her husband of 57 years, Louis A. Cervini; her son, Christopher J. Cervini of North Litchfield; her daughter, Katrece E. Cervini of Norwalk, Conn., her brother, Frank Coppola and his wife, Rosalie, of Yonkers, N.Y.; and three grandchildren, Grace Marie Hernandez, Isabella Grace Cervini and Christopher Louis Cervini.

A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 11 a.m. today at St Mary’s Catholic Church.

Memorials may be made to the church, 317 Broad St. Georgetown, SC 29440. Condolences may be made at burroughsfh.com.


Nov. 20

Dick Cash

Brought birds to life from wood

When Bernadette Delgado first saw one of Dick Cash’s birds she wanted to pet it. She didn’t know it was carved from wood and painted.

It was an art Mr. Cash perfected over 40 years. He died Saturday at his home in the Tradition Club. He was 78.

C. Richard Cash was born Aug. 3, 1936, the son of Joseph and Janet Cash of Trenton, N.J.

His love for art started early, according to a profile he and Delgado put together for her gallery, Everything Murrells Inlet. He took classes in high school and the School of Industrial Arts in Trenton to expand his talents.

It was his introduction to a renowned bird carver, George Walker, who lived in nearby Chesterfield, Pa., that gave him the nudge he needed to get into carving full time.

He began carving birds in 1974 under Walker’s direction. His art education and training helped him to simplify his proportion and painting. Through the years of trial and error, he developed his own style and techniques.

“One of his specialties was feather pins, carved out of tupelo,” Delgado said. They are the same size as actual bird feathers and almost as real, she said.

Mr. Cash began exhibiting his work in the Northeast in 1976. In his first competition, he walked away with three first place ribbons. One of those entries remained in his collection.

His work was sold through shops on Cape Cod and in Nantucket. He has also owned two gift shops, built around his carvings, “For the Birds” in Fork River, N.J., and “The Wooden Duck” at the Island Shops.

His work is in private collections in almost every state and five foreign countries.

He was a member of the Murrells Inlet Elks Lodge and the Seacoast Artists Guild of Myrtle Beach.

He is survived by his brother John “Jack” Cash and his wife Audrey, and by his companion Hazel Ingram Jackson, along with several nieces and nephews.

A memorial service was held Wednesday at the St. Paul’s Waccamaw United Methodist Church.


Nov. 13

Bill Higgins

Former dean at USC med school

Oliver M.”Bill” Higgins Jr. of Columbia died Nov. 7 at his home in North Litchfield. He was 79.

A native of Georgetown, Mr. Higgins was born Aug. 3, 1935. He was the son of Oliver M. and Mildred Cooper Higgins. His father served as mayor of Georgetown. His mother was a teacher and was an extra in the 1923 film “Pied Piper Malone,” which was filmed in the city.

Mr. Higgins earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of South Carolina. He began his business career with Southern Bell. He served as vice dean of administration at the University of South Carolina School of Medicine until his retirement in 1998. In April 2013, he was honored by the medical school when a courtyard on the campus was named in his honor. An avid golfer, he instilled the love of the game in his grandsons.

He is survived by his wife of 58 years, Estelle F. Higgins; his daughter, Kay Hall (E.W.); his son, William “Bill” Higgins (Lisa); sister-in-law, Helena Flickinger; sisters, Sonya Dees, Karen Price and Loril Young; his six grandchildren Caleb (Giana) Hall, Ches Hall, Libby Hall, Abby Hall, Georgia Higgins and Will Higgins.

Graveside services were held Monday at Pennyroyal Memorial Gardens. There is a guest book at mayerfuneralhome.com.

Memorials may be made to Harvest Hope Food Bank, 2220 Shop Rd., Columbia, SC 29201; S.C. Junior Golf, P.O. Box 286, Irmo, SC 29063; or a charity of your choice.

Joseph E. Stalvey

Served 21 years in Navy

Joseph Elbert Stalvey of Georgetown died Sunday at Georgetown Memorial Hospital. He was 84.

He was born July 18, 1930, in Marion, a son of Delano K. Stalvey and Verdie Simmons Stalvey. He graduated from Conway High School and attended the University of Georgia. Mr. Stalvey served 21 years in the Navy, prior to moving to Georgetown in 1983. He was a founding member of the Abbey at Pawleys Island, a member of the Cotillion Club of Georgetown and a member of Winyah Indigo Society. Mr. Stalvey was a loving husband, father, and grandfather.

He is survived by his wife, Eleanor Reece West Stalvey; a son, Joseph Gallagher Stalvey (Rosemary); two daughters, Barbara Stalvey Lopez (Bill) and Elizabeth Stalvey Franco; three grandchildren, Max, Alex and Olivia Stalvey; two step-children, Linda Ruble Crumpler (Rick) and Howard Ruble Jr.; and four step-grandchildren, Richard Crumpler (Chelsea), Emily Crumpler Gonzalez (Eddie), Layne Ruble and Blake Ruble.

Funeral services will be held today at 3 p.m. at All Saints Church by the Rt. Rev. Charles H. Murphy III and the Rev. Douglas Harvey. Burial will be in the churchyard.

There is a guestbook at mayerfuneralhome.com.

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


Nov. 6

Gloria M. Bevins

W.Va. native was homemaker

Gloria Mickel Bevins of Williamson, W.Va., and Murrells Inlet, died October 30, at her Murrells Inlet home. She was 87.

She was born Feb. 25, 1927, in Williamson to Nahia and Abe Mickel. She graduated from Williamson High School in 1945. She was a homemaker, beloved member of her community and an active member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Williamson. She was a member of the Elizabeth Chapter of the Eastern Star.

She was married to Robert A. Bevins, who died in 2009.

She is survived by two sons, Kevin M. Bevins and his wife Tammy of Summerville and Thomas P. Bevins and Carol Rahter of Pawleys Island; a brother, Fred Mickel of Williamson; nine grandchildren, Rachel Bevins Linczak, Brooks Bevins, Austin Bevins, Emma Bevins, Carly Bevins, Allison Bevins, Connor Bevins and Faith Bevins of Summerville, and Lauren Bevins Cahill of Johns Island; a great-grandchild, Mona Rose Cahill of Johns Island; and her caretaker and friend Portia Baker of Murrells Inlet.

An evening of remembrance was held Sunday at the Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel.

There is a guest book at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

Carolyn R. Bowen

Active in church and community

Carolyn Rowlett Bowen of Georgetown,, died Tuesday, November 4, at her residence. She was 83.

She was born May 14, 1931, in Greenville, N.C., a daughter of Clinton Boyd Rowlett and Hilda Carolyn Critcher Rowlett. She lived in a number of places, mainly North Carolina and Tulsa, Oklahoma, prior to moving to Georgetown. She was married to the late William Augustus Bowen.

Mrs. Bowen was active in community and church affairs and volunteered to serve on many committees in Charlotte and Tulsa. She was a communicant of Prince George, Winyah, Episcopal Church and served on the church Altar Guild. Mrs. Bowen was an avid bridge player. She was a loving wife, mother, grandmother, great-grandmother and friend.

She is survived by a son, William A. Bowen, Jr. (Beth) of Charlotte; three daughters, Carol Bowen (Alan Bernstein) of New York; Lee Bowen Jones (Dr. Lee) of Pawleys Island and Jane Bowen Sullivan (Tim) of Park City, Utah; eight grandchildren, Tripp Jones (Hannah), Anne Jones Marion (Douglas), Benjamin Bernstein, Lindsay and Thomas Sullivan, and Casey, Gus, and Andrew Bowen; and a great-grandson, Maxwell Jones.

Memorial services will be Friday at 1 p.m. at Prince George, conducted by the Very Rev. Paul C. Fuener. Inurnment will be in the church columbarium. A reception will follow at Mrs. Bowen’s residence.

There is a guest book at mayerfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Prince George, Winyah, Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 674, Georgetown, S.C. 29442 or Tidelands Community Hospice, 2591 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, S.C. 29440.

Mercelene T. Miller

Former head of voter board

Mercelene “Merce” Thomas Miller of Pawleys Island died Oct. 28 at her home. She was 99.

She was born May 1, 1915, in Manning, a daughter of Horace Murchison Thomas and Mary Gaillard McLeod Thomas. She grew up in Manning and lived in Pawleys Island for most of her life. She was married to the late Gordon Leath “Nig” Miller Jr.

Mrs. Miller managed the Georgetown County Board of Registration for many years. She was a communicant of Christ the King, Waccamaw, Episcopal Church.

She is survived by Mercelene “Petti” Thomas Miller Lighthart (Robert) of Folly Beach, Mary Miller Hydrick of Charleston and Denise J. Miller of Pawleys Island; two granddaughters, Leclair L. West (Mark) and Sarah Hydrick Ogden (Tom); three grandsons, Bob Lighthart (Christine), Leath Miller and Daniel Edward Hydrick (Linda); and four great-grandchildren, Lydia Elise Lighthart, Carolyn Joy Lighthart, Lucy Royall Hydrick and Cambridge Trott Hydrick.

In addition to her husband and parents, a son, Gordon Leath Miller III, died before her.

Memorial services were held Friday at All Saints Cemetery. Memorials may be made to Regency Hospice, 11943 Grandhaven Dr., Murrells Inlet, SC 29576 or the charity of your choice.

There is a guestbook at mayerfuneralhome.com.


Oct. 30

P.C. Bryant

Air Force vet became corporate pilot

Perrin Cranford Bryant of Georgetown, a retired corporate pilot, died Monday at his home. He was 73.

He was born New Year’s Day, 1941 in Birmingham, Ala., the son of Philip Nelson Bryant and Alice Mildred Cranford Bryant. He graduated from Auburn University.

Mr. Bryant, who was known as P.C., flew C-141 transport aircraft in and out of Vietnam from 1964 to 1968 while stationed at Charleston Air Force Base. He flew the RF-4C Phantom Jet for the Alabama Air National Guard from 1972 to 1992 and retired as a lieutenant colonel. He flew for South Trust Bank of Birmingham from 1976 to 2001, retiring as chief pilot.

Mr. Bryant moved to Georgetown in 2004 and was a communicant of All Saints Church in Pawleys Island.

He is survived by his wife, Patricia Ann Thompson Bryant; a son, Perrin C. Bryant II (Tracy) of Jacksonville, Fla.; three daughters, Ann B. White (Jeffrey) of Annapolis, Md., Susan L. Kendrick (Justin) of Spartanburg and Samantha B. Mohlenhoff (Trevor) of Wilmington, N.C.; and 11 grandchildren.

Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday at the graveside in All Saints Cemetery by the Rev. Robert L. Grafe. A reception will follow in the ACTS building.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Family Justice Center, 1530 Highmarket St., Georgetown, SC 29440 or Tidelands Community Hospice, 2591 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, SC 29440.

There is a guestbook at mayerfuneralhome.com.


Oct. 16

C. Claymon Grimes Jr.

Served as fighter pilot over Japan

Georgetown County lost one of its war heroes last week with the death of Claymon Grimes at age 92. He died Oct. 8, the day his wife of 67 years, Harriett, was buried at Prince George, Winyah, Church. They celebrated their wedding anniversary on Oct. 4, the day before she died.

Grimes received a bachelor’s degree and a law degree from the University of South Carolina and moved to Georgetown in 1947 to practice law. He served in the state House and Senate and fathered two sons, Cecil Claymon “Bubba” Grimes III, and John Pyatt “Jack” Grimes, and a daughter, Harriet “Happy” Grimes Wilcox.

Grimes was a World War II pilot and flew 24 missions over Japan in P-51 fighters escorting B-29 bombers. After flight training, Grimes thought he was headed for the Eighth Air Force and assignment in Europe but was one of 10 pilots picked for the Pacific. They went to the 787th Fighter Squadron Station in Hawaii and learned to fly the P-47.

“That was a strict outfit,” Grimes said during a talk to the Friends of the Kaminski House Museum two years ago. “That was the fighter squadron there when Pearl Harbor was hit. Their classmates had gone to Europe and fought, but they hadn’t been in any action and couldn’t get promoted. I can’t use the word to describe them. Believe it or not, a young second lieutenant had to salute an older second lieutenant. But they could fly.”

Near the end of this training, Grimes saw a shipment of new planes that would ultimately win the war for America, the P-51 Mustang.

“We were going ‘down under,’” Grimes said, “Iwo Jima.”

“B-29s were bombing Japan from Saipan, but that was a 3,000-mile run. No fighter could fly that far. That’s when they decided to take Iwo Jima and its airfield. It was just 750 miles from Japan, and the P-51 could fly that far and escort the bombers. We were the first fighter squadron to land at Iwo Jima.”

He said Japanese troops still held parts of the island and fired at U.S. planes as they landed on a metal grate runway put down by Navy Seabees.

A mission to Japan would take around eight hours, Grimes said, and the P-51 had no auto-pilot. It was mostly armor plating, ammunition, weapons and gasoline. “You had no navigation equipment,” he said, “so we followed the B-29s.”

After the long flight to the bomb run, Grimes said, the fighter pilots would take pep pills to heighten their senses before meeting the Japanese Zeros in the sky.

Grimes made 24 long missions to Japan, but only one stands out in his memory.

“I had been in a dogfight and missed the rendezvous with the B-29 guide plane to go home,” he said. “I knew the general direction, but Iwo Jima is a tiny island, 15 miles long, a speck, 700 miles away. I started back with a compass and a heavy heart.”

Then, Grimes saw a B-29 high in the sky. He couldn’t fly with it because his oxygen lines had been shot out, but he would swoop down to breathe and climb back up to 20,000 feet.

That’s when he noticed a Japanese fighter had spotted the American bomber, too, and was closing on it.

“Luckily,” Grimes said, “he was a dumb pilot because he tried to dive with my P-51 and that was a mismatch. I shot and saw pieces fly off the Japanese plane, but I didn’t see him go down because of the cloud cover. When I got back to the B-29 they were giving me the ‘V for victory’ and everything.”

The B-29 guided Grimes back to his base, and he was credited with a possible kill because there was no corroboration that the Zero had gone into the ocean.

His remaining missions were not as exciting before the Enola Gay dropped atom bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki.

Soon after Japan surrendered, Grimes came back to South Carolina.

But that was not the end of his story.

Forty years later, in 1985, Grimes and his wife bought a vacation house in the North Carolina mountains. They were there doing some work when a man walking with a cane came by and asked if they would consider renting the place. He had rented it for a month in the summer from the previous owner.

Grimes struck up a conversation with the man and learned he was a retired Pan Am pilot from Greeleyville and had flown B-29s out of Saipan in World War II.

“We must have been on some of the same missions,” Grimes said.

“Yeah, probably so,” the man agreed.

They continued to talk about their experiences and the visitor remembered the day that a P-51 was lost and the pilot was trying to get back to Iwo Jima. He was low on oxygen but had shot down a Japanese Zero that was attacking his bomber.

“You won’t believe it,” Grimes told him. “That was me.”

The visitor said he watched the Japanese fighter hit the water. Grimes could finally count his kill.

C. Graham Reid Jr.

Pastor became financial advisor

Calvin Graham Reid Jr. of Due West, a former Pawleys Island area resident, died Oct. 1 after a brief illness. He was 76.

He was born Nov. 16, 1937, in Philadelphia, the son of Graham and Florence Reid. He grew up in Charlotte and was a member of the “Classic Class” of 1955 at Myers Park High School. He earned a bachelor’s degree in English and Greek from Davidson College and a master’s in divinity from Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, Va.

Mr. Reid was ordained as a pastor in the Presbyterian Church USA and served as an associate pastor at First Presbyterian Church in Harrisonburg, Va. He later became an agent with New York Life and retired as a financial advisor with A.G. Edwards in Pawleys Island.

He married the former Mary Alice Farrell on Sept. 9, 1978. They lived at Pawleys Island for over 30 years. He was a member of Georgetown Presbyterian Church.

He enjoyed photography, travel and staying in touch with all his friends.

In addition to his wife of 36 years, he is survived by his sons, Graham Reid III (Gayle) and William Reid of Charleston, Stephens Farrell of Asheville, N.C., and his daughter-in-law, Janet Whitt Farrell of Greensboro, N.C.; three grandchildren, Kelly Cusick Bashor (Brad) of Pawleys Island, Whitney Farrell Pritchard (Iain) of Winchester, Va., and Will Farrell of Barnardsville, N.C.; his brothers, Edward L. Reid (Frances) of Coral Gables, Fla., and Nelson Reid (Gisela) of Wilmington, N.C.; his sister, Mary Grey Reid Morgan of South Bend, Ind.; and three great-grandchildren, Landen, Jonathan and Chloe Bashor of Pawleys Island;

His daughter, Beth Cusick, and a son, Michael Farrell, died before him.

A memorial service was held Oct. 5 in Greenwood. Memorials may be made to Hospice of the Piedmont, 408 W. Alexander Ave., Greenwood, SC 29646.


Oct. 9

Jane Z.M. Keesler

Artist with a love for sea and shore

Jane Zuill Moore Keesler, 79, of North Litchfield died Sept. 29 at her residence after a short illness surrounded by her four children. She was 79.

She was born June 9, 1935, in Greenwood, the daughter of Herman Aubrey Moore, Emmie McConnell Moore Howerton and Philip Fullerton Howerton.

She grew up in Charlotte, graduated from Salem Academy and attended Agnes Scott College. She was married for 55 years to the late Drury Lacy Keesler.

She was a member of the Charlotte Debutante Club, Charlotte Junior League, Carolina Clowns, Myers Park Presbyterian Church and a volunteer at Dove’s Nest and the Women’s Shelter.

Mrs. Keesler’s passions included her children and grandchildren, her love of the beach, the sea and life beneath the water, and sailing and scuba diving in the Caribbean with Lacy. She was also an accomplished artist, leaving many fine paintings.

She is survived by her brother, Judge Philip Fullerton Howerton Jr. (Mary) of Charlotte; her children, Drury Lacy Keesler Jr. (Becky) of Pawleys Island; James Zuill Keesler (Ann) of Charlotte, Emmie Keesler Swanson (Mark) of Valdez, Alaska and Elizabeth Keesler Cochran (Edward) of Mount Pleasant; her grandchildren, Meghan Keesler Budde, Alfred Henry Swanson, William Alan Swanson, Lacy Kathleen Keesler, James Zuill Keesler II, Douglas McConnell Keesler, Caroline Howerton Cochran, Edward Hutchinson Cochran III and Benjamin Arthur Swanson; her great-grandchildren, Aidan and Lillian; and a number of nieces and nephews.

Her brother, Herman Aubrey Moore, died before her.

Special gratitude is extended to her attentive and loving caregivers who made her comfortable and peaceful.

A memorial service will be held at Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church on Oct. 15 at 1 p.m.

There is a guest book at mayerfuneralhome.com.

Memorials may be made to Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church, Brookgreen Gardens or to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.


Oct. 2

Charles W. Freeman

Former Pawleys police chief

Charles William Freeman of Pawleys Island, a former Philadelphia police officer who became police chief for the town of Pawleys Island, died Monday at Waccamaw Community Hospital. He was 64.

He was born May 13, 1950 in Philadelphia, a son of the late Charles William Alexander McTier and Arthur Lee Frances Freeman.

He became the town’s the police chief in 1994. The town’s first chief was fired after a year and the second left a week after taking the job. He left in 1998 in a dispute with Town Council over control of the department.

He was member of the Georgetown County Boys Mentor Group and the Georgetown County Social Club.

He is survived by his wife, Stephanie Williams Freeman; two sons, Terrance (Megan) Freeman of Gainesville, Fla., and Chaz Freeman of Los Angeles; a sister, Cheryl Gibbs of Philadelphia; and his grandchildren, Seth Tyson and Makenna Karin.

Another sister, Linda Roberson, died before him.

A memorial service will held at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Quality Inn, 210 Church St., in Georgetown. The family will receive friends following the service until 6 p.m.

Memorials may be made to Georgetown County Boys Mentor Group, 911 Church St., Georgetown, SC 29440-3911.

Condolences may be made at burroughsfh.com.

Larry B. Walker

Original member of Pawleys surf club

Larry Beatty Walker of Pawleys Island, a homebuilder, died Sept. 26 at Waccamaw Community Hospital. He was 63.

After spending six and a half weeks at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center with some health issues he was undergoing rehabilitation and preparing to go home.

He was born in Georgetown, the son of the late Johnnie (Big Johnnie) L. Walker and Ann Altman Walker. He moved to Pawleys Island as a child and he grew up swimming, surfing, fishing and crabbing in the ocean, creek and marshes. The salt air and pluff mud got in his blood and he was his happiest walking the south end and having his time with God. He said that was his church and where he felt closest to the Lord.

He was an original member of the Pawleys Island Surf Club. He graduated from Winyah High School and attended Chowan Junior College, where he studied graphic arts. However, he chose the home building and renovation business following in his dad’s and brother’s footsteps.

He was an avid fisherman and NASCAR enthusiast. He was an active member in the Elks Lodge and did a lot of the cooking when they had their fundraisers. He was a great chef.

He was remembered as a wonderful daddy, brother, uncle and one of the best friends anyone could have.

He survived by his daughter Briana Walker of Waynesville, Mo.; his sister, Linda Walker-Smith (Len) of North Myrtle Beach; his special friend, Yvonne Guarrera of Pawleys Island; his sister-in-law, Susan W. Walker of Pawleys Island; his closest childhood friend and “brother” Billy Hall of Pawleys Island; and numerous nieces and nephews who were like his children.

His big brother, Johnnie Lee Walker, died before him.

Memorial services will be held graveside Saturday at 2 p.m. at All Saints Church by the Rev. Frank Holsclaw. Reception will follow at the Hall’s “Big House” at 93 Rising Sun Ave. off the North Causeway.

There is a guestbook at mayerfuneralhome.com..

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Georgetown-Pawleys Island Elks Lodge, 8363 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, SC 29585.


Sept. 25

John B. Dawson

Lumber company owner

John Baker Dawson, owner of Pawleys Island Lumber, died Wednesday at his home on Winyah Bay. He was 86.

He was born Oct. 19, 1927, in Maricopa County, Ariz., a son of Harry Eaton Dawson Sr. and Marguerite Baker Dawson. Mr. Dawson was raised in Mount Pleasant and moved to Georgetown in the early 1950s. He served in the Air Force as a fighter pilot during the Korean War and was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross and the Air Medal. He was one of the youngest members of the Acro Jets, the first jet aircraft acrobatic team and forerunner to the Thunderbirds.

Mr. Dawson was a partner with Dawson Lumber Co. for many years and was the owner of Pawleys Island Lumber until his retirement.

He was a charter member of Wayne United Methodist Church and a member of the Williams Sunday School class. Mr. Dawson was also a charter member of the Winyah Bay Archery Club and enjoyed hunting, fishing and spending time with family and friends.

He is survived by his wife, Helyn McKinney Dawson; four children, Dawn Marguerite Dawson Chase (Sanborn) of Pawleys Island, John B. “Duff” Dawson Jr. (Liz) of Georgetown, Dean H. Dawson (Beth) of Georgetown and Damon E. Dawson (Cori) of Georgetown; nine grandchildren, Baker Dawson (Wendy), Ramsay Dawson (Kathy), Sandra Cannon (Tad), Kloo Hansen (Andy), Betsy Crosby, Witte Crosby, Julie Dawson, Carson Dawson and DJ Dawson; six great-grandchildren; two sisters, Clara B. Antley of Mount Pleasant and June Svedberg of Georgetown; and a number of nieces and nephews.

A grandson, Jack Crosby, and a great granddaughter, Mary Kate Dawson, died before him as did his stepmother, Louise Dawson Murrell, and four brothers, Harry Dawson Jr., Marvin Dawson, Calvin Dawson and Danny Dawson.

Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Friday at Wayne United Methodist Church by the Rev. Danny Chamblee. Burial will be in Pennyroyal Memorial Gardens.

The family will receive friends one hour prior to the service at the church.

Memorials may be made to Wayne United Methodist Church, Window Fund, 606 Wayne St. Georgetown, SC 29440 or to Tidelands Community Hospice, 2591 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, SC 29440.

There is a guestbook at grahamfuneralhome.org.


Sept. 11

Rev. Manney C. Reid

Retired Episcopal minister

A memorial service for the Rev. Manney Carrington Reid will be held at Holy Cross-Faith Memorial Episcopal Church Saturday at 11 a.m.

Rev. Reid, a retired Episcopal priest, died July 17 in Pawleys Island. He was 91.

He was born, Nov. 22, 1922, in Columbia, the son of Howard Dunklin Reid and Sarah Lillian (Rice) Reid. He earned a bachelor’s degree in accounting from the University of South Carolina and a master’s of accounting from Columbia University.

From 1943 to 1946, he served as an officer in the Navy, assigned to the Pacific aboard the destroyer U.S.S. Haraden during World War II.

He began his career as an accountant with the firm of Derrick & Finch in Columbia, but felt increasingly called to the Episcopal priesthood and entered Virginia Theological Seminary in 1948. He earned a master’s degree in divinity.

He married Gerry Ervin of York shortly before beginning his theological education. After graduation in 1951, he served his first parish, Trinity Church in Edgefield. In the long and distinguished ministry that followed, he served churches in Myrtle Beach, Sumter and Columbia, Kinston, N.C., Oak Ridge, Tenn., and Tucson, Ariz. He also served as acting dean of Trinity Cathedral in Columbia.

After his wife Gerry’s death, he married Frances Dodd in 1987. That same year, he retired from full time ministry, but subsequently continued to serve churches in a variety of capacities, including parishes in Mount Pleasant, Georgetown, Myrtle Beach and Pawleys Island.

Through his pastoral care, preaching, and powerful liturgies, Rev. Reid touched thousands of lives over the course of his ministry. He worked wonderfully with people of all ages, and shepherded parishioners through the joyous and difficult passages of life, performing an enormous number of baptisms, weddings, and funerals. He particularly loved the singing of hymns and the telling of stories, especially to children of all ages, but he most loved the pastoral work of ministry, and developed many lifelong relationships.

His enthusiastic friendliness was well known, and, as his mother was fond of saying, he never met a stranger.

Rev. Reid had deep relationships with many organizations, including Alcoholics Anonymous and Rotary Clubs in the communities in which he lived. His longest and most important relationship was with the Kanuga Camp and Conference Center in Hendersonville, N.C., where he first attended a young people’s conference while in high school. He worked there for a number of summers in his later youth, led conferences as a minister many times during his career, vacationed there and served on the board.

Rev. Reid believed strongly in the equality of all people in God’s kingdom, a conviction that began with his work as a teenager in Bishop’s Store in Columbia.

Later his was a courageous voice for the integration of churches and schools, at a time when such voices were rare in the Carolinas. In Edgefield, he upheld the right of African-Americans to worship and take communion in his church. In Kinston, he served on the Board of Education and in 1963 led a move to integrate its schools. In Sumter, he fought for the right of all people to worship in the church of their choice, while at the same time serving as the minister of the small African-American church.

A man of great vitality in his prime, Rev. Reid loved life and lived it to its fullest. He relished outdoor family activities, and at the age of 80 could still beat his children at golf, the game he loved most. He approached automobile purchasing as a sport, and never failed to amaze and surprise his family with his latest deal. He loved laughter, jokes of many sorts and used humor to enliven daily life and lighten darker days.

Pawleys Island was a very important place for him, the site of family vacations for more than 60 years, as well as his retirement home. His proudest accomplishment was the home he built himself at Pawleys, a beautiful house constructed by someone who could barely hold a hammer when he first began building it in 1974.

In addition to his wife of 27 years he is survived by his sons Howard and wife Melanie Stein of Middletown, Conn., Cary and wife Deta of New Haven, Conn., and Ervin and wife Mary Ann of Richmond, Va.; his daughter Lisa (Reid) Hanner and husband Brad of Marietta, Ga.; his stepsons, Larry Dodd and wife Emily of Spartanburg and Danny Dodd and wife Debra Ann of Goldsboro, N.C.; and nine grandchildren and three step-grandchildren.

Along with his parents and his first wife, his brother, Howard Dunklin Reid Jr., died before him.

Memorials may be made to Kanuga Conferences, P.O. Box 250, Hendersonville, N.C. 28793.


Sept. 4

Tommy Altman

Former IP supervisor

Tommy Altman of Georgetown, who grew up at Pawleys Island and worked for IP for 28 years, died Monday at Tidelands Community Hospice House. He was 81.

He was born on May 30, 1933, in Georgetown County, a son of Annie Mariah Carraway Altman and John Gordon Altman. He resided in Pawleys Island until 1961 when he and the former Mary Louise Cooper were married and made their home in Georgetown.

Tommy was a member of Screven Baptist Church in Georgetown for many years. Prior to marriage, he was a member of Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church.

Tommy attended Waverly Mills School. The two-room public school was the only school in Pawleys Island. Two teachers taught all the grades, which consisted of approximately 30 students in the first through seventh grades. He entered the eighth grade at Winyah High School in Georgetown.

He was a graduate of the Provost Marshal General’s School as a military police officer with the Disciplinary Guard Technical Service Unit at Camp Gordon, Ga. He served in the South Carolina Army National Guard. He was an Army veteran of the Korean War, where he served as an MP at the Big 8 Stockade in Nakato, Japan.

Mr. Altman completed several in-state and out-of state courses, sponsored by International Paper Co.’s staff development program and worked in various positions and departments from February 1952 until his medical retirement in March 1980 as a maintenance planning analyst/supervisor. He was a member of the Quarter Century Club and the Pine Tree Club of International Paper.

He served on several local boards and committees and was a charter member of the Georgetown Police Department’s police community advisory board, appointed by the City Council in 1997. He was a member of American Legion Post 172, a life member of AMVETS, a master mason and a life member of Murrells Inlet Lodge 368. He was a former member of Moose Lodge 6444. In 1976, he became a member of the Ancient and Accepted Scottish Rite of Freemasonry of the Southern District of the United States and was an Omar Shriner. He had been in the Clowns Unit and helped establish the Jokers Unit and was a member of the G&W Shrine Club. He was an active member of the Georgetown Country Club Community Association, where he lived.

Mr. Altman was remembered as a true Southern gentleman who epitomized a loving and caring spirit. He was an avid recreational fisherman, shrimper, hunter and was skilled in woodworking. His favorite hobby was working with flowers and gardening. He and Louise were nominated several times and were recipients in 1992 and 2007 of the Yard of Excellence Beautification Award from the Keep Georgetown Beautiful Committee, an affiliate of Keep America Beautiful. He enjoyed many motor coach trips throughout the United States and Canada with Louise and their many friends with the Holiday Tours group, directed by Vivian and Oscar Richburg. He was also a charter member of the Ocean Waves Square Dance Club.

Tommy and Louise were owners and developers of Whispering Pines subdivision. They were also co-owners and operators of Andy’s Hillbilly Chicken Restaurant on Highway 17 in Georgetown for several years.

His family remembered him as a devoted husband, daddy, G-Daddy, father-in-law, brother, uncle, brother-in-law, cousin and friend to all.

In addition to his wife of 53 years, he is survived by his only child, Stella Louise Altman Jernigan and her husband, Daniel Charles Jernigan Jr. and their son, Alexander John Jernigan; three sisters, Josephine A. Heath of Midlothian, Texas, Edline A. Hucks of Manning and Lorena A. “Tootsie” Watkins of Pawleys Island; two brothers, John Lawrence Altman and his wife Carol of Georgetown and Albert Sidney Altman and his wife Linda of Mount Pleasant; several brothers-in-law, nieces, nephews, cousins, and many dear friends and extended family members.

Five brothers, Reggie, Claude and Mackie Altman Sr. of Pawleys Island, Theodore Altman of St. Cloud, Fla., and Harry Altman of Slidell, La., died before him.

Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at Screven Baptist Church by Pastor Jason Williams. Entombment with military honors and Masonic Rites will be in the Pennyroyal Memorial Gardens Mausoleum. The family will receive friends at the church from 3 p.m.

Memorials may be made to Screven Baptist Church Fellowship Hall Fund, P.O. Box 2776 Georgetown, SC 29442 or to Omar Shrine Temple, for the Greenville Shriners Children’s Hospital, 176 Patriots Point Rd., Mount Pleasant, SC 29464.

Frances A. Drexel

Troubleshooter for power company

Frances Allen Drexel of Litchfield Plantation died Sunday at Tidelands Community Hospice House. She was 97.

She was born in Manasquan, N.J., a daughter of Albert and Caroline Allen. Known as Fran, she graduated from high school in 1934. She went to New York and took a two year secretarial course and later got a bookkeeping job in New Jersey at the Central Power and Light Company. She worked her way up to become a troubleshooter in various branches of the company.

She met and married her late husband Charlie in 1941. They lived and worked in several places before retiring to the Pawleys Island area. They were married for 55 years.

Mrs. Drexel was remembered as a remarkable woman, very attractive as well as active. Her influence, pleasant smile and enthusiasm kept everyone feeling young regardless of their age.

She is survived by a nephew, Gerard Hendrickson of Cartersville, Ga.

A brother, Roger Allen, and his wife, Helene, who also lived at Litchfield Plantation, died before her.

A private service will be held at a later date.

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.


Aug. 14

Beryl P. Davey

Librarian who fought censorship

Beryl Pinckney Davey of Litchfield, a retired librarian, died July 22 after a short struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. She was 86.

She was born May 5, 1928, in Brooklyn, N.Y., the daughter of George and Elizabeth Pinckney, and spent her childhood in Connecticut. She graduated from Smith College in 1951 with a major in literature. She married Bruce Davey that summer, worked a bit of retail at New York’s Macy’s department store before Bruce’s position required them to move around the country. After a lengthy stay in Chicago, they landed in Omaha, Neb., in the mid-1960s. Bruce suffered a horseback riding accident shortly after their arrival and died as a result of his injuries.

Being new in the city with no family, Mrs. Davey went to the local library, a favorite place for her in any community and offered her services as a volunteer. Her great customer service skills and research skills were noticed and they put her on the payroll of the City of Omaha Public Library in 1968. She eventually became responsible for overseeing the entire adult collection for a library that included a national archive for government documents as well as 12 branches in a community of over half a million residents. She retired in 1997 as a supervisor.

In her leadership role she would often find herself at odds with the bureaucrats and the pressure groups of the time, said Peggy Gilmore, a long-time friend and co-worker. Mrs. Davey’s successes was to keep local groups from censoring a photography book by the pop singer Madonna in the 1990s.

She also sued the municipality for pay equity to match those of the predominately male occupied positions with less educational requirements. The case, which included 90 plaintiffs, ended in the city’s favor after reaching the U.S. Court of Appeals. “Her determination and energy were not enough to sway the outcome,” Gilmore said.

Her fellow librarians always had an idea where her next great travels would take her by visiting her office and finding that the shelf of books on that country were now on her desk. Her travels continued in her retirement, rarely if ever participating in the tours or safaris offered, instead making her own path wherever she visited.

She was a wonderful pet owner and was hardly ever without one terrier, if not two, as full time companions.

She loved her post retirement home in Litchfield and made a point of discovering all the uniqueness of this part of the country and continued to bring a sense of curiosity to every new challenge she encountered.

In addition to her parents and her husband, her sister Jean and long-time companion Sonny Cohen died before her.

A memorial will be held Aug. 21 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Litchfield at Lakes Gathering Room.

Dr. James W. Forrester

Former Navy pilot became surgeon

Dr. James Waldrip Forrester of Georgetown, a former Navy pilot who practiced surgery in Georgetown County for 36 years, died Aug. 7 surrounded by his family. He was 90 and had sustained injuries in a fall.

He was born July 19, 1924, in Cartersville, Ga., a son of Agnes and Lindsay Forrester of Marietta, Ga. While always remaining proud of his Marietta beginnings, Jim moved with his family to Greenville and graduated from Greenville High School in 1941. He entered the U.S. Naval Academy with the Class of 1945 and because of the accelerated war efforts he graduated in 1944. From 1944 to 1948, he served as a surface warfare officer and as a naval aviator at various duty stations, including the USS Baltimore operating against the Japanese and on the USS Philippine Sea in the Atlantic and Mediterranean as a carrier pilot following World War II.

Dr. Forrester’s military service in the war left a lifelong desire to attend to the care of others through his skills as a physician. He loved his country and was a true patriot in all senses of the word.

After military service, he attended Harvard Medical School where he served as president of his class for three years. He graduated in 1953. Dr. Forrester completed his internship and residency at Washington University, the Barnes and Allied Hospitals in St. Louis in 1958. He received his American Board of Surgery certification in 1961.

Being a lover of the coast of South Carolina and believing he had a calling to serve people from all walks of life, Jim and his wife Liz brought their young family to Georgetown, where Jim practiced general surgery from 1958 in what was then a 13-bed hospital, until his retirement in 1994. He practiced with Dr. William G. Armstrong, Dr. George R. Blalock and Dr. James R. Lee.

Dr. Forrester served as chief of surgery from 1975 to 1986, chief of staff, chairman of the hospital quality assurance committee, and member of the executive and critical care committees. In addition to being a member of the South Carolina and American Medical Associations, the Georgetown County Medical Society, the American College of Surgeons and the Society of American Gastrointestinal Endoscopic Surgeons, he was a founding member of the American Society of General Surgeons and a past president of the South Carolina Surgical Society. He was past chairman of the Pee-Dee Regional Health Systems Agency and a past member of the South Carolina Health Coordinating Council and Waccamaw Regional Health Planning Committee.

Civic and community organizations reaped the benefit of Dr. Forrester’s service. He served as president of the Georgetown Rotary Club, the Georgetown County Industrial Commission, Georgetown City Schools Advisory Board, chairman of the Georgetown County Comprehensive Health Planning Committee, Boy Scout Troop 300 committee, and Georgetown Memorial Hospital Foundation. He was an early organizer of the South Carolina Republican Party and remained energetically active in civic affairs. He was also past president of the Winyah Indigo Society, a past member of the Carolina Yacht Club and a member of the U.S. Naval Academy Sailing Squadron.

Dr. Forrester was a faithful and tireless servant for the Lord, a commitment central to all things in his life, his family said. He was an active member of Prince George Winyah Episcopal Church, where he served as senior warden, founder of the men’s Bible study, lay reader and member of the pastoral care committee.

The outdoors provided a great source of passion for Jim. He was an avid bird hunter, sailor, hiker, camper and traveller. Of utmost importance was his role as husband, father and grandfather where his wisdom, kindness, example and love of the Lord will provide a legacy for generations to come.

He is survived by his wife of 62 years, Liz; his daughters Therese (Duncan) Pindar and Elizabeth; son Jim Jr. (Katherine); grandchildren Duncan, Mallery, Lindsay and Hawkins Pindar, and Morgan and Lawson Forrester; and numerous nieces and nephews. A daughter, Katherine Agnes Forrester, and his brothers, Harrison and Lindsay Forrester, died before him.

Funeral services were Sunday at Prince George Winyah Episcopal Church. Burial was in the church cemetery.

There is a guestbook at mayerfuneralhome.com.

Memorials may be sent to Prince George Winyah Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 674, Georgetown, SC 29442 or a charity of your choice.

George R. Townsend

Worked in real estate sales

George Rowe Townsend of Litchfield Country Club died Aug. 4 at her home. She was 91.

She was born Dec. 23, 1922, in Bennettsville, a daughter of Arthur Douglas Townsend and Jayne Rowe Townsend.

Miss Townsend worked in real estate sales and development. For many years, she was the archivist for All Saints Waccamaw Episcopal Church and helped with an update of the parish history in the mid-1990s. “She was never bored,” her brother said.

She was a communicant at Christ the King, Waccamaw, Episcopal Church.

She is survived by her brother, W. D. L. Townsend and wife, Sherry, of Durham, N.C.; five nieces and nephews. Alexandra Corradi, Janis Page, Jayne Lee, Douglas Townsend Jr., Sheridan van Wagenberg and Cabell Townsend.

A sister, Janice T. Corradi, died before her.

Memorial services will be held Sept. 20 at 10 a.m. at Old All Saints Church by the Rev. Timothy D. Surratt. The family will receive friends immediately following the service.

There is a guestbook at mayerfuneralhome.com.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Christ the King, Waccamaw, Episcopal Church, 10172 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, SC 29585.


Aug. 7

Howard M. Mueller Jr.

Realtor was former Island Shops owner

Howard McCudden Mueller Jr. of Pawleys Island, a former owner of the Island Shops, died Sunday at Tidelands Community Hospice House. He was 72.

He was born Aug. 30, 1941, in Savannah, the son of the late Rev. Howard M. Mueller and Mary Clements Mueller and step-son of the late Margaret Maxwell Mueller. He was a graduate of The Citadel. He was the owner of Mueller Real Estate in the Island Shops and later started the Island Country Store (now Pawleys Island Tavern) and Howard’s Christmas Trees.

Mr. Mueller was a communicant of All Saints Church and a former member of the vestry.

From an early age he spent his summers at Pawleys Island, a place he dearly loved and where he eventually made his lifetime residence. He loved hunting, fishing and cooking a pig.

He is survived by his wife, Dorothy Lesslie Mueller of Pawleys Island; three sons, Howard McCudden Mueller III (Michaela) and John Hairston Mueller, both of Charleston, and William Campbell King Mueller (Brooke) of Alexandria, Va.; a daughter, Mary Katherine Mueller of Pawleys Island; a step-son, David Lee Hamilton, III (Lauren) of West Palm Beach, Fla.; a step-daughter, Lesslie Elizabeth Ray (Phillip) of West Palm Beach; a sister, Caroline C. Mueller of Pawleys Island; and nine grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, a son, Robert Gettys Lesslie Mueller, died before him.

Memorial services were held Wednesday at All Saints Church by the Rev. Robert L. Grafe. There is a guest book at mayerfuneralhome.com.

Memorials may be made to All Saints Church, 3560 Kings River Rd., Pawleys Island, S.C. 29585 or Tidelands Community Hospice, Inc., 2591 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, S.C. 29440.

Melvin G. Nauss

A love of Pawleys Creek started early

Melvin Green Nauss of Pawleys Island, a classically-trained singer who had a career as a social worker, died July 31. She was 90.

She was born on Feb. 10, 1924, in Sumter, the daughter of Dr. Dove Walter Green of Charleston and Irene Hardwick of Mullins. She grew up in Conway and began coming to Pawleys Island when she was 6, staying at True Blue Creek House. “All morning and all afternoon, we just lived in that salt creek out there,” she said in a 2010 interveiw. “It was wonderful. What a life!”

Her father worked one day a week at a clinic in Parkersville started by Dr. Henry Norris, then owner of Litchfield Plantation. He also worked at a clinic started by Archer Huntington at Brookgreen Gardens. Mrs. Nauss recalled that her parents once dined with Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington at their winter home, Atalaya.

She graduated from Conway High School and earned a degree in music from Winthrop College in 1945. At Winthrop she was president of the Episcopal Student Auxiliary and active in the German and music clubs. She attended the Juilliard School in New York. She was a music teacher with Florence District 1 schools and was Miss Florence of 1946.

That was the year she met Benjamin Smith Nauss. They married in 1947. As an Army wife, she and Ben later moved to Columbus, Ga., and Okinawa, Japan before settling down in Florence to raise four sons. Upon returning from Okinawa, Mrs. Nauss started a neighborhood kindergarten and later became a caseworker for the state Department of Public Welfare. In the early 1970s, she took a break from social service and ran the Cassena Inn on Pawleys Island. Later, she worked for the Crisis Intervention Center as a counselor and finished her career with the state Mental Health Department in Florence and Georgetown.

She was active in the Episcopal Church and was a member of St. John’s Episcopal Florence and a founding member of All Saints Episcopal Florence as well as a member of All Saints Waccamaw Episcopal Church and Holy Cross-Faith Memorial Episcopal Church. Known for her beautiful soprano voice, she often sang solos in weddings and was an active member of the choir and altar guild.

After a life of service to those in need, she retired to Pawleys Island, her childhood summer home. She spent many enjoyable days combing the beach for shells, holding a fishing rod to catch a flounder or pulling in a crab line as well as enjoying bird watching and the beauty of nature around her.

In her active retirement, she still found time to serve others, helping to found the Smith Medical Clinic with her friend the late Dr. Cathcart Smith as well as helping those less fortunate in the community at every opportunity.

A life-long music and art lover, she was an active supporter of Brookgreen Gardens and regularly attended the Spoleto Festival in Charleston.

She is survived by her sons, Benjamin Smith Nauss Jr. (Marty) of Pawleys Island, Loren Harding Nauss III (Linda) of Lynchburg, Va., William Hardwick Nauss of Pawleys Island and Timothy Green Nauss (Carol), of Macao, China; seven grandchildren, Elizabeth Nauss Graf (Chris) of Mount Pleasant, Katherine Nauss Templeton (Brandon) of Columbia, Christopher Benjamin Nauss of Richmond, Va., Timothy Dale Nauss of Los Angeles, Benjamin William Nauss of Charleston, Caroline Grace Nauss and Virginia Irene Nauss, both of Macao; five great-grandchildren, Emma Hall Templeton, William Hall Graf, Charles Smith Templeton, Peter Field Graf and Benjamin Thomas Graf.

In addition to her parents, four sisters, Eunice Green Smith, Virginia Green Legaré, Nina Green Wilkes, Mary Green, and a brother, Dove Walter Green Jr., died before her.

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

Memorials may be sent to the Smith Medical Clinic, 116 Baskerville Dr., Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

Karl L. Nelson

Worked for Pratt & Whitney

Karl Lloyd Nelson of the River Club died July 23 at the Medical University of South Carolina. He was 74.

He was born Aug. 13, 1939, in Holbrook, Pa., a son of the late Karl V. and Wilma Lewis Nelson. He served in the Navy during the Cuban missile crisis and worked for 40 years for Pratt & Whitney.

He was a member of Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church.

He is survived by his wife, Tina Reed Nelson; three sons, Karl Nelson and wife Lynne of Bristol, Conn., Michael Nelson and wife Cathy of Pawleys Island and Joe Nelson and wife Cathy, also of Bristol; two brothers, Ronald Nelson and wife Kay of Chambersburg, Pa., Roger Nelson and wife Wilma of Waynesburg, Pa,; a sister, Peggie Labrum and husband John of Oregon; and eight grandchildren, Sara, Jessica, Joshua, Ben, Spencer, Hannah, Jacob and Julia.

A Mass of Celebration was held July 28 at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church.

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

Condolences may be made at burroughsfh.com.

Elsie M. Puckett

Former teacher and designer

Elsie McCready Puckett, 85 of Pawleys Island died July 31, 2014 at her home. She was 85.

She was born Aug. 19, 1928, in Saltville, Va., a daughter of Carl and Virginia Patrick McAllister. She was a teacher, interior decorator and a designer.

She is survived by a son Wyndham McCready and wife Nancy of Sealy, Texas; two daughters, Kathryn McCready Fisher of Pawleys Island and Teresa Ann McCready Kunkle of Surfside Beach; two sisters, Stella Davidson and husband Gene of Sumter, Barbara Chapman and husband Robert of Roanoke, Va.; a stepbrother, Warren Puckett of Dallas; four grandchildren, David Kunkle, Cole Kunkle, Hope McCready and Joy McCready; two great-grandchildren, Kaitlyn McCready and Kimberly Kellogg; and two step-grandchildren, Katie and Sally Puckett.

Two husbands, Haynes McCready and Stewart Puckett, and a sister, Cathryn Cox, died before her.

A celebration of life service was held Sunday at the Episcopal Church of the Resurrection, where she was a member.

Memorials may be made to the church Building Fund, 8901 Highway 17 Bypass South, Surfside Beach, SC 29575.

Condolences may be made at burroughsfh.com.


July 31

Dr. A. Mason Ahearn

Surgeon served in Vietnam and Desert Storm

Dr. Arthur Mason Ahearn of DeBordieu, an orthopaedic surgeon who served in Vietnam and Operation Desert Storm, died July 25 at the Medical University of South Carolina after a brief illness. He was 77.

He was born Nov. 5, 1936, in New York City, the son of Dr. Arthur J. Ahearn of New London, Wisc., and Ella Highbie Mason Ahearn, of Fairport, N.Y. He grew up in Westfield, N.J., and he graduated from The Pingry School, The University of Rochester and Cornell University College of Medicine. After an internship in surgery at the University of Chicago Hospitals, Dr. Ahearn joined the Army. He served as a battalion surgeon with the 82nd Airborne Division, as I Corps Surgeon with the 5th Special Forces Group (airborne) in Vietnam and as deputy surgeon at the army’s JFK Center for Special Warfare.

Dr. Ahearn then completed an orthopaedic surgical residency at Tripler Army Medical Center. He finished his initial active duty as chief of orthopedic service at the army’s Dwight D. Eisenhower Medical Center at Fort Gordon, Ga.

Dr. Ahearn practiced orthopaedics for six years in Orangeburg before moving to Georgetown in 1981. He practiced there and in Murrells Inlet ever since, and was the founding partner of Bay Orthopaedic Associates. Dr. Ahearn was an attending physician at Georgetown Memorial Hospital, where he served as chief of surgery from 1990 to 1992 and as chief of medical staff from 1994 to 1995. He also attended at Waccamaw Community Hospital, where he served as its first chief of medical staff from 2001 to 2003. He retired from active orthopaedic surgery in 2010, but he continued to see patients in the Nextstep Wound Center until this month.

In 1989, Dr. Ahearn joined the South Carolina Army National Guard. He commanded its 251st Evacuation Hospital during Operation Desert Storm in Saudi Arabia in 1991. Later he became chief of the department of surgery for the 300th Combat Support Hospital, a joint hospital of the South Carolina and Tennessee Army National Guards.

He retired with the rank of colonel as state surgeon for the National Guard in 1996. He was awarded South Carolina’s highest distinction, the Order of Palmetto, by Gov. David M. Beasley. The Army Medical Department awarded him the Order of Military Medical Merit.

Dr. Ahearn remained active in military medical circles. In 1994 he was invited into the Society of Medical Consultants to the Armed Forces. In 2000, he chaired a national effort to improve the quality and quantity of students enrolling in military medical school programs. He received the society’s 2004 John R. Seal Award, and was society president from 2007 to 2009. His other decorations include the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star for Heroism, two Bronze Stars for Meritorious Service, the Air Medal, two Meritorious Service Medals, the Combat Medical Badge, the Master Parachute Badge and Army Flight Surgeon’s Wings. In 2008, Dr. Ahearn was listed in Marquis’ “Who’s Who in America.”

In Georgetown, Dr. Ahearn attended Prince George Winyah Episcopal Church, where he served as a lay eucharistic minister and as a member of the pastoral care committee. He was a member of the Winyah Indigo Society, the Georgetown Cotillion Club, the DeBordieu Club and VFW Post 6444 , where he served as its surgeon. The Ahearns were also members of The Summit Club in Columbia. He was a life member of the Army Special Forces Association, Chapter XXXIV.

He is survived by his wife, Rita Claire Grubbs Ahearn; his sister, Sally Ahearn James of Sunnyvale, Calif.; his children, John Mason Ahearn, Dr. Ella Ahearn Whelan, Susan Elizabeth Ahearn, Noel Ahearn Rinehart and Dr. Briggs Mason Ahearn; and by his five grandchildren.

In addition to his parents, another son, Peter Cheek Ahearn, died before him.

A memorial service was held Wednesday at Prince George Winyah Episcopal Church. Interment will be at Arlington National Cemetery at a date to be announced.

There is a guestbook at mayerfuneralhome.com.

Memorials may be made to Prince George Winyah Episcopal Church, P.O. Box 674, Georgetown, SC 29442 or to the Wounded Warrior Foundation, 11905 Bowman Dr., Suite 510, Fredericksburg, VA 22408.

Rose C. Crucilla

A caregiver to many

Rose Casale Crucilla of Pawleys Island died Monday at Agape Senior in Conway. She was 92.

She was born Aug. 28, 1921, in Pittston, Pa., the daughter of Nancy and Frank Casale. She was married to the late Ross Crucilla. Mrs Crucilla was remembered as a great caregiver to everyone, especially her family.

She is survived by two daughters, Nancy Szarowicz (Paul) and Jean Crucilla; a son, Phillip Crucilla; three sisters, Josephine Gerchak, Carmella Sakalauskas, Mary Resavy; six grandchildren: Mindy Simpson (John), Phillip Crucilla, Angela Fiske (Jay); Crucilla Koon (David), Francesca McCullum, Ross Morris, 13 great-grandchildren: Biaggia, Olivia, Ciara and Noah Simpson; Theresa, Nicholas and Christopher, Brailin McCullum; Bailey Crucilla; Tyler and John Fisher Koon, Devin Shew, and Cameron Fiske.

Four brothers, Charles, Alfonso, Joe Casale and Michael Ferrara, and two grandchildren, Theresa and Nicholas Szarowicz, died before her.

A service of celebration will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church at 1633 Waverly Rd., Pawleys Island, SC 29585 or Agape Senior Foundation, 1053 Center St., Columbia, SC 29169.

Condolences may be sent at burroughsfh.com.

Ralph S. Turner

Retired military intelligence officer

Ralph Stanley Turner, a retired Army officer who became a civilian intelligence officer, died July 22 in hospice care at the Lakes at Litchfield. He was 92.

He was born July 10, 1922, in Sanford, Maine. He entered the Army in 1941 and retired as a major in 1961. He then served as a civilian Army intelligence officer until retirement at Fort Meade, Md., in 1988. His military and civilian tours of duty included multiple overseas assignments in England, France, Okinawa, Germany, Thailand and the Philippines.

Major Turner and his late wife, Barbara were long-time residents of the Lakes at Litchfield. She died in 2008.

He married his second wife, Virginia Hueftle, at the Lakes on May 16, 2009. They met in the community’s dining room.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his brother, Allan Turner of Tucson, Ariz.; his sister, Elaine Turner of Columbus, Ohio; his daughter, Lee Barbara Kara of Gainesville, Va.; his sons, Ralph Stanley Turner Jr. of Severna Park, Md., and Walter Thomas Turner of Catonsville, Md.; nine grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren.

Interment will be in Arlington National Cemetery at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the Resident Council Fund for employees at the Lakes at Litchfield, 120 Litchfield Dr., Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.


July 17

Irmgard Kirbach

Former Pawleys Island resident

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A private memorial will be held in August.

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

Charles R. Welch

Enjoyed riding his tractor

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

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

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

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

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


July 10

Kent Dickerson

Real estate developer was former Pawleys resident

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Jennie Gustafson

Worked with astronauts’ wives

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is a guestbook at mayerfuneralhome.com.

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


July 3

Thomas Kay

Pastor worked in government

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

Leslie Whitley

Former preschool teacher

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is a guest book at mayerfuneralhome.com.

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


June 26

Peggy Thomason

Enjoyed volunteer work

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dr. Jack Mulkeen

Psychologist in public and private practice

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

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

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

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

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

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


June 19

Janet Mikula

Former home ec teacher

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

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

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

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

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

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

Scott Nuckles

Myrtle Beach businessman

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

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

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

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

The family will receive friends following the service.

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

Lin Todd

Air Force veteran

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

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

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

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

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

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


June 12

Rex L. Carter

Former S.C. House speaker

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Mary S. O’Connell

Marine sergeant in WWII

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

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

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

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

Her brother George and sister Gertrude died before her.

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

Condolences may be made at burroughsfh.com.

Jack W. Ewart

Former Presbyterian minister

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


June 5

Jacob J. Bieger

Community volunteer

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

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

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

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

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

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com

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

Arlene W. Joseph

Longtime Georgetown resident

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

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

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

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

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

There is a guestbook at mayerfuneralhome.com.

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

Bette R. Lachicotte

Worked at the Hammock Shops

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is a guestbook at mayerfuneralhome.com.

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

John H. Michaels

New York homebuilder

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Another brother, Paul Michaels, died before him.

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

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

Condolences can be sent at sbfuneralhome.com.


May 22

Mary Elizabeth Ferdon

Helped start watercolor society

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is a guestbook at mayerfuneralhome.com.

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

Mike Hardgrave

Retired engineer was avid traveler

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Edward S. Lazarz

Worked for Niagara Mohawk Power

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

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

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

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

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

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

Condolences may be made at burroughsfh.com.


May 15

James V. Sanchelli

Part-time North Litchfield resident

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

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

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

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

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

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

Condolences may be sent at thomasmcafee.com.

John B. Wood

Navy veteran

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

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

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

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

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

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


May 8

Reginald Horn

Ran marathons in 50 states

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

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

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

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

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

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

Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.


May 1

Shirley Althoff

Former Pawleys resident

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

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

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

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

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

William Chew

Retired from Palmetto Promotions

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

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

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

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

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

Memorials may be made to the charity of your choice.

Richard Utz

Flew for American Airlines

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

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

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

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

His son Michael L. Utz, died before him.

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

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

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com


April 24

Duncan McIntyre

Former Gulf Oil distributor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Charlie Thompson

Owned planning service

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

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

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

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

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

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

Condolences may be made at burroughsfh.com.

George Wood

Retired electrician

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

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

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

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

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

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

Condolences may be made at burroughsfh.com.


April 17

Pat Cooke

Loving wife and mother

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

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

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

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

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

Mr. Cooke died in 2011.

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

Her sister, Lattie Jo Johnson, died before her.

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

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

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

There is a guestbook at mayerfuneralhome.com.

Mary McAllister

Served on Pawleys Island council

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A private memorial service will be held in Georgetown.

There is a guestbook at mayerfuneralhome.com.

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

Clara Rion

Owned Front Street business

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is a guest book at mayerfuneralhome.com.

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


April 10

Irene Baxter

Active in Presbyterian Church

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

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

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

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

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

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

Ezell Hester

Helped care for others

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

Dr. Jack Keefe

Helped start Miami hospital

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

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

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

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

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

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


April 3

Harry de Haas

Found love on ice skates

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

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

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

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

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

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

Condolences may be made at burroughsfh.com..

Jacob Haynes

Supervisor at IP

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

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

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

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

Condolences may be made at burroughsfh.com..

Jo Nemeth

Advocate for abuse victims

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

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

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

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

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

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

A brother, Tim Devan, died before her.

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

Condolences may be made at burroughsfh.com..


March 27

Jack Egan

Retired GE executive

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Owen Evans

Banker became cattle farmer

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

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

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

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

In 1994, Owen and his family moved to DeBordieu.

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

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

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

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

There is a guestbook at mayerfuneralhome.com..

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

Ruby McManus

Former Litchfield Plantation resident

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

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

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

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

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

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

Robert Rohrs

Worked for popular magazines

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

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

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

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

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

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.


March 20

Milly Chrismer

Former manager at Rice Paddy

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Bill Hurston

Air Force veteran

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

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

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

His three brothers and three sisters died before him.

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

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

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

Condolences may be made at burroughsfh.com.

Frances C. Myers

Minister’s wife was school teacher

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

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

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

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

Services were held Saturday at Fernwood Baptist Church.

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


March 13

Audrie D. DuBois

Had a passion for music

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

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

She was married to the late Carl R. Dubois.

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

Private services will be held in Pittsgrove.

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

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

Robin L. Ferreira

Loving wife, mother and daughter

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

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

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

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

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

There is a guestbook at burroughsfh.com..

James M. Leland Jr.

Former Southern Bell executive

James Morrison Leland Jr. of North Litchfield died Wednesday.

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

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

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

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

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

Mary Louise M. Mann

Litchfield summer resident

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is a guestbook at whbfamily.com.

William A. Olliff

Worked for county assessor’s office

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

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

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

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

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

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


Feb 13

Pete Caddell

Coach became top salesman

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Feb 6

Betty Lou Cauthen

Founding church member

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

William DeTemple

Former Air Force pilot

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

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

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

He was married to the late Mary Elizabeth White.

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

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

There is an guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

Margaret Morse

Co-owner of oyster roast

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

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

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

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

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

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


Jan 30

Smokey Calhoun

Grew up at Pawleys

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

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

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

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

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

There is a guestbook at mayerfuneralhome.com.

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

Harold Owen

Valued time with family

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


Jan 24

Cleve Ellis

Forester with International Paper

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com

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Minnie Kennedy

Teacher was civil rights activist

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is a guestbook at mayerfuneralhome.com..


Jan 16

Eleanor S. Armstrong

Devoted to healing the sick

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Larry Greene

Veteran became D.C. cop

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

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

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

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

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

Another son, Christopher Greene, died before him.

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

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

There is a guest book at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.


Jan 9

Tinker Rybolt

Nurse at Smith Medical Clinic

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com

Carthen Prosser

Owned Energy Miser

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is a guestbook at mayerfuneralhome.com.

Judy Mills

Middle school art teacher

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

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

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

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

Her brother, Bobby Doran, died before her.

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

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

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com


Jan 2

Norma Anderson

Florist did White House decorations

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Dorothy Hildebrand

Former legal secretary

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

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

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

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

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

Phyllis Lusk

Nurse at Georgetown Memorial Hospital

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

There is a guestbook at mayerfuneralhome.com.

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

Joe Phelps

Sailor was a fixture on Intracoastal Waterway

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Condolences may be made at burroughsfh.com.

Peggy Stahlberger

Enjoyed golf and bowling

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

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

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

Services will be private.

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.

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

Jeach Wychock

Pennsylvania native

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

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

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

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

There is a guestbook at goldfinchfuneralhome.com.


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