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