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.
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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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