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(02-12-2019 - 02-19-2019)

Donald Kennedy, 92, retired from Bell Atlantic

February 14, 2019

Donald D. Kennedy of Hagley Estates died Jan. 31 at his home. He was 92.

He was born in Batavia, N.Y., the son of Joseph and Teresa Kennedy. 

He moved to Washington, D.C., and enlisted in the Navy during World War II. He served on the USS Corregidor and the USS Lafayette.

Mr. Kennedy worked at the Veterans Administration, where he met his wife, Patricia. They celebrated their 71st anniversary in November.

He worked for C&P (later Bell Atlantic) for 36 years. Toward the end of his career he worked at the White House. He moved to Pawleys Island in 1985.

Mr. Kennedy enjoyed golf, family and friends.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by four children, Linda Martinez (Larry) of Pawleys Island, Suzie Hunter (Tommy) of Surfside Beach, David Kennedy (Colleen)  of Kensington, Md., and Kathy Otten (Larry) of Pawleys Island; and five grandchildren, Caitlin, Michael, Zachary, Joseph and Nicole.

His sister, Elinor Wallis, and brother, John Kennedy, died before him.

A family memorial service will be scheduled.

Memorials may be made to St. Paul’s Waccamaw United Methodist Church, P.O. Box 1825, Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

Don Kane, 92, had second career as ‘bag boy’

February 14, 2019

Don Kane’s job was bagging groceries. But he had other ideas. “I consider my job to be public relations,” he said. “If I can make someone smile or laugh, then it’s been a good day.”

There were many good days in his nearly 29 years in the grocery business. Mr. Don, who retired in December, died Feb. 8. He was 92.

Donald A. Kane was born May 28, 1926, in Pittsburgh, the son of Ralph D. Kane and the former  La Geene E. Foust. He graduated from the University of Pittsburgh. He served in the Navy during World War II as a yeoman on the USS Dauphin, an attack transport. It was part of the invasion of Okinawa and was in Tokyo Bay on the day Japan surrendered. 

“That’s a day I’ll never forget,” Mr. Kane said in a 2011 interview.

He worked as a salesman for Transport Motor Express in Pittsburgh. His first wife, Betty, died before him. He and his second wife, Dorothy, moved to Murrells Inlet in 1987. They were on their way to Florida, but a stopover convinced them to stay, Mr. Kane said. Dorothy also died before him.

He worked at  Tad’s Hardware and then Harris Teeter in Litchfield. He stayed on after the store was bought by Bi-Lo.

He already had 18 years in the business when he celebrated his 85th birthday at the store. “They’ve kept me for 19 years, and I’ll continue to work as long as they’ll have me,” he said at the time. “I’ve been fortunate to meet so many really good people.”

He is survived by his son, Ronald W. Kane (Teresa Finn); his daughter, Janis L. Culotta-Altares (David); four grandchildren, William, Nathan, Benjamin and Justin (Anne); two great-grandchildren, Harper and Lucas; and several step-children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

A service celebrating his life was held Tuesday at Belin Memorial United Methodist Church, where he was a member.

Faye Marlow, 88, co-owner of iconic Pawleys store

February 14, 2019

Faye Jewell Rials Marlow of Pawleys Island, who ran a general store with her husband for nearly 40 years, died Tuesday at Waccamaw Community Hospital. She was 88.

She was born April 20, 1930, in Columbia, the daughter of Walter Talmadge Rials and Janie Mae Hood Rials.  She was a graduate of Columbia High School. She married Frank Marlow in 1949 and moved to Pawleys Island. Together they ran Marlow’s Store on Highway 17. It was started by Mr. Marlow’s father in 1943. He took over after his father’s death in 1947.

The store sold groceries and just about everything else islanders needed, from kerosene lamps to crab pots. It was known for its Pawleys Island caviar and its country hams.

The couple lived on the north end of Pawleys Island. On Oct. 15, 1954, they spent the night at the store, sleeping behind the meat counter while Hurricane Hazel battered the island. In an interview on the 50th anniversary of the storm, Mrs. Marlow recalled going out during the eye of the storm and seeing the house rising and falling with the storm surge. It was later spotted floating in Pawleys Creek. It was towed back to their lot and the roof, which had blown off, was replaced.

The couple retired in 1988. Their house was pushed into the street by Hurricane Hugo in 1989. “We realized we couldn’t keep doing that,” Mrs. Marlow said. They moved to Pawleys Retreat.

Marlow’s Store became Frank’s restaurant. Mr. Marlow died in 2001.

Mrs. Marlow served as a president of the Eastern Star and was a communicant of All Saints Church, Waccamaw, serving on the vestry, in the choir and on the archives committee. She also attended Christ the King Waccamaw Episcopal Church.  Mrs. Marlow loved traveling, chatting with people and enjoyed going out to dinner, especially at Frank’s. 

She is survived by her daughter, Leslie Gail Marlow-Inman and her son in law, Marvin Duane Inman of Rome, Ga., many nieces including Patsy Burns Kornharens of Summerville, Bobbie Burns Hawkins of Columbia and Kristi Kornharens of Fort Mill; and a nephew, Daniel Rials of Columbia. 

Memorial services will be Saturday at 2 p.m. at the graveside in All Saints Churchyard, conducted by the Rev. Tim Surratt. There is a guest book at

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Martha’s House, P.O. Box 434, Georgetown SC 29442; Miss Ruby’s Kids, P.O. Box 1007, Georgetown, SC 29442; All 4 Paws, 708 Petigru Dr., Pawleys Island, SC 29585; or Teach My People, P.O. Box 2848 Pawleys Island, SC 29585. 



Grand Strand Area Transportation Study: Policy committee meets. Feb. 15, 10:30 a.m., Surfside Beach Town Hall.

Litchfield Beaches Property Owners Association: Feb. 15, 4 p.m., Waccamaw Library.

Georgetown County School Board: Feb. 19, 5:30 p.m., Beck Education Center.

Coastal Montessori Charter School Board: Feb. 19, 6 p.m., school conference room.

Georgetown County Tourism Management Commission: Feb. 21, 3:30 p.m., Lachicotte Co. office

Georgetown County Planning Commission: Feb. 21, 5:30 p.m., council chambers.

Georgetown County Water and Sewer District: Feb. 21, 6 p.m., Pawleys Island office.

Georgetown County Republican Club: County Council Chairman John Thomas is the speaker. Feb. 22, noon, Applewood House of Pancakes.

Georgetown County Council: Feb. 26, 5:30 p.m., council chambers.

  Feb. 21, 5:30 p.m., County Council chambers.