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(03-16-2023 - 03-23-2023)

Patsy Schooler, 93, optometrist worked in family business

March 23, 2023

Patsy V. Schooler of Georgetown died March 17 at Palmettos Memory Care of Garden City. She was 93.

She was born Feb. 24, 1930, in Tampa, Fla, the first of three daughters of James Alexander Vaughn and Annie Ruth Gregory Vaughn. She graduated from Hillsborough High School, attended the University of Alabama and earned her doctor of optometry degree at the Southern College of Optometry in Memphis. It was here she met Charles Bernard Schooler, her husband of 70 years. She worked as a bank teller, a teacher and as the bookkeeper for Charlie’s optometric practice.

Mrs. Schooler was a member of Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church, the Francis Asbury Sunday School class and the Loula Ford circle. Her love for history and learning led her to be a proud member of the Winyah Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, a district representative for the Confederation of South Carolina Local Historical Societies and member of the Georgetown Historical Society. 

She served for many years on the Foster Care Review Board for the Georgetown County Department of Social Services and volunteered in countless local organizations. She had a passion for lifting up those in need, especially children.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her son, Chip Schooler of Highland Falls, N.Y.; her daughters, Ruth Leonard (John) of Kingsport, Tenn., and Jo Kriikku (Eric) of Augusta, Ga.; her grandchildren, Paul Kriikku, Gwynivere Schooler and Giselle Schooler; her sisters, Jo Tharp (Sonny) of Mount Pleasant and Jackie McCants of Tampa; and many nieces and nephews

Her family thanked the caregivers in her home, at Palmettos and from Caris Healthcare.

A memorial service will be held at Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church at 1 p.m. Saturday March 25 by the Revs. Ross Chellis and Dora Gafford. Her family will receive friends from 4 to 6 p.m. Friday at the Georgetown Chapel of Mayer-Ethridge Funeral Home.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church, 901 Highmarket St., Georgetown, SC, 29440.

There is a guest book at

Ronnie Murrell, 78, outdoorsman loved to cook

March 23, 2023

Ronald Lee Murrell of Pawleys Island died March 16 at his home surrounded by his family. He was 78.

Known as Ronnie, he was born Oct. 16, 1944, in Charleston, a son of Kirt Thomas Murrell and Lona Mae Player Murrell. 

His family  relocated to Pawleys Island when he was 3. He celebrated the rest of his life in Georgetown County as an avid hunter, fisherman and lover of the outdoors. He met many friends and wore many hats at Caledonia and True Blue Golf Club and thoroughly enjoyed serving the community. He enjoyed cooking for others.

Mr. Murrell was a founding member of the Black Powder Club. He spent many hours coaching baseball and football as well as advocating for his church. He started the men’s club raising money for Christ the King Church where he was a member for many years. He was also a member of Masonic Lodge 409.

Mr. Murrell was a storyteller and had many to share every Thanksgiving with family and friends. 

He is survived by his wife of 56 years, Sheila Cusick Murrell; his son, Christopher William Murrell (Nancy); his daughter, Daphne Elizabeth Murrell Morris (Kenny); his brothers-in-law, Phillip David Cusick (Peggy) and John Charles Cusick (Barbra); his grandchildren, Ronald William Murrell (Will), Bailey Elizabeth Ellison, Julia K. Murrell (Katie) and Emily Florence Ellison; his great-grandchild, Kinsley E. Murrell; and his nieces and nephews.  

Another daughter, Robin Denise Murrell, died before him as did his sister, Patricia Ann Murdock, and his brother, Thomas K. Murrell.

Funeral services were Sunday at Christ the King Church. Burial was in All Saints Cemetery. 

There is a guest book at 



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