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Mike Travis, 80, IP retiree loved Georgia football

January 13, 2022

Mike Travis of DeBordieu died Jan. 5 at his home, cared for by his wife of 52 years. He was 80.

The family said they were grateful to have spent Christmas with him before his illness progressed. 

He was born June 15, 1941, and grew up in Whitwell, Tenn., and later attended the Baylor School in Chattanooga. He then enjoyed some of his greatest years at the University of Georgia, where he loved being a member of the Chi Phi fraternity, made life-long friends and had the nickname, “Babe.”

In 1969, Mike married Cecelia Burns, and they raised two children in various cities, including Basking Ridge, N.J.. and St. Louis  before settling in Atlanta. 

As patriarch of the family, Mr. Travis planned rafting trips on the Chattahoochee, football games in Athens to see his beloved Bulldogs, boating adventures on Lakes Lanier and Hartwell, and beach trips to Destin. 

Known for telling funny stories and playing an occasional practical joke, 

Mr. Travis and his family shared a lot of laughter. He was thrilled when his son followed in his footsteps of being a Chi Phi at Georgia, and spent many Saturday mornings tailgating in front of the Chi Phi house.

Mr. Travis’s drive, intellect and sense of humor were assets in the business world. He enjoyed a long, successful tenure at International Paper Co., moving up the ranks from salesman to manager of national accounts for the container board division. 

He loved to advise and mentor others, and enjoyed seeing his sales team thrive and develop under his tutelage.

Mrs. Travis was supportive of Mr. Travis and his career and helped smooth the  transitions to numerous cities during his time with IP. 

Their final and greatest move of all came in 1998, when the couple moved to DeBordieu, where they enjoyed many friendships. Mr. Travis loved gathering with friends at the beach, playing golf, fishing and sitting on his porch. He served on the board of the DeBordieu Club, a place special to his family.

Known as “Pops” to his grandchildren, he enjoyed playfully teasing them, taking them on golf cart rides, and watching football with them. 

In addition to his wife of 52 years, he is survived by his daughter, Hallie (Kipp); his son, Britt; and four grandchildren, Caroline and Harrison Banker of Charlotte and Rankin and Burns Travis of Charleston. 

His family thanked their friends at DeBordieu, All Saints Church and Amedisys Hospice for their support. 

A small, private memorial service will be held at a later date.

There is a guest book at

Herman and Sherry Pauley, Litchfield residents

January 13, 2022

James Herman Pauley and Sherry McCoy Pauley of Litchfield died Jan. 6 the same way they lived, their family said: protecting their loved ones and together.

 The couple loved their church families and found peace at both Christ the King Grace in Pawleys Island and Grace Lutheran in Knoxville, Tenn.

The Pauleys are survived by their children, Amber Pauley Hicks and Kenny Pauley; their grandchildren, Madison Pauley Hicks, Ben Pauley, Amanda Hooper (Matt) and Andi Harsley (Andy); six great-grandchildren; their siblings, Linda Rayfield, Cecil Pauley, Paula Hamrick (Brad), Jean McCoy, Fonda Conner (Philip), Johnny McCoy (Carol), Ray Pauley (Kathy) and Gary Pauley; 11 nieces and nephews, 18 great-nieces and great-nephews; and many cousins. 

Their parents, J.B. and Lois McCoy and Jack and Irma Pauley, died before them, as did their brothers-in-law, Cleve Rayfield and Rick Travis, and a nephew, Jonathan Pauley.

The couple’s beloved cat, Pippi, died with them. Therefore, in lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Frances Animal Center in Georgetown (, or Midway Fire and Rescue ( in gratitude for their sincere efforts and continuous support.

A memorial service will be held on Friday at 2 p.m. at Christ the King Grace Church. Visitation will be one hour prior in the church’s Live Oak Center. 

There is an online  guestbook at

Rich Fanning, 77, retired NYFD deputy chief

January 13, 2022

Richard J. Fanning of Heritage Plantation died Jan. 7 at his home just a few days shy of his 78th birthday.

Born and raised in the Yorkville section of Manhattan, Rich was the eldest son of Joseph and Vera Fanning. He married his high school sweetheart, Anita Wright, in 1965 and lived in the Bronx before relocating the family to Rockaway Beach, Queens. 

Their affinity of living near the ocean never left them as they also called Silver Beach, Va., Bluffton and Pawleys Island home. 

His one regret was not moving to Pawleys Island sooner.

Mr. Fanning began his life of public service as a NYC Transit Police officer in 1966 and, in 1968, realized his childhood dream of becoming a NYC firefighter. He worked in the South Bronx before getting the first of many promotions through the ranks. Having served in Brooklyn and Manhattan, he retired in 1999 as a deputy chief covering Midtown Manhattan. He  earned a reputation for bravery, loyalty and fairness as a leader. He volunteered briefly following the chaos of 9/11 to help his fellow FDNY brothers and sisters.

As a dedicated family man, he spent much of his free time with Anita, their children and grandchildren. 

He had a cornucopia of friends that he cared for and often surprised them, and sometimes complete strangers, with gifts and tokens of appreciation. He was rarely seen without a smile or a kind word and everyone he met quickly became a friend. He was a true humanitarian.

In addition to his wife of 56 years, he is survived by his son Michael (Donna) of Pawleys Island and his daughter, Karen McGlade (Thomas) of Carmel, N.Y.; his  grandchildren,  Kevin, Edward, Christopher and Brenna; his  siblings, Dennis, Timothy, Veronica, Margaret and Joseph; and  many nieces and nephews.

Viewing will be held Friday from 4 to 7 p.m. at Burroughs Funeral Home. Funeral services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials  may be made to the Tunnel to Towers Foundation, 2361 Hylan Blvd, Staten Island, NY, 10306 or

Condolences may be sent at

Olivia M. Insignares, 89, Spanish language teacher

January 6, 2022

Olivia Mercedes Caparroso de Insignares, a former Pawleys Island resident,  died Dec. 27 in Charleston surrounded by her family. She was 89.

She was born July 17, 1932, in Barranquilla, Colombia. She and her late husband, Dr. Manuel Insignares, an anethesiologist, moved to the United States in the 1960s.  While living in Washington, D.C., Mrs. Insignares, who had earned a bachelor’s degree in Colombia, earned a master’s degree at the Catholic University. When the couple moved to Atlanta, she started work on a doctorate at Emory University. Her field of interest was Spanish literature and her doctoral work focused on the influence of Arabic on the Spanish language.

Mrs. Insignares also started a school in Colombia with an aunt. She and her husband moved back to Colombia, but after his death her children persuaded her to return to South Carolina in 1995.  “We were all right here, Grandma should be with us,” said her daughter-in-law, Martha Insignares. “Her kids and her grandchildren were her life.”

Mrs. Insignares taught Spanish language at the Charleston Catholic School, the Hebrew Academy and the Montessori School of Pawleys Island. She also led classes at the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute in Litchfield. 

She continued teaching into her late 70s. She recently moved to Hanahan to live with her daughter.

She is survived by her children Manuel (Aurora), Luis (Martha) and Lilia Beatriz (Michael); and her grandchildren, Olivia, Joan, Jason, David, Samuel, Steven, Elias and Blaise. 

Her family thanked the many caregivers who came into thier home to spend time with “Grandma,” especially Yolanda Elmore and Brandy Guarino.

A funeral mass for her family was held Dec. 31 at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church by the Rev. Patrick Stenson.

Burial will take place at the Catedral Metropolitana María Reina de Barranquilla.

Mary Sue Molnar, 79, educator served on school board

January 6, 2022

Mary Susan Margaret Howe Molnar, 79, of Pawleys Plantation died Dec. 24, 2021. She was 79.

Known as Mary Sue, she was born Aug. 21, 1942, in Hempstead, N.Y., the oldest of three children of Margaret and Quentin Howe. She graduated from Morristown High School in Morristown, N.J. After graduating from St. Lawrence College, she worked as an English teacher in Westfield, N.J. After her two sons were old enough to attend school, Mrs. Molnar returned to work first at the Hanover Avenue School in Morristown and subsequently for more than a decade at the Morristown High School guidance department as a secretary and registrar.

After school was out, she could often be found helping her husband, Tom, at Molnar Pharmacy, conversing with friends, playing tennis or bridge or steadfastly cheering on her two sons in hockey rinks or track or cross country meets almost anywhere in the Mid-Atlantic. She enjoyed flowers, gardening and had a special touch for decorating her home. 

Mrs. Molnar also served on the Borough of Morris Plains Board of Education when her sons were in school.

Upon her husband’s retirement from the pharmacy in 2003, the Molnars moved to Pawleys Island. Finding the weather much more to her liking, Mrs. Molnar took up golf and made many new friends through her community and church, Precious Blood of Christ. She loved her family and friends, and found tremendous support from them when Mr. Molnar required a lung transplant several years ago.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children, Tim Molnar (Teri) of Mendham, N.J., and Dennis Molnar (Dr. Beth Mayland) of Hopkinton, N.H.; seven grandchildren; her sister, Elisabeth Palmer of Woodstock, N.J.; her brother, Kevin Howe of Virgil, N.Y.; and numerous nieces, nephews and cousins.

A celebration of life and memorial mass will be held at a later date. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital (

Drew McCann, 49, Air Force vet

January 6, 2022

Andrew P. McCann of Myrtle Beach died suddenly at his home on Christmas Day. He was 49.

Known as Drew, he was a native of Nanuet, N.Y., and had lived in Myrtle Beach for 20 years. He was an Air Force veteran and was remembered as one of those people who, once you met him, you would never forget, his family said.

He is survived by his parents Mary and Corky Raab of Pawleys Island; his siblings, Tina Stanchak of Murrells Inlet, James and Rebecca McCann of New City, N.Y., and Meghan Rader (Ron) of Pawleys Island; his nieces, Morgan and Sterling Stanchak of Murrells Inlet and Olivia and Sophia McCann of New City; his cats, Igor and Nubb; his life-long friends, Bill Bley and Rich Marczan along with Lou, Eric, Chris, Dave and Jeff, “The Original Crew.”

His father, James George McCann, died before him as did two other cherished cats, Marilyn and Twiggy.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to All 4 Paws Animal Rescue (

There is a guest book at

Herman A. Overcash Jr., 79, retired from Union Carbide

January 6, 2022

Herman Alexander Overcash Jr. of North Litchfield died Dec. 29 surrounded by his family and friends. He was 79.

He was born Dec. 10. 1942, in Charlotte, the son of Herman and Bonnie Overcash. Herman graduated from North Mecklenburg High School and received a degree in mechanical engineering from N.C. State University.  He was hired by Union Carbide Carbon Products and their subsidiaries immediately after graduation and was with them for 37 years. For four of those 37 years, he was general manager of a plant in Vyazma, Russia. 

Mr. Overcash loved his retirement in Pawleys Island, which included time on the beach, fishing the rivers of Georgetown County and boating trips. He was a generous supporter of his church and his community. 

He is survived by his wife, Sally; his children, Clayton Overcash, Candace Lyn Overcash (Robert Edwards), Therese Ann Vista and Thomas A. Vista; his siblings, Tommy Overcash (Annette), Barbara Sawyer and Cheryl Thompson (Ron); and many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and nephews.

His family thanked Judy and Jim Baylus for their love and support, Melanie and Chuck Grainger for their excellent care provided to Herman and Sally and to the hospice team from Angelic Health. 

A memorial service was held Dec. 31 at Murrells Inlet Presbyterian Church. Memorials may be made to the church, 4499 U.S. Highway 17 Bypass South, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576 .

There is a guest book at

Georgia Comfort, 70, pianist aided Waccamaw Indian programs

January 6, 2022

Georgia  Comfort of Hagley Estates, a pianist and music teacher, died Dec. 17. She was 70.

She was born Jan. 8, 1951, the daughter of Jo Anne and George Riser. She spent her formative years in Ohio, where her classmates named her homecoming queen in her senior year. She then attended Ohio University, where she received a bachelor’s degree in piano pedagogy. During her years there, she met her husband, Philip.

Mrs. Comfort spent a life of service to her family and community. She spent 25 years in Pawleys Island, teaching piano and being pianist, organist and choir director at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church.

She was a decendent of the Ogala Sioux and became active in the Waccamaw Indian tribe after moving to the area. She was adopted into the tribe in 2012 and helped organize and promote its annual pauwau. It was a way “to do what I can to help keep Native American history, culture and life alive,” she said in a 2013 interview.

In 1989, she was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer. She underwent a bone marrow transplant and chemotherapy. The doctors gave her a year to live.

“I’m a walking miracle,” she said in a 2014 interview.

She wrote a book about her experience, “Dying to Live.”

“I value every day. I’m a person who lives in the moment not in the past, not in the future,” she said in a 1999 interview.

Mrs. Comfort was also told by doctors that because her arm had been injured by the cancer she would never play the piano again. She proved them wrong by undergoing physical therapy that allowed her to resume performing and teaching.

In addition to her husband of 50 years, she is survived by her sons, Jeremy, John and Peter, and four grandchildren, Sage, Jonah, Reid and Drake. Her son Jeremy, her husband and her sister Sally cared for her until the end. She is also survived by her brothers, Bob and Ted, and by her other relatives, especially Rich, Carolyn and Greg.

A memorial service will be held Jan. 14 at 10 a.m. at Precious Blood, followed by a repast with eulogies.

Frank J. Flynn, 88, Army vet worked for insurance company

January 6, 2022

Frank John Flynn of Pawleys Island died Dec. 28 at his home with his family by his side. He was 88.

He was born Nov. 24, 1933, in Jersey City, N.J., the son of Frank and Mildred Hostetter Flynn.  He served in the Army for more than 29 years, serving at the Pentagon and the New Jersey National Guard as a chief warrant officer. Following his honorable discharge, Mr. Flynn worked for Continental Insurance as a manager in the data center. 

In his free time, he relished traveling to Disney, Harrah’s, Hawaii and cruising. Nothing made him happier than time spent with his family, whose every small success from preschool to grad school caused his buttons to pop off his shirt with pride, his family said.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Carol Ann Flynn; his daughters: Sharon Flynn Webb (John) of Pawleys Island and their children, Nora Webb of Rock Hill, John Connor Webb of Charlotte and Frank Brennan Webb of Fairfax, Va.; Cindy Ann Walker of Pawleys Island, and her children, Capt. Andrew Walker of Fort Hood, Texas, Katherine Carole Walker of Melbourne, Australia, and Matthew McNeil Walker of Pawleys Island; and Christine Applegate (Thomas) of Matthews, N.C., and their children, Victoria Grace Fitz (Jack) of Brick, N.J., and Jacob Carrol Applegate of Matthews; his great-grandchildren, Ashley, Bailey and Sydney Applegate of Beaufort, N.C.; his sister, Mildred Frank of East Rutherford, N.J.; his brother, Richard Flynn of North Hackensack, N.J.; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. 

Another brother, Kenneth Flynn, and a grandson, Zachary Applegate, died before him.

A celebration of his  life was held Dec. 31 at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church. Burial will be held in Beaufort National Cemetery at a later date. 

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

Condolences may be sent at

Helyn Dawson, 89, charter member of Wayne UMC

April 30, 2020

Helyn McKinney Dawson of Georgetown and Pawleys Island died April 22 at her home. She was 89.

 She was born Dec. 6, 1930, in Everette, Wash., a daughter of Herbert E. McKinney and Louise Hitch McKinney. She was married for 63 years to the late John Baker Dawson.

Mrs. Dawson was a charter member of Wayne United Methodist Church, where she served as the church treasurer for many years. She was a member of the Williams Sunday school class and sang in the church choir for more than 50 years. 

Mrs. Dawson was a past patron of the Winyah Chapter 148 Order of the Eastern Star.

Mrs. Dawson was a great cook, and she and her husband loved to entertain. They were lucky to have family and friends visit from all over the United States and were fortunate to be able to spend six months at their home on Winyah Bay and six months at Seasaw on Pawleys Island.

She is survived by four children, Dawn Marguerite D. Chase (Sanborn) of Pawleys Island, John B. “Duff” Dawson Jr. (Liz) of Georgetown, Dean H. Dawson (Beth) of Georgetown, and Damon E. Dawson (Cori) of Georgetown; nine grandchildren, John Baker Dawson III (Wendy) and Ramsay F. Dawson (Kathy) of Georgetown, Sandra C. Cannon (Tad) of Spartanburg, Kloo C Hansen (Andy) of Sylva, N.C., Betsy Crosby of Pawleys Island, Witte Crosby of Denver, Julie Dawson of Georgetown, Carson Dawson of Pawleys Island and Damon E. “D.J.” Dawson Jr. of Georgetown; and nine great-grandchildren.

In addition to her husband,  a grandson, Jack Crosby, a great-granddaughter, Mary Kate Dawson, and her only sibling, Dawn M. Seely, died before her.

Graveside services will be private.

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the family will set a date to receive friends at a later time.

Memorials may be made to Wayne United Methodist Church, 621 Wayne St., Georgetown, SC 29440 or to Tidelands Community Hospice, 2591 N. Fraser St., Georgetown, SC 29440.

Condolences may be sent at

Kent Reich, 87, worked on Air Force projects

April 30, 2020

Harry Kent Reich of Litchfield Country Club died April 16 at Waccamaw Community Hospital. He was 87. 

He was born Sept. 29, 1932, in Mattoon, Ill., the son of Harry and Hazel Holsapple Reich. 

Known as Kent, he graduated from Mattoon High School and Eastern Illinois University. 

He served in the Navy during the Korean War.

Mr. Reich had a long and satisfying career in the Air Force at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio. 

Early in his career he worked in the flight dynamics laboratory in the field of acoustics and vibrations. 

The bulk of his career was in the aeronautical systems division’s directorate of reconnaissance, where he worked on electronic signal intelligence programs during the Vietnam War and was a foreign military sales manager on a mutually beneficial program with the German defense ministry.

Mr. Reich was enthusiastic about everything he did and put 150 percent effort into all his interests. He enjoyed hunting, fishing, boating, camping, motorcycling, traveling and ham radio.

He and his wife, June, retired to Pawleys Island in 2004.

Mr. Reich was remembered for his kindness, gentleness, intelligence and dry sense of humor.

In addition to his wife of 52 years, he is survived by his son, Daniel (Jennifer); three grandsons, Daniel Jr., Jonah and Abraham, all of Sherrill, Iowa; his brother, John (Patricia) of Huntersville, N.C.; three nephews, Steve, Scott and Michael; and one niece, Lindsey Haberman.

Ricky G. Thompson, 63, loved to work with his hands

April 23, 2020

Ricky Gregg Thompson of Pawleys Island died April 18 at his home with his family by his side. He was 63.

He was born Aug. 25, 1956, in Florence, the son of Cyrus and Jannie Bell Thompson Gregg.

Mr. Gregg was remembered as a hardworking man with a heart of gold. When he wasn’t helping his friends and family, he could be found tinkering on his many projects. He loved working with his hands and making memories with his family.

He is survived by his wife, Elaine Funny Thompson; his daughter, Iaishia Bethea of North Carolina; his step-daughters, Dana Funny of Pawleys Island, Crystal Anderson of Georgetown and Anasthia Funny of Columbia; his sister, Suzette Thompson of Florence; four grandsons, four step-grandchildren, his special friends George Pickett and Jerry Sanders, a large extended family and many supportive friends and neighbors.

His brothers, Roger and Napoleon Thompson, died before him.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478 Oklahoma City, OK 73123 (

There is a guest book at

Emma L. Washington, 78, active in Catholic church

April 23, 2020

Emma Louise Washington of Murrells Inlet died April 15 at the Medical University of South Carolina. She was 78.

She was born Sept. 8, 1941, in Norfolk, Va., the third of five children of Amie Lee and Fred Peterson. She received her early education at St. Joseph’s Catholic School.  She was among the first students to integrate and graduate from Norfolk Catholic High School in 1959.  

In 1960, she married the late Rudolph Ridley and they moved from Virginia to Brooklyn, N.Y., via Washington, D.C. They later moved to Queens, N.Y.  

After Mr. Ridley’s death, she attended the New School for Social Research and took certificate courses in business and social studies at York College.  

She was a very active member of St. Clement Pope Catholic Church.  She was vice president of the Rosary Society, lector and Eucharist minister. She trained future lectors and prepared schedules for lectors and Eucharist ministers and chaired many social events.  

She married Leonard J. Washington at the St. Clement Pope on Sept. 1, 1991.  They lived in Queens until 2006 when they relocated to Murrells Inlet and became members of Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church.  

Mrs. Washington was a lector, a Eucharist minister, spiritual facilitator for the Women’s Club, and chaired the communion breakfast and Day of Reflection. Due to health issues these activities ceased and she became a sustaining member. She volunteered at Father Pat’s Kitchen and stuffed church bulletins. 

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a brother, James Peterson (Kathy); nieces, nephews and a host of friends.

Due to the COVID-19 virus funeral services will be private.

There is a guest book at

Gary Mason, 73, had a passion for percussion

April 9, 2020

Robert Gary Mason of Litchfield by the Sea, a founding member of the Pawleys Island Concert Band, died March 31 at his home in Maggie Valley, N.C., with his wife, Pamela, by his side. He was 73.

The son of Ruth Holloway Mason and Frank Hugh “Pete” Mason Jr., he lived in Rossville, Ga., and Chattanooga, Tenn. Known as Gary, he graduated from City High School in Chattanooga in 1964 and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga in 1968 with a degree in engineering physics. His professional career included construction design, construction management and school fundraising. He retired as an area manager with Home Depot. 

Mr. Mason was chairman of the board for the Boyd Buchanan School in Chattanooga and served on the board for the S.C. Safe Home Program. He was known for his integrity and upstanding way of doing business. 

His love of music began as a boy when he sang with the Chattanooga Boys’ Choir. He later became director of the Wonderful Word Acapella Chorus. While in high school, he began his tenure with the Chattanooga Symphony Orchestra as a tympani player. 

In a 2007 interview, Mr. Mason recalled practicing drumming in his dining room as a teenager. “My mother moved out the dining room table so I could play,” he said.

He continued to play with the symphony for 30 years.

Mr. Mason also had his own band, The Inside Five, which won a Nashville competition and cut an album.

“You know music is supposed to bring joy to those who listen, but it also brings joy to those of us who make music,” he said.

He shared that with family and friends, with whom he spent time making music. They remembered his beautiful tenor voice would ring and his guitar would sing along.

After moving to Pawleys Island in 2002, Mr. Mason became a founding member of the Pawleys Island Concert Band. He also served as president of its board.

He was also a member of Grand Strand Church of Christ in Surfside Beach. 

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughter, Lori (Chad) Wortman and grandsons Mason (Kelsey), Ross, Wesley and William Wortman; his daughter, Amy Butcher, and grandsons Alex and Andrew Butcher; his sister, Connie Brown (Larry) and nieces Stacie Henson (John) and Rebecca Denton (Brad) and their children, Cole and Anslee Denton; his step-children, Valerie Green (Sean Kennedy) and grandson Weston Green-Kennedy, Robert Green, Claire Weaver (Craig) and granddaughters Phoebe and Lilah Weaver. 

Services will be scheduled when family and friends can gather safely. To receive notice, include your email address in the guest book at

Memorials may be made to the Snack Pack Ministry, East Brainerd Church of Christ, 7745 East Brainerd Rd., Chattanooga, TN 37421 (

Bobby Felton, 32, worked at True Blue Nurseries

April 9, 2020

Robert Michael Felton of North Litchfield died March 30. He was 32.

He was born Dec. 14, 1987, the son of Brandy and George Felton.

Known as Bobby, he had a tender, loving heart. He was a lover of animals, nature and plants. 

He worked at True Blue Nurseries, but it was much more than a job for him. He made many friendships and enjoyed helping clients with their gardening needs. His passion at True Blue was taking beautiful pictures of flowers, creatures and critters. The photos can be viewed on his Facebook page.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his identical twin, Larry (Peggy), and his brother Jeremy (Kayla); his grandmother, Betty Craven; his namesake uncle, Mike Craven; his cousins Olivia and Courtney Craven; his aunt, Dorothy Koot (Bob); and his special lady and soulmate, Heather Smart, and her son, Kayleb. 

“Our grief and suffering are deep, and we may not understand the plan God has for him, but we are at peace knowing, without a doubt, that he has begun his eternal life with Our Lord, Jesus Christ, and we will see his beautiful smile again,” his family said.

A private interment will be at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church.

Donations may be made in his memory to the charity of your choice.

The Felton family thanks the people, some they know and some they do not, who reached out and shared beautiful stories and memories of Bobby. “We have laughed and cried, and been amazed at how loved he was by so many,” they said.

There is a guest book at

Robert Gumbert, 78, avid angler worked in insurance

April 2, 2020

Robert Gumbert of the River Club died March 25. He was 78.

He was born in Rockville Centre, N.Y., the son of Dorothy and Robert Gumbert. He lived in Westfield, N.J., for 20 years. His father started Little League in Westfield, and Bob was his star player.  He was actively involved with the Readington Township Baseball league from the Pee Wee group through American Legion ball.

He graduated from Upsala University in East Orange, N.J., with a degree in business management and economics. He married his high school sweetheart, Carole Manton Gumbert. They lived in Whitehouse Station, N.J., where they raised a family. Family was always the most important part of his life.  

Mr. Gumbert worked for the nationwide firm of Kemper Insurance and was ranked the top workers compensation examiner. 

He had a green thumb, raising dozens of various vegetables and hundreds of roses. He gave away hundreds of amazing Jersey Beefsteak tomatoes. He also delighted in his many loving dogs.

Mr. Gumbert was an avid freshwater fisherman for 30 years in New Jersey.  He always had trout in the freezer. When he moved to Pawleys Island, he adapted so well to saltwater fishing that he was called Flounder Bob. He out-caught everyone he fished with and even won state awards for the largest flounder. He caused quite a stir catching that fish as about 40 people gathered to watch Flounder Bob land that whopper.

Mr. Gumbert and his family took hundreds of trips around the U.S., favoring the National Parks and landmarks.

In addition to his wife of 57 years, he is survived by two children, Karen Jeanne Gumbert of Plantation Fla., and Robert James Gumbert of Livingston, N.J., who are CPAs; his sister Janet Gumbert Dann (Chandler) and their children of Auburn, Calif.; his sister-in-law, Claire Manton Bartos, and her family of Charlotte; and his brother-in-law, Jack Manton, and his family of Charlotte.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.  There is guest book at Condolences may be sent to or 1668 Club Circle, Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

Memorials may be made to The Shriners Hospital for Children.

Emory Adams, 77, veteran loved baseball

April 2, 2020

Emory Olin Adams III of Pawleys Island died March 25 due to complications from an infection. He was 77.

He was born Oct. 25, 1942, in Kingstree, the son of Emory Adams Jr. and Mae Bradham Adams.

He grew up in Georgetown and graduated from Winyah High School before joining the Army in 1960. He served in the 101st Airborne Division, participating in the Cuban missile crisis and the integration of universities in Mississippi and Tennessee.

After the Army, he graduated from the University of Wisconsin at Madison, where he met his wife.  

After several years, they settled in Edison, N.J., where they raised their sons.  He worked for several companies including Safety-Kleen, Engelhard and BASF, before retiring in 2008.

Mr. Adams coached Little League baseball for the  North Edison Baseball and Softball League and was also the league’s treasurer for several years.

His biggest joy was spending time with his family. Throughout his life he enjoyed the beach and the marsh at Pawleys Island, especially wildlife watching.

He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Janis Anderson Adams; his sons, Emory Adams IV and Andrew Adams; a grandson, Andrew Adams Jr; his sister, Madeline Drake; and other friends and family.

A private memorial service was held Monday at Mayer Funeral Home. There is a guest book at

Jimmy McCants, 84, chaired town Planning Commission

March 26, 2020

“I can’t ever remember not being on Pawleys Island,” Jimmy McCants said.

Although his career took him from Georgetown County to Georgia, he returned to the island after he retired and threw himself into the civic life of the island.

“He’s always been here for us. He never says ‘no,’” his friend, the late Howard Ward, said when he gave Mr. McCants the award as Citizen of the Year from the Pawleys Island Civic Association in 2013.

He disappeared March 9 near the upper end of Winyah Bay. His body was recovered Saturday after an extensive search. He was 84.

Coy James McCants Jr. was born April 13, 1935, in Georgetown, the son of the Coy and Ruby McCants.  His father worked for International Paper and the family spent every summer on Pawleys Island before buying a house on the island’s north end.

Jimmy attended Winyah High School where he developed his football talent and was awarded a football scholarship to the University of Georgia. He earned a bachelor’s degree in finance and was a member of Kappa Alpha. 

He worked as a plant manager for Wick Manufacturing in Waycross, Ga., before returning to Pawleys Island and the family beach house.

Mr. McCants served as a trustee of the Pawleys Island Chapel and as the chairman of the town Planning Commission.

“I’ve just always been involved,” he said in a 2013 interview. “I want to see Pawleys Island stay like it was when I was growing up.”

He led the effort to raise and restore the Pawleys Island Chapel in 2018. He also served on the committee that selected the architect for a new Town Hall.

Mr. McCants was an avid outdoorsman who loved to hunt, fish and be on the water. A beloved community member, he was well known for his daily walks on the island. 

He was a member of the Rotary Club of Georgetown and a member of Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church. 

He is survived by his wife, Jacquelyn Vaughn McCants; two daughters, Alyne Kimberly McCants Conder of Pawleys Island and Ashley Jane McCants of Moultrie, Ga.; and his grandchildren, Emily Brooks Conder, John Walter Conder V (Madison), Mary Catherine Plymel and McCants Plymel.

His first wife, Nancy Jane Simpkins McCants, and his brother, Wyatt McCants, died before him.

In order to protect the health and well-being of the family, friends and the community during the COVID-19 pandemic, a memorial service will be scheduled for a future date. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association, South Carolina Chapter, P.O. Box 3128, Spartanburg, SC 29304 (

His family said they were grateful for the efforts and support of the Georgetown County Sheriff’s Office, Midway Fire and Rescue, Georgetown County and Georgetown City Fire, the Georgetown County Technical Rescue Team, S.C. Department of Natural Resources, the State Law Enforcement Division and the Coast Guard.

Elizabeth Wiley, 81, avid environmentalist

March 26, 2020

Elizabeth Hardin Wiley of Pawleys Island died Feb. 20 at her home surrounded by family.  She was 81.

She was born July 25, 1938, in Hillsboro, Ala., the daughter of Mary Horne and Lee Hardin.  She graduated from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and received her master’s degree in library science from Queens College.  

She shared her passion for literature with children as a media specialist in the Charlotte public schools before retiring to Pawleys Island in 1999.

Mrs. Wiley had a lifelong love for the natural world, was an avid birder, volunteered for the protection of sea turtles on Pawleys Island and actively supported environmental organizations.  

She is survived by her three children, Sarah Wiley, Mark Wiley and Joye Wiley; her granddaughter, Amelia Wiley Moreira; her sister, Mary Lee Roberson; and her son-in-law, Drew Colenbrander.

Memorials may be made to Audubon South Carolina at

Julia Ann Stalvey, 88, homemaker shared farm values with family

March 19, 2020

Julia Ann Yaun Stalvey of Georgetown died on March 14 after an extended illness. She was 88.

Julia Ann was the daughter of Ruth Flowers Yaun and Luther B. Yaun.  She was a graduate of Winyah High School, where she was active in the high school band as well as some local bands as a singer.  

She married Ernest Clyde Stalvey Jr. in 1950 at the First Baptist Church.  After marriage, she became a member of Duncan Memorial United Methodist Church.

Julia Ann was a devoted wife of 57 years before Clyde’s death in 2007 and was a stay-at-home mom for their four children in their Georgetown and Pawleys Island homes.  They later moved to their country home residence, because some of her happiest childhood memories were of days visiting her grandmother’s farm in Darlington.  

The family increased with the addition of their horses. Their children learned the responsibility of having horses and other animals and Julia Ann shared with them her love of cooking and how to garden vegetables and flowers.

She is survived by four children, Ernest Clyde “Chip” Stalvey III, Rodney “Rod” Jay Stalvey (Lisa) and Gary Rouse Stalvey, all of Georgetown, and Leslie Ruth Boyatt (Tony) of Blue Ridge, Ga.; two brothers, Luther B. Yaun Jr. (Becky) of Greensboro, N.C., and Ralph O. Yaun (Sandra) of Leland, N.C.; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

In addition to her parents and husband, her sister, Peggy Yaun Parsons Ford, and in-laws, Ernest Clyde and Vivian Stalvey, died before her.

Memorial services were Wednesday at the graveside in Elmwood Cemetery.

Condolences may be sent at

Memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105.

Vincent L. Franco, 57, devoted Kiss fan

March 19, 2020

Vincent Leon Franco of the Tradition Club died Saturday. He was 57.

He was born Sept. 4, 1962, in Cape May Court House, N.J., the son of Vincent A. and Dorothy J. Franco. He grew up in Wildwood Crest and later Bridgewater, N.J., where he was employed by AT&T. 

He was a student of history and people were always surprised by his vast knowledge base on the subject. 

He was an avid Kiss fan, having been to more than a dozen of their concerts. He was often found driving around in his prized possession, a 2016 Cadillac XTS, which he always kept sparkling. 

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his sister, Joan Franco of Pawleys Island; his brother, Paul Franco (Jill McNally) of Bridgewater; his aunt, Caye Branca, and cousins, Linda McCarthy and Patty Ruddick, all of Greenville.

Private family services will be held at a later date.

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Harvey F. Lowes, 82, retired carpenter

March 19, 2020

Harvey F. Lowes of Murrells Inlet died March 11 at the Embrace Hospice House in Myrtle Beach. He was 82.

He was born Dec. 11, 1937, in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., the son of  John Frederick Lowes and Stella Mae Anderson Lowes. 

Mr. Lowes was a hardworking man who was a skilled and dedicated carpenter. He worked for England Construction for many years. 

Following his retirement, he was able to enjoy the finer things in life. He was remembered as a loving husband, father, grandfather, great-grandfather, brother, uncle and friend.

He is survived by his wife of 64 years, Patsy Ann Wesley Lowes; his children, Gila May Norris, Debra Lowes and Harvey “Johnny” Lowes (Terri); his grandchildren, Chris E.M. Watkins (Melissa), Jason C. Watkins, William Michael Willard, Andrew M.A. Nelson, William Marcus Ortagus, Rebecca P. Howard (Steven), Tanner J.F. Lowes and Benjamin Henderson (Darlene); his great-grandchildren, Taylor Rae Boyd, Aaron M.A. Nelson, Xander Lowes, Chris Howard and Karley Howard; his brothers, Henry Lowes (Linda), Donald Lowes (Becky), Wayne Lowes (Nancy), Johnny Lowes (Kathleen) and Jimmy Lowes (Sandy); his sisters, Margie Whisner  and Dorothy Roxby (George); a large extended family and many supportive friends and neighbors.

Two other brothers, Fred Lowes (Flora) and Vern Lowes (Melvina); a sister, Katherine Stufflebeam (Clyde), three  grandchildren, Roxanne Nelson, David Shelton and Travis Lowes; two great-granddaughters, Abby L. Nelson and Sarah A. McCall Watkins; and a nephew, Howard Wayne “Squally” Wesley, died before him.

A celebration of his life will be held privately.

Memorials may be made to Embrace Hospice House, 175 Village Center Blvd. Myrtle Beach, SC 29579 or to the charity of your choice.

There is a guest book at

Susan M. Konikiewicz, 69, retired deli manager

March 19, 2020

Susan Margaret Konikiewicz of Pawleys Island died March 12 at her home surrounded by her family. She was 69.

She was born April 29, 1950, in Norristown, Pa., the daughter of David E. and Helen Byrnes Walbert. 

She was retired from Piggly Wiggly, where she had worked as the deli manager.

She is survived by two sons, Michael Sobetsky (Nicole) of Surfside Beach and Ben Sobetsky (Debbie Campbell) of Murrells Inlet; a daughter, Angela Ross (Tobias) of Pawleys Island; a brother, David Walbert (Maria) of Pennsylvania; three sisters, Patricia Keightly of South Carolina, Cathy Cox (Bill) of Florida and Lisa Froelich of Pennsylvania; nine grandchildren and four great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life service will be held at Heritage Golf Club at a later date.

Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

Chris Bird, 47, real estate agent aided church mission trips

March 19, 2020

Christopher Patrick Bird of Litchfield Country Club, a real estate agent, died March 11 at his home. He was 47.

He was born Aug. 28, 1972, in Atlanta, Ga., the son of Noel Patrick Bird and the late Sue Hite Bird. He was a 1990 graduate of Wando High School and earned a bachelor’s degree in business entrepreneurship from the College of Charleston.  

Mr. Bird was a successful real estate agent with ReMax Beach and Golf. His achievements included ReMax Hall of Fame, ReMax Lifetime Achievement and Platinum Club Awards. He was a ReMax International guest speaker who shared his experiences and successes.  

Mr. Bird was an active member of Pawleys Island Community Church where he served on the Life Safety Team. He also assisted with youth missions trips with his daughter, Anna. He lived life to the fullest through travel, golf and time spent with friends and family. He enjoyed attending the Masters Tournament and golfing with his daughter, Allie. 

He had an uncanny ability to reach people in a deep and positive way, his family said. He was remembered as a bright, shining light in the various organizations that he served within the Pawleys Island community.

He is survived by his wife, Julie; his daughters, Anna and Allie; his father, Noel (Pam); his brother, Todd (Andrea) of Pawleys Island; his in-laws, Ken and Jane Finger; his sister-in-law, Molly Tweed (Travis) of Lincolnton, N.C.; his niece, Leah Tweed; and his nephews, Jake Tweed and Slayt Bird.

A celebration of life was held Saturday at Pawleys Island Community Church.

Memorials may be made payable to Pawleys Island Community Church, P.O. Box 777, Pawleys Island, SC 29585 to support student missions.

There is a guest book at

Elery Little, 92, school board member was lifelong educator

March 12, 2020

Elery Legrande Little, a former school principal who served on the Georgetown County Board of Education for 18 years, died March 7. He was 92.

He was born Oct. 29, 1927, the second of four children of Coy Lonerson and Ora Mae Rogers Little.  He grew up in the unincorporated Floyds community of Horry County. He was a graduate of Floyds High School and the University of South Carolina. Before graduating from college, he served in the Army at a military hospital headquarters in Korea. 

Mr. Little began his lifelong career in education as a teacher and coach for the Georgetown County School District at Pleasant Hill High School in the fall of 1953. It was his first job in the field of education, and in a new community that he would never leave. Pleasant Hill became his home. 

In 1968, Mr. Little received his master’s degree from Western Carolina University, and shortly after that became the principal of Pleasant Hill High School, serving in that position from the fall of 1969 until his retirement in the spring of 1993.

He served as the athletic conference chairman, on various athletic conference committees and on the Georgetown County Higher Education Commission. He also served on the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission, the Pleasant Hill Community Organization Board, and the Horry-County Technical College Education Foundation.

Both before and after his retirement as principal of Pleasant Hill High, he served as a crop insurance adjuster, as well as a rural route substitute mail carrier for the U.S. Postal Service for six years. 

Before being elected to the board of education in 2002, he served as the elected chairman of the Georgetown County Soil and Water Conservation District. From 1996 until only a few weeks before his death, he still worked as a bailiff at the Georgetown County courthouse.

He and the late Eloyce Williamson Little, a retired teacher and librarian at Pleasant Hill elementary and middle schools, were married for 62 years and had one daughter and two grandchildren. 

Though longtime members of Pleasant Hill Baptist Church, Mr. and Mrs. Little faithfully attended First Baptist Church in Georgetown each Sunday for the past 14 years.

Mr. Little is survived by his daughter, Beth Little Roberts (Andy) of Georgetown; his grandchildren, Walt Roberts of Washington, D.C., and Elizabeth Roberts Bullard (John) of Georgetown; a brother, James C. Little (Bonnie) of Nichols; several nieces and nephews, as well as special friends, Sydney Johnson and Vickie C. Tompkins.

In addition to his wife and parents, another brother, Herman W. Little, and his sister, Coleen Little Hill, died before him.

Funeral services will be held at 4 p.m. today at First Baptist Church by the Rev. Dr. Ted Sherrill. Burial will follow in Mount Olive Cemetery on Pennyroyal Road.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Mount Olive Cemetery Fund, P.O. Box 1590, Georgetown, SC 29442-1590.

Lucille Hanley, 89, retired teacher

March 12, 2020

Lucille Hanley of Pawleys Island, a retired teacher, died March 4 at NHC HealthCare in Garden City. She was 89.

She was born July 2, 1930, in Brooklyn, N.Y., the daughter of Joseph and Teresa DiDonato. She taught at the American School for the Deaf in West Hartford, Conn., for 30 years.

Mrs. Hanley was a member of Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church and was passionate about volunteering with the Family Justice Center in Georgetown.

She is survived by her husband of 62 years, William Hanley; a daughter, Karen Motroni; a son, Robert Hanley; and four grandchildren, Michael, William, Morgan and Allison.

Another son, Michael Hanley, died before her.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Family Justice Center, P.O. Box 366, Georgetown, SC 29442.

A funeral mass will be held at 11 a.m. today at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church.

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Michael K. Clingenpeel, 72, owned gourmet shop

March 12, 2020

Michael Kent Clingenpeel of the Tradition Club, former owner of Carolina Gourmet, died Monday. He was 75.

He was born Jan. 10, 1945, in Battle Creek, Mich., a son of Donald Eugene Clingenpeel and Carlene Donnabelle Unruh Clingenpeel.

Mr. Clingenpeel served in the Navy for 10 years. He also worked as an executive in the manufacturing industry. Later in life, he and his wife owned and operated Carolina Gourmet in the Hammock Shops Village until 2016.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Judy Katherine Pearce Clingenpeel; his daughters, Anji Nelson, Tiffany Rector, Tammy, Toni, Michelle Hajdu (Szabi); his son, Steven Hayes (Tina); nine grandchildren;  and his brothers, Scott and Rick Clingenpeel.

Services may be held at a later date and, if so, will be announced by the family.

Dr. Robert M. Baxter, 91, directed St. Paul’s choir

March 12, 2020

Dr. Robert Marti Baxter of Myrtle Beach, a music teacher and choral director, died March 2 at Waccamaw Community Hospital. He was 91.

He was born March 12, 1928, in Williston Park on Long Island, N.Y., the son of Mary and Harry Baxter.  After high school, he entered the Navy and served two years during World War II.  After the service, he attended Oberlin College in Ohio and graduated in 1952 with a degree in music.  

In 1957, he met and married Eva Martin Baxter.  They lived in Marathon, N.Y., where he taught school.  In 1959, he earned his master’s degree in education from New York University.  In 1960, he and his family moved to Fairfax, Va., where he taught in the Arlington School System for 30 years.  

In 1970, he earned his Ph.D in musicology from the Catholic University in Washington. 

The Baxters moved to Myrtle Beach in 1991.

During his 31 years in Virginia, Dr. Baxter directed several church choirs.  For four of those years, he was bass/baritone soloist at the National Christian Church in Washington, D.C.  He also did lots of concertizing during those years.  This continued after moving to Myrtle Beach.  

He was currently director of traditional music at St. Paul’s Waccamaw United Methodist Church. He was director of the chancel choir at the church for over 25 years.

In addition to his wife of 62 years, he is survived by five children, Melinda Sparacio of Strasburg, Va., Robert Martin Baxter of Paris, Michael Baxter of Harrison, Va., Russell Baxter of Acworth, Ga., and Roger Baxter of Chesapeak, Va.; 15 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday at St. Paul’s Waccamaw United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Chancel Choir Fund at the church, 180 St. Paul’s Place, Pawleys Island, SC  29585.

Condolences may be sent at

Judy Zachar, 80, mother of five became a systems analyst

March 5, 2020

Judith Ann Zachar of Willbrook Plantation died Feb. 27 at her home. She was 80.

Known as Judy, she was born Dec. 16, 1939, in Kenosha, Wisc., the daughter of Evelyn Lambrecht Mikulsky and John James Mikulsky. She graduated from Mary D. Bradford High School in 1957 and went on to Marquette University where she graduated magna cum laude in 1961. At Marquette, she met her future husband James E. Zachar, who proposed to her on campus. They married in 1961 and were married for 44 years until his death in 2005. 

Mrs. Zachar stayed home to raise her five children, including triplets. When the children were in school full time, she went back to work, first as a teacher. She also went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in computer science from Coe College and eventually an MBA from Lake Forest College. Mrs. Zachar went on to a career as a systems analyst at Household Financial until she retired in 1992 to spend more time with her family. 

She was a life member of the Christ Child Society, serving as president of the Dayton, Ohio, chapter from 1974 to 1976 and national board member from 1976 to 1978. Later she rose within the ranks of the Christ Child Society, serving in national leadership positions. 

The Zachars retired to Pawleys Island and built their retirement home, which became a destination for their children, grandchildren and friends for more than a decade. They also became active in Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church. Mrs. Zachar was involved in the Women’s Club. She loved lectoring and singing in the choir. 

She was also an avid traveler to many parts of Europe, the Holy Lands, and she even made a solo trip to Poland. She especially enjoyed traveling to see her grandchildren and never missed a milestone: a graduation, a first communion or even a robotics competition. 

She was remembered for a life filled with family, generosity to others and deep faith. 

She is survived by her children, Mary (Tim McGuire) of Greenville, John of Chicago, Tom (Lisa Walberg) of Glencoe, Ill., and Elizabeth of Wauwatosa, Wisc.; her brother, John (Margaret); her nieces, Rachel and Sara; and 12 grandchildren, Nathan, Patrick, Edward, Emily, Amanda, Brendan, Charles, John, Sarah, Joe, Lucas and Lucinda. 

In addition to her husband, another son, Jay, died before her.   

A funeral mass was held Tuesday at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church. Interment will be Sunday at St. George Cemetery in Kenosha.

There is a guest book at

Susan B. Briggs, 98, World War II veteran made last Honor Flight

March 5, 2020

Susan Buhay Briggs of the Lakes at Litchfield, who served in the Women’s Army Corps in World War II, died Feb. 29. She was 98.

She was born Jan. 2, 1922, in Endicott, N.Y., a daughter of John Buhay and Anna Petro Buhay.  She grew up in Endicott and graduated high school.

She was working in the local shoe factory when she read in the local paper that the Army needed women, Mrs. Briggs recalled in an interview in 2016. She enlisted in January 1942. She was sent to England, where she worked with a unit that handled spare parts for P-51 fighter planes. The unit moved to France after D-Day.

She met her future husband, Archie Briggs, at the Eiffel Tower. When a waiter placed five bottles of Champagne on a nearby table, Archie lifted one and placed it at Susan’s feet. “That bottle of Champagne was at our wedding,” Mrs. Briggs said.

The couple married in 1947. 

After staying home to raise their four children, Mrs. Briggs started working in the early 1960s for St. Lawrence University in the bookstore as a clerk.  She worked her way up to be one of the mangers of the bookstore. She said the work was like her role as a supply sergeant in the Army.

She was a member of the Knights of Columbus Women’s Auxiliary in Canton, N.Y., and Charlotte.  She moved to the Lakes of Litchfield in 2015.  

Mrs. Briggs was the only female veteran on the last Honor Flight from South Carolina to Washington, D.C., in May 2016.  

Mrs. Briggs was an avid reader. She loved to cook and was a wonderful homemaker.

She is survived by three sons, John Briggs (Alice) of Pawleys Island, Stephen Briggs (Becky) of Edina, Minn., and Christopher Briggs (Carrie) of Cohoes, N.Y.; a daughter, Susan O’Connell of Vestal, N.Y.; eight grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren.

Memorials may be made to the Myrtle Beach chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association, 1105 48th Ave. North, Suite 109, Myrtle Beach, SC 29577.

Services will be held at a later date at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church.

There is a guest book at

Jeremy Pait, 32, Navy vet worked in construction

February 27, 2020

Jeremy Cheyne Pait of Pawleys Island died Feb. 25. He was 32.

He was born April 11, 1987, in Lumberton,  N.C., the son of Phillip Glen Pait of Bladenboro, N.C., and Kim Pait Walker of Pawleys Island.  Known to his friends as Remy, he graduated from Waccamaw High School in 2005. He attended Horry-Georgetown Technical College for a year before he went on to serve in the Navy as an information systems technician.  Following his service, he pursued several occupations until he found joy in the construction business.

Mr. Pait returned to Pawleys Island to help care for his mother, who is battling cancer.

He was remembered as a kind, sweet, fun-loving spirit with a heart of gold and who loved very deeply.  He loved music, playing the guitar, going to the beach, traveling and having fun.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his sister, Stephanie Pait Smith of Lumberton, N.C., and her two children; numerous aunts, uncles and cousins; and a special life-long friend, Matt Holland, whom he loved as his brother.

Services will be held on Sunday at 2 p.m. at Burroughs Funeral Home in Murrells Inlet, with visitation beginning at 1 p.m.

Larry Seward, 74, earned USC’s first full golf scholarship

February 20, 2020

Larry Seward of the River Club died Feb. 13 at his home. He was 74.

He was born Dec. 14, 1945, the son of Wilma and Fred Seward. He grew up in Laurens. Larry spent his youth as a rebel, always on the edge, never crossing the line.  The stories of his many escapades are still ongoing, elevating him to legendary status in many ways, his family said.

Consumed with knowledge, he was an avid reader all his life.  He had read all the volumes of the Encyclopedia Britannica by age 15.  He was an excellent student who held many class offices in high school.

Mr. Seward became fascinated with golf at age 12. He combined his natural talent along with his love of the game to take him to many championships. During this time, he earned the recognition as golf’s most promising player and was awarded the first full golf scholarship at the University of South Carolina.

His goal of playing the tour was interrupted by his father’s illness and he came home to assist in the family business, the S.C. Cap and Gown Co.  Mr. Seward was instrumental in the development of the one-way gown and the sale of the company to Jostens, where he remained. 

Golf was still on his radar and Mr. Seward was still winning championships when he retired at 47.  With the encouragement and support of his family, he was ready to pursue his dream of becoming a touring pro when illness struck.

After a long recovery, he moved to Pawleys Island and enjoyed a life with a small group of close friends and his loving family, who said he taught them to live without regrets, but with the courage of a legend.  

He is survived by his wife of 50 years, Kristi; three children, Leeann Needham (Mike), Marshall Seward (Tina) and Raegan Taylor (Scott);  his grandchildren, Jordan Taylor, Ross and Braxton Medure, Brodie Seward, Grayson and Mac Taylor and Noah Seward. 

The family will hold a private graveside service.

Memorials may be made to the First Tee Foundation, 425 South Legacy Trail, St. Augustine, FL  32092 (

Condolences may be sent at

James C. Phillips, 74, founder of sign company

February 20, 2020

James Curtis Phillips of Pawleys Island, who founded the Island Sign Co. with his late wife, died Feb. 15 at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center. He was 74.

He was born Nov. 14, 1945, the son of  Curtis and Mildred Phillips. He served in the Navy.

Mr. Phillips and his wife, Donna, co-founded the Island Sign Co. of Pawleys Island in 1980. 

It is now owned and operated by their daughter, Tina.

He is survived by his children, Tina Phillips Wise, Juli Phillips Gault, James “Jay” Phillips Jr. (Jessica) and Amy Phillips Avery; seven grandchildren and four great-grandchildren; his brother, Robert Lee King; and brother and sister-in-law, Jim and Brana Arnold.

Private services will be held at a later date.

There is a guest book at

George Holman Jr., 65, retired estate planner

February 20, 2020

George Douglas Holman Jr. of Willbrook Plantation died Feb. 16 at his residence. He was 65.

He was born Feb. 18, 1954, the son of George Douglas Holman and Nancy Pittman Holman.  

Mr. Holman grew up in Barnwell and graduated from Barnwell High School.  He graduated from Wofford College and received his master’s degree in business from the University of South Carolina.  Mr. Holman worked for 40 years in trust and estate planning before retiring. He had a great love for golf and played as often as possible.  

Mr. Holman was married to the late Mary Kennedy Jay Holman. He was remembered as a loving husband, father and grandfather.

He is survived by a son, Bates Holman (Stephanie) of Goose Creek; and three grandchildren, Lyla, Henry and Winifred Bates.

In addition to his wife and parents, his sister Ellen Holman died before him.

Graveside services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. in the Pawleys Island Presbyterian Churchyard by the Rev. Rhett Talbot. A reception will follow in the Frank Holsclaw Fellowship Hall.

Memorials may be made to the church, 9967 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

There is a guest book at

Henry Moore, 96, WWII vet crafted bird houses

February 13, 2020

Henry Porter Moore Jr. of Pawleys Island died Feb. 8 at his home with his family at his side.  He was 96.

He was born July 12, 1923, in Bishopville, son of Anna Lee Shaw and the late Henry Porter Moore.   Known as Mocus, he graduated from Carlisle Military School in Bamberg  in 1942. (His son would later attend the school.) He began college at Wofford but was drafted in September 1943 and served in the Army Air Force as a flight engineer on a B-24 during World War II.  

After discharge as a staff sergeant in 1946, Mr. Moore completed his degree in business administration at the University of South Carolina. He began his career with the U.S. Department of Agriculture in the Soil Conservation Service in Bishopville, eventually moving to Pawleys Island and working in Georgetown until retiring in 1982. 

Although he loved working for the soil conservation service, one of his greatest joys was to work long hours in his workshop making lamps, bird houses and bird feeders. It is hard to go to the Hammock Shops and not see his bird feeders displayed on the rail of the Original Hammock Shop.  

Mr. Moore’s other great love was traveling, spending time in well over 30 countries, including hiking into the mountains of Uganda at 80, zip lining in Costa Rica at 90 and dancing away until the wee morning hours on a Caribbean cruise at 92.

He remained involved with the Carlisle (and Camden) Military School Alumni Association and was also heavily involved in the Boy Scouts, serving as a troop leader for many young men who are still residents of Georgetown County. He was a member of the Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church since 1963.

He was married for 51 years to the late Virginia Wyatt Matthews Moore. 

He is survived by his son, Henry P. Moore III (Georgi) of Inman; his daughter, Virginia Lee Moore (Marty Rhoades) of Surfside Beach; his granddaughter, Virginia “Ginna” Matthews Moore; his sisters-in-law, Annette Matthews and Susan Pond; his cousin, Donnie Moore; his nieces and nephews, Anna “Nan” Straughn, Thomas “Tam” Kennerly Johnstone III, Eugene Hamilton Matthews, Daniel Hill Matthews, Alycen Nigro, Anne Linton Henderson and David Pond along with the many great-nieces and nephews.  

In addition to his wife, another cousin, Gene Moore, and a nephew, Alan Henry Johnstone, died before him.

Shirl Holmes provided kindness and gentle care to him each and every week for the past three years.

A service and a celebration of life was held Wednesday at Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church.

Memorials may be made to Quilts of Valor at P.O. Box 191 Winterset, IA 50273, or Camden Military Academy at 520 Hwy. 1 North Camden, SC 29020.

Condolences may be sent at 

Joseph L. Wolfe III, 77, made a career in insurance

February 6, 2020

Joseph Lester Wolfe III of Murrells Inlet died Jan. 3 at his home after a long illness. He was 77.

He was born Nov. 13, 1942, in Charlotte, the son of Joseph Lester Wolfe Jr. and Caroline DaVega Wolfe.  The family moved to Florence when Joe was 5. He graduated from McCleneghan High School, where he excelled at golf and tennis, in the class of 1960. He attended Davidson College and was a member of the tennis team.  He remained an active athlete throughout his life.  

Mr. Wolfe was president of City Ice and Fuel Co., a business started by his grandfather in the 1940s. He later had a lengthy career in the insurance business, serving the needs of the Florence community and beyond.  He was known in the business world for his attention to detail, honesty and integrity.  

In 1965, he married Carolyn Moss. They became the parents of a son, Les, whom he adored.  They were members of the First Presbyterian Church of Florence. While they enjoyed traveling, they moved to Murrells Inlet in 2011 and became members of Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church, where they made many new friends.  

In his leisure time, Mr. Wolfe had a passion for cycling and excelled at marksmanship.

In addition to his wife of 54 years, he is survived by his son, Joseph Lester Wolfe IV (Anne); his brother Henry DaVega Wolfe (Debbie); his grandchildren, Chappel Pinckney Wolfe and William Rutledge Wolfe, and many extended family members.

A graveside service is planned at a later date at Old Orchard Cemetery in Petersburg, Tenn.

Memorials may be made to Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church, Florence Presbyterian Church or the charity of your choice.

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Fernando Soto, 55, started family insurance firm

February 6, 2020

Fernando Soto of Surfside Beach died Jan. 26 at his home, surrounded by family. He was 55.

He was a born on April 18, 1964, in Bronx, N.Y., to Noelia Millan Trocki and Fernando Soto.  He was a 1982 graduate of Patapsco High School in Maryland and continued his education through the American College, earning several designations in the field of insurance.  

He and his wife Wanda were married on Feb. 10, 1984, in St. Thomas.  

Mr. Soto was a self-employed insurance agent/consultant and financial advisor for his family-owned and operated company, Client First. He was a strong believer in lifelong learning and was constantly striving for new knowledge and a deeper understanding in professional, personal and religious studies.

He lived life to the fullest through simple pleasures, his family said. He loved good food and would never turn down an opportunity to enjoy a new recipe or try a new restaurant. He loved music and guitars, playing for himself and for an audience.  

Fernando loved his family and would always make time to be with his wife, daughters, sons-in-law and grandchildren.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his daughters, Asriel Duran (Chris), Sarah Rice (Michael) and Niná Soto;  his grandchildren, Ayden Duran, Gabriella Duran, and Nolan Rice; his mother and step-father, Joe Trocki; his step-mother, Anna Soto; his siblings, Mimi Castro, James Trocki and Natasha Roman (Natafa); and his nieces, nephews, aunts, uncles and cousins.

The family thanked Rhonda Sharper (Marvin) and Ada Moses for their care, dedication and attention to Mr. Soto, and to Surfside Presbyterian Church Mercy Ministries and many friends and associates who provided support.

A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday at Surfside Presbyterian Church.  The family will receive friends at the church from 10 a.m.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society ( or the Assistance Fund (

Condolences may be sent at

Earl R. Taylor, 90, salesman started metals company

January 30, 2020

Earl R. Taylor of the River Club died Jan. 24 after battling prostate cancer and Alzheimer’s disease. He was 90.

He was born Feb. 17, 1929, in Minneapolis, the son of William and Annabelle Taylor, and moved at age 11 to Pittsburgh, which he called home for 70 years before settling in South Carolina. He attended Fifth Avenue High School and it was there that he developed his passion for reading, love of the early jazz scene and anything having to do with history, particularly the Civil War. 

Mr. Taylor was thought of by many as the ultimate salesman, and in 1967 he founded his own business, Metals Inc., selling steel, castings and forgings until he retired at age 85. 

He was a fervent believer in Jesus Christ and spoke boldly about his faith. He attended church regularly and served in numerous capacities. “You can never out-give God,” was a motto that he would exemplify throughout his life, his family said.

He was remembered as loving and generous to his grandchildren, always delivering a sense of humor, yet challenging each of them to do their best.

He is survived by his wife of 28 years, Whitney Woods Taylor and their children Eric (Cyndi), Jennifer (Guy Miller), Rebecca (Rich Stinson), Sydney (Rick Moyer) and Lindsay Satterfield; his grandchildren, Josh Taylor (Sabrina), Christopher Taylor, Jessica Gerhart, Jack Huffman, Cole Huffman, David Moyer (Hannah), Leslie Ferguson (Joe), Samantha Moyer; five great-grandchildren; a sister-in-law, Kendall Woods; and brother-in-law, Bill Woods. 

In addition to his parents, a sister Willamina Dick, and his first wife of 37 years, Joan Chmay Taylor, died before him.

The service of celebration will be held at 1 p.m. today in the old church at All Saints Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church, 3560 Kings River Rd., Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

Thomas L. Secrest, 70, West Point grad became lawyer

January 30, 2020

Thomas Lavell Secrest of Pawleys Island died Jan. 27. He was 70.

He was born May 21, 1949, in Corpus Christi, Texas, and attended the U.S. Military Academy at West Point from 1966 to 1970.  After graduation, he served in Germany and Fort Knox. He resigned his commission in 1975.  

After graduation from the University of Texas Law School in 1978, he joined the law firm of Fish & Neave in New York where he was a patent infringement trial lawyer.

Mr. Secrest married Elizabeth Weug Secrest in 1981 and they resided in Brooklyn and Briarcliff Manor, N.Y., until retiring to Pawleys Island in 2004.

In addition to his wife, he is survived by his son, Laurence Lavell Secrest (Jennifer); two grandchildren, Sarah Secrest and Johnathan Lavell Secrest; his brothers, John Secrest (Claudia) and Randy Secrest; and several nieces and nephews.

Services will be held at 1 p.m. Monday at the Goldfinch Funeral Home, Beach Chapel. Burial will be at West Point at a date to be announced.

Memorials may be made to a charity of your choice.

There is a guest book at

Robbie Janes, 66, started WHS soccer program

January 23, 2020

Robert Glenn Janes Jr. of Hagley Estates, a retired teacher, died Jan. 17 at Waccamaw Community Hospital. He was 66.

Known as Robbie, he was born March 25, 1954, in Fairmont, W. Va., the son  of the late Dr. Robert Janes and Maronee Fleming Janes Wroe. He was educated in Marion County Public Schools and graduated from Fairmont Senior High School in 1972. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in English from Davis & Elkins College in 1978 and later earned a degree in education from Coastal Carolina University. 

He was remembered as a true scholar who had a passion for teaching others. He spent 32 years teaching English, speech and drama at Marion High School, Georgetown High School, Waccamaw High School, Bennettsville High School and Carvers Bay High School. He started Thespian Societies at Georgetown High and Waccamaw High.

He considered the 3,500 students he taught over his career as his own children, his family said.

Mr. Janes also established and coached the soccer programs at Georgetown and Waccamaw High. He started the Can-Am matches at Waccamaw, which continued to be  part of the program for many years.

He loved his West Virginia roots but also enjoyed the beaches and weather of the Lowcountry.

He is survived by his wife of 37 years, Christine McLennan Janes; his sons, Robert Glenn “Trey” Janes III and McLennan Stewart “Lenny” Janes (Amanda Howard); his, siblings Pamela Janes Snyder, Judge David Robert Janes, Anne Elizabeth Janes and Thomas Fleming Janes; and many nieces and nephews. 

He was a camper at Peterkin Conference Center, an Episcopal Church facility, for eight years and a Peterkin counselor for two years. He requested that memorials be made to the center, 286 Clubhouse Rd., Romney, West Virginia 26757.

There is a guest book at

Jim Franklin, 66, counselor became pastry chef

January 23, 2020

James Edward Franklin Jr. of Pawleys Island, the long-time pastry chef at Kudzu bakery, died Jan. 16 at his home. He was 66.

He was born Jan. 20, 1953, in Charlotte, the son of the late Ella Palmer Mitchum and James Edward Franklin. He grew up in Columbia and graduated from Eau Claire High School. Jim had a passionate enthusiasm for learning all his life. He graduated from USC- Coastal Carolina College with a degree in psychology, attended Emory School of Theology and graduated with a master’s in divinity from Lutheran Theological Seminary. 

He worked for the Methodist Church, then began work as an alcohol and drug abuse counselor for the Mental Health Center before beginning a culinary degree at Johnson and Wales University, specializing in baking and pastry. 

Mr. Franklin was known as the bandana-wearing pastry chef who could be found smiling and baking bread and making beautiful cakes at Kudzu bakery for more than 20 years.

He was remembered as a man who loved the simple pleasures of life, such as the details of the perfect loaf of bread, a constant cup of coffee, the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, sunning at the Pawleys Island beach, riding his bike, spending all day preparing a meal, delighting in the birth of grandchildren and spending time with his family. He had a wide smile, welcoming spirit and a contagious laugh. 

He is survived by his wife, Betsy Franklin; his children, Suzanne Gilmer Stone of Charleston, Emily Caroline Dauber (Cory) of Columbia and Caleb Stuart Franklin of Columbia; two stepdaughters, Lindsey Greenroad (Charles) of Myrtle Beach and Alison Bryan (David) of Mount Pleasant; his sister, Julie Eileen Franklin of Newberry; two grandchildren, Clementine Suzette Dauber and Ames Pascal Dauber; and his step-grandchildren, Maxwell Beckham Hornsby, Charles Jackson Greenroad, David Collins Bryan III and Betsy Pearl Bryan.

A celebration of his life will be held at a later date.

There is a guest book at

Kent Field, 42, worked at Heritage golf club

January 23, 2020

Robert Kent Field of Pawleys Island, who worked in the golf industry, died Jan. 18. He was 42.

Known as Kent, he was born in Florence, the son of Robert Field and the late Yvonne Free Field.  He graduated from South Florence High School and Horry-Georgetown Technical College, where he earned a degree in golf course management.

Mr. Field was dedicated to his craft and was an expert in his field.  He worked at many golf courses in the Grand Strand area and his hometown of Florence. He had worked at The Heritage Club since 2010.  

He was an avid golfer, loved his family, friends and dogs.  He was remembered for his kindness and generosity.

In addition to his father, he is survived by  a sister, Mary Alice Dewitt (Jonathan); two nephews, Charlie and Davis Dewitt; his grandparents, Phin and Mary Free; his uncles, Jack Field (Tammy), Barry Free (Lisa), Larry Free (Terry), Jimmy Free (Linda); numerous cousins and a multitude of friends.  

In addition to his mother, his grandparents, Charles and Alice Field, died before him.

A celebration of his life will be held Feb. 3 from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Heritage Club.

There is a guest book at

Floyd Eilber, 91, retired teacher was avid golfer

January 23, 2020

Floyd E. Eilber Jr. of the River Club died Jan. 8 at Brookdale Senior Living in Conway. He was 91.

He was born in Stroudsburg, Pa., the son of Floyd E. Eilber and Anna Staffon Eilber.   He was married to the late Shirley J. Eilber. 

Mr. Eilber was a public school teacher prior to retirement, after which he honed his skills as a proficient and avid golfer. The rest of the golfers may now return to the course. Floyd has retired, his family said.

He is survived by a daughter, Linda Leondi of Sparta, N.J.; a son, Scott Eilber (Mary) of Salt Lake City; four grandchildren, Michael and Kevin Leondi, Andrea Desena and Christopher Eilber; and six great-grandchildren, Aria, Marina and Donovan, Madelyn Leondi, Willa and Thomas Desena.

Graveside services were held Jan. 15 at Indiantown Gap National Cemetery in Annville, Pa.

Warren G. Umstead Jr., 86, musician was patron of the arts

January 16, 2020

Warren Gehman Umstead Jr. of Litchfield Country Club died Jan. 8 at his home surrounded by his family. He was 86.

He was born in Lansdale, Pa., the son of Warren G. Umstead and Florence V. Umstead.

Mr. Umstead graduated from Lansdale High School in 1950 in the upper quintile of the class.  He was a member of both the concert and marching bands and the Bux-Mont Honor Band his senior year.

At Temple University, he continued his music ambition. He was a member of the concert and marching bands, the Honor Society and the Mid Atlantic Honor Band.  Mr. Umstead graduated from Temple in the early 1950s and graduated cum laude from the University of Alabama. He went on to receive his MBA from Webster University and a doctorate from California Coast University.

Mr. Umstead retired from the DuPont Company where he was an international major account manager. During his time with DuPont he traveled the U.S. and extensively in Europe.

He was an active Master Mason, Scottish Rite Consistory and Shrine member.

After moving to South Carolina, Mr. Umstead continued his interest in music and the performing arts.  He was a member of the Coastal Concert Association and served on the board of the Strand Theater, home of the Swamp Fox Players, where he performed on stage many times.  

He was an active member of All Saints Church and a tour guide at Brookgreen Gardens for 25 years.

He is survived by his wife, Phyllis; children, Cindy Jolly (Ron) and Scott Umstead; grandchildren, Casey Harvey (Will) of Nashville, Tenn; Emily Lee (Andrew) of Mount Pleasant; brother, Herbert E. Umstead; and six great-grandchildren.

A celebration of life service was held Monday at All Saints Church.

Memorials may be made to the church, 3560 Kings River Rd, Pawleys Island, SC  29585 or Brookgeen Gardens, 1931 Brookgreen Garden Dr., Murrells Inlet, SC  29576.

Condolences may be sent at

George D. Finley, 72, Vietnam veteran

January 16, 2020

George Darwin Finley of Pawleys Island, husband of Ute Lena Leibenguth Finley, died Jan. 13 at his home. He was 72.

He was born Nov. 14, 1947, in Chattaroy, W.Va., a son of Millard Curtis Finley and Ruby Marie Horn Finley. He was a graduate of Chattaroy High School and Horry-Georgetown Technical College.  

George was a Vietnam veteran who served 22 years in the military, two years with the Navy and 20 with the Army. He was a door gunner and a crew chief during his enlistment. He moved to the area in 1988 from Fayetteville, N.C., and enjoyed playing cards, bowling, watching sports and coaching Little League.  

He was an avid Duke basketball fan who also loved water sports, fishing and hunting. 

In addition to his wife of 46 years, George is survived by his sons, Charlie Hoffman (Joanna) of Raleigh, N.C., Bryan Finley (Vicky Brazell) of Pawleys Island and Cory Lee Finley (Jamie) of Georgetown; his grandchildren, Triston Finley, Parker Finley, Blake Finley, Isabella Finley and Luke Finley; six sisters, Judy Defoe (George) of Williamson, W.Va., Nancy Lawley (Jimmy) of Montevallo, Ala., Phyllis Elliott (Greg) of Bristol, Va., Rita Finley Allen of Marvel Ala., Sue Ella Finley (Jerry) of Graysville Ala., and Virginia Finley of Marvel; three brothers, Donald Finley (Barbara) of Delbarton, W.Va., C.W. Finley (Betty) of Borderland, W.Va., and Freddie Joe Finley of Marvel; and a number of nieces and nephews.

In addition to his parents, two brothers, Millard Finley Jr. and James Kenneth Finley, and a sister, Kathy Figart, died before him.

A memorial service will be held on Saturday at 1 p.m. in the Graham Funeral Home Chapel.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to St. Jude Children’s Hospital, 501 St. Jude Pl., Memphis, TN 38105, or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

Condolences may be sent at

Clyde J. Davis, 87, cared for feral cat colony

January 16, 2020

Clyde J. Davis of Pawleys Plantation died Dec. 29 at his home. He was 87.

He was born June 16, 1932, in Niles, Calif., the son of George Davis and Susie Amaral Davis of Union City, Calif.  

Mr. Davis served in the Air Force as a flight engineer during the Korean War. 

He was later employed for over 30 years by Santa Clara County Public Works Department in California. 

He retired and moved to Pawleys Island in 1998 where he enjoyed playing golf, fishing and relaxing on the beach with a book.

Mr. Davis loved all animals, but his passion was cats, his own and the feral colony he fed and looked after for many years. 

He is survived by his wife of 42 years, Kathy Davis; two sons, George Davis and Michael Sargenti, both of California; four grandchildren, five great-grandchildren, numerous nieces and nephews, and three beloved cats.  

In addition to his parents, two sisters, Cherry Faria and Georgia Paislay, died before him. 

A memorial service will be held at a later date. Condolences may be sent at

Billie Gray Lassiter, 80, longtime Pawleys visitor

January 9, 2020

Billie T. Lassiter of Statesville, N.C., a longtime property owner on Pawleys Island, died Dec. 29 at her home. She was 80.

Known as Billie Gray, she was born Dec. 10, 1939, in Burlington, N.C., the daughter of Grayson Columbus Thomas and Dora Johnson Thomas.  

She was a 1958 graduate of Walter M. Williams High School in Burlington, where she backed the Bulldogs as a member of the varsity cheerleading squad. She went on to graduate from Watts School of Nursing in Durham, N.C., in 1961. 

On May 27, 1962, she married her high school sweetheart, Thomas Michael Lassiter. He died in 2012. 

Early in their marriage, Mrs. Lassiter worked as a registered nurse at Blowing Rock Hospital and the UNC Chapel Hill Infirmary while Mr. Lassiter, who was known as Mike, finished his law degree. 

For nearly 60 years, she selflessly cared for her family while perfecting the art of homemaking in every way, especially her famous pound cake and sweet tea recipes.

Mrs. Lassiter was a member of Broad Street United Methodist Church of Statesville and a dedicated volunteer with Meals On Wheels of Iredell County.

A devoted wife, mother and grandmother, Billie Gray’s proudest accomplishments and greatest joys were her four children and 11 grandchildren, who all lovingly called her “Grammy.” 

She was an avid reader, fierce bridge player, smooth shagger and played the piano beautifully. She particularly treasured time spent with friends (“The Pigs”) and family at Pawleys Island. 

She is survived by children, T. Michael Lassiter, Jr. (Kate) of Davidson, N.C., Sydney L. Lowe (James) of Raleigh, N.C., Laura L. Kriofske (Kris) of Winston-Salem, N.C., Sarah L. Mason (Matt) of Winston-Salem, N.C.; 11 grandchildren, Grace, Erin and Michael Lassiter III, Grayson, Charlotte and Lucy Lowe, Isabel, Anna and Scarlett Kriofske and Billie Gray and Jake Mason; her sister, Barbara T. Harris of Greenville; and a number of nieces and nephews.

A memorial service will be held at Broad Street United Methodist Church at 3 p.m. Saturday. The family will receive friends Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. at the home and Saturday following the service at the church. 

Memorials may be made to Meals on Wheels of Iredell County, Broad Street United Methodist Church or charity of your choice. 

Condolences may be sent at

Mary P. Dyson, 83, helped start rug business

January 9, 2020

Mary Pearl Bruton Dyson of Myrtle Beach died Jan. 6 due to complications from COPD.  She was 83.

She was born Jan. 28, 1936, in the Cedar Grove area of Conway, the daughter of Van Douglas Bruton and Norah Louise Graham Bruton. Mary graduated from Conway High School and attended Horry-Georgetown Technical College. She worked for General Telephone Electric.

She was married to the late Stephen James Dyson.  

In 1985, Mrs. Dyson along with her son-in-law and daughter, Fawzi and Teresa Bennani, started Casablanca Rugs & Carpet.

Mrs. Dyson loved her family, her church and her country, but most of all, she loved Jesus, her family said. She made the best fried chicken and coconut cake that one could eat.  

She traveled the world, enjoyed reading, gardening, tending roses and playing Scrabble. 

In addition to her daughter and son-in-law of Pawleys Island, she is survived by her granddaughters, Nora Bennani Strom (John) of Washington, D.C.; Yasmine Khira Bennani of Manhattan, N.Y., and Mary Sophia Bennani of Columbia; two brothers, Wallace Wayne Bruton (Reba) and Lloyd Russell Bruton (Joann); many nephews, a niece and cousins. She had three special friends who gave her extra love and support as her health failed, Barbara Stocks, Carol Stallings and Annemarie Linder.

In addition to her husband, her son, Stephen Wayne Dyson, and sister Bobbie Jean Bruton Doyle (Henry), died before her.  

A celebration of her life will be held Jan. 11 at 11 a.m. at First Baptist Church of Myrtle Beach with a reception following in the Family Life Center.  

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to First Baptist Church of Myrtle Beach, 500 4th Ave. N., Myrtle Beach, SC 29577 or a charity of your choice.

Sara Ann Caban, 78, former music teacher

January 9, 2020

Sara Ann Caban of Georgetown died Jan. 1 following a long illness. She was 78.

She was born Nov. 29, 1941, in Columbia, the daughter of James Bradley Tallon and Meda Randolph Tallon.  The family later moved to Lamar, where Sara Ann was raised. 

A graduate of Lamar High School, she matriculated to Furman University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in music education in three-and-a-half years.  She was a member of the Furman Singers and performed in concerts in various locations.

After graduating, she taught public school music at Myrtle Beach Grammar School and Myrtle Beach Grade School.  

On Aug. 6, 1965, Sara Ann married the love of her life, Charles H. Caban, at the Myrtle Beach Air Force Base Chapel. They had met while she was at Furman and he was a Clemson University engineering student. 

After living in Kansas City, Mo., Homestead, Fla., and Fairhope, Ala., they settled in Marietta, Ga., where they went on to raise their two sons. 

After retirement, the couple moved to Georgetown, where they were faithful members of the Prince George Winyah Church. 

Mrs. Caban was remembered as a devoted wife, mother, grandmother, sister, avid scuba diver, commercial real estate broker, music teacher, member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and church choir member. 

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her children, Bradley C. Caban (Jacky) of Gulf Shores, Ala., and Christopher R. Caban (Suzanne) of Dacula Ga.; her grandchildren, James Bradley Caban, Andrew Caban, Kallista Caban and Roman Caban; her sister, Miriam Tallon Swiler (Brad) of Georgetown; her brother, James Bradley Tallon Jr. (Penny) of Lynchburg; and nieces, nephews, and grandnieces and grandnephews. 

A memorial service was held Friday at Prince George Winyah by the Rev. E. Ragland Coxe.

There is a guest book at .

Memorials may be made to the National Alzheimer’s Association, 225 N. Michigan Ave., Floor 17, Chicago, IL 60601, or the American Cancer Society, P.O. Box 22478, Oklahoma City, OK 73123.

Nancy Smith, 90, former North Litchfield resident

January 2, 2020

Mary Nancy Knott Smith of Hillsville, Va., a former North Litchfield resident, died Dec. 14 at Commonwealth Senior Living. She was 90. 

She was the daughter of William Burch and Gladys Ray Knott. She was married to the late  Clarence Boyd Smith.

She is survived by her daughter, Linda Mock (Mike); her sons Randy Smith and  Jeff Smith (Kathy); her brother, William Knott (Edith); her grandchildren, Jamie Mock, Crystal Atwood, Jessica Smith and Sarah Smith; two great-grandchildren, two great-great grandchildren and several nieces and nephews.

In addition to her parents and her husband, her sister, Ruby Orenchick, died before her.

The funeral service will be private. 

There is a guest book at

Alzata C. Lee, 90, helped open Lee’s Inlet Kitchen in 1948

January 2, 2020

Alzata Cowart Lee of Murrells Inlet, a fixture at Lee’s Inlet Kitchen, the restaurant where she started work in the 1940s,  died Nov. 20 at Waccamaw Community Hospital with her daughter by her side. She was 90.

She was born Dec. 6, 1928, in Murrells Inlet, the daughter of Benjamin and Ethel Cowart.

She started working at age 10 in Parker’s grocery store on what is now Business 17. She went to school at the two-room schoolhouse in Murrells Inlet through sixth grade, then completed her education in Horry County, where she was one of 23 in her class at Myrtle Beach High School.

She began working as a waitress at Lokey’s restaurant next to Morse Landing Park while she was still in school. She then worked at the Garden City Grill before Lee’s Inlet Kitchen opened in 1948.

“We started with just four people and we all pitched in and washed dishes, scrubbed toilets and floors, and whatever needed to be done,” Mrs. Lee recalled in an interview on her 80th birthday, her 60th year at the restaurant. “We never argued. Everybody just did their work and it was a big family.” 

Mrs. Lee also helped Lee’s son open his own restaurant, Wallace Lee’s. 

She was married to the late Raymond Lee, who worked at International Paper and was the Murrells Inlet magistrate for many years. 

Mrs. Lee also worked for 16 years at All Saints Church where she worked in childcare. 

She was an active member of Timberlake Baptist Church in Myrtle Beach and was a member of the Eastern Star Woman’s Auxiliary group associated with the Shriners. 

Mrs. Lee’s memories of growing up in Murrells Inlet are part of the video archive at the Georgetown County Library. There is a link at

Above all else, Mrs. Lee loved her family with her whole heart.

She is survived by her daughter, Kathy Lee Leone of Murrells Inlet; her grandchildren, Charles Raymond Leone and Maria Alzata Leone; her feline companions, Sugar Bear and Ozzie; and a large and loving extended family, many supportive friends, neighbors and patrons.

In addition to her husband, her son, Raymond Andrew Lee; her brothers, Carlton Cowart, Earl Cowart and Clifton Cowart; and her sister, Dot Moore, died before her.

A celebration of her life will be held at 4 p.m. Saturday at the Myrtle Beach High School Auditorium. A visitation will follow with a light meal.

A graveside service will be held privately.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to a children’s charity of your choice.

There is a guest book at

Jeanette M. Donnelly, 84, former librarian

January 2, 2020

Jeannette M. Donnelly of Pawleys Island died Dec. 22 at Waccamaw Community Hospital. She was 84.

She was born Nov. 22, 1935 in New York, the daughter of Michael Montagnino and Lavinia Sears Montagnino.  

She worked as a librarian for the Mount Arlington, N.J., library and enjoyed completing crossword puzzles and reading.  

She was married for 61 years to the late Thomas A. Donnelly.

She is survived by her daughters, Susan Grosso (Glenn) of Olean, N.Y., and Maryann Donnelly of Fair Lawn, N.J.; her grandchildren, Michael, Alicia and Brian; her brother, Jerome Montagnino (Patricia) of Cape Coral, Fla.; several nieces, nephews and a large loving extended family in addition to many supportive friends and neighbors.

A private service will be held.

Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer’s Foundation (          

Condolences may be sent at

Anne Burgin, 78, former hospital administrator

April 11, 2019

Anne Moore Hardesty Burgin, a former Pawleys Island resident, died Saturday at Scotia Village in Laurinburg, N.C. She was 78  

She was born July 30, 1940, in Front Royal, Va., the daughter of Lavalette and Richard Hardesty. She graduated from James Monroe High School in Fredericksburg, Va., attended Mary Washington College and graduated from Hamlet Hospital School of Nursing.  In 1959, she married Howard C. Burgin Jr. of Delta, Ohio. They both taught school in McComb, Ohio, before moving to Oklahoma and then to Rockingham, N.C. Mrs. Burgin served as assistant administrator at Richmond Memorial Hospital.

The couple retired to Pawleys Island in 1994.  Mrs. Burgin enjoyed playing tennis, cooking, entertaining and many activities at Pawleys Island Presbyterian Church, where she served as an elder. She was also a member of the Arthur Manigault Chapter of the United Daughters of the Confederacy. 

In 2016, the Burgins moved to Scotia Village where she was active at Faith Presbyterian Church.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by a son, Richard Howard Burgin (Ruth) of Pinehurst, N.C.; a daughter, Amy Burgin Rounds (Carson) of Charlotte; six grandchildren, Emily Baumhoer of Bluffton, Harris Burgin of Chapel Hill, N.C., J. Robertson of Johns Island, Chris Rounds of Atlanta, Zachary Rounds of Raleigh, N.C., and Libby Rounds of Brooklyn, N.Y.; two great-grandchildren, Harrison Huffman and Hadley Anne Huffman both of Bluffton; and a sister, Sandra Hardesty Stein of Fredericksburg.

A memorial service will be held Saturday at 11 a.m. at Faith Presbyterian Church in Laurinburg by the Rev. Jeff Mercer.  The family will receive friends afterward in the church fellowship hall.                                            

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church, 2220 Elm Ave., Laurinburg, NC 28352 or Scotland Regional Hospice, P.O. Box 1033, Laurinburg, NC 28353.

Condolences may be sent at

Joy P. Hitchcock, 46, speech therapist at rehab center

April 11, 2019

Joy Parsons Hitchcock of Pawleys Island died April 6 at home surrounded by her family and close friends. She was 46. She fought a courageous battle against melanoma for nearly five years, the family said.

She was born Feb. 3, 1973, in Georgetown, a daughter of Sylvia Ann Hearl Parsons and the late Louis Payton Parsons.   She graduated from Georgetown High School, earned a bachelor’s degree at the College of Charleston, and a degree in rehabilitation from the Medical University of South Carolina.  

Mrs. Hitchcock was a speech therapist at Tidelands Health and the Next Step Rehabilitation Center, where she was greatly loved and respected by her co-workers and her patients.  She had a compassionate way about her, and a gracious personal touch with all of the people for whom she cared.

She loved spending time with family and friends, most especially with her daughter Alice and her dog Lola.  She was always so happy when she was at the beach or on the water.  

Her sense of humor was unmatched, her laughter sincere and contagious, and she had a sparkling personality complemented by her beautiful eyes and unforgettable smile.  She was remembered as a kind woman full of grace, love, strength  and spirituality.  

She was a member of the Georgetown Presbyterian Church, as were and are many generations of her extensive family.

In addition to her mother, she is survived by  her husband, Daniel Russ Hitchcock, her daughter, Alice Louise Clark of Pawleys Island; her twin brother, Payton Parsons (Wendy) of Pawleys Island; a sister, Ellen P. Thames (Tim) of Columbia; nieces Anna and Ashley and nephews L.P. and Mac; many cousins, aunts and uncles, a multitude of friends, and her precious dog Lola.

In addition to her father, her grandparents, Richard and Virginia Hearl and  Clifford and Lucille Parsons, died before her. 

A memorial service will be held today at 11 a.m. at Georgetown Presbyterian Church by the Rev. Dr. Cory Ingold and Marcy and Bruce Carl, close family friends.  A reception will follow in the church Fellowship Hall. 

There is a guest book at

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Melanoma Research Foundation (; Georgetown Presbyterian Church Youth Ministry, 558 Black River Rd., Georgetown, SC 29440; or to the charity of your choice.

Rosalie R. Oetzel, 95

April 11, 2019

Rosalie R. Oetzel of Pawleys Island died April 4. She was 95.

She was born Jan. 7, 1924, in Philadelphia, the daughter of Sam and Mary Faber.  She grew up and spent most of her life in the Philadelphia area until moving to the Georgetown/Pawleys Island area in 1988.  Mrs. Oetzel was a member of Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church.

Rosalie was preceded in death by her husband, John; sister, Anne Cepluch and brother, Francis Faber.  

She is survived by her sons, John T. Oetzel (Patricia) and Terence Oetzel (Susan); her grandchildren, John Oetzel (Keri), Matthew Oetzel (Irene), Katie Roberson (Jim), Amy Ryan (Mike) and Beth Burner (Craig); her great-grandchildren, Jamie Oetzel (Arielle), Nichole Gallegos, William Gallegos, Spencer Oetzel, Ethan Oetzel, Payton Burner and Madison Ryan; and her great-great grandchildren, Elijah Oetzel and Abigail Oetzel.

Her family thanks the staff at Home Instead Senior Care and the Lakes at Litchfield for the care and compassion they provided.

A funeral Mass will be held April 24 at 10 a.m. at Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church. Interment will be in the columbarium. A one-hour visitation period will precede the Mass for those who wish to pay their last respects at that time.  

The services will be followed by a memorial gathering in the Precious Blood of Christ Catholic Church Hall.

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations be made to the church, 1633 Waverly Rd., Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

There is a guest book  at

Leona M. Zawislak, 85, helped plan Peach Festival

April 2, 2019

Leona M. Zawislak of Pawleys Island died March 21 at Grand Strand Regional Medical Center. She was 85. 

She was born May 27, 1933, in Lafferty, Ohio, the daughter of Emil Hupcik and Helen Marcus Hupcik.

Known as Lee, she was remembered as a faithful woman with a heart of gold. She was an active parishioner at St. Paul’s Waccamaw United Methodist Church, where she loved to plan and coordinate the annual Peach Festival. She was very active in women’s support groups in Philadelphia and Pawleys Island. Above all else, she loved her family.

She is survived by her sons, Eugene Francis Zawislak (Diane) of Pawleys Island, Gregory Joseph Zawislak (Donna) of Murrells Inlet and Christopher John Zawislak (Lisa) of Murrells Inlet; her grandchildren, Jason Zawislak, Jennifer DeDore, John Zawislak, Gregory Zawislak Jr., Justin Zawislak and Jaclyn Zawislak; seven great-grandchildren; her sisters, Emily Elwell and Marianne Taylert; as well as an extended family.

A celebration of her life will be held April 13 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul’s Waccamaw United Methodist Church.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Compassion International (

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Andy Quattlebaum, 22

April 2, 2019

Donald Anderson “Andy” Quattlebaum of Pawleys Island and Clemson, died March 27. He was 22.

He is survived by his parents, Don and Hayden Quattlebaum; a brother, Paul; a sister, Rett; and a host of uncles, aunts, cousins, friends and his beloved dog Oak.

A private family service will be held and a memorial gathering will take place at a later date.

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Memorials may be made to the Cotton Memorial Vet Clinic at St. Frances Animal Center, 125 N. Ridge St., Georgetown, SC 29440.

Nell Cribb, 88, former school secretary became city’s storyteller

April 2, 2019

Miss Nell Cribb, who told the stories of Georgetown with the local knowledge of a native and the accuracy of a historian, died March 26 at her home on Front Street surrounded by her family. She was 88.

She started Miss Nell’s Walking Tours in 1988. After retiring after 29 years as secretary of the former Winyah High School, she wanted to work outdoors, she recalled in a 2016 interview. 

She had been a student of history all her life. “When friends were going to movies, Daddy was taking us around to see something,” she said. “I realize the value of that today.”

She did some research, put her talking points on index cards and walked the route to get her timing down. She wasn’t sure how the tours would fare, but they grew steadily over the years. And people interested in the city’s history would track her down for information.

Mrs. Cribb was careful walking the boundary between fact and legend. “You hear all kinds of things,” she said. “I’m careful to say this had been handed down.”

She was a co-author of “A Walk Down Front Street,” a 2011 project of the Georgetown County Historical Society that detailed downtown buildings. She was the typist for another historical society project, “Tombstone Inscriptions of Georgetown County.” She compiled a history of her childhood church, Sampit United Methodist, for its 150th anniversary. 

Nell Morris Cribb was born Jan. 12, 1931, one of 12 children of Edgar Cleveland Morris and Dosia Trisvan Anderson Morris. She graduated from Winyah High School in 1947 with extended educational courses through Coastal Carolina University. 

In addition to her work at Winyah High, she worked for several years at the school district finance office. During those years, she also did relief work at Georgetown Memorial Hospital. She was named by Gov. Carroll Campbell to the Commission on Women.

Mrs. Cribb chaired the committee that got the Winyah High named to the National Register of Historic Places. She also helped get state historical markers for Sampit United Methodist and Oak Grove United Methodist churches.

She received numerous awards for her contribution to local history and tourism. The city of Georgetown gave her the Indigo Award, its highest honor for service and leadership to improve the quality of life, in 1997. She received the Order of the Silver Crescent in 2016 from Gov. Nikki Haley. It is the state’s top honor for community service.

As a member of First Baptist Church, she organized the first Young Married Couple’s class and taught other Sunday school classes.

Although she was known for local history, Mrs. Cribb was also a collector of Coca-Cola memorabilia and her house became a museum, with the rooms organized by subject. People often left collectibles on her porch, knowing they would have a good home. She received the Coca-Cola centennial medallion from CEO Roberto Goizueta.

She is survived by two daughters, Cammie C. Steele of West Columbia and Vickie C. Tompkins of Georgetown; four grandsons, Sam Steele (Haley) of Indian Land, Ben Steele of Charlotte, Michael Steele (Darla) of Johnston and Daniel Steele (Lindsey) of Simpsonville; five great-grandchildren, Ava Steele, Beckett Steele, Mykah Steele, Jack Steele and Hank Steele; and a sister, Ann McDaniel of Highlands, N.C.

Another grandson, Bradley Tompkins, died before her, as did her brothers Rufus Morris, Clifton Morris, Dan Morris, Herbert Morris, Jack Morris and Francis Morris, and her sisters Lucille Milton, Marie McCormack and Ide Morris. 

A celebration of her life was held Saturday at First Baptist Church by the Rev. Dr. Ted Sherrill and Rev. Keith Wall. Burial was in the Sampit United Methodist Church Cemetery.

Memorials may be made to Sampit United Methodist Church, 3485 Saints Delight Rd., Georgetown, SC 29440 or First Baptist Church, 219 Cleland St, Georgetown, SC 29440.

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C. Eugene Austin, 79, founded insulation company

April 2, 2019

Croson Eugene Austin of Willbrook Plantation, who started an insulation company in Charlotte, died March 23. He was 79.

Known as Gene, he was born April 29, 1939, in Charlotte, the son of Croson and Ruth Hanline Austin. He graduated from Central High School in 1957 and served in the National Guard. He married Nellie Kidd in 1958. They built a home in east Charlotte’s Marlwood Acres and raised two children before moving to Lake Norman in 1977. 

Mr. Austin loved the outdoors and had a deep passion for gardening, fishing and golf. At the peak of his golf game, he had a 5 handicap. He wasn’t one to sit still long, always on the move with the next project or adventure.

His career started at Charlotte Insulating, where he worked many years before starting his own business, Austin Insulating Co., in 1970. It is now known as Austin Co. 

He was remembered as a fair and generous man whose success in business was attributed to treating his employees as family. He often asked candidates for employment, “What comes first, your family or work?” If the answer was work, there would be doubt and further discussions about family. There were too many employees, suppliers and customers who became lifelong friends. 

He retired in 2000 when he and Nellie moved to Pawleys Island while maintaining a second residence in the Lake Norman area. 

He was a member of Pawleys Island Community Church and enjoyed Tuesday morning Bible study. 

In addition to his wife of 60 years, he is survived by his daughter, Donna Austin; his son, Daniel Austin (Jova Jamison); his granddaughters, Amy Long and Amber Scott (Tony); his great-grandchildren, Macey, Kylee and Tayden Scott; his sisters, Lavern McMillan and Barbara Winters; a practically adopted son, Matt Pope; and many nieces and nephews. 

A celebration of his life was held March 28 in Huntersville, N.C. Memorial service will be held Saturday at 2 p.m. at Pawleys Island Community Church. 

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Hopewell Presbyterian Church, 10500 Beatties Ford Rd., Huntersville, NC 28078; Pawleys Island Community Church, 10304 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, SC 29585; or Unity Presbyterian Church, 8210 Unity Church Rd., Denver, NC 28037. Condolences may be sent at

Imogene Friedrich, 76

March 28, 2019

Imogene Friedrich of Pawleys Retreat died March 24 at her home with her family by her side. She was 76.

She was born July 13, 1942, in Caldwell County, N.C., a daughter of Clenard and Nada Ray Watson.  She was married to the late Hans Friedrich, who spent many years as an accountant in the film industry prior to retirement.  

Mrs. Friedrich was active at St. Paul’s Waccamaw United Methodist and with Women of the Motion Picture Industry.

She is survived by three brothers, William Arewood Watson (Alice) of Lenoir, N.C., Alex Keith Watson of Gastonia, N.C., and Chiplon Grey Watson (De) of Gastonia; and many loving nieces and nephews.

Two other brothers, Charlie Lunis Watson and Coaston Hartwell Watson, died before her.

Funeral services will be held March 29 at 1 p.m. at St. Paul’s by the Rev. Scott Efird.

Memorials may be made to Embrace Hospice, 11943 Grandhaven Dr,, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576.

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Daniel Roy, 29, veteran ‘made for the fire service’

March 28, 2019

When Daniel Roy decided to move from Gwinnett County, Ga., to Pawleys Island, his mom, Sue, was worried that he didn’t have any family or friends here.

Roy became part of the Midway Fire and Rescue family, who gathered at Holy Cross Faith Memorial Episcopal Church on Saturday to say goodbye to their fallen brother. Also on hand were Roy’s classmates from paramedic school and firefighters from other departments in the state.

“It wasn’t until all this went down that [Sue] realized how big Daniel’s family was,” said Midway Battalion Chief Jeff Pifer, who was Roy’s supervisor. “It’s a brotherhood. I think she was overwhelmed by the support of the brotherhood family.”

Roy, 29, was involved in a motorcycle accident on March 17 on Bypass 17 in Myrtle Beach. He was not wearing a helmet and suffered significant head injuries. He died on Friday afternoon.

“He fought strong and hard,” Midway Fire Chief Doug Eggiman said. “You hope for a miracle and pray for a miracle. Unfortunately it didn’t turn out the way everybody hoped and prayed for.”

Pifer said Roy was full of energy and he never had to disciple or redirect him.

“If he was running calls all night there was never a complaint,” Pifer said. “If he was finishing a shift and I told him he had to work overtime, he was OK.”

“He didn’t like sitting around [and] he was self-motivated for sure.” said Midway Lt. Howard Lutz, who worked with Roy on C shift. “When we went to fires or critical calls, he always did his job.”

When Roy got his motorcycle last year he showed up for a shift at Station 83 inside DeBordieu Colony. The guard at the gate told him he couldn’t ride a motorcycle inside the development and made Roy park it near the guard shack. He then gave Roy a ride to the fire station.

“He learned a lesson that day, I suppose,” Lutz said.

What Lutz remembers most about Roy was that he liked to have fun. Roy loved eating Capt. Crunch cereal; baking, not broiling, pierogies; and his hedgehog named Willow. Lutz said rumor has it Willow paid a clandestine visit to Roy in the hospital.

Roy was on schedule to graduate from paramedic school in May. Pifer said Roy looked at becoming a paramedic as a way to be better at his job. 

“He fit the fire service,” Pifer said. “He had a direction, he knew what he wanted to do.”

Roy was a native of McDonough, Ga., and an Air Force veteran. He graduated from culinary school and worked as a chef before joining the Henry County Fire Department in Georgia. Two years ago he was hired at Midway.

“He was a fine young man, nice and polite,” Eggiman said. 

Pifer said a lot of firefighting knowledge comes from hands-on learning and that’s what worked best for Roy.

“He was made for the fire service,” Pifer said. “He was high energy. He needed something to do.”

“You could tell he liked what he did and he was in it for the right reason,” Egiman said.

Pifer said Roy’s parents, Sue and Mark, will remain part of the Midway family. “If they’re ever in this area, they can make one phone call and they’ll have family around them,” he added.

A Go Fund Me account has been set up to help Roy’s family with medical and other expenses. Search for the “Fighting for Roy” page.

Jacob B. Elliott, 30, worked as financial advisor

March 21, 2019

Jacob Brandon Elliott of Murrells Inlet died Feb. 26 at his home along with his beloved dog Bubba. He was 30. 

He was born March 8, 1988. Jacob was adopted on July 28, 1988, by William and Donna Ellliott. It was the couple’s ninth wedding anniversary. He attended Stafford High School in Fredericksburg, Va., and earned an associate’s degree from the Golf Academy of America in Myrtle Beach.  He worked at golf course resorts in North Myrtle Beach and Scottsdale, Ariz.  He then worked for East Coast Honda in Myrtle Beach for five years as a salesman and business manager.  

In 2017, Mr. Elliott embarked on a new career as a financial advisor for Edward Jones.

He was remembered for his compassion, generosity, hard-work and loving commitment to family and friends.

In addition to his parents, he is survived by his grandmother Nettie C. Merritt; his grandfather, W. Edward Elliott; his uncle, Travis Merritt (Patty); and numerous cousins.

A funeral service was held at Warsaw Baptist Church Cemetery in Warsaw, Va.  Pall bearers were Shawn Huskins, Brandon Huskins and Terry Reynolds of Murrells Inlet; Adam Packett of Warsaw; and Daniel Wilson and Travis Merritt of Fredericksburg, Va.  

A memorial service will be held March 23 at 4 p.m. at Pawleys Island Community Church.  His family will receive friends afterward at the church. The celebration of his life will continue at  6 p.m. at the Hot Fish Club.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Huntington Beach State Park, 16148 Ocean Highway, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576.  Specify that the donation is in memory of Jacob Elliott and Bubba.

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Edward B. Robinson, 77, small business owner

March 21, 2019

Edward Burrell Robinson of Heritage Plantation died March 11 at his home. He was 77.

He was born in Buckhannon, W.Va., the son of Joseph Healey Robinson and Gertha Peters Robinson.  He served in the Navy and was involved in the Bay of Pigs invasion.  

Mr. Robinson was a small business owner most of his working years. He also sold cars and was a branch manager with Carnation Co.  He enjoyed repairing musical instruments and making violins. He also liked to play poker and fish.  

He is survived by his wife, Kathleen Karah Graham Robinson; his children, Edward Burrell Robinson Jr. of Berkeley, Calif.,  Jeffrey Alan Robinson of Atlanta and Jennifer Dawn Robinson of Memphis; his grandchildren, Avery Dawn Robinson of Tiburon, Calif., and Jeffery Alan Robinson and Jordon Matthew Robinson of Atlanta; his sisters, Janet Robinson Lowe of Salem, W.Va.; Edna Robinson Harmon (Joe) of Salem and Idaho; his brothers, Ralph Robinson (Tish) of Crownville, Md., and Charles Robinson (Connie) of Murrells Inlet.

His brother-in-law, Ralph Lowe, sister-in-law, Kerry Robinson, and nephew, Jeremy Mayle, died before him.

A memorial service will be held March 31 at 2 p.m. at the Salem (W.Va.) Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Georgetown Family Justice Center, 2705 Highmarket St., Georgetown, SC  29440.

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Dolores Graf, 88, a ‘kind heart’

March 14, 2019

Dolores Graf of Pawleys Retreat died March 10 at her home. She was 88.

She was born in Wilmington, Del., the daughter of Edgar and Madelyn Bothum.  Mrs. Graf was remembered as a loving wife, mother and grandmother known for her smile and kind heart.  She was a member of Pawleys Island Community Church.

She is survived by her husband of 69 years, Fred Graf; her sons, Steven Graf (Janice) of Pawleys Island, Bruce Graf of Cape May, N.J., and Barry Graf (Joan) of Mount Laurel, N.J.; 10 grandchildren and eight great-grandchildren.

A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. March 15 at Pawleys Island Community Church.  Burial will be in the church cemetery. The family will receive friends from 6 to 8 p.m. today at the Goldfinch Funeral Home, Litchfield/Pawleys Chapel, and at the church one hour before the service.

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Albert J. Senes Jr., 77, retired Maryland police detective

March 14, 2019

Albert John Senes Jr. of Surfside Beach, a retired police officer, died March 8. He was 77.

He was born Feb. 5, 1942, in Baltimore City, Md., the son of Albert John Senes and Florence May Schroeder Senes. He graduated from Bladensburg High School in Maryland where he met his future wife, Ruth Alice Britt. 

Mr. Senes worked in the grocery department of Giant Foods prior to becoming an officer with the Prince Georges County Police Department. He served on the force for 22 years and achieved the rank of detective sergeant.

The couple vacationed annually in Myrtle Beach and retired to Surfside Beach. Mrs. Senes died in 2005.

He is survived by his daughter, Suzanne Marie Jayroe (Robert) of Pawleys Island; his son, Stephen Wayne Senes of Surfside Beach; his grandchildren, Aaron Jordan Jayroe (Cortney Bonn) of Myrtle Beach and Allison Kaye Jayroe (Cody Watson) of Pawleys Island; a sister, Florence May Jones (Bruce) of Port St. Lucie, Fla.; a brother, Kenneth Charles Senes (Aleda) of Eufala, Ala.; his nieces and nephews, Jennifer Beasley (Alex), Jessica Archer (Jamie), David Senes (Natalia) and John Senes (Nell) and their children.

A memorial service will be held March 14 at 1 p.m. at Holy Cross-Faith Memorial Episcopal Church.

Memorials may be made to the church, P.O. Box 990, Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

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Herman H. Hanser, 78, co-owned family restaurant

March 14, 2019

Herman Henry Hanser of Pawleys Island died Feb. 27 at the Lakes at Litchfield. He was 78.

He was born March 18, 1940, in Georgetown County, a son of Rudolph Carl “Dock” Hanser and Esther Bauer Hanser McKenzie. He worked for CSX Railroad for 42 years. He and his wife Juanita Alice Lambert Hanser owned and operated the Hanser House restaurant. Mr. Hanser enjoyed hunting, fishing and collecting sea shells.

He attended Pawleys Island Community Church.

In addition to his wife of 55 years, he is survived by four children, Geneva Alice Hanser McKenzie (Steven) of Pawleys Island, Herman Henry Hanser Jr. (Lisa) of Andrews, Patrice Michelle Hanser Howell of Myrtle Beach and Heath Hawkins Hanser of Pawleys Island; six grandchildren, Crystal Nichole McKenzie of Murrells Inlet, Ashley Danielle McKenzie of Murrells Inlet, Savanna Dallas McKenzie of Pawleys Island, Donnie Parsons (Buffy) of Georgetown, Chris Parsons of Andrews and Brad Parsons (Kellie) of Georgetown; 17 great-grandchildren; one sister, Irene Lambert (Elbert) of Andrews; two brothers, Rudolph Carl Hanser Jr. (Betty Jo) of Andrews and Robert Dock Hanser (Joyce) of Andrews; a half-brother, JR McKenzie (Penny) of Andrews; and numerous nieces and nephews.

Another sister, Shirley Hanser Cooper, died before him.

A memorial service was held March 3 at the Pawelys Island Community Church Chapel.

Memorials may be made to Alzheimer’s Association, 8180 Greensboro Dr., Suite 400 McLean, VA 22102 or to Pawleys Island Community Church in honor of the Alzheimer’s Support Group, 10304 Ocean Highway, Pawleys Island, SC 29585.

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James Archambeault, 76, photographer of Pawleys calendars

March 14, 2019

James Archambeault, a photographer whose images celebrated his adopted state of Kentucky and his second home at Pawleys Island, died March 4. He was 76. He also had a home in Georgetown, Ky.

Mr. Archambeault and his wife, Lee, bought a house on the island nearly 30 years ago. He started doing calendars with photos of the island several years later. The 23rd edition, for 2020, is due out soon.

“He was the ultimate photographer. He saw beauty when other people didn’t,” his wife said. “He was so good at showing people beauty they may not have seen before.”

He was born Feb. 26, 1943, in Flint, Mich. His family moved to Pennsylvania when he was a boy and he studied communications at Duquesne University. He served in the Peace Corps in the Philippines and as a trainer in Hawaii.

On his return to the U.S., Mr. Archambeault took a job with United Press International at the wire service’s office in Louisville, Ky. He later worked for state government and in development.

His turn toward professional photography came when he submitted slides to a publisher of coffee table books that was doing a collection of photos from each state. He was selected to do Kentucky. “That changed my life,” he told the Lexington Herald-Leader in a 2018 interview. “I also realized that I had a lot to learn about photography.”

He began to travel the state and published his first book of photos, “Kentucky,” in 1982. Five more books followed as well as calendars of Kentucky and Pawleys Island. 

He told the Herald-Leader that the key to his success was patience. He planned his shots and waited until the conditions were right.

In addition to his wife of 29 years, Lee Oliphant Archambeault, he is survived by his sister and brother-in-law, Kathy and Bennett Chamberlin of Garrett Park, Md.; and his stepsons, Noah Oliphant of Birmingham, Ala., and Eli Kay-Oliphant of Chicago.

Memorial services will be scheduled in Lexington and at Pawleys Island during the Fourth of July week. “Pawleys Island was always our family’s Fourth of July special place,” Mrs. Archambeault said.

Nell Smith, 81, source of chatter and laughter

February 22, 2019

Clara Nell Smith of Pawleys Island died Feb. 16. She was 81.

She was born July 19, 1937, in Troy, N.C., the daughter of James Stanley Smith and Mary Estelle Almond Smith. Known as Nell, she grew up in Marshville, N.C., and enjoyed the small town feel of love and camaraderie with her extended family and friends, including a niece, Karen Ruff, who was a shining light in her life.

There was always a lot of chatter and laughter when she was present, her family said.  She loved playing golf and hitting the ball far. She could boat and fish and enjoy a picnic like no other.  The game of chicken foot could be played for hours with her good friends, Linda and Janette, with dinner to follow as they were all equally good cooks.

She cherished her life at Pawleys Island, where she made a host of friends, whom she left with a poem from St. Augustine:

“Love never disappears for death is a non-event.  I have merely retired to the room next door. You and I are the same; what we were for each other, we still are.  Speak to me as you always have, do not use a different tone, do not be sad. Continue to laugh at what made us laugh. Smile and think of me.  Life means what it has always meant.  The link is not severed.  Why should I be out of your soul if I am out of your sight?  I will wait for you; I am not here, but just on the other side of this path.  You see, all is well.”

She is survived by her brothers, Hildreth, Larry and Joel Smith, and two sisters, Mary Charles Edwards and Maxine Smith Nance.

Two other brothers, Warren and Bill Smith, and a sister, Carolyn McGinnis, died before her.

A service to celebrate her life will be held Feb. 23 from 2 to 4 p.m. at Burroughs Funeral Home in Murrells Inlet.

John Cox, 80, retired special agent with FBI

February 22, 2019

John Cox of Murrells Inlet died Feb. 14. He was 80.

He was born in Paterson, N.J., the son of James H. and Florence Cox.   He graduated from Farleigh Dickerson University. He joined the FBI under J. Edgar Hoover in 1971. Mr. Cox served as a special agent in Jacksonville, Fla., Memphis, Tenn., Clarksville, Tenn., Wilkes Barre, Pa., and the Miami division.  He retired from the Columbia division in 1995. He was a member of the Retired Agents Association. 

Mr. Cox was a member of the Trinity Presbyterian Church in Myrtle Beach. 

He was remembered as a man who taught his children  honesty, integrity, a strong work ethic and to love their families and friends.

He is survived by his wife of 60 years, Roberta; his sons, James D. Cox (Courtney) of St. Augustine, Fla, and John D. Cox (Sandra) of Irmo; his daughter, Dr. Cheryl Ann Cox (William Powell) of Spartanburg; his grandchildren, Chase Cox, Kathryn Powell, Carly Cox, Thomas Powell, Madeline Cox and Darien Cox; and his great-grandchildren, Marley and Marjorie Cox.

A brother, Harrison Cox, and a sister, Carolyn Sabagh, died before him.

A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. on March 2 at Trinity Presbyterian.

In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the church or the charity of your choice.

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Melanie A. Walling, 64, started catering buisness

February 22, 2019

Melanie Ann Walling of Pawleys Island, a nurse who started a catering business, died Feb. 14 after an extended illness. She was 64.
She was born Dec. 29, 1954, in Mobile, Ala., the daughter of Vadie and Minnie Leona Vickers. She graduated from Chickasaw Academy and the Mastin School of Nursing. She worked as a labor and delivery nurse in Mobile, Atlanta and Georgetown.
She married James Walling, the director of the cardiopulmonary department at Georgetown Memorial Hospital, in 1991.
“She decided she wanted to pursue her hobby, which was cooking,” her husband said. Mrs. Walling started Southern Temptations.
She began by distributing menus to real estate rental companies and getting orders from vacationers. The business grew to include weddings, parties and events. “It was a lot of work, but she loved it,” her husband said.
She was also an enthusiastic spectator of the Pawleys Island Fourth of July parade, and was responsible for several award-winning house decorations on the south end. Her friends and family will remember her best for her love of Alabama football, Rolling Stones music and pink flamingos.

In addition to her husband, she is survived by her daughter, Mary-Michael Hapner (Sterling) of Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.; her grandchildren, Kellam Hill Hapner and Vadie McVay Hapner; and her brother, Vadie Vickers (Margaret) of Mobile.
A celebration of her life will be held this spring.
In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the American Liver Foundation at

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. 



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